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- The Discussion We NEED is not on Facebook
- Jesse and Sarah McIntyre: Embrace Yourselves.
- El Chapo Guzman and Al Capone; Martyrs?
- THE IRS, it’s T.H.E.I.R.S.
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Clinton supporters like the dignity, the experience, but she cannot call out Trump on the promised and long needed change.
Everyone wants change, the system is NOT working. Electing Clinton will not magically make change, but she has a much better chance of making needed changes than anyone else.
Trump supporters do not care about the dignity of the office of President but rather the strength and the change Trump seems to represent.
Clinton knows it is complicated and the needed change cannot be explained in a sound byte. She is trapped by the system she represents.
We all seem to believe Trump’s lies because we do not care about checking facts. Journalists say “Trump says Crooked Hillary” reporting lies and the FBI is losing credibility fast. The system is not working.
It is as though classes of people, a majority of all people of every class, care more about truthiness than truth, about disparaging others than facts, about their superstitions and other irrational beliefs than justice and equity, and about finding simple but unworkable solutions in the interest of feeling better. Partisanship and irrational religious faith seem to teach people that the truth is black/white, hot/cold, yes/no when the truth is infinite. The portraits and characterizations of people in Hillbilly Elegy and other social generalizations seem to overlook the fact that anyone can see past how they feel about a person or situation and instead examine them or that situation more deeply. God willing the people of earth will start to move in that direction one day.
If making guns illegal will stop gun violence they should make drugs illegal too.
If we did not have the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms there is very little doubt no one would have guns. Sokay, tho, the citizens of many countries have no guns. I am not arguing we are better off or worse off because we have guns. I can get a permit, go to the range or out in the country, and shoot a gun. In other countries the citizens cannot. I am freer, in this way, than the citizens of other countries.
Because I have a constitutional right to bear arms which means I can have a gun in my home and that does not break any laws. Whether or not that gun is registered, stolen, dangerous, whatever, all of that is immaterial. I have the right as a citizen of the USA.
If I use the gun, however, then all kinds of laws might be broken. If I remove the gun from my property I might break even more laws. A gun permit allows me to have a gun that is not on my own property without breaking a law. The reason for the permit, as is the reason for every license or permit, is to be sure I can safely use the firearm and the government can get money to administer and register and keep some kind of control over my transportation of my firearm.
In order to buy a firearm there are several laws in place to regulate that. We have already established that I cannot transport a firearm without a license. And obviously it is illegal to buy an unregistered firearm, like from a guy on the street. So with very, very few exceptions the only place I can buy a firearm is from a licensed firearm dealer. That’s okay, there are lots of them. These dealers are licensed which means they too need to be safe and follow lots of rules, and pay money to the government oversee their compliance.
So if I want to buy a firearm I can because I am an American citizen. However there are laws. No one can sell me that firearm unless they are a registered dealer (with very, very few exceptions). If a dealer sells me an arm that dealer is required to do a background check on me. If I have a permit then I have had a background check. If I do not have a permit then the dealer will not allow me to remove the firearm from his premises.
So if I wanted a gun in my home I could buy a registered gun from a gun dealer (having passed a background check which can take several days) and have someone with a license transport it legally to my house.
Everyone says we should be civil, until someone says there is lack of scientific support for, well, you name the environmental or political cause…. the economics of welfare or health care, human caused weather, the abridging of rights and freedoms by laws, government flunkies, and power hungry case workers…
Well made civil argument is what we need. Name a cause and listen to BOTH sides to find out, for example, there are no illegal immigrants, 5 European and 8 Latin American countries and legalized ALL drugs, concrete in cities causes more warming than CO2, organic foods, drilling, lead in water, fracking, coal, ethanol, pesticide pollution, Monsanto, Environmental Professionals, polar bear populations, clean sewers…
All sides are simplifying all arguments. No one can listen to an argument without taking a side and we need to listen to the arguments. Vote for Hillary.
Jesse and Sarah McIntyre found all kinds of very old information about me and post it in the Comments section of the Hartford Courant.
Strange to see stuff like that. In the dozens of Small Claims cases I have filed in 20 years of business I have lost two, and more than ten years ago, and they found them and posted details. Also, in 1999 I had trouble with the IRS and this guy posted details, all of this without dates.
I found information about them as well. But I am not like them, don’t want to post anything I don’t know personally. I do know from personal experience these people are jerks, and that Jesse is fat. Well, I am going by his picture.
I post this as an informational incentive to everyone to remember what you do and embrace it. When you are sued, or when you sue someone, the details are dull, but the name of the suit and who won, well, that is memorable. I was charged with crimes, name in the papers, all of which I won in court. I am suing HRP Associates LLP right now.
I am not a lawyer, and I might not win, but that just means bigots like the McIntyres who are writing in support of Donald Trump in the comments section of the Courant can throw unrelated details of my life in front of those who are reading.
Which is my point about Donald Trump. Critical thinking doesn’t mean anything to his supporters like the McIntyres, Ad Hominem arguments, impeach the source, if he said the sky is blue that means it is green. If Donald will pay for their legal defense they can kill someone. It is just a strange world we live in where people report the facts but not the character, impeach the source but not consider the argument.
We can all be right or wrong, but we all need to embrace ourselves. I am who I am, and I consider the argument, not the person making them. In this case the argument is the people making them, and these McIntyres have proven themselves bigots and sleeze buckets. I will only post from my personal experience of them here. But others can find out more about them just as they found out about me.
Here is what they said about me: “Oh boy, Kent has been a busy guy. Sooooo Kent, like many of you socialist minded idiots, you don’t always show your full hand. You shoot your mouths off with some sort of self righteous opinion and become intolerant of those with differing opinions.
So here’s the deal ladies and gentlemen, Kent thinks Bernie’s idea of taxing people at 90% is a great idea. So it’s kind of ironic that he would support that idea but not pay his own taxes.
Tell us about the 13 IRS liens you have against your property. Geez, one of those liens is for $21k. I guess paying taxes is a good idea as long as it isn’t you. Hypocrite much Kent? Cute.
Also, tell us about the lawsuits that Bazzano and Beyer filed against you and won. Guess you don’t like paying back your friends, when they loan you money, either.
Yeah, you’re a stand up guy. Freaking winner right there.”
I am done. Up to the McIntyres now.
Only when addiction is a mental health problem and not a criminal justice problem will we stop the canonizing of gangsters. I suspect the personalities of gangsters are similar to money-grabbing businessmen than the saints who change the world by their personal sacrifice, but I do not know any gangsters so I can’t say. It is clear that Al Capone was martyred to bring us the local package store. His last words “You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can get with a kind word alone” do not compare with other famous martyrs like Nathan Hale or Bob Marley’s “money can’t by life”. Capone’s life work and lasting influence on the world is substantial nonetheless.
El Chapo plays the game as the government does and when he loses, another Capone will step up until the US educates and treats the addicts who will kill and die for what el Chapo sells. Putting people in jail hasn’t worked so far. Other countries have legalized all drugs but controlled their use through Health and Human Services, not criminal justice systems. Such a control would solve a big part of our border security as well and allowing a large portion of our society to stand up and tell the world about the drug problem without fear of prison.
It would take a concerted effort, a grand public education campaign to bring the American public to the factual realization that an illegal drug is a drug after all, and drugs are sought out by everyone. Our legal drug trade and our illegal drug trade are very similar in that people want to buy drugs enough to pay huge amounts of money and make those who trade in drugs very, very rich. Every one of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies made more money that El Chapo Guzman in 2014 and every other year..
Alcohol and marijuana have both been demonized by governmental and societal powers that be over the ages. No one can say if it is a good thing or a bad thing that people are more free to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana today than they were in the 1960s. By any measure life has gotten less free in the USA since then, however.
Public education and reasonable thinking have brought acceptance of the reasonable existence of those two formerly illegal drugs to a majority of Americans. Many of us recognize that the lying, conniving government has much of its power over people, especially poorer people, with their control of drugs, prostitution and gambling.
Generally those who have less contact with the Police and the rest of the government accept the inevitability of drugs and have seen the disaster of addiction, and the rest of us haven’t.
Getting an early start on all the business taxes this year, State and Federal monthly and quarterly wage withholding( 940 and 941) , State Unemployment “insurance” (see below) and Federal Unemployment Tax FUTA and , Sales tax, Business entity tax (which has two parts I can never remember the second part), The W-4 and the State W-4 of course.
My fav is the “Internet Quarterly Tax and Wage Report System” for which my business owes $23 this year, but if it is late there is a $25 penalty.
More taxes? Well of course, the income tax and property taxes for those of us lucky enough to have property. Just about everyone gets a car tax to pay.
I have been thinking about the difference between a tax and a mandatory insurance. There is none. It is the same system we have for health care insurance, you can buy all different plans, but you have to buy one. Like car insurance, you need to have it or you are in violation of a couple laws, or a couple dozen laws, probably.
I was feeling lethargic but I know enough to NEVER say the word “depressed” to a health care professional. I read that very low doses of a central nervous system stimulant can do wonders for a man my age, but of course no doctor wants to prescribe such a thing. They are “dangerous” and I might hurt myself. I mean, 40 years ago I would take everything, methamphetamine, cocaine, Dexedrine… I liked them. Then I became a religious fanatic for about 30 years and didn’t take anything at all, not even a beer.
I find it really just stupid that I can’t buy drugs myself but rather have to get an appointment with a professional who will evaluate me and decide for me whether or not I can try a drug. If I wanted to abuse drugs I would go to a bar or a park to look for drugs, not a doctor and a pharmacy. Sure we need to control drugs, but someone who has no history of drug abuse and wants to see if a drug will make me feel better just can’t.
Some people believe the hype and are afraid of drugs. But the very reason for drugs is that they make people feel better. We all want to feel better, and it is okay to try a diet of maple syrup, lemon and vinegar but not any extract of the coca plant found in Peruvian mountains. I have been to Cuzco, Peru, where they sell candies made with small quantities of coca, and simply everywhere there is a tea made with the leaves to help with the altitude sickness. I think I still have the T-shirt that says, in Spanish the coca is not cocaine.
I am not deluding myself or others about the dangers of drugs. Perhaps the only thing that saved my life from drug abuse is the fact that I do not like pain killers and sedatives. I like beer and liquor in the right situation, but I don’t like to get drunk. I do like very mild stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. I liked cocaine too when I was in High School and I liked the tea they gave away in Cuzco. But try getting a doctor who will let me try a stimulant. I told all of this to a few doctors and was offered no help. One Nurse Practitioner suggested I see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can prescribe stuff. Soooo, I looked. I really did. I left voice messages at several places and they must be horribly busy because they did not call me back. So a few weeks later I did it again, and talked to one receptionist who said the next appointment would be in six months. Another said they did not take my insurance, which is the best in the world. I tried to call back and say I would pay cash, but had to leave a voice message.
My internist suggested a testosterone therapy and gave me a phone number. Easy, more than easy. Very quickly I got an appointment and the adventure began.
A group headed by you Robert Rubbo, MPH, Director of Health, Torrington, CT and several as yet unknown city officials made false statements, threats and by their uniformed presence intimidated tenants into allowing you entrance into their home on August 11, 2015. Your purpose was to find evidence of hazardous materials on the property to be used for my arrest.
Undeterred by not finding hazardous quantities of lead or any other hazardous materials, and continuing the conspiracy and fraud; armed only with unsubstantiated claims of finding minute and non-hazardous quantities of lead, I was threatened with fines and arrest in an ORDER which I received August 20, 2015.
The second paragraph of the ORDER cites Connecticut State Statutes Section 119a-111 et seq. then quotes a part of 119a-111c (a) omitting from the ORDER the “interim controls” that will help a child who has high lead content in her blood. The following quote from Connecticut law was NOT quoted in the ORDER. “For the purposes of this section, “remediation” means the use of interim controls, including, but not limited to, paint stabilization, spot point repair, dust control, specialized cleaning and covering of soil with mulch.” The ORDER and the threats it contained certainly did not include the possibility of “interim controls” It seems your point is not to help a little girl but rather scare me by misleading me with lies. The question is: “Why?” Do you have investments or friends in a lead abatement company? Are you a school-yard bully?
In previous correspondence I have asked you if you consider the law and the “use of interim controls” sufficient for lead abatement. You do not answer. I could either follow the law or your ORDER to “Adequately abate … ALL DEFECTIVE … MATERIAL … as more specifically described in the attached document” (CAPS are quoted as written in the ORDER”.)
There was no attached document. An unsigned, undated document followed accompanied by a letter dated August 31, 2015, listing areas of the apartment as “defective” making the clear implication that you do not expect interim controls as called for by Connecticut law. So the question remains if you expect me to follow the law or to follow your ORDER of August 18, 2015. Those are very different things.
By telephone you told me that you were required by law to send the threatening ORDER and you referred me to 119a-111-2 Applicability of regulations quoted in the ORDER sections (a), (b), (c) and (d) (both times omitting the very important section (e) which I quote below). This is the same passage you sent to me in a 16 page Xerox highlighted in purple with a very short letter dated September 2, 2015. There is nothing in this passage which directs the Department of Health or any other person to do anything.
Prominently mentioned in your ORDER are “toxic levels of lead”. So please direct me to the law which specifically states what levels of lead found on “exterior surfaces”, “common areas”, “interior dust”, “drinking water” and “exterior soil” are toxic levels of lead. In the law I found Section 119a-111-4 (j) “Risk Assessment-For the purpose of assessing the level of risk from lead dust, a lead dust hazard is present when the concentration of lead in dust is equal to or exceeds the following. (A) floors – 40 mg/sq. ft. (micrograms per square foot); (B) window sills – 250 mg/sq. ft. Obviously these are not measurements that you used. In your undated, unsigned testing from my property you state, for example, that the Living Room “Front Door jamb = 1.0 (defective)”. We need to know how many mg/sq. ft is your reading of 1.0.
Also please explain why drinking water and dust were not tested, or if they were tested, why those tests were not included in the unsigned report of testing you sent me. I have previously asked you to tell me about any testing done NOT included in the reports, such as toys, utensils, clothing, especially shoes, soil, and who besides you can verify the testing. You do not answer.
Your ORDER continues “Pursuant to Section 19a-111-3 (f) … authority is vested in the local code enforcement agency…” This is most curious since Section 19a-111-3 (f) is titled “Post Abatement Inspection” and mentions nothing about enforcement of any kind. So please let me know by what authority you wrote this ORDER against me of August 18, 2015 because it is NOT 19a-111-3 (f) as you claim.
You ORDER me to “Eliminate LEAD DUST HAZARDS” although you do not refer to any lead dust hazards in any communication. Then you say to “Adequately manage... as more specifically described in the attached document”. I have notified you before that no such document has been found. Then “FURTHER, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that” and you quote from 119a-111-2. Again your ORDER is misleading because you leave out a good portion of that section of law, the section (e).
You quote heavily from 19a-111-2 (and sent a purple highlighted copy) but omitted section (e) which begins “Intact surfaces … are not required to be abated by these regulations. However when a child resides in the dwelling the owner shall have a lead management plan…” It seems to me this is the only workable part of the law and should have been prominently mentioned in your ORDER of August 18, 2015. Or better you could have told me about it, or given me a pamphlet. Having a lead abatement plan within 60 days of finding hazardous lead on any property seems a reasonable request for a health department. I wonder why such was not included in your ORDER but is clearly stated in the laws you reference by Section and number but do not quote. There are also pamphlets available from the Connecticut Health Department to explain the law. Apparently you need those pamphlets to educate yourself about the law.
Your ORDER then cites 19a-111-4 and 5 “of the regulations” as if such sections of law support your ORDER that “A written lead abatement plan prepared by a Lead Professional must be submitted to the Director of Health within 15 working days of the receipt of the completed lead report.” I know of no such report nor any law that would require anyone to make such a plan in 15 working days. This is clear over- reach of authority and you have never shown that you have authority under Connecticut law. Clearly the law does NOT say such a thing, but you do. The question remains where you derive your authority since you do not cite law to support your authority. And why on earth you are doing this to me. Your ORDER of August 18 is a travesty and an embarrassment to any who believe in the laws of Connecticut.
Headed in bold caps, fourth paragraph after “YOU ARE THEREFORE, HEREBY ORDERED” is this: “TORRINGTON AREA HEALTH DISTRICT LEAD POSIONING PREVENTION REGULATIONS Section 4-2 Lead abatement and Lead management plans allow the Director of Health to order the owner to engage the services of a Lead Professional to design a lead abatement plan and/or management plan in accordance with the requirements of the RCSA Lead Poisoning and Prevention Control Regulations_ The lead abatement and management plans must be submitted to the Director of Health within the timetables specified in this order.” I can find no such Regulations. The often quoted section of applicable law with the closest numbering system to “Section 4-2” is 19a-111-4 (2) Containment – The abatement area shall be properly contained… Obviously this is not the Section 4-2 to which the ORDER of August 18, 2015 refers. So please refer me to the Torrington Area Health District Lead Poisoning Prevention Regulations Section 4-2 that your ORDER refers to.
Your clearly defective ORDER of August 18, 2015 against me, under threat of arrest and fine, gives me no recourse under the law except appeal. If you believe I could have handled the situation differently please tell me how one handles a bully like you. Perhaps you expect me to call you and beg you to please change the ORDER of August 18, 2015 into something that can be performed so that I can keep you happy and avoid fines and jail time. It certainly seems like this is your purpose in writing the ORDER. The other possibility is you have friends or investments in some local lead abatement firm.
I am not a lawyer but I am familiar with the Federal Courts and the laws. If I can find no other way to stop your actions against my neighbors I will try to find other recourse to stop your future actions and the actions of those present with you when you bullied your way into my tenants’ home. Perhaps the City of Torrington which is responsible for your actions will have comment. I believe you willfully deprived me of my rights and conspired to deprive me of my rights with those present when you committed fraud and threatened these good people if they did not allow entrance. Then you tested for lead that you did not find, fraudulently reported minuscule and unverified findings, and proceeded to write the ORDER referred to above.
Unlike a lawyer nothing you or anyone else says to me is confidential in any way and I will not hide from you my purpose. I will announce to you all my actions. I think it is only right that a person such as you is sufficiently punished publically for such egregious acts against me and my Torrington area neighbors. Torrington City Policy should change thusly:
City Authorities should not attempt to enter homes under threat and/or with police escort unless armed with a Warrant.
Verbal and written representations of law by City officials should be accurate and complete.
Orders should name specific violations of law if they exists, and should name specific reasons under the law for writing the Order. If a danger to the community exists an Order should clearly state a danger and a remedy under the law.
All testing should name the equipment used, who used it, who verified the readings, date and time used, subject to perjury laws.
I will be forwarding this letter to others including the Department of Public Health, Public Health Hearing Office, 410 Capitol Avenue MS 13 PHO P.O. Box 340308 Hartford, CT 06134-0308, The Torrington Mayor, and the Register Citizen.
Sincerely, Kent Johnson
233 East Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790