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Mr. Gripes on Venezuela’s Plight

July 18, 2017 |

In my mid-teens, for one week during a summer, I accompanied my father to a medical conference in Caracas, Venezuela. My dad enjoyed the company, and both my parents must have figured a short trip to a foreign country might … Read More

Mr. Gripes: Trump’s Not Going Anywhere

June 28, 2017 |

By Mr. Gripes

Not So Fast, Democrats

On several occasions, with the all-too-obvious backing of much of the ‘independent’ press, the Democrats were going to ‘stick it’ to Donald Trump, and ‘swipe’ a Congressional seat away from the Republicans, paving … Read More

The Mortgage Lender’s Next Legal Battlefield

May 30, 2017 |

By Rick Grant

In the years since the financial crash of 2007-08, financial services firms involved in the home finance industry have spent billions on legal fees and financial settlements stemming from their business activities prior to the meltdown. To … Read More

Mr. Gripes Tackles Politics

May 17, 2017 |

Media’s Crocodile Tears

Really It’s Not That Bad, Is It, Mr. Tapper? — It’s been tough sledding for Mr. Gripes since Donald Trump’s election. How on earth is anything he chooses to write about going to compete – on an … Read More

Mr. Gripes: Post-election impressions

December 2, 2016 |

By Jim Israel, aka ‘Mr. Gripes’

Mr. Gripes understands perfectly well you’re as fatigued as I am regarding the length, idiocy and vituperation of this past Presidential campaign, but there’s no way in hell it’s going to change: the networks, i.e., … Read More

Mr. Gripes: A premonition moment, Hillary’s Calamity of Missteps

November 27, 2016 |

By Jim Israel, aka ‘Mr. Gripes’

Sweet Revenge….It was seven or eight years ago, and a fair distance from home, that Mr. Gripes experienced the moment when a victory by a persona like Donald Trump became inevitable.

Reminiscing a bit, … Read More

The Inseparable Combination of Archiving and Investigations

August 1, 2016 |

By Andrea Lee Negroni

Most financial professionals are already familiar with the many and varied rules for archiving communications in regulated industries, including mortgage banking. At both the federal and state level, these rules lay out requirements for data retention, … Read More

Thoughts from Mr. Gripes

May 23, 2016 |

Op-Ed at the Journal – One of Mr. Gripes’ late-in-life passions has been the ‘Wall Street Journal’. My left-wing friends, of course, frozen in their unyielding political snobbery, would probably not line a cat’s litter box with the Journal, much … Read More

Mr. Gripes: Good Bye, Governor

April 15, 2016 |

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When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped out of the Republican Presidential nomination race a week ago, it was the first time Mr. Gripes had exhaled in about a year and a half. … Read More

Occupy Morality: Bernie Sanders Visits the Vatican

April 9, 2016 |

By Scott Kersnar

So the Pope has asked Bernie to come talk to him about spreading the notion of a moral economy, one in which money is treated merely as a medium of exchange, a tool rather than something to … Read More