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Words worth defending: stare decisis

Words worth defending: stare decisis

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After Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade, I kept hearing mentions of an unfamiliar term, stare decisis.

I had to look it up, but as usual, that’s a signal to me that a word or term needs defending — it needs to get out in the sun and get some use. Stare decisis is just such a term. Thus, I looked it up so you won’t have to.

Google’s definition, provided by Oxford Languages, is “the legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent.”

Precedent. Most of the country remembers that, if six people in Washington, D.C., don’t.

No wonder editorial commenters are saying that stare decisis is threatened by the Dobbs decision — and the EPA decision, and the promise of others to come.

I’ve read or heard in several places that Chief Justice John Roberts is an incrementalist, which Merriam-Webster defines as “a policy or advocacy of a policy of political or social change by degrees.” I could be wrong, but it doesn’t look like he had much influence over Dobbs.

Granted, if something is obviously unconstitutional to a majority of people, it deserves overturning. But stare decisis means “to stand by things decided” in Latin. The exception is when “they contravene the ordinary principles of justice,” according to Merriam-Webster.

There is arguing ahead, some of it on First Amendment grounds since the protected “free exercise of religion” means that some religious groups disagree with the limits the states are now allowed to impose according to Dobbs.

Let’s hope that stare decisis still holds in First Amendment cases, or we’re sunk.

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Former Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton has a new teamVincent Pariseon July 2, 2022 at 5:20 pm

The Chicago Blackhawks have not been a good team for a few years now. Luckily, with Kyle Davidson as the new general manager in place of Stan Bowman, it seems as if they are going to rebuild and get this team back on track.

In order to do so, they needed a new head coach. They got that guy with Luke Richardson who has a pretty impressive resume for a first-time head coach. He replaced Derek King who was the interim head coach for most of the 2021-22 season.

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He is clearly someone that knows the game and earned a head coach thing job at a young age. That means that with a little bit more experience and wisdom, he could become a good NHL coach one day later in life.

Jeremy took that next step by landing himself a new pro hockey home as a head coach. He is going to be the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks’ AHL squad, the Abbotsford Cancuks. He will replace Trent Cull who is going to be a part of the NHL squad’s assistant coach staff.

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Pudding It On the Line. Who Remembers This?

Pudding It On the Line. Who Remembers This?

A Long Gone Treat

I caught Dan Bernstein and Laurence Holmes, two WSCR radio hosts, talking about pudding the other day. “You take the banana pudding from Jewel, plop some Nilla Wafers on top, and it tastes like an upside-down banana cream pie. It is the best.”

Well, guys, I may value your opinion on whether a particular White Sox manager should be fired and the likelihood that the Bears will win more than 5 games in the upcoming season, but as for pudding, you know nothing, Lawrence Holmes.

Maybe it’s because of my history as a Jewel employee in the 1970s, but I avoid the fresh food in the Jewel deli section. No, if I want store-bought pudding I am going to head to one of my neighborhood Sunset Foods grocery stores and get a pound of their homemade rice pudding.

I sprinkle a bowl full of the pudding with some cinnamon, mix in some pieces of frozen banana and there’s a treat I can curl up in front of the TV with to watch an episode of Yellowstone or Stranger Things. That one pound is enough to get me through a week of TV melodramas.

There wasn’t always a Sunset Foods in my life. Long ago, my dad and I enjoyed a different store-bought pudding. It wasn’t from the deli counter. In fact, it wasn’t even fresh. It was a frozen treat from Birds Eye, the masters of freezer delights back in the 1960s. Called Cool ‘n Creamy, it was sold in plastic tubs that looked just like the one Cool Whip comes in today. And it was delicious.

Cool ‘n Creamy came in several flavors, Dad and I were fans of vanilla. I would eat mine plain, while he would douse his bowlful with Himbeersaft, an imported red raspberry syrup. We didn’t have cable TV or streaming service back then, but we could still sit in front of our old black and white Zenith and watch Jack Brickhouse broadcast a ball game on WGN.

Sadly, Dad passed many years ago and Cool ‘n Creamy is a long-gone relic of a different age. And I have moved on.

So Dan and Laurence, enjoy your banana pudding/upside-down banana cream pie. I’m going to be digging into another bowl of my rice pudding concoction—and loving it!.

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The CERN team is running 24/7 experiments again on the newly upgraded Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Maximilien Brice/CERN

There is a huge discussion happening on social media regarding July 5th, 2022. On that date CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, will start the third run of its large Hadron Collider. This machine has been on a 3-year pause for upgrades and maintenance. The collider was constructed in 2008 and has conducted many experiments. In 2012 it was able to discover a rare particle named the Higgs particle. Scientists were so excited about this discovery they nicknamed the particle the “God particle.” For the July 5th run, the collider is expected to reach a new energy world record of 13.6 trillion electronvolts (13.6 TeV) in some of its collisions. Basically, this acceleration will allow the collider to smash together billions upon billions of protons for the chance of producing the Higgs particle as well as other particles they believe were created in the early universe.

Social media such as TicTok, YouTube, and platforms such as Reddit have had ongoing discussions and theories about what may happen as a result of this energy. The predominant claim is that a portal will open, much like a black hole, and this will allow “dark matter” to enter our field. So we are warned to avoid “low energy” on July 5th. Avoid controversies, avoid arguments, and avoid anything that might bring you down. Social media warns that people who are in a low vibe of energy will suffer the most and begin behaving in erratic and possibly violent ways.

I wonder what more we can ponder in this already crazy world that we have been living in for the past two years. I would never have thought that I would have lived through a pandemic. I would never have imagined that our city would shut down for almost 12 months, with a very slow return to almost normal. In fact, we will never be like we were before 2020.

Finding out about this CERN event prompted me to do research on things that I had never known before. The emphasis on the accelerated speed of the collider possibly producing or discovering “dark matter” had me curious. According to NASA, dark matter is composed of particles that do not absorb, reflect, or emit light, so they cannot be detected. Dark matter is material that cannot be seen directly. 

So basically what you are saying is that on July 5th this huge event will take place where acceleration will occur that has never been done before, and it may possibly discover particle/s that we have never before been able to identify but definitely have been part of our world.

Ok, I am interested. It just so happens that this event is going to have a film director and screening of “Particle Fever“, and is viewable online on July 3rd.

On July 4th there will be a live webcast continuing the countdown to the big event. I am not sure I will tune into that. Instead, I am going to pull out my book Chariots of the Gods, by Erich von Doniken. This book is a must-read. It was written in the late 60s and I think I have read it 12 times at least. This collider, portal, dark matter, and black hole stuff has me thinking about this book. Chariots of the Gods is all about world mysteries. How civilizations from centuries ago were able to construct things with great precision.

I visited Chichen Itza, which is on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. I was able to climb the ruins and walk through the amazing observatory called El Caracol. This planetarium, if you will, was made with such precise astrological knowledge that to this day scientists are unable to explain how such a primitive group as the Mayans were able to construct it. All of its window openings follow the celestial bodies and carry some astrological significance. Moreover, the hieroglyphics in this area are astounding.

Hieroglyphics from the Temple of Copan depict a modern space astronaut with flames and gases coming from his feet suggesting propulsion.

In Chariots of the Gods, there is a photograph of a hieroglyphic that looks to be a man in a space suit. The question is, how would such a primitive civilization know this? Topping that off, many historians cannot explain definitively what eventually happened to the Mayans. Some catastrophic events occurred and wiped most of them out.

So what will you be doing on July 5th? Most of us will be back at work on that day. I think it is good advice, in any event, to keep your energies high. No need to let that pesky dark energy into your world.

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Red Sox’s Hill: ‘Stupid’ of me to stay in after injuryon July 1, 2022 at 11:03 pm

CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill left Friday’s start against the Chicago Cubs because of a sprained left knee.

Hill had a 4-0 lead through four innings before exiting during a three-run fifth. The Cubs would go on to rally for a 6-5 win.

“I feel stupid for staying in, to be honest with you, stubborn,” Hill said after the game. “Put us in a really bad position, and unfortunately, that falls on me, my stubbornness staying in and wanting to compete.”

The 42-year-old left-hander walked P.J. Higgins leading off. Nelson Vel?zquez then tripled off the center-field wall and scored on a groundout by Christopher Morel,

Hill appeared to be shaking his left leg at one point and was visited by an athletic trainer. Hill exited after hitting Patrick Wisdom to load the bases with two outs.

Hill said he felt a “pop” in the knee on a breaking ball in the fifth inning and in the moment thought it was something he could pitch through. He mentioned his past MCL issues, most recently in 2019, and said the team would hopefully know more about the extent of the injury in the coming days.

Hill, who debuted with the Cubs in 2005, gave up three runs and three hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Tyler Danish came in and walked Rafael Ortega, cutting the gap to 4-3.

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How past trade efforts for Shaq, Kobe and Kawhi might inform the Kevin Durant trade landscapeon July 1, 2022 at 11:42 pm

When Kevin Durant informed the Brooklyn Nets he would like to be traded away from the franchise, it kicked off one of the biggest negotiations in NBA history.

How do we know this? Because, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, half the teams across the league have already made inquiries. But it’s far from the first time an all-time great player has changed teams in the NBA. In fact, over the past 20 years, it has happened time and again, from Shaquille O’Neal to Kevin Garnett to Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, just to name a few.

So in order to process exactly what a Kevin Durant deal might look like, here are three lessons learned from some of the biggest trade demands in NBA history.

Lesson 1: Don’t expect to get the other team’s best player

Naturally, a team in Brooklyn’s position is going to ask for the best young player on the other team. That’s exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers did in 2004, when they began discussing parameters to land O’Neal. Their target? An explosive rookie shooting guard named Dwyane Wade.

The Heat quickly hung up the phone.

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Eventually, Los Angeles called back with a different ask: centering a trade around emerging young forward Lamar Odom, who had partnered with Wade to lead the Miami Heat to an impressive run to the second round in the Eastern Conference playoffs the prior season, and whom the Heat had pursued for years before landing him as a restricted free agent the prior summer.

The Heat agreed.

And so it was settled. Miami sent its second-and-third best players, Odom and Butler, to Los Angeles, along with draft picks, in exchange for O’Neal’s services.

So while the Nets will undoubtedly be seeking the premium player from every one of Durant’s suitors, it is more likely that the package looks like a bigger version of what Miami gave up: promising young players, plus a multitude of draft picks going to Brooklyn.

Lesson 2: The stars often have a say

When a star player makes a trade demand, they tend to have input in how the negotiations play out.

Consider the eventually failed negotiations between the Lakers and Chicago Bulls in 2007. Kobe Bryant had decided he wanted to play for the Bulls, but in every package that the Lakers proposed, forward Luol Deng was the centerpiece going back to Los Angeles.

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There was only one problem: Bryant wouldn’t approve a trade to Chicago that included Deng in the deal. Why? Because he didn’t want to wind up in another situation in which he wouldn’t have the kind of chance to win a championship.

And so the whole deal screeched to a halt.

How is this instructive for what’s happening now with Durant? Two reasons: 1) Teams aren’t going to put themselves in a position in which they have to trade so much of their roster that they won’t be in championship contention. And, 2) For his part, Durant won’t be thrilled, either, with the prospect of joining a team that isn’t able to contend.

Lesson 3: Sometimes it takes a surprising missing piece

When a team is trying to acquire a player of Durant’s caliber, it’s not always the case that they have everything that a team like the Nets would be looking for in exchange.

That was something the LA Clippers learned in 2019 – the last time the league endured a seismic shakeup like this one — when Kawhi Leonard chose to join them.

However, when Leonard informed the Clippers of his decision, picking them over — among other teams — the Toronto Raptors, with whom he’d just won an NBA championship, and the Lakers, he had a stipulation: He wanted to play with Paul George.

There was just one problem: George was under contract for multiple seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That meant the next call the Clippers made wasn’t to set up a party to celebrate Leonard’s arrival — but, instead, to the Thunder, where Oklahoma City’s executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti extracted a massive haul of players, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and multitudes of draft picks to send George to Los Angeles.

Throughout these negotiations, there will be teams that likely have some assets Brooklyn desires — but not everything. It would be hard for any team to check all the boxes in what could be the biggest return for a star player the league has ever seen.

But what the Nets can do, like Leonard did three years ago, is tell those teams what they want, and work with them to supplement the return to get a deal over the line.

Every negotiation is unique. But as we look ahead to how the Kevin Durant deal could take shape, history shows the various factors the Nets will be working through to find an acceptable deal for their superstar.

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Red Sox’s Hill leaves start with sprained kneeon July 1, 2022 at 10:48 pm

CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill left Friday’s start against the Chicago Cubs because of a sprained left knee.

Hill had a 4-0 lead through four innings before exiting during a three-run fifth.

The 42-year-old left-hander walked P.J. Higgins leading off. Nelson Vel?zquez then tripled off the center-field wall and scored on a groundout by Christopher Morel,

Hill appeared to be shaking his leg at one point and was visited by an athletic trainer. Hill exited after hitting Patrick Wisdom to load the bases with two outs.

Tyler Danish came in and walked Rafael Ortega, cutting the gap to 4-3.

Hill, who debuted with the Cubs in 2005, gave up three runs and three hits. He walked four and struck out three.

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