Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Few Little Crutches to Get You Through

Did you have fun last night? What a horror show! I'm not a big fan of either of these candidates, but one is clearly competent and the other seems to think he can fake it. I know about faking it. I've done it many times before. But this isn't a college course or some work presentation. This is the job of "Leader of the Free World" and making it up as you go along just isn't going to fly you #WhinyLittleBitch

There are valid reasons for anxiety and there are solutions to it too.
Tonight's debates have all the excitement of a national sporting event, with the added joy of extreme global consequences. For some, this may be too much to handle. So for people who don't want to drink alcohol or meditate to deal with their anxiety, Oregon's legal cannabis might be the answer. We turned to the experts to find out which strains of weed are most likely to get you through tonight without too much trauma. Remember: Cannabis is legal in Oregon, but you still need to be 21 to consume it and you should never use and drive.

 1. Super Silver Haze Robb Arnold, the owner of Jayne, says this sativa is perfect for the debates. It's "energetic, uplifting and great for high stress," he says over the phone. Bonus? It "helps with nausea," he adds. This strain is almost 29 percent THC and .08 CBD.
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So while people in Oregon and elsewhere can turn to marijuana for relief from things as benign as debate anxiety, friendly Florida still denies it to cancer and AIDS patients. Yes on 2 people, yes on 2.

Monday, September 26, 2016

"It Was Some Shady [Expletive]."

That's Steven L. Washington, lawyer for dismissed UM linebacker Jermaine Grace, discussing what he alleges is "some shady [expletive]" involving lawyers for the venerable University:
“He’s a 21-year-old kid who doesn’t know how it works,” Washington said. “Put me in a room, take my cellphone from me and tell me not to tell anybody, what’s going on and you have to admit this happened — these are young kids, man. When [UM’s] lawyers were involved they did take attempts to circumvent us. They would meet with Jermaine, send him text messages without my permission. It was some shady [expletive].
“Jermaine was in a very tough spot. It’s his livelihood. Their lawyers basically told us the school was overreacting just to be on the safe side, make sure they didn’t get [penalized] by the NCAA. But at what expense? At the end of the day it’s about these kids.”
But who doesn't like to roll around in "some shady expletive" every once in a while?

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Friday, September 23, 2016

It's Friday and Now Your Poor Dear Abuela Finally Has Some Limited Procedural Rights!

BTW this will all end if Crazy Eyes packs the court with cronies, but let's enjoy right now peoples:
This case concerns whether the father is bound by an arbitration clause in a nursing home contract signed by Hampton Court and the son, but not the father. The Third District found “that the father is bound by the arbitration provision contained in the agreement for care executed by his son, and to which the father was the intended third-party beneficiary.”  Mendez, 140 So. 3d at 676.  We disagree.  Accordingly, we quash the Third District’s decision and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Did you hear that oh beloved bunker?


Let's be real.

Julie's right about this -- forced arbitration usually means the big guy wins, either by design, default, or circumstance.

Notice I didn't say "because of the merits."

And therein lies the problem.

Have a great weekend plebers!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Something About This Doesn't Seem Quite Right.

Is anyone else really troubled by these leaked emails:
“Take Koch’s [sic] money,” Kate Doner, Walker’s fundraising consultant, urged him in September 2011. “Get on a plane to Vegas and sit down with Sheldon Adelson. Ask for $1m now. Corporations. Go heavy after them to give . . . Create a list of legislation that passed and benefits whom.”
The emails were written in 2011 and 2012 when Walker was raising funds to combat the attempted recall of a group of Republican state senators and then the governor himself. The documents expose how he played a leading role in securing big checks, making personal pleas to rich conservatives across the country.
“Good talk,” Walker reported to his aides of a June 2011 conversation with former senate majority leader Bill Frist, whose wealthy family started a for-profit hospital. “He asked us to contact his office and get him names of all of our leads and he will help us raise money . . . Also, I got $1 million from John Menard today,” referring to the billionaire owner of a home-improvement chain.
That's why it's important to focus on the leaked information, not the leaker (who undoubtedly is badly flawed or, in the case of the Russkies, even our enemy).

This is one screwed up system.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3d DCA Watch -- International Day of Peace Edition!

Is peace a desirable goal anymore?

Was it ever?

Hard to say with all the crazies out and about, but there are nice initiatives today that people shouldn't dump on (is that too much to ask?).

Ugg I'm getting sick of people.

In other news, bunker happened:

Against the backdrop of this unambiguous Congressional mandate, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for us to construe Mrs. Smith as anything other than a “Borrower” for the purposes of Paragraph 9’s express conditions precedent.
So you're saying reverse mortgages are not always great deals for cash-strapped retirees?

But Judge Shep says not so fast:
The labor expended by the majority to keep Kenneth Smith’s widow in her home is admirable.  Unfortunately, the legal analysis used does not measure up.  For this reason, I respectfully dissent.
In other words, majority, here's what I think of your opinion:

Oh I kid --it's all an interesting read.

Breaking! Little Marco Rubio Writes A Letter to White House, "Demands" Answers!


This is progress.

Florida's do-nothing do-boy for car salesman Norman Braman, wrote a letter.

We are uncertain if Senator Rubio's letter is the first he has written since writing to Santa, but the little guy's letter smacks of a pathetic headline-grab attempt is tough talkin'!

As you know, "Senator" Rubio was absent from his job 41 % of the time between 5, 2015 and March 3, 2016, missing 125 votes during that span. From Jan 2011 to Sep 2016, Rubio missed 234 of 1,626 roll call votes, which is 14.4%. (The median is 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.)  Try that at your fancy firm, people!
In his letter, Little Marco accuses the President and the TSA of lying and expresses his view that Cuba "is a state sponsor of terrorism and allied with Iran and North Korea." Last but not least, this:
“You have created an opportunity for our worst fears to become reality, just as they did on September 11, 2001."
Well, if Little Marco can demand answers and access to documents, lets have at it!


How much was your wife paid by entities affiliated with Norman Braman in the last year?
Will you serve your full term if elected?
Please produce all documents regarding your ownership and recent sale of a home you owned with David Rivera.
Please list every flight you have taken on Norman Braman affiliated airplanes, for the past six years. List the stops, purpose of trip and family and friends on each leg of each flight.
Please provide copies of your tax returns for the last 5 years.
Why are you not candid?

It's dated but since nobody does it better than Colbert...(wait for it.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clean Up Time!

Thank you doctor!
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps wants to see laws legalizing marijuana get puff-puff passed.
The endearingly quirky organic soap-maker said Monday it plans to donate $660,000 to two nonprofit groups ― New Approach and the Marijuana Policy Project ― campaigning for legal weed in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada. In November, all five states are set to vote on ballot measures that could make recreational marijuana use legal.
“The expected sweep of these states will exert enormous pressure on federal lawmakers to end the racist, outdated policy of cannabis prohibition, that shreds productive citizens’ lives and families for no good reason, and focus law enforcement resources instead on actual crime,” the Vista, California-based company, which operates as a family business, said in a statement.

My Favorite Holocaust Song (f/k/a "Happy Tuesday")!

And there are SO many to choose from!

But let's go with this, it expresses my mood today:

In other news, Robert Panoff offers The Asswipe™ unsolicited tax advice:
Why not release the tax return to the public? First, every “Trump hater” in the county will look at it and many, without knowing, will say and write incorrect criticism. But, more importantly, I would bet that each one of the Trump haters would take it upon themselves to inundate the IRS with thousands of letters. So what should Mr. Trump do? As a tax attorney and tax litigator for more than 39 years, here is what I recommend. Mr. Trump should release 10 years of summaries of his returns.
I don't do any tax work, but should we really worry about the IRS being overwhelmed by thousands of letters being written by each individual "Trump hater"?

I say: don't worry so much about letters to the IRS -- how many people even write letters nowadays, let alone each supposed hater writing thousands? 

And I'm pretty sure that poor beleaguered agency can handle the feared inundation.

As to the summaries, just like his crazy "doc" summarized his health ("HUGE") should we expect much different?

But who knows -- crazy world we live in, huh?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lies and the Lying Liars

Surprise, surprise, surprise.
The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting.

“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our ass,” remarked a third.

It’s surprising that we are still regularly hearing about incidents in which police are not respecting the constitutional right to record in public. But to hear police officers casually discussing the fabrication of criminal charges to retaliate against a protester is even more shocking. As Barrett put it to me, “It’s one of those things that on your darker days you may think happens all the time, but you never really thought there’d be a video recording of.”