Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloweenitis invades Alabama, 2012 edition

It's my birthday. Yes, I was born on Halloween. It is the day for scary things, and nothing is scarier than the fearmongering of our local members of the "law enforcement community."

I'm sure there will be more of the same as the day continues, but here are a couple of stupid articles exacerbating the new sex offender urban myth:

Watch out for sex offenders on Halloween, Jefferson County authorities warn
 By Carol Robinson |
on October 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM, updated October 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM Email | Print

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - As if Halloween isn't creepy enough already, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to remind trick or treaters to stay away from the real creeps.

The ghoulish truth is convicted sex offenders are out there, sheriff's officials said, and parents and children need to know where they are and avoid those homes when planning their routes.

"It's just the world we live in now,'' said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. "The truth is it has always been a safety issue, but back in the old days there was no sex offender registry available. Our children were just out there without a safety net."

"The fact that we know where they are now is very helpful in arming our parents with that information,'' Christian said, "so they can make safe, good , decisions about avoiding them and keeping our young people out of harm's way."

To find out if there are any sex offenders nearby, go to the sheriff's office website at and click on Sex Offenders. "What we want more than anything,'' Christian said, "is for all of our little ghost and goblins to have a safe and fun Halloween."

Home Owners Should: Have a well-lit home both inside and out to prevent vandalism and injuries, remove all obstacles from their lawns to avoid injuries and don't use candles in ornaments that could set a fire.

Check their neighborhoods for known sex offenders by visiting _____ (website deleted)

I'd like to remind these people that research has shown that these laws are not necessary, as Halloween has already been safe.

There is no statewide law banning registrants from participating in Halloween, but use caution before engaging in any Halloween Activity. Cops are looking for any excuse to detain you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mike Jones trying to prevent halfway house in Andalusia

Another Alabama State Rep exploiting public fear for a re-election bid wants to stop a halfway house for registrants. Contact him and show him why preventing halfways houses for registrants is a bad idea.

Sex Offender Half-Way House Rep. Mike Jones

One Alabama lawmaker says ... He hears the concerns of Covington County residents regarding a possible halfway house for sex offenders ... Loud and clear.
Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia says he plans to co-sponsor a bill ... To keep convicted sex offender Carlton Bender ... From building such a facility.
It would be located in the natural bridge community near the Covington Walton county line.

Rep. Jones's contact info:




92nd District
(Covington and Escambia)

State House:Room 427-E
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7739
Home Address:

Work Address:
486 Sutton Road
Andalusia, AL. 36420

P.O. Box 957
Andalusia, AL. 36420

Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Cell Phone: Fax Number:

(334) 222-4367
(334) 222-0111
(334) 804-8240
(334) 427-1671