Words of people who scare me

Here are just some examples of how someone on facebook’s  own words have been used historically against others in the US alone, from our nation’s beginnings until this very day. These are why I am scared by people who think like her, because they have far too often gotten their way, and we have always lived to regret it when they do.

Do you know  any similar examples? Let me know via the comments….

Original words: regarding  War on drugs:
“yes, Barry, I do have a problem when those that are receiving help are abusing it. Are you going to tell me that you have no problem working if your money is helping drug dealers buy more drugs?”

Japanese-American internment during WWII:

“yes, Barry, I do have a problem when those that are receiving help are abusing it. Are you going to tell me that you have no problem working if your money is helping Japanese spy against the US?”

Chinese Exclusion Act:

“yes, Barry, I do have a problem when those that are allowed to marry are abusing it. Are you going to tell me that you have no problem working if your money is helping Chinese have inscrutable babies until they can vote us out of our own government?”

Same-sex marriage:

“yes, Barry, I do have a problem when those that are receiving help are abusing it. Are you going to tell me that you have no problem working if your money is helping to teach children to be gay or to undermine ‘traditional’ marriage?

Slavery:

yes, Barry, I do have a problem when those that are receiving help are abusing it. Are you going to tell me that you have no problem working if your money is helping animals think they are human and deserving of the sma rights as others?… Read the rest

Mitt Romney amazed by the technololgy order takers use at fast food places, lauds job losses created

What an idiot! Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has never seen orders at a fast food place placed by touching a screen before?

Let them eat cake indeed!

In fact, the only economically interesting part here is that Wawa does not have to pay the drive-through or counter cashier that other chains do. Instead, they convince the customer to do the labor that would have otherwise cost it 15 dollars or so an hour for all costs.

How much does that customer save on their sandwhich?

How is this creating new entry level jobs for the people who would be order takers or sandwich makers?

Does he advocate chains such as McDonalds or Subway increase profits to the likes of him by cutting even more entry level jobs by letting the customer touch the screens themselves instead of having paid employees do it?

Where are these entry level jobs hat are created while they are destroyed at Wawas? Point them out to me  please. You can comment on this post, I await your response.… Read the rest

Moorish-American identity politics

Interesting discussion breaking out on facebook on one of my friend’s pages regarding what is being signaled by those who describe there identity as “Moorish-Americans”…might take a while to develop fully, but an interesting take on identity politics from folks who feel the lack of a legal identity.… Read the rest

Book Haul from the Porterville Library book sale today

Got some cool old books at the library book sale today….some I will keep, some I will trade in at other better bookstores, and some I will give away. Total cost: 5 dollars.

Richard Nixon – Six Crises: a 1962 paperback probably meant to outline a political comeback while Kennedy was Prez

The Ecology of Animal Movement – a 1972 science monograph that seems to cover on research about optimal populations densities for wild animal species.

Green Delusions, An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism. This must have been a textbook, the first few chapters are marked with highliters, but then the student must have dropped the course.

Basic Texts in International Relations: There must be a lot of basic texts, this is a big book!

The Homesteader’s Handbook, A guide to independent living. Hippie stuff from 1974, this will go on my “Me and You and a dog named Boo” shelf.

The Other Californians: Prejudice and Discrimination under Spain, Mexico and the United States to 1920 – this will fit in nicely with the history I am reading and studying.

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking. Not that important to most folks around here, but I care. No one to talk about it with, so I have to read about stuff like this…

The Weather Makers: How Man is changing the climate and what it means for life on earth – I should probably read a whole treatise on this topic, this 2005 book might be a good place to start.

The Inflationary Universe: The quest for a new theory of Cosmic Origins – popular science in physics and cosmology, might as well not write off that part of my education completely, if I ever get to this….

Terrorism, An introduction : OMG, I am getting old, this is a freaking textbook!… Read the rest

Porterville is a Christian City, locals and officials insist

Local citizen offended by pending  non-Christian invocation at City Council, affirms “Porterville is a Christian City

Yesterday I read in the Recorder that 17 cities will start their council meetings with a reading from Hindu Sand Script. This shocked me. Here in a nation that was founded by Christians with Christian principles, with a ceremony to dedicate this nation to God on the shores of this nation.

This discussion broke out online too over the weekend, worth reading indeed for the extensive duplicity of Porterville’s newly re-elected Councilman Cameron Hamilton.

I guess all the Jews, Singhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Wiccans, (arguably) Mormons, Native Americans, and people of many other or no religions at all are only allowed to live in Porterville due to the goodness of the local Christians. Good to know where at least some of the locals stand on this matter.… Read the rest

Local paper “disturbed” by low turnout, does not understand own role

…but I am not too shy to tell them some of the reasons:

See article here

Why didn’t people vote, especially when the city council made headlines more than once in the past year for antics better left to a vaudeville show or a sitcom.

Easy answer: Because the Recorder has abdicated its civic reporting responsibilities many times:

1) You posted a video of a TCSO officer misbehaving and admitting that he knew he was misbehaving. That was good. But it only lasted about 24 hours as a more senior TCSO officer asked the paper to pull the video, which you promptly did.

2) You have never pressed Councilmembers, especially those running for election on any controversial matters. The town has been hurt for almost 4 years as a result of Ward and Hamilton working to take away the rights of gays. And Hamilton’s flip-flop from his 2003 vote, when he pledged Council to work against what he urged the 2008 Council to do has never been reported. In fact, the Recorder took the page offline that reported the 9/2003 meeting I refer to.

3) Hamilton again: You have never followed up regarding his odd behavior during the arrest of the previous publisher of the Recorder.

4) You have never reported on the discovery, made quite plain on the Recorder facebook page by Case Lok and others, that Rodney Martin had posted materials with his view on the impropriety (to day the least) of the mixing of races in public and homophobic reasons why he homeschools his kids. Not only ought that have been news, but why he never mentioned it in his campaign ought to have been news as well.

5) You have never run or lent your voice to a sustained voter registration drive or get out the vote drive.… Read the rest

This is a Public Service Announcement …

with guitars!

Know your rights all three of them

Number 1
You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a CRIME!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Know your rights

And Number 2
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don’t mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers
Rehabilitation

Know your rights
These are your rights

Know these rights

Number 3
You have the right to free
Speech as long as you’re not
Dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of ’em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!
Well…………………………

Get off the streets
Get off the streets
Run
You don’t have a home to go to

Finally then I will read you your rights

You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you

Listen to this
Run

Tulare County Election Official sort-of responds to Story

Earlier, I described the conditions at a polling place in a Church in Porterville today.

Later upon returning home to write these news stories, I decided to find the document that I was told I could find online: the “Elections Official Digest”, which was present at the polling place, but I was not allowed to inspect to see if it really had rules against photography that were being enforced by the local volunteers.

I did not find the document at the County Elections Board web site.

So I went on to my next task, to contact an official for an on-the-record explanation.

I was directed to Ann Turner, Election Division Manager who agreed to answer my questions on the record. Apparently she was familiar with the earlier incident.

I asked her what the Board’s policy was regarding crosses in church polling places and how it related to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

She responded by saying that she did not know the election code front to back, but that  there was no conflict with the First, with a litany of reasons as to why there might be a cross or a church as a polling place, among them: the Board has no control over the layout of the room, they have to rent buildings for the election and locations are hard to come by, no one is trying to impose religion.

I asked her if it  County Counsel supported those reasons and I could rely on them on the record, or if they were unofficial viewpoints.

Suddenly she was not interested in continuing. I asked her if her quotes were still “on-the-record”, giving her a few chances to regroup. In the end, she did not retract the reasons and remained on the record, but she did not want to answer any more questions.… Read the rest

First Amendment Rights Violated at California Polling Place

[Update: Election Official Reponds – sort of ]
Today I went to vote in the primary election in Porterville, CA. My local precinct happens to be at a nearby church.

The voting takes place in a small social hall, not the sanctuary.

However, each time I have voted there, including today, there has been a floor-to-ceiling cross located there, dominating the view from every point in the room.

When I arrived, I politely asked to take a picture, with the dual intent of documenting the situation so I could file a complaint with the County election board, and also to illustrate a news story on this blog regarding the situation.

The volunteers there told me I could not take a picture, even if no voters were present, and even if no volunteers were in the picture.

I asked for clarification as to this rule’s source and citation and none was forthcoming.

So I called the elections board myself, and eventually a volunteer inspector arrived and was surprised both at the size of the cross and at the refusal to allow me to take pictures.

The rules cited by the elections board in the “Election Officer Digest” did address photos with voters in them, as did a brief guide for poll observers: not without consent of the voters. I was told the Digest was available online, but on returning home I have not been able to locate it on the County Election Board web site.

But it was my intent to not have voters in the picture, or even in the polling place, as it was pretty slow, so I didn’t think this applied, and neither did the inspector.

The observer guide did say that “media is allowed to film or interview voters if they consent”.

If this rule applies, and hinges on if I can “film”, I could have taken video instead of still pictures with my camera.… Read the rest

Cameron Hamilton (and Brian Ward) Deserve to Never be Elected to Anything Ever Again

[update 8:30 PM: See Hamilton’s respnse and whine about  being exposed in the screenshot. Click on the screenshot to enlarge]

My questions, Cameron Hamilton’s answers, and my initial analysis of his answers, on the eve of the first re-election ballot for Cameron Hamilton and Brian Ward since their infamous and notorious only-in Porterville pro-Prop 8 Resolution put the City’s reputation and economic development efforts on the line unnecessarily.

Cameron Hamilton (and Brian Ward) Deserve to Never be Elected to Anything Ever Again

1 – Do you agree you voted in 2003 to have Council stand against government intrusions on the rights of all citizens?

CH: Yes

2 – Do you agree that the US Supreme Court has indicated that the right to marry is a fundamental right in more than 14 cases over more that 100 years?

CH: No

BC :
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From an interview on Fox News: OLSON: No. As a matter of fact, since 1888 the United States Supreme Court has 14 times decided and articulated that the right to marriage is a fundamental right. We’re not talking about a new right here.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/transcript/ted-olson-debate-over-judicial-activism-and-same-sex-marriage#ixzz1wsCRSxOe
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3 – Do you agree that on the day before the Prop 8 Election, Californians had the right to marry anyone of any gender?

CH:Yes, legislative action

BC: Maybe this is the root of your misunderstanding Cam. In fact the right was affirmed by the CA Supreme Court in In Re: Marriage Cases. not in any legislative action.

You wanted to debate and yet do know know even this?

you are hanging your hat on reelection based on your knowledge of Prop 8, and you don’t even know the Court case it was meant to undo?

Really?

Here is just one of about a zilliion articles form the time describing it: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/grossman/20080527.html

Google is your friend Cam!

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Cameron Hamilton Answers My Questions At Last

Below are the questions I asked and answers from Cameron Hamilton I posed him on the recorderonline facebook page on the eve of his election.

My analysis will be in the next post….

1 – Do you agree you voted in 2003 to have Council stand against government intrusions on the rights of all citizens?

Yes

2 – Do you agree that the US Supreme Court has indicated that the right to marry is a fundamental right in more than 14 cases over more that 100 years?

No?

3 – Do you agree that on the day before the Prop 8 Election, Californians had the right to marry anyone of any gender?

Yes, legislative action

4 – Do you agree that after Prop 8, the 4th Branch of Government in California took that right away?

Yes, citizens action

5 – Do you agree that Council supporting a branch of government taking a right away is counter to the 2003 Resolution that you supported standing up against exactly that?

No

6 – Do you agree that in 2008 you voted for a Resolution that Brian Ward introduced that was opposite in spirit and intent to the Resolution that you voted for in 2003, that by its very words urges the 4th Branch to remove Rights that were then held by every Californian eligible to marry?

No?

7 – So sometime between 2003 and 2008, when you voted on each of these Resolutions, your position on whether Government should intrude on removing rights changed, from being squarely against it in 2003 to actually urging it in 2008?

No?

8 – To this very day, on including on this very facebook page, you have stood up and defended the 2008 vote to remove rights as right and proper, and not said a word about the rightness or properness of your 2003 vote to defend the rights of the people against government intrusion.

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