“Some judges are in office for an entire career and do not accumulate the type of dismal professional history that the record in this case establishes. … No employee, even those inured to a judges’ mercurial temperament and foul mouth, should have to experience what Judge Halverson made her immediate staff live and work through.”

The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission, in its order last week, permanently removing District Judge Elizabeth Halverson, left, from the bench. Judge Halverson had been suspended with pay for more than a year.

“There’s a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hands saying they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses. There’s a message there. I mean, couldn’t you all have downgraded to first class or jet pooled or something to get here? It could have at least sent a message that you do get it.”

Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., after executives of the Big Three automakers admitted at congressional hearings Wednesday that they had each traveled to Washington in search of bailout funds in a private plane.

“I am worried that the situation in the United States could turn into a deflationary period in this country if trends continue. With economic conditions getting worse and not better, the risk of deflation is there.”

Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University, Channel islands, worrying about the danger to Americans inherent in cheaper prices for groceries and gasoline, after the consumer price index dropped 1 percent in October.

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