This is how a judge gives the one-finger salute

Pity Ariel Quiros. Our least favorite dark-skinned flatlander is a nine-figure millionaire, but his assets are frozen due to his (alleged) massive fraud in the Jay Peak case.

He claimed monthly expenses of $250,000, which I’m sure we can all agree is the absolute minimum required to sustain human life. He asked that the court unfreeze all but $50 million of his estimated $200 million fortune.

For those who failed elementary school math, he wanted to get his hands on $150,000,000.

The judge’s response: 

The court granted Quiros access to three Merrill Lynch accounts containing $41,308.69.

And that’s how a judge, acting officially, gives someone the middle finger.

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9 thoughts on “This is how a judge gives the one-finger salute

  1. Rita Pitkin

    I appreciate your blog very much, often agree; however, I do have a request. Could you please skip the “dark-skinned” description of Quiros, seems irrelevant.

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    1. John S. Walters Post author

      There seems to be a widespread and growing tendency to blame this whole thing on Quiros and try to hold Stenger harmless. I don’t see how he could possibly have been in the dark, even if he wasn’t actually participating in the fraud.

      The tendency to blame the outsider is, to some extent, a reflection of Vermonters’ sometimes warranted self-pride and defensiveness. (Like blaming the drug problem on dark-skinned people from Bed-Stuy, when they wouldn’t have a market if not for Vermonters’ appetities.)

      There’s a bit of xenophobia and, frankly, a touch of racism in that, so I chose the “dark-skinned flatlander” to call attention to that part of the narrative.

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  2. Rita Pitkin

    Oh, I see, didn’t get the sarcasm. Thanks for the explanation. Agree about the “innocent Stegner” routine, it’s pretty thick up here in the Kingdom.

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  3. Fred Crowley (Vershire)

    There seems to be a widespread and growing tendency to blame this whole thing on Quiros and try to hold Stenger harmless….There’s a bit of xenophobia and, frankly, a touch of racism in that, so I chose the “dark-skinned flatlander” to call attention to that part of the narrative.

    Well John, that’s one giant leap for blogdom but it falls flat. The xenophobia will suffice.

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  4. Fred Crowley (Vershire)

    you responded: I would agree if there were no other signs of racism in Vermont. Unfortunately, it’s here just like anywhere else.
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    I’m not questioning racism in Vermont but that’s not the point. Wikipedia defines straw man as a common form of argument…based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not advanced by that opponent.

    I haven’t seen you marshal the facts for racism in scapegoating Quiros, when local xenophobia alone is quite sufficient an explanation.
    BTW, I enjoyed seeing you on VT This Week this evening.

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  5. newzjunqie

    New wine in old wineskins bursts it folks as evidenced by the fizzy response. Once again ppl do not understand the blogosphere or bloggers for that matter but everything is held to a personality-less, dispassionate news publication rule book. Inoffensive, politically & journalistically correct standard of genericism which is unimaginative & frankly, boring. But we’re here in stoic VT so completely understandable.

    Ever heard of hyperbole, irony, sarcasm nuance? Guess not. I consider POC rather offensive-how is this any different than Colored-People??? Almost as bad as saying “S/he’s ‘ethnic’. But sanitized by its wide usage in the PC crowd so, after all, must be ok.

    Some complaints in the past I suspect are under a feminist-ish nonprofit-banner of some sort, as evidenced by the furious female-named friends flying out of the woodwork when orders and obligatory apology were not delivered on command & who showed up to support the complaint of whatever-ism.

    If you followed the advice of the nitpickers, much of your popularity would vanish and the complainers would also as they would have nothing to whine about, and you’d lose your ass.
    http://aesopsfables.org/F8_The-Miller-His-Son-and-Their-Ass.html

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