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Where exactly is “Northern California?”

As I’ve said before, I generally don’t second-guess attorneys who make settlements – certainly not when all I have for information is what can be summed up in a newspaper article.

On the other hand, just by virtue of the defendant’s response in court this verdict can’t be described as anything but extremely disappointing.

And again, there are numerous reasons not to take a matter to trial, the well-being of the victim being a prominent consideration.

And as a Gallegos supporter, I have to admit that a string of settlements like these begin to look troubling.

Addendum: Rose has some of her own thoughts on the story.

Second addendum: Yet another case involving allegations of sexual assault. Maybe if I can find the time I’ll put together a comprehensive list for overview purposes. Or maybe Rose has already done this?

I’ve said it before. Barring a major hemorrhage, which is always possible.

I just got these figures from Kos. Note that Clinton is clobbering the strongest Republicans in their home states, and it really shouldn’t be that close in Kansas. The election’s a long way off, but this really isn’t where the Republicans want to be right now.

We’ve seen SUSA matchups in Missouri, New Mexico, and Ohio here, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginia here. and California, Oregon, and Washington here.

Kansas. 6 Electoral votes. Bush won in 2004 by 25%. Clinton versus Giuliani, Thompson, and Romney.

Clinton (D) 40 (36)
Giuliani (R) 54 (56)

Clinton (D) 44 (45)
Thompson (R) 49 (48)

Clinton (D) 45 (44)
Romney (R) 45 (44)

Massachusetts. 12 Electoral votes. Kerry won in 2004 by 25%. Clinton versus Giuliani, Thompson, and Romney.

Clinton (D) 57 (56)
Giuliani (R) 37 (36)

Clinton (D) 62 (64)
Thompson (R) 30 (29)

Clinton (D) 62 (63)
Romney (R) 33 (30)

New York. 31 Electoral votes. Kerry won in 2004 by 19%. Clinton versus Giuliani, Thompson, and Romney.

Clinton (D) 59 (58)
Giuliani (R) 37 (36)

Clinton (D) 64 (64)
Thompson (R) 31 (30)

Clinton (D) 64 (66)
Romney (R) 27 (27)

The media has already coroneted her. The money’s going to her – I think she’s raising more money than any of the Republican candidates at this time which hasn’t happened I’m pretty certain since 1996. Yes, I know people don’t like her. But when a country is in crisis, as a matter of reality or perception, likability declines as a factor. People think she will get things done, and moderates are pining for the Clinton “glory days.”

Barring a dark horse ringer, or a scandal, I don’t see anyone overtaking her. For better or worse.

That line’s going to be a big subject for comedians all week. As you’ve no doubt heard or read by now, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned following a long string of scandals, from the politicizing of the hiring/firing process of his office to the wiretap flap.

You have to wonder what happened. Usually they try to slip these things in late Friday afternoon. Something must have broken over the weekend, though I don’t see anything in the news coverage as of yet.

Photoshop job comes from Talkleft.

I’ll post more links on the subject as they’re brought to my attention.

Addendum: John Nichols of The Nation points out that there were 27 sponsors for impeachment of Gonzales, with more expected following the recess. Maybe the administration was afraid it would prime the pump.

Hilarious.

By the way, I think Chris Wallace was the host of the show I watched this morning. I’m glad I don’t have cable.

Heraldo is reporting on a news story I missed.

Since my youth, I’ve “acquired” what I like to consider sophistication in my palate in spite of the initial taste bud rebellion. I learned to prefer dry wines to sweet wines. I learned to prefer wheat bread to white bread. I learned to prefer coffee without cream and sugar. I learned to prefer the real peanut butter from which the oil separates to the stuff loaded with lard and sugar. I’ve even come to enjoy brewer’s/nutritional yeast on popcorn.

But no matter how many dark chocolate bars I eat – the ones that label with pride the cocoa content of seventy percent or above- I just can’t get by the sour aftertaste and, more to the point, the heavenly flavor of milk chocolate. I know it’s better for me. My wife and kids prefer it. I know the sugar and milk obscure the “true flavor” of the chocolate on some esoteric level.

Just call me a chocolate Philistine. What can I say?

Photo source.

I had the opportunity to watch a Fox News gab fest this morning – four right wingers and moderately left Juan Williams – and with the one exception they all seemed to believe the president would actually win points with the association. Personally I think it was the dumbest comment he’s made since “bring em on.”

Later on that show the host tried to slam Bill Moyers for the latter’s report that various acquaintances of Karl Rove say that he’s an agnostic who merely manipulates religion for political gain. The host’s response? Moyers didn’t ask Rove. Rove told the host that he’s Christian, and that’s that. Moyers should have asked Rove.

I mean, am I missing something?

There are several versions of the Oath, and all of them contain some version of the pledge to “do no harm,” or “never to do deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else’s interest.”

The topic has come up in discussions about physician participation in executions, though the physicians would argue that their presence is to mitigate harm rather than impose it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with psychologists, whose primary association refuses to issue a moratorium on the practice of psychology for torture. The association did limit the involvement to a passive role – sort of.

From the SF Bay Guardian:

At the APA’s 115th annual conference, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on Aug. 17 to 20, Fallenbaum and many other psychologists and activists spoke — and rallied at the Yerba Buena Gardens — in favor of a rule that would have banned psychologists from engaging in military interrogations at US military prisons “in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights.”

The moratorium they advocated — which only recently made it onto the APA’s agenda — was overwhelmingly voted down Aug. 19 at the APA Council meeting after an hour of public comment that was mostly in support of the moratorium. A competing motion that reaffirmed the organization’s position against torture “and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment” was unequivocally passed, leaving a schism between the organization and the rejected resolution’s supporters.

From the small favors department:

In its approved resolution, the APA for the first time lays out 14 forms of inhumane treatment that it opposes. The list includes mock executions, water boarding, sexual humiliation, isolation, exploitation of phobias, and induced hypothermia…

But then, you don’t need psychologists for that. You only need them to induce a Stockholm Syndrome after the fact.

The conference did generate a startling admission, if unintended, from an officer at Guatanomo.

As US Army Col. Larry James, who serves as a psychologist at Guantánamo Bay, told the crowd before the vote, “If we remove psychologists from these facilities, people are going to die.”

So, I guess that puts them in the framework of the physicians trying to make executions painless, but what’s going on at the base then that’s going to kill people but for the presence of headshrinkers?

Read the article. It’s…., well, fascinating.

Update: An APA award winning author returned her award in protest of the organization’s stance.

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