Look, the census is constitutionally mandated, I get it, I understand and I don't have a problem with it, at least not the basic idea of the census anyhow, the simple one question "how many people live here?" part of it that is.
By now, I'm sure you've heard of this or the 8,000 variations of video from different networks by now.
But, after the events that transpired in my hometown, no fuck that, scratch it, on MY PROPERTY, in a house where I have many childhood memories, a place I consider sacred, a place where my grandmother and grandfather shared the secrets of nature with me that set me on the path that has led me to Bishop's Homegrown and Face Of The Earth, I feel I have a few things that not only do I want to say, but that I need to say, and these are things that I'm sure many of my readers/friends/enemies/customers and aquantainces are thinking as well.
What you may not know, if you don't live locally, is the house mentioned belongs to my family and is rented to Connie and her mentally and physically handicaped daughter by my father and uncle and is at the entrance to Bishops Homegrown. What you might not also know is that the woman named Debbie Bishop in all those videos is my mother.
Anyhow, I'll let you do some google research and learn about what happened yourself, I don't even really want to think about it anymore but I want to get this off of my chest, as the mainstream media isn't or at least hasn't yet picked up this story other than ABC news.
My goal here is to simply express what I feel about this so called "man", this rapists piece of trash who has forever soiled the sanctity of what in my mind amounts to a child as well as the sacredness of the place I called home for years of my life.
I don't know Connie or her daughter very well as I don't deal with the renting of the house, I have met and spoken with them only a handful of times, mostly because my part in dealing with the family land pertains to the farm and I have no interest in renting or selling anything here, that said, I know their family has had a very hard time of things, you could say they have had a hard time with life in general. I'm not here to judge the reasons why things in their life are the way they are, just stating the facts, and having a cousin that is a bit mentally handicaped allows me to look at things from a different angle, at least feeling like we've helped provide a roof over the head of someone who desperately needed one.
What gets at me, what's been eating me since Saturday morning when Kim came up the drive so we could get everything loaded for the farmers market is that a US census worker raped a handicaped (mentally and physically) woman in what essentially is my front fucking yard, and though I can't be everywhere at once, I could do nothing to stop it.
The second thing that gets me is that this previous Tuesday this same "man" came to my house and spoke to my mother (that sweet lady in those videos) while I and my father weren't at home, it pains me to think of what could have happened.
The third thing is, this could have just as easily have been Kim or the neighbors teenage daughters coming or going to or from the farm late on a Friday night.
The fourth thing, the one that really drives me crazy is that this shit is not hitting the fucking news NATIONALLY in the way that it should. Don't get me wrong, this could have happened under any administration in presidential history but had it happened underneath BUSH you liberals would have been all over it, every network would have picked it up and ran with it, but the same thing goes for you conservatives, if it werent for the fact that it happened under a liberal president you idiots would never say anything. The point I'm getting at is, don't use this as a political fucking tool, not everything in this world is yours to manipulate, particularly when it comes to the destruction of an innocent victim by a person the public has been told to trust.
As I said, I don't know the victim well, what I do know is that the girl is now and will essentially always be stuck with the mind of a 10 year old girl, in my mind, baring all the sensationalism of her handicaps, this is tantamount to a 39 year old man raping a 10 year old girl. I can not even put into words what I'd love to see done to this waste of human flesh, there is no punishment great enough. What's more, he took soviners, underwear and pajamas. When you put together the facts here you come up with a startling conclusion (and many speculations, by myself and my neighbors which I won't go into now until more comes out on this story) you don't start the process of raping and collecting sovineers at the age of 39, it's unprecedented and yet this guy has a clean record, nothing ever reported, not even once. What are the chances hes done this before and never been caught? Pretty good I think. Disgusting when you think that he has two young daughters of his own and lived accross the road from the High School I attended.
Now, let me say this, not just rhetorically either, but as a warning to the other 1% out of 99% of census workers who might commit a crime such as this. The talk after the event, the talk around town, amongst the good ol boy crowd if you will has been interesting to say the least, many things have and can be said, none of which I will post on my blog, but you better watch your backs if your going to go looking for trouble in "the heart of the hoosier hills", this is the kind of place where breaking an entering can and will get you shot and raping a woman will get you dissapeared.
I'll put it to you this way, there is a reason he chose Connie and his daughter, both were home alone and lived alone both have many medical conditions and both live far enough from their neighbors (a half mile drive down a gravel road) that the chances of getting caught were slim to none. The reasons he likely didn't act on my mother are many and include probably the fact that we fly the Culpepper flag as though it is the US flag and that he knew that two men could be present at any time, the pressence of several shooting range targets and abundance of ammo shells on the ground probably told him to steer clear as well. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say a couple things here. 1. had he dared come to this house in the middle of the night there are more than enough loaded guns and ammunition in this house, along with the fact I can hear someone coming up this drive from half way up, that I'd have blown a hole clean through him before he ever got the door open. 2. had Connie made it to the phone and gotten ahold of me or one of the other 4 closest neighbors as soon as she found what had happened, this piece of shit wouldn't be setting in jail right now, he would be in the ground, he never would have had a chance of making it out of the driveway of Bishop's Homegrown!
So dear trustworthy census takers (not the good ones guys, the other 1%), you remember that the next time one of you think about attempting something like this, you remember that in this world there are motherfuckers like me who will not hessitate to assassinate you for attempting to destroy a life and the sacred things in it, you remember to watch just who's door your knocking or kicking in and the fact that there might be a loaded .12 gauge, M44, or SKS just on the other side and remember to watch just what questions you ask, 'cause if they aint on the list of "10 official bullshit questions, 9 of which are irrelevent" it might just be your ass. This, other than the fact my mother came face to face with this fucking creature, is the reason that despite being asked I didn't speak to the media, suffice it to say that I and many neighbors let them know that this sort of thing will not fly in our county, in our homes, on our land, and in our town. My mother handled herself with grace, had I spoken most of it wouldn't have aired, but the message would have been clear; "Fuck with the wrong people and we will kill you" and "The mainstream media has a responsibility to pick this up and run with it as it is a testiment to the absolutely shitty screening methods the US census is using to hire on it's workers as well as to let people know to watch their backs around what often times amounts to a complete stranger" (pekin doesn't even have a stoplight and yet no one I've spoken to knows this idiot). I kept my tounge tied on tv though, and I'm happy with that, I'm also proud of my awesome mom for trying to get the word out there about how easy it is to feel trustworthy around "officials" without questioning.
Now I know this is long and rambling and maybe not so coherant, theres more, much more I'd like to say but for legal reasons will not. What I will say is that 150,000 bond is a fucking joke, this guy doesn't even desserve bond. With that said, just what kind of punishment do you think this "just" legal system is going to give this guy? Will it be enough. I doubt it. Maybe 48 months? lol, that's a slap in the face to the victim, to my family, to my neighbors, to my community. Just what do you consider "just" punishment? I can promise you, nothing the legal system will give him will be "just" in my eyes.
Sorry for the grammatical mistakes, it's late and I've got a ton of work to do on the farm tommorow. Rant over.