Yes, the nightmare continues.
This time, though, shit just got real, as they say. Without going too much into depth about it, my younger brother, who is a world class piece of garbage, sold our family home in Baltimore, sold most of our belongings that he didn’t load into a truck, put the rest in a dumpster, stored some of my mother’s belongings in a storage facility (paid for two months, then abandoned), and moved to Florida without leaving anyone a forwarding address. All of which I’ve heard from either neighbors or other family members.
My brother is 44; until about 4 months ago he’d never lived anywhere but our family home in Randallstown. He was living with my mother, who had taken in tenants to supplement income (even though the house was owned outright), and he didn’t pay a cent for rent that I know of. Ever. His entire life. He works as a waiter — or rather he did (since he’s been down in Florida he’s been jobless) — but he took the money from the sale of the house, about $165K, left it to a friend of my sister’s to find my mother an assisted living facility, and high-tailed it down to St Petersburg. Since my mother has had multiple surgeries on her legs, she’s essentially had to rely on my brother for anything requiring mobility, and as a quid pro quo, he convinced her to give him power of attorney over her affairs. I warned her against this when I found out — as did others — but she was, I suppose, essentially dependent on him after my father passed away in 2010, so he didn’t listen. She was, in essence, captive — but because she was mentally competent there wasn’t much that anyone could do about it.
Anyway, long story short, using power of attorney, he emptied all her accounts, took the proceeds from the house sale, cashed out her life insurance policy right after my father died (or at least canceled it; not sure if there was money from that to be had), and has had my father’s pension — which was to go to my mother monthly — diverted to him. He also took something between $9-$19K in bonds and we don’t know what’s become of the $70K from my father’s life insurance policy. More, he was supposed to have paid up front for future funeral services with money from my father’s life insurance policy; we learned yesterday that that hadn’t been done, either.
I’m mostly estranged from my family in MD — largely because my mother wouldn’t listen to warnings about my brother and what I believed was a form of elderly abuse — so I gave up after awhile and I’ve tried to stay out of the whole mess: let them each get what they deserve, I figured. But now my mother is living with two other women in an assisted care facility with a 9 PM lights out curfew, and her caregivers missed an infection in her leg that brought her to the hospital two nights again. Her Social Security check goes to pay for the facility, leaving her with about $22 per month in spending money. And I can’t abide that. Particularly now, as she’s been hospitalized and I was just informed that they’ve found spots on her lungs and on her adrenal gland (biopsy tomorrow, but I’m fairly certain, as are the doctors, that it’s cancer and that it’s spread). Which, yeah, that info should probably have been in the lede. Sue me.
My mother says the agreement she made with my brother, whose goes, ludicrously and embarrassingly, by “Goldie” often times, was that he would pay her bills and provide her with monthly money (she fucked up, she trusted him!), using the proceeds from the house sale (as some of you may recall, I offered to buy the house and restore it, but he turned me down; the last time I saw it it wasn’t fit for a hoarding cat lady to live in, but there was no chance he was going to put any work into it. He paid a friend of mine to fix it just enough to pass inspection); instead, he purchased a condo in Florida and a new car (rumor has it) — both outright — and hasn’t been paying a dime to my mother of late. Other friends and relatives have been paying for her to go play BINGO, or get a sandwich out. “She doesn’t need her nails done,” my brother told our cousins, who’ve been helping out, when they called about a car insurance payment that was due. Or,”she doesn’t need a haircut. Mind your own fucking business.” Etc.
I was contacted about all this a few days back and since then I’ve gone through the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services, who referred me to a detective who is now on the case. What we’re looking at, beside theft and perhaps wire fraud for the pension transfer, is misappropriation of funds by fiduciary. I’ve arranged for power of attorney to be changed this afternoon by paying for a mobile notary to travel to her hospital room and by having my cousins download and fill out forms from the office of the attorney general of MD. I’ve also given my them, because they live down the street from my mother and who have been helping her with money and company, and because I trust them, medical power of attorney. I’ve located my brother — who bragged about not giving his address to anyone — by duping him on the phone: I called and offered to pay for my mother’s car insurance, which I learned was in arrears, and during that conversation got just enough information out of the greedy bastard (he smelled money and like a rat he bit) to find out what county he was in, after which a property search gave me his address.
Since he found out that I know where he’s living and that he’s under criminal investigation, he’s been trying to get the routing number and account number for my mother’s (empty) checking account, hoping to stuff some money back in to suggest he’s been exercising his power of attorney faithfully. Now, I’m no detective, but it seems to me that had he EVER planned on sending her money, this is information he’d already have. From what I understand from the detective, they can subpoena all my mother’s accounts and find out where the money went by following that trail.
In addition to being an embezzling, low-life taint, he’s also been making physical threats to my cousins and my sister. Me, I blocked his number long ago, and the last time I saw him, when I was home for my reunion, it was all I could do to keep from getting locked up. Fortunately, he ran. Because I’m not a woman he can throw a punch at.
So. There it is. We’re not quite settled into the new house yet, but it looks like I’ll be embroiled in an ugly legal battle with my piece of shit brother as my mother faces what may be terminal cancer. Doing that all from Colorado might prove difficult, so I suspect I’ll be forced to take a few trips to the People’s Republic of Baltimore — where there’s a good chance I’ll be arrested for accidentally elbowing my brother in his jaw repeatedly (note: somewhere in California, somebody just did a screen cap of this particular sentence). It is what it is.
It’s all been a whirlwind. And now the breeze is picking up yet again.
Apologies for my extended absence. And apologies for the personal stuff some of you don’t like to read on a “political blog.” But this is my space. So if you don’t want to read it, skip over it. I’m sure Obama’s done something douchey today that will keep you entertained.
As for me, I’m stressed beyond the breaking point. So if you have it in you, send along your best good vibes. I can certainly use them right now.
UPDATE: power of attorney has been changed and notarized. My cousin and aunt are also going to file for guardianship of my mother. I’ve counseled both my cousin and my sister to file for temporary protection orders against my brother based on his texted threats so that he can’t reach my mother while they’re around without risking arrest should he do as he says and come up from Florida to try to manipulate my mother yet again.
He also told me his attorney has me “on harassment, slander, and fraud,” and that they are “coming after me financially” — all of which info I’m passing on to the Detective, who is out of town until Thursday.
As many of you know, I’m not one of these people who shrinks from a fight. So best of luck to the plump little asshole.
Unfortunately, I still have to get my office in order and find all sort of cords and things, as well as put away junk that I’ve accumulated over the years. And I just learned — literally as I’m writing this — that Tanner has painted his room with a tube of toothpaste.
But we’re getting there.
Meanwhile, Obama continues to suck, the Dems continue to try to figure ways to steal future elections, and Ebola is probably worse than we thought. So we’ve got that going for.
Could it be Berserker Baptists? Mad Methodists? Lethal Lutherans? Who really knows because all religions are the same, right? Right?
Two Canadian soldiers in Quebec have been injured in a hit-and-run that is being investigated as a possible terror attack.
Police in Quebec are unsure whether the soldiers were deliberately targeted in the incident, but sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Globe and Mail that the suspect was known to both intelligence and law-enforcement officials before Monday’s hit-and-run in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, less than an hour outside of Montreal.
The sources said the 25-year-old male was believed to be an Islamic convert who had been radicalized.
One of the soldiers is in critical condition in hospital and authorities are “fearing for his life,” according to the Quebec provincial police. The other victim suffered more minor injuries.
Really, nothing to see.
“Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews” [Darleen Click]
If I was conspiracy minded, I’d wonder what the Clinton’s had on John Kerry to make him continue to be the worst Secretary of State to date in order to make Hillary look great in comparison.
Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett fired back at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, after the latter claimed Israel’s failures to forge a peace deal with the intransigent Palestinian Authority (PA) – not the US’s failures in the Middle East – are to blame for the rise of Islamic State (ISIS).
“Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews,” Bennett stated.
“We don’t justify terror; we fight terror,” he added. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict statement encourages ISIS, and is a boost to terrorism worldwide.”
Bennett also said that Kerry, as well as the West, does not take ISIS seriously.
“I suggest they listen to and believe ISIS,” he said. “These terrorists want to take over the Middle East, from Syria to Jordan and Lebanon, and to re-establish the [historic] Islamic caliphate.”
“We could either fight it or explain it away,” he continued. “The choice is in the world’s hands, and it will bear the consequences.” [...]
Kerry blamed Israel for the rise in global jihadism on Thursday, pointing the finger straight at Jerusalem – despite a long and seasoned history of Washington’s own failures in the Middle East.
Kerry insisted that Israel “humiliated” the Palestinian Arabs and that it has led to a “loss of dignity,” leading to a recruitment draw toward ISIS.
“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the
Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry claimed, referring to a visit to Cairo that raised $5.4 billion for Hamas in Gaza on Sunday.
“People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” he said.
“Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early“
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. [...]
“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington. [...]
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
In the fight against hate speech, subversive propaganda and the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, Federal Government to place monitors in Newsrooms across the country [Darleen Click]
I’m sure the New York Times, LA Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, et al, will welcome such Truthy overlords …
Oh, wait, that would be against the First Amendment, right? Nevermind. Let’s just have the Feds monitor private citizens instead, m’kay?
If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your “partisanship’’?
My guess is that most Americans would answer those questions with a resounding no. But the federal government seems to disagree. The National Science Foundation , a federal agency whose mission is to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense,” is funding a project to collect and analyze your Twitter data.
The project is being developed by researchers at Indiana University, and its purported aim is to detect what they deem “social pollution” and to study what they call “social epidemics,” including how memes — ideas that spread throughout pop culture — propagate. What types of social pollution are they targeting? “Political smears,” so-called “astroturfing” and other forms of “misinformation.”
Named “Truthy,” after a term coined by TV host Stephen Colbert, the project claims to use a “sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex network models” to distinguish between memes that arise in an “organic manner” and those that are manipulated into being.
But there’s much more to the story. Focusing in particular on political speech, Truthy keeps track of which Twitter accounts are using hashtags such as #teaparty and #dems. It estimates users’ “partisanship.” It invites feedback on whether specific Twitter users, such as the Drudge Report, are “truthy” or “spamming.” And it evaluates whether accounts are expressing “positive” or “negative” sentiments toward other users or memes.
The Truthy team says this research could be used to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.” [...]
Some possible hints as to Truthy’s real motives emerge in a 2012 paper by the project’s leaders, in which they wrote ominously of a “highly-active, densely-interconnected constituency of right-leaning users using [Twitter] to further their political views.”
Let me repeat … this is being done by the National Science Foundation.
And scientists wonder why the rubes are questioning their alleged dedication to non-partisanship on a host of issues?
h/t Glenn Reynolds
It’s come to this: Government tells Christian ministers to perform same-sex marriages or face jail, fines [Darleen Click]
Now where are the staunchiest among us who said this would never ever, pinky promise, happen?
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. [...]
The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel is across the street from the Kootenai County Clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. The Knapps, both in their 60s and who themselves have been married for 47 years, began operating the wedding chapel in 1989 as a ministry. They perform religious wedding ceremonies, which include references to God, the invocation of God’s blessing on the union, brief remarks drawn from the Bible designed to encourage the couple and help them to have a successful marriage, and more. They also provide each couple they marry with a CD that includes two sermons about marriage, and they recommend numerous Christian books on the subject. The Knapps charge a small fee for their services.
Coeur d’Alene officials told the Knapps privately and also publicly stated that the couple would violate the city’s public accommodations statute once same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho if they declined to perform a same-sex ceremony at their chapel. On Friday, the Knapps respectfully declined such a ceremony and now face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to perform that ceremony.
“The city somehow expects ordained pastors to flip a switch and turn off all faithfulness to their God and their vows,” explained ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state law clearly stand against that. The city cannot mandate across-the-board conformity to its interpretation of a city ordinance in utter disregard for the guaranteed freedoms Americans treasure in our society.”
Let’s do some math!
Of course, cue the three most leftist judges on the panel to snivel about discrimination.
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.
The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.
The Supreme Court’s order was unsigned, as it typically is in these situations. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented, saying they would have left the district court decision in place.
“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote in dissent.
Gingsberg’s language is both assumptive and the usual Leftist tact of redefining words to suit political ends. There is no evidence that the intent of the law was to discriminate against anyone other than people attempting to fraudulently vote. And getting an id, something that people need to cash checks, fly on planes, enter certain government buildings, secure employment, etc., is not by any stretch of a reasonable person’s imagination a poll tax.
Anyone think a bunch of Texas could cross the border to the south, show up and vote in Mexico? Yeah, right.
Mexican officials unveiled the voting ID two decades ago to properly identify electors in a country with a history of voters casting multiple ballots and curious vote counts resulting in charges of fraud — most notoriously in 1988 when a computer crash wiped out early results favoring the opposition.
The credential proved so good at guaranteeing the identification of electors that it became the country’s preferred credential, one now possessed by just about every adult Mexican. Its widespread acceptance deepened democracy, too, by giving credibility to the Federal Electoral Institute, analysts say. The agency was created as an independent agency to oversee federal elections.
Leftists want to permanently seize the reins of Government and diluting the votes of legitimate voters is just one of many tools.
If Gingsberg were to resign after the mid-terms, Republicans should refuse to confirm any Obama nomination. Indeed, if the GOP keeps the House and retakes the Senate, no justices at the Federal level nominated by this fundamentally transformative President should be confirmed.
A lady can wish.
I don’t know about you, but I feel sooooooo much better …