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OUR GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

This is an excerpt from my Memoirs of a Drug Warrior, which I have been writing for several years.  Since no one is kicking down my doors to print the thing, I have decided to publish some experts.  I don’t know how this will work, but I believe much of the information and history I have experienced in the War on Drugs needs to be exposed and brought to light.  I hope to be around long enough to tie all this together into something cohesive.  But, until then, suffer or ignore.

The following is from newspapers about the Kerry Committee Hearings:

WASHINGTON — A pilot told a Senate hearing Wednesday that his firm contracted with the State Department to fly clothing to Nicaragua’s Contras in 1986 at the same time he was operating as an undercover drug smuggler for two federal agencies.

Michael Palmer, appearing under heavy guard, said that before he started working for the government in his extraordinary dual role, he had illegitimately smuggled $40 million worth of marijuana into the United States from South America over an eight-year period.

Yesterday, convicted marijuana smuggler Michael Paul Vogel told the Senate panel that in 1979 or 1980 he and a Cuban associate met with then-Panamanian leader, Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos, and Noriega, then head of Panama’s military intelligence, to discuss smuggling drugs from an island off Panama to the United States.

Vogel said that during 14 years of drug trafficking, he made numerous payoffs to government and law enforcement officials in Colombia, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere.

But Vogel said the two Panamanian leaders were “extremely greedy,” and wanted $100,000 per trip, so Vogel and the Cuban rejected the deal.  (LA Times April 07, 1988)

For several years, after my audit, I had little income.  I survived, but barely.  I had to close down my office after all my equipment was seized.  The only thing after 87 weeks of tax audit and interviewing my clients did was alienate my clientele, wreck my business, cause clinical depression and assess a penalty of $7000, 80% of which consisted of penalties and interest.  I didn’t keep adequate enough records for the IRS regarding mileage.  Even though the dumbest simpleton could look at my calendar and see what cities I drove to for court, since I didn’t’ write beginning and ending odometer readings, the mileage wasn’t allowed I could appeal, but I had to pay the assessment before doing so.  Essentially, I was screwed.  I was shunned and avoided by colleagues with every nut case trying to get something on me for the reward.  I learned the hard way about the realities of law and lawyers, which was vastly different from the views I had until then.  The idea of a profession, promoting the greater good had died, replaced by billable hours, business building and profit.

However, during this time strange things kept happening.  I ran into strangers who told me interesting facts.  Reports would turn up mysteriously in my mailbox and I started to be inundated with information, some good and some false, forcing me to analyze and investigate.  I started to get referrals from strange sources, including law enforcement who were concerned with corruption and misdeeds.  I soon found myself head of a group consisting of criminals, citizens, police and others concerned with the integrity of police and government.  The main focus was on the Central Intelligence Agency and its various factions.  I was about to enter the looking glass, and unlike contemporaries, without the aid of LSD.

One such client was a young aviator from Detroit whom I will refer to as the Zoo-Keeper.  The reason for this moniker is that I met him at the zoo and he strip searched me in the restroom for a mike or recorder.  After that, we walked around the zoo, talking about his problems, situation and some solutions.

About that time, I was subject to collection actions by the IRS.  Anytime I would get out f the red, I would have funds seized by the Government.  During this time, I was served a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in Detroit.  It concerned the Zoo-Keeper.  I took the position that it was invalid because it was a privileged communication between attorney and client.  The Government disagreed.  I took the position that I did not practice in Michigan.  They said it didn’t matter.  Their claim was that under Michigan law, they could enquire about the nature of the employment and whether I was his lawyer.

They finally served me with a subpoena.  I didn’t show up.  An irate US Attorney called and threatened me with contempt for not showing up.  The following is a dramatization of the conversation with the US Attorney in Michigan.

“Mr. Blewitt.  Why didn’t you appear in Court yesterday?  Your ignoring the subpoena could have        serious consequences for you.”

“I know that.”

“Why weren’t you here?”

“I had no way of getting there.”

“We reimburse you when you arrive in Detroit.  Just put it on your credit card and give us the receipts and we will issue a check for your expenses and some per diem.”

“I don’t have a credit card.”

“Oh, we will send you the money.”

A week later, a check and subpoena arrived, delivered by a marshall.  I didn’t appear on that date and had another conversation with the US Attorney.

“Mr. Blewitt.  Why didn’t you appear this time?”

“I had no way to get to the airport.”

“Mr Blewitt, you are treading on thin ice here.  We will advance expenses next week for travel, food and lodging.  You had better show up.”

The check arrived the next week, along with another subpoena.  I deposited the check in my account which was the subject of a seizure action.  The Government, as I predicted, gobbled up the check and I missed another flight.

The prosecutor must have been pretty mad because, next thing I knew, a US Marshall arrived at my door to escort me to their office in Denver.  When I got to the holding cell, I was told to call the prosecutor in Detroit.

“What’s your excuse this time?  It better be good or you will have an escort from the Marshall’s office to Detroit, and it won’t be by commercial airline.”

I couldn’t go because you people seized the deposit of the check and I had no money.  I wish you would make up your minds.  First you give me a check and then you attack my account and take it away.  I think you are trying to deliberately drive me crazy or to suicide.”

I said the magic words.  I had just read a bulletin from the IRS for agents to closely watch for possible suicides, which woud be bad publicity.  Knowing this, I thought I would give them something to think about.

In any event, the Marshall talked to the prosecutor who then talked to me.  I then talked to the Marshall, etc., untill a resolution was provided.  I was to be provided cash for the ride to the airport, from the airport to Detroit, then a cab from the airport to the hotel, the hotel, from the hotel to the courthouse and then the return to Boulder.  Since I was arrested, I demanded that I have my attorney present with me in Detroit.  I also wheedled some expense money from them.  It was all in cash.  The marshall’s office booked the flight, which was first class due to the last minute reservations.  I got round trip for both my lawyer and myself.  Two days later, we were on the way to Detroit, which was to change my assumptions from Riha and Tannenbaum being the causes of my problems, to concluding that it was because of knowledge of Government drug sales that I was receiving all this publicity and harassment

TO BE CONTINUED

The unworkable ideas of business in the public sector

Dennis L. Blewitt, Esq., J. D.

Once I was proud to be a lawyer.  I was a member of an old and honorable profession that had many Blewitts on the roles as Bishop of Lincoln, Chancellor of England and Judiciar to Henry I.  The name appeared as a signatory of the Magna Carta, as Lord Mayor of London, Sheriff of London. and on the rolls of Lincolns Inn.  I was steeped in the tradition of ten centuries law tradition.  Unfortunately, the practice of law was nothing like what I assumed from family history.  I wasn’t surrounded by noble knights, scholars, clergy and others concerned with the welfare of the citizenry or their rights.  When I first started practicing, law was a calling.  I believed that my primary obligation was to help others, then help society and maintain the dignity of the law.  Money was secondary.  Over the years, I have witnessed a drastic change where most, not all lawyers, are motivated by greed, avarice and exercise of power, without social conscious.

Many who started with me were similarly motivated.  Most of us took our oaths seriously and were genuinely concerned with the welfare of our clients. We also believed that we had an obligation to make things better.  I met with prosecutors at least on a weekly basis concerning cases.  There was discussion and mediation between positions, with a true belief that all parties should be concerned with policy and justice.  Image was subordinate to perception.  Punishment was an end in itself, but just one of the possible outcome. Case processing may have been efficient, but justice was highly inefficient.  Like English barristers, prosecutors used to serve a stint in the DA’s office and venture into private practice, knowing that they couldn’t be arbitrary and dogmatic and be able to establish or maintain a practice after the left the prosecutor’s post.  The sides didn’t agree generally, but accommodations were made.  That was what lawyers were trained to do.  Prosecutors would then educate the officers or investigators, who would quite often complain, bitch and moan or otherwise display their ignorance or bigotry, but it did them very little good.  Justice didn’t take a back seat to image.

Things radically changed in the 70’s.  The politicians discovered that they could sell protection to the electorate by trading in fear, ignorance, and bigotry, fueled by a propaganda machine which would have been the envy of Goebbels.  Excuses concocted by the press and officials is a really drastic paradigm shift.  Justice is no longer equated with fairness.  Law was no longer about advocacy, but protection of superstitious beliefs, curtailment of popular power by the zealot fundamentalist paranoids.  In my book I addressed these issues in more detail, but my health and lack of funding make it somewhat unlikely that I will finish either of life opus’s.  So, I will try to break things down, not for lawyers, but for people.  I will try to explain the attack on the social contract by a collective of individuals who believe that each one is unique and doesn’t need a society or civilization to exists.  As Nietzsche postulated, “God is Dead.”  The new god is business and efficiency.  Society and Government must be restructured along business principles, all of which are incompatible with a Court System and separation of powers.  /Executives should rule and others in a political should be support staff for the executives.  Management by Objectives is the Prime directive.  Have an objective and let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing it.  Get with it or die!

With the push to promote privatization, government was slandered and an ignorant citizenry was taught that government was bad and efficient business principles could save us from harm (code for minorities) The Constitution became an impediment to the business interests and had to be destroyed.  Every major event involving publicity was used to destroy another part of the Constitution.  Complete disaster occurred with sentencing “reform.”  All the factors that defendants could argue to mitigate their situations were abolished.  Policy decisions were made by a herd of prosecutors under the age of 30’s based upon publicity value to policy.  Justice had to take a back seat.  Consequently, a ten ford increase in prisoners.  Fear was marketed to the people applying Madison Avenue public relations technique.  Although the criminals in the Nixon administration had law degrees, they were not practicing lawyers.  Many worked in the area of Public relations

The ignorance was also inculcated into legal education.  Many law trained crime warriors don’t see anything wrong with abolishing habeas corpus, renditions, torture, and committing war crimes in general.  A corrupt system employed lawyers that would write opinion letters condoning war crimes which allowed the administrations to do essentially anything that the executive branch desired, all without any repercussions.  A Nixon administration lawyer Ehrlichman recently confessed that the “Drug War” was contrived to harass leftists, blacks and anti-war activists.  In a state of perpetual war, we now operate under a system of Martial Law.  Like the ignorant masses of Germany after WWII, were taught that Germany was sold out and not allowed to win, many in the US complain that we were not allowed to win in Viet Nam.  We gradually became accustomed to a war mentality in which victory was the only objective.  The result is a police state with a public too shell shocked or fearful that there is no opposition.

So as our roads deteriorate, bridges crumble, rivers overflow, assets of the People confiscated from the People for privatization, and at war with the world, we blithely cheer our own destruction, rushing like lemmings to the sea, to be murdered by our self-created police state.  Roosevelt pegged it when he said, “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.”  Now with only fear left, we have nothing.

We are told that the only thing that matters is business and trade.  Bullshit.  We are told that social contract must be destroyed in the name of trade.  Bullshit.  We are told that there must be free trade like the old days.  Bullshit.  We are told that we must be efficient.  Bullshit.  We are told that Government should be run like a business.  Bullshit.  The asses that are espousing this Bullshit know absolutely nothing about history.  There never was free trade.  The Lords franchised mills, markets, shops, etc.  The Guilds organized to keep out non trained workers.  Leagues formed to control competition.  Even the most stupid peasant in medieval times knew that the function of his master’s castle was to protect him from others.  Governments were formed for protection and advancement of the citizenry, or at least the rulers, not corporate interests.

The people, dumbed down to intellect of Neanderthals believe the bullshit.  It is time to exit the caves and start thinking in terms of societies, not corporate police or fascist states.  Business principals don’t work when you have collective decision making.  Corporations don’t have courts to decide proper or improper conduct.  Free governments don’t have dictators to make everything run effectively.  It is time for Government of the People, by the People and for the People, and to put corporations in line.  If not, uncharter them or ban the corrupt officers and directors from holding positions which can harm society or people.  It is either that, or eventually cease to exist.

“Neoliberalism is a Species of fascism”

via “Neoliberalism is a Species of fascism”

LAW BEFORE NIZON

LAW REFORM IN NAME ONLY

AND THE BIG CON BY

CORPORATE INTERESTS

           Most people don’t realize how law has been sabotaged over the last half-century.  Even more, don’t realize how corporate America has benefitted from this change.  Unfortunately, most people don’t care.  They are fiddling while their country burns, and the people bled dry, like slaughtered animals in a slaughterhouse.   These changes came about partly because of marketing fear by the government. The biggest change was due to the implementation of the war on drugs, a law devised by the Nixon administration to keep protesters and other radicals in line. With the advent of that law, there was a radical power shift whole legal system conferring greater powers upon the executive branch, manifesting in the increase of power given prosecutors. This power shift caused population jails to increase geometrically and prompted suggestions to make more people keep guilty, thereby making courts more efficient. One such efficiency was built.

          When I first started practicing law I could generally arrange to have a client admitted to bail within 2 or 3 hours of receiving a call from a client. I would receive a call from a client or someone on the client’s behalf, interview the client in jail, discussed payments, and contact a bail bondsman. There was a bonding schedule at the jail and the jailer was commissioned as a deputy court clerk. Rarely did it take more than 3 hours to spring a client. The police and prosecutors started a propaganda campaign in which they described the process as an affront to the police because prisoners were released from custody after arrest. Although the police knew or should have known that the right to bail guaranteed by the Constitution and it has been around for 800 years, they still the that it was a total insult to their labors. Police adopted a vigilante nature, starting to view the Constitution as an enemy to effective law was.

             This was accelerated with the US Supreme Court started to discuss the obligation of the states to provide basic process deciding what aspects of Constitution applied to the State police officials. Particularly irksome areas that concerning legally searching citizens, the confessions of arrestees, requiring probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant for making a search, guaranteeing the right to counsel and other fundamental concepts and around since Magna Carta. Police were relatively easy to influence by politicians because of their fellow status and disdain the citizenry. There was a war going on. There were demonstrations. There were riots in cities. Young people were showing unpatriotic behavior by resisting the draft and protesting a war thought was unfair and illegal. The Constitution was pretty much being ignored and Congress, relinquishing its declaration of war powers to the executive branch and yielding to the desires of the military industrial complex. Incidents were manufactured use of military force. And protesters were starting to be perceived as unpatriotic or, in some cases even treasonous.

            This resulted in bitter strife between generations, exploited and divisibility by the next frustration. The government marketed fear. Advertising agencies devised a series of law and order shows such as FBI, O’Hara, Treasury Department, and other pro-police propaganda shows.  These were designed to counteract such things as police brutality at conventions, Buddhists monks burning themselves, and the rumors of soldiers committing atrocities and returning home addicted to heroin. Law and order played well becoming a political basis for many political campaigns. Efficiency was preached the ignorant and appealed to the citizenry bearing the burden of war costs. To strengthen that point, and will shortage was contrived making people more anxious after the fighting stopped in Vietnam.  Very few people questioned why there was a shortage of fuel after a war in which soldiers commuted daily by helicopter and B-52 bombers made daily runs between Manilla, Philippines, and Thailand. The end result of reform during this era was to increase the time and arrest the arrestee spent in confinement increased by a factor of 35. This caused prison populations and jail populations to geometrically increase, setting the stage for the introduction to what for centuries had been a State function.  Thus, in a maneuver in which 8 centuries of precedent was overturned and a common law system replaced by system based a Napoleonic code which enabled corporations take a predatory stance, exploiting people could not fight back or defend themselves and, in the process, implement one of the most regressive forms is taxation manageable by passing on the cost of privatization to who can least afford it.  Governmental functions would turn over to private corporate interests, passing the costs of the taxpayer’s. Imprisonment for debt abolished centuries ago became the new norm. All the sudden programs, which had been the province of the taxpayers were implemented to replace jails, probation services, counseling services and the myriad other predatory ways in which business can’t screw the poor.  The government had become privatized. Privatized companies needed profits to stay in business and these profits had to come from somewhere. And, since the businesses promised savings to the taxpayers p profits and to be derived somewhere. So, logically, people suffer looted by stupid politicians that his type of system is good for the country and our system of government.

           One of the more innovative was the introduction of the ankle bracelets. Bond was no longer a vehicle to guarantee the person’s appearance in court. A Napoleonic form of preventive detention was implemented, where release from an institution be conditioned upon behavior and superstitions of the Judiciary. No longer were accused ’s presumed to be innocent.  They were all considered a danger unless they could show otherwise. Detention hearings usually and whereby judges not learned in the law is provided for in Magna Carta parroted ideas of Napoleonic code and its extreme form of martial law.

          The respect for precedent or stare decisis became a quaint anachronism. Judges no longer engaged in the business of fairness but instead engaged in the protection racket to the prison industrial complex.  Another flagrant violation by a scared Judiciary indoctrinated to worship of business was the privatization of telephone services involved in the judicial – jail process. Private companies supply phone service to constitutions and corporate price, causing the poor who have relative and no institutions to pay an exorbitant amount for telephone calls.  Thus, the poor, can’t afford bond are taxed by predatory corporations who can extract tribute from people who are incarcerated by order of the State. Additionally, although the Constitution provides for an attorney’s client confidentiality, conversations are one of the basic rights and are not supposed be monitored and by implication, shared with law enforcement personnel. This is an egregious affront to justice and our constitutional traditions, which have been ignored or violated by prosecutors and judges, acquiesced to by gutless, greedy lawyers lack principals, fortitude or respect for centuries of precedent and tradition.

       As long as the government markets fear like Procter and Gamble markets soap, citizens were walked over and trampled by powerful interests. It is almost impossible to stop this judgment with an ignorance population spurred on by a greedy power structure is disappointing and tragic that their residual lack or leadership in the third branch of government, which is supposed to be independent but, instead, shows subservience to other branches of government allow the implementation and rise of a will or will of the police State. It is time to wake up. It is time to be out it is time to replace weak-kneed politicians more interested in their social standing and economic well-being that they are in fulfilling their oaths of office.  Law enforcement ran rampant illegally searching citizens, extorting the confessions of arrestees, ignoring the requisite probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant for making a search, guaranteeing the right to counsel and other fundamental concepts and around since Magna Carta. Police were relatively easy to influence by politicians because of their status and disdain the citizenry. There was a war going on. There were demonstrations. There were riots in cities. Young people were showing unpatriotic behavior by resisting the draft and protesting a war. They thought was unfair and illegal. The Constitution was pretty much being a more I Congress, relinquishing its declaration of war Powers the executive branch and yielding to the desired of the military industrial complex. Incidents were manufactured use of military force. And protesters were starting to be received as unpatriotic or, in some cases even treasonous.

         This resulted in bitter strife between generations, exploited and divisibility by the next frustration. The government marketed fear. Advertising agencies devised a series of law and order shows such as FBI, O’Hara, Treasury Department, and other pro-police propaganda shows. These were designed to counteract such things as police brutality at conventions, Buddhists monks burning themselves, and the rumors of soldiers committing atrocities and returning home addicted to heroin. Law and order played well and became a political basis for many political campaigns. Efficiency was preached the ignorant and appealed to the citizenry bearing the burden of war costs. To strengthen that point, and will shortage was contrived making people more anxious after the fighting stopped in Vietnam. Very few people questioned why there was a shortage of fuel after a war in which soldiers commuted daily by helicopter and B-52 bombers made daily runs between Manilla, Philippines, and Thailand. The end result of reform during this era was to increase the time and arrest the arrestee spent in confinement increased by a factor of 35. This caused prison populations and jail populations to geometrically increase, setting the stage for the introduction to what the centuries previous had been a State function.

          Thus, in a maneuver in which 8 centuries of precedent was overturned and a common law system replaced by system based a Napoleonic code which enabled corporations take a predatory stance, exploiting people could not fight back with defend themselves and, in the process, implement one of the most regressive forms is taxation manageable by passing on the cost of privatization to who can least afford it. Governmental functions would turn over to private corporate interests, passing the costs of the taxpayer’s. Imprisonment for debt abolished centuries ago became the new norm. All the sudden programs, which had been the province of the taxpayers were implemented to replace jails, probation services, counseling services and the myriad other predatory ways in which business can’t screw the poor. The government had become privatized. Privatized companies needed profits to stay in business and these profits had to come from somewhere. And, since the businesses promised savings to the taxpayers p profits and to be derived somewhere. So, logically, people suffer looted by stupid politicians that his type of system is good for the country and our system of government.

One of the more innovative with the introduction of the ankle bracelets. Bond was no longer a vehicle to guarantee the person’s appearance in court. A Napoleonic form of preventive detention was implemented, where release from an institution be conditioned upon behavior and superstitious of the Judiciary. No longer were accused’s fair presumed to be innocent. They were all considered a danger unless they could show otherwise. Detention hearings usually and whereby judges not learned in the law is provided for in Magna Carta parroted ideas of Napoleonic code and its extreme form of martial law.

          The respect for precedent or stare decisis became acquainted with anachronism. Judges no longer engaged in the business of fairness but instead engaged in the protection racket to the prison industrial complex. Another flagrant violation by a scared Judiciary indoctrinated to worship of business was the privatization of telephone services involved in the judicial – jail process. Private companies supply phone service to constitutions and corporate price, causing the poor who have relative and no institutions to pay an exorbitant amount for telephone calls. Thus, the poor, can’t afford bond are taxed by predatory corporations who can extract tribute from people who are incarcerated by order of the State. Additionally, although the Constitution provides for an attorney’s client confidentiality,  the conversation was sacrosanct and is not to be monitored and by implication, shared with law enforcement personnel. This is an egregious affront to justice and our constitutional traditions, which have been ignored or violated by prosecutors and judges, acquiesced to by gutless, greedy lawyers lacking principals, fortitude or respect for centuries of precedent and tradition.

          As long as the government markets fear like Procter and Gamble markets soap, you got to be walked over and tramples by powerful interests. It is almost impossible to stop this judgment, not with an ignorance population spurred on by a greedy power structure is disappointing and tragic that their residual lack or leadership in the third branch of government, which is opposed to being independent but, instead, shows subservience to other branches of government allow the implementation and rise of a will or will of the police State. It is time to wake up. It is time to be out it is time to replace weak-kneed politicians more interested in their social standing and economic well-being that they are in fulfilling their oaths of office.

LAW BEFORE NIXON

LAW REFORM IN NAME ONLY

AND THE BIG CON BY

CORPORATE INTERESTS

       Most people don’t realize how law has been sabotaged over the last half-century.  Even more, don’t realize how corporate America has benefitted from this change.  Unfortunately, most people don’t care.  They are fiddling while their country burns, and the people bled dry, like slaughtered animals in a slaughterhouse.   These changes came about partly because of marketing fear by the government. The biggest change was due to the implementation of the war on drugs, a law devised by the Nixon administration to keep protesters and other radicals in line. With the advent of that law, there was a radical power shift whole legal system conferring greater powers upon the executive branch, manifesting in the increase of power given prosecutors. This power shift caused population jails to increase geometrically and prompted suggestions to make more people keep guilty, thereby making courts more efficient. One such efficiency was built.

          When I first started practicing law I could generally arrange to have a client admitted to bail within 2 or 3 hours of receiving a call from a client. I would receive a call from a client or someone on the client’s behalf, interview the client in jail, discussed payments, and contact a bail bondsman. There was a bonding schedule at the jail and the jailer was commissioned as a deputy court clerk. Rarely did it take more than 3 hours to spring a client. The police and prosecutors started a propaganda campaign in which they described the process as an affront to the police because prisoners were released from custody after arrest. Although the police knew or should have known that the right to bail guaranteed by the Constitution and it has been around for 800 years, they still the that it was a total insult to their labors. Police adopted a vigilante nature, starting to view the Constitution as an enemy to effective law was.

             This was accelerated with the US Supreme Court started to discuss the obligation of the states to provide basic process deciding what aspects of Constitution applied to the State police officials. Particularly irksome areas that concerning legally searching citizens, the confessions of arrestees, requiring probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant for making a search, guaranteeing the right to counsel and other fundamental concepts and around since Magna Carta. Police were relatively easy to influence by politicians because of their fellow status and disdain the citizenry. There was a war going on. There were demonstrations. There were riots in cities. Young people were showing unpatriotic behavior by resisting the draft and protesting a war thought was unfair and illegal. The Constitution was pretty much being ignored and Congress, relinquishing its declaration of war powers to the executive branch and yielding to the desires of the military industrial complex. Incidents were manufactured use of military force. And protesters were starting to be perceived as unpatriotic or, in some cases even treasonous.

            This resulted in bitter strife between generations, exploited and divisibility by the next frustration. The government marketed fear. Advertising agencies devised a series of law and order shows such as FBI, O’Hara, Treasury Department, and other pro-police propaganda shows.  These were designed to counteract such things as police brutality at conventions, Buddhists monks burning themselves, and the rumors of soldiers committing atrocities and returning home addicted to heroin. Law and order played well becoming a political basis for many political campaigns. Efficiency was preached the ignorant and appealed to the citizenry bearing the burden of war costs. To strengthen that point, and will shortage was contrived making people more anxious after the fighting stopped in Vietnam.  Very few people questioned why there was a shortage of fuel after a war in which soldiers commuted daily by helicopter and B-52 bombers made daily runs between Manilla, Philippines, and Thailand. The end result of reform during this era was to increase the time and arrest the arrestee spent in confinement increased by a factor of 35. This caused prison populations and jail populations to geometrically increase, setting the stage for the introduction to what for centuries had been a State function.  Thus, in a maneuver in which 8 centuries of precedent was overturned and a common law system replaced by system based a Napoleonic code which enabled corporations take a predatory stance, exploiting people could not fight back or defend themselves and, in the process, implement one of the most regressive forms is taxation manageable by passing on the cost of privatization to who can least afford it.  Governmental functions would turn over to private corporate interests, passing the costs of the taxpayer’s. Imprisonment for debt abolished centuries ago became the new norm. All the sudden programs, which had been the province of the taxpayers were implemented to replace jails, probation services, counseling services and the myriad other predatory ways in which business can’t screw the poor.  The government had become privatized. Privatized companies needed profits to stay in business and these profits had to come from somewhere. And, since the businesses promised savings to the taxpayers p profits and to be derived somewhere. So, logically, people suffer looted by stupid politicians that his type of system is good for the country and our system of government.

           One of the more innovative was the introduction of the ankle bracelets. Bond was no longer a vehicle to guarantee the person’s appearance in court. A Napoleonic form of preventive detention was implemented, where release from an institution be conditioned upon behavior and superstitions of the Judiciary. No longer were accused’s fair presumed to be innocent.  They were all considered a danger unless they could show otherwise. Detention hearings usually and whereby judges not learned in the law is provided for in Magna Carta parroted ideas of Napoleonic code and its extreme form of martial law.

          The respect for precedent or stare decisis became a quaint anachronism. Judges no longer engaged in the business of fairness but instead engaged in the protection racket to the prison industrial complex.  Another flagrant violation by a scared Judiciary indoctrinated to worship of business was the privatization of telephone services involved in the judicial – jail process. Private companies supply phone service to constitutions and corporate price, causing the poor who have relative and no institutions to pay an exorbitant amount for telephone calls.  Thus, the poor, can’t afford bond are taxed by predatory corporations who can extract tribute from people who are incarcerated by order of the State. Additionally, although the Constitution provides for an attorney’s client confidentiality, conversations are one of the basic rights and are not supposed be monitored and by implication, shared with law enforcement personnel. This is an egregious affront to justice and our constitutional traditions, which have been ignored or violated by prosecutors and judges, acquiesced to by gutless, greedy lawyers lack principals, fortitude or respect for centuries of precedent and tradition.

       As long as the government markets fear like Procter and Gamble markets soap, citizens were walked over and trampled by powerful interests. It is almost impossible to stop this judgment not with an ignorance population spurred on by a greedy power structure is disappointing and tragic that their residual lack or leadership in the third branch of government, which is supposed to be independent but, instead, shows subservience to other branches of government allow the implementation and rise of a will or will of the police State. It is time to wake up. It is time to be out it is time to replace weak-kneed politicians more interested in their social standing and economic well-being that they are in fulfilling their oaths of office.  Law enforcement ran rampant illegally searching citizens, extorting the confessions of arrestees, ignoring the requisite probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant for making a search, guaranteeing the right to counsel and other fundamental concepts and around since Magna Carta. Police were relatively easy to influence by politicians because of their status and disdain the citizenry. There was a war going on. There were demonstrations. There were riots in cities. Young people were showing unpatriotic behavior by resisting the draft and protesting a war. They thought was unfair and illegal. The Constitution was pretty much being a more I Congress, relinquishing its declaration of war Powers the executive branch and yielding to the desired of the military industrial complex. Incidents were manufactured use of military force. And protesters were starting to be received as unpatriotic or, in some cases even treasonous.

         This resulted in bitter strife between generations, exploited and divisibility by the next frustration. The government marketed fear. Advertising agencies devised a series of law and order shows such as FBI, O’Hara, Treasury Department, and other pro-police propaganda shows. These were designed to counteract such things as police brutality at conventions, Buddhists monks burning themselves, and the rumors of soldiers committing atrocities and returning home addicted to heroin. Law and order played well and became a political basis for many political campaigns. Efficiency was preached the ignorant and appealed to the citizenry bearing the burden of war costs. To strengthen that point, and will shortage was contrived making people more anxious after the fighting stopped in Vietnam. Very few people questioned why there was a shortage of fuel after a war in which soldiers commuted daily by helicopter and B-52 bombers made daily runs between Manilla, Philippines, and Thailand. The end result of reform during this era was to increase the time and arrest the arrestee spent in confinement increased by a factor of 35. This caused prison populations and jail populations to geometrically increase, setting the stage for the introduction to what the centuries previous had been a State function.

          Thus, in a maneuver in which 8 centuries of precedent was overturned and a common law system replaced by system based a Napoleonic code which enabled corporations take a predatory stance, exploiting people could not fight back with defend themselves and, in the process, implement one of the most regressive forms is taxation manageable by passing on the cost of privatization to who can least afford it. Governmental functions would turn over to private corporate interests, passing the costs of the taxpayer’s. Imprisonment for debt abolished centuries ago became the new norm. All the sudden programs, which had been the province of the taxpayers were implemented to replace jails, probation services, counseling services and the myriad other predatory ways in which business can’t screw the poor. The government had become privatized. Privatized companies needed profits to stay in business and these profits had to come from somewhere. And, since the businesses promised savings to the taxpayers p profits and to be derived somewhere. So, logically, people suffer looted by stupid politicians that his type of system is good for the country and our system of government
One of the more innovative with the introduction of the ankle bracelets. Bond was no longer a vehicle to guarantee the person’s appearance in court. A Napoleonic form of preventive detention was implemented, where release from an institution be conditioned upon behavior and superstitious of the Judiciary. No longer were accused’s fair presumed to be innocent. They were all considered a danger unless they could show otherwise. Detention hearings usually and whereby judges not learned in the law is provided for in Magna Carta parroted ideas of Napoleonic code and its extreme form of martial law.

          The respect for precedent or stare decisis became acquainted with anachronism. Judges no longer engaged in the business of fairness but instead engaged in the protection racket to the prison industrial complex. Another flagrant violation by a scared Judiciary indoctrinated to worship of business was the privatization of telephone services involved in the judicial – jail process. Private companies supply phone service to constitutions and corporate price, causing the poor who have relative and no institutions to pay an exorbitant amount for telephone calls. Thus, the poor, can’t afford bond are taxed by predatory corporations who can extract tribute from people who are incarcerated by order of the State. Additionally, although the Constitution provides for an attorney’s client confidentiality,  the conversation was sacrosanct and is not to be monitored and by implication, shared with law enforcement personnel. This is an egregious affront to justice and our constitutional traditions, which have been ignored or violated by prosecutors and judges, acquiesced to by gutless, greedy lawyers lacking principals, fortitude or respect for centuries of precedent and tradition.

          As long as the government markets fear like Procter and Gamble markets soap, you got to be walked over and tramples by powerful interests. It is almost impossible to stop this judgment, not with an ignorance population spurred on by a greedy power structure is disappointing and tragic that their residual lack or leadership in the third branch of government, which is opposed to being independent but, instead, shows subservience to other branches of government allow the implementation and rise of a will or will of the police State. It is time to wake up. It is time to be out it is time to replace weak-kneed politicians more interested in their social standing and economic well-being that they are in fulfilling their oaths of office.

IS THERE A DIVINE RIGHT OF Kings, or is he full of shit?

Since high school, I have been a student of Magna Carta, its history, and content.  I visited an original at Salisbury Cathedral in England.  My particular interest in the document and the event is that one of my ancestors was forced at sword point to agree to it and sign it by a bunch of rebellious Barons.  Of course, he had his fingers crossed while doing so (maybe the origin of the “King’s X.”  In any event, after disingenuously signing it, he went running to the pope to have the contract declared null and void.  The pope obliged, and the king went on a rampage to subdue and punish dissent, using the divine right of kings as justification.

Now that king was a total ass-hole.  While his brother, King Richard was returning from a crusade, he was captured in Germany and held for ransom.  John, regent at that time refused to pay, allowing him to continue ruling and oppressing his people.  When he was finally made king, John continued his dictatorial and greedy ways until his barons said “enough,” which brought about the rebellion at Runnymede where King John signed the Magna Carta.  Embodied in that document were the concepts of due process of law and equal protection of the law, as well as some rules minimizing the ways in which he could screw his people.  Additionally, he had to agree to appoint judges learned in the law instead of rubber stamp judges.  King John invoked the divine right of Kings every time he caused harm to one of his subjects.

The document has had many revisions throughout history, but the concepts remain the same.  It formed the basis of our Constitution, 6 centuries later.  One of the most important and long-lasting provisions, other than trial by jury, is the right to due process of law.  That concept, which has been with us for centuries is being ignored by the modern version of King John.  Somehow, the ignoramus became President, and in a spectacular display of ignorance or arrogance has called for the abolition of due process for immigrants.  Like Hitler, he expects judges rubber stamp his policies or be abolished.  I am personally insulted that he thinks the people are so stupid or self-centered to go along with this blatant disregard for tradition, law and decency.  His “lock her up” mantra is appearing more and more insane.

However, since history tends to repeat itself, I have some hope.  While my ancestor traveled about the country punishing his enemies he contracted dysentery.  I believe that he was so full of shit that divine intervention sent a message to despots.  On the way back to London, he lost the crown jewels in a swamp and died from dysentery.  At least he wasn’t full of shit anymore.  The London Telegraph, during the 800th anniversary, stated the following:

John’s offences are almost too numerous to list. In the first place, he was treacherous: when his older brother, Richard the Lionheart, was away on crusade, John attempted to seize the throne by plotting with the king of France, Philip Augustus, prompting contemporaries to damn him as “a mad-headed youth” and “nature’s enemy”. He was also lecherous: several nobles are reported to have taken up arms against him because he had forced himself on their wives and daughters.

Most of all, John was shockingly cruel. In a chivalrous age, when aristocrats spared their enemies, capturing them rather than killing them, John preferred to do away with people by grisly means. On one occasion, for example, he ordered 22 captive knights to be taken to Corfe Castle in Dorset and starved to death. Another time he starved to death the wife and son of his former friend, William de Briouze. In 1203 he arranged the murder of his own nephew and rival for power, Arthur of Brittany. Marc Morris is the author of King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

 

As you have probably surmised, I am not proud of my ancestor.  In fact, I am embarrassed.  My grandfather taught me about most of our ancestors, the names of the sails on the tall ships and how to be a fair master.  None of which was very practical, but interesting nonetheless.  Upon analysis, our president isn’t the greatest danger to our country and its form of government.  Our greatest danger to our country is ignorance.  How else could we have such a president, sponsored by an enemy state and preferring fascist heads of state to democratic ones.  The Greeks used ostracism against miscreants.  I believe that is necessary and for decades, I have advocated this practice when dealing with “white collar” criminals.  However, not only did they ostracize, they were notable scholars and teachers.  Both are needed.  Shun evil but educate ignorance.  Continue expressing disdain and anger against an administration that would become a dictatorship.  Correct the attorney general for his misleading, stupid interpretation of the Bible.  Get angry.  Get involved.  School the ignorant.

New thoughts on Police Murder

Zero tolerance replaces thought and promotes totalitarian rule.

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NIXON’S DRUG WAR HOAX

I am more than outraged. I have been betrayed. I have been lied to. I have been played for a fool. I have been persecuted, harassed, discredited, accused of heinous crimes for nothing more than a sociopathic president’s desire to stay in office. Throughout, the propaganda machine was working full time to convince the public that drugs were the scourge of society only to keep youths, minorities and dissidents under control. Additionally, the drug war kept prices high so that Government drug sales could fund more activities without being answerable to congressional oversight. All this activity just to support a controversial war that the public questioned more and more, and which split the country.
I am referring to the confession of H. R. Haldeman, Nixon’s chief of staff, that the drug war was manufactured for solely political reasons. It wasn’t just me. It is my parents, my peers, my family, my friends and my country who were betrayed.
I take no solace in the fact that I have been right for four decades. It doesn’t soothe the sense of betrayal and my anger that no one seems to share my feelings. I can’t decide which has been the more damaging, the deceivers or the deceived. I tend to think that I should be more angry at the deceived. This gullible collective of ignorant, selfish, people in denial of obvious lies by their leaders, allowed this to happen out of neglect, ignorance, and irresponsibility. We as a nation, are powerful and delude ourselves into believing that we are always right and have no obligation to others. We ae now incurring the wrath of the rest of the world, remaining clueless while our leaders rape, pillage and plunder our heritage and birthrights.
When I started college, I was optimistic and excited to start a new life. Idealism was the word. Even though I had seen a cross burn on a lawn while growing up, vigilantes chase an escapee, discrimination, and prejudice, I was full of optimism and hope. We were culled out when Sputnik shocked the free world and told that we would be the scientific and political leaders of the future. We, because we wanted to keep up with the Russians, were given virtually free educations. Education was valued. When we protested segregation and the war in Viet Nam, the decision leaders decided that they should not educate another generation as well as we were and a deliberate dumbing down of the young commenced.
Instead of imbuing youths with a sense of purpose and sacrifice such as Kennedy did, we now instill selfishness and fear tin our population. There is no sense of community, but an attitude of social Darwinism. Sacrifice is bad, Greed is good. We don’t live in a society, striving to advance a civilization and cognizant of a common good, but a mass of unconnected people ruled and replaced by a system of informers. Cynicism replaced optimism. Science was replaced with propaganda and alternative facts. Information became controlled and there was no public purpose for communication methods traditionally belonging to the common good or the people. Mutual benefit became replaced with selfishness and avarice.
These are all secondary consequences of the drug war. The drug war gave us an “other” whom we could ostracize and chastise. It gave us a sense of combativeness, replacing compassion. It allowed us to judge others and look down upon others. Meanwhile, in our quest to survive, the redistribution of wealth and power widens, creating a caste system and spoiling the meaning of America.

GUNS, SCHOOLS AND VIDEO GAMES: SHOOTINGS WON’T STOP WITH GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Like ancient druids, who blamed inanimate objects for misfortune, we place blame on guns and demand gun control, rather than examine what factors in our society create such conditions or tragedies.

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ARE WE PERSONS, COMMODITIES, OR JUST PLAIN PREY? D. L. BLEWiTT, Jan, 2018

After relaxing after my eviction from the hospital, I still am still frustrated by the stupidity of the actors after I left.  For those of you who haven’t read previous posts, I was ill with flu and exacerbated COPD, for which I was given a steroid called prednisone.  I was admitted to the hospital.  The next day, after little sleep, blood sugar levels all over the place, massive IV dosages of steroids, a physician visited me and said I might be released in 2 more days.  She was off then and told me I would be seen by another doctor.  That was the last time I saw a doctor. 

An alarm kept going off when I moved in the bed and, when I inquired about it, I was told that a physical therapist ordered the alarm.  I explained that I saw no physical therapist and was then told that I had refused one, which was a total fabrication.  In frustration and because I believed that the nurse couldn’t or wouldn’t understand me, I used a court technique that I had been taught.  I raised my voice.  The nurse, (later claiming to be in fear for her safety, like police who murder citizens claim) told me that if I didn’t shut up, she would call security.  I said that if she did so, I would leave.  She called security and I got dressed to leave.  The nurse came back with some documents to sign, which I signed, and I left.  I saw no Physician or hospital official and did not leave against medical advice because none was given.  Downstairs, a security guard asked if I was the patient from room XXX.  I said I was, and he told me to leave because I was trespassing.  I went to the cafeteria and vented on Facebook.  Since I dictate everything, and was hyper, I babbled some nonsense of my experience.  People responded with concern, but missed the point I was trying to make, is that no patient should be threatened with eviction by a nurse, especially one in my condition.  I was outraged.

                So, here I was, taken off high dosage IV prednisone, threatened with arrest, oxygen level at 71, no orders or instructions from physician or hospital and  traumatized by threats of incarceration.  Angry. Frustrated.  Extremely congested lungs.  Oxygen at 71% at a hospital more concerned about rules and showing respect to incompetence and arrogance than for patient survival, sick, tired, frustrated, angry and short of breath. 

                I attempted to contact my healthcare provider upon returning home.  It was Saturday afternoon.  After listening to various frustrating announcements, I was asked a series of questions by a machine.  Finally, I was connected to a real person (I assume) who asked the same questions that I had just answer.  I sarcastically said that the answers hadn’t changed from a minute ago and was informed that he had no way of knowing what the answers provided were.  I asked why they were asked then if no one could use them and he chose to make excuses.  I said a naughty word that I learned on a public-school playground in the third grade and was threatened with being cut off.  I said, “you got to be fucking kidding!”  Click.  Well, back to the phone tree. 

                Now, I confess that at my age, I can become crotchety. I have been told that sometimes I am intimidating. I struggle every day over, my background, and often in very unsuccessful. However, I do not believe that any sick person should have to endure what I just went through.

                I started delivering papers. I then worked for Safeway, carrying groceries and stocking shelves. I spent 7 years behind a Barber chair, listing the people, patiently empathizing with them and, waiting on them. I have run to several degrees and have at least 30 hours of postdoctoral study in sociology and conflict resolution. I have been a lawyer for 50 years. I have been a judge. As a defense attorney, I have had experience with people.   I have represented many different types of people from campus radicals, unions, organized crime figures, CIA figures drug dealers and government assassins. Even while being held for an hour with a knife at my ceratoid artery wielded by the leader of the San Quentin area nation, whom I was representing, I never faltered, feared or let anything interfere with my duty to my client or my oath as an attorney. 

                When I worked for my parents and grandparents I was taught that the customer was always right. If a person did not want to cater to customers, and your occupation was chosen.  The only thing for which I was punished was being a bully either mentally or physically. My family, through many generations until my father, and all been Masters of ships since Vice-admiral Blewitt of the British navy sailed the Indian ocean, 5 centuries ago. Salty language is not a new to either myself or my Family. Nor is tolerance and understanding.

                The question that I wish to ask you, dear readers, is a matter of perspective and training. When I studied criminology, one theory of treatment was that offenders had to be taught that there is a difference in degree between running a stop sign and murder. The lack of ability to do so was one sign or criminality.  When I studied judging, I was taught that my main job was one of public relations and listening to people. When I taught students, I was taught patience and the humility, which, for me, is a hard for the period.

                What kind of training are people getting that teaches them that it is permissible for them to hang up on any person seeking medical assistance? Since when is it the privilege of a gatekeeper or anyone engaged in health care to arrogantly punish a person for the use of crude or coarse language?  What kind of training allows a nurse to evict the patient because he became loud? What kind of system allows a policeman to shoot as is the spherical or his safety? How did we become such a society, and what we do next?

                I was wrong. I should have capitulated. I shouldn’t have shown frustration. I shouldn’t have let 2 weeks of intervener’s prednisone agitate me to such an extent. I have been trained differently, and I realize this. But, it has been 3 days since the incident, and I still not been contacted by the hospital. For all they know, I could be dead.

                I know I’m one person and this is probably making a mountain out of a molehill, but I think it is time we demand that we be treated as people and not as a commodity. I would hope that some of you would contact the people that train others in this area and expressed concern.

MODERN MEDICINE UNDER TRUMP,

I have always believed that there must be a purpose to our existence. I believe that the only legitimate reason for my existence is to help others and make the world a better place to live. Unlike other activists, I don’t concern myself rights. I concern myself with what’s right. Human and civil rights are just part of what is important. I believe sincerely that in addition to certain rights all people are entitled to a certain amount of dignity and respect.

A recent occurrence caused the leave the hospital without being released I was angry at the time and posted my frustrations on social media. I dictated by frustration. I was angry I didn’t proofread what I sent, causing ambiguity and misinterpretation by my friends. The support that I received from my friends was overwhelming and much appreciated. However, most people missed the point of my message. I was not whining.  I was trying to point out a problem and I think it is vexing our society. My treatment was part of a much larger issue.

30 years ago, I began extensive graduate study in the area of social conflict, social theory, and other topics generally called Peace and Justice studies. Essentially, it was a graduate program to train people to train mediators and arbitrators. 50 years as a practicing lawyer has also been invaluable

For 3 decades, I tried to fathom why police now murder civilians when they didn’t early in my career, why police waited several hours before trying to rescue students at Columbine, and other cowardly acts by officials charged with all safety and well-being. Additionally, I tried to understand why the people of a particular country, who appeared to be decent people about the murder of minorities, handicapped, and others deem to be different. This leads me to see a world of postmodern social theory. After 3 decades, I have no answers, just speculation.

After study, I have observed a theme that is driving these murder explanations. They almost always that the killer was following training and he feared for his safety.  The buzz words are universally accepted by lazy corrupt officials who don’t want to investigate or alienate a constituency, and the killers know this.  We have become immune to truth and any form of ethics or empathy.  We live in a police state and don’t realize it.  Fear is endemic in our society, and common sense is sacrificed on the altar of safety.

Right after Christmas, I became quite ill, with flue and exacerbated COPD, leading to trips to the emergency room, and, recently, admittance to the hospital. I was put on a high dosage of prednisone, a steroid, and given IV fluids.  I started prednisone in December, and when I didn’t approve, I was sent to the ER, where I was given fluids and IV …  A week later, I was worse and admitted to the hospital.  I got to the room 5 minutes after food was shut off.  The automated system kept telling me to hold when I called the food number.  A half-hour later, I was told that that number had been shut off.  I am diabetic and blood sugar was low.

When I got to my room, I was tethered to an oxygen hose and an IV line.  The nurse on floor gave me a series of test to see if I could walk unassisted, which I passed.  I had a mouth infection which was very painful, and they forgot to give me promised lidocaine.  I got to sleep at 2 A. M.  After a half night’s sleep, I was awoken at 7 and branded with a yellow wristband.  When I woke up to urinate, I set off an alarm because the set one to go off if I got out of bed.  I had legs draped over the side of the bed to pee in a bottle and the alarm went off.  I asked if the alarm could be turned off and was told that someone would investigate it.  Never happened. A physician visited and told me I would be released on Mon., Jan. 22.

 

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

I got up to sit in a chair for a while.

An alarm went off.

A nurse commented on urine on sheet caused by having alarm sound while urinating in the bottle.

I asked about the alarm and was told that it was ordered by the physical therapist.

I never saw a physical therapist there.

I was told that I refused PT, a blatant lie.

The nurse was not listening and ignored me.

She told me to shut up or she would call security.

I said if she did, I would leave thehospital.  She said go ahead and called security.

She then went to talk to Dr. while I was dressing.

She gave me a release to sign, which I did and left.

I inquired why she called security and she told me she feared for her safety.  (a 75-year-old medicated patient, on oxygen and tethered to IV hose, in pain, and bed on a steroid for 3 weeks).

I was contacted in the lobby by the guard after 3-5 minutes who asked if I was patient in room XXXXX.

I said I was and was told to leave or he would call the police.

I said go ahead and he didn’t.

Her report said it was concerning the alarm.  It was not.  It was because she lied about the physical therapist, ignored me and when I wanted to discuss the matter, I was threatened with a call to security. The discharge from previous week clearly showed no safety orders.

I argued.  That is what I am trained to do.  As a teacher, I have a tolerance for ignorance but feel compelled to teach.  As an ex-judge, I am offended by the blatant violation of Hippocratic oath.  As a person, I was offended by the treatment in general.

While waiting to be picked up, I vented my anger and frustration with a series of social media postings, dictated and not proofread, to have some sort of record of what was happening at the time it occurred. I got an overwhelming response from everyone, but most people missed the point of my protest. I thank everyone for their concern about my health, that I left because of a bigger issue. That issue is I think everybody including myself should be entitled to be treated with respect and allowed some dignity and not be bullied.

The medical profession is supposedly bound by the hypocritical oath.  Most people who have professional licenses, myself included, are indoctrinated that the patient or client should come first. Under no circumstances should a person under treatment be denied treatment for being obnoxious or loud, which happened in my case. For the sake of argument, I will admit that I was obnoxious. The sake of argument, I will admit that I raise my voice, however not any more than I do in the courtroom when arguing a motion or to a jury. I will admit I don’t like being given ultimatums and have never responded to well to threats particularly by bullies.

I have long questioned the statements by police officers that they peered for their lives or appeared for their safety, which I view as exaggerated bullshit. I have advocated for years that the training of police officers be examined and may be changed. In 50 years of law practice, I’ve only seen police brutality in the last 10 or 15 years. I have many friends who are policemen and confided in me that they retired because they were afraid of their fellow officers, who they deem to be trigger-happy. The system where prosecutors view their constituency as law enforcement rather than the citizenry must be changed.

Some of the people that I greatly admired were conscientious objectors, who worked as medics in Vietnam rescuing wounded soldiers under fire, armed with nothing but resolve to help. My conclusion is all this has changed. And, I want to know why.

Frankly, I can’t fathom why a trained nurse could not handle a 75-year-old man, tethered to all kinds of equipment, weakened, even after three weeks of prednisone who just want a simple question answered without having been lied to. I was allegedly released against medical advice, but I received no advice from any doctor. A supervisor didn’t intervene. A mediator didn’t intervene. As far as the nurse concern it was her way or the highway.  Is lying and bullying now a part of modern nursing curriculum? Is there no accountability? For the state the previous week, I was billed at $6000, and here I was back one week later. Why didn’t the treating physician talk to me or at least write discharge orders rather than let me go cold turkey on the prednisone with no oxygen?

I think everybody for their concern about my health, but I hope everyone looks at the larger issue. We are all entitled not to be bullied. We are all entitled to have at least some semblance of dignity. Because we are elderly doesn’t mean that were village idiots. My concern currently is whether I am really out of tune with reality. I don’t understand any institution that supposed to help people allowing someone to be treated in that way. To date I have still not heard from the hospital or the medical provider. Since they had not examined me upon discharge, nor given me any discharge instructions, I feel that this is the moral equivalent of a just been cut loose to die, which I find to be outrageous.

So, it is my hope that people feel this outrage also and contact nursing boards, hospital boards, and institutions that train these people to make them feel that they are not immune from either humanity, decency, or displaying kindness.

I am not a consumer, I am a patient. I am not a commodity to be bargained for, traded or exchanged. The nurses involved in this instance all went to private nursing schools, which charge exorbitant tuition. I question whether or not the motivation is different for these people than the rest of us who enter the profession to help people not to just make money. All on Miss may well not too bad I what you all I do a little staging a protest I I got excellent I just read a post a blog on that on Dennis comments but essentially I did on the prednisone since 29th of December and was hospitalized twice so they could give it to me I V because I wasn’t getting any better and the last time there I was hospitalized just a short time and it did not work,

MODERN POLICE STATE MEDICINE UNDER TRUMP

 WE ARE PREY, NOT PATIENTS

I have always believed that there must be a purpose to our existence. I believe that the only legitimate reason for my existence is to help others and make the world a better place to live. Unlike other activists, I don’t concern myself rights. I concern myself with what’s right. Human and civil rights are just part of what is important. I believe sincerely that in addition to certain rights all people are entitled to a certain amount of dignity and respect.
A recent occurrence caused the leave the hospital without being released I was angry at the time and posted my frustrations on social media. I dictated by frustration. I was angry I didn’t proofread what I sent, causing ambiguity and misinterpretation by my friends. The support that I received from my friends was overwhelming and much appreciated. However, most people missed the point of my message. I was not whining. I was trying to point out a problem and I think it is vexing our society. My treatment was part of a much larger issue.
30 years ago, I began extensive graduate study in the area of social conflict, social theory, and other topics generally called Peace and Justice studies. Essentially, it was a graduate program to train people to train mediators and arbitrators. 50 years as a practicing lawyer has also been invaluable
For 3 decades, I tried to fathom why police now murder civilians when they didn’t early in my career, why police waited several hours before trying to rescue students at Columbine, and other cowardly acts by officials charged with all safety and well-being. Additionally, I tried to understand why the people of a particular country, who appeared to be decent people about the murder of minorities, handicapped, and others deem to be different. This lead me to see the world of postmodern social theory. After 3 decades, I have no answers, just speculation.
After study, I have observed a theme that is driving these murder explanations. They almost always that the killer was following the training and he feared for his safety. The buzz words are universally accepted by lazy corrupt officials who don’t want to investigate or alienate a constituency, and the killers know this. We have become immune to truth and any form of ethics or empathy. We live in a police state and don’t realize it. Fear is endemic in our society, and common sense is sacrificed on the altar of safety.
Right after Christmas, I became quite ill, with flue and exacerbated COPD, leading to trips to the emergency room, and, recently, admittance to the hospital. I was put on a high dosage of prednisone, a steroid, and given IV fluids. I started prednisone in December, and when I didn’t approve, I was sent to the ER, where I was given fluids and IV … A week later, I was worse and admitted to the hospital. I got to the room 5 minutes after the food was shut off. The automated system kept telling me to hold when I called the food number. The half-hour later, I was told that that number had been shut off. I am diabetic and blood sugar was low.
When I got to my room, I was tethered to an oxygen hose and an IV line. The nurse on the floor gave me a series of test to see if I could walk unassisted, which I passed. I had a mouth infection which was very painful, and they forgot to give me promised lidocaine. I got to sleep at 2 A. M. After a half night’s sleep, I was awoken at 7 and branded with a yellow wristband. When I woke up to urinate, I set off an alarm because the set one to go off if I got out of bed. I had legs draped over the side of the bed to pee in a bottle and the alarm went off. I asked if the alarm could be turned off and was told that someone would investigate it. Never happened. A physician visited and told me I would be released on Mon., Jan. 22.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
I got up to sit in a chair for a while.
An alarm went off.
A nurse commented on urine on sheet caused by having alarm sound while urinating in the bottle.
I asked about the alarm and was told that it was ordered by the physical therapist.
I never saw a physical therapist there.
I was told that I refused PT, a blatant lie.
The nurse was not listening and ignored me.
She told me to shut up or she would call security.
I said if she did, I would leave the hospital. She said go ahead and called security.
She then went to talk to Dr. while I was dressing.
She gave me a release to sign, which I did and left.
I inquired why she called security and she told me she feared for her safety. (a 75-year-old medicated patient, on oxygen and tethered to IV hose, in pain, and bed on a steroid for 3 weeks).
I was contacted in the lobby by a guard after 3-5 minutes who asked if I was patient in room XXXXX.
I said I was and was told to leave or he would call the police.
I said go ahead and he didn’t.
Her report said the incident was over the alarm. It was not. It was because she lied about the physical therapist, ignored me and when I wanted to discuss the matter, I was threatened with a call to security. The discharge from previous week clearly showed no safety orders.
I argued. That is what I am trained to do. As a teacher, I have a tolerance for ignorance but feel compelled to teach. As an ex-judge, I am offended by the blatant violation of Hippocratic oath. As a person, I was offended by the treatment in general.
While waiting to be picked up, I vented my anger and frustration with a series of social media postings, dictated and not proofread, to have some sort of record of what was happening at the time it occurred. I got an overwhelming response from everyone, but most people missed the point of my protest. I thank everyone for their concern about my health, that I left because of a bigger issue. That issue is I think everybody including myself should be entitled to be treated with respect and allowed some dignity and not be bullied.
The medical profession is supposedly bound by the hypocritical oath. Most people who have professional licenses, myself included, are indoctrinated that the patient or client should come first. Under no circumstances should a person under treatment be denied treatment for being obnoxious or loud, which happened in my case. For the sake of argument, I will admit that I was obnoxious. The sake of argument, I will admit that I raise my voice, however not any more than I do in the courtroom when arguing a motion or to a jury. I will admit I don’t like being given ultimatums and have never responded to well to threats particularly by bullies.
I have long questioned the statements by police officers that they peered for their lives or appeared for their safety, which I view as exaggerated bullshit. I have advocated for years that the training of police officers be examined and may be changed. In 50 years of law practice, I’ve only seen police brutality in the last 10 or 15 years. I have many friends who are policemen and confided in me that they retired because they were afraid of their fellow officers, who they deem to be trigger-happy. The system where prosecutors view their constituency as law enforcement rather than the citizenry must be changed.
Some of the people that I greatly admired were conscientious objectors, who worked as medics in Vietnam rescuing wounded soldiers under fire, armed with nothing but resolve to help. My conclusion is all this has changed. And, I want to know why.
Frankly, I can’t fathom why a trained nurse could not handle a 75-year-old man, tethered to all kinds of equipment, weakened, even after three weeks of prednisone who just want a simple question answered without having been lied to. I was allegedly released against medical advice, but I received no advice from any doctor. A supervisor didn’t intervene. A mediator didn’t intervene. As far as the nurse concern it was her way or the highway.  Are lying and bullying now a part of the modern nursing curriculum? Is there no accountability? For the state the previous week, I was billed at $6000, and here I was back one week later. Why didn’t the treating physician talk to me or at least write discharge orders rather than let me go cold turkey on the prednisone with no oxygen?
I think everybody for their concern about my health, but I hope everyone looks at the larger issue. We are all entitled not to be bullied. We are all entitled to have at least some semblance of dignity. Because we are elderly doesn’t mean that were village idiots. My concern currently is whether I am really out of tune with reality. I don’t understand any institution that supposed to help people allowing someone to be treated in that way. To date, I have still not heard from the hospital or the medical provider. Since they had not examined me upon discharge, nor given me any discharge instructions, I feel that this is the moral equivalent of a just been cut loose to die, which I find to be outrageous.
So, it is my hope that people feel this outrage also and contact nursing boards, hospital boards, and institutions that train these people to make them feel that they are not immune from either humanity, decency, or displaying kindness.
I am not a consumer, I am a patient. I am not a commodity to be bargained for, traded or exchanged. The nurses involved in this instance all went to private nursing schools, which charge exorbitant tuition. I question whether or not the motivation is different for these people than the rest of us who enter the profession to help people not to just make money. All on Miss may well not too bad I what you all I do a little staging a protest I I got excellent I just read a post a blog on that on Dennis comments but essentially I’d been on the prednisone since 29th of December and was hospitalized twice so they could give it to me IV because I wasn’t getting any better and the last time there I was hospitalized just brief time and was getting worse, not better.

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