Friday, October 23, 2015

Drugs in West Buechel

According to the West Buechel Police Department arrest numbers for February through May, 2015:


February: 2 arrests for possession of marijuana

March: 2 arrests for possession of marijuana or narcotics

April:  1 arrest for possession of marijuana or narcotics
          1 arrest for trafficking in marijuana
          1 arrest for trafficking in controlled substance

May    3 arrests for possession of marijuana or narcotics
          1 arrest for trafficking in marijuana
          1 arrest for trafficking in controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pastry, interrupted

Within the midst of the political business-as-usual insanity of West Buechel, I find it important to re-focus upon the truly important thing in life, like food. Particularly, sweets.

If you look closely at this Cherry Danish from Heitzman Bakery, you will notice REAL CHERRIES, and not merely that gelatinous red goop you'll find in lesser quality "Cherry" Danish cranked out by inferior bakers.

If you want Jefferson County's best cakes and pastries, come to Heitzman in West Buechel.

Stay away form City Hall. Its got a bad infestation of something dark, unsavory and tasteless.

 

   

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The dogs of war

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war, 
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth 
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1 

If you don't know what that means, you'll find out.

Joe Mattingly whines


Stick to bullying little children, Joe. I don't give a shit about your empty bluster.

Kiss my ass.

Dear Mayor Richards

Dear Mayor Richards

You slandered me in public tonight.

I demand a public apology.

Breathtaking display of adamant ignorance

Black is white and white is black.

The aborted West Buechel City Council meeting this evening was the weirdest Alice In Wonderland experience of a lifetime.

Note to City Attorney Casey McCall: All the statutes relating to 5th Class cities were repealed..

Note to Mayor Richards: Given a choice between

(1) Believing the four $1000 Penalty Invoices I obtained directly from the Kentucky Retirement System Assistant General Council by means of an Open Records Request, or

(2) Kim Richard's denial of being a massive screw up,

I suggest you go with the KRS documentation.  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Laissez les bon temps roulez

Translation: Let the good times roll.

Vernon's employment discrimination complaint against the City, and others, will be delivered to the Kentucky Human Right Commission today.

Clerk-Treasurer starting salary

For someone newly hired to the position of City Clerk-Treasurer, the starting salary is $15.21 per hour. This pay rate is clearly established by City Personnel Policy adopted by Ordinance. Clerk-Treasurer is a Grade 32 job classification. This is the Grade 32 pay scale:


This is purely ministerial and with no room for discretion. It is the Mayor's job to take the City's Personnel Policy and to apply it as written, without any quirky unilateral modifications. 

Since the task is purely ministerial, a public official's qualified immunity from personal liability does not apply.

I don't actually know how much Kim Richards has been paid this year, but if it is substantially more than $15.21 per hour, I say Mayor Richards owes the City that much out of his own pocket.

Starting salary

According to the City's Personnel Policy, new hires start at the lowest end of the pay scale for the job.

Part V Compensation Plan paragraph I Minimum Salary


West Buechel Personnel Policy

The City's Personnel Policy, which nobody reads, is adopted by reference in the City Code, which only a few people read. It is unsafe to ignore. at any speed.



Sunday, October 18, 2015

It's hard to compartmentalize incompetence

The Gang of Five aren't even very good at screwing people, proving once again the defining characteristic of evil is dull-witted stupidity. See: Scott Peck's People of the Lie

Vernon has a tough choice to make

Does he want a Lincoln or a Jaguar?

If I know Vernon, I bet he goes for both.

Sometimes I say the darndest things

"She can snort cocaine all day long, for all I care, just so long as she does the work."

I actually said that to Toby a few months ago. You can ask him. 

What type of aliens would invade West Buechel?

Answer: The type who are looking for automobiles and real estate. The brain-sucking aliens would go somewhere else.

Those who own real estate and fancy cars in West Buechel are at highest risk of falling prey to alien invaders.

I'm safe here. This is a good place for me. I've got nothing the alien real estate and auto predators want.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Legal nightmare defined

When among  the Mayor, the Clerk-Treasurer, the City Attorney and myself, I am the only one to have read the City's Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbook. That's a legal nightmare.

It could also serve as prime example for "Learning the hard way."

How to deal with alien invaders

My basic strategy for dealing with the risk of alien invasion is to not have anything they want. I worry about the brain-sucking aliens and the ones with a taste for human eyeballs, and that's about it. 

Believing the unbelievable

I have heard it from enough trustworthy sources that West Buechel City employees actually received a Five Dollar per Hour Raise beginning July 1, 2015, except for Vernon, who did not get this increased pay rate.  The implications are staggering.

What is the meaning of this?

First, we have demonstrable proof that you cannot buy love and respect. Nobody outside the Richards Gang likes, trusts or respects the Richards Gang. Five bucks an hour doesn't change that. Therefore, by definition, if you like, trust or respect the Richards Gang, you are part of the Richards Gang, or you think you are. There are only five members in the Richards Gang. If you are not one of The Five, you're a useful, but expendable, chump.

Second, this $5 per hour raise is undoubtedly illegal, for a number of reasons. It could easily be criminal, but prosecutors are notoriously unpredictable and slow-moving. The really interesting legal question is: What does it take to make Mayor Richards personally liable for his blunders and overreach?

Third, if all the white employees got a pay raise and the only black employee did not, it means pig bigots are running City Hall.


Friday, October 16, 2015

New friends in high places

Give me a name and an address, and I'll write a letter. Some of my letters are better than others in the sense that some get a response and some do not.

When I write to West Buechel's City Attorney, I imagine that Casey's fax machine is connected directly to a paper shredder, but what can he say. Seriously. How can he respond?

"Oops, I screwed up. I'll try to do better."

I don't think so.

BUT, when I fax a letter to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, I get a phone call within two hours.

"Hey! What's taking you so long? We have Joe Mattingly's anal probe all warmed up and ready to go!"

That was the message, essentially.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is ready to rock-n-roll in West Buechel. They just need the proper paperwork.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has policies and procedures, and they take those policies and procedures seriously. They know their job.

What's the difference between cronyism and racism

Hey! Just because I hire only my friends doesn't mean that I have anything against black folk.

I can't help it if all my ex-wives are white. It's just luck of the draw.

Things I can't believe

I keep hearing from many different directions that most, but not all, City employees got a $5 per hour raise effective July first..

FIVE DOLLARS PER HOUR??

I still don't believe it. For most employees, that would be a 30% raise. Thirty percent raises don't happen, ever. Vernon didn't get that raise, so I'm hoping it's true.

When Vernon gets his deed to City Hall, I think he should use the Mayor's office as a walk-in closet and the Council chamber as a media room.

The popcorn maker stays with the building. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This is what Mayor Richards thinks

Mayor Richards thinks there is no written proof that he promoted Vernon to Director of Public Works.

He's mistaken.

Mayor Richards thought that he could use Vernon to screw Sharon Fowler.

He was mistaken.

Mayor Richards thinks he can now screw Vernon with impunity.

He's wrong about that too.

The cop who isn't there

West Buechel Police Officer Laura Staley was fired by Mayor Richards in January, for reason unknown, except she wasn't really fired. Laura continues on the West Buechel payroll to this date and to the end of the year.

Laura is getting a twelve month paid vacation at West Buechel taxpayer expense.

Why?

The nutters are driving the bus down at City Hall. Nothing . . . and I mean nothing . . . is going to stand between the nutters and any opportunity to do something really stupid or needlessly expensive. That's why.

Don't say you haven't been warned.

Rule 12


People show you only what they want you to see.


Joint Taskforce to End Political Corruption

Yeah. Talking to FBI and AG criminal investigators last month was a bit of an eye-opening experience for me.

They seemed to be much more interested in Mayor Rick Richards, and not very interested at all in former Mayor Sharon Fowler.

Yeah.

I gotta figure they know a lot more what's going on than I do.

Good resons to sue City Hall - First

I'm interested in knowing where the money goes. Don't ask me to trust Kim Richards or to take her word on anything. That not happening.

I want to see the bank records.

I want to see all the bank records since January 1, and not just the bank records Kim Richards wants the City Council to see.

Ronnie Raygun said, "Trust, but verify."

I say, "Screw the trust part, lets go directly to the verification."

If there is anything of this world I might trust, it would be bank records.

If a letter from the Kentucky Attorney General's office saying City Hall is legally obligated under Kentucky's Open Records Act to show me the bank records is not enough for City Hall, the next step is to take it to the Jefferson County Circuit Court. That's where suing the bastards begins. That's where the expensive part starts.

I'll do it, but I'm not doing it alone.

I'll do it, but I'm not paying for it myself.

Is it worth it? You tell me.

I'll never forget the day I told Mayor Richards that back-tracing a questionable transaction from 2007 was impossible because the bank's own records didn't go back that many years.

Mayor Rick said, "I guess the lesson is, if you're going to steal City money, do it early in your first term."

Wrong!

The lesson is to get the bank records NOW.

Is it worth it? You tell me.

Legal Fund

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm confused

KRS 522.030 Official misconduct in the second degree.
"(1) A public servant is guilty of official misconduct in the second degree when he knowingly:
(a) Commits an act relating to his office which constitutes an unauthorized exercise of his official functions . . . . "

1. The regular West Buechel City Council meeting is set by Ordinance on the second Tuesday of each month.

2. The only requirement for a City Council meeting is a quorum (4) of Council members and a discussion of City business.

3. The presence of the City Attorney, Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer or Assistant Clerk is not required for a City Council meeting.

4. The main reason for cancelling a City Council Meeting is the absence of enough Council members to make a quorum. If City Hall burned to the ground, that might be a good enough reason too.

I assume that either Mayors Richards or Richards called the cancellation of last night's Council meeting. If so, they did so without legal authority. It's a misdemeanor to monkey with a regular meeting date set by Ordinance.

Can you imagine being in jail, your cell mate asks what you're in for and you have to answer, "Well, I illegally cancelled a City Council meeting."

You're doomed.

The reason I'm confused is this: Should the illegal cancellation of a regular meeting of the City Council be punished as a crime, or celebrated as a welcome relief?


The most important choice you'll ever make

This is an old one. The essential nature of the choice itself is eternal and everlasting, but the expression of it takes its shape from the culture within which it resurrects itself, again and again. The choice is always the same. It is the same for Russian and American, Bosnian and Serb, Muslim and Christian or Black and White.

My favorite way to express this choice comes from the 1960s Vietnam War era, and the choice is this:

Shit or go blind.

The personal choice you make on this fundamental existential issue tells us who you are.

 

Abe in a nutshell

I had a hunch I could boil it down further, and here it is:

Nobody is always right, but some are always wrong.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

West Buechel City Council meeting cancelled

Because?

Dang. I took a shower for nothing.


All I need is money - the legal fund

By now I hope I've made it clear that I work cheap, but I do not work for free. As I have said before, this is not my circus and these are not my monkeys.

There are certain unavoidable out-of-pocket expenses that go along with civil litigation, and I will not spend my own money on this.

If you want to chip in, here's your chance. Nothing happens unless you do.


Legal Fund

It's not tax deductible yet, but I'm working on that too.

Small stuff

Whew. Busy day.

That wraps up all the minor stuff I can think of right now.

Now I have to load the big guns. See ya in court.

Kim's most hilarious screw-up . . . so far

How did I get West Buechel's credit card number, in full?

Kim Richards gave it to me, accidentally (negligently).

A few months ago I filed an Open Records Request about her Notary bond and Kim gave me a copy of the application for her Public Official's bond. This piece of paper not only included the City's credit card number, it also included the card's expiration date and the 3-digit security code for the card.

It ALSO included Kim's own social security number, in full!

This was a serious breach of government confidentiality rules.

If Kim Richards is so freaking careless about her own social security number, can you really expect her to keep your private information confidential?

I don't.

Get the hook.

I don't know what Kim Richard's problems are, for sure, but I do not like the idea the City is paying for them.

Record keeping is a detail oriented job

The person who keeps the City's official records and accounts really needs to have a high level attention for detail.

Someone like Kim Richards who routinely and repeatedly screws up the simplest things in grand and glorious ways is not suited for the job of Clerk-Treasurer.

Damn. I was wrong AGAIN! I'm sorry. 

Most hilarious question of 2015

Kim Richards: "You're not going to freak out if I sign Rick's name to this check, are you?"

Me: "Nope."

Rule No. 11

The very young do not always do as they are told.

The story of my life in one sentence

I'm up to my ass in kittens, again.

Second love letter to a lawyer



First love letter to a lawyer

Here is the letter I faxed to Casey McCall, West Buechel City Attorney, on October 1.

The hidden message is this: Do your damn job, McCall, or I'll send a whole load of crap with your name on it to the Kentucky Bar Association Disciplinary Commission.

I don't actually hate lawyers. I come from a family that is full of lawyers whom I love very much.

I don't like McCall all that much.

 

City Council meeting tonight. YEA!!!

Tonight at 6 PM is another episode of West Buechel city government in action. Come watch city officials taking care of critical city government issues.

What will be the most critical city government issue on display tonight?

Pretending that West Buechel city government is not a fucking disaster.

Meet the boss

Image result for banana

Oops

I forgot mentally ill and lazy.

The Banana Republic of West Buechel

It's sad to say, but the executive branch of West Buechel city government is immoral, dishonest, incompetent, corrupt, self-serving, sloppy and stoned most of the time.

I feel the need to do something about it.

Law school nursery rhymes

The Kentucky League of Cities hosted a four day conference in Owensboro starting Tuesday, September 29. Joe went all four days; Loy went for three days and Toby went two days.

Mayor Richards and Rick didn't go at all, but they paid themselves for out-of-town travel anyway.

Check 1180 $400 to Rick Richards for travel. (Mayor per diam $100 x 4) Account 10-516 Travel
Check 1186 $200 to Kim Richards for travel. (Employee per diam $50 x 4) Account 10-516 Travel

"He who takes what isn't his pays it back or goes to pris-on."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ten and a half rules, recapitulated




Rule 1 When the shit hits the fan, don't be there.
     Rule 1a Don't be a pussy.

Rule 2 Price your work reasonably affordable, but do not work for free.

Rule 3 How to keep a secret? DON"T TELL ANYONE!

Rule 4 Trust Jesus. Everyone else will let you down in some way. Everyone.

Rule 5 If you cannot do anything to make things better, make things worse.
Change must happen.

Rule 6 There is no upside to messing with things you do not understand.

Rule 7 Shit will do for brains if you have enough luck.

Rule 8 There is no fun in having power if you can't abuse it now and then.

Rule 9 Don't panic. Don't do anything stupid.

Rule 10 This has all happened before. This will all happen again. You just forgot.

Cat farming in West Buechel

2015 was a really good year on the West Buechel cat farm. We have harvested us some Grade A prime kittens.

Want some?

WARNING: Objects in photo appear bigger than they actually are.


Weather Report West Buechel

For some it will be sunny skies and fair weather.

For others, it will be a storm of flaming daggers and burning shit.

Rule 4: Who can you trust?

Trust Jesus. Everyone else will let you down in some way. Everyone.

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: Everyone is wrong some of the time. Some are wrong all of the time.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Abe Lincoln said

Abraham Lincoln said:

You can fool all of the people some of the time.
You can fool some of the people all of he time.
You cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

Therefore:

You cannot trust everyone all of the time.
You cannot trust some people any time.
You can trust some people some of the time.

Short version

Some people are wrong all of the time.
Nobody is right every time.

Yes?

Who can we trust?

Well, who can we trust? Anyone?

Rule 8

There is no fun in having power if you can't abuse it now and then.

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights sent Vernon some paperwork to file. Just a simple phone call was enough to get them interested. Vernon and I are getting together this afternoon for an informal strategery session to continue assembling the long list of things to complain about. 

After Vernon sends in this paperwork, I fully expect investigators from the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to crawl up Mayor Richard's ass with a microscope.

It's much bigger than just Vernon.

Hiring your ex-wife, girlfriend and 20 year trusted employee of Century Lighting does not spell out Equal Employment Opportunity.

It says the exact opposite.

You can't simply ignore the City's Personnel Policy and Procedures Handbook without paying a price for it. It has the force of law behind it.






Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bad Joke Bookkeeping

The financial numbers Kim Richards trys to palm off on the West Buechel City Council are fucking absurd.

I owe Sharon Fowler and apology. She was a better Mayor than this crazy bullshit.

Rule No. 7


Shit will do for brains if you have enough luck.

Total devistation

It's really awesome to sit here with the accumulated realizations from the last year and secretly know that I could bankrupt the City of West Buiechel and banish the current occupants of City Hall, if I wanted to.

The question is, do I want that?

The pen really is more powerful than the sword, when merged with a law degree and the instinctive nose of a psychic ferret. With great power comes great responsibility.

I think it's cool.

An insider joke for Miss A

Idaho Kim

Council minutes for September 8, 2015

The City Council minutes for September 8, 2015 laboriously produced by West Buechel's highly regarded and over-worked Kim "I won't do this job for $18 per hour" Richards is twelve single-spaced pages long.

Twelve pages?!!

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cost of litigation

When it comes to a civil lawsuit in which I am a named party and I can represent myself, mostly, it can be done really inexpensively, but it cannot be done for free.

I'm not paying for any of this out of my own pocket. I can walk away from West Buechel's problems any time it stops being an interesting puzzle to solve.

This is not my circus and those are not my monkeys.

Chip in or deal with it yourself. See: Rule No. 2

Cost of video deposition

"In my experience, the cost of an original transcript and [court reporter] per diem fee for a deposition that takes all day (7 hours or so) is about $2000.  A videographer will add another $1000."
How Much Does A Videotaped Deposition Cost?
That sounds about right. Maybe more. Say, $3500.

Buy two at twice the price.

Rule No. 6

Rule No. 6

There is no upside to messing with things you do not understand.

Variation: It is impossible to successfully game a system when you do not understand how the system works.

Moral: You can try, but you'll probably get burned.

My morning fantasy. Rain drops on roses

Burp.

Litigation seems to be an inevitable necessity, even as I ponder the choice between a lot of little lawsuits and one big multifaceted complaint. That's just an issue of strategery and working out the details.

One of my most favorite parts of suing people is depositions. The witness has to show up to answer questions under oath, subject to the penalties of perjury. It's a lot of fun . . . for the person asking the questions.  

Putting a witness on the hot seat for six or seven hours is one of my favorite things.

Who is the lucky person I imagine sitting facing the video camera and being grilled?

Answer: Kimberly R Richards, Clerk-Treasurer for the City of West Buechel.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fair warning

Just making up numbers for City financial reports is a felony. See: KRS 522.050 Abuse of public trust.

Addition and subtraction is not that hard . . . .really

The genuine, official and 100% for sure authentic quarterly report of West Buechel's City finances for January through March, 2015 saw the light of day today. It comes with an unconditional money-back guarantee of not having been just recently pulled out of somebody's ass. Honest. It's a report you can trust. Really.

It shows $394,321.37 in gross income and $226,721.44 in expenses, for a net income of $279,629.76.

EXCEPT $394,321.37 minus $226,721.44 equals $167,599.93

NOT $279,629.76.

Wrong by merely $112,029.83.

You cannot expect a $50,000 per year bookkeeper to notice every little detail, can you?

Cash? What cash?

We don't allow no stinking cash at West Buechel City Hall! Go away. Don't ask any more questions about cash.

Minimum wage high school drop-outs can handle thousands of dollars in cash payments every day at McDonalds, but the challenge is way too much for West Buechel's genius $50,000 per year Clerk-Treasurer.

Posted on the City Hall door.


Yes, Kim, there really is the rank of Major in the WBPD

Read the damn City of West Buechel Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbook

The rank of "Major" is also called "Assistant Chief of Police."

Then read all the procedures in that handbook and I'll bet you $1,000 the procedure of demoting cops and cutting their pay just because an ugly bug crawled up your ass cannot be found anywhere.


Rule No. 5


If you cannot do anything to make things better, make things worse. Change must happen.

Nutters in City Hall - Is this a true story?

Is this a true story or has Beelzebub been whispering trash in West Buechel again? I need to know

Did the City's highly esteemed and hard working Ex-wife In Chief get bored with the tedium of bookkeeping and decide we really needed a hefty dose of melodramatic chaos? Did Kim Richards really wake up one day in August and demote three West Buechel Police Officers just for fun and games?

Somebody tell me.

Do I need to go buy a flame thrower?

If the game is pointlessly exposing the City to a $Bazillion in civil liability for the hell of it, I want a piece of the action.

Psych Central: Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) and Impulsive Emotional Intensity Disorder (IEID). It is a Cluster B personality disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V).

According to the National Instituter for Mental Health, "Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships. . . some people with severe borderline personality disorder have brief psychotic episodes."

Diagnostic criteria for 301.83 Borderline Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 
  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., Spending, Sex, Substance Abuse, Reckless driving, Binge eating).
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness
  8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
  9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Beset by parasitic mind demons

Woe is me.

For the last several weeks I have awakened each day thinking about suing people, as in "Sue the Bastards."

Civil litigation is the rich man's way of throwing Molotov Cocktails and causing riot.

The most recent version of Kentucky's four Constitutions took away dueling as a method of resolving interpersonal disputes, but in exchange it made ample provision for yanking people into court for endless expensive rounds of torture and public humiliation. I'd pray for help from a higher power, but the only higher power I can see right now is a Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge.

I'm on my knees asking, "Please help me! I want to sue somebody. ANYBODY!"

I hear a voice answer, "No problem. Come downtown any day (except Columbus Day) Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. Normal government business hours. We're here to help."

"Just bring money."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

One of the advantages of being Rick Richard's tenant

The fucking DEA searches all of the Amazon boxes delivered to us, and they are none too subtle about it either.

Learn to fold, fellas!

Do a better re-tape job.

You're sloppy.

The next 16 days starting on Thurd\sday

Aries: If I warned you not to trust anyone, I hope you would reject my simplistic fear-mongering.

If I suggested that you trust everyone unconditionally, I hope you would dismiss my delusional naivete.

But it's important to acknowledge that the smart approach is far more difficult than those two extremes. You've got to evaluate each person and even each situation on a case-by-case basis. There may be unpredictable folks who are trustworthy some of the time, but not always. Can you be both affably open-hearted and slyly discerning? It's especially important that you do so in the next 16 days.

Rob Brezney's Free Will Astrology

Both affably open-hearted and slyly discerning. Right. Hiding under my bed sounds like a better idea.

Monday, October 5, 2015

My penpal, the Attorney General

In August.I submitted an Open Records Request to West Buechel City Hall See: August 18, 2015 Open Records Request

The response from City Hall?

<crickets>

In September I wrote to the Kentucky Attorney General and requested a review of City Hall's failure to give me access to those requested documents.

The response from City Hall?

<crickets>

Today, in October, I received a decision from the Kentucky Attorney General saying, "Give Mr. Fox what he asked for"

From City Hall I expect to hear nothing but <crickets>


Fun reading from the Kentucky Supreme Court

Meyers v. Chapman Printing Co., Inc., 840 SW 2d 814 (1992)

So, more than twenty-three years ago this woman sues under Kentucky's Civil Rights Act for on-the-job harassment and wrongful termination. She loses the wrongful termination claim but wins the job harassment claim, for which the jury awards her $100,000.

Then the trial judge awarded her attorneys $150,000 in fees.

The Kentucky Supreme Court said, "Nothing wrong with that!"

Prices have gone up since 1992.

Semper pro Populus

Semper pro populus is the Latin phrase for “always for the people.”

When local government officials act on behalf of their own ego and in their own self interest, they fail to act on behalf of the people who elected them. There is little question that a parallel exists between fiduciary duties and the obligations of elected public service. The term fiduciary, as derived from the Latin term “fides” or “fiducia”, means trust and confidence.

When the public elects an official, the public places its trust and confidence in that individual to act on behalf of the best interest of the public. Elected officials make significant decisions on behalf of the public, including how to spend taxpayer money and how to deliver services. A fiduciary, who has the power and obligation to take action on behalf of others, must adhere to strict standards of diligence, responsibility and honesty. Fiduciaries must use their “best efforts” for those they serve.

Likewise, in the case of an elected public official, a responsibility exists to use skill, care and diligence in providing service to the public.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Eaten alive by lawyers

One of the things I like about Kentucky's Civil Rights statute is the provision for attorney's fees. KRS 344.450 allows aggrieved individuals to sue to recover damages resulting from discrimination.  That KRS section also provides the court's, " judgment shall include a reasonable fee for the plaintiff's attorney . . . . "

When a statute like this calls for "reasonable" attorney's fees, it's not what you would consider reasonable. It's what a lawyer considers to be reasonable. You would think of it as being the price of a nice starter house.  

So, basically, Joe is going to pay Vernon's lawyer. Ouch.

Such is the cost acting out your inner pig bigot and screwing around with somebody's life just to feel like a big shot.

I read somewhere that cats have such rough tongues because their bigger cousins . . . lions and tigers . . . lick the skin off their captured prey to drink the blood.

Think lawyers and another lesson learned the hard way.

Lions and tigers and lawyers!! Oh my!!

Ouch.

Another secret of black cat photography

I already know that snow does a good job of making a black cat visible. The secret to black cat photography.

A white towel works too. Here is Polly "Thumbs" Andy


Nightmare on Ethel Avenue


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I own you.

Mutant kitten in West Buechel

His name was Poly Annie until his little furry black male nubbies were spotted upon close examination. Now his name is Poly Andy. He is a little . . .  smaller than my shoe . . . fuzzy black kitten. He is very difficult to photograph. So far, the snapshots I've taken of him look like nothing but blurry shadows with eyes.

Most normal cats have five toes on each of their front feet and four toes on each of the hind feet, for a total of eighteen toes. If a cat has more  than 18 toes, it is called a polydactyl. Jake, a Canadian polydactyl cat with 28 toes, was recognized by Guinness World Records as having the highest number of toes on a cat.

Poly Andy has 24 toes. Six on each of his four feet.

At first we called him Annie, after Little Orphan Annie, since we though he was female.

When we spotted his extra toes, his name changed to Polly Annie, in recognition of his extra digits.

When it became apparent that he was not female, his name shifted to Polly Andy.

He was most likely born feral, but he has no taste for life in the wild. He likes the indoors just fine and he has little fear of humans. He is sitting in my lap right now.

I'll sell him for $150 to a good home. For $1000, I won't check your references.

Photos soon, maybe.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Playing by the rules

I need a name for this. How about:

  • The West Buechel City Government Accountability Project (WBCGAP)
  • Close the West Buechel Government Accountability Gap (CWBGAG)
  • Nail Their Hides to the Shed, Fred. (NTHSF)
Whatever.

Rule No. 1: When the shit hits the fan, don't be there.

This is my favorite rule. That's why it is Rule No. 1 and "Don't be a pussy" is Rule No. 4. I hate violating rule No. 1, but if the WBCGAP is going to happen, I have to be there when the shit hits the fan.

I AM THE SHIT THAT HITS THE FAN!

Otherwise, nothing happens and nothing changes.

Rule No. 2 is, basically, I don't spend my own money and I don't work for free.

I'm sticking with this rule.

Rule No.3 - I'm not talking about this rule.


Show me the money!

The City of West Buechel takes in at least $25,000 per year in cash from civil parking citations. These are mainly from reserved handicapped parking violations. This $25,000 does not include payments made by check or credit card. That is all extra, in addition to the $25k cold hard cash.

This amount is easy to prove. From my time working in City Hall earlier this year, I've got the proof.

If anyone tells you it's less than $25k per year in cash, you're being played. It's likely more than $25,000, and it is certainly not less than than amount.

So far, to the best of my knowledge, neither the Fowler administration nor the Richards administration has ever accounted for all that cash. Accounting for the cash is simple. All it requires is honesty, diligence and personal responsibility, but it has been hard to spot any one of those virtues in City Hall.

  • Where is the cash?
  • Exactly how much has been taken in?
  • How much was spent, and for what public purpose?
  • How much was deposited in the bank?
  • How much is still in City Hall, and why is it not in the bank?

On April 14, 2015, I wrote a memo to Mayor Richards in which I stated:

" . . . . a rigorous cash-control system is essential. No semblance of a cash control system currently exists. No shadow of any prior cash control system has been seen. Nothing has changed since January 1, 2015. The current cash control system is still unacceptable."

Mayor Richards' response to that?

<crickets>

You will answer to a higher power than me about that cash.

Accountable defined

When a person is required to justify actions or decisions, that person is said to be accountable. It also means responsible. An accountable person is a responsible person.

When a person is required to document, manage and disclose money that has been entrusted to him or her, that person is said to be accountable. It also means responsible. If a person cannot account for the funds he or she has been trusted with, then irresponsible is the word in play.

This is where language judo happens and adjectives suddenly become verbs.

People who are not accountable (adjective) will be held accountable (verb). People who are not responsible (adjective) will be held responsible (verb)All you need is a higher power. The kings and queens on the south side of City Hall have met these higher powers before.

My Crazy Eight Ball says, "What has happend before will happen again"

That's just my hunch.  I call it the Accountability Project.