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Friday, July 31, 2015

Casting Park’s Pearls

Yesterday, Aaron Park fired off another missive about the CRA online vote to create a Special Litigation Committee. In his post, Park asked a few questions to which he probably doesn’t expect an answer; however, since I find myself as the voice of the “loyal opposition” I thought I would briefly chime in.

Is this related to Tom Hudson’s ego being bruised?

NO

Is this related to Tom Hudson needing to go back to the State CRA’s board after-the-fact in order to get them to sanction his rogue actions?

NO

What does the CRA hope to gain out of this? Members? Good Press?

The CRA expects to protect themselves and their chapters from being pillaged by rogue members who ignore the Bylaws and abuse their office by misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars of other people’s money, deleting membership information belonging to the corporation and not anyone named Park, and behaving like horse’s asses on the Internet. In short, CRA has a right to defend its reputation and corporate assets from abuse.

Do the board members of the CRA think that the timing of this will help their efforts to stop the bleeding in the organization?

Wrong question. The bleeding stopped on May 30th.

Does Tom Hudson think that the Placer GOP and Tom McClintock are going to gain from this as he is publicly tied to both…

Tom McClintock is irrelevant to any of this. This is the second blog post in a row where Park has invoked Tom McClintock when attacking Hudson. The previous day he wrote,

“This is why Mine and George’s ouster from the CRA was centered around the non-endorsement of Tom McClintock…”

Really?


From April 17th until the end of May, their whole campaign was that Aaron and George were blowing the whistle on Fraud in CRA—remember the data breach where Aaron put private membership records on the Internet (including their bank routing and account numbers) claiming this was their evidence?

As more information because available, we learned that the data breach on April 17th was the most miraculous technological event since Al Gore invented the Internet; especially considering that the Parks later claimed that all the membership records had been lost a month earlier when their computer crashed and they had no backups.

Never fear. A dead hard drive couldn’t keep Aaron down. Despite its mechanical failure, Aaron was able to bend electrons and computer bits to his will to reveal their darkest secrets and lead him to the truth about conspiracies within CRA. This is how Aaron learned that Alice’s full name when translated into Greek has a numerical value of 666. Aaron’s attacks on Alice were based on his understanding that the devil can appear as an angel of light and unsuspecting CRA members would be beguiled by her charisma. Hence his “Black Widow” comments.
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Mr. Park, the CRA Board removed you and your bother for not following the Bylaws and abusing the power that had been entrusted to you. The real irony is that had you acted ethically and followed the rules; you, George and John Briscoe would be running CRA now. Most folks that voted for your removal in May were ready to quit CRA after the Spring Convention. The Sith Lord convinced us to stay and fight one last battle.

Logic is out the window. Political insiders will think about the California GOP’s rules about lawsuits and ask questions from that paradigm, but the pattern of behavior has more resembled a sociopath on a rampage to get his next victim.

Aaron, you and your brother are the ones moving on to their next victims.

“…the pattern of behavior has more resembled a sociopath on a rampage to get his next victim”

yet another admission against interest. You frequently project your motivations onto others. Limbaugh pointed this out about Democrats years ago and you frequently do the same thing.

CRA is trying to remove the knives from their backs that ya’ll put there and figure out how to become whole; financially and otherwise.

Who said the Special Litigation Committee was Hudson’s idea? The Board governs CRA not one man.

Tom has done things that may deserve criticism but his treatment of Aaron and George Park has been measured and reserved.

Aaron, he is about the only person on the Board not calling for your heads on a pike. Tom Hudson is your best friend on the CRA Board and all you do is dump on him. Tom has been urging the Board to leave you alone. The Litigation Committee may act and if they do, Tom will not be leading the charge.

You both owe Tom an apology; sadly one that will never come.

Posted by william on 07/31 at 08:53 AM
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tea Party Promotes Democrats

I’m minding my own business and reading my email.

I get stuff from all sorts of Tea Party groups but this advertisement is out of bounds or should be. I’m reading an article about a Florida gun store being a Muslim free zone and then scroll down to see this.


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I guess our transformation into the Soviet Union has a ways to go, even under this President. In the meantime, perhaps the Tea Party needs a new webmaster.

Posted by william on 07/25 at 03:04 AM
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Musing of a Proud Dad

Yesterday was a surreal experience as my wife and I dropped our 10 year old son off at a local college to attend classes. Walking around the school we had both graduated from some twenty years ago was rather odd.

We parked in a parking garage that wasn’t there when I had graduated, and walked him across campus to a building that wasn’t there when either of us had completed school. On the way we passed many mature trees that were planted about the time we had left.

We are both proud to have a son that has good enough academics to be part of the special classes that he was attending. So sporting a new cell phone and a sack lunch we left him to his first day at college.

He reported in as we had asked. Later he said he really enjoyed eating lunch at the benches near his second class. He was on time when we waited to pick him up. We invited him to go to the pool with us afterwards but he said, “No” because he had homework.

Our son has had a busy summer and hopefully will carry some good memories with him for a long time.

Posted by william on 07/21 at 10:25 AM
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Glenrose Texas

During our road trip last month, we took the Texas back roads from Abilene to Waco. We went to Glenrose. Glenrose is a tiny town with a creek flowing through it and it has one of the most unique geological features in the world. In the bed of the creek, you can find dinosaur foot prints which is cool but what puts it over the top is that human footprints are also found in the same rock strata.

Yep, humans and dinos left their footprints together.
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Photo from Creation Evidence Museum


If you needed to see in order to believe that Darwinism and Evolution is BS then this out of the way place should be first on your list. Right down the road from the Dinosaur Valley State Park Dinosaur Valley State Park is the Creation Evidence Museum.
Creation Evidence Museum
Ken Ham is not the only guy with a Creation Museum. This one is smaller but has some neat stuff in it.

Some artifacts in the museum were reproductions of things I’ve seen in books before but some are the genuine article. Reproductions are clearly labeled as such. Typically they are castings.

Besides the human footprints intertwined with dino prints, I got to see the London Artifact. This is a fossilized steel hammer with wooden handle.
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London Artifact photo from Creation Evidence Museum


The museum is the work of Carl E. Baugh. Baugh is credited with the first hyperbaric biosphere. He was there when we visited but I had no idea who he was at the time. His paper Crystalline Canopy Theory (linked on the museum website) is an improvement on the vapor canopy idea popularized by Whitcomb and Morris in their book Genesis Flood (1961). Whitcomb and Morris posited the vapor canopy using the research from the International Geophysical Year (July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958).

The Baugh paper is an interesting read and attempts to answer the question of what the pre-Flood world looked like. Genesis makes it clear that prior to Noah it never rained so any explanation of this era must explain how plants were watered. This circles back to the hyperbaric biosphere.

Some things at the museum I did not photograph due to their shape or lighting. Phone cameras are not great for low light conditions. Here are the photos that I took.


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Image of Stegosaurus


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Inca Burial Stone


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Inca Burial Stone

Posted by william on 07/17 at 08:05 AM
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Holes

This year has been a weird tapestry of non-sense perpetrated by the Just Us Brothers.
We are halfway thru 2015; two fronts still haunt their departure from CRA. First is the membership records and the other is the money.

Membership Records
After several email threads and lawyer letters, former Membership Secretary, George Park, finally sent a paper copy of a list to his replacement, Carl Brickey. The file was printed on security paper so it could not be scanned. Later three zipped files with the same information were sent to Brickey. The records that Park sent were heavily edited and frankly worthless.

Here are some examples of their dubious nature:

• Park claimed that his beloved Placer County Republican Assembly had four members. This list is a far cry from the 105 members he and his brother had been claiming earlier this year. He lost 101 members from his own club?

• Sacramento RA was showing 54 members on Park’s list even though they had reported something closer to 20 prior to the convention. All the bogus Igor Birman members were still on Park’s list for SRA. He should know which ones were inactive since he was the one that added them in the first place.

• Several active chapters were missing in their entirety. Most of these seemed to be in one of two categories. Either they were groups like Yuba-Sutter that were assumed would follow the Parks into CIR or groups that George didn’t like so he just unilaterally purged them from the CRA rolls.

No chapter bylaws, territorial maps, or historic data were given to Brickey. Park claimed this data loss was due to computer troubles in March. I guess this is why Park then deleted all the records stored online in April and then closed the Hightail account. Park also had originals of these documents—mostly in paper form. Termites maybe?

Don’t forget that a month after this supposed loss of records that George was able to provide his brother with membership lists, membership applications, and of course cancelled checks just so Aaron could publish the information on the Internet.

Misappropriated Money
Then there is the money that they have misappropriated. Just in the first six months of 2015, the Park Brothers have (by my count) taken over $34,000 from CRA and its chapters. The bulk of this is from the Placer Republican Assembly. In addition there is the CRA Business Round Table, CRA Convention and Placer RA PAC. They also had access to the funds of the Statewide CRA under John Briscoe for about two years. The seed money for their new organization—CIR—could very well have come from CRA funds. Fruit of the poisoned tree anyone?

As more information has come to light, we are slowly learning of some unreported Park campaign activities that may be of interest the FPPC.

Many want to light-up the Just Us Brothers like Roman Candles but Tom Hudson has been reluctant to do so. In the end, I think to protect the CRA that Hudson will have to bless some sort of legal action.

Other outside parties may jump into the litigation arena in their own good time. The Just Us Brothers present such a target rich environment that somebody will go after them eventually. They have calculated that the cost/benefit ratio of their malfeasance is not enough to pursue. They have risked much; including their insurance broker license.

There are times when men should “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” but to make such a pledge when you have no honor is pathologically stupid.

These guys are way over the cliff and those of us with signs reading, “GRAVITY” are just being laughed at…for now.

Posted by william on 07/16 at 03:29 PM
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Just Us Brothers Unveil CIR

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The Just Us Brothers have quietly rolled-out their long delayed Impact Republicans website. The website is weak on content and substance. In four months one would think they could have put something better together.

The home page proclaims, “Your Vote Counts! Join Us!” which is ironic because a member organization—such as their group claims to be—has no membership application or way to join on the website. You can only sign up for email updates. Also no Bylaws are available for viewing.

Several statements on the website are ironic when given the previous conduct of the founding members of this group.

Now
“The CIR is committed to recruiting Conservative Republican candidates for local office, training and equipping leaders, fundraising, and endorsing candidates for public office based on a different metric than other Republican groups have used in the past.”

Then
“Maybe what we are doing … will be ground-breaking. If you advertise here – it means an endorsement.” Previous statement by Aaron Park.

Current website
“Our senior officers are elected through a unique process, ensuring that the CIR remains in the hands of the activists.”

In their Bylaws, CIR has the following restrictions:
• In order to serve as President of the CIR, the candidate for this office must have been a member of the CIR for a minimum of 3 years.
• The Administrative Vice President must have been a member of the CIR for 2 years before becoming a candidate for this office.
• County Commissioners and Senate Directors must have been a member of CIR for 1 year before becoming a candidate for this office.

OK, so how does this square with this claim from the website? “Every CIR member will have a voice by being eligible to be a delegate to the CIR yearly convention.”


“you may not realize it - but once we get expelled, it is going to set off a mass exodus.” Aaron Park May 20, 2015

The reality is that CRA has added about ten chapters since the departure of the Just Us Brothers. No chapters have voted to leave CRA and follow the Boys to the Promised Land “free of the drama and the debating society”.

Also on their website, “The CIR will be presenting its credentials for consideration of a charter at the California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim in September.”

Chartering by CRP will require that CIR has chapters in ten counties with ten members each and an overall membership of at least 200. With no mass exodus from CRA and the limits imposed on being an officer, how do they get thru the review process of the California Republican Party. Per their Bylaws, CIR will need a year before new folks can lead at the bottom rungs for their Board. Lastly, why seek chartering by CRP at the same convention that they will vote to gut the social issues from the Party Platform? CIR is a little late to the dance.

Clearly CIR’s idea of leadership involves a chasm between the sheep and the shepherds that cannot be easily bridged.

Posted by william on 07/13 at 07:20 AM
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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Perot Museum

Ross Perot, T. Boone Pickens, and others from Texas have crafted a nice museum in downtown Dallas. The Perot Museum is five floors of exhibits plus the ground floor and a basement. Each floor has its own themes and it touches on history, geology, geography, animals, and electronics. The whole family spent a day there recently.
Perot Museum website

Attached are a few photos. My favorite were the dinosaur skeletons. My only gripe was the constant pushing of everything being millions of years ago.
Yeah, right.


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Fossil on display


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Triceratops skulls


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Mammoth skeleton

Posted by william on 07/09 at 08:01 PM
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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Prescott AZ

Our first stop was in Prescott, Arizona to see some old friends. We went to All Saints Church that Sunday. I thought of the song by Larry Norman

“Country church, country people
With their eyes upon the Lord
Built a church with a steeple
As a place to hear His word”

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All Saints Church, Prescott, AZ

Posted by william on 07/07 at 07:32 AM
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Monday, July 06, 2015

Travel Fun

In June, our family went on a two week trek across the southwest. I plan to blog more about the trip later but there were three goofy things that I felt deserved mention on the blog.

Life is peculiar enough that you don’t need to make stuff up. Here’s a little proof of that.


Road Sign
On Interstate 40, just before you enter Kingman Arizona, is an exit that probably has a great backstory; I don’t know what it really is but you can’t help but speculate when you see the exit to Shinarump Road.
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For those not so good with syllables it breaks down as “shine-a-rump road”.
I thought San Francisco was the leader in social decay but to see this sign welcoming you to John McCain’s backyard is weird. I guess what happens in Kingman stays in Kingman.



Window Sign
From New Mexico is this peculiar juxtaposition at the UFO Museum in Roswell.
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The sign in the right-hand window is the last thing I expected to see in a place where “Aliens are among us” was regarded as true.
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OK, I don’t know what Primitive Baptist is either but it does make you wonder.



McDonald’s Sign
This entry from rural Texas really grated on the nerves of my school teacher wife.
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Decimals are placeholders or values or something important like that. Anyway, somebody missed the lesson.

Posted by william on 07/06 at 04:00 PM
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Friday, June 05, 2015

Park Pandamonium

Many years ago, I saw an episode of the Tonight Show where Johnny Carson took the microphone into the audience to let them ask questions. This was rare for Carson to do. One man asked Johnny, “I know that you recently got a divorce. Can you recommend a good attorney?
Carson responded, “No, but my ex-wife can.”
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So far this week, we have been treated to two posts regarding lawyers on Aaron and George Park’s Right-On-Daily blog. CRA’s resident attorney was surprised when I rightly predicted that the letters he sent would be posted on Aaron’s blog. This seems to be their practice. Post the lawyer letters and then mock the senders for their weakness.

I was confident in my ability to rightly assess the Park brothers until yesterday. Two separate things happened that peeled back yet another layer to their behavior that I had failed to properly observe. The first was a scanned copy of a lawyer letter sent to Aaron Park last year. It arrived in my IN box yesterday. I don’t know where it came from but I know it is genuine. The second was an offhanded comment by the Sith Lord.


First the letter.
As northern California has swung more into the Democrat column, Aaron has turned his attention more to the south.  In 2014, Aaron became involved in the 55th Assembly race. This is a solidly Republican district. Aaron was hired by candidate Phillip Chen to help combat Ling Ling Chang. Ling Ling had better name recognition in the district. To counter Ling Ling, Steve Tye came into the race as a stalking horse candidate.  His presence in the race was at least in part to divert support from Ling Ling.

There is no active CRA chapter within this district so per the Bylaws; the endorsement vote was scheduled at the CRA endorsing convention held at Knott’s Berry farm. At the CRA Convention it looked like Ling Ling would win the endorsement until she was asked about abortion. She failed to give anything close to a CRA approved answer. As a result, many flipped to Phillip. Right before the vote, Aaron took to the podium to speak in support of Phillip Chen.

If you will recall, Phillip came up one vote short of endorsement on the second ballot. On the third ballot, I flipped from Ling Ling to Phillip and he was endorsed. As soon as Chen was pronounced as the winner of the endorsement, Aaron came over to me and said he owed me a lunch because I was the decisive vote. At that point I learned from Aaron that he was working for Phillip.

Part of “helping” Phillip was attacking Ling Ling on his blogs. In addition to Right-On-Daily, Aaron was also posting on OCPoliticsBlog.com; these posts resulted in a terse letter for Ling Ling’s attorney.
The post referenced in this letter was published on May 24, 2014. It contains an audio file that is supposed to be from Ling Ling and contains some colorful metaphors. The attorney letter was sent May 25, 2014 and then the original post was modified on May 26, 2014.

Aaron apparently lit-up Ling Ling in harsh terms. Here is the lawyer letter.

Update: Faster than an April data breach, Aaron deleted the Raging-Panda.wav audio file once he figured out that I was linking to the copy that he posted on his website on May 24, 2014. For now, the lawyer letter is still there.


Here is the revised May 26, 2014 post.

Ling Ling then used the blog attacks in a mailer to which Park responded to on May 30, 2014.
Here is the May 30, 2014 post.

By June 16, 2014 all entries were scrubbed from his blog.


Sith Lord Comment
The Sith Lord said to me yesterday that he thought some of Aaron’s posts were missing. Just for fun I checked. What a shocker. As it turns out, Aaron is missing more parts than Bruce Jenner.


My only question was why?
The first thing that popped into my head was a lyric from an old Eagles song:

Did you do it for love?
Did you do it for money?
Did you do it for spite?
Did you think you had to, honey?

  —The Long Run 1979


Either he is trying to do his version of Extreme Home Makeover: Blogger’s Edition or someone like Doug Ose finally found a barrister willing to crush him like a tiny insect.

Most posts are related to Igor Birman v Doug Ose but a few are related to CRA and previous legal fights with Karen England. We also know from his blog that he deleted one entry concerning Ron Givens.

Remember this quote from Aaron?

To that end - I can be retained at a quite reasonable rate or for “projects”. I assume you’re both familiar with my work (ask Doug Ose or Meg Whitman how effective it is)...

Why delete your manifesto?

Below is a partial List of deleted entries.
Some URLs are good and some are broken but might be found elsewhere on the Internet. Reading the titles will give you a feel for the subject matter.

01. doug-oses-contempt-for-republicans-started-before-1998
02. bs-campaign-claim-alert-1-vote-for-doug-ose-to-repeal-obamacare
03. doug-oses-contempt-for-republicans-part-2-bribery-per-diem
04. freedomworks-endorses-igor-birman
05. doug-ose-liberal-republican-avenger
06. the-ca-07-race
07. gun-owners-of-america-endorse-igor-birman
08. sacramento-bee-does-a-drive-by
09. bs-campaign-claim-alert-1-vote-for-doug-ose-to-repeal-obamacare
10. rumor-john-boehner-to-endorse-doug-ose-host-fundraiser
11. sacramento-bee-goes-on-rampage-against-placer-county-republican-party
12. team-ose-vs-team-mcclintock-round-two
13. the-tale-of-the-three-little-dougs
14. cra-wins-major-legal-victory
15. insider-info-on-the-dave-cox-seat-ca-sd-01-update-and-then-there-were-three
16. republican-activists-to-doug-ose-dont-run
17. doug-ose-the-grinch-that-stole-your-tax-cut
18. bs-alert-2-teamboehner-member-doug-ose-claims-he-opposes-budget-deal
19. teamboehner-doug-oses-legislative-achievements-tried-to-subsidize-the-solyndras-of-the-2000s
20. doug-oses-contempt-for-republicans-part-3-the-coup-detat
21. birman-bags-major-slavic-community-endorsement
22. its-reagans-birthday-today-and-ca07-candidate-doug-ose-is-no-reagan
23. madison-project-adopts-ca-07-on-behalf-of-igor-birman-with-massive-independent-expenditure
24. campaign-bs-alert-3-doug-ose-op-ed-in-elk-grove-citizen-exposes-the-real-doug-ose
25. candidate-doug-ose-social-engineer-before-it-was-in-style
26. candidate-doug-ose-the-un-republican
27. doug-ose-2-0-hits-a-major-technical-glitch
28. doug-ose-gets-a-taste-of-his-own-medicine
29. ask-doug-ose-if-he-opposes-the-abortion-mandate-in-obamacare
30. ask-doug-ose-if-he-supports-the-contraception-mandate-in-obamacare
31. millionaire-liberal-former-congressman-doug-oses-farm-welfare-payments
32. nothing-sums-up-the-ca07-race-better-than-this-ose-aligned-pac-attacks-ted-cruz
33. fraud-doctor-update-when-feeling-vulnerable-swing-wide-left
34. doug-oses-war-on-american-families
35. like-high-gas-prices-doug-ose-did-his-part
36. like-high-gas-prices-doug-ose-did-his-part
37. under-god-doug-ose-said-no-way
38. did-doug-ose-recruit-art-moore-ca04-ca07
39. wanna-have-lunch-with-doug-ose-250-and-a-3000-mile-plane-ride
40. there-is-a-reason-why-the-nra-gave-doug-ose-a-d
41. the-tale-of-two-campaigns-ose-twitter-spams-people-and-igor-gets-endorsed-by-rand-paul
42. will-ose-be-going-to-the-ritz-carlton-to-hang-out-with-the-union-backed-mainstreet-pac
43. doug-oses-vision-for-america-5-50-a-gallon-gas
44. look-at-all-the-dems-and-unions-funding-ose-founded-pac
45. from-the-floor-of-congress-doug-ose-pledges-undying-allegiance-to-the-epa
46. doug-oses-repeated-votes-to-make-gas-prices-skyrocket
47. nothing-sums-up-big-government-doug-better-the-tie-breaking-vote-to-increase-debt-limit
48. doug-oses-obsession-with-taxpayer-funded-abortion-overseas
49. doug-oses-support-for-sanctuary-cities
50. clone-andor-kill-attack-of-the-clones-doug-ose-style
51. mailer-bs-update-doug-ose-mailers-deceitful-and-misleading
52. 5-times-doug-ose-tried-to-derail-the-unborn-victims-of-violence-act
53. doug-ose-in-the-news-1998
54. doug-oses-extremist-views-tried-to-gut-partial-birth-abortion-ban
55. doug-ose-thou-shalt-not-cut-government-spending-ever
56. ex-congressman-doug-ose-busting-the-federal-piggy-bank-big-time
57. fraud-alert-sportsmen-for-doug-ose
58. doug-oses-greatest-hits-immigration-edition
59. ami-bera-likes-ruling-by-decree-bureaucrat


In the far right column of his blog is a list of months and number of entries. This is a comparison of now versus then. It shows a net change of 76 entries From December 2009 thru May 2014. Any changes within the same month would not be included in this total.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Aaron Park: Burning Bush

Typically, I will only go to political events that feature candidates that I am inclined to support. I don’t recall ever driving two hours just to go see someone that I totally disagree with; let alone get there so early that I’m on the front row. But this doesn’t seem to be a barrier to the intrepid Just Us Brothers.

They were spotted paying homage to Conservative icon, Jeb Bush. I guess what happens in Reno, stays in Reno…most of the time anyway.


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George and Aaron Park with Jeb Bush on 05-13-2015


By the way, how was Karen England?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aaron Park Caught Lying Again

Aaron wrote about Alice again. For him, Truth isn’t just a casualty, its just plain irrelevant.

We’ve blogged about her taking over the social media and her efforts to move the CRA’s Website. (she did the same with the AD38 Cent Com and still to this day has never handed over the domain SCVGOP.org back to the AD38 Cent Com according to their leaders)
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Aaron, even a four year old can read that Registrant is Joe Messina.
In case you can’t use the dictionary it means Joe is the registered owner. It is not anyone named Alice.


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Dear readers, check for yourself Whois SCVGOP.ORG?

 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Funny Headlines from March 10th

Today, two headlines really caught my attention. Both were worthy of Jay Leno’s headline segment…too bad he’s off the air.

The first entry is from Indonesia.

This Indonesian House Is for Sale and Comes With a Pond, a Backyard and … a Wife.

Yeah, that’s right buy a house get a wife. When I was single, my New Year’s Resolution for many years was “get a life, get a wife.” Someone finally did me one better. I’m glad some enterprising woman has found a way to prosper in Obama’s economy; however, I think you should get title insurance in case what you find under the burka really belongs there. Actually, she’s not bad. See her photo below. Do you think Obama could try this in Detroit?


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And the Beatles said money can’t buy you love.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/this-indonesian-house-is-for-sale-and-comes-with-a-pond-a-backyard-and-%e2%80%a6-a-wife/ar-AA9AmJP?ocid=mailsignout


The second story is from Southern California.

Health Officials Warning Of Incidents Of Ocular Syphilis Along West Coast

Ok, let’s analyze this one. In this news story, doctors are advised to keep an eye out for this rare form of syphilis. Where are people putting their body parts to get this disease…in their eyes? Yeah, I know your momma said it could make you go blind but did she really mean this? Yuck….

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/03/10/health-officials-warning-of-incidents-of-ocular-syphilis-along-west-coast/


Bonus Entry

“Funny” can mean humorous but it can also mean “peculiar” or “just not right”. This next story certainly meets that definition.

Feds have 6.5M Social Security numbers for people 112 years old, and up

Yes, even though worldwide there are only 35 people aged 112 and older, our government has 6.5 million social security numbers for folks in that age bracket that are currently receiving benefits. Just remember this statistic when you hear a politician talk of the pain that would result in people’s lives if government tried to reduce fraud and waste.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/10/feds-have-65m-social-security-numbers-for-people-112-years-old-and-up/


Well at least these articles distract me from the thought of the circular firing squad drill this week-end.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Yet Another CRP Convention—So Who Cares

Freedom in the United States is experiencing a “cascade failure” as even more power is taken from citizens and given to Washington. I don’t think that it’s a matter of folks not caring; it’s that they seem powerless to stand up to the rising tide of evil and lawlessness that is modern politics. What was once the dynamic of the Evil Party versus the Stupid Party has changed into the Evil Party versus the Enabling Party.

In much of modern American politics, Republicans are irrelevant—especially on both Coasts. There is nothing to unite them except they’re not Democrats. As a group, the current crop of office holders stands for nothing and offers less. The Republican Party has forsaken the way shown them by Ronald Reagan and instead created a leadership vacuum within our country. This lack of principled leadership has transformed the Party into a playground for egotistical rich people that want instant political power without earning it. You know the names: Bush, Robertson, Romney, Isa, Munger, Trump, Fiorina, Whitman, etc.

In California, this situation is especially dire. The leadership of the California Republican Party has contented themselves with establishing a top-down organization that is nothing but a “good ‘ole boys club”. They do not care what rank and file party members feel or what is important to them. In fact, regular Republicans are nothing but sheep to be led and a macro group of potential donors.

The CRP waste millions of dollars each election cycle by hiring the most inexperienced and often incompetent people that money can buy. They filter out men and women of integrity with their ineffectiveness. As a group, their paid staff is just as useless as their consultants.

Every two years, this broken political apparatus is thrust upon well-meaning candidates who are then led to their political slaughter while staffers and consultants rape their campaign war-chests. The Party then discards the candidates that loose and promote the weakest staffers to work in Sacramento as their reward for helping to maintain the status quo. Then in two years, they do it again to a new crop of candidates.

In this dystopian political world, they do manage to persuade some to volunteer. However, the number of folks willing to volunteer in campaigns is in rapid decline. Once exposed to campaign dysfunction, many volunteers disappear long before Election Day. Few will return for the next cycle. The shortage of volunteers is regarded not as a symptom of a Party in trouble but “just the way it is”.

The trend of declining Party registration appears irreversible. The folks in power have little incentive to change. The smaller the pool of California Republicans, the bigger fish they become. That the pond is evaporating is beyond their ability to comprehend.

Barring Divine intervention, this generation of leaders and the next few are a lost cause.

Posted by william on 02/27 at 01:54 PM
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Star Wars Commander Mourned

I have played several popular smart phone games over the last three or four years that use a client/server model. Typically, in exchange for some vaguely defined reason, if you log in with Facebook they will sync your saved game somewhere “in the cloud”. Every one of these games has eventually crashed and I have permanently lost all progress in the game.

This model of saving the game somewhere other than my phone is stupid. I want the game saved on my device and I want control over where to save a backup or whether it should be backed up. I also want more than one game save. I want my son to have a saved game that he plays so he can leave daddy’s game alone and vice versa. I also would rather have the backup saved on my One Drive than have to give somebody access to my Facebook account. Also, I want different saves on each of my devices. I don’t want my Windows Phone game to overwrite the one on my Surface tablet—which has happened recently with Tiny Death Star.

Today I woke up to find my last four months of effort on Star Wars Commander gone. I turned on the game today and ended up in the tutorial. I know I can play thru the tutorial and then try logging into Facebook but I know that I will either lose my Surface game or the phone game because both are not going to be backed up. This programming model is too stupid to let me have both saves.

This happened on Tiny Death Star and Ice Age Village. Push an upgrade and break the game. So, I’m done with any games from Game Loft or Disney or anybody else that requires a Facebook login to play.

For any programmers that might read this, this is also why I won’t do any in game purchases. When I can lose the entire game save with no reliable back up, why should I buy the weapon upgrade or game currency? Talk about Vaporware.

So far, only Blizzard has been able to make the client/server model work and they needs huge amounts of hard drive storage on my desktop computer to make it work. I don’t mind a few bugs in a phone or tablet application but when they result in lost games then I won’t be investing time and money in that product.

Posted by william on 12/19 at 09:44 AM
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