Dec 11, 2010

Rep. Ron Paul on Wiki Leaks: "Which is More Dangerous, WikiLeaks or Government Lies for War"?

Republican Representative and former candidate for U.S. President Ron Paul speaks before Congress regarding what he calls the "hysterical over-reaction" to WikiLeaks and reminds everyone that 1) Julian Assange stole nothing, 2) as an Australian he cannot be guilty of treason, 3) its direct parallel to the Pentagon Papers during Viet Nam (published by the New York Times, similar to WikiLeaks today) and the high court cleared the NY Times of any guilt, along with those involved.

He then focuses on the real issue, that WikiLeaks threatens government propaganda for unjust wars upon false pretenses (e.g. like Iraq) and the global (and "neocon") agenda for Empire which spreads lies to justify its course and contain its criticisms and embarrassments.

Freedom of the press has now just moved to the internet and the publishing of "leaks" from "confidential sources" is as old as the New York Times (e.g. Pentagon Papers) and Washington Post (e.g. Water-Gate).

Dec 8, 2010

Judge Napolitano of FOX's Freedom Watch Also No Longer Believes 9/11 Official Story!

Judge Andrew Napolitano, who hosts the FOX program Freedom Watch, just recently interviewed FOX associate Geraldo Rivera about his show (see previous post below) about 9/11 and Building 7 alleged "collapse".  Now the Judge has gone public himself, as shown in this recent clip, and no longer believes the official story about the destruction of Building 7 on September 11th can possibly be true. 

So now not one, but two FOX show hosts are on record as disbelieving the official story of 9/11 based due to the evidence presented on WTC 7.  Now since they have, why shouldn't we discuss this publicly?  This then is a clear mark that Political Correctness about 9/11 is finally being shattered in even main stream media, just as when the legendary boy shouted, "The Emporer has no clothes", and people more concerned about other's opinions of them, instead of plainly observable truth, were made ashamed.   The official story is clearly now open for debate publicly.

Nov 17, 2010

FOX News Does 9/11 Interview About Building 7 Controlled Demolition--3rd Party Candidates Vindicated

Watch this!  Geraldo Rivera in this FOX segment admits the recent ad campaign (during election week in November) in New York City changed his mind, i.e. that there is a compelling case of controlled demolition in the collapse of the 3rd tower!  His interview is with a 9/11 family member and an architectural engineer (among 1, 200 others) who have staked their professional reputations on the line by affirming this position.

Locally in West Virginia, gubernatorial candidates Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party) and Jeff Becker (Constitution Party) have recently publicly stated their own belief that this position is viable, and took heat from the media (which criticism very prejudicially focused more on Becker, less on Johnson).  Their position is vindicated in this FOX Geraldo Rivera segment.

Oct 24, 2010

NBC Nightly News Comes to West Virginia for Manchin/Raese Contest

Governor Joe Manchin and his campaign underestimated Raese's challenge for Byrd's Senate seat. Now they are fighting desparately to win. Campaign Manchin overestimated themselves and were entirely blind, until too late, at how upset average West Virginians are at Washington, thinking that the outrage and discontent was "just a Republican thing". Wrong.

Manchin, who wanted the glorious stamp of approval from the voters, might be wishing now he would have just appointed himself to fill Byrd's seat, which as Governor he had full power to do. But, he was absolutely sure he would be stamped 'approved'--relying on his popularity as Governor--without any trouble from an outsider with almost no political experience. Wrong again. A proverb warns: "Pride comes before the fall", and the "certainty" of Manchin winning the election (as he thought when deciding not to appoint himself) seems to be slipping from his political grasp. Rasmussen just reported that Raese's lead has increased.

It's all about Obama and a referendum against the present Congress and Obama administration in power that has railroaded sweeping new European type legislation that is the most socialist since FDR.

Now West Virginia wants change, ironically, and Raese is just a far better bet than the governor who is loyal to the Democrat party establishment. Obama is experiencing blow-back to his "Change" agenda. Mark it, for it will continue two years after this as well, when Rockefeller's seat comes up for election.

The State and local media too, which leans Democrat, has underestimated just how angry and vehement West Virginians are against the present Washington agenda. Even Rockefeller would have a hard time this year, if his seat was up for election against even the most novice Republican candidate.

The NBC video also proves the Gazette and Democrat establishment wrong in trying to portray the Tea Party movement as "extreme right-wing republican conservatives", as they interview Democrats voting for Raese too.

Oct 11, 2010

Governor Flipper? Manchin Goes National with FOX Against Obama Policies

FOX News did a nationally broadcast interview (see video below) with Governor Manchin pressing him whether he has now flip-flopped in support of President Obama's policies, primarily health care reform, to save his political hide from Republican challenger John Raese who is presently leading in the polls by 6 points (with early voting starting soon). This directly addresses the ad campaign Raese has leveled at Manchin, justly pointing out that he would likely become a political partisan in Washington and "rubber stamp for Barack Obama" (as Rep. Shelly Moore Capito was accused of by state democrats with Bush), because that is what tends to happen there for anyone who desires to gain power and personal advancement. (And make no mistake, Manchin's ego insists on personal advancement above all). Raese struck a nerve, and it is working. Watch Manchin play defense, desperately.

So does he really mean what he says? Or, has John Raese forced the Governor into it, through political threat, and now Manchin is playing the pragmatist to win. Manchin has everything riding on this as far as his political future, and he was arrogant enough to think it would be easy. Well guess what. Governor Joe is finding out that the Tea Party movement in fact is non-partisan, and he is now shifting with the political wind.

But why then did he have Bill Clinton campaign with him in Morgantown today? Campaigning with Clinton was a stupid move and sends an entirely different message than to the one in this interview with FOX.

It is also sickening to hear him brag about West Virginia's good financial situation, as if he deserves the credit, when it was done only by passing Table Games legislation and expanding the State government via gambling revenues, when the majority in the state opposed it, and the State Constitution does not permit it, nor was amended. So make no mistake, the state finances were fixed only by dishonest, unconstitutional dirty dealing to create more Gambling Revenues, not by job expansion or attracting employers. So, "Governor Soprano" (as Raese called him once) seems to fit the way Manchin operates, and he is not above using slick shady dealings to get done what he wants. The governor is more pragmatist than principled, which makes where he stands uncertain.

Credibility will be the issue here, for if Manchin was critical of Obamacare and fiscal policies he did not say anything about it until now, when his Senate race is on the line. Voters will decide soon.

Sep 18, 2010

The Royal Presidency: The Cult of Modern Presidents

Since the founding of America the idea of the Divine Rights of Kings has been held as abominable and a doctrine that turned Kings into tyrants who could do whatever they pleased contrary to the common national will.  The idea of having kings became repugnant and the founders' Constitution installed the Presidency instead in a three-way balance of power.  Today, however, with Barack Obama coming before the public via various media constantly, the presidency has been expanded and enlarged to almost a dictatorial position.  Historically, this is a recent phenomenon. 

This excellent podcast is about how the role of U.S. president has radically changed in America in contrast to what the Founding Fathers in the Federalist Papers had in mind.  Especially beginning in the 20 century (as wars increased to a global scale) American presidents began to usurp more and more power and have become a "national leader" in attempt to control and set the agenda for the entire country instead of the more limited role originally intended.

This pod cast from Cato is a real eye-opener to just how excessive and dangerous presidents have become, irregardless of party.

Sep 11, 2010

Professional Pilots: Hijackers Could Not Have Flown The Planes on 9/11

First is the testimony of a former Air Force and American Airlines pilot who flew the same planes.

Next is a discussion about the difficulty of controlling the aircraft in order to hit the WTC towers and Pentagon by commercial pilots from Pilots for 9/11 Truth.  Listen closely and ask yourself if these pros could not do it, how could the alleged novices, who trained only on small aircraft, have done this, perfectly, on the first try?

The official story--which is without any hard evidence, but only repeated allegation--cannot possibly be true.

Sep 3, 2010

Moralityphobia--Get Over It

This anti-social and political disease is a virtual pandemic that infects all discourse within the arenas of government and public debate. Governors, state legislators, teachers, and media (including talk show radio hosts that claim to be "conservative") either promote or are complying in a slavish manner to new Humanist commandments that frame the New Public Mores of "democratic society" (by definition a humanist society without regard to God), which persecutes, scolds and attempts to censor those who do not bow to their rules of Progressive Political Correctness. It is as if there were these new higher laws, graven on modern virtual tablets, written by the finger of Democratic Man:

I. "Thou shalt have no other gods but Tolerance".
II. "Thou shalt not obey old laws, but thou shalt obey the written new rules of Political Correctness (which at present hold legislator's captive by fear and intimidation)
III. "Thou shalt not judge by old standards (only because they are old), such as Virtue, especially from historically respected books, like the Bible."
IV. "Thou shalt not take the name of Tolerance in vain (for Tolerance is intolerant of that, and demands to be worshiped, by some more than others), and make no mention of sins in the old fashion, whether public or private, or such as blasphemes Tolerance".
V. "Thou shalt make no mention of the Bible or its moral teachings, or Jesus (except for Progressive legislation for Tolerance)".

When discussion about homosexuality occurs (since the revolutionary firebrands require it) those who oppose the abhorrent, unnatural, and perverse behavior (and those who practice, promote or legalize it), and are on the side of moral society and what used to be called "public virtue," are branded, slandered, and villified as if they have done evil. A new public "shaming" is put upon them instead, and government bows in fear and even repeals its own laws. (Note the other party's blind hypocrisy about "not judging others"). Thus public debate about Morality is either censured or least the Old Morality is, but only to be replaced by the New.

Well, this dated article addresses this subject and rings true, and the rope of its bell needs to be pulled again. To the general public: "Hear ye, hear ye...

Get over your Moralityphobia
Americans need to get over their "moralityphobia."
mo·ral·i·ty·pho·bi·a (n.)
  • 1. A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong, despite the awareness and reassurance that the distinction is not dangerous.
  • 2. A squeamishness or [anti-social] discomfort that compels one to avoid any discussion of what is right and wrong.
  • 3. A strong dislike [hatred!] or aversion to a [former] system of ideas of right and wrong conduct.

Aug 14, 2010

Why Americans Detest Government: 'Putting Government First' - HUMAN EVENTS

Pat Buchanan hits the proverbial nail on the head when it comes to what average Americans think about government, both federal and state, and also why the "tea party" movement has put both political parties in the cross-hairs (including party chairmen, as the recent West Virginia GOP change demonstrated), since neither of them get it:

Putting Government First - HUMAN EVENTS

Hence, we have a situation where private sector workers in Middle America are being taxed, their children being driven ever deeper into debt to China, so government employees who have greater job security than they do, and earn more in pay and benefits than they will ever earn, can stay in Fat City.
And folks wonder why so many Americans detest government....
...Remarkable. U.S. government workers, who enjoy the greatest job security of any Americans, now earn twice as much in pay and benefits as the average American. This is not the D.C. some of us grew up in.
Nor is this all Obama's doing. For most of the fat years of the federal work force came while Washington was being run by a Congress of Big-Government Conservatives and a White House of Bush-Cheney Republicans.
No wonder the tea party is targeting both parties.

Jul 28, 2010

Big Government's Big Secret: The Homeland Security-Industrial Complex

Most everyone, especially among conservatives, have been complaining vehemently about Big Government with just cause.  However, even with the newly elected West Virginia GOP chairman, Mike Stuart, who claims to be a part of the very undefined "tea party" movement, we have heard no willingness to touch the great Leviathan in government that dwarfs the rest of government spending.  That untouchable part would be what is termed "National Defense" (which largely funds Offensive wars for democracy), which has since that "catalyzing event", Sept. 11th, with bipartisan flag-waving support, added a new fraternal twin domestically called Homeland Security.

This new and very unconstitutional agency cloaked in secrecy is nothing less than the beginning of what could be called (in retort to their propaganda) "Home-Grown Fascism".  And mark this, this is the part of Big Government that the neo-republicans, who claim to stand for the Constitution and "limited government" (we wish!), along with the cowardly democrats, are unwilling to question, challenge its legitimacy, or take the budget knife to thus far, even though most other spending issues are minuscule in comparison.  It's time to stop straining at gnats while swallowing camels.  If republicans in particular believe in constitutional and limited government, and "individual liberty" is still part of their platform (which this Leviathan agency also threatens, trampling the 4th amendment in particular), then its time to put Homeland Security spending out in the open and on the table with budget axes in hand.

Republican Congressman Ron Paul foresaw the Big Government (and Big Brother) coming when Homeland Security was proposed before Congress and warned of what would happen in his article The Homeland Security Monstrosity.  He of course was right while the politically-correct blind supporters of the RINO George W. Bush were wrong.  He has just published a new press release on The Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy, based on this very issue.

In the video below Former National Security adviser Richard Clark here talks with ABC about what could be called the Homeland Security-Industrial Complex (you heard it here first), its Leviathan and secret budgets and a labyrinth of tentacles that reach across the country while everyone from the White House to Congress looks the other way.  The context of the discussion is the Washington Post's new video report called Top Secret America which is bringing some good national attention to this matter.  Note in particular Clark criticism of the Post's report in not going far enough, i.e. the secret spending and extensive spending through government contractors (outsourced secret spending), and names in particular Booz Allen Hamilton, a major contractor benefiting from Homeland Security and the "war on terror", which is loaded with neoconservatives like James Woolsey.  That was a very strong hint on his part as to where the real attention and scrutiny should be directed.

Jul 16, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin's Record as He Bids for Byrd's Senate Seat

When Manchin campaigned for governor 6 years ago he promised to improve the state climate for business in West Virginia. CNBC's state scoreboard says it all.

Since President Obama is focused on the economy, what does Manchin bring to the table? Only his "Open for Business" results .

Manchin cut taxes, good. But it was a food tax, which most states don't have. So he gets a C.

He managed the budget well, good, but only by bringing in casino table games to increase state revenues on top of lottery schemes. This increases revenues by defrauding others, their duped consent notwithstanding (what gambling is, and why its a crime until legalized, for the "house always wins"). And this trick was done by circumventing and violating the Constitution of West Virginia, as the WVU Law Professor interview proves (and the state supreme court refused to hear in appeal!) Only 4 of 55 counties got to vote.
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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin: Senate Run 'Highly Likely'

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BOSTON — West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Friday that he'll make a decision next week on whether to run for the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat.
"It's highly likely I will," he told The Associated Press at the National Governors Association meeting.
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EDITORIAL: What Exactly Has Manchin Accomplished to Merit U.S. Senate Seat?
Six years later, Manchin has accomplished nothing like that
helpful effort for West Virginia's business climate.
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Jul 13, 2010

Nullification: How to Fix Washington Without Congress

The doctrine of Nullification is being revived. The States and local governments have power to resist Federal legislation and control and burdensome programs, lawfully, via the same powers that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution--and their framers--originally asserted.

This is not partisan (except when parties unjustly favor their own pet Federal controls over the States). This actually began to be revived during the Bush administration when states and local governments began passing resolutions or non compliance against the USA PATRIOT ACT and REAL ID.

The States formed the Federal Government, not the Federal government the States, and therefore when it does not function according to the Constitution as a compact they have every right to resist and Nullify any usurpations of power, whether legislative or otherwise.

A legislative act, contrary to the Constitution, is not law.
-- Chief Justice John Marshall

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny

in the 21st Century

Just ask Thomas Jefferson. There is a “rightful remedy” to
federal power grabs—it’s called Nullification.

Jul 2, 2010

Senator Byrd's Magnum Opus: "The Truth Will Emerge" Speech

This may have been his most masterful speech at a most crucial time, opposing the Iraq War, squarely against Bush, boldly and contrary to political-correctness, implying it was based upon fraud and lies, which is now entirely vindicated. He was in the tiny minority then, but the majority now. The Truth can never bow to a majority against it, even if its an entire nation.

In giving this speech, Senator Robert C. Byrd personally embodied The Truth, by personal example.

This is the difference between a Statesman and a Politician. This was oratory, truth speaking to power, against all odds, and now vindicated. It's a magnificent thing when someone stands for truth--alone!

This work begins with a great poem about Truth, proceeds into expounding the philosophy, states a daring premise against the majority, cleverly communicating that propaganda and intimidation has driven the war issue. The last line is the climax boldly prophesying vindication of the lone speaker.
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The Truth Will Emerge
by US Senator Robert Byrd
Senate Floor Remarks - May 21, 2003
"Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again, - -
The eternal years of God are hers;
But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshippers."
Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans may go to obfuscate facts or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually.
Regarding the situation in Iraq, it appears to this Senator that the American people may have been lured into accepting the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation
under false premises.
And mark my words, the calculated intimidation which we see so often of late by the "powers that be" will only keep the loyal opposition quiet for just so long. Because eventually, like it always does, the truth will emerge. And when it does, this house of cards, built of deceit, will fall.

RED BYRD: Senator Byrd's CD Release to Revive Mountain Music

The name of this song, one of the West Virginia native songs on Senator Byrd's CD being released, is called Red Bird.

Let's make that Red Byrd instead.

Jun 16, 2010

2013 - NASA Warns of Catastrophic Solar Flare Threat

The real threat is not in 2012, but 2013. A global EMP strike from the Sun: Nasa is warning of a very real global threat scenario about 2013 in their study of solar flares. Imagine a world without electronic communications whatsoever, how it would devastate everything from financial markets, healthcare, computers, all portable communcations, yes and leave the world IPODless.

Modern civilization depends entirely upon electricity, which could very well lead to its entire collapse and downfall. Then those who live simply, like the Amish and family farms, would suddenly become the envy of all.

May 19, 2010

Tea Party 3, GOP Establishment 0 -- Rand Paul Wins Mandate

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It's tea party vs. GOP establishment in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The tea party is looking to the Kentucky Derby state to finish off its own Triple Crown of victories.
Fresh off its successes in Florida and Utah, the movement is a driving force behind the Senate candidacy of Rand Paul, the son of liberterian presidential candidate Ron Paul. The younger Paul, a small-town eye doctor with no elective experience, is up against the GOP establishment — well-funded primary rival Trey Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state, who has the backing of the biggest GOP name in the Bluegrass State, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
A Paul win in Tuesday's primary would be the strongest sign yet that the tea party activists are on a roll after defeating three-term Sen. Bob Bennett in Utah last Saturday and forcing once popular Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to abandon the GOP for an independent Senate bid last month.
Rand Paul's primary victory of 60 to 35 % sends a clear message. This ought to wake up the GOP establishment, for a 3rd time. McCain is next to take a dive...wait for it...

Paul's opponent in the Ky senate primary was endorsed by McConnell (Senate minority leader), Romney, Giuliani, and a complete neocon war chest of money complete with slanderous ad campaign....all of which were impotent compared to grass roots thinking. The establishment's mud-slinging ended up on them for a change...which is refreshing. (Ron Paul sent a letter out saying they were trying to "Swift Boat" his son).

But the spin machine is already in high gear...articles broke just before the election (when it became obvious who would win) that the "GOP establishment warms to Paul" save their deceitful skins.

Romney showed his true colors by endorsing and campaigning for the wrong candidate, proving that Romney is not all that popular as a GOP presidential candidate at grass roots.

Apr 11, 2010

The WV Mine Disaster: Where Was the "Canary in the Coal Mine"?

These song birds were pleasant and faithful guardians of miner's until just a couple decades ago and people might be surprised to find out just why canaries were replaced by modern sensors, which apparently were little help at the recent mine disaster and explosion due to gas at Montcoal. One of the leading reasons for banishing these feathered friends of miners was this:

New electronic detectors will replace the bird because they are said to be cheaper in the long run and more effective
You read that right. Modern technology is "cheaper in the long run" than canaries. Cost-cutting is only justifiable if mine safety is not sacrificed. One wonders if the 29 who were killed would have suffered that fate if canaries were singing down there with them. Modern technology apparently gave no clear alarm for the miners to heed in time.

Should the use of the "canary in the coal mine" be restored?
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Canaries were once regularly used in coal mining as an early warning system.[1] Toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane in the mine would kill the bird before affecting the miners. Because canaries tend to sing much of the time, they provided both a visual and audible cue in this respect. The use of so called miner's canaries in British mines was phased out in 1987.[2]
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BREAKING NEWS: Four Missing Miners Found Dead Inside Mine, 29 Killed During Monday's Blast
During an early morning news conference, Governor Joe Manchin announced that the four missing miners were found dead inside the mine. A federal investigation into what caused Monday's explosion will begin next week.
SATURDAY 12:30am Final Press Briefing
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1986: Coal mine canaries made redundant
Miner underground with canary in cage
New electronic detectors will replace the bird because they are said to be cheaper in the long run and more effective
The canary is particularly sensitive to toxic gases such as carbon monoxide

Mar 28, 2010

Tea Party Movement vs. GOP Establishment: The Republican Civil War

In a string of GOP primary elections stretching from now until September, the future ideological composition of the elephant party hangs in the balance. Many of these primaries pit self-consciously hard-core conservatives, often aligned with the Tea Party movement, against “establishment” candidates—some who are incumbents, and some who are simply vulnerable to being labeled “RINOs” or “squishes” for expressing insufficiently ferocious conservative views.
Bingo, like we posted previously, with McCain vs. Hayworth and Rand Paul vs. Grayson (who now has NEO-conservative Cheney pitching for him) as two case studies in point. The GOP Establishment is now skeered. They should be, they do not represent the views of the mass of real conservative constituencies, nor the Constitution either. Independents now rule and determine winners, and both the Democrats and Republican Establishments are waking up to that fact, but do not want to make the real changes needed to their present courses.

Article here:
The Republican Civil War | The New Republic

Mar 24, 2010

CoerciveCare: 20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

Below are the first five. See the source for the rest. Then ask yourself why insurance companies (who establish rates by mathematical models of probabilities of risks and costs) would lower premiums, and not raise them, when they are forced to provide insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, or for all irregardless of physical condition or health risk. Answer: they will immediately begin to raise rates, like Blue Cross has done, irregardless of the number of new enrollees (which will increase their revenues significantly), because the number of enrollees never effects health insurance rates and premiums, which are built upon individual and collective risks.

Further, mandating that everyone buy health insurance from private companies, under threat of law, is not "providing better health care" for "millions of Americans", it is violating their Constitutional rights and freedom from arbitrary government powers for which Attorney General Darrell McGraw (who swore to uphold the Constitution when entering office) should join the other 13 States in suing for an injunction. McGraw stated that he would not join the lawsuit because the lawsuit is "political". But this is dishonest, for it is for "political" reasons that he will NOT join the lawsuits, even though his duty as AG is to uphold our legal rights and the U.S. Constitution, irregardless of political pressures, including the 10th amendment and the principles of private property. The government has no lawful power to command free American citizens to purchase anything whatsoever from private companies.

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).

4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).

5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employers’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

Mar 20, 2010

Body of Civil War soldier exhumed

Confederate officer to be reburied with military honors.

Body of Civil War soldier exhumed

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- It took nearly five hours of slow and painstaking digging Saturday before a group of archeologists and volunteers found the remains of Capt. Philip James Thurmond.
Thurmond, a Confederate solider in the Civil War, died on Oct. 26, 1864, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Winfield near the Putnam County Courthouse....
...The foundation and historical society have tentatively set the reburial date for Oct. 30.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has donated a marker for the new burial site, and Chapman Funeral Home will donate a casket and steel vault.
Several local organizations including the Sons and Daughters of Confederate Veterans and the local American Legion Post 187 have volunteered to take part in reburial services.
Regional Union and Confederate re-enactors have also volunteered to accompany the casket to its new burial site when the time comes.

Mar 12, 2010

RINOs Not Wanted: U.S. Senate Races Send A Warning to the GOP Establishment

The Republican Party of West Virginia needs to take note of this race next door.  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Rand Paul (son of Presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas) is poised to win next door in Kentucky, with a 15-point lead on his republican opponent.  There is a warning to the GOP establishment and Republican Party in this:  return to Constitutional conservatism or perish!  

Republicans that support Big Government (including a Security State or militant wars for Democracy) are not in touch with "grass roots" conservative Americans, and are no longer wanted.  Note also that he does not come from one of the lead political families that so dominate state politics, as they they tend to in West Virginia as well.  (Note Sarah Palin is endorsing him, having a keen eye for personal political opportunity, even though she does not share his constitutional principles whatsoever).  The era of embedded incumbency or for the ruling elite establishment of the GOP, within states, is over.

The same is true with Republican Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth (a current Congressman) of Arizona who is also taking it to Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain.  Same story.  Note that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are both endorsing McCain over a real conservative!  This reveals their true colors, and that of the GOP establishment, who circle the wagons to protect each other instead of endorsing true conservative principles.  Listen to what Hayworth says about that here:

Will the GOP hearken to its real constituents who differ when offered a real alternative, instead of a mere R after their name?


NEO-conservative and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is a member of the globalist and very unconservative Council of Foreign Relations (CFR, who also closely advised the Clinton and now Obama administration), has entered the fray in Kentucky to paint Rand Paul's opponent, Grayson, as "the real conservative".  

Cheney Steps to the Line in Kentucky

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has injected himself into Kentucky’s Senate contest, endorsing Republican hopeful Trey Grayson as “the real conservative in this race.”

Cheney, of course, has a provable record of lying publicly, although with great persuasive ability.  Just another example of how RINOs control the GOP establishment.  (See previous post on the Bush/Cheney fiscal record to see how the proverbial "pot calls the kettle black" on this issue).

Feb 15, 2010

Eco-Tyranny: Audi's Superbowl Commercial Spoofs "Green Police"

An example of the eco-tyranny coming?  The laws will not be so draconian in appearance of course, but still be just as binding on "free Americans".  This will be the New Morality of the religion of "Mother Earth" and "her rights" by force of law.

Feb 9, 2010

West Virginia Senate Bill Reasserts State's Rights vs. Federal Encroachments

From West Virginia Watchdog, great coverage on this excellent legislation linked below.

It is very important to note on this subject that the West Virginia Constitution has these leading articles, already very powerful (wisely embedded by Confederate-leaning legislators to prevent the tyranny of Federal Reconstruction and further Federal Despotism after the Civil War) which every Mountaineer should memorize and ought to be taught in school, that still draw a Constitutional line in the sand for the Federal government:

1-2.  Internal government and police.
     The government of the United States is a government of enumerated powers, and all powers not delegated to it, nor inhibited to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people thereof.  Among the powers so reserved to the states is the exclusive regulation of their own internal government and police; and it is the high and solemn duty of the several departments of government, created by this constitution, to guard and protect the people of this state from all [i.e. Federal] encroachments upon the rights so reserved. 
 1-3.  Continuity of constitutional operation.
     The provisions of the constitution of the United States, and of this state, are operative alike in a period of war as in time of peace, and any departure therefrom, or violation thereof, under the plea of necessity, or any other plea, is subversive of good government, and tends to anarchy and despotism.

The legislature and Governors thus far have ignored these provisions when establishing the federal REAL ID (national ID driver's licenses) and by not resisting the tyrannical and unpatriotic USA PATRIOT ACT (made illegal, however, by Huntington, West Virginia, on these very grounds) under the "plea of necessity" after the 9/11 "catalyzing event" and the cry of "terrorism".  The Constitution is to be upheld by the State government, per the Supreme Law of West Virginia, against all federal claims of "necessity", to protect West Virginians from federal usurpations of power.  The Governor and legislators and Supreme Court Judges all swear to "uphold" the State and Federal Constitutions upon taking office, while they clearly have not.

It was former Supreme Court Justice John Marshall who wrote:
A legislative act, contrary to the Constitution, is not law".

While this proposed Resolution would have been even more powerful during the post-9/11 Bush administrations (when republicans went stark blind to the Constitution--when a Tea Party was needed!) in expanding the usurping federal Security and Surveillance State, it is appropriate (although a bit partisan and bias) to invoke it now as the Obama Nanny State (i.e. Health Care, Economic and Environmental Reform) is erected, including an economic and environmental agenda that threatens to undermine West Virginia in particular.  Before Democrats cry "partisan bill" too loud, however, they should recall that even Senator Byrd warned that the Obama administration could be on a federal "power grab" of its own.  It must be added that our Congressional representatives in Washington on this have failed us (and violated their oaths), for they voted for the above legislation and fell for the "plea of necessity" (although Sen. Byrd recanted and voted against extending the USA PATRIOT ACT after seeing the light of the Constitution on it later).  Partisanship needs to drop to the floor and the Constitution should be reinstated as the non-partisan Supreme Law that it is on this matter.

The West Virginia Constitution requires and demands the Governor and State government defend West Virginia's sovereignty (resolution or not) but it should be applied impartially against all federal legislation that usurps State's rights.  Any governor or legislator that disagrees with the State Constitution or 10th Amendment on this principle of State Sovereignty vs. Federal Encroachments has lied upon taking their "oath" and is unfit for political office, period.  And it is the duty of the public to hold them all to it!

 "Mountaineers are always free" only if the state government obeys the State (and Federal) Constitutions impartially.

State Senate to Consider W.Va. Sovereignty Resolution

By Steven Allen Adams on February 8, 2010

A resolution that would declare West Virginia’s sovereignty under the U.S. Constitution was introduced yesterday in the State Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 would reassert that state’s sovereignty under the U.S. Constitution’s 1oth Amendment. From the resolution:
…Be it resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia: That the State of West Virginia reasserts sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and, be it
Further Resolved, That all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerks of both houses forward a copy of this resolution to President Barack Obama and all members of West Virginia’s Congressional Delegation.
The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The resolution is the brainchild of State Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, and is co-sponsored by the following State Senators: Clark Barnes, R-Randolph; Mike Hall, R-Putnam; Frank Deem, R-Wood; Don Caruth, R-Mercer; Dave Sypolt, R-Preston; Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson; Jesse Guills, R-Greenbrier; and Robert Plymale, D-Wayne.
“What we’ve seen going on in Washington D.C. is a lot of the federal government reaching out and taking power away from the states or mandating to the states things they should not be mandating to the states,” explained Boley in a conversation with West Virginia Watchdog.

Jan 30, 2010

Obama Comes Clean on Coal With Capito and Republicans: To Be "Put Out of Business...Not Right Away"

Here in this MSNBC video where President Obama met with Republicans to square off in some debate (where he proves to be extraordinarily skilled at both recitation and rhetorical presentation of facts for debate purposes, without a script or teleprompter) he finally comes clean on his policy for coal.  This clip shows Rep. Capito questioning Obama on this issue important to all West Virginians and his response.  This should remove any doubts that in the long term Obama's goal is to "put the old [i.e. energy source--coal] out of business", just not "right away".  These are his words addressed directly to Capito's forthright question below (after mentioning he has met and enjoyed working with Governor Manchin, a "divide and conquer" strategy).  Note Obama ducks for water and prepares himself as if he knows the question coming.

The ambiguity is now removed.  The Obama administration wants coal phased out "in the long run".  Governor Manchin should mark this whenever he deals or meets again with the President or his EPA administration.  Senator Byrd has already alluded to this long term policy by pushing back West Virginians from making harsh criticism.  Is this why Obama never campaigned in West Virginia?  Will West Virginia be "phased out" as a major energy supplier "in the long run"?  This is what "change" is all about in the energy policy front, and here in West Virginia.  Now everyone knows for certain which way the "powers that be" are pushing.

It appears that Rep. Capito formed her Coal Caucus just in time, which just added Rep. Mollahan (D) to its ranks to form a defense against this aggressive (and rather Statist) policy to control energy industries for a Utopian global agenda.

Jan 27, 2010

Tuning out the State of the Union--A Historical Perspective on the Modern Ritual

Tuning out the State of the Union | Gene Healy | Cato Institute: Commentary

...for most of the Republic's first century, the SOTU was a modest, informational affair. Presidents sent the written address to Congress, to be read aloud by a clerk. That was thanks to President Jefferson, who thought delivering the speech before Congress assembled smacked too much of a king's "Speech from the Throne."

When the power-hungry Woodrow Wilson overturned the Jeffersonian tradition in 1913, one senator cursed the revival of "the old Federalistic custom of speeches from the throne," calling it a "cheap and tawdry imitation of English royalty."
The speech only got worse from there, especially after the advent of television and LBJ's decision to move the address to prime time. That sealed the SOTU's transformation into the modern ritual, in which the president stands at the front of the House chamber making exorbitant promises that would shame a carny barker, while congresscritters stand and clap like members of the Supreme Soviet cheering a Brezhnev speech.
 Cato Experts Live-Blogging Obama’s State of the Union Address