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Nexus, having brutally defeated their opposition (i.e. little old ladies and disabled folks who don't want sex offenders living in their midst), successfully destroyed the beauty of what was once a quiet, peaceful and private neighborhood. After a year of BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP, the ugly buildings are up. The sex offenders are coming soon.

 

About Hannabelle

Hannabelle arrived on the scene shortly after the stunning announcement that Nexus was building their sex offender facility in my own "backyard" and I heard repeatedly that "Its a Done Deal. There's nothing you can do about it."

Nothing we can do about it? What about the laws which protect us? What about our rights? Isn't this still America?

At first, I tried to reason with people like the mayor of Onamia, some of the city councilmen, Commissioner Frank Courteau, Mille Lacs Messenger editor and publisher Kevin Anderson, even Mille Lacs Health System CEO ProNexus Dan Reiner, and some of the Nexusians themselves. I quickly learned that nothing I could say or do would change their mindset. They were aggressively determined to come to my house so I'd better set an extra plate at my table.  Make that 94 extra plates... I learned quickly that our rights as property owners would not be respected, our voices would not be listened to.

When I organized the OACRG (Onamia Area Citizens for Responsible Growth), I quickly learned (I'm a quick learner) that this would be primarily my own battle. Not that the neighbors weren't opposed to Nexus. They were as devastated as I was. But they lacked the intestinal fortitude to  put up much of a fight.

"What if we OFFEND people?" one woman asked me timidly.

"I can't afford to jeopardize my job."

"I don't know if we want to stick our necks out," said the Bradbury town clerk. "What if there's a fire?"

Yes. The intimidation was that bad. The neighbors were easily cowed.

What were we to do? Was there no one with the guts to stand up against the oppression we were facing? Was there no one to champion our cause to keep our rights, save our neighborhood, the quality of our lives?

Was there no one in our township with the balls to stand tall and shout to the masses "THIS IS WRONG!!!!"?

Unfortunately, there wasn't. Not even one. Me? Don't look at me! I don't like this sort of confrontation either. I just wanted to mind my own business and be left alone. I just wanted Nexus to go away. Of course, they wouldn't.

When logic and reason failed to convince the greedy oppressors that sex offenders just don't belong next to day cares and helpless little old ladies,  Hannabelle came to help us. She certainly didn't mind offending people. Actually, she has a talent for it. She didn't mind stirring the pot, throwing a few dead mice into the recipe to add a little spice.

Hannabelle saw her role in the fight against City Hall and the war with Nexus as being like the tough Rottweiler snapping and growling at the chain-link fence to keep out the bad guys. "Don't you DARE come in or I'll BITE!" she snarled.

Of course, it didn't work. Nexus versus Hannabelle is  like "Godzilla Versus Bambi." But that didn't deter Hannabelle from shooting her mouth off. "You don't LIKE me??? Great! But then why do you insist on living next to me???"

I saw her in the role of "Bad Cop". You know, the one who talks tough. The one you can't intimidate or bamboozle. The problem is, we didn't have any "Good Cops" in our ranks. People in the neighborhood refused to stand up for themselves, but they also feared  repercussions they might have been dealt for using "nice" methods - like TALKING to people and winning a little public opinion to our side. 

Oddly enough, the stronger the opposition became,  the stronger Hannabelle also became. And the weaker the neighbors became, the more Hannabelle committed herself to helping them.

Oddly enough, in the end, the neighbors threw Hannabelle under the bus. When first D'Angelo and Freeman sued, and then the Nexus corporation, the OACRG crumbled, leaving Hannabelle alone to fight some more - still by herself - this time in court.

I realize that many people hate Hannabelle. But I don't. I'm actually quite proud of her. She comes across a little kooky at times, but wasn't she just doing her job of playing KEEP AWAY? She might be a failed champion, but she's a champion nevertheless. A Champion of civil rights. A Champion of Freedom of Speech. A Champion of the People. She fought for your rights as well as her own when no one else would.

In fact, I owe a lot to Hannabelle. She has indeed taught me the importance of standing up for myself and my principles. She has given me courage  and self-respect. Yes, she's made mistakes. We all do. (Especially the Onamia City Council...) Of course, most people don't get sued for calling someone "Poopsie". But brave Hannabelle  has taught me that I am not powerless. I may lose a few battles, but as long as I keep my integrity, in the end I'll win the war.

I hope that you will try to understand Hannabelle and forgive her when she goes over the top. (She doesn't think she ever does, by the way.) I hope also that you will find your own courage to stand up against bullies and make this a better world - even if you have to offend a few people in order to fight for Right while maintaining your own integrity.

 

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell

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Archives

2010

January 17, 2010 Trials and Errors

January 16, 2010  Convicted MLA Director Paul Smith = UPDATE

 

2009

December 17, 2009  Three Degrees Below Zero

December 7, 2009  Another Day in Paradise

November 15, 2009 When you DON'T have the Right to Remain   Silent

October 27, 2009  On a Clear Day

October 27, 2009   High Crimes and Not So Misdemeanors

October 24, 2009   Paul Smith Convicted - At least they reported it.

October 17, 2009   Waiting to Peel

 

10/16/09 MLA DIRECTOR PAUL SMITH CONVICTED!

10/15/09 MLA Director Paul Smith Trial Continues

10/14/09 Mille Lacs Academy Director's Trial

10/3/09  The Philosophy of Liberty - Revisited

9/28/09  Constant Comments

9/13/09  The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly...

8/15/09  All That and a Bag of Chips

7/28/09  Keeping Secrets

7/14/09  Terms of Endearment

7/10/09  MLA Director's Trial Moved

7/3/09    Shouting Fire

6/29/09   My Upcoming Nexus Lawsuit

6/27/09   Alien Nation

6/11/09    So Now We Know (More)

5/16/09    If You Tell, We'll Sue You!

5/15/09    millelacsnews.com

5/10/09    Hannabelle: "I told you so".

5/6/09      The sex offenders NEVER escape. Or so they tell us.

4/28/09    City says NO to NEXUS! ...... again......

4/24/09    City Council Says NO to NEXUS!

4/15/09    The Goose and the Gander

4/13/09    Like A Good Neighbor....

4/11/09    Doth Thous Protesteth Too Much?

3/30/09    Me and Bobby McGee...

3/27/09    Company Loves Misery

3/19/09    Misery Loves Company

3/17/09    Vee Haff Vays uff Making Her Tock...

2/11/09    Jailing Kids for CA$H

2/7/09      Crosier Scandal: To Be Fair...

2/6/09      Onamia: Land of (Holy Moly) Sex Offenders!

1/31/09    The Simple Solution

1/6/09     Peckers

 

2008

12/18/08  Ordinary People

12/2/08    Chicken Little, Deaths and Taxes

11/24/08  Clean up your MESS!

11/18/08  Election Results

11/3/08    Why You Shouldn't Vote - Part 2

11/2/08   Onamia Elections... oh gawd

11/1/08    Palin - In Her Own Words

10/29/08  Why You Shouldn't Vote - Part I

10/25/08  Going Negative

10/22/08  The Real McCain

10/22/08  Sarah "Moose-alini"

10/19/08  McCain/Palin... That's the Ticket?

10/12/08  Onamianomics

10/12/08  Get Smart

10/5/08    Repuglican Convention

10/4/08    Sondra Erickson Honors HERSELF

9/22/08    Boon-Dogglers

9/19/08    Help Hannabelle Fight Corporate Terrorism

9/12/08    Snow Job

9/4/08     Wusses and Weasels

8/11/08   The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet

8/10/08   God Sues Hannabelle

8/4/08     County Board Games

7/29/08   Absence of Malice

7/16/08   Loch-ness Monster Resigns

7/16/08 The Crosier/Nexus Connection

7/6/08  A Message to Nexusville (video)

6/28/08 It's All About Mickus

6/27/08 A Small Footprint

6/24/08 What a CROCK!

6/16/08 The New Lawsuit's Here!

6/15/08 100 Years, 100 Sex Offenders

6/13/08 In the mind of a sex offender

6/13/08 In the mind of a sex offender

6/12/08 Basic Instinct

6/3/08   Goliath and Davidette

5/30/08 Another Juvenile Sex Offender Assault

5/28/08 Spoiled Brats

5/22/08 Nexus - Corporate Terrorism

5/13/08 Sticks and Stones

5/7/08  The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of...

5/5/08   Walden

4/30/08 Majority Rules

4/26/08 Clairvoyance and the lack thereof

4/26/08 You Don't Have to be Karnac

4/24/08 New Video - Hold onto your feelings

4/20/08 So... How Goes The War?

4/15/08 Who Owns You?

4/15/08 Bulldogging Bullies and Their Bullshit

4/12/08 If You Build It, She Will Write

4/4/08   The Icemen Come

3/29/08 Your Honorless, I Object!

3/12/08 Minnesota Statute #462.357

3/21/08 A Mess of Injustice

3/10/08 PTB Killed by NEXUS Staff

3/7/08   Game Over. They Lose.

3/5/08   Its all about the money...

2/29/08  The Philosophy of Liberty

2/29/08  Repeat Offenders

2/26/08  Pennywise, Pound FOOLISH!

2/26/08  The End Zone

2/24/08  Welcome to Nexusville

2/22/08  Safety Risk Revisited

2/21/08  Underdogs

2/18/08  The Long and Short of It

2/16/08  Bully Bully

2/16/08  NIMBY You Fools

2/15/08  Me and Mini-Me

2/15/08  Their World and Welcome to it.

2/12/08  Nexusville Podunkers

2/11/08  Daddy's Girl

2/10/08 Two Bits

2/8/08   Falling into the Evil Trap

2/8/08   Deadly Rampage at City Hall

2/7/08   O.K. Shoot the Messenger!

2/6/08   Cops and Rubbers

2/5/08   Now ain't that a SLAPP in the face

2/3/08   Don't Shoot the Messenger

2/2/08   On THEIR Terms

2/1/08   Crimes and Misdemeanest

1/25/08  My Saturday Candy Date

1/25/08  Line-butters

1/21/08  Life Sucks

1/14/08  Have a Nice Day

1/5/08    Fear and Ignorance

 

2007

12/29/07 How About Now?

12/26/07 Video Bar & Grill

12/24/07 One Small Step for Mankind

12/15/07 R-E-S-P-E-C-T

12/13/07 Games People Play

12/11/07 Bullies for You         

12/5/07  Infested

12/3/07  Nightmare on 100 N Elm Street

12/2/07  The Christmas Puzzle

11/30/07 Whack and Sack

11/28/07 Through the Night

11/24/07 Fathers Knows Best

11/22/07 Talking To Turkeys

11/17/07 Trump

11/17/07 Like Daughter, Like Mother

11/15/07 When it Rains

11/10/07 Writer's Block

11/3/07  Deja Vous All Over Again

10/30/07 Her Golden Years, His Golden Parachute

10/25/07 Follow the Leader?

10/24/07 Smoke and Mirrors

10/20/07 A Foot in the Stirrup

10/17/07 What Have You Done For Us Lately?

10/10/07 On Our Way to Auschwitz

9/25/07   Cum One, Cum All

9/21/07  The Golden Rule of Thumb

9/18/07  A Question of Hypothetical

9/14/07  In His OPINION

9/13/07  May I Have This Dance?

9/12/07  Watchdogs

9/11/07  Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

9/10/07  My Horrorscope

9/8/07   Tax Abatement. Its the Pits.

9/5/07   Tease and Sympathy

9/1/07   Can you hear me now?

8/30/07  Nexus Caught Masterabating?

8/27/07  40 Days and 40 Nights

8/23/07  Brass Tacks

8/23/07  Peek-a-boo!

8/20/07  What Do You Call 100 Dead Lawyers....

8/14/07  Guess What's Going On!

8/8/07    Out Damn Spot!

8/8/07   Doomed if You Do, Doomed if You Don't

8/6/07   Thank you!

8/1/07   Robbing Peter to Pay Paul    

7/30/07  There's Something About Mary...  

7/28/07  Poor, poor Nell...  

7/23/07  FEELINGS. Woe Woe Woe FEEELINGS.

7/11/07  I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

7/7/07   The Safety/Risk Management Card

7/3/07   An Epidemic of Stupid

7/2/07   Welcome to the Bradbury Buzzz!

 

 

 

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