30 July 2009

KingCast says "Scoot on Up!" -- Respect and reform promised on Boston scooter and motorcycle parking laws.

Crucial update: Boston Globe Story "Scooter owners rev up protest on parking" (They should kill the "rev" thing, it's the second time they've used it LOL).

Crucial update #2: How to park a scoot in Boston.

I've been pinging Boston parking and a couple of councilors for months now about the ridiculous "no angle parking" money-making scheme wherein the use of motorcycles and scooters is actively discouraged. See the waste of space that promotes in the bottom picture. Here's how it works:

Streets slope downward toward the curb to facilitate runoff, duh. So you park your brand-new, stylin'-assed Sumbeachy Gnarly 1000 Turbo with the Kung Fu grip(TM)(patent pending) at an angle with the rear tyre against the curb for stability. I dunno call the angle about 45 degrees. You typically use your sidestand as opposed to your center stand when running about town..... But see, if you have a tallish sidestand your bike is very susceptable to falling over on its right side. Thing is, the shiny stuff is supposed to stay on the UPside. For what it's worth, many bikes, including my new Ninja 650R don't even HAVE a centerstand......

At any rate, how does Boston reward you for using a fuel-efficient motorcycle or scooter?

They give you a ticket for "No Angle Parking," that's how. I've got a few of them saved up from Davey Kenney's BMW R100S, a bike with a tall sidestand.

But at or around 7:15 a.m. today, Boston Commissioner of Transportation Thomas Tinlin promised me (watch the video) an end to all of that at today's Scooter rally at the Statehouse. I hope he's right because Boston needs to move into the 21st Century regarding bicycles, scooters and motorcycles. These are all efficient forms of transporation that are much nicer to the Earth than our 4-wheeled devices. Hell I haven't driven my BMW in a week except once to work when it rained. Why should I? Biking is more fun, keeps you out in nature and saves money and natural resources.

I'm sure my friend and Boston Mayoral Candidate Kevin McCrea would agree; in addition to being a man of integrity who has successfully sued the City for open government (McCrea v. Flaherty 2007-P-0224) he is also a professional motorcycle racer who has actually competed at Isle of Man, something I would not dare to do I'll say that much.

We have got to get multiple discounted parking for bikes and dedicated areas just as other towns and cities offer. Even New Hampshire is ahead of Boston on this, go to the beach and see what I mean. New Hampshire, ahead of Boston. Whoa.

As to bicycles, much work to be done there as well. Listen to my friend Emmi Sorokin of "It's a Man's World" image consulting discuss bike riding in Boston on NPR.

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Note: The Scooter dilemma is much more confusing than my particular issue as it includes not only angle parking, but registration and licensing and mandatory street-only parking, much of which is counterproductive and may lead to a rise in scooter damages and theft. Their situation comes from the State House, as opposed to the angle parking issue, which affects both scooters and motorcycles and which comes from the City itself. Here is last week's Boston Globe story "Scooter law revving up worry" on that.

See also:
savescooters.com
letusparkonthesidewalk.com

Jeez you almost gotta' be a lawyer to keep up with this stuff. I knew that education would come in handy one day :)

PS: I rode my bike 120+ miles today on work-related errands. I took the picture of the Twinja today on Route 97 between Wenham and Boxford. Anyway, one of these errands was to drop off some documents with a North Shore church. Come to find out that the Pastor of said church... races.... and owns five (5).... motorcycles.

Hell yeah, I say.

KingCast says Gates encounter should alert Ogletree, Obama that some MassCops are still racist pigs.

From the Boston Herald:

A Boston police officer allegedly sent a mass e-mail using a disgraceful racial slur in referring to Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., prompting the commissioner to move immediately to fire the cop, the Herald has learned.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, a two-year veteran assigned to District B-3, was placed on administrative leave pending a termination hearing yesterday afternoon. When a supervisor confronted Barrett about the e-mail - in which he called Gates a “jungle monkey” - he admitted to being the author, according to officials.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis immediately stripped the cop of his gun and badge, according to officials.

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But let's go back a ways to when the MassCops called the NAACP the "National Association of Asshole Colored People" relative to my tenure as NAACP Legal Chair for Southern New Hampshire. They then shut down the form entry after I cold cold busted them. Nothing. Has. Changed.

That's why Derrick Gillenwater and Boston Bob have approached President Obama and Professor Ogletree -- again -- about his ongoing situations here in Boston (currently involving Citibank's wrongful dishonor of a settlement check from a legal malpractice case in which Mr. Gillenwater was a Holder in Due Course), in which the ACLU -- through white attorneys -- has submitted High Court Memoranda, while most black folks sit by on the sidelines.

Why is that? Does Derrick have to be a Harvard Professor or friend of the President to get help even though his rights have been so clearly violated?

DC Writeup, KingCast and David Coltin invite you to see the real Kelly Ayotte.

Here's the latest involving Mr. Coltin, who was clearly set up and abused by the NH Justice system, said wrongs being continually validated by none other than former NH AG Kelly Ayotte.

(Well actually it disappeared, just as did one of my Kelly Ayotte blogs, click the link to see 404 error message. The full text is in the comments, however.

NH Attorney Gen. Kelly Ayotte Above The Law?

After reviewing a series of court documents, some dating back to the mid-1990s, The D.C. Writeup has concluded that Ayotte has neglected her duties at the expense of one of New Hampshire’s citizens.

Meet Dave Coltin, a Londonderry native, who was charged with stalking his ex-wife back in 1994. The charges were dismissed a few months later, but Coltin countersued, alleging that the town prosecutor had fabricated witness statements in his case.
But the court found no wrongdoing, and the town prosecutor got off scot-free. Perhaps the fact that the Londonderry Police Department refused to release, and eventually destroyed, the videotape evidence that Coltin says would have proved Hart’s guilt had something to do with that.

But Coltin pressed on in his dogged pursuit of justice. All the while, he was thwarted by New Hampshire’s notoriously corrupt justice system. A series of local and state attorneys refused to re-open his case, often resorting to muddled Orwellian legal reasoning to explain away their blood-stained decisions.

“Your suit of the County Attorney was frivolous, wasting court and county resources,” wrote Thomas Reid, the then-Deputy Rockingham County Attorney. “You simply have been unwilling to accept the answers you have been given. Your conduct has, at times, bordered on harassment.”

KingCast says well hell yeah, anytime you question the system -- even in the face of clear cut Injustice -- you are guilty of harassment, that's a given. I have scanned some of Mr. Coltin's documents and will share them later today, right here. Also I do not believe I received a response from Kelly on my RSA 91-A request regarding same.

Sigh.

29 July 2009

KingCast eye-opener.....watch dumb-assed police Chief in Haverhill, NH crash motorcycle in April, get charged with DUI in July.

Now here's a candidate for Ripley's Believe it or Not:

Haverhill, New Hampshire - July 28, 2009


The police chief in Haverhill, N.H., is facing a drunk driving charge after allegedly leading one of his own officers on a chase.

Chief Jeffery Williams is charged with disobeying a police officer and DWI. According to state police, Williams failed to pull over when a Haverhill officer attempted to stop him for speeding. After trying to get away, he eventually pulled over in Woodsville and was arrested.

Along with the criminal charges, town officials are considering administrative action against Chief Williams. That will have to wait though because Williams is still on leave recovering from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash.

.....I can hear the naysayers now.... "Hey King why you so hard on cops, blah blah blah...."

Answer: I am not hard on cops, I get along with most of them very well. As a former AAG, much less as U.S. Citizen, I have however earned the right to be tough on BAD or IRRESPONSIBLE COPS, like this guy and others, including one Norman Bruce McKay, a dude who fancied putting knives near women's privates for no explicable reason. Newbies read about it here.

27 July 2009

Hey KingCast you’re the hardest working man around…. You should take a break, dude.

Well, ummm okay, a moment of roadside tranquility, a gently-rolling stream and an interesting tree detail to boot!

Later I shot this classic Honda I forgot to check the VIN but it's prolly a '77 or so, 550 Four, same as Davey Kenney's BMW R100S. Look at the massive lump o' engine, what a trip.

Speaking of engines, yes the Baby Ninja is running like the proverbial top. It makes all the right noises and does all the right things, grunty engine, and a great chassis overall. Short of a Ducati Multistrada or maybe a Triumph Street Triple I'm All Set, a smash hit for Kawasaki I must say. I might have to get up on this Leo Vince exhaust though, you gotta love that lift-throttle snarl, yah!

PS: Appropriately enough, the girly-girl and I watched "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" a phenomenal presentation (NPR story and Amazon listing). I agree with what he did in the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but I also said "sometimes you gotta' let the motherfucker burn."

Witness the newest revelations in the Gates and Gillenwater controversies. It now appears that somebody is lying because the woman who called the police never said nothin' 'bout no black men and the cop actually never spoke to her. Hmmmmm......

My blog on it, read the comments.
Boston Bob's blog on it.

Related post:
My evening with Maceo, George and Bootsy.

23 July 2009

KingCast presents: Visit New Hampshire and Die --- another call for NH to re-open a homicide investigation.

As ABC News reports that the silly game goes on, and on, and on....

"Patric's face was traumatized. He had lots of bruising and lots of scratches and so on. He had a torn gum. He had debris in his nose, (a result of) being chased through the woods. Or having his face pushed into the ground," said Hamlet. Hamlet said victims of the cold die in curled up, fetal positions. He said their bodies are not stretched out like Patric's was.

"You can't get any stronger voices than these people. These are all independent people," said Terrance McCarthy, an attorney for the family who has been investigating the boy's death for nearly six years.

Patric's family said their frustration is at a boiling point because New Hampshire authorities have consistently refused to reopen the case.

"This isn't just a statistic. This is my son. He's my little boy and he needs to be vindicated. He needs justice," said Dee Murray, Patric's mother.


Thursday morning the family has planned to travel to Concord, N.H., where they will ask the U.S. Attorney's office to join the investigation. O'Connell said he believes they have jurisdiction because Patric's body was found in the White Mountain National Forest.

21 July 2009

The Gates arrest only highlights the hypocrisy of New England law, police and racism vis a vis the Ogletree/Gillenwater matters.

Note: Professor Gates was dead wrong not to provide his identification. Even if there is some level of racial stereotyping by the neighbor the cop was just doing his job, according to procedure, unlike that jackass cop Bruce McKay from Franconia who is dead because he terrorized one too many citizens one too many times.

Note: The cop was dead wrong not to leave the house once Professor Gates showed him the ID, and he should be sued for wrongful arrest, you know, get the hell off of my porch, officer, have a nice day. It's that simple.

I heard about this ridiculous case this morning, Cambridge cops arresting Professor Henry Louis Gates at his own home. But really this is nothing new, because Boston cops violated another black man's rights some time ago and framed him for drugs, then his lawyers punked him out and he sued them for medical malpractice. Derrick Gillenwater is his name. Then the Courts and his lawyers took away all of his Civil Rights and First Amendment Rights during that case, so he got screwed by the cops and the courts and his lawyers.

Nice.

But Attorney Ogletree, despite reportedly being approached by Mr. Gillenwater, was not so outwardly vocal about that case and Spike Lee was nowhere to be found -- it was a blogger named "Boston Bob" who got the ACLU to hop on board and file some briefs in the matter and the cases finally settled.

Interesting.

Here is what I found by Googling Boston Bob, authored ironically by the Harvard Media Law Project, which eventually dropped coverage even though there were Massachusetts Supreme Court filings you can see -- if you follow the links there are blogs about both of Mr. Gillenwater's former attorneys.

The revolution might not be televised, but it is apparent on some blogs that our government hates to have around, LOL. I say congrats to Boston Bob and Derrick Gillenwater!

-The KingCaster

11 July 2009

01 July 2009

Whoa.... my Kelly Ayotte blogspot has been removed.

This is fascinating. I'll have to get to the bottom of this. It's just gone.

http://notkellyayotte.blogspot.com

Now I haven't received any notice that I checked my First Amendment Rights as a blogger at any point in time, nor have I seen any court order or anything. Stay tuned. This is not the first time content has been removed from one of my blogs. Each time, it was restored.

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from Christopher King
to support@blogger.com,
Christopher King

date Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM
subject Where is my Kelly Ayotte blog?
mailed-bygmail.com

Dear Blogger:

I put up this post today:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2009/07/whoa-my-kelly-ayotte-blogspot-has-been.html

Please advise me as to exactly what is going on as I did not remove this blog and I gave no one the authority to remove this blog.

I respectfully demand that you reinstate this blog immediately, or provide me a valid court order as to why it has been removed or there will be some serious litigation going on.

Very truly yours,

Christopher King, J.D.

KingCast marvels as Kelly Ayotte sued again for Civil Rights/Procedural violations.

Here's an interesting case in the Union Leader:
In a civil rights complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Concord on Friday, Guay claims city and state officials maliciously targeted and conspired against him when they obtained search warrants in March and used heavy equipment to excavate two of his Concord parcels. He says they destroyed his 30 Villanova Drive and 180 Clinton St. properties while looking for alleged illegal disposal of asbestos, lead paint, solid and hazardous waste, septic disposal and oil discharge.

The three days of digging ended in late March without producing a "shred of evidence" that pollution occurred, Guay said yesterday. And officials left behind a "total mess" of exposed dirt at 30 Villanova Drive that, after several days of steady rain, ran off into Penacook Lake, which is Concord's water supply, the suit alleges.

And we also established Kelly Ayotte's ongoing/legacy in general and her deviations from protocol in specific, when it comes to the Franconia shooting tragedy "investigation."

With Kelly, its not that she is sued. Every AG gets sued, duh. But it is the tenor of the lawsuits against her and her stupid actions (most notably the Planned Parenthood and same sex marriage snafus) that really identify her as a feckless right wing zealot.

This weekend I will return to Dave Coltin's case against Kelly.