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A military jet malfunctioned, the pilot ejected and landed in a tree, horrified by the possiblity someone had been injured. His plane had indeed crashed into a San Diego residence, killing all the occupants — a mother, her two little girls, and the girl’s grandmother.
Earlier that day, a neighbor saw Dong Yun Yoon kiss his wife and baby goodbye in the driveway as he left for work. “I saw their last kiss. I thought ‘what a beautiful sight,’ and later in the day they were just gone.
Here are the words of a man who has lost everything:
"It was God's blessing that I met her about four years ago. She was a lovely wife and mother. She loves me and babies. I just miss her so much. I cannot believe that they are not here right now. I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible things. But, please, tell me how to do it. I don't know what to do."
In his expression of bottomless grief he notes that other people have suffered more?
This gentleman is a saint.
But wait, there’s more. He still had the capacity to be concerned for the pilot.
"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident. He is one of our treasures for the country. I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could."
This gentleman is a hero.
The destroyed home was a rental, and Mr. Yoon works as the manager of a "variety store." Not that insurance money would put this to right, but one imagines that there won't even be much insurance, if any.
If you want to do something for Mr. Yoon, here’s a contact:
Mr. Dong Yun Yoon
c/o Rev. Kevin Lee
Korean United Methodist Church
3520 Mount Acadia Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
10 December 2008
09 December 2008
Three things I love profoundly are Constitutional Law, TV, and clever peevishness. Combine them in blender on high, then top with organic lecherousness, and you have the loveably unlikable litigator Alan Shore of ABC's Boston Legal, which sadly ended its run last night.
Two of my favorite closing arguments from the show, brilliantly crafted by David E. Kelly and splendidly delivered by James Spader:
That stuff is pretty heavy, for sure. So to prevent the whole show from becoming dreary, the rest of it would be a tempest of batshit crazy, an occasional wink sent the viewer's way, then finished off with a scotch and a cigar on the balcony. It was grand.
I'll miss you, Alan — you magnificently crusty bastard, you
My college roommate told me that her mother would go upstairs to watch ABC's This Is Tom Jones on the kid's TV set. And smoke a cigarette.
God I love that story.
Anyway, today's video flashback features such a massive quantity of white soul that it actually bends light.
Favorite moment at 1:37, when Weapon of Mass Dancing first deployed. Solid.
Please to enjoy!
08 December 2008
I wrote the following to Senators McCaskill & Bond. I urge you to do the same, because it's not only good public policy, it's good legislation in light of our current econopocalypse. Cut & paste at will. (And a tip of the crust to the Buff Crone!)
Dear Senator __________,
If a bankruptcy judge already has the power to restructure the debt on a weathy citizen’s yacht or vacation home, it is not unreasonable to demand that a bankruptcy judge should also have the power to restructure the debt on the primary residence of a modest citizen.
Likewise, if there is merit in Congress’s weaving a safety net of taxpayer dollars to protect multinational corporations, it is not unreasonable to demand that Congress should be at least as quick to provide the same protections to individual American citizens.
I write to ask your support of S. 2136: Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act of 2008. Only homeowners declaring bankruptcy who are in imminent danger of foreclosure are eligible for mortgage modifications. The benefit to bankrupt homeowners is obvious. The benefit to other homeowners is the preservation of the value of our investments.
This bill would also assist mortgage lenders. Upon foreclose, lenders generally receive only the current resale value of the home. Without the protection of this law, market values will continue to free-fall, reducing the amount lenders stand to recover.
Your support would help stabilize the central cause of community economic instability in a fiscally sound manner. Unlike other corporate bailouts and loans, or a new transfusion of funds to mortgage lenders, this law does not add to the public burden, create additional bureaucracy, or require new regulations. Bankruptcy courts are already equipped to do what the law proposes, because they currently reset valuations on non-primary residences and business property as a matter of course.
Your support would recognize that it is unfair to blithely blame the current situation on irresponsible consumer spending, and recognize that most bankruptcies arise from misfortunes like job cuts and medical bills.
Your support would correct some of the great injustices that arose from the outrageous Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 — a law plainly intended to benefit incautious creditors at the expense of the very purpose of bankruptcy law.
Your support would acknowledge that the individual homeowner cannot be blamed for the current economic downturn, and should not be asked to shoulder the entire burden while the financial experts are backstopped at the public expense.
I look forward to your response.
07 December 2008
"He is . . . the head of the Council.His knowledge is deep, but his pride has grown with it,and he takes ill any meddling."
"Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters,or you'll land in trouble too big for you."