Daily Archives: May 16, 2009
Nowhere was this skepticism more evident than in an order earlier this year by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brett Klein.
Klein, asked to approve a class-action settlement, ordered the attorney who filed the suit to be paid the same way as consumers in the class, with $10 gift cards — 12,500 of them — to stores that sell prom dresses and other ware for teenage girls.
Klein’s order came in a lawsuit charging that Windsor Fashion Store illegally required credit card users to provide their telephone numbers or e-mail or home addresses. Another judge overturned the order in February and awarded Yorba Linda lawyer Neil B. Fineman $125,000 in fees instead of gift cards.
So the tale doesn’t have a happy ending – a trial lawyer flunky overruled the judge’s decsion, but what a jurist! Isn’t there talk of an opening on the Supreme Court? Obama, here’s your man!
From the Norwich Millionaire comes a link to this tale of woe about Nantucket real estate: the prices are falling! The prices are falling! Bargains available and better ones still to come. I wonder whether the indignant real estate agent from Long Island, quoted earlier today, is running naked along the shores of Miacomet screaming, but i could have sold my vacation house for twice that two years ago! If she is, at least she’ll get a nice tan.
Obama’s puppet master David Axlerod appeared on my favorite NPR show this morning, “Wait wait … don’t tell me”. When asked a question about his charge’s pick for the official White House dog Axlerod quipped that “third choice was Miss California”, a gibe met with huge laughter and applause from the audience. I found that interesting.
So far as I know, and I haven’t been following the story closely, Miss California is /was a beauty pageant contestant who aroused the scorn and derision of the left by answering a question about gay marriage by saying she felt marriage should be between a man and a woman. For taking the same stance as Mr. Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, the girl was savaged on liberal television – Olberman (sp?) went on a rant about her stupidity and her looks and, nationally, she’s pretty much been turned into a one-line joke, as Axlerod demonstrated.
So that got me wondering. If the NPR audience hates the woman for advocating against same sex marriage and gives their Adored One a pass on the subject either (a) they don’t really care about the issue and are offended by the girl for some other reason or (b) they do care but aren’t concerned that Obama shares the same view because they figure he’s just lying to the rubes to get elected. I’m going with (b).
I admire those few politicians willing to stand up for their beliefs, like McCain when he visited Iowa during the 2000 primary season and denounced ethanol as a government boondoggle. Others obviously don’t care what their man says, so long as they know what’s secretly in his heart. Well, that’s the side that won the election, so enjoy. As with his latest turn-around on terrorists and CO2 regulations, however, you may be disappointed to discover that you’re as clueless as to what’s truly in his heart as the rest of us.
After 2008 proved a bit disappointing to many investors, the big guys are swinging for the fences now. Biggest investments? Real estate equity funds. I’m not saying I could do better than these Harvard MBAs, but could I do worse?
To work as prison guards, apparently. 43 children hit with stun guns at Tallahassee prison’s “take your children to work day”. True story!
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in an increasingly desperate effort to distract attention from her wildly-conflicting statements about whether she personally waterboarded Shiel Killthe mall and other terrorists, today lashed out at Polar Bear friend and Tennessee’s largest consumer of energy, Al Gore:
“The fat fraud appeared on CNN just yesterday,” Pelosi screeched over morning lattes and croissants with reporters, “and claimed that he waited a full two years before criticizing that despicable bastard Bush. It’s just not true. Just weeks after September 11 he was on that man like a chicken on a June bug, calling him un-American and just plain stupid.”
“I have no quarrel with that”, Pelosi mumbled through a mouthful of crumbs, “but why is he wasting time criticizing Dick Cheney when he should be defending me? I was lied to by the CIA, God damn it, or at least, they really confused me, and I need some help here. I mean, Jesus!” Before leaving on her broomstick, Pelosi distributed copies of a transcript of Mr. Gores early foray against the man who cheated him out of the presidency.
AL GORE: Vice President Cheney said after the war against terrorism began, “This war may last for the rest of our lives.” I kind of think I know what he meant by that, but the apprehensions in the world that I spoke of earlier are not calmed down any by this doctrine of preemption that they are now asserting. By now the Bush Administration may now be beginning realizing that national and international cohesion are indeed strategic assets. But it is a lesson long delayed and clearly not uniformly and consistently accepted by senior members of the cabinet. From the outset, the administration has operated in a manner calculated to please the portion of its base that occupies the far right, at the expense of solidarity among all of us as Americans and solidarity between our country and our allies. On the domestic front, the administration, having delayed for many months before conceding the need to pass Joe Lieberman’s bill and create an institution outside the White House to manage homeland defense, has actually been willing to see this legislation held up for the sake of an effort to coerce the Congress into stripping civil service protections from tens of thousands of federal employees. Now which is more important: passing the Homeland Security Act, or satisfying a relatively small yet powerful member of the right-wing coalition that has as its number-one priority dismantling labor unions? If that’s the most important priority in that legislation, that explains why they’re refusing to let the bipartisan consensus in favor of it go forward.
Far more damaging is the administration’s attack on fundamental constitutional rights that we ought to have and do have as American citizens. The very idea that an American citizen can be imprisoned without recourse to judicial process or remedies, and that this can be done on the sole say-so of the president of the United States or those acting in his name, is beyond the pale and un-American and it ought to be stopped.
North Shore housing sales evaporate. What part of Long Island has seen the biggest drop in sales and prices? The expensive North Shore, naturally. Wanna know why sales are down both there and here? Check out the experience, and reaction of this combination of real estate agent and would-be home seller. She sums up the prevailing sentiments perfectly:
While buyers may think that with so much inventory they can “buy things at a fire sale,” Mr. Miller said, sellers “aren’t in sync” and may not be willing to “negotiate aggressively to the amount the buyers expect.” A result is fewer deals.
As for Ms. Spodek, she declared that buyers were “taking advantage” of sellers, and that she would not sell if she had to lower her price any further.
“If I had sold my house two years ago I would have gotten over $2 million for it. They are coming in with lowball offers, and you are supposed to say, ‘Thank you for buying my home.’ They are giving you crumbs. They want a $3 million house for $1 million.”
What do you suppose agent Spodek’s reaction would have been if, in 2007, a a buyer had offered what the house had been worth in, say, 2001? I’m sure we could have heard her yelps all the way over to Greenwich. “Why, that’s an outdated price! Don’t you understand anything about real estate?”
Don’t you, Miss Spodek or, like so many homeowners, do you think that markets only go up?
We all want to raise our children to be determined and resourceful, and what demonstrates those qualities better than knowing when to pop out the ol’ cellphone and call dad for a quick flight?
Greenwich Time reports that the boys won their match but I believe they’d already done that when the Beechraft Bonanza touched down on the runway.