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Take my wallet……..please………

I see that David Barsamian is coming back to Fresno for another appearance at a CSU Fresno Cineculture event on the 28th of September.  The last time he was here, Cineculture paid for his entire trip, including some off campus speaking engagements, but that didn’t stop other Fresno organizations from shuffling cash around under the banner of giving David more money, although exactly how much money was given and who wound up with it is unclear.

This time David will also be appearing off campus for a speaking engagement on the subject of Kashmir.  It is unknown if any local organizations are being solicited for funds, but one things is clear:  Mike needs money.  The flyer for the event states “$5 – $10 donation is requested to support the Community Alliance Newspaper.  No one will be turned away for a lack of money.”  The Alliance has been pleading for funds for a couple of months now.  I guess the club is shrinking ………. a natural result given that Mike treats the adoring multitude about the same way Mitt Romney treats the 47 percent.

I wonder if David knows he’s being used as a shill?


Fresno’s “Progressive Community” – A Real Human Tragedy

Fresno’s self designated “progressive community” is more like a high school clique than a viable organization.  It is dominated by a small number of people with substantial egos whose dealings are typically so devious that it is virtually impossible to get them to put anything in writing.  How many times did we see this web spun, starting with the phrase “we need to talk AFTER the meeting…….”?

One organization even proposed prohibiting the recording of it’s PUBLIC meetings because a recording of one meeting exposed it’s vice-president telling a lie in order to obtain additional funding for an event that was fully funded when it appeared that the funds would not otherwise be approved.  Why the need for extra funds?  To make the VP look big?  That would be my guess because the egos involved here are substantial.

In what real world can a person who never attends the meetings of an organization and who does nothing for that organization get himself “elected” to a board of directors just by saying that he wants to be on it?  Only in the fantasy land that is Fresno’s “progressive community”.  Members you don’t know and don’t see for 51 weeks of the year magically appear on election night to vote in the clique members and then dutifully disappear for 51 more weeks.  It’s as though Tony Blair sends a message to the US saying “I’m a good guy, I’d like to be your president” and on the weight of that letter, he magically gets elected president.  We even saw the vice president of one organization offer memberships that normally cost over $10 per year for 50 cents on election night because a bunch of friendly non-members showed up who were certain to take their voting cues from him.

And in what real community can a ranking member be voted reimbursment for something which they bought on their own and then resold without bothering to reimburse the treasury?  It happens in Fresno.

And rules?  Well, the rules are only applicable to non-clique members.  We remember one occasion when a  vote was taken to exclude all corporations from a planned event and in the very next meeting the president proposed including a corporation because a friend that she wanted to include happened to be associated with the corporation.

But the thing these people seem to fear most is young people with energy and ideas.  Time and again we saw this type of person show up, volunteer, work their asses off and then leave, never to be seen again, because rather than being appreciated for what they bring, they are seen as a threat to the status quo and are routinely used, abused, undermined  and discarded.  They work their butts off doing the grunt work to plan events then work themselves hard at the events while the clique members chat, pat each other on the back and eat free food provided by others.

These volunteers are never taught the secret handshake because God forbid, they might bring in their friends, wrest control from the clique and actually turn the club into a productive organization, then where would the clique be?

They remind me of the Little Rascals’ “He Man Woman Hater’s Club”, meeting in a tree fort in Spanky’s back yard and because of their fears, one of the lowest priorities among them is actually recruiting newer, younger members, so fortunately, like the He-Man Woman Haters club, they are doomed to eventual extinction.

In case of coronation………..

Why We Are Pissed At The ACLU

We do NOT think that lying is a good thing. Especially for public figures. The truth may hurt, but deception hurts more. What the ACLU DEFENDED in the Stolen Valor Act extends to every corner of our society and we think that it is WRONG.  Stolen valor, stolen elections; we don’t see a lot of difference, except that a stolen election can hurt a lot more people.

The Road To Nowhere

If there is beauty and poignance on the road to oblivion, artist Isao Hashimoto has captured it in this time lapse of every nuclear explosion since 1945.

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