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WHY CLIVEN BUNDY'S PLIGHT MATTERS

What is happening in Nevada is not about desert turtles. [They're slated to kill at least half of the 1400 endangered desert tortoises currently residing at a sanctuary in Las Vegas, reportedly for lack of funding.]

It's also not about wild mustangs, as was reported by various mainstream media outlets.

Why is it that the 'promoters' of these various projects are so seemingly bent on obfuscating the truth?

The issue facing Cliven Bundy is control.

Bundy was ordered to pay over $1 million in fees [from 1993] for the use of what had once been public lands upon which he could graze cattle. He refused to pay the feds -- but offered to pay the state.

The supporters  that have gone to Nevada are there questioning why the rights of the people are being circumvented. They challenge the right of the government to reign in Bundy.

When supporters came to Quartzsite in August of 2011, they did not come because they wanted to watch events unfold: they came because they saw in Quartzsite what was happening to the rest of the nation -- and they wanted to slow it down, by speaking out about the abuse of the citizenry -- again, a show of support.

In both instances, 'someone' determined there was a higher purpose for the land in question.

The solar project destined for Bundy's ranch in Nevada will not be sharing the site with Bundy's cattle.

And the solar project -- as well as other burgeoning projects in and around Quartzsite -- will require whatever public resources there are.

In fact, there are documents that show the town will essentially be 'absorbed' by the billions of dollars of planned development.

Quartzsite's  ultimate function? An inland port.

Many, many people had already 'done the math' and recognized that the 'corruption' in Quartzsite was related to corruption higher up the ladder -- and that the battle over Quartzsite's resources involved the use of those resources by entities far beyond Quartzsite.

There have been water wars happening in the U.S. for many years. [The first high-profile battle happened in Klammath Falls, Oregon.] The water table in Arizona is already dangerously low. Since solar farms throughout the southwest U.S. will only further deplete the aquifer, the water wars are sure to continue to escalate.

Who is behind the efforts to withdraw public lands from the public and sell them off or to allow developers to utilize them without allowing public access ?

The agencies that have participated in promoting the solar project at Quartzsite include representatives of the BLM and the Department of the Interior. HERE is the permit, indicating it's an $800,000,000.00 project. That's $800M. The monies promised the selected communities for participating are incomprehensible. If the figures are real, why would such secretiveness have to accompany the building of them?

Similar to the issue facing the Bundys, there is a larger picture.

How many megawatts will it have to generate for it to strike pay dirt at that rate?

And there has been unexpected fallout: it seems miners in the area are beginning to receive communiqués from the BLM and Department of the Interior about mining claims -- and the ATV issue could result in areas -- like virtually all of U. S. Route  95 -- being completely closed to public use.

Why can't ranchers -- or ATV enthusiasts or anyone else for that matter --  share space with these 'solar projects'? Dust.

For dust, they write, human beings will not be allowed to occupy the same space as these developments. 

As a result, mining claims are being lost, mill sites are being lost, properties are being lost. Eminent domain laws nationwide are reportedly being abused to secure properties for 'development' for properties that, often, never even seem to be developed.

Instead, in many cases, politicians 'absorb' the properties for other projects -- many of them providing great profits for themselves, their friends, their families or their associates.

This, in fact, is what has created the issue currently facing Harry Reid and his son.
Rory Reid [left] and his father, embattled Senate Majority LeaderHarry Reid [D-NV]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV] and his son, Rory, are now at the center of the controversy -- along with ENN, a Chinese solar company, that is seeking Bundy's ranchland for their own use.

The current controversy, in fact, revolves around the revelation that Clarke County officials inexplicably wound up voting to sell ENN [the Chinese entity that is building the solar project on Bundy's ranchlands] the public land for $4.5 million -- land that had already been appraised for $38.6 million.

How could that happen?

Finally, even the viability of the solar projects are being questioned.

"Country after country around the the world have shown these very solar projects cost more to operate than they generate in 'clean' energy," stated Dr. Jerome Corsi of World Net Daily.

Sometimes, the bloggers are the first to break news of unusual ties.

This Quartzsite project has been reported as having great potential for bringing jobs to the region -- but, as we reported when the project was revealed, those building the facility will be those working for the solar entity that builds them worldwide -- and the personnel to maintain the facility will be very, very few. Any issues will be handled by specialists from the solar company as well.

What jobs, then?

There are plans to expand the county landfill, put in a rail spur, build an industrial park north of the landfill, install the solar development and completely repurpose Quartzsite.

If there is a question, it would be to question why the general citizenry still  doesn't know about it.

Thus the first question to ask would be who knew what -- and when?    
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EX-COUNCILWOMAN
PATRICIA WORKMAN
TO LEAVE QUARTZSITE?
Despite rumors that ex-councilwoman Patricia Workman might run in a recall election against Mark Orgeron, Workman issued a statement on the Quartzsite Project Facebook page stating that she is not contemplating such a run and that she may, in fact, be leaving Quartzsite.

"I had recently entertained the thought of running in the upcoming primary for the two year Council seat which I had vacated due to health issues some months ago. I want to thank my supporters who had signed nominations petitions I have recently circulated for nomination to run for this seat, however, as some recent events have surfaced requiring me to be gone from Quartzsite for a number of months (or possibly permanently), I will not be turning in the petitions nor running for any office of the Town of Quartzsite in the foreseeable future," Workman wrote.
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ABUSE OF CHRISTIANS COMES TO FOREFRONT
Would the laws be so erroneously applied were the 'religion' in question not Christianity? How would anti-Semitic laws protect against this type of  application?           READ MORE
ABUSE OF AUDIT POWERS AN ISSUE IN QUARTZSITE?

The ink on the effort to snag ex-Mayor Richard Oldham for taxes the town has indicated should have been paid to them against Oldham's out of state sales was not even cold  before the town demanded the right to audit Oldham's business yet again.

This, Oldham states, is coming from a town that has kept their books hidden for years amidst allegations that there are vast discrepancies between what is told to citizens and the realities of where the town actually stands, financially. Those figures will be revealed only via a comprehensive forensic audit.

Oldham is expected to appeal the earlier ruling that he indicates overlooked key aspects of out-of-state sales -- adding that it will soon come to light exactly how much the town has allocated to its various efforts to target him, as was first reported by the Quartzsite police who recently prevailed in court, winning a $1.3 million settlement from the town.

Audits, historically speaking, can reveal a great deal of information about a municipality -- often generating massive changes, sometimes criminal charges], alterations to policy and the legal challenging of questionable procedures.

Usually, there is a catalyst.

Quartzsite's financial stability -- or the lack thereof -- has long been questioned and members of the Citizens Coalition that challenged the town for withholding such information reported that they were being targeted for reprisal by those in control -- a major factor in the case against Quartzsite brought by seven policemen whose testimonies [and concerns] have now been validated in court.

Oldham was on that list of targeted individuals -- and the list of 'reprisal activities' is extensive.

In short, the number of lawsuits against Quartzsite that have been filed in federal court may not yet all be in and counted.

Quartzsite's current mayor, Ed Foster, has indicated that even he has been unable to establish the financial condition of the town and he would be pleased to see a forensic audit of the town be accomplished. Further, Foster stated that such an audit had been recommended to him by the La Paz County Asst. Attorney Glen Buckalew.

Quartzsite's officials have shown a great reluctance to allow any of the issues facing Quartzsite to be heard in front of La Paz County Superior Court Judge Samuel Vederman who, during his tenure as the La Paz County attorney, requested the FBI investigate the many issues involving allegations of corruption concerning both Quartzsite and La Paz County.

ALBUQUERQUE UNDER FIRE OVER KILLING OF HOMELESS MAN Over 500 people have organized to storm the police department Sunday, demanding action over the latest killing in Albuquerque.
Photograph by Kobe James
When James Boyd was found illegally camping on public lands, he was confronted and ultimately killed by police officers, even though he was subdued and indicating that he could not move. Albuquerque police chief Gordon Eden promptly responded with a statement saying the killing was justified.

APD Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were placed on leave following Boyd's killing.

The numbers of officer related killings in Albuquerque is far higher than is explicable, bringing demands for investigation even before the homeless killing that has ridden a wave of public exposure since the incident occurred March 16, culminating in a riot -- which turned violent, during which police reacted with tear gas and a level of force many have criticized.
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OBAMACARE OFFICIALS
ACCUSED OF HIDING THE REAL NUMBERS
Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY] is accusing the Obama administration of 'cooking the books' on Obamacare and 'burying the real numbers'.

His outspoken criticism of this administration is rapidly gaining supporters -- and is threatening to derail those that have insisted on acceptance of the unsubstantiated statistics. Could a forensic audit be far off? READ MORE

WAS THE MUDSLIDE IN OSO COMPLETELY UNFORSEEABLE?
Residents throughout the area are charging that officials knew -- and documented -- the dangerous situations that preceded the mudslide in Oso, Washington that is believed to have cost at least 130 lives. Aerial pictures of the disaster HERE.

Before the mudslide, this shows how the area looked. The warnings of unsafe, eroding terrain go back literally decades.

In a similar catastrophe, an area was deemed unsound after many built homes on a large, treacherous site, unbeknownst to homeowners. Titled the Aldercrest Slide, the homes and infrastructure in that region suffered more than $70 million in destruction. FEMA and the state of Washington offered to buy out 127 homeowners at 30 cents on the dollar. The second largest landslide disaster in US history involving the loss of homes to a landslide, 127 families, many with children, were ultimately rendered homeless. 

Is this the best American geologists can offer? Who approved these areas for building? Why isn't the terrain analyzed prior to permitting?      READ MORE

GUILFORD CASE DISMISSED
The case pending against Quartzsite by realtor Doug Guilford has now been dismissed by the court.
NO SHORTAGE OF LAWSUITS STILL COMING TO QUARTZSITE

Quartzsite officials are no strangers to lawsuits -- and a new rash of them seem to be happening just as some seemed slated to fall by the wayside while others have been settled because they were deemed viable. Will the suits prompt change? 

This link to a Youtube video that shows the number of people following the issues in Quartzsite -- and includes footage of the officers that just won their suit against the municipality. But has Quartzsite taken steps to correct the situation? Even today, more suits are being formulated.
                                            
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ANNOUNCEMENT BY VERIZON BRINGS BOYCOTT THREATS
'BRAIN DEAD' TEEN WAKES FROM COMA

While family members sang hymns,  a 'brain dead' teen awoke -- in spite of the family having been told by doctors the girl, 18, had less than a 5% chance of recovery.

Surprisingly -- to most -- this type of recovery is not so rare, after all...
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MOST CORRUPT TOWN IN U.S.?
When town administrators 'go rogue' anything can happen. In Florida, the state is seeking to remove 'one bad apple' from existence, after an infusion of 'ticket monies' [due to speed traps] brought a windfall of funds that were spent in 'undocumented' ways that launched an audit. Quartzsite was accused of this exact issue -- among others. How can citizens press for audits? CLICK HERE.

Could other states follow suit, using Bradford as a case study?

How -- any why -- do audits like the one of Hampton, Florida occur? And what can they expose?   READ MORE

Related Reading: The Basics of Forensic Accounting

What are the signs of corruption?

HARVARD STUDY: FLUORIDE DAMAGES BRAIN FUNCTION
IT'S OFFICIAL: udits like the one of Hampton, Florida occur? And what can they expose?   READ MORE

GOP 'OLD, WHITE & OUT OF TOUCH'

The guy that would replace Boehner? A young, passionate firebrand with an eye towards progress designed to benefit all...
FORCLOSURE BACKFIRES

777 'VANISHES' WITH OVER 200 ON BOARD

Rescued mastiff 'Maxi' -- all 150 pounds of her -- takes a spin with Richard Oldham, who took pity on the giant canine that had run out of options and barely escaped  a humane society shelter with her life. [Full sized picture here.] The car -- a new electric auto -- is one of three styles sold on his lot.

Maxi [click for another shot] quickly found a permanent home with one of Oldham's employees at Desert Gardens where she has won many new friends.
Accident at a 4-way stop at Love's Sunday evening
2-CAR INCIDENT AT LOVE'S RESULTS IN ROLLOVER
It is not uncommon for SUV type vehicles to flip upon impact -- but the scene at Love's Sunday evening was unique in that the accident happened at a 4-way stop with typically slow moving traffic in all directions. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

U.S.S. RONALD REAGAN CREWMEMBERS EXPOSED TO 'RADIOACTIVE SNOW'
UAS SCIENTIFIC REPORT: ALASKAN SEA CREATURES SUFFERING THE FALLOUT FROM CONTAMINATION

     The Alaska Dispatch report
HERE.


MAIN EVENT AIR STRIP ALIVE WITH  ENTHUSIASTS
It is not a sport for the feint of heart. The pilot of the parachute ultralight [pictured] flies to an altitude of about 2,000 feet and the jumper [on the rear sear] climbs off the unit in a specially designed flight suit and glides through the air not completely unlike a human sail. Once within proper  range of the ground, he deploys his chute and 'descends gently' back to earth... or at least that's the intent.   READ MORE

$900M INVESTMENT IN TSA SEARCHES RESULTS IN 'ZERO' TERRORISTS

WHY SHOULD PREGNANT WOMEN TAKE UNTESTED FLU SHOTS?

U.S. COURT SYSTEM ATTACKED BY HACKERS

PROABORT WENDY DAVIS LIED ABOUT HER 'LIFE STORY'
Militant proabort Wendy Davis who personally filibustered for abortion rights and has ridden the resulting media frenzy to a campaign for Governor is facing media fallout for lying.  So was it perjury?
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QUARTZSITE'S MAYOR AGAIN INTENDS TO PRESS VETO ISSUE BACK INTO COURT
It is abundantly clear, Foster contends, that the veto powers allocated to the position of 'mayor' is granted by the state -- and are not subject to rescission by Quartzsite's council.

Foster originally went to Judge Vederman, the La Paz County Superior Court Judge in Parker for an opinion -- which Vederman allowed to stand.

The council then requested a new judge hear the question -- one, it turned out, that was just outside of the reach of La Paz County voters. That judge seemed to arbitrarily oppose the 1918  ruling, stating that the veto powers were not meant to include such broad veto power.

Foster, expecting to appeal, has been asked to  allow for reconsideration of the issue.

That opinion should soon be forthcoming.

It began with a council that 'disempowered' the new mayor before Foster could even take the seat. Since that time, the 'peoples' liaison' has seen every imaginable privilege withdrawn from the position but one: that of the veto.

As a battle ensued over the borrowing of even more money by a council that is operating with closed books -- and a widely publicized habit of operating on HURF funds -- monies intended for highway improvement and not to be used as operating fees.

Whether or not Quartzsite needs the prohibitively expensive improvements to the sewer and water system has not been effectively proven to voters -- and many questions have been raised [though not answered] concerning the necessity of spending $7 million dollars, half of which must be borrowed to accomplish the changes.

Public meetings have clearly reflected the concerns of business people throughout Quartzsite who have admonished the council for not responding to their concerns nor effectively justified the escalating fees, already classified by businesses as 'exorbitant'.
NUMBERS PROVE ATTORNEYS ARE KILLING THEMSELVES:
                                         BUT WHY?


ARIZONA'S 'TOUGH STAND ON ABORTION' STRUCK DOWN FOR NOW

STATE'S OPINION REFLECTS THAT OF ARIZONA VOTERS


Should Arizona's disenfranchised voters have to abide by their federal 'big brother's' stance? After all, Arizona is not the only state trying to escape the grasp of federal mandates that prevent them from shutting down abortion mills -- there are nine others battling the same issue. The Supreme Court has refused to hear the case in which the 9th Circuit decided against the ban on abortions killing fetuses 20 weeks and above in gestation.
SEE: RELIGIOUS ISSUES OVER ABORTION

The abortion industry is losing ground as well as support according to polls -- but the militant minority have promised to become more vocal than ever as NARAL gears up in 2014. In fact,NARAL 'political director' Erika West has said 2014 will be about "building firewalls" against more anti-abortion bills. "If we want to stop the attacks, we must hold accountable the people responsible for them," West stated.

Statistically, the majority of Americans no longer believe in the rhetoric that was was used to press toward mass acceptance of abortion in the 1970s: the insistence that these children were little more than a 'blob of tissue' without souls.

Now, saving these children is commonplace, and people involved in ending the life of an unborn child are routinely prosecuted for murder. READ MORE

SCOTLAND YARD REPORT REVEALS FREEMASON LINK BUSINESS OWNERS LOUDLY DECRY MORE UTILITY RATE INCREASES
Thursday's meeting to -- in the posted notice -- discuss 'sewer rates and wastewater treatment plant expansion and repairs' brought a group of concerned -- and some irate -- citizens to voice concerns about what they describe as already high utility rates that are hindering their efforts to stay in business.

A 'full house' of business owners cited their reasons for standing against any further rate increases and pushed the council -- none of whom own businesses in Quartzsite -- to account for their apparent lack of concern for those who are locked into businesses in the community.

Critics charge that there is virtually no chance of recovering their investment in properties that now must sustain the already high rates -- much less those realized after Quartzsite councilmen raised them recently, when high bills caused a 'sticker shock' reaction that rippled through Quartzsite's business community, bringing with it demands for business people to run for office.

The rate increases promise to be significant with the council seeking a loan in excess of $3 million with the stated intention of obtaining over $3 million more in grant monies.

Ed Foster, Quartzsite's Mayor, had effectively managed to block efforts to proceed with the plan in spite of the public outcry by utilizing the Mayor's right to veto such unpopular decisions.

Foster indicated that his efforts had been supported in court by Superior Court Judge Samuel Vederman -- who seemed to stand with Foster's right to veto and initially blocked the council's efforts to utilize the 'vice Mayor' [appointed councilman/Vice Mayor Mike Jewitt] to prevent Foster's veto from standing until the matter could be argued.

SEE: VEDERMAN ASKS FBI TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION ISSUES

The council  then obtained an opinion from another judge and that judge, Foster said, indicated that he didn't believe it was the intent of the lawmakers when they issued the veto law to protect the Mayor's right to veto in such instances.

Critics now contend that "judicial discretion wasn't an issue when the judge from another county stepped in and stood with the council. "This isn't right," one citizen stated, 'because the person that ultimately heard the case does not even answer to La Paz County voters."

During this year's elections, all six of Quartzsite's appointed -- not elected --officials will be forced to run for office to secure their seats. In light of the citizenry's low regard for the council's actions, those seats may well be in great jeopardy. Only Foster, the Mayor, has been elected to his position.

WAS THIS NECESSARY? TEEN KILLED IN INTENDED 'INTERVENTION'
 

CALIFORNIA RADIATION LEVELS MUCH HIGHER THAN NORMAL
While the mainstream media coverage seems to be virtually nonexistent, alternative press reports hold that dangerously high levels of radiation are already hitting California's coast -- presumably part of the fallout from the meltdown of Fukushima's nuclear plant.
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Don't miss this series of reports on global warming...
DON'T MISS THIS REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING...  
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CHICAGO'S GUN BAN NOW RULED AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

TOWN'S OFFICIALS AT WAR OVER $7M SEWER EXPANSION PROJECT

Quartzsite's Mayor Ed Foster is no stranger to controversy.

The current Mayor was first forced to stand by and watch as the council removed most of his Mayoral powers before even allowing him to take his position [in his first win as mayor] and then, in a nearly unprecedented move, several ousted councilmen simply refused to vacate their seats following a hotly contested election in which virtually all stops were pulled to prevent him from taking the position a second time.

He was successful, in court, as the ex- officials were ultimately 'court ordered' to 'step down'.

Now, Foster seems to be winning -- in court -- once again.

One of Foster's few remaining powers as Mayor is the right to veto -- and it is mandated by the State of  Arizona and, thus, not subject to removal by a council unhappy with election results.

Foster stated that he challenged the information provided when the town's engineer, Kevin Murphy, appeared at the December 10 meeting and cited ADEQ standards which he said dictated  the waste treatment plant had to be expanded.

"Upon further questioning from me," he said, "Murphy admitted that the ADEQ standards were not the reason for the expansion -- yet the council still voted 5-1 for it.

"In the following meeting, December 17," Foster stated, "The same engineer, Kevin Murphy, changed his story and stipulated that it was maintenance issues driving the need for expansion. $7 million is maintenance issues? That is laughable. Yet this time, the vote was 6-1."

Foster has indicated that he is convinced that the town's precarious financial position and 'already astronomically high' sewer rates will only further antagonize a citizenry that can ill afford more rate increases.

In recent weeks, a standing room only crowd of park owners and managers as well as other concerned citizens attended a council meeting and  vocally denounced sewer rates that have been very damaging to their profitability and demanding that the council  find other ways to generate funds.

Sean Austin, who manages a show for Chaunce Hamilton, owner of the Rice Ranch show, provided information concerning what is now a $36,000.00 sewer bill -- an increase of $3,000.00 per month. Hamilton, now in his 90's, has had a decades long show in Quartzsite.

Foster, who ran on the platform of ending corruption in the embattled town and who gained a reputation for battling for 'open books' still complains that the concealing of the town's true financial condition continues.

"There's essentially no sales tax happening in Quartzsite -- we're down to probably ten percent of the vendors that once came here," Foster stated. "It appears that their continued harassment of people that are already in lawsuits against the town would indicate that their goal is the ultimate bankruptcy of the town."

So what happens now?

"As it stands, the loan approval doesn't exist, Foster said. "It's been vetoed -- there is no provision to override a veto of an emergency action. There is no loan request and no loan approval.

"Do they really want to put it out for a referendum? They've already been threatened with a referendum which -- if they put it out as a referendum and the citizens prevail -- it's set aside with a permanent injunction. The people would control it 100% after that point.

"They already know that the people do not approve of this and do not want it done -- I've not met anyone that is not on the council, not one citizen in the community, has indicated that they want this expansion," Foster concluded.


THE FLAP OVER DUCK DYNASTY
The obvious move for the Duck Dynasty group -- who have never made a secret of their faith -- would be to simply switch channels. That, in fact, was already underway after a first amendment issue brought about threats from A&E to toss the family from their lofty position as top entertainers -- while other networks scrambled to sign the Duck Dynasty costars during the flap. [See: Who are these people who have mesmerized America and what makes them important?]

A&E execs obviously did not wait to see what the public thought about their efforts to silence someone they'd already hired for little more reason than their unorthodox lifestyle and the way they live it -- which includes subscribing to a Biblically based [read orthodox] Christianity.  A&E has been quick to rethink their initial response due to widespread public criticism. READ MORE
 

THE NSA ISSUE IS LARGER THAN CITIZENS KNOW -- AND GAINING MOMENTUM
When whistleblower Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA, he took with him 1.7 million files to prove his case. Now, the conspiracy broadens, illustrating why the case is threatening to expose widespread abuse that affects virtually all citizens. Now, a judge joins NSA detractors. 
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TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM UNHAPPY CITIZENS & PARK OWNERS
10 DECEMBER 2013  -- Just as the town's council was considering another increase in the already significantly higher than average sewer fees, over 100 people attended Tuesday's council meeting to complain that fees are already too high. 
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QUARTZSITE OFFICIALS PRESS FOR APPEAL
 9 DECEMBER 2013  -- The Quartzsite officials who are facing a judgment in which the three are held personally liable for their actions have filed an appeal. 
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VIRAL NEWS: WHAT'S INTERESTING ON THE WEB?

Q8 LAWSUIT FALLOUT: TOWN PASSES 'SECRET' ORDINANCE TO INDEMNIFY THEMSELVES FROM THEIR OWN ACTIONS
5 DECEMBER 2013  -- The findings of the court hearing the case concerning Quartzsite's officers has resulted in the finding of three Quartzsite officials personally liable: Alex Taft, who was the town manager; Albert Johnson, who was the assistant town manager and Jeff Gilbert who was Quartzsite chief of police.

The damages have yet to be determined -- but the issue is clear: Quartzsite's officials did not have the protection [known as 'qualified immunity'] they believed they had. The fallout will likely be significant -- and even if 'relief' [in the form of bankruptcy] is ultimately sought, if 'intent' is found, the judgment will stand and will, ultimately, have to be paid or result in a judgment that will remain, affecting even future monetary gains that may have been realized.

While the ordinance [see pages 58-64 from council's packet] now in question is seemingly designed to protect the town's officials -- and even the council -- from such a judgment and, in fact, specifically addresses criminality and promises that these officials will be provided a criminal defense -- proof of criminal intent would still  preclude any protections afforded them.

Notably, the ordinance seeks to provide the town's attorney the authority, the latitude and even the responsibility to determine the intent of their own employers and then to use their position [as the town's attorney] to present the actions of the town's officials as well as the circumstances under which they've acted in such a way as to avoid the appearance of criminal intent.

It is also important to note that this ordinance could be overturned in a referendum should Quartzsite's citizens seek to challenge it within the appropriate statutorily provided period of time.

Critics contend that the citizens can and should repeal by referendum the sections of the unnumbered  indemnification ordinance [the meeting for which -- for other reasons -- does not meet the requirements for Open Meetings Act compliance] was passed this week and endeavors to provide for and authorize criminal defense services for town officials -- and the expenses related to them -- to be paid for by taxpayers.

"Certainly, after a probable cause finding by a judge," one critic stated, "taxpayers should not bear the brunt of defense costs for a defendant in a felony criminal case that moves toward trial after a charge is brought by a prosecutor and probable cause found by a judge."

"Further," he stated, "concerns of ethical conflict of a town's attorney are apparent should the attorney -- who represents the municipal corporation and not its directors -- determine whether there is or is not criminal intent on the part of any town director or town manager who have direct authority to hire and/or terminate any town attorney with or without cause."



Thus, the  ordinance -- which, for several reasons, does not meet the criteria for having been passed according to the laws of the State of Arizona -- may be proven to provide more in the way of a false sense of security than any real protection, as there is no insurance and no law that protects one from the consequences of willfully criminal behaviors: the one protection taxpayers have against the many forms of corruption.                               
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DAHLIA CASE PRECIPITATES Q8 DECISION
 
2DECEMBER 2013  -- A decision in the Dahlia case on August 21 of 2013 is the precedent upon which the decision concerning the Quartzsite 8 case was predicated.

Following the decision in the U.S. Ninth District Court, Judge Aspy -- the judge overseeing the Quartzsite 8 case -- requested attorneys on both sides review the en banc Dahlia v. Rodriguez decision and write supplemental pleadings that addressed the decision and how it applied to the Quartzsite 8 case. The order can be found here.  The Amicus Brief filing is here.

Here, POLICECHIEF MAGAZINE weighs in on the ramifications of the ruling.

AELE [Americans for Effective Law Enforcement] also issued an article on Restoring Constitutional Protection for Police Whistle Blowers.

KATIE COURIC: UNLIKELY WHISTLEBLOWER?
Katie Couric -- commonly considered a mainstream media 'darling' has suddenly found herself on the outside looking in after doing a segment on the dangers of the HPV vaccine.      READ MORE

 
BAD VETS:
   BAD CARE SUBSTANDARD VETERINARY CARE
A GROWING PROBLEM 
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2DECEMBER2013 -- As issues surrounding veterinary care plague even responsible vets, a growing number of those dedicated to caring for their animals seek better guides to understanding their rights in relation to those animals. Many build websites in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers.

Advocating for them are people whose animals were injured or lost to incompetent vets -- and those voices have become a cacophony for change.
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SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR INTERNET TAX CASE GET READY TO PAY MORE 
QUARTZSITE 8
v. TOWN:
COPS WIN!
27NOVEMBER 10:01 AM --After a long wait for a precedent-setting en banc decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court in a case regarding a fired California police-officer turned “whistle-blower”, US Magistrate Mark Aspey (U.S. District Court of Arizona) has now rendered a final decision in a lawsuit brought more than two years ago by former Quartzsite police department employees (commonly referred to as the “Quartzsite 8”) against the Town of Quartzsite.


Upon the Town taking adverse employment action against the plaintiff police department employees, and due to constitutional issues raised by the (soon after fired) police department employees in La Paz County Arizona Superior Court in the Fall of 2011 the Quartzsite 8 case was removed to Arizona US District Court.


SOON TO BE BUILT SOLAR FACILITY WILL MEAN THE DEATH OF MANY BIRDS:
It was just announced that a $1 million judgment was issued over the deaths of birds -- including eagles -- by wind farms. How, then, can the site north of Quartzsite be built with critics already contending that it, too, will cause the deaths of wildlife?

SMART METERS COMING TO QUARTZSITE... IN 3 DAYS?             READ MORE
21 NOVEMBER 2013 Quartzsite citizens are receiving  notices concerning the SMART METERS now being distributed throughout the area, and stipulating that it's to happen within three days. However, it may happen much faster than that -- and if you are hoping to 'opt out', the only way to intercept the installers is to call the number on the notice as quickly as possible.  Critics contend these meters will result in rate increases.

In Quartzsite, that number is 1-800-252-9410. According to this site, 'opting out' is still an option in Arizona. You will find the form there, along with a letter and instructions for sending it. Health and safety issue concerns?
                                        
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POPULAR DRUG CULTURE CONDONES MOLLY: WHAT? WHY?

The way the mainstream media seems to be endorsing the publicity surrounding the popular 'club drug' known as Molly has parents -- and doctors -- perplexed. It is, after all, anything but 'safe' and the USDEA is reporting that "the drug has become a toxic mixture of lab-created chemicals." Yet Madonna, Miley Cyrus and others seem to be openly offering a public endorsement of it to teens.
                                        
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REUTERS: BEHIND PENTAGON'S DOCTORED BOOKS... 
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HARVARD STUDY SHOWS FLUORIDE IS CAUSING DEATH, LOWERING IQ
17 NOVEMBER 2013 The Harvard study reveals what independent researchers have been espousing for years: fluoride is detrimental to your health and intellect.

Dog leads firemen to fire

MALFUNCTIONING DRONE STRIKES U.S. GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER
Two sailors are reported injured following an incident in which a drone described as 'malfunctioning' struck a U.S. ship -- an error that's not supposed to occur.
MULTIPLE SUITS FACING TOWN PROMPT SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION
12 NOVEMBER 2013 The Town Council met for over 2 hours in a special executive session  Tuesday to address concerns over the suits pending against Quartzsite. Currently, there are at least 3 federal suits again the town's administration already underway. No comment was made following the executive session.

In the document, four cases are specifically mentioned: that of Richard Oldham -- presented as Desert Gardens Mobile Homes & Classic Cars v. Quartzsite -- although the suit [regarding taxation issues] was initiated by the Town of Quartzsite and not Oldham. Other litigation currently pending include Michael Roth, Jeff Gilbert and Jennifer Jones, and notes the fact that the towns of Quartzsite and Parker are currently involved in suits against all of the La Paz county supervisors, the county attorney, Tony Rogers, the county administrator, Dan Field and the County Sheriff, John Drum.

It should be noted that the suits listed on the agenda are not representative of all suits presently underway by the town.

US AID PROGRAMS SWEPT UP IN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
PITBULL SAVES WOMAN IN HOME INVASION

Proving that not all pitbulls are bad, this one saved her owner and was rewarded by the veterinary staff -- and a stranger.
FATHER'S COMPLAINTS OF BIAS IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT NETS HIM  ACCUSATIONS OF 'NEO-NAZI' FROM UNION OFFICIALS
MULTIPLE SUITS FACING TOWN PROMPT SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION
11 NOVEMBER 2013 The Town Council will meet in special executive session  Tuesday to address concerns over the multiple lawsuits currently pending against Quartzsite.

CRITICS CONTEND THAT "DISGUSTINGLY TRASHY ADS" ACCOMPANY OBAMACARE CAMPAIGN FOCUSING ON BIRTH CONTROL    ... They may have a point.  READ MORE


TOWN'S ACTIONS OF BUCKEYE COUNCIL  MIRROR QUARTZSITE'S AS BRUNO WORKS TO BRING ASST. POLICE CHIEF TO TOWN
31 OCTOBER 2013 At Monday's council meeting [OCT 29] Laura Bruno handed out copies of the resume of Larry Hall, the Asst. Police Chief in Buckeye, Arizona, suggesting that Hall could serve as the Interim police chief in Quartzsite. 

Mary Scott questioned why Bruno was presenting the application of only one individual -- and no action was taken.

A cursory search of the Buckeye council's website shows that their council, too, is in violation of Arizona's open meeting laws as there are three meeting minutes missing from the online record with no explanation offers as to why.

It remains unclear why the Assistant Police Chief from Buckeye would be available and willing to work completely without compensation for 3-4 weeks in Quartzsite.

SPECIAL MEETING SLATED  TO ADDRESS POLICE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP
28 OCTOBER 2013 Quartzsite's Council was slated to meet at 9 a.m. Monday morning  to address the issue of leadership in the police department following the dismissal of Police Chief Jeff Gilbert last week. According to the town's website, a possible action included the appointment of an 'interim' police chief.

The council, though, did not make a determination in the matter, following sometimes heated discussions that included the consideration of utilizing the Sheriff's Office and deputies for law enforcement and other options -- none of which were ultimately adopted.


ARIZONA REPUBLIC STORY OUTLINES POLICE CHIEF'S  ACCUSATIONS OF CORRUPTION
26 OCTOBER 2013 -- The story in the Arizona Republic following the firing of Police Chief Jeff Gilbert -- presumably to tell those who followed the story from 2011 that Gilbert had been fired -- provided Gilbert with a forum to level accusations against the town's administration:  an opportunity Gilbert utilized to expose a 'cover-up' that resulted in what he described as the destruction of his career in law enforcement.

Gilbert's statements have ignited a firestorm of controversy in Quartzsite, where he was dismissed from his position as Chief of Police -- amidst accusations that the town administration's lack of oversight had resulted in the release of confidential information of unsuspecting citizens not involved nor knowledgeable of the myriad of issues facing the small town.

For years, high level corruption has been alleged and the town's various  administrations have established an extensive and well documented history of the mishandling of FOIA requests amidst determined refusals to open the town's books or to allow for an independent forensic audit to prove there has been no wrongdoing on the part of the town's officials.

Complicating the issue further were allegations that the town's employees -- including police officers -- had been essentially ordered to 'target' those who questioned the town administration's activities -- which resulted in a split in the police department with the police chief facing accusations from 80% of the officers.

Now, with the firing of ex-town manager Alex Taft as well as Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, the question remains as to how those ordered came to be issued -- and by whom.

The La Paz County Drug Task Force [known as CADRE] was also drawn into the controversy when Gilbert complained that monies under the financial control of CADRE had been utilized by the county's administrators to provide payment to then litigant Jim Willett, the original complainant for Yakima -- the disposal company that sued La Paz County and obtained a multi-million dollar settlement that escalated to over $12 million before it was paid by passing the burden to La Paz County's taxpayers.

These issues brought about accusations still facing the controllers of CADRE for allowing the agency to be drawn into the controversy in Quartzsite by participating in what then town manager Alexandra Taft alleged were vote fraud or inconsistencies that pointed to vote fraud.

As a result, it now appears that federal funds may have been misappropriated as they seem to have been reallocated from their original purpose which was to investigate drug trafficking within the county.

TOWN'S MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMAN MARY
SCOTT PREVENT COUNCIL  FROM ASSUMING ROLE OF 'BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT'
24 OCTOBER 2013 -- The lack of a Board of Adjustment has created a vacuum in citizens' rights to 'due process' as required statutorily under state law and town code zoning articles.

As this discrepancy was only recently exposed and actually represents nonfeasance on the part of the town's officials who knew of the discrepancy and left the Adjustment Board without members and citizens without representation for at least a period of several years. Further, any involvement on the part of council members actually constitutes 'usurpation of office' on the part of those council people -- and the council has a responsibility to immediately rectify this situation.

The town released a document showing that the town's council have acted as the Board of Adjustment without having been awarded  the right to wield such authority. In addition,  in other cases, the council members as well as Zoning Administrator Steven Heinrichs and Town Manager Laura Bruno [and her predecessor ex-town manager Alex Taft] chose to withhold from certain citizens that they even had the right to request redress under the Board of Adjustment. 

Thursday, in a meeting that lasted approximately two hours, Mayor Ed Foster and Councilwoman Mary Scott held firmly their position that the town's council should not abolish the volunteer citizen Board of Adjustment as provided for under state law as well as town code and indicated that the council should instead seek further legal advice.

'DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS' DIRECT RESULT OF TAKING MAYORAL POWERS
When Quartzsite's council removed most of the powers from the position of the Mayor in an effort to control Quartzsite's Mayor Ed Foster, it appears that they failed to address or assume the responsibility for the proper maintenance of a Board of Adjustment -- which has resulted in the denial of due process of at least two Quartzsite businesses.

According to the Planning & Zoning Code -- which is delineated under State law --  citizens who are concerned about the handling of complaints to the Planning and Zoning agent -- in this case, Steven Henrichs -- are entitled to appeal his decisions. In Quartzsite, there is no Board of Adjustment. Neither are there downloadable forms delineating the appeals process.

The council is to address these issues at today's council meeting.     [Click to View].
POLICE CHIEF REMOVED FROM DUTY Quartzsite's Council voted to relieve Police Chief Jeff Gilbert from duty while agreeing to pay his entire contract -- two more years of full pay. As the problems in Quartzsite have unfolded before a national and even, at times, an international audience, Gilbert has remained at the forefront of Quartzsite's PR issues -- but opinions as to who remains the controlling force in the tiny town vary, with few attributing those issues to Gilbert.
POCKLINGTON  IN FINAL BID TO AVOID JAILTIME
In an effort to win leniency on the part of the court, Peter Pocklington has presented himself as the only caregiver to his ailing wife of 40 years -- a move that may prevent his serving six months behind bars over the hiding of a consulting fee of $15,000.00 from his probation officer.

Pocklington has been ordered to complete six months of jail time -- but has also been allowed to be treated at a hospital prior to presenting himself to the courts prior to his incarceration.

During this time, attorneys are working to ensure that the 71 year old Pocklington will be allowed to sidestep the order in order to continue being able to care for his wife. In a case that just concluded in May, Pocklington was ordered to pay more than $5 million by the Arizona Corporation Commission over a La Paz County gold mine in which he was accused of bilking investors.   READ MORE

OATHKEEPERS
BACK IN THE
SPOTLIGHT

What are civilization preservation teams and how to they operate? Oathkeepers, a group self described as being dedicated to the Constitution and providing a forum for both police and military personnel who are similarly engaged continues to educate the public concerning these issues.
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RETIRED FIGHTERS BEING TURNED INTO DRONES
The program is already well underway: old and obsolete aircraft will soon be occupying airspace in spite of the concerns of the more prudent. Is it practical? Is it safe? With escalating costs a consideration, studies are belatedly underway.
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OBAMACARE SOLUTION:

LET THOSE THAT WANT IT 
SUBSCRIBE

With the government headed for a show down/ shut down [over 'OBAMACARE'] the solution is simple: let those that want it to subscribe and let those that want no part of it the freedom to exercise the right to 'opt out.' Detractors are already pointing to the disastrous inside scoop.

After all, critics assert, if it's as successful as Obama and his supporters think it will be, the program will prove to be massively popular. If not -- well, that's another matter entirely and highly unlikely according to supporters. After all, what's not to like?    Critics contend that the entire program is reminiscent of all things Obama since the Obamacare website crashed upon launch.
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MSM DROPS COMMENT OPTION
 The comment sections of stories have long been a draw since the advent of the Internet -- with some people spending a large portion of their online time commenting on various articles. Now, mainstream media are dropping the option due to overwhelmingly negative comments on stories designed to promote mainstream media ideology and offering critiques on poorly written or overtly biased stories.
 FILLIBUSTER FAILS:
OBAMACARE TO BE FUNDED
The 'Stagecoach' Restaurant burned last night just as the restaurant was preparing to open under the 'ownership' of 'Stubby' and Carol  Callison
On the heels of questions raised a few months ago by then councilwoman Patricia Workman concerning whether or not damages from a prior fire [2004] had been mitigated during the permitting process for reopening the facility, the restaurant has now burned -- and is considered to be a total loss. [PICTORIAL HERE] One individual has attracted interest for what would appear to be unfettered access to the 1:50 a.m. fire scene.

This man was witnessed standing close to the scene of the Stagecoach fire
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In a public meeting on June 11, 2013, Carol Callison -- in preparation for operating the Stage Coach Restaurant and Hotel for an out of town owner -- read a statement she had authored that publicly chastised Mayor Ed Foster and Councilwoman Workman for questioning the condition of the restaurant. [VIDEO HERE]. [Callison's comments begin at the 45:03 mark.] Councilwoman Norma Crooks indicated that the actions of Foster and Workman may bring about yet another Ad Hoc meeting -- a common strategy repeatedly utilized by the council to discipline Foster for his actions. [Minutes Here.]

Foster stated he had only responded to questions from the community and a constituent's concerns when he visited the La Paz County Health Department to investigate the claims.

Click here for the 2004 Stagecoach fire story.

'CRYSTAL PISTOL'
The 'case' against Peter  Pocklington and his LLCs was handled by the Arizona Corporation Commission which governs securities and, in May of 2013, this case was heard and reportedly settled for $5,149,316 in restitution plus a $100,000.00 administrative fee.

This information was initially reported via McLean's, one of the Canadian entities that continues to cover the activities of Canadian promoter Peter Pocklington. The accusation concerned the accusation of defrauding investors via the Nevada LLCs. Pocklington's documented response stated that the matter was misunderstood and he further indicated that the settlement was less costly than the expense of continuing to defend.

Pocklington came to Quartzsite in 2009, the lead man in several companies including Crystal Pistol Resources, LLC, Crystal Pistol Management LLC and Liberty Bell Resources LLC.  Foreclosure processes are already underway.

GOT PRIVACY?

11 MILLION USERS DUMP FACEBOOK
Facebook users are finally seeing the chink in the giant's strategy: the complete lack of privacy. The DAILY MAIL is reporting Facebook users are abandoning accounts in droves -- most of them citing concerns that privacy is virtually non-existent -- the reason most pros and privacy advocates have painstakingly avoided the social networking platform. Evidence, the report states, is beginning to emerge that there are also addiction issues related to the use of Facebook.
THE CHANGING FACE OF MEDIA
As the mainstream media has lost credibility with their readers, alternative media  has stepped into the ever widening gap. a poster child for war -- is losing the support of their readers, even amongst those who are 'die hard' believers in the GOP. Now, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are discovering what it is to be labeled a 'conspiracy theorist' for covering the 'cutting edge' of stories once considered outside the realm of the mainstream media. Their response? You can't leave all of these stories unaddressed when the evidence indicates there's more to it than 'conspiracy'...
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McCAIN RECALL
EFFORT GAINS MOMENTUM
McCain couldn't control his laughter in an interview with Wolf Blitzer about getting caught paying more attention to a 'play money' game in his cellphone.

John McCain -- long a poster child for war -- is losing support even amongst those who are 'die hard' believers in the GOP. McCain, Breitbart reported, indicated that Obama should bomb Syria before the Congress can prevent the event. The senator seemed surprised when he  met with a vocal group in Phoenix to discover the attack on Syria to be a harder sell than he had anticipated when detractors demanded reconsideration of the decision to bomb Syria in spite of Obama's staunch determination to create yet another war. To see McCain's visit to Prescott, Click and scroll down.  READ MORE
Mc CAIN CAUGHT PLAYING GAMES ON HIS PHONE
John McCain obviously thinks there is no problem with his having been shown to have so little regard for the lives of Syrians that he played poker on his iphone instead of listening to the arguments against attacking Syria. 

Grinning like a schoolboy, McCain complained that he had lost his game. Critics say that's not all McCain is losing -- and they're also asking "Are these people really  running the country and, if so, should they be?"
              

THE CRISIS AT HAND IS LARGER
THAN AMERICANS KNOW
Concerns are running very high that there is a much larger issue than is known in the public arena. Strategical questions are being raised and military personnel are releasing information that counters the 'story' being released by America's elected officials.                        READ MORE
THE 'PEACE PREZ' PRESSES ON FOR STRIKE AGAINST SYRIA
Obama has garnered a great deal of criticism against the U.S and himself as he presses onward for a strike in spite of global opposition. Using such angst inspiring verbiage as 'my military', Obama has held press conferences in an effort to garner support for military action, he says, to 'send a message to those responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Syrians.

Although the fact seems lost on 'America's war obsessed leader', the innocent people of Syria will -- if Obama has his way -- pay the ultimate price for the political issues plaguing their country. Fortunately, Obama seems to be collapsing under the global backlash the proposed strike has generated, which includes Putin demanding the U.S. provide evidence to back up their claims of Syrians having attacked their own.
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LEAGUE OF CITIES

MOVES TO RESTRICT ACCESS
In an unprecedented move, Arizona's League of Cities and Towns is working to be allowed to lobby to restrict access to government accountability measures including those protected under the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA]. While the city that appears to be driving the measure is Yuma, the move will have far reaching implications for all cities and towns within Arizona -- some 91 different incorporated municipalities.

The limitations are severe. Citizens will no longer have the protections offered under FOIA to obtain even critical documents without laboring under the restrictions of the proposed measure -- one which the League of Cities and Towns is lobbying for at the highest levels of state government. Among the restrictions is one that will prevent citizens from making no more than 20 FOIA requests within the timeframe of one year. [These documents can be found in the League of Cities and Towns 2014 Proposed Resolutions on pages 13 and 14.]

The League's materials state that "in many cases public records are not even reviewed or picked up or are barely given a look through."

Critics charge that since most municipalities impose a fee for FOIA requests of at least 50 cents to $1 per page, this information would appear to be incorrect and/or misleading due to the sheer expense of filing document requests.

"In cities and towns where there are an abundance of requests for such information, these fees charged could easily provide the funds necessary to justify the hiring of a clerk whose job description specifically entailed the provision of FOIA documents," stated Amy Corbin, a 'FOIA' law watchdog.

"Further, they've indicated that by allowing one situation in Yuma which involved a single individual to become the precedent for such vast restrictions is the equivalent of punishing the citizenry of the entire state of Arizona over the  actions of one person," she stated. "That should concern even the stoutest defender of such ridiculously restrictive measures as this."

REMEMBER WHEN: THE LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS FILED SUIT AGAINST THE STATE OF ARIZONA?

Since even the most basic most efforts to research documentation typically require multiple FOIA requests, the League's efforts to restrict access are sure to have far-reaching consequences for those who have the most to lose: the citizenry.


ARMED AGENTS INVADE 'NO KILL' SHELTER TO GRAB, KILL TINY FAWN
 'Giggles', affectionately named for the cute sounds she made, was killed by agents masquerading as human beings concerned for the welfare of wildlife.

This infant deer – as shown by her spotting – was brought in by concerned persons who reported they were concerned she might have been abandoned by her mother.  An entire group of agents – 9 Wisconsin DNR [Department of Natural Resources] and 4 sheriff’s deputies were deployed to hunt down and retrieve ‘Giggles’ only to immediately destroy the fawn, without so much as a hearing on the matter.

It's not the first time
Wisconsin has been accused of animal cruelty.
Other states, too, have similar mandates.

In situations where citizens have become aware of a situation in time, politicians have been pressured to do the right thing. In one case in which pressure from Chicago’s powerful press resulted in viral responses, Charlotte the deer obtained a reprieve in time. Too often, however, the 'policies' in place have resulted in a complete lack of protection for wildlife by the very agencies entrusted with their preservation, resulting in outcry and backlash from the nation’s citizenry.

 
 Read: Charlotte Must Die for Christmas


The destruction of ‘Giggles’ is paralleled by other cases throughout the U.S. where the rescue of wildlife has resulted in the unnecessary killing of animals and the charging – criminally -- of those who have attempted to assist them.  Critics charge that the practice is rooted in a ‘culture of death’ that has ‘usurped anything resembling common sense’, and is resulting in the unnecessary and often cruel destruction of hundreds of thousands of animals each year – both in shelters and in the wild.       READ MORE


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HOUSE VOTES TO EXPAND PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS
New protections are in the works for those in the difficult situation of being privy to information that can be damaging to their 'superiors' and even the house of Representatives is taking steps to ensure that whistleblowers enjoy the protections they deserve.   READ MORE


LOSS OF INSURANCE RAISES GREATER ISSUES

Critics contend that a derogatory article in the Parker Pioneer about councilwoman Patricia Workman seemed designed to do two things: justify the ‘censure’ proceedings against Workman and then to effectively place the blame for the town’s loss of insurance squarely on the newly elected councilwoman’s shoulders.

In this letter from Ann Gergen of the Arizona Risk Retention Pool, the reasons for the town’s loss of insurance were very
List of grievances against the town's management as delineated by Ann Gergen
specifically listed and then properly detailed. Workman‘s alleged release of a letter that only later was alleged to have been protected under laws concerning attorney client privilege were not even mentioned in the communiqué between Ann Gergen and the town‘s interim manager, Laura Bruno.

Bruno has indicated that there is another, earlier letter dated September 27, 2012, in which the issue of Workman’s alleged ’leaking’ of the allegedly ’privileged’ document was specifically mentioned and then cited as the reason for the town‘s removal from the risk pool.

Bruno indicated that Ann Gergen, President of the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool, referred to this matter as the ’straw on the camel’s back’ -- “at least that’s what they advised me,” Bruno stated.

At issue, according to legal analysts, is the fact that the letter from the law firm of Jackson Lewis did not have the typical notations concerning attorney client privilege and, thus, were not readily identifiable as ‘protected’ or ‘confidential’ documents.

Confidential documents are typically labeled as such in order to prevent against the arbitrary release of sensitive documents -- something that was not done in this instance.

Workman, newly elected to her position, is widely regarded as a staunch advocate of transparency in government -- but she insists that had she recognized the information contained in the document as sensitive or a potential problem for the town’s officials, she would have taken additional steps to prevent the unwitting dissemination of the letter or its contents.

Compounding the issue further is the fact that the letter was shared with Workman and other council members in private meetings in Bruno's  office instead of a more proper forum of an executive session during which properly labeled documents were shared.

Gergen concluded the letter to the council by saying the council might be reconsidered for insurance after providing “evidence that it has cured all of its failures giving rise to this termination of coverage.”

 “She’s been targeted, it’s true,“ stated Mayor Ed Foster, who was ordered to be seated in court proceedings.

Foster had been denied the right to occupy the seat he rightfully won -- and should have been allowed to fill -- since May. “There was a series of lengthy stalling strategies on the part of the officials that had been replaced as well as at least two councilmen whose seats on the council are likely to be jeopardized soon,“ Foster explained. “It’s clearly not the best work environment for Ms. Workman right now.”

Foster has pointed out that the town’s council spent upwards of $100,000.00 in an unjustified effort to prove that the election was compromised -- a move for which the council was criticized by most voters as an outlandish effort to circumvent the will of the voters of Quartzsite. “The effort was proven not only to be unfruitful but unjustified as well -- and the money was simply wasted,” Foster said.

“It is a well known and hotly contested issue that because certain councilmen owe their positions not to elections but to appointments by the town’s administrators at the time, they have been less than fair with Pat Workman,” Foster continued. "Included in that list are Norma Crooks and Michael Jewitt, two of Workman’s most outspoken critics."

Ms. Gergen is reportedly out of the office on business and will return at the end of the month. In light of the assertions published in the Parker Pioneer we are awaiting her comments concerning her position on the reasons for Quartzsite’s removal from the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool.

FISCAL CONDITION AND HANDLING OF  TOWN BUSINESS BRINGS MORE CRITICISM
Quartzsite has again been featured in the Wall Street Journal -- with a  more detailed approach than the one that appeared via the WSJ photog's snippet in July. The story attempts to address the reasons Quartzsite is embroiled in a political firestorm of controversy, adding a pictorial for good measure.

JUST ONE PERSON comment by a politician lit a fire in the hearts and minds of locals when the citizenry created and shared artwork that showed them -- united -- could muster far more attention than the politicians had hoped.
CLICK to READ the rest of the story.

Should those who disagree with the issues plaguing Quartzsite stay quiet? Or is some degree of accountability in order-- even when officials would rather not answer? As legal battles heat up, Quartzsite officials are again playing 'musical chairs' with council seats -- and while new suits against the town are coming, eight are already underway in the Federal Courts.

At least a few 'legal eagles' are asking: how much heat does Quartzsite need in order to justify  changing gears?


 


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