As a left-handed right-winger, I mostly toe the GOP line. That does not mean I blindly vote the straight ticket.
For President: I could not vote for Hillary Clinton. I could not vote for Donald Trump. Even though he’s far from perfect, I went with Gary Johnson and will leave it at that. Besides, it’s safe to say that Trump will carry Kansas no matter what I do.
For the US senate and US house, I did toe the line for Jerry Moran and Lynn Jenkins.
For State Senate, I once told incumbent Democrat Marci Francisco that the only person I would pick over her was myself – and I’m not running. I made good on what I said. In the statehouse, I went with Republican Ron Ellis. I also crossed over and voted for incumbent Ann Mah in the Board of Education race.
All of the County races are unopposed by Republicans except for one contested race. Linda Buttron will be the county clerk, Delia Heston will be Register of Deeds, Lisa Buerman will be treasurer, Jeff Herrig will be Sheriff. The only contested race for Jefferson County office is County Attorney. I went with Republican Josh Ney.
On a somewhat contentious judicial retention race, I voted to retain all judges except for one: Supreme Court justice Carol Beier. Why did I target that particular one instead of all four targeted justices? I based it on a read of a dissenting opinion in two Capital Murder case. Both cases involved defendants who where convicted, but died in prison before the automatic appeal could be heard. In many states, and at the federal level, if a defendant dies while his appeal is pending, the defendant’s charges are abated ab initio. In layman’s terms, it legally means the defendant is treated like he was never charged. That’s not the case in Kansas. In the two Capital cases, the Supreme Court reduced their review to issues that could have absolutely absolve the defendant. In one of the cases, a lesser conviction was dismissed as duplicative of the Capital Murder conviction. Beier’s dissent in the two cases indicated that she felt that Kansas should adopt abatement ab initio. She was the sole dissenter in both cases.
The doctrine of abatement ab initio seems reasonable at first glance. After all, the Defendant is no longer able to defend himself personally, nor would the state be able to punish him personally. However, the high profile case of Ken Lay showed the weakness – abating the conviction also abates victim restitution. It seems to me that, rather than adopting the concept of abatement in Kansas, other states are leaning towards getting rid of it.
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Okay, this is more of a continuing this blog where I left off, as the photos from October of 95 have been posted to flickr for quite some time, and I’m actually up to April of 96 in so far as scanning.
October 6, 1995: Football gave vs. Shawnee Mission North @ Haskell Stadium
[Ironically, I went to one game that Lawrence High played at SM North, but I’ve been to North many times as a member of the Turkey Creek Division, NMRA, which had meetings and even a couple of train shows at North.
Last Saturday, I bought this car, a 2013 Nissan Sentra from Academy Cars in Lawrence. This was also where I previously purchased the minivan I drove for 5 years. (It is also the only car dealership I’ve bought from: my other cars were purchased directly from the previous owner)
This vehicle has a few firsts for me:
- First car not from the Big 3 (the cars I owned/been the main driver have been either GM cars or Chrysler minivans – I have also driven Ford vehicles occasionally)
- “youngest” car I have driven (3 years/9200 miles vs. 5 years/50000)
- First car with side airbags and stability control (safety features unheard of in 2001)
- First car that gets over 30 MPG on the highway (averaging 35-40 on my work commute.
Not a first: this marks the third red vehicle in a row for me.
Sine I haven’t had posted a long form post in a month and a half, I’ll just get to the point.
- I returned to work on February 1, having been shifted to the day shift. At the same time I returned, one of my co-workers had to take a medical absence. I was put in his role, which also happened to be the role I started out in at this job — he went on vacation after my first day there.
- The Lawrence Model Railroad Club has its train show on February 20. Because of my broken foot, I was not as much help as I was in the past. Our HO scale layout returned after a three year absence with a new passenger terminal. Attendance was up from last year, and the club intends to be back in 2017.
- I was cleared to start walking on the 23rd. They told me to remain on crutches for two weeks before trying to do full weight bearing. I still used the knee walker a bit during those two weeks. Afterwards, I started using a cane. At my appointment today, they want me to start walking in regular shoes (i.e., without the orthopedic boot) for brief periods, gradually working my way up to where I no longer need the boot. As of now, they have not suggested that I need to have formal physical therapy sessions.
- While my sister could not make it to the Lawrence train show, it just so happened that there was another, larger show two weeks later. Although she was thinking that there would be a scheduling conflict, it turned out that she could bring her son and nephew. I met up with her at the show. It also happened to be the last time I used the knee walker extensively. The next day, I started using the cane around the house.
Once I got the picture taking thing started 20 years ago, I just kept going. Thankfully, I should be a little more mobile, which is a good thing, since between the Sat-box, my PC, and Solar heating, I may have Nelly beat on heat generation.
The next photo set I blog will be from October of ’95.
September 14, 1995 – LHS Volleyball Quad