Monthly Archives: November 2016

Justice (?) Department

November 28, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

I will be damned if I can figure out where our top-heavy, regulation oriented, United States Government is headed. It seems that, more and more, the bureaucrats are making worse and worse decisions.

It also seems to me that Colorado is all to often on the top of the headlines for some stupid reason.

The latest goofball turn of events is that the Denver Sheriff’s Office was fined by the U.S. Department of Justice for making U.S. citizenship a qualification for being hired as a deputy sheriff.

Let me clarify one thing before I go on: The Denver Sheriff’s Office is not typical of the rest of the state. Denver is both a city and a county and does not elect a sheriff as their chief law enforcement officer. Sheriff’s deputies in Denver County are responsible for maintaining the jail, transporting prisoners and serving civil process. Sheriff Patrick Firman is an appointee of the City and County of Denver. That being said, the deputies are Colorado law enforcement officers.

So, some guy goes to the Sheriff’s Office (probably through the Denver City and County Human Services) and applies for a job. He is turned down because he is not a citizen and evidently is not fluent in English. The Justice Department, through the Civil Rights Division gets involved. Ultimately, Sheriff Firman enters into an agreement with Alberto Ruisanchez, the deputy special counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. The Sheriff’s Office agrees to pay a $10,000 fine, but they agreed to a whole lot more.

Under the agreement, the S.O. will go through all job applications received from non-citizens and offer them another opportunity for employment “with no consideration of their citizenship status.” They are also agreeing to provide certain printed material in “applicant’s preferred language.”

This all means that a person whose English is so deficient that he (or she) has to have printed material in another language is expected to communicate efficiently with a population of inmates, the majority of whom speak English. He (or she) will be expected to transport prisoner to and from jail and to and from the courts and I suppose have a laptop with a version of Rosetta Stone in seven languages on the dash of the transport vehicle, for which they will probably be criticized for using because it distracts them from their driving, which they may not be able to do legally because they didn’t get a driver’s test in Archi.

Another twist on this whole thing is that a provision of Section 8 of the United States Code, which is the one supposedly violated by DSO, provides that it is not a violation to “hire, recruit, or refer an individual who is citizen or nation of the United Stated over another individual who is an alien if the two individuals are equally qualified.” In my evidently screwed up mind it would seem that the applicant who speaks English has an edge here. But that is just my opinion.

By the way, Archi is considered by many scholars to be the least known language in the world and is spoken only in a small village of just over 1,000 people who live in Southern Russia on the Caspian Sea. Putting up a “Right To Work Poster” in Archi could be difficult because one verb could have more than 1.5 million conjugations.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

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It is the ‘what’ not just the ‘who’

November 7, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

Well friends, it is almost over. In fact, it will be over by the time many of you take time to read this.

I am both elated and apprehensive about what is going to be revealed to us on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I happen to think that the results are going to be much more about what we get, rather than whom we get. The ‘what’ is the all-important ingredient in this recipe. We could get something that has a disagreeable taste, but can be swallowed. We could get something that tastes better than many other choices on the table, or we could get something that tastes so bad that it will keep our insides hurting for years and years. I doubt that we are going to get something that satisfies every aspect of our hunger for keeping what America is all about.

I try to tune in to several different news programs and I try to read several on-line versions of various newspapers on an almost daily basis. The news commentators are doing their jobs; the news reporters are not. I am so disappointed in what the so-called news reports have become. The overall news media have morphed into nothing more that political action committees. The saddest thing about that is that they actually believe that they are doing right. Frankly, even Fox News has leaned too far to the right, though I understand why and welcome a certain amount of it because we need something, somewhere, to balance a badly tipped scale.

I am truly concerned about what happens next. Hillary Clinton, should she be the choice, will enter the Oval Office under a cloud of mistrust and criminal behavior that is almost unbelievable even to me. She will be given the opportunity to nominate people to the Supreme Court who think ideology is more important that constitutional adherence. Should the worst case evolve and Clinton lovers also take over the Senate, we will lose all the ‘advice’ and be left with only the ‘consent.’ That will put this country on a path with a course that will be very difficult to change in upcoming election years.

I know most of my Colorado readers have probably already made up their minds. I know that I am preaching to the choir. I know that there is nothing I can say right now to change anything. I know that the die is likely already cast. So, now I sit and wait for my gut reaction. I just hope what we get is something we can survive.

Incidentally, I am taking on a new project; one I will tell you all about later, but I have decided to publish Coxnotes on a random basis, rather than every Monday. I am not quitting, but I am changing.

Remember, I only email these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016