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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Local politics, your chance to have a voice in the community. Just don't listen to the liars.

I have been reading the Union and some of the local  blogs this week and for the life of me I cannot understand  the angst exhibited by some folks here.  We have a number of local races as usual, each race has a set of personalities.  I actually think that the politics here in Nevada County is really mild in comparison to the days of yore.

I read the Union article today about the "It's Miller Time" sign on a privately owned property in Grass Valley.  The sign is a attempt to use a slogan most of us know, to advertise a candidate in the District Three Supervisor race.  This has set off a firestorm of protest by Jeff Pelline and his five posters at his blog.  He has done a number of posts and I read a couple.  They are just plain funny!  For a guy who constantly uses a "saying" that "local politics is so nasty because the stakes are so small" I just laugh.  If he thinks things are so small, why all the ink?  We have two candidates, probably equally matched in their desire to win yet both are being fairly civil.  I think this is making Pelline mad.  He wants blood in the streets and Miller and Lamphier are being gentlemen. 

The Chamber of Commerce is in the building where the business of the property owner also resides.  Why would this cause a problem if the "journalist" Pelline is a free speech guy.  Pelline made a comment about Miller Brewing should be notified their trademark is being used.  My goodness, the candidates name is Miller.  If the sign said "DRINK Lamphier Champagne, it is time" I bet Terry would use it.  It is fun!  The attempts to start pitting the candidates against each other, even for the smallest and dumbest of reasons, seems to be a Pelline forte'.  I saw him do it in the Diaz/Pruett race and some others.  This season is very calm here and I for one think that is very civilized.

When I ran for County Supervisor thirty year ago this year, things then were really nasty.  I actually researched personally the incumbents voting records for her three and a half years she was a Supervisor.  I used here own voting records in a couple of mailers to the voters.  All I did was list here votes and that drove the opposition nuts.  They called me a dirty player!  Hell, it was her votes!  No commentary.  Then when I legally had poll watchers and also people legally more than 100 feet from the polling places handing out flyers, I again was attacked.  They called what I did "Chicago Style" politics.  Nasty tactics they said.  They even got the Elections official to issue 100 foot strings to make sure if it was ever done again that the 100 foot was not encroached upon.  Then when the opposition could not think of a legal way to deal with me they started a number of whisper campaigns.  The lies they told were shocking but they did not work.  I walked and worked and called and I won twice.  I stayed above the bullshit and it paid off.

Though there were many in the opposition who acted like Pelline does now, the tactics failed.  Hard work and a hearty handshake worked then and I think it still works now.  But after many years of the lies the opposition tries to foist on the people, Nevada County voters usually separate the wheat from the chaff.  The only time it failed though was during the "Gang of Four" years.  Lies and fibs prevailed then and I still can't understand how that happened.

Nevada County is better than the BS shoveled out by the Pelline's of the world.  He is the local purveyor of crap that we get nationally by the Associated Press (I call it the Obama Press) and the Sacramento Bee and LA Times here in California.  They spread their bias and have all of my life.  Now we have alternatives like Rush Limbaugh, other talk radio hosts and FOX News.  We have blogs galore as well and I try to read many of them.  I read the left and the right and all the ones in between.  It is wonderful to have so much choice.  I have tried to stay out of local politics and endorsements since I last ran for office.  I want people to make up their own minds and this also forces candidates to run hard.  If a candidate sits on his/her ass and does not do the work, they will not win here.  So, disregard the tripe about the chambers and the candidates that Pelline and his liberal cohorts write about and make up your own minds based on input from many sources.  Be smart about your precious vote.  Whether it is local state or national, every vote is important.  You voters out there need to cast that vote and not make stupid excuses why you didn't.  You want a good county, state and nation?  Exercise your vote.  If you don't then just shut up and accept your consequenses.  You will get a whole lot more Yee's and Calderon's.

36 comments:

  1. Well said Todd. Only an award winning journalist like myself could have said it better. I can't explain why I am so driven to constantly slime my community with negative crap. I am desperate to delay my irrelevance, and this is all I know how to do. I will try to be a better person. I am sorry for all of the nasty things I have said about you and the other fine people in this community. Please forgive me.

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  2. Todd, I thought you told TRUE FUE to take a break. What gives?

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    1. Michael nobody tells TRUE FUE what to do.....he is a force of nature!

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    2. Well I guess The True FUE is not listening to me.

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  3. Michael, why would you not appreciate my heartfelt apology for spreading slime on my fellow citizens these past years? I am after all, the Most Remorseful Man in Nevada County! LOL!

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  4. FUE. If you'd quit reading all those magazines long enough - and I'm glad they let you keep your subscription to Seventeen - you would know that real world politics are dirty. I know you still believe in Sugar Plumb Fairies, but it's tough out there. Terry L. might be a pussy, but he's our pussy. He's a real People Pussy. Who cares if he's a Socialist who couldn't balance his own checkbook. If not for his BOS check he'd be on the streets, so we have an obligation to keep a roof over his head!

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    1. Dear Anonymous, the quality of the comments on this blog are absolutely breathtaking.

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    2. Think that's breathtaking...when I type in Sierra Fathills Report Associate Bobs site pops right up!

      Maybe Google knows more than we think!


      This is your SMALL RECTANGULAR POLITICAL/BEER SIGN UPDATE....seven stories....count em.... seven over a sign that 99.5 % of your fair town wouldn't have even noticed if Jeffy had just kept his yap closed about it! Makes me think he's on Dan Millers payroll!


      Hmmmm......


      Michael: full disclosure...that post took about 5 minutes (psssst...I forgot the name of the guy who Jeffy was all worked up about)...but I'm not at work today so I'm really only stealing from myself!

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    3. No more attacks allowed anonymous like the one of yours above. I won't delete it because all the following comments on the string will be deleted. Terry L and Dan M. are both nice men. You need not call anyone a name.

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    4. Well said...and thank you.
      --JG

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  5. Do I need to remind you gentlemen that it is I, and only I, the award winning journalist, who is capable of attacking my fellow citizens with the proper sanctimonious arrogance. Michael, are we having an issue? Are you a good old boy? Shall I expose your high school friendships to my minions? And Mr. Anonymous, if you are so twisted as to send me more unwanted magazines, can you get me the April Playboy? I am doing an investigation into the exploitation of nubile college girls by the Tea Party. LOL!

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  6. Todd you can delete this if you want...I don't want Jeffy to get the vapors over my pseudonym again....you know how he gets!

    Me thinks your reporting getting Tea Party and Far Right Republicans spitting fire on their blogs is the best way to measure how good your reporting is.

    Spitting fire.....!

    Incessant mockery and ridicule hardly qualifies as "spitting fire". Maybe hosting another house party will sooth your jangled nerves Ben!

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    1. Fish, your comment is fine. Ben Emery and the three other posters on the lib blog are irrelevant anyway. I am getting a kick out of the TRUE FUE osts though.

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    2. I am getting a kick out of the TRUE FUE posts though.


      As am I!

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  7. Jeff Pelline is a local liberal blogger that worked at The Union until they lauched him. Likes to bash his community. A real piece of work.

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  8. Don't sell me short. I am also an award winning journalist who has a boat, and hates good old boys. LOL!

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    1. I LOVE it when you use large words, like "progressives" to describe the previous BOS of Izzy Martin, Bruce Conklin and Peter V.
      You are such the moderate. Dems are "Progressives" (as in progress) and Republicans "Good 'Ol Boys." Right before voters finally kicked their asses out of office (and Izzy got whacked like a mole at a carnival), that "Progressive" BOS met Christmas Eve (imagine that) to orchestrate funding for the Julia Morgan House. That funding created a paid position that...what a coincidence...Conklin landed when he left office. Then he used the money to pay relatives for work that was never finished. That "Progressive" BOS never saw a grant it couldn't eat. The bunch of them would be unemployable if it wasn't for government grant money. Last I checked, the Julia Morgan House was still a mess, after burning through tons of cash.

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  9. SB27

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/03/17/campaign-disclosure-bill-fails-by-one-vote-in-california-senate/

    "Republicans questioned the timing of the “clean money” legislation in the wake of those scandals, saying Democrats could easily have passed the bill earlier this year. "

    Could it be the Democrats were worried that this disclosure law would snare some of their own? Sitting on it so their colleagues could recuse themselves from the vote making the bill one vote short of passing. The numbers and timing are what send up the red flag. I have watched this sort of thing happen over and over again with the D's on public financing and disclosure bills. Some how, some way they always seem to fall short.

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    1. That is called politics. I too have watched this many times. That is why a politician is now seen as less than a sewer worker in some some circles.

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  10. Look at that, we finally agree on something.

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  11. And what was Terry Lamphier doing while all of this corruption was happening in our fair County?

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  12. Michael, I have been called vain many times in many ways, but that is my favorite. LOL!

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  13. I have worked with Common Cause on a number of issues since 1990, that is specifically for Frisch, an outside/ inside approach to change.

    bribe- Persuade (someone) to act in one’s favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement:

    McCutcheon v. FEC just went down and it basically reenforced more corruption within our government. When private money fund public political parties and candidates it is a recipe for corruption. Our 19th century electoral system and the two political parties who control it have made bribery legal.

    McCutcheon v. FEC
    http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8826397

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  14. McCutcheon v. FEC was decided as I wanted. Speech unfettered. Good for America. Apparently the federal limits are still in place though.

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    1. Here is the link to the Wasington Times.

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/2/supreme-court-strikes-down-limit-campaign-giving/

      The decision levels the playing field since liberals have all the press except a couple of "fair" outlets. Good for the country and now we can see some pushback on the "stenographers" for the democrat party and Obama.

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    2. Free Speech is a bitch. The pesky First Amendment keeps getting in the way of the government regulating "we the people."

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  15. Todd, did you really just completely delete my Nietzsche quote??

    OK, back to art class for you buster!

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    1. Yep, you are not adding anything to the thread except everyone is wondering why I let you keep posting nothing but but drool. I gave you a try but you never disappoint in your childishness. Too funny.

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  16. Todd, I'm not really adding anything to the discussion either, except for telling you how awesome I am. But then, that is really all I ever do! LOL! Hopefully a little satire will get me through the filter! TF

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  17. Ok you guys, I can be funny too...

    Q: Why did the elephants get kicked out of the public pool?

    A: They kept dropping their trunks!

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  18. Three democrats met at the Pearly Gates,.....no, that can't be right! LOL!

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Real name thank you.