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I have jury duty next week. This is the third time in about eight years. The first time I ended up seeing an entire trial (2-3 days iirc). The second time I got excused after voir dire.

In all the talk today of the size of government, one memory from both occasions stands out. In the big room where everyone sits and waits, someone from the court asks all public employees to come up front. I forget why, I want to say it had something to do with payroll or giving them all a letter.

But the memory is of nearly half the room standing up when the call came. Both times. Both times, half the room worked for some level of government.

So all my usual liberal bloviating notwithstanding, I will today - just this one time - concede that the RWNs have a point about the size of government.

I wonder what proportion of the people waiting in the big room will stand up next week. I'll let you know.

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I have jury duty next week. This is the third time in about eight years. The first time I ended up seeing an entire trial (2-3 days iirc). The second time I got excused after voir dire.

In all the talk today of the size of government, one memory from both occasions stands out. In the big room where everyone sits and waits, someone from the court asks all public employees to come up front. I forget why, I want to say it had something to do with payroll or giving them all a letter.

But the memory is of nearly half the room standing up when the call came. Both times. Both times, half the room worked for some level of government.

So all my usual liberal bloviating notwithstanding, I will today - just this one time - concede that the RWNs have a point about the size of government.

I wonder what proportion of the people waiting in the big room will stand up next week. I'll let you know.

Bring an assault weapon, the battles for the left behind newspapers can become pretty intense.

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Bring an assault weapon, the battles for the left behind newspapers can become pretty intense.

Last time i was there (2009), I remember looking around with envy at all the people playing with their ereaders and smartphones. I remember thinking I need to get me one of those.

This time, I will be prepared with a smartphone. I hope they have free wifi!

Do only US citizens get called for jury duty?

Yes. Do you want your fate decided by some immigrant? I don't.

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Last time i was there (2009), I remember looking around with envy at all the people playing with their ereaders and smartphones. I remember thinking I need to get me one of those.

This time, I will be prepared with a smartphone. I hope they have free wifi!

Yes. Do you want your fate decided by some immigrant? I don't.

:lol:

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Although I think I'd make an exception for Canadians. You guys are just Americans with serious hockey skills.

And slightly more polite.

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Last time i was there (2009), I remember looking around with envy at all the people playing with their ereaders and smartphones. I remember thinking I need to get me one of those.

the "half the room worked for some level of government" ?

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