October 20, 2014

19th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:42 am by gruundehn

So now I am officially an old man. My birthday last Tuesday was pretty much OK, I stopped paying attention to them years ago. However, this one being a milestone, I turned 65, I paid more attention to it.

My arm is still hurting, and now when I use it the elbow will give me a sharp pain sometimes. I haven’t been able to predict when so I am always surprised. The surgeon can’t find anything wrong with it. I don’t mind getting old, I do mind getting decrepit. And that is increasingly happening; my hip is starting to hurt as well.

Last Tuesday I was attending the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting and it was a disgrace. If the Board had acted more imperiously it would have been a farce. For those of you who read this, I don’t know how many live in Pima County or are activists in local government, so I won’t go into detail. I do plan on throwing a monkey wrench into the works this coming Tuesday though.

Last Friday was the monthly EIC meeting and one of the members ducked out halfway through, this member has been something of a troublemaker – he was the one who started the whole complaint about the Open Meeting Law a couple of months ago. He did make a comment though that indicated a change in position on one issue, he had been the staunchest defender of the plan to remove precinct scanners to save money and last Friday he pointed out that the scanners could be used as a security measure. Gee, myself and one other member had been pointing that out for months. Anyway, after the meeting I decided to visit a ROMAN catholic monastery and talk with someone about spiritual direction. I got there at 11:50 AM and the office closed at 11:30 AM. I can’t go tomorrow nor Tuesday so I will have to wait until Wednesday. I need to get my personal program going. I am a Postulant in the Community of Solitude and to advance to Novice I need to be under spiritual direction for at least six months. I am on this path and I intend to see it through.

For those of you who wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Dona Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Katherine Bernard, Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Alysha Collins, Oma “Sam” Guard, Ann Grisel, Joyce Henderson, Jackson Loew, Christine Nelson, Suzanne Nystrom, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Peggy Scott, Susan Southwick, Heather Williams, Ed, Lee, Alison Bower, William Brown, Sandy Fox, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Julie LaRue, Bill Morris, Maribel Ortiz, Cindy Osche, Peggy Southwick, Cody & Family, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Leah, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Vince & Amy; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Jonathan D. Walker, Andrew T. Weathers. Please give thanks for the baptisms of Kathy Liu & Eli Gardner-Starks. Also please pray for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homelands, or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

What I’m reading: Various religious books and the Sister Fidelma series.

What I’m watching: I watched the Bengals (Bungles) pretend to play football today and I am watching news shows and that is pretty much it except for Mythbusters Season 8 which I just bought and am watching.

What I’m writing: I did get a little bit done on Magic in the Monastery. but not much.

October 16, 2014

Government Takings

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 12:28 am by gruundehn

I have already spoken a bit on government seizing the property of people without cause, or warrant. Ever since the Federal Government declared war on drugs things have gotten bad for this country. No-knock raids where the police do not have to show a warrant, r perhaps even have one. The police can steal from you at a whim. Politicians gather power and pander to special interests. Taxes, another form of taking, are far too many and the total amount paid is probably higher than that a medieval serf paid.

The government, at all levels, seems to consider the population as a wallet brimming with money. And, as a wallet, useful only for that aspect. The government does not treat the population with respect, does not treat the population as if the population was composed of intelligent people, doe not consider the population as anything other than sheep for sheering.

The government takes our money, our property and our time with impunity and we do not get what the government is required to give us: protection and justice. Oh, we get plenty of feel-good programs that do nothing to solve whatever problem they are supposed to solve (and if a government program solved a problem, what would the government do with the now-surplus bureaucrats?) and we get plenty of meaningless hot air. Justice we do not get, protection we do not get.

The income tax is taken out of any wage packet on a weekly basis. This is to prevent you from realizing just how much of your salary – the food from your table, the new clothes you should have to replace the old clothes, and all the other things you cannot afford because of taxes – goes to feed the insatiable maw. You can decide what meets your needs better than some high-school graduate from Washington D.C. can. But that does not stop that bureaucrat from taking from you and deciding for you, and decide badly.

When you walk down the street, ride in your car, sit in your living room, or whatever you do wherever, the government is ready to pounce on you and take more of your hard-earned money / property just because it can and because you let them.

October 13, 2014

18th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:01 am by gruundehn

Well, I am sleeping a bit better and not oversleeping like last Sunday. But I’m not all that happy with how things have gone over the past week. Today the Bengals tied with the Panthers, it was a good game and I enjoyed watching it but I did not like the outcome (I wonder why). I am starting to think I may have gotten things wrong trying to enroll with Tricare For Life and stay with the VA. I’m going to have to go to the Social Security office sometime this week and get things straightened out. My arm has been bothering me more than usual this last week but nothing seriously painful yet. The Pima County Board of Supervisors took up a serious issue last Tuesday and then ducked it.

The issue that the Board of Supervisors took up and then ducked was spending taxpayer money on projects and agencies without a public vote. What four of the five members do is take some of the money budgeted for operating their office and give it to outside charities or agencies in the County government without voting on the diversion from what the money was legally obligated for. One supervisor did propose that a list of the diversions be made and publicized so people would know where the money went but the money is still being diverted without a public vote nor with a chance for the public to comment.

I spent some time evaluating my spiritual past. This was hard, I have never tried to do something like this before and it took a long time for me to think I accomplished something in this regard. I spoke with a Guardian of the Community of Solitude about this through emails and after some misunderstanding I think he understands why I was having problems with this. I have to find a Spiritual Director to help me along this road but I am happy to be on this road. It’s amazing just what a life looks like in hindsight. The Guardian spoke of spiritual growth but in the last email I sent I said that growth sounded like expansion in place and I think I prefer to taking a journey, going from one place to another even if I never reach the other place and am not sure about the road I am on.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Erich Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Katherine Bernard, Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Oma :Sam: Guard, Ann Grisel, Joyce Henderson, Jackson Loew, Christine Nelson, Suzanne Nystrom, Danielle Phillips, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Peggy Scott, Susan Southwick, Heather Williams, Ed, Lee, Alison Bower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Julie LaRue, Maribel Ortiz, Peggy Southwick, Cody & family, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Leah, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Vince & Amy; for animal companions in need; for those who have died; for animal companions who have died especially Coco. I also ask for your prayers for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

What I’m reading: Sister Fidelma and various religious books.

What I’m watching: Not much of anything except some news shows and football.

What I’m writing: I got a little done on Magic in the Monastery but I think I’m going to have to set that aside and concentrate on my upcoming D&D campaign.

October 9, 2014

Drug War Confiscations

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 12:40 am by gruundehn

As part of the War on Drugs governments at all levels but most notoriously the Federal level have the power to seize drug assets. They do not have to charge anyone with a crime much less convict them and if you want to fight their violation of the 4th Amendment you have to prove that your assets are innocent, the Government does not have to prove that those assets are drug-related, just allege that it is so. And not even that really, just that your property or money MIGHT be used to buy drugs or is somehow possibly related to drug use.

One of the foundations of our Republic is private property and that such is inviolate without just cause. And yet, government propaganda has trained us to tamely give over our hard-earned property on a government whim. As long as the government can take our property on a whim, what is the difference between us and a group of slaves who cannot own property?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, where I discussed why judges are bad for our country, judges are supposed to protect us from the government but since they either are appointed by politicians who do not want a legal system that prevents them from gaining power, judges far too often act as if they are the tools of the government. When asset forfeiture laws should have been declared unconstitutional the day that they were passed judges go along and help steal your property.

Since asset forfeiture is a public act, there should be a paper trail that is available to the public. Want to bet? Try to discover what assets have been seized by your local government and for what reason. Trying to do so will probably get you in trouble. How much of the budget of your local police department comes from assets taken from citizens? Your police department has probably become corrupt enough to take what they want from you and your neighbors knowing that they will never be held accountable. The time is now to cause trouble for these crooks wearing badges and let honest cops protect you and your property.

October 6, 2014

17th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:57 am by gruundehn

I’ve had a horrible day today. Lately I have had trouble sleeping – my pattern has been sleep from about 9:30-10:00 PM to about 12:30-1:00 AM and then from about 4:30-5:00 AM until sometime around 9:00 AM. Today I followed that pattern until the last part when I slept until about 1:30 PM today. Needless to say I missed church and I was scheduled to be an usher today. Plus, I’m not sure how I’ll sleep tonight.

I had been watching the Bengals play the Patriots but got discouraged. The “Bungles” are back. I quit watching in the third quarter because it hurt to watch. It would take a team worthy of the best to come back and win and the Bengals didn’t even show flashes of that level of play. Oh well, 3-1 is still pretty good, even though 4-0 would have been better.

I was asked to provide a history of my spiritual development for the Community of Solitude and I am finding that to be a tough task. Doing a quick biography is no problem but sitting down and charting out how my past spiritual life has developed is hard. I have discovered things about me, maybe – I’m not too sure that what I have discovered is real or just something superficial – that I am not sure I like and things that I had never considered even considering such as do I like being in uniforms or is it just an interesting point that a lot of what I did in my life involved my wearing a uniform? I have to finish this trip down discovery lane and get set up to progress down life’s lane better suited for what comes.

I have been spending too much time on the internet watching cat and other funny videos. I spend a lot of time reading web comics also and I am getting annoyed with a few of those I have enjoyed reading. Yes, I realize that I read for free but I do try and buy merchandise, usually books, to support the web comic. But lately several of the ones I enjoy are just going slow or not at all. I saw an ad for one and it looked interesting (that is, of course, what ads do) and clicked to see what the comic was like. The latest comic was three years old. Some of the ones I read haven’t updated in months, and this includes some that have an update schedule of three times a week. I don’t complain often but it would be nice if the comic creator would let people know what is going on or not going on.

Since I missed church this morning and Grace-St. Paul’s didn’t put this week’s bulletin on their website I cannot give this week’s prayer list. I am continuing to use last week’s and I request that you do also.

What I’m reading: Sister Fidelma and various religious books.

What I’m writing: I got some done on Magic in the Monastery but I am going to have to shift to my upcoming D&D campaign to be ready for the start which is coming up fast.

What I’m watching: Not much of anything, I am still going through the Animaniacs an episode at a time.

October 2, 2014

Election Integrity

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 1:10 am by gruundehn

Voter . election fraud is becoming increasingly publicized. In the 2012 General Election North Carolina found, officially, 35,750 people who voted in North Carolina and at least one other State; an investigation group (not an official government investigation) found 40,000 and counting people who voted in Maryland and Virginia during the 2012 General Election; in 2011 52 people were convicted of voter fraud during the 2008 General Election. And this does not count the reports of people, Republicans mostly, who got to the polls and found that they had already voted – and they say that they had not voted an early ballot or voted earlier that day. Plus there were the reports of election department throughout the country giving a ballot to someone who was not the person that they claimed to be; this was done, of course, by an outside advocacy group. And just in the news is the report of a State Representative in New Hampshire charged with multiple counts of voter fraud.

Chicago in specific, and Illinois in general, are clichés for election fraud and I know of no effective effort to clean them up. And if you look at the efforts to stop voter ID laws and cleaning out old election rolls you find one specific political party at the forefront. I am speaking of the Democrats of course. Republicans are at the forefront for cleaning up elections and making them fairer and more honest. I do not believe that the Republicans are doing this out of sheer honesty, the Republicans believe that they will gain some benefit and they are probably right. The Democrats probably believe the same thing, cleaner elections will result in Republican gains and they also are probably right since both beliefs are two parts of the same thing.

I have yet to find where strong voter ID suppresses voter turnout, indeed the little evidence I have seen is the exact opposite. Personal ID cards are required for so many functions that claiming that demanding a personal ID is only for suppressing low income voter turnout should be ludicrous in the extreme but unfortunately it isn’t considered to be so. Why is that? I don’t want to sound like some right-wing nut-job but the claim that too many in the news business are committed Democrats would explain it. And that does not require some massive conspiracy just people staying with their inclinations.

If you vote, and I hope that if you do that you are an informed voter, do you like the idea that your vote is cancelled out by fraud? Isn’t voting too important to the life of America to allow it to be tainted without some effort to eliminate the taint?

September 29, 2014

16th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:31 am by gruundehn

The weather here in Tucson looks like it is breaking, away from summer heat and into fall coolness. Normally the first really cool evening and night happens around Halloween but the temperature starts dropping around the middle of September and it is happening. The summer rainy season has been good but we didn’t get enough to overcome the shortfall from the winter rainy season deficit. Living in a desert does tend to focus one on the rainfall.

I watched the 49er’s / Eagles game because I don’t like the 49er’s and wanted them to lose but they didn’t. Why don’t I like the 49er’s? I am a Bengals fan and the Bengals made it to the Super Bowl twice, only to lose to the 49er’s. The Eagles just had no offence in the game and their defense and special teams couldn’t do enough to overcome the good game the 49er’s played. Since the Bengals had a bye week, at least they didn’t lose. When I wear my Bengals cap or my Bengals shirt in public I get a lot of comments about how good the team is doing. After all the years of bad teams this is nice.

My arm is still not healing right, but when I met with the surgeon I argued that the bone massager be given more time. I do not want to have another surgery on my arm. If this other surgery does happen then the rod presently in my arm gets taken out and a tube gets put on my arm and a bone graft gets taken from my hip and used to try to get the bone to heal properly. I am going to try to avoid that if at all possible and if I can’t avoid it, then I will put it off as long as I can.

I haven’t been sleeping very well this last week. I bought some sleeping pills a few weeks ago and try to avoid using them but I have had to use them on occasion. I don’t like them because even after a night’s sleep I am drowsy for the rest of the day. I hope that I can get back to normal sleep sometime soon.

One bad thing about my erratic sleeping pattern is that I am having trouble keeping to a prayer schedule. Since my sleeping has been sporadic and full of shorter sleep periods, almost long naps, when I try to meditate I fall asleep and again I am not getting my prayer schedule done as I should. With some luck and a better sleep pattern this will end soon I hope.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Katherine Bernard, Dianne Bret Harte, Kitt Bret Harte, Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Oma “Sam” Guard, Joyce Henderson, Christine Nelson, Suzanne Nystrom, Danielle Phillips, Wendy, John & Lu Pipentacos, Doree Ramey, Barbara Reynolds, Susan Southwick, Heather Williams, Ed, Jay, Lee, Alison Bower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Julie LaRue, Ken Leuning, Ken McClain, Maribel Ortiz, Bishop Tom Shaw, Peggy Southwick, Dorothy & Marilyn, Janet, Jerry & Rondy, Sister Joan, Joel, Karl, Leah, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Vince & Amy; for animal companions in need especially Poochini, Emma; for those who have died especially Betsy Bret Harte, Gerald Buckler, Eva Pipentacos, Sandra Chamberlain; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of the Cincinnati Bengals player who is fighting cancer. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homeland, or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world, including those recently murdered here in America.

What I’m watching: I just bought the complete Animaniacs show and I’m watching the shows one at a time.

What I’m reading: Sister Fidelma mysteries and various religious books.

What I’m writing: I haven’t been able to get much writing done because of the erratic sleeping pattern I’m going through but I hope that I can get some serious writing done this week.

September 25, 2014

Privacy

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 1:17 am by gruundehn

Ages ago people had very little privacy. Indeed, civilization could be described as the advancement 0f the concept of privacy for individuals. Look at old homes, at least four hundred years old, and notice how little privacy there was especially for the lower classes. Servants slept wherever they could and only the upper classes had private bedrooms, after the invention of the chimney made fireplaces practical.

Now, with cameras everywhere and government claiming the right to search whatever and whenever they please, and corporations gathering data on the individuals for whatever reason they see fit to collect data for, even if it is no reason other than they can, privacy is returning to the old days. If the present trend continues soon you might as well just eliminate any barriers to snooping and live in public. Have the walls of your home made of glass, have your clothes transparent, have your sex life out in public, take your bath / shower on the street corner. All this in the name of security. But it doesn’t work, it does not make us more secure – it makes us more vulnerable. With so much of your life available to the government or corporations anyone can access it and use it against you.

Wanting privacy does not mean you are doing something unlawful or even shameful. You might be making a surprise gift, you might just want to be alone, or any of a group of legitimate reasons. There is no reason for your life to be an open book for voyeurs to peruse.

Cameras checking for red light runners are notorious for inaccuracy and there is now a welcome movement to remove them. Cameras watching over an area to deter crime do not do so and when used to try and determine who the perpetrator was, often cannot give a clear enough image at the proper angle to be of use. And if they are place where they might have the proper angle to show the perpetrator they are easily disabled and become useless because wires are cut of the camera itself is damaged to the point where it cannot be useful.

We need privacy and especially privacy from the government and corporations. It is your life, not theirs. Disabling cameras would be vandalism but advocating their removal is a civic duty, at least in my opinion. Are there cameras watching you in public? Of course there are, the movement to deny you your right to privacy has been going on too long for there not to be cameras in public watching you. Go to your local government body that controls those camera and demand their removal as they violate your rights. Does a company have cameras watching you the entire time you are on their property? Ask the corporate headquarters to show that those cameras justify their existence. How many crooks are caught using them?

It is your life and even in public where it could be said, and has been said, that you have no expectation of privacy, you have a right to not be spied on by a bunch of voyeurs. Don’t let a bunch of voyeuristic perverts dictate to you when you are allowed to have privacy.

September 22, 2014

15th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:41 am by gruundehn

I did not sleep well last night. I woke around midnight to go to the bathroom and couldn’t go back to sleep for several hours because it felt like I had a piece of popcorn stuck in my windpipe. I haven’t had popcorn for months so the feeling was not because of real popcorn. I coughed and drank water and everything else I could to make the feeling go away. Finally it did and I went back to sleep around 5 AM and then overslept badly. So instead of a solid night’s sleep I got a short nap of a couple hours and a longer nap of maybe four hours. Needless to say this threw off my schedule for today.

I am getting frustrated with the Pima County Board of Supervisors. It seems the only one I can respect is one of the four who represent other districts. I can, and do, like the five of them but I am losing respect for them as a whole and for four of the five as individuals. The latest incident involves the office budget of each supervisor. Four of the five make charitable donations either to outside agencies or to county departments but they do this without a vote of the Board as a whole. A vote had been made but to budget that money for office supplies, staff, etc. I believe that taxpayer money cannot be spent without a vote by the Board as a whole to spend that money for that purpose; not let each Supervisor pick their own charity and donate taxpayer money on the sly as it were. The original idea on the agenda was to cease the practice immediately and that died without a vote. Perhaps because the Supervisors get too much publicity (and perhaps campaign donations) from the practice. It is a pity that any challenger cannot also decide to allocate taxpayer money like this for publicity purposes. Anyway another Supervisor moved, and the motion passed, to allow the practice to continue but to collect the data and publish it once a year, at the end of the fiscal year. If it comes to it I will gladly use that information to press criminal charges once I discover which laws are being broken.

I am troubled by memory problems. I am forgetting things that I shouldn’t forget. I forget to take my medicines and my blood sugars suffer. I forget to strap the bone stimulator on my arm and perhaps I will end up having to have another surgery, and a worse one at that. And just last week I confused the cockpit layouts of the B-48 and B-58. I don’t want to be losing my memory, especially I don’t want to be losing it in a way that screws with my health – my diabetes or my healing arm. I’m going to have to do something about this memory problem; if I can remember to do it.

I watched the Bengals win their third game this season, now they are 3-0. They remind me of the heady days of Kenny Anderson. I hope this good streak continues.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, and Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Katharine Bernard, Dianne Bret Harte, Kitt Bret Harte, Toni Sue Brooks, Catharine Brown, Oma “Sam” Guard, Joyce Henderson, Christine Nelson, Suzanne Nystrom, Danielle Phillips, Wendy, John & Liu Pipentacos, Doree Ramey, Barbara Reynolds, Susan Southwick, Heather Williams, Ed, Jay, Lee, Alice Bower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Julie LaRue, Ken Leuning, Maribel Ortiz, Bishop Tom Shaw, Peggy Southwick, Dorothy & Marilyn, Janet, Jerry & Rondy, Sister Joan, Karl, Leah, Monica & Danitza, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Vince & Amy; for animal companions in need especially Poochini, Emma; for those who have died especially Betsy Bret Harte, Gerald Buckler, Eva Pipentacos, Stephen Byus, Michael J. Donahue, Charles C. Strong; for animal companions who have died. And I also ask your prayers for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homelands and otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

What I’m reading: Sister Fidelma Stories and some religious books as well.

What I’m watching: Other than news stories it is primarily football.

What I’m writing: Still working on Magic in the Monastery and not progressing very fast.

September 18, 2014

In Jail in Mexico

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 12:36 am by gruundehn

Marine Andrew Tahmooressi is in jail in Mexico on weapons charges and has been for months. He brought a few guns into Mexico in violation of their law. He claims that it was an accident and a photo of the crossing point supports his claim that he could not see the signs for the last turn-around which would have kept him out of Mexico if he had taken it.

For those who are too young to remember it, there was a song in the early to mid ’60s entitled “Send my Mail to the Tijuana Jail.” Because back then you had to prove that you were innocent your guilt was presumed and the Mexican Government imposed harsh sentences. You could receive long sentences for meaningless crimes, much like the War on Drugs in America today. My Father, when we were living in San Diego in the early ’60s was visiting Tijuana and fled to the border at high speed and in violation of most of the traffic code when he realized that a pair of Federales were coming for him. He had no idea what he was going to be charged with but he knew that as a “rich Americano” he was a prime target (my Father was an electrical engineer), so he fled. The Mexican judicial system is reformed, in theory, but the fact that Mr. Tahmooressi is still sitting in jail waiting for his trial leads me to believe otherwise.

Indeed, Mr. Tahmooressi has been in jail longer than many who were convicted to the crime of bringing guns into Mexico. What usually happens is the individual is convicted and for one reason or another either the sentence is for time served or the convict is allowed to leave for some reason and never returns to Mexico (as was probably expected at the time). The prosecutor and judge in this case are being “hard-ass” for some reason. Perhaps because Mr. Tahmooressi was caught in some lies during the investigation. Given what I know about the Mexican judicial system I’d lie too if I thought it would help get me away. Like Mr. Tahmooressi I have to take medication, he for PTSD and I for diabetes. Since the Mexican Government has refused to let him have his medications, I could expect a painful death from uncontrolled blood sugar, with blindness and neuropathy and a host of other issues coming first. Mr. Tahmooressi is lucky in that PTSD is not a progressive disease as I understand it.

The American government has done nothing for this Marine, nothing for a citizen. And yet look at the millions of dollars spent on criminal immigrant children and families this last year. Toys, food, clothing, shelter, legal advice, and so forth are showered upon these who have broken our laws (not that I agree with the specific laws in question) but will do nothing for a citizen who is in trouble and who aid would cost almost nothing in comparison.

I urge you to put pressure on our government to do something. If you live near a Mexican Embassy or Consulate I urge you to contact them and put some pressure to get Mr. Tahmooressi released and his case finished. I also urge you to buy nothing made in Mexico, nor visit there until this issue is resolved.

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