Sue-Happy Nation

November 30, 2011

Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. How can this be news.

Fox News
Nov. 29, 2011: This undated photo shows Jesse Dimmick who is suing the couple he held hostage in their home over what he says was a broken promise.
Can there be no trust between a kidnapper and his hostages?
A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police. The couple has asked a judge to dismiss the suit.
Jesse Dimmick of suburban Denver is serving an 11-year sentence after bursting into Jared and Lindsay Rowley’s Topeka-area home in September 2009. He was wanted for questioning in the beating death of a Colorado man and a chase had begun.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Dimmick filed a breach of contract suit in Shawnee County District Court, in response to a suit the Rowleys filed in September seeking $75,000 from him for intruding in their home and causing emotional stress.
Dimmick contends that he told the couple he was being chased by someone, most likely the police, who wanted to kill him.
“I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract,” Dimmick said in his hand-written court documents. He wants $235,000, in part to pay for the hospital bills that resulted from him being shot by police when they arrested him.
Neighbors have said that the couple fed Dimmick snacks and watched movies with him until he fell asleep and they were able to escape their home unharmed.
Dimmick was convicted in May 2010 of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months on those charges. He was later sent to a jail in Colorado where he is being held on eight charges, including murder, in connection of with the killing of Michael Curtis in September 2009. A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for Dec. 6 has been rescheduled for April 12. No plea has been entered in the case.
Robert E. Keeshan, an attorney for the Rowleys, filed a motion denying that there was a contract, but said if there was it would not have been binding anyway.
“In order for parties to form a binding contract, there must be a meeting of the minds on all essential terms, including and most specifically, an agreement on the price,” he wrote.
Keeshan said the contract also would have been invalid because the couple agreed to let Dimmick in the home only because they knew he had a knife and suspected he might have a gun.

Preaching and Prayer

November 29, 2011

“To preach the word, therefore, and not to follow it with constant and fervent prayer for its success, is to disbelieve its use, neglect its end, and to cast away the seed of the gospel at random.”

–John Owen, Works, Vol 16, page 78


November 24, 2011

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

No Respect

November 22, 2011

That sounds about right.

“President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business.

And he issued his first commutation, ordering the release of a woman next month after serving 10 years on a 22-year sentence for cocaine distribution.”

Much Respect

November 22, 2011

I have much respect for T-Bo:

“I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him,” Plummer told 910-AM. “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.”

Tebow, in his response to the comments, which he said he had not heard about before the interview, said he appreciated Plummer calling him a winner and compared his faith with marriage.

“If you’re married and you have a wife and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to to your wife I love her the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity. That’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Worthless Things

November 17, 2011

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

Psalms 119:37

My Old Band Teacher

November 16, 2011

My old band teacher speaks about PSU:

PENN — A former Penn State Blue Band president and ardent university alum expressed his disappointment with the events that led to this week’s firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno. Still, he said he’s withholding judgment until all the information comes out.

“I think the board was right, but Joe has done so much for the school, he’s between a rock and a hard place,” said class of Penn State 1955 graduate and retired Octorara High School band director Jere Fridy.

Paterno, a 46-year coaching veteran and winningest coach in Division I college football history, was given notice that he had been terminated by the university’s board of trustees on Wednesday in the wake of the child molestation charges against his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Fridy, who played in the college’s marching band during the years when Paterno was an assistant coach, has maintained a lifelong connection with the university, having founded the alumni Blue Band and having been a regular attendee at the university’s Band Day with his Octorara Band when he taught there. Additionally, his wife, Myrna, is a Penn State graduate as is his son and lead Blue Ban trombonist, Scott. The Fridys also have a grandson who is currently a Blue Band member. Jere Fridy and his wife currently live at Jenner’s Pond restricted age community in Jennersville.

Fridy said he is not eager to form a judgment about the board’s decision to fire Paterno, even though he is a fond admirer and spent his entire teaching and conducting career following Paterno’s model of embracing strong academics with athletics.

“I’m disappointed with the whole thing. I want to see what’s left when the smoke clears. I feel Joe deserves it,” he said.

He reiterated a question many are asking about the former graduate student and current assistant coach Mike McQueary, who initially blew the whistle on Sandusky after witnessing his alleged act of molestation in a shower with a young boy in 2002. “I’m surprised the witness didn’t do anything right away to stop the action,” he said. If that had happened he said, the scandal would have been stopped right there.

Fridy said he would also like to know how graphic McQueary’s description of what he saw was. “Did he saw they were just horsing around?” Fridy asked.

Fridy said he had plans to go to the Saturday Penn State game against Nebraska with his son and discussed with him whether it would be safe. After consideration, the pair decided to go and return home if there was any sign of violence or danger.

There were several issues on the former Blue Band president’s mind.

One of those was the financial issue. “Penn State is in for some lawsuits. I’m thinking, ‘Are they going to be using my grandson’s tuition to pay legal fees?’”

He wondered out loud if potential high school recruits for the team or even potential undergraduate students would be influenced by the scandal not to choose Penn State.

He also mentioned the timing of the firing of Paterno and college president Graham Spanier, saying that with three football games remaining and a possible bowl game, a shadow would continue over each game if the actions hadn’t been taken swiftly. “If you take it into three games and a bowl game, how does that make the university look?” he said.

Fridy’s admiration for Paterno’s model led him to work cooperatively with the athletic department at Octorara High School for 35 years in scheduling events and balancing the time and priorities of the students. He pointed with pride to award-winning bands he has led that had 15 varsity athletes as members.

Still, he said the scandal with the Penn State football team should not reflect on the school overall, otherwise it would be an example of “the tail wagging the dog.”

“I love [Paterno] but he’s not Pope,” he added.

In the end, Fridy is waiting for it to all play out. “I feel sorry for the abused kids. They are the ones I feel the sorriest about,” he said.

Out of Money, Out of Job

November 16, 2011

“The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.”

The post office is out of money, the people in charge should out of a job and possibly be placed in jail.

How dare these companies run businesses like this and not be held accountable.

This stuff is beyond absurd.

JoePa Fired!

November 10, 2011

It’s a sad day, in one respect, but if you find yourself upset over the firing of this man, don’t be.

Think about the victims.

Remember, you can place your hope and trust in people that have a good reputation, longevity and dedication in their careers, but it all can come crashing down in one word or event.

I urge you to place your trust in the only perfect person, his name is Jesus.

He won’t disappoint.


November 1, 2011

Which is greater, in your life?