Wednesday, April 18

Relentless Redux II -

The Stormy Daniels Twist . . .

Clearly, the issue here is Boundaries which Daniels is conflating with her First Amendment rights. I recognize and try to respect the HIPAA rules - I am not going to tell you that Louise has Hepatitis, is taking medication for Depression, and suffered from a toe nail fungus a few months ago. I try to treat this topic with the utmost discretion. I do not believe that the HIPAA rules nullify my First Amendment rights. These rules cover only a very narrow scope of my general everyday discourse.

Stormy Daniels' recent behavior offers a drastic contrast. She was free to book herself into Gentlemen's Clubs all over Florida and "express" herself. She could book her exotic dancing act into the Golden Apple in Miami-Dade, the Platinum Plum in Fort Lauderdale and the Silver Peach in Palm Beach Country. But the Media reported that she additionally advertised herself ostentatiously on a taunting billboard adjacent to the Trump Estate, making her objective obvious - to disrupt and destroy the Trump Family's domestic tranquility, to humiliate and drive Melania Trump (an innocent victim) out of her home, and to stalk and harass the Trump Family.

It was this prospective projection of behavior pattern which lawyer Michael Cohen was trying to get a handle on, and I cannot criticize him for that.  Cohen, I believe, is being scapegoated. Even worse, it appears to me that he is being stitched up. It looks like a rogue prosecutor is trying to gather as much material as possible in order to manufacture some bogus crime out of it.

Daniels and her lawyer also seem to be coyly threatening to use some kind of recordings in hostile legal procedures. Florida, California and Nevada are Dual Consent states. If such recordings are produced in court, they are likely to be illegal. Once again: Boundaries.

Alas, rarely have I seen so much vitriol for no legitimate reason from the Mainstream Media acting in unison. In a previous era of reportage, numerous angles and perspectives were provided to the public as valuable assets. Today, only one dogmatic viewpoint is being delivered via an echo chamber. How did we get here?

When Google News was started as an aggregator, it gathered diverse news reports from far and wide. But legacy media organizations complained. So, Google re-tuned it and introduced their most potent weapon: the carousel. This is how we got the echo chamber. If you are not careful and resourceful, you can get trapped into this merry-go-round and read only the same thing over and over although it seems to be attributed to numerous sources.

I strongly object to any efforts to forcibly turn this country into a totalitarian banana republic cesspool. In my generation we were taught to think for ourselves. But as an increasing number of Americans are being stupefied on drugs, few younger people seem to be aware of how they are being manipulated. Let us hope this situation improves soon!

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Relentless Redux -

The Stormy Daniels Twist . . .

In the late 1980s, David Letterman, a CBS late night TV show host, began to experience a series of disruptions to his life. A woman stole his Porsche, camped out on his property, repeatedly broke into his house, and claimed to have a relationship with him or identified herself as his wife. She was suffering from Erotomania, among other things, and really believed her claims, which resulted in her relentlessly stalking the target of her attentions. Letterman finally got relief only when she ended her life in 1998.

Have you ever experienced a relentless stalker or some variation thereof? Or have you been exposed to this phenomenon via a family member or friend? If so, a naive well-wisher might suggest you get a Restraining Order. Have you ever tried to get one? It's no cinch to get, but even if you do get one, it might not provide you with the relief you seek. Indeed, you could end up dead even with a Restraining Order.

This is why a pragmatic lawyer might try a different approach called "Go Away" money. No sophisticated observer would presume this approach to be a permanent remedy; nevertheless, it could provide stop-gap relief to the target of a relentless stalker.

It appears that lawyer Michael Cohen with his Confidential Settlement Agreement crafted for Stormy Daniels attempted to provide such relief to the Trump Family this way. And if you have ever experienced some form of relentless stalking, you might want to think twice before criticizing him for trying this approach.

The CBS TV Network, however, did a complete about-face on this matter. Whereas they never featured Letterman's stalker, Margaret Mary Ray, on a prime time segment interview, they devoted their Sunday Family Hour to Stormy Daniels and her tale of woe. Anderson Cooper, looking like an autistic praying mantis, thoughtfully questioned her and invented a fatuous pretext of why this is very serious matter. No one I know watched it and later told me they don't care how many freckles Donald Trump has on his genitals. So much for Cooper's erstwhile gravitas.

Inexplicably, instead of a very generous payment of Go Away Money providing some stop-gap relief to Melania and the rest of the Trump Family, the Media persistently referred to the $130,000 as "Hush" Money.

During the CBS interview, Stormy Daniels presented herself as a soi-disant dominatrix, ordering Donald Trump to pull down his trousers and spanking him. She seemed very pleased with herself as she described this encounter and seemed to gloat at times or even smirk. Although she assumed a dominant and aggressive role for that occasion, she then complained to Cooper that she has been oppressed.

Uh-oh! One of the signs of a sociopath is their aggressive behavior while casting themselves in the role of a victim . . .

Continued in Part II

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Wednesday, February 14

The Markel Changelings -

TV Channel Investigation Discovery recently aired a presentation of the Dan Markel Murder Case authored by its People Magazine Investigates group.

The presentation, called MARKED FOR MURDER, was straight-forward and included cameo appearances by several of Markel's lawyer friends. It was formatted as a police procedural.

The problem with this format is that the Markel situation is bigger than the resolution of some intriguing forensic evidence. Actually, it's practically operatic. Not only was Dan Markel murdered, but it seems like his children were stolen from him as well.

Ironically, if Markel's Rolex or BMW were hijacked, this aspect of the situation might have received more publicity.

Was any new information disclosed on ID?

Yes! It was reported that the cell phone conversation Markel was having in his vehicle at the time he was shot was about a new school for his young sons. I suspect that this was what triggered Markel's murder, what we could call "the inciting incident."

It seems likely to me that the school Markel chose would be a parochial or religious day school. And if this were true, too, than it would appear that his former wife and her family may have harbored strong anti-religious sentiments which Dan Markel did not know about at the time they were married.

Exploring any such lead might yield
an additional cluster of potential evidence.

This situation is moving
through our court system very slowly.

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Friday, January 12

Comings & Goings -

So many departures in 2017!

This is not meant to be a
scientific survey; it's just an informal stroll . . .

A fond farewell to Peter Capaldi. His stint as the Twelfth Doctor in the Doctor Who TV series has ended. I enjoyed his portrayal very much.

In the last episode, which was written by Steven Moffat, David Bradley put in a wonderful appearance portraying The First Doctor. It was entitled Twice Upon a Time with a touch of nostalgia.

I must admit that I had some difficulty understanding Pearl Mackie's heavy dialect in her portrayal of Bill Potts, but all's well that ends well.

# Nat Hentoff left us early last year. He was a longtime columnist at the Village Voice newspaper. I didn't have much in common with him, but he sometimes wrote about First Amendment issues which captured my interest, especially because he wasn't a lawyer. Discussions about this topic in the public arena can be valuable.

# Eric Schmidt has stepped down from his role as executive chairman of Google, Alphabet, and/or whatever letter salad those geeks try to throw against the wall. Well, I've had some differences with Eric over the years.

# The "Joan Rangers" signed off for the last time with the ending of the Fashion Police. They were sorely missed at the recent Golden Globes event. The female celebrities wore black as promised, but with varying effects.

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Sorry you haven't heard from me in yonks, but I've been rather busy these past few months - too busy to suit me! I do hope to be more active as a Blogger in 2018.

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Tuesday, August 1

SoFlo News Notes -

Need a gun that can drop
an angry elephant charging at you?

Someone must have thought they did. A burglary at the Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach was recorded on surveillance video cams. The 19-year-old fellow who has confessed to taking part in the caper has been arrested. If they micro-chip toy poodles, they can probably keep track of elephant guns, too.

:: Local 10 News :: - / - :: Local 10 News ::

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Guy Eargle Jr, 68, described as a wealthy businessman and a retired telecommunications executive, was found dead inside his Fort Lauderdale home recently. The police said he was murdered. He was a part time resident here in South Florida and also lived in Atlanta.

If you think you can provide helpful information about this situation, please contact Det. Mark Breen at 954-828-5708 or Det. Jason Wood at 954-828-5344.

:: NBC Miami :: - / - :: Miami Herald ::

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Controversy is swirling around Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, because her recently employed IT aide, Pakistani-born Imran Awan, has been arrested at Dulles Intl Airport while he was trying to leave the country under questionable circumstances. A preliminary hearing is expected to occur on Aug 21.

Luke Rosiak from The Daily Caller, who seems to be one of the leading investigative journalists on this story, has additional information.

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Friday, December 9

Will There Be Mockingbird News? -

From Creepy Pasta to
Creepy Pizza, Conspiracies Abound . . .

It seems somehow fitting that the contentious 2016 Presidential Campaign would culminate in a Super Full Moon. A nurse and I were speculating on whether lunar vibrations were contributing to the social unrest in the aftermath.

Even if the moon were a contributing factor, it was not the main cause. The Democratic political machine's use of hard-boiled Identity Politics was the primary and direct cause.

And the Mainstream Media hasn't helped. Many people are complaining about their skewed coverage of the campaign and the decline in their journalistic standards.

There are numerous factors to consider in this realm.

# Consolidation: Media activists have warned for many years about the dangers of consolidating the ownership of media organizations into fewer and fewer hands.

# Chemistry: There has been a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans with chemically impaired judgment due to misuse or abuse of drugs and medications.

# Content: Publishers no longer refer to News, which is now often known as Content; instead of Editors, there are Content Managers.

# Childishness: In an effort to economize, the media organizations have laid off their experienced reporters who earned more money, leaving juvenile cubs to shoulder the load.

From Identity Politics to Conspiracy Theories is not a long leap! I'm not a Conspiracy Freak myself, but I enjoy a good Conspiracy story now and then.

Conspiracy stories have become part of our Mainstream Entertainment in recent decades: the Dan Brown movies like The Da Vinci Code and Chris Carter's X-Files TV series which featured a shadowy conspiracy.

But sometimes conspiracies are real: Operation Paperclip, Operation Mockingbird, and what about Watergate? Now, we even have Pizzagate.

Who hacked into the Democrats' Emails? "Experts" say it was the Russians. That looks like Disinformation to me. I would speculate it was probably the Anonymous Lulz Crowd again, because they fancy themselves heroic rebels from Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism.

Closer to home, Buddy Nevins reports that the Sun-Sentinel is leaving downtown Fort Lauderdale:

"Speaking at a downtown Fort Lauderdale breakfast meeting in the summer, Sun-Sentinel Publisher Howard Saltz denounced much of the paper’s Internet competition. He branded it a bunch of out-of-touch bloggers secluded in their parents’ basement."

Surely, he doesn't mean me.

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Wednesday, December 7

Quick News Notes From Florida -

Daniel Markel Murder: Katherine Magbanua is pleading "Not Guilty" to allegations of her involvement.

# Quintessential Fort Lauderdale: The city issued numerous parking citations to a cadaver parked inside a vehicle for days near the courthouse.

# Local Color: "When Pigs Fly" Trump Mural in Miami.

+ Hope to post a longer blog entry soon.

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Wednesday, October 12

Six Clicks to Murder -

Now comes in due course the story of
the curious murder of Florida Law Professor
Daniel Markel by a maladroit hit man whose kill shot was placed far wide of the victim's brain stem.

Who would do such a thing? And why?

For those busy souls who are still interested in this case,
ABC TV devoted an entire hour of its 20/20 program to it recently.

And, subsequently, a woman named Katherine Magbanua was charged in connection to the case.

Will there be more arrests?

It's a small world. Maybe so, if evidence
is found in the social links of that community.

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