March 13th 2016 newsletter
Whetsel the Weasel Hits
the End of his Chain
Hitting the end of his chain is exactly what it is looking like, like the mongrel dog charging at an interloper and suddenly hitting the end of the dog chain. Whetsel has had an impressive run, twenty years of being the sheriff of Oklahoma County thanks to membership in the good old boys club and being protected by the Oklahoman. But all that began unraveling a few weeks back as indications of the honeymoon being over started trickling out of the annual court hearing where the daily incarceration pay rate is set by a district judge.
Seems there had been two hearings since the first of the years and news stories briefly touched on friction between the sheriff department and Judge Elliot. But the innuendos blew sky high last week when Oklahoma County D.A. David Prater, one of Whetsel’s former supporters and protectors leaked a letter that asked State Auditor Gary Jones to investigate the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office for violating state law and the Oklahoma Constitution while stating that the investigation could “result in criminal charges.”
The Sooner Tea Party was at the 3:30 pm Friday court hearing and Capt. Jon Skuta, the Sheriff Department finance officer was visibly shaken during the entire hearing. Of course Sheriff John Whetsel was nowhere to be seen. Probably down in Florida where he doesn’t have to answer questions from outraged judges, citizens, and reporters.
Here are the potential areas of investigation:
- Whether the Oklahoma County Sheriff and or his administrative staff created debt by entering into contracts with vendors or service providers, failing to encumber sufficient funds and then willfully refusing to pay those contracts with available appropriations or special revenue funds;
- Whether the Oklahoma County Sheriff and or his administrative staff paid outstanding debt or contract balances for a specific fiscal year with subsequent fiscal year funds;
- Whether the Oklahoma County Sheriff and or his administrative staff created a debt by expending more funds than were available to expend through general fund appropriations or any other special revenue source;
- Whether the Oklahoma County Sheriff and or his administrative staff have provided false or misleading information to the Oklahoma County District Court in their request to the Court to set per diem rates for County inmates. You should consider whether costs or expenditure figures were accurate and whether inappropriate items were included in the jail operation costs or if required offsets were omitted from the reported jail operation costs;
- Whether the Sheriff and or his administrative staff deposits all special revenue funds in statutorily approved accounts. The source of all special revenue should be identified and income amounts should be confirmed;
- Whether the Sheriff and or his administrative staff expended all sources of funding in lawful manner;
- Whether there is any relationship between individuals granted a Special or Reserve Deputy position and campaign contributions made by the individual to the Sheriffs campaign fund. Please include in your inquiry any monetary or in-kind donation made to the Sheriffs campaign or the Sheriffs Office. Determine the costs of the Special or Reserve Deputy program, including, but not limited to vehicle costs and vehicle maintenance costs, equipment and uniform costs, etc.
On charge #1, it refers to the ongoing lawsuit with Armor Correctional Health Services who sued for around $660,000 in March and filed another suit in October of 2015 for $3,314,610.00 in unpaid medical bills and expenses. The County Commissioners are the target of the last suit and county officials including Whetsel might be found personally responsible for the unpaid bills.
Whetsel claimed in October that his department had plenty of money, alledging that he had over eight million dollars left in reserve at the end of the fiscal year but so far he has offered no explanation of why he refuses to pay the medical contract. Whetsel had 47 million in county funds to pay expenses plus his fee driven income and money from the state for housing state prisoners. County commissioners say that Whetsel told them he didn’t have the money and that the county commissioners expected Whetsel to make cuts in his budget so he could pay the medical bills. Travel could have been reduced, stopping the participation of sheriff vehicles in parades, not allowing deputies to take cars home at night, all of which Whetsel refused to implement.
Whetsel blames a shift in DOC policy that has the state picking up convicted felons at a quicker rate than in the past, lessening the amount of state money received by local sheriff offices. However Whetsel had been housing hundreds of state convicts in his jail at a rate of $32.00 per day, a figure that would come back to haunt him this week.
The reality is that Whetsel has played this game before, run up medical bills on inmates and refusing to pay, getting sued, and having the county government pick up the tab. That effectively increased his budget by millions of dollars a year that he could expend on useless programs that increased his political viability and visibility. There have been numerous lawsuits over the years for unpaid medical expenses of inmates in the car of Sheriff Whetsel who is bound by law to cover the medical care of inmates in his custody.
In 2015 the annual audit uncovered irregularities in payroll and leave accounting, resulting in a new accounting program being implemented and the sheriff department spokesman blamed the three million dollar short fall on a change in state law that requires the DOC to refuse to pay for keeping convicted inmates if the judgment and sentence paper work is not turned in within three days.
Charge #2 pertains to paying old bills from the previous years’ using current year monies, basically hiding the insolvency by robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Charge #3 refers to creating debt, something prohibited by the State Constitution. Oklahoma is a balanced budget state.
Charge #4 refers to the annual duty of the local presiding District judge to set the daily charge for incarcerated inmates. The rate is supposed to be set using actual direct costs of running the jail and divided by the number of \housed inmate days. Judge Elliot accused Whetsel of lying to him on these costs since 2002. Whetsel had requested $48.05 per day in February but hearings into the issue uncovered massive irregularities. Last year’s incarceration rate was $44.51 per day, billed directly to inmates to be paid once they were released from custody.
During the Friday court hearing on the daily incarceration rate the judge repeatedly called the sheriff department’s finance officer a liar, saying “I don’t believe anything you are saying.” At issue were three separate submissions of figures for running the jail, all of which were different. The judge admonished a very shaken Capt. Jon Skuta for submitting and certifying under oath three separate versions of financial data, two of which had to be lies according to the judge.
At an earlier hearing it was found that indirect costs such as travel and training for deputies, public defender’s staff, juvenile justice workers, and court clerk employees, were incorporated into the direct costs of running the jail and offsets from inmate phone call contracts and sales from the commissary were not used to offset the expenses. Over one third of the public defender’s budget was added to the direct overhead despite the public defender’s office having a separate budget! Then there was state funded Oklahoma County Community Sentencing Program which had a large portion of its annual budget listed on Whetsel’s direct overhead costs for the jail. The latest sheriff department request for the daily incarceration rate was $40.04 per day.
Local bail bondsmen had put together around 200 pages of data showing that Sheriff Whetsel had been lying about the actual numbers of inmates housed at the jail, including weekend inmates that were present starting on Friday night and home by Sunday night being included as being present for the entire week. Also included were “walk through”, where a bondsman literally walked the arrestee through the booking process and the person was released a half hour later.
Even more concerning was a huge list of inmates that in the word of Judge Elliot, were held illegally after bail bond had been properly posted, days in some cases, all in an effort to inflate the daily inmate numbers so as to generate more income for the Sheriff department. These inmates were charged $44.51 per day for each day that they were held, effectively holding them illegally and running up the charges they must pay.
At the end of the hearing the judge stunned the courtroom by setting the daily incarceration rate at$32.00 per day as that was the rate that Whetsel said he would keep state prisoners for the DOC.
Charge #5 covers slush funds that Whetsel controls such as the income from a very profitable inmate phone system that charges insane amounts per minute, the commissary sales to inmates, fee producing accounts such as serving papers or subpoenas. Also included are donations and gifts to the program, some amounting to almost a quarter million dollars as well as any grant money coming in.
Charge #6 covers the expenditure of those funds acquired in Charge #5.
Charge #7 is where it is getting interesting. Whether reserve deputy commissions were influenced by campaign donations or by donations to the sheriff department. Eli Jarjoura comes to mind, the Middle Eastern man that Whetsel allowed to infiltrate the reserve deputy program after the payment of almost a quarter million dollars in donations. Jarjoura had a felony arrest record at the time of his application to the CLEET program and evidence of a felony arrest was still present on the OSCN.net court network until someone started asking questions about the arrest. A subsequent lawsuit against four individuals including a leader of the Sooner Tea Party, a former sheriff candidate, and a bail bondsman revealed that Jarjoura had lied on his application to the sheriff’s office. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed after Eli Jarjoura refused to respond to requests for discovery in the case and stopped showing up at court hearings.
The end result of Whetsel’s inflated jail overhead has been the saddling of released inmates with thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees that seem insurmountable to a newly released inmate who must immediately gain employment to pay back these fees or face being arrested for unpaid court fines and fees. Meanwhile Sheriff Whetsel can plow millions into useless programs such as county patrolling or civil asset forfeiture efforts out on the interstates and state highways.
Whetsel also uses the inflated inmate count to bolster his claim that the jail is overcrowded so he can spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars on a new jail.
But the immediate end result is a 37% slash in the daily incarceration rate. If Whetsel’s claims of a $50,000 loss each month are true then his finances are really in trouble. Perhaps so much that Whetsel will have to resort to doing his state mandated duties of maintaining a jail, transporting prisoners to court, and providing court house security. And drop the SWAT team, the dozens of unneeded programs, and keep just enough vehicles for official use instead of paying millions and millions of dollars per year for deputies to drive a squad car home. Those deputies would then find themselves like the rest of us, paying their own gas and overhead on a car to get to work each day.
Bennett Town Hall March 17th
The second scheduled Town Hall/Debate will be this coming Thursday at the Muldrow Cherokee Community Center, 607 North Main. Last time the challenger refused to show up, but did drive by to check attendance at the event. The local paper, which had been ignoring John Bennett, the local state representative, as they were supporting Tom Stites, the Democrat opponent, did write a decent if somewhat confused story on the Town Hall in the next week’s newspaper.
Central to that turnaround was a couple of Facebook pages that outed the local paper, the Sequoyah County Times, and those Facebook pages were heavily advertised on Facebook. We ultimately reached around 10,000 citizens from the small towns in the County, prompting the newspaper to review their policy of being too obviously biased.
The event starts at 6:30 pm on Thursday night. If you are coming from I-40 you can take the Muldrow exit and drive right past state highway 64 until you reach the base of a hill. The Cherokee Community Center is on the left side of the road, on the east side.
Here is the ad that comes out in the Wednesday Sequoyah County Times newspaper that covers the entire county. There will be another Facebook ad campaign as well. Come on down and show you support for John Bennett or contribute to help cover the advertising costs of our campaign.
Islam, the Religion of Peace?
If you really want to understand Islam you need to review the history of the cult. We call it a cult because it celebrates one man, Mohammed, calling him the perfect man that is to be emulated in all things. Currently we have plenty of idiots promoting Islam here in the U.S., calling it a peaceful religion all because the liberals need more allies to control the ballot boxes.
The Islamic conquest of India was probably the bloodiest conquest in human history. India is a sub tropical area, capable of supporting billions as the climate is warm and the land fertile. But the local religions were “not of the book” in the Islamic faith and the locals were defined as idolaters worthy only of death. Christina and Jews could pay a tax and survive, Hindus and Buddhists could not.
The Muslim power eventually faded and the British filled the vacuum with the British Raj. The British built railroads and infrastructure, enabling crops and cotton to make it to market. Local war lords lost power as a democratic nation emerged. Britain was exhausted after WWII and broke so they handed control over after splitting India into Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Pakistan and Bangladesh adopted Islamic rule, India became a democracy under secular rule, and around a half million Indians died in the resulting wars. Pakistan and Bangladesh have expelled or murdered their Hindu community, dropping the numbers from around 20 to 30% down to less than 2% currently.
Terrorism is fairly new to the west, gaining strength in the last two decades but India has been dealing with Islamic terrorist for centuries. Like the U.S., the open and free India is seeing its own freedoms used against it by a death cult that celebrates death instead of life.
Another area of history to look at is the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Muslim apologists claim that the Crusades were equivalent to modern jihad but in fact the Crusades were caused by the invasion of Europe by Muslim armies.
By the 12th century the crusades were over, less than a dozen major battles compared to hundreds of battles in Southern and Eastern Europe. But what the Crusades did do was to channel aggression and war from infighting in Europe to resisting the Muslim invaders. People became united under Christianity and while European wars continued unabated once the Muslims were rejected, the continent would forevermore unite against invaders. And lest we forget, Islam came out of the Arabic world into Christian and Jewish Palestine and Christian Turkey; the Crusades were defensive wars as opposed to the offensive territorial wars of Islam.
Today it is no different. Islamic supremacists continue to flood Europe and the U.S., living and breeding without working to support their kids, all thanks to liberal policies by well intentioned idiots. Just like Pakistan and Bangladesh, other religions will be driven out once the Muslims gain critical mass to the point where they let their true intentions be known. And the countries that continue to hold the line against Muslim hegemony will bear the full weight of terrorism and infiltration of Muslim “refugees” or immigrants.
Comrade Yen Continues the March to Destroy Parental Rights
Comrade Yen is on the march again against parental rights, this time defeating an amendment that would have allowed parents to consent to their under 18 year old children to use a tanning booth. The parents would have had to be present and sign a release for each tanning session but the amendment went down 55 to 42.
The Yen sponsored bill, co authored by Rep. Justin Wood,(R) makes it illegal for anyone under 18 years old to use a tanning booth. What is next? Can't go outside in the sun Comrade Yen?
Can you Follow the Constitution if you Don’t Understand it?
By the Watchman
How can we as a nation expect our elected representatives to follow the Constitution when they have no idea what it says? We’ve already seen the case of numerous un-constitutional government agencies being brought into existence. Should we allow such things to continue, we will soon find ourselves without a nation that we can recognize. Many of us don’t even recognize it now.
Every single representative in the U.S. House of Representatives took an oath when they assumed office. That oath, in part, reads “I swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We must ask how they intend to do so when they won’t even protect the integrity of the office they hold. It starts by reading the Constitution.
The question we posed to all five of Oklahoma’s Representatives was simple. If they were aware of a sitting U.S. Congressman who was in violation of the Constitution what would you do. This was asked on a specific article of the Constitution that reads Article I Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution States in part “Judgement in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of Honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the party shall be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgement and Punishment according to law.”. We gave them the Congressman’s name and his violation. Before we tell you how our Representatives reacted, we will provide you with some information on the Congressman in question.
The member in question is Representative Alcee Hastings (D) Fl. He is and will always be an impeached and convicted former Federal Judge who was removed from office for taking bribes on mob cases. You can see a timeline of his proceedings here Impeachment Trial of Alcee Hastings
. Maybe he was hoping no one would find out, but being a U.S. Congressman is a position of Honor and Trust, or at least it use to be. It’s apparent that he doesn’t believe so.
The next article of interest we found was this Alcee Hastings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
. Even his Wikipedia page lists his impeachment. The man has been in office since 1993. Why hasn’t someone done anything to correct this egregious misconduct? Do they not know the Constitution, or is it they just don’t care.
The next article we found was this Washingtonpost.com: Political Junkie
. This is an article that spells out the conviction of Mr. Hastings in the U.S. Senate on eight charges. This is also where Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution comes in. After his conviction in 1981, Alcee Hastings should never have been allowed to run for a Congressional seat, much less than have won it. Admittedly part of the blame lies with the Secretary of State for the State of Florida who by all appearances was also unaware of the full meaning of the Constitution.
You are probably wondering how this effects Oklahoma. It’s really simple. We took the time to contact all five of our U.S. Representatives to see if they would take any action on this mockery of our Constitution by this convicted felon. We believe the answers will surprise you.
In an article we did on February 21, 2016, we focused on Representative Frank Lucas. His office was contacted about this individual on three separate occasions about this individual and on each occasion we received the same answer. That answer was “We’re not going to get involved with something like that.” In short, he refused to abide by his sworn oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Someone please tell us how this represents Oklahoma values much less Conservative values, yet you can be assured when he is campaigning for re-election, he’ll run as a Conservative.
We next contacted the offices of Representative Jim Bridenstein in Washington, D.C. They admitted to being unaware of the situation and we once again cited the Article and Section of the Constitution. His office indicated that they would get into it as soon as possible and would also bring it to the attention of the Congressman as soon as he returned to the office. We have no doubt that he will. The Congressman has a proven history of being a truly Conservative legislator and a great Representative of the people of his District. He displays true Oklahoma Values.
We next contacted the offices of Representative Tom Cole in Washington, D.C. For as long as he has been in office we were shocked to hear the response we received. We were informed that it was beyond their jurisdiction and that we needed to contact the House Ethics Committee with a formal complaint. This is unbelievable. He has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic, but he refuses to take action against the good old boy network in the House. He is another one that will be campaigning this fall as a Conservative, yet knows not what the Oath of Office truly means.
We next contacted the offices of Representative Mark Wayne Mullins in Washington, D.C. Once again we were caught off guard by the lack of knowledge of the staff that they have working for them. We were informed that there was nothing they could do about it, but they would let the Congressman know about our concerns. There is a general feeling of disgust in the attitude we feel towards all but one of our Representatives so far.
We next contacted the office of Representative Steve Russell in Washington, D.C. We were shocked by the answer we received from his office. Here is a man who made a career out of the military and went on to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives yet he doesn’t know he has the authority to report an ethics violation to the ethics committee himself. Instead he referred us to the ethics committee to file a formal complaint. Here is another individual who will come home and campaign as a Conservative for re-election this fall.
It is a sad day in Oklahoma and indeed United States history when we the people find ourselves being represented by lawmakers who have only a rudimentary knowledge of the nation’s founding documents. It’s an even sadder day when the people of this state fail to recognize that we are no longer a nation of laws but a nation in distress. We are no longer a nation of the people, for the people and by the people, but a nation living under tyranny of the political elite. If the Republican Party spent as much effort to defeat some of Obama’s Executive Orders as they did to stop Donald Trump, we wouldn’t be in the shape we are in.
Rest assured that a formal letter of complaint will be sent to the U.S. House Ethics Committee on Tuesday. A copy of that letter will be provided to the Secretary of State for the State of Florida as well as the Oklahoma State GOP Chair. The ignorance of our legislators is no reason that criminals should be allowed to continue to commit crimes against the nation.