Saturday, April 28, 2012

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The Defense Attorney Always Rings Twice When Offering To Do "Pro Bono" Work For Sexual Favors

Attorney accused of trading drugs for sex with inmates

When it comes to defense attorneys I have come to accept that they are products of the shady people they interact with and the system that must make sense about dysfunctional people.

Some of the excuses used by some defense attorneys to explain the innocence of their client makes me wonder if they are on drugs because the excuse stretches credulity. 

A man with the power to spring a criminal defendant out of jail can have this power go to his head as he subsequently seeks to translate the jubilation of his female clients into sexual favors.  If he hands out hallucinogenic drugs that allow them to get past the fact that he looks nothing like Mathew McConaughey - he might actually get a few of them to go along with the scheme.

A tip from an inmate led to the arrest of a Sandy Springs attorney accused of offering inmates prohibited items in exchange for sexual favors.
Michael Stuart Winner, 45, was booked into Cobb County Jail on eight felony charges involving two female inmates, according to his arrest warrant obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
Winner met with the inmates in private attorney-client rooms at the Cobb County Jail on numerous occasions, the warrant states.
On one occasion, Winner exposed himself to a female inmate, and another time, he asked to see a woman's breasts, according to the sheriff's office, which secured the warrant.
In exchange, Winner offered to bring the inmates drugs or tobacco, items prohibited in jail, according to deputies. An inmate's complaint about Winner led to an investigation into his actions.
Winner was arrested Thursday evening at his home and booked into the jail, where he remained Friday night on $10,000 bond, jail records show.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Me Against The "Tree Rats" - One Man's Battle To Get Some Fruit This Year Without Going Insane

This is not a squirrel.
This is a TREE RAT.

I am long past the days where I was impressed with their acrobatics.

They are now the #1 threat to my fruit tree crop:
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Apples
After years of waiting for my peach trees to bear fruit (at least 3 of them have died over the past 5 years) - this year I see signs of success.

Over the weekend I saw three of my peach trees full of fruit and my plum tree with even more.
Two days ago Atlanta had torrential winds that had my trees bent over as their leaves acted like a kite.  These sustained winds cause some of the fruit to fly off.

I can tolerate Mother Nature.  I hammered in more metal rods into the ground and used zip ties to hold the tree trunks more steady in the wind.


This morning I saw two tree rats having a field day on my green peaches. 
The worst thing about them is that they take a few bites out of the under-developed peaches and then throw them on the ground.

When I looked out of my window and saw them I ran into the garage, got a bottle of "Critter Ridder" and yelled at them as I ran down the stairs.  They both scurried off by the time I got close to the tree.

The worse thing about Tree Rats is that they have no respect for property.
I wouldn't mind if they took a few and allowed the rest to grow to maturity.
Instead - just as I noted with a pecan tree at another house that I used to live in - while I am away working to pay my bills, Tree Rats have all day to eat my treasure.

They have no sense of limits on what they take.

If you hear about a man who was arrested for firing a shot gun inside of city limits in Georgia as he killed some Tree Rats - it might be me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Home Owners Associations Vs The Green Economy

Solar panels cause clashes with homeowner groups

Next to a letter from the IRS - my worst fear is receiving a letter from my Home Owners Association:
  • The letter is asking me to pay my dues or pay for some special assessment to do emergency repairs
  • The letter is a demand that I get back into compliance after some unknown Gestapo member of the "Covenance Committee" did their periodic walk and noticed something was out of line with my house 
I live to hate the HOA but I do understand that they are ultimately working to assist my property values be retained or grow.

Funny enough - over the past 15 years I know of several friends that told me how easy going their HOA is, only to later see their property values plunge:
  • Neighbors failing to pay their annual dues and as a result the pool no longer opens
  • The HOA not following through on their threats to place a lien on the house if you don't pay
    • My HOA does not play.  They will put a lien on the house for anyone that does not pay their dues.

I believe that it is in everyone best interests for the HOA to accommodate reasonable designs for solar panel installations.  IF the panels are installed on the back portion of roof, not visible from the front of the house - they should approve it. 

If the front of the house is facing the sun and the installation would require the panels to be visible from the front - the home owner should be allowed to place the panels in their back yard.

CUMMING, Ga. — The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not.

It's a lesson Angel and David Dobs discovered when their homeowners association north of Atlanta denied their request to install solar panels on their roof. Neighborhood officials said the panels would look out of place and might lower home values in a community that regulates details as fine as the coloring of roof tiles, the planting of trees and the storage of trash cans.
"It's like living under communism — someone gets to dictate every possible thing you do," David Dobs said.
Homeowners associations around the country have banned or severely restricted the installation of solar panels, and the solar industry has pushed back to halt the practice. A recent attempt in Georgia to expand the right to go solar had support from environmentalists and some Republican lawmakers concerned about private property rights but it succumbed to opposition from developers and real estate agents.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thomash Kinkade - Printing Money While Painting

Sales of Kinkade artwork surge after painter dies

One man that I had always had respect for is Thomas Kinkade, the famous painter.

Once he got a loyal following for his artwork he could generate money by pulling out his paint brushes and use a blank canvas like the US Mint uses a blank sheet of paper that will later become a dollar bill.

I was actually surprised to read that his company had recent financial difficulties.  Prior to the recession a Thomas Kinkade painting was an appreciating asset.

I hope to one day develop a system by which my fan base throws money at me because they know that they will make a return on investment.

I hope to live longer than age 54 though.