Up for Debate: Panel says judge violated code of ethics, won't be disciplined

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:25pm

As reported by the Associated Press, a federal panel of judges said Thursday that a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Middle Tennessee violated the judiciary's code of ethics by being a long-standing member of the Belle Meade Country Club, which has no women or blacks as members. But, the panel decided not to discipline Judge George Paine II because he plans to retire soon. Should the judge face disciplinary action regardless of when he's set to retire, or does any issue with his judgeship and his Belle Meade Country Club status simply not warrant action?

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By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 11:43

I can't answer that question, BenDover. I have never kept track of anything I wasn't personally interested in.

Other than my family and line of work, the only thing I have been most interested in has been our Congress, including all three branches of "guvmunt" as it has become.

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 12:46

Quote I read for the day:

"The problem we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living." - Anonymous

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 1:08

Has any of you looked into the bill HR 4646? I haven't found if it has been voted on yet, but it's proposal is a 1% tax charge on all bank transactions. The bill was presented by Rep. Chaka Fattah D-PA.

It is currently understood your salary, retirement and SS check will be directly deposited beginning January 2012, they, and any other bank transactions will be charged a 1% tax as a transaction fee. Do you see it as "the "guvmunt" needs it and that ain't much"? Consider:

If your paycheck is $1,000, you will be charged $10 just for the privilege to deposit it into your bank account.

If you receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, you must pay $50 just to deposit your money into your account.

Stop to figure how many deposits and transactions, and how much money you handle each year. I know, our "guvmunt" needs our money more than us but, do ya like it?

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 1:40

I recently heard of an old prospector that shuffled into the town of El Indio TX leading a tired old mule. He walked up to the saloon and tied his mule to the hitching rail.

As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed saying, "Hey, old man, can you dance?"

The old man looked at the gunslinger and said, "No son, I don't dance... never really wanted to."

A crowd gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna dance now!" and started shooting at the old man's feet.

The old prospector, not wanting to get a tow blown off, started hopping like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody standing around started laughing.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his fun and turn around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule and pulled out a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crown immediately stopped laughing and the silence was deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of the twin 12 gauge barrels. The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands as he quietly said; "Son, have you ever kissed a mule's ass?"

The young gunslinger swallowed hard and said; "No Sir... but... but I've always wanted to."

There are a few valuable lessons here for all of us:

Don't be arrogant (as some are).
Don't waste ammunition (you might need it in your future).
Whiskey and audacity makes you think you're smarter than you are.
Always make sure you know who is properly in control.

And finally, don't screw around with us old folks; we didn't get old by being stupid.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/18/11 at 1:47

One problem we face today in America is; the federal government now gives $150 billion of “corporate welfare” each year to companies that don’t need it.

By: Kosh III on 11/18/11 at 1:48

The BMCC has one black member, a lawyer who lives in Atlanta and rarely(if ever) goes to there.

Private groups CAN have any membership or rules they wish, such as this churches, the Boy Scouts, the KKK, but there may be consequences to it such as this instance.

By: Kosh III on 11/18/11 at 1:54

The Congressional Black Caucus is NOT a private organization and has no membership fees nor perquisites. It is just those Members who share certain interests.

E.g. A caucus composed of all Members from Tennessee would only admit Members who actually represent Tennessee. A Member from Hawai'i would not be able to participate.
(Yes, there used to be caucuses of Members from each state composed of both party Members, back when the partisanship was not so toxic. )

By: Kosh III on 11/18/11 at 1:56

Right Nemo. Why is BP still getting millions in welfare checks and special deals. The BP leadership should be in jail for the deaths of the workers who died last year in the Gulf of Mexico.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/18/11 at 2:01

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 1:40
And finally, don't screw around with us old folks; we didn't get old by being stupid.

However yogi is the exception. This old fogi just gets more brainless by the instant.

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 2:11

Are you trying to copy me, dumba..?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/18/11 at 2:11

With all the problems that confront nations across the pond tied to ours, isn't it time for Congress, especially the Republican leadership, to look beyond the next election and face the implications of their failure to act? American voters, like those here, are furious and have taken to the streets to protest Wall Street greed. It is past time to act; it is time to exhibit some old fashioned American leadership. Is the U.S. government up to the task is the question people over here are asking?


By: jvh2b on 11/18/11 at 2:13

Ben - honest question for you here.

How is Obama nationalizing 1/5th of the economy by requiring citizen to buy private insurance and no govt plan is being offered?

I'm apparently missing something here...

By: Captain Nemo on 11/18/11 at 2:14

Why would I want to be stupid like you yogi?

By: BenDover on 11/18/11 at 2:29

His goal is single payer, jvh.

By: jvh2b on 11/18/11 at 2:41

And where is that in the bill...or is it an assumption?

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 11/18/11 at 3:05

Wonder how many blacks, Mexicans and Women are members at the Country Club of Detroit at Grosse Pointe Farms? Detroit's most exclusive. It's probably on the "Northern" boundary of Detroit.

By: yogiman on 11/18/11 at 3:40

With the way our nation is headed, if you haven't seen it I think maybe you all should look at a 'show' put put back in the 40s.

Go to "nationaljuggernaut.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-cartoon-seemed-far-fetched-in-1948.html"

Where is the ISM factor of today?

By: house_of_pain on 11/18/11 at 3:54

Wazzzuuup, errybody? Long time, no post.
B-day party @ Neighbors of Sylvan Park on Sunday. Starts @ noon.
Smoking an entire hog...all are welcome. Peace.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/18/11 at 4:13

Hello house. I will be there if work permits.

By: BenDover on 11/18/11 at 4:20


By: dargent7 on 11/18/11 at 5:21

House: I'll be there.
Bringing the usual attire and entre':
$10 dollars, a bottle of booze, and a hooker.

By: Loner on 11/18/11 at 7:22

Back home....on the Erie Canal....the other end of the Empire State...it's a 5 Hr. drive from Bolton's Landing, on Lake George, to my place...it was a great day for traveling...sunny and dry....traffic was fairly light.

Welcome back, House_of_pain....hope to see you and Slacker back here as regulars once again....I miss the gay piano bar running gag and the quick sick schtick....can't make the pig roast, but hoist one for the Lone One.

Back to the topic of the day: Judge George Paine II is under fire for his alleged poor judgment in maintaining membership in an exclusive, all-white, all-male, country club; The judge's judgeship is being judged, because the judge is a long-standing member of Belle Meade Country Club.

Why the hub-bub now? Why wasn't this brought up decades ago? Who's behind the outrage? What are the stated an unstated motives behind this?

It seems reasonable to conclude that any man who would be willing and able to be a long-standing member of an all-white, all-male, rich-man's, country club is apt to be fundamentally judgmental....but who are we to judge?

The judge's record should speak for itself...has he been unfair to blacks, women and poor folks? If so, we may have a clue as to why this is so; if this is not the case, then this may simply be a smear job on the judge.

Let the maligned judge answer to the charges, right here, on the NCP. Clear your name, Judge Paine, or bear the shame.

By: Loner on 11/18/11 at 7:40

Ben Dover takes the 4:20 Honors, today...congrats, Ben!

Ben, is that you in the band "Ben Dover & Tennessee Trucker"?


Click on the videos....enjoy!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/19/11 at 10:51

Loner, I hope Ben goes on tour.

By: yogiman on 11/19/11 at 10:24

It's very interesting to realize the differences between the USA of yesteryear and the USA of today. Yesteryear "leaders" of our nation were true Americans as was our founders.

The "leaders" of today's USA are simple self interested individuals. Why, you ask? Consider: It's hard to believe that a decade has passed since the horrific events of 9/11/01, which in the aftermath of the tragedy we saw Americans crying out and praying to God.

A decade has passed and we now witness the mayor of New York City refusing to allow clergy at the memorial event. Was that because "Barack Obama" was to give a speech of the 9/11/01 horrific event at that event?

Was that a simple aftermath [after] before giving a speech at Georgetown University in April 2009, "Barack Obama" "requested" (demanded) the officials at Georgetown University cover the images of Jesus?

My question has always been: Why did the Georgetown University officials allow him to speak at their university? Was it simply publicity..., or honor?

That was lousy publicity; and it surely wasn't an honor to permit someone to speak at their university who demanded God be hidden.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/20/11 at 3:07

Shut up s8it face

By: yogiman on 11/20/11 at 7:10

Hang in there, duna..,

You're showing your 'brilliant' ignorance every time you open your mouth (meaning: Hit that keyboard)