Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's All About Character

A most excellent post about the recent scandal in the Arizona State Treasurer's Office here.

State Treasurer David Petersen is just another theocrat who believes that he can break the law to further his religious and political ends. Do these folks believe in a god that is so impotent that it is necessary to lie, cheat, and steal on his behalf?

14 Comments:

Blogger labwiroro said...

Petersen will never resign; that is the biggest chip he has, politcally and legally. If you look closely at the allegations, they do not involve mismanagement of public monies, which would be an real charge. Terry Goddard is a joke of an attorney general. If these types of charges were made by an private attorney, he/she would be looking at numerous bar complaints for, among other things, malicious prosecution, etc.
By the way, the mandatory prayer thing is an obvious lie, and nothing more than an attempt to incite derision and contempt. Zelph, you are truly are an idiot with too much time on your hands. reply if you think you can handle it. Otherwise, keep your smarmy comments to yourself.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Zelph said...

Woah, guess I've been told. Are someone's Jesus Jammies on a bit too tight?

I heard the prayer thing from a pretty reliable source. Do you really think that someone who would use state resources to promote a religious training seminar would be above a little mandatory prayer in the office? I don't.

8:11 PM  
Blogger labwiroro said...

Post the resource's name, if you are so confident of its reliability. I somehow doubt you will, but I thought I would give you the opportunity to redeem yourself. As an aside, don't let the Holy Ghost get you down, He's just trying to tell you something.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Zelph said...

Sorry labbie, can't endanger the employment of my source, but speaking of the Holy Ghost, I was talking to him just the other day.

He told me that you have a VERY close relationship to Arizona State Treasurer David Petersen. You are 29 years old and are an attorney in Mesa. You served a mission for your church in Guam. You married one of the locals at the time, but have since divorced her. You are about to age out of the Singles Ward and are currently trolling about for Mollys on internet dating BB's.

At least I hope it was the Holy Ghost I was talking to. Could it be ... The Adversary?

BTW, I believe you when you say that David Petersen will never resign. You would certainly know how stubborn he is.

12:11 PM  
Blogger labwiroro said...

Got to admit Zelph-Dog, you have spent alot of time in your nerd days perfecting the art of investgative research. As far as your "source", tell that person I know who he is and that he is looking at a pink slip in the not too distant future.
Let me make a few corrections to your post. I am 30, and have not been kicked out of the singles ward, which is not for a lack of trying, have never married a local, (Thank the Prophet!), and will be joining the ranks of the perpertually miserable (i.e. married) soon.
Petersen will never resign because it makes not sense for him to do so. Nor is he guilty or anything, other than poor hiring practices and staff management. Last I looked, that was not a crime. But maybe you can enlighten me with your oh-so witty insight on the matter. I would be surprised, as I said earlier, if anything comes of this investigation. Keep me informed. And find for a job for your "source", he'll be needing it.

6:37 PM  
Blogger toc001 said...

Zelph, is labbie threatening to terminate the employment of a state employee? How would he have the power to do that? Does he work for the state, or have a FAMILY MEMBER working for the state that could do such a thing?

Wouldn't that be another abuse of the public trust?

Maybe labbie needs some "values based" education!

10:32 PM  
Blogger Zelph said...

labbie wrote: “have never married a local, (Thank the Prophet!)”

And here I thought you loved and admired the people of Guam! That sounds rather racist to me.

So what ever became of your former spouse, Ejelok kubaak? Or were you lying on your "mission statement"?

Sounds like you had some luck at Single Saints. Good for you!

I wasn't suggesting that you did anything bad to be kicked out of the Singles Ward. I thought that happened automatically once you hit the big 3-O.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Jacques Cuze said...

Hee hee, nerd days == google now. Such a devaluation of both nerd days and google!

9:55 AM  
Blogger labwiroro said...

Woo-oo, looks like you two boys got yer panties in a twist. Zelph, I didn't serve in Guam, I was in the Marshall Islands. Ejelok kubaak means "no wife", roughly translated. But you must have known that, right? As far as the state employee goes, since the turncoat is an at-will employee, he serves at the pleasure of the elected official. That makes him fair game, and hunting season has begun! I don't feel bad for him, as he should have thought of the ramifications of his actions. I remember when he was groveling for his job in the first place, and look at him now. Self-preservation at its finest!

As always, it was nice lowering myself to your dim levels of dialogue. And, now that I have shared, anything I should know about you? Come on, you know you want to...

9:56 AM  
Blogger Zelph said...

toc001 said...

"Zelph, is labbie threatening to terminate the employment of a state employee? Wouldn't that be another abuse of the public trust?"

Not only that, it would be witness tampering, wouldn’t it counselor?

Isn’t there some old legal saying that "a son who represents his father in court has a fool for a client"? Well, there should be.

You’re a wet behind the ears attorney with little actual court experience. Terry Goddard will have you for lunch.

labwiroro said...

"Woo-oo, looks like you two boys got yer panties in a twist. Zelph, I didn't serve in Guam, I was in the Marshall Islands. Ejelok kubaak means "no wife", roughly translated. But you must have known that, right?"

I am SO red-faced. My Marshallese isn't what it used to be.

labwiroro said...

"As always, it was nice lowering myself to your dim levels of dialogue. And, now that I have shared, anything I should know about you? Come on, you know you want to..."

My secret temple name is Ezekiel, what’s yours? My friends call me Zeke, but you can call me Ezekiel.

Why don’t you do what I did? Google my blogger name, “Zelph”?

8:32 PM  
Blogger labwiroro said...

Zelph-this will be may last post for awhile. Are you an attorney? Do you know what witness tampering is? I didn't think so. In the event the Treasurer is charged, he has the absolute right to question any and all witnesses who have spoken against him, both in a deposition and in court. But that has nothing to do with the question of this person keeping his job. Can you not read? He is an at-will employee. He has no right to keep his job beyond when the Treasurer needs (or wants) him. It the end of the line for him, without question. I'm sure he would appreciate the heads up, if you haven' told him already.

You did get one thing right. I will not be representing the Treasurer. He has already retained legal counsel for any investigation by Goddard. It is the AG who will look like a fool once this is over. The axiom, "anyone who chooses to represent himself is a fool" applies also to me in this situation, which is why he has retained private counsel.

Don't worry though, my opinion counts in may other areas, not the least of which are impending personnel changes!

Thanks for the warm and fuzzies. Keep up the good work on the creative writing and hilarious posts. And who knows, the next time you get caught with your pants down...I would be happy to advise you!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Zelph said...

labbie said ...

"And who knows, the next time you get caught with your pants down...I would be happy to advise you!"

Hmm, never really had this happen. Projecting a little, are we?

Here's a little essay that might help. I know it can be rough when you're not getting any. (Assuming that you're remaining chaste until marriage, that is.)

Anyway, thanks, but I prefer competent legal representation.

For those still wondering who "labbie" is:

Expresso Pundit
http://www.espressopundit.com/
February 22, 2006
Breaking News
Treasurer Petersen Won't seek Reelection

I spoke to Paul Petersen, Treasurer David Petersen's son and attorney, this afternoon and Paul indicated that Treasurer Petersen will not seek re-election.

"He wants to do what's best for the Party."

"He's going to fight to clear his name and if there ultimately is an investigation, he wants to remove any political component and make sure that it is handled professionally. He is confident that he can be cleared if that's the case."

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

Zelph,
you're an idiot, and all your big boy talk gives me a headache.
I am so mad at myself for wasting my time reading you smart-ass comments.

Were you hurt by the mormon church? Oh, so sad, sounds like you will never grow up and get over it. What a waste of a life, well hope you get one soon.

Stacey

10:56 PM  
Blogger an insider said...

Petersen, you are another crook just like your old buddy Jim Irvin and Fife Symington. Now it's time you step up to the plate and expose all the schemes you have perpetrated while being the treasurer and on the board of the charity in Mesa called CARE Partnership. You and Beverly Baker have been stealing monies from that organization for years. Come forth or I will. All the grants that were given to that charity and all the payouts that went to the both of you. I will be watching. So come clean. Or I will.

4:11 PM  

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