July 5, 2005

Kill the Jury

I am very pleased to kick off the"Guest Posters" feature with the following excellent contribution from esteemed commenter "Dissenter."

George W. Bush and Mike Boland, Bill Frist and Mike Jacobs, Dennis Hastert and Pat Verschoore. All of them have recently favored the rich over the poor, the strong over the weak, the healthy over the sick. And frankly, they are all rather annoyed with our pesky system of justice and the frustrating Constitution on which it is based.

The framers of our nation's Constitution, possessed of a desire to fulfill the great promise of our Declaration of Independence, formed a jury system intended to ensure equal justice for all.

Justice for all: a phrase so important that we as a nation pledge our allegiance to the republic founded upon its very premise. A phrase so often used that somewhere along the way, it appears to have lost its meaning.

The framers of our constitutional system believed that the adversarial process, decided by a unanimous jury of twelve persons, was the fairest method of resolving our disputes. Though not perfect, it was the best and fairest way of ensuring equal justice for all.

Under the misleading guise of something called "tort reform," a rich and powerful insurance industry has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into an attack upon that fundamental constitutional premise. "It's time to put an end to the junk lawsuits!" our President proclaims, with the knowing smile of a man whose party has profited greatly from insurance industry money, to the detriment of the injured and the poor. "Let's keep our doctors here at home," the billboards and banners plead with us, almost as though we truly have suffered a mass exodus of doctors fleeing from "junk lawsuits."

The proponents of "tort reform" support the abandonment of our constitutional jury system, to be replaced by an elitist system which protects big business. To remove the base alloy of fabrication from their proclamations, their banners and billboards should more accurately plead, "Protect the elite while worsening the plight of the injured!" "Keep money in our pockets, while depriving those whom we ourselves have hurt!"

Or perhaps, more simply, "Kill the jury."

However, as alarming as their abandonment of logic is their utter disregard for the truth.

Fact: Under the existing Illinois system, before an injured patient may even file a lawsuit alleging medical negligence, he must first secure a detailed, narrative affidavit from a physician who is well-qualified and who has regularly practiced medicine in the same field as the defendant physician within the past six years, confirming the existence of negligence and detailing the facts upon which it is based.

Fact: Once the lawsuit is filed, after passing such a rigorous preliminary review, the injured plaintiff will be confronted by an arsenal of physicians employed by the medical liability insurance companies. The plaintiff must, under law, remain personally responsible for all costs of litigation regardless of case outcome. In other words, the injured patient, often destitute as a consequence of such injuries, must incur tens of thousands of dollars in litigation expenses while fighting the battle against the big business of insurance.

Fact: A recent independent study of medical negligence lawsuits in Illinois, conducted by a professor from Duke University, concluded that seven-figure verdicts in Illinois are extremely rare, that neither lawsuit filing frequency nor jury verdicts have increased during the past several years, and that claims of litigious frivolity resulting in excessive jury verdicts are unheard of (perhaps because of all the special safeguards that are already in place).

Fact: Medical negligence liability premiums, in states with caps on jury awards, have increased at a rate faster than states without caps.

Fact: In California, medical liability premiums continued to sky-rocket after caps were imposed on jury awards. Premiums only decreased several years later, when reforms were imposed upon the manner in which insurance companies can spend and invest their profits.

While our constitutional system of justice lies bleeding, its life's breath becoming shallow and faint, the injured and the poor will suffer the most. But suffer they must. After all, we can no longer afford to have our doctors "fleeing the state" from "junk lawsuits" and "trial lawyers" who follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln.

We can sleep well tonight, knowing that doctors, hospital administrators, and insurance company CEO's continue to live right here, shopping in our finest stores, eating in our finest restaurants, driving nice cars to their country clubs while wearing fine clothing, all of them safe in the knowledge that they will be specially protected from the savagery of jurors and the greed of the teenage boy who lies crippled in a hospital bed, breathing through a ventilator for the rest of his life because of the acts of his drunken doctor.

All of the blame does not belong to the Republicans. Illinois Senate Bill 475 recently passed both the Illinois House and Senate. It purports to require that a victim's lifetime of suffering and pain cannot be worth more than $500,000 if caused by the negligence of a doctor, or $1,000,000 if caused by the negligence of a hospital (apparently, in Illinois, pain caused by hospitals is twice as severe as pain caused by doctors). The Governor has indicated his intention to sign it into law. Mike Boland, Mike Jacobs, and Pat Verschoore all voted in favor of it. Victims of greed all. Greed for campaign contributions. Greed for political advancement. Greed for the political success which comes from going with the tide of a successful public relations blitz rooted in distortions.

A young constituent of President Bush, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Mike Jacobs, Mike Boland, and Pat Verschoore lies alone today in the bed of her nursing home. She was permanently disabled when her physician, who was twice previously reprimanded by the state board of professional regulation, mis-diagnosed her, delaying the provision of treatment which would have allowed her to live a normal life. If she could speak, she might ask but one question: "Why are the rich and powerful so much more deserving of your protection than I?"

Shame on those who run from righteousness for political cover. Shame on all of them.

38 Comments:

At 7/05/2005 10:06 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Well said Dissenter!!

 
At 7/05/2005 10:11 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Thats the problem when Democrats are in control they start acting like Rebublicans. Especially Democrats that are wealthy when they get the office handed to them in the first place.
Verschoore is only in the legislature for the title and the pension. Jacobs has the mistaken idea that he is an important political figure.

 
At 7/05/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Good post Dissenter!

As you know, the Illinois Trial Lawyers have stuffed $340,250 in PAC money into Mike Boland's pocket over the last 6 election cycles. In return, Boland pledged that he "would never vote for tort reform!" Yet as Dissenter correclty pointed out, Mike Boland voted "to kill the jury system" as we know it today.

Tell me Dissenter, what kind of person votes against a friend in need? What kind of monster says one thing and does another? When one factors in Boland's recent lie to AFSCME, it's apperant that "flip-'flopping" has become a way of life for Mike Boland.

It is no wonder why the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board recently stuck Mike Boland with the nickname, "SQUISH" Facts is you just can't trust Mike "SQUISH" Boland! Fact is Boland has become what he ran against -- a corrupt, self-serving, American flag wearing, grubby politcal hack!

It's time for change in the 71st District!

 
At 7/05/2005 11:09 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Diehard,

At least Jacobs and Vershoore have a figure! Your champion, Mike "SQUISH" Boland's body resembles a ripe pear.

Speaking of wealth Diehard, do you know how many taxpayer funded pensions your champion (Mike and Mary Boland) have accumulated thus far?

If you guessed five, your wrong Diehard. Five seperate taxpayer funded pensions couldn't begin to pay for Boland's $245,499 home, $52,500 Cadillac and penchant for exotic high-sea cruises.

Guess again Blowhard!

 
At 7/05/2005 11:36 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I 'm not terribly fond of Boland either. Being a politician is about self promotion. I get that. But Boland has taken it to a whole new level.

 
At 7/05/2005 5:40 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher - you are telling me that Jacobs and Verschoore have NEVER taken any money from the Trial Lawyers??

IF they have, well then I guess they can squish right up next to Boland.

 
At 7/05/2005 6:26 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

Dissenter - great post. You've really set the bar high for the rest of us.

It saddens me that the everyday middle class people bear the brunt of the pain in this era of big business and ultra-right wing activism.

If you look at the list of highest paid executives in corporate America, you'll see the heads of insurance firms and HMO's in many of those spots.

This is probably another good example of the growing gap between the extremely wealthy and the rest of us.

 
At 7/05/2005 6:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

HeadUsher... "Monster"??!!!

You're starting to sound un-hinged my friend. Better breath into a paper bag for a while or get a prescription for some sedatives.

Spending your life consumed with an obsessive desire to destroy someone else is not much of a life.

 
At 7/06/2005 3:14 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Dope,

Given that I am an active member of the Christian Science Church, I highly resent your assetion regarding "sedatives." But what really bothers me is your push to wipe out factual based posts.

From my perspective, you should chang your name from DOPE to POPE. Afterall, you are more comfortable covering up facts than reporting them.

I don't know about you DOPE, but the taxpayers of the 71st District can't trust Mike Boland. And that my friend, is truely scary!

And please, don't cry for poor Mike and Mary Boland. Afterall, the Boland's have more than enough taxpayer financed pensions to sustain them when they lose. If not they can sell the house or that brand new baby blue Cadillac. Don't worry Dope, old Mike Boland doesn't need my help, he's more than capable of "destroying" himself!

In closing, why do you stand idle while DISSENTER proclaims Boland "killed the jury", "our system of justice" and the American way of life' Yet chide me for asking, "What kind of monster says on thing and does another?"

What's next Dope, are you going to let someone claim "Boland kills kitties?"

 
At 7/06/2005 6:34 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher, unless you have been living under a rock you may not know that Mike Boland has been re-elected numerous times despite the hijinks of the Jacobs clan and their attempts to get him beat by putting up the Aherns against him.

Not for a minute do I believe your assertions about your religious background. If you were part of that religion, I believe your posts would not be nearly so unchristian. As it is, you are really not showing any regard for other human beings.

Rather, your contempt drips off every page. Really, Usher, you ought to get some counseling.

 
At 7/06/2005 6:53 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Notice everyone that Usher never answered my question?? Did Jacobs or Verschoore take any donations from the Trial Lawyers?

It's easy to find out if he won't say - just log on to the IL State Board of Elections web URL. It's linked to the State of Illinois official web site. Type in their last names, and check yourselves.

I leave it to the folks who are interested to check themselves and report back since Usher just wants to beat up on Boland and ignore my question to him.

Usher, you are so repetitive that folks are tuning you out now anyway.

 
At 7/06/2005 9:07 AM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

To Maybesomeday: Neither Mike Jacobs, Mike Ditka, my deceased brother Mike, Spike at the Mike, from O'Dells KSTT days, nor Mikey from the Life commercials have ever approached me to run for office. Do I need to take my shoe off and pound it on the computer to let people know that nobody approached me to run for this office? Nor has any poltico approached me to run again. Not Denny, not Mike, not even my own father (truth be known, can anyone guess who tried to discourage me and warn me against the perils of running for an office when an incumbent is present? None other then Denny Jacobs himself). Maybesomday is that enough of a refutuation? Or am I that big of an absolute liar that I cannot be beleived? If so please name for me my best lies? That the Thomson Prison is indeed not empty? The Case Plant is indeed not empty? WIU is indeed actually a functioning entity here in the 71st? We indeed have an over-abundance of jobs, and no economic stagnation here in the 71st? Unfortunatley, Rich Miller has asserted this on occasion, and I have addressed that falsehood with him as well; I ran because we need change. Purely and simply change. I do not beleive their is an ulterior motive behind every single act that one engages in, when involved in this business. Call me neive, call me idealistic, but there was, and is only one reason I ran, and one reason I may run again; we need change. Maybesomeday, if you are truely a Boland insider, you will know first-hand that I informed our State Rep, face-to-face, man-to-man, that we needed change two years ago, and whomever is our contingent in Springfield, they have to work together, despite their personal differences.

 
At 7/06/2005 11:09 AM, Blogger diehard said...

So how are you going to change all these maladys that ail the 71st?
So far all I've heard is what you think is wrong.
Do you think you could do better than Boland or even someone like Porter Mcneil who has many good solid connections in Springfield?

 
At 7/06/2005 11:22 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

First and foremost, Big Mike Jacobs picked up two of Mike Boland's House bills and pushed them through the Illinois Senate. Now the bills sit on the Governor's desk and await his signature. Jacobs has tried to do everything in his power to work with Boland, but old Mike Boland won't do the same.

Second,I called Jacobs' Campaign Office and checked to see if Mike Jacobs accepted any donations from the Illinois Trial Lawyers ITL), the PAC group that stuffed $340,250 into Boland's upturned palm. After chechinhk her records, Campaign Treasuer Janet Oaltman reported that "THAT ILLINOIS SENATOR MIKE JACOBS DID NOT TAKE A DIME FROM THE ILLINOIS TRIAL LAWYERS (ITL)."

Zero, zip, nada, nilch. Maybesomedayiwllknow whatiamtalkingaboiut, any more questions?

 
At 7/06/2005 11:38 AM, Blogger Yellow Dog Democrat said...

Dissenter,

Thanks for your post and your effort to shift this debate back to the facts.

I think that when voters realize that caps apply not just to frivilous cases, but to even the most serious cases such as the ones you've mentioned, they are going to regret this legislation.

It's ironic that here in QC people cry for caps because doctors are moving from Illinois to Iowa. Guess what? Iowa doesn't have caps. Why are their med mal rates so low? Juries are made up of like-minded people. It's the same lawyers.

The big difference is that Iowa has one of the best doctor disciplining system in the country. In Illinois, if you have inappropriate sexual contact with a patient, as Dr. Harirama Acharya of Springfield did, you're merely placed on probation. And guess what, the law doesn't even require that your patients be notified.

It's not until some law enforcement officer catches you masturbating while driving, or finds 3000 pieces of kiddie porn at your house, or you get busted for dealing/using drugs -- all of which have happened in recent years -- that Illinois really ponders whether or not you deserve the privelege of practicing medicine, or whether it's particularly safe for you as a pediatrician to be alone with kids.

And it's not until a doctor is successfully sued for botching a surgery while drunk, amputating the wrong body part, failing to show for surgery because he's boinking a nurse, or performing unnecessary surgery as part of insurance fraud -- all of of which has happened in recent years -- that doctor's employers, the hospitals, seem to give a darn either.

 
At 7/06/2005 12:00 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Yeh those awful trial lawyers that protect the rights of working people.
nobody likes lawyers until you need one!

 
At 7/06/2005 12:20 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

Diehard-thank you for the question.

I pointed out the challenges we face, above, as well as in the last election cycle included, but are not limited to the issues surrounding the Thomson prison, the Case/New Holland departure, the fact that this is the largest area in our state without a full-time four year University/College, and our continuing brain-drain here in Northwestern Illinois (Of which the latter two play into each other significantly). Never, in private or public have I said that this is “wrong”, only pointing out that these are among the challenges and the realities that we face. Fair or not, right or wrong, directly or indirectly, an incumbent bears a level of responsibility and accountability for the condition of his or her constituency,and the events in his/her distict. Simply put, we need change.

First and foremost, recognizing these issues is a great step in addressing these so called “maladies”, and remedying them. I choose not to look at these issues as “maladies”, but as opportunities for the future of our district, and its representation. Certainly, a grasp of these issues is important I believe.

Secondly, as one who has actively pushed for Toyota, Winnebago and Mitsubishi to take a look at the vacant Case Plant by researching and submitting to each company many statistical, demographic, topographic, and logistical data for them to peruse, all the while in a volunteer capacity, I believe speaks to my personal vested interest in our district, and its future. Certainly, Diehard, you would agree that a prerequisite for success in public service is to put yourself wholeheartedly into what you believe. Agree? In addition, Diehard, as someone who has not stood on the sidelines, and waited for this rumored vacancy to occur, but instead have put myself and what I believe in up for public scrutiny, I believe is another significant prerequisite to proactively and positively serve the residents of the 71st District for the future. Diehard, have I seen your disappointment in the appointments here in the 72nd and 36th before in previous posts? Do you want someone who actually has shown the political gravitas to actually go after what they believe in? Diehard, nature abhors a vacuum, and I for one would not vote for myself, if I wasn’t prepared to go after what I believe in and run for this office. If I was not prepared to make the tough decision to run two years ago, how could anyone expect me to make tough decisions in Springfield for the residents of our district? Past performance is indicative of future results; and I believe we needed change two years ago, and I was the only Democrat prepared to put actions behind my thoughts, and run. Unfortunately, the dynamics/economics/issues, have not changed with the re-election two years ago of the incumbent.

Third, as someone who has lobbied, and pushed for the opening of the Thomson prison both locally and in our states capital, as well as articulating plans to get the prison open, and how to do it, speaks to another crucial issue we face here. Did you know that according to D.O.C. stats, the entire prison system is well above 33% over capacity? Digging deeper into that statistic, reveals that in Level 1 prisons, of which Thomson is, we have an overcapacity situation of between 900-1,300 prisoners per prison on a daily basis? Yet we have 3,400 empty beds in Thomson. I know there is operational cost associated with the openig of the prison, and we hear we do not have the money. However, I am sorry to burst anyones bubble, but we do have the money. The state of Illinois does have the money to open Thomson- we just have to make it a priority. From day one I have focused on that issue, and the other issues we face.

Diehard, all the candidates mentioned for the rumored vacancy are all good, nice, talented and intelligent people. I hope whoever wishes to run, does so. Competition is good for the most important people in the political process- the voters!

Thanks Diehard and have a nice day.

 
At 7/06/2005 1:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Despite the sideshow which HeadUsher managed to start, as usual, the fact remains that Dissenter has provided important information for everyone.

After reading his piece, no one should ever again buy the dishonest and slimy propaganda used by the right in order to protect insurance companies, HMO's and large corporations while denying the right to justice to those who's lives have been destroyed or ended by negligence, incompetence, or an appalling lack of concern for the patient.

 
At 7/06/2005 1:32 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

HeadUsher,
Not only do I suggest sedatives, but based on your latest, I suggest anti-psychotic medications as well.

And yes, I AM the Pope here. As well as President, Prime Minister, Mullah, Sultan, King, and El Supremo.
I am the dictator of this blog. Fortunately for you, I'm a benign dictator.
I don't know where you get the basis for squawking that you're being repressed or censored somehow. It's nuts. I've never deleted any of your comments, no matter how worthy of it they may have been.

I don't need to do anything to protect you from yourself.

 
At 7/06/2005 1:33 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And Mr. Ahern...
Thanks for those thoughtful and informative posts.

Keep in mind that you'd be welcome to become a guest-poster and if you'd like to submit a piece (800 words more or less) I'd be happy to give it it's own post.

Contact me via e-mail with any questions or to set things up.

(And yes, even you too HeadUsher. Your rants deserve wider notice.)

 
At 7/06/2005 3:43 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Ahern
It seems to me that when people run for office they all talk about change. But the fact is once elected the main focus is on holding that office or running for another.
Good luck getting the prison opened although I think we incarserate far too many people. Maybe we can transform the buildings into something that generate tax dollars instead spending them. No, not another casino. Maybe a school or training center, maybe light industrial or commercial.
Good luck with the big factories but thanks to our national politicians some supposedly Democrats we have NAFTA and thats not going to change anytime soon unless we get a progressive President.
I suggest we focus on smaller companies and help them with tax incintives.
And we need to take care of our envoirment. Being rural is not a bad thing. In fact if we keep having our borders open it will be a thing of the past.
America is becoming a crowded place and we should try to hold on to our country charm. It will make downstate trendy!

 
At 7/06/2005 5:55 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Yeah, I think Mr. Ahern is right.
We need proactive young leaders.
That's why I'm impressed with the way Porter McNeil has been working behind the scenes for so long to help elect good Democrats and good issues and now he's working so hard to bring Western Illinois University to NW Illinois. We need more proactive folks like Ahern and McNeil -- not just a bunch of incumbents who are getting too comfortable in their offices!

 
At 7/06/2005 5:57 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

DISSENTER,

If you spill hot coffee on your lap, under the new law do you retain the right to sue yourself?

DIEHARD,

If a doctor loses a child through no fault of their own, and they tell the grieving parents that they are sorry, do you think this statment is an admission of guilt??

TEXAS QCR (Your relatively new here, so I'll go easy on you.),

Look up the highest paid people in Illinois, and you'll discover several trial lawyers at the top of the list. Exactly what does a trial lawyer produce, other than increasing insurance premiums? In the end, who pays the tab for all thse frivilous lawsuits?

YELLOW DOG,

This dog ain't goin to hunt! Were you aware that a prominent Rock Island lawyer was arrested last month for selling powder and crack cocain? And how about the lawyer in Moline that was caught selling selling kiddy porn out of his office? And don't forget the lawyer from East Moline that embezzeled all that money from his client's account. The point is yellow dog, nobody is perfect, except THE HEADUSHER!

MAYBESOMEDAYILLACTUALLYKNOWWHATIAM
TALKING BAOUT,

No, Senator Mike Jacobs never accepted a dime from the Illinois Trial Lawyers ITL)? For comparative prurposes, Mike Boland stuffed $340,250 from the ITL directly into his personal campaign account and then voted against them? Whoever said Mike Boland wasn't a double-dealing politcan din't know what they were talking about!

DENNIS AHERN,

If you had ask the Jacobs for help, you might be running for reelection instead of carping!

POPE, I MEAN DOPE,

I am most humbled by your assement that my posts "deserve wider notice." Consequently, I readily agree to help give your readers the facts. As a result, you will atttract a better class of bloggers.

 
At 7/06/2005 6:25 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Great HeadUsher... just drop me an email and we'll set up your guest post.

Now on to the shallow thinking in your post.

First of all, you use all the right-wing disinformation code words. Why?
The hot coffee thing. The right made that into some sort of distorted poster-child for excessive lawsuits.
But consider these facts. The woman involved was elderly and very serverely injured. The woman's family first contacted the McDonald's where the scalding coffee was served to see if they'd help pay her hospital bills.
The refused. They then contacted McDonald's. They were only asking for them to pay a relative pittance for their bills. McDonald's told them to buzz off.
They then sued McDonald's which refused to settle at any point.
The jury awarded such an enormous amount as a punitive award.
Punitive awards are meant to PUNISH the defendent for negligence.
What amount would you think it would take for McDonald's corporation to even feel it?
How much would it hurt one of the largest multi-national corporations on earth to award say, 100, 200, or even 800 thousand dollars? They've got more than that stuck to the bottom of their shoes!
The award HAD to be large for the financial award to have any effect on the company.

So don't continue repeating that bullshit saw of a story.
Do you even research any of the issues you .. er I mean, your guy votes on?

Secondly, what the hell difference does it make how wealthy some lawyers are? That has nothing to do with the issue, nor should it.

If a lawyer makes a big score with a multi-million dollar settlement against whatever entity, they take a healthy slice of it.
The money is huge because the settlements are huge.

But let's stipulate that some lawsuits are perhaps unecessary and some lawyers go for the gold (shocking, almost as much as politicians loving money)

Does the fact that some lawyers make enormous amounts of money somehow mean that ALL plaintiffs should have their right to compensation cut off at the knees?

Wouldn't you say that's overkill?

Don't you realize that those boogy-men talking points you so casually throw out are only BS designed to hide the ulterior motives of the ultra-wealthy companies behind getting your guy Jacobs and others to vote against the common person, which is plainly to allow them to operate with impunity knowing that their losses will be limited? To allow them to have lawsuit costs as a known item on their spreadsheets? So they'll know that no matter how much damage or death they cause, it will always be a nice managable number for them to pay?

You rant about rich lawyers, but when's the last time you heard of an insurance exec going broke? They still have enough dough to toss the maximum donation to politicians. And I haven't noticed any doctors rummaging through the bargain bin at Wal-Mart lately.

Your whole argument is nothing but your use of the deceptive and false arguments you've been provided by wealthy interests in an effort to defend Jacob's voting for and with these same interests.

One would hope that state senators base their votes on more than bumper sticker sentiments which totally distort and misrepresent the underlying issue.

 
At 7/06/2005 6:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And by the way, that's MR. Pope to you. ;-)

 
At 7/06/2005 8:46 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

DOPE,

Why is that so many trial lawyers have broken noses? From running into parked ambulances!

I can take you water, but I cannot make you drink Dope.

Over the past year Illinois has experienced a rash of frivilous lawsuits. Punative lawsuits against hard working mom and pop stores that serve as gold mine for greedy trial lawyers and their even greedier clients.

It's so bad DOPE, that a 27-year old women from Joliet, sued her mother's doctor because she "witnessed her mother's doctor save her (mother's) life." The doctors crime -- "He allowed my mother's head to dangle over the gurny on the way to the emergency room as he performed CPR on her (mother)." Sure the good doctor saved her mother's life, but her she (the daughter) was tramatized she felt the need to sue.

It has gotten so bad Dope that companies feel the need to explain the obvious.

A blanket maker in Southern Illinois added the following tag to their new product - "Not to be used as a protection device from a tornado."

A company in deep Southern Illinois added the following to fire place logs they mass produce - "Caution- Risk of Fire."

Not to be outdone a Chicago candy company attached this warning lable to to it's peanute bar " Warning - Contains peanuts."

Meanwhile a Central Illinois Company added the following to its bicycle shin gauard -"Shin guard cannot protect any part of the body not covered."

It's gotten so silly that a woman from Downers Grove, Illinois is suing her doctor for $1,000.000 claiming her doctor "did not do enough to make her stop SMOKING and EATING."

And finally there is the 378-pound man from Zion, Illinois, who claims fast food chains are to blame for his obesity and subsequent health problems. The five foot three man seeks $6,000,000 for the pain and suffering!

Now I know these lawsuits are not the ones you want to defend DOPE, but feel free to do so!

In the end, everyone in Illinois, with the exception of the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association and a few "dead-enders," undertand that frivilous lawsuits are turning our courthouses into outhouse.

While I don't agree with your position DOPE, I will not criticize your unwavering support for the 165 millionars that are the Illinois Trial Lawyers Assocsation. Afterall, I am sure they really appericate your support!

Congrats on your defense of legal extortion -- I guess!

 
At 7/06/2005 9:11 PM, Blogger none said...

I think being bequethed the job of State Senator is proving to be too much for young Senator Jacobs. HeadUsher, I mean Mike Jacobs, you are costing yourself this job with your ridiculous babble. You have lost my vote, and probably every vote from those who visit this blog. Representative Boland is going to beat you handily now. You had all the positive momentum in the world, but your tirade to the press when you blasted Speaker Madigan last month and now your continued shadow campaign of discrediting Representaitve Boland and everyone in your path- even old political allies, and those on this blog, proves you have lost it. Denny, are you going to save your boy?

 
At 7/06/2005 9:13 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Oh Comon Usher - just admit it - you are Sen Mike Jacobs aren't you? I bet you are.........

No one else could be so all knowing of what happens in our capitol unless yu really are "big" Mikey jackobs.

 
At 7/06/2005 9:40 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Wow this reminds me of the WWF.

Although I'm dating myself if I say all-star Wrestling.

'The capable hands of Scrap Iron Kadaski!'

 
At 7/06/2005 10:47 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I just want to thank State Sen. Mike Jacobs for getting off to such a great start! He's working hard to get WIU to Moline, he brought home the deal to save hundreds of jobs at the RI Casino and he sponsored a major piece of legislation that deals with transportation funding that will help NW Illinois.

Sometime it would be good for a few of these bloggers to actually do some legislative research about these accomplishments before spouting off about that which they do not know.

 
At 7/06/2005 11:57 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

My goodness, where to start?

Well, HeadUsher is always easiest.

Again, you only continue to spout exactly what I called you on, namely, right-wing talking points, and every one a low attempt to make it seem as if we're in a crisis situation by citing a few individual cases and then not even telling all the facts about them!

Show me the stats that prove this supposed "rash" of so-called "frivolous" lawsuits. It's easy to just SAY something, back it up. Dissenter cited facts that suggests your claim is wrong.

Cite some examples of all these lawsuits hurting "Mom & Pop" businesses. While I'm sure there are a few, it's certainly no "rash". And it isn't Mom and Pop stores that are pushing this legislation, is it? You didn't get your glib talking points from some small business group. You got them from the insurance and hospital corprate lobbyists.

And the silly suit from the Joliet woman and her Mom's dangling head? You forgot to tell us if she WON. Don't you think that might be important to the story? Sure, people probably file ridiculous suits all the time, but they get thrown out all the time too.

If this is such a threat to the state, then pass a law saying that anyone who has a suit thrown out as not having cause has to pay the other sides expenses.

But the fat-cat relief bill you supported.. I mean Jacbos supported doesn't deal with suits which are thrown out or truly frivolous, it applies to cases where a court of law has determined that it is indeed a worth case and in which judges or juries actually find for the plaintif! You voted to limit what damages and awards people can get when they WIN... it does nothing to address whether silly lawsuits are even allowed to be filed.

And you can list all the stupid labels companies put on their products for days. The fact remains that this has NOTHING to do with the issue. I don't think any company has ever gone broke because they had to sew a label on something which cost 1/4000th of a cent.
And the fact remains that labels are not magic shields against lawsuits anyway, so what a company choses to put on as labels is beside the point unless they're required to do so by law.

And get serious. Are you REALLY arguing that we need to put caps on monetary awards in malpractice and other cases because some labels strike people as stupid?
Is that the level of your reasoning?

And you list all these cherry-picked examples of what appear to be stupid or frivolous lawsuits which have been FILED, but you leave us all hanging as to whether they were thrown out of court, whether they went to court and the plaintif lost, or what? I mean, just because some obese guy sues fast food joints for serving his crap that they've known for years are gut bombs doesn't mean that the guy won an award! You're being slipperty here HeadUsher.
It's not honest, it's disengenuous, and it's insulting.

You challenge me to defend the suits you listed. First, I don't even know if they exist. I wouldn't be surprised if they're sheer fiction. Secondly, even if they do exist, as I say, unless the plaintif actually goes to trial or wins, there's no reason to complain.

If you want to deal with nuisance lawsuits, which ARE a detriment to businesses, then I suggest you find a better way than simply protecting wealthy corporations from everyday people who have a valid reason to sue.

And of course, you also resort to the childish and insulting tactic of trying to sway the issue by demonizing "wealthy trial lawyers" as if they're some army of scum ravaging the countryside.
Give the people a figure to direct their hate against. Seems like you picked that up from the Republicans too. You've learned well. Perhaps you're in the wrong party?

But the fact remains that someone with my views do not hold them because they idolize trial lawyers, though I am intelligent to realize that all trial lawyers are not the wealthy slimeballs you suggest. I hold my views because of REALITY, and because I don't like to see the only tool average citizens have to be compensated for often devastating loss due to someone else's incompetence, negligence, or knowingly producing a dangerous product or service.

I happen to have a problem with erecting a wall at the courthouse door that says to injured people that they aren't allowed access, and if they manage to get it, that they can only have so much, no matter what a jury of their peers decides.

I"m truly sorry to hear that you're so comfortable with all your slogans and cherry-picked examples rolling around in your head while you in effect pervert the entire idea of trial by jury, but I'm not.

You can sit there and think that some paralysed child with a breathing tube down their throat for the rest of what's left of their lives is practicing "legal extortion" as you call it, when his family sues the doctor who's gross negligence ruined his life forever.
I don't.

 
At 7/07/2005 12:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And not to make this an all "beat on Jacobs" thread, but I must remind YoungRIDem that Jacobs didn't "save" any jobs by managing to get his name on a bill written by the Attorney General's office correcting a few words of a previous bill thus allowing the Casino R.I. move.

While it may turn out to strengthen the boat's profit, the fact remains that there would have been jobs whether the boat moved or not. (And yes, this is not including the temporary construction jobs which the move will provide.)

The WIU project is a project that all local legislators are working hard at. I can't imagine any of them being against it. Jacobs has gotten his name out in front of it, and that's all good. But one would hardly expect ANY local politician to act like they don't care about it. Sure Jacobs supports it and is working for it, but should that be something that's considered a real accomplishment? It should only be expected. What is he supposed to do? Work against it?
I'm sure he has and will continue to do all he can for the project, and if it's successful, he can rightly take a portion of the credit. But until then.... I don't know if it's a major accomplishment to crow about.

I think what sticks in my craw as well as many others here is that Jacobs supporters seem to insist that people think he's doing just a fantastic job. It's exagerated and puffed up with such a stunning amount of BS that it's almost nauseating.
People naturally are in Jacobs' corner. After all, he's our state Senator and I think most would like to see him succeed.
They wouldn't mind hearing about the rather mundane and ordinary things that he's doing. They'll give him credit for working hard and learning the ropes.
But when we're told all the time that he's just setting the world on fire and that his every small routine effort is some major accomplishment, well, frankly, it's insulting to people's intelligence.

People get covered in B.S. from politicians as it is. They don't like it but accept a certain level of it as part of the territory.

But when the B.S. comes down in sheets and is up to their waist, then people tend to react negatively.

Politics isn't some big joke. It's not some high school student congress election. Politicians should at least display a certain amount of seriousness and evidence of intelligence and moderation.

But HeadUsher displays a scant amount of either I'm afraid and as has been pointed out on numerous occasions, does his candidate Jacobs no favors with his tirades.

 
At 7/07/2005 12:22 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I'm disappointed that the host of this site and a few others choose to turn the other way when the new State Senator is getting some key accomplishments under his belt.

All I'm saying is that it seems people spout off here without knowing the facts. I suggest you go to the Legislative Information Service to study Jacobs' long list of bills and accomplishments.

As a young Democrat, I appreciate his energy to date.

 
At 7/07/2005 2:05 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Young, you're as phony as a $3 bill.
I can't believe people write this stuff. But if you were "young" you wouldn't have to include that fact almost every time you post. It's so transparent it's not even funny.

And I see you your disappointment and raise you one better. I'm dissappointed that, as a staunch admirer of Sen. Jacobs miriad accomplishments, that you can't name more than three dubious ones in your comments.
If they're so numerous, surely you could at least real off a few off the top of your head.

 
At 7/07/2005 1:40 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

First I want to thank maybesomeday (Mike Boland) for his kind compliment. For the record, I know Mike Jacobs and his wonderfull family, but I am not him. Unless of course he changed gender overnight.

I do however, thank you for comparing me to such a dynamic young leader. The kind of no-nonsense leader I one day hope to be!

A couple of points Senior Dope!

Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs and Representaive Pat Verschoore not only saved jobs in Rock Island, but they created 479 brand new construction job. In addtion, the casino will add another 198 good paying jobs upon completion of the project. For the un-initiated, Casino Rock Island is among the Illinois Quad Cities largest and best employers.

Dope, these are not the kind of minnimum wage jobs you work. No, these are high paying contruction jobs. Union jobs! As this $92 million construction job is the single largest one-time construction project in Northwestern Illinois histroy. It will take two years to build, and there will be a lot of "roll-over job created" by this mamouth project. As a result, a lot of young kids are going to find food on their plates. Thanks Senator Jacobs and Representaive Verschoore for getting the job done!

Second, did you know that the Illinois Quad Cities is the single largest community in the country without a major public university?

The WIU project has languished in our community for twenty years, but until now no one has ever "siezed the day"! Now that Senator Jacobs formed a "Blue Ribbon Task Force," and focused our communities resources, perhaps something good will transpire.

Unlike the Dope, maybesomeday and none, Big Mike Jacobs understands teamwork is a critical to success. That's why Jacobs brough together the Quad Cities best and brightest to steer this project to completion.

Dope, do you have any idea know how many construction jobs and full-time jobs a $50 million university on Moline's riverfront will bring? Are you and your misinformed minnions even capable of understanding how important this project is to our community?

The simple fact is DOPE, not all of us can sit around and sue each other as you suggest. Some of us actually have to work for a living. Thanks for your effort Sentor Jacobs and Representative, you guys are doing a great job!

Finally, I did what one of you fellas suggested and went to the State of Illinois web site. There I did what ytou suggested and checked Big Mike Jacobs record. What I found wans't "mundane", but exciting.

Big Mike Jacobs was far more active in his first term than I ever imagined. In just 90 days, Big Mike Jacobs became a key player in the Illinois Senate. Even major news organizations around the state recongnized that fact as well. (See Chicao Tribune and State Register Journal.)

In addtion, Jacobssuccessfully ram-rodded important bills onto the Governor's desk.

I discovered that our own Senator Mike Jacobs and Represeantive Verscoore were chief-co sponsors on the Workers Compensation-Collective Bargining bill. Unless your living under a rock, you know this is one of the most important bills to pass through the Illinois Legislature this year.

Labor has been trying to pass this bill for the twenty years. Young Mike Jacobs is in the building for 90 days, is named Chief-co sponsor of the legislation and the bill magically passes. Congrats Senator Jacobs and Represtative Vershoore.

I also found out that Jacobs was co-sponsor of the historic Medcial Malpractice Bill that keeps quality doctors in Illinois. What's more, I learned that Jacobs passed an important bill to allow the spouses of Purple Heart, Bronze Star winneres to keep their husbands or wife's plates upon the untimely death. This bill serves to honor the dead, as well as the living!

Jacobs also sponsored Senate Bill 2116, which Governor Blagojevich has called "among the most important bills this year." Jacobs' CMS reform bill protect downstate road funds from being raided, as happened last year. Way to go Big Mike Jacobs.

Upon doing further reseach I found that Jacobs sponsored or co-sponsored 14 bills that await the governor's signature. Including but not limtied to protecting fire fighters, payday loan reform, limiting child labor, meth lab clean up procdures, raditation protection, overian cancer research, and creating economic development opportunities.

After talking with Senator Jacobs brother J.P. this morning (by the way, I think he would be a great candidate to replace Rep. Verschoores should he retire someday), I also learned that Big Mike Jacobs and Representative Verschoor brought home the bacon.

J.P. informed me that Senator Jacobs wrangled $1.6 million in projects for his district during last minute negotiations with Governor Blagojevich. He also related that Senator Mike Jacobs and Represntaive Verschoor brought home millions and millions of dollars in new Capitol Development Projects. Go to the IDOT web page and see for yourself what these two leaders accomplished in the last session.

What's even more amazing to is Jacobs was at the heart of these issues in his first 90-days. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the vaulted Jacobs-Boland primary. As old Mike Boland about to find out that Big Mike Jacobs' shoes are made for, and trust me, Senator Jacobs is going to walk right over Mike "SQUISH" Boland!

Naysayrs like Dope, Maybesomeday none, and blind followers have been proven wrong! Big Mike Jacobs can and has gotten the job done for us! Thanks Mr. Senator!

Sorry boys, but those are the facts. Deal with them!

P.S. Welcome aboard youngridedemocrat, you are a welcome addition to this anti-Jacobs blog! Don't let these fools intimidate you. Speak up for yourself and what you belive in! They don't like it, but this is still a free country!

 
At 7/07/2005 3:19 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

HeadUsher,

I'm pretty sure whatever you wrote was pure B.S., but unfortunately, my eyes glaze over and roll back into my head about one or two paragraphs in to your drivel.

I did get to the part where you drone on and on about how important the WIU expansion is to the QCs. Only one problem Usher, NO ONE EVER SAID IT WAS UNIMPORTANT.

And I think even a Dope like me could manage to form a "Blue-Ribbon" committee. Is that really a great accomplishment? Hell, it's only called "Blue-Ribbon" because of all the time the principles spend wining and dining at the expensive restauarant of the same name.

Let me guess what you said..., Jacobs is some sort of modern-day saint, anyone who even suggests he's not is an idiot, and Mike Boland is Satan.

Oh yeah, and some dumb-ass childish insults thrown in for effect.

Why even read your comments? They're all the same.

 
At 7/07/2005 8:35 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And.... I have to add, that I sincerely hope to God that you're NOT actually Mike Jacobs.

Because your tone deaf style shows a profound political shallowness in your comments which truly does Jacobs more harm than good.

If I were Jacobs, I'd get you on a leash, and soon.

 
At 7/07/2005 8:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

AND... how's this for an opportunity.

I've offered you, HeadUsher, the chance to have a post all of your own. So far you've not contacted me to take advantage of this.

You'd have venue to engage in your simultaneous hero-worship of Jacobs and demonization of Boland.... FREE OF CHARGE.

Your frenzied message would go out to millions.. well, at least a handful.

How about it?

 

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