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Thursday, April 11, 2013
CRA Course Correction
After many emails over the last two days, I was able to get CRA to find a way to keep several members on the Board that were slated for removal.
This started by my asserting that the March 2 Board meeting was invalidly noticed 13 days instead of 14 as required by the Bylaws. By my math Feb 17 to Feb 28 was 11 days plus two in March equals 13 days. It helps when Bill Gates agrees with you. Try A3=A1 minus A2 in Microsoft Excel and you get this:
Subtracting Dates in Excel 2013
While the CRA was not willing to concede they blew the meeting notification, the leadership has pledged that they will reassign these wayward souls to the Board to fill their own vacancies. This keeps the March 2 meeting legit and keeps the Board mostly status quo. Had I not raised a ruckus, five to eight folks would have been tossed off the Board. This likely would not affect the outcome of any races for officer’s elections but it has the appearance of mischief.
Per CRA Bylaws, Board members are only allowed to miss two meetings during a two year term. The removal from office is automatic; thus when you miss the second meeting, you are never notified of the removal, it just happens. You are cut-off. It has been the practice that no communication is made with a person being removed. You just notice that your email box is quieter.
A few years ago, I was removed as Voter Registration Secretary after missing one meeting; not two as required by the Bylaws. I didn’t know I was off the Board until I heard I had been replaced. By then it was too late. It turns out that I was never marked as present at a Board meeting concurrent with a CRP Convention. After an hour of this two hour meeting, I had to attend a meeting with Steve Poizner held in an adjoining room. This was during his run for California Governor. My purpose attending the meeting was because I was the CRA Voter Registration Secretary. The irony was that doing my job cost me my job.
Once a vacancy occurs, the President has the option of filling the vacancy with the person of her choice or leaving it vacant until it can be filled. When CRA is less than three weeks from their Convention and the deck chairs start getting shuffled, it has the appearance that people are trying to tinker with the vote.
Once I got word of the offer to restore people to the Board, I began to dial back the rhetoric. I went from napalm to small arms fire. I was about to get nuclear on the subject but thankfully that was not necessary.
I am grateful to Tom Hudson and Karl Heft for engineering this arrangement. Furthermore, Celeste Greig had to sign-off on this in some capacity. Thanks for finding a way to do the right thing.
The Sith Lord says he’ll believe it when he sees it but I will give the Board the benefit of the doubt.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Part 2
The way money is handled can be either an orderly process or a chaotic, clumsy and haphazard one. Order prevents fraud, disorder invites it.
I have twenty years of experience in accounting including payables; receivables; payroll; sales and employment taxes; just to name a few areas that I have worked. In business, anything received in the mail is opened, date stamped, and routed to the appropriate person for further handling. When handling money, tasks should be divided between various employees and subjected to processes that verify correct handling of funds.
In offices where I have worked, all checks were copied twice. One copy was kept with the deposit slip and the other attached to the invoice that the check was paying. This was kept in a vendor file. In a matter of minutes I could lay hands on any invoice or payment that I ever touched and present it to the boss or outside auditor.
In volunteer organizations, these types of practices are important to maintain. When, I was a treasurer in my local CRA chapter, I have made copies of all deposit slips and all checks that make up the deposit. I also kept copies of membership applications for all people joining the club. I also have copies of all checks written and invoices that were paid with these checks. When these types of practices are not followed then you lose control of the funds and chaos begets more chaos.
This is a tale of chaos resulting in people in CRA not following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or the governing Bylaws.
As currently written, membership dues and applications are sent to the Membership Secretary. The Membership Secretary updates the records and verifies applicant’s voter registration and stuff like that. The funds are sent to the Treasurer to be deposited.
As a result of the 2011 leadership fight, the Membership Secretary is on the look-out for mischief. Red flag items include large checks that pay dues for large groups of people instead of individual checks from members, unsigned membership applications, and the like.
Additionally, certain clubs have a reputation for bouncing checks. Checks received at conventions have even a higher rate of being bounced. In the past, it has been possible to show-up at the convention, pay dues with a fraudulent check, vote for the officers of your choice and go home leaving CRA holding the bag.
Instead of supporting processes that are designed to protect individual officers and the group as a whole from fraud, certain officers try to circumvent this process. When that officer is the statewide President then it becomes a bigger problem.
It is not unusual for an owner of a small business to take shortcuts when it comes to money; oh the stories I could tell about that…; however, the President of a corporation with franchises all over a state like California is another matter. This is effectively what CRA is, a California corporation with many franchises. For the President to ever touch a check from a member is a violation of established procedures. She may occasionally cosign a check that pays a bill—I’m assuming two signatures are required to write a check; this may not be the case but should be—but generally check handling should be left to others.
The current CRA President is frequently handling money from members and depositing funds in the corporate bank account. By doing so, she is bypassing both the treasurer and membership secretary and thus the system of checks and balances established to protect the organization. From what I know, she does not make copies of these checks and deposit slips; instead she simply sends an email as the mood strikes her stating that Bob, Mary and Steve paid their dues. If she happens to forget then the treasurer has to hunt her down and see what she has been up to in order to reconcile the account.
Along these lines, another money handling screw-up has surfaced.
On February 22, 2013, Membership Secretary George Park sent an email about paying dues and other deadlines to chapter Presidents and Board members. The applicable portion for this discussion appears below:
6. When mailing membership dues to me, please use the following mailing address, with no signature requirement. My mail box is locked and very secure; I will not accept FedEx, UPS or any US Mail that has been sent with a signature requirement. Again, use regular US Mail with no signature required.
On March 14, 2013, this email was sent to CRA President Celeste Greig and others:
Please see the letter that has gone out to all CRA Units. Please also note Item #6. I just rejected a certified mail envelope sent to my office. I will not accept certified mail or any postal mail that requires a signature. I also will not accept Fed Ex or UPS packages. All membership mail must be sent to my home address and not to my office. I have consistently reiterated these details in multiple communications since I have been membership secretary. I wanted to bring this to your attention as an FYI. Thanks
Yesterday, April 9, 2013, Park sent out an email that included the following:
(Click Here) to see an email sent to CRA President Celeste Greig after I rejected a Certified Mail Envelope that she mailed me. This email was cc’ed to the entire CRA executive board on 3/14/2013. Why was Celeste collecting the RAGSCV unit dues? Why did she send their dues registered mail with a signature required?
Once again, Greig is interjecting herself into the money end of the corporation. Why is she handling dues for a local chapter? Where is the treasurer of the chapter? Why can’t they send in their own dues like the other 50 odd chapters? Why send money to Park with a signature required? For about seventy-five cents—which is cheaper than the postage Greig paid—she could have sent the money with a delivery confirmation that requires no signature. Again, she should not be handling money.
Yesterday Steve Frank again interjected himself into this controversy. Please note that Frank is a past President of the CRA Corporation. As someone in the business world and a past president, he above all people should know that the president should stay out of the business of handling money. Instead he fires back at Park stating,” Now he is upset that a club did not trust him to accurately record their membership and instead sent its membership checks to the CRA State President.”
Besides Frank again re-inventing the Bylaws to suit his bias, this is a personal attack on the Membership Secretary. Some folks may not like the stuff they hear George Park say but I have known him for a few years now and he impresses me as a man of integrity. Park took a shoe box full of junk and has done a good job of rebuilding the mess left by Peggy Mew. Somehow, I think that if I was to research it, that Mew was likely the Membership Secretary when Frank was CRA President. Thus one could say that Park is cleaning up the debris that Frank and others failed to deal with when they had the chance.
George Park is doing his best and is trying to get local chapters to follow the rules that have always been there, just not enforced. He takes his fiduciary obligation as a corporate officer seriously; others like Frank and Greig treat CRA like a Cub Scout den leader meeting.
Sith Lord thinks Steve Frank Presidency was before Peggy Mew was Membership Secretary.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Part 1
The CRA elites have been hard at work behind the scenes to insure that the status quo is maintained. As stated earlier, part of this strategy is keeping clubs that violate the rules—but vote the right way—in good standing so they will vote for the Greig Slate. (Please note that challenger John Briscoe has no slate.)
Antelope Valley RA has been given a pass after disgorging two years worth of paperwork and dues. They sent in rosters for 2012 & 2013 and a check for dues and as a result, they have been declared as a chapter in good standing. Please note that they were given a pass on paying any dues for 2011 and submitted their dues after the paperwork deadline for the upcoming convention. The stated reason for being given a pass on 2011 dues is that no current members have records that go back that far.
Antelope Valley did not follow the rules set forth in the State Bylaws but was given a pass in part because they have powerful patrons that neither faction in CRA feels they can afford to cross; in particular, George and Sharon Runner. Runner and his wife are listed as members of the Antelope Valley RA. AVRA claims a few other elected folks as members also.
Putting his best spin on this yesterday, Membership Secretary George Park released a statement praising the return of the prodigal son.
For over two years, the previous leadership of the unit simply never communicated with the CRA Membership Secretary and had not paid dues to CRA. Thanks to the efforts of CRA VP Tim Thiesen, we were able to make contact and in a conference call were able to resolve all the issues that existed.
The AVRA is one of the oldest units in the CRA and the new leadership is now fully reconnected with the CRA. VP Tim Thiesen made this possible through multiple phone calls. Thanks to Tim’s efforts AVRA is now go to go.
“I am truly grateful to Tim Thiesen for helping bring the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly back in to the CRA fold”, said George Park, CRA Membership Secretary, “It is gratifying to see the earnest commitment from their new president toward growing CRA and the Conservative Movement in the Antelope Valley!”
“Leadership means connection”, said Tim Thiesen, “and connection means sharing information and treating everyone fairly regardless of their opinions. To move CRA forward, the era of suspicion and stealth need to end.”
Reconnecting with the AVRA, on the heels of the wildly successful reorganization of the Ventura RA are two serious signs of progress in the direction of building a stable, healthy CRA going forward in Northern L.A. County and beyond.
Park can sure make lemonade from lemons.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Being Steve Frank must be a lot like working as the White House Press Secretary for Barack Obama. Frank gets trotted out in public every few days to put lipstick on the sow that is the CRA Presidency of Celeste Greig.
Today, George Park dumped another steaming load of Greig’s past actions on her doorstep. An hour later, Frank was dutifully trotted-out to again attack the messenger.
In today’s installment, Park once again concentrated on the Republican Assembly of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. On their current membership roster, this group is claiming members:
• Living in Texas and Washington DC.
• People that never joined the club or paid dues.
• Not even registered to vote.
Frank and Greig defend the legitimacy of RAGSCV despite the fact that the Bylaws they are pledged to support require that CRA members must live in California and be registered Republicans in the Golden State.
Frank accused this malfeasance on the fact that Park is not doing his job.
The irony is that Frank and Greig are the reason that clubs like these are not disciplined for their failure to follow the rules. Park’s emails are informing the Statewide Board of the problems in the organization and making sure that the appropriate committees must confront these issues while not allow those enabling this aberrant behavior to sweep it under the carpet. In addition, Greig is exposed as failing to lead, thus building the case that she should be replaced as President.
Frank has ignored my advice to get a good rhyme to cover his crimes and instead opted for, “End the Fraud. Let CRA grow—end the Drama.” You can tell what Frank believes by what he accuses the other guys of doing. He projects his values and tactics on to his enemies because he figures that they operate from the same motivation that he does. Let’s break down his slogan.
• “End the Fraud”: Park would agree that ending the fraud is his goal—the fraud perpetrated by Frank and Greig.
• “Let CRA grow”: The growth Park wants is orderly and organic, the growth Frank wants is cancerous and destructive.
• “End the Drama”: Ending the Drama is stopping the special treatment and exemptions allowed by Greig and Frank. If everyone followed the same rules there wouldn’t be any drama.
Being Frank is difficult when you have nothing to work with. He can’t defend the record of the incumbent so all that he can do is attack Republicans that desire to do the right thing. Being Frank is more like Obama’s press secretary than I imagined.
Maybe RINO should be Republican Incumbents Need Obfuscation.
Friday, April 05, 2013
CRA: Fraud, Lies, and Video Tape
Membership Secretary, George Park, has fired off his first two installments in the continuing tale of fraud, lies, and misdirection which have been the CRA Presidency of Celeste Greig and her advisor, Steve Frank.
Park’s first salvo was a video recording of Frank misrepresenting the CRA Bylaws so he could prevent the largest chapter of CRA in California, Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly, from participation in an endorsing convention. The disenfranchisement was because the chapter was not supporting his preferred candidate in a regional endorsing convention.
Frank –while on camera—was blowing more smoke than a steam locomotive, as he prevented the rules established in the State Bylaws from being followed and instead substituted his own novel interpretation. He used his rank as a previous past statewide president as justification for buttressing his unique interpretation. After the endorsing convention, an appeal was made to CRA President Celeste Greig as statewide President. She upheld the actions of Frank.
I have experienced similar abuse at a CRA endorsing convention when I was barred from voting by John Stoos and Wayne Johnson because I did not agree with their candidate choice and the outcome was too important to be left peons like me. Interestingly, Frank, Stoos (at the time), and Johnson are all political consultants. Perhaps folks who make their living as political consultants should be barred from officiating at endorsement conventions in which they have a financial interest in the outcome.
Next, Park directed his guns at the other Santa Clarita CRA chapter, the Republican Assembly of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. This group has a short but colorful history. It is a club created for the benefit of one candidate. Park has documented that the chartering documents for this group contain improprieties. Some listed members not only say never joined the group but say they never paid any dues.
Scott and Vanessa Wilk never signed the petition for Charter. Both Assemblymember Scott Wilk and his wife Vanessa Wilk (also a Deputy Senate District Director) have certified via email that they never signed the RAGSCV petition for charter…Neither Scott nor Vanessa ever paid dues, and did not fill out membership applications!
Links to Vanessa and Scott Wilk emails denying joining the RASCV chapter.
Normal folks call this evidence but not Steve Frank. He refuses to deal with the facts. Instead he employs Zen and the Art of Political Science. He just wishes all the negative energy that he radiates not be held to his account. Instead he says, “If you do not have anything positive, unifying or productive to say—keep it to yourself. Don’t harm CRA for a personal agenda.”
Frank seems more akin to Rodney King screaming, “Can’t we all just get along?” Clearly he has one set of rules for his friends and a different standard for everyone else. Isn’t that one of our complaints about Democrats?
Steve’s line of argument is old, tired, and uninspiring. I think he needs a new tactic. I think he should follow the advice given in the Paul Shanklin parody Drag the Dog. In one portion James Carville and OJ Simpson have the following discussion and how Bill Clinton should handle the affair with Monica.
JC “Listen-up and just do what he says.”
OJ “Hey, I got here as fast as I could. What’s the situation?”
JC “Well it ain’t so good. They got they got tapes, gifts, witnesses, clothing, DNA, finger prints.”
OJ “That don’t mean anything. Do you have a rhyme?”
JC “A what?”
OJ” Like, he can’t quit, she’s just a twit.”
JC “Man you’re good.”
Yeah, Steve Frank needs a rhyme! Truth is not on his side. His only hope is to raise obfuscation to a whole new level. Hey Steve, get a rhyme ‘cause your outta time.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
CRA Paper Clubs Again Allow Mischief
I guess that I’m sort of old fashioned. I think everyone should play by the same rules. I think your friends and enemies should be held to the same standard. In politics this makes me a fossil or a pariah.
Within the California Republican Assembly, the ranks of membership are dwindling. They have been for several decades. The leadership of the organization has been in denial of this fact whenever possible.
“Paper clubs” were routinely resurrected each election cycle for the purpose of securing endorsements for candidates. Paper clubs typically had no active members and no regular meetings but were magically able to field delegates for endorsing conventions. Memberships were often paid by patrons of the group—usually in the form of a check from a candidate or political consulting firm. This practice was happening without much concern by the Board. As the Bylaws were interpreted, it took about two years to declare a chapter defunct. Those in charge of membership were reluctant to declare any chapter defunct. It finally got to the point were almost half the chapters in the State were non-existent.
A big red flag to the CRA that paper units were a problem was when Mitt Romney was able to capture a number of these local chapters and secured the endorsement in the Primary against John McCain. Ironically, Romney suspended campaigning prior to the California primary election. At the same time, several local candidates for State Senate and Assembly were also able to repeat Romney’s success on a smaller scale. CRA however failed to take any action to fix the paper clubs.
In 2011, the challenger for CRA President tried to capture these paper clubs and then send delegates to vote for her. (She helped Romney and others in the past and knew the drill.) She was given much help in the effort by the Membership Secretary. Had the Membership Secretary done her job, the opportunity for a hostile take-over would not exist because the paper clubs would have been weeded from the membership roll. Also, the Membership Secretary knew where the paper clubs were buried and how to re-animate them. As a result, the CRA was finally forced to trim much of the deadwood from its ranks.
What finally blew-up the scheme of phantom chapters was that the existing Board felt so threatened by the contested CRA Presidential race that they decided to have clubs provide not just delegate names but also rosters of chapter membership. Local chapters were forced to prove that they were sending the correct number of delegates based on actual membership in order to vote at the convention. Had the challenger been able to have actual members in the paper clubs and not tried to over-reach by sending delegates for clubs with no paid members, she likely would have won. The process of challenging clubs that failed to provide membership lists to the parent organization took a full day. The Membership Secretary refused to release the information thus necessitating the tribunal that was held.
Two years later and on a smaller scale, the same thing is happening again. A few important differences are in the mix this time around. First, the new Membership Secretary is aware of the misbehaving clubs and intends to call them to account. Second, the current President is staunchly defending the remaining paper clubs because she thinks that they will support her for re-election.
It is unfortunate that the sitting President has so little faith in the rules of the organization and her ability. Unlike her challenger in 2011, the new Presidential candidate will not be resorting to litigation to make the sitting President follow the rules. The Membership Secretary is strong and has little tolerance for B.S. He will remove the paper clubs as a factor and let the race be based on delegate turn-out and not parlor tricks.
My sources tell me the universe of paper clubs causing the most concern is about five chapters. Of these, the one that is getting the most attention is Antelope Valley. They have not responded to any communications from the Membership Secretary since 2011. They have not sent dues to the State organization or information on membership as required by the Bylaws. It took a series of phone calls to the Chairman of the California Republican Party and a State Senator to get a response from them. Below is how Membership Secretary, George Park, described it in a recent email:
You will see in this email that you have several major violations of CRA by-laws that are not simply fixed with a list and a check, and this is the basis as to why I will be asking the entire CRA board, CC’ed here to suspend your charter as discipline for the these violations of the CRA By-Laws.
Everyone receiving this email needs to understand that I contacted Jim Brulte who then referred me to Senator Knight’s office and only then was I able to break a two-year silence of no contact from the AVRA. It cannot be said that I am acting arbitrarily as I have gone above and beyond to contact the AVRA.
Why did I have to call Jim Brulte and then Senator Knight to get them involved before I could finally get a response? I deserve an answer to this question. I think it is a question that any reasonable person in my position would ask.
Here are the current violations of CRA By-Laws that I know of at this time for the AVRA:
1. Failure to provide records under section 10.07 of the CRA By-Laws - since we were able to make contact, I have made several requests for records that have not been complied with. I need you to assist me in getting all of the items that I requested. These are the same items that the other 50+CRA units have provided. AVRA should provide them as well.
2. I still have not received an explanation for why my communication with your leadership in the last two years was never replied to. The AVRA may owe several hundred dollars in back dues and I’ve yet to receive any information about your 2011 or 2012 membership.
3. In 2012 - your unit attended a CRA local endorsing convention with expired dues and no valid members on the CRA’s master membership records. This is a violation of section 4.08 remittance of dues, if your unit participated in more than one endorsing convention then there are multiple violations. The $275 check notwithstanding, both lists you have given me in 2013 show that your unit easily had more than 11 members in 2012 - however, that $275 check was not accompanied by any documentation. The AVRA has never until today provided me a membership roster.
4. You sent me a list a few days ago with 18 members on it and a check from your personal trust account. Now I have another roster with 36 members and a copy of a unit check. Please explain what happened? Where did all the members appear from?
5. I have asked for membership applications for each of your members as I have absolutely no membership records in your file. Please make sure that I get signed membership applications from all your members before the April 26th start of the convention. Please also provide copies of members dues checks to show that they paid their dues individually.
6. Section 10.06 of the CRA bylaws is clear about the requirement to submit periodical reports of membership to the State CRA membership Secretary - you have failed to do so in 2011,2012 and 2013 - the duration of my current term. If someone advised you not to communicate with me, please let me know as I think it would be appropriate for the CRA Board to hold that person accountable for this error. If not, then I ask again for a complete explanation to be provided not just for me but for the CRA Board of Directors.
7: Section 10.04 and 10.05 of the CRA bylaws are clear about elections of delegates and unit leadership. Since you had no paid members in 2012 - this was impossible. Since I have received no records whatsoever - it is likely that the delegates the AVRA sent to the 2012 L.A. County endorsing convention were not eligible to participate. The AVRA’s failure to provide requested records is additional grounds to challenge your delegation should you decide to participate in the 2013 convention. Once again if any CRA Officer advised you not to communicate with me, please let me know right away.
8. Section 4.06 of the CRA bylaws is very clear about assignment to a Chartered Republican Assembly you are eligible to join. Section 4.05 indicates that local units set their own membership requirements - the by-laws you’ve had in force since your unit was chartered indicate that a perspective member must live within the territory of the unit in order to be eligible to join. The second list you gave me has 3 ineligible members. This is a violation of your own by-laws, and Section 4.05 and Section 4.06 of the State CRA By-Laws. It is likely, had you provided records in 2011 and 2012 that you’d have had the same violation in those years as well.
9. Section 6.02 of the CRA bylaws deals with non-attendance at annual CRA conventions. Your unit has not attended a CRA Convention for the entire time I have been membership secretary. While I am grateful for your sudden interest - the by-laws of the CRA are clear about the consequences of non-participation in CRA Conventions.
10. Section 6.04 of the CRA bylaws is clear - it was cited in the Jeopardy letter I sent your unit. Even after sending that letter I went to extra lengths to reach out. Perhaps those giving you advice have made claims that have only added to your confusion. Please direct your attention to the following sentence:
Any Republican Assembly that fails to conform to these Bylaws may have its charter and membership suspended or revoked, or may be otherwise disciplined, by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.
The current President’s most vocal supporter—nicknamed the “co-president’; Steve Frank—responded to the above with an email full of personal attacks on the Membership Secretary. He never touches on the substance of the problems with the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly.
I happened to be with Membership Secretary Park when the CRP Chairman was contacted about another matter and the subject of Antelope Valley RA was brought up. The chairman mentioned that he had just spoken at the Antelope Valley RA meeting about a week prior to this phone call. The Membership Secretary asked Mr. Brulte about contacting the wayward chapter and told him the trouble he had experienced trying to get a response to his repeated communications. After several more calls, apparently Antelope Valley finally responded and broke their two year silence.
Look how the co-president—Steve Frank—characterized the above exchange between Park and Brulte in a recent email.
While CRA is a chartered organization of the California Republican Party, the CRP chair, in this case Jim Brulte, has nothing to say or do about the internal workings of the CRA. Oh, and neither does a State Senator. We are happy that Senator Knight is a member of CRA, but he is not on the Board. Could this type of phone calling be why legislators stay away from CRA.
This statement has no basis in reality. Remember I was present when Park and Brulte spoke. Brulte mentioned Antelope Valley to show he was trying to work with local Republican groups that Park was familiar with and at that point the subject of contacting Antelope Valley was brought up. Mr. Frank was not there and will not accept the word of the people who were. Frank cannot be frank. Truth is a barrier to his narrative so he chooses to ignore it.
Frank then bloviates more:
I also note that in a previous email to the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly, George has said he is going to recommend that the AVRA be “suspended” for 15 months. Isn’t that an odd number of months. Could it be that using that number he would disallow the AVRA from participating in the convention this year and next? Since they do not support him, I am sure he prefers they not vote.
My understanding is that Antelope Valley did not submit their current dues and membership roster by the Convention deadline and are thus ineligible to participate in the April 2013 Convention. Who AVRA might support at Convention is a mute point when they don’t submit the require documents to attend. Again, Frank is not interested in the facts; he just wants to inflame the situation. His purpose is to divide. He has no interest in helping the organization. In fact, Frank thinks the above listed problems should be no barrier to participation in the upcoming Convention.
Because of their conduct, I think the CRA Board should put a bullet in Antelope Valley and make them go thru the entire re-chartering process. I think suspending AVRA is a kindness they may not deserve. However, if they are subject to suspension and then comply with the requests noted above, I know that the Membership Secretary would want them restored as an active chapter. The 15 months is a “grace period” not a mandatory suspension period. Again, Frank is not interested in anything that might be contrary to his narrative.
There are continued murmurings that Frank & his faction are desperately trying to work out a strategy of victory base on weasel tactics because they are fearful of a stand-up fight. The games are definitely afoot. Watch this space for more.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Happy Easter 2013
He is Risen
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Walking Dead S-3 Finally Predictions
This week-end marks the season three finally of The Walking Dead. The war with Woodberry appears about to explode. In the previews, you can see a guard tower at the prison explode so it looks like the Governor and company will attack.
Based on what I think I know, this is what I will look for on Sunday night:
• The contract with the small town where AMC is filming the Woodberry portion of the series was a two year deal, thus I think the Woodberry story line will not wrap-up until next season.
• Daryl will be out for payback after last week’s episode. Will he act like a berserker and shoot everything that he sees (most likely) or be like a sniper, waiting for a kill shot?
• The actor that play Rick reportedly said 27 will perish in the finally.
• The “Rick is crazy” story needs to fade away.
• Baby—reportedly, the baby did not live in the comic so I think she will stay with someone in Woodberry once the Governor is dispatched. Even in this show, I don’t think they will kill an infant. Typically babies are written out of story when not needed on a television show.
• One of the following will perish—Hershel, Maggie or Glen. Glen proposed to Maggie and her dad approved. They would not show this if it did not matter.
• Andrea will meet her end.
• The Governor’s helper will betray him and then perish.
• Rick’s son will kill someone in a cold and ruthless way.
How the Governor should be killed-off:
My idea is that he will lose his other eye and then be surrounded by walkers. The camera will pan back for a wider shot and fade to back as he screams.
I made ten comments/predictions on the finally of The Walking Dead Season 3. So how did I do?
• Correct I said that the Governor & company would attack the prison.
• Wrong I said the town of Woodberry would continue into next season—not known but I’m thinking I was wrong on this one.
• Wrong Daryl did almost nothing in the episode so I was wrong about him.
• Correct Rick rumor of 27 dead was right-why was a surprise twist.
• Correct It looks like “Rick is Crazy” was put to rest.
• Wrong Baby not living happily ever after in Woodberry
• Wrong Hershel, Maggie and Glen live into next season?
• Correct Andrea is gone-right big-time
• Correct Governor’s helper is gone
• Correct Rick’s son kills someone in cold and ruthless way
Six correct is not bad for 46 minutes of television.
I wonder if the Governor will be back… New season, new show runner in October
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Ventura Tea Party Leader Jumps into CRA Presidential Race
These threads are in chronological order to provide some context. Additional details on the CRA Presidential race are found at http://www.rightondaily.com
Aaron Park, CRA Sergeant at Arms replied to a campaign email from Celeste Greig:
I wanted to report in on my activities this month.
Along with CRA membership secretary George Park - we drove 830 Miles Round Trip to Ventura County to clean up a *mess left behind by SDD Steve Frank. I am pleased to report that the Ventura RA was successfully reorganized with 35 members at the time (they now have 38) - most all of whom have never been CRA Members.
I’d like to make a specific request that we reach out to local Tea Parties in Ventura to let them know about the values of CRA and that there is now a functional Unit in their area.
Celeste Greig, CRA President wrote the following:
Yes, I know that must of you are saying “Not another drama, lets just move on and ignore the park brothers”, well that is what we have been doing for the last 5 years or so, and look where it has taken us.
Then she added:
What mess *? Steve Frank WAS NOT in charge or President of the Ventura County R.A. he only went and met with Regina Risolio last week to get the existing records from her, she was the President, NOT Steve, he was not even on the board, we have been trying to re-activate the Unit for a long time, and had good, solid conservative people who wanted to be part of it, not anymore.
After Park recommends that the CRA President reach-out to the Ventura Tea Party, their President George Miller, attacks::
I have NO idea what you and your brother are smoking up there, but:
1. “Reorganizing” a CRA chapter which is supposed to be “Conservative,” using RINO’s, if not out and out Progressives, will win you no favor in Ventura County, from actual Conservatives and real Tea Parties.
2. Steve Frank was not running the VC CRA chapter. He came in very recently after the fact and tried to revive the corpse. From the looks of your shrinking membership (notwithstanding your phantom units and bought “members), it doesn’t look as though there’s much of real substance left. Add to that its endorsements of non-Conservatives, why bother?
2. We brought some Tea Parties into CRA in 2011, right before you staged your mischief surrounding the CRA Convention. At that time, most of us either exited, changed plans to join, or cut back radically on CRA participation. We haven’t forgotten.
4. Is this mere incompetence, or a deliberate attempt to destroy CRA and what it stands for? Your latest stunt seems to suggest the latter.
Please note that Celeste Greig was the one that inserted the idea that Steve Frank was “President of Ventura County RA” not Mr. Park as Miller claims.
I received your email last night and wished to respond to it. Clearly someone gave you my address because we have never corresponded before.
Before responding I want to tell you a little about myself. I have been in CRA since about 1989 when I was recruited by Barbara Alby in the Narthex of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento. I have seen many changes over the years. I was active in the Congressional campaigns of both Tim LeFevre and Barbara Alby. My daughter had attended City on the Hill youth camp that is sponsored by CRI. In 2011, I was supporting Karen England for President. My blog on the conflict between England and the Parks, et al was the basis of the court action taken against CRA.
I arrived at the April 2011 convention ready to vote for Karen England until I saw the circus that was staged on her behalf by Capitol Staffers and others. It was clear that she arrived with a host of paper clubs and was resorting to classic protest tactics I had only witnessed utilized by Leftists. It was a great disappointment to behold.
I also have disagreed with Aaron Park and others in their treatment of Rodney Stanhope. However, I have had a good relationship with Aaron and George Park for many years.
Unlike you, or Steve Frank or Celeste Greig, I was at the re-organizational meeting for the Ventura Republican Assembly.
Everything Steve Frank said about the meeting prior to it actually taking place was false except that Mike Osborn would attend. Frank’s complaints prior to the meeting were that Osborn worked with Charles Munger and some of his appointments to CRP were from outside Ventura County. These arguments are rather weak. CRA endorsed most of Munger’s slate for the CRP. Celeste Greig had ample time to recruit opponents to the slate and did not. In the old days CRA ran a complete slate for all CRP offices and had an effective proxy drill. Secondly, a County chair can appoint whoever they want to appoint.
Mike Osborn is the County chairman of the Republican Party of Ventura County. The CRA is chartered by the Republican Party. It has been the practice that County chairs will be present at Republican events in their county. This is doubly so when a new group is organizing. I spoke to Mr. Osborn at the Ventura RA meeting and he claims to be pro-life, a supporter of the Second Amendment and wants lower taxes. That may not cover all 14 points of the CRA but it puts him squarely in the Republican column. What Mike Osborn seems to lack is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ—something that is beyond the scope of this discussion.
The Steve Frank email that was forwarded to you by Celeste Greig prior to the re-organizational meeting was full of bullet points designed to put a wedge between your group and the CRA. You did not show due diligence to check the truth of Frank’s assertions or attend the meeting as an observer. You were welcome to come and check it out. Like Steve Frank, you did not attend the meeting but you are perfectly will to misrepresent it because it fits your narrative.
Better yet, if you wanted to, you could have had your Tea Party friends show up at George’s meeting, paid memberships and taken the Ventura RA right from under his nose. Since that didn’t happen it makes me wonder why you even inserted yourself into this issue.
No one claimed that Frank was running the VC CRA chapter as you assert in point 2 of your email. Frank—as a Senate District Director—was charged with helping to grow and assist CRA chapters in his assigned area. As I understand it, Ventura went from five chapters to zero. It appears that not until Frank and Greig did a headcount of possible delegates for the April 2013 Convention did they set their sights on reviving the chapter.
Neither Party in the 2011 CRA Convention battle is blameless. I am one of the few that publicly advocated following the existing rules to get thru the controversy. Had Karen England followed the rules and done thing according to the Bylaws she could have won. Celeste and her friends weren’t sure that following the rules would work so they shaded things to their side. For new folks coming into the group, it was not our finest moment.
I can understand your reluctance to be involved in CRA; however, with this email you have inserted yourself not only into an internal CRA controversy but you have chosen sides by the way you have done it.
One last irony that you remind me of is that it was Charles Munger that gave money to the Tea Party in Placer County to take-over their Republican Central Committee and boot out the CRA members.
I wish the Tea Party would either stay out of CRA affairs or pay dues so they can have a voice in what happens. Taunting from the sidelines does not advance either group. It only causes more folks sour on politics and register as DTS.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Prop 8 and the Supremes
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court has been given the opportunity to rule on the issue of marriage. These nine folks can either affirm the Truth that marriage is between a man and a woman or reject both Law and morality and substitute their own judicial gymnastics.
I have little faith that these folks in black robes will do the right thing but if they knew what was good for the country they would affirm the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
I marvel that behavior that is worthy of execution should be forced upon the rest of us not only as normal but as the superior way of living. What is so good about Platonic love? Plato stated the highest form of love is a man for a man. Plato’s mentor Socrates was executed for “corrupting the youth”; can you say pedophilia?
I’m reminded of the Steve Taylor song, What Ever Happened to Sin?
I heard the Reverend say
“Gay is probably normal in the Good Lord’s sight
What’s to be debated?
Jesus never stated what’s right”
I’m no theology nut, but
The Reverend may be a little confused
For if the Lord don’t care
And he chooses to ignore-ah
Tell it to the people
Of Sodom and Gomorrah (woah)
Call it just an alternate lifestyle, huh?
Morality lies within
Consciences are restin’
Please repeat the question again
Whatever happened to sin?
This issue and the societal decay that is resulting is just further proof that divine judgment is escalating in our nation and most people are perfectly OK with it. The frogs in the pan are at a rolling boil and they don’t even know it. Oh, and that sulfur smell is you cooking in your own juices.
God has two words for you: Repent, Believe. Sadly your god is your belly and you will perish in trespasses and sin rather than turn to Him.
In case you thought wrath was an Old Testament concept, you don’t fair any better in the New Covenant.
Romans 1: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful ; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened . 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools , 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator , who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another ; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet . 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 Corinthians 6: 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
I Timothy 1: 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
21: 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable , and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
22: 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
I have had homosexuals claim that I am judging them. My response is no, you are already under judgment, I’m trying to warn you to forsake your sin and turn to God.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Frank Recants CRA Resignation: Clarifies Tantrum
After declaring that he is through with CRA and screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’; Steve Frank failed to complete his stated mission of jihad on Saturday.
Sunday from his recovery room he released yet another tirade. Below are the portions relevant to his aborted resignation.
I am a CRA Senate District Director—I have resigned as that. Why? Because I am also a CRA Past President and can have only one vote at a convention. So, like I did two years ago before the CRA convention, I resigned as Senate District Director so someone can replace me.
OK Steve, no place in your rant—see post below—did you qualify what you were resigning from, it was I’m moving on; CRA has forsaken its values and I’m moving onto somewhere where I can do more good. You dissed the organization as a whole.
Later in the message he continued:
While I will not be active in CRA—do I really want to continue internal fights that take energy and resources from defeating liberals and Democrats? (I will continue my CRA membership)
Instead I will:
*continue publishing our CRA principles and values in my newsletter every day
*continue doing several radio shows each week promoting our CRA principles and values.
*continue speaking 2-3 times each week around the State to conservative groups and monthly debate liberals on our CRA values and principles.
These are positive things for CRA. AND I WILL ONLY DO POSITIVE THINGS FOR CRA.
Steve, the big issue that folks have with you and many Republicans is not what you say; it’s what you do and how you do it. It’s the backroom, back-stabbing, always calculating for advantage that folks have against you. You’re not sure you can win in a fair fight so you find ways of putting your thumb on the scales just to make sure you win. Can you say, “Santa Clarita?”
I’m glad to see that you are turning over a new leaf and promising from now on that “I will only do positive things for CRA”. Unfortunately old habits die hard. We will see if you continue you old ways or do better. I think it more likely that you are sorry you got caught, than sorry for what you have done.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Park Brothers Cause Steve Frank to Leave CRA
In the Cold War era, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged proxies to fight smaller battles that determined the future direction of other countries. In a similar fashion a proxy war was fought and decisively won today within the California Republican Assembly. This battle was over who would be the next statewide President. The choices are Celeste Greig and John Briscoe.
The proxy battle today was over the fate of the Venture County Republican Assembly. Steve Frank and his wife were the only members of record for the group. Steve is the Senate District Director for this area of California. The job of the Senate District Director is to grow clubs and help struggling units in his district.
Mr. Frank did not do this. His club has not been active for a period of at least two years and was in danger of being dissolved and de-chartered.
After being contacted by people interested in joining the unit, Membership Secretary George Park decided to call a meeting to try to re-organize the club in the hope that it would once again become a vibrant CRA chapter.
Mr. Frank—instead of being grateful for the assistance of fellow Board members that wanted to help him with the club—decided to call a different meeting in his home to re-organize the chapter on his terms. This occurred only after Park had set his plan into motion.
Frank had two primary reasons for calling a competing meeting. Frank viewed the Park meeting not only as stepping on his own private CRA chapter; but Frank—who supports re-electing Greig for President—viewed Park’s intervention as likely to bolstering convention delegates for Briscoe. Thus my analogy to a proxy battle between two forces.
Park did all of his meeting invitations in a very public and forthright way. He had even invited Steve Frank and his wife to attend the re-organizational meeting that he had called. Frank was not interested.
Frank seems to have called thru his old Rolodex and come up short on warm bodies. The day before his meeting, Frank cancelled the effort.
I rode to the meeting today with both of the Park brothers: George and Aaron, and Carl Brickey. I was simply an observer and knew only what had been publicly circulated amongst CRA members.
I can read the stiches on the proverbial fastball and knew that Mr. Frank viewed the meeting called by George Park as a hostile intrusion into his turf. This is clear from the email that has been filling my box over the last few weeks.
Just after Park had started the meeting, I received the email that appears below. I was at this meeting and Steve Frank was not. Based on the time stamp of the email, it was sent minutes before Park called the meeting to order. Frank was not in attendance today.
This email is full of inaccuracies and bald-faced lies as well as attacks on “strawmen” of Frank’s own invention. If you were not there then you would not necessarily know this information.
Reportedly, Celeste Greig—the current CRA President—also tried to create a wedge between CRA conservatives and Tea Party folks in Ventura County by sending some misleading emails to their leadership.
The message below appears in its entirety. The font sizes and some line spacing have needed minor modifications to fit on my blog.
George Park “hijacks Ventura County Republican Assembly for Liberals” I am Moving On for Conservatives @capoliticalnews on Twitter—follow us
The California Republican Assembly was called by Ronald Reagan ”The Conscience of the Republican Party.”
Thanks to the efforts of George Park, that is no longer true of the Ventura County Republican Assembly (VCRA), and the numerous other clubs he has gone after. He is either taking them over with Liberals or trying to close them down. As Membership Secretary he is supposed to be helping save and grow the clubs. Since they do not support his version of CRA, they must go.
Over the past few days he has sent out email blasts proudly proclaiming “leading” Ventura County Republicans are joining the VCRA.
For instance, Mike Osborn, chair of the Ventura County Central Committee. Mike is a good Republican. But is he a CRA Republican, you decide.
1. Working with Charles Munger he led the fight in the Platform Drafting Committee to end the conservation California Republican Party Platform.
2. As County chair he appointed delegates to the CRP convention. Half of them did not come from our County, they came from the Bay Area, so they could vote for the Munger candidate for Regional Vice Chair against the CRA endorsed candidate, Rohit Joy.
Is Mike Osborn a CRA Republican. How would he vote for endorsements for candidates in the name of CRA.
Then you have City Councilman Glen Becerra. He is also a good Republican, you decide if he is a CRA Republican.
1. He has never received the endorsement of the local CRA when he has run for office.
2. He is currently the chair of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). This is a unelected regional government promoting higher taxes and Agenda 21. Is he a CRA Republican? You decide. How would he vote for endorsements for candidates in the name of CRA.
You also have Councilman Steve Sojka. He has not been involved at all in the Central Committee or any GOP clubs. He is a registered Republican.
1. He serves as the chair of the Venur County Transportation Commission. Last week he announced that there might be a “need” to raise taxes to pay for his vision of government transportation systems in the County. Is he a CRA Republican? How would he vote for endorsements for candidates in the name of CRA.
2. He has never received the endorsement of the local CRA when he ran for office.
(Both Sojka and Becerra objected when a motion came before the Simi Valley City Council to implement E-Verify just for city employees)
You might also have Dan White, a registered Republican and Simi Valley School Board member as part of the effort of Mr. Park. The White campaign was run by Sally Becerra, wife of Glen. How good a CRA Republican is Dan White? This is from the Simi Valley Educators Association (teachers union):
“President Obama, State Senator Fran Pavely, Trustee Collins, Trustee Sandland and Trustee White are all true friends to education and won.” He was the CTA candidate.
How would he vote for endorsements for candidates in the name of CRA.
These are people who associate with the Republican Party, and that is good for the Party. The California Republican Assembly is a conservative, constitutional, limited government organization. We provide the balance.
What does the president of the Simi Valley-Moorpark Tea Party think about this?
Mike Osborn, Glenn Becerra and Steve Sojka ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES. They are Very middle RINO centrists. I will not attend the meeting or continue my CRA membership if they are allowed to hijack the CRA.
Oh, the chairman of the Ventura County Tea Party recommended his members not participate with CRA as well.
George Park has divided the CRA from the Tea Party in this County.
Worse, several of the people attending his meeting and helping him, supported a Democrat for State Senate in 2008 against Tony Strickland. Imagine what we will find if we looked at all his members?
I urge the Charter Review Committee and the Credentials Committee to vet the members before they are allowed delegates or are chartered (This is a new club, NOT a re-organization). Under the bylaws the local club gets to decide who is allowed membership. Do you want White, Sojka, Osborn and Becerra to be among the decision makers.
What is the George Park vision of CRA?
Bigger government—Agenda 21Fighting conservative Republicans instead of Democrats
Is this yours?
Thought CRA leaders should know what is happening and who is taking over our clubs.
As for me, I only want to be productive for G-d, country and family. I do not wish to spend my time fighting within CRA or other conservative organizations. We have already lost all credibility with legislative Republicans after George and his brother demeaned and shredded solid voting conservatives like Senator Joel Anderson, Senator Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and now Congressman Doug LaMalfa (who votes almost exactly like Tom McClintock in Congress).
ALL named above received “A” grades on the CRA scorecard, yet the Park brothers went after them.
Only one legislator has any interest in CRA, and that is because he wants control of all GOP clubs in his district—and I understand that.
CRA is socially government—none of the leadership he has brought in are.
Instead of participating with CRA, I will continue to promote the conservative movement, doing radio shows and speeches from Imperial to Humboldt. My work with candidates who stand for CRA principles and values will continue, but CRA is no longer what I said it was when I founded the National Federation of Republican Assembly, “The Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”
With George Park proudly bringing in Osborn, Sojka, Becerra and their friends into CRA, it is no long the “Conscience or the Republican Party” or the Republican Wing of the Party. Enjoy the upcoming convention.
And now as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”
Mike Osborn, as Frank pointed out in the above, is Ventura County Party Chairman. Additionally, he has been the State CRP Treasurer for many years.
After today’s meeting, Osborn described himself as both pro-life and a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment and lower taxes. I spoke with him and he seemed to be a Republican and not a Democrat. While he would not be allowed membership in my church because of some of his views; he seemed no different than many Central Committee members that I know in my county. Lastly, it was pointed out to me that many County Chairs will join volunteer groups in their own county but they usually do not take an active part.
City Councilmen Glen Becerra and Steve Sojka were not at the meeting and were never mentioned. Only upon reading Steve Frank’s email today were they mentioned by anyone in my presence.
The same can be said for school board member, Dan White. Not there and never mentioned.
And just like that the strawmen of Steve Frank vanish as quickly as Blade dispatching a vampire. Poof and its gone. Nothing but air.
Celeste tries to put a wedge between the Tea Party and CRA—and then Frank uses a dummy quote to blame it on Park, what integrity. This is a typical campaign ploy so I am not surprised.
Then the kicker is that Steve Frank resigns from CRA. Adios. See you later.
Look at the title of his message, “George Park “hijacks Ventura County Republican Assembly for Liberals” I am Moving On for Conservatives.”
In case you thought this was a fluke look at the second to last paragraph.
Instead of participating with CRA, I will continue to promote the conservative movement, doing radio shows and speeches from Imperial to Humboldt. My work with candidates who stand for CRA principles and values will continue, but CRA is no longer what I said it was when I founded the National Federation of Republican Assembly, “The Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”
The last sentence of his message reads, “Enjoy the upcoming convention.”
Clearly Frank is done with the CRA and is striking out on his own so he can work only with those pure enough to deserve his support. Notice that he does not stay and fight for what he claims to hold dear, instead he is picking up his toys and “moving on” to friendlier pastures. Translation, if Steve can’t control Ventura County or kill it then it’s time to go. One must pause at this point and invoke the name of Karen England.
Frank’ sprint away from CRA, reminds me of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where Saruman and Grima Wormtongue—after being defeated by the Ents—raze the Shire before Frodo and company return. New place, new mischief, same tactics.
Oh, 35 members joined at the re-organization meeting and more were added during my afternoon drive back to northern California. This was the largest and most successful re-organization in the memory of any CRA member.
Final score: CRA 35 & Steve Frank zero
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Obama’s Token Trip to Israel
Barack Obama is visiting the Middle East this week. This is his victory lap after destabilizing the region by supporting the “Arab Spring”.
The “Arab Spring” is where these Islamic countries traded secular dictators for Sharia Law. These new governments are more hostile to the United States, Israel, and Christian minorities.
The only thing you won’t see this week is a photo of Obama bowing to any Israeli leader. Clearly the President has nothing but contempt for our best friend in the region. Meanwhile, Syria is using chemical weapons on its own people and Iran is assembling nuclear weapons. As usual, Obama does nothing.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Review: ROCCAT ISKU/FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard
A few weeks ago, my wife spilled diet cola on my good ‘ole Microsoft keyboard. My keyboard was about 15 years old and well loved. It was white in color. I replaced it with the bottom of the line keyboard from Best Buy.
The Best Buy keyboard turned out to be junk. Every time I typed on it, I had to move it to a new USB port or the characters that it typed were different than the keys that I would press. After struggling for a few weeks with this keyboard, I loaded the family into the car and went to Fry’s to get a better keyboard.
After browsing the selection at Fry’s I discovered two facts. First nobody seems to make a white corded keyboard and second Microsoft no longer made the style that I had been using. After 45 minutes, I finally selected the ROCCAT ISKU/FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard.
This keyboard is way beyond what I need but I like that the keys are lit and that I can pick colors for the keys. I don’t need the programmable macros for gaming. I like that I don’t have to use my Ikea desk lamp to be on my computer at night.
The software driver is quite versatile. The only change that I needed to make other than the key color is the software does not default with the Cap Lock key being functional. It must be manually set in the software to behave normally. It was a pain to log into my Windows 8 PC without the Cap Lock key.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This screen capture is from World Net Daily 03-12-2013
Headlines that even Jay Leno could love.