The Wednesday Curator – 2/3/2016

Iowa! Starting with the Rs, turnout was very strong, and that may be the big takeaway from Cornville. Republicans showed up, and they showed up in a voting system which makes showing up difficult. No mail-in ballots, or a quick stop at the neighborhood school on the way to work. Amy Davidson provided a fine set of thoughts for the New Yorker in Ted Cruz Wins Iowa, Trump Loses – For Now. From BBC News, here’s Donald Trump Wants Iowa Rematch, Accusing Cruz of “Fraud”. Nothing about the Donald is dull, although Ryan Lizza’s piece for the New… Continue reading

It’s Personal. Very!!!

It’s Personal is one of Mark Rubin Writes’ several categories. My internal filter tells me 95 posts—about 20% of all posts—can be found in It’s Personal. (Many can also be found elsewhere, as posts often fall into two or three categories.)

In eight It’s Personal posts the word divorce appears. None refer to the one in which I was involved, the one which became final late last year.

You also won’t find, anywhere in an MRW post, a reference to the sale of the family home. The closing comes later this month.

There was also that little thing about changing… Continue reading

We’re So Screwed!

We’re so screwed! Totally, effing screwed!!!

Presently, three people are running for POTUS on the D side, while the Rs still have 11 active candidates. It’s a sorry lot, frankly. I’ll be voting for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without second thoughts, for I think she’s the only candidate with the experience and core competencies to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Am I totally comfortable with the notion of President Hillary Clinton? Not at all. There’s… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 1/27/2015

I quit reading Maureen Dowd years ago. Too chaotic and crazy for my tastes. For reasons unexplainable, Sarah Palin Saves Feminism, from the Sunday, January 24 issue of the New York Times, caught my eye. It’s a fine piece of writing. Nicolle Wallace, a former W aide and, now, the writer of novels with political overtones, wrote Sarah Palin, Rage Whisperer for the Times on Monday. It, too, offers worthy insights into the woman for our times.

Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Ted Cruz, Redux reflect what MRW has done to expose Ted Cruz, charlatan. Why D.C. Hates… Continue reading

Trump and the Bankruptcies

There’s been some talk—not enough, in my humble opinion—about the Trump bankruptcies. Here are some basic facts.

First, bankruptcy laws are federal, and they’re found in Title 11 of the United States Code. The title includes nine chapters: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 15. One through five apply to all bankruptcy filings.

Chapter 7 is a traditional or straight bankruptcy. The debtor gives up non-exempt property, if there is any, in return for which debts go away. It’s for poor people and corporations with no future prospects.

Chapter 9 is for municipalities. They’re uncommon, albeit… Continue reading

Senator Ted Cruz, Redux

On April 24, 2015, I wrote Senator Ted Cruz. I was working a series about Rs running for POTUS. I’m pretty sure what I wrote about “this puerile personification of pestilence”—my words—left me so unclean I walked away from the exercise.

Alas, I’m back with redux, but not ready to leave this miserable momzer alone. Where to start, where to start? Let’s begin with health insurance.

Senator Cruz popped up on Thursday announcing that he is one of those “millions of Americans  who’s lost their healthcare because of ObamaCare.” (Details in Bradford Richardson’s piece for The Hill, Cruz… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 1/20/2015

Paul Krugman wrote Health Reform Realities for the New York Times on Monday. It wanders into the thicket which has developed between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Secretary Clinton, who knows about the challenges of developing and implementing a national health care policy, advocates for incremental changes to the Affordable Care Act. Senator Sanders has, of late, been pushing for universal health care. Paul Krugman, wandering a bit from his usual perch as really smart economist, focuses on: (a) the power of incumbency which health insurers and an employer-based system enjoy; (b) the tax… Continue reading

Appellate Court Process

The Arizona state court system has two primary appellate court levels: the Arizona Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court is paramount. It hears appeals from Court of Appeals decisions and in rare cases, directly from the trial courts. The Court of Appeals—there are divisions sitting in Phoenix for the north / central part of the state, and in Tucson for the rest–handles appeals from the Superior Courts, and from the Industrial Commission in workers compensation cases. I offer the foregoing introduction to highlight recent cases and provide some insights into the appellate process.

On November 24,… Continue reading

State of the Union – Additional Thoughts 2

I promised additional thoughts about last week’s State of the Union address. My thoughts relate to how poorly our country thinks deeply at the intersection of law and progress. (I got close to this subject in Law: It Doesn’t Serve Our Interests on December 21 of last year.)

President Obama touched on several issues when he addressed the first of his four big questions: how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? He mentioned early education and post-secondary education He talked about Social Security, Medicare and retirement, and he even brought up… Continue reading

State of the Union – Additional Thoughts 1

I’m doubling back to the State of the Union address with some additional thoughts. They fall broadly into two categories. First up is the whole Do Something thing. (The second issue will follow, tomorrow.)

The Do Something issue arises with respect to ISIL / Daesh, Syria, and the Middle East generally. Kind critics claim the president has not done enough, and the slope gets steep as the Rs join in. I like the following words as well as any in the SOTU address, but many are not persuaded that we’re doing enough / anything:

If you doubt America’s commitment … Continue reading

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