Thursday, December 28, 2017

#ItsSoCold #Sketchbook


Thursday, December 14, 2017

NO #NetNeutrality means you will have to pay more for less

No one wants it but the cable and internet providers. It means you will have to pay a la carte for everything. More will be paid for less services. Of course it comes on the heels of the disastrous tax bill. Great job, Congress, you've done another dumb thing. Are you trying to ruin the country further? Congress people, you are the true deplorables in the United States. Well...the president* and his band of merry men (and terrible women) are in the same category. Of course, the supporters of the president* are the worst ones possible. They are the depraved, gladiator-loving Roman rabble.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Throw away tin cans #WednesdayWisdom #pencildrawing

Avoid people who have no personality. Better yet: avoid jerks. What do you do when you see a tin can? You throw it away (unless you recycle--that's a whole other issue). Treat jerks and boring people the same way. Toss them out of your life.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bleary eyed day #pencildrawing #micropoetry

Sometimes it is hard to see straight.
And then you hit a tree.
And an elevator door.
Then it is even harder to see
that there's nothing there.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wells Law Legal Seminars, Tuesday, November 7th at Reynolda Manor Library from 2-5

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Forsyth Public Library (Reynolda Manor Branch) is helping to sponsor three free one-hour seminars throughout the afternoon on the important basics for estate planning, estate administration, elder law, and SSD and other damage claims. No reservations are necessary. For more information, follow the link. 
http://www.wellslaw.us/event/reynolda-library-seminar-3/



Thursday, November 2, 2017

#ColoradoWalmart murderer is a white man so the right wing media is silent

The president and the right wing media are silent. A white man shot to death at least three people in a Colorado Walmart. He is a terrorist and not a lone wolf. But this doesn't fit into the president's narrative of the "other," who we should all fear. In reality, the "other" is a white man. White men are the most dangerous people in America. They do most of the raping, killing, and beating. Until everyone accepts this, it will go on happening.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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.


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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

#MeToo

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.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#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

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.


#LasVegasShooting


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