Rudy Acuna: Pass the Buck


 

L: Jan B. Tucker; R: Rudy Acuna

Pass the Buck, By Rodolfo F. Acuña

[This was sent to me as a rough draft by Rudy; I took the liberty of adding a few words that were obviously missing and corrected one name’s spelling–Jan B. Tucker]

President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk with the inscription “The buck stops here.” Truman an avid poker player wanted to specify that he didn’t ‘pass the buck’ to anyone; he accepted personal responsibility for the way the country was governed. A “buck was an article used in a game of poker.” The buck represented the changing of the dealing from one dealer to another to avoid the appearance of cheating. A marker, a buck, would designate who the buck was being passed to.

Ralph Nader

Evidently, there are no poker players left in the United States. Unlike Truman everyone appears to want to pass the buck. Nowhere is this more evident than in the aftermath of the presidential election. Democrats eager to find a scapegoat have passed the buck. This is nothing new; in 2000 they were passing the buck to Ralph Nader accusing him on costing Al Gore the election.

This time around I am really pissed off that the millennials are being scapegoated. Blowhards like Bill Maher are scapegoating the millennials. In June 2015, Maher smugly attacked Bernie Sanders and the millennials pontificating In “Real Time” during his “New Rules” segment that millennials were too eager to embrace socialism attributing this to not having lived through the Cold War and known the Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire. Maher tried to look cutesy saying. “But let’s not romanticize socialism the way conservatives romanticize capitalism. These are economic systems, not your first kiss.” Sounding like Trump saying “They’re [the millennials]” are “too used to getting shit for free” inferring that they were “Entitled and Lazy.”

In late October he said that the millennials could not tell Trump from Hillary and the millennials “haven’t bothered to learn anything.” Indeed the millennials were second only to “Islamic Extremism” as Maher’s favorite whipping boy.

“Millennials were the reason for why we lost.”–Robby Mook, Clinton 2016 Campaign Mgr

After Hillary’s loss Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook pointed to one particular group to blame: millennials. Mook assumed that younger voters, perhaps assuming that “Clinton was going to win, migrated to third-party candidates in the final days of the race.” He said that the Clinton campaign needed more than 60 percent of young voters to win and only got in the “high 50s at the end of the day,” adding “That’s why we lost.”

Peter, Paul & Mary

I have heard this excuse repeated many times since the November Election and every time I hear it gets me pissed off. The thing that really pisses me off is the presumptuousness of Maher and former baby boomers that are lost in a world of Peter, Paul and Mary patting themselves on the back for protesting the Vietnam War and listening to concerts blasted out of their mind.

Through the years the Democratic Party has become a comfort zone. After all Democrats, according to their logic, are better than the Party of Nixon, Reagan and Bush. They blur the images of Kennedy, Carter and Clinton as if they were saviors.

For the life of me I cannot see how the millennials can be blamed for losing the election and for how these smug aged revolutionaries can assume that the Democrats had given them so fucking much. That people like Maher can teach them so much when he cannot even distinguish colonialism or spell the word neo-liberalism.

The generation pointing the finger at the millennials had free tuition ($50 a semester in 1970) and abundant student benefits while the millennials in California are paying tuition of $3500 a semester (about $10,000 at UCLA and $18,000 at state universities on the East Coast. Millennials have to pay for everything and work two jobs to make it. I have students who eat one meal a day and some who are forced to work as strippers to survive — yet these smug sons of bitches point the finger at the millennials? They wallow in their senior citizen discounts, their tax breaks and Viagra subsidized by Medicare. Maher is the worst of them, considering himself a revolutionary because he campaigns for legalized pot and an intellectual although his knowledge of world history is at a remedial level. According to him, Christianity and Judaism have never engaged in religion wars – it is the Moslems who are to blame for the world’s calamities. .

In 1968 Ronald Reagan said that tuition should be raised so students would be too tired to picket. This came to fruition because the baby boomers did not vote. Well did the millennials elect Reagan? Did they elect Bill Clinton who increased poverty by his so-called welfare reforms? Clinton’s whose peccadilloes, according to Maher’s logic, had nothing to do with the election of George W. Bush.

Were the millennials the stupid ones who erased the emails? Invaded Libya? Who took unethical or immoral speaking fees from people who should have been in jail? And who ran a lousy campaign. In these instances it was Bernie’s fault.

Go to Boyle Heights and you will see more senior citizen centers than youth centers. Given what I know right now if I lived and went to school today I never would have gotten my PhD. I could not have afforded it.

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Jabba the Hutt was really Csaba the Hun


 

There is a long held theory advanced by brilliant scientists that Hungarians are actually Martians or from elsewhere in outer space:

Hungarians and the Fermi Paradox

Dear Dr. SETI:
What’s this I hear about SETI and Hungarians? Supposedly it has something to do with the Fermi Paradox.

MH, Hungary

The Doctor Responds:
Physicist Enrico Fermi, said to be a firm believer in the existence of extra-terrestrials, was frustrated by the lack of firm evidence of their existence. Reasoning that advanced civilizations should by now have filled the Galaxy, Fermi came downstairs for lunch one afternoon at Los Alamos and blurted out his now-famous question, “Where are they?”

Leo Szilard
Credit: U.S. Department of Energy, Historian’s Office.
This image is in the Public Domain.

“They are among us,” it is reported that Hungarian-born physicist Leo Szilard responded, “but they call themselves Hungarians.”

Apparently, Szilard’s comment had some cultural and historical basis. The following passage is from The Curve of Binding Energy by John McPhee (1973, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 104-105):

“Not all the Los Alamos theories could be tested. Long popular within the Theoretical Division was, for example, a theory that the people of Hungary are Martians. The reasoning went like this: The Martians left their own planet several aeons ago and came to Earth; they landed in what is now Hungary; the tribes of Europe were so primitive and barbarian it was necessary for the Martians to conceal their evolutionary difference or be hacked to pieces. Through the years, the concealment had on the whole been successful, but the Martians had three characteristics too strong to hide: their wanderlust, which found its outlet in the Hungarian gypsy; their language (Hungarian is not related to any of the languages spoken in surrounding countries); and their unearthly intelligence. One had only to look around to see the evidence: Teller, Wigner, Szilard, von Neumann — Hungarians all. Wigner had designed the first plutonium-production reactors. Szilard had been among the first to suggest that fission could be used to make a bomb. Von Neumann had developed the digital computer. Teller — moody, tireless, and given to fits of laughter, bursts of anger — worked long hours and was impatient with what he felt to be the excessively slow advancement of Project Panda, as the hydrogen-bomb development was known. … Teller had a thick Martian accent. He also had a sense of humor that could penetrate bone.”So perhaps Szilard was trying to let his Italian-born colleague in on the secret. As it happens, I met with Teller recently, and can attest to the fact that he still has a thick Martian accent. He reminisced about Fermi’s famous question, and when queried about Szilard’s response, answered quite vehemently: “No! We’re Martians!”   http://www.setileague.org/askdr/hungary.htm

Finno Ugric language distribution

Hungarian is one language within the Finno-Ugric Language Family.  An Asiatic language, it is similar to Chinese and Korean in that the surname comes first and a person’s given name comes second.  The major and western-most languages in the group are of course Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, and Sami (the language of the “Lapplanders”).  When I ask my Hungarian friends what Finnish sounds like to them, they universally tell me that “it sounds like it’s supposed to make sense, but it doesn’t.”  Conversely my Finnish friends say the same thing of Hungarian.

Many given names are the same or similar between Hungarian and Finnish:  Ildiko is a female name in both languages; the Finnish equivalent of Attila is Antilla.

So picking up where Szilard and Fermi left off, it occurred to me that Jabba the Hutt is very similar to the Hungarian name Csaba (pronounced “chubba”) and Hutt is strikingly similar to Hun, as in Attila the Hun.  It makes perfect sense that the Huns, who became the Hungarians or the Magyar tribe, are descendants of Hutts who somehow made it to Earth.  No doubt they fled in terror after Princess Leia despicably strangled Jabba the Hutt to death.

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40th Annual Kwanzaa Gwaride in Los Angeles


 

L-RW Akile

At today’s monthly Black Panther Party Second Sunday breakfast, R.W. Akile announced the upcoming Los Angeles Kwanzaa parade set for December 31, 2016:

According to Akile, the 40th Annual KwanZaa Gwa-ri-dey will take place Dec. 31st, 2016 at 11:00 AM from the intersection of Adams & Crenshaw proceeding S/B on Crenshaw to Leimert Park where it ends in a festival. The Gwaride, a colorful spiritual procession with Maskers, Stilt Walkers, Drummers, Dignitaries, Music, officially opens the year of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) the No-ml-ja or 51st year of the KwanZaa Era (KE). The theme of the Gwaride is “Honoring the Overcomers.”40th Annual KwanZaa Gwa-ri-dey will take place Dec. 31st, 2016 at 11:00 AM from the intersection of Adams & Crenshaw proceeding S/B on Crenshaw to Leimert Park where it ends in a festival. The Gwaride, a colorful spiritual procession with Maskers, Stilt Walkers, Drummers, Dignitaries, Music, officially opens the year of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) the No-ml-ja or 51st year of the KwanZaa Era (KE). The theme of the Gwaride is “Honoring the Overcomers.”

 The Story of Kwanzaa from the Horse’s Mouth–From Akile’s FB Page

[R.W. Akile] hear many people question the veracity of KwanZaa. Most folks who reject KwanZaa do so as a result of what they may have heard about [Maulana “Ron” Karenga] Karenga; he was an agent, he tortured women; he is a meglomaniac or what ever reason they may have for rejecting the brother who insists that HE AND ONLY HE CREATED KwanZaa.

Let me go on record and say – he may have been all of that making KwanZaa be a case of DO NOT THROW THE MESSAGE AWAY BECAUSE YOU DO NOT LIKE THE MESSENGER.

KwanZaa, like nothing else I have ever read or heard about fulfills Biblical as well as Koranic prophecy. As far as the Bible goes KwanZaa fulfills Biblical Prophecy DIRECTLY. KORANICALLY IT INDIRECTLY FULFILLS BY DIRECT ASSOCIATION. KIND OF LIKE BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT, NOT from The Official KwnZaa Website:
kWANzAA BEGAN ON DECEMBER 26, 1966 (12-26-1966) ADD THESE NUMBERS UP AND YOU GET A “6” AND THE ADDRESS OF THE BUILDING IS 1302 WHICH ADDS UP TO “6”; THE STREET WAS NAMED Santa Barbara the the code name our ancestors used to hide their worship of Sango whose number in the New World is “6” and parenthetically “A MAN.” Without going another further let us pause and review the Revelations reference where it says “THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS THE MARK OF A MAN AND HIS NUMBER IS 6 THREE SCORE AND 6 (or 666). Now the birth of KwanZaa fulfills that requirement, BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT. That is something WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT JUST IS THE BARE FACTS. Down to that final piece Sango an Orisa associated with a MAN. But, you all it gets deeper than that. The place sits on the corner of “Raymond” and now King Blvd. First let us address Raymond, French for ‘World Light” or “Light of the World.” Going further we see “R” is 2, “A” is 1, “Y” is 1, “M” is 4, “O” is 7, “N” is 5, and finally “D” is 4 and when you add all of these numbers up you get another 6. The name of the facility was Aquarian Spiritual Center and Book Shop. Aquarian equates to Sango another 6, AND BACK IN THE DAY i REMEMBER SEEING TWO ADDRESSES ON THE Raymond side of the building; the first being 4007 and the second being “4011” now that adds up to 6 again and unless I am mistaken the time of the event would most surely have been 6:00 PM PST. Needless to say I doubt if one may find such a plethora of “6s”converging all on the same day in the same place. And, trust me you have NEVER heard Karenga EVER say anything about this, For one he has been known to refer to things such as this as being “Spookism.” This demonstrates that the unseen forces were in play at the birth of KwanZaa.

The founder of the Aquarian Spiritual Center and Bookshop, Dr. Alfred Ligon who was supported by his capable wife Bernice taught Black Gnostic Studies and his Mantra so to speak was “A New Age is Coming.” He had no idea it would take place in his living room. Thus, began the age of Sango aka the KwanZaa Era, a precursor to the actual celestial coming of Aquarius on March 21st, 1992, Kicked into high gear on April 29, 1992 when the OUTER PLANETS (URANUS, PLUTO, NEPTUNE) WERE IN CONJUNCTION AT ONE DEGREE A REQUIREMENT LIGON INFORMED US THAT ANCIENT ASTROLOGERS SAID WOULD MARK THE COMING OF THE NEW AGE.I hear many people question the veracity of KwanZaa. Most folks who reject KwanZaa do so as a result of what they may have heard about Karenga; he was an agent, he tortured women; he is a meglomaniac or what ever reason they may have for rejecting the brother who insists that HE AND ONLY HE CREATED KwanZaa. Let me go on record and say – he may have been all of that making KwanZaa be a case of DO NOT THROW THE MESSAGE AWAY BECAUSE YOU DO NOT LIKE THE MESSENGER. KwanZaa, like nothing else I have ever read or heard about fulfills Biblical as well as Koranic prophecy. As far as the Bible goes KwanZaa fulfills Biblical Prophecy DIRECTLY. KORANICALLY IT INDIRECTLY FULFILLS BY DIRECT ASSOCIATION. KIND OF LIKE BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. THE FOLLOWING IS NOT, NOT from The Official KwnZaa Website: kWANzAA BEGAN ON DECEMBER 26, 1966 (12-26-1966) ADD THESE NUMBERS UP AND YOU GET A “6” AND THE ADDRESS OF THE BUILDING IS 1302 WHICH ADDS UP TO “6”; THE STREET WAS NAMED Santa Barbara the the code name our ancestors used to hide their worship of Sango whose number in the New World is “6” and parenthetically “A MAN.” Without going another further let us pause and review the Revelations reference where it says “THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS THE MARK OF A MAN AND HIS NUMBER IS 6 THREE SCORE AND 6 (or 666). Now the birth of KwanZaa fulfills that requirement, BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT. That is something WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT JUST IS THE BARE FACTS. Down to that final piece Sango an Orisa associated with a MAN. But, you all it gets deeper than that. The place sits on the corner of “Raymond” and now King Blvd. First let us address Raymond, French for ‘World Light” or “Light of the World.” Going further we see “R” is 2, “A” is 1, “Y” is 1, “M” is 4, “O” is 7, “N” is 5, and finally “D” is 4 and when you add all of these numbers up you get another 6. The name of the facility was Aquarian Spiritual Center and Book Shop. Aquarian equates to Sango another 6, AND BACK IN THE DAY i REMEMBER SEEING TWO ADDRESSES ON THE Raymond side of the building; the first being 4007 and the second being “4011” now that adds up to 6 again and unless I am mistaken the time of the event would most surely have been 6:00 PM PST. Needless to say I doubt if one may find such a plethora of “6s”converging all on the same day in the same place. And, trust me you have NEVER heard Karenga EVER say anything about this, For one he has been known to refer to things such as this as being “Spookism.” This demonstrates that the unseen forces were in play at the birth of KwanZaa. The founder of the Aquarian Spiritual Center and Bookshop, Dr. Alfred Ligon who was supported by his capable wife Bernice taught Black Gnostic Studies and his Mantra so to speak was “A New Age is Coming.” He had no idea it would take place in his living room. Thus, began the age of Sango aka the KwanZaa Era, a precursor to the actual celestial coming of Aquarius on March 21st, 1992, Kicked into high gear on April 29, 1992 when the OUTER PLANETS (URANUS, PLUTO, NEPTUNE) WERE IN CONJUNCTION AT ONE DEGREE A REQUIREMENT LIGON INFORMED US THAT ANCIENT ASTROLOGERS SAID WOULD MARK THE COMING OF THE NEW AGE.

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National Organization for Women Making a Difference in Sacramento


 

CA NOW Legislation Final Bill List 2016

CA NOW Priority Bills:

Senator Isadore Hall who introduced SB 1063 with Jan B. Tucker at Empowerment Congress

SB 1063 (Hall) Wage Equality Act of 2016 that would prohibit employers from paying a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of a different race or ethnicity for substantially similar work. Lead Sponsor

[Jan Tucker comment:  this is the strongest equal pay law ever passed with criminal penalties, something we haven’t seen in labor civil rights laws in California since the 1937 legislature]

Status: Passed Senate 26 to 13 6/1/16 i

In ASM Labor & Employment Committee hearing 6/22/16

ASM Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/11/16

8/15/16 ASM Floor ordered to 3rd reading 8/18/16

9/30/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

AB 1676 (Campos) Wages: Gender pay equity would prohibit employers seeking written or oral salary history. CA NOW Cosponsor

Status: In Senate Labor & industrial Committee Hearing 6/22/16

ASM Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/1/16

8/2/16 Read 2nd time. Ordered to 3rd reading 8/18/16

9/30/16 Sign into law by Governor Brown

AB 1732 (Ting) Single user-restrooms would require all business open to the public to provide all-gender toilet facilities. CA NOW Cosponsor

Status: 5/9/16 Passed ASM Floor 55 to 19 5/19/15 referred to SEN Transportation & Housing Committee Hearing 6/21/16

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/1/16

8/9/16 Read 2nd time. Ordered to 3rd reading 8/18/16

9/29/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

SB 813 (Leyva) Sex Offenses: Statute of Limitations would eliminate the current 10 year statue of limitations in CA. (20 other states do not have a SOL) CA NOW Cosponsor

Status: 6/1/16 3rd reading passed 33 to 0 referred to ASM Public Safety Committee Hearing 6/21/16

Passed ASM Appropriations Committee Hearing and on the ASM floor 8/18/16 passed 72 to 0 going to the Governors desk.

Rally Sept 6th on the Capitol steps 11 AM

9/28/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

Support:

AB 1595 (Campos) Employment: Human Trafficking Training: mass transportation employers:

Status: 5/27/16 ASM Appropriations Committee: Held under submission

(This bill is dead)

AB 1760 (Santiago) Human Trafficking – Safe Harbor for Trafficked Children. Will protect minor victims of all forms of human trafficking – both sex and labor – from these unintended consequences and hopefully lead to increased prosecutions of human traffickers.

Status: ASM Appropriations hearing 5/27/16 held under submission (This bill is dead)

AB 1761 (Weber) Human Trafficking: victims: Affirmative defense. Puts in place an important additional protection for victims to ensure they are not convicted of crimes their traffickers force them to commit. It also strengthens the ability of the judicial system to more fully describe the complexity of these crimes through expert testimony,

Status: Passed ASM 5/26/16 in Senate Public Safety Committee

Hearing 6/28/16

in Senate Appropriations Hearing 8/1/16

8/2/16 Read 2nd time. Ordered to 3rd reading 8/18/16

9/26/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

AB 1762 (Campos) Human Trafficking: victims; vacating convictions. Puts in [lace a comprehensive system to ensure that all trafficking survivors-both sex and labor, both adults and children- are able to fully clear their criminal records so that they can leave behind the legal obstacles caused by their trafficking experience.

Status; 6/15 16 Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing 6/28/16 —

In Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/1/16

8/17/16 read 3rd time and amended. Ordered to second reading 8/18/16

9/26/16 Vetoed by Governor Brown

 

AB 1795 (Atkins) Heath Care Programs: Cancer Makes changes to the breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the breast and cervical cancer treatment program within the Department of Heath Care Services regarding eligibility for screenings, period of treatment and eligibility of coverage after re-occurrence of cancer.

Status: passed Senate Heath Committee 6/15/16 re referred to Appropriations Committee

In Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/1/16

8/17/16 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 19 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

9/25/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

AB 1954 (Burke) Health care coverage: reproductive health care services: Prohibits an employer of five or more employees from refusing to allow an employee, upon request, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. Letter of Support

Status: SEN Health Hearing 6/22/16 (Need to look at amendments)

In Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/1/16

8/17/16 Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading 8/18/16

9/23/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

AB 2569 (Melendez) Registered sex offenders; would include relatives not currently required to register. Letter of Support

Status: Senate Public Safety Hearing 6/28/16

Still In Senate Public Safety Committee

8/11/16 In Committee: Held under submission

 

AB 2590 (Weber) Sentencing: Restorative Justice will find and declare the purpose of sentencing is public safety achieved through accountability, rehabilitation and restorative justice.

Status: Senate Appropriations Hearing 8/1/16

8/15/16 Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading 8/18/16

9/27/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

SB 10 (Lara) Immigration: Governor’s Office of New America

Will require the state to apply for a federal waiver that will allow undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to buy coverage through our state marketplace using their own money

Status: Sign by Governor 6/10/16

SB 899 (Hueso) Gender Discrimination: would extend existing Gender Tax Repeal Act prohibitions against pricing discrimination on the basis of gender with respect to services of similar or like kind to goods of similar or like kind as well.

Status; ASM Judiciary Committee Hearing 6/21/16

6/28/16 second hearing canceled by request of the author

(this bill is not going to make it through this year a new version is being written for next year)

9/27/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

SB 1166 (Jackson) Unlawful employment practice: parental leave will be know as the New Parent Leave Act and will 1. Prohibit an employer of five or more employees from refusing to allow an employee, upon request, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. Supported in Senate Labor committee hearing

Status: ASM Labor & Employment Committee Hearing 6/22/16

Failed passage in committee Bill Died

 

SB 1322 (Mitchell) Commercial sex acts: minors –Decriminalizes prostitution for those under the age of 18 years of age.

Status: 8/4/16 ASM Floor 3rd reading 8/18/16

9/26/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

 

SB 1380 (Mitchell) Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to establish Housing First to end homelessness

Letter of Support sent to committee Transportation & Housing

Status: 6/1/16 ASM referred to Committee on H and C&D

Assembly Appropriations Committee Hearing 8/3/16

8/15/116 Read 3nd time. Ordered to 3rd reading

9/26/16 Signed into law by Governor Brown

Opposing:

AB 2855 ( Frazier) Charitable solicitations: financial disclosure for 501 (c) 3’s Status: First Hearing failed passage Location: ASM Privacy and Consumer Protection

Status: 5/27/16 ASM Appropriations Committee Held under submission (This bill is dead or almost dead)

 

is bill is dead or almost dead)

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Feminist Case Against Andy Puzder


 

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Andy Puzder

Donald Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder probably has more to do with the politics of the so-called “Pro-Life” (read that as supporters of compulsory pregnancy and in this context that’s not hyperbole) constituency than his anathema to unions and the minimum wage.  As Wikipedia points out:

While practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder authored a Missouri abortion law upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989. Following the Webster decision, Puzder was a founding member of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice.[4] In 1984, Puzder and another lawyer had written an article for the Stetson Law Journal proposing a Missouri law that would define life as beginning at conception in the broad context of contract or property law. Puzder reasoned that if fetuses were recognized as having rights in other contexts, it would establish a foundation for challenging Roe v. Wade later on.[5]

Also while practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder met Carl Karcher, the founder of the Carl’s Jr. quick-service restaurant chain. Karcher was embroiled in serious financial difficulties and asked Puzder to move to California as his personal attorney. In 1991, Puzder relocated to Orange County, California. Puzder has been credited with resolving Karcher’s financial dilemma, allowing Karcher to avoid bankruptcy and retain a significant ownership interest in the company he founded, CKE Restaurants, Inc. (CKE).[6]While practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder authored a Missouri abortion law upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989. Following the Webster decision, Puzder was a founding member of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice.[4] In 1984, Puzder and another lawyer had written an article for the Stetson Law Journal proposing a Missouri law that would define life as beginning at conception in the broad context of contract or property law. Puzder reasoned that if fetuses were recognized as having rights in other contexts, it would establish a foundation for challenging Roe v. Wade later on.[5] Also while practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder met Carl Karcher, the founder of the Carl’s Jr. quick-service restaurant chain. Karcher was embroiled in serious financial difficulties and asked Puzder to move to California as his personal attorney. In 1991, Puzder relocated to Orange County, California. Puzder has been credited with resolving Karcher’s financial dilemma, allowing Karcher to avoid bankruptcy and retain a significant ownership interest in the company he founded, CKE Restaurants, Inc. (CKE).[6]

David Roberti

When the Webster decision came down my NOW Chapter and the entire pro-choice movement in Los Angeles picketed Democratic State Senator David Roberti’s office 24/7 for three days straight.   Anti-abortion Roberti responded by telling the press to talk to right-wing nutcase Susan McMillan Carpenter if they wanted to know his views on abortion.

Carl Karcher, an arch pig who sold burgers

Throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, my NOW Chapter made it a habit to picket Carl’s Junior restaurants because of owner/founder Carl Karcher’s financing of right wing causes, especially the Human Life International (HLI).  HLI was founded in 1981 by fanatic Paul Marx to combat not only abortion but all forms of birth control, because as he wrote “Abortion is the end point of the abuse of sex, which begins with the unleashing of the sexual urge by contraception.”   Marx was not only a fanatic, he was sick.

One night in the days of “thermal paper” fax machines I spent hours after regular business time faxing hundreds of pages and thousands of signatures to CKE corporate headquarters in Fullerton so that they would come in the next day and find about a mile of thermal paper all over the office in support of a woman’s right to choose.

As an aside, Karcher was also a big financial backer of former Congressman and American Independent Party [Note that in 2016 for the first time in its history the ultra-right wing California AIP nominated Republican Donald Trump who appeared on the California ballot as nominee of both parties] 1972 Presidential Candidate John Schmitz, who once notoriously said publicly in a press release that the audience at a hearing on abortion, which included Attorney Gloria Allred, was  “a sea of hard, Jewish and (arguably) female faces.”  John’s son, Attorney and Trump foreign policy advisor Joseph Schmitz, has also been accused of anti-Semitism:  http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article96421087.html

So being a hero of the misogynist compulsory pregnancy crowd, it’s no surprise that Carl Karcher had Andy Puzder take over management of CKE in 2000.  Lest there be any question of Andy Puzder’s misogyny, he was nailed for domestic violence back in 1989: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/12/08/andrew-puzder-trump-pick-for-labor-department-was-accused-of-abusing-wife

John Ashcroft

The Governor that Puzder served, later to be Attorney General John Ashcroft had the distinction of taking no action against Missouri State Prison Warden and Chief Executioner William Armentrout III, when he took a side job as expert witness during Nazi Ernst Zundel’s hate crime trial in Canada.  Armentrout testified that it was his expert opinion that it was impossible for a million people to have been murdered in Auschwitz.  As I had been the person who exposed this to the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Kansas City Star shortly after his 1988 testimony, I brought it to the attention of Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff when Ashcroft was before the Senate Judiciary Committee over his 2001 pending appointment as Attorney General.  Leahy declined to question him about the Armentrout affair because it would have embarrassed Democrat Mel Carnahan, Ashcroft’s successor as Governor, because Carnahan had promoted Armentrout to head the Department of Corrections.

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Justice in Malibu: of, by and for the rich


 

Justice Malibu Style

Registered sex offender Robert Leo St George  also did prison time for shooting Actor Jameson Parker

Registered sex offender Robert Leo St George also did prison time for shooting Actor Jameson Parker

I don’t know whether it’s a coincidence but it seems that child molesters used to get kid-glove treatment at the Malibu courthouse before it was closed….especially if they were white and rich. For background on one of these cases, check out Robert Leo St. George: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/03/24/a-tale-of-3-sex-offenders/

Section 288(a) of the California Penal Code says:

Except as provided in subdivision (i), any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.

As pointed out in the above blog linked story, I wrote about St. George:

With competence like that, it is no wonder that the District Attorney’s office agreed in 2003 to strike Robert St. George’s prior conviction so that instead of using sentence enhancements and the Three Strikes law to double a state prison sentence, he got probation for molesting two (2) developmentally disabled young girls! Today he lives about a tenth of a mile from Hermosa View Elementary School.

robert-lee-brownLike St. George, Robert Lee Brown is rich and white. The assessed value of his home alone is $1,114,620. The Zillow off-market “Zestimate” is $3,916,081. So like St. George it probably shouldn’t surprise anybody that when Brown was charged in Case No. SA041957 in 2001 with four (4) counts of violating section 288(a) of the Penal Code he plea bargained down to one count and then got a sentence of three (3) years probation with a suspended prison sentence and $200.00 restitution. Even more astounding is that the court appointed a top forensic psychiatrist for Brown’s defense at court expense!

Compare that treatment with another case I recently saw. 24 years old, non-white, charged with only one count of PC 288(a) in 1993 (unlike St. George and Brown who each had multiple counts). Poor and qualified for the services of the public defender. Result, entered a guilty plea without even getting a preliminary hearing, was never advised by his attorney or the court that he could be deported if he pled guilty, and now after never having a single problem since then all of a sudden facing potential deportation.

As Civil Rights icon H. Rap Brown said in the 60s, “Justice in America means ‘Just Us white folk.'”

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Universal City Subway Threat Up Close & Personal


 

Because of a blog I posted [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2015/06/10/persistence-of-the-isis-threat-in-california-a-guest-opinion-by-robert-dougherty/ ]

a paranoid now-suspended lawyer Guillermo Suarez and his cohorts wound up accusing me of supposedly being an informer against the National Chicano Moratorium Committee [see:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/06/guillermo-suarez-credible-or-incredible/  and http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/04/guillermo-suarez-liar-paranoid-and-incompetent/  and  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/30/lupe-carrasco-ignorant-or-a-prevaricator/ ].

The terrorist threats made today against the Universal City subway station underscore the hard reality of issues I raised in that blog, where I wrote:

L to R: Journalist Sandra Luz Gallegos, PI & Ex-Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella, Jan B, Tucker, and the late PI Melanie Paek in Universal City Subway for Anti-Terrorist Training

L to R: Journalist Sandra Luz Gallegos, PI & Ex-Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella, Jan B, Tucker, and the late PI Melanie Paek in Universal City Subway for Anti-Terrorist Training

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  [Emphasis added]

I emphasize the training because that training was…..at the Universal City Subway Station.

911-victmsIncidents like this have serious consequences even when they’re just hoaxes.  How many people won’t make it to work or who’ll be late or have their child care or children’s school plans disrupted because of these incidents?  To people who don’t live in New York, the horrors to the 9/11/2001 attacks are often an abstraction, until you start looking at demographics, like how many union members lost their lives, how many were foreign nationals, and the like.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, a federal agency):

Of these 2,726 decedents, 1,659 (61%) were non-Hispanic white males, 407 (15%) were non-Hispanic white females, 177 (6%) were Hispanic males, 81 (3%) were Hispanic females, 136 (5%) were non-Hispanic black males, 79 (3%) non-Hispanic black females, 122 (4%) were Asian/Pacific Islander (API) males, and 54 (2%) were API females. A total of 1,837 (67%) had graduated from college or had postgraduate education (males, 69%; females, 63%)

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Dakota Access Pipe Line: Looking Back Four Months


 

dapl-horsemenToday, December 4, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that an easement will not be granted over the Standing Rock reservation or under the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipe Line; this is the biggest victory of Indigenous people since the Little Big Horn!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3999630/Dakota-protesters-WIN-bid-stop-pipeline-built-Standing-Rock.html

The defeat of corporate America and specifically of a company whose parent corporation’s stockholders include Donald Trump, exemplifies the teachings of Saul Alinsky and Chief Little Turtle.

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky

Power goes to two poles:  to those who’ve got the money and to those who’ve got the people.–Saul Alinsky

little-turtleIf our people fight one tribe at a time we will be cut off like fingers from a hand, but if we join together we will make a powerful fist.-Little Turtle, or Michikinikwa

August 14, 2016 I received a FB instant message from my dear old friend long time American Indian Movement Activist (AIM) Wayne Arroyo

Jan how do you stop a media blackout

The people in standing Rock are protesting an they shut off all cell tower no phone no Wi-Fi

The next day I posted on all my social media sites the following to start getting the word out:

PLEASE RE-POST:

My old friend Wayne Arroyo from AIM–American Indian Movement–has received reports from people that have come to Cannon Ball North Dakota protesting the desecration of Native American grave sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline that local authorities have shut down cell phone and wifi access towers over a 500 miles radius to impose a media blackout. 5-600 people have made it in; others are coming from various reservations by horse back to avoid road blocks.

Various Sioux tribes are involved and include Wayne Arroyo’s cousins who are the guardians of Sitting Bull’s grave.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being drilled UNDER the Missouri River raising fears to water contamination. Now the grading for the project has unearthed graves on sacred soil.

Wayne Arroyo Relf Alison Star Dennis Banks Rachel Tso DeCoy Gallerina Mark Verba Corine Fairbanks

Wayne Arroyo speaks at National Chicano Moratorium 8/28/16 on Dakota Access Pipe Line protest

Wayne Arroyo speaks at National Chicano Moratorium 8/28/16 on Dakota Access Pipe Line protest

Shortly thereafter I put out a press release and posted it in this blog:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/19/national-chicano-moratorium-speaker-entertainment-lineup/

I used the blog to alert people of the impending talk of Wayne: “Wayne Arroyo, longtime American Indian Movement (AIM) activist who will talk about the ongoing protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Dr. Tara Rose & Jan B. Tucker

Dr. Tara Rose & Jan B. Tucker

Later the organizing continued with the help and ideas and inspiration of my friends Dr. Tara Rose and Joanelle Romero (of Red Nation TV):  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/17/on-thanksgiving-take-action-against-dapl-to-actually-give-thanks/

Joanelle Romero

Joanelle Romero

Just sayin’ it feels great to have been a little part of this history.

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Philosophy in the Hood: of gangs & sharks


 

One of my ex girlfriends had a brilliant philosophical way of looking at the ocean:

I ain’t goin’ in no ocean. The ocean ain’t my hood; it’s the shark gang’s hood.

bloods-cripsIf a blood goes up in a crip hood the crips gonna fuck the blood up.  If a crip goes up in a blood hood the bloods gonna fuck the crip the fuck up.

The shark Gangs are way worse:  they got the bull shark gang and the tiger shark great-whitegang but the baddest shark gang is the great white gang which is worse than the KKK gang.

The KKK might lynch yo black ass, they might kill yo black ass but at least they kkkwon’t eat yo black ass! The great white shark gang will fuck yo black ass up and then they’ll eat yo black ass.

I ain’t goin’ in no ocean!

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Alzheimer’s Disease Forum March 4 2017


 

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