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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 12/15/03 | Ralph R. Reiland

Posted on 12/17/2003 4:24:38 AM PST by thesummerwind

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:03:15 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Playing for the Pittsfield High School baseball team in Illinois, Danny Hannant threw a pitch that a Calhoun High School player hit in a line drive right at the pitcher's mound. The ball bounced off Hannant's head.

Rather than blame the mishap on a lousy pitch or a missed catch, or on the intrinsic risks of the game, Hannant sued the maker of the bat, Hillerich & Bradsby. Seeking in excess of $1 million, Hannant's lawyer argued that the company should have put labels on its Louisville Slugger bats warning that the product "could cause a baseball to be propelled with such velocity that when hit directly towards a pitcher it does not allow the pitcher sufficient reaction time to avoid being struck."


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KEYWORDS: children; lawsuits; playground; playgrounds; resposibility; safety; settlements; suits; tortreform
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1 posted on 12/17/2003 4:24:38 AM PST by thesummerwind
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To: thesummerwind
Gee, too bad Herb Score got hit by Gil McDougald's line drive in the 1950s.
2 posted on 12/17/2003 4:30:32 AM PST by MoralSense
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To: thesummerwind
I will not impose any sort of obesity-related lawsuit against the 5 Spot or consider any similar type of frivolous litigation created by a hungry trial lawyer."

I will not impose any insanity-related lawsuit againt the Tin-foil Democrat Party after hearing Mad-Maddy Halflbright (the human equivalent of the 15 watt bulb) say yesterday: "I wonder when George Bush will drag Osama bin Laden out of hiding? Just before the election?"

I will sign my waiver.

3 posted on 12/17/2003 4:32:05 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
When I was a kid we used to climb jungle gyms with nothing but good old asphalt underneath, and we loved it! You fell, you hit a few jungle gym bars on the way now, you hit the asphalt, then you got back up and did it all again.

Pretty soon all kids will be allowed to play on are big circles of foam - and even then someone will sue because of insufficient lumbar support.
4 posted on 12/17/2003 4:32:48 AM PST by Puddleglum
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To: MoralSense
Gee, too bad Herb Score got hit by Gil McDougald's line drive in the 1950s.

How about old Don 'Popeye' Zimmer getting plunked in the same era?

5 posted on 12/17/2003 4:33:24 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: JohnHuang2; Dallas59; alaskanfan; Destro; woodyinscc; Torie; sinkspur; dirtboy; Mr. Mojo; ...
ping
6 posted on 12/17/2003 4:44:37 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
The label this year on the sleds at my local hardware: "Warning: Beware that sled may develop high speed under certain snow conditions."

That sounds more like an advertisement than a warning!

7 posted on 12/17/2003 4:44:38 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Puddleglum
Pretty soon all kids will be allowed to play on are big circles of foam - and even then someone will sue because of insufficient lumbar support.

Yes, or from fumes from the foam.

8 posted on 12/17/2003 4:46:28 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Fresh Wind
That sounds more like an advertisement than a warning!

LOL!

9 posted on 12/17/2003 4:47:50 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Aaah...playground memories from the '60s. Back when swing seats were good solid pieces of wood. And back when you could lay on your back on the push-it-yourself merry-go-round, watch the trees spin around and get thoroughly sick.
10 posted on 12/17/2003 4:59:17 AM PST by Drawsing
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To: thesummerwind
We have far too many lawyers.
11 posted on 12/17/2003 5:02:37 AM PST by LibKill (You are not sheeple. Refuse to be clipped.)
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To: Fresh Wind
"Warning: Beware that sled may develop high speed under certain snow conditions."

That's the sled I want!
12 posted on 12/17/2003 5:03:52 AM PST by dis.kevin
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To: dis.kevin
yea..and my 8 yr old son salivates at a label like that also *L*. Snow speed demon that he is!
13 posted on 12/17/2003 5:14:52 AM PST by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy)
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To: thesummerwind
Thanks to the trial lawyers you can no longer walk around with both knees and elbows scabbed over.The days of tackle football in somebody's backyard are long gone.If I had been born 20 years later and walked around with the bruises and scabs of my youth, my parents would be in jail and I would be in a foster home.
14 posted on 12/17/2003 5:17:47 AM PST by mtbrandon49
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To: thesummerwind
It's... unda... the BIG............. dubya.......


15 posted on 12/17/2003 5:24:21 AM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Drawsing; PA Engineer; freedomcrusader; cjshapi; Garth Rockett; Badray; RightWhale; Dane; unix; ...
watch the trees spin around and get thoroughly sick.

Yes, sick after eating about a dozen or so apples you grabbed off your neighbor's 'forbidden' apple tree! My "good old days" were the 50's in Pittsburgh, life was easy back then.

We had a bike trail through the woods that surrounded our post- WWII bungalow neighborhood. There was this one steep, downhill winding part of the trail where the it was surrounded by these really dense (what we called) jagger bushes - thorny, nasty, rigid dense bushes about five feet high. When one of us unhappily careened off the path into those bushes, we came to a halt in about one and a half seconds! The bike remained upright with the rider still on the seat, because the bushes were so dense, stiff and thorny.

Getting one of our friends out of there was not easy. No one wanted to go in and get him! Eventually, the unfortunate rider somehow managed to get out, all cut up and bleeding a little. The next day all 8 to 10 of us were flying down that trail just as the same as the day before. (BTW, the trail ended at the bottom of the long hill in a creek bed with really big rocks sticking out.

The parents weren't too concerned, they just said, "go out and play, and CLOSE THE DOOR."

But, those were the good old days!

BTW, the "jagger bushes" were on the back of a neighbor's property, but lawsuits were not EVER considered. Those were the days!!

16 posted on 12/17/2003 5:30:58 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Fresh Wind
Flexible Flyer (post 16) ping.
17 posted on 12/17/2003 5:55:32 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Drawsing
Back when swing seats were good solid pieces of wood.

Yeh, back when you played neighborhood football without a thought about wearing pads or a helmet!

18 posted on 12/17/2003 5:58:42 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: LibKill
We have far too many lawyers.

Time for a circular firing squad.

19 posted on 12/17/2003 6:00:10 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Drawsing
Back when swing seats were good solid pieces of wood.

---- Back when, in the winter after a nice deep, wet snow, we got about six kids on each side, spread about 30 feet apart, prepared about a dozen solid, wet slushballs each, and began firing at the other group until all were finished.

Those were the days.

20 posted on 12/17/2003 6:04:55 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
"Before a customer can dig in, a waiver must be signed,"

This "waiver" does not matter to a trial lawyer.

Trial lawyers always brag, "I haven't found a contract that cannot be broken, yet."

But the reality of the success of frivilous litigation is not to blame the trial lawyers, it is the idiots, our friends and neighbors, who are in the jury pool, affirming and awarding these excessive claims, that is to blame for the problem of bankrupting the U.S. through litigation.

21 posted on 12/17/2003 6:09:20 AM PST by tahiti
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To: thesummerwind
George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf

This guy would be ideal for a "Wanted" poster campaign. Fraud, theft, etc......

-Eric

22 posted on 12/17/2003 6:10:37 AM PST by E Rocc (put a disclaimer in "legal size" fine print on the bottom so he can't sue...hehehe)
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To: Puddleglum
Absolutely, asphalt or beds of small stones. Our jungle gyms in central PA were often made of those giant industrial spools. In 4th grade I broke my wrist jumping from one. My dad shoulda sued.

Of course, those were the days when, if you got in trouble at school, you actually got it worse when you got home.
23 posted on 12/17/2003 6:13:23 AM PST by agrace
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To: mtbrandon49
Thanks to the trial lawyers you can no longer walk around with both knees and elbows scabbed over.

Did you hear about that poor mother in PA last summer who was imprisoned (it turned out incorrectly and wrongly) for letting her little children get a sunburn at a county fair?

We must rein in the lawyers, or the kids will never grow to be well-adapted adults. We're raising a couple generations of pussys.

24 posted on 12/17/2003 6:17:29 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: tahiti
it is the idiots, our friends and neighbors, who are in the jury pool, affirming and awarding these excessive claims, that is to blame for the problem of bankrupting the U.S. through litigation.

Well said, but it takes two to tango ........ maybe three to tango

1. The greedy, needy "victim".

2. The greedy, needy trial lawyers.

3. The idiots of the juries.

25 posted on 12/17/2003 6:23:09 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: E Rocc
eorge Washington University law professor John Banzhaf

Fat Chance; Lawyers Want to Sue Food Industry for Making People Fat --- Disgusting!

Hand me that double bacon cheeseburger, extra mayo please!

26 posted on 12/17/2003 6:26:59 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
"Yeh, back when you played neighborhood football without a thought about wearing pads or a helmet!"

HA!!

We had a kid whose mother *insisted* he be permitted to play sandlot football with the neighborhood gang of roughians I ran with; BUT, she insisted the sissy be permitted to wear his dad's 40's era leather football helmet, also.
Y'know, the ones without a face guard & *wings* stitched across the forehead part?
We really resented that.

Poor "Bobby Barbian."
I [seriously] don't believe he ever could quite figure out why after the ball was snapped?
Both *def* & *offense* -- suddenly -- abandoned play just to hit *him*.

He might as well have showed up with a target painted on his forehead.

...guess we couldn't get away with that today, huh. :o)

27 posted on 12/17/2003 6:28:54 AM PST by Landru (Tagline Schmagline...just a drag on my line.)
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To: agrace
In 4th grade I broke my wrist jumping from one. ...... Of course, those were the days when, if you got in trouble at school, you actually got it worse when you got home.

"Dad, at least don't smack me on my cast!" ;)

28 posted on 12/17/2003 6:29:35 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Seeking in excess of $1 million, Hannant's lawyer argued that the company should have put labels on its Louisville Slugger bats warning that the product "could cause a baseball to be propelled with such velocity that when hit directly towards a pitcher it does not allow the pitcher sufficient reaction time to avoid being struck."

The 21st Century version of the lottery, eh?

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

29 posted on 12/17/2003 6:31:41 AM PST by mhking (Bud Light salutes Real Men of Genius: Mr. Silent Killer Gas Passer...)
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To: Drawsing
Wow, does that bring back the memories. At my country gradeshool in the 60s, we had a swingset with only 3 swings on it. The biggest gripe was waiting in line to have a turn. When I was in about the 4th grade the PTO bought us a shiny new set with about 10 swings. You could really fly on those things. We would race to see who could get the highest, then jump off in midair.
Jumprope, hopscotch, tag,.....those were the days.
30 posted on 12/17/2003 6:36:12 AM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: thesummerwind
I will not impose any insanity-related lawsuit againt the Tin-foil Democrat Party after hearing Mad-Maddy Halflbright (the human equivalent of the 15 watt bulb) say yesterday: "I wonder when George Bush will drag Osama bin Laden out of hiding? Just before the election?"

Actually, the Bush administration does have OBL in custody. Currently, he is being held in Karl Rove's spider hole. :)

31 posted on 12/17/2003 6:43:05 AM PST by John123 (The Governator is gonna clear a lot of the deadwood in Sacramento!)
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To: Landru
He might as well have showed up with a target painted on his forehead.

ROLF!!!!!!!!!

Check this out. We had a neighborhood in the early and mid-50's with about 15 little trouble-making post-WWII kids, I guess we were about the first baby boomers (I hate that phrase).

We had this one game we all loved. There was this one yard in our neighborhood where we played our "football" games, and everything else for that matter. This one game we made up was GREAT, I recommend it highly. We'd all get home from school, and all show up in the yard in about 15 minutes after checking in and out at home. We usually had about 8 to 12 kids playing this game.

It was called, Kill The Man. Here's how it went. We'd all get in a close group, one kid with the ball would throw the football directly up into the air, and one kid would "have the balls" to catch it. Then he'd try to run around as long as he could before any or all of us "killed" (tackled) him (and there was no such thing as "piling on"). As soon as he would get up with the ball, he threw it up in the air again, and the same thing happened over and over again.

Let me tell you, about an hour of that, and you slept well at night...... and you were considered a real jerk if you didn't grab the ball a few times, in order to get smeared!

And about that kid in YOUR neighborhood with the "target" on him. We had one of them too. Sometimes in this game, if our "target kid" was participating.......the throw was "mysteriously" directed to him, just to get him involved, you know. Ha! It was a ball. "Kill The Man".

32 posted on 12/17/2003 6:50:58 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
HA! Didn't mean to suggest that the two statements were related in any way. I didn't get into trouble for breaking my wrist! :)
33 posted on 12/17/2003 6:55:23 AM PST by agrace
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To: John123
Actually, the Bush administration does have OBL in custody. Currently, he is being held in Karl Rove's spider hole. :)

LOL! Bring Osama out about a week and a half before the election!

34 posted on 12/17/2003 6:55:40 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Totally freaking nuts!
35 posted on 12/17/2003 6:57:32 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: John123; Lazamataz; Howlin
the Bush administration does have OBL in custody.

Whoever has the ‘Tin Foil Hat Concession' at the Boston Democrat Convention next year is going to make a alot of loot.

Mad Maddy Notbright thinks G.W. is going to find Jimmy Hoffa's body, Amelia Earhart’s 1937 crash site, and a cure for cancer a month before the 2004 Election.

Not bad!

36 posted on 12/17/2003 7:03:39 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: agrace
Yeh, I know. I was just kidding. ;)
37 posted on 12/17/2003 7:05:37 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: LibKill
We have far too many lawyers.

We have far too many laws. As absolutely everything starts falling under some type of regulation, people no longer feel responsibility for their own actions, or a need to consider the risks involved before engaging in them.

38 posted on 12/17/2003 7:13:00 AM PST by templar
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To: thesummerwind
Re: "Kill The Man"

Apparently the trend grew and continued. I played this game as a kid in NY suburbs in the late 1970s. We called it "Kill the Carrier" though. Almost as fun as dirt bomb fights! Or "King of the Mountain".... Personally, I think these sorts of primal, Lord of the Flies type games are good character builders.
39 posted on 12/17/2003 7:23:50 AM PST by KRinNYC
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To: thesummerwind
. The idiots of the juries.

That's you and me, the general public.

40 posted on 12/17/2003 7:25:45 AM PST by templar
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To: thesummerwind

1938 Red Ryder BB Gun
Merry Xmas!!

41 posted on 12/17/2003 7:26:43 AM PST by mylife
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To: thesummerwind

Warning! Riding this product may result in smiles!

42 posted on 12/17/2003 7:32:05 AM PST by mylife
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To: templar
That's you and me, the general public.

I watched with glee

While your kings and queens

Fought for ten decades

For the gods they made

I shouted out,

Who killed the kennedys?

When after all

It was you and me

43 posted on 12/17/2003 7:35:09 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: tahiti
Actually, the person at fault in most of these really stooopid cases is the judge. The judge can easily rule that it is frivolous and fine the attorney for being a stupid clod and wasting the court's time.
44 posted on 12/17/2003 7:40:55 AM PST by zeugma (The great experiment is over.)
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To: thesummerwind; Flurry
That game was, er, actually called "Smear the Queer" ...
45 posted on 12/17/2003 7:50:22 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: thesummerwind
I know you knew, but they did seem related when I went back and read my initial post. :)

Actually my dad's favorite response when one of us would come in crying with some injury was "Is the ground ok?" He says it to his grandkids now.
46 posted on 12/17/2003 7:51:14 AM PST by agrace
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I was waiting for someone to call the game by its real name.
In gradeschool, if I wasnt playing smear the queer, dodge ball, etc, I was pitching quarters trying to earn enough for comic books. ßß
47 posted on 12/17/2003 8:00:51 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd
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To: Hatteras
Now that was a GREAT movie!!!
48 posted on 12/17/2003 8:01:15 AM PST by BBell
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To: thesummerwind
The real obesity problem is physics not food.

Girth is determined by an individual's resistance to atmospheric pressure (ap). My resistance to ap is low therefore the pressure pushes on my surfaces making me appear slim. Fat people have a high resistance to ap so they spread out. Light people have a high resistance to gravity. Heavy people have little resistance to gravity which makes them press harder on the scale.

Food has nothing to do with it. We can balance the scales by banning atmospheric pressure and gravity.

"Stop the atmospheric pressure and gravity now! It's for the children!"

CG
49 posted on 12/17/2003 8:01:54 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: thesummerwind
That aint what we called it. It was "Smear the Metrosexual".
50 posted on 12/17/2003 8:03:22 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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