Then read how the only thing the drug wars are doing is enriching the police at the cost of your rights. An excuse to consolidate power into the hands of a few!
Then ask yourself how free you really are?
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Subject: Re: Master SGT. Shawn Simmons Funeral
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 2:22 PM
Leon County Commissioner
301 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32301
"I really don't see this as an issue as I can't think of anyone who is going to schedule a funeral on a football day due to the traffic".
And that is exactly the issue sir, why should any mother have to wait on a football game before burying her son or daughter that served you and I? I suspect those in Iraq and Afghanistan would take issue with the concept that this is a "moot issue". It is an issue of American Principle. Do we have any or not? Which comes first, Football or Servicemen? Take a stand Tallahassee and Leon County, which is it!Add to Technorati Favorites
- Samuel Adams
Following is her phone conversation with Thaell edited for space and spelling:
"I contacted Congressman Thaell with this news statement (she is referring to Police Officials statements that escorts for fallen servicemen can't be provided on FSU Football days) ...Thaell asked me if I could just advise the fallen hero's family if they could just postpone the funeral until the next day if there was a game...I was livid and ask him if he had lost his mind...That there would be no way I would ask a family such a thing, I would sooner call Bobby Bowden and ask him to postpone his stupid game...or better yet for Master Sgt. Bowden to take the Nole's football team and go to Iraq to fight for our country...I also told him that the Patriot Guards don't just "show up" at funerals of the KIA...we are asked or invited to attend. By then the family may have already made the funeral arrangements. Not that it would make a difference cuz we still would not ask a grieving mother or wife to wait till the next day because of a football game. I told Thaell that this wasn't just gonna blow over, that we were not going to settle for the crums the law enforce drops...that we are about to get loud, very loud.
I told Thaell that I was livid and that there was nothing more important in this city than to honor and show respect to a fallen hero. I asked him why the campus cops can't take care of the football games...he replied that there wasn't enough of them...I then told him that on these very important game days (sarcastically) that they could still provide at least two cops on bikes and that our blockers would still help as they've had to do it alone thus far. Thaell asked me to let him talk to Sherrif Campbell and he would get back to me...and he did...very quickly I might add...I was out when he left me the msg. that he had "good news" and asked me to call him. I was able to reach him this morning and he told me that Sheriff Campbell had agreed to have at least 2 bike cops on these game days or any other special goings on, no matter what...Now understand since Campbell agreed to do it the first time but then turned around and put a condition on it a day later...I asked Thaell if I could get that in writing...since I don't trust any of them...(I didn't tell Thaell that part) He sounded very annoyed by now and told me that at the very moment we were talking he was traveling out of the state with is family for vacation and would not be available for a couple of weeks...and that Campbell was a "man of his word" and if I wanted it in writing I'd have to contact the sheriff's office myself...I know that by the time I got through with that man, he must have needed a strong drink or at least a valium, LOL...
but one thing I really must give Thaell credit for...AT LEAST HE RESPONDED and did make the call to Campbell (who by the way is up for re-election for Sherrif again...GOOD THING I don't live in Leon County... God Bless you Master SGT Shawn Simmons,you are still making a difference for the country even in your grave. For after seeing that you got no respect and no honor from our local law enforcement made my blood boil...and I'm not the only one to see that this never happens again for your bothers to follow...I think we should refer this new change the MASTER SGT. SHAWN SIMMONS ACT...You rest in peace now...your job is well done. HOLLYWOOD"
O.K. People it is up to US, not just Hollywood. We have been sending every one of these posts to the Tallahassee and Leon County commisioners, the TPD Chief and are now sending them mto FSU and The Democrat. They are not responding to us. Why? What are they afraid of? Why are they hiding? Why do we want them to put in writing? To announce publicly? Because they backtracked on us!
We have aksed that they state publicly that they will provide an escort for "EVERY" fallen serviceman that returns home regardless of other apparently "more important events". And we will not rest, no compromise, no retreat, no surrender!!!
Keep in mind that the only Two commisioners have even had the courage to weigh in on this issue, Thaell and Bryan Desloge. The silence of others is proof of our initial post (see here) that, for the most part, the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County do not give a damn about our fallen servicemen who stand in harms way because their government asks them to.
Those who have opened their mouths have answered the question we have been asking, yes FSU football does takes precedence over fallen Heros. Well SCREW YOU who would have a mother postpone her son or daughters funeral so YOU can watch football with beer and cheese nachos in hand.
SCREW every one of you afraid to stand up and publicly state YOU support those who are dying daily at Americas request where ever they may live. This is not about support or non-support of the war or the corrupt government that created it. This is about the boys and girls who die because WE did not have the courage to stand against a corrupt government and it's lies.
So in case I did not make myself clear SCREW every last one of you that made a Green Beret get out of his car in full dress uniform to seek a little respect for his fallen Brother Master SGT Shawn Simmons.
This is no longer the battle of Tallahassee as we have previously refered to it. This is the war in Tallahassee!
This will be sent to the addresses below. We ask everyone everywhere who honors and respects those who die because we ask them to send them an e-mail asking them, "why won't you publicly declare your intention to advocate for escorting fallen servicemen home "when" they come home, football game or not!" Send any responses you get, if they have the courage to respond, and we will print them. Just write one e-mail and cut and paste into the addresses.
Tallahassee Police Chief , Dennis Michael Jones, A Vietnam Veteran 850-891-4200
Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, U.S. Marine Corp Reserves, 850-922-3346
Tallahassee Commisioners: Use this link to contact all of them at once
Use this link to contact all the County commissioners at once:
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Well now that ought to put about 50,000 bikes back on the road that were taken off the road when Georgia Bikers didn't pay attention to what their elected officials were up to. Pay attention now cause remember, although you may not like politics, politicians do not like you. Sometimes it is wise to pay attention to your enemy!
Illinois - Senate Bill 2596, sponsored by Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago), would provide for increased penalties for causing bodily harm or great bodily harm to a ‘vulnerable user of the public way.' The list of users includes motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and other roadway users not in or on a motor vehicle.
YO Illinois, way to go. Now could one of you folk involved in getting that done contact the ABATE of Florida president and explain to him how this is done?
Minnesota - On July 3, 2008, the Crookston Daily Times reported on the need for motorcyclists to ride safe and sober this riding season. According to the article, more than 30 percent of motorcycle fatalities in the state in the last three years involved operators that were riding impaired. Additionally, 35 percent of motorcycle deaths on weekends (the period traditionally with the highest fatality rates) were "alcohol-related." Of special attention is the notification that East Grand Forks and Crookston Police Departments will be conducting increases DWI patrols in the month of July.
Folks this do be an increasing problem and as more people buy motorcycles the statistical ramification of this are going to hurt us bad. Not to mention those that are going to get hut dead for engaging in this behavior. If you don't have a substance abuse problem then don't abuse substances while riding. If you do have a substance abuse problem get help, please!
South Carolina - Joining six other states in permitting motorcyclists to proceed through stuck red lights under certain conditions, Senate bill 111, sponsored by Sen. Phil Leventis (D-Sumter), was signed into law by Governor Sanford. The legislation also provides for certain specialty license plates for motorcycles. SB-605 was signed into law June 16, 2008 by Governor Mark Sanford and takes effect immediately.
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Fresno grand jury indicts 11 in biker case By Emilie Raguso / The Modesto Bee
Eleven men described as outlaw biker club members, motorcycle businessmen, and current and former law enforcement officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Fresno on charges ranging from racketeering and conspiracy to perjury, officials announced Tuesday.
They could face decades in prison and fines from $250,000 to $2.5 million.
Robert C. Holloway, 61, and his son, Brent F. Holloway, 36, along with six others, were indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges related to the operation of Road Dog Cycle in Denair. Robert Holloway lives in Turlock and Brent Holloway in Modesto.
Authorities have identified the other men as East Bay Dragons outlaw motorcycle club member Alfredo F. Rincon, 37, and the chapter president of the Alky Haulers outlaw motorcycle club, Michael J. Orozco, 51, both of Manteca; retired Merced County sheriff's deputy Joseph S. Tyler, 65, of Merced; the former chief executive officer of Indian Motorcycles, Reynaldo W. Sotelo, 52, of Gilroy; Fredrick A. Noreberg, 36, of Sweden, the chapter president of the Red Devils outlaw motorcycle club in that country; and Ray M. Heffington, 40, of Chowchilla, the current Merced chapter president of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club.
Authorities say the men, for more than a decade, participated in various illegal activities led by the Holloways, including trafficking stolen motor vehicle parts, operating a chop shop and "extortionate" extensions of credit, as well as collecting this credit by force or threat of force.
Stanislaus County sheriff's Capt. Raul DeLeon, 51, and David A. Swanson, 52, a former Stanislaus County deputy who was a court bailiff, face charges of making false statements related to the Road Dog Cycle case to federal investigators. Both men live in Modesto. A third man, Steven J. Johnson of Linden, who also has a background in law enforcement, is accused of making false statements to investigators and lying to a federal grand jury in June. DeLeon has been on administrative leave since December. Swanson retired in February.Add to Technorati Favorites
Police Chief Jeff Miller Miller did, however, note a concern that the associations among outlaw motorcycle gangs and local street gangs "seem to be growing." The chief pointed to the shots fired at the house and said motorcycle gang members - who police suspect were partying with known street gang members - "took off" before authorities arrived to the scene.
"Some outlaw motorcycle gang members and our street gang members seem to be partying together," Miller said. Go here if you want to read the rest of this non-storyAdd to Technorati Favorites .