California Lawmaker Accused of Corruption

Thu, Mar 27, 2014 - 1:19am

Does this surprise anyone? Not me, either.

What also does not surprise me is the noteworthy omission as to which party the accused senator belongs to. Look how the story opens:

“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.”

Note that there is no demographic reference either. In the second paragraph, we are told the name of the accused [Leland Yee], but nothing of demographics or party affiliation until many paragraphs later.

So why is this important to pay attention tot? It is CRITICAL. 

Management of Perception Economics, or MOPE, is the strategy by which those in charge manage the perceptions of the masses. Said differently, the regular folks get fed a steady stream of “news,” that has been carefully constructed to invoke emotional responses designed to manage behavior.

The time is RIGHT NOW to be paying attention to this, and to become aware, and to start thinking critically instead of being lead around by managed stories designed to keep the masses unaware of the true state of events.

And, it is for that reason, given the events rapidly unfolding, in Europe, with Russia, in the middle east, with energy supplies, pipelines, shifting alliances and changing power structures the world over, there is no time to waste in coming to grips with the truth.

One CANNOT discern the truth unless one first understands how one was formerly, traditionally manipulated by subtle means.

So, let’s take a look at this article and examine how it works.

The headline is sensational: California Lawmaker faces gun and corruption charges. Reading the first paragraph reveals only that the lawmaker is a senator, and exchanged promises for campaign donations. Ho hum, boring. This behavior is expected, after all, isn’t this what politicians do, wink wink?

But then, we get to the second paragraph, and it starts to get colorful and flavorful. Now we know that the accused is apparently an asian, with ties to Chinatown, and a gangster known as Shrimp Boy. Nice touch.

Still no sign of any demographic description of the accused, or of the party affiliation. Right here is where my tin foil starts glowing, and I know instantly that the accused is a democrat. I know this to be true because anytime there is an accusation made against a republican, that party affiliation fact is made right up front. So, let’s understand this dynamic.

In California, the Republican legislators are outnumbered two to one by democrats. So, logically, one would assume that by sheer force of numbers, that the accused would be a democrat. Yet, that fact is not mentioned until the bottom of the story. See for yourself.

The story is here:

Twenty-four paragraphs into the story, the “objective,” “factual” AP reporters who contributed to the story finally disclose what should have been disclosed in the very first sentence, that the accused senator is indeed a democrat:

“Yee is the third Democratic state senator in California to face criminal charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled.”

[“Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Garance Burke, Terry Collins, Jason Dearen and Channing Joseph in San Francisco; and Judy Lin, Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams in Sacramento.”]

So, as I like to do, often, the question then becomes, simply, why?

The story is classic programming. It paints a generic picture, of a faceless politician, then drips information gradually into the story of who the bad guy really is. Meanwhile, instead of first giving the true facts identifying the person, demographics, and party affiliation, so that a person can view the facts with a proper perspective, the story immediately identifies that the accused engaged in the horrific crime of conspiring to deal firearms without a license–conduct normally absolutely privileged under the Second Amendment until draconian state-sponsored infringements became the norm–and conspiring to illegally import firearms. I note the irony of this charge, in light of Attorney General Holder’s’ implication in illegally exporting firearms to the Mexican drug cartels in the “fast and furious” scandal.

See how the story invokes an emotional response initially? See how the emotional response that the story invokes is a basic, reptilian reaction, one of a desire to be safe, to flee from danger, to protect one’s self and family, and how this evil accused senator has acted in a way so as to have immediately endangered the reader but for the all-knowing and wise federal law enforcement officers who so bravely investigated and brought down such a dangerous man?

The key boogeyman and buzz phrase are right there: “shoulder-fired missiles,” and “Muslim separatist group.” How convenient, and lookey there, it matches nicely with other ongoing MOPE.

The story paints an even darker picture as the details emerge regarding the senator’s associate, also arrested, was the senator’s “political consultant who raised money” for the senator–look how that was phrased, what horseshit! This guy was a Chinese felon buying influence!

But wait, there is moar, too! Look what other cockroaches were scurrying around when the lights were turned on. In praise of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is none other than the distinguished US Senator of distinction, Dianne “I am shocked, shocked of NSA Surveillance” Feinstein: 

“Chow recently has been held up as an example of successful rehabilitation. The Sacramento Bee reported he was praised by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in 2012 as a former offender who had become a community asset and Chow was also praised by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his "willingness to give back to the community."

If I had read this story in the morning, I would have spewed coffee all over the ipad. Successful rehabilitation? How much money flowed into the politician’s reelection campaigns? Is that the measure of successful?

Anyhow, credit goes to the masters of MOPE, because, as the article so easily shows, the story manages to also engender further political division, inviting the readers to choose sides between democrats and republicans. See for yourself, or not.

Prepare accordingly and urgently, as things are happening exponentially faster

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El Gordo · Mar 27, 2014 - 1:24am


Glad that it was a California Lawmaker and not the Attorney General of Turdville, California Lawyer who stands accused.

metalsbyamile · Mar 27, 2014 - 1:30am


Now for the read.

Interesting CL. Certainly time proves this, MOPE that is. Which makes me wonder what the G&S community is subject too when we involve MOPE. I mean, would it be logical to think it does not extend to us?

What do you think?

retireyoung · Mar 27, 2014 - 1:33am

State Senator Yee

Your observation is certainly correct that should Yee have been a Republican, that fact would have been reported in the first paragraph of the article. Of course, anyone in California would or should have already been aware that he must have been a Democrat since he held elective office in San Francisco.

What is even more interesting is that if Yee somehow escapes prison (and he might), and chooses to run again in his home district, he would undoubtedly be re-elected. 

boomer sooner · Mar 27, 2014 - 1:43am

I thought you were outing yourself, haha

Nice dissection. You can be almost certain it is a democrat if the first sentence does not include a name with an R next to it. Wish they All had an r attached, REMOVED. Unfortunately, the next crew would be similar to the old.

Thanks CL

AlienEyes · Mar 27, 2014 - 1:53am

I'll take the fifth.

Number 5.

Oh, how I would love to see Diane Fineswine burned at the stake with the stake stuck up her.....oh, never mind.

metalsbyamile · Mar 27, 2014 - 2:28am


the original not the wannabe's FOA , FOFOA or Friend of Another Brother's Mother, said that they would bankrupt all mining companies purposely.

What do Turdites think of that ?

 Can not seem to get a simple question answered by the mods, writers of articles. I'm not confrontational, I'm learning.Asking questions that may not fit the mold is part of the process is it not.

· Mar 27, 2014 - 2:43am

I don't know who think they they are fooling

They are just preaching to the choir. Even if they did label the guy a Democrat, it wouldn't change a California Democrat's mind.

Yeah, I used to be one of those California Democrats. Republicans are the big bogeyman in California - the NUMBER ONE EVIL ON THE PLANET! And the media pushes this as well.

But once you wake up to the media bias there's no turning back. I stopped trusting the AP when I noticed they were heralding a story that Hillary Clinton had conceded in 2008 when her own website clearly stated she had not. On the same news page I saw a Reuters story saying Hillary had not conceded.

The AP did this on a crucial day primary voting before the polls closed in order to suppress the vote for Hillary in favor of Obama. The AP lost all credibility for me that day. They can't win it back, either.

I would not vote for Hillary now. But it was media bias against Hillary in favor of Obama that woke me up at least. It was clear to me from the media pushing Obama so heavily that the fix was in. Scared the pants off of me, actually. The minute the media starts fawning over any candidate now, I get suspicious. The ones they actively demonize are usually the ones I will support now.

metalsbyamile · Mar 27, 2014 - 2:47am

And how does this Mope

relate to precious metals.Any one?

· Mar 27, 2014 - 3:01am


MOPE works against all, except the informed, critical thinker.

It is terribly easy. All one needs to do is ask why, or for whose benefit? Most answers to these questions are not readily provided by those in charge. Either the answer would be incriminating, or would expose uncomfortable truths.

For example, if one who was thinking critically asked the reporter who authored the article why was the party affiliation not stated in the first sentence, this could have easily exposed the bias of the author. Or, the author could have obfuscated, and said something foolish like it was not germane to the story, or it was not necessary to the story, etc. The follow up question to that would have been, naturally, then: why is party affiliation of a corrupt, powerful Chinese surnamed state senator, in an election year, somehow NOT germane to the story of political corruption?

See how fun it is to think critically and ask simple questions to get to the truth, or at least push back and force the person to take an absurd position from which one can then marginalize the charlatan who refuses to provide an honest answer? The only thing stopping mass awakening is courage, born from the total lack of incentive of the sheeple due to massive government handouts.

None of the sheeple are going to act contrary to their own selfish best interest, truth or predictions of dire consequences notwithstanding. Stated differently. Who is going to turn away free benefits and criticize those in charge for providing those free benefits? The free shit army will never surrender, ever. They will change allegiances, or perish, but will never simply give up pursuing and getting the free benefits unless the benefits are permanently abolished forever.

Those in charge know this, which simple fact has been proven time and time again. The slim almost imperceptible sliver of the population that sees the truth, and speaks out, is so far outnumbered and overmatched logistically in overwhelming fashion and has no chance to peaceably sway public perception in a meaningful manner. We are, here, but ineffective. Only the greed of those in charge can accelerate the ultimate, inevitable collapse. Otherwise, us in the gold and silver community should hang on for the ride, and at least be informed.

metalsbyamile · Mar 27, 2014 - 3:08am

Great response

Thanks CL. Excellent critical thinking with a dash of self preservation.

Made me think and will make me think a lot more through out the day. I truly appreciate the time and effort you expended on enlightening me of your thoughts.


Bravo CL

· Mar 27, 2014 - 3:08am

MOPE is Critical to Support the Corrupt Fiat System

If people knew that the Federal Reserve notes were empty paper promises, a debt obligation, backed by nothing of value at all, then there would be an instantaneous and overwhelming rush of the masses into real currency, gold and silver. Fiat currency prices for gold and silver would skyrocket, sending the fraudulent futures markets into a crashing collapse, leading to the ultimate collapse of the entire Western Fiat currency system. Knowing this, the powers that be actively suppress gold and silver prices, attempting to manage confidence in their fraudulent empty paper currency notes.

Absent MOPE, the Fiat system would collapse and we would have a return to sound money. With sound money, those bankers in charge would soon find themselves hanged and of course they don't want that to happen, hence the massive, overwhelming effort to manage perception.

HeirHelmut · Mar 27, 2014 - 3:17am

It feels good

to see, if others are recognizing this kind of mind programming, too. Excellent analysis. I can tell you, it's the same in the EUSSR in Germany and Austria. It's so disgusting. I'm glad that I am not a writing prostitute earning my money with this kind of LYING.

A method to program the reader already with even one short headline, is the following: If the intention is, to downplay something, they mention who is saying or claiming it (a certain group or person = reducing the weight).

An example transferred to the US could read like:

Republican Senator from Delaware criticizes X

If the agenda is supported, the person or group is not named, but instead a general formulation is used (increasing the weight by extending the group or person torwards a much bigger group).

Example: Outrage over senator Y's hate-speech

Quite a difference, isn't it?

atarangi · Mar 27, 2014 - 4:06am
atarangi · Mar 27, 2014 - 4:19am
· Mar 27, 2014 - 4:55am

Re: Another

Metalsbyamile said: "the original not the wannabe's FOA , FOFOA or Friend of Another Brother's Mother, said that they would bankrupt all mining companies purposely.

What do Turdites think of that ? Can not seem to get a simple question answered by the mods, writers of articles."

Every bear market continues until the weak owners divulge their assets cheaply. It is the reduction in the availability of asset at the low price, after they have capitulated and sold out, that forces price to turn upwards in search of new available asset.

Another was not very innovative when he said this in my opinion, but it needed saying. What he did was to observe that a general precept of how markets work (at the low side of long term trading range) also applies to the gold mining industry, the ownership of mines themselves, and is not limited to ownership of their stocks in the market.

I actually have written about this Push-Pull by big capital (to legally seize assets from those financially weaker than themselves) in TFMR already, and called my model for it "The Inflation Rings System". But you may not have noticed these posts yet. The original posts are in the Setup for the Big Trade thread about a year ago.

Here is an archive link which gathers the salient points together in one article: RhythmNPrice # 7

Mantis · Mar 27, 2014 - 5:34am

Mainstream news

I've learned to pretty much avoid it but when i do get exposed to it I see generally see through it straightaway. This is a consequence of 9/11 when I eventually realised (years after the event) what we were told was a load of horse shit. After that I dug around a LOT and uncovered mountains of horseshit in everything the mainstream media tells us. The metaphor of taking the red pill in the matrix is very good one. Particularly when it comes to preserving wealth through precious metals. I know what I'm saying is just preaching to the choir here, which is one reason I love to hang around Turdville.

What shocks me is that so many people feel obligated to feed into the mainstream news though. They will start to feel anxious if they haven't had their daily dose of 'The News at 10' or whatever they tune into. They gasp in awe and shock at the attrocities being commited around the world, shocking stories about muslim terrorists or whatever, all the while safe and cosy on their couch in their living room. The primary aim of the news is to evoke these reptialian responses, I think CL has good description. It is to invoke shock and horror in the viewers. Its a bit like the 2 minutes hate from George Orwell 1984 in a way. Yes their is manipulation of perception economics but above all there is the invoking of fear, which the body in some strange way appears to get addicted to.

mac · Mar 27, 2014 - 5:56am

Media Mendacity

American media is sickening! The poor kids growing up are force fed lies, and more lies and then they get war 24/7.

What hope is there when the growing majority are brain dead? Face it America - u r done in.

Do something or suffer the consequences....

Personally, I do not fall into the trap - red vs blue, and all the others the MSM sets up to make us think we actually have choice. Not so. Elections are rigged. Period. And red or blue - it makes zip difference.

Motley Fool · Mar 27, 2014 - 6:44am


Care to provide a quote and link?

Just want to see the context.

Also, if you would, would you clarify what you mean by the wannabe's and why you say so?

Mantis · Mar 27, 2014 - 7:56am

Mope related to precious metals

Mope relates to precious metals by many insidious tactics heres just a couple off top of my head.

Constant headlines predicting that gold will go down, eg rally will end and gold will go down, or bear will continue and gold will go down. Or gold is a slam dunk sell.

Whereas when price rises of gold and silver virtually ignored in media, a loud deafening silence

No enquiry at all into strange market behaviour, eg 2 years worth of mining supply dumped on market in seconds.

Repetition of message from bankers to help give it extra importance.

Constant repetition of the message that gold only performs in times of extreme political turbulence however at the moment there is a dull recovery going on. So gold will go down.

Gold is a risky investment, if you are dumb enough to do it, you should limit yourself to 5% preferably less.

etc etc etc

I think we here are subject to being influenced less my mainstream media than most although of course still under its influence. Of greater influence here is being influenced by people who are prominent in blogosphere rather than mainstream. You could argue we are too much influenced by doom n gloomers. But how am I to know if that is too much?

silver66 · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:12am

California Lawyer

Thank you for the post. I saw the news on a twitter feed and thought to myself that it would be poetic justice if the senator was democratic. I looked at two articles on line and no mention made of party affiliation. That told me it was a democrat and not a republican.


Stack till it hurts

achmachat · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:21am

awesome start for your morning:

check out the 12:30 mark:

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Marchas45 · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:24am

Rehabilitated LMAO

Yes Chow is Rehabilitated to succumb to his bosses orders and pay his annual fee to the Crooks (oop's I mean the Politicians) in charge.

Why don't I think this won't go anywhere?

Enjoyed the story CL

SamSchlepps · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:26am

A fitting Rockefeller quote

from Dale Carnegie - How to Win friends and Influence People - first copyright in 1936 - An early Guide to MSM?

In the heyday of his activity, John D. Rockefeller said that " the ability to deal with people is as perishable as a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I will pay more for that ability, " said John D. , "than for any other under the sun."

Thanks CL

Zachy D · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:29am

Off Subject

But I'm tired of trying to talk to family and friends about the gravity of our current global situation. I'm feel like I'm dismissed as if doom and gloom is just what I do. However I am happy to report students in my classes seem to be receptive to the fact that the T.V. and .gov don't tell the truth and actively avoid doing so. Just so turdville is aware I've heard from a little birdy yesterday that some folks are receiving orders to Bashar's backyard. Cal lawyer is right that there is NO time to waste! Good luck and stack on!

Thorus · Mar 27, 2014 - 8:56am

Off topic - but metals related

Some folks have commented that carrying quantities of bullion overseas could potentially be problematic if airport security were looking specifically for such things. A related observation was that jewelry generally gets a free pass in such situations.

I just noticed that Liberty Metals is selling 1 oz 0.9999 pure gold bracelets. The pure gold is far too soft for day-to-day wear. So it's my impression that these are intended to be worn solely for very rare (perhaps only once or twice in a lifetime) occasions.

It's also a little interesting to me that some corner of the free market is apparently thinking that there is demand for such a product out there. Folks getting worried, perhaps?

Provided for your information . . .

Best Regards,


achmachat · Mar 27, 2014 - 9:02am


In China it's very usual to buy your gold in pure gold jewelry form.

And yes... it's very soft. My wife actually happens to own a Chinese 1 troy ounce bracelet made of pure gold.

It turned out that her mother gave it to her in case things turned sour here with her husband (me) at the other side of the world and if thus she needed to get a ticket to fly back home. 

DeaconBenjamin · Mar 27, 2014 - 9:18am

Scandal-Hit British Banks Turn to 'Weirdy Beardy'

Roger Steare, a "corporate philosopher," has been tapped by several lenders, including Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC and HSBC PLC's U.K. unit, as well as the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, to advise on ways to improve how bankers behave at work. To do this the 56-year-old sits with executives and asks questions such as "Why do you exist?" and "Who are you?" Sometimes bankers break down and cry, he says.

"You have to be the grit in the oyster, you have to be the person who asks the difficult questions," says Mr. Steare in a promotional video. "From that grit, the pearls of wisdom are created."

Mr. Steare's popularity comes as the issue of "culture" hits fever pitch among banks in London. Critics of the U.K.'s banks, including politicians and regulators alike, have said they promoted a culture of excessive risk-taking and bad behavior among employees.

To the banking industry Mr. Steare presents himself as a critical friend. "Banks are medieval institutions, they are not democracies," he says. "Their clients are the peasants." He recently told a room full of investment bankers that he thought their job was "financial masturbation." Reactions are varied. Some bankers hug him, others have branded him "the insultant," he says. One former bank executive, who enjoyed working closely with Mr. Steare, says he dubbed him "the weirdy beardy" on account of his unusual approach and gray beard.

ancientmoney metalsbyamile · Mar 27, 2014 - 9:19am

metalsbyamile re: Another's comment . . .

Essentially, another was speaking of "giants" which are the wealthiest people on earth, which includes the bankers.

Bankers control the money; they can create it and destroy it, under the fiat currency regime we have had for years.

Bankers can bankrupt anyone they wish, especially with the help of their government employees. Then, they can swoop in and take their "collateral" whether it be mines, land, or anything else that is real wealth. Fiat money is simply their means to do this wealth transfer.

DeaconBenjamin · Mar 27, 2014 - 9:21am

Farage Wins Europe Debate With Clegg: Poll

The Lib Dem leader says Britain is "better off in Europe", while UKIP's Nigel Farage argues the "crumbling EU isn't working"

A clear majority of voters believe Nigel Farage beat Nick Clegg in a live debate over Europe.

According to a YouGov poll of 1,003 people, 57% thought that the UKIP leader performed best compared with 36% believing Mr Clegg was the victor.

The two men went head to head in an impassioned debate shown live on LBC and Sky News, just two months before crucial elections to the European Parliament.

The Europhile Deputy Prime Minister insisted Britain was "better off in Europe - richer, stronger, safer", but the leader of the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party told viewers that, if there were a referendum now on whether the UK should enter the EU, "you wouldn't join it".

In a bitter clash, Mr Clegg said UKIP's claims on immigration were "simply not true", while Mr Farage argued Britain's membership of the EU was costing jobs and driving down wages.

The hour-long debate was prompted after Mr Clegg laid down a challenge to Mr Farage to go head-to-head on Europe.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband refused to take part, leading to accusations they were worried about splits within their own parties on the issue.

buzlightening · Mar 27, 2014 - 9:26am

Volume and price build on WTI CRUDE

Something this weekend for close of quarter to reverse the hopium injection from lying sacks of gov goon platooning BS propaganda. Who do we blame for the coming crash? Yellow hoard? Ruskies? Syrian chemical murders? Long list to stir us up to contention seeking the blood of nation neighbors, when the source of absolute corruption & fraud can be traced to the US regime of neoCONs collectively cesspool-ed in DC. 

Best to invest in straight jackets. Enough common US sense left to wrap up the foaming at the mouth raving maniacs of the CONgress & SINate. All bought off for power and gain. Talk about a new version of loony tunes for our 21st century. The asylum takeover of our gov couldn't run a popsicle stand during death valley days. Nothin but desert pounding of sand, while the whole of our passed free society melts away, as an iceberg crashing into the suns center. Vote for change and stack! Every ounce out of the hands of the maniacs is a vote against go tyranny! White hot molten silver, all in the hands of we the people, vaporizes the whores of global bankstering. Throw'em all into the suns center, rather than our free society and keep stacking for the big vaporization of gov goons in bed with banksters. You beat your guns into plow shares you plow for those who don't.

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