LIFE’S A BITCH


If you don’t understand, don’t ask.
If I rub you the wrong way, deal with it.
If I don’t want to talk, don’t try to force it.
If I get on your nerves, that’s your problem.
If I’m not agreeable, don’t try to figure it out.
If you don’t like what I write, don’t read it.
If I don’t want to listen, then don’t force it down my throat.
If you don’t want to be around me, then go away.
If you don’t like my angle, then
turn me off.
If you don’t want my opinion, then don’t ask.
If I don’t make you happy, tough shit.
If I don’t make you laugh, then go cry.
If I don’t make you cry, then go express your emotion however you see fit.

And now….

If you don’t want to be criticized, then don’t ask.
If you don’t want people to see you naked, then don’t post selfies.
If you don’t care, then don’t wonder.
If you aren’t happy, then get help.
If you don’t like animals, then don’t get a pet.
If you don’t like people, then don’t get a mate.
If you don’t like my music, then don’t listen.

Finally…

If you need to say it, then say it… But you might not like the response.
If you need to do it, then do it… Just don’t get upset when somebody else doesn’t like it.
If you need to express it, go right ahead… Don’t be sore when it doesn’t make sense.
If you want to be crazy…be crazy…just don’t be mad when they take you away.
If you want to be remembered… then do something memorable…deal with it if people laugh at it.
If you can’t handle children…don’t have them…use birth control
If sex is too much for you…then masturbate…no danger there.
If a relationship doesn’t make you happy…then be alone…just don’t whine about it.
If you want to be closer to God…then go to church…it’s your choice.
If you don’t like your job…then quit…nobody’s stopping you.

My point? Deal with whatever comes your way in an adult manner.

If you don’t like it….then move the FUCK on!!

PERIOD.

The Death of A Country


The story continues to grow…

 

…And then there was the “arsonist” registry, and along came the “mean to animals” list….soon the country was under the spell of the “fix-it-all” lawmakers and they made the “drunk driver” registry, the “home invasion” registry and the “if you did anything bad you’ll be on the bad registry” registry.  The citizens all agreed.  They wanted to be protected and felt that the registries made perfect sense and did just that; protected the nation against perps and creepy people.

Soon the people became upset as the registries didn’t seem to be making any difference. Just like the unconstitutional black-listing sex offender registry, the lists grew, but the amount of crimes remained the same.  The recidivism rates dove to all-time lows, yet the Justice Department of the USA told everybody they were skyrocketing.  Our Government became “not” for the people and “not” by the people.

One day, the citizens that had wanted these registries began seeing themselves or people very close to them being placed on lists.  All of the sudden, they wanted the lists removed, but lawmakers shook their fingers and said no way.  “We’re protecting the public.”  They said.  “the same public that you said were so scary.”  The people had to grin and bear it.  The day arrived when everyone took up space on someone’s archaic and contrived registry.

People went underground, prison populations grew at alarming rates.  The citizens regretted their earlier zeal and lynch-mob mentalities.  There were more murders, arson, break-ins and sex offenses.  The Government told the people to calm down, but alas; it was too late.  Vigilantes ruled the countryside.  The killing and destroying of American ideals continued.  The USA became weaker and weaker and weaker.  Soon it collapsed under its own weight of man-made disease.

Eventually, our country passed away…..

Shaun Webb Radio Appearance


On Thursday March 13, I will be appearing on Blog Talk Radio from 9- 10 P.M. Eastern time.

The show is hosted by Tom Madison:

Peace, Justice and Truth Activist.

We will be discussing my books with A Motion for Innocence and Behind the Brick taking center stage.

Please tune in on your internet

Www.blogtalkradio.com/activistcentral  at 9 P.M. Sharp Thursday evening.

This is a coast to coast program

Click here to listen

Sarah Raymo is NOT guilty!!


I don’t believe for one second that Mrs. Raymo is guilty of this crime.  Let me share my reasons why I feel this way.

1.  What teacher would be so stupid as to attempt to have sex with a student IN the classroom.  She wasn’t the only person with a key. 

2.  The texts and “naked” pictures on his cellphone mysteriously disappeared?  Don’t tell me if they were there that they cannot be recovered.

3.  The kid said he had sex at her house too.  She has a husband.  She wouldn’t be that stupid.  He could come home any minute.

4.  He said she bought cigarettes and alcohol for him.  Where’s the store surveillance?  That’s what I thought.

5.  The kid bragged to his friends that he was having sex with Mrs. Raymo.  Of course he did…..especially if he wanted too and couldn’t.  Kids DO lie.

Nope.  I don’t think she did it.  But alas, all it takes is an accusation levied by a poor, victimized child.  In some cases it’s true.  In this case?  No way!

Here’s the Bay City Times article.

By Cole Waterman | cwaterma@mlive.com The Bay City Times Follow on Twitter on January 29, 2014 at  4:50 PM, updated January 29, 2014 at  5:34 PM

BAY CITY, MI — Speaking in terse statements from the witness stand, a 15-year-old male testified that he first had sex with his eighth-grade teacher in her classroom at T.L. Handy Middle School in Bay City after school let out for the day around Christmastime of the 2012-2013 school year.

“She asked me to stay after class,” said the teen during the preliminary examination of Sarah M. Raymo, held Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Bay County District Court. “And then we started talking. And we laid down and watched a movie. And then we kissed. And I took my pants off and she took off her pants.”

After being led into the courtroom from the Bay County Jail in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, the 31-year-old Raymo sat across the courtroom, not looking up at the teen.

For most of his testimony, the teen answered the yes-or-no questions posed to him by Bay County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Nancy E. Borushko and defense attorney Matthew L. Reyes.

Raymo taught at T.L. Handy Middle School, where the teen attended. The teen said the sex started around the winter break of the 2012-2013 school year. He was 14 years old at the time. Before the sex started, he and Raymo would have conversations via text messages and she would buy him alcohol, cigarettes and food, he testified.

Raymo also would send him nude photos of herself via text messages, the teen said, though he added he deleted the photos, no longer has the phone they were originally sent to and cannot provide proof of their existence.

The teen estimated he and Raymo had sex a total of six to eight times, the last sexual contact being in the summer of 2013. At times, the sex would occur at the school, while on other occasions Raymo would pick him up and take him to her Essexville home.

Reyes at one point asked the teen if Raymo ever told him to keep their liaison quiet.

“She said, ‘˜Don’™t tell anyone ’cause I could get in a lot of trouble,’” the teen testified.

The teen testified that at some point he told several male friends of what transpired between him and his teacher.

Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Douglas Newcombe previously said that school officials became aware of rumors circulating about a teacher having sex with a student on Monday, Jan. 13, and that they notified police the same day. The teen was later interviewed at the Nathan Weidner Children’s Advocacy Center.

At the Wednesday hearing, the teen said he was not truthful with some of what he told the forensic interviewer, saying he did not want to get Raymo in trouble. The teen said he had not seen Raymo since the summer, though about three months ago, they had exchanged non-sexual text messages, he said.

Police arrested Raymo the night of Tuesday, Jan. 14, and she was arraigned the next day on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a life offense.

After the teen testified, Borushko said she did not intend to call additional witnesses. Reyes then asked for an adjournment so he could subpoena witnesses of his own and Bay County Chief District Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted the request and scheduled the hearing to continue at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Reyes also asked Kelly to reduce his client’™s $250,000 bond, saying she has strong ties to the community and no criminal record. Borushko objected, stating the fact Raymo was in a position of authority over children is of great concern to her office.

Kelly did not reduce Raymo’s bond. She remains housed in the Bay County Jail.

Behind the Brick


Don’t miss this one. Here’s the best out of all the five-star reviews this book has garnered. To get your copy go to http://www.amazon.com/author/shaunwebb
Also see: http://www.shaun-webb.com

5.0 out of 5 stars Where Cornwell meets Orwell (Or, why 2050 is the new 1984), January 23, 2014
By D. Logue – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Behind the Brick (Paperback)
I must admit I rarely spend time reading fiction, but the premise of this book had me intrigued. Behind the Brick is a very ambitious book. As the title of my review suggests, the fast-paced, action-oriented book style reads like a Patricia Cornwell novel while the social commentary is filled with Orwellian symbolism.

The year 2050 has become the new 1984. A president uses a public safety platform to push the US closer to the edge of tyranny. A number of ever-increasing laws have failed to stop the pandemic of Predator Panic, and the public sex offender registry has swelled to over two million faces. Residency restrictions and microchip implants have failed to quell the fears, leaving a final solution– the creation of an isolated penal colony in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, surrounded by 25-foot brick walls (hence, “The Brick”).

The story centers around the actions of “The Advocates,” a trio of individuals resisting the roundup– Steven Smith, an eccentric but smart computer nerd hiding in the Montana wilderness, and Rachel and Matt Lyons, a couple from New York also working to stop the impending ‘Wisecroft Act,” the Executive Order calling for internment of all registered citizens at “The Brick.”

President Wisecroft has used the popularity of his cause of child safety to lull the masses into a plan that would push the USA across the invisible line into Imperialism. Among Wisecroft’s pawns are the NVAC, a group of citizen volunteers assisting in the roundup of registered citizens and seizing the property of their families.

I do not wish to give away too much of the plot, so I wish to focus on the social commentary of this novel. Behind the Brick is an Orwellian commentary about our current state of criminal punishment codes. In our current society, we treat every social issue as a “war” — the war on drugs, for example. Laws are propagated and passed without any thought to the consequences. Just as Stalinism loomed heavy on George Orwell as he penned his most famous works, so the current state of crime politics looms over Behind the Brick.

While 2050 seems so far away and the idea of internment camps seems ludicrous in the “land of the free,” we forget it was hardly a generation or two ago the USA had internment camps, Jim Crow laws, and the forced removal of Native American Indians onto “reservations.” In each example we find a despised and feared group in which the urge to dehumanize, intern, and eliminate is powerful. In addition, we have shown in recent history how public fears can cause us to give up our liberties for the sake of public safety. Behind the Brick thus serves as a modern incarnation of the classic Orwellian novel.

The social commentary does not take away from the fact this novel is fun to read and action-packed. Despite Behind the Brick’s value as a social commentary, the book does not resort to lofty preaching and detours like many similar books, even a book like 1984, tends to do. The focus from beginning to end is on a handful of characters.

I rarely read novels, and despite the size of the book, I was able to read through it in a couple of evenings. I strongly suggest this novel to anyone looking for something off the beaten bath. This novel is a real diamond in the rough that I hope will someday be given the publicity it deserves.

Another Victim of the Oakland County Meat Grinder


Article by L. L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press

Jacob Trakhtenberg spends his days in his tiny Royal Oak apartment, lifting weights in his living room and refinishing old furniture he picks up at local thrift stores.

It’s a far cry from the life the retired Chrysler engineer once led in a million-dollar home in Oakland Township, where he was enjoying his later years with friends and family.

Trakhtenberg, 76, lost it all after he was convicted of sexually assaulting his young daughter in 2006. During the 53-minute bench trial, his court-appointed attorney didn’t ask for a jury, make an opening statement or call any witnesses other than Trakhtenberg.

Out of prison since 2012 — and with his record cleared after the Michigan Supreme Court tossed his conviction — Trakhtenberg is now suing his defense attorney Deborah McKelvy for malpractice. A trial is expected later this year.

In a rare move, the state Supreme Court issued a strongly worded ruling saying he was entitled to sue McKelvy because she violated his constitutional rights. The high court sometimes determines whether a defendant is entitled to a new trial, but seldom considers legal malpractice cases, which are civil

In its opinion, the court said McKelvy’s “performance in this case was constitutionally inadequate and rendered defendant’s trial unfair and unreliable.”

“You don’t see that language very often, but it’s not surprising if the facts support it,” said John Cote, a Holland-based attorney who specializes in attorney misconduct cases. “It’s fairly rare for the Supreme Court to chastise an attorney to that extent.”

The suit seeks in excess of $50,000 and a jury trial. McKelvy is named as an individual, meaning she would be liable for damages if the jury awarded in Trakhtenberg’s favor.

Answers, please

The case, which has gained local attention, is now listed on the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law.

Trakhtenberg’s civil attorney, James Elliott of Bloomfield Hills, called it “an horrific miscarriage of justice.”

“She took seven years of this man’s life,” he said.

McKelvy declined comment. Her attorney Michael Sullivan predicted the lawsuit against her will fail and has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider allowing it.

Sullivan said McKelvy’s decisions were part of a smart trial strategy, and the evidence against Trakhtenberg was incriminating, including statements he made to police about touching the child.

“Deborah McKelvy is an excellent criminal defense lawyer,” Sullivan said.

In a recent interview in his apartment, Trakhtenberg — surrounded by family pictures on the wall — said he is not angry, but wants answers.

“The system is wrong if this is the way it works,” he said. “They ignored the truth. These are very powerful people who can hurt others.”

Speedy trial

Trakhtenberg immigrated from Russia in 1974 with his first wife and two small children.

A trained engineer, he first worked as a janitor in a local engineering shop before eventually joining Chrysler in 1984 as a project manager.

By 2000, he was divorcing for the third time after a brief marriage that produced a daughter. Court records show the divorce was acrimonious, and his third wife objected to receiving only $45,000 from the marital estate and child support for their daughter. In the years that followed, Trakhtenberg called police twice to complain that she had assaulted him and tried to run him over with her car.

In 2005, the ex-wife told police their daughter, then 8, had revealed her father had been touching her inappropriately while staying at his home during court-ordered visitation. Trakhtenberg told police he’d only applied prescribed medication to the child’s genitals due to an infection.

Trakhtenberg was charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct. He said McKelvy advised him to waive his right to a preliminary exam

— a hearing where prosecutors have to prove they have enough evidence to take him to trial.

On Feb. 3, 2006, then-Oakland County Circuit Judge Deborah Tyner heard his case in less than an hour. McKelvy waived both the right to a jury and the opportunity to present an opening statement.

Prosecutors presented the child and the ex-wife. McKelvy did not cross-examine the ex-wife about the divorce or question her about an allegation she made years earlier that Trakhtenberg’s second wife had molested the son she and Trakhtenberg share, an allegation that proved unfounded.

Following brief closing arguments, Tyner said from the bench, “very little’s clear to me in this case, starting with what the allegations are that go to each count.” Nevertheless, she found Trakhtenberg guilty of three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

As Trakhtenberg was led from the courtroom, he was served with notice that his ex-wife was suing him for $5 million in damages on behalf of their daughter.

‘Innocent man’

Sullivan said McKelvy used sound trial strategy in not calling witnesses other than Trakhtenberg.

“The only issue to be resolved was whether the touching was intended for sexual gratification,” he said in court filings. “Ms. McKelvy, an experienced criminal defense attorney, reasonably decided that no witness or cross examination would matter if she couldn’t convince the fact finder that there was not sexual gratification involved. Only Trakhtenberg’s own testimony had any hope of doing that.”