Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The loud bark of low heeled derelicts

Last Tuesday, Cindy Anthony e-mailed Local 6 News saying she would give away a pair of Caylee's shoes to a nonprofit organization called Children of Love Foundation, which, primarily, donates shoes, food and clothing to orphans in Central Florida and Honduras. What a mess that simple e-mail created. After WKMG announced the news, the trolls came out in droves, like a festering cauldron of abomination boiling over...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tiffany Carter's Swim for Africa

Tiffany Carter is the granddaughter of one of my most beloved friends.
 In 2009, Sophia Carter spent Christmas with her family, like so many people do all over the world. It is a most sacred holiday and a time of giving. She had recently returned from Athi River Village in Kenya, Africa, and there were many tales to tell. She spoke of starvation, poverty and the horrors of malnutrition in the children of the close-knit community. There was sickness in the air, she said - AIDS and lots of other maladies. Life saving medicines are sometimes worlds away, yet the villagers do the best they can with what they have. Their faith sustains them. Faith in themselves and humankind and a spirited drive to live and one day prosper.
Her family listened intently. They were fascinating stories. After all, this is a culture so different from ours. To be among the people from half-way around the world was most fascinating and something not soon forgotten. When she left, she promised herself that she would do whatever she could to help. Suddenly, something sparked in the mind of her younger sister, Tiffany.
In the Kenyan village is a pre-school for young children. Built by a Christian organization called YWAM – Youth With A Mission – many children in the community come from abusive families or from parents that lose the struggle to clothe and feed them. They are the ones who come without the basic necessities of life. The school provides them with the basic essentials, including an education at a nominal fee, and children with HIV are given valuable prescription medications. Though many in the village work, most parents cannot afford to pay tuition for the school.
For the price of a cup of coffee in America, help for a child can go a long way. One or two dollars a week will provide schooling and at least one nutritious meal a day for seven full days. Without it, those children could go up to three days without a meal.
Tiffany Carter has always been an athletic and driven person. The idea that lit up inside her head was something she knew she could bring to fruition. Boldly, she stated, “I will swim across Lake Tahoe to raise funds for the village!”
This Friday, August 20, her dream from Christmas past will become a reality as she swims 22 miles across Lake Tahoe in order to help raise funds for the impoverished community. Of course, her grandmother would appreciate any and all prayers for her safety and success.


Tiffany's goal, and the goal of Swim for Africa is to raise enough money for every child to be fed, sheltered, clothed, and given medications as needed, for a full year. Swim for Africa hopes to raise $2,000 to send to the village to ensure that every child is nourished and cared for.
Won't you please help?

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I left this post on my new Squarespace blog. It's not the same setup as WordPress. I can't just open comments to everyone the same as you can't leave your doors and windows unlocked. Trolls and miscreants run amok on the World Wide Interwebz and mayhem rules if you let it.
Anyone can apply for membership, but remember, this isn't a real membership in the classical sense. All it does is let you bypass comment moderation. Your comments are published without any help from me. If you add $1.29 into the equation, you can buy yourself a cup of coffee at McDonald's and that's about it.
Speaking of money, there is no fee for this whatsoever. I have 250 Member Accounts available in this particular audience (as Squarespace calls it) and anyone can join until they run out.
What I will say is if you are just a reader (I hate the word lurker) you may not want to be a member. If you comment once in a blue moon, you might not, either. If you like to comment once in a while or quite often, you might be inclined to request one. The choice is yours. All I ask is that you respect it once you have it. In other words, stay as polite as possible. This is a step up in the blogging neighborhood. For me, at least.
As for how to apply, you can ask me here and I'll set it up. In this case, I will pick a login name and password. Do not place your e-mail address in your body copy. Write it in the "Author Email" box and I will see it. When you get your confirmation e-mail, you're a member and all you have to do is login under "Navigation" at the top left, below the banner.
If you prefer, send me an e-mail with the login name of your choice, the screen name you wish to use, and your password. I will set it up from there and you will get your Squarespace notification. There is a secure contact form at the lower left sidebar. You can use it for tips and ideas, too. Just in case, or if you prefer, my e-mail address is: marinadedave(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Whatever method you choose, it's not something I would do anything with. You should choose a password unique to this site, and if you ever forget it, I can set you up with a new one. Once you login, you are free to change your name and password at any time. Remember, do not write a public comment with the information you should keep private. If you wish, you can create a free e-mail account for just this purpose because in order to receive the new account details, it must be a working address.
I do have the option to open all commenting, but that means trolls will be all over this blog like buzzards on roadkill.
Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support in comments and e-mails. I look forward to getting back to business. We have a murder case to work on together. Thanks for hanging in with me, too. I really like my new Casa Blogga. It went from a house to a home because of you.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Notice from Dave

I will make an announcement regarding my Blogger and WordPress blogs sometime next week. Get ready for some major changes. Meanwhile, commenting on the WordPress blog is easier, but you are free to write at either one. Thank you.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Bald Truth

As many of you are well aware, there's a blog that has relentlessly attacked not only me, but the innocent people who come into my "Marinade Dave" WordPress blog to read. Nothing is sacred. The final straw was last night, when a woman (YES, A WOMAN) put up a picture of one of my contributor's late daughter. She goes by the name "curiouser" and "Lisa." She has called into the Simon Barrett BlogTalkRadio show to attack me. The only reason why I know she is from the Vancouver, BC area is because she originates from the 604 area code.

What she did was beyond hatred. This woman went too far. They all do at the "baldaintbeautiful" site, where we are vilified beyond reproach. "Kalalilly" constantly throws filth and disgusting threats out to everyone who comments anywhere on my blog. They hurl their vindictive bombs at a woman who lost two children to a drunk driver. They call her a liar. To hell with her and her dead daughters.

These women and men spend 24 hours every day making up stories about all of us. It is a hornet's nest and we are powerless to stop them. All they ever do is copy and paste my articles and everyone's comments, where every word we write is disseminated and rewritten completely out of context to suit their motives, which are blatantly about death and destruction to all who dare come to my site. 
  • They have stated that I am gay and have AIDS, and they have the proof. Where is this proof? 
  • They have attacked my relatives and published their addresses and phone numbers.
  • They state they have proof that I, my parents, brothers and sisters are convicted felons. Where is the proof?
  • They call me a drunk and a drug addict with no proof whatsoever.
  • They accuse me of lying about my diabetes. I am insulin dependent.
  • They accuse me of stealing from Medicare, Social Security, the IRS, and my own parents. They say I rip-off the entire state of Florida. Where is the proof?
  • They say I do not work, yet they know nothing about me or any of my endeavors.
  • They have written to every federal, state and local government agency, including the FBI, OCSO, SCSO, and the Casselberry Police Department about me. Why haven't any of them contacted me?
  • They have submitted their perversions to local and national media outlets, yet no one has said a word about any of their baseless allegations.
  • They complained to WordPress and Google about me. Why haven't I been shut down?
  • They spread their lies on petition sites and craigslist, along with my phone number. Yes, I have received calls after midnight, but all they want to know is whether I'm a liberal or not. 
The list can and will go on and on, but I did something to slow them down a bit. You see, I can't control any text at WordPress, but here, I put a stop to all their simple copying and pasting. I'm going to make the dirty creeps work harder. I know, it's going to be an inconvenience for my commenters. It will take some getting used to, but in the end, I want to protect my readers and commenters. What was done last night was beneath a sane human being, and this sort of degenerate activity goes on every minute of every day. Think of the people who hurled stones at the Anthony house after the Caylee story broke, all in the name of JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE. That's exactly what these people do, they attack us and finish by screaming JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE! They are nothing more than sleazy Internet trolls. To put up a picture of a dead woman was foul, and that's precisely what the Bald ain't Beautiful blog is all about. It is pure loathing, and its members deserve exactly what they will get.
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