Mueller Blocked

photomuellerMeet Adam Mueller.

He has an alias,  of course. Everyone does, don’t they?  You know, except me. And Al. And maybe two or three other people.

Adam’s alias is Ademo Freeman, and he founded “CopBlock.org” which has to be one of Nicole’s favorite places on earth. She shares stuff from his Facebook page almost daily.

Delightful looking, isn’t he?

He isn’t very happy right now, though.

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Of course, he “livestreamed”  his arrest on Facebook.  Naturally he did. Gotta document, don’tcha know.

And he’s doing an internet fundraiser (can anyone say “GoFundMe”?) because he’s in deep, deep doo-doo.

I am totally in favor of legalizing marijuana, but right now, in Ohio, it is not legal, and possessing 24 pounds of the stuff along with 26 vials of oil is, well, not smart.

However,  it is hilarious.

Family Forward

Joe did a teensy video today.  It amounts to very little, so I’m not going to bother transcribing it.  I will just briefly describe it.  It shows Joe in the van at a post office.

He is mailing a stack of envelopes and yammering about how he’s this great activist for “Connie.”  “A great initiative,” he says.

He’s vague, gives little information, but a wee trip to Connie Reguli’s Facebook page tells us more.

She wrote a letter to Donald Trump.  It’s a relatively long letter and that’s just the first problem. Donald doesn’t read long stuff.  In fact, Donald reads almost nothing. She should instead turn her efforts to getting on Fox and Friends which is where Donald gets all his news.

What she’s done is make umpteen copies of the letter, complete with envelopes already addressed, and she’s divided them up and mailed stacks of them to people in various states.  Apparently Joe is the Kentucky sucker.

Joe then takes his stack of letters and mails them so it looks like letters are coming from all across the country. Because that’s what you do. You make it look like your group protesting is much larger than it actually is. You pretend to be people you are not.  You lie.  You know, kind of like making Facebook profiles and pages so you’ll look like you have more active supporters than you actually do. Joe’s a natural.

I don’t suppose Joe included a note explaining to Donald that he and Nicole don’t believe in government or voting.

And that’s the second problem.

Connie wrote the letter.  And made copies.

How long do you think it will take some poor aide working in the White House mail room to figure out that all these letters were basically composed by the same person?  Ten seconds?  Two minutes?

I have been involved in a letter-writing campaign before in order to influence legislation. To my sorrow (now), we were quite successful. It was at the state level, not the federal, which meant that it was far, far easier to get the attention of legislators.  But we didn’t mail copies of letters.

We actually wrote the letters. We composed them.  And we hand wrote them.  It was very hard work to get dozens and dozens and hundreds of people to write these letters, but we did it. In addition, we drove to Raleigh, and visited key legislators in their offices and begged them to pass our bill.  They listened, and then the legislature passed our horrible bill and destroyed home education in North Carolina. (I’m working on a piece about all that. Later.)  Even though we were really morally wrong, we managed to win because we did it the right way.

And that leads me to another problem.

Connie wants Trump to issue an executive order banning federal aid to states for adoption.

You know, the whole “the state takes kids so they can sell them and make money” complaint.

What is it with people on the right?  When President Obama issued an executive order, they had a collective stroke. Every single time.  He was a “dictator” and it was “unconstitutional.”  He was usurping power from the Congress and “making law.”

But now, that’s all they want.  Donald, just grab a pen and sign this please. Don’t bother to read it. Just sign it.

Here’s the deal. It’s called an “adoption subsidy.”

States are faced with a big problem. They have kids that are in foster care, too many kids, and no permanent homes for them. Some of these kids are cute, and white, and very young,  and developmentally “normal” (I put that in quotes because I don’t like using the idea of “abnormal” to describe special-needs kids). They are easy. They get adopted rapidly.

But some kids are harder. Some of them come from very, very abusive situations and have severe challenges. Some of them were born challenged.  And some potential adoptive families have a whole lot of stability and love to give and not much money.

Let’s take a relatively typical case.  There is a family, the Smiths, who want to adopt a child, Billy.  Billy has a lot of special needs, though, and even though the Smiths are uniquely qualified to deal with Billy’s needs, they are gonna have a real problem because Mr. Smith was laid off from his job and just now found a new one.  During his layoff, they ate through their savings account and they simply cannot afford for Mrs. Smith to stay home with Billy for several months while he acclimates.

So, the state is looking at a situation where Billy will have to just stay in foster care, without a stable family, and potentially end up costing the state way more in care as a result – or – the state can help subsidize the Smiths so that Mrs. Smith can stay home for a while and in the end, Billy will have a real home, and ultimately an increased chance of a more stable adulthood.

Or how about a case I know of personally. The child in question has a heart defect. He required surgery, very, very expensive surgery and he requires ongoing medical care. The family that adopted him couldn’t afford that medical care.  They simply couldn’t have adopted him at all if it weren’t for federal and state funding.

In addition, adopting kids out can be costly. There are court appearances, and legal fees and psychological testing and all sorts of things, in addition to the normal costs of foster care. So the federal government has a program to help states get these adoptable kids adopted.

This is what Nicole bitches about constantly as “selling children.”

And that leads to yet another problem, Connie Reguli.

Connie Reguli is a family-practice lawyer in Tennessee, who has had a kind of rocky history of her own.

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Here’s what her latest kerfuffle with the courts was all about. If I have the story correct, she just got her license back recently (it was suspended for about a year).

Back when the Nauglers  “went viral,” Joe appeared on Connie Reguli’s scare-mongering podcast thing as an example of the state being evil and taking children so they can sell them. (See why I doubt everything Connie Reguli says?) He’s the first interview, so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing to get his part of it.

According to Connie’s FB page, there were a whopping 1000 letters mailed.

I’m sure Donald will be tweeting madly about this in the wee hours three days from now.

 

 

Burden of Proof

In the late nineties, after we moved to Alaska, I deconverted from Christianity.  I’ve mentioned before how difficult it was, how gut-wrenching the whole process became, and how I had to basically re-evaluate everything I thought I knew.

One of those things was the idea of “burden of proof.”

When you wade into the fairly treacherous waters of controversy over religion, something you frequently hear from the still-religious is a demand that you “prove there isn’t a god.”  They think saying this makes them look like geniuses (it doesn’t) and that it paints the atheist into a corner (it doesn’t).

If this is all elementary to you, please bear with me. I simply was not taught any of this when I was young and didn’t understand it at all until I was in my late forties.

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Just a short time after my deconversion, some guys hijacked some planes and brought down the World Trade Center and changed the world.

As a result of 9/11, George W Bush did something that was simply astonishing to me (and I was still very conservative at the time, and in fact, voted for W in 2000).  He demanded that Saddam Hussein prove he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

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This thing, this condition, that W put on Hussein was the beginning of my disillusionment with first, Bush, and second, conservatism in general.

I knew that it was impossible for Saddam Hussein to do what Bush was demanding.  No matter what he did, it wouldn’t matter. And that’s when I knew that Bush was going to war no matter what.  He wanted to invade Iraq and the whole WMD thing was a smokescreen.

Lots of atheists claim that you cannot prove a negative.  You cannot prove that there is no god. Hussein could not possibly prove that he didn’t have any WMDs stashed anywhere. That’s true. But they go on to assert that no negative statement can be proven.

This is not entirely true, however.

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Let’s assume that I have this box. I walk past you, carrying the box.

You say to me, “Is my book in that box?”

I answer, “No, it isn’t.”

You don’t believe me. You think I’m trying to make off with your book. So you demand that I prove that your book is not in the box.

Can I do that?

openboxOf course I can. I can just open the box and show you that it’s empty. And in doing so, I have proven a negative assertion is true.

However, the reason I can do that is because the box is small enough to search easily.  My house is small enough to search relatively easily.  My property could be searched easily enough and my negative assertion that I do not have a stash of stolen bank notes buried anywhere shown to be true.

But how do you search Iraq?

What happens is exactly what did happen: no matter how much they searched and found nothing, the White House just insisted that Hussein was moving the WMDs, or that they were hidden someplace.

And how do you search the universe?

So generally, the idea that you can’t prove a negative is true, unless it’s easy to prove the lack of something. Here’s another example. If your uncle lost a leg in Vietnam, it’s pretty easy to prove that he’s missing a leg.

Go to court, though, and you’ll discover that the burden of proof in court falls on the party making the positive claim.  In criminal court, that is generally the state. The state says that the defendant did do something, and the defendant doesn’t have to do anything at all. The state has the burden of proof.

That’s because it’s far, far easier to prove that the defendant did it than it for the defendant to prove he didn’t. The state has to only prove one thing. The defendant would have to prove a zillion things – a whole pile of moments in which he was doing something other than breaking into that bank.

Have you ever wondered why this is the case for a regular courtroom (innocent until proven guilty) but it’s not the case for the IRS?  It’s pretty much the reverse.

You have to prove, if audited, that you did, in fact, spend X dollars on Z, and therefore deserve that deduction. The IRS simply asserts the negative – that you didn’t – and that’s what stands until and unless you can prove  you did.

See what the difference is?

In the criminal courtroom, the state is making the positive assertion: you did rob that bank. So the state has to prove it.

With the IRS, you are making the positive assertion:  you deserve that deduction.  So you have to prove it.

dearestSallyAnd that leads me here.  Nicole is demanding here that I prove that her children don’t know stuff.

And she then claims that if I cannot do that, somehow the alternative is for me to “admit” (there’s that word again – she loves it) that I “pull info out of (my) ass.”

What she’s all pissed off about is the blog posting I did about books.

Here’s the one she’s talking about.

Here’s another one.

And here’s another about testing.

And here’s a page about their philosophy of education in general.

And some more.

In fact, if you look on the right of this page, at the top, you’ll see a little search box. Enter the word “Education” and you’ll get everything on this blog categorized that way.

I have shown over and over again why I believe that the Naugler children are not being educated.

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But here’s another example.  On BLH, Nicole and her little humpers were discussing handwriting and specifically, cursive handwriting.

Nicole had to ask her children if they wrote in cursive.

Let that sink in a minute.

It’s not important whether they can or not. It’s not important whether anyone can or not.

What’s interesting is that she didn’t know.

She didn’t know.

She didn’t know how her children learned to read, she said elsewhere. She doesn’t know if they write in cursive.  This means that she doesn’t read their writing enough to know.

She’s not teaching them.

Nobody is.

And we’re back to that pesky burden of proof thing. She claims that her children are “educated.”

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It just takes a few minutes of interacting with my children to see how bright and well rounded they are.

Well, Nicole has posted several videos where she “interviewed” her kids and I didn’t see anything of the sort in those videos.  I saw her talking to kids.  Just regular kids.

You cannot tell if somebody is “bright” by “interacting” with them for a few minutes. Of course, you can tell if that person happens to be profoundly challenged in some way, but you can’t tell much more than that.

You will get a better assessment in a 10 minute conversation than any test could provide.

Well, no, you won’t. You can’t. If you could, schools would have tossed all the testing decades ago and quit spending money on it.

She’s their mother and she doesn’t know if they can write and/or read cursive writing or not.  She doesn’t know how they learned to read, which leads me to wonder if she knows if they can read.

She and Joe are not teaching them.

The burden of proof is on the person making the positive claim.