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January 10 2009

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In this Sept. 21, 2004 file photo, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, right, and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speak to reporters during a news conference at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. White has carved out a career as a steady team player with little taste for controversy or political fireworks, but is now has been caught up in the storm over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Obama's election as president.
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THOSE LISTS

by kt

At the beginning and end of each year, organizations and the news media publish the best and worst lists.

I think there should be a “stupid” list and I’m sure there is somewhere. I can surely think of several to make it, myself included.

The governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, tops the list; but, in my view, he’s just a politician and his stupidity is confined to that field which deserves its own category of “stupid.”

One decision that should be on some stupid list is one made by the California Supreme court that agreed to advance a case that challenges the California Good Samaritan law. The law basically states that helping in a crisis, i. e., accident, etc. , the Good Samaritan is not held liable. Makes sense, Right? Apparently not to the majority of the CA Supreme Court.

The situation in this case: A motorist’s car crashed. A fellow traveler stopped and dragged the injured motorist from the car fearing the car was about to explode.( I may not have all the facts completely straight but for illustrative purposes they are) The injured motorist sued (naturally a Californian who will sue over anything) saying that she was further injured because of the action of the Good Samaritan. The California Supreme court now says the case can go forward.

With this judicial stupidity, how many Good Samaritans will be helping out? Unlike these judges, hopefully most of us are not that stupid.

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