Thursday, June 14, 2018

Don't yield to the agents of tyranny #FlagDay

Let's face it: Flag Day is a stupid holiday. It is the light, light beer version of the 4th of July. Nevertheless, I'm taking this opportunity to remind you not to yield to the agents of tyranny. Who are they?

Anyone who tells you not to protest because you are disrespecting someone or something.

Anyone who tells you to blindly follow a tyrant, who is kowtowing to another tyrant while alienating our closest allies.

People who tell you immoral wretches are Christians.

People who tell you to hate the "other".

The list goes on and on.

So what's the solution? Don't yield to the tyrant or the agents of tyranny.

Stand up.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Freedom under assault as #SCOTUS allows Ohio to purge voter rolls

Today the Supreme Court enshrined the ability of Ohio to purge voters from the rolls those who haven't voted in years. This is an effort to infringe the right to vote, and it is disgusting. Mark my words: your freedoms are disappearing. Freedom of speech is next. It isn't all that far fetched to think we may soon live in a country where we can't speak or write freely, and we won't be able to vote.

Don't be surprised if agents of tyrants show up at your doorstep and carry you off in the night.

Freedom lost today.

The assault on freedom continues.

Keep fighting.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Swept aside #micropoetry

An animal carcass was in the street Friday, side of the road Saturday, and the sidewalk today.
Death sweeps you aside.
But it rips you apart 
in front of everyone.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

#DonaldTrump cancels #NorthKorea summit with #KimJongUn

Donald Trump goofed again. He canceled next month's North Korea summit in Singapore because North Korea called the VP stupid (that's true, but Trump and his supporters are stupider). Great job. You just banged the war drums pretty loud there, Mr. Orange. You and your ilk are wrecking this country. Actually, you wrecked this country when you sold out to the Russians.

Now these amateurs are trying their hand at statecraft, and they suck. They really suck.

And that letter: it was inscrutable. Perhaps Trump did write it.

Anyway, if you voted for Trump, you are un-American. You are despicable, and you don't deserve any sympathy when your pathetic world eventually crumbles.

Bravo, Mr. *president, you screwed us all.

#NFL owners’ requirement that players stand for the pledge may be unconstitutional

Yesterday NFL owners voted to require players to stand for the National Anthem. This may be unconstitutional. The Constitution usually prohibits government infringement of rights. 

The major stumbling block here is no government activity.

Arguably, the NFL is acting at the behest of Trump. If this is true, then there is government activity. Then this would be unconstitutional. Now this is a stretch.

However, all people and entities are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, and disability. 

The protest started as a movement by black people, Colin Kapernick in particular, to oppose police killing of black men. Arguably, the requirement to stand for the pledge targets black people unfairly and violates their civil rights. This isn’t permissible under the 14th amendment and as promulgated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

It doesn’t matter that the rule applies to everyone. It has a disparate impact on black people. 

These are my initial thoughts so I will write more later. This argument won’t likely fly, but why not make it?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Futility of Lawyer Rankings ( a Quid pro quo with your friends)

Lawyer ranking systems are absurd. Rarely do they measure how good a lawyer is. Multiple times I've made the top rankings, and I can't see how it has benefited my career. Good referrals come from other lawyers and past clients because of my performance as a lawyer, not because I'm ranked somewhere. Most rankings require you "nominate" someone. You can't ask them to vote for you, but you let them know you voted for them. Implicit is the promise that you will vote for them. "If you vote for me, then I will vote for you." This is not always the case, but it usually is.

Some allow you to nominate yourself. Some don't. Some allow you to ask for votes. Some don't

There are no real reasons for any of it. It is National Honor Society in high school all over again. Better yet: IT IS HIGH SCHOOL. High school is something to escape not to embrace.

So just reject the quid pro quo.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Selling blood plasma to pay for a mail-order-bride #podcast

Hypothetically speaking, let's say a client sells his blood plasma to make money to pay for his mail-order-bride. Are these two facts harmful to a Social Security disability case?

On the one hand, it is evidence of very poor judgment, mental health issues (possibly), and the inability to function properly in the world. Client has a history of PTSD and bipolar disorder. So this evidence could be viewed as supporting his claim.

On the other hand, client claims to be uneducated (10th grade only) and to lack basic understanding of technology. "Meeting" and developing a "relationship" with someone online certainly undercuts this argument as does being able to send money to a foreign country. There's also the problem of having the time to do all these things. If you can take the time to do it, then you can likely work.

I discuss this in my latest podcast. click here

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

#SandyHook Parents Sue #AlexJones and #InfoWars for #Defamation #Podcast

This week Sandy Hook parents sued Alex Jones and Info Wars for defamation of character. For 6 years Jones and Info Wars have harassed and maligned these parents. In fact, they've threatened them. No longer. Listen to my podcast episode Sandy Hook Parents vs. Alex Jones and Info Wars

Saturday, April 7, 2018

New #podcast episodes Legal Fact And Fiction

Murder, mayhem, mullets, and melancholy #podcast #flashfiction #shortstories