Happy Birthday, Felix Garcia

By BitcoDavid

Pat Bliss has informed me that Felix has a birthday coming up, on October 1st, 1 week from tomorrow. In her e-mail, she also stated that the chances for another clemency hearing are not looking good, and the legal team has pinned its hopes on a parole hearing in January.

I would like very much to see Felix get some joy out of his upcoming birthday. Pat sent me an address to which we can send birthday cards.

Felix Garcia #482246/D2
Tomoka Correctional Inst.
3950 Tiger Bay Rd.
Daytona Beach, FL 33124

I think it would be truly amazing for Felix, if he were to receive a virtual truckload of birthday cards. Further, I think it would send a loud statement to both Florida DOC, and Florida DOJ, that Felix has garnered a large, national – perhaps even international – support system.

You have 1 week. Send a card. Share this on FaceBook and Twitter. Urge your friends and family to send cards. Let’s flood Felix’s cell with cards from around the world. Let’s show Felix and Florida how much we care.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

Had to Share

By BitcoDavid

God’ll get me for this, but I had to share it with you. This appeared on FaceBook, yesterday.

But that’s not the funny part. The first comment was…

“Governor Scott!”

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

Get Off Your Bicycle and Throw Something

By BitcoDavid

Blog Machine

Blog Machine (Photo credit: digitalrob70)

Ahh. It’s June at last. Summer – or Spring – or something other than an Arctic freeze – is finally here. Of course Felix Garcia still rots in prison, and the War on Drugs still rages. False confession still abounds, and Waitstaff still hand Braille menus to Deaf patrons.

As most of you know, when I’m not creating awesome Internet content, flawless videos and heart rending prose – and when I’m not creating tons of free product for FaceBook – I enjoy climbing into a ring, with nail-eating fire-breathers, and taking a beating.

BDavLogo1Same holds true with DeafInPrison.com. I like a good, verbal three-rounder here, as well. So, as I have done so often in the past, I’m asking for a bitch-slap. I want someone to step up. A lawyer, a Corrections officer or even a cop. Tell me how wrong I am. How wrong we all are. We want to hear from you. We want the other side to our story.

On February 26, 2013, I published a post entitled, On the Boren-Thomas Case. I invite you to click on the link, and pay particular attention to the last comment. It’s a heart-stopper and an eye-opener.

That guy - lying on the floor? That'd be me.

That guy – lying on the floor? That’d be me.

That’s the type of thing I’m looking for. Only instead of doing it as a comment, why not do it as a Supporter Contribution? Submit it and I’ll publish it. I’ll edit it, add graphics and give it the full respect it deserves.

So come on. The gauntlet has been thrown. Give me your written rebuttals, and I’ll put them up. If you prefer, you can remain anonymous. Many professionals in law enforcement don’t want to write about what they do, for fear of alienation in their workplace. I’ve also been told that some Justice system professionals will only discuss these issues with other professionals. How are we, the public, expected to learn, if you won’t share your point of view?

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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Event: HEARD’s 3rd Aniversary Bash

By BitcoDavid

HEARD will be celebrating its 3rd year, on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 PM, Eastern. The event will be held at D.C. Public Library, Tenley-Friendship Branch, 4901 V Street NW. There will be speakers, a new class of interns announced and the Al Jazeera documentary will be screened. Embedded below is the FaceBook invitation page.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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#JusticeForFelix and now #JusticeForRicardo

By BitcoDavid

I was alerted to this story by this FaceBook page. I was immediately struck by the similarities between this case, and that of innocent Deaf prisoner, Felix Garcia – whom we’ve been working on freeing for the past year and a half, and Pat Bliss has struggled with for for over 17 years now.

Ricardo Harris in the early stages of his nightmare, whereas Felix has been living his, for the past 30 years. Felix needs our help, but so does Ricardo. In both cases, innocent Deaf men – unable to appropriately defend themselves against prosecution – are being sacrificed to a Justice system run amok. And all this on the eve of Eric Holder’s new approach to criminal law reform.

When is enough, enough? When do we demand a cessation to the wonton disregard for Human lives and dignity that have become this nation’s hallmark, in the so called war on crime. Nobody’s saying that wrong doers shouldn’t be punished, but never before has the slope to a lifetime behind bars been so slippery. What was once considered a hard road is now an 8 lane highway.

America can’t prosecute her way out of all her ills. It should be hard to get into jail. It should be next to impossible. That’s what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – and why they established the single-most progressive legal system in the World. One where everyone was given equal protection, everyone was given their day in court, and the burden of proof fell upon the state.

Here’s what the creators of the FaceBook page had to say about Ricardo Harris.

Ricardo Laron Harris; he is deaf and from South Bend, IN. Harris nationality consists of the following: African-American, Panama and Puerto Rican. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, while attending he was involved with an organization called Ebony Club as a Public Relations in 2008 and Vice President in 2010. Not only that he was involved with an organization at his college, he was a Vice President for a Head Start school where his youngest daughter attended. Harris has three beautiful daughters.
My reason to reach out to you is to seek your help to spread the news about Ricardo Harris. When Harris visited Georgia, on his school break, he came across a crime at the wrong time, wrong place to be involved. He is deaf. There was no way to call 911 from his cell phone, he would not have been able to hear the dispatcher to explain what was going on. His own cell phone was not able to download AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) to reach out to the Sprint Relay Service IM due to the service was not effective in the area he was located with the crime. Harris went down to the front desk to ask the receptionist to call 911, they refused. For what reason? I have no clue. So without him just giving up, Harris drove down to the closest gas station and ask the person there to call 911 for him. When the police arrived, they obviously had the wrong assumption and went ahead and arrested him. I’m briefing you with this situation because what Harris went through was unfair. I cannot tell more but if you would like to know more, please contact him or visit Harris at the Cobb County Jail (in Marietta, GA).
Harris has not had any criminal record within the system. So with this all being said, it is irrelevant that Harris has had to stay in jail since January 1, 2013. There is no other evidence against Harris, he is an innocent deaf man who does not deserve another night in jail. Since he has been charged with this crime, his lawyer does not have nor received any kind of discovery package with additional updates.

When I think about either of these cases, I feel myself seething with rage. There is no excuse for us to carelessly throw away lives with no regard to innocence. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? What ever happened to beyond a shadow of a doubt? Why have we so willingly become the World’s jailer, warehousing a full Tenth of our citizens in hellish confinement?

Please go to the FaceBook page and click “Like.” Show your support for a wrongfully accused Deaf man, torn from his family. Help this beautiful little girl get her father back. And while you’re in such a generous and caring mood, don’t forget Felix Garcia. Our petition needs just over 300 more signatures, before it can be sent to Florida – the state that owes Felix the life they stole from him.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

No Child Left Signing

By BitcoDavid

An auditor for the No Child Left Standing law, was rewarded for his years of hard work, with tickets to see the legendary BSO doing Beethoven‘s Ninth. After a stellar performance of the Maestro’s magnum opus – considered by musicologists the world over, to be the greatest musical work ever written – our auditor was asked his opinion. “Well,” he replied, “I’m glad you asked, because I’ve made some notes.”

1) I noticed the chorus doesn’t do anything but stand there for a full 3 movements. I hope we’re not paying them for that time. They should only be paid for the time they’re actually singing.

2) What’s with this 1st violin, 2nd violin, etc., etc.? One violin should be able to play all the parts. No wonder Beethoven died broke.

3) In fact, the whole string section could have been replaced with a Casio keyboard. You can grab one of them at any Radio Shack for under a C-note.

4) All the audience members should take a computer generated survey test. They’d have to fill in all those little dots. Then we’d know for sure if Beethoven was really a great composer or not.

He rambled on, but I think you get the point.

But what about my point? I’m sure you’re asking yourself that, by now.

Image Credit: BitcoDavid

Image Credit: BitcoDavid

Many of the members of the ASL Meetup group are High school students. They are taking Sign in school, and enjoy the class so much, that they give up their Wednesday evenings to show up in our group and practice their Signing. Most of these kids are Hearies. Sign offered as a language credit in High school – like any other language – serves a far greater purpose than merely teaching Deaf kids how to get along in mainstream schools.

It teaches kids, hearing and Deaf alike, how to learn. It offers a cerebral stimulus that’s far more beneficial than simply regurgitating math problems for a standardized test.  When kids – or adults, for that matter – study for a standardized test, they tend to do something called “brain dumping.” In essence, you spend a few days memorizing answers, which you immediately forget upon completion of the test. A good example of this is Microsoft’s MCSE tests – all of which, I’ve taken. Now, I do know a lot about computers, but very little of it was learned in MCSE classes.

I’ve written before, about the numerous educational values of learning a second language, and those values are all intensified because ASL is a visual language, as opposed to an aural one.

In short, by eliminating ASL programs, to save a few bucks, we are not only doing Deaf kids a disservice, we’re doing all kids one. Learning is a process that involves much more than rote memorization and chundering answers on multiple choice computer forms. I see the looks in the eyes of these young people in our group. They have found something to love, and that’s the first and most essential step in a lifelong career of learning.

Please join DeafInPrison.com in the #Keep ASL In Schools program. To learn more go here, on FaceBook, or here.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

According to the ASL Meetup group…

By BitcoDavid

Even this promo pic looks scary. Image: Schmoes know

Even this promo pic looks scary. Image: Schmoes know

Well, the results are in. According to the overwhelming majority at an unusually large Meetup group, last night – The Conjuring is a really scary movie. Some members told me – in flawless Sign, of course – that it’s even scarier than The Ring. The latter being the Scariest movie I, myself, have ever seen.

Further, it was decided that Black is the best color. It makes you look thin, and it hides things like coffee stains and spilled frozen yogurt.

A certain amount of the evening’s discussion was devoted to Algebra, a heinous torture invented by the Arabs as revenge for the crusades. I learned the Sign for Algebra, and proposed an immediate moratorium on the subject, immediately afterward.

Algebra

Algebra (Photo credit: kollektive Wahrnehmung)

On the FaceBook side, ASL Learners by DeafInPrison.com, is coming along nicely. We’re up to 30 members at this point. In a completely non-scientific poll, we’ve determined that the overwhelming method for most fledglings to learn Sign, is via the Meetups.

If you’re on FaceBook, please sign up for our group.

***And, don’t forget Felix’s petition. We’re just shy of 600 signatures. Felix is still rotting in Tomoka for a crime he didn’t commit. Come on, people. Pam Bondi is champing at the bit, to cut him loose. Let’s help make it easier on her.***

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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