No. 523 Campaign advertising is wearing me out. The biggest problem is that those negative ads, regardless of who produces them are outright lies. Sure, there is always a little truth blended in. That’s the definition of a very credible lie. And if you disqualify those candidates who run undignified, untrue advertising, you hardly have [...]
Freddie Mac has mandated mortgage servicers to review all verifications to foreclosure documents relating to Freddie Mac cases to insure that the proper formalities were followed and that the person verifying the document had personal knowledge of the facts contained therein. Thanks to April Charney, an attorney in Jacksonville FL, for forwarding the following notice to a real estate attorney’s listserve known as Dirt.
Below is a link to “My Dog Ate My Blog” a very entertaining blog that bills itself as “almost educational.” At the moment, the top post is an infographic showing the Great Depression and every other recession since then. A recession is a period when the GNP contracts. This infographic shows exactly how much the economy shrank and grew every year since the early thirties. Several things appear that might surprise you.
No. 520 Judge Wettick schedules arbitration case motions at 10:00 on Friday and it so happened that my motion was listed next to last. Since I couldn’t leave, I decided to sit in the front where I could at least listen to what was going on. Here’s a non-scientific sample of the kind of stuff [...]
I just finished participating in a CMU study called “Mind Muscle”, the purpose of which is to determine whether mental function can be improved in a measurable way by participation in games. These were not just any games, of course. They were specifically designed to help develop short term memory, hand-eye coordination and the like.
I have added a new item to the blogroll — Letters from Kijabe. Our long-time friend, Susan Ferson and her husband Leland Albright, are living their dream. They are performing pediatric neurosurgery in a small hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. In their blog, you can follow the daily trials and tribulations of the attempt by these two Americans to bring the benefits of 21st century surgery to the furthest corner of the third world.
For those of you who don’t live in Western Pennsylvania, an interesting story has developed here. Fifty years ago this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1960 World Series by defeating the heavily favored New York Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game when second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a towing home run over the scoreboard. In this town, we’ve all seen the grainy film of the pitch, the hit, the sight of the ball clearing the scoreboard and Maz dancing around the bases while the crowd surged onto the field.
The EPA adopted regulations that required repair work in, among other buildings, residential rental properties, that required all but very very small renovation jobs to be conducted by contractors with special training and certification. This requirement was effective on April 22, 2010 but there were not very many certified contractors at that time. So the EPA announced that it would not enforce the regulation, provided the contractor signed up for training by September 30 and completed training by the end of the year.
No. 515 President Obama will veto a bill that was recently adopted unanimously in the Senate because it has implications for the ongoing robosigning controversy. DSNews.com reports that the President will pocket veto the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act because it may interfere with the process of determining whether foreclosure documents were properly verified. The [...]
The New York Times reports that Fannie Mae may be nervous about purchasing mortgages that have recently been through judicial foreclosure. The Times specifically mentions only one property in Florida, but the mere hint that Fannie may not purchase some foreclosure mortgages may be enough to cause lenders to exercise extreme caution when financing or refinancing such properties. Until this problem is definitively addressed, thousands of sales throughout the country could be in jeopardy.
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