Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Extreme Democratic Party of No!

In addition to Canada Free Press, I blog on conservative issues locally. After commenting on the crass editorializing against one Republican candidate, one detractor repeated these hollow, liberal talking points:
The Extreme
Democratic Party of "No!"
 
The Republican Party is extremely unpopular. . .due to its reputation nationally as extreme and aimed at the fringe. The GOP is pro-dirty energy, pro-1%, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-diversity, anti, anti, anti. Carr is merely avoiding to state his actual party in his ads in an effort to sell himself, not his highly unpopular party. That's just a fact, not an example of "media bias".
 
I could not resist taking down these outright, outrageous frauds with one damning set of evidence after another. Please enjoy, readers, and recognize that it is not the Republican Party, but the “anti”-Democratic Party which is the Party of “No!”
 
The Republican Party is extremely unpopular . . . due to its reputation nationally as extreme and aimed at the fringe.
 
At which National Party convention did members boo God and Jerusalem as the recognized capital of Israel? Congressional members of which party pushed Obama-don't-care on this country? Who has rallied around a President whose administration has supervised (instigated) one scandal after another? Who decided that the President can unilaterally ignore the Constitution and its own laws while borrowing trillions of dollars every year from the future? The Extreme Democratic Party.
 
The GOP is pro-dirty energy.
 
 There is nothing dirtier than green subsidies which bankroll political supporters, taking in their bankrupted wake billions of taxpayer dollars. Solyndra, anyone?
 
Pro-1%
 
Apparently, you did not read about the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, which forced a $100-200k campaign minimum to even compete for an endorsement, let alone receive one. Henry Waxman was throwing $5,000  a plate fundraisers in Beverly Hills. 90210 money played into his influence to block the Subway to the Sea (and ignore LA area veterans for decades, I imagine) Of the top ten wealthiest Congressional districts in the country (including the 33rd), nine are currently represented by Democratic politicians. The 33rd might change this year, though.
 
anti-woman.
 
Let's talk about Dem Mayor filthy Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace from San Diego. Where were the Dems to call for his resignation right away? Nothing! Let's talk about President “Slick Willy” Bill Clinton and his numerous paramours (plus rape/sexual assault allegations). How about Weiner's Weiner? How about Gary Studs and his under-age page? How about Charlie Rangel’s insensitive remarks toward women (as well as paying his taxes?!) Do not forget liberal Liz Champlain and Sofie Richards calling mother-of-five, former mayor-governor Sarah Palin “a whore” just because of. . .what exactly? Michigan Congressman Gary Peters slammed his Republican opponent with the “War on Woman” garbage, and Terri Lynn Land (a woman) landed on that folly, and she is currently polling ahead to.
 
Let us not forget US Senator Ted “Chappaquidick” Kennedy who left a woman to die in car floating in a river. How many love-children has “The Reverend” Jesse Jackson had, and the woman have refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
 
anti-gay
 
California State representative Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) commented about his vote on a bill: "A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.”  Anti-gay rhetoric playing up the effeminate stereotype of homosexual men. And how about the slew of homophobic slurs from ultra-liberal Alec Baldwin, plus the negative consequences of gay activists’ fascist agenda against CEOs and businesses who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman?
 
anti-diversity
 
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Susana Martinez
The first African-American US Senators, both appointed as well as popularly elected, where Republicans. First Hispanic female governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez -- GOP. Hispanic Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval – GOP Bush ’43 Administration: two African-American secretaries of state: Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice. Let's not forget Bush 41' appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, who faced a "hi-tech lynching" most likely because he was a conservative jurist. How about Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Kelly Ayotte: Hispanic, African-American, female GOP US Senators.  First Chinese-American US Senator, Hiram Fong: Republican. Mayor or Cranston, Rhode Island and running for Governor Allan Fung: Republican. Mayor of Gardena, California and running for LA Sheriff, Paul Tanaka: Republican.
 
Hiram Fong
Need I continue?
 
anti, anti, anti.”
 
The true party of “No!” is  the Democratic Party.
 
No, you cannot keep your insurance, even if you like it. No, you cannot choose the school that your children can enroll in, because Dem-donor teachers unions won’t allow it. No, you cannot choose whether you can join a union or not in order to get a job. No, you cannot choose the best job for your future, because Dems support high taxes on businesses and wealth creators as well as investors. Pay fair share? Today, Democrats support a race-to-bottom equality of poverty where a dedicated, connected (Democratic-George Soros) political elite stays rich (enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense.
 No, you cannot have cheaper gasoline because the Green Lobby will not allow Keystone to be built.
 
No, you cannot seek tax-exemption status from the IRS because of your political views. No, you cannot enjoy a stable foreign policy which strengthens allies and scares enemies.
 
Next time anyone wants to play the liberal loony litany of “Republican Party of No!”! self-parody laugh-track, share the above.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LA Times on Elan Carr: The Full Story

Elan Carr (Source: Alpha Epsilon Pi)
GOP hopeful starts TV ads in race to succeed Rep. Waxman The LA Times reported today that the first TV ads have hit the cable airwaves for the 33rd Congressional District, otherwise known as "The Waxman Seat", although no Congressional District strictly belongs to any politician, but to the people who elect the officials to represent them.

In another back-handed compliment toward Republican politicians running for office, the LA Times article starts out by highlighting the GOP contender's distinction:

Gang prosecutor Elan S. Carr, a Republican in the crowded race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), on Monday became the first of the candidates to start airing campaign ads on cable TV.Not State Senator Ted Lieu, nor former LA City Controller and mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel (both Democrats), nor even Tea-Party-of-the-Left Marianne Williamson have aired TV ads yet for Congress. Republican Elan Carr, endorsed by retired District Attorney Steve Cooley, judge advocate general and LA deputy District Attorney has taken his campaign to the airwaves.
You can see his first commercial here.

Imagine that. A Republican is already airing television ads. As a first-time candidae, Carr has to. Name ID is key in the 33rd, not just because of the sheer size of the district (from Palos Verdes to Agoura Hills, with Malibu and Beverly Hills), but the large crowd of candidates running. What has taken the Democratic candidates so long to start broadcasting campaign commercials? Surely they have the money by now. The Democratic Pacific Palisades Club required hefty campaign war chest minimums, per Democratic candidate Kristie Holmes.

Then comes the LA Times editorializing:

Carr does not mention his GOP affiliation. Waxman's 33rd Congressional District is strongly Democratic.

Marianne Williamson is an independent, even though she was a Democrat for so long. Why is no one calling her out for that in the LA Times, or in this article particularly? For a district that is "strongly Democratic", a Republican-turned-Independent Bill Bloomfield took in 46% of the vote in 2012. Assessing his ground game as well as his chances of regaining a chairmanship in the House, Congressman Waxman decided to retire, even though he had released eblasts in 2013 signaling his intent to run for reelection. This district does not necessarily belong to any party, considering that the non-affiliated and Republican voters outnumber the Democratic registration.

For a district that is so strongly Democratic, Waxman won reelection with the lowest majority vote in his career, plus the low-hanging approval ratings which are dragging down President Obama and his party. South Boston Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch even forewarns Dems that Obamacare is going to wipe them out in 2014. To put it mildly, the ground numbers do not favor incumbents in general, not just Democrats in Congress, but also in the state legislature, where three state senators have been indicted or convicted for felonies.

Not just the hollow editorializing of the article, but the photo headlining the piece is slanted. Jean Merl is writing about Elan Carr, yet the article features Congressman Henry Waxman, specifically the moments after his announcement to retire.
What? Readers will find a headshot of Elan Carr at this top of this post. Surely the LA Times could have used this photo. What has happened to the LA Times? Is the paper so desperate with its biases that they will present Democrats, whether candidates or politicians, at the expense of Republican and Independent contenders?

Then the article features another Democratic contender's assessment of Carr's chances of entering the top-two for the general election:

In another development, one of the 10 Democrats on the June 3 primary ballot has halted his [Carr’s] campaign.   

Businessman James A. Graf said  Monday that polling he commissoned [sic] for the race showed  several others who are better known to voters had snapped up backing, especially former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance).

Who's James Graf, and who cares? Wasn't the article supposed to be about Elan Carr? The journalist is taking a candidate's commissioned (that's who the word is spelled) polling for an assessment? What about the Associated Press? Why didn't the LA Times do their own polling?

Just to review, the title of the article was:

GOP hopeful starts TV ads in race to succeed Rep. Waxman

The last two paragraphs report on James Graf's decision to give up his run, as he recognizes that he does not have a chance to make it into the Top Two. Apparently, columnist Jean Merl is trying to achieve the same outcome for Elan Carr.

Fair and balanced, are we?

No wonder the LA Times is struggling for readers these days.

All the News that Fits. . a liberal, anti-GOP agenda?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Let Jesus Be Your Neighbor

File:Sobiepan Good Samaritan.jpgLove thy neighbor as thyself.

Such is the royal law, as given my Moses.

"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12: 31)

But the law is weak and beggarly elements compared to the Grace of Christ:

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1: 17)

But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. You can give something from far away, and not have your heart in it, even.

But Jesus came to us, even when we did not care or even know Him (Romans 5: 8)

The Law tells us what we must do.

Grace focuses on what Jesus is doing.

Remember that He comes to live in us, and to live through us.

This life is not our life, but Himself:

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10: 10)

and

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14: 6)

I just noticed the present tense "saith" or "says" - Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His present statement will never change. Today, He is your Life, and He was for you and me yesterday, and will be our life forever (Hebrews 13: 8). Does not change!

Now, Jesus is also our neighbor, in that He loves us since of ourselves we can do nothing (John 15: 5)

Consider this parable from Luke 10:

"25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
 
About this portion, a few revelations worth manifesting.
 
A lawyer during Jesus' earthly ministry was not an advocate who represented clients in a court of law, but a master-teacher who knew the Torah, or the law of Moses thoroughly. In this passage, we see the teacher as a type of the law, while Jesus, who is grace and truth combined, responding to the temptations to justify the law rather than magnify God's grace.
 
When Jesus says to the lawyer "Do this, and you shall live", I thought: how can one do anything in order to live? We have to live first before we can do anything. We have to have life in order to accomplish anything.
 
Yet the law was given to nan precisely to show that he is dead, has no life, and needs more than just a set of rules, but needs the death in trespasses removed from himself. Instead of recognizing the impossibility for man to earn righteousness by his works, the lawyer tries to justify himself.
 
Such is the effect of living under law: the never-ending efforts to make oneself righteous, when the law was never designed to make us holy in the first place (Romans 5: 20; Galatians 3: 19)
 
To answer this question, which was not a question of doubt but unbelief and self-righteousness, Jesus offered this account:
 
"30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." (Luke 10: 25-37)
 
This certain man is a picture of all of us, men and women who because of Adam have left the city of Peace because of sin.
 
We have been robbed and deposes from reigning in life at birth, because of Adam, who fell for Satan's lie (Genesis 3:1-8). Satan is a robber, but because of sin and death, we are all half-dead,
 
Now, two representatives of the Law of Moses pass by this "certain man". The priest and the Levite cannot help a fallen man, or else they will be defiled.
 
The law does not help us, but rather shows us how helpless we are and magnifies are half-dead state.
 
Then comes the Samaritan, who is a picture of Jesus. Samaritans were half-Jewish, half-Gentile, despised by the Jews of Jerusalem. A source of scorn to the religious leaders, as well, but not to Jesus, who had to go through Samaria in order to minister to the woman at the well (John 4).
 
The Samaritan represents Jesus because the Body of Christ is made of Jew and Gentile:
 
"Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace." (Ephesians 2: 11-15)
 
Now, the Samaritan, who is not under law, acts out of grace for this half-dead sojourner on the road. He treats the wounded man with wine and oil. Wine represents the blood of Jesus, which cleanses us from all our sins:
 
"After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11: 25)
 
The oil represents the Holy Spirit, who grants us God's life in us.
 
"But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." (1 John 2: 20)
 
and then
 
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." (1 John 2: 27)
 
Not only does the Samaritan heal the half-dead man's wounds to revive him, but then he sets the wounded on his beast. This is a picture of Jesus' placing us in heavenly places at the right hand of God the Father.
 
Remember that Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey (Matthew 21: 1-10)
 
And
 
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: " (Ephesians 2: 4-6)
 
Now, Jesus our Good Samaritan does not just cleanse us of our sins, give us His life, and grant us His standing in the world. He also delivers us to a safe place, where we rest and receive all things from Him, and can rest assured all the more that any needs we have, He is richly supplying them:
 
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4: 13)
 
and then
 
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 19)
 
But then comes the question from Jesus:
 
"Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?"
 
Who was neighbor - not who is my neighbor.
 
The lawyer, refusing to say "Samarita", actually gave the best answer:
 
37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
 
The law offers no mercy, no grace to fallen man in this fallen world. Jesus does, though, and He wants us to do the same. As we receive the abundance of His grace and righteousness (Romans 5: 17), we then grant grace to others (Ephesians 4: 31-32)
 
Jesus then finishes with:
 
"Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." (Luke 10: 25-37)
 
Be gracious!
 
This parable is not a stern demand that we help ever hitchhiker fallen among thieves. There are many who engage in "charity" but have not love, and nothing profits from all that they do (1 Corinthians 13)
 
Let us go from the law and enter into Jesus' grace. Let Jesus be your neighbor today, and let Him supply every one of your needs!

PJ O'Rourke on Liberalism

PJ O'Rourke is a recovered ,modern liberal.


In the past, he supported Big Government and all the big spending that lards it over.

Then he studies the consequences of redistribution of wealth in Eat the Rich.


He also quipped: "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait when it's free."

A stunning paradox to the layman at first glance, economists who study government intervention into health care understand the unintended consequences of central, forced planning in the medical profession.

From poor health care service, to rationing, to fraud, waste, and rampant reports of abuse, there is no worse health care than government health care.

O'Rourke's statement on the modern liberal ideology, however, should grace the lips of every liberty defender:
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O'Rourke's wit helps explain why statist advocates resort to cursing and swearing rather than reasoned argument. Like little children frustrated wit the adults who have told them that the party is over, they throw temper tantrums, either with heated hate-speech all over the Internet or officious demonstrations in the public square (Occupy Wall Street, riots, etc.)

No wonder the liberal trolls and screed-freaks are so embittered. With all the wealth they have (taken from others), they are still unhappy.

Spoiled children? Makes sense. Modern Liberals has indoctrinated a sense of entitlement into young intellectuals, as if they world should work a certain way, one which gives them everything at someone else's expense.

When those paying the expenses get tired of paying for everything, like the parents taking away the car keys from their reckless teenager, the modern liberals' "inner child" comes out and screams.

It's time to hold our ears and put the modern liberal spoiled brats in their place.

Conservatism (true, classical liberalism, based on freedom) is the parenting which all of us enter by choice, or by force because of the natural consequences of living in a limited world.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Righteous Indignation, not Pension Envy

Furey: "You have pension envy!"
Pension envy, huh?

That's what my problem is?
 
 
So I want what the Torrance public employees have, but I am not willing to work for it.

Such were the words (and the gist behind them) of Torrance Mayoral candidate Pat Furey in  a key debate a few months ago.

Furey has been endorsed by the Torrance Police and Fire Associations, too. No wonder he is defending their pay, benefits, and pensions from the envious public.

So, let me put it like this. . .

I am angry because the public sector employees, whether police or fire or anything else, are getting six figure sums, yet at the same time I do not have such a well-paying job, or no certainty of getting good benefits and a secure pension, and face almost no chance of getting terminated once they achieve a certain level of seniority or number of years on the job.

Pension envy?

How about -- righteous indignation!

Where do the city leaders think all of this money is coming from? Not from businesses, sales, or trade. This money comes from taxpaying residents and businesses.

How much longer do city leaders like Mr. Furey really think that voting taxpayers in the City of Torrance will put up with these unfunded liabilities?

Employees taking in more money than administrative staff because of overtime pay -- that is infuriating, Mr. Furey. Voters have a right to vent their fury at any city government, association or otherwise, which stands beside so extensive and expensive a redistribution of wealth.

The public workers do the same work, but get time and a half. They are getting more money without working more for it.

They secure a secure job, with very little risk of termination. Private sector employees have to perform, turn a profit, and if they fail, then they get disciplined or lose their jobs.

Where does the money come from in a private organization, anyway? From individual consumers or trading partners. If I fail to deliver a product or service, then  I lose customer, business, money, and even my job.

If a civil servant does a bad job, they may get reprimanded, unless the unions step up staunch opposition to the effort.

Sometimes, the employee gets transferred to another department within an agency. In other cases, a bad employee, or an employee who engaged in some kind of misconduct may look forward to a promotion.

Public sector workers engage in a serious service for their cities, but for anyone working the same job and getting time and a half, plus benefits and other pay, all of which guarantee a greater pension. . .

Rage and upset at such unprecedented redistribution of wealth is not pension envy, but righteous indignation!

Daily Breeze Silent About Goodrich?

Tim GoodrichTim Goodrich, Iraq War Veteran, is running for Torrance City Council.


I received information about his anti-war activities in 2005 from an anonymous source. He worked with Cindy Sheehan, he participated in the Arlington West make-shift cemetery along Santa Monica Beach.

He also spoke out against the war on a dais which include the very-liberal Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Crazy!

The source has also shared with me information about Operation First Casualty, connected with Iraq Veterans Against War, a group with Tim cofounded.

The video recordings of Operation First Casualty participants include dramatizations of American soldiers raiding Iraqi sites, taking individuals captive. The demonstrations shock a number of people whom I am not sure whether they are playing along with the dramatizations, or they fall under the capture of the veterans playing out the scenes.

Allegations are surfacing which indict the group for breaking military protocol by protesting the conflict while wearing their uniforms.

I watched some videos of Operation First Casualty.

The demonstrations are certainly disturbing. I don't know if they present a full picture of what American forces did in Iraq during the Bush Administration.

A newsletter from the Beach Cities Democratic Club reported about one of his visits in 2008:

Our next speaker was Tim Goodrich, co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War (ivaw.org) a national group of veterans and active-duty service men and women of the "Global War on Terror" who are working to bring their fellow soldiers home.

Goodrich joined the air force at eighteen and was deployed the Middle East several times as a senior air man.

Since its founding, IVAW has been steadily growing The group uses creative forms of publicity to spread its message. In Santa Monica, members "took over" the city for a day performing mock combat patrols and staging a mock recruitment in front of a recruitment center.

. . .


Other activities include counter-recruitment in schools and outreach to active-duty personnel. They are working to change the military's current opt-out policy to one in which students cannot be recruited unless they opt in.

The letter then identifies one of the biggest supports of IVAW: Veterans for Peace (http://www.veteransforpeace.org/), followed by a recognition that individuals may protest as long as they are not in uniform or at a military base.

Looking back over the Operation First Casualty videos, it appears to me that many of those veterans in protest are wearing uniforms.

Dem Jane Harman
Supported Iraq War
Another interesting feature of the 2008 Beach Cities Democratic Club letter: one of the featured Democrats was Congresswoman Jane Harman (ret.) who supported the Iraq War and continued to do so throughout her tenure in Congress. I wonder how the club balanced these opposing views on the conflict.

Goodrich's participation in IVAW has fomented a great deal of criticism. Here are some comments which I have received from an active duty personnel, who cannot reveal himself because of the Hatch Act:

The Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326 (PDF ) (HTML ), limits certain political activities of most executive branch employees. For example, the law prohibits employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or in the Federal workplace. It also prohibits them from soliciting or receiving political contributions.

The list of employees includes military personnel. Here is a comprehensive list of questions and concerns which federal employees must consider in regards to political activity.

Tim Goodrich had an extensive past with the anti-war movement during the Bush Administration, yet Goodrich is running for city council in Torrance, a military town which still hosts an Armed Forces Day parade every year.

Combine this element with the animus of active duty soldiers who resent Goodrich's efforts, one has to wonder why The Daily Breeze refused to report on Goodrich's background. One comment on this blog was less than charitable toward the Daily Breeze staff:

THE DAILY BREEZE NEEDS TO FIRE NICK GREEN. He is a corrupt journalist who answers to the beck and call of Goodrich's protectors in chief..Torrance school board member Michael Wermers and mayoral candidate Tom Brewer. Green has been approached by two veterans who know about Goodrich. Green told them to shove off. Daily Breeze needs to go bankrupt and everyone lose their job. One military veteran running against Goodrich and another who continues to serve honorably without showmanship. The second guy talks while the veteran stays silent. sempifei.

I contacted Nick Green by email regarding these stories, as well as this comment. He has not responded.

So, the question remains:

Why Did the Daily Breeze Say Nothing About Goodrich's Past?

How can a paper make a difference when not reporting on diverse history
of key City Council candidates, including controversial Tim Goodrich?
Update (4/21/2014:

A local leader suggested that Goodrich were a Republican or an Independent Conservative, no doubt the Daily Breeze would have reported the facts about Goodrich's past. This double-standard in the media is very disheartening, but no longer hidden.

Moreover, aside from an article in early January about the large number of Torrance City Employees earning a $100k total compensation, the paper has provided little coverage about the rising pension liabilities in the city.

Public Unions: Taking Your Living

File:Our Trade Union Brothers in the Forces are Giving their All to Rid the World of Fascism Art.IWMPST15517.jpglaura cipollari April 04, 2014 at 11:09 AM            
Are any of these public sector employees part of the 1%? They're your neighbors trying to make a middle class living. Try questioning the cities that have robbed their pension funds for a variety of reasons. -- Comment from El Segundo: Say "No!" to Measure A
 
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi issued a similar attack ad against his opponent Craig Huey in 2012:
 
"Craig Huey thinks that police officers are a special interest."
 
This line or argument from public sector unions has attempted to shame opponents of big pensions and tax increases.
 
First of all, Huey was endorsed by the Torrance Police Officers Association because they trusted his character, did not think that he would lie to get ahead.
 
Second, public sector unions do not necessarily speak for every individual member. I know current and retired public safety officials who are Republicans, conservatives, who support low taxes and limited government whether at the city or state level. They object to their coerced membership in public unions. They further object t paying forced dues and endure their union leaders spend the funds on candidates and causes which they do not support.
 
Now, Ms. Cipollari's comment offers another argument to smear critics of  public sector employee excessive pensions and  benefits, as though the police, fire, and other public works personnel are just down-on-their-luck working-class or struggling middle-class employees.
 
This assessment is completely flawed.
 
Consider these payouts in Torrance:
 
      
NameJob titleBase payOvertime payOther pay Total
benefits
Total pay &
benefits
DUMAIS, DAVID A. Deputy Fire Chief
Torrance, 2012
$166,730.98$0.00$127,568.03$133,858.46$428,157.47
NEU, JOHN J. Police Chief
Torrance, 2012
$236,516.80$0.00$22,889.25$154,280.58$413,686.63
RACOWSCHI, WILLIAM FIre Chief
Torrance, 2012
$223,745.61$0.00$48,297.81$132,780.21$404,823.63
KREAGER, KEVIN W. Police Captain
Torrance, 2012
$164,606.40$0.00$91,684.65$140,913.04$397,204.09
MATSUDA, MARK A. Police Captain
Torrance, 2012
$157,206.40$0.00$90,734.47$134,769.21$382,710.08
JEZULIN, MICHAEL C. Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$123,281.68$51,946.28$84,199.35$123,049.93$382,477.24
JACKSON, LEROY J. Manager, City
Torrance, 2012
$268,382.41$0.00$38,986.80$66,896.73$374,265.94
HANSEN, MICHAEL A. Fire Chief, Battalion
Torrance, 2012
$103,405.12$50,740.35$100,680.76$109,984.18$364,810.41
FELLOWS III, JOHN L. Attorney, City
Torrance, 2012
$259,209.60$0.00$29,976.19$65,267.94$354,453.73
KOZAK, CHRISTOPHER L. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$54,785.14$76,649.92$109,869.35$348,923.61
 
$400k + is a substantial sum.

The counterargument ensues -- these individuals fulfill widespread administrative responsibilities. Of course they receive such large salaries.

Then consider these numbers:

MAESTRI, HAROLD A. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$94,140.80$44,871.06$68,504.11$91,747.14$299,263.11
RASNICK, RYAN W. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$84,309.05$56,847.67$75,548.50$279,779.14

STEWART, RODNEY B. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$63,762.45$52,829.49$70,767.04$250,432.90

When reviewing the six figure total compensation which public sector employees take in every year, including lower ranking fire fighters and police officers, one finds that these public sector employees have plunged into 1% status.
 
Here's Redondo Beach:
 
NameJob titleBase payOvertime payOther pay Total
benefits
Total pay &
benefits
DAN MADRIGAL Fire Chief
Redondo Beach, 2012
$158,976.95$0.00$128,940.09$100,373.45$388,290.49
MICHAEL WEBB City Attorney
Redondo Beach, 2012
$241,374.02$0.00$51,942.09$74,266.02$367,582.13
ERIC BAKER Fire Captain
Redondo Beach, 2012
$89,951.93$42,103.83$89,770.06$94,047.96$315,873.78
KEVIN COFFELT Firefighter/Paramedic
Redondo Beach, 2012
$75,684.01$135,815.21$36,380.94$66,045.84$313,926.00
STEVEN HYINK Fire Division Chief
Redondo Beach, 2012
$127,168.25$26,473.32$52,643.27$101,522.43$307,807.27
PAUL LEPORE Fire Division Chief
Redondo Beach, 2012
$126,068.37$25,298.81$48,734.68$106,689.09$306,790.95
WILLIAM LEONARDI Chief Of Police
Redondo Beach, 2012
$168,579.67$0.00$23,707.17$113,953.42$306,240.26
WILLIAM WORKMAN City Manager
Redondo Beach, 2012
$200,248.29$0.00$36,848.47$63,030.06$300,126.82
JAMES ACQUARELLI Police Lieutenant
Redondo Beach, 2012
$96,426.99$0.00$98,196.07$87,464.20$282,087.26
GREGORY ALLEN Firefighter/Paramedic
Redondo Beach, 2012
$75,683.95$124,534.41$25,047.76$54,740.94$280,007.06
 
Wow! Redondo Beach is half the size of Torrance, yet the pay is comparable. "But those are administrators!"

FERNANDO MATA Police Officer
Redondo Beach, 2012
$64,079.40$75,223.05$50,056.78$59,137.21$248,496.44
 

CURT MAHONEY Firefighter/Paramedic
Redondo Beach, 2012
$75,684.11$80,697.01$10,406.22$50,158.75$216,946.09


STEVE FERNANDEZ Firefighter/Paramedic
Redondo Beach, 2012
$78,802.90$52,291.48$22,507.94$62,856.94$216,459.26
 
 
They're your neighbors trying to make a middle class living.
 
No. I have spoken with local city activists, who confirm that many of the public sector employees in the South Bay do not  live in the cities they serve. They may work in the city, but they do not live there, and therefore they do not pay city taxes nor will they suffer under any rising burden. Anyone whose salary accumulates $300k per year is not trying to make a living, but is vying to take the living from thousands of other taxpayers, while diminishing the proper disbursement of city funds to city services.
 
Public employees rake in huge amounts off "neighbors trying to make a middle class living". The reason so many property owners are struggling to make ends meet in South Bay homes, or why they find that their local leaders
 
Try questioning the cities that have robbed their pension funds for a variety of reasons.
 
Cities are getting robbed throughout the state of California because of excessive salaries, benefits, and pensions, approved by short-term minded city council leaders endorsed and funded by public sector unions. The long-term financial turmoil of these enormous payouts have pushed large municipalities such as San Jose and San Diego to issue voter-approved pension reforms. Four cities have sought bankruptcy protection because of these entitlement demands, including Stockton, which may face bankruptcy again because the city leaders and union officials restricted the first restructuring plan from reforming and limiting the public employee liabilities.
 
If there have been any robberies, it would be the union hall -- city hall corruption collusion in which public sector unions endorse accommodating candidates, who upon election approve lavish salaries, benefits, and pensions for the public employees, at the private citizens' expense.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pension Envy in Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA skyline -- Woo of Irvine
City Councilmember at Pat Furey has accused Torrance residents and private businesses of "pension envy" in regards to the salaries and benefits which police, fire, and public works officials are taking in from the city's coffers.

Is there really any reason for people to worry about the costs of shoring up public employees' retirement?

Click on this link here, and you will find a list of Torrance public employees, with their salaries, overtime, benefits, and the overall compensation.

Here's a list of the ten highest income earners in 2012:

NameJob titleBase payOvertime payOther pay Total
benefits
Total pay &
benefits
DUMAIS, DAVID A. Deputy Fire Chief
Torrance, 2012
$166,730.98$0.00$127,568.03$133,858.46$428,157.47
NEU, JOHN J. Police Chief
Torrance, 2012
$236,516.80$0.00$22,889.25$154,280.58$413,686.63
RACOWSCHI, WILLIAM FIre Chief
Torrance, 2012
$223,745.61$0.00$48,297.81$132,780.21$404,823.63
KREAGER, KEVIN W. Police Captain
Torrance, 2012
$164,606.40$0.00$91,684.65$140,913.04$397,204.09
MATSUDA, MARK A. Police Captain
Torrance, 2012
$157,206.40$0.00$90,734.47$134,769.21$382,710.08
JEZULIN, MICHAEL C. Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$123,281.68$51,946.28$84,199.35$123,049.93$382,477.24
JACKSON, LEROY J. Manager, City
Torrance, 2012
$268,382.41$0.00$38,986.80$66,896.73$374,265.94
HANSEN, MICHAEL A. Fire Chief, Battalion
Torrance, 2012
$103,405.12$50,740.35$100,680.76$109,984.18$364,810.41
FELLOWS III, JOHN L. Attorney, City
Torrance, 2012
$259,209.60$0.00$29,976.19$65,267.94$354,453.73
KOZAK, CHRISTOPHER L. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$54,785.14$76,649.92$109,869.35$348,923.61

QWow! That;s a lot of money for total compensation, just in 2012!

Here is a list of ten high income earners in the city of Torrance from 2012:
NameJob titleBase payOvertime payOther pay Total
benefits
Total pay &
benefits
HENDERSON, JON R. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$83,911.33$38,667.12$68,669.29$94,200.23$285,447.97
EDMONDS, DON S. Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$118,164.08$17,654.79$42,716.34$104,398.95$282,934.16
WILMOTH, MICHAEL W. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$0.00$79,824.43$95,406.02$282,849.65
PETERSON, RANDY J. Fire Captain - 40 HR
Torrance, 2012
$99,561.28$2,219.76$86,872.37$93,808.92$282,462.33
THOMPSON, KEITH E. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$13,390.63$59,978.00$101,082.15$282,069.98
Not Provided Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$118,679.29$14,404.84$46,570.33$101,259.59$280,914.05
RASNICK, RYAN W. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$84,309.05$56,847.67$75,548.50$279,779.14
BESTE, ROBERT J. Public Works Director
Torrance, 2012
$209,331.20$0.00$20,471.74$49,749.33$279,552.27
Not Provided Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$100,056.00$44,615.08$42,463.96$91,065.93$278,200.97
RUDOLPH, JAMES S. Police Sergeant-1.5Yrs Lat Crd
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.25$34,388.49$52,895.08$85,756.92$278,059.74

Can you imagine a fire captain taking in nearly $300k? Then again, anyone looking over this list could respond: these individual supervise their departments, so they should be compensated in such a manner.

Here is a list of the fire captains  and their total compensation in other South Bay communities:

Another fire captain in Torrance:

FEWELL, JOSEPH J. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$44,536.78$84,504.71$99,692.28$313,240.01
 El Segundo
K. SMITH FIRE CHIEF
El Segundo, 2012
$231,840.00$0.00$34,690.00Not provided$266,530.00
Hermosa Beach records were not available on the website. The website creators are requesting that anyone interested submit a public records request. No fire chiefs were listed tor the Peninsula cities, either, as no fire chief is designate for those cities.

Manhattan Beach

HAFDELL, SCOTT R. Fire Captain/Paramedic
Manhattan Beach, 2012
$129,468.04$115,047.11$32,300.66$76,050.27$352,866.08
MUTH, JAMES R. Fire Captain/Paramedic
Manhattan Beach, 2012
$129,468.04$99,180.53$37,335.49$76,938.89$342,922.95
O'BRIEN, TIMOTHY S. Fire Captain/Paramedic
Manhattan Beach, 2012
$129,468.04$97,036.79$35,644.72$76,820.85$338,970.40

Redondo Beach

DAN MADRIGAL Fire Chief
Redondo Beach, 2012
$158,976.95$0.00$128,940.09$100,373.45$388,290.49

Quite a contrast, isn't it?

Now, back to the City of Torrance.

MILLEA, ROBERT J. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$24,746.03$72,596.95$94,870.91$276,720.13
KAHN, SCOTT A. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$22,818.99$77,074.40$92,016.28$276,415.91
ESTRADA, MICHAEL D. Police Sergeant-1.5Yrs Lat Crd
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.24$32,088.93$45,060.45$94,163.56$276,332.18
BONE, RONALD R. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$27,755.15$70,375.95$93,455.60$276,092.94
TSAO, ERIC E. Finance Director
Torrance, 2012
$192,587.20$0.00$28,332.62$53,762.89$274,682.71
CONDON, KEVIN J. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$21,679.70$75,218.69$92,016.29$273,420.92
HUNT, PATRICK J. Police Sergeant-2Yrs Lat Cred
Torrance, 2012
$104,000.00$20,100.00$54,781.22$93,349.96$272,231.18
UNDERWOOD, MARK M. Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$107,712.83$5,952.11$60,825.08$96,557.62$271,047.64
STROCK, JAMES M. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$30,903.64$63,139.82$89,091.56$267,641.26
SCHNEIDER, HOWARD R. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$22,569.53$68,511.36$91,896.33$267,483.46
HARTLEY, LORNE M. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$61,248.11$64,669.01$77,549.27$266,540.31
CARTER, KEVIN M. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$26,362.58$65,856.68$88,658.08$265,383.58
TITIRIGA, JAMES A. Police Lieutenant
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.28$401.40$61,060.81$97,951.77$264,433.26
STIEFEL, OTTO P. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$36,976.89$55,654.84$87,245.90$264,383.87
O'STEEN, BRIAN K. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.27$13,957.76$55,847.07$88,954.90$263,779.00
GARVER, DUSTY R. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$91,852.80$35,521.22$53,448.24$81,128.07$261,950.33
HODKINSON, PAUL W. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$18,079.91$69,907.94$88,093.59$260,587.68
MCGEE, MARTIN J. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.33$20,588.61$39,083.32$94,321.26$259,012.52
MC ATEE, TIMOTHY J. Fire Engineer
Torrance, 2012
$73,003.84$35,568.79$67,188.69$82,812.97$258,574.29
Not Provided Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$91,852.80$37,604.28$52,023.88$75,698.02$257,178.98
Not Provided Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$6,356.26$55,190.62$88,006.66$257,172.74
DOBINE, JASON S. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$21,943.31$73,973.54$75,906.19$256,329.28
TREMENTOZZI, JOHN B. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$16,647.52$67,443.83$87,218.70$255,816.29
FRIEDMAN, TAD M. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$51,228.20$61,767.24$79,050.00$255,119.36
ALDRICH, THOMAS I. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$94,140.80$6,835.66$60,778.63$93,359.79$255,114.88
SOLORZANO, PAUL J. Police Sergeant-2Yrs Lat Cred
Torrance, 2012
$91,852.80$38,606.04$45,189.39$79,041.68$254,689.91
Not Provided Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$94,140.80$267.32$66,450.28$93,344.36$254,202.76
MILLER, ALEC C. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$84,410.47$41,656.16$45,227.41$82,197.05$253,491.09
BACTAT, JEREMY M. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$73,003.86$27,804.51$67,722.32$83,480.37$252,011.06
MORENO, DANNY E. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$100,761.65$19,967.02$48,809.14$82,382.95$251,920.76
MINTON, MARK S. Fire Engineer
Torrance, 2012
$73,003.84$34,354.52$62,434.27$82,025.41$251,818.04
LARA, ROBERT L. Police Sergeant-2Yrs Lat Cred
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$2,180.05$41,978.59$99,851.04$251,628.88
AHMAD, FAREED Police Officer-1 Yr Lat. Credt
Torrance, 2012
$84,777.60$54,355.43$42,286.10$70,123.10$251,542.23
TURRENTINE, SCOTT R. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$105,019.31$7,990.07$45,879.41$92,242.28$251,131.07
STOVALL, KELLY S. Police Officer-1.5 Yr Lat Cred
Torrance, 2012
$93,084.80$25,190.67$41,498.45$91,132.41$250,906.33
HUDSON, BRIAN T. Fire Captain - 40 Hr
Torrance, 2012
$84,506.24$21,182.95$61,126.28$83,860.50$250,675.97
STEWART, RODNEY B. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$63,762.45$52,829.49$70,767.04$250,432.90
BAADEN, MICHAEL G. Fire Captain
Torrance, 2012
$73,003.84$29,889.36$61,679.43$84,748.34$249,320.97
SUCH, PATRICK L. Police Sergeant
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$5,503.64$40,296.90$94,602.96$248,022.70
CAMERON, SCOTT A. Police Sergeant-1.5Yrs Lat Crd
Torrance, 2012
$107,619.20$3,608.87$43,731.43$92,416.01$247,375.51
SCOTT, STUART M. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$91,852.80$108,992.44$56,367.45$88,572.13$345,784.82
FISHER, CHARLES E. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$83,491.20$41,022.56$42,983.29$77,565.94$245,062.99
GARVER, DUSTY R. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$91,852.80$35,521.22$53,448.24$81,128.07$261,950.33
MAESTRI, HAROLD A. Police Officer
Torrance, 2012
$94,140.80$44,871.06$68,504.11$91,747.14$299,263.11
BRADLEY, HOWELL J. Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$40,599.48$34,698.81$64,389.42$202,761.63

CHAO, SAMUEL H.
Fire Fighter
Torrance, 2012
$63,073.92$35,772.44$40,027.19$63,676.09$202,549.64