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#383 A Nation Of Sheep

June 7, 2013

383 Post Depositphotos_1596239_XS.jpgGuess what?

What You Thought Was Your Government is lying to you. Uh-huh.

Oh, and you know what else?

What You Thought Was Your Government is also spying on you. Seriously, dude.

And, for those of you who happen to go abroad and exercise your First Amendment rights in ways that What You Thought Was Your Government may not approve, well ...

What You Thought Was Your Government is killing you, too. For real, man.

Surprise!

Now, you have to ask yourself, why on earth would What You Thought Was Your Government be lying to you? What did you do to be lied to?

And, stranger still, why would What You Thought Was Your Government be spying on you? After all, what the hell did you do to be spied on?

And, most chillingly of all, why would What You Thought Was Your Government be killing you without a trial, a hint of due process, or so much as a fart in the direction of the Bill of Rights? KILLING. YOU.

Well, I'm glad you're finally asking these long overdue questions. I'm glad that you're finally waking up. I'm glad that you are suddenly curious. Because it's about damned time!

But I don't think you're going to like the answers. And you probably should have woken up a lot sooner than you did.

Because the answers are all the same: THIS. IS. NOT. YOUR. GOVERNMENT!!!!! This is THEIR GOVERNMENT, the government of those who now seek to lie to you, to spy on you, and to kill you.

Wake up, you reality tv-addicted nation of sheep! Wake the hell up! Look at what is being done in your name! Look at what is being done TO you, in your name!

What You Thought Was Your Government has been lying to people and spying on people and killing people for years and years and years. For generations even. But that was being done to Other People. To People Outside Your Nation's Borders. To foreigners. People you didn't have to think twice about. Because What You Thought Was Your Government could do all that hard thinking for you.

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#382 Third Department Caselaw Round-Up for June 7, 2012, Part 1 of 3

June 6, 2013

382 Post 06-07-12, Part 1 Third Department June.pngI LOVE the first case because, as much as I might rag on the Third Department for what is, in my opinion, cutting corners in certain areas and on certain kinds of cases (SORA appeals? Anyone? Bueller?), they make me proud when I see them adamantly demand strict compliance with the due process requirements of statutes.

The second case is a no-brainer and pertains to the old edict: CAREFULLY DRAFT THE STIPULATION OF SETTLEMENT. Why? Because you will be held to it, more likely than not.

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#381 Third Department Caselaw Round-Up for May 31, 2012, Part 6 of 6

June 6, 2013

381 Post 05-31-12, Part 6 Third Department May.pngI thought it might be nice to finish off the caselaw round-ups for the month of May, 2012, since it's now June, 2013 (d'oh!). Work has kept me from posting more often. I also got addicted to reading the five available A Game of Thrones books for a month as well (for 4,200+ pages, they were a very quick read!). Anyway, I hope to be back to posting at least once a day, and maybe more.

Also, the web site continues to undergo changes and the updates are now live. You'll notice that there are several new features, including changes to the navigation bar. The new features are an updated Attorney Profile; a revamped "Practice Areas"; listings by county under "Counties"; a section devoted exclusively to legal fees and their explanation, under "Fees"; the beginning of a hopefully very long line of questions under "FAQS"; and a section entitled "Resources", which is devoted entirely to the various blogs I regularly view, as well as the web sites for the 230 municipalities of the Greater Capital Region.

For now, only "Adoption" is completed under "Practice Areas" and only "Saratoga County" and "Schenectady County" are completed under "Counties". Time permitting, more practice areas will be addressed and there will be more information listed under more counties in the coming weeks. Be patient.

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