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This past weekend while on a 10-mile hike with my 15-year old son to complete requirements for his eagle scout rank, I was illegally detained, stripped of my weapons, and arrested when I refused to voluntarily surrender them. I am a licensed CHL holder in multiple states, an active duty Master Sergeant and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. My only charge was “resisting arrest” though I was never placed under arrest until I was charged with resisting it. Confused? Me too. We were hiking down back country roads away from homes and businesses outside Temple, Texas, when the police claim they were responding to a call about a man walking down the road with a gun, something that is legal in the state of Texas. Luckily, my son was able to get the entire ordeal on video, which my attorney doesn’t want released yet. Can you please share this link as far and wide as possible of an appeal for funds to help us fight this injustice and violation of 2nd and 4th amendment rights? Unfortunately, we had to come up with $2500 bail because the resisting arrest is a class a misdemeanor in Texas and we didn’t want to deal with the headaches that come with using a bail bondsman. I would be greatly appreciative. I have a top secret security clearance and if I don’t fight these charges I lose my clearance, my job, and any any chance of an army retirement after serving 19 years. If you have any questions, please let know. Here is the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2nd-amendment-legal-defense-fund
The Facebook link take you to this page for the Second Amendment Legal Defense Fund, where his lawyer can be contacted for information. My emphasis below:
No one should have to fear being illegally disarmed without warrant, especially someone who has never committed a crime in his life. There is an overt attempt to disarm Americans, and especially veterans, in this country.
I live on a military salary and my wife had to use our savings to bail me out of jail so I didn’t have to spend an entire weekend waiting on the magistrate to enjoy his/hers. So, I need help fighting for my rights. I can’t afford the $10,000 retainer to hire a good lawyer familiar with these issues.
My attorney is Mr. Kurt Glass, an attorney at law and fellow US Army veteran. If you’d like to contact him directly, his email is email@example.com to verify the specifics of my case. His website is www.kurtwglasslaw.com.
Thank you for your service Rex, Take a Break K9, Job Well Done ♥
“Unfortunately today at 10:56am Rex passed away. I was faced with the decision that no pet owner wants to hear, but I know I made the right choice. This is all very sudden and thankfully he did not suffer for long, this all came about late last night. I am so grateful for the last 8 months I got to spend with my partner & my best friend. Rex got to swim in a pool and play with my other dogs. He got to roam the yard & bark at deer, play with as many toys as he wanted all day everyday, sleep in a cozy bed next to me every night, chase and eventually make friends with my 2 cats, enjoy & play in his first snowfall…and so much other great stuff that he would have never had the chance to do if he was never retired. He knew I was with him the whole time and I laid next to him & held him & spoke to him & he was at peace in the end. He is now my guardian angel…even though he already was. So thank you to everyone who supported me & made it possible for me to spend those precious 8 months with my best friend. He was one hell of a dog, one tough ass Marine, and one very special soul. He will no doubt be greatly missed & never forgotten.”
If you haven’t heard of Megan Levy and Sgt Rex, read this:
Megan went to Paris Island for basic training, signed up for the military police and was accepted into the K-9 unit, where she was paired with Rex, who had been trained both to sniff out bombs and attack. They were deployed to Iraq, in Fallujah, for seven months in 2005, and deployed again to Ramadi in May, 2006. Bill Leavey, a Bronx-born Teamster in the theatrical business and longtime Daily News reader, wrote a letter to Bill Gallo about his daughter the Marine, sending along a photo of Megan and Rex.
Gallo was so touched he drew a cartoon of them and sent the original to the Leaveys in the Rockland town of Valley Cottage, where it now hangs in the Leavey living room.
Rex’s training taught him to lie down whenever he sniffed any of the ingredients of an explosive. Megan and Rex went on hundreds of missions, tethered to each other with a cord. Each time Rex lay down, Leavey would call the bomb squad. On Sept. 4, 2006, Leavey and Rex set out from the base, ahead of five Humvees, clearing an area that had been unoccupied. Rex found four bombs along the road in short order. Four hours into the mission, Leavey, armed with an M16 rifle and a 9-mm pistol, approached an intersection. Leavey and Rex kept walking, but before Rex could sniff anything out, the enemy set off a bomb via a remote blasting box, Leavey and Rex taking a direct hit, getting thrown 10 feet and winding up in a roadside ditch, still tethered, somehow alive.
A Marines explosives expert told Leavey, “You are lucky. They buried it too deep. The ground took the majority of the shrapnel and blast that was meant for you.”
Leavey was airlifted to a hospital in Baghdad. She had suffered a traumatic brain injury and hearing loss from an exploded eardrum. Rex suffered a shoulder injury and his own hearing loss. They flew back to Camp Pendleton. Leavey was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and began treatment. She received her Purple Heart in a plastic case and put it by her bedside in her Camp Pendleton, Calif. barracks. She went out one day and came back to find the Purple Heart stolen.
She never got it back.
“I can’t believe somebody would do that,” Bill Leavey said.
With under a year left in her hitch, Megan Leavey submitted paperwork to adopt Rex as her own pet. Her commanding officer said it wasn’t possible yet, as Rex was still working, not ready to be retired. At the end of her tour in 2007, Megan packed up her belongings and went to see Rex in the kennel. She wished she could convey all she felt to him. She started to cry.
“I hope I see you again,” Megan told Rex.
So sad just before Christmas, but if God lets dogs in Heaven, Rex is helping guard the gates.
Love that guy. I still see Josey Wales in that face.
You can watch his speech here
h/t Mark from Facebook.
Got a call from Highway Patrol for a “Motorcycle Down,” a major injury accident.
Jumped in my truck and headed to where it was supposed to be, and of course it was actually in the other direction from where they told us it was, so I did some fancy maneuvering and entered the freeway going the other direction.
On arriving to the scene, there was a Harley-Davidson with its front end mangled sitting behind a Mini Cooper with all the fashionable leftist bumper stickers on the back.
I was only called to pick the bike up, so I loaded it and off I went to the tow yard to put it in a safe place.
A half hour later, an insurance company called us to tow a Mini Cooper that was in an accident, but the place was across town from the original motorcycle collision, so I never connected the earlier accident until I arrived to the supposed “accident scene” to find a perfectly normal intersection. WTF?
Called dispatch and told Knucklehead “Nothing here, heading back. Call the insurance company and figure it out,” and off I went.
The boss’s house was just around the corner, so I decided to swing by there and give him a hard time (also didn’t want to get too far away from the location they gave us before – just in case), and sure enough the insurance company called back with the same location as the Harley wreck earlier in the day. Wanted her car picked up from the freeway and delivered to a local body shop.
Off I went back across town again, I knew exactly what/who I was looking for now.
I pulled up in front of the vehicle on the right shoulder, and backed ups to it just as the insurance company was calling us for an ETA. I told them: “Umm, now,” and I got out to talk to the woman.
I just finished getting the license plate info from the rear of the car, and I said “Interesting bumper sticker,” (referring to the 99% sticker above), “You may have just gotten rear-ended by a real ’1%er’ today, if the guy was in a biker club!”
She hadn’t given that any thought, it seems, as her face turned white. Then she joked “A bourgeois biker?” I thought that was pretty funny, maybe she wasn’t a hard-core lefty after all?
She was very concerned that her insurance company would cover everything, the towing, etc. and I assured her it did.
“Yep, thank God for Big Insurance, eh? This would cost you around $95!”
She was also concerned that she wouldn’t have a ride off the freeway, and I told her I wouldn’t just leave her at the side of the road, and I would, in fact, drop her off at a place where she could get a car rental. Another rather large corporation, by the way.
So off we went.
“You know,” I started, “I understand the whole 99% bumper sticker thing, but what exactly is the ‘Economic Justice’ part about?”
She went blank, “I dunno, really, hee hee!”
“What,” I had to push it, “Somebody just stuck that thing there?”
When she didn’t answer immediately, I avoided any possible “pregnant pause” action by asking “You have the phone number and address for the body shop I’m taking your car to? You’ll need to call them Monday.”
“Um, no, I’ll have to look it up…”
When we got to the car rental agency, I asked he for her cell number, and texted her the address and number to the body shop for her future use. She was frankly amazed, for some reason, that I’d do that for her.
I made sure she had everything she’d need out of her car (house keys removed from the ignition key, phone charger, etc.) and she smiled gratefully “Thank you for everything!”
I waved goodbye, and as I was climbing back into my truck I said with a smile; “By the way, I’m a Republican.”
I never looked back for her reaction, I just gunned it and headed off to
help some other poor helpless person make some more money.
IF, that is, Zuckerberg doesn’t see the light and hi-tail it to Texas
As usual, the Governor’s office is overestimating revenue;
A sobering assessment was released Wednesday of California’s latest proposed budget: It shows the governor’s revenue expectations are far too optimistic.
Earlier this week, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst said the $7-billion-per-year tax hike won’t bring in as much as he thinks. He says the governor’s proposed state budget will also fall short.
Complicating the equation, Taylor noted, is the challenge of predicting the tax effects of a major transaction that is expected to take place later this year: the initial stock offering of Facebook, a California company based in Palo Alto.
That offering, Taylor said, will be the largest ever and is expected to be four times larger than the 2004 initial public offering of Google, which generated $27 billion and produced a windfall of tax revenue for the state when company executives cashed in their stock options.
Read the rest from Timm Herdt
- $5 billion difference in state revenue estimates (sfgate.com)
- ‘Facebook Effect’ Could Boost California Budget, Analyst Says (businessweek.com)
- How Facebook’s Expected $100 Billion IPO Breaks Down [INFOGRAPHIC] (mashable.com)
Via El hombre original, SooperMexican;
One of the more breathtakingly stupid memes of the Occupy Wall Street protest (and there are many) is the constant self-aggrandizing comparison to the “Arab Spring.” There are many reasons to be cautious in being overly celebratory of the Mideast revolutions even without comparing it to a “revolution” in America. Even the slightest and most cursory musing upon the vast differences in our cultural and political institutions and histories should prevent any simplistic generalization.
A Note from Facebook moderator Leslie Ordeman
We recently put up an article about the Occupy Wall Street protests in the USA — there is lots of news about it on Syrian television stations.
For sure there is a lot of unhappiness in America about the economic situation. Unemployment is relatively high – nine percent. Housing prices keep falling, hurting more families. There is much debate between the two main American political parties about how to fix the U.S. economy.
We don’t know exactly what will happen next. What we do know is:
* the US will have national elections in November 2012 that are not under the control of the American intelligence establishment but rather an independent election authority not controlled by the President or Congress;
* the Occupy Wall Street organizers will be entirely free to run as election candidates or to organize to support candidates;
* Occupy Wall Street groups will not be allowed to destroy public or private property, but they can organize more protests in other cities and they can say whatever they want about the U.S. government without being arrested or shot;
* the police will not shoot thousands of protesters;
* some Occupy Wall Street organizers have been arrested for disturbing public order (blocking traffic) but they won’t be tortured, and no family will receive the body of a protester bearing torture marks.
* the international media and NGOs are watching and reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests without interference from the government;
* the Occupy Wall Street organizers will be free to talk to any American or foreigner who wants to talk to them without fear of arrest;
* the U.S. government may complain that some countries’ currency policies are hurting the U.S. economy, but the US government will not tell the world that there is a vague foreign conspiracy for which it lacks any specifics or evidence but that it says is encouraging the Occupy Wall Street or other protest movements.
Something to think about…
I know when you’re drawing ridiculous comparisons between yourself whining about having taken useless college courses that left you totally unprepared for life, much less to make a living *quick intake of air* and people dying overseas at the hands of a brutal dictator because they want to be *free, there’s not a lot of real thinking involved. More grasping at straws.
Next they’ll be comparing themselves to the Tea Party.
*I say “free”, but as we’re seeing in Egypt (or are about to), “free” might end up meaning “free to choose a replacement repressive regime that sends their children to their perceived enemies strapped with very real explosives.
- Bill Clinton on Occupy Wall Street: ‘They Need to be For Something Specific’ (timesunion.com)
- Arab Activists: Little in Common Between #OccupyWallStreet, #ArabSpring (censorshipinamerica.com)