Archive for August, 2013

31
Aug
13

perseverance

perseverance trophyIt has been nearly ten months since my stroke, and I think I have passed the milestone analogous to February 12 when even the insensitive eye can perceive the return of light to the year. My friends with whom I have maintained telephone communications have told me my voice is getting noticeably stronger and more like my pre-stroke self. Last week I noticed that my stamina is returning to the “old me.” But there is still a long way to go. My capacities are still much-diminished and improving very slowly.

I am fortunate.

This past year has been quite a lesson in patience for me. I have been affirmed in my conviction that the best “medicine” for me is to remain on the land, whatever it takes. I still sleep about half the day and it takes me weeks or months to accomplish even the simplest of tasks around the house, but I am still here. I have returned to a state of being productive for juvenile parricides, and I am thankful for this. Second to only remaining on the land, productivity has been my salvation. My traveling days are over, though, I fear for the rest of my life. But I am not complaining. I am content with what I am able to  do with my life.

I have learned a lot from the examples of people around me, most notably my son Henry, who lost his job this spring. He had been working for a terrible company which squandered his potential, and he stuck it out for five years despite my urgings for the last couple years for him to find a position with a firm that valued him and would provide him with the support to realize his immense gifts. He did not waste a lot of time nursing his wounds and feeling sorry for himself, but instead submitted over 260 on-line applications in three months and attended countless interviews where he endured numerous rejections. But we knew all would turn out well because he was offered a quality job within two weeks of being available… too early, as it turned out. Now he has learned much about the job market, about himself, and has found a manager who cares about his welfare and an organization that appears willing to invest in his career advancement. So my son is no longer among the ranks of the unemployed, and he has done it all by himself and by being disciplined.

Bad things happen to good people all the time. The world and fate are not fair. The important things are to be thankful for what you still have and to not spend excessive time mourning what is lost. To remain a positive thinker despite whatever stupidity and disappointment you encounter. To be patient and never lose faith. To persevere.

perseverance quote

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Gloria Gaynor performing “I Will Survive”

30
Aug
13

freight train blues

Steam Freight Train

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Boxcar Willie performing “Freight Train Blues”

29
Aug
13

dates at last

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The waiver hearing for Paul Henry Gingerich has been scheduled for three days starting November 19. A little later than expected, but firm dates.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Power of Three performing “Better Late Than Never”

28
Aug
13

carlos

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Talk about dumb (but it is further evidence that Colt Lundy never had a chance growing up). I am reportedly being sued for a million dollars by Colt’s biological father for “defamation of character.”

I haven’t been properly served yet, but I’ve been warned it’s coming. Notice of the summons popped up on the Kosciusko County website Monday.

Apparently Carlos was denied a gun permit by the state of Indiana, and he has concluded this is because I brought to public attention that Carlos A. Lundy (54) currently of North Webster IN, and formerly of Lompoc CA; Saint Helens OR; Fort Walton Beach FL; Brewton AL; Syracuse IN; Indianapolis IN; Leesburg IN; married to Robin S. Lundy, has a felony criminal record.

This is the first I’ve heard that referring to someone’s public record that he is a felon can be construed as “defamation.” Maybe the record shows that Carlos has kept his nose clean in Indiana, but we are responsible for our actions wherever and whenever they occurred. This is definately not someone who should be allowed to carry a gun, and the felony record probably showed up through the normal course of Indiana doing its job.

I am frankly mystified by Carlos’ intentions in filing a lawsuit at this time. It is the worst possible way for someone to keep his conviction record a secret. But with Paul Henry’s new waiver hearing coming up, it may be a spoiler’s way of shifting the blame onto anyone but one’s self and one’s family. It may be an attempt to recast one’s self as a victim, rather than the perpetrator of past criminal activity. Carlos seems to be saying, “These meanies won’t leave me alone.”

I also think the lawsuit may be a  form of intimidation. Carlos may want me to back off on my support of Paul Henry Gingerich, a boy who at the age of 12 became ensnared in the Lundy family’s dirty business. Remember, this is the same Carlos Lundy who on 7 February 2011 reportedly left an obscene and threatening voicemail on my then-associate’s phone, demanding that we stop digging into the facts of the murder of Philip Danner and cease trying to maintain contact with Colt Lundy. It’s not going to work. I’m like a pair of Chinese handcuffs. The more you struggle, the tighter my grip.

I may be forced to make Carlos one of my projects. I was scared off by his initial threats, but now I’m getting curious about him. He was once a side show, but a lawsuit brings him to center stage.

This is what the free public record shows. I didn’t invent this. It is out there on the Internet for anyone to see… even the state of Indiana.

CARLOS A LUNDY  53  01/03/1958    MISC  MARIJUANA/POSSESSION
IDENTIFICATION
CARLOS LUNDY
RACE:
SEX:
DOB: 01/03/1958
AGE: 53
PROFILE INFO
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
EYE COLOR:
HAIR COLOR:
SKIN TONE:

OFFENSE DETAILS
CASE NUMBER: 
COURT NAME:
ARREST AGENCY:
ARREST DATE: CASE STATE: CA
CASE CATEGORY CODE: DISPOSITION DATE:
COUNTS: DISPOSITION:
ORIGINAL PLEA: STATE CODE: CA
CHARGES FILED ON: 05/28/2003 OFFENSE DATE:
OFFENSE CODE: OFFENSE CLASS:
OFFENSE TYPE: OFFENSE: MARIJUANA/POSSESSION
CONVICTION DATE: CONVICTION DATE:
SENTENCE DATE: PROBATION DATE:
SOURCE NAME: CA FINES:  100/50
 CARLOS A LUNDY  53  01/03/1958    MISC  POSS OF COCAINE
IDENTIFICATION
CARLOS A LUNDY
RACE: White
SEX: Male
DOB: 01/03/1958
AGE: 53
PROFILE INFO
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
EYE COLOR:
HAIR COLOR:
SKIN TONE:

OFFENSE DETAILS
CASE NUMBER: 
COURT NAME:
CA ARREST AGENCY:
ARREST DATE: CASE STATE: CA
CASE CATEGORY CODE: DISPOSITION DATE:
COUNTS: DISPOSITION:
ORIGINAL PLEA: STATE CODE: CA
CHARGES FILED ON: OFFENSE DATE:
OFFENSE CODE: OFFENSE CLASS:
OFFENSE TYPE: OFFENSE: POSS OF COCAINE
CONVICTION DATE: 2003 CONVICTION DATE:
SENTENCE DATE: PROBATION DATE:
SOURCE NAME: CA Dept of Corrections FINES:  500/275
 CARLOS A LUNDY  53  01/03/1958    MISC  TERRORISTIC THREATS
IDENTIFICATION
CARLOS LUNDY
RACE: White
SEX: M
DOB: 01/03/1958
AGE: 53
PROFILE INFO
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
EYE COLOR:
HAIR COLOR:
SKIN TONE:

OFFENSE DETAILS
CASE NUMBER: 
COURT NAME:
CA ARREST AGENCY:
ARREST DATE: CASE STATE: CA
CASE CATEGORY CODE: DISPOSITION DATE: 07/02/1988
COUNTS: 04 DISPOSITION: CONVICTED
ORIGINAL PLEA: STATE CODE: CA
CHARGES FILED ON: OFFENSE DATE:
OFFENSE CODE: OFFENSE CLASS:
OFFENSE TYPE: OFFENSE:  
CONVICTION DATE: CONVICTION DATE:
SENTENCE DATE: PROBATION DATE:
SOURCE NAME: CA FINES: 5000/500

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Groove of the Day

Listen to George Harrison performing “Sue Me, Sue You Blues”

27
Aug
13

vide cor meum

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Katherine Jenkins performing “Vide Cor Meum” (Find My Heart)

26
Aug
13

little pink stars

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Radish was a self-proclaimed “Sugar Metal” band from Greenville TX, formed in 1993 and in existence until 1999. It consisted of Ben Kweller (vocals, guitar), John David Kent (drums, vocals), and Bryan Blur (bass). This song is from their only major-label album, Restraining Bolt, and a top-40 hit in the UK in 1997.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Radish performing “Little Pink Stars”

25
Aug
13

obstinate

Jordan Brown 2011Like an investor who has made a bad bet but blames everyone else for his mistake, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is refusing to admit its error in prosecuting Jordan Brown for the 2009 murder of Kenzie Houk and her unborn child.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been asked to review a lower court’s ruling which rightfully overturned the conviction of Jordan Brown. Defense attorneys do not believe the case will be heard.

From the beginning, this case has presented one outrage and injustice upon another, and this may not be the end. Disgraced former Lawrence County prosecutor John Bongivengo and the state police, in rushing to judgement and failing to conduct a competent investigation, started a chain-reaction train crash that since then has been perpetuated by every state official connected to the case.

On April 13, 2012, Lawrence County Juvenile Court Judge John W. Hodge ruled that Jordan was responsible for the deaths of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk and her unborn child. But this was only the culmination of a long process that has consistently misinterpreted or ignored key evidence and denied justice to an 11-year-old who should have been protected, not persecuted, by the state.

Following his conviction, defense attorneys appealed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In May, the Superior Court overturned the conviction and sent the case back to county juvenile court.

In his filing to the Supreme Court, chief deputy attorney general James P. Barker challenged the Superior Court’s opinion that the weight of evidence did not support Hodge’s ruling and that evidence on record does not support critical factual findings.

Barker argued evidence presented at the juvenile court hearing did support Hodge’s ruling and that any other ruling “would offend one’s sense of justice.”

Barker has got it all bass-ackwards. In refusing to accept the Superior Court’s ruling and the injustice of all that had gone before in the crime investigation and the state’s shameful and politically-motivated prosecution of this case, Pennsylvania officials are guaranteeing that such injustices will continue in the future.

The appeal by the office of the attorney general is the latest and final step, according to defense attorney Dennis Elisco. Thursday was the deadline for the Commonwealth to appeal to the Superior Court’s order that sent the case back to the county, he said. “They have asked the Supreme Court to review the overturning of the guilty verdict. We don’t expect the Supreme Court will hear the appeal,” said Elisco. He said the defense has 14 days to answer the appeal, and that the defense would definately file an answer.

Not admitting to mistakes is dangerous because if the Commonwealth fails to acknowledge their mistakes, it will be likely to keep repeating them. It is only by admitting to mistakes that people can learn from them. Trying to ignore mistakes is a type of denial, in this case an attempt to forestall being sued for gross dereliction of duties. As this whole affair is proving, it takes more work to hide from mistakes than to learn from them.

Jordan is all the while being held in a juvenile facility where, as long as Pennsylvania drags out this miscarriage of justice, he could remain until his 21st birthday.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Trisha Yearwood performing “You Done Me Wrong (And That Ain’t Right)”