Thursday, May 25, 2017

richest people in Texas

I am so tired of Warren Buffett pestering me for investment advice.

THREATS of torture.  #Trump.  Should consider legalizing THREATS, not actual torture. Many are like me and would divulge ALL state secrets if threatened (all countries' secrets).  I personally would throw in who actually shot JFK and the exact location of Jimmy Hoffa's body.

I rarely agree with protesters but I definitely like living in a country where its citizens are free to do that.

#Blabbermouth.  Now our allies are reluctant to share intelligence reports with the United States, and our own intelligence and military agencies are reluctant to share information with our own President.  #NotaGoodWaytoRunACountry 

Popular plank in Republican Platform emerging.  In essence it says "Please give me your vote and we will fix everything for you.  No Questions whatsoever please as details are none of your business, Stupid." #GregGianforteWillBodySlamYourButt


A picture is worth a thousand words.


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Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign chairman, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer


American spies collected intelligence last summer revealing that Russians were debating how to work with Trump advisers, current and former officials say.


“I Am History”: New Orleans Principal Forced Out Of Post For Merely Being Photographed Near Confederate Flag

by jonathanturley
5924a2da24d49.imageThere has been a roaring debate over the decision of the New Orleans city council to tear down all Confederate era statues, which many have argued is wiping out history rather than dealing with it.  The most controversial decision is the removal of the iconic statue of Robert E. Lee in the downtown.  One casualty of that debate is Nicholas Dean, principal of Crescent Leadership Academy, who was forced out of his post merely because he went to see the historic change and was pictured with a Confederate flag in the background. Not his flag, mind you. Just a Confederate flag held by a protester.


Koch v. United States No. 15-30811

Before JONES, DENNIS, PRADO, Circuit Judges.

AFFIRMED. (May 12, 2017).

Posted in Admiralty, Damages, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Maritime

Ricky Koch fell and suffered personal injuries while aboard the S.S. Altair, a public vessel owned by the United States and operated by its agents. Koch, a 54 year-old foreman and employee of Economy Iron Works, was inspecting the vessel in connection with his employer's bidding on repair work on the vessel. Koch and his wife, Susan Koch, brought this action in Federal Court against the Government under the third-party liability provision of the Longshore and Harborworkers' Compensation Act. Following a bench trial, the District Court determined that negligence attributable to the Government - failure to provide adequate lighting of a stairwell - was the factual and legal cause of Koch's fall, resulting harm, and permanent disability and awarded the Kochs $2.83 million in damages. The Government appealed, contending that prior to his February 2, 2012 accident, Koch had become disabled by his painful chronic osteoarthritis in both his knees, as well as the degenerative disc disease in his cervical spine and carpal tunnel syndrome. Although Koch's preexisting conditions were undisputed, the District Court rejected the Government's argument that Koch had been disabled by them prior to his accident. The District Court concluded that, because the defendant's negligent failure to safely illumine the stairwell was the factual and legal cause of Koch's accidental fall and its disabling consequences, the Government was fully liable for his resulting harm and disability, even though Koch's preexisting conditions made the consequences of the Government's negligence more severe than they would have been for an ordinary victim. The Fifth Circuit affirms that the District Court did not apply the wrong legal standard in this case with regard to Koch's preexisting medical conditions. The Court further concludes that the District Court did not err in holding that the accident was the sole cause of Koch's damages, nor did the District Court abuse its discretion by limiting the testimony of the Government's expert witness.

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Susie Morgan).
Attorney for Appellant - Steve I. Frank, Washington, DC
Attorney for Appellee - David A. Abramson, New Orleans, LA




White Owners Of Mexican Food Truck Shut Down After Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

by jonathanturley
Photo: Ernesto Andrade
Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly thought that they had realized their dream when they opened Kooks Burritos in Portland Oregon.  They were even more excited when the local newspaper Williamette Week decided to do a feature article on their new business.  The two women recounted how they watched Mexican women making tortillas on a trip to Baja California and adopted what they saw.  That admission however led to furious accusations that the two white women were guilty of "cultural appropriation."  They eventually shutdown their food truck.



Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter


The incident, after questions about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, brought police officers to the event and sent the reporter to the hospital for X-rays.

“They Just Blabbermouth It”: British Police Cut Off Sharing Intelligence With Trump Administration on Manchester Bombing

by jonathanturley
loose-lips-sink-shipsWe previously discussed the alarming breach of an intelligence sharing agreement with the U.K. after Trump Administration officials released details given to them from British intelligence on the Manchester bombing, including the identity of the bomber.  Now, British police have stopped sharing information with U.S. authorities after a series of leaks to American media.  In the meantime, after Trump's rational odd denial of mentioning Israel in his giving highly classified intelligence to the Russians, Israel has acknowledged it was indeed their intelligence and they had to implement a "fix" and "clarify" their position with the U.S. on intelligence sharing after Trump's disclosure.


"Saying you'll bring coal plants back is the past. It's like saying you'll bring Blockbuster back, which is the past. Horses and buggies, which is the past. Pagers back, which is the past."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California, which has emerged as the nation's de facto negotiator with the world on climate change since President Trump took office



ABA seeks summary judgment in suit over lawyers dropped from loan forgiveness program

The ABA filed a motion for summary judgment on Wednesday in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education for its decision to drop some lawyers from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

The federal suit alleges the department failed to follow statutory requirements and violated due process rights of the four individual plaintiffs, including two former ABA employees whose participation in the program was revoked.
The summary judgment motion asks a judge to require the department to stop issuing retroactive denials and to restore the individual plaintiffs’ eligibility for the program.
“The department’s arbitrary and capricious reversal of its prior eligibility approvals must be set aside,” the motion says.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program permits people who work in certain nonprofit and public service jobs to have the balance of their loans forgiven after working in such jobs for 10 years and making 120 on-time payments.
Geoffrey Burkhart was working for the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants in 2014 when he received confirmation that his form seeking qualification for the program had been accepted. More than two years later, Burkhart received a letter telling him his participation in the program had been revoked.
Another plaintiff, Michelle Quintero-Millan, worked for the ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides legal services and legal rights education for detained indigent children and adults facing removal. The two other plaintiffs worked for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Regulations permit people to participate in the loan forgiveness program if they work in public service organizations providing public interest law services, the ABA motion says. Public service organizations are defined to include governmental entities, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and private organizations that provide public service, including public education and public services for individuals with disabilities and the elderly.
According to the motion, the ABA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization that provides public and legal education, as well as public interest legal services. From 2012 to 2014, the Education Department had certified the eligibility of the ABA and individual plaintiffs for the program, but in 2014 the department “inexplicably changed its interpretation of its regulation,” according to the motion.
In an explanation to ABA Executive Director Jack Rives, the department said ABA employees did not qualify for the program because the ABA had not documented its “primary purpose” was to provide public interest law services. “Neither the statute nor the regulation provides any basis for the department’s ‘primary purpose’ standard, let alone explains how such a standard is to be applied,” the ABA motion says.
President Donald Trump’s budget plan proposes eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
A day before the ABA filed its summary judgment motion, the Education Department’s top student financial aid officer resigned. In a letter to colleagues, James Runcie stated he quit because of a lack of alignment between “operational leaders and political ones,” report Politico, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). Decisions once made by his Office of Federal Student Aid are elevated to the department level, and functions of student aid are being transferred to the Treasury Department, Runcie said.
A spokeswoman for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Runcie resigned because he did not want to testify at a congressional hearing about management issues and improper financial aid payments.


PayPal sues Pandora over the letter 'P'

May 25, 2017, 8:00 am CDT



Suit blames teen's suicide on scared-straight interrogation for sex-encounter recording

The police interrogation took place at Naperville North High School. Wikimedia Commons.
The parents of a suburban Chicago teen have filed a lawsuit blaming their son’s suicide on an 18-minute interrogation conducted by a police officer and dean at his high school in Naperville, Illinois.
The suit (PDF) says 16-year-old Corey Walgren jumped to his death from the fifth floor of a downtown parking garage after he was questioned an on Jan. 11, the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald report. Walgren, an honors student, was asked about a report that he had recorded a video of a sexual encounter with a female classmate and played it for friends.
During the interrogation, the suit says, Walgren was told the video was child pornography and he could be placed on the state’s sex-offender registry. The defendants in the suit include the dean, Stephen Madden, and the officer, Brett Heun.
“The extreme, intolerable and excessive fear and psychological distress suffered by Corey, including but not limited to the fear of incarceration and social embarrassment and shame, was objectively obvious and apparent to” the officer and dean, according to the suit.
Walgren’s video had no discernible images and was mostly audio, according to a lawyer for the family, Terry Ekl.
The suit accuses the defendants of displaying deliberate indifference to Walgren’s mental-health needs and imposing unreasonable conditions of detention.
The suit says the interrogation violated an Illinois law that requires police to immediately make a reasonable attempt to contact a parent of a minor who is taken into custody. Walgren wasn’t advised of his right to remain silent or his right to a lawyer, according to the suit.
Walgren’s parents, Doug and Maureen Walgren, say Maureen Walgren wasn’t called until after their son had been interrogated for 18 minutes.
Corey Walgren left a waiting area and walked to the parking garage before his mother arrived at the school. “I think they wanted to scare him straight,” Maureen Walgren told the Tribune. “Instead, they scared him to death.”
The school district and police chief have both asserted that the situation was handled properly.


Lawyer is accused of offering rape victim cash not to testify, warning of deportation if she appears

A Baltimore criminal defense lawyer faces charges for allegedly offering a rape victim $3,000 not to testify against his client and claiming that she would be deported if she showed up in court.
The lawyer, Christos Vasiliades, 38, has been indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation, report the Baltimore Sun and NBC News. He was arrested at the courthouse on Tuesday.
The indictment redacts the names of those who met with Vasiliades and his interpreter on April 11 and May 18. NBC says the rape victim and her husband were at the meetings, while the Baltimore Sun indicates that Vasiliades spoke with the victim’s husband. One of the people who met with Vasiliades and the interpreter on May 18 was wearing a wire.
“You know how things are with Trump’s laws now. Someone goes to court and, boom, they get taken away,” the interpreter allegedly said. According to the indictment, the interpreter and Vasiliades said the rape victim would be paid $3,000 in cash if she didn’t show up, causing the case to be dismissed.
Vasilaides also allegedly suggested another method of retribution. “If we were back home where I’m from, from Greece, … we would go f— him up, that’s it, if you want to do that, that’s fine,” he is accused of saying. “Three thousand dollars, and then find him and kick his ass.”
The interpreter was also charged with obstruction of justice and witness intimidation, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Vasiliades represented Mario Aguilar-Delosantos, who is charged with second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and second-degree assault.

Civics class in school: Our education system is so broken we've taken to showing students pictures of how too get laws passed in Congress.#Teasing #WeDon'tTeachCivicsAnymore.




Always a good day at court when I get to catch up with Roland Darby. Great seersucker weather.


These Are the 10 Richest People In Texas – Do You Know Them?

If you want to learn how to make big bucks, you’d better take a lesson or two from the top ten richest people in Texas, one of whom is the eighth wealthiest person in the U.S. While money isn’t everything, it sure can provide some freedom and security, and these powerful executives, innovators, investors, and lucky heirs definitely don’t have to struggle. Even if you don’t desire to have oodles and gobs of money, it’s always interesting to see just how big money-makers became successful. So, let’s get to the good stuff: how do these people make their money, and how much do they earn?

Most of us can’t even fathom having that much money, and probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if we did have it. If you want to rake in the big bucks, you just need to do one of the following: invent something life-changing, inherit a fortune, or rob a bank. I wouldn’t suggest the latter, though. Anyway, did any of these names surprise you?


Houston's hurricane-free streak could be ending

Scientists are predicting a brutal summer hurricane season ahead for the Gulf coast. See why.
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12 Reasons to Go to Scotland Now
Go on a stunning visual journey to the mystical landscapes, long sea lochs, and fairytale castles of Scotland.


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