First, a brief examination of the internet. We all know that to participate actively on this medium you need some tools that are today, universally available. That costs a little, or it can cost a hellava lot, if that’s your option. So, it’s not actually completely free, anymore. The best thing about the web is that you can go there, leave something and others can come and take some of what you left or they can leave it.
This means take it or leave it. Don’t like it? Don’t go there! People aggravating you on your e:mail account can be blocked. Unwelcome visitors to you Facebook and other social media sites can be “unfriended.” The internet is a matter of choice. If you choose to go to a particular place, either intentionally or even by accident, you have a choice once you get there.
Personally, there are Facebook participants who I have blocked from my account for many different reasons. There are Facebook and other media sites that I don’t go to. They are not places that have material I am interested in or which I would consider worth reading or participating in. Choice.
What I find significantly strange is the number of readers who come to my blog site both regularly and repeatedly. Repeatedly, is the real mystery. Why in heaven’s name would you go to a site written by someone you hate, 3 to 4 times a day? This is moronic, or a genuine “head case” that thrives on pain and suffering. I’m grateful for the traffic. It contributes to the reader stats and these days makes my blog appear to be even more successful.
You do not have to subject yourself to the things or the subject matter I write about. End up on my e:mail address? A simple request to be removed is always honored immediately. I like to annoy the ones who annoy me and deserve ridicule, not innocent bystanders. I put my opinions on the internet not in the rumor mill, or in the Bottom Feeder Gazette. Obviously, I have hundreds more that are entertained by the blog. I don’t run from what I say and when I am wrong, I correct myself. I am flattered and thankful for your support. Like I said. Take it or leave it.
I have pointed this out, in the recent past, concerning the Petition to Recall me from the Town of Inglis Commission seat that I was elected to last March. I have explained myself and that explanation is on the face of the “qualifying” petition now being circulated by the organizers. That petition is now titled the “Recall and Defense Petition”
If you signed the original petition I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask that you consider my defense printed on the face of the new document.
This unfortunate ruse is, what it is. My real concern is for the people who were intentionally hurt and mislead by this campaign. Elderly citizens were told repeatedly by the petitioners that “if they didn’t sign, the town would take their manufactured homes”.
Some of these victims have come to town hall and rebuked their signature support. One elderly woman came in, in an hysterical state – in tears. Distressed is a mild description for those who lost sleep and became ill because of this cruel deception. Several statements concerning this travesty have been obtained. I ask you, if you know an elderly citizen who signed the original petition please ask them to come to town hall and sign an affidavit and be assured that the town has no intention of taking anyone’s home.
Please read the chapter below from the Florida Statutes.
825.102 Abuse, aggravated abuse, and neglect of an elderly person or disabled adult; penalties.--
(1) “Abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult” means:
(a) Intentional infliction of physical or psychological injury upon an elderly person or disabled adult;
(b) An intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or psychological injury to an elderly person or disabled adult; or
(c) Active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or psychological injury to an elderly person or disabled adult.
A person who knowingly or willfully abuses an elderly person or disabled adult without causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the elderly person or disabled adult commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
Could have been Ugly. Could be Uglier
At the end of my blog from November 7th , titled “The Road To Perdition,”, I finished that column with a joke. I’d recently heard this story from a person who heard it from someone else. The story is an especially pertinent piece of satire appropriate, in my opinion, to the petition drive discussed above. At the beginning I stated the following:
I can’t stay away from the grapevine. It is a source of wonderful make believe and fantasy. I went to the “What’s Happening in Inglis Section” this morning and found this story that a local person told a few friends.
Somebody told this joke to someone else. I most certainly was not going to name the person who told it even though it was somebody I know. Mr. Somebody has asked me through a third party to apologize for using “his” story. If I didn’t know who told the story in the first place it wouldn’t have made a tinker’s damn who told the story. But, in the interest of fair play, I apologize.
There is a caveat. There is a much darker side to this. Hopefully, this mea culpa will end the conversation and the “hurt” feelings. The uglier side to this should be water under the bridge. No reply necessary, nor recommended. Do both of us a favor. Don't press your luck.
You can find the referenced piece of the blog by scrolling down.
This is enuff said.
6 PM today: A late breaking development.
A new website debuted in the last few days, originating here in Inglis. There is a lot said there. I don't agree with the form but I wholeheartedly agree with the intent. There is no connection between High Roadorlow.com and The PatriotsToolbox.org. We do, in fact, know one another. It is high time to hear from others in the community regarding the anarchy underway by a handful of sinister people. These people and their minions are law breakers. One is posing as a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Digest what you can and take some positive action. Otherwise you will lose something that is far greater than what can be critically estimated. This new site needed the instant exposure to a large audience and under the circumstances I choose to do that. You also have a choice. Thank you for your consideration.