Posts Tagged With: john grisham

THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS.

Karl Rove had a horrible, Grinchy, ugly idea.  Supreme court judges are prohibited from spending more than $5,000 to run for re-election in some states. Why not outspend them and get rid of “liberal” judges?

John Grisham wrote a book on just how it could happen.  It was fiction and being a fan, when I read it, it was a scary prospect, IF it could really happen.

In real life, could a well-financed shadowy,  group,  get an ordinary judge, one who made decisions for people suing for redress from corporate neglect, be replaced by a corporate leaning judge?  They began their push in the Southern States of Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas which is how they caught the attention of John Grisham.

Grisham appeared on LINK public television, along with members of Public Citizen and explained that it is happening all over the United States.  The Chamber of Commerce funds these power grabs,  attacking judges who make decisions in favor of ordinary people and replaces them on the bench with corporate friendly judges.

Here is how they did they did it to Judge Oliver Diaz of Oklahoma.

The Chamber spent $19 million dollars distorting his reputation, using decisions he made for a defendant, and dishonestly twisting the results in the newspaper.  When Diaz tried to buy ad time on television in his area, the Chamber used all the ad time and squeezed him out. He borrowed money from an attorney friend, Paul Minier, to defend himself with ads in the newspapers. The Chamber of Horrors immediately filed suit against him claiming that he made decisions in favor of this attorney. He was suspended from the bench. But, he had recused himself every time his friend came before his court. The case got thrown out after the opposition pulled delay after delay after delay. Then they filed suit against him for tax evasion while he was still in suspension. Again, delay, after delay and the phony suit was thrown out, costing the judge a million in defense, and three years off the bench. When he finally got back on the bench, he lost re-election to Keith Starret because people believe, where there is smoke there is fire. There MUST have been something shady going on.

There was. The Chamber of Horrors.

Chamber CEO Richard Bush has turned the Chamber of Commerce into the leading lobbying group for removal of judges and tort reform, which is another avenue of attack on ordinary citizens in favor of corporate rule. (More about that tomorrow.)

If a defendant has his leg cut off by a piece of farm machinery that was defective and goes for a jury trial and wins in court. The court has the power to reverse the decision, lower the amount, or throw it out and the defendant has to start over again.  Corporations win over 90% of the time against people suing for redress. This is the only weapon the people have against corporate neglect and we are losing our ability to fight because corporate money is strangling the life out of our democracy.

Make your vote count. Vote for corporate regulation and protect judges in your community. Support every measure you can to keep money out of politics.

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I Just Did Something I Very Rarely Do…

I started full-time RVing in 1995…16 years ago. In that time I’ll guarantee that I have not gone and seen a movie in a theater more than three times in all that time because I consider modern-day movies junk (just like TV) and not worth my time. I’d rather read a book or go for a walk. Well, I went and did just that yesterday…I went and saw a movie in a theater!

Here’s how it all came about. A couple of weeks ago I stopped at a Salvation Army Store in Gilroy, California looking for used books. I have been an avid reader all of my life and read on average 2-3 books a week when not on the road. So, I’m constantly looking to resupply my stash of waiting-to-be-read books in order that I do not run out of books to read. I’m certain I’ve read over 2,000 books since I started RVing full-time.

Back to my story…I bought three books that day. One was by an author I did not recognize. I need to interject that since I stumbled upon John Grisham’s book…A Time to Kill about five years ago and I’ve been hooked on courtroom drama books ever since and have read all the courtroom classics books.

Anyways, the name of the book is The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly and it  turned out to be a great story!

Here’s a synopsis of the plot from Michael Connelly’s website…

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)

Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn’t recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil.

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence — it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career.

Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal — this time to save his own life.

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I went to his website at http://www.michaelconnelly.com/ to investigate what other books he has written and was immediately surprised to see that The Lincoln Lawyer was recently released as a movie and is currently being shown in theaters every where. Here’s the poster image…

Quite a coincidence that Matthew McConaughey plays the lead role as the attorney as he played the lead role as the attorney in the film adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time To Kill. It proved to be a very interesting and well-done movie closely following the book. That’s my compliant with most movies…once you’ve read the book…the movies are usually disappointing.

When I went to Michael Connelly’s website http://www.michaelconnelly.com/

I found he has written a number of other books and now I have a new problem. Since I’m an ex-engineer I like to read books in the order they were written so I can follow the character’s growth. Now I’ve got to go out and find all of his books. Oh well, if that’s the biggest problem I’ve got…so be it!

Go see the movie, you’ll enjoy it!

Why is a good book like an RV???? Because both can take you to wonderful places!!!!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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You Can’t Get From Here To There…

Jim says:

Connecticut to California…without some of these.

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With nothing special on the agenda for yesterday, I spent the morning hours, before it got to hot, working on the routes we’ll take back to California. Our departure date is set for August 15th and our arrival date is planned to be not later than October 15th.

I’m currently in my fifth back-to-the-east-coast trip since 1996. I try to take a different route and for the most part one I’ve not taken before.

Many years ago TV journalist and RVer Charles Kuralt was quoted as saying…”We live in an amazing country. You can now travel from coast-to-coast and not see a thing!”. Meaning the Interstate Highway System. It’s a great way to go if one is in a hurry, but we’re not in a hurry! So we’ll avoid the Interstate Highway System whenever possible and instead travel the back roads of America. It will take us about two months to travel the about 3,500 miles.

In other news…
On my son’s weather station yesterday at 5:00 PM it read 102.6 degrees. After completing my map work, I retreated to my son’s air-conditioned house and spent the remainder of the day reading John Grisham’s The Last Juror.

It’s supposed to be even hotter today! The Weather Channel has issued a weather alert for today (for this area) warning of a heat index (the combination of heat and humidity feeling like a temperature) of 100 to 104. My son tells me that it’s always hotter where his home is located than the area forecast.

The Weather Wimp…that’s me says…”YUK,YUK,YUK,YUK!”.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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Generator Service Day

Yesterday was generator service day.

Most Class A Motorhomes (the big square box ones) come with an electrical generator. Its purpose is to provide electricity when not plugged into shore power. It provides electricity for heavy-duty requirements such as air conditioners and such that usually cannot be powered by batteries. It also provides the coach batteries electrical replenishment after several hour of watching TV, for instance. Ours is a 4,000 watt generator and is gasoline powered.

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Generator with cover on.

On a regular basis they must be properly maintained if they are to function without problems.

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Generator with cover off.

My project of the day yesterday was to replace the air filter and change the oil. Since yesterday got to be 78 and sunny with no breeze, one project was enough for the day. I spent the rest of the day mostly reading a great John Grisham novel.

In other news…I talked to the manufacturer of my solar panel charge controller that I sent off for repair to St. Louis, Missouri last Monday. He told me the repair was completed and went in the mail yesterday. It should arrive here on Wednesday.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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Mary Has Left Me…

Jim says:

once again. I dropped her off at the airport yesterday. She’ll be in California attending to family business for about five weeks. She’s scheduled to fly and meet me May 4th in Asheville, North Carolina. In the meantime I’ll wander along eastwards by myself.

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My jet-set gal.

I spent the rest of the day continuing my re-read of John Grisham’s the Pelican Brief which is partially set in New Orleans and in particular the French Quarter. We were just there two days ago so it adds to the enjoyment of the read. John Grisham is my favorite author and I read all of his books two-three years ago. I saved them all and will re-read all of them. The Pelican Brief was his third book. He’s done so well writing that he gave up his law practice. If you enjoy realistic legal-type drama books, give his a try…you’ll enjoy them.

It’s awfully quiet in the motorhome with her gone. Hmmmm…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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