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Molly Ivins Tribute



Goodbye, Molly I.

Molly Ivins is gone, and her words will never grace these pages again -- for this, we will mourn. But Molly wasn't the type of woman who would want us to grieve. More likely, she'd say something like, "Hang in there, keep fightin' for freedom, raise more hell, and don't forget to laugh, too."

If there was one thing Molly wanted us to understand, it's that the world of politics is absurd. Since we can't cry, we might as well laugh. And in case we ever forgot, Molly would remind us, several times a week, in her own unique style.

Shortly after becoming editor of Molly Ivins' syndicated column, I learned one of my most important jobs was to tell her newspaper clients that, yes, Molly meant to write it that way. We called her linguistic peculiarities "Molly-isms." Administration officials were "Bushies," government was in fact spelled "guvment," business was "bidness." And if someone was "madder than a peach orchard boar," well, he was quite mad indeed.

Of course, having grown up in Texas, all of this made sense to me. But to newspaper editors in Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and beyond -- Yankee land, as Molly would say -- her folksy language could be a mystery. "That's just Molly being Molly," I would explain and leave it at that.

But there was more to Molly Ivins than insightful political commentary packaged in an aw-shucks Southern charm. In the coming days, much will be made of Molly's contributions to the liberal cause, how important she was as an authentic female voice on opinion pages across the country, her passionate and eloquent defense of the poorest and the weakest among us against the corruption of the most powerful, and the joy she took in celebrating the uniqueness of American culture -- and all of this is true. But more than that, Molly Ivins was a woman who loved and cared deeply for the world around her. And her warm and generous spirit was apparent in all her words and deeds.

Molly's work was truly her passion.

She would regularly turn down lucrative speaking engagements to give rally-the-troops speeches at liberalism's loneliest outposts. And when she did rub elbows with the highfalutin' well-to-do, the encounter would invariably end up as comedic grist in future columns.

For a woman who made a profession of offering her opinion to others, Molly was remarkably humble. She was known for hosting unforgettable parties at her Austin home, which would feature rollicking political discussions, and impromptu poetry recitals and satirical songs. At one such event, I noticed her dining table was littered with various awards and distinguished speaker plaques, put to use as trivets for steaming plates of tamales, chili and fajita meat. When I called this to her attention, Molly matter-of-factly replied, "Well, what else am I going to do with 'em?"

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Molly's life is the love she engendered from her legions of fans. If Molly missed a column for any reason, her newspapers would hear about it the next day. As word of Molly's illness spread, the letters, cards, e-mails and gifts poured in.

Even as Molly fought her last battle with cancer, she continued to make public appearances. When she was too weak to write, she dictated her final two columns. Although her body was failing, she still had so much to say. Last fall, before an audience at the University of Texas, her voice began as barely a whisper. But as she went on, she drew strength from the standing-room-only crowd until, at the end of the hour, she was forcefully imploring the students to get involved and make a difference. As Molly once wrote, "Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don't much care for."

For me, Molly's greatest words of wisdom came with three children's books she gave my son when he was born. In her inimitable way, she captured the spirit of each in one-sentence inscriptions. In "Alice in Wonderland," she offered, "Here's to six impossible things before breakfast." For "The Wind in the Willows," it was, "May you have Toad's zest for life." And in "The Little Prince," she wrote, "May your heart always see clearly."

Like the Little Prince, Molly Ivins has left us for a journey of her own. But while she was here, her heart never failed to see clear and true -- and for that, we can all be grateful.

To find out more about Molly Ivins and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at

Molly Ivins' final column, "Stand Up Against the Surge," is available here.  Use the calendar below to navigate through her columns from 2006.


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I certainlyl miss Molly Ivins comments on everything, but mostly about the abuse of the Bush administration.
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Posted by: JOHN DADEO
Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:54 AM
ILLEGAL and FORCED ADOPTIONS amongst citizens of United States

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Norman Frese Involved in Unethical Forced Adoption

Only the True Facts will be noted here. William F Draper

This story began sometime probably late 1986 or early 1987. The divorce from wife Carolyn was in 1986.

Why do I say that it was an illegal adoption, for the reason that certain laws that govern over a parents rights in such a matter were grossly 1. dismissed without cause. Many laws are created for this very purpose to prevent such dismissal of rights which we know happens no matter, certain prejudices override the oath of adherence that Judges and Lawyers take.
Is it possible that Norman Frese used his associative relationships towards having a certain influence in the case- him as I believe, both being an active member of the Church of Christ and at that time Commander in the Airforce now a Colonel of the Airforce.....or dept of defense.

With as many things that took place out of the ordinary this is not a far fetched idea.

Within a year of our divorce my ex wife was remarried to an Earnest Stalnaker in Lafayette, IN; just who is Earnest Stalnaker... and was it this person that introduced my ex to the CHURCH OF CHRIST I believe that it was.

This is where I believe that my ex-wife met Norman and Phyllis Frese. Phyllis Frese as mentioned in court was doing a-lot of Babysitting for my ex-wife, not because she was in any need of any money though. In late 1991 I came across a book, that of the Church of Christ, listing some of their sources for Adopting children with helpful suggestions on how to go about adopting other people's children. One of the obvious observations I could see in this, is how opportunist the Church followers are to adopting other children.

My ex wife Carolyn, married this Earnest Stalnaker about 6 months after our divorce, about 10 months of us being separated. She left our place of residence in Orlando,Florida about 10 months prior to getting remarried. She left one day while I was at work, on the most important day of the year ( a day that our church holds sacred, this was also her church before we ever met and later married ). Not to long after her remarriage, both of the children
were severely beaten either by her or her new husband, I believe most likely it was this Earnest Stalnaker that beat the children so horrifically. This might have been also the person who introduced her to the Church of Christ or Mr and Mrs Frese; I do not know but can only wonder. This horrific beating was documented with several photographs and there is no argumentation as to who was responsible; that is that I had absolutely no part in this, Orlando is more than a thousand miles away (yet I am the one who suffered the penalty), I do not believe that he even spent a single day in jail for what was done, I was living in Orlando, FL and did not even know where my ex wife and children were actually and exactly living, not that I didn't care, but the final settlement left me with nothing which anything good could come.. My plans were to hire a Private Investigator after about a year of the divorce, in order to make a determination of what all was possible for me to do. It turned out to be about 13 months that I found an investigator to look into what all was going on with my ex wife and the children. I discovered that both of my daughters had been living in the Frese home for more than a couple of months as foster children and the 2. Frese folks had every intention and desire to adopt my children, and that my children were already referring to them as Mom and Dad, I was 3.reprimanded for trying to change this, I was reprimanded for trying to tell them their 4. last name. Children's services made absolutely no earnest endeavor to contact me before this, it was only by the means of the private investigator that I found out where my children were; I was still living in Orlando, Fl., and they could have very easily contacted me or relatives of mine also in Orlando, as I understand they sent out only 5. one letter to a fraudulently supplied address given by my ex wife.

At the time of our divorce, Carolyn created alot of extra expense for me to overcome, also tried to deceitfully push through a non contested Full custody divorce proceeding forcing me to leave my job in Orlando to attend to this in Fort Wayne, Indiana; I stayed up there a couple of weeks working for Richards Restaurant- sleeping in the park, then rented a garage/bedroom. I didn't think that my set up was going anywhere for me and, I had expended my time allowance for the bus return home trip so I ended up hitchiking a ride all the way back to Florida, met up with a friend in Jacksonville, who bought my bus ticket the rest of the way back home. In Orlando I had two part time jobs, one with Sue Ann Ramsey Interior Design and the other with Majestic Cultured Marble or Carpet Depot.
The final divorce settlement was that I would have visitation at the discretion of my ex wife's parents in Fort Wayne, IN.

Now that I had found out about all that was going on, I started making trips up to Lafayette, IN. Initially I was making trips every 2 or 3weeks, and sometimes within less than a week, of course this really took a toll on my resources, additionally I lost part of a contract due to always being out of town, this made it more difficult to continue visits with such frequency. Sometimes I flew and other times I drove depending upon ticket prices, job schedules, and visitation allowed. On one trip I contracted food poisoning and was sick for two days but made the trip up, got checked by a doctor to get confirmation of my being sick, I arrived up a couple hours late for the appointment therefore 6. no visitation was allowed (1100 mile drive), I asked whether I could stay a couple of extra days so that visitation could be worked in;7. UNREASONABLY DENIED..... ON TOP OF THIS 8. THEY DEMANDED THAT I BE BACK UP THE FOLLOWING WEEK FOR CONSULTATION....and so I did.....

It was made known to me that it might not be in my best interest to leave the children in a home in which the people wanted to adopt, but maybe placement into another home was possible, and I agreed, and that home should be mine, I was told though that that option wasn't available, I thought about this for a moment but just couldn't put my children into another unknown territory.

It was about this time that I was back hanging Wallpaper full-time, my main clients Jones and Clayton Construction and Gallimore Homes both in Orlando. I was grocery shopping one day and saw this young lady passing by that reminded me of an old girlfriend I once had. It was a pretty good relationship and one thing that I felt was for sure and that is that she was trustworthy. I made a couple of calls to see about what was going on in her life. Just so happened that Rose was
divorced and no reconciliation with her ex seemed likely, she had one young 3 year old boy.
Well we ended up getting married I think about 4 months later, I initially had met her at a wedding and we went to same church. I had already before marrying her moved into a 3 Bedroom house, before this I was in a 2 Bedroom apt. I always wanted to make sure that I had room for my children whenever the possibility might present itself. I had to forgo a couple of visitation with my children due to Rose living in Texas, it was a difficult thing to do, in Texas one week the next back at work in Orlando, and a couple days later in Indiana, I was sure though that this was all going to work out for the best. To this day I am sure that what I did was right, a person couldn't have asked for much better of a wife than Rose, we had a very good rela- tionship I took her boy fishing and we all would go sailing, and attend church together plus involved in the church ministry, and 9. we all made the trips up to Indiana,a 1100 mile trip, never once though were we ever allowed more than a four hour visit with my children. I believe that it was about 6 months after our marriage, while up in Indiana my wife and I were in the Attorney's office and our ? attorney was telliing us that we were going to be 10. losing all of our visitation unless we actually moved up there to Lafayette, Indiana. I HAD NEVER LIVED IN INDIANA except for the two weeks in FortWayne about the time of our divorce When we were back home in Florida my wife and I thought about this for a couple of months; it just seemed so rediculous of a request. I had a 3 bedroom house in a perfect family neighborhood, my work was good and they wanted me to give all this up for what was caused by my ex wife and Earnest Stalnaker we talked to just everybody we could imagine that give us some good advice on this, also trying to transfer oversight of this affair down to Orlando, Florida....we just didn't have a clue what the right thing would be to guts told me that we should stay in Orlando, but the attorney was assuring us that we would definatly loose our visitation and custody if we didn't move up there, so we gave up the house sold what we could took another month to save up some more money staying with a friend the last month and we made our move up there. will continue.........

I will fill in with more details; but for now I want to note at this time, that for more than 3 years I tried earnestly to regain custody of my children not from my ex wife but from the BABYSITTER. Never once being allowed more than a 4 hour visit, in all of more than 3 years. At one point our attorney told us that a weekend visit might be possible but we had to promise 11. not to take our children to our Church, this was at the request of the BABYSITTER, their family being of one religion and my family being of another. I was though 12. able to spend all the time I desired with my second wife's son who being 3 years of age when we married, we all attended church very regularly .

We lived in Lafayette about 8 months, but I was driving to Indianapolis almost everyday for my jobs, still never permitted more than 4 hour visitations, sometimes once a week or once every two weeks, by this time I had undergone 3 full physcological evaluations and 2 parenting classes. Seeing that 90% of my jobs were in Indianapolis and nothing was going anywhere with me being allowed to be the Father that I am, we figured that the best way to set roots for ever how long it would take would be to move to Indianapolis about 55 miles away from Lafayette, we also were trying to make another attempt to move the jurisdiction out of Tippecanoe County to the county that Indianapolis was in. 13. Immediately our visitations were reduced even further, to only once a month and sometimes not that.

14.About 3 months later all of our visitations were done away with completely; no more visitations were allowed.

I did not see any of my children anymore till about 10 years later. I once again hired a private investigator to locate them They were now living in Atlanta, Georgia with the Frese family who had adopted them.
I was able for a few moments talk to one of my children before the police came and took me away, my other child I was only able to see at a distance looking out of the police car window.

You would reasonably expect that I must have some sort of criminal record or such, NOT AT ALL. I did though admit that I had spanked my oldest daughter, I did not at all abuse either one of my children, there is absolutely no documentation of any abuse because there never was any to document. Yes, their mother and I got into quite a few arguments indeed, but never had I shown any thing but Love to my children. Yes my wife did go to a shelter two times, both times taking the children, and as I now know, accused me of beating one or both of the children she could not though, give any evidence of this because there wasn't any. One case worker as I understand did write down some things which she said and this was used as EVIDENCE. I must note when I visited the Womens Shelter to Take my oldest out to spend some time with her, as I was waiting, there was this other lady with two children also there giving statements about her husband and saying that her husband had hit her, one of the little children said NO HE DIDN 'T, and here comes a slap upon the child 's face and a warning to hush up; I consider this abusive.

If I was this monster of a guy do you think that my ex wife would have remarried another guy so soon after our divorce.... don't you think that she would have gained a little intuition about this as in being a Mother; certainly some natural instincts would have come to the surface if not, this would be an indication of a person e x t r e m e l y unable to function in society; evidence though shows that she is quite able to function and with much deliberateness and in conspiratory ways, it's all in her record. Even to this day though you will find no such things in my record, my worst conviction is not paying for a navigational anchor light infraction, I'm not saying this is the worst thing I had ever done in life, I'm just saying that I never abused either of my children, did I ever spank my oldest daughter when maybe I shouldn't any parent perfect.

Some names of persons involved in this.

Norman Frese, Phyllis Frese

Judge O'Neil, Carolyn kamp (Camp) - agent of Children's services, My supposedly Attorneys- Donald Daniels, Samuel Chavez, Patrick Harrington.

Guardian ad litem Jane Fritton

Samuel Chavez probably being the most involved of them whether he was actually working for us I couldn't say, all the others I really do believe were just pretenders, of course though my emotions being so involved and my lack of experience, how could I really say.

I will note though that Don Daniels knew of facts he didn't want to share with the court on my behalf, as I had him subpoenaed by Samuel Chavez, Sam though wanting me to let Don go without the testimony and stating that possibly Don might not be cooperative.

One other attorney was also involved very much in this in a pretense of being my attorney.

I am still working on this material.... more to be continued
Comment: #2
Posted by: william draper
Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:34 AM
I would look forward to completing this story , if there is anyone that has an interest , It's now been more than 20 years, with more unbelievable events than most could fathom . It's really shameful that something like this can happen in the United States . William Draper 941-928-6484
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Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:50 PM
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