I'm Glad I'm Not You, Cus Then I Wouldn't Be Me

Goodbye To A Friend

By: ricderr, 11:50 AM GMT on May 25, 2007

I come to work early, the building still dark. I usually get the chance to say hi to the Yard Managers son, age 3, sitting at his dad's desk watching cartoons on the internet waiting for his dad to get the morning trucks out and then go to daycare. On the way up to my office I'll usually say hi to our VP and exchange pleasantries. Here's a guy in his early 60's that knows the commercial doors and architectural department like the palm of his hand. He’s a great source of information and advice. I then walk into my office, turn on the lights and the computer, grab my coffee cup and head downstairs where I'll stop at a guys desk, he's an old timer, retired army in his 70's. We’ll trade friendly insults; I'll glance at the sports page. He'll ask who I'm bidding and then add some advice through the negative comments about the company I'm pursuing and then I head over to the coffee pot. I'll pass by one or two of the office ladies who will be sure to make a comment about my bald head and then I'll say hi to another old guy, he’s retired but still stops by every morning for his cup of coffee. We'll talk about the UFC and who beat who and then as I'm pouring my daily dose of caffeine I'll say hi to Slate. That is unless he's already taking his morning nap or quietly praying asking God to take care of his many kids, grandkids and family members, most of who work here also. If not, he'll ask me how I'm doing and razz me that I'm up in my office goofing off all day and when am I going to work for him and do an honest days work. It all makes for a great way to start the day as I'm reminded that I'm carrying on the work that these old timers started. It humbles you as it lifts you up. Today things changed. Slate passed away last night on the river. He had a massive heart attack and was dead before the paramedics could arrive. This morning I passed old men, silent in their mourning, heads lowered and I passed by Slates desk, covered in a shroud, no more to have an old man sit at it's helm. Goodbye Slate.

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WEDNESDAYS QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:31 AM GMT on May 23, 2007

I need to keep this quick as I'm taking a few hours off today to bar-b-que at the two youngests school for their end of the year schoolwide party. A day of running, sugar ingestion, games, a dunk tank with their principal as star and hot dogs and hamburgers. Oh joy!! A warm day, a hot grill and meat. This is a vegetarians worst dream come true. LOL The things we do for our kids and to be quite honest, I will have a blast today. It's one of the reasons I like my job as it allows me the freedom to participate in the kids activities and that leads me to the Question of the Day:

What do you like most about your job?

Updated: 11:34 AM GMT on May 23, 2007

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:56 AM GMT on May 22, 2007

I'm resting easier today now that former President Jimmy Carter has said it was either carelessness or misrepresentation that caused such a stir over his recent comments concerning President Bush and that he didn't mean it the way it was reported. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic here.) Now, I don't know about you but when someone says this administration's foreign policy is the "worst in history," I pretty much don't need to read between the lines to know what he meant. It's pretty black and white to me. And you know what? (I know, never start a sentence with "and".) I'm perfectly fine with him saying it even if I might not totally agree with his statement. Regardless if he's right or wrong we know how Jimmy Carter thinks and I would hope we're smart enough to be able to see he's not calling him a bad person, he's not saying it's all GWB's fault, he's exercising his American right that he's not satisfied with his governments policies and practices. Oh but wait, yesterday and today he's apologizing, he's backpedaling for what I can only guess is to be bowing to media and outside pressures so that he doesn't hurt his causes or the interests he supports. I'd much rather hear honestly how Jimmy Carter feels, or anyone for that matter, than to wonder if what I'm reading is just drivel to appease the media and the powers that be. If Jimmy wants to apologize I'd rather hear him say that he picked the wrong time and forum to voice his beliefs not that his beliefs might have been misinterpreted. It would show me that Mr. Carter is human, that he makes mistakes like I do and that he cares enough to apologize and move on, because I also believe that one can disagree and voice their disagreements and still maintain civility. Instead, I believe that what is being done now only fosters a state of let's play nice in public while behind closed doors we stick needles in the eye of your voodoo doll and that leads me to the Question of the Day:

Can you describe the line where you go from respectfully disagreeing with our political leaders and system to where you're being disrespectful and also do you think the media plays too much of a role in defining that line?

Updated: 11:57 AM GMT on May 22, 2007

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 2:07 PM GMT on May 21, 2007

I packed up the kids Sunday morning and we headed off to see Shrek 3, a nice little Sunday diversion which garnered me a half hour nap. Before the movie while watching some animated shorts, Tim, the oldest at 14, explains to me why he thinks world war 3 would actually be beneficial. Now, seeing that he's MY son, I first had to make sure he wasn't pulling some prank. This is the boy that Saturday morning while I left him in charge of the two younger for a half hour, coached his brother and sister to appear to be fighting so I'd blow a gasket when i came home. This time he was serious and rather than explaining the suffering and death, at 14 he's invincible and has yet to personally be affected by death, nor the politics involved. I sat there and listened to his ideas of low unemployment, scientific advancement, galvanized citizenship and national pride and a polarized government. Now, I didn't agree with his political viewpoints nor did I make him go through the process to determine if his viewpoints were credible I was just enjoying the moment that his focus is expanding from himself and his family to a national and worldwide perpective. I also thought back to my earlier days and thought about what shaped my thinking of politics and the world and what drove me to think along political lines and that leads me to the Question of the Day:

When were you first seriously interested in politics and were you more involved now or in your youth?

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:42 AM GMT on May 18, 2007

Ok.....Yakuza stole our question of the day with his "ignore" blog. Someone had emailed me with the question of "should the blogs be terminated?" and I actually thought that more than negative responses we'd see posts about what people are grateful for from the blogs, but noooooo.....it may be hard for you to believe, but Aaron didn't consult me first...LOL...so....we'll delve into something a bit more personal for me and we'll see where it ends up.

Yesterday morning Becky, AHM, told me about a conversation she had between her and Cassie, our 10 year old daughter. Cassie asked her mom how old she was when she first started liking boys. Becky went into the routine that of course Cassie should like both boys and girls and Cassie finally interupted her Mom with, "Mom, you know what I mean." So, they had quite the talk and it ended with Becky telling Cassie she might want to invite "The Boy" to see Shrek with us this weekend. Thankfully Cassie was shocked and said NO WAY! Then last night Cassie asked her mom the age old question of how do you know if the boy reciprocates how you feel for him. Now myself as the father, I'm ready to bag her up and send her to the Nunnery. She can become interested in boys when she's thirty and maybe by 40 she can start dating and that leads me to the question of the day:

How old were you when you had your first crush, and how old should someone be before they start dating?

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Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:37 PM GMT on May 17, 2007

As we wind down our work week I need a moment to vent about a pet peeve of mine. People who change their mind more often than they change their underwear. Of course we all from time to time change our stance on issues and how we feel about this and that. I laugh when I think about myself in my early 20's as a young republican and how my views have changed over the years, but I know people that have switched from Repub To Demo To Green To Liber and on and on. I'm stuck with a secretary that each and everyday you have no clue which type of mood she will walk into the office with. I'm dealing with a client that has now said "yes" to 6 different entry door systems for his condo project. 5 times I've been told, "Ric, this is our final decision, I'm writing the contract as soon as I hang up," only in a few days to receive a call asking for new information. Here on the blogs, I might not agree, but I know when I open NCTroopers blog his post will be right leaning. The man is consistant and I respect that. Go to Pat's blog and you know you're going to see NO highlighted. I was almost floored two days ago when I saw my wife's response about the Palm Beach Condo until she told me she was teasing me and that leads me to the Question of the Day:

What Idea, Ideal, Belief, Constant, or Conviction have you held onto for the longest and why?

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:11 PM GMT on May 16, 2007

Hump Day! Where last weekend is a distant memory and the promise of a new weekend looms on the horizon. Let's see if we can make it interesting. Jerry Falwell, Pastor, TV Evangelist and College Founder past away yesterday. Probably best known for starting the Moral Majority and challenging conservative christians to become involved in politics. He’s also known for his controversial views on gays, his comments that America might have deserved the 9/11 attack and his use of his "Old Time Gospel Hour" television show to hawk a controversial video about President Bill Clinton. He was definitely pro right and was not afraid for anyone to know it. He was often criticized for his viewpoints but beloved by many because he took a stand. Now, I want to switch gears a bit and mention actors that become involved in politics. They are often criticized for doing so and justified with comments such as, they don't know enough about politics to be involved, they are just using their star appeal to achieve the goals of others or even that the politicians that they are supporting them are just using the actors because the actors have such a free reign of the press and that leads me to the Question of the Day:

Is there a difference between Jerry Falwell and actors and their voicing of political views and should religious institutions publicly support a political agenda or candidate?

Updated: 2:13 PM GMT on May 16, 2007

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:00 PM GMT on May 15, 2007

A news report this morning detailed a condominium on the barrier island between the West Palm beach mainland and the Atlantic Ocean growing problem with beach erosion. The beach has eroded to the point that pilings and concrete decking are exposed and if corrective measures are not taken this property is susceptible to major damage from wave actions from major storms and hurricanes. Officials from all over the state have been contacted and the property owners are facing two major hurdles in their efforts to replenish the sand on the shoreline. One, is the lengthy time that it takes to get permitting for this type of project and secondly, even if this project could be "fast tracked" through the system sea turtle breeding season is starting and the project would have to wait until breeding season is over which extends late into the summer. One resident of the condos was quoted on the news broadcast as saying he was an environmentalist to a point and that was when it interfered with the rights of homeowners such as him and that leads us to the question of the day:

Should this project receive fast track status and should the restoration be undertaken and potentially threaten endangered sea turtles?

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MOTHERS DAY Q.O.D.

By: ricderr, 10:08 AM GMT on May 12, 2007

What is the fondest memory you have of your mother?

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TO OUR MOTHER. WE LOVE YOU.
Cassie, Kyle & Tim



A Mother's Love
Helen Steiner Rice

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.


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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:44 PM GMT on May 11, 2007

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Tehran, 11 May (AKI) - Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed the need to boost cooperation with North Korea in talks with its deputy foreign minister Kim Yong Il in Tehran, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported Friday. "The Iranian government is interested in the expansion of ties with North Korea in various political, economic and cultural fields," Mottaki was quoted as saying after the meeting late Thursday.
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VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Iran's nuclear activities were dominating the last day of a meeting Friday aimed at tightening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, with delegates saying Tehran was objecting to a draft final summary it deemed too critical of its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

Since the outset of the two-week meeting, Iran has been a major issue, with Tehran defending its nuclear record and the United States and its allies accusing it of breaching the Nonproliferation Treaty.

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Found above are two separate articles involving Iran. Since the hostage crisis of years past our countries relationship with them has been strained at best. Lately, the military option and Al Quaida links have been mentioned in the press and that leads us to the question of the day:

How should we as a country proceed with Iran?

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THURSDAYS QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:55 PM GMT on May 10, 2007

I've been reading this morning about China's preparation for the 2008 olympic games and I found an obscure article saying that 300,000 have been displaced to make room for hotels, stadiums and facilities to accomodate the people and events that will take place. Families have been forced to move away from home and land that have been theirs for generation after generation and many reports say without fair compensation. Livelyhoods and comforts have been lost in the name of showing the world the modern China. Of course, Chinese citizens aren't promised the same rights we are, nor do they have a free press so it's not going to get national and international attention as it would here in the states and surprising to me, I have seen none of the large human rights group calling for a boycott of the games and that leads me to the question of the day:

Should America Boycott The Olympic Games Due To Human Rights Violations Of The Host Country?

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POSITIVELY D-LIST SOCIAL GATHERING @ 8:30

By: ricderr, 12:08 AM GMT on May 10, 2007

BLUE COLLAR OPTIONAL:
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yeaah...i know...d-listers have lame art :-)

ONLY THE BEST DRINKS:
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look ma...we don't need a corkscrew

GOT THE BOOM BOX:
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INVITED ALL THE COOL PEOPLE:
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OK..GARTH AND WAYNE...THEY COULDN'T MAKE IT BUT THESE TWO LOOKED CLOSE ENOUGH
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FRED THOUGHT IT WAS BYOB
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YEP...NERDY KIDS ARE WELCOME TOO

NOW ALL WE NEED IS YOU!!!!!!

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Positively D - List Social Gathering At 8:30 PM

By: ricderr, 7:46 PM GMT on May 09, 2007

But first...let's ponder some written words before we ponder some liquid refreshments...as the great macho Man Randy Savage has said.....OH YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!



Existentialism is a philosophical movement which emphasizes on individual existence, freedom, and choice.
There are several philosophical positions all related to existential philosophy but the main identifiable common proposition, is that existence precedes essence. By this, existentialism states that man exists and in that existence man defines himself and the world in his own subjectivity, and wanders between choice, freedom, and existential angst.

The first philosopher to use the term was Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855), who reacted against systematic rational philosophy, specially Hegel, and grasped the notion of a truth inside of the evolving self.

Deriving from this stress on existence there are other main subjects and images that have been developed by the existentialists.

Becoming a Being (existential ontology):
We are what we can become. Ours is a process, and our becoming is our ontic possibility of becoming. Human existence is a project, in which past and present are subordinate to future, is the main residence of our existence, because it is the north of our projection of ourselves. “Human existence cannot have a relationship with being unless it remains in the midst of nothingness.” (M. Heidegger - was ist metaphysik?).
Nothingness
Nothingness appears in existentialism, as the placeholder of the possibility. The awareness of anything in the world that is not my own existence (which by the way,cannot be held in consciousness without being nihilized) is an awareness of nothingness, that is, what I, this existence am not and in some cases I could become.
Absurd
We arrive from nothingness to absurd at the moment that we ask for a meaning after we have become aware of the other (trough the prior explained negation). Absurd is a leit motiv in existentialism, specially in Sartre and Camus. It is sometimes possible to overcome absurd, with absurd itself, as Camus says in The Myth of Sisyphus: "The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."
Ethics / Subjectivity / Good faith
Our view of the world is enough to become Truth, because it is based on our facts. What we do with this truth, depends on our good or bad faith, that is, the ability to act as if in our act the entire mankind would be represented. That is enough to prove an act as an ethical one.
Choice
We always have a choice. Existentialism does not stand for any kind of determinism except the one that determines our individual facts (existence)
We choose, and in choosing (in good or bad faith) we define ourselves. Choice is a definition of an existence in the world, towards an object outside of itself.
Choice is all that we have, without confirmation of our act; we never know what was right to choose. The doubt of our acts, together with the contingence of existence, leads to
Angst
The main characteristic of existence itself, when we face our contingence, and the absurdity of our acts and choices:
For Heidegger, it is that trough which fear becomes possible. For Kierkegaard is a desire for what one fears. For Sartre, it is the immediate consequence of facing the possibility of nothingness.

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Screw the QOD

By: ricderr, 5:02 PM GMT on May 09, 2007

Saw this in my daily perusals a few minutes ago...thought it was worth sharing...i'll be off for the afternoon...gonna find my sense of humor...lost it yesterday and i want it back...will have it in time for the 8:30 POSITIVELY D-LIST SOCIAL GATHERING....be there..or be even squarer than you already are



Thirteen Things about Lessons I Learned in 2006


1. Never give anyone unsolicited advice even if you have the best intentions. If they don't ask then they really don't want to hear it.

2. It's hard work staying angry at someone. Better make sure the person is really worth the effort.

3. Never underestimate anyone because of a perceived disability. They are apt to prove you wrong every time.

4. DisneyWorld really IS the happiest place on earth.

5. When you feel like the world is against you, sometimes the best thing to do is hold your head up give them your best. Actions really DO speak louder than words.

6. When it comes do sacrificing a friendship and protecting my family, I'll choose my family every time.

7. There are two sides to every story and both sides are usually valid.

8. The world is a scary, lonely place when you lose a friend.

9. Miracles can happen on the internet.

10. Finding my birth family has opened an entirely new dimension to my life. Amazingly, these new relationships have only strengthened the bonds of my "adoptive" family beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

11. Being right isn't worth it most of the time. I'd rather be happy.

12. Knowing the answers to my past, the good and the bad, has changed me for the better. Knowing is everything.

13. You can get through anything, the best and the worst, with the right person by your side.

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Q.O.D. & Tonight @ 8:30 Positively D-List Social Gathering

By: ricderr, 11:54 AM GMT on May 09, 2007

weds at 8:30...is the first monthly ...positively d-list social gathering......blue collar optional....bring your best cheap beer...cheap wine...velveeta cheese...ritz crackers and any proccessed canned food...every complainer gets banned and we'll all pay homage to the best of the worst original bad joke

You often here someone say they can't afford to be sick and sadle in so many cases it's true. I was reading this morning that hospitals charge the non insured 2.5 times as much as they do insured patients. Hospitals claim they have to have these high prices because insurance companies negotiate the price down and also that they collect only 10 cents on the dollar from the non insured patients and that leads to the question of the day:

Is it time for the United States to have a national health care insurance plan?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:42 AM GMT on May 08, 2007

weds at 8:30...is the first monthly ...positively d-list social gathering......blue collar optional....bring your best cheap beer...cheap wine...velveeta cheese...ritz crackers and any proccessed canned food...every complainer gets banned and we'll all pay homage to the best of the worst original bad joke

LOS ANGELES- Paris Hilton's lawyers have taken the first step to appeal her 45-day jail sentence. The 26-year-old socialite was ordered by a judge on Friday to report to a county jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
Hilton's lawyers filed a notice with the court indicating their intent to appeal on Friday. The document is required before a formal appeal can be lodged.The hotel heiress, who parlayed her party lifestyle into worldwide fame, said she believes the sentence was unfair. "I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don't deserve this," Hilton told
photographers assembled outside her home Saturday
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Let's face it, celebrity dirt is a national pasttime. We know more about certain celebrities than we do about some relatives. Many celebs even have publicists to help us know more about them and that leads to the question of the day:

Should Paris Hilton's drunk driving arrest and the following court case make the news and is this 45 day sentence for violating her parole fair?

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 3:22 PM GMT on May 07, 2007

weds at 8:30...is the first monthly ...positively d-list social gathering......blue collar optional....bring your best cheap beer...cheap wine...velveeta cheese...ritz crackers and any proccessed canned food...every complainer gets banned and we'll all pay homage to the best of the worst original bad joke

The answers to todays question are for me. I need to understand how others think. I've spent the morning in meetings and our non work conversations have centered around the weekends death and destruction. 8 US soldiers died in a bomb attack along with 50 civilians and 1 reporter, 114 die in a jet accident and 10 died in the tornado that tore through a small town. As one coworker put it, "death was busy this weekend." I brought up the fact that just in the states over 100 died in car accidents, over 300 died of heart attacks, over 250 died to stroke at least 3 children died due to leukemia and one reply was "it's ok, that happens everyday" and that brings me to the question of the day:


Why do we gravitate to certain tragedies?

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WEDS 8:30 PM POSITIVELY D-LIST SOCIAL GATHERING

By: ricderr, 1:42 PM GMT on May 06, 2007

weds at 8:30...is the first monthly ...positively d-list social gathering......blue collar optional....bring your best cheap beer...cheap wine...velveeta cheese...ritz crackers and any proccessed canned food...every complainer gets banned and we'll all pay homage to the best of the worst original bad joke

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY.

By: ricderr, 11:49 AM GMT on May 04, 2007

JUDGE SUES CLEANERS FOR 65 MILLION DOLLARS OVER MISSING PANTS
According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 — the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.

"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.

Family Of Drunk-Driver Victim Sues For Wrongful Death
The family of a woman that died after becoming the victim of a drunk-driving incident is suing for wrongful death. The woman, who was from New Jersey, was outside a concert last summer in New York when she was run over and killed.
The incident occurred in upstate New York last July, after the victim, 33-year-old Grania Maggio, had been to a Dave Matthews Band concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The victim was walking back to the car with friends when she was hit by the vehicle with enough force to kill her instantly.

The parents of the deceased woman have filed a lawsuit against Alexander Bennett, who was the 31-year-old driver of the car, as well as against his father Bruce Bennett. Alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine were found in samples taken from Alexander Bennett after the accident.



Two lawsuits, two very different circumstances, one which might have made you laugh and the other make you cry and that leads us to the Question of the Day.

Which one is justified or are both justified or neither are?

What is fair compensation?

Are lawsuits too common place in today's society?

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Thursday's Question Of The Day.

By: ricderr, 11:56 AM GMT on May 03, 2007

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“Some may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Maybe someday you’ll join us; and the world will live as one.”
John Lennon’s “Imagine”


Phrase Of The Day: Following the pack never won a race

Shhhh.... Don't tell anyone but this is a weather related post. It is being reported about a Mr.Cordani the inventor of Dyn-O-Gel, an asorbant that can abosrb moisture at a rate of 4000 times it's weight. Mom's and dad's have seen this product inside of disposable daipers. Cordani is claiming that in an experiment he dumped 9,000 pounds of this product on a cloud off West Palm Beach and it made the cloud disappear from radar. He's now seeking 500 million dollars so he can test it as a means of stopping hurricanes. Noaa has already spoken on the matter and said that even if it works it would take thousands of planes to deliver the product but Mr Cordani feels that if they just released it in one quadrant of the storm the hurricane would use its own energy against itself and dissapate. Enviromental concerns have been raised and the inventor says that the salt in the ocean water will liquify the substance once more and that there is more poisons in fench fries than his product. Now if you're on this site you know about hurricanes and are probably very aware of the damage they can cause, you may have seen this damage first hand and have quite possibly been through one or two and that leads to our Question of the Day:

Should we try to control hurricanes and other damaging storms or are we best to leave "mother nature" alone?

Updated: 11:58 AM GMT on May 03, 2007

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JOIN ME AT THE D LIST

By: ricderr, 11:53 PM GMT on May 02, 2007

Got an e-mail explaining i'm no longer on the A list...and seeing if i'm not an A lister.....it's too much effort to keep up pretenses on the B & C list...let me just join my friend Kathy Griffin and revel as a D -lister....shoes are not required.....don't worry if your clothes aint just right...you can burp now and then...and no one cares if you burp now and then

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day.

By: ricderr, 11:32 AM GMT on May 02, 2007

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“Some may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Maybe someday you’ll join us; and the world will live as one.”
John Lennon’s “Imagine”


Phrase Of The Day: A good dose or reality cures most fantasies

A side note: I spoke with one of the dads at Kyles baseball game yesterday who happens to be a curcuit court judge for St Lucie County. I asked him what is Justice? His one word answer, "fairness." He then went on to say it's fairness to the victim, fairness to society and fairness to the criminal and it's the judges responsibiity to decide what is fair and it's a question he struggles with daily. We then went on to talk about the Houston case in Horn's blog, he had some interesting thoughts on that and we talked about the penal system. What an eye opener, talking with someone that sees this everyday and this leads me to todays two questions of the day?

What should be the main role of our prisons?

Do you believe in the death penalty?

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Tuesday's Question Of The Day.

By: ricderr, 1:48 PM GMT on May 01, 2007

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“Some may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Maybe someday you’ll join us; and the world will live as one.”
John Lennon’s “Imagine”


Phrase Of The Day: Live life like Bart Simpson


It's funny, I've had a question of the day lined up for over a week and each day I find something that to me seems more relevant and thought provoking. This morning while reading the blog entries I came across Hornfan's blog concerning two girls that were brutalized and the still to be determined outcome from one of their attackers. As a dad that is fiercely protective of my kids it's a tough read and while reading through all the comments EmmyRose added a comment saying these girls deserve justice. I couldn't agree more, but it got me to thinking and that leads to the question of the day:

What Is Your Definition Of Justice And How Does You Incorporate mercy Into The Equation?

Updated: 1:50 PM GMT on May 01, 2007

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