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I’ve heard stories about the lame-brained action of returning a $50,000 grant because the Bushalalibertarian Council majority doesn’t like checkpoints for drunk drives. I wasn’t at the Tuesday Fullerton Council meeting, though, so I haven’t written about it. And, apparently, while I as arguing with FFFFsters who are so exercised about Flory that literally 8 of the last 16 stories there have involved personal attacks on her in the title, I missed the most interesting and damning aspect of the story.
I’d try to improve on the version of it that she posted to Facebook this afternoon — but why bother? She has a way with words — which is probably the biggest problem they have with her, besides her apparent lack of fear.
OKAY, so let’s get this straight, our Tea Bagger councilmen (Kiger, Sebourn and Whitaker), voted to reject a $50,000 grant and send it back to the state because it was to be used for DUI sobriety checkpoints that they believe are unconstitutional. They did this without walking across the street and talking to Police Chief Dan Hughes, or Captain George Crum who wrote the grant application.
Whoops! They find out after the fact that $146,222 in additional grant funds were tied to the $50,000 for the sobriety checkpoints, soooo, if the $50,000 is rejected, then the $146,222 has to be turned back too. It’s not like our understaffed police department could use the money, right? Maybe they thought the state would know how to use the money better than we do at the local level. Massive miscalculation!Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) caught wind of the ill-considered action and showed up in force at last Tuesday’s council meeting to ask the Tea Baggers to reconsider. During public comments, many family members described the devastating loss of the death of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver. Particularly moving were the tearful remarks of Jon Wilhite, who survived the horrific crash that killed his three friends, Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson in April 2009.Displaying keen sensitivity to the issue, Travis Kiger, interrupted a MADD spokeswoman in the middle of her comment to ask whether she would have been as interested in speaking before the council about the hiring of Fullerton cops charged with DUI offenses themselves. The woman begged off, stating she knew nothing about what he was referring to. No one else did either.Whitaker took a stab at discussing the efficacy of “saturation patrols” as opposed to DUI checkpoints apparently trying to justify turning away $50,000 of grant money (with $146,222 behind that). Tony Bushala was observed in the back of the chamber wildly applauding Whitaker’s sage remarks. Are you getting the picture here?Again, we have three Cowboys on our city council who are hell bent on furthering their Libertarian agenda without doing the most minimal research to determine the consequences of their rash acts.Mayor Quirk stopped the insanity by moving to place the matter back on the council agenda for September 18th. You should be there to voice your opinion.
Yikes! I’m not sure whether that will leave a mark — or some smears.
The stench of fear over at FFFF over the Flory candidacy is so thick it’s hard to read through it. I had no idea that they were this freaked out by her. They’ve enjoyed making fun of her with a certain photo take years ago where — as part of a Police and Orange County Bar Association presentation of the dangers of drunk driving — she and a couple of volunteers took part in a “wet lab,” drinking specific amounts of alcohol so that their inability to drive a car would be memorably evident to the audience.
I’m happy to say that I’ve now “fixed” the photo to bring it up to date. Come to think of it, on closer inspection it always did make more sense as a still taken from a martial arts routine!