Public Safety

Who said Florida was the STRANGE state?

Emeryville from inside the Hilton on the Marina
Emeryville from inside the Hilton on the Marina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Police Chief of Emeryville Ca.  Chief Ken James is quoted by The Examiner as saying “A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power,” he asserted, explaining to the audience that police officers don’t carry weapons to defend themselves, but to do their job in a “safe and effective manner.”  He is further quoted as saying that the idea of a “GUN” being a defensive weapon is a “myth”.

So is he saying their  job not to defend anyone but  “show of force” and to “intimidate” the citizenry?  This from a Chief of a Police of a City with only 8,000 people?  It must be a rather large department, compared to the size of the City, considering that fact that the Chief has 4 stars on his collar….

According to The Examiner he is the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman.  I did not see anything in the article saying if he had worked his way into that job, or if he was appointed to it..

At the bottom af the article they point out that his remarks have been ridiculed by “gun owners”…  personally I think what he is saying is pretty clear.  The job of his police officers is not one of protection but one of intimidation.

Am I wrong and he just misspoke?  Or does he truly see the people in his down as a group that must be “intimidated” into line?

This is the kind of attitude we must guard against…  This man would appear to fit in with the kind of people who would give us a “Police State”.


That Joe Guy.

Public Safety Scams

Beware of Scammers using EBay motors…

We had a recent close call with some scammers using Ebay Motors.

It started out with my brother, who lives in Colorado, trying to find a used Motorhome…  he did, and this is what he found… a 2000 Fleetwood Jamboree.  The idea was to have a vehicle that would allow him to visit us here in Florida.  He has a number of dogs that would HAVE to come with him, as it would normally take several weeks to make the trip.

This all sounded good, and over the next several days he dealt with a Gianni Simone..  well here is a portion of the first email.


The Fleetwood is still available for sale. It’s a 2000 Fleetwood JAMBOREE RALLYE, 8 – Cyl., White, 29.5′ feet, 28,180 miles, automatic, single owner, extremely clean camper, locks and seats, sound system, clean title and no accidents.  I just changed the generator oil and filter. All the maintenance have been performed to the Fleetwood dealer only. As for the engine oil, i always used Amsoil Premium 10W-40W, i know that it’s the best for my RV. No leaks from rain, no damage on the camper, ALL SYSTEMS 100% WORKING.
I’m the owner and the camper is paid off. My father worked at Fleetwood Motor Homes of California and had access to the employee store. Now the I’m located in Lake Havasu City, AZ and the RV is with me. The reason i’m selling it is that i need some money to buy a new house, we want to move in Phoenix. I just got promoted with my job and i need to move to my new office in Phoenix.
If you are interested and you have the funds available you can buy it on ebay by hitting Buy it Now button and complete the process.  Also on ebay you will find more pictures and more details/specifications about the RV.

I’ll be able to arrange shipping if needed at my expenses, but i want to close the sale trough ebay to secure our deal, because it protects both buyer and seller.

Many thanks,
Gianni Simone

It seemed to be a great deal, though he wanted $1,000 or $2000 upfront..  A deal was worked out to purchase the vehicle through the Ebay Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) plan..  That sounded good.  The idea was that we would wire transfer the money to  Payment must be submitted via Bank Wire Transfer to an
eBay Financing Center Agent in charge of this transaction. Below is a portion of the instructions.

agent details

Jonathan Christian
Address: 107 SE trail
TX 78669
Bank of Texas N.A.
N Hyw 281, Marble Falls, Tx
  •     1.  Contact your bank to make a money transfer to our eBay agent.
  •     2.  Make the payment with cash using our agent details as
  •     3. E-mail us the following details from the payment receipt:
    • Transfer number
    • Name of bank sending payment
    • Date of transfer
    • Exact Amount Sent
  •     4. Send us the copy of the payment receipt through fax at:    1 (408) 649-5222
* Once we
receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the
shipping. We will hold the payment details until you send us your confirmation
that you are satisfied with the product you received. As soon as we receive your
confirmation we will release the payment details to the

Once the funds been sent to this account the suller would then ship the product…  and once my brother had looked at it, and accepted it, he would let ebay know, and they would relase the funds to the seller..  sounds like a good deal to me, and safe too. 

On Tuesday Mom and I checked with my brother, and headed to Bank of America to send the funds.  It was just like one of those movies.  As they young lady at the bank was getting ready to send the funds out cell phone rang.  When we were able to get in touch with my brother his first words were, “do not send the money, its a fraud”.  It seems he had contacted Ebay and had been told it was NOT a valid sale…  The young lady at the BoA was able to stop the transfer, and so the story pretty much ended on a good note….

Take this to heart…  The scammers are getting more sophisticated all the time..  several of the email that my brother sent me looked, as far as I could tell, as if they had come from Ebay.

PS..  I have found that if you put the sellers Email address into google, you can find at least 4 more cars that he has listed…  There also seems to be another Email account connected to him, but, I have not gotten any information about who that is either…    As far as I know we have not gotten anymore communication from Gianni Simone about the aborted transaction so I would assume, there is that word, that, whoever he is, he has no defence.


Florida Politics

Florida is #1.. in corrupt Government?

PAUL JANENSCH in todays Guest Editorial wrote:

Of course, Florida may be one of the most corrupt states in the union — making it a happy hunting ground for investigative reporters. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that Florida topped every other state in convictions of local, state and federal officials.

Other good newspaper states include California and North Carolina. Someday I’ll tell you about the bad newspaper states. There are a lot of them. Some have almost as much corruption as Florida.

I ask: is it because we have so many people who have retired, or escaped,  the northern states?  I used to hear about how, in small towns, you knew who people were, and so you knew who NOT do deal with.  The problem I see here in Florida is that it is rare to find someone who came from here, and, of course, the ones who came from up north, Yankees, only tell you what they want you to know.  Look at the masters of the Ponzi schemes that came down and cheated so many investors..  The Sarasota Police chief who thought it was OK to payoff a victim in order to spare the Department embarrassment.  Do these people come here to hide from their past?  Like most of the people in Florida I am from somewhere else. I was born in Raleigh, NC in 1955 and our family came here in 1956, so I am not really a native of Florida.  On the other hand I have lived here for as long as I can remember, and resent what I see as efforts to turn Florida into a displace Northern State, which means:  I don’t care what you had up north, if you don’t like out state you are free to return up there.

I will apologize for using the work Yankee, if it offends anyone, and will only say that I am like the comedian who said “I was in my 20s before I found out that “Damn Yankee” was two words.

P.S. could someone show the guys from “Celebrity Apprentice” how to use a spell checker?