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Paula Deen innocent? -- case dismissed, lawsuit dropped

Feb. 16th, 2014 | 08:48 am

This needs a better cite, but good grief! The accusing lawsuit was dropped in August 2013. How much coverage has that got, compared to the coverage when the accusations were made?

Punishment first, trial afterwards? I'll post later about the meaning of 'lynching'.

Paula Deen Discrimination Lawsuit Dropped
Lawyers in Savannah, Ga., signed a deal on Friday, Aug. 23, to drop the lawsuit against the disgraced former Food Network chef, 66, who was accused by ex-employee Lisa Jackson last year of racial discrimination.

According to the Associated Press, both parties agreed to drop the case "without any award of costs or fees to any party." No other details were released.
[O]n Monday, Aug. 12, U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore threw out Jackson's claims that the Southern star and her brother Bubba Hiers had subjected her to racist attitudes during the five years she was employed at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.

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Merry Christimas!

Dec. 25th, 2013 | 06:05 am

Or whatever

to whoever!

Those Christian holidays are really well-timed. They take our mind off the short dark days. Then Solstice comes, and then we have a few days to recover from the suspense. We know for sure the sun really did start moving back toward the north. Then have the party!

And thanks to the Christians for including all of us, and letting us say it too!

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Okay, that's nice. And WHAT?

Dec. 20th, 2013 | 08:19 pm

"A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying ...
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Booo! on 'Work Ethic'

Dec. 16th, 2013 | 05:00 pm

Saw this was twitting around, and realized why I oppose any 'Work Ethic'.

These two loaf around in their pyjamas all day. ABC’s subtle message to kiddies: poor work ethic is okay

I'm for a Result Ethic.

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"When atheist billboards and Muslim veils are both under threat, we need secularism"

Dec. 14th, 2013 | 12:43 pm

"When atheist billboards and Muslim veils are both under threat, we need secularism"

-- from someone's Tweets

ETA: Still, threat of what? Criticism?

I heard the atheists put out something (billboard?) saying there's plenty to celebrate with no need for the 'Christ' element. Palin said they were 'trying to abort Christ out of Christmas'. Strong language, but accurate.

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Admiring Miss Manners

Dec. 8th, 2013 | 02:29 pm

A comment I posted elsewhere got elegantly snubbed in the best Miss Manners style. I wonder if MM has written anything on the etiquette a LJ snubbee should use in such a situation.

Anyway, here is my comment. context redacted.

I agree with you about the comments [at a non-LJ site]. I think Miss Manners does a
wonderful job of showing how, in their original context, even things that
seem to us as fussy and too formal, really do work to save people's
feelings and prevent awkwardness. And she shows us what can help in our
own contexts.

There is a place where some people's natural courtesy can be exploited.
For example, a telephone solicitor deliberately talks in a way that
leaves you no polite way to disengage. Some people get really upset about
what to do; their good manners keep them from simply hanging up!

Some 'people in power' use that sort of technique too, for the purpose of
keeping their power or silencing dissent. The boss who spends a private
conference time talking about his grandchildren, then says "Well, I can't
spend all morning on this" -- without ever letting the employee talk
about why she deserves a raise. Body language to sweep someone out the
door before she can finish her question. Politicians at a meeting. People
who use crazy exaggerations to which there is NO polite reply -- so
you're silenced. That's the people on top abusing the situation.

People supposedly on the bottom abuse it too. Rude language, insulting
anyone who uses 'The Tone Argument', throwing around terms like
'priviledge' and 'racism'. Attacking any attempt by 'priviledged' people
to be nice, to reach out for consensus.

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Ford and Obama and Bush and JFK ... and drones

Nov. 7th, 2013 | 07:51 pm

My comment at Fengi's LJ:

For larger context, JFK's Cold War vs Bush's War on Terror. In the Cold War, the CIA's assassinations and torture were covert: concealed, denied, and when revealed were officially condemned. The Cold War CIA violated the standard but supported its existence. Justification of Guantanamo and drones -- overt, officially justified -- attacks the standard itself.

Assuming that most people who, like me, want drugs de-criminalized, are also enemies of Ford on other grounds, they may well criticize him here. His concealment and apology support the existence of the standard which most of us would like to destroy -- ie criminality of drugs. Obama's casual account at least softens that standard. So everyone is being quite consistent.

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US National Ranked Choice Voting, more or less

Nov. 6th, 2013 | 08:38 pm

Actually, those terrible old men who wasted their time writing our Constitution, did allow for Ranked Choice Voting, or whatever other variations various states might like to try. Each state has a certain number of 'Electors', which the state can choose in any manner it likes.

When they meet as the Electoral College, by the Constitution each Elector votes for whoever she wants for President, and they can keep voting till there's a clear winner, iirc. It's only by recent custom that in practice the two major parties dominate the process from the beginning.

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Obama isn't the first

Oct. 23rd, 2013 | 09:58 pm

Right! There was the same opposition to Bill Clinton, JFK, and FDR! Maybe it had something to do with their, yanno, policies?

The point is, the opposition to Obama doesn't come from just one thing. Even if he were straightforwardly, obviously white, the other aspects of his personality would be more than enough to generate intense hostility among Borderers. (Recall the right's hostility toward Bill Clinton, who had the same cool temper and intellect, the same preference for cooperation, and a similar marriage of equals with a strong, professional wife -- despite being a Borderer himself.)

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Randomly nicked....

Oct. 11th, 2013 | 04:20 pm

Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords as a basis for a system of government is starting to sound better all the time....

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