The Washington State Legislature For the Past several Years has been engaged in a cynical and extra-legal attempt to take funds that by established law, ( Ice Miller) (Talmadge-Bakenhus -V- City of Seattle)and ( Section 23 of the Washington State Constitution), can only be used to benefit the contributing members of the retirement plan. This situation on reflection is outrageous.
The State is in effect attempting to take control over the surplus in the LEFF 1 retirement to relieve a short fall in the teacher’s retirement fund. I have called this action an extra legal action. To put it bluntly it is theft!
It was theft from widows, orphans, and retired aging and disabled servants of the state. It is theft from those who answered a call to service, at a time in history when it was unpopular to enter the police profession.
To Attract Qualified applicants the State created the LEFF1 Retirement System. The system was funded by the members. As it turns out the system was over funded and a sizable surplus has been created. One of the reasons for the surplus was the belief that in the short run a flood of retirees would stress the fund and it may have created a burden on the state. This did not happen owing in great part to the dedication of those who served prior to the establishment of the fund. They didn’t flee the service as predicted. The carried on and By God I for one was glad for it. Yah some of them were gruff and hard but the job called for that. They both taught us and learned from us. The service made many changes. You Might say it grew up in the decades following the 1960s.
The men and woman who served under this system laid it all on the line; they don’t deserve this theft of their assets. Yes their assets!
The large sums of money sitting in the fund are apparently to great a temptation for a group of legislators bent on finding way to pay off their constituents for the votes that keep them in office. We find the actions of this group distasteful and frankly disgusting.
The proper solution to this problem is to remove the temptation. The fund should retain only 5% or 10% of the surplus and return the balance to the surviving members based on their individual service credits.
Trying to pay us off with some of the money and taking the rest is an insult. Whom do you think you are you who grind the face of the poor? What makes you think the good people of the state, once they know the facts, will let you get away with this?
S. Henry Knocker
For the last 30 years or so the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. has become more and more Politically Corrupt.
This organization is supposed to be the peoples watch dog of the government. It has become the lap dog of whatever political machine is in power. It may have always been this way, but I just noticed it sense the Nixon administration. We can’t trust the political parties to police themselves any more. As long as the ruling party has control of the Justice Department they are free to use their power to harass and intimidate their rivals.
So now we have the IRS EPA, and others being used for political witch hunts. The State Department playing fast and loose with national secrets and the Justice Department dragging its feet on the investigation of a politician while just two years ago they slammed a poor little Army corporal into the big house so fast he needed a Sex change operation. It’s just not right.
What I think we need here is an amendment to the constitution taking the department of Justice out of the political realm, and make it an independently elected nonpartisan possession, that We the people elect every two years with the house of representatives. We should term limit the job and bar any retirement or compensation other than what we the people set as fair and just compensation indexed to inflation. End of story. This way that office would be beholding to the people and only the people.
No more enforcing only the laws that politics dictate. That will teach the political parties not to make laws that they don’t want enforce.
It would also be welcome if at the same time they add a line to the amendment that states “ All elected officials shall adhere to the spirit of the constitution and the courts shall interpret the constitution as it was originally intended Under penalty of impeachment.” The Congress shall fully fund the Department of Justice, least they use the power of the purse for mischief.
S. Henry Knocker
I have never seen anything like this:
The lefty university administrators seem to have a yellow streak. One bad thing happens and they leave a yellow streak on the road to out of here. They seem content to stay and collect a check. They Coddle the children and strok their own egos, but as soon as something a little bit challenging pops up, they burn up their word processors typing those letters of resignation.
When kids act up I tend to ask, who’s the adult, and who’s the kid?
I have always said that diversity of opinion is a goal in life. If we all think alike some of us are not necessary. This conundrum seems to be what the left has created and is fostering on college campuses’ a one world view. Saul Alinsky rules their world. Thinking themselves wise they have become fools. Where have I heard that before? McCarthyism in the 1930s and now a new “ism” to name in this millennium. OUR Universities are far too important of institutions to be allowed to be used as the incubators of civil war.
These White feathers who light the fuse and run like hell thinking no one notices better think twice. I see it, and I am going to point it out.
Whaling about white privilege, when you are the privileged, is disgusting. Privilege lectures from the privileged goes down like drinking battery acid to a guy who grew up with your parents whispering about me because I had holes in the knees of my pants, before that became fashionable.
Go read the Star Bellied Sneetches and know: I think you all FOOLS!
In the ordinary business of policing the police are obliged to make arrests of belligerent individuals. This is a fact of life in the regulation of human conduct. There are two kinds of belligerents that are commonly encountered resisting arrest. There is the nonviolent resister, mouthy disrespectful beings intent on not following the directions of authorities. This was as seen in the disgraceful exobition in a high school classroom this last week. There are also violent resisters such as the one that started the riots in Ferguson Mo. Both of these ended badly for the same reason.
Tombstone courage or failure to recognize the need for backup.
I am a 30 year veteran of policing and a past president of the police guild of a medium sized pacific North West city. (See my book: A View from the Street / River City Policing) I have made many arrest under both of the situations articulated above. I have learn from bitter experience that there is no shame in taking the time to properly ramp up the number of personal needed to make these arrest. One on one may make us feel brave, and we are the home of the brave, but it makes us look like thugs, when we are dealing with some 98 pound, belligerent, thuggish girl, that we can roll up in a ball and boot into the rear of a patrol car. It will never look good when viewed through the prisms of the arch enemy of the police “the nightly news”.
This is what I have learned
That there is no such thing as a fair fight. Fair exercise of power in an arrest. is five on one. or one officer to control each arm and leg and one officer to explain to the crowd of on lookers why this violent person is being handled in this way. This officers sole responsibility is to point out the areas of resistance to the grate uninformed masses what the hell is going on. I have even gone so far as to call in the fire department and have an individual stretched out on a back board and laced up between two back boards because he was so violent and would not quit. This episode was drug induced. One 98 LB. high school girl was so violent that four officers had to hold her down and tie her up with ropes. One of us could have done the job but both the officer and the girl would have suffered great bodily harm. What made her mad? We removed her drunken boyfriend from the dance and she jumped on the back of an officer.
The point I am making here is that all officers should whenever possible never try to remove a belligerent one on one. Just because they haven’t clocked you yet don’t mean they won’t, and if they do you are, as a reflex, are going to clock them back. If you don’t get hurt at the scene of the arrest you will be hurt; as seen on the nightly news.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
As a retired police officer the lawlessness of elected officials in the federal government really chaps my rear end.
How many times do the people have to suffer the excesses of politicians? The political class thinks it is immune from prosecution, and they have good reason to think just that.
It is bad enough that wars are conducted without declaration of war from the Congress, and related stuff like that. Obvious criminal acts are openly perpetrated against the people without consequence.
Richard Nixon deceived us, Bill Clinton lied under oath. Lois Lerner conspired with others to use the IRS to harass and intimidate ordinary citizens. General Petraeus and Hillary Clinton were carless with Government secrets. The list goes on and on I guess if you are a deranged Army E4 you can go to prison for dumping secrets on the internet but if you’re a political hack, or friend thereof, running for the presidency you get to claim some kind of political immunity because your party has the white house and controls the Department of Justice.
The time has come to change the way we select the Attorney General. It seems that the politicians can’t be trusted to do the right thing. Maybe we should elect the Attorney General with a two year over lap of the presidential election. They might think twice before pulling any of these political shenanigans. Especially if the statute of limitations is ten years
I know that this idea isn’t going anywhere but me writing it may give someone pause to think and Know that some of us are getting PISTED.
Well here we go, the Bengasi hearings going hot and heavy the pot is calling the kettle black the biggest spenders in the government are worried about the cost of the hearings. Well this independent observer says send the bill to Hillary.
It was Hillary’s lie that started the whole dust up. If there was any doubt that she and the president were lying in regard to the reason for the Bengasi attack it was dispelled when it came to light that she said one thing to the American people and said quite another to members of her family. If you were on the fence about whether there was a protest that got out of control over a “video” or an Al-Qaeda inspired attack on our people in Libya. It ended when she was pinned down with the E-Mails, to her family and the Egyptians, the day of the attack, and days thereafter.
Hillary is a liar and she lied to us and may have lied to the president. Whether he is a lair too is up for debate. When she lied to us, did she also mislead the president? As a political matter he may have been a willing dupe. We can’t look into his heart on that. We only know that whole situation stinks to high heaven. Hillary should be made to pay the bill in full for the entire cost of ferreting out the truth.
The time has come in this nation to insist on term limits and further to limit the number of political advisers that a politician can retain on the government payroll. The heads of OUR government agencies need to come from those agencies. Our money should be spent on competent knowledgeable professionals. We don’t need a bunch of political hacks running these organizations. They are supposed to work for us not the political parties. Why can’t we insist that the presidents we higher resign from political parties, fund raising, and partisan involvement of any kind while they work for us?
WHY! WHY! WHY!
S. Henry Knocker