Seizure First Aid & Endeavor to Educate

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

My Struggle

(my digital art)
My Struggle (my digital art)

Please!! Don’t judge. Ask. Learn. Be Enlightened!

As an epileptic, I must stand up and correct some misinformation that is offered by a few of the well-meaning people in today’s far too misinformed society. While I respect & appreciate attempts, SEIZURE DISORDERS are completely GRAY; there is NOTHING black and white about them. Epilepsy is far too often a general term for more than 20 different types of seizure disorders produced by brief, temporary changes in the normal functioning of the brain’s electrical system – this is why the medical community has begun using the term, Seizure Disorder!

As someone with a medical background, I will inform you that each of us is profoundly different in body chemistry, individual diagnosis, DNA, fingerprints, and medical histories. Epileptics & those with seizure disorders are each completely diverse: different causes, medications, different causes behind seizures, different seizure thresholds, different triggers, different physical cranial characteristics, different brain chemistry, etc.

As an individual, I say Boo! To generalize ANY one based on a generalized term of seizure disorder is a FALSE generalization, which can result doing more harm than good. Scaring the crap out of people is NOT the way to educate. You have to learn about the individual, NOT some generalized term about various medical conditions.

As someone afflicted, I recognize that we are ALL just people fighting our own battles through life. Fragile, frightened, and cautious of that, which we do not fully understand… Yet to ask the proper questions is the correct way to go about this, if we are truly intelligent. I hope this note answers some questions, enlightens some minds, and demolishes prejudice all too often seen when it comes to seizures & epilepsy.

Never seen a real seizure? Use youtube, search words; Tonic Clonic Seizure. I suggest this so that you are NOT caught of guard and terrified when you first see one. They can be amazingly scary for the unprepared first timer to bear witness, especially when it is someone you care about doing a floppy fish dance with their eyes rolled back in their head not breathing properly.

A General Intelligence!

Many seizure types-such as generalized absence seizures or complex partial seizures, which involve relatively brief episodes of unresponsiveness- don’t require any specific first-aid measures.

  1. Stay calm
  2. Prevent injury
  3. During the seizure, you can exercise your common sense by ensuring there is nothing within reach that could harm the person if they struck it.
  4. Pay attention to the severity and length of the seizure
  5. Make the person as comfortable as possible by removing eye glasses and cradling their head
  6. Keep onlookers away
  7. Do not hold the person down If the person having a seizure thrashes around there is no need for you to restrain them. Remember to consider your safety as well
  8. Do not put anything in the person’s mouth Contrary to popular belief, a person having a seizure is incapable of swallowing their tongue so you can breathe easy in the knowledge that you will NEVER stick your fingers into the mouth of someone during a seizure. DO NOT DO IT!
  9. Do not give the person water, pills, or food until fully alert – except Ativan which can be given sublingually ie. under the tongue
  10. If the seizure continues for longer than five minutes, and you are unfamiliar with the person and their seizure condition call 911. Be sensitive and supportive, ask others to do the same.
  11. No Lookie-Lous! No one wants to feel as if they are a sideshow! Don’t be afraid to tell people to move on if they stop and try to be spectators. You are in the position of advocate after all.
  12. During the seizure the person should be placed on their left side. Keep in mind there is a risk of vomiting, before the person is alert. Therefore, the person’s head should be turned so that any vomit or liquid will drain out of the mouth without being inhaled – aspiration. Stay with the person until they recover (5 to 20 minutes).

    There is a chance that a series of convulsive seizures called Status-Epilepticus can occur, in which the convulsions continue non-stop or are followed by coma or a subsequent series of seizures. These are life threatening, and the mortality risk is high unless prompt treatment at a properly equipped medical facility is available.

Epilepsy... It's all in your HEAD
(my digital art)Epilepsy… It’s all in your HEAD (my digital art)
Below are a variety of questions of which one should know the answers, if they have either an epileptic or individual with a seizure disorder in their world. Take it seriously, I certainly did when I compiled this information for all who take the time to read it! 

-How long have they had a seizure disorder?

This will aid you in a basic knowledge base, how comfortable they are in their own condition… how comfortable you can be.

-How frequent are their seizures?

This allows you an idea to what severity you will be dealing with. Some with this condition have seizures regularly, some people only have them once in a blue moon.

-What type of seizures disorder or Epilepsy do they have?

Each type of epilepsy or seizure disorder presents with its own unique combination of seizure types.

-What is an “average” seizure for said individual?

These include absence (petit mal), myoclonic, clonic, tonic,tonic-clonic (grand mal) and atonic seizures. Understand the difference by EDUCATING yourself. An uncomplicated convulsive seizure in someone who has epilepsy is not a medical emergency, even though it looks like one. It stops naturally after a few minutes. The average person is able to continue about his business after a rest period, and may need only limited assistance, or no assistance at all.

A seizure threshold is the balance between excitatory and inhibitory forces in the brain which affects how susceptible one is to seizures.Those diagnosed with epilepsy or certain other neurological conditions are vulnerable to sudden new seizures if the threshold is upset, and so must be especially careful and compliant with their therapeutic drug regimen.

-What is their seizure threshold most impacted by?

Factors which can effect the seizure threshold: exposure to neon, laser,flickering, flashing lights (Contrary to popular belief, photosensitive epilepsy is relatively uncommon, accounting for just 3% of all cases), lengthy periods of fasting, malnutrition,starvation, lengthy periods of high stress and/or fear, fatigue and exhaustion (i.e., from lack of sleep and/or rest), hyperventilation,uncontrolled diabetes, other endocrine and/or metabolic irregularities (like electrolyte or hormonal imbalances), cancer, and certain disorders of the nervous, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems.

-When was the last time that they had a seizure?

The diagnosis of epilepsy usually requires that the seizures occur spontaneously. Nevertheless, certain epilepsy syndromes require particular precipitants or triggers for seizures to occur.

-Are they active and current with their doctor or Neurologist?

If not, suggest that they become such.

-What is the best way to assist should one occur?

Each person, each seizure, each situation is different. COMMUNICATE! Know what to expect by asking.

-Are they current on their meds and taking them properly?

Frankly it is stupid of them to be off their meds let alone asking some one to take care of them while they are off their meds. (*slaps unmedicated individual upside the head*) Explore why they are OFF their medication. Help them get back on their medication, contact me if you need assistance. I will help if I can, this is seriously an issue! Sudden death can occur! No joke!

-Are their meds working properly or have they been having a bit of breakthrough activity?

Over 30% of people with epilepsy do not have seizure control even with the best available medications. I will always have breakthrough activity. Some of us are throwing spikes regardless of Neuro suppressants; such as myself. The key is to know when and why you throw those spikes. A responsible, intelligent, and ethical individual KNOWS their triggers due to experience, ASK! Then simply avoid those triggers, despite our seizures occurring spontaneously.Practical sense really, once a person has had this disorder long enough.


(my digital art)SMILE (my digital art)

*Ensure that their medication is on hand. It’s use, dose, and effectiveness fully understood.

If they begin to seize you will need to know exactly which medications were taken, should be taken at lucidity, and the doses known for the EMT should things get too bad.

Quite frankly, it’s too late to ask for help from that wealth of information once they have begun seizing.

-Ask how their postictal state normally progresses.

The average postictal state lasts between 5 and 30 minutes, but sometimes longer in the case of larger or more severe seizures and is characterized by drowsiness, confusion, nausea, hypertension,headache or migraine and other disorienting symptoms. Depending upon the person’s type of seizures, talking may be extremely difficult; some people may find sign language easier than verbal speech to communicate. Additionally, emergence from this period is often accompanied by amnesia, aggression, or other memory defects. It is during this period that the brain recovers from the trauma of the seizure.  BE PATIENT!!
I want to sleep after I seize.


Certainly, most people with epilepsy would not consider their seizure disorder as something which enhances their natural abilities. Sometimes the same things that cause epilepsy result in giftedness. If you damage an area of the brain early enough in life, the corresponding area on the other side has a chance to overdevelop. People with epilepsy have excelled in every area. What follows is a list of people who are responsible for changing civilization as we know it, all of whom are strongly suspected or known to have had epilepsy. It’s an impressive group.

Many notable people, past and present, have carried the diagnosis of epilepsy. Hippocrates, Hugo Weaving, van Gogh, Sir Isaac Newton, Neil Young, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Dickens, Alexander the Great,Danny Glover, Alfred Nobel, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Julius Caesar,Edgar Allen Poe, Aristotle, Theodore Roosevelt, Alfred the Great,Hannibal, Dante, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Soren Kierkegaard,Beethoven, Richard Burton, Michael Wilding, Margaux Hemingway, Lewis Carroll, Gustave Faubert, & Socrates.

“All at once, out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality,the individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being; and this not a confused state, but the clearest of the clearest, the surest of the surest, the weirdest of the weirdest,utterly beyond words.” -Tennyson

I have epilepsy, it isn’t easy. In fact, it can be a daily struggle. I have had many people which claimed to love me, turn and walk out…only to claim it was “too hard”. To which, I smile and say”I have had the strength & drive to lead an amazing life,which most people can only dream. Those which were incapable to stand with me through the tough times, do not deserve to be anywhere near me through the great times.”

I totally jacked this graphic!😉

If you would like to learn more about some of the tests they do on those with epilepsy, click here: Medical Misadventures

American Conflict – Heart & Head

I hear some saying how it’s cowardly to not accept the refugees, while others claim it’s strategically stupid to accept them with ISIS looming death to western culture. Here I sit, seeing both sides of the coin in “true to myself” fashion.
Yes, I think it is terrible to leave a woman and child without a place to live. At the same time, if I were ISIL, you bet your hind end I would exploit this to the fullest extent.
**kicks myself for my ability to see both sides of an argument** I literally drive myself crazy!

Children taking care of children.
I am going to endeavor to put some things into perspective. If you use the math that Stephen, Larry, and Josh have all discussed previously, doing such on the SMALL percentage to say 1% of the 10,000 refugees we are accepting into the US. That translates to mean at least 100 of those individuals are crazy. The type of people that holds beliefs that will blow themselves up, cut heads off, and treat women as if they are chattel. How do you feel about that? I will say, I am NOT at all ok with extremists who are practicing these beliefs. They scare me and I don’t want them in the world, let alone anywhere in the US.

In 1980, Congress passed and the President signed the Refugee Act, which added details to earlier immigration acts that outlined a protocol for accepting refugees here in the states. The Act said the Department of Health and Human Services “shall consult regularly (not less often than quarterly) with State and local governments and private nonprofit voluntary agencies concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution of refugees among the States and localities before their placement in those States and localities.” In theory, the states could refuse to participate in these efforts to place refugees in their communities, and pose other barriers, such as blocking refugees from getting drivers’ licenses or access to some state services like welfare, snap, etc. But a ton of legal experts have made comments publicly and see these efforts as limited and problematic. These people, refugees, had no desire to leave their homes. They were forced out due to their being nothing left for them to stay. Their homes bombed and burned out to husks, shells of what once was. The trees all burned to the ground. The ground water poisoned and their animals slaughtered. There is nothing left but shadows and dead. They are running because they cannot stay.

This is why they fled.

Bombs were the killer of civilians

So much destruction
As of Sep 23, 2015, the U.S. has spent more than $1 billion to settle 70,000 refugees in utilizing the UN. ((I am no fan of the UN, I’m just stating the facts)) The United States has given $419­ million in humanitarian aid to assist Syrian refugees and the countries that are hosting them as of Sept. 21, 2015. The United States has raised its annual refu­gee resettlement cap from 70,000 this fiscal year to $85,000 next year and $100,000 in 2017 to keep things in perspective. The new aid brings the total U.S. donation since the Syrian conflict began in 2011 to $4.5 billion, more than every other than Turkey. Turkey, which hosts the world’s largest refugee population, has so far spent $7.6 billion caring for 2.2 million Syrians. Which is more than anyone else by a long shot thanks to their open door policy. What really kills me is that Saudi Arabia Has 100,000 Empty Tents with AC for 3 Million People and more money available than Turkey and the US combined could ever imagine. Yet, some how they’ve taken on zero refugees. VERY VERY strange happenings, wouldn’t you say?

It’s beautiful.
I feel as though there are powerful puppeteers pulling strings to make all of this happen. I don’t understand it all and I’m not certain I ever will. I do know that if it weren’t for immigration, none of us would be Americans.
States Rights matter yes. However, even then refugees will be able to travel freely because agencies cannot keep tabs on them once they are inside the US. This has been proven time and again. I also know it would be a whole lot easier to travel across the Mexican border freely than to deal with the UN paperwork and bureaucracy with riding this refugee wave from Syria. So yes, I am fairly certain our ISIL threat is already here in the US awaiting to strike from within. Those here in WV, do you remember the Kanawha State Forest Training Camp we had not too long ago? I know there are many recruiting all over the US. So many factors to consider, so much BS to wade through. Be wise, be safe, and most of all, BE COMPASSIONATE!

I cannot imagine.

The babes of war.

Those faces… eyes have seen too much to be soo young.


Oreos & Chips Ahoy No More!

The average American family pays a staggering $6,000 a year in subsidies to big business. Bail outs and corporate welfare literally BLEEDS from our federal coffers to businesses that then move our industrial jobs to China, India, and God knows where. Leaving Americans unemployed forcing us back onto unemployment and governmental assistance programs which get cut annually by congress, the very people handing out corporate welfare. Which only serves to hurt our economy, helping no one. Very much a catch 22 situation!

Look at the current fiasco we have with Nabisco. How it all began was with Kraft buying out out Nabisco, then the company split into Kraft and Mondelez in 2013. Kraft laid off 1600 American and Canadian employees when the company split. Irene Rosenfeld, the head of Mondolez, a woman pimped for breaking the glass ceiling upon becoming first the head of Kraft Foods and then its spin off. So many women were proud of what she represented, shattering the glass ceiling by making over 20 million a year, paid $21 million in 2014 alone.

Then, the plant in Philly closed, leaving 350 people without a job it became obvious that she didn’t get where she was for being nurturing. Mondelez claimed the production that left Philadelphia would go to strengthen the other east coast plants; however, the production lines that left the factory went to the plant in Monterrey, Mexico instead.

The gig was up and the unions got savvy quick. The factory in Mexico has 2000 workers, which all make just barely over $3.00 an hour & receive no benefits. Then Mondolez announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing the plant in Chicago, where Oreos have been proudly produced for the past 100 years, Rosenfeld would instead move the jobs to the new factory in Mexico.

The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side. We thought Chicago was a rough and tumble city before, just wait to see the aftermath of this plant closing and leaving an entire generation hopeless.

Rosenfeld and company claim the move is necessary to improve their bottom line; that they owe their workers, the city and the nation absolutely nothing. No American company succeeds on its own or without public benefit, the wealth of the company is due to the skill and work of it’s workers. I guess now, the fate of their company is in the hands of the Mexican Government and their people. As much as I love Oreos & Chips Ahoy, I have sworn off of them after doing the research to write this article. I believe you might as well after reading it.

At low wages and no benefits, Mondelez is in effect, opening the biggest cookie sweat shop in the world. The new plant has been built closer to the Texas border in a free trade zone, meaning no inspections and no guarantee in quality. Corporations that build in free trade zones are given massive tax breaks, so as tax-payers, we are paying that corporation to relocate and to get rid of our own American jobs. How screwed up is that? Way to go Congress! Time to CLEAN HOUSE!

I have been to Mexico, I know not to drink the water or you end up with Montezuma’s Revenge or God knows what else. There are absolutely no environmental laws, the corporation can and will dump whatever they want wherever they want without recourse. That water is then put into the cookies & crackers that factory manufactures. Oreos will now be made in Mexico, do you know what’s in the water? Because they don’t.

Upon doing my research I learned Fig Newton nor Graham Cracker are no longer made in the U.S., they are all made in Mexico. No More for me Thanks!

Call 847-943-4000, tell Mondelez you don’t support them & won’t buy their products that are Made in Mexico.

There’s nothing new or even unusual about this story, we have seen & heard it all before. Yet, I have hope that perhaps due to this story’s depth in our lives it is just the thing to wake up the nation from the downward spiral we find ourselves in, an indomitable race to the gutter, with a droplet of the very rich that control everything, a voiding out of the middle class, and an ever growing underclass, relegated to only selling merchandise produced for pennies on the dollar in other countries who are being raped & pillaged by the droplet I mentioned above. We have been downgraded to only consumers & retailers as citizens in America – at least THAT is how Congress has rigged the game they call the carrot on the stick – the American Dream.

Clarksburg City Council Candidate Public Forum at St James Gym

Clarksburg City Council Candidate Public Forum at St James Gym in North View began Tuesday evening at 5:30 and continued on until nearly 10pm.

Chad Sigmon, Martin Shaffer, Justine Scott Marino, Nathanael Herrod, Gary R Bowden, Curtis W. Edwards were all in respectful attendance. Once again, Cathy Goings, and Dan Thompson failed to show as did Margaret Bailey, without so much as a RSVP from any of them. I was informed that Tuna would not be able to attend due to prior obligations.

The vibe of the citizens reverberated around the gym with a zing. It was obvious that we, the people, were there to engage and interact. Passion has been rekindled in Clarksburg. I am proud to be among such people and call them my community.

Videos from last night

Photos from the Forum –

The Forum was opened by our lovely moderator Susan Kelly, explaining how the forum would work.

First to take the floor was Chad Sigmon. He informed us more of his own background and history more built upon a resume style introduction, his personal experience and achievements, and finally reminded us he is #8 on the ballot. While Martin Shaffer expressed how he was experienced in business, well traveled, and seeking out of the local box ideas to solve our problems – invested his own cash to advertise the forum. Justine Marino was grateful for such an attendance, expressed how she was invested in family, our local area, the future. She focused upon communication between she and the community. Nathan Herrod came out expressing his desire for evolution and change alongside his own ideas to grow. He touched on a variety of strong points that later came out in the questions from the public. His finger is on Clarksburg citizens’ pulse. Gary Bowden explained how he had been here for 40 years, married for 39, and how he has been invested here in Clarksburg – member of a plethora of local boards and worked with WBOY for 20 years. Curtis Edwards explained how he was born and raised here in Clarksburg, is a teacher and coach because of his desires to work with kids. Edwards brought praise to public works and said how we would be able to change things working together. The empty seats were, of course, dead silent.

I am disappointed in our elected officials for not attending. Denise Binion would have gladly rescheduled if they had only bothered to get in touch with her.

Low-income housing NEEDED, instead of demolishing housing, can they not be rehabbed

Martin Shaffer was the first to answer expressing rehabbing over destruction. Explained a demo sign is equal to a sign that says “come and rob me”, because the houses are broken into to strip anything of value from them. I agree with rehabbing homes entirely. I myself have worked with deconstruction, rehab, and demolishing through Habitat for Humanity. It CAN be done. Nathan Herrod explained how it all works, or rather FAILS. The very same money that funds the demo program could just as readily fund a rehab program in Clarksburg. He wants to see people be able to remain in their houses vs being made homeless by the city. Money is there free of charge, in FUNDS – explained a woman from the crowd, in detail. Gary Bowden then stood to answer. He brought up AFFORDABLE housing, NOT low-income housing. Going on to explain how the process works, or again DOESN’T. Responsible owners vs irresponsible owners are what the city looks upon to make the decision. I saw an elderly woman’s home taken from her before Christmas. I only wish I was ignorant of how things are done. Curtis Edwards was the next up explaining how he has had rental properties forever. Then wanted to STOP tearing houses into multiple units so we can keep neighborhoods FAMILY oriented. DISLIKE. Justine Marino explained how she agreed with all that had been expressed, but she wanted to find ANOTHER solution to this ever growing problem. All these families working nonstop and STILL cannot afford to live here. I was able to tell the candidates about Nazareth Farm, an alternative to demolition.

Cleaning up the neighborhoods in Clarksburg.

Chad Sigmon was first up, introducing Debbie and explaining how he has dove into commUnity efforts with neighborhood watch, especially in Stealey. He wants the people to be able to contact CPD officers so that the smaller more persistent dealers can be arrested. We are not being aggressive enough fighting the drugs and he wishes to make things better for the children.

Nathan Herrod explained how we have taken community away from Clarksburg. He challenges people to drive through North View and Stealey. Closing the park instead of running the dealers off? PREVENTION – resource officers into schools and BEAT COPS building rapport with our community members.

Curtis Edwards has been involved with Neighborhood Watch since the 80s. Beat Cops are unable to be there due to the lack of POLICE. More patrols, let the cops know if you are leaving the area on vacation. He wanted people to ATTEND the parks – United Church Park relationship. Churches are the go between.

Martin Shaffer stepped up to tell us he remembered when Clarksburg was 38,000 residents and only had 36 officers and now we are budgeted for 46. We need more undercover cops and police we can actually speak with. While we need neighborhood watches, we also need a DISCREET means of tipping off. Cops ARE being told, yet cops do NOTHING. They are being hog tied – cops are EQUALLY frustrated. We need cops driving through these communities to be MORE HANDS ON.

Justine Marino felt it was essential to bridge the interdependence of all of our problems locally. The Domino effect is obvious and rippling across our city for both good and bad things. The police need to feel supported and has their back. The community needs to feel supported by the police. It becomes a SERIOUS communication issue. We need positive communication flowing.

Gary Bowden was also uncertain about beautification or crime. He shifted the blame upon the community members, didn’t feel as though it was ALL to fall onto city hall for beautification issues and responsibility – outside of an elderly woman example where we should become a community. That is how communities become communities again. Yet, I can recall my own great aunt and great uncle being fined for their grass being too high when she was hospitalized and my uncle stayed with her at the hospital.😦 Then he expressed how the police are stuck in their situation. Not enough of them vs the work needed. But there are more patrols running now than we have in “many many years.” I would like to believe he is simply unaware, but I have attended TOO many meetings and I simply know better. I have spoken on the issue myself. Why can’t we get those working in Code Enforcement receiving a paycheck for sitting on their duffs to step up and assist the elderly and handicapped with their grass, given the city reduced the height from 8″ to 6″. 


Martin Shaffer explained how the drug rehab works in reality vs how most people believe it works. This will be a LONG term struggle for addicts, it isn’t 30 days CURED. They need community – druggie friends will drag them RIGHT BACK DOWN. We need a LONG term solution. Resource officer is needed in EVERY school.

Gary Bowden stood and acknowledged the drug problems. We cannot rehab our way out of it. Education angle is the best way to handle this. GUESS we all miss Michael Daughtery right abut now?! EH!? Growl I am still angry that happened.

We have to do the education the rest is failing our children and thusly our collective FUTURE.

Curtis Edwards explained how Jr High is TOO late. Too many kids have already lost hope by then, sadly he is correct. EDUCATION – Churches, neighborhoods, and schools. City council cannot fix this problem, but it will take all of us to SOLVE this. It’s like a puzzle we all have independent pieces of and it will never be solved without each being involved. ((My surmise of his dialog))

Nathan Herrod spoke of prevention and intervention – Shop Mentored kids so they could learn job skills in a DRUG FREE environment. Giving them something OTHER than hanging out and getting wasted. Incarceration is the best option for ALL Dealers. He doesn’t believe Jr High is too late.

Chad Sigmon explained how he had a face to face meeting with Chief Hilliard. No officers want to be in schools as Resource Officers – none of them have the personality for the job. We need to hire the right people for the job. We need recreation centers and activities for our kids. He has lived in other states and recognizes how limited we are here in Clarksburg. It is a SAD SAD thing.😦 He has traveled and it led him to his current life path. Back to Michael Daughtery being LOST thanks to poor losers. Yes, that is how I see it.

Justine Marino said we need an open dialog with our kids from the time they walk into a school, despite the possibility of it being uncomfortable for the parents. We need to prosecute the dealers, yes. But throwing addicts into jail is WRONG. We need to focus on SERIOUS drugs, not marijuana. This will allow our police force to focus upon the BIG problem of heroin, prescription pills, and meth. I AGREE. Use the tax revenue for drug rehabilitation.

I ask you to take the time to read this article I wrote in 2011 if Justine Marino’s proposal about legalizing Marijuana bothered you or set discomfort within your mind. As always, I do my research!


Martin Shaffer explained what unfunded liabilities are, how they work, and the politicians refuse to recognize it’s DEBT!

Gary Bowden stood to explain how it is being addressed. We do NOT have the largest unfunded debt in the state, thank God for tiny miracles. He used the Post Office as an example, saying he didn’t see a lot of city employees retiring all at once. It was extremely unlikely. 
Nathan Herrod explained how he went into the unfunded liability 3 years ago. 14% interest? REALLY LOW. It has brought it up to 16% and will be up to 17% by next year. These people will retire at the same time, 30+ years in and they can retire anytime they want! We have a MOUNTAIN of liabilities – thanks to the demo scam. We ARE going to lose money because of the legal fees. **TOM JACQUES will be the very FIRST millionaire due to this gross incompetence.**

Justine Marino explained how we need to handle our city $$ as we do our own PERSONAL funds. Trim the FAT! There is a SERIOUS lack of fiscal responsibility – We NEED to address this. Spending like “blindfolded monkeys.” Hah We need to view the budget line by line to find what can be done to be more responsible.

Curtis Edwards explained how it is being Looked at. He went back to how we need to deal with those who have experience. He harps on that – GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. I can tell you now, this will not make him popular with low-income folks., that is painfully obvious to this poor woman writing this article.

How can you justify the city manager a 5,000 pay raise when we have lost 2 high ranking police officers for covering up the Lopez assault and the suspension of those code enforcement officials.

Bowden voted for a raise because of the skillsets and multiple goals he felt that performance was such that they were comfortable making that call.

Shaffer is NOT comfortable giving them a raise given all this illegal activity has been happening. 35,000 pages of docs were reviewed before the case was taken BY the fire commission. He put a FOIA request in and it took over a MONTH. Most of the things he asked for were NOT even included. He refuses to do his job. Of course he did this so that the info will come out after the election.

Marino stated how tough it was to sit up here with what Gary given she is diametrically opposed to what he says. She believes he cares for Clarksburg, however she doesn’t see how the city is falling down around our ears – touching on all of those aforementioned points RATHER elegantly. If they wanted to give him a 1 year extension is one thing. However she feels we the taxpayers were bumped over.

Edwards – he wasn’t on council so he cannot comment for certain. Had any of the top officials come up for a raise he would have voted NO! He wanted to give a raise to the public works, NOT the top dogs.

Herrod doesn’t understand the extension let alone a raise. He was so shocked he left speechless, THAT should tell you all something given he is never at a loss for words. These code enforcement tests are OPEN BOOK and take over 2 hours. We are So top heavy that he is one of the highest paid city manager in the state. So is the Asst Manager. ((Justine inserted a joke)) The fat DOES need cut, given these legal issues ARE the hugest fiscal hit we are taking. It is unacceptable to see that he has done all this and is STILL among us.

The Lopez issue being covered up.

Herrod went to speak to Hilliard and learned it was another matter in regards to another city employee. Clarksburg PD should NEVER have been called in. We know now the city manager Howe was in on making phone calls that night. IMPROPER chain of command is SERIOUS. What was the motivation? It was obviously a poor intent or this wouldn’t have happened. We need to move away from the good ol boy system “It is unfair to everyone!” and this cost two decent men their jobs. IT HAS TO STOP!

Shaffer explained how a metro police dept would be a GREAT thing. Removing how many bosses the police must answer to would be a relief for the CPD. One police officer testified how 17 calls led to NO police reports. WE GOT ISSUES FOLKS! 2009 before the election, the city had him falsely arrested – said he conspired to break a law that was no longer in existence. NOT SURPRISED.

Bowden explained how the police chief did not lose their jobs for the actions of that night and he agrees that they were NOT handled well. It isn’t a law that the CPD must turn it over – it is only a policy. Which means it is open to be abused. snarl face It needs to be handed off! Two police officers lost their job because they were accused of lying and not giving full and accurate info about the events that night. GOOD OL BOY SYSTEM – The public did NOT react well!

Marino explained how she cares for all involved. She will NOT be a “Zeke puppet.” I have ZERO worries about that. She wants a GOOD STRONG City manager in place, as they will be left apt to make a call to the police chief to break the chain of command. PROFESSIONALISM is non-existent. Our manager needs to be able to set strong ethical boundaries. She is correct! No lying down and saying “ok!”

Sigmon read a blib about successful communities vs dying communities. We need to put differences aside. Accept things as they are and will be. Strategy. And set a strong rapport and goals that can be shared mutually. MUCH of these things are in the past and he wants us all to move FORWARD!

Code Enforcement being suspended.

Shaffer explained how those in code enforcement officers didn’t feel they needed to take those open book tests mentioned above. The city demanded Howe be grandfathered in with his necessary credentials. The citizens were IGNORED by city council, then went to the attorney general and finally the governor. WOW. NOT one single cert in ten years? Seriously?

Marino then explained how those very same people are STILL present – retitled and shifted however they don’t work. They do collect a PAY CHECK, but they do NOTHING. She is 100% behind code enforcement, but we NEED real credibility. Our charter calls for a professional engineer running our code enforcement office. TRIM THAT FAT! I agree – STRONG POINT!

Herrod has even seen the city fuss with the budget to help hide the mess in code enforcement. 39 houses are still on the demo list – despite the attorney general offering them to review them with a CERTIFIED code enforcement officer. 2 cannot even work within code enforcement because of their games. Clarksburg is responsible for every house on the demo list because of THOSE individuals.

Edwards explained how the city manager and the city council NEED to communicate more effectively. He guarantees that all the decisions he makes will we agree with, but there will be a LOGICAL reason for each and all.

How does transparency impact all of this?

Herrod explained the lack of transparency has caused this disaster. This FOIA request Nathan put in was PUSHED and PUSHED and PUSHED! We need to learn how to report FOIA request violations obviously!! The city doesn’t want you to know the city was tearing down houses for profit.

Shaffer said transparency will NOT hurt the city so much as evidence will be revealed due to a LACK of transparency. He then explained how one of the federal judges refused to dismiss the impending charges but she mentioned the possibility of bringing RICO against the city – RACKETEERING! This is totally out of control!! Why haven’t we settled with the Attorney General vs pushing it? Exposing us to a GREAT DEBT and EMBARRASSMENT as if we need any more. We already lost the company Stockmyer was going to expand here, not now.😦 Thanks to the prison facility moving in. 

Bill Ramsey then asked, “Why kind of birds don’t fly?”

Are you aware that Chief Hillard turned down a K9, $12,000 dog to be donated to the CPD? *Article incoming*

Herrod has explained how the chief has turned down MULTIPLE offers to drug officers. He explained how it was not all Hilliard’s fault, it comes down to the City Manager yet AGAIN. Notice the theme here? When your boss is telling you NO NO NO, it’s not possible to say yes. 
I don’t agree personally, I perceive Hilliard as Howe’s yes man.

Marino explained she was unaware of the entire above ordeal. She feels she has a strength with insight given her husband’s position in the city. He could retire tomorrow if he so wished. She sees a LOT given that unique position. She feels the officer making the request makes ALL the difference, given there is a uneven bias within our dept. Fairness is NEEDED.

Edwards explain the lack of morale in our police force. He knows a LOT of officers and this isn’t their fault. It all comes down to problem with the TOP! Changes are REQUIRED. He is unaware of how much rapport a K9 can bring to an officer.

Sigmon stated there was always two sides to every story but it was obvious he was MIFFED. He found it unacceptable. He then brought up the LPR – Licence Plate Recognition – $30,000. It helps with stolen vehicles, perps, etc. That piece of equipment was unable to be used due to a computer frying itself. He learned we have another coming in any day! I don’t blame him for wanting to research the facts. But, when I bring up something of this nature, I have already done my homework.

Shaffer is bringing up the charge cards at city hall – p cards. Maybe an audit is required? is always a VIABLE option. $5,000 pay raise could have been used!! 10,000 license plates an hour for Amber Alerts. We use it for tracking down criminals.

Nancy Scardina explained how Buchannon city is having problems with their own LPR, it wasn’t living up to expectations, and they are doing away with it. She wanted Chad to be aware, he wasn’t up to date to being at the Forum.

Delegations –

Bowden isn’t aware of the problem. Due to tech issues the mic has screamed and they push the mic back. We aren’t able to HEAR the council members. He will gladly take it to council.

Herrod has made them aware of the transparency issues, he found funds to pay for it. YET, the city manager said NO! The transparency issue starts at the top. I admit, it is dramatically difficult to hear even on my recordings. ALL PUBLIC MEETINGS NEED BROADCASTED!

Sigmon explained how the open meeting act works. Public comment periods is ALL that is required. We need to push towards MORE transparency. He came across as an apologist.:/

 Part of the Open Meetings Act Sigmon read – Are governing bodies required to allow members of the public to speak at a meeting?
No.  The purpose of the Open Meetings Act is to allow citizens to observe the governing body for purposes of promoting transparency.  However, governing bodies are encouraged to have a public comment period.  A governing body may adopt rules which impose restrictions upon public comment periods such as the amount of time which will be allocated to each speaker.

Marino doesn’t care if the rules of ethics require them to speak or not they should WANT to hear from their constituents. When it comes to having to have people like Michael Brown and I – “Vigilante Journalists” show up to INCLUDE the public. She is right! We aren’t Press-titutes! We will bring you DEAD HONESTY & BRUTAL FACTS. Clarksburg’s transparency is HORRIBLE. She wants to focus upon that when she is elected.

Shaffer has to abide by rules. When a citizen speaks they aren’t supposed to answer them due to that same Public Meeting Act. It becomes a slow jerk around that we NEVER hear back from those who claim they will reach back out to us. FACT. I have never been emailed nor called by ANYONE at city hall about those things I have taken before city council. BOCA is STILL illegal. We NEED to televise our council meetings. NECESSARY! Answering FOIA requests on a timely basis is part of that.

Edwards explained how we can have all the transparency we want with tech but what good will it do without accountability?

He is Correct.

John Pohera stood once he was acknowledged, wanting to direct his question to Mayor Goings. “What is more important than meeting with the citizens/ taxpayers?” You are our mayor, “why are you not meeting and answering the voters questions”? He was quite the character and I enjoyed his personality and spunk a great deal.


Debbie Rhineheart stood and spoke, explaining a lot. 8K of her own $$ has gone into neighborhood watch. There is a video.

WHY did you run? What was the moment that made it SNAP!?

Herrod literally was at a drive in theater watching the Lorax. He was laying in the back of his car and shortly before that Code Enforcement showed up to a job site and tried to arrest him. He had that in his mind when he made the decision.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-Dr Seuss, The Lorax

Sigmon grew up in stealey, he moved away and when he returned he learned a METH HOUSE was busted in his own home neighborhood. He never expected that! His girlfriend is also a runner and she runs up town and his girlfriend made him aware of the prostitute problem. She said a prostitute yelled at her to “GET OFF HER TURF!!” Unreal to me!! He never thought there would be meth houses, hookers and heroin on the streets of Clarksburg. He is here to make a POSITIVE CHANGE.

Shaffer came to this decision because he was at the Glen Elk festival when Fazio walked up and asked why 6 police cruisers came into his neighborhood. He had to explain it was a drunken councilman assaulting a woman in a bar, in which the police covered it up.😦 I am never amazed, only irked when enlightened at things such as these. The truth will set you free, but first it will tick you off!

Marino spoke about this for so long and her sister took her to register on the VERY last day. Because she is NOT a politician and she isn’t good at masking her thoughts, feelings, etc. She had been sick over the decision, her sister pushed her and said if you win you win, if you lose you lose. Are you afraid to lose? She said no she was afraid to lose initially because it is SUCH a hefty responsibility. Silent suffering people DESERVE better and she will give those people THAT voice. There are people who cannot speak up for fear of retaliation if they own houses or are city employees. She is running for those people who put their faith in her.

Bowden’s 2nd go round is his OWN FAULT. (huh?) The first go round he was called and they wanted to see different leadership for the city. He said he wasn’t a politician and he finally accepted the idea that being real and full of concern for Clarksburg was more important. Now I get the comment, watch the video.

Edwards discussed it with his wife FIRST. Secondly he spoke with his friends who said they recognized all of his skills and ideas would be vital to the town of Clarksburg. He wants to give confidence to those in the community through working hand in hand together with teamwork. He would only be one voice on council but he promises he will listen and represent the people as they deserve.

Citizen Larry then stood and asked his question. Back in the 80’s when Anchor Hocking was closed and he remembers when one of the members said that’s alright people will just shop in Bridgeport. He patronizes all the small businesses in Clarksburg. He asks how many of you do that?

Edwards stated he ALWAYS keeps local businesses in mind. He wishes to KEEP them by patronizing them regularly. He isn’t going to go to Walmart, he would rather go to Rokiskys and other local businesses.

Herrod recalled when he ran M&F he ONLY shopped locally where ever possible. It has to be a priority. It needs to come down to a feeling of personal responsibility within our elected officials also. LOCAL MONEY STAYS LOCAL.

Marino – “Being that our family are small business owners and you learn quickly you do business with those who do business with you.” She has become a DIE HARD local shopper. Once upon a time when her children were young she shopped at Walmart, NOT ANYMORE. She even keeps her doctors, dentists, and vets LOCALLY. If you don’t support local business they cannot survivein this economy. Those are facts!

Shaffer was the chairman Whitehouse conference of small businesses. Therefore he supports small owned businesses he hates seeing it. They are the BACKBONE of Clarksburg. He went to purchase a toilet and purchased Mansfield vs American Standard. Because Mansfield are MADE IN THE USA, right in Ohio. We must support one another or else we will be our own undoing. There is no where else in the state that has as many local restaurants as we do. Martin loves restaurants. His comment, not mine!

Bowden cringes when people purchase vehicles OUTSIDE of Clarksburg. He is one of the few people who still uses our phone book due to the local businesses being awarded there

Marino admitted her lawyer was from Bridgeport. ((Moved because of $$))

Signmon purchased all of his signage from Clarksburg Blue Print because he wanted to SUPPORT them together. He kept his $$ local.

Cheryl Fain Mehaulic stepped up and said what about the benefits of being a CITY COUNCIL MEMBER? As far as the benefits – Part of why Lopez fought so very hard to stay on council. This ensured he kept his Insurance, medical, optic and dental and his retirement. The retirement only comes into play when you get another Gov job – Centra Board could have been his golden ticket. He gets to take his HIGHEST pay at 70K which would have given him 25 years 50% of that $$. It counts a FULL year – 10 months of real human time. Most who take advantage of the system become lifetime council members. The refuse to fund the firemen or the police. Learned that portion AFTER the forum.

Sigmon explained how the girl scouts NEED a new fence but have no means of getting the funds.

Is anyone talking about bringing REAL jobs into the city, with REAL wages. – Mr Washington

Shaffer explained how Dominion was willing to donate the building to Clarksburg and he suggested getting the aforementioned business BACK into Clarksburg by allowing them to come into the building. Nathan’s former job exported to Germany and that would be another incentive.

Then the P-cards were being used to go to bars. It is being abused incessantly – alcohol being purchased.

Marino is FULLY in favor of trimming the fat. THAT is part of the fat. If she can get 4 votes to eliminate, she is all about doing away with it. ((Insurance, p-card, etc.)) She is in favor of removing it.

She feels that is one of the things that is SERIOUSLY missing here. She looks forward to the challenge of economic development and not just servers, minimum wages, and opening your own businesses.

Mr Washington explained how some of the basic workers have FAT CAT pay and he is disgusted.

Marino explained how she had 3 boys, herself and her husband in a 3 bedroom house and she felt the pains of being an underpaid employee. She feels it would be NICE to get a pay increase of 5-10K like others, but who wouldn’t? She referred back to the TOP HEAVY issues in candidacy. 80% of our budget is spent in wages.

Mr Washington respects what she is saying however council is always worried about MAIN ST only. Get out of downtown and look into OTHER options.

The Forum then ended, sadly. Thank you Susan, you rocked it AGAIN! I know our lil city could have it’s own soap opera. It was a very interesting and educating event which provided a great deal of insight. I suggest watching the videos that I am uploading! It will bridge any gaps that I may have missed in this LONG article of mine. As I upload the videos, I will link them for your viewing capabilities.

VOTE in this upcoming election! Let’s see amazing things happen here in Clarksburg!!

North Central WV Democracy for America’s Clarksburg City Council Candidate Forum

Last night’s forum was downright awe-inspiring at moments, to the point I can be over heard in many moments during the videos, as can my service dog ironically. I am known for speaking my mind, I am not sorry. My opinion is shared openly without remorse, it is mine alone. I ask that you do not allow it to color your judgment, I don’t want you to think like me, I only want you to think.

(There will be additions to this article to link videos and at least 2, if not 3 more quotes from candidates. Please check back!)

“North Central WV Democracy for America believes that citizen involvement and an informed body of voters are necessary to maintain a functional, responsible government, and so we frequently sponsor forums for a variety of elected offices. I was extremely pleased with the turn-out at last night’s forum. Too often citizens become apathetic in the face of dysfunctional government and give up, but the Clarksburg residents who showed up at the event were clearly interested in electing candidates who want to solve problems, implement accountability and improve the city.” -Denise Binion

Susan Kelly was the Moderator of last night’s forum. She was amazingly brilliant in regards to her humor jettisoned along with her personable nature and gross disbelief in the ongoing saga that is Clarksburg politics. She certainly brought an element to last night’s events that could have otherwise turned combative. Thank you, Susan. You were truly a very much needed breath of fresh air to an otherwise consistently tense situation. I very much enjoyed your demeanor and conflict resolution abilities on the fly. All the citizens of Clarksburg thank you as they read this article and watch the footage from last night.

As many of you have already heard, nine candidates were in attendance last night. From left to right, they were seated Tuna – Mateen Abdul-Aziz, Margaret Ann Heflin Bailey, Gary Bowden, Curtis Edwards, Catherine Goings was absent, Nathanael Herrod on one table at the left. Then on the right seated at a second table was Shaun M. Jedju, Justine Scott Marino, Martin Shaffer, Chad Sigmon, and Dan Thompson was also absent.

I made inquiries to Mayor Cathy Goings as to why she did not attend Clarksburg City Council Candidate Forum. She provided the following statement:

“I did not receive any written notification regarding the forum. I found out through other candidates that personal invitations had been sent out. In the meantime I was asked to attend a meeting which I committed myself to do. First, I am still the Mayor of Clarksburg and have obligations to fulfill until my term expires June 30th. I am a candidate second.” -Catherine Goings

My compatriot, Eric, had seen Dan Thompson earlier in the day, towing a vehicle which proves a solid work ethic. That began my wheels turning, so I reached out to him and I was able to get Dan Thompson while he was at work. This was what he had to say regarding his absence:

“I was on the road and couldn’t make it, a wreck on the Interstate and a flat tire in Fremont. I wanted to but work caught me.” -Dan Thompson

Denise Binion handed everyone in attendance an index card or two on which to write any and all questions they had for the incumbents and challengers. The cards flew in, it felt akin to a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. At the same time, the candidates were making their rounds, passing out their cards, flyers, trifold brochures, and various literature as they shook hands. Kind words were exchanged by some while others were heard echoing how this was by and large the dirtiest campaign they had ever seen in Clarksburg. It was obvious the pressure was on and we were in for an eventful show. Eric Madia, Segen, and I had a front row center seats for the forum.

Let the games begin.

The questions poured into Susan Kelley about the local economic development – despite oil & gas being here our population continues to decline, why is that? How are we going to develop businesses in this city that will actually help the citizens of this city? Big Box Stores that are murdering small businesses while making life difficult for the employees.

Margaret Bailey was the first to answer responding about leaping in while there is a decline in the oil & gas boom is essential. There have been two industries that have opened in the past two months. There will also be new housing near Rose Bud, and she is very proud because they are leading us forward.

Martin Shaffer then explained what businesses look for when locating to an area. First educational institutions to generate their manpower. Second, is code enforcement and how things get done or rather doesn’t in our current case. He then updated us how the Palace Center just had 40 units go in downtown. Then dropped a bomb as to how a huge 500 million dollar company left Clarksburg for Virginia.

(Imagine the jobs we could have had if we had only kept that company here?!)

Nathan Herrod was the next up, explaining how Steptoe and Johnson home to 385 lawyers, as well as Toothman and Rice, West Virginia’s largest accounting firm left Clarksburg over two parking spaces.

(I admit, I was rather stunned as Nathan said “MINIMAL” negotiations were needed to stop that from occurring. What have we allowed to happen by sitting back and trusting? Please, GO VOTE!)

Edward Curtis stood next to speak about issues rolling together of issues, about churches being more involved within our parks so that we can have people talking to each other again. (You know, like a REAL community, novel idea isn’t it. *laughing* Practical sense folks, I admit, I like it.) He is currently communicating with a business who wants to leave Clarksburg because he wants better for our area, although he did not tell us which business.

Chad Sigmon stood to speak next, speaking of how the roads were like a terrible rollercoaster. Then he brought up 2/3rds of the sidewalk funds were cut and he was uncertain why. 50,000 to 20,000 and they are NOT handicapped accessible at this point. Margaret interjected how the funds went to pave the streets.

(This was when my brain kicked in – Over 80% of our city’s budget goes straight to salary. I find that disgusting given the size of our city. Especially after the break down that Nathan Herrod did earlier in the evening. WATCH the videos once they upload!!)

Tuna spoke up about how a select few owned the buildings downtown and how fostering a good working relationship with those elders were essential to bring downtown back to life. As well as ensuring proper planning would allow a better downtown.

Gary Bowden then stood to explain how Eastpointe & Newpointe was in Clarksburg. How downtown would never be Eastpointe/Newpointe, nor would it be what it was fifty years ago. But it can be resurrected so long as we have entrepreneurs, we need an effective code enforcement. We need contractors, like the contractors in the old Gore building, etc.

(That was when he deviated as far as our intermeshing realities. He said my generation and younger were not interested in owning a home with a yard to mow and a fence to paint. That is totally NOT the case. The problem is the economy is in the crapper, we are in the midst of a currency war, and we have been burdened with a student debt that is equivalent to a mortgage payment that we will not be out from under until we are your age Mr. Bowden. We will not fall victim to the Federal Reserve and banksters as our parents have – we REFUSE. That leaves us in a pickle, hence we are living the lifestyle you noted last night. It isn’t about wants, it is about responsibilities and learning from experiences because MANY of us have had them right alongside our parents. It is sad that our American Dream is squelched by that reality, but we have chosen practicality.)

Shaun Jedju stood to be heard about economic growth and his approach is right on par with my own. Getting the local people re-engaged within their city. We have a RICH history here in Clarksburg, tourism is often overlooked.
(Shaun is truly a grassroots leader, if ever I met one. Meeting everyone at the cemetery was great Saturday. I suggest everyone go and experience for themselves.)

Justine Scott Marino then stood up and asked why the current government hadn’t hired the right people for the right job? The city manager hired an assistant city manager, why? We have never had one until NOW. (Good question) Economic Development Specialist – that would be wise.
(Asking the questions we all have only out loud. Gee, who’d a thunk it?)

Away we go!

There were times that questions were directly solely at incumbents, that was when you felt the heat CRANKED up to a sweltering level between the incumbents and challengers – intermix the citizens and the Toughman had NOTHING on last night’s forum.

Incredulous behaviors were defended that had absolutely no proper defense, ethically, morally, nor legally. Despite my perception on how well Gary Bowden handled himself throughout the rest of last night, this was especially telling that he was on council for his ability with public relations and damage control. It was much of the very same content we all read from the THEET article that stated “Clarksburg City Council “violated the spirit if not the letter of the law,” according to Pat McGinley, a professor of law at WVU.” Only this time he explained how they had been sued individually, yet they have a complete blanket of personal protection by the city charter. The stance was quite an unwise one made by Councilman Bowden. The citizens may have been born at night, but not last night. Margaret Bailey stayed quiet.

Found at:


Round 3, for your educational enlightenment!

Here is a link to the gallery of photos taken last night. Enjoy!


There are two more videos that are currently UPLOADING and I will put one of them below ASAP.

This was last night’s forum brought to a close, a much lower quality video.

The citizens of Clarksburg were obviously angry with the Clarksburg City Council. I can only hope that they were able to get through to the few incumbents in the way I have been unable, despite my best efforts. I admit, it was refreshing to see our elected representation on a 3-minute timer instead of being beneath the egg timer of DOOM ourselves! Their frustration was visually and vocally apparent, perhaps this exercise is something should be done at least twice annually in a town hall meeting to open the eyes, hearts, and minds of our would be “REPRESENTATIVES”.

“I learned a great deal last night listening to the variety of opinions and statements from candidates and audience members, and could deeply feel the frustration that many expressed.” –Margaret Ann Heflin Bailey

“Last night’s City Council Candidates’ Forum was a spirited give-and-take regarding issues and ideas that impact Clarksburg. Though several candidates spoke passionately about perceived problems with the direction of our city, I would have liked to have seen the forum explore a broader conversation of what the future holds. However, an actively engaged citizenry with a genuine interest in an improved quality of life will always trump a population that chooses to remain aloof and disinterested. Good governance arises from and can be empowered by dissent. Dissent was in abundance last night, and we can only hope that what results on Election Day is a better Clarksburg for everyone.” -Gary Bowden

“I was pleasantly surprised at the healthy turnout at the Forum. I believe it shows that many are thirsty for candidates that will engage with them, not shut them out. There were a lot of important topics covered. Sadly, the person who prides herself as the face of Clarksburg, our Mayor, didn’t see fit to bother with answering her constituency’s questions. This goes to show the disconnect, and why so many feel so removed.” -Justine Scott Marino

“The audience Ranged from a former county democrat of the year and sitting council people to founding members of the CCCN web page, city employees, and labor representatives. Questions presented showed citizens are unhappy with the general direction of Clarksburg. The citizens demand an openly transparent and equally responsive government. Real honest change is without a doubt, what people want from our Government.” -Nathan Herrod

*Nathan Herrod noted that there was a $100 donated to his campaign by the former head of Steptoe and Johnson. He wanted to make sure he cleared up his statement from last night, keeping up with his desire for full transparency himself. 

“I think that turn out was great. It was ran great, and all who participated acted civilly. The citizens brought good questions and the candidates seemed to provide answers in accordance. I think as time goes on and the candidates platforms are out there, the voters will get a fill for who can best benefit our city and it’s needs.”
-Tuna, Mateen Abdul-Aziz

“From what I took from last night’s meeting is that the citizens that attended want a complete change in council. I will be that Positive Change if elected. I was very glad to see such a large turnout expressing their voice on what needs to be done in Clarksburg. Please go out and vote on June 2nd. Help make Clarksburg Great. Vote for Candidate #8.” -Chad Sigmon

Propaganda used against Americans by the Federal Government

The constant struggle against misinformation is at best tedious, at most entirely too time-consuming for those with children and a full-time job… I get it. I often feel much like I’m chewing on cardboard flavored taffy for hours to find so much as a flavor-filled bit. I am not limited by partisan conditioning thus refuse to fall into the Red vs Blue pitfall. I am an independent, an American and will act like one over a political party – ALWAYS. I took up the torch of learning what was causing all this Malfeasance between my fellow countrymen. I finally researched the explanation. Bear with me, it comes across dry at first.

The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012” (H.R. 5736) was proposed and approved in a hurry. The amendment updated the ancient “Smith-Mundt Act” of 1948 and “Foreign Relations Authorization Act” of 1987, clarifying that the US State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors may “prepare, disseminate and use public diplomacy information abroad,” but while also striking down a long-lasting ban on the domestic dissemination in America. This made it legal for them to begin pumping propaganda to US Citizens via TV, radio, and internet. The Federal Government can’t very well leave the average American’s thoughts to chance, now can they?!

This isn’t some nutty conspiracy theory that I came up with late one night in my parent’s basement, this is a fact. We are not in North Korea nor China this is happening right here in our homes in the US of A. Welcome to the land of the ONCE upon a time Free. I recognize how passionate we all can be in regards to being knowledgeable, educated, and compassionate. However, when you have an enemy being streamed into your subconscious 24/7 how can you fight against it?

Turn off the mainstream media news station as NEEDED. 

Get your news online, you are now aware of the steady misinformation problem you can DISCERN what you are reading, viewing, and hearing with vigilance.

I cannot say I was pleased to find all I have. But, I will say I am relieved to share them with all of you. I hope it ends some conflict I continually see happen amongst some of my friends, family, and favorite people! The powers that be have played Red against Blue so often we finally recognized it for what it was. Then we were able to focus on the realities at hand, we learned about the vile Federal Reserve. Almost instantly the media focused solely upon race violence. Yes, that is an ugly part of our societal woes, however, those ignorant jackasses who commit racist acts are not the majority of our society. I feel comfortable saying such – despite the mainstream media focusing on the negative acts in the dark armpits of our nation daily to keep us at odds.

Some ask me why I don’t like the current president because I am painfully aware he could have used his position to unite us as no other president could. Instead, he has chosen to poke holes in the progress of those great men like MLK. I have never seen so many people feeling hopeless for palatable & painful setbacks as I have in our day and age.

Real eyes,
Real lies!

We are STILL Americans quite capable of great things. Stand and do them with no limitations put upon you by the words of others.


Harrison County Commission Meeting – a peck of problems prudently pursued for the public

1. The Crock Family, Hanna, Joshua, and DJ’s bodies are still at the State Medical Examiners. After speaking to friends across the state who are as active in community organizing and political realms as myself, I have learned this is “normal” for the State Medical Examiner’s Office. This needs to change.
2. The local VFDs inability to train with a hydrant without being nailed with a HUGE bill from the water department is a disservice to our community. ($750+) I would like to see this resolved by creating a working training schedule that rotates to serve those that serve our community.
3. HREA & Sun Valley PSD’s Rates have climbed substantially over the past 2 years, Frontier Communication is billing for services they have no capability to even provide (digital phone), despite accepting the state and federal grants several years ago to upgrade their capabilities in rural regions of WV. Yet, no one outside of the oil & gas industry earns additional income in the Mountain state. We need our elected officials to stand up to represent our locals realistically to the boards of these utility companies with honest and grounded perspectives. No man is an island, we cannot do this alone as they do not respect us as they do someone of your position. Although, I will gladly go with my County Commission.
4. RG Johnson, a drilling outfit out of Washington PA, are hired to create air shafts for the mines, so the gasses do not build up and air can be exchanged for the welfare of our miners. The company recently gained all their permits to move a job into Wallace – Bob Murray will be opening. They had just contacted a construction crew, out of Pa, to level the land where an air shaft will be placed while those workers were busy doing their jobs, a brazen criminal element came to vandalize and break into their work vehicles, they stole everything that wasn’t nailed down. Keep in mind this incident was done in broad daylight, leading the company to fear moving their expensive equipment to Wallace leading some of our locals to be laid off. We have no patrols in this area, despite the obvious need. I do know the County Deputies were notified, sadly the information was unavailable to me last night when I was made aware of the issue. Can you help us reach out to this company and right this wrong?
5. Lack of road signs in Wallace has lead to many painful tragedies we all look back upon with eyes full of tears and hearts heavy. They have never been installed in many areas of Harrison County. Rebecca Jones spoke with Paul Bump just yesterday, thank you for working with us Paul. I hope the rest of you here are willing to step up to make the same effort.
6. Tammy Barrick Fleming and Mark Buckhannon had a red utility 4 wheeler stolen from their family’s house at “Hope Gas Pipe Yard” in Wilsonburg. Deputy Dixon Pruitt was the officer to take the report.
7. 911 remapping problems are still present. In Harrison County, there are four Wolf Pen Roads alone. After speaking to so many on this issue, I know it is a serious one. CPD officer Jason Webber can attest to this being an issue within the city limits of Clarksburg. He went to 911 to be told it was Clarksburg that was the problem. Went to Clarksburg to be told it was 911. Then was told “Just pick an address that’s different from Nutter Fort and let your mail carrier know”. So, he did so then notified Google of the address change for UPS and FedEx deliveries, which they corrected. EMS has gone to the wrong address three times after that, which on one occasion a family member needed them post haste. The street name is still carried by one in North View and Nutter Fort. Right now, he has a mailing address (Route) and two different addresses for utilities, one of which is identical to a Nutter Fort address who uses the same zip code. When he made inquiries, he was told that each city wanted the other to make the changes while both was unwilling to compromise. Then I spoke to Nancy Scardina on the subject as she has a similar issue in Bridgeport. Her house number is 2000. In Bridgeport, they have the same street name with number 200. When giving her address to anyone she must be certain to tell them it is 2000 then give them the 4 digit following, it is not 200 or else she doesn’t get her mail. Despite totally different zip codes being in effect. There is no reason to have the same street names in different locations within the corporate city limits. It generates confusion and ups the statistical possibility for errors.
8. The roads from Sardis into Rock Camp are literally falling apart, at least it is no longer a Pothole issue. (Silver lining?) We have stretches of road that have turned to gravel. Ditches and culverts need cleaned along the route from Clarksburg, Wilsonburg, into Sardis, and out to Rock Camp areas to help control how quickly the roads degrade into the state they are now. Ditches on River Road between Sardis and Gregory’s Run have not been touched since they paved it in 2000, same as County Rt 7) The bridge at the first Salem exit with holes so big that 13+ vehicles have received flat tires with bent rims from hitting it or the bridge on Rt 50 at Marshville that was damaged by a tanker truck hitting the side. There is literally concrete and rebar hanging off the side with huge chunks missing – sincerely a death trap. I know the DOH were unable to patch due to the cold weather but what about the heavy metal plates being placed over the holes on the bridges until they could be fixed as a feasible option until the weather breaks? *Not just the secondary roads, but also the tertiary roads. The DOH was there, a grand total of, one time this year and one time last year. ((*Dana Lanham))
We want you, the Harrison County Commissioners, to have the backs of Harrison County citizens in regards to vehicular damage claims to the WV Department of Highways – Will you?
This is but my first attendance at your meetings, I hope you can appreciate my ability to have my attention on the pulse of the problems of Harrison County. I assure you, we are loyal to a fault when we have someone stand along side us. We pay our taxes faithfully, stand with us as proper statesmen and you will not be sorry. Thank you for your time today.

Ugly Truth


A drunk will steal your wallet while a drug addict will steal your wallet then takes the time to help you look for it to award themselves future opportunities to steal again.


A politician sits in a position of trust and power that we granted them. Orchestrating treachery that leads to deaths and suffering of their community members desperate enough to fall into the well-laid trap of selling, drug use, and addiction.  All while they gain substantial wealth and more power – Class Act.  When law enforcement finally serves the people JUSTICE when they serve the politician aka pusher man his warrant for arrest.  Then rains down crocodile tears, “PITY ME as I cannot handle a prison full of hardened criminals that my actions of greed & gluttony have created.”


We have hope struck in our hearts instead of fear by the very same system that has failed us previously.  Can we actually be free of this corruption, finally?  “Maybe?”.  I have heard echoed throughout my community.  “Maybe!”  A whimsy of true hope danced across the hardened hearts of so very many in this county.  Dare I say, even my own.


But in the end, we have learned a painful lesson, “they” never pay for the crimes they commit upon we, the people, our communities, our law enforcement, our emergency services workers, and those who died trying to escape a place of such deeply seated corruption.  Society foots this bill, over and over again… I pray not for generations to come.


What I do, I do for those upcoming generations, they deserve BETTER than this.


I hope you can all relate to what I express in the above sentiment.


There was no justice served.

Magistrate Mark Gorby

Warned to be cautious as I write about Magistrate Gorby by a friend and defense attorney, “if he is convicted in the press he might not be able to get a fair trial and could, as a result, walk.” My reply was stern, “They are trying the victim as readily in the press as they are in the courtroom. Have you read the Exponent’s articles?”

“The accuser waited five years to report anything, and when she did make her allegations, it was during ‘a very dysfunctional stage of her life’ in which she was in rehab for heroin abuse, Pavlinic told the court. During his questioning of the accuser, Pavlinic also asked repeatedly why she didn’t cry when others were present in the home.” -THEET

While I stand resolute, what was said is true. The magistrate I am writing about is accused and awaiting trial; you need to recognize that as you read what I present before you. Due Process is one of the most beautiful parts of the United States of America. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice for us to have such essential liberties. This is no small thing.

I am taking on the duty to be a voice of practical sense, moral responsibility, and compassion in a county of moral madness crippled with corruption. I am speaking from sources that I personally know, from the community I grew up within. These are individuals who trust me enough to have confided in me… people I may have gone to school with, known from church camp, or even martial arts competitions. My trust does not come easy, I am not a naïve woman lacking in life experience. Politics, I lived daily while being married to a US Army Major on Ft Bragg. I am prepared to do what it takes to ensure things are better for the people of Harrison county. No one deserves the system as it currently stands, my principles boil at the very thought.

The parents of Mark Gorby’s victim took their daughter to Morgantown to press charges. This was due to local corruption being so deeply embedded in the judicial system. The mother of the victim caught her husband at the time, Mark Gorby, going into her child’s room. She then confided to her daughter’s biological father about the incident. Her ex-husband stepped in and refused to allow the child to go back to the house until something could be done about the fear of sexual abuse. The child stayed with her father until her mother could secure a place of her own, thereby providing the child with safety and security measures as the child never went back to Gorby’s house.

The victim’s mother worked for Joe Shaffer at that time. It was only logical for her to consider telling her boss about catching her husband sneaking into her daughter’s bedroom and the natural fears that come along side such lurid events as those; he was the county’s prosecutor after all. So, she confided in Joe Shaffer about her many present fears. Prosecutor Shaffer told her she needed to drop it entirely, he made her go to a psyche doctor by the name of Nancy Rush. I went on to hear about this young girl withstanding five different assaults of direct intercourse… at least. This is not counting the times she withstood his molestations. The accuser testified openly Gorby first had sex with her when she was age 9, saying, “My mom wasn’t doing her job anymore.” These assaults to her person continued because Joe Shaffer protected a child predator instead of doing his job, or was simply incapable of the most basic human concern because a “good ol boy” here in Harrison county was involved.

Being a voice of moral responsibility, should I be dropped into the very same situation I would be incapable of that utter lack of concern for anyone, let alone a child. What about you? That man, Joe Shaffer, will NOT get my vote for boot scraper, let alone a position to write and pass laws!

Despite the Trooper’s paperwork, evidence, and desire to make the arrest two weeks came and went, while his prosecuting attorneys wouldn’t allow him to make the arrest. That entire time more children were around Mark Gorby and the Trooper was delayed. The Trooper met political hoops at each and every step along the way. Why do you think that is? The Trooper even asked why the parents of the victim did not go to the local prosecutor originally. When they enlightened the Trooper they had, five years previously, and what had occurred when they did, he was flabbergasted and immediately understood the hoops he had encountered.

The special prosecutors’ office leaked the information to Harrison county of his impending arrest for felony sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust. Since Gorby learned of his impending arrest he had only been at work three or four times in those past three weeks; this awarded him the perfect opportunity, while sitting at home to search for a specialized defense attorney, out of state while barred in WV. Bear in mind, those actions did not stop him from drawing his entire taxpayer funded paycheck. We all saw how he managed to show up with his bail bondsman and two lawyers while wearing his best suit. Remember, this is a man who is known for dressing casually for his profession. These things were not merely happenstance.

Leaks are not something that happens for the average taxpayer, only the good ol boys who are a part of the special club. As I stated on Wboy’s Facebook page, this is not something that any of us want to believe is even possible in our community, let alone by a man like Mark Gorby. We all think of him as one of us, a blue collar boy who has pulled himself up by the bootstraps. He was a Harrison county police officer who didn’t go to the academy after which he was hired on as a Nutter Fort police officer. Because he did not finish his academy training, he was not able to keep his position with Nutter Fort. Then his father assisted him in getting a job on a garbage truck for the city of Nutter Fort, before he was elected as magistrate. Gorby went on to own the 212 Pub. This presented a bold faced conflict of interest – the very person who owns the establishment selling you booze could in turn vacate your drunk driving charge. I see why they closed it down. Whatever happens, this scandal has rocked our community to it’s very core and made us take a deeper look at one another. Perhaps that is a positive in this day and age.

The special prosecutor representing the state asked the accuser to tell the court why she delayed telling someone about the alleged abuse. The victim claimed Gorby bribed her with things her mother would not let her have and also told her that if she spoke about it to anyone, she and her family would have to go back to not having “nice things” they couldn’t afford while living in a single-bedroom home financed by a single mother in North View. This is especially damning for Gorby; the bribes were piercings, belly button and tongue piercings, where both of her biological parents had already told her no. Yet, days after one of the assaults Mark Gorby took the victim to go get those piercings to get back into his victim’s good graces. Gorby illegally used the victim’s older sister’s birth certificate as the victim was too young by state law to be pierced. Because the victim was a child and children are by nature forgiving and easily manipulated and he used that to his advantage pushing her onto the road of social deviance as he drove a wedge between his victim and her parents. Had you been in attendance, you would have heard the victim testify at the probable cause hearing in more detail than I am explaining. He knew exactly what he was doing.

Gorby was originally freed on bond but a new bond agreement was reached after Wednesday’s probable cause hearing, in which he is prohibited from any contact with the accuser. What I can’t grasp is the “new” bond agreement reached. Is he getting preferential treatment due to his position in Harrison county? As I understand, a standard condition of all criminal bonds are “no contact” with the accuser, the victim, their family or any potential prosecution witnesses. Anytime someone is arrested for crimes of that abhorrent nature, the accused are typically prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 18 as well.

Since his arrest Gorby has not been working in magistrate court. As I understand he has not been drawing a paycheck since that time for all those who are concerned about fiscal responsibility. Senior Magistrate Nancy Means of Doddridge county will be filling in until such time that his case is tried. Harrison County Circuit Court will host special prosecutors Marcia L. Ashdown and Perri Jo DeChristopher of Monongalia County charges to a regular session of the county’s grand jury as early as January.

Several Anonymous Sources

A Pillar Crumbles…

Supreme Court Info


You do own & keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and your garage, right? That way, if a small fire happens to break out in either spot you can handle it quickly & effectively while keeping your family, home, assets, pets, and yourself all safe and sound without sounding the HIGH ALARM. At the very same time, if your house erupted in a blazing fire you would immediately gather your family, pets, and essentials in your fire pre-plan, once safely outside you would call 911. Then from a safe distance await the firemen to come and assist you with their sacred duty. Did you know you are NOT entitled to the same rights when it comes to protection of your physical safety aka physical violation crimes?

Do most people even know that the Supreme Court Ruled that the Police are NOT required “to protect & serve” you or your family? The next question is, would they be so gung-ho to rid themselves of their own personal rights granted to them by the 2nd Amendment if they were aware of this ruling time and again by the system that was supposed to be protecting we, the people? What about you, did you know about this ruling? I certainly did not, the saddest part of it is this is nothing new to the United States; this apparent trend began back in 1958 in New York. No, I am really not making this up and I am not playing a practical joke for this situation is far too serious.

“What makes the City’s position particularly difficult to understand is that, in conformity to the dictates of the law, Linda did not carry any weapon for self-defense. Thus by a rather bitter irony she was required to rely for protection on the City of NY, which now denies all responsibility to her.” Riss v. New York, (1958)

I am less than happy with their “Dicta,” as it only serves more lip service to the almighty system. However, if you are at all capable of thinking for yourself you will read on through my article and see the system for what it has become.

An American citizen & taxpayer is not guaranteed assistance by the police when they call 911 for help even if they are in fact holding a paper granted by a judge such as a protection or restraining order. That is EXACTLY what I am telling you, that is EXACTLY what the Supreme Court has determined as you can read in the very first link above. So, if things do go wrong concerning a physical violation crime, you are completely on your own to deal with it. Just you and what you have in your house at the time! You are NOT entitled to protection by ANY police force… City, County, or State. No gun? Well then, that is your personal and intimate problem to deal with, NOT theirs! Good luck.

What if another military attacked our country? Given how many of our own soldiers are on foreign soil currently, this is a very valid question to ask ourselves. Our own bases are not even guarded by Military Police anymore, defense contractors stand in their stead. Not even to mention the debt crisis upon our country’s shoulders. After watching all the peaceful protesters attacked by police for peaceably assembling and exercising their 1st Amendment Rights across this great nation… mixed with the DHS militarizing so many police departments nationwide and my friend Antonio’s personal blight with Austin PD; I have a SERIOUS trust issues with our Nation’s Police displaying ZERO personal accountability. That thin blue line creates a class to violate all other classes.

How out of line is this for me to state this fact among my fellow Patriots… Really? Have you seen the photos & videos available on the web? If you haven’t, allow me to enlighten you!

Yes, it is a VERY uncomfortable video to watch. But, it is all reality in OUR country.

The second amendment was created with that intent SPECIFICALLY; to assure we the people were NEVER disarmed! To insure we were always protected against our own government & the corruption which has obviously overtaken it; by banks, corporations, religion, and any other possibilities! I am NOT willing to discard my freedoms for the illusion of safety; I see no logic in that broken reasoning. There is no truth behind infringing the rights of law-abiding citizens for the crimes of mad men.

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. – Thomas Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776″

I like to inform people. I hate seeing highly opinionated people, which are ill informed.
If you are opinionated, you better be well informed!😉


Some various sources for you to venture off into:


To Protect & Serve No More – Supreme Court Ruled