Monday Open Thread: The Aftermath
August 29, 2011 6:33 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott


Sunday Open Thread - The CobbleSnaps Birthday Edition!
August 28, 2011 1:07 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
HAPPY B-DAY COBBLE!
HAPPY B-DAY ME!


Saturday Open Thread
August 27, 2011 5:37 AM - Open Thread - dibs
Hurricane or just storm???


Friday Open Thread
August 26, 2011 8:21 AM - Open Thread - dibs
A Chinese guy got on the E train and stood next to me with a parrot in a carrying cage. Since he was Chinese I wanted to ask him if he was going to eat it but I refrained.


Pre-Party Open Thread
August 25, 2011 6:54 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere


Feel Good Video of the Day!
August 25, 2011 6:53 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
Enjoy!

http://tinyurl.com/3m5973z


TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!!
August 25, 2011 6:33 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
When: August 25th, 6:30pm
Where: 308 Flatbush Avenue
What: Do you really have to ask?

CobbleSnaps Productions proudly presents our annual End of Summer Shindig! We'll be at Ocean's 8 located at 308 Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn (near the corner of 7th Avenue).

Ocean's 8 has numerous pool tables, 2 bowling lanes, air hockey tables, ping-pong tables, a bar (of course!) and a kitchen that serves food! (The onion rings are FABULOUS!) For more information about Ocean's 8 and to see pictures of the space, visit their website at http://www.oceans8atbrownstone.com/index-1.html

No excuses will be accepted...get yer booty on down to Ocean's 8 on August 25th from 6:30pm until whenever and party with all the gang! We always love to meet new people and familiar faces are always a pleasure, too. Hope to see you all there!

Ocean's 8 is located at 308 Flatbush Avenue. Take the B or Q train to the "7th Avenue" stop and use the exit that is marked "7th Ave and Flatbush." The main entrance to Ocean's 8 is right outside this stop. You can also take the 2/3 to either Bergen Street or Grand Army Plaza. For the bus riders, take the B67 to the corner of Flatbush Avenue and 7th Avenue, or the B41 to Flatbush Avenue and Park Place. (map - http://tinyurl.com/3vacg9s) (IF YOU TAKE THE B41, DO NOT, WE REPEAT DO NOT TAKE THE B41'LIMITED'. TAKE THE REGULAR B41)

**THIS IS AN OFFICIAL COBBLESNAPS PRODUCTION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED AND ENFORCED BY CATS WITH SUPER SHARP CLAWS.**

CobbleHiller
InsertSnappyNameHere


Wednesday Open Thread
August 24, 2011 7:45 AM - Open Thread - dibs
So is it "tremor" envy or "trembler" envy?


Your Right-Handed Man
August 23, 2011 9:18 PM - Open Thread - gay smurf hoodlum
Since Snappy is so hesistant to start a full-fledged sex advice column, I figure i'll do it.

As many of you know I've been an ardent pracitioner of auto-sexuality for quite some time now; this is a lifestyle choice, NOT because I cant go out and hook up with people. There's tons of ho-bags out there, especially in the gay world, so again I repeat: this is a CHOICE!

I have a degree in Psychology from the prestigious Rutgers University in New Jersey so it's not like i don't know what im talking about, okay? About time I do something worthwhile with my psychology degree.

So bring on the questions!!!! nothing is too vile or base to ask, just ask!!! I ask questions all the time that most people would be too embarrassed to ask.

And it's not like im a virgin or anything, hells duh, i HAVE had sex before! I've also seen thousands of hours of porno in my life of all kinds so I can offer good solid down home advice.

Don't be shy, ask Butterfly!

*rob*


Tuesday Open Thread
August 23, 2011 8:03 AM - Open Thread - dibs
ON GOVERNMENT OVER-REACH: This
should be, rather obviously, filed under the heading, “You
Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” but a kind young lady… Ms.
Schyler Capo, of northern Virginia, saved a baby
woodpecker from the jaws of a neighborhood cat
recently. Having saved the young bird, she took it home
to nurse it back to health before returning it to the wild. A
federal bird and wildlife official, having heard of her good
deed did what any self-respecting government official
would do under the circumstance: he fined her….
$525!!!... for transporting an endangered species.
Actually, to be fair, the official fined young Ms. Capo’s
mother, but that seems hardly to soften the stupidity of
his action.

This is the very heart of the problem with government
these days: it is too intrusive; it is too “Big Brother-y” and
it is “stoopid” beyond belief. But such is what the Left
creates when it allows government to become so large
and so intrusive that it errs in manners such as this.


Briefly Speaking with N. Ter Vivos
August 22, 2011 8:06 AM - Open Thread - N. Ter Vivos
To start this series, I thought I’d define a legal term and discuss how it affects the everyday person dealing with a lawsuit. I will also discuss an important part of small claims cases in New York City courts. With apologies to Sesame Street and CTW, today’s word is:
----------------------------------------“res judicata”-----------------------------------------

What the heck does that mean? Well, res judicata is Latin for “the thing has been judged.” When used in a courtroom setting, it effectively means that the subject of the lawsuit currently before the court was already dealt with in a prior lawsuit and the current lawsuit should not proceed. An example of res judicata in operation:

Lucy accuses Anna of breaking her stereo and wants Anna to pay for a new one. Lucy files a lawsuit against Anna in Small Claims Court in Brooklyn. The judge or arbitrator decides that Lucy does not have enough proof to show that Anna broke the stereo. Lucy loses her lawsuit. Unsatisfied, Lucy again files a lawsuit against Anna for the cost of her stereo. This time, Lucy files her lawsuit in Small Claims Court in Manhattan. On the appointed court date, Anna complains to the judge or arbitrator that Lucy already sued her for this very same reason in Brooklyn. Anna tells the judge or arbitrator that the case in Brooklyn was decided and Lucy lost. The judge or arbitrator finds in favor of Anna and dismisses Lucy’s claim. Not because s/he feels that Anna did not break Lucy’s stereo, but because of res judicata. The issue of Lucy’s broken stereo, as it relates to Anna, has already been decided by another court and will not be re-litigated.

Note that above, I said “judge or arbitrator.” In Small Claims Court, either an arbitrator or a judge may hear your claim. Both are legal professionals well versed in the applicable laws, but choosing one or the other will make a difference in your case, particularly your rights after the case is over. If you agree to have your case heard by an arbitrator, you must remember that the arbitrator’s decision cannot be appealed. Both parties must agree to have the case heard by an arbitrator. If you have your case heard by a judge, you can appeal his/her decision. If one or more parties to a small claims lawsuit do not agree to have the case heard by an arbitrator, it will have to be heard by a judge.

So, let’s go back to Lucy and Anna. If an arbitrator adjudicated Lucy’s case, she would be precluded by res judicata from re-litigating the case against Anna. If, however, a judge heard the case, Lucy would not need to file a new case and risk having it dismissed due to res judicata. Instead, she would simply file an appeal.

That being said, why would parties ever agree to have their case heard by an arbitrator instead of a judge? The most common reason arbitrators are chosen is that there are simply more of them available for hearing small claims cases. If, on the appointed court date, the parties insist that a judge hear their case, they may have to wait several days, possibly even weeks, before the case is heard. In some cases, the parties may be so sure of their case that they don’t foresee losing and possibly needing to appeal. Only you (or an attorney you personally consult) can make the decision about seeing an arbitrator or a judge. Be sure to think through your options and be sure you are making an informed decision.

In the next installment, I’ll discuss the standard of proof for civil cases, including small claims cases, and the standard of appeal. Until next time, stay legal!

*note that in criminal proceedings, res judicata is better known as ‘double jeopardy.’
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Monday Open Thread
August 22, 2011 6:44 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere