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A Very Well Researched And Thoughtful Endorsement!

Now I also KNOW I’m on the right track in showing what real conservatism is.  🙂

Thank you Ryan!

~Paul Murphy ‪#‎MurphyForSheriff‬

“Vote for Paul Murphy (Write-In) for Sheriff”

“Paul Murphy
I don’t know Paul Murphy personally. I am voting for him (Write-IN for Sheriff) because I think he is a man of integrity who has a plan to create a compact, efficient, appropriate law and justice infrastructure in Whatcom County. I am aware of fact that Marxists like myself don’t generally vote for conservatives. But this is still a small county. I’m voting for the man and his vision anyway.

After reading more about Paul Murphy, I realized who he is and who he was forced to become and why he is running for Sheriff. First, read his blog and this slideshare (very important!) to understand why he is running for office and who is he is as a man. Unfortunately, I know too much about the existential dilemmas Detective Murphy experienced. I’m going to summarize them for you and expand of the struggle of whistleblowers on an abstract level in blue below. But you make sure to read his slideshare to know his full story and details.

In all aspects of modern society, especially but not exclusively energy production, mining and resource extraction, technology control, *investment banking*, propaganda and knowledge dissemination, nation state relations, state based security services, local and regional economies, money supply, narcotics trafficking, failed state economies, law and justice, government budgeting and processes, regulatory agencies, all diplomatic corps, international aid agencies (in short) in all *loci of power across the globe*, the systems of control and power that we live in are supported, organized and beholden to cesspools of corruption and abuse of power. This is how the world works now. All over.

Most of the time, this is hidden from all us for some very good reasons. If normal people knew how absolutely corrupt and fraudulent the world of power really was, they might do something about it. But most of us are just too careless, scared or clueless to go that route. We all know what happens if we confront power! And none of it is good. If we do discover something truly disconcerting, most of behave just like good Germans during WWII: we bury our heads (deep) in the sand and simply move on. So we can keep our jobs. So we don’t cause any trouble. So we can be ‘bright, shiny, happy people making friends’.

But every now and then, someone who does his job well, someone with integrity stares right down into the abyss of that cesspool and corruption and decides they need to do something about it. This is what Paul Murphy did. He didn’t start out as some crusader. He just looked and saw something he couldn’t believe. In some miracle of chutzpah, the kind that restores our faith in the heroes of this world, Paul couldn’t let it go. So he stared into the abyss and abyss behaved as predicted: it reached up, grabbed him by the throat and tried to drag him down. Paul wouldn’t let it. In the end, he came out better than many other whistle blowers fare. His concerns about the lapses in EHM (“electronic home monitoring”) uncovered what is probably a nationwide scandal that’s not being investigated. After he was essentially fired for his efforts, he received a settlement and WA actually enacted legislation tightening up EHM loopholes (1,2) . I personally know others who have fared much worse than this for similar efforts.

Think about for a moment what it means to have private EHM throughout all the counties in this country that don’t necessarily report EHM alarms to their respective governmental jurisdictions! Imagine a “pool of assets” with criminal backgrounds on EHM whose location can be manipulated to make it appear they are still at home when in fact they are not! Can you think of select ’employers’ who could use such a crowd of ghosts? I sure can. Paul Murphy is a national hero living right here in Whatcom County. He is not going to get any awards for being such. I suggest you give him your Write-IN vote for Sheriff instead.”

See original post here:  Bellingham Politics: Time To Vote

An Open Letter To Jack Louws

Mr. Louws,

I have some gripes that I want to air (again) and election time seems as good a time as any to do so. (Is there a better time?)

First, our unfinished business:

Bill Elfo is no longer credible. He’s now a proven liar and proven manipulator through the federal courts and through the process of a recent bill that Governor Inslee signed, but I’m not telling you anything. I’m sure you already know that. (I do still have all the court documents and records obtained from the discovery process to prove to any reasonable person what I’ve said here is true.)

When I first brought my whistleblower complaint to you, you were an unknown to me. I had hoped that you would be the man I thought you were, but as I found out in both of the cold and terse whistleblower denials from your office, …you aren’t. You couldn’t be bothered with employee rights, right and wrong, corruption, those sorts of things. You just wanted it and me to go away. I get it.

It’s too late for me to take that vote back though, isn’t it.

You know, and I know, that my claim of political retaliations and internal plotting, the reasons for them, as well as fraud, waste and abuse, were proven in spades. Even though your hand picked ‘independent’ county-paid ‘investigator’ did her very best to minimize what was reported to you, there were facts on the table that even she could not make ‘go away.’

So, just to set the record straight; I know what really happened and I know you also know what really happened, yet you chose to back Elfo’s scheme anyway. You didn’t uphold the law, high standards or even try to stand for what is right. You did so because you had to protect the county power for your later plans. I was just a fly in the ointment and I wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.

I went to you seeking help from what was being done to me and instead of doing what was right, you fell in line and aided the process along. The complaint remains valid even now should you choose to reopen it, but I know you won’t take any action on it because people like me who will stand up and tell the truth to power about such things are apparently  bad for the jail industry business.

Now onto the current matter:

Like most corrupt politicians, you use ‘plausible deniability’ skillfully to justify your actions and to shield yourself and your decisions from scrutiny. If a person doesn’t have rock-solid irrefutable proof, you ignore or deny all of it, even though you really do know, because it’s ‘plausible’ to do so in the eyes of the uninformed.

Sorry, but that does not a man of good character make.

Keeping people in jail longer than necessary to boost population numbers is wrong. Denying bail or PR (personal recognizance) to people who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost numbers is wrong. Incarcerating people in the first place who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost jail numbers is wrong. Repeated court continuances to boost jail numbers is wrong. Manipulating jail population numbers in any form is wrong and you know that.

It’s also wrong to personally profit from a government sector public safety plan that you, as an elected official, have personally manipulated into one carefully defined direction when it’s crystal clear that other viable and cost-effective options do exist. That alone warrants further investigation and I do hope someone is on that. I would and could, because I have the skills and the training, but I just don’t have the time.

In closing:

Despite all of the recent redefining of the term ‘integrity’ into something that sounds warm and fuzzy, like a verbal hug, integrity is not about ‘how you treat people.’ Integrity is about doing what is right. Even if it’s inconvenient. Even if no one else is watching.  It’s honesty, even when it costs you and even when it hurts to do so. Integrity is an unwavering adherence to truth and facts, period.

You, along with the willing co-horts, will probably dismiss this with a wry chuckle as a ‘disgruntled former employee’ or some such thing, but this isn’t just some random, anonymous ‘rant on the internet.’ I have my own personal firsthand experiences with ‘the county,’ 11 years worth, and you for a short time, to rely on that I think other citizens of this county need to know about as well.

Since you, the Bellingham Herald and KGMI can’t suppress, filter or censor this, there’s a good chance some of your voters will see it and may even read it. I’ll let the reader decide for themselves what it is or isn’t. If this costs you even one vote, I will consider it worthy of any scorn directed at me, my time and my effort to write it.

You should also know that I do plan to vote for Joy Gilfilen to replace you. She and I don’t agree on a lot, but we do agree on the important things, like local economics, senseless taxation, government overreach, over spending, protecting the ‘little guy’ and such. Perhaps most importantly, I’m confident that she does have integrity and that things would have turned out differently for me if she were the county exec.

Good day,
Paul Murphy

Cliff Notes: League Of Women Voters meeting

For your consideration.
(Notes and references below.)

This is a reprint (with her permission) of a comment by Whatcom County Exec candidate Joy Gilfilen on social media that I thought was a great summation of the larger issues surrounding the proposed county jail project: 

via Joy
I do not think this is party politic as much as it is the degenerative passion of an imploding prison industry…and we have to do the work to pull us out of the down-spiral.

Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters meeting, the speaker from Sea
ttle who has been working on these kinds of issues validated everything that the Coalition has been testifying and writing to the County Council, the County Executive, Mayors and Councilmen.

1) No Needs Assessment and no SWOT analysis to base this project on…there is no fiscal basis, no analysis of market trends. The County Executive continues to say there is one, yet has not produced it for the Jail Task Force, for the Council, nor upon request by the Restorative Community Coalition. Why not?

2) The prison industry has spiked and is in a downward trend now, so it is unwise to build a prison for the past, rather than one that reflects the future. This is the opposite of the (county) Executive Branch actions.

3) Over-criminalization is a problem in Whatcom County…with our Prosecutor in charge of the capacity to change it, the Sheriff has the ability to change it, the judges can change the overcrowding issues…all by simple bureaucratic actions. He was very clear that the roots of the problem with excessive incarceration is right here, right now. This is a locally controlled issue – and we were delighted to be second voiced by a man of this caliber. This flies in the face of what the Executive Branch (Louws) has been telling the Council on record.

4) He reiterated the stats provided by the Prosecutors a few weeks ago…that major crime has dropped 25 % in Whatcom County in the past few years. And that juvenile arrests are down about 80% in that same period of time. So why do we need to plan for expansion, when the stats clearly show a dramatic downturn? Furthermore, why are the jail bed stays/days increasing? He stopped short of saying that this might be an administratively created crisis. What he did recommend was to look at what they are doing in Spokane to bring a community coalition together with the Smart Justice banner.

All of this is true, and yes, this is happening on our watch. And it is time to stop the games of politics, and get down to solid business analysis…and on that level it fails also. More later…I gotta go.”

The comment (above) was in response to some back and forth on her original social media post commentary on the Herald article Bellingham council’s resistance casts doubt on jail plan

‘So the Executive says, “the county is likely to ask for something like a 20 cent per $1,000 property tax hike in 2016 to fund emergency medical services.” My gosh, where does he think this money is coming from? This is why it is critical to not put this ballot up to the voters – and to give the public time to find and propose alternatives.’ 

The comments references to the related Smart Justice meeting of the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County can be found on their website, along with a pdf of the meeting PowerPoint which I’ll also link here. SmartJusticeFairJustice – Cook

The incarceration reference information that was cited during the meeting presentation are found here. Smart Justice Fair Justice Incarceration data.

The exec and the sheriff are not presenting the full picture. They are presenting a terribly slanted view that not-so-coincidentally backs up their claims. Please share this information because a complicit local media that seems bent on backing anything the exec and the sheriff say are unlikely to present any of this information to you.

~PM