Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Fool for a Lawyer


"I'm following your case. You had a lawyer, but now you are pro se. May I ask why?"

Now, for all of you who have yet to be sued, let me start with a few legal definitions.

Pro se legal representation means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. [Wikipedia]

Pro bono legal representation is a fantastical, nonsensical myth, often perpetuated in fictional stories popular in movies and television that lawyers will gladly represent you for free if you don't have enough money to buy them a new house . [Hannabelle]

Blood-sucking Lawyer is self-evident and needs no explanation.

We all know the old proverb “He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client”. In my case, it's more like "She who represents herself has a fool for a lawyer." It was not my choice to go "pro se". After four years of the two frivolous lawsuits SLAPPed on me by Nexus, Jim D'Angelo (aka "Poopsie") and Peter D. Freeman (self-proclaimed specialist in "scape-goating"), I simply ran out of money. The lawsuits cost me my life savings and socked me into over $20,000 in debt.

My financial demise was no accident on Nexus' part. They counted on it. In fact, it's why they sued me in the first place. It's call a SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation.)

Of course, the lawsuits have cost Nexus a whole lot of (taxpayer) dollars too. Once again - where is the outrage? This company is using YOUR taxes to fund lawsuits against a private citizen, lining the pockets of their own blood-sucking lawyer instead of using the money to help kids.... What would all those county boards think if they knew?

There are only a few things in life that I'm good at, and being a lawyer isn't one of them. So yes, acting pro se, I have a fool for a lawyer. It's a matter of opinion whether or not my lawyer has a fool for a client. At least the jury is still out on that....

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Onamia Zoning Guy BUSTED!

Yep. That's right, folks.

It's Mickey Carter, the Onamia Zoning Administer who intentionally mis-zoned the 38.81 acres from R1 to R2 in order to circumvent Minnesota State Law 462.357 which states that a juvenile sex offender treatment center (such as the Mille Lacs Academy) SHALL NOT be permitted in R1 zoned areas (such as the Bradbury R1 zoned neighborhood.) He knew what he was doing was wrong. He did it anyway.

Mickey LEROY Carter. When someone gets caught committing a serious crime, suddenly that middle name becomes prominent... When Mille Lacs Academy Executive Administrator Paul Smith got convicted for embezzlement, theft, lying to authorities, and fraud, he suddenly became Paul LYNN Smith. And the crimes these men have committed (allegedly in Carter's case as he has yet to be tried and convicted) are indeed serious.

Back in 2007, I wrote a letter of complaint about the Zoning Guy and submitted it to the Onamia City Council - who of course did NOTHING. Because you see, Mickey Carter is part of their group. He's one of them. One of their Good Ol' Boys Network. A network with at least one alleged pedophile who worked hard on improper (some would say "illegal") zoning through months of local property owners' opposition, to ensure that the Nexus sex offenders got a state-of-the-art unlocked facility just a four minute stroll to the day care center.

Kind of makes a guy wonder about Mickey's true motivation...

And this on the heels of Mayor Larry Milton's predatory sex offender son Sheldon MYRON Milton getting arrested for failing to register in Onamia as a sex offender. Mille Lacs Messenger: Predatory Offender Fails to Register (March 8, 2011)

It's starting to appear that in Onamia, there are more sex offenders outside of the sex offender institution than in... Boy was I naive! I accused the city council of conflict of interest because Councilman Bill Hill owned the grocery and gas... I mean, who'da thunk it?! These new revelations put a whole new spin on the conflict of interest issue... I always thought it was strange that Larry Milton was so proud to have the Mille Lacs Academy sex offender facility as his legacy. What a strange legacy. Now it's all starting to make a little more sense. They named their driveway after him, you know. Perhaps they should have named it after his son Sheldon... And Mickey Carter? I remember asking him for his zoning administrator credentials at a public hearing. He admitted "I don't have any - but they [the city council] seem to like what I do." Ha! I bet they do.

Mickey LEROY Carter used to own the Book Nook in town where he sold used books and rented out videos - including pornographic videos. It seems he was a "dealer" who provided the town with smut. More recently, he claims to be a "Godly" man and is/was a prominent member of the Onamia United Methodist Church. "The Mission of the Onamia Church is to live out Christ's example in the community and the world, serving people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities, thereby opening its doors to all people." I gotta ask: Is pedophilia a sexual orientation? Is Mickey Carter living out Christ's example? Anyway, I'm shocked. I thought all of the Onamia pedophiles were over at Crosier...

Carter did more than peddle porn though. Before he retired, he was a teacher at the elementary school in town. I don't even want to think about that... But perhaps we should.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sex Offenders, Lies, and Videotape

For the past four years, I've talked a lot about Rights and how the Onamia City Council* took ours away when they joined forces with the Nexus Corporation to put sex offenders next to day care. Watching as the local government changed and amended ordinances, ignored state statutes like MN 462.357, we realized that we DON'T have Rights. At least, not if our rights get in the way... And of course, ours did. Our "Rights" became an inconvenience to the Nexus Agenda, so the government simply removed them.

Another topic I often bring up is the fact that Nexus CEO Jim D'Angelo committed perjury. I called him a liar many times - having written documentation and lots of witnesses to prove it. But I couldn't prove that he lied on a sworn affidavit by swearing that he didn't say he sued me because he thought I'd go away. I had no documentation other than my own journal. BUT, both D'Angelo and I know he said it. We both know he lied under oath about it. Unfortunately, the judge was clueless and ruled against my motion to dismiss under the MN Anti-SLAPP law. Once again, D'Angelo got away with murder.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

*In 2007, the Onamia City Council = Larry Milton, Mayor of Onamia and Councilmen Bob Mickus, Bill Hill, Jerome Kryzer, and Mark Loch; Also involved - Zoning Guy Mickey Carter; Clerk Kathleen McCullum; and of course City Lawyer Bob Ruppe.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's Only Words - Seven of Them

WARNING: The following will no doubt be offensive to some of you. So if you can't handle it, don't read it. I mean... it's only words. But some people get pretty freaked out by words.

It's Only Words

In the late 1960s and early 70s there was a lot of controversy over words, especially "dirty" or "inappropriate" words broadcast on television. In 1972, American comedian George Carlin first listed in his monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", following the arrest of Lenny Bruce for using the words in his act.

List of seven words George Carlin said you can never say on television:
In 2007 Nexus CEO Jim D'Angelo and Peter D. Freeman sued Hannabelle for words she said in her opinion blog "The Bradbury Buzzz". The lawsuit charged that Hannabelle's words were "scurilous" [scur-ri-lous. adj. 1. Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language; foul-mouthed.] and "defamatory" [de-fam-a-to-ry. adj. 1. (Law) injurious to someone's name or reputation].

Although both Freeman and D'Angelo admitted at trial that their names and reputations had NOT been injured, they persecuted Hannabelle in a lengthy court battle. D'Angelo admitted that several of the words he charged as defamatory were indeed NOT defamatory. Eventually both Plaintiffs dropped the lawsuit in December 2010, in order to avoid a jury trial and because they could not prove any damages. But they continued seeking an injunction to remove the blogger's Freedom of Speech. Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum refused to impose an injunction on Hannabelle. Freeman and D'Angelo wasted a whole lot of money, walking away with absolutely nothing.

List of seven words Jim D'Angelo said you can never say in a blog:
  • Egocentric
  • Arrogant
  • Snake
  • Narcissistic
  • Cold-blooded
  • Liar
  • Heartless (missing a heart)
Yes, these are some of the actual words in his lawsuit against me. Of course, to be fair, I DID use them while offering my opinion of him personally as he bullied his sex offender institution into my unwilling neighborhood. What can I say? D'Angelo was the aggressor. He selected MY home territory to invade with his sex offenders. He bamboozled the people in MY home town with false promises of jobs and money. He did not have to be so brutal when I opposed him. He chose to be. I honestly believe that he liked it! I based my opinion that he's a sadist on my personal experiences in dealing with him. I had evidence that he is a liar. He even lied on a sworn affidavit, committing perjury.
Hannabelle: Why are you suing me?
D'Angelo (laughing): We thought you'd go away!
D'Angelo: Keep sending me emails. I enjoy them.
Hannabelle: But you never write back.
D'Angelo: I don't want to give you the satisfaction.
D'Angelo : We WILL be neighbors!
Nothing I said or did could stop D'Angelo. My life was being ruined. What could I do? I used WORDS in self-defense. But I didn't defame anyone.

Ironically, the fact that Poopsie sued me kind of supports what I said about him, don't you think? Wouldn't it have been more professional to address my concerns and treat me like a human being rather than act like he did: ignoring me [the Silent Treatment is one of the most cruel forms of social punishment], refusing to answer my emails [didn't want to give me satisfaction?], belittling me in public, [like when he announced at the Onamia City Hall that he thought I was responsible for my mother's perforated ulcer], calling on his employees and MLA supporters to harass me [using the company intranet to rally the troops], etc. Wouldn't one expect a little more compassion from the CEO of the NEXUS corporation - the one who boasts of "cornerstone values"? The company that's suppose to help poor troubled boys? After all, the fight was over after the first bulldozer tore down the first 200 year old pine tree. The lawsuits were merely punishment. I was a scapegoat, an example for the rest of the town...

Also ironic is that when I began using words to fight for my cause, I researched "defamation" to make sure that I didn't cross any line. I learned that if you tell the truth and offer your opinion, you're safe from being charged. I was careful. Nothing I said was, according to law, defamation. They SUED me ANYWAY- probably using Minnesota and Illinois tax dollars. [In the settlement proposal, Nexus attorney Victor Lund said that Nexus, which subsists on tax dollars would pay for Freeman and D'Angelo...]

The nine words of Lenny Bruce and the seven words of George Carlin ended up in the Supreme Court. Nearly four decades later, the words of Hannabelle ended up in Hennepin County Fourth District Court. Although by denying Freeman and D'Angelo's injunction Hannabelle won the case, Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum ruled that her words were defamatory. The Law says they aren't. The judge says they are. What's a girl to do? Laws have become meaningless in Minnesota. Just ask Johnny Northside who was found guilty of defamation even though he told the truth.

I told the Truth. If I was a rich CEO with political connections, maybe Rosenbaum would have believed me... I wonder if she even read the documents. Freeman and D'Angelo offered no evidence. Not a shred of evidence. At least I won, but while doing so, I lost everything - even my reputation. Go figure.

Freedom of Speech: 7 Dirty Words - Check out Wikipedia.

The FCC regulations regarding "fleeting" use of expletives were ruled unconstitutionally vague by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on July 13, 2010, as they violated the First Amendment due to their possible chilling effects on free speech.

It's Only Words

It's only words and words are all I have (to take your heart away.)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Step Forward, Five Decades Back

In our last episode [see MY Life on the D (defamation) List] we watched Fox News commentators display their outrage at somebody's use of words. WORDS. According to these so-called critics and social brain-washers, Kathy Griffin's WORDS were "inappropriate". In the clips they used, the "inappropriate" WORDS were bleeped. We aren't even allowed to hear the "inappropriate" WORDS. Fox News let us know that PEOPLE who use "inappropriate" WORDS are not to be tolerated in our society, but are to be scorned. If we aren't allowed to hear the "inappropriate" WORDS, how are we to learn which WORDS are "inappropriate"? Methinks, to be safe, one should perhaps keep thy mouth shut at all times. Remember: you still have the Right to Remain Silent. No one mentions Freedom of Speech or the 1st Amendment, do they? Not at Fox News.

The problem: Kathy Griffin didn't show Jesus the proper respect. She also uses "foul language". They don't think she's "funny". They are aghast at the WORDS.

When I asked convicted felon former Mille Lacs Academy Executive Director Paul Lynn Smith why the Nexus CEO was suing me, he answered with Fox News inflection: "You didn't show Mr. D'Angelo proper respect." Oh my... Who does MR. D'Angelo think he is? Jesus Christ? You can SUE someone for not showing "proper respect"? What IS "proper respect"?

How about declaring that you're building an unlocked correctional facility for 94 convicted sex offenders where tax paying property owners do NOT want it. Is THAT showing "proper respect"? How about disregarding the rights of long-term residents so that YOU can make a ton of money? Is THAT showing "proper respect"? Is "proper respect" a Constitutional Right? Let's look at this... SHOULD Jesus have SUED Kathy Griffin for defamation??? SHOULD Jim D'Angelo have SUED Hannabelle for defamation?

One thing the Fox News flock of angry chickens got right - using "inappropriate" WORDS and saying "outrageous" things DOES capture attention. And now you know the method to Hannabelle's madness. During the battle to save the Bradbury neighborhood, she wanted and NEEDED people's attention. Hannabelle's role was to stir the pot, throw a few dead mice into the recipe. She acted as "bad cop". My mission was to get people to THINK. To bring our cause to the forefront. The trouble was - there were no "good cops" in my neighborhood. Know why? Because my neighbors were all afraid of offending people! I don't understand this... THEY weren't the ones using "inappropriate" WORDS. Yet, although they adamantly opposed the location of the Mille Lacs Academy as much as I did, they were too stifled by their fears of social repercussions to risk voicing their opinions. Without the "good cops", there were no stars for anyone to hitch their wagons to. There was only Hannabelle and her WORDS. Scary, naughty, offensive WORDS. Tsk. Tsk.

Some people are champions of Freedom. They're willing to risk a lot - even themselves - for the principles our country was founded on - things like Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, Liberty, and Justice for ALL... Other people? Uh... Not so much. They don't want to offend anyone. Which side do I wish to align myself? The Fox News WORD Police???? Well, obviously I have already chosen the side which defends freedom for individuals and their rights. (In case you didn't get that, I'm NOT a member of the Fox News chicken coop.) Nor do I support the so-called "for the good of the community" argument promoted by self-serving propagandists like the Nexus/Onamia Coalition that take those rights away from individuals. Call me crazy, but I never approved of Communism.

I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. And although I've always known the power of WORDS, I've never been afraid of WORDS. Now, the ACTIONS behind the WORDS... That's something else. And we should all be afraid - be very afraid - when someone like Jim D'Angelo targets YOU - because not only might he claim the right to dictate YOUR destiny, he has proven that he will take drastic measures to ruin YOUR Life, take away YOUR liberty, and destroy YOUR happiness - if you don't show him "proper respect". I know. He sued me because my WORDS offended him. He sued me because I called him "Poopsie".

(Sorry the video is a bit bigger than the confines of this blog space - but then Lenny Bruce was a bit bigger than the confines of his space in time - as well as our Fox News times...)

Friday, April 8, 2011

MY Life on the D (defamation) List

Dear Readers,

In 2007, as you know, Nexus CEO Jim D'Angelo and Nexus board member Peter D. Freeman sued me for defamation. Yes, it is true I called D'Angelo "Poopsie", said he was arrogant and egotistical, and I made fun of him a lot. Yes, it is true that I contacted Peter D. Freeman's supervisor in the Department of Social Work at St. Thomas University to ask her to help convince Freeman to stop the Nexus/Onamia coalition from building a sex offender facility in our residential neighborhood. The question is - should I have been put through the legal ringer for being a whistle-blower? Should I have been SUED for standing up for citizens' rights? For the last four years, these corporate crybabies have persecuted me - using the Minnesota "Justice" System. Nexus Corporation also sued me after I reported that a child was killed at one of their institutions - when in fact, a child DID die at the hands of a Nexus employee. I told the Truth.

Can you be sued for defamation if you told the Truth? Can you be sued for expressing your personal opinion? Can you be sued for offending someone? Can you be sued simply for embarrassing someone? Can you be sued for defamation even if you did not defame anyone?

Yes. If you live in Minnesota you can. Just ask Hannabelle and fellow blogger Johnny Northside.

Stay tuned as the Bradbury Buzzz explores these "defamation" cases, and examines the significance of Freeman/D'Angelo vs. Hannabelle and Nexus vs. Hannabelle. Your Freedom of Speech is in jeopardy. Do you really want to live in fear of being sued for anything you might say?