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Jury foreman: Dr acquitted on leaving the scene after killing skateboarder because he "panicked"..


... Nixon says they were not convinced with how the blood was drawn from the doctor. That test showed Dr. Corasanti's blood alcohol content was .10 five hours after the crash. He said the jury questioned whether the blood sample could have been contaminated, and added the Corasanti defense team did a "great job."

Nixon also said the jury did not convict Dr. Corasanti on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, not because they questioned whether he left the scene, but they feel he panicked.

Ultimately, Nixon said the jury felt defense effectively "poked holes" in the prosecutions case against Dr. Corasanti, but said prosecutors had a good case.

When asked about the victim of the accident, Alix Rice, he said "we had to put some of the fault on Alix." That statement was based on testimony from a defense accident reconstruction expert that questioned whether Alix was riding her longboard on the road or in the fog lane.

SoftBank Pantone 5 107SH hands-on: radiation detection comes to Android


SoftBank's Pantone 5 107SH will make headlines in the global press for one reason and one reason only — it's the first phone in the world to come with a built-in radiation detector — but it'd be a big deal in Japan even without that headline feature. Indeed, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son introduced the Pantone 5 onstage today without even letting the audience know what that color-matched button was for, and showed off a new commercial that makes no mention of the functionality at all. The carrier's colorful range of Pantone phones has long been a hit in its home market, and a first smartphone entry for the series running Android 4.0 is almost guaranteed to make a splash.

The Pantone 5 is a fairly middling device on paper, with an 3.7-inch 854 x 480 LCD, a 4-megapixel camera, and a 1.4GHz processor, along with the obligatory 1seg TV tuner, waterproofing, and infrared data port. While it's a fairly unimpressive 12mm thick, it feels well-built and the design is very much in line with the pleasingly chunky nature of other Pantone phones. You can take your pick from eight colors, with the purple and teal being particularly fetching. As for software, by default it's running the same Sharp skin that we saw on KDDI's Aquos Phone Serie. We still can't say we're fans of the iOS-style approach to Android 4.0, but it does at least look a little more attractive on a smaller screen.

David Weber, absolute proof that very smart people can buy into wingnut bullshit..

I just finished Weber's "Shadow of Saganami" on the Baen free library, I was on chapter 39 and really getting into it, Weber was giving a terrifically sophisticated analysis of the various political entities involved in his story when from out of nowhere he dropped this amazing turd into the punchbowl.


"I think they believe that since the Star Kingdom requires its citizens to pay taxes before they're allowed to vote, they'll be able to control the situation. That the Manticoran system's set up to give the Star Kingdom's upper class control of the electorate while maintaining the fiction that the lower classes have any real political power," Van Dort said, and Terekhov barked a sharp laugh.
"That's because they don't understand how high a percentage of our people do pay taxes. Or maybe they think our tax codes are as complicated and buggered up as theirs are as a way to chisel people out of the franchise."
"Not all of our tax codes are that bad," Van Dort protested.
"Oh, please, Bernardus!" Terekhov shook his head in disgust. "Oh, I'll grant you Rembrandt isn't quite as bad as the others, but I've taken a look at the rat's nest of tax provisions some of you people have out here. I've seen hyper-space astrogation problems that were simpler! No wonder nobody knows what the hell is going on. But the Star Kingdom's personal tax provisions are a lot simpler—I filled out my entire tax return in less than ten minutes, on a single-page e-form, last year, even with the emergency war taxes. And all the Star Kingdom requires to vote is that a citizen pay at least one cent more in taxes than he receives in government transfer payments and subsidies.

Totally ruined my suspension of disbelief, it took me about three chapters to get back into the story again, thankfully I didn't see any more really obvious wingturds so I managed to get through the rest of the book without pounding my keyboard into scrap..

Anyone who can believe that a provision to keep anyone not paying net taxes from voting will not eventually be used by the upper classes to disenfranchise the lower ones is just deluded.

Betty Cracker: Corporate / Religious Slogan Mash-Ups


Spotted on a service van:

There are so many possibilities here:

Customers for Christ
Downsizing the Devil with Jesus
Paradigm Shift to Salvation
Getting Granular in Gethsemane
Synergy, Not Sin

I feel certain I’m overlooking low-hanging fruit and that y’all will push the envelope with value-added propositions.

There's some pretty good ones in the comments to this post..

Space Battleship Yamato

I wonder if they're going to subtitle this in English?

Evidently Not Joe the Not Plumber is running his campaign like he did his plumbing business..

This is some seriously bizarre stuff, the liberal looks like Limbaugh and the conservative looks like a latte sipping, Prius driving lieberal.

My title came out of the comments, Not Joe should turn them off, he's getting royally flambeed in there.

The Abortion That Mitt Doesn't Talk About Any More..


In a 1994 Senate debate with Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney revealed a startling chapter from his past: A close relative had died many years earlier in a botched illegal abortion, shaping Romney’s stance in favor of safe and legal access to abortion for all women. But in the many years since that revelation, even as Romney flipped his position and became an ardent opponent of legal abortion, the details of his young relative’s story, including even her name, have never been reported.

The relative he was referring to back in ’94, Salon has learned, was a Detroit woman named Ann Keenan. She was the sister of Romney’s brother-in-law and died at the age of 21 in 1963, a full decade before Roe v. Wade. While much of what happened remains murky, an investigation by Salon has uncovered never-reported details about her life and death, including: how she died (an infection); that her grief-stricken parents asked for memorial donations to be made to Planned Parenthood; and that the family apparently wanted to keep the death quiet because Romney’s politically ambitious father, George, was then governor of Michigan.

With access to abortion increasingly restricted in many states and the possibility that a Republican victory in 2012 — potentially by Romney — will tilt the balance of the Supreme Court against Roe v. Wade, Romney’s account of how a back-alley abortion touched his own family is more relevant than ever. The episode is a window into an era when obtaining an abortion meant the real risk of serious injury or death. It also represents a key part of Romney’s political journey on the issue of abortion, which has more than any other tarred him as a flip-flopper.

The outlines of the story first became public when Romney — unprompted — brought it up in that 1994 debate with Kennedy, whom he was trying to unseat. At the time, Romney, who was making his first bid for office, was struggling to prove his pro-choice bona fides to liberal Massachusetts voters. In the debate, he insisted that he separated his personal beliefs — opposition to abortion — from his policy position that abortion “should be safe and legal in this country.” Accused by Kennedy of being “multiple-choice,” Romney angrily fired back:

“On the idea of ‘multiple-choice,’ I have to respond. I have my own beliefs, and those beliefs are very dear to me. One of them is that I do not impose my beliefs on other people. Many, many years ago, I had a dear, close family relative that was very close to me who passed away from an illegal abortion. It is since that time that my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter. And you will not see me wavering on that.”


Read the rest of the piece at the link..

EV: 100+ mph, 121 mile city range, 55 highway range, $16,995, looks cool..


Most everyone interested in electric motorcycles has heard by now, the Brammo Empulse is out in its final production form and it's a looker. From the start, the Empulse had a lot of visual appeal and the production version looks even better. There's both an Empulse and Empulse R, priced at $16,995 for the standard version and $18,995 if you want the carbon fiber extras.

So what does the Empulse offer? The technology is pretty impressive, it has a 54hp water cooled AC motor and a six speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch for those of us that like to fiddle with gears. Regenerative braking puts a bit of energy back into the batteries and makes the deceleration feel more like conventional engine braking.

It has a 100mph+ top speed and a city range of 121 miles, highway driving runs out at 56 miles and a combined half and half driving type yields 77 miles before recharge. Recharging at Level 1 (120 volt single phase) takes 8 hours and Level 2 (240 volt three phase) takes 3.5 hours.

The Empulse represents the best the electric motorcycle manufacturers have right now and there is certainly a lot to like. Electric enthusiasts will cheer and I would hope they start spending hard earned dollars to back up their enthusiasm with a purchase and then begin using the Empulse for daily riding.

Betty Cracker: Let's Do The Time Warp Again..


Mrs. Mitt seems like a nice enough person—she comes across as exponentially more human than her husband. Admittedly, that’s a low bar since anyone who seemed less human would be relegated to the cargo hold of a commercial airliner without a notarized document from an anthropologist.

But Mrs. Mitt seems as pleasant as a clueless rich lady could possibly be when she’s trying to sell you an animatronic plutocrat with an anti-99%, anti-woman and anti-gay agenda. Sort of like a defanged Lynne Cheney. So I don’t mean to pick on her. But this passage of a Mothers’ Day op-ed she penned for USA Today struck me as odd:

People often ask me what it was like to raise five boys. I won’t sugarcoat it. There were times I wanted to tear my hair out. I can remember visiting my friends’ houses, seeing their daughters’ manners, the way they helped with the chores. Then I would return home to my boys, hoping only that my house was still intact.

Sweet al dente Flying Spaghetti Monster, is she actually suggesting that daughters are universally better mannered and tidier than boys? I’d disabuse her of that notion by posting a picture of my teenage daughter’s room right now, but that would be invading the kid’s privacy. Trust me, I’d stack that girl’s smart mouth and capacity for generating household-roiling mayhem against all five Little Lord Fontleromneys.

But that’s not all that bugs me about the piece. It illustrates something more broad and disturbing—a weird trapped-in-amber vibe to both Romneys, something that can’t really be explained away as a generational thing. They are about the same age as my parents, and though my parents’ political views differ significantly from the Romneys’ (my dad is way to their right and my mom is way to their left—divorced ages ago, obviously!), you can tell my parents experienced the decades that followed 1959 and took away certain lessons, for good or ill.


Read the rest of the piece at the link..

T.E.A.B.A.G.G.E.R. = Totally Enraged About Blacks And Gays Getting Equal Rights

Not my creation but I thought it worth passing on..

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