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    12-08-2023, 04:28 PM
    It wasn't when you referred to "any judge", especially when you also mentioned "keeping the position he already has". All Article III judges have lifetime tenure, and I'm not at all sure a lower court judge has a greater risk of impeachment solely because of a decision he or she might render. In fact, no Article III judge has ever been removed due solely to a ruling he made that Congress found objectionable. In fact, impeachment and removal of a judge because of a ruling that Congress doesn't like would be to ignore the separation of powers and eviscerate the notion of an independent judiciary. Actually, they do. But if there are procedural grounds (such as laches or a lack of standing) that are dispositive, courts should rule on that basis. Otherwise, it would be like going through with a trial on the merits even though the judge was convinced that a finding for the plaintiff would be reversed by an appellate court anyway. Procedural rules are there for a reason.
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    12-08-2023, 12:37 PM
    Of course, this doesn't explain the action of the Trump-picked SCOTUS justices who ruled against pro-Trump plaintiffs. SCOTUS justices (you can't get higher than that) have life tenure, and it's extremely unlikely that they could ever be impeached for making an unpopular ruling, despite popular calls for such action -- e.g., "Impeach Earl Warren!" following the Brown decision (never mind that decision was unanimous). The fact that the Court overruled Roe v. Wade suggests that it isn't gun-shy about making momentous rulings. One could also point to Bush v. Gore.
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    12-07-2023, 02:27 PM
    Yeah, that's a definite homage to Bimbo's Initiation. I never noticed it before, but the guy playing the fiddle has Popeye arms.
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    12-07-2023, 10:52 AM
    One of Avery's best. For what it's worth, my list of the greatest cartoons and their directors (in no particular order): 1. One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) Jones' masterpiece 2. Duck Amuck (Jones) Breaking the fourth wall 3. Northwest Hounded Police (Tex Avery) The wolf's exaggerated reactions 4. Porky in Wackyland (Bob Clampett) Clampett in his Salvador Dali mode 5. King Size Canary (Avery) Typical Avery exaggeration 6. Rabbit Seasoning (Jones) The first and best of the Bugs-Daffy trilogy ("pronoun trouble")
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    12-06-2023, 08:00 PM
    Mel Blanc said he combined Bronx and Brooklyn accents to come up with Bugs' voice. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcedlOZkwVo Not to pick a nit, but in Rabbit Rhapsody he clearly says "heard", not "hoid" See the clip at 1:19 All that aside, both Rhapsody Rabbit and Long Haired Hare (the one where he poses as Stokowski) are classics.
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    12-06-2023, 12:36 PM
    It is very much more nuanced than that. The Moore case involves a number of tricky issues, including: whether realization is required for someone to be taxed on income; whether income earned by an entity (e.g., a corporation or partnership) can be attributed and taxed to an owner of the entity; and whether income earned by a foreign corporation over a 30 year period can be taxed to a shareholder; the scope of the Direct Tax Clause; and whether all of the foregoing are limited to foreign corporations or whether they apply to all types of entities and their owners. I just finished listening to yesterday's oral arguments in the case, and if anyone is interested they can be heard here, although some familiarity with Supreme Court precedent would be helpful: https://www.c-span.org/video/?531893-1/moore-v-united-states-oral-argument
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    12-05-2023, 08:12 AM
    That was the best part of the cartoon. I also like the part where Bugs shoots an audience member who is coughing too much right before he starts to play (something that could not possibly be included in a cartoon today). The sound effect of him blowing the smoke out of his pistol is classic.
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    12-04-2023, 08:05 PM
    Interesting story about this cartoon, "The Cat Concerto". Shortly before its release Warner Brothers copyrighted and released a very similar cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny, "Rhapsody Rabbit". Both featured similar sight gags and plots and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Each studio accused the other of plagiarism. References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cat_Concerto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhapsody_Rabbit https://www.bcdb.com/cartoon-info/261-Rhapsody-Rabbit
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    12-04-2023, 11:26 AM
    Wouldn't be the first time Paxton filed a baseless lawsuit. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?551158-Texas-Sues-Georgia-Michigan-Pennsylvania-and-Wisconsin-at-Supreme-Court-over-Election-Rules&highlight=Paxton
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    12-03-2023, 10:20 AM
    a/b = c means that a = bc. So if a is 1 and b is 0, then 1 = 0c = 0, which apparently was too advanced for the teacher and principal.
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