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Archive for the day “February 1, 2013”

Sheriff’s Report the Tragedy in Hughson Mary Ann Donahou

English: Armstrong Sheriff's Office Badge

Emerson Drake

We don’t intend to provide commentary to this report.  It’s in its entirety for you to read and understand.

Here is the report:



The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Eviction Report in Full

English: Armstrong Sheriff's Office Badge

By Emerson Drake

We don’t intend on providing commentary on this story.  Our only desire is to bring you news and allow you to read it for yourself.

Here is the report’s entire 122 pages:

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The Sheriff’s badge isn’t Stanislaus County

Are Women Capable of Thinking on Week-ends and Holidays?

EOM Contributor

South Dakota law requires a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to visit her physician, then visit an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center” and then wait 72 hours before the procedure can be performed.  This law has been in place for two years.   They are now considering HB 1237, which would state the following:  “No Saturday, Sunday, federal holiday, or state holiday may be included or counted in the calculation of the seventy-two hour minimum time period between the initial physician consultation and assessment and the time of the scheduled abortion procedure.”  What could possibly be the purpose of this bill?  Do they believe women cannot contemplate their options unless they do it during the work week?

If the bill passes, it would mean a woman who goes in for her initial consultation for an abortion on a Wednesday actually has to wait five days before she can have the abortion (Or six, if she happens to come in before a long weekend.) This is no small barrier for many women, especially in South Dakota. The state has just one abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, and a doctor that flies in from out of state to provide services. Women drive up to six hours each direction to reach that clinic. The state also requires the doctor to read patients a state written script claiming that abortion will put them at an increased risk of suicide.  There have been no studies done to back up this information.  In fact, the multitude of studies done since terminating a pregnancy was legalized, show the opposite.

Other states are attempting to pass “heartbeat” bills, which would ban abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.  The advance of medical technology has allowed us to detect the heartbeat of a fetus as early as 18 days into a pregnancy.  Most women don’t even have the slightest suspicion that they may be pregnant that early.   At this stage of a pregnancy, the embryo is about 1/12th of an inch long, or about the size of a pencil tip.  Many women have irregular periods.  Having a bad cold or flu, or taking some kinds of medications may cause a woman to miss a period or to be even more irregular.  This means that most women, when they start to suspect they might be pregnant, would already be well past the cut-off date for terminating the pregnancy.

Roe V. Wade legalized abortion up to “the point of viability.”  That occurs at 22 or 23 weeks, certainly not at 18 days.  These heartbeat bills are an attempt to redefine pregnancy from a medical science viewpoint.  Unfortunately, it’s not medical doctors or scientists that are attempting to change the definition.  It’s politicians.

I would never go so far as to say that abortions are a good thing, but I am realistic and I understand that in so many cases, they are a necessary option.  But it’s not our governments job to make such a personal decision for each woman in America.  Throughout history women who have not wanted to be pregnant have attempted to end those pregnancies and an untold number of them died.  Restricting abortions or making them illegal will not end them.  It will just force women to risk their lives.   It will force children already born to grow up without their mother.  It will force husbands to live without their wives.  It will force families further into poverty by the loss of income that the mother would have earned.

We do not yet have a perfect birth control available in this country.  It seems the far right conservatives only care about fetuses.  They don’t care about helping women access birth control.  They don’t care about the pregnant woman who can’t care for more children. They certainly don’t care about unwanted babies once they are born.  This has been proven by their desire to cut social services for low income families and their objection to insurances covering birth control.

State governments will soon be forcing women to become mothers.  How will men react to being forced to become fathers?  How will men react if insurances stop covering vasectomies?  Will men like their reproductive rights being controlled by politicians?  It’s interesting that so many men have been silent on this subject for so long.  I’m anxiously waiting to hear their opinions.


Workforce Alliance Violates Brown Act, Holds an Illegal Meeting

English: Author: Carl Skaggs This image was ta...

English: Author: Carl Skaggs This image was taken by me on January 14, 2010 in Modesto, California I hereby relinquish all rights to this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Emerson Drake

The Alliance held their monthly meeting January 28th at noon and everyone but the public was invited.  As an organization subject to the Brown Act the Alliance  must post their agenda 72 hours ahead of time, and the official places they choose to use are their website and on the door to their offices at 1010 10th Street.  Unfortunately for the public, the time on the website was 3:30 PM and the two pages attached to their door had NO MENTION of the meetings start time.

So understandably when five interested members of the public arrived early at 3:15 for the meeting and discovered the meeting was already over, there was some consternation.  During his convoluted explanation, Bill Bassett pointed out it was mentioned just before the meeting by attendees, that the starting time listed on-line was incorrect, but they went ahead with the meeting anyway.  What was strange was they adjusted the time on their site to 12:00 AFTER the meeting was over.  How that helped I’m not really sure, though their admission came after I explained the incorrect listing had been downloaded over the weekend.

You haven’t read about this in the Bee

You really have to wonder why this Brown Act violation has been overlooked by the Modesto Bee since one of their reporters, Ken Carlson, was one of the five left hanging by the incorrect/false time posting. But even Ken has to get it past his editors before it gets printed in the Bee. And as we have seen, the Bee editors have an agenda they adhere to when it comes to backing the powers that be.  They consider that it’s in their best interest not to ruffle the feathers of those in power so they can continue to receive the behind the scene phone calls (or as in the case of MID, confidential Legal Memos) giving them advance notice of political deals. Unfortunately this practice ends up taking their readers down the rabbit hole with them.  The Bee keeps their secrets for weeks as in the case of the memos, until Eric Cain published them on his site, www.TheValleyCitizen.COM .  Blog sites like his and this one are where you can find out what they don’t want you to know.

It was interesting to read the two different versions of Ken Carlson’s article on the Goodwin report. The first one mentions the Bee obtaining the Goodwin Report and the second one, the one published doesn’t.  Makes you wonder doesn’t it?  It’s those pesky editors.

The Leaking of the Goodwin Draft Report to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Alliance

One of the reasons we wanted to attend the Alliance meeting was to hear Bill Bassett’s comments on expanding the Enterprise zones, shovel ready ground, and the need for Modesto to annex Salida to make it easier to divide up the pie known as Salida.  Both the Alliance and the Chamber have had the Goodwin consulting Group’s Fiscal Impact Analysis Draft Report for the better part of two weeks. Who in the City and County governments gave these reports away? Well no one will admit to it but it happened.  My thoughts are to look to those who are the liaisons from the City and County but who knows?  It appears the Chamber is getting ready to launch an “Annex Salida” campaign.  After all, one of the reasons for the Chambers existence, and that of the Alliance,  is to manage situations for the advantage of their members. Remember Bill Bassett has repeatedly said his “investors” expect a return on their investments.  And it usually comes out of your pocket and mine.

Is anyone censuring the Alliances Violation of the Brown Act?

We made sure both the City of Modesto and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors were made aware of the Brown Act violation and have asked both organizations to issue the Alliance a letter of protest. Will anything come of this probably not.  When it comes to the potential annexation of Salida, our Mayor has turned a deaf ear to the vocal protests of over 240 Salida Residents.  So I ask the Mayor and Council, when was the last time 240 Modestan’s showed up to a council meeting and stayed past the presentations?  For that matter I ask the Board of Supervisors the same question.  At Tuesday’s meeting of the BoS there was only one member of the public present for the last hour of the meeting. 

Why should the City or County censure the Alliance?

Most people aren’t aware the County gives the Alliance about $92,000 and the City gives the Alliance about $60,00 of the taxpayers money so I feel they have a responsibility to speak out. 

Not only should the Alliance receive a letter of censure from both of the Board of Supervisors and the Modesto City Council. these two government entities should stop wasting taxpayer money on the proposed annexation.

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