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What Time Is It?

First is the part of the blog that makes me laugh!


And now I am using the blog to really remind myself not to be in a hurry.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 is a good reminder of why:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

And the story of In God’s Time

The man asked, “God, what’s a million years to you?” and God said, “A minute.”

Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and God said, “A penny.”

Then the man asked, “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said, “Sure… a minute.”

Simple reminders!

And then Our Pic O’ Day…because this has happened to all of us!


You Can Observe A Lot By Watching (Yogi)

Have you been watching the political debates? I have been interested to see the popularity polls after each debate. The TV political pundits will tell us what we just saw on the debate, and then tell us who won. Then, the polls tell us who really won the debate. In many instances, the pundits got it wrong. (That word pundit is sometimes a slam and sometimes a compliment)

So far, during this Presidential campaign, it seems to be beneficial to have no political experience. For the Republicans, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carla Fiorina are leading the polls. Very diverse backgrounds that include everything but political office.

That brings me to Jeb Bush, who apparently is taking the brunt of having political experience. Instead of being the anointed one like most initially thought, he is now scrambling for viability.  So, he has taken on a new strategy of claiming experience… while being an outsider.

He has seen the Trump/Carson/Fiorina effect and he wants in on it. As he burns through political cash, his donors are reportedly getting anxious. They call it the campaign burn rate. How much do you spend compared to what you take in from donors. For Bush, his September rate was 85% intake to spending. That’s high! So, what’s the new strategy?

Bush recently told supporters that he is such a Washington outsider, that he wouldn’t be able to drive a car in downtown D.C. because he knows so little about the area. Now that has got to have impact for voters… if you are planning on being a taxi driver.

Since I am a Washington Wizards fan, I can navigate D.C. pretty well. Plus, it helps to have numbered and alphabetical streets, and then there’s that new-fangled thing called GPS. Of course, Jeb’s father was the Vice President for 8 years, and then the President for 4 years. His brother was the President for 8 years, so it’s understandable that Bush wouldn’t….. wait a second, it’s not understandable.

The point of all this is that being real seems to be in season right now. Most of us have just about had enough. When we hear Hilary Clinton say that she is going to be more spontaneous on the campaign trail, it made me remember that old slogan, “be sincere, whether you are or not”.

Being real… it makes me want to get up and announce that I plan on being two inches taller tomorrow. And I decide to be more spontaneous because my pants will be too short.  Of course maybe Yogi Berra had it right when he said to Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. That’s what I call real right there!

And our pic o’ day, speaking of driving:


Attorney General Sues Trump

During the week we have attorney and paralegal meetings at the Firm. I jokingly call them Joel Bieber University. Yep… JBU. At  least I try to underpromise and over deliver… by keeping them awake during most of the meetings!

When Donald Trump hit success with the TV program The Apprentice,  he was presented with several money making opportunities that included Trump Ice, a line of clothing and an educational program.

Those that bought his clothing could see what they were getting. I guess there is no surprise over water. The educational program called Trump University, has now brought a lawsuit from New York’s Attorney General. (Associated Press)

A $40 milliion dollar lawsuit has been filed against Trump alleging that Trump has helped to run a phony “Trump University”.  The lawsuit  claims that many of the 5000 students that enrolled have not received what was promised, and that their tuition basically only bought them books that were written by Trump. In addition, the pleadings allege that the programs actually caused “real financial harms” by encouraging students to increase their lines of credit on their credit cards, to help make real estate purchases. Instead, they were pressured to buy Trump real estate books.

Trump’s attorney accuses the Attorney General of just trying to extort campaign money and get headlines by going after Trump. He said that Trump University has over 11,000 testimonials of students praising the program. He further stated that, “This entire investigation is politically motivated and it is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money”.

One part of the lawsuit that made me laugh related to pictures with Trump. According to the lawsuit, students thought that they would meet and have their pictures taken with The Donald. Instead, they had their picture taken in front of a life-sized picture. Yep… a cardboard disappointment right there.

For our DID YOU KNOW segment, I went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. It’s the story of Dominic Calgi. He was extremely proud of his car. His license plate was 5V 17 32. His date of death… May 17, 1932. Now that’s a Ripley’s!

Pic o’ day is from my Mom:


Some Trump and Rump

     This is a blog of two stories. I was just told that “you can’t title your blog with that!”.  Am I being rebellious as we get closer to a long weekend?  Well, I could blog on how good the new “Special K Popcorn Chips” taste, but that does not qualify as legal blogging. Instead, here is my defense for the blog title… the news.

     First to Donald Trump. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Trump stood in the lobby of the Dirksen Federal building last week and verbally attacked an 87-year-old Chicago woman. She has filed suit against Trump, claiming that he ripped her off when he sold her two $1 million dollar condo units in Trump Tower.

     Earlier in court, Trump and the lady’s lawyer had gotten into verbal sparring matches that included the Judge becoming so exasperated that she finally interrupted both of them and admonished them by saying, “You’ve got to stop it. Do you think the jury likes this?” Then, the Judge added, “If you think the jury likes it, I can assure you they don’t. You’re wasting your time.”

     The plaintiff, Jackie Goldberg, claims that Trump deliberately misled her when he promised her a cut of the profits from the Tump International Hotel’s two ballrooms and catering business,  if she bought both condos. She then claims that he snatched back control of the ballrooms after she had signed the deal and paid her deposit.

     In the lobby later, Trump had lowered his tone but went on to attack the plaintiff by telling reporters that his opponent is a “sophisticated investor” and that “She owes me $500,000 and is just using the ballroom as a ruse to get her money back. She’s trying to rip me off, she really is.”   

     Trump claims that “Nobody that I’ve ever seen has ever played the age card better than her. She knows everything that’s going on and it’s disgraceful”.

     Goldberg’s lawyer claims that “she comes from a different era when people like Donald Trump didn’t exist. She comes from an era when a deal was a deal”. Trump has testified. Ms. Goldberg’s testimony is to follow. It sounds like he has met his match!

     And to the final story. Of course, I could have stopped at the first one about Trump, but then I would not have had my blog title.

     From the NY Daily News, a workout that the plaintiff claims just was too hard. A New York lawyer claims that his sessions with a personal trainer have left him in disabling pain whenever he sits. 

     Plaintiff Neil Squillante says in his lawsuit that he told his personal trainer about his sore arms. His trainer just laughed at him and told him that the soreness was just “normal”.

     Squillante came back for more workouts and claims that after the third workout, he could not work at his computer. His lawsuit is seeking damages for improper instruction and supervision.

     The training company advertises that they also provide instruction and personal trainers to celebrities. As the lawyer added, he went to them and trusted the trainer because he was told that they are “Beyonce’s secret weapon”.

     The lawsuit could be serious, so I am not giving an opinion on it. Still, I had to go with some workout pictures for pic o’ day. Here’s “Workout Cat” and the “Push-up Family”.


Trump’s Lawsuit Over Birth Certificate

     Admitted liberal Bill Maher, of HBO’s “Real Time”, decided that he was going to add his own voice to the notion that President Obama is not a US citizen. Apparently, he had heard Donald Trump call for the President’s birth certificate one too many times and decided to turn the tables on  Trump. (Newsmax)

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     On “The Tonight Show” Maher announced that he would pay 5 million dollars to the charities of Trump’s choice, if Trump released his birth certificate to prove that he was not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan”. Almost immediately, Trump publicly released his birth certificate with a letter from his lawyer that said in part, “Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan.”papa

     Then, Trump demanded the five million; Maher refused to pay it. Now, Trump is filing suit against Maher for the five million. “He made an offer, I accepted the offer.” Maher claims that it was clearly a joke and that no contract was formed between he and Trump. Trump’s response to that was to criticize the delivery and demeanor of Maher when he made the remark by noting that, “He was very upset, he was angry, he was flustered, he was all screwed up and nervous. We’re going to find out whether or not it was a joke.” trumpy

     Trump continued to attack Maher by also noting that, “I don’t think he’s much of a comedian. Look at his past; his past is so bad. He’s not a smart guy. And my parents were so good-looking. My mother was a great beauty”.

     I find it fascinating to see these two men go at it over appearance. Trump has hair like…well like nothing else and it’s quite the turn of events to see Maher talk about someone’s appearance. There’s the pot criticizing the kettle! ( I didn’t want to use the analogy of the turkey telling the pigeon that he’s got a fat…)

     For pic o’ day, after reading all this it made me believe that this had to be real:


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