Cognitive Dissonance & Fiscal Illiteracy

I know, I know—Big Words.  Cognitive dissonance is confusion resulting from dichotomous & opposing views about one principle.  Sir David is the personification of cognitive dissonance.  His latest publicly embarrassing rant is about deputy pay raises. Morgan fumes to WEAR:

“It’s nonnegotiable,” Sheriff Morgan exclaimed. “We’ll settle this in front of Governor Scott. We’re not going to negotiate this. This is nonsense, I’m done. I have a board of county commissioners unfortunately that appears to believe that they’re smarter than we are…..It’s OK for an officer to catch a bullet from a thug, but county commission won’t give them a pay raise.”

While these statements have a great deal of truth to them, the BOCC is smarter than any and all the admin at the ECSO & the officers that retired in 2009 had more longevity with greater performance based success that reflect in the crime numbers.  They also had higher standards to pass on a day to day basis. According to sources at the academy, as many as 65% don’t pass the full curriculum.  Of that remaining 35%, a high percentage  (what is estimated to be half) of them find their first couple of months in FTO, proves to them  that a place in this agency is not for them. Now that could be because the people being recruited come from PCC (sounds like a punchline but it is, unfortunately, true) or because the standards have been so low to populate approximately 2.5 times the number of classes churning through the academy than any other point in the last 15 years.

To get back to the cognitive dissonance of Morgan’s latest tantrum on the news lies in the fact that while he accuses the BOCC of letting his deputies “take a bullet for a thug” rather than get a raise, he fails to disclose the increase in the budget at the beginning of this year that he BLEW on hiring an “UnderSheriff” to soak up funds to populate 1 job position for 2 of his followers, Chip Simmons & Eric Haines. Two salaries for 1 job that has been parceled out to 2 people. A colossal waste of funds.  Not to mention the money, he gave Andy Hobbs, David Ingram and Amber Southard that makes every raise in the ECSO look like chump change; his fiscal illiteracy provides the cognitive dissonance we see today.  Yet his strategy is to bitch about and shame the BOCC members when he, not them, wasted approximately $200K in these horrible decisions to stack the top of his agency rather than put the money towards the rebuilding of the agency he single-handedly dismantled by forcing out 62 deputies last year.

Now let’s talk about that number, 62. Of those 62 who left the agency last year, at least a third have entered into civil suits for discrimination, civil rights violations and sexual harassment against Morgan personally and professionally. That is a skyrocketing number of suits against any ONE Sheriff. Another meritorious distinction this non LEO sheriff claims.

To simplify this for some of the current admin at the ECSO and the Honorable Sheriff, you can’t bitch about how the BOCC regards your deputies’ pocket book when you already stole from them too. That is cognitive dissonance–berating someone for something they shouldn’t do when you did it as well but don’t think you should be berated or judged. Hypocritical is another term in this case that would apply.  The money in the budget he gave to Chip Simmons, Amber Southard, David Ingram & Andy Hobbs. They got the money that deputies deserved. Morgan mismanaged that money by rewarding his favorites in a grandiose fashion, leaving the rest in the cold.

That brings us to the fiscal illiteracy. The fiscal illiteracy refers to his failing to manage the agency in the way it should be, despite the fact the Honorable Sheriff claims he can. I don’t know, maybe Webster University’s graduate level business classes,  37+ years ago, didn’t prepare Morgan to actually use numbers as high as the Honorable Sheriff has to work with today. Maybe there are too many big numbers for him to understand in one budget. I don’t know.

Let’s look at the over all money issues historically Morgan has had:

*in the military, he allegedly was skimming government money via credit cards, resulting in his early retirement

*the mishandling of the budget regarding the jail that resulted in him losing the oversight of that jail

*the employee that embezzled $150K from the LET fund for years without anyone knowing and his CFO keeping his job even though he facilitated larceny

*the citizens’ complaints on how LET money is spent resulting in an investigation by the State Attorney.

There is a pattern of misappropriation.  It seems very clear to those of us who pay attention.

The conclusion, based on the past history of this Honorable Sheriff leads to the reasonable assessment that, either he is criminally responsible for misappropriation of taxpayer funds as well as mismanaging criminal justice principles and personnel necessary for a LEO agency in the 21st century,

OR

He has been given too much responsibility for his capability.  He cannot seem to handle doing the duties of his post, which is to maintain law and order while sustaining the county’s fiscal well being and safety.

You decide.

I almost forgot to give a shout out to Gerry Champagne for trolling and liking my FB page for Florida Open Gov. Initiative.

CORRECTION:

I mistakenly said that 65% failed the academy. That is incorrect. The cadets go through the academy fine; it is 65% failing out of FTO or discovering this job is not for them.  My Bad.

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What’s Wrong with Pensacola’s Sinclair Station?

Mr. Marks,

I bring you yet another communication, ON BEHALF OF CITIZENS OF PENSACOLA, to ask WHAT IS WRONG WITH WEAR 3?

Your mission statement:

Our goal is simple: We alert, protect and empower
our audience on all platforms.

We produce compelling, engaging, informative newscasts.

Our stations hold public officials accountable, 
asking the tough questions that our viewers would ask.

Our newscasts have stories that make a difference.

The key to our success is content choices.

As expected, there is still no mention of the State Attorney’s Investigation of the Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and his misuse of funds. This “insignificant” investigation questions how the HONORABLE Sheriff Morgan wrongly allocated funds to non-profits for quid pro quo donations from their members to his campaign fund. This should have been overseen by 5 county commissioners and the budget director of the county. We are talking about $1M misappropriation, which I believe is a felony in any other profession. During the last several weeks, there are 6 elected officials and one higher ranking county official that are being investigated  The investigation is still on-going (which gives the accusation much more credence) even as the good Sheriff doles out more money and brags about it on Facebook pompously throwing it in everyone’s face.

This story which potentially affects the entirety of your broadcasting area, but WEAR is mum.

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Yet a falsely reported violation of the Florida Sunshine Law (which would have been a misdemeanor punishable with a fine) of one county commissioner was covered by Channel 3 at the behest of another county commissioner.  Commissioner Doug Underhill ran to the State Attorney’s Office and reported Commissioner Grover Robinson for talking about about county business outside the county commission meeting.

http://weartv.com/news/local/sunshine-law-violation-filed-against-grover-robinson

Then within approximately 24 hours this story ran:

http://weartv.com/news/local/no-violation-of-sunshine-law-committed-by-grover-robinson

Fact: Grover Robinson was investigated for less than a day of a misdemeanor & Channel 3 ran the story.

Fact: The Sheriff of Escambia County and all 5 County Commissioners along with other county personnel are the target of a lengthy investigation for felony misappropriation of county funds and conspiracy  & Channel 3 has yet to cover the story.

If the entire county government infrastructure facing possible impeachment, removal and/or indictment is not newsworthy, then there is no story that needs to be aired.

The trust of community rests on the accuracy of news reporting. Mr. Lowe’s integrity is incontestably deficient if not, non-existent.  I reiterate,the validity of this broadcasting station as a news entity is continually enfeebled by political partisanship. In fact, the impulsive jump to run the story regarding Mr. Robinson could be seen as possibly malicious defamation. It was prematurely reported, particularly given the quick dismissal by the State Attorney’s office. Had Mr. Lowe put the same “consideration” in airing Mr. Robinson’s investigation as he has in not airing the story on the Sheriff, it would not have been news at all.

How do these two news items align with your mission statement?

– Does it hold politicians accountable, asking the tough questions your audience would ask?

-Does it alert, protect or empower the community?

A response would be greatly appreciated in this matter because I am holding you accountable on behalf of the Pensacola community.

 

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ECSO Infested with Moral Descension

The crash in Beulah involving Deputy Hector Escajeda being removed from a burning vehicle made heroes out of the men who pulled him from a certain death. They are brave men to sure. However, Sheriff Morgan’s grandstanding for one of his own is pure fiction. Mr.Craig Morado’s valor is not in question. He went above and beyond as did his neighbors, John Shaw and his son and 2 other neighbors.  They pulled Escajeda out and away from the burning vehicle, but somewhere in the chaos Sr. Deputy Bobby Guy got attributed in being the one who help Morado. Several neighbors confirm they did not see Deputy Guy and he most certainly was not the one who helped Morado.

In a spectacle of events, Deputy Guy got an award recognizing him for “exceptional courage and selflessness in the midst of great personal danger”.This was brought to the attention of Sheriff Morgan who said everybody should just honor Deputy Guy anyway, because he has a family. Now what relevance does that have?  The men that actually saved Escajeda don’t want the recognition, however, the tall tale the Sheriff created insulted the people involved. Give credit where credit is due, but if he didn’t do anything, then what risk of danger was there?

And Deputy Guy. What sort of man accepts such an award knowing full well it is false? The moral fabric of ECSO is on display in this event. As country folks say, Morgan would rather climb a tree to tell a lie, than stand on the ground and tell the truth. Deputy Guy participating in this stolen valor  is reprehensible ethically. It just shows that Morgan doesn’t seem to respect valor or bravery. He does support taking credit for others peoples’ courage.  He has no  reverence to people who have honestly and courageously acted “with selflessness in the midst of great personal danger”. He believes you can hand it out like candy. For Deputy Guy, one of the “yes” men in Billings hoax of an investigation, to accept that shows you how far morality has descended in the ECSO.

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Degree deceit, Sir David, Fraud, Webster University

Pseudologia Fantastica. Richard Townsend Syndrome…Pathological lying. When a person rises to a level of lying that is complex, intricate and disproportionate to all end views or lying when telling the truth would be more beneficial. It is a pathos–a compulsion. Very rarely do pathological liars lie about one aspect of life and are honest about another, which brings us to Sir David.

The DD214 which either answers questions or creates more, depending on your point of view. To me, it definitively shows that Sir David is not honest about his military record. He was only in the military for 20 years and had 3 occupations throughout that time; thus he does not have 20 years experience in any one but in all 3 cumulatively. Also, either he was in OSI and did not realize it would be significant to his law enforcement career and claimed to be a security police, which makes no sense, or he that was a made up line he tried to get by with but didn’t. Either way, something is off.

Knowing that and many, many of the numerous other things Sir David has lied about, I decided to verify his education, specifically his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.  For those who don’t know, the National Student Clearinghouse is a service used to verify educational credentials. It’s a pay service whereby, after payment is made, information is submitted and gathered by a national database. Should that info not be readily in that database, they contact the school directly.  So this is what I did.  Here is the response I received:

From: <degreeverify@studentclearinghouse.org>

Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Subject: Verification Services Trans. #131173081: Unable to Confirm Your Verification Services Request

To: CHASINGDIXIE2@gmail.com

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This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail.

Please DO NOT reply to this message.

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____________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ the following comment(s) provided by the institution:

NO RECORD FOUND.

____________________________________________________________________________

If you are able to obtain a copy of the degree from the individual, fax it to the Clearinghouse at 703-318-4058, along with the Transaction ID for this request.  We will work with the school to determine whether or not the record(s) is genuine.

INFORMATION YOU PROVIDED

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Subject Name

        First Name………….: THELBERT

        Middle Name…………: DAVID

        Last Name…………..: MORGAN

School Name…………….: WEBSTER UNIVERSITY (002521-00)

Attempt To……………..: Verify a degree.

Reference ID……………:

Disclaimer: All information verified was obtained directly and exclusively from the individual’s educational institution. 

Disclaimer: I make no presumptions about the veracity of this information. I have attempted to contact Webster University but have not received any follow-up contact.

The Brick in the Wall is Wiggling

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When people ask me how I expect to effect change in a place I no longer live, I tell them that I will do all I can do. I know this mission is bigger than I ever expected it to be or more massive than I could take on alone. I’ve been blessed with assistance from people who are more willing, today, to see what I have told them all along. There is a big wall of corruption in Escambia County that has been in place for generations. They’ve gotten sloppy; they have put a very weak-minded man to give the keys to the kingdom.

This big corrupt wall has a lose brick. That brick is Sir David. He cannot handle the reality of the situation that he has squandered his time and people’s resources in a fashion which makes him the weakest link in the chain or the loose rock in the wall. We all know if Morgan falls, he’s going to squeal like a stuck pig. He has no loyalty and was the very least equipped to be what the money men need him to be. He’s going to be found under a house or fall off the face of the planet. I believe that with all my heart.

We have seen this in the past with some of the previous “rats” in Escambia County. I don’t have to name names. You know whom I am referring. Sir David has crossed some very bad people in his need for attention without regard to the consequences. He is cracking under the pressure.

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The problem here is that to be in political areas, to claim the ring as the prize of an elected position, you have to be able represent the people, be it one or million, you must have the balls to do what is necessary. These two little bitches both show the pouty lower lip, like little babies during a temper tantrum. Really Sandy? Really Fred? Is this who you think will be the guy to hold the political capital you are giving him?