No court will EVER send you a notice by email unless you specifically gave the court your email address. The FBI and the IRS are the same.

I get the court one all the time. Often they say I need to appear for jury duty in some state where I have never been. Sometimes they say it is about my uncles will. Sorry my uncles are all poor.

Other times I get the fake DMV or voter registration notice. I moved to Singapore two years ago. I do not have a USA address, or a car anymore.

Never open the attachment. Never click on the links. A link might say, but underneath (you cannot see it) the link might be Some links look real but are fake. For example is NOT Facebook. is not Ebay.

I have filters set up. 99% of my spam goes into my junk folder. Most of the spam is nothing but casino ads, drugstore ads, and cheap fake airline ticket ads.

Btw: I report people who say things like “Wrong category”, yet offer no answer. People who do that are bullies.

Arizona is desperate. Their borders are being flooded with illegal aliens from Mexico, primarily. Their towns’ crimes are up, including all gang activity, murder, drugs, armed robbery and burglaries. Vandalism is also up and the strain on social services is at a breaking point.

So what did they do? The governor enacted a law that requires all immigrants to carry with them at all times, their alien registration documents. At any time they will be required to show them to a peace officer upon request. It’s simple, quick and efficient.

Isn’t that a bit like having to show your passport when you’re traveling abroad? Did I object to that when I traveled to France about 12 years ago? No, I did not. I carried my passport, ID and travel documents on my person as recommended by my travel agent.

I felt as an American tourist I probably stood out anyway so why would I object if they stopped me? I wasn’t doing anything wrong-I had nothing to hide.

This new Arizona law is causing such an uproar, yet polls say that 65% (at last count) of Americans are in favor of the law. Yet, once again, it’s only a small percent of people that are protesting it’s existence.

The most vocal get the most attention and try to sway and intimidate everyone else’s opinion by calling the law an ‘immigration’ law.

They say it’s immoral, inhumane, against a person’s civil rights etc.

No, it’s a legal issue. You can’t visit, live or work here unless you get the proper documentation. A passport, a visa, a work permit, whatever it takes.

Just like in Europe or 99% of the world. Arizona just wants to enforce those rules.

Arizona calls it an immigration law as well. I do not.

My grandparents immigrated to this country. They applied for citizenship, went thru the proper channels and became American citizens.

Our country welcomes immigrants who want to follow the laws and contribute to our American way of life. We don’t welcome anyone who sneaks across the border, uses our social services and hospitals and drives automobiles without paying the taxes, fees and insurance that support the systems set in place for those who earned these privileges.

Most of us don’t know exactly how much illegal immigration costs us. I mean, costs each & every one of us directly. Our health & auto insurance, food costs, federal & state taxes including city & county assessments are all padded with the costs of illegals who use these services free of charge every minute of everyday…

If it cost every family $500 a year, do you think you’d see that many people protesting the new law?


                                 No Way!! 


It IS costing you & me. The costs are coming out of our pockets. We just don’t see it itemized on our tax bills and grocery register tapes, but we are supporting the illegal aliens every year.


Sneaking across the border to use our services is stealing-from you, from me and our children’s futures.

Take the rose-colored sun glasses off, put down your civil rights protest signs and figure it out.


Driving a car without a valid license or insurance is wrong. Why shouldn’t we want to make sure that anyone who doesn’t have the proper documents is caught and sent home. 

Racial profiling, baloney. You can pull me over, I earned the privilege of driving a car. I pay my taxes, I have a valid SS#, current auto insurance, pay taxes and I’m a dark-skinned Italian.

I am a citizen and I follow the laws as did my grandparents and parents. I am a responsible American and I’d like to think that the guy driving down the cross street in my town is insured and will be just as responsible if we have an accident.


I know I’ll get a lot of guff for this post but I’m hoping those who favor the new Arizona law will stand up and be counted. 


I wrote the following article in December. An illegal alien tied up the services of my town’s police department for over 6 hours. Who pays for this? Why, I do of course and every resident in my town does.



Sue G. 


P.S. In the mid 1980’s my employer, a grape grower, had to do a whole bunch of extra paperwork, check documentation, take ID photos and make a company ID for each & every worker we employed. We checked & double-checked applications for the workers who harvested our grapes every year-sometimes crews numbering from 500-750. Enforcement was the border patrol’s responsibility but they were spread thin. Yet we complied every year. It cost my employer in additional office personnel and supplies. We had to raise the cost of our produce but WE COMPLIED.

At the same time a ‘guest worker’ program was in place but never seemed to get off the ground. It was, in theory, a good program.

There ARE ways for immigrants to work here legally, the ones who don’t bother with doing things right are being lazy and shouldn’t be complaining with the protesters because their “rights” are being violated. What rights? They are not here legally.   



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I disagree with the “Sky Lanterns’ are even regulated in connecticut. CT law CLEARLY States

“the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same”

The word Propel is defined as “Drive, push, or cause to move in a particular direction, typically forward:” Like UP in one “particular’ direction. Sky lanterns are NON-DIRECTIONAL and they FLOAT in any direction. Professional Air Balloons are NOT Propelled either but “Float’.

Therefore ANY paid Lawyer or non frivolous Prosecutor who can read a dictionary knows this.

Since the law does NOT specifically State “Sky Lanterns’. The law is VERY Vague. Laws that are vague are both unenforceable and unconstitutional.

Yes, you can. Actually, it is your responsibilty as an “able” handicapped person to exercise your power of attorney. As long as you have no long standing mental issues (frequent seizures, strokes, ect.) you are able to exercise your power of attorney. I’m handicapped myself, and my “Attorney-in-fact” has to have everything signed by me before they do anything. Don’t listen to doubters, they don’t know!

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a string of high-profile courtroom victories, attorney Thomas M. Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA).

Mr. Melsheimer will receive the award on June 7 at TEX-ABOTA’s Annual Awards Dinner in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and its affiliates are dedicated to preserving and promoting the right to civil jury trials as provided in the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I am humbled and honored to be named Texas Trial Lawyer of the Year,” says Mr. Melsheimer. “I have had the good fortune to work on some challenging and important cases during my career. To be recognized for my work over the years by the very best trial lawyers in Texas is a unique honor for which I will always be grateful.”

A true courtroom lawyer, Mr. Melsheimer served as lead trial counsel for Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban in the country’s highest-profile insider trading trial last year. Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas issued a unanimous verdict completely clearing Mr. Cuban of insider-trading charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That win resulted in Fish recently being recognized by Texas Lawyer newspaper for having the 2014 Texas Securities Litigation Department of the Year.

Mr. Melsheimer’s track record also includes a 2012 settlement of $158 million against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over marketing efforts tied to the controversial pain medication Risperdal. That win represented the largest Medicaid fraud settlement in Texas history and the year’s second-largest settlement overall.

TEX-ABOTA will honor Mr. Melsheimer alongside the Hon. John K. Dietz of Austin, who has been named Jurist of the Year for his work in Travis County’s 250th Civil District Court, and attorney and teacher Joseph P. Wicker, who will receive the Champion of the 7th Amendment Award based on his work with students on law-related curriculum at Skyline High School in Dallas.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 10 consecutive years. Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878. For more information, visit

For more information on Mr. Melsheimer’s Trial Lawyer of the Year honor, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or

Tennis Court OathAt the beginning of the French Revolution, a number of members of the Third Estate and some from the First Estate signed what became known as the Tennis Court Oath. These members met during the Estates-General of June 20, 1789 at a tennis court located near the Palace of Versailles. 576 of the 577 people attending signed the document.

These members began to call themselves the National Assembly on June 17 and were led by Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau and Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès. This group developed over the next few days as the primary French legislative body. However, King Louis XVI feared a loss of power and decided to barricade the deputies doors and issue soldiers to guard the chambers. The group believed that a royal coup was imminent and so the deputies escaped their captors and congregated in a nearby indoor tennis court. They vowed at this time that despite the actions of the king, they collectively decided “never to separate, and to meet wherever circumstances demand, until the constitution of the kingdom is established and affirmed on solid foundations.”

As part of the Tennis Court Oath, the deputies pledged to continue meeting until the constitution was written. King Louis XVI put a prohibition on this action, however, this proved fruitless. This event was the first action that sparked the French Revolution. This idea asserted the theory that political authority was derived from the people and their representatives. It limited the power of the monarchy, mandating his power was given to him by the people. Louis XVI was forced to comply and ordered the clergy and nobility to join with the National Assembly.

The Oath

We swear never to separate ourselves from the National Assembly, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the realm is drawn up and fixed upon solid foundations.

The National Assembly’s First Decree

Upon adoption of the oath, the National Assembly quickly passed its first decree:

The National Assembly, considering that it has been called to establish the constitution of the realm, to bring about the regeneration of public order, and to maintain the true principles of monarchy; nothing may prevent it from continuing its deliberations in any place it is forced to establish itself; and, finally, the National Assembly exists wherever its members are gathered.

Decrees that all members of this assembly immediately take an oath never to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the realm is established and fixed upon solid foundations; and that said oath having been sworn, all members and each one individually confirm this unwavering resolution with his signature.


This was the first time that citizens of France stood in formal opposition of the monarchy. By refusing to back down, the Tennis Court Oath was the stimulus for a number of revolutionary acts across the country in the following months. The Storming of the Bastille and the March on Versailles soon took place. Eventually, King Louis XVI was executed, ending the reign of the Crown in France.


Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (Vintage Books, 1990)

Peter McPhee, The French Revolution 1789-1799 (Oxford University Press, 2002)

David Andress, French Society in Revolution 1789-1799 (Manchester University Press, 1999)

Hugh Gough, The Terror in the French Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)

1. Keep the ticket off your driving record (will keep auto insurance costs down and prevent Texas DPS surcharges)

2. Reduce the amount of money owed on the ticket

3. In most cases, go to court for you

4. Lift traffic ticket warrants so you are not arrested

5. Help you locate and dispose of old and missing tickets (call 800.686.0570 to locate old tickets)

The types of tickets that can be handled by a Dallas, Texas traffic ticket lawyer and attorney are:

o Speeding

o School Zone Speeding

o Construction Zone Speeding

o No Valid Inspection or Expired Inspection Sticker (MVI)

o No Valid Registration or Expired Registration Sticker (MVR)

o No Valid Driver’s License

o Suspended Driver’s License

o No Driver’s License (No DL)

o No Auto Liability Insurance (FMFR)

o No Selt Belt

o No Child Safety Seat

o Running Stop Light (DTCD)

o Running Stop Sign (DTCD)

o Defective Lights

o Improper Turn

o Failure to signal

o Failure to Appear (FTA)

o Violate Promise to Appear (VPTA)

Traffic Ticket convictions can cause “points” to be added to your driving record, which will require payment of surcharges.


Texas DPS points remain on the driving record for three years from the date of conviction. For each moving violation conviction, the Texas DPS will assign points as follows:

1.Two points for a moving violation conviction in Texas or another state;

2.Three points for a moving violation conviction in Texas from a car accident;

3.Two points for violation of child safety seat laws.


Texas DPS will assess a “surcharge” when the driver obtains a total of 6 points or more on their driving record during a 3 year period. Texas DPS reviews the driving record each year and if the driving record reflects six or more points during the prior 3 year period, a surcharge will be assessed.

Drivers may be required to pay for one or more years if six or more points continue to stay on the driver record. The driver is required to pay a $100 surcharge for the first 6 points and $25 for each additional point. Surcharges may vary with each annual assessment if convictions are added or removed from the driving record.

Drivers will be notified by mail to the address on record [make sure your address is updated on your driver's license] with the Texas DPS of a surcharge is assessed. To make payments on surcharges, you can contact (800-688-6882). Driver’s licenses will be suspended for failure to pay the surcharges and you may also have to pay other costs such as service and collection fees.

If you have questions about points or surcharges, call the Texas DPS Customer Service at (512) 424-2600.

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By: Jason Kipness

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Years after we’ve supposedly recovered from the housing crisis, millions of Americans are at risk of losing their homes, and housing is still one of the most troubling aspects of America’s growing inequality problem. The evidence is clear: Rents are rising in cities across the country, and the New York Times reported earlier this month that evictions are soaring nationwide. Tenant-landlord standoffs in U.S. cities are also becoming increasingly common–and bitter.

But despite this bleak overall picture, some tenants are winning eviction battles and ultimately staying in their homes. How? What’s the difference between those who protect their homes and those who are at risk of falling into homelessness? Most often, outcomes depend on one factor: whether tenants have legal help.

Across the country, civil legal aid programs are helping people under threat of evictions understand their rights, navigate the court system, and, most importantly, stay in their homes. It’s just one example of how civil legal aid programs are improving the lives of Americans and increasing access to justice around the country–and it’s made possible by vital funding from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which is marking its fortieth anniversary this year.

Addressing the evictions crisis has become an urgent priority. Skyrocketing rents combined with greater demand for rental housing are leaving more and more Americans without access to affordable homes. In places like Baltimore, public housing units are being privatized without much scrutiny (see report here by the Prospect’s Rachel M. Cohen), displacing low-income residents and limiting affordable housing options. Gentrification is transforming life not only on the coasts, but also in unexpected cities across the nation–from Columbia, South Carolina, to Chattanooga, Tennessee; and from Denver to Dallas. In turn, landlords are trying to capitalize on rising real estate prices by forcing low-income tenants to move out, often through dubious tactics, like pressuring residents to accept buyout offers or demanding that they provide proof of citizenship. 

Many families that end up in housing court to fight for their homes do so without access to an attorney. This trend is deeply troubling, because research shows how critical it is to have legal help in housing disputes: Two-thirds of low-income tenants who receive full legal representation in eviction cases are able to stay in their homes, compared to one third of unrepresented tenants. 

To deal with the flood of new eviction cases, civil legal aid groups across the country are adopting powerful new advocacy strategies to defend tenants. How exactly you fight an eviction is a complex process that varies state by state. Without the legal assistance, tenants often miss crucial steps and find themselves out of a home. For example, at Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Tenants’ Rights Project, a dedicated team of attorneys represents tenants who desperately need legal assistance–especially those in subsidized and public housing, who are among the most vulnerable. In Marin City, California, Bay Area Legal Aid was part of a coalition that successfully fought off efforts to make truancy grounds for evictions from public housing–a transparent attempt to criminalize the poorest members of our society in one of America’s wealthiest in cities.

In large part, it’s because of LSC that organizations like these are able to defend ordinary Americans. Every day, people seek help from civil legal aid programs, many of them funded by LSC, for legal issues that go to the very heart of their safety and security–not just on foreclosures and evictions, but also on domestic violence, child custody hearings, immigration, veterans’ issues, and access to healthcare and other vital public benefits. For many who benefit from the counsel of a lawyer through LSC, the alternatives would be dire. A civil legal aid lawyer can mean the difference between keeping a home or being thrown out on the street, or the difference between securing affordable healthcare or coping with injuries and illness on your own.

As we commemorate the Legal Services Corporation’s fourth decade, we must renew our commitment to its mission of advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society. In the case of housing, that means doing everything possible to ensure that ordinary homeowners and renters are able to keep their homes. And increased support for civil legal aid is one of the most cost-effective, powerful solutions.