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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More SSI Scams by liberals and psychiatrists

Several months ago, we did an expose on how innocent people are having their money taken away by unscrupulous loved ones and by Left wing Democrat government probates in the name of making them qualify for SSI over a perceived disability or dysfunction. In many cases the SSI payments went over to the perps of this atrocity as well.

Well, a friend of mine involved in human rights has recently brought to the attention of several other victims. The saddest part is that it is considered legal in most cases and there is little that can be done to recover any of the stolen money.

The two victims and their situations are a shining example of how terrible things in this country have become. A reflection of the loss of private property rights and the loss of rights to dignity and independent living. The two victims, one labeled mentally ill, the other elderly had their property confiscated by abusive family members or by government. Greg, Mary Howe, Sylvia Klieber, many others but these two also take the take.

85 year old Sarah lived in her own home in an Oklahoma city suburb. Her estate included 300,000 dollars that she inherited from her deceased husband. After receiving it, her son and daughter in law conspired to take it away. Attempts were made by her son and relatives to take advantage of her. Despite their best efforts, she was deemed to be right in her mind. She lived independently relying only on residential care services that came to her house to help her keep it clean and to make sure she was safe. But then after being injured in an accident, her son used this as an opportunity to move in and made a power move that made him guardian of his estate. Also with the help of a psychiatrist, Sarah was wrongfully branded with senile dementia. A judge gave guardianship of her estate to her son.

Before the ink dried on the papers, her son placed her in a mental hospital. Sarah went from being an independent adult living in her own home, able to travel around, shop for food, clothing and other luxuries with little help from some attendants to being isolated in an institution with nothing but the hospital gown on her back. Meanwhile there was trouble brewing with the family. There were disputes as to how to handle the estate. With their greed apparent, judge intervened and appointed a legal guardian from the state.

The guardian as it turned out was just as abusive. Sarah remained in the state hospital. In addition, the guardian with help from staff prevented her from contacting her attorneys, preventing her from seeking justice while keeping her isolated. Meanwhile, the guardian continued to steal money from her. The guardian sold her home and threw away and sold most of her belongings including an urn carrying her husbands ashes and a photo album. The guardian claimed she did so to qualify her for SSI benefits.

After spending 6 months at the hospital, she was moved to a nursing home. While there she was sexually assaulted by another resident. Attorneys working on her behalf got her out after spending over a year in hospitals and nursing homes. Unfortunately her money and all she owned was gone. Discarded in a large dumpster or sold off by her guardian. The public guardian who was responsible has never been held liable for damages and neither have her children. He has also received immunity from the courts. Sarah currently lives in an independent residential care facility and is under the guardianship of her niece where she now receives 650$ in SSI a month. Very paltry sum compared to what she used to have.

John also suffered terribly. 22 year old John suffers from Aspergers syndrome, borderline personalities and brain damage from an accident he suffered as a toddler. He lives in Columbus Ohio. When his father died a year earlier he suffered another blow. John, his mother and 2 older sisters received about 135,000 each from a life insurance policy John's father held. But John did not get to enjoy it for very long. His case worker from Department of health and human services filed to have John placed under emergency guardianship. Although John was capable of being independent and volunteered 3 days a week at the salvation Army and a local homeless shelter, with the help of a psychiatrist, John was placed under legal guardianship. He was taken away from his family and placed in a group home.

Meanwhile, the guardian spent his inheritance money on luxuries for himself and charged 300$ an hour. His family fought hard and got him back home but almost all the money he held on to was gone except for $1200. The guardian claimed that he was trying to get John to qualify for SSI benefits. After a costly lawsuit they were only able to recover 3500$. Money that could have been used to provide a home, Independence and other necessities was taken away from poor John all in the name of qualifying for SSI.

The left wing of America supports these and similar atrocities committed against their victims. Private property rights, the right to be independent in the community and self sufficiency don't go very well together with communism. The result is poverty and injustice.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Maine's many wasteful programs

Other states in America have jobs, homes that are affordable, opportunities for climbing the economic ladder and friendly down to Earth people who are good and righteous individuals. Then there are Liberal Democrat states colored in blue which reflects how blue things are there like in Maine.

Maine has the distinction of being the worst place to set up a business and has like Michigan the worst job market in the country. It is the 3rd poorest state in the nation, it has the largest state government rivaled only by California, (pending the cuts to their budget of course) and the 3rd highest tax burden in the nation.

Maine does not have jobs or affordable housing, Maine only has Big government and programs funded by its expensive and massive bureaucracy. Programs for teenage whores and their bastard litters, programs for homeless drug addicts that refuse to drop the pipe get help and move to another state to get a job but rather keep them homeless and programs for disabled adults which generally do very little to make them independent. Since Maine does not have jobs or economic opportunities, the disabled can forget equal treatment and being balanced on the same level as normal healthy adults.

I and a few of my associates got in touch with Maine Department of Health and human services and found that there are more programs than imagined for different groups. Going down the line through the disabled adult section there were only 3 programs that were at all efficient. The Phoenix employment program, OHI and The Community Living Association.

Before going into them in detail, I should note that the Main reason they are in any way efficient is because these programs started out as non profit charities that relied on donations and volunteer activism. It is commonly known that social programs that are privately run and owned without government strings attached run far better than those funded through taxes and administered by the state. Their efficiency is generally much better if they are sectarian rather than secular.

The reason is because though they get no profit, they donate and volunteer because they have a heart for those who they serve. Government is not interested and has no heart. It simply pays out to the piggies squealing at the tax trough for more liberal votes while at the same time reaching its tentacles around to promote control and oppression over its subjects. Government programs are administered by bureaucrats who do not care and wish only to line their pockets and bribe the voters. These programs tend to waste the money intended on pork projects and bloated salaries. They are also lax in their work since they are not motivated.

The Phoenix employment and rehabilitation program is a temping agency that teaches job skills and employs those who suffer severe physical or mental disabilities or mental illness. In addition to job skills, they employ clients to various work duties. Their pay is supplemented from donations and tax dollars. Many of the clients also receive SSI and SSD benefits.

AJ, who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of those clients. He is also a client at OHI. AJ works four days a week doing various tasks such as breaking down boxes and putting labels on wine bottles. Mike is another client who suffers from severe mental illness and does custodial work at the police station in Brewer. Despite having disabilities, the clients work very hard and diligently.

OHI, or occupational Health Incorporated, was founded by a former special education teacher to rehabilitate disabled adults, specifically adults with mental retardation and mental illness. The first clients were former inpatients at a state school that abused those they were supposed to take care of. In response groups such as OHI were formed after the school closed down in the 70s. Today, Ohi now is involved with other clients from different backgrounds including the elderly. Unfortunately due to the Maine economy, the personal growth of its clients is also hindered.

The Community Living Association was founded in Houlton Maine in 1967 by fa miles with disabled children. It was a private initiative to make their children independent in the community. At first they did an excellent job, but now that they have been incorporated into the BIG government, they are not as efficient. Also, northern Maine is not really one of the best places to be independent,

Looking down the list the other programs offered some but little results. The most wasteful of them all involved families. These generally paid out middle class wages to mothers of bastard children while the taxpayers that support their poor decision making must have their meager earnings taken to support this. A good friend of mine told me of how one such individual, a 19 year old girl with three children received about 2100$ a month and rent free housing. She also received food stamps. When offered employment she turned it down saying, "why do I need to work for? I get $2100a month!"

That's Socialism in Maine. Out of the mouths of the poor and weak, into the pockets of government and welfare queens.

The saddest part of the story is that many disabled are unable to climb high and soar high thanks to the Maine economy. What's worse is that while hard working

Monday, February 9, 2009

civil commitment of homeless who are mentally disturbed already on the books

On several forums and blogs such a freerepublic, there have been debates about civil commitment and expanding laws and state hospitals and hospital psyche wards. What is disturbing is that many, even Conservatives and libertarians are more than willing to sacrifice civil liberties and safeguards against government tyranny to clear the streets of the homeless mentally ill and other similar individuals.

But the truth is that there is on the books in nearly every state, provisions that allow the involuntary commitment of those who are unable to care for themselves due to so called mental illnesses that they suffer from are already on the books. They have even been approved of as constitutional by our courts so far and have not been hampered by the ACLU and others.

A good example is projects launched by the administrations of two former New York Mayors; Ed Koch and Rudy Guiliani. In the 80s, Ed Koch launched a program to involuntary commit New York's many disturbed homeless. They ranged from drug addicts to those who suffered from brain trauma. They were to be placed in involuntary treatment and then placed into shelters and transitional housing as well as being assigned case management and other services. One of these homeless known as Joyce Patricia Brown AKA Billie Boggs, with help from the ACLU, nearly succeeded in derailing Koch's efforts. Despite suffering from psychosis brought on from drug addiction and family abuse she succeeded in escaping her treatment and won a settlement. Still, the Koch administration and project care were able to take many homeless of the streets and get them of their feet. Similar efforts by the Guiliani administration also succeeded though not as well as Koch's.

The attempts to involuntarily commit them were deemed as constitutional provided that they were done properly and that the patient was mentally ill and that it prevented them from providing themselves food or clothing and other necessities.

39 states including DC allow involuntary outpatient commitments. One of the most known and effective is California's Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act, which had been expanded for outpatient commitment. It did not just encompass those who were a threat to themselves or others but those who as a result of severe mental illness were unable to feed or cloth themselves. I have seen much of this in places like Portland, Boston and New York. Crazy people who are not allowed in homeless shelters because they assault or act belligerent towards others there and the staff, but if offered food or donation will reject and even attack those who help them. They are like wild animals only much worse. Demon possession is a good way of putting it I think.

Remember the Virginia Tech Killer Cho Seung Hui? Virginia residents want to sacrifice more of their freedom to the big government by making involuntary commitment easier. But Cho was already deemed mentally ill, was even deemed mentally incompetent and was even recommended for involuntary commitment! Virginia statutes allowed it but it was never done! For whatever zany or scatterbrained reason, the judges, the medical staff whoever was in charge and the family for that matter allowed this dangerous young man who WAS in fact an imminent danger to run along back to school and then slay his fellow classmates!

It is the opinion of this author that the government deliberately allowed this to happen as a measure of getting the American people to sacrifice more of their precious liberties to the state while as a bonus, gutting the 2nd amendment. So far neither have stopped any killing sprees.

Instead of using the laws already on the books, we let the government set up more laws and more iron chains around the necks of its citizens. Still they will not fair well.

Meanwhile it has come to my attention that several people living with so called mental illness who are perfectly capable of caring for this selves with very little help from taxpayer funded programs are being blocked from independence through unnecessary commitments. Examples include a bright young man named Nate Tseglin of Orange California who was incarcerated and drugged into oblivion for having Asperger's, another concerns Sylvia Klieber, a 29 year old woman with Bipolar under the guardianship of her mother, yet very capable and independent who is currently incarcerated in a hospital in Modesto for no reason. We will commit, drug and restrict even kill innocent people because of minor peculiarities, but we won't commit psycho killers, homeless invalids and others who truly need treatment.

In Conclusion I would just like to also opine that I in no way support the psychiatric industry or the unnecessary use of commitment. We need to be extremely careful with how it is applied.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Firearms refresher course

With all the talk about gun control in the news I thought it was time for a firearms refresher course.

a. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

b. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

c. Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface.

d. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

e. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

f. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

g. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

h. If you don't know your rights you don't have any.

i. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

j. The United States Constitution ) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

k. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand ?

l. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.

m. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

n. Guns only have two enemies: Rust and Politicians.

o. Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.

p. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

q. 911 - government sponsored Dial a Prayer.

r. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

s. Criminals love gun control - it makes their jobs safer.

t. If Guns cause Crime, then Matches cause Arson.

u. Only a government that is afraid of it's citizens try to control them.

v. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

w. Enforce the "gun control laws" we have, don't make more.

x. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

y. The American Revolution would never have happened with Gun Control.

z. "...a government by the people, for the people..."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ronald Reagan's soviet jokes Hammer and tickle

Ronald Reagan during his time in office told jokes about life under communism in the old USSR. We will share a few and some clips.

Its hard to get an automobile in the soviet union. They are owned mainly by elite bureaucrats. It takes an average of 10 years to get a car. 1 out of 7 families owned automobiles. You have to go through a major process and put the money out in advance. so this man did this and the dealer said "okay in 10 years come get your car."
"Morning or afternoon?" The man replied.
"well what difference does it make?" Said the dealer.
"The plumber is coming in the morning."

In another car incident, Gorbachev was late from getting to the Kremlin from his house. He told the chauffer, "Look we are running late so let me drive. I insist." So He told the Chaufer to get in the back and he drove. Meanwhile the police were given strict orders to ticket anyone speeding no matter how important. So they were speeding down Moscow and two motorcycle cops pulled them over but didn't ticket him after he saw who it was. He goes back to the station and talks about it and was asked, "Why didn't you ticket him?
"Too important."
"Who was it?"
"I didn't recognize him, but his driver was Gorbachev!"

Two men, an American and a Russian were argueing. One said, in my country I can go to the white house walk to the president's office and pound the desk and say "Mr president! I don't like how you're running things in this country!" The Russian said "I can do that too!"
"Yes! I can go to the Kremlin, walk into the general secretary's office and pound the desk and say, mr. secretary, I don't like how Reagan is running his country!"

Two guards were patroling at night and one of the guards told a man to halt, he started running and he shot him. The other guard asked, "why did you shoot him?" He replied, "curfew"
"But Curfew doesn't start for another hour."
"That's okay, he's my freind, I know he wouldn't make it.

Castro was making a speech to a large assembly. Someone out in the crowd said, "peanuts popcorn crackerjack." This happened about 4 times. So Castro gets annoyed and says, the next man who says that gets deported to Miami. The entire crowd stands up and yells, "POPCORN! PEANUTS! CRACKERJACK!"

3 men, A Frenchmen, a Brit and a Russian are at a museum looking at a portrait of Adam and Eve. The Brit says, "Adam and Eve are British. They wear fig leaves and blush so they must be modest." The Frenchman says, "no, they are French because they are naked and in love." The Russian said, "You're both wrong. They are obviously Russian. They are naked, have only an apple to eat and yet they are told they live in paradise."

An excerpt from an interview between Sam Donaldson and Reagan:

Sam:About the contunuing reccesion you have blamed mistakes of the past and the congress. Does any of the blame belong to you?

Reagan: Yes because for many years I was a Democrat.

The Commisar came to the collective farms to see how the harvest was doing and asked a farmer and the farmer said "Oh commrade commisar! If we took all the potatoes, they would reach the foot of God."
"Comrade farmer, this is the Soviet Union. There is no God."
"Thats okay, there are no potatoes."

Two Russians were walking down the street, one asked the other, "Have we really achieved full communism?" The other said "oh no. Things are about to get worse."

A judge was laughing in his office over a joke he heard. The secretary asked "what's so funny?" He replied "I just heard the funniest joke ever." "what was it?" "I can't say. I just sentenced a man to death for telling it."