Fish Or Man

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Good Story

Check your attic, or pipe handrails :) grandma might have left you something.

Wad of Cash Found in New Orleans Home


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Trista Wright was spending her spring break cleaning out hurricane-damaged homes when she discovered some unusual papers among the moldy plaster board and debris.

"I started raking it out of the air conditioner vent. I thought it was garbage and I was going to shovel it up, but I bent down to pick it up, and it was a stack of $100 bills, and then more and more kept coming," the 19-year-old said Tuesday on CNN.

By an unofficial count, it was more than $30,000.

Wright and fellow students notified the organizers of their church mission, who told the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

The woman who owned the house, who has asked that she not be identified, was as shocked as Wright.

"She was speechless," said Wright, an Armstrong Atlantic State University student was among 175 Georgia college students spending their week off volunteering in the city's Arabi area.

Deputy Gary Adams verified the identity of the woman who owned the home.

Adams said it's not uncommon to find weapons or medications behind the walls of homes, but this was the biggest sum of hidden money he had heard of. "It's good to see someone find something like that and turn it over to proper authorities and the rightful owner," he said.

The homeowner said she suspects the money belonged to her father, who was wary of banks. The home had been in the family for generations, she said.

"I had my suspicions about the money at first, but once I met the family and talked to the woman, I have no doubt she's telling the truth," said Aaron Arledge, one of the organizers of the mission. "She said her father grew up during the Depression and must not have told anyone in the family about it before he died."

The one-story house was flooded to the eaves by Katrina and, aside from the hidden money, none of its contents could be saved, church officials said.

"To see that woman's face when we told her about the money, that's the kind of positive story that makes all the hard work worthwhile," said the Rev. Warren Jones Jr. of New Salem Baptist Church in the Ninth Ward, which has served as a base for church missions. "She said it was a miracle. And when you think about it, it was."

Friday, March 17, 2006

Permits, Power, and Roles

I wrote this awhile ago. I've been slowly cleaning it up, not enough yet, but there has been some recent discussions that made me dig it up and throw it into the mix. So, here goes


CCW Permits. Oh where, oh where do I start...

What's a Permit do for you?

How does a gun owner respond upon obtaining a license to carry concealed? Satification, enjoyment, pride... There must be something significant a permit holder gains... otherwise no one would willingly aquire one. Some would say the benefit is concealing a handgun, yet anyone with a windbreaker can do that. There must be more.

A permit holder benefits by being allowed to conceal that handgun WITHOUT the very real fear of force by a Government willing to destroy over that simple activity. "Government as destroyer"... there is something any sane person lives in fear of.

Government as Destroyer

We've been warned about fearing Government. We the people allowed that fear to grow weak and we turned our back on our Government for far too long.

Now we see destruction all around us. Destruction in court decisions. Destruction by politicians and police, and lawyers. We hear about destruction daily. We pray our house isn't next on the list to be destroyed "for the public benefit." Even while we attempt to act lawfully, we look over our shoulder. Was that early morning knock on your door from knuckles or a butt?

We Each Draw Our Line

While there are a few of us who have no need for a line, (true criminals), the majority of us, go along with the system. The criminal is the fringe of society. Yet there continues to grow even more laws which effect the law-abiding, not the criminals. So, do we search for escape as free "criminals"? Certainly, some have.

Still, the vast majority of us just attempt to live peacefully. We get pushed around a bit, but it isn't that bad. We hold onto what we hold dear; our last and final line in the sand, so we say. Most of us quite literally hate the system which has forced our grandfathers and fathers to leave us with a line drawn so very, very close to our newborn feet.

Still there are others that find small places of refuge within this system. Politicians, lawyers, government types. And this takes us back to that permit. A place a refuge. A chance to hold onto some diginity. Keeping hold of the ability to bear arms without the ever present threat from Government. We grasp at this refuge and hold onto it.

The logic goes that since the permit is available to anyone that wants it, there is nothing wrong with grabbing ahold of it. Maybe, just maybe, with that refuge we can hold out until things get better.

What does that refuge do TO you?

The holder of that permit gains power from it. Power over the common man. Power to bear arms without being destroyed by the state. Quite actually, the power of life and death over the common man.

Gun owners may also imagine other powers gained from it, but it truly takes only one power to make the difference. That one power; the ability to conceal a handgun without fear; no trivial power indeed. With open carry having a response from police which can likely leave you dead, that permit ends up affording the holder power over ALL other civilians to bear arms without fear.

Stolen Possessions

We hear of very little men using their powers to control, to destroy, to create dictatorships. We see our own Government expanding daily in its search for power. A Government which has already reached into our televisions, our wallets, our bedrooms, our minds, still continues to reach further. The little our Government was allowed to start with has been devoured a thousand times over.

What would it take for it to end? Can you imagine the destruction required before Government would let go of that power? It would be catastraphic. And so, quite smartly, we obey. We follow. We refuse to step out of line for fear some elite might notice and want our property for a condo, a golf course, a hotel.

In the middle of the worst of it we find fellow citizens who enjoy this system. Some defend it and some ask for more of it. Not happy enough to just survive through this present danger, they have developed their lives around it. Even while knowing the property had to have been stolen from someone else's hands, they live off it. Some collect their food from it. Some receive their shelter from it. Some garner wealth from it.

Still others receive something far more dangerous from it... power. Power which could only have been stolen from others for them to now recieve. Stolen from civilians and then doled to those who willingly cooperate with this new enlightened system. This power is an addictive drug sometimes issued to the willing in the form of a permit.

Yet power is such a predictable thing...

Our Roles

What does it take to have the Government we have? At one time, it might be said all it takes is the Constitution. But, what does it take for today's Government to exist? Everyone of us. We all have roles to play. There must be someone to take from, there must be someone to receive. There must be someone to compromise, there must be someone to stand firm. There must be rule makers, rule benders, and game players. Government could never exist without all of us finding our role.

Anyone who wants my role, can find me here.

Considering Comments

from jeb:

County medical examiner Dr. Charles Siebert - An ME who doesn't take his job too seriously! Doing autopsies so fast he mistakes dead women for men… (Goggle his name for related stories). Pocketing the entire office budget rather than hire assistants… No time to keep his medical credentials up to date? No worries.. He was appointed for life by Gov Bush. (That family is incapable of error, as we all know.)

This bumbling good ole boy (the ME, not the Gov… hard to tell these fellers apart) comes to the "rescue" of another fine specimen of American manhood, Sheriff Frank McKeith, claiming a 14 year old boy who was beaten to death on video at on of the Sheriff’s youth camps died of sickle cell.

Why not old age?

Makes one wonder if the ME & Sheriff are old buddies.

Maybe we can send them all out hunting with VP Cheney. Whoever comes back alive can claim the others died at birth.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Wow, Thanks.

It is so hard to watch that tape. I grew up in Detroit and nothing in that tape was new to me, it was just very difficult to see a fourteen year old being killed with such studied efficiency. I pray that Martin's family will follow through on this to the point that the sheriff himself is brought to the witness stand. He has much to explain. And answer for.

As a youngster in a gang I knew how dangerous the street was. I knew that I could come to a time and place where my affiliation with my own neighborhood gang could get me killed. I was part of gang fights and never recieved a serious injury. Luck. Martin's luck ran out when he came up against a gang powerful enough to run on a system of beliefs that is much more powerful than the law they are sworn to uphold.

These officers upheld only one law: the law of might makes right.

The fact that some of those officers on that tape are black tells me all I need to know about just how powerful this system of beliefs is in that Sheriff's Office. The officers on that tape, both black and white, make it plain that they are motivated by group standards and nothing more. Which is appalling.

I pray that Martin's family will find justice and through it that they will also find some peace. I cannot imagine Martin's Mom having much ability to sleep these days.

Very good coverage, Jason.

God Bless and keep you always.
Arthur (Khanundrum)

Thanks Arthur.

He's right. "Group Standards" That seems to fit what the American police forces have become. In my eyes, they have met the definition of an "armed gang" as well. Certainly there are officers that don't subscribe to the "might makes right" method of policing. But knowing they can get away with murder simply by claiming "he lowered his hands" or "I was scared for my life" is proving to be more power then the majority of officers can handle, (Yes, majority... How many do you count in the video? How many attempted to stop this murder? How many came forward with the truth and refused to be a part of the attempted coverup? Not one.)

For every camara recording a citizen who wields an increasingly limited amount of power, there should be a dozen camaras recording those usurping the Constitution. Why not? With their daily abuses against the Constitution, ones they swore to uphold, why should police continue to garner your trust?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Coverup Uncovered

"I think he made a mistake."

This statement was made in regards to Dr. Charles Siebert autopsy findings attempting to coverup the beating death of Florida teen Martin Lee Anderson caught on video while at a government run boot camp. You see, they have exhumed his body for a second autopsy and now find that he was killed due to the beatings and they are giving this bastard, "Dr." Siebert a chance to change his autopsy findings???

A MISTAKE!!! What BS! This "Dr." should be charged with the attempted coverup of a murder and the sheriffs deputies you can plainly see beating this teen to death in the video should be facing murder charges!

More from the AP article:

Prosecutors confirmed Tuesday that a 14-year-old boy who was beaten by guards in a juvenile boot camp did not die of a blood disorder as a medical examiner initially ruled.

Pam Bondi, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober, who is investigating the death of Martin Lee Anderson, declined to comment further on the case except to say it will be "months" before the probe is complete.

She confirmed statements from Dr. Michael Baden, a noted pathologist hired by Anderson's family who observed the second autopsy that was conducted on the teenager's body.

Baden said after observing the 12-hour autopsy Monday that the teen probably died from a beating by guards, not sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder, as the medical examiner in the county where the camp was located initially ruled.

"...initially ruled"??? INITIALLY? He preformed an autopsy on this boy and didn't discover a bruise on him that the good "doctor" didn't contribute to life saving efforts. Then, through painful research and examining, he blamed the death on Sickle Cell TRAIT. I posted about Dr. Siebert's lies a month ago.

"My opinion is that he died because of what you see in the videotape," said Dr. Michael Baden, referring to a surveillance tape showing guards kicking and punching Martin Lee Anderson's limp body the day before he died.

Every questionable death "Doctor" Siebert has performed for Bay County Sheriff's Department should be immediately exhumed and re-examined. Any "evidence" this con-artist presented in court should be thrown out. This also means many more murder charges would need to be filed against police in Florida.

Or wait... you say this was probably "the only one"? What's that you say? "The only one" just happened to be caught on video too?? You also believe "the only one" required a SECOND autopsy to uncover??? Yes?

Well then... nothing to see here. Move along.

Monday, March 13, 2006

U Shouldn't Watch V

At least, that is what we are being told by Newsweek and Time, (via Claire)

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched? On March 17th, it will be your turn.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Now They Have Gone And Done It

They have arrested the founder of!!!

I'm making this post from a very stuffy hotel "office center", (a room smaller then my holding cell was in Spokane with a temp about 105 degrees), so I will copy and paste the rest from what I just found at WOG

By Gary Marbut

Angel Shamaya, founder of is in jail in Michigan, having been arrested for possession of firearms not properly registered under Michigan law.

Angel's friends are working to help him with this problem, but we need your help, right now!

We need character references from you for Angel. There is a form letter for you to fill out and send back at:

Be advised that Angel's problem is happening in the Detroit area, where a strong anti-gun sentiment exists in the criminal justice system. So, we are asking you to downplay gun-rights and gun-related comments. We will NOT deliver to the court any disparaging letters about Michigan or Michigan laws. Stay on the high ground.

Please, download a copy of the draft letter. Add one sentence of personal comment if you wish - no more.

This is for upstanding, legitimate citizens only. So, we want you to add your name, mail address, and phone number to the letter, so the judge seeing these will accept your letter and will not think you are some flake.

You may email your completed letter, either as an attached MSWord (.doc) file, or pasted into the body of your email, either to or to So we can pick it out from our many other emails, PLEASE make the SUBJECT of your email: "Angel reference." We will see that these letters get to Angel's attorney ASAP.

Please pass this on to your friends for action. We need letters from everyone who knows or knows of, and appreciates Angel.

Thanks loads for your help.

Gary Marbut, PresidentMontana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana

Personal note from David Codrea: I spoke with Angel at length last night, before this happened. He is a great patriot and friend. WarOnGuns visitors: I have never really asked you for anything. I am pleading with you to support our brother in his time of need. I will be monitoring things as they unfold--if and when we need to help Angel with more than words, I will let you know.

Please do this support letter now--and please spread this news far and wide.

More from Nicki Fellenzer:

Folks, most of you know how decent, passionate, intelligent and dynamic Angel Shamaya is. He has committed himself to freedom, and I know of few people who are as dedicated to the cause of freedom as Angel. He is also a personal friend to many of us, and now he needs our help.Today he was arrested, and he is currently in jail. Please read the link below and take a few minutes to write the judge on his behalf. I have National Drill this weekend, and I'm sending this from my hotel room. I won't be around much until Sunday night, but I'm counting on you guys to spread the news and help Angel through this. Please!

The link includes an address where to send your letters of reference. Please do so as quickly as you can!

Then, I urge you to pass this email to everyone you know. Post it on your websites and blogs, pass it on to fellow bloggers and help us ensure that this gets the widest possible dissemination. Yes, this is about freedom -- but right now, we need to ensure he is, first and foremost, released and that charges are dismissed, so please toe the line on this one. For Angel.

Nicki Fellenzer