Saturday, February 27, 2010

I AM The Tea Party Leader


Apparently President Bill Clinton and James Carville are planning some sort of smear campaign against "The Tea Party Leaders" - they figure that there are 7-8 national figures active in the Tea Party movement that they plan to identify and drag through the mud. Good luck with that.

The truth is that all the participants are Tea Party leaders. We have no "national figures" that truly "lead" or otherwise "dictate to" this movement, and if anyone says there are then I can tell you they do not understand who or what the Tea Party Movement truly is, and the folks claiming to be its "national leaders" are also not completely telling the truth.

There may be people nationally who want to say they are co-ordinating this - but that isn't quite true, and in fact there ARE forces and people who have looked to usurp and capitalize on the movement. They have been met with fierce resistance as well.

The Tea Party movement is a coalition of many!

Here is the REAL history of the Tea Party movement as documented in my own blog.


The Modern Tea Party movement was actually started with the Boston Tea Party 2008. Committees of Safety and Walter Reddy, held a Boston Tea Party on December 14, 2008, at Faneuil Hall in Boston to highlight freedom and liberty and sound money - The Speakers were Edwin Vieira , John McManus, Katherine Albrecht, and Walter Reddy, to name a few.

After the December Faneuil Hall tea party event was held, we heard Rick Santelli on CNBC on the floor of the Chicago Exchange calling for a tea party in Chicago - and that is what touched a nerve in this country.
Santelli's "rant", about having a Chicago Tea Party in July, went viral.
The rest is history.


People began to organize.

There are many people involved and many organizations involved - and rather surprisingly they do not all agree on everything. But what they DO agree on is that We The People demand to have our Republic Restored, our Constitution respected, and the oaths of office that our elected officials take to be abided by.

But here is a good start to understand what the Tea Party, at least here in CT, is:
Declaration of Tea Party Independence

Here is the last bit of that Declaration:
V.
We Declare ourselves INDEPENDENT of self-styled “leaders” who claim to speak for the Tea Party Movement. This movement is not a brand name to be used to sell product; nor is it a logo to be used to justify profiting off its name.

We reject those who seek to personally capitalize on our popularity and momentum by trying to associate with our cause.

We reject the idea that the Tea Party Movement is “led” by anyone other than the millions of average citizens who make it up. The Tea Party Movement understands that as a Free People, we need to SAVE OURSELVES, BY OURSELVES, FOR OURSELVES.

The Tea Party Movement is not “led.” The Tea Party Movement LEADS.

VI.
We are united in our common belief in Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. This threefold purpose is the source of our unityin the Tea Party Movement.

We reject the idea that the Tea Party Movement must all be unanimous in our specific policy views in order to win. We recognize that the current situation requires we come together in confederation to achieve the MANY MUTUAL GOALS we all seek to accomplish.

We recognize that the current situation requires that we concentrate on the many things we have in common rather than those few things about which we may disagree.

We are the Tea Party Movement of America and we believe in American Exceptionalism.

We believe that American Exceptionalism is found in its devotion to the cause of Liberty.

We believe that Liberty is based in rational self-interest, in freedom of thought, in free markets, free association, free speech, a free press and the ability granted us under the Constitution TO DIRECT OUR OWN AFFAIRS FREE OF THE DICTATES OF AN EVER EXPANDING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IS AS VORACIOUS IN ITS DESIRE FOR POWER AS IT IS INCOMPETENT AND DANGEROUS IN ITS EXERCISE.

We believe that either fate or history has chosen this Country to be a beacon of freedom and prosperity to the whole world because of America’s belief in and vigorous defense of political and economic Liberty. The United States has been the instrument of Liberty against the many tyrannies that have threatened the people of this world.

The Tea Party Movement rejects the idea that America has to apologize to a far guiltier world that has been largely unappreciative of the sacrifices made on their behalf by the brave and noble members of our Armed Forces, whose sacrifice and patriotic service in our defense makes all else possible.

The Tea Party Movement rejects the imposition of “transformational change” performed on our Nation by smug elites who call themselves the “educated class”.
The Tea Party Movement understands that our Nation is NOT the same thing as our government and that America is much more than simply a militarily and economically powerful State.

The Tea Party Movement sees America as something exceptional, as something unique, as something that came into existence to fulfill the hope of all previous generations that longed for freedom.

It came into existence because it is more than simply a country with land and population and riches and armaments. America came into existence because LIBERTY is an eternal concept in the mind of both God AND Man.

The United States of America came into existence because Mankind needs freedom the same way it needs food and air and property and security and love.

And what is freedom other than the RIGHT to be free of the tyranny of Government and the elitist, self-styled aristocrats who seek to run it at our expense and to our detriment?

The Tea Party Movement will fight this danger to our Liberty as long as its members have breath in their bodies.

When America didn’t exist men and women were compelled to invent it, BECAUSE MANKIND CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT FREEDOM AND STILL BE FULLY HUMAN.

To this goal we mutually pledge to each other, as our Founding Fathers did over two centuries ago, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Please read the rest.

So I would like to see an "adulterer" and "philanderer" such as President Clinton, and his media campaign mogul Mr. Goebbels Carville come try to smear us all ... just try it.

The 2 million of us who were at the Washington Capitol on 09/12/09 will create blowback that will be unprecedented.

The Democrat brand is already in shambles, and it's Progressive Socialist agenda has been revealed.

I AM the Tea Party Leader.

Friday, February 26, 2010

More Political Theatre Courtesy Of Obama Healthcare Summit


Yeah and it was more like Kabuki Theatre without the scary heavy makeup.
Kabuki (歌舞伎 kabuki) is the highly stylized classical Japanese - dance-drama . Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing." These are, however, ateji characters which do not reflect actual etymology. The kanji of 'skill', however, generally refers to a performer in kabuki theatre. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", kabuki can be interpreted as "avant-garde" or "bizarre" theatre.

Ok - so yeah - this healthcare summit of Obama's did display a lot of singing and dancing.. and definitely political skill.

It was definitely out of the ordinary and bizarre.

Let's recap..

- 7 hours of talking - mostly Democrats talking.

- Lots and lots of personal and boring anecdotes.

- Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that "for millions of Americans, premiums will go up." - The President said that that was false.. lots of bickering back and forth over that... nothing new on that score (and actually health care costs will go up - we can't actually believe anything Obama says anyway)

- Sen. John McCain scolded the Democrats for what he called "unsavory" backdoor deals with this current legislation ... and Obama came back with "we aren't campaigning anymore the election is over" (snark snark nya nya nya sticking out tongue and other childish behavior without addressing really the issue of politician vote buying)

- Sen. John McCain made reference to the "Reconciliation" factor - demanding to know whether or not the Democrats would cram this through the Senate using the strategy of a reconciliation process to pass a bill with a normal 51-vote majority and avoid the filibuster that usually requires 60 votes. Harry Reid got all in a snit about it and said there was no such strategy (right ... sure... and he has a bridge to sell someone in Brooklyn too)

- Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor got into a tussle. Cantor came armed with copies of the bills that have already passed the House and Senate stacked up in front of him and was rebuked by the all powerful "O" for using the stack of papers as a "prop", but Cantor went on to cite the costs of this plan saying millions would lose coverage and that "When you start to mandate that everyone in the country has insurance ... there are consequences to that... We just can't afford this." (Cantor's right)

- Paging Dr. Tom Coburn... Coburn talked about tort reform and Medicaid and Medicare fraud and waste. (that's nice Tom, but the Dems want no part in real Tort reform, now go play with your stethoscope in the corner somewhere)

- There was talk about free markets and that costs of medical insurance would go down if there were more competition - like being able to buy policies across state lines. (but that's all... just a bunch of talk)

- Calls to scrap the bill and start over. (Great idea)


Oh so much talking and posturing, and well, a bunch of same old same old.

There was Obama - speaking to those around the table calling them by first name as if they were all in the principal's office... and they addressing him as Mr. President. And Obama being very unpresidential and defensive in the process. He basically wasn't looking for ideas - he already knows what he wants. This was theatre to make it look like he wanted Republican input. What a farce.

There's no getting away with it though.
The healthcare bill is a pile of crap.
There are too many mandates and it will cost business and taxpayers much more than this country can afford.
The cost of healthcare will go up and the quality will go down.
Obama and Reid will no doubt try to force this ugly mess through.
The voters are watching... and if they pass this mess of crap, it will be guaranteed that they will reap the consequences in November.

The majority of Americans do not want this legislation.
I repeat:
The majority of Americans do not want this legislation.

That's all those politicians need to know.

The rest is noisy and elaborate Kabuki theatre.




Bonus: "You Vote Obama Care - We'll vote you outta there..." (Ray Stevens tune)

The Judge - On Healthcare



That was Part 3 of his Valley Forge Speech.

"Ask your Congressman... where in the Constitution is it authorized for the federal government to regulate healthcare...."

They won't have an answer. (at least not one that is credible or substantiated)

Nuff said... and well said by the Judge.


Valley Forge speech (Part 1) (Part 2)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Obama Recycles


....Healthcare plans - that is.
(Same Stuff different day)

Read the Obama's healthcare plan draft for yourself (if you dare)

Yeah - it's just more of the same and much more in taxes.

Americans For Tax Reform put out their analysis.

They say:
"Overall proposal is a net tax hike of $748 billion over 10 years "

"The Obamacare plan raises net taxes on families making less than $250,000 by $136 billion" (so much for his promis not to tax families making less than $250,000)


ATR says this:

Title I (Net tax hike of $85 billion)

  • Same individual credit as Senate bill (-$102 billion)

  • Same small business credit as Senate bill (-$38 billion)

  • Reinsurance program ($121 billion)

  • Individual and employer insurance mandate penalties ($43 billion)

  • Associated effects on coverage provisions ($61 billion)


Title IX
(Net tax hike of $663 billion)

  • Corporate 1099-MISC information reporting ($17 billion): Requires businesses to send 1099-MISC information tax forms to corporations (currently limited to individuals), a huge compliance burden for small employers
  • Black liquor credit repeal ($24 billion): This is an excise tax hike which is contained in the President's budget
  • Economic substance doctrine ($4 billion): This would require taxpayers to prove to the IRS that a perfectly-legal tax deduction or strategy is "economically substantial," and not simply a way to pay less in taxes
  • Medicare payroll tax hike ($87 billion): Increases Medicare payroll tax rate from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent on wages and self-employment income which exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 married)
  • Apply Medicare tax to unearned income ($334 billion): Would apply the current 2.9 percent Medicare tax rate to unearned income in households earning at least $200,000 or $250,000 married (interest, dividends, capital gains, rent, royalties, and passive investment in pass-throughs like S-corporations and partnerships)
  • Cadillac plan excise tax ($125 billion): 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans to the extent they exceed $27,500 in cost for family plans, and $10,200 for single plans
  • Innovator medicine company tax ($22 billion): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year
  • Medical device manufacturer tax ($19 billion): $2 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to shares of sales made that year. Exempts items retailing for <$100. Rises to $3 billion annually in 2017
  • Health insurance company tax ($60 billion): $10 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year. Phases in gradually until 2017. Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits
  • Tanning tax ($3 billion): New 10% excise tax on indoor tanning salons
  • Increase HSA distribution penalty by 10 percentage points ($1 billion): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.
  • $2500 FSA cap a.k.a. special needs kiddie tax ($13 billion): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2011
  • Employer-provided retiree Rx deduction repeal ($5 billion)
  • Medical itemized deduction "haircut" raised from 7.5 to 10 percent of AGI ($15 billion)
  • $500,000 executive compensation limit for health insurance companies ($1 billion)
  • Miscellaneous tax relief (-$2 billion)

Interestingly, the draft release from the White House seemingly lacks the following tax hikes which were contained in the Senate bill:

  • Employer reporting of insurance costs on W-2 (no revenue effect)
  • Excise tax on charitable hospitals (no revenue effect)
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax hike ($400 million)
  • "Medicine cabinet tax" (limiting the purchase of non-Rx, over-the-counter medicines from HSAs, FSAs, and HRAs, $5 billion)



Thanks for recycling...
now let's put this disaster into the dumpster where it belongs.

Obama's Deficit




Washington Post:

In the first independent analysis, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that President Obama's budget would rack up massive deficits even after the economy recovers, forcing the nation to borrow nearly $9.3 trillion over the next decade


We are sooo screwed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Peter Schiff Speaks To West Hartford CT Republican Town Committee

02/22/2010


Part 1



Part 2



BONUS



Visit Schiff For Senate

Michele Bachmann Speaks At CPAC

Only showing half of it ... but it's pretty stirring stuff....







Our Mission Statement:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"


Government doesn't give us our rights.
Government only exists to secure our unalienable rights.

It isn't meant to guarantee our happiness, or to provide us with housing or healthcare or to redistribute wealth.

Let's choose greatness, let's not choose decline*.


Great speech.
See the whole thing.



* - Rep. Bachmann made reference to this piece by Charles Krauthammer

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Desperate "Maverick" McCain Claims To Have Been Misled



File this under "Give Me A Break"

I guess while John McCain was busy being "Mavericky" he was being misled into voting YES on bailout legislation.

The Dems must have brainwashed him into voting YES.
Now he is paying the price as his constituents are giving him some major grief.

Listen to this lame excuse
:
... the four-term senator says he was misled by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. McCain said the pair assured him that the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program would focus on what was seen as the cause of the financial crisis, the housing meltdown.

"Obviously, that didn't happen," McCain said in a meeting Thursday with The Republic's Editorial Board, recounting his decision-making during the critical initial days of the fiscal crisis. "They decided to stabilize the Wall Street institutions, bail out (insurance giant) AIG, bail out Chrysler, bail out General Motors. . . . What they figured was that if they stabilized Wall Street - I guess it was trickle-down economics - that therefore Main Street would be fine.

... Republican Senate primary challenger J.D. Hayworth is using the TARP vote as a bludgeon against McCain's reputation as a fiscal hawk."

McCain won't call TARP a mistake, although voted last month against confirming Bernanke for a second term as Fed chairman, saying he should be held responsible for his contribution to the meltdown. Bernanke still won easy Senate approval. (He probably saw the handwriting on the wall)

I wonder if he was also misled about McCain Feingold (Campaign Finance Reform), McCain Lieberman (Climate Change), McCain Kennedy (Illegal Immigration Amnesty)

Read more here.

The man may be a war hero (yada yada yada), but he seriously needs to be unseated.

I just may send Mr. Hayworth a few bucks myself.

State Revenues - A Comparison



Thought I'd share this interesting chart that I came across on Stateline.org

It's interesting to see where state funding comes from.
States that rely too heavily on one tax are vulnerable to revenue fluctuations that can be especially harmful during recessions. In Oregon, for instance, where individual income taxes account for 44.1 percent of total government tax revenue, lawmakers this year were slammed by a huge revenue decline as employment — and personal income — decreased. That has resulted in major spending cuts and is forcing some school districts to resort to four-day weeks.

Connecticut relies heavily on property tax and income tax... an income tax which by the way was supposed to be "temporary".

With regard to state budgets - Governors believe that the worst is yet to come...

Green Shoots anyone?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Update On CT Sovereignty Legislation Proposals


This from Deborah Stevenson:

Thank you to everyone who, once again, made the trip to Hartford for the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee meeting on February 19, 2010.

We are pleased to report that the Committee did vote to raise the Tenth Amendment resolution for a public hearing.


As you recall, we asked the Committee to raise three proposals: (1) a resolution requesting Congress to adopt only laws for which Congress has authority under the Constitution to adopt; (2) a bill that would establish a new state statute that would reassert Connecticut’s rights under the Tenth Amendment, adopts a method for the legislature to declare any federal laws unconstitutional, and notifying Congress whenever the legislature declares a federal law to be unlawful; and (3) a bill identical to the bill in item #2 except that it omitted notification to Congress. Unfortunately, the Committee did not raise either of the bills for a public hearing.

We had hoped to use a particular legislative rule to “petition out” the bill or bills so that the committee would hold a public hearing on the bills, as well as on the resolution. Upon checking with legislative attorneys, State Rep. John Hetherington, a ranking member of the GAE Committee, and a supporter of the Tenth Amendment legislation, informed us that it will not be possible to “petition out” the bill or bills for a public hearing because these two measures were not officially drafted as proposed bills, nor could they be in this session when individual legislators were only allowed to officially draft proposed bills having to do with budgetary issues. Because the bills technically were never before the committee as “proposed bills”, there is nothing before the committee to “petition out” for a public hearing. The resolution and two bills merely were sent to the committee in the form of suggested concepts for the committee to raise for a public hearing. Since the committee only agreed to raise the resolution for a public hearing, there will be no public hearing on the bills. We will have a public hearing, however, on the resolution.

We still have no date for the public hearing, but it will take place sometime before the committee’s deadline for public hearings to be held, which is on March 12, 2010. As soon as we know the date for the hearing, we will let everyone know.

Before the public hearing takes place, we also hope to schedule an informal meeting of those interested in testifying at the hearing to answer any questions about that process.

Read more at our new webpage.

For more information, contact: Deborah Stevenson, dgs31(at)yahoo(dot)com, (860) 354-3590.

Articles Of Freedom



In November 2009, the Continental Congress met, and produced a document called the Articles of Freedom, which is designed to take us back to our Constitutional foundation, and to compel our servant government to abide by the will of "We the People".

On Monday, April 19, these delegates will serve the Articles of Freedom on each U. S. Senator and Representative in their state offices, thereby placing them on notice that we believe them to be in violation of their Oath of Office and the Constitution.

You are invited to sign a pledge, which will also be served on April 19, in which you join millions of Americans vowing to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable for all of their violations, with a firm reminder that each official has sworn an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.


The action required of all Patriots is three-fold:

1) READ the Articles of Freedom and see how we can end the violations and restore Constitutional governance;

2) SIGN the Pledge, to hold elected officials accountable to the Constitution and to engage in civic action if millions of other People also take the Pledge, and

3) BE at your state capitol on Patriot's Day - April 19, 2010 to join with millions of others who, simultaneously in every state, will serve the Articles of Freedom on elected officials.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Why Did Stack Do It?


Desperate times create desperate people.

In Austin, Texas, Joe Stack burned his house down and then flew a plane into a building that housed offices of the IRS.

Here is his suicide note
- (H/T Zerohedge.com)

This whole thing was so incredibly tragic - but the message was clear:
Joe Stack didn't want to live the life of a slave.
Guaranteed there are many more who feel like this guy; they feel that they have lost everything - they feel they can't do a damn thing to get ahead or to keep from being pushed further down the hole by government rules and government agencies.

I don't view Stack as being justified in his actions at all. It was criminal, and always is criminal, to take the lives of other innocent people just because you are desperate, discouraged, or angry.

What we have to take away from this is that we have an enormous problem with the way our government treats its citizens, especially in the manner in which they take our wealth from us and take advantage of us and ignore us. In his suicide note he speaks of double standards and hypocritical politicians and a government that abuses its authority. He was right about that. His solution to deal with that problem was totally wrong. There ARE other ways.

I truly feel sorry for this man, but more than that, I fear that his feeling of desperation is growing in this country, and I truly fear that this is not the last we'll see of this kind of action. What's worse is how political factions will spin this story to suit their own needs. Joe Stack will suddenly become "a crack-pot tea partier" or "religious nut" or some other epithet used by the pundits. The fact is, he was probably a regular guy who simply got fed up with being treated like crap. He had had enough.

This kind of desperation is not going to be fixed by a Jobs Summit, or another Stimulus plan, or wealth redistribution schemes .... it will be fixed when we can have an ethical government run by people who respect the Rule of Law and who do not routinely loot its citizens so that its elitist politicians can spend that hard earned money foolishly and without a thought except for their own political careers.

It's a tragedy all around.

The Fed Raises Rates


Since no one but the crickets showed up at the last Treasury bill auction, it looks like "Zimbabwe Ben" Bernanke has decided to up the ante for borrowing with a 1/4 point increase in the FED's interest rates. (Good article over at Zerohedge)

China is losing its appetite for buying our debt.
As the biggest and most liquid pool of assets in the world, the US Treasury market lies at the heart of the global financial system and allows the American government to finance its trillion-dollar budget deficits. Until recently, China has been the largest foreign official holder of US debt.

That is why the latest release of Treasury International Capital (Tic) data, showing that China’s holdings of Treasuries fell by a record amount in December, has caused something of a stir.

The FED had to raise the interest rates to induce foreign demand for our debt to return, and they are also hoping that the common US investor will pull their money out of equities to buy "safe" T Bills.

The problem is this:
How much can the FED raise interests rates when the Treasury is issuing billions in new debt each month? With billions of short term debt maturing, no doubt it will be rolled over into more debt with higher interest rates. What we are looking at is that fact that any rise in interest rates will pretty much mean an unservicable amount of interest that our government (i.e. the taxpayer) will have to pay.

Expect that equities, and commodities, like gold, will drop (it'll be a good time to buy gold!)
The Dow will no doubt open lower today (Friday morning), but will soar later on in the day with all the short selling that will be going on. (Remember- buy low, sell high)
It's all a game.
The market is being manipulated, and the game is for the elites to drain as much cash out of the market as possible. And they'll do it too.

Meanwhile unemployment claims are increasing and the annual energy inflation rate is hitting 25%. If you've been to the grocery store lately, you probably have already seen inflation. Smaller packages, for the same amount of money.

And Washington keeps spending.

And yes, you'll see the dollar surge a bit, especially while the Euro is in the crapper thanks to Greek debt and other struggling economies in the Eurozone like Spain and Portugal and Italy; but the truth is we are definitely not out of the woods yet. It will be more like a jobless "non-recovery".

Just remember - the Great Depression was "Great" primarily because of all the government intervention that lengthened it. We are staring at some pretty nasty government and Federal Reserve interventions and we are going to have to pay the piper later on down this horrendous road.

More government spending and more issuance of government debt (with the interest that we will have to pay on that debt) will undoubtedly destroy whatever is left of our economy.


Bonus: Here's a real good read.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Ludicrous Idiocy Of The TSA

Children's Toy
Playmobil Airport Security Checkpoint
Teach them young.


As some of you might know, I just returned from a very nice two week stay in Benalmadena, Spain, courtesy of the CT Wine Trail (we won this prize in a contest).

We traveled from Boston airport to Heathrow to Malaga via British Airways. Let me tell you first hand my experiences in dealing with TSA and their foreign counterparts. It pretty much is a joke, and I will tell you why.

First off - you get into the airport and go to the ticket desk to drop your luggage. Mind you, you cannot lock your luggage without "TSA approved locks", or TSA will break the locks if they want to peek inside. So don't pack anything worth any value, it could disappear. After dropping your bags and getting them tagged for the trip (hopefully getting them to your final destination), you get a boarding pass which allows you entry to the airport gate. You need a passport, or some other form of ID, and your boarding pass to go into the boarding gate area and to where your carry ons are x-rayed. You have to take off your shoes and coats, empty your pockets and place everything in bins and place them on a conveyor belt to be scanned while you walk through the metal detectors and in some cases get "frisked" or "wanded". You cannot bring water bottles in with you or sharp objects. They have a list of things you can't have with you, and a big trash bin where many people end up dumping their Poland Spring bottles. Everyone from teenagers to old ladies are standing there with bottles of shampoo and toothpaste in clear zip-lock baggies waiting to be examined. It's stupid.

This scene happened every time I had to board a new plane. So why is this a joke? It's a joke because I had two canisters of pepper spray in my bag and scissors and other toiletry implements in my carry on, plus a Swiss army knife (small as it may have been) in my purse! The pepper spray had been brought with me unintentionally - I had forgotten to take them off the key ring that was in my purse, and the same with my Swiss army knife that I always carry with me. Despite all the "searches" on 6 different flights no one said a word to me or my husband, even though they pawed through our things with their latex gloved hands.

Secondly, once you get into the boarding area there are stores galore! Especially interesting is that I bet you could use items purchased from those stores (including water in bottles) to make some sort of unpleasant device. One could purchase lighters, candles, bottles, alcohol and other things in those airport stores. I have thought that the biggest boon to water bottle sales in the airport is the fact that you must discard the ones you brought from home before coming into the airport's store area so that if you get thirsty waiting for your flight you have to buy their beverages.

So while they are taking leg braces off 4 year olds and questioning little old ladies about their hip replacements - just think of what is happening here. Between submitting to full body x-ray scanners and now swabbing everyone's hands to look for explosive residue, what we are really seeing is the desensitization and submission of the traveling public to authorities who have NO CAUSE to suspect YOU individually of being a problem. One should not have to submit to being searched in this manner unless there is probable cause for doing so. Just because there have been "terrorists" on airplanes does not make EVERY traveler a possible terrorist or a criminal, especially 4 year olds with leg braces!

More than that, what they have systematically done is strip EVERYONE of their ability to defend themselves and protect others on board ... unless of course they overlook your can of pepper spray in your carry-on.

Meanwhile the public is being duped into believing that giving up their 4th amendment rights is somehow going to make them safer and make them more "patriotic". Hogwash.

It is unfortunate how many people are saying that full body scanners are the way to go. The throngs are just more than willing to be treated like cattle. By the way, one Bollywood star's naked image was printed out and asked for him to autograph... so no one can tell me that people will not abuse their authority regarding full body x-rays. It's already happening.

Why don't we just stop the pretense and just all travel buck naked already. Oh right ... but some terrorist will just stick a bomb up their anus anyway.

So you might as well just sit home, or just submit to the reality that when you travel you will be treated like a criminal.

There has got to be a better way.

CT State Legislators Uphold The 10th Amendment

On Wednesday, 02/17/2010, Liberty Activists and other "Tea Party" groups met with CT legislators who reached a decision to hold a public hearing on a proposed resolution that would allow the state to consider whether federal laws violate the Constitution. There was also a bill that the group wanted to have raised by the legislative committee, but that piece of legislation did not move forward... at least not yet.

Tanya Bachand of Connecticut Tea Party Patriots said,"Today we are pushing back; we are demanding that our elected state representatives uphold the tenth amendment and say no to unconstitutional federal action"

The Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

One of the pieces of federal legislation being proposed is a federal health care law which is being pushed by President Barack Obama and his administration. Many of the people assembled at the press conference on Wednesday say that legislation such as that violates the Tenth Amendment.

Here is an excerpt of that event as reported by WTNH:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oppose The Proposal For Long Gun Registration In CT


ALERT! Long Gun Registration Bill is being considered in CT.

There will be a Public Hearing Thursday in Hartford at the State Legislative Office Building on H5158!

The hearing is on February 18th at 11:00am - Sign Up to speak by 9:00am!

Section 10 of the bill "An Act Concerning the Regulation of Firearms" includes the registration of LONG GUNS just like handguns!

There are other aspects of this bill to be opposed to including pre-approval and notification of BOTH the local chief of police AND the State Police before allowing a GUN SHOW!

CALL the Public Safety Committee at the CT State Legislature; 860-240-0570 to oppose this bill!

There is NO PUBLIC SAFETY VALUE in spending money and time on State Police to create and maintain a Long Gun Registration database that is possibly illegal under federal law!

Why are we not allocating OUR TAX DOLLARS and State Police manpower to arrest ANY of the thousands of criminals on CT streets who have outstanding warrants?

If you wish to write to the Public Safety & Security Committee here is their address:

Public Safety and Security Committee
Legislative Office Building
Room 3600
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-240-0570

Read more at CCDL website and CT Shooters and Sportsmen

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Connecticut State Sovereignty


TENTH AMENDMENT PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2010
1:30 P.M.
Legislative Office Building HARTFORD, CT

The Connecticut Grassroots Alliance will be joining State Senator Michael McLachlan and State Representative John Hetherington, ranking members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee for a news conference concerning their efforts to have the Chairmen of that Committee raise for a public hearing three proposals to reassert the state’s rights under the Tenth Amendment.

The Connecticut Grassroots Alliance is an affiliation of 28 grassroots organizations from around the state.

The Chairmen of the Government Administration and Elections Committee are State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Representative James Spallone.

Senator McLachlan and Rep. Hetherington, along with several of their colleagues have submitted three proposals to be raised by the GAE Committee: (1) a resolution requesting Congress to adopt only laws for which Congress has authority under the Constitution to adopt; (2) a new state statute that would reassert Connecticut’s rights under the Tenth Amendment, adopts a method for the legislature to declare any federal laws unconstitutional, and notifying Congress whenever the legislature declares a federal law to be unlawful; and (3) a new state statute that would reassert Connecticut’s rights under the Tenth Amendment and adopts a method for the legislature to declare any laws unconstitutional, but stops short of notifying Congress.

The proposals would allow the legislature at any time in the future to declare any federal law unconstitutional, no matter what political power is in charge in Washington.
The issue is not about political parties. It’s about restoring Constitutional governance.

The Connecticut Grassroots Alliance, along with Senator McLachlan and Rep. Hetherington, are asking the Chairmen of the GAE to raise these proposals for a public hearing. The Committee must do so by its deadline of February 19.


For more information contact:
Attorney Deborah Stevenson, (860) 354-3590, (203) 206-4282

To view the text of the proposals, see www.ctpatriotalliance.com

Monday, February 1, 2010

Taking A Break


Consent Of The Governed is taking a much needed fortnight break from the blogosphere.

No worries though, we'll be back... just like Obama's healthcare bill (smile).