Wednesday, August 13, 2014

30 Yelp review of L M Towing

This is a Yelp review of L M Towing 22400 The Old Road, Newhall, CA

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I am not impressed.   

When I retrieved my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee from their yard the morning of 2014.08.09 Saturday, I noticed that the brake indicator light was on and that the brake activation was rather soft.  I noticed that the braking was very slow to take effect.   

I took the Jeep to a repair shop and the guy there found that I had very low brake fluid level. He added fluid to the top and the brake indicator light went off.  The braking was still not right.  I went home.

When I left home to go to work, I saw that the brake indicator light was on again.  I checked the brake fluid level and it was way down.  There was fluid leaking down from the rear brake line(s).  I replenished the brake fluid reservoir and went to work.  I saw fluid on the ground every place that I parked.

I had to hose down the rear of the Jeep when I got home because brake fluid splattered over the back door from dripping into the air stream below the fuel tank.

I determined that the rear brake line(s) leak because somebody improperly secured the vehicle when he towed it. I could see fresh dents on the fuel tank cover adjacent to the brake lines.  

I personally think that the guy who secured the Jeep onto his truck deliberately secured as he did as payback because he had so much trouble moving the Jeep from a parking spot and onto the flatbed.  The Jeep was locked.  The key was nowhere for him to find.  I still have not worked out how he opened the Jeep without a key.  I think he had a universal remote that let him bypass the locking mechanism.  

The Jeep was locked because cops were arresting me because I would not cooperate with them.  I think the guy figured that I am a jerk, and that the cops will back him up if I criticise his work, so he just went ahead and damaged the brake line(s).

The Jeep goes in for repair and when I get the Jeep back I expect to present the repair bill to this service for reimbursement.   We will see how that works out.  I don't expect these folks to make this right.

update 2014.08.11 Monday
I got the Jeep back from the repair shop.  The work order notes that the brake line was busted and leaking fluid.  The repair tech replaced the brake line and bled the system.  Total bill was $127.50.  Next, I get to find out if the folks at LM will reimburse me.....

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29 Hostile Encounter 2014.08.08

In other news

I am home from an arrest for committing an act of civil disobedience, refusing to comply with a cop.    

I refused to cooperate with a chiparoo who then arrested me for "suspicion of engaging in a speed contest" 2014.08.08 Friday afternoon. I am out and have a court date 2014.08.14 Thursday 0830 at the Newhall courthouse. We will see how that works out....[see update 2014.08.13 Wednesday below]

I drove past a couple of vehicles on Davenport road and saw an alleged cop car pull out behind me.  I found a place to wait whilst the alleged cop car passed me.  But the guy Todd Cookston -14277- pulled up beside me whilst I was stationary beside the road and wanted to talk to me.  Davenport usually has very little traffic on it, and was almost deserted at that time.  Given that cops kill folks every 7 to 8 hours, and that there would be no witnesses to any encounter, I was concerned about my safety, I had no desire to interact with him, and I rudely told him to go away. He red-lit me and I would not cooperate, choosing to exercise my ability to self-defend by leaving (see John Bad Elk v. United States, 177 U.S. 529 (1900) at for the self-defence ruling) Cookston followed me along Davenport Road to Sierra Highway.  I came to a full stop at Sierra Highway and signaled for a left turn.

I turned left and Cookston followed me. Other folks, including Maurer - 19317, Mitchell - 19131, and Cisek - no number- , joined Cookston in following me.   I slowed down  to 25 mph in the school zone near Sand Canyon and drove the speed limit to Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country and came to a full stop due to the red light.  I signaled for a left turn and turned left when the signal was green.  I drove into the parking area in front of a liquor store where he arrested me.  I exited the Jeep whist video-recording the encounter, using a pink Polaroid digital camera. Somebody attacked me from behind my right shoulder and knocked me down.   Other folks joined in the take-down.

I demanded that Cookston show me his ID.  He refused. 

I told Cookston that he has to write down his questions and comments because I don’t hear well.  He moved his mouth and I could not understand what he was saying.

I demanded a lawyer.  Never got one.

No Miranda, either.

Donald Wilson-200790 tried to engage me in conversation using smiles to try to win me over that he was sympathetic to my situation.  I refused to answer his questions.  I asked him if he was another Manny Ramos or Jay Cincinelli looking for a Kelly Thomas piƱata of his own.  He pretended to not know what I was talking about. During this conversation, I demanded a lawyer.

Whilst Cookston drove me to the Sheriff Station in Newhall, he used his cell phone in violation of the vehicle code.

The camera is broken.  There is a very brief video clip that depicts behaviour at the west-bound left lane at the Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country intersection.  

During the booking, Wilson counted out seven 100 dollar bills out of ten 100 dollar bills. I think Wilson stole the other three 100 dollar bills.

Lori is righteously pissed at me because I got into this situation. You have my permission to be pissed at me, too.

I could have 
  • taken out my camera and started video-recording as soon as Cookston tried to talk to me.  
  • rolled up the Jeep windows and refused to respond to him.  
  • demanded to see his cop ID as soon as he asked for my ID.  
  • put hazard lights on and  driven to the courthouse in Newhall and demanded that all cops interacting with me show cop ID.

Update 2014.08.13 Wednesday
Lori reviewed paperwork related to this encounter and saw a reference to a court appearance 0830 2014.08.11 Monday.  She got me at a client work site and we went right over to court.  

But the criminal court clerk could not find a case or warrant for Monday and sent us to the District Attorney clerks who could not find a case or warrant, either....Turns out that I have a 0830 2014.10.14 Tuesday court date, not 0830 2014.08.11 Monday, or 0830 2014.08.14 Thursday.  

I get that Cookston et al are playing paperwork games....

update 2015.04.06 
We attended a 1538.5 hearing 2015.04.06 Monday am and left with an apparent dismissal. 

The hearing was to address a motion to suppress the prosecutor's evidence because the cop acted unlawfully from the time he lit me up to the arrest and beyond. The judge, prosecutor, testilier, defence counsel, and I watched a video of the incident. The judge ruled that I was rude, that the fact that I was being rude did not authorise the cop to detain me, that the participating officers acted unlawfully, and that the evidence that they provided was therefore invalid. 

The prosecutor then moved to dismiss because he had no valid evidence to prove the charge. 

We got documentation that the judge dismissed the charge 2015.04.08 Wednesday pm.

Do you realise that I actually manipulated a-half-dozen guys into unlawfully following me for no reason? I got two judges, one commissioner, at least four DDAs, two PDs, three court reporters (one a CART), two court clerks, and sundry other folks in an arraignment, five pre-trial hearings, and a suppression motion hearing in two courtrooms..... 

all at government expense.... 

I did good! 

and this was for a rinky-dinky misdemeanor....
This means that the folks at L&M were assisting cops in an illegal and unlawful event.

This may mean that the L&M folks wrongfully impounded my vehicle.  See this

The guy at the repair shop covered the asses of the L&M folks by throwing the brake line away instead of saving it for me. So the only evidence that I have is the invoices for the repair and for brake fluid.

L&M could reimburse me $127.50 for the repair bill, and $20.00 for the brake fluid.

28 Six Boys Thirteen Hands Propaganda.3.18.2009

This refers to: 

This is a lovely well written bit of pro-State propaganda, by Michael Powell, at around 2000, or so.

I checked Snopes at

I found this story at Truth or Fiction:

Both accounts that I saw included the observation that the last few paragraphs of this piece were included after Powell wrote it. A photographer, Joe Rosenthal, reportedly photographed the second raising of a Flag on a mountain five days into a thirty-five day battle. This picture lead to the sculpting of the USMC War Memorial idolized in “Six Boys”. The “Flag” picture was actually a propaganda effort. See here: for information on the battle, here for the taking of the “Flag” picture and here for the making of the statue:

“Six Boys and Thirteen Hands”(Six Boys) is corrupt.

The underlying premise to this piece is that your life belongs to someone else, that you have an obligation to serve nonentities called by such names as “faith,” “family,” or “fatherland”. You don’t need someone to fight on your behalf at everyone’s expense. You can defend yourself. You can delegate your defense at your expense to a willing agent. You have the right to decide whether to use lethal or non-lethal reaction to aggressive action directed against you. You do not have the right to inflict collateral damage, that is, casualties on noncombatants. You owe nothing to a metaphysical nonentity. Nor do you owe a duty to someone or something, just because you are alive.

What is freedom for which so many “lay down their lives?” Here is a definition of freedom: · "Freedom in its most elemental state is the power to withdraw one's consent when the State-or anyone else-lays an improper claim to one's life or property." -Will Grigg Reflections on Resurrection Sunday: We're Commanded to be Free ProLiberate 3.23.2008

In a Utopian world, our agendas would all be compatible. In the real world, we often have partially-or even totally- incompatible agendas. Some of us try to resolve differences through negotiation. Some of us use force, -or threaten to use force –to authorize us to seize what we want. Some of us support one or the other.

The core of this paean to sacrifice is that some 7,000 men died to secure an island of negligible value in the name of securing the freedoms of “the People,” residents of a nation-state. And this inconsequential event was promoted as a monumental battle for the greater good of the citizens of a nation-state. Many folks saw the flag raising as the climax of the Iwo Jima battle, when in fact, it was just a stunt to elevate the morale of government employees and their family members and friends.

The most pernicious part of “Six Boys” is that there is really no point to Bradley’s remarks. It’s just a collection of words meant to make readers experience emotive reactions in support for government employees.