Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
|If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.|
- Loren Eisley
Thursday, December 9, 2010
A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
|A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.|
|About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.|
|Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. |
|Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need.|
|Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.|
|All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|My 85 year friend who comes up with some good ones sent this to me and I hadn't seen it before, but even if you have, it's still funny and this is definitely the kind of lawyer I would want!|
Part of rebuilding New Orleans (after Katrina) often caused residents to be challenged with the task of tracing titles to their homes... back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client.. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove “satisfactory title” to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. It took the lawyer three months to track down the full title to the property which dated back to 1803. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.
(Actual reply from FHA):
"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France, in 1803 the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus 's expedition...Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.
Now, may we have our damn loan?"
The loan was immediately approved.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|Except for the Underbrush, the rest of the photos are courtesy of the magnificent GOOGLE!|
Monday, December 6, 2010
|Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Susan at Stony River Farm hosts Microfiction Monday. She posts a picture and you compose a story in 140 characters. You can click on the link under the title to get further instructions. To help you along she has posted a wonderful link that counts your characters for you! How great is that! You can get the counter at Design 215.
This meme is easy and it's fun! Thanks, Susan for hosting.
And here's the picture for the day!
|As he walked through the old forgotten graveyard he felt his throat tighten.|
The family he'd longed for but never knew, here. Who was he?
|Well, I bet you never thought you'd hear me say this, but this old house sure gets big and empty feeling with Mojo and her Dad gone so much of the time. I do get a little lonely without her pestering me!|
|I keep watching for them to come home!|