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1  General Category / The Old Feedbag / Re: Tonker's Upscale Fast Food Tour and Reviews on: February 05, 2016, 05:22:12 PM
Right.

<---Idito

Leave Kris out of this.
2  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: The 2015-2016 Derek Rose Broke Something so it's time for the NBA thread on: February 04, 2016, 10:36:39 PM
Then we'll just have to hang our cat on the fact that they averaged 70.5 wins over 2 successive seasons.

*Coughs on knuckles, brushes chest*

Are you quoting Dr. Seuss?

No just some old Desipio meta-self-depracating shit that this shit-for-brains site's shit-for-brains search function cannot help me in better referencing right now.

*tips cat*

I hacked through the impenetrable shit-for-brains search firewall and found the origins of this one using the complex search term of "your cat."

Damn, dude. You could totally be on the CSI.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2016 MLB Thread on: February 04, 2016, 04:41:09 PM
Whatever future plans they may have, not making moves this offseason seems pretty inexcusable in what's clearly a buyer's market at this point. They could have easily gone after Cespedes and the like that would have helped them approach that Trout+30 number without being albatrosses like the Hamilton deal. They've effectively punted a year in which their top player should be worth 9 wins. Unbelieveable.

That whole shine on Arte Moreno being such a great owner...whatever happened to that?

Yeah, I mean if you define "great owner" as "willing to spend" he's certainly not been cheap, going all the way back to signing Vlad Guerrero back in '04, but letting that whole mess with DiPoto and Scioscia carry on the way it did and now sitting pat while Trout's best years go to waste...not a good look.

I'm glad we don't have to live in a world where the Cubs have other priorities besides winning. Until Trooblud gets his way, I mean.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2016 MLB Thread on: February 04, 2016, 04:32:17 PM
Whatever future plans they may have, not making moves this offseason seems pretty inexcusable in what's clearly a buyer's market at this point. They could have easily gone after Cespedes and the like that would have helped them approach that Trout+30 number without being albatrosses like the Hamilton deal. They've effectively punted a year in which their top player should be worth 9 wins. Unbelieveable.

That whole shine on Arte Moreno being such a great owner...whatever happened to that?
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The only site I'll ever need... on: February 04, 2016, 04:22:13 PM
I know we have several alleged lawyers here -- any non-advice on what to look for when creating a will? We've gotten quotes that range from like $400 to $3,000 (which seems insane, though maybe this is a reasonable get-what-you-pay-for thing) and there are terms thrown around that I have little understanding of like various types of trusts and directives, etc. We just want our bases covered, but since I don't even know what those are, I can't really ask for them. Any tips?
It depends on what you have and how you want to distribute it.  Are you married?  If so, do you live in a community property state?  I don't do probate, but my experience is that if you die intestate (without a will) the state will generally do what you would have done had you had a will.  The main reason for going to a lawyer is to do what you can to avoid estate taxes that allow the state to get a share of your estate that would have otherwise gone to your heirs.  But I say "tough on those ungrateful brats!"  You made it the hard way.  Why should their lazy asses be rewarded?

You generally want as little passing through probate as possible. It takes forever, is expensive, and is public. If you die without a will your property gets divided up amongst your family regardless of whether you even liked that brother who's always posting pro Donald Trump memes on your wall. Wanted to leave something to friends or charity? Too bad, should've written a will. And the scheme for doing that is determined state by state, so you're basically letting the legislators of your fine state write your will for you if you die without one.

Trusts can get around both the not having a will problem as well as the long probate (think "the judge-controlled legal process of interpreting and following a will") problem, and there are provisions that can make it harder for creditors to access your assets or, for example, to protect your son or daughter from him or herself by limiting access to gifts until certain ages or conditions are met. This whole structure can vary wildly state by state so you'll need a lawyer in your jurisdiction. My firm handles high net worth estate planning (not my department, but people I can ask under the guise of being new) but if you're not in California I can't tell you much in specifics that's going to be helpful to you. Unlike Stew, who has mercifully forgotten law school and the bar exam by now (I hope), I just got out of law school and took trusts and estates very recently, so it's somewhat fresh. Damn it.

That's all really helpful -- I appreciate it. I wasn't sure if we needed to spring for a trust, but it sounds like that would be the best option. We have a family friend who does estate planning and is in the middle of the price ranges we've been quoted (including a trust). Aside from the general awkwardness of sharing all of our assets (or lack of assets) with him, it seems like a pretty safe bet. Thanks again.

It's unlikely you're in a community property state, that's the minority approach, but every state will still have a set of statutes and case law that determines how spouses are accounted for in estate planning. (Some even kick in if you try to disown or avoid them and therefore by operation of law will trump your own estate planning.) What Stew mentioned as intestate -- dying without a will (dying with one is "dying testate") -- gets you the Default Estate Plan: whatever your state's legislature and appellate courts have come up with. It works, it's fair for the most part, but for most people it goes against their wishes and can almost be an invasion of privacy. People are unique and most have strong feelings about what happens to their property when they pass away. The law recognizes that and provides for it, but there's a cost of entry: you need a lawyer to take you out of the Default Estate Plan. To get a customized plan to meet your needs, you have to upgrade, and that costs money. For most it's worth it. Any good estate planning lawyer will talk you through your options and help you make the best decision for you, your family, and your budget. Sometimes lawyers can forget that each case is unique: you do a hundred estate plans, they're all the same, but for the people involved it's intensely personal. Feel free to check back (or DM) if you think I can help with any questions. Good luck.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The only site I'll ever need... on: February 04, 2016, 03:58:11 PM
I know we have several alleged lawyers here -- any non-advice on what to look for when creating a will? We've gotten quotes that range from like $400 to $3,000 (which seems insane, though maybe this is a reasonable get-what-you-pay-for thing) and there are terms thrown around that I have little understanding of like various types of trusts and directives, etc. We just want our bases covered, but since I don't even know what those are, I can't really ask for them. Any tips?
It depends on what you have and how you want to distribute it.  Are you married?  If so, do you live in a community property state?  I don't do probate, but my experience is that if you die intestate (without a will) the state will generally do what you would have done had you had a will.  The main reason for going to a lawyer is to do what you can to avoid estate taxes that allow the state to get a share of your estate that would have otherwise gone to your heirs.  But I say "tough on those ungrateful brats!"  You made it the hard way.  Why should their lazy asses be rewarded?

You generally want as little passing through probate as possible. It takes forever, is expensive, and is public. If you die without a will your property gets divided up amongst your family regardless of whether you even liked that brother who's always posting pro Donald Trump memes on your wall. Wanted to leave something to friends or charity? Too bad, should've written a will. And the scheme for doing that is determined state by state, so you're basically letting the legislators of your fine state write your will for you if you die without one.

Trusts can get around both the not having a will problem as well as the long probate (think "the judge-controlled legal process of interpreting and following a will") problem, and there are provisions that can make it harder for creditors to access your assets or, for example, to protect your son or daughter from him or herself by limiting access to gifts until certain ages or conditions are met. This whole structure can vary wildly state by state so you'll need a lawyer in your jurisdiction. My firm handles high net worth estate planning (not my department, but people I can ask under the guise of being new) but if you're not in California I can't tell you much in specifics that's going to be helpful to you. Unlike Stew, who has mercifully forgotten law school and the bar exam by now (I hope), I just got out of law school and took trusts and estates very recently, so it's somewhat fresh. Damn it.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2015 Cubs Offseason: Building a Winner Around David Ross on: February 04, 2016, 12:03:51 PM
DPD.

If Murton makes the big club or just languishes at AAA just in case, I don't really have an opinion about it. Time has passed. He's not a prospect or someone the front office or fans are pushing for an everyday spot in lieu of an upgrade. Replacement Level Murton is not a threat to my sanity. That battle is over. I won lost.

I really cannot imagine how wrong things would have to go before Murton could actually make the team. He's a right handed corner only outfielder who probably can't hit anymore. My guess is Theo brought him in for shits and giggles and to be a coach to the young'ns about how to make more contact or something.

I mean I would assume they would go to Coghlan, try Baez or Bryant in a corner, move Zobrist to left, and try Mack Seizure before they'd even consider using Murton for anything.

Theo is just taking BP Wrigleyville's advice. He's going to cut Heyward at the end of spring training because turnover is good and start Murton out there.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: February 03, 2016, 11:21:16 PM
We must not have been the only ones complaining because they spent the day on Twitter whining about cynical readers and being self important mopes.

You're so unquestioning. They just have "different ideas."

(actual Trooblud quote)
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: February 03, 2016, 05:51:26 PM
DPD. Also:

Quote
Heres the thing. If I had $6 million to spend on executives, Id spend $3 million of it to hire a Theo Epstein type, and the other $3 million to hire 50 of the best and brightest young guns straight out of grad school at $60,000 a pop. Think about what Mark Shapiro had in Cleveland in the 2000s: a clear organizational structure, with him at the top, and a bunch of future GMs below him buying into that vision, and wildly underpaid for their talent (because they were early in their career).

So, to recap. Don't hire a couple of smart, successful people because their ideas might clash. Instead, hire FIFTY unproven guys straight out of graduate school and watch their ideas coalesce into something beautiful.



and the "best and brightest young guns straight out of grad school" would land for $60K? Sounds like bachelors degree money to me.

Holy shit, that would be some outstanding organizational bloat.  Also, I'm guessing most of these grad school mavens are already employed by BP and would willing to jump for that kind of money.

I took a shit on BP Wrigleyville on twitter and someone replied "in other news baseball news is slow in January and February"

Oddly enough many other blogs aren't sitting there with feces running down their legs because they let some waterhead post about letting Theo walk and another write a paean to Rick Fucking Renteria.

Right. I get that you're scraping for content but you can scrape for baseball content for a long time before you get to this bullshit. Brett or John Arguello breaking down Chesney Young's chance at someday being the next Tony Campana would be a better use of time than this bullshit

I would absolutely read that.

Is Chesney Young a real person?

He had a really long hit streak at some point season...wasn't it 40+ games?

He won the Buttpuddle League Batting Title, you pricks. Show some respect.

I admit it, (wholly unfairly to Chesny Young) I get him and Charcer Burks confused all the time.
Okay that second guy isn't real tho

Well, he definitely isn't a real prospect.

Even if it's probably entirely unfair to write off a 20-year old guy in A-ball.

They're both 6'0", 170, light-hitting, middle of the field (2B/CF) speed guys.

One of them just happens to slap-hit a lot more effectively.

From the looks of him, he's got a future starting up a bro-country band.

His name is Chesney Young. He's probably been packing state fair amphitheaters full of TDubbses before he could legally drive.

Intrepid Reader: Chesney Young

Oh yeah, my baby is an All-American Country Girl
Wearing those tight jeans
We drive down to the river in my truck
Every Saturday night
Drinking beer
Dancing to country music
And I love her almost as much as I love my mama



I'm glad you felt the need to spell that out for us.

Did I miss any bro-country tropes?

TL;DR
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: February 03, 2016, 03:43:37 AM
Seriously, does BP Wrigleyville want to fail?
11  General Category / The Dead Pool / So I'm on BBC2 Now, Telling Terry Wogan How He Kicked It on: February 01, 2016, 08:03:22 AM
Aged 77.
12  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Better Call Saul on: January 31, 2016, 09:28:50 PM
I can't freaking wait for this. Expectations are almost too high, but if there's one person I trust with them it's Vince Gilligan.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: I admit it... on: January 30, 2016, 09:02:05 PM


...I have no idea what is going on in the "Up Where He Belongs" thread.

No one does. Least of all Chuck.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Twatheads Twittering on: January 28, 2016, 02:45:52 PM

Honestly, as fucking dumb as that article was, this almost makes it worse.

It also seems to be blissfully unaware that almost all of the commenters to the article praised it.

What a shitshow.

Things are going great without Sahadev. Never been better.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Twatheads Twittering on: January 28, 2016, 12:24:32 AM
I used to work somewhere that had Rush Limbaugh on every day. I distinctly remember him saying "foment" all the time. So there's that.
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