From: twinkobie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 1:43 PM
Subject: [Lee Drury De Cesare's Casting-Room Couch] 7/18/2009 10:29:00 AM
At the July 14 board meeting, a young woman sat beside me new to board meetings. She asked me about the people on the podium.
"See that fellow the size of an emaciated grasshopper scampering about the board room stooping with abject obeisance at the shoulders of one then another of the board members?" I asked. "That's Steve Hegarty. He's head of Community Affairs. I examined the file of applicants for his job. He was least qualified of the finalists. Ms. Elia hired him because she is dumb enough to have thought that a guy who was a former reporter for the SPTimes could get her the good publicity for which she is so avid."
Ms. Elia made a bad guess. Reporters hate Hegarty for jumping ship and making more money than they do--over a hundred thousand a year and climbing--for a cushy tax-paid job that involves nothing but bowing and scraping to administrative higher-ups and laundering duplicitous messages sent out to regale the public on how wonderful the board and Ms. Elia are. Le Hegarty presides over an office that produces lies to the public, which unknowingly pays to be lied to. The Public-affairs office of the School Board is another rip-off of taxpayers.
Mr. Hegarty was grateful for the First Amendment when he was a reporter. The First Amendment keeps newspapers in business. The first thing a dictator does is shut down free speech and free press. The board and the ROSSAC thugs try to shut down free speech in School Board environs surreptitiously and a l so in the free-speech blogs that some teachers such as Steve Kemp have been intrepid enough to mount.
Kemp just spent over a year on suspension for running his blog. The cooked-up case against him was child abuse. Under the Professional Standards extortion racket, the administration with board approval targets teachers with cooked-up infractions to scare them and the whole teacher population into terrified silence so that they don't say anything or do anything that questions the First-Amendment crooks on the board and administration.
Teacher blogs are islands of democracy in the dictatorship of the board and Ms. Elia.
After Hegarty became a ROSSAC factoterm, he squelches free speech without demur for his ROSSAC bosses. Hegarty and Carol Kurdell, board chair, have cooked up a routine to keep me from commenting on hiring decisions made in secret. I want the board to put the names of the candidates for jobs on the Web with hyperlinks to their resumes. To keep me from saying that at the mike, Hegarty won't allow me to hand in a board-appearance request when hiring comes up on the board agenda . He had to have gotten that order from Kurdell and other board anti-free speech adherents.
I asked why he denied me the right to comment on a board-agenda item involving jobs . Heggarty said that "they" had noticed that I didn't always know what I was talking about and "got mixed up": the template Alzeimer's slur. He could have been frank and not dumped on the elderly by telling the truth: "We don't want you to mention equal employment opportunity because we don't practice it. We just put that 'We are in equal employment opportunity employer' logo everywhere to make people think we practice fair hiring."
Steve is so skinny that he looks like an ectomorphic grasshopper I weigh more than he. Everybody does. I am stronger. Everybody is.
I can waylay Steve in the parking lot to slap his silly for insulting helpless, sweet, Alzeimer's-afflicted little old ladies such as I.
Called before the court for assault and, I hope, battery, I will plead temporary Alzeimer's and say I don't remember a thing.
The accusations against the elderly that they are "confused" and "don't know what they are talking about" represent a way of saying they are in the throes of Alzeimers, an excuse to discriminate against them and pretend what they say doesn't count .
Steve Hegarty's telling me that "they," meaning the members of the board, said I "didn't know what I was talking about" and was "confused" is use of elderly-abuse slurs to deprive me of free speech so that I cannot get a place on the agenda of a public institution to comment on the shoddy hiring practices of the board and administration.
I have company at the national level:
Fired inspector general files lawsuit
(Go here to read the whole article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/18/fired-inspector-general-files-lawsuit/?source=newsletter_politics-government_headlines .)
The Obama administration has disappointed me by firing a guy in his late seventies as I am who had unearthed the stealing of government money by a supporter of Obama, a Mr. Johnson, who had filched grant money from AmeriCorps.
Mr. Walpin became inspector general for CNCS in 2007.
Earlier this year Mr. Walpin issued reports that found that St. Hope Academy, founded by Mr. Johnson, had misused some of the nearly $850,000 in grant money it received from the federal AmeriCorps program. The academy has agreed to pay back about half the money.
But his actions [inspector General Walpin] in the investigation were criticized by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, Lawrence G. Brown, who said the inspector general was out of bounds in pushing his case against the mayor and hindered the prosecutor's own investigation.
Days after the firing [of Walpin], a White House lawyer wrote a letter to a small group of senators explaining that Mr. Walpin at a May 20 meeting was "confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior" that led the board of the corporation to question his ability to serve as inspector general.
Though it's not part of the suit, Mr. Walpin's lawyers said in their legal brief that the case "raises serious questions of age discrimination" because of the accusations that Mr. Walpin, who is in his late 70s, seemed unable to function.
The suit was filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C.
Dear Ms. Obama:
I am disappointed in the President for firing Mr. Walpin on what is, in effect, age discrimination to keep him from punishing a man who happens to be an Obama supporter.
The "confused" accusation represents a cover for contempt for elderly y people. The president was remiss in applying it to Mr. Walpin. I bet he spoke before he had examined the situation.
I too am elderly and face similar discrimination by the Hillsborough County School board, which won't let me comment on their jobs racket when they list jobs on the agenda that the public is supposed to be able to comment on. The Public Affairs head says that "they" say I am "confused" and "don't know what I am talking about."
We elderly form a large and powerful voting block, and we won't forget President Obama's cooperation in the abuse of the elder inspector general whom he fired for doing his job. The President should be ashamed of himself. I ask that you talk to your husband about the implications of this case. I supported Mr. Obama in the election and sent him what for a poor retired teacher was a generous donation early on. I won't repeat that support if he is going to beat up on us elderly. Other elderly won't either.
Lee Drury De Cesare
15316 Gulf Boulevard 802
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
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