Mayorkas Impeached! Now What? Expect NOTHING!

You heard it here first – probably. No, that DHS Secretary Alehandro Mayorkas was impeached is all over the news. What nobody else will tell you is this is mostly likely a nothing burger. Why? Because he did nothing wrong? No.

Sunday night, Mark Levin read out the charges against Mayorkas on the air and they in themselves were quite damning. The charges are not simply “differences in policy” as the statists are wont to say and Levin was quick to point out but rather pointed to specific portions of the U. S. Code that were openly and blatantly ignored – violated, actually. Do you feel violated? I know I do.  So what IS this deal with yet another impeachment?

First of all, let’s be clear on what an impeachment per our constitution actually is – it is an accusation. It may surprise you to learn how many officials have actually been impeached over the years. As in any court of law the defendant, the person impeached, is considered innocent until proven guilty. This standard is no less for Mayorkas no matter how slimey he may appear.  After the House of Representatives impeaches an official, a trial is held in the U. S. Senate. A two thirds or 67/100 Senate vote is required to convict.

We all know about the two impeachments of Donald J. Trump, and most of us know about William J. Clinton’s impeachment. All three times, the defendants were acquitted in the Senate. Unlike other instances, in these cases, I firmly believe the results were political rather than based on the evidence. This doesn’t mean I believe the defendants deserved acquittal or conviction, just that if the opposition party had enough votes, the conviction would have been far more likely. This is NOT a dig against the system but rather my own indictment of the two-party system the statists hold so dear. Without them Trump would never have been impeached at all. As for Clinton? I don’t know. I do believe he may well have been impeachable on far more serious charges and convicted if Congress actually did their jobs. Then again, I can think of several others who would bear the brand of conviction in a less biased D. C.

That brings us to the current brouhaha. Mayorkas is one of the prominent bad actors in this administration, right up there with Biden. Okay, give Biden a break, I agree with prosecutor Hur – Slo-Mo Joe isn’t competent, much less to stand trial. The problem with the Mayorkas debacle is while I’ve not one shred of doubt he would be found guilty in an unbiased Senate, we are now suffering from an EXCEPTIONALLY BIASED Senate. For get party politics – we’re talking statists here on both sides of the aisle. If the Senate balanced was reversed – heavily reversed in favor of the “R”s, I doubt if Mayorkas would be convicted even then. My reasoning?

DHS Secretary Alehandro Mayorkas is doing the express bidding of the statists who have usurped power from us citizens. IF, by some chance, he WERE “convicted”, he would more likely than not retire to a multi-million dollar estate and never want for anything again. Oh dear! Don’t expect him to sit rotting in the D.C. gulag for years waiting for trial either. No, that’s not for them, that’s for us.

The penalty for a constitutional impeachment is this:

“…the penalty for an impeached official upon conviction is removal from office. In some cases, the Senate has also disqualified such officials from holding public offices in the future.”

Wow. That hurts. In a just world he should at the very least die a long slow death from AIDS as a result of f*cking an entire nation, but no. Like I said – those things aren’t for them.

MAYBE he will resign rather than face a trial. Other than that you can expect him to stand “trial” and be acquitted, thus cementing the statists’ goal of flooding our nation with illegal aliens. Look beyond Mayorkas – look at everything those in  power are imposing on us citizens. I’ve said this before  and I’ll keep repeating it until the point becomes moot:

The statists want to destroy our nation, our sovereignty, so a one-world government can be installed. Now maybe 5-10-20 years ago this statement would be viewed as coming from a crazed wild-eyed nutcase – in some instances maybe it still is but really. The goal of the globalists is to centralize ALL nations into a one-world government. We’ve heard from the statists themselves. They’ve come out of the closet and are openly stating their objectives. This is no longer conjecture – it is fact.  As long as our nation is sovereign – as long as WE the People are self-governing citizens of a constitutional republic, a one-world government is a non-starter. So what can WE do?

We can stand up, take back our government, and tell the statists to take a hike. Simple? Yes. Easy? Hardly. The first, and likely the ONLY sane step right now is to focus on the 2024 election. We cannot slough it off. We cannot relent. We’ve been asleep far too long as it is. This November it is do or die. We have no hope of surviving another round of statist control – in D. C. or in our State Capitals. Ideally, our control – our decentralized control should emanate from the tiniest burg to our nation’s capital, but it must begin at the federal and state levels.

Register to vote if you are not registered already. From there, get vocal. Stop simply commiserating with others about the sorry state of things and ask the tough question – are you registered to vote? We need bodies. Unlike the democrats we need LIVING bodies, preferably those willing to step up for liberty – to vote the statists OUT of office – to hold anyone in office accountable.

If you live in Virginia – feel free to utilize the graphic to your right. The qr code as well as the link in the graphic itself will take you to Virginia’s DOE registration page. Feel free to copy it, share it, promote it. It is non-political and costs nothing.  Awww! Okay, here it is again:

 

If you live elsewhere, nothing is stopping you from doing the same in your state. Contact me if you need help. It’s not that hard. Send me your graphic if you want and I’ll post it. Heck I’ll set up an entire page for that matter. At this point, I don’t have time to do it all by myself.

Let’s Take Back Our Nation!

 

The Sad TRUTH About SCOTUS

SCOTUS or The Supreme Court of the United States has been in the news a LOT lately. They’ve made some brave and admirable decisions. They’ve also made some terrible rulings. Some recent rulings are so bad I have to wonder if at least two of our current justices are serving under severe threats to themselves or loved ones. I’ve always suspected Justice Scalia death was at the hands of one or more bad actors.

No matter what decisions SCOTUS may  make or which way they turn on any one issue is not at all a topic I’m bringing up today. While many contend they and they alone are the last word on law in this nation, I heartily disagree. WE the People are the last word. Period. Not by “vote” per se but by constitutional means of establishing and refining the law of the land.

So what IS this “Sad Truth” about SCOTUS?

This story goes back, way, waaaay back to 1939 and the Supreme Court case United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 . I learned about this in the fiction book “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross. While the work itself is fiction the author worked the story around a lot of actual  history (not to mention loads of excellent firearm information.)Ross’ research was top notch. Thus I’m relying on the story as he told it.

How this case even came to the Supreme Court is amazing in and of itself. Two men, suspected of being moonshiners, were “busted” by two AFT agents. The only trouble was, the agents couldn’t find anything illegal on the men except, one of them had a shotgun that was about a half-inch too short according to the 1934 NFA or National Firearms Act. Since the men were from out of state, they were charged – the first citizens to be so charged under this law. The local judge threw the case out, citing, of all things, the Constitution of the United States. The feds appealed. Then a “funny” thing happened…

Nobody showed up for the defense. According to the story as related by Mr. Ross, the defendants could not be located. The lawyers could not/ did not want to work for free, as even if the defendants could be located, it was certain they had no money to pay for their defense. So the feds contentions were presented to SCOTUS unchallenged.

Now by 1939, FDR had a firm hand on the makeup on the Supreme Court so one could very well surmise the court would rule in favor of the government anyway but such is pure supposition. Speculation aside – what actually happened?

SCOTUS Ruled for The Government

Defenders of the court maintain they had no choice. I cannot argue that as I have no basis in legal proceedings to judge by. Thus I am only left with what common sense I have as a self-governing citizen. What that tells me is the entire act should  have been ruled unconstitutional from the get-go, just like the original judge ruled previously. Instead they only overturned part of his ruling and only such details as the feds put forth thus demonstrating the Sad Truth About SCOTUS – our Supreme Court is populated with humans just as fallible as the rest of us AND prone to their own bias.

While there is zero chance I’d ever be admitted to any bar association, muchless be tapped to sit on the Supreme Court – side note here – there is NO stipulation that a Supreme Court Justice must even be a lawyer – I’ll never be deterred from looking at any law passed in this nation and calling BS. I’ll go even further down that road:

As far as our Second Amendment is concerned, I take the words “shall not be infringed” as the litmus test for any gun law so much so I fully believe any “gun law” is likely to be unconstitutional straight out of the box. One thing I am aware of, in legalese definitions are everything, thus my view depends entirely on how the term “gun law” is defined. For example – here in Virginia but the House of Delegates and the Senate just passed a “gun law” banning “assault weapons”.  It will have to wait in line for its day in court as there are four similar laws vying for a SOCTUS ruling at last count. I need not wait for the robed oracles to decree to render my own layman’s opinion – they are all unconstitutional. Period. How can I say that? Simply this:

All of these laws declare certain firearms illegal due to how they are constructed. Let’s cut to the chase and visit the granddaddy of all US bans – the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) of 1986. Notice the irony of the title of this legislation. Before then machine guns were still legal “to manufacture for ‘civilian‘ use” (misnomer if one considers the term ‘civilian’ refers to someone who is NOT serving in the military.)

This from the DOJ’s website:

 On the positive side, FOPA finally banned the manufacture of machine guns for civilian use and made it unlawful for anyone, not just licensees, to sell firearms to prohibited persons.

Among the several issues I have with this page is I fail to see what is “positive” about the above contention. Beyond that, even if one disagrees with my assertation, doesn’t the above paragraph then insinuate the preceding bullet points are not positives? (On that I would agree!)

Sure, one can pick out a few pluses but what real need is there to pass a law stating acts that should be legal anyway are, well, legal? There there’s the whole “felons owning firearms” bit.  Under section IV on the page linked above the DOJ imparts how the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) made it illegal for felons to possess or acquire firearms. In other words, while it is ingrained in our modern brains that felons cannot own firearms, this has only been true in this nation since 1968. Again, there is no such constructional constraint.

Now there are provisions in the 1986 legislation for mandatory sentencing for actual criminal acts. While I’m not about to enter the debate on mandatory sentencing at this point, I have absolutely no problem with the concept of adding or increasing penalties for criminal acts  performed or aided with a firearm. However we do need to be careful in this day and age of increased attention on “gun violence”.

Remember the Waukesha Wisconsin Christmas Parade attack? Are those five who died any less dead than if they were killed by firearms? Where were the calls for increased penalties for death by automobile? What about murder by other means? Are those victims less dead? Are their lives less valued because they were not killed with a firearm? I do get the point of the advocates to discourage the use of firearms in crimes, but shouldn’t we be rather discouraging the crimes themselves?

Getting back to SCOTUS – beginning with the 1939 ruling on the 1934 National Firearms Act and since – they have consistently failed to hand down the most obvious ruling – our rights as citizens SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Period. End of story. Instead they duck and dodge those issues which should be crystal clear in order to pacify the statists. This is where WE the People need to step up and step in.

The courts, SCOTUS, included love to invoke the concept of “public policy” – the idea that the will of the “people” should prevail. The problem here lies with the idea that the “will of the people” is expressed in legislation passed by federal, state, and local authorities (and more recently government agencies that  have zero constitutional authority whatsoever). The problem there is our so-called “representatives” more often represent those controlling their political party rather than the constituents who voted them into office.

Quick quiz: who among you voted for a representative who supported a law banning incandescent light bulbs? Did anybody bother to ask you?  My point exactly.

So first, we need to ensure those we choose to represent us are actually paying attention to what we really want. In my case, I want liberty so anything smacking of more government had better be based on some very strong logic.

Second, we need to hold our courts accountable per the law of our land by clearly opposing rulings that stray from our basis in law. Once again, our representatives need to have their feet held to the fire. We need to insist they change those laws the courts refuse to recognize as overstepping constitutional limits.

Finally, we need to carefully, clarify any questionable language in our founding documents. In other words, in some cases, we may need to amend  our constitution(s).

For example, it seems the “commerce clause” (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution) is often interpreted as expanding congressional overview to such things that “may” cross state lines. Nonsense. What does make sense is to refine this clause and define exactly what we really do want the federal government to have a hand in regulating as well as some strict limitations on such authority.

Again, we need to be careful with this las so we don’t make things worse than what they already are.

If all this seems daunting and rather impossible, allow me to suggest a reason why. We’ve grown used to the “set it and forget it” mindset when it comes to self-government. We want to live our lives and not be bothered. Well, there are governmental systems for that too. Feel free to choose between a kingdom, a dictatorship, or some sort of social-communist system. They all leave government to “the professionals”.  That’s not how our constitutional republic works. Our system is one of supposedly limited government held in trust by reliable citizens chosen to server – ostensibly for limited times before being released to return to their primary occupations. The very temporary nature of our ideal citizen-representatives was meant to be an additional safeguard against what has become a permanent corrupt ruling class.

Nothing will happen overnight. It cannot. Nothing will happen at all unless WE the People begin to step up and take hold of the duties and responsibilities inherent in our birthright as self-governing citizens of a constitutional republic.

If you like your republlic you can keep it - Ben Franklin

YES!!! Virginia Democrats PASS Legislation BANNING Semi-Automatic Firearms!

Have I gone CRAZY? WHY am I excited about this?

Think about it. This is an election year – a BIG one and the idiots in theHouse of Delegates AND most likely the Senate have just handed us this election on a silver platter.

Virginia House Passes Bill To Ban Semi-Automatic Firearms

THE DEMOCRATS TRUE COLORS ARE BLAZING THROUGH

Remember the 2A Sanctuary movement just before Covid hit? You ain’t seen nothin yet! There is NO WAY these fools will get away with this. WHAT? Do you think we will all just walk up and turn in our guns? Fat chance!

Okay, let’s settle down here. I, for one, am not about to shoot anybody. Let’s get real. So what COULD happen?

Well, let’s suppose the Senate fools really are stupid enough to pass this garbage. It goes to the Governor. I doubt very, VERY much if Younkin would even consider it but, HEY! it’s politics so who knows?

Moving into tickles and grins territory, say Younkin all of a sudden feels very RINO-like and signs the damned thing. Now what? It will immediately be challenged in court. While I’m not sure how far it would get kicked up until it gets shot down, I’m reasonably confident it WOULD get the boot.

MEANWHILE…

Back here in the Commonwealth, WE the PEOPLE are mobilizing. We ain’t gonna wait for no black-robed self-proclaimed “demi-gods” to grace us with their decision. It would be the 2A Sanctuary Movement – Part II on STEROIDS.

NO, There would be NO “Civil War”

At least I’m not seeing it. WHY? Simply because there is no need for such foolishness. I will NOT predict what might happen should the gun grabbers start going door to door in search of “contraband”. I doubt if the outcome would be pretty BUT, I see little chance of that happening. How little? Maybe about the same chance as my finding a winning $3 Billion lottery ticket in my Captain Crunch with Boo Berries.

The Bottom Line

Maybe I’m getting all excited for a nothing burger. Only time will tell. What I can say is I do love seeing the statists aiming fully-automatic bazookas at their  own feet.  I can only hope they follow through because I see this as a wake-up call for us citizens. Let’s face it, we’ve been so lethargic lately some of us need a big toe up our bums to see if we are still breathing.

No matter what, my plan is to do whatever I can to get citizens to vote. Goodness knows I’m hoping they will vote FOR liberty.

Hit & Run Quickie: Tim Kaine – Who DO You Represent?

Don’t bother with your  stock answer – dig deep, In your case I’ll settle for the layer just under you skin.

Seriously. What exactly have you done about Joe Biden’s obvious inability to piece together a simple, coherent thought? I know, I know – those who live in glass houses – BUT as the Junior U. S. Senator representing the Commonwealth of Virginia – you OWE it to us to step up and speak up. Don’t bother doing now you are begging for votes. Too  little, too late.

Odie
Odie? You decide
Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine or

Let me ask you this: IF Biden were impeached… are you solidly behind him? I thought so. While you supposedly graduated from law school and I have never even visited one, I have read the Constitution, you know, the founding document laying out the basic law of our land? It says impeachment is the accusation. The trial is held in the Senate to determine guilt. I was always taught a man is innocent until proven guilty.  I suspect YOU on the other hand, would never be bothered by facts or evidence. You would vote for acquittal no matter what. Articulate how I ‘m mistaken. Onward…

What have you done about the MILLIONS of Illegal Aliens flooding this nation? Forget about action. I have yet to hear a single word from you on this. Nothing.  To whom do you owe your duty?

What have you done about the J6 political prisoners? Last I brought this up to you, you spouted nothing but nonsense. My letter to you said NOTHING about ANYBODY’S guilt or innocence. Rather, my concern was about their treatment as detainees – citizens who have been arrested, charged, and denied their human right to humane treatment, much less their constitutional rights to a speedy trial, etc.

Instead you wrote about how certain Senators ought to be investigated and how terrible “insurrection” is. I guess nobody informed you how NOT ONE of these J6 political prisoners has EVER been charged with insurrection. While I think I remember some prosecutor pulling “conspiracy” out of his magic hat concerning one or more Oath Keepers, I doubt very much if even that garbage would hold up in any unbiased court of law.

All this is just on the surface. I’m sure if I were to dig down, I’d find where time and time again, you’ve sided with your  handlers – your party bosses or their bosses – and the democrat party line rather than with the citizens you are supposed to be representing.

Go ahead Odie – say it – I don’t like you – I never have. True that. Lemme tell you a story…

Several years ago, we lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With our home we inherited an aging pool so we looked up a fellow who could tell us whether it could be reasonably restored. Interesting guy. Says he knew Joe Biden from way back. Now this guy was not a democrat but he says Joe took a liking to him. In fact, my guy told me, Joe was one of those guys you could enjoy a beer with.

Now I don’t think much of Joe Biden either, but, as with you, it’s not personal. If I were to run across you in a bar, we might well enjoy a beer together. Just like my pool guy, that doesn’t count for an excuse for your donkey doo. It’s not personal. As far as liberty goes, you are and likely always be a statist. We are not the same – not even close.

It’s not personal Timmy – not at all. You’ve bought the statist line of BS hook, line, and sinker. You will always choose the State over the People you were elected to represent. For that reason, you must go.

 

Meeting Jonathan Emord & Scott Parkinson – U S Senator Hopefuls for Virginia

Last night I met with and signed petitions for both of these gentlemen to be on March’s primary ballot. I know little about either but as citizens, we should have every available option.

In 2015, I signed a similar petition for Donald J. Trump to be on the primary ballot. I didn’t even like the guy but it was not for me alone to say. Granted, he would have been on the ballot with or without my signature but that is not the point. As for last night I had a chance to hear and talk briefly with both men.

 

Jonathan Emord
Jonathan Emord

Jonathan Emord was a better speaker, more intense with clear thoughts that hit home. I was especially impressed with his passion for the J6 political prisoners. Whether his passion was real or illusionary, I cannot say but if he was faking it, he is good at it.

As for Scott Parkinson, he was articulate and came across as possibly more

Scott Parkinson
Scott Parkinson

conservative than Emord. Certainly he had the benefit of better endorsements. Those things, however, do not sway  me all that much because of my inherent distrust of all politicians.

Face value? Either would be a good choice. Bottom line? It doesn’t matter one bit at this point. Not. One. Bit. Why? My reasoning is simple – first, it is impossible on the basis of a few minutes conversation to know the  heart of anyone without Godly intervention. I had none of that. Second, the overwhelming need to replace Tim Kaine.  The man is too much of an idiot to be a true fool. Worse, he is a democrat party lapdog – “Odie” as I like to call him –  and this may well lead to his defeat.

As I was  half-listening to Parkinson (sorry dude) my mind was racing. Sitting beside Emord (it was a small room), I tapped the senatorial hopeful and told him I wanted to do all I could to get him elected. While I do think he stands a better chance, it matters not to me who runs on the “R” ticket. I tapped him again and handed him a link to this blog.

Jonathan, I hope you are taking a peek. If, after reading a paragraph or several posts, if you decide to distance yourself, I won’t be offended. My hope is you will garner something useful from my ramblings.

Fact is my mind started working on how to defeat Tim Kaine because as I

Odie
Odie? You decide
Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine or

was listening to Scott Parkinson, it hit me: While I agreed with most everything he was saying – his words will not beat Kaine.  Nor will the words Jonathan Emord. win a U. S. Senate seat They just won’t. Why? Because both men were preaching to the choir. As far as this crowd was concerned, no matter which man wins the nomination, he has our vote. NOBODY in that room is gonna vote for Tim Kaine – except maybe for the FBI operatives in the room. So how CAN we get a Republican in that seat. Well, I’m still thinkin’ BUT…

Initial Thoughts on HOW to Win the Senate in November

For the most part we don’t need “Republican” votes. We need votes from those who vote for the democrat by default – whether  is because they are simply used to voting blue or if they somehow think Tim Kaine represents them.

Let’s consider how Trump won. We can look at both the 2016 AND the 202o election. Cheating aside, Trump won both votes. How?

His message resonated more voters. It’s that simple. Nobody is going to match Trump’s style. For goodness sake, I held my nose when I voted for him the first time. The second time around, I was solidly behind him. Two things changed my mind. The first was those things he accomplished – he really did do a great job. The second was the fact that he accomplished so much in spite of having to fight the democrats, the media, and his own party. Talk about “the adult in the room” – we know know it was Trump and HE wasn’t just playing grownup.

So fellas – study Trump’s campaigns. Look closely at those things that drew massive crowds. Look at those things that attracted NOT his base but those on the fringes. This is one key.

The second observation is even easier. Forget about the J6 political prisoners. (WHAT!!? Calm down. Just for now.) Kaine voters don’t care about them. In fact, there are a ton of issues Kainites doesn’t care about. What we need to do is hit ’em where it hurts. And that is Joe Biden.

Biden is a huge disappointment. Few can dispute this with a straight face. As for Harris – if you want to defeat her, just let her talk. She never fails to fall flat on her face. Let’s capitalize on that.

Trot out Biden’s failures. Then put Odie’s leash in Biden’s hands. There you have it. Even IF Joe Biden is defeated, as I’m reasonably confident he can be, even in the face of massive fraud, Tim Kaine could well be re-elected.

What we cannot let anyone forget is Tim Kaine IS Joe Biden. He agrees with everything Joe Biden says. He wants everything Joe Biden wants. Just like Joe Biden, Tim Kaine is incapable of original thought. Let’s go there.

Tim Kaine can be defeated because he is tied to the deck of a sinking ship. There are no lifeboats for him. If he tries to sneak into one, to abandon his “god”, he must be pulled back.

Just remember, had fate turned just a bit in 2016, Tim Kaine would NOT be running for the U. S. Senate in 2024 – he would be running for President as Hilary’s VP (or former VP), if he was running for anything at all.

Imagine that if you dare “Odie for President” Whatever my masters want.

One more personal message to you Jonathan Emord and to you Scott Parkinson:

Get right with God. Do it now. You WILL be tempted to compromise if you haven’t already. Be ready and resist.

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

This applies to ALL who claim Christ but the devil’s attacks on you will be far more powerful because the responsibilities you’ve signed up for are that much more critical.

Gun Free School Zone Act – Constitutional or NOT Constitutional

This from Ammoland

Federal Judge Finds Gun Free School Zone Act Constitutional

If you choose to dig into the meat you, you might be surprised. I know I was. When I first read the headline, I mentally prepared myself to do battle because I know, I KNOW the ruling is pure horse puckey. To my surprise and delight (sort of) I found far more substantiation for my gut reaction than I hoped. Even so, here I am, all ramped up so I’ll just dump my own self-educated, non-lawyer thoughts.

The key word in our second amendment is “infringed”. Put simply – it means “messed with”. For me, this is enough to destroy every “gun law” on the books. What’s left? Laws concerning criminal actions. That’s what. As inanimate, non-sentient objects, guns cannot commit crimes. Only people can commit crimes. But wait just a doggone minute! You say, “them laws are against people more than guns. Guns don’t go to prison, people do.”

Well, yes… and no. Fact is, most guns involved in a crime (real or imagined) are confiscated immediately. Most of those never see the light of day again and end up being destroyed, IF they don’t make it into someone’s personal collection. That said, you are absolutely correct, people do go to jail, sometimes for a very long time simply for owning the wrong firearm (or firearm part) or possessing one at the wrong time. Notice, no real crime with a real victim or some real loss of life, limb, or property is involved here – not counting the gun itself, of course, is involved here – just circumstances.

Strangely enough, consider the number of times a citizen has gone to the police fearful of someone’s actions – a stalker maybe, or even a jilted or ex lover. What are they told?

“Well… we can’t do anything unless they commit some sort of crime.”

Do observe “stalking” and “threatening” are actual crimes. Trouble is they are hard to prove. My point? That same citizen could well be arrested for acquiring the  means for self-defense. Just the means, mind you, not the actual act of self defense. And if they really do find it necessary to defend themselves? Often they bear the brunt of criminal charges, sometimes losing the right to ever again carry a firearm. How screwed up is that?

Let’s get back to those schools… shall we?

Hmmmm, the “Gun Free School Zone Act” was another knee-jerk reaction to shootings in schools. What has it actually accomplished? Considering this garbage legislation was enacted before the rash of school shootings we’ve seen since, a rash that obscures the initial reasoning for the law in the first place, absolutely nothing good. My reasoning is both sound and logical – those it was intended to stop were already engaging in criminal activities so what did the idiot politicians expect?

“Oh! I might get in trouble if I carry a gun to school now and shoot somebody.”

Yeah. Right. What it really did was open the door for more and more liberties to be legislated away from honest citizens – you know – those of us who would never even think of opening fire where anyone, much less, schoolchildren might get hurt.

Back to the story linked above, we have some power-crazed person granted a position of limited authority deciding to unilaterally ignore the very foundation of legal thought – such as it is – and declare this stinking pile of rotting manure “constitutional”. It’s bad enough when judges decide to re-write the law of the land because they don’t like the original version or those who love to “interpret” the law to give it more meaning or something, but to stand up and decree against every legal principle you are supposed to know, citing previous but equally bad decisions, maybe it’s time to resign, go home, and dig into that comfort food.

For the record, I have my own opinions, typically NOT considered “learned”, by those with far more legal education (like a first-year law student in the first week of class), but I claim my right as a self-governing citizen to speak my own mind and opinions on the laws of our land. If any of it comes down to certain aspects I am forced to accept but still do not like – I can opt to either work to change things by amendment or live with it.

Taking Our Nation BACK – Now THAT’S What I’m Talking About

Every hear of Scott Presler? Probably not. The Gateway Pundit deems him a “Grassroots Hero” I prefer calling him another ordinary citizen. My point is WHO Scott Presler is not nearly as important as WHAT he is doing and the FRUIT he is reaping.

Long story short, Scott Presler is doing exactly what I’m advocating – ramping up the vote with an eye to take the 2024 election by storm. Like me, he isn’t satisfied with simply putting Trump back in the White House

He Wants It ALL

He wants WE the People (okay, “Republicans”) to take state legislatures. No doubt he also has eyes on local boards as well. I heartily agree. My only reservation is after WE the People secure Republican majorities everywhere and anywhere we can,  we then must take the party itself to task.

My own ultimate goal is to eliminate the “two-party” system entirely. Nothing speaks louder to me about this than the response of our “Republican leaders” to Presler’s efforts. First they try to ignore him, then they actively work against him, finally, when he produces results, they take all the credit for HIS work! Screw them.

I want those who desire to represent me to stand on their OWN two feet – and be held PERSONALLY accountable for whatever their actions and views may be. For me, the litmus test is LIBERTY. Thus any proposal must first answer the question: “does this action advance LIBERTY?” Secondly, is this proposal with the bounds of our constitutionally limited government?

The more I learn about Scott Presller, the more I am impressed. He has expanded his efforts nationwide via his Early Vote Action PAC .  The goal is to get as many volunteers on board as possible.

First things first, let’s work with what we’ve got i.e. the Republican Party to get people we can hold accountable in office. THEN we can work on weeding out the “party faithful” and replacing them with the “citizen faithful”.

We DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ GUNS to Take Back Our Nation

Ran across the article below in Ammoland.

Johns Hopkins: More Gun Control Needed to Prevent Second Civil War

Gee… WHERE do I start? How about with the authors/publishers of this  “work”? The article itself supplies plenty of detail so I’ll proffer the “Cliff Notes” version:

Johns Hopkins is supposed to be a well-respected medical school and health care center. Thus their expertise is medicine NOT firearms and certainly not “Civil War”.  The very title of this hit piece should make it obvious if you also understand there  actually was no first “Civil War” in this nation. Certainly nobody in the South made any attempt to overthrow the United States Government any more than West Virginia attempted to overthrow Virginia. They simply wanted to disassociate themselves from what was becoming an unbearably oppressive centralized power – the exact opposite of the original intent of the formation of our  Constitutional Republic. Oh yeah, that brings up point #2:

OUR NATION IS NOT A DEMOCRACY! Sorry for shouting but some of those statists lurking in the back like to turn deaf ears to this simple fact.  Ours is a republic, formed by our constitution. Taken along with our other primary founding document, The Declaration of Independence, the groundwork was previously laid for the right, nay, the responsibility of a self-governing people to dump oppressive elites, scrap institutions that become too big for their britches and start over. Such is exactly what the Confederacy did. Now get this straight in your head…

It doesn’t matter what their reasoning was or if YOU agree with them. None of that has any relevance to the issue at hand and that is whether the southern states had the right to secede from the union. We all seem to forget this is the crux of the matter and they were well within their rights to take off and do their own thing. The reason I make this point is so many others, particularly fellow conservatives, hold up Lincoln and the Norther Aggression he fomented  in such esteem as the feat of some great and noble savior.  Maybe it was for the best. Maybe it was all ordained by God Almighty Himself. None of this excuses the brutal truth of the lawless and unconstitutional actions of those on both sides of the conflict.

So right in the title of this presentation, the authors begin with false premises while continuing to tout idiocy.  Need I tell you that none other than gun control freak Michael Bloomburg via  his money (at least) is behind all  this? Go figure. It all boils down to the promise alluded to in the title – more gun control is needed to save our nation. Bull Cookies! (If you like Mikey Bloomburg, you’ll love ’em – crunchy and tasty with a creamy center.)

Hey Mikey! If you’re reading this, lemme tell ya from one of those types you hate and fear so much:

We don’t need no stinkin’ guns!

Now that should take the wind out of your sails and leave your crap dead in the water. Hope you’ve stock up on Bull Cookies ’cause I, for one, ain’t coming to get ya.

Look fool, what never seem to understand is WE the People have the law of the land, the constitution on our side. Now granted, when our Southern ancestors tried to right the wrongs imposed on them, the rest of the nation rallied together to brutally rape, kill, and pillage all those who opposed them. If you ask me, they took the wrong approach and it came back to bite them. What is the right approach? It is simple – not easy, but simple.

WE the People must assert our birthright – our GOD-GIVEN authority to govern ourselves. And that means we need to dump, NOT our government, so to speak, but our party system. It is time.

We now have the technology that allows citizens to stand for whatever seat they wish AND we have the technology to hold our representatives and employeesaccountable. We don’t need anyone to ride from house to house with news or gather at the town square to discuss important matters. We can do these things, but we can also do as much from the comfort of our homes, our place of business, or a laundromat – wherever. We have unprecedented access to our government entities and to each other.

Sure we have guns. Lots of them. We have ammo. Many in our ranks also have outstanding knowledge and skills to use them. But we don’t need any of those things. The entire idea of any “insurrection” or armed takeover of our government is ludicrous. Why? Because WE the People ARE the government! What? Are we to rebel against ourselves? Leave it to Brandon to shoot himself in the foot. I’ll abstain, thank you.

If you look at it all this way, it is laughable. Are you getting this Mikey? Yours is a straw man. The ONLY thing your proposals can accomplish is to either overthrow our government by your penchant for seizing our liberty, forcing us to either surrender to your elites or rise up and toss them out on their ears. (No, we don’t need to stinkin’ guns for that either.) To that end, YOU, sir, are fomenting rebellion BY insisting on more unconstitutional gun control.

As for my fellow citizens, I urge you to stand up and be counted. And no, “voting”  alone is not enough. For right now though it is a start, unless you want to see a repeat of 2020. Let’s take action now. How?

Be vocal. Stop biting your tongue and speak up. You need not be loud. You need not be obnoxious. Some of the most effect voices are soft-spoken. While I have zero talent for this myself, do not think because you cannot be heard because you do not raise your voice. It is enough to speak your mind.

Participate. Yes, you’re gonna have to vote but please, please, PLEASE do more, even if it is just a little bit more. Even if it means holding your nose while working with the republican party. Yes, YOUR vote counts but OUR VOTES count more! To this end we need to get more citizens registered to vote and get them to to polls. We need bodies at board meetings to hold our representatives accountable.

Encourage others. The plain truth about our decentralized government is none of us can do this alone. The most daunting problem of our nation today is it is run by a slim few who have slithered themselves into positions of power. Their authority is stolen, or at best acquired by deceit when they were put in place by party bosses who then dictate the terms of their occupation of office.  No matter. It is our job to join forces and put them on notice they were elected to represent US and that they will do or be tossed out. Some will comply, most will ignore us. Nobody said it would be easy, but no one of us can begin the process of reclaiming our nation. We need numbers – big numbers, and as birds of a feather flock together, we all need to encourage those around us to join in.

There’s more to come and I fully expect to see more and better I ideas from other citizens. By all means, let’s hear YOUR ideas and suggestions. How can we get more involved? How can we involve others. How can we band together to retake our nation?

 

 

Trump Outrage – The $7.1 million Judgement

Flatly put I have not followed this crap closely at all. I think I know the basis but beyond that… no. What DO I know?

This “person”, I won’t mention any names as my pocket have holes in them, sued Donald Trump for some alleged sexual misconduct. Trump denied the allegations, denied knowing this person, and, well, has not admitted to much of anything about this case as far as I can tell. He was found “guilty”. A civil suit followed where he was just found “guilty” again and the jury awarded damages for “defamation” on “Friday: $7.1 million – $11 million – plus punitive $65 million in “damages!” according to the Gateway Pundit. So why am I putting “guilty” and “defamation” in quotes?

Because I find this garbage hard to believe, that’s why. It is far easier for me to believe Trump was railroaded by biased prosecutors, in biased courts, and found guilty by biased juries. Look at the other trials Trump is involved in. Look at the monkey trails the J6 political prisoners have been dragged through – at least those who have FINALLY been granted their day in court. Bias seems to abound. The Trump trials are no different, in fact, they seem to be monkey trials on steroids.

OUTRAGEOUS?

All this is bad enough but are they really cause for outrage? Absolutely. First of all, if every trial mentioned above I’ve seen strong evidence of constitutional misconduct – meaning the defendant’s constitutional rights have been disregarded – sometimes totally. As I’ve said before JUST on the government’s failure to grant the J6 political prisoners a speedy trial, they should ALL be let loose, their cases dismissed, and reparations paid. I won’t get into how they’ve been otherwise mistreated and abused. Then there’s Trump.

He’s been denied attorney-client privilege, his income tax records have been made public, his home raided with questionable warrants. None of these constitutional issues have been raised by me but by legal experts who have openly brought them to light. It’s all been done right out in the open for us all to see. Dare I say -unabashedly so. But this latest is the worst.

According the Gateway Pundit, the plaintiff

“went on CNN with her attorney Roberta Kaplan went on with CNN to brag about how Carroll was only able to file the lawsuit after New York Democrats changed the laws and extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault in the state.”

Do note, from here, I am expressing my own, NON-LEGAL opinion per my right as a citizen of these United States.

Now wait just one gol-darned minute! What!? Read that again.

“went on CNN with her attorney Roberta Kaplan went on with CNN to brag about how Carroll was only able to file the lawsuit after New York Democrats changed the laws and extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault in the state.

Did anyone else in this nation learn about “ex post facto” laws?

Article I, Section 9, Clause 3:

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

HELLOOOOO! If my poor, old memory serves correct, “ex post facto” is Latin meaning “after the fact”. What “I” remember learning is this means legislatures cannot pass a law making something punishable by law after something already happened.

Yes, I know this is not the first time. Read up on the atrocious Gun Control Act of 1968 for one heinous example, but come on! REALLY? It seems obvious to me THIS law was passed specifically to “get Trump”.

If nothing else we should ALL be outraged by the total disregard of the law of our land – our constitution. If we don’t have that, we have nothing folks. NOTHING! We do not have a nation. Our borders are not borders at all. The only good news is that would be the elites also have no legal legs to stand on. Our land is a land of anarchy because we have no basis for law. Oops!

Sorry assholes, you can’t have it both ways. Oh don’t worry about them. Once the formal declaration dissolving our constitutional republic is made, the usurpers will have armed enforcers in place to ensure obedience to their new order.

THIS is what we are faced with. The question is how are we going to deal with it? My own thought is we MUST win the 2024 election on the Presidential level and as many lower levels as we can. If we elect another Jack Ass then I see no future for our nation at all. It will only be a matter of time before our nation is formally dissolved.

Until such time as the announcement is made formally dissolving our country, we remain a Constitutional Republic and retain full power and authority as free citizens. We are at a crucial point – use it or lose it.

While you think on this, please do pray for our nation.

A Trip to the Hospital and Current Events

Okay the hospital first. It was a scheduled trip yesterday for a minor procedure. No cause for alarm. The only reason I’m bringing this up is because of one observation I made. It just hit me this morning.

Setting the stage, I had an endoscopy, i.e. the doc put a scope down my throat for a looksee. To that end I was knocked out. (good thing as I’ve got a heck of a gag reflex) Sooo… my wife (or someone) had to accompany me to drive me home.

As I was waiting for the doctor to show up to explain what he’d done, etc. my wife checked her phone. She made a call, then another, then another. I’ll tell you upfront she hates talking on the phone (or so she always told me) so I ascertained she was on there for good reason. She was. You see, she had to take off from her business, right at the start of her busy season, to comewith me. Now I tried to put this off until after the rush period but she would have none of it, bless her  heart.

You’ve probably guessed by now she was taking care of business. In the hospital. While we were waiting in the recovery room for the doctor. So what’s the big deal? Think about this for a moment in context.

She was doing business miles from her office. She could take calls, make calls, and stay connected without stepping foot in her actual  place of business. My epiphany?

If she can do this, WE can do this as citizens. WE can take care of our nation’s business, or our part of it, no matter where we are at the moment. Sorry, but now we have no excuses. How can we insist we are “too busy” to hold our representatives accountable? How can we say we just don’t have time to make our voices heard? We can be “there” from anywhere, no matter where “there” is.

Truly, the technology has arrived to enable us, empower us all to take back control  – to truly do our bit to govern ourselves. We have the technology, what we lack is a framework. We still need to put the infrastructure in place to exercise this power. Now for me, that word “infrastructure” is a bit scary, eliciting visions of roads and bridges and power lines. None of this is what I’m talking about. We have all that. Again, the technology, the tools are available, all we need do is put them in place and apply them.

For instance – Zoom meetings. Now I’m using “Zoom” because we all know what this is so we can envision it. It need not be this specific platform, but imagine a county, town, or school board meeting in a Zoom-like setting. The representatives are all there (or dialed in), as well as citizens both physically present and also dialed in. Meanwhile, we can also all access a forum to address various issues. I like to forum format as it lends itself nicely to segmenting topics so they are easy to track and discuss.

Websites already collect and disseminate documents, calendars, and other information pertaining to government activities. We can make them better, more responsive but the basis exists already.

How Does All This Relate to Current Events?

Let’s start with Trump in New Hampshire. He nailed it and this right after he nailed Iowa. One pundit stated Trump is actively working to rack up better margins than any candidate in history to crush any contention that team Biden won 2020.  At least that is how I read his views. He sort of has a point but in my view, we need massive numbers for a much simpler reason.

We need enough voters to totally overwhelm the cheating elites. Let’s face it, the elites, by cook or by crook, tallied up 81 million votes for Biden. Argue all you want about whether they were legit or not, Team Biden remains in the White House. IF we are going to rout him out we need to roust the whole team. How can we do this?

Turn out in massive numbers. Really, REALLY form that “Red Tide”, or rather a Red Tsunami to put Donald J. Trump in the White House again. WE the People NEED to make a statement and the time to make our voices heard is NOW. We cannot afford to dick around anymore – but simply electing Trump won’t cut it. We need more. We need to establish our presence – to make it perfectly clear we will no longer be ignored. How can we do this?

By taking our participation one and then several steps forward. Trump needs to be elected but we must ALSO give him a SUPERMAJORITY in Congress – in both the House and the Senate – or at least as much of a majority as we can. But that’s not all.

We NEED to make it clear WE SUPPORT TRUMP and thus OUR REPRESENTATIVES MUST SUPPORT TRUMP. We cannot allow a repeat of what happened in 2020. We must weed out the “never Trumpers” and the rest of the RINO bastards. They must go.

Thus we can begin to wipe the slate clean, roll up our sleeves, and clean house. If I had my way, our goal would be to aggressively pursue a limited government – to drastically reduce government programs with an eye to eliminate  the bulk of these worthless efforts.

We need to systematically dismantle the federal gun control farce. I’d start with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act 1968.

We need to dump the Federal Reserve.

We need to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments – (Federal Income Tax & Senators elected by popular vote) This will dismantle the IRS and restore States’ Rights and their power in the Senate.

If I had my way, ALL taxes would be subject to voter approval before one cent is collected. No more should we hand representatives blank checks. They would need to better account for every dime they spend and then explain in detail exactly why they think they need more money.

It starts now. If you are not registered to vote. Register now. As you are reading this you can likely register online or at least find out where you can register in person. While you are at it, find out how to obtain voter registration forms. Carry some with you at all times so you those you talk to have no excuse.

It matters not one whit whether you agree with anything I have to say. If you are a citizen YOUR voice counts exactly as much as mine does. Make it heard. Let the best citizen be victorious.

WE the People ARE the government. It is time we started acting like it.

More Gun Control? Enough is ENOUGH! Revisited

Ya know? I’d be surprised if anyone else from the “old days” of The Liberty Coalition to remembers why I started this site to begin with. It began with a post, then comment, then guest post on another blog about yet another gun grabbing plot. The response was strong enough where I felt the time and political temperature was right to maybe actually accomplish something – like the rollback of just some of the many gun control schemes hatched over the years. I was wrong. Obviously.

Granted in some areas, such as the growing number of states enacting “constitutional carry” laws is encouraging. On the other hand, rabid gun control freaks have unleashed a smorgasbord of anti-liberty, downright unconstitutional bs laws aimed directly at good, honest citizens. So I’m beginning to wonder – when WILL enough be enough? Will the control maniacs have to actually start prying our means of self-defense from our cold, dead hands before those of us still standing will stand up? Some days, it sure seems like it. Just the other day, I was looking at a thread on rimfire topics when someone from my ex-home state of NY said the statists now require semi-automatic rifles to be listed on pistol permits. Got that? Keep in mind, ALL the time I was growing up, or at least for as far as was aware, in order to own a handgun in NY, one had to first obtain a concealed weapon permit and each handgun that person owned was required to be listed on that permit. And now they’ve expanded this to semi-automatic rifles. How long before single shot .22’s will be included in this madness? Wait for it…

Meanwhile, here in Virginia, the democRATS slithered into both houses of the legislature while Dr. “Death” Northam was governor. They promptly enacted a number of malicious anti-liberty legislation, including one of the gun control maniacs brass rings – universal background checks. This insidious and unconstitutional crap requires state approval of both parties who wish to buy, sell, or trade firearms in a private deal. Private? Not anymore. Thinking on this lead to more troublesome thoughts. Like I said before universal background checks, in fact ALL background checks are inherently unconstitutional. Why do I say that?

Think about this – forcing a citizen to prove s/he is NOT a criminal and thus NOT breaking the law when buying a firearm foregoes the assumption of innocence. The assumption of innocence is a, or maybe THE primary tenant of our constitution. How can this not be unconstitutional? Beyond that, citizens have the inherent right to go about our business without government intervention. The assumption that MUST be made is as citizens, we are NOT breaking any laws. That is for everyday life. Add into this the Second Amendment expressly guarantees that our right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, and my contention doubles down. It doesn’t take a legal scholar, much less an attorney (I am neither) to see this. And it shouldn’t. As WE the People are self-governing citizens, we also have an inherent right to discuss and voice our opinions on the laws of our land – ALL of the laws of our land. But that’s not all…

While I pondered these things, yet another stray thought wandered in and stayed a while. It was a question, really.

WHY are we tolerating this increasingly crushing weight of unconstitutional laws?

Why are these not being challenged? Anyone who has read the landmark novel “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross can relate. There he tells the story of the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 and the subsequent Supreme Court challenge it later entailed. Long story short, this horrendous law was duly declared unconstitutional by a lower court, challenged by the Feds at the SCOTUS level and because of distance, poverty, and such, said challenge had no champion for us citizens and was allowed to stand by FDR’s hand-picked Supreme Court. As far as I know, this statute has not been brought before SCOTUS again and so it stands.

As I see it, this THE major advantage held by the rabid statist gun control freaks. Legislation is typically “assumed” to be within the constrains of the constitution unless specifically overturned. While I can see the reasoning for this – no law would have a modicum of respect unless it was run by the courts – challenging every unconstitutional law puked out by our lawmakers is a time-consuming and expensive process – one most of us cannot afford to do. Not only that, but challenging just the gun laws would likely tie up the Supreme Court for decades – IF they were all heard.

Adding to this problem is the gross instability of legal opinion. We now have more than a century of legal precedents to wade through – enough where almost any legal opinion is likely to be countered by a complete opposite view by a jurist with deist aspirations – i.e. they want to play God.

What would be most helpful is a team of true constitutional literalists dedicated to sifting through current legislation to see what holds to a simple standard: does it line up within the framework of our constitution? I contend at least 80% of our current laws would fail this simple litmus test and 100% of gun legislation. Those words “shall not be infringed” are hard to circumvent once you incorporate the meaning of the the word “infringed” into your soul. Go ahead. Call me intolerant. While you’re at it you can bite me too. It means what it means.

So what is the end all, be all, of this? Unless we decide to get real serious about our constitution, and by “serious”, I mean start insisting on total compliance with the absolute law of our land, we are pretty much toast as a nation. There are only two paths from this point – one leads to liberty under our constitution – the other leads to statist rule, by whoever can seize the power from our hands… and I use the term “seize” loosely because, if history is any gauge, they’ll just take what we hand them.

There IS Another Way

It is a long road for sure but this path could also lead the way for our nation to blossom into some semblance of how it was divinely designed. This road also requires WE the People stand up and reclaim our birthright as citizens. The good news is, rather than depending on weak, wishy-washy, or worse, “interpretive” jurists, we can clearly mark the “will of the People”. What is this road? It starts with participation – YOUR participation… and mine.

Short and sweet, we roll up our sleeves and get to work on the business of our governance – self-governance that is. Groan all you want to but its time to play grownup. Here’s the outline:

We recruit and elect individuals who are committed to liberty. That means people determined to flat out refuse to allow our government entities to continue to expand beyond reasonable limitations AND to insist we begin the process of cutting back on government overreach.

Part of this, just part mind you, is repealing gun laws. The ultimate goal should be to eliminate all laws that limit liberty beyond constitutional limitations, but that’s not all. The chopping block should be bloodied from cutting off all those government programs that have gained footholds over the decades. Lean and mean should be our new goal. BTW – while the term “lean” is mostly self-explanatory, no doubt the usurpers will want to define “mean” as “rude or uncaring” such is not the intent here. This term “mean” is better defined as “a quality or way of doing something that is in the middle of two completely different qualities or ways of doing something” (courtesy Cambridge Dictionary Online).

We need to find new ways to solve issues. Rather than trying to grab guns from law-abiding citizens to thwart criminals, we should focus on actually thwarting criminal behavior and so on.

In addition to this, I also propose we citizens work towards the idea of removing the “blank checks” from our legislators. Instead they should be required to ask those citizens they represent for approval of all new spending AND taxes. This idea of simply allowing politicians carte blanche to find new ways to extract money from citizens and spend it however they wish is a complete and utter fail. There has to be a better way.

While “Gun Control” is indeed a major issue that should not be an issue at all, it is a symptom of a greater national ill – government gone wild. How did this happen? I hate to be the one to break it to you but WE the People have only ourselves to blame. Surely we were duped, as were our parents and their parents before them. I get that. But this does not excuse us from what we’ve become. It does not excuse those who simply do not vote. It does not excuse is for accepting the excuses of those who do not vote. It does not excuse is from failing to be informed nor from our failure to insist those we elect and those our representatives hire be held accountable.

The bottom line is we can either reclaim our nation – our birthright as citizens or we can do nothing and allow the controllers, the usurpers, to continue to grab our liberties until we have nothing left.

American Justice – J6 Political Prisoners vs Verizon Class Action

Quite a Juxtaposition huh?  J6 political prisoners and a Verizon class action suit? What on earth do these to items have in common? More than you might think.

Both are directly tied to the our nation’s justice systems. The Verizon civil suit was filed and adjudicated in the New Jersey court system while charges for the J6 political prisoners languish in the Federal court system.

This from the NJ court docs:

On February 22, 2022, twenty-eight plaintiffs filed a proposed class action on behalf of themselves andall similarly situated former and current New Jersey Verizon Wireless
customers

Note the date. The complaint was filed less than two years ago and has now been decided. Meanwhile many J6 political prisoners have yet to have their constitutionally guaranteed “speedy trial”

For what it’s worth, I have posted about the awful and unconstitutional treatment of these innocent until proven guilty citizens, written my U.S. Senators and seen my U.S. Representative, among other things.

Today I got another email from the class action administrator (I think – the a’holes contact me via email – do I know them from a scammer?). Also today I saw this headline in the Gateway Pundit:

CONFIRMED: MORE ABUSE REPORTED – Heating System Shut Down on Political Prisoners in DC Gulag – With Freezing Temperatures Outside!

Think about that. I’m a few hours south of DC and the temperature outside was 17 degrees yesterday morning and heat was shut off in the DC Gulag? No one will ever convince me this was a coincidence. Furthermore, I’d like to know exactly how gulag officials dealt with this situation. Wouldn’t that be telling?

Meanwhile, I can file for my share ($100 Woo HOO!) of the Verizon class action settlement in the warm comfort of my own home. This is justice? By the way, after looking around the net there is some speculation that Verizon has already implement some sort of subsurcharge to cover their costs. Really? You mean the executives aren’t going to dip into their own pockets to pay this? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you.  Either way, you and I both know where this money will come from. That said there really is some GOOD news…

15. How will the lawyers be paid?

Settlement Class Counsel (see Question 14) will file a motion on or before [DATE] asking the Court to award them attorneys’ fees of up to $33.3 million (which is 33.30% of the $100 million Settlement Fund) plus reimbursement of their litigation expenses.

Isn’t it comforting to know the lawyers won’t starve due to their stellar efforts to bring justice to us Verizon customers? Even better, they need not dip into their own pockets to pay all those expenses they incurred. Here is a link to the entire agreement

Verizon Class Action Settlement Agreement

So, on one hand, we have U. S. Citizens who dared question the results of the 2020 election by going to our nation’s capital and allegedly entered into the Capitol Building i.e. “The People’s House” and… what? It becomes unclear from there.  From the reports I’ve seen they’ve been abused, beaten, starved, denied medical treatment, denied numerous other civil rights – including their right to a speedy trial and still face untold years in prison for far less than many actually convicted of heinous crimes.

On the other hand, we have victims of crappy billing policies by a crappy cell phone provider who now enjoy the right to claim the price of a dinner out (maybe with some change left over) while the lawyers involved each pocket more cash than I’ll ever see in a lifetime.

And that, my dear readers, is AMERICAN justice at it’s finest. Or at least what it has come to.

Tuesday January 9, 2022 Virginia Special Elections!

If this is your first time here or you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll tell you outright – I am now an election official in Virginia. Last year I worked one primary and one election. The primary was a joke as the opponent for the only contended spot bowed out. This primary should have been canceled.

Fast forward to December 2023 – last month. I get a text message from the Board of Elections President in our county. This is how I first learned about the special election. It wasn’t the main topic of the text sequence – it was brought up by one of the recipients. (The Pres mass texts us so…)

Special Election 2024

Turns out the State Senator for our district has resigned for health reasons. As a good citizen I promptly notified at least one politically active group as this seat is very important for the balance of power in Virginia. I’ve heard nothing from nobody about this election.

So much for good citizenship.

Lemme tell ya – JUST voting ain’t gonna cut it no more. Got that?

As citizens in this SELF-GOVERNING nation – we all have a duty and responsibility to participate in the functions of government. Voting is the very least of it all. We’ve gotten ourselves into this swampy mess because of our “set it and forget it” attitude towards governing. It needs to stop and stop quickly because we are about to lose it all.

By all means if you live in one of the two of the above districts – VOTE.

IF there is a special electio0n in your state – VOTE.

At least do that but set yourself to do more.

Hold those in office accountable. It doesn’t matter whether you voted for them or not, they are still required to represent you AND follow the law of the land. Hold their feet to that fire.

Activate – talk to people, write blog posts (you can post them here, subject to approval – I won’t allow any anti-liberty posting here.). How much effort does it take to start and monitor a local F_B group for goodness sake?

Get involved. Stay involved.

Keep the vote honest – become an election official. Already I’ve spotted potential issues and brought them to the attention of the higher ups. I can tell you this much for an absolute certainty – every election official I’ve come in contact with, no matter the party affiliation, is focused on ensuring a free and fair election with an accurate count.

Now is this true everywhere? No. At least I am convinced it is NOT true. Maricopa County, AZ is a prime example. Pennsylvania is another. Michigan is a third. Then there’s Georgia. Every one of those places is suspect. Not to mention the swamp rats in our nation’s capital who promulgated the J6 fiasco. WHY is all this happening? It is happening because WE, the People, have been asleep at the wheel and the wreckage is visible across the country.

It won’t stop unless we citizens stand up, be counted, AND insist on an accurate count.

Confessions of a Poll Worker – Go Ahead – Arrest Me

The subject line above is in response to the meme below. My short response? Bite me.

I just came off of a 15 hour election day. I’m not complaining. It is just a fact. It all started in September of last year when I was mouthing off here about doing one’s part. I put my money where my mouth was and, well, now I am officially an election official in my county. Whoopee.

It was not an easy road. My party head hemmed and hawed about being “full up” or whatever.  Eventually he must have put my name in because I got a letter, did some online training, some group real-time in-person training, worked the primary (even though it was moot by the time primary day arrived – we still had to be there!), got more training, and worked Tuesday’s election. Now I’m ready for the brain dump.

First off all, I get paid. I wasn’t expecting that. It is a now a decent amount. They upped the ante for this last election. Previous officials got peanuts comparatively.  We even get “paid” for training. What a joke. In lieu of the whole ten bucks  (apiece) they are supposed to cough up, we get fed instead. Don’t get me wrong, the food is okay, pizza, usually. This last dinner was actually catered so I had a choice between chicken or ribs. It wasn’t great but it was okay. Anyway, I’m not doing this for free but when I signed up, I wasn’t expecting payment, my intent was to be a good citizen.

Now let’s talk about my coworkers. There were five of us working this polling center. Two from each party. Our chief is an Independent. While they try to balance the political leanings in each group, I don’t think it has to be entirely balanced. I’m not sure the law requires both parties be represented specifically.

As I said, our group is as balanced as they come. The other R in our group was new this election, replacing the R from the  primary.  She was a nice person but there was an issue with the facility that prompted her to ask for reassignment. So what about personalities?

Our chief is a dedicated gal, a hard worker and very conscientious. She’s also very helpful and giving. At our dinner she collected all of our plates and took them to the trash. She just does stuff like that.

The two D’s in the group are both women. (In the primary I was the sole male.) Both are black and both are very nice ladies. One is my age and another is a bit older, I think. Both walk with canes and/or walkers.

The other R in the group this time around is another man. It took me a bit but I finally realized I knew him. I worked on his computer a few years ago. He doesn’t live far from me. He’s a good guy also.

As a group we don’t talk politics. We have talked about a few issues around politics such as taxes, allocation of resources, and such. I can tell you that while we may not see eye to eye on all the issues, we are not all that far apart on any of them. One of the D’s is a former corrections officer. She was talking about the bears in her area keeping her from walking like she should so we got talking about her carrying a gun. She was not at all opposed to the idea. Her greatest concern was the prison Glock she had had too many safety features to be useful. Of course I enlightened her about her choices.

Summing  up, while our group was mixed politically, we are all Americans. We were all there to do our jobs and our job was to help citizens vote and to ensure the vote was fair and accurate. Period. In fact, there is not a lot of room at Virginia polls for fraud. Period. At least not at the polling place I worked. Is it possible some polling places in other precincts could be sullied? I’d say it is possible, but not easy.  Let’s talk about that, shall we?

Let me say first, as an election official, I am still a rookie and on the bottom of the pile at that. I worked at each station there so I can speak about such with confidence. Here, really the only real opportunity to nudge an election, voter-wise, is at the first station – the poll book. The poll book, ours is electronic, is what we use to verify the person standing in front of us is who they say they are AND they are duly registered. Ninety-nine percent (99%) fall into this category. Most hand over their photo driver’s license which is scanned into the system. A couple gave us a voter registration card, also scannable. Now I’d say these cards could be faked so there is a potential for abuse there, but it would take a pretty concerted effort. It is also possible for a voter to simply present a utility bill and vote – a far greater prospect for fraud. These can only vote once but, collect enough utility bills from enough registered voters and wholesale fraud could be perpetrated. I see little standing in the way of dead relatives or friends voting.

As I  pointed out in one of our training sessions, much to the chagrin of the Electoral Board member present, our county is really far too small for anyone intent on massive fraud efforts. He said, correctly, that any potential fraud should be addressed. I agree entirely but I think he missed my point. Sure we should be aware and diligent about any fraud BUT I don’t see it as a festering problem in our county. Someone could flip the whole county to one side and it wouldn’t make a difference in a state or national vote count.

The other gaping hole in our voting system is registration Now Virginia does require a Social Security number to register to vote but I’m not convinced there is a foolproof method of validating this. The issue I raised above concerned bad addresses. If someone’s address is different than what our database says, all the voter has to do is sign a form indicating the correct address. I asked if anyone verified the address. Similarly, if election officials (and I mean those who are charged with validating voters at the system level) are not diligent about verifying eligibility or if the gatekeepers are not kept honest, there is room for fraud. Personally, I’m not convinced security is all that tight.

So let’s move on to the topic of the meme below – start arresting  the poll workers and watch how fast they tell you who told them to cheat. Bite me. Granted there are instances, apparently documented ones at that, where poll workers are suspect. In those cases, by all means, hold them accountable and, yes, election fraud is a prosecutable offence. I am all for prosecution to the fullest. That said, most of us work hard on that day and we are diligent. Our job is is ensure those who vote are legally eligible to do so and every legal vote is counted. In our little group, we did our job admirably, if I do say so myself. Not one of us would even think of allowing cheating.

On the other hand, those who’ve been caught doing stuff they shouldn’t need to be dealt with swiftly and surely.  When this hasn’t happened, the blame rests entirely on those charged with enforcing the law – on every level. If I were to observe fraud, I would report it and I would keep reporting it further up the ladder until someone acted. I would further expect those who did act to act not just on the original perpetrators but on every individual who turned a blind eye up the line. We cannot have this.

A final note.  As I said at the beginning, my day was 15 hours on November 7, 2023. I hear other polling places break the job into shifts. We could not even if it were allowed. (I’m not sure if it is.) The bottom line is, more poll workers are needed. I doubt if our little county is the exception. Why not do your part? Too many gripe and whine about elections and election fraud. Of course our elections should be without question but how can this happen when polling places are understaffed or not properly represented? We invite fraud.

Contact your local Registrar. Put your name in to be an election official.  Come on now, pony up.

 

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