About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

Feel free to email me if you have a story or cause you would like shared, especially if it pertains to animal rights, liberation, veganism, animal welfare, health and well-being, geekery, Macs and computer dorkiness, music, lowbrow art, kitchy stuff, skateboards, the beach, swimming, diving, NYC, beading (it's my hobby), recipes (love to cook, especially if I made the recipe up myself!), VEGAN!, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Action for Animals, NIO, 269Life and/or anything you think I might enjoy or others might—you never know. It doesn't always have to be serious. Hilarious stories, local NY, funny videos or photos, photobombs (especially if they contain pets!)...I might be partially censored, but I'm not closed down!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SUPPORT JAN SMITH — My Friend's Fiance.



JJan Austin Smith is a longtime dedicated grassroots activist. He is a disabled medical marijuana patient charged with transporting a large amount of cannabis with the intent to sell. He was arrested in Henry County, Illinois after a bogus traffic stop and an illegal search and seizure that violated his Constitutional right to privacy and his legal right to not be detained and searched without probable cause. He spent 4 days and nights in the Henry County Jail in Illinois before (aided by a series of marvelous wizardry by his local attorney) he was able to bail out. It cost his family a stunning $16,000—reduced from an original amount of about $27,000—contigent upon the surrendering of his passport and waiving of his chance for a preliminary hearing. To provide some measure of perspective, the young man with whom Jan shared a cell, a convicted (alleged) child molester who violated the terms of his parole, was given a $5,000 bail amount. Jan’s experiences solidified his previous suspicions that ALL prisoners are political prisoners, regardless of the charge. For more proof thereof, we encourage you to investigate the cases of Geronimo Pratt and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Sticking true to his ideals, Jan refused to cooperate with investigators and become a snitch, though he was offered the potential for a reduced sentence—an option with undeniable allure when you’re theoretically facing up to 90 years. As Jan is now wont to say, financially guilty until proven innocent. Never forget—anything you say can and will be used against you.

Jan has been active for a number of years in the animal rights, environmental, human/gay/disabled rights, women’s lib and reproductive freedom, and medical marijuana movements. He spent two separate college vacations volunteering to help bring food and hope back to the communities of New Orleans after the climate chaos-worsened Hurricane Katrina. When his chronic degenerative arthritis, a horribly painful condition in his spine and knees, disabled (pun intended) his ability to attend protests and home demos, he continued his activism through writing and other projects. He helps take care of his rescued dog Rikki and 7 rescued rats. His social justice-themed writing has appeared in the Louisiana English Journal and the Earth First! Journal. He has volunteered with Go Vegan Radio, helped support treesitters, distributed radical literature, and done prisoner support work (what goes around comes around? Hopefully?) He deserves to be out in the world fighting for change, where he belongs—not in a cage. That’s where you can help! As the legendary comedian and animal advocate Richard Pryor once said, “Lawyers can keep your ass out of penitentiary. But it’s gonna cost…gulp…A LOT.” He is in desperate need of funds to help with legal and travel expenses. You can click here to donate through paypal, or just send check, money order (made out to Jan Smith), or well-concealed cash to the following address:


Jan Austin Smith Support Fund 

PO Box 665 

Willits, CA 95490

We can also be contacted at JanAustinSmith@gmail.com

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