I can’t remove someone from a #CallList I don’t have; the ball is in your court, .@CREDOMobile.

When Donald Trump took office, we had a fully operational National Do Not Call Registry. When my phone rang, the call was for me, and it wasn’t a solicitation or a scam. When my number showed up on other people’s caller I.D., I was the one placing the call. There’s no reason that neither of these should no longer be true, but indeed, they aren’t.

Months ago, a technically savvy, patient and kind Internet soul explained to me, via Twitter, that the multiple phone calls I’d received from Russia and bitched about on this blog likely weren’t from Russia at all: it’s commonplace now for bad people to borrow phone numbers for purposes of harassing good people, anonymously.

Given that explanation, I wasn’t very surprised to have a woman leave a Steel Magnolia-sounding voice message a couple of days ago stating she wished to have her phone number removed from my Call List immediately. Please. And thank you. Very much.

You’d have to live in the South for quite a while to hear her unsaid “or else.” I heard it.

There’s nothing I can do about it – I can’t stop calling a number I never called before.

My phone company, Credo Mobile, could do something about it; in addition to providing phone services via Sprint, it’s a Progressive action group that authors, publishes and duly submits political petition after political petition to the powers that be, nationwide.

If bad people were borrowing good people’s phone numbers for purposes of anonymous harassment 18 years ago, I’d have called Credo and asked them to work on petitions to fix the mess. I had to be ignored or flatly told “no”  thousands of times since 2001 while trying to save my life and others to have my efforts at reclaiming mine or anyone else’s inherent rights narrow to simply throwing down the most succinct Tweet I can think of to try and get responsible parties to read my bitchy blog posts, and do the right thing.

It’s my hope that when I Tweet this blog post, Credo will follow up on petitioning Congress to have our legislators 1) make the Do Not Call Registry operable again as rapidly as it went inoperable, and 2) make sure that Congressional intelligence oversight committees will hold intelligence agencies accountable for letting the phone numbers we’re federally taxed monthly for be borrowed by bad actors. If Credo ignores me, it won’t feel as awful as hearing one more “no” that I know should be a yes, but it’ll still feel awful, especially if the Steel Magnolia calls me again.





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.@TheJusticeDept: 60 months for deliberately denying justice even once is far too lenient. #RodolfoDelgado #JudicialMisconduct

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Texas District Judge Sentenced to Prison

A Texas state district judge has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison following his multiple convictions of conspiracy, bribery and obstructing justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas.

A federal jury in Houston convicted Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 66, of Edinburg, July 11, 2019, following a six-day trial of one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.

Delgado was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett who also ordered Delgado to serve two years of supervised release.

Delgado was a justice in the 13th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, having been elected in November 2018. He resigned from that positon following his conviction.

Prior to that, he was previously the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas, which has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. As a district judge, Delgado conspired with an attorney from January 2008 to November 2016 to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom.

As part of the investigation, Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for agreeing to release three of the attorney’s clients on bond in cases pending before his court. The first two bribes totaled approximately $520 in cash and the third bribe – in January 2018 – totaled approximately $5,500.

After Delgado learned of the FBI’s investigation, he also attempted to obstruct justice by contacting the attorney and providing a false story about the payments.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Trial Attorney Peter M. Nothstein of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arthur “Rob” Jones and Robert Guerra are prosecuting the case.

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Public misconduct is serial in nature, and our rogue @FBI and @TheJusticeDept will pretend it isn’t for so long as @POTUS and federal legislators let them. #DeadInmates

I’ve advocated for incarcerated innocents for 15 years. Many of the people I’ve advocated for have been freed, but – to a man – all of them would have been freed if the wholly self-evident serial nature of public misconduct in criminal prosecutions had been duly investigated and prosecuted by the FBI and the Department of Justice … the peripheral public corruption that would have ended simultaneously would have been truly staggering in nature, including a rapid halt to untimely, preventable death of inmates. (Peripheral corruption has been known to be deadly, too.)

We have “Zero Tolerance” policies for children in grade school and “Unlimited Tolerance” for adults on the public payroll who have sworn to keep us safe from harm, and instead damage or end our lives. It’s time to stop being so very, very backwards.

Offender Picture

William “Tommy” Ziegler, innocent who’s endured Florida’s living-death death row for over 43 years.





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Me: It hurts when I do this. Doctor: Then don’t do that.

The above is essentially how the most recent conversation with the general physician went, as have many others before it with other doctors who cautioned me to limit a particular physical activity before I made matters worse.

The physical activity I’m supposed to limit this time is combing my hair, because my fingers aren’t staying in the joints at their base when I do.

That means shorter hair, which means still less of me being me, as if being 20 pounds underweight wasn’t enough less-ness.

Not giving in and going short-short, not without a fight. I thinned handfuls out with special shears, and that didn’t work. I switched shampoos and conditioners – twice – and that didn’t work. Next I’ll try having a pro three or four inches off and throw a perm into it. If that doesn’t work, I’ll “frost” it, which will thin a lot of strands.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll lighten all of it, and thin every strand.

I like being recognizable to myself by some feature when I pass by a mirror somewhere (I don’t have any hanging in the house). My long hair was serving that purpose.

And I am of THAT generation. You know the one. If I have to lose it, will I get over it? Absolutely. And maybe I’ll even feel better because, for once, I’ve bitched at length about a loss in progress.





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California: About that $50 Million Charter School Heist

“As we say in Brooklyn, if you believe the lobbyists who have defeated all efforts to stop self-dealing, I have a bridge to sell you.”

Diane Ravitch's blog

As reported earlier today, online charter operators in California with multiple shell corporations have been indicted for embezzling more than $50 million for their charters. 

Also indicted were the leaders of the tiny rural school districts that authorized their charters as a way to collect fat fees for doing nothing. This feature is a serious flaw in the state’s notoriously lax charter law.

A tiny district can authorize a charter in Los Angeles or San Diego, then sit back and collect commissions. Efforts are underway now to fix the law but the California Charter Schools Association has fought all efforts at accountability.

A3 Education recruited small public school districts to sponsor the charter schools in exchange for oversight fees. Prosecutors say A3 enrolled about 40,000 students throughout the state, none of whom received any services.

The company that operated a network of 19 online-only schools is accused of paying sports…

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Please read my email re your pestering @xychelsea, .@TheJusticeDept [updated]


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Media Release: Edward Snowden to deliver keynote address at Dalhousie University inaugural Alumni Days

Edward Snowden to deliver keynote address at Dalhousie University inaugural Alumni Days

Posted by Media Centre on May 7, 2019 in News

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (Halifax, NS) — Media are invited to Dalhousie University’s inaugural Alumni Days Open Dialogue Series where former American intelligence officer and whistleblower Edward Snowden will deliver a keynote address.

On May 30, Mr. Snowden will appear live via livestream from Moscow, Russia to speak about security, privacy and surveillance to a Dalhousie community audience. Mr. Snowden will also take questions from students. The event will be moderated by Dr. Frank Harvey, Dean of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The Snowden keynote kicks off Dalhousie’s Open Dialogue Series which brings people together for thought-provoking conversations focused on timely and relevant topics. In addition to conversation about security, privacy and surveillance with Mr. Snowden, Open Dialogue will feature two panel discussions with faculty, researchers and alumni delivering TED-style talks about healthcare and immigration.

Interview opportunities: Sheila Blair-Reid, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni and External Engagement. Dr. Frank Harvey (event moderator) and Robert Tibbo, Mr. Snowden’s legal counsel.

The keynote address is sponsored in part by Ernst and Young LLP (EY Canada), Atlantic Security Conference and Dalhousie’s Faculties of Law, Management, Computer Science, and Arts and Social Sciences.

Event details:

·     Date/time: May 30, 2019 | 7:20 PM. Doors open 6:45 PM.
·     Location: McInnes Room, Dalhousie Student Union Building   (overflow: Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building)
·     Tickets are free with contribution to For the RefugeesOnline registration is required. http://ow.ly/z4Fm50u1LIv
·     Livestream link for media to follow (details not for publication)
     ·     Media: Photography is permitted, though video and audio recordings are not.

Media are asked to please RSVP.

Media contact

Sarah Dawson
Senior Communications Advisor
Dalhousie University

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