Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 24, 2015. No doubt, racism exists … and is a problem. Here in Holden … we have African American families … from what I see … they are treated the same as white families. The racism in Holden? (Chuckling) … the discrimination German immigrants face … being labeled “Krauts”!
Tried a contested custody paternity case on Thursday, in Kansas City, Division 7. My first case before Judge S. Margene Burnett, (she was appointed November 2013). Darn good Judge. Knows the law and has a “judicial temperament” worthy of the position. GOOD addition to the bench! Rendered an opinion at the end of the evidence. My client was VERY happy with the result.
I wonder what Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky does to earn her daily bowl of rice? (DAILEY MAIL) — Chelsea Clinton buys new $10.5 million apartment across the street from her husband’s $4 million ‘starter pad’ bought just before they married. “Most young couples could only dream of buying a luxury four-bedroom apartment in the centre of Manhattan. But Chelsea Clinton, 33, and husband Marc Mezvinsky, 35, are about to swap their $4 million pad for a huge new $10.5 million one nearby … Assuming a 4 per cent interest rate and 20 per cent down payment, Ms Clinton and Mr Mezvinsky’s already-hefty mortgage payments total around $18,460 a month. But they’re set to skyrocket. According to StreetEasy.com, if the pair put down a $2.1 million – or 20 per cent – deposit on their new $10.5 million home, their monthly mortgage bill will be in the region of $52,000 and closer to $60,000 if the couple handed over a 10 per cent down payment instead.” Kind of ironic isn’t it … that Chelsea’s momma wants to be the poster child for the American Middle Class. Wonder how many middle class Americans have a $60,000.00 monthly mortgage payment?
One of the reasons I remain opposed to the death penalty? Hard to fix dead. (BBC NEWS) — FBI admits forensic evidence errors in hundreds of cases. “The FBI has admitted “errors” in evidence provided by its forensics laboratory to US courts to help secure convictions, including in death penalty cases, over more than 20 years. A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) noted “irregularities” in the hair analysis unit … Flawed forensics were used in at least 60 capital punishment cases, the OIG report found. Fourteen defendants were either executed or died in prison, says the Washington Post, which first reported the story at the weekend.” I wonder how many of the 14 executed defendants were innocent? The number of inmates convicted, sentenced to death and then exonerated is surprisingly large!
And we will be picking up the tab … when the “Student Loan Bubble”, (this link should be a mandatory read!!), bursts. (CNN MONEY) — Rich universities are getting richer. “The wealth gap between the nation’s 40 richest colleges and universities and the rest is getting wider. That’s thanks to strong investment returns and a tremendous fundraising advantage, according to credit rating agency Moody’s … The top 40 include seven of eight Ivy League schools – all but Brown University – along with prestigious institutions such as Stanford, MIT and Duke. But half of the wealthiest schools were state schools, led by the universities of Texas, California and Michigan … The 40 richest schools have median cash and investments of $6.3 billion, versus only $273 million for the 500 other schools tracked by Moody’s. Harvard is the richest school with $42.8 billion assets, followed by the University of Texas at $36.7 billion. The University System of Maryland is at the bottom of the list with assets of $3.4 billion. The richest schools had average investment returns of 50% between 2009 and 2014. Returns for other schools were between 22% and 38% over the same period. The top 40 also collected 59% of all donations made to the 500 schools during fiscal year 2014.” I was chatting with a young lawyer a couple of months ago, who shared, he had a $150,000.00 student loan debt. $1,500.00/mo for the next 20 years. I wonder how much pro bono work he will be able to do.
I understand there are cultural differences … but … strippers? (BBC NEWS) — China: Funeral strippers in authorities’ sights. “The Chinese authorities say they will push to end the rural practice of having strippers perform at funerals. The culture ministry put out a statement condemning as “uncivilized” habit of inviting exotic dancers to induce more people to attend the funeral, the official news agency Xinhua reports. The ministry named two recent examples where strippers had been invited to stage “obscene performances” – one in north China’s Hebei Province and another in east China’s Jiangsu. In both cases, both organizers and performers have been punished, it said, adding that it will work with police to stamp out the practice.” I suppose, if the stripper were talented enough … she could raise the dead! Personally, I would prefer an Irish Funeral! “Wakes lasted through two or three nights. Food, tobacco, snuff, and liquor were plentiful. Out in the countryside, the liquor served consisted of whiskey or poteen, which is a very potent and illegal Irish homemade brew. Laughter and singing as well as crying filled the air as mourners shared humorous stories involving the deceased. In addition to this seeming merriment, games were played.”
In 2004, I dropped close to 100 pounds. I went from a size 48 portly, to a size 36 regular by modifying what I ate. Here is the diet. (BBC NEWS) — Exercise ‘not key to obesity fight’ “Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity – and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say. In an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three international experts said it was time to “bust the myth” about exercise. They said while activity was a key part of staving off diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia, its impact on obesity was minimal. Instead excess sugar and carbohydrates were key.” Diets don’t work. I am living proof that you can lose weight by changing how and what you eat.
What’s with all the suicides lately? (BBC NEWS) — Child star of US show Everybody. Loves Raymond kills himself. “Sawyer Sweeten, the child star of hit US show Everybody Loves Raymond, has killed himself. His family confirmed in a statement that the 19-year-old “took his own life” on Thursday morning. He is reported by US media to have shot himself on the front porch of the family home in Texas. Sawyer played Geoffrey Barone in the hit show, which also featured his twin brother Sullivan as Michael Barone and older sister Madylin as Ally Barone.” Tragic.
Man is the only animal that poops in his own nest!! (BBC NEWS) — Assessment questions plastics’ non-hazardous ranking. “A study has questioned plastic’s non-hazardous ranking, as an estimated 150 million tons “disappears” from the global waste stream each year. Researchers outlined measures that can be used to shed light on the wider environmental impact of waste plastic. An estimated 150 millions of tons of plastic “disappears” from the global waste stream each year, much of it is believed to end up in the environment … “The issue with plastic waste in the environment is that plastic has a non-hazardous ranking,” explained co-author Mark Browne, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. It has the same ranking – at the moment – as food scraps or grass clippings.” Most of the plastic winds up in the ocean. The facts: “Our plastic waste has created a gigantic “plastic soup” in the Pacific of up to 15 million square kilometers – almost the size of Russia. Over the next 10 years, the plastic soup could double in size. At this speed, the plastic grows as much as 8 football fields every second. The plastic soup consists mainly of plastic bottles and caps, and, above all, of plastic bags. A good argument for recycling and using bio-degradable bags. In the plastic soup there are 60 pounds of surface plastic to every one pound of plankton.” Plastic sure isn’t biodegradable “food scraps or grass clippings”. Plastic is recyclable. Why not build a ship that can suck up this plastic soup, grind it down and sell it?
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home and listening to the evening news. On the news? 53% say the Boston bomber should be put to death. And possible Democrat Presidential candidates distance themselves from Obama: Biden, Iran Deal is not a “Grand Bargain”. How will the Chief Justice John Roberts rule? “The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could decide whether gay and lesbian couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry.” We will spend the weekend going through our “stuff” and decide what we will keep and what we will sell. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Either a meat loaf or a grilled ribeye, with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. The movie? “Mercenary Absolution ”
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. I remain nicotine free. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)