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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:06 PM

 

Ouch: Justice Breyer breaks shoulder in bike crash

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer broke his shoulder in a fall from his bicycle and underwent surgery Saturday morning, according to a court spokeswoman.

The 74-year-old justice was resting comfortably and is expected to be released from Georgetown University Hospital early in the week.

Breyer was riding his bike Friday afternoon near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, next to the Lincoln Memorial, when he took a fall, according to the statement. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Breyer has had his share of out-of-the-courtroom troubles of late. Last year, he and his wife were robbed at knife-point in their winter vacation home on a Caribbean island. Shortly afterward, their Georgetown home was burglarized.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-justice-breyer-broken-shoulder-20130427,0,7915835.story

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Reply Ouch: Justice Breyer breaks shoulder in bike crash (Original post)
cali Apr 2013 OP
hfojvt Apr 2013 #1
Buzz Clik Apr 2013 #3
hfojvt Apr 2013 #7
Buzz Clik Apr 2013 #15
morningfog Apr 2013 #26
hfojvt Apr 2013 #27
tammywammy Apr 2013 #4
LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #5
hfojvt Apr 2013 #10
LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #12
ChairmanAgnostic Apr 2013 #14
LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #20
RILib Apr 2013 #23
LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #24
Glitterati Apr 2013 #11
hfojvt Apr 2013 #16
Glitterati Apr 2013 #22
kestrel91316 Apr 2013 #18
Buzz Clik Apr 2013 #2
hfojvt Apr 2013 #8
Electric Monk Apr 2013 #17
hfojvt Apr 2013 #25
kiranon Apr 2013 #6
LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #9
DFW Apr 2013 #21
Tx4obama Apr 2013 #13
hfojvt Apr 2013 #19

Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:10 PM

1. I hope he wasn't wearing a helmet

but I doubt I will be so lucky

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:12 PM

3. That's a bit harsh.

 

Let's just have him retire when he's ready, and hope it's soon.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:23 PM

7. How is it harsh?

He apparently did NOT suffer a head injury.

Thus the hope that he was not wearing a helmet, is not a hope that he would suffer a head injury.

It would demonstrate to the helmet-nannies that one can be in a serious bicycle accident without a helmet on and still be mostly fine. It would put the justice on the side against the helmet-nannies rather than with the helmet-nannies.

But if he WAS wearing a helmet it will just be another example of the helmet supposedly saving him from a head injury.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:56 PM

15. Ah. I see now.

 

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:54 PM

26. Okay, maybe not harsh, but definitely a stupid thing to post.

 

Strange that you feel so strongly against wearing helmets that you rush into a thread and hijack it just because a bike injury was reported. Very strange. That is some chip on your shoulder.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #26)

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 12:09 AM

27. how is it hijacked?

a thread about a bicycle accident is sorta about bicycle helmets too, isn't it? Reply #2, written at about the same time as my reply, also was about bicycle helmets, although his was in favor and mine was against.

As I mentioned somewhere else, I tend to ride my bike to work, and other places, two or three times a day, so when it comes to bicycle helmet gestapo, I have some skin in the game (and from my bicycle accidents, I have some skin on the pavement too).

And I am NOT against bicycle helmets. I am NOT the one trying to pass laws forcing other people to live the way I do. I am NOT proposing laws preventing people from buying bicycle helmets. It is not me, that wants to run their life and make their personal decisions (although when I see people wearing helmets I do tend to roll my eyes and think "what a conformist putz". It is they who want to control my life, because apparently they cannot stand to see somebody who doesn't think the way they do and who makes a decision that they would not make (one that my now almost 80 year old dad made too as he rode his bike to work every day, and one that my now nearly 78 year old mom made as she rode her bike to the store and the library.)

So what the heck, anybody, even Justice Breyer can wear all the helmets they want. Heck, wear two of them just to be doubly safe. I could care less about the helmets. It is the helmet LAWs that I hate.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:14 PM

4. What an awful thing to say. n/t

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:17 PM

5. Hey, he's one of the not-so-bad ones.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:35 PM

10. I happen to not like

bicycle helmets and mandatory helmet laws.

Since the story did not report a head injury, or a helmet, all I said was "I hope he wasn't wearing a helmet" and not "I wish he hadn't been wearing a helmet."

Maybe the fact that the story did not mention a helmet indicates he was NOT wearing one, but the media does not want to admit it.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:43 PM

12. I see. I think bike helmet laws are silly, too.

I don't like seat belt laws either, although I always wear one. Thanks for explaining your reaction, though. I was beginning to think Breyer had done something awful to you.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:54 PM

14. Seat belts on bikes are a very bad idea.

Helmets? Not so much. When I used to bike to work in Chicago, one driver deliberately pushed my bike into a line of parked cars. The helmet worked great. The bike? I am still looking for a replacement.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:26 PM

20. Oooooh, that's bad. Glad you're all right.

There are times I would want to wear one and other times I would rather not. I would want to wear one while riding on a busy street in Chicago, for sure. However, I wouldn't want to wear one on a quiet street at a slow period. I'd like to be able to make that choice for myself without being ticketed or bothered by some cop with too much time on his hands.

Seat belts (in cars) are a different matter. I always wear one, no matter what. But having a law requiring people to wear them can open a can of worms, giving cops yet another reason to pull people over and get in their business. A cop can say, "It looked like you weren't wearing your seat belt." WTF? How can they see shit like that? It's usually just a pre-text for them fishing for something else you might be doing wrong. People should wear them, but it should be left up to the individual.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 06:08 PM

23. yeah

 

Every time I read about a car accident where the one person not wearing a seat belt is thrown from the car and turns into a vegetable, I think how stupid seat belt laws are.

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Response to RILib (Reply #23)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 06:13 PM

24. Because that's just what I said, huh?

I said seat belt laws were stupid.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:37 PM

11. When did DU get so mean?

 

I mean downright M E A N!!!!!!!!

I was raised with if you can't say something nice, shut the f*ck up!

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Response to Glitterati (Reply #11)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:03 PM

16. but is it really nice

to tell other people to "shut the fuck up?"

Since he did not suffer a head injury, nor was a helmet reported, I was NOT saying "I wish he had NOT been wearing a helmet, so he could suffer a head injury"

but, rather, I was saying

"I hope he was not wearing a helmet" so he can show the helmet-nannies that one can be in a fairly serious bicycle accident without wearing a helmet, and still not suffer a serious head injury.

I sorta thought that would be pretty clear considering that no head injury was reported.

It must sound bad though, to people who think that "not wearing a helmet" means "you are dead"

But in about twenty seconds, I am preparing to get on my bicycle and ride to work, without wearing a helmet - like I do every frigging day, and sometimes, like today, three times a day (cursed split shifts).

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #16)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:51 PM

22. Yeah, that was my Mom

 

as she "thwacked" me in the back of my head for not mindin' my manners.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:05 PM

18. HATEFUL thing to say about someone who is usually on our side.

 

Are you sure you wouldn't be happier over at FR?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:11 PM

2. I'm testing an hypothesis on this one:

 

My theory is: If a bicyclist has a bad wreck in which only the bike is involved and the headline reads, "Bicyclist Breaks (arm, collar bone, shoulder) in Crash", he was wearing a helmet.

If the headline reads, "Bicyclist Dies in Crash" he was not.

I hope we can find out.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:27 PM

8. see, so am I

only I am hoping your theory is refudiated.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:03 PM

17. Please stop taking english lessons from Sarah Palin

 

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #17)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:46 PM

25. I know the source

but I still love the word.

I think it makes a boffo new word, a power word.

If something is refudiated it is not only repudiated or only refuted, it is both refuted and repudiated, or, refudiated for short.

As a word, it is therefore at least as strong as abjure.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:18 PM

6. Justice Breyer is on the liberal side of the court. Here's to a quick

recovery and many years on the bench to come.

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Response to kiranon (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:31 PM

9. He seems like a nice man, to boot.

Bone breaks are terrible for someone his age. Sometimes they never heal properly and can be the source of a lot of pain and suffering. Let's hope Justice Breyer heals up nicely without going through a lot of agony.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:35 PM

21. He is

I've met him several times. Very un-pretentious. He just holds out his hand and says, "Steve Breyer." I hope he's on the court for a good long while to come.

Breyer is nothing at all like his majesty, Il Massimo Scalia. Once I was asked to give a short speech to a very distinguished group of which Breyer was a part, and he came up to me afterwards to compliment me on it. He didn't have to. I'm nobody to a Justice on the Supreme Court. But he did anyway.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:51 PM

13. This is his THIRD accident


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"The justice is resting comfortably" and is expected to be released from the hospital within a few days, the announcement said. The justice previously broke his collarbone in an accident in 2011 and sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung in a bicycle mishap in 1993, before he joined the court.

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014467702




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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:05 PM

19. I bet it is more than that

since I have been in about a dozen bicycle accidents myself - without ever breaking a bone - just leaving a little bit of skin on the pavement - ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch.

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