WHY I SUPPORT THE NEW STATE OF JEFFERSON. This map shows those counties in Northern California which have expressed a desire to create a new State. Mainstream media has been trying to foist the notion that those persons who want to create a new State out of parts of California and Oregon are gun toting rednecks who don’t have an intelligent bone in their body. Don’t be fooled. This nose in the air disdain for us normal people is the same type of crap the media originally used to write off Bernie and the Donald before we showed the media it doesn’t matter to us. Republicans and democrats scoff at the notion that California should be divided into two because they don’t want any disruption of their monopoly on power. But that monopoly must end. And we need new governmental entities which will support those constitutional principles the two party system has sacrificed over and over again for their own good and greed. I support the formation of the State of Jefferson because our federal government is not working for the people, i.e. us, in the ways our founders intended. Many have forgotten that our founders created a federal system of government so that we, the people, would be better protected from that type of abuse of power which is now rampant in the empire. The idea was that multiple republican governments inside one nation would protect the people. The goal was that each government would endeavor to protect their … 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
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
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.
Unfortunately, King County officials are a primary cause of Seattle’s homelessness problems and deaths. At least that was my conclusion after hearing the remarks (and having read the Audit) of nationally renowned auditor Marie McDonnell at the Seattle Mortgage Economic Reality (MERS) Summit at the Bethany Church last Sunday. King County’s land records have become corrupted as a result of the King County Sheriff and Prosecutor Office refusing to enforce Washington’s criminal laws against banks and hedge fund entities like Nationstar and Berkshire Hathaway. We, the people, need to do something about these public officials refusing to enforce the law against the wealthy 1%.We need to make Sheriffs and Prosecutors aware that we are watching them betray the public interest. Further, that we intend to hold them accountable for their betrayal of the people at the polls in 2016. So why does King County have land records and a recorder of deeds? Wikipedia explains the answer very simply: The legal certainty provided by a title deed issued under the registration of the recorder of deeds is of great significance to all parties who hold, or wish to acquire rights in real property. Certainty of title is the basis for the investment of massive amounts of money in real estate development for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural use each year. This is why the meticulous recording of registration information by the recorder of deeds is so important. Each document recorded against title to real estate can be examined and the portion of the bundle of rights that it includes … Continue Reading
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
News article after news article, television reporters, and even the (see no evil) Seattle Times have reported recently that homelessness in Seattle is a full scale emergency. How did this happen? In 2012 it seemed Seattle’s city council really wanted to find out. The Seattle City Council solicited bids from land title experts to determine what was going on. After a careful vetting process the Seattle city council hired a nationally renowned land records expert with taxpayer dollars to find out. The taxpayer paid expert concluded that many of Seattle’s foreclosures were void as a result of corrupt corporations being allowed to record assignments containing false statements by King County officials who routinely failed to follow Washington’s recording and criminal statutes. But, of course, government officials implicated in creating the problem did not want to hear this or have anyone else learn of the expert’s conclusions. So what did the embarrassed public officials do? They had one of their own demand the land title expert sign a confidentiality agreement to prevent her conclusions from ever seeing the light of day. But the land expert refused to sign the confidentiality agreement. The expert knew the conclusions in her report were accurate. The expert wouldn’t sign any agreement that allowed the City to bury her report and not consider its forthright and honest conclusions. Meanwhile the City was getting zinged with public disclosure requests demanding the Seattle City Council release the report. So the City reluctantly released the report including the City’s own nonsensical 3 … Continue Reading
Hedge Fund Creeps Courts allow Hedge Fund Creeps (HFC), like Mr. Shreli, to blackmail our neighbors and family into paying exorbitant amounts of money for medicine they need to to live. While those of us injured by such market place anarchy, see good reason to limit such sociopathic behavior, the Roberts Court continues to find a constitutional right for HFCs to pick the flesh off the bones of those people who actually served their country. No, I don’t mean the Roberts Court has gone out of its way to protect young punk HFC pharmaceutical guru Shkreli. Our present day justices appear to manipulate their constitutional jurisprudence to benefit much bigger and more heinous fish, like the Kochs and those hedge fund creeps (spelled Berkshire Hathaway) who are buying up mortgages on people’s home for pennies on the dollar. According to Robert’s Court growing body of precedent the extraordinarily wealthy have every right to use their money to to buy a government which will legislate their right to take more money from us. The Robert court’s new Constitutional matra: “The wealthy are free make more money; and the rest of are free to be destitute, indentured, and abused by the rich.” Present day courts give real meaning to the song, Me and Bobbie McGee. “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose…” In other words, to the 1% (and the government which serves them) we, the people, are “free” because we have the right to buy from our medicine and/or food and/or shelter for whatever the cost might be. But this is … Continue Reading
The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves is an ancient one. Reports and discussions describing the history of Memorial day in the United States suggests it evolved during and after the Civil War. The practice of devoting a day for decorating soldiers’ graves appears to have begun in the South; and was later copied in the North. There was no common agreement with regard to what day the soldiers should be honored. The practice of honoring soldiers killed by their countrymen in the Civil War war was not given a specific name and day until May 5, 1868 when General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. The call for local communities in the South and North to agree upon a common day for decorating the graves of all soldiers who died in the Civil War asked people to look beyond the reasons why the soldiers had fought that war in order to commemorate their deaths. “Memorial Day” was first used as a synonym for “Decoration Day” in 1882. But “Decoration Day” was not changed to “Memorial Day” officially until 1967. Funny, that I do not recall the official name change. 1967 was the year I graduated from high school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The United States was in the midst of the Vietnam War. Maybe the reason I cannot remember is because we, the people, had already changed the name before the government got around to memorializing it. Did you know the … Continue Reading
The United States Constitution is the Supreme law of the United States. Each of its fifty states also has its own constitution by which the government and officials of each state are governed. Under our traditions of government the meaning of the provisions of a constitution is determined by the judicial branch of government. Judges often interpret constitutional provisions differently. But most start their interpretation with the language of the constitution. I read an MSNBC article recently, which stated: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took the stage at Southern Methodist University Monday night and argued the Constitution is “not a living document” and is “dead, dead, dead.” Justice Scalia discussed how children would visit the Supreme Court and refer to the Constitution as a “living document” but that the Constitution is, in fact, “dead.” A staunch conservative and “textualist,” Scalia believes the law must be taken literally and that the original meaning of the Constitution is the best way to interpret it. Regardless of whether one believes that a constitution is a “dead” document or “living organic law”, it is axiomatic that its interpretation must begin with the exact language of the constitution focused by the historical context in which it was written. Unfortunately, for us in the State of Washington judges appear not inclined to consider constitutional language or historical context when construing the nature and extent of judicial responsibilities. Here is a decision by Judge Trickey of Division 1 of the Washington Court of Appeals (who ran unopposed … Continue Reading
For the past few days I have thought about the phrase “conceived in liberty”. At first I thought it might have been used in the Declaration of Independence. I checked out that document. It was not there. Then I thought the phrase might be part of the pledge of allegiance. I checked. It wasn’t there. Finally, I googled the phrase “conceived in liberty”. Turns out it was used by Abraham Lincoln in the first line of the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” In his next sentence Lincoln states: “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Our country, so conceived and dedicated, survived the civil war. Unfortunately, it appears not to have survived the sociopaths in the Republican and Democratic parties, who continue to serve only the needs of those who can afford to make hefty campaign contributions. I went to DePauw University, a small liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana from 1967 until 1971. I remember back then discussing in a classroom why liberty, without the economic resources to exercise it, was not freedom at all. The example which we discussed so many years ago was that a person’s right to travel was meaningless if he could not afford to travel. While I mentally understood the … Continue Reading
I assume that in any line of work, there are work activities which are preferred more than others. I like writing briefs and taking depositions much more than I like defending depositions. On Tuesday I had to defend a deposition of a client against three lawyers, one of whom I consider particularly loathsome. As you might expect he represents Mortgage Electronic Systems a/k/a MERS, which I believe is designed to facilitate the redistribution of the wealth of America’s middle class to already wealthy elites. Now I want to make it clear that in this blog I am primarily stating my own observations and opinions pursuant to those rights I believe I have under the First Amendment. So now let’s return back to what happened at the deposition. At some point counsel for MERS made a point of stating that I had never won a motion against him. I wondered what he was talking about because less than a couple of months ago my office, in a brief I participated in writing, had clearly prevailed against MERS with regard to a motion he had brought. A copy of that decision against MERS, in which he was lead counsel, can be found at: Knecht v Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. After his strategic and dishonest attempt at an insult , I leaned back in my chair and looked hard at the MERS attorney questioning the witness. I do not recall having any animosity toward him as that is not a good trait for … Continue Reading
For most of our history lawyers have thought of themselves as the unofficial fourth “arm” of the government. Hurst, pp. 598-601. This view is more understandable from lawyers’ past role as “trial advocates”; than from the present relationship between the bench and bar, which reduces the significance lawyers have with regard to the administration of justice. Under the law in effect in most colonies at the time our Constitution was written, lawyers were advocates who had the right to argue the merits of their client’s cases directly to a jury. Juries, not judges, had the right to decide most cases as they saw fit both with regard to the facts and law. “In 1789, juries occupied the principal place in the administration of justice. They were frequently in both criminal and civil cases the arbiters not only of fact but of law.” Galloway, at 399. The King’s denial of the right to a trial by jury was one of the reasons stated by the colonists in the Declaration of Independence justifying separation from England.
It has been said that one of the virtues of law is “predictability”. Through gardening I have observed that nature’s laws are far more predictable than those made by humans. If you nurture plants they will grow. As a lawyer I have observed that the consequences of following the laws made by humans are not predictable. Sometimes people will be punished if they do not follow the law. If you are rich, you will be likely be rewarded when you break laws that increase your profits. Especially, if you are former clients of the Attorney General deemed “too big to fail.” Nature is not always fair. But it is predictable and it is not corrupt.
Even after the Revolutionary War started most colonists were not in favor of declaring complete independence from Great Britain. Notwithstanding initial battles with the British, most colonists believed some sort of governmental relationship with Great Britain was necessary for commerce and the social order. Public opinion changed in this regard only after King George III overreacted and ordered the Royal military to “crush” the colonists. It was only after British tyranny trampled on more of the Colonists that the people united to declare their independence. Most Americans today sense that something is terribly wrong in their country. Many want to blame each other; the “deadbeat debtor”; the homeless, the immigrants. The bickering goes on and on, while the banks through the governmental officials they own (or control) evict people from their homes producing waves of homeless refugees who seek to survive on our streets. The banks and the government the banks control tell us its getting better. It is not. It is getting worse. And tragically, maybe that will turn out to be a good thing historically. Because as the bankers take more homes; enslave more students; and violate more laws with impunity the tyranny which has become America will appear so evil that we, the people, will not tolerate the problem any longer. The problem is “money”. As the world has evolved what was once envisioned as a “medium of exchange” convenient for facilitating the exchange of labor and goods has become a commodity manipulated by sociopaths. Nowadays the manipulation of … Continue Reading
LARRY’S BIRTHDAY It was Larry’s birthday. We were standing at the end of a long line to get into the Tulalip Buffet, which was where he had chosen to eat. I don’t like lines and was checking email on my phone, when this guy joined the end of the line. I don’t recall when I became aware that he and Larry were talking, but at some point I joined the conversation. The stranger was a Canadian. He had been born in the Philippines, but emigrated to Canada with his family as a boy. He lived mostly in Vancouver, BC now, but said he and his family had a house on the “res” here. I took that to mean the Tulalip Reservation. He owned residential rental properties in both Canada and the United States. His business was best in Marysville, Washington, he said, because of the higher percentage of renters in the population and the amount of rent he could charge them. His hair was black. He looked younger than both Larry and me. Turned out he was older than Larry. He liked the United States for many reasons. The one which struck me most was because in cities like New York and Las Vegas “the parties don’t start until Midnight”. I told him my “midnight party days” were over. And as we waited in the slow moving line our conversation evolved into what this pleasant Canadian Filipino gentleman liked about the United States and why its citizens should not talk … Continue Reading
The Webster-Merriam Dictionary defines the verb “corrupt” to mean: : to cause (someone or something) to become dishonest, immoral, etc. : to change (something) so that it is less pure or valuable : to change (a book, computer file, etc.) from the correct or original form Upon ratification of the Constitution, the States entered the Union “with their sovereignty intact.” Sovereignty means: “a country’s independent authority and the right to govern itself.” The United States Constitution divides authority between federal and state governments for the protection of individuals. Indeed, a principal benefit of our federalist system is a check on abuses of government against the liberty and property of citizens. The United States Constitution is a short document. Three of its seven articles are devoted to establishing the federal framework of our government. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution makes clear the purposes of our federal structure. It states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The powers afforded the federal government under the Constitution are defined and limited. In contrast, the powers reserved to the several States were intended to “extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” J. Madison, The Federalist No. 45, pp. 292-293 (C. Rossiter ed. 1961). “In the compound republic of America [both the federal and State republics] a … Continue Reading