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  • scribe commented on the blog post German Media Spies on US Spies

    2013-11-16 15:47:32View | Delete

    Yes, and Merkel put the kibosh on that a couple weeks ago. Very firmly. Ecen though it looked like there was a majority of votes in the Bundestag to grant him asylum.

    As it is, about the same time it appeared likely that Snowden would testify before their “Parliamentary Control Panel”, which is supposed to exercise oversight over their intelloigence services. It then appears that the Control Panel would be making arrangements to get his testimony in Moscow.

    I haven’t seen much in their papers on this topic since Merkel refused to go forward with the idea, let alone actuality, of asylum.

    I think people seriously underestimate just how pissed over this are the German people (possibly as opposed to their government, who may be both so compromised by the US and so whipsawed by politics that they’d just rather it all go away).

    Finally, one of the main editorials in yesterday’s SZ (Suddeutsche Zeitung) was titled “Someone with this many spying locations doesn’t need friends”. That “someone” was the US.

  • scribe commented on the diary post FDL and the 2012 Election by Jane Hamsher.

    2012-06-20 10:12:57View | Delete

    Good to see you out and about, Jane.

    Concur with Cindy Kouril on the mortgages issue. Maybe occupying campaign offices until banksters start feeling the heat isn’t such a bad idea.

  • Oh, yeah. That’s very true.

    In most of those cases, the man has been unmanned by his (perceived) failure to support his family. And it comes across. It may not be his fault (someone got sick, etc.) but he feels unmanned nonetheless.

  • Short answer: because every individual case is different. Also, because every bankruptcy case depends in large part on state laws, with homestead exemptions being the #1 example, but state laws impact in many places and many ways both obvious and subtle and can and will change the way a case comes out.

  • They deal with dunning, and lawsuits, and reposessions and all the rest of the crap.

    And don’t think that’s a small subset of people. In my years of practicing, I ran into a lot of people who were literally too broke to go bankrupt.

  • Depends on the retainer agreement and, more particularly, when the creditor files the bogus information. If it’s a Ch.13 and early in the case, i.e., before the payment plan, then the attorney is still on the scene and can challenge the creditor’s bullsh*t (or just reduce the lying creditor’s share to, say, 1% of the claim). If it’s after the payment plan has been approved (assuming the debtor is current), then the debtor is out of line and can/should be sanctioned. But, since most retainer agreements cover from filing and preparation of schedules through to court approval of the plan (13) or discharge (7), the late-coming baloney has to be confronted with more money to the lawyer. To their credit, most consumer bankruptcy lawyers will retake their clients and work with them, and it benefits the client to go back to the same lawyer who represented them earlier because he is already familiar with the case and that saves a lot of time.

  • In two words: “they’re fucked”.

    They wind up lurching from near-catastrophe to near-catastrophe, struggling to make something near to ends meeting and, if they’re lucky, getting something approximating enough to eat and a roof and not much more.

  • scribe commented on the blog post Rock Bands in Uproar Over Song Usage on Limbaugh’s Show

    2012-03-11 11:33:52View | Delete

    I recall Hynde and the Pretenders making a stink about it – not wanting Limbaugh to use the song – a dozen or so years ago and getting nowhere. I also recall Limbaugh getting a big laugh out of it.

  • scribe commented on the blog post Radical Veep And Mau-Maued By The God Botherers

    2012-02-01 17:08:49View | Delete

    NBC Nightly News had the courage to report that she was a former unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor who had, among other campaign promises, one in which she promised to defund Planned Parenthood.

    This should have been no surprise, particularly given the seemingly-anodyne new criterion applied to justify the defunding: “We won’t fund anyone who’s under investigation”. And, lo and behold, some wingnut in Congress saw fit to start an investigation of Planned Parenthood.

  • scribe commented on the blog post Europe’s Painful Suffering – Austerity is the Cause

    2012-01-09 13:53:56View | Delete

    I think an alternative explanation for the hysterical grip austerity has upon the Euro Zone, is that we – the US – are forcing them to do it. The story I link to here

    discusses a leaked letter from the US Ambassador to Spain to the Spanish government, threatening to put Spain on an international diplomatic blacklist if Spain does not pass a law similar to the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” (the internet censorship bill). Spain knuckled to that pressure.

    As readers here are likely well aware, the SOPA bill is being pushed at the behest of corporate America, particularly the media and entertainment businesses, which stand to profit handsomely from it. D’ya think our financial oligarchs aren’t profiting at least as well from Euro austerity?

    What’s to say that our Treasury counterparts have not told the Europeans to suck it up and impose austerity, and the documents just haven’t hit wikileaks yet?

  • Just to note something which surely will not get reported, in the suit filed on behalf of Occupy Portland, Me., an allegation in the suit (supported by affidavit) is that the police have been funnelling homeless people to the site, telling them to camp there. Especially homeless who have behavior problems. Then they turn around and predicate closing down Occupy on the basis of allegations of violence in the camp.

    First time I’ve heard of that gambit, though it is wholly unsurprising some police force would try it.

  • Going on your TV show in Japan and eating food produced around the Fukushima nuclear plant as a way of showing support is Not A Good Idea. Another report you won’t see in the US Media. From the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in their November 19, 2011 edition (my translation, paragraph by paragraph): Nach [...]

  • scribe commented on the blog post Wingnut Lady Going Galt Because, You Know, Obama

    2011-11-18 13:44:27View | Delete


    This is another of the self-servatives who hates regulation and believes the Free Market is God.* Until it’s their money getting lifted. Then they go all William-O.-Douglas-at-the-spanking-new-SEC putting brokers in the hoosegow.

    It’s a corollary of the old “A conservative is a liberal who was mugged.” and “A liberal is a conservative who was arrested.”

    But it’s none the less fun to watch.

    * This is also an example of the Free Market Regulating Itself. What the self-servatives who love to repeat that tripe always seem to omit (and forget until it’s their money getting lifted) is that, indeed, it will. That regulation is by laws. And when there is no government regulation, then The Market will obey the Law of the Jungle.

    Tough shit, bitch.

  • scribe commented on the diary post Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement by Gregg Levine.

    2011-11-15 07:57:30View | Delete

    As a local merchant noted (A month ago) in a blast email: “If you really want to Occupy Wall Street, do your holiday shopping at an independent local merchant.”

    Sound advice.

  • scribe commented on the blog post Delaware AG Beau Biden Sues MERS

    2011-10-27 12:53:05View | Delete

    The point is, every state’s consumer protection laws are different. But, as a general rule, they tend to have a provision where the AG can sue parens patriae (on behalf of all the people) to stop an abusive or deceptive practice. This usually comes up in the context of stuff like stores having “going out of business” sales that never end and they never go out of business, or selling kid pajamas that burst into flames on a warm day.

    When it comes to land records, it’s a similarly fragmented picture. Each state, by virtue of the way its constitution structures its government, has a different allocation of power and responsibility for all sorts of different things. In the main, though, most states’ structures have the land records responsibility, power to enforce the rules, and money-handling done at the county, not state, level. So, just saying that the AG should step in and sue MERS to stop the scam it’s perpetrated on the recording system of Banjo County and collect the money that should have been paid, isn’t going to work. The responsibility likely lies at the county level.

    Delaware, though, has only three counties. Compare that to Pennsylvania with 67, or New York with 62 (including the 5 boroughs of NYC; of the other counties, I especially like the name Cattaraugus, which means “bad smell”). As far as I understand it, Delaware’s counties don’t really have that much power independent of the state. Other states’ counties have varying amounts of power.

    But, systemic frauds on land records are often the kind of thing which can only be properly addressed at the state level. Sometimes, that’s a function of a powerful local pol having too much power in a county, messing with the land records and being able to stop the local people from enforcing the law. Such was the case in an old New Jersey case, Hyland v. Kirkman, in which AG Hyland sued to enjoin a prominent local rich guy and pol, Kirkman (think a latter-day Nucky from Boardwalk Empire), from making up and recording “wild deeds” (deeds without any preceding chain of title) to vacant land in the Jersey Pinelands, and to nullify the wild deeds. Sometimes it’s a matter where the scam is going on in more than one county.

    We cannot leave out of the discussion the impact of politics – I cannot see a Republican AG suing any bank or MERS to stop MERS’ chicanery.

    And Beau is probably doing this with his dad’s approbation, because Joe will be too old to do anything other than retire come 2013 (an Obama loss) or 2017 (a win) and for his future success Beau will have to teach the banks he’s dangerous if not well-bought-off.

  • scribe commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Sunday Roundup)

    2011-10-24 07:20:25View | Delete

    All anyone has to do to see how centrally located this domestic terror attack was (and how easy to solve it should be), is look at a good map.

    Another example of how they hate us for our freedoms….

  • scribe commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Sunday Roundup)

    2011-10-24 06:56:34View | Delete

    For those who haven’t had the time to check out the old-city geography of downtown Portland, a brief primer. The site of Occupy Maine getting chemical-bombed (i.e., attacked by domestic terrorists) is at the corner of Congress and Pearl streets in Portland, which is:
    (A) across the street from Merrill Auditorium, which is a part of the City Hall complex
    (B) less than a block from the main entrance to City Hall
    (C) about a block from the main entrance to the Portland Press-Herald’s editorial and business offices
    (D) across the street from the main fire station
    (E) about a block and a half from the US District Court (and the US Marshal’s Service)
    (F) about 3 blocks (old-fashioned horse-and-buggy-era city blocks) up the hill from the Maine state headquarters of US Homeland Security, ICE, and who knows what else federal, in the Old Customhouse at the foot of Pearl Street, at its corner with Commercial street, opposite the wharves
    (G) about 3 blocks from police headquarters
    (H) within a quarter mile of the studios of the NBC and Fox affiliates, and a large number of radio stations.

    I don’t think anyone knows just how many video cameras have the area in their scope, but, still, nobody saw nuttin’. Unlike that time in the middle of a night a few years back when some disturbed high-schooler threw an m80 at a bank branch in NYC’s upper east side, when a zillion cops went searching for him and spared no effort parsing videotape and grilling potential witnesses.

  • scribe commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Sunday Roundup)

    2011-10-24 05:41:20View | Delete

    This morning, I received a blast email from a store where I shop, containing a trenchant message which I think ought to be shared widely. The email was simply this statement:

    “If you really want to Occupy Wall Street, do your holiday shopping at a small independent merchant.”

    I think it’s worth passing on.

  • scribe commented on the blog post Alarmism: You’re Doing It Wrong

    2011-09-16 17:16:29View | Delete

    Just keep this striaght: They want riots in the streets. More than anything else, they want riots in the streets. Nothing gets a cop hard like the idea of being able to whack civilians with impunity. Nothing gets a Republican hard, like the idea of killing liberals and ruling the rest.

    The only way to rule, is to have to be putting down rioters.

    No riots. No violence.

  • German radio reports S&P just announced it is downgrading Greek government debt to “Highly Speculative”, explaining it believes there may be selective repayment of that debt and is not ruling out or predicting further downgrades of that debt in the future.

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