American Flag flying upside down as signal of DISTRESS

The Sebastopol City Council has launched into a project. Their approach totally contradicts everything they do on 2nd Amendment issues. Peter Mancus makes very vitriolic and meritorious points as he once again assails the errant pedantry of his city management.

Dear All:

  The Sept 9, 2002 issue of the local Press Democrat newspaper, at page B7, has an op-ed titled "Laguna Vista project: Fallacy or opportunity?" written by two of Sebastopol, CA's five city councilmembers, Larry Robinson and Bill Roventini, both of whom are ex-mayors of Sebastopol. Mr. Robinson is a Green Party member.

  Background: A developer wants to build a housing project in town. The proposed new houses will carry a price tag of $500,000 to $600,000. As I understand it, the city council has not yet approved this project and is unlikely to do so because is does not contain enough "affordable housing." This appears to be code for this apparent fact: Unless the developer agrees to "sell" a large enough number of new houses at far below fair market rates and/or build enough less profitable smaller, more affordable houses, this city council is unlikely to grant final approval for this project.

  Apparently, the city council has two major concerns regarding this project: first, environmental/traffic and second, lack of "affordable housing" arising from this project.

  Sebastopol already has the highest housing cost in all of Sonoma County. Most people cannot afford houses that cost $500,000 to $600,000. Achieving "affordable housing" is a legitimate goal. Coercing a developer to "sell" at far below fair market rates, however, is not a legitimate goal. Reformulated, it is reality check time: the council does not have a legitimate duty to impose socialist norms on the developer by forcing the developer to build and/or "sell" anything below reasonable fair market rates. Arguably, however, the council might have a legitimate role in refusing to issue building permits unless the project contains "enough" smaller, more affordable, houses.

  Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini, if you want to do charity, do so with your own resources. Example: let poor folk live in your houses at below fair market rents and you go live in a tent or under a bridge.

  Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini, in this article, take the author of a prior Press-Democrat article to task about what is "affordable housing."

  In their article, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini wrote, "Sometimes The Press Democrat editorials read as if they had been written by Lewis Carrol. The Red Queen in 'Alice In Wonderland' may be able to make a word mean what she says it means, but an editorial writer should exercise some semantic and journalistic responsibility."

  Go back and read--carefully--this excerpt from Mr. Robinson's and Mr. Roventini's op-ed, which happens to be the begining of their op-ed. Now, think about what I have told them about the Second Amendment and how they have responded to what I have told them about the Second Amendment. Then think about their sworn oaths of office and their duty arising therefrom and their new found sensitivity about the importance of a word's definition.

  With those thoughts in mind, now read the following exact quote of the Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

  Remember this: These are 2 of 5 of the same elected officials who have done nothing to undercut or discipline Gordon Pitter, the local Chief Serpent, who passes himself off as a Chief of Police. Remember also that this Chief Serpent has stated, per Mr. Roventini, that since the Chief Serpent cannot tell who is "the best," no one gets a CCW [concealed carry weapon] permit from him. I repeat, "permit." In other words, Pitter seems to think that we have to beg him for his damn permission to defend our lives with a gun and, even if we beg him for such permission, he will never issue such a permit because he cannot tell who is the "best" person to get such a permit. To exacerbate matters, Pitter has taken this position, and sticks with it, knowing that he has no legal duty to protect anyone and is legally financially immune for failing to protect anyone.

  Reformualated, we pay taxes for this BS: to support serpents who have grown into alleged masters.

  Now, how is all of this linked together? Here is how: First, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini, in their op-ed, object to The Press Democrat writer making a word mean what he or she wants it to mean, which is not what Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini want the word to mean. Second, like them, I object to any and all who try to make certain words mean certain things--things they are clearly not intended to mean and do not mean. Third, a clear, relevant example of this [the importance of a word's correct definition] arises from the Second Amendment. Fourth, Chief Serpent Pitter, and others, have attempted to re-define certain words in the Second Amendment so that it means what they want it to mean, which twists its true meaning beyond recognition to mean something that it clearly does not state nor mean, which alarms me and many others. Fifth, a fair reading of the Second Amendment includes these elementary points: it does not state that one has to be a govt employee to enjoy the right guaranteed; it does not state that the Militia is, or has to be, govt regulated; it does state that the "right" belongs to "the people"; it does not state that "the right of the people" is a right of govt, of civil authority, of the armed forces, of the National Guard, of law enforcement, of the state; and it clearly states that this "right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.";

  "[I]nfringed" means no prior restraint, as in no prior regulation and no permit system shall be condoned. It is logically impossible to regulate a right without infringing it.

  Notwithstanding these facts, Chief Serpent Gordon Pitter arrogantly, pompously, foolishly, and dangerously believes that "the people" [ordinary citizens] doe not have an individual "right to keep and bear Arms, which shall not be infringed." Instead, Chief Serpent Pitter believes he has the absolute, unfettered discretion to implement this "right" as a gutted, "permit" system, which reduces the "right" to a "privilege". To exacerbae matters, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini, along with their other 3 city councilmembers, the city's legal beagle and the city's mismanger, support the Chief Serpent in the Chief Serpent's frank, blatant making the word "right" mean "privilege" and making the word "people" mean something else, such as some form of govt employee and/or agency.

  To exacerbate matters further, all of Sebastopol's city councilmembers have taken the formal position that they have delegated responsibility for oversight of Sebastopol's Police Department to the city's legal beagle and to the Chief Serpent himself.

  I have news for the city councilmembers: As a matter of law, you cannot escape your duty to exercise legal control over the Chief Serpent by merely proclaiming you are a bunch of no-nothings on this subject and that you delegate responsibility for this subject to your deparment heads who you assume are competent, experienced, ethical, etc., and are obeying the law. You cannot duck this issue by attempting to delegate away your responsibility. I do look forward to cross-examing each and every one of you and making each and every one of you pay a high price, in your individual capacities, for your gross derelection of your sworn duty.

  In your op-ed about The Press Democrat writer who criticized your position regarding "affordable housing," you wrote, ". . . an editorial writer should exercise some semantic and journalistic responsibility." Similarly, you two, as city councilmembers, must forthwith exercise full oversight control over an out-of-countrol Chief Serpent Gordon Pitter who has twisted the true meaning of the Second Amendment 180 degrees opposite of its real meaning, with your approval, to date.

  Mr. Robinson and Mr. Roventini, by your referenced op-ed, you clearly demonstrated your recognition of the importance of a single word and of the extreme harm that arises from words being inapporpriately re-defined to mean what they clearly do not mean. Thus, you are not brain dead. But, in context, you are something worse. At a minimum, you are First Class Hypocrites. At worse, you are Domestic Enemies of the U.S. Constitution, you are frauds, you are political whores, you are American Taliban, you are my enemy. Go to hell.

  I challenge you to respond to this question: Why are you so concerned about the true meaning of "affordable housing" but apparently do not give a damn about the true meaning of "the right of the people"?

  I challenge you to respond also to this question: What is your best, principled, logical, rationale for how "the right of the people" somehow, in your minds and in the Chief Serpent's mind, means "the privilege of the people" and/or "the right of civil authority"?

  Until you publicly support my orientation toward the Second Amendment or until you convince me, on the merits, that the Chief Serpent's views on the Second are correct, you remain where you put yourselves: in the bottom of a steep, greased, shit can, with a secured, tight lid.

--Peter Mancus

Needless to say, some people were a bit upset over some of the more pointed suggestions at the end of Mancus' essay, so he set out, with some truly spectacular sentences, to clarify not only the points, but the justification for using them
Dear [---]:

  Those 2 sons-of-bitches [Robinson and Roventini] know the great import of a definition and the horrific sheannigans, and worse, that can arise from playing too damn loose with a vitally important definition. They bitch against The Press Democrat critic of theirs about a definition issue but when I press them on a far more important 2AM definition issue, they stone wall, act dumb, remain mute, and/or try to escape accuntability by attempting to delegate away their responsibility to keep the Chief Serpent Constitutional.

  Robinson fancys himself as a "social justice" advocate. Crap! Where is the "social justice" in tolerating a Chief Serpent and a City Council and a City Atty and a City Manager who, in effect, arrogantly, purport to repeal those parts of the Bill of Rights with which they disagree? The Bill of Rights is Mankind's greatest achievent. If anyone disagrees with that statement, they should try living without it.

  Under these whores' reign, we cannot even protect our own lives without risking getting pinched for packing without the Chief Serpent's damn permission. That is a total reversal of the Bill of Rights, which was intended to deny civil authority that kind of absurd, total, unfettered, discretion.

  If I resorted to "offensive" language initially, you would have a valid point. But I did not. I started out with professional, velvet glove, diplomatic, logical, restrained, language--years ago. That did not work with prior councilmembers, and some of the current ones are holdovers.

  All these bastards really comprehend is naked power.

  Arguably, I might now be "wrong" for the "Go to hell!" and "shit can" inclusions. But, I have had it with these political whores. Cuddle them if you wish. Tolerate them if you wish. Hold out hope for them if you wish. I am way beyond that. I do not care any longer what they think--of their duty, themselves, me, or whatever. For Christ's sake, they are ultimately telling us we have to beg the Chief Serpent for his permission to defend our lives, knowing that if we beg, if we humilitate ourselves, such permission will never be forthcoming, knowing that the Chief Serpent has no duty to defend us, is immune for failing to defend us, and lacks the capability to defend us, and, in truth, in my instance, probably has no desire to defend me.

  These whores are the homegrown enemy. One does not have to go to the Middle East to find enemies. They are all around us, right here, in slime pit Sebastopol. Thus, I shant shed a tear regardless of what happens to them.

  I will show them respect when they earn it. Until then, they can drop dead. In many ways, they already are dead--in a Constitutional sense.

  They are so damn dead they will not even defend themselves against my verbal blungeoning of them. All they do is clam up and cancel study sessions. In that sense, they know they are roaches. They run from the light, from the truth, from logic, from the Supreme Law of the Land. They run because they know they are defenseless to the light, the truth, logic and the Supreme Law of the Land, which they sure in hell are not.

  Side-note: As to our current mayor, Sam Spooner, a Green Party member, a recent article in The Press Democrat attributed this to him: Per Spooner, the Laguna developer must make more homes available "below market cost"! Says who? Spooner, in effect, is demanding the economic impossibility. Spooner, in effect, is demanding some form of socialism, communism, fascism.

  I'd love to drive a Ferrari, Lexus, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, etc.. It'd be great to have a mix of 21 of such vehicles--so I could choose among 3 for each day of the week. Maybe I can get Spooner to have the manufactuers and dealers give me, you, and the other 7,800 residents of Sebastopol 21 luxury cars apiece, to promote "social justice."

  "Social justice" appears to be code for trashing Constitutionalism and capitalism and putting "success" before "work,"--just "something for nothing" under a new, shit-like label, an excuse to rob Peter to pay Paul, in the hope that the Pauls will outnumber the Peters and all the Pauls will vote them back into office.

  Chief Serpent Gordon Pitter, your CCW position is unconstitutional, dangerous, a sham, and a farce. You are a first rate, world class, grade A, stinking, flaming, whore, unprofessional, idiot--for adopting it, for sticking to it, for not abandoning it. I respect you not. I condemn your CCW position. Go to hell and burn, burn, burn.

  Of course, these detached from reality shitheads will deny all of the above.

  In the interim, if any of these whores want to lock horns with me cerebrally, I dare them to try. If they prefer to start a war--literally, they shall be accommodated. Absent either one, in my mind, they are were they belong: at the bottom of a sealed, greased, shit can.

  If they have the guts, the courage, and the wisdom, if they are willing to admit they are wrong, and if they begin to function as Constitutionalists, I will embrace them.

--Peter Mancus

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