“Would not meet you anywhere, as you are the single craziest person in Santa Cruz.” Fred Keeley – Bob Lamonica email exchange 12-26-21 to 12-27-21.
Why should I care if bureaucrat-for-life opportunist proven-loyal kiss-ass ambitious scoundrel Fred Keeley mounts to all glory and authority? All posturing “credible,” and those formerly dispossessed bottom-feeders seeking “establishment” credibility (Imagine the dinner-party set scenes! HaHaHa.), Santa Cruz appears willing to enable his 2022 re-whitewashed ascendancy. Have at it. HaHaHa. HaHaHaHaHaHa.
When Mike Rotkin says, “Down in flames” (1995), you goddam well better believe “Down in flames.”
“Progressives” remain on high duck and cover alert years after local Judge Ariadne Symons fixes her own red light ticket and Fred Keeley fronts her for 2020 re-election. Recognition and response to abuse of power my ass. No remorse Judge promoted for re-election: “Judge Fixes Own Red Light Ticket.” 12-26-21.—
Petty power over principle. How to cover-up abuse of power with local ACLU Chapter collusion: “The Double-Plaque Cover-Up of the Santa Cruz County D.A.” 9-4-17.
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To take on local application of values abuse of power is to be marginalized out of fear of outcome. Those in positions of political authority fear the unpredictable outcome and the ensuing unpredictable fallout if they were to stand up accountably against local application of values abuse of power. So, they blow it off, dismiss it, diss it, suppress it: “Down in flames,” “My plate is full,” “We’re too busy,” “It’s not our purview,” “HE’S DEAD,”etc., et al, onto the next petty power over principle photo-op enabled puff piece. Historical revisionism is the charge that will stick. Implicit cowardice will inevitably be brought to the fore by shame.
“I support all forms of public transportation,” said the politician in response to the Santa Cruz rail corridor commuter train feasibility. Now that’s leadership!
“Now that we’ve solved the world’s problems.” Ever heard that phrase, as a rejoinder to a serious discussion? It’s a dismissive, debasing ridicule, rooted in fear of self-expression. Like we’re supposed to stay stupid, talking trivia, chattering and boasting, because we’re scared shitless of expressing ourselves. Like the vote is a meaningless joke, individual accountability isn’t politically relevant and ambiguity isn’t frightening. Vulnerability might disfellowship you from your “neighbors” social circle sloganeering, and all the self-righteous, doctrinaire, shout you down, shit-eating grin, proud to be air-heads you think it’s important to associate with.
Why bother with abuse of power revisionism accountability? Two reasons: Teaching and healing. We need to find ways to do this, with dignity and honor, which can be done, in Santa Cruz as elsewhere. It is our duty, as enfrancised citizens, to stand up. Do all local analogies trivialize? Did MLK “repeat” himself? Every important redress of grievance in history had to be repeated until it generated enough shame for reconciliation.
Abuse of power is an unlawful act in an official capacity. Example: A Judge who knowingly submits false information on a traffic ticket. Replied Fred Keeley in classic last word finale style, “DON’T YOU THINK I READ THE FUCKING THING?” Of course you did. See “Judge Fixes Own Red Light Ticket” for an analysis of the cited example. I marvel at how a former California Assembly Speaker Pro Tem would possess the temerity to front the re-election of a Superior Court Judge literally caught fixing her own red light ticket, who should have been censured out of office rather than promoted for re-election. It was only when competition emerged with challenger Annrae Angel that Symons knew she would have to answer questions publicly about fixing her own red light ticket. Nancy de la Peña entered after Symons calls off her re-election. Nary a word from the local ACLU Chapter before, since or later. Many people figure that’s just how it is. Others fear the outcome if they were to speak out, so they look the other way.
“Fuck you. You’re an asshole. Don’t touch me,” said the outcome fearing, accountability denying, political prima donna drama queen in classic last word finale style when I politely asked her to stop cutting me off at a campaign launch party February 26, 2022. She requested I sit and talk with her on the way out, first to standby for a rambling, self-congratulatory speech to an associate, held from departing apparently to impress me with her commanding authority and take-notice importance. “We’re all so busy,” said the coddled and flattered assumer, implying her group in accountability question is too busy to take a public stand on abuse of power, after assuring me they all agree with me, prior to her melt-down. When she determined I’m not swayed by her pompous, superiority airs to charm me into subjugated acquiescence, what’s left but to pout like a spoiled, narcissistic brat, cuss and walk off? Pathetic? Yes. Predictable? That too. The ranks of walking jokes to make wise cracks about and develop teachings from are ignobly swelled.
“It’s OK for you to use ‘foul language.’ It discredits me. Furthermore, I could genuflect before you and it wouldn’t make any difference.” I’ve never actually said that to anyone, but it comes to mind for the previous two entries.
Historical revisionism is always current. I realize how difficult the material presented is. It has to do with political double standards, hypocrisy and cowardice. I’ve heard it all, from the dismissive “My plate is full,” to the evasive “I don’t know enough about it,” to “They’re all like that,” the latter usually followed by the fear-laugh. I try to be polite. But I realized long ago, and it’s regularly reaffirmed, that most, not all, but most, are petrified by having their accountability, and their opportunist denial, pointed out. So invariably it’s my fault. And they’re not “victims of my jealous envy,” though I’m OK if that’s claimed. I’m to blame for being too late, too angry, not following proper protocols. Whatever excuse works. Others see the same contradictions and lies I do, but most do not speak out, or only obliquely, at least not currently; that will inevitably change. I speak out, and I’m a pariah. I’m OK with that. Like, so what? Have at it. I’m not into goonsquad politics, agenda control, or going along to get along and looking the other way for petty power over principle.
So, why bother? Pt. 1. First of all, politically, am I right? If “yes,” then you know why. If “no,” or, my current favorite, “we’re too busy,” nothing will convince, not even shame, because it means standing up, taking accountability and showing it. Remember, we’re talking about documented abuse of power, defined as an unlawful act in an official capacity. The only reason the petty power over principle set would take a stand against local application of values abuse of power historical revisionism is they are shamed into doing so, and there’s a wall of aloof pretentiousness opposing the bolt to acknowledge shame, still. However, there are signs of culmination, and shift. It can be done. There is an accommodating, teaching, healing outcome.
So, why bother? Pt. 2. On a motivational level: Importance. Growth. Truth. Knowledge. Insight. Strength. Honor. Stuff like that. Stuff that might be called “virtues,” a nickel-and-dime word for sure, but any analogy would “trivialize,” as was said to me when I compared the two Danner plaques on the County Building to Confederate statues. I want to say I don’t care, and I don’t, in regards to outcome, or who likes me or doesn’t. I get enough positive feedback from sources I value. I’m fascinated by the degree of brazen duplicity and the tawdry justifications provided. Amuses and motivates me. I do get a lot of laughs, moreover onto this day, out of efforts to recognize and respond to local application of values abuse of power historical revisionism, so let’s just say “I’m in it for the one-liners.” (I actually got to use that line, more than once.)
The institutional fraud, front and farce Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union’s true role is to block recognition and response to local application of values abuse of power. This can be documented by it’s deafening silence from 1987 when then-Santa Cruz County District Attorney Art Danner’s at-fault bodily injury car wreck victim’s blood was tested and his wasn’t all the way up to 2019 when Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Ariadne Symons was caught fixing her own red light ticket.
What kind of Journalism is this? Bruce McPherson, former Editor and former Publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel was campaigning for the State Senate in 1996, and at a public gathering I asked him directly, “Why didn’t the Sentinel report that the District Attorney had been drinking prior to his at-fault bodily injury car wreck of 1987?” He said, “It wasn’t in the Police Report.” A picture was taken of us, and he walked away. Why wasn’t it in the Police Report, and what about it anyway? Don’t we have a right to know? There’s a story there, apparently unfit for Sentinel coverage, then or now.
The Macro becomes the Micro and vice versa. The Far Left becomes the Far Right and vice versa. What happened in 1994 when the Santa Cruz County District Attorney directed timecards to be falsified overlapping his re-election? Nearly every prominent politician in Santa Cruz eventually decided to go along to get along and to look the other way. See “The Double-Plaque Cover-Up of the Santa Cruz County D.A.
“Holy” Bible? On what basis? Religion made it into the 21st Century. No proof, just belief. OK. Have at it. Just don’t get political with your religion, although that’s not possible. Religion’s provable purpose is to make political positions, like pro-slavery or whatever’s convenient, what God wants.
I have “an affinity for Hierarchy” as I express it. Can’t explain it. Goes way back, still resonates. Even now, I’m too anti-authoritarian to be told what to “believe,” though. Organized religion in all forms is an acquiescense I can’t make. No question religion is everywhere; we’re born into a backdrop of belief, be it ancestor worship or what have you.
“Surrender to the Lord! Obey the Lord!” so they say. Religion is politics beyond reproach. Romans 13:1 KJV reads “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Conveniently only pertains if it’s hold-it-up Bible-flouting photo-op gilded chair plutocrat, the-election-was-rigged-if-I-lose Donald Trump, of course. “The government does not need more say so and more control in our lives,” says apostolic succession by progeny Franklin Graham on his Gab feed March 3, 2021, boldly reconciling contradictions for another supreme distillate of all that is holy and righteous, as is his anointed privilege.
Comrades! “Democratic Socialists” are not democratic, they are an authoritarian, excessively doctrinaire, slogan-based closed cult that demands displays of obedient loyalty to participate. Declaring “private meetings” is their stock in trade. They might as well say “Believe. Obey. Fight.” since they can’t handle even one open meeting. Religion being politics beyond reproach, they are not a political organization, they are a religious organization.
Take Back Santa Cruz blog hero Steve Schlicht lies publicly, purges dissent. Deception is his right. The “Santa Mierda” lying punk scoundrel who claimed to not know me had previously retweeted me. The double standard propagandist is unaccountable and remorseless.
The Trust Fund-SSI Axis of bad behavior enablers is alive and well in Santa Cruz, resplendent with dotard brand-flashing representatives of divine authority and serial scamming, sue threatening, triple dependent welfare mothers who’d rather play activist than turn an accountable supporting buck.
Update March 2022! Alicia Kuhl’s up and ONE YEAR running $30K GoFundMe! What ho! A serial scamming, coddled and flattered crackpot is not supportable. Enabled by Keith McHenry and Robert Norse, double husband, triple dependent, serial scammer Alicia Kuhl found paydirt in Santa Cruz. She threatened to SUE ME like it was going to shiver me timbers with fear! Here’s my Santa Cruz Sentinel former Disqus platform comments about Alicia Kuhl on February 25-26, 2019. Here’s Alicia Kuhl’s Disqus replies on February 26, 2019, which was quickly followed by Alicia Kuhl’s February 26, 2019 direct email threat to sue me. So have at it. Sue me.
If it’s a thousand miles away, count on Santa Cruz Indivisible! Just say no to local application of values! Why stick your neck out? Have fun pretending to stand up for something! Protest your right to be a posturing hypocritical coward! The despicable insidious Indivisible movement functions as proof “When ‘we’ do it, it’s strategy, when ‘they’ do it, it’s treachery.” Their draw is to appear like activists with zero courage sham protests and suck-you-in coercive gatherings.
Why risk political capital? Hang out with the “better” dinner party sets and just mouth vacuous words you can’t back up when pressed like “public safety” (an always useful slogan) as a former Santa Cruz City Council candidate and “popular” one-time Mayor ran on in 2010. And then just smile for the cameras.
There is no bottom of the barrel with deception and treachery to justify “winning.” That includes outright scamming. Also includes “Big Lie” deniers Lindsey “The Chameleon” Graham, “Lying” (said The Donald) Ted Cruz, “Little” (said The Donald) Marco Rubio, and California’s own Kevin “I want power” McCarthy. Mitch McConnel has a bottom of the barrel. That’s hopeful. It’s George Bush that the heavens may call upon to save us!
Why is it some people can look you in the eye and lie? Because for them loyalty takes precedence over truth. It doesn’t matter what the truth is, it’s who discredits whom.
Lying punk scoundrels never apologize. They never express remorse, which is seen as a sign of weakness, not honor. You are expected to “move on,” debased, insulted, even from calumny, because their credibility, they are convinced, is greater than yours will ever be.
I try to be polite in my interactions. Debase me, cut me off, shout me down. I’ll let you, once. Play the bombast hotshot once and your interactive privileges are withdrawn until expressing acknowledgement, accountability and remorse. I don’t care who you are, or think you are.
I’ve long ago tired of out-agress, dismissive hotshots who demand to tell you what to think or ban you. I marvel how punk scoundrels lie publicly, purge dissent and stay goon squad groupie supported, claiming deception as their right.
It is the privilege of the self-righteous to shout you down, cut you off and walk away in classic last-word opportunist coward finale style. Most goonsquaders I know can’t last three mutually respectful exchanges when their platitudes have been challenged.
I have a low tolerance for boasting and chatter. Triviality bores me. Initial encounters, OK. Beyond that if you are fearful of provocative, open up ambiguity politics and religion balanced participation sharing, avoid me. If you invite me, expect me to be myself.
Interaction is action. Thus, we affect everybody around us and justify ourselves. Discourse is crucial if we are to grow and it can unquestionably be by polite display of mutual respect. Can you express your unique individuality on issues? Is being asked your opinion on politics and religion a personal attack? Can you handle disagreement? Aren’t long-winded lecture-speeches, motor-mouthing and out-agressing behavior inappropriate, in fact rude? Can you listen 30 to 90 seconds and not cut someone off?
Most people can on first encounter open up with vulnerability. Once, then fear of exposure sets in. The second time they may attack by the usual methods of raising voice, motor-mouthing and cutting off to contradict their previous vulnerability.
Commit/Omit. Imply/Infer. Survival/Self-Interest. Imperfection. We are accountable, can be used, and can use. Manipulate. Treachery. Deception. We justify, up to and including “I was told.”
A political party is for all practical purposes a functional religion. Like all politics beyond reproach religions their objective is to win converts, votes and money by enthusing potential followers with acceptance of broad-based meaningless slogan branding.
Political parties take on the inherently self-righteous authority of religion to hoodwink and deceive and most importantly to effectively cloak and disempower individual accountability. The vote doesn’t have to be goonsquad groupies looking for enemies.
I’m not into goonsquad politics. I despise it, in all forms and guises. I actually got to say “If you’re looking for an agenda clone I’m not your guy” during a 2014 Santa Cruz County Supervisor so-called “Labor Council” organization endorsement interview. I marvel at the many people I have encountered, even recently, that express individuality, moderation and ambiguity in one-on-one settings who revert to cheering, leering goon squad groupies in support of a social cohort position on an issue.
Political/Religions retool as necessary their “end of discussion” positions. There must be conclusions to goonsquad rally around, to be saved from ambiguity by comrade liberation obedience. It is rude to disagree no matter how polite and will inevitably trigger a naysayer accusation to boot your ass. To provoke, to arouse thought, is not the same as to insult, to scornfully debase. Both stimulate reaction. Fake leadership can’t/won’t distinguish, out of fear, requiring strict agendas for control, aka “Agenda Control.”
“Dinner party set” politics is the true source of political authority, in Santa Cruz as elsewhere. Go along to get along and you’re in. Look the other way at double standard hypocrisy no matter how blatant or you’ll be a naysayer. We want to win!
What’s this “both sides of the aisle” nonsense? There is no “aisle.” There’s no such thing as “bi-partisan.” There’s no such thing as “party whips” in the Constitution. Political parties are fake constructs. Political parties are expediencies to power, fast tracks around individual integrity, cover-ups for accountability. They offer payoffs of inner circle power and favor for going along to get along and looking the other way at blatant hypocrisy.
One person, one vote has been achieved, imperfectly, but as practical participatory opportunity for the majority. Can you deal as an accountable individual with your vote responsibility or do you beg to be told, as in “I was told”? Can you handle ambiguity? Do you fear being wrong? Do you fear disfellowship? Is it OK to hoodwink, lie and deceive as long as you win?
Is there to forever be no individual accountability politics? In life? If it be so, one person, one vote doesn’t matter, except as an acceptable platform for consumer political persuasion. Thus it is proclaimed by some it’s the media and big money’s fault we vote and behave the way we do. The only hope is for US to tell THEM what to think. Individuality can’t be trusted, only manipulated.
It ultimately comes down to accountability of the individual and acknowledgment of ambiguity, imperfection and being wrong. Then we can flow, aware of fake leadership, goon squad groupie political alignment scams, and deal with being accountable.
Assuming imperfection, Mutual Respect and Personal Accountability is my political philosophy. How to think, not what to think. I avoid labels like Conservative, Liberal, Left, Right, Democrat, Republican, Progressive. What’s the issue, who’s the candidate, is what’s real.
“Leadership” is not posturing safe mediocrity. Leadership is an ongoing dialogue sifting through ambiguities and coming to decisions on advocacy. Platitudes like “family values,” “public safety” and “progressive” are not substance, not positions on issues.
Is the appearance of activism a substitute for activism itself? It certainly is, and you don’t have to waste “political capital” on actually sticking your neck out. Hence, the appearance of leadership becomes the endorsed substitute for leadership.
Why do the poor revere the rich? What manner of sin and blasphemy is it to question plutocratic pomp authority? The new gilded age is upon us, lobbyist bought and paid for, in advance. Rejoice! Long Live Big Donald!
Sociology is hierarchy relations, in contrast to politics, which is power relations. Sociology assumes stability, Politics assumes turbulence. Social change, if there is such a thing, is the biological paradox of “Coming of Age in Samoa” and “Mein Kampf.”
The assertion of divine political authority is ancient, universal. Yet, the only thing truly provable about religion is its utility as a persuasive device. Religions retool so that onto this day their contradiction reconciling apologists influence politics unduly.
Wearing a religious brand on one’s person is an affinity advertisement for others to witness. It proclaims the wearer’s presence represents the religion, and their political expressions are to be presumed, by “divine authority,” to represent the “faith.”
Dead deities make great endorsements. It’s your right to wear religious symbology at a political meeting not sponsored by a religious organization and my right to hold it in contempt.
Invariably, without exception, religious adherents claim divine right for their positions on issues. Whatever “good” comes out of religion is incidental, driven by leveraging those institutions for what we may look back on as positive social change.
Are you “entity conscious”? Read “Psychic Dictatorship in America” by Gerald B. Bryan, 1940. One-liner packed fun! Woo-woo types cashing in! Hail the undetected! Mount Shasta “vortex” pilgrims get fleeced!
Bob Lamonica’s still-favorite political action was hour and a half long Open Gatherings, moderated small group (ideally 3 to 8) discussions aimed at balanced participation (ideally 30 to 90 seconds each time speaking) offered in Bay Area cafes, including in Santa Cruz, from 1983 to 1991.
Bob Lamonica initiated and was co-producer of the first Santa Cruz Industrial Hemp Expo in 1998 and producer of the succeeding 3 annual events. Only in Santa Cruz. Legendary. Never replicated. 1998-2001 Santa Cruz Industrial Hemp Expo web archive.