Thursday, October 20, 2016

#SocialSecurityDisability cases are life changing #lawyerslife

Today I received a wonderful phone message from a client who has followed me across a few law firms. And I've kept track of him all over North Carolina. We have followed each other, I suppose. It is one of the cases I've wanted to win badly because this person is the embodiment of everything Social Security Disability is supposed to stand for. Note: I want to win all my cases, but some touch my heart in ways I never forget. They cut through the rational machinery of my lawyer's mind and appeal to me on a deep and unspoken level.

My client told me the benefits he has received have been "life changing" and he has something he's never had before, a chance. He is able to see his grandchildren, be near his family, and enjoy life. This kind of thing reminds me why I became a lawyer, and it is life affirming to hear this. It makes me proud to be a lawyer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

More #SocialSecurityDisabilit hearings, and it's all about the narrative

Hearings are about the narrative. You aim to put together a plausible story, the difficulty being encapsulating years of suffering into less than an hour. It needs to hit hard, but not being overbearing or canned. It can't come across as empty. So many words are empty and don't tell us anything. We need to be told specifics to be persuaded. Judges need to hear specifics. There are magic words, and my job is to uncover them during the course of the claimant's testimony. But it is my job. It isn't the claimant's job. It is always the lawyer's job.

Monday, October 10, 2016

#WorldMentalHealthDay is an important day for #SocialSecurityDisability #lawyers and others as well

I see too many people with mental health issues. Many of my clients do not receive adequate mental health medical care, and that has only gotten worse in North Carolina. Our governor and legislature helped deny North Carolina Medicaid for 500,000 people. That's drastically cut services for people who have mental health issues. In many instances, this has led to people taking their own lives.

We need to do more. We need to understand more.

Read all you can about mental health issues. Be an advocate. It isn't too late for some.

#ChristopherColumbus was a savage, and we shouldn't celebrate #ColumbusDay

Christopher Columbus was a savage. He was a genocidal maniac, and a slaver. These are his worst two character traits--there are so many more. There is nothing redeeming about him in the least. We shouldn't celebrate Columbus Day, and we should cut out any reference to him. He is the anti-thesis of what we want in America. He was absolute scum.

No more Columbus Day!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

#DanishParliament #Coppenhagen

I saw this on the way to into Coppenhagen today.


Stupid people are voting for #DonaldTrump

I wish I could say they are just stupid, but they are mean, sadistic assholes. We don't need them in our country; not now, not ever. Empowered idiots are dangerous because they don't have the good sense to be constrained. These people need to be stopped even after Trump is defeated because they aren't going down easily.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

#SwedishParliament in #Stockholm

The architecture is impressive and the city sprawling, but I found the parliament building most impressive.


Friday, September 30, 2016

#ConfessionsofaVampirehunter from #Stockholm

Vampires are older in Northern Europe. They are closer ethnically to Eastern European vampires. They dwell in darkness more both literally and figuratively. Today I saw this and wondered if evil can be captured in stone.

William Magnum, vampire hunter 


Thursday, September 29, 2016