A Closely Knit Mormon-Controlled City Gives Us A Glimpse Into A Romney Administration

 

Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn
Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn

In April, 2013, the seven-year term of the Boulder City, Nevada chief of police was fired from his position.  During that time period, the small community that touches the Hoover Dam experienced one of the lowest crime rates in Nevada.  He was fired for one reason: he was one of the very few non-LDS officials in town.  Finn states, “For the past seven years I applied my education, training and experience to lead the police department with the goal of making Boulder City the safest community in the state of Nevada,” … “That goal was achieved almost every year.”  

According to Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn’s allegations, ‘this bedroom burg is a seething cauldron of intrigue, revenge and discrimination, ruled by a small, closely knit cabal of power players, a group of folks who, you might say, are all cut from the same cloth.’  Much like the nepotism afforded to many of Willard Romney’s Mormon brethren during the hosting of the 2002 Salt Lake City (Pork Barrel) Winter Olympics, this closely-knit LDS run city has some dirty corruption.  Mr. Finn, now relocated to a Northern Nevada community is not giving up on exposing the unimaginable incompetence and abuse of power in Boulder City.  

Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?
Not just wearing a bowtie on a motorcycle, but really? A Teabag flag?

The attorney who had it in for Mr. Finn, the lawyer for the Mongols Motorcycle Gang Mr. Steve Stubbs (Stubby), understands now that “Karma is a bitch.”  He is under investigation for shady law practices and corruption involving collusion with the BCPD   Regarding the concern of the former Chief of Police, Stubby was pissed his gang friends were being closely watched, considering their history of violence.  Stubbs complained,

 “He was going to have a zero tolerance policy against the Mongols for every little thing. People were given handlebar tickets, jaywalking tickets, unconstitutional tickets,” said Stephen Stubbs, attorney for the Mongols.  

How dare a police chief closely monitor a motorcycle gang who ordered to shoot to kill any member of the Hell’s Angels who show up near the Mongols.  Another interesting case related to more Mormon corruption is the case against the son of City Attorney Dave Olsen.  His son Brian Olsen was arrested, but not charged in court, after Henderson police (the city between BC and Las Vegas) received a complaint about him from a female classmate who knew him from a cosmetology school that both attended.  The classmate complained that Olsen, when borrowing her cellphone, located and sent two nude photos of her to his email address, court records from the lawsuit show. Mormons are the most sexually repressed —and thus deviously clandestine— of any group. There is a reason there’s more anonymously accessed porn in Utah than any other state. What I’d like to know now is, why the DA declined to prosecute. I wonder how they came to this conclusion, that, if the girl had nude photos of herself on the phone, it was her own fault and got what she deserved…? Probably. 

Dave Olsen sued the Henderson Police, on behalf of his son, alleging police violated his constitutional rights to be free of unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. The judge ruled in favor of the Henderson PD and shortly thereafter, Finn was fired. 

Even the current City Manager is less than squeaky clean.  City Manager David Fraser has a problem paying his utility bills. In Boulder City, utilities such as power, water and garbage are paid through the city, which means the bills are public information. Records show that 11 times in the last 15 months, Fraser received delinquency notices from the city for not paying his bills. Four times, he was sent disconnect notices. Fraser, who earns $192,000 per year in salary and benefits, ordered city workers to stop the disconnections.

Mr. Finn and his wife Donna now reside in scenic Northern Nevada, far from the site of the misery inflicted upon him in Boulder City. Far from over, he intends to not only clear his own name and reputation which should never have been tarnished, but to show Boulder City who is running the show. He told a local CBS affiliate,

“I get regular contact from city employees and city residents who say, ‘you really may want to look at this.’ What else could they do to me? They tried to convict me of felonies. They fired me. They blast me still on a regular basis. I’m not going away,” Finn said.

Hopefully reason will prevail and Finn won’t stop pursuing his noble fight. Unfortunately, Willard Romney won’t go away, so we haven’t heard the last from him either. I’d much rather hear from the former BCPD Chief whose integrity far exceeds the members of the corrupt LDS community who served with him.  

 

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Always Playing The Victim: #WAAR Claims Republicans Are All Refugees

We Are American Refugees
We Are American Refugees

There’s a group of people, no matter what the factual evidence states, who cannot come to terms with the idea that their legitimately elected president is black.  These curious folks truly believe everything about President Barack Obama is “illegitimate, tyrannical and unConstitutional.” The latest fresh horror I encountered on Twitter? The hashtag WAAR, #WAAR stands for We Are American Refugees. Playing the victim, they feel their country is unrecognizable from when the Great White Hope, George W. Bush was our fearless leader. The patriarch of this “movement” is Roger C. D’Aquin.  The Refugees are described as thus: (bold emphasis mine)

We are strict constitutionalists who believe in liberty and a limited republican form of government. We reject the unconstitutional government lead by the criminal, Barack Obama. We are not terrorists. We do not advocate violence. We do advocate political and economic revolution. We also refuse to be disarmed and will not surrender our weapons. We will defend our homes, property, lives, and families against any illegal attack, even if it comes from government.

We were inspired by the great super hero, The American Refugee, Roger D’Aquin. Roger was rocked by the betrayal of Justice Roberts in the Obamacare decision. He did all he could in the next months to see to it that Obama was defeated. When voter fraud, a corrupt media, and dependent moochers left Obama in office, Roger gave up his career and his small business in order to go Galt, with a twist.

These Tea Partiers, the fringiest of the fringe, have actually scored victories in the Republican Party.  The quintessential hero of these ultra far right-wing Tea Partiers this year had to be the man who unseated Cantor, Dave Brat.  These folks who support Brat believe Republicans haven’t gone far enough to the right.   These are folks who deny there’s a war on women by simply photographing the women attending the victory party for the newly coronated Dave Brat.

The victimized people, the ones who via the Quinnipiac Poll claim to profess Obama is the “worst president since WW2,” deny the facts: (do they know) “federal discretionary spending is well below average? Or that the poverty rate has stabilized? And the stock market is, as mentioned, breaking records, benefitting rich white dudes more than ever? Also, people are buying lots of new cars, and there’s a fully recovered auto industry ready to meet all demand.

#WAAR is merely another “patriotic Republican group” like Oathkeepers, Stormfront or the Heritage Foundation.  What’s the common denominator in all these organizations?  They’ve hated, hate and will continue to hate the black man occupying the White House.

Push Polling: Another Way To Wage Negative Campaigns

We are all bombarded with calls during an election year from myriad representatives of candidates. For the most part, there is some disclosure of whom the caller is representing.  A push poller is someone who interactively markets by calling voters during political campaigning. Push Polling isn’t illegal, except in New Hampshire, which requires a disclosure of which candidate they represent. Mainly it is used to plant negative ideas in voters’ heads. Bush 43 used it to discredit McCain in the 2000 primaries. True, Democrats use this as well, once causing NH Senator Ayotte to file a suit against Mountain West in 2010, where they paid a $20,000 fine for non-disclosure.

The individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of voters under the guise of conducting a poll as a non-partisan polling company.  ‘Push polls’ require first fooling the listener into believing the poll is legitimate and once the listener is hooked, the pollster asks loaded questions designed to spread rumors and falsehoods about the opponent.’ I was actually on the receiving end of one of their polling calls from the Mountain West Research Polling group, and it was definitely a new experience.

NV Senate District 8 Democratic Candidate Marilyn Dondero Loop
NV Senate District 8 Democratic Candidate Marilyn Dondero Loop

Innocuously it began with rate your level of support questions for Patricia Farley (R) (always named first) or Marilyn Dondero Loop (D). The pollster, who did identify himself as a Mountain West Research Independent, (after I had to ask several times), soldiered on as I allowed this twenty-three minute call to continue. I was not interested in the District 8 state senate race until the caller phrased a few questions like:

You know that Obamacare is bankrupting Nevada. How important is repealing the ACA to you? (10 for most, 1 for least).

The “Margin Tax” (a tax designed to fund education by business netting over $1,000,000 annually) will force companies to pay job-killing taxes that will cause lay offs. Do you oppose this tax that will fund education on the backs of Nevada’s job-creators?

I said, ‘you sure are asking questions in a manner I find both misleading and offensive.  I don’t recall the specific wording, but this next one knocked me over. ‘Do you fear your Second Amendment Rights are threatened?’ (10-very important down to 1-not at all important), and I replied, ‘whoa, this is nuts. Guns have no rights. People do. Please don’t insult my intelligence.’ The call was finally over after a few standard pleasantries.

The only statistic I needed to know about this newly intriguing race was each candidate’s NRA rating. Marilyn Dondero Loop has a 21 rating by the NRA while GOP candidate Farley is rated at 86. That’s all I needed to make my decision to support, wholeheartedly, my Democratic Candidate, DonderoLoopNV. I predict many more persistent NV-GOP push pollers ringing my house incessantly until November.

The Bundy Militia Is A Result Of The Mormon Mentality

Mormons are hardly discernable from the white supremacist crowd.
Mormons are hardly discernible from the white supremacist crowd.

On a typical weekday afternoon in Mesquite, Nevada, a young girl and her grandma are sitting in a local Subway sandwich shop. In walks two men with rifles slung over their shoulders and a firearm on either side. Neither has bathed in several days. The young girl says, ‘grandma look at their guns!’ One of the disheveled men says, ‘we are fighting for liberty and freedom!’ So the young girl, clearly frightened says, ‘I think I should call the police,’ so she picks up her cell phone and dials 911 and the two men scurry away like cockroaches in a newly-lit kitchen. Perhaps these self-appointed soldiers have rap sheets that are as long as their automatic weapons? Citizens of the Virgin Valley are tired of the fifty or so self-appointed militia-folk who have descended upon their quiet Southern Nevada community on behalf of a law-breaking, tax-evading cattle rancher. These Bunkerville militia members are not exactly good for tourism, the primary draw to the Gold Butte National Conservation Area. If you look a little more closely at the Mesquite, St George, Colorado City tri-state area (NV, UT, AZ) you’d notice something a little different about the folks frequenting the shops in the area: a disproportionate number of very young women all holding babies, dressed in modest pattern dresses. You guessed it, you’ve stumbled upon one of the communities populated by the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS).  These are the original “settlers” of the area and because he is related, Bundy claims he owes no federal fees.

Senator Dean Heller, yes, that’s right, Senator Heller (R-NV)a United States Senator, has essentially condoned this lawless, criminal behavior not only by Cliven Bundy,  but by all the unhinged militia members whom he calls “patriots.”  These folks, who are in desperate need of a shower, are simply waiting for the government to say “boo” and they’ll react by placing their womenfolk at the front lines to take the first hits.  But seriously, how important are women in a Mormon community like Bunkerville?   You must understand the LDS faith: women are not worthy of holding the priesthood according to scripture and their only function is to multiply, much like Cliven’s freeloading herd of cattle.

You’d think a crowd as obsessed as the Republicans are with the marriage is between one man and one woman concept would be as vehemently opposed to polygamy as they are to same-sex marriage.   Strangely enough, the area’s  FLDS-dominated communities, are seldom harassed by the dreaded government who has the audacity to demand taxes from Cliven.   The area is truly an oddity, very isolated and will most likely remain so while Mormonism dominates.  If you go to any number of these rural towns, expect to be followed by a pick up truck or two.  They don’t take kindly to strangers.  The area is so laden with polygamous families, one of the neighboring towns has a median age of 12.7 years!  There would be far too many orphans created if these communities were raided, so they are left to the misogyny and abuse of the FLDS.

Mormons stick together, apparently that includes the fringe element of the cult.  Whether it is rural polygamous families or prominent Mormons like Senator Heller, the cult rules over the laws of the land.  Even though Cliven and his gang are violating Federal law, his actions will be defended by people who believe in a “higher power” than the government whose flag they seem to love to fly.   We sure dodged a bullet when we rejected Willard Romney, as he would have ruled the United States based on Joseph Smith’s fables and not the Constitution these patriots all claim to love.

America: Where The NRA Is More Respected Than The NOAA

Americans still doubt global warming is occurring, which isn’t surprising, as far too many Americans believe the earth is only 6,000 years old.  Even though 97 percent of experts agree climate change is happening and we humans are causing it, Americans remain under the impression that the question is still unsettled?  These numbers suggest that disinformation circulated by the fossil fuel industry, utility companies and their political/media allies has successfully CONFUSED the public about the truth of global warming.  Spreading the perception that scientists are still undecided is the key to their strategy.   When the government adopts a policy of deception and disinformation about settled science, we have a problem that cannot be solved.

Since 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded for the contiguous United States, and subsequently a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, catastrophic events such as the massive fatal mudslide in Washington State will be the norm.  Officials claimed, following the Stillaguamish river valley catastrophe, the event was a total surprise.  In reality, scientists have warned of the ill-effects of excessive logging  which can result in immeasurable damage due to slides for sixty years.   The United States, as well as the rest of the world, will be forever changed by rising sea levels due to accelerated melting of the ice caps and the disappearance of permafrost in the polar regions. The view of North America is absolutely chilling, as this is the predicted model by the end of this century.  Most coastal cities and entire states (Florida) are literally under water. Most forecast models are rendered obsolete when the acceleration of CO2 (in parts per million) levels exceed the predictions every year.  Man-made catastrophic weather-related incidents are far different than “acts of god” like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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America’s coastline is very different in the future. Looks like Florida has no ground to stand on.

As a means of distraction from the dangers we face, the Right wages an imaginary war against a “tyrannical president” who’s trying to take away your guns. By obsessing over an issue close to the hearts of TeaPartiers, the conservative-owned media engages in mass distraction from real threats like rising tides, flammable tap water and deforestation.  There is pathetically scant regulation of the guns, where often no ID is needed to purchase firearms. The gun-rights advocates campaign against firearm registries across the U.S. which makes it very easy to procure instruments designed to kill. Unfortunately, the death-profiteers of the NRA are held in higher esteem than the scientists (accurately predicting rising ocean levels) according to the way our elected officials legislate.

The nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy was rejected purely on his stance on gun safety.  The NRA said Murthy’s “blatant activism on behalf of gun control” attracted their attention.  Apparently, calling out the dangers of gun ownership is too controversial for a society that is rendering the very planet our children will inherit uninhabitable?  Gun violence, including suicide, kills some 30,000 Americans every year, about the same number as car accidents. Cars are highly regulated for health and safety; guns, barely. So anyone who acknowledges reality and FACTS is shunned by the conservative led majority of the House because we can’t face the reality that the proliferation of guns has awful consequences.  Isn’t it ironic the same group that tries to conceal factual evidence and data from climatologists and the NOAA are the very same people who bury their heads in the sand over the regulation of guns?

Lacking the free flow of veracious information, a democracy and the government’s accountability become impossible. Willfully misleading the public on man-made climate change has been funded by dark money entities. Siding with an insidiously evil, profit-driven industry like the NRA is a perfect accompaniment to those who have made a career out of deceiving the American people in the name of selfish greed.

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The staggering statistics showing the gun-murder problem in the United States

The United States is an anomaly in the developed world. Not only are we preoccupied with gun ownership, but sadly, roughly fifty percent of our elected officials mandate the deception of our own children by teaching them biblical fiction as science. As expected, these are the same people who refuse to regulate the rampant pollution by their corporate sponsors while allowing access to guns by those very same children. It is safe to say the catastrophic destruction caused by climate change will not be alleviated by more guns.  Even without the potential catastrophe of climate change, anyone who thinks their arsenal of guns can match the power of our military is pretty darned delusional.

Our only hope for a sane government focused on the big picture, is by electing more Democrats to every office possible, starting with local political elections. Giving power to the party of the people is the only way to prevent the corporate destruction that is assured if Republicans continue to govern. Malevolent misanthropes should not be in charge of governing people. People who like government and believe in it should be the ones elected to office. Please urge as many people you can to vote in these midterm elections this year. Our lives depend on it.

The current 3rd Congressional District of Nevada, Rep. Joe Heck (@RepJoeHeck on twitter), cares absolutely nothing for the environment, job creation, relief for the poverty-stricken and education for his constituents.  This is why I am supporting Erin Bilbray for my House Representative.  Not only has she been a champion on women’s health, pediatric health and job creation, but she has actually worked for the NOAA, so she is extremely devoted to utilizing the massive solar and wind energy sources of the Southwestern United States.  I urge my fellow Nevadans to get out this fall and vote for a candidate who understands solar power is much more important than the power wielded by the NRA.

The Second Amendment Should Have Been Abolished Along With Slavery

No one foresaw this kind of weapon back in 1789!
Nobody Saw This Coming In 1789

Since Colonial America, slavery and States’ Rights were issues that divided the men trying to form our government.  In 1789, the Constitution was ratified ultimately by adding The Bill of Rights to limit the power the elected government had over the people of the United States. The divisive issue of slavery was a bone of contention for anti-Federalists and slave owners like Patrick Henry and George Mason of Virginia. Both ardently pressed for the addition of explicit states rights and were opposed to the idea of a federal militia which could usurp their “slave patrols.”  To appease those who worried about the sovereignty of the states,  the Second Amendment was worded in such a way that allowed southern slave states to maintain a well-regulated militia that kept the slaves in chains.   The Second Amendment was ratified to PRESERVE SLAVERY and once the Thirteenth Amendment  passed in 1865, the Second Amendment became obsolete.

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention in 1775.  Ironically, he was outraged by the whole idea of bondage and slavery (by the British) while owning slaves!  “Those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. . . . If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! . . . There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!” Indeed Henry and other southern states’ representatives suffered from cognitive dissonance when it came to freedom.  They demanded their own autonomy while holding other human beings in a state of bondage.  The only way this could be achieved was to deny the black slaves the right to bear arms and to deny the federal government the right to interfere with slave patrols, also known as state militias.

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Until Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) joined forces with the NRA and the Moral Majority in 1982, no amendment received less attention in the courts in the two centuries following the adoption of the Bill of Rights than the Second.   He published a report on “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” which concluded, “What the Subcommittee on the Constitution uncovered was clear—and long lost—proof that the second amendment to our Constitution was intended as an individual right of the American citizen to keep and carry arms in a peaceful manner, for protection of himself, his family, and his freedoms.” This is obviously a perversion of the original intent, as these militias are no longer in existence, except for a handful of fringe, anarchist extremist groups.  This particular clarification of the Second is called an insurrectionist interpretation, in which the Amendment is thought to allow for a militia of armed citizens standing ready to defend republican liberty against the depredations of a government become tyrannical.  I can assure you, this is why TeaParty “patriots” show up for demonstrations against the current duly elected president armed and ready for battle. If you want a modern-day comparison, a law steeped in racism where it’s technically legal to shoot a black person, simply consider Stand Your Ground, which has justified the murder of largely Black Americans.

The GOP Wasn't Always So Pro-NRA
The GOP Wasn’t Always So Pro-NRA

In 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol.  This proved to be a dreadful experiment, causing more crime and problems than it solved.  The Twenty-first Amendment repealed Prohibition as the nation recognized its detrimental consequences.  Since the Thirteenth Amendment abolished the very thing the Second Amendment was designed to protect, the Lincoln administration should have had the foresight to repeal an antiquated amendment that was wholly dependent on the institution of slavery to even exist.  The original framers of the Constitution never envisioned an America where guns and ammunition would be purchased indiscriminately by almost anyone with literally no regulation.  Republicans (and some Democrats too) have been utterly demolished by the NRA gun lobby if they, in any way, prohibit the purchase of guns by imposing sensible regulations.  Perhaps if more people understood why the Second Amendment came to be and how it has been completely amorally debased to benefit those manufacturing these horrible weapons, our nation might have a chance to curtail the slaughter innocent children and adults of all races and creeds.