Little Jimmy Dickens Recovering After Brain Surgery

Everyone wishes Little Jimmy Dickens a speedy recovery, and a return to the Mother Church of Country Music, The Grand Ole Opry.

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Little Jimmy Dickens underwent brain surgery in Nashville on Tuesday to alleviate a build-up of blood. The senior member of the Grand Ole Opry just turned 88 in December.

Jimmy is “recovering in a Nashville-area hospital following surgery to repair a subdural hematoma,” the Opry said in a statement to WKRN-TV. “He is resting comfortably. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers for Jimmy as he recovers.”

Widely known for his comedic appearances in several Brad Paisley videos, Little Jimmy was honored by the Opry in November for the 60th anniversary of his induction. Brad, Trace Adkins and George Jones were among the artists on hand to pay homage. The City of Nashville also observed Jimmy Dickens Day at that time, and a new hybrid, the Little Jimmy Dickens rose, was unveiled.

A hematoma is the same type of injury Kenny Chesney suffered last spring when his foot was caught between the concert stage and a hydraulic lift at the start of his first stadium show of 2008. A subdural hematoma claimed the life of Nashville saxophone player Boots Randolph in 2007

Economist Cover: Barack Obama Superimposed On Constitution

This cover speaks so very much to all of us who have waited for a president that will again respect the U.S. Constitution.  After watching the Constitution being used as toilet paper during the Bush Administration  it will be refreshing to have Barack Obama who actually taught constitutional law, and cares about the document, to lead this nation.  He will  restore faith again with the underlying foundations of this country.

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Scott Jensen And Legal Stalling Tactics

It was not really news when the appeals court decision on Thursday was handed down which ruled former Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen will not be allowed to have his re-trial for misconduct in office tried in his home county.  Many had thought that the idea pursued by the Jensen legal team was a long stretch, and not one that would grant the former legislator any satisfaction, other than delaying his new trial, which seems to be a goal in and of itself.

 The whole idea of delaying and stalling has become the game plan by Jensen and his lawyers, while the citizenry of the state watches as the wheel of justice has stopped in this case.  Worse yet for Wisconsin is the fact Scott Jensen has not yet acknowledged the corrosive effect his actions had on the political process.

In this latest legal saga Scott Jensen was trying to argue that the language, which created the Government Accountability Board in 2007, allowed him to have his trail moved to Waukesha County, where he lives.  The Government Accountability Board allows for lawmakers to be tried in their home counties for violations of ethics and lobbying regulations, but the felony charges facing Jensen that date back to the 1998 and 2000 elections are not covered. 

The ruling is sure to be challenged by Scott Jensen to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with the final ruling many more months down the road.  Why Jensen thinks that the literacy skills of the Supreme Court will be less than those of the appeal court is a mystery to me.  The law as passed by the legislature when creating the GAB will not be any different no matter how many courts read it.

While the legal safeguards are in place to insure that a defendant has the right to pursue all the routes for a fair trial and legal process, there is also the need of the state to see justice not perverted by legal slickness.  We all have reasons to be concerned when someone with the financial means uses the legal system to maneuver around justice, in an attempt to evade it.  And that is what Scott Jensen is doing.  Not attempting to do, but doing.  And we are witnessing it.

Jensen was found guilty of three felonies and one misdemeanor after a jury of his peers heard weeks of testimony about the former speaker using state employees for campaign purposes.  An appeals court overturned that decision on a technicality, and a new trial is still waiting to be held on the initial charges.

When Scott Jensen is finally brought before a new jury, unless he pleads a deal before that time, I am confident that he will be found guilty again of trying to gain a dishonest advantage over the opposition party by using state workers for political motives.  Jensen played politics as if it were a game, and now he is doing the same with the justice system.  How much longer Jensen can snub the consequences of his actions while serving in the legislature is something we will just be forced to watch unfold.   But one thing is clear.  It is not a pretty sight.

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