So the Academy Awards are decided. I enjoyed the show and agree with the outcomes. I don’t care about the fashion or the best or worst dressed – everyone was beautiful as far as I’m concerned.
But, I’m so sorry that a wonderful, wonderful film was not on the award list. The wonderful movie, Happy, (thehappymovie.com), may not be Academy Award material, but it’s material that says a great deal about the meaning of life.
Happy is a documentary about the meaning and the search for happiness. When I saw the film recently, it reaffirmed for me that the path toward happiness is measured in human kindness.
To be happy, to find happiness is what we all want as human beings. The filmmakers – psychologists and other professionals, tell us that the pursuit of happiness requires us to live a life in which performing acts of kindness is so ingrained in us it comes naturally and happens often.
When artists create, or writers write, they enter what’s best described as “the zone.” That zone is where happiness happens and is measurable.
Depression, as we know, is an illness that is talked about, and talked about, and talked about. Depression is measured, diagnosed and medicated. Acts of human kindness result in elevating the brain chemicals and systems that produce “happy endorphins and serotonin messages.” When the brain is stressed-out and the happy chemicals in our brains go haywire on us, leaving us low, sad – depressed, medicine can turn it around.
Scientists and psychiatrists measure the level of depression and attempt to cure it with medicine that stimulates happy brain chemicals once again. Granted, there’s much, much more to mental health – it’s serious and important and I don’t mean to make light of the topic… Instead, I wish to illustrate what the filmmakers of Happy tell us about how to create happiness, and that it can be measured and improved, too.
The main message of this film (for me) revealed a truth that simple human kindness, being grateful, sharing and giving to others, is a critical reality for living a life of happiness. It’s all wrapped up in empathy, compassion for others; giving of ourselves, serving others, being passionate givers and knowing the return on that investment is our happiness.
In our daily lives we hear and read about hate and ugliness constantly. Sadly we don’t hear about happy things such as examples of giving and compassion often enough. Rather, we hear and read news reports filled with politicians and criminals spewing hate. They seem to embrace negativity and hate with a real passion.
Nearly every day this blog is used for people to talk about the Casey Anthony case. Remember the Casey Anthony trial? It was about determining who senselessly murdered a beautiful little child – Caylee Anthony.
In this Orlando, Florida case about the death of little Caylee Anthony, it was pretty clear that the toddler’s mother, Casey Anthony, single-highhandedly murdered her own daughter.
But, Casey Anthony was found not guilty by a jury of twelve people. Granted, that was not a verdict anyone expected, least of all me, the reality of the trial’s outcome is something I’ve completely accepted.
Casey Anthony is not guilty of murder in the eyes of the law.
No one can punish or try her with this crime ever again. No one…. That includes Federal entities, too, for those who are petitioning the government to try Casey Anthony in Federal Court. It will not happen. And we need to thank our lucky stars that our justice system gives Casey Anthony that protection.
There are too many cases of truly innocent people punished by our system, and that is wrong, too, clearly. The facts are these: The application of our state laws and our constitutional rights are often abused by over=zealous lawmakers. There are prosecutors and law enforcement agencies out there who don’t always care about the innocent, they want to solve cases by any means possible. It is up to us to VOTE for lawmakers who RESPECT the HUMAN Rights of all people, who apply the LAW evenly to ALL people. That includes immigrants AND all ARAB human beings, by the way.
There are people in this country who believe in an eye-for-an-eye justice, like in Biblical times. There are lawmakers who feel this way, too. In fact, there are people with political power in this country who are so twisted, they’d like to give angry mobs the ability to hold be-headings, or hangings. There is one GOP lawmaker in North Carolina who’d very much like that to happen. Republican Representative Larry Pittman says, “Let’s round up the (so-called), abortionists, rapists, kidnappers and murders and hang-em high.” More specifically, Pittman said:
We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well. via North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers.
As America gets dumber it’s reflected in the people WE VOTE into office.
There are Americans who feel just as Representative Pittman does about forms of punishment. There are people who want Casey Anthony dead. These angry and sick people would like nothing better than to see Casey Anthony face the ultimate punishment, and no doubt they’d like it to happen publicly.
God help them.
God help us all if haters, in the name of religion, seek justice their way.
- Casey Anthony – can we give her the not guilty verdict, finally? (andreadreamin.com)
- Casey Anthony – try-casey-anthony-in-federal-court??? (andreadreamin.com)
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch! ~ Lewis Carroll
The Jabberwocky is running wild in the Casey Anthony saga.
In the Casey Anthony trial after-life, sense is nonsense and nonsense is sense, depending upon the day and where you sit to eat your crumpets and sip your tea.
Oh the Jabberwocky we’d hear if our ears were invited….
Casey Anthony, who eats lies for lunch, is like the sloth who uses its dirty teeth to hide a lying tongue.
The bizarre just gets more bizarre and…. it’s so damn fascinating! (I do enjoy the soap opera-ish-tragi-comedy vaper that lingers after the fact and is still there.)
As it has happened with other stories in this case, it takes a willing suspension of disbelief to swallow a single word attributed to the former defendant, Casey Anthony.
But, oh, today’s salacious gossip masquerading as news, is ripe for a virtual vomit!
First, we have the Orlando Sentinel’s victory in getting the erst-while Judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial, Judge Belvin Perry, to unseal the depositions of both Dr. William Weitz and Dr. Jeffrey Danziger, Psychiatrists who examined Casey Anthony prior to, and toward the end of the murder trial. The depositions, say the media, are so juicy they are bound to cause saliva to drip from the collective lips of all of Orlando.
Here are links to the deliciously deviant depositions:
It would take hours of reading to get through the above just-released depositions about the damsel and queen-of-sloth, Casey Anthony’s mental health.
The depositions are reportedly very interesting and reveal a great deal about the depths that Casey Anthony would sink to blame her daughter’s death on her Father, George Anthony.
By far the most shocking revelation? Casey Anthony suffers no mental illness! Well, so say one or both of the Psychologists. How would they know what was lie versus what is truth? And, that was not their task anyway. They were to determine what, if any, issues would prevent her from understanding the seriousness of the charges against her. And there was another reason, but it back-fired: To have Weitz and Danzinger tell Casey Anthony’s sob-story without the defense having to call her to the stand. Fortunately, the law does not allow that. If anyone told her story, she’d have to do it.
With regards to issues of mental health, I think that people who are skilled liars, programmed to lie about everything, are also able to put on a persona, like putting on a hat, that hides their quilt and their mental illness.
Casey Anthony’s history of lies are well-documented. It takes a clever person to be so devious; you’d have to be smart to keep a running history of all the lies you’ve told. Casey Anthony had to keep all the lies in her head and she had to make up new stories to enhance the original ones while keeping them all straight. That’s work!
Even though her lies go absolutely beyond the beyond of reality, her absolute conviction to cling to a lie, though outrageously cruel, is amazing. She’s told unconscionable tales in which she ensnared her own father as the criminal. Only a desperate defense lawyer would believe them.
If you followed the case from 2008, you may remember how the defense came up with a slew of manufactured stories which they hoped would become the reasonable doubt a jury could cling to. They came up with some doozies, too. Every story the defense floated was defeated by the State evidence. Soon the defense team, after nearly three years of posturing, had nothing to show for the carpet-bagging of their wild theories of the case.
And then there was George.
George the Patsy.
Poor, poor George.
He became a Patsy of the highest order. He was the fall-guy of all fall-guys. He was bashed and bruised and left for dead by the blow-hard and brutal Baez at trial. Buoyed by Casey, she cried…..
One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back. ~ Lewis Carroll
The other interesting bit of gossip parading as news has to do with a petulant Anthony, expressing anger about Jose Baez, her lead defense attorney. What’s the fuss? The talk is that Anthony is plenty miffed that Baez is getting all the airtime and press while she has to release YouTube Princess Diaries.
So, Anthony wanted to throw Baez under el-bus-eroo in favor of Man-With-Middle-Finger, Cheney Mason. Well, so says TMZ. But, as it turns out, it’s Baez throwing The Princess Diary under the bus! He’s done got up and left the damsel in distress….and he took her silver slippers, too.
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe. ~ Lewis Carroll
As my Orlando vacation nears its end (I’m heading home tomorrow morning), I suppose it’s fitting to discuss the Casey Anthony saga, which like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps going and going and going….
Since the story began, in 2008, I was enthralled with it. Anxious to know the truth about how and why the darling Caylee Anthony, just two years old, could have been murdered, I read nearly everything about the case. I even signed up for daily Google emails that provided links to the bigger stories related to the case. I still receive the Google daily emails since there continues to be plenty of stories about the Casey Anthony saga in the news.
Today my Google email contained a link to Hal Boedeker’s blog, in the Orlando Sentinel. Hal is the “TV GUY,” and regularly writes about the Casey Anthony coverage on TV. I always enjoy what he has to say. He never fails to deliver the goods.
And then there was a story from “The Examiner dot com,” which is a local online news outlet. The Examiner is kind of like a big blog that delivers news stories that don’t usually make it to the big media outlets.
The Examiner’s Casey Anthony story today makes the claim that Casey Anthony took “The Fifth” in her recent deposition for the Zenaida Gonsalez civil law suit, because she may fear Federal charges.
It is amazing that a news outlet would even proffer that idea! Perhaps the Examiner simply wants to stir up their audience. As most news media know, the Casey Anthony story continues to sell. So, milk it, milk it, milk it!
The facts, however, remain. Federal charges are just not going to happen in this case. Clearly some followers of the trial in which Casey Anthony was found Not Guilty, desperately want Casey Anthony to pay for a crime she is believed to have committed.
The Examiner was wrong to write such a story without providing details and facts. Instead, they say:
Anthony’s decision may have less to do with financial repercussions resulting from pending law suits and more to do with the very real possibility that Anthony may be tried in Federal court for her role in the child’s death.
Since Anthony’s acquittal, numerous petitions have been brought forth by angry members of the public demanding that justice be served. Petitions filed include those directed at the United States Attorney General, seeking federal charges against Anthony. Link to story here.
The Examiner provides a link to the petition, but fails to report that the petition is no longer active.
Not Guilty means Not Guilty
The Casey Anthony verdict was very upsetting, there is no denying that. However, the verdict was final. There is nothing anyone can do to Casey Anthony about the murder of Caylee now.
Casey Anthony is NOT guilty. She’s free, physically, but hardly free in any other sense.
She will be looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life, afraid of the nut-cases in the world who would like to do her harm. And, that is very, very sad.
I will take flack for saying this, but I have some compassion for her situation. She is legally free – our system let her go. She should be able to have a normal life, but she never will. Well, perhaps when she’s an old woman, has changed her name, and moved well away from Florida she may experience the freedom the legal system handed to her.
And so, the Examiner story is not only misleading, it’s also not credible. For Casey Anthony to face Federal charges would be double jeopardy under our legal system.
There are plenty of bloggers who disagree with me, and tell me as much when I write about this topic. People like to bring up a law called “Dual Sovernity.” These bloggers contend that the FBI and the Federal government should prosecute. Our system doesn’t work that way. Without going into a long description of dual sovernity – Here’s a big-picture definition: It affords the US government certain rights, allowing them to retry certain aspects of a case, even when a defendant was found not guilty. I believe it’s a law rarely used.
The important fact to remember, in the Anthony criminal case, the Federal government had no jurisdiction whatsoever – they still don’t. Plus it is the State who brings the charges in a criminal matter.
The argument I hear people make is, “Well, Casey Anthony lied to the FBI.”
No, she did not lie to the FBI. She was never interviewed by them.
The day Casey was indicted, when the two FBI Agents spoke to her (which we all saw on video), she was protected by the US Constitution, particularly, by her Sixth Amendment right to counsel and her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. (This is commonly a protection that people use when they “Plead the Fifth,” which Casey Anthony has done in the law suit brought by Zenaida Gonzalez.)
So, when the FBI talked with Casey the day she was indicted, she had already invoked her right to counsel, therefore, anything she said could not be used in a court of law against her. Period.
This is how our US Constitution protects us – you and me and Casey Anthony, too. Be happy about that.
If the Federal government were able to press charges against Casey Anthony, that would mean the government would have absolute power over the citizens of this country.
Without the protections of our US Constitution, although I am not an expert on it, we would be nothing more than slaves to another entity, a government or a dictatorship, or a King…..etc.
So, give Casey Anthony her Not Guilty verdict. She has earned it. Sad it is, but she is not responsible, under the law, for the death of her daughter.
For all of these reasons, I find it profoundly sad that any media representative would hint at Federal charges in this case.
The other story I wanted to talk briefly about was Hal Boedeker’s article about what Jeff Ashton said on HLN with Vinnie Politan, about Jose Baez. Ashton called Baez “smarmy.” I nearly choked on the yogurt I was enjoying as I read that!
Oh how most of us agree!
According to Hal Boedeker, Ashton also discussed the “lies” (Ashton’s words) told by Jose Baez during the trial! Holy Cow…. Oh Golly, Miss Molly! He actually said THAT? Yeap!
You’ll just have to read it the Boedeker piece! It’s too good to miss. Here’s the link.
I heart Jeff Ashton – big time!
Google knows what we searched for in 2011. There are surprises on the list. And then there are the expected topics…. Can you guess who number 4 is, Orlando? Hmmm? Having trouble guessing? Of course not! Why, it’s the infamous, oft maligned Casey Anthony. “Surprise, surprise.”
Something tells me Jose Baez is jealous.
I could be wrong, but doesn’t nearly everyone have a 2011 most Googled list?
When I Googled to find the Top 2011 Google List, there were a lot of top 10 lists. (I bet the most Googled list will be among the top-ten of next year’s most Googled list.) Everyone has a list. The TV news stations in my area have lists.
Heck, my website has a list.
The number one top search topic on my site is disappointing. People searched over 1700 times for “Caylee Anthony remains.” Of course I never had any pictures or articles describing the remains….
Anyway, Caylee Anthony is above her mother on my list.
Below is a screen shot of the breakdown of searches on only dreamin’.
But. Here’s the thing; I have never heard of half the people or things on the Google list.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock.
I’m referring to the second graphic, below, with the Top 8 most Googled topics for 2011.
I have never heard of 1) Rebecca Black, 3) Ryan Dunn, 5) Battlefield 3 (assuming it’s a movie), and 7) Adele. I have never heard of these people, or this movie!!!
What’s going on? Either I live under a rock, or these topics are mostly tabloid news, which I don’t pay attention to?
Regarding number 8), (which I didn’t recognize at first since it’s written in Japanese) it refers to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. I do remember that disastrous meltdown of the nuclear plant, which occurred in March of this year. The meltdown was the result of the horrible tsunami and earthquake. The Japan plant meltdown, in terms of its seriousness to people’s lives and the environment, is second only to the Chernobyl disaster.
It’s really something that the iPhone 5 is number 6 on the list. This is a testament to the marketing genius of Apple. They succeeded in creating a buzz about a phone that doesn’t even exist in the market yet. Apple, instead of releasing iPhone 5, released a new and improved iPhone 4 (which needed to happen – too many flaws in the first iPhone 4). The buzz and the curiosity continues to be strong with regards to when iPhone 5 is due to be released.
Now, about the others on this list…. So, who’s Rebecca Black? Ryan Dunn? Adele?
Maybe I was too busy writing about the 2011 Casey Anthony trial to notice what was happening in the world of pop-culture.
No doubt Casey Anthony wonders why she’s number 4 and not number 1.
I wish it was Caylee Anthony, and not her mother, on that list, don’t you?
Click the image to enlarge.
Graphic source: www.tomsguide.com
- Casey Anthony among most-Googled names in 2011 (losangeles.ibtimes.com)
- Observations About Google Zeitgeist 2011 (trommetter.com)
- Why don’t we tweet what we Google? Can end-of-year lists tell us about the year? (sociable.co)
- Rebecca Black, Google+, Ryan Dunn, top Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 (venturebeat.com)
I left work two hours early today, at 3:00 and normally don’t get to hear the BBC news on NPR.
So, when I started my car, preparing to drive home, the BBC news was reporting on a story that I would never believe was true, but it is.
Because I hadn’t heard the beginning of the story, I missed the worst part – that these atrocities occurred not way back in a war of the past, like during the Vietnam years. I was sure that was probably the case – I thought our nation was better able to handle the logistics of war and the caring for the dead.
I was wrong. I just read tonight that in 2004 until 2008 the United States Air-force had been systematically been dumping the remains of soldiers in a landfill.
Are you ready to cry or vomit like me? I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard this news and you’re learning it here for the first time. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? This is the United States of America! We are better than that, right?
In 2003 that mad scientist that drunken horrible president, and sick, sick, sick, liar sent American men and women into a war that was not a war, it was a one-sided attack on people who never, never, never attacked us! After all, this country set Saddam Hussein up – gave him all the support in the world. Why? Can you spell O. I. L? Oil and money. Money and Oil. Guns and gun making. That’s what it was about. The fat cat non-military consultants were making millions – millions. Our soldiers, giving their lives and their limbs, their sanity and their minds, were dying every day only to be thrown away like trash.
Remember how the nation felt when the adorable little Caylee Anthony was thrown into a swampy grave in the woods? This is the same situation times hundreds of dead American soldiers.
It makes me want to throw something when I think about this.
People mean nothing?
George W. Bush – the worst criminal the American Presidency has ever known – should, along with the criminal VP Dick Sick Cheney, be tried for war crimes against the United States of America.
History will look back at what these two maniacs did to this country and, with any luck, future generations will learn from it. Well, we can hope that happens before the right-wing evangelical, racist extremists completely destroy this country.
From a mother’s perspective:
Gari-Lynn Smith, the widow of an Army bomb-disposal expert killed in Iraq, began asking the military in 2007 what happened to some of his remains that were identified after his funeral the previous year.
After four years of letters and phone calls she received a letter from the mortuary in April informing her that her husband’s partial remains had been disposed of in the King George County landfill, reports the Post.
“I hope this information brings some comfort to you during your time of loss,” read the letter.
Ms Smith told the Post that what the mortuary had done was “disgusting”.
Since the landfill dumping ended three years ago, such cremated partial remains are now buried at sea.
After the Post reported the practice in early November, federal investigators released a report lambasting “gross mismanagement” at the air base mortuary.
It emerged that a dead soldier’s ankle had been lost and a damaged arm bone was sawed off a dead Marine before burial so he could fit in his uniform and coffin.
The commander at the morgue, a colonel and two civilian officials were disciplined. READ the full BBC story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16081240
Here is the story from the Washington Post, the paper who broke this story: Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged
I am so tired tonight I am seeing double. I will give this a more in-depth exploration tomorrow.
I haven’t completely lost interest in the ongoing fallout from the Casey Anthony murder trial, which resulted in the surprising Not Guilty verdict earlier this year. Every now and then I get sucked back into the newsy-ness of the remaining civil lawsuits against Casey Anthony.
I’m particularly interested in the defamation lawsuit that Zenaida Gonzalez has brought against Casey via the prominent Orlando law firm, Morgan & Morgan. This lawsuit is becoming ugly as a result of Anthony defense attorney Charles Greene’s public statements that demean Zenaida Gonzalez quite badly.
Initially, Zenaida Gonzalez never signed up for being dragged into a national media maelstrom. It appears now she is enjoying the lime light.
For the first few days of the case, as the supposed nanny, she’d been under the microscope of the media as a potential suspect in the disappearance of Caylee. But, in no way was she a lasting suspect, nor was her involvement a theory in the case because the police were pretty secure about Casey’s involvement. After all, before you could say Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, Casey was behind bars.
It all started in July 2008 when Casey Anthony blamed her “Nanny,” a Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, as the one responsible for absconding with her daughter, the adorable Caylee Marie Anthony.
Caylee was about a month shy of her third birthday when her mother, Casey, went on the lam for 31 days without so much of a mention that anything untoward had happened to her daughter. When Casey needed a cover-story for Caylee’s whereabouts, she made up the Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez kidnapping story. We found out soon afterwards that story was a fantasy and Casey knew where her daughter was but refused to share any information.
As we know now, Caylee was already deceased while her mother partied, stole from friends she was living with, and basically thought she’d finally found “the Good Life” or, Bella Vita, as she had tattooed on her back.
When Casey told the police that her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, had taken Caylee 31 days ago, the Detective assigned to the case immediately followed up.
The Detective learned that a Zenaida Gonzalez had filled out a guest card at the Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed Zenaida lived and where shed’ dropped Caylee off into Zenaida’s care. The police interviewed the Zenaida who’d filled out that Sawgrass Apartments guest card. It was an odd coincidence that Zenaida had visited Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed she’d often left Caylee.
Zenaida denied knowing Casey. And, Casey, when shown a picture of this Zenaida Gonzalez, claimed she was not her nanny.
Sooooo, what’s the fuss, you might be thinking. Well, Zenaida was wrongly portrayed as a potential kidnapper and was in the glare of the media. And that, she claims, harmed her reputation and defamed her in the public.
The irony is she is now in the glare of the cameras constantly. Had she remained in the shadows, her name would have been forgotten within a week of when the police cleared her as a suspect – which they had done immediately, I might add.
But, we’re only human and Zenaida was looking at her chance appearance in the over-sensationalized Anthony case, as a cash cow.
When she hires the law firm Morgan and Morgan (who have a big reputation and bigger voices), they dove into the story and fast.
Morgan and Morgan had a grand time inserting themselves into the media driven soap-opera that had become a circus of many characters and clowns.
It never seemed to be about justice for Zenaida Gonalez. (But, it was a good bit of media attention for her and her lawyers.)
When they (Morgan and Morgan), video-taped George, Cindy and Lee Anthony’s depositions and released them to the media, it was a gold mine for them – the videos made the national news, and so did Morgan. The Anthony family was not at all liked by the populace and they were recalcitrant and harsh in the video depositions which made Morgan and Morgan smell like a garden of roses.
Fast forward to 2011 and the same Zenaida Gonzalez lawsuit is full steam ahead, but seemingly getting derailed by their own hubris.
Now we find out that this Zenaida Gonzalez does not have “Fernandez” in her name. Well, her lawyers used Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez in the civil lawsuit against Casey Anthony…. and no one corrected the media that she was not Fernandez-Gonzalez either. Everyone was led to believe that her full name was Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.
Is that deceitful? If not, it is curious.
Zenaida Gonzalez now says she doesn’t know why her lawyers put that name on the lawsuit. Could it be they thought their suit might get more attention if the names matched?
Zenaida claims she got unwanted attention as a result of being interviewed by the authorities in connection with this case, though she was never charged with anything. And now she is saying she wants an apology from Anthony. And now she claims that she wasn’t fired from her job – she quit her job.
The Casey Anthony case has always been about band-wagons – jumping on the band-wagon for the attention, payout, notoriety and national media attention.
Back in September, 2008, Zenaida filed her law-suit and shortly after appeared on Good Morning America (GMA), to announce it to the nation.
Her lawyer, John Morgan, was on the GMA show as well. Neither blinked when they referred to Zenaida using the middle name “Fernandez” as you can see in this ABC news story:
Though Fernandez-Gonzalez was cleared by police, she said she lost her job, cannot find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Anthony.
Fernandez-Gonzalez, a 37-year-old mother of six, said today on “Good Morning America” that she looked at an apartment and filled out a form at the complex where Anthony said she dropped off Caylee before she disappeared.
“I just went to look at an apartment and filled out an information card,” Fernandez-Gonzalez said in an exclusive interview today with “GMA.” “My suspicion is they probably gave her [Anthony] the information from the card.” The card included the names of two of her daughters and the make and color of her car, which is the same information that Anthony gave the police, said Fernandez-Gonzalez and her attorney John Morgan. Link to GMA Story: click here.
In every story and every appearance I have seen in relation to the civil law suit, the name Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, is referred to.
The Anthony’s knew this and they tried to point it out during their humiliating video-deposition in the civil lawsuit. No one really listened at the time.
I wonder if anyone is listening to the latest bits of intrigue?
Take a peek at these stories:
When you drive down the main road and into the little historic town of Cassadega, you’ll notice a tiny post-office building on the left. There are four parking spots for the post office and one of them is a Handicapped spot. And you’ll see roads that dip and rise on little hills. You’ll see small-ish homes that appear in various states of disrepair, but are very quaint nonetheless.
It’s a place where everyone knows everyone else and I found myself wondering what it would be like to live there, and strangely wanting to sell all my worldly possessions and live there, like a gypsy! Of course I’d never do that, but I did think about it for about 42 seconds.
I can’t imagine a smaller post-office exists anywhere. The Cassedega post office is an adorable little building that sits next to another little building. The houses have all seen better days, and this one, with its pinkish cast, pales in comparison to the flouresent-purple little house that leans next to it. The “Purple Rose” is a gift shop and serves as a place for psychic readings. I had my reading in the Purple Rose house.
I wasn’t going to visit a psychic yesterday, I decided. At the Cassadega community center – another very old building – they list the names and phone numbers of available psychics – who they refer to as Mediums. There’s a phone there, too because you have to call the Medium to find out when they can see you. The Medium will provide their rate and any other pertinent info – like how to find the house where the Medium lives. Most of the little neighborhood is populated with small house that are dedicated to readings. If there is a working Medium in residence, a sign or a shingle describes the name and specialty of the reader.
They tell you, in the Cassedega Community Center, to look on the board and if a name of a Medium appeals to you, that’s who you should choose for a reading. Well, none of the names appealed to me – I was expecting one of the names to pop out at me, and I’d know who to choose. None of the names meant anything and I’d decided not to see a Medium after all. So, I poked in the gift shop, and sat in the meditation garden while my mom, aunt, and brother had their readings.
They really enjoyed their readings. After hearing how much they’d enjoyed their experiences, I’d decided that I’d go ahead and do it. We were in the Purple Rose house, and I noticed they had little rooms – about four of them- the size of a medium sized walk-in closet where readings were given. The young woman at the counter told me a reader was available if I wanted a reading.
I said okay and asked, “How much?” Thirty-five dollars for fifteen minutes, fifty-five for half an hour. “Okay, half an hour,” I told her.
I sat down in front of the reader/medium whose name I’ve forgotten, and I was suddenly so nervous and felt like I couldn’t swallow. But, she was very nice and put me at ease immediately. After a second, she looked at me, took a long deep breath and said, “Wow, busy, busy, busy!” I laughed, and said, “True.”
She was a very good reader I thought, though she told me things about myself that I already knew. She told me I have to learn to say “No,” and mean it. She told me I am leader, a teacher, a writer, and creative or artistic. She told me my father was there and had a message of thanks for me. My grandmother, she told me, is often around my mother and I.
She told me I’d be working on project in addition to my job, and it would bring me a lot of happiness and fulfillment. She laughed and told me that I will be juggling a few things soon.
Originally I’d thought my visit to Cassadega would provide an opportunity to ask people in that small community if the Anthony case impacted them, and if they got involved in the searches or the case itself. But I’d completely forgotten all about it. It wasn’t until I was driving home that I remembered.
The highlight of my trip, however, was the opportunity to chat with Dave Knechnel. Dave is the owner of the very successful blog “Marinade Dave,” and covered the Anthony case extensively from the very beginning of the case. Dave had a seat at the trial each day and wrote wonderful articles for the Orlando Magazine.
Dave and I weren’t able to meet, but we had a long talk over the phone and will meet in December, when I return to Orlando.
Mom and I are already thinking we’d return in December, during the holidays. We did have fun.
awwww! The Orlando Sentinel has a story about Jeff Ashton’s book signing appearance at the Orlando Public Library last evening. It was Standing Room Only – SRO for the former Orlando Assistant State Attorney!
I like the fact that Ashton is receiving accolades. It is well-deserved feedback for an interesting book and a great fight for justice for the little victim, Caylee Marie Anthony.
But, darn! I just missed seeing him! I’m heading to Orlando today. Taking my mom and dog to spend Thanksgiving with my brother.
Mom and I plan to shop until we drop, visit a little town called Cassadega, which is a spiritual colony, I guess you could call it. It’s a small community of people who offer metaphysical arts – a whole community of Physics! It’s near Orlando.
Mom and I also plan to rest and relax and read – a lot!
And speaking of Cassedega…. I wonder if this community of people, since they were so close to Orlando, used their physic ability in the Anthony case? I wonder if they get involved in any missing persons cases – there are a lot of them in Orlando!
We know there were psychics involved in the Anthony case. I can’t remember the name of the woman who Dominic Casey supposedly spoke to on the phone while poking around in the swamp near the area where little Caylee was eventually found. Perhaps they were from this little place called Cassadega that my mom and I want to visit? I’ll look into that while I’m there.
I am not a 100 percent true believer in psychic power – but I enjoy speaking to Physics, when they are good. The reason I am skeptical? There are pretenders out there. There are people with a true gifts who are able to reach a universe outside of the one we live on. Maybe they have access to a higher intelligence and are able to see a community of people who have left our lives. I have talked to total strangers (physics) who described to me what my dead relatives looked like, and even described words they’d commonly use in conversation. I have to admit, it is a bit unnerving.
Getting back to my Orlando trip, I do hope to visit the Orlando Courthouse tomorrow, if there is time.
I don’t plan to visit the area off Suburban Drive where Caylee was found, or go anywhere near the Anthony home – I couldn’t bring myself to do that.
I’m sure I’ll travel on roads I’ll recognize from the Anthony case. I trust my GPS will steer me well away from HopeSpring Drive.
Here’s the story by the Orlando Sentinel of Jeff Ashton visit to the Public Library: click here.
I like to talk about big pictures and today’s Creative Whack #7 is right on the money.
I completely agree with Mr. Ashton’s assessment. I would add, though, that the jurors also completely ignored the chain of evidence. Those chain links should have come together very neatly for the jurors, that is if they even attempted to consider their solemn oath and the Golden Rule of jury service: review the evidence!
Each each chain link of circumstantial and forensic evidence should have wound around Casey’s wrists and ankles for a very long time to come. That’s even true in Fairy Tales, but not in this tale.
The fact that Casey Anthony got away with murder despite so much evidence is no Fairy Tale. It’s unbelievable – incredible. It certainly seemed like the perfect storm happened when these jurors were put together, as fate would have it, in Pinellas County. How twelve completely like-minded people could come together without any dissenting opinion is eerie.
Was it a matter of “GroupThink” where the threat of thinking differently from the group is too upsetting to an individual? When in the throes of GroupThink, it’s nearly impossible to stray from the one mind that has developed in a group.
Just like the Iowa farmer saw only tracks and trains, the simple jurors seemed to hang their not guilty verdict on the Medical Examiner’s inability to state a cause of death. This is perfectly understandable since little Caylee Marie’s body was completely skeletonized.
Since there was no cause of death, did the jurors think a murder couldn’t be proven and therefore never happened?
Even though the manner of little Caylee Marie Anthony’s death was determined to be homicide, it also stated “by undetermined means.” Did the jurors question whether a homicide even happened as a result of the “undetermined means” part?
So, had the jurors looked at each piece of the chain – like the train tracks and the locomotive follow a path – they would have known:
- 100 percent of the time people cal 911 for help in drowning situations.
- Only a mother guilty of a crime against a child fails to report their child missing.
- Children are not double bagged and dumped in a swamp with duct tape around their face. That is murder plain and simple. Whether it was strangulation or drugging doesn’t really matter in the big picture, it’s still murder.
- When forensic experts, multiple law enforcement personnel, cadaver dogs, and others familiar with the distinct smell of human decomposition and testify that death was in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, that should be proof-positive that it was not the odor of a bag of garbage.
- When it is proved that a strand of Caylee Anthony’s hair showing dark banding at the root because of decomposition, it should mean the child was in the trunk.
- When NO evidence is produced linking George Anthony to Caylee’s death, it means he should not be considered as a murderer.
- When NO evidence is provided that remotely suggests George Anthony molested his daughter, it means that is not a factor in deciding guilt.
- When a mother whose daughter is missing for a very long time gets a tattoo that means “Beautiful Life” it would suggest things are better without the daughter.
- High levels of chloroform found in air samples from the trunk of the mother’s car and mixed with the odor of decomposition, suggests it is reasonable to believe chloroform was used to subdue little Caylee Marie.
- When a Google search and page hit about “How to make chloroform” is found on the unallocated file space of the mother’s computer, chances are good that chloroform was used in the murder.
There are more factors that taken together, provide a clear picture AND a complete picture frame around this murder. The jurors should have painted such a big picture for themselves and come to the only conclusion possible: Murder.
This jury, rather than paint the big picture, inhaled the paint fumes and in the end couldn’t even paint by the numbers.
I read too many depressing news reports tonight. I’m feeling mad and frustrated.
In the New York Times I read that Uganda is going to reopen a bill that will allow the government to impose the death penalty against gay men and women (Lesbians).
I discussed this topic last year with horror, but then I was under the impression that Uganda had softened on this issue. Not true – not in the least.
The excruciating part of this story? American influence fanned the flames. Rick Warren – the evangelical pastor of the huge Saddle Back Church, reportedly helped draft the original bill (see Washington Post reference article.) Warren was assisted by Reverend Lou Engle, another popular evangelist who has no business proselytizing hate in the name of religion in this country, let alone to the poor people of Uganda.
If that wasn’t depressing enough, I read about the extreme poverty in our suburbs. The suburbs, I thought? People are going hungry there, too? Yes, it’s true.
The chart below, from the NY Times, explains the extreme rise of poverty in American suburbs. Places once thought of as the best place to raise children, are looking toward to local “soup lines” or “Food Pantries” to help feed their families. The great challenge with the newly poor in the suburbs is the availability of the kinds of services that cities have to aid the poor and the hungry.
One issue is due to suburb dwellers having a longer commute to reach help – (problematic when your car is repossessed and bus service is not available).
To access the NY Times article, click: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs
And, then I read how the media is making such a big hullabaloo over outing the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial.
I ask you, what good will that do other than allow the haters to practice their hate anew?
Yes, the jurors were not real jurors in the sense they failed to consider all the evidence before them, but it’s over now. I’ve let it go.
Disturbing and showering the jurors on the Casey Anthony trial with hate does no one any good – it’s not going to change anything.
Sometimes I think it’s best to not read the news and stick with pleasurable reading. But then I tell my self, that’s not good either – it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world. The trick is to take it in stride….easier said than done.
Aaannnnd, now we have a hurricane (which may turn into a tropical storm, we hope) looming. It’s got South Florida in its “cone of uncertainty.” The hurricane is a she and she’s a category 3 now. Her name is Rina.
Lastly, if you want to nominate someone for the title of “Central Floridian of the Year”, the Orlando Sentinel is taking nominations on its website. The link to nominate someone is: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-sg-central-floridian-of-the-year,0,206265.storygallery
I can think of a few folks worthy of this honor!
That’s all the news for tonight!
I’m in the middle of reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” … It is excellent, provides much food for thought…..
So, pleasant dreams and have a great tomorrow!
In today’s Orlando Sentinel, there are two pieces by Hal Boedeker that are quite good.
I always enjoy reading Hal Boedeker’s take on the Casey Anthony saga – he’s so down to earth and asks questions that people want to talk about. His columns on the Anthony story are always popular, always generating hundreds of comments. There was a time when I’d read the comments with interest, I even commented once, too. But as time wore on, the comments became so ugly and over the top, filled with such hateful vitriol that was (and still is) too bizarre for my taste.
But, Hal Boedeker’s work is always excellent; here are links to today’s two stories that contain interesting analysis from the lawyer analysts covering the trial.
- Analysis and Q and A with Bill Shaeffer, Richard Hornsby, Mark NeJame and Diana Tennis.
- Interview with Bill Shaeffer, who says trial was Soap Opera
It’s interesting how we just can’t stop talking about his case! It’s still an open book to be dissected. When Boedeker discusses Anthony in a column, he’ll get hundreds and hundreds of comments. Even when I write about the case, the number of visitors to my blog literally triples. And when the trial began, starting with jury selection, and right up until the end, I’d receive well over two thousand visitors a day, often more.
It was really a weird feeling to know so many people read my thoughts…. I never expected that – ever.
A lot of blogs and media outlets experienced huge increases in Internet traffic as a result of this case. This was a good thing because most of the bigger blogs or media outlets are able to turn the Internet traffic into a bigger revenue stream for them. WordPress puts advertising on blogs like mine for the revenue stream, too. I have no control over the ads you may see unless I want to pay WordPress to prevent them from posting their ads. I’m more than happy to let them advertise! I hope they make some money from their blog sites since they offer virtually everything on WordPress dot com completely free to the blogger.
Anyway, now I forget what the point of all this was going to be!
Oh yes, public interest in this story. I’m still interested in the Anthony case, but not as before. There are many days that I forget about it, and that’s good.
I stopped reading for pleasure when this case began. Now I’ve started reading a lot again. I read three books this week. I finished the Jacyee Dugard book about her years of captivity; titled, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir.” I’m glad I read it, but it was difficult to get through because of the extreme suffering she lived with for so many years (she was abducted at age 11.) I have a great respect for her and her will to survive. It’s a very quick read, told in her own words, (without a Ghostwriter’s help), and for that I was impressed.
But the book I recommend so highly is “ROOM” by Emma Donoghue, written in 2010. It is absolutely breathtaking. The story is narrated by a five year old who was born as a result of his mother being abducted at age 19 and held prisoner in a shed in her captors backyard. Her son, Jack, has never been outside the shed to experience the real world. The relationship between mother and son is captivating; and the situation they’re in is made horrifying by their captor.
I don’t want to say too much about ROOM because I don’t want to spoil the story for you.
I can’t decide what to read next! I have so many lined up in my Nook just waiting to be devoured and even more on my book shelves, too.
Well, I think I’m going to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skoot next.
So, the weekend’s officially over now. It was a great one, too: Live Theatre, shopping, babysitting my niece, and reading…. perfect in every way!
It has come to pass that Jose Baez, Lead Defense Attorney for the acquitted Casey Anthony, is in the cross-hairs of the Florida Bar. The Orlando Sentinel reported just today that there are two separate Florida Bar complaints against Mr. Baez.
Two complaints! We don’t know the seriousness or the purpose of the complaints. We don’t know who filed them.
What Led Up to the Current Bar Complaints?
Jose Baez has been the subject of a lot of criticism. His personal and professional life has been extensively reported on by the media.
Mr. Baez’ past is marked by behaviors that delayed his acceptance into the Florida Bar as a lawyer for a few years. The Florida Bar took its time before it granting Mr. Baez his license to practice. It was only in 2006 that he was admitted by the Bar. He became involved in the Casey Anthony case in July of 2008. Hardly time for the water to dry behind his ears, though that didn’t stop him.
It didn’t matter to Jose Baez that his experience was minimal at best in criminal cases, and he had NO experience with Capital Murder cases. And, boy did it show. He was like the court jester; but no one was laughing with him, they were laughing at him.
To be (somewhat) fair, Mr. Baez did improve as the months and the years wore on. Oh, but his rogue-dog attitude never left him.
In my opinion, having closely watched his performance, I thought he was completely lacking ethics. He was, in my opinion, a total sell-out to the truth. Granted, Defense Attorneys have to be zealous advocates for their clients and ensure the government can prove the charges beyond any reasonable doubt, the goal should be to seek the truth, or am I being naive?
Both sides of the attorney aisle are adversarial by design. They have tricks under their sleeves, but they usually don’t sell their soul to the devil to win a case. Right?
Jose Baez put his entire career on the line with this case; but he won it. He won the case of a lifetime.
Was it a fair win? I don’t think so, personally, but I accept the verdict because it is final and it is binding. No one will be able to investigate Casey Anthony’s involvement into Caylee’s murder again. It’s over and Casey Anthony should be left alone to live out the rest of her life.
If, like OJ Simpson’s foray into crime after his acquittal, she should engage in another criminal act, and get caught, she may see those grimy jail bars again, just like OJ did. Time will tell if she can be rehabilitated.
Perhaps someday Casey Anthony will have an anonymous and happy life. It’s debatable – the deck is stacked against her.
Who Filed the Complaints, and What is the Cause?
Of course, I am only guessing about this, but I have an idea of a couple of individuals who may have filed the complaints.
Judge Belvin Perry?
At the end of the trial, Judge Belvin Perry planned on having a hearing with regards to what sanctions to bring against Jose Baez. However, when the defense won the case, nothing further was publicly addressed about this issue. It was left on the table. I thought at the time that it would seem like sour grapes, or prejudicial, to bring the sanctions up so soon after the verdict was announced.
I tend to think that Judge Perry took up the issue with the Bar in the form of a complaint rather than address it publicly in the Orlando Court.
I wrote an article about the violations that plagued the trial; it’s titled, Yet Again, Judge Perry says Legal Violation by Baez.
The fact is, Judge Perry and the State of Florida, particularly Jeff Ashton, had constant run-ins and legal battles regarding Discovery rule violations by Mr. Baez, who pretended he was unaware of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure which details EXACTLY how lawyers are to obey the rules of Discovery.
Was it Jeff Ashton?
Did one of the complaints come from Jeff Ashton? Mr. Ashton was constantly thrown under the bus by Mr. Baez’ deliberate refusals to turn over evidence or expert reports. (Perhaps it was another attorney in the State Attorney’s Office, though I can’t see Linda Drane-Burdick filing a complaint, it’s certainly possible.)
There was a big issue about expert reports that were not filed. Mr. Ashton wrote a motion that requested the Court hold Jose Baez in contempt. I wrote an article about this, titled: Show Cause or Else Be In Contempt. This motion required Mr. Baez to argue why he should not be held in contempt. As it turned out, he was not held in contempt, he was sanctioned – I believe the total was approximately $500.00.
Was it Stogskill Court Reporting?
Then there was the Court Reporting Fiasco in which a firm outside the state of Florida was used by the defense. The issue here was the defense wanted to pay Stogskill Court Reporting Services, (after the work had been done) a rate that was lower than what the firm charges. The owner of the firm wrote a letter of complaint to Judge Perry, stating he was lied to. It is possible this firm could have written to the Bar. The story is titled, More Defense Woes?
Could it Be Brad Conway?
Maybe Brad Conway filed a complaint? Was Mr. Baez aware that Laura Buchanan was going to falsify Texas EquuSearch (TES) documents? Brad Conway was inadvertently put in the middle of the TES fiasco. Here’s a story about that issue, titled: Big Trouble for Baez?
How a Bar Complaint Works
According to the Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel Reporter, the two Bar complaints are concerning professional conduct during the Casey Anthony trial. There are different levels a Bar complaint has to wind its way through. The first level is a staff review. Apparently, if the complaint ends at the Staff Review, it will go no further. The other complaint against Mr. Baez stopped at this level. In this instance, however, both complaints are headed to a grievance committee. Below is how Anthony Colarossi explains it:
The Florida Bar confirmed Tuesday that two complaints over professional conduct filed against Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez have progressed to a grievance committee. This means the complaints have not closed without discipline and moved from staff level to the next point in the process. The volunteer grievance committee is the rough equivalent of a grand jury. The nine-member panel will ultimately help determine whether to bring charges against Baez under Florida Bar rules of conduct. It is not exactly clear what the two complaints involve, but they do cover Baez’s representation of Casey Anthony, according to Francine Walker with the Bar.
I’m told that Bar complaints take a while to process through the review phase. It will continue to be a waiting game for Mr. Baez. Something tells me he’s not worried; he’s beat these complaints once already….
I wonder if his Teflon will hold up?
The jail video within a jail video released yesterday? It is much ado about nothing, as far as I’m concerned.
It’s hardly even distinguishable anyway.
The jail was unable to extricate the original file from their video player, so a video of that video was shot, hence the grainy appearance.
This is the video that had originally been ordered under seal by Judge Stan Strickland, he believed it may have been prejudicial to potential jurors in the case. The prejudice would lie in how it would be interpreted and debriefed in the public and in the media prior to trial. That was certainly a valid concern for Judge Strickland.
The fact is, on its face, the video could be translated as a picture of a grieving mom just learning that her daughter’s remains have been found. Or, it could be positioned as a consciousness of guilt. If a jury had information about how the reaction to the Blanchard Park discovery of bones elicited no reaction, this juxtaposed non-reaction may have been harmful to the defense, maybe.
The State of Florida chose not to use this video tape. I tend to think there was too much baggage with it since they’d have to put Robyn Adams (convicted felon and Casey jail friend), on the stand to discuss Casey’s reaction to Blanchard Park. Putting Robyn on the stand may have been a risk the State didn’t want to take. I believe the State was confident in the case they laid out. Were they a bit too confident? I don’t know. I do know I admired the work they did.
The video had to be released. Judge Belvin Perry had no choice, really. Jose Baez’ argument about the HIPPA violation was a long-shot, and I’m sorry it didn’t work for him. But, Judge Perry did what he needed to do – uphold the Bill of Rights – the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The video is just sad, in my opinion. Its release does nothing more than pick at an old scab – opening it up and pouring salt on it.
Why do that to ourselves?
It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Casey Anthony case – I haven’t been reading very much about it lately. That’s not to say the case has disappeared from the media! Nope, the story is still generating interest despite the dearth of information to report.
Yesterday (Wednesday) there was a hearing about the previously sealed jail video of Casey Anthony’s reaction to learning that her daughter’s remains had been located. Inquiring media-minds want to publish this video for the obvious ratings bonanza.
The media will have a field day with this. They will likely remind us about when, early in the case, searchers thought they’d found Caylee’s remains at Blanchard Park, in Orlando, Casey had no reaction versus her extremely emotional reaction when she learned that remains of a small child were located near her home. In a swamp.
Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., heard arguments from the media about why the video should be released; and Jose Baez, Anthony’s defense attorney, argued that the video should not be released because it would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects unauthorized access to medial records, ensuring privacy. Baez contends that, at the time of the video taping, Casey was administered medication. This, argues Baez, would compromise Casey’s right to privacy via HIPPA.
The HIPPA argument may give Judge Perry something tangible to hang his ruling on, providing him good cause to deny the video release.
It would be interesting to see, sure, but it should be kept sealed. Why must we bring back more of the Casey Anthony drama? The video is likely to incense people anew, giving them greater reason to issue their horrible messages of hate. Casey Anthony is not enjoying the good life, though she is free and that is what sticks in our collective craws.
There is no good reason to release this video now. Can we move on and let this old dog lie? Releasing it will benefit TV ratings, but is it news worthy? I don’t think so.
How will releasing this video benefit the public? It’s likely to anger us to see it! And, what good will that do – it will not change anything.