Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Judge Judy in dispute over athletic field

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Judge Judy has a new case — in her back yard. Judith Sheindlin of "Judge Judy" fame and her husband, Gerald Sheindlin, a former "People's Court" television judge, are complaining to officials in wealthy Greenwich about a field one of their neighbors built for youth sports. They claim it was put up without permits and caused erosion that filled their swimming pool with mud.

The town ordered the neighbor, Martin Sands, to stop using the field or making improvements to his property without obtaining proper permits.

The order disappointed an eighth-grade girls' lacrosse team that had planned to use the field behind Sands' home. Parents argued that the need for a place to play is more important than technicalities such as permits.

"Maybe Judge Judy doesn't even understand that there's a shortage of fields," parent Bill Bennett said. [...]

Oh, please. Cry me a danged big muddy river, Marty. The need to play girls lacrosse doesn't outweigh the need to be protective of the rights of others to enjoy the use of their property. Doubtless if any of the girls were injured, their parents would be two steps behind their lawyers sprinting up the steps of City Hall to demand to know why such a deathtrap was allowed to be built without permits.

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