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Serving jury duty today


By Adam Bink

But during voir dire, I plan to tell to tell the court that I cannot serve if a man is on trial, seeing that I am a man and that may imperil my ability to judge, since men are naturally driven to support members of their own sex. Right?

Or because I am gay, since as many male homophobes presume, if someone is gay, he must be attracted to you. That would surely bias my judgment.

Or if he’s a resident of DC, since I naturally feel a sense of solidarity towards the denizens of our fair city. Or worse, a Sabres fan and I don’t know it!

At least, that’s what Andy Pugno and Chuck Cooper might argue.

Anyway, a light posting day today as I will probably be without wi-fi. What are you reading?


  • 1. AnonyGrl  |  April 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Or you could just do your civic duty and serve.

    Just a thought. :)

  • 2. Sagesse  |  April 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Speaking out?

  • 3. Ronnie  |  April 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    ; )

    Actor, Nicholas Downs, joins the Trailblazer campaign…<3…Ronnie:

  • 4. AnonyGrl  |  April 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hey, has anyone posted this bit of interesting news? Same sex conjugal visits for prisoners who are married or in a civil union in New York.

    You still can't GET married, but if you are, then similar rights are being extended. It is a step in the right direction.

  • 5. Brett  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Just read that MN introduced bills for an anti-SSM amendment. :-(

  • 6. Brett  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Another article:
    LA Times Opinion that accusations of Walker's bias are ridiculous:

  • 7. Kathleen  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Some insight into the "anti-lobbying" provision in the King & Spalding contract. See in particular the section "Lobbying Fallout":

  • 8. Kathleen  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Also, "Democrats Want to Review Clement's New Contract"

    And in case you missed the comment yesterday, Clement, now with his new firm, did file in the Pedersen case:

  • 9. Sagesse  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thank you Kathleen. Been waiting to see this kind of background on the origins of the gag order. It may be within the letter of the anti-lobbying provision, but there is something really wrong with forbidding employees on their own time from advocating against the government and for the civil rights of Americans.

  • 10. Leo  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Any idea how soon they will have to file something on the merits in Windsor or Pedersen?

  • 11. Ronnie  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Lady Gaga has teamed up with "Robin Hood", NYC's "largest poverty-fighting organization" to give away $1million to one of these 5 organizations

    What do Lady Gaga and Robin Hood have in common? Constant innovation and lots of heart. Since 1988, Robin Hood has funded the most effective poverty-fighting organizations in New York City, granting over $1 billion to help our neighbors in need.

    Where we see problems, we create new solutions. When we find successful programs, we expand them. And when we encounter a population that is underserved, we respond.

    Right now, 4,000 New York City teens are living on the street. Some aged out of the foster care system, some ran away from abusive homes, and others were rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation. Robin Hood’s programs offer a lifeline to the city’s most vulnerable teens, helping them get off the streets and build stable lives. We believe every teen deserves a chance at success. We hope that you do, too.

    (me) …all of these organizations include helping LGBTQ youth.

    Please share & vote…hard to choose since they are all deserving of the money….I need to make this decision very carefully…..<3….Ronnie

  • 12. Kathleen  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:07 am

    My guess is that the respective courts will have to act on the motions to intervene and then will set briefing schedules.

  • 13. Alan E  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Checking in.

  • 14. Sheryl Carver  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:19 am


    Since Adam wrote:
    At least, that’s what Andy Pugno and Chuck Cooper might argue.

    I think he was just being sarcastic about all the reasons he cannot serve. From what I've learned about him on this site over the past year plus, I'm guessing he'll perform his civic duty to the best of his ability.

  • 15. Kristy  |  April 27, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Hey so I had emailed my state senator a little while ago (NY) about supporting marriage equality (wasnt sure how he voted in the past) but he actually replied:

    "Thank you for contacting me to express your support for marriage equality in New York State. As you may know, I have voted in favor of marriage equality for all people in the past.
    The input I receive from constituents is extremely valuable to me as an elected official, and I have received a great deal of mail and phone calls on this issue. I will keep your thoughts in mind should legislation come before the Senate.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me again on this or any other issue.

    David J. Valesky
    State Senator"

  • 16. Steve  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Recently some simply said that because he is a second-class citizen, he should be exempt from jury duty and can't be impartial. It worked

  • 17. Ann S.  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:19 am


  • 18. JonT  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

    With gusto.

  • 19. AnonyGrl  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Oh, yes… so I assumed… I was just being silly!


  • 20. AnonyGrl  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Anybody else here wish we had $50,000 and could hire King & Spalding to lobby for the repeal of DOMA? I mean, wouldn't THAT just be the icing on the cake?


    Maybe we can get them to do some pro bono lobbying?

  • 21. AnonyGrl  |  April 27, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Nice! Good job and thanks for sharing the reply!

  • 22. Rhie  |  April 27, 2011 at 5:04 am


  • 23. Peterplumber  |  April 27, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I am reading this sad article about aaa hate crime against a gay guy:

  • 24. Michelle Evans  |  April 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Can you imagine the fundamentalist thinking that led the a–hole who did this to this action. Whoever it was didn't try to hurt the man who they perceived as being gay. Instead, they wanted to send him a message that he has to repent his "evil" gay ways in order to save his supposed soul. In other words, this person burned the barn and killed the horses, one about to give birth, just to "save" the guy. What sick and twisted logic these people have.

  • 25. fiona64  |  April 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I remarked on this article the other day that two of the three "legs" of the diagnosis for sociopathic personality disorder are fire-setting and animal abuse.

    Anyone want to lay bets that the perp is also a bed-wetter?

  • 26. GraciesDaddy  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

    …just be sure to send 'em up the river.

  • 27. Bob  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

    can't stop thinking since hearing this yesterday,,,, about those EIGHT DEAD HORSES,,,, thanks for reposting this story,,,, what about the horses,,,,,,EIGHT DEAD HORSES,,,, WHY????? they were innocent loving creatures, caught in the middle, actually took the heat for the ongoing war against teh gayz,,,,,,,

    objection Fiona to your placing bets, on the character of the killer,,,, and offering a defense of mental illness,,,,,

    but at this juncture in the battle for equality,,, EIGHT DEAD HORSES would make a great title

    I am more inclined to Michelle's theory, about the motivation for the HATE CRIME,,,

    I have another,,,, the motivation was MONEY, and because the horses were so valued, his competion wanted to wipe out his blood line, and disquise the motif as a hate crime,,,, there now I'll have to take back my objection to your specualtion,,,,,

    EIGHT DEAD HORSES,,, that angers me so much,,, as I said yesterday, hope the animal rights groups get involved, and get some coverage for this story,,,, and that the perp gets caught and has to explain his actions,, and take the consequences……

  • 28. Sheryl Carver  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Ah, sorry for misunderstanding, AnonyGrl. I'll blame my error on not having had enough caffiene when I first replied.

  • 29. AnonyGrl  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    No problem… I think I hadn't had enough when I wrote it.


  • 30. Michelle Evans  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Bob, an interesting idea about using a possible hate crime to deflect the investigation from an idea of a rival horse breeder, or something like that. Sounds like a twisted case on a TV show. Surprised some writer hasn't done something like that.

    Of course, the probable cause was definitely as a hate crime, based on so many horrible years of experience. The motive fits with so much about what we know of the fundies and how they think. It also fits that to them, killing a bunch of horses (or as they might say "dumb animals") is okay since they believe that only people who think exactly as they do have souls anyway.

    Anyone who would think that animals don't have souls, and can't feel pain and anguish and fear, are worse than scum, but then I don't want to insult scum…

  • 31. fiona64  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Sociopathic personality disorder is *not* a character diagnosis — nor is it a defense. This is a crime, absolutely. My point is that this is not a person who can be rehabilitated. It takes a special kind of "sickness," for lack of a better term, to do this kind of thing.

  • 32. fiona64  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    PS to Bob: Are you familiar with the death of Alydar — who was heavily insured — at a time when the heirs of Calumet Farms had bankrupted the venerable breeding institution by treating it as their personal checkbook?

    Suffice to say that your concept would not be the first case of such a thing occurring …

  • 33. fiona64  |  April 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

    PS — If you think I was in any way defending this person, I am thoroughly disgusted by that supposition. I am a former equestrian athlete, a humane educator, and a humane society volunteer. Please, think again before you even remotely believe that I would defend such a person.

  • 34. Ed  |  April 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    That was in NY also….don't remember the guy's name though :(

  • 35. Bob  |  April 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Michelle, I was raised in a Church that taught that animals don't have souls,,, I'm so thankful that finally a dog came into my life that showed me otherwise,,,

    Just finised reading The Englishman's Boy,,, story of the hunt for the greatest western movie ever,,, I was struck by this explanation by a native of his introduction to religion
    white man with robes, who carries dead man on sticks, preaches that only man can cross over to the next world,,,

    wonder how long for the white man in robes to stop inflicting his misguided ideas onto others,,, and what will it take for him to do that?????

    and to answer Fiona this false teaching by the white man in robes is the special sickness that has infiltrated and destroyed so much of natures beauty,,,it's diversity, which we ourselves are trying to expess and live out in our lives ,, and yes quiet likely responsible too for EIGHT DEAD HORSES

    where is the outcry,,, eight wonderful souls

  • 36. Bob  |  April 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    fiona, I learn things in my interactions with you,,,,

    I know of your love of animals , and your work with the humane society,,,, those are just two qualities I admire in you,,,

    this story yesterday brought me to the brink,,, EIGHT DEAD HORSES

  • 37. truthspew  |  April 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    No wifi? Just get an inexpensive 4G phone and be done with it.

    But I like the way you contrast jury service to the lack of rights we have.

  • 38. Carl  |  August 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    "Recently some simply said that because he is a second-class citizen, he should be exempt from jury duty and can't be impartial. It worked"……… They don't know what they are talking about.
    Carl from bed bath and beyond printable coupon

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