Thomas James Ball Self-Immolated in Protest of the “Justice” System

“I have 21 years of Army service going back to the Vietnam War. My loyalty to the government should be a given. It is gone. I am certain it will never return regardless of how long I might have lived.”

-Thomas James Ball in his “last statement” before he self-immolated in front of the courthouse that was integral in destroying his life.

Self-immolationI just got back from the Cheshire county courthouse, the site of yesterday’s self-immolation. As I was walking out, they were painting over the scorch marks they attempted to wash away earlier in the morning.

Thomas thankfully dropped off a “last statement” to the Keene Sentinel, so we could all know what he was going through. I will post that below.

First, what I learned in over an hour and a half of poring over stacks of paperwork along with Kyle Jarvis of the Sentinel and a reporter from WMUR:

Thomas James Ball, born 2/21/53 and his wife at the time, Karen Louise Ball (maiden name Primiano), born 3/2/65 had begun divorce proceedings about a decade ago. It was alleged that Ball had committed domestic violence against his 4 year old daughter at the time, Melissa. Karen had called Monadnock Family Services after the incident and was allegedly told that if she did not report the incident to police, that she would be arrested for child abuse. She called Jaffrey PD out of fear of what the government people would do to her family (steal her kids if they were both arrested) and because of their mandatory arrest policy in domestic violence cases, Thomas was arrested. He was found not guilty of simple assault in Cheshire Superior Court, despite slapping his daughter multiple times and causing bleeding. The Jaffrey PD apparently admitted that pressing forward as a domestic violence case was a mistake. His wife’s testimony shows he did not have a history of violence. Thomas figured he’d get to see his kids again after the not guilty. He figured wrong. The court continued to press for counseling at Monadnock Family Services (MFS) prior to allowing Thomas unsupervised visits with his kids. Of course, this is a huge racket for MFS, who likely is paid for every one of the cases they are sent by the court, either by the people involved or by the state of NH.

Thomas claimed Monadnock Family Services misinformed Karen when she was told that she better call the police or she’d be arrested for child abuse. He outlines the history of the case in question in his lawsuit against MFS from 2006. Here’s the PDF of his claims. The court dismissed the case against MFS primarily on a statute of limitations technicality.

Thomas’ odyssey with Cheshire superior court’s “justice” system stretched for an entire decade of his life, and despite making child support payments and having unsupervised visitation with his young son, he was unable to have unsupervised visitation with his two daughters, not because he was considered a danger, but because he refused to attend counseling as ordered by the court. Why did he refuse? Because the location of the counseling was to be Monadnock Family Services, the very same agency that he believed was responsible for escalating the situation and intimidating Karen Ball into calling the police in the first place. He wanted the decision on unsupervised visits to be made by the court, but the court kept passing the buck to MFS, therefore he did not participate, as he felt the case worker had a vendetta against him, as she allegedly refused to meet with him until he “changed his attitude”.

In 2009 he lost his job and was unable to continue making child support payments. As a result, Karen filed for a hearing on contempt of court, which the court scheduled for 6/24, next Friday. You can download Karen’s motion for a contempt hearing here in PDF form. In it, she alleges that Thomas owes thousands in back child support and attorney’s fees and demands the court sentence him to jail until he can pay the amounts demanded.

Of course, one might wonder how a jobless man could pay anything to child support behind bars, and perhaps Thomas was wondering how that might be possible as well. Facing an indefinite jail sentence, during which the amount “owed” would continue to grow, he chose to end his life in the hopes that someone would pay attention to the plight of families destroyed by this horrible system that is supposedly there to protect us. (Of course the truth is, they protect and serve themselves, not us.) He had tried the legal route, filing lawsuits to no avail. He tried to protest, joining the Fatherhood Coalition and picketing courthouses and the state house. Nothing worked.

Thomas James Ball was a man pushed to the brink by an inhumane system enforced by people who act like they have no empathy and are “just doing their jobs”. Thomas had his own issues with which to deal, but by all evidence, and even according to the state, he was not a domestic abuser, despite losing control with his daughter, which was clearly the wrong thing to do. Had the people calling themselves the state never gotten involved, maybe his family would still be together.

I don’t agree with Thomas’ conclusions in his “last statement”. He calls for violence, specifically the burning down of courthouses and such, and Free Keene’s tagline is “Peaceful Evolution”. Peaceful noncooperation and civil disobedience can do far more for liberty than violence could ever do. Violence is the government people’s game. That’s what they expect you to do if you are angry like Thomas. It’s what they are trained for. I don’t blame Thomas for being angry and frustrated with this awful system. I’m glad he did not choose to aggress against any of the state bureaucrats. They are doing wrong and destroying lives, but they should be forgiven, not attacked. Their system should be destroyed, not by fire, but by its own weight as more and more people refuse to cooperate and disobey their demands for obedience and money.

Isn’t it time you tried saying “no” to the people calling themselves government? Or did Thomas die in vain? If you don’t take action, you can expect to get more of what you’ve been getting: More control. More intrusion. More extractions of your wealth. More abuses. More peaceful people in cages…

Read on for Thomas’ “last statement”, courtesy the Keene Sentinel:

Last Statement

by Tom Ball

A man walks up to the main door of the Keene N.H. County Courthouse, douses himself with gasoline and lights a match. And everyone wants to know why.

Apparently the old general was right. Death is not the worst of evil.

I am due in court the end of the month. The ex-wife lawyer wants me jailed for back child support. The amount ranges from $2,200. to $3,000. depending on who you ask. Not big money after being separated over ten years and unemployed for the last two. But I do owe it. If I show up for court without the money and the lawyer say jail, then the judge will have the bailiff take me into custody. There really are no surprises on how the system works once you know how it actually works. And it does not work anything like they taught you in high school history or civics class.

I could have made a phone call or two and borrowed the money. But I am done being bullied for being a man. I cannot believe these people in Washington are so stupid to think they can govern Americans with an iron fist. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government declared war on men. It is time now to see how committed they are to their cause. It is time, boys, to give them a taste of war.

There are two kinds of bureaucrats you need to know; the ones that say and the ones that do. The bridge between them is something I call The Second Set of Books. I have some figures of the success of their labors. You and I are in these numbers, as well as our spouses and children. But first let me tell you how I ended up in this rabbit hole.

My story starts with the infamous slapping incident of April 2001. While putting my four year old daughter to bed, she began licking my hand. After giving her three verbal warnings I slapped her. She got a cut lip. My wife asked me to leave to calm things down.

When I returned hours later, my wife said the police were by and said I could not stay there that night. The next day the police came by my work and arrested me, booked me, and then returned me to work. Later on Peter, the parts manager, asked me if I and the old lady would be able to work this out. I told him no. I could not figure out why she had called the police. And bail condition prevented me from asking her. So I no longer trusted her judgment.

After six months of me not lifting a finger to save this marriage, she filed for divorce. Almost two years after the incident, I was talking with her on the phone. She told me that night she had called a mental health provider we had for one of the kids. Wendy, the counselor told my then wife that if she did not call the police on me, then she too would be arrested.

Suddenly, everything made sense. She is the type that believes that people in authority actually know what they are talking about. If both she and I were arrested, what would happen to our three children, ages 7,4 and 1? They would end up in State custody. So my wife called the police on her husband to protect the children. And who was she protecting the kids from? Not her husband, the father of these children. She was protecting them from the State of New Hampshire.

This country is run by idiots.

The police sergeant Freyer screwed this up from the get go. When I got the Court Complaint form the box was checked that said Domestic Violence Related. I could not believe that slapping your child was domestic violence. So I looked up the law. Minor custodial children are exempted. Apparently, 93% of American parents still spank, slap or pinch their children. To this day I still wonder if Freyer would have made this arrest if it had been the mother that had slapped the child.

Labeling someone’s action as domestic violence in American in the 21st century is akin to labeling someone a Jew in Germany in the 1930’s. The entire legal weight of the state is coming down on him. But I consider myself lucky. My family was destroyed. But that poor bastard in Germany had his family literally annihilated.

Arrests are mandatory for the police in New Hampshire for domestic violence. That is not law. That is police department policy. Laws come from the Legislature and the Governor’s office together. God only knows where these policies come from. The State’s Attorney General also has a mandatory arrest protocol for domestic violence. I call these policies, procedures and protocols The Second Set of Books. You never cover the Second Set of Books your junior year in high school. That because we are not suppose to have a Second Set of Books. This is America-we have the rule of law.

I am a regular guy, a coffee and cheeseburger type of fellow. As remarkable as my life has been, I figure that what happens to me must be happening to others as well. I was 48 years old when I got arrested here for my first time. So I went looking for the arrest numbers for domestic violence, this new group that I had unwilling joined. I could not find anything. So I wrote the U.S. Dept. of Justice in Washington. They wrote back that they did not keep track of domestic violence arrests. The FBI keeps track of all other crimes. How come not domestic violence? I thought some low level clerk was blowing me off.

At the time, I had mailing addresses in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. So I wrote to all six Congressional offices, the two Senators from each state and the two Congressman. They like doing favors for constituents hoping you will favorably remember their name in the voting booth. All six offices reported back the same thing. They do not know how many arrests for domestic violence have been made. I immediately knew something was wrong. And I also knew this was not going to be good.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. The Army teaches that to every soldier it trains. They say that no battle plan survives the first five minutes of combat. So your people on the ground had better be able to think for themselves. Taking casualties in war is just an occupational hazard. Taking casualties and not accomplishing your mission is a disaster. After 21 years of Army service, I am pretty good at improvising.

The first thing I found was a study not of domestic violence arrests but of domestic violence injuries for 18 unnamed states and the D.C. in the year 2000. In the study 51% of the injuries were ‘no injuries’. So I knew I had a study of police reports. Who else but a police officer would record no injuries? I populated that out to the 50 states and came up with 874,000 arrest in the year 2000.

I had originally populated the number back to 1994 when the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted into law. I would later find out these arrests stated with the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force of Domestic Violence ten years earlier in 1984. As individual states data became available for various years and states, I would incorporated in to my informal study. The number I have now in 2011 is 36 million adults have been arrested for domestic violence. I have a gut feeling this number could be as high as 55 million. But I only have data to 36 million. So 36 million it stays. And there is a really cool trick you can do once you have this number. You can find out how many American men. women and children ended up homeless because of these arrests.

Most of the domestic violence statistics I have seen break down with 75% male and 25% female being arrested. So I am going to used the male pronoun for the one arrested spouse and the female pronoun for the victim spouse. That should make the domestic violence feminists ecstatic-man bad, woman good. But that is okay because that is probably the last nice thing I am going to do for them today.

When then a man is arrested for domestic violence, one of two things can happen. If they are only dating and have separate apartments, then he can head home. But if they are living together, then this fellow has a real problem. Bail conditions and then a possible protective or restraining order prevent him from being with her. So he needs to find a new place to live, at least until the charges are resolved. The King of his Castle is no longer allowed into his castle. A feminist name Pence who wrote that was absolutely giddy at that outcome. So he can get his own place if he has enough money. Or he can move in with his mother, his sister or another relative. He might have a girl friend who would let him stay with her. And if none of this is possible, well then I guess he is sleeping in his car down by the river.

If he has minor children, money will soon turn into an issue. Most men I know do not mind paying child support. They want their kids to have food on their plates, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads. But it does stress that man’s finances. Child support is usually 33% of the man’s gross income. Withholding for taxes, social security and health insurance can range up to 28% of his gross paycheck. So a man making $500 a week gross has only $825 monthly left over after withholding and child support. That is not enough money for an apartment here in Central Massachusetts. That does not include other expenses like heating, electric, gas, groceries, telephone, cable, car payment and car insurance. So he is in a financial hole. Estimates of homeless men run 82% to 94%. I am going to round that down to 80%.

After the King has left his castle, his wife runs into a problem. She was use to getting his whole paycheck for the household. Now she get a third for child support. Figure they both work and made the same money, her budget went from 100% down to 66%. If she was running the house on $3,045. a month when the King was home, now without him she only has $2,220. Most households in America cannot withstand a 27% hit on the household account. She’ll juggle the bills but eventually most wives figure out that they can pay all the smaller bills if they just does not pay the big bill. That would be the rent or the mortgage. So six to nine months after the King is out of the castle, the Queen, the Princes and the Princesses are also on the street. Domestic violence feminists state that 50% of victim spouses of domestic violence end up homeless at some time in their lives.

The last group of homeless from these arrests are children. The domestic violence feminists state that 70% of domestic violence couple have children. So 50% female times 70% children equals 35%. But children is plural. So we will double to 70%.

(Odd isn’t it? They know that 50% of victim spouses end up homeless and that 70% of them have children. How can they know the percentages when they do not know how many total arrests were made? Those people at the U.S. Justice Dept. cannot even pull off a credible cover-up. )

Men are 0.8, women are 0.5, and children are 0.7 for a grand total of 2.0 homeless Americans for every domestic violence arrest. Multiply that by 36 million and you get 72 million men, women and children ending up homeless at some point in their lives over the last 25 years because of these domestic violence arrests.

That is a really large number even by Washington standards. That is almost 25% of the entire population of the U.S. using 2010 census figures. Which begs the question did these homeless people contribute to this latest economic meltdown, or did they cause it? Because if they did cause it then the recovery will not be measure in months or years but in decades.

Some of the boys in the Father’s Movement think Congress might have shot themselves in the foot over this one. Personally, I think they shot themselves some place anatomically higher. No wonder the Speaker of the House is always crying. The Dummies on the Potomac.

Twenty-five years ago the federal government start pushing these arrests on state’s legal systems. Now, we have an economy on the rope. They have thrown a huge amount of money at banks, big business and local and states government. And we are still in the mud. But no economist either at the Treasury Dept., Federal Reserve, universities or think tanks are even looking at the impact of all these broken families. If that 36 million arrest is correct, then 72 million men and women, have been throw out of the middle class into subsistence living. Or is the number 55 million and 110 million? No one knows and no one is even looking. But why should look? According to the Attorney General, we do not know how many arrests we have made.

And if the Tea Party is any indication, insurrection is brewing in the land. Just a coincident? Not likely. This is what happens when the government wipes out the middle class.

The idea for these arrests came from something called the Minneapolis Police Experiment (MPE) of 1981-82. In the experiment police offices were given pads with one of three words written on them; counsel, send or arrest. Counsel meant the officer was to try to mediate the couple’s spat. Send was to send one of the spouses out of the house for eight hours as a cooling off period. Arrest was arrest one of the two spouses. The officer was to do as the top paper on the pad said to do. The experiment was set up by the Police Foundation and Lawrence W. Sherman was the lead researcher. The results show counseling resulted in a future assault in 24% cases, send was 19%, and the arrest option resulted in a future assault in only 10% of the cases. Perhaps a cheap way of cutting down future domestic violence.

In 1984 The U. S. Attorney General’s Task Force of Domestic Violence recommended arrest as the primary weapon in domestic violence assault. Lawrence W. Sherman recommend not using the arrests because the MPE was just one study and it could be wrong. They ignored him. And by 1992, 93% of the police departments in the nation had adopted some form of mandatory arrest in domestic violence cases.

But by 1992 five more addition studies similar to the MPE became available. Lawrence W. Sherman reviewed all five studies. Then once again he wrote that the police should not use arrest. In two of the five studies, they found the same result as they did in the MPE, that an arrest cut down the odds of a future assault. But in the other three studies an arrest actually increase the odds of a future assault. So arresting someone in a domestic violence situation to cut down on future assaults did not work any better than just flipping a coin. I do not know if Lawrence W. Sherman is still alive. But fortunately he wrote a book call Policing Domestic Violence that was published in 1992.

So we have 800,000 American police officers arresting one in every six adults in the country and throwing 25% of the men, women and children out on the streets in an effort to enforce a policy that they knew did not work back in1992. And I had always assumed that you needed a man to really screw something up. Oh well, there goes another glass ceiling.

Why would they push an arrest policy that does not work? There are two schools of thought on the reason why. The first comes from Lawrence W. Sherman. He calls it the Law of Just Desserts. Revenge for slights and offenses, real or imagined. I am sure there are some that would argue that women are not vengeful. But what is that old saying? Hell hath no fury…..

The second idea comes from the mother of the second wave of feminism. I do speak of the brilliant Betty Friedan. In the Epilogue Chapter of the 20th Anniversary Edition of her book The Feminine Mystique, Betty relayed why she resigned as the first president of the National Organization of Women in 1970. Betty wrote that she, “was unable to openly fight the man haters and unwilling to front for them any more…” So man hating bigots no only existed 40 years ago, they were also grabbing power. Now Washington is funding them. Makes you wonder what bigots they will fund next. Maybe the Klan?

Feminists had always claimed that when women took over, we would have a kinder, gentler, more nurturing world. After 36 million arrests and 72 million evictions what we got was Joe Stalin.

The third wave of feminists do not like to call themselves feminists. The word feminist could be perceived as gender oppression. These third wave of whatever-we-call-you got that right The treachery of our legal system over the last 25 years may end up giving all feminists a bad name. Which would make us as bigoted as the man-hating feminists who got us into this mess to begin with.

So let us talk about those bureaucrats that do. These are the ones that actually carry out the evil deeds. I like call them the do-bies.

Any one swept up into legal mess is usually astonished at what they see. They cannot believe what the police, prosecutors and judges are doing. It is so blatantly wrong. Well, I can assure you that everything they do is logical and by the book. The confusion you have with them is you both are using different sets of books. You are using the old First Set of Books- the Constitution, the general laws or statutes and the court ruling sometime call Common Law. They are using the newer Second Set of Books. That is the collection of the policy, procedures and protocols. Once you know what set of books everyone is using, then everything they do looks logical and upright. And do not bother trying to argue with me that there is no Second Set of Books. I have my own copies at home. Or at least a good hunk of the important part of it.

I got my Second Set of Books when I sued the Jaffrey NH police department. Under the discovery rule, I write them with the material I wanted and it would arrive in the mail a few weeks later. I got the Police Academy Training Manual. I got the Department’s Policy and Procedure Manual. I got the no-drop protocol that the attorney general sent to all his or her prosecutors. I even got the domestic violence protocols for the court system, one hundred pages worth. Once you read it the material, then you will know what the police, prosecutors and judges will do. They are completely predictable once you know what set of books they are using.

The police academy training manual states that an arrest in a domestic violence call is the preferred response. They cite the Minneapolis Police Experiment (MPE) as its justification. But the author of the MPE, Lawrence Sherman, said do not use arrest because five follow up studies show that it did not work. The would be a violation of the 4th Amendment in the First Set of Books against unreasonable search and seizure. Then there is that whole issue of whether the police have the right to arrest for any reason other than they believe a crime was committed.

The Jaffrey Police Department Policy and Procedures Manual states that if a wife says she does not want her husband arrested, the police are to ignore her, arrest the husband, and get with the prosecutor to see what they can work out. In other words, make the arrest and then see if you can Mickey Mouse it. The wife is eligible for spousal immunity. If she invokes it, then no statement she mades, written or oral, are admissible because she cannot be cross examined about it under oath. ( Did you say that? What did you mean when you said that?) With no statements the police have no probable cause in most cases to make an arrest. Also a violation of the 4th amendment in the First Set of Books.

The actor Nickolas Cage was drunk in New Orleans with his wife. Everyone else is drunk in New Orleans, so why should Nick be any different. He and his wife were arguing over which house the rented for their stay. Nick grab his wife’s arm and started to lead her to his house. The police arrested Nick for domestic violence. His wife was stunned. That was not domestic violence. “Nothing we can do,” the police explained to her. “Just following orders.”

That is an accurate explanation for victims, even if they do not think of themselves as victims. The police have a zero tolerance towards any physical contact. Things might get worse in the future is the feminist logical for this present iron fist approach to domestic relations. I would have to agree with them. After all the arrests, poverty, homelessness and misery, I can assure you-things are going to get worse.

But that nothing we can do, just following orders the officers explain always sounds so timid and lame. The police need to punch their explanation up a bit, make it more authoritarian. And there is a quick, low cost way of doing it. The police officers only need to say it in its original German.

The state Constitution in NH said the prosecutors job is to promote justice. The Attorney Generals protocols said that domestic violence case are no-drop cases. (Unless, of course, they take the Deal. Continue the case for a year, go to counseling, and everything falls off the books after the year. They did after all find some way of getting rid of all these cases.)

The Attorney General can hire, fire, layoff, promote, demote, commend or award bonuses. The constitution is some old, quaint, dusty document up in the Statehouse some where. So which one do you think is going to get obeyed?

Prosecutors are funny. Some, maybe most, have egos the size of Cape Cod. But of the three, police, prosecutor and judges, prosecutors have the least protection. Micheal Nifong, the prosecutor in the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, was fired, disbarred, convicted of a crime, and actually jailed for trying to enforce the no-drop prosecution protocol for sexual assault in the Duke case.

The prosecutor in my criminal case fared a little better. I filed a complaint with his boss for summoning my two daughters, ages 7 and 4, to court. I had already conceded that the facts were not in dispute. The trial would be about the law. No witness were need much less a couple of toddlers. He still summoned them. (The Second Set of Books tells the prosecutors to get a sympathetic face in front of the judge or jury. What’s more sympathetic than toddlers.) The prosecutor could not refute my allegation because I enclosed a copy of the trial transcript. I had to pay for the transcript. When the prosecutor read it, he gave his two weeks notice and then blew town. That transcript was the best $46 I had ever spent in this life.

There is a name for what happens when a bureaucrat is destroyed by the First Set of Books for attempting to enforce the Second Set of Books. It is called the Abu Ghraib Syndrome. The people within the law enforcement community no longer seem to know the difference between the law, with its checks and balances, and the policies, procedure and protocols that constitute The Second Set of Books. In some cases you do not even know who wrote the policy, procedure or protocol. It could have been the local high school gym teacher for all anyone knows. Many of these bureaucrats are eventually going to learn the different between the First and the Second Set of Books. And my guess is that many of them are going to learn it the hard way. Because the only checks and balances in The Second Set of Books is The First Set of Books.

Judges routinely use our children as bargaining chips. Get the adult into counseling, continue the case for a year, and then drop it. This will open up the docket for the new arrests coming in next week. These judges that use our children are not honorable. Which is why I never use the term ‘Your Honor’ any more. I just call them judge.

Alex Baldwin, the actor, wrote that you have never seen a coward until you have seen a Los Angeles County judge. I call my judges-Sullivan, Arnold and even Runyon-cowards, too. When I first started observing them, nothing made sense. Arnold was completely infuriated when he was maneuvered into ruling not guilty. He verbally went up and down me so many times I lost count. What was the big deal? If I was not guilty just say and then we could all go home. But that was back in the days before I knew about The Second Set of Books.

I lost visitation with my two daughters when I got arrested. One was the victim-the other was the witness. After a not guilty, I expected to get visitation with my girls. But the divorce judge, Sullivan, decreed that counseling was in order and they would decide when we would reunite. I told the judge that the decision on whether these two girls had a father or a fatherless childhood was not leaving this courthouse. There would be a couple of reason for that decision.

First, by then I knew of the Second Set of Books. As much as I had prayed for the return of my children, I knew that this counseling might get thrown in the way. Judges are addicted to counseling like a meth-head is addict to crystal meth. Sullivan wrote in the divorce decree that he envision only one or two meetings with the counselor. There is no counseling done in the first meeting or two. It is intake-who’s the players and what are the issues. But Sullivan was not interested in counseling. He merely wanted to unload the decision out of habit. And if we do not shut them down now, they will be doing it to our kids in twenty years from now when they have little ones running around the house.

Second, just exactly where does the buck stop with our legal system? Police have to make an arrest. The prosecutor has to pursue the case. Judges now also walk a away without rendering a verdict, and passing the buck does not constitute a decision. Can those mental health counselors slide the decision over to someone else? Just where does this end? Who is responsible? Who is accountable?

The mental health crowd is the third reason I said no. Some people think they are geniuses with their Masters and PH D’s. Others think they are so wacky that they call them fruit loops. Well, I have a third name for them. Suckers. They did not get hired for their medical ability. They got these because they were willing to take these cases off the judge’s hands. Which has done nothing for the credibility for their profession. We are not here to help-we are here to unload. And they created a liability that did not previously existed. If a judge releases a defendant and he goes kills someone, that judge or the judiciary cannot be sued. But a mental health worker, and their employer certainly can be held liable. Our judiciary is now using the mental health field like a ten dollar whore.

I sued Monadnock Family Services to make them go away. I told their lawyer Byron that they were a legitimate target for men. We settled for no money. They would have nothing to do with this reconciliation. The counselor was released. And they would no longer get involved in any domestic violence cases.

Every time we ended back in court over whatever squabbles, I would ask Judge Sullivan for my children back. The decision belong to the counselors he would tell me. But he knew he had screwed up. I could see it in his face. But he would not fix it. He would not step out of that box those domestic violence/sexual assault advocates had built for him. After five years, he retired to a part time position at the Littleton courthouse 120 miles away.

So when guys like Alex Baldwin and I call judges cowards, we have legitimate reasons for doing so. It is not good for judges to be called coward. It is unlikely that it is good for the rest of us.

I do not claim to have all The Second Set of Book. I know of one book that I do not have. And I would have love to read that one. That would be the seminar that the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates put on periodically for legal personnel including judges. These advocates are camped outside every state, not federal, courthouse in America. The U.S. Dept of Justice provides 50-100% of their funding depending on the program. They have three day seminars at resorts where everything is paid for except the liquor. Judges in NH are ordered to attend. Neither Sullivan or Arnold would confirm or deny they had attended. They actually said nothing. It must be like the Masons where they will not say anything about the organization until you show them the secret hand sign.

Supreme Court Judge Louis Brandeis once wrote that the best description of a judge is the impartial guardian of the rule of law. How does three days of wine, women and song contribute to impartiality? It does not. So it should not have been any surprise that they would not answer me. After all, they were not on trial. I was. But they are going to be. They were suppose to protect to rule of law not collaborate in its demise. They have failed miserably.

A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed for a child. The attorney solely represents the child. I got one when I was first separated to get a neutral pair of eyes and ears on the family. I was disappointed in his findings.

A few years later, another guardian was appointed for one of the kids. A regular report filed with the Court painted me as some sort violent psychopath. I thought that was uncalled for seeing as we had never met. It start a flurry of nasty letters between until we both came to the conclusion that this was not about us. We ended on a friendly note.

At a Court hearing later on I approached him. I asked him if he had had any domestic violence training. He said yes, that it was required to become certified as a guardian ad litem. Another chapter for The Second Set of Books that I never managed to acquire.. So men, if you were thinking about getting a guardian ad litem for an unbiased assessment, then you should ask for the domestic violence material that certified the guardian. And do not worry that you are not sure what you are looking for. It will stand right out.

There are more sections of The Second Set of Books. Medical personnel are supposed to report suspected domestic violence. The college professor Angela Davis has a story of a Latino couple in California getting in trouble feeding the dog his liver for dinner. Mental health employees are also required. Think of Wendy threatening our kids with foster care. Teachers, day care providers, the list just goes on and on. The East German secret police, the Stazi, had 25% of the population on record as informers. The United States is not that high yet, but we are still growing.

These people-police, prosecutors and judges-are suppose to protect us. They are checks and balances to prevent injustice. That is why we spend so much money of police training. But if the police screw it up, the prosecutor can catch it. If the prosecutor misses it then the judge can step in to fix it. But if all three have been compromised, then what does one need to do to get justice? Go to the appeals court or the Supreme Court? That seem a little ridiculous particularly when the zero tolerance has arrests for something as trivial as touching.

On one hand we have the law. On the other hand we have what we are really going to do-the policies, procedures and protocols. The rule of law is dead. Now we have 50 states with legal systems as good as any third world banana republic. Men are demonized and the women and children end up as suffering as well.

So boys, we need to start burning down police stations and courthouses. The Second Set of Books originated in Washington. But the dirty deeds are being carried out by our local police, prosecutors and judges. These are the people we pay good money to protect us and our families. And what do we get for our tax money? Collaborators who are no different than the Vichy of France or the Quislings of Norway during the Second World War. All because they go along to get along. They are an embarrassment, the whole lot of them. And they need to be held accountable. So burn them out.

In the last 25 years they have arrested one in six adults in this country and forced 25% of the men, women and children into homelessness. In 50 years it will be one in three adults arrested and 50% of the men, women and children ending up homeless. Most of our kids will live to the age of 68 years old. As bad as it was for you, your children will have twice the odds of it happening to them.

Some of you will say that 50% homelessness sounds absurd. But 25% is absurd and that is already here. There is no evidence that the police, courts, or government is planning to do anything different in the immediate future. And they will not do anything different until we make it so uncomfortable that they must change. Bureaucracy at its worst. So burn them out. This is too important to be using that touchy-feeling coaching that is so popular with business these days. You need to flatten them, like Wile E. Coyote. They need to be taught never to replace the rule of law. BURN-THEM-OUT!

Most of the police stations built in New England over the last 20 years are stone or brick. Fortunately, the roofs are still wood. The advantage of fire on the roof is that it is above the sprinklers. But even the sprinklers going off work to our advantage. There is no way they can work in a building with six inches of water. And I am certain we will disrupt their momentum once they start working out of a FEMA trailers. If they still do not get the message, then burn down the trailers.

The easiest way of burning a building is with the Molotov cocktail. It was invented by the Finns when the Soviets invaded in 1939. You fill a bottle with gasoline and stuff a rag in the end for a wick. You light the wick and throw bottle, It shatters on impact spraying gas everywhere and the wick ignites the gas. Simple, readily available, and effective. And only two things to remember.

First, use a glass bottle. Thinner glass is better than thicker glass. You want it to shatter on impact. When I was teaching a kid at the high school on the West Side Worcester, MA. threw a Molotov cocktail into his school. Fortunately, he used a plastic bottle. It burned about three square inches of carpeting. I had to laugh when I said to myself, “Thank God for dumb kids.”

Second, you need to tie the rag to the bottle. Nothing worse that throwing a Molotov cocktail, landing where you wanted it, and having it shatter perfectly. Then you noticed the wick had fallen out on the way to the target. No wick-no fire.

Some of these building will have brick faces and metal roofs. Just break a window and throw the Molotov cocktail inside. Carpets, furniture, computer plastic, even paint on the walls will burn. It is okay if the sprinkler goes off. I wonder if you can get hip waders over a gun belt?

We had a kid in my hometown that burned down the old junior high school. He walked up to the front door one night with a can of lighter fluid. The applicator on the end squirts the lighter fluid out. He squirted under the door and along the seams and lit a match. The kid took out the entire old part of the building. Why are kids so competent when it is something they should not be doing?

There will be some casualties in this war. Some killed, some wounded, some captured. Some of them will be theirs. Some of the casualties will be ours.

Now, nobody wants to get killed. But let us look at your life. You are broke after paying child support. She and the kids are not doing any better. None of you are middle class any more. You have no say in the kids education, their health treatment, you may not even have visitation with your sons and daughters. And everything you thought you knew to be true-the rule of law, the sanctity of the of the family, the belief that government was there to nurture your brood-all turned out to be a lie. Face it boys, we are no longer fathers. We are just piggy banks.

So you are not losing anything by picking up the Molotov cocktail. It may be too late for us. But without something changing, your kids will have double the odds of it happening to them. That will knock them out of the middle class again, providing they ever get back in. And their kids, your grandchildren, will end up damaged goods before it is over. So it is okay to run. You just need to turn around and run at them. They are no way as imposing as they seem. They only do what they do for a paycheck.

Television would make us believe that people get arrested because of fingerprints, DNA, facial recognition, and instruments that can tell where a substance was made and here is the local distributors. It is Hollywood crap. Most of the people in prison are there for one key reason. They could not keep their mouths shut. They told someone. That someone told others. The cops hear it and start looking at them for a suspect. That how it works in real life.

This need to confess seems to be primeval. Just human nature. But if you cannot keep a secret, do not expect the one you tell to keep their mouth shut. There is only three people I know for certain they will keep their mouths shut. That would be Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

I only managed to get the main door of the Cheshire County Courthouse in Keene, NH. I would appreciate it if some of you boys would finish the job for me. They harmed my children. The place is evil. So take it out

Some where along the line I picked up the crazy notion that it is better to be dead as a free man than to live as a serf. The government needs to be a little more careful about what they teach in our schools.

And bring a can of spray paint to these fires. Paint the word COLLABORATORS ( two L’s with an S on the end) on the building before you burn it. Maybe we can shame them back to the rule of law. And we do want the police to know exactly who burned the building. Then the police can start interviewing the usually suspects, all 36 million of us.

We have covered the do-bies. Now let us look at the bureaucrats that say-ers.

The Second Set of Books originated in Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) which is part of the United States Department of Justice. Some of these policies, procedures and protocol were developed locally. But the local results would be sent up to OVW and, if approved, would disperse it out to all 50 states. They are smart, clever, bigoted and able to lie as well as any politician that ever called Washington home. In other words, they have now become Washington insiders.

But what makes them so uniques is their anger towards men, any man. They are so twisted in their hatred of men that they are positively scary. And it is not what they are doing to men that makes them frightening. You would expect that. No, it is what they are doing to the women and children that makes them so twisted.

When the Pentagon drops a bomb on innocent civilians the military calls it Collateral Damage. It sounds better than, “Yeah, we killed a bunch of women and children.” Those poor, innocent, stupid civilians have always been caught in the middle since the time we were fighting with rocks.. Your wife and kids are Collateral Damage in the war against you, the man in the family. For 25 years these feminists at OVAW have been willing to sacrifice the women and children to get you. And they cannot claim ignorance about what they are doing. Under the VAWA the federal government is funding at least 1,800 homeless shelters. As long as the Office for Violence Against Women exists in the U.S. Department Justice , no American man, women or child will be safe in their own home.

If you ask these feminists why are the shelters all full, they will not say because of all the arrests. The shelters are full because of men. But they knew from the beginning that this was not man bad-woman good thing. The year was 1976. Two things would happen that year.

First, someone at the U.S. Dept of Justice decided to count the dead bodies. In 1975 there were 1522 women killed in domestic violence. And for men killed in 1975? The dead for men was 1506. Statistically equal a friend tells me so.

If you had asked me before the study, I would have assumed that women were getting the worst of it. But I would be looking at it by genders. What I should have been looking at was species, homo-sapiens, human beings. Men are human-women are human. Being the same species you would expect the same results from both genders. And that is exactly what the dead bodies told us.

The second thing that happened in 1976 was the first domestic violence survey was released. It was so new the time that they called it family violence. Murray Straus of UNH and Richard Gellars from a school in RI were the researchers. They did not find two perpetrators of domestic violence, but three. Men initiated violence 25.7% of the time: women 25.2%, and the other 49.1% was the two going after each at the same time. These two people going after each other at the same time is well recognized in law. The law in NH calls that mutual combat. Men are human. Women are human. And once again we found both genders acting the same manner.

So how did we end up with the theory of man bad-woman good that the government at all levels is using? The feminist writer Susan Brownmiller wrote In Our Time that,” the way you get funding and church donations is to talk about the pure victims. If you talk about the impurity of the victim, the sympathy vanishes.” If women get to be good then men get what is left-bad. Man bad-woman good was originally a funding raising technique. After 35 years, it has turned into official government dogma at all levels, from the local cop on the beat to the White House. Men need to be punished, restrained and retrained. Your wives and children are, unfortunately, just collateral damage in this effort to punish men. So you were not dreaming it. There really is a government pogrom against men.

When a man batters or kills, there is no excuse. When a woman commits the same act, there is nothing but excuses. Simple though inaccurate. But there is one redeeming aspect to men being demonized. Now we men can act like devils. And we do not even need to apologize for it. Men are going to start acting just like they made us out to be. As an old high school semi-punk I can assure you boys of one thing. This is going to be fun. You guys are going to end up laughing like hyenas.

The money funded under the VAWA is split in two when it leaves the Treasury. Part goes the Health and Human Services for fund these domestic violence homeless shelters. If that 36 million number is correct, and it is all that we have, then the 1.44 million arrests a year will be made producing 2.88 million homeless Americans each year. Women and children constitute 60% of these homeless people, 1.7 million Americans a year. Shutting down these shelters would be cruel. What would these women and children do then? Go live under a bridge. No, we are stuck with these shelters for a while. But there is one thing that Congress needs to fix when they fund them again.

These shelters do not allow men on the property let alone inside the residences. Why is it against the law to use federal money on organizations that discriminate against black, Jews, gays or even women but it is okay to do so against men? Men contributed half that tax money. Eight years ago a man in California fled with his children after the police warned him to get out after they had arrested the wife and mother. None of the shelters would take him and the kids in because he was a man. I wonder if this would survive a legal gender discrimination challenge in a federal court?

A society without men is freakier than a world without blacks or Jews. That is not to say blacks or Jews are any less worthy. It just that there are more men in the world than blacks or Jews even if you combined them. If these feminist had to deal with men on a regular basis, then maybe the country would not be in the pickle we are in now.

There is a third reason to end this discrimination, something of a more practical nature. Apparently, some women like to have sex with men. But men are barred from the property. Suddenly, that 15 year boy two doors down starts looking real good. It might even be fun breaking in this new meat. So this woman driven into insolvency by the push for domestic violence arrests now finds herself charged as a pedophile because someone barred men from her world. With domestic violence advocates as friends, who needs enemies.

This shelters came up with a novel approach to fixing the pedophile problem. Male children over the age of thirteen are barred from staying there. Too troublesome. The family broke up when the father was thrown out of the house. Now a second break up is happening with the teenage boys. Perhaps a relative has one bed available. Maybe the family of a high school friend would take him in their home. If neither option works then that is okay. He can move in with his father. Then they will both be sleeping in the car down by the river.

Children of these parents also suffer. They used to have their own bedroom in a safe town with good schools. First they have a shelter, then Section 8 public housing. An urban school. Maybe good-maybe not. Kids learn how to be tough in an urban environment. The kids might go bad or they could come out just fine. But there will be no clunky car as a teenager. There will be no saving fund for college. There will be no monetary gift to use as a down payment for a starter home. This tradition of the older generation giving the younger generation a financial leg up has been ruin due to the older generation’s lack of money. Financially, the older generation is merely treading water. It will take generations after these present two generations to repair the economic damage to these families.

So we are stuck with funding these shelters for a while. These women and children have no place left to go. Some of you guys may think that these feminist caused the problem and then created the solution. But homeless shelters are not a solution. They are just barely a band aid.

The remaining money under VAWA goes to the United States Department of Justice for the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). As long as OVW exists then the government is at war with men. As long as there is a pogrom against men, then women and children are going to end up as collateral damage. So there is no need for discussion about OVW going. The only thing we need to figure out is which of the two ways we can use to get rid of them-the easy way or the hard way.

And boys, do not try to burn down Washington’s Dept. of Justice Building in an effort to get rid of the Office of Violence Against Women. Their offices are over at N Street.

The easy way is using Congress. The VAWA comes up for funding every five to seven years. Next time it comes up, Congress votes no and everyone at the OVW gets a pink slip in late September. Nice and simple except nothing is simple in Washington. We, the people out here in the sticks, do not always know what the dynamics are in Washington. There might be one method of getting Congress on course. Have Congress demand that the Attorney General get, and release the arrests figures. Or have the President order it. He is usually fearless after he makes up his mind. And this is too large and too well known to continue the Washington plausible deniable routine. Then they will know how much trouble they are in because of these arrests.

There are 220 million adults 18 or older in this country of both sexes. If my figure of 36 million is correct, then that is 16.4% of the adults have been arrested. It could be as high as 55 million or 25%. It might be as low as 22 million or 10%. Whatever the number there are two things that Congress should know. First, is the fellow who discovered the arrests in Minneapolis back in 1992 said do not use it because it does not work. And second, the people arrested now constitute a Fifth Column here in the United States. Our loyalty to Washington is gone. But what did these genuises on the Potomac expect? They have harmed our children. If they think Al Qaeda is a pain in the ass, wait to they see what Americans can do once their fuse is lit.

I am certain the Attorney General will sit for months on the request for the number of domestic violence arrests. Then he will explain that they do not readily have the number and that some sort of Manhattan Project effort will be needed in time and money. Nonsense. When Washington started these arrests in 1984 over 6.3 personal computers were sold here in the U.S. That figure does not include all the mini’s, midi’s and mainframe computers sold that year. There is no way they can pretend that this data does not exist in electronic storage. A request to Ohio for the arrests 1984-2010 would tie up a state clerk for an hour, including their 15 minute coffee break. Time for the truth boys and girls. Because this is not going away.

The hard way is more time consuming, cost more money and is full of headaches. Because the only way of removing a department from the federal government without the consent of Congress is to take out the entire federal government.

The first time I heard that, I said that is ridiculous. We cannot run this country without a federal government. But we will replace the old government with something new and improved. The new government would honor the debts incurred by the old government. There are a lot of useful reasons for starting with a clean slate.

The bipartisan debt commission released their recommendation for cleaning up the $14 trillion we have borrowed over the years. Convention wisdom has it that Congress has no stomach for any of the recommendations.

But a new government could install those recommendation on day one. Three years later, most Americans will not remember that anything is different. The old government laid off its employees when it closed. The new government is hiring. But instead of 65,000 employees at the Dept. of Education, the new government is only hiring 45,000. Instead of an average federal wage of $70,000 a year, the new average will be $52,000. The new government will have to write a tax code. Everyone pays 15% with no deductions. How many IRS employees could you get rid of if there were no more deductions? Any thing is possible with a new government.

Normally over-throwing a elected government is considered treason. Treason is punishable by death here in the United States. But there is one way of over throwing the government. That is through the ballot box. Then it is not treason but democracy. Allegedly, Washington is in favor of democracy, particularly if their candidate wins.

There is no legal mechanism in the Constitution or the Federal code of the United States for dissolving the government of the United States. So that is what we need first. Congress would need to write it. We get them to do it through the ballot initiative.

A ballot initiative is when enough registered voters sign a petition to get a question on the ballot for the next election. The following would be a sample of what the question would look like in New Hampshire.

That all elected representatives from the state of New Hampshire to both houses of the United States Congress are to propose and advance a bill that would set up a legal mechanism to dissolve the United States government should the people decide to do so in a general election by a simple majority.

If this initiative passes in all 50 states then Congress will be stuck. They will have to write the law to dissolve. If they do not I suspect within ten years they will be standing in a stairwell at the British or French embassy with a suitcase in hand waiting to get to a rooftop helicopter. I doubt if they will be thinking about the humiliation of being thrown out of the country. They will be far too busy worrying about what will happen if the mob gets their hands on them.

Washington has not got a friend in the world. Even the British and Israelis loath them now. Kind of a bad time to be losing domestic support. And what they done over the last 25 years? They have wiped out the middle class pandering to a special interest group of bigots. And in typical Washington fashion, they did not even know they did it.

This Ivy League inbreeding in Washington has produced an elite that knows what best. Everyone else-husbands, wives, police officers, prosecutors, judges, attorney generals and guardian ad litems-are to shut up and do what they are told. The rule of law is gone, replaced by the policies, procedures and protocols of The Second Set of Books. Which means the federal government will be going shortly. For the government being unable to deliver the rule of law is like an auto mechanic who claims he does not know how to change the engine oil. A certain minimum competency is required. So it looks like the parents of the Washington elite were right. One can be too smart for their own good.

Betty Friedan wrote that the feminist revolution, like any revolution, would have its excesses. Losing the rule of law is too great to call it a mere excess. It is a catastrophe. It is the heart, mind and soul between the people and their government. These feelings of betrayal by losing it may be permanent. I have 21 years of Army service going back to the Vietnam War. My loyalty to the government should be a given. It is gone. I am certain it will never return regardless of how long I might have lived.

It was another woman that lead us in to this decision to clean house inside the beltway. Something she taught us fifty years ago. You simply look at those folks in Washington and then ask yourself the old Ann Landers question, “Am I better off with them, or without them? Are my children better off with them, or without them?” They are sinking like stones.

Washington, DC was chose as the capital because it was the geographical center or the old Colonies. Today, the geographical center of the country is just west of St. Louis Missouri. The new government can set the capital anywhere in the United States it wants. Imagine how many rodents, insects and parasites they could lose by moving 1500 miles west.

Whether you replace the federal government or not, men are still going to need a legal defense center for men. Something like the NAACP used to get black people their rights. The only checks and balances in the Second Set of Books is the First Set of Books. Which means lawsuits. Now I know you guys are broke. Some of you have had your wives and kids thrown into homelessness. So I completely understand when you tell me that you are broke. But if everyone who has been arrested throws in $10.00 a year then the legal defense center will have a war chest of $360 million. You can buy a whole bunch of lawsuit with that kind of money.

The Ball family has been supplying sergeants to the Army since at least the Revolutionary War. Elijah served as a sergeant in Cushing’s Regiment at the Battle of Bennington. His commanding officer was a general from NH with a name of John Stark. General Start was a clever warrior. He was responsible for the bulk of the heavy casualties the British suffer at their victory at Bunker Hill. His orderly, fighting withdrawal allowed the other units on the hill to not only retreat but collect their wounded on the way out.

General Stark would repeat this performance on three hill tops outside the village of Bennington VT one hot August day in 1777. At the end of the battle, the British lost over 900 men killed or captured. The Colonists suffered 30 dead. Two months later, the depleted British army would surrender at Saratoga. That victory at Saratoga would bring the French into the war. John Stark was the most competent general this country ever produced. For that reason alone his men loved him.

But as brilliant as he was on the battlefield, General Stark would become even more famous for something he said. In 1809 the veterans of Bennington decided to have one last reunion. A delegation called on the General with his invitation. But the General was old and frail. He could not attend. But he did send a message, “You tell the boys I said live free or die. That death is not the worst of evil.” Since 1945 the State of New Hampshire has stamped Live Free or Die on every pen, coffee mug, license plate and highway sign that they have gotten their hands on.

I think the General and his sergeant would be please that his words have elevated from the novelties and bric-a-brac to something more dignified like a courthouse door. Neither of them would give a second thought to the mess left over after the fire was extinguished. War has always been a grim business. Civil wars are usually worse.

But they would be trouble by the new enemy. Oh, they understood when a government betrays it people. They took up arms against the super power of their day to get relief for their grievances. But the enemy we face now is the government that these men birthed at places like Bennington, Saratoga and Bunker Hill. Government is no different than the food in a refrigerator. Given enough time both will go bad.

The smartest person I knew in this life was my mother. Perhaps that is true of all of us. Maybe I just got lucky. She was a nurse by trade. She worked in a time when Western medicine made that final transition from butchery to science. But it would not be her nursing skills that made her extraordinary. No, it would be this one incredible knack she had that I had only modest success at mimicking in my life. If she had something important to say to you, she would say and then never mention it again. She would talk about it if you raised the issue. But she never mentioned it twice on her own. And, oddly, you always heard her.

But she did have one favorite saying. I must have heard in a thousand times in the eighteen years I lived under her roof. It always came at the end of the conversation as she peeled away to see if it was time for Perry Mason or Lawrence Welk. She would turn her head to the side, and over her shoulder she would say, “And the only thing you really have in this world is your family.” Now, thanks to the United States Government, neither we nor our children have that.

. I have three things to say to my children. First, Daddy loves you. Second, you are my three most favorite people in the world. And last, that you are to stick together no matter how old you get or how far apart you live. Because it is like Grandma always said. The only thing you really have in this world is your family.

UPDATE: Apparently some people are confused by the photo in this article – it is of the famous monk self-immolating during the Vietnam war, as indicated by the filename of said photo. Thanks!

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  1. Absolutely, a statement about the ABUSE of Fathers which occurs everyday in this abortion clinic of justice. Everyone associated with this holocaust against the family should be ashamed of themselves. But how could they? They do this to Fathers EVERYDAY. They burn their relationship with their children and homes and incomes EVERYDAY. And for what? For MONEY (kick backs from Feds on every child they separate from the primary income producer) and for the anti-father radical feminazi agenda which adherence to is required for employment in this building. Also required for GAL's and Visitation Center employees associated with this building. RIP fine soldier, your sacrifice will not be in vain.

  2. False Allegation Awareness Month Rally at the State House June 22nd. Do not let this man burn to death in vain.

  3. "Do not let this man burn to death in vain."

    He already did.

  4. I'm surprised they didn't rip up the sidewalk and replace it. After all, we can't have the dedicated public servants walking on the ashed of the lives they've destroyed on their way in to work every day.

  5. I dunno. A lot of them will probably get a thrill out of it.

  6. they are painting it

  7. "With the wiggling and squirming an agitated child can have when being restrained a bruised neck was well within possibilities."

    "She kept licking. I flopped my right hand, the one she was licking, three times as a slap. I stood up and turned to face her bed. She rolled on her stomach. Then she belched out a mouthful of blood.

    I was surprised by the volume that Melissa spat out. As a medic, I knew there were no major arteries or veins in the area. I squatted down and pulled her upper lip up to find the wound. There was a cut on the nside of the upper lip, left side about half an inch about the edge of the mouth. I looked for other wounds. There was none. So where did all this blood come from?

    Then I remembered She looks like my mother, Jane. I look like my mother, Jane. I usually salivate a lot. I have had dentists tease me about trying to drown them. She looks like me. She has the same mouth, the same saliva gland system. Her mouthful was not blood. It was blood tinged saliva. Still made a mess."

    –Thomas James Ball

    I am obviously shaken to hear that this man's life circumstances lead him to commit such a drastic act as self immolation, but after reading passages like the ones I quoted above, I simply can't write him off as someone who was merely 'taken advantage of by the system.'

    Regardless of whether he was found guilty or not of domestic abuse, someone who would not only DO those things to a child, but WRITE about them in such an aloof manner sends chills up my spine. The fact that he writes that he was even surprised by the amount of blood his actions caused, but then seems to 'ok' it by assuming it is just because his daughter looks like him and therefore must have the same salivary glands as him? Horrifying.

    I know that many of you may feel the same way about 'statists'–that they will make up excuses for their violence, and perhaps act in similar, nonchalant ways about it. And that is valid to some extent, I believe. However, this man's daughter was not someone standing in front of a cop car, or smoking pot in central square. She was not an adult who understood the consequences (valid or not) of her actions. She was lying in bed next to her father, squirming. In other words, she was being a kid. Making excuses for making her bleed, or bruising her the way Mr. Ball did is simply horrifying, in my opinion.

    Again, I want to reiterate that I am deeply saddened that he was driven to such extremes as to end his life…but I don't think he should immediately be hailed as a martyr either (not necessarily saying that he has been, but it seems to be the way conversations are headed around here.) He clearly had a very complicated family life, and to put all of the blame on 'the system' is simply being ignorant of the fact that he should be held accountable for his actions as well.

  8. canole, he was arrested and his life destroyed, you twit. How's that for "held accountable for his actions?"

  9. I'm thinking that I should show up for his hearing next Friday.

  10. Did you read the statements I quoted? I think it's completely understandable that someone needed to intervene in the situation…taking actions like that against a child is never excusable.

    As to his life being destroyed…as I said, I think it's horrible that he was driven to such measures, but that doesn't mean I think he should have never been held accountable for what he did.

  11. This event is evidence that the free keene folks are on the right track.

  12. But you'll excuse cops, who do worse, most every day of their lives.

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    He clearly did not intend the outcome (her bleeding), which is why he was surprised. Once, I had to pull my son off my daughter, because they were fighting. he twisted in just the wrong way, and fell. Since it was not my intent that he be injured, it was a surprising result.

    Personally, I would never hit a child, but it's obvious that his intent was minor, and your beloved cops and courts turned a minor incident into a major one, with their knack for escalating every situation they are involved-in.

  13. "But you’ll excuse cops, who do worse, most every day of their lives."

    When have I excused a cop who has done a comparable act?

    "He clearly did not intend the outcome (her bleeding), which is why he was surprised. Once, I had to pull my son off my daughter, because they were fighting. he twisted in just the wrong way, and fell. Since it was not my intent that he be injured, it was a surprising result."

    He slapped her. He certainly wasn't intending it to NOT hurt her.

    "Personally, I would never hit a child, but it’s obvious that his intent was minor, and your beloved cops and courts turned a minor incident into a major one, with their knack for escalating every situation they are involved-in."

    It doesn't matter the magnitude of his intent. His intent was to HIT A CHILD. That is not excusable.

  14. You excuse cops who do worse.

    They intend to go around hurting and killing innocent people.

    Including children.

    And you find their actions excusable.


  15. Sorry boys, looks like you're gonna have to keep looking for your libertoid-paultard martyr to lead you to the promised land. This James Ball guy sounds like a massive scumbag, a raging crank, and a PTSD military cuckcoo. The battle plan? Makes you wonder what really goes on in the head of that weirdo clerk in the auto parts department, don't it? But he seemed so normal!

  16. They are also, statistically-speaking, extremely likely to use corporal punishment with their children. Statists, in general, are the only ones who think corporal punishment is acceptable. As evidenced by this guy, who was trained by your beloved State to be a violent man, a hired killer, and that violence "mysteriously" spilled over into his personal life.

    This is the world you want to live it. Don't complain about the consequences of the choices you support.

  17. I read your quote and the subsequent and small-minded vapors you shared with us all. awfully cute and wonderfully special.

    Get some perspective.

  18. "I flopped my right hand, the one she was licking, three times as a slap."

    "Did you read the statements I quoted? I think it’s completely understandable that someone needed to intervene in the situation…taking actions like that against a child is never excusable"

    And by intervention, do you agree with the immediate restraining order? Followed by mandatory arrest? Followed by mandatory prosecution? Followed by mandatory counseling? Followed by mandatory supervised visits for 10 years? Or would you agree with Mr. Ball that the state crossed a line at some point?

    I know that restraining an agitated toddler in your arms can be challenging, I can't imagine trying to restrain an agitated 4 year old. Any thoughts from other parents with kids?

  19. I don't remember who said it, nor will I scroll back up to find out. . . but the statement "incidents like this ::: free keene is on the right track" is one that I find sincerely disgusting.

    How can one state that a act of despiration such as this can be a sign that Free Keene, a peaceful movement geared towards love, freedom, and independence, is moving the way that it should be.

    I don't believe that "Free Keene" is a factor in that whatsoever. Furthermore, if it was a factor in this man setting himself ablaze. . . I would find that to show that Free Keene is not on the right track at all.

    This system, that Thomas was angry with, has but one outcome in EVERY situation. THat outcome is that of pain. Pain from watching children ripped from their parents, pain from men shooting up your property, pain from seeing your paycheck every week dwindle, seeing that money go towards somehow paying off the inadequacies of others. Pain is all that the government can give you. There is a devil. That devil is the idea that you can cause pain to others in order to get your way, and that it's perfectly fine to do so. An idea whose time should have come to an end eons ago.

  20. I'm sorry, but for any of you to condemn 'statists' when their handcuffs hurt your wrists and then turn around and defend a man who is surprised by the amount of blood that comes out of his daughter's mouth after he slaps her is just horrible.

    Are you telling me that in a 'free society' child abusers would not have to answer for their actions? Just because this man's actions lead to his becoming overwhelmed with the system, doesn't mean that he wasn't wrong in the first place.

    Whether or not the situation was dealt with in the best way possible may be up for debate, but to only blame 'the state' in this situation is simply ignorant.

  21. "I read your quote and the subsequent and small-minded vapors you shared with us all. awfully cute and wonderfully special.

    Get some perspective."

    I'm sorry…I didn't realize that not excusing child abuse was the wrong perspective.

  22. "You excuse cops who do worse.

    They intend to go around hurting and killing innocent people.

    Including children.

    And you find their actions excusable.


    I'll ask again: when have I ever excused a cop who has done something comparable. Just because you say I do, doesn't make it so.

  23. Are you still so collegiately ignorant of a twit as to assert that he did not suffer consequences for what happened?

  24. "Are you still so collegiately ignorant of a twit as to assert that he did not suffer consequences for what happened?"

    I never said he didn't…I said people shouldn't insinuate that he didn't deserve to be held accountable for his actions.

  25. Holy,

    It really does sound like you are advocating the idea of using overwhelming force against people who don't abide by what you believe. This is an actual belief by many other people.

    You know, in the recent past, parents hitting their children was the norm. I don't think we should get high minded about it to assume and act as if when he slapped his daughter over 10 years ago, he was completely educated in the idea that it was a bad idea.

    He came from the military, which makes it that much more likely he saw nothing wrong with using a slap as a disciplinary action. Instead of explaining that, he was emotionally tortured and strung along with the promise that he may one day get to be with his kid again, only to find that he was in a corrupt system that lied to him and left him without hope. For over a decade.

    Please keep this in mind when you try to hold him to 2011 standards.

    Do you feel this was just punishment?

  26. "It really does sound like you are advocating the idea of using overwhelming force against people who don’t abide by what you believe. This is an actual belief by many other people."

    I'm advocating for people being held responsible for abusing children.

    "You know, in the recent past, parents hitting their children was the norm. I don’t think we should get high minded about it to assume and act as if when he slapped his daughter over 10 years ago, he was completely educated in the idea that it was a bad idea."

    So that makes it excusable? Because he may not have been 'completely educated that it was a bad idea'? So if someone kills a black man because that's what they used to do before the Civil Rights era, it's excusable as long as they haven't been 'completely educated' on the matter?

    "He came from the military, which makes it that much more likely he saw nothing wrong with using a slap as a disciplinary action. Instead of explaining that, he was emotionally tortured and strung along with the promise that he may one day get to be with his kid again, only to find that he was in a corrupt system that lied to him and left him without hope. For over a decade.

    Please keep this in mind when you try to hold him to 2011 standards."

    I'm sorry, but you are blatantly making excuses for abuse. Isn't that exactly what Free Keene/FSP is against?? There are PLENTY (a majority, I would venture) of veterans who don't abuse their children. To insinuate that he 'didn't know any better' and then say that gives him a free pass to not be held to modern standards is simply horrifying.

    "Do you feel this was just punishment?"

    Do I feel what was just punishment? Being arrested for abusing his child? Yes. I do. The other events are more complicated and interlocked, and I haven't really formed a complete opinion on the matter yet…but as to him being arrested for the initial abuse, yes, I believe that was perfectly justifiable.

  27. Abuse is sustained, regretted incidents are not. Your scorched-earth policy of jurisprudence is dangerous and psychotic.

  28. I am going to speak my opinion from a largely non-political perspective. All we have is his statement and a few fillings and nothing from the court trails and lawsuits that proceeded. So currently we have a very one-sided story that has little in facts, if freekeene cares so much about the truth they will publish all facts including his trails and lawsuits so that way we can see the other side's argument. So far they haven't done this.

    However let's just assume that he was telling the truth, that all he did was slap his daughter and that his attempts at justice was hindered at every step and he was left feeling powerless and hopeless so in protest he set himself on fire. His call for violence was wrong but he showed that he was very intelligent and capable of forming a well-reasoned opinion. I say that because it's obvious he wasn't just some nut being fed lies by whatever political group and although unstable wasn't insane either.

    It seems his biggest problem is his overwhelming skepticism and intense hatred for the government; it just wasn't this unfairness he saw in the treatment of domestic violence issues and the systemic failure he saw in the entire government. <The second set of books, how he saw the failure of the U.S. government to heed the constitution, the debt, the lack of checks and balances. He saw the government more than flawed and worse than broken; he saw it as a living entity akin to evil.

    I think that his views were very extreme in that sense and unlike most people he couldn't just let it go, he couldn't just find a way to peacefully protest or run for office or start a group or in this case a newspaper or any of the things other individuals with passionate adamant opinions do. Other people have been pushed to the brink in far worst situations and suffered far worst, and I am sure he knew that those who accomplish the most do it peacefully. But HE COULDN"T STOP HIMSELF, something deep inside of him was contorted and twisted that wasn't always there.

    I know I am not an expert and my opinion is only based on the people I know. But I have known many people in the army & marines and not a single one returned the same. They return completely different regardless if they see combat; cold, detached and soulless. They stop wanting to live.

    Many of them stop working, get into drugs, become violent, and basically waste away in a depressed lifeless state of anomie. Others become extremely radical, instead of patriots who are proud of their countries as you would expect it's the exact opposite. They absolute hate America, they see it as broken and corrupt, as the de facto representation of evil. Personally and politically they are radicalized into an entirely new person alien from their former selves.

    Yet most of these friends and individuals were simply infantry who weren't privy to important intelligence nor served a long time. It wasn't as if some informative event or situation trigged a cataclysmic change. Like I said many who never saw combat and yet what was it? What the hell happened to them? The closest I got is boot camp is relentless, the way they humiliate and degrade soldiers is beneath criminal and the result is the removal of identity and will for life (that's what I interpreted anyways). Regardless something triggers it.

    This isn't just an isolated incident, it follows a distinct pattern

    Eric Robert Rudolph, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Randy Weaver, William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt and Charles Whitman. Ruby Ridge, Miami Shootings, Okahloma bombing, 1996 olympic bombings and university of texas sniper shootings.

    Former military member once discharged begins to form a distinct political opinion, typically at first he formally and peacefully tries to create change and protest against the policies he is against, then slowly progress into minor illegal rebellious acts and finally ends his life by prison or death in spectacular outburst of violence. And there is always a manifesto or in this case a "last statement".

    I do not believe like most of you that the American government is broken and that some huge change needs to occur. I see flaws that exist and need to be addressed individually and with actual attention to human need as opposed to an upheaval of the status quo. I think alot of people will see this is a sign and confirmation of what they think is really wrong with the world, but if you really want to examine the problem of government it's the military. It's what they do to these people, did they have the predisposition, the poor upbringing, sometimes yes and sometimes no, but undoubtedly there is a pattern and it stems from the military. I want some investigation, some inquiry into what the fuck makes these horrible, violent acts happen. I feel bad for Michael Ball and I think that this should have never happened and that it happens far too much, not in these extreme cases of violence but in the daily lives of many of the men and women who return.

    Anyways that's my two cents.

  29. not just in these*

  30. You use the word abuse. I don't think it means what you think it means.

  31. the guy committed suicide because of what the government did to him and his family. Whenever confronted with a government verdict in a court of so called law. . . the statists always come forward to show how the system works.

    Until, they get a not-guilty verdict that they don't care for. Then we must hear the facts of the case to get a clearer view, since the jury obviously didn't do its job correctly. Typical hypocritical government defenders. Until the end you would defend an asshole's so called "right" to electrocute people on the side of the road, allow them to pull over minorities at an alarming clip, gear up and beat down innocent free people without a whiff of any condemnation. Shameful. Worse than shameful, downright pathetic.

  32. @HC:

    "Are you telling me that in a ‘free society’ child abusers would not have to answer for their actions? Just because this man’s actions lead to his becoming overwhelmed with the system, doesn’t mean that he wasn’t wrong in the first place.

    Whether or not the situation was dealt with in the best way possible may be up for debate, but to only blame ‘the state’ in this situation is simply ignorant."

    "Do I feel what was just punishment? Being arrested for abusing his child? Yes. I do. The other events are more complicated and interlocked, and I haven’t really formed a complete opinion on the matter yet…but as to him being arrested for the initial abuse, yes, I believe that was perfectly justifiable."

    Justice involves restitution. Any time you start talking about punishment, you're talking about revenge, not justice, and you are automatically wrong. Doesn't matter if the other guy is wrong, too. It's entirely possible for both parties to be wrong.

    "I’m sorry, but you are blatantly making excuses for abuse. Isn’t that exactly what Free Keene/FSP is against?? There are PLENTY (a majority, I would venture) of veterans who don’t abuse their children. To insinuate that he ‘didn’t know any better’ and then say that gives him a free pass to not be held to modern standards is simply horrifying. "

    The majority of Americans do not consider a slap like that to be abuse. Nor to the courts, since he was found not guilty. The majority of Americans actually use such techniques with their children. Those of us who believe in zero corporal punishment are not in the majority; his actions /were/ in line with "modern standards."

    Your total insulation from reality is showing.

  33. @Sarahv:

    "So currently we have a very one-sided story that has little in facts, if freekeene cares so much about the truth they will publish all facts including his trails and lawsuits so that way we can see the other side’s argument. So far they haven’t done this."

    It's a case involving a minor. Under NH law, the actual court records are almost certainly sealed. So their lack of availability has to do with the courts, not anything else.

  34. This man is no martyr, but a reminder that everyday citizens have their lives ruined by the state and legal system. I don't know the intimate details of this man's case, or seen evidence to state right or wrong. But there seems to be considerable amount of harm and pain caused to this man and his family.

    I can't say I agree with him, but I understand the motivation. I hope this will be a wake up call to others, that Keene isn't just a quaint town. There is violence happening every day in that courthouse. Peoples entire lives torn apart by the decision of a bias court. I am actually shocked this doesn't happen more often around the country.

    "Child abuse" is not a term I think you should use so loosely. Hailing from a very abusive upbringing myself, I don't think a slap in the mouth constitutes him being arrested and having his children ripped away from him. There are no grounds to slander this man as a bad parent, in my opinion.

  35. HC-

    I hear you, even if the rest of this crowd is purposely not reading your actual words and intent.

    I got slapped once across the face by my mother. I was being an insolent, disrespectful teenager, and deserved it, and it hurt. It didn't draw blood, and certainly couldn't have drawn enough to make a mess. "A slap" doesn't do that. Regardless of how many times he hit his four year old daughter, he expressed no regret or even emotion over the fact that his child was bleeding as a result of something he did. That is intensely disturbing, and I would guess indicative of deep-seeded problems. Problems that might mean he was not safe to have around the children. He probably could have benefitted from the counseling he was ordered to attend, but it sounds like intense pride and a refusal to admit that anything he did was wrong prevented him from getting there.

    As I recall, he was found not guilty of "domestic violence," not of "child abuse," and that was result of shoddy police work or paper work.

    I don't want to get into the whole libertarian side of this conversation, but just wanted Holy to know there are other people who have some common sense in the world, too, and also see this man took the first several steps down this road all by himself, of his own choice.

  36. "You use the word abuse. I don’t think it means what you think it means."

    a·buse? ?

    [v. uh-byooz; n. uh-byoos] Show IPA

    verb, a·bused, a·bus·ing, noun

    –verb (used with object)

    1. to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority.

    2. to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight.

    Slapping/restraining your child so as to draw blood/form a contusion on AT LEAST two occasions is abuse of your role as a parent, and abuse of the child.

    I honestly can't believe any of you are even arguing this…although I can't say I'm actually really that surprised to hear Free Keeners/FSPers defending child abuse in order to deride the state…but it's still incredibly sad to actually read.

    As I said earlier, I don't think that the way the events transpired after the domestic violence accusation were necessarily ideal (again, haven't completely formed an opinion yet) but I would never THINK of defending this man's actions which resulted in the bruising and bleeding of his daughter…regardless of what era he came from. And if you claim people need to be held responsible for actions that they take which result in the harm of others, I don't understand how you either can be so ignorant as to question the term 'abuse' and its application to this situation.

  37. "I don’t want to get into the whole libertarian side of this conversation, but just wanted Holy to know there are other people who have some common sense in the world, too, and also see this man took the first several steps down this road all by himself, of his own choice."

    Are you implying Libertarians do not have common sense? Harsh.

    You don't know that this man had no remorse in his actions. I'm pretty sure he SET HIMSELF ABLAZE because of the repercussions of his actions. You obviously have never had the ever loving christ beat out of you by a parent with REAL deep seeded problems. I assure you, a slap to the face seems dull in comparison to say, having your face thrown down into a plate, breaking it, along with a tooth. All because you didn't do the dishes.

    You seem very confident this man was guilty. I think you should take a step back and realize that this isn't about HIS actions, but the state constantly interfering in his life.

  38. @Holy Canole: I'm usually nice, but please come out of your sheltered box, shut the hell up and pay attention to reality. Today. A slap is NOT child abuse. My father once tried to shove a butcher knife in my mouth, how is that for abuse? And guess what, the state of NH declared that he, a violent sociopath with a demonstrated history of violence to women fresh out of rehab, was the more capable of my parents. My sister was put through the wringer of the YDC/group home/state child prison system for most of her life from ages 12 – 17 for the heinous crime of having bad parents and no guidance. How dare she escape from that horrible place, somehow get a job at 15 and try to live her own life in peace. How dare she yearn for her freedom and steal away in the night every time they tracked her down like an animal?

    I've lived the same experiences of this man, with the guardians ad litem, the family courts, private interviews in the judges chambers from the perspective of the child caught in the center of the storm. They didn't expect a nine year old to be smart enough to read over court documents and make a case for his own fate, resolute in his own sovereignty.

    That man used the specter of the hell my sister went through at the hands of the state as a constant threat to maintain control over me, all the while ratcheting up the abuse the older, stronger, and more rebellious I became. I made a choice to stay in a home where I was beaten almost daily for something as trivial as not folding his laundry rather than be imprisoned like my sister, or lost, neglected, abandoned, and exploited by the network of foster homes. To become a paycheck with eyes. Being systematically enslaved for the first 18 years of your life by those who should be protecting and nurturing you will send anyone over the edge. The state is just that, an abusive parent to an entire geographic area. So please, get some perspective on child abuse before you talk like you know something about the matter. Otherwise, shut up.

    For those wondering, I am a very well adjusted person despite my upbringing. I recently put myself through KSC where I earned a bachelor's degree in architecture. Those who know me will attest to my generous and caring nature, and that I am also an angry person. For those wondering about the source of my rage, now you know. I'm not a mean person, I just had all the patience for bullshit beaten out of me years ago. Cheers.

  39. Josh,

    I'm sorry that your experiences were so traumatic, but that doesn't excuse this man's actions.

    Again, you seemed to have missed the fact that I said I have not yet formed a real opinion about the morality or what have you about the way the whole court situation transpired…I am ONLY talking about the way he treated his daughter, and whether or not he should be held accountable.

    As I said earlier…if people here TRULY protest violence against others, there is NO reason you should be defending what this man did to his daughter.

  40. "I assure you, a slap to the face seems dull in comparison to say, having your face thrown down into a plate, breaking it, along with a tooth. All because you didn’t do the dishes."

    It may seem dull, but it doesn't make it ok.

  41. Holy – what is it like to live in this intellectual Purgatory where you never have to come to any sort of opinion as the end result of critical thought? The point is, when the Nazis, Stalin and other fascists rip children from their families it is an injustice that must be stopped with nothing short of full scale war. It happens in your town on a daily basis and you cheer it on. Get a grip. The state does not own children, you don't get to tell people how to raise their children, a slap and a bruise is not child abuse. Go back to granola meadow where nothing bad happens in the world.

    You were wrong about the man's motivations and his choice of location as a message to those who wronged him, and you are wrong about what you consider "abuse." period.

  42. @holy_canole: "As I said earlier…if people here TRULY protest violence against others, there is NO reason you should be defending what this man did to his daughter."

    Defending? Did we ever say it was okay to hit your children? No. Clearly, we are just stating that what he did might have been taken out of context, and to an extreme.

    "Again, you seemed to have missed the fact that I said I have not yet formed a real opinion about the morality or what have you about the way the whole court situation transpired…I am ONLY talking about the way he treated his daughter, and whether or not he should be held accountable."

    You NEVER "form an opinion". You just repeat yourself over and over, opposing anything that any "free keener" may agree with. How much are unicorn rides in your fantasy world? Because I bet yours are taxed to death by the government you so do love.

  43. @Josh: I love you, this is why we are awesome

  44. Josh,

    "Holy – what is it like to live in this intellectual Purgatory where you never have to come to any sort of opinion as the end result of critical thought"

    What on earth are you talking about? Just because I haven't immediately jumped to conclusions based on one report from the man himself as many of you seem to have done, doesn't mean I won't EVER.

    "The point is, when the Nazis, Stalin and other fascists rip children from their families it is an injustice that must be stopped with nothing short of full scale war. It happens in your town on a daily basis and you cheer it on. Get a grip."

    That is not the situation we are discussing…I am talking about the actions this man took against his child.

    "The state does not own children, you don’t get to tell people how to raise their children, a slap and a bruise is not child abuse. Go back to granola meadow where nothing bad happens in the world."

    So what is this about the 'non aggression principle' I hear all the time around here? How exactly is making your child bleed and bruise non-aggressive?

    "You were wrong about the man’s motivations and his choice of location as a message to those who wronged him"

    Um, no…I said we shouldn't jump to conclusions about it. I didn't rule anything out. That's not being 'wrong' that's waiting for the facts to surface.

    "and you are wrong about what you consider “abuse.” period."

    I'm sorry, but if you believe slapping, bruising, and making children bleed is not abusive, you are severely disturbed. Just because worse things happen, doesn't make those things ok.

    And if you read the description of abuse which I posted above, you will see that I am in fact correct. Sorry.

    Again, I cannot BELIVE someone who claims to adhere to the principles of interaction which Free Keene espouses would try to make excuses for someone who slaps and 'restrains' his children to the point of bleeding and bruising.

    So when Sam's wrists are sore from handcuffs it's an outrage, but when I man hits a defenseless child and seemingly has no regrets you will defend him? Sick.

  45. "Defending? Did we ever say it was okay to hit your children? No. Clearly, we are just stating that what he did might have been taken out of context, and to an extreme."

    You are all making excuses for him…saying he was from a different era, or that other forms of child abuse are more extreme. What he did wasn't taken out of context, unless he himself took it out of context because HE DESCRIBED hitting his daughter and making her bleed. That IS extreme, and it is NOT something which should be taken lightly.

    "You NEVER “form an opinion”. You just repeat yourself over and over, opposing anything that any “free keener” may agree with."

    Oh please. Just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean I don't have an opinion. I have a very strong opinion on this child abuse situation, are you forgetting that?

    "How much are unicorn rides in your fantasy world? Because I bet yours are taxed to death by the government you so do love."

    Ah…a personal attack which is not only irrelevant, but clearly shows you pay no attention to what I actually say here…because I have said many many times that I do not 'love the government.'

  46. Naomi,

    Explain to me one thing: if you are against aggression, how can you defend this man's actions?

  47. @Holy – Never once defended the man, simply laughing at your sorry-ass pansy idea of what constitutes abuse. And the non-aggression principle is sorely overdone by adherents and critics alike. It's an outrage when institutional violence is shrugged off, in the case of Sam. I'm under the impression that you were never once given so much as a cuff upside the head for being flippant or insolent. I'm willing to bet that, like most gun control advocates, you have little or no experience with violence or the darker realities of human nature. To you, they are some scary thing that can be done away with by words and magical incantations, when the reality is that the only thing that PROTECTS you from violence is the willingness to RESPOND to violence in kind. In your case, that returned violence comes in the abstraction of the state. In my world, unobscured by fairy tales, i am protected from violence by the holy hell the unfortunate soul dumb enough to attack me unleashes upon himself. The one good thing about growing up with ACTUAL ABUSE is that you learn to laugh at most people who think they are intimidating.

  48. I never said I was against aggression, where are you deriving this from? Not everyone who posts here has the same views. I am not into the "non aggression principle". I am not into unnecessary or excessive violence. Which I believe slapping his daughter may have been out of line, but not enough to take his fucking kids away. Please. The fact that you are trying to make my argument somehow ignorant or hypocritical shows how little you are paying attention to what I am saying.

    And you're right, I don't typically read your posts. Because you're a twat. How is that for a personal attack? U MAD?


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