Thursday, October 23, 2014

Imagine That: It's the Politics of Photoshop

I am always amazed at the people who manage to think up these sort of slogans. In a world of hyperactive communications, it seems to me that a pithy statement ends up carrying a lot more influence than one would normally expect. The photo below appears to be the result of a Photoshop exercise that turned a "Hands Up - Don't Shoot" display into something entirely different. (Notice the extra space between Don't and Loot as well as the lack of foreshortening in the P and T in pants.)



Nevertheless, I was inspired when I stumbled over this photo while reviewing my @augustine25 twitter account. This seems like a particularly important message given the news that forensic studies are confirming the version of events recounted by police officer Darren Wilson. Apparently, there was residue from gun powder on Michael Brown's hand, a result that verifies Wilson's story that Brown had tried to grab his gun from him. 

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Second Look: Dr. Drew's CA Voter's Guide for Constitutional Conservative - Tea Party Activists


Dr. Drew's painting of the
Finangler - 2014.

I am getting ready to vote myself and I thought I'd take a second look at the candidates and propositions so that I could offer my recommendations for the November election from the point of view of a Tea Party activist. I reviewed a number of other voter guides and picked up some fresh ideas. If you are depending on my recommendations, then please use this most recent blog post. 

If you feel I've made any mistakes, please leave me a comment below and I'll look into the issue further. Most of these recommendations are based on the offices that are most important to Tea Party activists living in Orange County, CA. I've borrowed liberally from the folks at the Orange County Tea Party Blog and the great work done by Kelly Hubbard. I have also reviewed the work done by Roblyn Nordell's Conservative California Election Website, and the truly excellent work done by Kathy Dittner's Kathy's Picks websiteKathy was the founder and director of "Salt & Light," a pro-family, moral issues ministry which operated at Saddleback Church for almost 20 years. She is the past Vice-President of the Saddleback Republican Assembly and is a former Orange County Republican Central Committee member. She strikes me as a courageous lady who deserves our encouragement.

In some cases, my recommendations are based on my long-standing dislike of crony capitalism and preference for defending the interests of residents rather than developers.
As you will see in the comments below, many of the candidates from both parties are not really worth voting for right now. In addition to my recommendations, I am indicating N.R. where there is no reasonable recommendation possible.

State of California Offices:

Governor: Democrat Jerry Brown vs. liberal Republican Neel Kashkari – N.R. (Kashkari is a former Obama voter and a ridiculous choice for our Republican nominee.)
Lieutenant Governor: Dem. Gavin Newsom vs. Rep. Ron Nehring – N.R.
Secretary of State: Pete Peterson
State Controller: Dem. Betty Yee vs. Rep. Ashley Swearengen (supports high speed rail) – N.R.
State Treasurer: Greg Conlon
State Supt. of Public Instruction: Torlakson and Tuck are Dems. Write in Lydia Guiterrez*
Attorney General: Dem. Kamala Harris vs. Rep. Ronald Gold (not a conservative). N.R.
Insurance Commissioner: Ted Gaines
Board of Equalization, 4th Dist.: Dem. Nader Shahatit vs. Rep. Diane Harkey (She lives in my area and I never warmed up to her. She seems hostile to men. No matter what, it looks like she and her husband have questionable ethics in business. I don't think she merits your vote.) N.R.
U.S. Rep., 45th Cong. Dist.; Dem. Drew Leavens vs. Rep. Mimi Walters (Walters is another disappointment to me. She broke anti-tax promise, and lied about where she lived as a State Senator. I think we can do better.) 
N.R.California State Senate, 36th Dist.: Dem. Gary Kephart vs. Rep. Pat Bates – N.R.
California Assembly, 73rd Dist.: Dem. Wendy Gabriella vs. Rep. Bill Brough – N.R.

California Supreme Court

Justices have more power than most voters realize. It is incredibly important to do a good job on picking out these folks. Regarding the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court there are 13 offices (listed left to right in ballot order), vote yes or no:

Goodwin Liu – NO 
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar – NO
Kathryn Mickle Werdegar – NO 
Terry B. O’Rourke – YES
Gilbert Nares – YES 
Alex C. McDonald – YES
James A. McIntyre – YES 
Thomas E. Hollenhorst – YES
Kathleen E. O’Leary – NO 
William F. Rylaarsdam – YES
Richard M. Aronson – YES 
David A. Thompson – YES
Richard D. Fybel – NO

Orange County

Judge of Superior, Office No. 14 – Kevin Haskins
South Orange County Community College District Board Member, Trustee Area 4 – Nancy Padberg
Or. Co. Board of Supv., 5th District – I used to like Robert Ming but he approved high density housing at a key choke point for Laguna Niguel, built a dream City Hall, and then left for higher office. His opponent is endorsed by Rep. Darrell Issa who I really like, but she appears to be too liberal for me and my neighbors. - N.R.
Or, Co. Assessor: Claude Parrish
Or. Co. Measure G – NO. I changed my mind on this one. I read all the ballot arguments and the measure itself. It looks to me like a thinly veiled attempt to harm potential Board of Supervisor candidates like Deborah Pauley. The ballot argument for the measure demeans those who run for office and come in second place as candidates who have been "rejected" by the voters. All in all, it looks like the current system is working just fine and that any changes would only appeal to the incumbents who may not have our best interests at heart. 
Or. Co. Measure E – NO. I am still happy with my "No" recommendation on this even though now I oppose this measure for a different reason. At first, I thought it was a power grab by the folks in state government. Now it looks more like a proposal to bypass stricter local controls on elections finance laws. Sadly, it skirts the real need to establish a county ethics commission.

Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo City Council – key race for three seats – conservatives vs. two progressives and a lobbyist.
Ed Sachs – strong financial and business management background. Retired CEO at Pioneer Electronics. (Great guy!)
Greg Raths – retired Marine Corps colonel who is running as a fiscal conservative.
Desi Kiss – reliable conservative with backbone. Engineer and business owner.
(Do NOT vote for pro-developer Leckness or Reardon. Bucknum is a lobbyist for the housing industry.)

Laguna Niguel - two seats are open. 

After reviewing the ballot statements of the candidates and the various recommendations by the different voter guides, I am okay with voting for both John Mark Jennings and Elaine Gennawey. I know Jenning's church - Mission Lutheran Church - and it is a kind, well-run institution. Gennawey is endorsed by the local CRA as is Jennings.

Water Districts

No recommendations.

FYI: The water districts, in my view, are primarily responsible for all the pinhole leaks in our copper plumbing. The costs they imposed on us could have been prevented by making changes to our water chemistry. My general policy here is to simply vote for the non-incumbents hoping that they will care about the end users of the water supply.

California Propositions

Prop 1, NO: Water quality, supply and infrastructure – $7.12-billion bond, contains a lot of pork.
Prop 2, NO: Increases “rainy day” fund. Note Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. says YES on this one.
Prop 45, NO: Requires Insurance Commissioner’s approval of health ins. rate changes.
Prop 46, YES: Drug testing of doctors. (Doctors can be drunks and drug users...they shouldn't be able to hide this from their patients. I also have some experience in studying the problem of people gaming the system in search of pain-killing medications. I don't see how you fix that problem without some sort of state-wide data-base.)
Prop 47, NO: Reduces penalty for most nonviolent crimes and requires the release of convicted felons.
Prop 48, NO: Tribal state gaming compact, mainly would allow casinos outside reservation land.

*Do not write in a name except for nonpartisan races with a blank line and box. OK for Guiterrez.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Obituary for Kenneth A. Korbut Beloved Brother, Cousin and Uncle

In the photo above, from left to right, we 
see Ken's childhood friends Donnie and 
Mike Carroll, Chester Korbut - Ken's father, 
and Ken himself. 
Kenneth A. Korbut, 60, of Milford, MI died July 13, 2014, at the home of his cousin Kevin Lawrence also of Milford, MI. Kenneth was born December 26, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Chester and Eleanor Korbut. He was married to, and later divorced from, Henrietta Anaya. Kenneth worked as a journeyman carpenter in the construction business. Over the course of his life, he lived in various locations in both CA and MI. He enjoyed surfing, camping and spending time with his friends.

Kenneth is survived by his sister Patricia M. Drew of Laguna Niguel, CA; by his niece Michele Smith and her two children Alyssa and Dylan Smith of Huntington Beach, CA; by his cousin Kevin Lawrence and his two children Alexis Lawrence and Kelly LoGiudice, and by his cousin Michael Faivor of Austin, TX. Kenneth is also survived by his friend Ronald McNally. Kenneth was predeceased by his brother, Jim Korbut, 62, of Seal Beach, California on April 20, 2013.

Kenneth graduated from Warner Middle School in Midway, CA in 1968. While he was a student at Warner, he was elected the Christmas Snowball King which recognized him as being the school’s most popular male student. Kenneth played varsity football during his junior and senior years at Fountain Valley High School from which he graduated in 1972.

There will be a memorial service for Kenneth on Sunday July 27, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Highland Adult Activity Center on 209 N. John Street in Highland, MI. For more information on the memorial service, please telephone Kenneth’s cousin, Kevin Lawrence, at (248) 755-1195.Consistent with the wishes of his sister, Kenneth’s cremains will be returned to CA and – at a later ceremony -- scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

The family is requesting that memorial donations be made to support the college education of his niece’s daughter, Alyssa Smith. Please make all donations payable to Alyssa Smith and send them to the following address: Alyssa Smith, 5772 Venturi Drive, Huntington Beach, CA  92649. All memorial contributions to Alyssa’s college education will be gratefully acknowledged and wisely spent.

The official obituary for Kenneth A. Korbut was published in the Observer & Eccentric and Hometown Weeklies in Michigan on July 24, 2014.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist. He applies his skills as a grant writing consultant in the Southern Calfornia area. His website is at the following link: http://drdrewguaranteedgrants.com/about-us/


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dr. Drew's CA Voter's Guide for Constitutional Conservative - Tea Party Activists


I thought I'd take a moment and load up my recommendations for the June primary from the point of view of a Tea Party activist. If you feel I've made any mistakes, please leave me a comment below and I'll look into the issue further. Most of these recommendations are based on the offices that are most important to Tea Party activists living in Orange County, CA. I've borrowed liberally from the folks at the Orange County Tea Party Blog and the great work done by Kelly Hubbard. I've also borrowed from the Orange County Register when I had no other sources.

Governor of CA:

Tim Donnelly – is currently a State Assemblyman. He is a true proven conservative who has a “never give up spirit” with lots of positive energy. He has strong family values and a hard work ethic. He holds steadfast to the principles of free enterprise, defending liberty, restricting government regulation, and upholding the constitution.

Lieutenant Governor:

Ron Nering - The grassroots activists of the Republican Party represented by the California Republican Assembly voted overwhelmingly to support former state Republican Chairman Ron Nehring for Lt. Governor.  The group, with membership across California, has consistently backed Nehring over the years during successful campaigns for state Republican Party leadership posts. "The members of the CRA are drawn to politics because of solid ideas, and our goal is to put those ideas into action," Nehring said.

Secretary of State:

Pete Peterson He earned his Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and was a Public Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Attorney General:

Orly Taitz - Orly is a friend of mine and I would vote for her even if she was registered as a Democrat. We could not go wrong with her as our new Attorney General.

Controller:

Ashley Swearengin - Mayor of Fresno.

Treasurer:

Greg Conlon - Greg Conlon gained hands on experience serving two of California’s most critical agencies. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Greg to both the California Public Utilities Commission, where he served for two years as president and four years as Commissioner, and to the California Transportation Commission, where he served for three years as Commissioner.

State Board of Equalization: 

Van Tran - I have always liked him. In my view, Diane Harkey has too much baggage to be a good representative for the Republican party. 

California Insurance Commissioner:

Ted Gaines – currently in the State Senate and has been a solid conservative voice.  He is a 5th generation Californian and has been a direct insurance broker for the past 30 years.  He has great family values and has filed a lawsuit against Covered California to stop the cancellations of policies and to demand more accountability. He has a high 95.6 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association rating.

State Senator - 36th District:

Patricia C. "Pat" Bates - She has been around a while. I do not hear too much negative about her.

Member of the State Assembly - 73rd District:

Jesse Petrilla - He is a local Tea Party sensation who deserves your support. 

Orange County Board of Supervisors:

For the 5th DistrictRobert Ming – currently Councilman of the City of Laguna Niguel, former Mayor. He is a proven conservative, has strong family values and a hard work ethic as well as a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association endorses him. He led the charge in his City to save all the money needed before remodeling its City Hall. They had no need to borrow money, nor did they go over budget. He cites integrity, fiscal responsibility and leadership as the missing elements for solutions in Orange County.

For the 2nd DistrictMichelle Steel – currently a member of the State Board of Equalization. In this position she has actually returned money to taxpayers and has fought against new and raising taxes.  She states her goals as supervisor would be to root out waste, fraud and abuse from the county budget; reform public employee pensions to protect taxpayers; protect our coastline and beaches; support local law enforcement; and reduce regulations and red tape on small business.

Orange County Assessor:

Claude Parrish - The Orange County Register believes Mr. Parrish will bring fresh thinking to the county assessor’s office.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder:

Hugh Nguyen - The Orange County Register reports that When Hugh Nguyen was appointed to the top spot at the Clerk-Recorder’s office in April 2013, he certainly had a mess on his hands. The proper accounting of $6.8 million in public fund expenditures couldn’t be assessed because of poor record keeping, in an office that is responsible for keeping county records. They think that, so far, Mr. Nguyen appears to be living up to expectations, which is why these editorial pages feel he is best-suited to stay on and finish the job. 

Orange County Auditor-Controller:

Eric Woolery - The Orange County Taxpayers Association has endorsed Eric Woolery in the Orange County Auditor-Controller’s race because he has the right set of skills and expertise to best serve as the watchdog over Orange County’s taxpayer funds. He is a CPA, a former small business owner, a former county school board member, and currently serves as Orange Treasurer. 

CA State Assembly:

73rd DistrictJesse Petrilla – is currently a City Councilman for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. He is an officer in the CA Army National Guard and has a history of grassroots leadership and advocacy, and as a result has raised more than $100,000 with over 200 donors.  He has strong family values and a hard work ethic. He has a proven record as a fiscal conservative and has pledged not to raise any taxes.  (Jesse has been a target of a dirty smear campaign of half-truths by one of his opponents.)

65th DistrictYoung Kim – former Congressman Ed Royce staffer.  She lists improving the economy, improving education opportunities, fixing the state budget, and making public safety a priority as her commitments.  See Orange County Tea Party Blog Kelly Hubbard’s article on her.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Lydia Gutierrez – serves as an elected Board member on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and is on the Education and Public Safety Committees. She has a tremendous history of serving, has been dedicated to education and has a great love for teaching children. She has strong family values and a strong work ethic.  She stands against Common Core. Lydia founded the National Organization of Parents and Teachers For A Quality Public Education.  See Orange County Tea Party Blog Kelly Hubbard’s article on Lydia.

Orange County Superior Court Judge, Office 35:

Jeff Ferguson – currently deputy district attorney. He has been a friend to the tea party and has worked hard to seek justice and protect neighborhoods from narcotics traffickers, street gangsters and other thugs.  His tenants are responsibility, accountability and fairness.  He has been awarded Prosecutor of the Year four times by the OC Narcotics Officers Association, among many awards and recognitions.  He has strong family values and a hard work ethic. He has been endorsed by former San Clemente Sheriff Bill Hunt: “He is dedicated to our U.S. Constitution, especially our Second Amendment right . . .”  See OC Tea Party Blog Kelly Hubbard article re Jeff.

Orange County Superior Court Judge, Office 35:

Helen Hayden

Orange County Treasurer:

Shari Freidenrich – A dedicated and ethical treasurer. In her first term, she worked hard to save taxpayer money wherever she could. She  believes the money rightfully belongs to them.  She is also endorsed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

U.S. Congress:

Dana Rohrabacher – incumbent Congressman for the 48th District. He is on the House Committee of Foreign Affairs and is a strong advocate for national security and has been a leader in the fight against amnesty. He was the only OC Congressman who voted against the latest raise in the debt ceiling. Endorsed by Freedom Works.

Tom McClintock – incumbent Congressman, 4th District. We mention Tom McClintock because he is being ambushed by his own party who are seemingly collaborating with Democrats to defeat him.  Apparently, he is too conservative for the GOP.  Congressman McClintock has been a stalwart conservative, many times being the lone CA Congressman voting to protect the Constitution. Endorsed by Freedom Works.Igor Birman – He is a candidate for Congress, CA 7th District. He has been Congressman McClintock’s Chief of Staff since 2009, as senior policy and strategy advisor. He has a unique love for America and its freedom and liberty having come from the Soviet Union with his family as a refugee.  He has strong family values and hard work ethic. He graduated from UC Davis and is a licensed attorney. Endorsed by Freedom Works; appeared several times on the Glenn Beck Program. He was also a speaker at the recent Freedom Works Kentucky FreePAC event.

45th Congressional District – TBD

U.S. Senate:

It is imperative constitutional patriots win races in the Senate.  This is probably the single most important thing we can do to thwart and reverse the onslaught of national socialism.  We highly recommend the Senate endorsements of Freedom Works and Senate Conservatives Fund.  Please read up on these endorsements and donate to them.

Orange County Board of Education:

For Area 5Linda Lindholm – currently she is the Mayor of the City of Laguna Niguel. She is determined to ensure that education taxpayer dollars are spent directly in the classroom and not on administrative bureaucracy.  Current Trustee Robert Hammond, a proven conservative advocate of education, has endorsed her.

For Area 2Tom Pollitt – founder of the Newport-Mesa Tea Party and on Costa Mesa’s Charter Committee.  He desires to promote parental rights and choices, improve the County’s charter school system, and make sure taxpayer funds go to the classrooms and not the administration. He questions the financial viability of Common Core and it’s standards. Current Trustee Robert Hammond, a proven conservative advocate of education, has endorsed him.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

This is Not a Cherry: Painting on the Night George Zimmerman Was Declared Not Guilty

I'm struck and saddened by how out of touch with reality the left has become in our country. The absurd idea that Zimmerman hunted down Trayvon Martin is the latest urban myth that the low-information voter seems to be buying into. I find this quite creepy.


The inability of the truth to impact the consciousness of so many people seems to be causing grave damage to our nation. We live in a world were people honestly believe that Obama was never a Marxist socialist, that our current economic woes are due to the Bush administration, or that Trayvon Martin did nothing to make his killing legally okay.

Somehow, eventually, people will wake up to the reality of their senses and the guidance of their common sense. In the meantime, I think it is up to those of us in the Tea Party Movement to speak the truth and remind others that the truth is real and it has long-term consequences. As they say, "This is not a cherry."

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist. He applies his skills as a grant writing consultant in the Southern Calfornia area. His website is at the following link: http://drdrewguaranteedgrants.com/about-us/