Mohsen Loghmani: Another lawsuit bites the dust


 

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For background, see Mohsen Loghmani’s Im Pro Per Performance/

Mohsen Loghmani recently sued me for testifying against him as an expert witness, along with the lawyers and clients from that case….Here’s the Judge’s tentative ruling for tomorrow’s hearing….

Case Number: BC581625    Hearing Date: July 23, 2015    Dept: 56

Case Name: Loghmani v. Tucker, et al.
Case No.: BC581625
Matters: (1) Anti-SLAPP Motion; (2) Vexatious Litigant Motion

Tentative Ruling: (1) Anti-SLAPP motion is granted; (2) Vexatious litigant motion is denied

Plaintiff Mohsen Loghmani dba L.A. Design Group filed this action against various defendants arising out of another lawsuit which resulted in a judgment against Plaintiff and his wife. The complaint asserts causes of action for intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, abuse of process, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and declaratory relief.

ANTI-SLAPP MOTION

Defendants Jan B. Tucker, James Jeffery Little, Michael Thompson, Law Office Administrators LLC, J.J. Little & Associates P.C., Moses Chadwick, Carolyn Chadwick, Davis Daryl Nucum, and Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corporation move to strike Plaintiff’s complaint pursuant to CCP §425.16, the anti-SLAPP statute. In connection with the motion, Defendants request judicial notice of papers filed in Case Nos. EC057134 and TC023641; the RJN is granted.

An anti-SLAPP motion involves a two-step process: 1) the defendant must establish that the challenged causes of action arise from protected activity; and 2) if the defendant makes this showing, the burden shifts to the plaintiff to establish a probability of success on the merits. E.g. Navellier v. Sletten (2002) 29 Cal.4th 82, 88; Brenton v. Metabolife International (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 679, 684.

Protected Activity –
In the first step of an anti-SLAPP motion, the moving party must make a threshold showing that the challenged cause of action “arises from an act in furtherance of the right of petition or free speech in connection with a public issue.” Varian Medical Systems v. Delfino (2005) 35 Cal.4th 180, 192. A claim “arises from” protected activity when the activity forms the basis for the plaintiff’s cause of action. Equilon Enterprises v. Consumer Cause (2002) 29 Cal.4th 53, 66.

Plaintiff’s complaint is based entirely on things that happened in the earlier lawsuit against Plaintiff and his wife, EC057134. See Complaint ¶ 29-49. It contains allegations on matters such as withdrawal of a designated expert witness, failure to provide documents until after trial commenced, the unqualified testimony of expert witnesses, and offering fraudulent testimony. These allegations and all of the causes of action concern statements and writings in connection with civil litigation, which is protected activity under the Anti-SLAPP statute. See Rohde v. Wolf (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 28, 35; Cabral v. Martins (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 471, 479-80; Briggs v. Eden Council (1999) 19 Cal.4th 1106, 1115.

In opposition, Plaintiff has argued that the Anti-SLAPP statute does not apply because the activity was illegal. But this is just a bald argument with no evidence or other support. The defense of illegality must be established through the opposing party’s concession or by admissible evidence that conclusively establishes illegal conduct as a matter of law. See Flatley v. Mauro (2006) 39 Cal.4th 299, 320; Paul for Council v. Hanyecz (2001) 85 Cal.App.4th 1356, 1365-67.

Defendants have met their burden to establish that Plaintiff’s action arises from protected activity.

Probability of Prevailing –
Because Defendants have established that Plaintiff’s action arises from protected activity, the burden shifts to Plaintiff to present admissible evidence that supports a prima facie case in his favor, much like the burden on a motion for summary judgment or directed verdict. See Code Civ. Proc. §425.16(b)(1); Taus v. Loftus (2007) 40 Cal.4th 683, 714; Chavez v. Mendoza (2001) 94 Cal.App.4th 1083, 1087. To meet this burden, Plaintiff must submit evidence that would be admissible at trial. See HMS Capital v. Lawyers Title (2004) 118 Cal.App.4th 204, 212. He cannot rely upon lay opinions, legal conclusions, speculation or argument. See Gilbert v. Sykes, supra 147 Cal.App.4th at 26; Morrow v. LAUSD (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 1424, 1444.

Plaintiff has not offered any evidence in opposition to the motion. He makes references to his complaint, but this is insufficient. See Hecimovich v. Encinal School PTO (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 450, 474; Church v. Wollersheim (1996) 42 Cal.App.4th 628, 656.

In addition, Defendants have affirmatively shown that the absolute litigation privilege under CC §47(b) applies to all of the conduct alleged in the complaint. This privilege broadly applies without regard to malice. See Silberg v. Anderson (1990) 50 Cal.3d 205, 211-12; Jacob B. v. County of Shasta (2007) 40 Cal.4th 948, 95-56.

Plaintiff has failed to meet his burden to establish a probability of prevailing on his claims.

Ruling –
The Anti-SLAPP motion is granted and the complaint is stricken. It is not clear whether Defendants Tunnell and BTI Appraisal have joined in the motion. The grounds apply to all defendants, and if there is joinder it will be granted with an order striking the complaint as to all defendants.

VEXATIOUS LITIGANT MOTION

Defendant Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corporation (TCCSC) also moves to declare Plaintiff a vexatious litigation pursuant to CCP §391. In connection with the motion TCCSC requests judicial notice of various court documents; the RJN is granted.
Section 391(b) lists four distinct definitions for a vexatious litigant. These are “alternative” definitions, and the evidence must separately establish the requirements for a defined category. See Holcomb v. US Bank NA (2005) 129 Cal.App.4th 1494, 1501.
TCCSC’s evidence does not meet this standard, because it combines or mixes conduct within each of the four definitions. Based upon the record presented, the motion is therefore denied.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: Immigration, the Border & Civil Rights


 

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Enforce the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Invoke Article 21 Neutral Arbitration
For Immigration, the Border, and Immigrant
Rights Issues

Ever since the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Protocols of Quaretaro to end the Mexican-American War, the United States has failed to abide by our international commitments.

In California Mexicans or persons of Mexican extraction were barred by California law from bringing criminal charges against Caucasians or testifying against them in court under the theory that they were at least one-quarter of Indian (Native American) extraction.

Not until 1947, a hundred years after the Mexican-American war, did California and federal courts even declare that school segregation directed against Mexican-Americans was unconstitutional. Even then, the fact of school segregation took decades longer to end.

Today, the federal government continues to build anti-immigration barriers across private land that is supposed to be sacrosanct under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as owned under Spanish land grants. Municipalities repeatedly violate Native American burial grounds that were arguably protected under the Treaty and the Protocols of Quaretaro.

It is also routine that the rights of Mexican immigrants under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations are violated when they are arrested, with no access granted to Mexican consular officials and no admonition by peace officers of their rights to consular access.

Bowing to racist and xenophobic pressure, Congress repeatedly attempts to deal with the immigration issue unilaterally and without regard to the history of violations of the rights of Mexico, Mexican citizens, and the descendants of immigrants by the United States.

Congress should enact a resolution calling upon the executive branch of government to invoke Article 21 of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and establish either a joint commission of both the United States of Mexico and the United States of America to negotiate over all issues of rights and border issues that have arisen, or, Article 21’s provision for third-party neutral arbitration of these issues should be invoked. The time for American unilateralism in foreign policy should be over. The United States of America should live up to its international commitments, starting with the Treaties that we have signed.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: Real Socialized Health Care


 

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Real Socialized Health Care

The Affordable Care & Patient Protection Act, which President Obama and Congress fashioned after Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts legislation:

  • Does NOT contain a real “public option” for people to buy a health insurance policy from the government
  • Will force people who currently can’t afford to buy health insurance to get a policy and fine them if they don’t
  • Makes women get a separate private health care policy to cover abortion-only to protect themselves if they need to terminate a pregnancy
  • Guarantees high profits for the insurance industry as the net result

If you feel like you’ve been sold out by the Democratic Party on everything it promised in the 2008 election, you’re not alone. The Democrats even took “single payer” health insurance proposals off the table before the debate even began, which at least would have reduced insurance company profits.

Our campaign supports the National Health Service Act, which was originally introduced in Congress by then-Rep. and now Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and later by Rep. Barbara Lee.

The Health Service Act would create a community based national health service. The Act would create a nationally-funded network of regionally-planned, community-based prepaid health plans. The system would be nationally-funded, so that inequalities among communities would not prevent the equitable provision of health services. Residents in every community in the land would have access to the system. They could go to the service providers nearest to them, or to any others within the national system. The system would be regionally-planned, so that services would be available to each community with every region on a rational and equitable basis.

No one wants a large, unaccountable bureaucracy running our medical care system. An elected Community Health Board would administer the local health institutions and the health advocate for the community. 50% of the board would be elected by the residents and 50% of the board would be elected by the workers in the facility.

That’s democracy in action. REGISTER PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY and VOTE FOR Roseanne and Jan, The Team with a Plan!

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: LGBTI issues


 

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LGBTI Issues

In 1970, the California Peace & Freedom Party made history by calling for an end to discrimination against LGBT people, well before any other political party even recognized the categories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people as being oppressed and discriminated against. At its 1970 Long Beach State Convention, PFP went on record for:

  • Abolishing all laws against consenting adult sex (young people may not realize that until 1974 California had criminal laws against consenting adult same-sex couples)
  • Eliminating all political and social discrimination against LGBT people
  • Requiring that LGBT lifestyles be taught in schools in mandatory sex-education classes as legitimate alternative lifestyles.

At that time, PFP and the Gay Liberation Front shared an office and GLF West Coast founder Morris Kight pledged in his notorious campaign to take over Alpine County that it would have been a victory for PFP along with the GLF (the inside story of that campaign is one to be told over drinks…).

Another Gay liberation organization at the time, The Lavender People, was headed by PFP activist Len Evans.

I still stand by the ideals expressed in that platform to this day, but I didn’t wait for decades – as many liberal Democrats did – to get around to publicly espousing or implementing those precepts. As a young junior high school student activist at Pacoima Junior High, we organized a debate club. I espoused getting rid of the oppressive laws against LGBT people and their social stigmatization.

When a girl wanted to join our then all-male debate club, I insisted that she be allowed in and defended her when other boys in the club Lesbian-baited her. I made clear that I couldn’t care less if she was or was not a Lesbian (she wasn’t out of the closet at that point and was denying it), she had a right to be a member (this was before laws were implemented banning discrimination in campus clubs). Years later, when I was campaigning for Lieutenant Governor in 1978 I ran into her at U.C. San Diego. She was now out of the closet and reminded me of the incident where I stood up for her all those years ago. It’s one of the things I’ve done of which I am proudest.

In 1998, I was endorsed for State Treasurer by the Northern California based Lesbian Voter Action Caucus. They called to quiz me on the issues they were concerned with and when they asked me about how I stood on same sex marriage, I replied, “Are you kidding? My running mate for Lieutenant Governor is a Lesbian.”

The person questioning me wasn’t satisfied. She insisted, “But you still have to answer the question.’ So I continued, “Okay, let me put it this way. Our slate held it’s major fundraiser in a Lesbian bar.”

She still wanted to know specifically where I stood on the issue, so finally I said, “Let me put it this way: I am the only candidate who has ever PERFORMED a same sex marriage. I performed the ceremony for Lisa and Paula, the co-presidents of the West Hollywood NOW Chapter, in front of the Federal Building in Van Nuys to protest DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]. Does that answer the question?”

She was satisfied with that answer.

During that campaign, our slate also produced a leaflet which explained why, with the Democrats as friends, LGBT people might not need enemies. The Democratic Party was extolling the virtues of their having made discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace unlawful. The problem was that discrimination against them was already deemed illegal by a State Supreme Court decision which had actually criminalized discrimination against LGBT people (Gay Law Students vs Pacific Bell). The Democrats in the legislature codified but decriminalized discrimination when they passed their law. Previously, employers who discriminated against LGBT people could have gotten six months in jail.

The solution should have been to extend the criminalization of discrimination in the workplace to protect all people on the basis of race, creed, color, political belief, national origin, sex, gender orientation, and all other arbitrary bases. By doing what they did, the Democrats left the only kind of discrimination that is punishable by jail as discrimination by an employer on the basis of political belief, activity, and affiliation. If elected to Vice President, I will work to criminalize intentional discrimination on a national basis.

Aside from my record in fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, I have more than average experience at combating discrimination on the basis of gender orientation, i.e., Transgender issues. As a private investigator, I have worked on:

  • An insurance discrimination case involving bad-faith failure to pay a death claim on a transvestite who listed herself as female
  • The gang rape of a transsexual (MTF) intentionally placed in a male-only cell by a Wackenhut security guard at a privatized San Diego County jail in violation of policy
  • The harassment of and physical attack on an L.A. County Mental Health worker (MTF) by her co-workers after a fellow employee illegally accessed her medical file and out-ed her at work.

My work on these kinds of issues and cases has convinced me over and over again of the need to both criminalize intentional workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. We must also legislate the Model Policy on Workplace Harassment which I authored and which has been nationally adopted as policy by the League of United Latin American Citizens. That policy was originated by SFV/NELA NOW and introduced by then-Assembly Member Cindy Montanez in the 2002-3 California legislative term as AB 1617.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis


 

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Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis Starts with a Moratorium on Foreclosures and Treating Criminals Like Criminals

If the people who helped to create the mortgage meltdown were running classic fraudulent scheme in which unwitting people were manipulated into participating what they think is an entirely different fraud, so that when they were ripped off they would be afraid or too embarrassed to go to the police, prosecutors and a police bunco squad would treat the people who got ripped off as victims and not charge them with a crime in exchange for testimony against the real criminals.

Corporate criminals in the mortgage industry depend on people not coming forward to say that they were solicited and cajoled into submitting false financial papers to get sub-prime mortgages because in essence, these victims who got talked into it participated in a fraud. However, they remain just as much victims as people who get taken every day by street level confidence schemes.

We need a nationally coordinated criminal procedure policy to start at the bottom and work up the food chain to put corporate mortgage criminals behind bars:

  • Congress should appropriate a fund for polygraph examinations for the victims of these frauds and for higher ups who are prepared to give truthful testimony to implicate those higher up than themselves
  • A law granting amnesty should be passed for any person who got a mortgage with false financial statements if they pass a lie detector examination demonstrating that they were solicited to do so by employees or agents of the mortgage broker or lender
  • Appropriate leniency should be encouraged by prosecutors to mortgage industry employees who implicate higher ups
  • Congress should make the results of polygraphs conducted by American Polygraph Association examiners admissible when done according to APA ethics and guidelines for federal criminal and civil prosecutions for these cases

As this process will undoubtedly lead to “predicate acts” as defined in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) law (18 USC 1961 et seq), mortgage companies and their officers and directors who participated in these practices should be prosecuted under the RICO Act, just like organized crime, because that behavior is exactly what they engaged in.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: Israel & Palestine


 

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PEACE FOR ISRAEL & PALESTINE

The first problem with arguments about the Middle East and what to do to bring peace to the peoples of Israel and Palestine suffer from the fallacies of ambiguity, a variety of informal fallacies in the formal study of logic. That is because everybody has their own idea of what certain ideologies are all about when in fact they mean very different things to many different people. The word “Zionism” is the worst problem.

Contained within the term “Zionism” are many sub-ideologies, some of which are not even compatible with each other. One group calls itself “Labor Zionist” and purports to seek to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, i.e. Israel, that is socialist, democratic, and protects the equal rights of all Israelis whether or not they are Jewish. The “Zionist Revisionists” on the other hand want a Jewish state, Israel, that literally encompasses “Israel on both sides of the Jordan River,” meaning they want to not only annex the West Bank (Cis Jordan) but also the East Bank (Trans Jordan, i.e., the current Kingdom of Jordan). These are just two examples. It didn’t help the discussion when then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier dumbed the concept down by asserting that “all Jews are Zionists” and that “if you support Israel’s right to exist you are a Zionist” after the United Nations passed a resolution denouncing Zionism as racism.

Prior to World War II, the major opposition to Zionism was Bundism, represented by the Jewish Labor Bund, a socialist political movement that espoused that Jews had the right to live and be culturally autonomous anywhere and especially in Europe where most Jews lived at the time. Hitler and the Nazis put an effective end to that movement.

Another trend was the Reformed Jewish traditional teaching prior to World War II that Jews were simply a religion, that they were and of right ought to be citizens of any nation they lived in, and not a people. During World War II the American Council for Judaism argued that the ideology of Zionism, which pre-supposes that Jews are a “people” as well as a religion, was based upon the proposition that Jews had to go to Palestine and become a majority state because gentiles were supposedly inherently Anti-Semitic. The American Council for Judaism even compared the belief that gentiles were inherently anything the flip-side of Nazi ideology and questioned what the Jews would do to a non-Jewish minority that was by definition of Zionism Anti-Jewish. Again, Hitler and the Nazis did much to discredit these arguments by the Jewish emotional reaction to the Holocaust, but these questions were prescient then and more important now that there is an Arab minority within Israel and a Palestinian majority under Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

There are also significant ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects which assert their own theological position that Israel can only be created by the Messiah and that Jews are barred from creating Israel as a Jewish state in the absence of the Messiah.

Just as important it is critical to advance the American ideals of secularism, feminism, opposition to racism, and the strict separation of church and state. Israel’s formal recognition of so-called “official” religions and the formal recognition of religious authorities to control all aspects of family law, from marriage to divorce and child custody matters, is an abomination and irrational in the modern world. Equally abhorrent are proposals by the Israeli Jewish right-wing parties to legally define Israel as a “Jewish state” as though non-Jews are somehow not equal before the law.

It is high time to stop arguing about the past and find a way forward. If we believe in the traditional American belief in “self-determination of nations” that Woodrow Wilson advanced at the World War I peace discussions, then we must recognize that rightly or wrongly it appears that most Israelis and most Palestinians support a two-state solution. Because that appears to be the self-determinative course for those who will have to live with the consequences, the United States should adopt the following foreign policy:

  • Adoption of Activist Neutrality foreign policy by the United States towards the adversarial parties in Israel/Palestine disputes (“Activist Neutrality” is a foreign policy doctrine originated by and adhered to by Ireland regardless of which party has been in power in that nation) which includes but is not limited to a policy of no unilateral U.S. vetoes of U.N. Security Council resolutions on the subject
  • Recognition of Palestinian Independence
  • Israeli and Palestinian joint sovereignty over Jerusalem, with Jerusalem’s municipal government unitary and residents allowed to chose citizenship in either or both states
    Promoting the re-naming of the “State of Israel” to be the State of Israel and Ishmael” in recognition of the historical roles of the children of Abraham and the right to equal protection of law
  • Complete separation of church and state in Israel and the usurpation of family law by the State, with one feminist oriented family code to cover all people (instead of decisions based upon Orthodox Jewish law for Jews, Sharia for Muslims, and Christian doctrines for various Christian denominations…)
  • Adoption of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights as a self-executing document and as the basis of a written constitution by all states in the Middle East (Spain and Andorra have in large part adopted the ICCPR as their basic constitutional law)

Furthermore, the Peace & Freedom Party strategically and tactically should support Middle East peace efforts by:

  • Opposing organizations such as Hillel which slavishly promote the right-wing government line of Israel by suppressing internal debate within its college chapters (which has resulted in the Swarthmore Chapter and other college units courageously disaffiliating because of their own commitment to peace and reconciliation with our Palestinian cousins)
  • Promoting PFP organization in our neighboring State of Oregon in opposition to right-wing U.S. Senator Ron Wyden who was once described by CounterPunch Magazine as to the right of Ariel Sharon in the context of Israeli politics
  • Promoting better understanding and unity amongst American Jews, Muslims, and other Middle Eastern peoples living in the U.S.

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Black Like Her: Rachel Dolezal’s Rejection of White Skin Privilege


 

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Black Like Her: Rachel Dolezal’s Rejection of White Skin Privilege

When I was a little boy, my parents took me to Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Hall to see John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me. Years later I saw the movie made about his life, Wikipedia on Black Like Me. Read up about  John Howard Griffin on Wikipedia which begins:

John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. He wrote about this experience in his 1961 book Black Like Me.

I am kind of incredulous that of all the pundits and journalists talking about Rachel Dolezal, I seem to be the only person to make the connection with John Howard Griffin. Because of that connection, this is the letter I sent to her a few days ago:

Dear Sister Dolezal:

I posted the following on my Facebook page:

She has rejected white skin privilege, going a step farther than those of us who have been NAACP members and branch officers like myself who happen to have white skin. I applaud her doing so. I respect her for doing so. It takes a lot of courage, just as John Howard Griffin — the author of “Black Like Me” did impersonating an African American man in the segregated South. My hat is off to you Rachel!

If there is one thing worse than driving while Black or driving while Brown in America, it is “DWI,” “Driving While Interracial.” My late significant other, Valerie Monroe, was a lawyer and had served as Southern California Legal Redress Chair for California NAACP State Conference. I am a prominent private investigator and served an unprecedented seven (7) terms as Chair of the Board of the world’s largest organization of private investigators.

In spite of her bar card and my PI license, the scariest thing in the world for us was being followed by a police car and it didn’t matter what the race of the cop was, we just assumed that there was a likelihood that it was a racist cop who Black or white wouldn’t appreciate us as an interracial couple.

I’ve been shot at, had swastikas daubed on my car and office, and the like throughout my career and political activities so sister, I know what you’re going through. As General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell told our troops in the darkest days of World War II, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

If I can be of any personal assistance regarding the threats you are receiving, do not hesitate to contact me.

Till Victory is Won, Jan B. Tucker

Several of the people whose opinion I find really valuable on race relations and racism have joined the fray in discussing Rachel Dolezal:

Tim Wise (who I met years ago at the Committees of Correspondence National Conference at San Francisco State University, and who is likely a distant cousin of my sister-in-law from Tennessee):

Hah, now for an extra special kicker…turns out I’ve just been informed by a friend and ally at Eastern Washington U. (who was involved in bringing me to campus to speak there last semester), that it was Rachel Dolezal who had objected to me coming, because I, as a white man, can’t speak to race issues involving black people. First, they got a dictionary at EWU where she can look up “irony?” And second, her objection is perfectly indicative of her problem. She thinks I seek to speak from authority on blackness. No, that’s not me, that’s YOU Rachel. I only seek to speak about whiteness. Her confusion on that point is the source of pretty much all this bullshit: not knowing the difference between confronting whiteness and seeking to speak for blackness.

and,

It strikes me that there is an important, and largely overlooked likely explanation for Rachel Dolezal’s deception. And it has real implications for white people seeking to work in solidarity/allyship/followership with people of color. Allyship involves, at its best, working with people of color, rather than speaking for them. And I suspect Rachel discovered, perhaps while at Howard, that “gee, ya know what, black folks don’t automatically trust me, and this proving myself stuff is hard and takes time, and allyship is messy, and I’m impatient, so…let’s cut out the middle man and just be black.” That way she didn’t have to work with or follow, she could speak for and lead. It is a horrible betrayal of what the proper role for white folks in the work is; a slap in the face to the history of solidarity, from John Brown’s family to John Fee to the Grimke sisters to Bob and Dottie Zellner and beyond. She wasn’t willing to pay her dues, to follow the lead of people of color. She didn’t want to do the hard and messy work, struggling with other white folks and challenging them (which is what SNCC told us white folks to do in 1967, and what Malcolm said shortly before his death). She wanted to be done with white folks altogether; to immerse herself in blackness, but as a white person, she knew she could never do that fully. And so, this…There is a lesson for us, for we who are white and care deeply about racial equity, justice and liberation. The lesson is this: authentic antiracist white identity is what we must cultivate. We can not shed our skin, nor our privileges; we must work in conjunction with people of color to overturn the system that bestows those privileges. But the key word is WITH people of color, not AS people of color. We must be willing to do the difficult work of finding a different way to live in this skin. THIS skin.

Scotty Reid of Black Talk Radio (http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/) retorts to Tim Wise:

So now Tim Wise wants to pile on that white lady…now I know I am done for the night…screw Tim Wise and any and everything he has to say about anything. An admitted racist pretending to be an anti-racist calling out another white person pretending to be black and accusing them of practicing racism is just way too much confusion for me. I’ll let yall delve into that one.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson (http://thehutchinsonreportnews.com/) said on MSNBC today that he’d delved into the record of the Spokane NAACP under Rachel Dolezal’s leadership and while he critiqued her holding herself out as being Black and extolling the virtues of “Black is Beautiful” and “Natural” hair styling as though she was Black, the record of the Spokane NAACP and her as a leader of the chapter were “spot on” on all issues.

Joe South wrote a song, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, which he recorded in Atlanta in 1969 that became a hit in 1970, which according to Wikipedia, “concerns racial tolerance and the need for perspective and compassion.”  South, who was a white man born in Atlanta in 1940, along with his brother Tommy and Sister-in-Law Barbara, sang:

If I could be you, if you could be me for just one hour
If we could find a way to get inside each other’s mind, mmmm
If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego
I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’ve been blind, mmmm

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Hey, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes

Now your whole world you see around you is just a reflection
And the law of Karma says you’re gonna reap just what you sow
So unless you’ve lived a life of total perfection
You’d better be careful of every stone that you should throw – yeh-heh

And yet we spend the day throwin’ stones at one another
‘Cause I don’t think or wear my hair the same way you do, mmmm
Well, I may be common people but I’m your brother
And when you strike out you’re tryin’ to hurt me it’s hurtin’ you
Lord, have mercy

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Babe, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes

And there are people on reservations and out in the ghettos
And brother, there, but for the grace of God, go you and I, yeh-heh
And if I only had wings of a little angel, well
Don’t you know, I’d fly to the top of a mountain and then I’d cry

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Babe, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Better walk a mile in my shoes
Try before what you’re doing

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Oh, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes…

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning.” Her record as Branch President of the Spokane NAACP is the truest test: her actions as Earl Ofari Hutchinson put it were SPOT ON and to that I say, RIGHT ON.  Rachel Dolezal has walked many miles in a Black woman’s shoes.

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Persistence of the ISIS Threat in California: a guest opinion by Robert Dougherty


 

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Introduction, by Jan B. Tucker

My readers may or may not know that a considerable part of my professional work involves investigation and security consulting regarding parking lots. Aside from the normal aspects security for my clients, like thefts, employee embezzlement and pilferage, shake-downs for phony traffic accident claims and the like, parking lots are part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, just like any other component of our transportation system. Remove any part of the transportation system from the equation in any urban area like Los Angeles and chaos results.

Because of that role and other aspects of my work, I became a member of InfraGard, a private sector organization sponsored by the FBI. People not professionally involved in security or investigation might wonder why the parking industry is so important. Let me give you a couple of real life examples that illustrate the point.

In the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the underground parking lot was critical to the plot to bring down the buildings. As Wikipedia partially explains:

On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 pounds (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device[1] was intended to send the North Tower (Tower 1) crashing into the South Tower (Tower 2), bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people.[2][3] It failed to do so, but did kill six people and injured more than a thousand.[4]

The reason that the plot failed in its ultimate goal was because the rental truck filled with the explosives couldn’t find the right parking spot. It was supposed to park as close as possible to one corner of the building, but there were no spots available.

Have you ever tried to park in the underground garage of the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Los Angeles? You will have to jump through a bunch of hoops that don’t apply to any other building in Los Angeles. My guess is that terrorists have already tested this and know what I’m talking about, but for propriety’s sake I’m not going to go into details in public so nobody else gets ideas about how to avoid the security measures.

Why so much precaution at the U.S. Bank Building? Because it’s the tallest DTLA high rise and as such is a known terrorist target. When an Al Qaeda affiliated cell was busted in Spain the Spanish police found a camera with photos taken in the Bay Area (of San Francisco Bay Area bridges) and of the U.S. Bank Building in Los Angeles. They were casing these locations to assess how to attack them.

On top of these examples, there is at least one individual in the parking industry in Los Angeles who is a naturalized American citizen from a Middle Eastern nation who is a spy and a traitor. I detected his activities, reported him and have worked with the appropriate authorities, but as he has not been arrested (and I assume he’s under continued monitoring for intelligence purposes), I can’t discuss the details.

A few years ago, I participated in a training exercise in which a team of Sheriff’s Deputies swept a Los Angeles subway train during a simulated terrorist attack.  I posed as a simple passenger:   little did the deputies know or suspect that I was actually a private sector professional myself, and their actions and omissions that night left much to be desired.  That said, I was extremely concerned to hear of the plans of Nicholas Teausant–who was last known to be on medication for schizophrenia–to bomb the Los Angeles subway system:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article2607845.html

Just last month, May 2015, two Californians were arrested and indicted on terrorist charges and as alleged in the Federal Affidavit filed in their case (SA-15-CR-275M):

[O]n May 3, 2015, Elhuzayel saw a tweet from Elton Simpson, one of the two gunmen who were killed trying to attack a conference in Garland, Texas. In this tweet, Simpson stated that he and his “bro” had pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIL. In response, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for the attempted attack and praised Simpson as a “martyr.”

In recorded conversations last month, Badawi and Elhuzayel “discussed how it would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah, and to die in the battlefield,” and they referred to ISIL as “we.” When Badawi expressed concerns about ISIL struggling due to airstrikes by Coalition forces, Elhuzayel responded that they had to be patient and “can you imagine when al-Qaeda joins with Islamic State?”

… Badawi responded: “We will be huge.” The two men also discussed local Muslim leaders and Elhuzayel complained that these leaders were not “legitimate” because they believed in democracy and were not fighting for an Islamic State. The men discussed where in the Middle East they would rather be, and Elhuzayel said he wanted to fight and did not want to be in the United States.

… On May 7, Badawi allowed Elhuzayel to use his credit card to purchase a one-way airline ticket for travel from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Israel, via Istanbul, Turkey, on a Turkish Airlines flight scheduled to depart on May 21. Badawi indicated that he would be traveling to the Middle East in the future.

With that said, you should read with great interest the following piece by my friend and colleague, retired CIA Officer and now private sector professional, Robert Dougherty….

Persistence of the Terrorist Threat in California—Robert Dougherty

While the metropolitan Los Angeles area is most certainly number three (behind New York City and Washington D.C.) on Al-Qaida’s Homeland “hit list,” the California area has been spared in the last decade from major, large-scale terrorist attacks or incidents. Much of the credit for this is due to excellent, aggressive law enforcement and intelligence work carried out by the various components of local law enforcement and U.S. Federal Government elements. That said, Al-Qaida has repeatedly tried to carry out terrorist attacks in California in the past, and will continue to do so for the immediate future.

Potential targets for terrorist attacks in California are up-scale shopping malls, local sporting events with large amounts of people present, large commercial office buildings housing businesses and companies, banks and financial centers, transportation networks including major airports and rail, subway and bus lines, and the headquarters of large U.S. companies. These are the type of targets that would most interest Al- Qaida or other Sunni extremist groups to carry out an attack against American economic interests.

We must also remember that Al-Qaida has shown and clear and consistent interest in targeting California in the past:

– In December 1999, Al-Qaida operative Ahmed Ressam was stopped while entering the U.S. from Canada equipped with explosive material to bomb Los Angeles International Airport

– Two of the 9/11 hijackers spent several months in Los Angeles and the San Diego area prior to the 9/11 plot

– There is some indication that in late 2000, several of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego may have been looking for a ship target in San Diego harbor to attack in conjunction with the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen

– Khalid Shaykh Muhammad (KSM), the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, originally intended the 9/11 attacks to be both a West Coast and East Coast plot

– In late 2001, U.S. forces in Afghanistan identified a possible mockup of the LAX runway system at an Al-Qaida training camp near Qandahar

– In 2002, KSM had developed a follow-on 9/11 plot for Southeast Asian extremists to pilot planes into targets in Los Angeles, notably the Library Tower (now the U.S. Bank building) in downtown Los Angeles

– In late 2003, there were Al-Qaida issued warnings for “all Muslims to leave Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C.”

– In 2004, two separate Al-Qaida operatives were tasked with conducting surveillance and looking at possible targets in the Southern California area, including shopping malls

– In 2005, Al-Qaida spokesperson and native-born American convert Adam Gadahn released a video in which he stated Los Angeles was a target for Al-Qaida

– In 2011, letters written by Usama Bin Ladin, and found at his safehouse in Abbottabad, urged Al-Qaida elements to strike at U.S. transportation networks, especially railroad lines in the Western U.S.

Author Contact Information:

Mr. Robert Dougherty, 805-328-0790 robert@adridenglobal.com

About the Author, Robert Dougherty:

Bob Dougherty has worked for the past 25 years (1986 – 2012) as an Operations Officer for the CIA. He has deep operational experience in the U.S., Europe, Central America, South America and the Middle East.

Bob has successfully worked against foreign terrorist groups (as currently or formerly designated by the U.S. Government) such as Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Sendero Luminoso, Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, the Japanese Red Army, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the various Sunni extremist groups that are offshoots of Al-Qaida. In addition, Bob has extensive experience in working against Iranian State Sponsored Terrorism, and Government of Iran Intelligence and Procurement operations worldwide.

Bob has served as a Subject Matter Expert Instructor for the past ten years (2002 – 2012) on Terrorism and Countering Terrorist Cells inside the U.S. and overseas for a variety of classes attended by law enforcement, U.S. Government federal officers, U.S. Military officers, and civilian specialist first-responders. Bob is also a Subject Matter Expert on all aspects of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – with a specialized focus on the effective utilization of HUMINT to penetrate and neutralize Terrorist/Extremist networks and cells located within the U.S. and in overseas environments. Bob has personally developed, managed and carried out several high profile operations during his career that lead to the capture of several high profile terrorists, and the effective dismantling of terrorist networks.

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Injunction Against Robert Leo St. George of Hermosa Beach


 

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J.B. Tucker & Associates

 

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2015

For Information: Jan B. Tucker, 818.720.3719

Dropbox access to video on request to: pr@janbtucker.com

INJUNCTION ISSUED AGAINST MAN WHO ONCE SHOT

ACTOR JAMESON PARKER & MOLESTED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED GIRLS

An injunction was issued this morning by Judge John A. Slawson in Dept H of the Torrance Courthouse against former contractor Robert Leo St. George, whose past felony convictions include a prison sentence for shooting “Simon & Simon” Actor Jameson Parker in 1993 (LASC Case No. LAVLA012160) and a 2003 conviction for molesting two developmentally disabled girls under the age of 14 (Case No. MALSA045269). According to Private Investigator Jan Tucker, who accused the District Attorney’s Office of “outrageous leniency” in agreeing to a probationary plea bargain sentence for St. George in the 2003 case, “St. George lives right by an elementary school because of the District Attorney’s incompetence which I made public in 2011 and because of that he was left at liberty to harass and terrify my client who had the misfortune of renting an apartment from him.”

In his 2011 “Detective’s Diary” blog posting [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/03/24/a-tale-of-3-sex-offenders/] Tucker claimed that a District Attorney investigator went to the courthouse and was unable to verify the existence of a restraining order from St. George’s divorce even though Tucker and his fellow National Organization for Women members had already provided a copy of it to then Assistant District Attorney Bill Hodgman. In that case [LASC Case No. D 121521], St. George’s ex-wife swore in a declaration that during a telephone call he said to her:

It’s up to you, you –. I’m going to see that you get what’s coming to you. You better keep looking over your shoulder because when I see you alone I’ll get you on the ground and will put my hands around your neck…when you cry out your last breath I’ll finish you off and then spit on you.

The woman who obtained the injunction today contacted Tucker from his blog-site after a terrifying incident in which she encountered St. George in her apartment without notice and was lucky enough to get the incident on audio/video with her smart phone.

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Detective’s Diary: 1.5 million hits!


 

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Thanks to my readers, Detective’s Diary has just passed the all time 1.5 million hits mark.  Here are the stats:

Site Statistics

Unique Pages Served: 56875Total Sessions: 467012Total Page Hits: 1501040

Mil gracias, and keep reading…

 

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