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“…a motorist allegedly drove into their bedroom around 4 a.m…”
Kind of stupid to say he “allegedly” drove into the home when they’ve got the photographic proof right there. “Allegedly” drunk maybe, but make no mistake about it, that car was driven into that freakin’ house.
Everyone with a camera, or a pencil should be interested in the shield laws. If the subpoenas are not squashed you can bet that every time someone posts on youtube about police misconduct, they will be raked over the coals by the police unions, and prosecutors.
Interesting reading about Fitzgerald — mostly because the income tax, designed to affect only the über-rich, now applies to almost all Americans.
Instead of comparing the price of Cadillacs, I think a better way of comparing the value of the dollar over the years would be to look at the income required to maintain a certain lifestyle. Fitzgerald’s $24,000 lifestyle in modern dollars wouldn’t require twenty or thirty times the income, but more like 100 times as much: at least $2.5 million a year for such an estate, fully staffed with servents, hosting so many parties, combined with so much overseas luxury travel.
That means a Calvin Coolidge dollar isn’t worth a nickel today, it’s barely worth a penny.