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Wandering on Friday

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

A woman called her doctor and asked whether she would have to take her newly prescribed medication for the rest of her life. The doctor acknowledged that she would. She then asked, “Just how serious is my condition?”.  The doctor reminded her that nothing had changed from what they had discussed, but why was she asking. “Well,” she said, “because I got real concerned and thought that something had changed, when I looked at the side of the pill bottle and it says on the side… ‘no refills’.

DID YOU KNOW that celery does help you lose weight because it does cause you to lose calories. It doesn’t have a special chemical to do so; Instead, celery has no calories. Thus, it is the act of chewing the celery that actually burns the calories.

And for our Friday pic o’ day, here’s getting ready for pic o’ :

picture time

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12 Ways to Health

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I am preparing to sit down and watch the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. As a fan, I will watch the entire game, even if the game is a blowout.

Staying up late. For some, the end of the game won’t seem late. For me, I am up early every morning to workout. So, I know what is in store when I wake up in the morning.  I know that my Tuesday morning workout is not going to be very good. As such, I decide that it is a good time to post an article on health. It comes from Sunday’s Parade Magazine.

12 Ways to Keep You and Your Family Healthy” is an article with basic reminders.  It starts out with things to do today. It also includes things to stop doing. The article does say to stick to an exercise schedule. Tomorrow morning,  I will roll out of bed;  put on my workout clothes and get my cup of coffee. After that, I’m not sure that there will be tremendous exercise but at least I will still be keeping my schedule! Definitely an article worth clicking on to read.

DID YOU KNOW that according to the 1772 B.C.  Hammurabi Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor’s hands? I suspect that there was a real argument for tort reform!

And for pic o’ day, I started with a game discussion and I end with a game:


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The Debt Ceiling Constitutionality

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Nobody says it’s a good law.  Nobody says it’s a bad law. But, it’s a law. Did you see the Giants game on Sunday? They lost 31-7. Do you know what the Giants didn’t say after the game? If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight Monday, we will be shutting down the ***** NFL!  They didn’t say that! What I’m saying is: Wouldn’t it be nice if the United States Congress aspired to the maturity and problem solving of football players.”

The above quote is a portion of what John Stewart said on The Daily Show, when discussing the debt ceiling. I decided to lead the blog with that quote because I think that it sums up what most people think… What is going on up there?”

The purpose of the blog is not to give a political opinion on Obamacare or the debt ceiling. Instead, without boring you to tears but living in fear of doing so; I wanted to just mention White House press secretary Jay Carney’s thoughts on the debt ceiling. And yes, I could not remember the name of the press secretary. Please stick with me on this brief thought.

Carney says that the President has no Constitutional power to increase the debt ceiling to deal with our current shutdown. Now, just stick with me briefly. The 14th Amendment provides that “The validity of the public debts of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

I know, Constitutional analysis is a bit like dry toast. If you made it through that, then you deserve a picture break. Maybe this is how it looks right now in Congress. Yep…commercial break from Constitutional law:

our differences

The point of this blog thought is the question, “Can the President just ignore the debt ceiling and blame it on Congress?”. Well, According to the New York Times, some say yes and some say no. How’s that for certainty?  No wonder John Stewart just thinks that we should let football players decide.

I could go into more detail but I can see that your eyes are no longer moving in a reading formation. This concludes my foray into Constitutional law blogging. Just a thought on the powers of Congress and the powers of the President. With the government shutdown, everyone is effected somehow. For instance,  all of our social security hearings are cancelled.  Do you think that there is any chance that they won’t fund the IRS? … Didn’t think so.

DID YOU KNOW that there are 132 rooms in the White House? I wonder if that counts the secret rooms?

And for pic o’ day:

Bark at me

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The Six Word Story

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I am always mindful of my long rambling on the blog. I start typing; I start smiling at nonsense, and before I know it I have punched out too many paragraphs.

Ernest Hemingway supposedly faced some criticism for being a person who enjoyed typing many words. So, the story goes that he bet someone that he could write a story in only six words. The author delivered the following story:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Marquette Law School legal writing professor decided to ask students to write a story in six-word tales. The Marquette University Law School Faculty blog noted some of the following entries:

“Hanging shingles, he fell into debt”

“Law school. My personal debt crisis”

“ Sanity sustained by pounds of coffee”

“The framers should have been more specific”

“Work harder than ever, no guarantees”

I know what you are thinking… “I wonder if Joel is going to try six word blogs”. On second thought, I really hope you are not thinking that!

DID YOU KNOW that in ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

And for pic o’ day I post a “family photo” that makes me laugh:

family photo

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Did You Know Tuesday

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Since I have added our DID YOU KNOW section to the blog, I have received many emails from people  to tell me that they enjoy the addition. In almost all of the entries, I didn’t know either. Sometimes, I will find some fact that will lead me on an Internet chase for more information. Soon, I look up and realize that I have very few words on the actual blog.

This has caused me to collect a few “Did you know?’ tidbits for future blogs. So, I thought that a few would make for a blog entirety. So, here goes:

DID YOU KNOW that Thomas Edison, credited with inventing the light bulb, was afraid of the dark? At the time of his death, all the lights were on in his house.

DID YOU KNOW that the IRS admits that approximately one in four people who call their helpline, get the wrong answer to their question?

And finally, DID YOU KNOW that during President Bill Clinton’s presidency, he only sent two emails. One was an email to John Glenn when he was aboard the space shuttle. The other email… to test the email system!

And for our pic o’ day, how about a barking contest:

barking contest


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Some Passport Advice

Monday, August 26th, 2013

As a Congressional Aide for Congressman Bill Whitehurst, I was tasked with a wide variety of constituent services. Some of the jobs turned out to be regular requests. For instance, several people were directed to me to help them get a White House tour pass. Back then, you could bypass lines and also see a little bit more of the White House, if you got the pass through your Congressman.

Another regular call involved passports. It’s no surprise that many would call in a bit of a panic because they realized that they were going to be traveling and they had just learned how long it would take to get their passport. Usually, the call involved  “I need it by Friday and I was told it was going to be six weeks”.  I would try to help them with suggestions on how to get it done quickly.

I hadn’t thought about passports in a while. Well, not since I was in a hurry to get my own passport for travel.

I came across a good USA Today article Titled “Passport 101: How to apply, renew or replace”. HERE is the article in case you need a quick breakdown on the basics.   It has good information on getting a first passport, renewing or replacing a stolen passport, and how to change your name on your passport. Of course, it also discusses how to expedite getting a passport!

I wish that I had this article help ”back in the old days”.

DID YOU KNOW that in 1900, the average life span in the United States was  47?

And for pic o’ day:

jail lion


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The Kissing Campers

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

     It is a lawsuit of romance and contract. Not a marriage blog. Instead, it is a camping story.

     From, we learn of a recent lawsuit filed by the parents of a 15-year-old girl. The girl was sent home from Camp Emerson after she and a male camper were accused of “sexually provocative behavior”.

     According to the lawsuit, the relationship between the two campers “became the summer romance that most teens yearn for”.  The suit goes on to say that, “This summer romance made plaintiff… feel confident and beautiful for the very first time in her life”.

     According to the lawsuit, male counselors had encouraged the boy to kiss the girl. The camp handbook did not prohibit kissing.  The campers were ultimately kicked out and the girl was escorted by a uniformed police officer and was forbidden from saying goodbye to her friends and counselors.

     Both families had spent $6450 for the four week camp but neither family was refunded any portion of the camp fee, upon expulsion. The camp director declined comment to the Boston reporter. The lawsuit is seeking $600,000 in damages; alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress, defamation and other claims.

     No word on whether either family has been contacted for a Lifetime movie. (yes, that was sarcasm)

     Did you Know? To burn off the calories that you have consumed by eating one M&M piece of candy, you have to walk the length of a football field.

     As a follow-up to that piece of disappointing health news… a healthy shopper for pic o’ day:


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A Friday of Help

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

For my Friday blogs, I usually set out to do something short. Sometimes, I start out with the thought of putting a bunch of little ideas together. Like a pancake “stack em” blog.

This blog started out that way until I saw two pictures that made me smile. Then, I realized I needed to figure out a blog so I could put the pictures in. I know, a bit backwards.

So, the topic of the blog is a reminder that we are still hiring paralegals for claims and litigation. We need more help! Now, I feel like I can post my two pictures. Their topic tie-in… help!

STAFFlion help

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For a Tuesday

Monday, May 27th, 2013

     After being off yesterday, I needed to post  a blog that did not require a long epistle. Thankfully, Lindsay sent a funny cartoon:

Lindsay cartoon

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Truth About False Reality Shows

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Dog tired


     Here we go… I am dog tired of reality shows. (I know, I just wanted to use that picture!) Now, we are learning more about one show from some divorce proceeding court documents, and what we are learning is telling us that reality is really, “let’s do it again for the cameras”.

     Lawsuits tend to bring out the truth when people are answering questions under oath. That’s what is happening in the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce proceedings.

     The wonderful world of romance was initally played out on “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.  Now, through divorce proceedings and deposition transcripts, the testimony is telling how much of the show is really scripted. (Life & Style Weekly)  Here’s what we learned about the lack of reality in this reality show. 

  1. When we saw Humphries propose to Kim K a few years back and he spelled out WILL YOU MARRY ME  on her bed in rose petals; we were actually watching the second take. According to deposition testimony, the scene was re-shot after Kim was not satisfied with the scene or proposal. Apparently, she was bothered with how she reacted to the proposal when on camera, “she had a bad reaction or something and she was embarrassed.”
  2. Another instance of non-reality is  a scene involving Kim and her mother Kris Jenner. They were discussing Kim’s marital problems. We now know that the scene was actually taped after Kim filed for divorce from Humphries in October 2011. By then… difficulties were already down the track.
  3. Another emotion that is not so emotional, according to court documents, is that the characters had tears because of a cosmetic tool known as the “tear stick“. 
  4. In another episode, the mother was angry to learn that there had been a party thrown in her motel room while she was gone. In fact, she was in the room during the shooting of the party. Not such a surprise after all!

       According to the article, Kim Kardashian has attempted to resolve the divorce action of Humphries by offering him an estimated 10 million payoff. Instead, he refuses and is asking for more of her accumulated net worth that is a reported 35 million. Supposedly, under the settlement terms, all matters of the marriage are to be confidential. Humphries apparently believes that he stands to earn a whole lot more with a tell-all book.     

     Maybe this will be the beginning of the end of all of these reality programs. Would people watch, still knowing that reality was not real? Do people watch pro wresting? 

     For pic o’ day we are reminded that reality shows have nothing over real life:

airport reality

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