In 2008 this political website was confrontative in the extreme.  
       Essentially, it called politicians high-priced prostitutes, bought and
sold by corporations in several different ways.  Further, this website
said that America's entire political system had been totally corrupted by
corporate money.  (Since 2008, the situation has gotten worse because
of the "Citizens United" decision by the Supreme Court.)
       Given the small amount of money I spent in the 2008 New
Hampshire presidential primary (about $3500), this website was a great
success. Although I never shook a hand or handed out a flier, I
managed to get 46 votes in the recount, making me the top vote-getter
among the 13 Republican nobodies (with the exception of one New
Hampshire man, whose family, friends and co-workers
probably voted
for him).  
       I may have gotten more votes per dollar spent than any other
candidate.  (Unfortunately, that's not the metric they use to determine
the winner of elections!)
Madison
"A good town to stay away from, and a great town to leave"
                                                    
proposed tourist slogan
        But with my attacks on all-powerful politicians and corporations, I
was naive to think that there wouldn't be any retaliation. Just three
months later, I paid an enormous price for this website.  
       I was set up, attacked with a police sting.  It was a professional
job, as smooth as hell, with the police right in the middle of it.
       Thanks to a police department and a district attorney from hell, I
was arrested for the first and only time in my life: A middle-aged former
Madison prostitute, an African-American who was currently a hotel maid
and crazy person (if she didn't take her medications), accused me of a
sex crime.  A corrupt Madison police force arrested me for it.
 
      It was clearly a set-up.  In the end, we finally found out who the
woman was, and the charges were dismissed.  But not without one
heck of a struggle.  Not without changing my attitudes about a lot of
things, especially African-Americans.

       They started asking me questions; they were suspicious about
something.  Finally they came out with it:  they told me that a hotel maid
had just accused me of exposing myself to her.
       Say what? I stared at them.  "Officers, I just got here," I said.  "I
just walked in the door.
 I didn't have the time to do anything wacky like
that, even if I'd wanted to."
       They knew I was right, of course, but that didn't matter.  They
brought the maid to the open door of my room, while they held me tight
on both sides.  I stared at her; she was a singularly unattractive
middle-aged black woman.
       For there to be the slightest truth to the accusation, I'd have to be
the first white man since Thomas Jefferson to be
sexually attracted to a
black woman.
       The police called in my ID, and found out that, at the age of 66, I
had never been arrested for anything -- other than minor traffic
violations.  But they already knew that.
       Almost undoubtedly, they already knew who the maid was.  If
they didn't, they would have called in her ID.  When they did, they
would have found out that she was a currently crazy former prostitute,
a former
long-time Madison hooker.  She had a long "sheet" of arrests
and convictions for drugs and prostitution, including four misdemeanor
(top of the line) convictions for prostitution.
       Knowing about both of us, they would never have arrested me.
       But they did arrest me.  They took me downtown in handcuffs,
booked me, interrogated and fingerprinted me, and then let me go with
a $250 bail.
       Welcome to Madison!
       Let's go back in time to April of 2008.
       Three months after the New Hampshire primary, I had travelled to
Madison, Wisconsin, for a colonoscopy because, at that time, U. S.
News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" listed the hospital of the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, as having the lowest rate of cancer
mortality in the country.  Why was that relevant?  Because if a
colonoscopy finds something wrong, it's going to be cancer, dummy.  
(The website no longer ranks the hospital at the top in the category of
cancer mortality, but it did at the time.)
       I had chosen my hotel, the Concourse (today I call it "the
Intercourse"), because it was close to the Meriter Hospital, where the
procedure would be performed.  On April 12th, I checked in and went
up to my room.  I started unpacking and plugging in my laptop.  Just 30
to 35 minutes after I had arrived in my room, someone was knocking on
my door.  I opened it and beheld the boys in blue, the police.  I let them
in.
   You'll never forget your vacation in Madison.
   You'll try to.  God knows you'll try to get it out of your mind for
years.
   But it'll stay in your memory forever, like sludge on the walls of
an abandoned outhouse.
                                                          
proposed tourist slogan
        Was the arrest a police-assisted sting, a set-up?  Of course.  
Obviously.  

       
First, there was no way that honest police would believe a
woman with such a long criminal record, and NOT believe a man with
no criminal record whatsoever.
 (Would they have known about her
long criminal background?  Of course.  When the police have a maid
accusing a man who has no criminal record whatsoever, they are
obviously going to check out the maid on the NICS.  After all, all maids
have a motive: they're all broke.  She could have been paid to make
the accusation, or she could be trying to extort money out of the guest.)

       Second, there was no way the police could possibly have gotten
to my door so quickly after my arrival.  
The time window was too small.
       
After all, if the supposed flashing were real, the maid would have
to complain to her maid supervisor, and the maid supervisor would
have to find the right manager downstairs, in one of the most crowded
lobbies I've ever seen.  Then the hotel manager would have to decide
NOT to call me to get my side of the story, opening himself up to
possible lawsuits
for not calling me.  
       
Then he would have to call the police.  The police would have to
respond, and dispatch a squad car to the hotel.  The
officers would
have to park the
car, and the officers would have to come into the hotel
and talk to the manager, who would let them talk
to the maid.  After
questioning her, if everything checked out, they would go up to the
perps's room and arrest him.
       But is it even remotely possible that all these steps (including the
flashing, and including the chain reaction to the flashing, ending with the
police knocking at  the door) could possibly have occurred within 30-35
minutes
after my first arrival at my room?
      Of course not.  I would have had to flash the woman in the cab to
the hotel to have time for all these events to happen.
       Third, the cops and DA were Brady cops and Brady DAs.  They
never told my attorney about her long career as a prostitute, and we
couldn't find out about it (because it ended more than 10 years earlier,
so it had been automatically expunged).  It took two months for our
private detective to unearth her criminal past.
       And they were Brady DAs in another way.  They hid her current
mental difficulties from my attorney.  It took one more month for our
private eye to uncover the details about her arrest for disorderly
contuct two years earlier.  She was constantly hitting and kicking her
husband if she didn't , which showed her current mental
instabilitycraziness.  She
      Was the arrest a police-assisted sting, a set-up?  Of course.  
Obviously.  
     First, there was no way that honest police would believe a woman
with such a long criminal record, and NOT believe a man with no
criminal record whatsoever.  (Would they have known about her long
criminal background?  Of course.  When the police have a maid
accusing a man who has no criminal record whatsoever, they are
obviously going to check out the maid on the NICS.  After all, all maids
have a motive
for any crime: they're broke.  She could have been paid
to make the accusation, or she could be trying to extort money out of
the guest.)
     Second, there was no way the police could possibly have gotten to
my door so quickly after my arrival.  The time window was too small.
     After all, if the supposed flashing were real, the maid would have
to complain to her maid supervisor, and the maid supervisor would
have to find the right manager downstairs, in one of the most crowded
lobbies I've ever seen.  Then the hotel manager would have to decide
NOT to call me to get my side of the story, opening himself up to
possible lawsuits for not calling me.  
     Then he would have to call the police.  The police would have to
respond, and dispatch a squad car to the hotel.  The officers would
have to park the car, and the officers would have to come into the hotel
and talk to the manager, who would let them talk to the maid.  After
questioning her, if everything checked out, they would go up to the
perps's room and arrest him.
     But is it even remotely possible that all these steps (including the
flashing, and including the chain reaction to the flashing, ending with the
police knocking at  the door) could possibly have occurred within 30-35
minutes
after my first arrival at my room?
    Of course not.  I would have had to flash the woman in the taxicab
to the hotel to have time for all these events to happen.
     Third, the cops and DA were Brady cops and Brady DAs.  They
never told my attorney about her long career as a prostitute, and we
couldn't find out about it (because it ended more than 10 years earlier,
so it had been automatically expunged).  It took two months for our
private detective to unearth her criminal past.

       But the police and the DA had the moral, legal and ethical
obligation to give all Brady materials (clearly exculpatory information) to
my attorney!

     And they were Brady DAs in another way.  They hid her current
mental difficulties from my attorney.  It took one more month for our
private eye to uncover the details about her arrest for disorderly
con
duct two years earlier.  It turns out she was constantly hitting and
kicking her husband if she didn't
take her three medications.  That's
why he was dragging her through the parking lot of Madison's only
mental hospital.  Unfortunately, she was also hitting him in the parking
lot, and the nurses saw it.  They called the police, who arrested her.
       The DA knew this.  But they never told my attorney about this
obvious Brady information.
       In Madison, the DAs and the cops are crooks, and they have
violated the federal Brady act.  They should be in jail.