Monday Morning Open Thread

My children have missed playing in the snow the past couple of years. Yesterday we had our doors and windows open and enjoyed the beautiful spring-like weather. I miss having at least a few weeks of winter. Here's a pic from my archives. My girls have the Carolina hats on. The rest are friends from the neighborhood. Great kids, every single one.

....and yes, those are boogie boards you see. We are all beach people - not ski people. They were also known to sled in laundry baskets.

What's on your mind this morning? Any good links to pass on? Any happy news?

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Nifong's in Trouble (notice the upper case "T")

N&O/Charlotte Observer story pretty thorough and pretty damning for Nifong. I realize the source is probably Cheshire. I'm trying to just look at the information and not the commentary. I know, I know....the whole story isn't out, but still...........

Hopefully, Cooper's office will get to the bottom of everything that happened that night and can do what is fair/right/legal for all parties involved.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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My own recollection

is that the defense attorneys went public first, and Nifong responded in kind. Nifong should have asked for a gag order, instead of allowing the whole thing to spiral out of control the way it did, with both sided trying the case in the media. I keep trying to give Nifong the benefit of the doubt, but it does look like he has made a lot of mistakes. It looks like Roy Cooper has assigned a couple of highly qualified attorneys to this matter, so I am optimistic that they will, as you said, get to the bottom of everything and do what is fair/right/legal for all involved.

Nifong went public first I believe

He went public before there were any suspects narrowed down, any lineup, any DNA samples taken. I'm not even sure the kids had lawyered up yet. (Of course, I'm not privy to their agreements with their lawyers)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

As a rule

I generally avoid conversations about sexual assault cases because they tend to be tried in the court of public opinion instead of the Courthouse where they belong. Usually, we see the defense attorneys using this tactic but Nifong seemed to make a special effort to play to the media and, in so doing, fan the flames of the media frenzy and draw the defense attorneys into the fire.

According the Observer article that SD cites, Nifong started making public comment on March 27...about two weeks after the infamous party took place. On March 30, Joseph Cheshire, who represents one of the accused lacrosse players, wrote to Nifong to warn him that he was behaving unethically. Apparently, while Nifong was publicly commenting on the case he was refusing to meet privately with the defense attorney and the accused to discuss the allegations.

Cheshire concluded that Nifong had left him and other defense lawyers no choice but to defend their presumed innocent clients in the media: "Sadly and unfortunately, that has created an atmosphere of trying these matters in the media, rather than a court of law, and that could have -- and should have -- been avoided."

The Observer suggests the letter from Cheshire will be used by the Bar Association as evidence that Nifong knew he was behaving unethically and made the conscious decision to continue.

Personally, I don't care what happens to Nifong or any of the attorneys in this case. And I still refuse to guess what happened at that party.

But I do care that we are not able to conduct an appropriate legal proceding that protects the rights of individuals on both sides of the matter, that the media frenzy for salacious subject matter trumps due process, and that women who are victims of sexual assault may refuse to come forward for fear of being treated like a liars/sluts/nuts.

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

kmr wrote about

Edwards' scheduled speech at Riverside Church yesterday.

Reading excerpts before a speech is wonderful, but hearing and watching the speech is what you really want, right? The man spoke some tough hard truth in a pretty firm tone. Here's a link if you have a few minutes to watch.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

cafeteria trays

Grew up and went to college in the great Northeast...so we always had lots of snow during the winter.

In college, we used to "borrow" the trays out of the dining hall to slide down the big hill behind the administration building. If you got the snow packed just right (if you have to ask, you've never been sledding!) you could make it all the way out to the middle of Lake Massasoit. Woo Hoo!

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

Best quote ever?

Click on the picture.


Funniest damn thing I've ever seen

I love Rangel...gotta make sure Working for Change sees this one.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hmmm.....lemme see if I can help this



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

CYE Working for Change

I sent it via the tubes

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

wow

thats sweet.

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

>''<

bwahaha...

you really ought to warn us before you post something like that.

A spewage alert...anything.
Oh, my aching sides.

Thanks to Matt Hill for the Shout Out

Triad blogger Matt Hill has been profiled at Best Gay Blogs (NSFW banner image), where he named BlueNC among his five favorite blogs. I first ran across Matt's blog last spring during his excellent coverage of a Rowan County high school's discrimination against a Gay Straight Alliance club.