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By Elijah Joubert January 30 2017

Dialogue With Elijah Title: Why are we afraid of transition?

We develop habits, characteristics and flaws due to the environment we’re raised in. The things we see on a daily basis are what becomes the norm for us in our lives. In that world and the life you’re living, sometimes we’re not aware that some things are actually wrong or even bad for us. Because we see these things too much and they happen very often around you, it becomes acceptable and normal. It’s as if it’s natural and also instinctive in our minds and reactions. The negativity, violence, crime, poverty, drugs and disunity but as we get older we become wiser and start wanting better for ourselves. We fear what we don’t know and reject what we don’t understand in life. Most people want to change but they fear change because change takes us out of our element and comfort zone. We have to change our mentality, behavior, habits and flaws, we just don’t want to give up things that we’re used to and comfortable with. Because we know those things and they come so naturally. I’m here to tell you, nothing stays the same in life, everything changes or transition. If it happens too late then it won’t blossom or take on its full effect. Transition is a work of progress because it won’t happen overnight but the first steps to transition is determination and discipline. Because you must have self control to face life’s adversities on your journey to transition. I can’t tell you that I’m a changed man but what I can tell you is that I’ve changed a lot. I’ve changed a lot about who I am, and who I want to become. I’m still a work in progress myself, but I’m no longer afraid or fear transition.

Marshall James #140325 - Primary Picture By Marshall James December 27 2016


Happiness~~ We live our lives in the hopes that just one more thing will complete our happiness. The ego’s conditioned thought is that something is missing and so we look for the missing piece to bring us salvation. And yet, no matter how many things we purchase, gather, and collect, we still feel as if something’s missing. Indeed, there is the unconditional awareness that nothing is missing. We are, in truth, complete and whole already. “Nothing can make you happy if you won’t accept for yourself that happiness rests within you.”

Joseph Taubman #D95099 - Primary Picture By Joseph Taubman December 6 2016


I promised to begin a blog about legal issues- but since no one has yet responded to my ad, I do not know if anyone out there is even interested in discussing legal questions. So, for this segment I’ll simply ask a constitutional question to see if anyone is listening. In California, you can file a 995(b) motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause after your preliminary hearing. If denied, you can then appeal your denial pre-trial in accordance with Penal Code 999(a). These are facts. The question is: does a timely filed motion pursuant to 999(a) to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause remove subject matter jurisdiction from the trial court pending completion of the pre-trial appeal- and can you continue the pre-trial appeal through federal levels of appellate review?

Enough of that, I have my new dog, Rocky, here with me now until December 13, which is our graduation. He’s a 75 pound Pointer/Dalmatian mix, and so calm and intelligent! He’s going to make someone a great companion and I’m going to miss him a lot!!! I’ve remembered pure love through this program. I can say that it hurts more doing time alone now because I know love again, but I wouldn’t change anything…except this, the only part missing is someone to share this joy and happiness with more intimately than through a blog- so where are you? Till next time……..

Mario McClain #1027538/326493C - Primary Picture By Mario McClain November 28 2016


Hey Hey – World

I really hope that you guys paid special attention to that last piece on gang violence and our youth. I can’t stress the issue enough, man, really. However, today?...I want to discuss “Imagination”. Remember the movie “Back to the Future” when that wacky scientist used to say “Aha”! I think I’ve had one of those “Aha” moments. In fact I’m quite sure you all have but to different degrees. For example, when I lay here in this cell and let my mind go on autopilot? I find that I can transcend these bars, barbed wire and guard towers but most importantly I can reach heights so high that I can view how vast our galaxy is and “imagine” realms and dimensions foreign to my own. Wait, wait, now I know some of you are like (this guy just went wacky scientist), but really think about what I just said…Did I? I mean, look around you, trees, animals, bugs, plants even all the way down to shapes and patterns in leaves and snowflakes. Everything has its own intricate design unique in its own way, just like people. I say all this to say that these things all have an origin…the Creator. It’s logic that the creator had a blueprint and vision for the creative force. We were “imagined” first. Root word “image”. I’ll wait while some of you reference dictionaries (hey did any of you guys hear about the death of superstar Prince?) super unfortunate. Purple rainnnn, purple ra…oh wait,..we’re…we’re back on the air? Okay, sorry about that. Ummm, now where was I? Oh yeah, imagination…the power of thought and imagination is said to hold unknown capabilities. You know why? Because it has the ability to alter reality and shape perception. Meaning it creates life on many different levels. In deeper science, the projected thought form causes a chain reaction on a subatomic level, making probability of grasping and obtaining your desired reality by simply reaching for it “possible”. I call it the atom thought A.K.A. Faith…Uh, oh now I know you all are saying how can imagination and thought have anything to do with faith, right? Especially since imagination’s root word is image which is something related to “seeing” while faith on the other hand is belief without “seeing”, right? But that is where you would be wrong and mistaken. Why? Because faith is seeing. Faith is seeing with your heart and the spirit. Even the Bible said that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains…literally. So…what was that? …Who just called me a nerd? Hmph, I’ll have you know (British Accent) if it weren’t twas my passion to hear myself talk, perhaps I would be a human English Oxford dictionary I suppose…I’m sorry everybody, that was my alter ego Mr. President January Odrama LOL. Basically what I’m trying to get across to you horrid people is that, “You can do anything” in this world and even create your own. Don’t be burdened by the roles that society puts on your shoulders…hold on for a second, “(For God’s sakes man can you please turn down that stupid Radio!!) People are so rude in here! Him and that dog gone, “Moves like Jagger” song. SMH…Moral of the story ladies and gentlemen, “You have to own it if you want it.” Never doubt yourself. Never give yourself limits and never stop imagining. That’s what Peter Pan was about (voice breaks) oh man, that movie was so beautiful (sniffle) (that movie was not about men in tights!!!) It was about being young, see how much you know! (That stupid moves like Jagger song) Until next time people. Class dismissed (Get off me)!!!

Michael Peterson-Lisembee #1443254 - Primary Picture By Michael Peterson-Lisembee November 8 2016

Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who has responded to my profile. Whether it was a short or lengthy exchange, all of your letters brought joy into my gloomy days.

All who sent me letters using I’m unable to respond to them as email, so please include your name and return address in the text of the email so I can write you back by mail. This state’s not that advanced yet, we just got phones (smile).

To all who has written and thought I didn’t wish to reply back, I’m not that rude. I’ll always respond to say thank you for your investment of time in me. Thank you for all your support and encouragement with my PTSD.

At times the smallest things can make the biggest difference when you’re down or having bad days.

Recently I’ve been through more discouraging obstacles. My uncle passed, then I had a serious infection in my knee, which they didn’t wish to do much for it. I had to deal with it for a few weeks. It was right under the kneecap which really sucked. Couldn’t walk or bend my leg and it looked like a giant cherry.

My birthday was really boring. The entertainment canceled when they got to the door. They were unable to do any long-term shows. So I just gave myself a party. I take all the small joys and make each day a little better. Hope to hear from y’all soon.

Donna Hockman #1406120 - Primary Picture By Donna Hockman October 24 2016


Please help me hold prosecutors accountable for violating defendant’s due process rights.

My goal is to hold those in positions of power accountable to every citizen when it comes to violating due process rights.

Currently no law exists in Virginia to punish prosecutors civilly or criminally (because they receive immunity) when they violate rights including, but not limited to; withholding exculpatory evidence, altering, fabricating, not testing and destroying evidence along with the use of unreliable “jailhouse” snitches who are used to taint a jury from hearing the truth and seeing the real evidence.

Most snitches are coerced and suborned by a prosecutor to strengthen their case. After they “testify” they receive a get out of jail free card not serving any time for the charges that brought them to jail. Offering them nothing in return for their testimony would guarantee they are on the stand for the right reasons. The state bar doesn’t take complaints seriously and dismisses them without a full investigation. I am asking the governor to set up a committee to oversee allegations of misconduct against prosecutors to ensure that they are following the law of Due Process that they swore to uphold when they were voted into office. Once an allegation is investigated and proved to have merit, the prosecutor would be held criminally liable for a charge of “obstruction of justice” and any other charges the committee deems appropriate. The prosecutor would also be civilly/financially liable for persons who have been incarcerated from the violations. Go to my facebook page now or, please sign both petitions and show your support.

Rene Rivas Jr #01614953 - Primary Picture By Rene Rivas Jr September 27 2016


“Prisoner in the Free”~~

Looking at me is plain to see. I’m a prisoner and can’t easily set myself free. Yet many are free and are prisoners that are worse off than me or somewhat like me. Not realizing they hold their own key to unlock what has built their own penitentiary. Some are emotionally, physically or mentally trapped and unhappy. Yet unlike me, everyone that is free “doesn’t” have to be a prisoner one day longer than they need to be. So if you may be a prisoner reading in the free, I hope you consider setting yourself free and realize that you have no reason to be trapped and unhappy, like me. I’d have tons of consequences piled up awaiting on me. But if you or anyone in the free would break free of your own penitentiary, the consequences to follow can only be better than what would await me if I choose to set myself free. So ask yourself, are you happy with who you want to be? Are you in a place you “want” to be? Are you happy and who do you want to be with? If you answers were “no” then welcome home! You’re a prisoner and free you roam! Lol. But remember, you hold your own key and all you must do is unlock what holds you a prisoner, like me, set yourself free, and make yourself happy. Cuz you don’t want to be miserable like me. Thanks for hearing me. Much love and respect, Face

John Steven Martin #202874Primary Picture By John Steven Martin September 20 2016


Hello people, just updating my blog. Where is everyone? I am truly looking to meet some beautiful women my age or younger who love to be worshipped and adored. I am looking to my parole date or sooner. Love Native women and White women. Would love to meet some women from the United Kingdom or Europe in general. Would love to meet a Native woman strong in heritage and culture, knowing languages and its meanings. I am truly physically strong, my only weakness is my left knee. I did start a new workout routine, feel it showing love myself very much. Can’t see myself loving anyone if I can’t love myself, right? Plan on starting college course this year in Paralegal research and to Criminal Justice. Hope to be on my bands payroll and clear my debt to my people with knowledge and experiences. Educating youth with laws not known to the layperson, and laws in hindsight. Inspiring youth not knowing Native ways will be hard to know, it’s way is not traditionally taught to youth. Hope to find a beautiful life out there to share some life with to worship and adore. Love women who love to be made up and dressed up and photos. Please send me photos. My time in prison has been tribunal and violent, have a lot of jealous lives quick to character assassinate. “These haters can’t help not to see what they’re in when they stand next to me in the mirror. A lesser man”. My only friends are Red, White and Brown, setting the tone for my path to the blue road and to my Grandfathers Blueman. Hope you beautiful women don’t begrudge me for being a bad man. An enduring Native man.

Sincerely yours,

John Steven Martin

Cory Bowman #M07506 - Primary Picture By Cory Bowman September 15 2016

"Stop The Violence"

“Stop The Violence”

It seems like every day I turn on the TV and there’s more and more violence! Shootings, deaths, murders! Even the people where we turn to for protection, “Police Officers” are making it where 911 might be the last option! To “protect & serve” they claim? Wow, can’t believe the nerve! Lol Has it really come down to this! It’s funny but it seems safer in the Department of Corrections then the streets! And to me that’s sad. Innocent people dying because they’re in the “wrong place, wrong time”. Revenge deaths, he did this, so I’ll come back 10 times harder! People literally dying over 20 bucks! Wow really makes you think it is safe anywhere anymore? From the projects to the suburbs, kids, to grandparents! Please let’s stop the violence! I would like to turn on my TV and be happy of what my country has become. Not be scared of my family or my future outside these walls! For anyone who has lost anyone to violence or family whos brother or sister has life in D.O.C. over a violent act, my heart goes out to you and no, you’re not alone! In this fight to make our cities safer for our kids! Let’s bring peace in our streets. Make it where we can walk down the road without a care in the world! From all walks of life, please stop the violence!

#Peace in the streets

Naarl Richard #18665-171 - Primary Picture By Naarl Richard September 5 2016


Love Is A Commitment~~

Ladies you may be a great woman but if your man ain’t ready to be monogamous, it’s not going to happen. If your man works a lot, hanging out with this friends after work and doing them but as a woman, what is your role? How are you encouraging your man to spend quality time with you? What are you doing to encourage him to stop hanging out with his friends after work? You spend all day thinking and all night wondering what is going on. And every now and then you get to wondering if he’s with someone else. Listen ladies, this type of man is not for you. Stay in your lane before you find yourself walking on the highway with a straight jacket on and footies, for no damn reason.

Ladies, if you’re going to be faithful, do it by choice not because you think your man is faithful to you. Because love sometimes fails for lack of wisdom or abundance of weakness, but it forgives knowing that the intentions are good. Love realized and accepts that there will be disagreements and disturbing emotions. Love takes time, it needs a history of giving and receiving, laughing and crying. There even may be times when distances and miles lie between. But love is a commitment; it believes and endures all things.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write one. ~~ One Love, Richard