St. Pete Times this morning has good news, here:
One interesting note in the story is that the picture of the home, in
the first article about this owner's jailing,
shows the home to be obviously well maintained. I have lots of negative
feelings about HOA and condo
boards because too many people leave the work to "someone else" and
board members can have major
headaches from those who do nothing but complain. There would have been
a much better way to handle
this, including having repairs made and just putting a lien on the
property if the issue was serious enough.
I ran across a message board yesterday with question from a fellow who
has put down a deposit on
a condo in Florida - it was a large condo assn. and HALF of the units
were in foreclosure. Ohmygosh!
Outstanding! Bless the people with compassion in their heart and the
selfless toil and treasure committed to correcting this grievous wrong. The
folks who pitched in have earned a "Well Done" sticker in God's own roll
Still, it would have been a lot less fuss to have the HOA's president
The folks in that neighborhood need to get together, take over the
association (all within the published bylaws, of course), and legally
dissolve it. Then make the local unit of government do their own damn
code enforcement. (Hint- a brown lawn is seldom a major concern for them.)
Under the Florida Statutes, Any member with enough support can institute the
dismissal of one or all of the Board of Directors (citation on request).
Then elect some peple to the board that are not anal.
At that time they can either ignore rules and regs they don't like or even
better amend the controlling documents.
Americans Are The Best
Could this happen in any other country? It probably could but I rarely
hear of anything like it occurring anywhere except here in the good old
USA. An American will see something that makes him/her mad and decides
to do something about it. It's amazing what we Americans can accomplish
when we get riled up. Perhaps we all should get mad more often.
Are you kidding? Other places are more nanny-state than here. Just last week
in the UK a pensioner was fined for putting barbed wire around his garden to
discourage thieves. It wasn't because he violated HOA rules, the local
constabulary was worried a law-breaker might get hurt.
Who said anything about anyone with legitimate business?
An hour with an axe is a terribly inefficient way to break
into any building. A decent alarm system would provide
you with ample protection.
Even possessing a Claymore Mine is a federal felony.
But if you just got out of the slammer, it would be
your return ticket to be with your old friends.
Except for civilian government agents. It's interesting
that our servants can have weapons of war to point at us
but we the citizens can't have the same sort of weapons
to use to defend ourselves against the servants? Hummm,
we are no longer citizens, we have become subjects.
THANK YOU LIBERAL WACKO LEGISLATORS! Bend over America,
there's more of the same on the way. No, I'm not a
Uh, no. No police agency may possess a weapon unavailable to the general
public. True, law enforcement has to jump through fewer hoops, but an
ordinary citizen may own a machine gun, armored personnel carrier, or
friends carry military sidearms and have M-16 or AR-15 full
auto assault rifles in the trunk. The SWAT team has even more
toys. When The United States was founded, the farmers usually
had better rifles than the Colonial Soldiers. Not today, one
of my law enforcement friends told me something very interesting
that the district attorney told him. "If you kill someone who
points pepper spray at you, you will not be prosecuted." This
is immunity for government agents. Most folks don't understand
that it's the district attorney who determines whether or not
criminal charges will be brought against an individual. This
makes the activities of the good old boy network quite interesting
Military sidearms are junk Berretas (Marines may carry Colt 1911s). I,
myself, own several Glocks. I don't own an M16 (though some of my friends
do), but I do own a full-auto Uzi. You can buy a half-dozen fully automatic
rifles. There is a federal transfer tax on each weapon, but it's just a
small add-on to the purchase price.
It's not immunity - it's "prosectorial discretion." Further, the district
attorney is not responsible for the decision in the case of a homicide. In
my jurisdiction, at least, all homicides must be referred to a Grand Jury;
they make the decision. Of course a grand jury seldom goes against the
wishes of the district attorney...
I dunno. The only time I fired it full auto, I burnt up three thirty-round
magazines licket-split. Then I roasted marshmellows on the barrel. Then we
had free beer and barbecue.
I figure I don't need much practice with the thing - it's only for
spray-and-pray applications (or to scare the bejeesus out of the
short bursts, reacquire the target then fire another
burst. I've fired semi auto assault rifles and I have
to say that my favorites are the HK-91 and HK-93. I've
never fired a full auto firearm before. It's on my to
do list or what is it, "The Bucket List". *snicker*
Right. If you notice in the movie "Blood Diamond" DeCaprio gets involved in
a gun fight with about 200 goblins. Everybod is armed with an AK-47.
DeCaprio's character is firing semi-auto, one shot at a time, and killing
somebody with every shot. The squints are all in full-auto mode. They killed
several houses, a truck or two, each other by accident, many fish, several
piles of dirt, lots of pottery, and lots of inanimate objects. Didn't lay a
from the county guy, and file the charges against the local LEO. As can
any one of a dozen federal enforcement agencies, if they find a federal
law that also happened to be violated. Does it happen often? No, but it
HAS happened, usually when some newspaper or TV station makes it so
embarrassing that the other enforcement agency has no choice. Thin Blue
Line solidarity only goes so far. This is not a new thing- that is one
of many historical reasons why most US cities have 3 local (and somewhat
competing) enforcement agencies with jurisdiction- local, county, and
state. It keeps everybody a little more honest, and reduces the chances
of a Boss Hogg building up too much power. (Even though all the
duplication wastes a lot of money...)
Many years ago, somebody tallied thirty-two police jurisdictions in my
county (this did not count the federal folks). The list not only included
various cities, but ancillary organizations such as game wardens, alcoholic
beverage inspectors, medical examiner investigators, and, of course, our one
Texas Ranger (there's one for each county). Since then the number has
increased what with university cops, transit cops, school cops, and
lord-knows what else.
I've given up reporting crimes committed by government agents.
Me and my brother went to The FBI with information on a deputy
who was accessing the national crime information system and
giving the information to a private individual. He was running
background checks for his buddy sort of like a PI. The FBI did
their job, the agents investigated, they found criminal activity
by the deputy and when the FBI agents turned the case over to The
US Attorney. The US Attorney's response was "We don't consider
this a serious enough crime so we're not going to prosecute." A
felony committed by a law enforcement officer is not serious
enough to prosecute? I asked the FBI agents for a list of federal
crimes that were not considered serious enough to prosecute people
for. Of course they declined. I can't blame the agents because
they did their job and they did it well. Funny thing though, The
US Attorney prosecuted a sheriff for the same thing when the sheriff
dared to investigate voter fraud. The sheriff was a member of a
different political party than The US Attorney. I'm sure if I had
naked pictures of children on my computer, The US Attorney would
be all over me. GEEZ!
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