Media Coverage of May Day Protests illustrates Bias I don’t watch much television. But last night while attempting to watch the news I got stuck watching Channel 7’s coverage of Seattle’s May Day protests. It was obvious that their comments were scripted by those who support the empire as it is. They kept calling the protesters “anarchists”. That’s just flat out misleading. An “anarchist” is a noun defined as: 1. a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism. 2. a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed. 3. a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom. To protest a corrupt government that evicts millions of vulnerable people to die in the streets, incarcerates innocent people who have not committed a crime solely for purposes of keeping private prisons full pursuant to the terms of government contracts, and perpetuation of a pharmaceutical system developed to keep people sick does not mean you are an anarchist. It more likely means these people want a better government; not that they are against all government. Most of us so-called “anarchists” want governments that are more local in nature and provide a meaningful link between those who are elected to represent us. We do not want the Republican and Democratic parties filtering our access to our elected representatives. Ironically, the media has become an … Continue Reading
Reaching Planetary Consensus. A facebook friend, who appears to share many of the views I do, posted the following quote and picture: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true,by the wise as false,and by the rulers as useful”~Seneca There are many “religions.” Many sects of religions. I do not believe wisdom teaches us that they are false. They are one, of many modalities, by which communities (local, national, and planetary) reach consensus. In this regard, religions are not much different than nations, political parties, clubs, generations, and other peer groups. It is true that rulers find promoting differences between us as being in their own best interests because this keeps us, the people, divided… It stops us from focusing on them and their obscene greed as being the root cause of society’s problems. I am not a religious scholar. But I do know that religions are not the problem… They did not bring on the bankcrime or leaderscum which has left so many of us hopeless and without resources. We need to unite those local gardens of creative and spiritual consensus, which already exist, so that their members can do the the work in their community necessary to remove those who always put their own good ahead of what is most beneficial for the whole. If you doubt the moral similarities among religions (and there is no reason why you should not) then read a little about them. There is not one that exalts the money lenders our governments prostitute us … Continue Reading
Why I became a Libertarian in 2016. I believe: “[a]ll political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” Individual rights are those which are bestowed on each of us by our creator, not privileges the government can franchise to corporations to sell to us for their own benefit. We, as people, have traveled the path of civilization to a point where freedom and economic wealth have become an intersection where most us must stop because we do not have the economic resources to exercise our most basic liberties. As a Libertarian I object to the government becoming an ally of the rich in enslaving people to debt which makes it impossible to exercise their freedoms. When our country was founded capitalism provided an adequate mechanism for most people to accumulate sufficient economic resources to enable them to exercise their personal liberties. Today, the crony capitalism promoted by the republican and democratic parties has created such disparity of wealth that only a few have access to those fundamental freedoms our forefathers took for granted. I cannot continue to support the two party tyranny which has created the greatest system of injustice the world has ever seen. No longer do we engage in debate over entitlement programs; we simply evict our vulnerable and let them die unknown on our streets. Of course, there are several third parties out there I could have … Continue Reading
Why Is Non-judicial Foreclosure “Unconstitutional”? I was asked to write an article about why Washington’s Deed of Trusts Act, which allows lenders to take homes without having to go through some Court process was unconstitutional. The person who asked me to do this wanted me to keep the article to 500 words and “not sound like a lawyer.” Unfortunately, I concluded that I could not sound like anything but a lawyer, because that is what I am. So I asked my paralegal, Michael Fasset (an Iraq veteran who has a knack for law and helps me with regard to my practice) to write an article for non-lawyers on why nonjudicial foreclosure is unconstitutional. Here is what he wrote. I will follow up in a few weeks with another blog which will sound like it was written by me about why the DTA is unconstitutional and should be repealed. Introduction I have been asked by Scott Stafne to explain why non-judicial foreclosure is constitutionally unsound without resorting to legalese; I have, however, included some footnotes which will be more technically challenging for those without a legal background. I’ll start with a brief background on how non-judicial foreclosure came to Washington and how it has fared in the courts. I’ll then attempt to explain what it means for a law to be constitutional (because such things are decided by attorneys it’s not as clear cut as you might think). Finally I’ll explain why Washington’s Deeds of Trust Act’s, which I will … Continue Reading
LOVE is the universal force. I like social media because it helps me learn. That does not mean I accept everything I read there as being true. For example, I frequently see quotes attributed to people whom I presume never spoke or wrote them. This does not detract from my appreciation of the quote itself. This is the situation with the following letter purportedly written by Albert Einstein to a daughter. While it would be nice to believe that Einstein wrote this (given that his theories are being proved correct all the time) ot os not necessary for him to be the author in order for the message to be worth reflecting upon. So according to a Facebook post this is a letter, recently made public, that Albert Einstein wrote to his daughter, Lieseral: According to the post: In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein. [The letter reads:] “When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world. I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below. There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science … Continue Reading
Happy New Year… WOW!!! 2015 has been quite the year. Can’t say I am sorry to see it end. My heart yearns for the hope that comes with a new beginning. January 1, 2016 is a beautiful day here in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, State. It is chilly, but sunny. The sky is clear so I can see for miles. Of course, the beginning of a new year does not not erase history or the momentum of those events still in motion. But for as long as I can remember it has caused people to reflect about changes they want to make in their own lives. The lessons of the past are legion. But perhaps none is more significant than the impact of the power we have given a small number of people over the wellbeing of humanity. Doesn’t it seem to you that far too many of us are imprisoned by the chains of debt that will never be cancelled? Does it make sense that we have allowed the pursuit of money to be the only purpose which will guarantee a person’s survival? Plants grow toward the sun in heaven. Has money become humanity’s sun? So what should be our collective New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Should we resolve to move toward ending the empire’s two party political system because it has failed to deliver that which it has promised us? Should we explore concepts of spirituality as a means of effecting political and economic … Continue Reading
Spiritual Warfare, December 25, 2015 Yesterday’s blog, The Eve of Spiritual Justice, reflected my judgments and beliefs. In this regard, I recognize, that it can be challenged. Indeed, one of those people I often turn to for criticism of my thoughts, emailed me back after reading it: Hi Scott: Strong, obviously “reaching conclusions.” If you have facts to support in the blog then you surely have the right to state what those add up to. If you are only presenting the conclusions – sort of like one of Shelley’s pro se pleadings – then you are overstepping, in my view, and you would do much better (and be more persuasive) to put the statements into questions, eliciting the reader to answer for themselves. Then it’s their conclusion, not yours. JUST GOT EMAIL FOR CHURCH SERVICE – I’M TO BE THERE AT 4:20 MUST GO – WILL LOOK AT THIS FURTHER LATER IF YOU WISH – SOME COMMENT BELOW In a message dated 12/24/2015 2:24:31 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: The eve of spiritual justice is upon us. Is the eve of spirtual justice upon us? We, as a people, have reached a spiritual consensus that governments have failed to promote humanity’s best interests . Has coming to a spiritual consensus by “we the people” reached the tipping point – that governments have failed to promote humanity’s best interests . We intuit the governmental corruption that denigrates our value as people and seeks to enslave us to debt as a matter of our collective consciousness. We know instinctively that now is the time for … Continue Reading
The eve of spiritual justice is upon us. We, as a people, have reached a spiritual consensus that governments have failed to promote humanity’s best interests . We intuit as a matter of our collective consciousness the governmental corruption that denigrates our value as people and seeks to enslave us to debt. We know instinctively that now is the time for a spiritual awakening to reassess our leaders’ priorities; which appear to be only that greed which will sustain their power over the rest us. Everyone — from the rich to the poor; from the professional to the soldier — is aware of the evil which makes money, alone, a prerequisite to the exercise of our natural rights. There is a stench in the air, which we all smell and want to go away. It is worse than the smell of rotting flesh because it emanates from a rotting world that too few have controlled for too long. We are on the eve of change. Spiritual justice is now obtainable if we decide to create it.
I am grateful to be a part of a spiritual movement designed to take our country back from the stomach of the empire which has swallowed it. It is not always easy practicing law while fighting off the empire. You have to take your lumps. But difficulties are often the source of new beginnings. Certainly, this is not how I envisioned spending my sixties when I was in my twenties. The Vietnam War began in November, 1955 and ended twenty years later in 1975. It was the last real war in the sense that American youth were conscripted from the general population and made to fight in a war that many of us believed should not have been fought. (Now the empire employs mercenaries to fight its endless wars having figured out that the people would not tolerate their children coming home in coffins unless they were paid to put their young lives in danger.) I was 20 in 1970 studying in London when I wrote “The Nakedness of Love”. I found the poem recently when I rummaged through boxes of my past. Although the poem is somewhat dated with regard to sexuality issues that are now being resolved, the third scene dealing with our government and politics still rings true. Scene 3: Act 1: Ashes are only ashes; Day is only day. Darkness always comes. It does no good to pray. The curtains will only open, they will never close. Man will become naked and refute all he knows. On … Continue Reading
My friend DiAnna Baker Malone gave my words a face, that I want to share… The Church Was Crowded November 12, 2015 That astrophysicist sleeping on the church floor once had two Maseratis and four houses… The lawyer twitching next to him was rated a super lawyer from 1997 through 2003… The 70 year old widow of the newspaper owner was shivering on the church step just outside the main entrance… Even now, even here there was an order to things… Many who had slept here before now rested in wooden boxes below the ground or had become part of the air we breathe after they were cremated by the empire.
Full Spectrum Advocacy in 2016. The United States Constitution was devised to protect us, the people, from abuses of power by the federal government. Washington’s Constitution was written not only to protect individuals from our State government, but also from those corporations and elites which prey on the people to create and maintain their wealth. A primary means by which the authors of both the United States’ and Washington State’s Constitutions chose to protect us was by separating and arranging governmental branches and offices in such a way so that each might be a check on the other. Today, the wealthy have figured out a way around the check and balances enacted by our founders to ensure the inalienable rights of all individuals. Today, the wealthy simply purchase the government, lock, stock, and barrel. What looks like three cars is really only transportation for one; the person who owns all three cars. Similarly, wealthy corporations and people use their money to purchase the strings of government to manipulate the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of federal and state governments for their own benefit. They have become the puppeteers of each of the branches so that they can stage a tragi-comedy of government they expect us to take seriously because they have the money to get away with it. Our framers predicted tyranny would result if the checks and balances they created to protect us became corrupted. For example, Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist Paper #78 that judges needed to be … Continue Reading
Scott Stafne revisits his past and finds wisdom… Each memento comes with a soul weight that may overwhelm or be hidden from the moment in which it is revealed and recollected. The memories attached thereto are not only about me but the context of the society at that time… Sometimes we forget. It was as if I was being called to the boxes which stored my past. I really did not want to go there because my focus was on the present and how it could impact my future. But now that I am older I listen more to my callings. And so Saturday morning I opened the boxes and explored the various accumulations of a lifetime, including without limitation my birth certificate, draft card, poetry, plays, newspaper articles, and other mementos which had found their way into the boxes wedged into back of the pantry and the file boxes in my office. The first thing I noticed was that most of the papers were crinkled; some even appeared to have been snacked on. It is difficult to review mementos in the same way that I attack facts and documents when preparing to write a legal brief. Each memento comes with a soul weight that may overwhelm or be hidden from the moment in which it is revealed and recollected. The memories attached thereto are not only about me but the context of the society at that time. For example, on December 24, 2014 I wrote a blog entitled “Do we want police more devoted to one another … Continue Reading
“Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.” Our founders intended something different than a government which protects only the wealthy. America’s Constitution contemplates that “we the people” are sovereign. Further, that those governmental officials who act pursuant to the power of the people will act to protect the natural rights of all people. Last Sunday I was one of two attorneys who appeared as guest on a segment of Gary Dubin’s the Foreclosure Hour on Iheartradio. The common link which united me with longtime lawyer William Butler was that we were both being threatened by agents of the empire for representing homeowners against banks and servicers in courts. Here is a link to promotional materials about the broadcasts, which were entitled “Our Independent Judiciary Is No Longer Independent: Ten Ways in which our Courts are Denying Homeowners the Ability to Adequately Present the Merits of their Foreclosure Defense Cases.” One way which the empire supports the 1%, which Bill and I were appearing on the show to demonstrate, is by marginalizing those advocates of the people who dare sue banks on behalf of ordinary people. Both Bill and I practiced law for most of our lives without the slightest hint of a problem. It was only when our sense of justice caused us to stray from representing personal injury victims to … Continue Reading
So I was on facebook this morning and I shared this picture. An apparently well intentioned member of the democratic party posted the following comment: “Better STOP hating and start being POSITIVE. Saying that neither the Demo nor the GOP can do anything for you, you are setting yourself to FAIL!!! Starting over from scratch is a lot harder than working from within!!!!” I responded: “David, I appreciate your comments. But I have heard them many times before in the 66 years of my existence. Wisdom instructs that working within the system for change has not worked. Continually voting for the lesser of two evils will always result in more evil.You may not appreciate this until you have observed the growth of evil over the course of a lifetime. I am now convinced we, the people, must with a devout and spiritual intention take back the reins of sovereignty from a system which exercises it only to benefit the 1%. We must weed both the Republican and Democratic parties from the garden of government so that we can nourish leaders who share goals of the people; not the goals of an out of hand empire which already has 6 1/2 times the military might of the rest rest of the world combined and still wants to spend virtually all of the people’s money on building a bigger and better war machine (rather than feeding and educating its people). David, my motivation is not hate (although I do feel anger and … Continue Reading