About O.D.
A strong believer in American exceptionalism, I enlisted in the Army at 17. Twenty years later, with a perspective that comes from caring for your own children's future, my wife and I have just begun to fully appreciate the complexity of threats to our country and prosperity.

Supreme Court: Police can stop vehicles based on anonymous tips

May 25, 2014 O.D. 1

The circumstances involving how Navarette came to be stopped and his truck subsequently searched provided the basis for a Fourth Amendment case that ultimately went before the highest court in the nation. At issue is whether the Fourth Amendment allows police to stop a vehicle based on an anonymous tip of reckless driving without first witnessing the alleged behavior.

Militarized police besiege community, take over 400 kids after false police report

May 15, 2014 O.D. 0

ELDORADO, TX — An anonymous hoax phone call alleging child abuse prompted a massive show of force upon a small religious community. Armed with automatic weapons, SWAT teams, helicopters, and an armored personnel carrier, a paramilitary police force descended upon the the peaceful, cooperative community, prepared to treat everyone as guilty until proven innocent. What happened next was the largest child custody action in Texas state history, resulting in the forceful separation of over 400 children from their families.

Man shot in the back of the head by FBI during 8-hour interrogation

January 24, 2014 O.D. 3

ORLANDO, FL — An unarmed man was shot to death in his own apartment by the FBI after a grueling 8-hour interrogation. The man was Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen immigrant being investigated because he was an acquaintance of one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. He was ultimately shot 6 times in the chest and once in the back of the head, which his father describes as an “execution” performed to “silence” his son. Months later, the Feds still have not offered any cogent explanations of the the incident or why their agents altered their story multiple times.

Teen indefinitely detained in psych ward after parents seek 2nd medical opinion

December 17, 2013 O.D. 142

BOSTON, MA — A judge has ruled that a Boston teen may continue to be held captive in a hospital and forcibly drugged… indefinitely. The tragic series of events began when a doctor discarded an earlier medical diagnosis and declared another, prompting objections from her parents and threats to discharge her from Boston Children’s Hospital to take her to get a second opinion. An epic battle of egos ensued, and the hospital decided that the parents’ insolence in challenging the doctor was tantamount to child abuse. Without a trial or having broken a specific law, the girl was stripped from her parents’ custody and the state of Massachusetts has kept her indefinitely detained in a hospital since February 2013. Based on the latest ruling, the girl may very well be locked in a psychiatric ward until she turns 18 years old.

Woman says her 14-year-old son was tortured, tasered in the face while handcuffed

November 27, 2013 O.D. 267

TULLYTOWN, PA — A woman turned to Facebook and social media for help in seeking justice for her son whom she says was severely injured during his violent encounter with the police and then isolated from her for three days. She says that her son was “brutally tortured” by Bucks County police officers after being arrested, handcuffed, and shocked in the face by a Taser.

Molly Young’s mysterious gunshot to the head: ‘Suicide’ or murder coverup?

November 12, 2013 O.D. 255

CARBONDALE, IL — A woman’s mysterious death last year — dismissed as a “possible” suicide — has led to her family, along with tens of thousands of concerned citizens, still clamoring for justice. When Molly Young turned up shot in the head in her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom, circumstances have led to her family claiming the investigation was “botched” and rife with preferential treatment for the police-employed suspect. Skeptics have been unable to comprehend how two grown men misidentified bloody gunshot to the head as a drug overdose, how a man did not hear a gun blast emitted in the same room in which he was sleeping, why the gun was found with no fingerprints after discharging on her weak side, and how investigators shrugged off the suspect’s claims that the fresh 6-inch scratches on his side were given to him by Molly’s corpse during CPR attempts.

Woman called for a medical response after fiancé took too many pills, police arrive and shoot him

October 20, 2013 O.D. 282

WAYCROSS, GA — 43-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson was a father, son, and military veteran who was engaged to be married. His life ended abruptly when he was gunned down inside his own home by police responding to a 9-1-1 call regarding a possibly suicidal man. His family members, expecting a medical response, witnessed the killing and are left with the regret of calling the government for help.

Texas police shot, tasered 67-year-old Alzheimer’s patient when she wouldn’t drop letter opener

October 8, 2013 O.D. 275

LEWISVILLE, TX — Police repeatedly shot and then Tasered a mentally ill 67 year-old woman for not immediately complying with their orders to drop a letter opener. David and Dolores Seyfried’s already difficult life together was made that much harder when overzealous police officers violently subdued her, treating them both like unruly criminals without charging either of them with a specific crime. Her suffering was made worse, and their home was unnecessarily searched by officers whose disregard for the Fourth Amendment demonstrates a clear contempt for the very people they are charged to “serve and protect.”

Obamacare law creates ‘Data Services Hub’ and tracks ‘social and behavioral’ data

October 2, 2013 O.D. 151

If the IRS or NSA scandals involving misuse of private data were troubling, consider the implications of the new information databases created in the name of health care. The newly-launched Affordable Care Act creates a massive electronic registry of private information that is accessible to bureaucrats in agencies ranging from the Internal Revenue Service to the Department of Homeland Security. Its a wonder how Americans who are becoming increasingly concerned with federal surveillance and domestic spying programs could in any way approve of the so-called Obamacare law.

SWAT-style raid on German homeschool family is a reminder of why the Romeikes deserve U.S. asylum

September 28, 2013 O.D. 175

DARMSTADT, GERMANY — The state-sanctioned abduction of the Wunderlich children from their home in Germany has renewed interest in the asylum case of another German family seeking refuge in America. The abusive treatment of its citizens by the German state has forced many families who only wish to educate their children in the traditional values of the Church to flee the country. Those who stay risk losing their children, their liberty, or both as the State unceasingly abrogates our natural, human rights.

Man assaulted, arrested, and put on trial for walking down wrong side of the street

September 21, 2013 O.D. 149

JACKSONVILLE, FL — A Florida man is suing the local Sheriff’s Office after reportedly being violently assaulted and arrested by a police officer for the crime of “walking on the wrong side of the road” as a pedestrian. In arresting this criminal, the officer punched him in the face and threatened him with a taser. The offense was taken all the way to trial.

Michigan farming family being shut down by whining neighbors and zoning control

September 7, 2013 O.D. 188

MATTAWAN, MI – For the past three years, the Hunter family has pursued their vision of happiness by building a hobby farm on their property. Although the family has complied with all regulations demanded of them from the township, complaints from well-connected neighbors have threatened to destroy everything they have worked to build. Kelly Vander Kley Hunter and her family have now been told to reduce the number of animals on the property or risk being shut down by the same zoning enforcement company that affirmed their compliance with township regulations.

Labor Day ‘Mackinac Bridge Walk’ will feature warrantless bag searches

August 30, 2013 O.D. 370

ST. IGNACE, MI — An annual tradition since 1958, the Labor Day walk/run across the Mackinac Bridge creates the kind of family memories that last a lifetime. New for this year, families and friends will have the demeaning experience of police performing warrantless bag searches to add to their priceless memories and timeless photographs. For the 56th annual event, the Michigan State Police (MSP) will conduct searches of bags, purses, and backpacks for all attendees wanting to make the walk across the bridge — all without probable cause of a crime.

Man could get kicked out of his home if he gets any more ‘nuisance points’

August 29, 2013 O.D. 331

One of the village residents, Mr. Robert Fenton, is in danger of being evicted from his family’s home due the accumulation of three violations of the village code system . With each of the violations being of the three-point variety, for a grand total of nine nuisance points, just one more code violation could lead to eviction proceedings against him. According to Poststar.com, Hudson Falls law allows for the village to seek the eviction of “problem tenants” who have accumulated 12 points under the nuisance code system.