This is one of those days when I wish I had more time to do this subject justice. But I don’t.
Last night’s council meeting was the occasion for what may become one of this town’s most memorable (infamous?) decisions. It was a three-to-two vote rejecting the El Dorado owner’s offer to settle the three-year litigation with the city.

The city has spent $236,000 to date in its attempts to assist the residents of El Dorado Mobile Home Park against its bullying owners. Many issues have evolved, from rent control, to condo conversion, CEQA regulations and FEMA mandates. So far, the city has won all of its contests, but issues and arguments continue. In rejecting the settlement offer (which provided several important protections for senior and low income residents) the council has guaranteed continuous litigation for years to come, with the outcome uncertain.

I am wholly sympathetic with the El Dorado residents concerns. They are dealing with a nasty, greedy, bully in my opinion. Unfortunately, the law does not discriminate against nasty, greedy, bullies in the interpretation of contract and real property law. An American can be, and often is, a real SOB and still entitled to equal protection under the law. It’s in the book.

Councilmen Brooks, Sipes, and Gonzalez gave noble and emotional excuses for rejecting the settlement, and received standing ovations from a packed house. They had just been informed by our city manager that the State of California would probably leave the city to pay-off some $400,000 owed on the now defunct Towne Theatre. The city is several million in the red. Even film revenues have dropped from $40,000 to $6,000. Then there is the pool, some $300,000 in the red, the loss of 12 employees and nearly all top management. Things like this worry me.

Councilman Gonzalez admits, as do Sipes and Brooks, that, “The reality is that the city does not have the money to pay the estimated amount of $500,000 to $600,000 more to defend ourselves”. More than the $236,000 in legal fees already paid, should we be expected to pay a million?

But the city is not “defending” ourselves in the normal sense of that term. We have instigated the proceeding and have refused to let it go.

The El Dorado owners are making it hell for residents of their park, and it will only get worse. Issues of children’s play areas, parking, traffic, lighting, etc. are very serious for the 290 residents; that’s a fact. But the city has fought for 3 years already and should not be compelled to drag this fight out for another 3 to 5 years, for an additional half-million dollars. The city (council) has a strong fiduciary to safeguard Fillmore’s fiscal health. This duty is owed to all of its 14,000 residents, not just the 290 residents of El Dorado. I say this with sadness because their grievances are real and serious.

But Fillmore is in a dire fiscal crisis, as are most California cities. And, “doing some bake sales to help pay for the legal fees”, as Councilman Gonzalez recommends, will not succeed. If we can sell a couple of million cupcakes at a dollar per cup, maybe we would have a chance – a fat chance.

By rejecting the settlement, Sipes, Brooks, and Gonzalez have condemned this town to years more of legal fees. This was an absurdly emotional and illogical act.

Let’s try to reverse this decision. Then I would stand and applaud.



I’m a little tired today so I don’t feel much like annoying anyone with another editorial.

But, I do want to recognize the newest members of our Fillmore Chamber of Commerce. Plaques were presented this week to: Heavenly Gifts & Foundation Lab, 427 Central Avenue with Norma Mercado & Howard Weitz, proprietors, Ed and Shirley Edison, owners of the Up in Arms sporting equipment store at 328 Central Avenue, Melanie Fiers with Nerium International at 557 Ventura Street (Highway 126), and Nannette Keller, with Nannette and Roger Keller, creators of outstanding women’s clothing, at 340 Central Avenue.

The best of luck to all of you. Other new Chamber members will be recognized later this week.



This week the Gazette is honored to have four of Wanda’s grandchildren visit the office. So, welcome Katrionna (10) Ryan (9) Summer Grace (5) and Heather (4)! As once before, Katrionna, will act as my co-editor in the production of this (temporarily re-named) Realities editorial.

We have been mulling over what to write about this week. She is helping to compose these lines as we go, so you will no doubt see a marked improvement in the quality of this editorial.

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By Martin Farrell (the Great)
And, Katrionna Furness, co-editor - (The Greatest)

Katrionna, Summer, Ryan, and Heather came to visit the Gazette this week. We did lots of exciting things, like going to the fish hatchery, and traveling to the Equestrian Center to see the horses, especially “Trouble”. We also went to Delores Day Park for a basket lunch and had a great time.

Upon our return to the office we began this editorial which is proceeding with some awkwardness. The fish at the hatchery were, as usual, very hungry, but the fish food vending machines were empty. They were quickly refilled by a friendly Fish and Game man. We enjoyed watching the Snowy Egrets, ducks, and Night Herons. We also gathered acorns under the school district Oak tree that morning, toured the swimming pool and had a busy day. Katrionna showed me how to use the video on my I-Phone, so I wouldn’t keep taking pictures of myself by mistake. Thank you Katrionna. It was a humbling experience. And, thank you also for correcting two of my spelling errors and making one suggestion on usage (I had been somewhat redundant).

Katrionna would like to say hello to her teachers, Ms. Worden and Ms. Russel, and to all of her friends in Mammoth where she is in the fifth grade. I am trying to hire Katrionna as my Mammoth correspondent. She’s thinking it over. Maybe she will agree – if it can be fitted-into her busy schedule. Katrionna is an A student and a star swimmer on the Mammoth Sharks swimming team, as is her younger brother Ryan. I hope to be receiving press releases in the near future with a by-line reading Katrionna Furness, Fillmore Gazette’s Mammoth Correspondent. A budding new journalist may be about to make her debut.



I see the Secret Service (whose first responsibility is to protect the President) is going after rock star Ted Nugent for making inflammatory statements concerning President Obama.

Nugent, famous for his outspoken support for the Second Amendment, and his hunting and firearms passion, frequently and publically expresses his loathing towards Mr. Obama and the Democrat Party. Hundreds of millions of other Americans share his opinion, and hope that, come November, Obama will be removed from office.

But Nugent’s opinions are hardly nuanced. He makes his point with fervor and a sense of urgency, saying that in November he would either be dead or in jail if Obama is re-elected. Knowing something about his stage personality, most reasonable people understand that he is employing some of his characteristic hyperbole.

Ted Nugent is not a criminal. He is a patriot in the vein of Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, both of whom loved guns and weren’t afraid of speaking truth to power.

Obama has loosed the dogs on Nugent who is now threatened with criminal sanctions for his words. He has become a selective target of the thought police, a protruding nail which government seeks to hammer into the floorboards.
Why hasn’t government sought to investigate real thugs like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhhan, whose adult lives have been spent in inciting racial and ethnic hatred? Sharpton, and friends like Jesse Jackson and Reverend Wright, have shameless reputations for spreading racial violence through fraud and for self promotion.

Farrakhhan is in a class by himself. Listening to his raging, diabolical execrations of everything non-Muslim makes the rest of us take note. He hates America (as does the “Reverend” Wright), hates all white people, hates Christianity, and is a supporting friend of all America’s enemies. He implies death to the president (whom he sees as a traitor to Blacks and Muslims) and publically threatens death to Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and a host of others. Yet, this foaming-at-the-mouth madman is free from government scrutiny. He certainly doesn’t have to fear our Attorney General, much less the Secret Service.

But “Nuge” has to watch his step. Tomorrow he has to meet with the Secret Service to explain his anti-Obama words. He’ll probably serve-up some fresh venison. Wish I could be there.

Today the world seethes with hatred of every kind, particularly racial and ethnic hate. We never seem to run out of bad guys and always seem to be short of good guys. Ted Nugent is one of the good guys, and I wish him well. He should know that he is not alone.



After attending nearly 600 city council meetings during the past 23 years I should know better than to leave early. Very often important details emerge in the final minutes.

That’s what happened last night. I couldn’t stand any more talk about Fillmore’s chicken problem. Besides, I like chickens; they’re noble creatures. The real problem which often drives me out of the chambers is fuzzy council chatter, discussions which are ill defined and badly articulated. These conversations meander amorphously from one council member to another. I think of our council as a sort of seedbed for future liberal politicians. It’s frightening.

I hear that Mr. Brooks, once again, asked for a RFQ (Request for Qualifications) with a bead set on our legal counsel. This is not the first time Mr. Brooks has attempted to replace city professionals, always with little thought for the consequences.

Our present law firm has been with us for more than 20 years. It voluntarily took a significant cut in remuneration to assist the city in difficult times. Legal Counsel Ted Schneider has successfully handled many lawsuits for us, many very important, like the Owens & Minor tax revenue case.

As I said, this is nothing new for Brooks, who once admitted from the dais that his decision was “...personal, very personal.” This is a man with few business qualifications. This is a man who, in the first hour on the dais as a new councilman, pronounced a series of demands, in his effort to secure “open government” and to “take our city back,” a man who threatened, “not to bring peace, but a sword”. Hmm – didn’t Matthew report words something like that?

But then, he’s a Katzenjammer, and Katzenjammers behave something like chickens, like roosters, strutting around, crowing about one thing or another, and leaving a trail of unsightly decisions.

Our council should forget about that RFQ. The cost of disrupting the flow of business by bringing in a new law firm, and getting it up to date on a myriad of ongoing legal issues would be counterproductive and unnecessarily expensive. Besides, Ted Schneider has done an excellent job of representing Fillmore. Proof of that is in the number of cases and issues he has won for us.

Speaking of chickens, Councilperson Brian Sipes noted that Councilman Conaway was absent for the second time. This was a work related absence, and is entirely proper. Brian, you’re getting to be as bad as former Councilwoman Patti Walker, who recently sent me a very bitter letter of complaint. This sort of petty politics is really chicken-like.


On more important matters, I was stunned to learn that the life-snuffing business of abortion-on-demand, as practiced by the world’s largest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, is asking for prayer – for more abortions. This bizarre idea is from Eureka, California, from the Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP). Read about it at “”

Millions of babies waiting to be born hope those prayers go unanswered. They hope instead to soon laugh and play and see the light of day in their mother’s arms. Children are a joy. Without the gift of life no other gift is possible.



A happy Easter and Passover to all of our Gazette readers.


Heartfelt condolences go out to the Perez family for the tragic death of their mother, Angela Perez. We can’t begin to understand the loss and sorrow for the children.
Rest in peace, Angela.


Thanks are due to our Fillmore Fire Department for pulling double duty once again. Faced with the layoff of so many city workers, the Department has proven to be an essential temporary replacement, this week handling emergency tree trimming when a heavy, broken limb threatened to take-out power lines on Saratoga Street. They have been rendering assistance for months, helping out where help is most needed.

Kudos to Chief Rigo Landeros and his highly skilled team of firemen. Always there when needed.


The Gazette will be sponsoring awards for teacher and student of the year. A perpetual plaque will be created for each award winner which will be placed in the school district hall. In this way we hope to recognize and encourage educational excellence.


I can’t ignore President Obama’s most recent political stunt, which reveals the same lack of respect for our Constitution as was expressed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg has stated that she prefers South Africa’s constitution to the U.S. Constitution. Obama stated that the Supreme Court should not strike down his health care law because the justices are not elected.

Obama, who taught constitutional law at Columbia Law School (as a Lecturer, not a “professor”) should know something about our three branches of government, and the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison and the concept of judicial review. This is an unbelievable statement for the President of the United States to make.

Pray that the entire Obama care abortion mandate is struck down. The government has no constitutional right to force American citizens to purchase any product it might create, including healthcare.


I worry about what might happen in November. What worries me most is the fact that 54 percent of the American electorate actually voted for this political menace. If this nation loses the freedom guaranteed by our Constitution it will be caused by the mass of uneducated, ignorant citizens who see the country as a giant vending machine for all their wants and dreams – all of those things they feel “entitled” to. This nation is finished if this man is re-elected.

For those interested in understanding what has happened, and is happening, to our country, I strongly recommend Mark Steyn’s most recent best-seller, “After America (Get ready for Armageddon).” As a matter of fact, I dare you to read it and vote for Obama.

This is not a paid statement, and is not authorized by anyone but myself.



Finance Director Glenda Jay is to be congratulated for Tuesday’s clear and detailed summary of our midyear city budget. This is the good news.

Ever since former Finance Director Barbara Smith was first isolated, then elbowed out of her position two years before she was to retire, council Katzenjammers Patti Walker, Gayle Washburn, Jamey Brooks, and Brian Sipes have given us (was it three?) unusable budgets. The interim super team of Pennell-Wooner (how many hundreds of thousands did that cost?) struggled to produce a colorful new budget which didn’t get anywhere, despite Sipe’s triumphant waving of the document from the chambers floor (reminding me a little of Chamberlain’s WWII antics). I believe a second effort was unsuccessfully attempted as well, praised effusively by Mr. Brooks. Then, due to the diligent efforts of Ms. Jay, some three years later, we have success. Again, thank you Ms. Jay.

The four council members attending Tuesday’s council meeting bore the clueless, deer in the headlights expression, as they contemplated Fillmore’s fiscal fate.

They were no doubt thinking about the bad news. Fillmore is bankrupt (technically if not legally). It’s a no-show for the Towne Theatre which is more than $300,000 in debt, and the swimming pool is drowned in red ink, nearly $400,000. Virtually all other accounts are deeply in the red as well.

I left the meeting before City Manager Yvonne Quiring explained a reason for our fiscal plight. I’m told she said the State of California had overpaid the city millions in past years, and was now reclaiming the overpayment. If so, this certainly exculpates Ms. Quiring for this particular situation. I have to wonder why the council didn’t recognize the overpayments (as one would recognize the bank had deposited large sums of money into your account by mistake), why this money was spent, and on what, and what was done to soften the terms of repayment. This mistake by California bureaucrats was bad indeed, but certainly not the only reason for the city’s deadly deficit. Before the Katzenjammers came to the council, the city had an enviable 40 percent budget surplus and was set to develop 700 houses and new businesses in north Fillmore.

And, what would a council meeting drama be without cameo parts played by the tag-team of Gary (former failed mayor and city non-resident) Creagle and my nemesis Bob Stroh? Creagle wanted to be sure the Gazette got it right, Stroh blathered on about how Measures H and I were a good thing, even though it wiped out existing businesses, destroyed jobs, cost millions in lost revenue, wasted perhaps a half-million in North Fillmore Specific Plan work (7 years?) and made it practically impossible to develop the last and largest space within city limits. The properties remain fallow to this day.


It’s always good to report positive news, and we have much of that this week.

The Fillmore Rotary Sun Risers has raised the $7,800 needed to install the new gate at the high school track. This gate, which accepts electronic entry cards, will enable Fillmore’s many runners to access the all-weather track while keeping the facility secure. The battle to win public admission to the track has been waged for more than three years. Several runners, like Fillmore attorney John Scoles, had been running on the school track, before the expensive all-weather surface was installed, for 30 years. Being excluded after the new track was installed exposed runners to traffic dangers and other physical injury. Scoles suffered serious injuries recently when he was struck by an SUV while running at night.

So, congratulations and thanks are due to our Rotary Sun Risers for another job well done. See more details on page one.


In other good news, the Fillmore Athletic Booster Club has raised approximately $9,000. The money will go to supporting sporting programs at the high school which are threatened with cuts. The school district is extremely challenged for funds this year.

Kudos to all of you Booster Club members for saving sports activities at the school.


After these two outstanding achievements, we are faced with a major challenge – raising the $21,500 needed to send our 2012 high school graduates on the annual Grad Night Live cruise. This program, which was created by Raelene Chaney, Pat Askren and Scott Lee more than 20 years ago, to provide a safe alternative to drinking by minors on graduation night, has saved many lives. In the two years before the inauguration of Grad Night Live Fillmore lost 6 graduates in automobile accidents. Not one grad has been killed on graduation night since beginning this program. The grads have a great, all-night party on the water, and everyone has breakfast the next morning.

It’s always been an expensive challenge, but well worth the effort. Let’s all help out as much as possible.


I am looking forward to a visit from family members this morning. This curtails the time I have to comment on a number of important issues.

I understand that former Council Person Patti Walker is unhappy (again) with my opinions. I guess it’s tough to leave the limelight of city council for a more mundane life in the country. No more calls for advice, no more citizens seeking assistance.

Anyway, I’m working on replies to two recent letters from Patti. One thing at a time.

In one letter she attempts to correct my comments on the effect of the city’s recent court triumph in the Owens & Minor case. We won! Yet the Katzenjammers frown and mumble – while they eagerly await that $700,000 per year, all due to that “disgusting”, “immoral”, and “unethical” contract. Go figure. No time here to say much about that. But it’s a big victory for the city. Congratulations are due, again, to City Attorney Ted Schneider.
In the other letter, I get the impression that she’s angry. I recommend a slow walk in the groves.


They’re here! Got to go.


The Fillmore community was once again vandalized by a group of talentless gang monkeys. The white fence on the south side of Riverwalk was badly graffitied by the illiterate locals. They remind me of a pack of incontinent dogs roaming our city as they dirty the sidewalks. The $300 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of any of the pack members remains. No questions asked.


Well, $6.00 gas is now reported in Los Angeles. That’s one promise Obama has kept. He did tell us that under his plan “the cost of energy [gas] would necessarily skyrocket.” Sadly, the change is underway. The hope is evaporating – with all the jobs.


Here’s a story we should all read: Blogger exposes major flaw in TSA's $1 billion fleet of nude body scanners...
All those invasive airport scanners are completely useless. This is why Israel refused to buy any for its airline, the safest in the world. Only simple metal scanners will work. I wonder how long it will take before these useless machines are removed - $1 billion of your taxpayer money bought them. Now, what will they be used for?


I was impressed with the outstanding speech Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2012. He is a courageous, brilliant, leader. An inexperienced, unprincipled weakling like Barack Obama looks like a child against Netanyahu. Any trepidation I have contemplating the outcome of the November election centers on the fact that 54 percent of the American electorate actually voted this charlatan into office. Adding injury to insult, he brought a cloud of infamous friends and fellow frauds and a collection of communists, socialists, Islamists, and anarchists with him. When Iran is attacked this year (inevitable) we will all wish Netanyahu was president.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the Breitbart video of Obama’s early years under the tutelage of Saul Alinski, and other infamous radical community organizers. Here’s a sulfuric whiff of Alinski: "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer."


You don’t want to miss the Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, in Ventura. Parade entries are being accepted until March 9. Read the story below for details. St. Pat won’t be there in person but his spirit lives on in the largest collection of my cousins that I’ve heard of in years!
Erin Go Bragh!

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I missed last night’s council meeting. After reading the Star’s story, especially the comments from former failed Fillmore mayor (and non-resident) Gary “hothead” Creagle, appointed Mayor Gayle Washburn, and appointed Mayor Pro Tem Jamey “the preacher” Brooks, I thought all must be lost.

Au contraire! Justice may be glacially slow, but Fillmore seems to be sliding to a successful conclusion regarding the Owens & Minor tax case.

According to our outback political philosopher Creagle (didn’t know he was a “retired sheriff’s deputy”) the 2003 tax contracts with two consultants are “a scam”. That implies illegality. He finds the whole thing “...utterly disgusting”. He thanked the council for bringing this matter (which has been litigated since 2009) “to light, so the citizens of Fillmore know why we have no money.”

Oh – is that why we have no money?

And Washburn told the Ventura Star that “...the negatives [regarding this arrangement] have outweighed the positives”. Really?

And, as for preacher Brooks (who once informed a stunned audience that he “has come to bring not peace, but a sword” -- those words have a familiar ring) the contract with Owen & Minor was “not my idea of good ethics”.

All of this condemnation and criticism seems curious in light of the Superior Court’s finding in the matter. The contract was found to be completely valid in the law, and without taint of wrongdoing or bad intent of any kind. The city merely exercised its constitutional right to make a contract, which was hugely beneficial to the City of Fillmore. That contract remains valid and enforceable, and was determined to be so when the city’s demur was upheld in court.

According to City Attorney Ted Schneider, the city will not have to pay a penny for the Owens & Minor deal. It stands as agreed to. Mr. Schneider is also confident that the city will prevail in the O&M tax allocation dispute at the Board of Equalization. An agreement has been reached between the Board of Equalization staff and attorneys have agreed that from 2009 forward, sales tax generated by O&M belongs to Fillmore.

That decision is being appealed by the City of Livermore and the City of Industry administratively.

It is uncertain, however, that the city will be successful in the case of six other retailers (in addition to O&M) which are in reallocation proceedings with the Board of Equalization. Therefore, the city may lose some funds to reallocation, but the Board is escrowing sufficient money to cover any such reallocations in the event the city is unsuccessful in those six other cases.

The sanctimonious expression of outrage and disapproval from the Katzenjammers is just so much hypocrisy. On the one hand they strain to find fault with the former councils which approved the O&M contract. On the other, they crave that money to replace the millions they have squandered through waste and gross mismanagement, from the North Fillmore Specific Plan and Measures H and I, to the present. Include in that mismanagement the methodical deconstruction of staff, department heads, employees, and all of the foolish machinations of temporary and interim replacements.

This council, with the exception of Councilman Conaway, has been a total disaster.


During the past two weeks or so the Gazette has received three letters to the editor; two from my nemesis, Bob Stroh, and one from former council member Patti Walker.

After years of mischievous, misleading, and deliberate falsehoods, Bob was placed in the paper’s No Go category, and (I think) banned from the website. This prolific blogger became notorious for indiscriminately repeating anything he happened to hear, creating his own “facts” from thin air, and simply being a nuisance with his habitual untrustworthiness. Answering Stroh’s blitz of falsehoods became an unpleasant waste of time and only encouraged his misbehavior.

But now and then it’s necessary to respond to lies and misrepresentations. It seems Patti has fled the scene of her devious council undertakings by moving out of town, but not before virtually collapsing city government. A charter member of the Katzenjammers, the very possibility of Patti’s election to the council caused many veteran staff members and department heads to vacate their offices prematurely, or take early retirement, rather than deal with her. When fellow Katzenjammers, Jamey Brooks and Gayle Washburn squeaked-in November of ’08, virtual panic set in among the remaining staff and department heads, others also scurried for the exits. The election of Brian Sipes in 2010 calcified the Katzejammers grip on city government. Councilman Steve Conaway was the only remaining remnant of the once-trustworthy council.

As usual, I’m rushed to finish my gnat-in-the-eye comments. Suffice it to say that two of the most recent Katzenjammer lies (as opposed to their vintage ones) come from Patti and Bob: Bob (in his rejected letter) claims I was first to object to the north Fillmore redevelopment plan. He neglects to mention that I objected to some 1,100 homes, cheek to jowl in that space. I approved of the reasonable compromise of 700 homes, which would have saved the project. Patti and the Katzenjammers refused this offer and held out for some 300 homes, which, it was pointed out, would make the project economically unfeasible. This killed everything, as did their Proposition H and I. Ask the Keller company about the facts – Patti and company ruined their business, and other projects, leaving north Fillmore as a weed patch to this day.

As for Patti’s most recent letter: she claims that I once told her that I enjoyed intimidating people with my camera at council meetings. This is a lie typical of Katzenjammer modus operandi. They hate to have their pictures taken during meetings. Gayle Washburn is especially allergic to the lens, and claims I abuse the privilege to take public meeting photos for the paper.

None of the fearsome foursome (Washburn, Sipes, Brooks, or Patti) have learned (despite my lectures to them) that the First Amendment of the American Constitution states my right (not privilege) to report (and photograph) such proceedings. Patti finally got out of the kitchen; time for the other three overly-sensitive cooks to follow suit.

Should I show more photo out-takes?


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck again with a three-judge panel holding that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. This court is the most radically activist in the US judicial system. It has had more of its opinions overturned by the Supreme Court than all other circuit courts of appeal together.

Newt Gingrich was right when he suggested that the Ninth Circuit Court be eliminated altogether, which congress has the power to do.

Once again liberal activists have contorted the Constitution to create a “right” out of thin air. It’s one thing for the government to sanction something like “civil unions”, quite another to completely redefine marriage, which is the heart of our culture, religious and civil. The homosexual element in our nation seeks recognition as a new normal, which it can never be without America losing its Judeo-Christian culture. Freedom is the essence of our culture, but freedom without limits amounts to cultural chaos and national disintegration.

This decision, which will probably be heard next by the entire Ninth Circuit, is further evidence of the deep corruption within our judicial system due to the existing contempt liberal judges have for our Constitution, and our Commander-in-Chief. If this decision is upheld by the entire court it must go to the Supreme Court. If the courts are allowed to redefine the central elements of our culture by rejecting the definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman exclusively, we can expect fireworks. Our judiciary was never intended to govern the people.

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Through Obamacare the president intends to force millions of citizens to pay for and provide for, contraceptive devices, abortions, and other life-killing things. In particular, Obama demands that the Catholic Church and all of its institutions (hospitals, schools, etc.) include these things in its health care. Anything that defeats natural life, especially abortion and contraceptives, are specifically forbidden in Catholic doctrine. Anyone participating in an abortion is, by that act, automatically excommunicated and cannot receive the sacraments of the Church, until Reconciliation.

Non-Catholics may disagree with this dogma of the Church, and that’s just fine. But the real threat here is the government demand that the members of a church act contrary to their faith and conscience or face criminal sanctions. For reasons less than these we fought the bloodiest war of our nation’s history, the Civil War.
Every member of every church in the country should be outraged by this government invasion of our most fundamental constitutional rights. If this outrage goes unchallenged by non-Catholic Americans, this precedent means you will be next. It’s time for all God-fearing Americans to reject Obama’s unconstitutional plan in the strongest terms.

Even that famous hater, the Reverend Wright, should join us in this battle.

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The Obama administration’s attack on the church in America seems to have no end. Now the Metro Baptist Church in Michigan may be forced to have private confessions revealed as evidence in a criminal trial. What is said in a religious confession is sacrosanct. The government has no business prying into church affairs.

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Any reference to God seems to be under attack in our military as well. Crosses and other religious symbols (such as a reference to God being removed from the patch logo for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office) are being stripped away after being criticized by atheist groups. It’s time to take notice and stop this outrageous activity.


My condolences to the family and friends of Malcolm Jackson who passed away a week ago last Sunday.

I knew Malcolm for 23 years, but not as well as others. I attended many tributes, birthday celebrations and other events in his honor over the years, and still wear my distinctive green Malcolm Jackson 12-10-2007 Petroleum Club cap on special occasions. He was a friend to many, especially those who love fishing, hunting, and firearms. Malcolm was a devoted family man and consummate gunsmith with strong ideals. He lived a wonderful life surrounded by friends, doing the things he loved best.

Rest in peace, Malcolm. I will remember you as a kindly, quintessential American man.


The battle for public access to our high school track is well into its third year. Only recently, after John Scoles was struck by a vehicle while running on the bike path at night, has any progress been made. John had been using the track for about 30 years before the all-weather replacement was installed. Since that time, despite strong verbal assurances of the school district to permit public use before construction, the track has been locked-up. Though most Ventura County high school all-weather tracks are open for public use, our school district has been all but paranoid about track security being lost to any public use.

A runners club has been formed, with hundreds of potential track users signed-up. After years of fumbling and extended delays by the District, construction of a special gate has been agreed upon. However, an issue remains concerning who will pay for the gate, estimated to cost $8,000. Everyone claims to be broke.

The club has offered to pay part of the cost, but the city has not committed as yet. With the swimming pool operation running a serious deficit, and serving very few customers, the track club seems to be short-changed. It has hundreds of users waiting, and costs very little to operate.

The City of Fillmore does not maintain a financial profit/loss record on the Lap Swim Program. Pool operations have never been in the black. Instead, it has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars since opening.

A detailed report and audit should be completed by the city to show whether or not the pool is financially feasible. This is a serious budget problem.

Let’s support opening the track to the public and expediting the construction of that gate. In terms of usage, it makes no sense to favor the pool over the track.


Don’t buy Girl Scout cookies!

Did I get your attention? I hope so. Any traditional conservative will agree with this admonition after reading this stunning exposé:

This Washington Times story reveals in sharp detail exactly where those billions of dollars have been going each year.

I’ve been a loyal customer for a long time. Never again.

Of all the stealthy “fund drives” ever devised by the radical Left, this is by far the sneakiest, and most lucrative. About 200 million boxes of cookies are sold each year. Relatively speaking, this enormous money-making effort has almost nothing to do with supporting scouting, as most people think of that activity. It is instead an important part of a monumental Planned Parenthood-pro abortion youth indoctrination.

“According to the Girl Scouts’ website, the lion’s share of the money goes not to the troop but to bureaucrats up the chain of command in multicounty councils. The national office gets a piece of the pie, too, in the form of royalties based on gross annual sales volume - about 200 million boxes per year.”

Only about 10 percent of those annual billions go to scouting; the lion’s share goes to fund one of the most radical far left organizations in the nation, Planned Parenthood. I’ve known for years that this murder factory has been funded by our government. Now I wonder why that is even necessary when the Girl Scouts provide billions to tap into.

“Last year, the Girl Scouts decided to admit boys who dress as girls. When asked to admit a cross-dressing 7-year-old boy, a Colorado troop leader demurred, explaining to his mother, with tact and irrefutable logic, that her son couldn’t be a Girl Scout because he has “boy parts.” [Pray for that 7-year-old boy.]

The troop leader was chastised by the mom as being insensitive and promptly was overruled by the Girl Scout top brass, who, in a statement said, “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.” Perpetuating this cruel charade on the little boy and forcing little girls to participate in it is “inclusiveness” to the Girl Scouts. To others, it’s child abuse.”
This is further evidence of the eccentric sexual/homosexual agenda being forced upon every part of American society today. This pernicious influence can be seen in recent mandates to admit openly gay persons to our military. California’s recent law mandating the teaching of gay history to every student from Kindergarten through high school is another manifestation of radical social engineering. It’s one thing to respect individuals in their differences, it’s quite another to force traditional Christians to support the indoctrination of innocent young persons in anti-Christian moral conduct.

If the Left wants a fight it’s time for Americans with traditional, conventional Christian beliefs to face the enemy head on. Why should more than 90 percent of the American population acquiesce in this perverse moral onslaught? Have we become so weak that we can no longer defend our children against blatent moral perversion?
Read that Times article!


Well, this is not the first time I’ve ended up with egg on my face.

Following last night’s appointment of Eduardo Gonzalez to fill the council seat vacated by former council member Patti Walker, I congratulated him. Shortly thereafter political flashbacks occurred, and I regretted my action. This appointment is another bad event in the series of catastrophic events which began with the election of Walker and her Katzenjammer friends several years ago.

Following their destruction of the carefully planned and expensive attempt to develop the last sizeable land in Fillmore (north Fillmore) the city proceeded (under a state and federal mandate) to construct a new water treatment plant. Former and current councilmembers Walker, Washburn, Sipes, Brooks, with former failed Fillmore mayor (and long time non-resident) Gary Creagle, began the most disruptive and destructive opposition in city history.

This group targeted for replacement virtually all city management and important staff leaders, especially those favoring the American Water (design, build and managed) recycling plant. First on the hit list was former 20-year (now retired) City Manager Roy Payne, serving then as liaison for a new Business Park. They succeeded here.
Next was City Engineer Bert Rapp, also a 20-years employee. He stayed on until the daily insulting treatment and disregard for his expertise became too much. Neither position has been replaced.

Next came City Manager Tom Ristau, who refused to permit the new Katzenjammer City Clerk, Clay Westling, to attend his staff meetings. Ristau saw the writing on the wall and resigned. Westling, another charter member of the Katzenjammer group, came in – and we haven’t seen council meeting minutes for many months. Former City Clerk, Steve McClary, another hard-working multitasking employee, saw the writing on the wall and also resigned for a better paying, more important position elsewhere.

After Ristau resigned in disgust, the Katzenjammers running things decided to bring in several interim and temporary folks, including city manager, finance director, and other assistants, all of which cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. City Finance Director Barbara Smith reluctantly resigned two years early due to outrageous treatment received at the hands of incompetent interim employees. The unfinished budget was dropped, then half finished only to be dropped and redone again.

After Mayor Patti Walker schemed to leave Councilman Conaway out of a crucial trip to interview the background of present City Manager Yvonne Quiring (whose contract with her previous employer was bought out for more than $300,000, after her first year as city manager in the City of Lathrop, CA) Quiring came on board in Fillmore. She quickly revealed her incompetence to such an extent that all city employees submitted a letter of no confidence (first in city history) and had it read by the city’s most prominent former mayors (Scott Lee) on two separate occasions. None of the employee’s complaints were dealt with by the council.

Then a wholesale purge of city staff and widespread layoffs of other employees took place. Since that time productive activity in the City of Fillmore has come to a virtual standstill.

Though our new water treatment plant was hailed as Project of the Year by the County of Ventura, has received national acclaim and more than 8 awards for design, function, and efficiency, Katzenjammers have never recognized its merits, and have continued to criticize the design and cost. The plant came in well under budget and ahead of schedule. The higher rate of water cost could not be avoided, as is the case with our neighbor, the City of Santa Paula’s new plant. This group, especially Washburn, Sipes, Brooks, and Creagle, continue to lambaste the plant with inane and ignorant complaints.

These people condemned the contract with Owens & Minor which will bring in as much as $1million per year, for 20 years. This was, according to these imbeciles and their friends, “unethical/amoral”, though the court found otherwise. These people fought this newspaper’s legal right to be newspaper of record, though two law firms provided detailed conclusions stating it could not be otherwise. These people are as dumb as they are persistent.
The Katzenjammers have left a trail of debt and destruction (including jobs and reputations of many excellent, long-time employees lost).

Why am I stating these facts again? Was Eduardo Gonzalez was at the center of the Katzenjammer Sewercide episode? Why else would he be appointed? Birds of a feather.

I see no help in sight for Fillmore’s city government until the November election.

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As I heard one radio commentator say a few days ago, “Parents, it’s time to take your children out of public schools.” He was referring to Senate Bill 48 (Leno-D) (the “D” stands for Democrat): “Public schools must now include positive lesions on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community and their contributions, as well as Native Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities.”

This is the single most outrageous and unconstitutional attack on traditional Judeo-Christian moral teaching in this nation’s history (with the exception of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has taken more than 50 million innocent lives since 1973). California has become a cesspool of liberal attractions. Its social mores cannot change until the ungodly gerrymandering is cured.

No one should give a damn about what an adult does or does not do with his or her private parts – that’s why they call them private! But, leave innocent children alone for the increasingly short time they have to be innocent in this sex-crazed society. Our public schools have become a danger zone for our children.

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As for the issue of requiring an ID to vote, please view the video concerning the New Hampshire election posted here Does this really have to be explained?


Just some random thoughts today.

Attorney General Eric Holder opposes the growing demand among states for voter identification. He claims that this will intimidate minority voters and bring back the bad old days of racial segregation.

This, of course, is an obvious and pathetic lie. Voter fraud is a serious and unchecked problem. The easiest and most practical way to fight against fraud is to have voters produce a driver license or other photo ID to show election officials that the voter is a resident citizen eligible to vote. This is far better than asking voters to dip their fingers into purple dye as they were required to do after Iraq’s first democratic vote.

Holder is a shameless liar seeking to facilitate fraudulent votes for his boss. No rational person can believe that simply identifying yourself before voting could in any way discriminate against potential voters. How else can we be assured that our elected officials are the legitimate choice of the people?

Holder is a disgrace to his office. Let’s not lose our votes with the same Fast and Furious recklessness that Holder’s border firearms were lost. Let’s not have the New Black Panthers supervise our voting like Holder did last time around.

If you want to vote, why should you be put off when asked to provide an ID, like you would be to purchase a six-pack of beer or use your credit card at a department store?


I wish Republican contenders for the presidency would stop tearing each other apart. It’s both demeaning to the process and a waste of time. Their records should speak for themselves, and there is no shortage of talking heads and political fact-finders to uncover the character defects.

I’ve lost some respect for Romney for his heavy attacks on Gingrich (the worst case); others seem more petty.

Though she’s decided to withdraw from the race, I greatly admire Bachman for her core values, intelligence, and strength of character. This just wasn’t her time. Except for his unrealistic ideas on border protection, I also admire Perry, but he doesn’t seem to have a chance. Paul finished third in Iowa, thank God. Some of his economic ideas I do agree with, but he holds a multitude of weird and dangerous views that make it impossible for him to win the nomination. If he, or any other candidate, chooses to go in a third party effort, that would guarantee the reelection of Obama.

After listening to Santorum’s post caucus speech, I think he comes closest to my idea of a good, electable, conservative candidate.

Any of the remaining Republican candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, could beat Obama in November, and I would enthusiastically support that person.

If Obama wins this time around it’s game end.


Only a few days remain before the New Year begins. I wish, and hope for a happy and prosperous New Year for everyone.

However, I don’t ever recall so many people awaiting the New Year with such trepidation. I’m not referring to all the half-witted predictions espoused by those who believe in a fiery Nostradamus prediction or a Mayan Calendar “end of times”. The economic realities of a $15 trillion national debt, hundreds of trillions-worth of unfunded liabilities, and the fact that America now borrows (mostly from its most implacable enemy – China) forty cents out of every dollar, may well spell-out our economic end times.

The liberal ethos, especially regarding moral and economic issues, and in particular the new wave of anti-Judeo-Christian culture, is quickly bringing America down. It’s time to learn again the lyrics of the tune played by British troops after their defeat by Washington at Yorktown in 1781, entitled “The World Turned Upside-down”. The British couldn’t believe, as the world’s greatest military power, that they had lost the war. The first stanza reads: “Listen to me and you shall hear, news hath not been this thousand year:
Since Herod, Caesar, and many more, you never heard the like before.
Holy-dayes are despis'd, new fashions are devis'd.
Old Christmas is kicked out of Tow.”
Our best chance for a Happy New Year, is a Prayerful New Year.


Speaking of a world turned upside-down, take a look at the specter of North Korea. This has to be Satan’s favorite playground. Suppression of the human spirit in this prison nation has been so perfected for so long that life there makes Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Stalin’s Great Terror seem like a desirable alternative. Terror has been so deeply ingrained into the people that they know almost nothing of reality. This is communism fully developed, humanity fully enslaved.

This is why the North Korean “citizen” exhibits such phenomenal (psychopathic?) expressions of sorrow upon the death of their “dear” leader Kim Jong Il. Of all the hateful, noxious nations on earth, this place, the nuclear K-Mart to the world, must be the worst.

Let’s vote-in a new president who will not bow to communist demigods like Kim Jong Il, and the ill family members.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to everyone. I wish peace through the strength of the Maccabees to Israel in overcoming her enemies, and the peace of the Christ Child to Christians.


My condolences go to the family of Sergio Mendez who was killed in the horrendous accident at Starbucks last week. It was an inexplicable incident, one of the worst I have covered in 23 years. I hope authorities are able to make sense of it.

Rest in Peace, Sergio.


My apologies for my absent Realities last week – to those who may have noticed. Last minute computer problems did me in.


I see Ron Paul has raised a bunch of money and is surging in the polls. I happen to be a conservative, not a libertarian like Paul. The more I learn about this contender for the job of president of the United States, the more frightening that possibility becomes.

Radio commentator and author Michael Medved, whose opinions I highly esteem, recently spoke of some of Paul’s character traits that I was unaware of. I do know his foreign policy would undermine the republic, and his defense stance would destroy our military at the most precarious time in American history.

But it is his anti-Semitic beliefs that are most reprehensible and least discussed. His popularity within Republican ranks could re-elect Obama, as would any third party attempt at the White House. It’s hard for me to understand why his squealing rants are so appealing to so many. Any one of the Republican candidates would make an excellent president, except for Paul. I’m beginning to understand why some refer to him as Dr. Demento.


Few Americans seem to understand the disaster that Iran has inflicted upon the US with the hacked-capture of our most sophisticated drone aircraft. Early on in this drama it was reported that President Obama had the time to take advantage of at least two defensive options – he could have ordered the craft destroyed from the air with another drone; he could have sent in special operations teams to destroy the craft. He took no action. Now Iran, China, Russia, and any other of our enemies, can reverse engineer this weapon and use it on us.

Why self-destruct mechanisms were not attached to the drone to provide for such emergencies is unknown. What is known is that Obama lacks the will to defend this country at critical times such as this. The loss of this drone is nightmarishly huge.


Congratulations are due to the four agencies that cooperated in the rescue of a horse stranded on a ledge up Sespe Creek at the Van Trees’ house. The horse, a white Arabian (?) had escaped its corral and slipped about 20 feet over a steep embankment. Landing on a 3-foot-wide terrace about 25 feet above the creek bed, her escape blocked by a fallen tree. One false step to her left would have meant certain fatal injury.

The rescue crews (identified on page one) skillfully winched the fallen tree away from the horse’s path and calmed the animal before carefully leading her up to the front porch of the house.

I counted more than 20 individuals involved, one way or another, in the rescue. The calm, order and expertise demonstrated by all participants in the event was impressive. I regret not having the names of the rescue leaders deserving of special thanks.

All’s well that ends well, and the horse’s stable mate, a white donkey, sounded its approval loud and clear when its friend was led back to her enclosure.


America was attacked by the Empire of Japan on this day 70 years ago. I have to wonder how many Americans reflect on that “Day of Infamy” which, added to the Great War “to end all wars”, involving 30 countries and 5 continents, changed the world forever. Not many, I fear.

Historical forgetfulness rates high among the growing list of American character defects. What radical changes have been inflicted upon our country since those days, especially regarding traditional moral standards!
We are right to be tired of the long succession of lesser wars during the past decade. We are wrong to cut our military budget to the bone, as Obama and his radical friends are doing. Regardless of our wartime weariness, the job will not be done for decades more. The world has never been more politically unstable, with ethno-nationalism generating another world war scenario. At the center of the threat is Islamo-fascism. Leaning enthusiastically against the trigger is Iran.

We need another Cato to remind congress that the Iranian nuclear complex must be destroyed. Iran is to America today as Hitler was to Europe in the 1930s. We waited too long then; the Holocaust should have taught us about the inevitable catastrophic consequences of procrastination in the obvious face of a clear and present danger. Has (repeated) history taught us nothing?

We wait and watch as the enemy strengthens itself and readies for war. The unity, honor, and moral foundation of our armed forces has been infiltrated and corrupted by anti-Christian authority at the highest levels. First, openly gay conduct is accepted and encouraged (gays actively recruited); Christian symbols excluded from military churches; most recently, the UCMJ threatened to eliminate the prohibition of sodomy and (believe it or not) beastiality. Does anyone care about unit cohesiveness any longer? What Christian would want to risk his life with a crowd like this?

The moral jeopardy in which our highest military leaders have placed our fighting Christian men and women is beyond reprehensible – it is a disgusting, eternal death wish. For God’s sake, where is the traditional Christian response? All we hear is the sound of silence. It’s time to weed-out our military leadership.


We have received two anonymous letters concerning school district issues. One complains that the Gazette has not covered the alleged employee insurance fraud issue. In fact, the Gazette included the story in an article which may be accessed online at Other complaints have been forwarded to FUSD Superintendent Nishino.