“I'm confused. How does a tax attorney in a Big 3 or 4 accounting firm get labelled as a "lobbyist?" Tax attorneys usually flop into the Tax Accounting division of a large firm and not the Consulting area. Just wondering.”
nornoralee on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:20:56
“I will clear it up for you................Tax attorneys usually end up at a Consulting Firm not
in the tax accounting division of a large firm. Accounts at large firms in the tax accounting division are NOT attorneys...............bozo”
“At this point I find it mind-blowing to think that anyone in Massachusetts would even consider voting for Elizabeth Warren.”
texadonkey on Aug 7, 2012 at 17:41:08
“This hack Brown has done nothing. His pretty face will only take him so far.”
oldww2guy on Aug 7, 2012 at 17:17:12
“Yeah you are right--why in the world would anyone want to involve the community when you can have the China style decisions advocated by Brown. Or perhaps that's to nuanced for you .”
Jeanne dArc on Aug 7, 2012 at 17:13:12
“This from someone whose moniker is "foggy world" - enough said...”
Berkshire Boy on Aug 7, 2012 at 17:10:38
“Please don't stop now. Continue blowing your mind, or what's left of it, while we here in the Commonwealth make a much needed course correction. It will be a pleasure to blow out both RMoney AND Brownie on one ballot. A package deal.”
“Today's equestrian coverage was right down to NBC standards. The camera would follow a horse and rider and the commentator would be making rather fluffy chat when the camera would move onto another rider and not apparently notify the talking heads.
And Zara who? Zara Phillips is a very competent rider and it was for most of us the first opportutnity to see her in action. Well, sort of. Because the camera would change from following her efforts to someone that no one ever heard of and only by following Zara's unique helmet could you begin to put her program together.
Four years to plan this is frightening. And on the other non volley ball events I have tried to watch, the empty seat factor seems to be growing. Can't someone just find a way to escort people who are already in the Park to those seats if they have been vacant for half an hour? Even class counts here: soldiers, teachers and students apparently are the only people being invited but they don't seem to show up either.
Let the public in. And put the torch somewhere where the taxpayers of Britain can see it every night.”
“The winner of the rights ought to have quality evaluated. Instead it goes to the network who will spend the biggest bucks which translates into the need for the most commercials.
It's time to let all media sources cover the Olympics so that the viewers have a choice. The IOC is way too interested in running the Olympics strictly as a business venture and it is turning more and more people away from what could be a wonderful opportunity to see worldwide sports competition.
The Olympics is bound to go the way of World's Fairs.”
“BBC America is one big waste of time. On the biggest of the Jubilee evening events, they ran that old US made horror movie, The Exorsist, rather than provide any coverage at all of the Jubilee for that day and evening.
One would think they would try to be a showcase for British events but that they certainly are not. They are just another media source that has outlived their usefulness.”
“The production itself looked perfect but the constant interruption by NBC's commercials destroyed what could have been such a wonderful experience.
NBC has made the case for things of this nature being shown on cable and straight through without commercials. I hope PPV isn't the only way to do that but NBC just cares about money for itself and certainly has no interest or ability to provide what people want.
The IOC should also get out of the money business and permit open access to the games so that there is genuine competition provided by all forms of the media.
The parade of the athletes was a travesty. About two seconds per country other than the US with its outdated uniforms. Most of us want to see the people of all the nations and for decent intervals of time. Loved the Saudi bit where we hear that women are finally allowed to participate but boy it was only by fluke they flashed by the screen in less than a second. We also didn't get to see very many heads of State: Just the usual Russia, US, and UK. Again, what kind of coverage is that?
I suspect NBC will being showing more commercials than sports so will probably just avoid this whole thing.”
buyer100 on Jul 28, 2012 at 00:56:32
“I feel the same way. I have recorded certain programs and found that the commercials have a larger part of the hour than a show. I never missed a football game in 50 years. Now what should take a couple hours at most is 3-4 hours because of the interruptions with so many commercials. I feel the same way about Olympic sports. I will record & watch without commercials. Only god knows how much we are actually missing because NBC has to devote so much time to the commercials.”
jensixtyten on Jul 28, 2012 at 00:46:21
“I completely agree. My favorite part of the opening ceremony is the parade of nations. It's really interesting and heartwarming to see the athletes from all over the world and hopefully hear a bit about them. NBC's coverage just left me frustrated and disappointed - particularly when they cut to ads and then listed the countries we missed out on seeing after the ad break - gee thanks! And, seeing as NBC delayed the coverage anyway, why wasn't it possible just to show all the teams without having to miss some of them because of commercials!?!”
Rulo123 on Jul 28, 2012 at 00:33:29
“Too many British celebrities. Enough! Let's hope the NBC focus turns to the athletes themselves”
“Michael apparently never discussed his plans with Diana Ross who from the get go has said she at her age is not interested in bringing up yet another family. And I can understand that again given her age. Yes, she was a very good mother but Michael made an assumption he shouldn't have and so now the mess.
There is a new temporary guardian and I am sure the Judge and the Trustees will be watching his every move and will stay in contact with the children to get their feedback. That's the best that can be done given the many dysfunctional and dependent siblings Michael pampered for way too long. Now they have no skills or jobs and not one of them ever went to college.”
“Janet does NOT pay the mortgage. As of now there is no mortgage because the home is leased for the benefit of the children and their guardian. The monthly lease payments are made by the Trustees out of the very beefed up financial statement they have been able to acrue for the Estate. Michael's many debts were paid off and new money has increased the value of the Children's estate.
So Janet and her siblings have no legal right to trespass on that property. Had their mother been there, they could have telephoned her and asked if they could have visited. But seeing as Katherine was in another State as Janet and Randy knew, and that the house is in fact being leased for the good of the children, Randy had a hell of a nerve saying it was "their house." No way. And Janet never has footed any bills for those kids: they had a smart father who hired even smarter accountants, lawyers and business folks.”
“In 2011 the Trustees had taken Michael's red accounts and turned them into black ink and very handsomely. The agreed to a set amount of money for the new housing arrangements for Katherine and the three kids and so they then moved from Encino to a LEASED house in Calabasas. Huffpo is right.”
“In his Will, Michael appointed Trustees who have great track records in the sense of money smarts and the knowledge of how to protect it for the children. And the Court will now most likely get more involved with Trent than it did with Grandma until they are sure he is the right guy.
Mrs. Jackson is getting on in years and for her to slow down is not that unusual. Michael probably didn't think he would die as young as he did and had he outlived his mother obviously would have selected someone else. But he always was good to Katherine and I can't imagine he would have insulted her while she was alive by naming someone else.”
“That young lady is far from a "brat." Her grandmother was incommunicado for ten days and her phone was shut off so to me Paris was very smart to do what she did with that phone. It drew attention to a situation that just doesn't add up even now and ultimately Katherine was returned to her home in California.
So where you get the brat business from beats me. She is a smart young woman who used technology to the max to find her grandmother and she did it all by herself. She is not a brat.”
“Two of Michael's brothers have already had the nerve to ask the Estate to pay their child support payments for their own kids because they are way past due. Now obviously they were turned down but it does show how desperate they are to get their hands on money. And no, they all don't have bucks and in fact most of them just lived off of Michael's dole which ended when he died and cut them out of his Will. Really most parents do leave their money to their kids and not to their very adult siblings.”
“That is what happened with the elder two children. Apparently the youngest had a different mother. I'm not convinced though that if this doesn't get solved in a swift and fair and decent way that Debbie Rowe isn't going to speak up. And at that point a Court probably would pay more attention to her than the obviously greedy siblings.
I don't think that is what Debbie ever intended but she would have to speak up if things didn't get resolved in a way that made the children happy.”
“If artificial insemination was used, even Debbie Rowe doesn't know who the father(s) were of the two eldest kids. And the youngest has a mother we might find out about though she, too, probably wouldn't know whose sperm was used.”
Heather Baines on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:29:52
“Not the kids father I meant Joe. Should have said grandfather, sorry”
“Again, Trent is the choice of the children. And there will be the same Trustees and Court now probably watching Trent in ways they didn't scrutinize Katherine. I suspect Trent isn't planning on spending much time with the greedy siblings of Michael.”