policecustodymeme2015

A Law Loretta Lynch’s DOJ won’t Enforce

“My office has been one of the most scrupulous in the country with regard to the protection of individual rights. I’ve been on record for years in law journals and books as championing the rights of the individual against the oppressive power of the state..” –  The Honorable Earlington C. “Jim” Garrison

The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney's General...

The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney’s General…

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – I thought I was hearing things, thought my mind was playing tricks on me when I heard our first female Attorney’s General of the United States, Loretta Lynch, say this “…the Department of Justice is not trying to reach down from Washington and dictate to every local department how they should handle the minutia of record keeping..”. During an ideas forum co-hosted by AtlanticLive and the famed Aspen Institute, in Washington, D.C., this week she was completely quoted by NBC News Chuck Todd, who moderated the event in D.C. as having said the following:

“One of the things we are focusing on at the Department of Justice is not trying to reach down from Washington and dictate to every local department how they should handle the minutia of record keeping, but we are stressing to them that these records must be kept.” – Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Say What Attorney Lynch?!

I found the little reported event and her quotation under Mr. Roland Martin’s NewsOne Facebook Page the other day, and was curious. So I did some digging, sure enough she did actually say that, our United States Attorney’s General, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Our Land, said this. Watch!

But the incoherence doesn’t stop there. Last week, on two occasions, F.B.I. Director James Comey indicated in one breath that federal law enforcement would collect and report more civilian deaths while in police custody – Washington Post report, and less than 72 hours later recant his previous statement in a telephone, town hall-style presser with national and international journalists – Huffington Post Politics Section reporting on that here saying that the FBI can’t force law enforcement to do that. Huh? Say What Director Comey?

The Honorable Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-VA (photo courtesy of congress.gov, 2015)...

The Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-VA (photo courtesy of congress.gov, 2015)…

What is of note in all this is the fact that its required by law for the law enforcement community, right up to Ms. Lynch herself, to report and make public any and all information in relation to civilian death while in police custody. It’s called the “Death in Custody Reporting Law of 2013” or H.B. 1447

Sponsored and Introduced by Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott in 2013 the Bill would require by law that the Department of Justice and its Agencies, “shall collect data from U.S. states and territories law enforcement agencies about the deaths of prisoners in their custody and care, especially those agencies who receive or are to receive federal subsides. And that the U.S. Attorney’s General shall report said deaths, and make available pertinent information, such as; age, race, and gender, in relation to these deaths to the public at large.”

And even though this is in fact required law, given the rash of violent deaths of civilians while in police custody since 2011, and that the Bureau of Statistics for the Department of Justice in the Office of Justice Programs shall be the one organization to collect and keep the records, Loretta Lynch says, “we aren’t going to reach down from [on high in] Washington and dictate to every local department how they are going to handle the minutia of record keeping”. Comfort much?

So. WHY won’t A.G. Lynch enforce the law? Best answer? Policemen’s associations, fraternal orders of police, etc. have brought pressure; e.g. “minutia,” to bear on the AG and her faithful at the U.S. Department of Justice:

Powerful police unions, insufficient federal law and piecemeal reforms stand in the way [of proper record collection and data]. – “US Government could count those killed by police, but it’s chosen not to” By Rashad Robinson, Opinion Section, The Guardian US.

If Loretta Lynch thinks that she can get away without enforcing a law, The Laws of Our Land, and not be held to any kind of accountability she is sadly mistaken. That is WHY I encourage those who will read this posting through thoroughly to call their elected representatives in Washington, including Mr. Bobby Scott, the original sponsor of the Death in Custody Reporting law or H.R. 1447, at (202)-224-3121 and tell them to make doubly sure AG Lynch enforces the law as written, additionally call The White House Switchboard’s Comment Line (202)-456-1111 and tell President Obama that Loretta Lynch, as our U.S. Attorney’s General, should enforce the law!

Please also read through this PDF file from Amnesty International USA titled, “Deadly Force: Police Use of Lethal Force in the United States”.

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Thank you…

#LetUsPray

–Rhett E. Column

#SayWhatNews Approved!

Triple Play Chelsea

#ChelseaManning may get 35 to Life for an outdated tube of toothpaste & unauthorized reading material

Triple Play Chelsea

A 2013 Photo(s) of U.S. Army Prisoner Chelsea E. Manning (photo courtesy of The Associated Press and the Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas – A few days ago I received an email from the Free Chelsea Manning Network, affiliated with Courage to Resist – A Conscientious Objector Site for Members of the U.S. and other World militaries – in concern of an issue involving Chelsea Manning, U.S. Military Whistle-blower.

What is a “Conscientious Objector,” you may ask? Simple definition?

“[An] individual[s] who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service” — As Defined By Wikipedia [Emphasis mine]

And although the artist formally known as U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley E. Manning was in no way a Conscientious Objector he is still being supported by my friends at Courage to Resist and the Wikileaks Network, e.g. Julian Assange, because he is both a hero, and a villain.

What Pvt. Manning may look like IF he is allowed to become a she (photo courtesy of the Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) ...

What Pvt. Manning may look like IF he is allowed to become a she (photo courtesy of the Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

You see Chelsea Manning, as the world now knows, became one of many to blow the whistle on the George W. Bush Administration and their Iraq War atrocities when in 2010 he began encrypted communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. And although Assange denied any contact with Manning, who in the Spring of 2010 reported to an obscure site called Lamo that he had been communicating with Assange, reports began leaking out that someone was leaking ‘highly classified material’ belonging to the Bush Administration to Wikileaks for publication. And that this material was ‘very damning’ according to reports. Manning spoke up, thereafter, to reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post that, “Yes! I am the one leaking this highly classified information.”

[Bradley Manning, since his 2013 incarceration has been trying to become Chelsea Manning. But the Department of the Army refuses to supply her with the proper hormone therapy and gender modification surgery to change from one sex to another.] 

Chelsea as a Girl

What U.S. Military Prisoner Chelsea E. Manning would like, like upon completion of her hormone therapy and gender change operation (photo courtesy of RootsAction Network, 2015) …

But by that time the proverbial cat was out of the bag, and then U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning of Oklahoma City, OK. would become one of many people tried and convicted for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 or Title 18 [U.S.] Code Violation in July of 2013 in a U.S. Military Court.

Pro and con alike comments run the gambit for what Chelsea did and didn’t do on behalf of the Laws of the United States and the People of the U.S.A. – And this writer understands, values and appreciates every one of those comments.

[On a Personal Note: I whole heartily support and condone the actions of both Bradley and Chelsea. I have donated to her legal defense through both the Free Chelsea Network and Courage to Resist many times, as I do many others who are represented by this erstwhile network, which includes Wikileaks and Julian Assange.]

And these kinds of conversations are important ones to have. It is also important to note of another conversation that we should be having, and it is that of the rate of incarceration and the prison system within the United States of America. We should also be having a conversation about who is and who is not really guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors against the United States of America, her Laws, and her People.

Former U.S. Army General David Petraeus

Former U.S. Army General David Petraeus (Retd.)

SO, LETS TALK:

“So when they continued asking Him, he lifted up Himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”” – John 8:7, The Holy Bible – King James Version 

Before I knew all of the proverbial happy horse crap that U.S. Army Gen. David H. ‘Dave’ Petraeus (Retd.) had stirred from the sand swept corners of Baghdad, Iraq to the panhandle of Florida and its shorelines I was a great supporter, admirer, and downright ardent fan of General Dave. Especially after this little exchange.

It gave me a near cream in my jeans and a kind of ‘Merica!’ Moment that every red-blooded, beer swilling soul should long for, especially when it comes to all things Dave Petraeus. Right?

But as we would later learn Dave Petraeus was ever vigilant to both dip his wick and leave the back door of Iraq, from Syria and beyond, for his Central Intelligence Agency Buddies to give the World I.S.I.S. or I.S.I.L. (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria OR the Islamic State in Libya) thereafter, one has to wonder whether or not the right person is in O-POD at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison? – O-POD is the section where Chelsea Manning is being held prisoner.

“All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” By Paula Broadwell was supposed to be the proverbial fifth star on the lapel of a four star, harden combat veteran of the first Gulf War, Somalia, Mogadishu, Panama, Grenada, and a Veteran of the Cold War – David H. Petraeus – INSTEAD, it turned out to be the catalyst to an entirely inappropriate relationship between the General and his chief autobiographer Paula Broadwell of Clear Lakes, FL. by way of Bismark, N.D.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN:

The Edjumacation of General Dave

Dust Cover for the book, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” by Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015) …

Petraeus first met Broadwell, through some mutual family friends, the Kelly’s – David and Jill Kelley, (Jill Kelley and Paula Broadwell became friends through the MacDill Air Force Base Volunteers, and Wounded Warrior Angels as both women are extremely good-looking and would pose for pin-up calendars for the Troops, and talk to the Troops on the Wounded Warrior Ward for the Air Base Hospital after they had come back from Iraq and Afghanistan) – at a public speaking event down in South Florida in 2006.

They immediately hit it off, especially when she remarked that she was a writer, and was genuinely interested in publishing a book about the General, and the ‘Surge’ that ‘turned the tide of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan’, in those quote unquote “fair to middling days,” of the War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom.

And what four-star general wouldn’t like a book to be written about them? Especially this one, who was, at one time, worthy of such a distinction, but because of the wide-eyed whisper sweet nothings of a lovelorn woman. Well. You get the picture, I hope?

And so it was that General Dave Petraeus would begin, at first, simple correspondence with “Pal,” – that was his nickname for Paula Broadwell –  about the book, and conversely what would lead to an inappropriate relationship between Petraeus and Broadwell. And would lead to the exchange of ‘highly classified materials’ between the two about the Troop Surge(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the enhanced interrogation techniques that the United States of America’s KLAN-destine services used on the likes of Mr. Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabian Citizen, from 2003 until 2008.

zubaydah truthout magazine photo

Mr. Abu Zubaydah, indefinite detention (‘prolonged detention’) candidate from 2003 to 2008 …

[Mr. Zubaydah to date has never been afforded the opportunity at legal recourse against the United States of America, is legally bind in one eye, an eye that he lost during the duration of enhanced interrogation, and is living on a fixed income in somewhere in Saudi Arabia with his family.] 

Which leads me to ask, again, did we put the wrong person in O-POD at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison?

I dunno! Maybe we should ask Ms. Broadwell? How about it?

Or. How about Dave Petraeus himself?

Nature abhors a vacuum don’t it General Dave?

Or maybe I’m just whistling past the old graveyard on this one?

And so, I’ll ask yet again, is the wrong person doing time at Fort Leavenworth?

Granted Chelsea Manning, as Bradley Manning, was a Buck Private. A low man on the totem pole to say the least, BUT he was a Military Intelligence Analyst. As well as interpreter for the United States Army for four years. Whereas Dave Petraeus had, had a thirty-five year stellar career in the U.S. Army.

Hells bells Dave Petraeus saved an entire company once while on a training exercise at Fort Campbell in the late eighties, he took a round to the chest, and endured a sucking chest wound, one that has beleaguered him to this day, and nearly cost him his military career, on more than one occasion. And the story has been told over and over again by then Maj. General ‘Black Jack’ Keane, a personal friend and fellow commander with Petraeus at Campbell Army Airfield.

So when and if you compare apples to oranges Chelsea Manning comes out on the short end of the stick, respectfully. More to the point though is the fact that in one weak in the knees moment(s) though Dave Petraeus managed to betray US. Betray his Oath to the United States Constitution and the Commander and Chief(s – George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, II.) to the United States Military and the Director of National Intelligence, James N. Clapper – a trader himself, and finally, and most importantly, he betrayed his multi-year marriage to the ‘love of his life’ Hollister ‘Holly’ Petraeus.

Minus the betrayal of his marriage vows, the rest is in fact punishable by imprisonment for life. Is it not?

Because you cannot, knowingly or unknowingly, betray the TRUST of the American People. TRUST? The Rules and Regulations of the U.S. Constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the hearts and minds of the American people, and not expect consequences and repercussions. Or can you?

But to hear it told and to have it said the powers that be in both Washington and New York think him STILL an American hero. They even gave him a pass, an excessive fine notwithstanding. And that is, by Washington and New York City standards for the rich and affluent to be the end of the discussion. Or should it be?

[E.g. and SEE ALSO: The death and presumed murder of Investigative Journalist Michael Hastings,2013, in relation to shake-ups within the Intelligence Community around the time of Petraeus resignation from the C.I.A. and John O. Brennan’s appointment as the new head of the Clandestine Service Organization.]

So! I’ll ask again, do we have the right person in Fort Leavenworth Military Prison?

BEM Military Photo

Former United States Army Private Bradley E. Manning, U.S. Military Whistle-blower (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015) ..

FROM BRADLEY TO CHELSEA: THE Food FIGHT, Outdated Toothpaste & Unauthorized Reading Material [found in her jail cell, after a “shakedown,” by prison guards]… 

In getting back to the moral of this story: The other day I received a troubling email from the Free Chelsea Manning Network concerning Chelsea and the possibility that she could be facing 35 years to Life in Solitary Confinement over Spilled Food, a Fight with a Military Police Prison Guard, an Outdated Tube of Toothpaste, and Unauthorized Reading Materials found in her jail cell in early July.

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United States Federal & Military Penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S.A…

The story goes that on the afternoon of 02 July 2015 Chelsea was eating lunch in the Commons area for O-POD (the area where she is being held) when she either knocked or bumped, accidentally, some food from off of her tray and it landed on the floor next to her.

A guard saw what had happened, and immediately reprimanded Chelsea, and ordered her to pick the food up off the floor, and either eat it or set it aside and throw it away thereafter.

When Chelsea tried to explain what had happened the guard in question was having none of it, and proceeded to tell Chelsea again to either eat the food or set it aside and throw it away later, and that they did not care to hear any excuse whatsoever.

Chelsea retorted, BIG MISTAKE – UNREMITTINGLY, and although it’s not exactly sure what was said thereafter a physical altercation broke out between the guard and Prisoner Manning. A supervisor who happened to be watching the exchange the whole time intervened and told Prisoner Manning to self-restrain (Shades of Mitt Romney and “self-deportation”, no?) or be made to go to solitary.

Manning obliged, but asked to speak to her lawyer. Both the guard and the immediate supervisor refused, and took her to the pod supervisor’s office for an incident report, and reprimand.

Contraband

An example of the reported contraband found in Chelsea Manning’s jail cell at Fort Leavenworth, KS. (O-POD Section) – (photo courtesy of [the]Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

Upon arrival at the pod supervisor’s office Prisoner Manning asked again,”Can I speak to my lawyer please?” To which the supervisor responded, “No, and what happened Manning?”

Prisoner Manning explained what had happened and both the guard ,that she was in the altercation with, and the immediate supervisor agreed.

That was when things went from bad to worse for Chelsea Manning.

Upon review of both audio and video recordings, and Freedom of Information Act requests by both The Associated Press, The Guardian, UK & US, as well as the Chelsea Manning Defense Team the following information has been obtained:

Chelsea's Charges

The Chelsea Manning Charges, Stemming from the 02 July 2015 incident (photo courtesy of RootsAction, a petition site, 2015) …

Chelsea is due before the disciplinary board for the prison on the afternoon of 18 August 2015 to determine whether or not she will spend the rest of her life in solitary confinement or be confined to her cell for 6 months or longer, with little rations, no physical exercise, and no socialization with fellow prisoners.

USDB Photo

An old photograph of Fort Leavenworth Prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS (photo courtesy of the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS. USA, 2015)

Right now there is an immediate need for Chelsea to get a fair and impartial hearing before the Disciplinary Board.

Because the United States Army maintains that their people treated Chelsea fairly and have handled this situation with the utmost care and professionalism. That it was Chelsea who behaved inappropriately in this instance.

Chelsea & Company disagree! And they disagree for a few reasons.

  1. Chelsea was neither belligerent or physically volatile with the guard on that day that it was the guard and the supervisor that provoked the incident.
  2. Chelsea asked at least twice to speak to her attorney, and she was refused twice.
  3. Chelsea went through proper channels when lodging any and all complaints and has been denied her due process on several occasions by the prison and the U.S. Military, trying to forcing a more formal hearing with the Commandant of the Prison, but she has been refused that, and is forced to go before the Disciplinary Board in just a few days.

Supporters are asking that people read, sign, and then share a petition on Chelsea behalf to the Disciplinary Board for Fort Leavenworth Prison, and then they are asking that you consider making a donation to her legal defense fund? It is tax-deductible, and will go a long way in helping Chelsea win her eventual freedom.

Because her supporters believe that she has been wrongfully accused, tried and convicted for something that she didn’t do, and that she is serving a prison sentence meant for General David Petraeus (and no doubt many others instead).

[On a Personal Note: I happen to agree that Chelsea Manning is serving a prison sentence meant for others. And that David Petraeus is just a microcosm of a macrocosm.

And unless and until we arrest, charge, and convict folks like David Petraeus, James Clapper, John Brennan, and U.S. Army General (Army Chief of Staff) Raymond T. Odierno (Retd.) then the problem(s) will persist. We will have more and more David Petraeus’s.

Chelsea Manning did nothing wrong in 2010, and she did nothing wrong in 2015! But David Petraeus has. He has Betrayed Us! And he MUST be held accountable for his actions.]  

— Rhett E. Column

#SayWhatNews, #AXJ, #FreePress Approved!

 

 

  

 

  

Fox Harbor Apartments Sign

So sorry…I’ve been away (Being kicked out of my home!)

So sorry that its taken me so long to get back from the holidays. A lot has gone on since we last met. For one the holidays weren’t so holi. In fact they were nothing more than a day, and that’s because my wife and me were unable to celebrate MUCH LESS desirous to participate.

As of February 1st 2016 I will no longer be in my home BECAUSE of a very silly and sad state of affairs. Want to know more?

BREAKING & ENTERING:

On the afternoon of Monday, November the 2nd 2015 I was at my heart doctor’s office for a routine appointment. While there my wife was home alone. She was upstairs in our T.V. room and office area. She had the television on, and was playing an online crossword puzzle game called Lexulous (it’s a popular word game on Facebook) when she heard a lot of hammers, drills and noise coming from our back bedroom. She peered around the corner from the doorway and saw two men, one white and the other black, removing our back bedroom window from its encasement. The white man, standing on a ladder threw one leg over the opening, and said to my wife, “Hey Big Mama! What’s happening? We just here to put that win da in your hubby’s been a wanton. Will have it in and be out your way in a few. K?” (Winking at my wife rather luridly.)

My wife says, “Excuse me?” “Yeah Big Mama. We just here to put in a win da your man’s been wanton. The boss lady for the [apartment] complex gave us permission to do this. So its cool. We’ll just be a few and be out your way soon. K?” He pulls out his cellphone with some texted message, which my wife can’t make out because she has problems with her vision, presumably from the “boss lady for the complex,” a lady named Kimberly Harry, Property Manager for Fox Harbor Apartments – Paducah [KY.] and an “Agent,” of Gill Family Properties, LLC of Dexter, MO.  … (“Agent,” is the preferred term of reference to call said by one Zachary D. McMillan, Esq.)

Keep in mind: My wife is home alone now and ,unfortunately, has no way to communicate with me or the outside world because the only phone that we own is a cellphone that I had that day, and I have had issues with its battery for months now. And I’ve had the battery on back order for two months now with an online company called factoryoutletstore.com … I was hoping and praying that Santa Claus would bring me a new battery for Christmas, BUT he didn’t, darn it!

Anyway. So my wife is home alone, when one of these two characters or “Agents” of Gill Family Properties, LLC of Dexter, MO., decides to help himself to our home because the boss lady for our apartment complex gave him permission to do so because the boss lady called herself doing a favor for a “good tenant,” namely yours truly.

THE BACK STORY:

You see in the late summer of 2015 nine men came to the complex from Missouri to begin work on replacing all of the windows, siding and doors on all the apartment buildings throughout the complex. On the morning of October 22nd 2015 these nine unidentified men came into our home to replace two doors and four windows. They replaced all but one window, our upstairs bedroom window. Turned out the window that they did have on that day to replace the old one upstairs didn’t fit. In fact it was entirely the wrong size. I texted Property Manager Harry about it she said, “It happens. They’ll be back tomorrow with the new window and it’ll be great…Just shop vac the mess that they left, and they’ll see you tomorrow.” When I questioned one of the men that was in my home working that day for sure, “Uh? We’ll just go on back down to the factory ta mar uh and order you a new one…” To which I replied, “How long do you think it will be before the new one comes?” “Next day,” he says. “Cool! See you guys tomorrow then?” “Yep! Sure thing.” And he leaves. That was the 22nd of October. The next day, which was the 23rd, came and the guys didn’t show. All day long we waited for them to show but they didn’t. However, they did come and do work on the other apartments in my building, finish work in fact. Our neighbors got all of their windows and doors, siding and trim, etc. But in/on our apartment not so much.

In fact when I asked the guys, “Aren’t you guys going to put in my new window upstairs today?” “No sir! We called the factory and gave um the correct measurements, BUT it’ll be three or four days before the right window will be in…Til then you’ll just have to wait. We’ll let you know. K?” “Uh. Okay?” I said. “Thanks.” “Sure. No problem.” That was the 23rd. 24th came and went. The 31st of October came and went. Still no word on the window from the “Agents” of Gill Family Properties. Be they the construction guys or the boss lady of the complex. Nothing. 1st of November comes. Rent is always due on the first of the month around here. $600.00. Paid it and included a one page letter to Property Manager Harry asking her when are the guys going to come back to install the now clearly overdue window, and in the letter I addressed with her some other maintenance issues with our apartment? I was nice. Polite. Respectful. I recognized my place and her position of authority in the letter. I received no response from her on the 1st of November. The next day was the 2nd. And that’s when, presumably, the construction guys came to replace and install that ‘new win da’ because ‘the boss lady said they could’.

FACTS STRANGER THAN FICTION:

My wife is by this time on the landing between our T.V. room and office and our bedroom. Asking, “who are you guys and what are you doing in my home?” “It’s cool Big Mama. Relax. We just here to put in that new win da your man’s been wanton. Be cool Big Mama…” Be cool big mama? O.K. That’s not answering my wife’s questions fellas.

My wife asks again, “Who are you and what are you doing in my apartment?” “Look Big Mama we the guys been workin’ around here. We got this winda and we gonna put it in. Now leave us be and let us do our work…” My wife saw no window. And no replacement and installation efforts going on. Just two dudes, who she didn’t know, and they didn’t know her, standing in the middle of our bedroom walking around, talking to my wife referring to her as “Big Mama” and telling her to “be cool”. They had no uniforms, no ID’s. Just a couple of pickup trucks, some step ladders, scaffolding and tool belts with hammers. Day laborers at best. Royal pains in the butt at worst.

My wife is naturally scared. That’s when she runs downstairs and retrieves a pairing knife from a cutting block in our kitchen. She runs back upstairs and in no uncertain terms proceeds to tell these men to leave our home the way that they came. That’s when one of the men closes and locks our bedroom door on my wife and immediately leaves the way that he came in. About twenty minutes later there’s a loud pounding on our front door. “Open this goddamned door! This is Kimberly Harry, the Property Manager with Fox Harbor Apartments! Who the fuck is in this apartment?” My wife, scared out of her mind, goes downstairs, goes to the front door and asks, “Who is it?” “This Kimberly Harry, the goddamned property manager for this apartment complex, open the door right now!” “Who?” “Kimberly Harry, the property manager. Now open this door now!” “I don’t talk to people from behind closed doors.”

My wife steps to one side in front of our living room window, sliding glass, opens it and asks, “Can I help you?” “Yes you can bitch! Who the fuck are you and why the hell are you threatening to stab my guys?” “Huh?” “You heard me. Why are you threatening to kill my people?” “No ma’am. I threatened no one.” “Well they said you did.” “Now open this door so my men can do their job. David Davidson asked us to put this window in. I don’t know who you are or what you’re doing here, BUT I don’t appreciate my people or I being threatened or kept from doing our job.”

THE ONE WEEK NOTICE AND A TEXT MESSAGE (GOOD TENANT, BAD TENANT INSIDE JUST A FEW SHORT MONTHS – A LEASE RENEWED):

A week prior we received a blanket notice in our door, presumably from the property manager, informing us that these men would be by our home in a week to replace all our windows and doors. They would be in and out in a day and we would have brand new windows and doors throughout the apartment. They are nine in total, they came in on the 22nd of October and didn’t come back, surprisingly, until the 2nd of November. And we only received that one notice and a guaranteed text message from the property manager about the work that was to be done, in and out, in one days’ time. Nothing else thereafter.

Up until November the 2nd 2015 we have had zero problems here, zero. We get along great with our neighbors. Pay the bills that we are obligated to pay here on time, sometimes early, and we pay the rent, like clockwork, every month, sometimes early, on time. And prior to all this Property Manager Harry called us, “good tenants”. In the late summer of 2015 she even trimmed a mulberry bush, herself, in front of our apartment because we were tearing our clothes on it and she didn’t want to bother the landscapers with it because we were “good tenants,” who “wrote nice notes on our monthly rent check envelopes to her,” and we came to visit her in the hospital when she had her second child, and health problems birthing the child and was laid up for several months thereafter.

 

With tears in her eyes and hands over her heart she looked me in the eyes at the annual renewal of our lease last September and said, “You guys are so sweet. You don’t cause any trouble. You pay your rent on time. I just love you guys so much!” She gave me a hug. And said, “Thank you for the flowers while I was in the hospital…” So, and you just might be saying to yourself, by now, “My goodness gracious! What in the world? And how do you go from being a good tenant to a bad tenant inside a few months?” “What in the world?” Indeed.

But it gets even better. Because my wife and I were not the only ones to be broke and entered on by this collective. As a matter of fact, mere weeks after they arrived here from Missouri they broke and entered into the apartments of two married women, home alone just like my wife was, reportedly to install a back-ordered upstairs bedroom window. But there’s a catch and a twist. These two women had small children, there’s, with them at the time and they were armed with handguns. Both women reacted in the same manner my wife did only we have no guns. The minute they heard a commotion ,such as the one my wife heard upstairs in our apartment, they ran for their weapons, located the intruders and stuck the barrel of the gun to their foreheads and made clear to them that they would shoot them if they didn’t “leave now!”

 

As is my understanding, after the fact, in both instances grown men pissed and crapped themselves and headed out the way that they came in just after they put the old bedroom window back in place. However no police were called, like they were called on my wife, instead the Property Manager, Kimberly Harry, who is intimately acquainted with these women and their families and got them their apartments at the complex, talked to both women and just lodged formal incident reports with the landlord in Missouri. In other words those incidents were swept under the rug, while my wife, had a police report filed against her, we’ve had police at our home, trumped up charges of terroristic threatening and malicious intent and threat of eviction(s) from our landlord’s attorney Mr. Zachary D. McMillan, Esq. of  the Law Office of McMurry & Livingston, PLLC of Paducah, KY brought against us. In and out of the court system for McCracken County, KY. a half dozen times or more in these many months since all this began.

BETRAYAL OF TRUST & CONFIDENCE (VOUCH FOR MY CHARACTER, LETS SET DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE): 

Here’s the absolute truth in all this: Since November the 3rd 2015 I have been trying to personally resolve this issue, both personally and legally. But my efforts have been rebuffed to the umpth degree, by all concerned up to and including my own home church at one time even though, now, it seems as if they are on board with helping us, and the man that taught me in Sunday School at the church for five years, the Founder and Senior Most Legal Partner for my landlord the Law Office of McMurry & Livingston Mr. W. Fletcher M. Schrock, Esq. Because rather than hear me out. Set down with me as I have asked, and asked and asked all along. Politely. Respectfully. Forthrightly and honestly. Mr. Schrock rebuffed my pleas to simply be heard. Sicked his dog, Zachary McMillan, on me and my wife and would have us homeless and on the street no later than Monday, February 1st 2016!

I have been called every name under the sun by men and women in my community that I have known since childhood. “Deadbeat.” “Scum”. “Underbelly.” “Miscreant.” “Low-life.” Because rather than setting down with me/meeting with me. Talking with me about this issue. Hearing mine and my wife’s side of things those men and women have taken up arms, figuratively, against me and sided with Fletcher Schrock and Company on this issue.

And when a man and his family have been relegated to such common denominators in society as the ones to which we have been lowered to, left with no real legal recourse, had our name, reputation and standing taken away from us simply for reaching out, seeking legal alternative when the personal ones went unanswered. Lodging complaints, redressing grievance with government on the basis of the laws of our land and the Commonwealth of Kentucky well what’s left?

But that’s okay. I’m not giving up. I still have lots of cards left to play. This poker game is not over. I am not out. Yet. I’m going all in on this one. Right down to the final hours. Believe in God? I just ask you to pray. Wanna help? Reach out to me through the comments section with this blog post and I’ll be more than happy to take any advice and council, save the illegal kind, from anyone at this point.

Thank you kindly friends…Happy New Year!

–Rhett.

The Joseph Naugler Family (photos courtesy of The Blessed Little Homestead Blog & Facebook Page, 2015) ...

UPDATE on the Kentucky 10 (The Naugler Family Reunited) …

BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY, Kentucky – Earlier this year we brought you a story out of Central Kentucky about a family of ‘free-rangers’ named the Naugler’s and their fight to remain a family of people who, for various reasons, prefer to live ‘off-the-grid’.

Mrs. Nicole Naugler stands outside what is left of their home after police and Child Protective Services raided their home and property and removed 10 of 11 children in early May of 2015 (photo courtesy of Blessed Little Homestead, a Naugler Family Facebook Page, 2015) ...

Mrs. Nicole Naugler, unknown months pregnant at the time this photo was taken, stands outside what is left of their home after police and Child Protective Services raided their home and property and removed 10 of 11 children in early May of 2015 (photo courtesy of Blessed Little Homestead, a Naugler Family Facebook Page, 2015) …

Many have taken issue with the Naugler’s, and their chosen way of life.

But through it all they have maintained their truth, stuck to their guns and have taken their case to court.

And I am happy to report that Joe and Nicole Naugler’s ten children have been returned to them, as of July 2015, according to reports.

And since the Naugler 10 or the Kentucky 10 has returned The Naugler Family has been blessed with an eleventh member to the Blessed Little Homestead Family. Mama and baby boy are happy and healthy.

Although the Naugler’s legal troubles are far from over the most important thing is that the family is whole and back together again, just in time for the holidays.

We here at Say What News wish them well, and would like to invite you to continue to support them in their continuing quest for peace, togetherness, and happiness in the lifestyle to which they have chosen.

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