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Abbott sworn in as Australia’s new PM

Tony Abbott (L) is sworn in as prime minister of Australia by Governor-General Quentin Bryce (R) on September 18, 2013Graphic fact file on illegal boat arrivals in Australia, …
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Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister on Wednesday and immediately ordered the scrapping of the nation’s carbon tax and the halting of asylum-seeker boats.

The 55-year-old conservative launched straight into work with a cabinet meeting after the ceremony at Government House in Canberra where his Liberal/National government officially brought six years of Labor rule to a close.

“Today is not just a ceremonial day, it’s an action day. The Australian people expect us to get straight down to business and that’s exactly what this government will do,” said, Abbott, a political hardman who has worked to soften his macho image in recent months.

In presenting his frontbench team to Governor-General Quentin Bryce, he added: “We will be a problem-solving government based on values not ideology.”

Abbott was elected on September 7 on a pledge to quickly scrap taxes on corporate pollution and mining profits imposed under Labor, as well as introducing a costly paid parental leave scheme and a vow to build new roads across the vast nation.

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Top of his to-do list is axing the unpopular carbon tax, which charges the country’s biggest polluters for their emissions at a fixed price.

His government instead favours a “direct action” plan that includes an emissions reduction fund to pay companies to increase their energy efficiency, and money for schemes to replenish soil carbon and plant 20 million trees.

Abbott, who once said that evidence blaming mankind for climate change was “absolute crap”, said he would immediately instruct officials “to prepare the carbon tax repeal legislation”.

Another central plank of his election campaign was stopping asylum-seeker boats. His policy of using the navy to tow them back to Indonesia — their typical point of transit — came into effect Wednesday, and could prove to be an early test of his mettle.

“It’s so important that we send a message to the people-smugglers that, from today, their business model is coming to an end,” Abbott said.

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New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) chairs …

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) chairs the first meeting of the full ministry at Parli …

The military tow-back is part of Operation Sovereign Borders, which is widely expected to be led by Deputy Chief of Army Angus Campbell, a former special forces commander, reporting directly to new Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

It includes a proposal to embed Australian police in Indonesia, buy up fishing boats to keep them out of people-smugglers’ hands, and pay locals for intelligence — plans that have received a cool reception in Jakarta.

Australia has struggled to manage the stream of asylum-seekers arriving on rickety, overloaded fishing boats with hundreds dying on the risky journey in recent years.

Counting of postal votes is still under way after the election, but the conservatives are on track to win 90 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to Labor’s 55.

It gives Abbott a clear majority, although the makeup of the upper house of parliament is not yet apparent, with the likelihood that six to seven minor party candidates could secure seats to hold the balance of power — complicating the new government’s legislative push.

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Australia's new prime minister Tony Abbott was elected …

Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott was elected on September 7 on a pledge to quickly scrap t …

The new prime minister and his key ministers were sworn in by Bryce 11 days after Abbott’s overwhelming victory over Kevin Rudd and he wasted no time asserting his authority, axing three high-profile public service department heads and making two new appointments.

While Abbott has kept a low profile since the polls, he has been criticised for naming just one woman in his 19-person front-bench — Julie Bishop as foreign minister.

The previous Labor government had six women in cabinet.

He has also attracted criticism, including from his own party, for streamlining his ministry, with key portfolios such as water, climate change, science and aged care wrapped into other portfolios.

“I mean we’ve got a Minister for Sport for God’s sake, but we don’t have a Minister for Science,” said Liberal MP Dennis Jensen, comments seized on by Labor as a “sign of disunity” in the government.

Other ministers sworn in included Joe Hockey as treasurer, George Brandis as attorney-general, and Nationals leader Warren Truss as deputy prime minister.

ATF vs THE CONSTITUTION

ATF vs THE CONSTITUTION

 

By Michael LeMieux
February 6, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

In the United States, under a republican form of government, power is divided between the states and the central government. Within the central government, as is within the states, that power is further sub-divided between branches of the government. All of these government organizations have charters or documents that govern what power they have and the boundaries each organization must adhere to. The fundamental document outlining these powers and duties are the constitutions for their respective governments. Any action by these organizations that does not have a basis within their founding constitutions is unconstitutional and therefore constitutionally illegal.

In this article we will be dealing primarily with gun laws and the primary organization of the central government that enforces national gun laws the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The main areas I wish to present are the historical evolution of the ATF, their constitutional footing, and whether national gun laws are truly constitutional.

Evolution of the ATF:

The enactment of “firearms laws” is a relatively recent occurrence for the federal government. The Federal Firearms Act in 1938 was the first act by congress to regulate firearms. This act was based upon the perceived need to regulate the firearms industry and license the dealers, manufacturers, and gunsmiths within the firearms trade. It was based upon the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Appropriately it was codified under Title 15 of the US Code – “Commerce and Trade.” The new “laws” under the Act included the creation of a Federal Firearms License (FFL), for anyone doing business in the firearm trade. One of the primary goals was to prohibit FFL holders from selling firearms to convicted felons. Requiring FFL holders to keep records of all firearms sales, and for the first time it made any alteration of firearm serial numbers a crime. Many people felt this was an infringement on state jurisdiction by enacting a law that reached past the state boundary, in violation of the Constitution.

From 1938 to 1968 everything went along fairly well until the government decided to play a little shell game, and they switched the Firearms Act from Title 15 to Title 18. Title 18 is entitled “Crimes and Criminal Procedures.” Why would the government switch the code section from Title 15 to Title 18 after having been codified under Title 15 for thirty years? The only rational reason is jurisdictional obfuscation, or hiding what would otherwise be apparent as to the limits the government could act upon us, the citizens. You see, under Title 15, the government was within its rightful jurisdiction of “Commerce and Trade”. However, if you are bound by “Commerce and Trade”, you cannot enact laws on normal citizens who are not acting in the “trade.” Therefore, the government changed, with the stroke of a pen, their Constitutional powers from commerce to crime.

In 1968 the “Gun Control Act” was passed. It was an attempt by the government to justify broad-sweeping firearms control. The finesse with which the government’s lawyers crafted and pushed this bill through can be seen right from the opening lines. The bill is entitled: “An Act to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for better control of the interstate traffic in firearms.” Doesn’t that title sound allot like Chapter 15 Commerce and Trade? In fact even today the firearms laws deal, for the most part, in taxing control. Machine guns falling under the firearms control act are still legal to own if you do the background check and pay a $200.00 “tax stamp” fee.

However, the stated purpose of the act is as written states:

“Title I – State Firearms Control Assistance

Purpose

“Sec. 101. The Congress hereby declares that the purpose of this title is to provide support to Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials in their fight against crime and violence, and it is not the purpose of this title to place any undue or unnecessary Federal restrictions or burdens on law-abiding citizens with respect to the acquisition, possession, or use of firearms appropriate to the purpose of hunting, trapshooting, target shooting, personal protection, or any other lawful activity, and that this title is not intended to discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, or provide for the imposition by Federal regulations of any procedures or requirements other than those reasonably necessary to implement and effectuate the provisions of this title.”

To support State, and local law enforcement! Where does the Constitution say anything about the federal government assisting law enforcement? Remember, the federal government cannot legally do anything that is not specifically enumerated by the Constitution. So where is its justification? It has none; any federal law that falls outside the enumerated powers of the Constitution is repugnant and void. And as a good friend of mine, Dave Champion, said “Congress is free to make any asinine statement it wants about its “intentions” or its “goals”, but the text of the laws it enacts must still adhere to the limits of federal power imposed by US Constitution.”

So, in 1934 we have a “revenue” tax scheme that charges $200.00 for the sale or transfer of a machinegun, a short barreled rifle/shotgun, or a silencer. What was the net effect of this “revenue” tax scheme? It all but completely eviscerated these businesses, put people out of work, and resulted in a drop in tax revenue on the legitimate sales of these items. In 1934 a silencer could be purchased for 5-20 dollars at your local hardware store. But who would pay a $200.00 tax on a 5 dollar item. Many towns had shooting ranges in the city limits and required silencers to keep noise down for local residents. Most shooters could afford the $200 tax stamp so these businesses closed as well. So as a “revenue” scheme the Firearms Act was a complete bust unless you look at the evolutionary progress of the ATF in its expansion to control not only the firearms industry but also to become national crime fighters as well.

The ATF evolved from an arm of the IRS under title 15 “Commerce” to now being a part of the Department of Justice under title 18 “Crimes and Punishment.” I ask once again – under what constitutional authority? At least under title 15 the central government had a nexus to commerce as they originally only involved those individuals and businesses that were in the firearms trade. Today, however, someone who only possesses an item can be put in jail for not asking permission and paying tribute, even when they are not “in the business” of manufacturing or selling firearms.

There is no constitutional authority for the ATF as they are currently organized and only very limited constitutional authority as originally organized. As congress can only legally legislate those areas to which the states have seceded, as outlined in Article 1, section 8, all other laws are, by their very definition, unconstitutional. But because the government has the power of creating law they can enforce even unconstitutional laws – it does not make them right it only makes them wrong with a gun.

The concept of natural inherent rights within the body of the people is unique to the United States. All other countries today endow their citizens with varying degrees of “rights” and privilege. Our founding precepts are espoused in our Declaration of Independence stating that we, the people, are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights and that governments were instituted among men to secure these rights. So even if the Second Amendment was not listed in the “Bill of Rights” it would still exist.

Let me say very clearly – your rights do not come from government. You have these rights solely on the basis of your existence. The Constitution grants no rights to the citizens of this country and are listed as Amendments to the Constitution to PROHIBIT the central government from acting against these specific, enumerated, rights that where are endowed in the citizenry before the government was created.

“…The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” We already know that the Bill of Rights was written to place limitations on the federal government in its dealings with the people. What does it mean to be infringed? From the Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary, 1977 edition it reads: “1. obsolete: defeat, frustrate. 2. To encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another. Synonymous with trespass.”Based on this definition any action which attempts to make guns obsolete, or to defeat the ability of ownership, or frustrates the keeping and bearing of arms is infringing on the rights of the citizens and is an affront to the Constitution.

United States Representative Ron Paul, from the 14th District in Texas, stated in a November 6th, 2006 article entitled “Gun Control on the Back Burner”:

“The Second amendment is not about hunting deer or keeping a pistol in your nightstand. It is not about protecting oneself against common criminals. It is about preventing tyranny. The Founders knew that unarmed citizens would never be able to overthrow a tyrannical government as they did. They envisioned government as a servant, not a master, of the American people. The muskets they used against the British Army were the assault rifles of that time. It is practical, rather than alarmist, to understand that unarmed citizens cannot be secure in their freedoms.” (Bold added) You can read this entire article and more on his official web site.

I may be cast a heretic; but the fact of the matter is, laws are not meant to stop crime. In many cases laws create crime where none existed. An example would be what I call the stupidity laws, such as mandatory helmet wearing on motorcycles or seat belts in cars etc. These “laws” tell us that the government knows what is best for you, and they will enforce their will upon you by writing laws to protect you from yourself. This is EXACTLY the mentality of a communist society and brute force is EXACTLY the methodology a communist government would use to make you do what they know is best for you.

What crime is committed by possessing an object? Who or what is damaged? If I own an icepick to break up blocks of ice and fill my ice chest – is that a crime? Yet I can use that icepick to rob, damage, or kill another person. Would that person be any deader if I used a gun? There are more people killed each year in cars than with guns – should we limit the speed a car can travel to reduce it killing capability? In fact more people are killed with hands and feet than with guns – should we have to register our limbs as well? I have known people who have never been in a car collision their entire lives. They are safe and effective drivers. I have likewise known many people who have owned guns and have never shot anyone.

Now the central government is attempting to unconstitutionally expand their power even more by trying to infringe further upon our Second Amendment rights by banning common weapons, invading the Fourth Amendment by forcing us into “trade” by mandating how we dispose of our private property at an added cost burden. And the very weapons they are trying to ban are very much a protected type of weapon as stated by the Supreme Court in US V Miller.

“In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a ‘shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length’ at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense. Aymette v. State of Tennessee, 2 Humph., Tenn., 154, 158.”

The court reasoned that based on the information they had at the time a saw-off shotgun did not have “some reasonable relationship… of a well regulated militia” and that it was not “any part of the ordinary military equipment.” Well we have testimony from the Commander in Chief, Diane Feinstein, and a host of liberals in Congress that they are trying to ban the very same “military style weapon” that the Supreme Court said was explicitly protected by the Second Amendment. But they want it both ways and the only conclusion we can make is that they do not care about the Constitution or for what it stands and especially ANY limitation on their agenda.

Article 1 of the Constitution tells us how we can solve our crime problem within a year. Article 1, Section 8, states that Congress has the power to call forth “the Militia to execute the laws of the Union.” Every mass murder, every gun attack, drive by shooting, home invasion, car jacking, or any other such crime is already crime and the tool the criminal uses really does not change the crime. But if every second or third law abiding citizen was armed crime would very quickly dry up.

You, the “We the People” of our great nation are responsible for your own safety. The Sheriff the Policeman, even the entire judicial system, is only there to deal with the bad guy. Yes they drive around with a motto painted across the car saying “to Protect and Defend” but did you know that, by law, they have not responsibility to protect anyone? In the case of DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services the court ruled, and many others as well, that the only individuals that the police have a responsibility to protect are those that are incarcerated or restrained against their will such as prisoners or mental patients stating: “The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitation which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf.”

The gradual expansion of government to control the firearms industry to keep criminals out of the trade then expanded to tax ordinary citizens from owning certain pieces of equipment then expanded to everyone buying from a dealer and now expanding once again to encompass every law abiding citizen who has a gun even if they are not in firearm commerce.

© 2013 Michael LeMieux – All Rights ReservedBut will this solve the problem? Well, as I have said before, if laws stopped crime then the jails would be empty. So laws will not stop the type of crimes that have happened in the past nor will they stop them from happening in the future. Some may say that by banning these weapons (law) then they will not have them to use. If that were true prohibition would have been a success, the drug war would be over by now and our streets would be drug free. All the central government is managing to do is to increase the victim pool by disarming the law abiding citizen because as we all know the criminal will not obey the law and if he does not have one now the black market will provide it to him just as it always has.


Michael LeMieux was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1956 and graduated from Weber State University in Utah with a degree in Computer Science. He served in both the US Navy and US Army (Active duty and National Guard) and trained in multiple intelligence disciplines and was a qualified paratrooper. He served with the 19th Special Forces Group, while in the National Guard, as a Special Forces tactical intelligence team member. He served tours to Kuwait and Afghanistan where he received the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat.

Mr. LeMieux left military duty at the end of 2005 after being medically discharged with over 19 years of combined military experience. He currently works as an intelligence contractor to the US government.

Michael is a strict constitutionalist who believes in interpreting the constitution by the original intent of the founding fathers. His research has led him to the conclusion that the republic founded by the Constitution is no longer honored by our government. That those who rule America today are doing so with the interest of the federal government in mind and not the Citizens. Michael believes that all three branches of government have strayed far from the checks and balances built into the Constitution and they have failed the American people. A clear example is the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court and the founders have all said was an individual right and could not be “infringed” upon, now has more than 20,000 state and federal laws regulating every aspect of the individuals right, a definite infringement. He has traveled around the world living in 14 States of the Union including Hawaii, and visited (for various lengths of time) in Spain, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, Mauritius, Somalia, Diego Garcia, Australia, Philippines, England, Italy, Germany, and Puerto Rico.

Michael now lives in Nebraska with his wife, two of his three children, Mother-in-Law and grandchild. His hobbies include shooting, wood-working, writing, amateur inventor and scuba diving when he can find the time.

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HURRICANE SANDY, MARTIAL LAW AND FEMA CAMPS: REHEARSAL FOR FUTURE AMERICA?

 

By Darren Weeks
November 15, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

During the 1980s Iran Contra hearings, Lt. Col. Oliver North was questioned by Congressman Jack Brooks concerning North’s role in the development of a continuity-of-government plan called “Rex 84” (“Readiness Exercise 1984”), under which the U.S. Constitution would be suspended, and people moved into FEMA camps in the event of a major disaster. Upon being questioned, the look of absolute fury on North’s face was telling, as if some great secret had just been revealed. Immediately thereafter, the questioning of Congressman Brooks was shut down by the committee chair on the grounds that the subject touched upon a “highly sensitive and classified area.” The short exchange is documented in a video here.

FEMA and the National Security Police State

Executive Orders have been on the books for a half century now, empowering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take control of everything from public and private communications, energy and transportation to housing and more. Most disturbing is that these presidential decrees encompass the registration and seizure of people, including the separation of family members, should the government find it necessary.

These orders have been revised and updated throughout the years by different presidents, regardless of party affiliation. Until recently, they have operated under the premise of some great national emergency that would justify the use of such draconian measures. That premise disappeared on March 16, 2012 when Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13603, titled “National Defense Resources Preparedness”.

In this Executive Order, Obama essentially gave himself the authority to declare Martial Law in times of war or peace. Section 310 authorized the heads of “each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense” to “take appropriate action to ensure that critical components, critical technology items, essential materials, and industrial resources are available from reliable sources when needed to meet defense requirements during peacetime, graduated mobilization, and national emergency.” Throughout the document, the phrase “in peacetime and in times of national emergency” is repeatedly used. The Order outlined specific duties, assigned to the heads of all of the major federal agencies, who would form a “Defense Production Act Committee.”

Speculation has circled for years as to when these plans might be utilized. With the advent of the government-orchestrated false-flag attacks of September 11, 2001, the feds have been increasingly hostile to the American people, our freedom, and privacy. Everyone has become a suspect in the government’s war OF terror.

Lessons From Louisiana

When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, there was flooding and storm damage. But the greatest destruction and devastation was not caused by the hurricane itself, but by the breached levees. But was it the hurricane that caused the levees to fail?

Eyewitnesses were interviewed who said they witnessed helicopters flying above the levees, which were accompanied by explosions on the levees. These eyewitnesses swear that the levees were blown.

In the aftermath of the Katrina fiasco, many people died due to a lack of clean drinking water, food, and shelter. Federal agencies were of no help. In fact, it seemed clear to those of us who were observing the story unfold at the time, that the federal “relief” agencies actually appeared to be hindering assistance operations. Volunteers and supplies were turned away, communications were cut, and agents went door to door confiscating the firearms of those who remained in their homes. Remember, for your own safety, be a good victim.

Just when it seemed as though nothing could get any worse, President George W. Bush added insult to injury by praising Michael Brown, the FEMAdirector, at a press conference by saying, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” I lot of people thought the comment was laughable. It would have been, unless “Brownie” was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing and the chaos, suffering, and deaths were all intentional.

Order Out of Chaos

As Hurricane Sandy made it’s track up the east coast, I remember thinking how odd it was that the forecasters had predicted that it would take a hard left-hand turn toward the northwest. Most storms of its kind tend to be pushed out into the Atlantic, toward the northeast by the jet stream. One meteorologist from the Weather Channel blamed a high-pressure wind system that he called a “blocking high” which changed the flow of the jet stream, a phenomenon he called “peculiar.” But, he noted, we’ve seen an increase in these “blocking highs” in recent years.

U.S. Patent No. 4,686,605 was one of three original patents awarded to Bernard Eastlund in 1987. Eastlund had worked with ARCO Power Technologies Incorporated (APTI), a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Company. APTI was the original contractor that built the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) station in Gakona, Alaska, in the early 1990s. This patent dealt with “Method and apparatus for altering a region in the earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and/or magnetosphere” and, among other things, included the following application, specifically mentioned in the patent:

“This invention has a phenomenal variety of possible ramifications and potential future developments. As alluded to earlier, missile or aircraft destruction, deflection, or confusion could result, particularly when relativistic particles are employed. Also, large regions of the atmosphere could be lifted to an unexpectedly high altitude so that missiles encounter unexpected and unplanned drag forces with resultant destruction or deflection of same.”

If the technology can be used to interfere with missiles, could it also be used to block or steer jet streams? Could this technology be the source of the “high pressure blocking”, mentioned by the meteorologist? The patent goes on to say:

“Weather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns or altering solar absorption patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device.”

The question needs to be asked: Was Hurricane Sandy steered into the coast by a modification of the jet stream for the purpose of creating a crisis situation?

That question has further significance with the revelation that the state of New Jersey had issued a five year contract with Radiant RFID for “an RFID-based managed evacuation solution that tracks evacuees, pets, emergency transport vehicles and commodities deployed at state shelters in preparation for and in the event of a hurricane, natural disaster or other incident to assist in reunification of families.” After reading the press releasefrom Radiant RFID, Aaron Dykes remarked, “Hurricane Sandy formed just four days later, October 22, making for notable timing as New England hasn’t been hard hit by a hurricane since 1938. Who could have seen the devastation to New York, New Jersey and other parts of the East Coast coming when that area hadn’t been hit by a major hurricane for some 70 years?”

One might say the officials had impeccable timing. A little too impeccable?

Problem, Reaction, Solution – The Hegelian Dialectic

A state of Martial Law has been declared in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Local TV station WPVI reported on the storm damage, the struggles of survivors, and the frustration from homeowners that were not allowed in to see whether or not they still had a house. The station reported, “It’s hard to conceive of how long that could take. Seaside Heights and nearby towns are under martial law.” They went on to include a quote from police chief Tom River. “We know people are there, we’re keeping an eye on them, and they need to stay on their property. If they come off their property to come off the island, then they don’t get back on.”

Other areas were said to be pondering a Martial Law declaration as well. In Pennsylvania, the Wilkes-Barre city council voted to “bestow emergency powers” upon Mayor Tom Leighton, according to the Times-Tribune. The mayor didn’t use the power, wisely recognizing the police already had enough power under civilian law to deal with crime, looters, and other unlawful acts. The paper then stressed the gravity of a Martial Law declaration.

“Martial law is not simply an emergency declaration. It is the suspension of civil rights and assumption of all authority by the police or military, which in a democracy [sic] are supposed to be under civilian control.

“The measure is so extreme that, on the national level, it has been imposed exactly once – by Abraham Lincoln. Despite the obvious calamity posed by the Civil War, Mr. Lincoln’s imposition of martial law and suspension of habeas corpus remains controversial.

“An approaching storm, even portending natural disaster, should not prompt local elected officials to raise the prospect of such drastic measures. Police have adequate authority under existing civilian law. Council members should focus instead on effective emergency responses.”

The reporter was right, except for one thing. The united States of America is not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. This means that “We The People” are the government, and we have unalienable rights which come from God, and therefore government has no authority to take them away.

But “take them away” is exactly what they are doing. We now have CBS News reporting that evacuees have been taken to FEMA camps, and the state of New York is actually pondering the transfer of storm victims to a prison! The New York Post reported on November 9th,

“The state is eyeing the recently shuttered Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island as a temporary home for people displaced by the ravages of Sandy and this week’s nasty nor’easter, officials said yesterday.

“Closed last December, the medium-security prison could feed and sleep as many as 900 people with nowhere else to go.”

If the prison is opened and the people are transferred there, presumably there will be security officers there to keep the peace. Will the prison’s new residents be allowed to leave?

Residents, housed inside the FEMA camps, describe the deplorable environment there. They shiver in the bitter cold, without heat, while Black Hawk helicopters buzz overhead.

Furthermore, they are being isolated from the outside world. “No media is allowed inside the fenced complex,” reports the Asbury Park Press. “All the while, a black car with tinted windows crests the hill and cruises by, as if to check on the proceedings,” the paper reported. Communications were also being cut. Evacuees were not allowed to take pictures, Wi-Fi was shut down, and officials would not allow evacuees to charge their cell phones. They claimed there was not enough power.

One resident summed it up thusly, “Everybody is angry over here. It’s like being in prison.”

We’ve been warning for years that Martial Law was coming to America. With each orchestrated, Hegelian event, the likelihood has drawn ever closer. From the ever-nearing financial cliff, to manufactured pandemics and lab-produced influenzas, to created food shortages, and geoengineered weather events — each scenario provides the potential excuse to pull the plug on our freedom. And along the way, we see evidence that the government is engaging in trial runs.


We are witnessing the unfolding of a new norm. Whether real or promulgated by government, when crisis strikes, a declaration of Martial Law will be made, and the only right you will have is to do exactly as you’re told.Regardless of whether or not the reader believes Hurricane Sandy was a manipulated storm system, local officials’ reaction to it are beginning to form a very unsettling picture. The precedents are being set on a local level for the unfolding of a totalitarian police state. It is this writer’s belief that these incidents are test cases to gauge the public reaction, study behaviors, and ultimately desensitize the nation to the idea that Martial Law and the suspension of our rights is an acceptable and necessary solution to every crisis scenario.

© 2012 Darren Weeks – All Rights Reserved

 


Darren Weeks is a husband, a father, and a lover of America. A graduate of the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Michigan, he has been a professional radio and television broadcaster since 1991, spending much of his career with local television news operations.

It was at his job, when flipping through satellite channels that he discovered patriot broadcasting, and his subsequent awakening ensued.

Weeks currently hosts Govern America every Saturday from 11AM to 2PM Eastern Time on the Republic Broadcasting Network.

E-Mail: darren@darrenweeks.net

Web site: www.governamerica.com

 

PLANNING COMMISSIONS, SMART GROWTH AND LAND USE
PART 2

 

By Kelleigh Nelson
September 24, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

“The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of its blessings; the inherent vice of Socialism is the equal sharing of its miseries.” –Winston Churchill

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” –Thomas Jefferson

While most Americans go about their busy lives and focus on being entertained by an endless stream of college football games and new fall programs on TV, our freedoms and rights are disappearing at an exponential rate. As I described in Part 1 of this article, we have a two-pronged attack on our property rights.

Rosa Koire, author of Behind the Green Mask describes one prong, “What Smart Growth is and what United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development does is instates Communitarian Law, which says that the individual’s rights are subsumed by or balanced with the rights of the “community.” Those rights are not delineated, they’re not written, and they can change at any time, or even be taken away. What we’re being told is that this is for our own good, and for the good of the community. It’s a stealth plan, people don’t know about it. In fact, when you’re invited to come down and give your opinion on what that new plan is (like our Plan ET) for the remaking of your city center, it’s a Delphi Technique meeting where you’re being tricked, or manipulated into thinking your point of view is actually desired by your city or county. In fact, the plan has a pre-determined outcome. The plan was already completed before you even came in the room. All that’s needed is so-called community buy in, because they want to be able to say the community vetted it, looked at it, approved it, and this is your plan.”

The second prong also includes the city or county planning commission which institutes changes in codes and zoning, annexes property into areas to be “protected,” and works to facilitate plans which restrict development of land such as Conservation Trusts. If the city or county is a member of ICLEI, then it is very easy for the planning commission to have approval from the city council or county commission members.

Many will deny that our property rights are under attack regardless of the proof surrounding us in our local city and county governments. The planning commissions in every town in America have similar projects as our Smart Growth Hillside/Ridgetop Protection Plan. This plan effectively stops a great percentage of development, which is one of the core features of UN Agenda 21. The people will be herded into the high rise stack-em and pack-em’s in the city and the undeveloped rural and suburban lands will be turned over to the dinosaurs once again.

Knoxville’s Smart Growth Hillside/Ridgetop Protection Plan

The creation of this so-called plan was made possible through a grant from: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry and the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The funds come from our tax dollars through “stimulus” monies from the federal government. This plan was adopted by the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission on December 9, 2010. It is nothing more than a restriction on development in both the City and County of Knoxville.

As I explained in Part 1, when Bill Haslam was Mayor of the City of Knoxville, he hired his former Democratic opponent, environmental extremist, Madeline Rogero, as Director of Community Development. While in this position, she applied for the Smart Growth federal grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant gave the City of Knoxville $4.3 million and another $2.5 million came from non-profits. The City of Knoxville is now a member of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). The ICLEI name has been changed to Local Governments for Sustainability. Madeline Rogero is now mayor of the City of Knoxville, and as such, she is a strong proponent of Smart Growth’s Plan ET and the Hillside/Ridgetop Protection Plan.

The HS/RT Plan was also adopted by the county, but with an amendment making this plan “advisory.” The amendment was added by Commissioner Briggs and passed by a vote of 8 to 3. Unfortunately, the MPC doesn’t wish to abide by the amendment. They are actually choosing to fully ignore it.Here is a summary of the plan.

In 2007, a 30-member Task Force was formed by then City Councilman, Joe Hultquist and County Commissioner Tony Norman, who happens to be my Commissioner. They allegedly brought together developers, conservationists, neighborhood activists, engineers, and others with a vested interest in land use and property rights. After two years of meetings and public hearings—some of them famously contentious—the task force produced a 76-page report. It recommended new standards for what can be built on hillsides and ridge tops, and how the building should be done.

As I mentioned in Part 1, the Smoky Mountain area is very hilly. The plan proposed a Hillside and Ridge top Protection Area made up of property across the county of at least five acres in size and a grade of 15 percent or greater. (It would also include flatter property on ridge tops.) But the National Green average grade is 22 percent or greater, yet the Task Force has gone even lower! Here are the progressive maps showing the evolution of the HS/RT Protection Plan and affected land. The first map is a 40% slope on ridge tops only, the second is a map showing a 30% or greater slope, and the third map shows a 15% or greater slope. For an area like ours, this plan almost totally restricts development in the County. Also check out the maps on the website of the Hillside/Ridgetop Protection Plan!

How Much Land is Affected

To show how much land (acreage) the County of Knoxville would be unable to develop, here is the Vacant Land Analysis of Knox County, Tennessee according to the Knox County Property Assessor in 2011 and the Knoxville-Knox County MPC in 2012:

Location              Total Land Area            Vacant Land
————————————————————
Knoxville                      66,669                                  9,334
Farragut                       10,380                                  3,138
County*                        259,534                               142,626
———                              ———
County Total                336,582                               155,098

*(excluding Knoxville and Farragut)

Starting at a 15 degree slope, the restrictions are as follows:

15%-25% Slope: 2 units per acre
25%-40% Slope: 1 unit per 2 acres
40%-50% Slope: 1 unit per 4 acres
50% Slope: No development

Then check this link for the percentage of vacant land inside and outside HS/RT.

The City has a very small portion of undeveloped land, (approximately seven percent) as does Farragut, but the County would really be hindered. Approximately 60 percent of the land in the County is undeveloped property, and with restrictions on 15% or greater slope, this would affect nearly all of the undeveloped property. It also decreases the value of the property for the owners.

Our County Mayor, Tim Burchett, is against the plan. Here’s what he said,“The HS/RT Protection Plan lays the foundation for bad public policy, and it is my hope that Knox County Commission votes to reject it. It is in fact a roadmap for the significant erosion of the rights of thousands of Knox County property owners. In this difficult economy, government should not put in place new bureaucratic roadblocks that further restrict economic development. From both a philosophical and practical standpoint, I oppose this plan. In addition, few property owners know the exact slope of every hill on their property. The Metropolitan Planning Commission, however, has the full list of affected property owners, and I believe it is their responsibility to directly notify these Knox County taxpayers about this plan. On February 8, I sent a letter to MPC encouraging them to do just that. Unfortunately, they chose to ignore this advice. Citizens deserve a legitimate opportunity to voice their opinions of this plan.

“If Commission approves this plan Monday, tens of thousands of taxpayers will wake up Tuesday not knowing whether their property is affected. I hope this does not happen.” [Link]

This is, of course, part of UN Agenda 21’s Smart Growth plan.

The Goal is Control

Under “goals” in the Growth Plan on the MPC website, is this statement,“Encourage a pattern of compact and contiguous development to be guided into urban areas and planned growth areas.” That, my friends, is Smart Growth!

Here’s a nasty little caveat to all this development restriction. If a planned hillside subdivision sets aside some of its higher ground as “shared community green space,” the developers could have a higher density of construction in the lower parts of the project than would otherwise be allowed. Also, if developers give land as “conservation easements,” they have a greater opportunity of getting their development plans approved. Isn’t that special, just a little blackmail for the land! This conservation and environmental crap they feed us is just that! This is all about money and control.

The same thing is going on in Memphis, Tennessee. Our Governor, through his bagmen in the Senate and House tried to codify their illegal activities of bypassing the Clean Water Act and the State of Tennessee water laws. The Norfolk Southern intermodal rail yard development will net the Governor’s family $25 to $40 Million a year in diesel sales, but all kinds of conservation laws were broken. [Link]

With MPC’s ability of rezoning, undeveloped private property in the HS/RT protection area can be restricted from development as a protected area accessible to the public for future use as greenway extensions or trails. The property owner, however, is responsible for upkeep, cannot sell the property, and must still pay the taxes.

As you can see, the two-pronged effort of Plan ET and HS/RT Protection Plan effectively destroys our God-given and Constitutionally protected private property rights.

First Approved Zoning Under HS/RT Protection Plan

Remember, the City of Knoxville has approved and fully passed the HS/RT Protection Plan. Here is what has recently happened to privately owned land annexed by the City.

From an MPC News Release on June 26, 2012:

On June 12, 2012, the Knoxville City Council utilized recommendations of the HS/RT plan in approving the rezoning of more than 110 acres in northeast Knoxville. Property owned by Babelay Farm, LLC, was recentlyannexed into the City of Knoxville and rezoned from the General Residential zoning it had while outside the city to a Planned Residential zone district in the city.
The property is the site of the Legends at Oak Grove, a 264-unit apartment complex. The zoning approved by City Council allows up to 510 additional dwelling units on the remaining 93 acres of undeveloped land on the property.

The approval of a Planned Residential zone district for this property is consistent with the recommendations of the HS/RT Protection Plan, allowing the clustering of dwelling units on to the flatter portions of the site to protect the RT and steeper, more forested slopes. The rezoning requires approval by the MPC of a development plan for any future building. Remember, the MPC is an appointed, unelected group of people, with a decidedly Communitarian stance.

More than 30 acres of the undeveloped property are located within the HS/RT Protection Area and contiguous to Knox County’s New Harvest Park. Based on recommendations of the HS/RT Plan, two conditions were attached to the rezoning: at the time of development plan approval, this protection area must remain undisturbed, and, the property owners must make the protected area accessible to the public for future uses such as trails or greenway extensions.

Do you understand this? The City of Knoxville under this communist “eminent domain on steroids” HS/RT plan, took 30 acres of the Babelay Farm and the owner of the property has no recourse.

MPC Total Control

On August 27, 2012, at the Knoxville County Commission meeting, there was an important vote. The vote included two items from MPC that would codify HS/RT Plan into hard law.

The County Commission voted down the HS/RT plan, not once, but twice. When they finally approved the plan, it was approved with an amendment that made the plan “advisory” only. It was approved only after a Delphi Technique facilitator was brought in and paid for by a private individual in order to bring the Commission members to consensus agreeing with this HS/RT Plan.

The MPC used an interpretation of T.C.A. 13-3-403 to put the HS/RT Plan into law knowing that this statute has no appeal process to County Commission or Knox County Courts! T.C.A. 13-3-403 says “the regional planning commission shall adopt regulations governing the subdivision of land within its jurisdiction.” There is no mention in T.C.A. 13-3-403 that the elected body of County Commissioners must approve MPC’s subdivision regulations. It also doesn’t mention allowing an appeal to any local court.

This means, this MPC unelected body would have sole discretion on the HS/RT Plan without approval of the elected County Commission members or appeal to the Knox County Courts. This is an obvious and outrageous violation of citizens rights to due process! This is United Nations Agenda 21.

The resulting decision of the Commission was to table this discussion and vote until it could be taken up in the January session of the State of Tennessee legislature.

Several local state representatives sent letters to the Commission requesting a tabling of the vote, as they’d received countless complaints from concerned property owners. So now we wait.

Conclusions

Here is an excellent website showing which federal department has taken land from each state. If you find your state, click on the “Print PDF Map.” It will enlarge the map for you to see just how much land in your state is now federally owned land and by which federal department. As an example, 85% of Nevada’s land is federally owned, 50% of Idaho’s land, and 37% of Colorado’s land. Here is the map of who owns the West!

The U.S. federal government owns and manages more than one-fourth of the nation’s acreage. In fact, more than half of the West is federally owned. Yet, the acts that enabled states to be a part of the nation promised transfer of public domain title. The citizenry of each state owns the land, not the centralized federal government.

Federal land management is not the panacea it is sometimes perceived to be. Federal lands reduce the tax revenues available to states. The government does not pay property taxes. The more land the state or the federal government lays claim to, the less taxes available for local and federal infrastructure. The citizenry will be heavily taxed to make up for the losses. This is another avenue to move the populace into urban areas and out of suburbia and rural communities.

Sadly, there are only a handful of educated folks trying to protect the rights of us all. The apathy will be our death knell. I beg of you, get off your backsides, get on your knees and pray to the Almighty for guidance and help, and then get with people in your community who are fighting this rotten United Nations Communitarian takeover and destruction of our freedoms. You can meet them at the city and county meetings, at the town halls. Find them, get educated, and get busy. Unless we take action, we are most certainly doomed.Where is the outrage? Where are the citizens at every Commission and Council meeting watching over what these elected and unelected officials are doing? Where is the citizenry at the state legislature watching what our representatives are passing?

© 2012 Kelleigh Nelson – All Rights Reserved


Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.

Website: www.rockytopfreedom.com

E-Mail: Proverbs133@bellsouth.net


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SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

Lots of Recoverable Oil, But One Non-Recoverable President

By John Ransom

9/14/2012

There was a time in this country when ordinary people understood the connection between high gas prices and a sluggish economy. The pain they felt wasn’t just at the pump, but also at the office and in the warehouse.

Higher prices for gas meant job insecurity, slashing department budgets and less money at bonus time, if bonus time actually occurred at all.

There was time in this country when even government economists and network journalists knew this fact.

Over the last decade the biggest problems  in our economy has been massive new spending by state, local and the federal government and the lack of stable, low prices for energy.

After adjusting for inflation, oil prices reached a low of $16.80 in today’s dollars in 1998. Since then, with temporary lulls due to a slow economy, the price of oil has marched upward until it now stands at $98 per barrel.

The last time we saw this type of oil price action was back in the Whip Inflation Now days of Ford and Carter, who also presided over expansionist monetary policies.

 


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Could it be that unemployment, high gas prices, massive state spending and the loose monetary policies that go along with government control are all related?

Duh.

As our friends over at Political Calculations have observed, there is a connection between high gas prices and unemployment.

We define “high gasoline prices” as being when the national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States rises above $3.50 per gallon, in terms of 2011-12 U.S. dollars. This price level appears to be significant in affecting both the spending of U.S. consumers, who respond by cutting back their spending on other goods and services, and the cost of doing business for U.S. employers, who face higher fuel and transportation costs, both directly and indirectly through their supply chains.

Previously, we’ve observed that whenever the national average price of gasoline crosses this level, the number of seasonally-adjusted initial unemployment insurance claims that are filed each week is affected some two to three weeks later. If it rises above the $3.50 per gallon mark, we observe an upward shift in the number of new jobless claims being filed and if it falls below it, we observe a downward shift in the number of new jobless claims being filed each week.

So in the midst of a worldwide recession, why are oil prices continuing to stay at $98 per barrel?

Well, like all of your other questions, the answer to that one is money.

As Milton Friedman observed inflation is always a monetary phenomenon.

Central banks have worked overtime injecting liquidity into the economy worldwide. The result has been inflation in things like oil prices, houses, gold, stock markets and food while our economy continues to be stuck in neutral in the United States.

Inflation of course can be the natural outcome of an economy that is overheated. But in this case, however, it is as if bankers and policy makers have deliberately given a patient a high-grade fever in order to cure them of pneumonia.

Welcome to QE1, QE2 and now bigger than ever QE3.

And why exactly have we injected so much money into the economy?

Primarily it has been done to support an unprecedented expansion on national government.

National debt over the last decade has soared from about one third of our GDP to 106 percent of our GDP, corresponding with high gas prices and sluggish economic growth.

And this just in: Guess who has the largest amount of oil reserves in history? That’s right: the U-S-A.

“In fact, the U.S. has a mind-boggling 1.4 trillion barrels of oil,” writes Investors Business Daily, “enough to ‘fuel the present needs in the U.S. for around 250 years,’ according to the Institute for Energy Research. The problem is the government has put most of this supply off limits.”

We have lots of recoverable oil it seems, but we don’t have a recoverable president of the United States.

Or a recoverable central bank.

It’s time to change them both.

To do otherwise is just stupid.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance. You can follow him on twitter@bamransom and on Facebook: bamransom.

 

Subject: Go Dallas!

Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:15 PM

YOU HAVE TO LOVE THIS ONE.
Go Dallas

Recently, the City of Dallas, Texas, passed an ordinance stating
that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able
to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed.

To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof
of insurance to have the car released.

This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured
cars.

Shortly after the “No Insurance” ordinance was passed, the Dallas
Impound lots began to fill up and were full after only nine days.
Over 80 % of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.

Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their
car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine,
and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.

Guess what? Accident rates have gone down 47% and.. Dallas’
solution gets uninsured drivers off the road WITHOUT making them
show proof of nationality.

I wonder how the ACLU or the Justice Department will get around
this one.

Just brings tears to your eyes doesn’t it?

GO Dallas !

 

WND EXCLUSIVE

911 ADMONISHES PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Pleas for criminal investigation renewed after woman dies of abortion

Published: 6 hours ago

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A Planned Parenthood abortion business where a woman died after apparently being left, bleeding, for five hours or more had been told on a separate issue to call 911 for help in an emergency the same day Tonya Reaves died, according to a new report.

The result is a renewed call for an criminal investigation of Reaves’ death, according to officials with Operation Rescue.

The organization’s officials said they obtained a copy of a telephone call placed at 12:43 p.m. on July 20 from the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood in Chicago regarding a fracas that developed with a mother and daughter who were at the abortion business.

That situation was unrelated to that of Reaves, who had her fatal abortion at about 11 a.m. at that location on that day, Operation Rescue said.

But the 911 dispatcher in the call is heard admonishing the Planned Parenthood worker for calling 311, a number used primarily to provide information regarding city events and programs, during an emergency.

The mother-and-daughter issue developed when a 16-year-old patient was “physically assaulted” by her mother, and Operation Rescue said the caller indicated abortion business staff members pulled the two apart after they saw the mother kick and hair-pull her daughter.

Part of the conversation, which can be heard at the Operation Rescue website, is as followed:

Dispatcher: Okay, and once you called – you see, next time you need a police car to come out for any reason whatsoever, you need to call 911.

Caller: Right. Okay. I just –

Dispatcher: That way you don’t waste time with 311.

Caller: I know, I know, I just (laugh) I just hate to use services to make, you know –

Dispatcher: I know. Well, they don’t dispatch police cars. All they do is transfer you to 911.

Caller: Gotcha.

Dispatcher: So you’re waiting in that queue and then they flip you over to our office.

Caller: Right.

Dispatcher: Now I don’t have any of your information. So, what is your telephone number?

OR reported the dispatcher “is heard admonishing the Planned Parenthood worker for calling 311, which caused a delay in dispatching aid to the scene.” That means the facility “ignored instructions from an emergency dispatcher to directly call 911 in the event of an emergency in order to prevent wasting precious time,” OR said.

OR said it got the transcript through a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“This new information confirms that Planned Parenthood intentionally ignored instructions given to them earlier in the day by an emergency dispatcher and refused to employ the fastest means of getting help for their dying patient,” said Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for Operation Rescue. “In addition to waiting five and a half hours to get Reaves to the hospital, the further delay caused by refusing to  call 911 as instructed could have been the difference between life and death.”

She continued, “This information shows gross negligence in the way Planned Parenthood managed Reaves’ medical emergency. Delays in getting her the care she needed were intentional. It crosses the line into what is likely criminal conduct.

“We renew our call for a criminal investigation into Reaves death. If those responsible are not brought to justice, it is only a matter of time before another woman suffers Tonya’s tragic fate,” Sullenger said.

The full transcript also is available.

WND reported earlier when pro-life leader Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics called on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez of Cook County, Ill., for an immediate investigation of Planned Parenthood for what he alleged was the murder of Reaves, 24.

Crutcher cites the Illinois “depraved indifference murder” statute as being more than enough to warrant a thorough inspection of the death of the African American woman – to determine if criminal charges can be pressed against Planned Parenthood.

“If it can be shown that this young woman might have survived if emergency treatment had not been withheld from her for more than five hours, then this was not an accident and it was not medical malpractice,” Crutcher contends. “It was a homicide, and those responsible should be on the evening news wearing handcuffs and leg irons.”

On July 20, Reaves was left for several hours at the abortion giant’s Chicago facility after a staff abortionist ripped a hole in her uterus. An ambulance eventually was summoned, but she died from extensive hemorrhaging.

She left behind a 1-year-old son.

“It is clear that Tonya’s life was less important to these people than the public relations hit they might take from her being hauled out of their facility on a stretcher,” Crutcher said. “And so they just watched her bleed out.”

The National Black Pro-life Coalition also is seeking to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for Reave’s death.

“At a minimum, Planned Parenthood was criminally negligent when they left Tonya bleeding in their facility for more than five hours,” said Walter B. Hoye, who serves as president and founder of the Issues4Life Foundation. ” Planned Parenthood’s lack of action demonstrates a depraved indifference for the life of this young woman. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for the death of Tonya Reaves.”

And NBPC members also recognize that the unnecessary death of Reaves represents not only an attack on women and their unborn children, but on African Americans in general, who account for 37 percent of abortion deaths each year, even though they represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, pro-life advocates said.

“Surely the African-American community will wake up and stop giving Planned Parenthood a pass,” said Rev. Arnold Culbreath, the director of Urban Outreach for Protecting Black Life. “Too many of our women and children have been butchered at their hands.”

The organization notes that the No. 1 cause of death for black Americans in the U.S. is abortion.

King for America founder Alveda King. “We demand the unjust targeting of the black community by abortionists be investigated and immediately ended.”

“The tragedy in Chicago should never have happened,” said Restoration Project founder and President Catherine Davis. “That facility was not medically equipped to handle a surgical late term abortion. This is about the failure of an organization that holds itself out as a champion of women, and women’s issues to champion reasonable medical standards.”


PART 4 of 7         
By Kelleigh Nelson

July 16, 2012
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Impact on Neighboring Properties

Woody’s neighbor on the East lost his stream flow from one of the streams that converges on the Airport property, but crosses the neighbor’s property first. He lost his stream flow to a wetland. The neighbor is currently in front of a Water Board in the State of Tennessee trying to rectify that impact. On the other side, the other stream has exponentially more water flowing from it. One inch of rain on a 300 acre parcel of land, in its natural state, which is what this was, produces 500,000 gallons of storm water runoff. When developers covered the 300 acres with a hard surface, that same one inch of rain produced eight million gallons of storm water runoff. So just as the engineers told Woody, he was eight inches under water. That was the first impact. It is against Tennessee Law to increase the water flow of a water way. Retention ponds and basins are to be utilized in order to keep this from happening. After the rain subsides, the additional waters can be released from the holding areas without negatively impacting the downstream areas.

Measuring Turbidity of the Water

The second impact is the water pollution. The federal limit on turbidity is 280 units (NTU). Turbidity basically measures the solids in the water to determine the level of pollution. It is the ability to shine a light through a water sample to see the suspended solids in the water. When the streams started being contaminated due to the development, Woody, and his brother, Reg, bought a machine to test the waters and check the impact to see how bad the pollution was on their property. The machine they purchased only goes up to 4,000 NTU, the measurement of turbidity.

Their measured numbers were regularly in the 2,400 to 3,500 turbidity ranges until they started going so high they could no longer be measured. The numbers were off the machine, over 4,000 NTU. Reg called the factory, had the machine calibrated and checked to make sure it was properly reading the turbidity numbers. Since the machine was functioning properly, Woody and Reg had an official engineer come out to take certified stream readings because their readings would not be legally valid if litigation ensued. He calibrated and used their machine. The official readings were the same as theirs had been.

Please keep in mind the federal limit on turbidity is 280. Come to find out later when the Tennessee Department of Conservation released their turbidity readings from their own monitoring stations in the stream, they were up to 14,000 units. That’s 50 times higher than the safe limit specified in the Clean Water Act. This intermodal is built on a Memphis aquifer feeder and they’re running 14,000 NTU polluted water straight into the watershed. This is the same watershed they were afraid to build on at the previous site for fear of pollution. Woody and Reg can no longer drink water from the well on their property because the water is so contaminated. This is real water, real aquifers, real people, real wells, real streams, and these big developers are essentially buying their way around the regulations.

The true turbidity that they’re dumping into the Wolf River is now over 16,000 NTUs. This is documented by TDEC and Woody has the official files. TDEC has turned their backs on this pollution, as has the Wolf River Conservancy. Keith Cole, Executive Director of the WRC stated they are “not concerned with enforcement.” When the turbidity is that high and they say they’re not concerned about enforcement, then you know there’s a big payoff somewhere. Remember that land that Adair donated to the Wolf River Conservancy that has become the Wolf River Mitigation Bank? Well, the WRC was selling off mitigation credits at $40,000 each, which made the value of those 80 acres of donated land worth $3.2 million dollars. So, in essence, the very issue – water pollution of the Wolf River Watershed – that the WRC opposed previously, is happening right now before their very eyes, and they are not concerned with enforcement of the laws. Perhaps the $3.2 million dollar donation by William Adair has a bearing on that issue. Ultimately, when Woody and Reg exposed this entire illegal program at the state level, the WRC closed its illegal mitigation bank and turned it back over to the TWRA to run, trying to get out before being exposed themselves.

William Adair bought the 3,000 acre Twin Hill Ranch property in 2007. An important factor in this land use decision for the intermodal that has garnered little attention is the fact that Twin Hill Ranch serves as an important recharge area for the region’s drinking water source. The Memphis Sand Aquifer touches the surface in numerous places on the Ranch and the site for the proposed intermodal facility sits atop the Memphis Sand Aquifer. The intermodal facility environmental assessment shows drinking water wells in the vicinity that serve people living on Knox Road, Neville Road and U.S. 57. The town of Rossville obtains its public supply from three other shallow wells. If any drinking water wells are affected, these likely will be the first ones where contamination could appear.

Quite obviously with the turbidity count so high on Wolf River Airport, there is little doubt other wells in the vicinity that serve the area are also polluted or soon will be.

Where Does the Money Go?

Woody and Reg have exposed this entire program. They were told they were crazy and the “In-Lieu-Fee” program didn’t exist. They went to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) office and TDEC refused to give them any documents regarding In-Lieu-Fee’s. TDEC stated the documents went back to Nashville, so Woody and Reg went to Nashville to get them. In Nashville, they were told the documents had been sent back to Memphis. Again they went back to the Memphis Field Office of TDEC and when they went in, they were told the copy machine wasn’t working. They told the men they could look at the documents, but not copy them. Fortunately, Reg was prepared and he brought his copy machine with him and copied all the documents. The In-Lieu-Fee program does exist.

In one case, the developers bought one stream beside Woody’s airport for $787,700. The other stream on the other side they bought for $946,000. Keep in mind they only bought the upper portion of either one of those streams. They didn’t buy the entire stream. The questions they were asking in the TDEC files were not, “Should we impact this much stream?” or “Is this too serious?” No, the only question they asked was, “How much money do we charge?”

Adair and the Piperton Waste Water Treatment Plant

The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a gift from Adair to the City of Piperton and it is still not finished. Power lines were just run to it the first of June, 2012. Of course because this is a tax free gift to the citizens of Piperton through politics, the politicians are accommodating every move Adair makes.

In 2009, Woody started writing letters to the city of Piperton, and the City Engineer. He told them the plans for the treatment plant were too close to the airport by Federal Aviation Administration Advisory standards. Any ground water attracts birds and other wildlife. You can’t have either near an airport. They told him they didn’t care, they were still putting it in where they planned, which was right smack next to the airport. Woody actually has the original plat from Neel Schaffer Engineering, and the woman who gave it to him got fired.

In 2010, Woody wrote emails to the City of Piperton, to Mr. Vojin Janjic atTennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC), and to William Adair stating the Waste Water Plant was too close to the airport. Of interest is the fact that Adair’s name is on the permit for the plant, but only a municipality can be the permit holder for a Waste Water Plant. Technically, Piperton issued the permit illegally, but it was only because they were getting everything gratis from William Adair. Actually, Piperton Mayor, Buck Chambers, applied for the permit, but Adair signed it. He was the developer and applicant for the permit. The City Manager of Piperton, Stephen Steinbach, told Woody verbatim, “I can find no evidence to suggest that there exists any mandatory federal locational criteria that would prevent the City from realizing its goal of having its first centralized Waste Water Treatment facility constructed on the selected site.” In other words, they felt, no obeisance to federal regulation, Memorandums of Agreement laws, or their own state laws, or desire to protect the property of their citizens.

William Adair bought land down from the airport, and apportioned other parcels of land by eminent domain to be used in part for the WWTP. Adair said he was “horse trading” for these several parcels of land during the eminent domain process on other properties (private entities) for the WWTP he was giving to Piperton. In trading the land, he donated 80 acres to the Wolf River Conservancy to establish and operate the Wolf River Wetland Mitigation Bank.

The Wetland Mitigation Bank, according to federal standards, is also too close to the Airport. (FAA-CIRCULAR-150_5200_33b) The City of Piperton also took land by eminent domain from a neighbor, Bruce Bowling, and paid him $16,000 per acre. The man didn’t want to sell, and he didn’t want to lose his property as it had been in the family for generations, but Adair wanted it for his WWTP. When a city is having a Waste Water Treatment Plant built for them free of charge, they’ll accommodate the one paying the bill.

We’ll continue the battle of the WWTP location and the ensuing lawsuit in part 5.Then Woody arranged a conference call between Vojin Janjic of TDEC, (which is a subsidiary of EPA) and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official from Atlanta to explain the agreements that have long existed in theMemorandum of Understanding between FAA and EPA, Corps of Engineers, the Navy, and other agencies. These agreements state there must be a 5,000 foot minimum separation between the Waste Water facilities and airport operations. The WWTP was only 1,750 feet from the airport! Waste Water Treatment Plant’s are specifically mentioned in the Advisories. They state that bird strikes are the number one cause of aircraft crashes and thus any sitting water is a danger to aircraft within a specified area. (RememberCaptain Sullenberger who landed in the Hudson? His plane ran into a flock of geese).

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© 2012 Kelleigh Nelson – All Rights Reserved


Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.

Website: www.rockytopfreedom.com

E-Mail: Proverbs133@bellsouth.net

Obama “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” Agenda? Five Pennsylvania Coal-Fueled Power Plants to Close due to Obama Administration Regulations. GM Laying Off 1,300 Workers, Suspending Production of Chevy Volt

While we experience over 8% unemployment and the Left screaming “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”….what they don’t hear or see is this……

Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

MARCH 1, 2012

BY ED MORRISSEY

We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them.  In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations.  Consider this a promise kept:

GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.

The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and Elrama. Two plants in Ohio and one in New Jersey will also be closed. The company said the timeframes are subject to further review based on market conditions.

The Sierra Club cheered the announcement, of course, claiming it will prevent 179 premature deaths a year.  The Sierra Club is located in San Francisco, California, of course, and not in Pennsylvania, which will have to find some way to replace the production of 3140 megawatts of electricity each year.  The lack of production will make electricity even more expensive in the Rust Belt state where unemployment is 7.7% (about midrange for the US) and rising fuel prices will hammer the middle class already.

As the Obama administration continues its aggressive push to get more electric vehicles on the road — a goal of 1.5 million by 2015, when these plants are going to be shutting down — how exactly do they plan to generate enough electricity to meet current demand, let alone the increased demand as a million or more people plug their cars into the grid?

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After Obama touts electric cars as a way to save the environment and go green:

News on March 2, 2012

GM laying off 1300 workers, suspending production of Chevy Volt

See, Obama did save the car industry:

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – General Motors Co. announced the temporary suspension of Chevrolet Volt production and the layoffs of 1300 employees, as the company is cutting Volt manufacturing to meet lower-than-expected demand for the electric cars.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” GM spokesman Chris Lee said. The car company had hoped to sell 45,000 Chevy Volts in America this year, according to the Detroit News, but has only sold about 1,626 over the first two months of 2012.

“GM blamed the lack of sales in January on “exaggerated” media reports and the federal government’s investigation into Volt batteries catching fire, which officially began in November and ended Jan. 21,” the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News reported.

The laid-off employees will be rehired April 23rd, when GM resumes production of the Volt.

This may be temporary now, but just give it time. The green agenda will eventually make it permanent.

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