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Let Him or Her…Cast the First Stone … (John 8:7)

15 Oct

You All Behaved Like Animals, Like A Lynch Mob, Including Partisan BoE Members Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, and Edward Reville, When Attacking the Board’s Majority Decision to Hire Mr Alan McCartney as the New Interim Superintendent.
(Democratic Process is OK…
As Long As It Goes Your Way.)

If You Live in a Glass House…

So Many of You Called Him Immoral, Unethical, etc. But I Know of Many of Your Own Personal Histories And You Live in Glass Houses and Shouldn’t Be Casting Stones.

Some of the gals shouting the loudest have some pretty unsavory pasts, so before you speak and before I let the pussy out of the bag, you’d better think about what you say. There are plenty of guys with stories about you (I just may be one of them).

And some of your leaders, too, really shouldn’t be opening their mouths. I’m thinking of two in particular who rumor has it were caught red handed fornicating in adultery in a semi-public place. I’d rather not mention the names (but they’re pretty much legend by this time), but they are pretty loud mouthed and have the initials CD and JD.

So if the new interim superintendent may have visited a gentleman’s club and bought a couple of drinks etc. No one has yet accused him of any immorality or misconduct that even remotely compares to some of your own, to be very honest.

So, ladies (I’m using the term very loosely when referring to some of you) and gents (most of you with mouths and minds comparable to the room with the same name), I’d advise extreme caution when making your accusations. None of you are exactly immaculate conceptions.

And since most of you claim, at least externally, to be church-going Christians, may I remind you of some well-known Scriptural passages:

We Read in Matt. 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” This is the verse so many use to try to shame Christians for discerning poor behavior, ethics, morals, and values. This verse does not teach that good citizens or Christians should not judging at all; it is teaching us not judging unfairly or in any other cheap and selfish way.

In Matt 7:2-5 we also read “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged [if we judge with an evil heart or dark intent, Divine judgment of us will reflect it; if we judge nobly with honesty and justice, Divine judgment of us will reflect that, too], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes or exaggerations or other hypocritical means, Divine judgment of us will reflect it but judging with fairness and compassion will garner likewise in Divine judgment of us]. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye [point out his sins, actually “minor” in the Scriptural example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not admit, magnified by our selective blindness]? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ [condemn him for his “minor” sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about or think we are above]? You hypocrites!…”

We also read a familiar passage in John 8:1-11 which describes how the scribes and Pharisees had caught a woman in the act of adultery and told Jesus who was teaching in the temple that the Mosaic Law required she be stoned to death. Trying to make an opportunity of this to trick Jesus that they might accuse Him, they, with stones in hand, asked Jesus what He says about the Law. After Jesus tried to ignore their repeated questioning, He told them “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” One by one each man dropped his stone and walked away.

Do you get my gist? If not, leave a comment with your questions and I’ll be happy to respond.

P.s. Alice Whalen, Howard “Bray” Engel, James Latter, Edward “Teddy” Reville, Matt “the Mutt” Miller (the moral spokesman for the Coeymanazis, it appears): Since you seem to have some sort of liberal, democrat love affair with the Albany County DA P. [Pudenda] David Soares, it may interest you to know that he did not share your ouspoken outrage about Mr Alan McCartney even when the story was Hot! According to a report “Albany County District Attorney David Soares’office found that there was no basis to prosecute the two retired administrators. Soares said the school district’s “weak internal controls” are what likely led to the problems.” So the blame goes to the school district’s negligence, it seems.

Your Spiritual Guide
The Editor

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6 responses to “Let Him or Her…Cast the First Stone … (John 8:7)

  1. Simon

    October 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I don’t believe the dispute is that he went to a gentlemen’s club and had drinks. The dispute is that he used his school credit card to pay for it, and didn’t reimburse the school until the state auditors told him to.

    I believe in “forgive, but don’t forget”. If I owned a store and an employee stole from the register, I very well might forgive them but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll put them in charge of the register again.

    S

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    • RCS Confidential

      October 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Hello, Simon, and thank you for your comment.

      Different sources have different versions of what actually happened. While a lapse of judgment is deplorable in any case of public trust, I think very seriously that we need some important details to put all of the pieces together and get a reasonably factual account. Without much effort I can reasonably put together a scenario where something like that can happen “innocently.” Or it can happen out of a misunderstanding. But again, most people are making judgments based on very shaky information and questionable facts. I don’t think anyone among us would like personally to be judged according to such facts. So why jump to conclusions and judgment about another on that basis.

      I’m no fan of P. David Soares but published information does report that “Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office found that there was no basis to prosecute the two retired administrators. Soares said the school district’s “weak internal controls” are what likely led to the problems.” So, either the local loudmouths like Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, and pussy-footer Edward Reville can either accept what their darling Soares concluded or shut up.

      I have found some very contradictory official reports about the circumstances. I have also found some reports that I couldn’t take seriously if dead drunk. But the bottom line is this: You can claim anything you like on a reimbursement request. The CFO or the business manager holds the purse strings and is responsible for knowing what can be paid or what cannot be paid. It’s that simple. Simple internal audits will reveal whether something has gone awry or if it’s all kosher. A whole district administration was at fault, not just one man and his deputy. Where was the business manager when all of this was going on? Where was the board of education? It sounds like something that allegedly happened under the Deluca administration…like all of the machinations surrounding a certain swimming pool…or more recently (and we have the Ravena village council minutes now) a certain fitness center in lieu of a community library…another Deluca scheme (with the cooperation of Nancy Warner and the rest of the local mafia family).

      My position stands firm. Before you judge another, look in the mirror first, and then right on your doorstep. You’ll probably find similar or , in the case of RCS, worse. But it’s always easier, as we know well, to point to another and ignore or deny your own faults. That’s especially true when it’s too painful to admit and accept your own faults or if there’s something to gain by doing so.

      Recent and personal experience in this RCS hellhole does not convince me in the least that anyone has made any effort to get sufficient facts to form a reliable opinion on the matter. It’s all hearsay and emotional contagion. It’s the continuing agenda of tear certain members of the BoE apart while ignoring some pretty ugly problems right under the distict’s nose, problems conspicuously visible to everyone but the loudmouths in the RCS district.

      As I have already stated: NOTHING done in this RCS district or community will be called “good” unless it is DONE and BLESSED by the Coeymanazis and the teachers clique. Let’s face it, they have had a strangle-hold on the RCS district in the past and will to anything to get it back. Their game is power and greed. They just throw around Bottle Blitzes, slogans like “It’s for the kids,” and FaceBook propaganda to put up a smoke screen to hide what’s really going on. The sheeple just follow along like obedient little backwoods zombies.
      Peace!
      The Editor

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      • Simon

        October 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Unfortunately, like I had mentioned before, the Voorheesville 2006 audit is no longer available on the state’s web site. That would have had the district’s responses and all attached.

        If this is such a good idea, why didn’t any of the BoE members express why they hold that opinion? I’m willing to listen. I’ll even change my mind. And no, “I feel he is a good fit for our district” from Mr. Robbins is a cop-out of a response.

        Until the people making decisions stand up and say why they’re right, the only people we have to listen to are the others.

        S

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      • RCS Confidential

        October 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        I don’t think the audit report, if that’s what you’re referring to, would be of any substantial help. The report would naturally reflect only the auditors’ impressions and what they were specifically looking at or for at the time. In 2006, the school district audits, moreover, were an entirely different animal than they are now, because they were something new, in fact. The audit does not reflect the states of mind or the agendas of the Vorheesville school district administrators, or of the school board. As much as I hate to do it, I must share Soares’ opinion that the whole thing came about because of laxity in the district’s checks and balances and oversight.

        I do disagree with your statement that Robbin’s response was a cop out, however. Look, the district elected people to be on the board who would act on the residents’ behalf. Either they can make decisions or they can’t. If they are empowered then it’s unreasonable to have them give extensive explanations or reasons for a particular decision. You have to trust that the process works. Otherwise, you don’t need the board and you can turn every decision over to the public in a referendum or voting process. Even then the public would be fed what they’re fed and have to be satisfied with that. Just revisit the 2012 budget travesty!
        If you have a board and the board is properly elected, and you accept that committees will do the leg work and the board will then decide on your behalf by a majority vote then I believe you have waived your rights to exhaustive explanations. This community demands exhaustive explanations because it’s the only way they have to push people around. If the criteria and the processes were described for them the majority would not understand and walk away feeling they just got a good dose of doubletalk. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t in this district. Most of the bellyachers are confederates who have been fired up outside and get their kicks and giggles by raising hell and making a disturbance. Just look at the cows and goats in the gallery some night. It’s frightening even to a veteran!

        I could go on and on with detailed reasons and the whole reasoning behind what they do and why the do it but it would make no sense; to what good purpose, I ask. The majority are self-centered, self-serving, largely ignorant, and angry…excuse me, enraged…and contaminated with emotion.

        I can’t imagine you suggesting that anyone in the present majority on that BoE could stand up and reason with the mob. The very fact that at least three of the opposing side, for lack of a better term, focused solely on fueling the mob’s emotions–I cite especially the disgraceful performance by that crone, Alice Whalen–was outrageous. They have an executive session in which to empty their personal rage on one another, clear the air, make the decisions, and allow their spokesperson to present their distilled decision-making process. It is the ENTIRE board that is dysfunctional, not one side or the other, but playing to the public the way they did was outrageous!

        Like it or not, the board of education has a president who is there to represent the board as a whole. It’s about time the so-called educators on that board stop pissing down our legs and telling us it’s icewater and started working with the majority. I’m sorry, but watch any video of the proceedings and the teachers clique sits there smug, arrogant, and just waiting for an opening.

        One final point: The decision makers don’t have to be right. They have the right to fall on their faces but if or when they do so, it is not one member but the entire board that does so. For any member or members of the board to point a finger at any other member of the board is WRONG, and actually indicates that the finger-pointer her/himself is just as much to blame and I would ask her/him WHY?

        The teachers clique (Whalen, Engel, Latter, Reville) is toxic, in my opinion. I don’t have the impression they have any notion of consensus and simply have no intention of forming a coalition or cooperating. Their interests and their agenda are obvious, and they would lose face if they were to defect.

        Quite frankly, the present majority represents the community (I’m using that word extremely loosely) far more faithfully than the Whalens, the Engels, the Latters, the Revilles, who are all remote, and can’t stand the fact that they have to tow the line with the majority. And then we have the Matt Millers and the Coeymanazis. Go figure!
        Peace,
        The Editor

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      • Simon

        October 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        (this will be out of order, as you can’t reply to a reply to a reply).

        The 2006 audit report would have included the district’s response, which is actually the more relevant document in this case. It would include why the state was wrong in what they found.

        Are you in effect saying that the BoE has no responsibility to be accountable for their decisions? The public does not vote via referendum on every issue; that’s why we have public elections for representatives. But part of the process is that at reelection time the elected officials stand and are judged via their actions (and if another person could do better). Unless of course you’re the DA of Albany County. But that’s another story.

        They don’t have to do ANYTHING. But if they realistically want to move the community forward, you don’t need a lengthy explanation. Just something more than “yes”.

        Above all, what better way to put all the nay-sayers in their place than by legitimately explaining to the public why your way is the best way? Put them all in their place!

        S

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      • RCS Confidential

        October 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Simon, of course I’m not divesting anyone, much less elected officials of the requirement of transparency and accountability. Good Lord! You should know be better than that! What I am saying is that once elected, the public has spoken and has delegated the decision-making role. In business management you either delegate and empower or you don’t. You can’t delegate and still manage the part delegated. Most of our government system is by representation, and this model goes from the very village level to electing the President; we don’t elect the President directly, representatives do! (I know you know that but we are also speaking here for our readers who may not know that.) And yes, you are correct: We elect, the elected individuals perform, and we decide based on that performance whether they get to continue, or whether we thinks someone else can do better. (And you’re quite right about that tool in Albany but he’s just a tool for a declining era to muster what it can in its death agony.)

        I also agree that once a decision is made that the president of the BoE should be allowed and should be in a position to either personally explain how and why it was done in that way or to ask, say, a committee chair to explain why and how. Absolutely. But briefly and concisely. What I do adamantly and in principle object to is the public chastising and bullying that goes on in the public session. That is totally unprofessional, totally frustrating, totally non-productive, and totally literally stupid! It’s bad enough most of the chimps in the gallery don’t have a clue how to behave with dignity but when board members behave like hooligans and show conspicuous disrespect in public for colleagues, that’s absolutely unacceptable. And it’s the so-called professionals, the so-called role models who are acting like asses!

        The public needs to be clear in how they view the BoE. The public needs to understand that the teachers clique has an agenda apart from the stated agenda of the BoE as a whole. If I were to have my way, I would ban all teachers from the BoE and invite them on an ex officio basis if consultation were needed. The teacher’s union has too much influence when there are teachers on the BoE. I would go a step further and ban all persons within a certain degree of kinship with a teacher, too. That’s where the Catholic Church went awry is when it allowed religious and clergy to be on secular boards (it stopped short of allowing religious and clergy from running for public office). We have to establish and respect boundaries, in other words.

        But in terms of transparency, accountability, and mutual respect: Yes!

        Thanks very much!
        Peace!

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