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Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives,


25th District Participate in Q&A

THOMAS FITZGERALD
Publisher
Twenty-sixteen is shaping-up to become a political
year for the ages.
Discontent with the political establishment is illustrated by Democratic Party presidential nominee Senator
Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)
beating Hillary Clinton in
seven of the last eight State
contests.
On the Republican side, a
field of 17 is down to three
Texas senator Ted Cruz,
Ohio governor, John Kasich,
and the outsider, New York
City businessman Donald
Trump with Trump holding
a solid lead in delegates.
Often, who a partys presidential nominee will be is
sewn-up by the time Californians vote in June.
This year, things are different, and Californians will
have a chance for the first
time - in a long time - to impact the presidential primary
selection process.
Officials anticipate higher
than normal voter turn-out
on June 7, which political
observers understand favors
the outsider non-establishment approved candidates.
This scenario is a prime environment for a few contests
being tighter than in good
times.
A Top-Two upset in any
race appearing on the ballot
local, county, and Statewide is possible.
The Political Observer has
selected the 25th Congressional District race to feature in a candidate Q&A this
month.
This newspaper will be extending an invitation to 5th
District county board of su-

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Sheriff Glenn Palmer and


the Scouring. of the Shire
WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG
Pro Libertate Blog
Freedominourtime.blogspot.com

he Shire had changed dramatically for the


worse when Frodo, Sam, and their companions
returned from Mordor. The hobbit-folk had previously enjoyed a society largely free of the affliction called government.

THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS: In the politically-charged climate of 2016, no


candidate, incumbent or otherwise, ought to consider election or re-election a sure
thing. Three candidates are challenging Steve Knight, a first-term Congressman.
The top-two vote earners at Californias June 7, Primary Election will square-off
at Novembers General Election with the winner there being elected to represent
the 25th District in congress upper house House of Representatives.
pervisor candidates for the
May issue.
For the supervisor race, in
addition to our questions, this
newspaper is seeking questions from readers to proffer
to supervisor candidates.
Submit questions to editor@
tavpo.com. No attachments.
Emails with an attachment
are deleted, unopened.
In addition to submitting
a few, judiciously selected,
reader questions, The Political Observer will continue
with our tradition initiated
with last Octobers Antelope
valley College candidate
Q&A, where we provide

each candidate an opportunity to ask each of their fellow


candidates two questions.
For the 25CD race, all four
candidates agreed to participate attorney Bryan Caforio, Incumbent Congressman Steve Knight, attorney
Jeffrey Moffatt, and Acton/
Agua Dulce town councilman Lou Vince.
Three candidates Knight,
Moffatt and Vince submitted
two questions each for their
fellow candidates (Knight
proposing the same two
questions to the other three
candidates) and Caforio
submitted two questions di-

rected at Knight and Moffatt, but chose not to ask any


questions of Vince.
Following are questions
posed by The Political Observer, followed by questions
asked of candidates, for other
candidates.
The Political Observer:
What are your top three priorities if (re)elected to congress?
Caforio: My parents, who
were both school teachers taught me the value of hard
work and the possibilities
that come from a great public
education.
Continued on Page 4

Frodo and his friends were mortified to encounter a regimented dystopia in which the shire-riffs who had been peripheral under the old order were enforcing an ever-growing list of rules handed down by an unseen Chief.
The shire-riffs themselves werent intimidating, but behind
them lurked a band of Ruffians who looked upon the inhabitants of the Shire with disdain and were prepared to inflict
mortal harm on anybody who resisted the Chiefs decrees.
Farms and homes, once self-sufficient, had been ravaged
by officials called Gatherers and Sharers, although the
bounty that was gathered in the Chiefs name was never
shared with the populace.
The verdant countryside, which once thrived under the husbandry of private landowners, had been despoiled by those
acting on the authority of the new government. Any residents of the Shire who resisted that authority were hauled
away to lock holes.
Furious over what had been done to their home and steeled
by their experience in battle, Frodo and his companions
sounded the tocsin and organized the Hobbit-folk to scour
the Shire.
This meant driving the Ruffians and their adherents from
the land, including any shire-riffs who remained loyal to the
usurpers. Frodo gave strict instructions to avoid bloodshed
where possible.
The Chief as it happens, Saruman in disguise would not
relinquish power without extracting a price in blood.
The scouring, as portrayed by Tolkien in Return of the
King, is distant kindred to Homers account of Odysseus
dealing with the interlopers who had plundered his home and
sought to seize control of Ithaca during his lengthy absence.
I will not stay my hand till I have paid all of you in full,
Odysseus told the men who had sought to steal everything
he cherished, including Penelope. You must fight, or flee for
your lives.
In dealing with the shire-riffs or, to use the more familiar
term, sheriffs who had become oppressors, Frodo, and his
friends were more merciful than Odysseus and Telemachus
had been.
As Sauron had expected, many of those who had been public servants found it intoxicating to exercise power over the
little folk.
Others, disgusted by what they had become, threw away
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Calling on the FBI

Regarding The Political Observer


newspapers March 2016 editions
front page story New Legislation
Increases Transparency in Law
Enforcement Records, congratulations to Senator Leno for SB1286.
The next step is to establish an
agency separate from police departments to investigate complaints of
misconduct.
Our federal government has checks
and balances among the executive,
legislative and judicial branches.
But police departments investigate
themselves?
I am not suggesting civilian review boards. Perhaps a division of
the FBI or similar organization; the
investigators need to think police.
Internal investigations are a clear
conflict of interest.
GERARD J. GABRIEL
Palmdale CA

War on Drugs is a
Bi-Partisan Failure
A little girl raised her hand, Nancy Reagan recalled, and said, Mrs.
Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs? And I said,
Well, you just say no. And there it
was born. I think people thought we
had an advertising agency over who
dreamed that up not true.
Ronald Reagan presided over the
sharp escalation of Americas war
on drugs, which led to an era of
tough-on-crime rhetoric and draconian policies that swelled the US
prison population.
I love the Reagans! I wholeheartedly do. Because of President
Ronald Reagan, I became a proud
Unites States Citizen.
However, we just cant forget. The
facts are undeniable.
Bill Clinton is also equally responsible for the mass incarceration in
America.
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Lancaster CA
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Hillary Clinton: We must stop
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JUDY WATSON
Lancaster CA

Sticking It to
the Middle-Class

Government has been taxing the


rich for eight years.
We have the highest corporate tax
rate in the world and big business is
leaving us.
Hillary and Bernie talk more about
taxing the rich, as they do so the
rich bail and it falls on the back of
the middle-class.
Obamacare is a perfect example.
A household running on $60,000 a
year is looking at $20,000 a year for
health insurance.
Union Democrats better wake-up
because your friends and neighbors
are picking-up the tab, not the rich.
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Its a Great Time


to be a Political
Observer Part III
THOMAS FITZGERALD
Publisher
The Political Observer is in its
eleventh year publishing and over
the decade-plus distributing the
newspaper requiring four days
each month it has been my privilege to speak with and listen to
those people I meet along the way
wishing to discuss things political.
This opportunity has allowed me
to acquire a general feel for the
pulse of the People in the Antelope Valley. Not the pulse of our
community organizations, or its
leadership team, nor local movers
and shakers, and not the political
and bureaucrat-classes; but the
political heartbeat of the People.
Although not scientific polling
by any stretch, I find a clear majority of those willing to share
their view - more people than the
Establishment realize - are solidly
for Trump or Bernie.all the
way!
Another message beating from
the jungle drums now that Jeb?
Bush is history, is, ABC - Anybody But Clinton.
The People are in no mood for
another stuffed-suit, career pol,
full of hot air, delivering more
empty promises.
But I will say one thing for
Hillary: Not only is she a grandmother, she is also a woman.
Other than that, it is the official
position of The Political Observer
that Hillary is the most dangerous
as in to the United States candidate left in the race, despite the
essay by columnist Sue Brax this
month on page 14 endorsing Hillary.
The opposite political environment is the case concerning Lancaster municipal politics.
The mayor and city council
race this election season is a real
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snoozer. But credit must be given to Mayor Rex Parris.
The People of Lancaster - by and large - are content with the direction
their political leadership is taking their city: BYD, The BLVD, Lancaster Choice Energy, taking on downtown over their transient dumping at
Metrolinks last stop Lancaster Station.
The list of successes goes on and on and Lancaster residents can be certain of one thing: there are more great happenings for their city just over
the horizon if they elect to stay the course and re-elect Parris.
The only unanswered question is: By how large a margin of victory will
Team Rex win? The Political Observer pegs Mayor Parris and current
council candidates vote total somewhere in the neighborhood of the midto-high 80 percentile range.
For those so inclined, The Political Observer is setting the Parris Over/
Under at 86.5%. Smart money is on the Over.
After the votes have been counted and the dust has settled, it could be
even uglier.
PUBLISHERS NOTE: This column was written and this newspaper
was published April 8, the Friday prior to Lancasters April 12 election.
The only good thing about the NCAA Mens basketball tournament is
the ending, because then the Major League Baseball season begins.
In case readers are unaware, John Mlynar, the communications guru for
the City of Palmdale, is a Red Sox fan with a sense of humor this newspapers publisher does not find amusing.
Once a kind and helpful person, upon learning your publisher follows the
New York Yankees, Mlynar turned. Mlynar, thinking it funny somehow,
now and then likes to answer an email query from The Political Observer
signed, David Price.
The David Price nonsense came to a swift halt after the Yanks secured
the most dominant bull pen in baseball on paper with the signing of
Chapman; no Saint, but no doubt Mlynar wouldnt dare raise a peep of an
objection had that team from Boston wearing red sox signed him.
It is unknown from where Mr. Mlynars bitterness towards all things
New York Yankees derives. Perhaps it has something to do with the Red
Sox last place finish last year, being his well-established derisive tone
increased in sharpness since October last.
Mlynar has been informed I take no pleasure seeing the Red Sox finish
in the cellar. Thats bad for baseball. I told him so in an email. Seriously.
Whats best for baseball and the AL East is for the Red Sox to finish each
season in their rightful place second place behind the Yankees. Hows
that for understanding?
Besides, baseball has adopted the Wild Card format so good chance for
the Sox to finish second and move on to the AL Championship Series and
lose to New Yorkeach year.
Its the natural order of things, Mlynar. Dont fight whats right.
Mlynars emails are public record and can be had via a simple Public Record Request. My email cache, on the other hand, is private property and
can only be had upon issuing of a warrant NSA excepted.
Its good not to work for the government!
After informing Mlynar of my plan to Out him as a Red Sox fan, he
begged for an opportunity to respond in next months The Political Observer.
Paper and ink aint cheap, I told Mlynar. But if it keeps you from adding snarky, uncalled for Anti-New York Yankee comments on your official
emails, Ill consider it.
I have a good mind to tell Mlynar, Go for it, pal, and have him waste
time writing what he thinks is a real cute and clever tirade, and then not
print it.
No room, Mlynar. Had to back edit your column to make room for important stuff my readers care about, Ill tell Mlynar.
Itll be payback for the Yankees being the only major league baseball
team in playoff history to lose a best of seven series - to the Red Sox - after
going up three games to none.
But I wouldnt do that. Or would I? Message to John Mlynar: Deadline
for me to receive your copy for the May newspaper is Monday, May 2,
8pm. Sharp.
A minute late and it dont run. No more than 700 words, if you got it in
you.
And when in Boston later this year, heres wishing you a beautiful picture-perfect baseball afternoon on the one day you plan on going to Fenway.
Id hate to learn the one game youve traveled 3,000 miles to attend was
a rain-out.
On a lighter note, following are a few general observations Id like to
share. First, why does squirrel taste like cat?
The 17th Amendment needs to join the 18th and be repealed. Popular
election of senators is stupid.
Having the State legislature elect a States two senators ensures the federal senate will focus more on the need of the States, not feeding the never-ending appetite for power by the federal government.
James Madison Checks and Balances 101.
A senator not doing the States bidding will have him or herself recalled
and replaced at the whim of the State legislature instead waiting for the
next election when most people have forgotten about their record early in
their six-year term.
The 17th Amendment, like the 16th and 18th is a result of early 20th
century Progressive hysteria - stupidity.
It is almost humorous watching some Millennials flip-out, and throw
a tantrum when exposed to something they find offensive, or not get their
way. In their defense, young people have it tough in some aspects these
days.
It may be unreasonable to expect a young person afflicted with a disorder
to develop into a healthy functioning member of society.
For instance, Ive noticed plenty of youngsters these days have come
down with the Chin-In-Chest-Disorder (CICD). This is when the neck
bends forward at nearly a 90 degree angle planting the chin firmly at their
chest.
Im thinking it may have been classified as a legitimate disease with prescribed medication being a small hand-held electronic device like a tablet,
Smart Phone, or texting device.
Or, maybe its the other way around. The electronics cause the CICD.
I miss Marco Robot, the boy wonder. Marco Rubio tried so hard and the
effort was obvious.
Is Nevada a Territory or a State?
The federal Department of Education is spending $68 billion this fiscal
year use it or lose it. Judging by results it appears schools and students are
getting ripped-off. Good chance the money would be better appropriated
if State legislatures directly elected their two federal senators.

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Married with four children and
five grandchildren and originally from the Midwest, Mr. Palzer
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Mr. Palzer has run for office in
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A U.S, Air Force veteran having
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Pro-Life and Pro-NRA, Mr. Palzer believes that a moratorium
should be placed on Common
Core as well as Immigration.
In terms of Immigration, we
need to know whos here now before we admit millions of immigrants. I support deportation and
say, NO to Sanctuary Cities!
Mr. Palzer told The Political Observer newspaper.
Mr. Palzer believes the President
has devalued our Country in so
many ways.
This Presidents plan has been
to make America just another
country. Well, America ISNT
just another country! America and
Americans lead and not the other
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with the capability to lead other
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that same chance to get ahead: I see public school funding
getting slashed, people working longer hours for less money,
and millions of middle class families held back by mountains
of student loan debt, while at the same time the career politicians in Washington give handout after handout to the biggest
banks and corporations.
Im running for Congress because Its time to build an economy that works for everyone, and not just the wealthy few. I
will fight to: Raise the federal minimum wage, ensure workers can earn paid sick leave, and end wage discrimination to
guarantee women are paid the same as men for doing the same
work; Strengthen and secure Social Security and Medicare
for seniors, and oppose any efforts to privatize these safety
nets; and, Invest in infrastructure so that we create jobs here
in our community by investing in clean energy technology
and transportation improvements.
Knight: Defense Strengthening, Deficit Reduction and Job
Creation.
Moffatt: Our nation needs reform in a number of areas, addressed in Votesmart.org. The current incumbent is scoring a
rough rating from Votesmart.org.
I was asked to run because of the incumbents voting record.
As an economically and business trained contestant for Congress, I pledge to work on fixing a fractured economy.
Implementation of a flat tax. My target range is 12.5 to 15%.
Dr. Laffer, of Laffer curve fame recognized that there was a
point In taxation that the higher one goes, the more people
leave, or transfer legal activity to illegal activity; in either
case, tax revenues go down.
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that optimal point, and to bring business back into the country
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only to remove jobs from the U.S. Corporations have closed
United States manufacturing and other facilities moving to
Mexico and other countries more favorable to their bottom
line. This has disenfranchised our own citizens and their jobs.
Mexican registered vehicles can now operate inside the
United States without the same DOT and smog regulations
required in this country based on NAFTA.
CEMEX mine operations are in dispute. The BLM has revoked a business agreement and will be required to honor
its contract with CEMEX, and the only fix will be remove
NAFTA.
A federal Judge has already stated that CEMEX is not bound
by federal and state environmental rules because of Nafta.
In addition vehicles connected to the job site will also be exempt.
This destruction of every protection the nation has and the
employees have is based on NAFTA, a treaty I vow to rescind.
Veterans are provided with sub standard care, and second
tier facilities. VA agency accountability. As an attorney that
has battled with the VA, I have encountered an agency that
routinely improperly denies claims, loses paperwork, and is
incentivized to provide sub standard care to our injured veterans.
It is time to hold VA employees accountable for improper
denials and loss of paperwork. It is time to give incentives
to VA employees to do the right thing, rather than give them
bonuses for denying proper claims.
Vince: My top three priorities if elected to Congress are to
put the district first, protect and expand the middle class, and
fight for justice.
Ill put the district first with policy that tackles the drought,
protects our local environment and combats climate change.
I intend to protect and expand the middle class by rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, pursuing banking system reform, safeguarding Social Security and Medicare, making
college affordable, supporting veterans, providing a federal
livable wage, keeping good jobs in America and ensuring
health care for all.
I will fight for justice by preserving public safety, improving
our justice system, protecting civil liberties, reforming the
broken immigration system, and creating smarter, not bigger,
government.
The Political Observer: Gallup pegs congress approval
rating at 11%. Why do you think so many people disapprove
of congress?
Caforio: People disapprove of Congress because far too
many politicians are more focused on representing corporate special interests and causing dysfunction than they are
interested in representing the hardworking families in their
communities.
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The Right of The People to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches
and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
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APRIL 2016

City of Lancaster to Host 25th Annual California Poppy Festival


On April 16 and 17, the City of Lancaster will celebrate
25 years of the California Poppy Festival. Drawing
over 40,000 attendees and spanning more than 35 acres,
this popular, two day event held at Lancaster City Park
features something for all ages - live musical entertainment and performances, a childrens carnival, exotic
animal shows and exhibits, arts and crafts, a farmers
market, food vendors, beer pavilion, margarita madness,
and Sundays classic car show to name a few.
The Poppy Festival is an event that our residents look
forward to every year, said Mayor R. Rex Parris. The
festival gives families something to enjoy together, and
allows our great City to showcase all that it has to offer.
Keeping with the Festivals tradition to always offer
something new, Sbado de Salsa (Salsa Saturday) will
make its debut, offering a wide variety of all things hot
and spicy. In addition to traditional mariachi-style en-

tertainment, Festival-goers will enjoy tasting a flavorful


array of fresh and delicious salsas.
Included in this years Poppy Stage lineup is multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band, Smash Mouth; BELLA DONNA, a Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks tribute
band; Fortunate Son, a Creedence Clearwater Revival
tribute band; Metalachi; Mariachi Divas, and local blues
and funk favorite, KING featuring Mel Booker.
Two days of celebrated performers, extraordinary exhibits, and scrumptious treats promise a fantastic Festival weekend. Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of
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No persons shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment
or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when
in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence
to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
against himself, nor be deprived of Life, Liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall
private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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their badges of authority and were
welcomed into the righteous rebellion against the Chief and his enforcers.
What can I do? You know I went
for a shire-riff seven years ago, before any of this began, lamented
Robin, one of the officers, as the
rebellion coalesced. It gave me the
chance to be walking around the
country, and seeing folk, and hearing the news, and knowing where
the good beer was but now its different.
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whether theyre from my county,
or whether you come to visit or recreate, or if you have a business, or
are just traveling through. I have
a duty and obligation to keep you
from bad government.
Palmer is being denounced as a
rogue sheriff not because he has
violated individual Rights, but because he is not a federal supremacist something that became quite
apparent during the recent standoff
in nearby Harney County.
While he carefully avoided direct
intervention in the conflict, Palmer
expressed sympathy for the grievances that inspired the protest and
met with representatives when they
visited Grant County.
He also suggested that the Feds
should commute the grotesquely
disproportionate prison term inflicted on Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Burns-area ranchers
whose long-standing conflict with
esurient federal bureaucracies led
to the protest and ensuing standoff.
Such a conciliatory posture toward
protesters who occupied federal
property is not without precedent.
In November 1972, hundreds of
activists with the American Indian
Movement, many of them heavily
armed, seized control of the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the
Bureau of Indian Affairs and held it
for a week.
The occupiers assaulted law enforcement officers, blew open a
safe, seized documents, ignored
judicial orders to vacate the premises, issued a list of demands to the
federal government, and did an estimated $2 million worth of damage
to the facility and were allowed to
leave without being arrested.
For reasons rooted in identity politics, that episode is regarded with
reverence by many of the same
left-leaning observers who treated
the Malheur Refuge protesters as
the American analogue to ISIS.
Ammon Bundy and his fellow
protesters were headed to a town
hall meeting with Sheriff Palmer
in John Day when they were ambushed by the FBIs proprietary
death squad, the so-called Hostage
Rescue Team, on Highway 395.
That ambush led to the fatal shooting of LaVoy Finnicum, which was
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Whatever else may be said about
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Grant County, he appears to be the
kind of man who would find himself on the right side of the scouring.
That section of eastern Oregon
strongly resembles Tolkiens Shire,
both in terms of its scenic quality
and the Sauron-grade misery inflicted on it by the federal government.
Glenn Palmer, an Air Force veteran, has made a career in law enforcement, which is both a moral
liability and a cause for concern.
In defiance of reasonable expectations, however, he describes his
role as that of a servant, rather than
an overseer.
I am not a government employee, Palmer insists. I am a public
servant I serve the people who
elected me.
Its quite likely that Palmer, like
Robin and the other Shire-riffs
from Tolkiens parable, chose a
law enforcement career out of relatively benign motives, only to find
the nature of that occupation being
redefined by those who presume to
rule us.
Re-elected four times by the residents of the vast but thinly populated county, Palmer is now being
targeted for removal by the Oregon
Department of Justice which is
acting as a cats-paw for the Regime in Washington.
This is not because Palmer has
made himself notable by abusing
the local citizenry; given the ubiquitous competition he would face,
Palmer would have a hard time distinguishing himself had that been
his intention.
He has become the focus of the
Regimes malign intention because he properly perceives the
Feds as a threat to the Rights and
property of his fellow Grant County residents.
We started seeing the excessive
use of force, and people getting
guns pointed at them by federal
officers for wood permit violations
[and] road closure violations,
Palmer recalled during a speech a
few years ago. Its excessive use
of force, its uncalled-for, its unacceptable.
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truck with his hands raised in surrender.
Rather than presenting Sheriff
Palmer with a valid arrest warrant
for the protesters, the FBI seeing
him as politically unreliable
treated him as a security leak.
Last week, however, Palmers office arrested Malheur Refuge protester Scott Willingham on a federal
warrant.
However one assesses the wisdom
of that decision, it demonstrates
that Palmer would have enforced
what he considered a valid writ had
the FBI sought his help in arresting
the protesters.
Instead, the Bureau designed a
plan that was perfectly calibrated to
end in bloodshed. Not only did they
treat Palmer as a security leak, the
FBI operators made a point of concealing both their intentions and
the evidence of their misconduct
from the Oregon State Police.
This is the behavior of an occupation force which is how The Feds
are regarded by millions of Americans residing in the western United
States.
As is the case in too many counties
in the region, The Feds own most
of the land in Grant County.
Using endangered species designations and similar tactics, The
Feds have moved aggressively to
eradicate logging, ranching, and
other industry in the county, with
the predictable economic consequences for residents who are
members of the productive sector.
The federal approach to forest
management could be summarized
in the phrase, Lock em up, and
burn em down.
Years of such insightful federal stewardship culminated in last
summers epochal Canyon Creek
Complex Fire, which destroyed
scores of homes and devoured more
than 65,000 acres.
Seeking to deflect citizen demands
for an independent investigation,
the US Forest Service employed a
familiar Soviet rationale by blaming the weather, rather than its own
corruption and ineptitude, for its
failure to suppress a fire that feasted
on forests flush with fuel following
years of federal neglect.
Frustrated by the timidity of a
county commission unwilling to
confront the Feds, Sheriff Palmer
created a citizens panel to devise a
more suitable forest management
plan.
In doing so he acted within the
scope of his delegated authority.
Following the fire Palmer also deputized scores of other local citizens
to participate in safety patrols and
search and rescue operations.
This action is depicted by Palmers critics as an effort by the sheriff to build his own private militia,
which is probably not the case (although there are problems with at
least some of his appointees).
Last August, just before he found
himself dealing with the federally abetted inferno that was laying
waste to his county, Palmer announced that he was interposing
against SB 941, a civilian disarmament measure enacted by Oregon
Democrats.
Since it was passed on a strict party line vote (save the three Democrats who voted against it), calling
that measure a product of the State
Legislature is an example of intellectual consumer fraud: It was a
purely partisan enactment by urban
collectivists who look upon rural
Oregonians with a revulsion rivaling that Lenin reserved for the Kulaks and Cossacks.
Sheriff Palmer had testified against
the bill before the Legislature, candidly warning them that he would
not enforce it was it to be passed.
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In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the Right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial
jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been
previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be
confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his
favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

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We saw this firsthand when Congressman Steve Knight voted for
the deceptively named Fairness in
Class Action Act in the middle of
the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, which
could serve to limit the ability of
the victims of the gas leak to seek
legal recourse for Sempra Energys
wrongdoing.
Given that Sempra Energy was
one of Congressman Knights top
ten largest contributors throughout
his entire career in the state legislature, its no wonder that people disapprove of Congress and the Representatives who put donors and
corporate interests above families
and constituents.
Knight: Many people dont like
the politics of Washington, D.C., I
understand that.
I enjoy the time I get to spend here
in the District.
My record over the past 14 months
in Congress reflects what I have
been able to accomplish for the
people of the 25th District.
Moffatt: Congress is the modern
equivalent of street gangs in suits.
Many are afraid to entertain others theories, or solution even if
that theory or solution is superior
to the ones encapsulated by their
own party.
Congress has intentionally derailed progress, not to benefit the
nation, but to show political power
to the opposing side.
If those elected to Congress were
paid the same salary as the average
salary in the United States, many
would not enter Congress and intend to stay ensconced for life.
If self-determined congressional
salary increases were tied to those
of Social Security retirement, double digit increases would be a thing
of the past.
If Congress would ban former colleagues from working as lobbyists
for the same companies they formerly regulated, the honesty factor
would increase.
I would also tie the salary of Congress to their ability to pass a budget. Without a realistic, balanced
budget no Congressman would receive their salary.
If you put in these reforms for
salaries, pay increases, remove the
cross over factor to private industry
positions lobbying, and remove the
stigma of adopting another parties
views, I believe the approval rating
would sky rocket and people would
start believing in the system.
Vince: I believe Congress low
approval rating is due to hyper-partisanship and resulting inability to
get anything done.
I believe many members of Congress are far too concerned with
appeasing their vocal minority of
supporters, rather than governing
based upon what is in the best interest of the country.
As a cop for the past 21 years, I am
used to running toward problems,
not away from them.
I will use my experience as a common-sense cop in Congress to work
with people from across the political spectrum to do what is in the
best interest of all Americans.
Its time that Congress gets back
to the business of governing, rather
than grandstanding on issues and
passing very little meaningful legislation.
The Political Observer: Do you
believe military force is the best
solution to most of our problems in
the world? Explain.
Caforio: I believe that military
force should be used as a last resort, but that the United States must
ensure its military superiority to
maintain its position of global leadership.
Knight: A strong U.S. Military
prevents many conflicts, and strong
relationships with our allies is a
must.
Moffatt: The threat of military

force, with the ability and willingness to carry it out at strategic times
and manners that benefit the United
States is critical.
The way Russia has handled the
Middle East conflict has been direct, no nonsense and effective.
It seems we could learn a few
things from Russia.
I recall an example of torture of a
Russian citizen; the result was the
leader of the organization that committed the act was caught by Russia, as well as others close to that
leader.
The leader was gutted and returned in a public fashion in front of
the responsible entity. I would advocate for following this example.
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The United States, Russia and Israel already have enough weapons
in inventory to destroy the world
multiple times; therefore, one could
argue that extra spending is not necessary.
Military hardware expenses, other
than the F35, have been primarily
spent inside the United States.
Money turns over 7 times and
when that money is spent in the
United States, our entire economy
benefits.
Unfortunately, the military has a
hard time supplying products that
are necessary, duplicating excess
inventory and unwanted by the military, all based on present budgets
processes.
A zero based budget would solve
this.
Vince: I do not believe military
force is the best solution for most of
the worlds problems.
I believe that in some instances,
diplomacy can be much more effective at a smaller price.
For instance, the Iraq War was an
unnecessary military adventure that
cost the nation billions of dollars
and didnt accomplish any of the
goals and may have actually made
the nation less safe.
It can be much more effective to
build international coalitions to
accomplish goals in order to give
greater legitimacy than acting alone
as the worlds policeman.
At the same time, we should not
be afraid to resort to military force
when it is clear that is the best
choice for maintain national security.
The Political Observer: Are you in
favor of fracking? Explain.
Caforio: No. Fracking wastes
valuable water, increases methane
and air pollution, and contaminates
our diminishing groundwater aquifers, among other things.
As witnessed by the Aliso Canyon
Gas Leak, there is no such thing as
a clean fossil fuel. We must ensure that our energy infrastructure
has the highest standards required
to keep our communities safe and
our families healthy.
Knight: I am not opposed to
fracking.
Moffatt: I have legal clients all
through the country that benefit
from fracking and the extraction of
oil from rock.
Some of the controls and legal
responsibilities to the communities by exploration companies for
fracking were removed under the
second Bush administration.
It is documented that in some
areas, Fracking has contaminated some water supplies, and it has
been reported that some tap water
can be ignited.
These communities need to be
made whole, so that the water supply is cleaned.
In areas where the water table is
known to be impacted by fracking,
there should be controls in place.
I am all for States rights, as such
giving states the option on how they
fit to handle the situation should
satisfy geographic and demographic differences.
Vince: I oppose fracking because
it creates more environmental and

economic issues for communities


and we need to get away from our
dependency on fossil fuels and
move towards renewable resources.
We need to take the threat posed
by climate change seriously and
take steps to address it.
The Political Observer: Which
candidate will get your vote for
president come Californias June 7,
Primary Election and why?
Caforio: I am proud to be a Democrat and see the the major candidates engaging in a debate based on
policy, issues, and the best way to
move America forward.
The Democratic debates stand in
stark contrast to those on the Republican side, which most generally devolve into name-calling and a
competition as to who can spew the
most hateful rhetoric.
I will gladly support either Democratic candidate in November,
and look forward to continuing to
closely follow the campaigns as we
approach June 7.
Knight: I have not made a decision yet. I do know that my vision
for America is vastly different from
Secretary Clinton, or Senator Sanders.
Moffatt: Donald Trump. Mr.
Trump is a businessman has succeeded and failed.
This process has created a knowledge base, on what worked and
what did not.
The other candidates presently in
the race cant relate to the actual
dynamics of business, since they
havent run businesses.
Mr. Trump is willing to stand up
to challenges, and attacks directly.
I respect that.
I find it dishonest to have a Super
Pac attack Trump, for the benefit of
an opponent, and not hold the opponent culpable.
Mr. Trump has learned to work
with officials from all parties to get
projects accomplished.
Mr. Trump has enemies from the
establishment, which indicates to
me that he is not a bought and paid
for politician, unlike many others.
Vince: I am voting for Bernie
Sanders because he fights for what
is best for the American people.
He is the peoples candidate, not
the special interests candidate.
Senator Sanders has been consistently supportive of progressive
values and committed to progressive solutions to Americas economic and civil liberties problems.
The Political Observer: What is
your position on the proposed trade
agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Explain.
Caforio: I oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and any free trade
agreement that fails to put American workers and working families
first.
Knight: I support free trade, but
the TPP has a long way to go before
a vote.
Moffatt: I am against it. The TPP
is the new version of NAFTA.
Jobs went out of the country, taxes
went out of the country in NAFTA.
We have the CEMEX issue ruling,
where a Federal Judge indicated
federal and state rules do not apply
to a business owned by a foreign
national because of NAFTA.
We have trucks and equipment
that can no longer operate in California directly because of EPA regulations.
Under the current treaty, Mexican
vehicles can go travel all 50 states
without the required DOT and EPA
regulations because of NAFTA.
Vince: I oppose the TPP. I believe we shouldnt make it easier to
send good American jobs abroad to
countries where labor and environmental regulations are very loose.
The TPP is a corporate giveaway
to send manufacturing jobs to countries that will make it cheaper for
corporations to produce goods and
strip hard-working Americans of
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The Political Observer: Do you believe the federal governments classification of Cannabis (marijuana) as a Schedule I
drug on par with heroin is appropriate? Explain.
Caforio: No. As a Schedule I drug, marijuana is classified
as a drug that has no medical use. That classification flies
in the face of scientific research outlining marijuanas potentially beneficial medical uses, which is why the American
Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have requested that the DEA change marijuanas classification status.
Knight: I do not. Schedule I by definition states no medicinal value.
Moffatt: As an attorney that works with Social Security
disability cases, I find that many receive benefit from medical
marijuana. Many of those going through chemotherapy and
Lupus treatment have issues that are not relieved by the Vicodin, OxyContin, Advil or other pain relievers.
As an individual who trained for the Olympics, I am one of
the few that has never tried the substance and followed the
national policy.
It is amazing that Nixons assistant recently stated on his
death bed, that the criminalization of marijuana was to impact
minorities.
Dan Baum in Harpers contains a shocking 1994 admission
from John Ehrlichman, the domestic policy chief under President Richard Nixon, that the War on Drugs that he orchestrated was little more than a means of stigmatizing and oppressing both the left and African-Americans, both of whom
Nixon felt threatened by.
Vince: No. Marijuana does not belong at the same classification as heroin.
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The Political Observer: What action should the federal


government take against States having legalized Cannabis
in direct violation against federal law? Explain.
Caforio: While I believe that the federal government does
have a role in challenging laws that do not adequately protect
public safety, equality, or core constitutional values, I believe
that the federal government has acted appropriately by not
challenging state laws legalizing marijuana.
Knight: Marijuana is illegal in all 50 States That is the law
of the land, if we are not going to enforce it, then change it.
Moffatt: The VA is currently exploring the acceptability of
medical marijuana. 30 years of
FDA research supports the idea, and more than years of
medical journals also support the idea. I would support the
VA accepting medical marijuana.
Currently the IRS is not providing any tax deduction for the
harvesting of legally grown medical marijuana. I would support a modification in the tax code providing for deductions,
such as growing costs, and harvesting.
Essentially the same tax deductions that are provided to
farmers that harvest other crops.
With the recent assertion that President Nixon criminalized
drugs as a way to target minorities, this information needs to
be vetted.
If proven to be accurate, then it makes sense to examine
some European philosophies regarding criminalization.
Given that the majority of those incarcerated have some
connection to the criminalization of drugs and incarceration
is a big drain on the US economy, it makes sense to conduct
a cost benefit analysis.
Vince: None. I believe that states should be allowed to determine their own policy regarding medical and recreational
marijuana.
The Political Observer: In principle, do you support or
oppose the decriminalization of Cannabis and a government-regulated marketplace for recreational use by adults in
California?
Caforio: Our current system isnt working, and its time to
consider a change.
However, if we are going to consider decriminalizing marijuana, we need to ensure that under any such proposal: (1) the
government strictly regulates the sale and use of marijuana
so that drugs do not fall into the hands of children, (2) we
impose taxes to provide needed resources for the community,
and (3) we free up local law enforcement personnel to focus
on more violent criminals to keep our communities safe.
Knight: I have no problem with the use of medical marijuana. I think it helps people who have serious illness, i.e.
cancer.
I do not support the use of recreational marijuana.
Moffatt: Yes. Colorado is a prime example of where it has
proven to work, although there must be rules covering intoxication and inability to work. Just because a product can be
legal means it is suitable for the workplace, nor for driving.
These factors need to be examined.
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establishment of a government-regulated marketplace for
recreational use by adults in California. Colorado and other
states have had success with such action and increased tax
revenue for crucial services like education and infrastructure.
The Political Observer: Name one current federal policy /
law / enforcement practice you believe is un-Constitutional?
Explain.
Caforio: The current dysfunctional Republicans in Congress have refused to fulfill their Constitutional obligation
to even consider the Presidents nomination to the Supreme
Court. This unprecedented power grab is unsupported by historical precedent and unconstitutional on its face.
Knight: Environmental regulations are often times so severe that the enforcement of the provisions amounts to a taking of private property.
Moffatt: The taking of private property by the Federal Government without compensation needs to be addressed.
The BLM has refused to honor mining claims and property
boundaries that have existed for over 100 years. This needs
to stop.
To the extent the BLM has broken agreements with miners,
Indian tribes, and property owners this needs to be addressed.
Vince: I believe that jailing people for marijuana offenses
is unconstitutional.
We need to end this practice because it serves to break up
families and cause more harm than good. In the end, the cost
is far greater than any possibly good outcome.
I have 21 years of experience as a cop on the streets of Los
Angeles and have become very familiar with this issue.
Additionally, marijuana charges disproportionately affect
people of color and the poor. This is another problem in and
of itself.
Questions from Knight for Caforio
Knight: Please describe your level of commitment to the
Antelope Valley as demonstrated by your involvement in this
community over your lifetime?
Caforio: Lisa and I moved to Santa Clarita for the same reasons that so many other families did before us: good schools,
great neighborhoods, and a safe community.
In Congress, I will be totally committed to advancing the
interests of the people in this community instead of catering
to special interests and voting against the needs of the Antelope Valley.
While Steve Knight has said that he has no problem deporting the parents of American citizens, I will support and fight
for comprehensive immigration reform.
While Steve Knight voted to defund Planned Parenthood, I
proudly stand with the Planned Parenthood Antelope Valley
Health Center, which provided essential health care services
to more than 12,000 patients in the Antelope Valley last year,
including 87% who live at or below the poverty level.
And, while Steve Knight admits that hes not a big fan of
Social Security, I will fight to strengthen and secure Social
Security and Medicare to ensure that we fulfill our sacred
promise to our seniors living in our community.
Knight: What are your biggest personal accomplishments
in terms of public policy?
Caforio: While working for a United States federal judge
I had a hands-on role in some of the most important federal
questions facing the country, including criminal sentencing,
immigration, capital punishment, and business disputes.
As an attorney, I have stood up to some of the biggest banks
in the world, working to hold them accountable for their outrageous conduct in profiting at the expense of consumers,
shareholders, and homeowners.
In Congress, I will continue to fight for people in the community and against Washington dysfunction and rich corporate interests.
While I called for a robust federal response to the Porter
Ranch Gas Leak, Congressman Knight catered to one of his
biggest donors, Sempra Energy Company, and failed to help
the thousands of families in need.
Im proud to be endorsed by SEIU California and the California Labor Federation because we need a representative
focused on looking out for families in this District, not someone like Congressman Knight who voted against raising the
minimum wage, providing equal pay for equal work, or requiring paid sick leave, and instead co-sponsored a bill that
could allow employers to fire single women for becoming
pregnant.
Questions from Moffatt for Caforio
Moffatt: Outside of the practice of law, what businesses
have you managed which would validate you as an expert
in analyzing and explaining the requirements and burdens of
government regulation as it relates to employment requirements, tax, OSHA, and EPA.
Caforio: As a lawyer, I have helped numerous clients understand their legal obligations and craft policies to comply

with state and federal regulatory requirements. Moreover, I


talk to small business owners every day about what they need
in order thrive in the 21st Century economy, and am always
looking to advance polices that help middle class families by
creating jobs, promoting equality, and protecting our environment.
Unlike Steve Knight, however, I dont count Sempra Energy
among my closest advisors or biggest donors, I wont accept
their donations, and I wont let its executives edit my legislation.
Moffatt: What was the most significant legal case in which
you were involved as lead attorney, and the national significance of the case?
Caforio: As an attorney, every client is important and every
case matters. Im incredibly proud of getting the heat turned
back on for a tenant right before the freezing Connecticut
winter started in full force.
That case might not have had much national importance,
but it certainly mattered to my client and her family.
Im also proud to have taken on some of the biggest banks
in the world, including UBS, RBS, and Bank of America, and
I look forward to standing up for people in our community
against corporate interests and Washington dysfunction once
Im elected to Congress.
Questions from Vince for Caforio
Vince: How will you address the needs of the unincorporated rural communities of the district keeping in mind their
individual community standards districts?
Caforio: As a Member of Congress you need to represent
your entire district, which in the diverse 25th District stretches from Simi Valley in the west and beyond Lake Los Angeles
in the east, including the unincorporated areas of Agua Dulce,
Leona Valley, Acton, Castaic, and more.
As Californias population grows, we need to ensure that
Los Angeles County continues to provide necessary services
to those unincorporated areas so the people in those communities arent left behind.
I will work in cooperation with the people and community
organizations in those areas to make sure that those families
have every opportunity to get ahead, while still preserving the
lifestyle, character, and environments of each unique district.
Vince: What is your position on high-speed rail? If in favor,
how do you plan to address the needs of Acton/Agua Dulce?
If opposed, how do you plan to address the lost economic
benefits for the Antelope Valley?
Caforio: I support infrastructure spending in our community that will create jobs right here.
Unfortunately, after the most recent announcement that the
Palmdale to Burbank leg wont get built until the late 2020s at
the earliest, even if there are no more cost overruns or delays,
that isnt this program.
Once again, Washington and Sacramento politicians are trying to shortchange the Antelope Valley, and I wont let that
happen on my watch.
Its time we have a representative in Washington who will
stand up for our District. Ill be that representative and will
fight to bring critical investments to our community so that
the 14 moves faster and more efficiently, we install highspeed broadband internet, and we build a water recycling
plant in the Antelope Valley.
Questions from Moffatt for Knight
Moffatt: Given the inherent conflict of interest between
being an elected official, and one receiving campaign donations from individuals and companies currently under investigation, would you be willing to publicly return campaign
contributions to any individual or company under Federal
Investigation, and also refuse to take any contribution from
that individual or company for the rest of your elected career?
Knight: As we do not know what people or organizations
are under investigation, I would not knowingly take money
from such people or organizations.
Moffatt: Other than consulting or government employment
in some capacity, describe a job or company where you personally hired individuals, facing the challenges small and medium sized business owners face.
Knight: I have worked for businesses in California and have
been involved in the hiring of employees to the business.
Questions from Vince for Knight
Mr. Vince: How will you address the needs of the unincorporated rural communities of the district keeping in mind
their individual community standards districts?
Knight: Having lived almost my entire life in the Antelope
Valley I am very familiar with the unincorporated communities of the district.
I will continue to work with them to provide quality services
to the people that live there as well as respect the distinctions
between the two.
Mr. Vince: What is your position on high-speed rail? If in
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nomic benefits for the Antelope Valley?


Knight: I am opposed to high-speed rail as
it is currently proposed. The project is wasteful.
Questions from Caforio for Moffatt
Caforio: Do you agree with Donald J.
Trumps statements and policies regarding
Mexican immigrants?
Moffatt: I support legal immigration. Many
of us have immigrated to the United States.
Caforio: Are you legally entitled to practice
law in California State Courts?
Moffatt: I recently took a case to the U.S.
Supreme Court, Adkins v. Adkins 15-754.
I have been offered positions with Hague
litigation. As such I have been recognized by
the highest court in the country and a top International Court.
That recognition satisfies my present need.
I have taken the State of California, in abother action, also to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I have the interesting history of having a
Legal case cited in Fortune Magazine, and
me covered in Sports Illustrated during my
athletic career.
The recognition I have received, might actually be increased when my 15 year old bar
results, where I missed the exam by a fraction are re-examined.
The bar changed its weighting of the score,
such that I missed the threshold. A Dr. in statistics argued I passed, however when I have
inquired on the re exam I am always next in
line for review.
If Star Moffatt becomes a State Senator,
maybe I will have a 15 year old CA bar card,
based on the bar finally reviewing the scoring.
Questions from Knight for Moffatt
Knight: Please describe your level of commitment to the Antelope Valley as demonstrated by your involvement in this community over your lifetime?
Moffatt: My wife and I ran a drug treatment
and outreach program for disabled individuals.
We faced obstacles such as stepping on the
toes of larger organizations that were overcharging the State of California.
We filed civil suit on that organization, and
corruption and intimidation tactics were acknowledged.
In challenging this organization, we faced
retaliation from local authorities, such that
it is documented that Jeff Moffatt was incarcerated, and the drug treatment was closed
down.
In fact, Jeff Moffatt was never incarcerated.
Local authorities involved were retired early, and /or transferred out of the area.
This multi million dollar on profit was faced
with an order by the Government to either
have the board resign or face criminal indictment; all but one resigned.
The board member of this multi million
dollar non profit, had a director Alfonso Alcampora, 5 days away from federal criminal
indictment, based on the Moffatt directed
complaint, killed himself via a .44 handgun,
with not one, but two bullets to the chest; the
likelihood that this was other than a suicide
is suspect. (This dude one of your directors?)
Star and I have assisted the City of Lancaster to get in compliance with Federal Housing
requirements years before the ACLU was involved with the community.
The City of Lancaster was in front of the
criminal division of the Federal Government
facing criminal charges that the Moffatt family brought.
Star and I have made changes in the community and assisted thousands of individuals
over the years.
We have just not been the type of individuals to ask for a press conference after every achievement, as such our many achievements are not as well known as they would
have been if accomplished by others.
Knight: What are your biggest personal accomplishments in terms of public policy?
Moffatt: I am split on two, my Adkins case
that was recently in front of the Supreme
Court 15-754, and my assistance in the recovery of $43 million dollars for the Palmdale School District.
Adkins stand for parental rights and parental
due process.
When Justice Scalia died early in the process in this case, I lost a critical vote to
change the national view and law regarding
parental rights.
In my run for Congress, I hope to revitalize
this idea and make parental rights fundamental.
This theory will radically alter how divorces
proceed and how dependency cases are administered.
No longer will innuendo and hearsay be
enough to remove a parents right to be a parent; solid, verifiable evidence will be needed.
I was effective in helping to remove a prior

board, as well as a superintendent at Palmdale School District. $43 million dollars has
since been recovered despite prior officials
assertions that the school was broke.
Pay raises and competitive bidding for new
staff was enabled because of the recovery of
this stashed away $43 million.
There are still issues to be explored including unusual investments and questionable retirement packages for some.
I look forward to investigating this and
challenging the secrecy agreement the prior
board put in place, as it left the organization
with its tail between its legs.
Questions from Vince for Moffatt
Vince: How will you address the needs of
the unincorporated rural communities of the
district keeping in mind their individual community standards districts?
Moffatt: The unincorporated areas have had
a storied history. One example is Sun Village.
They have been paying property taxes for
decades, and the only recent community advancement was a traffic light.
The division of taxes from the areas should
be directed back towards the community that
the funds are derived from.
Vince: What is your position on high-speed
rail? If in favor, how do you plan to address
the needs of Acton/Agua Dulce? If opposed,
how do you plan to address the lost economic
benefits for the Antelope Valley?
Moffatt: The Antelope Valley is blessed to
already have infrastructure for high speed
rail. Tests show the present rail travels at
Mach 2, and has for 30 years. projectcamelot.
org/underground_bases.html
129 underground bases exist, one of which
is Antelope Valley. Palmdale has an entry
point, as to Edwards and China Lake.
With 129 bases and the connecting tunnels,
we would only need to possibly upgrade the
rail system.
Kinkisharoyo a Japanese rail company in
Palmdale, can custom fit passenger trains to
the required underground rail system.
If we start using the military existing underground rail, the need to cut new routes and
direct traffic through Acton/Aqua Dulce goes
away.
My plan has no cost, it already exists. To
verify the normal government paperwork for
cost control on this tunnel system, here is
a document from 1973 reviewing costs between conventional and Nuclear boring machines.
A 1973 Los Alamos study entitled Systems
and Cost Analysis for a Nuclear Subterrene
Tunneling Machine: A Preliminary Study,
concluded that nuclear subterranean tunneling machines (NSTMs) would be very cost
effective, compared to conventional TBMs.
It stated: Tunneling costs for NSTMs are
very close to those for TBMs, if operating
conditions for TBMs are favorable. However, for variable formations and unfavorable
conditions such as soft, wet, bouldery ground
or very hard rock, the NSTMs are far more
effective. Estimates of cost and percentage
use of NSTMs to satisfy U.S. transportation
tunnel demands indicate a potential cost savings of 850 million dollars (1969 dollars)
throughout 1990. An estimated NSTM prototype demonstration cost of $100 million over
an eight-year period results in a favorable
benefit-to-cost ratio of 8.5.
Based on the fact that 1: Tunneling cost
studies were done in 1973, 2: We have an Air
force tunnel machine documented to exist in
1982, 3: 129 bases already exist nationwide,
4: Many of these bases are connected.
We already have the underground rail, and
have for over 34 years. We just need a member of Congress to force the existing rail system to be used for the public.
I will do that, and that will save the community millions of dollars, it might cut into the
kickback scheme some of the present elected officials where they have given their husbands huge contracts, but Im sure they can
survive without the extra billion or two profit.
Questions from Knight for Vince
Knight: Please describe your level of commitment to the Antelope Valley as demonstrated by your involvement in this community over your lifetime?
Vince: I have lived in Agua Dulce for over a
decade and have served on the Town Council
for over four years.
Over this time, I have learned much about
the issues that face Acton/Agua Dulce and
the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles
County like Leona Valley, Littlerock, Lake
Los Angeles, Quartz Hill, etc. Ive served on
the Citizens Oversight Commission for the
building of Vasquez High School in this community.
When I ran for Los Angeles County Sherriff in 2014, I came to truly understand the
issues facing the minority communities in the
Antelope Valley and ran on the issues of responsible policing that truly impact the lives
of every resident of the Antelope Valley.

I shop in Palmdale and my mom lives in


West Palmdale These are just a few examples that demonstrate my involvement in the
community but my ties to the community are
clear and my dedication is evident.
I am running for Congress because I want
to leverage my community involvement and
experience here to make the Antelope Valley
and the entire 25th District a better place for
all of us.
Knight: What are your biggest personal accomplishments in terms of public policy?
Vince: As a two-term elected member of
the Agua Dulce Town Council, I work with
county and local leaders on a variety of policy and infrastructure matters impacting the
daily lives of local residents.
As a police lieutenant for the past 21 years, I
have daily experience with public policy and
its impact on communities.
As a leader in the police department, I have
been involved with the opening of multiple
divisions in the San Fernando Valley and
leading task force efforts to clean up neighborhoods of gangs and narcotics.
For example, when I started an investigation
and task force to take on the Canoga Park
Alabama Gang, which was targeting African-American men in the Valley.
As a result of my efforts, I was awarded the
Anti-Defamation Leagues Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate.
In Congress, I will continue this fight. With
me in Congress the Antelope Valley, which is
typically an afterthought by the county and
state governments, will have a Representative that will fight for fair and equal treatment
for all residents and the proper attention on
critical infrastructure needs.
In Congress, I will work hard to improve
the quality of life of everyone in the Antelope
Valley and throughout the 25th District..
Questions from Moffatt for Vince
Moffatt: You indicated previously that
Sheriff Baca had not addressed inmate reform properly, rather than just being a late
voice, while a uniformed officer, what steps
have you taken to address inmate reform?
Vince: My prior comments on this matter
were recently reinforced by recent judicial
decisions against former Sheriff Baca and
Paul Tanaka. I have always been an advocate
for criminal justice reform.
I ran for Los Angeles County Sheriff, I
spoke about issues of responsible policing
long before they were national buzzwords in
the wake of Ferguson and other high profile
events around the country.
When elected to Congress I plan to push for
key reforms to improve many aspects of our
justice system.
As a cop and department leader Ive been
involved in educating officers, enforcing protocol, and investigating and reporting on incidents.
Most importantly, I conduct myself in a professional way to model by example, which is
why I have over 140 commendation awards
in my personnel file.
Moffatt: How many times have you testified, and when? How frequently have uniformed officers failed to live up to the required standards of office?
Vince: As a law enforcement officer, testifying in a court of law is part of the job.
Over the past 21 years, I have testified numerous times and cannot give a specific number, while I know it is well over 100 times.
In addition, it is hard to give a specific figure on how often officers fail to live up to the
required standards of office.
While the vast majority of cops are phenomenal public servants, there are some bad apples that need to be removed.
Given the rightful public concern over law
enforcement abuses, we need to take effective steps to ensure all officers live up to the
required standards of office and that these
bad apples no longer tarnish those of us who
are trying to serve and protect the public.

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PALMDALE The City of Palmdales recreation and culture department is seeking


artists to participate its ARTown FUSION
artists showcase which will take place in
conjunction with the Palmdale City Librarys inaugural Book Festival on Saturday, May 7.
ARTown FUSION will be held inside Legacy Commons for Active Seniors. It will
provide a unique opportunity for artists of
all ages and abilities to display pieces of
work and network with other local artists
and the public.
Interested artists need to fill out an application (available at www.cityofpalmdale.
org) and either mail or hand deliver to:
Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, 930
East Avenue Q-9 Palmdale, CA 93550. The
deadline to apply is Monday, April 25.
To learn more about ARTown FUSION,
please call at 661.267.5904.

Celebrate Mothers Day at the


Lancaster Museum of Art &
History with a Farm-to-Table Tea
LANCASTER - Celebrate Mothers Day
with a Farm-to-Table Tea at Lancasters
Museum of Art and History (MOAH) on
Saturday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paid guests will have the opportunity to
preview the seasonal exhibition, Artist as
Subject; indulge in a champagne reception;
enjoy a delicious multi-course meal catered
from a menu featuring fresh produce from
local farms; and sip locally-sourced tea.
Attendees will also have a chance to craft
floral place-settings which will become a
one-of-a-kind parting gift at the end of the
event.
MOAHs headline artist, Rebecca Campbell, will be in attendance. Like each of the
artists in the exhibition, whose work focuses on the artist as subject, her series of
paintings and installation, named The Potato Eaters, were inspired by historic photographs of her family members, many of
which were taken before her birth.
Campbell shared that the poignant images examine aspects of family and cultural
history, memory, documentation, and nostalgia.
This series specifically addresses the relationship between the past and the present,
and the way cultural artifacts shuttle between the two.
The title of her series is drawn from Vincent van Goghs 1885 masterpiece portraying Dutch peasants gathered at a meager
meal.
The series explores how the rural past of
her potato-farming family speaks to her
contemporary city existence.
Event tickets are $45 per guest and are
available for purchase via the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundations
website www.lmpaf.org, calling (661) 7236250 or visiting MOAH during open hours
at 665 W. Lancaster BLVD. As space is
limited, advance reservations are required.
Seating is open to guests of all ages.
All proceeds from the Mothers Day Tea
will be used to benefit future arts and cultural programming at the City of Lancasters museums and public art spaces.

The Broad Art Museum is


Destination for Next City of
Palmdale Bus Excursion
PALMDALE Seats are still available for
the City of Palmdales bus excursion to the
The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles on
Saturday, April 16.
The bus will leave the Palmdale Transportation Center, 39000 Clock Tower Plaza at
9 am and return at 5 pm. Tickets are $25
for the general public but discounted to $20
for Palmdale residents.
Tickets are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/playpalmdale, or at the recreation
and culture office, 38260 10th St. East,
open Monday through Thursday from 7:30
am to 6 pm.
The Broad is a new contemporary art
museum located in downtown Los Angeles, said Palmdale Recreation Supervisor Paula Leszkiewicz. The museum
is home to nearly 2,000 works of art in
the Broad collection, which is among the
most prominent holding of postwar and
contemporary art worldwide. The Broad
is located within walking distance of the
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Museum of
Contemporary Art, L.A. Central Library
and Grand Park.

Upcoming excursions include:


The Old Mission San Buenaventura
- April 30, 8:30 am 5:30 pm. $25
- Discounted to $20 for Palmdale residents.
Situated along Californias coastline,
The Old Mission welcomes visitors to
its beautiful gardens and faithfully restored artifacts.
Ninth in the series of 21 missions, it
is a component of the Historic Walking Tour of Ventura and within close
proximity to other historically relevant
buildings and venues.
California Strawberry Festival
- May 21, 8:30 am 6:30 pm. $25
- Discounted to $20 for Palmdale residents.
Ranking among the top festivals in the
entire nation, the Strawberry Festival in
Oxnard boasts lip-smacking strawberries every way imaginable.
The festival features concert performances, more than 200 fine arts and
crafts booths, cooking demonstrations,
childrens rides and activities, gooey
contests and more.
For more info: 661.267.5611.

This Month in American History


APRIL 2016

ARTS/CULTURE
24 APRIL 1704: The first regularly issued newspaper in
the American Colonies, the Boston News-Letter, is published by Massachusetts colonist John Campbell. The
News-Letter will be issued weekly until the time of the
American Revolution.
15 APRIL 1789: In New York City, John Fenno begins
publication of the Gazette of the United States. This
Federalist newspaper becomes the Washington Administrations organ. In 1790, it will be moved to Philadelphia, where it will be renamed the United States Gazette.
24 APRIL 1800: The Library of Congress is established
by an act of Congress. The 1815 purchase of Thomas
Jeffersons 7000-volume library will form the nucleus
of the collection.
06 APRIL 1808: In Philadelphia, James N. Barkers
The Indian Princess, or La Belle Sauvage is performed.
This play, the first having a Native American theme to
be staged in the United States, portrays incidents from
the life of Pocahontas a story that is to provide subject matter for many subsequent dramatic compositions
during the course of the 19th century.
21 APRIL 1828: After more than 20 years labor, Noah
Webster finally publishes his American Dictionary of
the English Language. This monumental volume contains some 70,000 definitions 12,000 more than any
other English language dictionary.
10 APRIL 1841: Horace Greeley begins to publish the
New York Tribune. As editor of this newspaper, Greeley
will become one of the most influential people in the
country.
04 APRIL 1859: The song Dixie is first sung publicly in
Mechanics Hall in New York City.
02 APRIL 1876: National League Baseball plays its first
official game. Jim ORourke gets the first hit, and Boston beats Philadelphia, 6-5.

23 APRIL 1896: The first public showing of a moving picture is presented in New York City. A review in
the New York Times proclaims it all wonderfully real
and singularly exhilarating. Included in the show are
scenes of a turbulent coastline surf, two girls dancing,
and a comic boxing act.
17 APRIL 1919: Film pioneers Charlie Chaplin, D.W.
Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks found
a film company in California called United Artists Corporation. This alliance stems from necessity: they were
in danger of pricing themselves out of the market since
their huge salaries squeezed the profit margin from their
films.
27 APRIL 1919: National Association of the Motion
Picture Industry a regulatory body created by Hollywood studios agrees to submit their films to censorship.
21 APRIL 1922: Lee De Forest announces invention of
motion picture device containing photoplay and voice
on same film.
18 APRIL 1923: In New York City, 74,200 watch as
Yankees open new stadium.
16 APRIL 1924: One of the largest mergers in the mo-

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Memorial Fund Established for


CHP Officer Killed On-Duty

PALMDALE- Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)


announced that a memorial fund has been established for
CHP Officer Nathan Taylor who was gravely injured on
March 12, 2016 while providing traffic control to a collision
on Interstate-80 westbound when he was struck by a Nissan
Pathfinder. He was thrown several feet into a snow bank
and suffered major injuries and died the following day on
March 13, 2016. He is survived by his wife and three young
sons- ages 3, 5 and 8. His funeral was held in Roseville, CA
and was attended by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Lackey and other elected officials representing various portions
of the State. The C.A.H.P. Credit Union has established a
memorial fund in honor of Officer Taylor. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to his family. C.A.H.P.
Credit Union is covering all processing and administration
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When my mother was ten years old her mother was no longer denied her Right to vote for the very first time.
The year was 1920 and the 19th amendment had just been
added to the Constitution.
My grandmother, a woman of great intelligence, was finally
no longer denied her Right - the same Right as a witless man
who, by virtue of a Y chromosome, had always had this Right
in our country.
My grandmother would be thrilled to see how far women
have come. Her grandchildren have the opportunity to vote
for a woman for president of the United States - but not just
any woman.
Were she alive, grandma would box my ears if I ever voted
for a woman just because she was a woman.
Having been denied the Right to vote, she took voting very
seriously. She studied the candidates and was as well-informed on current events as anyone.
She would find Hillary Clintons resume is impeccable. Being the First Lady of Arkansas and the United States, a senator, and Secretary of State make her the most highly-qualified
candidate to run in my lifetime.
Grandma would box my ears if I didnt vote for her.
Grandma could not be hoodwinked. She would have looked
upon the scurrilous charges against Hillary as well as the orchestrated campaign to prevent women from assuming a full
role in American society.
She would view those who persist in creating a mountain out
of a molehill with distaste. Hypocrisy infuriated her.
As Secretary of State, Clinton used a private server to send
emails to her staff.
So did Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State, and so
do most senators and congressmen to this very day.

As the Republican Party tries to


take us back to pre-19th Amendment days, I can hear grandma
say, Girls, you can be whatever you want to be. You can do
whatever you want to do. Just
remember, you are going to have
to fight longer and harder than
anyone else.
But, because she is a woman, she has to be held to a higher
standard.
The Republicans and Fox News Channel would have you
believe Hillary will be in jail before the November election.
Would there be the same outcry were the offender a man?
Oh hell, no.
David Petraeus gave top secret notebooks to his mistress. He
knew the material was highly classified.
Petraeus knew damn well the notebooks were Top Secret.
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fined $100,000. He really suffered for his crime.
Clinton sent emails from a private server to members of her
staff. The emails were not classified when she sent them. But
she should go to jail. Oh please.
The double standard that kept grandma from voting for so
much of her life is alive and well and living in America.

My grandmother would be thrilled


to see how far women have come.
Her grandchildren have the opportunity to vote for a woman for president of the United States - but not
just any woman.
If you doubt it, take a moment to review Donald Trumps
latest proclamation: Women who have abortions should be
punished.
They, according to Trump, are murderers. The punishment
he hasnt figured out yet, but youd think the punishment for
murder should be, at the very least, life in prison.
And the punishment for the men who got the women pregnant? Nothing.
Men do not have to suffer the consequences for their actions.
Women alone must pay the price for every error they make.
One other thing grandma knew, and knew all too well, was
that the resistance to treating women equally is widespread
and not confined to men alone.
Just as Suffragettes were opposed by some of their same
sex, there are women who fear equality.
As a small business owner and real estate broker, grandma was often shunned by women for being uppity, and not
knowing her place. She laughed.
As the Republican Party tries to take us back to pre-19th
Amendment days, I can hear grandma say, Girls, you can be
whatever you want to be. You can do whatever you want to
do. Just remember, you are going to have to fight longer and
harder than anyone else.
Fight on Hillary!
The opinions expressed in this column are those of Sue Brax
and not The Political Observer newspaper.

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He was as good as his word.


SB 941, which would restrict the private sale or transfer
of firearms without a background check, is in violation of
the Oregon and US Constitutions, Palmer explained in an
August 12 letter to residents of Grant County. The firearms in
question are private property and [if] those firearms, or any
firearm for that matter, are used in the commission of a crime
[they] will then be subject to search and seizure pursuant to a
search warrant.
However, continued the sheriff, we shall take no part in
investigating, responding to, expending resources or taxpayer
funds in disarming law abiding citizens, nor will his department take part in sting operations [or] give information
to other agencies regarding the sale or transfer of firearms as
related to SB 941.
Despite his commendable willingness to interpose against
civilian disarmament initiatives, Sheriff Palmer remains enlisted in the murderous fraud called the War on Drugs.
He doesnt appear zealous in the cause of prohibition, however: His department was not listed among those that had
carried out asset forfeiture seizures during 2014, the most
recent year for which the relevant statistics are available.
The Feds have used the prospect of prohibition-derived
plunder to entice most sheriffs into their seraglio.
On this front, Palmers involvement with the Feds appears to
be limited to flirting which no doubt reinforces their determination to see him replaced by a more pliant sheriff.
If, as anticipated, the Oregon State Department of Justice
finds Palmer unsuitable for his office, it can have him de-certified as a law enforcement officer, but he can only be removed by recall or electoral defeat.
Palmer could continue in his office as a civilian sheriff if
his peace officer certification would be revoked but under
Oregon state law he couldnt run for re-election this November.
During the occupation of the Malheur Refuge, Sheriff Pat
Garrett of neighboring Washington County dispatched his
deputies to a bar in nearby Burns to help the FBI collect dossiers on demonstrators who had come in support of the protest.
To use Tolkiens terminology, Garrett is typical of the complaisant shire-riffs who did the bidding of the Ruffians employed by the tyrannical Chief in Bag End.
Palmer, irrespective of his faults, had the sand to remain
aloof. That sheriff, Garrett later complained to a reporter,
with reference to Palmer, did not see eye to eye with the rest
of law enforcement.
Garrett is the kind of functionary who would see that statement as an indictment, rather than an encomium. Similar
things could have been said of the shire-riffs who put aside
their insignia of office and joined Frodo and Sam when the
time came for the scouring of the Shire.
Copyright 2016 William Norman Grigg. Re-published in
The Political Observer with permission.

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That all powers not delegated to the United States, by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power no longer susceptible
of any definition. The incorporators of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the
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by the number of hands it withdraws from industrious pursuits for employment in arms, &c, which are totally unproductive. And if it
calls for new industry in the articles of ammunition and other military supplies, the hands are borrowed from other branches on which
the demand is slackened by the war; so that it is but a shifting of these hands from one pursuit to another. - THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1813

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nature of the problems and issues, or because
they are more comfortable doing it.
When that occurs, these political figures and
presidents are all too often the target of violence and assassination.
Abraham Lincoln was a man of intelligence,
reason, and common sense but he faced some
of the most heated and emotional issues in
our history - the Secession of eleven southern
States, and the freeing of four million slaves.
The South never understood Lincoln. Lincoln was not an abolitionist, never advocated
Equal Rights for free Blacks in the North,
and was opposed to violence.
And yet because he belonged to the Northern Republican Party, which included some
abolitionists, the South saw him as a warmonger out to free the slaves.
In the 1860 election he told southerners he
would not begin a civil war unless the South
started it.
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fired on Fort Sumter and the war began.
In April 1865, as the war was ending, and
Lincoln was trying to develop a moderate
Reconstruction plan, he was murdered.
Because of Lincolns death, Reconstruction
failed, as slaves were freed, but were forced
to live as third-class citizens in a totally segregated and racist South.
Almost one hundred years later, John F.
Kennedy was elected president. Kennedy
was a moderate liberal, a man of reason, but
committed to Equal Rights for Blacks, and
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He pushed hard for a Civil Rights law, which


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housing practices.
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South, but also in other regions of America,
opposed this reform as the end of the nation
they grew up in. Sound familiar?
He also tried desperately to reduce the tensions of the Cold War by refusing to send
combat troops to South Vietnam, creating the
Peace Corps, and signing a nuclear test ban
treaty in 1963.
In speaking of improving relations with
the dreaded communists, Kennedy declared,
We all breathe the same air, we all cherish
our childrens futures, and we are all mortal.
Five months after giving that speech at American University, Kennedy was assassinated.
This was after he started removing advisors
from South Vietnam.
A great many people were making millions
of dollars because of the Cold War, and their
futures depended on increasing tensions with
the communists.
Less than two years later the U.S. had
200,000 troops in Vietnam.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace,
compassion, and civility. He believed strongly, as did others, that it was time for America to end racial segregation and begin giving Equal political and economic Rights to
Blacks.
Much of the country became unhinged, realizing they would have to change their way
of life. King was murdered in Memphis in
early 1968, and his movement soon turned to
violence.
These days few people have anything nasty
to say about this great man, but, believe me,
a great many folks hated him, called him a
communist, and were glad he was removed.
George Wallace was a segregationist governor of Alabama in the 60s. In 1968 he decided he would run for president on a third party
ticket, and create a mess for the Democrats.
Actually he did quite well, winning seven southern States (he ran primarily in the
South), and gaining more than 50 electoral
votes.
During the campaign Wallace was the victim of an assassination attempt, which seriously wounded him and ended his political
career.
Richard Nixon barely won the election over
Hubert Humphrey. In a sign of changing
times, Tricky Dick signed into law an affirmative action bill, which more or less ended
the good old boys network in hiring practices.
It amazes me that Barack Obama has not
been the target of an assassination attempt,
although the Secret Service has stated that
hundreds of threats have crossed their desks.
And the beat goes on

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This Month in
American History
Continued From Page 13

tion picture industry is consummated by


Marcus Lowe, who heads the newly consolidated interests now operating under
the name Metro-Goldwyn Corporation,
involving Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and the Louis B. Mayer Company.
The production center will be Goldwyn
Studios at Culver City, California. The
trademark: a roaring lion and the motto
Ars Gratia Artis Art for Arts Sake.
22 APRIL 1924: Einstein-inspired play
Time is a Dream opens on Broadway.
07 APRIL 1927: Television broadcasts
get successful tests in New York City.
FINANCE
08 APRIL 1789: The first item on the
agenda for the House of Representatives
is the raising of revenue for the new government.
02 APRIL 1792: Congress passes the
Coinage Act, establishing a National
Mint in Philadelphia, mandating a decimal system of coinage, and setting the
ratio of silver to gold in the U.S. dollar
at 15 to 1.
06 APRIL 1802: Congress abolishes all
excise duties, including the controversial
whiskey tax.
29 APRIL 1822: Congress passes the
Cumberland Road Tolls Bill. President
Monroe will veto the Bill on 04 May,
basing his denial on the belief that the
federal government lacks jurisdiction
over public improvements. Monroe will
recommend a Constitutional Amendment
that will provide Congress with such authority.
14 APRIL 1874: The Legal Tender
Act, the so-called Inflation Bill, passes the House. It adds $18,000,000 of
Greenbacks to circulation, and validates $26,000,000 authorized in 1873,
bringing the total paper circulation to
$400,000,000. President Grant will veto
the Bill the following week saying it is
too inflationary, but by June, Congress
passes the new Bill bringing total notes
to $382,000,000.
02 APRIL 1914: The newly created Federal Reserve Board announces plans to
divide the nation into 12 Districts.
19 APRIL 1933: By presidential proclamation, FDR takes the U.S. off the Gold
Standard for its currency. The dollar inevitably declines sharply in exchanges
abroad, while silver, commodities and
stocks rise in the American market.
24 APRIL 1953: In a report issued by
IRS, government theft in the form of taxes collected by the agency in the previous
year reach a high of $68.5 billion.
IDEAS/BELIEFS
24 APRIL 1649: The Toleration Act is
passed in Maryland. It provides for religious Freedom for all Christians, including Catholics.
21 APRIL 1668: The Dukes Laws, a judicial code issued by the Duke of York,
is now put into force in Delaware. It includes a plan for municipal government
and for Freedom of conscience.
20 APRIL 1670: The Virginia assembly
votes to end the English practice of deporting habitual criminals as indentured
servants to the Virginia Colony. The English Parliament supports this legislation
until they revoke it in 1717.
APRIL 1689: Massachusetts governor
Andros is forced to barricade himself
in the British fort at Boston when he is
opposed by a Rebellious group of colonists. Andros eventually surrenders and
is jailed along with two other royal
agents. Upon receiving the news of the
Boston Rebellion, the New York counties
of Queens, Suffolk and Westchester oust
members of their royal gub-mnt and
elect their own colonial representatives
to replace them.
APRIL 1690: In New York, as part of
Leislers Rebellion, a legislative assembly is called by Jacob Leisler and enacts a
law banning the trade monopolies of the
Colonys merchants. Leisler represents
small shopkeepers, small farmers, sailors, poor traders and artisans against the
wealthy establishment class. One year
later, Leisler and nine compatriots are
tried for treason. Leisler and seven others
receive the death sentence. Six Rebels
are eventually pardoned.
24 APRIL 1794: The Pennsylvania legContinued on Page 20

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain
in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace,
negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and
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islature revises the State Criminal Code, abolishing capital punishment for all
offenses except murder.
06 APRIL 1830: Based on his visions and translations of messages on golden
tablets, Joseph Smith organizes the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
at Fayette, New York. Smith publishes his Book of Mormon this same year.
After early persecution, his religion will become one of the most powerful in
America.
13 APRIL 1830: At a dinner on the anniversary of
Thomas Jeffersons birthday, President Andrew Jackson deliberately challenges the Southerners present by
toasting, Our Federal Union it must be preserved!
Vice-President John Calhoun returns the toast with his
challenge: The Union next to our Liberty, the most
dear!
26 APRIL 1831: The New York legislature finds that
poverty is not a crime and abolishes prison terms for
debtors.
30 APRIL 1894: Jacob Sechler Coxey leads 400 people from Ohio to Washington D.C. Known as Coxeys
Army, the motley crew marches to protest unemployment; underlying that is their sense that the government
refuses to legislate in favor of working people, but
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his lieutenants are arrested for trespassing on the grass.
Coxeys Army melts away but is only one of many such
armies that gather to protest.
14 APRIL 1901: In New York City, actors are arrested
at Academy of Music for wearing costumes on Sunday.
18 APRIL 1910: Suffragists are getting more numerous
and more likely to be heard. Petitioning Congress for
the vote, a vociferous group brings 500,000 names to
their representatives. Grover Cleveland, writing earlier
in the Ladies Home Journal, fails to endear himself to
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