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Discovery Health “18 Home Remedies for Bronchitis”

Posted by kristobaldude on February 3, 2014


Natural remedies for Bronchitis

Discovery Health “18 Home Remedies for Bronchitis”.


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Top Ten Natural Ways To Heal Chronic Illness

Posted by kristobaldude on February 2, 2014

Essential Oils
Headstands and Handstands
Raw Honey
Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
Alternating Hot and Cold
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil Soap
Raw Juicing
The Master Cleanse
Water Fasting
Aloe Gel
Alternating Pushups/Situps

So, I’m in bed sick today with what would be characterized by the allopathic medical community as “Bronchitis”. Taking a more naturopathic/holistic view, one might say my body is detoxing or my immune levels have lowered, or even that my body has encountered organisms it has never met before and is self-adjusting. In any case, it has been quite an ordeal, and I had almost forgotten how horrible it is to have a cold with the sore throat, runny nose, and persistent cough that almost always accompanies it. Around company, I think the most embarrassing aspect is always having to find something to cough, spit, or hack phlegm into. Based on the recent ordeal of mine, I decided to try to recall the natural healing methods that have been effective in keeping chronic and acute illnesses at bay.

  1. Essential Oils – These have been miracle workers for me and my family. Congested? Make your own “vapo-rub” with eucalyptus, peppermint, and clove oils, about 4 to 10 drops of each added to 1 tsp. of coconut oil. I have not had athlete’s foot or jock itch for over 20 years now thanks to a natural effective remedy I came up with. Here it is: 10 drops each of peppermint and tea tree oils added to coconut oil, olive oil, or organic lotion
  2. Yoga/Stretching – What I am talking about here is a stretching routine consisting of about 6-12 exercises. This will warm up your body, increase blood flow, and help rejuvenate your energy by cycling oxygenated blood through all your organs. Many of the best stretches are so good that both  bodybuilders and gymnasts have used them for years in their warm-up routines. Some good ones to do are:
    • Forward Lunge
    • Side Splits – Also called straddle split, this can be done from a horse-riding stance and eased into gently. Go until you feel tension, then drop down just about another inch. Hold this position for 30 seconds then repeat.
    • Front Splits – Do this for both right and left legs.
    • Horse-Riding Stance – Try to hold this for 2 minutes. If you can’t do 2 minutes yet, just go as long as you can and gradually work toward the 2 minute goal.
    • Bodyweight Squats – Squats are one of the best exercises you can do for overall body health. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart, starting in a standing position, eyes facing directly in front of you, back straight up and down. Lower your bottom to it’s natural stopping position about 2 inches off the floor, keeping eyes ahead and back straight, then return to starting position. You can hold your hands in a upright prayer position, or place them on your shoulders. Either way is effective. It is important to go all the way down. My knees used to crack and make crunching and clicking sounds when I would bend down–even in my early twenties–, but I have discovered that by doing these weightless
    • Straight-Leg Stretch – These are like straight-leg deadlifts except you only use your bodyweight. Stand with you legs together or as close as you can get them–this will help keep you from tipping over. Now raise your hands high above your head–reach to the sky with your fingertips. You should feel a slight stretch or tingling in the lower back. Then, keeping the knees straight, bend over, folding your body in half and let your arms hang. Your goal is to touch the ground with your fingertips while keeping your legs straight. Don’t worry if you can’t do it at first; just go down as far as you can. The most important part to is always keep your legs straight (do not bend your knees). I have personally found that heavy straight-leg deadlifts are a great way to help heal lower back pain. If you chose to do this, consult with a personal trainer or qualified medical professional first.
    • Side Kicks – Side kicks are a great metric for your overall level of flexibility. If you can’t even lift your leg up and hold your knee bent at a 90 degree angle with your thigh parallel to the floor, then you will need to gradually work up to this level. If you want to maintain hip and joint flexibility and you have taken any martial arts, dance, or yoga classes, and you are already able to do side-kicks, then this will make more sense to you. Three side kicks to each side every morning will help maintain lower body flexibility with the least amount of effort.
  3. Headstands and Handstands – Our bodies can only go so long in one position without being fatigued. Most of us lie down, stand up, sit, twist and roll over (good dog!…lol), but very few of us as adults ever go upside-down regularly. By inverting our bodies we allow more blood to flow to our brains, which again allows more oxygen to feed our brain cells, and results in our brains and our mind functioning much better. Another good application of this is hanging upside down from a tree branch or monkey bar. Try to stay upside-down for about 3 minutes.
  4. Raw HoneyRaw honey, like coconut oil and olive oil, can be used as a delivery medium for your essential oils. But, one advantage of honey is that it is a natural antibiotic and delivers some micronutrients as well. While any honey is better than no honey, it is usually best to use the “raw” form. Raw honey has not been heated and hence retains a larger amount of vitality and usefulness as medicine than any of the processed kinds. If you visit a good organic store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or New Seasons you might find a really good variety of raw honey. My experience has been the all seem to work the same.
  5. One additional benefit of raw honey is you can eat very little amounts of it for energy that will last you hours with no crash (see ya Red Bull). I remember one week when I was working one of my programming jobs and I needed a nutritious snack and didn’t want to buy any of the processed garbage in the vending machines, or fast food, etc., and I happened to have raw honey with me so I dipped my finger in and tasted it–it was delicious! I had been feeling lethargic for three days straight, but after eating the honey, I had so much energy. I ate honey every day that week. The really neat part is that–for whatever reason–raw honey is one sweetener that seems to heal teeth. I am not a licensed physician so this is not medical advice, but my own personal experience when I had a really bad cavity that was opened was that any sugar of any kind–soft drinks, ice cream, candy, pastries, sugar cookies, popsicles, etc.–severely irritated my tooth and sent a painful electrical shock sensation all through my mouth. But, raw honey had no effect. I realized this was probably related to the fact that honey is a natural antibiotic and healing salve. The only downside of honey is that anywhere you put it will be sticky, so make sure you adequately cover the area with something like tissue or a bandage.
  1. Grade B Organic Maple Syrup – Depending on the brand, grade B maple syrup currently runs between $15-$36 for a 32 oz. jug. This is the only other sweetener I have found that does not irritate cavities or other dental issues. Do not confuse this with “maple-flavored” pancake syrup like Mrs. Butterworth’s, Log Cabin, or Aunt Jemima–these are really just flavored corn syrup, and corn syrup, as we know, is anti-healthy.
  2. Alternating Hot and Cold – This is one that sounds scary, but that I found to be most effective for overall energy and lethargy, as well as spot healing of difficult to reach body areas. One effective implementation standing in a hot shower–as hot as you can stand it–for about 2 minutes, then turn all the hot water off quickly so all that is left is ice cold water. Remain in the cold shower for 2-3 minutes. This is about healing, not hygiene, so don’t use any soap or cleaning products.  It may be a shock at first, but if you stick it out you will soon see how energized you feel. Repeat the cycle 3 times. What alternating hot and cold does it it circulates blood from to lowest level of your skin to top layer of skin and vice versa.
  3. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil Soap
  4. Raw Juicing
  5. The Master Cleanse
  6. Water Fasting


  1. Aloe Gel
  2. Alternating Pushups/Situps

Well, I am getting exhausted from typing and so will have to stop now. Perhaps I can add some meat to the last few items later. Did you find this useful? If so, please leave a comment below! Do you have other simple natural cures that you think should have been on this list? If so, let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to incorporate them into a later version of this post. Maybe I’ll do a post on the next fad (not a comment on it’s effectiveness, just popularity) in natural healing you may soon start hearing about: Crown of Thorns Extract. More research is needed…

Blessings and Prosperous Journeys,

Portland, OR – 02/02/14

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Water Filter Pitchers and Dispensers – Water Filters Reviews

Posted by kristobaldude on October 28, 2012

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser with One Pitcher Filter DS-1800Z

Water Filter Pitchers and Dispensers – Water Filters Reviews

Filtering water pitchers and dispensers improve water taste and quality

We found a plethora of water filter pitcher reviews, partly because they’re easy to use and solve the most common water-quality issues, removing bad odors and tastes. Pitchers typically hold 5 to 10 cups of water (depending on the model), and larger dispensers have a spigot for dispensing 18 cups. After filling the container’s upper reservoir with tap water, gravity pulls the water through a carbon filter and into the compartm … (Read More Here)

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The Great Protein Myth

Posted by kristobaldude on August 20, 2012



September 6th, 2005 by Steve Pavlina

When I tell people I’m vegan, often the first question out of their mouths is, “Ok, so where do you get your protein?”

As soon as I hear this question, I do my usual eye roll and immediately know that I’m dealing with… well… someone who doesn’t know very much about plants. The idea that plant foods are somehow devoid of protein is nothing but a myth.

Myth #1: Plants are low in protein

Plant foods are generally abundant in protein. For example, lettuce gets 34% of its calories from protein, and broccoli gets 45% of its calories from protein. Spinach is 49%. Cauliflower is 40%. Celery is 21%. Beans range from 23% to 54% depending on the variety. Grains are 8% to 31%. Nuts and seeds are 8% to 21%. Fruits are the lowest at around 5-8% on average.

If you wanted to suffer from protein deficiency, you’d either have to seriously restrict total calories (i.e. starve yourself), or you’d have to eat a really messed up, unbalanced diet like nothing but low-protein junk foods and certain fruits. But in those cases, protein deficiency probably won’t be your biggest risk.

Personally I’ve never met anyone suffering from protein deficiency in the USA, vegan or otherwise. The much greater risk (in the USA at least) is overconsumption of protein. … (Read more here)

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Are Humans Carnivores or Herbivores?

Posted by kristobaldude on August 20, 2012



September 9th, 2005 by Steve Pavlina

Are human beings anatomically more similar to natural carnivores or to natural herbivores? Let’s find out….

  • Intestinal tract length. Carnivorous animals have intestinal tracts that are 3-6x their body length, while herbivores have intestinal tracts 10-12x their body length. Human beings have the same intestinal tract ratio as herbivores.
  • Stomach acidity. Carnivores’ stomachs are 20x more acidic than the stomachs of herbivores. Human stomach acidity matches that of herbivores.
  • Saliva. The saliva of carnivores is acidic. The saliva of herbivores is alkaline, which helps pre-digest plant foods. Human saliva is alkaline.
  • Shape of intestines. Carnivore bowels are smooth, shaped like a pipe, so meat passes through quickly — they don’t have bumps or pockets. Herbivore bowels are bumpy and pouch-like with lots of pockets, like a windy mountain road, so plant foods … (Read more here)

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Herbivores or Carnivores?

Posted by kristobaldude on August 20, 2012

When thinking about what is the natural diet for human one question may come to mind: Are we  carnivores or herbivores?

Carnivores have claws to catch their prey and tear it with the help of their canines.
Herbivores have no claws nor canines.
Humans have no claws nor canines.

Carnivores have no skin pores, perspire through the tongue and cool themselves by panting.
Herbivores perspire through skin pores and cool themselves by sweating.
Humans perspire through skin pores, they do sweat, and they do not pant.

Carnivore vs. Herbivore teeth

Carnivore vs. Herbivore teeth

Carnivores have sharp front teeth (canines) for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding.
Herbivores have no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding.
Humans have no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding.

Carnivores have intestinal tract that … (Read more here)

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sneezing itchy eyes possible allergies

Posted by kristobaldude on June 25, 2012

I know I have sneezing itchy eyes watery eyes um hard to keep my eyes open possible allergies … I just remember that some call ecanatia is good for indicated for sneezing in and allergies from the skype thing humbly with my buddy … sorry tired some voice isn’t as good as it should be I don’t know if I would say my bones feel brittle but I feel like maybe they’re not absorbing vitamin c and calcium the way they should be … anyway this is a record of online what’s going on with me since I can’t seem to write right now

mom is home and she made me some fruit and the bing cherries and strawberries seem to be the most helpful to make me feel little bit better,
but the bananas in the grapes do nothing for me I supposed to do grapes are most tasteless do to over radiation

well I’m posting this on my droid razor phone and it’s gonna die pretty soon as crappy battery life I maybe getting a droid razor maxx

later for now and be blessed all.

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Day 3 of Fruit Fast: Conditioning and Fasting

Posted by kristobaldude on January 1, 2012

Out of body experience

Conditioning and Fasting


Well today was day 3 of my first month of fruit fasting.  It wasn’t too bad.  I have been on vacation from work this week.  Forgive me if this reads like a kindergartener wrote it, but I’m in pain at the moment so my thoughts are being pulled in various directions.

So, right now (4:38 pm CST), I feel mildly bloated, like I have to pee but can’t.  To me, based on over 200 of Dr. Morse’s videos that I have watched online, I would say that my right kidney is constipated and possibly adrenals.  Although another representative told me that if my blood pressure in both arms was 120-130/60-70 then it’s not adrenals.  I’m not sure that was accurate.

I have this whole week off so I reorganized my room, finally bought a TV, ordered Detox weeks 1 & 2  (should arrive by next Friday at the latest) from God’s Herbs/Nature’s Botanical Pharmacy, hung my ropelights so they illuminate the whole room very well, bought some tools from home depot, bought stuff for my pvc shoulder pole project, bought apples and grapes, threw out all my other food to eliminate the temptation, asked 3 girls for their phone number, began my fruit fast, bought a UPS and a wireless keyboard, ordered an area rug with guitars and such on it … Needless to say, I’ve definitely been busy!

Anyway, I’d like to tell you about a somewhat frightening thing that occurred earlier.  I had been typing at my computer – really hadn’t felt hungry all day, so I also hadn’t eaten anything.  I got up from my chair to leave to room for something and I instantly had this weird “spiritual” experience.  That’s the best way I can explain it right now.  Immediately after rising I found my head experience a strange sort of dizziness … almost like my head was swimming in some magical fluid with a sort of buoyancy and a vibrating aspect as well.  It wasn’t unpleasant, what came next could have been dangerous had it happened somewhere else though.

Within about 3 to 5 seconds after experiencing the weird dizziness I felt myself falling, as if paralyzed without pain, almost like being really high on salvia.  This has been occurring in very short bursts (about 3 times so far), since I began my fast 3 days ago, but this time was definitely the most intense thus far.  I found myself falling, like timber, toward my closed door.  I reached out with the intent to brace myself on the door frame, which worked for about 2 seconds.  Here’s where the weirdness comes in.  One moment, I was braced (with my arms out in front of me to keep my face from hitting the door) after falling, at a 30 degree angle to the door.  The next thing I knew, I was on my knees, on the floor with my hands on the floor and feeling the pain where my forehead had slammed into the door.  What the Fuck?

I don’t know if this is what happened, but to me, it seemed like my mind/soul left my body for months or days, then re-entered it again, only seconds later than the original space-time marker at which it left.  Was this astral-travel?  Did I just quantum jump accidentally?

Now I don’t know if quantum jumping and astral travel or out-of-body experiences are the same or related or what.  My mom only recently introduced me to the term “quantum jumping” and I really have no idea what that is.  It actually sounds like somebody is naming something based on the old time-travel TV seriesQuantum Leap”.   I don’t know much about these subjects yet, however I plan to know more soon!

(P.S.:  Here is one of the most honest and informative articles on fasting I have yet found online:  http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html)

Be blessed and have a pleasant journey my friends!

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Are Homeostatic Soil Organisms A Scam Or The Heretofore-Illusive Cure For Most Chronic Diseases?

Posted by kristobaldude on December 3, 2011

Are Homeostatic Soil Organisms A Scam Or The Heretofore-Illusive Cure For Most Chronic Diseases?



I decided today to, first and foremost, talk about something that has been on my mind lately.  About a month ago I

Patient Heal Thyself - Jordan S. Rubin, 2003

Patient Heal Thyself - Jordan S. Rubin, 2003

stumbled upon a copy of Patient Heal Thyself, by Jordan Rubin, at a local Goodwill.  I didn’t really know what I was looking for that day, but when I found this, it was literally like a godsend!  Somehow, I just ‘knew’ that Dr. Rubin’s book would hold either the cure or a piece of the “cure” puzzle I had been waiting for.

Despite the well-given wisdom that you should not read on the toilet because it causes hemorrhoids, since I already have hemorrhoids and chronic constipation, I knew I was going to be in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes calmly managing my excretory processes as best I could.  So, I reasoned that with my busy schedule of working, coming home, eating, and sleeping from (unexplained) exhaustion, if Mr. Rubin’s book held the cure to my digestive issues, then reading on the toilet, in my case, could only help my situation.

Anyway, for the last month or so, I have been reading about 6-8 pages each time I use the restroom.  The main premise of the book, I would say is that Jesus and people in biblical and antediluvian times didn’t eat processed food, and they happened to eat (as they didn’t have an way to thoroughly remove all the soil from their food) and work and play in dirt which up until the last 100 years or so, has always contained thousands of species of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that help our digestive systems process food properly.  Rubin also postulates (and presents interesting statistics and studies to back up his position) that the prevalence and over-use of antibiotics to cure infections in humans, and lessen disease in livestock, along with the chemical pesticides (like Monsanto’s Roundup) farmers have been using may have inadvertently led the the propagation of today’s chronic disease epidemic.

I’ll admit I haven’t finished the book (I’m only about 70 pages through it), and if I’m being honest, I don’t know when I’ll have read the whole thing for certain.  Thus the only thing I can comment on is what I have read so far.   Thus, so far the idea of Homeostatic Soil Organisms seems to make sense.  But, before I get to that, maybe a little more background on my issues would be appropriate.


At the time I first contracted “whatever this is”, the first symptom I experienced was strange and frightening.  I remember sitting in my cubicle where I worked.  I did telephone technical support for a major educational software manufacturer.  Life wasn’t perfect because one of the biggest hurdles in my life (how to talk to women and how courtship worked) was all that was on

Wow ... Look how fun call centers are

Wow ... Look how fun call centers are

my mind.  But, instead of actually going out (I was in college at the time, off campus) and talking to women to get experience and learn the do’s and don’ts of social dynamics, I just stayed at home like a dumbass every night.  I knew that was not the right thing to do but I was too paralyzed with fear (of approaching women) to change.  For at least 5 years from 1998 to 2003 I had a pattern of working some low-level computer tech/support job, and trying to learn various programming concepts at night, in my free time.  So it was when I was at work one day, as I was previously explaining, when all of a sudden, after getting off the phone with a customer, I was struck with a pain in my lower right abdomen, about 3 inches above my waist and centered about halfway across the right half of my abdomen.

The pain started about the size of a dime.  It wasn’t a stabbing, more a dull burning sensation.  But, over the course of the next 30 minutes, it rapidly escalated into a 50 cent-piece size area that felt like somebody had stabbed me, then lit a match or poured rubbing alcohol on my insides.  At this time, I knew very little about human anatomy and physiology.  In fact, though I got A’s and B’s, high school biology was the class I liked the least.  I didn’t see a real practical use for me to know that stuff.  I had rarely ever been ill in my life, even as a child.

Sketch of my pain I made for the Mayo Clinic

Sketch of my pain I made for the Mayo Clinic

I figured “That’s all well and good for folks who are planning to be doctors, farmers, or veterinarians, but how is that going to help me build robots?”  But, fate has a way of setting all the pieces up so that you learn indelibly the why you need to know certain things that as a young adult you could really care less about.


I truly believe I was on a crash-course to leading a life of lonliness and perhaps even a very Scrooge-like existence.  Not only did I not care about how our bodies worked (including our digestive system and our diets), to tell the truth, I really had very little empathy for people in general.  Well, that’s not exactly true either.  It would be more accurate to say my attitude was “live-and-let-live” or “you mind your business, I’ll mind mine”.  To illustrate the point, I had a girlfriend a few years PTMD (prior to my disease ™).  She broke up with me on New Years and do you know the reason she stated?  Of course you don’t, so let me fill you in.  She broke up with me because I didn’t get her parents anything for Christmas!

At the time I thought that was the most ridiculous thing ever.  My own personal belief was that if somebody gives you a gift (present, money, help, etc.), you are not required to give anything in return.  My reasoning was that (and this was fostered by my Dad’s teachings) if somebody gave you a gift and then was mad when you did not reciprocate, then it wasn’t really a gift after all.  No, it was a nefarious incognito bribe of some kind.  Though I can’t quite remember the trigger, I remember I had an epiphany that basically changed the course of my life forever.


Here are some truths I discovered about life and myself in that one brief shining moment:

1) Everything Requires Maintenance:  Anything in life that you want to last needs growth and for growth to happen you need care and maintenance.  This includes relationhips, homes, cars, tools, machinery, pack animals, you body, your legacy, your reputation, …

This is what my car looked like, but with T-Tops.

This is what my car looked like, but with T-Tops.

absolutely everything!  Or to put it more succinctly: You have to take care of anything you want to last.  That may seem obvious to a lot of folks, but to hammer home how ignorant I was of this fact, the first nice car I ever owned was a maroon ’86 Monte Carlo with T-Tops.  I loved that car.  It only lasted 2 years because I didn’t understand that the engine needed lubrication so it’s parts didn’t seize up – thus, I never changed the oil!

2) It’s Ok To Ask For Help Sometimes:  It is an admirable and useful skill to rely on one’s self and be a rugged individualist.  But, sometimes, there are some situations that we just can’t handle by ourselves, and there is no shame – to the contrary, there is courage and strength of character – in asking for help.  Like Joe Cocker once sang “I get by with a little help from my friends”.

3) Make Friends And Choose Your Circle Well:  We are social animals.  We are designed to congregate in groups and build bonds with others.  It is our social network (who we surround ourselves with) that helps define how others perceive us.  Those who have no social network, also have no social status.  They are seen as broken and others are suspicious of them.


Another important lesson I learned the hard, hard way is that one must always strive to have a verifiable alibi.  Now, when most people hear the word ‘alibi’, they immediately think of murder mysteries and CSI-type stuff.  Well, I’m not talking about for the guilty – I’m talking about for the innocent.

More innocent people are being arrested every day in this country

More innocent people are being arrested every day in this country

In my case, I was the unfortunate victim of a lunatic female who got me arrested by telling the cops that I was chasing her in my truck one night.  Fortunately for me, (I thought at the time), I didn’t have anything to worry about because on the night in question I was in my community college’s computer lab from around 6pm until roughly 1am writing computer programs, and the alleged ‘chase’ took place from 10pm to 11pm the same night.  I reasoned that since I was innocent, I would be found innocent, because justice always prevails … how fucking ignorant and naïve I was!

Yes folks, at 19 years old, I was somewhat introverted and subsequently didn’t have the social experiences that most kids had already known by age 15!  Unfortunately for me, I did not know the ways of the world and was blindsided in court by one particular piece of (shoddy but persuasive) so-called evidence:  Her mom was on the stand testifying that I had left threatening and abusive messages on their answering machine.

I had done no such thing, and I gave up trying to figure out the whole scenario – Why would her mom be lying for her under oath … just to punish me?  For what, … I really didn’t even know this girl!  I had only met her in person twice: once at church youth group, and we went on one date at a roller-rink.  She called me every day for almost 3 years and we talked for 2 hours roughly each time.  I’ll admit, as a mostly shy, lonely nerd I enjoyed the attention!  But after 3 years I knew I had to put an end to these calls that were eating up a lot of time, but we weren’t in a real relationship.

To be honest I really can’t make sense of it.  I remember a day came when I realized these

Biurny Peguero: Another female who got a dude in trouble by false accusations.  The law never would have known if she hadn't voluntarily turned herself in.

Biurny Peguero: Another female who got a dude in trouble by false accusations. The law never would have known if she hadn't voluntarily turned herself in.

calls were just eating up too much of my time, and they weren’t going anywhere, so I tried to politely tell her that she needed to stop calling me.  So, then she got mad and decided to get revenge on me by framing me a year later??  With her Mom as the accomplice??  Did she have a boyfriend that was calling her answering machine and saying he was me as part of some plot to get her mom to finger me as the culprit ?  Why was she trying to ruin my life??   Aggghhhhhh!!!

It really stil boggles the mind.  I gave up trying to analyze and figure it all out a long time ago, and learned to just accept that it was.  Let me tell you, it was as hard for me to do that as it would be for the quintessential robot to compute something when “that does not compute”… (here’s a recent news story about about a woman who falsely-accused a man and had him sent to prison for 4 years)

Unfortunately for me, my being right and innocent had nothing to do with the law.  I learned that in the US Justice system, it is not about who was right or who is telling the truth, rather, it is all about what is most believable.  In this case, only in hindsight, after many years, do I have some understanding of why the guilty verdict was laid upon my head on that fateful day.  It basically boils down to appearance and quantity of circumstantial evidence in lieu of a bona fide witness and my lack of a verifiable alibi.   Knowing what I now now about the law, I’d say when the state was deciding whether or not to try this case,  they probably built a “plausibility” list something like this:

  1. Two female ‘victims’ of harassment and stalking by an older male who had repeatedly made threats enough to cause them the fear for their lives vs a belligerent disrespectful college student with an attitude.
  2. Defendant can’t prove he is innocent because he has no one to verify where he was (alibi).
  3. Newly created “stalker law” needed to be tested.
  4. This is an election year so we can’t piss off any feminist voters.

CONCLUSION:  Definitely try this one – Easy Pickins’!!!

Had I been programming late in the lab with somebody else there, I have great confidence that this girl’s evil plan would have been foiled right there, but such was not the case.

When the trial was almost over I started to get the feeling that my lawyer (public defender) was only doing the minimum required of him and wasn’t really providing the best defense for me.  When the judge asked if there was anything I wanted to say on my behalf, in a moment reminiscent of Al Pacino in “And Justice For All”, I told the judge I did have something to say:

“Your honor, I am innocent of these charges.  I was in the computer lab at my school at the time in question and I’m not really sure why I’m here, because I am innocent.”

Around this time, I noticed his facial expression showing cynical skepticism.  I couldn’t help myself.  My lawyer wanted me to shut up and not make things worse.  But, for me, I was innocent and I was gonna make damn sure that was recorded for the record.  I continued:

“Your honor, I just have to know one thing.  I told you I’m innocent.  I barely know this girl.  I was programming on the night in question.  I have complied with the police.  I turned myself in, even though I am innocent.  I’m not sure what game these ladies are playing at or why they are trying to ruin my life but I can’t just go down without a fight.

So, now that I have reiterated, re-explained, and summarized all those things to you, I will ask you judge:  Do you think I’m guilty?”

My lawyer reached up and touched his hand to my forearm as if to say “This is not the time … you’ll only make things worse”.  But, I did not let that sway me.  Honestly, at that point in the trial I felt that if I was a third party (jury or observer) who didn’t’ know the truth, I probably would find it easy to find me guilty as well.

The judge hesitated.  Even though I had been a polite as could be, he was glaring at me like he had already made up his mind (this was a bench trial which means there is no jury – just one judge to decide your fate)  But still I pressed for an answer.  I felt I already knew what it was gonna be … but I just wanted to hear him say it.  For a moment I wondered if somehow he knew I was innocent and was in on the frame-up?  Maybe when he opened his mouth he would say something that would give him away.

I pressed for an answer again.

“Your honor.  I want you to answer my question:  Do you think I’m guilty?”

“Your honor. I want you to answer my question: Do you think I’m guilty?”

“Your honor.  I want you to answer my question:  Do you think I’m guilty?”  Now he was steaming – you could see he was about to burst, like Yosemite Sam when he gets frustrated by Bugs Bunny.  My lawyer to me: “This is highly unorthodox … blah blah blah.”  “No”, I demanded, raising my voice defiantly, and turning my gaze back to the judge: “I want to know if you think I’m guilty!”

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”  Though he was furious, and acted indignant as if HEwas being insulted, I remember he tried to regain some

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”

semblance of calmness about himself again.  As if realizing he had just embarrassed himself with his emotional outburst he then tried to regain his dignity by giving logical reasons why he felt I was guilty.  I don’t really remember much after that.  I was found guilty and got a deferred sentence.  For me, this was my first experience in a court of law and it was like a nuclear bomb had exploded on my world.  In the moment the guilty verdict was read, I realized then and there that the way I saw the world would never be the same.  My view of police, judges, and lawyers as standing for justice was shattered.

Wow!  That was quite cathartic.  I feel like for almost 18 years that story has been waiting to be told.  It is as if a great burden has been lifted from my mind!

(Wrote this for about 3 hours so now 5:26 pm stopping to watch some vids and eat some grub).

Thanks for listening to the raw, unfiltered story of my life.  The story continues …

Until next time, be blessed and take care!

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