The REAL Martin Luther King Jr in quotes

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Lincoln Memorial (Photo: National Archives)

The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be conveniently used to prop up the status quo. He is MLK reduced to “I Have A Dream,” used in conservative political ads to scare-monger about invading, job-stealing Mexican immigrants. He is the almost wholly fabricated MLK whom the modern GOP claims would today be one of their own, presumably standing alongside them as they vote against the poor, people of color and women of every race at every opportunity. He is MLK reimagined as the passive figure the fascist, racist right in this country wants us to be as they lean into the boot on our necks.

In reality, those examples rely on half-truths and half-reveals of who MLK truly was. In real, big-picture life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches and books would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for African-American civil rights. By 1966, MLK had become an outspoken opponent of “liberal” white complicity in white supremacy, of American imperialism and warmongering, of the capitalist system itself. Modern right-wingers’ use of quotes from MLK (here are a few examples) twist and misuse his words in ways that belie much of what he ultimately came to stand for.

The next time you see MLK corrupted and misused as a tool of capitalism, racism, unchecked white supremacy and war, recall that MLK said “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Here are several more examples of MLK’s most radical statements.

  1. “Why is equality so assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains?

The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”

—  Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

 

  1. “I contend that the cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.”

— Interview with Mike Wallace, 1966

 

  1. “But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?…It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

 

—  “The Other America,” 1968

 

  1. “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

 

—  “Revolution of Values,” 1967

 

  1. “Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.”

 

—  “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

 

  1. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

 

—“Beyond Vietnam,” 1967

 

“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”

 

— Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

 

  1. “The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”

 

— “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

 

  1. “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

 

— Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967

 

  1. “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

 

— Letter From a Birmingham Jail, 1963

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/here-are-9-mlk-quotes-you-wont-hear-mainstream-media-cite-today/

 

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Needed: a Moral Revival to challenge the evils of racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation

It’s time to look at the real wisdom of MLK which was very progressive and blazed the trail for Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 89 years old this Jan. 15. Assassinated at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968, his much-too-short life forever changed America. Among the landmarks of his activism are the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, ending segregation in public transportation; leading the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech; the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and marching with sanitation workers in Memphis, where he declared in his last speech, delivered on the eve of his death, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” Often overlooked are the increasingly radical policy positions King took in his last years, from speaking out against the Vietnam War to forging a multiracial Poor People’s Campaign that sought, as King said, “a radical redistribution of economic and political power.” Now, 50 years later, a coalition has formed anew to organize poor people in the United States into what King called “a new and unsettling force” to fight poverty and forge meaningful change.

This renewal, called “The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,” has an audacious agenda: “to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” At the forefront is the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Born just two days after the famous March on Washington, Barber grew up in the civil-rights movement. For over 10 years he served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, stepping down to lead this new campaign.

Back in 1968, King described the need for the Poor People’s Campaign, saying: “Millions of young people grow up in the sunlight of opportunity. But there is another America. And this other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms ebulliency of hope into the fatigue of despair.”

Speaking this week on the “Democracy Now!” news hour, Rev. Barber reflected on how little has truly changed since King’s time: “Fifty years later, we have nearly 100 million poor and working poor people in this country, 14 million poor children. … Fifty years later, we have less voting rights protection than we had on August 6, 1965,” he said. “[Republicans] have filibustered fixing the Voting Rights Act now for over four years, over 1,700 days.”

“Every state where there’s high voter suppression,” Barber continued, “also has high poverty, denial of health care, denial of living wages, denial of labor union rights, attacks on immigrants, attacks on women.”

Barber says the answer is fusion politics: “We have black, we have white, we have brown, young, old, gay, straight, Jewish, Muslim, Christians, people of faith, people not of faith, who are coming together,” creating what he calls the “Third Reconstruction.” Part of this fusion includes reaching out to traditionally conservative Christians, like Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. From a devout, white evangelical family, as a teen he served as a congressional page under South Carolina Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond, one of the fiercest segregationists of the modern era.

Wilson-Hartgrove heard William Barber preach, and has been a follower and a colleague ever since. The renewed Poor People’s Campaign is responding to poor, white evangelicals, Wilson-Hartgrove says: “These people who say, ‘Vote for me because I’m a good Christian leader’ are not serving your interests. You don’t have health care, you don’t have a living wage because the same people who say they’re standing up for God and righteousness are, when they’re voting, voting against the interests of poor people, whether you’re black, white, brown or whatever.”

Barber sees transformation of the Deep South on the near horizon but doesn’t claim it will be easy. Recent court victories against both racial and political gerrymandering in North Carolina will further empower African- Americans and other traditionally marginalized groups. But the real work will be done not in the courts, but in the streets.

Barber and Wilson-Hartgrove, along with the Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-director of the New York City-based Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice and co-chair of the modern- day Poor People’s Campaign, traveled to 15 states around the country in recent months, recruiting, organizing and training over 1,000 people. Barber said: “Our first action will be on the Monday after Mother’s Day. We’re going after 25,000 people engaging in civil disobedience over six weeks to launch a movement.” Their target: the U.S. Capitol and statehouses across the country.

Martin Luther King Jr. was robbed of life by a sniper’s bullet 50 years ago. But on this anniversary of his birth, this national holiday that people fought decades for, his vital work to empower the poor, lives on.

Amy Goodman –  Denis Moynihan

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,400 stations. She is the co-author, with Denis Moynihan and David Goodman, of the newly published New York Times bestseller “Democracy Now!: 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America.”

The GOP and Trump are setting the stage for an undemocratic and permanent power grab

While our attention has been diverted by lying racist Trump and his antics, the rapid change from a republican form of government to oligarchy continues unabated. The Trumpies are stacking the courts at an unprecedented rate with extreme right-wingers’ and neo-fascists

Howard Nielson Jr. is a former Justice Department lawyer in the Bush administration who helped lead an infamous purge of left-leaning job candidates at the Justice Department – a power move considered so heinous that an inspector general’s report recommended those involved should never work in government again.

Thomas Farr spent much of his early career as a campaign attorney for the late Sen. Jesse Helms, the legendary North Carolina Republican and villain to a generation of civil rights advocates. While he was largely behind the scenes, the activists say, Farr was one of the architects of Helms’ plots to suppress black turnout, allowing the senator and former segregationist Dixiecrat to maintain an iron grip on power for more than three decades.

Yet despite liberal outrage about their career paths – and Democrats’ attempts to make them the poster boys for highly ideological nominees the White House is racing to get on the court – experts say Senate Republicans voting in lockstep are likely to confirm both Nielsen and Farr to lifetime appointments as federal court judges.

Put another way: President Donald Trump’s campaign to steer the federal bench to the far right, which conservatives say are among the handful of the president’s first-year accomplishments, is continuing with all deliberate speed. And minority Democrats, stripped of nearly all legislative tools to affect the process, can barely slow it down, much less stop it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, doesn’t think the judicial confirmations are happening fast enough – even though several candidates the White House pushed through the vetting and nomination process last year were forced to withdraw under embarrassing circumstances.

“Why must [nominees] consume a week of the Senate’s attention? Why do we need to file cloture on each, and then exhaust the full thirty hours of debate?” McConnell asked in a statement released Monday. “Because Senate Democrats are choosing – for partisan reasons – to make these nominations take as long as possible.”

But analysts say the demand to accelerate a confirmation process that’s moving far faster than when former President Barack Obama was in office – along with nominees from the far right whose backgrounds have been given a once-over instead of a thorough scrub – could be a bad combination for Trump and his top legislative ally.

“Speeding up confirmations raises the risk of unforeseen or troubling areas,” says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor and political analyst. “Much of the problem we saw last year was the result of poor vetting and preparation of nominees. That is not as much a matter of the Senate schedule” as much as subpar work by the White House and the GOP.

Meanwhile, along with slowing down the nominations as much as possible, Democrats and their progressive allies plan to highlight Trump’s “worrisome” nominees in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections – what some say is the motivation behind McConnell’s push for faster confirmations ahead of what’s likely to be a Democratic tsunami.

“Every Republican will be held accountable for their vote,” says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, a progressive organization specializing in the courts and legal issues. “There are Republican lawyers who would be great judges, but this administration is looking exclusively for individuals who will turn the clock back” on women’s rights, civil rights and protections for gays and lesbians.

“They have a commitment to identifying and recruiting judges who are hostile to the progress America has made in so many areas,” says Aron. “And in doing so, they’re sacrificing quality for ideology.”

Neilson “played a role in the Justice Department’s notorious political hiring scandal under the George W. Bush administration,” in which the Justice Department screened intern applicants for political affiliation and rejected any candidates who leaned to the left – no matter how sterling their qualifications, according to a letter to the committee from Marge Baker, president of People for the American Way. That discrimination, she says, not only broke federal guidelines but “is toxic to democracy, especially when carried out by the nation’s primary law enforcement agency.”

That sentiment was echoed in the inspector general’s report of the incident, according to Baker, who quoted the analysis: “The ones who are no longer with the Department should never get a job with the Department or, in my view, any other Federal agency based upon the conduct listed, and I hope – and they should consider this action.”

The left is also outraged by Nielson’s work with National Rifle Association as well as his involvement in writing the so-called Bush torture memos, in which the White House Office of Legal Counsel justified the use of waterboarding and other forms of abuse against terrorism suspects, in violation of the Geneva Convention. But the biggest strike against him, according to liberals, is his work fighting gay marriage in California.

“Like nearly one-third of the judicial nominees that have been put forward by this administration, Mr. Nielsen has a long history of working to strip LGBT people of their legal protections,” according to a letter Lambda Legal, a gay and lesbian civil rights group, sent to the Judiciary Committee.

When a federal judge struck down the ban on gay marriage as a form of discrimination, “Mr. Nielson filed a motion asking to vacate the ruling,” arguing that “the presiding judge, Judge Vaughn Walker – a Reagan appointee who was randomly assigned the case – did not reveal that he was in a long-term same-sex relationship and that because he was in such a relationship,” according to the letter. Nielson “[assumed] he must have an interest (namely, an intention to marry) that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.”

During Nielson’s confirmation hearing Wednesday, Nielson rejected the allegation that he’s biased against gays and lesbians. “The views I express in litigation are those of my clients,” he told the committee. “No one needs to recuse themselves because of their status.”

Similarly, when Far was nominated, Rev. William Barber – an influential civil rights leader and lifelong North Carolina resident – objected strongly because of the nominee’s affiliation with Helms, a longtime senator with deeply-held conservative views. Barber called Farr a “protege” of Helms who, fresh from law school, eagerly adopted the role of suppressing the African-American electorate, a Helms tactic

Along with a race-baiting TV ad in the 1990 campaign, Helms allegedly mailed “more than 100,000 intimidating postcards to North Carolinians, most of whom were blacks eligible to vote, wrongly suggesting they were ineligible and warning that they could be prosecuted for fraud if they tried to cast ballots,” Barber wrote in a New York Times editorial late last month. Although Farr denied it in his confirmation hearings in October, Barber notes that Farr worked for Helms’ campaign during that time period and was affiliated with the law firm that represented the senator for years.

“Having lived in North Carolina since childhood, I know Mr. Helms’ racist legacy and I hold no doubts that Mr. Farr perpetuates it,” Barber wrote. “He began his career as counsel for Mr. Helms’s Senate campaigns, where he participated in racist tactics to intimidate African-American voters. This alone is reason to reject his nomination, as is his apparent lying on the topic to the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Farr has disavowed the allegations, but committee Democrats want him to testify again before the confirmation vote to clear up the matter.

Ultimately, Aron says, Democrats don’t have the votes to keep Farr or Nielson from the bench, and McConnell and the White House show no intentions of forcing either of them to withdraw. But they are likely to put up a much stronger fight now that Democratic Sens. Corey Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California are on the panel.

Democrats rearranged their lineup following the surprise win of Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in a December special election, and when Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota retired in January amid a sexual misconduct scandal.

The additions “will produce some different outcomes and enhance the conversation and questioning. And that’s a big change,” Aron says.

But Turley, the George Washington University professor, says the politically bloody, hand-to-hand combat over judicial nominations is likely to continue until the White House, Democrats and Republicans agree on baseline qualifications and check political ideology at the door — a longshot at best.

“They need to look very closely at the quality control aspect of this process,” Turley says. “I think that the federal bench for the most part has maintained a very talented array of judges. Despite the flaws in our system we actually have produced a fairly good bench. But it’s clear the process favors the well-connected.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-01-12/democrats-object-to-trump-court-nominees-farr-neilson?

 

The crime wave in Eureka and Humboldt continues to grow unabated

The crime wave of theft, home invasions, assaults, even homicides, continues to reign here locally.  Every other day we continue to read about violence and predation in our communities.  The Examiner has also found and posted about, the overwhelming amount of unreported crimes happening in our communities, especially in the Cannabis industry.(see links at the bottom)  The forecast is only expected to get worse as the local cannabis economy goes through its painful realignment. We believe the Times-Standard story today about the overnight closers of Safeway store is yet another sign of how bad it’s getting.

Small signs on the front doors of the Safeway store in Eureka let customers know about its new open hours. Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard

Safeway stores cut back on hours, stores see hundreds of calls for service from local law enforcement

Safeway shoppers on Tuesday were greeted with signs on some entrances stating the grocery stores will no longer be open 24/7.

“New store hours,” a green sheet of paper taped to the inside of a sliding glass door of the Eureka Safeway reads. “Opens 5 p.m. daily … Closed 1 a.m. daily.”

“Our store operations are continuously reviewed and adjusted where needed based on observations from our division management and customer feedback. We recently modified the hours of operation at over 80 locations throughout the Northern California division,” Safeway Northern California spokeswoman Wendy Gutshall wrote in an email to the Times-Standard on Tuesday.

“As an ongoing effort, we evaluate and adjust our store operations based on observations from division management, customer feedback, seasonal activity and a variety of other variables that impact our operations,” she later wrote in response to a question about why the hours were adjusted.

It’s not just the Eureka store that won’t be open 24/7. According to Gutshall, the Arcata location will now be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., the Fortuna branch will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. and the McKinleyville store will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

It is unclear whether crime played a role in the company’s decision.

“We have had 378 responses to Safeway in [the last] year,” Fortuna Police Department office supervisor Robin Paul said.

She added that 57 of those calls in 2017 were for theft and the others were for vandalism or other emergencies.

“We responded over there 469 times and those were petty thefts, disturbances, unwanted subjects, reckless driving, all sorts of things,” Arcata Police Department Lt. Bart Silvers said about calls for service at the Safeway.

Those calls came in between January and December last year between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., he said.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction covers both the Eureka Safeway on Harris Street and the McKinleyville Safeway along Central Avenue.

Sheriff’s office public information officer Samantha Karges said “a lot” of the calls for service at those Safeway stores are outside of their new closing hours.

“A lot of the time, our deputies go out there and Safeway doesn’t want to press charges,” Karges said.

In 2017, deputies were called out to the Eureka Safeway 150 times total but only 17 times between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. The most common call for service there was for unwanted subjects.

In 2017, deputies responded to the McKinleyville Safeway 133 times including eight times between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. Unwanted subjects make up the most calls in the McKinleyville location as well, according to information sent by Karges. Hunter Cresswell can be reached at 707-441-0506.

Small signs on the front doors of the Safeway store in Eureka let customers know about its new open hours.

http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180109/local-safeway-stores-are-no-longer-247

Past posts about the crime wave:

MILL’S PARTING GIFT FOR THE COMMUNITY; A BUSINESS DISTRICT CRIME WAVE

Remember back in April 2016 when the Examiner posted: BRILLIANT! HUMCPR AND CHIEF MILLS MOVE THE DEVILS PLAYGROUND TO OLD TOWN Well those chickens have come home to roost and grown in numbers A trip into old town and even many parts of downtown is like running the gauntlet. Stabbings, shootings and widespread thievery and vandalism.  […]

05.08.15

by tuluwat examiner

THE CRIME WAVE “TIPPING POINT” IS HERE, NOW

The Crime Wave has gotten so bad recently that The Humboldt Bay Fire Department has to wait for the Eureka Police to secure the scene for them so that they can begin fire suppression activities or life saving measures! When seconds count, cops may be minutes away and unable to make the scenes safe for […]

07.10.14

by tuluwat examiner

CRIME WAVE = MORE TAXES?

Public Safety is the reason being cited by the City of Eureka, The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and the City of Fortuna for sales tax measures being placed on the November ballot. The Examiner has been posting about the Crime Wave that has been sweeping Eureka and Humboldt County since we started this blog […]

09.26.17

by tuluwat examiner

SURPRISE! CRIMEWAVE RAGES ON IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Is anyone surprised that the crime wave numbers increased last year in Humboldt?  Here at the Examiner, the only surprise from the recent statistics is that the crime rate wasn’t up more than 25%.  However considering a lot of people have given up reporting violent crimes including marijuana robberies, the “real” crime rate is actually […]

04.08.15

by tuluwat examiner

CRIMEWAVES, FLOPHOUSES AND SLUMLORDS……BUSINESS IS GOOD IN EUREKA

In a press release Monday it was reported The Humboldt County Drug Task Force and members of the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Orientated Policing unit, conducted a bust at a Floyd Squires owned fleabag apartment building in Eureka.  Was this newsworthy? Well yes and no, given the common prevalence of drugs and crime that […]

01.14.15

by tuluwat examiner

IT’S 2015 AND OUR LOCAL VIOLENT CRIME-WAVE CONTINUES

Take a look at this morning’s Times-Standard newspaper.  Once again, what’s brought to light is the continued rise in violent confrontations taking place in Humboldt County. Yesterday, there were 3 stabbings in the county. Eureka is at the center of most of this wave of violence.  However, the city has a Police Department that’s going […]

07.31.14

by tuluwat examiner

EUREKA DON’T BELIEVE YOUR LYIN’ EYES! NOTHIN’ TO SEE HERE. POLICE CHIEF SAYS THERE’S NO CRIMEWAVE

Guess what citizens of Eureka….you are all WRONG! You believed that a quarter of cars and houses in your neighborhood being burglarized meant property crime was going up. WRONG!!! You thought that the numerous articles about violent crimes and murders was a sign that violent crime was going up. WRONG!!! You thought that driving down […]

02.20.14

by tuluwat examiner

CRIMEWAVE? WHERE’S THE MEASURE O $$$

Measure O was passed by voters in 2010, the Supplemental Transaction and Use Tax has generated just under $4 million annually for the city of Eureka, and is expected to provide over $4 million in 2014— a critical lifeline for the city’s public safety and other programs. So where has all that money gone? It […]

05.10.16

by tuluwat examiner

FABRICATE CRIME STATS TO BURNISH CITY’S IMAGE?

Here in Eureka with have the Andy Mill’s campaign to clean up crime…….on paper anyway. Our illustrious chief of police has embarked on a plan of reducing the impact of Eureka’s crime wave by make all of us believe that crime is really down. Just ask anyone in any Eureka neighborhood if crime is down […]

11.30.15

by tuluwat examiner

ACTUAL CRIMES UP! CRIME RATE DOWN? THE ANDREW MILLS JUGGERNAUT CONTINUES, AS EPD SINKS

 

Steele: “FBI had someone inside Trump’s network providing agents with information”

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele

 

The ex-British spy who authored a dossier of allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was told the FBI had someone inside Trump’s network providing agents with information, according to a newly-released transcript of a congressional interview.

Glenn R. Simpson, founder of research firm Fusion GPS, spoke to investigators with the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 hours in August. As the partisan fight over Russian interference in the 2016 election has intensified, Simpson has urged that his testimony be released, and a copy of the transcript was made public Tuesday.

It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. That decision marks the most serious break yet in the once-cooperative relationship she has had with the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

Fusion GPS was hired in mid-2016 by a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig into the background of candidate Trump. Earlier that year, the firm had been probing Trump for a conservative website funded by a GOP donor, but that client stopped paying for the work after it became clear Trump would win the GOP nomination, according to people familiar with the matter.

Glenn R. Simpson, former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, during his arrival for a scheduled appearance in November before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

After Democrats began paying for the research, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to gather intelligence about any ties between the Kremlin and then-candidate Trump and his associates. Steele’s reports were eventually compiled into a dossier alleging the Trump campaign did coordinate with the Kremlin — a claim the president has repeatedly denied.

Steele first reached out to the FBI with his concerns in early July, according to people familiar with the matter. When they re-interviewed him in early October, agents made it clear, according to Simpson’s testimony released Tuesday, that they believed some of what Steele had told them.

“My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization,” Simpson said. Using the parlance of spies and law enforcement officials, Simpson said the FBI had a “walk-in’’ whistleblower from someone in Trump’s organization.

In recent weeks, as the political fights about the Russia investigation and the dossier have intensified, Simpson has urged the committee to release the full transcript of his interview, arguing that Republicans are trying to obscure, rather than reveal, what happened in 2016.

Through much of 2017, Feinstein and Grassley made joint requests for information about Russia and the FBI’s investigation of election interference. In the fall, however, tensions between Grassley and Feinstein spilled out into the open as Grassley requested information from the FBI and other sources without Feinstein’s support.

Increasingly, the Democrats and Republicans on the committee are going in different directions — with Grassley moving to investigate matters involving Clinton when she was secretary of state, and Feinstein concentrating on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder, was interviewed by the Judiciary Committee for 10 hours in August.

While Simpson has accused conservative lawmakers of acting in bad faith, Republicans have accused Steele, while working for Fusion GPS, of misleading the FBI. Last week, Grassley made a criminal referral to the Justice Department, suggesting Steele may have lied to the FBI. While details of the referral are classified, it appears to be related to Mr. Steele’s contacts with reporters during the election campaign.

Republicans have attacked the credibility of Steele’s dossier, which Democrats say is an effort to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russian agents to interfere in the presidential election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-releases-testimony-of-glenn-simpson-whose-research-firm-fusion-gps-was-behind-trump-dossier/2018/01/09

More backstory on the HCSD Redmond/Indianola annexation push

Last week we covered David Tyson and his shady role on the Humboldt Community Services District. Pretty easy to see why he’s on the board…money!!!!
https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/development-redmond-rd-indianola-area-and-the-hcsd-some-backstory/

So why have the other 4 joined up? We can’t say for sure but given all their backgrounds it seems as if they joined………….to make money!!!! Here’s a breakdown of who’s “serving” with good ol’ boy Dave Tyson:

1) Alan Bongio.

He’s the owner of Bongio Construction. He was found to be in violation of laws from the California Water Quality Board. Those violations were on his subdivision being built on Manzanita (unincorporated Eureka near Tyson’s family). Wonder if those road improvements helped Bongio with his subdivision! BTW-that subdivision was pretty controversial with the neighborhood, and given the amount of traffic that will be on Manzanita the $ won’t stop flowing from taxpayer coffer’s until there’s a stoplight there!

https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/board_decisions/adopted_orders/pdf/2017/170110_MaryCourtEureka_NOV.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alan-Bongio-Construction/455314134652395

2) Gregg Gardiner.

Gardiner is the president of the magazine 101 things to do. Gardiner seems to be “semi retired” and into charity/rotary type activities. He’s obviously friends with the local good old boys, such as Matthew Owen and John Fullerton. Or, at least it appears so from this Chiv article:

https://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/07/rotary-rotaract-keep-eureka-beautiful.html

3) Dave Saunderson.

Saunderson was a construction contractor and owner of Saunderson construction. Ummm, wonder if he’s profited off of road improvements????

4) Frank Scolari.

Scolari was a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker Cutten Realty. Does the HCSD service Cutten you may wonder? The answer is absolutely YES!!! And Frank has been there with hat in hand to sell those HCSD piped homes to the hopeful new homeowners in Cutten. Must be a nice gig with all that inside info on what land will be worth $ after the infrastructure has been paid for by Humboldt Taxpayers.

In case anyone was wondering, the next HCSD meeting is on Tuesday night at 5 PM. They’ll be discussing ripping off taxpayers…ahem….we mean Redmond Road water improvements and annexation of Indianola road.