Greetings, Quotaholics: I m not sure about for you, but in my mind, the ideal judge is someone who is impartial. As a human being, I think it s unrealistic toMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 29, 2004View Source
I'm not sure about for you, but in my mind, the ideal judge is someone who is impartial. As a human being, I think it's unrealistic to expect any judge to have no prejudices or preconceived ideas, but I'm guessing that most will agree with me when I hope that they can put those aside when deciding a case, and simply judge it on its legal merits.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting on some remarks made by Orange County Judge Alan C. Todd. The state Judicial Qualifications Commission on Wednesday released a notice of formal charges detailing a series of "rude, intemperate and demeaning comments" Todd allegedly made to several people working in the Orange County court system.
Some of the things he's accused of saying include the following:
According to the notice of charges, in January, when he learned that Orange County Deputy Sheriff Mindy Hood was an unwed mother, Todd chastised the woman and told Hood "it is acceptable for a male to have sex before marriage, but if a female does so, she is not respected and considered a tramp".
He also questioned the kind of family Hood came from and said her family "obviously had no morals".
He said Hood's child was a "bastard."
He told others that followers of the Baptist denomination "think there is no sin in the world and have no morals."
He said that women who have children out of wedlock should not be married by a pastor or priest because those actions are morally wrong and sinful.
He has said that a pastor or priest should not marry a couple who have been living together because it is morally wrong to live together outside of marriage.
He has been quoted as saying that hildren who are raised in single-parent homes normally go to jail when they grow up.
Mindy Hood didn't want to comment on the charges. She confirmed that she had been interviewed as part of the JQC investigation, but she said she did not want to comment further on the case until speaking with her supervisors.
Todd's alleged statements to Hood took place during two conversations, the notice said. He told Hood in the second conversation on or about Jan. 30 that she was a "disgrace to society" and "had no morals," according to the notice. And apparently she was not the only target of his wrath.
According to the notice, he referred to another female deputy as a "deputite" and said only a male deputy assigned to his courtroom was a "real deputy." Those statements came between October 2002 and October 2003. According to the notice, Todd he asked the deputy about personal matters, inquiring, "What are you girls doing tonight? What do you do as lesbians?"
In another instance, he expressed his displeasure with a Hispanic public defender and said, "That's what you get with affirmative action," the complaint states.
In 2001, the notice alleges that Todd asked sheriff's detectives whether a female courthouse administrator "was taking good care of the detectives." When the detectives affirmed she was taking care of them, Todd allegedly said, "Well, that's what the men's bathroom wall says . . . I just wanted to make sure."
The Judicial Qualifications Commission's Investigative Panel voted at a meeting in Tampa in May that probable cause existed to begin formal proceedings against Todd based on allegations of his comments. The notice says that if the statements occurred as alleged, they "would also impair the confidence of the citizens of this state in the integrity of the judicial system and in you as a judge."
The acts would represent violations of the judicial canons governing Florida judges and would "demonstrate your unfitness to hold the office of judge." Such violations would warrant discipline, including Todd's possible removal from office, the notice states.
I find the case interesting because none of the statements he's alleged to have made happened in open court. They were all private comments to co-workers, but clearly they show some pretty strong views on various activities and individuals.
I'm wondering how you see this situation. Is the judge entitled to his own views of the world? Are his private views so aggregious that it's reasonable to believe that he can't be impartial? Should he be professionally accountable for things that he says ouside the courtroom? Can private moral views interfere with a judge's impartiality? Do you think he should be removed?
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�We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.� � Anonymous
Thirty Reasons Why Men Have Two Dogs and Not Two Wives
[Thanks to Ray the Janitor]
1. The later you are, the more excited they are to see you.
2. Dogs will forgive you for playing with other dogs.
3. If a dog is gorgeous, other dogs don't hate it.
4. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.
5. A dog's disposition stays the same all month long.
6. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
7. A dog's parents never visit.
8. Dogs do not hate their bodies.
9. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
10. Dogs like to do their snooping outside rather than in your wallet or desk.
11. Dogs seldom outlive you.
12. Dogs can't talk.
13. Dogs enjoy petting in public.
14. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go
24-hours a day.
15. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk.
16. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
17. Another man will seldom steal your dog (except in KY or TN).
18. If you bring another dog home, your dog will happily play with both of you.
19. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died would you get another dog?"
20. If you pretend to be blind, your dog can stay in your hotel room for free.
21. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
22. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
23. A dog won't hold out on you to get a new car.
24. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad, they just think it's interesting.
25. On a car trip, your dog never insists on running the heater.
26. Dogs don't let magazine articles guide their lives.
27. When your dog gets old, you can have it put to sleep.
28. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
29. Dogs are not allowed in Bloomingdale's or Neiman-Marcus. and, last but not least:
30. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.
"Love is being stupid together." - Paul Valery
"Platonic love is like an inactive volcano." - Andre Pevost
"May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live." - Robert A. Heinlein
A Sign for the Neighbors
[Thanks to Mary in Illinois]
My 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter was playing with some colored pens. She picked one up and said, "Green one", then another and said, "Red, right Granny?" Each time, I agreed with her, as she was correct. Then, she picked up another, looked at it, and put it down. I said, "That one is yellow, say yellow".
She said, "I can't". I encouraged her to try, and she answered, "I can't say yellow, Granny!" - Alice in Washington State
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Happy Monday RGQ. Having 8 two week old puppies in the house doesn�t give me much time for RGQ, but I had thought I�d sent Fridays piece in. . . I hadn�t. . . Sorry
Fashion has really gone to the toilet(paper)
ESL Idioms Listing Lists, definitions, and examples.
Oxymorons categorized by subject, as well as quotes.
With another load of _ _ _ _
Sometimes I make myself laugh. I'm sure you've done it yourself. You know, when you do something so stupid you can't believe the idiot that did it was you.
Then there are the times I think I'm being clever, and snicker at my ingenuity. I thought reporting SPAM to Microsoft was clever. They are what can only be explained as "resourceful". Does your keyboard have a key on it that looks like the Windows logo? Anyone that can make the Keyboard Industry put an extra key on a board is resourceful, by my book.
You all know I'm not particularly fond of Bill Gates, but I also don't like the people that steal his software and sell it. Well, actually, that doesn't bother me as much as getting five e-mails a day telling me about it. So I do the smart thing, and forward all those SPAM offers for his software to him. Bill has even set up an e-mail address you can forward those great offers to: piracy@....
I urge you to do this, because people are being taken advantage of. I know this because my sister Karen (not my real sister Karen's real name) bought a bootleg copy of Windows 2000 even though I gave her the CD and the Microsoft license sticker is on the back of the computer. As soon as she tried to install an update, it let her know in no uncertain terms that she was using illegal software. She ended up doing a fresh install with her legitimate copy, and all was well.
So I was sitting here minding my own business, forwarding all my "Software Deals" to Bill, when I realized it would help to have this address in my address book. When I clicked the button to add it, it asked me what I wanted to call it. I pondered calling it "piracy" for a moment or two, then realized that Piracy at MicroSoft had the acronym PMS, so that's what I used.
Hey, I never said you would think it's funny, but I think it's a hoot!
Having a Ball with Yarns
Still looking for a great opening line!
Next opening limerick line:
She stayed out last night until two...
And the nursery-rhyme line:
Do you know the Muffin Man...
Hint: There's a great rhyming dictionary at http://www.rhymezone.com/
Floppy the barking trained seal
Found some fish he thought he would steal.
They got caught in his throat;
And now he does float,
Sad to say it was his last meal. - Bonnie in Louisiana
Floppy, the barking trained seal
had a very bad bout with an eel
He gave Floppy a jolt
that made his skin molt
and scars that never will heal - Cliff
Floppy, the barking trained seal
found oranges impossible to peel
Having flippers for hands
really fucked up his plans
of having a good-for-you meal - Cliff
Floppy, the barking trained seal
had a hard, shiny penis of steel
If he stuck it in your ass
no more shit would you pass
and your legs you'd no longer feel - Cliff
i've never seen Bruce get so mad
i almost felt sad
he had a tizzy
nearly made him dizzy
quit your fooling
or he won't be cooling
any time soon
and we won't get our Really Good Quotes until next June - Delores
Friday�s puzzles went something like this:
How can you arrange for two people to stand on the same piece of
newspaper and yet be unable to touch each other without stepping off the newspaper?
The Conundrumville Grocery has six cheese wedges of different sizes, weighing 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, and 31 kilograms. Five wedges are Cheddar Cheese and only one wedge is Mozzarella Cheese. Bruce bought two wedges of cheddar. Maureen also bought cheddar, but twice as much by weight as Bruce. How much does the mozzarella wedge weigh?
The first person to respond to the first puzzle was Alec in Folsom, California. �Mmmm, how about an answer�To question number one, you could of course slide the newspaper under a closed door and have each person stand on each side of the door on half the newspaper.�
That would work, provided the space under the door is not big enough to fit a pinky finger or two. And there was my favorite response from Ross. �My answer works, but I don't know that I'd call it �standing.� If you were in a situation where both individuals had the soles of their feet resting on the piece of paper, but one is �above� the paper and one is �below,� neither could touch each other without either stepping off the paper (or to be pedantic, reaching down and touching past their toes, but who can do that nowadays besides Olympic gymnasts?) Maybe if you were in space, where there's no up or down, you could call this standing.� Thanks everyone.
Now, in case you haven�t noticed, I generally try to print the math solutions that show a step by step breakdown in order to help those who may be in need of some clarification. It�s what I would want to see, anyway. Thanks to the cheese puzzle, we can see some amazing work by RGQ reader Ramesh. �The answer your second puzzle is that the mozzarella wedge weighs 20 kg. The first step in solving this problem is to find out how many wedges Maureen bought. The smallest quantity Bruce could have bought is 31 kg (15 kg + 16 kg, the two smallest wedges). Twice this quantity is 62 kg, and even the two largest wedges (20 kg and 31 kg) do not add up to this. Therefore, we know that Maureen bought three wedges. Thus, five of the wedges are cheddar, and the sixth is the mozzarella. We know that the total weight of the cheddar wedges has to be divisible by 3, since Maureen bought twice as much as Bruce. The total weight of all the wedges is 119 kg. Assuming successively that the weight of the mozzarella wedge is 31 kg, 20 kg etc, we have the following possible total weights for the cheddar cheese: 88, 99, 100, 101, 103 or 105 kgs (119 minus 31, 119 minus 20 and so on). Out of these, only 99 is divisible by 3, and has to be the total weight of the cheddar wedges. The 20 kg wedge (119 minus 99) is mozzarella. Of course, we can also figure out that Bruce bought the 15 kg and 18 kg wedges (adding up to 33 kg), and Maureen bought the 16 kg, 19 kg and 31 kg wedges (adding up to 66 kg).� Excellent work, Ramesh! You�ve managed to impress me.�
And now for today�s posers:
Puzzle#1 from Tonto Goldberg
If you are standing on a hard floor, how can you drop an egg 3 feet without breaking it?
On Venus, all married men tell the truth and all single men lie. A woman is approached by 3 men. She asks the first guy if he is married, but cannot hear what he says. The second man says, �The first guy said, �I am single,� but he is really married.� The third man says, �The second guy is married.� Can you determine the marital status of each man?
LadyRobin, The Mischievous Ferret
Re: Regrowing Tissue
The whole controversy around stem cell research and cloning is the Soul. When does it manifest itself in human tissue? Personally, I don't think stem cells, or an ear grown on the back of a mouse, or an organ grown in a vat, has a soul. I am not for extending the human life span for it's own sake, until hunger and overpopulation are no longer a problem, but I think anything that improves the quality of life is a good thing.
The definition of what is too far? will change with every person you ask. We have to let the moral foundation of our society determine that and hold everyone accountable to it. Abuses occur when there is no accountability. Can we clone an army? Or an army of slaves? Possibly. But why would we need to? Other technologies are making both unnecessary. Would they have souls? What is a soul? Only God can answer that, and he isn't talking. I no longer trust 'interpretations' of God's word. I need to hear from him directly. - Steve in New Jersey
OK so with names. My full legal name is B. J. xxxx. What the heck kind a name is that? Why not name me 33 or <+? I asked my mother why the strange name(less) and the answer was: She wanted to name me Stanley (thank God that didn't happen) and my father wanted to name me Bob Jr. My mother said there would be no Juniors in the family and somehow the letters B and J were selected. To my father B. J. stood for Bob Jr, however on my birth certificate it reads B. J.
While cleaning out my navel of lint, I thought about this. Bob Jr.? Heck my father's birth name was... Favrid Arvid XXX. Favrid Arvid? What kind of parents did he have? Well the children were named: Maude (yech), Blanche (yech), Octavia (yech), Viva Vashti, and Serepta. Gee I wonder why my dad would want to change his name. Then there was Floyd. Floyd? After all those bizarre names. I bet he got beaten up by his siblings for his normal name.
What were these people thinking? Let's randomly pick letters out and give a name. Well I should talk with my two letters. - BJ in Guthrie
I don't have a problem with Eric/Erik or any other spelling. In fact, MY Erik is a terrific guy! Every time he jumps into something to help someone and forgets he was supposed to be somewhere else with his wife, he brings her flowers. He's one of those people who always stops to help a stranded motorist, and he even knows how to fix cars. He gave first aid at an accident until the EMTs arrived. They thought he was one, too. He followed that up by donating a pint of blood at the hospital. He didn't think to call home to say why he was 2 hours late. Acting on impulse is what I've observed as characteristic of the Eric/ks I've known. I'll bet a lot of folks are glad to know you're around. - Nancy L
I was "blessed" with the name, Clifford. I first heard about the big damn dog in Kindergarten. Since that day, no one that hears the full version of my name....I go by Cliff....can say it without altering their voice to make it even more of a pain to live with. However, me and the famous red dog DO have one thing in common: We both have some bitch that is constantly riding our backs!! - Cliff
Re: Tim's Tales
Tim said, "I hate SPAM, that's why I use Mail Washer...Since spammers don't like getting a lot of bounced messages, they remove you from their list."
You've probably heard this before, but just in case you have not: of course, spammers *do not* use their own (or even real) email addresses when sending spam. Bouncing email from a spammer *does not* irritate the spammer, because he is never, ever aware of it.
What it does do is waste bandwidth, and help to clog up the internet.
I also use mailwasher, by the way; it's a great tool. But there is no benefit from bouncing, and a distinct negative. - Dave
You very well may be right, I don't know for sure. What I do know is that I started using MailWasher in January of 2003. I was getting up to 50 SPAM e-mails a day sent to my work address. I saw a gradual reduction, and by July of 2003, it was down to a couple a day. After a year, it was down to a couple a week, where it has held steady ever since.
I also have a Yahoo account. If you remember, a few years ago they bought Geocities, so mail sent to my Geocities account gets forwarded there. I get hardly any spam sent to the Yahoo account, but tons sent to my Geocities account. I paid the $20 to get POP access so I can use Mailwasher and start bouncing those messages. It's only been a month, but it seems to me there has been a slight reduction. Since it took at least three months to get a significant reduction at my work address, I'm expecting it will be a while before I see noticeable improvement.
I have noticed that since the CAN-SPAM act passed, more of the SPAM is coming from Canada and the far east. The e-mail addresses they use are "disposable", that is, they use them a day then create another one. The sooner I can bounce an e-mail, the better chance that account will still be active. I'll let you know in a few months how it's going. - Tim
Re: Reader Submission
This question is for Jackie and Marsha. The film you mentioned sounds fascinating and I'm hoping HBO will air it before the national election. Do you know if this has, or when it will be, aired on HBO. I am a subscriber and wouldn't miss it. VOTE!!! Everyone-please. That's as political as we can get here. Thanks. - PeterN in Connecticut, standing in a booth ready to go.
Hiya Bruce - Your comment "...people who don't vote forfeit their right to complain." reminded me of my political science professor in college. During a rabid political debate in class, it came out that our professor NEVER voted. Of course, most of the class felt the same way you do and told him so. I'll never forget his reply: "What makes this a 'free' country is that I do NOT lose my right to express an opinion, whether I act on it or not."
I don't always vote. I don't vote on issues that I'm not well-informed about, because I fear doing more harm than good in my ignorance. I've only voted in one presidential election since I became eligible to vote in 1988 and that time I voted AGAINST one candidate, not really "for" the other one.
My decision not to vote doesn't make me unappreciative of the amazing courage and determination of the people (both female and male) who stood up for the rights of women in this country.
On the contrary, I believe voting just for the sake of it is disrespectful at best and potentially very harmful. - Joli (no longer in Boston - now on the SCARY side of the Mason-Dixon line)
[I respectfully disagree with your professor. It's incumbent on all of us who are lucky enough to live in a society that allows voting to get informed, and to express an opinion. I never suggested that people should legally lose rights to complain, but in my eyes, they lose all moral right to do so. It's disgraceful that we have such low voter turnout in the U.S. I'm not sure how it is in other democratic countries, but here it's pathetic. I think people have an obligation to get informed and get out to vote. If that's too much trouble, then they should shut up about the problems that other people have voted into existence. That's just how I see it. I think your professor was derelict in giving his students the impression that it's ok not to vote. I don't think it is.
My mom taught me something about voting when I was barely old enough to do so. She said that if you're not 100% sure that you want something to pass (as in an initiative), vote against it. Only vote for something if you've decided that it's the best thing. I thought that was very sound advice.
There are times when I don't know the candidates in a minor, local race. In cases like these, I don't vote for any candidate. I try to keep an eye on who the winner is and see whether his/her performance is what I'd expect. I take that into account in the next election.]
Re: Public Service Announcement
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "Fund Free Mammograms" for free (pink window in the middle). (There is nothing to sign up for and no cost to you.) The corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising. Here's the website - Pass it along to all your friends!!
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