Monday, July 17, 2017

UP Northern Lights


Northern Lights in the UP - and wouldn't you know it, I had issues with time lapse on my 35mm.

Oh well, on the bright side: 1] We were parked under the Milky Way; 2] Had a great time with friends; and 3] Caught some audio of Lake Superior waves hitting the shore.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why am I in the UP - without Ken?







For the past six months I have heard opinions [majority unsolicited] from others - who have never walked in my shoes - about what I MUST do and what I am OBLIGATED to do for the rest of MY LIFE, in reference to caring for my life partner.

I [and no one else - not even Ken's family] have been the one and only person to care for Ken during the past five years, as his health as declined. I - and no one else - put their entire life on hold and sacrificed in order to center my entire days around Ken and his health issues.

I did all of this out of my love for Ken and because I was led to believe that this was for OUR future.

Ken and his sisters recently announced that there was a change in plans for my future. It was now DEMANDED of me to move with Ken to Pennsylvania - to his sister's house - where I was expected to take care of Ken and his sister [aka servant / caretaker].

For those of you who dare to bash or claim that I do not love Ken, because I am in the UP trying to get my life back on track, after the devistation of being USED for five years, please read the paragraph above - because that servant position is now available and you are welcome to apply for it.

MY BIGGEST CONCERN OF ALL IS FOR KEN'S PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING IN PENNSYLVANIA.


















Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enjoying life to the fullest in the Michigan UP





Enjoying life to the fullest in the Michigan UP.

Meanwhile back in Indiana, federally indicted Mayor Snyder's defense attorney Thomas Kirsch - has been nominated by president Trump to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Life is good, eh.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Portage Mayor James Snyder indictment drama just gets more and more entertaining



Poor federally indicted Mayor Snyder is having one of those 'someone peed in his Cheerios days', eh. One can only imagine his reaction to hearing that his defense attorney was named as the US Attorney for northwest Indiana.





Schererville lawyer nominated for U.S. attorney
Post-Tribune
July 14, 2017
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-us-attorney-nominee-st-0715-20170714-story.html
President Donald Trump nominated a Schererville attorney Friday to become the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Thomas Kirsch, now a partner at Winston and Strawn, LLP., in Chicago is one of the two potential U.S. attorneys nominated by the president, according to an announcement from Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. Kirsch, if confirmed, will fill the vacancy left by former U.S. Attorney David Capp, a long-time federal prosecutor who led the Northern District of Indiana for eight years.

"Tom has a great legal mind and is a fearless litigator who has shown a willingness to take on powerful interests," said Young, in a statement. "I have no doubt he will continue the laudable work done by David Capp over the last decade."

Kirsch, 43, was unavailable for comment Friday.

Prior to joining Winston and Strawn, Kirsch was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. Kirsch attended Indiana University and Harvard Law School.

"We're always happy to see our local talent rise to the top," said Adam Sedia, president of the Lake County Bar Association and an associate at Hoeppner Wagner and Evans, Merrillville.

Kirsch currently represents Portage Mayor James Snyder, who was indicted in November on public corruption charges, according to court records.

Capp, who worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for more than 30 years, submitted his resignation in March per the request of the Trump administration, even though he planned to retire in June, according to a press release. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought resignations for the U.S. attorneys appointed under former President Barack Obama, the Associated Press reported.

Clifford Johnson, a first assistant U.S. attorney, is serving as the interim U.S. Attorney.

The president also nominated Joshua Minkler, of Zionsville, to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.










UPDATE: Schererville's Kirsch named new U.S. Attorney
NWI Times
Jul 14, 2017
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/schererville-s-kirsch-named-as-new-u-s-attorney/article_a918f0b8-de46-5165-aa04-6eeb6ba6d9ca.html



HAMMOND — President Donald Trump has nominated a Schererville man to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young congratulated Thomas L. Kirsch II, of Schererville, who will oversee criminal prosecutions for the U.S. District offices of Hammond, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette. The U.S. District of Northern Indiana comprises 32 counties.

Kirsch will replace Clifford Johnson, who has served as acting U.S. Attorney since David Capp's departure in March. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Kirsch is currently a partner with the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where his practice focuses on litigation and investigations.

Kirsch served as an assistant U.S. Attorney here from 2001 to 2008. He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1996 in economics and political science, with honors, and a law degree from Harvard University.

Kirsch currently is defense lawyer for Portage Mayor James Snyder, who on Nov. 16 was indicted on charges he solicited money from a local businessman to put him on the city's towing list. Snyder is a Republican in his second term as mayor of the largest city in Porter County. His federal corruption and bribery trial has been pushed back to January.

Neither Snyder nor Kirsch, who was out of his law office Friday afternoon, could be reached for comment.

Young today praised the nomination of what he termed an extraordinarily qualified Hoosier.

"Tom has a great legal mind and is a fearless litigator who has shown a willingness to take on powerful interests. I have no doubt he will continue the laudable work done by David Capp over the last decade," Young said.

Capp said Friday, "I think it's an excellent choice. Tom is a very experienced litigator. I worked hand in hand with him for about seven years. He has great judgment. I never hesitated to assign him our most complex case whether it was violent crime or public corruption.

"Tom will be well-received by everyone in the U.S. Attorney's office, law enforcement, the judiciary, the defense bar. He is a great choice," Capp said.

The biography on the law office's website states he focused as an assistant U.S. Attorney here on white collar investigations and prosecutions, including the prosecution of numerous elected and appointed public officials.

He also handled complex high-profile white collar investigations, prosecuted many jury trials, and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

He has prosecuted offenses in numerous areas including: mail and wire fraud; honest services fraud; tax fraud; bank fraud; health care fraud; conspiracy; extortion; money laundering; racketeering; obstruction of justice; perjury; and gangs and narcotics.

For one year, Kirsch also served as counsel to the assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy. While in Washington, D.C., he assisted in developing legislative and policy proposals in corporate crime, violent crime and counter-terrorism.

Enjoying life in UP, after surviving Porter County Indiana corruption




Meanwhile, back in Porter County Indiana, federally indicted Portage Mayor James Snyder is facing public corruption charges. Life is good, eh :)


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Do I really need another reason to hate Indiana?


To the jerk who hit my truck in the Michigan City Indiana Walmart parking lot last night [at approximately 1:30 AM] - and then drove off: Although I have full coverage insurance, thanks to driving off without reporting the accident, I will now have to pay the deductible to have YOUR damage to my vehicle repaired. 





Some insight into my day yesterday: Ken got sick yesterday afternoon and I was cleaning and washing bedding until almost midnight. When I finally sat down after having done everything, Ken announced that he was all out of tummy meds. UGH!

Decided to make the most out of this 'road trip' and give myself a break at the same time - took the back roads and went across the border to Indiana so I could enjoy the night air and a break from care-giving. 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Judiciary Commission investigation of Porter County Magistrate James Johnson - The disappearing investigation




WTF ever happened to the Indiana Judiciary Commission's investigation of Porter County Superior Court Magistrate James Johnson? How did the investigation simply 'disappear'? Who was involved in protecting Johnson from accountability for his actions against those who were unfortunate to have their divorce cases before him? AND, who covered up Magistrate Johnson's corruption?

Yes, I know it has been seven years since the investigation - BUT, having endured an unlawful police entry into my home by the Portage PD, and having my beloved furbabies Abbi and Bailey killed in retaliation for me having reported Johnson - I have a right to ask: "WTF happened??!!" AND, I am entitled to answers.


A magistrate was caught red-handed by the State, improperly handling approximately 100 divorce cases - and, not one official in Porter County was concerned about the victims - instead, the officials were concerned about protecting the corrupt magistrate. 

What's equally puzzling is that the investigation of Johnson just simply vanished, after the magistrate had been given a two week extension to comply with the Indiana Judiciary Commission - on the exact date of the unlawful police entry into my home.


One of the officials who played a role in covering up the unlawful police entry into my home, and then put a halt into an investigation, was  none other than federally indicted Portage Mayor James Snyder.

At the very least, I am OWED answers for the unlawful police entry into my home and the deaths of my furbabies, Abbi Mae and Bailey Su. And, I am OWED the funds the Portage police officers were talking about on their radios, the day of the unlawful police entry - marital funds / assets my ex had hidden from me, that police claimed were, "More money than I have ever seen... Can't believe he has that much money..."



FBI Public Corruption 

FBI Online Tips

FBI Regional Corruption Hotlines










News Articles - Judiciary Commission investigation of Porter County Magistrate James Johnson

07072010 - News Article - Hand of justice deemed too slow - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07072010 - News Article - Magistrate investigated on allegations of slow work flow - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07112010 - News Article - County judges failing to keep up - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07112010 - News Article - Magistrates failing to keep up with case loads - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07202010 - News Article - Porter County judges to discuss magistrate's performance - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07202010 - News Article - By a jury of his peers - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07212010 - News Article - Help to be brought in for magistrate - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation

07212010 - News Article - Here comes the judge's backup help - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07212010 - News Article - Porter judges take stand - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07222010 - News Article - Indiana magistrate to get help clearing case backlog - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07232010 - News Article - EDITORIAL: Speedy trials, speedy rulings - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07232010 - News Article - POLL - Should Porter County hire a temporary, part-time probate commissioner to assist Magistrate James Johnson - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07232010 - News Article - MARK KIESLING: Magistrate's progress bears watching - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07242010 - News Article - Attorney hired to help ease court's backlog in Porter County - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07242010 - News Article - Attorney is hired to help ease backlog. Hearing sheds light on the pain of trial delays - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


07242010 - News Article - Probate commissioner named to help magistrate with cases - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


10072010 - News Article - Magistrate still working on backlog - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


10072010 - News Article - Magistrate continues working on backlog - Two week extension granted for clearing family law paperwork - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


10072010 - Magistrate Johnson judicial investigation - Confidential Caution?


05242011 - News Article - Porter County magistrate stepping down - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


05242011 - News Article - Porter County magistrate resigns amid case backlog - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


05252011 - News Article - Magistrate James Johnson tenders his resignation - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation


06152011 - News Article - Applications being accepted for magistrate - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation










Porter County Magistrate James Johnson - Complaints filed


























































"She filed for divorce on March 23, 2011, and on April 5, Magistrate James Johnson’s court filed a provisional order that divided some assets before the divorce went to court"
[Trial date set in Portage killing. Post Tribune. 05022011]



"According to the Porter County Clerk’s Office, Cheryl Miller applied for a protective order from her husband. A Porter County judge granted her the order in April and declared the husband be removed from the residence. The couple filed for divorce April 13."
[2 dead in Kouts firebombing, suicide. Post Tribune. 05312011] 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

NWI Times Editorial Board begs federally indicted Portage Mayor Snyder to RESIGN



Wondering if  federally indicted Portage Mayor James Snyder is listening...






MARC CHASE: Portage needs clean break from Snyder
NWI Times
Marc Chase marc.chase@nwi.com, (219) 662-5330
Jul 2, 2017
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/marc-chase/marc-chase-portage-needs-clean-break-from-snyder/article_14931464-42fc-57d0-a5cb-fa7d71e8b293.html

Sometimes independence is all about a clean break from the smoldering wreckage of failed relationships.

Many of us have been in that very place in life, desperately attempting to salvage a deteriorating connection only to realize the relationship can't be saved.

Responsible adults move on, hopefully with some decorum. The delusional or selfish cling to the remnants of what was, continuing to perpetuate the chaos and venom of a bad union.

This is precisely the crossroads at which criminally indicted Portage Mayor James Snyder and his city seem to find themselves right now.

On this Independence Day weekend, Portage sure could use a clean break from Snyder, who's clearly determined to cling to his elected office while dragging his city's name and processes through the mud.

After a federal grand jury indicted Snyder on bribery charges related to his mayoral office and towing contracts in November, I implored him to resign.


So did The Times Editorial Board.


Though he's due a fair trial in court that's yet to occur, the strain of operating under the shadow of such felony allegations have made the business of leading a city an incredibly stifling environment.

Much like a failing marriage, it's manifested itself in all sorts of city administration chaos and incivility lately.

At recent public meetings, in the throes of a city debate regarding the mayor's proposed city employee salary ordinance, Snyder has exchanged verbal jabs with other city leaders unbecoming a municipal chief executive.

He's been quoted as calling one councilman a "fat liar," and there even were reports of physical chest bumping in the heat of some arguments.

Though the ordinance issues appear to have been finally ironed out last week, it took a couple of meetings with uncivil verbal sniping to get there.

The conflicts are symptoms of a greater illness.

The longer Snyder clings to his mayoral office to collect his municipal paycheck, the worse we can expect these outbursts to become.

Aside from the clear psychological strain a felony federal indictment can place on the human psyche is the shroud of mistrust any public official would face from their peers, employees and the public. In the case of the salary ordinance, how does a mayor retain credibility in setting the level of city employees' pay when he's accused of illegally enriching himself through public office.

Such mistrust would come naturally. By the time a federal indictment is handed down in Hammond federal court, a grand jury already has considered evidence which it believes warrants criminal charges.

We also know the track record of the local U.S. attorney. The office just doesn't lose public corruption cases. More than 70 Region public officials or their politically connected contractor friends have learned this in felony convictions since the mid-1980s.

His criminal charges notwithstanding, Snyder has exhibited in the past an affinity for Portage and its residents.

Many of the men and women of our nation's 13 original colonies also once held an affinity for their native host nation of England.

But irreconcilable differences emerged, and the biggest clean break in American history occurred when our nation declared independence from England on July 4, 1776.

It didn't stop King George from attempting to force a continued marriage with the colonists via war. We all know the king's side lost the Revolutionary War, and our great nation was born.

Loose historical metaphors aside — and Snyder is no king — the Portage mayor should spare his city the madness of King George and walk away.

But if he won't, Portage should keep its chin up, avoid as much chaotic contact with Snyder as possible and prepare for the inevitable day of independence when Snyder and his shroud of impropriety no longer hang over the city.