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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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