What’s wrong with the men?

Obama says men have been getting on my nerves lately

Perhaps you may have noticed that 90% of our criminals are men. Men kill women every day for the sin of being pregnant. Men crash the global economy with monotonous regularity. Men want to fight wars. Men want to dominate others. Men get guns and shoot children inside their schools. Average men think they are smarter than the most brilliant woman. It’s the men. Brothers, talk to these men. They do not pay attention to us, because after all, we are just women.

“Women in particular .?.?. I want you to get more involved. Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.

I mean, every day I read the newspaper and I just think like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’ I mean, we’re violent, we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business. So I think empowering more women on the continent — that right away is going to lead to some better policies.”

In the months since Obama left office, U.S. news headlines have been filled with stories of men in the media, entertainment and politics — including Obama’s successor, President Trump — facing allegations of sexual assault and harassment.


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So What about Porgy and Bess?

I started listening to jazz as a teen. I got it full time in my car in 2006. It soothed my weary soul. People say jazz takes them out of their humdrum day. It always lifts my mood.

Yesterday, on my local jazz station KCSM, Melanie and Chuy played Miles Davis “Ain’t necessarily so.” I wanted to hear it again.

Found it in Mile’s recording of the music from Porgy and Bess. I decided to spin the whole album this afternoon.

It is one of the most profound musical performances of the 20th Century. Davis followed up Porgy and Bess the very next year in “So What.” “So What” is the best selling jazz record of all time. Five thousand new copies are sold every week. It was released in 1958.

We didn’t love Miles enough, I know that for sure.

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Protect DACA youth with the legal doctrine of promissory estoppel

By Olivia Deborah Lagutaris LaRosa, Sept.10, 2017

Promissory estoppel is a common law contract doctrine that may apply to DT’s tentative repeal of the “Dreamers” status.  Our young people who were brought to the US as children and thus had no say in whether they were “legal” must be protected. We can do that by fighting hard to protect their status and their rights.

How can we do that? By dipping into our legal toolbox for the proper tool.

Legal concepts are described and defined by  “elements.” Ordinarily, a contract is created by satisfying four elements:

  • Promise
  • Consideration
  • Agreement
  • Legal purpose

The elements of promissory estoppel are:

  • A promisor
  • A promisee who acted with
  • Reasonable reliance on the promise
  • Which here substitutes for consideration, even through there is no monetary consideration from promissee
  • Causes a substantial economic detriment effect to the promisee

The Presidential Order on DACA was a promise to those children who were brought from out of the country by their parents, and had no control over being brought to the USA. The Dreamers have, as they have matured, acted upon the promises of DACA to build their lives as Americans do. They graduated from high school, went to college, or learned a trade. Some have married now and are raising families in the USA.

They thus acted with reasonable reliance on the promise of DACA. They were economically harmed by the reversal and the threat of deportation.

This is a unilateral contract where no consideration was tendered by the Dreamers. But the doctrine of promissory estoppel says that their actions based on reasonable reliance are the equivalent of consideration.

Removal from the USA would cause catastrophic economic detriment to the Dreamers. They are unsuited to earning a living in other countries. If homeowners they would lose their homes and the money they put into them. They may not even speak the language of the country where they came from.

Therefore, promissory estoppel presents a real opportunity to protect our youth.

History of application of promissory estoppel relevant to DACA

This doctrine was used to defend students at a major California law school. During the school shutdowns in the early 1970s, classes were not held for a year. The school decided that the exams at the end of that year would cover an entire two years of instruction.

Many of these students were recruited by a legal education opportunity program. These programs are designed to help students who had to overcome significant obstacles to get to law school. Many were first-generation college students. This is a big handicap, believe me!

Of course, many of these students did not pass under this draconian two-year exam protocol. Using the promissory estoppel doctrine, they argued that they had been promised a chance to make it through law school and the testing method denied them that education.

Failure to graduate from law school would cause them substantial economic harm.

Therefore, because promissory estoppel is a common law doctrine, class action suits similarly might be brought in every state where DACA beneficiaries reside.

Presidential prerogative

In case you are wondering, alien residents of the USA have some rights defined by the Constitution. Furthermore, immigration laws apply “federally,” that is, in every state. The President may make policy about immigrants. GOP assertions that the executive order establishing Dreamer status are confused.

Here’s a video that explains how promissory estoppel works.

Brush up on DACA here. 5 things you should know about DACA


Deborah Lagutaris has a law degree but she does not practice law. Ms. Lagutaris holds an LL.M. Legal Master Degree in International Taxation and Wealth Management. Furthermore, she is a Licensed California Real Estate Broker. Learn more about her at One Tax Mind.com

This article is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client privilege.

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Real news and fake news

WSJ contributor found dead – could it be suicide?*

I wonder why this person is important enough to appear in the NY Times. Two people who are considered so-called leaders of the Right are the only ones who commented at 12:24AM on July 21, 2017. The notorious Paul Ryan (R-Ayn Rand) and the pompous Bret Stephens (R-dull) are the first commenters. Is this a play for sympathy in order to promote the vote on the “health care” bill?

*this part is fake news. There is no information now that points to suicide. I wanted to show you how easy it is to create controversy.

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A hacker disabled my Contact Form app

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Every single page of the site including the admin directories have the same error. Happened between April 27 and now.

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The evil right wants to put us disabled people to work. In Sam Kinison’s voice, hear this: “We are too disabled to work at a job someone else would pay us to do.”

Yes, some of us may not be actually disabled. Maybe about 10% of every human group will have cheaters and sneaks. Ok. But still, that leaves 90% of the 10% of us disabled people who must have help to survive.

You might ask, “Why should I care about disabled people staying alive?” People would think that is a good question to ask. It is. Because I can tell you why.

Our human abilities are not diminished or extinguished by the disabilities we bear. Rather, it directs your focus to the benefits our disabilities provide. We perforce must dwell on the minutiae of our daily lives in a way the abled do not understand. We don’t mind that they don’t understand. We just want to move forward with our lives, serving our communities, to help those who follow us to build great neighborhoods.

What we should be doing as a society is helping our friends struggling with disability rather than punishing everyone for the low achievers. We are trying as hard as we can to scrounge up the bit of work we can do while reclining on a special air mattress 24 hours a day for example.

I can write, for example. I am finding ways to get paid for my writing. People ask me to help them fill out forms. I am a Registered Tax Return Preparer, ID P01584295. Some months I earn enough to pay for some groceries, maybe a half-tank of gas. I can work harder and more effectively if I am not distracted by rather serious pain. Better if I get help so I don’t overdo, like dusting, or standing for more than 5 minutes. Four or more times a day and I am back to air-mattress for a week’s worth of healing.

Still, I can keep up on my research projects. I run several automated browser searches for topics I follow closely. Near and dear to me is the political climate surrounding disability. I was a disability advocate before I became disabled myself.

Today a glib, ill-informed article by one Peter Cove crossed my path, entitled “US Disability Programs Need a Work Requirement.” Let us start by defining terms, something Mr. Cove avoids. What US disability programs is he talking about? The ones for people like me who cannot hold a job in today’s market? Workers’ Comp programs, designed to pay a worker who was hurt while doing his job.

Mr. Cove elides welfare payments and disability payments, although their aims are completely different. Could it be that he has never had a disabled person in his life?

Welfare helps families without the ability to provide for themselves and support them until they can train and get good work at a reasonable wage. The reason that disabled people receive benefits is because we are a civilized society who thinks that the least of us should be cared for even if we can’t hold a job.But we contribute far more than you could ever know to the web of knowledge under our society.

We have physical and mental disabilities that make it impossible to work. That’s why his assertions about the need to make us work is ridiculous. Disability is natural. It is always among us even when invisible.

So back to Mr. Cove’s lugubrious blathers about the success of the welfare-to-work programs of the 1990s, as he completely fails to distinguish between the impoverished- unemployed and the disabled populations. His book “Poor No More” has two reviews on Goodreads, two years after it came out. Methinks his nonprofit and his posturing about putting those lazy disabled to work is designed only to feed Limbots and other nattering nabobs of hate. subsequently I learned that Mr. Cove was asking $99 for a hardcover copy of his book. What is the purpose of this sham book written by a sham person, we wonder?

That is one definition of disability; a condition incredibly perilous yet difficult to prove in the face of bureaucratic hostility.

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