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Laid Low With the Flu

Posted by Mark on October 13, 2005

Sorry folks, no blogging today, or maybe tomorrow.
Picked up a bad virus in the past two days, will hopefully be back up and blogging on Saturday.

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The Real Stella Awards

Posted by zaphriel on October 13, 2005

For those of you that don’t know what a Stella Awards were inspired by Stella Liebeck. In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee onto her lap, burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, but that’s not the whole story. Ever since, the name “Stella Award” has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits — including bogus cases!

But then Randy Cassingham decided to look for True Stella Awards, and because truth is often more outlandish than fiction, he was not disappointed. Because of his research he wrote a book or two, and started a website called The True Stella Awards. On that site you can subscribe to a mailing list that tells the story of a true Stella Award every time he writes one. The following is one of those stories.


by Randy Cassingham

On October 14, 2004, Barbara Connors, 75, of Medfield, Mass., was riding in a car driven by her son-in-law, Alan Hauser, 70, when they got into an accident in Old Saybrook, Conn. Their car left the road, jumped the sidewalk, went through a fence, and flew 15 feet through the air and splashed into the Connecticut River. Hauser swam to the surface and was rescued by the crew of a nearby boat, but Connors went under with the car, sinking 10 feet below the surface.

There were plenty of witnesses to the crash, and several quickly called 911 to report it. “It was the [fastest] response I’ve ever seen,” said one. “They were here in a heartbeat.” Because she was underwater, and the river’s current increased the danger, rescuers had to don special gear. Even with the time it took them to drive there and do that, Connors was pulled to the surface within 15 to 20 minutes of the accident. Still, it was too late: she had no pulse. Paramedics started CPR and revived her at the scene.

Rescuers were “very pleased with the rescue effort by all the agencies involved, as well as the citizens who helped us,” said police officer Michael Spera, who was on the scene. Connors was raced to the hospital in critical condition — and thanks to everyone’s quick action, she survived.

The next month, a ceremony was held to honor the rescuers. Connors’ daughter said her mother couldn’t attend, but wanted to thank everyone for their “very generous outpouring of generosity and support” in saving her life. Connors was in town to visit her daughter when the accident occurred.

That was then, this is now: Connors has sued not just her son-in-law, who was driving the car, but also the rescuers, alleging they “took too long” to rescue her. The suit, filed in Superior Court at New London, Conn., was filed by attorney Robert Reardon Jr. It claims the town is responsible for not installing “appropriate guardrails to stop a vehicle from going into the water” and for failing to “provide funds for the equipment needed by police divers.”

In addition, the suit names the town building inspector, its director of public works, a building official, a planner, and the Parks and Recreation Commission, for “failing to maintain a safe environment at Saybrook Point.” It also names town police chief Edmund Mosca for “failing to provide adequate staff and diving equipment.” The suit says that Connors was previously able to live on her own, but after the accident she has to be cared for in a nursing home. Presumably those rsponsible for saving her life should pay for that.

For their “very generous outpouring of generosity and support,” the town and rescuers are sued? Yeah, that makes sense. Rescue work, especially in water, is incredibly dangerous, and a great many rescuers, most notably in small towns, are volunteers. What sort of public policy signal is society sending when we allow them to be put them through hell after they do a GOOD job?

STELLA AWARDS is a project of “This is True” — — and is published by ThisisTrue.Inc, PO Box 666, Ridgway CO 81432 USA.

Ok so I like these awards for a few reasons. I get a chuckle at how stupid people are, and it really illustrates how badly lawsuit abuse needs the nations attention. This costs all of us money, every time a court has to hear these cases, court fees do not usually cover all of the costs, we the tax payers front the rest of the bill. Not to mention if these idiots win by some fluke of legal maneuvering or technicality, it sets a president that absolves society of any personal responsibility. Tort reform is a must, as well society should not tolerate these things, it hurts us all, especially when the courts are tied up with this stuff, when one of us has a legitimate complaint that needs it’s attention.

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Stop The ACLU Blogburst – Religious Freedom

Posted by zaphriel on October 13, 2005

The following is the Thirsday Blogburst done by Jay at Stop the ACLU. I agree with allot that is being said, and have little to add, so I am reprinting his blogburst.

It happens somewhere in America almost everyday. Some small school, city counsel or County Courthouse gets sued. Perhaps your town has a historical monument to honor the dead from WWII that just so happens to be shaped like a cross. Or maybe your child’s school will be having a winter break instead of Christmas this year. Whatever it is, don’t fool yourself…it could happen to your town. And what will happen when it does? What will happen when the ACLU comes into your backyard? Will your town stand up for its religious liberties, or fold? The ACLU will go full force and has plenty of money to back it up. Does your town have the funds to defend itself? The ACLU has the backing of huge liberal groups, funded to the tee. How does your town stack up?

Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you. Right now, there are those out there watching it happen to them. What can you do? If the ACLU wins, guess who pays for it? That’s right, you do.

I found the following at ReclaimAmerica.Org

U.S. Representative John Hostettler has introduced legislation which seeks to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from collecting millions of dollars in court awards when they seek to remove symbols of the Christian faith from society.

The Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (H.R . 2679) would prevent secular organizations from collecting attorney fees after suing communities to remove memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, or any other vestige of the Christian faith. The legislation reads, “The remedies with respect to a claim under this section where the deprivation consists of a violation of a prohibition in the Constitution against the establishment of religion shall be limited to injunctive relief.”

I found this at

ACLU Generates Revenue in Courtroom Campaign

$156,960 Nebraska

The ACLU was awarded $156,960 after a judge overturned an amendment to the Nebraska Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The amendment was approved by 70 percent of Nebraska voters.

$790,000 = San Diego

The ACLU was given $790,000 after suing to nullify a lease between the city of San Diego and the Boy Scouts of America. A federal judge sided with the ACLU, ruling that the Boy Scouts are a religious organization because they require kids to pledge an oath to God and promise to live a “morally straight”

$150,000 = Barrow County (Ga.)

The ACLU was awarded $150,000 after suing to remove a display of the Ten Commandments from the Barrow County Courthouse.

$615,500 = Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court established the Florida Bar Foundation and then commissioned the foundation to provide $615,500 to the ACLU of Florida between the years of 1990 and 1997.

$121,500 = Kentucky

The ACLU was awarded $121,500 after suing to remove a monument outside of the Kentucky Capitol building.

$277,000 = Kentucky

The ACLU was awarded a whopping $277,000 after suing to overturn a state law against abortion in 1994.

$299,500 = Kentucky

In 2001, the ACLU was awarded more than $299,500 after suing to overturn abortion regulations in Kentucky.

$50,000 = Tennessee

A Tennessee County was forced to pay the ACLU $50,000 after losing a legal battle to preserve a display of the Ten Commandments.

$37,037 = Loudoun County (Va.)

The ACLU was awarded $37,037 after winning a lawsuit to prevent a Loudoun County (Va.) from installing pornography filters on public library computers.

$175,000 = Alabama

Following the lawsuit, involving former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building, state taxpayers were forced to pay nearly $550,000 in attorney fees and court costs. Of that, $175,000 went to the ACLU.

$63,000 = California

Taxpayers were forced to give the ACLU a whopping $63,000 after their lawsuit to remove a World War One Memorial Cross from the Mojave National Preserve.

$74,462 = Habersham County (Ga.)

The ACLU received $74,462 from Georgia taxpayers after suing to remove a Ten Commandments display from the Habersham County (Ga.) Courthouse.

$25,000 = Pulaski County (Ark.)

The ACLU was awarded $25,000 after suing an Arkansas county for telling the child’s parents that the 14-year-old boy was living an openly gay lifestyle in school.

$135,000 = Cobb County (Ga.)

The ACLU is scheduled to receive $135,000 from Cobb County taxpayers, after suing the county to remove warning stickers from the district biology books. The stickers simply read, “Evolution is a theory, not a fact.”

$75,000 = Pasco (Wash.)

The city of Pasco, Washington was forced to pay the ACLU $75,000 after they lost a lawsuit to remove the painting of a naked woman from the Pasco City Hall.

$52,000 = Seattle (Wash.)

Residents in Seattle, Washington, were ordered to pay $52,000 to the ACLU — for defending a student’s “right” to mock the assistant principal in a sexual online parodies … sodomizing Homer Simpson and appearing in Viagra commercials.

$6,000,000 = American taxpayers

The ACLU, along with other pro-abortion organizations, have shared in court awards estimated to be worth roughly six million dollars following the Supreme Court’s decision in which they declared the Nebraska partial birth abortion ban unconstitutional. Reportedly, these lawsuits affected thirty states.

$18,000 = London (Ohio)

After suing London, Ohio, for allowing their football coach to host a voluntary prayer for athletes, the ACLU was awarded $18,000 in attorney fees.

$110,000 = Multnomah County (Oregon)

Incredibly, Multnomah County taxpayers were asked to pay a whopping $110,000 after the ACLU sued them for allowing the Boy Scouts of America to recruit on public school campuses.

$111,000 = Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue was ordered to pay the ACLU $111,000 after losing a lawsuit in which the ACLU sought to prevent the organization from picketing near abortion clinics.

$230,000″>San Diego (California)

San Diego residents were forced to pay $230,000 in legal costs in an effort to defend the Mount Soledad Cross (a memorial to the Korean War) from an ACLU lawsuit. The Korean War Memorial had been established in 1952.

Don’t let it happen to your town, or if it is going to happen…don’t pay for it. Reclaiming America has put together a petition that already has over 100,000 signatures. We also have a petition asking for the same thing, to stop taxpayer funding of the ACLU in Establishment Clause cases. You can sign both petitions here. Help us curb the secularization of America.

This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please register at Our Portal. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 115 blogs already onboard.

Religious freedom is for all of us. Atheism in it’s own way is a religion too, and it is being forced on all of us. I would rather a country that allowed all forms of peaceful religion be allowed in the public lexicon than to live in a country devoid of it. Believe me, to those of you who are not Christian, mark my words, once they are done eliminating Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, et al.. are next, and probably in that order. Help us fight for complete religious freedom, join the fight by publicly and vocally opposing the ACLU, and it’s anit-democracy, anti-american, judicial activist march. Join the Blogburst and Sign the petitions, you can help, YOU NEED TO HELP.

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AlGore: How Embarrasing

Posted by Mark on October 13, 2005

I truly believe the loss of 2000 left AlGore unhinged in some way:

We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people,” Gore said. “We would be a different country.

He has rendered himself completely irrevelant, at a time when he could have become a true Stateman within the Democrat Party. He’s become a living caricature of himself.

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