DeBary City Council Races – 2014

   DeBary City Council seats 3, 4, and 5 are open for election in 2014. 

SEAT 5- Former Councilman Jack Lenzen and former Councilman Danny Tillis have both stated that they are candidates for this seat.  This is the seat for Mayor.  Please remember that the Mayor has only one vote just like the other Council members.  Also, please remember that none of the Council members receive large salaries.  The Mayor receives a salary of $ 600.00/month and the Council members receive a salary of $ 400.00/month.  At least that is the way it used to be unless Chris Carson, the man who never met a tax that he did not like, snuck something by me when I was not looking. 

   Both Danny and Jack attended a political party that I gave in March.  I will not endorse any candidate in this race and I told this to both Danny and Jack.  Also, it seems likely that at least one more candidate may join this race.  Remember that Robert Garcia, a man who was never elected to a Council seat, sought the office of Mayor in 2008, and defeated the incumbent Mayor George Coleman. 

   When the qualification time ends, I will offer each candidate for Mayor an opportunity to state their positions on this website as a public service for DeBary residents.

SEAT 4 – Incumbent Lita Handy-Peters will seek re-election to this seat.  According to DeBarypop.com, Dawn Pizzo will also be a candidate for this seat. 

   People continually say things like: ” I guess that you will support Dawn Pizzo in this race since you campaigned for her in 2013 against Chris Carson. ” 

   To quote former President Richard Nixon; ” Let me make this perfectly clear. ” Presently, I am 100% neutral in this race.  I have no plans to campaign for either candidate at this time.  I did indeed support Ms. Pizzo in 2013 against Chris Carson.  I considered Chris Carson’s involvement with two other Council Members in an alleged non-profit corporation to be vile, reprehensible, and a slap in the face of law abiding DeBary residents.  That is the reason that I supported Ms. Pizzo in 2013 against Carson.  Also, Carson’s childlike attempts to legally frighten me into not reporting on his race brought me out in full force against him.  In my view, Carson remains a dimwit and a municipal bureaucrat who has never done an honest day’s work in his life. 

   Councilwoman Lita Handy-Peters was not, to the best of my knowledge and research, involved with any aspects of Carson’s alleged non profit corporation. 

   I plan to offer each qualified candidate in this race the opportunity to state their positions on this website as a public service for the citizens of DeBary.

SEAT 3 – Marshall Lee is an announced candidate for seat 3.  Mr. Lee has a large and well organized group of DeBary residents who support him and who have urged him to seek election in the past. 

   Rosedown Boulevard has a number of candidates and political activists with houses on this street.  I live on Rosedown and served on the City Council after being elected in 2008.  Two houses to the East of my house is former Mayor Carmen Rosamonda.  Marshall Lee lives on Rosedown to the West of my house.  Also, former candidate Neil Coppens was  a resident on Rosedown Blvd. 

   I noticed from reading ” Stormin’ Norman’s ” website that old ” Stormin’ Norman ” stated that Marshall Lee attended a political party given by Rudolph Conoley in March.  My hundreds of friends in DeBary call me Van.  So I am glad that old ” Stormin’ Norman ” called me by my legal first name of Rudolph on his website DeBarypop.  ” Stormin Norman ” forgot to mention that Jack Lenzen, Danny Tillis, Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Joyce Cusack, DeBary councilman Rick Dwyer, Rich Gailey, and the man that DeBary residents love or hate, but can not live without, the Honorable Danny Allen also  attended the political party.  We also had a number of distinguished DeBary residents in attendance.  Also, Erickson’s invitation did not get lost in the mail !

                                 R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note:  DeBary residents may be interested in reading two other articles published on this website.  They are: 1) ” Standing Up To Two Thugs and Cowards on the DeBary City Council, ” and 2)” Chris Carson – A Dimwit No More. ”  Just type the name Chris Carson into the search box at the top of this website and then click go.  The two articles will appear for your perusal. )

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A Wise Saying – Part 94

   ” I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie. ”   Michel de Montaigne

         R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s note: This aphorism is dedicated to 90% of all local politicians and to 100% of the members of Congress. )

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Google X

   Google Corporation has two top secret labs known as Google X.  One of the labs is in California at the company headquarters and the other lab’s location is not disclosed. 

   Both labs are filled with robotics engineers as well as the usual software engineers.  Much of the research remains unknown even to large hedge fund managers that own massive amounts of Google stock.  Google stock recently split with one share of the common stock becomming one share of Class A Google and one share of Class C Google.   

                                R. Van Conoley

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A Wise Saying – Part 93

  ” The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.  Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will. ”           Michel de Montaigne

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A Wise Saying – Part 92

  ” It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. ”     Mark Twain

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What To Do In Retirement

   A longtime friend from South Florida recently invited me to his retirement party.  I was unable to attend, but sent him an e-mail asking him what he planned to do when he retired.  The following is his response to my question. 

   ” I have a lot of interesting things planned now that I am retired.  I recently applied for a building permit for a new home.  The home was going to be 100 feet tall and 400 feet wide and it will contain 12 gun turrets.  It will also have a loud outside entertainment sound system that will broadcast to the entire neighborhood.  It will also have a parking lot for 200 cars, and I plan to paint it green with a pink trim. 

   The city council told me,  ” Forget it… IT AIN’T GONNA EVER HAPPEN. ”  So I sent the application in again, but this time I called it a Mosque.

   Work starts on Monday. ”

                                         R. Van Conoley   ( Editor’s Note:  Obviously the influence of DeBary City Councilman Chris Carson and Dan Hunt has spread to other cities in the U.S. )

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CEO Compensation

   CEO compensation, relative to the pay of the average worker, has skyrocketed in the last three decades.  In 1965, the average CEO was paid 18.3 times more than the average worker.  By 2010, CEO’s were paid 200 times more than the average worker. 

   In 2012, the average CEO was paid a comfortable average of $ 9.7 Million.  In 2013, the average CEO earned 354 times the salary of the average worker. 

    Over 87% of the growth in the salaries of CEO’s occurred during the George W. Bush (43) administration and the Barack Obama administration.  Both the Bush (43) administration and the Obama administration used tax dollars to reward corporations that recklessly invested their money at the “Wall Street Casino.”  Almost 100% of responsible economists and financial analysts now believe that if the federal government had allowed corporations to go bankrupt our economy would be much sounder today.  Also many economists and analysts believe that more than 90% of the corporations that were given government money would have survived bankruptcy and reorganized into a much more sound corporation. 

   We can all thank Bush(43) and Obama for increasing the wealth of the top 1% of Americans.  Today the top 1% of Americans have more total wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans.  Congress should not be forgotten.  Congress has also contributed to our economic problems by “selling their souls” ( if they have any ) to the special interest groups and the lobbyists. 

   Sanityandsense.com advocates for fair ballot access for third party candidates by way of a Constitutional amendment.  The choice between a “democrat crook” and a “republican crook” is totally unacceptable in our  Constitutional Republic. 

                               R. Van Conoley

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How Congress Works

  ” All this talk about rules. There ain’t no rules here.  We make them up as we go along. “  Representative Alcee Hastings    

( Editor’s note:  Alcee Hastings was a Federal Judge.  He was impeached and removed from office by the U.S. Congress.  He was tried in a court of law and since he was found not guilty, Hastings was able to seek election to Congress.  Now Hastings is friendly with many of the same “crooks” who impeached him from the Federal Bench. )

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Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

   The 2,000 year old Latin phrase, ” Inter arma enim silent leges,” means  ” In times of war, the laws fall silent.”

   U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently gave a lecture before a class of law students in Honolulu.  At question time, one student asked Justice Scalia about the 1944 Korematsu v. U.S. decision in which the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a presidential order which ordered Americans imprisoned in the name of National Security. 

   Scalia responded: ” Well of course Korematsu was wrong … But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”

   Today the U.S. Government is constructing large detention camps in America.  Many law abiding citizens believe that these camps might be used as prisons for American citizens who speak out against the U.S. Government when marshal law is imposed in America. 

   What will you do when they come for you?  The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security have a great deal of information about you.  Inter arma enim silent leges when they come for you !  

                       R. Van Conoley

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Hang The Dirtballs In Public

   In my lifetime, I never expected to discover a topic as sleazy and sordid as the actions of the Roman Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church intentionally hid the actions of pedophile priests who continued to molest young children.  Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist, stated that ” the Devil is at work in the Vatican.”  Father Amorth believes that the rampant sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests is proof of his statement.  Readers of this website may type in the words ( pedophile priests ) in the search box at the top right side of this page.  Articles about pedophile priests will then be displayed. 

   It turns out that I was wrong.  I have discovered a topic that is as equally vile and reprehensible to me as the sexual molestation of children by pedophile priests.  The actions of General Motors Corporation, in my view, are just as vile and reprehensible as the actions of the Catholic Church’s hiding of pedophile priests.  GM is an American corporation and it has a legal obligation to act in a responsible manner and follow American Laws. 

   It turns out that GM had full knowledge about an ignition switch defect and covered up the problem in order to gain more profits.  The result of this coverup by GM was the deaths of innocent Americans.  I consider this to be murder.  The issue, in my mind,  is that all corporate executives and all members of GM’s corporate board should be punished for this horrendous crime. 

   It is true that GM is a corporation.  However, as Americans we must not allow corporations to commit this type of criminal activity and then expect to hide behind the “corporate shield.”  In the U.S. today, the main problem with our fast destructing society is that our laws are not enforced.

   I believe that justice can only be served if guilty individuals are punished instead of being rewarded.  I seriously advocate a public hanging of every GM executive and board member who was complicit in covering up this ignition defect that resulted in loss of innocent life. 

   The failure to enforce American Laws for criminal acts is the most serious issue facing our Republic today.  Even the horror of international terrorism and the nightmare of a 17.5 TRILLION dollar National Debt pale in comparison to our failure to punish criminals.  We need to subject criminals found guilty of horrendus crimes to the ultimate verdict of capital punishment.  It would send an ethical message to those criminals who are destroying our Republic.  After the guilty GM executives are hanged, I suggest that we subject the administrators of the Catholic Church to the same punishment if they helped hide pedophile priests. 

                               R. Van Conoley

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