DOUBLE DIPPERS

 Power is twice as nice with two paychecks

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
Double dipping rises despite outrage

"Until the law was changed, members of the Florida Retirement System who signed up for DROP were required to leave the state payroll at the end of five years or forfeit the lump-sum benefit.

Lawmakers wrote the loophole into the law in 2001 to help a fellow legislator who, on top of his legislative salary, wanted to collect his lump-sum retirement benefit and his school board pension. Sponsors say they never intended to extend the practice to allow elected officials to "retire'' and return to the same jobs collecting both a pension and a salary.

But lawmakers trying to fix the loophole have run into problems because many fellow lawmakers are among the double- and triple-dippers.

"It's kind of sad because DROP was never intended to help all these people making high salaries stick around,'' (Senator) Fasano said."


Elected Double Dippers and their payday$ (search may be refined for Judges on left of screen)

(Lucky Broward Judges: Grossman, Kaplan, and Moe)

SENTINEL
Murder suspect seeks freedom after prosecutors snooped on calls to lawyer

NORTH COUNTRY GAZETTE
Equal Justice—Just A Principle, Not A Practice

"Obviously Conway’s criticism of Aleman was right on target as in October, she was reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court for a pattern of “arrogant, discourteous and impatient conduct”.

 

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  • 12/29/2008 8:27 AM Jack Thompson, Once and Future Attorney (Trust Me) wrote:
    June Maxam, as usual, has nailed it with her Gazette piece. The Florida Bar, she notes here and elsewhere, leads the nation in violating the US Constitution, just as US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas predicted it would. Where are all the named critics here at this blog of The Florida Bar? Oh, I see, you are anonymous and cowering. How sad. That's okay, I'll slay the dragon for you, to protect all of you, especially now that the Florida Supreme have rescinded their decision not to allow me to file pleadings with them. Next stop: Payback. Jack Thompson
  • 12/29/2008 8:31 AM Double Dippers wrote:
    And we wonder why the state is in such bad shape. Double dippers continue run rampant through legislative loopholes. Another option would be to vote them out before they can do it.
  • 12/29/2008 8:46 AM STATE SCAM wrote:
    I'm not surprised we have three judges on the double dipping list or who they are. State Scams.
  • 12/29/2008 9:14 AM Sortableturnip wrote:
    Who will protect us from you then?

    BTW, Jack, revenge is a mortal sin...
  • 12/29/2008 9:29 AM Jack Thompson, Once and Future Attorney (Trust Me) wrote:
    John B. Thompson, J.D.
    5721 Riviera Drive
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146
    305-666-4366
    amendmentone@comcast.net

    December 29, 2008

    Strauss Zelnick, Chairman
    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
    New York, New York Via e-mail (Ms. Feist)

    Dear Strauss:

    I hope this missive finds you and your family well. As you will recall, when we met in New York for a couple of hours on May 15, 2007, I mentioned to you that unless Take-Two cleaned up its corporate act (stopped marketing and selling its Mature-rated games to minors), there would be a wicked price to pay.

    Since then Take-Two’s stock has gone from $26 to $7+ per share. I think God has put the world together in such a way that your company’s wrongdoing has made this fiscal reckoning unavoidable. Scripture says so.

    At this time of new beginnings in the calendar year, I would strongly urge you, once again, to take the simple steps necessary to stop the marketing and sale of your company’s Mature games to kids. As you know, you sell them directly to kids with no age verification at Take-Two’s Rockstar site. You refuse to tell retail vendors that if you catch them selling your Mature games to kids then you will withhold product. All of this was both do-able and smart, but you have refused, despite my urgings.

    I have been your company’s and its shareholders’ best friend in all this since I appeared on 60 Minutes in the spring of 2005, but you chose to characterize me as your company’s enemy, pledging to destroy me, and now the piper is being paid. God is not amused.

    The harm you and your agents have done to me is predictable, as Jesus told his disciples: “The world hates you because it first hated me.” I’ll be fine, as God promises that “All things work to the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” I am called, are you? Jesus says, “I knock on the door, and anyone who answers, I will come in.” Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, calls you even now.

    Please repent of your company’s sins. God will reward both it and you.

    Shalom, Jack Thompson

    Copy: GamePolitics, whose queries this morning prompted this open letter
  • 12/29/2008 9:41 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Jack "Slept Through Law School" Thompson:

    Here's how it generally works, Jack-O:

    Court X issues an order prohibiting act Y. If and when Court X decides to reverse itself and rescind the effect of this order, they issue another order so stating. I've searched the Supreme Court high and low (in every courtroom, in every chamber, the restrooms and the broom closets, and 'round back by the dumpsters) and I can't find an order which rescind their order sanctioning you with the requirement that your filings be signed by a Florida-barred attorney in good standing. Unless you've searched with better luck than I and have managed to find an order rescinding their prior decision, you should assume that they haven't rescinded their decision.

    P.S.: You and June Maxam make such a cute couple.
  • 12/29/2008 9:46 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Jack Thompson, who asked Zelnick:

    "I am called, are you?"

    I dunno 'bout Strauss, but you are called by everyone I know "a raging lunatic."
  • 12/29/2008 9:59 AM Sortableturnip wrote:
    Call me crazy, but didn't you sign a settlement agreement with Take-Two, which prohibited you from doing what you are doing right now???
  • 12/29/2008 10:05 AM Sortableturnip wrote:
    In the settlement, filed with Federal District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga, Thompson has agreed that he:

    1.) will not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take Two or its subsidiaries (i.e., Rockstar).

    2.) will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 (like, say Wal-Mart) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson is not restricted from criticizing the content of T2 games, nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other parties

    3.) will make any future contacts with T2 through its attorneys

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/images/legal/FL-T2-JT-settlement.pdf
  • 12/29/2008 10:07 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @turnip:

    Sho 'nuff. But as long as Strauss Zelnick sits there and fails to enforce the terms of that Agreement, Jack's gonna keep on doing what he's doing. It won't stop due to any sense of moral obligation on Jack's part to abide by the terms. Jack's got no morals.
  • 12/29/2008 10:15 AM Sortableturnip wrote:
    Maybe someone should send a friendly email to his attorneys informing them that JT is not complying with the conditions of his settlement agreement
  • 12/29/2008 10:16 AM DavCube wrote:
    Mr. Thompson, many of us have made ourselves public to you. You just do nothing. And that makes you the coward here. You're like an elementary school bully, picking on people smaller than you, and once more than two people stand up to you, you run into the distance calling for mommy.
  • 12/29/2008 10:18 AM DavCube wrote:
    Mr. Thompson, manufacturers cannot and do not monitor retailers. It's the responsibility of the retailer to direct who they sell to.
  • 12/29/2008 10:28 AM Mnementh2230 wrote:
    Maybe someone should send a series of friendly emails to JT's family and extended family, with the best snippits of his online douchebaggery.
  • 12/29/2008 10:32 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Sortableturnip:
    This is an "open letter", not sent directly to Strauss but through Ms. Feist via email.

    Incidently, this is the same old bullshit he's been ranting and raving about for years. But hey, maybe lying about this loud enough and long enough will eventually make it true! ...not really.

    "The Take Two website verifies age in two ways. First, consumers who purchase M or RP rated games certify that they are at least 17 years of age. Numerous websites use the same method for verifying age in connection with sales of movies and games. Second, we verify age through the use of a credit card number in connection with a transaction. Such transaction based verification is acceptable to both credit card companies and the FTC (see, e.g. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.shtm)."
  • 12/29/2008 10:37 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Mnementh2230:

    That someone in Jack's immediate family, like his wife, hasn't long ago forced Jack to seek the psychiatric help he so desperately needs, leads me to conclude . . . actually, I'm at complete loss as to what that failure means.
  • 12/29/2008 10:45 AM Mnementh2230 wrote:
    @JDKJ

    The only conclusion I can make is that they don't KNOW what he turns in to online.
  • 12/29/2008 10:56 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    10:32 AM Anonymous:

    I'm unsure if your post to turnip was intended to take the position that Nutcase's open letter isn't in violation of the Agreement's terms, but it's my position that by communicating to Take Two the accusation that the company is committing wrongs by selling its games (e.g., "you sell them directly to kids with no age verification"), he most certainly is violating the Agreement's terms.
  • 12/29/2008 11:04 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Mnementh2230:

    The accusation that Jack's level is more than a bit off plumb has been publicly leveled from various credible quarters since the early 1980s. If it hasn't yet dawned on Patricia Thompson that her husband needs to be checked into Baptist Memorial's psychiatric ward for an extended stay, it probably never will.
  • 12/29/2008 11:18 AM Zerodash wrote:
    Aw, look Jack Thompson is pretending to be God's right hand man again. You Christians are all the same: self-absorbed hypocritical scumbags. You speak for God as much as suicide bombers speak for Allah (same God).

    After all your impotent, empty threats over the years, why should anyone take you seriously? The saddest thing is that you are totally unable to realize how pathetic you look. You were disbarred and your career is in shambles- just like your reputation. Furthermore, you were officially found to be a liar in a court of law (guilty of 27 of 31 misconduct charges). Too bad your Narcissistic Personality Disorder will never allow you to realize the truth.

    - You said you would destroy Take Two years ago.

    - You said you were filing a RICO suit against the ESA this past summer.

    - You said that the Florida Bar would look like a bombed-out building (figuratively speaking).

    - You said you would never be disbarred.

    - You said your anti-games laws would be "Constitutionally bulletproof".

    - You said that you would shut down GamePolitics, Kotaku, JAABLog, Justice Building Blog, Penny Arcade, etc.

    - You claimed to be "working with authorities" in numerous criminal investigations (not once was this true)

    - You claimed to be working with EA to secure their buyout of Take Two.

    Shall I go on? Everything you have claimed to do NEVER HAPPENED. The fact that you continue to sit in your house, leeching off your wife, sending out useless press releases is the saddest thing I have ever seen. Grow up and get a life/job.
  • 12/29/2008 11:21 AM $300 a year! wrote:
    MOE, LEROY H.
    JUDGE
    2008 annual salary: $145,080
    Monthly pension: $11,750
    DROP payout: $716,930



    KAPLAN, STANTON S.
    JUDGE
    2008 annual salary: $145,080
    Monthly pension: $11,342
    DROP payout: $552,541


    GROSSMAN, MELVIN B.
    JUDGE *
    2008 annual salary: $145,080
    Monthly pension: $8,582
    DROP payout: $488,086
  • 12/29/2008 11:32 AM Nunya wrote:
    So John, a previous statement made by you completely contradicts what you've said in your open letter. Let us compare the two:
    "Thompson, having met with Zelnick personally on May 15, 2007, concluded, after spending two hours with this fellow that Zelnick was an incompetent, reckless goofball."

    Compared with your letter above I'd say you're schizo. Oh, and Jesus the Jewish Messiah? That's damn funny.
  • 12/29/2008 11:47 AM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    Jack-O fit the battle of Jericho
    Jericho, Jericho,
    Jack-O fit the battle of Jericho,
    And the walls come tumbling down . . . right on top of Jack-O's dumb ass.
  • 12/29/2008 12:05 PM Trollpunisherx wrote:
    Jack. Just stop while you still can.
  • 12/29/2008 12:20 PM Neeneko wrote:
    So does this mean that your disbarment is a result of God's anger at your actions? Or does 'Scripture' only apply to OTHER people?

    Judgement day will not be kind to you. You are one of the worst kinds of sinners... ones who use God's name to justify and excuse your misdeeds.
  • 12/29/2008 12:26 PM 08-61130 SDFL wrote:
    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH JAY SPECHLER WILL RECEIVE IN PENSION BENEFITS .
  • 12/29/2008 12:35 PM Dr. Freud wrote:
    He obviously has major self esteem issues. It is easy to hate him for his actions but I try not to. He is a textbook case of someone constantly acting out for attention due to low feelings of self worth. He needs to feel important, most likely due to issues he had growing up. His constant barrages at people who are successful or who have created things of value help to invalidate his own feelings of worthlessness. While he may seem to be hateful he is merely to be pitied. Think of his poor family as well. No one deserves the humiliation heaped on Thompson when the family is most likely wrestling with the concern and shame of not being able to help their troubled loved one. I feel sorry for them.
  • 12/29/2008 12:51 PM God wrote:
    Actually, I think Strauss is a nice guy. I wish people like Jack would actually follow the rules I set forth in that Book of mine instead of using my name to fuel hatred and petty revenge.

    Blessed art thou,
    God
  • 12/29/2008 12:55 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Dr. Freud:

    Your take that "the family is most likely wrestling with the concern and shame of not being able to help their troubled loved one" is completely at odds with the information collected by Dr. Oren Wunderman from Patricia Thompson as part of Wunderman's evaluation of Jack Thompson. According to Wunderman, his interview of Patricia Thompson supports his conclusion that Jack Thompson does not suffer from mental disease or defect. If things were as you suggest they are, then why wouldn't Patricia Thompson have seized the opportunity to tell Wunderman, "Yes, Oren, I know just as well as everyone else does that Jack has some serious problems, but I am at a loss as to how to help him resolve them. Can you help us?"
  • 12/29/2008 12:57 PM jccalhoun wrote:
    so bad things happening to Take2 is because of their wrongdoing. Hmmm.... I wonder what the cause of the bad things that have happened to Jacko might be then?
  • 12/29/2008 1:41 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Do you have a copy of Wunderman's report?
  • 12/29/2008 1:50 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @1:41 PM Anonymous:

    You'll find it posted by a "Jack Thompson, Attorney" to the following article:

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2007/08/21/jack-thompson-cleared-by-shrink
  • 12/29/2008 2:18 PM Nightwng2000 wrote:
    In addition to the info JDKJ posted about Dr. Wunderman, I've noted in the past that there should be considered a conflict of interest in Dr. Wunderman's evaluation of the Traitor John Bruce.

    While I believe it is acceptable that a counselor use religion to... counsel... their clients, it is a different story when someone of strong religious ties is called to evaluate another individual's mental capacity. As the report points out, the Traitor John Bruce's religion plays deeply into his actions and attitudes. An individual with similar beliefs cannot fairly evaluate such an individual. A comparison I've used in the past is to use a psychologist who believes high voltage shock therapy will "cure" homosexuality and using that psychologist to evaluate Fred Phelps.

    Dr. Wunderman and his wife are/were closely associated with a particular religious group. Dr. Wunderman's wife, also a psychologist, was, in fact, a minister of that religious organization.

    Note the info on the following two links:

    http://www.drwunderman.com/index.html
    http://www.newdayherald.net/template.php3?ID=691

    Again, I'm not questioning the use of religion to COUNSEL, but I do question the competancy of someone with very similar religious beliefs EVALUATING another individual to be introduced as evidence in any matter. The evaluation can easily be considered biased and unreliable.

    Andrew
  • 12/29/2008 2:27 PM DavCube wrote:
    No, come on, dude. Do not, do not, DO NOT pull the 'you Christians are all alike' line. EVER. It's just plain not true and makes you look like bigot yourself. More than that, it's helping further the perverted image of the Florida Bar in Thompson's head of its supposed anti-christian agenda.
  • 12/29/2008 2:28 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Nighwng:

    Can't say I blame him on that count. If I was cherry-picking a shrink for the purpose of securing a clean bill of mental health which I could then file in my disbarment proceeding, I damn sure ain't picking a shrink with any possiblity of reporting that "Jack Thompson is as crazy as a bed-bug."
  • 12/29/2008 2:54 PM Nightwng2000 wrote:
    Davcube,
    Nah, not a "all Christians" are alike. But, knowing what you know of the Traitor John Bruce, seeing the report, and knowing that religion plays a heavy part of the Dr. Wunderman's counseling, it isn't hard to see a clear bias in the report.

    Like JDKJ says, cherry picking someone of similar beliefs. Again, as I mentioned before, "Christianity" is actually made up of many different sects. As you can see in the info about the Wundermans, they don't share the specific sect/church, but they very likely have similar beliefs. Beliefs close enough for the Traitor John Bruce to cherry pick that specific pshycologist as his personal evaluator.

    Andrew
  • 12/29/2008 3:15 PM Shoehorn O'Plenty wrote:
    "At this time of new beginnings in the calendar year, I would strongly urge you, once again, to take the simple steps necessary to stop the marketing and sale of your company’s Mature games to kids."

    Take Two do not market the Grand Theft Auto games to kids. They market them to adults. The fact that kids see that marketing is not their fault.

    "As you know, you sell them directly to kids with no age verification at Take-Two’s Rockstar site."

    Credit Cards are acknowledged as a viable means of age verification. This has been explained to you multiple times, yet you still spout this silly line, in a display of wilful ignorance and disregard for the truth.

    "I have been your company’s and its shareholders’ best friend in all this since I appeared on 60 Minutes in the spring of 2005, but you chose to characterize me as your company’s enemy, pledging to destroy me, and now the piper is being paid. God is not amused."

    Yes Jack, Take Two, in this current period of economic downturn is the single solitary company in the world whose share price has dropped, and you are jumping to the conclusion that God singled them out for it? Speaking of characterization, what about when you attempted (and still do) to characterize employees of Take Two as pornographers? Or how about the multitude of times you have sworn to destroy Take Two? Pot and Kettle, you lunatic.

    "The harm you and your agents have done to me is predictable"

    The damage done to your career is predictable, but it was all caused by your abusive and unprofessional behaviour.

    “All things work to the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

    Are you attempting to say that your attempts to curtail free speech, your lies in court and insulting communications are "working to the good for those who love the Lord"? Wow.

    "Please repent of your company’s sins."

    His company have commited no sins, dummy.
  • 12/29/2008 3:55 PM Neeneko wrote:
    I would prefer a lawyer without their own ethics violations be the one to clean up corruption.

    Here is a hint.. other people's misdeeds to not invalidate your own. If you can't even keep yourself clean how in the world do you expect to help others?
  • 12/29/2008 3:57 PM Neeneko wrote:
    So the key question would be, does communicating with T2's stockholders count?

    It could (potentially) be said that the stockholders have a business connection with T2 and thus would fall under point 2.
  • 12/29/2008 4:00 PM Neeneko wrote:
    To truly bring parity (which is Christian law) one would have to contact his family, friends, buinesness associates (whoever they are at this point besides that blog he now does guest pieces on) and THEIR friends and family telling them all that he is a child molester and why are they associating with him.
  • 12/29/2008 4:04 PM Neeneko wrote:
    Given the sect that JT comes from, I would not take anything his wife says about him at face value. While he is still one step removed from 'women should not work', he does have the 'women are inferrior and should do what thier nice protective husbands tell them to do' thing going on,.. so anything she says in support of him is suspect.
  • 12/29/2008 4:04 PM Anonymous wrote:
    this ass JackDon'tKnowJack seems to have way too much time on his hands. What a waste for a "human being". Appears that he has a HUGE axe to grind with Jack Thompson and does it hiding on message boards. He actually appears to be stalking Jack Thompson. I thought this blog was about Broward County court system, not one person's bitch with Jack Thompson abd no, Mr. Paranoid, I'm not Jack Thompson, just a bystander.
  • 12/29/2008 4:12 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    4:04 PM Anonymous, who wrote:

    "Appears that [JackDon'tKnowJack] has a HUGE axe to grind with Jack Thompson . . . ."

    Which one did you figure out first, Einstein? This or your Theory of Relativity?
  • 12/29/2008 4:19 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    And, while I appreciate you taking the time to do so, after years spent stalking Jack Thompson on message boards, I didn't need you to tell me that you aren't Jack Thompson. By now, I can spot the real Jack Thompson coming from a mile away. But thanks ever so much, anyway.
  • 12/29/2008 4:28 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    And I've never initiated irrelevance on JAABlog. Rather, I leave that to Jack Thompson. Once he's opened that door, as he predictably and invariably does, I merely walk through it.

    You got anything else you wanna say? I'm all ears.
  • 12/29/2008 4:36 PM Sortableturnip wrote:
    Please settle down and point all hate where it should go...at Jack Thompson
  • 12/29/2008 4:44 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @turnip:

    The next time you see me fixin' to tear some ass up, don't you go inserting yourself in the middle of it.
  • 12/29/2008 7:39 PM JackDon'tKnowJack wrote:
    @Jack Thompson:

    It appears that there's some in-fighting going on between your best buddies, June Maxam and Bob Hurt. Posted today at North Country Gazette, was the following disclaimer:

    "DISCLAIMER: The North Country Gazette is in no way affiliated or associated with an individual who calls himself Bob Hurt of Clearwater, Fla., or connected with any Google or Yahoo group known as Lawmen. Neither Hurt nor any other individual or organization is authorized to use either the name of The North Country Gazette or its publisher in their mailings or postings."

    Was there a falling out in the world of tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist? If so, where do stand in all of this? Are you playing it neutral or are you picking a side? I know you're close to both Maxam and Hurt (three peas in a pod, actually). It must be a difficult situation for you. Maybe you can bring your mediative skills to bear? You need your supporters -- few as they are -- united and standing firmly behind you, right about now.

    P.S.: If you chat with June in the near future, could you make an appeal on my behalf that she not sue me for copyright infringement because I've quoted her disclaimer? Thanks.
  • 12/29/2008 9:14 PM anonymous wrote:
    So far, I only read "$300 a year" remotely discussing the issue.

    So who put the dip in the dip-ta-dip-ta-double-dip?

    Jack or the idiot "Jack-don't-know-Jack?"
  • 12/30/2008 1:22 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Wow, you don't half talk some rubbish.
  • 12/30/2008 7:12 PM Kincyr wrote:
    "The harm you and your agents have done to me is predictable, as Jesus told his disciples: 'The world hates you because it first hated me.'"

    the world first hated Jesus for his Liberal beliefs. Here are a few of his Liberal teachings you have never followed:
    Blessed are the
    merciful: for they shall obtain mercy(Matthew 5:7)
    But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
    trespasses. (Matthew 6:15)
    If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
    (Matthew 19:21)

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