Australian squalor, welcome to the underclass.


As I posted a couple of times before, I work mainly with the underclass in my town.

Recently a long term customer took off leaving behind most of my stuff locked into her house, apparently she’s run up a lot of bills around town and is skipping to “start afresh”. Her sister was left with a load of lies (I’m back tomorrow/next day/next week etc) and the house keys.

She called up and allowed me access to retrieve my stuff. While we were there my other half took a load of “happy snaps”. The sister gave permission, she was as disgusted as us, she is currently on a waiting list for a Homeswest property but may be waiting months yet.

This is how a portion of the Australian underclass chooses to live.

Some of the pics are disgusting and might upset a few people, but this is reality.

The lady in question has 4 children under 10, there were 3 dogs (oldest one left behind) 4 cats as a rough estimate her income is around 1300 per fortnight of pension payments.

The house is public housing (Homeswest), who apparently carry out inspections of their properties. So this is a Western Australian government owned asset.

Captions under each photo.

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When daycare isn’t an option


Epic parenting fail.

A Chinese father chains his two year old kid to a pole while he and the mother are at work.

Cross-posted here.

Brangelina Returning to Brad and Angelina: Splitsville


There’s over 200 million pounds sterling involved.

“HOLLYWOOD golden pair Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have seen DIVORCE lawyers and signed a £205 million split deal, we can reveal.

The world’s most famous couple legally agreed how to divide their fortune and who gets custody of their six kids.”

Just great.

I’m glad I have the sense to know I don’t belong married and that I haven’t messed up the lives of six kids with my self-centeredness.

Celebutards.

Merry Christmas: O Holy Night… and A Cast of Thousands


There is no other word for this production: Epic!

To all our contributors, editors, and commenters, Merry Christmas.

How to Place the Case of Baby Grace? UPDATED


UPDATE: Kimberly Dawn Trenor has been found guilty of capital murder in this case, and her sentence is life in prison without possibility of parole. Since she’s only twenty years old, that could amount to sixty to seventy years.

“GALVESTON, Texas — A mother was convicted Monday of capital murder in the beating death of her 2-year-old daughter during a daylong discipline session in which the toddler was whipped with belts and flung across a room like a rag doll.

A jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting 20-year-old Kimberly Dawn Trenor in the death of Riley Ann Sawyers. Trenor did not seem to show any emotion after the verdict was read. The conviction brought an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Jurors could have also convicted her of two lesser charges.”

Let her rot.

For those of you late to this party…

“Trenor and her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, were accused of killing the toddler during the July 2007 discipline session designed to teach her proper manners. Prosecutors said Trenor and Zeigler beat Riley with belts, dunked her head in cold bath water and threw her onto a tile floor, fracturing her skull and causing her death. Zeigler, also charged with capital murder, is being tried later and remains jailed.”

No news on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Zeigler, but there couldn’t be a better case for it, IMO, and I’m generally against capital punishment.

ORIGINAL POST:

I agonized over whether or not to even post about Baby Grace because I find this case to be so deeply, deeply disturbing.

It’s not a complicated case. In a nutshell, this man…

Royce Clyde Zeigler II

Royce Clyde Zeigler II

… is accused of beating this little two-year-old girl…

Riley Ann Sawyers, aka Baby Grace

Riley Ann Sawyers, aka Baby Grace

… to death, while her mother…

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

… watched.

Here’s the part that totally and completely eviscerated me:

“… Trenor did nothing to save her daughter, not even when Riley told her mother “I love you” as she was being beaten.”

Got that? As this little girl was being beaten to death she was telling her mother that she loved her, and her mother did nothing to save her.

I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I lost it at this point in the article, and I’m not talking about a few easily wiped away tears here, I’m talking about a raging, screaming, face-in-hands, anguished and protracted cry. In fact, I need to take a break from this post to re-compose myself right now.

*****

The more I thought about this abjectly pathetic case, the more troubled I became over the questions it raised in my mind. Sure, all civilized men and women of good will would be aghast and horrified by this outrageous insult to one so innocent, and so those first unanswerable whys and hows came obviously.

Here’s the thing: I read about horrors in the news all the time, as I’m sure any reader of this blog does, because we’re hyper-informed by a relentlessly sensationalist 24/7/365 news cycle these days, so the question that I wanted answered was why did this particular story reduce me to a shuddering fetal ball?

In the Muslim world, I read with boring regularity, “honor” killings of young women are numbingly routine, girls who simply want go to school are disfigured by having acid thrown in their faces, and rape victims are condemned to death and publicly executed. Equally grotesque types of stories emerge from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with grim routine as well. Though disgusted and even enraged by such reports, they don’t drive me to tears. Why not?

Do you see why I’m becoming disturbed by the questions I’m asking myself? Will you understand if I’m reluctant to share my answers, and would rather that you simply ask yourself the same?

Another problem I have is this: Philosophically, I simply don’t think a person is a fully mature political entity until they’ve evolved into some form of libertarian. Like most, I reckon, I started out life as a liberal, evolved into a conservative, and then morphed into a libertarian. My views on the death penalty have followed suit: I was against it before I was for it, but now I’m against it again. Ultimately, I just don’t think a nation state should be in the business of executing its citizens, regardless of their crimes, because there is an absolute zero chance that capital punishment will be applied fairly, because human beings are involved.

So, you can understand my disappointment in myself when I tell you that I would honestly and sincerely like to execute these two monsters myself, personally.

How can our culture produce these utterly abominable kinds people? People devoid of all decency and conscience, seemingly oblivious to the rights of the most vulnerable in their midst?

“Trenor told police she and Riley moved from Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, to Spring, a suburb north of Houston, in June 2007 to be with Zeigler after she met him playing the online video game World of Warcraft.”

Far be it from me to issue a blanket condemnation of WoW – I haven’t played any kind of video game since I made it a mission in life to defeat Battle Chess on every skill level (Which I did, thank you very much) – because the world isn’t exactly rife with WoW players beating babies to death, and so there must be much more to it…

… and so the disturbing questions continue.

I don’t expect to have all, or even many, of these questions answered satisfactorily – such a thing seems far beyond the realm of possibility – so I’ll just have to take it as a plus to my overall humanity that I’m bothering to ask them of myself.

The Tizona Group has Lost a Precious Member


We of the administrative and editorial group at Tizona have suffered a tragic and devastating loss, as our administrator, Ash, was killed in a single vehicle accident. However, our loss pales next to that of her family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Ashleah was only twenty-two years old.

Ash was invited into The Tizona Group by the founder of our blog, and she was always a bit of a mystery to me, as she was to the rest of the administrative group. I don’t believe any of us ever actually met her personally, though some did speak to her by telephone, and we all had email exchanges with her from time to time.

As for myself, since I live in the US and Ash was Australian, these email conversations were often at very strange hours, which was a treat for me as I keep a bizarre musician’s schedule. Ash always struck me as very intelligent and well informed – quite remarkably so given her tender years – and it was always a distinct pleasure to correspond with her.

Though she leaves several unsolvable mysteries in her wake, one thing that was no mystery was the invaluable nature of her contribution to our weblog. I called Ash, “the enforcer” because she was such a dogged and tireless patroller of our reader comment sections, and she also brought a valued woman’s perspective to questions regarding the direction of our efforts. Plus, if any of us knot-headed editors forgot things like tagging posts, she always caught and fixed the errors and oversights… followed by an email admonishment, of course.

To say that Ash will be missed around here is an unfathomable understatement, but there are no words to adequately express how much of a void she and her work will leave at The Tizona Group. Nor are there any words that could properly express the profound sadness of we of the administrative group over this incomprehensible tragedy.

If you would like to pay your respects or post remembrances of Ash in the comments section, please do, but keep in mind that we will be sending this thread to her parents, so any and all offensive posts will be deleted.

In lieu of words, I simply offer a recording I made of Tears in the Rain by Joe Satriani.

Rest in Peace and Godspeed, Ashleah.

“Family” Room


I put family in quotes, because I’m the only family in it.

Definately a dude's place.

I like having a house.

McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin


While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…

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and has a super-solid family life.

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Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

Macho Sauce has a Parting Shot for the Electorate


It seems The Jawa Report have subscribed to the Macho Sauce YouTube channel. I don’t have a YouTube account yet, so I can’t do that. Anyway, here he is again. It’s kinda long, but he brings up some of my favorite points, including that class envy is covetousness, and so is sinful. I love this guy.

The closing credits include links to other black conservatives, and the music is his metal band, Twenty Pound Sledge. Enjoy.

Cover your ears, Leftards

Bristol Palin Five Months Pregnant, Engaged


After the nut-roots went insane claiming Sarah Palin was covering for Bristol and that Trig Van Palin – rock on, Garth – was actually Bristol’s child, comes news that Bristol is five months pregnant and engaged to be married.

So, the butt-roots was, as always, wrong, clueless, classless, and engaged in abject fuckwittery.

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins said in the statement. “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support. Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

Compare and contrast this with Obama’s statement that he, “wouldn’t want one of his daughters punished with a child.”

The McCain campaign knew of this, of course, but selected Palin anyway. Why? Well, unless you’re a leftard, you know.

Sarah Palin: All The Right Wing Cred McCain Can Get


The choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee is an absolute masterstroke. It truly is, and for a number of reasons.

Palin has been quoted as being tenacious. The senior pastor (Ed Kalnins) at Palin’s church, the Assembly of God, said of Palin: “Once she understands a truth, she bites down on it and won’t let go of the truth.” This tells me that a) she’ll research what she’s talking about, b) form her decision on the subject, and c) she’ll stick to her beliefs until step a) reveals more information, then she’ll re-evaluate. The United States could very well deal with that kind of skill and decision making, particularly as it’s something many on the Left side of politics say that neither the current President nor the current Vice President are capable of.

Palin is also unafraid to not pull the Republican party line. While mayor of Wasilla and later Governor of Alaska, she was unafraid to propose new projects and different ways of resolving issues facing her communities which were in contradiction of the proposals put forward by other Republicans in the party, and her stance on ethics was a major contributor to her being elected to Governor in a landslide against previous Republican Governor Frank Murkowski. While she has had her moments of being rather divisive, she also has a lot of talent for working in a team.

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The Social Issues are not the same. Roger L. Simon…


I would guess that many of us who are pro-choice (loathe the tired “choice-life” terminology) were nonetheless moved by Sarah Palin’s heartfelt and principled decision not to abort her Down’s syndrome child, revealed to the world yesterday during her initial campaign appearance. It reminded me of something about which I have been ruminating for some time: The preeminent social issues – gay marriage and abortion – are quite separate. Lumping them together, as is often done by the media and by ideologues on both sides, is insulting to our intelligence.

For me, same-sex marriage is by far the simpler issue. I am one hundred percent for it on moral, civil rights and scientific grounds. (Sexual orientation is not elective.) And I am surprised so many of my fellow citizens would want to deny others a chance to experience a life of recognized love and commitment, something I have found, through hard experience, to be easily the most fulfilling and socially useful way to live. It would seem almost, dare I say it, unchristian.

Abortion is another matter entirely. I have had a personal experience in recent weeks. I became the grandfather of twin girls brought to our family by my son Raphael and his partner Phillip. These beautiful girls were conceived in vitro and carried by a birth mother. They emerged healthy and thriving. Staring at them brings tears to my eyes.

It is also a stark reminder of the obvious. The pro-life people are certainly right about one thing – life does begin at the moment of conception (when else?). Those of us who are pro-choice must wrestle with that uncomfortable fact even as we assert our political view. In nearly every abortion, a decision is being made between the life (or convenience) of the mother and an already growing and developing life with unique DNA. As much of a religious agnostic as I am, I am seriously disturbed by that.

Still, I remain pro-choice because I would prefer the government not be involved in these highly personal decisions. Also, as we all must acknowledge, if abortions become illegal, they will continue anyway and, once again, become more or less a privilege of the rich. Pretty repellent.

And yet, as I said, I am moved by Sarah Palin’s decision to have her fifth child. In this regard, her morals and her courage are impeccable. I wonder if I would have done the same.

Pajamas Media/Roger L. Simon

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How Dare You Defend Your Own!


My new hero will probably end up in court for standing up to thugs in his own home.

A MARAUDING gang of teenage gatecrashers got more than they bargained for when an angry householder used a whip to eject them from his 16-year-old son’s party.

Dion Driman pulled out a South African sjambok when more than 30 youths attempted to storm into the party at the rear of his home at Wahroonga in Sydney’s north.

Now he may face police charges for using excessive force to drive the youths from his home last Saturday night.

“I told them it was a private party and to clear off but this big youth put his face right into mine and said: ‘make me’,” said Mr Driman, 46.

The South African electrical contractor said he had “sensed trouble” when he saw the youths outside and had armed himself with a decorative sjambok from inside the house.

The gang split into two groups and entered the house at the front and side, kicking a screen door off its hinges in the process. Mr Driman, the only adult at his son’s party, confronted the ringleader as he came around the side of the house.

“As I tackled him, six of them came over the top of me. I received a big hit to the side of my head,” said Mr Driman. “It happened really quickly.”

His son Brennan said: “There were six or seven really big, buff guys on top of my dad, hitting him. I had to try and pull him out.”

As he got clear Mr Driman started using the sjambok – a 1.5metre plastic whip like the traditional rhino hide whips used by South African herdsmen.

“I am certainly not a hero. I just defended my property and my son’s friends. There were a group of 15-year-old girls there too,” said Mr Driman. “These guys were much bigger.

“People have had enough. This gang has been terrorising people whose kids are having parties for months now. Somebody needed to stand up to them.”

Brennan added: “I know that if Dad had not stood up to them they would have completely trashed the house and stolen anything they could get their hands on.”

None of the youths could be identified and so no charges were laid. Hornsby police were called to the incident and are understood to be considering whether the force Mr Driman used to protect his home was excessive.

NSW Police could not comment on the incident yesterday but a spokesman told the local paper Mr Driman had the right to defend himself – the question was whether he had used too much force.

“All I would suggest, if a situation arises again, leave it to the police to handle,” he said.

Mr Driman remained unrepentant: “I would gladly do it again. They picked on the wrong guy,” he said.

Emphasis added.

As for calling the police and letting them handle it? Riiiiight.

Shyster-Politician John Edwards Admits Philandering, Lying


Shocker! /sarcasm

“John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.

In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.”

Well, that’s a relief. He cheated on his cancer-stricken wife, but it’s OK because he didn’t love Rielle, he just wanted some strange. What a scumbag.

OK, before starting on the shit to do list…Where in the hell is Swinish? Same goes for Texas Bob.


Not that he MUST be here, just want to know if the fellow is OK. Haven’t heard shit from him nor about him

Tex, is up to his butt, in our military making sure we can type this shit, safely. I’ve checked what I think are correct links, concerning KIA’s in Afghanistan and Iraq…No listing (thank God) for an Issac. Last I heard in an email, he was in Germany and had been promoted to Major.

A Fantastic Life Story: Dan Green is Dead


If you are not familiar with The Wittenburg Door, it is the anti-idiotarian site of the Christian world. You can even cuss in the comments there without being censored. They relentlessly mock and debunk Televangelists and others I call Christo-tards, so it is one of my favorite sites, obviously.

Bob Gersztyn has written a fabulously funny, and outrageous remembrance of his friend Dan Green there. Seriously, it is simply unbelievably good.

“Dan Green was one bad ass mofo, and now he’s dead. He told the doctors at the VA hospital to go f— themselves. They wanted to poke him with scalpels and IV’s. So he refused to cooperate, and he died. He was 74, weighed about 160, and stood five foot six, with a short-cropped buzz cut on a clean-shaven bullet-shaped head.

He was a welterweight on the Navy boxing team, until he realized that his arms were too short, which is why he was receiving more than he was dishing out. When he quit boxing the Korean war was still going on. He worked on the deck of aircraft carriers, wearing an asbestos suit. That’s how he got emphysema and lung cancer, but he didn’t bitch, because the VA took care of him.”

That’s just the intro:

“He got married right after the Korean war, and he got a job at the Oregon State Correctional Facility and became Sergeant of the Guard, until he stepped down to work as a common guard at the state prison. Driver Number 7001 told me the story of why Dan voluntarily took the demotion one night shortly after his demise.

“He had a ten-year-old daughter that was raped, by a family friend,” Number 7001 said. “The police botched the investigation and all the evidence had to be thrown out. The girl’s violator was never even charged. Dan waited about a year and then one day he and two of his prison guard friends tracked down the rapist, and took him out to a deserted area in West Salem, and hung him. Everyone knew who did it, but nobody talked and they couldn’t do anything. As a slap on his hand, he privately agreed to step down, as Sergeant of the Guard, and finished his time as an ordinary guard.””

You’ll want to read it all, because it gets better.

Not That I’m Laughing


Something about this is just surreal. Although he’s not the only person in Australia to have this type of family history…

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s ancestors include petty criminals – one a street urchin sentenced to death for stealing a dress and underwear from another child, family researchers say.

John Edwards: America’s Answer to Prince Charles


BwAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAaaaa!

Senator Edwards Cornered by National Enquirer after Visiting Mistress and Mother to His Love Child.

I’d make some commentary here, but I have to go for a jog just now, so I’ll join you in comments.

Via> Byron York over at NRO’s The Corner.

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First Pitch Surprise!


Fox News Blog On The Scene/Adam Housely

As many of you know I am a huge baseball fan and have covered many a story that crosses over to the news side of things. This one takes the cake for our national pastime. Last year we covered military opening day with the San Diego Padres and no other professional team goes as far as they do to support our men and women in uniform. While covering the Padres on this occasion and a few others, we became friends with their PR staff’s which include George Stieren and Warren Miller. They just had their colleague Erik Meyer send me the story and video of 11-year-old Brad Warnick, joined on the mound by mother Irene and 8-year-old sister Ashley, who thought they were just representing the USS Midway Museum in San Diego in honor of their fathers service in the Navy. BUT…..dressed in full Padres catching gear behind the plate was Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Warnick, their father & husband. Petty Officer Warnick is part of the crew currently deployed on the USS Nimitz, scheduled to return next month. Warnick was flown home early to surprise his family on the field through cooperative efforts of the USS Midway Museum and the Navy. This video is what it’s all about.

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Texas Supreme Court: Return Sect Children to Parents


“AUSTIN — In a crushing blow to the state’s massive seizure of children from a polygamist sect’s ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that child welfare officials overstepped their authority and the children should go back to their parents.

The high court affirmed a decision by an appellate court last week, saying Child Protective Services failed to show an immediate danger to the more than 400 children swept up from the Yearning For Zion Ranch nearly two months ago.

“On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted,” the justices said in their ruling issued in Austin.

The high court let stand the appellate court’s order that Texas District Judge Barbara Walther return the children from foster care to their parents. It’s not clear how soon that may happen, but the appellate court ordered her to do it within a reasonable time period.”

Via FOX News.

The more I learn about this particular polygamous Mormon sect, the more difficult I find it to have any sympathy for them, but this was just like Janet Reno’s Waco debacle without the burned, dead women and children (Hope Janet enjoys her stay in Hell).

It’s frightening that our government has become so tyrannical that it will seize hundreds of children based on an anonymous phone call that turned out to be a lie, no corroborating proof required. This means anybody can ruin anyone’s life simply by picking up a phone, dialing 911, and lying to the authorities. Put simply, it’s horseshit: The bar must be set very high for authorities to get involved with anything. Yeah, that means bad people will get away with things from time to time, but it protects the innocent, which is all that really matters in the end, because innocent people being brutalized by shysters and pigs is a bigger tragedy than the occasional bad guy getting away with something: Bad guys tend to stay bad and get themselves caught sooner or later anyway.

So, though I have decided this sect is a deranged cult, I’m happy with this decision. Perhaps my Home State will think twice before going off half-cocked next time.

What I Ponder on Memorial Day


I’m an eleventh-generation American by my paternal line.  My forefather John arrived in the Colonies in 1657 (Exactly 300 years before I was born).  Then, there was Tobias and William I: By the time William II fought for the Colonials in the American Revolution, my family had been on these shores about 120 years.

Following were William III and William IV: William IV’s son, Parker, fought for the Union in the American Civil War.  After Parker came Lorenzo Dow, and Lorenzo Dow’s son, Hobart I, was Navy enlisted during WW I.  At this point, it has been about a quarter of a millennium since John settled in Maryland.

My father, Hobart II, was an Army Air Corps pilot in WW II, and then a USAF pilot in Korea and Viet Nam.

I humbly thank all of my forebears for the sacrifices they made to make my life possible.

Lorenzo Dow, Left, and His Brothers

My great-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow (Left), and his brothers, circa 1890, in West (by God) Virginia.

P47-D Thunderbolts

My father flew Republic P47-D Thunderbolts like these in WW II.

Sanity in Texas Mormon Case: State had No Right to Take Kids


So says The Third Court of Appeals in Austin.

“SAN ANGELO, Texas — A Texas appeals court said Thursday that the state had no right to take more than 400 children from a polygamist sect’s ranch, a ruling that could unravel one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history.

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin ruled that the state offered “legally and factually insufficient” grounds for the “extreme” measure of removing all children from the ranch, from babies to teenagers.

The state never provided evidence that the children were in any immediate danger, the only grounds in Texas law for taking children from their parents without court approval, the appeals court said.”

Just as I suspected, the State of Texas’ actions in this case are going to make goats out of many. People need to be fired over this. LOTS of people. In fact, everybody who had anything to do with this, from the police officers all the way to the judge who approved the raid need to be thrown out on the street and told to fend for themselves.

No comment.


Just read – and ask yourself if there hasn’t been a couple of significant details omitted.

Credit to Monsters and Critics for running the story nonetheless.

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