Admit it – we all have some debt rolling around in our lives. Some of us have more than others to be sure. But if you have a house, a car, an education, a couple of credit card or kids, then, chances are, you’ve borrowed some money and have to make some monthly payments.
In this day and age, having just a small amount of debt is actually a badge of honor. Most people (at least the ones I happen to encounter) are either on the edge of their debt consuming them, or they have already been consumed. ... read more
In this, the last quarter of 2015, I’m not terribly proud to identify as a Republican. We have a front-running presidential candidate who is a horror show and car wreck waiting to happen. And when it does happen, there are no other viable candidates to step in and take his place. We have a county clerk that’s refusing (for what appears to be little more than a publicity stunt) to follow the law of the land and has cheapened her office as a result. Finally, we have what may be blossoming into ... read more
“I’m not talking to you. I know my rights.” I can’t tell you how many times I hear that (Hundreds if you count my son.) However, the application of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution is a bit more selective than a one-size fits all solution; much more selective than the writers of television shows and movies would have you believe.
There is one interesting nexus of “Taking the Fifth”, which I’ll get to later on. But, for our purposes, you’re right to remain silent ... read more
This week (or month, or every other week or whatever), I’m going to try something new. Frankly, my brain is tired, and I just want to get some quick takes down for your (read: Brenda’s) entertainment. All set? Here we go.
There seems to be an awful lot of shark attacks off the coast this year – seven in North Carolina alone! Plus, the amount of media coverage these are getting reminds me of the Summer before 9/11. We’re just one missing intern away from some very bad déjà vu.
First Cuba, ... read more
Over the past few years, we've seen data breaches on an increasingly large scale. First it was a bank with tens of thousands of names and personal information in the hands of the black hats. Then, hundreds of thousands of people had their department store credit card information seized by hackers. Now, it would appear that the federal government, and its millions and millions of employees have been compromised. Things go from bad to totally apocalyptic.
With the banks and the department stores, ... read more
Tragically, I took history, government, social studies and civics in the eighties and nineties. Back in those days, we learned about the three branches of government - executive, legislative and judiciary (these were the big three that the Constitution set forth). I really thought I had this info down cold - so much so that I got fancy and studied other countries' governmental systems. Once I "conquered" that particular intellectual realm, I went to law school to put a finer point on my governmental ... read more
If you don't count bankruptcies, I'm not in Federal Court very often. But currently, I have a case that requires me to go to the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. It's a pretty big complex, set off of the road a ways. Recently, I had to file a document there and, on my way out of the place, I noticed a federal marshal just patrolling the grounds. Maybe it was because I had already been to two other courthouses that day and was attuned to all manner of security procedures that I noticed. But the thought ... read more