Monday, December 6, 2010
While America wages many UN-Constitutional "wars", this one appears to be waged by government bureaucracy, through which the unlimited and unaccountable State exerts its power in setting unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions and fines, under the guise of "public safety".
My story in brief:
An anonymous complaint has landed long-time Montford (Asheville) homeowner, Bernard Carman, in hot water with the City of Asheville. He now faces possible fines and foreclosure on his historic home of 22 years. Although his home use has not changed since 1988, the city has determined that Carman's home is out of compliance with City and State housing regulations, which prohibit him from housing 8 unrelated occupants in his 8-bedroom home. In order to comply, Bernard was forced to either upgrade the century-old home to meet "NC Commercial Code" (which as of 2006 now includes a cost-prohibitive sprinkler system), or evict three people and leave the rooms empty. Bernard opted for the latter, which is the lesser of two financially damaging options.
Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum featured this issue in detail, but due to a technical problem, the show was not recorded. 8-(
If you don't think this war is coming to a City/State near you, think again.
in liberty (wherever it's permitted),
Monday, November 15, 2010
in regards to the comical/tragical and factual video i recently shared about government unaccountability:
one friend replied: "hey thanks for that video you sent me, but what can we do about it?"
Sunday, October 31, 2010
dear friends & family!
thank you all for the wonderful birthday blessings — your thoughts & prayers have all encouraged me tremendously over the recent weeks.
as you all know, i have this thing for liberty. and especially right now, with all the ludicrous amounts of money being spent on the elections, i'm trying very hard to not let all this get to me. i bet we all are, regardless of individual perspectives on things. i wonder how much of that "$$$" being spent comes directly from the taxpayer...? i am reminded daily of this as we continue to receive duplicate glossy color printed junk snail-mail containing typical and often erroneous mud-slinging.
therefore, in the "spirit of the season", i thought this was a very timely message worthy of sharing from Tim Cox of "GOOOH" (no, it's not "goo", but GO! — as in, Get Out Of Our House! GOOOH ).
for those with whom i failed to effectively communicate my rationale behind voting against incumbents (generally), perhaps this might help to clarify it a bit better.
regardless, it makes me happy to hear that there is a majority of American who would like to simply fire Congress! to me, that's some good news which perhaps might help us endure this "season of extra BS flinging".
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
various friends in my locality have been asking me how i plan to vote. i don't mind sharing at all, so i thought i'd broadcast my 2010 ballot thoughts.
i began this note with the intention of only focusing on the NC/WNC ballot, but then wound up writing a couple thoughts worthy of contemplation which apply wherever you are.
feel at liberty to share this with anyone you wish.
• [YOUR STATE] Constitutional Amendments...
before i get to candidates, i implore you to check your ballot for a possible "State Constitutional Amendment". if there is one, read it very carefully & think about the potential consequences of it being passed.
for example, on the NC ballot, it's very important to take note of the "[NC] Constitutional Amendment" which, if passed, would prevent anyone who was ever convicted as a felon from being eligible to serve as a Sheriff in NC.
when given the option, the NC legislature thought it was better to put this junk on the NC ballot rather than increasing liberty by legalizing medical marijuana.
one can be charged as a "felon" these days for no telling what... even growing a weed! and what better Sheriffs could we have than individuals who have been victimized by the unlimited and unaccountable government we have allowed to become so corrupted?
i have to wonder how many people won't even realize the implications of this deceptive NC Constitutional Amendment. it should be a no brainer, but for the sake of sanity, VOTE AGAINST this increase in tyranny!
• regarding voting for candidates...
in general, i plan to go with my usual rule of thumb election strategy: vote against incumbents whenever possible. this means, to vote for the duopoly party candidate in a given race who is not currently holding office.
because, for one, it's a way of enforcing term limits. power corrupts. therefore, the longer the term, the more chance of increased corruption. incumbents should thank us for limiting their term, thus reducing their potential or degree of corruption.
also, because it's perhaps the best message We the People can send to our tyrannical government. the way i see it, we should only re-elect officials who understand and agree with their oath of office that they are supposed to be protecting our individuals rights by maintaining a limited and accountable government through the principles found within the US Constitution.
most of the time we'll be electing another typical bureaucrat, but there's really not much difference between them anyway, and all we have to do is oust their incumbent butt during the following election — that's a message for ya!
and voting straight party ticket is utter foolishness — that's what the establishment of tyranny wants us all to do! the elitists want to keep Americans divided into Red & Blue camps while they continue to rule over rather than serve US. so until we have a lot more "Ron Paul" types within government offices at all levels across America, we should try to enforce enforceable term limits.
• on to NC/WNC candidates...
(of course, NC ballots will vary according to location)
of course, there are occasionally exceptions to the vote-against-incumbents rule of thumb, most notably this time, i plan to vote for the only Libertarian Party candidate on my ballot, Michael Beitler for US Senate, rather than voting against incumbent-Burr by casting my vote for Elaine Marshall. i realize that because we have Plurality Voting (rather than Score/Range Voting) i'll be "wasting my vote", however, i'm finding it too difficult to not support Beitler at this point.
i plan to vote for Jeff Miller for US House of Representatives District 11 because i'm voting against incumbent-Shuler. perhaps the next go around, we can elect Dr. Dan Eichenbaum in the primary and have a real liberty candidate representing WNC in Congress!
also for RL Clark for NC State Senate District 49 — again, voting against incumbent-Nesbitt.
for John Carroll for NC House of Representatives District 114 — against incumbent-Fisher.
IMPORTANT: for Bridget Odom for District Attorney District 28 — totally against 20-year-incumbent-Ron Moore!
for John Sutton for Clerk of Superior Court — against incumbent-Cogburn.
for Dickie Green for Buncombe county Sheriff — against incumbent-VanDuncan.
being that i know there to be several liberty minded individuals within the AVL Tea Party, i also seriously consider its recommendations (i think most are also non-incumbent challengers):
there are certainly other candidates on the ballot with whom i'm unfamiliar, so i asked around among my local liberty contacts.
i received the following information from a liberty minded friend of mine in our locality who i met during the Ron Paul campaign and was also very active in the Dr. Dan Eichenbaum campaign:
Regarding my selections, I used several sources, including personal conversations with some of the candidates, recommendations from others whose opinions I trust, researching cases they adjudicated, and the Civitas interviews of the IRV judges which are posted online at Civitas.
Supreme Court: Barbara Jackson (incumbent, currently serving on NC Court of Appeals) - I did original research by reviewing some of the cases she decided in recent years as a NC Appeals Court Judge. My understanding is that she would have a sympathetic ear if a case were brought before the NC Supreme Court challenging heavily gerrymandered districts in NC, and this could come before the court in 2011, as this is the census year when all NC House, NC Senate, and Congressional districts will be re-drawn.
Court of Appeals: Ann Marie Calabria (incumbent) - also did some research here and didn't find any important or high-profile cases. most of the cases handled by the court of appeals are rather mundane, and are decided 3-0. however, she is well-respected in the legal community, and has a solid conservative, non-activist judicial record.
Court of Appeals: Steven Walker (non-incumbent challenger) - young guy who hasn't practiced law as a private attorney (which concerned me at first; he clerked for a NC Supreme Court Justice for 5 years). Then I saw him on Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum and was impressed with his knowledge of the Constitution and maturity (for his young age).
Court of Appeals: Dean Poirier (non-incumbent challenger) - he was recommended by several people. (bbc notes: and of course he's the non-incumbent challenger! also, i found him on a Cape Fear Tea Party Patriots site.)
Superior Court Judge (Buncombe County): Alan Thornburg (incumbent) - Thornburg is a moderate* Democrat who is running against liberal* Democrat, Kate Dreher, who according to several sources, was the chief prosecutor under Ron Moore who cut many weak deals with sex offenders and other criminals who hurt children. It is these deals (plea bargains) that upset Bridgette Odom to the point of running against Ron Moore for D.A. (*bbc notes: i hate those terms — i'll take it to read that Thornburg is less of an authoritarian tyrant than is Dreher.)
District Court Judge: John Jay Watson (non-incumbent challenger) - He is a conservative (*hate that term too! 8-), and a home school dad. He is also in private practice, never been a judge before, which I like. (bbc notes: and a non-incumbent challenger.)
District Court Judge: Moorefield (non-incumbent challenger) - no info here, other than voting against incumbent-Patricia Young, who is apparently occasionally called "Patty Melt" because she "melts down" in court.
Court of Appeals — IRV**:
1st - Daniel Garner - home school dad of 11 kids, honors NC & US Constitutions, wants to stop judicial activism on the left AND the right. didn't take any public funds to run his campaign, on principle. has an MBA in addition to his law degree. has been in private practice, worked as an appeals referee for the Employment Security Commission, and legal advisor to the NC Commissioner of Banking. very impressive guy.
2nd - Chris Dillon - also impressive, understands the Constitution.
3rd - Doug McCullough - solid conservative*. he is the firewall to stop a liberal* Democrat. (bbc notes: again, hate the terms — i'll read that as "classic conservative" and "contemporary liberal".)
Superior Court Judge (Buncombe County) — IRV**:
1st - Marvin Pope - conservative Democrat (non-incumbent for this seat, but has been a District Court Judge for a long time). has endorsement of Bob Orr, well-respected retired NC Supreme Court Justice. He lost the other Superior Court race in the primary to Thornburg and Dreher, but this seat became available with the late retirement of Judge Winner, making this an IRV race.
**bbc notes: why Score/Range Voting is better than IRV (Instant Runoff Voting).
that's all folks!
Friday, October 8, 2010
OK, there are certainly a few things that piss me off, deliberate & blatant deception by a major "journalism" magazine like Time is certainly one of these.
those of you who have known me for some time, know that i have been a proponent of the We the People Foundation & Congress, chaired by Bob Schulz, since around the year 2000.
this group of American patriots -- especially Bob, himself -- have spent their efforts in bringing the "Forgotten Clause" of the First Amendment, the "Accountability Clause", to the attention of the tyrants who have been transgressing various Constitutional limitations placed upon the government, and ignoring the fact that the founding fathers created and documented a legal process by which the People of America might peacefully procure relief of such grievances.
after a long process of petitioning for remedy of various documented grievances which have gone ignored by the poli-tyrants, the US Supreme Court was finally challenged to define, once and for all, the meaning of the near-forgotten "Accountability Clause", those last 10 words of the First Amendment -- of course, it failed to do its Constitutional duty, proving to myself and many others that we are definitely living in a state of tyranny.
whomever has been paying attention to all this, or even paying attention to what has been happening over the past century or so, who still honestly believes we live in the "land of the free" is really seriously deceived.
sure, we have some various freedoms, but just try and exercise them! try standing up to the tyrannical State when it makes decisions about the personal life of the individual -- extortion in the name of "taxation", forced annexation, transgression of individual property rights, etc...
so now i discover that Time magazine has deliberately misrepresented Bob Schulz' We the People Foundation & Congress, equating our various non-violent & legal efforts to the growing militia movement -- nothing could be further from the truth! so now, all those reading this slanderous and deceptive article in Time will now believe the We the People movement is filled with a bunch of violent nut-balls!
of course, i see this as a continuous attempt of these anti-liberty workers of evil to drive liberty activists and apologists to the point where we are forced to take a defensive physical position, so that they can blame the entire liberty movement of being "violent" in order to enact total and complete martial law... and no doubt the masses of idiots will buy it!
i seriously hope that Bob can bring a law suit against these deceivers, but i'm not holding my breath. i realize, as do many, how corrupted the judicial system has grown (along with the other two branches of government).
so all i can do is to continue to point to the deceivers and say, "LOOK PEOPLE -- WAKE UP ALREADY!!!"
if you have a moment, please read the article and Bob's response, and open your eyes to see for yourself the state of this nation.
in liberty & Godbless...
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Bob Schulz \(DO NOT REPLY - Unmonitored Mailbox\)" <LMM-8U46CJ8@givemeliberty.org>Date: October 7, 2010 2:44:53 AM EDTSubject: [WTP] BOB SCHULZ RESPONDS TO TIME MAGAZINE
Saturday, October 2, 2010
gee, i never heard that before! 8-)
i've pretty much thus far seen my share of e-messages promoting voting for "Republicans" in order to get the "Democrats" out of office.
but i cannot find such optimism for any political party, as do so many others. i'd much prefer to vote against incumbents.
YEP! i've reached the point where i'm entirely up for throwing out pretty much everyone currently in office. D or R doesn't make much difference to me. along with "liberal" & "conservative", i understand these labels as nothing more than tools of deception designed to divide and enslave people.
i view voting a straight ticket as playing perfectly into this deception, as the pendulum continues to swing back and forth as it has for the majority of America's existence, while our Creator-given liberties simultaneously continue to be usurped.
seems to me, if the unaffiliated/apathetic majority in America would take a cue from the GOOOH strategy, we could remove the elite class from ruling the rest of us. not that we have any probable chance of "fixing" things, but we could at least perhaps send tyrants packing all across America and at all levels of government.
otherwise we're just swapping one tyrant for another tyrant. unless, of course, the new replacement is truly a real Constitutionalist who will actually work toward establishing Constitutionally Limited & Accountable government.
however, i have to wonder just how many candidates (especially "Republican") this election cycle are typical poli-tyrants wrapped in a Tea Party disguise, feigning a passion for liberty.
NOPE! i'm not falling into this popular deception -- i'm going to vote against (most all) incumbents! i hope other American voters think first before continuing to vote along political party lines, and rather seek out and support real liberty candidates.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
since i first heard about this over the past couple of weeks, a Biblical precept came to mind. here are a couple scriptures to consider:
4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.
5 He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth.