Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chambers favored to retake former District 11 seat

Ernie Chambers, in the Oscar-nominated 1966 documentary,  A Time For Burning, commissioned by the Lutheran Church:

2012 Chambers billboard, off 30th street in North Omaha

Agnostic barber Ernie Chambers, term-limited out of office in 2009, had already become the longest-serving legislator in Nebraska's history (38 years) after inheriting the mantle of Angriest Black Person Ever From Omaha following Malcolm X's assassination in New York City.
     Lifelong bachelor Chambers, now 75, earned a law degree from Creighton University but refused to join the Nebraska Bar Association.
     "Terrible" Terry Carpenter (another Nebraska Piece of Work) once said of Chambers: "I think Mr. Chambers is one of the most brilliant men I have ever associated with. The only problem you got is that he hates white people." (Chambers was a pall bearer at Carpenter's funeral.)
     Wikipedia documents Chamber's 2007, nationally publicized lawsuit against God, seeking a permanent injunction ordering God to "cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats...of grave harm to innumerable persons, including constituents of Plaintiff who Plaintiff has the duty to represent".
     Sen. Chambers said his action was in response to another lawsuit filed in the state court that he considered to be frivolous and inappropriate.
     Many media outlets covering the story made no mention that Chambers' case was intended to show that the courts were currently required to hear cases, regardless of how frivolous they were. The confusion was furthered by Chambers himself who, apparently tongue-in-cheek, told reporters that his case was not to protest frivolous lawsuits, but to insure them...
     The case was finally closed on February 25, 2008, but not before the agnostic Chambers got the Nebraska Court of Appeals to characterize god as hypothetical and fictitious, to whit:
The court quoted cases according to which "[a] court decides real controversies and determines rights actually controverted, and does not address or dispose of abstract questions or issues that might arise in hypothetical or fictitious situation or setting".
     Above is Chamber's North 30th Street "poodle" billboard promoting his return to the Unicameral in a race against incumbent Brenda Council, whose persistent Casino issues have caused her to dip into campaign funds and caused Chambers to tell voters recently: "I am not a crook."
     Both Chambers (heavily favored) and Council have been forceful and effective adversaries of antigay legislation. Chambers' old office is currently a hearing room, but his nameplate remains above the room's entrance in the Nebraska State Capitol. Council's office is across the hall.

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