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The rattlesnake "may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. ... She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her."
-- An American Guesser 
"The true story of Santa Monica College under the current administration and the current
Board of Trustees is a cautionary tale for the future of publicly funded institutions of higher education."
-- CSEA Accreditation Self Study Addendum 
"Des Manttari is a tenacious defender of the rights of Santa Monica College students to be safe on campus, to their right to know..." -- Jeff Higley, Activist
Through his companies, Jim Keeshen Productions and Studio Animatics, SMC Professor James Keeshen recruited both students and faculty to the AET vocational program for his own bidding as cheap slave labor while outsourcing animation work to Korea for his Day of the Dead animated short film. Read more...
SHOCKING COURT RECORDS
"The Complaint contains allegations of misappropriation of student funds and property, illegal fees, abuse of process, and various unconstitutional activities by Defendants with the goal of suppressing dissent and avoiding auditing and oversight by non-conspirators. The Defendants have a history of such activities. The findings of the PERB were that the Santa Monica Community College District, which would include all defendants in this case, were found to have violated state statutes regarding expenditure of funds and activities undertaken to intimidate and suppress the faculty's opposition to the administration."
"Defendants have obtained this control through racketeering activities, including but not limited to: (a) The extortion of property, such as restricted accounts for the defendants' personal use. (b) Robbery or the conversion of Student funds. (c) Bribery of student officials. (d) As well as multiple violations of the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) that include (i) exerting outside pressure through undue influence and coercision so as to control business decisions, and (ii), the taking of the Student bookstore and other commerce. Defendants' acts of racketeering activity have been unceasing for over fifteen (15) years."
-- Associated Students of Santa Monica College, et. al. vs. Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees, KCRW, Herb Roney, Dorothy Ehrhart-Morrison, Illona Katz, Piedad Robertson, Thomas Donner, Robert Sammis, Charlie Yen, Robert Adams, Cheryl Miller, Mark Romano, Eileen Miller, Mark Kessler, Charles Bays, et. al.
Well, I am a huge Final Fantasy fan, as is evident on my Phoenix Genesis video game website. I've been rummaging through YouTube the last few weeks, building a nice collection of the Best of Final Fantasy music videos. I also have a few Metal Gear Solid and Kingdom Hearts videos as well. You can check out my favorites at my Phoenix Genesis YouTube page. In the meantime, check out our new Movie page here at SAVE SMC. You can also access the movie page through the links on the Phoenix Genesis website.
The Final Fantasy VIII Enigma "Eyes of Truth" remix was done by my dear friend Jason Iaquilino. He and his girlfriend, Jesse, have a new website called Waking Dreams. Not much up now, but it is sure to be great when it's done. Jason and I had his Final Fantasy VIII movie (Squaresoft, now Square-Enix) up on the Phoenix Genesis site years ago, but I had to take it down as it simply took up too much bandwidth. That problem is now resolved thanks to YouTube. However, I have no clue why the clarity isn't what it should be when I uploaded it. Oh, well... enjoy!
-- Des Manttari,
(c) 2006: Phoenix Genesis/MBS LP
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