Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Border Rally: Just How Politically Far to the Right is Voice of Arcadia?

link to video

They will have the usual touchingly naive supporters of Sho Tay out tonight at the City Council meeting, haltingly delivering talking points the secretive Voice of Arcadia leadership will have prepared for them to read from their cell phones. A large portion of which will be about how intolerant the Arcadia Weekly and Sierra Madre Tattler are because they don't worship that doyen of mass mansionization, Sho Tay, with quite enough righteous fervency for them.

Crimes for which, in their opinion, such newsers must be shut down by Arcadia City Hall for their deviations in thought, and then banished forever.

Pretty radical stuff, yes? But is it leftwing radicalism, or rightwing radicalism? Judging by what can be found on the Voice of Arcadia Facebook page, you're going to have to assume that we're talking about the latter. Especially given their rather fulsome support for political demagogue Travis Allen and his campaign for Governor of California.

Just how reactionary is Travis Allen? Well, if you travel down to the Mexican border on May 27, you will be able to check out Travis in action for yourself. Whipping up a little old time race baiting nativism and fear of immigrants just so he get himself a few votes.


Are we to assume by their fulsome support of Travis Allen that the anonymous folks behind Voice of Arcadia don't like their neighbors of Latin American origin very much? Are they bigots? Talk about your pot calling the kettle black. Can it be that here we have yet another instance where those pointing fingers are guilty of the very things they accuse others?

In an op-ed piece titled "The California governor's race has its own version of Trump. Let's not let history repeat itself," here is how the Los Angeles Times (link) describes Travis Allen and, by inference, those who support him. You know, people like the secretive folks behind Voice of Arcadia.

Before launching his campaign for governor last year, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was a fairly ordinary legislator. Republican, but not in a rabble-rousing kind of way, and seemingly willing to work across the aisle to get things done. His first attention-getting legislation was a bill he co-authored in 2013 with a Democratic colleague to stop the South Coast Air Quality Management District from banning beach bonfires.

But now he's running for governor and he's changed. Last year, for example, when the Democratic-majority Legislature passed a bill to stop police from arresting children on charges of prostitution, he wrote an overwrought article suggesting that the state had legalized child prostitution.

Needless to say, that was not the case. The bill didn't make it legal for an adult to have sex with a minor, and Allen knew it. It merely declared that kids who were being sold for sex should be treated as victims rather than criminals.

But Allen clearly felt that his assertion, true or not, would feed a belief about out-of-control liberals held by the "silent majority" of conservatives he thinks exists — and would motivate them to vote for him in the June 5 statewide primary. It was part of a strategy he has followed since then of tapping into fears, making false claims, demonizing certain groups of people and promising things he can't possibly deliver. 

Politicians have, of course, always done such things to one degree or another — and we would never suggest that Allen is the only demagogue out there. But these days, in the aftermath of the November 2016 election, it no longer makes sense to ignore such irresponsible campaign behavior or to view it as the domain of only fringe candidates hoping desperately to get attention.

Hmm. "Demonizing certain groups of people," "tapping into fears," "making false claims." Yeah, I can see why Voice of Arcadia would be into old Travis. He is definitely their kind of guy.

Travis Allen facing sexual harassment charges in Sacramento

This from the Sacramento Bee (link):

On Friday, Allen was named in the Legislature’s release of sexual harassment investigative records. Allen, who the documents show was given a verbal warning but not disciplined in 2013, was accused of sliding his foot over to touch a female employee, and coming up behind her in the cafeteria to squeeze her shoulders. While Allen strongly disputes that what he did was inappropriate, the political fallout was swift. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, the author of a long-stalled whistleblower protection bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, informed Allen that she was pulling her support.

“I have no choice but to withdraw my endorsement of his candidacy,” Melendez told reporters after reviewing the claims.

Does Voice of Arcadia support work place sexual harassment, too?

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

50 comments:

  1. Like a lot of racists, VOA only seems to think of its own.

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  2. Collusion? What Collusion? unless you are Muller and the Russian Oligarchs he has been hidding in his past!

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    1. Many Are Getting Arrested.

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  3. VOA is going to unify Arcadia by putting up a wall to keep out the Mexicans.

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    1. Maybe that was the code language in Sho's "Stop Crime" campaign. An irrational fear of brown skinned people.

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    2. Do they want the entire city gated like Anoakia?

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  4. Maybe VOA will charter a bus to take its members to the border for the rally. I hope they post a sign-up sheet.

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  5. When did Travis Allen change parties?
    The Tattler's descriptive info on this individual captures the entire Democratic party and the strategy of gaining votes from race bating nativism, since FDR this has been the Democrats platform.

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    1. He has always been a Republican. Unfortunately there are now portions of the GOP willing to play the race card to achieve their goals. Within certain parts of the GOP in Arcadia that goal is mansionization.

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    2. Portions? Only if most are a portion.

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  6. I am prepared to be pillaried on this blog. I don’t fear brown people. I don’t dislike them. I just feel that we need to take care of our own citizens before we help people who come here illegally. That does not make me a bad person. I don’t like Tay and it’s not the color of his skin. I don’t even know who Allen is. I resent not being allowed my opinion without being called names. It’s always about the poor children; what of our native born poor children? Have any of you been to South Dakota and seen how Indians live? I send my donations to them. Have you been to any place in this country that has a poverty zone? I want my taxes to go there. Illegal’s take from this country in so many ways. Don’t tell me they pay taxes! Not enough for the benefits they receive. I’m still helping my daughter pay off student loans. She’s still living at home. I’m not heartless. I understand the illegal’s plight but where does the home country fit in? When your highest GNP comes from people living illegally elsewhere, I have to wonder.

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    1. I totally agreed with you. I am not born here. I came here when I was 21 years old. I learned English and serving my patients in medical field. Ninety-nine percent of my patients are English speakers when I was practiced. After I retired, I found an organisation named Remote Area Medical. I gave them donation every year because the organization provide medical and dental care for people without medical or dental insurance in VA, KY, TN, OK, and twice a year at L.A. convention center. It does not matter what skin color that you have. The love and care of the land that you live at, will be the most important thing in everyone's life.

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  7. VOA are narrow separatists who do not share common American values that are our basis of Democracy. It stands to reason they would avoid interaction with Hispanics or Blacks or Homosexuals or the Disabled. If they objected in English to the bigoted attack on disabled candidate Jolly, it was not published as disapproval. Group Conformists speak as one unit. There is no VOA group deviation heard in Council Chambers.
    Apparently there is no citizenship test to enable an understanding of concepts freedom of the press or toleration of different views. They prefer to remain outside of our Asian American mainstream as well. Will new divergent Asian voices speak tonight in our City Council meetings ?

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  8. Voice of Arcadia endorsing Travis Allen only represent what few admin for that website. I don't support Travis Allen but it doesn't mean i will attack those who support him. Some of the his supporter wanted a tougher policy on illegal immigrants, they are not racist against Mexican.

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    1. Who are VOA's admins? They don't want people to know.

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    2. They're probably worried about their Facebook page being banned by the city.

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    3. 10:30am You admit VOA admin doesn’t represent everyone in VOA. And VOA isn’t racist even though Hispanics take offense to the posts on VOA. SOUND FAMILIAR?

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  9. Crime is down in Arcadia, yet the Sho/Harbicht/Chandler slate played it like there was a crime epidemic. So yes, maybe there was a race angle being played.

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  10. 10:08am. Why the pillaried challenge? As legal citizens I am sure we all agree.
    There is impoverishment world wide, the United States steps up while the majoriety of countries step back.
    The issue is of fairness when applying or being sponsored for US citizenship.
    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing DACA arguments 1pm. today, before the issue heads to the Supreme Court.

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  11. 10:42am. Crime is up everywhere since Governor Jerry Brown's early release program; Jerry's hard at work for those extra votes.

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    1. At a recent city council meeting Arcadia's lower crime stats is were discussed, and the APD congratulated. Maybe you should give Jerry Brown some credit?

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    2. Lower crime stats? As a resident of Arcadia, I call bull****!

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    3. Feast on the statistical evidence. Crime in Arcadia in 2017 was down 1.44%.

      https://www.arcadiaca.gov/government/city-departments/police-department/about-apd/statistics

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    4. Don’t believe the APD statistics. They don’t report all burglaries. Kinda pads the numbers.

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  12. I think 10:08 raises valid points. That is why a Facebook site that has charged a large portion of the community with so-called racism needs to be called out. It is an extremely ugly form of demagoguery.

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  13. 11:09am Thanks for the laugh...

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  14. 2018 voting guide: https://tinyurl.com/CaPrimary2018VoterGuide

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  15. Gap apologizes for China map T-shirt that didn’t show Taiwan
    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/05/15/gap-apologizes-for-china-map-t-shirt-that-didnt-show-taiwan/

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    1. Taiwan is not China

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    2. China says it is.

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    3. If you are not British then I am not Chinese. I am a Taiwanese. We never paid any tax to Chinese government and we elect our president. We can use Google freely and we have freedom of the speech. So, we are not Chinese.

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  16. we have all the anti Tay and Tay hating comments here but no one at least acknowledge that Tay never deny what he did. At least he is a man and not denying what he did. he wouldn't have done what he is done if he knew those activities were illegal. It's too much price to pay for very little gain! A high schooler would know. i do believe he needed a better campaign manager and adviser that the one he used. Let FPPC and County do their job and wait for verdict. Please don't trial a person by press and public. Our world has too many of this unfair trial by public, i.e. #metoo, President's appointees, and many politicians.... No one should resign because of allegation or complaint. We should wait for investigation result.

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    1. 1) Tay was not sure if what he did was legal or not.

      2) Not knowing that something is illegal is no excuse for doing it. There isn't any "I didn't know it was illegal!" clause in the United States Constitution.

      3) People can say anything they want about a politician in the United States. It's one of those "freedom" things.

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    2. In my experience telling people they can't talk about something only makes them want to talk more.

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    3. 12:48, Tay is too dumb to deny what he did.

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    4. Blinded by his teeth.

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  17. Top intelligence official says Chinese ZTE cellphones pose security risk to U.S. - President Trump wants to help the Chinese firm, but a top intel official told the Senate that ZTE cellphones may be used by the Chinese government to spy.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/top-intelligence-official-says-chinese-zte-cellphones-pose-security-risk-n874276

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  18. 12:48pm. Exactly.

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    1. You mean people don't have the right to discuss the actions of a politician? What law says that?

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  19. Regarding ZTE...why would Trump want to exclude this company? You know why and that will be part of another investigation.

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    1. Quid pro quo, of course.

      White House can’t explain how Chinese financing of Trump-linked project doesn’t violate Constitution

      "I'll have to refer you to the Trump Organization."
      AARON RUPAR
      MAY 14, 2018, 3:51 PM

      Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah cannot explain how the Trump Organization’s involvement in a project in Indonesia partially financed by the Chinese government adheres to the Constitution’s emoluments clause and Trump’s personal promise not to pursue new foreign business deals while he’s president.

      “The Trump Organization is involved in a project in Indonesia building hotels, golf courses, residences — it is getting up to $500 million in backing from the Chinese government,” Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times said during Monday’s press briefing. “Can you explain the administration’s position on A, how this doesn’t violate the emoluments clause; and B, how this wouldn’t violate the president’s own promise that his private organization would not be getting involved in new foreign deals while he was president?”

      Shah didn’t even attempt to answer Bierman’s question. “I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization,” he said.

      Bierman pushed back, pointing out to Shah that “the Trump Organization can’t speak on behalf of the president as the president — the head of the federal government, the one who is responsible, who needs to assure the American people, and they don’t have that responsibility.”

      https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-chinese-financing-trump-project-violate-constitution-76456a21225a/
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    2. Pay to play

      Corrupt

      Lock him
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  20. For all you white caped cone heads use to have a Golden Rule: Out of town by dusk, into town at sun raise.

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    1. So you believe the Ku Klux Klan is in Arcadia?

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    2. Sun raise indeed

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    3. I have it on good authority that at least half of the peacocks are in the klan.

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  21. How is it far right to want your borders secured? You lefties have lost your way, liberals used to care about border security and legal immigration. Instead today they race bait and use illegals for labor and votes. Cmon Dems wake up! We have Laws and a Border!!

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    1. Have you read any of the articles that have appeared lately talking about all of the businesses that are in trouble because they can no longer get the workers they need to get certain things done? In the end that will speak louder than your idiotic tripe.

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    2. If so-called "securing of borders" were anything more than offering red meat to RWNJs, the GOP would be screaming for the prosecution of the owners of companies that hire undocumented workers. Prosecuting the owners would not only reduce demand and therefore the incentive to come to the US, but would be much more cost efficient.

      Of course, the GOP won't do that because bullies and cowards only prey on the poor and powerless.

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    3. I actually Agree with you, I dont want companies using these poor illegals as labor and slaves for cheap work/labor jobs, it hurts both the legal immigrants and illegals, Also hurts our minority American communities who are struggling to find work. Left and Right We should Agree to have laws and a border that works and is secured for both America And Mexico. Americans deserve to be protected and our American Workers deserve to be protected from jobs being lost to illegals.

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