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I got nudged by Green Jenny recently because my LiveJournal hasn't been updated in many, many moons. Let's see - whats the news?

Yet another 4.0 semester under my belt. That was good. Managed to pull off a character in Mrs. Warren's Profession that was not my usual stock in trade. That was also a good thing. I like that I'm developing a range I didn't know I had. The holidays are done (yay!). Going into next semester knowing I won't be auditioning for the show is a bummer, but wedding plans come first, and Sarah would murder me in my sleep if I went ahead and got involved in a six week production at school. It's probably the last time I'll be able to *not* audition for a show during my education, so I may as well make it count.

I haven't been doing nearly as much fencing as I would prefer. That needs to change. I don't want to slip away from that part of my life - it's sort of essential to who I am.

Music has still not come to me. I have about 4 new-ish tunes, all of which I'm fond of. I need about nine more, to be honest. Not sure why I haven't been as prolific with my writing as I would like.
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I know you have a tough job, but you didn't get this one at all. You had no evidence beyond the testimony of what might be the single most biased guy involved in the incident. You had a weapon with a print, but no other eyewitness testimony as to what he did with the weapon. That means we only have the one guy's testimony, and his story "evolved".

So yeah, it might have played out as described, but I sure as hell am not going to send a man to prison for 2-20 on that alone. Where was the detective in charge of the investigation? Where was the evidence connecting the defendant to the actual crime scene? hell, where was anything beyond a few snapshots of the scene?

Weak case. And as a result, dude is free. As it should be. Do better.

All in all, it was my first on-jury experience. Very interesting, and I would happily do it again. I enjoyed the process. The rest of the jury were all very reasonable people.

As a side note to the prosecution - when you have a black defendant, and you are doing your closing argument, imitating a mock up of a voice that is as black as you can make it is not going to endear you to the jury. You'll look like a racist ass. Lady may as well have been wearing black face and doing a tapdance. Oi.
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Now that Health Care has been passed, and will become law, I am curious as to what provisions exactly people on the right take issue with -

Do you want to allow health insurance companies to continue to deny coverage based on Pre-existing conditions? If so, why?

Do you want to allow for annual and lifetime maximums?

Do you think that minimum standards of coverage are a bad thing?

Do you object to the restrictive abortion coverage?

Do you object to the creation of an exchange where people can go and shop for health insurance?

Do you object to the mandate? If so, how do you propose we deal with the increased risk?

My objection to the bill is that it carries a mandate without a public insurance option. However, when it boils down to it, that's a small quibble. The public option would be fantastic, but this bill does a whole hell of a lot to extend coverage to just about everyone in the country. Perhaps in the future, there will be a medicare buy in or some other form of not-for-profit publicly accountable health plan.

In the mean time, I call this bill a win.
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Do you think the public has a legitimate right to know about a politician’s personal/romantic life? When, if ever, do you think a politician’s personal history is relevant to his/her ability to perform in office?


I think that a politician's personal life is only fair game when that politician makes the personal lives of others part of their legislative agenda. For example, if a politician is going to make a big deal about being pro-"family values" (whatever that means), then they have opened the door to scrutiny on their own choices. Or, more recently, if you are going to argue and shout about gay marriage using tag lines like "institution of marriage" or "traditional family values", you had better not be boinking an Argentinian mistress on the side.
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So, I'm in Nashville now, after having finished up 4 shows in Maryland and a lovely dinner with a couple of White Scarves that happened to be in the area. Tonight I go hang with my father, step mom, and possibly my Brother, his wife, and their kids. Should be fun.

I'm out of cash until Sunday, though. That's actually kind of a night mare, but one of my own making. Sigh. Anyway, after tonght, we leave for Oaklahoma City for two days. (No shows, just get to chill for a day). Then it's on to New Mexico. From there it's Kansas, and after that it's the first leg of being in Wisconsin. I won't be in Madison this time around, but we will be in Hartford and Muskego.

Attn Madison folks - I will be in Madison on October the 22nd, probably arriving around 9pm. I hope to meet up with you guys someplace. I will have more details as to where I am staying, etc, as I get closer to the date.

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I'm sitting on a barely functioning business center computer at a Quality Inn someplace near Maryland.
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So, if you don't already know, as of Wednesday I will begin a national Tour playing Shere Khan in an adaptation of the Jungle Book. It's being produced by the Magik Children's Theater in San Antonio and was directed by the gent that wrote it. It's a fun, creative show, and I am really looking forward to the run.

I am not looking forward to being away from home, but that's what you get when you want to get paid to act, sometimes.

I *will* be blowing through madison, but I don't know exactly when. there are stops in MN, as well. If you are interested, you can go to www.junglebooktour.blogspot.com to keep tabs on the progress.

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There is a professional tour of Beauty and the Beast currently, and they refused to part with the rights to the show, despite them not coming anywhere near San Antonio on their tour. So, no beast for me this year. Hopefully when the tour is over, they will produce the show. They had already begun set construction and props, etc. Very sad.

Ah well.

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