Friday, August 06, 2010

Of Fouls, Palmetto Bugs and Beatles

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- Arguably, the City of Bell, California, has become emblematic of everything wrong with parasitic bureaucracies, triggering what we refer to as the Bell Syndrome.

Consider the current administration’s much touted Financial Reform Act, we refer to affectionaly as the Parasites’ Feed Reform Bill rewards another parasitic bureaucracy, the Securities and Exchange Commission by making it exempt from public disclosures.  All this after the SEC failed to act on the Madoff Ponzi scheme for ten years, failed to act during the economic meltdown, and some of its attorneys prefer to watch pornography for eight hours, instead of work.  What a life! What parasites!

Or what about the action taken to help the grossly mis-managed, union-backed, job-killing, deemed Too Big To Fail institutions, such as Government Motors, FannieMae and Freddie Mac, while attacking creative game-changers, efficient, job-creators, such as Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, deemed Too Successful To Be Big

Then there are the horror stories in the Common Interest Develop industry.  Last month in  New Bern, North Carolina,  Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced   Alisah Bittle of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to 35 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release and ordered restitution in the amount of over $800,000.

According to the Attorney General’s  press release, since August, 2000, Bittle worked as the Property Manager of Buck Island Homeowner’s Association in Corolla, North Carolina. Her responsibilities included collecting homeowners’ dues, compiling financial reports, overseeing the complex grounds and ordering lawn and pool supplies.
Starting in December, 2003, Bittle  issued checks to herself or to businesses for personal expenses, used the business credit card for personal purchases, and withdrew money directly from the business account for personal use. After Bittle  admitted to the embezzlement, an audit was performed in which it was discovered that a loss totaling $861,819.42 in fraudulent transactions had occurred from 2003 until 2008. The embezzled money consisted primarily of Association dues and assessments collected from nearly 100 Buck Island homeowners as well as other monies that had been set aside by individual property owners for the on-going maintenance and repair of their homes.  Investigation of this case was conducted by the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Closer to home  in  Agoura, CA’s Morrison Ranch, the local governance in its infinite wisdom-less, decides to use legal counsel and spend  over $200 to Challenge $0.13 Request for Documentation.  Something the SEC does not even have to do anymore!

But wait, there is more.  As a result of the Laguna Woods Third Mutual lawsuit against property management company PCM, seems like a game of Musical Legal Chairs  has broken out – we prefer to call it a case of Palmetto Bugs trying to get out of the spotlight.

Are we done yet?  Not quite.  Now consider the activist judge who just ruled against the will of the people in California and struck down Prop-8 as anti-constitutional, or the US Attorney General Eric Holder going after Arizona for it trying to protect its residents, while the AG fails to go after sanctuary cities.

Now, consider the following:

"The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the two-fold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor -- indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one."
-          Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78 (1935) (Sutherland)

I for one smell Fouls, Palmetto Bugs and Beatles 

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