Update on Her Royal Majesty


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Heather Ruth Martin (Her Royal Majesty)

I’ve blogged about my great friend Heather a couple of times before:
Heather is one of the really dynamic people in this world who make a difference…..and she’s back in town and is launching some really tremendous projects soon, that I’ll blog about in the near future.  Anyway, yesterday we met at Corky’s in Sherman Oaks as afterwards I was going to attend a community forum with Assembly Member Mike Feuer, a long time member of San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles NOW (National Organization for Women) across the street.  So catching up with Heather, she tells me that somebody recently dubbed her — based on her initials of HRM — “Her Royal Majesty” — and the moniker is very apropos.  She is truly one of the fabulous princesses of the feminist movement that I’m very glad to have met.

Assembly Member (and soon to be L.A. City Attorney candidate) Mike Feuer

Now this is also one of those small world stories.  Heather and I chatted about some of the old crowd from long ago when she was a young high school activist with SFV/NELA NOW.  So after we parted and I went across the street to Mike Feuer’s event, who’s there but Roz Brown, a former Chapter President of SFV/NELA NOW who I recruited into the chapter when she just happened to skate by on Van Nuys Blvd at our Rally in the Valley for reproductive rights.  Then who else do I find there, but Alex Ponder, aide to Mike Feuer and son of my great old friend and private investigator colleague Marlene Ponder.

Well today, catching up soon with journalist Don Ray at his birthday party in Burbank at Frank’s Restaurant; wonder who I’ll run into there????
Posted in Anecdotes & Adventures, Ideas & Opinions, Private Investigation Industry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pass SB 810 for Single Payer Health Care


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Ron Dellums

If I had my ‘druthers’ I would have preferred federal passage of the ( former Representative Ron) Dellums National Health Service Act.  The NHSA would have created (as an alternative to the private health care sector) a socialized health care system run democratically at the local health service delivery level by elected boards of (50% each) the workers in the system and the communities served by hospitals and clinics.  The next best thing is the “public option” and/or “single payer” systems that have been proposed.

Single payer legislation by Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is on the verge of State Senate passage.  To see what the legislation actually says, go to:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0801-0850/sb_810_bill_20110510_amended_sen_v98.html

To do something about it, see the following legislative alert and take action:

Urgent SB 810 Alert
Decision to Move SB 810 to a Senate Floor to Be Made on Thursday at 10am – 24 Hours from now.
We Need Everyone to Contact Legislators Today (Wed)
And
We Need Volunteers to Call Constituents in Key Senate Districts to Encourage calls to their Senator for SB 810

Dear Supporters of SB 810, the California Healthcare Insurance Act,

We need thousands of calls or emails to Senators Steinberg, Kehoe, and your State Senator today. You can find your State Senator here.

On Thursday, January 19, State Senate leaders Darrel Steinberg (Senate pro tem) and Christine Kehoe (chair of Appropriations Committee) will decide if SB 810 will be voted on by the full Senate. A key factor in making their decision will be the support they hear from other State Senators. We need the other Senators to let them know that their phones are ringing off the hook from constituents.

Please call to make a simple request that you want the Senate to pass SB 810.
SB 810 will deliver healthcare to everyone and spend our resources wisely by removing the insurance industry from our lives.

Senator Steinberg can be reached at
916-651-4006 or Senator.Steinberg@senate.ca.gov

Senator Kehoe can be reached at
916-651-4039 or Senator.Kehoe@senate.ca.gov

Your State Senator can be found here.

Please let us know if you have called and who is your State Senator.

We also need volunteers to call constituents in key senate districts today. I will send you a script and numbers.
We have the names and phone numbers of thousands of SB 810 supporters who do not have emails. Our experience has shown that people are activated 20 times more by a phone call than an email alert.

Please let me know how many calls you can make.

Thank you,
Don Bechler
Chair – Single Payer Now
415-695-7891
www.singlepayernow.net

Posted in Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Replacing Janitors with Children


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Newt Gingrich’s justification for his proposition that unionized school janitors should be replaced by children is his contention that his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, spent a time as a part time janitor at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton, Georgia when she was 13.

I know a few things about janitorial work.  My first job as an undercover investigator was as an industrial janitor in an injection molding factory in Banning, California in 1979.  I was so adept at janitorial work that I earned raises while still on probation for the cover job (nobody at the plant knew I was undercover) for going above and beyond the call of duty and cleaning things that had never been cleaned before.

Janitorial work is not simple unskilled labor.  Not by a long shot.  Additionally, as a first job for a child it’s not a job that is without danger.  There are a number of questions I’d like to ask Newt Gingrich about his contention that schools can keep one full time janitor on staff and replace the rest with lots of children.

First of all, what caustic chemicals should children have access to and can they be trusted not to abuse them, use them in a dangerous manner, or harm themselves or others?

Should children be entrusted with electronic floor scrubbers or other janitorial equipment?  Should children be expected to go up to the ceiling on a ladder to clean the central air/heating ducts?  While doing so, what protective coverings and eye-wear should they use to keep from getting blinded (and potentially falling)?

The effects of Agent Orange

If a school has a problem with rodent or insect infestation will the student janitors be entrusted with or have access to pesticides and who will be responsible to insure that they use them responsibly?  When I was in high school we distributed an edition of our underground newspaper, “Come Together,” featuring an article I co-authored on the use of carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic pesticides and herbicides that were being used in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Incidentally, the same chemicals being used at campuses around children had been banned by the military as defoliants in Vietnam (“Agent Orange”) because they were too dangerous to kill people with.

If a student school janitor causes a slip/fall at a campus, what will the effect on the school’s insurance premium be?  If a school replaces adult janitors with child janitors, will the school’s workers compensation premiums rise with the added risk that entails?

What if the school, such as a college or university, has a student clinic on campus (as we had at CSUN when I was matriculating there or even the nurse’s office in K-12)?  Do you want to entrust clean up protocols for isolation rooms and the disposal of infectious matter to somebody who’s in a hurry to finish their shift and get to their next class on time–or do you want to risk them cutting corners by improperly segregating potentially infectious material?

Newt Gingrich’s smug arrogance about the way he promotes his simplistic ideas on how to instill work ethics in the children of the poor indicates to me that either he doesn’t have a clue about the skill levels required for what he views as trivial or menial.  Janitorial work comes with great responsibility and should be entitled to respect.  A janitor has lives in his/her hands just as do doctors, lawyers, and teachers.  Their working conditions need to enjoy protection by their own unions and their work needs to be compensated as a valuable profession which society cannot live without.

Posted in Anecdotes & Adventures, Ideas & Opinions, Private Investigation Industry | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Birds of a feather?


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

The proverb “Birds of a feather flock together”  has been around at least since 1545 when William Turner published his critique of the papacy entitled The Rescuing of Romish Fox where he wrote, “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.”  In essence it means that people of the same ilk hang out and coalesce with each other.

In the private investigative world, a cabal led by Rick Von Geldern, Ed Saucerman and various other cohorts had been repeatedly bashing me and a so-called inner circle of conspirators who had allegedly done everything from bribe legislators to embezzle CALI money.  Put the names Saucerman and Geldern (some call him Von Gelding) into the search function on this blog to see the back-story about them.

Less well known however is how one of their less notorious co-cabalians has fared lately.  One of their own inner circle (and a former legislative chair for PICA, Professional Investigators of California) got convicted of drunk driving with a prior and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.  Consequently his Private Investigator license got revoked and he got a suspended 365 day jail sentence.

Now, another member of the flock is rumored to be on the verge of having his wings clipped.  Another little birdie landed on my shoulder (actually, I used to have a parakeet that could land on my big Jewish nose and would sit there pecking at my forehead) and whispered some sweet nothings in my ear…..like a certain individual who has been known to have an ego the size of Jupiter is being sued in connection with a real estate securities fraud scandal and may be indicted by the Feds.  This certain individual has been prominent in PICA in the past.  Last time I saw him was shortly after the founding of PICA.  Right after saying he wasn’t going to bash CALI, he proceeded to accuse the CALI board of embezzling funds–a canard repeatedly discredited to anybody sane enough to understand the facts.

So, get ready for more juicy revelations as they transpire…..

Posted in Ideas & Opinions, Private Investigation Industry | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Human Face of Foreclosure


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Feeding and Teaching is one of the partners that our Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition (SFV/NELA NOW and CALLAC) participates with.  Feeding and Teaching’s (FT) most important program is feeding the hungry from locations in North Hollywood, East Los Angeles, downtown, and Venice.

I blogged recently about the problems in the home loan modification racket in which practically nobody ever actually gets help to keep their home:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/01/01/why-home-modifications-dont-work-an-exclusive/  The human face of what happens to families whose home are foreclosed on was made plain at one of the recent food distribution days of FT in East Los Angeles.

At that distribution, approximately 250 families show up for food.  There was a total of approximately 700 human beings.

32 of those families were living in their vehicles.  About 23 of the families were new.

Many of those families had gone straight from living in a foreclosed home to living in their vehicles.

 

Posted in Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Home Modifications Don’t Work–An Exclusive


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Bank of America cubicles emptied of the 99% employees who used to do home loan modifications for the rest of the 99%

Revolutions all over the world have been demonstrating just how critical the internet is to the modern world.  It can be used to oppress and it can be used to free people from oppression.  Wikileaks and other websites like it show how technology can be used to promote secrecy or to promote transparency.

Here is an exclusive peak into why the federally mandated home modification program HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) isn’t working (http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/programs/lower-payments/Pages/hamp.aspx) for the overwhelming numbers of the 99% people who need it.  If you empty the cubicles of most of the workers who are supposed to process HAMP modifications nothing will get done and nobody will be helped.

A Bank of America whistle blower sent the photo to India.  This is where being a private investigator for over 30 years and having served more than twice as long as Chairman of the Board of CALI (California Association of Licensed Investigators, the world’s largest organization of private detectives) pays off:  it went right to somebody in my international network of private eyes, spies, and other assorted sleuths and came right back into my inbox.  I blogged previously about the former Countrywide Mortgage (now acquired by Bank of America) executives who gave campaign contributions to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Phil Angelides and how one former Countrywide executive had to be talked out of having me murdered by his lawyers:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/12/22/radicalism-is-the-conservativism-of-tomorrow/.  That blog apparently prompted a new whistle blower to come forward with the interesting tidbit about how Bank of America is cutting costs while insuring that the HAMP operation will accomplish little or nothing for the American people.

It’s not like sacking everybody made the operation work substantially worse though.  All it has done is make it work more atrociously than before.  As of 2009 the statistics were that Bank of America only allowed 4% of its applicants to actually modify their loans:  http://www.consumerwarningnetwork.com/2009/08/31/home-loan-modification-run-around-continues/.  Bank of America probably figures that statistically, getting rid of most of its loan modification employees won’t even be noticed and can be attributed to the length of time that the program has been in operation.  Company executives can always tell congress that they’ve already processed all the meritorious qualifying applicants and so that’s why their percentage of approved modifications is slacking off.

A commemorative poster of the burning of the Isla Vista Bank of America that came out spoofing the first custom "scenic checks"

President Thomas Jefferson said that “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”  This danger became self-evident when former FBI Agent Cril Payne wrote after leaving the agency that the February 25, 1970 burning of the Isla Vista (Santa Barbara) Branch of Bank of America by anti-war students was actually instigated by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program.  Legitimate protests against Bank of America’s support for the Vietnam War were exploited by the government to discredit the anti-war movement by instigating acts of vandalism and violence.  Later that year, in April 1970, the police wound up shooting UC Santa Barbara student Kevin Moran while he was trying to put out a fire at the temporary Bank of America facility set up after the February 25th incident.

Bank of America Isla Vista February 25, 1970

A couple of buddies of mine from the California Peace & Freedom Party were at the February 25, 1970 event.  One, Gay activist Sandy Blixton, liberated a ream of Bank of America letterheads from the trash the day after the bank burning.  It had been in the vault and so had survived the fire, but was considered garbage by the Banksters since it had been singed all around the edges from the heat.  Sandy sold each of the 500 letterheads for upwards of $100 each to anti-war activists as souvenirs to finance his continuing actions for Gay liberation and against the war…..at least some decency came out of this otherwise indecent fiasco.

Thomas Jefferson

Another thing that Thomas Jefferson once said is instructive if you think you can kick back and be complacent about the state of affairs in America:

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all and always well-informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had thirteen States independent for eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each State. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon, and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

If you are fed up with politics and economics as usual and want to fight back against the banks with organizations that are ethical and committed to rectifying the wrongs of our system, go to:

http://www.hsitrust.org

and

http://ikeepmyhome.com/

 

 

Posted in Anecdotes & Adventures, Ideas & Opinions, Private Investigation Industry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

I confess to Zygodactyly


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

My detractors have been accusing me of all kinds of things lately all over the internet.  For example, Frank Runninghorse (Steven Bruce Orcutt, a registered sex offender who uses a fake Native American alias) and Tom Lacey of the Peace & Freedom Party accuse me of being a government COINTELPRO agent while Ed Saucerman and Rick Von Geldern take the opposite position, claiming I’m a left-wing extremist who’s anti-law enforcement.  Simultaneously, I’m getting vilified from the Ayala family (which controls a tiny weirdo-cult faction of La Raza Unida Party) who have accused me of everything from having had an affair with a member of my NOW Chapter’s board to sending some kind of bogus letters to a couple of people (fantasies on their part).

There is however one thing I’m prepared to plead guilty to:  I’m a Zygodactyl!

This confession shouldn’t actually shock anybody who saw my blog entry in which I displayed a photo of my foot compared to a Chimpanzee foot:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/01/17/interesting-facts-about-friends/

The structure of my feet and toes is comparable not only to Chimpanzees and Bonobos, is known alternatively as type I syndactyly or zygodactyly.  It’s also the foot structure of 3.2 million year old Australopithicines.   Turns out I’m not the only person who has this.  One of my friends, who like me shares some ancestry from the Ukraine, has it too and I recently found that Peter Christy, my “genetic cousin” who is Y Chromosome Haplogroup G like me (I’m subclade G2c while he’s G2a) has it as well:

Cousin Peter's toes

We’re in famous (or infamous) company with this trait, inasmuch as Joseph Stalin (who was G2a) had it as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webbed_toes

For more scientific work on the condition:

http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/v13/n12/full/5201492a.html

Posted in Anecdotes & Adventures, Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FB Exchange By Ernesto Ayala on the BBNO/LRUP Alliance


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

This is quite entertaining.  Now you get the inside story as to why the La Raza Unida Party (faction that’s controlled by Libertad and Xenaro Ayala, not to be confused with non-cult, legitimate organizations that bear the same name) alliance with the Brown Berets National Organization (BBNO, not to be confused with the National Brown Berets de Aztlan or other BB groups) went into so much turmoil within a year of its being publicly announced:

http://www.janbtucker.com/SkeletonCloset.html

Posted in Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m Not Running For Office


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

I was going to run for U.S. Senator this year.  As filing begins tomorrow, I owe it to people to tell my supporters why I’m pulling my hat out of the race before it starts.

First, although I didn’t seek the post and tried to foist it off on somebody else, I wound up appointed as the founding State Director for the National League of Latin American Citizens (California League of Latin American Citizens here, or CALLAC for short).  Either way, the awesome weight of responsibility for building this organization at this critical time in history has fallen onto my shoulders and into my lap.  It would be detrimental to that effort for me to run for office because it would have the appearance of opportunism to do so at the same time as I’m trying to discharge my duties for CALLAC.

Secondarily, the leadership of the party that I would have run with, the California Peace & Freedom Party, have so damaged the party “brand name” that it would be a constant distraction as I would have to distance myself from a lot of the lunatics who run the organization.  This year, the party added a known registered sex offender to its state leadership body (the State Central Committee) and he has become a national spectacle by pretending to be a representative from other national organizations that have repudiated him (on grounds of his organizational behavior having nothing to do with his having had sex with a 14 year old).

Third, my work for political and social change has never been confined to partisan political activity.  There are other instruments of change in the world to accomplish and implement my ideals and notions of justice:  the labor movement, the feminist movement, the civil rights movement to name a few avenues of change.  So what should you do?

There are options out there.  Begin by checking out the issues that nobody is talking about.  You can see my views on those issues at:

http://www.janbtucker.com/IdeaOpinions.html

Next, figure out whether those ideals can or should be accomplished by partisan political work or some other kind of social organizing or a combination of both.  For example, if you want the 99% to have a fairer distribution of income and assets, that can be accomplished for by government action like raising the minimum wage; or it can come about through joining and supporting a labor union so that you and your fellow employees can bargain collectively for better wages, working conditions, and benefits; or you can support changes to laws to make it easier for workers to organize unions and organize a union at the same time.

Some of the options for partisan political activities this year are especially intriguing:

  • America Elects has qualified for the ballot in California and many other states utilizing a sophisticated internet based organizing format
  • The Justice Party of former Salt Lake City Mayor and self-described radical Rocky Anderson is trying to get on the ballot
  • The Peace and Freedom Party and the Green Party are on the California ballot and there are rank and file movements afoot to bring them back to control by the grass roots and to their historical ideals
  • New leadership is emerging in the La Raza Unida Party to re-launch it as the serious, radical, and progressive political party it once was to to get it on the California ballot
  • There are progressive and radical activists in the Democratic Party who are not the enemies of serious radical change, especially in the California Latino Caucus, and those institutions can help change things for the better.

Finally, get active and do something.  What you do on election day is important.  So is what you do 365 days a year to make the world a better or worse place.

Posted in Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Communique from the Aztlan Civil War


 

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

This was forwarded to me from Colorado….no comment on my part:

 It is always sad when we lose Brown Berets. It is especially sad when we loose some who were so trustworthy and gave us all reasons to be proud of; but at this time I have to let you all know of the unfortunate need to terminate certain high ranking members of the BBNO because of their wanton disregard of the principles and history that we were founded and built on and that made us an institution of La Causa and the entire Chicano Movement.

Just as some are terminated, also some are fully demoted all the way down to buck privates with no more rank or prestige other than their working their way up the ladder to someday hopefully regain the honor and status they have enjoyed until today. The actions by all these individuals are threatening our very essence and reason for being Brown Berets. That is that we are the soldiers La Raza very much needs and deserves.

 We are not a kiddie club like they want us to be. They want us to be democratic, but if anyone has posted anything that does not agree with what they want, their postings have been quickly deleted by them.

 Also a recent vote in Tucson a month ago where we attempted to have a national conference was unexpectedly put on the table and voted on where I was expected to retire from this our beloved organization after more than forty years of dedicated service.

 As National Commander I have to know what’s on the agenda of any of our national events, and just a few days prior, We had the agenda worked out and never did my forced retirement come up until that day and it was the first item brought up. After that there was no point anymore in continuing to go ahead with our conference.

 They also claim that 99% of our entire membership was present at the conference either physically or by teleconference, when the reality was that only about 9% were there or teleconferencing; so how can they lie so boldly and expect this 9% to vote for the entire organization?

 Because of the fact that most of the Brown Berets there are teenagers, myself and those that accompanied me from California did not put up a fight out of respect for their young age; is that I have been waiting to see if the people responsible for this fiasco and treachery come clean and admit to their wrong doings; but they only seem to be getting bolder in their attitude and actions.

 They attempt to substitute our Cadre Nacional with a “council” where everyone has an equal vote; but they only contact those “council” members who they know will vote with them and delete postings by council members who do not agree with them.

 I have tried patiently and honorably to work with this “council” for over a month; but they have shown me more disrespect and dishonor in their responses and now I’m left with no alternative but to terminate the following people:

XXXXXXXXXXX a.k.a. Citlalmina Xochiquetzalli. She has taken the leading role in this shameful and treacherous action and has had no qualms about misrepresenting the truth and told me that if I make my objections public, that they “will all quit”. Her termination really hurts me because I always thought she was so respectable and she was always given steadily rising ranks until she became a national officer. However, her first assignment as national officer was that of National Fiscal Officer in charge of raising money for our national strategies. She did not fulfill those duties. Then she said she would like to become a national officer in charge of Arts and Culture. Though she is an artist, she never fulfilled those duties either since she never did any Brown Beret Arts and Culture, i.e. posters, paintings, etc.

Chimalli-Cuetlachtli aka Randy Gamez

 Randy Gamez a.k.a. Chimalli Cuetlachtli. He was in charge of our communications, particularly our web site but he was always one to purposely return one phone call or e-mail for every 4 or 5 sent t o him, thereby making him guilty of insubordination and his attitude is such that he thinks he is the entire organization. After the Chicano Moratorium gathering in L.A. this year, he took a brow-beating by then Chief Of Staff Juanito Burns because of his disrespectful ways towards the chain of command. Rather than taking it like a man, he took the low road and quit, taking the website with him. He came back to the BBNO because I agreed to allow him back during our conference in Tucson and reinstated him with his full rank that he held prior to quitting. Now I know that he was part of the conspiracy by Citlalmina to take over the organization by forcing me to retire and change the very essence of the Brown Berets in their power hungry move.

Jesse Ornelas

 Demoted to buck private is Jesse Ornelas. He rose steadily up the ranks and was put in charge of our special forces, Los Escorpiones. He also chose to become part of this conspiracy. Also demoted to buck private is David J. Leon. He al so rose steadily up the ranks in his native state of Arizona to become our Arizona State Commander. He also chose to become part of this conspiracy probably because Citlalmina Xochiquetzalli is his mother.

 I believe this will suffice what pertains to the above referenced people. They will not be allowed to be so irresponsible as to sabotage the BROWN BERET NATIONAL ORGANIZATION.

QUE VIVA LA CAUSA!!!!!

Jeronimo Blanco

Posted in Ideas & Opinions | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment