Replacing Janitors with Children


 

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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.

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Birds of a feather?


 

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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…..

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The Human Face of Foreclosure


 

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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.

 

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Why Home Modifications Don’t Work–An Exclusive


 

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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/

 

 

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I confess to Zygodactyly


 

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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

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FB Exchange By Ernesto Ayala on the BBNO/LRUP Alliance


 

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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

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I’m Not Running For Office


 

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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.

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Communique from the Aztlan Civil War


 

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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

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Debunking Mythology


 

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A series of email exchanges about me have arisen like Jesus from the tomb to the level of Mad Magazine or National Lampoon type humor.  The latest barrage was forwarded to me by another nut who goes by the moniker of “Red Rover.”  I now understand how mythology gets created, when one idiot debates with another idiot with lots of other idiots taking the discussion seriously.   Here’s the latest example:

From: Kevin Akin <kevinakin1950@hotmail.com>
Subject: Can we stop this nonsense? [pfp-scc] More COINTELPRO Slander, they have no shame
To: “SCC Peace and Freedom” <pfp-scc@lists.riseup.net>
Date: Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:15 AM

Oh boy.  “Tucker and Akin.”  Never thought I would see that one.

Kevin D. Akin, ally of the Feiginites and Berkeley Bullsheviks

Well, RH has now sunk to his lowest yet.  Apparently,my trying to take a dispassionate and somewhat detached approach to this stuff results in RH lumping me in with a disgusting saboteur and anti-party provocateur.

His overdeveloped ego, which trumps all political good sense, tells him that everyone who is critical of him in any way is part of the massive anti-RH conspiracy.
There is no doubt at all that Tucker and his one friend are both involved in trying to use the RH appointment to the SCC to damage the party any way they can.  The report from Guillermo (while not very clear) indicates that someone has been sending him messages accusing him of collaborating with RH.  (This reminds me of RH’s assertion that I, having been critical of RH, must be involved in “egging on” Tucker and “manipulating” another person who despises RH – in other words, collaborating with Tucker.)  We can expect to see more of this, and while I don’t want to say I told you so, this is pretty much what I predicted before the vote to add RH to the SCC.  I have no illusions that next time anyone will pay attention to my considered opinion, but maybe listening to each other would be a good idea.  Some of us, certainly I, might learn something.
Comrades, can we just knock this off?
The fact is, this party has enemies.  Some of them are important (the 1%, for example, as the current phrase goes).  Some are annoying gnats.
When we get all excited about the gnats, and ignore the important enemies, we are not politically productive.  We don’t advance the interests of the working class, we don’t do work that will lead to positive changes in the lives of our people.
When some of us fantasize that each gnat is an agent of the important enemies, involved in a conspiracy (that RH anachronistically calls COINTELPRO with no more basis than his own fantasies), we lose proportion.
Of more importance than a gnat-bite is the fact that this discussion list has been made essentially useless, or even counterproductive, by becoming a forum for absurd fantasies and the responses to them.  Putting a new person on this list is no favor to that person or the party.  They are likely to throw up their hands and ask to be removed.  They will certainly not get the impression that this is an effective organization.
What will it take to get comrades to stop destroying the usefulness of this list?  What will it take to move this counterproductive garbage to some other forum?  Whatever it is, we should do it.  There is a lot of work to do, as signature-gathering begins, and we need a way to communicate about the hard work that is needed.  -Kevin

Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:29:06 -0800
From: dreamality108@yahoo.com
To: pfp-scc@lists.riseup.net
Subject: [pfp-scc] More COINTELPRO Slander, they have no shame

Steve Orcutt, center, aka Frank Runninghorse, Runamuck, Running Mouth, Running Dog...

Marsha the Tuckerites are coming after you now as well as me . Kevin Akin is egging them on. Tucker claims somebody is posting his beliefs without his permission. Maybe some other of his COINTELPRO friends ,more likely he is just lieing again. Either way he admits its what he thinks. These people are evil . They even attack Tom Condit in his grave.

     “Radical Bard” is a deeply disturbed person ,whose “issues” are being manipulated by Tucker & Akin. She is also pedaling lies about non-existent civil court cases against me by non existing “victims”, probably fed to her by
Tucker and egged on by Akin. [who has now joined in on outing socialists work names]
     By the way , my first arrest and jail time [one week] were for picket line duty in 1972 for supporting
Ruckers Electronic women workers in Concord, who were on strike to stop sexual harassment [demanding ‘favors’] by their bosses. The ‘Red Tide” the socialist student group I helped found ,mobilized daily contingents of high school students early in the morning to march in solidarity with the women strikers. This was ‘Feminism” in action , not just lip service.
Since then I have defended dozens of abortion clinics over the years . I have supported Women’s Liberation and Socialist Feminism since those days. I refuse to accept slanders by these stooges that attempt to paint me as some
type of oppressor of women. How many of my accusers have gone to jail and been beaten by the police for standing up for women ????
Frank Runninghorse
PS Below are the slanders posted on Indy Bay
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The ruling clique within Peace and Freedom Party, the East Bay dimwits, have accelerated the party’s decline by putting forth a tiresome, old line socialist, Marsha Joan Feinland as a potential nominee for United States Senate in the 2012 primary. Under the newly implemented Proposition 14, only the top two candidates in the June primary will go on to the general election in November 2012.
Progressives should beware of the Feinland candidacy. Before New York born Marsha was a “socialist” she was a LaRouchite and was rectified and brought to the alter of socialism after her marriage to her late husband, the notorious redbaiting John Thomas Condit.
Feinland is a smarmy, retired school teacher who talks down to the tiny audiences she has appeared before in her previous campaigns. But most damning of all is Feinland’s support of STEVEN BRUCE ORCUTT of Contra Costa County within the State Central Committee of Peace and Freedom Party. ORCUTT goes by his pretend name of “Frank Runninghorse” while he poses as a junior college campus organizer. But even worse is ORCUTT’s 2006 conviction in Contra Costa County for the sexual assault on a 14 year old African American girl when he was 51 years old. This is a conviction that Feinland dismisses because she sees Orcutt/Runninghorse as a political ally to prop up her pretensions of being a Movement leader.
Feinland is no feminist and deserves neither your vote in June or your signature to put her on the ballot. Google the terms “frank runninghorse” and “sex offender” on the same line for more information about this sordid story.

by Relf Alison Star

( RadicalBard [at] juno.com ) Thursday Dec 15th, 2011 5:32 PM

I agree with Jan Tucker. PFP has forfeited the right to call itself “feminist.” At the last State Central Committee meeting there was no feminist committee, and the reestablished women’s committee did not meet despite the fact that there were three of us feminists who wanted to meet. This, after dismantling the feminist committee and the disability committee at the SCC prior to this last, should be absolutely unacceptable. But Orcutt has his reactionary defenders. Let the PFP know how you feel. Contact C. T. Weber(ctwebervoters [at] att.net), the state party chair.

by Jan B. Tucker

( pi [at] janbtucker.com ) Monday Dec 19th, 2011 9:18 AM

Is JT really ET.......?

I didn’t make that post which lists my blog’s URL and I don’t know who “E.T.” is. I have an uncle and a cousin whose initials could be E.T. but I doubt that it’s either of them (although one of them did have his photo taken with Fidel Castro in 1959) because I don’t think they follow that political line these days.

That said, I don’t necessarily disagree with the sentiments expressed although I would have phrased things differently.

……………………………………………………..
tags: STEVEN BRUCE ORCUTT, frank runninghorse, REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, megan’s law, STEVE ORCUTT, runamok, runningdog, runningmouth,
 ****************************
Okay, so now that you’ve seen the bizarre ravings about this issue, it should be obvious that Runningmouth is desperately searching the internet to find everything that’s written about himself so that he can blame it on me.  The conspiracy gets wider and bigger with every posting; now even Kevin D. Akin (just put his name in this blog’s search engine to see how much love there is between the two of us) is supposedly my co-conspirator.  The likelihood of Kevin and I conspiring with each other is as probable as Hitler showing up at a Bar Mitzvah or a cigarette machine being allowed in a lung cancer ward.  So, let me make it easy on Runningmouth.  Here are a bunch of the other myths that can be found on the internet or in other public sources so he can work these other fantasies into his ravings and at least get the facts right about which ones I confirm, those I deny, and those about which I neither confirm nor deny:
1.  Jan B. Tucker is really:
  • Robert O. Williams
  • Barbara Simpson
  • Red Rover
  • E.T.
  • Monty Kroopkin

Deny as to all, emphatically.

....or is JT El Diablo?????

2.  Jan B. Tucker has used or been accorded by various associates and cohorts the aliases:

  • James McKenna
  • Diablo
  • Janos Tokar
  • Dracula
  • The Beast
  • The Prince of F—ing Darkness

Admit as to all!

Irv Rubin/Earl Krugel on trial for bombing plot

3.  Tucker had Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel of the JDL (Jewish Defense League) murdered respectively at the Metropolitan Detention Center (Los Angeles) and Phoenix Federal Correction Institution?

  • Okay, I admit that I put a curse on Irv, Earl and Earl’s twin bother Barry (all of whom died within rapid succession, with Irv and Earl dying exactly on the same date, one year apart), but other than that as a potential proximate cause of their deaths, I neither confirm nor deny any other involvement.
4.  Did Tucker have anything to do with the bombings of accused war criminals Elmars Sprogis and/or Tscherim Soobzokov?
  • I neither confirm nor deny having had anything to do with those bombings, but as to whoever did do it, I support the behavior of people who attempt to cancel the tickets of Nazi war criminals!
5.  Were David McCalden’s accusations in his lawsuit against Tucker true, i.e., that Tucker helped throw him through a stained glass window in a Synagogue (McCalden was the founder of the Institute for Historical Review [IHR], the “think tank” that claims that Hitler was a nice guy who didn’t kill anybody, that the Turkish-German genocide against Armenians is a World War I myth, and that slavery was a wonderful experience for African Americans) and/or fire bomb his house?
  • The Late David McCalden

    While the Krugel Brothers were busy throwing McCalden through a stained glass window, I retained my ticket stub from watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in Universal Studios, in the presence of three witnesses.  As to the bombing of his house, the only time I was ever there was when I served him with a subpoena.

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Eric Bauman as LA’s Macchiavelli?


 

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My commentary relates to this article which is running in the Los Angeles Weekly:

http://www.laweekly.com/2011-12-22/news/eric-bauman-l-a-democratic-party-kingmaker/#disqus_thread

The accusation that Eric Bauman is “Macchiavellian” is based on the unstated premise that Macchiavelli wrote in The Prince that “The ends justify the means.” Macchiavelli never wrote that phrase and if Eric is Macchiavellian, it is because his long years of experience have given him the wisdom of the phrase that Macchiavelli really wrote: “Si guarda al fine,” which better translated means “the outcome is what counts” or “one must think of the final outcome.”

I am the quintessential outsider as a member of the Peace & Freedom Party (who despises most of the leaders of my own party too) and somewhat like Eric, I know where all the bodies are buried because I was either on the burial detail or else I had it under surveillance (I’ve been a private investigator for over 30 years). Yet, my political and professional involvements lead me to agree with Eric’s approach to supporting the issues that are important to him.

Term limits? The most important thing they have accomplished in Sacramento and at the municipal level is to hand more actual power to legislative staffers, even though the technical authority to vote and make decisions resides with those who are elected. Experience counts in legislative bodies and when the staffers have been around longer than a legislator or council member, the institutional memory confers more power to the staff.

The logic of Eric’s preference for more or less friendly incumbents is perfectly sound. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Words may show a man’s wit, but his actions, his meaning.” Why exchange oratory during a campaign from somebody who has never worked in government for the known record and ability of an incumbent? The AFL-CIO has a tried and true rule that is institutionalized for candidate endorsements: if an incumbent has a 95% or better COPE rating they should be endorsed except in exceptional circumstances.

The bottom line is that Eric is pragmatic while maintaining his idealism. As Macchiavelli really wrote, he doesn’t lose sight of the final outcome in any of his political calculations. He follows the same pragmatic path that led Morris Kight–West Coast Founder of the Gay Liberation Front and a member of the Peace & Freedom Party–to leave for greener pastures with the Democratic Party where he could actually get things accomplished.

Morris Kight & Don Kilhefner in their Gay Liberation Front days

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