2052 BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION- SOUND THE ALARM IN MY HOLY MOUNTAIN [When the enemy comes in like a flood- the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him] Isaiah the Prophet.
I was at the mission [Timons] yesterday- and a funny thing happened.
I was sitting at the lunch table- next to a good old boy- Albert.
I have known Albert for many years- he’s not one of the guys I ‘preach’ to- no- he’s not part of the group of guys that have been in our meetings.
But I’m just a friend with Albert- he’s been an alcoholic for many years- no secret.
As I’m sitting at the table- it’s been real cold in Texas- unseasonably cold.
I ask ‘how you making it in the camp Albert’?
Many of the homeless population in the Bluff live in makeshift camps.
He told me ‘You know John- I’m doing ok- I don’t fear other guys coming up- just have to keep an eye out for the cops’.
Now- Albert is not one of the group I have told ‘I’m documenting stuff this year- police abuse’.
So- I just sit- and let Albert talk.
He goes on ‘yeah- they’ll raid the camp.’
As he’s talking – of his own accord [I intentionally did not ask what cop he was talking about- I wanted him to bring up the name on his own].
Sure enough- he brings up the same cop that most of these posts have been speaking about [one more person who has told me this- over thousands of stories over 25 years].
He goes on ‘one day he came up to me- I told him ‘I have no warrants- why are you here’.
Albert tells me- almost in a state of shock/surprise ‘he said- right out loud in front of many people ‘I’LL JUST MAKE SOMETHING UP’.
Now- over these last few months I have given multiple examples of guys who have told me that this cop has indeed done this- arrested them- and lied on the report.
Albert told me this officer came to his house one day [mom’s house].
His mom was upset- raised her voice- he arrested the mom- put her in cuffs [the mom is 72 years old- WANDA HOFFMAN].
Albert of course was upset- tried to defend his mom- and the cop charged him with assault on a cop- a felony.
The brother followed the cop to the jail- bailed her out.
She’s an old lady- did not have a warrant- they didn’t want her to sit in a cell.
Albert told me he did go to court- the judge [I think a woman] when she heard the whole story- she too realized that the felony assault was a vindictive thing the cop did.
She dropped it to a misdemeanor.
When Albert told me this- I Then told him ‘I’m documenting all of you guys’ cases’.
That’s when he gave me his full name- I never knew his last name.
Now- ALBET HOFFMAN has testified that officer officer- stated- In front of many witnesses ‘I’LL JUST MAKE A CHARGE UP’.
Ok- as an open letter to Chief Simpson- how can any arrest he has made- or ever will make- be trustworthy from this day forward? [if it is true]
Let me say- the way this story came to me- Albert bringing up the cops name- even before he knew I was documenting cases.
I believe this one is 100% accurate.
The actual words from the cops mouth ‘I’LL JUST MAKE SOMETHING UP’ In front of other witnesses.
Let’s find out. [Remember- EVERY WORD SPOKEN WE WILL GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR- Jesus Christ].
NOTE- I decided to stop documenting cases this week. I think I’ve done enough for now.
As Albert relayed the story- I thought I would at least do this last one.
Let’s hope this is the last. [Let me give some perspective here- As I have talked with the guys- heard lots of cases- and then went thru my own experience with Tommy- I really began to see what I think is the ‘real’ picture.
I do not see him as dangerous- or a ‘real’ threat.
In the above example ‘I’LL JUST MAKE SOMETHING UP’.
Even Albert was surprised that he would say this- in front of what the bible calls ‘many witnesses’.
As I thought about this these past few months- documenting this stuff- I thought ‘geez- I bet the police chief must have hundreds of other complaints’.
I simply think that the cop- for various reasons- has fallen into this cycle where he says stuff- can’t control it and probably has been warned- maybe lots of times.
That’s why I mentioned the Fire Dept. example [I retired from the Fire Dept.]
You do have different types of guys you work with- and some would get on the other guys like this.
I kind of saw that’s what’s really going on here.
Both sides [poor and homeless and the cop] actually have become used to it.
But- in reality- a cop can’t say/do the stuff I’ve been documenting- and for those in charge to think sort of along the lines of ‘o thats old so and so- he’s really harmless’.
No- not after the examples I have given [Roger doing 4 and a half years in prison].
Let me tell a story; this isn’t the first time I have done this.
Got to a point where the ‘cup is full’- in biblical terms- for you secularists- let’s call it ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.
The reason I have a bit more insight into this whole thing is because I worked in the position of Captain for many years at the Fire dept.
I never wanted to take the job permanently [Captains had to have various weekly meetings with the chief- on their off days and stuff- I lived in Corpus- and didn’t want all the responsibilities that came with the permanent title- like having to drive back to Kingsville on my off days].
But as the senior driver/engineer- when we were short a captain- I had to fill in for the position- we called it temporary assignment.
Now- at the Fired Dept. like any other organization [Police- etc.] you have in house strife- over lots of stuff.
One of the things that went on was at various times some chiefs/captains would send our front line ambulance crew to run errands.
Maybe go to pick up dinner- donuts-whatever.
This was a problem- lots of the guys complained- but never did anything about it.
Over the years another division was between the union/non union guys.
We had 2 captains that for years were- well- at each other’s throats- so to speak.
Al was our union president- Corando was the Captain for B shift- Al worked on A shift- I worked on C shift.
Cory was a good man- like the other guys- but he was anti-union for most of his career.
Al was right under Cory on the seniority scale- so if Cory- after he became chief- ever resigned or retired- Al was next in line for chief [which happened- at the end of this story].
Now- I was a stickler for having a fast response time to the fires/ambulance calls.
I would complain that our primary mission was to make sure we have the guys in the trucks as soon as possible- and get to the scene.
But- for various reasons- this primary mission sort of fell behind over the years.
We had 2 sides of town with a fire station- the west and east side- Kingsville.
Of course the west side truck should get to their side of town first- if a structure was on fire on their side.
But- I would often get to the house fire first- even if I was on the other side of town.
I wasn’t trying prove anything- but to let the guys know ‘hell- if you don’t hurry up and get to the scene- John’s gonna get their first’.
And that does make the other driver look bad- but it also gave them incentive to get to the dam fire- on time.
One time- I got to the fire- even though the other truck- coming out of the west side station was right down the block from the fire [they should have been there long before me].
The other driver was pissed off- and I already pulled the attack lines from my truck and was fighting the fire with the other guy.
Which of course is what the first truck at the scene does.
When the second truck arrived- late- Mike [the other driver on duty that day] was mad.
He stopped his truck- and watched.
He’s supposed to go hook up at the hydrant.
I yelled at him [you do realize there is a house on fire right now]
GO HOOK UP THE TRUCK!!
He responded ‘it’s not my job to hook up at the hydrant- this is my side of town’.
Now- technically he was right- if he got there when he was supposed to- he would have been attacking the fire first- with his crew.
But- once again- he was late.
The ‘Letter of the law’ [the rule] was yes- the west side truck attacks first- BUT THAT’S IF YOU GET THERE FIRST!
I couldn’t believe was arguing with me about this- with a house on fire!
Mike has a tendency to question everything- he was like that.
The chief- Corando- was there.
He heard me ‘tell’ Mike ‘GO HOOK UP AT THE F…NG HYRDANT- NOW!
Ok- just giving you a feel here- of how stuff works.
Well- one day I went on shift- the guys told me ‘can you believe the chief made the ambulance go out of town to fix his flat’.
No- I couldn’t.
And yes- that was the last straw.
The chief was coming back from Baffin bay- got a flat- and called the station and the guys went around 25 miles out of town to help him.
Now- we did have a backup ambulance- but the Paramedics were frontline- and if the backline had to go to a heart attack or something- we would send our EMT’s- not as top line as the medics.
So- I wrote a bunch of letters- sent them to the mayor and commissioners.
For about 3 weeks this was the top story in the paper- the chief made a statement in the paper [let’s say it wasn’t totally true?].
And he tried to defend the action.
After about 3 weeks- he retired.
Now- I did feel bad.
The city commissioners had no idea this was going on- for years.
As they interviewed the captains- they asked ‘is John telling the truth’.
They said yes.
I’m sure they asked ‘why did you let this go on for so long’.
The guys just got used to it.
During these years- guys would write each other up- sometimes report things- vindictively.
Lots of politics and stuff.
Now- that’s what I see in this situation I’m dealing with here.
Not so much in house here- but this is sort of what’s going on in the street.
The cop- and the guys- all have grudges against each other.
But- what is happening is not ‘in house’ writing each other up- making complaints and stuff.
The cop is- at times arresting these guys- and according to many accounts- he indeed is ‘MAKING A CHARGE UP’.
Yeah- not on the big things [I don’t believe]?
But on the little stuff.
Then- when a guy does ‘go off’ and threaten the cop [like he does with them].
Boom- 4.5 years in prison.
See- that’s why I decided it was time to document this.
When the chief was forced to retire.
Some of the guys were like ‘hooray- way to go John’.
Others were mad.
One day one of the guys came up to me ‘yeah- glad we got rid of that SOB’.
He went on a bit.
I told him ‘Cory was a good Captain- a good man- a good chief. He increased training for the dept. did a lot of good things- no- he is a good man’.
The other firefighter shut up at that point.
One thing that happened during this time I do feel bad about.
At one point the union president- Al- who actually wanted Cory to retire- so he could fill the spot.
He showed up at station 2- in the middle of this whole firestorm- it was on the front page of the Kingsville Record- the whole 9 yards.
Al came to the station- he said
‘John- the chief wants to ask you something’.
I was irate for a few weeks at this point- being he did lie in the paper about what happened.
Al said ‘the chief asked if you could forgive him- what does he need to do for you to drop it’.
I didn’t drop it- I told Al ‘tell him yeah- he needs to go’. [Resign/retire].
Now- this too was not easy to do- what he did with the ambulance crew- at times- was wrong.
And could have cost lives.
The guys did complain- but never did anything.
Sometimes stuff goes on for years- Police- Fire- etc.
These people are not inherently bad- in many cases- they are good people.
They become comfortable with stuff- and don’t realize that some of the stuff they are doing is indeed violating the rights of others- and at times- down right against the law.
After Cory retired- Al Lopez did become the next fire chief.
It’s never an easy thing to do this, especially being my own experience with this officer.
The other day some guy at the mission- a friend- got upset about something and said ‘YOU HAVE SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET TOO!’
I told Mark ‘Mark- skeletons are things people hide- if you read my site last year- you will see that I don’t have skeletons’.
I talked openly- and honestly- about my situation.
Some did think I was paranoid- because this just happened to be the cop that took my case.
I knew his history already.
Do I think he might have done something wrong- in my case?
To be honest- no.
But I did see a pattern- stuff that showed me that many of the stories I heard over the years had some validity to them.
Andy told me one day ‘yeah- this cop goes the extra mile John- he carries vendettas- someday he’ll wind up in a nursing home with some mean lady having to take care of him’.
It showed me that this whole saga- the many years of the guys on the streets dealing with this- they saw the pattern.
So maybe in a way- all that happened- was for the good of all.
Not to ‘get even’ but maybe the straw that broke the camel’s back- had to happen.
I want to write- real time [Saturday]. I usually don’t start these weekly posts till Monday.
I write for a couple of days- then post on Thursday.
But John David just came by- and he told me ‘Have you seen Huey- he was beat up real bad- and we can’t find him’.
His brother Andy texted me asking if I found him while I was speaking with David.
These are the 3 brothers I have spoken about this last year- Huey’s stuff is here in my room- he has crashed out here lots.
Now- Huey is also one of the cases I have written about- a ‘witness’ to some of the abuse I have written about.
These guys live on the streets- and I’m concerned that maybe someone retaliated against him.
As of now- I don’t know.
I had another strange experience at the mission the other day.
I don’t want to make this sound self-serving- but I have to talk a bit here.
At the mission- every so often a new- cute [or pretty] girl will show up.
And as things go- the guys will try and get to know the girl- before anyone else ‘gets’ to her first.
Not all the guys look like bums- some do.
So- I rarely talk to the girls- try to be nice- but over time they see ‘gee- that guy seems to have no interest’ which to be honest- is true.
A few weeks ago a girl I met before was complimenting me ‘your good looking’ stuff like that.
I forgot her name- but she was a medic in the Navy [like me] and served in Iraq.
After an hour or so of hinting stuff ‘gee John- if you drop me off- I guess I could sit on your lap.. .’
She went on for a while- I wasn’t mad or anything- but let her know ‘thanks dear- just not interested’ type thing.
So- stuff like this does happen.
There are 2 younger girls [late 20’s?] who the guys like.
I’ve talked to one- the other just the other day for the first time.
I think one is a little ‘jealous’ cause I just talked to the other one for a while.
I can kinda see it [it’s not that I’m a ‘heartbreaker’ I’ try and be nice to them- and they see I’m not looking to really engage with them and stuff- and that’s part of it]
But the new girl- I told her I’m doing meetings with the guys- bible studies- I told her ‘you can go if you want- but it’s really just for the guys’.
I really didn’t want her to go- but felt bad that she saw me inviting the guys- so I did this.
[Note- she just asked me yesterday if I could do one at the local coffee house- I think I will. I do want any of the girls that are interested to be in the meetings- but most of the meetings are just with the boys- they open up- talk about stuff- that maybe they would not feel comfortable about with a girl there].
As I did talk to her a bit about the ministry- she seems smart- she brought up a few things about the meaning of words- how we can’t know for sure what words mean.
As my habit- I just happen to know the school of thought on this- taught it in my Philosophy posts.
I think she was surprised- I didn’t mean to ‘correct’ her- but in a nice way covered the field of thought on this- how this idea became famous in some schools of thought in the 20th century.
And without giving a whole lesson on the thing- I said
‘Nikki- the main problem with this belief system is- the guy who wrote the book on this’ [words have no meaning].
I quipped ‘then how can you even read/understand his argument- from a book of words’.
She said ‘wow- that’s right’.
Now- this was easy for me to do- because I teach this stuff.
Then she got into Physics a bit [another thing I teach on].
And sort of the same thing happened- I think she was intrigued a bit.
One of my other friends does try and hit on her- and she really didn’t want to talk to him- she was engaging in this discussion- and I could tell she wanted to learn.
Now- here’s’ where you need to pay attention- and remember the recent posts.
In a nutshell- what is happening right now- is a sort of spiritual warfare that I explained in the other posts.
Basically- thru various events- God has ‘heard’ my prayer- and in a sense- satan has been silenced [for a season].
God is working in earthly systems- and thru some ‘heavenly’ signs- God seems to have said ‘yes- the court is in session- and I HAVE COME FOR THY WORDS’ [Daniel 10]
I also explained in the examples above- that this recent thing I’m dealing with- is not the first time.
In both ‘earthly’ cases- as things progressed [documenting stuff] the ‘targeted’ person has sent other people- not to hurt- but to say- well- ‘uncle’.
Don’t misunderstand me here- it is part of the process if you think you are doing what’s right- shining light on a problem that has gone on for too long.
Sort of like saying ‘please- stop’.
Now- when that happens- if you think you’re really trying to do a just thing- you have to finish.
Don’t see it as personal- or not forgiving- this type of thing is in a different category- sort of like what the prophets did in the Old Testament.
They often did not want to speak the things God wanted them to say.
So- as I talked with Nikki [she is a sweet girl- and does volunteer at the mission].
She said something- and she does not realize what happened.
She said ‘John- Lucifer wants to have his voice heard too’.
Now- I picked up that sweet Nikki- like many others- has probably dabbled in the occult.
Lots of innocent people do- not knowing what they are getting into.
To Nikki- this was simply an innocent comment- that those in the occult are taught.
Sort of like ‘satan has his point too’.
But- she did not realize- that from the many things/experiences- God has sort of given me the go ahead in ‘this court’ [what is happening now]
And God has said- in so many words ‘John- go ahead- I have silenced the adversary- for now’.
If you follow- this was the first time- out of these cases- that the dragon himself tried to ‘make amends’.
I guess I’m honored in a way- but my official response is ‘THE LORD REBUKE THEE’.
HINT- Read Job chapter 1- it says there was a day when the sons of God came to appear before God- and satan came too. In true spiritual warfare- satan wants a seat in the court. He is called the accuser of the brethren- he accused Job in this chapter.
I HAVE RAISED UP ONE FROM THE NORTH- FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN SHALL HE CALL UPON MY NAME- HE SHALL COME UPON PRINCES AS UPON MORTAR- AND THE COASTLANDS SHALL WAIT FOR HIS LAW- HE WILL NOT FAIL NOR BE DISCOURAGED UNTIL HE HAVE SET JUSTICE IN THE EARTH- Isaiah the prophet.
[Note- I mentioned I also spoke to Nikki about some questions/things about Physics. It seems as if Nikki- like lots of people who have gone to college and have had some background- there are common themes to some of these things- I do an Apologetics section on my Blog- and over the years I have engaged in these discussions- arguing for the Christian worldview.
Nikki said at one point ‘after all Einstein taught that all things are Relative’.
I told Nikki that in the 20th century- during the rise of what we refer to as Modern Physics [before that time it’s referred to as Classical Physics/Newtonian Physics].
That there was also a Philosophical debate going on- and in the area of Moral Philosophy- there was also a category called Moral Relativism- which means there are no Absolutes- no real right or wrong.
It is true that Einstein’s theory- too called Relativity- was confused with Moral Relativism.
But these 2 were not the same- as a matter of fact- Einstein seemed to believe in Absolutes- he disagreed with other top Physicists of his day because he believed there was an ultimate answer to the cause of things.
Other scientists were embracing an idea that things happen ‘by chance’ yet Einstein held out for what was called the Unified theory- wanting to find the common denominator so to speak.
Einstein would eventually move to Princeton University in my home state of N.J. and live the rest of his years seeking for his Unified Theory.
Some in the field of Physics today think Einstein wasted the last 25 years of his life seeking for this unity.
But many [even in Philosophy] mistake Einstein’s Relativity with Moral Relativism- this is a mistake.
Sunday- WHATS HAPPENING TO THE WITNESSES?
Ok- As of today I have written about 5 posts on this stuff.
I wrote a post where the cop we are talking about GPS tracked me one day [recently]
Was at a paint store- helping 2 street people to get a bus ticket to Houston.
The girl waited in the car- Tammy.
I went into the store with Shrek- the boyfriend.
When I came out- a cop car was waiting- in the street.
It then took off- drove past Tammy- in the car.
I posted this incident- showing that the cop is watching- following various people who could confirm all this stuff.
Tammy and Shrek took the bus to Houston a few days later- they are both on probation for selling pot to an undercover cop in Houston.
Now- if you saw these 2 [I have posted their pictures on Facebook this last year].
They are sweet- harmless- cute couple- made for each other.
They were in Houston to get a transfer of their probation back to Corpus.
While in Houston someone made a call to the judge in their case [now- who would have this type of information?]
The caller reported that they used the local address of the mission- Timons- as their residence.
The judge did not approve their transfer- they are stuck in Houston till this day.
They were supposed to be back in a couple of days- it’s now going on a month.
Obviously if they were going to be questioned locally about some of this stuff- they can’t- now.
I also wrote about Huey being threatened in the past- by the same cop I am writing about.
[Threatened= ‘leave the bluff and never come back’- years ago]
Now- the way the local scene ‘works’ is everybody on the streets knows everybody.
So when I heard last night ‘Huey got beat up real bad- we can’t find him’.
Yes- I wondered.
Let’s hope he’s ok- as of now- I haven’t heard.
[John- maybe you shouldn’t write about them? Look- I’m on the street every day- with the good- the bad- and the ugly. I’m not hiding out. I feel the best way to protect them- is to write about this- publicly- so all the other eyes seeing this stuff [the letters I sent out have the Blog site on it] will PREVENT any retribution. Let’s hope it works.
HE IMAGINED AGAINST THEM A WICKED DEVICE- ONE THAT HE WAS NOT ABLE TO PERFORM
BEHOLD- THEY SAY UNTO ME ‘WHERE IS THE WORD OF THE LORD’ LET IT COME NOW
FOR HE SHALL TURN BACK WHEN YOU ARROWS ARE TURNED AGAINST HIM [the Prophet Jeremiah]
Is this ‘piling on’? Maybe in a way- but as the whole process began- I did say to people ‘this cop has been doing this for 25 years’- as long as I have lived in the Bluff- from the first year [?] working with the street people- I have indeed heard these things- as well as worse stuff [people getting beat up- etc.]
Now- When I heard these things- I really did not believe them- to be honest. Until I actually saw him do it [actually get mad- jump up and down- and say words to the effect ‘you’re going to be destroyed’- to me].
Then yeah- he follows you- relentlessly. To be honest- I was surprised that he did do stuff like this.
The above example- where Albert testifies that this cop said ‘I’LL JUST MAKE A CHARGE UP’.
The thing that surprised Albert was not that he said it- no- others have said that they were arrested- at times- without cause [like I said- both sides got used to it after a while. The average person never experiences this- but I have heard- given testimonies of guys- many times- who have said ‘how can he do this’? Or- ‘How does he get away with this’]?
Albert was surprised that he would say it- WITH OTHER PEOPLE THERE.
He has a history of doing this.
‘John- why didn’t you say stuff at the time’?
To be honest- I am a retired fire fighter- and to say the truth- at first- I too did had my doubts about the thousands of stories I have heard.
I too thought many of these stories might have just been disgruntled guys.
But over time I thought ‘geez- I have heard the same story- 99% of the time about the same cop’.
So yes- I too could not believe he would indeed do this type of stuff.
As of today- this writing- I have tried my best to weed out the stories I have had some questions about.
But what we do have- up to this point;
The high probability that he has threatened guys- with their life [I’ll make you disappear- etc.]
A history of him pursuing these guys- AFTER HE MAKES THE THREAT.
As of now- ONE OF THESE GUYS IS MISSING [As I write today- we can’t find Huey Martin].
I mean what do you want me to do- get a video of him doing it?
After me giving this my best shot- trying to show you the whole picture- giving these reports- not as someone who- initially- was looking for stories.
No- having worked with the street people for many years- these came to me that way.
At one time I did write a letter to the Police Chief- I did say I think this cop might indeed kill someone.
If just one of the many accounts I have relayed- is true- that should have been enough to remove him from the force.
If they are all true- then he will do some jail time.
The thing that disturbs me the most is it’s been going on so long.
I HAVE COME TO SET A FIRE ON THE EARTH- AND HOW I WISH IT WERE ALREADY BURNING- Jesus Christ the Revolutionary.
One day I was at the mission- ran into Huey. Sometimes he goes to the meetings I’m doing- or I’ll give him a ride or help him out.
This day someone took his bike from the HEB parking lot.
He thought he knew who took it- not really stolen- but a friend.
The whole bike thing- on the streets- is funny- a story in itself.
Last year I lent Big Charlie a nice bike.
I knew it was a risk- Charlie is a severe alcoholic- uses Meth- and even his family [I know them all] don’t trust him.
I figured ‘what the heck- I’ll consider it a donation’.
When I got back from New Jersey- I mean I didn’t even care about the thing.
I gave lots of stuff away before I left- so the bike was the last thing on my mind.
Andy [Charly had a kid with Andy’s daughter- Rochelle- all these guys are related in ways- I still can’t figure it all out- and I’ve known them for 25 years!]
Andy tells me ‘John- Cooker [Craig- Andy’s son- who has brain cancer] has your bike in his garage’.
Andy’s son lives in Andy’s ex-wife’s house- and Craig had the bike.
I even told him ‘I don’t care Andy- let Craig keep it’.
But about a month after I decided to get it.
Now- all these guys are using- they ‘acquire’ bikes all the time and pawn them.
Yet- I got my bike- cool.
So- back to Huey.
After we leave Timons I give him a ride to get his bike.
I take Guitar Jason with us. I’ve known Jason forever- good friend.
Jason gets in the back- Huey’s in the front- and off we go.
Last year I was kidding Huey- I’ve known him and his brothers a long time.
One day John David tells me ‘Yeah- don’t be fooled- Huey’s a scrapper’.
I see these guys as harmless- but of course I know that in reality- some are not.
But Andy and Huey were giving me a ride one day- in the van I sold to Andy.
I told Huey ‘yeah- David tells me you’re a scrapper- but he says you can only go for about 5 minutes and you’re done’ [out of breath].
Now- I’m kidding him- Andy’s in the van- this is all fun n games.
[One day Andy tells me ‘yeah- Jason [guitar] knocked me out’ he went on and told me the story. I had Little Charlie in the van- Big Charlie’s son- I tell Andy ‘Yeah- I heard you Martin boys go down easy- Li’l Charlie cracks up]
So- when I give Huey the ride that day- I have on my coveted black leather jacket I bought while in N.J. last year.
I thought it would get cold- and one day doing my street ministry back in the hood- I walked into a salvation Army shop on Kennedy Blvd- around 60th street- and found a nice old biker jacket.
I’m using it more here in Texas than I did in N.J.
Huey tells me ‘say if I make you give me your jacket and wallet’.
Now- at no time did I think he was for real- it would be like talking to a brother.
But Jason doesn’t realize we kid like this.
I think Jason thought ‘man- I don’t want to get arrested!’
I tell Huey ‘one problem- I know you’re supposed to be a scrapper- but David says you can only go for 5 minutes- and you already used it walking to the car’ [he was out of breath just walking to the car!].
He laugh’s- Jason realizes where just kidding around.
Jason got out- went to the room they were staying in at some hotel.
Huey just wants to hang out in the car for a while- talking old times and stuff.
I tell him ‘you always find a way to make money Huey- a true survivor’.
He tells me how one day years ago he lived by some corn field.
He walked across the street and filled up 2 HEB bags with corn.
He then went door to door- promoted how nice and fresh they were- and sold them for 10 bucks.
I told him ‘I’m gonna write about this on the Blog’.
Huey is on the streets- living the rough life.
His brothers are different- not perfect- but one is clean- the other wants to get back to being clean.
I do the halfway house with John David- the oldest brother.
But over the years David tells me ‘I wish Huey would make the change John- but he’s happy living like that’.
When Huey stops by- he often just comes by and we hang out for a while.
We just talk about old times- as friends.
The last few weeks- on his own accord- he has talked about wanting to change.
He said the other day [before he went missing] ‘John- I could get off the streets if I wanted- I just need to get a job and start living responsibly’.
I just let him talk a bit.
He told me how- when you’re using drugs- you never get any rest.
He says even when your body sleeps- your mind has no rest.
I quoted a verse- but ‘softened’ it a bit.
‘You know Huey that reminds me of a verse- There is no rest- saith my God- to those who are living in sin’.
He corrected me ‘to the wicked’.
He was right- I just didn’t want to nail it on the head like that.
Huey nailed it.
Funny- even though these guys have been in some pretty bad stuff over the years- Andy and Huey fight like kids.
One day I was on my way to pick up Andy.
On the way I saw Huey on Flour Bluff drive- ‘hey- I’m on my way to get Andy- but were going to the halfway house- doing ministry’.
He gets in- wants to go.
Tells me he just called Andy to get my number [he losses phone numbers all the time- Andy and David get pissed off- Huey’s always calling them for numbers in their phones- because he can’t keep/remember them.]
So Huey gets in- and we get Andy.
They were at each other’s throats right from the start.
Huey got shot gun- yeah- he had the front seat! [plus- Huey does get on his brothers nerves- even the day I was with Jason- Huey goes on and on- even asking Jason to look in his phone for the number of the guy who had the bike- Jason finally says ‘hurry up- just go get the bike’]
I mean there in the middle of all types of stuff- yet when we get out of the car- at the halfway house and stuff.
They’ll either sit in the car [to keep the seat].
Or yell- on the way down the steps ‘I got shot gun’.
I mean they fight over it- it’s funny as hell.
THERE ARE 3 THAT BARE RECORD IN HEAVEN- AND THESE 3 AGREE IN ONE.
WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS- THE POOR HAVE THE GOOD NEWS PREACHED TO THEM- THE DEAD ARE RAISED [READ POST 2021] - THEN KNOW THE KINGDOM IS NOW HERE
THE WICKED IN HIS PRIDE DOTH PERSECUTE THE POOR- LET HIM BE TAKEN IN THE DEVICE HE HATH IMAGINED
ARISE O GOD- LIFT UP THY HAND- FORGET NOT THE HUMBLE
BREAK THOU THE ARM OF THE EVIL AND WICKED MAN- SEEK OUT HIS WICKEDNESS UNTIL THOU FIND NONE [Hint- this is redemptive in the end. Meaning Gods court is not vindictive- in the end it produces what’s right in all involved. In the book of John it says some situations you are not to pray for- some sins- by Gods determination- have to come full circle. In Psalms 109- it’s an ‘imprecatory’ Psalm. The psalmist says ‘let his prayer become sin- let another take his office’. The Apostle Peter quotes this in Acts- referring to Judas.
In the church- in society- at times- only when God gives the decree- he says ‘ok- enough- it has to come full circle’.
Why? God sees certain things have gone on for a long time- and he only knows the heart of man.
I pray for the guys who are on death row- I try and write down their execution date- and pray for them- often- right when they are dying.
God sees that some sins [even though I am not pro death penalty] can only be purged thru judgment. That’s the context of the imprecatory Psalms.]
JUDGE THE FATHERLESS AND THE OPPRESSED- THAT THE MAN OF THE EARTH MAY NO MORE OPPRESS.
THE STONE THAT THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER- THIS IS THE LORDS DOING AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES.
NOTE- We found Huey- but he was beat up pretty bad. Let me say how things work on the streets. If someone wants to target someone- for whatever reason- they [especially if they are in law enforcement] would not usually do it themselves, they would have someone [if they are involved some way with the local gangs- you see this stuff in Mexico all the time] either start a fight with the guy- or in more severe cases- simply have a gang member do a drive by. I do not know if my friend was targeted- but don’t fool yourself- this stuff does happen here in the Deep South].
Today we will be holding our Bishop [city in Texas] meeting. I’ll have a couple of the original crew from Kingsville/Bishop- as well as the boys from the streets in Corpus.
I am in the process of establishing the house churches that I launched this year.
Bishop is now a permanent one- we meet every Tuesday at 1:45.
This weekend I shopped for investment houses with my daughter Becky. We drove thru some of the towns where I also plan on setting up more home churches.
It was a good day- as we drove I saw all the little Protestant/Pentecostal churches [actually it was Sunday- right after I attended the 7:30 Mass at the Cathedral in Corpus Christi- why do I- a ‘Protestant’ Christian- attend the Mass? I’ll try and get to that in a moment].
My daughter Becky was telling me about her job- she has a good paying job [graduate from Texas A/M].
She works at a Monkey Facility- rare for this area.
This company imports Lab monkeys- and they sell them to universities/entities that use them for testing.
She also is an animal lover.
I kid her ‘Becky- I heard you treat your employees like Monkeys’!
She was talking about how the company makes millions [they sell them for 5-6 thousand a piece]
And yet pay their workers low wages.
She talked about social injustice- though she was not aware of the term- or that it is biblically based.
As we drove past the many little churches- all good churches- Baptist- Methodist- etc.
I gave a short lesson on how the thing she was talking about- used to be a major concern for the church.
Historically the church dealt with ‘un-fair’ wages- and stuff like that.
I told her one of the disciples of Jesus- was a ‘half’ brother to the Lord.
James was a son of Joseph and Mary- after the birth of Christ [Catholics have a different view- they believe when the bible talks about the ‘brothers’ of Jesus- it’s referring to either extended family- or Brother as Christian brother].
James was one of the main leaders at the church in Jerusalem- Acts chapter 15.
He only wrote one letter in our New Testament- the letter called James.
But boy- did he hit hard
HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR OF THS WORLD RICH IN FAITN AND HEIRS OF THE KINGDOM THAT HE HAS PROMISED
DO NOT THE RICH CALL YOU BEFORE THE COURTS AND BLASPHEME THAT HOLY NAME BY WHICH YOU ARE CALLED
THE WAGES OF THE WORKER- WHICH IS HELD BACK BY FRAUD CRIES OUT TO GOD FOR JUSTICE
GO TO NOW YOU RICH MEN- WEEP AND HOWL FOR YOUR MISERIES THAT SHALL COME UPON YOU. YOUR RICHES ARE CORRUPTED, AND YOUR GARMENTS ARE MOTH EATEN. YOU’RE GOLD AND SILVER IS RUSTED AND THE RUST OF THEM SHALL BE A WITNESS AGAINST YOU AND SHALL EAT YOUR FLESH AS IT WERE FIRE
YE HAVE LIVED IN PLEASURE ON THE EARTH..YOU HAVE NOURISHED YOUR HEARTS AS IN A DAY OF SLAUGHTER
YE HAVE CONDEMNED AND KILLED THE JUST AND HE DOTH NOT RESIST YOU
[Where did James develop this view? He grew up in the home with Jesus as his older brother- that’s where].
I mean James hits hard.
The church at Jerusalem had many poor saints- if you remember your New Testament- the Apostle Paul wrote the Church at Corinth and told them to take up a collection before he got there- and he would bring the money back for the poor saints at Jerusalem.
He even starts that chapter ‘concerning the collection FOR [not of] the saints’.
Now- the reason I attend the Mass at our Cathedral- is because the Catholic Church is historically rooted in the concept of social justice.
There are of course other churches too- I mentioned the Methodists- they too have a strong strain of this embedded in their church.
But the Catholic position- and church- dates back to the 1st/2nd century- so that’s a big draw for me.
I talked with Becky all thru our road tour- looked at some nice houses- I’m getting ready to sell my house in Corpus this year- maybe make about 120,000- it’s paid off- but that money will be needed to start the ball rolling- so to speak.
Yeah- we had a good day- house shopping- and doing a little teaching too.
I just started holding meetings in Alice- so hopefully that will be one of the cities we do a house church plant.
On our way to the Bishop meeting [we now made this meeting a regular one- every Tuesday at 1:45 pm- the address is on my blog list- under the Home Bible Study page]
I stopped in Robstown to pick up Justin.
Now- I haven’t seen Justin in about 25 years.
He’s Emmitt’s son.
I used to work with Emit Senior- he was one of the original drug addicts that I started the church in Kingsville with in 1987.
His family- son, Emit Junior- and Aunt Bee [was a teacher at A and I university-had famous people as her students over the years- Senator Carlos Truan- etc.]
They all were members of our church.
So- Emit Junior called me the other day and he wants to get involved with our house churches.
He had to work yesterday- but told me his son- who has had many troubles with drug addiction- wanted to go the meeting.
He asked if I Could get him in Robstown- I told him sure will.
But when we got to Robstown we were running late- so instead we held our first Robstown meeting.
We will do that one every Thursday.
So it worked out- we just planted our Robstown fellowship.
I was worried I wouldn’t recognize Justin- he was supposed to meet me at a store- and go back to his house.
But when I saw him- he looks- acts- exactly like his dad.
As I held our meeting- with a few bluff guys- it was like old times.
Just like when I first started working with his dad- it was like a flashback to 1987.
I had Cameron and Mike with me from the bluff.
Cameron was one of the first halfway house residents [the halfway house we started in 2012].
Before I left for New Jersey last year- he tested dirty on a drug test and went back to jail- he’s on 10 years’ probation.
He did about 9 months and is back out on probation.
Cameron is one of the younger guys that I wanted to be involved with our house churches- and I ran into him at the mission.
So it was a good day.
Lots of the ‘ministry’ time takes place in the car- making the rides to the different cities- sharing Gods purpose for these guys.
The meeting went well- I prayed the ‘blessing of the father’ over these guys.
In the bible the fathers bless their kids- so I started doing this- imparting spiritual blessings to the sons- and it affirms their acceptance.
Cameron is looking for work- has put in various applications- and asked if we would be back in Corpus by 4pm- he had to check on a job at Whataburger in the Bluff.
On the way back I told him just seek first the kingdom- God will open the doors.
Mike had his van parked at my house- we dropped him off just in time- he is a cook at Howards BBQ.
He came by around 9 in the morning- asked it was ok- I told him sure- and got him started on another painting [he is the artist for my ministry- I try and encourage the guys to use their gifts for God].
Mike took off- I took Cameron to check on the application for Whata burger- he said he probably got the job- they told him to come back Thursday.
We went back to my house- he called his mom [she lives on Padre Island] and she told him he already had 3 jobs!
He leaves his moms number- so she had the messages on her phone.
He was rejoicing [seek first the kingdom- and all these things shall be added to you].
So he took the job at a pricy restaurant right in the area.
He had a friend [who too is a waiter] drop off some black pants- I gave him a black shirt- pulled out the ironing board- and Walla- he was off to work- happy like a jay bird.
When I was at the mission earlier in the day- I talked to a new guy I just recently met.
He’s not homeless [I don’t think?].
Works with business- doing the computer stuff.
Has his own on-line magazine- was telling me about some of the people he has promoted- famous people.
I think he just came in from the West Coast.
Been here a couple of months- around 65 years old.
He has heard me talking at the mission- and is interested in the stuff I’m doing.
He tells me he was parked the other day- just resting.
A cop pulls up- requests his ID [he asks- what did I do?].
He gives the cop all of his Id- they just wanted to check him out- but he said had never been ‘checked’ like this- without any cause.
He checked out all right.
Then- once again- of his own accord- tells me ‘yeah- I heard about the cops- especially one name keeps popping up [of course you know the name by now]’
They said he’s trouble.
I gave him my blog card- told him to read it.
I mean it’s sad at this point- he has a reputation [for bad stuff] that even some new senior from Cali has to worry about.
I had a laugh at the mission- Whistler- one of my regulars at the meetings.
He didn’t go this day- had other stuff to do.
But it’s been real cold- and the mission is only a day mission.
Over the years they used to open up at night- if it was freezing out- and they let the people use the eating area as a shelter.
But they have stopped doing it.
Whistler tells me ‘the mission brought in 30 thousand last month- we are taking a vote from the guys- to see how many have no shelter- and we are going to ask Miss Kay [she runs the mission] if she will open up tonight’.
Whistler [who reads the site] tells me ‘and yeah- I’ gonna tell her if she does not open it- I’m gonna post it to my Facebook site- and tell her its going public’!
I tell Whistler ‘now you’re learning brother- now you learning’.
Yeah- I’m making ‘disciples’ in more ways then one- LOL.
Just got back from my routine on the street.
Had some interesting things happen today.
Actually- about a week ago [I did tell this story above- but left parts out].
A girl who I met a while back- well- came on to me- pretty strong.
The part I left out was- as she walked away- another girl said ‘that persons a snitch’ [works with the CCPD].
I had the sense that the cop- having not succeeded in trying to catch me with another DUI [I don’t drink- obviously that’s why he GPS tracked me the other day- one more DUI and I get the feeling I’ll get a hanging judge].
So today- a friend gave me a warning- he knows what I’m doing- and said ‘John- be careful- you’re going to be targeted’.
I already knew this.
Now- there was another girl there today- I have known her for 25 years.
I have never come on to her [or anyone else].
The last 2 weeks- she has made it a point to sit next to me [today- almost in my lap].
She has been striking up conversations [I have probably spoken to her a couple of times- in 25 years].
Today she was asking for a ride- she wanted to get in the car- just me and her.
I told her no- was going in to town [which was true].
When a cop might think that someone- thru simply reporting truth- might wind up in jail- of course he’s capable of talking to one of the street girls [people work for him- talk- stuff like that- that’s Ok].
But if he feels he is in danger- of going to jail- you bet he might try something like this- especially on the day someone warned me.
There was an incident that happened in Texas a few weeks ago- not in Corpus- but I think by Dallas.
Anyway- some cop shot a retarded guy.
The family was irate- they insisted that the cop killed him without just cause.
The guy was outside- holding a knife.
In the report- the cop who killed him- and his partner- swore that the guy lunged at them.
Of course- a cop would never lie on a report- right?
The family was outraged- the cop- his chief- the whole dept. backed up their men.
Then- lo and behold- a YouTube video surfaced of the murder.
Both cops lied- they killed a retarded man in cold blood- Oop’s.
Now- you think ‘wow- just happen to be 2 bad cops’.
First- I actually don’t think they were bad- they responded like most people who feel their jobs are threatened- they lied to protect themselves.
As a matter of fact- have you ever heard of a police killing- where the cops said ‘you know- I shot the man- killed him- but I would never lie- go ahead and put me in prison’.
‘John- are you saying cops kill innocent people all the time’?
Of course not- many work their whole careers- never even firing their gun.
But- I have never heard a cop admit- willingly- that he shot an innocent man- and the above case would have never come to light if it wasn’t for the video.
The point is- when a cop [who has already threatened many people- over many years] feels his job is in danger- sure he would do something like I just mentioned- they are human.
I’ll end with one last story- that I redacted from an earlier post.
Let’s ‘tell a story’- so you get the idea how things work.
O- Say if you email a chief- send him a letter- and make a complaint.
Say if the chief is Black [like the CCPD chief].
Now- let’s say about a week or 2 later- some homeless guy [Who I never met in my life- don’t know his name- and my buddies never saw him before as well].
Say if he walks up to you- out of the blue and says ‘talk to th [redacted stuff here] and you’ll regret it’.
Now- that’s how this stuff works- that’s how people- bad cops- get their point across.
He knows that there would be no way in hell to prove this [my friends did not hear him say it].
That’s the way the ball bounces.
I have done my best to give the names and addresses of the cases that I feel are legitimate.
I have not told every story- there are many about guys actually getting the ‘stuff’ kicked out of them- but no one will give me names- so I left those out.
If after all the efforts I have made- did my best- if this cop kills someone- let’s just hope there’s a YouTube video- because if not- this saga will not end [well].
UPDATE- I saw Huey today- he looked fine. I was told [by his brothers] that he was beat up- and missing for a few days- But it was obviously a rumor- wanted to correct that. But- Tammy and Shrek are still stuck in Houston- she called me today.
HAVE THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY NO KNOWLEDGE- WHO EAT UP MY PEOPLE AS THEY EAT BREAD- THERE WERE THEY IN GREAT FEAR
HOW ARE THEY BROUGHT INTO DESOLATIONS IN A MOMENT- THEY ARE UTTERLY CONSUMED WITH TERRORS
HE HATH DISPERSED- HE HATH GIVEN TO THE POOR- HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURETH FOREVER- HIS HORN SHALL BE EXALTED WITH HONOUR- THE WICKED SHALL SEE IT AND BE GRIEVED- HE SHALL NASH WITH HIS TEETH AND MELT AWAY- THE DEISRE OF THE WICKED SHALL PERISH
IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR THAT MAN IF HE HAD NEVER BEEN BORN- Jesus Christ.
Last year I spent 3 months in New Jersey- I told some friends that I always wanted to do some street ministry in my home area- and I did.
I was walking all over- central park- Jersey City [at night].
I had more than one person tell me ‘John- you can’t go out like that- it’s not the same as when you were a kid’.
You might get shot.
I told some friends that my Texas friends said ‘John- you better leave Texas- your gonna wind up getting shot’.
I thought the 3 months might give me some time to cool off- I guess it didn’t work.
THURSDAY MORNING- Obviously the CCPD are reading these posts- one of them has been GPS tracking me for about a year now.
A few words to Tommy;
1- Do not text me again
2- Do not involve my daughter in this again.
3- If you have a message to deliver to me- don’t have someone else do it- you know where I am every day.
4- Heck- I walked around the Police station last week- for 3 days in a row- you guys have me on camera- I was praying for the Kingdom to come.
5- Walked right past one of you guys- parked next to my car- engine running.
6- If you have a message – then send it yourself.
Note- Do me a favor, those who read/like the posts- re-post them on other sites as well as the site you read them on. Thanks- John. Don’t forget to scroll down on the timeline [FaceBook] - I have posted lots.