Thursday, April 17, 2014

Centi-Bell-A: A Tale of Two-Timing Corruption

Superintendent on Leave
Jose Fernandez
Centinela Valley Union High School District superintendent Jose Fernandez, facing a backlash from local leaders and residents following the Daily Breeze revelations about his $600k salary and benefits, has been placed on paid leave, replaced by Assistant Superintendent Bob Cox, who had supervised human resources.

Last night, KCAL Nine news broadcasted that the local district had just appointed Cox as interim superintendent. They neglected to point out that Cox was a bi-monthly contributor to the local Daily Breeze a few years ago (he wrote about skiing, I believe). Why would the district promote the very people implicated in the corruption and malfeasance, anyway? Surely, the County Office of Education could have brought in an interim leader from the central office in Downey, or hired in an administration from a neighboring school district.

The next story which followed KCAL 9: the vocal apology then sentencing of corrupt then caught and convicted  Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo.

Not exactly half the man he used to be, Rizzo is still quite large, but with far less money than he  had pilfered from the city of Bell. KCAL 9 recorded the former administrator apologizing before the Downtown LA judge, who despite his deep rebuked Rizzo for the bad things that he had done.

Among the public integrity crimes which he had committed: paying himself, city council members, and his secretarial support six figure incomes, forcing up fees in a working-class city where residents barely survive on $20,000 a year.
Robert Rizzo
The city council members with the city clerk also awarded themselves outrageous salaries, massive pensions and benefits, then awarded themselves extra pay for non-existent commissions and meetings which never occurred. Rizzo took extra pains to cover up the greed, which include a police chief (for a city of 19,000 people), who was taking in a $300k salary plus  a guaranteed larger pension for disability, even though he had run a marathon earlier.

The lack of transparency and awareness which followed was just sickening. Enough investigations and digging unearthed a city manager taking in many times more than other local leaders.

Following the explosive revelations from the LA Times, "Is your city manager worth $800,000?", Rizzo stepped down suddenly, but the later arrested, his hand-cuffed profile covering the LA Times front page. The paper exposed the depths of the corruption, including snide emails among Rizzo and co-conspirators, in which Rizzo cautioned on the extent of their greed: "Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered."

Apparently, the chickens came home to roost, called out the pigs for hogging all the public revenue for themselves, and all of them got slaughtered.

Rizzo walked out of court, still free on a $2 million bond. He also apologized to the KCAL camera for what he did. The city manager will serve a 33 month sentence in federal prison, then a state sentence following - 12 years.

What will happen to Fernandez?

This morning, the Daily Breeze headlined that the LA District Attorney (along with the FBI and the district itself) is investigating CV Fernandez' exorbitant salary and benefits. On the LA Times cover, a picture of Robert Rizzo at his sentencing hearing/

What an eerie irony/coincidence indeed: Centi-Bell-a.

Strangely enough, though, KCAL 9  indicated no connection between Centinela and Bell, while the opportunity certainly presents itself.

Working class communities both, residents are too busying trying to get by to investigate the goings on in their city halls or school boards. Centinela is an interesting case, though, because the allegations of corruption are long-standing, from LA County Office of Education bureaucrats to the teachers, students, and active parents in the district area.

Despite all the admissions of transparency from the Centinela Valley school board, much of what transpired among the members was not made public. Members of the school board acknowledged that they were not aware that the superintendent was getting massive pay, plus benefits, and even the option for a low-interest home loan and lavish life insurance policy.

School board members are also receiving a high-caliber policies, and until recently, were getting substantial monthly stipends, four times the legal limit, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

The frustrations with the district's easy access to lush property taxes in the Eastern El Segundo region, coupled with lower test scores and deviant behavior allegations pushed residents to enroll their students in other schools. One of CV's feeder districts, Wiseburn, had battled CV for a decade before winning the opportunity to break away and form its own unified school district. Local leaders in that district, now promoting well-respected and award-winning high school charter schools, had complained about the unscrupulous, suspect behavior, financial as well as academic, in CV.

The parallels continue. Just as a city manager oversees the major operations of a city, so to a superintendent supervises the major operations of an entire school district. How interesting that the executive authorities in these local governing bodies got away with so much money.

So far, Fernandez and the school board engineered a technically legal contract, although earlier reports confirm that the school board reviewed Fernandez' performance one time in five years, instead of every year.

How did they justify offering so lucrative  a contract, including automatic salary increases?

Not just with the internal back-scratching, but the level of pay-for-play in CV includes building contractors putting down money for school board candidates, who then pushed for multi-million dollar bond measures to finance renovating the three comprehensive high schools. School boards bought by contractors to award themselves big contracts.

Bell officials kept the corruption close to their own wallets, one could say. But the over-enforcement of parking rules and fees nearly bankrupted local residents.

In the light of these dark, corrupt realities, city councils, including Bell, should remain intact, but an attentive public is crucial to insure that city councils honor their constituents, invest city and state revenues properly, and provide for the peace and security of the city for the short-term and long-term, too.

In contrast, school district school boards like Centinela Valley are a progressive-era relic which should be dispensed with altogether. Instead of trying to get the right people to represent a district, who in turn select a superintendent to supervise the schools at his (or the bureaucracy's) discretion, school choice would induce a better system of accountability, while permitting the high schools to operate as independent charters with a board of trustees, composed of parents, staff, and students in the school area. The political shenanigans pulling apart Centinela Valley fall fully on politicized district leadership and employee unions, both of which pursue interests contrary to the students' education and development, as well as the expectations of local parents who wan their best for their children.

While school boards remain in place, though, the larger issue of informed voter residents, combined with a media which can only investigate so much corruption at a time brings up a bigger problem. The security against misrule is publicity, per political philosopher Jeremy Bentham, but publicity means nothing if the public is not paying attention or does not care.

File:Group of strawberry pickers in a strawberry field in Bell, California, ca.1910 (CHS-1130).jpg
City of Bell, circa 1910
When the residents picked their food
Instead of getting picked on
as fodder for corruption



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Rule for Righteousness Radicals - Believe!

Saul Alinksy and the American Left (Source: Dancing Czars)
Embittered communist academic Saul Alinksy penned the Community Organizing training manual Rules for Radicals.

The principles he laid down for community organization and political action hinged a relentless onslaught of attacks and shame, with no stopping. Break the rules, antagonize your foes, and have as much fun as possible doing it.

The process was what matter. Be unprincipled as a matter of principle.

The Chicago thug-academic (whose teachings would instructor another academic-thug named Barack Obama) understood something deep and compelling about human nature -- man's need for acceptance and fear of shame-reproach-rejection are stronger than his adherence to any code or creed, or his dedication to the truth.

Need proof of this?

The Stanley Milgram experiments on Obedience and Conformity confirmed that a man's allegiance will ultimately shape whether the does the right thing or the wrong thing when pressured to do what he is told.

That need for acceptance, that need for righteousness, that need to be OK in one's mind is so crucial to a man, that he will give up just about anything else to attain, maintain, or retain it.

What does this discussion have to do with Saul Alinksy, though?

His book Rules for Radicals was dedicated to the first rebel, Lucifer.

Really?!

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very
first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to
know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which),
the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and
did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.
—SAUL ALINSKY

Lucifer, or Satan, is known as the Accuser of the Brethren, who would go before God in times past (Job 1-2) and show God that man is all wrong and deserves nothing good from God.

Check out this scene in Zechariah:

1And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. 5And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
First of all, Saul was all wrong. (Zechariah 3: 1-5)

Instead or arguing with Satan, the Lord rebuked him, then clothed Joshua in a  new robe, which represents God's righteousness.

"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." (Isaiah 61:10)

This prophecy references what the Messiah Jesus Christ does for all who believe on Him

The answer to sin and shame in our lives, or the attacks of men, is never to justify ourselves or try to live up to the rules:

"Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:" (Romans 5: 20)

Instead of trying to escape from a dead-in-trespasses state (Genesis 3: 8-10), man has the greater opportunity to reign in life -- in this life, through Christ Jesus:

"15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 15-17)

So, in Christ we can receive an everlasting kingdom and kinship!

Now, back to this Satan fellow whom Saul Alinksy unseemingly esteems . . .

What kingdom that Lucifier, or more appropriately Satan, won was short-lived.

From the Bible:

14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3: 14-15)
 
The woman's seed foretold the virgin birth of the Perfect Savior, who would save man from his sin and make him a son of the living God:
 
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1: 12)
 
Jesus then declared the following:

"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12: 31)
 
Lucifer was a loser from the moment that he rebelled against God, by the way:
 
9Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
11Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Isaiah 14:9-17)
 
So, let us recap, in case anyone has neglected the major them: Saul Alinsky dedicated his book about community organizing to. .. . the biggest loser who ever existed.
 
Wow. That's just sad.
 
So, righteous radicals, right away you have nothing to fear from "the Left" -- they are left with Lose-ifer as their icon.
 
Now, the antidote to the attacks of the Enemy is to know that every claim against man has been answered forever in Christ Jesus:
 
13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 13-15)
 
All our sins, and our sin, are paid for full and forever in Christ.
 
But notice that other part, about enemies spoiled, or disarmed.
 
What is Satan's tool? God's Ten Commandments.
 
Sounds crazy, does it not? But look throughout the New Testament, and from Romans 7 to Ephesians 2 to the entire book of Galatians you find that the Holy Spirit ministers to us that the law was meant to show us as completely dead and lost on our own, that we need Life and that More Abundantly: Jesus! (John 10:10; 14: 6)
 
If you receive the grace of God in full  measure, you find that Saul Alinksy and his "radicalism" is just a sad form of rule keeping.
 
God wants to lead each of us intimately, inwardly!
 
"
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebews 8: 10-12)
 
What makes this New Covenant work? His righteousness, in that our sins are put away forever:
 

"14In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." (Isaiah 54: 14)
 
Keep receiving God's gift of righteousness and abundance of grace with it (Romans 5: 17), which we have because we are in Christ, more than conquerors (Romans 8: 37) and before God we are as He is (1 John 4: 17)
 
When this is fully established in your mind, guess what happens!
 
"17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 54: 17)
 
Beloved in Christ (and for those of you who do not know or believe on Him), there is only one rule, so to speak, that you need to keep in order to be a righteous radical:
 
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)
 
Receive His righteousness and His grace.
 
But what if the Enemy or the enemies attack?
 
"9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10)
 
More grace for you, righteous radical in Christ.
 
See? Lose-ifer is a total loser, and every time that he and the enemies he works through attack you -- you get more blessings!
 
Lose-ifer, the Left, the lunacy of modern liberalism - they are all losers!
 
In Christ you are a righteous overcoming more than conqueror!
 
And you don't have to keep rules - let the Ruler keep you!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gordon Hirabayashi: The Constitution Protects Us



Gordon Hirabayashi
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, I attended a presentation hosted by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California and the Torrance Public Library:

A Principled Stand: The story of Hirabayashi v. United States

This title references a new book written about Gordon Hirabayashi, who was a conscientious objector against the federal government during World War II, when Japanese-Americans had to submit to targeted curfew laws, and then faced internment in camps away from the West Coast.

The flyer for the event provided the following information:

1n 1943, Gordon Hirabayashi was convicted and imprisoned for defying the curfew and mass removal of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Drawing from his unpublished letters and diaries, Gordon's brother JHmaes and nephew Lane use Gordon's own words from this period to detail the events of Hirabayashi v. United States, the Supreme Court case that in 1943 upheld and on appeal in 1987 vacated his conviction.

A humiliating chapter in modern American history, the US government offered reparations to Japanese-Americans forced away from their homes and property during that period. I have to add this part -- it was a Democratic President who issued Executive Order 9066 forcing the mass evacuation of Japanese Americans from their homes to internment camps.

Nearly a full auditorium greeted the hosts.

An actor, Johnny Kwon, reenacted a sketch about Gordon during his college days. Playing multiple parts, Kwon mostly acted as Gordon, but also presented Gordon's mother and college friends in a one-man show. .

This phrase stood out to me, which the actor Johnny Kwon delivered early:

The Constitution is supposed to protect us.

Indeed. Gordon believed that the United States Constitution provided guarantees to all Americans, and refused to comply with a law contrary to it.

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi
Following Kwon's short dramatic sketch, Gordon's nephew, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, gave a lecture on who Hirabayashi was, his family as well as ethnic background, and how they influenced Gordon's decision to resist this government tyranny. Writing this book with his father, one of Gordon's brothers, Lane had access to reams of private journals and documents recording Gordon's struggles within and without when he took the stance to refuse obeying the curfew.

 Lane shared a number of things about the Japanese Internment which I was not aware of, like the fact that while indeed Germans and Italians were interned, they were not subject to the forced curfew. The sense of shame which afflicted many Japanese after the interment lingered for a long time, too, such that many of them did not want to talk about it until  decades afterward.

From one of Gordon's letters, Lane read the following:

I was always able to hold my head up high because I wasn't just objecting and saying "No!" but was saying "Yes!" to a prior principle, the highest of principles."

Such ardor and commitment describes the reason why Americans protest the federal government, as well as state and local authorities today, although I do not want to diminish the unconstitutional measure of targeting one ethnic group for curfew.

In 1944, Gordon refused to sign a loyalty oath. Later, Hirabayashi served prison time for refusing to fight in World War II, yet ironically enough the prison site is now a recreation site today.

Lane argued about three elements which contributed to forming Hirabayashi to resist the government. The first was his family background. Suprisinglyt to me, Christian missionaries had not only made inroads into Japan, but a number of clans converted to Christianity, including the Hirabayashi family. A denomination related to the Quaker faith, which diminished the role of an established church but stressed peace and a pacifism, Gordon's parents moved to the United States and settled in Washington State.

As far as community influences are concerned, Gordon was raised in the YMCA, with a formal academic training.

The influence which impressed Lane the most, though, was the spiritual aspect, although I am not surprised. Obedience and conformity experiments in the 1960s suggested that when individuals have established an allegiance to a higher authority, they do not readily submit to committing criminal; or abusive acts when directed to do so by a human authority figure in front of them.

How true that was for Gordon Hirabayashi. His believe in God carried him through, even though his decision to break the curfew laws upset his mother, and her protests caused him the most pain.

Other elements about this dissenter's story included his own shock that most Japanese did not resist the government order as  he did. He found himself alone in jail.

Where is everyone else? Gordon asked himself.

Later on, a lawyer of the same religious background came to his aid, helping him with his case. Ultimately, one court after another affirmed the law and Gordon's convictions. Four decades later, the Supreme Court would vacate the conviction, but did not recognize the unconstitutional law.

The presentation was really good. I am glad that I had a chance to attend the forum, as I was aware of these meetings in the past, but never had an opportunity to visit them.

Then I recalled the statement which had stood out earlier in the presentation:

The Constitution is supposed to protect us.

I then began to wonder what Gordon would have been doing during our times, as this country witnesses a President whose administration has presided over one scandal after another, where political groups have been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service just because of their selected political and cultural views. Businesses must violate religious tenets which they hold dear in order to comply with certain federal laws. Diplomats who sought security received none, then died in a terrorist attack. The current administration has broadened the NSA domestic spying program into the lives of almost every American, and even Democratic Senators like Dianne Feinstein are faulting the CIA for spying on their computers.

The same President who promised to uphold the United States Constitution and faithfully execute the laws of the land has done neither, rewriting his own legislation and disregarding prior legislative requirements.

Now, in no way do I want to suggest that the current Presidency has perpetrated anything comparable to what Japanese-Americans endured in the 1940s.

But the blatant disregard of our rights and the US Constitution should alarm us. And isn't it interesting that a Democratic President with executive orders perpetrated such unconstitutional acts then, and today another Democratic President is resorting to one executive order after another, contrary to the United States Constitution, a charter on which every American expects protection from the federal government.
I wasn't just objecting and saying "No!"
but was saying "Yes!" to a prior principle, the highest of principles."

The modern scenario made me wonder: What would Gordon do during this time?

Let's hope that Americans today will follow Gordon's example and stand not just on prior principles, but the highest of principles, which recognize that our rights are God-given, not government-granted. Instead of standing alone, let us hope that Americans will stand together and demand that this administration answer for the scandals up scandals which have dishonored the Constitution, disregarded our rights, and distanced our allies abroad.


Maxine Waters Says the Craziest Things

"Look everybody! It's the Crazy Black Lady!"
Hey everybody! It's my favorite! Look everybody. It's the crazy black lady! --- Kenny Rogers [1:00-1: 25]

My favorite episode of Mad TV always features Will Sasso playing the crazy, hedonistic, uninhibited Kenny Rogers.

As a guest host for the variety show after he had moved onto other projects, Sasso returned and played in a skit called "Kenny Rogers Reality Show."

In the first scene, he meets the "dumbass" contestants, and when he sees the African-American woman, he shouts "It's the crazy black lady!"

When I recall that line, there is another crazy black lady I think of: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Torrance. Can you believe it? Torrance!)

Here is a list of some -- hardly exhaustive list -- of the things which "Crazy Black Lady" Maxine Waters has uttered in the past (and they are utterly foolish):

During the LA Riots of 1992, Waters practically justified, if not outright defended, the rioting, pillaging, and looting which took place:

 “If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason.   I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.   So I call it a rebellion.

Keep in mind that a great deal of white people as well as other ethnic groups started looting during the riots. However, how dragging a truck driver out of his cabin and beating him senseless constitutes social protest is just beyond me.

Crazy!
Waters sits as ranking (and rank) member on the House Finance and Banking Committee. In the late 2000s, Her comments about the solvency of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bear repeating (and ridicule):

We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines.

One housing crisis and millions of homes lost, jobs lost, and a Great Recession later, one has to wonder what Waters is doing on the House Finance Committee in the first place.

In 2008, Water commented in a documentary on progressive values  that "Conservative values have failed. I think that weak people are preyed upon. . . but I think that they [conservative talk radio] have failed. . ."

Also in 2008, Here's her botched up attempt to shake up the oil companies in Congress:

What guarantees are you going to give this liberal about how that will reduce the cost of gasoline at the pump if we let you drill where you say you want to drill. . .And guess what this liberal will be all about. This liberal will be all about socializ. . . will be about . . .basically taking over and the government running all your companies. Uh Uh Uh. . .

Crazy!

Liberal talk shows have closed down all over the country, even in liberal California and New York. As for preying on the weak, look no further than any major city with Democratic dominance, and you will find poverty, corruption, and crime.

In 2010, Congresswoman Waters was offended at the flag-waving Tea Party protesters:

I was amazed.   I really was.   I didn’t say anything to anybody.   I just watched-the Republicans were out there-they were having a great time.   They were laughing, they were waving the American flag, they were egging them on, and I thought that was outrageous behavior.   I really did.”

Waving the American flag is an outrageous act? Are you kidding me? Then again, students in a Bay Area high school were required to take their American flag shirts off, for fear of offending some gang-related groups. She was critical of Americans demonstrating their First Amendment to petition their government. With these kind of statements, what would she have thought of Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I have a Dream Speech" in 1963? There were lots of flags there, and men and women were criticizing their government then.

In 2011, Waters was trying to keep her Congressional aspirations afloat, fearing that she would be dumped into another district and have to challenge another (incumbent) Democrat, Waters showed her solidarity with organize labor and the blame game of the Democratic machine: "The Tea Party can go straight to hell!"


 I wonder if she would say that to Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, the African-American leader of the South LA Tea Party.


In 2012, Waters turned up her outrageous rhetoric once again, literally demonizing her Congressional colleagues:

I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens. Don’t ever let me see again in life those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons.

And this is coming from the lady who said that the Tea Party can go straight to hell? Who is dancing with the devil, really?

In 2013, after his second inauguration, about President Obama's campaign machine, Organizing for Action, Waters commented:

And that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before.

I thought that was called the NSA, or the CIA.

Following the breakdown of lawmakers' discussion on avoiding the sequester, Waters announced: "If sequestration takes place, that's going to be a big setback. . .it's going to cause these job losses, 170 million jobs."

Then came the shutdown but Waters would not shut her mouth, and she spewed more venom:

I am encouraged more by what happened with Republicans yesterday-- they had been mislead by Senator Cruz. I understood that they referred to him as a snake-oil salesman.

There aren't even that many people working in this country, and without a doubt that number has already dwindled considerably.

Even Jay Leno could not pass that whopper up. Crazy as well as stupid!

Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus last year, Maxine Waters discussed the spread of crack cocaine in South Los Angeles:

It was just everywhere, and as I traveled across the country I saw entire towns that were cracked out. I mean, everybody was on crack. . .

Wow!

For all the outrageous outburst which have poured out of Congresswoman Waters' mouth, perhaps she should take some advice from a black, Democratic activist quoted in Politico:

After the president’s speech, three African-American women, asked their opinion of the event, volunteered their criticism of Waters for violating the unspoken understanding not to criticize the first black president.

“We as African-Americans have to be smarter,” said Ruby Hicks of Racine, Wis. “And Maxine Waters needs to shut up.”

Thank you! I could not have said it better myself!

Tim Goodrich: Anti-War Hero?

Tim Goodrich
Tim Goodrich
I am sending you information about  a candidate. Do with it as you will -- Torrance Voter (Anonymous Letter, March 8, 2014)

Say what one will. . .someone out there takes my postings seriously enough that he (or she) found my mailing address and sent to me two newspaper articles and a DVD with a short clip of Torrance City Council candidate Tim Goodrich.

I know very little about the guy first hand, aside from the fact that he is a Democrat receiving a lot of money from labor unions.

Key contributors: Mark Steffen, Torrance Unified School District board president ($250); ILWU Local 13 PAC ($1,000); ILWU Marine Clerks Local 63 PAC ($1,000).

Right away, I will not vote for the guy. The ILWU is a left-leaning organization, more radical than the AFL-CIO (from which they split last year because Obama-AFL did not enact a single-payer healthcare system). Moreover, the union has ties to some violent actors in its past.

Now, regarding the documents that I received about Mr. Goodrich. . .

The first article, from The LookOut news is entitled "Sheehan Rallies Antiwar Troops in Santa Monica".

Some excerpts:

Tourists out for a late-season stroll Sunday afternoon halted in silent wonder at the thousands of white crosses just north of Santa Monica Pier, but few noticed Cindy Sheehan, the celebrated antiwar activist.

Aside from my respect for Ms. Sheehan regarding the loss of her son during the Iraq War, she has an anti-Israel stance which offends me deeply.

Then Goodrich is mentioned:

Getting ready for the TV cameras, former Airman Tim Goodrich -- now a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War -- asked Sheehan “How’s this look with the collar?”

A war veteran who vocally protested the War in Iraq? Is Mr. Goodrich aware that Torrance is a military town? I am certain that certain residents in Torrance would be deeply offended that a veteran who protested the war was running for office in the same city.

Still, my greater concerns is any council candidate taking money from activist unions like the ILWU.

Another report was included with The LookOut news article: "It This What They Call Democracy?" (June 28, 2005)

From truthout.org:

Former US Air Force combat veteran Tim Goodrich stunned the jury by revealing his role in the "softening up" of Iraq months before the US declaration of war. "We were dropping bombs then, and I saw bombing intensify," Goodrich explained to a hushed room. "All the documents coming out now, the Downing Street memo and others, confirm what I had witnessed in Iraq. The war had already begun while our leaders were telling us that they were going to try all diplomatic options first."

Further down:

There was also ample discussion at the Tribunal - supported by nearly 200 non-governmental organizations ranging from Greenpeace to the Vietnam Veterans Against the War - of various forms of resistance. Goodrich, who refused to return to Iraq for an additional tour of duty, urged more soldiers to become conscientious objectors. And to those who questioned his anti-war activism, he responded, "Some people accuse us of being against the troops or unpatriotic, but we are the troops. How can I be unpatriotic by asking our soldiers to come back home alive?"

Frankly, during the Clinton as well as Bush administrations, US forces had been dropping bombs on Iraq. In 1998, the US Senate passed a resolution to take whatever steps necessary to effect regime change in Iraq, as well.

This part was more disturbing:

Iraqi and US military testimony was joined by former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Denis Halliday, who argued that the Tribunal has an "obligation to demand full international prosecution of US/UK war leaders as war criminals involved in the destruction of Iraq, the lives of its people and their human rights and well being, through unlawful and unjustifiable armed invasion and military occupation."

So, Mr. Goodrich was present and participated in a tribunal which wanted to try American leaders as war criminals? Now I am more concerned. . .

Regarding whether the invasion of Iraq was justified or not, I have commented on that already here: George W. Bush: Vindicated.

Along with these two articles, I found a DVD which opens with the Istanbul Iraq War Tribunal: 2005

Then appeared a protestor, wearing a George W. Bush mask, with a rocket in one hand and a large made-up  Martini glass, with a globe on one side attached like an olive.

Then Mr. Goodrich appears at a podium:

Before I start, I would like to recognize a couple people. . .

A long banner of children wounded during the War in Iraq (I imagine) crosses the dais where Goodrich is standing. The images are harrowing and painful to look at. No one would dispute that war is hell.

Another voice then asks for two minutes of silence, commenting on the atrocities committed by "the US occupation in pictures". Well.

I do recall reading reports in the LA Times where Iraqi Imams were grateful for the US invasion.

Goodrich at War Tribunal
Goodrich then speaks to the crowd:

When a soldier signs on the line, it is with the understand that they will risk their life for the defense of their country, They sign with the understanding that if they are sent into a war, it is for a good and legal reason.

Despite all the bad news that I have just outlined, there is hope and good news. Elements of resistance within the military itself have been increasing. This is through countless numbers of individual acts, but also growing numbers of large acts at home, such as the case of Pablo Paredes, who despite only being sent overseas in a support role refused to go. He was sentenced to three months hard labor. Also Camilo Mejia, after serving a tour of duty in Iraq, refused to go back a second time. He was sentenced to one year in jail. Cases like these are becoming more common.

More common? What are the ethics regarding a military veteran's concurrent resistance to his country's fight in another country?


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Another report shares that Goodrich founded "Iraq Veterans Against War"

He is listed on the web page as one of the founding members:

Tim Goodrich

Tim’s unit deployed overseas to provide direct combat support for operations in Afghanistan and to participate in a bombing campaign in Iraq leading up to the official invasion in March 2003. After finishing his enlistment, Tim visited Iraq as part of a civilian fact-finding delegation in January of 2004.

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My conclusions -- so far.

Any veteran is well within his rights to protest a war. He also has the choice to absorb the consequences for not going to war. How voters in Torrance will react to his connections with open opposition to the war in Iraq? I don't know.

Capitalism Overcomes ObamaCare Failures


Obamacare, the epitome of statist, elitist, bureaucratic arrogance, has instigated higher costs, diminished quality, rationing, and a frustrated cadre of medical professionals seeking retirement instead of healing the sick.

Yet a silver lining breaking forth has gleamed through the Big Government mess of the (Un)affordable Care Act: the return of “capitalism at its best” in the words of Dr. Marcy Zwelling.

Obamacare has made insurance so costly and ineffective, doctors and patients are resorting to direct cash transactions, which have lowered costs and increased efficiency. A hospital administrators in Big Bear dispensed with Medicaid payments. Surgeons in Oklahoma now list prices through direct payment for care which compete with arbitrary prices set by insurance companies.

Columnist George Will opined that there is no better antidote to liberalism than aggressive exposure to the bankrupted political philosophy. Obama’s Big Government failures have reinvigorated Limited Government, Free Markets, and Individual Liberty once again.

Profanity: the Shriek of the Losing Arguments of Liberals and the Left

“Gramps always says people only swear because their vocabulary is limited...In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.”
Cherise Sinclair, Hour of the Lion


And

“Obscenity and profanity had no meaning as such among those people. They were emotional expressions of inarticulate people with small vocabularies.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 

Or how about

Spencer W. Kimball

“Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”


Spencer W. Kimball

I love my haters! The more that they screed their hate, the more the prove the points which I and more Americans are making about modern liberals, leftists, statists, etc.

Thanks again, everyone!

Mike Dickinson: Disgrace (or Description) of Democratic Party



Mike Dickinson (Source: Dickinson for Congress)
Mike Dickinson: Dem for Congress
Mike Dickinson advertises himself as a liberal Democrat on Twitter, vetting for votes, vying to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

 

Here are some of the tweets from Democratic Congressional candidate, who may induce Democratic Party leaders to repudiate his affiliation with the Democratic Party.

DickinsonForCongress@VoteMike2014
2 hrs

The term "teatard" in reference to the tea party means someone who is stupid, racist, and a overall person who cannot see facts.

Dickinson thought that it was appropriate to use the term "tard" to refer to the TEA Party movement, even though this month is National Autism Awareness Month. His lack of sensitivity got national awareness, all right.

He tried to retract then retreat his reproach with these tweets:

DickinsonForCongress @VoteMike2014 2h

No one supports autism awareness more than I do. Know the facts. Attack was on tea party morons not autism.

and also

DickinsonForCongress
@VoteMike2014 3h

Trying to compare autism awareness to the tea party, is an insult to autism.

There's another disorder, social autism, in which individuals assume that the world revolves around them, or who lack the capacity to consider the feelings and opinions of other people. Perhaps Mr. Dickinson suffers from that affliction.


He also fired off this tweet:

DickinsonForCongress@VoteMike20142 hrs

Everything and anything the tea party does is wrapped in a shroud of race driven stupidity.

Like a man who claims that people are retarded because the federal government should spend within its means rather than living off of other people's means?

As for racial stupidity, the TEA Party Movement is a multi-ethnic gathering of concerned Americans fed up with Big Government, unsustainable debt, and unconstitutional rule. Moreover, the Republican Party has a strong, celebrated legacy on civil rights, not the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democratic Party has members replete with repeating offensive, racist terms:

President Lyndon Baines Johnson (reported in the Huffington Post): We'll have those n*ggers voting for us for the next two hundred years.

The "Reverend" Jesse Jackson has made numerous, racist remarks, but he is most famous for this statement during his 1984 primary campaign for President:

That's all that Hymie wants to talk about is Israel. Every time you go to Hymietown, that's all they want to talk about.

(By the way "Hymie" is a pejorative term for a Jewish person. Would Reverend Jackson call Majority Leader Eric Cantor something like that, too?)

Here's an offensive statement from another "reverend" race-baiter, Al Sharpton:

White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

Here's some outlandish remarks from Vice President Joe Biden:

“You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.”  

and


Former Alabama Congressman and Democrat, now a Republican Virginia  resident Artur Davis called out such offensive, race-based rhetoric. Let us not forget that Mitt Romney addressed the 2012 NAACP convention, while President Obama skipped it entirely.

Democrat Robert Byrd complained about too much race talk, then referenced "white n*ggers". What?!

When Barack Obama was not talking about bitter people clinging to their guns and their bibles, he shared the following:

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person…”

Here is another list of offensive liberal remarks on YouTubethis list Free Republic , and also from Right Wing News.

Here is another offensive tweet from Dickinson:

DickinsonForCongress @VoteMike2014 2h

Tea party logic- end of world 4 people get killed in Benghazi, meanwhile let's ignore all the embassy killings under GW and Reagan

Dickinson neglects to mention that the state officials in Benghazi asked for more security, but were rebuffed. He also forgets that Reagan and Bush 43 did not supervise a diplomatic corps which scrubbed the talking points, or try to blame the attack on a You Tube video. He also ignores former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s flippancy about the matter: “What difference does it make?” Yes, Hillary (and Mike), it makes a difference!

If Dickinson the Democrat continues tweeting such offensive, baseless tweets, he will not only disgrace his candidacy, but he may inadvertently frame the debate of racism, folly, and failure back on the Democratic Party.

Marianne Williamson for Congress -- ?


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Marianne Williamson for Congress --  ?
In Natural Awakenings Magazine, self-help guru and lecturer Marianne Williamson claimed that we have the power to redeem our world. As a Democrat-turned-Independent, she is running for Congress. Not content with changing the world one soul at a time, she believes that she can heal Congress’ soul with a big hug of liberal-progressive bipartisanship.

Her latest mailer, however, highlights endorsements from leading Democrats: former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, retired Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and former “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria.

Granholm was replaced by Republican Rick Snyder, who brought a limited government low-tax, lower-spending, and lowered union-influence political culture to Michigan, engineering a roaring recovery. That’s real progress. Kucinich is now a Fox News contributor who suggested that Obama should be impeached, should he use military force in Syria without Congressional approval. Kucinich is more limited government than progressive, to say the least. Congressman Ellison claimed that Obamacare-related job losses are a good thing because “Americans work too much anyway”. Most Americans are not working at all or losing hours because of Obamacare. How is that progress? As for Actress Eva Longoria: is Williamson’s campaign remotely serious?

In the same mailer, Williamson attacks “expanding corporate influence” in politics. Doesn’t corporate influence expose more people to her books and lectures, too? She then compares her independent status to Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist. If anyone wants to call socialism progress, consider the bankrupted nations of Europe, fraught with tax fraud, government unionism, and welfare-state profligacy.

Williamson also wants to “disrupt the political system” and “renew our dedication to democracy”. The Constitution instituted a republic, frustrating popular democracy as well as special interest elitism. The TEA Party movement is disrupting business as usual in Washington.

To redeem Washington DC, Williamson should have run as a conservative.

Elijah Cummings: Obstruction of Justice

Elijah Cummings: Obstruction of Justice

He's a f**king criminal. . . .Throw his f**king ass IN JAIL. -- Lee (with no courage to write his last name and fully identify himself) the Liberal Troll 
 
Yes, indeed, ranking Oversight Committee member Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) may be a criminal.
 
He has been obstructing justice for the past year, preventing the Oversight Committee from investigation the IRS abuses which targeted conservative  groups, according to recent reports, which reveal that Cummings was working behind the scenes to target True the Vote, despite his protestations to the contrary.
 
The back-and-forth drama on the Oversight Committee has gotten heated over the past few months. Last month, Cummings threw a fit when Issa shut down a hearing after retired IRS Director Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment. Issa fired off a personal letter at Cummings, claiming that he and his attorneys were frustrating the fact-finding mission of the Oversight Committee.
 
Following revelations that Cummings' staff was working with the IRS to get information on True the Vote, the same group Cummings tried to shame into silence through the race card, further evidence indeed suggests that Cummings was shaking down and intimidating the group, with the help of the IRS.
 
Katherine Englebrecht, the head of True the Vote, filed an ethics complaint against Cummings already. The ranking Congressman sent letters seeking information, but then went public to the press about True the Vote instead of speaking the head of True the Vote for information. Englebrecht argued that Cummings targeted her group for political reasons, as one federal agency after another began investigating the group,  carrying with their visits a strong presence of intimidation:
 
After Engelbrecht formed her group and sought tax-exempt status, she and her family, which previously had no contact with any government agency of any kind, were buried by an alphabet soup of government harassers, including the ATF, OSHA and the IRS that Cummings was coordinating with.
 
New IRS emails released by a congressional panel show staff working for the Democratic ranking member communicated with the IRS multiple times in 2012 and 2013 about a voter-fraud prevention group.
Apparently, Cummings was working with the IRS to target True the Vote, which supports Voter ID laws to prevent voter fraud, reforms which Cummings opposes.
 
IBD continues:
 
On Feb. 6, in a subcommittee hearing that heard the testimony of Catherine Engelbrecht — founder of True the Vote, who was targeted by the IRS, FBI and other federal agencies — Cummings vehemently denied that his staff had any contact or coordination in targeting True the Vote.
 
Cummings on three separate occasions had sent letters with his title on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stating that he had concerns and that True the Vote should be investigated.

Issa slammed Cummings in a letter about this matter:

"Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials — which you did not disclose to majority members or staff — indicates otherwise," states a letter to Cummings from Issa and five other subcommittee chairmen.
Now, Mother Jones magazine rises to Cummings' defense, yet even they had to acknowledge the following:

Issa's main gripe is that Cummings sent questions to True the Vote that were similar to questions the IRS put to the organization. He says that although Cummings denied that his staff "might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these federal agencies," his communications indicate otherwise. Issa also claims that Cummings didn't adequately inform the committee of his interactions with the IRS.

Why did Cummings hide the fact that he had been investigating True the Vote? Even Mother Jones cannot paper over this disturbing inconsistency. I wonder if Democrats will assemble on the House Floor and call out their own colleague for covering up his actions on the panel.

Now we can understand why Cummings shouted "I am tired of this!" in an attempt to smear Issa and distract the committee from finding out that he is knee-deep in the IRS targeting himself. To this day, the Mainstream Media ignores the matter, and White House Spokesman Jay Carney calls these disturbing trends "phony scandals" ,yet at the same time acknowledges that they must be investigated..

As these allegations increase, what would be the penalty for Cummings' obstruction of justice in a federal criminal investigation? Five years in federal prison.

Lee (no courage) should definitely shout at Cummings: Throw his f**king ass IN JAIL.