Holy Thursday Open Comments

Today is the day Christians celebrate The Last Supper. Jesus modeled how to be a servant to others by washing the feet of his disciples. In an era of dusty roads and no automobiles, washing the feet of a guest was a thoughtful way of making someone feel welcome. This action, usually performed by servants, meant that the one washing had to kneel at the feet of the one being washed. Peter, not wanting to be see Jesus in such a demeaning position, argued with Jesus about the situation:

John 13: 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 4 and he got up from table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; 5 he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ 7 Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ 8 ‘Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’

Peter had been chosen to lead the Church to come, to “feed the flock,” and here he was arguing with Jesus about something so small as washing the dust off someone’s feet! I’m sure Jesus was more than a little exasperated. His time was drawing short, and he had so much to tell them, so much to share, and here was Peter being, well, Peter.

[In my class, one of the first things we do is study personality types. The descriptions we use are from a book called Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. (A great read, by the way.) She uses an ancient Greek method, assigning body fluids to the types. Briefly, the types are:
Choleric: You call on cholerics when you want something done. They are self motivated and often charismatic. They can be bossy. They focus on the bottom line. The extreme is "my way or the highway" followed by a quick kick in the rump.
Sanguine: Emotional highs and lows rule the sanguine. Popular, outgoing, and fun, they can - and often are - the life of the party. If a sanguine is upset, just wait ten minutes for the emotional roller coaster to move to the next hill. People are naturally drawn to sanguines. The extreme sanguine can never find the car keys. Imagine a ditzy blonde at a party.
Melancholy: These types are methodical, careful, and detail oriented. They like everything in its place, and have a strong sense of how the world should be. Deep, long lows are a characteristic of melancholies. They carry grudges well. Artists and engineers are usually melancholy types.
Phlegmatic: These people tend to float through life. They are even tempered and make great peacemakers. They dislike conflict. In case of fire, find a phlegmatic. He'll lead you out of the building without panic. The extreme phlegmatic is lazy and unambitious. Like a certain relative to remain unnamed.

Now we all have some combination of all four types, but usually one or two are dominant. Natural born leaders are choleric/sanguine combinations. ]

Back to our story – Jesus wants to make an important point by washing feet. Peter cannot imagine Jesus humbling himself like this! Jesus washed other feet before arriving at Peter, and I can imagine Peter standing there, dumfounded, mouth hanging open, until he is faced with Jesus on the floor in front of him, reaching for a foot. He begins to resist Jesus’ efforts, and argues with him. Peter has already declared Jesus “Lord,” yet here he is, arguing with Him!

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ 7 Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ 8 ‘Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’

Now, if I were Jesus, I’d give the whippersnapper a hard backhand to the mouth and shut him up. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not God; I wouldn’t have the patience. But then, if I were God, I guess I would. (That’s a philosophical discussion to have later.) Anyway, here’s Jesus, trying to teach something important, and there’s Peter, totally not getting it and slowing Jesus down and wasting his precious time. I’m sure Jesus heaved a sigh, trying to restrain himself a bit. How does he respond to Peter? Peter has a lot of sanguine, after all, and sometimes they aren’t very rational. But that same personality trait would be very helpful when His Church was started. So, with great patience, as with a child, Jesus tries to explain how important this small act is. Peter reacts like a typical sanguine. He’s already jumped rather impetuously out of a boat, after all. He knows about getting wet:

Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said, 9 ‘Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’

I’m sure there were a few chuckles. James thinks “There goes Peter again! Never does anything by half!” There are a few quick glances between the apostles. Peter can be so fun, and so funny! A few wonder if Jesus will dump the bowl of now-dirty water over Peter’s head. Jesus replies:

10 Jesus said, ‘No one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’

In other words, “Oh, for Pete’s sake!” Jesus continues with to finish his task, while the apostles watch, then he explains himself:

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’, he said, ‘what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. 14 If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet.15 I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.16 ‘In all truth I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. 17 ‘Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly.

Jesus did other vastly important work that night, but by the simple act of washing someone’s feet, he gave us a great example of the beauty of service. A proud man would not humble himself so, and proud men do not share in His inheritance.

Thursday night, he was at the feet of the disciples.

Friday afternoon, he was on the cross, and his disciples were at His feet.

Both were acts of holiness. Both were acts of a loving servant.

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139 thoughts on “Holy Thursday Open Comments

  1. First, but only due to a rare case of insomnia. Decided to get up and get cracking. So: Good morning, Hamsterville.

  2. Meet Thomas Buch-Andersen of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. In this clip from the Detektor television show, he explores the question of whether Barack Obama says what he means or means what he says. Yikes.

    The smartest, most articulate president in the history of everything – just like Frank J. Fleming said.

  3. #6 You do realize of course that the site is called “Hamous” so that every single comment mentioning the B word on the site will show up in a google search for “hamous” and “breitbart”, regardless of who wrote it, right?

    Hey, don’t get me wrong, if you’re gonna practice hero-worshiping, dead heroes are the way to go. They never disappoint.

    Me? I wanna stay in the land of the living.

  4. If you know someone who needs a hearing aid, but can’t afford the confiscatory pricing of the hearing aid cartels, tell them to go to these guys:

    Case in point: Hearing aids. Of the 27 million Americans who qualify for a hearing device, 75 percent choose not to purchase one — only one in seven Americans over 50 years old who need a hearing aid actually wear one. The problem is a sizable one, so former Stanford University classmates Sam Tanzer and Ross Porter decided to do something about it. In early 2011, they founded a startup called Embrace Hearing to apply some entrepreneurial pressure to the situation.

    The co-founders tell us the top reason that 75 percent of Americans don’t purchase hearing aids is due to a familiar culprit: High cost. If you take it from CareCredit, hearing aids range in price from $1,000 to $6,000, with the average price being $3,000. And for those who do choose to wear them, the top pain point is the high cost of replacement.

    Capitalism and economic liberty working to improve the lives of the oppressed masses.

  5. TT:

    9 ‘Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’

    The personality trait of Peter that was so endearing to HIM IMHO, is the reality that Peter never did anything half way; he was always hot or cold never luke warm. Full blast or not at all, that is the way we are supposed to approach our faith lifeand the way we approach THE THRONE. Remember, HE said “I would that you were either hot or cold, as it is you are luke warm, therefore I will vomit you out of MY mouth.

  6. October Baby is a hit. Much to the chagrin of NYT.

    The movie, the first feature by a pair of filmmaking brothers from Birmingham, Ala., opened the same weekend as the chart-topping “Hunger Games,” but with the backing of evangelical groups and churches, “October Baby,” managed to open at No. 8 and, through Sunday, had made $2.8 million, more than three times its production budget.

    Why don’t they say things like “Dumb and Dumber, with the support of sophomoric morons across the country, opened as a great hit”?

  7. #11 Hamous

    I can tell you one thing Andrew Breitbart didn’t do and that was to go around picking petty, meaningless fights with bloggers who were on his side of the ideological divide. The man had a vision that didn’t allow him to waste his time and diminish his reputation with such silly nonsense. His goal was to make as many individuals as possible understand the power they have now with new technologies, not to dissipate the movement with hazy idol worship.

  8. In light of the Holy Week message, I bring you a story of redemption:

    It’s only been two months since the atheist was threatening to wage a legal war against the nativity scene in Henderson County. But something changed over the past 60 days. After residents found out that Greene was suffering from a serious eye condition that could lead to blindness and he was forced to retire, Christians‘ kindness transformed Greene’s worldview.

    In the end, they offered him $400 for groceries and other needs (atheists raised additional funds). This simple gift, which was given despite ideological and theological differences, apparently caused Greene to re-think his atheistic inclinations. The Christian Post recaps his transformation from non-belief to an adherence to Jesus Christ: /snip

    Greene says his wife, who remains an atheist, is surprised by his conversion. That being said, he claims the two are able to cope with their differences without putting one another down or bashing the other’s beliefs.
    /snip
    And he is no longer opposed the nativity scene he originally railed against so vehemently. He penned a letter to the Freedom From Religion Foundation explaining why the group’s views on the matter are incorrect and, as previously reported, purchased a star for the nativity scene.

  9. #12 TP: I think most of us know that loud noises damage hearing. Loud noises like firearm muzzle blast, jack hammers, lawn equipment and loud music. With all the “gangstahs” out there blasting their car stereos so loudly that it drowns out the music in your car, even though your windows are up, I can’t help but think that there will be even more competition in the hearing aid market because the demand will go up. For the last decade or so, I refuse to go into a movie theater without ear plugs because the sound is turned up so loud it becomes painful, ditto that with any event in a sports arena, and in many churches (particularly the evangelicals) during the worship portion of the services. As far as the latter goes, I have to wonder how the “sound guys” are going to respond when they are standing before THE THRONE and are asked “why did you damage the hearing of MY sheep?”

  10. This is a study of prime number time signatures that I wrote long ago. It is performed by my daughter, who learned it by ear, having heard it all of her life. Hearing her play it makes me feel immortal.

    We do another version where she plays it, slightly modified, on the Baldwin, and I do fills, riffs, and harmonies on the Rhodes. We don’t have a high quality recording of it, yet.

  11. #12 Texpat

    Case in point: Hearing aids. Of the 27 million Americans who qualify for a hearing device, 75 percent choose not to purchase one — only one in seven Americans over 50 years old who need a hearing aid actually wear one.

    That would be me.

  12. let’s review a bit, shall we? JugEars actively assisted the overthrow of Mubarek by the mooslime brotherhood. He said that it would bring democracy to the Middle East and help ensure the stability of the region. We, here on the couch, all thought it would be chaos and now we have this incident:

    HEADLINE: Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat
    A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said.

    District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

    He said it struck a construction site close to a residential area shortly after midnight (21:00 GMT).

    The blast took place as thousands congregated in the resort town for the Jewish holiday of Passover.
    /snip
    Israel blamed Palestinian militants but five Egyptian policemen were killed as Israeli forces pursued the gunmen, sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries.

    Let’s not forget that the FIRST PASSOVER was when Israel was freed from bondage in Egypt, so this attack is particularly offensive at this time. Why would the Egyptian policemen be hindering the Israelis (the only reason they would have been in the line of fire) unless they were active participants in the terrorist activity in the first place. Did anyone really believe that Egypt would not turn against Israel as a deflection of their own domestic deficiencies?
    When you click on the linkie, there is a map showing where the town of Eilat is located. This action by Egypt could prompt another war with Israel and will cause the Sinai to be recaptured by Israel and this time they will not give it back.

  13. I can tell you one thing Andrew Breitbart didn’t do and that was to go around picking petty, meaningless fights with bloggers who were on his side of the ideological divide.

    I whole heartedly agree.

  14. BC

    When my father moved to Austin some 20 years ago, he finally conceded he needed hearing aids. He looked around and finally was referred by his doctor to what turned out to be the best and most sought after hearing specialist in Austin.

    The guy had a huge clientele, half elderly people and the other 50% were musicians (many in their 20s and 30s), studio engineers, roadies, radio DJs, etc. His music industry patients came not just from Austin, but also Nashville and LA. Dad said his client roster looked like a music hall of fame.

  15. 16 & 17 TT and WB

    I am sure once Obamacare gets rolling with all its price control schemes, rationing and taxes on medical devices, the $3,000 to $6,000 hearing aids will run somewhere around $10-12K.

  16. #24 oletimerlin

    There was no breakdown on the stats reflecting how many of those 27 million were men who didn’t really want to buy hearing aids because they found it convenient in filtering out ambient nagging by the women in their lives.

  17. #22 Couchmaster: From your linkie:

    The civil rights community and the liberal media live by the poetic truth that America is still a reflexively racist society, and that this remains the great barrier to black equality. But this “truth” has a lot of lie in it. America has greatly evolved since the 1960s. There are no longer any respectable advocates of racial segregation. And blacks today are nine times more likely to be killed by other blacks than by whites.
    /snip
    The absurdity of Messrs. Jackson and Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.

    The above is incredibly well stated by Mr. Steele, but almost never spoken of by the LSM.
    And then we have this:

    Fifty-five percent of all federal prisoners are black though we are only 12% of the population.

    Why is that the case, did whitey force those poor unsuspecting blacks to commit the crimes or did their wissed up culture fail to instill the proper values in them to allow them to choose a different path?

  18. Who are you gonna believe, Obama or your lying ears?

    Not much remarked upon has been exactly what Professor Obama taught in his Constitutional Law course at the University of Chicago. He focused on the 14th Amendment.

    His course on constitutional law, one of several constitutional law courses on the U of C curriculum, dealt exclusively with the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment—the favorite, all-purpose clause for liberal jurists to use to right wrongs and make us more equal by judicial fiat. There is no evidence that Obama ever taught courses that considered other aspects of constitutionalism, such as executive power, the separation of powers, the Commerce Clause, or judicial review itself.

    Not quite what one would expect of such a sharp legal mind. Here’s an example of an exam question. You can get a real feel for what was taught.

    In part, Hardsville’s racial isolation is the result of white flight and the limited economic means at the disposal of the black community. It is also well documented, however, that Hardsville’s racial isolation arose in part due to decisions by a white-controlled city government prior to the seventies that were purposely discriminatory.

    “What is the likelihood that the city will be held liable for violating the constitutional rights of blacks under the Equal Protection Clause. . .”

    Here’s the text of the 14th Amendment:

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

    Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

    Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

  19. #36 Pyro:

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

    I think the case could be made that JugEars is actively engaged in insurrection and rebellion against the Constitution of the United States and that he is in active and repeated violation of the oath he took to uphold same.

  20. #36 wagonburner

    The Department of Justice now has less than 2 hours to comply with Fifth Circuit Justice Smith’s request for a letter of explanation on the authority of the federal courts to strike down laws deemed unconstitutional.

    12:00 Noon CDT, Thursday, April 05, 2012 in New Orleans

    Tick tock.

  21. #40 Texpat

    The Department of Justice now has less than 2 hours to comply with Fifth Circuit Justice Smith’s request for a letter of explanation on the authority of the federal courts to strike down laws deemed unconstitutional.

    I wonder what the punishment will be for not complying?

    TBO’s administration is very good at ignoring things that they believe are beneath them. This includes any and all criticism or questioning of their authority.

    I think that all they can do is take a hard line on cases that come before them. Which they should do anyway. Then TBO / Holder can claim that they are being ruled against because they didn’t cowtow to the justices.

    I’d love it if there WAS a punishment for ignoring the justices’ request. Public flogging, for example.

  22. #40 TP: According to Judge Napolitano on Fox this am, the assignment was given specifically to Eric the commie Holder; failure to comply will likely have Holder held in contempt of court. It will be interesting to see what will happen next ifn Holder is held in contempt. JugEars is pushing us as hard as he can towards a Constitutional Crisis as our Constitution is something he desperately wants to overthrow.

  23. #41 TT: We are in uncharted territory when it comes to the behavior of the current “usurpation.” If the judge holds Holder in contempt, could he order him jailed immediately? If there is no penalty for contempt of court, the decree of same from a judge is meaningless.

  24. 17. Optimists are right

    For 200 years, pessimists have had all the headlines-even though optimists have far more often been right. There is immense vested interest in pessimism. No charity ever raised money by saying things are getting better. No journalist ever got the front page writing a story about how disaster was now less likely. Pressure groups and their customers in the media search even the most cheerful statistics for glimmers of doom. Don’t be browbeaten-dare to be an optimist!

    Matt Ridley is one of the most provocative and innovative thinkers alive today. He has been a scientific editor for the Economist, a zoologist, economist, venture capitalist, businessman and author selling over 900,000 books. Ridley writes for the WSJ and a host of other publications while blogging at the Rational Optimist.

    Here are a couple of the other 16 reasons why everyone should be grateful for our present bounty and cheerful looking towards the future.

    1. We’re better off now

    Compared with 50 years ago, when I was just four years old, the average human now earns nearly three times as much money (corrected for inflation), eats one third more calories, buries two thirds fewer children, and can expect to live one third longer. In fact, it’s hard to find any region of the world that’s worse off now than it was then, even though the global population has more than doubled over that period.

    7. Global trade enriches our lives

    By 9 a.m., I have shaved with an American razor, eaten bread made with French wheat and spread with New Zealand butter and Spanish marmalade, brewed tea from Sri Lanka, dressed in clothes made from Indian cotton and Australian wool, put on shoes of Chinese leather and Malaysian rubber, and read a newspaper printed on Finnish paper with Chinese ink. I have consumed minuscule fractions of the productive labor of hundreds of people. This is the magic of trade and specialization. Self-sufficiency is poverty.

  25. BTW, Hamous, Dieter was Shannon’s favorite character on SNL. I think they were big buddies back in Munich.

  26. I wonder what the punishment will be for not complying?

    It’s an implicit statement before a Federal Court that one of the litigants believes it is an improper venue at the very least. In other words, one of the litigants thinks that any verdict does not apply to them and as such, assuming the judge believes it is a proper venue, then he would be compelled to rule against that party by default.

  27. I’ve never been to a judge’s official website that had autoplay background music. But Houston’s own federal District Judge Lynn Hughes does, the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

    In a ruling this week, Judge Hughes deservingly humiliates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a scorching ruling from the bench.

    Via attorney/blogger Scott Johnson at Powerline:

    The government presented no evidence – none – that the Joneses intended to evade the reporting requirements. Kyle told Hernandez that he did not know the amount of money he was carrying. Saying “I do not know” is not a deliberate failure to report. After Hernandez insisted on an answer, Kyle said that he would have to guess.’ Guessing is not a material omission or a misstatement of fact – certainly not one the government can use to steal the money.

    and,

    A lack of leadership at the agency allowed this. Its mission statement – which none of the officers could recall at the trial – is to serve the American public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism. They displayed none of these. The agency says that integrity is its cornerstone; that its officers are guided by the highest ethical and moral principles. A gang of armed security officers bullied this family – a family who cooperated with the officers to their detriment. Our homeland will not be secure by these rascals. They played agency games, abused the people they are to serve, and violated their oaths to support the Constitution.

  28. Someone finally tells Obama to “back off”.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Obama on Thursday, telling him to “back off” from comments earlier this week where he appeared to question the constitutional powers of the Supreme Court and the possibility that it could overturn his health care law.

    Good on him.

    “Regardless of how the justices decide this case, they’re answerable, above all, to the Constitution they swore to uphold,” he said. “The fact that this president does not appear to feel similarly constrained to respect their independence doesn’t change that one bit.

    At least he seems to understand the separation of powers a little better than TBO.

  29. #18 Tedtam, I recall Mr. Greene’s actions, and the response from the local community from when it was happening. I was critical of both, for different reasons. For Mr. Greene (and the FRFF) I think it’s more effective to request a secular display also be supported by government and see what happens. For those in the local area that spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at a loud and angry protest rally, I’m inclined to ask, “If your government had exclusively supported a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, or Jainist (etc,) display, would you still be protesting in favor them doing so?”

    Out of respect for your Holy Week, I’ll not go into details, but I don’t think it was appropriate for the government to add “In God We Trust” to coins in the mid 1800′s, and to currency in the mid 1950′s. To the extent that I tolerate making kids that are too young to understand what they are saying, pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth, I liked the pledge in it’s original 1892 form much better than after it was altered by congress in 1954. But I’m certainly not going to file a lawsuit over any of that. It’s a waste of my time.

    A Facebook friend of mine that was formerly a more vocal agnostic-atheist than I’ve ever been converted to Islam last month. Like Mr. Greene, she had her reasons for doing so. I’m still pleased to call her a friend. Like Mr. Greene, or any one else, as long personal beliefs and faith traditions do you good without causing harm to others, especially via government intrusion, we’ll get along just fine.

  30. #59 Bob42

    I’m inclined to ask, “If your government had exclusively supported a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, or Jainist (etc,) display, would you still be protesting in favor them doing so?”

    Who says Christian displays exclusively are being allowed? I don’t have a problem with other religions displaying their faith, and I don’t think that it is an issue here, either. Nowhere did I see where other displays were being suppressed. For some reason, a nativity scene inspires rabid, mouth frothing displays of hatred. Those who don’t agree are free to walk on by, no genuflecting required or even requested.

  31. Hey bobby,
    As a Christian I’m inclined to view every government building as a monument on the grave of American religious freedom.

  32. Stripping any references to GOD from the pubic lexicon violates the religious freedoms of America. Atheism is just as much of a religion as Darwinism, Scientology, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Adherents of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc. I refuse to allow the Atheists any power over me or mine.

  33. Limbaugh just commented on the fact that NBC purposely doctored the 911 tapes in the Zimmerman case. He said that first amendment not withstanding, what they did was criminal behavior. I submit that even with the first amendment, what NBC did was criminal, and absolutely opened them to civil liability as what they did was with malice and forethought. Zimmerman should walk away from his civil suit with NBC, et al, with the means to never need to work again.

  34. More next week, folks. I enjoy a friendly intellectual discussion with willing participants. Suffice it for me to re-iterate that at the time he did it, as well as today, I was vocally critical of Mr. Greene for launching what I view as frivolous, trollish, PC litigation just to stir up trouble. I think that we can agree on that much.

    Happy Easter week.

  35. I’m no former constitutional lawyer or community organizer
    but I think someone is mixing up criminal and civil law.

  36. #68: If any harm comes to Z as a result of the inflammatory and false rhetoric coming from NBC, they could be charged as an accessory or charged with gross negligence. If Z has had any damage to his reputation, and I don’t think that is even questionable at this point, NBC is liable for civil penalties because of their false and defamatory handling/manipulation of the story.
    What NBC did is no different than yelling fire in a crowded theater, maybe even worse.

  37. #69 Bonecrusher

    I think it’s worse. It was intentional with malice of forethought. It had to be, to be edited in that fashion. The fact that he has been chased from his home and is in hiding, in fear for his life, I believe is grounds for a lawsuit not only against NBC and possibly ABC, but also against the Black Panthers and the other poverty pimps and “community organizers” for the bounty being put on his head.

    I also think that the Republican party for those districts ought to play up the mis-statements by the idiots who are portraying this as clearly racial. There’s more than enough material for a devastating ad campaign.

    When this is all over, we may have a new “Joe the Plumber”. After his beloved Democrat party members jumped at the chance to accuse him of being racist, and a murderer, Zimmerman may become a new poster boy for the Republican party, especially if he is acquitted.

  38. Good afternoon Hamsters. Late to the party today, all brought about by trying to muddle through computer troubles this morning that apparently began several days ago. Spouse’s diagnosis was that the brain box is in a death spiral, and maybe that could be forestalled by opening the box and dusting the insides. That worked once before. Seems it had been overheating some and parts were working overtime that should not be constantly on. It was fond of freezing the mouse about a minute after being rebooted. Most frustrating for me.

    So far the open side and front are helping it behave reasonably normally. It rather looks like a mini HAL9000 with some blinking internal lights, but it has no voice and no red eye, thankfully. It’s about 7 years old, which I understand makes it ancient, and runs Windows XP, also ancient. Spouse had to upgrade it to Internet Explorer 8 from 6, as 6 is apparently ancient as well and no longer can work with many web sites.

    Upshot is we hope it will limp along for a couple of weeks until its replacement arrives. So my posting here might be intermittent, all depending on how it feels at the moment. The new one is less expensive than this one and has much more memory. It will come with Windows 7 inside. Vista was on the poop list from the day it was born I understand, and several friends and spouse have painfully testified that it is indeed poop. Maybe it isn’t offered any more. Could it possibly be considered an Edsel? Ummm, like the Volt?

    Now is probably the best time to learn about a new computer and how to make it obey, as I will never learn any younger. :)

  39. #72 Katfish

    You misunderstand. It’s not about women golfing at a particular location.

    It’s about Obama, and how HE feels about the situation. It’s all about him: what he thinks, how he feels, and how important his opinion is.

    If that’s what’s important to him, then he has all the time in the world to involve himself in local affairs.

  40. I so agree.

    Nobody speaks for me. I hate when a politician uses the phrase “the American people want to know” when they are parrying for a political point. Most of the time, I don’t care to know. And when these libs start protesting for paid birth control and free abortions – don’t say that they are speaking for me. They are speaking despite me. They are speaking against me. Don’t put words in my mouth. That’s one of my pet peeves.

    They are just wissing me off in general.

  41. #75

    Too good! ROFL!

    I’ve been getting phone call after phone call today for our vacancy down on the river. I’m about to head out to meet with at least one prospective tenant. I’m leaving the Couch again. I’m sure you ALL know what the usual behavior expectations are while I’m gone?
    /mother glare

    And someone PLEASE wash the dishes while I’m out!

  42. #72 Whiskerfish: Ifn I were the Prez of Augusta National, I would address the letter of response thusly:

    Dear Mr. President:
    Augusta National CC is a private club with deep tradition. As a private club we are free to allow or exclude whomever we wish. We have freedom of association in the United States of America, perhaps you may want to consult a Constitutional expert and some case law to confirm this point.
    As such, our new membership is absolutely none of your business, nor anyone else’s business outside the membership of Augusta National CC.
    Now please go pound sand up your socialist hoo-ha and leave us alone!
    With great irritation and contempt for you, I am
    Prez Bonecrusher

    ps
    Please tell your wife to stop stealing the taxpayers jet for her vacations

  43. HEADS UP westbounders on I-10 folks!

    KHOU 11 LIVE showing medium speed chase westbound on I-10

    tough to say which exit – but driver is still next to the small fiberglass posts that separate the HOV from the main lanes

  44. Another first at Hamous’ joint.

    The only website to live-blog a re-enactment of OJ Simpson’s wild ride down an LA freeway.

  45. I’m not sure about a federal judge ordering anybody outside his courtroom doing anything. Seems as much an over reach as the health care grab.

  46. I believe a Federal judge can appropriately order the Attorney General / Justice Department to do just about anything, within reason.

  47. Too bad he didn’t make across the river….we could have introduced him to
    Austin County-style justice.

  48. I don’t know if we can afford to prosecute any more big cases around here. We’ve still got three or four more doctor-killers to go and one mass murderer.

  49. The doctor-killer prosecutions are very expensive. Spanish-English translators required, among other high costs. It’s a real burden on the taxpayers of a still ag-based, non-wealthy county.

  50. #95 gto

    It was not outside his courtroom. Attorneys for the Department of Justice, of the executive branch, were arguing their side of a case filed by hospital owners challenging the Obamacare legislation.

    Justice Jerry Smith had every right to demand whether the executive branch of the US government recognized the constitutionally enumerated authority of his Appeals Court to rule in that very case.

  51. #97, 102, and the two that will likely follow. Outside of my knowledge, just asking. Thanks.

  52. The Justice Department has replied and it is snarky, as one would expect. The AG explains to the judges how jurisprudence works, the Constitution and the history of judicial review. These are some pretty dumb mo’fo’s.

    The best part are the Supreme Court cases explaining that this power may only be exercised in certain disputes.
    “If a dispute is not a proper case or controversy, the courts have no business deciding it, or expounding the law in the course of doing so.” In considering such challenges, Acts of Congress are “presumptively constitutional”.

    And then it goes on to cite one liberal case after another in support of the argument. To top it off, Holder signed it instead of the attorney directed to provide it. There’s also some double spaced paragraphs despite the judge’s explicit directions that it be single-spaced.

    This may rise to an impeachable crime.

    The letter is here, I’m surprised that no one has posted it; folks must be waiting for someone over at Fox News to read it, look up the big words and conduct a seance with Bartbreit to find a heavily edited video.

  53. I posted it at 04:08 PM, if only you had bothered to look.

    And no, it’s not snarky, it is predictably petty and sophomoric as I noted. Nothing more or less than the Fifth expected, I’m sure.

  54. Bob #59;

    “If your government had exclusively supported a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, or Jainist (etc,) display, would you still be protesting in favor them doing so?”

    And:

    I don’t think it was appropriate for the government to add “In God We Trust” to coins in the mid 1800′s, and to currency in the mid 1950′s. To the extent that I tolerate making kids that are too young to understand what they are saying, pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth, I liked the pledge in it’s original 1892 form much better than after it was altered by congress in 1954.

    Like Tedtam I’ve no problem with people displaying their faith and as for the coins and pledge, how much of Islam, Buddhism, hinduism, Paganism, and Jainism did the American people place faith in at the founding of this country? How many of said religion’s principles were imlemented to create and sustain this country? How many of their principles are currently sought in order to establish law? It seems to me “In God we trust” is a perfectly accurate reflection ofthe people and don’t forget that “God” is a title so you therefore may interpret that title as your conscience dictates. There’s no reason a Christian, Pagan, Buddust, Jainist, or Hindu may interpret “God” according to their own understanding and faith. There is no oppression on others or surpression of faith, nor is Congress establishing a religion by coining “In God we trust” or by “one nation under God”.

  55. #105 texas patrician

    I looked, and missed it. I was mesmerized by the chase. Sorry.

    We’ll have to disagree whether citing Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England or quoting the Supreme Court and Congress support of the administration’s position are tweaks.

    In the mean time Bartbreit has provided me with a heavily edited video of Judge Smith’s last case.

  56. How many of said religion’s principles were imlemented to create and sustain this country? How many of their principles are currently sought in order to establish law?

    Around 50 according to the Supreme Court, here and here.

  57. Difficult to say whether there is something actually to this or just a case of sensationalism. 500K computers aren’t many

    The computer security industry buzzed Thursday with warnings that more than a half-million Macintosh computers may have been infected with a virus targeting Apple machines.

  58. Who said all that practice didn’t pay off?

    A new report in Time magazine reveals the U.S. is the world’s top exporter of sperm.
    But why? It’s largely due to America’s reputation as the gold standard in sperm, Time magazine senior editor Jeffrey Kluger said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”
    “As with any other good product, the two keys are quality control and versatility, variety of product. We have very, very strict (Food and Drug Administration) controls on who can donate and how heavily they have to be screened. We also have a multi-ethnic population, which means we’re very appealing to the world because people can come in from Japan, from Brazil, anywhere else and find a genetically, ethnically matching baby.”

    I’m sure there is no relationship between this and the higher incidence in the United States of Metacarpal Hypertrichosis among the myopic population.

  59. Yup they were right, letting all folks get married has honked up the sanctity of marriage.

    Liz Slayback can trace her decision to pursue a divorce to a precise, painful moment.
    “I knew my marriage was over and the divorce proceedings were about to begin when I came home and I found my husband in bed with my two best friends,” said the 33-year-old dental hygienist from Staten Island.

    One statistic they neglected to cite: For every divorce, there is at least one prior marriage.

  60. #112 shamaal

    That reminds me of the story from back in the late eighties or early nineties when they busted more than one guy from the CIA doing a similar thing.

    The difference was the covert ops dept of CIA had these briefcases you could place on the passenger seat after you had dropped some person off discreetly and in order to fool those watching you, the briefcase blew up a human profile dummy in the passenger seat as if he were still in the car.

    Very James Bondish.

    It didn’t fool the local cops though. Some new directive had to issued by the DCI I’m sure.

  61. ShamTexmaalpat
    #109 #110

    It was a Java exploit that opened the backdoor into Macs. Since I do not have Java installed on my Mac it was non-sequitur as it were. Also I do not operate at the root level like most PC people thus lessening my chances of infections/trojans/interlopers etc.

    Good grief
    If Bill Gates Were Black is here

  62. Shabbat Shalom, Y’all. We begin the Passover Celebration and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
    Hag Sameach Pesach

  63. #116 squawk

    Shoot, now I’m going to have to move. Specifically shamaals are north winds.

  64. No more “cheese eating surrender monkeys”

    It is an admission that is verging on sacrilegious for a French president. But Nicolas Sarkozy’s top chef has revealed that the French head of state has banned cheese from the table at the Elysée Palace.

    Favorite quote

    Charles de Gaulle once famously declared: “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?”

  65. Just when I thought the abortion folks could not get any sicker…. ladies and gentlemen may I present After Birth Abortion.

    “Partial-birth abortion” is a term invented by pro-lifers. But “after-birth abortion” is a term invented by two philosophers, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. In the Journal of Medical Ethics, they propose:

    [W]hen circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.

    I will not add my comments to this story because Hammie’s Grand Mammy would not only have me banned but wash my mouth out with soap.

  66. The President signed the GOP jobs bill today with a number of Republicans present to bask in his reflected light. The bill permits small businesses to raise money on the internet without pesky government regulations.

    He said the initiatives in the bill paralleled many of the provisions that he sought last fall in his jobs agenda to encourage small-business growth.
    Republicans, who promoted the pro-small business ideas in the House, joined Obama at the signing ceremony, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., whose seat has been targeted by Democrats, also looked on as Obama signed the bill into law.

  67. #106 Darren, over the years my interest in epistemology has compelled me to observe your and Bonecrusher’s interactions on such matters, usually silently. I find it fascinating and educational, and I would enjoy an in-depth discussion with both of you. But probably not here, and definitely not this week.

  68. #124 Squawk

    Disgusting. I wonder how they’d feel if they were one of those babies with “an acceptable” life prognosis but the family would have been inconvenienced.

    My mother-in-law’s first baby was retarded. By the time they realized exactly what was wrong, she was pregnant with baby #2. Before they could be sure that son #2 was “normal,” she was pregnant with my husband. She told me that if she’d had the choice, Hubby would have been aborted. He is now the one she depends on for almost everything.
    Son #2 has been pretty much a loss as far as being responsible and helpful.

    I don’t know what her life would be like, if she’d been able to conveniently dispose of her third son.

  69. The President signed the GOP jobs bill today with a number of Republicans present to bask in his reflected light.

    And then all progressives joined in to recite the Obumma worship prayer.

    Our Obumma who art in DC
    Hallowed be thy press coverage
    Thy presidency come
    Thy presidency be done
    As it is has been predestined in Shameless Streamed Media heaven

    Give us progressives our daily dose of Obumma
    And forgive the right wing peons their need of a Barf Bag

    And lead Obumma worshippers not into free thinking
    But deliver them from all independent thought

    For Obumma is the progressives Kingdom, Power and Glory,
    For ever and ever

    Right on Man!!

  70. Well, I ended up not going to Sweeny today, probably tomorrow. I ended up in the garden. I moved a cartful of compost into a couple of my veggie beds, did some very necessary weeding, put in some transplants, and put up some string frames for my beans which are coming up. I also put out my tomato decoys, since I have a couple of green tomatoes already. I found some Easter eggs and spray painted them with red paint, then hung them with some green pipe cleaners on my ‘maters. I added some compost to my potted rosemary plant and watered some seedlings on the back porch. I also moved some dirt before coming inside.

    I hope the decoys work. I lost almost of my ‘maters to the dang birds last year.

    I came inside, showered, fixed my dinner, washed the dishes (since my menfolk seem to not realize that I work, too), scooped kitty’s litter box, took out the trash, and now need to do some bookkeeping before I go to bed.

  71. Bob;

    God is what truly makes this land free. “In God we trust” is so appropriate that it stands alone as the purest acknowledgment of freedom both individually and as a nation. The reason people like Shannon can *asa Christian* appropriately view government buildings as a monument to freedom ofd religion is because more than any other group of people in the world, Christians understand from where it comes and how one should live to ejoy freedoms deep blessings.

    I’ll be happy to talk knowledge and it’s happy bride sophia anytime with you. Here’s a god one to start with:

    28 O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

    29 But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.

    (2 Nephi 9)

  72. I came inside, showered, fixed my dinner, washed the dishes ………..

    Durn it! I know there was something we were supposed to do ;)

    #79 And someone PLEASE wash the dishes while I’m out!

  73. Squaw #124;

    T oadd to the disgust, is that our sitting president seems 100% schooled in that bastardization of “defending” human life and 100% accepting of it.

  74. Shamaal;

    The trust is only the beginning. It’s the foundation to build upon to do good works in the world, for society, family, and individually. Take away that foundation and people cannot be as good as they could be.

  75. And as we all know, any country that Trusts In God, cannot do anything wrong.

    And as we all know, any country that Trusts In God stands a much better chance of doing things right.

  76. Arby’s resorts to blocking conservatives on Twitter

    You may recall that yesterday, Arby’s announced via Twitter that it would no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Conservatives were not at all happy – and they got very vocal about it.

    Well, as it turns out, Arby’s has begun blocking conservatives who have tweeted complaints.

    Dang. I really like Arby’s food.

  77. This letter includes this paragraph:

    While duly recognizing the courts’ authority to engage in judicial review, the Executive Branch has often urged courts to respect the legislative judgments of Congress. See,
    e.g. , Nature ‘s Daily. v. Glickman, 1999 WL 1581396, at *6; State University of New York v. Anderson, 1999 WL 680463, at *6; Rojas v. Fitch, 1998 WL 457203, at *7; United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 751 v. Brown Group, 1995 WL 938594,
    at *6.

    These WL cites caught my eye, so I tried to look them up. For each of the citations, 1999 WL 1581396, 1999 WL 680463, 1998 WL 457203, and 1995 WL 938594, I got the same message back from Westlaw after I entered the cites in the Find by Citation box:

    We cannot process your request because access to these materials is not authorized under your subscription agreement. For more information, call West Customer Service at 1-800-WESTLAW (1-800-937-8529).

    So I looked the cases up by party name instead. The first one, Nature’s Dairy v. Glickman turns out to be an unpublished opinion with this citation:

    173 F.3d 429 (Table), 1999 WL 137631 (C.A.6 (Mich.))

    The second one, State University of New York v. Anderson is maybe this one?

    Anderson v. State Univ. of New York, 107 F. Supp. 2d 158 (N.D.N.Y. 2000).

    If so, why not cite to the Federal Supplement?

    and the third one, Rojas v. Fitch, I’m pretty sure, is this:

    Rojas v. Fitch, 127 F.3d 184 (1st Cir. 1997), which means that the cite is off by a year.

    and the fourth, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 751 v. Brown Group is perhaps this case:

    50 F.3d 1426, 63 USLW 2636, 129 Lab.Cas. P 11,303, 10 IER Cases 705

    or maybe this one, if the letter got the date wrong, in addition to the cite:

    Not Reported in F.Supp., 1994 WL 409450 (E.D.Mo.)

    but most likely, this one:

    United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 751 v. Brown Group, Inc., 517 U.S. 544 (1996). If so, the date is wrong — not 1995 as the letter says, but 1996. But if this is the one, there’s really no excuse to not cite to the official United States Reports.

    Labeled under “oops” at Hot Air. This does it for me. Holder has no idea how to run a justice department.

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