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Please spread the word: Texas residents have until before September 1st to

grandfather their hurricane claim or it will fall under under a new more insurance company friendly law passed last Spring and signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott. It limits the interest charged against the insurance company from when they should have paid the claim to when they finally do. From 18% to prime plus 5% (roughly 10%). It makes it next to impossible to file in state court so almost all will go into federal court which can get stuck in one court (MDL) and tied up. Also new notice requirements before you can file suit...

Lastly, please notify your representatives to make sure the National Flood Insurance Program gets reauthorized and properly funded next month. The Trump administration wanted to gut it and it is already $24 billion in the hole due to Katrina, Rita, Sandy and others.

Please tell your friends on FB and especially your friends affected in Texas!!!

Thank you Texas Republicans! (sarcasm)

Just East of Houston - wish us luck!

I live in Beaumont where we have had one of the wettest Summers on record, especially the last mont. All of our rivers and creeks were full before Harvey. I have a large drainage ditch right behind my house that drains half of our town out to the bayous. It has never breached. As long as we get breaks in the rain it can catch up, but tonight and this morning has been non-stop heavy rain with no end in sight.

My 80 year old mom lives with me and is scared to death. I have flood and windstorm insurance which is great but doesn't replace all of her memories should this thing flood. My heart goes out to everyone in Houston, some of whom are friends and family. This will be a very long ordeal with the rest of the story yet to be written.

We will hang in there and get through whatever comes, I would just prefer not too much to come!

Anyone seeing paid political ads on tax reform?

I am seeing them anytime the TV is on which is admittedly not much.

These ads talk about how America has the highest corporate tax of all nations with of course, no mention of the tax deductions and loopholes that make our BIG corporations pay one of the lowest net taxes in the world. It is why GE and many others, along with the super rich and their maze of trusts and corporations pay zero in taxes.

Is there any group that can counter some of these ads? The low information Americans are going to be calling their politicians to tell them what the Donors have already told them to do. We need to counter this by letting the Donors politicians know we understand the game and will punish them for this at the voting booth!

Given that Trump continues to support Russia despite being investigated for his ties,

do you believe they have some massive leverage they are still holding over his head?

What will Hannity do when Trump goes down?

Will he have his Cronkite moment where Trump says "We've lost Hannity, we have lost the Presidency?" Or, will he ride Trump all the way down like Slim Pickins on the nuke?

Is Hannity a shrewd huckster who has parleyed far right and liberal doses of lies into a fortune, or is he an ideologue willing to lie, cheat and steal to spread his message? I hope he rides Trump all the way down, defending him every step of the way, his credibility with his own base evaporating!

Hope to see a lot of opinions.

***Hey Trumpsters, your Party is meeting to take away more of your freedoms next week!!!***

The House Judiciary Committee will meet February 15th to amend and vote on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Asbestos Transparency Act (think of the Clear Skies Act allowing more pollution).

Last week the Committee considered the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act and the Innocent Party Protection Act and voted them out of Committee. Today they voted the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act out of Committee.

These 5 Tort reform bills will be ready to go to the House floor next week in what they are calling "Lawsuit Abuse" week. A hearing entitled "Lawsuit Reform" had to be canceled and will be rescheduled as the House was not in session.

They do not want you to be able to ever sue a corporation!!! These bills are designed to protect corporations, plain and simple. How many saw any of this on the MSM?

Here is a link to a website where comments can be filed:

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USC-RULES-CV-2016-0004

AG nominee Jeff Session's biography disappearance from Lexis was a Russian hack!

I was corresponding with my Lexis representative about some work issues and I threw in a post script (P.S.) to ask how Session's bio could get wiped from Lexis. He responded by saying the Russians hacked them using a particular software to wipe data. He was serious!

Why would they want to help Sessions get in? Hmm, I wonder!

Why won't our media talk about WHY the Russians wanted Trump and Republican House members?

They talk about his damn tweets incessantly. They talk about his denial of Russian involvement and the intelligence agency's proof, but NEVER WHY?

Could it have been they know how damaging he and the Republicans will be for our country? How their full on Free Market with no regulations will crash our economy and weaken us severely?

I believe these had more to do with it than Putin was mad at Hillary which is what they have said!

Reason why the Russians/Putin hacked our election:

Why are there large number of Americans who believe we should not have regulations?

I was just reading about the Portland, Maine columnist who was killed when the loaded gun he handed a 16 year old kid at his house accidentally discharged, killing him. He had written numerous articles opposing even mandatory gun safety training. Had that been required he may still be alive today.

This is one example of the benefits of regulations. I live close to numerous refineries and chemical plants on the Gulf coast. One of the items on the Republican agenda is to get rid of the EPA. Can you imagine how bad things will be here if this happens? They want us to live in smog and chemicals like China currently has.

We have regulations to protect our air, water and land so we do not live in a toxic soup. Corporations and industry want bigger and bigger profits and do not care what happens to our environment.

So why do many Americans agree we need to get rid of these regulations and the agencies that enforce them? It goes back to our media who had their own regulations loosened to the point that they can legally lie to us because they no longer have "news" departments, they are "entertainment." That is at least the decision of a court of appeals in Florida in overturning a judgment against Fox News. These corporations through the media have convinced a large segment of our population that regulations are unnecessary and just cost money.

In my day (old fart speech) the networks kept the business side (advertising) completely separate from the news side. You did not have major advertisers dictating to the network whether to run a story or not. Now the opposite is true, the networks, cable news, news papers, and magazines will not run a story if one of their big advertisers objects.

BP for example, was able to kill any stories about what was happening to the victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They ran commercials day and night on every channel and every medium, but made it clear that the ad dollars would stop for any outlet that wrote about what was really going on. They had them writing and doing stories about claim fraud and "greedy" plaintiff attorneys way out of proportion to any of these problems. The real problems were that BP violated 100's of regulations to cause the spill, regulations that would have kept those 11 men from dying and turning our Gulf of Mexico in to a toxic deep fryer.

Trump and the Republicans are about to eliminate the protections we Americans have enjoyed, from environmental to financial. When the crap hits the fan we need to be there to remind other Americans that those evil regulations would have prevented the harm to come!!!

Thom Hartman interviews Mark Manning, the force behind the BP documentary, The Rising.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/sick-dying-victims-bp-speak-out
Mark Manning, The Rising/The Road to Fallujah/Conception Media joins Thom. The BP oil spill was the worst industrial disaster in American history. But could the cleanup have been just as bad? A new documentary says yes - and we'll speak with the director.

Many people here know that my firm represents several thousand victims of the BP oil spill. This documentary focuses on the health effects of the Corexit/oil on Gulf Coast residents. I would add to this clip that BP used the Corexit because it actually doesn't disperse the oil, it condenses it into hard tarballs and tar mats that sink the oil to the bottom, out of sight. BP sunk the oil to avoid fines based on per barrel of oil. By doing this they can still play hide the oil and lie about how much was released. It also helps on a PR standpoint because they say it all evaporated.

The other big story not being told is what is happening in the civil litigation for the economic harm caused by the spill. I cannot speak about most of it if that tells you anything. I can and will say that this litigation has been corrupted by a huge $700,000,000 conflict of interest that should have never been allowed. Suffice it to say that a really good investigative reporter could bring in the story of the decade that no one else is reporting on!

I will add my thanks to Thom and Mark Manning for putting some light on a story not being told by any other media. BP spent a great deal of advertising money to buy off the local Gulf Coast media so they would not report stories about what was really happening down here. They also bought off the national media the same way, gotta love that "Free Market!" Ed Schultz did a story a week a couple of months before he was cut loose by MSNBC, but that is mostly it on reporting. Most people around the country believe there was a $20 billion dollar fund for the victims and they were paid years ago. That would be another yet another lie, there was never $20 billion in an account to pay the victims.

Just like in criminal trials where a wealthy and powerful defendant can get off even when guilty, they can now do it in civil cases too!
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