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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

It’s time to relax… it’s Friday…

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It’s my opportunity to ramble a bit, post a picture of a pig with Trump hair,

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 And why not post a picture of a pig taking a cat for a walk, without judgment!

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Which also requires me to post the trusty Lion on the couch

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I promise that I truly started this blog with the intent of actually blogging. Then, I got carried away with this nonsense. So, let me close with a couple of random thoughts:

In Shakespeare’s days, mattresses were secured on bed frames by rope. When you pulled on the rope, the mattress would get tighter!  The tighter the mattress, the firmer the bed. They didn’t need Sleep Number beds! That’s where we get the phrase “Goodnight, sleep tight”.

And finally, researchers have determined that dogs can see two colors, yellow and blue. Apparently, they did tennis ball research. As a result, some dogs do watch TV. The clearer the picture, the more vivid the colors. I say all that to say, they are still trying to figure out why dogs sleep on the remote control! Boom!

Have a great weekend!!!!

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Self-Driving Cars

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

I saw a news story on a self-propelled rollercoaster in Japan.

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I say ”no thank you” to this ride! This “self-rollercoaster” ride reminds me of all the news that is currently surrounding the Tesla Motor Company. We’ll come back to the self-driving car crash below. But, it bears mentioning that I have not written a blog for the past couple of days; which serves to remind me that the blog does not write itself… unfortunately. But I digress.

Joshua Brown, 40, was killed “in a Tesla car” while it was reportedly in Autopilot mode. “In” means he was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Brown, who was from Ohio, owned an Internet business. In a story in the NY Times, a former employee of Brown’s told a reporter that while Brown liked to drive fast, but he considered him a safe driver. Brown regularly posted various YouTube videos of himself “driving” his Tesla car in the hands-free Autopilot feature

Brown was killed when his Model S car did not see a tractor trailer truck that drove across the road, because the Autopilot mode did not distinguish the white side of the turning truck against the Florida sunny sky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brakes were not activated by Autopilot or by Brown.

“Once the complete investigation results are published, we’ll obviously evaluate all the data and the conclusions and make our decision from there,” Paul Grieco, the attorney that the family’ hired to file suit against Tesla. .

Frank Baressi, who was the driver of the tractor-trailer, says that the car was going fast when the crash occurred.  (AP reports). He also told investigators that Brown was watching a Harry Potter DVD. He later admitted that he could only hear the audio, and did not see it playing. A portable DVD player was found in Brown’s car according to the Florida Highway Patrol. .

I have been asked how I think that self-driving cars will impact our law practice. I don’t think anyone really knows, although I have always thought that there will always be responsibility for negligence or being inattentive.

At this point,  self-driving car technology is out there but not something seen very often. Right now, laws have not really caught up with the technology as self-driving laws are basically the same as all laws. Regulation will probably change over the coming years to keep up with the evolving technology.

It makes me wonder when we will see ads for pizza delivery by self-driving cars. Those pizzas need to stay safe out there!

And for pic o’ day, the life of lion:

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No Jousting on Independence Day?

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Won’t it be exciting to attend the jousting this weekend. Wait? What? No Jousting?

On June 30th, 1559, King Henry II of France was celebrating his daughter’s wedding and that they were at peace with the Habsburgs. It was jousting! This would be his final match, as he was struck by a lance fragment to the head, which caused him to die a few days later. The death of a king was part of the motivation that caused jousting to be fazed out.

Today, July 1, is one of Canada’s most important national holidays. It’s called Dominion Day because on July 1, 1967, the Dominion of Canada was formerly created.

I point these out because we feel disassociated from both of these days. Neither effect us. The fact that the Battle of Gettysburg started on July 1, 1863 and became a turning point in the Civil War, doesn’t have much effect on us today.

Admit it, you were not thinking about the Battle of Gettysburg, right? And that had impact on us. You learned Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Right? Or, did you think that he just received mail at that address? See, no Gettysburg holiday.

I write this blog as the last, before July 4. It’s a day that means something to us. Partly because we all have off. But, most importantly, it’s Independence Day. The anniversary of the Second Continental Congress who adopted the Declaration of Independence that declared that the American Colonies were free and Independent states. Clearly, that has impact on us today!

So, there will be no jousting on the 4th, but we have lots to celebrate!

Have a great weekend and a great Independence Day!!!!!! These are the good days and it’s only going to get better!

And a holiday of independence causes me to go a bit pic o’ crazy…

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And finally….

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Mother of Invention

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Necessity is the mother of invention. I’ve heard that expression many but no one knows who came up with it. Maybe it was Plato. I guess it’s so necessary, it was just “invented”.

We just signed up a new client, who was knocked out at the scene of the crash. She does not remember how the crash occurred. It’s not unusual to have to investigate… and find out how. It’s the expression in action. Even when we don’t know how it happened, it’s our job to find out. Which leads me to a couple of examples of things that are still in our lives.

Benjamin Franklin had poor vision and needed glasses to read. He got tired of constantly taking his reading glasses off and then putting them back on.

He decided to figure out a way to make glasses that let him see both near and far. He had two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each lens in a single frame. Today…we call them bifocals.

Here’s another example: Where did mayonnaise come from?

Mayonnaise is credited to the French chef to the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was fighting the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs.

When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised by substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece! The chef named it “Mahonnaise” in honor of the Duke’s victory.

 

And for pic o’ day:

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This and That!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

I promise I will do better tomorrow… but here is some lion wisdom and random thoughts. And I am also attaching our June newsletter that was sent out. That should count as a little bit of blogging, Right?

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And here is our June newsletter, in case you didn’t get in sent to your in-box

And some more wisdom…

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And pic o’ day,

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A Thought on McDonnell

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Yesterday  I led off with a mention of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Bob McDonnell. Lo and Behold, (I have always wondered who came up with Lo and Behold. I looked it up and learned that it comes from 18th century literature of “look and see”, which makes no sense to me. So, no charge for such blog inclusion!) … so back to our regularly scheduled programming of “Lo and behold”.

Anyway, it caught my attention that McDonnell’s conviction was vacated by a unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court. The Court did note that it found the case to be “distasteful” and full of “tawdry tales”. But, elected officials will breath a sigh of relief about free trips and free lunches with lobbyists now.

In the meantime, the government will have to decide if it will retry McDonnell. My guess is no. Also, Bob will be receive his full entitled pension; decide if he wants to get back into politics; or become president of either Regent University or Liberty University. That’s just my guess.

Also, the judge in the Federal court jury trial, Judge Spencer, will now always be remembered for this case and that his rulings were overturned. No judge likes to be overturned on appeal.

And what does Bob McDonnell think about the Supreme Court’s ruling. Well, apart from a great sense of relief, I think that his attorney verbalized it best when he said, “We thank the Supreme Court for unanimously bringing justice back into the picture for the McDonnells”. Now that’s a parting shot at Judge Spencer!

And for pic o’ day, maybe some “invitation advice for your July 4th picnic:

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McDonnell Opinion

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

This Monday morning brings an anticipated Supreme Court opinion. Shortly after 10 a.m.the Court will issue its opinion on whether to set aside the guilty verdict in former Virginia Governor  Bob McDonnell’s federal corruption jury trial.  Political columnist Jeff Schapiro writes a good summary of the events leading up to the Court’s opinion today. (Richmond.com)

The conviction could be affirmed or reversed. Obviously, a lot is at stake for the whole McDonnell family. That includes the financial issue of whether he will receive his retirement pension. McDonnell was to receive 60% of his final governor salary as retirement, which was estimated to be about $3900 a month, if being received right now. If he chose to begin drawing his pension at age 65, his anticipated pension would be around $5400 a month.

The guilty conviction took that benefit away. So, not only will he be faced with his two year prison sentence today and a felony conviction on his record, but also a significant loss of income for the rest of his life.

If the conviction is set aside, he would get that money back. Otherwise, he will be directed to report to prison. Originally when McDonnell was told to report to jail by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, he had asked to be sent to the Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg, that is located in Hopewell, Virginia. As it stands, the Court would tell him when and where to report, if the conviction is affirmed.

These corruption charges related to political favors for money. As a side note, on this day in 1967, the first automated teller machine (ATM) was installed in London, England.

 

And for pic o’ day, some necessary planning ahead?

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Another Friday

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

This Friday seemed to get here quickly. Maybe you felt like the week was a marathon… it seemed like a sprint to me!

So, here’s to a great weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend for us! And some pictures that were sent to me!

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I guess that’s what is called an animal comedian.

 

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Some Sunscreen

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here’s a quickie. Because the weather is getting hotter (hopefully not more crazy thunderstorms!), it’s a good time to revisit sunscreen.

From Illinois Patch comes an article titled What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen – But Should.

The FDA also suggests that any measurement above SPF 50 is unlikely to be meaningful. Sunscreen manufacturers are no longer allowed to make the claim that their products are “waterproof,” because none truly are waterproof.

That’s just a sampler from the article. There are two basic kinds of sunscreens: physical blockers and chemical blockers. Unfortunately, there’s salesmanship and there is protection. The old “Don’t talk about it… be about it” so lather up and let’s get ready for some rays!

And for pic o’ day… this was sent to me. Not sure why annoy… but it made me laugh.

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A Back Yard Carnival

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Have you ever been driving down a road and looked over to see something curious in a yard?  Something like an old rusted car, or maybe an old bird feeder?

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Does it make you wonder what the neighbors think? Well, here’s a story at Roanoke.com, where we know what the neighbors were thinking. The article is titled Decision against northeast Roanoke couple’s carnival rides will stand, judge rules. Does that get your attention?

The story goes that a couple moved into their home about two years ago. Then, they assembled a number of  antique rides in their yard, which measures 1.4 acres.

The “rides” include a 1973 Ferris wheel and a Gravitron ride. The Gravitron  weighs about 19 tons and is valued at more than $200,000. At this point, I am guessing that the neighbor’s had noticed!

To no one’s surprise but theirs, soon they were cited by an inspector and told to remove the rides. They appealed to the city’s zoning appeals board. The board determined that the rides were not permitted in a residential area,  because the machines are “substantially similar” to a commercial amusement park.  (Imagine that!)

From there, they appealed to Circuit Court. The Judge ruled against them, while admitting, “Nobody loves a ride better than I do,” but he found that such rides were improper for a residential area.

The couple have now filed a $2 million civil suit against the city and senior code compliance inspector, arguing that he had defamed them while investigating the rides.

The suit alleges that the inspector sent an internal email which described them as “a real menace to the neighborhood”. They have not decided if they will appeal the “ride ruling”.

It  makes me wonder why they couldn’t just be happy with a roaming Gnome with a tank top, or a birdfeeder for the squirrels. Even a rusty car seems like a better plan.

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