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Five of the Most Beautiful Movements in the Piano Concerto Repertoire

Along with the clarinet, the piano is my favorite instrument, and the piano concerto is my favorite form of classical music.  I love to be in the audience of a concert at Jones Hall with the great Houston Symphony Orchestra when there is a piano c…

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PORN IS GOOD, IT’S ACTUALLY GREAT!

Yeah, porn is good…

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Racism? Hillary Endorsed By KKK Grand Dragon!!!

Guess what! Hillary Clinton is the recipient of an official endorsement from the Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Clan!Mrs. Clinton, of course, just started running an ad linking Donald Trump with the Klu Klux Klan, and yesterday, in a speech in Reno, Nev…. . . . → Read More: Racism? Hillary Endorsed By KKK Grand Dragon!!!

BIRCHWOOD FARMS

Polly and I are privileged to be spending our twilight years in a magnificent residential community within sight of the beautiful, crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan, surrounded by stately forests and providing us with all of the amenities associated with the finest country clubs in America.

Twenty-seven spectacular holes of championship golf; an Olympic swimming pool, with a smaller version for the kiddies; tennis courts, pickle ball courts, bocce ball courts, hiking trails, even a fishing pond. And sunsets, you wouldn’t believe.

The developer, a visionary man named Bill Cottrill, wisely provided in the covenants that there would be a Property Owners Association, to which all lot owners would belong. And pay dues. Owners are entitled to the full use of all the amenities.  

Many people, particularly those living in lake front properties, purchased vacant lots at Birchwood Farms for the express purpose of acquiring membership in the Property Owners Association, and access to its many recreational opportunities.

In due course, to emphasize its upscale status, the Property Owners Association adopted the pseudonym “Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club.” Unlike other country clubs, however, Birchwood was not legally entitled to charge an initiation fee. Membership in the Property Owners Association – the Club, as it came to be known – was automatic and mandatory upon purchase of a lot.

As Mr. Cottrill divested himself of the real estate and other developers came to Birchwood, the practice of paying the club a lump sum upon sale of lots to new members, in lieu of accumulated dues, became common.

Dubbed a “transfer fee” this payment was originally $1,000. In due course, the fee was imposed on every transfer, whether from a developer or any other owner.

Eventually, spearheaded by owners who had paid substantial initiation fees at other country clubs, the “transfer fee” grew from $1,000, to $3,000, to $7,000 and currently to $10,000.

Having been burdened with a classical legal education and some years of experience in the administration of civil and criminal justice, I have opined, for the benefit of anyone who would listen, that the “transfer fee” is illegal, unjust, immoral and just plain stupid.

The stupidity of it has lately come acropper, as home sites at Birchwood are now being advertised for $1.00, hardly a flattering bit of public information about the value of owning a lot at Birchwood.

It has been said that Property Owners Associations are the embryo of democracy. Election to their unpaid governing boards is seen as an admirable community service, and the members of such organizations are prone to leave the decision making to those hardy and sacrificing souls who are willing to take up the yoke.

Still, incumbency is always a heady state. As Lord Acton said, “power corrupts.”

This year, Birchwood, like all such clubs, is feeling the pinch. Some older members, wishing to divest themselves of membership, have discovered that they must pay the club $10,000 for the dubious privilege of selling their lot for $1.00. Their option: pay dues for the rest of your life. 

The Board has concluded that a dues increase of $60 per month is needed. They scheduled three ‘town hall’ meetings to test the receptivity of the members and ostensibly listen to the views of their constituents.

One meeting was enough to suggest that the natives are restless. They hastily circulated ballots for bylaw changes at the September annual meeting which they perceive as protecting the transfer fee from legal challenge, and which emphasize the on going financial obligation of members who may wish to sell or abandon their lots.  

The old judge has had a belly full of public service, dating from 1962. Still, politics at every level is an integral part of the stuff of life. I am constrained to admit that I will vote NO on the Birchwood dues increase, and I will continue to advocate that the Board consider alternative sources of revenue to replace the transfer fee before I will support any dues increase.

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WikiLeaks ASSANGE: ‘Most interesting and serious’ Hillary info yet to come

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” this morning and had some interesting things to say about upcoming information yet to be released on Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

When co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Assange what he thought the most shocking thing that he had found out about Hillary Clinton was, he replied:

“Well, I think the most interesting and serious relate to upcoming publications we have.”

“A variety of different types,” he continued. “But a lot of information that we have already published, I mean it may not be that apparent to most people who are sort of not specializing in your politics and national security.” Here’s the interview:

Assange, who has been given asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was already the target of what looks like an assassination attempt after the initial Wikileaks disclosures on Mrs. Clinton.

He had better watch his back.

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The European Commission’s War against Pro-Growth Corporate Tax Policy

I have a love-hate relationship with corporations. On the plus side, I admire corporations that efficiently and effectively compete by producing valuable goods and services for consumers, and I aggressively defend those firms from politicians who want to impose harmful and destructive forms of taxes, regulation, and intervention. On the minus side, I am disgusted […]

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The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 08-26-2016

This Week On The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program: Rant-worthy News Of The Week Adult Themes Will Be Discussed. Adult Language May/ Will Be Used. You have been warned!!!!! Join The Panel: @reactionariez @PatriciaforUSA @noway90 @goochzilla Alternate Feed Here: http://mixlr.com/the-reactionaries-speak/ http://www.paltalk.com/g2/paltalk/1602333322 … Continue reading

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Dayton-Duininck SWLRT bombshells

Just like Speaker Daudt predicted, the Met Council has announced that they’ll “come up with the final piece of the state and local funding” for the SWLRT project. That’s the mini-bombshell about the SWLRT project. The major bombshell this week happened “when House Speaker Kurt Daudt revealed the existence of an email from Met Council […]

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No Safe Spaces Here

The University of Chicago is nearly unique. Unique in its ability in the reason for its existence, in its present form. This school was one of the founders of the Big 10 Conference as well as 6 times champion of the league, and home of the winner of the first Heisman trophy, but withdrew from […]

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Jett: more listening to do

In one of the biggest understatements in St. Cloud School Board history, Superintendent Willie Jett said that “We know we have more listening to do as part of this referendum.” Actually, they need to start listening. I’m not proposing doing nothing. What I’ve consistently said was that the School Board consistently planned to overbuild. The […]

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Matthew V Thompson, 28 (Afghanistan)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony. SSG Matthew V Thompson, 28, of Irvine CA died 23 August 2016 …

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The Trump campaign’s Faustian Bargain with illegal immigration

You may recall last weekend when Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway and Trump’s immigration advisor, Senator Jeff Sessions, made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to talk about Trump’s pivot away from the number one reason people supported him…

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The Late Shift – 8-25-16

By Liz Harrison Let’s talk about free markets, capitalism gone awry, and privacy, shall we? Kenny Hitt will be at the complaint desk, …read more Via:: The Late Shift – 8-25-16       

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Did Trump Flip Flop On Amnesty? Not Even Close, And Here’s The Proof

Much has been made about a supposed ‘flip flop ‘ on amnesty for illegal aliens by Donald Trump. This is sheer horse manure for the #nevertrumpers to wallow in, like they were actually going to vote for him anyway. Trump isn’t remotely selling ‘amnest…

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Paul Thissen’s dishonest attack

This morning, I wrote this post to highlight Betsy Hodges’ bizarre quote. Specifically, Ms. Hodges said “I expect everyone in Minneapolis to behave with civility and respect.” Most people who aren’t afflicted with an onslaught of progressivism would agree with me when I said “Expecting people in the Twin Cities to “behave with civility and […]

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The Trump Do-it-Yourself Home Voter Fraud Kit

Since 1932 there has not been a national presidential election that the Democrat Party has not tried to steal. In 1952, they were simply swamped, …

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Global Markets and London Overreact to the British Vote to Secede from the E.U.: Missing the Bright Spots

The world’s financial sector may be excessively sensitive to increasing uncertainty associated with major changes—that is, changes that impact how large institutions, including governments, relate to each other. In such cases, so much is at stake that forces (i.e., the major powers) tend to manage the large-scale change with a minimum of disturbance. In short, the status quo has too much at stake for the market’s feared uncertainty to actualize. The British referendum on whether the E.U. state should secede is a case in point.

The full essay is at “Global Markets and London.”


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2016 Election Has Awakened a Sense of Urgency among Christian Conservatives

As the summer winds down and Americans get ready to return to their normal routines, the presidential campaigns of the major-party candidates continue to search for a viable pathway to enough votes to win the upcoming election. A new survey…

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An Expression Tells A Thousand Words

I noticed this video of a campaign rally in Mississippi where Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “a bigot”.  Of course, I am not shocked anymore at whatever Donald Trump says, but I noticed in this video a person who did seem a little shocked.&nb…

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SWLRT: let’s get that in writing

After reading this article, the first thing I thought was ‘can we get that in writing’? Specifically, I’m referring to this statement, which reads “About 20 rail transit projects in development across the country are in a queue for Federal Transit Administration grants through the agency’s New Starts program, and a delay in securing local […]

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  • BIRCHWOOD FARMS: Polly and I are privileged to be spending our twilight years in a magnificent residential community...
    TRUMP’S WALL, REPRISE: Back in September of last year, I wrote a blog saying that I didn’t like Donald Trump’s...
    THE WEDDING: They came from far and near. From California and Virginia, from Michigan, Colorado and Georgia. By p...
    MORE DUST: I have received some interesting comments on my last blog. Among them a few that excoriated Mr. Trum...
    DNC DUST UP: In an obvious political effort to demonize Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Democ...