Andy9o8

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  1. As per what I said above, the fleur de lis wasn't used by Klanners and their state government stooges as a symbol of aggressive racism during the civil rights battles recalled by millions of people still alive today.

    Let me put it this way: those who understand the difference between a cross, and a burning cross, should understand the difference between the fleur-de-lis and the rebel flag.

  2. JohnMitchell

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    Local governments like the one I work for give a retirement at 30 years, if you last that long. I'm at 2.61 years and seriously debating jumping ship...

    I was air traffic control with the FAA. It was 20 years and age 50 or 25 years, any age. Our son hired on at age 20, and can retire at age 45 with full benefits. Of course, the longer you work, the higher the monthly pension goes.


    I worked almost 30 and loved it. They forced me out with mandatory retirement. :D

    I recently had a lengthy case where my opposing counsel & I had many cordial conversations between sessions jousting on behalf of our clients. Turns out that her first career, before going back to law school, was a number of years as an ATC. She told me she left because the stress of that job was so high (for her), and that she now has less stress in a high-paced litigation practice than she did as an ATC.
    Just one person's story. FWIW.
    I recently had a lengthy case where my opposing counsel & I had many cordial conversations between sessions jousting on behalf of our clients. Turns out that her first career, before going back to law school, was a number of years as an ATC. She told me she left because the stress of that job was so high (for her), and that she now has less stress in a high-paced litigation practice than she did as an ATC.
    Just one person's story. FWIW.

    Sorry you're hating your job. [:/]

    I recently had a lengthy case where my opposing counsel & I had many cordial conversations between sessions jousting on behalf of our clients in depositions and court. Turns out that her first career, before going back to law school, was a number of years as an ATC. She told me she left because the stress of that job was so high (for her), and that she now has less stress in a high-paced litigation practice than she did as an ATC.
    Just one person's story. FWIW.

  3. skyjumpenfool

    ******I have to wonder whether Kim's and her compadres' attorneys advised them, in advance, and in writing: "if you take this to trial and lose, you're likely to get hit with having to pay their costs, probably in the range of at least $XXXXX." For those attorneys' sake, they better have.

    :)



    It came up in trial that Gibbs was telling potential plaintiffs her lawyers would draw up an agreement that Gibbs would cover any potential payouts in case of a loss, and Gibbs attorneys immediately objected to that line of questioning.

    The plaintiffs now (rightfully and by a judges order) owe Mile High tens of thousands of dollars. Go ahead.... run up the bill. Personally, I believe Kimmy's new "call for cash" is an attempt to get the CQS followers to pay that bill as well. It's time for the CQS'ers to derail the money train.

    Kimmy's been quoted saying that they have "pledges" for thousands of dollars and they need to collect those dollars and raise more for the appeal. The CQS's Nutcakes are about to find out the difference between getting pledges and collecting those pledges. :P

    I think this case is over.

    I'm willing to bet some of Kim's (jointly and severally liable!) co-plaintiffs are wondering just WTF they let her get them into, and how can they get out of it?
    I also wonder whether their attorneys have good malpractice insurance.

  4. In response to all the tired, old talking points: If the Stars & Bars hadn't been co-opted by the anti-civil rights Klanners and run up the pole in state houses in the South 50 years as a big, racist Fuck You to the Yankees and the nigras, this conversation would probably not be taking place. Anything that fails to acknowledge that bottom line is either uninformed or intellectually dishonest.

  5. DanG

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    Um, well, history is usually written by the victors. So, without actually being there, how do you actually know? Or is it that you just believe what they tell you?



    Uh, yeah. You can access the texts of the Constitutions of the US and the Confederacy pretty easily. Unless you think the victors have gone back and rewritten them.

    And yes, I believe them when they tell me that the US succeeded in breaking off from England, and the South lost the Civil War. Do you have some inside intel to suggest that's not what happened?



    You're addressing a segment of society that was indoctrinated to refer to the "War of Northern Aggression". It's roughly akin to arguing with crazy.

  6. BillyVance

    I've always wondered why, after billions of years, Neptune and Pluto have never collided?



    Because they're locked into a 3:2 cycle with a libration that ensures they will never come within 18 AU of each other.
    Yeah, I knew that off the top of my head. :)

  7. I think you're dissimulating a wee bit.
    The targeted use of Obama's middle name Hussein was more than just "Hey, he's got a funny middle name, like Milhouse", and everybody knows it.

    It meant:
    1. "He's sorta-kind of a Moozlim, so just remember that when you vote."
    2. "Sounds like Saddam Hussein! Who was a bad guy! And a Moozlim! Not as bad as "Adolph", but still, wow!"

    So no, it's not like the other sophomoric presidential pejoratives, it really is on another level. By analogy, look up the kind of bigoted shit that got hurled at Bobby Jindal or Nikki Haley when they entered elective politics. It's basically like that.

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    Problem is, the bikers themselves aren't helping their own cases by staying mum and refusing to help investigators.



    They most certainly are.
    Rule #1 - Speak nothing unless advised and approved by your lawyer.
    Rule #2 - See Rule #1.

  9. Quote

    Therefore the Committee believes that it is clear in our BSRs that those jumps are being conducted in accordance with the BSRs and should apply towards the total jumps needed for B, C and D licenses as well as awards.



    Thanks for finding that. From a policy standpoint, that seems fair enough, since it obviously implies that the basic A license should still require that jumps counted toward that license be conducted under sport freefall-training conditions.

  10. I agree that a jump is a jump from the standpoint of raw quantity of the experience of making a parachute jump from an aircraft in flight, as well as the respect from others that that quantity of jumps may earn the jumper. But from a standpoint of earning sport parachute licenses (whether from USPA, BPA or wherever) - not just AFF graduation, but the actual license - that refers to the skill set derived from using modern freefall gear using freefall parachuting techniques, even if that means a few S/L jumps using the arch-freefall technique with freefall-style gear. So I think that, in any country, airborne-style static-line jumps, especially using round canopies, should not count toward sport parachuting licenses. (I would think, however, that military freefall jumps would be more likely to qualify toward sport parachuting licenses.)

    Also note, FWIW, that the USPA's SIM provisions I quoted above refer to "skydives... made in accordance with the USPA requirements in effect at the time of the jump." I didn't search further to discern how that is (or ought to be) defined, but I think it's reasonable to question whether airborne-style S/L jumps, especially with round canopies, would be covered by that language.