Monday morning Open Thread

Thought-Bubble-White-Board_8296556I need to spend more time at my computer, since blogging is my little endorphin rush. The problem is that I also need to spend 8-10 hours a day hooked up to the continuous passive motion machine, which precludes any writing, whether on my desktop, my iPad, or my daughter’s (borrowed) laptop. If I use the CPM machine during the day, the only time I’m not hooked up to it is when I’m taking care of my mother or ferrying my children places. If I use the machine at night, I can’t sleep. Last night, I tried a compromise: I stayed on the CPM machine until 4 a.m., and then went to bed and slept for 2.5 hours. I figure that, when I’m next on the machine today, I can nap. This might work….

In any event, thanks to last night’s patchwork approach, I’m sitting at my desktop now, happily reviewing all my favorite morning reading sites. With luck, I’ll be able to get some blogging in before I have to head off to my post-surgical check-up.

Until then, here’s an Open Thread.

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  • Ron19

    Liberals look back and count the lives lost; Conservatives look forward and count the lives saved.
    Bookworm, instead of looking back and remembering the unpleasantness of the PMM, look forward to the years that your pain, etc., will be reduced or eliminated.

  • Ron19

    Several Open Threads, woven into a cable.
    A jury of our peers? What does that make us? D-O-H! Homeowners and business owners, on your toes, leave nothing to chance.
    Will wonders never cease!

    2013 Stella Awards
    For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old
    Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the
    McDonald’s in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took
    the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving.
    Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?
    That’s right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts
    in the U.S. You know the kind of cases that make you scratch your head.
    So keep your head scratcher handy!!!
    Here are the Stellas for this past year — 2013
    Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury
    of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was
    running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably
    surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
    Start scratching!
    Carl Truman,
    19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his
    neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t
    notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal
    his neighbour’s hubcaps.
    Scratch some more…
    Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had
    just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the
    automatic garage door opener malfunctioned  and he could not get the garage
    door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door
    connecting the garage to the house locked when  Dickson pulled it shut.
    Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and
    survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the
    homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the
    jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.
    We should all have this kind of anguish Keep scratching.
    There are more…
    Double head scratching after this one..
    Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered
    4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical
    expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbour’s
    beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard.
    Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the
    beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because
    Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the
    dog with a pellet gun.
    Pick a new spot to scratch, you’re getting a bald spot..
    Amber Carson of Lancaster,
    Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her
    $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone.
    The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her
    boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. What ever happened to
    people being responsible for their own actions?
    Only two more so ease up on the scratching…
    Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a
    nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking
    out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through
    the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said
    the night club had to pay her $12,000….oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.

    Go figure.
    Ok. Here we go!! Drum roll …
    This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski
    of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home.
    On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the
    freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s
    seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich not
    surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also
    not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the
    owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the
    cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down?
    $1,750,000 PLUS
    a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of
    this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy
    a motor home.
    If you think the court system is out of control and America has lost ALL
    sense, be sure to pass this one on!!!

  • Danny Lemieux

    That was sooo depressing, Ron19. 

    • Ymarsakar

      Around 70-90% of those awarded cash prizes are directed to lawyer unions and a significant percentage of it goes to funding the Left’s black and white operations.
      If all several millions went to making individuals rich, it would be a limited problem. The Left is powerful because it corrupts everything it touches, including the so called people of America. Instant zombie army at the commands of necro mancers, lawyers, and politicians.