October, 2015 archive
There’s no escape.
Nearly all states require Realtors representing sellers to disclose legitimately scary material facts to buying agents and their clients that could cause them to reconsider, such as a cracked foundation, a leaking roof or toxic mold or the federally-required disclosure of lead paint. But don’t bother trying to get out of your contract if you discover there was a murder, or a suicide, or even a violent crime committed in the home after you bought it — it’s a dead end.
In July 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a murder-suicide that occurred in a Thornton, Penn. home in February 2006 wasn’t a material defect when a seller who bought the home at an auction, remodeled it and sold it to a buyer in 2007 — without disclosing the crime that occurred inside.
“Purely psychological stigmas are not material defects of property that sellers must disclose to buyers,” the court said.
Daniel Ruth asses Jeb!‘s debate performance and is not impressed. A nugget:
After Wednesday night’s in-the-tank appearance during the latest Republican presidential debate, Jeb disdainfully dismissed the notion that his campaign was wanting. “I’m not a performer,” Bush sniffed, after spending two hours on stage exhibiting all the warmth and charisma of an Easter Island statue.
Bush is wrong, of course. He is indeed a performer in the political theater of the GOP presidential nominating process. He’s just not very good at it.
Be polite whilst preparing for school.
Lewis said the gun had not been secured and that the 5-year-old reached for the weapon as the children were getting ready for school. The 9mm pistol belongs to the family and had been kept in a bag, police said.
She will recover.
The Virginia Republican Party embarks on a holy war.
Where is HUAC when you need it?
Norway’s second largest bank is going to stop handling cash as of next Monday.
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.
Eriksson, now head of a lobbying group for the Swedish security industry, argues that cash is a crucial part of society’s infrastructure. He alleges that the decision to abandon cash is being made by banks simply to increase profits:
“Something is being privatized without people knowing what the implications of that privatization are.”
More at the link.
Catherine Rampell spells out what lessons Republican candidates have learned from the media coverage of first three Republican debates. Here are the main points; follow the link for her evidence for each one:
- Lesson No. 1: Lie, but lie confidently.
- Lesson No. 2: Invent your own math.
- Lesson No. 3: If you can’t think of something better to say, just bash the media.
And, in a related story, Joel Connelly reminds us that we’ve heard it all before.
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