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Thursday, May 03, 2007

quick hits

  • Bad suit - Did you hear about the judge in Washington D.C. who is suing his dry cleaner for $65 million, after they lost his pants? Roy Pearson, an administrative law judge in the District, sued Jin Nam & Ki Chung, South Korean immigrants, who like the rest of us are just trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. The Chungs misplaced pants that belonged to a $1,000 suit Pearson had. They found the pants a few days later. But he no longer wanted them. He wanted damages for having to find a new dry cleaner that he could trust, for having to rent a car a couple times a month for years to come and drive to that new dry cleaner (the Chungs are apparently responsible for making sure Pearson has a dry cleaner within walking distance of his home.). He wanted damages for the Chungs not meeting their "same day" guarantee. The list goes on. Somehow this chowder head came up with $65 million worth of damages done to him over the temporary misplacement of his pants. Now the Chungs, who are out big bucks on legal fees, are so down about this, they may close up shop and head back to South Korea. Damn shame, and abuse of knowledge. I say knowledge, instead of power 'cause Pearson doesn't necessarily have authority over the Chungs, but he's sure using his knowledge of the law to stick 'em. Not only should Pearson not get a penny, he should be forced to take back his found pants and where them every single day for the next few years. Then Mrs. Chung should get to take off her heaviest, clunkiest shoe and beat Pearson with it. This kind of lawsuit is like crying wolf. It's abuse of the system, and by a judge no less. Shame on him.
  • Apples and oranges - So former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevy, who left office in a little bit of disgrace after announcing in '04 that he'd cheated on his wife and had appointed his fling to a high-ranking position in Jersey state government, has joined the Episcopal church and entered a pre-seminary state, with apparent intentions to get eventually get his divinity degree. No word on whether he will seek ordination and become a priest. A few pundits are lashing him from both sides of the political spectrum, partly because he cheated with a man. But I honestly don't care if McGreevy's gay. Don't care if he's straight. What bugs me about this whole thing is when he made the announcement way back when about his fling he emphatically stated that he was a "gay American," as though his orientation was causing the outrage. It was disingenuous. To make his issues about being gay/straight is to take away from real fights for fairness that other gay people are engaged in. McGreevy's problem on the personal side of things was that he was a cheat. And on the professional side he was untrustworthy 'cause he let a sexual fling so affect his judgment that he gave that person a security-sensitive job in his government. Even if he had cheated with a woman he would still have been a cheat with bad judgment. McGreevy wrote a book after he left office, and among other things he stated that his wife knew all along - even before they wed - that he was gay. She says he's lying, that she never knew, and that she never would have married him if she had known. He's already shown his stripes as a cheater who doesn't mind a little nepotism. So I give her the benefit of doubt, and that leads to my next question: if he does decide to become a priest, is McGreevy gonna at least express some sorrow for what his wife had to go through after he crashed and burned? Aren't clergy supposed to be compassionate folks?

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  • The koreans should stick it out and countersue for damages and legal fees.

    McGreevy is scum just like 99% of the politicians out there. Sex is power to them whether it be straight, gay, hooker or rape.

    By Blogger Hammer, at 3:02 PM  

  • Disgusting that a judge should come up with a BS lawsuit like that. Of course, he was a lawyer, and we know that many of them have no comprehension of the word ethics.

    By Blogger BobG, at 4:00 PM  

  • That DC lawyer should be embarrassed and shamed by this. What an ass.

    I agree with your assessment of McGreevey, too - I think there is likely a bit more of a sting if you find out your spouse is not only cheating, but has also been lying to you about his/her sexual orientation, though. It's a double lie. But his actually being gay is irrelevant, otherwise. It's sort of like that Colorado evangelist who was "cured" of his penis cravings after two weeks of "therapy" - NOBODY changes that drastically that quickly. Who would trust this guy in any capacity?

    By Blogger bc, at 4:46 PM  

  • I do hope he doesn't become an Episcopal priest, or a minister in any other church. Too many people hide behind the church when they are caught out, and it's the alternative to rehab, these days.

    By Blogger Betty, at 4:51 PM  

  • Hey, what else could you expect from a judge in a corrupt country such as his? What? He's from the United States? From Washington DC?? THAT really gives me a comfortable feeling...

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 6:24 PM  

  • for point one...I'm with you 100% on that. What a freakin' crybaby...wah, they misplaced my pants...wahn... how about being grateful they found them again?? A--wipe.

    Point 2...that's guy's so slimy even pond scum can't touch him. I'm disturbed that he's going into the priesthood?? I suppose the Catholic church has had enough scandals...the Episcopalians want some of that action.

    By Blogger Claudia, at 7:13 PM  

  • I wonder if Roy Pearson would sue me for punching him in the face cause that's what I would like to do to him.

    By Blogger captain corky, at 7:23 PM  

  • Obviously, those two guys don't deserve any respect.

    By Anonymous Karmyn R, at 8:50 PM  

  • That Roy Pearson story had me spittin nails. I hope they turn down his tenure. I hope they strip him of his judgeship. I hope they make him walk up and down the aisles of a Walmart wearing a sandwich board that says "I am a total bully and abuser of our juducial system." He is totally embarassing. This story is going all round the world.

    The McGreevey case always makes me think of his poor wife. Ugh.

    By Blogger Lee, at 9:48 PM  

  • I wish I had written this. You said it exactly like I would have .... if I could write like this.

    By Blogger Pamela, at 9:49 PM  

  • Anyone working in the legal system long enough no longer understands right from wrong, only where the loop hole is. That judge is a Pud.

    The wife knew something was up. All wives know when habits change it means no good. But it doesn't mean he needs to drag her through the mud. I think the clergy should give him his walking papers and say that until his soul is saved he can't attempt to save any himself. whew.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 PM  

  • 1. My ex-gfriend's family new McGreevy and this was amusing to me b/c they were very conservative and anti-gay and they'd just loved the guy.... Scandal!

    2. Agreed on the lawsuit. That a man who's now on the bench would so horribly abuse our legal system is beyond unethical. As much as I hate dry cleaners, this man should be excoriated in the press rather than lauded. What a jerk.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:45 AM  

  • Great post on both topics! Ethics seems to be something totally lacking in politics today as well as within the legal arena. Ever read a bout the slimy relationship between Pennsylvania legislators and the judicial branch of our government? There's a whole system in dire need of several - not just one person or group - course in ethics. Both instances in your post tend to make my blood boil.

    By Blogger Jeni, at 11:00 AM  

  • That DC lawyer deserves some repeatedly administered street justice. In the head. With a brick.

    McGreevy is just another cheating ass. It doesn't matter who he cheated with, the fact that he would betray his vows to his wife (or make them in the first place given his homosexuality) is reprehensible.

    By Blogger Queen of Dysfunction, at 11:15 AM  

  • I'm anal about things like this - you used the wrong "wear." - "Not only should Pearson not get a penny, he should be forced to take back his found pants and WHERE them every single day for the next few years."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:28 AM  

  • that judge is power tripping waaaaay over his head.

    By Blogger dennis, at 11:50 AM  

  • McGreevy sounds like a professional scheister to me. There should be sorrow, regret, at the least, concern for what he put others through. Self-centeredness at its best.

    And Pearson should be de-benched.

    By Blogger katrice, at 1:54 PM  

  • the judge should be found in contempt of humanity.

    By Anonymous og, at 4:30 PM  

  • They are both despicable.

    I hope the Korean cleaners will find the help they need, and will not be intimidated into leaving the country they came to for a better life.

    The law suit should be laughed out of court.

    I agree with your assessment of the other guy. What's gay got to do with it? Cheating is cheating.

    I really feel for his wife. My first husband used me as a "beard." I had no idea. I just thought I wasn't attractive or smart enough to interest him. It is devastating to be put through that on top of the disgrace of his resignation and general bad judgment.

    There oughta be a law.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, at 3:01 PM  

  • US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 AM  

  • From what I read, McGreevy is trying to take custody of his daughter. So that he can have her live with him and his new boyfriend. Ooops, did I say 'boyfriend'? I think he refers to this guy as 'partner'. As if the guy doesn'e have genitals.
    McGreevy's a creep and acts like he crawled out from under a rock with his decisions to cheat, his judgement based on his sex urges even when it came to the security of his State while he was governor... etc., etc. etc. Lying to his wife - I think that was the easiest part of all for him.
    Now the Episcopalian Church is harboring this guy while he plots his next moves. Yuck. Ick. Creep!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:53 AM  

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