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Archive for March 2011

No damages for wrongly convicted man

Man spends 14 years on Death Row. Prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence. Man is freed and sues. He wins, but U.S. Supreme Court overturns that ruling.

Thoughts on cases like this? Just how bad does government need to act before being held accountable for nearly executing an innocent man?

The March 28 week thread

While I dream of what might have been, you can post on the topics of your choice here.

Obama vs. ??? in 2012

I pose this question to the distinguished posters here … and to the rest of you. Who will Obama face in the next election?

Recent Pew Poll has likely foes ranked thusly (first number is all voters: second number is Republican respondents):

Mitt Romney — 16, 21

Mike Huckabee — 14, 20

Sarah Palin — 11, 13

Ron Paul — 8. 8

Newt Gingrich — 7, 11

Tim Pawlenty — 2, 3

Mitch Daniels — 2,2

Rick Santorum — 2,2

Haley Barbour — 2, 2

Chris Christie — 1, 2

Other

Who do you think it will be? Not who do you want it to be (though you can note that, too). I ask, because I have no clue.

The March 21 week thread

What March madness would you like to point out this week?

Ex-S-R photographer runs for her life

Via Huckleberries Online, here is a shot of former S-R photographer Holly Pickett (front and center) running from from unfriendly fire in Libya. She is safe and back in Egypt, according to her Facebook page.

Two of the photographers in that photo are among the four missing New York Times journalists.

Marijuana, medicine and politics

Good articles today on medical marijuana dispensaries and possible legalization. 

Plus, our editorial on codifying what the voters wanted when they passed an initiative in 1998.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Some writers should check their work

When processing a letter that derides teachers in the public schools, it's often tempting to publish it as is — without correcting spelling or punctuation.  This one arrived today:

 

 
 
I believe if you want any clue to how well the teachers union and their members are doing teaching our children all you have to do is see how many are making a passing grade in their class's, how many are dropping out of school and how many can make the grade to get into a college!!!! Enough said, we need better teachers not more money in the school system!

Gullible’s Travels

Got this in the email copied to me today. “Obama cancels National Day of Prayer.”

Sent the sender this.

Think the sender will send out a mass correction? Or is it already: mission accomplished?

March 7 week thread

Blame the jobless. Or not. Or talk about anything else you'd like.

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