Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quartzsite - Injustice or Retribution

If a person were to use a single word to describe every resident, extended season snowbird and vendor living in Quartzsite what would that word be? And, how could just one word describe all affected? A person would have to ponder that thought for a long time because as most know the town is split in their support for Mayor Ed Foster or Quartzsite’s town government.

The one word that defines everyone in Quartzsite is Anger. Go ahead, try and find someone who will say they are not Angry at one side or the other. Nearly impossible, right? But, did you know there are two types of anger?

On Sunday a young Pastor at church talked about the “Anger” he felt 10 years ago on 9/11 Now on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 He went on to say virtually everyone in the United States of America was Angry. Then he made a real revelation by stating the two distinct forms of anger. I immediately made the correlation between the Anger felt on 9/11 then and the current situation in Quartzsite.
The first is Anger at injustice. Americans felt this kind of Anger towards the actions of the cowardice attack against innocent people in our own country on 9/11 We were above all, Angy because it was an act of pure evil. The kind of evil hell-bent on killing as many innocent people as possible. Evil on a grand scale never seen before anywhere in the world.

The second is Anger fueled by sinful actions. The type of anger where one seeks revenge.  A vendetta carried out through deeds of retribution. The type of retribution causing the greatest level of harm possible to the recipient. This type of Anger will show no regard for the law. Or if possible use the law whenever possible to disguise the revenge they seek.

Knowing and understanding how Anger works, perhaps you can better understand how Anger controls Quartzsite. I can’t help but wonder where did this all the Anger in Quartzsite get its start? 

Well, perhaps when petitions were circulated in the community to incorporate Quartzsite as a Town. Some people there would have been glad to see progress while others did not want to foot the bill progress would cost. There is an interesting history with early corporate Quartzsite, but, for now I will focus on how the latest round of Anger may have exploded in Quartzsite.

Understand, I have no hard facts only theories as to how the following may have played out. Some of my thoughts are based on a timeline of facts, but I did not nor do I have any real inside knowledge to any of the actual actions taken by town officials. I wrote this to help you ask the right kind of questions to get real answers. If you can shed some light as to real facts with evidence feel free to post them in the comment section of this article.

The founding mayor of Quartzsite, Richard Oldham, has always stayed in the forefront of town government and the expenditures required to keep the city coffers healthy. When Richard felt policies and expenditures needed clarification he sought answers. Others in Quartzsite felt the same way. Snowbirds migrating to Quartzsite from communities with open and transparent governments wondered how Quartzsite town government could be so different from theirs.

To get answers people started asking questions of town officials through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Town officials were less than forthcoming on FOIA requests. In fact the requests Angered town officials with something to hide. People submitting the FOIA requests became Angered with the officials who were uncooperative. As the Anger escalated between both parties tempers became short.

Can you tell the different types of Anger in play? Now that I look back I can.

Citizens became Angry with the injustice at the hand of the town officials. A burning question was “why would town hall not disclose information requested”.

Since requested information was not forthcoming on FOIA requests in 2007 it became necessary for citizens to take their concerns and complaints to the common council. Often town a employee had to defend their stand on the issues in front of the full council. This must have made the specific employee Angry, very Angry; this person sought revenge against those who dared cross them.
Perhaps a fortune teller must have read Tarot cards.  This town employee became an expert at controlling the common council and those employees reporting directly to them. The employee’s Anger of revenge grew as more and more FOIA requests appeared in their inbox. To cover up the corruption that would be exposed by the FOIA requests, the employee may have abused the power of the their office.

This same Angry employee was able to influence members of the town’s appointed common council members to carry out vengeful evil plans. The employee ran into a brief road block when Steve Bennett became Mayor. Again Tarot cards may have shown a way to Anger Mayor Bennett. His Anger of the injustice perpetrated by the employees involved caused him to resign the office of Mayor. Tarot cards must have reveled the next evil step as well. after Steve Bennett’s resignation the Angy employee was successful at getting the council’s appointed Mayor’s full support.  Still the corrupt Angy employee’s plan of revenge could not have worked until she controlled the police department. I can’t help but wonder how those Tarot cards gave the employee the vision to control police officers. The Tarot cards must have also revealed the need of a town harassment officer. And, someone was more than willing to fill the need. The corrupt employee controlled this harassment officer from the start. Then imbued the new harassment officer with all the evil the devil had taught the corrupt individual.

The corrupt employee’s Anger of revenge was now in place. There would no longer be justice for all in Quartzsite.

Anger increased exponentially to defend against the injustice unleashed upon the citizens, snowbirds and vendors of Quartzsite. As a snowbird Ed Foster was Angry with the injustice he saw, so Angry in fact, he felt an overwhelming need to campaign for justice to prevail. Therefore, Ed ran for the office of Mayor with a promise to fire Alex Taft and Police Chief Gilbert. Ed also sought to work with a common council not controlled by evil doers. To this end Ed Foster was very supportive of all candidates running to unseat incumbent common council members.

Ed Foster's actions really Angered the corrupt leaders in Quartzsite. The Tarot cards must have given insight as to how to control Ed Foster should he become Mayor and at the same time drive a deep divide within the community.

Citizens not supporting Ed Foster became Angry when he won the election. Their Anger was based on the perception Ed would fire Alex Taft and Jeff Gilbert which in their minds was unjustified. They were under the false impression all was well within town hall. As such this group of citizens did not share the same type of Anger as the corrupt individuals in town government. Most of these citizens are not evil, they are pawns, they have fallen for the deception created by the corrupt leaders.

I feel sorry for the group of citizens under the influence of Angry corrupt people. I wish I could help them see the light. I have to work on that.

The night Ed Foster was seated as Mayor was the first time I saw Anger driven by evil revenge. It was also the first time my Anger became overwhelming to the point I needed to stop the injustice unfolding in front of me. I addressed the common council and all evil doers and pleaded on behalf of all present that true justice be allowed to prevail. Nothing worked, my pleas were met with discontent and defiant driven Anger of revenge from the entire seated council.

The Anger in town hall that night was surreal. On one hand was Anger of injustice, on the other hand was the Anger of revenge. A battle broke out in an open meeting.

Quartzsite was at it’s lowest point.

All of you reading this should be asking questions of your own. If you find out or have any facts that support my thoughts, please post them here in the comments section.

Help me help you to put an end to the Anger running rampant in Quartzsite.

Rigged Election in Quartzsite - Just a Thought

Could voter fraud be realistic in Quartzsite’s last two recall elections? After recalling some facts that have been questioned over the past three years, that answer could very well be yes.  Here are some facts as I know them. Although I can not recall the specific time, Quartzsite town officials requested an updated registered voter roster from La Paz County shortly after Ed Foster was seated as Mayor. I was present when town officials were asked to explain why the roster was needed. The answer given was very weak and led one to believe something was cooking in the soup kettle.  

So...what was the town cooking up and why? I did not know then, and, I do not know now. But, thoughts are formulating in my mind as I look back at the events. Understand I have no proof of the story I am going to relate to you. My story is strictly fictitious; I have no reason to believe town officials in my story actually took part in anything I write here. Based on known personalities and behavioral traits following is a scenario going through my mind.

My story starts the night Ed Foster was seated as mayor, the council meeting was anything but normal. Since Quartzsite’s incorporation new members of the council and mayors have always been seated at the beginning of a town council meeting following an election. Not this night.

The outgoing Mayor and the rest of the town government planned to strip the incoming mayor of any powers enjoyed by all past mayors. The town’s plan was carried out under a great deal of of heated verbal protesting by citizens attending the meeting. The full council was not swayed by citizen protests as can be viewed by online video on youtube. In an act of defiance the full council just kept passing new restrictions on the office of the mayor.

With the plan of mayoral restrictions put in place the rest of the story could be something like this:  The town manager or other town employee requested and received and updated copy of the registered voters in Quartzsite. With this information at hand town officials were able formulate a plan to protect themselves from any further outside interference.  Those individuals responsible for implementing the action to strip Ed Foster of his powers as mayor most likely realized they would be challenged wherever possible. Therefore, first order of business of this small group of town officials was to assure no seated council member would be ousted by a recall effort.

This unknown group of town officials must have come up with a plan for submitting fraudulent early ballots if a recall effort became successful. The updated voter roster could have had vital information of every registered voter such as their physical and postal addresses. Someone with this information would be able to carry out a plan to control the  outcome of any recall election.

As expected a recall of all seated council members did happen. The plan to control the election must have been put into action.

As the recall election got under way someone with access to the county election office the requested the list of Absentee ballots. With this list along with the master roster of registered voters in hand, someone must have been able to check off voters requesting a absentee ballot in Red ink. This color was used to signify a warning not to mess with the voter’s ballot.  When early ballots became available for pickup at town hall someone must have been able able to get the list of voters who picked up a ballot. Once again these names may have been checked off on the master roster in Red ink indication not to mess with that ballot either. The person in charge of the plan needed a way to identify all potential voters whose ballots could possibly be defrauded. This multi step plan would now require investigation to yield a supply of fraudulent ballots.  First, voters that are snowbirds and own property in Quartzsite have water bills to pay each month. The person in charge may have looked at each water bill received and checked the postmark on the envelope. If the postmark was from a snowbird’s summer address and not checked off in Red ink on the master voter roster that person would have identified a possible ballot to use. This voter’s name was checked off in Green Ink and would indicate the voter would not be in town to vote on election day.  Second, voters living in RV parks and gone for the season were easy to spot and mark in Green ink if their RV space were vacant and they were not checked off in Red ink. For those who leave an RV in the space all year another step was be needed.   someone would have to physically spot an RV voter who remained in town during the upcoming election. One way to see who is in town is to stake out the Post Office for at least a week. Those voters living in RV parks had to stop at the Post Office to pick up mail. People involved in this plan may have made up a schedule fortaking pictures of everyone as they exited the Post Office. If none of the corrupted employees could recognize a face, someone within the town police department may have run a facial recognition through an agency such as NCIC. Once a positive ID matched a voter on the master roster and were not checked off in Red ink, they would be checked off in Blue ink to indicate a possible vote at the polls on election day.  At some point someone in authority may have approached all voters checked in Blue ink and possibly used intimidation tactics in an effort to control their vote.  Third, on election day corrupt spotters would be at the polling place to eliminate the use of prepared fraudulent ballots for voters exiting the polls. Voters seen at the polls were marked in Black ink on the master voter roster and the prepared fraudulent ballot destroyed.  Corrupt individuals involved would have now had all the information needed to feel safe in submitting all the early ballots someone prepared from the Green ink list.  And, if needed any one on the blue Ink list that did not vote could be added to the Green ink list at the last minute.  When the polls closed the early ballots including those from the Green list are turned in to the county elections board. To make sure everything worked correctly, the corrupt group had a count of those exiting the polls. Using this count they could have been able to apply past voting statistics to determine how many fraudulent ballots to submit thereby assuring the outcome of the election.

This type of fraud could have happened at the recall of the council members and the recall of the mayor. With the level of corruption suspected in Quartzsite anything seems to be possible.  Again, I am not saying anyone is actually involved in such a cover up. It just makes an interesting story.