Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Homeland Security Blows Up Aqua Team Hunger Force

My son says Bugs Bunny is Next!

Suspect is pictured below in full technicolor

Think maybe these guys are a little too tense? I mean....they blew up Meatwad for God's sake!!

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Will Montgomery be Dry?

Looks like it :(
Police seize 445 lbs of marijuana
Then again probably not. 445 lbs. is but a smidgen and I'd wager that much is bought and sold in neighborhoods all over Montgomery on a daily basis.

Add this to the list of things I never thought I would do

Near the end of the 2006 Gubernatorial Election when all of the national and international press hit over the fact that I have mammory glands I got a strange invite.

A friend and fellow drug policy reformer in Texas told me that she is a member of MENSA and that they are having their annual gathering in Birmingham this year. She asked me if I would be interested in speaking to the group. I told her that I would and this morning I got an email in my inbox from the MENSA folks in Alabama extending the official invite. This will take place in July at the Sheraton. I will be discussing what it was like as a female running for Governor of Alabama. I am very excited.

Who would have ever thought that a dope-smoking, high school drop-out would be invited to speak to the most intelligent people on earth in the state of Alabama? For all those that say "Pot makes you stupid" I have one comment.....I'm speaking at MENSA and YOU'RE NOT!!!

Reporter seeks to unseal Drummond Coal documents

By Mike Linn
Montgomery Advertiser

An Alabama journalist wants a federal appeals panel to unseal documents in the case against a Birmingham coal company accused in the killings of union leaders at its operations in Colombia.

Stephen Flanagan Jackson, a professor of journalism at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, said he would ask the panel to unseal "mountains" of documents Thursday at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Montgomery.

"Just on the principals, we should be able to monitor this case -- as members of the press and the public," said Jackson, associate editor of

"What I'm trying to do is make all this behind the scenes maneuvering that reaches from Washington D.C. to Alabama to Colombia, available to the public and the media," he said. "It's an important case."

A March 2002 civil case filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham alleges that "agents or employees" of Drummond Company, a Birmingham coal company doing business in Colombia, killed three union representatives in 2001, allegations the company denies in court papers.

A woman who answered the phone at the Drummond Company's public relations department in Birmingham said the company had no comment.

Jackson said he appealed a federal judge's ruling to seal the documents.

Jackson said one of the documents, which he says he has, reveals sworn testimony of a Colombian who saw a former high-ranking Drummond official pay hitmen $200,000 "to kill trade union leaders" at Drummond's coal mines in La Loma, Colombia. The Miami Herald reported on the sworn affidavit in May before a judge ordered it sealed.

Drummond Company has mined coal since 1935, according to its Web site. Drummond produces coal from Shoal Creek in the Warrior Coal Basin, which stretches across Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties in Alabama.

Drummond Ltd. produces steam coal in La Loma in northern Colombia, according to the Web site.

I am very happy to see this happening. Colombia has the highest rate of murdered union workers and labor organizers in the world. In 2003 I believe 97 were murdered inside Colombia. These include labor organizers and union workers trying to organize in Drummond Coal and Coca-Cola to name a few of the US companies, who at the very least are complicit in these murders and in the worst case scenario may have been actively involved by hiring para-military groups to carry out the murders.

I traveled to Colombia in the summer of 2004 to study the effects of aerial fumigation on peasant subsistence farmers and the environment. It was a life changing experience. If you have never read it you can do so HERE.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Woman jailed after reporting rape

Yahoo News
By PHIL DAVIS, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jan 30, 3:43 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. - A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest.

While she was behind bars, according to the college student's attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions.

The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her plight to the local media.

"Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it," Moore said. "She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There's just got to be some humanity involved when it's a victim of rape."

Moore said the woman was not allowed to take the second emergency contraceptive pill until Monday afternoon, a day late, after reporters called police and jail officials.

Tampa police said they were changing their policy to give officers more discretion on when to arrest a crime victim who has outstanding warrants.

"Obviously, any policy that allows a sexual battery victim to spend a night in jail is a flawed policy," police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. "So our city attorney is writing a new policy right now."

The woman is not being identified by The Associated Press because she reported being the victim of a sex crime.

Moore said it was too soon to say if his client would sue. Her first priority was making sure detectives find her attacker.

"She is brave," Moore said. "We are going to work with police to catch this monster."

She was in Tampa on Saturday for Gasparilla, an annual pirate-themed parade that draws thousands of people. She said she was walking alone to her car when a man pulled her behind a building and raped her, McElroy said.

She reported the rape Saturday afternoon, and officers took her to a rape crisis center where she was given the first of two doses of the morning-after pill, McElroy said. The second dose is supposed to be taken within 24 hours.

Later, as she was riding in a patrol car trying to locate the crime scene in the dark, police found the warrant stemming from a 2003 juvenile arrest for grand theft and burglary. It said she owed $4,585.

"They stopped the investigation right there," and put her in handcuffs, Moore said.

Authorities arranged a special bond hearing Monday. "When the chief's office learned we had a rape victim in jail, we began working very aggressively to get her out," McElroy said.

Jennifer Dritt, executive director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, wanted more explanation from the jail, saying the woman's arrest "makes people think law enforcement doesn't have a victim-centered approach."

Moore said his client believes she paid the fine for what he described as a childish mistake. He didn't have details of that arrest, but the woman has no criminal history as an adult, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The sheriff's office, which runs the jail, said in a statement Tuesday that it is investigating the complaint and declined to comment further.

That is fucking atrocious! If it had happened to me then I would be in jail for murder not long after they let me out. I'd get the cops I reported the rape to who put me in jail for a bullshit fine and then I would get the jail worker who denied me medication based on her 'religious convictions.' Then they'd have a reason to put me in jail.

I seriously question any 'religious conviction' that holds it is perfectly alright to lock up a rape victim and deny her medication that would prevent a pregnancy of the most unwanted sort.

I can't imagine a fitting enough punishment for these fucktards!!

FBI Using Program Worse than CARNIVORE to Datamine Internet

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.
Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Such a technique is broader and potentially more intrusive than the FBI's Carnivore surveillance system, later renamed DCS1000. It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit, and may stretch the bounds of what's legally permissible.

Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.)

That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at the junction point of a router or network switch.

The technique came to light at the Search & Seizure in the Digital Age symposium held at Stanford University's law school on Friday. Ohm, who is now a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Richard Downing, a CCIPS assistant deputy chief, discussed it during the symposium.

In a telephone conversation afterward, Ohm said that full-pipe recording has become federal agents' default method for Internet surveillance. "You collect wherever you can on the (network) segment," he said. "If it happens to be the segment that has a lot of IP addresses, you don't throw away the other IP addresses. You do that after the fact."
"You intercept first and you use whatever filtering, data mining to get at the information about the person you're trying to monitor," he added.

On Monday, a Justice Department representative would not immediately answer questions about this kind of surveillance technique.
"What they're doing is even worse than Carnivore," said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who attended the Stanford event. "What they're doing is intercepting everyone and then choosing their targets."

When the FBI announced two years ago it had abandoned Carnivore, news reports said that the bureau would increasingly rely on Internet providers to conduct the surveillance and reimburse them for costs. While Carnivore was the subject of congressional scrutiny and outside audits, the FBI's current Internet eavesdropping techniques have received little attention.

Carnivore apparently did not perform full-pipe recording. A technical report (PDF: "Independent Technical Review of the Carnivore System") from December 2000 prepared for the Justice Department said that Carnivore "accumulates no data other than that which passes its filters" and that it saves packets "for later analysis only after they are positively linked by the filter settings to a target."

One reason why the full-pipe technique raises novel legal questions is that under federal law, the FBI must perform what's called "minimization."

Federal law says that agents must "minimize the interception of communications not otherwise subject to interception" and keep the supervising judge informed of what's happening. Minimization is designed to provide at least a modicum of privacy by limiting police eavesdropping on innocuous conversations.

Prosecutors routinely hold presurveillance "minimization meetings" with investigators to discuss ground rules. Common investigatory rules permit agents to listen in on a phone call for two minutes at a time, with at least one minute elapsing between the spot-monitoring sessions.
That section of federal law mentions only real-time interception--and does not explicitly authorize the creation of a database with information on thousands of innocent targets.
But a nearby sentence adds: "In the event the intercepted communication is in a code or foreign language, and an expert in that foreign language or code is not reasonably available during the interception period, minimization may be accomplished as soon as practicable after such interception."

Downing, the assistant deputy chief at the Justice Department's computer crime section, pointed to that language on Friday. Because digital communications amount to a foreign language or code, he said, federal agents are legally permitted to record everything and sort through it later. (Downing stressed that he was not speaking on behalf of the Justice Department.)

"Take a look at the legislative history from the mid '90s," Downing said. "It's pretty clear from that that Congress very much intended it to apply to electronic types of wiretapping."
EFF's Bankston disagrees. He said that the FBI is "collecting and apparently storing indefinitely the communications of thousands--if not hundreds of thousands--of innocent Americans in violation of the Wiretap Act and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution."

Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., said a reasonable approach would be to require that federal agents only receive information that's explicitly permitted by the court order. "The obligation should be on both the (Internet provider) and the government to make sure that only the information responsive to the warrant is disclosed to the government," he said.

Courts have been wrestling with minimization requirements for over a generation. In a 1978 Supreme Court decision, Scott v. United States, the justices upheld police wiretaps of people suspected of selling illegal drugs.

But in his majority opinion, Justice William Rehnquist said that broad monitoring to nab one suspect might go too far. "If the agents are permitted to tap a public telephone because one individual is thought to be placing bets over the phone, substantial doubts as to minimization may arise if the agents listen to every call which goes out over that phone regardless of who places the call," he wrote.

Another unanswered question is whether a database of recorded Internet communications can legally be mined for information about unrelated criminal offenses such as drug use, copyright infringement or tax crimes. One 1978 case, U.S. v. Pine, said that investigators could continue to listen in on a telephone line when other illegal activities--not specified in the original wiretap order--were being discussed. Those discussions could then be used against a defendant in a criminal prosecution.

Ohm, the former Justice Department attorney who presented a paper on the Fourth Amendment, said he has doubts about the constitutionality of full-pipe recording. "The question that's interesting, although I don't know whether it's so clear, is whether this is illegal, whether it's constitutional," he said. "Is Congress even aware they're doing this? I don't know the answers."

Monday, January 29, 2007

Cops Kill 80-year-old Grandpa in FLA

In Jacksonville Florida police officers have killed an 80-year-old grandfather when he tried to stop them from conducting a drug buy in his front yard.

From what I gather Mr. Singletary was a man who did not tolerate any kind of criminal activity around his home and the whole neighborhood knew it. So, when he saw a drug deal taking place in his front yard he went outside with his gun and was BLOWN AWAY by the UNDERCOVER COP who was making the drug buy.

How about that?

Medical Marijuana in Alabama

Dear All,

Thanks you all so much for the help and support during my recent campaign for Governor of Alabama. Together we made a huge impact in the way people in Alabama think about drug use, marijuana and prisons. I plan to run again in either 2008 or 2010 and hopefully by that time I will have been able to either gather enough signatures for ballot access or perhaps will have gotten the law changed so that third parties and independents are not discriminated against and kept off the ballot in what should be a fair and open process for those who wish to participate.

In the meantime, I have a big project on my plate with the passage of the Alabama Compassionate Care Act and if you reside in Alabama then I need your help with this.

The first things I need is for those receiving this email who wish to help in some way to please send me contact information for my database. I need names, phone numbers, mailing addresses and email. No one will see this database but me and your information will not be sold or shared. It will only be used to contact you regarding the passage of the Medical marijuana bill. The next legislative session begins on March 6 so time is of the essence. Please send me this info ASAP.

Second, I am trying to put together a meeting this weekend for my core group as well as expand my core group. This meeting will most likely take place in BHAM on Sat. Feb. 3. Please let me know if you would be able to attend on that day. I'll get a time and place established before the end of the week.
For those of you who cannot make it to BHAM but want to help in your area of the state...simply let me know what day is good for you to meet and where, round up as many people as possible to attend and let me know when and where to show up.

I hope to hear from all of you very soon.

Loretta Nall

Friday, January 26, 2007


More Federal Government Militarization of Local Police Forces

Friday Doggie Blogging

This is the end of week 6 for Saul with his new family. I still absolutely adore him.

Saul has had a fairly busy week. On Monday I had to go to Montgomery for a meeting with my state partners on medical marijuana, probation and parole reform and prison reform. I decided to take Saul with me to try and get him a little more used to riding in the car and to socialize him more. I packed him up in his crate with his toys and took off. Unfortunately squeaky moose, which is one of his favorites, got caught up in a torrent of doggie vomit when Saul lost his cookies. Squeaky Moose can be saved after a good washing.

He did pretty well other than getting sick. He is very quiet when riding. Doesn't make any noise. I have to check on him often to make sure he is still breathing. After the meeting I got him out to walk around and meet people. Everyone loved him and commented on his unusual color. A few people walking by asked what he was. One said he raised pit bulls and asked if I fought my dog.

Dog fighting is cruel and I think anyone who engages in it should be put in jail for a very long time. That is one of the few things I would actually pick up the phone and call the cops for.

On Wednesday I had to go to BHAM. I didn't know how long I would be gone and did not want to leave my baby in his crate all day long with no one here to let him outside. So I packed him up again. This time he didn't get sick. After my meeting I sat with him on the street in Five Points. He sat down with his back againist my leg and watched everyone that walked by. People admired him greatly....mostly from a distance. He did not get hyper and try to run away or jump around. He didn't bark or growl at strangers. He was an absolute gem.

Saul also seems to have gotten over his jumpiness around the kids in the house. Yesterday my son was out of school and all day long he and Saul played fetch and scratch my tummy and all sorts of things Saul usually only let's me do. I was very pleased.

We have been building him an outside pen which should get finished this weekend. I know he will be very happy to have a place outside where he can conduct covert surveillance of the cats, join in the neighborhood barking chain and sniff all of the wonderful things there are to sniff in the country air. He will still be coming in at night to sleep in my room. Dad Nall isn't very happy about that. He claims Saul lays in the floor on his side of the bed at night and let's farts that smell so bad they wake him out of a dead sleep. He said if we could bottle the funk then we could put the smelling salts people out of business. All I have to say is that the smell has never woken me up although it has made my eyes water when awake.

There has been no progress on getting him enrolled in obedience school taught by the drug dog cop. That is a real shame as I was looking forward to the challenge that adventure would have presented. For now Saul and I will jut have to make do with a couple of books, lots of determination and unconditional love to turn him into a well mannered member of the Nall family. I'm sure we will do just fine.

Was Forced Integration Bad for the African-American Community?

Wheeler over at Alablawg is reporting that Rep. John Rogers (who I am a big fan of) reportedly said he thought forced integration was bad for the African-American community on the Matt Murphy radio show.

According to reports;
Rogers was trying to explain why the House Black Caucus won’t allow new Rep. Patricia Todd to join the group, even though she represents a majority black district. When confronted by Murphy that his group was not about black interests or ideas but only about race, Rogers said, “Integration may have been the biggest mistake ever made.” He then went on to say that he never was so down on seperate but equal, just that he wished it could have been equal.

Apparently this has caused an uproar.....which I find very odd. Many African Americans think forced integration was a bad idea. I can’t say that I disagree completely. When you think about it in terms of what African American children are taught in integrated schools you can see that maybe it was a bad idea. What public school in Alabama has ever taught accurate black history to black children? Not one. They do not know where they came from, who their tribes were, what their history was before they were sold into slavery. Hard to have any pride when you don’t know what to be proud of.

Malcolm X was for seperate but equal and against forced integration. He believed in black businesss hiring black workers and so forth to help the community economically prosper.
If you have never read is autobiopgraphy I’d recommend picking it up. It covers much of this line of thinking and is an excellent book.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Biggest GANG of All

Is most unfortunately one that has the government's stamp of approval. The Police.

From the Mobile Register

Ride dirty -- and lose your wheels
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Staff Reporter

If Prichard police catch you ridin' dirty -- carrying illegal guns or drugs in a car -- they will take your wheels, and you might just see the officer who busted you patrolling the streets in your former ride.

Prichard police are seizing criminals' cars along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash and other property in a new effort to take the war on drugs and violence to the perpetrators. Billboards emblazoned with a simple message announce the program across the city: "Drugs + Guns + Cars = Ours, Don't get caught Ridin' Dirty in Prichard."

The Ridin' Dirty initiative, which began in April of 2006, is more than just a new slogan slapped on old police habits, said Chief Lawrence Battiste.

(yeah's plain fucking thievery)

A slogan on a billboard sends a message to criminals, but driving around in one of their cars, as Assistant Chief Jimmie Gardner does, sends a message of another kind.

His canary yellow 2006 Dodge Charger, complete with 5.7-liter eight-cylinder HEMI engine, was seized in an August 2006 drug arrest when, police said, they stopped the driver, Christopher Seals. A K-9 unit sniffed out marijuana hidden in his car, investigators said. Police also found $3,000 in cash in the car and more money and drugs at the man's apartment, investigators said.

Seals is awaiting trial on felony drug charges, court records show.

Battiste said Seals bought the car, which retails for about $36,000, with an $11,000 down payment, taking out a loan for the rest.

"We took his car and used his drug money to pay off the bank," said Lt. Marvin Whitfield, coordinator of the teams that do many of the raids associated with the program.

Property seizure and asset forfiture are INCENTIVES for police corruption!!!

Say some young black man has a nice car that he came by through honest, hard work. What is to keep the cops from pulling him over, planting evidence and taking his car and any cash that he has? NOTHING!! And they do it every day.

Just riding down the road with more than what is perceived to be a 'normal' amount of cash is reason enough for that cash to be seized by the police. They somehow got to decide what a 'normal' amount of cash is, although they haven't shared this new guideline with the public, and if your amount of cash exceeds what they think is 'normal' for you then they take it. You generally don't get it back.

In California Donald Scott, a 61 year-old millionaire was shot dead in front of his wife in a raid where the county DA later discovered that police had lied to obtain the warrant to search for marijuana and that the raid was motivated by a desire to forfeit the multi-million dollar ranch. There are many other cases such as this.

I am sick of living in a police state in what is suppossed to be a free country. Laws such as asset forfiture breed hatred and contempt for law in general and more directly for the officers charged with carrying out those laws.

This government enforced policy of harm maximazation with regard to the drug war has got to change.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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Justice System Keeps Drug War Going

I submitted the following letter to the Mobile Press-Register yesterday in response to Drug Cases Dominate Mobile Docket. Thanks Press-Register for printing it so quickly.

Justice system keeps drug war going

In response to the Jan. 20 article, "Drug and murder indictments dominate in January grand jury report," I offer the following.

The fact that 70 percent of the indictments are for drug offenses is astounding. How many of those offenses actually involved violence of depriving another person of life, liberty or pursuit of happiness?

Without the "drug war," the employees of the criminal justice system wouldn't have that much to do. This just goes to show that the drug war is nothing more than a government jobs program that creates the crime it claims to protect us from, while destroying our constitutional and civil rights in the process. It is an attempt to centralize power with local police officers who are loyal to the federal government and not the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect.

Without the drug war, police and prosecutors would have to find a different line of work. As long as drug use is dealt with by the criminal justice system, you can always expect the results to be terrible.

The criminal justice system has a vested interest in keeping the drug war raging, which is why things always seem to get worse and not better.


Alexander City

Monday, January 22, 2007

Montgomery Public Schools Debate Corporal Punishment

By Antoinette Konz
Montgomery Advertiser

It was shortly before noon one day last spring when Monique Jones got the phone call from the principal at her son's Montgomery school.

Michael, 9, was in trouble for talking back to his teacher and disrupting his class.

"She asked me if I wanted her to use corporal punishment or if she wanted me to come pick him up and have him serve a one-day suspension," Jones said. "I went with the paddle."

According to new figures released by Montgomery Public Schools, corporal punishment was administered to students in 1,571 incidents last school year. That number is down 7 percent from the 2004-05 school year when 1,693 incidents were reported.

Although more than half of the United States has outlawed corporal punishment, Alabama law permits it, allowing each school district to decide whether to use it.

In Montgomery, the use of corporal punishment depends on where the child goes to school, said Lois Johnson, an administrator in MPS' Parents Advocate & Liaison for Students (PALS) office.

"Our school board has left it up to the principal of each school to decide whether or not they want to use it as a form of discipline," she said.

Incoming Superintendent John Dilworth said Friday he does not think corporal punishment is a good idea.

"I think there are other ways to deal with misbehavior," said Dilworth, who officially becomes Montgomery's next superintendent on March 1. "I would be interested in talking with my principals and school board about this policy after I take over.


I am glad to see that the new superintendent is against corporal punishment and has plans to address it when he formally takes over.

I am against corporal punishment for a number of reasons. I do not strike my children and I'll be damned if I will let someone else strike them. Using corporal punishment is a lazy persons cop out. It promotes and condones violence while doing nothing to teach the child why what they did was wrong. When I was a kid and would do things I wasn't suppossed to do I got my ass tore slam up with a hickory switch but no lesson in why what I did was wrong. All spankings ever did were make me angry and more determined not to get caught next time.

It's hypocritical to tell kids that violence won't solve their problems yet resort to violence as the first option when a kid is a problem or creates a problem. It's that "Do as I say and not as I do" mentality that never works in any other situation.

For all of you out there who would say "Spare the rod and spoil the child" I'll have you know that I have to very well behaved children that mind their manners, are not spoiled, are very polite and know how to employ problem solving techniques when problems arise instead of lashing out in a violent way at the person who is causing the problem. My kids argue with words but never with blows.

I hope that corporal punishment is soon BANNED in all public schools. It is barbaric, humiliating and a weak, stupid persons cop out.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

This Michael Vick thing

By now everyone is probably more than aware of the whole Michael Vick/Marijuana story. If not then here is the short version.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick had a water bottle confiscated by security officials at Miami International Airport yesterday. A police report says the bottle had a hidden compartment and that it contained a small amount of residue that is "closely associated with marijuana."The police report says Vick was at first hesitant to turn the bottle over to security screeners and that the compartment was hidden by the bottle's label. The effect was that the bottle appeared to be full of water when held upright.
The bottle and its contents were sent to a crime lab and police say the results of the investigation may not be known for weeks.
No charges have been filed.

A police report says the bottle had a hidden compartment and that it contained a small amount of residue that is "closely associated with marijuana."

That sentence doesn't even make sense. A residue closely associated with marijuana??? What does that mean?

Many professional athletes use marijuana. Let's see Ricky Williams comes to mind. Thurman Thomas, Randy Moss, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski....the list goes on and on. I say if these guys are able to smoke pot and still perform in a 60 minute brutal slam-fest that is the NFL....then what's the problem? It obviously isn't having a negative effect on their athletic abilities.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Drug Cases Dominate Mobile Docket

Drug and murder indictments dominate in January grand jury report
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Mobile Press-Register Staff Reporter

The deaths of a 3-month-old boy by beating and shaking, a woman killed in a DUI-related car crash, the slayings of two women in domestic violence incidents and the strangulation of a 70-year-old man were among cases processed this month by the Mobile County grand jury.

In a relatively modest 47-page report, January grand jurors announced they considered 338 cases, and of those handed down 232 indictments -- 201 felonies and 31 misdemeanors.

Drug crimes accounted for 70 percent of the grand jury's docket, along with a smattering of cases such as resisting arrest; criminal mischief; dog fighting and cruelty to animals in a related incident; obstruction of justice; and impersonating a police officer.


You know....they wouldn't have that much to do without the drug war. This just goes to show that the drug war is nothing more than a government jobs program that creates the crime it claims to protect us from while destroying our constitutional and civil rights in the process. It is an attempt to centralize power with local police officers who are loyal to the federal government and not the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect. Without the drug war they would have to find a different line of work. They have a vested interest in keeping it going.

Charged with Stealing Handcuffs?

Montgomery Advertiser

Woman escapes officer's arrest

A woman escaped during her arrest Wednesday, pushing a police officer in the side of the head and fleeing on foot, still wearing handcuffs on one of her wrists.

According to police, Channell Morrell, 24, is accused of giving a false name to a police officer in the 500 block of Auburn Street about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The officer, Cpl. F. Farrin, had placed one handcuff on Morrell's wrist when she pushed him and ran.

In his report, Farrin said he tried to chase Morrell, but she escaped.

If apprehended, Morrell will be charged with one count of escape and one count of theft for the handcuffs, which were valued at $45.

You know....I don't think it is stealing if you are physically unable to detach yourself from the object in question. Besides, who is gonna stand there after pushing a cop in the side of the head during an escape attempt and ask him to please remove the cuffs? I wonder....if you are running away and they shoot you do you get charged with stealing a bullet?


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Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Doggie Blogging

This will be a short one because I have contrated the flu. JOY! I feel like maybe I have been eat by a bear and shit off a cliff. My chest hurts, my head everything hurts.

My puppy Saul is still progressing nicely. He is so sweet. Yesterday, the first day of the flu, he was so good. He took naps with me, didn't get into things he wasn't suppossed to get into, was very calm and he didn't even try to chase the cats when I would take him out. I think he knew I was sick and didn't feel like any foolishness. I was so weak yesterday that, had he tried to pull away from me I would have lost his leash. But he didn't try...he didn't even lollygag at the door looking for kitties like he usually does. He is a sweet baby.

We started building him an outside pen last weekend. We got the metal stakes in the ground and tomorrow we will put up the wire and gate. He will still be a mostly inside dog, and always in the house at night. I like him laying in the corner by my head at night. I know he will enjoy a place outside where he can watch the cats til his heart is content. He will also enjoy having some dirt to bury his bones and things in. Every time I give him a chewy bone or a rawhide trip or hell even an empty milk jug he picks it up in his mouth and walks around whining and looking for a place to bury it. His current favarite places are under the couch and under my bed. His whine is so pitiful and urgent.

Last night I was sitting on the floor in front of the fire and daddy Nall came up behind me and put his hands on my shoulders. Saul was up immediately and checking out what was going on. He looked dad in the eye for a long second, then looked at me as if to ask "Should I eat him?". I petted him and told him it was ok. He curled up at my feet and went back to sleep. I think even at almost 5 months he would really hurt someone if he thought I was in danger. That gives me a very secure feeling.

Still no call back from the drug dog cop on training. I think Saul and I will do just fine with the book that I have. We don't need no stinkin' cop to help us. He already knows the basic stuff and I don't think I need to train him in personal protection as that comes natural to him where I am concerned. So wadda we need a trainer for?
Thanks to everyone from across the country that has written me with advice and stories of their own shepherds. I now understand why these dogs are so beloved. I love my baby like he was of my own flesh and blood.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Do you have a will?

It is a question I have been asked before. It is something every person should have no matter what their age or health condition. My answer to the will question is no, I do not have a will. I am not planning on dying soon, but who does? I'm young and fairly healthy....but death comes in other than health related forms. I could give up the ghost in a car crash for instance. Today I asked myself, 'What would happen to my kids if something happened to me and my husband? Who would raise them? Where would they live?' I realize how important it is that my wishes for them be made known and have a legal standing.

It would be so awful to lose your parents and then not know where you would live or if you might be seperated from your siblings. What of your parents had no living relatives? Your children might risk becoming wards of the state. Without a will there is no guarantee that your wishes will be followed.

I found a place online called where you can create a last will and testament and do things like name your child's guardian in the event that something happens to you.

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NEWSFLASH! Congressman Kucinich to Oversee ONDCP

Stop the Drug War is reporting that Rep. Dennis Kucinich has been named chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee, giving him jurisdiction over the Drug Czar's office.

This is WILDLY GOOD NEWS for Drug Policy Reformers like myself and the millions of Americans who have been adversely affected by the US war on drugs.

Back in 2004 I traveled to Austin, TX to attend a Kucinich for President fundraiser. While there I got to attend a concert bash with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Rait, the Doobie Brothers, Michelle Shocked and members of the Dave Matthews band. I was also able to ask a question about marijuana legalization at a press conference.

Congressman Kucinich & Willie Nelson

You can watch that video HERE. I also worked as a drug policy advisor to Congressman Kucinich's presidential campaign in 2004.

Loretta Nall & Congressman Dennis Kucinich speaking at a fundraising event in 2004

I predict huge changes in the very near future for the drug czars office. It is astounding to see the complete shift of power in this case. You could not get any worse drug warrior than Mark Souder and you cannot get a better drug policy reformer than Dennis Kucinich.

OH!! I am so EXCITED!!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Do you have health insurance?

Up until very recently my family was one of millions of American families that did not have health care coverage. We have it now and I must say it is nice to see how the other side lives. It was always very difficult to take my kids to the doctor and have the money to pay for the office visit, as long as nothing major like lab work was required, but not be able to for prescriptions. The doctors would always ask in an accusatory tone, "Why don't you have health insurance?" as if not having it was something that I chose.

When my husband or I would have to go to the doctor they always herded us through like cattle. They gave us minimal treatment, ineffective remedies and no follow-up appointment. My husband has recently been diagnosed with disk space narrowing and suffers from constant sciatic nerve pain. Since his insurance kicked in the doctors office has actually treated him like a human being. The transformation has been quite amazing.

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Cause of Inmate Death Undetermined

Cause of inmate's death undetermined
The Jefferson County Coroner has not yet determined a cause of death of a man who died in the Gardendale City Jail early Monday morning.

Christopher Shane Dingler, 20, of Brookside was picked up Sunday afternoon on suspicion of shoplifting and booked into the jail about 4 p.m.

Gardendale Police Sgt. Roland Crawford said routine checks throughout the night revealed no problems, but when breakfast was carried in at about 7:30 a.m., on Monday, Dingler was not breathing. Paramedics were called, but were unable to revive Dingler.

Coroner Jay Glass said his office is awaiting toxicology reports, which may not be ready for another week.

Wayne Martin

Worley Enters Race for Dem Vice Chair because of Patricia Todd

What a rukus!!

It appears that state embarassment, Nancy Worley, has decided to further damage her party by announcing that she will run for the Vice Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party. Her decision to run against current Vice Chair Amy Burks suppossedly has something to do with Burks decision to support Patricia Todd (Alabama's first openly gay legislator) in the big bruhaha that followed Todd's (who is white) election to a majority black district by 59 votes.

The story is long and convoluted....butu you should read it anyway.

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AL's Chief Justice Vows to Correct Prisons

Chief Justice Cobb promises changes in prisons, elections
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
News staff writer

MONTGOMERY - Sue Bell Cobb took the oath Tuesday as Alabama's first female chief justice and told young women they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.

Cobb is the first female chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and one of only six women to serve on the court during its 188-year history. Her election is part of a slow trend of women gaining political power in the Deep South.

Cobb, after being sworn in in front of an audience of about 450 people, said her priorities will be dealing with Alabama's crowded prisons and changing the way judges are elected in the state.

"I hope what we are going to be known for is fixing people rather than filling prisons," said Cobb, who has 25 years experience as a judge.



Where's the Justification?

Woman charged in traffic death, tests positive for pot

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Police say a Dothan woman charged with the traffic-related death of a Ozark man tested positive for marijuana use. That's according to Dothan Police Chief John Powell. He said 24-year-old Tabitha Shae Farmer, who was already charged with murder, was rearrested last night and now faces a single count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Powell said Farmer's two-year-old daughter was a passenger in her vehicle when she allegedly struck 60-year-old Larry Downing in the parking lot of Southern Family Market. He died several hours later at a local hospital.

Powell said officers also found drug paraphernalia in Farmer's vehicle and she could face additional charges.

What does testing positive for marijuana use have to do with this case? NOTHING!
Driving under the Influence of Drugs laws are non-sense because they do not measure impairment of the driver. They simply check to see if there are any by-products of drugs that have already been metabolized. So, say you smoked a joint last week and you get in a traffic accident today. Nothing major....say you are tapped from behind...the cops take a blood sample and WHAMMO! you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs....even though you were not under the influence of drugs and the accident was not your fault.

Additionally, many studies have been conducted that show people who smoke marijuana and drive are NOT more likely to have an accident and some studies show they are even less likely to have an accident. You see, when people have pot in the car or they have been smoking it they are MORE CAREFUL because they do not want a police encounter.

Alabama Bloggers Roundup

Dan over at Between the Links has a number of great articles with commentary on recent political happenings in the Alabama Senate, a running tally of all of Attorney General Troy King's major fuck-ups (they are getting to be numerous)and an article from the Birmingham News against a payraise for our legislators. Well, at least the BHAM News got something right for a change.

Jeff over at Politics in Alabama gives us a rundown on the Inaugurationand tells us about the new house he and his wife are buying. Congrats on the new house Jeff!!

BlueGal is stocked with her usual hilarity and brilliant commentary on US politics and, as always, panties.

Bitter Old Punk is MIA since early November. Hey man if you're out there let someone know you are alive....would'ya?

Wheeler at AlaBlawg has some other opinions on Attorney General Troy King, and some great clips on the new war on trans-fat in doughnuts.

Kathy over at Birmingham Blues is mourning the loss of her beloved father. You and your family are in my thoughts Kathy.

Alabama Moderate has a state political roundup as well.

Alabama Senate Committee Assignments

The Montgomery Advertiser has posted a list of Alabama Senate committee assignments which were made yesterday during the organizational session.

List of Senate committee appointments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State Senate committee appointments announced Wednesday, with three senators - Majority Leader Zeb Little, D-Cullman; Deputy President Pro Tem Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne; and Minority Leader Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills - allowed to vote on every committee except the local legislation committees:

Economic Expansion and Trade: Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; and Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.

Rules: Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, chair; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, deputy chair; Ted Little, D-Auburn, vice chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Tom Butler, D-Madison; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals; Vivian Figures, D-Mobile; Steve French, R-Birmingham; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Confirmations: Myron Penn, D-Union Springs, chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Vivian Figures, D-Mobile; Ted Little, D-Auburn; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro; Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Finance and Taxation-Education: Hank Sanders, D-Selma, chair; Phil Poole, D-Moundville, deputy chair; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals, vice chair; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, vice chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Tom Butler, D-Madison; Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; Jimmy Holley, D-Elba; Ted Little, D-Auburn; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; Larry Means, D-Attalla; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Finance and Taxation-General Fund: Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, chair; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, deputy chair; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, vice chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Steve French, R-Birmingham; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; E.B. McClain, D-Midfield; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega; and Hank Sanders, D-Selma.

Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability: Ted Little, D-Auburn, chair; Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, vice chair; Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Ben Brooks, R-Mobile; and Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville.

Judiciary: Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, chair; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs, deputy chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Ben Brooks, R-Mobile; Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Ted Little, D-Auburn; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; and Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.

Governmental Affairs: Wendell MitchellGovernmental Affairs: Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, chair; Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals; Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; Larry Means, D-Attalla; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Education: Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, chair; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals; Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Hank Sanders, D-Selma.

Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections: Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Ben Brooks, R-Mobile; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Hank Sanders, D-Selma.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry: Kim Benefield, D-Woodland, chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; vice chair; Tom Butler, D-Madison; Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo; Pat Lindsey, D-Tom; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Banking and Insurance: Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals, chair; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, vice chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Steve French, R-Birmingham; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Small Business and Economic Development: Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega, chair; Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; and Ted Little, D-Auburn.

Industrial Development and Recruitment: Larry Means, D-Attalla, chair; Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Tom Butler, D-Madison; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals; Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Commerce, Transportation and Utilities: Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, vice chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Health: Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham, chair; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, deputy chair; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, vice chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery; Steve French, R-Birmingham; Larry Means, D-Attalla; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Energy and Natural Resources: Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, chair; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, deputy chair; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Kim Benefield, D-Woodland; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; E.B. McClain, D-Midfield; Larry Means, D-Attalla; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Hank Sanders, D-Selma.

Tourism and Marketing: Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; E.B. McClain, D-Midfield; Myron Penn, D-Union Springs; Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Business and Labor: E.B. McClain, D-Midfield, chair; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals; Jimmy Holley, D-Elba; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.

Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources: Tom Butler, D-Madison, chair; Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville; Ted Little, D-Auburn; and Phil Poole, D-Moundville.

Veterans and Military Affairs: Jimmy Holley, D-Elba, chair; Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery; Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; and Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery.

Local Legislation No. 1: Zeb Little, D-Cullman, chair; Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; and Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb.

Local Legislation No. 2: Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, chair; Steve French, R-Birmingham, vice chair; and all other Jefferson County senators.

Local Legislation No. 3: Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, chair; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, vice chair; and all other Mobile County senators.

From what I have alredy witnessed in the first few days of the organizing session it will be a very long four years. Yesterday the senate voted of adjournment and the vote was 18-17. It was the same a few days ago when they were voting on the new senate rules. Why the people tolerate this bullshit is a mystery to me.

Have Teens that Drive?

My son Alex will be 15 this year and he is already excited about getting his learners permit. Needless to say, I am less than excited to think about him out on the roads. I remember when I took drivers ed. in 10th grade. I wrecked the car. Not bad...but bad enough that my instructor jammed his knee slamming the extra brake in his floorboard.

One of the things that scared me the most when I was just learning to drive, and one of the things I still hate to this day are 18-wheelers on the interstate....especially in the rain. They are so dangerous and getting sandwiched between two of them is the worst.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mom, dad risk arrest if child misbehaves

Mobile Press-Register

Monday, January 15, 2007
Staff Reporter
Bayou La Batre parents can now be arrested and fined $100 if their children misbehave in school or have excessive unexcused absences, according to a recently passed city ordinance.

State education officials say Bayou La Batre is the only municipality in Alabama to have such a policy.

To that, Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright said: "Shame on all the other cities."

The ordinance applies to about 3,000 students enrolled at the four Mobile County public schools that are inside the city's limits: Booth Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Alba Middle and Alma Bryant High.

Wright said it's up to a principal's discretion to determine when legal action is warranted. He said principals at the four schools now have forms in their offices, requesting what is known as a citizen's arrest.

From there, a police officer would arrest the parent, who could avoid actual jail time by putting up $500 bail, Wright said. The case would eventually go to municipal court.

"Right now, we're just not seeing parents supporting the discipline that's going on in schools," Collier said. "Twenty years ago, when you got in trouble at school, you got a second dose of it when you got home. That's not happening anymore.

In Bayou La Batre, action can now be quicker, he said, adding that the city plans to arrest the parents as soon as students have five unexcused absences or the principal reports that a child is being too unruly.

"If the student misses another five days, we'll arrest (the parent) again," Wright said. "We're going to prosecute them every time they mess up."

The ordinance states that parents or guardians who fail to have a child enrolled or regularly attending school is guilty of a misdemeanor, as are parents who "fail to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself ... in accordance with the written policy on school behavior." Those parents can be fined up to $100 and sentenced to hard labor for the city for up to 90 days.

Wright said the four schools have sent copies of the ordinance home for all parents to sign, saying they have seen it.

"We're going to enforce it as soon as we get the first warrant signed," Wright said. "We're waiting on them."

And there you have it folks...schools have become nothing more than an additional weapon of the state against the family unit.

principals at the four schools now have forms in their offices, requesting what is known as a citizen's arrest.

Future headline for the next story in this series:
"Principal gets ass kicked by parent who got a gut-full of state meddling"

"Right now, we're just not seeing parents supporting the discipline that's going on in schools," Collier said. "Twenty years ago, when you got in trouble at school, you got a second dose of it when you got home. That's not happening anymore.

Translation - Many parents no longer engage in barbaric corporal punishment and we are going to pass a law that says they have to beat the snot out of their children.

Wright said the four schools have sent copies of the ordinance home for all parents to sign, saying they have seen it.

"We're going to enforce it as soon as we get the first warrant signed," Wright said. "We're waiting on them."

He sounds like he wishes he was a cop instead of a city councilman. He is just a little too eager to arrest someone if you ask me. I genuinely hope he meets up with a red-neck, deep-country shrimper who hands him the worst ass whoppin' he's ever had. I know I shouldn't wish that....but I do just the same. Maybe it will teach him to mind his own damn business.

Southern Center Seeks to Close Tutwiler

Montgomery Advertiser

Groups seek shuttering of Alabama women's prison

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An Atlanta-based law firm that has fought to improve conditions at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka is now shifting its focus to shutting down the prison altogether.

The Southern Center for Human Rights has been involved in a legal battle over conditions at the 65-year-old facility for the past five years. But the center said in a recent job announcement that it is seeking someone to lead a campaign "to close the brutal Tutwiler Prison and transform Alabama's women's criminal justice system into one that is small, family-oriented, community-based and rehabilitative."

"The kind of real solution that Alabama needs isn't something you can litigate your way into," Lisa Kung, the center's director, told the Press-Register in an interview last week.

The e-mailed announcement set a Dec. 15 deadline for applications, but the position remains open, she said.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett was unfamiliar with the planned campaign but said such a makeover would require the Legislature to change state sentencing laws. Last month, Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen said that he wanted to replace Tutwiler by next year.

Corbett last week called that "a best-case scenario."

Finding alternatives to prison "is not a women-specific issue," Corbett added. More than half of Alabama's 67 counties now have community corrections programs offering drug courts and other options to keep minor or first-time offenders out of jail.

"The goal is to expand that statewide," Corbett said.

Joining the center's campaign are two Montgomery-based groups, Kung said: Aid to Inmate Mothers, Inc., and the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A campaign of this type would apparently be unprecedented for Alabama, but there are some successful parallels elsewhere, said Jason Zeidenberg, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., organization that promotes alternatives to incarceration.

A confluence of circumstances typically drives such changes, he said: Among them: "the mix of a budget crisis, people pressing for different policies and the prisons themselves are of such decrepitude that it makes sense to close them."

As of November, Tutwiler, Alabama's lone prison for women, held 985 inmates, well above its current capacity of 702, Corbett said, citing the latest corrections department numbers.

In 2002, the Southern Center filed a federal lawsuit alleging that conditions at the maximum-security lock-up north of Montgomery violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. In a ruling that same year, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Montgomery described conditions as "essentially a time bomb ready to explode facility-wide at any unexpected moment."

While Gov. Bob Riley's administration agreed to reduce overcrowding and make other improvementsofficials have since struggled to comply with the settlement. In August, after inmate lawyers sought to have the state found in contempt, the Corrections Department agreed to six years of court-ordered monitoring instead of the original four years.

Green to Gold & Silver

I've been hanging around my friends at The Mises Institute and they have about convinced me to invest some of my meager cash into gold and silver. I like the idea because precious metals retain their value. Sometimes the Libertarian Party of Alabama will hold contests and the prize is in gold or silver. And, I once saw Dick Clark (our former chair) pay for an Arby's meal with silver and he paid a signature gatherer with gold.

One of the companies I am looking at is Monex. They have been around for over 30 years. You can purchase gold, silver and other precious metals and they will arrange for personal delivery or delivery to a safe at a bank or independent depository.

With the world in the awful shape it is in and the dollar losing value every day I think now is a great time to look into this. If you are interested in the current silver price or prices on other precious metals be sure to pay Monex a visit.

Tax Forum


It's that time of year again. The time of year that poor people love and rich people hate. Poor people love it because they generally get a refund check and rich people hate it because they usually have to write a big fat check to Uncle Sam.

I am talking of course about tax season. For years I had my taxes done at one of the popular tax refund chain stores who always took a sizeable chunk of my money for helping me with my taxes. Last year I did my own taxes online for the first time. I then understood wht the chain tax refund places charge what they do.

However, there are websites, such as United States Tax Forum where you can find useful information related to DIY taxes. If you plan to file your own taxes online this year and have questions then pay United States Tax Forum a visit.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

It's best to check the weather before praying for rain!

Friday, January 12, 2007
News staff writer

Birmingham's homicide rate is directly related to drug activity, and the Police Department should be reorganized to address the problem, City Council President Carole Smitherman said.

Smitherman said she will ask Mayor Bernard Kincaid and Police Chief Annetta Nunn to make adjustments and transfer more officers to the drug and vice unit.

"One of the major reasons for our increase in homicides is drugs," she said. "I would like to see an increase in funding for vice and narcotics."

Smitherman's comments come a week before a planned meeting between the council's Public Safety Committee and John Sloan, chairman of the UAB Department of Justice Sciences, to discuss ways to better fight crime in Birmingham. Smitherman is not a member of the committee, but she said she will attend the meeting.

Smitherman said 34 percent of the city's homicide victims had some form of controlled substance in their systems.

"We want to have more undercover police and informants working to get the information to the police," she said. "I'm saying we need to have a zero tolerance for drug users and abusers. Let's look at a new approach."

Smitherman said a new focus on drugs should come even if it means cutting funding and staffing elsewhere in the department.

Police Capt. Mike Fisher, head of vice and narcotics, said Thursday he was unaware of Smitherman's initiative and expressed caution.

"I think that before you come to that conclusion you need to talk to the people that work in homicide that can tell you the exact cause of the homicides," Fisher said.

Cutting drug activity to reduce violent crime sounds like a good plan, but it doesn't work, said Robert Sigler, a University of Alabama criminal justice professor.

"Whether they're using drugs or not, they're hurting people because they are nasty people," Sigler said.

Drug and alcohol use does change the personality of some individuals, Sigler said, but those personality changes are not frequent enough to account for the city's homicide rate. In addition, Sigler discounted the frequency of violence caused by drug turf fights.

Sigler said he wouldn't be surprised to find drug use prevalent among violent offenders, but that it is not the root cause of their violence.

"People who have little regard for the law and for the rules of society are more likely to use drugs," he said.

Sigler repeated a frequent statement by Kincaid and Nunn that most of the city's homicides were the result of domestic situations where friends, family and associates killed one another.

"If you really want to get murder under control, you need to aggressively enforce and discourage low levels of friendly violence, violence among neighbors," Sigler said. "Those low levels of violence we tolerate, and then it gets out of hand."

I waited a few days before posting this because Mrs. Smithermans husband is a state Senator whose support we will likely need to pass the Compassionate Care Act and I didn't want to piss him off.

I'm over that now and am going to say what I have to say whether it pisses him off or not. He really needs to muzzle his wife.

First, thank goodness for people like Mike Fisher, head of the vice and narcotics squad for being honest and calling bullshit when he sees it!! How humiliating to talk a bunch of smack about drugs and crime and have the head of the drug squads in Birmingham slap you down like that. OUCH! As Mark Twian once said, "It's best to check the weather before praying for rain."

Second, thank goodness for people like Professor Sigler who understands the issue and took the time to explain to the News that while this 'sounds good' it won't work and fails to address the underlying issues.

As to Mrs. Smithermans comments....anyone got a barf bag handy?

"I'm saying we need to have a zero tolerance for drug users and abusers. Let's look at a new approach."

A NEW APPROACH would not involve doing THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER! Increasing funding for drug units is something we have been doing for many years. They fail to do their job (because it is an impossible job that in reality is designed to fail) and then demand more money because they failed. If a private business worked in that fashion they would all be out of business. You are not suppossed to reward people for failure!

A new approach (if it was intended to actually reduce drug crime and deaths caused by drugs) would look at regulating the markets and not punishing the consumers. Unregulated markets lead to black markets which lead to copious amounts of money because of the high risk being taken. In short, the current prohibitionist laws are the REAL CAUSE OF CRIME in relation to drugs. Think about this....when is the last time you saw the Budweiser man and the Michelob man having a gun battle in Wal-Mart over display space?

What a loon to come out and say we should cut funding to all other departments (violent crime, sex crimes against children, highway patrols for drunk drivers, domestic violence and so on)and give those funds to the drug squads so they can terrorize people for smoking a joint.

The problem with the police department in Birmingham now is that they over-fund the narcotics squad and leave all of the other departments struggling to get by. That is why there were 109 murders in Birmingham last year...oh yeah and according to Police Chief Annetta Nunn Satan is responsible.

Sue Bell Cobb: Drug Courts in all 67 Counties

The Montgomery Advertiser has an article this morning entitled "Drug courts help non-violent offenders mend lives" in which it states that Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Sue Bell Cobb, wants to have drug courts established in all 67 of Alabama's counties by the end of her term.

I want to start by saying that I am very happy that Chief Justice Cobb was elected as the first woman Cheif Justice in Alabama. I think having a feminine mind on the bench will bring more rationality and compassion to our judicial system. Sadly, I have my doubts that she will get to do many of the things she has laid out in her agenda because she is the ONLY Democrat on the bench at the Supreme Court.

I am also very pleased by her adamant belief that trying to keep people out of jail for drug use is always best for everyone involved. While I do not agree with drug courts for ANYTHING having to do with marijuana I think that there is room for a drug court in cases of extreme addiction where users pose a threat to others. For example, a young mother with 2 children under the age of three has become addicted to meth and her children are suffering from neglect. It makes way more sense to try and help this young woman through drug court than to send her to jail and place her children in state cutody. That destroys the family unit and takes away the one thing that might help this young mother get back on the right track....her babies.

Read the whole article HERE

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Montgomery Night Life Grows Up!

And I must say it is about time!! It will be fantastic to finally have a place to go when staying overnight in Montgomery and not have to worry about being shot or having your purse stolen (which is what happened to me the last time I was in Montgomery overnight...stolen purse...not shot) and decided to check out the nightlife.

Montgomery Advertiser

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Area clubs are getting sophisticated, dropping hip hop and rap for poetry and comedy.

Hip-hop shows and clubs that made Montgomery a popular stop for artists such as Lil Jon, the Ying Yang Twins, Juvenile and others are being replaced by clubs targeting a more mature, professional crowd.
For many in the Capital City, it's a change that is long overdue.

"It's definitely time," said Paul Davis, a local promoter and owner of Davis Entertainment.

"People are asking for this as they grow from an economic standpoint," Davis said. "The 30 and older crowd are really looking for more mature acts and places where you can dress up and enjoy an atmosphere where you don't have to worry about something happening."

People tired of "something happening" is another major reason for the change.

Deana Graves of Montgomery is one of these people.

"After awhile, you get tired of going out and there being fights and shootings or whatever," she said. "You just want to go out and it be a real laid-back scene."


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Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday Doggie Blogging

Well folks my puppy Saul has finally started to settle in with his new family and has begun to calm down and take an interest in the kids. I am very happy about this new development. While, he isn't quite ready to move into the kids rooms or let them take him for a walk, he is initiating fetch games with Alex, as long as I am close by and he loves Bell so much he wags his tail and licks her hand every chance he gets. He also has started to go right up to the kids when he sees them for a sniff as opposed to running away and hiding. He is still a little jumpy when they reach their hand out to him but that will soon pass. I am beginning to think he has some sort of issue with men in general.
Here is Saul with is favorite toy....rollie ball

While Saul has made progress with the kids, we have had no such breakthrough with the cats. He sees them and he wants to chase them and probably eat them. It's as simple as that. I can understand his frustration though. Everytime I put him out on his run to play with him and exercise him every cat I own comes over and sits just out of his reach. They never even fflinch when he reaches the end of the run. Those snotty bastards! It must be maddening for him. I'm sure if I were him and the cats did that to me I would want to eat them too given the chance. It's both funny and a little sad.

Today Saul was fishing underneath the couch (he is a very brave dog...braver than me) and he rooted out a toy dog my daughter got for Christmas a few years ago. It is one of those toy dogs that barks, wags its tail, pants and moves its feet. Saul absolutely LOVES IT. He gnaws and chews and licks and bites and barks and just gets beside himself when the toy comes alive. I'll have to be sure and keep batteries around. My daughter was sweet enough to relenquish ownership once she saw how happy it made him.

This weekend we are building Saul a nice, big outside pen so that he will have a place when I am away from home on buiness stuff. I can't bare the thought of him having to stay in his crate all day until someone gets home to let him out. He'll still be a mostly inside dog though.

As for training....funny thing....the police officer who trains dogs has never returned my call...Imagine that! Looks like it is up to me to train him myself. He is bright and a very quick learner and I know we will do well.

That is about all I have to share for this week. Stay tuned...

Loretta Nall

Alabama Trooper Killed in Domestic Dispute

Female trooper shot dead in domestic incident
Montgomery Advertiser

OZARK, Ala. (AP) -- A female state trooper was shot to death last night by her ex-husband, who then shot himself. Authorities said it happened around 8 p.m. at a residence on Highway 123 in Ozark.

Trooper spokesman Tracy Nelson declined to release the trooper's name, but said she was recently transferred to the Dothan post and had been a trooper since 2005.

Nelson said the former husband, whose name was also withheld, is listed in critical condition at Dale Medical Center.

Ozark police, the Dale County Sheriff and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are investigating the case.

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