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Saturday, July 16, 2022

There seems to be an issue as to whether the Secret Service acted in a nefarious manner when it deleted text messages for January 5 and 6 or whether they messages were just deleted in the normal course of business.


Really?


I do not think it is even a close question. One would have to just arrived on Earth from another planet not to know that the dates of January 5 & 6 are significant dates and that anything and everything with those dates could be relevant. It does not take a genius to reach this conclusion.


Maybe 40 years ago, in connection with a divorce I was handling, my client sold his business to some people well known to not be totally on the up and up. Their names would regularly appear in the newspaper in articles with headlines such as “Know Your Mafia Neighbor”.


My client owed me a substantial sum of money. Part of the deal was that the buyers would pay my fee at the closing. Sure enough I was paid something like $35,000 all in $100 bills in a brown paper bag.


My office at the time was in what was then called The Bank of Hollywood Hills. I knew all the employees and they knew me, including the head of the Bank, Dave Aucamp, who was one of the nicest guys and best bankers I have ever encountered.


I recall vividly going into Dave’s office with all the cash I had just received. I recall, frankly with a little regret, telling Dave to deposit every nickel and to be sure to document, in every possible way, my deposit. I said to Dave and to my then-partner Joe Schwartz, “I do not know when or why but some day someone is going to want to know about this deal and I want to be extra careful to dot every “i” and cross every “t”.


Sure enough, several years later, at least five, I received a call from the F.B.I. asking if I had represented my client and whether I was familiar with the particular sale of my client’s business. I said that I had lost contact with the client, and that I could not discuss the matter without either the client’s consent or a subpoena. I never heard anything more, but was very self-satisfied that I made the right call.


The Secret Service was in a far better position to know that texts from the White House on January 5 & 6 should be preserved than I, a fledgling lawyer, was to document the payment of my fee.


I have to call “Bullshit” to the Secret Service.

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Joe Manchin continues to be a total pain in the ass. I do not wish him well.

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Republican Senator James Lankford apparently responded under oath at a deposition in 2010 that 13-year-olds can consent to sex. Hmm!


When I was 13, no one asked me but I would have consented. Does that mean I am now a Republican?


Seriously, with the Republican position on abortion and related matters being so extreme, that issue alone should be a game changer. Voting Republican in the present environment just makes no sense. Take every other issue, and they do not beat out the loss of personal freedoms and you are just kidding yourself if you think the reversal of Roe is the end. It is the beginning and you do not have to take my word for it. Listen to the Republicans, and for heaven’s sake familiarize yourself with what passes for their platform.

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For those who are undecided whether to vote Democratic or Republican keeping in mind that not voting is voting Republican:


1. If your daughter, Wife or other pregnant loved one might die if she did not have an abortion, would you want her to have an abortion?

2. If this same person were pregnant due to rape or incest, would you want her to have an abortion?

3. How about if the baby would be born with serious physical or mental handicaps, making it impossible for the child to ever be self-sufficient?

4. Do you think anyone should be able to buy an automatic weapon?

5 Do you think gay marriage should be illegal?

6. Do you want your social security benefits reviewed every five years?

7. How about your Medicare benefits?

8. Do you think income taxes should be raised for those making $100,000 or more?

9. Do you think Herschel Walker is qualified to be a U.S. Senator? How about Dr Oz?


These are just a few questions I have because the Republicans’ platform answers all of these questions “yes”. Then tell me why you are now a Republican, not 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, but right now.

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Alcantara pitched another great game but the Marlins continue to have no offense and lost 2 to 1.

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Go Ukraine and vote as if your life depended upon it.

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