"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission. For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his principles at any cost.

It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to humiliate and degrade it.” In Re Anastaplo, 18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429 (1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong dissent, 366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan, dissenting.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Delaware County, New York, ranked the 10th worst place to own a home in by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

According to the ranking of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ranking the 50 worst places to own a home, Delaware County, New York, takes the honorary 10th worst place to own a home in the United States.

While one cannot control natural disasters, such as flooding, the question is - why only the Arctic Alaska rivals Delaware County, New York, in the cost for home heating and cooling?

I can attest that even the cooling costs in South Carolina are several times less than in the poor rural area of Delhi, New York.

The report was also quoted in one of the minutes of a local township in Delaware County in 2016, adding the following information:

"The mean household income is 30% lower than the state median household income.  Further, demographic projections by Cornell University show a decline of population of 43% for the age group 0 to 60 and an increase of 21% for ages 60 to 85".

And, despite declining population, and because of the high heating and cooling costs, as well as because more and more properties are bought up by New York City and New York State, in order to freeze development of those lands and to keep the water it drinks out of this "Watershed area" clean without running the cost of filtering it - Delaware County keeps increasing its County and school budgets.

But, when the state buys up land, it takes that land off tax rolls, increasing the burden on those homeowners who do not have exemptions and must pay taxes.

These homeowners in Delaware County, New York, are liable for their County taxes at the threat of foreclosure of their homes - and that is in addition to the County official's rampantly stealing from the County taxpayers by:

  1. putting out millions of dollars worth of taxpayer money out without bidding, likely to friends and family members;
  2. having no accounting for inventory bought with taxpayer money (according to Delaware County's answer to my FOIL request);
  3. using taxpayer-bought cars as personal vehicles;
  4. likely, using taxpayer-paid for cell phones, for personal use, otherwise there is no need for a county with a population of 47,000 people to have a monthly cell phone bill on 321 pages;
  5. having multiple pet non-profits "founded" by local government officials and their relatives and friends through which local budgetary money is funneled;
  6. creating full-time jobs, with benefits, for friends - where friends either do not have to come to work, or where work is unnecessary for the County business.

So, apparently, the household owners in Delaware County, wealthy and not-so-wealthy, are supporting on their backs the opportunity for New York City to drink its water unfiltered, and the opportunity for Delaware County "elite" family clans to not work, but to live well.

I say, New York City should start paying back to homeowners of Delaware County for the restrictions in development of the area that amounts to an extra tax upon homeowners that make Delaware County so unattractive and costly in terms of home ownership.

And, the FBI should finally clean up corruption in Delaware County, if nobody else dares to.

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