#RIPCecil: Demand #JusticeforCecil

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Cecil the Lion

Cecil the Lion

#RIPCecil: Demand Justice for Cecil

I am devastated by the news this week that Dentist Walter Palmer, of Minnesota, paid between $50,000-55,000 to kill “Cecil the Lion.” Basically, Walter killed a perfectly healthy male lion in order to stroke his ego. Walter has publically stated his “regret” for his participation while placing blame on the guide and landowner. Walter is a COWARD. And a bastard! And we should take note.

  • No one should kill an animal for a trophy.
  • No one should pay an outrageous amount of money to decide who lives and who dies. Critics claim that the money raised by these killings support the poor and enrich the local economy. Studies show that a mere 2-5% actually goes to those who need it most.
  • No one should play God. And that is what Walter and his “guides” did. They lured Cecil from his government protected home, wounded him, and let him suffer for 40 hours before Walter finally murdered Cecil.

Walter does not believe in God. If he did, he would have listened to God’s instructions to not hurt—no less kill—an animal for the pleasure of it. Walter stated: “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

Here are some of the problems with this statement:

  • Walter doesn’t regret his actions. If he regretted them, he wouldn’t pursue them. Walter likes to kill innocent animals.
  • Walter does not “practice” this “activity” responsibly. If he had, he would have known that luring an animal from his government-protected homeland was illegal. Walter would have known that baiting an animal from his home is illegal.
  • Walter has been arrested for this type of act in the United States. He was placed on probation and fined a paltry $3,000. Seems Walter did not learn his lesson.

Let’s be clear: Walter did not hunt down and slaughter Cecil for food or out of necessity. Walter paid a lot of money to experience the pleasure of killing. Walter is hiding behind the legality of his actions and placing blame on others. However, Walter alone killed Cecil. Now Walter should suffer the consequences of his actions. Walter should stand before the Zimbabwe government and explain his illegal actions. If needed, the United States government should aid in transporting Walter there.

Why Should You Care?

Walter is playing God. People who enjoy killing innocent animals and claim it is an “activity” are evil. There is something wrong with this man. His evil thoughts have manifested into purely evil acts. Walter is a killer. Where will Walter, and those like him, draw the line?

Everyone should pause and think about the consequences Walter’s actions have on society as a whole. When we allow one person to play God, another will want to play, too. Don’t let the Devil win. Don’t rest on your laurels, either. The Devil is still committed to converting God’s faithful.

For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity.          Ecclesiastes 3.19

Demand Justice for Cecil

Demand Justice for Cecil

Amy Bruni–Still NOT Fired

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Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni took to her official Website and posted a well thought out and candid blog addressing the misinformation about her leaving Ghost Hunters. In it she adamantly denies that she was fired from GH. I encourage everyone remotely interested in this story or in slander and libel consequences in general to read the blog.

http://www.amy-bruni.net/my-departure-from-ghost-hunters/

Let’s put this story to bed for the last time!

A word of caution: In most jurisdictions the mere continuation of spreading slanderous/libelous comments makes one libel just the same as the originator of those comments.

Amy Bruni Was NOT Fired From Ghost Hunters

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Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni Was NOT Fired from Ghost Hunters

Contrary to reports, Amy Bruni was not fired from Ghost Hunters. Amy took to her Facebook account this morning (July 9, 2015) to set the record straight. Again. Unfortunately, it seems to fall on some deaf ears.

I agree with Amy; seems the story of her quitting doesn’t earn enough clicks. The author writes for an Internet publication that pays the writer for each “click” an article receives. The more clicks, the more money. Sweet deal, unless story ideas dry up.

As an attorney, I’m floored by the number of slanderous articles, posts, and the like that I read. Professional journalists should still vet out sources. They should still seek the truth. Just because an article appears online, rather than in print, it must still be factual. If not, the journalist destroys his reputation and credibility.

Unfortunately, Amy is also correct in stating that it would take a lot of money to sue. She has already taken the first step in hiring an attorney to address earlier inaccurate reports. Although his vocabulary is highbrow, his message should be heeded: Cease this erroneous reporting.

Amy Bruni Facebook Post

Amy Bruni Facebook Post

Thom Reed’s U.F.O. Encounters

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Thom Reed

Thom Reed

Thom Reed’s U.F.O. Encounters

Thom Reed is a very excitable man. He contradicted my perceptions of what a person with his background acts like. He has embraced his lot in life and has lots to share. It was a pleasure speaking with him.

Thom’s story began in 1969 when he was 6 years old. Thom and his family experienced a lot—A LOT—of extraterrestrial encounters. Articles, testimony, and eye witness reports support Thom’s story. On February 6, 2015, the Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum (MA) officially declared the events as “historically significant.” A permanent exhibit detailing the “off world” experience opens this fall. Please visit Thom’s website for more information: http://www.tomreed.info/home.html.

I’m drawn to this case because of the amount of evidence collected and proffered. Museum staff members are compiling all of the documents for an exhibit. Equally interesting: The records will be housed in a historical society and not a Ufology-themed museum. This act alone helps bring the discussion of alien life into the mainstream. I’m curious to see how the society creates an installation. Will it be kitsch? Sensationalized? Or will the exhibit balance the case with acceptable historical standards?

In a recent Huff/YouGov poll (2013), 50% of Americans believe that alien life exists. Further, 25% believe that aliens have visited Earth. College graduates are more likely to believe in extraterrestrial life. Another survey from National Geographic reported higher numbers (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/06/28/most-americans-believe-government-keeps-ufo-secrets-survey-finds).

Americans believe in the possibility of alien life. The debate focuses on whether or not the aliens’ intentions are hostile.

Ghosts Don’t Appear When Intoxicated

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Tammy Gadd Mugshot

Tammy Gadd Mugshot

Ghosts Don’t Appear When Intoxicated

Tammy Gadd was arrested Monday, June 15, 2015, after calling 911 and admitting to smoking meth. The story and media buzz could end there…except Ms. Gadd claimed that she was seeing ghosts. According to the Laurel County (KY) Facebook page (below), Gadd and another woman, Linda Johnson, were arrested shortly before 5:00 AM after Gadd called 911. When police responded, Ms. Gadd ticked off items she ingested—admittedly an enormous illegal cocktail—that caused her to hallucinate and see ghosts. Unfortunately, thrill seekers may follow suit, hoping that the consumption of illegal narcotics will cause them to see real ghosts. This is simply not true. There is no need to consume any intoxicant to see an apparition. Do not attempt. If you do, expect to be arrested not enlightened.

Laurel Co. Sheriff Department

2 arrested off Creech Road:

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Deputy Shawn Jackson arrested two individuals on Creech Road, approximately 5 miles north of London early Monday morning June 15, 2015 at approximately 4:57 AM. The arrest occurred after a female subject called 911 stating that she had done some meth earlier and was now seeing ghosts. When Deputy Jackson along with EMS arrived at the scene they located 2 female subjects outside. Tammy Gadd, the female subject who had phoned 911, told Deputy Jackson that she had snorted two lines of meth and then smoked some meth off foil. In addition, she stated that she had taken muscle relaxers, and drank a half pint of vodka and three beers and that she had started seeing ghosts and hallucinations. This subject told Deputy Jackson that she was happy to be arrested. Deputy Jackson arrested Tammy Gadd age 42 of Wildwood apartments, London charging her with public intoxication – controlled substances. Also arrested was the other female subject there identified as Linda Johnson 49 of Old Salem Rd., London charged with public intoxication – controlled substances and resisting arrest. This subject also stated that she had been doing meth by snorting some and then smoked some off aluminum foil. When told that she was under arrest she stated – I am not going to jail and had to be escorted to the police cruiser. Both subjects were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Photos attached are courtesy of the Laurel County Detention Center.

The views expressed in comments on the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page are those of the comment writers. The accuracy and politeness of comments are not guaranteed and do not represent the views or opinions of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Ufology & Chase Kloetzke

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Chase Kloetzke

Chase Kloetzke

Ufology & Chase Kloetzke

There is a wide variety of speakers and vendors at Through the Veil. In all honesty, I think Michelle Griffin, owner of Through the Veil Productions, LLC, should take advantage of this and wordsmith the subtitle more. I cannot emphasize the scope of the speakers: You would be hard-pressed to get this session roster with full-on access. I’m still giddy at all of the people I got one-on-one time with. But I digress. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Chase Kloetzke, Ufologist/author/MUFON member.

I immediately liked Chase. She shatters all stereotypical perceptions on what a U.F.O. researcher/investigator looks like. Quickly peruse her “About” section on her Website, http://www.chasekloetzke.com/home.html, and you will see that she is well-educated and fully capable of leading an investigation. Currently, Chase is the Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager at M.U.F.O.N. (Mutual U.F.O. Network). And trust me: Chase is passionate.

Chase enthusiastically discussed another guest speaker Thom Reed and his case. Earlier this year, Thom Reed’s encounters were deemed “historically significant and true” by the Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum, http://www.tomreed.info/home.html. I’ll be blogging about Thom later this week. What I really liked about Chase was the way she discussed the Reed family’s case. She didn’t just say, “They encountered aliens. Believe it because I said so.” Instead, Chase ticked off the amount of evidence collected in this investigation. There were eyewitness reports. There are a lot of documents. There were polygraphs administered. There’s a ton here, but more on that later this week. Chase’s enthusiasm for Thom’s case was contagious.

Chase has authored/co-authored two books; she hosts the Fate Magazine Radio show, which airs every Sunday evening at 8 pm EST; and she appears at conferences around the country. She speaks on a vast array of topics. One in particular piqued my interest. Chase discussed a type of early warning system created to alert people prone to frequent encounters when a possible encounter will take place. I’m fascinated by this. (Note: I don’t believe that I’ve ever encountered alien life forms; however, I do believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life.) I want to know more about this. Hopefully, I will. Stay tuned for an announcement on when Chase will be on Archer Paranormal Radio, www.wlor.net.

Through the Veil & Larry Flaxman

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Larry Flaxman

Larry Flaxman

7th Annual Through the Veil & Larry Flaxman

The 7th Annual Through the Veil (TTV) event was this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. This was my first time attending. I loved every minute of it! TTV is a premiere event where attendees have intimate access to incredible speakers. The event focuses on spirituality, metaphysics, and the supernatural.

Where to begin? I have no earthly idea where to start. Therefore, I will break my blog into smaller posts. The API Gals had a vendor table in order to share production footage and promotional material for True Ghost Stories, debuting on ROKU in September. Even though Lisa and I had a table, we were able to pop into sessions. I’ve never had so much access to a wide array of people in the industry.

This year’s keynote speaker was Larry Flaxman. Prior to his talk, Larry stopped by our table to say “Hi” and chit-chat. Beforehand, I thought Larry was an accomplished author. I’ve since appended my opinion. Larry is an all-around cool—like COOL—guy. He spent the night before handing out 100 McDonald’s hamburgers at area homeless shelters. Pretty remarkable! What a great role model!

Larry’s talk centered on this year’s theme: facing our fears. He disclosed very personal moments in his life where he needed to face a fear. In total, Larry shared six events. He said, “Change is a requirement of life.” Further, he encouraged everyone to embrace our fears. Share and talk about our fears. Most importantly, “visualize success.”

The next day, I attended Larry’s session “The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality.” Wow. Just wow. I took copious notes. Well, sort of. Most of his talk was above my head but just within reach. I need to read his book (entitled the same), co-written with Marie D. Jones. I’ve attached one page of my notes.

Notes

Notes

Basically, our reality is like one floor of a skyscraper. Each floor has a different reality. Each floor is a connector. In theory, we may be able to use a connector to reach another level of reality. This hypothetical skyscraper sits in a city with other skyscrapers. The realities are numerous. “Leakage” occurs when two worlds connect sporadically. What a paranormal investigator may think is a ghost, may be a person in another reality leaking through.

I’ll have to end the discussion here until I’ve read the book. I certainly don’t want to misinterpret Larry’s words and misconstrue this remarkable theory. Look for a book review soon.

So here’s your take-away: Through the Veil is an event you should attend! Not only do you mingle with incredible people, you sit in sessions that are fascinating. And the vendor tables were pretty darn awesome, too.

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