28 August 2014
So Elisa has been a nanny to a very special child for the past year, however their time together in an official capacity is drawing to a close so I was able to capture a little video and some stills yesterday. In one photo Amelie is playing with the shattered cam chain gear/door stop/paperweight from Triumph #2, LOL.
26 August 2014
Cyrusgate? Did Perkins Coie Advise Cyrus Habib to Ignore Four Troublesome Questions in the 48th Senate Race Against Michelle Darnell?
Michelle Darnell should have won last night, but the Mainstream Republicans of Washington don't like her enough to fund her and truly support her because she tells the Truth, and the Dems don't like her because she tells the Truth. The homeowners and taxpayers love her though so stay tuned for her next phase!And if you don't believe this race is important, then answer the question as to why POTUS is watching. And he's not for Michelle Darnell that's for sure. The problem is, the Republicans aren't helping her out much either because she says things about finance and the mortgage industry that cut too close to the bone. Cyrus won't touch any of it. He just wants a nice easy ride, but that's not what exactly what he's going to get because I have some questions for him and at some point we will meet again face to face. So when both parties try to ignore the candidate, that is the candidate for whom you're supposed to vote, simple.
Update 4 Sept. 2014: I am 99% certain that Cyrus Habib and Perkins Coie scrubbed the Internet to have negative information about him deleted.
See that negative return in the lower left corner?
Apparently no negative information about Cyrus Habib
will be allowed online. Sorry, I must have missed the memo.In full disclosure I am listed as a team member for Michelle Darnell's campaign because she paid me $250 to make her first 3 videos. I haven't been paid a dime since then yet I continue to document what I am seeing in this race because I feel like it and I have just enough of my own money and time to do so. I am not part of the control group and I make no decisions on policy or any of that. I am just the guy with the camera, documenting Ms. Darnell and Mr. Habib.
Here then, is a link to Ms. Darnell's responses to the four questions that Mr. Habib ignored.
The Seattle Stranger wrote that Michelle Darnell was in favor of raising taxes on the middle and lower economic strata, and clearly implied that she was a hypocrite. I got into it with them because they wouldn't release a video or audio of the exchange and I know for fact that Ms. Darnell does not want to raise taxes in that fashion.
Now I have worked as a field scout for three different presidential campaigns going back to the 80s with Jesse Jackson, and in the modern era for Dick Gephart and John Kerry. Along with way I have won several first amendment trials and settlements so I am very particular about political commentary or defamation issues. Just this spring a $.5M Defamation Jury Verdict was entered against the Boston Herald after I helped Joanna Marinova secure her counsel at Todd & Weld 4 years ago. Todd Weld summary.
That having been said not every situation calls for legal action. While I most certainly do view the comments from the Stranger as Defamatory, this isn't the place for a lawsuit, but it is a place for me to ask the questions to both candidates that the Stranger will not openly discuss. I gave both candidates written questions and an opportunity to respond in unedited video but only Candidate Darnell responded. Her full response, unedited, appears above and her written responses are forthcoming today on the journal page. Bur first watch my video visit to Cyrus Habib's office at Perkins Coie -- counsel for the entire democratic party, who advised Candidates Kerry and Obama along the way. Query, did they advise Cyrus Habib to ignore these questions:
Remember the four (4) questions I posed to 48th District Candidates Cyrus Habib and Michelle Darnell a month ago after a completely inaccurate endorsement from the Seattle Stranger stated that Ms. Darnell was in favor of raising taxes on Joe the Plumber? Well in case you don't recall, they are linked above and replicated in the comments section below for your edification.
Candidate Darnell timely responded with video and written responses that directly contradict the materially false and misleading endorsement for Cyrus Habib, whose $200,000.00 war chest was built largely with out-of-state contributions like any other corporate attorney candidate. There's nothing new here.
Be that as it may, I waited patiently for a response from Attorney Habib for weeks, emailing and calling him at his campaign headquarters and legislative office. Finally, having not received any response I took a video ride to his high-rise digs at Perkins-Coie, the law firm that also serves as counsel for the National Democratic Party. In the video I wonder if they advised Cyrus Habib to stonewall me...... on the believe that Ms. Darnell is not a viable threat even though she garnered 37% of the vote with 4% of the money.
This is part one. In part two I will air Candidate Darnell's written and video responses. Keep in mind that I afforded Cyrus Habib the exact same opportunity, to run unedited written and video responses but he didn't believe that transparency required him to engage himself. Let's see how that plays with the voters and on public access TV here in the Sound.
23 August 2014
KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Court Slam Stafne Law Offices in Lamelson v. NWTS Without Discovery: "They Have the Original Note and Allonge, Summary Judgment Granted."
Two videos forthcoming.
Saturday: Post Hearing Discussions
Monday: The entire hearing.Here is Plaintiff's failed Motion to Strike Summary Judgment. There is a pending Discretionary Review out there on the lack of Discovery afforded Plaintiff, meanwhile NWTS will have to Counterclaim for Foreclosure or Possession because it is certainly a Compulsory Counterclaim to Plaintiff's DTA Action. The full video of the hearing is coming by the top of the week, but for now just watch the tail end of the proceedings as I discuss matters with Attorneys Gromley and Stafne, and interview Attorney Stafne outside. He believes that expert witness Nye Lavelle's declarations of probable falsity in this specific case were grounds to allow Discovery to see if those documents were fabrications, as so many of them are these days. He also claims -- with some force -- that other Courts have recently found that the entire MERS model renders them without power to transfer anything. I watched some of these other cases as noted in recent journal entries, and I must concur.
I also have grave concerns about MERS being in the purported Chain of Title, Assigning more than it legally could have. Take a look at the thumbnail.
Be that as it may, while you can't hear much of it because of competing conversations, my discussion with Attorney Gromley largely concerns Fn3 from Knecht v. Fidelity and whose burden it is to prove up the Chain of Title.
22 August 2014
21 August 2014
Sean Westlake and KingCast Motorsports Present: Ballard Backfire Moto #49 -- More Interviews with It's a Fine Line TV.
It's a Fine Line TV (FB) showed up yesterday to expound on its mission of attaining zero motorcycle deaths by 2030. As such, they are sharing videos and stories about responsible motorcycle events, clubs, gear, safety and training. I rolled up at 5:30p just as they were interviewing Sean, who also runs Fuse Box Moto, perhaps the best "biker" bar in the Country. Later they interviewed me and I interviewed one of Sean's old neighbors from Greenlake who was there when Backfire started.... Back in the Day.
I ran my camera during my interview as well, so look for some fun edits. They asked me about the bar-hopping and riding and I said "The partying is incidental to the bikes and the camaraderie."
Anyway, these guys are rolling with great gear.... Not something like my Canon 60D and a Rode SVM Pro Mic but like a Cinematic Cannon EOS C range rig.... those start at $5K. I'll need to up my game this fall with the Sony FDR AX100. I'm licking my chops right now. One more good payday and it's in the bag. Stay tuned for a few stills but more vids. And for the folks at It's a Fine Line (between the best ride ever, and the last ride, ever), I present my Backfire/Seattle Used Bikes/Fuse Box Moto vids.
Backfire #41 Stills and Video.
Backfire #43 Stills and Video.
Backfire #46 Stills video slide.
Backfire #48 The Interview Sessions.
Backfire #49 The Interview Sessions.
Seattle Used Bikes/Fuse Box Moto Party #1.
Seattle Used Bikes/Fuse Box Moto Party #2.
Seattle Used Bikes/Fuse Box Moto Party #3.
From Backfire #46.....
20 August 2014
More to follow. Some of them are even almost in focus.
It is frustrating with
bifocals.... err... blended prescriptions.
19 August 2014
16 August 2014
Ahhhh..... Livi the Wonderdog. She's running for President in 2016 keep your eyes open and your hanging chads ready.
15 August 2014
KingCast and Mortgage Movies Celebrate as Stafne Law Crushes MERS, Fidelity and Deutsche Bank in Knecht v. Fidelity Summary Judgment; MERS Assignment a Legal Nullity.
Above: Attorneys Scott Stafne and Josh Trumbull at the command center
as we discussed the ramifications of yesterday's Federal Court victory.
Several months ago KingCast/Mortgage Movies cameras interviewed Attorney Scott Stafne relative to the Unconstitutional Nature of the Deed of Trust Act vis a vis his pending case of Knecht v. Fidelity, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 113131 (Washington WD 2014). We were both clearly worried but it turned out for the good because they got a Judge who actually gives a damn. You see, in my vast experience as former escrow attorney and in shooting dozens of courtroom videos I see that some Courts and Judges get it: See Bradburn v. ReconTrust in which I shot the entire argument on some of the same issues manifest herein. See also this summer's case of Pardo v. OCWEN, MERSCORP, NWTS. In this case the Judge denied the Stafne Constitutional arguments but at least got most of the the evidentiary matters correct.
However, some steadfastly refuse to acknowledge what I consider to be basic tenets of Jurisprudence. To wit, Judge Marsha Pechman, who is -- unfortunately in my opinion -- the Chief Justice in the Western District. I'll tell it straight to her face if given the opportunity, it's a Free Country the last time I checked. Heck, Attorney Stafne said as much when he moved to recuse her last year as noted in the above links, supra.
Here is the yesterday's ORDER from Hon. Richard C. Jones. I have taken the liberty of quoting some of the salient passages but there is much more.
"In Washington, lenders hoping to take advantage of the MERS system designated MERS as the beneficiary of deeds of trust, just as ABC did in Mr. Knecht’s deed of trust. But it is now clear that Washington law does not permit MERS to act as a beneficiary unless it is also the “holder” of the note secured by the deed of trust. Bain, 285 P.2d at 47.
There is no suggestion that MERS ever held Mr. Knecht’s note, and yet it purported in April 2010 to assign to DB “the Promissory Note secured by [the Knecht] deed of trust and also all rights accrued or to accrue under said Deed of Trust.” The assignment, which is recorded in King County, was executed by “MERS as nominee for [ABC],” but there is no evidence that ABC actually authorized MERS to effect the transfer. See Bavand v. OneWest Bank, FSB, 309 P.3d 636, 649 (Wash. Ct. App. 2013)(noting MERS’s failure to establish its agency relationship with a noteholder). There is no dispute in this case that MERS lacked the power to transfer anything to DB. Knecht, 4-5.
Mr. Knecht has offered two pieces of evidence: his original note and deed of trust, in which DB held no interest; and the MERS assignment, which was a legal nullity. A trier of fact could determine that this evidence makes it more likely than not that DB has no valid interest in Mr. Knecht’s note or deed of trust. Knecht, at 7.
Fn3 -- The court observes that it is the beneficiary, not the borrower, who can be expected to possess evidence that it is the holder or owner of a promissory note. The court finds it unlikely that a Washington court would burden the borrower alone with providing that evidence. As the Bain court observed, in cases where “the original lender ha[s] sold the loan, th[e] purchaser would need to establish ownership of that loan, either by demonstrating that it actually held the promissory note or by documenting the chain of transactions.” 285 P.3d at 47-48.
Mr. Knecht has evidence of damages caused by MERS’s and DB’s conduct. Mr. Knecht did what many homeowners faced with the prospect of foreclosure would do: he investigated. His evidence establishes that he spent substantial time on that investigation, and that suffices to establish a CPA injury. Walker, 308 P.3d at 727 (“Investigative expenses, taking time off from work, travel expenses, and attorney fees are sufficient to establish injury under the CPA.”). DB and MERS insist that the cause of Mr. Knecht’s injury was his default, not their wrongdoing, but they are mistaken. If a jury concludes that DB had no authority to foreclose, then a trier of fact could infer that the cause of his need to investigate was DB’s wrongfully-initiated foreclosure proceedings."
KingCast Motorsports Presents: Wednesday Pre-Fire cookout at Seattle Used Bikes/Fusebox Moto Aug 2014.
Video and a few more stills to come!Every Second Wednesday before the third Wednesday Backfire event in Ballard/Seattle -- a 300+ bike monthly rally -- Seattle Used Bikes is the Place to Be for great camaraderie, beers and Bardsley's exceptional grilling and smoking exercises!
13 August 2014
10 August 2014
Kie, looking for All the World like the Flintsones Great Gazoo, has the mapping under control. Well, sort of! We ate, we rode, we swam, we sunned, it was Neat-O. Pics and vids when I can get to it :)
KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Superior Court Judge Ignore Relevant Evidentiary Rules and Principles to Grant Summary Judgment in Foreclosure Case with Select Portfolio Services.
The Layman's Guide to Fighting Foreclosure is a very good book!
In stark contrast to the cases I've recorded where Stafne Law Firm wins (Pardo v. NWTS, MERSCORP, Ocwen on Civil Conspiracy) and (Bradburn v. ReconTrust on vertical integration and Trustee Bad Faith set aside sale) the Judge in this case completely neglected to issue any specific Findings of Fact or Conclusions of Law. There were issues of multiple entities claiming to hold the note, which in and of itself is a viable claim these days. How can it be in the Trust and be in the lawyer's office at the same time, it is simply impossible. And whose burden is it to prove original signature -- always the foreclosing party last time I checked. Expert witness Nye Lavalle (Deadly Clear) will be interested to know that the Court docked the homeowner because he did not explicitly say "that's not my signature." Well then going forward I would hope that homeowners explicitly say "that's not my signature" because as the Florida Bankers have stated, the original documents have pretty much been destroyed so no, if they are proclaiming to have your original signature then guess what: They are lying. I'll see to it that he gets this journal entry.
Just watch the first 5:25 minutes or so for the recap of essential arguments.