Tonight, the State of the Union: who knows? State, National, International, posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Jan 28, 2008 at 7:42 am
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- George W. Bush, struggling to stay relevant in the twilight of his presidency, delivers his final State of the Union speech tonight with an urgent new mission: heading off a U.S. recession. The specter of recession also gives him a chance to show leadership and define his final months in office through something other than the Iraq war, which has helped push his approval rating to 34 percent in the most recent Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll.
As we prepare, thank GOD, for George W. Bush's last year in occupancy of the White House, we need to celebrate the last State of the Union address, likely, as another oxymoron.
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Jan 31, 2008 at 8:45 am
We the People of the United States must question the state of our Union when our rights to privacy, assembly and speech are defined and monitored by governments. Such rights are denied at the federal and state level and get more focused and specific at the regional and local level. Our regional governments have established rights to monitor our assembly, speech and actions without respect for our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Selected review our Constitution states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..make no law prohibiting the freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, (assure) right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, (and assure) rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
It is therefore our right to assemble privately, neighbor-to-neighbor, and pursue issues of concern to ourselves, our neighbors and neighborhoods. It should be our right to protect ourselves through retained counsel and provide funds to such counsel for the pursuit of issues on our behalf. It should by our right to privacy including client confidentiality among clients and counsel. Yet, our rights are somehow denied by our regional government who establish laws that read, “Any person or combination of persons who directly or indirectly makes an expenditure or independent expenditure for political purposes of $1,000 or more in support of, or in opposition to, a change of organization or reorganization submitted to LAFCO to which Government Code Section 56700.1 applies, shall comply with reporting and disclosure requirements of the Political Reform Act (Government Code Section 81000 et seq.), to the same extent and subject to the same requirements as for local initiative measures.”
Neighbors, We the People only have the right to remain silent and only until some authority demands our public commentary and disclosure.
Our state of our Union is not perfect nor is it strongly in our favor.
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Jan 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm
Today, I received a message from Mrs. John Q. Public that provokes broad consideration:
Privacy is not protected by the precedents of law and only exists for those that will have no role in public debate, actions and the momentum of change occurring in our society. "It is 1959 once again" noted media editorials and a new age of public commitment to change is occurring. We cannot hide from being lied to by the Bush Administration or a Congress and Courts that refused to hold the administration responsible for their lies. We are a vast majority of the public that needs to step forward publicly and insure that a change occurs.
If every city and community works hard to protect their privacy, then the outspoken voice of all United States citizens and residents will never be heard. It is time for our nation, state, county and community to know the majority and publicly hear the change that must occur.
We have less to fear than those that must change or be removed from office or other authority by our rights of change. Join me in stepping forward and dropping the cloak of privacy and secrecy. We the People need to be counted and need to define all levels of our global, national, state and regional directions and those that serve us in those goals.
The humor of oxymorons, or alamorons, is just that, humor. Changing the minorities in leadership to our designation and design is not an oxymoron."
Posted by Susan West, a resident of another community, on Feb 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm
Posted by request of Susan West
AS you are asked why neighbors and their neighborhoods are no longer taking public positions of various formation options for Alamo, this statement should be considered as your answer:
“I have concluded that there is no role for the majority of neighbors in any formation of the Alamo community because that right has repeatedly been proven to be the sole domain of Contra Costa County , CCC LAFCo, and their regional political supporters including those political supporters as Alamo residents. CCC LAFCo policy prescribes a city operating under CCC General Plan, zoning, codes and enforcement as dictated by the autonomous authority of a city council. Such incorporation simply offers no voice and no change for Alamo neighbors and their neighborhoods except the cost of an additional layer of government.
More specifically, CCC LAFCo has published legal warnings against any individual or group that might actively attempt to change any actions or considerations by CCC LAFCo. Thus, I will wait to vote YES or NO on an incorporation proposal if and when it is brought to election. I will provide no other interest, action, commentary, participation or funding for the process leading to such an election because I firmly believe that it would place my family, my neighbors and me in legal jeopardy authored by regional political councils, committees and groups.”