Fighting Back Against the NSA

While many Americans shake their heads at the feckless backsliding of our current congressional Republican leadership, legislators in a handful of states across this nation are bravely taking a stand against the National Security Agency, a behemoth of unconstitutional breaches of privacy currently recording and logging every one of your calls, emails, text messages and…

Spying Run Amok

WASHINGTON — I miss Brody. So why did he have to go? The poor guy was put at the end of a rope because the writers of “Homeland” were at the end of their rope. They had conjured a hypnotic character who was both hero and villain, patriot and traitor. Brody was still on the…

Enchant a Goblin Priest

  Think we can all agree these are pretty exciting times. Matter of fact, might be more exciting than we had any inkling. Recent revelations indicate we’ve all become inadvertent assets in governmental spy operations. You may have thought the NSA was everywhere, but you didn’t know the half of it. And no, there shouldn’t…

An NSA fix

Since the disclosure of highly classified National Security Agency programs in June, the nation has engaged in a heated debate over electronic surveillance, particularly as it affects the privacy of the American people. The need to strike a balance between security and privacy is a constant challenge, and it’s the mark of a free society…

How Buyers Can Stand Out in a Multiple-Offer Market

A Beverly Hills home listed at $2.5 million and sold within 10 days at $100,000 over asking price with multiple-offers. A bank real estate-owned property listed at $4.9 million and received 21 offers—some were $250,000 over asking price. Far from exceptional, homes throughout Los Angeles’ Westside regularly receive five to seven offers. With low inventory…

Don’t Forget RESPA/TILA Changes Are Coming

In all the excitement over the qualified mortgage, qualified residential mortgage, and Basel III capital rules, as well as the introduction of GSE and FHA reform, it is easy to forget that a major rule still remains to be finalized—the RESPA/TILA harmonization rule. Some may have forgotten the 1,100-page proposal, but the Consumer Financial Protection…

Those Banana Republicans

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim? Let’s start with the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. The exchanges that are at the heart of…

Yelling Into an Empty Head!

Every so often I have to draw a cartoon with Uncle Sam yelling into the empty head of a politician who just doesn’t get what the public clearly wants.  Here’s my most recent cartoon, in advance of President Obama’s speech to drum up support for a strike against Syria, that the public strongly opposes. Obama…

New Unfair Dismissal Regulations And Employment Law

This summer sees quite a few changes coming into effect that could have an impact on employees. It has been argued that a new bill being introduced could make it easier for employers to dismiss staff. It is worth taking a look at unfair dismissal and how employment lawyers can provide guidance. The changes to…