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It should be integrated with Federal Marshals with individuals being assigned a border role for no more than three years before being rotated to other service.  Unfortunately the agency is ideologically driven and attracts the worst of applicants.  They have had a bad rep with other police agencies for decades.

The policy of separating parents which began in January of this year represents the worst of fascist ideology, and I don’t say that lightly.  And if these reports of physical abuse of the children these reports of physical abuse of the children are true, then the people in charge who have allowed this to happen should face criminal prosecution.  I’m not holding my breath under the current regime.  And note, these allegations are about events which, if true, took place under Obama’s regime.

Earlier in the week Trump tweeted about Memorial Day and it was about him.  Today he tweeted about Roseanne Barr and sure enough, once again, it’s about him.

Kudos to the majority of the Mateel Board for doing the right thing.

Veterans “appalled” by Trump’s self-congratulatory Tweet on Memorial Day.

Sorry, I know the Mateel is desperate for money, but LGBT people in Jamaica are being beaten and killed because of people like Sizzla.  He headlined for ROTR a couple of years ago, causing a huge commotion.  About half the concerts during the tour were cancelled across the country, but it doesn’t seem to make an impression in liberal Sohum.  We can’t let lethal homophobia get in the way of a good boogie!

There are only eight murder music artists.  Isn’t the pool of artists who are at least silent on the subject large enough to avoid the eight?  How does the Mateel keep getting caught up in this?

At the time the Mateel was contrite and offered a donation to an organization dedicated to opposing anti-LGBT violence in Jamaica.  I haven’t heard whether the donation was actually made.

July 13.  Party on!

All reminiscent of the Buju Banton controversy 12 years ago.

Meanwhile, I have repeatedly sent promo and contact info to the Mateel about the one unambiguously anti-homophobia Reggae artist, and to date he has never been invited to ROTR or any Mateel event.  I suspect it’s because they are afraid to alienate more conventional Reggae artists.   Here’s one of his songs.

SB562.

An interesting thought, but I don’t know that he would know how many did that as they don’t count write-ins for any candidate who hasn’t registered.

I mean, wow!

Before I get into my candidate endorsements, let me discuss the current voting system which was passed by voters (not by me!) a few years back eliminating party primary contests.  Basically, you don’t win a party nomination.  Everyone interested in a position runs in a primary race regardless of party and the top two vote getters run off against each other in November (I won’t repeat my strong objections to this system – it’s the reality).

I dug up an old formula I wrote back in 2002 when I was justifying my vote for Peter Camejo, the Green Party candidate for Governor that year.  Obviously I was criticized for “splitting the progressive vote” and not voting for Gray Davis (who would win that election but lose office to a recall effort less than a year later).  More often I have third party supporters criticizing me for voting for a Democrat with the tired old line of voting for “the evil of two lessers.”

My approach to electoral politics is a bit different from most.  I don’t see an election as an opportunity to install someone who will enact all of the policies I like.  Nobody but me would enact all of the policies I like, and actually given the nature of power and politics even I wouldn’t enact all of the policies I like.  It’s not necessarily about voting for someone I respect or like, though sometimes I can do that.  As someone who is an activist, I vote strategically – that is I vote from the selection of candidates who have realistic chances of winning the office, and from them I select the one who would be most vulnerable to the pressures to bear from the movements of which I am a part.  Usually, that person is a Democrat.  But sometimes that’s just not a choice.

At the time, I wrote up the following approach:

 

I have a formula for voting. Basically, I vote for progressive candidates, and I’m not wedded to any particular party. Being a realist to a certain extent, I tend to vote Michael Harrington’s “left wing of the possible.” This means I vote for Democrats for the most part, unless they piss me off enough to toss a vote in the direction of a left wing “third” party. The third party of choice these days is the Green Party, having replaced the hapless Peace and Freedom Party which appears finally to have been buried in a coffin laden with nails of sectarianism. The Green Party is a bit more diverse, mature, and possessive of a surprising level of savvy and depth. The basic formula, in which I consider the following:

  1. Is the race close?
    2. Does the ideology of the office holder really matter for the office in question?”
    3. Is the Democrat worth promoting for some possible run for an office where ideology does matter?
    4. Does the third party candidate have a brain?
    5. How bad is the Republican?

 

First, my style of writing is a bit different now, but that’s not important at the moment.  The approach applied to general elections with multiple parties on the ballot.  Now we have the multiple parties in the primary, and despite my kvetching, I do appreciate that we have to worry less about splitting votes now.  I will say that for me there is no point in voting for the frontrunner in the new primary format.  That is a wasted vote.  What we are selecting is the front-runner’s opponent.  Who gets to go up against the front-runner?  I can always vote for the front-runner in the general if the second place finisher is bad or I actually really like the front-runner (doesn’t happen often).

So at this point in California history, for the statewide positions no Republican is a front-runner, and in many cases they won’t even be in the general at all.  But unless I am afraid that a second place Republican will somehow defeat the Democrat in the general, I am free to vote for the person I like for second place.  Of course, the choice might be more difficult if I really dislike the front-runner.

 

Governor – Delaine Easton

There are four major Democrats running.  The front-runner is Lt. Governor and ex-mayor of SF Gavin Newsom.  He wasn’t the worst mayor, but he wasn’t the best either.

There is a slew of candidates running against him.  Among them are three big name Democrats and two big name Republicans (neither of whom has a prayer of winning the office).  The Democrats are former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Treasurer John Chiang, and former California Superintendent of Schools Delaine Eastin.  If Villaraigosa or Chiang come in second I will probably vote for him in the Fall as they are more progressive, more responsive, and more vulnerable to pressures from the movements I support than Newsom.  But it’s kind of hard to support a candidate who was at war with the teachers in Los Angeles.  And Chiang is fine, but boring – hasn’t distinguished himself at all. Granted, that’s probably hard to do as Treasurer, but do you know what he stands for?

Eastin has a great record of advocating for schools, and was actually the first major education-related office holder to advocate for LGBT students as a matter of open policy.  She is pro-single payer.  She is backed by a number of progressive figures, including Tom Ammiano and Harry Brit of Newsom’s home town.

I wrote the above some days ago, but in a poll released on the day I’m typing this, Trump-endorsed Republican John Cox pulled ahead of Villaraigosa in the latest poll.  Still well behind Newsom, but I want a better choice than that.  If that poll proves to be other than an outlier, I may vote for Villaraigosa just to shut Cox out.

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This shot really should be on currency as the first of its kind anywhere on the planet. It was a movement in its infancy, as you can see mostly white, middle class, and male. But all of the movements were young and connections between communities yet to be developed. Should take nothing away from the moment. It was the beginning of the end of closet culture.

1969 Stonewall Inn Riot in Greenwich Village, annual Pride Parade is launched up 6th Avenue.

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The charge is being passed around social media and it’s having an effect.  After my Monday Morning Magazine interview with Dominguez, an acquaintance approached me to discuss why he was leaning against a vote for her.  He told me that Ms. Dominguez is citing an “obscure” state law which mandates county audits of fire districts at their expense, apparently in a plot to have her department seize all the Measure Z money for itself so that “the money never leaves Eureka.”  The gentleman is a volunteer firefighter, and so he takes such an allegation very seriously.

And sure enough there are social media posts accusing her of “bullying rural fire departments” to take their lunch money.

All she did was to explain to the Board the requirements of Government Code section 26909, which reads in pertinent part as follows:

(a)(1) The county auditor shall either make or contract with a certified public accountant or public accountant to make an annual audit of the accounts and records of every special district within the county for which an audit by a certified public accountant or public accountant is not otherwise provided.  In each case, the minimum requirements of the audit shall be prescribed by the Controller and shall conform to generally accepted auditing standards.

(2) If an audit of a special district’s accounts and records is made by a certified public accountant or public accountant, the minimum requirements of the audit shall be prescribed by the Controller and shall conform to generally accepted auditing standards, and a report thereof shall be filed with the Controller and with the county auditor of the county in which the special district is located.  The report shall be filed within 12 months of the end of the fiscal year or years under examination.

(3) Any costs incurred by the county auditor, including contracts with, or employment of, certified public accountants or public accountants, in making an audit of every special district pursuant to this section shall be borne by the special district and shall be a charge against any unencumbered funds of the district available for the purpose.

 

She’s not “threatening” anything.  She’s just pointing out the bad news, and her detractors seem to be adopting the legendary Roman practice of attacking the bearer thereof.

Of course, if you read the statute further you will find that it provides for some options which may be taken by the Board of Supervisors.  The Auditor does not have the authority to act unilaterally.  If the Board does not take the actions stated or some other action then the Auditor is bound to act according to the statute.  That was her message.

The Board, with its spending power, even has another option, namely to authorize/dedicate a portion of the budget allocated to the Auditor to cover the costs on behalf of the districts.  That this puts the Board in an awkward political position of dedicating general funds toward special districts is their problem, but if the Auditor ignores section 26909 as her detractors suggest then she is doing the very same thing only covertly.

And when I spoke to her she also confirmed that if elected she would be more than willing to sit down with the Board, representatives of the districts, and any other stake holders to discuss how to meet the law as well as the districts’ needs.  She closed out the discussion by saying, “I’m here to serve.”

Please, decide which candidate is best for the county, but don’t fall for the sliming.

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