December 25th 2016 newsletter
Deanise Smeedly Mug Shot
The Cost of Sending “Mom” to Prison
Well meaning but misdirected activists can do a lot of damage to our society. People get stuck on “feelings” instead of looking at the issues with cold hard facts and in the process they become locked into a world view that simply flies in the face of logic and takes government away from being effective and humane.
On one of the Facebook groups used for state politics there appeared an article covering the rate at which women are sent to prison and the societal and personal costs of sending a drug addict to prison. No doubt the author wanted to make a positive impact but the story was shot full of holes and outright inaccuracies, the main one being how a woman was sent to prison because she didn’t have a prescription for her bottle of medication.
In fact the "Mom" in th story was in possession of illegal narcotics, most likely pain pills so she is doing drugs around her kids. If she simply didn't have her prescription with her it would be printed on the bottle label along with her name and her doctor's name. So she didn't just "not have her prescription".
Next much was made of the cost of locking the “mom” up and they quoted $75.00 per day as the daily incarceration cost and then projected a cost of $27,000.00 per year for her incarceration. Keep in mind that the daily incarceration rate negotiated by Whetsel and currently in force in Oklahoma County is $32.00 per day AND the prisoner has that debt on their back once they get out of jail.
Then she isn't sitting in jail for 365 days on a one year sentence unless she is causing problems in jail. She will get two days off her sentence for every day she behaves and extra time if she does the right thing on occasion. When “mom” gets out she will be making $40.00 payments per month till she pays her debt back to society and to the taxpayers that were forced to pay for her bad behavior, for her arrest, for her prosecution, and for her incarceration. She is coming out with about $4000.00 in debt to the state plus her court costs and fines. Far less than it cost you and I in taxes.
Now to the kids, she ought not to have those kids if she is popping illegal pain pills and she didn't get arrested for having a supply of fish tank antibiotics in her purse. The state should track down the father, which they should know the identity of as the woman is most likely on some sort of public assistance already, and he or his family or her family will be offered custody before the kids go into foster care. If the entire family is mouth breathers then put the kids up for adoption and count the kids lucky that it happened.
So far the state has spent some money, $4000.00 plus the cost of prosecution. Nowhere near the 50K in the story. Now she is out of jail and has a criminal record. Plenty of places will hire her if she will show up to work and actually work. Fast food places, small manufacturing shops like my neighbor, or companies like Labor Ready, there is no end to her opportunities if she is off drugs and has decided to work for a living. If someone else edges her out for a higher paying job because they don't have a criminal record, good, that is how it should be. Now that we have the real cost of incarceration and seeing that family takes care of the kids for four months we can address the rest of the story with honesty and the facts.
Now if "Mom" is placed on house arrest wearing an ankle monitor, she hasn't paid a bondsman, hasn't paid an attorney or court costs, and probably isn't paying anything for the monitoring. Unless the drug testing is super strict she will be right back to popping pain pills in the presence of the kids while all her friends and family understand that there is no real consequence of getting caught with illegal drugs.
Yeah, her crime might be a felony this year and a misdemeanor next year but that isn't good enough for the soft on crime crowd. Her kids see the "cost" of breaking the law too and learn from it. In the mean time well meaning activists make sure that that segment of the population is locked into a downward spiral and anyone that has ever had anything to do with a druggie knows that druggies go down till they decide to come clean and live right.
Another point was that some of this drug behavior is legal in other states then she ought to move her obese butt and the public assistance fed children to one of those other states where she is free to buy and use illegal narcotics in the presence of her kids. If she wants to stay here and break the law then throw her butt in prison after a couple of chances, get the kids a shot at a better life with the father or other family, and break this cycle of behavior with no consequences.
And once out, these criminals need to be forced to get a damned job and pay the state back the FULL cost of their misbehavior or they go back to prison doing hard time with hard labor because it wasn't that they didn't have the money, the problem was that the lazy trash refuses to get a job and pay their own way and pay for the kids they popped out without a care in the world on how to pay for the kids or raise them properly. If they can't make it on one job they then can work two jobs as there are 168 hours in a week. Back in the 80’s it was common for parents to have more than one job to make ends meet and a lot of people work multiple jobs today.
After posting a rant in response I decided to look online to find one of these poster child “mothers” in a news story advocating soft on crime and ran across this 2010 story called Women in Recovery
. Then I took one of the women in the story, Deanise Smeedly, and looked up her state felony record
. She has records in two counties and yes it is the same woman according to the court documents found in Tulsa County.
Her drug arrests started back in the 90’s and the court cases continue to this very day! Plenty of other charges such as DUI, a vehicle that didn’t belong to her in her custody, in short the drug charges were the tip of the iceberg and no doubt there are voluminous other records in local municipal courts were she was charged for crimes committed to pay her drug habit. As of this very day she is serving 9 years in federal prison for other drug offenses and her Oklahoma cases are on hold till she can once again appear in court.
Remember that the Oklahoman story was telling us she had straightened out her life in 2010 and she was a poster child for the soft on crime movement to lower prison sentences. The fact is she is a meth head, has been for going on three decades and was given chance after chance after chance if you will read the court dockets in the case. Warrant after warrant issued, arrest after arrest for failing to appear, failing to report, failure to pay costs, and each frigging time the state gave her another chance without prison time and each time she screwed up once again and failed a drug test or was arrested on other charges. Trash like this clogs our justice system because we are soft on crime and do not deal with these criminals harshly.
Give us the names of any of the women in these soft on crime articles and I will guarantee that each woman has a long rap sheet and failure after failure till the state locked her stupid butt up in state prison. The fact is that they worked their butts off to wind up in prison and there is nothing out there that will keep them off drugs and out of the system short of a .38 hollow point to the forehead.
There are reforms that need made.
First, jail and prison are too costly and allowing criminals to sit on their butts isn’t doing anything to straighten them out. Jail and prison ought to mean hard labor, hard physical labor or some sort, and that labor ought to be self supporting. The U.S. has many, many, businesses that can’t find affordable labor so the jobs go overseas. Along with the jobs go the support services like tooling, materials, supplies, all the supply chain needed to keep a factory humming. The state ought to have one thousand or two thousand square foot shops available for rent inside prisons and provide incentives for a business to set up a small manufacturing, assembly, or packaging line.
You can hire a soon to be released convict through the Carver Center here in Oklahoma City so this isn’t a brand new idea. The convicts earn minimum wage with around one quarter going into a savings account so the ex con has some money to re establish himself once he gets out. The rest goes toward paying for his incarceration.
But more than the money the inmate is learning to show up for work on time and actually work a job. They learn new skills, and a lot of companies would hire the person once they got out if they were doing a good job. In one stroke you have turned prison or a long jail sentence from a life of laziness into productive work that pays for the cost of arrest, jailing, prosecution, incarceration for the term of the sentence, and court costs or fines.
Not all manufacturing jobs will be able to be done, perhaps the volume of materials, machinery needs, even power requirements, but a lot of packaging and assembly tasks are relatively cheap to set up and the costs would be borne by the participating businesses. Buildings need to be dry and above freezing, which most buildings will be if of concrete construction short of extreme cold weather spells. Even old hospitals and office buildings would serve for a lot of processes.
Not all inmates would qualify for the program but probably 80% of inmates aren’t there on violent crimes. Not a lot of security is needed if property configured and it would be self supporting in any event. Perhaps not all of the positions would be paid, the state could assign regular inmates for cleaning, moving materials and products in and out if needed. Trustees could supplement guards in some positions. In fact to qualify for a paid position would be a huge incentive for inmates.
Second, drug addiction does need to be treated as more of a mental health issue along with the criminal penalties for breaking the law. Once a person has crossed the line in drug use to where they are hurting themselves we either need to let them have fun and suffer the consequences with zero help from the state, from insurance companies, from anyone else, or we need to face up to the fact that they are out of control and thereby incapable of making a rational decision. They are declared incompetent and a ward of the state until they clean themselves up. You can’t go full libertarian and let them have fun because their family and kids are suffering along with them, they are probably stealing or shoplifting or scamming to pay for their habit, and public services including hospitals have to clean up the mess they leave behind.
Our court system does an excellent job at allowing drug users to keep their record clean after a successful rehabilitation by expunging or using deferred sentencing. The problem is not that we are not soft enough on crime, we are too soft on crime and these criminals never face any real consequence until years, even decades after their first fall.
The hard core libertarians say these people are just hurting themselves and if we lived in a society where druggies could O.D. on the street and all it cost was picking up the body and donating it to a medical college then I would be fine with that. But the real consequence is that druggies leave a trail of destruction and crime and broken family members in their wake. Here is an example, a baby that starved to death after both parents O.D.ed
Photo Credit the tulsa voice
Tulsa Trash Republican Attacks
Conservative Republican Leadership
A Woman Ugly Inside as Well as Outside
Advocates Assisted Death for her Own Elderly Mother
When most women get older they will lose much of their good looks as do we all as we age but usually in its place a certain kind of grace settles in, something far more attractive than the superficial beauty of youth. An air of wisdom, tolerance, humility, there is a reason why we call them our better halves. But then there is Carol Bush….
Rep. Ken Walker got his butt kicked and the woman that took his place has already begun attacking the Republican Party Platform and House leadership.
In an interview on thetulsavoice.com she was the epitome of pride, arrogance, and braggadocio, speaking to a long time friend and probably too stupid to realize it was going to be printed or too clueless to care what her House colleagues might think. She has worked for the Tulsa Crime Commission and the Tulsa Health Department and appears to be a failed businesswoman forced to suck on the public teat for her income. One of her “accomplishments” was getting Coke machines out of the Tulsa schools, in the interest of health and wellness.
Even more telling is her support of the new Speaker Charles McCall.
The one saving grace on her apparent policies is when she boldly and ruthlessly attacked the teachers, saying:
“I still don’t know why 55 percent of our budget goes to public education and we can’t fund it. I would still like to know where the hell all that money goes. I think we have too many school districts, we’re too top heavy, too administrative.”
She then goes on to agree with the interviewer that Oklahoma has cut education more than any other state since 2008, showing the depth of her complete ignorance of the fact that education spending has increased every single year since 2008. She is pro abortion in some instances, against Charter Schools ever receiving a dime of the money the parents have paid into public education, all for free government healthcare for everyone, pro gay rights, pro increasing taxes including last year’s failed cigarette tax, advocates a “luxury tax”, and generally pro tax across the board.
Carol Bush’s most telling statements were these:
“I still would like to think there is a shift away from those radical positions that have defined my party. Because people have decided we have to start focusing on the things that matter every day.”
And on Trump? “God only knows. I don’t like the way he represents; I wish he would shut up.”
But by far was her attack on the Christian legislators when asked about the first caucus meeting at the Capitol:
“Okay, it was fine, a reunion of sorts for many, but then John Bennett [R-Sallisaw] spoke and I thought I was back at ORU and that was offensive. It was a prayer revival, Bible thumping, and it shouldn’t have been. And it wasn’t just offensive to me—I am sitting in a row of about ten people and we’re all looking at each other, thinking, ‘What are you doing? Oh, I’ll pick a fight with him. We need to muffle his megaphone. And how the hell does he keep getting re-elected? Let’s start there.”
Representative Carol Bush went much further, saying that Christian like Rep. John Bennett “sucks the energy out of real legislation and embarrasses the state”:
“Yes, absolutely. When I was campaigning, I’d knock on doors and ask questions, try to go deeper, and one woman said she’d never let her kids go into a public bathroom again because she didn’t want them kidnapped and raped. And I thought, ‘Oh, dear God, the ignorance.’ I said, ‘Do you know who the pedophiles are? It’s usually your white, next-door neighbor. I laid into her because I was so angry about the ignorance.”
Bush admits that former Democrat Jeannie McDaniel recruited her to run. She even advocates for an assisted death law in Oklahoma to deal with her ill mother:
“I am taking care of my mother, who wants to die. And she keeps begging me and I tell her, ‘We don’t live in Oregon. We don’t have assisted suicide laws. Those questions get asked. The sanctity of life, but what of the quality? There are these dilemmas we’re faced with every day.”
Rep. Bush also lamented the lack of freely available abortion including the Morning After Pill and advocated the state handing out condoms at school:
“When I was at the health department, we weren’t allowed to do the Morning-After Pill, but we also weren’t allowed to go to schools and hand out condoms. No birth control because the religion right said, ‘Abstinence!’ Well, as the mother of two daughters, I prayed to God it was abstinence. Did it happen? I don’t know, but they could come to me and say ‘Mom, I need to be on birth control.’ Was it what I wanted? No. But I’m not stupid and blind. If we had been able to hand out birth control, we would not be 4th in the nation in teen pregnancies. Guess who’s taking care of them? Thank you, taxpayers. God, give them birth control! GIVE THEM BIRTH CONTROL—not abortions. We’re so myopic in our thinking. I’m saying that as a Christian, so there you go, Republicans.”
And she claims she is a “Christian”? From her own interview I’d say that she is a liberal Democrat that unseated a conservative Republican. A constituent of her district summed it up quite well in the comment section of the article:
“Carol Bush serves my district, 70. After reading this article, I'm a little concerned about that. When the author says, "you'll be recalled by April," he's being sarcastic...he may be foretelling the future. She never said any of this during the campaign. If she had, she would never have beaten Ken Walker and been elected.
The hubris and attacks against Republican leadership, including the President-elect, is distasteful, arrogant, and stupid. If she turns out to be the RINO she sounds like in this article, she's a one-term representative. I expect more from a Holland Hall and ORU graduate. I hope she straightens herself out and gets that hubris in check. I'll be watching Carol Bush, her votes, and how she represents my district, a lot more closely now. I hope she's better than this article presents her.”
Photo credit, the Lost Ogle
Taxpayer Money used to Pay a Drunk’s Salary
By the Watchman
What is it about our politicians continuing to make our state look like a bunch of fools? Have they lost their moral compass or is it they just don’t care what people think. Why isn’t his driver’s license been suspended? Why hasn’t he been in jail? Why this man is even allowed to be in control of our states money? There has to be a reason somewhere. We the citizens of Oklahoma are being a disservice by having this man holding the position.
What brought our attention to this story was this article Sooner Politics.org
. This article was dated November 7, 2016. We saw that he was back in court again only this time it was on two counts. He had been charged with speeding and failure to provide proof of insurance. We find it hard to believe that an individual with his salary cannot afford to maintain insurance on a vehicle. We were unable to locate any information as to whether or not his vehicle was impounded during this stop. This article also gave credit to a report from The Lost Ogle, so we went there to see what we could find.
Our search for the report of The Lost Ogle on this incident produced this Mary Fallin’s right-hand man is in trouble… again | The Lost Ogle
. This report, dated June 22, 2016, is one that we urge you to open the link and read. It spells out in plain English what having money and friends in high places can get you. The man was arrested on a Driving Under the Influence charge in Oklahoma City in January of 2015. To quote the Lost Ogle “Because he’s not poor or a minority, has friends in very high places and can afford an attorney, the charges were eventually reduced to a speeding ticket as part of a plea deal.
“He had several other catches in the plea deal. He was required to go through assessment and treatment, attend DUI school and AA. He was also required to maintain a clean driving record. He has failed to do so on several of these items.
The next article of interest we found was this Preston Doerflinger - Wikipedia
. We urge you to open this link and look through it. Here you’ll find that Governor Fallin actually appointed him to fill a position that had previously been two different departments. We can’t help but wonder if that may be part of the reason for all of his problems. Could it be possible that the job is simply overwhelming his capability to perform the job being asked of him?
Doerflinger's arrest record according to the Lost Ogle
The next article we found was this Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger cited for driving with revoked license - Tulsa World: Capitol Report
. This article is dated June 22, 2016. It seems he had pleaded No Contest to a charge of Actual Physical Control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in an Oklahoma City Municipal Court in 2015. The revocation started on June 8, 2016 and was to last for a 180 day period. On the 13th
of June he asked a District Court to modify the suspension as it caused an undue hardship. We were unable to locate a ruling on his request but the article does go on to say that on that same day he was cited by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in Tulsa County for operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked. One gets the opinion that he believes he is above the law.
His wayward activity did not go unnoticed. The next article we found was this Representative files ‘no confidence’ legislation, calls for removal of Oklahoma Secretary of Finance | KFOR.com
. This article is dated March 21, 2016. The Representative makes a valid point here. It becomes even more valid looking at the troubling budget for next year. The article indicates three straight years of a budget failure. Going into the next session our state will have a fourth straight year of budget failures with an almost $900 million dollar shortfall. How much longer can we tolerate this?
The next article of interest we found was this Jan. 23, 2015: Oklahoma City police arrest Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger | News OK
. This is an article that you need to open the link and read for yourself. You won’t believe all of the sordid details that led to his arrest. It started with a phone call from a witness who saw a women that looked like she was being held hostage and forced into a vehicle as it drove away. It ended in his arrest. We think he should consider himself to be lucky just to be charged with only a DUI. Based on this story alone one would think he took a hostage and kidnapped her.
The next article of interest we found was this Oklahoma Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger arrested on alcohol complaint - Tulsa World: Capitol Report
. This report clearly indicates that the Department of Public Safety was trying to have his license suspended. It also indicates that he was trying to work out a plea arrangement. With enough money and friends in high places, he was able to do so. If it was just one of hard working individuals we would have been thrown in jail and paid a fine. This is not in compliance with the American or the Oklahoman system of equal justice for all.
Then we found this article Oklahoma Could See Revenue Surplus, Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger Says | KGOU
. He actually is trying to claim that we should expect a revenue surplus this year. The man is out of touch with reality. At the time of this report we already knew the state was facing at least a $500 million dollar shortfall in the budget. That shortfall has now grown to nearly $900 million. Maybe he should get his nose out of the bottle and into the books more. Maybe then we would have a better understanding of what’s going on with our state finances.
As it turns out there were a lot of people upset with his behavior. We found this petition www.wethepeopleoklahoma.com/We The People Press release 3-13-16.pdf
. This was a petition that was to be presented to the Governor calling for the removal of Preston Doerflinger from office. This petition was not well known or widely circulated or they would have received more than enough signatures to present it to the Governor. What we didn’t find was any news coverage about the petition. It appears that the media was supporting Mr. Doerflinger by not reporting on the story. There’s nothing like a little media bias to help you keep your job.
In conclusion we can only say that Mr. Doerflinger is in way over his head in the position he holds. He appears to flaunt the laws of the state every time he gets behind the wheel of a car. He places himself above the law and feels he should receive special treatment. What’s worse is because of his friends in high places, the Governor, he gets them. He violated the terms of his plea arrangement and was allowed to get away with it. That falls on the shoulders of Sheriff Whetsel and District Attorney Prater.