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Thanks, but no thanks.

Thanks, but no thanks. Mainstream Media Endorsements are a Game I don’t want to play. My campaign received an email from the Seattle Times. It states: Hello, The Seattle Times editorial board has set aside Wednesday, June 29th, from 1:00 – 1:45 PM, to interview candidates for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1.  The interview will be held at The Seattle Times offices, 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA  98109. Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible! We’ll have all candidates for this position in simultaneously to meet with members of the board, and the format will be Q&A.  I’ll send a reminder of the meeting the week prior, and include logistical information on visitor parking. I appreciate your flexibility — please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’ve got any questions or concerns. -Monica Monica G. Hinckley Administrative Assistant | Opinion I read the email twice and talked with several people about it. I have a busy schedule representing homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes. My office is in Arlington, Washington. It would likely take an hour or more each way to get to and back from the interview, which was only scheduled to last for 45 minutes… less than 15 minutes per candidate. “Hmmmm” I thought. “Doesn’t sound like they want to get to know much about any of the candidates.” I should also disclose my experience with the Seattle Times has not been good throughout the years. When I represented fishermen in the 1970s after the expansion of our nation’s exclusive economic … Continue Reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – 2016 Throughout a lifetime I have learned the best way for me to begin and end a new day is with an affirmation of gratitude. I thank my creator for the journey of life and the miracle of existence, because consciousness itself, regardless of circumstances, is a true gift. Now don’t get me wrong. The fact that I always express gratitude does not mean that all is necessarily well in my world. It reflects my appreciation that we as people have the ability to comprehend both the good and evil that is going on about us. This creates the opportunity for us to make the world a better place for ourselves, our families, and communities. This realization gives us the passion and purpose to make our communities better places for all living things to thrive. There is no doubt about it. Passion and purpose are true gifts of spirit for which we can all be thankful no matter what our temporal circumstances. Spirit harkens us to grow in ways which support one another; to fight that evil which is often designed to leave each of us alone, feeling lonely, helpless, and broken. Unfortunately, such evil often lives very close to us and demands or cajoles our loyalty. Because of my efforts fighting against America’s ongoing genocide against poor,  middle class, and minority populations, I wondered what the Thanksgiving holidays  would have been like for the German people (it is called Erntedank or Enderdankfest there) for the twelve years between … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving, 2015

Thanksgiving, 2015 Sometimes it is difficult to write these blogs. Today is one of them. The problem is that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude. And many of us — the homeless or those faced with homelessness, the starving or hungry, and the lonely or alone– look at our own lives and feel despair. Too many looking at the world through their own eyes legitimately ask “what have I got to be grateful about?” Last week a close friend and I discussed whether he should commit suicide. My friend explained he couldn’t envision a future that he wanted; a world that would get better to a point where he could again experience the joy and passion, which he had long been known for. I mostly listened. I told him moods change. I suggested he keep a journal for a week and revisit the issue after that. The next morning I called a pastor friend and we prayed the depression which held him would be lifted. Thankfully, it worked. My friend continues to journal. Truth be told, a few days before this discussion I also struggled with similar thoughts. But I had trouble with the concept of taking my own life rather than those of the elites which had created the conditions of despair for most of the world’s peoples. It wasn’t so much that I was afraid to die. It was that I knew that my dying would only serve their evil goals and their conquest of our world would continue … Continue Reading

THANKSGIVING, November 27, 2014

When I was younger I thought Thanksgiving was about being grateful for the things and people in my life. Today, at 65, I am still grateful for those things, but I most appreciate the “purpose” which now drives my life. I give thanks to God for leading me here; rather than to wealth and possessions. It should be obvious to all that 2014 has not been a good year for many people. While banks and corporations flourish, many of our neighbors go hungry and have become homeless. For way too many, 2014 has not been fun or full of abundance. This does not mean that Thanksgiving has lost its relevance. Last night I was chatting with a friend online. She explained that as a result of cancer treatments she was experiencing excruciating leg pain. I responded: I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope things improve soon. On TV tonight they talked about Justice Ginsburg and said she pulled an all-nighter writing a dissenting opinion. Living life is not always fun, but is always a great gift. She wrote back: “I agree … life is a gift. Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for the chat.” The greatest gift life bestows is not possessions or happiness or people. It is consciousness. Being awake; being alive; being able to feel. I know from my own life that sometimes consciousness can hurt as a result of depression or pain to the point where it seems an anchor, … Continue Reading

WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4 INSTEAD OF JULY 2?

WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4 INSTEAD OF JULY 2?   This particular blog has an interesting evolution that suggests to me a spiritual synchronicity at work because the research it caused me to do is instructive with regards to several cases which I am currently working on. Let me explain. In late September, 2016 I was contacted by someone from Facebook about doing an interview on Press TV about the Wells Fargo scandal, which ultimately caused its CEO John Stumpf to resign in October, 2016. I am sure many of you remember the scandal. Wells Fargo had instructed many of its employees to fraudulently create new accounts for millions of its customers. Wells Fargo then dinged these customers for fees related to the fraudulent accounts, which came directly out of the money the customers had deposited in their personal accounts with Wells Fargo. Given that most of us live paycheck to paycheck, think about the number of overdraft fees this fraud generated for Wells Fargo and how much it impacted most of its customers. Although the employees crimes were apparent, prosecutors apparently looked the other way because a bank was paying its employees to break the law. Apparently, our prosecutors and courts believe banks are above the law. The person who asked me to appear on the show ECONOMIC DIVIDE indicated that she was a student at Azad University, and was doing an internship with Press TV. After checking the show, the University, and the network … Continue Reading

WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4th INSTEAD OF JULY 2nd?

WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4th INSTEAD OF JULY 2nd? This particular blog has an interesting evolution that suggests to me a spiritual synchronicity because the research it caused me to do is instructive with regards to several cases which I am currently working on. Let me explain. In late September, 2016 I was contacted by someone from Facebook about doing an interview on Press TV about the Wells Fargo scandal, which ultimately caused its CEO John Stumpf to resign in October, 2016. I am sure many of you remember the scandal. Wells Fargo had instructed many of its employees to fraudulently create new accounts for millions of its customers. Wells Fargo then dinged these customers for fees related to the fraudulent accounts, which came directly out of the money the customers had deposited in their personal accounts with Wells Fargo. Given that most of us live paycheck to paycheck, think about the number of overdraft fees this fraud generated for Wells Fargo and how much it impacted  customers, Like you and me. Although the employees crimes were apparent, prosecutors apparently looked the other way because a bank was paying its employees to break the law. It is pretty obvious by now that this nation’s prosecutors and courts believe banks are above the law. The person who asked me to appear on the show ECONOMIC DIVIDE indicated that she was a student at Azad University, and was doing an internship with Press TV. After checking out the show, … Continue Reading

CRISIS in U.S. – Lack of Justice for 99% – updated 10/19/2017

        I. The only way slavery and genocide can exist openly in a society is with the participation of the government – and indirectly the people. In the United States the final check on tyranny was supposed to be the judicial department, composed of courts governed by judges whose judicial power was intended to be checked by juries of citizens. But a predictable thing occurred when the judges nixed juries (by employing procedural technicalities to get around their constitutional authority) and mixed with the rich and powerful… The judges took sides; the wrong side — the side of the rich of powerful against providing justice for the people. See e.g. Dahlia Lathwick, “This Court Erred: The Supreme Court has almost always sided with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful, a new book argues” Slate (September 30, 2014) reviewing 2014 book by Constitutional Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, The Case Against the Supreme Court. See also “Do the “Haves” Come Out Ahead over Time? Applying Galanter’s Framework to Decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1925-1988”, 33 Law & Soc’y Rev. 811 (1999); Galanter, Mark, “Why the ‘Haves’ Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change” (1994). As my two previous articles on “the evolution of debt slavery in modern times” assert, american courts have consistently used their Article III judicial power to benefit the rich and powerful at the cost of providing justice for the people. In the Dred Scott v Sanford ruling the Supreme Court concluded the entire race … Continue Reading

LOVE is the universal force

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

August 3, 2012 – ORDINARY PEOPLE, LEGENDS, AND ONE HISTORICAL FIGURE, Part 2.

Incredibly, the Supreme Court knows how to make things happen fast when a Chief Justice wants something done. Rehnquist decided my clients’ position had merit, but indicated he was not sure we had properly filed an appeal.  Therefore, he indicated that he would allow the Ninth Circuit to consider the issue.  However, he telegraphed how he thought the Ninth Circuit should rule by stating that if the court did not decide in my clients favor then the Ninth Circuit’s ruling could be immediately returned to him. As a young attorney, I was dizzy.  It appeared as if the legal system was really working. The Ninth Circuit ordered immediate oral argument by phone.  As the hearing began, I remember Tim Weaver (another legend now deceased) describing me as a “paper mill”.  I don’t remember how the judges responded to this, but I always considered the jab a compliment.  I admired both Tim and Mason Morrisset (another legend), who represented the Tribes in these disputes. The Court faxed out its ruling.  Of course, the 2 to 1 ruling favored my clients.  However, the majority opinion was pretty much gibberish.  The facts were unclear and no ratio decedendi could be discerned.  The dissent, which I recall was written by Judge Sneed, was eloquent.  I assumed this was judicial politics. I told my clients we had won.  There were celebrations.  But then skies darkened. Hours later the Commerce Department, which did have the authority to change the fishing season did so.  So the exhilarating and … Continue Reading

JULY 11, 2012 — I NEED MORE HOURS IN THE DAY….

I had a long day.  So I won’t write much now as I am pooped. I have to drive to Lacey and Port Ludlow for campaign events tomorrow.  I need to finish a brief for filing on Friday. I am physically tired, but spiritually energized. I went to a “meet and greet” event at the Seattle Greater Businesses Association.  I saw a long time friend, who introduced me to his friends.  Peter was very supportive of me and my campaign.  It is much easier to campaign when a gifted extrovert is with you.  Thanks Peter for you help. I had a long talk with Martin Andelman after the GSBA .  He, like me, is a foot soldier in the foreclosure wars.  We talked about how our country has changed since the late sixties.  Not for the better. Martin asked if there was hope for the United States to regain its moral compass.  I answered that only the people have the power to bring about that change.  Meaningful change in the moral character of our nation will require the people to speak in a strong voice based on the facts of what is actually going on. I can’t wait to hear the pod cast with Martin. I’m looking forward to learning whether the Seattle Times agreed to an “op-ed” from Betty Patu supporting my candidacy. Tomorrow the membership of Local 19 will vote on whether to endorse my candidacy.