Sunday, June 5, 2016

Never Do Business with Power Home Remodeling Group (and other advice)

Home improvement scams
By 160 Over 90 (Power home Remodeling) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

First, if a person from Power Home Remodeling Group shows up at your door and offers you a free estimate on home repair work, tell him to leave and shut the door. If he doesn't leave, call the police or take other appropriate action. If you already have a free estimate scheduled, cancel it and tell them to never contact you again. If they approach you in BJ'S Wholesale Club (which has some sort of relationship with the company) ignore them. Run, do not walk, away.

Why? That's a longer story. A few weeks ago, I was at my house when someone knocked on the door. He was working for Power Home, said they were in the area doing home improvement work for a neighbor, and that they were offering free estimates. I bought my house from a bank after the bank foreclosed on the last owner and while it wasn't in horrible condition, I have done work on it over the years. I have two friends who have helped me with various projects, but they are often busy with other jobs. So, I thought, sure give me a free estimate. I do need to replace the front bay window. I didn't know the age or condition of the roof and the siding is very old. I asked for an estimate on those things. We scheduled a later appointment, he took my name and contact information, and left. He seemed like a nice enough guy, so I thought, there was no harm in hearing what they had to say.

On the day of the appointment, I waited and waited, but no one showed up. It was annoying. But I wrote it off as not a big deal. I would get someone else to do the work. Later they called me on my phone at work and scheduled another appointment. This time, they called me back on my work number to confirm the appointment. (I have since found out that they don't show unless they get a confirmation and I never got their call before because I use Google Voice on my cell phone and Google actually blocked their number as spam.)

Last Friday afternoon, a young guy showed up at my house to do the estimate. At first he was very nice and professional, but he kept asking me a lot of personal questions, like he was or wanted to be my friend. He asked me at least twice what I was doing this weekend and I mentioned maybe going downtown to the bars and/or to the yearly Greek Festival to drink some Greek beer. We chatted a bit and I assumed it was all harmless. He then went into his sales pitch where he showed me on his Ipad a Powerpoint like presentation about how great his company was. I rushed him through this, or at least tried. I wasn't really interested in how great they were. I wanted a quote and then I would do research and get another estimate. This is what every homeowner should do.

So then he started looking at my window, siding, and roof. Long story short, everything was a complete disaster. My roof was, according to him, only one storm away from failing. He said to me something like “I don't care if you hire us or not, but someone needs to repair that roof.” That statement shortly then turned out to be a complete lie.

I was able to eventually get this guy to talk about pricing and he was running all sorts of numbers on his Ipad and Iphone and quickly showing me what he said would be industry pricing to do the work. (Oddly, he asked to use my Wifi at this time, because he said he wasn't getting good reception. I am going to have to change my password now it and update all my devices, which is going to be a pain.) He never left me a copy of what he wrote down on that paper, but did write, at my request, the cost for the roof and window on his business card. I guess this is what passes for as an estimate. $15,500 for the roof, $8,100 for the bow window, and about $22,000 for the siding. And it was urgent that they do the work, really really urgent.

Power Home Remodeling Scam
The most unprofessional estimate I have ever received.

Needless to say, I was not happy about the prospect of having to pay over $40,000 for repairs on my home. At this point, I have to admit that I was believing him. But I just don't have $40,000 sitting around and I am not the type of person to spend that much money without doing my homework. Think of me what you will, but I am not a complete idiot! There was no way that I was going to agree to that without doing more research.

I told the guy that I would have to talk to my bank about a refi. I would get the benefit of a lower rate and could take out extra cash. “Well, how soon can you talk to them?” He asked. You could hear the worry in his voice. It was after 5pm on a Friday, so the bank was closed, I pointed out. It would have to wait until at least Monday, I said.

For a moment, he looked dejected, but then quickly turned to his “today only” deal. He also gave me how much it would cost per month (although I don't think he listed the number of months), if I used their financing. In addition, I didn't have to come up with any money that day and would have time (I don't remember the exact amount), to go to my bank and come up with the money. The prices were much less, about $30,000 total, so a “savings” of over $10,000, but only if I signed that day. I asked him to break down each project. I don't remember the exact prices, but it was about $10,000 for the roof.

He really turned up the pressure on me. But what he didn't know is that while we were talking, I was researching it on my phone and found out that to the average price to replace a roof my size (less than 1200 sqft) is between $4100 and $6000. (A neighbor informed me yesterday he had his replaced last year, it was about the same size as mine, and paid $5500). I was also texting my friend who works on my house who was texting me back telling me to sign nothing and to get this guy out of my house.

This whole thing went on for a while, well over 2 hours. He was playing mind games, or at least trying. He would say things like, “Sure, I want to make a sale, but I am also a human being. I can't leave your house like this.” He would not take no for an answer. And when it got to the point that it was obvious that I was not going to sign, he turned into a complete dick. I had to ask him to leave, at least twice, and thought I was going to have to call 911 or even, if necessary, get my gun. Thankfully, it didn't come to that. At the front porch, you could see the anger in his face, and he yelled to me something like, “You don't care about your house. You just care about going out and drinking beer tonight.” See how he used what I told him earlier about going to the Greek Festival against me? He was also trying to shame me in front of the neighbors. Didn't work. It did make me wonder if he was also lying when he said he was a human being.

Later my friend, who also happens to have a degree in engineering and who also builds houses, came over and looked at my roof. He said it had a few years left in it and then we went out drinking. My neighbor also told me that the last owners replaced the roof in 1999 and they typically last 20 years.

Regarding my experience with the company, I assumed that I just had a bad salesman. But then I started to research the company. Now I know why he was so desperate to get me to sign that day and got upset when I said I wanted to do research online first.

The Power Home Remodeling Group claims an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and I'm sure that convinces many people that they are okay. But what many, especially older, people don't understand is that the BBB grade isn't worth much. It is an increasingly irrelevant organization. The best source for information about a company is probably, where they do a good job weeding out fake reviews.

The Power Home Remodeling is based in Chester, PA, but according to their website they operate in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. There are Yelp pages for many of these offices.

The Maryland office of Power Home has a Yelp Score of 1 Star, the lowest possible. What they did to me was not an isolated incident. Here are some of the highlights from the Review page:

We have about. 2500 sqft roof, the estimator was suggesting a $30k to $40k job.... Absolutely insane.... I guess they work on commission, but with a full removal, materials (architectural shingles) and install, and accounting for the markup in Arlington, a very high end estimate shouldn't be over $15k.

These guys use high pressure scare tactics to bully people into paying wayyy toooo much. Buyer beware please and do your homework!

Another person wrote:

I like how they have the gall to get on here and refute my review. For anyone who's further interested in their lies, I've posted a pic of the contracted amount with personal info blanked out. You can find this on my profile. They also want to refute hole size. They don't seem to understand, he showed me pictures of significant damage with large holes, I don't need a ruler to measure them, because THERE ARE NO HOLES IN MY ROOF. He fraudulently showed us pictures of someone else's roof and said he just took them. You can call them whatever size you want swindler, it's irrelevant considering there are no holes in my attic at all. That's what your company is about. The HIGH cost of replacing a roof is considered $13,000. They're crooks, protect your friends and family from these depraved sleazy salesmen.

You probably have the point by now, but I just want to post one more review from the Maryland site:

This company tried to swindle my 74 year old father. I came home at the end of the salesman's 4 hour speech. He convinced my dad that our roof has severe damage and could break through if you walked on it. He explained how it has severe water damage and showed us pictures of huge wet patches and holes in the plywood from the attic. After hearing the $28,000 price tag I told my dad to rethink and get some other quotes even though he had already signed up. I checked the attic for myself and guess what, no holes and almost no water damage in sight. He correctly assumed my dad was too feeble to climb up there himself. Too bad I wasn't. He had showed us someone else's pictures to convince us. They're liars and cheaters. After my dad canceled they called and came back to offer a better deal, $8000 for almost the same service. Really? Wow, all of sudden they can do the work for so much less. They also tried to sell gutters for $4000. Were they made out of gold? Nope, aluminum. Maybe they personally make them out of soda cans or something, because $4000 is laughable. They're crooks and I see plenty of poor reviews for their actual work. Best look elsewhere before you get ripped off.

And the reviews on the other Yelp pages are just as bad. For example,in their hometown of Chester, PA, they somehow managed to set an average 2.5 out of 5 star Yelp rating.

One person wrote:
Simply one of the worst companies I have come across when dealing with remodeling companies. They use basic pressure tactics, employ people who have either no experience or very little in actual trades/remodeling who aren't qualified to give legit estimates let alone act as a building inspector, and then are very aggressive the entire process once you engage with them including during the sales quote.

The most hilarious part was when one of their sales reps tried to tell my uncle (who has done general residential contracting for more than 35 years) and one of his partners who is a licensed building inspector they had no idea what they were talking about including questioning their price estimates for the materials and time quoted for a basic roof repair. Their interest rates for financing were also lousy when compared to standard line of credits from a bank or credit union too.  

A general building contractor should NEVER pressure anyone during the sales or estimate process, stick to only what the client wants done or expressed a wish to get an estimate on, and give them things they request including other customer references without a hassle.

It wasn't just me. These people are up to no good. I suspect that their main prey is the elderly. They might be sitting at home all day and bored. A nice young man who is well groomed, well spoken, and who seems like a real go-getter, shows up and gives them a great sales pitch. And then he scares the hell out of them and gets them thinking their house is falling apart. This is really sleazy. They are convincing and pressuring people to pay for things they don't need and are charging them ridiculous prices.

Please be careful when dealing with anyone offering an estimate for home repair. While most people in the field are honest, there are plenty of frauds. Make sure your friends and family, especially elderly friends and relatives, are aware of this company and these types of tactics. Never agree to anything on the spot. Always get a second estimate, at least. AND NEVER NEVER NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH POWER HOME REMODLING GROUP!!!

Also, please share this post with your friends and family. They will appreciate it. I don't want to see anyone lose their money to these people.

Also, to the guy who stopped by my house, you left one of your gloves on my back porch. I don't know if it was a mistake or part of an elaborate plan to get back into my house under the guise of getting your glove to continue a sales pitch. Either way, it is sitting on my front lawn under my mailbox. You can get it, but get one inch closer to my house and we are going to have a problem. You better get it before it blows away.

Related external links:
Hackettstown Life forum posts on Power Home
Complaints Board
Scam Book

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wayne Simmons Update #2

Many people around the Annapolis area know Wayne Simmons. He is a local legend, or at least a minor celebrity. Like everyone else who knew him, I was stunned to hear the claim that he had made up his entire 27 year CIA career. Recently, Wayne entered into a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors and is pending sentencing on house arrest. Wayne still asserts that he is innocent. The fact that he plead guilty indicates that he does not believe he would be successful at trial. He claims the CIA disowned him.

I have been investigating Wayne's case to determine just what was going on. A simple answer could be that the guy is just a fraud. Conmen aren't unusual. Although Wayne's alleged con seemed unusually detailed and over the top. Alex French, writing for the New York Times Magazine, interviewed the former CIA officer who first exposed Wayne, Kent Clizbe. Clizbe's theory was that Wayne got busted by the police on drug charges and was working as a criminal informant to avoid prosecution. This makes some sense. Criminal informants are often referred to as CIs. Is it possible that Wayne exaggerated this in his mind to equal CIA? Perhaps he was also working as a CI for federal agencies, such as the DEA, and perhaps they just told him he was doing work for the CIA? I don't know, but that does seem not just possible, but probable.

In court filings, before he plead guilty, Wayne's attorney outlined some very specific things that Wayne allegedly did for the CIA. I would have no way to check most of his claims, but he does list two safe houses that he allegedly used and the years that he used them. Wayne said he used a safe house on Pierson Road in Queen Anne's County to store and distribute narcotics and guns between 1990 and 1994. I was able to track down, through property records, that the property in question was owned by a company called "Wolverine Associates". A company by the same name appears to still be in business in Potomac, MD. Do they know anything about this? Wayne also said that he used another safehouse at 1501 Overlook Drive in Silver Spring, MD, from 1979 to 1984. The owner of the property during those years was an Estonian Lutheran minister by the name of Rudolf Troost. Reverend Troost has long since passed away, so we can't ask him what, if anything, he knew about this. It is possible that Wayne just picked these addresses by random, but that strikes me as unlikely. I would really love to know what was going on at those locations.

Young Wayne, from his FB account
Wayne's story is an interesting one. His father was a war hero. Just about everyone in his family has served in the military and/or government. I talked with Alex French about this case as he was writing his article. One of the interesting things I learned was that Wayne had joined the Navy, but received an honorable medicine discharge after 27 days for post concussion syndrome. Of course, most people would think that there was nothing wrong with receiving this type of discharge. But could it be that Wayne viewed this as a personal failing and a disgrace to his family? Was he obsessed with the number 27 and then turned that, in his Walter Mitty mind, to a 27 year career with the CIA to redeem himself in they eyes of his family, if not in his own eyes? I don't know if we will ever know the full truth about just what Wayne was doing or why he was doing it. Wayne will be sentenced on July 15, 2016, in Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Perhaps we will find out more then.

Airport Specials? Enough to set Wayne into action.
Side notes: I happened to meet the taxi driver who Wayne beat up in 2007. He was driving for Uber. Alex French emailed me the police report (email me, btw if you want a copy - bill at williamcooke dot com) so I knew the victim's name. I asked the driver about the incident. He remembered it and we both talked about the incident and Wayne's recent arrest. He found the whole situation very strange, but also humorous. Just to make sure I really had the right guy, I asked him for his business card. The number on it matched the cell phone number he gave in the police report. Call him if you need a ride around Anne Arundel County. He would appreciate it if you didn't assault him.

A few months prior, I was on another Uber ride and was talking to the driver who said he had worked as a private contractor in Afghanistan. I asked him if he knew Wayne. He smiled and said he did. He ran into him in Afghanistan on a helicopter. According to the driver, everyone called Wayne "the celebrity" because he had appeared on Fox News so many times. Wayne loved when people knew he was.

Recently, I ran across someone else who knew Wayne who still had his business card. Lots of people have seen my blog posts about this topic and have been happy to volunteer information that they have regarding Wayne. One person who knew Wayne in the 1980s said he was a "big coke dealer" in Prince George's County back then. He also ran, according to this person, halfway houses for men with AIDS, not out of any humanitarian concern, but because "it paid good money." Another person at a bar told me that he punched her then boyfriend in the face for no reason, other than he wanted to talk to her.

My investigation will continue.


Wayne Simmons Update
Wayne's World, the Strange Case of the Superpatriot

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Judicial Candidate "Rev. Dr." Rickey Nelson Jones's Controversial Writings May Hurt Chances

In Maryland, if there is a vacancy on a county's Circuit Court, the governor picks a new judge from a list of names sent to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The applicants are properly vetted by the commission, with help from members of the local bar association. However, any lawyer over 30 who has lived in the state for at least 5 years may challenge the governor's selection in the next election. The candidates must survive, at least, the Republican or Democratic primary. The candidates who survive at least one primary are on the general election ballot.

In Anne Arundel County, we recently had four vacancies (caused by retirements) on the Circuit Court. Four new judges were appointed. Judges Klavans, Vitale, Schaeffer, and McCormack, currently sit on the bench, but must face the voters in the April primary election. If all four win the Democratic and Republican primaries, they will not face any challengers in November. They are being challenged by three candidates: Howes, Barber, and Jones.

This blog has already reported on judicial candidate Mark Howes and his interest in the since discredited claims of Satanic Ritual Abuse. The "Reverend Dr." Rickey Nelson Jones has also made some interesting statements that may cause some concern for voters.
The Reverend Judge?

Jones, who is a registered Democrat who has made generous donations to Democratic Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. over the years is unlikely to garner much support in the Republican primary. In addition, Jones's frivolous Federal lawsuit, alleging that the Judicial Nomination Commission discriminated him in the selection process because he is black, is unlikely to impress many GOP voters. Jones seems to have the odd idea that he was more qualified than two of the new judges because he is a solo-practitioner. He complained that Judge Vitale had "only" 2 years of experience working on her own and "18 years under the guidance of others in a law firm." He complained that Judge Klavans "had 12 years of experience under the guidance of others in Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office and a law firm, and approximately two decades in private legal practice confined to personal and business services."

Working for a firm or at a government agency is not inferior to working on one's own and is insulting to most members of the bar. Jones also ignores the fact that the nominating commission might have actually thought that someone like Judge Vitale, who had extensive experience writing laws as a legislator, might bring a unique and important perspective to the job. In addition, since judges often handle criminal cases, which are extremely important to the public and the accused, Judge Klavans's 12 years of experience as a prosecutor in Baltimore City would weigh heavily in his favor. They might have thought that Jones, who once wrote that, "I informed him [a potential client] that I did not do criminal law, did not like criminal law," was not particularly strong in this area. They might have also suspected that a man who uses his clerical title in his law practice might be stark raving mad. 

The quote above came from one of Jones's books, Strictly from God: A Godly Man's Guidance to His Family and Fellow Man. I purchased the ebook version yesterday from Google, was able to quickly read through it, and pulled out the following quotes, which might be of interest to Democratic primary voters who are thinking of voting for this man. These are actual quotes that he wanted in print:

“Where were you, father, when your son asked about what constitutes the proper relationship between human beings, i.e. the God-sanctioned man/woman relationship [NOT something else]?"

“Where were you father, when the son's mother dominated the household, the child, the finances, the decisions, and the up-bringing, totally confusing the child about who GOD made the “head” and leader (1 Corinthians 11:3 [man is the head of the woman], Ephesians 5:23 [husband is the head of his wife], and Genesis 2:16-20 [Man was put in command by GOD Himself and woman was made by GOD because of man's need]).” 

“Clearly, using what GOD created for sacred united and procreation to engage in acts with the same gender is abominable in HIS sight.”

“In spite of the numerous good things the Nation of Islam has done, it has done the worst thing of all by presenting an alternative to Jesus.”

“Whether it is the Nation of Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Buddism [sic], etc., denying Jesus as the only LORD and GOD is Anti-Christ.”
“He explicitly condemned Witchcraft in Deuteronomy 18:10. He explicitly condemned Necromancy in Deuteronomy 18:11. He explicitly condemned Workers of Magic or Wizards in Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:27,and Deuteronomy 18:10. GOD has even sanctioned death for individuals who practice such things as these.”

“The woman deviates from GOD'S way when she refuses to submit to the husband who loves her as Christ loves the church. This takes one form principally, i.e., hardheadedness. The heardheaded woman does not want her husband to tell her anything. She does not want to listen. She does not want to agree with her husband, and she feels she is the 'head.' She is a 'Brickhead.'”

“The Caucasian racist in America saturates and cripples this society. He has a stronghold in America from the judiciary to the elementary school. For example, he practices his wicked behavior in the judiciary by granting motions for summary judgment to the Caucasian defendant in the midst of a documented, clear, wrong. This one example also highlights how entrenched the Caucasian racist is in the United States. By granting a motion for summary judgment to a Caucasian defendant in the midst of a documented, clear, wrong is to flatly and emphatically indicate no desire to even consider the wrong committed, to say nothing about redressing the wrong.”

“The child who takes a step beyond disobedience and enters the realm of cursing his parents goes too far in GOD's eyes. Not only has this child opposed the very ones through whom he was conceived, but he has opposed GOD by countering everything He intended. This is so anti-GOD that the ultimate penalty is imposed – death.”
Are these the values that Democratic primary voters share? Is this who they want deciding important cases? I'll leave it to the voters to decide.

UPDATE - Rickey Nelson Jones's campaign ended on April 26, 2016, when he lost both the Democratic and Republican primary. I wish him the best.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Judicial Candidate Mark Howes Appeared on Paranormal Show to Discuss Satanic Ritual Abuse.

I used to love watching a show called Sightings. It was about alleged real life paranormal events. They would interview people who claimed to see ghosts or who had seen a UFO or had some other type of paranormal experience. It wasn't hard hitting journalism. I probably shouldn't even call it journalism. But it was entertaining.

Years later, many of the episodes were repackaged and put on TV under a new name, Unexplained Mysteries. They were often replayed on cable. One weekend morning I happened to be watching an episode and I saw a story that was based in Glen Burnie, Maryland. They were interviewing a cop about a case that involved ritual Satanic abuse. As I watched it, I thought, "don't I know that guy? Isn't be a lawyer?"

The person they were interviewing was former cop and current attorney, Mark Howes. I remembered this recently when I saw that Mr. Howes filed to run against the four sitting judges for a place on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench. I searched the internet until I found the clips below:

 Ghost-Unexplain Mysteries the young and the... by doumi94220

Ghost-Unexplain Mysteries the young and the... by doumi94220

The story involves alleged Satanic ritual abuse that took place at a house in Glen Burnie. As a result, the house was haunted, according to the people who later moved in. Howes was involved in the investigation and according to the show, the defendant was sent to prison. This raises some concerns because claims of ritualistic Satanic child abuse were all the rage in the 1980s and early 90s. Almost all of the claims, if not all of the claims, were false and many innocent people were sent to prison as a result. To get a picture of just how crazy this was, watch Indictment - the McMartin Trial, which was produced by HBO.

I was curious to find out as much as I could about this case. According to the show, the abuse took part on Judy Road in Glen Burnie and they showed the house. I paused the video at that spot and then went to Google Maps Streetview to locate the house. I found that it was at 7210 Judy Road. With that information, I went to the Maryland's property database, found the previous owners, and ran them through Casesearch, the state's online court database, and found that one owner in the early 80s, Jack Hook, was charged in 1984 with a 2nd degree Sex Offense and Child Abuse in case number 00601179A5. The charge was in the lower level District Court and would have to be sent to Circuit Court for trial, if it was to go forward. I could not find the case in the Circuit Court records, which leads me to think that this was either a clerical error or maybe the case was dismissed or he was found not guilty and expunged the case. Although the District Court case should have been expunged as well.

We do know that the case was in Circuit Court because the local paper reported on May 8, 1984, that Mr. Hook was indicted on these charges.

I have not been able to find out what happened to Mr. Hook. If he is still alive, he is not in prison (I checked the prison inmate locator) nor is he a registered sex offender (I checked there too). If he is still alive and sees this blog, I would advise him to seek legal representation. Too many innocent people have gone to prison as a result of this nonsense or have otherwise had their lives destroyed. It was a witch hunt and those who took part in it should be held responsible.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am supporting the Sitting Judges in this campaign. For those unaware of the process in Maryland, if there is a judicial vacancy on the Circuit Court (the highest level trial court) lawyers may apply for the position. There is extensive vetting by the Judicial selection committee and a few names are sent to the governor, who makes the final decision. However, any lawyer who is over 30 and who has lived in Maryland at least 5 years may file to run and it is up to the voters to decide who wins.

UPDATE - Mark Howes's campaign ended on April 26, 2016, when he lost both the Democratic and Republican primary. I wish him the best.

Wayne Simmons Update

If you know me or have just been reading this blog, you know that I have been obsessed with the Wayne Simmons story. A brief recap, if you don't know, according to Federal prosecutors, Wayne is a career criminal and conman who fooled the Pentagon and Fox News into thinking that he was a retired CIA agent. What he allegedly pulled off is amazing. Funny as it appears to be, the story is also deeply troubling. Why was this man allowed to keep up this farce this long?

I spent some time looking into this situation and posted what I found on this blog. My post attracted the attention of a few reporters.

A journalist working for the Rolling Stone interviewed me. He quoted me in his story, The Rise and Fall of a Fox News Fraud. The reporter, Reeves Wiedeman, did a lot more research on Wayne and came up with some new information that I was not aware of. For example, I did not know that Wayne ran a hot-tub business or that he ran a carpeting company.

Shortly after this story was published, I was contacted by the Daily Mail for background information. Not long after that, they published How a con-man limo company owner used fake CIA credentials to land a role as Fox News expert and infiltrate the Pentagon's inner circle. There wasn't much original research here, unfortunately.

There will be another story out next month about Wayne. I have spoken to the reporter and he has uncovered things about Wayne that the other guys missed. I'm sworn to secrecy until it is published, but I promise you will not be disappointed.

As for my own research, I was able to located this photo:

It shows Wayne in the far left at the signing of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. What is ironic is that Wayne played a role in the drafting of this legislation which allows for the indefinite detention of suspects. This is ironic because court filings show that after his arrest, no one was more vocal than Wayne to secure his freedom. Wayne is happy if someone else is indefinitely detained without trial, but he will be the loudest voice complaining if he feels his rights are being violated.

Regardless, the more I hear about this guy, the more convinced I am that he is seriously mentally ill. And I am actually starting to feel bad for him. His whole life has fallen apart. Instead of being thought of as a hero, people call him a fraud and a criminal. He faces the realistic prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. While he is on house arrest now, his house is being foreclosed. He has nothing. I have found parts of this very disturbing and parts very funny, but I now see it as sad, more than anything else. I would rather see Wayne get mental health counselling and treatment, as opposed to seeing him get a prison sentence.

Wayne's World, the Strange Case of the Superpatriot