“Piercing the Corporate Veil” Redefined?

I wonder if the court realizes what it has done…
“Piercing the Corporate Veil” is a term used by the courts seeking to remove the protection extended to an equity holder in a corporation. This issue is most often directed toward small, “closed” or “Closely held” corporations, and is the most litigated issue of corporate law.

There are many reasons that would prompt the court to attempt piercing of the corporate veil, but for purposes of this discussion, I want to concentrate on just two as they apply to the United America Campaign Funding and the Hobby Lobby freedom of religion cases: (1) Was the corporation being used as a “façade” to promote the dominate equity holder (s) dealings (alter ego theory)? (2) Did the dominant equity holder use the corporation to advance personal purposes? Apparently, the court answered a resounding “yes!” to each question in each case, and took action not just to pierce, but to effectively remove the corporate veil from these two cases.
They declared, God-like, that a corporation is a person, and that as such, it enjoys the same freedoms and privileges as a person. Nothing in my research convinces me that a corporation is a person. A corporation has no brain. It has no conscience. It has no soul. It has no intellect, other than that provided by the equity holders. It can make no choices. The equity holders make the choices for the corporation. The corporation is no more than a robot with artificial intelligence, and can only act when the owners push the buttons. How can a human being, acting as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, reach the conclusion that a corporation is a “person”? My dictionary says a person is an individual, usually a human being. A corporation cannot be defined as a person. A corporation is an entity, (a tool if you will), created under the laws of its home state, solely for the purpose of limiting the exposure to liability of equity holders.

The court, has effectively removed completely, the corporate veil and created two precedents indicating that the corporation and the equity holder are one and the same. The court has not opened a can, but a boxcar full of worms! Closed or closely held corporation equity holders no longer have the protection of the corporate veil. Huge corporations need not worry, because of the large number of shareholders, but the closed, closely held, “mom and pop” corporations have been made extremely vulnerable to liability because of these rulings. But then, what can we expect from the right-wing extremist political types who advocate for huge businesses and have no compassionate for the middle class and the poor?

I cannot condone the action of the court in the two recent rulings mentioned above, and neither should the U.S. House of Representatives whose powers have been usurped by the court. It is not the court’s duty to legislate from the bench, but instead, its duty is to interpret the constitutionality of the laws duly enacted by the legislative branch of our government, the Congress of the United States House members should be entertaining possibility of impeachment of some members of the court!

For several years now, the court has become political rather than the unbiased judicial body it was created to be. Legislation is the duty of the Congress and the court’s function is to determine the constitutionality of such laws. If this is allowed to continue, our country will become something less than countries controlled by oppressive governments we constantly attempt to topple.

Wake up, my friends. This blind man operates from the darkness, but hopefully receives enlightenment from a sense of tolerance and fair play. No one has the right to deny a human being the right to legally do what he or she wants to his or her own body. Congress and the U.S. supreme Court, to prevent you from seeing what they are doing, have wrapped themselves in an imaginary veil of darkness, in hopes that they will succeed in empowering an oppressive and dispassionate small group of billionaires to control our republic. Pierce the veil! They use as their source of light, the ignorance and the apathy of the electorate. Snuff it out! Boycott Hobby Lobby, not the voting booth!

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It’s Been a While…

But I’m back! Much has happened since the last post on April 14, 2014, and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of the time. The new book, “Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3” is snug as a print edition at amazon.com, and the EBook edition at Kindle.com. Currently, we are working with a narrator/producer, Dermot Daly, to have the audio edition ready for sale at audible.com by the end of July, 2014. It took a while to find Dermot and complete business arrangements with him, but I think the effort will be worthwhile. His audition was great and his cooperation on doing a second audition after recommended changes was satisfying. The first fifteen minutes of his production, which I just approved last week, sounds great, and I know you will enjoy listening to his performance. He really gets into the characters!

Mothers’ Day 2014…
Was spent quietly with Lorraine’s children. We enjoyed a great dinner at one of our fine restaurants in the area, caught up on news, and discussed the upcoming Fathers’ Day Audacious Bash 2014.

Memorial Day Weekend… was great! My oldest son and his wife visited Lorraine and me for a few days and we renewed some father and son bonding. The weekend was spent quietly at home and it seemed like we still had lots of conversation left to complete before they had to leave. It was a very satisfying weekend.

Fathers’ Day Audacious Blast 2014…
Wore this old man out, but I enjoyed every single moment! Three of my children were able to attend with spouses (or should that be spice?) and my grandchildren and one of their friends. I ate too much, partied too much, but again, it was all worthwhile. I’m sure it was my best Fathers’ Day holiday ever!

Working on New Mike Delo Book….
And having loads of fun. Working title is “Two Rivers” and generally the plot will involve Mike Delo’s investigation of a 27-year-old cold case for an old “Swamp Rocker”. I’ve been doing lots of research on “Swamp Rock”, or as some others call it, “Swamp Pop” or “New Orleans Soul”. I get so involved that nostalgia overtakes me and I forget I’m supposed to keeping my blog updated, and that I’m writing a book. I’m sure you will love this one. I’m shooting for a November publication, but that may be a bit difficult to accomplish. Wish me luck.

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If I Could Turn Back Time


I find it incredible that since the late nineteenth century, governments across the Western world, spent so much time debating the pros and cons of something as controversial (and in my opinion, unnecessary) as “daylight savings” time. Business operators, tourism promoters, and influential, affluent, golfers and others who participate in outdoor activities seem able to spread their influence to lawmakers whose prime concern is reelection. Legislators ignore the plight of farmers, the health effects on constituents, and the cost of disruption of travel schedules for airlines, trains, and bus companies, in favor of campaign donors.

Farmers, who are responsible for feeding the world, rely on atmospheric conditions, not clocks, to produce crops. Something as seemingly unimportant as morning dew could mean the difference between crop failure or a bountiful harvest. Messing with the clock has proven that during daylight savings time, less production is realized from farm laborers, thus increasing a farmer’s costs, which ultimately reaches the consumer table.

Other studies show the ill-effects of daylight savings time on our health – more heart attacks, unhealthy disruption of bio-rhythms and sleep patterns, and increased rates of suicide and depression.

Have you ever considered what it costs airlines, railway systems, and bus systems to change time schedules each time the government mandates a change of the clock? It’s not cheap, and guess who eventually pays for it in higher passenger fares or freight charges.

“Sorry Mr. Minority Leader, I think the problem in food production, ill health, and increased transportation costs being caused by daylight savings time is a lot of baloney! We get tons of campaign money from the people that favor this manipulation of time, so I am going to limit debate and call for a floor vote immediately,” the Speaker of the House might say.

Several reasons for implementing such nonsense as daylight savings time have been put forth by advocates of the theory, “it ain’t broken, but fix it anyway”. Businesses claim they get higher sales volume. Urban families say they have more daylight to spend time together. Outdoor enthusiasts, like some doctors and other professionals who take Wednesday afternoon off regardless, opine that there is more daylight available for outdoor activities (such as golf, tennis, volleyball, etc.) after work. I can’t figure why these matters require action by the government. Why can’t individuals who find such things necessary adjust their schedules without disrupting the flow of life across the world?

“We are safer,” the proponents say, “and we save money on utility bills. We get to play more golf after work, and we have more time to shop before the stores close.”

Really? That reasoning is right up there with the little old lady who was so thankful because she had more daylight hours to work in her garden! Actually, studies have proven that we save nothing, nada, on utilities. In fact, the manipulation of the clock actually causes us to use more energy. What miniscule amount is saved on lighting, is far outpaced by the use of air conditioning and the cleanup of pollution because of this increased use.

Historical records show that Congress put daylight savings time into effect to accommodate financial markets, allowing trading with other markets in London, Chicago, or the West Coast of the United States. I would bet more than a few congressmen got their pockets lined, and don’t you dare call me a cynic!

As if there is not enough turmoil in this world, the wisdom in Washington is to make the enactment of the policy a state’s option, so a person can stand in Arizona at its border with Colorado, take a step over the border and lose or gain an hour depending on the season! Does that make sense? It’s difficult enough for a modern businessman to consider time zones in his dealings, much less have to throw in whether a state is on “daylight savings” time.

You might ask why a blind person with no light perception gives a damn about daylight or darkness. Granted, it doesn’t mean a hell of a lot to me, until it begins to overshadow the real problems, financial and moral, that face us today. I don’t really care about saving daylight, but I do care about how priorities are assigned to matters that our Congress and state legislators should address. I spent almost the entire seven years of my brief military career learning to deal with “Zulu” and “Greenwich Mean” time. I finally got it down on a three – by – five card and got to where I understood it all, only to be confronted as a civilian with this so-called “daylight savings” exercise. I’ve probably saved enough daylight since this establishment of control was instituted by our legislators, that I could give each of them enough to get something important done before the nightlife begins!

We’ve all heard the utterance, Spring forward, Fall backward”. If I were omnipotent, I would waste no time this Fall. I would permanently turn back time and never again allow some self-serving politician to waste tax dollars by debating such ridiculous legislation. Should any of them even whisper a suggestion that we contrive such a law again, I would spring forward and do my best to see that they fell backwards!

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I am gratified and pleased to announce the publication and release of my third novel in the “Cat” Touchette Cajun book series.

Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3 is alive and well on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/books/cat’slitter, cajun tale #3) and Kindle (https://www.kdp.amazon.com/Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3). The following is the press release sent to news media:

For immediate release:

author releases new cantankerous Cajun novel

Longmont, CO-April 15, 2014-Tee Man Gagneaux narrates James Ory Theall’s newest addition to the rowdy Cat Touchette Cajun novel series, CAT’S LITTER, CAJUN TALE #3.

The argumentative Cat and Tee Man attend the National Western stock show in Denver. They cavort with Cat’s blind brother-in-law, J.O. in Winter Park Ski Resort, get ticketed by a cop, and while carrying out the sentence of community service, they begin an unexpected adventure that continues all the way back to Louisiana and ends in near tragedy.

“The suspense, fast-moving action, and strained race relations, will keep you on the edge of your seat, while you enjoy the humor, love and warm friendliness of Cat and associates,” the author said.

Theall and his wife, Lorraine (an award winning author), live in Longmont, and currently are members of the Longmont Writers Club. Visit his web site http://www.jamesorytheall.com.

The novel, as well as other works by me can be purchased on line as indicated above, in Longmont at Barbed Wire Books, or send check or money order for $17.99 (includes $3.00 shipping and handling) to: James O. Theall, 729 Wade Road, Longmont, CO 80503 (be sure to indicate if you want the book inscribed and signed).

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New! Just released…

Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3

Tee Man Gagneaux narrates my newest addition to the rowdy Cat Touchette series, now available in the print edition at http://www.amazon.com/books/jamesorytheall, or you may order direct from me at (303) 651 7836, James Ory Theall, Author, 729 Wade Road, Longmont, CO 80503. The book sells for 14.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling, for a total of $17.99 for each copy of the print edition.
The Kindle EBook edition should be available no later than April 20, 2014, and the audio (talking book) edition complete and ready for sale on http://www.audible.com the end of May or very early June, 2014.

A short description of the novel…

What would cause two friends to leave Cajun country and go on a foolhardy romp through Colorado? The argumentative Cajun and Tee Man attend the National western stock show in Denver to buy a bull. They craft an impromptu visit to Winter Park ski resort where, coincidently, the blind J.O., is enjoying winter sports with challenged veterans. The raucous bunch celebrates and J.O. cajoles Cat into a snowmobile race, which ends in near-disaster.
Cat and Tee Man receive a traffic citation on their return trip to Denver for tossing trash from their vehicle. Cat’s belligerence in court earns him a fine for contempt and Tee Man is sentenced to community service.
The duo encounters a run-away teenager and her baby, hunted by a heartless baby-seller. Cat again demonstrates his propensity for trouble when he spares neither energy nor money to help the fugitive teen elude the evildoer. Patsy Mae, summoned by her grandpa to Denver, experiences a near-calamitous adventure of her own.
Back home, Tee Man battles his mother-in-law about her feelings towards Caucasians. Cat’s family and friends agonize over the diagnosis when he undergoes a traumatic episode during attempts to rescue Tee Man’s captive family from hostage takers.
The suspense, fast-moving action, and strained race relations, will keep readers on the edge of their seats, while they enjoy the love and warm friendliness of Cat and associates.
Contains strong language and descriptions of violence.

Upcoming event…

Lorraine and I will be participating in the book signing at the 2014 “You Belong Festival” celebrating National Library Week, at the Longmont Public Library on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Other local authors will be there as well, and we would love to have you come by our table.

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Progress Report


The internal proof for “Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3” has been approved and is in the publisher’s hands. The cover is approved as well, and Lorraine and I can hardly wait to have it completed in time for a major book signing in Longmont at the library on April 12, 2014. About fifty authors will be there for an afternoon of camaraderie and discussions with readers. The event went well last year and we look forward to this April 12, 2014, event.

Lorraine has also been working to get “Reflections on Life and Love”, now only available as an EBook (Kindle), but soon to be available in print as well. This is the work on which Lorraine and I collaborated and we’ve been getting nice reviews.


I’ve been using the “waiting time” for the books in progress to get press releases, announcements, etc., together. Most of that is done and ready to send, so I’m using the balance of the time to formulate a solid plot and an outline for the second Mike Delo adventure. I’m excited about it, and I think it will be better than the first one. Stay tuned.


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Winter Blues


Can you believe this weather? Longmont is experiencing below zero temperatures, and we have had snowfall amounting to fourteen inches above our normal six to seven inches in January. Enough already! Why did I cancel our Hawaii vacation!


What a disappointing Sunday evening! The game was less than exciting. My Broncos lost big time, mostly due to turnovers and penalties; however, let’s not take anything away from the Sea Hawks. They are a young, aggressive, team, and they played a flawless game. Congrats to Pete and his guys. I’m sure they will remain a potent force in the NFL. Now for the other disappointment of the evening – the boring commercials! I’ve criticized these attempts at getting me to buy stuff or use services in the past because the messages were insulting and stupid. This year, apparently in an effort to get back into the good graces of viewing families across the world, advertisers spewed huge amounts of patriotism, family values, and other stuff not even remotely relating to their products. It amazes me that they pay $4 million for a thirty-second spot, and can’t find advertising agencies that can get their message out! Oh, well, maybe next year. Go Broncos!


Finally, the first draft of the manuscript of my newest novel in the Cat Touchette Cajun series, “Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3” is completed and a couple of friends have read it and returned it with comments and recommendations. I’m about half way through the re-write and the new book should be available around March 1, 2014. BOLO! Print and EBook will be first available on amazon.com/ and kindle store.com/, and then later, the audio edition will appear for sale on audible.com/. Please tell your friends, Email buddies, family, and anyone else you can think of. I need all the help I can get!


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A Fresh Start For 2014

2014 already looking good…
In my opinion, 2013 was one of the worst years in the history of our country. Forecasters predict improvement in 2014, and apparently improvement is already manifesting itself. Congress, in spite of the obstructionist Tea Party members, actually passed a spending bill. Everybody gave up a little something, Congressmen acted as statesmen and compromised, and the talk about Obama Care by Republicans, is now in terms of “fixing it”, instead of repealing it. Surprisingly, the ACA, after stumbling at the starting block, is back on track, and gaining ground by the hour. All reports I’ve read is that it is working well. Good for us! I think our representatives in the House and the Senate, as well as the Administration are beginning to listen to the people.

Personal Progress, too…
The holidays have come and gone, and Lorraine and I enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas with her children. I, of course, ate too much and probably partied a little too much, but I survived, and immediately after January 1, 2014, except for time I spent listening to bowl games and the Broncos, I managed to finish the first draft of my latest manuscript of the third novel in the Cat Touchette Cajun series. A couple of writer friends whose critiques I take very seriously are currently reading “Cat’s Litter, Cajun Tale #3”. Cat and his friends and family experience a wild adventure in Colorado when Cat and Tee Man attend the Denver Stock Show to buy a bull to replace one Cat lost in the floods created by Hurricane Ike. J.O., Cat’s blind brother-in-law is taking part in some winter sports in the mountains with some other challenged veterans, and Cat and Tee Man surprise him. Fun follows! Then Cat gets into trouble, gets smart with a cop, goes to court and gets smart with the judge, and what follows is raucous, exciting action for the Cajuns. When the readers of the draft manuscript finish, I will do (or not) the re-write, my “Sweet Lorraine” will edit it and format it, then off to the publisher it goes. I am hopeful that it should be available by March 1, 2014.

Lorraine and I collaborated on an EBook, available at the amazon.com/kindle store/Lorraine m. theall, james ory theall. The book sells for only 2.99 and if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free apps for your android instrument and read it on your phone, iPad, etc. The book is called “Reflections on Life and Love” and is a collection of short stories and poems, some factual memories, and some fiction. We had fun putting this together, and even if you don’t like memoirs and personal stories, there is plenty of entertainment to be had from reading the fictional stuff. Try it, you’ll like it! Of course, our other books are still available in three editions: print, EBooks, and in my case, audio books.

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Season’s Greetings

Lorraine and I wish all of our families, friends, acquaintances, and followers the best of the holiday season. We sincerely hope that the new year will bring all of you much happiness, prosperity, and good health.

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We wish all of our family, friends, and acquaintances a pleasant and Happy Thanksgiving! May your hearts, your plates and your homes overflow with the traditions of love, good food, and the warmth of family and friends.

James Ory and Lorraine Theall

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