Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gun Barrel City's name might be its commercial salvation; Cedar Creek Lake could become weapons mecca?

GUN BARREL CITY -- It's doubtful civic leaders foresaw the future when they named their new town four decades ago, but current leaders are making the most of it now.

The City Council passed a resolution on April 23 supporting the right of all heads-of-households to own a gun. Mayor Paul Eaton said the council was not urging everyone to buy a gun, but it wanted to raise awareness about the issue and support the Second Amendment. Afterwards, Eaton posed for pictures in front of the city's logo -- a pair of crossed pistols -- for the local media.

As everyone left the council meeting room, City Manager Gerry Boren was overhead telling Eaton, "It will go viral now." And he was right. The Dallas media picked it up within a week, and now Eaton is getting calls from radio stations all over the country wanting to interview him.

As it turns out, the council indeed had a lot more on its mind than just raising public awareness, and it could turn out to be a pretty savvy business move on the part of city officials.

Boren said this week he is courting the weapons and ammunition industry, touting Gun Barrel City as an idea location for factories and retail centers. It's a move that coincides with the efforts of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is sending letters to the firearms industry telling it Texas would be proud to make a home for them if the gun control debate in other states is making them uncomfortable.

At the recent National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the governor made sure everyone knew he was there and supportive of them.

A representative of the Economic Development & Tourism division of the Office of the Governor met with the city's Economic Development Corp. this week to explain how the governor could help them attract new business.

With lots of land left undeveloped in the area and many commercial locations vacant, civic leaders see this move as an opportunity for needed growth, Boren said.

Boren said public opinion among residents seems to be about 70 percent in favor of the what city officials are doing.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Former Canadian Mountie on blog rampage in defense of wacky wife; bloggers threaten to send derogatory messages to The Rare Reporter's Facebook friends

HOUSTON -- Just when I think it can't get any stranger in the Blogosphere, it of course does do exactly that.

In my ongoing coverage of several blogs and bloggers during the last year, I have encountered some of the most peculiar people in the virtual world imaginable. Not the least of which is a Houston woman named Yappy who immigrated to the U.S. from Canada with her husband for him to work at an oil company. We will call him Mr. Yappy because that is how he referred to himself in his latest letter addressed to me.

Mr. Yappy reportedly is a former Canadian Mountie, and he likes to boast about his former military experience and his physical size. The letter posted on a blog that came to my attention this morning is at least the second communication I've had from him. This one didn't mention how big and strong he was, possibly because I previously pointed out to him that it sounded like he was threatening me.

The bottom line is that Mr. Yappy thinks I am out-of-line for defending myself against his wife's vicious attacks on my character that she posts on JoeyIsALittleKid.blogspot.com, which I've written about quite a bit. Yesterday, I updated a story about a lawsuit involving the blog's author, and it set off another round of verbal shots from the blog's virtual clubhouse. Mr. Yappy's letter subsequently was posted on the same blog.

During the past year or so Mrs. Yappy has accused me of driving my "longtime lover" to commit suicide after she apparently learned that I had found a close friend of mine of more than 40 years dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, of defending child molesters because of what I wrote about the trial of a blogger who was convicted of child sexual assault, of possibly being a child molester myself, of being an alcoholic, of being a "pathetic lonely old man" and just about every other insult you can imagine.

During our first encounter, her anti-gay rants such as "fruitcake" against me caused the blog hosting company Wordpress to shut down the blog. Later the blog author relaunched on Google, and they've apparently managed to train Yappy not to use anti-gay slurs. But they still enjoy making sly references about my sexual orientation.

I freely admit to losing my cool several times, and that I indeed did tell her off. She thinks I'm sick? I think she's sicker. So there you have it.

This is the most recent letter Mr. Yappy directed to me after Mrs. Yappy called me a "sicko," and I blasted back.:

"Mr. Webb, how awful your life must be. You must be so full of rage and anger to repeatedly attack people like Yappy in order to make yourself feel better. Must hurt so bad to look in the mirror and not see who you want everyone else to see when they look at you.

Reading the continuous garbage you post reminds me of a sadistic sociopath who goes out in a rage and attacks decent people in hopes that when they have reached their limit, they will strike back. Then you blame them for attacking you.

You are the complete opposite of Yappy (--I agree and thank God--), and I should know because I have lived with her for over 20 years. She is a beautiful person inside and out and has a heart of gold. She will not sit quietly and let the likes of you hurt and abuse her or other people. That's only one attribute that makes her beautiful.

You call her abusive yet your verbal attacks wreak of abuse. Go away and live your pathetic life, look for others to bash and abuse. Find another punching bag because your attacks on Yappy must end, yet you have no spine and morals so expecting you to change is hopeless.

Yappy doesn't need to be defended, she can handle herself quite well, but take it for what it's worth, this husband and ex-military MAN will always have her back.

-Mr. Yappy"

As though that wasn't enough to wake up to, another blog poster had named about two dozen of my Facebook friends and urged everyone to send them derogatory messages about me saying that I enjoy attacking victims of child sexual abuse. I'm not sure exactly what to make of that tactic, but if anyone receives one of those messages I would sure like to see it. If anyone wants to defriend me in advance, I understand. I already deleted one of the people on the list because I know he can't handle it. These are not nice people by any stretch of the imagination, which is quickly obvious from what they write on the blog.

In the meantime, here is a little music show to go along with this read:

Friday, May 3, 2013

Texas libel plaintiff settles with Google, he vows to pursue 'scumbag' John Does

DALLAS -- A Texas man who filed a defamation suit against Google and three John Doe defendants has settled with Google, but the anonymous bloggers, whom he referred to as "scumbags," still must answer for their actions, he said.

John Margetis and Google lawyer Charles Babcock signed an Agreed Order Granting Dismissal With Prejudice of all claims against Google, Inc. on April 3. The order, signed by Judge Ken Molberg of 95th District Court, does not dismiss any claims against the John Doe defendants, Margetis noted.

"There will be justice," Margetis said in a brief telephone interview today. "I promise you that."

The order notes that Margetis and Google will each pay for their own legal fees in connection with the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Ginger Snap, one of the bloggers targeted by Margetis, proclaimed victory on the blog JoeyIsALittleKid.blogspot.com. Ginger Snap said, "...,Margetis was awarded jack, together with squat with the words in all caps WITH PREJUDICE. And no, that's not the kind of prejudice you can play your gay card on....it means don't you ever waddle up these court steps again with such a pointless, frivolous waste of time."

Among the claims in the lawsuit, Ginger Snap had accused Margetis of being the homosexual lover of former Ellis County Observer blog author Joey G. Dauben, who is now serving a felony prison sentence for sexual assault of a child and for fraudulent use of identifying information in a story he wrote on his blog. Both Margetis and Dauben, who once were associates but reportedly now are enemies, denied any such romantic relationship ever took place.

Curtis Butler, who is also a former associate of Dauben's and apparently had a falling out with him as well, claims that he originally raised the question about the nature of the relationship between Dauben and Margetis.

Ginger Snap denied every accusing them of being in a homosexual relationship, saying the post only raised the question if they were homosexual lovers.

Ginger Snap posts critical stories about people on almost a daily basis. A loyal band of anonymous followers join in the criticism in the comments section almost around the clock. Many people describe the posts and comments as vicious attacks on their character. The most recent target, Bill Windsor of Lawless America, has filed a lawsuit against one of the blog followers that reportedly includes 1,000 John Doe defendants.

For related stories see: http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/03/google-defamation-suit-not-anonymous.html , http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/03/google-seeks-dismissal-of-defamation.html  and http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-texas-man-who-recently-filed.html

The other two John Doe defendants, OReader and Ollie Reader, which are reportedly the same person, took the blog JoeyIsStillALittleKid.blogspot.com, down after the lawsuit was filed in February. Ginger Snap said the author of that blog took it down voluntarily and could restart it at will.

Ginger Snap said the lawsuit had only succeeded in producing documents about Margetis' history that entertained the blog followers.

The Dallas District Clerk's office shows the case has been closed so a new lawsuit would need to be filed to pursue the John Doe defendants. One of the items Margetis sought in the lawsuit was the identities of the anonymous bloggers.