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Volume IX Number 9

MAY 2014

Field of Eight Compete for


Open Congressional Seat
AMY JINGLE
Staff Writer
The political buzz on who
will be replacing Congressman Howard Buck McKeon began before his anticipated announcement that he
will not be seeking re-election to the House of Representatives.
Immediately after McKeons office made it official,
the gates opened, and the
race to replace the twelveterm congressman began.
Presented with a diverse
field of eight candidates
four Republicans, two Democrats, one Libertarian and
one No Party Preference
running the gamut from
career politicians, entrepreneurs, to political neophytes
voters will decide which
two will face-off at the November General Election.
All eight candidates vying
to replace McKeon were in
attendance at the forum hosted by AV Seniors Network.
Forum rules were simple:
each candidate got two minutes to deliver an opening
statement, followed by a
Q&A session with all questions originating from audience members.
Making clear in his opening statement his being new
to politics, Evan Thomas
said he entered the race over
frustration with the congress
not acting to improve the nations economy in general,
and the AVs in particular.
The 28-year Air Force veteran, running as a Democrat,
served as commander for
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one priority program, according to Thomas.
In his opening statement,
former State Senator Tony
Strickland touted his endorsement by outgoing Congressman Buck McKeon,
who Strickland said served
this district very well since
his election in 1992.
Republican Troy Castagna,
a Santa Clarita-based entrepreneurial financial advisor,
said he is seeking a seat in
the congress because Washington is broken.
Im not running because I
need a taxpayer-funded paycheck. Ive worked my entire
career in the private sector,
said Castagna, who also represents taxpayers before the
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS). I dont think sending
Sacramento career politicians to fix Washington is a
good idea.
Michael Mussack, also new
to politics, is not running as

a member of any political


party and stressed there are
common objectives shared
by the eight candidates despite party affiliation.
Mussack said, if elected, his
priorities will be jobs and education.
Dr. Lee Rogers, the Democrat who challenged McKeon
in 2012, said he recognizes
the problems facing our nation, but is seeing no action
from Washington.
Im running for the senior,
and for the almost senior, who
is worried that some crazy
congressman is going to take
away their guaranteed health
benefit, or increase the cost
of their prescription drugs,
said Rogers, who added he
is also running for students
who are being ripped-off by
the cost of their textbooks.
Rogers said he will be a
representative people can
trust to act in their best interest, and a representative that
takes a do-nothing congress
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Complaints range from
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No, Im not referring Mr. Bundys awkward but earnest effort to encourage people of all ethnic backgrounds to seek an
end to the suffocating embrace of government paternalism.
Im talking about the fact that the Bureau of Land Management is an enforcement arm of a Regime that continues to
treat American Indians as heathens and savages with no
Rights worthy of official recognition.
Like Cliven Bundy, Raymond Yowell operated a small
cattle ranch in Nevada, and refused to pay the federal government grazing fees to which they are neither morally nor
legally entitled.
In May 2002, the BLM mounted a paramilitary operation
to confiscate Yowells 132-head cattle herd for refusal to pay
grazing fees.
The rustlers then billed the rancher $180,000, and began to
garnish his monthly Social Security check when he declined
to honor their impudent demand.
Yowell, 84, is a former chief of the Te-Moak Band of the
Western Shoshone tribe. His ancestors were among the signatories of the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty with the federal
government, which recognized the tribes sovereignty over a
24 million acre swath of western lands the Shonshone called
Newe Segobia The Land of the People of Mother Earth.
As is the case with every such agreement, the federal government acted in cynical bad faith, using the treaty to secure
a foothold within a territory slated for assimilation into the
continent-straddling behemoth being constructed through
Manifest Destiny.
While demanding that the Shoshone refrain from interfering with telegraph lines and stagecoach routes, the Feds did
nothing to discourage or deter illegal settlements on Shoshone land.
In 1962 one year shy of the centennial of the Ruby Valley
Treaty the federal Indian Claims Commission proclaimed
that this pattern of federally abetted gradual encroachment by Euro-American settlers and speculators had extinguished all Shoshone claims to their lands.
In the fashion of a rapist who offers to buy his victim breakfast in order to re-fashion his crime into a date, the Feds
offered to compensate the Shoshones through a settlement
amounting to 15-cents an acre.
This figure was based on a valuation of the lands conducted in 1872 long before the discovery of significant mineral wealth on the property, which included the Carlin Trend,
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Knight for Congress, Olmsted for Sheriff


For the June 3 Primary Election,
The Political Observer is making two endorsements; both for an
open seat, and one groundbreaking,
as far as this newspapers political
philosophy is concerned.
As a standing general order, our
policy is to never endorse any
person having carried a gun and a
badge while employed for the government State and local law enforcement especially.
Law enforcement-types generally
are no friend to Liberty and all too
often legislate from the mindset of
doing the governments bidding:
more power for the gub-mnt and
less Freedom for the People.
In a race with an open seat, the Republican-owned Political Observer
is endorsing Steve Knight for congress. Knight, an 18-year veteran lawman with the L.A.P.D., has
earned our endorsement primarily

due to his stellar record supporting


the 2nd Amendment in Sacramento.
Knight gets it: We, the People,
have a Right to defend ourselves
against bad guys.
To a metaphysical certainty, however, our definition of a bad guy
is far broader than Mr. Knights, to
be sure, as evidenced by the State
senators answer to our question at
a candidate forum regarding Clive
Bundy and the militia.
To know where our views diverge,
when it comes to all enemies, foreign and domestic The Political
Observer believes the federal government poses a greater threat to
the American people our security,
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We need not fear the Russians, or
the Chinese, or al-Qaeda; but federal policy.
We dont expect Knight to share
our worldview, but voters should
know they can count on Knight
to continue his staunch defense of
the Second Amendment in the congress. Well gladly take the tradeoff, and keep our guns and ammo.
Knight will also take with him
to Washington D.C. his principled
stand on taxation and spending.
Having earned the Howard Jarvis
Taxpayers Association endorsement, constituents can count on
Knight to fight against wasteful
spending and oppressive taxation
at the federal level, as he did at the
Statehouse.
For sheriff, The Political Observer is endorsing Bob Olmsted. This
for his bold decision to reach-out to
the Department of Justice, and the
press, to bring change to LASD.
Only two government professions,
can come to your home, knock on
the door, and say, Hello. Were
from the government, and were
here to help you, and are actually there to help. They are the Fire
Department, and the Department of
Justice Civil Rights Division.
All other government agencies
bring some risk of harm to the citizen answering the door, each agency to a varying degree.
Bob Olmsted, a member of an
agency many people are rightfully
wary of and go about life wishing
to avoid contact with unless absolutely necessary, went Fed, and
media, and blew the whistle when
going Fed and media were the only
ways left to go. And for that, he has
earned our endorsement.

I have appreciated
the relationship and
guidance from
Congressman
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We as Americans
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and changes it into a get-it-done congress.
Navraj Singh, an immigrant from India, has ran for congress

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much finger pointing in congress.
Singh, a Republican, explained politics is not a sporting
match with one winner, and promised to use his business
experience getting people to work together to do the same
in the congress.
State Senator Steve Knight touched on his AV roots. Born
at Edwards Air Force Base, the former L.A.P.D. lawman is
a Palmdale High School and Antelope Valley College graduate.
This is my town, this is my home, said Knight, a U.S.
Army veteran.
Rebutting the remark made by Castagna and echoed by
Rogers in both their opening statements concerning the
foolishness of sending a career politician to D.C., Knight,
who was elected to the Palmdale city council and then the
assembly prior to his current position in the senate said, I
agree. If a career politician has never done anything, lets
not send him. Lets look at that record and say, theyve never done anything.
Encouraging voters to look at his political record, Knight,
a Republican, touted his endorsement by the Howard Jarvis
Taxpayers Association as the best candidate among the field
to protect taxpayers, adding, I dont just talk during election timeand records should speak for themselves.
David Bruce said he is running as the Libertarian Party
candidate because neither Republicans nor Democrats are
getting the job done.
Regardless of which party is in charge, our debt goes up
and things get worse, said Bruce. Our two-party system
has turned into a one-party system.
Owner of an advertising agency, Bruce said his business
experience has taught him how to cut costs without cutting
services, unlike government.
Self-described as fiscally-conservative and socially-liberal, Bruce believes in maximum Freedom as long as an activ-

ity does not infringe on the Rights of another.


Weve got IRS giving bonuses to people that havent paid
their taxes; weve got NSA invading everyones personal
life, said Bruce.
The first audience question posed asked what each candidate will do for seniors. Bruce, the Libertarian Party candidate, said protecting social security (SS). Knight agreed SS
is worth protecting and said he believes the program will be
here for his 20-year-old son when he is of age.
People will tell me all the time, social security is going
away, and I say, No, its not, said Knight. The issue with
social security is just like anything else that has a mortality
table; you have to make corrections.
Rogers took issue with the annual SS cost of living increase not being commensurate with the inflation, and said
he supports a bill scrapping the SS tax cap on earned income
and payroll tax to extend the lifetime of the program.
Thats for people that earn over $113,000, and Im in one
of those categories, and Im happy to pay it to make sure everybody, including myself, is going to have social security,
said Rogers.
Mussack said job growth an increased pool of people
contributing to the program is the best way to make SS
solvent.
Castagna explained many of his clients are seniors and he
too is willing to make sacrifices to ensure SS remains sound.
One needed change to the SS program that will benefit seniors is not taxing SS benefits, according to Castagna. You
can pay tax on up to 85 percent of your social security benefits, said Castagna, the financial advisor by trade. When
Im Washington, that line item disappears. Social Security
benefits should not be taxed.
Strickland said the best way to help seniors is to repeal
Obamacare and restore the $700 billion taken from Medi-

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care, address the cost of prescription drugs,


and not tax SS benefits.
Thomas said he stands for a strong defense
and for a strong Social Security net.
I see Social Security and Medicare as part
of an essential social contract, said Thomas, adding, he also supports scrapping the tax
cap.
No candidate addressed the federal governments long-standing practice of stealing or
borrowing, according to politicians social
security trust fund money and redirecting it
to other government expenditures.
Candidates were asked if they support legislation requiring an I.D. to vote. Opposed
to Voter I.D. laws were the two Democrats
Thomas and Rogers and the Independent
Mussack.
In favor were Republicans Strickland, Castagna, Singh, Knight, joined by Bruce, the
Libertarian candidate.
The next audience question asked candidates if they support extending unemployment benefits. Bruce said he is in favor.
Knight said he is in on record voting against
a Resolution in the Statehouse favoring an

extension.
Singh said extending benefits is detrimental. When you give unemployment benefits
for 99 weeks and beyond, you are making a
person practically useless, said Singh, adding, as a business owner he will hire the person currently working a menial job before
he hires a person who hasnt worked in two
years.
If youve been sitting on the couch for 99
weeks that means youre not worth working, said Singh.
Because the economy has not improved
enough yet, both Rogers and Mussack said
they are in favor of the extension.
Strickland said he is opposed to the extension and in favor of lowering tax rates for
entrepreneurs and corporations to generate
hiring.
Thomas said the extension was the right
thing to do during the heart of the Recession
but we do have to consider fiscal reality.
On Immigration Reform, Bruce said the
14th amendment needs to be revisited, paying attention to birthright citizenship, and
then added he is opposed to building a wall
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along the southern border.
There should be a pathway to
Citizenship for people who are here
and hard working, added Bruce. I
know so many people, some here
both legally, some illegally, that are
contributing, working hard and not
a drain on our system.
First comes border security, said
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here [illegally]. A lot of them were
brought here under 10-years-old.
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America draws people from around
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opportunity, adding, We have to
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Rogers said, I dont think hes


a domestic terrorist anymore than
I think an NSA whistleblower is
a domestic terrorist. We have the
Right to Free Speech. I dont agree
with [Bundys] speech; I think hes
a racist, but I dont think hes a domestic terrorist.
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statement that rancher Clive Bundy is a domestic terrorist? was
asked.
Although he does not believe Bundy is a domestic terrorist, Knight
referred to Bundys comments as
ludicrous, and said he does not
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nominal monthly sum.
But Brown did not pay any rent for ten years because he was
busily fighting court battles. Brown believes in States Rights.
Since his Section 8 house is in California, he should not have
to pay rent to the federal government. If he should pay at all,
it should be to the State of California.
Every court in the land has told Brown that he must pay his
rent to the federal government. But Brown refused to pay up.
So the federal government sent rent collectors to his house.
They were greeted by one hundred well-armed Black Panthers. The federal agents chose the better part of valor and
retreated.
Mr. Leroy Brown is a hero! A Patriot! An example of a
true-American, right? Following the logic of Senator Dean
Heller of Nevada and Fox News Channel, he is indeed.
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photo-ops waving a giant American flag.
Dont let the flag fool you. He does not recognize the federal
government.
He refuses to pay the $1.35 per-head-of-cattle, per-year, to
graze on federal land. He claims the land belongs to the State
of Nevada. He doesnt pay the State of Nevada the $15.50
per-head, per-year that it charges either.
Like Mr. Brown, Mr. Bundy is a freeloader.
Mr. Bundy has gone to almost every court in the land to get
out of paying his rent, oops, I mean grazing fees. He has lost
every court fight.
In the intervening years of stalling he has amassed over $1
million in fees and fines. Thats our money folks.
When the Bureau of Land Management showed up to take
the cattle for non-payment they were greeted by one hundred
plus armed cretins waving American flags and calling themselves Patriots.
They strategized putting women on the front lines so that
when the shooting began, the federal government would be
disgraced for killing women! One wonders about the thought
processes of these Pseudo-Patriots.
One also wonders about the Republican Partys support of
Bundy. We all know they would condemn Leroy Brown in a
New York minute, but then Brown is black and Bundy is white.
Republicans often whine that Democrats insert race into
every argument. Yet it was their darling, Cliven Bundy, who
volunteered his racist views for the national news.
Bundy has also been doing some wondering. He wonders
if blacks werent better off as slaves. After all, as slaves they
had a family life (if massa didnt sell their children or spouses
to another plantation).
They had a skill. They could pick cotton. Yes, folks, Bundy
actually said this. Cotton picking is a valuable skill.
Nowadays, according to the latest Republican wunderkind,
black men go to jail and black women have abortions. And
their lifestyle is subsidized by the federal government.
Bundy and his Republican supporters would have you believe his mooching off federal land is not, also, welfare.
While leading Republicans couldnt wait to get in front of
a microphone to praise Bundy as a hero their spokesmen are
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Field of Eight Compete for Open Congressional Seat


Continued From Page 5
Mussack, Castagna, Strickland and Thomas also all disagreed with labeling Bundy a domestic terrorist.
When asked if they support equal pay for women, all candidates said they were, with Bruce taking the matter one
step further, suggesting more recognition is needed for those
women choosing to stay home and be a full-time wife and
mother; a job that does not accrue social security benefits at
any age depriving women a retirement benefit.
Theyve got the hardest job in the world being a doctor,
a psychiatrist, a bus driver, a nurse. I realized this firsthand,
said Bruce, alluding to the passing of his wife.
When asked how they will support for veterans, Bruce described the current system as atrocious.
Knight, a U.S. Army veteran, reviewed his record in the
State legislature sponsoring veteran legislation such as CalVet loans his first sponsored bill to in-State tuition fees for
college for all veterans.
If you get ETS [discharged] out of New Jersey and you
want to come to California, you will pay in-State tuition as
a veteran, said Knight. Records should speak for themselves.
A veteran of the Indian Army, Singh said treatment veterans
receive here makes me sick and breaks my heart. If elected,
Sing said he will be donating his congressional salary to support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Rogers mentioned the 300,000 veterans waiting on disability benefits, and the fact that although our district is home to
50,000 veterans, there is no Veterans Hospital within the district, forcing vets to drive long distances to get specialty care.
People in Washington have no problem spending trillions
of dollars making a bunch of people veterans, but when it
comes to a $1 billion dollar veterans jobs bill, they vote No
on that, said Rogers.
Thomas, a former Air Force pilot, said the way veterans are
treated by the government is shameful.
Specifically, weve got a thousand [veteran] programs up
there because politicians love to throw out a new program,
and we need to consolidate what we are doing so veterans
have one place to go find out their information, said Thomas.
On Free Trade, specifically, the Trans Pacific partnership
(TPP), Thomas said America has benefited over the previous
100 years due to Free Trade, but cautioned against running
headlong into a TPP agreement.
We need to make sure that labor rules and environmental
rules are covered, because it does not benefit America if we
move jobs overseas that should be done here when the reason
were moving them overseas is because they are destroying
their own environment to deliver us a cheap t-shirt, said
Thomas.
Strickland, Castagna and Mussack spoke in support of Free
Trade. Rogers said he opposed TPP because it will result in
a net loss of jobs for Americans.
Im running to be a congressman in the United States congress, not in the U.N. (United Nations), said Rogers.
Singh said he favors Free Trade as long as it is fair trade.
The rules are stacked against the United States of America, said Singh, adding, We need to be a manufacturing
country again.
Knight explained that emerging countries China and
India have been beating us at our game, but cautioned as
they continue developing their economies, these nations will
confront certain realities.
They are doing things today that we might have done
years and years ago. When you get that t-shirt that you think
somebody made for six cents and we get to sell it over here
for $4.99, those things are changing very quickly. In China,
were seeing the per-hour [wage] rate skyrocketing right now,
and were seeing that in India also, said Knight.
Bruce said as a businessman he supports Free Trade, but
added government has placed too many environmental restrictions on business and other regulations increasing the
cost of doing business.
As an environmentalist, Id like to see countries like China
and India clean-up their act, clean-up their environment be-

fore we start trading with them, said Bruce.


On the Affordable care Act A.K.A. Obamacare candidates were asked if they favor repeal.
Bruce said repeal is unwise but the program needs tweaking
and fixing. One issue needing attention is IRS involvement.
Knight said he supports repeal but he is a realist, and repeal is not going to happen, and agreed the program needs
tweaking. Were 80 years into Social Security and were still
tweaking Social Security, said Knight.
Singh said, Obamacare will be repealed by Obamacare itself. One day, Singh believes, Obamas advisors will advise
the president its better to start fresh and not do the patchwork.
The only doctor among the field of candidates, Rogers said
he meets and interviews patients everyday with the goal of
getting to the bottom of their medical problem and developing a solution.
There are some that are being impacted in a negative manner, and thats why you need to send a doctor to Washington
to go fix it, said Rogers. But those that have been impacted
in a positive manner, I cannot tell you how grateful they are.
Rogers continued, And when I hear people like Tony Strickland say his number one issue is going to Washington to vote
against Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare, hes already failed
before he even went to Washington, because even if the senate changed, and became a Republican senate, the president
is still going to be the president for another two years. And
at the end of that time there are going to be so many millions
of people that have benefited from the Affordable Care Act,
there will be no way politically possible to repeal it.
Castagna supports repeal based on not being able to keep
his familys insurance plan, despite a promise by the presiContinued On Page 10

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dent people can keep their doctors under Obamacare.
We found a plan, but Im still not sure if my doctors going
to take it or not, said Catagna. Our deductibles are higher,
our co-pays went up by 50 percent, and my eight month old
son and I are required to have maternity coverage.
Strickland said his priority is to repeal Obamacare because
the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable and
fundamentally flawed.
Its not only access, its also quality care, said Strickland.
If you like the efficiency of the DMV and the compassion of
the IRS in your healthcare, then this plans for you.
Strickland suggested Obamacare ought to be replaced with
free market principles to cover pre-existing conditions. Federal law says you cant go cross State lines for larger risk
pools. We change that law we can then have larger risk pools
and cover people.
Thomas said he supports Obamacare but corrections are
needed. Weve been arguing and trying to come up with a
solution for our healthcare issues for decades. This is a practical solution, said Thomas. The program itself, the ideas
behind it are sound.
Candidates were given one minute for closing statement.
In his closing remarks, Thomas reiterated his new entry into
politics but promised accountability, if elected, and committed to turning a deaf ear to partisan politics, focusing only
on the well-being of constituents.
Strickland said he is uniquely qualified to serve in congress
based on his three terms in the assembly, one term in the senate, and owning a small business.
When America is weak around the world, people suffer,
said Strickland. I believe in Ronald Reagans axiom, Peace
through Strength, the stronger we are, the better the world is.

As an Independent, Mussack said he will be in a unique position to work with all members of the congress.
Castagna touted his business experience and his understanding the complexities of the tax code, as assets. We need
someone from the private sector, not a career Sacramento
politician, to go to Washington, said Castagna.
Im not a partisan, Im a doctor, said Rogers. But Im
proud to be a Democrat.
If your partisan platform is all about repeal, repeal, repeal,
or take away this or take away that, youre moving backwards
and not forwards, and I think we need to move forwards,
said Rogers.
Making the case to elect a Democrat, Rogers said it will be
the Democratic Party that will increase the minimum wage,
pass immigration reform, gun control and reform marijuana
laws.
Singh said he is about solutions, and doesnt care which
political party a person is with. You need to send somebody
who will listen to the other side, sit down with them, reason
with themand find solutions so this country can become
better, said Singh.
Knight reiterated his commitment to the district through his
years of public service. If were going to look at what people have done, then please do that. If were going to look at
someone whos been committed to this district and committed to their word, then please look at me, said Knight.
In closing comments, David Bruce reminded the audience
he is the only Libertarian on the ticket and wants to cut back
government spending and restore social Liberties.
Governments gotten way too involved into everybodys
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dency Court on Ave J and 10th Street West bears witness to


the dysfunction of the system.
Sacramento has taken notice of endemic horrors of Child
Protective Service agencies in California after a scathing review by the State Auditor.
A simple internet search reveals the problems with government agencies designed to protect children are doing just the
opposite too often, by design.
A recently-published book A Culture of Fear: An Inside
Look at Los Angeles Countys Department of Children & Family Services by Julian Dominguez, a social worker currently
employed by DCFS gives apologists for the department little
room for cover to deny allegations made by parents against
unscrupulous and dishonest CSWs and supervisors.
Co-authored by Melinda Murphy, currently a social worker
investigator after working for over 20 years in child welfare,
Culture of Fear should instill fear in the heart of every parent
over the prospect of a knock at the door from a CSW from
DCFS.
Since DCFS operates under the principle the parent is guilty
until proven innocent based on hear-say evidence, the best
advice for a parent in that situation is to have the CSW wait
at the door until a video recording device is found. Then, answer the door and record every second of every interaction
with the CSW.
EDITORS NOTE: This look into DCFS will continue as a
series over the coming months. Included will be documented
audio and video evidence of misconduct by AV-based CSWs,
provided by parents under investigation. The series will also
include a review of the State Audit on CPS, the proposed, but
defeated in committee Sammys Law AB1828 by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. Sammys Law would have required all
interactions between CPS and parents are audio and video
recorded. Next months issue will feature part 2 of the book
review and an interview with Julian Dominguez, author of
Culture of Fear.
To understand what a reader can expect to learn about DCFS
from Culture of Fear, the first four sentences of the second
chapter, and the final three sentences of the last are reprinted
here: From Chapter Two:
Social workers new to the Los Angeles County Department
of Child and Family Services often erroneously believe that
they will rescue children from mean and nasty parents, upon
which time the children will look up at them with appreciation in their sparkling little eyes and state, Thank you, social
worker. You saved me.
Truth be told, those words most likely will never fall upon
their ears. Rather, they might hear, F--- you! Im not going
anywhere with you! from a teenaged youth just before he
slams his bedroom door in their faces. Or they might hear,
Nooooooooo! Please dont take me away from my daddy!
from a sobbing small child.
And the book ends with an admonition to politicians entrusted by the public to protect the treasury. From page 155:
One final warning involves the following. The Orange
County Child Protective services lost a 4.9 million-dollar
lawsuit when social workers were found to have lied on a
case and fabricated evidence to the court, and, further, for the
countys failing to properly train employees about parents
constitutional rights. Orange County lost its appeal and the
award is now ten million.
In a chapter titled, A Family at Risk From Us Dominguez
chronicles his work on a case where he is admonished by his
supervisor for factually reporting progress made between a
child and his father because it went against the departments
official position.
The result was Dominguezs supervisors supervisor editing
facts out of Dominguezs report.
From page 35: In fact, my ARA deleted facts from my court
report and submitted it without my DCFS signatures because
it ran contrary to the departments position.
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which contain North Americas largest gold
deposits.
The Shoshones refused to accept the federal
proposal.
Those in charge of the land grab bureaucracy replied with a Sucks to be you shrug and
paid the money to itself, insisting that this
bookkeeping feint somehow made the transaction legally binding.
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We cant have an American people that
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that Reid serves acquired its supposedly legal claim to lands in the State he supposedly
represents.
The BLM was correctly described as part
of a criminal syndicate in a federal court ruling last year in the case of Nevada rancher
Wayne Hage.
The agency displayed its irrepressible criminal nature in its dealings with Raymond
Yowell, conducting an officially licensed
rustling operation in defiance of a federal injunction that the Shoshone chief won through
a pro se appeal.
But the foundational assumption of federal
Indian policy is that Indians have no standing
to assert their Property Rights. So Yowells
legal victories did nothing to restrain official
lawlessness.
I looked at it as an illegal seizure, Yowell said of the 2002 confiscation of his herd.
They took cattle without a court order. Now
they are taking from my Social Security
check.
Before the BLM laid siege to his property,
Yowell like Bundy made a futile appeal to
his local sheriff for protection.
For several years after the BLM stole his
livestock and deprived him of his livelihood,
the elderly rancher continued to petition the
agency for relief.

I kept writing letters to them saying I didnt


have a debt with them, that I never signed a
contract, Yowell observed in an AP interview three years ago. But they just ignored
it. Theres no use talking to them.
Yowell has filed an appeal to the US Supreme Court. The US Solicitor Generals Office is scheduled to file its response most
likely a motion to dismiss the petition on
June 4.
The Regime has the luxury of time: It can
continue mulcting the octogenarian victims
Social Security checks while waiting for him
to expire, along with the residual legal claims
made by the surviving Shoshones.
From the Regimes point of view, all of this
is a justified exercise of plenary authority
over Indian lands obtained through conquest
of an inferior race.
In the 1823 case Johnson and Grams Lessee v. William McIntosh, the U.S. Supreme
Court held that while Indians were admitted
to be the rightful occupants of the soil, with a
legal as well as just claim to retain possession
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The BLM: Scourge of Lesser Breeds Without the Law


Continued From Page 12
of it, they were denied clear title to their property that is,
the power to dispose of the soil at their own will, to whomsoever they pleased.
Ownership of the land on which the Indians lived was supposedly transferred from them to the newly arrived Europeans through royal grants issued by monarchs acting on authority derived from the Pope.
According to the Court, those decrees by distant kings of
whom the Indians had never heard were sufficient to convey
the soil as well as the right of dominion to the grantees.
Henry Wheaton, who was the reporter for the Supreme
Court at the time of that ruling, later wrote that the Indians
tribes, as heathens, were the lawful spoil and prey of their
civilized conquerors and that it was a maxim of policy and
of law, that the right of the native Indians was subordinate to
that of the first Christian discoverer.
Arch-nationalist legal commentator Joseph Story elaborated
on this idea, describing the Indians as infidels, heathens, and
savages [who] were not allowed to possess the prerogatives

belonging to absolute, sovereign and independent nations.


A brief filed on Yowells behalf observed that while cases subsequent to the 1823 Johnson decision tended to omit
explicit reference to this doctrine of Christian conquest, its
core precepts did occasionally bob to the surface.
Thus in the 1877 Beecher v. Weatherby case, the Court
decreed that Indians should be dealt with in a fashion appropriate to an ignorant and dependent race.

In 1946 the year Congress created the Indian Claims


Commission to dispose of Indian land claims Justice Stanley Reed batted away a suit filed by the Alcea Band of Oregons Tilamook tribe by breezily stating that discovery by
Christian nations gave them sovereignty over and title to the
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He Should Have Seen It Coming


RALPH S. BRAX
Viewpoint
Several months ago, Governor Mitt Romney (remember
him?) stated that, President Barack Obama should have seen
the Russian invasion of Crimea coming. Of course, Romney
didnt say what he would have done about it, such as sending
100,000 troops in and having an all-out war with Putin.
Putins invasion only occurred because of Revolution in
Ukraine, when its pro-Russian president was overthrown, and
a new anti-Russian government came into power.
To make certain he didnt lose control of Ukraine (the bread
basket of Russia), Putin sent troops into Crimea, to at least
maintain control of the ports and bases there.
This nonsense uttered by Romney, and naturally supported
by the likes of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham,
got me to thinking about other he should have seen it coming moments in history.
For example, how about: George W. Bush should have seen
9-11-01 coming. How ridiculous is that? Well, maybe not so
ridiculous.
For starters, as they were leaving the White House, President Clintons top foreign policy people told the Bush folks
the main threat to the U.S. was al Qaeda, and not Iraq.
But Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld refused to listen.
And then there were all those intelligence reports flooding
the administration telling us that al Qaeda operatives were

learning to fly American airplanes in flight schools across the


nation.
But Bush was obsessed with invading Iraq and overthrowing
Saddam, not a darn thing was done about the terrorist threat.
How about: Bush should have seen a ten-year war in Iraq
coming after the U.S. invaded in March 2003? Certainly no
one could have predicted that.
Well, actually, a few did, like Muslim scholars all over the
world, and of course, his father, George H. W. Bush.
Back in 1991, after Daddy Bush drove Saddam out of Kuwait, and saved that little nation for the corrupt royal family that governs it, Bush told his foreign policy team that the
dumbest thing to do would be to invade Iraq and overthrow
Saddam.
He knew Sunni Muslims, who were in power, and Shia
Muslims, who were out of power, but constituted a majority
of the population, have hated each other for well over one
thousand years.
So George H.W. Bush took his victory and ended the Persian Gulf War. Its too bad he never explained the realities of
the Muslim world to his oldest son, George W. Bush.
Well, no one could possibly have seen the Great Recession
of 2008 coming. Oh, please! The amazing thing is that it took
so long to happen.
As soon as he came into power, Bush began cutting those
nasty regulations that got in the way of Wall Street bankers
and financial institutions from making a few more billion dol-

lars a year and screwing the American people.


And then Bush, who couldnt stand keeping that balanced
budget Bill Clinton handed over to him, cut income taxes
by two trillion dollars, primarily for the wealthy, which, of
course, produced massive deficit budgets.
Maybe Bush did see it coming, but assumed it would hit
the year after he left office. But he did keep bankers, and the
Koch brothers, happy.
Hey, nobody could possibly have seen the Vietnam War
coming. Well, actually, President Lyndon Johnson did see it
coming, but found himself in a very tight box.
Johnson knew, like everyone else did, that the policies of
Eisenhower and Kennedy were not working.
When he visited South Vietnam in 1961 as vice-president,
he saw first-hand that President Diem was very unpopular
and was screwing-up things. But he was told by all his top
advisors that, while a war could not be won by the U.S., that
getting out of Vietnam would mean Republicans would unite
in labeling him as soft on communism.
This would mean that fellow Democrats would lose elections in 1966, and that he might not get re-elected in 1968.
This little game, started by Senator Joe McCarthy back in
the early 1950s, of equating Democrats with Communists, so
scared the Democrats, that we fought a ten-year war in Vietnam, and 58,000 Americans died. But Richard Nixon was
elected president in 1968, so Republicans were happy.
And the beat goes on...

It is a litigated question, whether the circulation of paper, rather than of specie, is a good or an evil. In the opinion of England and of English writers it is a good;
in that of other nations it is an evil; and excepting England and her copyist, the United States, there is not a nation existing, I believe, which tolerates a paper
circulation. The experiment is going on, however, desperately in England, pretty boldly with us, and at the end of the chapter, we shall see which opinion experience
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MAY 2014

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Its time for change! Nestor Rick
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fairness and balance to businesses and
communities in Los Angeles County.

He will use his experience inexecutive


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restore trust to an office mired by
a culture of corruption and scandal.

Its time toelect a new County Assessor


who will serve without the entanglement
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the prior administration.

The BLM: Scourge of Lesser


Breeds Without the Law
Continued From Page 13
lands discovered.
Nothing in the US Constitution justifies the
institutionalized assumption that the federal
government had the Right to act as trustee
on behalf of its so-called Indian wards.
The Supreme Court struggled to find Constitutional warrant for that belief in the 1886
case United States v. Kagama.
When the text refused to yield the desired
outcome, Justice Samuel Miller (a Lincoln
appointee, natch) threw up his hands and
concluded that the plenary authority to regulate Indian affairs grew out of the ownership
of the country and the right of exclusive
sovereignty which must exist in the National Government, and can be found nowhere
else.
That ruling, one commentator wryly observed, introduced the `it-must-be-somewhere doctrine of Constitutional interpretation.
Presumably the power to treat Indians as
dispossessed wards, like authorization for
Obamacare, resides within the Constitutions
vast but inaccessible Good and Welfare
Clause.
The finders keepers or might makes
right approach to Indian affairs has never
been repudiated, notes Yowells brief. It is
the continuing basis for all aspects of federal
Indian law.
The federal government insists that it is
acting on well-settled legal principles. The
brief ripostes that slavery and racial segregation were considered `well-settled law,
and were nonetheless subject to challenge as
fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution and the principles of respect for human
rights.
About two years ago, the custodians of acceptable opinion held an orgy of outrage over

a monumentally foolish essay published by


Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, in which the author defended the
subjugation of the Indians as a legitimate exercise of the right of conquest by European
settlers.
The Native American tribes at the time of
the European settlement and founding of the
United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare
for hundreds of years, and practiced the most
debased forms of sexuality, Fischer opined.
Since Indians, on Fischers proudly ignorant reading of the relevant history, resisted
the appeal of Christian Europeans to leave
behind their superstition for the light of
Christianity and civilization, their dispossession by the federal government was not
only defensible, but morally necessary.
Many of the same bien-pensants and self-appointed watchdogs who performed cadenzas
of indignation over Fischers foolish little
screed are prominent defenders of the BLM
in its confrontation with Cliven Bundy, as the
agency following the same premises as
those endorsed by Fischer seeks to do to
Bundy what it has done to Raymond Yowell,
the Dann family, and other members of the
Western Shoshone nation who have sought to
defend their lands.
The BLM is an indispensable element of
the apparatus of dispossession that invokes
a medieval doctrine of racial superiority and
religious conquest to justify denial of Indian
Property Rights.
It continues to scourge people officially designated as lesser breeds without the law.
And it enjoys the unqualified support of
the same Progressives who have dishonestly
made Cliven Bundy a totem of intolerance.
Copyright LewRockwell.com. Re-published
in The Political Observer with permission.

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Everything predicted by the enemies of banks, in the beginning, is now coming to pass. We are to be ruined now by
the deluge of bank paper, as we were formerly by the old Continental paper. It is cruel that such revolutions in private
fortunes should be at the mercy of avaricious adventurers, who, instead of employing their capital, if any they have, in
manufactures, commerce, and other useful pursuits, make it an instrument to burthen all the interchanges of property
with their swindling profits, profits which are the price of no useful industry of theirs THOMAS JEFFERSON

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DCFS Insider Exposes Agency Horrors in New Book

Continued From Page 10


The Political Observer requested a phone interview with
Phillip Browning, Director of DCFS, to get comment on the
book and ask questions on the allegations, but instead received a statement from Browning issued through the public
affairs department of DCFS.
Brownings statement is: I am aware of the book written by
Mr. Dominguez which has identified some systemic issues.
There is an ongoing investigation and the findings will be
thoroughly reviewed. I am very interested in the results of
the investigation and will work with DCFS staff to address
any findings that warrant action.
The Political Observer, having obtained audio and video evidence of a CSW informing a parent wanting to film a meeting that filming is not allowed, asked Brownings office if
such a statement is fact.
In reply, Browning office wrote: With regard to the policy
portion of your inquiry, we do not have policy that directly
addresses a parent audio or video recording a meeting, but we

are still researching our practice regarding this issue.


The CSW making the statement about recordings being prohibited - captured on audio and video - her supervisor, and
her supervisors supervisor, all refused comment when questioned by The Political Observer about the truthfulness of the

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