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The blind fools of America

Against my better judgment, I picked up a copy of this week’s Ventura Communist Reporter and wasn’t surprised to see the usual drivel from the usual suspects — from both the liberal and conservative sides. As a longtime Libertarian Party member, I’ve always believed in the equality of all humans to live their lives according to their own consciences and means.  

Unfortunately, I’m part of a minority group that makes all others pale in comparison, and am caught between two groups — liberals/Democrats vs. conservatives/Republicans — of insane, moral-crusading, fanatics who have effectively been waging a non-shooting civil war, through the political system, for decades and decades now.  As are most wars, this one has been terribly destructive and counterproductive to civilization and prosperity.

 
Sadly, the two groups of crusaders — who want to impose their will on all of us for our own good — have become so crazed and intent on wiping each other out that they don’t seem to have noticed they’ve just about wrecked America.  I’d ask these uncivilized barbarians to please leave me out of their quarrel, but violent fanatics never listen to reason and don’t allow neutrality, so I won’t bother.

An old libertarian adage was that liberals/Democrats wanted control of your economic life, while conservatives/Republicans wanted to run your personal life. At this point, in America, it seems that both groups of fanatics want control over everyone’s whole lives; nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can be left to the individual anymore. You insane zealots won’t stop until every aspect of our lives has been politicized, will you?

The really tragic thing is that Liberals and conservatives have become nothing more than useful idiots for the two major political parties — who promise them everything they want prior to election day, and then cast them aside like used condoms afterward.  And despite this, the low-self-esteem crowd keeps coming back for more! Only a blind fool actually believes a major difference exists between the two, but fortunately for the Democratic and Republican Parties, America is well-stocked with blind fools.

 

George L.
(last name, address, phone # withheld)
 

Factual errors in Going Clear

I would like to respond to the recent review published in your paper regarding Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear book. (“The book of OMG,” Art and culture, 2/14)

Mr. Wright’s book is so ludicrous it belongs in a supermarket tabloid. The book is an error-filled, unsubstantiated, bigoted anti-Scientology book. The Church has produced a white paper identifying the more than 200 errors so far discovered in Mr. Wright’s book. See www.lawrencewrightgoingclear.com. Specific examples include:
British and Canadian publishers chose not to print Mr. Wright’s book, which speaks volumes about their confidence in its facts and allegations. Mr. Wright ignored the real story of Scientology in favor of stale allegations and ever-changing bizarre tales invented by a handful of confessed liars.

If objectivity and truth are the hallmark of an ethical journalist, then the only words to describe Lawrence Wright are corrupt and bigoted. A self-described atheist, Mr. Wright apparently feels that Scientologists have no rights to express their religious beliefs. In a letter of Oct. 14, 2011, a full 15 months before publication, the Church offered full cooperation to answer any questions so as to provide all information Mr. Wright would need to accurately represent the religion, the church, its leadership and founder. The church repeated this request 15 times, as many of the letters went entirely unanswered while others resulted in only about a dozen fact-checks consisting of obscure or mundane subjects out of context. As a result, Mr. Wright produced a travesty of falsehoods.

Millions of Scientologists around the world embrace the religion. Since Lawrence Wright began his research, 30 new Churches of Scientology, known as Ideal Organizations, opened across the world — 12 in 2012 alone — and our humanitarian programs are bringing help to thousands of people from all walks of life on a daily basis.

To find out the true story of Scientology and its founder, one can visit www.scientology.org, www.lronhubbard.org, or one can read Mr. Hubbard’s books, which are available worldwide.

Lorin Jeter
(City of residence withheld)

 

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Two parties of imbeciles

RE: Sharper Focus, 3/28/13, “Why did the right become so hypocritical?”

Weekly, I enjoy picking up the VC Reporter and reading the various articles and letters that are presented, providing diverse angles from which topics may be considered and reasoned upon. When I opened up to the above article, though, I was hit with more projectile vomiting than I saw in “The Exorcist”!

And … I’m not a Republican!

It seems that this article was not screened for content of value, for it lacks even the value of what I deposit in the toilet every day! Mr. Freeman obviously considers himself an intelligent, discerning man. After reading his article, though, this reader is thoroughly convinced that he is unmistakably delusional! My thought is, any iota of reasoning ability that Mr. Freeman thinks he has, has been consumed by his gargantuan ego and/or by his fawning over President Obama Bin Lyin!

Yes, yes, I have a very low opinion of the Imperial Perp-In-Chief and his covert administration. However, I also consider his chief adversary, the Republican Party, to be much less than competent to lead the nation. So what I despise about Mr. Freeman’s self righteous tirade is just that, that the Democratic Party IS guilty of ALL the SAME criminal activity that he bellows about the Republicans! NEITHER party is serving the American public to its benefit but rather, is serving its own avaricious interests. Both are equally guilty for the broken-down, utterly divisive state of affairs in our country today.

Unfortunately, I do not believe that ANY group, much less these two parties of imbeciles and their minions like Mr. Freeman, can save this nation from what is coming. To me, it appears that we will have to suffer all the consequences for our collective dismal failure to provide and support competent, qualified and selfless men and women who truly represent and serve the American republic. Is such a thing even possible? Perhaps not. Especially with polarizing influences as epitomized by the above article, can we not find common ground and agreement as to what we need to do as HUMAN BEINGS and NEIGHBORS looking out for each other?

Leave off divisive roles such as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Eastern religionists, etc. Think and reason as we are but fail to remember … as dignified Human Beings and neighbors first and foremost!

Wasn’t that the second most important commandment that we all profess to believe to have come from the lips of Jesus Christ?

Brian Beian
Ventura

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The old pat on the back

RE: “The most transparent administration of all time?” Right Persuasion, 3/28

In the immortal words of Smokey Robinson, “I’m sadder than sad.”  (Which is, Mr. Moomjean, a compliment, believe it or not.) Because I didn’t think I could detest half my brethren more than I already DO. Yet/alas/&^*%, here I am, loathing 51 percent of the people I see at the market/gas station/airport even MORE than the throbbing vein in my forehead says I SHOULD.  “Thank you?” (Quotation marks intentional, as YOU’RE PREACHIN’ TO THE CHOIR, buddy-boo — insert cyber smiley face here.)  Keep up the eminently good, common sensical-words! Please.

— Feser

Correction

In the music article titled “Alive and swinging,” (VCReporter, April 11) the quote, “Kids look at music so differently than even 10 years ago. The value, and with it, the appreciation has been degraded,” was erroneously attributed to Scotty Morris, when in fact it was part of the author’s question.

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Change the Nicene Creed!

Thank you so much for your in-depth article on the Catholic Church (“In the house of the holy,” feature, 3/21). “The church is comprised of human beings that are weak and sinful and do atrocious things. Whether they be popes, bishops or priests,” but the new pope can end future sex scandals by doing something some other pope should have done long ago! He can adjust the Nicene Creed they’ve had since 325 A.D.!

It could now acknowledge the second baptism by our living Lord Jesus with the mighty Holy Spirit! Then finally those Christians could have the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit indwelling and empowering them!

Sadly, the Nicene Creed has robbed the church of the power it is supposed to have. There are full-gospel churches, however, and one in particular is presenting the Holy Spirit baptism to the public on the Church Channel on television. He is Robert Morris and about a week ago he started explaining the Holy Spirit in detail and exactly what the baptism of the Holy Spirit brings. The benefits, blessings and real power.

Then he led the Christians on television in a prayer asking God for — and receiving — the baptism of the Holy Spirit!! Another minister that did this a month or so ago is Syd Roth on his “Supernatural” program.

Sadly, the Nicene Creed has kept this glorious blessing out of the Catholic and most denominational churches.

D.C. Alieta
Ventura

Gratitude for Music Share

Recently, I had the pleasure and the honor of attending “Music Share” at DCH Lexus of Oxnard. DCH Lexus has teamed with FOOD Share, Ventura County’s Food bank, for special events such as this, and this evening was amazing! The children of the Academy of Cultural Arts performed a number of pieces on strings. These children looked to be aged from 6 to about 14 years old, and their skills varied, as did their years on their instruments.  Some were just beginners, some quite skilled and adept at making beautiful music. I believe they use the Suzuki Method.  Additionally, Laci Kay, a local teenager, performed, singing a variety of tunes, the last of which had us all clapping along with her. The owner of DCH Lexus had just flown in from Japan and addressed the attendees in a state of time-zone confusion. The president of FOOD Share also addressed the group, thanking them for their support.

Admission was five cans of food or a $5 donation to FOOD Share. But nobody was turned away for lack of ability to pay or contribute. This was a community event, small, intimate and incredibly inspiring. These children, the children of OUR county, all put themselves on the line to perform in front of strangers for a worthy cause. It was so wonderful to see how our community can come together in such a positive way to support our children and our hungry neighbors. And DCH Lexus had cleared out its showroom to allow the performance and attendees the room to participate in this event. I have never been so proud to be a part of a community as I was tonight. I thank DCH Lexus, I thank FOOD Share, I thank the Academy of Cultural Arts and Laci Kay for what they have given this night. With all that’s going on in the world, all I could do was sit there and think of how blessed I was to be in that positive and uplifting environment!

Jan Richman Schulman
Oxnard

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The hypocritical left

RE: Why did the right become so hypocritical?, 03/28

Paragraph 1: Most mentions are Democratic self-inflicted wounds. Your party members aren’t very bright.

Der Spiegel magazine is upset by hatred? By whom, Dems? Who are Germans to be upset by hatred, anyway? Centuries will pass and people will wonder what happened to them in the first half of the last century.

Paragraph 2: A lady 90 had a hard time? Is that all you got?

Paragraph 3: Again, you Democrats aren’t very swift, are you?

Paragraph 4: Only by gerrymandering? It’s called voters. They reject Dems. That’s why they win elections.

Paragraph 5: You’re a former banker and yet you type this dreck? Were you asleep in econ 101?

Paragraph 6: Goon squads in Florida? Did you see the video of Black Panthers with bats at the polling place? Are Black Panthers Republicans?

Paragraph 7: Third World corruption? Thanks to Dems, many American cities ARE the Third World.

Paragraph 8: Iraq war was started with of consent of most Democratic Senators. Why didn’t THEY vote NO?

Paragraph 9: Try telling those Iraqi men and women with purple fingers, after they voted for the first time in their lives, about giving a “fig” for democracy. Perhaps your stupidest statement yet.  Don’t bring up Christ, Freeman. You’ve no business doing that and you know it.

Paragraph 10: I knew Barry Goldwater. Too bad the country got stuck with the Dem LBJ.  50,000 dead Americans and now we buy stuff made in Vietnam. Loser Dems really gave the world a good f—–g with that little detour.

As I have pointed out here, you are an imbecile. Hypocritical? Check the facts, take off the shades, read more history and stop playing the dupe. It’s embarrassing.

—Scapegoat

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The fevered overworked brain

The VC Reporter and Paul Moomjean are to be congratulated for his wonderful satire of the fevered brain of the right wing nut. Clearly, it is a satire because no one is that stupid. In a recent column on the administration canceling the deployment of the Carrier Task Group 10 due to the sequestration act, it was responding to a mere piece of paper. Clearly, this is satire because no one is so stupid as to believe that a law (Budget Control Act of 2011) is just a piece of paper. No one is that stupid.

In his Right Persuasion column of March 21, he equates the canceling of White House tours necessitated by the sequestration act with the lack of transparency in official acts. Clearly, no one is that stupid; it is a satirical parody of the right-wing nut brain. He then goes on to cite reports about FOIA requests by Cause For Action (sic), actually Cause of Action www.causeofaction.org, which shows that the bureaucratic processes for handling FOIA requests are about the same as previous administrations. But he ignores that this administration has made the entire White House Visitor logs public records, has published online every act signed, etc. Clearly, the fevered brain has overworked, or else this is a satirical parody. No one is that stupid.

Finally, he cites one discredited story based on one discredited source to a UK journal about Michelle Obama’s upcoming 50th birthday as somehow proof of something. Again, a fevered brain overworked or satirical parody, because no one is that stupid.

So, Mr. Moomjean, continue your column, the satirical parody of the fevered brain of the right-wing nut is humorous, but since no one is that stupid, we know it is not real.

Norman Rodewald
Moorpark
 

The Pierre dilemma

First, I have never written a letter like this before. But I feel so strongly about your article, I couldn’t sit by, again!!

I really appreciate your article regarding Principal Marie Pierre. (“The big bully on campus,” News, 3/14) You have shed light on a situation that has been hidden for many years.  I had children at Rosedell Elementary School in Saugus, where Mrs. Pierre was the assistant principal to Mr. Cory Pax. (Parents would often remark on how they thought she had bullied Mr. Pax). I thought you should know that this behavior was prevalent at Rosedell Elementary as well.

 
The Saugus Union School District had to hire a full-time psychologist for our school after Mrs. Pierre and Mr. Pax had left. The psychologist worked exclusively on our campus, helping our students and staff EVERYDAY for six months!! She had to deal with the bullying that had trickled down to the schoolyard while both of them were administrating. The children were completely out of control and knew that the staff would not intervene. After all, they were too frightened to handle many situations themselves while under their guidance.

I was looking forward to my children attending the same school I had attended and was embarrassed at this. They brought such sadness to our community.

 
I personally saw Mrs. Pierre behave rudely to both parents and staff. I worked in the classroom regularly and saw numerous teachers crying over the bullying. I didn’t want to comment on your website and add fuel to this fire; it seems like there is plenty. I just know that there is a trail of bullying that she has left behind at so many schools. I just hope this goes on her record so she can never teach or be an administrator ANYWHERE!!

The Saugus Union School District never did anything to stop this. I just hope the Oxnard School District does. (Editor’s note: Mrs. Pierre was placed on paid administrative leave for the rest of the school year at the time the article was being published.)

How many more schools will she ruin? How many children’s lives will she hurt? How many teachers will end up on disability due to stress? This is what the Oxnard School District can look forward to, having Mrs. Marie Pierre as a principal.

 
Ms. Wilson is brave to stand up to such a bully!! Something we ask our children to do but find it so hard to do as adults.

A Rosedell parent (name withheld by request)
Saugus
 

Liberal neurosis

I have found it futile to try to reason with liberals because they are typically irrational. When reality proves too harsh for them, they take refuge in a (liberal) virtual nirvana where Darth Vader Republicans dare not intrude. An example is the liberal dogma that Gore “won” .

Florida. The latest emerging liberal revelation is that those rascally Republicans have brought the evil Sequester down on us. (See J.C. Simmons’ letter, VC Reporter, March 21.) Even White House aides admit it was Obama who conceived the idea. A simple and very cost-effective cure for liberal neurosis is to shrink the federal budget even more and force liberals into the workforce where, when they see how much government takes out of their paychecks, reality will return in a hurry.

Peter Cavanagh
Ventura
 

Times of unprecedented deceptions

I just would like to give support to the new column Sharper Focus that I just read this morning here in Ojai. It was pretty hard-hitting, and a breath of fresh-air reality. I hope it will inspire thought, and I can only imagine it will provoke controversy. In these times of unprecedented deceptions, we need the stimulation and strength of other points of view that this column could bring — even if I don’t agree with all of it. So be strong, and take the hits you may receive — we all need to stand up to those that deceive.

Markus MacPherson
Ojai
 

We want a no-kill shelter

In response to “VC animal shelter’s uphill battle,” March 14, by Justin Formanek, I want to thank Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) for trying to reduce the number of animals being killed. As was stated: “We had one week in January where we would actually be considered no-kill.”  However, if VCAS would hire a no-kill director, that week would become the norm. Many shelters across the nation have moved to the no-kill program. Their records show 90 percent and higher of animals saved.

 
I also want to add that when healthy adoptable animals are killed, that is not euthanasia. That is just plain killing. Euthanasia is a mercy killing. When an animal is killed because it is incurably sick or injured, or is so vicious it cannot be redeemed and would spend the rest of its life caged, that is euthanasia. 

   
The County Board of Supervisors and many animal advocates have been pushing for a true no-kill shelter for more than a year. It seems defiant to keep the same staff in place. These are the ones who have continuously been killing healthy pets. These are the ones that feel blaming the public lets them “off the hook.”

Nathan Winograd, former assistant attorney general in San Francisco, created the 11-point no-kill program. It has been adopted nationwide with outstanding success. The last point of the program is to hire a no-kill director. This is what we want in Ventura County. One week is not nearly good enough!

Dale Hanson
Ojai

 

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