WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "RIDICULOUS LAWSUITS BY INMATES"?

When Jesse Dimmick was a fugitive from Colorado fleeing a murder charge, he led police in
 Kansas on a chase, and his car was disabled in front of a newlywed
 couple’s house. He ran in and confronted the couple, Jared and Lindsay
 Rowley, at knifepoint. As police surrounded the house, Dimmick says he
 got a verbal agreement from the couple that they would help him escape
 in exchange for an unspecified cash payment, which he says constituted
 “a legally binding oral contract.” But when he fell asleep, the Rowleys
 fled the house and police stormed in, shooting and wounding Dimmick. He
 was convicted of multiple felonies in the case, but after his
 sentencing (10 years, 11 months), Dimmick was extradited to Colorado to
 face the murder charge. In his free time while awaiting trial in that
 case, Dimmick has sued the Rowleys “without the aid of professional
 [sic] legal counsel,” his claim notes, alleging “breech [sic] of
 contract” and demanding $235,000 in compensation. The Rowleys’ attorney
 asked for a dismissal of the suit, but the judge has yet to rule on
 that motion.

A THOUGHT: The law has this backwards – Inmates shouldn’t be allowed to file such suits without the judge’s permission.

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WITCH HUNT

A prison chaplain in Wisconsin was the subject of a literal witch hunt when two state politicians tried get her fired right after she was hired in 2001 – because the Rev. Jamyi Witch – her real name – is a pagan. The action, by Rep. Scott Walker, then the chair of the Assembly Committee on Corrections and Courts, and Rep. Michael Huebsch of (yes!) West Salem, was so intense that Witch reported getting death threats. The effort failed on freedom of religion grounds. But now, Witch has pleaded not guilty to supposedly setting up a fake hostage situation in her office at Oshkosh Correctional Institution. During the hostage crisis, she slipped the inmate drugs and, once he was asleep, opened the door for guards. Her alleged motive: to get herself and the prisoner transferred to a different prison. If convicted, Witch, now 52, faces up to 58-1/2 years in prison.

 A THOUGHT: Mastermind of a plot, or victim of a plot? You be the judge.

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High Security

“She grabbed a bag of apricots, dried apricots, opened them, ate a couple, put it back and the security guard watched her do it,” says Alissa Jones, about an incident at a Safeway grocery store in Everett, Wash. The guard labeled it shoplifting, and grabbed the culprit, Savannah Harp, and took her and her shopping companion, who didn’t see the incident, to the back of the store for interrogation.

 “She’s banned from the store, and we’re pressing charges,” the guard told them. “And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways.” The problem: Savannah can’t read or write; she’s 4. But the guard made her scribble something like her name on the paper anyway. Her companion at the store was her father. When corporate officials heard about it, the security guard was fired, and apologized to Savannah’s parents.”Our policies on shoplifting are intended to protect our customers, but built on common sense,” said Safeway spokeswoman Cherie Myers. “And everyone understands what common sense is.”

A THOUGHT: Common sense tells those with common sense that common sense isn’t very common, as reviewing the security guard’s actions should have told Ms. Myers if she had any common sense.

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Die Another Day

“I told her I didn’t want to die,” said a 17-year-old boy from Edgewater, Fla., to police. “And then she wouldn’t get out of the car so I had to pull it over. I had to pull like her, like, move her over and she started hitting me. I have bites, cuts and punches all over my face,” he said. The “she” involved is his mother. The family, including his father, was coming home from a Blue Oyster Cult concert, and his mother was drunk and “out of control,” driving close to 110 mph, the boy said. The car eventually ran out of gas, which is when he called 911. Deputies gave the boy a ride to protective custody; his father, Ronald Siciliano, a ride home; and the mother, Patricia Siciliano, 41, a ride to jail. She was charged with domestic battery, child abuse without great harm, resisting arrest, and three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer – but not drunk driving, since deputies didn’t actually see her behind the wheel. “She’s not a very smart alcoholic,” the boy said, “at all.”

A THOUGHT: Not too many of them are, son.

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"Party on Wayne" – "Party on Garth"

Two 20-year-old men at a party in Sweden noticed an 18-year-old woman had passed out from drinking too much. They thought it would be “fun” to take “compromising pictures” of her – they pulled up her shirt and took photos of her breasts. Other shots showed the men giving each other “high-fives” – with their own pants pulled down to expose themselves next to her. But despite the photographic evidence, the unnamed men were exonerated of sexual molestation because, the Stockholm District Court ruled, by being unconscious, the woman was not aware she was being molested. “She considers herself to have been seriously violated,” said prosecutor Gunnar Merkel. He plans to appeal the ruling.

A THOUGHT: Meanwhile, I don’t want to even think about what’s going on in hospital coma wards in the country.

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Dazed and Confused

Donn Adams, 68, of Louisville, Ky., drove his car into a ditch. When officers arrived, they found Adams confused and disoriented. He denied being under the influence of drugs, but told officers he took Suboxone for an opiate addiction. He refused to give  permission for police to search his car, but they spotted two syringes of what appeared to be heroin in plain sight. Adams told police he “thought it was heroin” but that “his friend” had left it in the car, not him. What probably sealed his arrest was when Adams explained to officers that he had only had “two pizzas to drink” for lunch.

A THOUGHT: The question: What kind of mushrooms were on the pizza?

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A Dreadful Lawsuit

“He thanked me and said, ‘You did a great job and I’m satisfied’,” said Attorney Harrison Williams of his client, Eon Shepherd, after their federal lawsuit against the state concluded. Shepherd is a prisoner serving life, and with Williams’ help he sued the State of New York because prison guards “touched” his “sacred” Rastafarian dreadlocks during a search, and “slightly tore” his hair. With Williams’ help, Shepherd won the suit – and was awarded $1.00 by the jury. Williams says his law firm put in $75,000 worth of billable hours to prosecute the case; an appeals court ruled that the federal Prison Litigation Reform Act, which was passed to try to stem ridiculous lawsuits by inmates, applied in this case. The Act in part limits attorney’s fees to 150 percent of a jury award applied, and the court awarded Williams $1.50 for his time.

A THOUGHT: Hopefully he’s one and a half times more satisfied than Shepherd.

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A Hairy Situation

Sheldon Williams, 12, was sent to the principal’s office at Marshall (Texas) Junior High because his haircut violated school policy. He had two lines shaved on the side of his head, which the principal, Debbie Crooms, claimed were “gang symbols.” Assistant Principal Michael Morse fixed the problem – by coloring Williams’ scalp with a black marker. Superintendent Bruce Gearing said the assistant principal “has been reprimanded,” and that “it will never happen again as long as I am part of the district.”

A THOUGHT: The principal says she thought it was OK as long as they colored within the lines.

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A Sticky Situation

“When I started taking my clothes off, a man said ‘You can’t do that in here!’,” says Ian Robinson, 43. The former mail carrier was at the Jobcentre in Bridlington, England, and his purpose was protest. “So I went over and glued myself to his desk,” Robinson continued. He says he’s upset that he had not been awarded government benefits over the pain he sufferers from arthritis, so he resorted to a mid-morning Full Monty. “A society is judged on how it treats the sick and leaving them without disability benefit is criminal,” he says. The Jobcentre called police and an ambulance, so Robinson pried himself up because “I didn’t want to put the ambulance people to the trouble.” This was not Robinson’s first protest: he also glued himself to a counter at a department store over a dispute with his bill.

A THOUGHT: I would protest the glue store too – the glue they sell clearly isn’t strong enough.

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Traitor Jane

Barbara Walters comments on Jane Fonda

Barbara  Walters said:

“Thank you all.  Many  died in Vietnam for our freedoms.  I did not like Jane Fonda then and I don’t like her  now. She can lead her present life the way she wants and  perhaps SHE can forget the past, but we DO NOT  have to stand by without comment and see her ‘honored’ as a ‘Woman of the Century’.  
 
(I remember this well)
 
For those who, like me, served and/or died…

NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!!

and now President OBAMA wants to honor her…!!!!

In Memory of LT. C. Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton [Famous North Vietnam Prison]

IF YOU NEVER RECOMMENDED ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE  FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL KNOW!!!!!!
                        
A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED.  KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA!

This is for all the kids born in the 70’s and after who do not remember, and didn’t have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bare.

Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the ‘100 Women of the Century’.

BARBARA WALTERS WRITES:

 Unfortunately,  many have forgotten and still countless others  have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

 The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The  pilot’s name is Jerry Driscoll, a “River Rat”.  In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ‘Hanoi Hilton.’         

Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ’s, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American ‘Peace Activist’ the ‘lenient and humane treatment’ he’d received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away.  During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant’s feet, which sent that officer berserk.

In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant’s frenzied application of a wooden baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E’s). He spent 6 years in  the ‘Hanoi Hilton’… the first three of which his family only knew he was ‘missing in action’. His wife lived on faith that he was still  alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up,  fed and clothed routine in preparation for a  ‘peace delegation’ visit.

They, however,  had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived.  Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of  his hand.  When paraded before Ms. Fonda  and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man’s hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: ‘Aren’t you sorry you bombed babies?’ and ‘Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?’  Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.              

She took them all without missing a beat.. at the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper…  

Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese  communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held  prisoner for over 5 years.

I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a  cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a ‘black box’  in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs)

We were Jane Fonda’s ‘war criminals….’

When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist  political officer if I would be willing to meet with her.  I said yes, for I wanted to tell  her about the real treatment we POWs  received… and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as ‘humane and  lenient.’

Because of this, I spent  three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight  placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.

I had the opportunity to meet  with Jane Fonda soon after I was released.  I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV.  She never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored  as part of ‘100 Years of Great Women.’ Lest we forget….’100 Years of Great Women’ should  never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

There  are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane’s participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to  forward to as many people as you possibly can.  It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget!

RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt,
USAF  716 Maintenance  Squadron,      
Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431  COMM: 883-6343

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