It’s interesting to see the attention-distracting efforts going on with the continuing saga of City Councilman Bill Miranda and the financial issues of the two chambers merging in 2015. Another media outlet latched onto the fact that I was on the Chamber board at the time of the merger (see front page story) and, as others have done, implied I should have been aware of the financial transition. I have made it clear in this space and even criticized myself for this void in my memory from 2 ½ years ago. I was also quoted in another Gazette article that I have no recall of the details of the merger. Even if I did drop the ball on this as a board member, why has this become about me and some of the other people involved?
This is a classic case of deflecting when someone or some group doesn’t want the spotlight shined on them. First, it was insinuations of racism by Miranda, and now this. Have you heard Hillary deflecting the reasons for her loss in the election? Facts are facts and no amount of deflecting changes the fact there is no legal accounting being provided for the funds in question — plain and simple.
Despite the dirt that is flung at the Gazette for our reporting on this, I’m proud we have kept this matter purely factual, based on our research and interviews. Not once has our reporter, Lee Barnathan, been called out for botching details (other than clarifying a quote from a previous week’s story). The same cannot be said for the local radio station and its printed matter on their website, at least in this instance.
(See story on page 18)
After I wrote the preceding, the Chamber of Commerce issued a press release that led with the title: “BASELESS CLAIMS AGAINST SCV CHAMBER FINANCIALS INVESTIGATED AND DISMISSED” and the subtitle: “Anonymous source reported in local media regarding alleged financial discrepancy was unsubstantiated and without proof.”
Oh my goodness, this reads like press releases Obama or Hillary would issue when dealing with uncomfortable situations. It should have read: “This is our attempt at covering our butts to offset the confrontation from the media and public.” I must say, it was a well-written press release by someone well-versed in putting out empty propaganda to calm a crap-storm the individual is in the midst of.
Give it Up?
Some have said, “Give the Miranda story up; you’re beating a dead horse, what’s the big deal?” Or even Bill has said himself, “Even if it was $2,000 thrown down the sewer, what’s the big deal?”
Well, let’s see, are they letting up on Trump and the Russia thing? Is the media letting anything go that has to do with anything Trump? Did the press let up on Hillary’s email scandal? And what if Woodward and Bernstein had given up the historical Watergate mess? Certainly this isn’t of the same national magnitude, but nevertheless, when a media outlet is presented with the questionable actions of a public official and/or entity, it needs to be looked into and reported on. This is no different.
Trump, Russians, Comey, Trump, Russians, Comey:
Timing is everything, or in this case, it sucks! As the Gazette goes to press on Wednesday night, the anxiously awaited testimony by James Comey is scheduled for Thursday. Assuming it occurred and how it went down, this rant could have been a lot different. Oh well, life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Please try to put the testimony and all of the reverberations in the back of your mind as you read on.
The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling.
I found these quotes regarding President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal rather amusing.
“It’s a traitorous act of war against the American people.”
“We are cooking the planet! The future of mankind is at a tipping point!”
“How is he ever going to explain to his grandchildren what he did to the air they breathe — assuming they breathe air.”
“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk.”
And who can forget when Obama said: “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”
I’m sorry, but the Chicken Littles of our day almost make me laugh. Seriously, have these people not heard of terrorist attacks here and abroad? Attacks on our electric grid, if shutdown for extended periods of time, would result in the deaths of millions. Have any of them seen the missiles North Korea has been launching on a weekly basis that could easily have a nuclear warhead attached? Not to mention, a $20 trillion debt that many experts predict will cause an economic collapse that through various means will result in numerous deaths? I don’t suppose they have thought about drug overdoses, rampant obesity, diabetes and heart disease being a threat to society?
You mean to tell me these folks who must be somewhat intelligent and are going analeptic over this are truly scared of climate change over the other possible calamities facing mankind?
Other than this paranoid nonsense, we don’t need a bunch of jamoke foreigners telling us how, when and how much we have to do to fight this vicious, urgent, life–threatening battle. We’re doing just fine, thank you. And Obama, bless his little heart (whoops, is that racist?), pledged $1 billion to the cause. You know how much China, Russia and India committed to giving? A BIG FAT ZERO! China really stepped up to the plate, telling the world they’ll get around to fighting the climate crisis in 2030. No wonder President Trump said, “See Ya!”
Can’t Pass This One Up:
As mentioned previously, I have no idea what is going to come of the James Comey hearing on Thursday, but whatever happened, the following has to be considered (this was sent to me):
Remember that time Donald Trump was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow?
Oh no, wait, that was Bill Clinton.
Remember that time Donald Trump failed to disclose Russian donors to his foundation before he served as secretary of state?
Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.
Remember that time Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company received $35 million from Russia?
Oh no, wait, that was John Podesta.
Remember that time Donald Trump scored $145 million from shareholders of a uranium company that was sold to the Russians?
Oh no, wait, that was Hillary.
Remember that time Donald Trump approved the sale of 20 percent of U. S. uranium to the Russians?
Oh no, wait, that was Hillary Clinton.
How come with all this proof it’s not the Clintons being investigated?
Comey just released his opening statement (written) for Thursday’s testimony. I’m no lawyer, but if what Trump said to Comey was obstruction of justice, what Hillary did with her emails, what the Obama administration did with their unmasking of people in Trump’s circle and the cover-up job Lois Lerner did when the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups, then they should all be hung for the highest degree of treasonous acts! Also, remember what Comey said about not prosecuting Hillary because of a lack of intention on her part? If he uses that standard for Trump’s conversation with him, they shouldn’t even have the hearing.
Quotes of the Week:
“Cutting carbon pollution emissions by just 32% by 2030 would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths each year.” (Bernie Sanders)
“Cutting abortions in the U.S. by just 32% would save over 200,000 premature deaths per year.” (Twitter response to Sanders)
“Funny, we didn’t have global warming until Al Gore came along. He must be a great scientist.” (Facebook post)
“I’m happy to deliver a beat down to Donald Trump and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald. My edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron, I’m going to get in ahead of the game.” (Kathy Griffin, six months ago)
“I don’t think I will have a career after this, I’m going to be honest, he broke me.” (Kathy Griffin)
“I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career.” (Kathy Griffin)
“The worst of Trump is better than the best of Obama.” (Doug Sutton)
Letter to the Ranter:
Referencing the opinions of Josh, Angel and Analyn of the May 26th publication I thought why bother.. But after re-reading them tonight, here I go.
Josh, Trump is brilliant. Alike you kid. you are almost there. Now all you have to do is jump parties and start supporting Trump. You half heartedly already do and you know it. That’s ok though. I think Dems have some good ideas and value too.
Angel. Wow man. You try to present an era of archaic draconian government. Keep writing. Power on with the drama. It causes me to chuckle and further my beliefs. But seriously, one day you will realize working together is what America is and not this holy grail of separatism you try to define.
Analyn, Just two words. Experience and respect. I hear your column but I didn’t hear those two words. I learned respect first. Then I gained experience. I had it easy that way. However I see some who have to learn respect through experience. That’s the harder way. Are you catching my drift ? When the two are learned and gained properly generations, cultures, races, religions, etc.can meld and communicate cooperatively. Think of the bond between grandfather and grandchild.
Doug, (while I’m at it) Thank you for presenting these youth in your Gazette. Sometimes I question your motives but I know you to believe these kids are our future. And we as adults need to hear them and your generosity in the Gazette is beyond admirable. Thank you thank you thank you.
P.S. I too fear the national debt. I too worry about not just mine but my children’s future. You are not alone Brother.