Saturday, October 16, 2004
SMOKING CASE UPDATE
In January, I reported on an Ohio case where Robert Zangrando sued his next door neighbor, Nicole Kuder, for smoking on the front porch that Zangrando and Kuder shared. Zangrando, who was seeking $300,000, claimed the smoke 'smoke seeps inside his unit or stagnates outside his door when he passes' and irritates his wife's 'nose, throat and eyes'.
In the poster child of frivolous lawsuits, a jury of non-smokers took about an hour to side with Kuder.
I love predictions. I think it takes guts to go on the record and say what you think will take place in the future. And when your right, you can brag about how smart you are. Of course, when your wrong, you can bet there will be some smart-ass who points it out. Speaking of which, let's take a look at some of the predictions that have come from The McLaughlin Group this year:
1-16-04 Looking into the future of the Democratic party:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN; Two Democrats after Iowa and New Hampshire. Who will they be? Pat?
MR. BUCHANAN: Dean and Clark.
MS. CLIFT: Ditto.
MR. ZUCKERMAN: Yeah, I agree with that.
MR. PAGE: How can I break up a set? Dean and Clark.
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Dean and Kerry.
2-27-04 Gay Marriage Ammendment?
MR. BLANKLEY: There will be enough votes in the Senate to pass the gay marriage amendment, constitutional amendment.
3-5-04 More predictions for the Democrats:
MR. BUCHANAN: Terry McAuliffe will not survive as chairman of the Democratic Party, the convention in Boston.
4-2-04 Who makes the World Series:
MR. WARREN: Baseball starts in earnest this week. Hell will freeze over. The Tribune-owned Cubs make it to the World Series.
MR. BLANKLEY: The economy will create 2.9 million jobs before the election.
6-25-04 The Democratic ticket:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: The ticket will be Kerry-Edwards. True or false? Pat.
MR. BUCHANAN: False. Gephardt.
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Eleanor.
MS. CLIFT: Maybe.
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Tony.
MR. BLANKLEY: False.
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Peter.
MR. BEINART: True, because they think he can compete in the South with Edwards.
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: The answer is false.
7-1-04 The Unexplainable:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Hard liquor will make a comeback soon.
7-2-04 Austrailian politics:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: John Howard, third-term Australian prime minister, will be defeated in the upcoming election by the Labor Party's Mark Latham.
8-27-04 Rove and WMD's:
MR. MCLAUGHLIN: I predict that in early October Karl Rove will disappear from Washington. In mid-October there will be found in Iraq stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Naturally, I don't have a whole lot of room to talk, as on April 2 of this very year, I typed these words:
"Now run, don't walk, run to your local bookie and bet the rent money on the Anaheim Angels to win the World Series! I guarantee it!"
TODAY'S THE DAY!!!
Finally, at long last, after all the waiting, the 2004 Rock Paper Scissors World Championships take place today in Toronto, Canada!!
I had hoped to be the first blogger to cover the event live, but, sadly, the World RPS Society decided not to give me a press pass (along with airfare, hotel accommodations, and a hefty per diem).
However, the good people at the World RPS Society did send me a free copy of The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide, which is available on Amazon.com for $9.95.
While I can't begin to summarize the 194 page tomb here, I can offer some irrefutable excerpts:
Page 1---Other than the obscure origins of Rock Paper Scissors (or RPS) and such imponderables as how Paper beats Rock, perhaps no other issue has so captivated the attention of the public as this one: Namely, is RPS more of a game or more of a sport?
---The truth is, it's a way of life!
Page 9---The Paper Scissors Stone Club was the first of its kind dedicated to the finest of all dispute-resolution methodologies. It was founded in 1842 as a result of a highly controversial law issued that same year that declared, "Any decision reached by the use of the process known as Paper Scissors Stone between two gentleman acting in good faith shall constitute a binding contract. Agreements reached in this manner are subject to all relevant contract and tort law."
---Now that's my kind of tort reform!
Page 47---Rock is: Overbearing, Aggressive, Powerful, Blunt.
Page 49---Paper is: Protective, Passive, Thoughtful, Flimsy.
Page 51---Scissors is: Devious, Ingenious, Reactive, Sharp.
---What is your favorite opening move?
There will be more excerpts as the results of the Championships come in.
SHE'S OFF THE MARKET
One of my favorite bloggers, Nichole over at Passenger Pachyderms, is now married!
GOP Leader Happy Students To View Anti-Kerry Film
Bush Supporters Angered Over Fahrenheit 9/11 Viewing At Library
IS SINCLAIR GAME?
Last night on Leno's show Michael Moore offered Sinclair Broadcasting the chance to show Fahrenheit 9/11, for free, right after Stolen Honor.
While there is no word on whether Sinclair will accept as of yet, if I were a Sinclair stockholder, and they declined the windfall advertising revenues that could be had, I would seriously wonder if Sinclair was putting politics ahead of profits.
Since I'm not a Sinclair stockholder, I don't have to wonder. Of course they are putting politics ahead of profits.
Friday, October 15, 2004
LONG TIME, NO BLOG
So, my annual computor problems brought Berry's World to it's knees for a while, but we're back. So, what did we miss?
According to most polls, Senator John Kerry went 3-0 in the presidential debates.
I'm saddened to point out that the Anaheim Angels lost in the playoffs to the Boston Red Sox, but the season wasn't a total loss as their playoff appearance won me the first season of The West Wing on DVD's from Phillie fanatic Uncle Horn Head.
I'm pleased to point out that the Los Angeles Dodgers lost in the playoffs, but, as usual, Los Angeles' minor league team screwed me. By winning their division, the Dodgers cost me the second season of the Dave Chappelle Show on DVD's in a wager with my brother.
The economy is still in the dumper, and good men and women are still being killed every day in Iraq.
After failing at MSNBC and NBC, and in a clear attempt to annoy me, John Elliott came to Los Angeles to be the early morning weatherman on KCBS.
In news that surprises even me, I've become a huge fan of a show on The WB. Sunday nights at 9 you can bet that I'm watching Jack & Bobby.
On the other hand, I've tried very hard to like Listen Up with Jason Alexander with no success. The show just sucks.
In the middle, I'm not ready to give up on The Clubhouse just yet. I just love seeing Christopher Lloyd in anything, but that may be because I still watch reruns of Taxi and can't get enough of Reverend Jim Ignatowski.
The St. Louis Rams were all set to do me a favor and fall out of the race in the NFL's NFC Western Division when they unexpectedly came back from a 17-point deficit in the 4th quarter to beat the Seattle Seahawks last week, meaning that I will still pay attention to them until they break my heart somewhere down the line.
On the other hand, my beloved Kent State Golden Flashes are 1-5 and currently holding the 8th spot in ESPN's prestigious Bottom 10 rankings.
By the way, USC will win the National Championship again this year. You can make book on it.
While I was away, I got 397 e-mails, and about 375 of them were from the Kerry-Edwards campaign.
So, that's what I did with my summer vacation. What about you?