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

About the Author


boomer sooner
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:15pm

Speaking of unions

College football players want to form a union, Northwestern Univ.

They want $$$. Heck, bet Bama shells out quite a bit. Didn't Reggie Bush take a pay cut going pro? When Switzer was here, we had the best players money could buy. I remember drinking beer with Keith Jackson (TE Philly) and him wearing a full length fur coat. He was a junior at that time. Along with Jamelle Holleway, Boz, and Tony Caseass, man could those guys dress! Hell of a lot more than 1 oz of gold in their outfits back then.

Dagney Taggart
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:47pm

Interesting Topic after Work Today...

It's pretty much been determined that NATO stands zero chance of breaking Russia's energy monopoly in Europe by next winter and Russia can outlast all sanctions until then.

Nuclear power is looking better and better. Specifically current reactor/fuel retrofit and LFTR.

I hope everyone here has some exposure in their portfolio. Of course, DYODD.

PS. Turd - That's a nice publicity photo for Elijah. Ready for the bigtime!

Mar 27, 2014 - 10:03pm

This was fun

Recorded 25 hours ago:

We're Past the Point of NO RETURN: Inflationary Collapse Ahead | Ferguson
AlienEyesDoctor J
Mar 27, 2014 - 9:52pm

@ Dr Jerome

That was a great idea, doc.

I even opened up an ammo box and ran my fingers through some 9mm and oiled my lead launcher.

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:39pm

Leland Yee withdraws from Secretary of State race

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after his stunning arrest on corruption charges, State Sen. Leland Yee withdrew from the secretary of state's race.

His attorney, Paul DeMeester, made the announcement about the withdrawal during a brief Thursday press conference in front of the federal building.

Yee notified Secretary of State Debra Bowen of the decision in a one-sentence letter.

"I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately," said Yee in the letter, which ends "With best regards."

DeMeester declined to answer questions, including about whether Yee will resign from the state Senate. He said Yee is taking "taking it one issue at a time," indicating the Senate seat issue may be addressed later in the day.

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff on Thursday introduced a resolution Thursday morning on the Senate to vote Friday on whether to suspend Yee.

"We need to act decisively in order to begin restoring the public's trust," Huff said. "Senate Republicans agree with Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg that Leland Yee is not welcome here anymore and he must resign from the Senate or face swift suspension by his colleagues'.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer also called on Yee to resign his Senate seat. Because of term limits, Yee's tenure is scheduled to end this year.

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:31pm
Key Economic Events Week of 7/6

7/6 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
7/6 10:00 ET ISM Service PMI
7/7 10:00 ET Job openings
7/9 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
7/9 10:00 ET Wholesale inventories
7/10 8:30 ET PPI for June

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:26pm

So ALL the tungsten is really there!

Well, that's mighty comforting to know.

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:13pm

Harvey's Up! (TFMR)

Get the full-Harvey at:

  • Mark O'Byrne: Britain's former chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lord Adair Turner, spoke at Cass Business school yesterday and warned that the UK could be repeating the 2008 financial crisis by fueling the property market. He commented that mortgage and commercial property lending in global economies had played a "central role" in nearly all financial crises and post-crisis recessions. Lord Turner told the Telegraph, "We've got to increase the supply of housing because otherwise we are just piling up very strong incentives to buy housing, very strong incentives to borrow money to buy housing but against a fixed supply". "If you do that the only thing that can give is the price." Lord Turner warns about the debt to income ratio. "Even the Office for Budget Responsibility has said the only way we're going to get growth back in the next five years is for the ratio to return to 170% again. If in five years time debt has gone back up to 170%, and if interest rates have returned to 3%, 4% or 5%, then a lot of people are going to be struggling."
  • Harvey: As I told you last night, options expiry finished yesterday. Since the price fell below 1300.00 dollars per gold and $20.00 for silver many calls on gold at that strike price became worth absolutely nothing. As is the custom of the criminal bankers, they continue to whack gold and silver right up to first day notice. Then we get a reprieve. Actually I expect tomorrow we might see a little runup in gold and silver tomorrow judging from the good performance of the gold/silver equity shares.
  • Chris Powell: London will become the first center outside Asia in which investors will be able to clear and settle Chinese renminbi trades. The major boost to the City came after the Treasury said Britain and China would next week sign an agreement opening the way to much greater volumes of renminbi-denominated trading in the UK. The Bank of England and the People's Bank of China, China's central bank, will on Monday finalize a memorandum of understanding that will pave the way to the appointment of a London-based clearing bank for renminbi trading.
  • Mike Kosares: Speculative trading by banks is to end in the United States on April 1 upon implementation of the "Volcker Rule," Mike Kosares of Centennial Precious Metals in Denver notes today, with implications for the gold market. "The big trading banks traditionally have occupied the short side of the paper gold market," Kosares writes. "Some analysts feel that those positions will be handed off to the hedge fund business so things won't change much. On the other hand, hedge funds are not considered too big to fail, so their bets could be placed more evenly on either side of the market."
  • Chris Powell : Gold researcher and GATA consultant Koos Jansen today begins to examine in detail what have passed for audits of U.S. gold reserves in recent decades. The problem with these audits is that they don't extend past assertions that there is gold in the various vaults -- don't address whether the gold is oversubscribed, as through gold swaps with foreign central banks, arrangements for which the Federal Reserve has admitted to GATA, if inadvertently.
  • Koos Jansen: Apparently the official gold reserves of the United States are being audited every year. I thought the last audit was done in 1974, based on information from the mainstream and alternative media. During the preparation of the congressional hearing Dr Paul became aware there had been yearly audits in recent decades. Strangely the biggest proponent of a gold standard in US politics didn’t have access to this information prior to the investigation. In total the US official gold reserves account for 8134 metric tonnes, this gold is owned by the US Treasury. It was handed over to the Treasury by the Federal Reserve in 1934, which in return received gold certificates. Currently these certificates on the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve are still valued at $42.22 – this statutory value was set in 1973. Currently the US Mint is the custodian for 95 % of the Treasury’s gold, this is stored in 42 vault compartments at three different locations in the US. 4583 metric tonnes is stored at Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1364 metric tonnes at Denver, Colorado, and 1682 at West Point, New York. Additionally the US Mint holds roughly 70 metric tonnes in blank coins and working stock. The Federal Reserve values not only its own gold holdings at $42.22, but also the gold it stores for foreign nations.
  • Koos Jansen on gold audits: On September 23, 1974, members of Congress were invited to inspect the US official gold reserves stored at Fort Knox. Following the Congressional inspection, which involved removal of the seals and opening selected vault compartments, an audit was conducted in September and October 1974. The General Accounting Office (GAO), in cooperation with auditors from the Mint, Bureau of Government Financial Operations (BGFO), US Customs Service, and the Treasury Department’s Office of Audit conducted an audit of 21 % of the gold bars stored at Fort Knox. Assay tests were taken. In the report of the audit, the GAO recommended for continuing audits of the gold in custody of the Mint. There have been several audits after 1974. On June 3, 1975 the Secretary of the Treasury ordered a committee, consisting of the Bureau of Government Financial Operations (BGFO), the Mint and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to conduct Continuing Audits of all United States Government-owned Gold. The order was designed to audit 10 % of the Treasury’s gold per annum. The US Mint is the custodian of all the US Government-owned gold not stored at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 1975 the staffs from the BGFO and the Mint were appointed to audit the gold stored at the Mint. During this process the gold bars were physically moved from one vault compartment to another. The melt numbers and the number of bars in each melt were verified with an inventory list (one melt averages about 20 bars cast from one crucible of molten gold). One in fifty melts was randomly selected for weighing and assaying.
  • Chris Powell: The London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues today that Russia's Crimean adventure will inflict a devastating cost on the country and that China, far from being in league with Russia, is actually clawing away at its neighbor's interests in central Asia. Former Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts disagrees. Dr. Roberts says China remains on Russia's side and the aggressiveness of the United States will push those two nations and developing nations closer together.
  • Bill Holter (Miles Franklin): The G-8 (G-7 +Russia) meeting scheduled for June seems to be in the process of being cancelled. Cancelled because the meeting was scheduled ...yes you guessed Sochi, Russia. To top this off, president Obama is lobbying not only for a cancellation of this meeting but "kicking" Russia out altogether. Really? All because a small portion of a traditionally Russian nation "democratically voted" to be re annexed with its motherland? This seems to me like "schoolyard stuff". No, better yet, this is like our president sneering and saying "we're not going to let Ivanoff play in any of our reindeer games"! By pushing Mr. Putin we are accelerating the game's outcome, it is like we on our own are accelerating the clock. We are daring our foes to go off of the dollar standard. In fact, we will with sanctions make it very difficult for Russia to use dollars even if they wanted to. Which of course leads to "what is China's position?". Do you see the question that follows this? "Who" exactly gets hurt the worst? No, actually let me re phrase this, "who" has the most need for dollars to be used? Russia or the U.S.? Can Russia survive and do business without the use of dollars? If the dollar all of a sudden just vanished, would Russia economically implode? Then ask the same questions of the U.S.. How will we trade...for anything? We have a $500 billion trade deficit to start with, will those goods still continue to "flow" into our ports? What exactly will we pay in exchange for goods coming in? IOU's?
  • Chris Powell: Blasted by government intervention in the markets, commodity hedge funds are closing all over the place, GoldMoney founder and GATA consultant James Turk tells King World News today. Professional traders may profit by trading with these interventions, Turk says, but ordinary investors may do best simply to acquire the monetary metals on a regular basis.
  • Zero Hedge: Well that didn't take long.. the "nationalists" who freed the country from Yanukovych's apparent corrupt government in favor of a well-chosen US leadership, are now turning on the replacements. Of course, this is a day after the party's leader was allegedly killed by Police, and following lawmakers demands that citizens return any illegally held guns. It seems revolution is addictive...Of course, bear in mind that the lawmakers are still discussing whether to vote for and approve the IMF aid package and this suggests things are on hold for a while...Hundreds of the Right Sector members flood the square in front of Verkhovna Rada in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday night. Wearing masks and brandishing bats, they were shouting "Avakov, get out!"
  • Brandon Smith (Personal Liberty Digest): Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis Part 4 of 10:

All this and MOAR at...

The Harvey Report!


Mar 27, 2014 - 9:10pm

a thought regarding the crypto crash...

It might be just to draw attention so then everyone will see the rebound/recovery...


It might be to show that they are "just too unstable"... to help make the case for a single officially (IMF or other) issued "gold" painted version.

not married to the above, just a thought. Can't hardly wait for the crash, so may just be overanxious!! lol

Mar 27, 2014 - 8:51pm

Strange events afoot

Crypto coins crashing JPM lawyers being hit I think I'll get my metals out this evening and fondle them a while.

Subscribe or login to read all comments.


Donate Shop

Get Your Subscriber Benefits

Private iTunes feed for all TF Metals Report podcasts, and access to Vault member forum discussions!

Key Economic Events Week of 7/6

7/6 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
7/6 10:00 ET ISM Service PMI
7/7 10:00 ET Job openings
7/9 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
7/9 10:00 ET Wholesale inventories
7/10 8:30 ET PPI for June

Key Economic Events Week of 6/29

6/30 9:00 ET Case-Shiller home prices
6/30 9:45 ET Chicago PMI
6/30 10:00 ET Consumer Confidence
6/30 12:30 ET CGP and SSHW to Capitol Hill
7/1 8:15 ET ADP Employment
7/1 9:45 ET Markit Manu PMI
7/1 10:00 ET ISM Manu PMI
7/1 2:00 ET June FOMC minutes
7/2 8:30 ET BLSBS
7/2 10:00 ET Factory Orders

Key Economic Events Week of 6/22

6/22 8:30 ET Chicago Fed
6/22 10:00 ET Existing home sales
6/23 9:45 ET Markit flash PMIs for June
6/23 10:00 ET New home sales
6/25 8:30 ET Q1 GDP final guess
6/25 8:30 ET Durable Goods
6/26 8:30 ET Pers Inc and Spending
6/26 8:30 ET Core inflation

Key Economic Events Week of 6/15

6/16 8:30 ET Retail Sales
6/16 8:30 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
6/16 10:00 ET Chief Goon Powell US Senate
6/16 4:00 pm ET Goon Chlamydia speech
6/17 8:30 ET Housing Starts
6/17 12:00 ET Chief Goon Powell US House
6/18 8:30 ET Initial Jobless Claims
6/18 8:30 ET Philly Fed
6/19 8:30 ET Current Account Deficit
6/19 1:00 pm ET CGP and Mester conference

Key Economic Events Week of 6/8

6/9 10:00 ET Job openings
6/9 10:00 ET Wholesale inventories
6/10 8:30 ET CPI for May
6/10 2:00 ET FOMC Fedlines
6/10 2:30 ET CGP presser
6/11 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
6/11 8:30 ET PPI for May
6/12 8:30 ET Import price index
6/12 10:00 ET Consumer sentiment

Key Economic Events Week of 5/25

5/26 8:30 ET Chicago Fed
5/26 10:00 ET Consumer Confidence
5/27 2:00 ET Fed Beige Book
5/28 8:30 ET Q2 GDP 2nd guess
5/28 8:30 ET Durable Goods
5/29 8:30 ET Pers Inc and Cons Spend
5/29 8:30 ET Core Inflation
5/29 9:45 ET Chicago PMI

Key Economic Events Week of 5/18

5/18 2:00 ET Goon Bostic speech
5/19 8:30 ET Housing starts
5/19 10:00 ET CGP and Mnuchin US Senate
5/20 10:00 ET Goon Bullard speech
5/20 2:00 ET April FOMC minutes
5/21 8:30 ET Philly Fed
5/21 9:45 ET Markit flash PMIs for May
5/21 10:00 ET Goon Williams speech
5/21 1:00 ET Goon Chlamydia speech
5/21 2:30 ET Chief Goon Powell speech

Key Economic Events Week of 5/11

5/11 12:00 ET Goon Bostic speech
5/11 12:30 ET Goon Evans speech
5/12 8:30 ET CPI
5/12 9:00 ET Goon Kashnkari speech
5/12 10:00 ET Goon Quarles speech
5/12 10:00 ET Goon Harker speech
5/12 5:00 ET Goon Mester speech
5/13 8:30 ET PPI
5/13 9:00 ET Chief Goon Powell speech
5/14 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims and import prices
5/14 1:00 ET Another Goon Kashnkari speech
5/14 6:00 ET Goon Kaplan speech
5/15 8:30 ET Retail Sales and Empire State index
5/15 9:15 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
5/15 10:00 ET Business Inventories

Key Economic Events Week of 5/4

5/4 10:00 ET Factory Orders
5/5 8:30 ET US Trade Deficit
5/5 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
5/5 10:00 ET ISM Sevrice PMI
5/6 8:15 ET ADP jobs report
5/7 8:30 ET Productivity
5/8 8:30 ET BLSBS
5/8 10:00 ET Wholesale Inventories

Key Economic Events Week of 4/27

4/28 8:30 ET Advance trade in goods
4/28 9:00 ET Case-Shiller home prices
4/29 8:30 ET Q1 GDP first guess
4/29 2:00 ET FOMC Fedlines
4/29 2:30 ET CGP presser
4/30 8:30 ET Pers Inc and Cons Spend
4/30 9:45 ET Chicago PMI
5/1 9:45 ET Markit Manu PMI
5/1 10:00 ET ISM Manu PMI

Forum Discussion

by SteveW, Jul 11, 2020 - 6:36pm
by SteveW, Jul 11, 2020 - 6:25pm
by TexasTonto, Jul 11, 2020 - 5:19pm
by ja1920voo, Jul 11, 2020 - 11:37am
by tork311, Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17pm