Archive for February, 2012

Why Prosecutors Lose Cases

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Casey Anderson

Legal prosecutors can SIMPLIFY about as well as corporate executives – which is not well at all. It’s as obvious to me as the 35-years I’ve spent coaching company presenters. I call it Paolo Rule #1: “nothing is important if no one is listening.”

I’m about to finish Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton, a prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder trial.  The prosecution lost to an amateurish defense team pretty much run by Ms. Anthony – who is no brilliant legal scholar.  They lost because they presented too much complicated information overwhelming any American adult who typically has the attention span of a nervous goldfish.

It reminded me of the OJ Simpson murder trial.  A drowning sea of expert DNA and blood splatter evidence delivered to bored jurors – some of whom literally fell asleep!  Then a slicker like Johnny Cochran comes along and says, “if the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” Goodbye complicated evidence – goodbye expert testimony.  What would you remember?

I understand the “State” has to put all the evidence into the record of every court case.  But there are better ways to do it than trying to shove it down the throats of jurors who would rather be at home watching “American Idol.”

Imperfect Justice: today.msnbc.msn.com

Sunrise or Sunset?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Once I delivered a ‘Great Presentations!’ seminar to about a dozen Kodak professional photographers.  I casually asked the question if they could tell the difference in a picture between a sunrise and sunset.  It was like hosting a discussion between Japanese whalers and PETA. After a long period of loud opinions, the general consensus was “No.  In most cases, you cannot.”

The photo above was taken from my terrace at sunrise.  I blurred it on purpose to highlight the sky. Right. (Actually it was too friggin’ cold to walk out there and set up my tripod.)

I’ve Got Your Oscar Right Here

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Wore The Same Outfit? That’s OK

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Checking Out A Pair of Great Danes

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The husband of the President of Finland was bored at a state dinner.  So he let his eyes roll and they just happened to land inside the dress of Princess Mary of Denmark. She was not amused.  He was royally embarrassed – and boy did he get it when he got home!

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Best Criticism of “Was Jesus Gay?”

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

“If the choice was to read another thing by you or gouge out my eyes  with pins – I’d Take the PINS!”

My reply: (SEND ADDRESS. PINS TO FOLLOW.)


Was Jesus Gay?

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

“Dance?”

Now let’s try to be calm here. First, pick up and revive the good Christians who have already fainted at the mere thought of the concept. They’ll be OK.

Let’s consider the facts: Mr. Christ (the son) was a single man most popular in his late ‘20’s and ‘30’s – certainly a virile time in a man’s life. And the word “man” is key. He was a very fit, healthy, and good-looking man by all accounts.

Christ chose not to go into his father’s line of work – carpentry – and seemed extremely close to his mother.  He was never married nor had children. Jesus was a very popular, charismatic, public speaker and was not afraid to express his views in public.  Women like that.

One striking thing that emerges after two thousand years is how documented his life is. The poor man couldn’t seem to turn around without more stories being babbled by the multitudes.

But there’s one, glaring exception to the history of Jesus: his sexuality. We’re led to believe he was without one of humankind’s greatest needs, drives, and pleasures: sex. Hmmm.

I’ve got to ask the question, why? Was he not . . . uhhh . . . “normal”?

If Jesus was as pure as we’ve been told, wouldn’t the Bible be featuring that? Wouldn’t there be scripture topics like, “Play Your Own Chimes and You’ll Play in Hell!” or “Jesus Kicks Fruits Out of the Temple!”.

I don’t know.  I do know old Jewish law abhorred homosexuality. But what would happen if your religion had a “Star” who happened to be gay? Wouldn’t it be kind of like, “Doctor, I hate the fact my wife thinks she’s a chicken – but I need the eggs.”?

Don’t Touch Hilly’s Dinghy!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

While Hillary Clinton was in Mexico last weekend for the G20 summit, she went whale watching. One of the huge creatures actually bumped into her boat!

When the captain yelled, “Thar she blows!”, Hillary said, “Monica Lewinsky is here?”

Passionately Religious In The Dark

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Afghans riot after Koran burnings.

What would American Christians do if Afghans burned a few stacks of Bibles in the garbage? Would ministers and priests condemn them from their pulpits?  Would there be a few strong Letters to the Editor?  Really, would anyone give a shit after a day or two? Let’s be honest.

Afghan Muslims are, for the most part, far more religious than Christians.  For many, Islam is a way of daily life – their dietary laws, education, politics, dress, and even whom they marry are all decided by religious beliefs.  They study the Koran by CANDLELIGHT since fewer than 10% of the country has electricity (are you listening America?) Some will even give their lives for Allah as shown by terrorist suicide bombers.

How many Christians would do that?  Hell, many “Christians” don’t even go to church and would renounce their faith on the threat of cutting up their credit cards.

That’s one major reason why America is losing in Afghanistan – and will lose completely when our troops are pulled out.  For 2500-years, many invaders have tried to take over this country which has never had a standing, cohesive army.  The Macedonians under Alexander tried to rule them – and failed.  So did the Mongols, the Huns, the British at their empire’s peak, and the Russian army.  All failed.  So are we.

Afghans fight with anything they have because it’s THEIR country.  Are you listening, America?

Dancing Without Dollars

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Women really love to dance. And I just don’t mean ballerinas, strippers, belly-dancers and bimbos.  I mean everyday lawyers, nurses, stay-at-home Moms and just about all of them.  Go to any club or party and women will be dancing with each other and sometimes even alone.

But most men would rather go to the dentist than go dancing (except a few who dance with other men).  You can find the guys leaning on the bar or in a group of their buds at a party.

Why?

A recent study stated that women love to dance because it “frees” them of inhibiting physical behavior in socially-acceptable ways – in a safe environment.  They can rhythmically slink, jiggle, step, bounce, gyrate, spin, twirl, pendulate, shake their asses, and make sexual moves WITHOUT over-exciting alpha males who just want to see them waving their feet at the ceiling.