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The Joke that is Congressional Inquiry ...

The recent debacle of Stephen Colbert testifying “in character” on the subject of immigration reform was nothing but a joke on the American public perpetrated by committee democrats eager for media face time.

The joke that should have never been …

Dishonest and disrespectful …

Unfortunately, it backfired as Colbert’s character was both dishonest and disrespectful to members of Congress, and by extension, the people of the United States.  But it did have unintended consequences.

What is wrong with this picture? 

It started me thinking about the dishonesty and disingenuous behavior of committee members and those who testify before them.

Committee members who offer their own opinions as fact, woven into long and difficult to answer questions. Not that the person testifying is really listening as they make their own points and try to avoid shaming themselves or saying anything which could be used as an admission of guilt in a court of law.

I have been following a number of investigations, especially those on environmental issues, which are greatly disturbing.

First, in the manner of selecting witnesses to testify and in the order in which they offer their testimony. By pre-selecting key witnesses and omitting others, the entire process is subject to dishonest manipulation.

Second, in the manner in which they are treated by the members of the committee. Sometimes fawning and obsequious, other times openly hostile and abusive. The obvious difference between members of opposing parties, each with their pre-ordained agendas makes a mockery out of the fact-finding process.

Third, the manner in which the witnesses are allowed to simply offer prepared statements for the record and then engage in a stage-managed question-and-answer session which yields little or nothing by way of summary or useful conclusions.

Fourth, the limited time frames in which to explain and discuss complex and scientific issues.

Fifth, the absence of debate between the witnesses which express widely divergent viewpoints. An appearance before a Congressional committee is conducted like a trial, opening statements followed by questions from the committee – and statements made under oath which puts those who make accidental slips of the tongue in jeopardy of rising of being prosecuted for perjury or contempt of Congress.  

All being managed by a group of faceless staff members, mostly lawyers and/or political operatives, that are pursuing, not the truth but the advancement of the committee’s real legislative agenda.

The same goes for committee reports which ostensibly look like the official product of the Committee; but in reality are little more than the position of the majority or ranking parties. All written by staff to attract widespread media attention and reporter face-time.

Truth-be-told, many of the committee members are not intellectually able to follow the conversation or even able to grasp the implications of the testimony. These are the members of Congress who rely on “staff” to read their bills, formulate the questions, fashion their opinions and provide an interface to the special interests who do much of the actual research and formulate legislation.

Sometimes the arrogance of the committee members cannot even be disguised …

Or the ignorance, stupidity and racism …

Bottom line …

We need to restore checks and balances to our government. And I can’t say it enough, “we need to elect “honest brokers” to serve “we the people.”

Considering what President Obama, the Congressional democrats and the fellow travelers have brought upon our nation, it is time to remove the democrat ideologues from positions of power.

Lest anyone think these last two clips were selected at random, I assure you they were not. While they are truly representative of the egregious behavior in committee testimony, they also highlight the arrogance, stupidity and racism of California’s Senator Barbara Boxer. In my opinion, arguably one of the most stupid members of Congress.

Therefore, I ask you to elect Carly Fiorina – not because she is a Republican, not because she is a businesswoman, not because she is conservative and not because she is more qualified to represent the citizens of California. But because she would do a better job than Barbara Boxer who has not authored any significant legislation nor brought significant benefits to California. She refused to assist California farmers in one of the most fertile growing areas in the nation to maintain their water rights over a small fish – thus leading to massive unemployment and increasing the regional recession in already bad times.

Even the notably liberal San Francisco Chronicle had this to say about Boxer:

  • "Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone's list of most influential senators."
  • "Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots." '
  • "There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation."

So vote as if your future depended on it – because this time it really does.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Meg Whitman ... should be commended for employing an illegal alien?

Gloria Allred, media whore and long-term democrat activist, apparently has chosen this moment in time to try and smear Meg Whitman in her race to become California’s Governor over the man who brought public employee unions to California,  Jerry Brown.

Stunning show of hypocrisy …

One might ask if this news conference is a stunning show of hypocrisy on the part of Allred and her democrat party: when far-left liberal democrats ere forced to exploit illegal aliens for politicial purposes . Especially when these very same far-left liberal democrats normally welcome illegal aliens with open arms to our state?

See for yourself this blatant manipulation of an illegal alien …

btw: Dr. Harsh is Whitman’s neurosurgeon husband’s name.

The “WHY” is simple …

They want to avoid talking about the union activities which has decimated California’s finances.

They want to avoid talking about the plans to impose severe “cap and trade” environmental restraints on California’s businesses.

They want to avoid talking about Jerry Brown’s attempt to coerce drives from their cars and into ill-conceived and costly mass transit .

They do not want to talk about democrat corruption in the State of California.

And they certainly don’t want to talk about the highly-paid people and businesses who are leaving our formerly golden state for more friendly environments.

Measured against the tearful tale of one illegal alien, the message is clear. The democrats are desperate and willing to do or say anything to shift the attention from their mismanagement of California.

Shameless exploitation of an illegal alien …

As for Gloria Allred, one wonders why someone does not file a bar complaint for the apparent abuse and humiliation of this poor, illegal alien who is being shamelessly exploited while Allred only “claims that Diaz was not paid for all of the hours she worked, and said she would be filing a claim against Whitman.”

Gloria, what about the real crime committed by your client?

Perhaps she will also defend her client against allegations of breaking state and federal laws: filing false bank documents, filing false government documents and other such crimes. Look at the document which shows a social security number , drivers license and tax forms – government issued documents requiring an application signature under the penalty of perjury.

Meg Whitman replies …

The Bottom Line …

Politics as usual with the democrats saying or doing everything to pursue their toxic Marxist agenda.

No matter what Jerry Brown claims about Meg Whitman being a billionaire – at least she earned it and did not earn it off the public teat. She is not a captive interest of the unions like Jerry Brown.

Vote these corrupt and pathetic democrat charlatans out of office and replace them with “honest brokers” for “we the people.”

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Obama on Fox: sounding like Hugo Chavez?

The Presidential Oath of Office …

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The First Amendment of the United States’ Constitution …

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The traditional role of the press is not defined and/or regulated by the government of the United States. The viewpoints expressed by the press are those reflective of its owners, editors and reporters. There is no requirement that those viewpoints be fair, balanced or be free from bias. That is the meaning of the free press.

An assault on the media and free speech …

It greatly disturbs me that the government is attempting to expand the role of the Federal Communications Commission beyond its traditional role of setting communications standards, allocating broadcast frequencies, licensing broadcast outlets and individuals who are responsible for the technical aspects of the broadcasts and monitoring the over-air environment to prevent undue and unnecessary interference within the frequency spectrum. Any direct or indirect control over content, beyond the standards of common decency and obscenity, is an affront to the Constitution of the United States.

And yet we continue to see that the FCC is attempting to regulate content through procedural means, asserting that their authority arises from the public’s ownership of the airwaves and that the license to transmit information over these airways must serve the best interests of the people. Overlooking, of course, that the interests of the people are served when the presentation of ideas is both widely disseminated and thought provoking. There is no mandate, nor should there be, for the government to be involved in assuring that all viewpoints are heard with equal force and clarity.

It appears that the wish of the Obama Administration is to interfere with free speech and condition the discussion by imposing “locality rules” which would place large media organizations, syndicated broadcasters and their on-air talent at great disadvantage in that they would be required to break-up their broadcast day to insert local programming which would be somewhat monitored by the government. In my opinion, a blatant attempt to curb the rising influence of those who have been able to generate mass audience appeal with their politically-oriented programming.

Obama commenting on a single media outlet known to present views divergent from the interests of President Obama and his Administration …

To my way of thinking, President Obama has, once again, challenged the unwritten rules of Presidential behavior by commenting on a single media outlet in a negative manner. Where President Obama should have tactfully side-stepped the question as is normally done by politicians when confronted with politically sensitive issues, Obama went on to answer the question in a manner which should enlighten us all.

What do you think of Fox News? Do you think it's a good institution for America and for democracy?

[Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We've got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It's a point of view that I disagree with. It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it's been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it's that Fox is very successful.

<Source: Rolling Stone Interview>

Disregarding the nervous and obviously forced “Hillary Clinton-like” laugh …

First and foremost, the question is being posed by a biased media outlet, Rolling Stone, known for their liberal bias and viewpoint.

Had the President of the United States been a man of character, he would have defended the Constitution of the United States and the media by saying:

“The media, in whatever form, is a good and necessary part of America as it informs and enlightens the American public to a diversity of viewpoints and encourages individual thought and the discussion of wide-ranging ideas. There is no such thing as a media outlet that is not a good institution for America. Next Question.”

But Obama decided to take a negative viewpoint that only highlighted his incompetence and lack of experience in political matters -- and his apparent dislike for America’s traditions of a free press. 

There has been no age when the media has been truly objective in that it did not reflect the viewpoint of its ownership or editorial leadership. Yes, there were some media outlets which appeared to be more “fair and balanced” than others and there were ones that were blatantly supportive of the government; some to the point of becoming the propaganda arm of their respective administrations.

Yes, Fox does have a clear and undeniable point of view. But the President is being both cute and disingenuous. He is conflating and confusing the Fox programs that present the news and those which present commentary using popular presenters with a discernable political viewpoint. Nothing new or exceptional here.

Yes, Fox does present a viewpoint with which the President might disagree. It is never pleasant for any politician to face the corruption, malfeasance and general dysfunction of their own behavior or that of its administration. And there is nothing new or exceptional here.

But, when the President of the United States thinks that the viewpoint of a particularly troublesome media outlet “is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world” they have crossed the line. It is one thing to present your personal opinion, but quite another to present that opinion as a sitting President to a media outlet which is known to present their own biased (left) viewpoint.

It could be argued that the information presented by Fox, both the news and the commentary, has actually demonstrated to the American public that there is a clear and present danger from our government as both Congress and the President have combined efforts to promote legislation to which the majority of the population is opposed and whose expenses have an extremely deleterious affect on our economy. In fact, perhaps Fox should be commended for assuming the traditional role of the media, apparently abrogated by other media outlets, of telling truth to power and championing reform on behalf of the American citizen. 

The fact that the President noted that Fox, as an economic enterprise, has been wildly successful is validation that they are doing something right – with an increasing audience for their coverage of political and other events. All while oppositely-biased and competing cable outlets, as well as the print media, are losing their audience. Perhaps because people can no longer stand the shrill lies that are being shouted by “don’t do as we do, do as we say” hosts that advocate policies which are destructive to the very precepts of America.

Bottom line …

President Obama is on the campaign trail – media code words for pointing out Obama’s blatant lies and the destruction being wrought by his lack of leadership. The President, by all measures, is incompetent, cynical, hypocritical and will do or say anything to advance his toxic political agenda – something that looks akin to pure Marxism.

One need only tally the discord and damage caused by the President, Congress and their fellow travelers to make another observation. The current crop of democrats are not an institution that is good for America and “we the people” should make every effort to restore Constitutional checks and balances to our government before we reach the tipping point – from which there might not be any ability to right the ship of state and turn away from the iceberg looming dead ahead.

Look around at what Obama and his corrupt Congressional democrats have brought upon our land. Look around you as they plan to do even more: more government control, more takes, more benefits for illegal aliens at the expense of legal citizens and less liberty, freedom and choice for “we the people.” Then VOTE. Vote your conscience. You do not need the government to define what is right and wrong – you know in your heart the difference. Do what is right. Vote the evildoers out of office.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



The government wants the keys to your kingdom ...

I have been noticing a disturbing trend in government over the last decade …

We have seen government employees review “restricted and privileged” files to satisfy their personal curiosity, to provide embarrassing information to political operatives or to sell the information for personal profit to the tabloids. The very people who hold the “keys to the kingdom” and function behind protected firewalls have become a clear and present danger to our personal privacy.

And as we have seen members of law enforcement, from local police in the Pelicano case to much higher federal levels such as the ex-FBI candidate for the TSA who spied on his ex-girlfriend’s companion using FBI resources and then lied or mislead Congress about his actions.

“WASHINGTON (AP) - A former FBI agent has been pled guilty to illegally accessing the bureau's computers as part of a wiretapping caper involving Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.” <Source>

CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) …

“To amend title 18, United States Code, to make clear a telecommunications carrier's duty to cooperate in the interception of communications for Law Enforcement purposes, and for other purposes.”

“CALEA's purpose is to enhance the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance by requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities, allowing federal agencies to monitor all telephone, broadband internet, and VoIP traffic in real-time.” <Source>

And now they want to go farther …

According to Charlie Savage, writing for the New York Times …

“U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet”

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is ‘going dark’ as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.”

“Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.”

And there is the problem …

First and foremost, we have seen news accounts where local, state and federal agencies have simply bypassed the requirement for a court order by contacting their friends at the telecommunications agencies which are notorious for hiring ex-law enforcement officers to staff its security operation. We have also see the Inspectors General of several federal agencies report on clear violations of existing law with little or no publicized disciplinary action for egregious violations of the law.

The FBI and telecom companies collaborated to routinely violate federal wiretapping laws for four years, as agents got access to reporters’ and citizens’ phone records using fake emergency declarations or simply asking for them.”

“The Justice Department Inspector General’s internal audit, released Wednesday, harshly criticized how the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Communications Analysis Unit — a counterterrorism section founded after 9/11 — relied on so-called ‘exigent’ letters to get carriers to turn over phone records immediately. The letters were a hangover from the investigation into the 9/11 attacks in New York and promised telecoms, falsely, that subpoenas would follow shortly.” <Source>

Second, such backdoors into our infrastructure system can be exploited by both hackers, terrorists and those who mine communications links for commercial advantage (i.e. industrial and commercial espionage). Not to mention agents of other sovereign governments seeking both military and trade secrets. And before you pooh-pooh the possibility of disclosing military secrets, I would like to point out that highly-trained intelligence experts can often develop actionable intelligence from data mining a wide variety of open source materials.

And third, there is a commercial special interest pushing the government’s agenda to develop this additional spycraft capability. Yes, the Hollywood liberals would love to see deep-packet, un-encryption data access and mining technology put in place.

Consider that those who transmit content over their networks would be able to identify the nature of the transmissions and surcharge those transmissions based on their content. Network neutrality, where each data packet is priced the same and delivered without undue delay or restriction, would be undermined. Carriers could revert to their historic manipulation of  telephone-like tariffs: one price for voice, another for text, another for video and, of course, still other confusing bundles to allow upcharging the connection.

Even worse, the content providers would be able to detect copyright violations and use the government as an enforcement agent; further criminalizing file sharing with hefty federal penalties. The industry dishonestly pursued the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in order to criminalize the breaking of electronic wrappers for material which was clearly in the public domain – thus extending their stranglehold over content in violation of the original agreement to allow the creator of copyright materials the exclusive right to exploit their work for a specified time – and then put it into the public domain for all to use without restriction.

These are the very people who forced software developers to embed individualized codes in document, audio and video files. Mandated that these codes correspond to codes supported in your hardware. How many of you actually know color copiers are printers embed machine codes in the copies? Or that certain copies and printers can detect currency and report to a remote host if internet enabled?

Of course, there is a fundamental distrust of the government itself, starting with the Nixon Administration and moving to the current Administration. All preoccupied with monitoring the opposition for political advantage. Mining dirt on candidates in order to secure a political advantage.

“The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates' unpaid income taxes, property tax breaks and ties to financial firms that received taxpayer bailout money. <Source>

Obama’s plan …

“The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.”

Where is the Privacy Act of 2010?

Where is the privacy act legislation that ensures that the privacy of all Americans is protected and which provides for mandatory, no plea-bargain, penalties for any government official or contractor who illegally obtains information without a court order showing probable cause?

Where is the privacy act legislation that insures that information collected by the government or government contractors is not sold or misused for commercial advantage. We know that their are information collection and sharing agencies (e.g. the credit bureaus and insurance data exchanges among others) that hold non-public personal information that is sold to the government as if they were just another commercial entity – thus side-stepping prohibitions on collecting their own data and maintaining their own databases. Of course, the trusted employees of such entities often present a far greater danger of data misuse than do their government counterparts.

Bottom line …

We are living in an age when competing political agendas, some featuring actions which would benefit foreign sovereign countries that do not wish us well, are battling for the minds, treasure and labor of American citizens. All with the potential of violating our Constitution and eliminating or curtailing our personal freedoms. It is now time to consider how to mitigate these clear and present dangers before they result in another civil war fought along the lines of competing ideologies and government tyranny.

We do not have enough interpreters or intelligence analysts to actually use the data they are seeking, so it is a rather moot point when they claim they need access to everything. They can’t even deal with the information they already have and still connect the dots. And it appears that most of the actionable domestic intelligence still comes from government-paid informants.

And as I have noted in a number of previous blog posts, we are losing our freedoms, one device at a time. The government can listen into our in-car conversations without detection, monitor our movements and conduct remote surveillance without leaving their desks. They can use the results of in-car sensors to deny us insurance coverage based on the lack of seat-belt use. They can use our credit card purchases to deny us health coverage based on our eating patterns. Far-fetched, maybe. But the most important question is” “Who are ‘they” that are looking over your shoulder and invading your privacy?” I don’t know – and in the absence of a legitimate court order based on a credible, verifiable probable cause (and not a junkie confidential informant trying to lessen their sentence) we will never know.

We need to elect honest brokers to serve “we the people” and to throw that ragtag group of ideological Marxists, socialists, communists, anarchists and others out of our government. The very people who have already defined their “ends” and are willing to compromise everything, including their personal freedom, to use means, both fair and foul, to achieve their objectives.

-- steve

P.S. Now that the traditional roles of the CIA (foreign) and FBI (domestic) have been blurred by the ill-managed and out-of-control Department of Homeland Security, I would prefer that all issues involving electronic intelligence be vested with the NSA (National Security Agency) which has the technical competence and dedicated personnel to render an informed opinion on the subject.

Reference Links …

U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet - NYTimes.com

ELECTRONIC EROSION: LOSING PRIVACY RIGHTS ONE DEVICE AT A TIME

LOSING YOUR PRIVACY: ONE DEVICE AT A TIME -- SONY TO FEATURE BUILT-IN CABLE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE
LOSING YOUR PRIVACY ONE DEVICE AT A TIME - GPS TRAFFIC DEVICES
WIRETAP IMMUNITY: BEYOND CALEA?
Steve Poizner: Poizon for Californians -- Loss of Privacy/Freedom Issues (Updated)
PRIVACY WARNING: NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRED TO PREVENT "CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION PROFILING" ERRORS
Obama Administration circumventing the Constitution: opening up all third-party databases to government and commercial scrutiny?

Sony, Cable Firms Agree To Eliminate Set-Top Boxes - washingtonpost.com

Court Leaves the Door Open For Safety System Wiretaps|New York Times


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



STOP IT NOW: Judical Political Correctness

It is widely accepted that judges can rule their courtrooms with impunity, acting like petty dictators until their actions become so egregious as to demand judicial review and sanctions. 

Unfortunately, with the rise of activist judges, we are seeing the wholesale usurpation of the legislative role of the Congress and the setting of prescriptive patterns for the executive branch.

At some point in time, we will find that the tyranny imposed by the judiciary cannot be easily remedied or tolerated. We are fast approaching that point. Where judges action on personal belief and ideology go beyond interpreting the law or, sometimes, even issuing rulings based on facts.

An example of unacceptable and unnecessary political correctness …

It annoyed me no end to read that Harold Baer, Jr., a sitting judge in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York would impose his idea of political correctness on the lead co-counsel of the firms representing the plaintiff in the middle of the case.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

IN RE GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INC.
SECURITIES LITIGATION (Pacer ID: 1 :08-cv-05048-HB, Document 59 filed 09/20/2010)

WHEREAS this proposed class includes thousands of participants, both male and female, arguably from diverse backgrounds, and it is therefore important to all concerned that there is evidence of diversity, in terms of race and gender, in the class counsel I appoint, see In re J. P. Morgan Chase Cash Balance Litigation, 242 F.R.D. 265, 277 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); it is hereby ORDERED that Co-Lead Counsel, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Labaton Sucharow LLP, shall make every effort to assign to this matter at least one minority lawyer and one woman lawyer with requisite experience…”

Assuming that the lawyers are well-qualified and able to present their client’s position in a legally acceptable manner, what difference does it make what gender or color the lawyers might be? I would have thought, from my high school civics class, that justice was supposed to be blind, judges impartial and rulings made in accordance with the interpretation of existing law and case precedents.

And this does not appear to be the first time that this has happened …

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

IN RE J.P. MORGAN CHASE CASH BALANCE LITIGATION (Pacer ID: 1:06-cv-00732-DLC, Document 98 filed 05/30/2007)

“The proposed class includes thousands of Plan participants, both male and female, arguably from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Therefore, I believe it is important to all concerned that there is evidence of diversity, in terms of race and gender, of any class counsel I
appoint
.”

I am not aware of any existing law which mandates the race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation of the lawyers who practice before the bar. In fact, bar associations defend their turf with great ferocity, lest some lesser qualified person interfere with the administration of justice.

Bad judicial behavior can be recognized and remedied …

I am not saying that the judge who issued the above rulings should be removed from office, but he should be placed on notice that the interference of political correctness with the administration of the law will not be tolerated.

And for specific instances where great damage has been done to the American people by judges, it is suggested that they be brought before the House of Representatives and promptly be impeached. Or, hopefully, resign their position prior to impeachment.

“A [federal] judge may be impeached by a simple majority of the House of Representatives and removed from office if convicted by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate at a special trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government official. Judges cannot be removed from office simply because someone doesn't like their rulings or ideology.”

“Article III, Section 1 states that judges of Article III courts shall hold their offices ‘during good behavior.’ The phrase ‘good behavior’ has been interpreted by the courts to equate to the same level of seriousness ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ encompasses.”

“In addition, any federal judge may be prosecuted in the criminal courts for criminal activity. If found guilty of a crime in a US District Court, the justice would face the same type of sentencing any other criminal defendant would.”  (Source)

Bottom line …

We are rapidly approaching the point where federal judges. as well as lesser judges, are becoming a law unto themselves; and in such a manner as to impose judicial tyranny upon the citizens of the United States.

Wacky rulings where the law is misinterpreted or simply made up from whole cloth. Where freedoms of mankind are being abridged and abrogated by judicial fiat; especially in favor of non-human species. 

Our own laws are being used against us to allow those who do not wish the United States well to control our institutions, our environment and our freedoms to further their own Marxist goals of population control, de-industrialization, wealth re-distribution and to penalize individualism while rewarding unexceptionalism.

It is time Congress, responsible to “we the people” start considering the enactment of the  necessary and proper legislation permitting the easier removal of  judges upon a finding of mis-behavior (on in the words of our founding fathers, mis-demeanor) in the ordinary courts of law.

Should a judge who repetitively and knowingly accepts blatantly biased or unsupported scientific evidence to support a ruling which results in wholesale damage to a region of the United States and causes widespread suffering of the people therein, be subject to the same sanctions of increasing severity, including the possible removal for behavior antithetical to good public policy, as those faced by public officials who perform egregious acts?

If the judiciary will not police itself, then “we the people” must look to other venues to address our grievances.

Perhaps we should give more scrutiny to the direct election of judges and certainly more scrutiny to those candidates who nominate and confirm higher level judges.

We are rapidly losing our country to corrupt politicians in the Congress and the executive branch, supported by rulings from an overly active judiciary. This must be stopped by first voting for honest brokers to serve we the people and then by requiring them to take further action on our behalf.

It’s not too late to start the process. With only days remaining to the November election, I suggest you vet the candidates for political office, including judges, carefully. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has compromised their journalistic integrity and may be of little or no help in presenting the background facts that are needed to make an informed decision.

Vote – and take your friends with you.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Convictions, Not Justice, Sought by Federal Prosecutors

From current events ...

“A New Orleans-area federal judge is currently fighting possible impeachment in Congress.”

“The charges stem from allegations that G. Thomas Porteous, a judge of the Eastern District Court of Louisiana, committed perjury to obscure gifts he received from litigants.”

“If the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee finds Porteous guilty of the bribery and perjury charges,  he will be the eighth federal judge removed from office.”


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



John Sarbanes: Another stooge for Marxism?

With the Marxists, is is all about the “scientific” management of the rather “unexceptional” populace by a ruling elite who makes decisions based on the needs of the collective rather than the individual. Little or nothing is said about the corruptness of the ruling elite and their special interest friends that allows them to gain or maintain political power.

One of the major flaws of Marxism is that Marxists tend to see natural resources as finite and in need to immediate protection to prevent a planetary catastrophe. Since the end is well-defined, the means, both fair or foul, are often associated with strict rationing and control. They do not believe in nature’s infinite self-regulating variability and man’s ingenuity to overcome the toughest of obstacles.

Marxists would much rather deny or delay access to resources to justify their existence and to perpetuate their power than the would submit the problem to the free marketplace of ideas to solve existing and future problems.

And nothing looms larger on the minds of Marxists than the need for population control to prevent planetary catastrophes. Every plan leads back to this single concept: abortion, contraception, sterilization, selective breeding and the promotion of the homosexual (non-reproducing) agenda. De-industrializing the major economies of this world in order to create the conditions which lead to disease, poverty and shorter lifetimes. They appear to care more for plants and animals than they do mankind.

One of the greatest examples is that of the DDT ban based on now-discredited junk science involving rats force-fed with mega-doses of DDT, alleged carcinogenic properties and the purported thinning of bird shells. Millions of people have died a horrible death and/or are suffering greatly because of the single act of a misguided environmental Marxist. Rampant disease allowed to wipe out a significant population and thin the so-called herd.

One might also consider that the greatest promoter of Marxism and a "One World Goverment," the United Nations fails time-after-time to stop or curtail genocide in the third world. Possibly another opportunity to thin the so-called herd. One must wonder if this corrupt entity is as incompetent and impotent as it appears, or is it by design? These are the people promoting their own solutions to medical pandemics, global warming and other matters -- all to generate media attention, sustainable souces of self-perpetuating revenue and pure political power over its member-nations.

And now we are beginning to see the clear and present danger lying within the democrat party – a party that has been apparently co-opted by Marxists and supported by the Marxist-infiltrated environmental movement. A movement which has morphed from conservation and good stewardship of our air, land and water to political activism to push the Marxist agenda.

Enter Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) …

As reported by Nicholas Ballasy writing for the CNSNews Service …

“Rep. John Sarbanes says more environmental education in public schools will promote the agenda of climate change and population growth.”

“Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com at a ‘Sustainability Education Summit’ hosted by the U.S. Education Department on Tuesday that environmental education in schools can ‘promote the agenda’ of climate change and population growth through the influence it has on children.

Once again we see the inappropriate influence of political agendas on students who are forced to parrot what they are taught under the penalty of not receiving good grades. This is indoctrination, pure and simple, and has no place in this nation's failing educational system. Especially when the system is continuing to produce decades of functional illiterates interested more in celebrity, entertainment and political activism than learning how to become exceptional human beings able to adapt and survive in an ever changing world.

’Like I keep saying over and over again, if you get young people invested in those ideas early on, that will result in those kinds of positive policy developments,’ Sarbanes told CNSNews.com. ‘So, whether it’s climate change, whether it’s population growth, whether it’s all these factors that impact the health of our world, raising that awareness early among young people is only going to promote the agenda.”

At the very least, Sarbanes is an honest advocate for his political agenda. Even though it is misguided and based on nothing more than contrived and manipulated science. The physical, social and political consequences of this misguided and dishonest effort will in and of themselves produce nothing more than more misery for the population that is increasingly being forced into a doomsday spiral by corrupt politicians shilling for their political ideology and those who profit from their public policies.

“When asked if students should be taught that global warming is a threat, Sarbanes said: ‘If you’re promoting outdoor education, building that into educational programming, they [students] can’t help but understand about climate change because they’re going to see the effects of it. They’re going to go to a local science center , right, and they’re going to learn about the effect that global warming is having right in their own communities.’”

In his own words …

Once thought of as a bird watcher’s organization and conservation group, the National Audubon Society has become increasingly political and radical as they promote the policies of the Marxists who have infiltrated the Society and other environmental groups.

Transforming science into public policy to support the Marxist agenda …

The facts that birds migrate is a natural phenomena and is conditioned by weather, food and water sources. There are no bird-state contracts that will insure that the birds will respond to anything other than nature. In California, we have turned the California Condor into the world’s largest flying house pet, dependent on man for food, habitat and medical care. Few mention the genetic damage we may be causing the species as the government-funded scientists continue to cross-breed only four matriarchal lines. Of course, the political activists use Condor preservation as a back-door attempt at gun control as they are enforcing the ban of lead bullets in increasingly wider swaths of habitat – even though lead ingestion from dead prey has not been proven to be the source of significant condor deaths.

Just as Obamacare has allowed the government to intrude farther than ever before into the private lives of individuals, global climate changes is similarly the raison d'etre to permit the politicians to control the population and the economy by controlling energy creation and consumption. To the activists seeking political control, cap-and-trade will create an environment of larger government, higher taxes, reduced energy consumption and the loss of additional personal freedoms. In essence, a Marxist’s dream.

Bottom line …

I cannot say it enough. We need to elect “honest brokers” to serve “we the people.” The democrats, thoroughly infested with Marxists, communists and others who do not wish America well must be defeated.

Starting in November, we need to do what is necessary to restore the Constitutional checks and balances that will keep our exceptional America from being another unexceptional member-nation to be managed by global treaties and subject to the whims of foreign sovereigns.

Take back America and keep your children safe from the likes of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their fellow travelers like Kerry, McCain, Snowe, Collins and of course, John Sarbanes.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Immigration: The politician's dirty little secret ...

I was wondering why any politician or candidate would openly flout the United States’ Constitution and encourage people to violate our nation’s sovereignty.

Most claim it is out of compassion for those who are downtrodden and oppressed and suffering physically, emotionally and economically in their own countries.

But truth-be-told, it appears that both candidates and elected officials care not one whit for illegal aliens, especially those who cannot vote nor provide campaign contributions.

So being somewhat cynical, I am wont to believe that their care and concern somehow facilitates their own personal, professional or political interests.

1.  It sounds caring and compassionate to represent the underdog in American society. It makes for good stories and media coverage.

2.  Illegal aliens are “big business.” No, I do not mean as a source of cheap labor – but as a segment of our population that requires expanded government and public funding to meet their needs. All of which translates into employment for government workers on all levels: local, state and federal.

3.  And where you have public employees, you have public employee unions with a tremendous amount of money to coerce politicians to continue enlarging the size of government and pouring even more money into salaries, perks, healthcare and retirement benefits. This more than anything else appears to motivate politicians. Whether it is counting illegal aliens, providing for their healthcare or simply keeping them within the criminal justice system, it takes public employees and taxpayers’ money to accomplish the task.

4.  It attracts the support of activists, charities and the Hollywood elite  -- also good for contributions and support. Again, with media benefits.

Which brings us to the most cynical of politicians whose every move appears to be a carefully orchestrated political calculation …

Barack Obama, as the nominal leader of the democrats seems to favor some form of comprehensive immigration reform. A political palatable pathway to citizenship that will provide future benefits: voters for the democrats, members for the unions, clients for government services and cheap labor for the industries of America.

But moving from the abstract to the concrete …

By any measure, Barack Obama is the most powerful politician in America, a man growing increasingly wealthy from his politically-connected activities. A multi-millionaire, with a nice home (in Chicago, not the White House) a smart wife, great kids and a dog. All with a bright future.

So why then, does this allegedly religious man turn his back on his nearest relative? A relative who happens to be an illegal alien and consuming social services to which she is not normally entitled? A relative who believes that the United States owes her support – and, especially galling to me, citizenship.

Introducing  auntie Zeituni, in her own words … 

She is an illegal immigrant and a burden to Boston, to the State of Massachusetts and to the American taxpayer. She is unemployed, living in public housing, and collecting welfare and disability payments. She is unapologetic as she says:

“If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”

But the fact remains, she is not an immigrant. She is an interloper, an illegal immigrant who should have been deported long ago to her native Kenya.

According to the Associated Press … 

“Onyango came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. She was granted asylum in May by the same judge who said she could be in danger if she returned to her homeland.”

Personally, I feel some measure of sympathy for this lady. But when she has wealthy relatives in positions of political power – and they do little or nothing to help her overcome her circumstances and leave the public dole, I am incensed.

Barack Obama claims he is a family man and this is the way he treats his family. Could the American people believe that he would treat them any differently? Obama is an egotistical narcissist who apparently believes that it is his destiny to transform the United States into something else – and from all evidence involving the stimulus, healthcare, cap-and-trade and his handling of the military and foreign affairs – it appears that something else is a socialist democracy featuring the elements of Marxism.

Of course he doesn’t life a finger to help this relative in distress. It is his way of life. The government is centralized, all-powerful and should be concerned with your welfare from the cradle to the grave. All presided over by a class of ruling elites who actively suppress individual initiative in favor of a collective society. Perhaps why they so value unions who substitute seniority for merit and achievement; not to mentioning conditioning working rules based on the so-called “norm.” 

Bottom line …

This is your future if you continue electing democrats, Marxists and communists. Working in your government-assigned job, living in public housing and using mass transit for your limited travel needs. Similar to the old Soviet Union with their corrupt government leaders, central planners and failed economy.

We need to vote the democrats out of office in November and in the 2o12/2014 election cycle. We need to take back our nation by electing “honest brokers” to serve “we the people” instead of pursuing their own self-interests and a failed political ideology.

As for Auntie Zeituni, let her live in peace – without citizenship. But the real question is: Do you want to enable 10-15 million more Auntie Zeitunis who contribute little or nothing to this once-vibrant economy except their demand for more entitlements which translates into a larger government, increased taxes and limited freedoms for the rest of the legal, law-abiding citizens. And the true immigrants who have followed the rules and have come to join us as we celebrate and grow that which is America.

-- steve

Question of the Day:  How can we, as Americans, value the citizenship that we will simply bestow on those illegal aliens who demand it?” -- steve

Reference Links:

Obama's Aunt: US 'Obligated' To Grant Citizenship


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



CAP-AND-TRADE: OBAMA'S PLAN TO WEAKEN THE UNITED STATES

A clear and present danger …

Never before has our nation faced a clear and present danger from enemies within our nation and, more particularly, our government. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that corrupt political parties and politicians are attempting to sell out America to the special interests, both political and financial, in return for personal short term gain and the access to the levers of power.

It is bad enough that our President appears to have little or no verifiable personal history – or is reluctant to share the facts of his earlier life with the public – and has openly installed Marxists, communists and incompetents into government service. People with a loyalty, not to the Constitution or the American people, but to their own political ideology and self-interests.

The democrat’s transformative model …

Based on nothing more than a shaky hypothesis and a heavily manipulated computer model with suspect temperature data, special interests in the United States are proposing to use legislative and executive initiatives to fundamentally regulate all energy creation and consumption in order to provide a single method for controlling the economy of the United States. A fundamental transformation of America’s current political system based on individual achievement and personal freedoms into a European Marxist political system featuring a ruling elite making decisions based on “collective” good.

The facts as determined by the Government Accountability Office …

“Carbon Trading: Current Situation and Oversight Considerations for Policymakers”

GAO-10-851R August 19, 2010

Summary:

“This letter is our response to a congressional request concerning carbon trading in the United Sates and various design and implementation issues to be considered in discussions about a possible national carbon trading program. Industrial activities in the United States emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases each year, substantially affecting the earth's climate, according to the National Academy of Sciences.”

“In an effort to reduce these emissions, some have suggested capping emissions and allowing them to be traded in secondary markets just as other commodities are traded.”

Note the weasel words: possible – according to – some have suggested. 

Science aside, it appears that several prominent democrats, including the disgraced head of Fannie Mae, have considerable financial stakes in the outcome of these trading initiatives. From controlling the exchange where these commodities will be traded to profiting from the substantial commissions on trading activities.  Not to forget the government tax revenue increase from inflated energy prices. 

“We briefed congressional committee staff on the results of our work on July 23, 2010. Specifically, we provided information on (1) carbon-related products currently traded in the United States and the extent of trading; (2) risks and challenges posed by these products; (3) the extent to which and how these products are regulated; and (4) issues that market observers identified for policymaker consideration as part of creating a national cap-and-trade carbon market.”

“Various carbon products are traded in the United States, but volumes have been small compared to other commodity markets. The products traded include carbon allowances, which entitle the holder to emit a specific amount of a greenhouse gas, and carbon offsets, which are measurable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from an activity or project in one location that are used to compensate for emissions occurring elsewhere.”

There are four basic facts that should be considered …

  1. Pollution credits may not reduce pollution in the areas where it is currently being generated. Polluters are allowed to continue their polluting ways as long as they pay an “indulgence” fee (tax) to the government and purchase government-approved pollution credits from government-sanctioned vendors.
  2. The cost of these credits will be paid by the energy company’s ratepayers and, by extension, the public at large. Even Barack Obama openly admits that energy prices in the United States will rise dramatically.
  3. In line with Obama’s Marxist theme of wealth re-distribution, money will flow from the United States into third-world countries to finance specious developments in rain forests and other non-verifiable sources of carbon credits.
  4. There is absolutely no proof that all of this artificial activity will impact our global climate, now or in the future, to any degree that rises above the natural variability of climate. Thus it is the perfect scam. The scammers will have made their money and be long dead before any deception is discovered.

Remember the derivatives designed by the Wall Street Wizards that crashed the mortgage market …

“Derivatives on carbon products are also traded in the United States, including primarily futures contracts. Although no official measure of volume of trading exists, various sources estimated that from $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion of carbon products traded in United States in 2009, with offsets accounting for around $74 million.”

“U.S. carbon trading volumes appear to have fallen sharply in 2010, with volumes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) allowances trading at around 15 percent of their 2009 levels as of June 2010.”

This is the same scheme which gives rise to price-destroying speculation and provides substantial insider profits to those who produce nothing, but trade paper among themselves to earn outrageous bonuses.

Can you say democrat and fraud in the same breath …

Carbon product trading poses various risks and challenges that were similar to those found in other commodity markets. For example, carbon products pose market risk, which is the exposure to losses from changes in product prices. Similarly, carbon product markets face the risk of potential manipulation and fraud.”

Perhaps no one was looking …

We all remember the fine job that the Securities and Exchange Commission did with Bernie Madoff – even though it had written complaints from credible industry experts. And considering that the nation’s hyper-politicized regulatory agencies failed to do their job, it is not unimaginable that no fraud was found where they were not looking.

“Although no fraud involving carbon products has been identified in the United States since 2001, carbon products traded in Europe have been part of several fraudulent activities, including those involving value-added tax violations.

The greatest market manipulator could be the government acting in its own self-interests or those of its “special” friends like George Soros who channel money into think tanks to influence politicians and public policy…

Carbon markets could be significantly affected by political or regulatory changes after implementation of any U.S. cap-and-trade program, but market observers noted that this risk could be mitigated by including elements in the program that increased certainty of its duration and features.”

“Under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) carbon emissions are considered to be an ‘exempt commodity." Before Congress amended the CEA in the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act, Pub. L. No. 111-203), derivatives on exempt commodities were eligible for limited oversight by the primary U.S. commodities regulator, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). They could be traded between qualified parties on an over-the-counter (OTC) basis generally free from CFTC regulation.”

“CFTC's authority over such trading was limited to instances in which CFTC suspected fraud or manipulation. Although typical transactions in carbon emissions qualified for OTC trading, to date market participants have traded carbon products mostly on exchanges subject to CFTC's full authority.

This mandates the use of the exchange developed by high-powered democrat interests …

“The Dodd-Frank amendments, which are not yet in effect, replaced this regime with clearing requirements and other requirements intended to increase transparency of the OTC derivatives market and reduce the potential for counterparty and systemic risk.”

Enter the loopholes …

“The amendments provide an exemption from clearing, exchange trading, and other requirements for counterparties that qualify as end users.”

If not perpetual political power, they need the money to insulate themselves from the rigors of daily living that affect all ordinary Americans …

Stupid, venal and corrupt politicians and their special interest friends are what I refer to as “limousine liberals” people who tell you how to live your lives, but you should ignore what they are doing. Their Perks and privileges of position, power and wealth that are unavailable to others come from manipulating the system, and not from fulfilling the oath of their office to protect and defend the Constitution and serve “we the people.”

Bottom Line …

This is the first time we have artificially created a commodity out of “thin air,” carbon dioxide and insured that it would have tangible value. These people are selling nothing – the absence of carbon dioxide – for big bucks.

We need to purge our government of the Marxist ideologues and profiteers who are plundering our national treasury. This means both elected officials and their sleeper cells embedded in government agencies.

It is time to realize that we are not God and cannot appreciable affect the global climate at this point in time. Perhaps never. We need to stand up and be counted. To stop this hoax which presents a clear and present danger to our lifestyle.

And it cannot be stopped by ideologues on the other side – those whose purity test will keep them from ever being elected to high office.

We need to elect our fellow citizens to office. Even with little or no experience, they know the difference between right and wrong – and certainly the difference between good and evil, freedom and tyranny.

We need to cut the size of the government, reduce their profligate spending – and if we need to use overwhelming force to keep our nation safe, so be it.

Act now before these current malevolent evildoers turn our nation into a cross between France and Mexico.

EDUCATE YOUR FELLOW MAN AND VOTE!

-- steve

Reference Links …

U.S. GAO - Carbon Trading: Current Situation and Oversight Considerations for Policymakers  Full Report


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Jerry Brown cannot be trusted: to serve justice or "we the people"

If this story is true, Jerry Brown is a self-serving political opportunist who will do or say anything to advance his far-left, some say Marxist, ideology.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times … 

“Jerry Brown's office accused of playing politics over freed inmate”

“An attorney for Bruce Lisker, who was released after a judge found he was convicted of murder on 'false evidence,' questions the timing of state attorney general's bid to reinstate the conviction.”

The state plans to postpone a bid to reinstate his murder conviction on a technicality.

Is justice being served when a “technicality” can send a man to prison for a crime he did not commit?

“An attorney for a man wrongly convicted of murder accused California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown's office Thursday of waiting until after the November election to seek to return the man to prison on a technicality.

“But attorney William Genego, who represents freed inmate Bruce Lisker, said he believes the request is designed to push the controversial matter until after the election. ‘They are playing politics with an innocent man's freedom,’ Genego said.”

The case …

“Lisker, 45, was convicted of killing his mother in 1985.”

“Lisker's legal saga began March 10, 1983, when he said he found his mother badly beaten and stabbed in the family's home in Sherman Oaks and called paramedics for help.
Detectives were immediately suspicious of Lisker, a frizzy-haired 17-year-old with a history of drug abuse and fighting with his mother. His relationship with his parents had deteriorated to the point that they were paying for him to live in a nearby studio apartment.”

“Lisker's conviction was overturned when Phillips concluded that most of the evidence used to implicate him in the crime had been seriously undermined or proved false. For example, a bloody shoe print that prosecutors used to link Lisker to the killing has since been determined by the LAPD not to have been made by his shoes. Additionally, an LAPD crime analyst now says a bruise on the victim's head was an apparent shoe impression that did not match the treads of Lisker's shoes but was ‘similar in size and dimension’ to the mysterious bloody shoe print found in the house.”

“He was released from prison last year after a judge found that he was convicted on ‘false evidence’ and had been inadequately represented by his trial attorney.”

“The judge's findings mirrored those of a 2005 Times investigation that raised questions about key elements of the prosecution's case against Lisker and exposed the Los Angeles Police Department's murder investigation as sloppy and incomplete.”

Send him back to prison on a technicality?

“Earlier this month, the attorney general filed a motion asking a judge to reverse her decision to overturn Lisker's conviction because he had missed a deadline years ago by which to file his appeal.”

It is my opinion that there should be no deadline on justice. If new facts arise which shed doubt on a man’s innocence, they, at the very least, deserve a new trial. To keep a man in prison on a “technicality” is unconstitutional as it is tantamount to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

And if that asshat aging hippy political hack will not stand up for a wrongly-convicted prisoner, then he is not qualified to lead the state of California. Either as its Attorney General or as its Governor.

Political expediency?

“The attorney general's motion was criticized by some legal experts as inappropriate after The Times reported on the legal maneuver.”

“Hours after The Times posted an article about the motion on its website, a spokesman for the attorney general said the office was reviewing the matter and was considering withdrawing it.”

“On Wednesday, Deputy Atty. Gen. Robert D. Breton called one of Lisker's attorneys, seeking to continue the matter until mid-November, Genego said. He said Breton refused to say why he wanted to continue the matter, which is scheduled to be litigated Oct. 4. Genego said he would agree to continue the matter until the end of October.”

Bottom line …

Jerry Brown is a political animal who is willing to do or say anything to push his toxic leftist agenda. Even willing to torture an apparently innocent man with prison while he takes time away from the job to pursue his goal of becoming California’s governor.

This despicable behavior, once again, reinforces my distaste for Jerry Brown – the man who raises taxes, pursues nonsensical global warming prosecutions, promotes policies designed to force us out of our cars into mass transit and the man who promoted the public employee unions which threaten to bankrupt the state and re-distribute wealth from hard-working Californians to the ever growing cadre of state cubicle workers.

Vote against Jerry Brown and the democrats who have decimated our formerly golden state. Send these Marxists a message: stop spending on enlarging the government, supporting illegal aliens, writing rules and regulations that are driving businesses and productive people out of the state. Start lowering taxes and improving education.

I see Meg Whitman, who I regard as an egotistical elitist RINO (Republican In Name Only) as the only option against the democrats while we gather the necessary strength to replace her after four years with a constitutional conservative.

Don’t allow Jerry Brown to ruin more lives, vote NO on Brown.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Jerry Brown's office accused of playing politics over freed inmate - latimes.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Global Warming: another Orwellian name change?

First came global cooling, with the dire consequences of a mini-ice age reoccurring. Prescription: public policy was needed to prevent this catastrophe – larger government, more centralized planning and control, higher taxes, reduced freedoms and, of course, controlling carbon dioxide. Whoops, part of the planet appeared to be warming.

When that didn’t work out …

Then came global warming, with the dire consequences of a planet on fire causing severe drought and melting polar ice caps. Prescription: public policy was needed to prevent this catastrophe – larger government, more centralized planning and control, higher taxes, reduced freedoms and, of course, controlling carbon dioxide. Whoops, part of the planet was actually cooling.

When that didn’t work out …

Then came global climate change , with much the same dire consequences of a planet on fire causing severe drought and melting polar ice caps. Prescription: public policy was needed to prevent this catastrophe – larger government, more centralized planning and control, higher taxes, reduced freedoms and, of course, controlling carbon dioxide. But, the new term blamed both warming and cooling on the same carbon dioxide.

And when that didn’t work out …

The White House announces “Global Climate Disruption” with the same old problems and prescriptions.

FoxNews is reporting …

White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In

“From the administration that brought you ‘man-caused disaster’ and ‘overseas contingency operation,’ another terminology change is in the pipeline.

“The White House wants the public to start using the term ‘global climate disruption’ in place of ‘global warming’ -- fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is.”

Of course, the truth remains the same …

Climate is cyclical, alternating between periods of hotter and colder temperatures. This is the natural variability of climate. It has little or nothing to do with carbon dioxide, a life-sustaining gas which must be demonized to allow the politicians to control the energy creation and consumption which drives our economy. No science here, only political will and the complicit self-interest of those who benefit from greater government control over our nation.

The record shows that the Earth has been colder, been hotter, with more carbon dioxide and less carbon dioxide – even before man began the industrial age.

I am willing to bet that climate is a function of the variability of the Sun’s output, the Earth’s orbit and planetary dynamics, volcanic activity, deep ocean currents and the most significant and still ill-understood greenhouse gas: water vapor.

Since the rise in carbon dioxide levels lags the rise in temperatures by 600 –1000 years, it can hardly be causal.  And the phenomenon can easily be explained by considering that the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide and the amount of carbon dioxide dissolved in the oceans are more or less constant, forming a self-regulating feedback loop. One merely needs to consider opening a cold beer on a warm day – the CO2 comes out of solution and enters the atmosphere as the beer warms. With the oceans warming as we come out of the last mini-ice age, carbon dioxide levels are bound to rise.

Of course, there are benefits to greater carbon dioxide levels which promote greater plant growth and increased oxygen levels.

And since when did government legislation ever solve a problem arising from nature. We, as a people, can adapt to natural circumstances; moving to take advantage of natural resources and avoiding the wrath of naturally-occurring phenomena. But we cannot alter the global climate any more than King Canute could halt the waves from crashing upon the shore.

The dishonest broker …

“White House science adviser John Holdren urged people to start using the phrase during a speech last week in Oslo, echoing a plea he made three years earlier. Holdren said global warming is a ‘dangerous misnomer’ for a problem far more complicated than a rise in temperature.”

How can we believe Holdren, a man whose scientific credentials mask a pure Marxist ideology. A man who has used his credentials and credibility to further his Marxist beliefs that the Earth has a finite amount of natural resources and that population growth is the greatest danger ever faced by the planet. Thus anything which would reduce our population and reverse our increasing industrialization is the prescription for avoiding planetary peril. Not the first time a first-rate scientist has embraced a crackpot position.

“Overpopulation was an early concern and interest. In a 1969 article, Holdren and co-author Paul R. Ehrlich argued that, ‘if the population control measures are not initiated immediately, and effectively, all the technology man can bring to bear will not fend off the misery to come.’" <Source>

“In 1977, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and Holdren co-authored the textbook Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment; they discussed the possible role of a wide variety of solutions to overpopulation, from voluntary family planning to enforced population controls, including forced sterilization for women after they gave birth to a designated number of children, and recommended ‘the use of milder methods of influencing family size preferences’ such as access to birth control and abortion.” <Source>

Hear Holdren in his own words …

“In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told CNSNews.com that he would use the ‘free market economy’ to implement the ‘massive campaign’ he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.” <Source>

The Obama Administration and John Holdren need the increased intervention of government in order to enact population and industrial growth controls on America; and to engage in the wealth re-distribution that will contribute further to the demise of a strong America.

They need to pass “cap-and-trade” legislation which in reality is nothing more than allowing the Wall Street Wizards and others to generate tremendous trading profits by selling government indulgences to gross polluters who will suck the costs of such benefits out of the American consumers. In their mind, higher energy rates equals less usage and less man-made global warming. It is nothing more than a ludicrous hoax supported by highly-manipulated climate models and massaged data.

Suspicious timing …

“The call comes as Congress prepares to adjourn for the season without completing work on a stalled climate bill. The term global warming has long been criticized as inaccurate, and the new push could be an attempt to re-shape climate messaging for next year's legislative session.”

Bottom line …

Can you trust your government to tell you the truth when it comes to extending their power, raising taxes, building a bureaucracy of unionized public employees and reducing your personal choices and freedoms?

Can you trust the institutions and scientists who have received billions of dollars in research funding to produce more than a token disagreement with their funding patron’s primary point of view?

Are you willing to risk your future and that of your children on the Marxist ideal of centralized government planning by so-called enlightened elites who will govern in the best interests of “collective society.” Making our exceptional nation into an unexceptional member of similarly unexceptional nations under the control of a corrupt and impotent  international organization such as the United Nations?

Yes, Holdren may be a well-credentialed scientist, but he has turned into a shill for an un-American way of life. Following Barack Obama and his fellow travelers down the road to European-style socialist democracy in which the control over people’s lives is invested in the government, the unions and the special interests.

It is time to elect “honest brokers” to serve “we the people” and start reducing the size of government and its profligate special interest spending. First, by removing the Marxist ideologues from elected office and positions of power within the government.

We need to restore constitutional checks and balances to our government and not cede our personal freedoms to those lawyers who cleverly manipulate the constitution to grant the federal government additional powers that it would be otherwise denied.

Vote – send the evildoers who are claiming that up is down, black is white and evil is good packing.

-- steve

P.S.  Who do they think they are fooling?

Reference Links:

FOXNews.com - White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In


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