An Open Letter to “Liberals” on Gun Control

Found this on Facebook from one of the political pundits in my area that was worthy to share. -Matt

Dear “liberals,”

Do you see how easy it is for you to get illegal, banned drugs? Did anti-drug laws ever stop you from using any illegal drug? Now, take that same exact logic and apply it to guns. You can ban and regulate whatever you want, but buying an illegal gun is as easy as buying any illegal drug. Why? Because government trying to control and ban people’s actions fails every time it is tried. For those of you who don’t know, it is much easier to get an illegal gun than a legal one. The more uncivilized and controlling legislation you call for, the more illegal guns will pop up. If safety is what you actually cared about, then more control wouldn’t be your answer.

But you clearly aren’t interested in gun control or safety. What you’re really interested in is people control and forcing your emotional, baseless opinions on millions of unwilling participants. Next time your brain tells you it is a good idea to believe in something that includes controlling the actions of other human beings you don’t even know via government force, take the time to realize that it is not a problem with guns or any other controlled product, but a problem with your own thought process and behavior. Stop being a control freak. Thanks!

-Amir Zendehnam

Congressional District 31

Yes I am a moderate leaning member of the Republican Party and I am supporting Paul Chabot. Some in the establishment may think Chabot is a crazy lunatic, but compared to the other candidates running Chabot is the best candidate we have running right now.

If Joe Baca started to run earlier instead at the last minute I might of been supporting him instead, but Baca starting in March instead of January did hurt him. I think Joe Baca is more known and established and has voted more than part time politico Sean Flynn where the moderates should of backed him instead.

When people run for office people do look into your history such as your political donations. Back in January I was looking into if there was an alternative to Paul Chabot and I was intrigued by Sean Flynn. I wanted to know what candidates he backed so I looked into the campaign finance records and I was wondering if he supported far right politicians like Louis Gohmert or moderates like Mark Kirk. Instead I found out he donates 80% of the time to Democrats, but if one is a registered Republican he should of put his money into people like Mark Kirk. If Flynn is almost exclusively a Democratic Party donor then he should reconsider his partisan affiliation and become a member of the Democratic Party.

It is ironic that Dianne Harkey, San Bernardino Young Republicans and their friends are backing Flynn. They would just be as livid if someone was running for congress or state senate in their area and they were funding their opponents. Flynn did back an affordable care act supporter as late as 2014 and now he is attacking the affordable care act now what made him change his mind after he invested almost 8000 bucks to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)? Establishment activists should of vetted their choices.

I find this personally offensive when a school board candidate wanted the county party endorsement and then one of its endorsement committee members found out that he endorsed my opponent in the 2014 general election. Why ask for the Republican Party endorsement when you have backed Democrats in partisan races?

The problem is Sean Flynn has barely voted. Even the mayor of Ontario Paul Leon got attacked by the Democrats for his lack of voting record where his voting history was spotty when he ran for the open seat in Assembly District 52.

Paul Chabot has served the community and is not afraid to go in neighborhoods that Republicans rarely visit. He wants to make sure the neighborhoods in San Bernardino are safe and small businesses in Rancho Cuccamonga are protected and treated with respect just as much as big established companies like Lewis Development. If you want immigration reform and the Second Amendment defended Chabot is your man.

I may not be comfortable with Chabot’s policy positions such as foreign policy and his love of the drug war, but he is a man of bold colors as what Ronald Reagan alluded to in the past.

Ignore the Flyer for District 4 Central Committee

Yes, you may have gotten a flyer from a PAC ran by Charles Munger Jr.  stating that these individuals may be good picks for central committee in San Bernardino County’s 4th Supervisor

Picks chosen by Charles Munger Jr's political action committee.
Picks chosen by Charles Munger Jr’s political action committee.

District. However I have an issue with one of those members on this slate mailer, DO NOT vote for Steve Davey, he has had a horrific attendance record in 2015.  If you want a conservative member to represent you, there are other quality individuals you can consider such as Ben Lopez or Earl DeVries.

If people do not regularly attend central committee meetings they should not be running for central committee. I am not against conservative people representing my county party, but people need to be active participants and Ben Lopez has done more for the county party than Steve Davey has ever done.

UPDATE: Steve Davey failed to show up for the May meeting.



Animal Welfare Bill Idea

Idea: Promote trap, neuter and release to the 10 animal control facilities in Northern and Southern California with the highest kill rates of cats.

Offer aid to those facilities to run these programs for three years. To do 25-40 male and female cats bi-monthly to help curb feline overpopulation.

If the budget is impacted, we could make it where we could do matching funds for counties and cities.

The goal is to reduce the number of felines in our pounds populating the cages so we can reduce future generations populating our animal control facilities.

The plan is to fund the program for 3 years, then get the program reviewed to see how effective it is before it could be renewed for another 3 years.

The idea is a winning idea for many cities already, but some cities and counties need a nudge to do the right thing.

If it works for Rancho Cuccamonga and Oakland, it should work for a cash strapped city such as San Bernardino who would be open to it, or a reluctant county such as San Bernardino who would likely consider it if they had the money.

Primary Election 2016 Recommendations

This list will be updated occasionally until the primary in June.

Federal Offices

Congressional District 8: Tim Donnelly

Congressional District 27: Jack Orswell

Congressional District 31: Paul Chabot

Congressional District 35: Tyler Fischella


San Bernardino County Board Of Supervisors

Supervisor District 1: Paul Russ

Supervisor District 3: Donna Munoz

State Assembly 

Assembly District 40: Marc Steinorth

Assembly District 41: Casey Higgins

Assembly District 52: WRITE IN Toni Hollie

Assembly District 55: Mike Spence

State Senate

Senate District 25: Mike Antonovich

Republican Central Committee

Look at the recommendations from the Chino Tea Party or the Redlands Tea Party group for ideas.

Ballot Measures

Proposition 50: NO

The California Federation of Republican Women have something to say about it.

You will find one ballot measure on the June Primary Ballot- Prop 50. The CFRW recommends a “NO” on Prop 50! This proposition is titled, “Suspension of Legislators”, so many voters will think that this is a good measure protecting them from bad legislators. This bill was authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg in the wake of three Democrat Senators being either indicted or convicted of multiple felonies last legislative session. All three Senators were suspended with pay during the ordeal. At the time, Senator Steinberg was Senate President Pro Tem and attempted to save face with this proposed ballot measure. But Prop 50 does nothing to protect constituents, instead it perpetuates the culture of corruption by not allowing the legislature to expel indicted or convicted felons, but instead suspend them with or without pay. Californians deserve better. Prop 50 is also written so that members of the majority of the legislature could suspend a col-league just for disagreeing over legislation. This is potentially dangerous and unethical. The CFRW does not agree with this smoke and mirrors measure.
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Helping To Improve Health Care

Diabetes is an escalating issue in our society, many of us will unfortunately develop Type 2 Diabetes and it can be prevented if we do it right. Just telling people to be physically fit or watch your diet is not enough. I am thinking we should propose nutrition counseling where people can lean about what foods one should eat to maintain one’s health in that condition.

The idea would be is to have a seminar that would happen twice a week at the health plan offices or a conference center twice a week once on a weekend and once on a week night to teach people about the elements of a good diet and what foods to avoid. People would be served a lunch or dinner from the nutrition program as well. Either a national food service program such as Blue Apron or local retailer such as Sprouts could even offer a take home kit that would provide ingredients so one could make their own meals for the next day to help improve good nutrition habits.

We should have this trialed in our state and see if we actually make some progress in helping to improve health in our region.  We can begin by working with Medi-Cal providers in our state we could help cut costs and improve health outcomes.

10 Years of Inland Utopia.

It has been ten years that I decided to put up a blog and have it hosted on a web server. I thank the readers who have stumbled upon my blog over the time I have had this domain. I thought the blog was going to be huge like the mainstream media blogs, but it has been more independent like the zine scene of the 80s and 90s. I do not expect my blog to help me earn a five figure wage, but it would be nice for my blog to at least be self-sufficient where web hosting fees are covered.

One of the main things I want to do is go through my over 900 posts and find the best all time posts from my blog and do a feature article about these posts that I have found special over the years.

Here is hoping for another decade of writings about my life and the world around me.

Open Letter to Sean Flynn

It is good that people are running for office, I wanted to support you in the primary. However when I dug deep in your political contribution history I got disgusted. I do look in what type of candidates one supports to get an indication of how a candidate would lean on the issues of the day. When I found out you donated 75% of your donations to Democrats, that gave me a red flag for you. Its ironic when you talk about ending the “Affordable” Care Act, but you ended up giving 10k to one of its major proponents Senator Gary Peters in the past.

I want to support someone different than Paul Chabot, but I ended up endorsing Paul Chabot for the primary. I may disagree with Chabot on LGBT issues and his foreign policy positions. However I can agree with Chabot on immigration, the second amendment and making sure taxpayer money is not used to pay for abortions or suicide drugs.

If you are indeed evolving or indeed moving to conservative and or libertarian oriented positions I do indeed want to welcome you into the party. I know you may have a lot of progressive friends in your past, but I hope you can grow in the future where you can have an equal amount of both groups of supporters. You may have potential as a State Assemblyman for District 41 in the future. Or Congressional District 31 in 4-6 years.

I hope to see some investment in the future. Perhaps give some aid to Grow Elect which helps to bring Latino Republicans in local and state office. Build your investment in the party and help make a difference either if you are the nominee, congressman or simply private citizen out of the campaign.

If you do pull an upset, I will be happy to do what I can for you. I gave Paul Chabot the same offer when he beat the establishment candidate in 2014.

SAY NO to the SBX West Valley Connector

As someone who utilized public transportation as my main mode of transportation for almost two decades I stand opposed to the West Valley Connector. I am worried about several aspects of the project, the removal of lanes on Holt Boulevard, Foothill Boulevard, Haven Avenue and Milliken Avenue. The other issue is even if the service is only Monday-Friday, the lanes would be blocked off 7 days a week to the general public even if bus service is not being utilized on the weekends as shown in San Bernardino. I am worried about the removal of left turn lanes and the difficulty for people to access businesses along the major streets.

There is a better option for the residents, taxpayers and business operators of the corridor. We should utilize the OCTA Bravo system for limited stop service. Instead of running 60 stops, we would just run 5 or 6 stops this could be cheaper without the construction of new bus stations, road construction on the major streets and would be friendly to taxpayers and the transit dependent. So for route 61 we would have route 161 which would be the express route and route 61 would serve all the stops.

The board members for Omnitrans are listed here.

Thank You

Norma Torres and Immigration

Thinking about the upcoming election it makes me think about my Congresswoman Norma Torres. She has a real thin skin when it comes to facing people who disagree with her. I can understand her personal history makes the issue of immigration real personal to her where she came illegally as a child and then became legal as a teenager. However, as an elected official you have to listen to the concerns of all your constituents even the views you may find personally repugnant.

Some of my ancestors may have swam the Rio Grande to Texas, but that was a time when we had no welfare state. The borders have to be regulated and restricted if we have a welfare state. We cannot afford to be the giving tree to the world. This is one reason why I hope people consider her opponent this election.

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