Monday, October 23, 2017

#Lawyer and #Author or #writer depending upon definition

Both can be lonely.

#Nostalgia #1980s

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Don’t blame #Obamacare for your high premiums—blame Republicans and insurance companies

Republicans didn’t set up exchanges properly, which meant hundreds of thousands couldn’t get health care. This kept the insurance pool small. Smaller pools mean higher premiums. In the states where Obamacare was properly implemented, rates are reasonable. Of course the Republicans have no viable alternative. They never do. And they obstruct to everyone’s detriment.

Insurance companies charge whatever they want. They used this as an opportunity to jack up their rates. In most states a few companies have monopolies.

Trump’s cutting subsidies puts 500,000 out of the insurance market in NC. This will lead to rate increases next year.

Obamacare does work and will work over time. What we should do is provide universal healthcare through Medicare.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lawyers have dangerous jobs sometimes #lawyerslife

The law isn't the safest professions sometimes because lawyers deal with human conflict, which is often raw and unreasoned. People say and do dumb things. Often the lawyer is on the receiving end of these kinds of shenanigans. As they say, it is a crazy world out there, and there are rough seas.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#JohnKelly thinks this is okay

#SpenceratUF is trying to revive the bones of past hatred with new fire

Richard Spencer went to college at UVA, and we were in the same class. I don't recall him being active politically. Neither does anyone I know. His stances and his actions are disappointing and alarming. He organized and led the Charlottesville protest. He is trying to revive the dead bones of history with new fire.

Here's an artistic rendering of the dead beast he wants to revive:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dragon eyes are on you #inksketch

Eyes are on you no matter what you do.
You may think you can't be seen, 
but I know that to be untrue.
I should bust out and say boo.

Laugh and heehaw.
At your fall.
That's what I'd do.

Are #CTE cases the next big tobacco?

Possibly. It appears evidence was covered up, lied about, or both. The issue isn't so much the injuries as players weren't told about them. As a result, the injuries got worse, violence occured, and suicides occurred. Look at Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau, and Dave Duerson. Hernandez likely killed several people. Seau and Duerson both committed suicide. These are just a few examples.

A lot more cases will be uncovered. Colleges and Universities are also fair game.

The old question what did you know, and when did you know it? At least to start, this is the key inquiry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blame #DonaldTrump and the General Assmbly's failure to set up health care exchanges for rising health care costs NOT #Obamacare

Health care costs are on the rise. In fact, they are skyrocketing. And why is this? Health care exchanges were never set up properly because North Carolina Republicans wouldn't set them up. As a result, the health insurance pool is not as large as it should be. In addition, Donald Trump signed an executive order cutting funding for health care subsidies. This means 500,000 people in North Carolina will be without health insurance.

In states were the exchanges were set up properly such as Ohio the cost of health insurance has gone down.

If Obamacare were fully implemented, all of our health insurance costs would go down. So don't blame Obamacare. Blame the Republicans for not setting up the exchanges and Trump for his most recent executive order that's laid waste to health insurance in America.

Monday, October 16, 2017

#BrainDrain #microstory #Inksketch

People don't get smarter over time. If you are born dumb, you will always be dumb.

Elroy didn't believe in turning his headlights on when it wasn't fully dark. He always said, "God will protect me."

At six in the evening on October 6th Elroy drove home. He went through an intersection. A driver turning right failed to see Elroy, and he pulled out.

"Oh God," said Elroy right before he plowed into the car. Elroy died instantly as did the driver turning.

Next day the paper quoted the trooper on the scene, "If he'd just had his lights on, and, if the other guy had paid attention, none of this would've happened. People are so stupid."

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Me too.

Because it's not a woman's problem. It's a man's problem. Because it should be men standing up against other men who sexually harass and assault women. 

If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too." as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Smash #Microstory #pencilsketch

"Look out, look out," Elroy yelled as he dove over a set of chairs. Glass shattered, and a minivan rolled to a stop on the tile floor.

No one was dead, and no one appeared hurt.

"Praise Jesus," yelled a voice from over in the corner.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#BoyScouts are letting girls in...I knew I bought that overpriced popcorn for a reason

The Boy Scouts redeemed themselves a little today by deciding to let girls in. That's progress. It is very progressive. Perhaps the Girl Scouts will let boys in as well. Why not? The YMCA lets women in; the YWCA lets men in. It makes sense.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#MikeDitka was likely been hit in the head too much during his playing days

Mike Ditka says black people haven't been oppressed in 100 years. What a moron, and he's clearly out of touch. My supposition is he was hit in the head too many times when he played football. In fact, I'm sure that's part of it.

#WorldMentalHealthDay and the need for better mental health services

Our mental health services suck. There's no other way to put it. We do a horrible job of treating mental health, and very few of us understand anything about it. Medications are not a panacea nor is therapy, and it isn't a one size fits all problem. The problems vary from person to person. Unfortunately few people can afford the necessary medications and talk therapy as well as the time necessary to exercise properly.

Of course, insurance companies and state governments would prefer not to treat mental health issues and instead refer people to hotlines as if that can solve the problem of someone with suicidal ideations.

Monday, October 9, 2017

@ESPN suspends #JemeleHill further solidifying its place as the insensitivity network

ESPN suspended Jemele Hill for speaking up for black people and for speaking out about oppression. You would think ESPN would applaud such things, but ESPN doesn't care about racial equality. They never have. They hired Rush Limbaugh as an analyst years ago, and then they had to fire him because of racially charged comments about Donovan McNabb. I suspect if Roger Goodell requires the players to stand for the pledge, ESPN will suspend or fire any analyst who speaks out against stiffing the protest.

Another view of #ChristopherColumbus the savage #ColumbusDay

#ColumbusDay should be abolished because Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac

He sold young girls into slavery. He was a rapist. He butchered and killed thousands of people, and he didn't even discover America. Columbus Day needs to go.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

All over North Carolina this week #lawyerslife

I've been in Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem this week. It has been a productive week, but it is tiring sometimes. The work is interesting, and it is nice helping people. It is rewarding to see clients get the benefits they deserve and justice done. Justice is still occasionally, although it can remain elusive.

We are in the midst of a warm October, which is one of my favorite months because of the mixture of warm and cool weather. Nature still feels alive and like it is trying to show itself one more time before the cold months come. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

#SocialSecurityDisability fully favorable decision from the bench

It is rare for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to make a quick decision in a Social Security Disability case. By quick I mean less than a month. Rarer still is an announcement from the bench. Today a judge in Charlotte announced a "Fully Favorable" decision from the bench. That's very, very rare, and I don't think I've had that happen in Charlotte before; I've had it happen a number of times in Greensboro. Needless to say, my client was quite happy. He's had dozens of cancer treatments over the past year or so as well as substantial mental health issues. Sometimes good things do happen in Social Security Disability, though the wait is often long. Here, fortunately, the wait was relatively quick--a little less than a year.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

#OJSimpson released and justice is served

He shouldn't have been in at all or certainly not that long. I'm glad he's out. Justice is served.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

#HughHefner objectified women, which contributed to a rape culture

Hugh Hefner died at 91--finally. Misogynist males all over the world mourn the loss of this profligate pig. He lived the lives many of them wanted to live where he objectified women, had multiple girlfriends, perpetuated sexist stereotypes, and spread vile smut. Some of the writing in the magazine was excellent. There's not disputing that, but his magazine and other media didn't help women.

I feel confident this mentality led to the "rape culture" we see in our country, and our *President didn't help with his comments.

So, yes, Hugh Hefner is dead. Don't mourn him though. Dance on his grave instead and say good riddance.

Friday, September 22, 2017

#AaronHernandez CTE should surprise no one

It should surprise no one that Aaron Hernandez's brain showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopahty or CTE. With all the shots he took to his head, it is no wonder. There are so many cases out there, and we don't even know about a lot of them. This isn't just in the NFL. There are cases in high school and college as well.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Do not drink the water in North Carolina or buy local food #TMNT

It isn't like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will suddenly appear, but there are harmful chemicals in our water from the Duke Energy coal ash fiasco to the issues with Greensboro's water. It all leads me to the conclusion that water in NC isn't safe to drink.

But what does this mean for locally grown food? Don't eat it. Why would you want food grown in NC soil?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ghosts in #Merica

I bet they live here. Why not because people can't seem to let the past go? There are all these memorials to treason. And here's a perfect place for those ghosts to live, in a ramshackle.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

#Artax should never have died in #TheNeverEndingStory #Falkor #TBT #injustice

I've not posted for about a week, and that's unusual for me. There's something I need to say, though. Artax shouldn't have died in the movie The Never Ending Story or in the book. It wasn't necessary. It didn't advance the plot. Atreyu was dealing with enough stuff without that. Falkor could have carried both Atreyu and Artax. Falkor could do about anything.

Read this tragedy below (note how Artax could talk):

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Friday, September 8, 2017

#Equifax breach may result in class action lawsuits #equifaxbreach #equifaxhack

Equifax announced yesterday upwards of 143 Americans may have been affected by a data hack. In that hack personal information of tens of millions may have been compromised. It is likely there will be millions of legal claims against Equifax. At this point damages are hard to calculate because they haven't been fully realized.

It is also difficult to say the amount of damages that will eventually be sought in what should be numerous class action lawsuits.

Furthermore, there will be numerous third party claims as well because banks are likely liable as well. Or this is my supposition.

I can't recall a data breach where so many people were compromised other than a governmental breach. It appears to be the largest private company data breach. Suffice it to say, this isn't going away. It will be a boondoggle for lawyers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#DACA statistics

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#ReadaBookDay #StPaulsCathedral

Read a book. It matters. Knowledge is the only way out of this quagmire.

Keep reading and thinking.

Ask questions.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Give me New York any day

Recently I saw an article from a NC lawyer talking about how rude NY lawyers are. I've experienced quite the opposite. I know plenty of rude NC lawyers, but the best person I know is my wife, Jillian Brevorka, who is both an NC and NY attorney. You cannot decry the events in Charlottesville while engaging in bashing people from the Northeast predicated on an assumption made because the South LOST the Civil War. People gossip much more in the South. I've lived here my whole life, and I hear it all the time. People in the South also have horrible inferiority complexes, which is why they constantly have to pat themselves on the back. Look at our art exhibit; look at our new buildings; aren't people in our town nice; aren't we swell; please tell us we are great. "And so on," as Kurt Vonnegut would say, that brilliant Cornellian.

#TornadoWatch due to all the "hot air" lately #LaborDay

There's a Tornado Watch right now, and there's a lot of "hot air," people shooting their mouths off and such. Pretty standard fare these days in the South, which still has its issues. I used to think those issues were gone, but all this crap in Charlottesville makes me think otherwise. We live in a screwed up place at a screwed up time.

Hopefully things will change.

Happy Labor Day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Keep #Skeksis out of your life #theDarkCrystal

Ghouls float amongst us. Some are close, and some are far. They are subject to change.

Goblin at the bottom of the stairs #sketchbook

Most monsters don't look like monsters, but some do.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Run from him #Microstory

He's after you, and he's a big bird. A sharp beak tears skin, and it will gut you.

Carrion birds are the worst.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sleazy chiropractor art #microstory

Gotta wonder about lawyers who get shoveled cases by the likes of Deck Roseburg. His office is fifty feet from a nightclub.

#PencilSketch #Sketchbook

Saturday, August 5, 2017