Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Killers

So this animal kills a cop, and the only thing his widow has to say about it, is that she wishes he had killed more of them before the cops shot him. This wasn't even this crazed animal's first murder: he had killed at least once before.

What I find most incredible is that this critter got his gun by stabbing and then beating up an armed security guard and stealing his gun, and the family of the felon are blaming the guard! This is what happens when you are living in a state where guns are illegal, the animals take over. They exploit that "beat someone up and steal their gun" loophole.

Animals like that are the reason that I carry.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Epic road trip

After all that has happened over the past 6 months, I decided to go on sabbatical and wander the country. About a month ago, I left on a journey to see what I could see. Since that day, I have been to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maine, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. I am in Pennsylvania now, and I am going to take a tour of Hershey this afternoon. I have traveled nearly 3,000 miles so far.
So far this summer, I have gone to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, saw Times Square, gambled in a Maine Casino, and caught a 4 pound bass on the Canadian border. I have eaten lobster rolls, had a Maine lobster boil, eaten authentic New York pizza, Corned beef Reubens, and Coney Island hot dogs. I saw a concert in Atlanta.
I plan on visiting Tennessee and West Virginia before I head back to Florida. I have a lot of stories to tell, and they will be spelled out in this blog over the next few weeks. The three days I spent in New York City are going to be worth a few blog posts all by themselves.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cops are a money maker

In the year 2000, my car was burglarized. The police knew who did it. They got his identity from the fingerprints. They told me that he would not likely face charges, because the police department did not have the resources to deal with "minor" crimes like auto burglary.

In the year 2005, someone stole a check from my mailbox, forged my signature on it, and deposited it into their checking account. I got a copy of the check, and sure enough, there was the name and signature of the miscreant. The police again told me that they didn't have the resources to pursue the criminal.

On the way home, I passed 5 cops writing traffic tickets. I lost a total of about $900 from those two crimes. I have lost more than that from the five traffic tickets I have received in my life.

The police write over 40 million traffic tickets a year in the US. The average officer writes $300,000 a year in traffic tickets. It is a $6 billion a year industry. The city of Atlanta has even admitted that police raises and pensions depend on how much revenue is brought in by traffic citations. So even though there may be no quota per se, you can bet that the police have a real motivation to write questionable tickets. The Atlanta police union admits to using traffic tickets to fund a raise for Atlanta cops.

Warning people of speed traps ahead has been ruled as protected speech, and has also been ruled as interfering with police business by the Seventh circuit. In that same decision, it also ruled that using traffic fines to generate revenue is legitimate police business, and interfering with that is a crime.

Florida, the state where I reside, makes $100 million a year from traffic tickets, and that doesn't include the amount collected by state and county government from their share of those 4 million traffic citations. Hillsboro county got another $36 million. St Petersburg, a city within that county, got another $500 thousand. Hillsboro is only one of 67 Florida counties.  There are only 15 million adults in Florida, meaning that one in four Florida drivers get a ticket each year.

The police are revenue generators, and are being used to squash political groups. They no longer are here to protect and serve the public. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another career change

I have decided that I need to find something to do to occupy my time during retirement. So what I did was apply to be licensed as a Florida teacher. The state claims to have a need for teachers, due to a shortage.

I applied for my certification in Biology and Health. I got a letter from the state saying that a Paramedic with 25 years of experience doesn't have the training in First Aid in order to be a Health teacher. I thought this was ridiculous, so I appealed.

I am now approved to teach young minds in the fields of Biology, Science, and Health.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Prohibited person

As you all know, for the past three weeks, I was a prohibited person. I was not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition. My concealed weapons permit has been revoked. Why? My ex-girlfriend is accusing me of stalking, and filed a complaint for a domestic violence restraining order against me. We had our first hearing on June 2, and I appeared there with my attorney. He announced in court that we want to have a full hearing, where we will present subpoenaed witnesses in my defense.

We had our second hearing on June 17th. She did not have an attorney or a single witness. The basis of her claim was that I read her text messages and emails while we were a couple, I sent a text to her new boyfriend, and I came to her workplace and got her fired.

I had an attorney and four witnesses.They were going to testify to the following facts, even though it turns out that they were not needed:

Yes, I read her emails. That was how I found out she was cheating. What she left out of the story was that she had given me the password.

Yes, I texted her new boyfriend. The reason? I asked him if he really was sleeping with her. No threats. I was just confirming what I saw in the emails.

A friend, who was asked by my ex-girlfriend to inform on my whereabouts so she could surprise me with a visit next time I went SCUBA diving, was there to testify that she was the one following me around.

Also, my mother testified that the ex-girlfriend never lived with the two of us (my mother lives with me). This is important, because an important element of proving domestic violence is to prove either:
        -That the two involved had a child together, or;
        - That they were married at some point, or;
        - that they lived together as if a family at some point.
Since none of those is true, there can be no domestic violence.

 My ex girlfriend had been fired for stealing, not because I stalked her. You see, she had left some belongings at my house, which I had attempted to return to her through a mutual friend. She didn't pick them up, and after a month, I opened the box to find a large cache of pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment, medical records with patient information and social security numbers on them, along with other medical supplies. They were marked "Property of XXX hospital," so I contacted the hospital to see what they wanted done with their property. The supervisor asked me to bring them in. They did an investigation, connected them to her, and they fired her a month later for stealing. At the time of her firing, her employer told her how they caught her, and told her that her ex boyfriend had found the stolen articles and returned them to the hospital.

 So less than an hour after her firing, she filled out a claim that I had committed domestic violence against her and that she was afraid of me coming to hurt her. The court issued a DV injunction, and I became a prohibited person for the duration of the order. It took me three weeks to get to this morning's hearing.

To protect myself from the allegations, I left the country/state for two weeks. I went into exile. I travelled to Atlanta, then I went to St Martin, St Thomas, and to the Bahamas. I can prove that I was nowhere near her for the past three weeks.

I also had records from my toll transponder, showing that I was nowhere near her on the dates and times that she claimed I was stalking her. My new girlfriend testified that I was nowhere near her (not even in the same county- I was 100  miles away) on the dates in question.

None of it was needed. She presented her case, and before we called our first witness, my attorney pointed out that there was no evidence of violence presented by her. The judge agreed and dismissed all charges.

After this, she said that her boyfriend is a cop, and that "this isn't over" because the cop is initiating a criminal investigation into how I got his phone number, among other things, and that he is going to have me arrested.

My lawyer said that if he does that, we will sue for wrongful prosecution and his career will be over.

Now I have to get things back in order. I have my guns again. I have to get another CWP. I can move on. Until she pulls her next stunt.


Using accusations of domestic violence has become a common tactic for women who wish to win divorce and child custody cases, as well as angry girlfriends who wish to get back at former boyfriends. Men have no legal recourse against women who are proven to be lying. I can't even sue her to recover my considerable legal fees. This needs to change. Sign the petition here:


Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th

Have you ever wondered why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day? The short answer: Greed, the French Monarchy, and the Catholic Church. Like most stories, the long version is more complicated. This is the legend as I heard it:

"The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon" were a military order of men who were living in Jerusalem in 1099 AD, at the tail end of the Crusades. There were nine of them at the time, and they were so poor that they were living in a stable, and begging for food. Legend has it that they discovered some of King Solomon's treasure while digging in the area.

They returned to Europe, and invented what was essentially the first international banking society. They were involved in shipping, banking, and other money making ventures. They formed large society, which at its peak, was comprised of over 20,000 members. Members held different ranks, with the highest being called Knight Templar. A Knight Templar was similar to what a full partner or a member of the board of directors would be today. The 'board meetings' only took place at night, and this was because of the need for secrecy. Remember that this was in the age of pure monarchy, when no one who was not a King could own anything without the King taking a large cut of it.

One odd thing about them was that they practiced elaborate rituals that were designed to ensure secrecy. Since it was a crime punishable by death at the time to engage in any ritual not endorsed by the Catholic Church, any person who took part in such a ritual was bound to keep the secrets of the others, or he himself would be killed.

The Knights Templar hired many men of the free masons' guild to build large structures, such as the Cathedral at Notre Dame. At the time, the free masons were not especially liked by the Church, mostly because the masons were teaching that mathematics ran the world, and not a deity. The Church had to put up with this to a certain extent, however, because God was not in the business of building the Church's cathedrals, and the free masons were.

The free masons, having built many buildings for the order, needed to be sworn to secrecy. So they were sworn in as minor members of the order, and were taught many of the Templar rituals. 

All went well until October 13, 1307, when the King of France at the time, King Philip IV, entered a partnership with Pope Clement V and decreed that all of the Knights Templar would be declared to be Satan worshipers and would be put to death. The king charged the Templars with usury, credit inflation, fraud, homosexuality, heresy, sodomy, immorality, and abuses.

Many of the Kinghts Templar were killed at dawn that Friday the 13th, so that their wealth could be confiscated, and at the same time eliminate the possible threat that the military order might pose to Philip's quest for more power. The ones who weren't killed were tortured into confessing to their crimes. The Pope then issued arrest warrants for all of the Templars world wide, and the Church confiscated their assets, in order to avoid the military action that Philip threatened to take against the Church. The arrested members of the order were burned at the stake in 1314, and the remainder of the Templars went underground and became a secret society.

King Phillip and Pope Clement both died before the end of 1314, after being cursed by one of the Templars they burned at the stake. According to legend, he called out from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God. His actual words were recorded on the parchment as follows : "Dieu sait qui a tort et a péché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort" (free translation : "God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death").

No one really knows if this is the true account of what happened, but that doesn't surprise me. History is a fiction that is written by the winners. The history of less than 100 years ago, and even this morning's newspapers are seldom an account of what actually took place.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Update on trouble

My ex-girlfriend is accusing me of stalking, and has filed a complaint for a domestic violence restraining order against me. We had our first hearing on June 2, and I appeared there with my attorney. He announced in court that we want to have a full hearing, where we will present subpoenaed witnesses in my defense.

I received a call on June 4th from my attorney. She called his office that morning looking for an attorney to represent her. She appears to be running through the phone book, and didn't realize that this particular attorney was mine. I guess she is worried that I have a lawyer, and now she wants one, too.

She claims that I showed up at her workplace. That is true. She worked at a hospital, but she was not at work during the time that I was there. I had a legitimate reason for being there. In Florida, stalking can only be alleged if there is "no legitimate purpose" for the behavior.

She also claims that she was fired after I was there. That is also true. What she left out is that she was fired for stealing medical equipment and pharmaceuticals from her employer, not because of any alleged stalking on my part.

The complaint is without merit, and I believe that I have enough evidence that she has perjured herself to prevail in this case. There are a few facts that we have in our possession that I am not yet at liberty to discuss. As soon as we have the evidenciary hearing, I will release more details.

Using accusations of domestic violence has become a common tactic for women who wish to win divorce and child custody cases, as well as angry girlfriends who wish to get back at former boyfriends. Men have no legal recourse against women who are proven to be lying. This needs to change. Sign the petition here:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Trouble

I have had to edit and remove all posts on this blog that have to do with my ex girlfriend, the one that broke up with me more than 6 months ago. For my regular readers, you remember the story. The data breaches, and the other incidents that I thought were in my past.

Last week, I was served with a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order. I have not spoken with, nor have I had any contact with this woman in four months, yet she went to the courthouse and filed for an injunction.

In it, she alleges that we lived together (we did not), and that I am stalking her (I am not), and that I showed up at her workplace, and this got her fired. There are no allegations that I committed any violent act, nor are there any claims that I threatened any violent acts. The basis of her claim is that I own a lot of guns, and she is afraid that I might "snap" one day.

We had our first hearing, and asked for a continuance, so that we could subpoena witnesses for my defense. It was granted.

Upon the advice of my attorney, I cannot give any further details on the specifics of this case until after the next hearing, which will be held in three weeks. Until then, I cannot possess firearms or ammunition. I have to make sure that I have witnesses that can attest to whereabouts at all times, so that I am not accused of being near her.

I can, however, give you details about how the law is abused. Here are the disturbing statistics:

25% of all divorces include accusations of domestic violence.
50% of all domestic violence restraining orders are issued without allegations of violence.
70% of domestic violence restraining orders are trivial or false. (PDF warning)
85% of restraining orders are against men

In fact, a New Mexico woman filed a restraining order against David Letterman in 2005, alleging that she was a victim of his domestic abuse. He had never met the woman. She said that he was using secret code words to threaten her during his television show. The judge in the case found her claims to have merit, and  granted the order, even though it was later overturned.

The law says that women can make an accusation of domestic violence, and the court will punish the man by issuing a restraining order without him being allowed to defend himself. He gets a hearing two weeks later, but by that time, his guns have been taken, and his concealed weapons permit revoked. There is no fee for the woman to do this.

She gets a free lawyer. He does not. When it is discovered that she lied, nothing happens to her. She will not be prosecuted, and cannot be sued.

Generally, I will leave you with the words of the Florida State Supreme Court:

 Unfortunately, the current version of section 784.046 does not seem to permit the trial court to simply dismiss a sworn petition that does not allege facts that fall within the statutory language. Instead, section 784.046(5) requires that "[u]pon the filing of the petition, the court shall set a hearing to be held at the earliest possible time." (Emphasis added.) The result is the use of scant judicial resources to conduct unnecessary hearings based on pleadings that could never support the issuance of an injunction. These same hearings often serve only to inflame the parties' emotions and foster further uncivil behavior. I would encourage the legislature to consider amending the domestic violence and repeat violence statutes to allow judges to dismiss petitions that, on their face, do not contain allegations sufficient to meet the statutory requirements without prejudice to the petitioner refiling a legally sufficient petition if he or she can do so.
 Women who lie to use the law as a weapon cannot be punished. From the same decision:
Further, nowhere in section 784.046 is there any provision for an award of sanctions against a petitioner who uses the statutory provisions concerning injunctions as a sword rather than a shield.
 
This blog will be down until this can be cleared up.




Saturday, May 17, 2014

Feelings matter, not solutions

Every one of us has had this conversation at some point in our lives, whether we are a man who wants to fix a problem, or the woman who just wants us to listen. This video sums up both relationships and today's politics.




Many women would rather wallow in self pity and sorrow, than to actually DO anything proactive to solve the problem. It isn't about the nail, it is about how they FEEL about the nail.

This is why so many political issues today involve showing that you CARE about a problem, than they do about actually FIXING the problem.