The rights of an individual

“the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.” Justice John Marshall Harlan, Jacobsen v. Massachusetts
197 U.S. 11 (1905)

“Long before this suit was instituted, Jacobson v. Massachusetts had settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination. These ordinances confer not arbitrary power, but only that broad discretion required for the protection of the public health.”   Justice Louis Brandeis, Zucht v. King, 260 U.S. 174 (1922)

18 U.S. Code § 2384

Seditious Conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

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On the Nightstand Oct. 30, 2020

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker.

The true story of the Galvin family. Don and Mimi had twelve children, ten boys and two girls. How is it possible that six of the boys develop schizophrenia? More:

On The Nightstand 10/09/2020

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

A memoir by current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sotomayor talks about her life, growing up with a chronic illness and being raised by a single mother. Even at a young age she proved to be independent and resourceful.

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September 12, 2020

Me Elton John

This is a wonderful book filled with history, friendship, family, drama, comedy, and love. If you like Elton John, you will enjoy this honest and sometimes brutal autobiography.

On the Nightstand 09/01/2020

Too Much and Never Enough • Mary L. Trump

I do not have the words for review of this book. I will say that I went through 60% of it in the first go, and finished it the next night.

The book is a great source of information and insight into the history and mindset of the 45th president of the United States.

Regret Not Me

Regret not me;
Beneath the sunny tree
I lie uncaring, slumbering peacefully.

Swift as the light
I flew my faery flight;
Ecstatically I moved, and feared no night.

I did not know
That heydays fade and go,
But deemed that what was would be always so.

I skipped at morn
Between the yellowing corn,
Thinking it good and glorious to be born.

I ran at eves
Among the piled-up sheaves,
Dreaming, ‘I grieve not, therefore nothing grieves’.

Now soon will come
The apple, pear, and plum,
And hinds will sing, and autumn insects hum.

Again you will fare
To cider-makings rare,
And junketings; but I shall not be there.

Yet gaily sing
Until the pewter ring
Those songs we sang when we went gipsying.

And lightly dance
Some triple-timed romance
In coupled figures, and forget mischance;

And mourn not me
Beneath the yellowing tree;
For I shall mind not, slumbering peacefully.

Thomas Hardy


On The Nightstand August 11, 2020

On the 51st anniversary of the murders of Stephen Parent, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski, I started reading Ghosts of Cielo Drive The Afterlife of Sharon Tate and the Spirits of the Oman house, written by my online acquaintance, David Oman. This is the first physical book I have picked up in a long while. (I have been borrowing virtual e-books and audio books from the local library.) David’s book is about the spirits that reside in and around his multi-level home which sits just 150 feet from the gate of 10050 Cielo Drive, the former residence of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. On August 9, 1969, a trio of murderers, on orders from Charles Manson, burst into the Polanski-Tate home and killed the five people listed above and Sharon’s unborn baby. Vincent Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor during the trial and he and Curt Gentry penned Helter Skelter, detailing the crime, in 1974. I read the book in 1977 during my 3pm-11pm job as a Ward Clerk in a community hospital 20 miles from my home, where I lived with my parents. Driving home late at night during that time messed with my head and I had nightmares about the murders for months. I wasn’t afraid for myself, but my empathetic mind relived the horror that the victims must have endured during that fateful night in August 1969.

When I received the book and opened it, David had left a note for me to “Keep it spooky” which made me giggle and automatically answer, “Oh, you don’t even know.” I have not told David or many people about the strange happenings I have witnessed, not only during the past ten years, but for many years prior. In fact, for as long as I remember, I have randomly experienced strange sensations, ideas, and images connected to the supernatural and paranormal. Those stories are material for other entries and I will not detail them at this time.

Needless to say, I am deep into this book and I am reading it at every opportunity. During the current pandemic, there isn’t much else to do. I dare not venture out for fear of being exposed to a virus that will surely kill me. So, I have been here since mid-March, only venturing out for grocery pickup or a trip to the feed store. My only visitors have been the lawn mowing crew, my daughter and her husband, and a process server. I do not allow anyone inside my home and choose to chat on the front porch.


The book is definitely worth a read. In addition to the spirits of Sharon, et. al., the author tells of other spirits who visit or are trapped along Cielo Drive.


On The Nightstand Dec 4, 2019

“I’ve been thinking…”

Maria Shriver

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Barracoon. The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”
by Zora Neale Hurston