Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? George Bailey had much bigger plans for his life. He wanted to be rich, travel the world and be a man of adventure and vast experience. Life happened to George while he was making other plans; his father died just as George was off to live his adventure and make his own mark. George was saddled with staying in Bedford Falls to run the family savings and loan. George Bailey and Bailey’s Savings and Loan symbolically represented a much larger theme. It represented capitalism serving a community, a deep resonate service to the people. Potter, Bailey’s nemesis, represented capitalism at it’s predatory worst, capitalism didn’t serve the people of Pottersville, the people served the system, a predatory, monopolistic capitalism that was owned and operated by Mr. Potter. Pottersville, was the place that Bedford Falls became in the absence of George Bailey, and Bailey’s Savings and Loan.
Pottersville was mocking and contemptuous, it lacked any community or heart. A Christmas Carol’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are in many ways mirror movies. One shows a man what life looks life with him in it it, lonely, dark and disconnected from caring for others. It’s a Wonderful Life’, shows a man what life would look like if he were absent from the lives of others. A Christmas Carol’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are movies that speak today as much as they did when the stories were composed. An eternal warning of what wealth disparity looks like. No time in American history has the gap in wealth been so great as it is today. Let us at least be conscious of this reality this Christmas season, and the days that follow. Ignorance married to want is an explosive combination. Like George Bailey, let us be mindful of the human prosperity in our lives. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, let us reconnect to those we’ve neglected to our own detriment, let us ease our heart aches and welcome in the spirit of the season. What is Your Favorite Christmas Movie? Cult ClassicsWhatever Happened to the Rock-Afire Explosion?
Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. An excellent quote Dana. “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression, In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. A dark time indeed. Another–more timely–comment on this post. We must all “Beware.” We’re coming into a dark time. Very interesting and thoughtful comparison of these two Christmas classics! I bought the dvd today and watched it. Of course it was very moving and interesting. However I feel Dickens’ A Xmas Carol far superior. It must be said that A Wonderful Life is actually derived from A Xmas Carol in its general tone and borrows Dickensian structure. That said, the strange effect on me personally was that I had never actually seen it in it’s entirety!
This bizarre twist gave it added spookiness and a “what the Dickens” effect. I can recall only seeing short clips of this on award show pastiches of old films. How I missed seeing it is beyond me. I will have to put it down to the Christmas Spirit. I have often thought in my life what my two (adult) kids lives would have been like without me. I had to raise them on my own at great personal sacrifice. OK. At the moment I can’t see how it could come anywhere near Dickens. I think I saw it once years ago but it didn’t make such a lasting impression. I’ll have another look. It’s a Wonderful Life’ when you do see it. I have all of the Scrooge movies. That story has a place of it’s own in literature. I can still recall seeing an old Scrooge movie as a child. For some reason I saw it the first time on my own and only aged maybe 7. It just swept me up with it’s vibe and amazing story. I will make a point of seeing it’s a wonderful life as I can’t say I’ve really studied it. Thank you. You draw some good parallels. In both cases the main character initially failed to realize what they had. It’s a wonderful life is my favourite movie – and yes, a very interesting article, Duane! I also like learning new words like ‘feckless’! Thank you MandiGirl. They’re my favorite Christmas movies too. Very interesting article about two of my favorite Christmas movies.
With the decline in auto accident rates comes a rise in personal injury claims according to an insurance research group and this can be attributed to the increasing involvement of lawyers. They review a number of claim files and from the states and cities with high injury claim frequencies come the most number of serious injuries. These cases have started accounting for nearly half of all the auto insurance dollars paid for highway injuries considering how people have their own attorneys today and most of them complain of neck and back sprains. His conclusions was that people in California are thin-skinned or that they’re making claims people don’t make in other places when it comes to this. Since 1980, there has been a nationwide increase in the ratio of injury claims to property damage claims according to the Trends in Auto Bodily Injury Claims study, about 30 percent. Having more lawyers than any other state and more than any country outside the United States is California and this is where you can find the highest injury against property damage claim ratio. The one which comes in second is Arizona and then Louisiana and South Carolina.
Among the cities, Philadelphia had the highest ratio with an average of 75 injury claims awarded per 100 property damage accidents for the 1985 87 period. In this case, you can see that there is a link between areas with alarming personal injury claims and those which have consumer activism and moves to limit insurance rates. When it comes to auto insurance limits in all California, Arizona, Louisiana, and South Carolina, there are moves to legislate them. The reasons behind the inflation of their insurance rates are these excessive claims. Claims can be built up by the lawyers by sending clients to doctors and chiropractors. Here, the lawyer tries to build up a claim even if the client had no prior notion of faking claims. To check if they are OK, they will be sent by the lawyer to doctors and chiropractors. Here, the lawyer wants to establish a medical record. 5,000 higher when there is a lawyer. 2 in pain and suffering. And, he noted, an earlier study by the Insurance Research Council showed the number of cases in which lawyers are involved increased 42 per cent. It was a 1977 Supreme Court decision that he suggested and it was about the barring of restrictions on advertising by lawyers that resulted to the proliferation of lawyer involvement in personal injury cases.
I understand there has been a ruling by the Supreme Court of India over the use of Common Property. The Supreme Court of India had ruled that Common Property in any joint ownership is considered an undivided property where every owner has equal rights and no one owner can use the common areas for his exclusive use. I have an ancestral home where my other owners sold their shares to a gentleman who forcibly parks his cars in the common passage. The passage is the only way for ingress and egress from the property. After parking his cars there is hardly any space left to walk freely in the passage. According the approved Kolkata Municipal plan, there is no provision for car parking in our house. In our house plan approved by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation it is shown as the only passage for ingress and egress from our house. The passage is barely 8 feet wide. The other passage is at the back of the house which is 4 feet wide and is used as service passage used by sweepers. I was surfing the internet and find that the followings but no judgment reference is present for us laymen to understand and find it in the books of law. Your attention is kindly drawn to the followings. A three-Judge Bench of this Court has held in Sri Ram Pasricha v. Jagannath , that a co-owner owns every part of the composite property along with others.
In Re: Alford D. Embry, Judge Sutton notes the differing opinions on whether Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), applies to the Guidelines and whether it applies retroactively to the Guidelines. There is also some interesting discussion of when the statute of limitations for a 2255 on the issue would start to run: Johnson? Happy note: Making the argument that Johnson applies retroactively to the Guidelines meets the gatekeeping requirements for a second or successive 2255 petition. So people petitioning the Sixth for Johnson relief for Career Offender or 2K2.1 or suchlike will get remanded to the district court to litigate the issue. CORRECTION: Upon closer reading – the gatekeeping question isn’t even answered. The panel recognizes that the district court is also able to determine whether the gatekeeping requirements are met, and because of the restricted appeal rights, perhaps the district court is the best court to make gatekeeping decisions. Frustrating note: Judge Sutton endorses waiting for the Supreme Court to rule in Beckles so that courts can have a definitive ruling on how Johnson applies in Guidelines cases. Furthermore, the best place to do that waiting is in district court.
Hackers delete over 200 documents that prove racketeering in Washington, D.C. Americans for Innovation (AFI—this site) investigators just discovered that over 200 research documents that prove massive corruption in Washington, D.C. The subject matter priorities of the hacker(s) are glaring. Of special interest to the hackers were documents surrounding key actors in the now evident plot to take over America’s digital infrastructure. We decided that the best approach was to simply summarize the deleted material and let our readers draw their own conclusions. Why did the hackers delete these subjects? These selective deletions likely telegraph their vulnerabilities. We hope it will aid other watchdogs around the world. Note: If you discover a broken link, please write us at email@example.com with a copy and paste of the link. We will fix it and email you the actual document. Catherine S. Duval. All research into Catherine S. Duval, Williams & Connolly Law. Duval was identified by the House Oversight Committee as the chief stonewaller in both the IRS and Benghazi hearings. Also removed was analysis of Duval’s boss, Paul Mogin. Mogin is a known trade secrets law collaborator with James P. Chandler, Leader Technologies’ former patent attorney as well as IBM’s chief outside counsel. DELETED: ALL FOOTNOTES on Catherine Duval, Paul Mogin. Merrick B. Garland. All research into Supreme Court candidate Merrick B. Garland. Garland connections to the NSA and the secret White House intelligence agency authorized by Executive Order only and run under the NIAC acronym. Specifically, all information on 10 attorneys who recommended Garland for the DC Circuit judge job in 1995 who later became prime movers in the NSA, FBI, Homeland Security, Raytheon and NIAC.
The Indiana Supreme Court has issued a short opinion on whether flat fees can be non-refundable. I have commented on the confused state of the law regarding this issue here and here. Also, I reported not too long ago that Tennessee and Minnesota have decided to allow non-refundable flat fees (here and here). In the Indiana case, In the Matter of Heather McClure O’Farrell (available here), the court imposed discipline on an attorney for violating the rule that requires that fees be reasonable. Apparently, what made the fees unreasonable in this case was that they were non-refundable. But it is not as straightforward as that. In other words, the court suggests that a flat fee can be non-refundable as long as the task for which it pays is completed. What this means is that if the task is completed in less time than originally expected the attorney may keep the value of the time saved. In other words, there can be cases where the attorney may be justified to keep the fee even if the task is not completed. So, are you keeping score? A flat fee can be non-refundable as long as there is nothing to refund; but if there is something to refund, it must be, unless there is a good reason not to. And then, here is an interesting point. Given the specific facts of the question, the court found that there was no evidence to support the claim that the attorney had violated her duty to return unearned fees. Why was she disciplined for exactly then?
Supreme Court FAQ: What Happens Next? Gathered from select Twitter, Wikipedia, SCOTUSblog, and Google searches, a Supreme Court FAQ of what happens next. Most of the information below was culled from this incredibly helpful report by the Congressional Research Service. Q. How does Justice Scalia’s death affect cases the court is in the middle of hearing? A. They proceed as if nothing happened, unless the Chief Justice instructs differently. Q. Since there are only 8 judges for a time, what happens to cases where the judges tie, 4-4? A.The decision of the lower court stands. That risk isn’t unusual (though is obviously higher now), because Justice Kagan has recused herself from a number of cases that she worked on while serving as Solicitor General prior to her confirmation. Some folks are also suggesting they can hold the case until a nominee is confirmed. But this has to happen before the end of the session in which the case was heard.
Update: thanks to David Lewis for clarifying this. “After argument, if they’re divided, they can vote to have the case reheard, presumably with a full bench. They can also vote to have it reheard the next term (they did this in a case of mine when one Justice was missing). But if the Republicans go full bore, it’s not likely we’ll have a new sitting Justice until term-after-next. And I don’t know any precedent for holding a case that long. Q. What’s the longest it’s taken to confirm a Supreme Court justice? A. Depends on how you look at it. Q. How long will it take President Obama to nominate a replacement? A. No one knows, obviously, but his record on the two judges he has nominated (Kagan and Sotomayor) offers a glimpse. Obama took about a month to nominate Justice Kagan after Justice Stevens announced his retirement. He took 26 days to nominate Justice Sotomayor after Justice Souter’s retirement plans leaked to the media.
The problem, of course, is that both Justice Stevens and Justice Souter announced they would retire at the end of the Court’s term, so a vacancy wasn’t technically created, unlike in this case, where Justice Scalia’s death happens mid-term. That, combined with the approaching election, could expedite Obama’s nomination. Q. How can the GOP-controlled Senate block an Obama nomination? A. Obama submits his nominee to the Senate Judiciary committee. The committee can also delay the time between the receipt and the start of confirmation hearings. But the longest they have EVER delayed since public confirmation hearings began in 1916 is 82 days (remember, Obama has 342 days left in office). Between 1967 and 2005, it’s taken an average of 50 days between receipt of nomination and final vote. Q. What’s the history of a nominee being blocked/confirmed in an election year? A. A democrat-controlled Senate confirmed Justice Kennedy in 1988, the final year of President Reagan’s administration. Will Pres. Obama get the same respect from the GOP? The history before that is long, and goes both ways. “The closest this came to happening in the 20th Century was in 1968, when the Senate rejected Abe Fortas’s nomination to be the chief justice of the Supreme Court. To find more examples, you have to go back to the 19th century. Q. Who does Obama nominate? A. The most likely nominee seems to be Judge Sri Srinivasan, who has served two and a half years on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Srinivasan was confirmed in a unanimous 97-0 vote in the Senate. But fun fact — it took over a year between his nomination and confirmation, which is time President Obama doesn’t have — and the Senate was controlled by Democrats.
Surrogacy is the process when a woman is employed by the couples to become the carrier of their child as the couple are not able to conceive. It is important to sign an agreement between the surrogate and the intended parents and it also states that the relatives cannot act as the surrogate. The agreement includes the clause that states that the intended parents have to incur all the medical expenses, cost of living to the surrogate till the birth of the child. The surrogate mother in no way have the right over the child and they cannot claim for the child after during or after the surrogacy procedure. However, if the surrogate mother has donated the egg then a proper procedure of adoption are undertaken which are strictly to be followed. Surrogacy is becoming popular and most of the surrogacy centres have advanced medical facilities to assist the overall surrogacy procedures from the start of the procedure till the end.