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August  2013  Entries

 Republican Caucus Tonight and OH-Bama !                              8-1-2013

    Tonight at 7 p.m at the Town Hall - Republican Caucus.  What I expect to happen:

         First, there may be an over-crowding problem, then again, we may have only a handful.  Second, we apparently ARE cross-endorsing despite the promise of Greg Fingar two years ago that we would never do so again! This is to allow the Czar to get his two hand-picked candidates, Evans and Schuster, endorsed by the Republican Party. Which is not necessary, since we have our OWN.  By the way, Eileen Evans now no longer speaks to me in public. Oh well, should have taught your son some manners. 

         Remember, party is no longer the issue, HONOR IS ! The Czar sent out letters to just the Republicans he believes support him and ignored all the rest. More under-handed behavior by the outsider. I find Bud Godfroy guilty here as well, as it is his job to see that we ALL get everything! The Czar isn't satisfied with board-stacking, so now he is "Party-Stacking".  We can NOT endure 4 more years of his lies and sneakiness! 

         Vote Wisely tonight folks!  We will talk some more AFTER the caucus.


     LOL!  Well, I think I will wait until tomorrow to report on the caucus, because I don't trust myself to NOT say something I shouldn't right now.  Over the next three months I will have plenty to say, expose and prove, but for tonight, I think I will just go surf the net and relax. I have definitely earned it, and if it doesn't rain tomorrow, I'm going to spend time outdoors, painting.  Tomorrow night, I will finish this report and the OH-Bama piece.  I DO want to say one thing to a few people who know who they are.  Boy, did you ever burn some bridges tonight!  Sucks to be YOU!  Tomorrow night, I will name names, but for now, one female town employee has better pray about the payback from all the throats SHE slit tonight! WOW!  LOL!!


The CAUCUS !                                                                    8-2-2013

        We knew before we got there, DAYS ahead in fact, that the room would be stacked with Benson's Sheeple, and we were not disappointed. LOL!!  All the dutiful little lambs were present to bow in worship to the great, shiny-headed one. If it wasn't so sad, it would be comical.  Sure would like to know what this guy is selling. Has to be SOME bribe or reward at stake for anyone with a pulse to support such an iceberg.  

        Larry and Barb Benson herded up with the entire Evans family and Mrs. Gus Murray. Another herd consisted of Godfroy, Sharon Moon, Tony Murad, Bob Weber, the very "UNIQUE" Eric and Bernadette Wagner and the puffed-up Jack and Jill Nevers. Of course there was Kevin Darcy and wife and Billy Black-mailer, who practically kissed Benson's keyster all night. You know the usual suspects.  Not a Christian or person of integrity among them. Even my dear Bob Winsor has caught the Benson Flu.  All the vacant-eyed Zombies and self-proclaimed "Elite" of the New Lebanon, political cesspool were there except for Brucey, Dougy and Monte. 

        So we knew what to expect and didn't walk into that room with any misconceptions about seeing integrity or independent thinkers.  Our presence was essentially symbolic and for purposes of information-gathering.  In those areas, it was a fruitful evening ! LOL!  MANY people were surprised to find that the caucus was CLOSED. Which is fine, but it's a little odd to close a caucus and allow cross-endorsements, isn't it?  Anyway, I was a little surprised to see the infamous snake-boy, Jason Nastke standing guard.  I deliberately pretended to not recognize him and asked him if he was from the BOE. I wanted him to SAY it, and he did. Interesting. 

         After his "Proven" complicity in the Fraud and Tampering in the election of two years ago, he was supposedly given the punishment that is generally unique to Democrats, he was Promoted. Yet here he was again, back in his old role, compliments of Greg Fingar who didn't trust Bud Godfroy not to screw the whole thing up. Too late Greg, Bud screwed  up long before last night and you and I will be discussing that shortly. You DO realize that I am talking about my own party here? There are Reagan Republicans like myself, and there are RINOS like Benson and his herd.  Just as there are Conservative Democrats and Liberal Democrats, at least locally. In Washington D.C, ALL the Democrats are liberals. 

          We had 42 Republican voters present and that is shameful. The Democrats had 68 at their caucus, which isn't great either. Too many people see the caucus as unimportant and simply vote in the general election. Had the REAL Republicans gotten OFF the couches last night, we might very well have kept Benson OFF the Republican ticket as we did Schuster, the unknown.  Speaking of which, has anyone thought about the makeup of the Town Board if both Schuster and Evans had been elected and WON? We would have FOUR Fire Company officials on the Town Board rendering them unable to vote on anything concerning the LVPA. 

       There were two major shockers of the night, one of which I won't get into until I have some information I feel I need first. The other was the nomination by Bob Weber of K.B Chittenden for Highway Super!  LOLOLOL!!!!!!   Now come on, everybody HAS to see the sheer humor in THAT !?!  I mean REALLY, have you seen the guy's farm?  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have nothing personal against K.B and I don't think he's a bad person at all. Yet I know he's a lousy politician, a terrible farmer, and has the personality and ambition of a slug. By the way, HE also voted for the Czar.

       Some of the comments, (not my own), after the caucus were as follows:

      1) He can't run a F__king Farm, how is he going to run the highway department? 

      2) He can't operate his own machinery, he will never figure out the road machines!

      3) He owns one of Lebanon's biggest eyesores.

      4) His poor father is already rolling in his grave. 

       I didn't comment, I was laughing too hard. The thing that DOES bother me about the whole thing, is that he lied about his reason for not running for board again. He said he wanted to spend more time with his son. When he said that, I was touched to the core of my heart that he could be so honorable a dad. I was PROUD of him ! Now I see that this too, was just a lie. Ask Jeff Winestock how much time the Highway Super has to spend with his kids. 

       So I can confidently say that once again, the Republican Caucus was a Joke. It was stacked with RINOs, the corrupt, the self-serving, the morally-retarded and the liars. People who have NEVER attended a Town Meeting were there to exercise their "Rights". The caucus was officiated over by a BOE employee that by law, should have a criminal record and an unemployment check. The doors were locked at 7:15 and several voters AND one Republican who came to ask for a nomination for Town Board, were denied access.  Votes were taken orally and publicly rather than confidentially and on paper. That didn't bother ME, I don't give a donkey's behind what anyone thinks about how I vote, but a few people were upset about that. Rightfully so. 

      Dave Bartlett, the Republican candidate for Sheriff is a friend of mine and a great guy. Several weeks ago he had promised me some campaign signs to post for him, so when he spoke last night, I publicly asked him where my signs were. He laughed and said he had about 50 of them outside for me. Immediately after the caucus, Billy Black the Blackmailer ran outside, snapped up all of Bartlett's signs and Judge Nichols signs, and stuffed them into the back of the Czar's S.U.V.  LOL!!  Idiot.  See what I mean about the Czar needing to control everyONE and everyTHING?  

      These people are an embarrassment to REAL Republicans, Patriots, and to the Town of New Lebanon. They are SO ridiculously immature and egotistical that I can't even get angry, I'm too amused by their stupidity, gullibility and sad worship of money and power. If I were to look at my mental picture of that room last night and go through row by row, I could tell you some things about a LOT of these people that would make you want to vomit. There are things going on behind the closed doors of some of these people's homes that would make the devil jealous . I make it a point NOT to go behind those doors when I write this blog unless I am left with ZERO options or believe someone is in imminent danger. In 7 years, I have never had to do it, but I've come close, and I'm getting closer all the time. 

      So folks, be prepared for another dirty, divisive Fall in New Lebanon, and FYI, the BOE has stated that our $500,000.00 Town Hall is not adequate as a Polling Place. Too small and not enough parking !!  So we will once again be voting at the Catholic Church this November. Gee, makes you want to run right out and support that sidewalk project, doesn't it?? Don't forget this either, that Benson's claims that HE closed the landfill is B.S. Not only is it NOT closed, it is going to cost the taxpayers of this town in excess of $400,000.00 over and above what the county is kicking in. 

      His letter to the "Few Select" Republicans he sent them to, stated that he had closed the landfill successfully. LIE. Just like the Town Hall project, many people put in a lot of hard work to get it done long before Benson ever came back and took over the entire town. He just happened to time it right, and came in when the groundwork was done by others. Now he wants all the credit. Well, he also promised us a grocery store and pharmacy, but I don't see any, do you? 

    He also fired our long-time, efficient and helpful insurance provider and replaced them  with Greg Fingar Insurance. If that's not Conflict, I don't know what IS ! He also lied to ME in a Town Meeting about the accountants he hired for the town having worked for his construction firm. He said that they hadn't, but OH, they HAD! Just because they changed the NAME of their business, the faces were the same, so yes, he LIED. AGAIN. THIS is what the liberals and RINOs support and adore. God will re-pay. 

Tomorrow Night: OH-Bama



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Why Liberals Make Excuses for  Destructive Behavior

Written on Friday, August 2, 2013 by David L. Goetsch
Here is a fact liberals refuse to acknowledge: Some people are just plain bad and others are just plain lazy.  That’s right.  There are people who are perverts, child molesters, murderers, thieves, rapists, con artists, drug pushers, pimps, child pornographers, and all manner of e-criminals for the simple reason that they choose to be.  There are also people who are leeches on society because they choose to be. Liberals like to make excuses for criminal and idle behavior, excuses such as poverty. But the truth is that most hoodlums are hoodlums because they made a conscious decision to adopt a destructive lifestyle. Most leeches are also leeches by choice. It’s not about economic circumstances it’s about who they are.  What they lack is not money—it’s character.
For validation of my contention one need only apply simple logic: If economic disadvantage were a legitimate excuse for criminal or idle behavior, every poor person in America would be a criminal or a leech. In fact, I would be one or the other myself.  Since the overwhelming majority of poor people are fine, decent, law-abiding, hard working citizens, there must be another explanation for criminal and idle behavior.   There is.  But it’s an explanation that makes naïve liberals who view themselves as social engineers cringe.
How people respond to life’s circumstances is a matter of character not their economic circumstances.  People of character—regardless of their race, gender, or national origin—react to poverty in socially responsible ways. I grew up among people who were sterling examples of this phenomenon. They spent their lives inching their way out of poverty by working hard, working smart, and working long.  They were serious about education and had a strong work ethic.  Together, these two things—education and hard work—were their tools for building a better life.
I also knew people from the same neighborhood who did just the opposite.  Some sat around indolently leeching off of society. Others turned to criminal activities.  What I learned from this experience is that most people who turn to crime do so because they are criminals and most people who idly leech off of society do so because they are leeches.   Give people who lack character all the advantages society can offer and chances are they will still become hoodlums or ne’er-do-wells.  Federal prisons are full of white-color criminals who despite wealth, power, and status, were nothing more than hoodlums in suits before their choices put them behind bars.
What most people who become criminals, hoodlums, and ne’er-do-wells lack is not economic advantage, it’s character—a condition that cannot be changed through social engineering or big-government programs dreamed up by misguided liberals.  Writing for The Washington Times of July 8th, conservative economist Thomas Sowell asks some pertinent questions about this issue: “Why has evil been such a hard concept for many on the left to accept? The basic agenda of the left is to change external conditions (through nanny government programs financed by tax payers).  But what if the real problem is the cussedness of human beings?  Rousseau denied this in the 18th century and the left has been denying it ever since.  Why? Self preservation.  If the things the left wants to control—institutions and government policy—are not the most important factors in the world’s problems, then what role is there for the left?”
As usual Dr. Sowell hits the nail on the head.  The left does not care about the criminals, hoodlums, and ne’er-do-wells it coddles.  To liberals they are simply a means to an end: control of the institutions that influence the culture such as the schools, colleges, and media as well as the one institution that has the power to coerce: the federal government.  By coddling the idle and the criminal, the left maintains a dependent and, hence, dependable constituency that will loyally vote to keep liberals—their benefactors—in office.  And, by the way, those who don’t work and don’t intend to have the same vote as those who do.  Further, liberals are working hard to make sure that criminals also get to vote.  What a country.


Hearsay  and  Turncoats                                        8-7-2013

         The list of the irresponsible continues to grow.  My assessment of the number of decent politicians and candidates was pretty accurate with only two, semi-surprises. Not GOOD surprises. One of those will be settled tomorrow afternoon and I can update you on the outcome tomorrow night. In the interim, I want to toss a few other thoughts out. 

         The Great Czar fully intends to FORCE the sidewalk project and "Eminent Domain" down our throats, you DO realize this I hope?  It's all documented and if you stay tuned here, you'll get the proof in a few days. Sshhh, don't tell anybody!  Michael Benson has arranged it so that he now CAN and WILL get this project that no one wants or can afford, DONE. He can now steal the private property of Joan Darcy and several others. So let's see, that's $400,000- plus that the taxpayers will be paying to close a landfill that has sat for 30 years and is now a simple "brown field" that is better left alone.  The new Meeting Room that has been deemed useless for public meetings, the Dem Caucus, and now as a polling place, cost us $500.000. 

         The sidewalk project is estimated at about one million more. How about all of us who object to this uncontrolled and unapproved spending, start putting our property taxes in "escrow" and holding it there until the Bull_hit STOPS! Starve the beast and his mutant cronies.  If you're not seeing the agenda here, allow me to enlighten you. 

          Mike Benson associates with very few people, correct? Who ARE these people? Not the lowly peons like you and me who have nothing to offer him or help him further his political aspirations. No, he sticks like used bubble-gum to the wealthy and connected. The Socialists, the Communists, the liberal Democrats and the RINOs. Every notice, information item, etc., having to do with the local Republican Party, is sent ONLY to the people Benson knows will support him. The rest of the Republicans are omitted.  He stacked the caucus the same way he helped stack the Ethics Board and once his list of supporters had arrived, he LOCKED the DOORS! Couldn't have those redneck locals getting in and casting a vote for the opposition ! This was all pre-arranged, and if you doubt that, you are one of "His" people.  

        The only thing that is transparent in Benson's governing is his corruption, coldness, and egomania.  Now I am going to do something I generally don't do. I am going to print a few things here that I do NOT have proof of in my hand. I want to make it PERFECTLY CLEAR, that this is not first-hand information, but second-hand, and can be described only as "HEARSAY", for the moment. Do with it what you will. Maybe YOU will be the one person that can give us the documentation we need to prove what we pretty much know is true.  I can NOT provide the evidence YET, but look into it for yourselves. 

  Hearsay Item #1 :

          I've been told that there is a woman named Ruth that lives here in town, and that she is a very wealthy supporter of Benson. She allegedly holds gatherings at her home that she refers to as "Philharmonics".  ( no comment). These little get-togethers are of course, open only to the so-called "A-List" of the wealthy and connected. GAG.  Personally, I would not know this Ruth person if she knocked on my door, nor do I care to remedy that.  However, the account I was given of events at her most recent "Philharmonic" are just too newsworthy to ignore. 

           Naturally, the campaigning Czar was a guest. Maybe he had a little too much champagne, I don't know if he even drinks or not, but SOMETHING loosened his tongue and caused him to compromise his "Professional" discretion. I would suspect pomposity over alcohol. In any case, the Czar began to talk about a local property-owner whose land is slated to be taken by the county this year for back taxes. He named NAMES! I will NOT.  The Czar went on at length about how HE was planning to grab the property himself, but he has college tuition to think about. Well, I happen to know that for reasons I won't reveal here,  none of the Benson kids will be attending college for at least one more year.  So Benson claimed that he had persuaded a friend to buy the land. How very honorable, considering that the present owner of this property is someone the Czar has feigned allegiance to ! 

          As if all that wasn't bad enough, the Czar continued to dig the hole deeper. He made a public comment about one of his own children that no loving father would even THINK, much less SAY out loud in a room full of self-proclaimed "elitists".  I KNOW what he said, but I would NEVER repeat it , not even with omitted letters!  It was THAT cruel ! Suffice it to say that this piece of human excrement should be put in stocks at the old Hess station, stripped naked and publicly flogged ! 

           I'm told that he ended his display of his True Colors by laughing about the loss the owner of the endangered property would suffer. Dear God in Heaven, how inhumane can anyone BE?  I'm no doctor, but I recently read the symptoms of Sociopathy, and Benson has EVERY one! Coincidence ? I think not. 

   Hearsay Item #2 :

         This is a story that is 24 years old now, but still relevant and disturbing. Once upon a time in New Lebanon, a farmer who was aging decided it was time to get his affairs in order.  He had three sons, and to the eldest he bequeathed his house. When the farmer passed on , it came to light that at some point, an evil and manipulative grandson had somehow managed to get his hands on the paperwork concerning the house. Through means I can only imagine, he had the paperwork changed to show himself as heir to the home, instead of the intended uncle. 

           Naturally, this caused a terrible rift between the deserving heir and the father of the thief, his brother.  The rift has never been healed. The evil grandson kept his ill-gotten gains. Wanna try guessing who that grandson is? 

             So that's the "Hearsay" for today.  I'd like to remind those of you who oppose the sidewalk project to prepare for a fight and stay tuned to this blog for the upcoming story of how it managed to progress this far without approval of the people.  Be assured, that if Benson wins re-election, you will get sidewalks and you will PAY for them. 

            There is a strong and well-funded effort underway to drive the middle and lower-income residents out of New Lebanon and turn it into a Liberal Utopia.  A few of the known players are of course, Benson, Ruth of the Philharmonics, Doug Clark, Brucey and Monte Wasch who actually thinks he can BRING the NY Philharmonic, HERE!  LOLOL!!  Fact, folks!  Funny as all hell, but true! 

          Think about it, the sidewalks, the new town hall, the landfill closing, the "Hamlet" plans, public water and sewer, NONE of which is for the benefit of locals and lifers. We will PAY for it, but it is really for the "Future" New Lebanon. BENSON'S New Lebanon. Come on, you know what he is, and he would love nothing more than to OWN a whole TOWN! Dismiss me if you wish, but MARK my words!  You have two choices; 1) Sell and get out while you still have something to sell.  2) Stand and FIGHT! Get RID of Mike Benson before it's too late. Your choice. 


 Ahh, Memories !


November 20, 2012

Changing of the GOP guard?

Greg Fingar may vacate the Columbia County Republican chairman’s seat, and New Lebanon Supervisor Michael Benson may covet his seat cushion, according to three separate (and ideologically-distinct) sources. 
image from www.ccscoop.com 
GOP chair Greg Fingar with election law attorney James Walsh (Source: CC Scoop)
Fingar remains in the position for the moment, according to a fourth source familiar with the situation. It is not clear whether Fingar would step down voluntarily, or is coming under pressure to do so.

In addition to serving as the New Leb Supervisor, Benson is president of BCI, one of the Capital Region’s largest and most influential construction firms. The company is known for its uncanny knack for winning bidding wars on public projects, and has done extensive work for government within the County. For example, BCI completed renovations for the Chatham Central School District, and also construction on the City of Hudson’s new wastewater treatment plant.

In addition, BCI built A. Colarusso & Sons’ corporate offices, suggesting that if elevated to Republican chair, Benson perhaps would be sympathetic to mining interests which have been the source of some local controversy in the past.
image from www.bciinc.com 
Benson’s profile picture at BCI’s website
Earlier this year, a small controversy erupted after nearly 30 underage students were arrested in relation to a drinking party at a New Lebanon  home while the parents were traveling. Initial State Police reports didn’t disclose the party details. But it eventually leaked out that it took place at the Bensons’ home—becoming the subject of reports in the Times-Union and elsewhere—after the Town Justice had to recuse herself.
Benson contributed $250 to lobbyist, County powerbroker and former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso’s political action committee in 2001, and has donated similar amounts in the past two years to the Columbia County Republican Committee and Conservative Party. In November 2011, he donated $5,000 the State Republican Committee. All of these donations were made via BCI’s Loudonville Road address in Albany.
BCI Construction itself has donated a total of $17,890 to various political candidates over the past decade, according to New York State campaign finance records. Most of these donations were to Republicans, but a few were to Democrats in places such as Albany and New York City where the politics are heavily Democratic.
Though not necessarily over yet, Fingar’s tenure was colored early on by the intense controversy surrounding his party’s heavy-handed 2009 attempt to disenfrancise absentee voters in the hotly-contested Congressional race between Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco. At the time, Fingar and Faso joined forces to sic lawyers John Ciampoli Jim Walsh (plus a gumshoe private detective) on second home owners who had legally cast absentee ballots. More recent primaries have brought to light various fissures among factions of the County GOP, which usually presents a monolithic front.
The ballot fracas, which was decided strongly in favor of the voters by fellow Republican judge John Nichols, focused heavily on the small Town of Taghkanic. Their challenges appeared to be backed in part by donations from racetrack developer Alan Wilzig—whose chef and manager Eric Tyree was on the ballot. Funds for the disenfranchisement effort came in part from the County Republican Housekeeping fund (to which Wilzig and a corporation he controlled had donated), a type of political action committee which is not supposed to be used for such purposes according to New York State election law.
At the time, numerous residents who were longtime customers of Fingar Insurance decamped to other insurers in protest, after noticing one of its key partners’ involvement. Ironically, the company’s Columbia County Chamber of Commerce blurb touted its work helping to insure second homes.

(Gee, isn't Fingar Insurance the company Benson recently hired to provide coverage to the Town of New Lebanon?)

The Town Board Meeting                                8-14-2013

       Packed house ! Not unusual when an election is looming. There were people present tonight that rarely if ever, attend board meetings, including candidates Evans and Hanna. It was Evans' second and Hanna's first in all the years I've been going regularly.  Other candidates were also present of course, Matt and the Czar and Jeff Winestock.  Colleen doesn't really count because she is unopposed.  Trina Porte and K.B were also there, so the mysterious Mr. Schuster was the only one absent. Most of us have still NEVER seen him and wouldn't know him if he DID show up ! LOL! 

       The first hour was spent on a presentation to the board from AFLAC about their insurance options, which many people did not appreciate. That wasn't the place for it and people don't want to spend the entire night in the claustrophobic meeting room. Especially with an air-conditioning unit that is so loud, it drowns out the board and had to be shut off. Which means we melted for the rest of the night. Time for speakers and microphones, taped meetings, and cameras in the town hall folks!  AFLAC was followed by another presentation by a young man from Cooperative Extension about stream preservation.  Finally, we got to the meeting, and the major issue of the night which was once again the sidewalk project. 

        Mark and Greg Baumli and Darcy Poppey presented evidence that the Eminent Domain Notice was NOT posted at the Town Hall as required and should be considered null and void. They asked for assurance that it would be considered as such and done over properly so those affected could have an opportunity to object.  The Czar responded pretty much the only way he could, by stating that he would take it up with Attorney Howard. So we'll see. Talk moved on to the petitions filed by residents to add a referendum to the November voting slate and allowing residents to vote on the project. However, since the project is not yet an "Official" project, there is no need for a referendum OR petitions at  this point in time. So everything will have to be done from scratch IF the board decides to push the project.

       The entire thing was batted around and chewed on for a good 30 to 45 minutes, and for ME, it was all a waste of time and energy once the original points had been made. Everyone was trying SO hard to be extra polite and Politically Correct, and it was just beating around the bush. Had this been MY battle, which it is not thus far, I would have cut to the chase and summed it all up in less than a minute. What the people were saying was, " MR. Benson, we want your word that this will NOT be snuck through behind our backs again as it was the first time".  There. See how easy that was ? No words or time wasted, truth told, warning delivered, everyone home before nine. Simplify.

       Dick Sime from the Stephentown Zoning Board was at the meeting to ask about the Indian Head Fountain. He said he was shocked to find it dry since it has always been a public water source, not to mention a wonderful piece of local history. Well, as most locals know, the water is contaminated with E-Coli and comes through some lead piping. Definitely not potable. Several homes in Lebanon Springs get their household water from the hot spring, and I sure hope they all know about this. Anyone that can confirm that? It's kinda scary to think of anyone not knowing and drinking that stuff. 

      It's sad that something as neat as the spring is now lost to us. When and how did it become contaminated? I'm sure the cost to clean it up would be prohibitive, but it's just a shame is all.  It always upsets me to see something of historical value lost forever. If only we could hold on to the old and awesome a little longer, but nothing lasts forever. I have often asked older folks to consider keeping memoirs to pass on to younger generations, but few do. Of course, not a lot of young people are all that interested anymore. You either love history or hate it, I guess. 

      My husband was one of those very blessed people that grew up in a typical farm family with three generations under one roof.  Imagine the terrific memories and stories that were shared around their Sunday dinner table? I really believe that was the way God intended families to be, but we have moved so far from that today, and the consequences are obvious. After the meeting last night, a friend approached me and said he had a story to tell that he knew I would appreciate. Now usually, that means someone has a problem or need, a complaint or a tip, and I DID have one of those last night too. This time was different though.

      My friend and his wife had visited a small, New England town over the weekend and stopped in to their local diner for lunch. The food and service were top-notch, but the most memorable part of the lunch involved an elderly man. He was obviously a regular,  took his seat and ordered the special, and warned the cook to NOT give him so much food.  He said that they always overfed him and he had to take half of it home.  After he had eaten his fill, paid his check and left with a take-out box, the waitress came to my friend's table to give them their change. The old man was mentioned and the waitress explained that they always give him double the regular portion. She said, "That way we know he will have supper at night". 

     My friend was right, it WAS my kind of story and it touched my heart as it had his. It's little kindnesses like making sure a lonely old gentleman gets enough to eat, that keep us fighting to restore faith, and assures us that there still ARE good people in the world. A little diner in a small town, a kind cook and waitress, are examples of all the things we have lost sight of. It's a picture postcard of what America was once and can be again if we are willing to go after it. 

     Today, another friend, a man in his 70s, called me just to chat. He brought up something about liberalism and how devastating it has been to America. He said that his grandfather could describe liberalism well.  I couldn't wait to hear it, there was a good, "Old-Time" piece of wisdom coming!  My friend started to laugh and he said, "My grampa would say that liberals suffer from "Mental Indigestion'".  I'm still laughing.


Time to Remind Legislators Who They WORK For !




Failing Public Schools and Half-Wit Students

brickWhen in the process of building a society, it would seem very strange for one to suggest that the state mandate one size of pants in which to squeeze every American. No one would try to design one television show to entertain all Americans: yet the public education system in America feigns to create one system to adequately educate every child in America. This form of reasoning can only be bred in a monopoly, a monopoly that forbids competition and has no incentive to please its customers.

The data collected about the public education system in America is haunting. In Nevada alone, the graduation rate for high school students from 2006 to 2009 lies at a nauseating fifty-six percent, consistently ranking it amongst the lowest in the country. In the back yard of the Capitol of the United States and the heart of American government, public schools follow a close second, averaging a graduation rate of fifty-seven percent. These numbers are not token examples.
Among developing countries, America ranks 20th in graduation rates. Not only are students failing to complete their education up to their senior year, they are barely competent in the most rudimentary of skills. According to the Department of Education, seventy-nine percent of 8th graders in Chicago Public Schools are not proficient in reading, and eighty percent are not proficient in math .
The way people light their cigarettes has made an unrecognizable change from its nineteenth century counterpart, and yet the education of the young, perhaps one of societies most important issues, has not been help up to this evolutionary scrutiny. When people in the twenty first century are cramming their children into archaic molds, it is no wonder how the education system ended up this way, just as if how society fed children with a nineteenth century diet they would not meet modern life expectancy nor growth averages.

One Size fits all education simply does not work. Humans are an almost unimaginably eclectic bunch, and the thought of taking ostensibly every child in America and putting them into one form of education is egalitarian to a fault. Every student, regardless of abilities, interests, mental capacity, and personality are all crammed into one classroom and are taught the same things, in the same way, by the same people, at the same pace. The only thing students in public schools share in common is age, and this seems to be a very poor criterion to determine how a student should be educated. Not only are students expected to learn in a system that may be a malfit for them, but they are forced to attend them for eleven years.
Truancy laws keep students who are not satisfied with their education are kept to rot in a mindless purgatory. A student who may greatly benefit from learning a skill or getting a job is literally forced into their desk by the threat of legal sanctions against both the student and their parents for missing class. This being said, the public school system is not benignly inefficient, it is a vicious perdition that keeps students intellectually flaccid, hobbled, and left to decay until the day they turn eighteen. While students are free to leave during their last year, it is a very sick consolation to those unfortunate souls who have had their minds forcefully bound for eleven years.
These heartbreaking statistics are not the symptoms of a system famished for funding as the most prominent arguments against this thesis suggests. Thirty thousand dollars is almost enough to, “cover the costs of Harvard’s yearly undergraduate tuition or [to] send [one’s] child to the prestigious Sidwell Friends School”  attended by President Obama’s children as Heritage Foundation Scholar Rachel Sheffield notes.
However, in Washington D.C. $30,000 is barely enough to indict a child into a school with some of the lowest graduation rates and achievement rates in the country, as demonstrated in the preceding paragraphs. Cramming more funding down the bloated throats of America’s failing public schools will do nothing to fix the systemic problems with education. The problem is not that these schools need more support, the problem is that they have been supported far too much.
Luckily the free market is finding ways to ameliorate the problems created by the government. Today, there are already private alternatives that have sprouted up as an alternative to traditional public education. While it is easy to scoff at online education, upon examination of their curriculum, they are beyond a veritable substitute. Wikipedia for example easily contains all the information one could learn in grade school. Groups like the Kahn Academy offer a free online university that hosts tens of thousands of videos and lectures that cover everything in K-12 education, to music lessons, to coding lessons.
These online schools are often free to anyone at anytime, and allow the student to engage their material at their own pace, in their preferred way. These schools not only encompass all the knowledge that could be gained through conventional public education, but they expand and offer information of an eclectic spread of skills that are rarely seen in public schools, such as computer programming, animation, video  production, and musical education.
It is harrowing to consider that public education sprouts from the same group that bring us the Department of Motor Vehicles. With such a  sordid lineage to boast, it is surprising there is not more animosity towards the public education system today. Luckily however, motivated entrepreneurs are finding ways around government incompetence to educate people in new, more efficient, and cheaper ways.

President BARACK OBAMA was invited to address
a major gathering of the American Indian Nation in upstate New York ...
He spoke for almost an hour about his plans for
increasing every Native American's present
standard of living. He referred to his time as
a U.S. Senator and how he had voted for every
Native American issue that came to the floor
of the Senate.
Although President Obama was vague about
the details of his plans, he seemed most
enthusiastic and spoke eloquently about
his ideas for helping his, "Red sisters and brothers".
At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes
presented Obama with a plaque inscribed with
his new Indian name, "Walking Eagle".
The proud President Obama accepted the plaque
and then departed in his motorcade to a fundraiser,
waving to the crowds.
A news reporter later asked the group of chiefs
how they came to select the new name they had
given to the President. They explained that "Walking Eagle" is the name given
to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.

Take a look at this photo and see why Obama won, our Welfare costs are so high, and Americans are so damn STUPID! Still think our schools are doing a good job ?????


 Updates for the Week                                8-8-2013

        Most of you read the Chatham papers and some also the Berkshire Eagle.  I refuse to buy any of them, as they are all SO liberally bias, but I read them online IF someone tells me there is something I need to see.  PACT has had its issues with the Chatham "Rags" as I call them , as a result of this bias and the blatant favoritism of reporter Gail Heinsohn.  I am far from the ONLY person who shares these observations and complaints, there are a lot of locals unhappy with Heinsohn for many reasons. To this day, I still hold her partly accountable for the results of our 2011 election.

        Gail Heinsohn and I did call a truce this past winter and that is a good thing, yet I am still seeing that leftward slant in her articles. She definitely favors Benson and the dirty duo of Clark and Baldwin. On Monday of this week, I submitted a Letter to the Editor to the Chatham Courier. It was a time-sensitive piece but as usual, it was not printed. So I have posted it below and will share it all over Facebook. 

          The problem with the Courier and Register-Star is the same problem that plagues the entire county. Two Words"  Greg Fingar.  This man needs to concentrate on selling insurance and get out of politics a.s.a.p. He is another Benson, Schumer and Obama. See what I mean about party affiliation being irrelevant? Corruption knows no party. I'm a registered Republican but I swear no allegiance to the party in general or to any other, not any more.  Greg Fingar rules Columbia County and that includes the Chatham Rags and all their staff. Consider this;  If it was acceptable to lock the town hall doors, (among other things), during the Republican Caucus, why didn't they just print my letter ? If they have nothing to hide, why are they infringing on my right to voice my opinion ? 

          The list of the unclean continues to grow!  LOL!!  My assessment of the number of decent politicians and candidates has been fairly accurate all along. Now, I have a hypothetical situation for you. Well, it isn't really hypothetical, but let's pretend for a minute that it IS.   IF, you were a candidate for re-election to a position you had held for a number of terms, claim to enjoy greatly, and are well paid for, would it be important to you to do the RIGHT thing ?  IF the constituents were 90% supportive of you and had placed their confidence in you, would you quietly betray them ? 

          Now let's imagine that you shock your friends and supporters with a HUGE "mis-step" that to many, reveals you as the opposite of what they always thought you to be .  There is an immediate backlash and you realize that you are in trouble, so you spend the following day reaching out to those you've harmed and trying to explain your faux pas.  Yes, I am referring to Colleen Teal's votes for Benson and Evans at the Republican Caucus. 

       I've been under pressure since the caucus to speak out about this, but at the same time, I felt it only fair to hear Colleen out first. I intended all along to address this issue, but I needed to know WHY she did what she did, and it hasn't been easy to hold off with all the hammering I've been getting to "Be Fair" and not cover up for anyone. LOL!  I do NOT cover-up for anyone and I am still appalled at what occurred Monday night, in so many ways! While I understand Colleen's having some tough times in her personal life and how impossible it must be to have to work with the Czar, I at the same time, have NO tolerance for anyone who fails to stand for what they claim to feel is RIGHT, regardless of what else is going on in one's life. 

     Some of the people who were locked out of the caucus were LIVID and made a lot of noise to friends and neighbors, but when advised of what actions they could take, they withered and made excuses about illness and positions, etc. No guts, no courage. Inexcusable. So yes, I get it that when you work in the Town Hall and you know better than most people what Benson is capable of, it would be difficult for some people to sit in the same room with him and vote for his opponent. Especially OUT LOUD as it was done. This put not only Colleen, but several appointed officials between a rock and a hard place, no doubt. It also does NOT mean that they must or will vote for Benson in the election. 

     Colleen has been a friend for many years, and she still will be. However, I need to make myself clear to her and everyone else, that the reason our country has such horrible leaders and officials is because people are intimidated and afraid to STAND. I had absolutely NO problem stating my support for Matt Larabee out loud, right in front of Mike Benson. He is no one and nothing and I don't give a donkey's A_S what he thinks. I guess that because I refuse to compromise my own principals and beliefs, I expect everyone should. I have learned that most people, can't.  So maybe ol' Tommy Benson will try again to run me off the road with his tractor, so what? I'm a hell of a good driver, police academy trained.  Bring it on. 

     I can only hope that the reasons Colleen has given to her supporters are valid. For me, they aren't quite strong enough and I'm not satisfied, but I will also not beat her up for it. She is a free American and has every right to do what she chooses. I am not the one that must work with the Tyrant and put up with his tyrannical bulls_it. There's not enough money in the world for ME to put up with him !  In all honesty, my trust in her has been greatly reduced and it will take a lot of time and positive action on her part to win it back, if she cares to. I won't write her off just yet, and I will remain her friend, because we are all human and imperfect. We will see what the future brings. 

    By the way, Jason Nastke is the person who refused to open the town hall doors when he was told that people were waiting to be let in. Contrary to Gail Heinsohn's article, those doors were NOT inadvertently locked as claimed by the Great White Forked-Tongue, Bud Godfroy.  They were deliberately locked and Republicans voters and one candidate were barred entry to their caucus. FACT !!  This is SO over -the-top, that every Republican in the county should be screaming bloody murder for a nullification of the caucus !!  Especially those who were locked out and those who witnessed it. If you are a Republican and you are not outraged, you have no right to be a voter. If you ARE outraged, you need to eat your spinach and take this ON! 

     Let's see how many Republicans in this town have what it takes to call themselves Americans and how many are gutless.  Betcha I can tell you right now. NO one will do a damn thing, because they don't want to "Get Involved" or they are afraid of the great bald one. Afraid of WHAT? He is nothing but an evil, greedy little man with a God Complex. It's time someone takes him over their knee and spanks the crap out of him like his daddy should have done. Same goes for Fingar.  I'll even volunteer to hold them down for you! 

      Don't forget, the sidewalk issue is heating up and already there is solid evidence of dirty work afoot that will result in the screwing over of the Lebanon residents who oppose it. Be alert and get informed. Don't worry, when the proof is ready, you will be the first to know!  Sleep well!            JJ


To the Editor,

As a staunch, Conservative Republican, I was appalled at what occurred at the Republican Caucus in New Lebanon on Thursday of last week. Well before any voting began, while Sheriff candidate Dave Bartlett was still speaking to the people, the doors to the Town Hall were locked to the public ! I personally saw several residents attempting to come in, and learned later that ONE of them was there to ask for a nomination to the Town Board ! This is unacceptable !

Further, I was angered to see Jason Nastke of the Columbia County Board of Elections, officiating over the caucus, considering his collusion in accepting fraudulent petitions from Supervisor Benson two years ago. The fraud was admitted by B.O.E Officials Virginia Martin and Ken Dow in a Chatham Courier article in November of 2011. AFTER the election. The B.O.E allows only three days to object to a bad petition, but no one was noticed of the problem until after the three days had passed. How very convenient. Benson went on to run and WIN, and New Lebanon has suffered for it ever since. Now Benson is seeking re-election and all the same players are in place ?

Why was the Lebanon Town Clerk asked to take the minutes of the caucus despite being ON the ballot herself ? Why were the votes taken orally and publicly rather than on paper and confidentially ? MOST OF ALL, WHY WERE REPUBLICAN VOTERS LOCKED OUT OF THEIR OWN CAUCUS ?? Already, we have had an attack on the Democrat candidate for Supervisor by a member of his own party that supports Benson and just happened to have a key to the Town Hall. All of the claims made by the anonymous writer of that attack were proven groundless.

In 2011, New Lebanon experienced the dirtiest, most corrupt and cut-throat campaign in the history of the town. It's darn sad when REAL Republicans must vote for Democrats to get the least amount of corruption, board-stacking, and violations. No longer are integrity, experience and honor considered in the voting process, it is now who has the most money and the best connections. Benson never hesitates to exploit his by-marriage relation to Congressman Chris Gibson. By the way, there will be a $55.00 per plate dinner at the Benson home this Thursday, 8-8-2013. Chris Gibson, Judge Nichols, Dave Bartlett and Angelo Nero will be in attendance. Perhaps the real Republicans of Columbia County should break their piggy banks and stop by and ask some questions of the candidates who support a RINO that broke the law.
JJ. Johnson-Smith


You Want ANGER?  Here's ANGER !!                          8-16-2013

       I've been writing this blog since 2007 and in that time I have shown my real self to a lot of friends and strangers. Some people like me , some people hate me, and it is what it is. One thing no one can accuse me of, is lying to them or glossing over the facts.  I say what I think and do my best to not harm the innocent while exposing the guilty.  All I want in life is honesty and integrity and for people to do what they know in their hearts is right. Apparently, that is far too much to ask of Americans today. 

      In the past week, give or take a day or two, I have been getting a LOT of flack about my blogs. That's nothing new, but this latest flack is the opposite of what I usually get. Most hate mail is based on my lack of Political Correctness and sugar-coating. People hate truth and facts, especially lefties.  I don't care.  This week, I am being slammed for not being tough ENOUGH!  Okay, so I went a little easy on this week's Board meeting blog. I was tired and distracted and believe it or not, I DO have days that I am fed-up with the scumminess of politics and need a break. A LOT of things piss me off, but even I can't be angry ALL the time! Apparently, some people think I should be, so allow me to accomodate them! 

      I'm told that I am "Protecting" Colleen Teal and playing favorites. Umm, NOPE!  I DID give her the opportunity to explain what SHE wanted to explain about her votes for Benson and Evans at the Republican Caucus. I believe that's the fair thing to do. She asked to be heard out, and I heard her out. I also said here that I was not satisfied with what she had to say, but that there was no sense in beating her up, did I not? Everyone knows she betrayed a lot of us that night and Colleen knows it too. I also said that my trust in her had been seriously damaged.  That's the truth. How could it NOT be ? However, I didn't make an issue of her failings where the meeting minutes are concerned and I have been duly chastised. 

   Take Note Everyone: Colleen is SIX MONTHS behind in the meeting minutes. Is this unacceptable? Absolutely. Is there a reason? I'm sure there is, but I don't know what it is. I remember receiving the minutes at the very latest, 4 weeks after a meeting. I also remember getting a meeting agenda at least 24 hours before a meeting, and now I either get none at all, or I get it AFTER the meeting. This seems to be a complaint of MANY residents. So there, now I think I have covered what so many wanted covered. Colleen has dropped the ball and also betrayed her friends and allies. If you want to know WHY, you will have to ask HER. I will NEVER understand it. 

    Now, since you have riled me up, I may as well continue. There will be a lot of flack for THIS post anyway, so what the heck?  I don't do this to make friends, I do this to expose the violations and HOPE that maybe I'm not the only one who cares.  I have been betrayed a LOT by people in this town who claimed to be friends. People I loved and trusted and had  faith in. So yeah, I have a hard shell, deal with it or don't read my page. Simple. 

     I made a comment last night about people beating around the bush with Benson at the meeting. It wasn't that I didn't think the people needed to "get" what was going on, yes, that needed clarification. It was the banter AFTER the issue was made apparent, that I objected to. The sugary-sweet way people dealt with that little tyrant was nauseating. He does not DESERVE respect, he has done nothing to earn it. Quite the opposite, in fact! This election will be no different from his last one, rife with fraud and tampering. Know WHY? YOU let them get away with it the last time and some of you even DEFENDED it! So why would they change tactics if the dirty ones work so well and no one calls them out on it? 

    Right now, today, our town is in the worst mess it has EVER been in. EVER. The residents are divided. Businesses want no part of us, we have no drug store, no grocery store, but we have TWO sex and drug paraphernalia shops, a liquor store, a betting parlor, too many tree-hugger eateries, and a library that is unfriendly to Conservatives. We have buildings with no roofs or windows on the main drag and a ton of empty store fronts. The lefties have a dream of making this town into a Liberal Utopia and are making all the right moves toward that agenda. NOW they want to eliminate agricultural zones ! Gee, why do you suppose the Zoning Re-Write Committee wants to do THAT? Remember what I said about driving out the middle and lower classes?  Oh, by the way, we also have no financial surplus anymore.

    Have any of you seen Woodstock,N.Y lately? Drive out sometime and take a good look at what Lebanon is becoming. It will help you decide how to vote, or whether or not to cut your losses now and get the heck out of here. You either fight or fold, folks. You can tell the libs to go find another playground, or you can vote for Benson and kiss your rural town good-bye. 

      Brucey Baldwin;  his political career in this town has been a nightmare. HE is the one that allowed our town hall to fall into such disrepair. That too, was part of the plan. He wanted a NEW building and he wanted the credit for building it. Didn't work out for him, but it cost US a heck of a lot to repair his mess and still have an inadequate meeting hall. Baldwin has had FOUR Ethics Complaints filed against him in the past three years and never once got the punishment he deserved. Smiley Kathy Murnane will INSIST it was only TWO complaints, but I can PROVE it was four! Brucey also broke the law several times and was never penalized or removed from office. He has abused other officials, lied,  used profanity in meetings, abused his power, and over-stepped his station more times than I can count, and yet there he sits on the board! WHY? YOU voted him back in over and over! DUH!

     Doug Clark, John Dax, Stan Koloski, all abusive, corrupt and hateful men, all guilty of numerous violations and lack of ethics, yet they too went unpunished. If there are no consequences, there is no change in behavior. A DOG trainer can tell you THAT! GEEZ!!! These rotten apples keep getting re-elected because nobody gives a crap until it knocks on  their own door, like the sidewalk issue. Everybody has an opinion or a complaint, but NO ONE wants to get up, STAND up and DO something about it. They have every excuse in the book; "I hate politics", "I don't have time", "I'm too old or too young", "I don't want to get involved", "I have my monthly", and on and on and on. GROW UP ! 

   I'm not just talking about the libs either, I'm talking about the majority of people. My own so-called friends and like-thinkers all talk,talk,talk, but when I ask them to DO something, the excuses begin. Yet they feel they have a right to give ME flack if I fail to expose something that bothers them about town politics. How many of you have written Congress about Benghazi, or Fast & Furious, the Targeting of Conservatives by the IRS, the spying on citizens by the NSA, the murders that Obama, Hillary and Holder have been responsible for, the Constitutional violations of the Obama administration and Andrew Cuomo, Amnesty for criminal illegals? Anybody? 

    How many of you have filed a complaint about Republicans being locked out of their own caucus? How many of you parents have bothered to check into what your kids are being taught and NOT taught in our public schools? Have any of you contacted a single media outlet to complain about the bias and lies? Signed a petition to Impeach Obama? Attended a Rally for Gun Rights or against the murder of unborn babies? Objected to voter fraud and intimidation or stood up for George Zimmerman? Have any one of you taken a stand against the all-out assault on Christianity, Patriotism, and the glorification of Islam? When was the last time you wrote a Letter to the Editor about political corruption in your town,county or state? 

     Lazy, selfish , ungrateful people! While our soldiers fight a war that isn't ours, the "president" cuts their meals, arms, benefits, and strength. Is that okay with you? Do you miss the Space program or the security of adequate nuclear arms to deter attacks on our soil? Are you sick of working 40 to 50 hours a week and having the state take half of it to pay for their lulus and welfare recipients who are perfectly capable of working? Do you enjoy that surcharge on your cell phone bill that goes to pay for Obamaphones that are sold or traded for drugs?  How about the thousands of young people having 8 and 10 kids by a number of different partners and then expecting YOU to support those kids? 

     Or sequestration, shutting down all kinds of things for regular folks, while the Obamas jet-set all over the damn world at OUR expense? What about Christian military people who cannot wear their uniforms to church, but gay military members can wear them to Gay Pride parades? Chaplains being fired for saying the name of Jesus. Obama's sending BILLIONS of dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood who are now murdering innocents in Egypt?  Thanks to our tax dollars, the Brotherhood is well-armed. 

     Have you heard or read the warnings from Egypt, Russia, England, Denmark, Germany, and several other countries about our president being a peril to our freedoms? Do you live in a bubble?  Doug Clark be damned, Agenda 21 is also a serious danger and you can get the entire plan from the United Nations in NY City just for the asking. Go ahead, look into it ! Conspiracy theory indeed! Global warming is a hoax and an excuse to keep us from becoming energy-independent and creating jobs. Our children ARE being indoctrinated in the public schools and NO ONE can deny that fact! Obamacare is a nightmare, the gun grab is a blatant attempt to disarm us and if you don't believe THAT,  then what is the DHS doing these days? Are you all really that cozy in your ignorance? 

     So yes, I am angry, yes I am outspoken and YES, the things I tell you about are real, factual threats and you need to wake up and GET up. Go ahead and attack me all you want, but remember that I was right about Obama, I was right about Benson, Clark,Baldwin, Dax, Koloski, and the fraud in Benson's first election. I was right about the Chatham rags and their staff, and I'm right about Greg Fingar.  Now if this entry wasn't angry enough for you, I make no apologies. I can't win when I'm  gentle and I can't win when I'm on fire, so I don't care.  I do this to get the info OUT there and let you do what you want with it, not to win a popularity contest. I cannot however, THINK for you, or LIFT you off the couch, YOU have to do that. 


 Now, About Obama.......                                                                  8-21-2013

       Yup, I took some time off.  Life goes on.  Yes, I am still angry and yes, I WILL spout off some more tonight. Mostly about that scumbag the liberals call a president.  The latest lies slipping from his forked-tongue are equally as disgusting as everything else he says, but not at all surprising. Last weekend, I must have heard his newest attack on the Right over 20 times. The Great Imposter now claims that the ONLY thing Republicans are focused on is denying good healthcare to 30 million Americans in need. 

     Well, not only is that untrue, it is reprehensible. Want to talk about "Focus" Mr. Obama? His focuses are hate-mongering, race-baiting, demoralization, bankruptcy, and the Islamization of the world. He is a tan ghost with no identity or valid history and no respect for God, Christians, the Constitution, Honor or Justice. He is a Traitor of unprecedented and unimaginable proportions.  The media elected him, twice, and they make excuses for his crimes and cover-up his lies. Had they been truthful enough to do their jobs by simply reporting the facts and given equal time to BOTH sides, we might not have the million-dollar Muslim in office today.

       Obamacare is a nightmare of epic proportions and every politician, journalist and thinking American KNOWS it. Not only is it another hand-out to the lazy and illegal, it is a death sentence for our elderly , for sick and premature babies and for the Taxpayers. Hidden in its unreadable and unintelligible STACK of pages (see photo below), are thousands of Pork Projects, Freedom-Infringing clauses, Racist Rules, and Tyrannical Laws. Why do you suppose Congress intends to exempt themselves from this health plan?  The Constitution clearly states that Congress shall pass NO law that does not apply equally to the people and to THEMSELVES.  Obamacare is 100% unconstitutional. Do you really want Washington Bureaucrats deciding what care you and your loved ones will or will not receive?  Do you want the IRS to decide who should live and who should die? That's Obamacare, folks!

       Already, jobs are disappearing as businesses anticipate the excessive costs of this plan for their employees. Full-time jobs are becoming part-time jobs or being eliminated altogether. Small businesses will close their doors by the millions and thousands already HAVE! There will be a frightening shortage of decent doctors and many of them are already planning early retirement if Obamacare is not de-funded. So, IS it that Republicans want to stop this frightening plan ? You BET it is ! Is it also true that we want to deny vital medical care to millions ? Absolutely NOT. 

      What Republicans want, is a fair, simple and sensible answer to the healthcare crisis that will be compassionate, affordable, not infringe on the rights and freedoms of the American people and will NOT leave anyone at the mercy of the IRS.  We want a plan that has nothing buried in its pages that has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do  with control, and will promote jobs rather than erase them. When there is a plan that Congress is willing to sign themselves up for, we can be fairly certain we have a GOOD plan.  Any law that requires more than 20 pages of explanation and rules is a danger. Bureaucracy has become beyond insane and only by shrinking government and simplifying the laws, can we hope to get America back on track financially, morally and responsibly. 

       America needs a HERO. A leader who was born and raised on OUR soil by parents who were born and raised on OUR soil. We need, deserve and must demand a Constitutional president and government, a Commander-in-Chief who has served this country as a soldier, proven himself to be not just educated, but intelligent, God-Fearing, family oriented, morally sound and unafraid to say NO to the liberal whiners, the deviant, the illegals, the controllers, the corrupt and the unjust.  We need a leader that will promote freedom of choice but not PUSH one side's agenda upon the other. A man who will starve the beast, not feed it, bows to NO man, promotes energy-independence and reins-in spending. One who will stand with our allies, close our borders and re-build our military strength and Patriotism.

      If we could put Ron Reagan, John Kennedy, Allen West, Rand Paul, Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Netanyahu and Ted Nugent into a blender, we would pour out a near-perfect president, worthy of the seat in the Oval Office. IF America manages to survive the next three years, it will be only by the Grace of God and the sweat of Patriots.  What might we see in 2016? Hillary Clinton ?!?  LOL! Funny thing about THAT is, despite the fact that she should be occupying a prison cell, she will likely be a candidate and the liberal morons will vote for her. 

       Rand Paul and Allen West ? Dream Team ! Andrew Cuomo ? Good Lord, might as well drink the cyanide NOW. Whatever 2016 brings, I only hope that we see an impressive awakening between now and then.  I wish with all my heart that American Blacks would open their eyes to the agenda of Washington Democrats. I wish that ALL Americans would defend our Constitution, demand strong borders, deportation and LEGAL immigration. I dream of safe public schools that focus on reading and writing skills, teamwork AND independent thinking, TRUTHFUL history,  financial skills and later on parenting and job-training.

        I wish to see our space program restored, welfare reform, and a strong, adequately-supported military with sufficient nuclear arms to deter attacks on our soil. We need to Drill, Frack and Mine, supply our OWN energy and create GOOD jobs. What needs to GO ? Obama. Obamacare. Islam in America. Government dependence, unrestrained spending, and foreign aid to our enemies and the enemies of Israel. The IRS, the DHS, Christian-Bashing, Media lies and bias, the FORCING of acceptance of the deviant and immoral, political-correctness, unfair taxation, and the failure to hold politicians and other criminals accountable. 

        Yet nothing will change for the better until or unless we MAKE it change. How did people forget that the power is THEIRS? Some of it is the lack of Constitutional study and teaching in the past 30 years. The liberal media has portrayed the government as our Boss and Great Parent.  Ummm, it's the other way around, folks !  Even here in Lebanon and other small towns, people have forgotten their power and failed to exercise their right to steer the short bus.  This November is the time to take the first steps toward correcting that. November by November, vote by vote.

      No longer can we afford to fail those who came before us and those who will follow. We must;

    A.) Get our public schools under control. Common Core Curriculum is already in place in many schools and 90% of parents aren't aware of it or even know what it IS. They need to get busy, NOW. Schools were intended to be overseen by the communities they serve, NOT the state or federal governments ! We need to reclaim our schools and our kids, pre-approve curriculums. Parents, where ARE you ?! Why do you suppose Obama wants to ban home-schooling?  Well, he can't indoctrinate the kids he can't reach. Let's cut off government access to our children's minds, hire whom WE choose, fire the biased, liberal, under-performing and Socialist teachers. NO tenure, no more free ride. Performance -Based salaries, raises, and contract renewals. The kids are tested, so should the teachers be. 

   B.) The Media must be held to account for the lies, omissions, agendas, and outright fantasies they sell. Violent video games must be banned, and if you disagree with that, look at the statistics surrounding young, violent offenders and mass-shooters. Look at what happened in Oklahoma yesterday ! I'll get to that one in a minute or two. 

        It is just as easy and profitable to make entertaining and educational video games as it is to produce violent ones and de-sensitize our kids to mayhem and death.  Know what your kids are playing, watching and listening to. Limit the time they are spending with electronics and the internet and keep them physically busy and active. There are far more  ways to keep kids out of trouble than there are for getting them OUT once they're in. 

   C.) Why are we so accepting of the conviction and 35-year sentence given to a 25-year-old soldier who leaked info about the war in Iraq, yet ignore a president , a Secretary of State, and an Attorney General that have committed Treason openly and repeatedly for YEARS ? Not to mention numerous murders. Why is a Patriot like Edward Snowden forced to hide in a  hostile, foreign country while Andrew Cuomo spits on our Constitutional Rights, imposes deviant state laws by executive order, lies to our faces and taxes us to death?  Did you know, that New York has lost BOTH Kahr Arms and Remington Arms this year as a direct result of Cuomo's unconstitutional Safe Act ? FACT. Our loss is Tennessee's gain. 

      How many jobs lost, how many smaller businesses will close as residual effects ? Thank you Andrew Cuomo and your tyrannical law, Herkimer County will now become another upstate ghost town. MORE welfare recipients, unemployment checks, empty homes, and taxes to compensate. Yet Cuomo remains in office and intends to run for re-election next year ! 

     Locally, we have Bruce Baldwin, Doug Clark and Mike Benson. ALL liars, cheaters, manipulators and repeated violators of local laws and codes. All still in office. Pond scum, all three. Christopher, a.k.a "Sufi_name Gabriel", Steadman still sits on the ETHICS board to which he was appointed by the above-named three, only weeks after he violated NYS Election Law and illegally attended a closed Democratic Caucus. He was chosen over a man of good character and clean reputation that had experience and life-long residency. NO ONE can deny the cronyism of that board-stacking . 

     We must STOP condoning political corruption, nepotism, collusion, and lies by self-serving officials at EVERY level.  Change starts with the first step in the right direction. The mess we're in took years to create, it will take years to repair, but we CAN do it if everyone is willing to pick up a shovel, NOW. 

    D.) Violence. I mentioned this earlier. We live in an imperfect world and we will never be completely free of crime, violent or otherwise.  However, we CAN reduce it significantly if we choose to ! It isn't the overwhelming conundrum the government would have you believe it is. The answers are simple and inexpensive, but they require human effort and dedication, and therein lies the problem . No one wants to make an effort. 

          Yesterday in Oklahoma, three boys ages 15, 16 and 17, took the life of a promising athlete and college student who was here from Australia on a full scholarship. From all accounts, he was a good student, much-loved by friends and family and had never been in trouble. In an instant, all his goals and dreams were taken from him by a bullet to the back as he was out jogging and minding his own business.  

         WHY did this happen ? It happened because three punks were "Bored" and had "Nothing to do". So they decided to go out and kill someone, just for "Fun".  According to their earlier Facebook entries, the plan was to kill TWO people. When I first heard this last night, I was literally sickened by it. I remembered a time when an incident like this would be so shocking, everyone would be talking about it for weeks to come. Now it is a mere blurb that holds no surprise, and reaps little outrage. Life is cheap, shake your head and move on, just like Benghazi. 

       Isn't is WAY past time to return to holding everyone accountable for their behaviors? Let the punishment fit the crime?  Time to reinstate the Death Penalty and enforce it ? Many states have abolished Capital Punishment due to the incessant whining of liberals who murder unborn babies by the millions each year yet claim that the Death Penalty is "Barbaric".  God states in the Bible, that "if a man takes the life on another by his hands, so shall HIS life be taken by the hands of men".  It is just, it is right, and it is warranted. It is also a vital tool in the fight against violent crime. One heck of an effective deterrent. 

      We must start holding parents responsible for the actions of their minor children as well. Imagine how quickly the number of youthful offender crimes would decrease if parents were ordered to make restitution and/or serve time WITH their child? Talk about deterrents ! Slapping lawbreakers on the wrist is senseless and has proven to be not  only ineffective, but in some cases, deadly. Yet we go on using these failed methods and policies while corruption and violent crime escalates. 

     Speaking of crimes, I sincerely hope that everyone got to see the videos from Syria on the news tonight. Innocent people, many just babies and little children, writhing in agony from the effects of the Nerve Gas used on them by the Muslim Brotherhood. You remember them, Obama's buddies?  Sheet-wrapped bodies lined up in rows like ghosts in a theater while loved ones and the dying wept and screamed. Obama MADE THAT. 

      Obama funded the Muslim Brotherhood via Morsi and Mubarek, with American dollars, BILLIONS of dollars, and weapons and ammunition . We the People did NOTHING while Obama handed over OUR money and weapons to the Muslim Scumbag who is now ordering these massacres of innocents from his prison cell !  WE share in the guilt, you and I. WE allowed an evil, twisted stranger to remain in our White House, in a place of ultimate power. While he took millions of dollars in vacations, we allowed him to continue to lie, steal, murder, and laugh all the while he was jetting from Africa to Martha's Vineyard. We said nothing while babies screamed in pain in Egypt and in America's abortion clinics.

     The list of Obama's travesties is endless, but if you like, I would be happy to list them ALL for you!  Where is the OUTRAGE ?!?!  WHAT will it TAKE to shake Americans from the stupor of liberalism and pierce their hearts with truth? Can anyone tell me ? Where is the Republican Congress and WHY have they not taken Obama out of Washington in chains? 

      I also wonder where Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are tonight. Are they in Oklahoma visiting the two black and one half-black killers of an innocent white man? Maybe they're planning a campaign to outlaw jogging as it might incite angry young blacks.  No, they're probably trying to invent a way to blame the "GUN". 

     Is Obama asleep in the White House with his security force on duty and his silk pajamas on? Is he too, dreaming of ways to blame the victim and excuse the killers based on race? Or is he dreaming about his former, Pakistani boyfriend and the great drugs they did together after attending a lecture on the Joys of Marxism? 

    I hope all of YOU sleep well tonight in your cozy homes in a free country. Enjoy it while you have it.  I will lie awake. 



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The Truth About North Carolina’s Voter ID Law the Media Won’t Tell You

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Following a Supreme Court ruling that said that federal restrictions on certain states’ voting laws were invalid, North Carolina passed a law requiring that people who wish to cast a ballot must show photo identification. Predictably, the left-leaning media have gone into high outrage mode.

In doing so they’ve ignored the facts which show that not only do black voters support voter ID more than whites, getting an ID card is not nearly so onerous as anti-reform groups pretend it to be, and that helping people get identification for themselves is a good way of ensuring they are part of the many other parts of societal interaction that require identification. This much should be evident to reporters who continuously amplify incendiary, racially charged allegations that do not square with reality.

To be a part of the economic mainstream of this country, it is necessary to have a valid photo ID. So here’s a question for the media. If it’s racist to ask voters for a form of identification at their polling place, why isn’t it then racist to also ask for identification before stepping inside a plane, or into a federal building, filling out a job application or opening up a bank account?

That’s an obvious question that the Los Angeles Times has declined to ask so far. Here’s the ominous subhead attached to a June 30 report authored by David Zucchino: “Republican leaders are pushing measures that could negatively affect black voters.”

Based on what exactly? The article declines to spell that out.

Zucchino quotes staunchly Democratic North Carolina NAACP President William J. Barber II, who equates the “Restore Confidence in Government Act” with slavery and Jim Crow. Barber, and other self-described civil rights leaders should be quoted at length. But they should also be held accountable for divisive rhetoric that arguably works against the best interests of their own constituents. Polls show that minorities actually favor voter ID laws by a slightly higher margin than whites. These numbers are not typically cited by the LA Times or other liberal publications, that continue to cast aspersions on voter ID. Even so, anyone who is in command of facts should not be surprised. Just ask State Sen. Harold Metts, a Providence, R.I. Democrat. His own inner-city constituents tend to favor voter ID because, as Metts as explained in media interviews, they are often the victims of voter fraud.

“For years, I had heard complaints from some of my constituents about voter fraud, and I felt like it was time for us to take action,” he told the OceanStateCurrent.com “There’s always a concern about disenfranchisement, and we should make every effort to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote. But it got to the point where there was such a fear over disenfranchisement that people just buried their heads when it came time to deal with voter fraud, and that was not healthy for our democracy.”

Since the 2010 mid-term elections, Rhode Island is the only Democratic state to pass a new voter identification law. So it is fair to say that Republicans tend to favor voter ID in greater numbers than Democrats. That’s an objective fact. But it’s not fair to suggest to readers that voter fraud is not a serious problem and that voter ID  initiatives are inherently racist. How then does the LA Times explain Rhode Island? And what does the NAACP say to those people of color who had their vote canceled out because someone illegally voted in their place thanks to lax identification requirements?

Since 2008, dozens of political operatives attached to the now defunct ACORN organization have been convicted on a variety of voter registration charges. Matthew Vadum, author of “Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers,” has published a detailed list of the convictions in his book. Yet, the media continues to give cover to liberal groups that claim voter fraud is not particularly widespread.

Consider the sleight-of-hand used by the Associated Press in a July 26 report on the N.C. law. Public records show “only a handful of documented cases of in-person voter fraud” have been prosecuted over the last decade. There’s a tacit acknowledgment here that voter fraud is a real problem contrary to what the NAACP, the Advancement Project, the ACLU, Demos and other liberal groups incessantly tell members of the press.

A March 29, 2012 Washington Post op-ed by Brennan Center executive director Michael Waldman and attorney Justin Levitt goes so far as to equate voter fraud in U.S. elections with imaginary sightings of Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch, the mythical man-like hairy monster said to inhabit the forests of North America. Bigfoot has not yet been captured, but Vadum’s research shows that law enforcement, at least at the state level, is taking voter fraud seriously.

The fallback position for voter ID opponents who are forced to concede that fraud exists, at least on some level, is to argue that the new requirements will discourage minorities from voting. “One state study estimated that at least 318,000 registered North Carolina voters do not have driver’s licenses or other state-issued ID cards,” according to a July 26 LA Times report. “Many are elderly, low income or African American – groups that tend to vote Democratic.”

So here’s the strategy.

The left is building its case against voter ID around Rosanell Eaton, a 92-year-old black woman from Louisburg, N.C. She is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the law in the Middle District of North Carolina by the NAACP and the Advancement Project. Eaton already has a valid driver’s license. But Eaton contends that she will have difficulty voting because the spelling of her name on the driver’s license, and her birth certificate and her voter-registration record are all different.

State officials are on record saying that Eaton has plenty of options where an ID is concerned despite the name differences. If she is unduly burdened by the process, that should be reported. If she is not, that should also be reported by a media that purports to care about the facts.

The North Carolina law, set to take effect in 2016, will permit only an in-state state driver's license, a U.S. passport or military ID be used as acceptable forms of ID. Residents who don't drive could obtain a state-issued ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles free of charge. This is not some draconian requirement akin to Jim Crow. But good luck asking the willfully ignorant news media that is content with parroting the specious complaints of partisan activists.


Left Silent as Blacks Attack, Kill Whites

Written on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by 

George Zimmerman wasn’t even white, he was Hispanic. But the media made him white, “white Hispanic,” because his “victim” was black, and the story had to fit into the racist mold of the liberal narrative.

No objections are brooked, no other views allowed, and truth is rarely welcome in this narrative. So when the Zimmerman jury found him not guilty, the media hoped for outrage.

Mostly what it got was a shrug of indifference, punctuated by occasional outbreaks of looting, vandalism, assault and rape.

The race revolution sought by the Left never rose above a crime spree in most cities, and the media quickly muted coverage for fear of undermining its narrative of blacks as victims.

Since the Zimmerman trial, though, there has been a wave of racial attacks, by blacks on whites, and the media, celebrities and politicians who jumped on the Trayvon Martin train are nowhere to be seen.

When three older black teens pummeled and stomped on a white 13-year-old on a school bus because he had reported their drug dealing to school officials, President Obama, himself an admitted former teen drug user,  didn’t interpose himself in the case as he did with the Zimmerman trial.

In Oklahoma, three black teens were charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a young white man visiting from Australia as he jogged along the side of the road on Friday. According to officials, the teens were just bored and wanted to see someone die. Where’s the outrage from the media and racebaiters like Al Sharpton?

In Jacksonville, Fla., four young blacks have been charged with killing a white man during a hunt Aug. 6 for a random victim to rob and shoot, according to officials.

A judge has called the actions of a black Seattle man “inexplicable” after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a white man and demanding he apologize for everything white people have done to blacks.

It’s not inexplicable. That fellow has been told throughout his life, from childhood, that he is a victim because he is black, and that he is justified in blaming whites for his personal troubles. So why wouldn’t he go stick a gun in the face of the first convenient white person he finds?

This is the result of the racial games of politicians and the media: entire generations of young blacks who never take responsibility for their own actions and their own lives.

And that’s the end game of the Left’s real racists. Keep blacks in virtual slavery by keeping their minds in a prison of their own making. Keep them weak, keep them dependent and you get to keep your power.

That’s why the Left is silent when blacks commit crimes. Liberals can’t allow blacks to take responsibility because that would be the first step toward real independence.


 A Week of Tragedies                                                       8-24-2013

          First order of business, correct my error in my last post where I referred to Egypt when I intended to say Syria. Not that it matters, Obama has funded the Muslim Brotherhood and that includes Morsi AND Mubarek.  Genocide is genocide.

           So we had a little excitement in town yesterday. It isn't every day we have an alligator on the loose. We DO have plenty of two-footed snakes, but an alligator is unique. I feel sorry for Rhonda, even though she IS an Obama voter. She loves her critters and provides a great learning experience for kids. I hope our Gestapo government doesn't seize her animals now. A friend made a good point. He asked me why all the news agencies showed up for a three-foot long alligator, but ignored the numerous reports of extreme corruption for the past six years. GOOD question. 

          Onward. This has been a tragic week. First, the horrible murders of innocents by nerve gas in Syria. The thrill-killing of an innocent college student and now the beating death of an 89-year-old WWII veteran. America has a serious problem of black on black and black on white crime.  Again I say, "Thank You Obama". The Chief Race-Baiter has had no comment on these killings or on the beating of a young white boy on a school bus by three black boys LAST week. Gee, he had PLENTY to say about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, as did Eric Holder, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Media, the FBI, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. So where are they all THIS week? 

          ALL of them worked long and hard to have George Zimmerman sentenced to life in prison for defending himself. If he had NOT defended himself, he would be as cold and dead as the jogger and the veteran.  Zimmerman exercised his Second Amendment RIGHT and used deadly force only when he felt he had no other option. He did everything right, and they tried to hang him for it.  How many people have to die before our black communities, pastors and parents decide that they need to DO something about their young men?? Facts and statistics do not lie and the deaths have escalated. What are they waiting for? Parents MUST be held responsible, not in a year, not in six months, but NOW. 

       The same applies to the parents of all the young white males that are so fond of mass-shootings. Parents KNOW when their kids have a problem and denial is no longer an option. They must be held at least partially responsible.  Violent crime by young males is not just a black issue, it is an American issue. What is wrong with so MANY of our young males? How long will we remain silent about the negative influence of video games, liberal schools, Hollywood and television, the media, the clothing designers, the rap musicians? When will we focus on the effects of single-parent homes, absent fathers, lack of guidance, supervision and consequences, and immoral political "leaders"?

        What did we expect would happen to our children when we failed to object to the liberal agenda for so long? When we allowed God to be banned from everywhere but the churches? You reap what you sow.  Have any of you looked into Common-Core yet ? Ahh, allow ME to enlighten you with the link posted below. Remember, this sick curriculum will be forced down the throats of your kids and grandchildren five days a week! Compliments of the United Nations, the same folks that Doug Clark swears is NOT plotting anything against our freedoms and values. 

         This curriculum has already been implemented in New York and many other states. Read it over and decide if this is what you want for our children. Then do a little research into what it will be offering our younger kids. I dare you. WHY can't we allow kids to just be kids? WHY do they HAVE to become adults before they're ready?  Have you seen the back-to-school clothing choices in the stores this year? First grade girls will be starting school dressed like dwarf hookers and hootchie-mamas. 

         Having access to both Public School students and the Home-Schooled, I see the drastic differences in these two groups. A lot of people claim that HS kids are immature and naive, and in comparison to PS kids, they definitely ARE. It's called, "Natural Maturation" and it's the way kids are intended to mature. HS kids mature the way WE did, and our parents did. They remain kids until their minds, bodies and emotions are prepared for adulthood. PS kids are FORCED to mature before they are capable of BEING mature. Society, media, peer-pressure, celebrities, and even parents and teachers push kids to be grown-ups, to be self-sufficient and responsible by the time they are 12 or 13 years old. 

        Most kids will try to live up to those expectations and even revel in it, at first. Still, they cannot do it,  they SHOULD not do it, and we should not expect them to do it. They are not equipped. Not yet. Burdening children with the weights of adulthood, warps them. It's like walking in shoes all day that are three sizes too small, twisting the toes and bending the bones in ways they were never meant to go. The "normal" growth is incomplete and incorrect, forever.   We don't expect flowers to bloom before they bud, so why do we expect kids to behave as adults ? 

      Remember the old adage, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree"?  Kids need guidance, they need a mom AND a dad, they need unconditional love, validation, time and attention, security,. They thrive on routine and age-appropriate challenges, and even though they will never admit it, they WANT rules and consequences. Latch-Key kids, one-parent households, faithlessness, all produce crippled adults. Kids join gangs and cleave to the "Bad Crowd" because they crave a sense of belonging, of "family", that they are not getting at home.  Today's kids are angry and confused like a dog that is tied to a tree all day, hungry and alone . They don't even know WHY they're angry, but WE do. 

      Is it any wonder that we see so much drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, promiscuity, depression, suicide and violence among teens and 20s ?  Why are we surprised at the Adam Lanzas and the "Bored" kids that go out and shoot someone or beat old men to death ? Do you think it's time to point at the parents yet ? Isn't it time to look at what's going on in the public schools?  Are YOU ready yet, to hold responsible the Hollywood liberals, the video-game producers, the rap musicians and the clothing designers for the messages they are sending to our youth?  How about penalizing crappy parents whose kids commit crimes, and weak judges that fail to penalize perpetrators sufficiently? Or communities that offer no safe recreation for kids of all ages? 

     Idle, unsupervised kids will seek their own entertainment and their choices are rarely good ones. They need to be busy and active, not to the point of some poor kids whose parents drag them from school, to dance class, to soccer, to homework and to bed, only to do it all over again the next day. There has to be a middle-ground. Kids need social time with friends too.  LISTEN to your kids, they will tell you what they need if you really pay attention. KNOW your kids, LOVE your kids and give them age-appropriate responsibilities and consequences. Be an example, not a "Do as I say not as I do" parent.

    There is no perfect parent or magic guideline, and every kid will screw up. We're human, we make mistakes. The trick is to learn from those mistakes and try something else. Raising our kids is the single most important, difficult, painful and rewarding thing we will do in our lives.  Shouldn't we give it the best we can?     God Bless.  JJ




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Woman accused of murdering  boy and burning his body says: 'I am not a monster... I love kids' 

By Daily Mail Reporter

Mona Nelson

Accused: Mona Nelson insists she did not murder Jonathan Foster

Mona Nelson, the woman accused of murdering Texas boy Jonathan Foster, spoke for the first time since being arrest - proclaiming her innocence. 

Nelson, 44, told reporters that she would never do anything to harm a child, and that she has five grandchildren of her own 

'I'm not a monster... I love kids,' she told a local TV station from her prison cell.

Although Nelson is adamant that she would not harm any child, it is not a view shared by police, who believe the 12-year-old Foster may not be her only victim.

The boy was reported missing from his home on Christmas Eve, after his mother claims she received a strange call at her workplace from a gruff-sounding woman. 

Jonathan's mother, Angela Davis, initially told police that he was with a babysitter. But she later admitted that he was home alone. 

His burned body was discovered on Tuesday in a roadside ditch in Houston, not far from where he lived. 

Nelson told to local KTRK TV that a member of Jonathan’s family gave her $20 to dump a plastic container on Christmas Eve. 

She claimed she was drunk on vodka and didn’t know what was inside the container.

Jonathan Foster

Murdered: The badly burned body of Jonathan Foster was found dumped in a roadside ditch in Houston

She said she chose a random Houston ditch to dump the container in. 

But police revealed that Jonathan’s burned body was not discovered in a plastic container. 

Nelson insisted: 'I’m not a monster. I have five grandkids and I love kids.'

She admitted having a cutting torch, a welding instrument that police say she used to burn the body, but she said she needed it for her job as a welder.

When asked if she used it on Jonathan, she said: 'I would never do that.'

Police allege that Nelson’s truck was spotted on surveillance footage dumping something in the ditch where the body was found. 

In addition, investigators say they’ve discovered evidence at Nelson’s apartment that allegedly links her to the crime, including burned carpet and twine similar to that used to Jonathan’s hands. 

Houston Police Department Homicide Detective Mike Miller called Nelson a 'cold, soulless murderer who showed an absolute lack of remorse in taking the life of Jonathan Foster'.”

He called the boy’s death 'an absolute tragedy that can’t be put into words'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343225/Mona-Nelson-murder-Jonathan-Foster-Im-monster--I-love-kids.html#ixzz2cxFyCyOx 

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88-Year-Old WWII Vet Beaten to Death By Two Black Teens

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                                                                           I really thought I was done writing about black-on-white violence, for a while at least, but lo and behold, there’s yet another story that comes out of Spokane, Washington. An 88-year-old World War II vet was beaten to death by a couple young black teens:

“Authorities say the two young African American men, between 16 and 19 years old, approached Delbert Belton in his car Wednesday  night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend. Belton was found by police with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday. Belton’s daughter-in-law [Bobbie] tells KREM-TV that the suspects beat him with flashlights. ‘They used those great big heavy flashlights,’ Bobbie Belton said. ‘The doctors said he was bleeding from all parts of his face.’”

Mr. Belton had fought in the Battle of Okinawa and was shot in his leg as an 18-year-old. And now, 70 years later, he’s beaten by fellow Americans and left for dead. Is this what this old vet fought and risked his life for?

I don’t write about these incidents for the purpose of stirring up outrage in the white conservative community. I don’t want a “race war.” I don’t believe that young black males commit these violent attacks simply because they’re black. I know some people who would make that argument, but if that were the case, we couldn’t hold them accountable for their actions. They didn’t have a choice as to what color their skin was going to be.

There is something to be said for the fact that many of these kids have absentee fathers. My brother-in-law is a cop, and he’s had to deal with  his share of delinquent juveniles, most, if not all, of whom have been minorities. The police would get calls from someone about a group of kids behind some church building smoking marijuana and drinking beer, and he’d get called to the scene. Twelve, 13, 14-year-olds. He said that the one thing they all had in common was that none of them had dads at home. Their moms were off working, trying to put food on the table, and the kids were off doing who-knows-what. They were “bored.” I know we’ve heard that term used recently in relation to a black-on-white crime. And “idle hands are the Devil’s handiwork.”

There’s also something to be said for the entitlement mentality that is prevalent in the black community. Again, that’s not inherent in the black race. They’ve been used by politicians for decades for the purpose of creating an entire Democratic voting bloc. Blacks have largely been bought and paid for. And now many of them feel entitled to many things that working taxpayers are forced to pay for.

And it’s not just that they feel entitled to taxpayer-funded financial resources. Many of them end up feeling entitled to pretty much everything. They want to be treated better than everyone else. They deserve to be at the front of the line, because a long time ago, people with dark skin were mistreated by people with white skin.

Neither of these things (lack of fathers, entitlement mentality) justifies what these black teens did to this old, white WWII vet. It goes to show that the heart of man is desperately wicked. They deserve the death penalty just as much as if the case involved a couple white teens beating a black WWII vet to death.

Forget about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They aren’t black “leaders.” If they were true leaders in the black community, they’d be preaching about the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of life, faithfulness in marriage and family, pursuit of a calling, an honorable work ethic, etc. But we hear nothing of those things. Just vague calls for “justice” when the victim happens to be black and the attacker happens to be non-black.

Delbert-BeltonYou likely haven’t heard the story of two black teens who killed 88-year old WWII veteran Delbert Belton.

Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening, later succumbing to his injuries the following morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.


Prepare your children for a hostile takeover

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The world as a hostile place that will turn your children from God. This hostility is masked by deception. The world does not present itself as a hostile enemy. Rather, the world offers itself as the ultimate source of understanding, pleasure, fulfillment and satisfaction. The success of this deception is evident in the lives of many children who have been savaged by the world. Too many children from Christian homes echo the cry of the man in Proverbs 5


At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
I would not obey my teachers
or listen to my instructors.
I have come to the brink of utter ruin
in the midst of the whole assembly.” (Proverbs 5:11-14)


What is the answer to that anguished cry of regret? Why didn’t he listen? Why didn’t he pay attention?


At least one reason is that he believed the lies, the deceptions of Satan’s world. As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. The world has only the appearance of beauty, not the reality. But the appearance of beauty is alluring and powerful, even though it is false. Satan is hard at work putting an appealing, beautiful veneer over the horrible world that he rules. Never underestimate the danger of false beauty!


Your job as a parent is to use the time while your children are in the protected environment of your home to prepare them for the deceptive, hostile world that they must soon face. The day will come when they must leave behind the protection of your greenhouse. Then they must be strong enough and wise enough to see through Satan’s deceit.


You know your children. Help them prepare for a world system, i.e. the world the flesh and the devil, that wants them to say the same words the man in Proverbs uttered 3,000 years ago. Bring the light and truth of Scripture to your children. Build relationships so that they will believe you what you tell them. Their lives may depend on it.


When good men stand, evil men are restrained. When good men sit idly by, evil men prevail. If we fail to stand against evil, we have no one to blame but ourselves when evil triumphs. In the words of Plato, "The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men."

September  2013  Entries

Kings                                                                9-1-2013

               Am I the only one who sees the total hypocrisy of Obama and his minions? I could offer pages of examples but for now, I am referring to the situation in Syria.  America has had good presidents and bad presidents, it's just a fact of life. The book of Kings in the Bible paints a colorful picture of good and evil leadership and the results of each. 

               Barack Hussein Obama is without question, the WORST president America has ever had, and hopefully will ever have.  It's very sad that our first, mixed-race president has been such a miserable failure.  Just imagine what Obama COULD have done had he been a strong man of faith, compassion and Patriotism. If he had chosen to follow the lead of the many great black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Alan West and a host of others, rather than white Marxists and extreme Muslims, Obama could have been the BEST president America had ever seen. 

               Obama had the ability from day one, to end racial division and unite people of every color as "Americans" with no other goal than to be  responsible, successful, and productive people with a common goal of preserving our heritage, freedoms and pride. Obama "Could" have put millions back to work and welfare back to the "emergency-assistance" program it was intended to be.  It was more than possible for him to "FIX" much of what is wrong in America had he chosen to do so, and I could list it ALL , but why bother?  We all know that Obama has opted to tear us down when he might have built us up.

              His tele-prompted speech in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday was saturated with hypocrisy and transparently contrived.  How DARE he pretend to be outraged over the deaths of innocent children ! How many have his drones murdered? How many die on our own streets every day as a result of his lack of leadership ?  He repeatedly referred to himself as "Commander-in-Chief" with the POWER to do as he pleases, then claimed to be bound by and loyal to the Constitution ! His condescending "decision" to consult Congress made me wish I could reach through the TV screen and slap his smug face !  Lying, double-talking traitor! 

              Obama holds NO allegiance to the Constitution, he despises it and has boldly violated it more than 100 times, and that is documented. He abhors the constraints it places upon him and he feels the same about Congress.  He has ZERO respect for America and the wishes of the majority.  It could not have been more obvious that Obama had received stern warnings from SOMEONE about by-passing Congress in this Syria matter. His anger at not being allowed to unilaterally order a strike was palpable.  It's partly ego, but it's a whole lot MORE than that. 

                  The tangled web of Obama's alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood is no secret, but few people are aware of the DEPTH of it. Throw Benghazi into the mix and look at the players and true causes of that travesty. Now you have a mine-field of unimaginable proportions.  Innocent children aside, BOTH sides of this Syrian Civil War are evil enemies of America, of Freedom and human decency, and Obama is allied with BOTH sides. Wake up and smell the java, folks. The entire world is watching with bated breath as Obama and his cronies and his a_s-kissing Media squirm, and the American people for the first time in history are ashamed of their position and embarrassed by a weak and evil president.

                 So Obama has tossed the ticking bomb to Congress. Not out of respect for protocol but out of desperation and the need for someone else to blame for the final decision. No matter what Congress decides, Obama will blame them for the fallout. Mark My Words.  This piece of human garbage a lot of you voted for, TWICE, has put this country in a situation with very grave implications and if you don't see every silken string in this sticky web, you need a good butt-kicking yourself!  WHEN will the lazy, spoiled and selfish people of America get a clue? Wipe the fog from your rose-colored glasses and pay attention!  YOUR ignorance if Obama's power, YOUR apathy is his license to destroy everything we are and all that millions have died to preserve.

                Do you have an opinion on Syria and how we should proceed? How would you deal with the consequences of that decision? MY initial response when I saw the first videos of the babies dead and dying was horror and anger. Then I remembered the many evil tyrants throughout history that have exploited, abused and murdered little kids for their own purposes.That doesn't make it any less a tragedy, but we need to realize that other cultures don't look at  things the same way we do. We need to look at the evil they have been raised to revel in, if we hope to digest their heinous behaviors.  Arabs and Muslims DO these things and never lose a minute's sleep. 

                 In all honesty, BOTH sides would easily slaughter the other side's children and believe it  justified.  Does America have any real stake in this issue? Maybe so far as the slight chance that chemical weapons could be used against us sometime in the future if we do nothing. A more serious consideration would be the response from China and Russia if we DO.  This is not OUR fight and we must stop trying to be the world's Police Force. Why should we lose more American lives and waste more American Taxpayer money for people who despise us ?! They have always hated us and they always will no matter what we do for them. There are no good guys or bad guys here, they are ALL evil. 

                If the decision were mine, which I'm glad it isn't, I would as a Christian and an American, take NO action. Obama has backed himself into a very tight corner with his "Red Line" threat and his entanglements with the enemy, and you know what? That's OBAMA'S problem. Why should the American people pay the price for his treason and lies?  I agree with Sarah Palin ,folks. Bring our people home from the middle east and let Allah sort it out.  


Whaddya Think of THIS One ??


Aljazeera.com Reported:

The Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center, Shadi Hamid, tweets out about the Egyptian media depicting Obama as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Newspaper also claims that son of Muslim Brotherhood leader threatened Obama with release of “papers” revealing his MB membership.

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Town Board and RED Heads!                                          9-10-2011

           WOW! Where to begin! I expected a very brief meeting since there was little on the agenda, but I was mistaken. Privilege of the Floor went on for a long time and it was one of the most entertaining ones EVER.  I thought the Czar was going to have a stroke, his head was literally scarlet!  He hates Privilege anyway, always has and if he had his way, it would be done away with. For a man that is so accustomed to having his way, this irks him no end.  

            The first speaker was Trina Porte, and she had three questions for the board. The Czar however, immediately informed her that Privilege is NOT a question and answer period, and the public would be allowed to make statements only, NOT ask anything because it would NOT be replied to !!!!  Holy Crap !  Who does this wanna-be think he IS? First of all, he is consistently rude and dismissive with Trina, no matter WHAT she has to say or ask. His animosity for her is so obvious and thick enough to cut with a chainsaw. I don't care if he "likes" Trina or not, he is the Town Supervisor and he OWES respect to residents and officials alike, period.  Trina speaks to HIM respectfully, and she deserves the same! 

            So Trina asked her questions and that REALLY set the Czar off! The subjects were the landfill and the sidewalk projects, two of his many sore spots and he just LOST it! He went on a tirade about how he had answered and covered these subjects ad nauseum LAST month and he was tired of repeating himself at every meeting. Now, I try to be fair, so I DO have to say that yes, he did spend time on these issues last month, but not everyone that was present tonight was present last month, and since we have had NO meeting minutes for many, many months, how were they to know what was covered at the last meeting?  Further, the Czar is a contractor, and he understands all the B.S that is involved in these D.O.T projects. Not everyone is familiar with this information, so when it is explained to the public, it needs to be explained in plain English so everyone "gets" it, not in contractor-speak.  So I did understand his frustration, but I think he also needs to be MUCH more patient and respectful, and a lot clearer in his explanations to those that might be teachers, farmers, shopkeepers, etc. 

           I SO wanted to ask the Czar if he knew NYS V&T Law, or how to make a safe vehicle stop or fill out an accident report, conduct an investigation, train and handle a police dog, because I DO. Yet I would never expect HIM to, it isn't his field.  So why doesn't he afford the same consideration to non-contractors? I'll TELL you why, because he is arrogant, impatient and superior. He has ZERO people skills and he never has had any. He is openly scornful of anyone who makes less than $150,000.00 a year or lives in a house with less than three bedrooms. He is a Snob. Of course his "Personal Secretary" kept butting-in and backing him up. You know her, the one whose son wants to be on the Town Board with ZERO experience and was personally recruited by Benson. 

        But I digress. The Baumli brothers were also in attendance and Mark wanted to discuss the issue of the absent agendas and meeting minutes. The Czar didn't want to go THERE, either. (Head now burgundy.) This went on and on and it was extremely entertaining ! The actual number of months with no minutes came to light. It is not 6 or 7 months, it is more like a YEAR. This, from Colleen's own mouth.  Regarding the agendas we used to receive well in advance of meetings, we no longer get those because the Czar now controls that. Regarding the minutes? If you really think about it very hard, you will come up with the answer to that as well. 

       Don't forget, that the Czar removed "Communications" from the agendas the minute he took office, despite requests that it be returned to the agenda by me and several others. I have personally requested in WRITING, for an item to be put on the agenda and received a resounding NO from the Czar. Tonight, Mark Baumli made it clear that he too had been refused a spot on the agenda.  By the way, remember last year when the Czar informed everyone that Privilege of the Floor is just a privilege and if he decided to not allow it, he could? MORE B.S!  It is now LAW that this be provided to the people, not just at Town Board meetings, but at ALL municipal meetings! HAH!  Tonight, after stating that no questions would be answered, the Czar also stated that anyone who had not signed up for Privilege, would NOT be heard, and that was that! 

           However, Tistrya's mom, who is generally very demure, took issue with that. She was NOT signed on to the privilege list, but she stood up, pointed her finger at the Czar and told him in no uncertain terms that it was the JOB of the board to hear and answer the questions of the people at town board meetings! He attempted to shut her down and she said, "I'm NOT finished!". She continued to talk OVER him until she had her say and then she said, "NOW, I'm finished!". She gave him what-for and I was proud of her!  Told her so, too!  LOLOL!!   

        Now on a more serious note, I have some concerns about the handouts we were given at the meeting about "Economic Development".  Here is more proof folks, of what I have been trying to tell you all year about the Agenda 21 issue in New York and the sucking-up of the Czar to the planners of Lebanon's transformation into a Liberal Utopia. Take a look at this garbage below, then come back up and read on.

  #1) Yes, we all want a supermarket, BUT we all "Claim" to want to preserve the rural flavor of New Lebanon. Yeah, right. So rather than look at alternate locations like the old junkyard lot on Rt. 20, they want to demolish the Tilden Plaza and cram a store in there on top of archaeologically significant ground. Not to mention destroying one of the very FEW business locations that conforms to the "Rural Flavor" they claim is so important! 

 #2) Another $20,000.00 for a "report" on a project that may or may not ever get done? Oh, and to those of you who still think I'm a Conspiracy Theorist, THIS is Agenda 21. Looked it up yet? You might wanna do that this week. This is a Clark and Benson political move and a kiss-up to the rich citiots and part-time residents. I TOLD you two years ago that Benson was USING this town to make a name for himself, now here it is. See it YET? 

 #3) I'm glad to see this happening, it's long overdue and historically invaluable. However, WHY must New Lebanon become a "Tourist Attraction"? How many of us WANT that? Not many. What do they intend to do about traffic if this becomes a tourist trap? 

 #4) Now THIS makes some sense, because as of right now, GPS sends all the traffic to the Abode and Darrow School up Shaker Road instead of Rt. 20. Shaker Road is not built to handle the amount of traffic it is seeing, the over-weight tractor-trailers, tour buses, delivery trucks and over-loaded dump trucks. Not to mention the excessive speeding! By the way, who is this "Group" of citizens ?

 #5) A definite need.

 #6) A GOOD thing, we needed to get rid of that awful bank.

 #7 and #8) Very good thing to preserve more wild lands and habitats, I'm all for it. Yet once again, this is MORE Agenda 21, and THAT is NOT a good thing!

 #9) Are you kidding me !? Dunkin Donuts ? Gee, where does That fit in to the Rural Flavor of the town? What about the local businesses we already have that have sustained us through the long spell with no grocery store, such as Stewarts and Bucky's ? Think a Dunkin Donuts won't hurt THEM? It WILL.  Ah, but we must recall what the Czar did to Krissy at Bucky's Bagels when he was campaigning LAST time! Do you remember? I DO! He went to Krissy and asked her what he could do if he won, to help small businesses like hers and what were her concerns and needs. Then he ran right to a "Family Friend" who was planning to open a competitive business and told this friend to go forward with her plans, because Krissy wasn't doing well enough to be any competition! 

      See folks, you have to remember these things before you vote for this idiot again. If you know Krissy, you know what a good, honest and kind soul she is, yet he USED her naivete' for his own ends. Just like he uses everyone else. 

  #10) Great! I hope it does a booming business!

  #11) LOLOLOL!!!  Are you serious !?! Give me a break. We get enough long-hair music at the Liberal-Owned Library that we pay so exorbitantly for, why do we need the NYP? These people are lunatics! Pretentious, elitist idiots. You want the Philharmonic? Go back to the city and listen to them all you want!

  #12) This is even funnier than the last one! Hess is going to tell them to bite their royal A_sses and I wouldn't blame them a bit! A GAZEBO? Whose high-falootin , hair-brained suggestion was THIS? LOLOL!!

  #13) So what are we going to put in these "Visitor Brochures"? Come see our empty Indian Head Fountain with the E-Coli water? Bring your kids to our out-dated playground?  What? GEEZ!

  #14) Now THIS one really ticks me off! Read it carefully. Owners of "Second Homes" want to do TOURS? That works in Litchfield,Connecticut, but this is Lebanon. What are they going to do, invite strangers to come see their homes that they spend a week in every year so they don't have to pay their taxes in the city where they REALLY live? Oh, look at the marble pillars we imported from Italy for only $200,000.00! See what you can do with an old farmhouse when you're RICH like us? LOLOL!! Who ARE these people? Holy Crap! 

         Now let's move on to the next page. How do you like the "Invited Guests" part? How do you like WHO they are? With the exception of Cynthia, they are all, once again, the wealthy elitists, the Benson Kool-Aid drinkers. Where are the REAL people of the town? You know them, the people that grow your food, plow your roads, brew your herbal tea, deliver your fuel, fix your septic tank? Oh I forgot, they aren't in the Benson clique. SPEAKING of which, did you know that Attorney Max Gitter is now heading up the Economic Development Board? Wonder how THAT happened? Me too! Let's do a little more remembering. 

        Back when Christopher Steadman was hand-picked and appointed to the Ethics Board by Brucey and Dougy, and we objected to a law-breaker being on the Ethics Board, Gitter was in attendance. Everyone there could Clearly see the board-stacking, the deliberate blocking of the better candidate because Brucey was "mad" at him. They all saw the insanity of appointing a guy to the Ethics Board that had just violated NYS Election Law. Of course, no one said anything but me and a few other people of integrity. When the dirty deed was done, Gitter said, "I am a lawyer, and we have a saying." No harm, No foul".  I jumped right in his sh_t and told him that was real admirable philosophy, but I would expect nothing better from a city lawyer. P.O.S. So don't ya wonder who decided he should be given an official position and WHY? 

      In the past six months, Benson has done more disgusting things behind the backs of the people than I can count. He wants to be re-elected SO badly, he will stop at NOTHING to win. He is stacking the boards, appointing the cronies, cozying up to the rich and connected, kissing the butts of the citiots, and buying the loyalty of those who dream of the Liberal Utopia of New Lebanon. This arrogant, rude, lying, disrespectful and selfish snake has GOT TO GO!  Lebanon needs to return to being a rural farming town of simple, peaceful folks with few needs and no airs. We HAD a market back then, we HAD businesses back then, we HAD a sense of community and unity and enjoyed a slow-paced and peaceful lifestyle. 

     THIS is the year of choices. We the residents of New Lebanon must decide what kind of town we want to live in. Do we want the liberal invasion to continue, to turn our town into a Tourist Trap where only the wealthiest can afford to live? Do we want a pharmacy and small grocer or do we want a main drag full of Dunkin Donuts, Subway,Starbucks and another 8 or 10 Tofu and Bean Sprout Cafes? Do we want more pickup trucks carrying hay and firewood and a diner where we can go get a cup of coffee for less than a buck and wear our work clothes, or do we want more Audis, Mercedes, and BMWs speeding past our homes on their way to the Philharmonic?  Want safe activities and places for our kids, or do you want more antique shops and "Artisans"?  CHOOSE!

       Before I say goodnight, I would like to extend my sympathy to the Darcy Family at the sudden loss of Bill. He was a good man and I enjoyed his friendship. He will be missed.   JJ


 So ABOUT the PRIVATE Meeting....                                  9-11-2013

         Been talking to folks about last night's board meeting and even more about tonight's "Private" meeting at the library.  Seems I'm not the only one that thinks this is WAAAY over-the-top. I did get some comfort today, as most of the people I spoke with are long-time and lifetime residents, and every one of them said that this liberal dream will never come to be in New Lebanon. ALL of them will fight it tooth and nail. 

          What really has people upset, is this behind-the-scenes planning going on. It took me a while to find the common-denominator among the "Invited Guests", but I DID! ( It pays to chat with others). All of these people are what the Czar is calling, "Stake-Holders". Each of them has a personal investment in this fantasy, some financial, some in other ways, but ALL of them stand to gain. That doesn't mean every one of them agrees with all the plans, it just means they will benefit if they DO. Take a good look at some of these names. Max Gitter. Filthy-Rich attorney from the city accustomed to a posh lifestyle with flunkies doing all his dirty-work. Proven to have zero integrity as we discussed last night. 

        Ruth Abrams. Never met the woman, BUT, I have actually been warned that she is married to another wealthy attorney from the city and would be extremely vengeful against anyone who tries to swim against her tide. Well, I have no reason to poke the hornet's nest because as I said, I don't know her and for all I know, she may be a great human. I doubt it, but it is possible. She is allied with the Czar and the destruction of our town as we know it. Still, benefit of the doubt is due. Also, I don't care if anyone doesn't like my values, do your worst.  So we know why SHE is involved, money and connections.

     Liz Commander. Hmmm. Howard is no fan of Dougy and the Czar, but I'm sure Liz has her own money and likely owns some necessary property. John and Amy Senger also own a good amount of property in a desirable location and tend to hob-knob with the wealthy libs. Bud Godfroy? Not a money thing, but definitely a property thing. Same with Cynthia.  Behan is of course, the guy who's doing the planning and listing the needs to bring this psycho-idea to fruition. 

     Now, why did the Czar pass this paper out to the public if the meeting was a private one? It's called, "CYA". By distributing the information and an agenda for the meeting, no one can claim it was "hidden" from the public. Notice that nowhere on this paper is there an official name of this committee, or the name of a single one of the "14" members. Who ARE the members? What is this committee actually called, who formed it and who decided who should serve on it ? Why haven't they addressed the public at a town board meeting as the CAC does? Most of all, why aren't the meetings held at the Town Hall and open to the people? So this is Benson's idea of transparency ? It isn't MINE! 

      In observing Atty. Andy Howard at board meetings, I know that he will play the "Interpretation" game. Ask him if something is legal, or required, etc., and he will give you the stock lawyer response; "It all depends on how you look at it". Or maybe Andy, it depends on WHOM is looking at it.  So asking if it is legal or not for this board to meet in private will be a waste of time. Even if we could prove it's illegal, no one will enforce it, so why bother? Only the PEOPLE can enforce and make change, and New Lebanon is definitely not an action town when it comes to corruption or violation of laws by officials. No one gives a rat's ass.  However, I am not alone in feeling that the way this anonymous committee is operating is disrespectful, unethical, and dirty. 

     It may or may not be legal, but that's not even the issue, the lack of ethics, IS. Yet Ethics are just another thing Lebanon has never been known for. Not just in town politics,either.  I'm not going to lose any sleep over this 007 game the Czar and Dougy are playing with their little friends, but I DO think the people who work hard and pay taxes and wish to preserve this town as a rural farming community need to think hard about how THEY feel about it. Are YOU comfortable with the future of your hometown being in the hands of ghosts,liberals from the city, the rich and connected, the spoiled elitists? Are you okay with not knowing WHAT they are planning and discussing, with what it will COST you, and whether or not you will be able to afford to continue living here when they're done? 

      Mark Baumli said last night that no businesses want to come here because Lebanon is an ugly dump. That's true, to a point. There are a lot of eyesores that need to be dealt with, especially in town. Still, we have some of the most beautiful scenery and homes in upstate NY, and we need to fight to keep it rural and welcome farms and agricultural -related businesses. We need mom and pop businesses, not franchises and box stores.  We don't need a Philharmonic and the majority of the regular folk don't want any part of it. THAT is Dougy's dream, and Brucey's. Now it's Benson's and most of all, Mrs. Abrams. 

      Mike Benson is literally desperate for an accomplishment in this town that he can take credit for, so he can move up the political ladder. I told you all this two years ago and I'm telling you again. He did not come back here from Loudonville to be close to mom and dad. He came to enjoy his stolen house while he planned his political future and used the dumb, local bumpkins to get him there. Open your eyes and see the beast at the door folks. If these secret agents of the Benson "Task Force" have their way, there will be no more middle and lower class residents here. None of us will be able to afford a coffee at a local restaurant and the TAXES? Forget about it! Of course we might be able to sell our properties at a little higher price than we would get NOW, but not everyone wants to sell or move. 

      I think we need to show up en masse at the next board meeting and ask some very probing questions about this committee, WHO they are, and what they are doing. Do you think they should keep minutes and provide them to the public? I DO!  Do you wonder why Town Board minutes and agendas are unavailable and have been for a year? The Czar could tell you, but he hasn't told the truth since the day he arrived. Think about this: minutes prove what was and wasn't said at meetings. If there are no minutes, there is no proof. If the public is not allowed to ask questions and get answers during privilege of the floor, no answers have to be given at all! See the dark clouds gathering yet? 

     We need to demand that all town meetings be videotaped and linked on the town website for anyone to view at any time. We need security cameras in the town hall to catch cowards that write letters and don't sign them. We need someone to take minutes and transcribe them, separate from the Town Clerk. I audio-tape the meetings, so at least I can check back if I need to, but ALL residents should have access to meeting minutes no later than TWO WEEKS after the meeting is held!  

     The under-cover committee that met tonight is covering themselves by claiming they are not a "TOWN Board" of any kind and therefore do not have to hold open meetings. Gee, seems to me that what they are doing concerns everyone in this town greatly, and this "group" should meet IN the Town Hall and be OPEN to the People.  This bed we are lying in today is the result of a lack of accountability and outrage in the past. For seven years, I have begged, screamed and ranted to try to get residents off the couch and into the meetings, to speak up and out, and to hold the officials accountable for their behaviors. No one cared.  Pretty soon, VERY soon, it will be too late to care. When they take your front yard for sidewalks via Eminent Domain, when they turn farmland into condos for the citiots, when the traffic gets so heavy you can't pull out of your driveway, and when your taxes go so high you have to choose between paying them and feeding your kids, maybe THEN you will get angry enough to speak up. Maybe. I have my doubts.

      As for me, I will just continue to report the events and tell you what I think you need to know. I'm only one voice and though I will keep fighting, I can't do it alone. Either help, or surrender.   

               God Bless the families of those who died on this date 12 years ago. 


Terrific Commentary by Judge Jeannine


Why does Benson REFUSE to hang the following document in the town hall meeting room?


 Opinions and Info Coming In                      9-12-2013

         Some good feedback today on the last two posts.  There are actually some residents who feel passionately concerned about the Economic Development and Hamlet Revitalization issues. Very refreshing.  A few made contact to let me know that despite being among the "Invited Guests", they have zero interest or intention in assisting with the plans of the unknown Committee members.  Two residents actually crashed the meeting and I am SO proud of them! I knew in advance that this was going to be done but didn't dare spill the beans before the meeting.  In any case, the crashers were not asked to leave and what they learned was both good and bad, as the items on the agenda are.

           Onward. Many of you might want to try attending the Planning Board meeting next Wednesday, 7:30 at the Town Hall. This is the beginning of the site review for the proposed grocery store at the Tilden Plaza location. This is important to all of us, so the more of you who can make it, the better.  Unlike the Czar, Ray Hermann WILL allow and answer questions. He is a gentleman and treats the people with respect.  So come take a look at the plans and listen to the discussion.  It will break my heart to see the Tilden demolished, but if the architects and the people can agree on a facade that will blend with the rural community, it will be a blessing to have the store. 

         The cost of wood siding and some nice shutters like the Tilden has now, is not an expensive under-taking, and we need to insist on that stipulation. That is a huge concern, and so is traffic on both Rt. 20 and Tilden Road. If we can get those two things ironed-out, this may prove to be the answer to a vital need in Lebanon. Aesthetics MATTER, not to draw tourists, but to keep Lebanon rural, old-fashioned and homey. If only Ward Hatch had done that with the Midtown Mall.

          So please do your best to be there on Wednesday. You also might want to take an hour to stop by the park on Saturday and listen to Tom Abdow play his guitar and sing. This is one of the most Patriotic men I have ever met and he can actually SING,too! If you're up for something a little bigger and want to take a ride to Windham and enjoy the late summer, it's Constitution Day there! See the flier below. For my shooting friends, there is another flier below that will interest you guys!  Let's re-ignite the fire of patriotism in our communities and in our hearts this year. Let right be done.

                               God Bless,  JJ



 Another Democrat Goes Nuts With a Gun                       9-17-2013

        So now another mentally-unstable liberal has killed more innocent people, the media and government are re-focusing on guns as the problem. Of course, the Teflon Muslim was already sneaking more gun regulations into law by executive order while everyone was distracted by Syria. FACT. Is it any wonder that so many of the "Thinkers" in America believe that the government has had a hand in more than a few of these so-called "Tragedies"? 

        We are all so spoiled by having lived in a free and secure country all of our lives that we find it hard to imagine tyranny and conspiracy on home ground. Yet we have it, and we always have. We can see it in our own history and in other countries, but we are blind to it here and NOW. These things are the nature of man and will never be eradicated completely. America is not, and never has been immune.

      The Obama administration in its extreme effort to accelerate the downfall of America while attempting to hide their agenda and blame everyone and everything but themselves, has served only to pull wide-open the curtain of opacity. Not only is this the most evil, damaging, and anti-American administration in the history of this country, it is also the least capable of hiding its own evil. So rabid is their desire for control of the people that it has rendered them incapable of the covertness required by such an agenda.  Still, despite the unintended transparency of their crimes and motives, nothing has yet been done to stop them. No one has taken the necessary steps to punish and expel the criminal element in our government. The reasons for this are so numerous and varied, that it would take an entire book to list and discuss them all.

      Attempting to inform, motivate and unite the dumbed-down, the liberals, the selfish and uncaring and the collusive, not to mention the unwitting victims of media mind-control, is akin to bailing out the ocean with a teaspoon. It has proven to be impossible, even in little towns like ours. People HERE claim to be well-educated and read, gifted in business and the arts, etc., yet should you walk them into a remote field filled with FEMA coffins, they would laugh at you and insist that they were merely under-sized septic tanks. Take them to an isolated, abandoned prison or military base and show them the shiny new razor-wire that happens to lean IN. New guard towers ,rail tracks, communal dining rooms, and even playgrounds, and they will tell you that these are merely shelters for disaster victims or temporary holding areas for illegals.

      Hand them the documented proof of what has always been the result of disarmament of a society and they will thrust it back at you and find a way to rationalize the genocide that has occurred. Or they might simply deny the truth as they have with the Holocaust. I wish these people's brains had reset buttons or at the very least, adjustment knobs, but since they do not, all we can do is continue to tell the truth and pray that they will awake before it's too late. Few will, but we cannot afford to waste any more time on them. They will only drag us down when we need to be forging ahead. Conspiracies are extreme, distasteful, and usually stigmatized as the  illusions of sick minds, yet exist, they DO. The very outrageousness of them is what protects them from detection. 

      Conspiracies succeed because they are things too horrible for most people to accept. They find it easier to deny truth and evidence than face the terrifying reality of what their own government is capable of. This is how a man with no documented history, identity or accomplishments managed to be elected as president, TWICE, and this is how tyranny will win the day if the rest of us don't act, and quickly. The time has come to walk away from the stupid, the blind, and the complicit and go forth without them. 

       Newtown Connecticut was cloaked in conspiracy and is another incident that could fill a book with unanswered questions, inconsistencies and outright proof of government pre and post involvement. The shooter in that case, the movie-theater shooting and the two Columbine shooters had frighteningly strong connections to one another, and to  the federal government via immediate family members. Far too strong to be mere coincidence. Now we have yesterday's shooter, a second shooting on  military property on American soil. In every case, including several not mentioned above but shown below, the shooter has been a liberal Democrat or the offspring of same. Each and every shooting took place in designated "Gun-Free Zones". Also in each case, mental illness has been cited as a factor along with what the liars like to call, "Lenient" gun laws.

      America has not had lenient gun laws for decades, but we DO have lenient judges and inadequate consequences for criminals who use weapons in the commission of violent crimes. Such people who are intent on killing many people at once will accomplish that goal with or without firearms. Arson, bombs and poisons do an adequate job. Almost anything, even the most benign object can become a deadly "assault" weapon in the hands of a killer, which is why baseball bats are the number ONE most-used murder weapon in America. Should we regulate and ban them too? 

      So where SHOULD we focus our efforts in the fight against mass-killings?  Schools, parents, and the entertainment industry are great starting points. Television, books, movies, music,news agencies and especially video-games are the most evil, mind-bending sources of violence in existence. Should you toss the TV? Of course not, but use some discernment in deciding what you allow your kids to watch, read, listen to and play. Hold accountable those who provide this destructive entertainment and hit them in their wallets if you want to see change. Schools? Cesspools of liberalism that need to be flushed, sterilized and re-organized from scratch with NO input or involvement from government agencies.

      Children should not be drugged for having normal, emotional rough spots or teenage angst. Ritalin and Prozac are poison, especially to younger people. Before we replaced faith, love and moral guidance with chemicals, did we see mass killings, sexual confusion, depression and suicide at the rates we do today? When kids were physically active and social rather than glued to TV, radio, computers, video games and cellphones, did we see anywhere near as much mental illness or violence in our kids? How about the death of healthy families with a mom and a dad, think that's made a negative difference? You BET it has!  So where do YOU think we should begin to address the violence, on weapons or on the REAL, root causes of the behaviors?

       Did you know that all these shooters were liberals and Democrats? Yesterday's shooter was a dedicated Obama supporter. Liberalism is anti-life, anti-hope and has no line between right and wrong, no values, and no honorable expectations. It leaves humans with nothing to look forward to and nothing to strive for. Obama and his cronies have robbed our youth of goals and stolen their American Dream. The present state of our country and society has got to be depressing and terrifying to young people. Is it any wonder that they are riding emotional roller-coasters and they feel hopeless? 

      Parents, PLEASE, if you do nothing else of consequence for the rest of your lives, do this ONE thing; plug in to your kids and their world as they see it.  Listen, talk, observe and share. It's up to you to give them what the schools no longer will and to refute what the school gives them that you find unacceptable. Limit time spent with electronics and go hiking, fishing, biking, target-shooting, boating, ANYTHING. Turn off the indoctrination machines and get to know one another. Discuss the America YOU remember and your parents lived in. Explore history and visit historical sites. Nurture the relationship of parent and child and soon we will see fewer kids in therapy, on prescription drugs, diagnosed with ADHD and depression, less suicide and violence.

      Let's address the REAL issues and stop focusing on the propaganda and false flags that the government keeps waving in our faces via the bought and paid for media. FYI: Several mainstream media outlets have been reporting that the weapon used in yesterday's shooting was the demonized AR15. It was NOT. It was a shotgun, newly-purchased, probably on the advice of Joe Biden, and a handgun. CNN even stated that the gun was an AR15 shotgun, which of course, does not even exist. Please, pour the Obama Kool-Aid down the drain, have a cup of coffee and go talk with your kids.

   See you all tomorrow night at Planning Board! God Bless!  JJ


About the Latest Shooter




Who ARE We ?                                                                           9-20-2013

            I heard two very interesting news items today that really impressed me. They were just little items, nothing to compete with the temporary de-funding of Obamacare or the latest gang shooting in Chicago, but for ME, they trumped those bigger stories.

            The first piece was about a 19-year-old Dairy Queen manager in Minnesota. Yesterday, a blind man placed his lunch order with the young man and when he reached into his pocket for his money, a $20.00 bill fell to the floor. The young man was about to tell the customer, when he noticed the woman in line behind the blind man stoop down, pick up the money and cram it into her purse.  So the young manager confronted the woman and told her to return the money to the blind man. She refused. So she was asked to leave the premises and never return. The manager then took a $20.00 bill from his own wallet and reimbursed the blind customer.

           Think about this for a minute or two.  Thirty years ago, this event would have been just a normal moment in America, a case of someone doing the right thing and defending someone weaker than themselves. Ordinary and expected. Today, it is National News, because today, doing the right thing is rare and extraordinary. Behaving honorably is now newsworthy and that is a shameful realization, isn't it ?  WHAT have we become ?

           The second item concerned yet another young man, a student at Modesto Junior College in California.  This student was strolling around campus handing out free copies of the U.S. Constitution. Within MINUTES, he was approached by Campus Police and instructed to cease and desist.  The student respectfully stated that he was doing nothing wrong, and was merely exercising his First Amendment right to Free Speech. He then accompanied the officers into the administration building to get clarification of the rules. A woman in the office informed them all that there was only ONE location on the campus where anything could be handed-out, and that was the Student Resource Center. She also told them that the location had to be "reserved" and was presently booked up through the first three weeks of October.

           In plain English, the student was told that if he wished to exercise his Constitutional Rights, he would have to make an appointment to do so. 

            I don't know which of these two stories saddens me more. Both of them brought to mind this week's Planning Board Meeting and I was finally able to put a name to how that meeting had made me feel, other than angry. It had made me feel sad. That horrible meeting and these two stories are bitter reminders of all that we have lost as a nation and a society.  Shouldn't EVERYONE come to the aid of a blind or otherwise disabled person ? Shouldn't it be considered an honorable and normal act to distribute copies of our rights and freedoms to others who are willing to accept them?  Should not an old, bald attorney know how to show respect and behave himself in public ?  How about a Town Supervisor that verbally attacks a woman who is merely expressing her personal concerns as several others had done, and also happened to be a sitting member of the board that was in session ? 

               My head is full of "Whys", but very few "Hows".  I KNOW how we got where we are. I also know how to "FIX" it and still provide freedom of choice to Americans of both the right and left persuasions.  The things we need to do to resuscitate America and restore morality to our society are simple, basic things.  It's PEOPLE that stand in the way and complicate the process. Ego, greed, hunger for control, and plain old hatred are the speed-bumps on the road to restoring our republic and re-instilling pride in America. 

               Simple rules and consequences are always the most effective, yet our government has managed to establish over 200,000 laws from ten basic commandments. Simplify, or as the kids say, "Keep it simple,stupid".  Doing the honorable thing is always easier than doing wrong.  People like that Dairy Queen manager are happier, healthier people than the likes of Obama, Cuomo, Benson and Gitter. The wrong-doers are like crack addicts; they get a high from attaining success at the expense of others, but  the euphoria is short-lived, and in order to get it back, they must do wrong again. 

              We are all born with the knowledge of right versus wrong. It is a gift that matures with us. Denying it does not alter it and ignoring it will not make it go away. Attempting to justify wrongdoing, makes one a liberal.  Let right be done.

                       God Bless,  JJ


 Infuriating !!                                                9-18-2013

      Never have I seen a Planning Board meeting like tonight's !  I have come to the conclusion that I am definitely more passionate and emotional about certain values than most other folks.  When I left this meeting, I was appalled and angry and even a little embarrassed for my town. I wondered how I would ever manage to write this blog tonight and effectively convey the way this evening affected me.  No one else seemed at all shaken-up or impressed either positively or negatively by what had gone on, and that alone was hard to digest.  I wondered if I had been transported to the Twilight Zone.

       Ray Hermann announced prior to the supermarket being discussed, that there would be no questions or comments during the meeting as requested by someone he did not identify by name. My guess would be the Czar, as he really hates that.  The room was filled to near capacity, the majority of which were Liberals and a few Rinos. I was one of maybe four Conservatives in the room.  It was eerie, because there were people there that I have never, ever seen before anywhere, and I'm not referring to the developer or engineers.  JOHN DAX was there, and he of course sat with his dopple-ganger, Monte Wasch. The Republicans that follow the Czar around like little puppies were all there too, as was the abominable Max Gitter.  If Jack Pandey hadn't been there, I would have felt like the only cracker at an NAACP meeting , and Jack isn't exactly light-skinned !

      The first person to speak was a wispy little girl from none other than Clark Engineering. MRS. DOUGY was also present ! How very interesting. The "preliminary" plan for the supermarket was presented, and as I said before, I think it's a workable, positive plan if a few details are worked out concerning traffic safety and flow, and the building facade. No one disagreed that a market is a vital need for our town. The developer spoke for a while and I thought he did a good job of explaining his ideas and reasons for choosing the Tilden Plaza site. It had to be repeated by Ray Hermann numerous times, that this was simply a prelim, and details would be worked out when the time came. Everyone wanted to jump right in with arguing the fine points that we won't reach for some time yet. 

        Poor Trina asked about pesticides and the effect they may have on the Shaker Swamp, and that was the kick-off that set the room on fire! The Czar has never made any attempt to hide his distaste for Trina and tonight was no exception. He was sitting in the back row, as was I, but he was on the other side of the room. Still, I could see him clearly and I was more than a little angry at his lack of professionalism. Not at ALL surprised, but angry. He kept throwing his hands in the air and slapping his leg , making comments to his fan club that was seated with him, and finally, standing and addressing Trina directly. He DID apologize to the board for speaking out, but he was extremely disrespectful to Trina, and said things to her that should NOT have been said in public.

     He indirectly but unmistakeably held her partly responsible for the loss of the Hannaford deal, based on her concern about pesticides. She stood her ground the best she could, and stated that it was a Planning Board meeting and she is a Planning Board member and therefore had a right to ask questions. Max Gitter pointed a finger at her and made a nasty comment about her having too much to say and she replied that she had a right to her concerns. Gitter then shouted that it was "None of her business!" !!!  I told him he was RUDE, but he ignored me. He thinks he is still in a New York City courtroom with all the other dirty attorneys and judges.  The man is a pig. Forgive me Lord, but he is.  Jack Pandey took great exception to Gitter's comment and stood up and said, "WHO said it was none of her business?". So I pointed Gitter out to him, gladly. 

    This of course, then ballooned into an argument between Jack and Ray about the fact that Jack had his hand raised and was ignored but Gitter was allowed to speak out of turn. LOL ! Ray should have just called for order and told the public that no more questions or comments would be tolerated, but Ray isn't accustomed to such behavior in Planning meetings and I think he was stunned. He should attend more Town Board Meetings, so he can be prepared. LOLOL!!  Meanwhile, our two reporters were scribbling on their pads furiously. I didn't need notes, I was recording.  The Rinos were literally CLAPPING for Benson and Gitter, re-inforcing their deplorable rudeness and immature behavior. This is a  Town Supervisor and an Attorney, acting like spoiled little bullies in a neighborhood fight with a  girl, and they were applauded ! I was sick to my stomach.

      It was downright embarrassing and I can't WAIT to see how Thaddeus writes THIS up ! ALL the libs were making nasty comments about Trina and TO Trina, as well as to one another. The "tolerant, compassionate, educated and wealthy Liberals " that think their way is the ONLY way in ALL things. Make no mistake, Trina was jumping the gun on the pesticide issue and it was getting to be a LOONG meeting, but blaming her for the loss of Hannaford was unfair and inaccurate as well as terribly unprofessional and rude. The Czar painted a target on her back and it wasn't just because she was using up time with premature concerns, it was because she is running against his personal pick for town board and he saw an opportunity to do her damage.

       I KNOW that Trina gets passionate about environmental issues, sometimes to the extreme, but at least she HAS some passion ! At least she CARES about something other than herself or climbing the ladder on the backs of others. Whatever you may think about Trina Porte, I can tell you this; she will NEVER lie to you, minimize YOUR concerns, treat you with disrespect or USE you, like the majority of our present officials do.  Trina has a right to her opinions as do we all, and as a member of the board that was in session, she deserved respect from the Town Supervisor. There is NO excuse for how he treated her and abased her in front of 35 people. Can you imagine HIM allowing such behavior in a Town Board meeting? Trina and I disagree on a LOT of things, but we have agreed to disagree and I consider her a friend. She is of good heart and is a compassionate and charitable person. Lebanon would do well to have her serve on the Town Board, as long as she can tone down the environmental stuff a tad or two.

      Regarding the loss of Hannaford, it had nothing to do with those matters and everything to do with money. This was confirmed for me after the meeting by someone who has the inside track on why Hannaford decided to NOT build here. (Funny isn't it, that now the Lebanon Plaza is also up for sale? )  Had I been in Ray Hermann's shoes tonight, the first thing I would have done was tell Gitter to either conduct himself like a gentleman or LEAVE.  Not that Gitter has any clue as to what a gentleman IS. As abrasive and crude as I find the Czar, Dax and Monte Wasch, Gitter trumps them by miles! What a gross piece of work he is ! Anyone who speaks and behaves the way that man does should be banned from public meetings and all municipal affairs. He is deplorable ! 

    For reasons I cannot begin to imagine, Kathy Hursa was WITH him. I made a couple of comments about his behavior and she kept turning around in her seat and giving me poisonous looks. Now exactly WHAT does she have in common with that animal? Shame on her ! There was also a couple sitting to my right that I don't know. The husband attends a lot of meetings but I have never seen the wife before tonight. They were also Czar and Gitter supporters and making rude comments. It was a Liberal room tonight, no doubt about it, and most of them were there because the Czar sent out more "selective" email notices to these very people. I overheard one woman say to her companion that "Next" time, they should call more people from their side to attend.  See? Told ya so. It is always pre-planned and arranged to benefit the agenda of the lefties, just like the Republican caucus was.  Guess who's to blame for THAT, my Conservative friends?! 

     I couldn't WAIT for that damn meeting to end, and when it finally did, what went on outside was just as bad. The truth-twisting reporter, Gail Heinsohn was all cozied-up with Gitter and they were verbally trashing Trina. Very often, what is said after a meeting, though usually more informative than what is said IN the meeting, is not as telling as the make-up of the little cliques. Observing who is talking with whom is very enlightening. It is also very depressing . 

      Folks, I am just an imperfect human like everyone else, but believe me when I tell you, I have a gift for looking through people's public faces and seeing the devils that lie below the surface. This is a well-planned, deliberately manned, and terrible agenda coiling its way  through our town . The end result will not be what you are being told it will be. Please, please wake up and get involved. Please vote for honest candidates, people of integrity and transparency that will follow the rules and put the people first. 

     A message to Max Gitter:  You sir, are an embarrassment to our town. You owe Miss Porte an apology and if you intend to continue  attending public meetings, you will have to control your behavior or you will be asked to leave. I will SEE to it. You are living proof that money cannot buy integrity or honor. People like YOU are why people like ME, dread the arrival of city-dwellers in our town. You should be ashamed, because you ARE a shame.

             Good night New Lebanon.     JJ


 Competition                                               9-21-2013

         What could possibly be healthier to our economy, quality of services, and fair pricing, than competition ? The Village of Chatham has four gas stations in the space of one square mile. These businesses are in constant competition with one another and as a result, fuel is now cheaper in Chatham than in Pittsfield.

          What IF, the people of New Lebanon had a second or even a third supermarket plan to consider ? Just for fun, imagine we had a second option just west of town and a third in West Lebanon. Now take it a step further and consider if Stephentown offered option #4 and Canaan offered option #5.  This kind of robust competition makes it much more likely that the end result would be the BEST option for everyone.

          Last month, I read an article about a 10-year-old boy who had won his school's spelling contest. The original plan had been to award the best speller with a trophy and a certificate of merit, that was until some whiny liberals stepped in and robbed the child of his victory. Yes, selfish adults actually DID that ! The boy's accomplishment was belittled by grown-ups who claimed that rewarding the top speller would result in the poor spellers feeling "inferior".  It might scar their tender little psyches forever. 

          So, incentive was removed and adults proved themselves untrustworthy in the eyes of a child. Are you KIDDING me ?! Not only did they disappoint a little boy who had EARNED some positive recognition, but they also sent a very negative message to ALL students, that there is no reason to work harder or reach higher. For ME, that's a whole lot more damaging than allowing them to be disappointed by not winning.  This practice is now the norm in Tee-Ball and Little League games as well. No winners, no losers. So where is the motivation to excel?

        Life is all about competition and winning and losing, it's everywhere, every day. Liberals want our children to be shielded from these facts of life which will result in nothing but keeping children dumbed-down, subservient, emotionally weak, and unprepared for the adult world. Of course, this is the liberal agenda, is it not ? The dumb and unproductive are easier to control.

         Take a hard look at the recent mass-shootings and the young men who perpetrated them.  All of these guys were intelligent, yet none of them were what one could call athletic, so they were considered Nerds. Rather than encourage and reward these kids for the things they DID excel in, they became victims of bullying and liberal "Fairness". They could not be recognized for their talents, because someone else might be "hurt".  So they stopped trying to get positive recognition and used their gifts to gain revenge and be recognized in a very negative way. 

        Politicians are much the same. With no incentive to do their best or to be in any way exceptional, they simply suck up the taxpayer dollars and accomplish little or nothing. Serious mis-conduct which runs rampant among them is now accepted as "normal" and the violators face no consequences.  Our Welfare system does nothing to promote self-sufficiency among the recipients of benefits but promotes permanent dependency, helplessness, and a sense of entitlement in people who might otherwise be successful and productive. 

        Liberals are systematically destroying America from within. I can understand if certainly NOT support, the goals of the wealthy and politically-active libs who support and perpetrate the destruction, but they are a very small percentage of Americans, believe it or not. How do we explain the support this agenda gets from middle-of-the-roaders and Rinos ? I cannot, can YOU ? 

         Competition, like it or not, is a healthy, exciting and vital part of our lives and it will never go away completely. It is as much a part of us as are our hearts and lungs and just as life-sustaining.  America MUST become competitive again in ALL things. We should be harvesting our own energy resources, creating GOOD jobs and independence from foreign oil and over-pricing. We should be encouraging students and workers to out-perform their peers whenever possible and become the very best they can be. We must reward what is good and right and demand consequences  for wrongs. We MUST elect candidates of good moral character and honorable motivation.

           Teachers and all school staff should be regularly reviewed and rewarded or fired based on merit, not tenure. Those reviews should be conducted by parents.  Had that 10-year-old  spelling champ been MY child or grandchild, I would have seen to it that he was properly recognized for his accomplishment. Had another student won, I would have demanded the same for that child. Encouragement and validation are every bit as important to a human being as oxygen and nourishment.

            I would LOVE to see at least ONE competing plan for the supermarket project, wouldn't you ?  Don't be surprised if it actually happens, but that's all I'll say on that, for NOW. Should it happen, we need to welcome it and consider it in the same manner we did Hannaford's ideas, and in the same way we will consider the plan presented to us this week.  THAT is "Fairness" , which liberals loudly proclaim to support. 

            Don't allow the liberals, the media or the schools to deprive your kids of their competitive spirits. Nurture it, reward it and set an example by living it. Don't become a fist-fighting, Little League parent or berate your child for small losses, rather, teach them to accept losses graciously and just try a little harder the next time. Remind them that no one will ever attain perfection, but we can ALL give our best to all that we do. 

                                 God Bless.               JJ


These two short sentences tell you a lot about our government.
We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics.
We are encouraged TO judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.


 The Cup Overfloweth                                            9-22-2013

        I am not a traveler, I am a "Nester".  For me, getting the floors finished in the cabin is more desirable and rewarding than a trip abroad. If I were to travel at all, it would be to the mid-west U.S.A, Alaska or the Yukon.  Yet right now, I could sure use a 3-day weekend anywhere but in New York or Connecticut.  It's been a very tough year in many ways and my soul is bruised and tired. My faith in my fellow man has always been weak, but now it's on Life-Support.  Only my Christian faith allows me to keep putting one foot in front of the other every day.  My country is a sinking ship and there are gaping holes in the lifeboats. 

         My Spinal Degeneration gets a little worse each year, a strange affliction as it affects some activities but not others. I can stand on a ladder for almost an hour, but not on solid ground unless I'm leaning on something. I can vacuum the house, but raking or sweeping is torture. Walking any distance without a sit-break is impossible, yet I can bend  and kneel without trouble. So I do what I can do and I'm grateful to not yet be as crippled as my mom was at my age.

         Lately, I've been seriously considering passing the state-level torch to my younger, Assistant Organizers and just working as an advisor. I would like to start the coming New Year as a Retired State Organizer and spend more time in my gardens and woodshop, but as often is the case, God's plans and my own are not in sync. Things in the state-level effort and among the groups have changed drastically over the summer and not in a positive way.  There is no way I can back away right now , in fact I have no choice but to step-up my efforts. 

       As if that wasn't enough, I have now been asked to get involved feet-first in a Federal-Level project which is a very important and long-term operation.  This is very different from what we've been doing with the Pro-2A and Constitutional Defense battle, but it's still a very vital step in preserving our rights and freedoms and fighting the Socialist Agenda.  It's just a whole lot BIGGER and a lot more "secret".  I'm getting too old for this s_it,  as they say.  The covert stuff was hard enough in my 20s, 30s and 40s and getting PAID for it, but NOW ? Do I want to step back into that viper pit in my late 50s ? I don't know. It isn't out of the question but I will be doing a lot of thinking and praying before I make a decision. Expect some "cranky". LOL! 

      Not a good time to rattle my cage right now and with the local crap about to heat up with the campaign, I may be at times even less politically-correct than I usually am. Imagine THAT.  There are days that I wish I could buy a license that would allow me to just walk right up to the corrupt liars, the rude liberals, Rinos, lazy good-for-nothings and deliberately stupid and just slap the hell out of them. Tell them to behave or get out. Sadly, in today's society of the whiny and wimpy, even spanking your own child is a crime. Which is of course, part of what is wrong with America.


So, Where Did YOUR Kids go on Their Last Field Trip ?



I was eating breakfast with my 13-year-old granddaughter and I asked her, "What day is the 20th of February?"

She said "It's President's Day!"

She is a smart kid.

I asked "What does President's Day mean?"

I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln… etc.

She replied, "President's Day is when President Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment."

You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose...


 This is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of inaccurate stories released by the media following the Navy Yard Shootings. The FACT is, that the long-gun used was a shotgun, highly recommended by Joe Biden as a substitute for the AR. Add to this, the facts that Alexis had a personal website that supported and promoted Islam, and our government gave him CLEARANCE to enter the Navy Yard. He had an arrest record, a history of mental illness, and was hearing "voices" which was reported to the proper authorities long before the shooting. Apparently, they vetted this man in the same manner they vetted Obama, and law-abiding American gun owners will NOT be blamed for the government's failures  or the media's lies!   JJ

Demand School Boards Remove Books that Rewrite the Bill of Rights & the Constitution – You Can Do It

America, much has been written the past few days about the rewriting of our constitution in a text book called "American History: Preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination." This type of indoctrination is very reminiscent of many of the things I have previously written about concerning my own educational experience. Five years of college education and I essentially learned that white people are privileged and racist; blacks can't compete in a capitalist society because it only benefits white people and that Saul Alinsky and Jane Adams are to be revered more than the founding fathers of this once great nation. I have learned more about how to be a good little social activist for the democrat party than anything remotely related to facts. For five years, I have heard reference after reference about leftist's professor's beliefs that the second amendment doesn't guarantee a citizen's individual right, and now, they have become so emboldened by the perpetual silence from any organized opposition that they are getting away with rewriting the constitution.

It seems that this may be the issue that pops the eyes open of the apathetic uninformed as many parents have been contacting the schools using this vile Marxist piece of excrement. Unfortunately, that will not be enough. You see I have put a great deal on the line as a college student. Knowing that I was witnessing the demise of liberty while these communists felt free to lie about America, attempting to make students feel guilty through educational techniques such as values clarification, I challenged them through and through and it cost me my master's degree. I have put a tremendous amount of effort into contacting congressmen and senators as well as bringing up these important issues to everyday folks like you. I am telling you right now America; if you don't rise and take back your country it will be lost forever because no one cares.

Today I contacted Congressman Jeff Duncan's office to ask if they were aware of the South Carolina High School using this text book. They were teaching children that it is constitutional for police to confiscate legally owned firearms based on the "rewritten" interpretation of the second amendment. The response I got from the woman who answered the phone was nothing short of apathetic and insulting. She had the audacity to tell me that she was unsure of the congressman's position on the issue, and she sounded very unconcerned that nothing was being done about it. Next, I contacted my own congressional representative, Jim Bridenstein and asked if they were doing anything about it. The response I received was even more disheartening. In July of this year, HR 5 was passed by congress. This is known as the Student Success Act. This bill removes all congressional authority over education and supposedly puts it into the hands of parents and local educators. Essentially, they have washed their hands of having any authority over a situation like the one we are currently dealing with. While the bill may have the intent of giving parents and local school boards more say over their curriculums, the sad truth is that these local school boards are almost always left wing democrats who believe in teaching "the collective," as opposed to the truth about our nation. This is another blatant example of our congress selling us out. I believe this actual bill has not passed the senate yet, but that doesn't change the fact that your elected representatives that make six figure salaries off of your income are powerless over education. This rewriting of our constitution will continue unabated unless we collectively stop it in its tracks.

As I stated earlier, I also spend a great deal of time posing questions to people I run into. Yesterday I asked a number of different people what their reaction would be if they found out their constitution had been rewritten by a couple of communist textbook authors. Are you ready for this? While there were a few who found it within themselves to muster some anger over the issue, there were those who had the senseless state of mind to actually say they didn't care because it didn't affect them. Now you know why we are witnessing the final nails being driven into America's coffin folks. It's because people don't care; it doesn't affect them.

I wrote in an earlier article how the principles of conservatism, if applied correctly, would serve the "collective" far better than the lies of liberalism. In order for that to happen, we need principled conservatives that are ready and willing to put their love of country ahead of everything else. With people like Paul Ryan and John Boehner in prominent positions of the Republican Party, there is virtually no hope as popularity is far more important to them than principle. Look, the simple fact of the matter is we have an administration that is vagrantly ignoring the rule of constitutional law in this country, and nobody is opposing it out of fear of being attacked by a vicious left wing media that owes the democrat party for the billions they received in stimulus spending. You cannot beat those who have no rules by playing their game. The republican's failure to stand on principle, in my opinion, is now the reason we are in the crisis we currently face. We elected them on promises to stand on principle, and they have failed us out of a desire to win a popularity contest. We can no longer look to them to solve these issues, and we must now find the principles that will unite the real patriots of this country and stand together. Failure to do so will render this nation nothing but a memory of a once free people.

I just got off the phone at 10:14 am with the director of curriculum development of our local public schools. She will be researching "American History: Preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination." She also suggested a three way conversation between her, the social studies curriculum director and myself. America, call your local school boards and demand they review this textbook, you are the only  ones that will. 


 Hillary WHO ?                                        9-23-2013

           Hillary for President ?  Hillary Who ? Certainly not Clinton. What a clear indication of the insanity that has infected America of late.  Just for starters, Fox reported today that Hillary's right-hand aide, Uma Wiener, wife of the famous pervert Anthony Wiener, was told that if she plans to continue as Hillary's assistant once the campaign begins, she better split with the pedophile.  Oh my goodness, we couldn't possibly have such a scandal over-shadow a Hillary campaign !  Wait a sec, who was that president that had the little intern under  his desk in the Oral Office ?  I mean OVAL Office. Right! I remember now, it was HILLARY'S  husband , Bill ! 

        Nothing like that liberal double-standard, is there? Democrats have literally lost their minds. Hillary Clinton could divorce Bill, take a bath in bleach and STILL be dirtier and bloodier than her husband and Obama COMBINED.  If you aren't familiar with her history, you have a lot of reading to do this year. Hillary has left many, many corpses in her wake over the years and if you think that's a load of B.S, that's fine, makes no difference to ME. Or, you can be a responsible American and research it. Your choice.

        Skip the felonies if it's easier on your psyche, and just remember that big ol' moving van the Clintons filled up with furniture, paintings, and priceless doo-dads from the White House on their final day as Prez and First Witch. By the way, none of those items belonged to the Clintons, they belonged to the people of the U.S.A and IN the White House.  I think they call that theft.  At least, they USED to, back when folks respected laws. Hillary for President? Indeed. Someone should tell the Democrat Party that Ahmadinejad is unemployed, why not recruit HIM for your candidate? He might be less dangerous than a Clinton. Heck, there are enough brain-dead people in America that he might actually WIN! Maybe Obama can give him some tips on  Voter Fraud and Tampering !  Good Lord ! 


           I will never forget the number of senior citizens that told me they could not vote for Mitt Romney because he would take away their Social Security and Medicare. (Feelin' good about that NOW, are ya?) Anyway, I have a little something for those seniors and their families. I was contacted today by an interesting, Octogenarian gentleman. A man of sharp and moral mind, he is very concerned about those same things, SS and Medicare. I'm impressed with this man's knowledge and the research he's done, so I promised him that I would share his outreach with the state groups and post it here as well. 

           At the bottom of this post will be two links; one to a clip from Pappy's radio show which will remind you so much of the late Paul Harvey you will think you've traveled back in time. The second is a link to his website where you can get more info and join his organization.  If you or a loved one are concerned about these retirement programs and what the government has done with your stolen funds, this is the guy for you. 


            I see that Kevin Smith is the first in Lebanon to have a campaign sign out. Kevin is running on the "Voice of the People" line. Now THERE'S a novel idea ! People having a voice in their own government ! Best of luck to Kevin. 

            In the next week or two, campaign signs will be popping up all over town. Please remember that the owners of the former Hess Station want NO signs on that property.  Also, let's see if we can get through one campaign season without the theft or destruction of anyone's signs, even the candidates that we all know should NOT be running. These signs are very costly and it's pretty rotten to damage or steal them. It's also illegal and if caught, you CAN be arrested. 

            There are a lot of candidates this year and I sincerely hope that all voters will give each one some very serious consideration. PLEASE, don't just vote your party  and walk out.  LOOK at each candidate and ask yourself who are the most honest and transparent, which ones deserve that first shot at serving their town, who is too young or inexperienced, who is a good business-person and who isn't. Is one a long-time or life-time local of good standing , or an experienced and effective official? IS there one who you KNOW is not of good character and should NOT serve?  Look for courtesy. respect, and concern for the community and ALL residents of ALL parties. Run like hell from anyone who has been known to lie, be guilty of mis-conduct, or has a self-serving agenda. 

         What is YOUR vision for Lebanon, a quiet, rural home-town, or a growing tourist attraction with businesses and buildings popping up ? There is much to be considered and voting is a HUGE responsibility. Don't hesitate to seek the candidates out if they don't come to YOU, and ask your questions. If they can't make time for you now, they won't if they're elected. Give your decisions the time that they deserve and require and then vote accordingly. Two and four years are a long time to live with mistakes. Again.


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 How Deep is Hell, Anyway ??                                    9-26-2013

          Had an interesting chat with a friend today that is very experienced in Columbia County politics. She has been watching the game in Hudson for a long time, and knows a lot more about county politics than I do. Today, she confirmed for me some suspicions I've had about a few people down in Hudson. One person in particular has a modus-operandi that is to say the least, dirty as it gets.  Everything he does has a payoff for him and his personal business. Favors for favors, especially at election time, and what he gets, is richer and richer. Of course there's a power-trip involved as well, there always is.

         This game has gone on for so long and been so lucrative to the players, that I literally feel it could be dangerous to expose these people.  Not that I have any fear, it takes a lot more than a few dirty politicians to scare me off, but I think the danger is the reason that no one has reported them before.  That, and the fact that there is likely absolutely no one in higher office that will take any action on a complaint anyway! We have all learned THAT the hard way.  This man though, has gone too far for too long and he is now convinced that he is as untouchable as Elliot Ness.  He is not. He is in my sights. 

          There have been good constituents and candidates that have been methodically removed by this man for not playing by his rules.  If there was no danger, or if there was any likelihood that justice would be served, these ousted people would have complained long before now, don't you think? What it boils down to, is this man has too much power, and he consistently abuses it as well as anyone who stands in his way.  Conflict of Interest is only ONE of the crimes he is guilty of, and if you think really hard, I bet you can guess who in New Lebanon he supports. 

       Until GOOD citizens stand up and demand that politicians , their aides and employees be held to higher standards and face serious consequences for violations, the corruption will continue. Think it doesn't affect YOU? Think again. It costs you money and it negates your votes. Political corruption , like liberalism, is a disease, and without intervention, diseases spread, gain strength and wipe out entire societies.  People who are affected, disgusted, and embarrassed by political corruption, (and that should be ALL of us), must stand together and demand a CLEAN and Constitutional  government. 

         Those of you who are business owners, bosses, and parents would never allow an employee or your children to lie, cheat and steal, would you? So why do you accept it among our public officials ? When will everyone remember that these people are our EMPLOYEES and Public SERVANTS ? WE are the bosses, the power is OURS and we must exercise that power to demand exceptionalism and accountability. Now, TODAY !

           Everyone from the Highway Supers to Obama and all those in-between, are EMPLOYEES of the PEOPLE. WE surround them and we must make it very clear with our voices, our votes and our wallets, that the PEOPLE have had ENOUGH. It's time to pay the piper.  Cuomo's new little corruption-posse won't do it, they are as corrupt as Cuomo and are all his cronies.  So where do WE begin ? In 5 weeks at the polling places across America.  Step one is to send a loud and unmistakeable message to Congress, the Senate, the state, county and Towns.  

          Many Americans, in fact MOST Americans, haven't the slightest clue as to how deep and wide the evil and sin goes in world politics. I say this not only as a Christian but as an awake, informed and active American citizen. The truth is so vile, that most folks could never process or accept it. We can never eradicate it, it is beyond our ability and only a much higher power could deal with something this big and this terrible. And He will !  Not everyone NEEDS to know about the who and what is REALLY running our world and our country, and very few WANT to.  I don't blame them. I often wish I was ignorant of it all myself.  Since I'm not, I think about it, understand the agenda, but at the same time, accept the fact that there is  nothing I can do at that level. 

         So I do everything I can, WHERE I can.  So can YOU and so SHOULD you. All of us can do SOMETHING. We owe our ancestors a huge debt for our freedoms, and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to preserve those freedoms. What are YOU willing to do ? 

               God Bless.      JJ


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The Holloway Hijinx                                       9-27-2013

                    Sure has gotten a lot of news coverage, huh? Like millions of other people, I've been following the developments in the case of the trashing of the Holloway home in Stephentown. As a parent, grandparent and former Law Enforcement, I approve 100% with the manner in which Brian Holloway has handled this issue. He has done everything right, and I'm impressed.

                     A lot of us know Brian personally and those of us who do, know that he has a heart for kids. He was one of the rare pro-ball players who always took the time for his fans and made an effort to be a role model. Is he perfect? Nope. Is anyone ? The kids who did this stupid thing were all old enough to know better, but at the same time, this kind of behavior is no rarity among this age group. That's no excuse, but the behavior isn't exactly a shock, either. 

                    The parents who KNOW that their kids attended this party and are shielding or making excuses for them, are irresponsible at best, and complicit at worst. Those whose kids are under 18, should have known where their kids WERE, and that makes them equally responsible for the crime. Some parents had the absolute GALL to threaten Brian with a lawsuit for RE-posting the Facebook pictures of the party that were originally posted by the kids themselves !!  LOL!! It's parents like THAT who create little monsters then set them loose among the rest of us ! 

                     These are perfect examples of parents who should suffer the same legal consequences as their guilty children. Making excuses for unacceptable behaviors and attempting to blame others FOR that behavior, is why we have grown men who don't obey the laws. It is why we have Obama, Cuomo, and Benson. I have always said that the only way to begin repairing government is from the bottom, UP. Get your local government in hand first, then move up the ladder, one level at a time. Crime can be addressed in much the same way and very simply. Discipline, accountability, and appropriate, consistent consequences. SO easy, SO effective. We have to allow our kids to scrape their knees so they'll learn to tie their shoes.

                     Last week, a 14-year-old girl attended a school dance and somehow, her mom found out that the kid had been "Twerking" at the dance. ( Twerking: a new word for overtly sexual and offensive body motions, thanks to Miley Cyrus, A.K.A, Hannah Montana ). Needless to say, being a GOOD parent, this mom was livid ! She had her daughter spend both weekend afternoons on a busy corner, holding a sign that said; " I got caught twerking at the dance and my mom is MAD!" . Mom stayed nearby and observed her daughter's punishment. 

                    A lot of you are probably thinking that this was a terrible thing to do, too humiliating and cruel, but for ME, the punishment fit the crime. The kid wanted to show herself off and gain attention ? She got it ! She will survive it and get over it, but best of all, she will LEARN from it. Well done, Mom ! Well done, Brian Holloway. 

                    Most folks would not have been as compassionate and fair as Brian has been. He gave those kids a shot at redemption and all but four of them, blew it. Now they will face legal consequences and have only themselves and their parents to blame. In true liberal style, some of the parents attempted to re-focus the negative press on Brian by digging up facts about the pending foreclosure on the home that was vandalized. Makes no sense and makes no difference. For the moment, the Holloways own the home, it's private property and those kids all broke the law. Failing to make mortgage payments is not a crime, not destructive to others and no one's business. 

                   I know a good number of the kids involved and more than a few are from Lebanon. Sure hope the parents have tightened the leashes. 



          Are you angry tonight? Disappointed, disgusted ? You SHOULD be, as I am. We are not being represented by our senators, many of our Congressman and certainly not our local incumbents. There is no unity, no regard for the voices of the people and no respect for the Conservatism on which the party was built.  It's time to Roto-Rooter the Rinos and Traitors back to civilian life, starting with John McCain and working down the line to Dean Skelos and Mike Benson. Take out the trash folks, it's starting to stink.



Republican Traitors Help Senate Pass The Buck

September 27, 2013 by Personal Liberty News Desk 
The Senate passed the buck back to the House today. Voting 54-44 on strict party lines, the Senate approved a stopgap spending plan that sets up a weekend showdown between Tea Party Republicans and GOP leaders in the House. Whether the Federal government shuts down Monday is now up to them. The cloture vote took place after 25 Republican Senators sided with Democrats and voted to end debate on the matter. That measure passed 79-19.

44 Republicans voted to rescind the defunding of Obamacare:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
John Barrasso of Wyoming
Roy Blunt of Missouri
John Boozman of Arkansas
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Jeffrey Chiesa of New Jersey
Daniel Coats of Indiana
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Thad Cochran of Mississippi
Susan Collins of Maine
Bob Corker of Tennessee
John Cornyn of Texas
Michael Crapo of Idaho
Ted Cruz of Texas
Michael Enzi of Wyoming
Deb Fischer of Nebraska
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
Charles Grassley of Iowa
Dean Heller of Nevada
John Hoeven of North Dakota
James Inhofe of Oklahoma
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois
Mike Lee of Utah
John McCain of Arizona
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
Jerry Moran of Kansas
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Rob Portman of Ohio
Jim Risch of Idaho
Pat Roberts of Kansas
Marco Rubio of Florida
Tim Scott of South Carolina
Jeff Sessions of Alabama
Richard Shelby of Alaska
John Thune of South Dakota
Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania
David Vitter of Louisiana
Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah did not vote.

25 Republicans voted to end debate on the legislation:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
John Barrasso of Wyoming
Roy Blunt of Missouri
John Boozman of Arkansas
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Jeffrey Chiesa of New Jersey
Daniel Coats of Indiana
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Thad Cochran of Mississippi
Susan Collins of Maine
Bob Corker of Tennessee
John Cornyn of Texas
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
John Hoeven of North Dakota
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois
John McCain of Arizona
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John Thune of South Dakota
Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah did not vote.


 The GOD Complex                                                                  9-28-2013

                 I'm directing this post to men from 18 to 100, in the hope that at least ONE will be able to help me understand some things about the male mind. If you've been following the news this past week, you know all about the B.S going on in Washington over Obamacare. We've seen heroism, treason ,power-play, lies, truths, tantrums and division. (Among Grown Men). Twenty-Six Republicans Senators have seen their shot at re-election go down the toilet. 

                 We have heard the Tea Party blamed for everything, from demanding that the people's voices be heard to killing Santa Claus.  Umm, HellOOO? Not all Conservatives belong to the Tea Party, they are not even the MAJORITY of Conservatives ! Yet ALL Conservatives hate Obamacare, and Obama. The days of the Conservative Majority conceding to Democrat whining and pressure are coming to an end, and it's time for the Dems to learn to compromise and familiarize themselves with the word, "NO". 

                  Obama is a dictatorial, lying Tyrant. All notable tyrants throughout history, and there have been many, share countless, common denominators. Most have been of small stature and many have been bald or balding. They generally had mothers who doted on them and over-compensated for fathers that were cruel, or just cold and detached. As a result, these "boys" developed into small-minded, selfish, narcissistic bullies. Their personal desires are the only ones that matter and God help anyone or anything that gets in their way.  The lives of others hold little importance to them and they truly believe that rules and laws apply to the peons and never to themselves.  They are often full-blown or borderline, Sociopaths and see themselves as God -Like, Super-Humans. 

                   Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao and a host of others were all cut from the same bolt of cloth. Today, we see Tyranny perpetrated by little God-Men in places like the Middle East and North Korea , but more terrifying, is the fact that we now see it very clearly in America. We have an undeniable tyrant as president, another as NY Governor, and another as Supervisor of the Town of New Lebanon. They have a lot of company.  If that doesn't turn your stomach, you either don't "GET IT" , or you support it. 

                    So, my question for men is this: "What dwells in the male soul that makes so many men believe they are all-powerful, or deserve to be so?" . Really, how is it that a man will imperil his family, his career and even his life in exchange for power ? Don't get me wrong, I know that there are many good and decent men in the world, but it seems that with every passing decade, their numbers decline.  Female tyrants do exist, just look at Diane Feinstein and Hillary Clinton , but they are not half as common as male tyrants.  My dad always quoted the old radio show, The Shadow. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! ".  What evil, indeed ? 



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What is an Extremist, Anyway ?                                 9-29-2013

               A lot of my friends and I are considered to be "Right-Wing Extremists". LOL !  I don't mind that a bit, in fact, I take it as a compliment. If loving my God and my country and taking a stand against corruption, Tyranny and Constitutional violations is considered extreme, then I plead guilty. 

               My group is called, "Madison's Militia" and we have a Facebook page under that name. In NY state, it is supposed to be "illegal" to call a grassroots group a militia. Well, I look at it this way; If liberal politicians can twist, mis-interpret, and argue the meaning of the word decade after decade, how can it be illegal ? They can't even agree on its intent, so if they don't like the name of my group, call a cop .

                Madisons is not a bunch of wanna-be soldiers who are out playing war games in a cornfield. We have no desire or intent to engage in violence or to go on the offense. We do not have a fenced-in compound full of food hoards or artillery. What we are is a Pro-Constitution group that consists of moms and dads, people who work all week and go to church on Sunday. We have members from age 14 thru age 80. No one has an arrest record, we pay our taxes and are respectful to those who merit it and speak out freely against and TO, those who do not. 

                 If we are considered extremists for teaching , protecting and preserving the Constitutional Rights of all Americans, left or right wing, then exactly what do we call people who do the following things ? 

1) Murder the unborn and born-alive abortion -attempt babies by the millions.

2) Promote government dependency and lack of responsibility and education.

3) Deliberately "SPIN" the news by hiding truth and spreading mis-information to the gullible.

4) Incite and encourage racial division.

5) Promote sexual activity among minors and protect and glorify the sexually deviant.

6) Persecute Christians and blaspheme God and anything related to both.

7) Disrespect the Constitution and everyone who bled and died to make it possible, or defend it and preserve it.

8) Berate and abuse Conservative children in the public schools and indoctrinate with contrary agendas.

9) Remove truthful teaching of American history and the Bill of Rights in the schools.

10) Embrace the deadly cult of Islam on our soil.

11) Allow dangerous illegals to cross our inadequate borders and take jobs, become Welfare burdens and commit rapes, robberies and murders upon innocent Americans.

12)Demonize moral American traditions and values.

13) Assault the right to Free Speech by demanding arrests for insane laws like "Hate Speech". 

14) Ignore political corruption and protect the criminals in government.

15) Violate, disobey and essentially piss on the rights of the people granted by the Constitution, UNLESS, it happens to be of use to THEM in furthering their agendas.

16) Would not know truth or integrity if it hit them in the face.

17) Shoot little children in their classrooms, movie-goers in theaters, high school students in their cafeteria, and soldiers on military bases and navy yards.

         Can you come up with a description for THESE people? Let me help you. They are known as LIBERALS, Democrats, Left-Wingers, Socialists, Communists, and Haters.  

         So,,, WHO are the Extremists ?????


 No Surprises HERE !                                                         9-30-2013

                Well, Congressman Chris Gibson screwed his constituents once again ! He wasn't voted the most Liberal Republican in Congress for nothing, ya know !  He EARNED that. His strong support of his cousin-in-law, Mike Benson is proof his being a RINO and I've said that from day one. 

                 I've heard a lot of people defend Chris on the grounds that he is a decorated veteran. LOL ! I love our soldiers and vets, but I'm also realistic enough to know that there are rotten apples in every barrel and plenty of them who support Socialism and would fire on their fellow Americans if so ordered.  Thankfully, most soldiers are brave and loyal Patriots. John McCain is a perfect example of a RINO and I will even go so far as to call him a Traitor. All he suffered as a soldier in a prison camp and he still does things that should put him back into a cell ? 

                 For the first time in decades, Republicans have said NO to the Democrats. A very GOOD thing and a positive moment in history. As expected, the Teflon Muslim is viciously attacking the Republicans and accusing them of being "Reckless Extremists" and keeping the poor people in need of health care. What a load of B.S ! As Mark Levin always says, "Obama is a Serial Liar".  He has NO ONE but himself to thank for this mess, and a lot of his former supporters are seeing through his lies. 

                  The FACTS are, that the MAJORITY of Americans, Democrats included, do NOT WANT OBAMACARE and have spoken out loudly against it. Obama is so accustomed to getting his way that he just cannot deal with the reality that he is in fact, NOT the KING and that the PEOPLE decide, not HIM.  For once, MOST Congress-persons have heard and heeded their constituents and are managing to put their own agendas aside. Only TWO Republican members of Congress voted TO fund Obamacare, and one of them was Chris Gibson !


            Families, the over-burdened middle-class, and businesses large and small have clearly said NO to Obamacare. The tribe has spoken.  Government shutdown? Just an Obama and Reid temper-tantrum that will have little effect on our daily lives. It certainly can't get any worse and I strongly suspect it will actually get better. However, if it means lay-offs and pay freezes for government employees, shouldn't that include Obama and his cronies ? Let him sit in the diaper he soiled. 

            Do we need a new approach to healthcare in America? Absolutely, but THIS ain't IT !  800,000 "Non-Essential" government workers will be out of work tomorrow. Why do we even HAVE 800,000 workers that are non-essential ??? Why is Obama planning another vacation at this very moment and why was he playing golf yesterday while Rome was burning????  This shutdown is not a tragedy in any way, and we all know that within a very short time, the government can and will adapt and function adequately and probably more efficiently with fewer employees, departments and offices with three and four-letter names.  I vote for shutting down the DHS and IRS first. Then the EPA. 

           More unemployed Americans?  How about we open the Keystone Pipeline and start drilling, fracking and mining our own energy sources ?  LOTS of jobs there! Oh, I forgot, Obama won't allow it because his investments in "Green Energy" would be lost and we would no longer be dependent on his Muslim friends. 

            I'm going to post some photos tonight from the Egyptian people. THEY united and removed THEIR dangerous tyrant and defended their freedom, faith and culture from extinction. Now they are trying VERY hard to warn us that we too must remove OUR tyrant for the good of our country and our allies. A lot of blood was spilled in Egypt this year and every drop was drawn by ONE evil man and his zombie henchmen.  Sound Familiar ???  Enough blood has soaked into American soil for the cause of freedom, must we really go to those lengths yet again?  The threat is clear and has been for a long time. 

           Loyal Americans know that something must be done and done NOW. Talking on social media has its advantages, but what we need is ACTION. Every Conservative and Oath-Taker in the country MUST contact their representatives on a DAILY basis ! We must DEMAND the Impeachment of Obama and his closest minions. Only the PEOPLE can make it happen and only by HAMMERING Congress to ACT !                                      Hammer-Hammer-Hammer !!!!

           Eric Holder is a documented criminal yet not only is he still in office, he is now SUING states that are implementing Voter I.D requirements !! Voter I.D is essential, Holder is not and never was. Why he is not in prison is a question we should ALL be asking.  Hillary Clinton, the REAL demon behind the Healthcare Bill and Benghazi and numerous other atrocities, should be sharing a prison cell with Holder. Biden, Pelosi, Feinstein and Reid are all literal lunatics that have NO business in any position of power. John McCain, Chris Gibson and the 26 on the Traitor list , need to GO. 

           Stop TALKING. Facebook and Twitter will not save us. Write letters, put them into envelopes, stamp and address them and EVERY day, send one to the NYS Assembly, one to the Senate, and one to Congress. Can't afford stamps ? Email or call, EVERY DAY. 

            We have a choice and very little time to make it. We can heed the warnings of history, our allies and our guts, OR we can go to our knees like cowards. Your choice.

                                 God Bless.  JJ


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How about we defund Obama’s Justice Department?

By  on September 30, 2013


As the threat of a government shutdown looms amid demands from a majority of American citizens to cut off funding for the “train wreck” that is Obamacare, House Republicans next ought to consider funding cuts to an agency that has repeatedly been used as a political hammer by the Obama administration to abuse red states: The Justice Department.

Since Obama appointed fellow activist Eric Holder to be attorney general, the two have conspired to “fundamentally transform” the Justice Department into one giant civil rights division, utilizing an inappropriate amount of the department’s taxpayer-funded budget to target states who wander too far off the Animal Farm.

The latest state to draw the ire of the community organizer-in-chief and his sidekick is North Carolina, where residents dared to exercise their republican form of government to implement a voter identification law that requires voters to – gads! – present a valid, government-issued ID before casting a ballot in elections.

Per the Washington Post:

The Justice Department will sue North Carolina on Monday over the state’s new voting law, according to a person briefed on the department’s plans, the latest move by the Obama administration to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that officials have said threatens the voting rights of minorities.

The suit, to be announced at a Washington news conference, follows the department’s decision last month to sue Texas over that state’s new voter-identification measure. …

Under the new law, North Carolina residents are required to show a photo ID at polling places. The law was signed by the state’s Republican governor last month, and civil right groups moved quickly to challenge it. They said that the law’s requirements will make it harder to vote and that racial minorities will be disproportionately affected because they are less likely to have the forms of photo ID required by the law. In their suit, the Advancement Project and the North Carolina NAACP also argued that voter fraud is not a significant problem in the state.

Now, you’ll note that the law does not implement a “whites only” voting requirement, nor does it specifically exempt persons of color or ethnic minority status. The department’s insinuations and accusations on these points are as ridiculous as they are contrived.

Rather, the law merely requires all North Carolina residents a) to prove who they are; and b) demonstrate they are U.S. citizens and, by that classification, therefore have the right to vote in their home country and state. Extremists!

Sure. About as extreme as a statute mirroring some federal voting requirements, or as one that duplicates the federally-imposed process of boarding an airplane, or a state-imposed ID system proving one is old enough to buy liquor and cigarettes (per federal age requirements).

And what of the argument that voter fraud isn’t a “significant problem” in North Carolina? Are state legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory to wait until it is a significant problem? And what then? Will these groups support a voter ID law at that point? And will the Obama Justice Department then give its blessing?

Obama and Holder will sue red states like Texas and North Carolina (and Florida) over voter ID laws that do not violate federal statutes and which states should be free to pass – but take a pass on blue states like Washington and Colorado who have recently passed measures, afoul of federal law, that legalize use and sale of marijuana.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama, a former pot smoker, told ABC’s Barbara Walters in December. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal.”

Doesn’t that same “logic” apply, then, in all cases where state law appears to conflict with federal statutes, Mr. President?

Under this regime, the Judicial Branch especially has become little more than a weapon to be employed against political opponents. Yet this is exactly what happens when an activist ideologue is elected president; he will use the near-limitless power of the federal government to his own ends, because it’s all about the agenda.

As constitutional conservatives in Congress consider new ways to cut federal spending and limit Washington’s power, they ought to take a hard look at the proper role and function of the Judicial Branch and put a leash on the apparatchiks who run it.


And the RINO of the Week Award goes to: 

Congressman Chris Gibson !!!

Congratulations, Chris !!


      OCTOBER  2013  ENTRIES

 B.S and Hip-Boots                                                                    10-3-2013

                  I have local news, federal news and an important warning to dog owners tonight. Local first?  I was asked this week if it is legal to hand out campaign palm-cards at school sporting events. I didn't think it was illegal but I wasn't certain, so I checked with those in the know. They BOTH informed me that though it is in fact Legal, it is also very tacky. People want to TALK with candidates, not be handed a card. In THIS case, it's even worse than tacky, because the candidate is not even handing out his own cards, his Mommy is ! Now add a little MORE ethical questionability by understanding that Mommy is also a Town Employee. 

                 Benson was no better two years ago when his Daddy, Tommy Benson the Democrat, carried "Republican" Mike's Conservative Party petition and then Mike signed it as "Carrier".  Fraud, by the way.  Well, how nauseating is that ? Thanks Mommies and Daddies for getting your little boys elected ! EWWW!!!  

                Campaign signs have JUST gone out and are already being stolen. Bear in mind that if caught stealing signs, you will be arrested. Just sayin'.  Speaking of elections, I attended a Fundraiser for Assemblyman Pete Lopez on Sunday and there were quite a few folks there that have many years experience with  the Hudson political machine. First of all, the Czar is not appreciated at the County Seat. In fact, he is so arrogant and abrasive with these folks, that they are praying for his loss next month. Interesting. 

                  Jason  Nastke of the Columbia County B.O.E came up in conversation as well.  I knew that Jason was a snake, but I was shocked at just HOW sleazy he actually IS ! Holy Crow !  I can't even bring myself to relate on this page, some of what I learned about him and several others.  UGH.  A lot of truths were told on Sunday and it was a pleasure to spend a beautiful afternoon with Americans of integrity and common sense.

                   Telling the Truth these days makes one a social Pariah. Edward Snowden  exposed truths in the interest of protecting the American people. Obama's Media immediately attacked him and labeled him as a Traitor, rather than the man of good character and courage that he actually IS.  Media is dangerously powerful, and when they spin the truth or use their reach to mis-lead and destroy, they must be called-out and penalized.  This is how our government operates. Demonize the Whistleblowers and idolize the Evildoers. Total Media Control of the minds of the public. 

                    If the lies don't work, take the Whistle-blowers out, then blame it on an accident or suicide. Happens ALL the time, always has, but never as prolifically as under the Clinton and Obama Administrations. Obama's inability to be truthful has been apparent since Day One, but his statements since the government shut-down have been all-time WHOPPERS ! How DARE this P.O.S fraud, the King of Treason, look the American people in the eye and deliberately lie to us and blame the Republicans for things that are with NO question, Obama's own fault. 

                    The left is determined to FORCE us into this deadly healthcare plan by using pressure from the stupid and government-dependent. He is SO desperate to win, that he has dragged out kids with cancer to point a finger at the Republicans ! He has closed veteran's beloved memorials that could be left open at ZERO cost to the government and people. He is literally punishing the Conservatives and all anti-Obamacare Americans by attempting to make us feel guilty. Congress is not moved or fooled. Thank GOD ! DO NOT buy into Obama's lies about how terrible the shut-down is and how the "Extreme Ideologists" on the Right are deliberately hurting the needy. 

                     Believe me, the poor will survive the shut-down, they are not being denied medical attention if needed and no one is sending them out into the streets to suffer or die. Republicans have plenty of negative traits and behaviors, no argument there, but they are a FAR sight more compassionate than the Democrats and much more truthful. Republicans do NOT want the sick and injured to be turned away, they do NOT want the Vets to be denied time at a memorial, and they do NOT want people out of work. WE did not shut the government down, and in fact, tried our damndest to keep it open and funded. It was Harry Reid who shut it down, at Obama's direction. It is a childish ploy to make the Right look cold and uncaring. 

                     Republicans object to the people being FORCED to comply with an un-Constitutional , low-quality, inefficient and dangerous health plan that will bankrupt the working middle-class and leave the majority of us with no choice but to become victims of Obamacare. Slaves to government control. If all Americans succumb to government mercy, many people will die that do not need to. The healthy will work to fund government entitlement programs and their own needs will be assessed and met via government allotments in amounts the government sees fit. There will be NO medically-trained people making decisions of what care you will or will not receive. Politicians will decide based on cost.

                  The government has infiltrated and taken control of our public schools and that is terrifying and has already had a massive, negative impact on society. They tax us to death, they want our guns, they have already violated our First Amendment rights and are daily pushing to eradicate them completely. The Constitution is stored on the toilet-paper roll in the bathroom of the Oral Office. Obamacare is a storm of epic proportions and if we allow it to be implemented, we may as well take the few firearms we are still "Allowed" to own, and blow our own brains out now.  Don't fall for Obama's Fear-Tactics and Guilt-Trips, this shut-down may be tough for some folks for a bit, but we WILL live through it and come out better in the end. 

              It's frustrating and embarrassing that America is now populated by SO many STUPID citizens who are incapable of seeing the perils of this health plan or the Vital Need to defend the Constitution. Are YOU a STUPID American ? No? Then what IS your excuse for being apathetic ? Look, I know we all have busy lives, but COME ON, there is something every one of us can do to make our country the strong, proud, respected place it once was. To leave something wonderful to our children.  I am not a party person, and Obamacare is a bi-partisan issue as it applies to the people. Still, I am very impressed that the Congress has finally grown a set and are thus far, refusing to sway. The credit does not belong to John Boehner, but to the strong MEN, like Trey Gowdy and Ted Cruz. In fact, I will post a link  below in reference to Boehner that you should find interesting.

               If Obamacare is the answer, why do you suppose the politicians are making back-room deals to gain exemption FROM it ?! The Constitution clearly states that any law Congress subjects the people to must also apply equally to THEMSELVES. Exemptions would be yet another Constitutional Violation to add to the growing list of same that Obama has committed.  With NO consequences, I might add. 


              About the events in D.C today. I have a question.  "Why did the Secret Service open fire on an unarmed woman in a car with a one-year-old baby in the backseat ? ".  I realize that there MAY have been a bomb in the vehicle, but there are protocols in place for that, and believe me, they were NOT followed ! Many lives were endangered. The S.S. was reckless and no better than the irresponsible and mentally-ill people who open fire in public places.  Perhaps we need to consider dis-arming the S.S or at the very least, limit them to five rounds. Better yet, maybe they should take Biden's advice and buy shotguns. 

             Why shouldn't WE subject THEM to being defenseless against violence as Obama wants to do to the American citizenry ? Disarm them and let them protect the federal buildings as human shields.  How about Obama's daughters lose their armed guards and if they are faced with a rapist, they can take the advice liberals gave the rest of us and just pee themselves. Idiots. 


        Mary Lou Olsen is not doing well. She will be transferred from the hospital to Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie in the next few days. She hasn't been eating and is skin and bones. I will miss our political chats at Bucky's Bagels with this most interesting lady.   Mary Lou has been a local fixture for many years and everyone has seen her making her daily pilgrimage to the store and back each day.  

        Most folks think Mary Lou is "simple", but believe me, she is anything BUT. She has an amazing memory and her stories about growing up in Lebanon are interesting, amusing and historical.  Sure there are some things she has trouble understanding and she is stubborn as a mule, not to mention notoriously outspoken, but she is NO dummy ! Those blue eyes of hers twinkle with amusement when she attempts to play dumb and she has a Chesire-Cat grin that gives her away. I liked her very, very much. Lebanon will miss you Mary Lou, and so will I. 


                  A WARNING to DOG OWNERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Some sickos on social media have come up with a plan to kill family dogs this Halloween night. Pit Bulls and their look-alikes are the main focus but ALL dogs are in danger. The posts are very specific as to the manner in which the dogs should be killed:

1) Baseball Bats

2) Anti-Freeze

3) Hot Dogs laced with anti-freeze or other poisons

             Keep your furry family members indoors at the end of the month and check your yards for food items that may be poisoned.  


 The REAL John Boehner


Confiscation and the New York State Police




Meanwhile, in New Lebanon                                            10-6-2013

              The beat goes on. Some of our friends and neighbors are revving-up their Campaign Hatred and are pulling candidate's signs from the ground. Is there any limit on the stupidity of human's these days ? Normally, I would attribute this to kids out raising hell, but that analysis won't fly THIS year. Kids rarely target one or two specific candidates, but this years vandal is doing exactly that.  No, this is no kid, this is a full-grown person. Notice I didn't say "Adult", because it would be an inaccurate description. Whoever you ARE, I suggest you grow up and get a life.

               Many of us, myself included, wanted nothing more than to yank a couple of hundred of Benson's thousands of signs two years ago, but we didn't DO it ! It's ILLEGAL, childish, and just plain cruel. EVERY candidate, good, bad or otherwise, has the right to post their signs and expect them to be safe, so KNOCK IT OFF!  GEEZ ! 

               While we are on the sign subject, there are a lot of signs on the old Hess property and that is a No-No folks! Amerada Hess Corporation wants NO campaign signage on that property, so please remove them before Tuesday afternoon, when I will be removing them for the Hess people, who have assigned me that role. Also, mommies and daddies, you can NOT post political fliers to the Post Office windows, either. The empty storefronts are okay, but not the P.O. It's a fine line and very confusing sometimes.  Good Luck to ALL the candidates, and may the voters decide.


      Have any of you parents and grandparents done any research on the Common-Core Curriculum yet? Wow, is it ever scary ! This thing, if allowed to continue, will be the death of what little morality still exists in American Society. I read an English lesson today that is a part of the THIRD grade lesson plan for this year and I couldn't believe the content! These are things that children that age should not know and can't possibly understand, CAN they? I hope not. Check it out below. (Notice the mom's note!)

        Kindergarten kids are being taught that their classroom is a "Social Community", the good old "Spread the Wealth" mentality of Socialism. First graders are learning that the government is their "Friend" and will solve all their problems, even disputes, and take "Care" of them !  The indoctrination, lies, and sexual SMUT begins the minute your 5-year-old walks through the school doors for the very first time.  Had this abominable curriculum been in place when my son and grand-daughters were in public school, they would have been immediately removed from the clutches of the government and taught at home, which our girls now ARE !

        Sadly, not all parents can home-school due to work, finances,etc., BUT, there IS something you can ALL do ! Keep your kids home until this monstrous program is ended ! Form baby-sitting co-ops and tutoring groups and go grass-roots until the Board of Education takes notice and hears your outrage! Whatever you need to do to protect your children from this atrocity, DO it ! There are some VERY good meetings coming up to educate parents about Common Core and I will be at two of them this month, so feel free to come and sit with my group. I will post the info for you and you can email me at :K9Sheps@yahoo.com. 

        Every parent needs to understand Common Core now, THIS year, as it is a very effective and fast-acting poison. We are Literally fighting for our children's minds and futures, our Country's future! Please, please get informed for yourselves and take action!


More Common Core !!!

Worksheet asks children to remove parts of the Bill of Rights 

By Justin King
Oct 5, 2013 - yesterday in World
By Justin King.

A student in Bryant School District in Arkansas brought home a worksheet that presented her with a scenario that referred to the Bill of Rights as “outdated” and that as part of a special committee she would need to throw out two of the Amendments.
The worksheet was handed out to Sixth grade students in a History class. According to the girl’s mother, Lela Spears, she has not received any government or civics classes and this was the first assignment dealing with the Constitution or Bill of Rights. The school district is participating in the embattled Common Core curriculum.
A photo of the worksheet asking students to  omit  two Amendments in the Bill of Rights
Lela Spears
A photo of the worksheet asking students to "omit" two Amendments in the Bill of Rights

When asked if there was any portion of the Bill of Rights she would be willing to give up, the mother said No, never.The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The amendments recognize a person’s inalienable rights to things such as free speech, due process, trial by jury, and the right to bear arms, as well as many other staples of traditional American values. They also establish limits on Federal power.
A photo of the worksheet asking students to  omit  two Amendments in the Bill of Rights
Lela Spears
A photo of the worksheet asking students to "omit" two Amendments in the Bill of Rights

Question and Answer with Lela Spears: How does the assignment make you feel about the type of education your child is receiving?  After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught. Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting. When I asked my child what the assignment was to teach her she had no idea. Only that she was TOLD to do it. She didn't even understand what the Amendments meant. How can she make an informed decision when she doesn't understand what she is "throwing out"? That was new to me. I also did not like the fact her teacher used, "you have been selected to help a special committee" bullshit. Do you feel the Bill of Rights is "outdated?" I wouldn't say outdated in the sense that we need to throw out the Amendments and start fresh. I do think some of the wording could be modernized along with clarifying parts where there has been/can be misinterpretation.Do you think that after this assignment your child might have believed that the government has the ability to change the Bill of Rights by some special committee, rather than by a 2/3 majority vote in the House and Senate? Funny thing, she was never told how the Bill of Rights is amended; I do not believe that amended was even used in the class language, only "changed". I read through the handouts she was given (they do not use a book for this class, nor take one home to study from, only handouts that are put in a box for their table to share and place in their binders), around 6 in total, and nothing about how an Amendment is ratified. I believe that, with the wording of the assignment, many children will think that the Bill of Rights is amended and can be changed by a "special" committee instead of an act of Congress. I know that my child will not think this is true since I have made it my mission to be very much involved in her education. As more anecdotal evidence emerges concerning what will be taught under the Common Core, states are beginning to rethink their position on the program.

Meeting #1

The following Meeting will be held on Main Street in Catskill. Anyone who would like to attend can email me and we can arrange some car-pooling. 

Our next meeting will discuss the topic of Common Core. Do you know what this is and how they want to now educate children in this state? Find out at our next meeting:

What: Hudson Valley Americans for Freedom Meeting on Common Core with Yvonne Gasperino of Stop Common Core in New York State.

Where: Kirwan's Game Store

When: 7:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Why: To be educated on what the state wants to do with education, why it's important and how we can stop it.
Meeting #2

Order your tickets now

for this important

Special Seminar


Common Core curriculum in both government and private schools has become a big issue. This politically "correct" brainwash of America's children is not an improvement in education and critical thinking.  It is, in fact, the latest initiative to uniformly create the global child robot for the elites' new world order.  It has features that include tracking of all children and reading of recommended booklets that promote political, social, and economic views contrary to traditional American values and ethics.  As you can imagine, our rulers are starting with the least controversial subject, mathematics, to launch their  plan. Just wait til they get to history. Most states (including NY) have already signed on to this national program.  People like Bill Ayers (of Weatherman fame) and many insider non-governmental organizations are involved. Even private, religious, and home-schoolers will be dramatically affected.

So, our counter plan is to expose this travesty that will cost a lot and achieve no real education. Thus, we are sponsoring this special seminar on Monday, October 28th at the Albany Marriott.

Will you help us make it a success?.

Download the flyer and distribute to all. 


Benson HAS to GO !!!                                  10-7-2013

             I cannot tell you EVERYTHING, YET.  Oh, but I WILL !  One thing I CAN say, is that now, at the last minute, Benson wants a debate !  All of us who strongly support Matt Larabee, will stand with him in saying NO. We all know the way Benson and HIS supporters play the game and it is NOT clean and fair, and never honest. The local Dem Chairman has not even been consulted about this, yet the "Grow the Valley", liberal toilet-paper newsletter, has falsely stated that there is a debate scheduled !!

             Apparently, Fiona Lallygag has not learned from the last election and the trouble she started with her high-handedness THAT time ! For all her denials and whining about her "innocence" in the Benson "Secret Meeting", I guess the backlash never really sunk-in, did it Fiona? Well, let ol' hated JJ tell you something; YOU   have NO right to speak for Matt without talking to him first. Benson does NOT decide for the People of this town nor do YOU! We want Benson GONE and will do everything in our power to get him GONE. He certainly has given us the ammo . 

              Your newsletter is very well-written and organized, you deserve that credit, however, the CONTENT is 100% left-wing and nauseating. YOU owe Matt Larabee an apology,and  a retraction, and you need to get your head out of Benson's lying b_tt. Open your EYES. After that horrible letter full of lies was anonymously stuffed into the town hall mailboxes by a mousey coward, we knew what was coming from the Benson Camp this campaign. I didn't think it could be dirtier than the last one, but apparently it CAN be. At least Tom Benson hasn't tried to kill me this time, (so far).  Try the TRUTH, try the unbiased NEWS, and try confirming things before you write them. There are life-long residents of this town that do NOT desire or appreciate the liberal crap being forced down our throats by city transplants and liberal bias. You MUST be friends with Max Gitter! 

               There IS  one big difference in this campaign compared to the last. Benson has lost at least a third of his supporters due to his lies, arrogance and huge ego. In addition, the wagons are circling around Larabee, because he has always lived here, his family has always owned businesses here, they give selflessly to this community and they keep their noses clean. They care about the PEOPLE in this town, not the attempt to make Lebanon into the next Saratoga or Stockbridge. If that is what the liberals want, that is where they can GO. 

             There will BE no debate, period. Any push to change that from the Benson Camp will be a clear picture of their desperation to falsely defame a good candidate. We saw enough of THAT two years ago. Folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Want to know ALL of it? See you Tuesday night!   This page will be SMOKIN'!    JJ


 Anger Confessions                                                      10-8-2013

                 Today, I am putting MYSELF on the Hot Seat.  I am freely confessing that I have a temper. No sense denying what is clearly true.  If you don't know me personally, you have no way of knowing that I am not ALWAYS angry and I rarely get angry without reason. My temper has never gotten out of control, I have never struck anyone or sworn at anyone or done anything to what is theirs.  

                  When I get angry, I vent verbally by telling Idiots that they are in fact, Idiots and why I feel that way. I refuse to be politically-correct or to white-wash the facts.  The reason my readers are aware of my temper, is because I often use my blog to let off steam. My closest friends, my family and state  group members will tell you that I am usually pretty quiet, and I'm very soft-hearted and always a champion for the underdog.  There are things that anger some folks that have no effect on ME, and vice-versa, as we all have our own, unique hot button. The things that push MY buttons are lies, corruption, treason and abuse of any kind. 

                   My whole life has been centered around trying my hardest to do what is right, in the right way. I am fiercely loyal to my God, my Country, my family and friends and when someone threatens those things, I take it VERY personally.  It's nearly impossible for me to accept double-standards and hypocrisy, because I believe that in America, everyone has the right to choose what they will do and how they will live, but that they are solely responsible for the consequences of those choices. 

                  We all have the right to decide whether to be a Christian, an Atheist or Agnostic, a Sufi, whatever, and I expect the same consideration in return. Do as you please, but don't force it on ME. Don't fly your rainbow flag in my face and parade down Park Avenue in a tutu and work boots, then tell ME that it's wrong to display a manger scene on the public square at Christmas.  If you don't like guns, that's fine, don't buy one, but at the same time, don't tell ME I can't have one. Don't blame millions of responsible gun-owners for the actions of a few lunatics. By the way, ALL the mass-shootings in the past two years have been perpetrated by liberal Democrats. EVERY ONE. Not a Conservative Republican in the bunch.  Yet who is getting all the blame? Not those responsible. MY rights under the Constitution are being violated because a few libs with mental issues did something heinous.

                   I am angered by liberals who try to justify the millions of abortions that are performed in America each year by saying it is a woman's right to choose. Abortion is NOT Birth-Control, it is murder. No woman has the right to CHOOSE for another human being, even if it is still in her womb. If you do not want a child, take the Pill, buy some Condoms or simply abstain until you ARE ready!  I am angered by politicians who lie to our faces to get our votes then once elected, do the exact opposite of what they promised, while continuing to lie. Back-Room deals, collusion, bribes, Conflict-of-Interest, Board Stacking, Stealing, Abuse of Power, Special Perks and outrageous wages, lack of accountability and consequences are all contrary to everything I have ever held dear.

          So I get angry. I even get angry when I see how few others are angry at the atrocities we see every day.  When the anti-American government we are now saddled with, forces their way into our schools and perverts our children, I am angered. Most of all, the attacks on my chosen Faith and my unshakeable love and loyalty for my country, are anger-inducers for me.  I am incapable of wrapping my head around the apathy of the American people when it comes to the assault of the left, the Muslims, the Media, and the politicians upon everything that is good and decent.  Where is YOUR outrage? 

          Lately, I have been over-burdened with responsibilities at home, at the local, county and state levels of government, and now, the Federal Level as well. I have come to the decision that I have to cut back somewhere. So I am stepping back from the state movement. In January of 2013, I organized the largest Rally in Albany's history, and in February I assisted Tom King, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the NRA with their rally. It broke the January record and has not been beaten yet. At one point, I was an Organizer for four separate groups at the state level alone. I stopped the City of Hudson from enacting rigid new gun regulations and assisted in getting towns and cities to adopt resolutions to oppose the NY Safe Act. Of course, Mike Benson refused to do so. Much like  he has refused to hang the Bill of Rights in the new Meeting Room.

          So I will be continuing in a lesser role at the state, as a Constitutional Supporter and Advisor to some of the groups and as an assistant to several others, but not full-time anymore. I will be helping to get Constitution classes up and running first in Columbia County and then across the state. I will remain a member of the following groups; NRA, the Oathkeepers, the Black Robe Regiment, and We the People, and continue in my role as Organizer of Madison's Militia and PACT. Of course, there is the federal thing too, so enough is enough. I want to spend more time painting, writing, wood-working and all the many enjoyable things I once spent a lot of time doing. Life is short. If I were a quitter, I would walk away from it all, but I just can't. 

            One of the things that really gets me ticked-off is so-called "Men" like Mike Benson, Obama and Cuomo, who believe they are omnipotent, that they can walk on water while holding the people under. I had an email argument with Benson this week and I DID lose my temper with him. Long overdue, in my opinion. I told him he is arrogant, and had zero people skills and he stinks as a Supervisor. His response? He suggested I seek help for my anger issues. Idiot. Of course, that is his stock answer to anyone who dares to oppose him or call him out. He said it to two other residents who had heated words with him via email, and I SAW the emails.  He is an abominable man and he has and is doing exactly what I predicted he would when he ran for office here two years ago. He is USING Lebanon and its people as a stepping-stone to higher office and he needs to show accomplishments to do that. 

          So let's see; he claims the landfill issue is solved, but it is not, not even close. He claims the Town Hall addition was HIS win, but not only is it not a win at all, it is too small to be practical or cost what it did, he wants the credit for YEARS of work done by others. We still have no market, no pharmacy, and lots of eyesores.  Now he has systematically and with pre-meditation, aligned himself with the wealthy, whom he is also USING for personal gain, but they don't get it.  His dream of turning Lebanon into his personal Liberal Utopia and putting that on his resume is a rabid obsession and he will run over anyone who attempts to stand in his way. He abhors women and makes no effort to disguise that fact. Strong women are a threat to him and he does everything in his little tiny bit of power to discredit and demonize them.  Does anyone else find it unusual that ONLY Trina Porte's Campaign signs are being pulled from the ground?  Has anyone else noticed that everywhere you see a Benson sign, there is an Evans sign backed right up to it? How cozy.

        I know that it is already the second week of October, but mark my words folks, things will escalate in the next two weeks and you will see the scalpels come out in the Benson Camp. Benson has already proven himself a serial liar, so don't think for one minute that he won't fabricate allegations against his opposition, 
because he absolutely WILL !  MANY, will help him do it.  It comes down to who has the most money. It ALWAYS does.  Benson has refused to honor the courteous request of the Amerada Hess Corporation, that no campaign signs be posted in front of their property. He cites "Right of Way" rules for his refusal. So I suggested we go on up to his house and post Larabee for Supervisor signs on the Right-of-Way there, right in his front yard. He had no response to THAT.  If you plan to support candidate A, and someone posts a sign for candidate B in front of your home, in the right of way, what would you DO? 

         Personally, I would ask the candidate to remove the sign, and if he or she did not, I WOULD.  I would not stand for having a sign in front of my property that promotes a candidate I do not support. NO WAY. I would not destroy it, it isn't mine, but I would remove it. Hess has that same right. However, Benson and his Philharmonic Club want Amerada Hess to take down their building and put a "Gazebo" in its place as a "Visitor's Center".  LOLOLOL!!!!!!   Can you imagine the response Hess would give ? I know what I would tell them ! So they are pissed at Hess, so they will slather their property with signs.  For me, it is senseless to try to argue with a narcissist, so rather than escalate the disagreement between the Czar and myself, I contacted Hess and told them to handle it as they see fit. 

       Oh, I almost forgot.  Y'all remember when we filed an Ethics Complaint against Baldwin for using the Town computer last election to campaign for his friends? Another thing he got a little slap-on-the-wrist for. Anyway, I notified the Councilmen, Colleen and the Czar about Hess and what they wanted, by email.  Benson actually accused me of doing exactly what Brucey had done! LOLOL!!  Hmm, let me see here; 1) I am not a town official or employee.  2) I did not use a town computer. 3) Benson's email address is his COMPANY address, BCI Construction, not a town email. 4) I was not campaigning for anyone.    SO, can ANYONE tell me where he sees my email as anywhere NEAR similar to what Brucey did?  The man is dealing with more than couple of loose screws. One or two sandwiches short of a picnic there.  BENSON, makes me angry, and this week, my cup runneth over and I let him have it. I would do it again, and who knows, maybe I will. 

        So if you think I am angry ALL the time, you should have coffee with me and get to know me better. I bark, but I rarely bite.  Good night New Lebanon.      JJ


If His Lips are Moving.............                                          10-11-2013

             He is LYING.   I am of course, referring to our illustrious Town Supervisor, Michael Benson.  I had a completely different blog planned for tonight, but this all came up and I was asked to tell the latest dirty tale. 

             First of all, who decided and when, that the LVBA should control the Meet the Candidates night ? Not only do they decide the when, where and how, but they also unilaterally select the moderator without getting input from all parties, just from the Benson Camp. Then, they pick and choose what questions will be asked and which don't suit their taste or further their agenda, and toss those aside. They should be put in a bucket and pulled at RANDOM. 

              It wasn't deplorable enough that Benson, Bud Godfroy, and Fiona Lally decided there would be a debate without even consulting the Dem Chair or Candidate, but they also changed the original date of the MTC night to accomodate Benson, who claimed he could not make it that night.  Well, wanna know WHY he couldn't make it that night? Seems he will be attending an exclusive soiree' for the rich and snobby at the Blueberry Hill Cafe ! So let's look at that for a minute. TWELVE candidates, and all of them have to change their plans that were set for weeks, to benefit BENSON because he wants to hob-knob instead on the original date???? Are you KIDDING ME ? Furthermore, the Dem Party candidates had another obligation at another location on the night the LVBA has changed the MTC night to! NO ONE from the LVBA bothered to ask ANY Dem candidate or the Dem Party Chair if THEY had a conflict with the dates !!!  Seems Fiona Lally and minions have ALL the say in Lebanon. 

            Let us also not forget the nightmare she caused LAST election, and the fact that Blueberry Hill was personally protected by Mike Benson from having to jump through D.O.T hoops to open that business. Benson told me that HIMSELF ! Family "Friends" and all. Yet every OTHER new business is required to comply with D.O.T Requirements and spend a fortune meeting them. Just ask the folks who now own the Kendall House.  This is all SOO disgusting, that anyone who even THINKS of voting for this lying, cheating, iceberg should be run out of town on a rail ! 

          Benson has his campaign signs on High School property, the forbidden Hess property and TOWN HALL property, ALL illegal ! Yet he will claim that they are all on the "Right of Way" and refuse to remove them.  Kinda like being a "Little Bit Pregnant" don't you think? He truly believes that rules don't apply to him. If he and Evans placed their signs any closer together, one would think they were somehow related, hmmm ?  I think it's gross that the son of Benson's "Confidential Secretary" can even be allowed to run for Town Board. Especially since the kid has attended two Town Board Meetings in his lifetime, both AFTER Benson recruited him. Benson wants HIM because the kid has an engineering degree and WANTS the sidewalk project done.  More dirty , back-room politics. Absolutely deplorable, and THIS is what you want running your town and handling your tax money ?

          Now, for ANOTHER interesting Benson move. See the report below! Shows you how much he cares about the safety of PEOPLE, or even for their input. It is all about MIKE, ME,ME,ME.  He has the wealthy, the liberals, and the cold-hearted, avaricious citiots in his camp. They WANT our town folks, are you going to let them take it ? Or will you take a stand and send them packing ? He cannot BUY your votes, nor can his rich cronies, but he CAN cheat! He does have Greg Fingar and Jason Nastke to "Fix" the machines or find invalid votes in their jacket pockets at the last minute, like occurred last election in Lebanon. What a horrible, shameless, dis-honorable bunch of people. 

         You DO realize I hope, that I am a Republican, and I am attacking my own party here. But ya know what? I don't vote party lines, I vote for the candidates that have some honesty and responsibility to the town and people rather than themselves.  I vote for the non-corrupted and unselfish, the people who have attended meetings and contributed to the town in a positive way, or WILL if elected. It's time to flush the toilet folks. Tell Benson NO MORE lies, no more Tyranny, no more using the people of New Lebanon like we are stupid yokels you can wipe your feet on before moving on to your dream of higher office. Tell him NO! No more berating and verbally abusing women and anyone who dares to disagree with his agenda. 

      Which reminds me to ask this question; "WHY did the Town Clerk leave the Town Board Meeting in tears this week after speaking with Benson?  WHY were our Zoning Clerk and Officer dragged into an executive session ? Think about it folks, you'll get it! Mark my words, IF Benson manages to get re-elected, what do you suppose is going to happen to our long-time, faithful and hard-working employees?  How much more emotional abuse can our Town Clerk tolerate?  How much more of our tax dollars can we afford to let Benson squander on whims that only he and his financial backers support? We STILL have no market, we have no pharmacy, we have very little money, and despite what Benson TELLS you, the landfill is NOT closed or even CLOSE to being closed. He has had NO wins, and that is why he is fighting so dirty. He NEEDS a notch in his belt to move up the political ladder. He NEEDS one more term to force sidewalks and economic development of the kind we don't WANT, down our throats.

           Maybe it's just my stern up-bringing, but I cannot see rewarding a man with re-election who has divided the good folks of this town, cost us a fortune, can't tell the truth or do anything with honesty and transparency, is cruel to his own child, dis-respectful to constituents, ignores rules, and literally abuses town employees. This is NOT a good man, and NOT a good official.  This is Obama with less hair. Benson has to GO, and YOU have to DO it ! God Help Us !              JJ

Check THIS out !

The County "9"

Oct 11 at 3:11 AM
Scroll down...read through what they are going to do, and ALL without examining the facts, impact, danger, OR financial problems....ONCE AGAIN...EMINENT DOMAIN totally supported by BENSON!!!
"FYI...In case you missed it, here is Joe Gentile's article on the County BOS vote last night, which defeated a resolution to postpone any action on expanding the Airport safety zone until we get answers to questions about why we are doing this.
The BOS vote came after an hour of questions from concerned residents, mostly from Ghent where the Airport is located, asking that the County respond to questions have been asked but not answered, and to FOIL requests that have been submitted but not responded to, to find out from County Managers and the FAA if we really need to do the safety zone expansion, what the consequences of not expanding the safety zone will be, if any, and what the benefits of expanding the safety zone will be, if any.
While it is hard to imagine, nine supervisors, listed in the article below, actually voted against getting the facts before deciding to proceed with the eminent domain process.
Eight of the nine supervisors who voted against waiting for the facts before committing to the safety zone expansion are up for re-election in November, and one of the nine is not running again.
Any voter who is concerned about their Supervisor making an important decision without first getting the facts has a chance to send a message in November -- that you have to have the facts before you make the decision.
Unfortunately, the nine Supervisors who voted to continue with eminent domain have agreed to support that decision based on incomplete and possibly inaccurate information.
This is not really about the Airport safety zone or eminent domain any more, but about the integrity and credibility of the County's decision making process, and the Supervisors and managers who guide that process."
"Not the Board of Supervisors finest hour." ~

Board rejects eminent domain resolution

    Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:30 am
By Joe Gentile Columbia-Greene Media
Unable to land a two-thirds majority, Supervisor Art Bassin’s, D-Ancram, resolution to temporarily table actions expanding the Columbia County Airport’s safety zone through eminent domain was not brought to the floor at the county Board of Supervisors Wednesday night.
The board voted 1,146 for the measure, 1,857 against, with 243 abstaining and 595 absent.
Supervisors Richard Keaveney, R-Canaan; Jesse DeGroodt, R-Chatham; Thomas Garrick, R-Gallatin; Ronald Knott, R-Stuyvesant; John Porreca Sr., R-Greenport; Jeffrey Braley, R-Austerlitz; Kevin McDonald, R-Livingston; and Michael Benson, R-New Lebanon, were joined by Chairman Patrick Grattan, R-Kinderhook, against Bassin’s resolution.
Supervisors Robin Andrews, D-Claverack; Raymond Staats, D-Clermont; Arthur Baer, NOP-Hillsdale; Sarah Sterling, D-Hudson1; Edward Cross, D-Hudson2; Ellen Thurston, D-Hudson3; Bill Hughes, D-Hudson4; Rick Scalera, Hudson-D5 voted with Bassin to table eminent domain proceedings.
Meanwhile, Supervisor Betty Young, R-Taghkanic, abstained and Supervisor, Matt Murell, R-Stockport, recused himself from Wednesday’s vote.
Both Supervisors Roy Brown, R-Germantown, and Jeffrey Nayer, R-Copake, were absent.
If adopted, Bassin’s resolution would have rescinded “[a]ll resolutions previously approved by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors authorizing negotiated purchase of land from Carmen Nero and partners, or the use of eminent domain,” and withdrawn any earlier authorizations that resulted in purchasing, or taking, Nero’s property.
Calls to table the county’s eminent domain proceedings were led by Bassin, expressing skepticism about the Federal Aviation Administration’s runway requirements, and other airport improvements, estimated to cost anywhere from $8 million to $13 million.
Public comment from Wednesday’s earlier, informational meeting included attendees openly challenging the county’s transparency as Columbia County Economic Development Commissioner Ken Flood defended a 10-year-old plan, commissioned by Syracuse-based C&S Engineers, for the county’s airport to possibly comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations through eminent domain.
Carmen Nero, the adjacent Meadowgreens Golf Course’s principal owner, has so far objected to the county’s $629,000 offer to buy up 16 acres of the Ghent facility, with an additional 90 acres of conservation easements.
Expressing resignation, Nero resented how the county has tried “to shut me down,” despite attempts to reinvent Meadowgreens Golf Course as a luxury resort.
“You guys have been holding me up since 2006,” Nero said. “I’ve been trying to create jobs there.”
One of two Ghent residents local attorney Ken Dow filed suit  on Friday against Columbia County in state Supreme Court, also attended Wednesday.
County officials did not respond quickly enough to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests Michael Schrom and Kevin Delahanty sought about the county’s communications with the Federal Aviation Administration, agreements with Richmor Aviation, C&S Engineers and flight data, according to the lawsuit.
Under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, requesting public records requires the recipient to have them available, within five days of the request’s receipt, or “deny such request in writing or furnish a written acknowledgment of the receipt of such request” with a “reasonable” date for determination of a record’s accessibility.
Seated beside Patricia Matheney, of Ghent, Schrom and Matheny landed multiple questions pushing Flood and Columbia County Attorney Rob Fitzsimmons to explain why their airport-related FOIL requests were not returned in the amount of time allotted under state law.
Even though Matheney submitted a FOIL request on Feb. 11, she maintained the county was reluctant to act, until the recent litigation.
“You already have a list of questions, since February of this year, with no response,” Matheney said. “Never once did you reply to my email.”
However, Fitzsimmons said that not only was there an initial response from Flood and his office, but that a second response was mailed, notifying Matheney he needed a 45- to 60-day wait to hear from the county’s Engineering Department. He added Matheney’s request called for a “voluminous” amount of information, spanning multiple county departments.
“As I sit here now, we’re going to present you with all of the information we’ve assembled,” Fitzsimmons said.
Matheney filed an affidavit in support of Delahanty and Schrom’s lawsuit.
Underwritten by the New York State Department of Transportation, Flood cited a 2011 McFarland-Johnson Inc. study reporting the Columbia County Airport created 95 jobs, and brought in an additional $7.6 million of annual income. Consultants from McFarland-Johnson Inc. valued the airport’s annual economic impact on the county at $20 million.
By Friday, Flood said he plans to have both the county’s master plan, commissioned by C&S Engineers in 2003, and the 2011 state Department of Transportation study available online at columbiacountyny.com.
To reach reporter Joe Gentile, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2495, or email at jgentile@registerstar.com.

 Eminent Domain is intended for vital, immediate needs, not power-mongers seeking money and MORE power. Essentially, Eminent Domain is THEFT. Gee, didn't Benson want to TAKE resident's property via Eminent Domain to install unnecessary and unwanted sidewalks? Typical Tyrant.  Vote Carefully.


Signs of Our Time                                        10-13-2013

           I Love that old song, "Signs,Signs, Everywhere a Sign..".  I still remember all the lyrics. LOL!  The campaign signs in our town this election are not at all excessive like last time. In fact, there really should be MORE than there are, but the cost has risen precipitously this year. The names you see the most of, are the candidates that can afford to toss money around, or their mommies and daddies can. 

           I see the Czar has purchased NEW signs this year rather than re-use those from the last election. THIS year, his slogan is, "Keeping the Promise".  What "Promise" would that be, anybody? The market, the pharmacy, the landfill closing, WHAT? Transparent government? LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!   In any case, the Czar has openly and VERY deliberately defied the rules, protocol and respect required of candidates posting signs. His excuse, as I said before, is that his signs are in the "Right of Way", and yup, they ARE. HOWEVER, he is purposely "Pushing the Envelope" and has for all intents and purposes said as much to ME via his favorite form of communication, EMAIL.

            So just for kicks, I took a ride this afternoon and snapped a few pics for you. Look at them from the bottom-up, as this website posts them differently EVERY time.

    Sign #1) This sign is ON Town Hall property at the corner of Rt. 22 north and Old Post Road. Is it in the R.O.W? Yes it is, BUT, the Law is, NO campaign signage on municipal properties in the R.O.W or NOT, Period ! Which is exactly why Dan Evans had to move his sign that was on LVPA property in front of the old American Legion. It was in the R.O.W as well, but it was still a violation of election law. Does the Czar have more rights than Evans or any other candidate? HE thinks so. 

     Sign #2) This is the grass strip between Marchese Ford and the Episcopal Church parsonage, across from the High School. I have been told by three different people that it is owned by three different entities. One said the school owns it, one said the church owns it and another said Marchese owns it. Which is all immaterial anyway, because regardless of WHO owns it, it is in violation because it suggests that the church supports Benson. Churches and schools are also OFF-LIMITS for campaign signage. 

     Sign #3) Amerada-Hess Corporation

                    You all know THIS story. This is the point at the 22 north and 20 east crossroads in front of the former Hess station. It is a grassy section, owned at maintained by Hess. The Winnie sign is there because Winnie doesn't KNOW about the request made by Hess that NO signs be posted. Benson KNOWS, and you can be sure Evans does too. Benson has deliberately and BELIGERENTLY ignored that request and essentially told Hess, "F-You!".  How very honorable! 

                    EVERY tax-paying ,property-owner has the RIGHT to choose whose signs if ANY, are posted in front of their private property, in or OUT of the R.O.W. Can you imagine a Benson sign in the R.O.W in front of MY cabin???  LOL! Fat chance ! NO ONE can force anyone else to have a sign on their lawn for someone they do NOT support. YOU have that right and so does each and every resident of this town and country, and that includes Amerada-Hess. They said "NO" and Benson said "F__k YOU!" .

          Sign #4) THIS, is Matt Larabee's sign which is CLOSE to the Town Hall, but ON the Donnelly property, IN the R.O.W and with PERMISSION of the land owner. All rules followed and respect paid. Protocol, fueled by integrity.  THIS is a full-color picture of the difference between the two candidates for Town Supervisor.  One, a life-long resident and businessman who respects the people and the rules, the other, an interloper with a God Complex that believes he is above the law and anyone who disagrees can go scratch. This is how he runs his business, our town and its employees, and very likely, his family.  Had enough yet ?? 

          Benson is an abominable human being, and I would say that if he was a Dem, an Independent, a Conservative, a Libertarian, or a member of the Tiptoe thru the Tulips Party. It IS, what it is.  He is, what he IS.  He has spent two years proving himself to be a detriment to this town, the residents and our rights and freedoms.  Will Lebanon residents be like the low-information Obama voters, and prove themselves stupid by re-electing Benson, TOO ? Probably. 

           Now, about Dan Evans. I can't say what he's like, because I don't KNOW him as a person, only as a candidate for the Town Board. For all I know, he might read to the blind, or maybe he kicks puppies, I can't say as I have no personal knowledge of his character.  I DO know that his paternal grandparents are good people, his father is well-liked, and his maternal grandmother, who was (oops), OMITTED from the family bio in his campaign flier, is a wonderful lady, Irene Kelly. Many of you know her as "Ma Kelly". She is one of my favorite people and I was sad to see her leave Lebanon. 

           Dan also coaches soccer at our high school and has a good job in engineering. Admirable assets. He would make a decent councilman, in the FUTURE, but NOT NOW. Why do I say that ? Youth and total lack of experience is a big factor here, though not the biggest. Dan Evans has attended TWO Town Board Meetings, ever. Both of those were AFTER he became a candidate.  His lack of manners and chivalry at the sidewalk hearing was a HUGE negative as well. He was not the ONLY man to sit while our senior ladies stood against the wall for two hours, but he was the only one seeking a town position. Inexcusable and NOT a good, first-impression. 

          Still, even that is not my most serious concern about Evans, though it made my blood run cold. Dan Evans should NOT be a Councilman because he did not decide to do it on his own, because he WANTED to. He was actively recruited by Mike Benson, Bud Godfroy and his Mommy.  Should the son of the Czar's "Confidential Secretary" be running for a position on the Town Board ? Morally and Ethically, the answer is a resounding NO. Sadly, it's legal and practiced in many small towns. It should NOT be. It's Nepotism and Conflict of Interest, and it's very, very tasteless. Unfortunately, the Benson Kool-Aid drinkers will support the unethical by voting for its Poster Boy, Dan Evans.  Is it any wonder that government is so corrupt and damaging ? 

        We have chatted about Meet the Candidates night, but there's a little more to consider there,too.  It's too late for this year, but the voters of New Lebanon cannot continue to allow the openly-bias Fiona Lally and her herd of LVBA Sheep to run the show. They plan the event, choose the moderator of THEIR choice, and cleanse the pool of questions to favor their candidates and muddy the others. REALLY people, how STUPID is it, to let the lefty libs hold the reins while their mules run you over ? Are you KIDDING me ?!?!  

          WHERE is the Fairness, the input from BOTH sides ? Holy Crap, it's as bad as giving Obama the keys to the Fed! (Oh, I forgot, he already HAS those). Bud Godfroy is with NO question, the absolute WORST Republican Chair we have ever had. He is weak, uninformed and putty in Benson's hands. The MTC Night Event should be coordinated and controlled by the party chairs, together, NOT the LVBA ! Of course, even that simple and fair method will be useless unless we get a REAL Republican in the position of chair instead of a RINO.  

           What we CAN do this year, is insist that our questions for the candidates be pulled at random. Each candidate should have a box with his or her name on it, and residents can put a question into the box of the candidate the question is for. Then the candidate can pull from the box and answer the question that comes up. Bias eliminated. Fairness restored. 

        Tomorrow being a holiday, I am unable to post a few more of the serious Benson issues I am working on for you. I'm hoping to have that ready for Wednesday's post, so stay tuned. 

        A big THUMBS UP to the Veterans who sent Obama a clear message down in D.C today !!!  SHAME on the D.C Police for being turncoats and Oath-Breakers, you don't deserve to wear the uniform of Law Enforcement. Can you spell, Martial Law??? 


It's  TIME !!                                                10-20-2013

         First things first.  Local Stuff. Tomorrow night is the Dem Fundraiser at Smitty's Pizza. so if you're a DEM, come on down. I will be there as I never vote across the board and am supporting some Dems as usual. Wierd isn't it, that locally, the Dems are better officials than the Reps, and in Washington, it's just the opposite. I ABHOR the D.C Dems. 

         As always, some really dirty pool being played in this election, not as bad as the last one, but bad enough. This time it is more covert and for at least the next 24 hours, I can't even tell you about it. I WILL, as always, but not tonight. It amazes me that so many people are turncoats and fakers. There is no loyalty anymore. It also annoys me all to H_LL that 11 candidates were forced to change their plans because BENSON wants to go to the Blueberry Hill Food Exhibit!  Not even a Fundraiser or anything of any importance, BUT, a great opportunity to Campaign with the tree-huggers. So HE makes everyone else change the date for Meet the Candidates, causing a conflict for the Democrats who had an engagement for the NEW date that WAS politically important to them. How terribly selfish and narcissistic. How very shameful that the LVBA accomodated Benson at the expense of everyone else !!!! GAG !

        This is the LAST time the LVBA will take part in organizing this event, and you can take THAT to the bank !  Hopefully, when the latest mis-behaviors come out, you will be as nauseated as I am.  Still, we are not the dirtiest campaign in the area this year, Grafton IS. Holy Crow, what a mess of mud-slinging going on up there! 

     So, I'm loving this weather. Cool enough for a light jacket but not cold yet, and Praise the Lord, not HOT. I actually managed to finish staining the main cabin and need one more day to finish the trim paint. Got some perennials divided and moved and put bulbs in the ground. Lots more to do but that depends on the weather and it will be what it will be. Can't control the weather. 

      There are a LOT of things in life that we have no say about and no choice in, but many MORE that we DO ! We make hundreds of choices every day, big ones and small ones, for ourselves and sometimes for others, and we make more bad ones ones than good. We're human, we're impulsive and we all suffer from varying degrees of selfishness.  Yet the important thing to remember is how blessed we are to have the RIGHT to choose ! We are free to make our own decisions, right or wrong, and the consequences of those decisions are our own as well. 

        Tragically, we are seeing our Freedom of Choice assaulted daily by those who wish to control us. The very people that we elected to be our public servants and representatives are now neither. Men like John McCain, Chris Gibson, John Boehner, and Chris Christie to name but a FEW, have sold the American Conservatives down the river repeatedly, by choosing to do the opposite of what the people elected them to do. They made choices that will not benefit the people, only themselves. 

        Across the aisle, we have the Autocratic Democrats who are actively seeking full control of every aspect of our lives. They literally salivate at the very thought of taking away our choices and making decisions FOR us. Does that sound like Freedom to you? Of course not, yet this is what is happening in America and those of us who object must become LOUDER, more FOCUSED, and more DETERMINED than EVER.  As a NY State Organizer for the Grassroots movements for the Defense of Constitutionality and Gun Rights, I have kept my own groups true to "Proper Conduct and Procedure".  SO much so, that we have dis-aligned ourselves with other groups we feel are too aggressive, too hungry for "Illegal" action.

          It isn't easy to address flagrant violations of our rights by government entities in a calm, peaceful, and sensible manner. We are all angry and fed-up with the B.S, and rightfully so. We have had enough of politicians who ignore the Law of the Land and the voices of the majority and face NO consequences for these actions. It is very, very hard to remain lawful when the people you are fighting are anything BUT. THEY can fight dirty and break laws, and their cronies will cover for them. WE cannot do the same, first because we are honorable, and second, because those same cronies would sic their private armies on us.  Not that we fear their hired guns, we don't. 

        Still, there comes a point in every battle, that WAR must be declared. Revolution is coming, of this there is Zero doubt. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next month or next year, I can't say, but if things don't change in our government very quickly and drastically, Revolution is inevitable. Sadly, our present administration is eager for just such an action that will enable them to declare Martial Law, and they have worked tirelessly to incite it. They have poked the hornet's nest and worked the hive into a near-frenzy, especially in the last year.

      THEY are also very well-prepared. DHS, FEMA and even State Police Agencies are heavily armed and trained to institute Martial Law at a moment's notice.  Our government wants a "Reason" but we are too well-informed to give them what they want. So they continue to poke, push and prod by incurring more debt, forcing unwanted programs and policies, coddling illegals and protecting Muslims while demonizing Christianity and Patriotism. They are now Force-Feeding perversion and treason to our children in the public schools via the Common-Core Curriculum, and labeling  Patriots as "Domestic Terrorists".  They have laid the blame at the feet of the Republicans and Tea Party for the shutdown that was 100% Obama's idea, desire and action. Lie, Lie, Lie. 

     How much more will the REAL Americans tolerate and for how much longer ? It may not yet be time for Revolution, but it is PAST time for Resistance. Here in N.Y we use a four-word slogan for the stand we have taken. "We Will NOT Comply!".  We MEAN it ! We will NOT obey unconstitutional laws and statutes, we will NOT tolerate assaults on our liberties and faith or the minds of our children.  We will NOT abide by Executive Orders of Tyrants and we will NOT be ignored any longer. 

       Millions of Patriotic Americans have made a choice this week. Congressional Republicans have betrayed us for the last time and we are taking our power BACK. Chris Gibson will never see re-election nor will John McCain or the other Girly-Men they are all in bed with. Voting the RINOS like these guys and our own Mike Benson OUT is not enough. Good start, but hardly adequate. We are taking our fight to the streets, to the State Police, to DHS and FEMA, the IRS, the NSA and the homes and offices of all unconstitutional and far-left politicians at every level. Expect us! 

        We will give NO rest to the traitors and liars, the thieves and perverts, and everything we're doing and WILL do, is LEGAL under the Law of our Land. Not to mention, that there IS a reason that the government has not yet used another False Flag to incite the people and justify Martial Law. You see, we STILL out-gun them! We the People have more weaponry and ammo than the government Police State that is waiting in the wings to take us out. Which is of course, WHY they are so determined to disarm us. Fat chance.  THAT will never happen in America. "We Will NOT Comply!". 

        True, loyal Americans will literally die before surrendering their arms, their freedom and their futures to tyrants who seek only to enslave us, and yes, we ARE still the majority. The Resistance has begun and it's time to choose sides, folks. Liberalism is a terminal disease that is gasping its last breaths. The Patriot Movement has pulled the plug. Choose.


How the Stupid and Far-Left Fight



Our President is a Sociopath

Senator Barack Obama said: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.”

What decisive leadership Obama took back when he needed to look like he gave a crap about our country! What character Obama had in opposing a debt he had no intention of ever reducing once he ascended to god status! How lovely Obama’s conservative rhetoric was when he needed to appear like less of a megalomaniac, and more like a caring leader!

The entirety of the recent debt fight can be reduced to one moment in Obama’s career. I’m not a fan of needless complexity. I believe that life is just an accumulation of small moments which only need to be examined individually to be understood properly. Democrats love complexity, however. They live on it because it better disguises their lies and sleight of hand.

Democrats love to blather about how nuance is key and that nothing is black and white. That’s far from reality. Reality may be black, white, and gray, but all three colors are clearly separated. Everything can be traced back to a beginning. And the beginning—in this particular instance—is the above quote from our Liar in Chief. Obama once claimed that raising the debt ceiling was a sign of leadership failure, a sign of our debt problem. $7 trillion dollars, and a socialized healthcare system later, Obama was begging for an increase so that America would not become a dead beat society (which was not true, because we could have easily continued to pay our debt). What changed?

What changed were Obama’s priorities. Back then, he was a Senator with Presidential ambitions, now, he’s a President who wants to squeeze every ounce of power he can out of his position. This simple quote betrays Obama’s identity as an opportunist. But what does that mean? An opportunist has no qualms with throwing morality aside to get what he wants. That being said, an opportunist has sociopathic tendencies that cannot be ignored. Opportunists show a scary lack of empathy that—if witnessed in any normal person—would send chills down the spines of their friends and family. But since he’s the President, it doesn’t seem to matter. Through the rosy lens of the mainstream media, Obama seems compassionate and scrupulous.

But those of us who can read know better. We know that he lied about his opinion of the debt, and we know that he has lied about a good many things. We have a commander who is a sociopath, plain and simple. And one thing a sociopath does well is look out for himself. You better believe that any policy implemented by Barack Obama only serves to better his own lot, often at the expense of the American people.

Don’t believe anything he says. I know you readers don’t. But we must get the word out to those who have been scrubbed by the media, even now, in his fifth year. They have to see the true face that sits behind the mask of the urbane, dedicated, compassionate President Barack Obama. I’m afraid for our future if history is Obama’s friend.

To quote Barack Obama: America deserves better.


The Democrat Fundraiser                                        10-21-2013

        See that banner above? Now THAT's the Truth. I will never, EVER believe that the votes for Meg Robertson two years ago were legitimate. The exact same number of votes in each district just does NOT happen. We couldn't prove HOW it was done, but there was tampering, of that we had no doubt.  This election will not be honest either, and THIS time, we might actually know how it was done. Pay close attention to the Chatham Rags tomorrow and you'll see what I mean. Read carefully about what happened at the Columbia County Board of Elections and who the players were. Most of all, remember what Mike Benson's position at county IS when you read the article. Most interesting, indeed. 

       Once you read this story, you will be very insecure about how your vote is or is not, counted in New Lebanon. You might even want to demand that the machines waiting in Hudson for Election Day, be swapped-out with another town's machines. Yeah, it's THAT serious. Locally, we don't have to worry too much about a person voting multiple times, like we saw in the last Presidential Election, but machine and vote tampering are a HUGE issue here and everywhere. This is unacceptable and if the people involved in this latest mis-conduct are not terminated, there is no use in even voting at all anymore. 

         I attended the Democrat Fundraiser at Smitty's Pizza tonight and the turnout was impressive. Bob and I were there of course, to support Matt Larabee and  Trina Porte, and talk with the other candidates and old friends. It's interesting to hear all the various visions the candidates have for the town. No two are exactly the same except for ONE thing; every single one has had enough of the lack of transparency in local government. Haven't we ALL? Do you realize that our Town Board has had an executive session at more than 90% of the meetings since Benson's election two years ago? We have.  We had one last week, and though exec sessions are meant to be private and discreet, they are both for only a very brief moment in time. 

        Even if every person who attends these exec sessions never says a word about what went on, we always know anyway. We DO have our ways. Last week's, was a point and blame session, a scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, session. The results are obvious for anyone who cares to look in the right places. LOL!!  Benson is running scared this year. He knows he has lost a good deal of the support he had two years ago and that makes him dangerous. He is capable and KNOWN to stoop to the lowest tactics to win, and he WILL fight dirty and dishonestly. He is a compulsive liar, much like Obama, and he's sleazy, cold, and 100% about himself, so expect anything. 

         I was shocked to see Fiona Lally at the event tonight, after the problems she has caused her own party this year and the absolute MESS she made LAST time.  Maybe she just doesn't SEE her own damage out there in  La-La Lally-Land.   The LVBA should change its name to the LBLB, the Lebanon Blind Leading the Blind. In any case, what you will read in tomorrow's paper is pretty damn horrible, but it's just the tip of the iceberg. There are still those "Other" things I haven't told you yet. It DOES get worse.

      Now just for fun, let's do a little comparison of the two candidates for Supervisor campaign materials. First, take a look at Mike Benson's below.  Lovely family photo, good-looking wife and kids, impossible to deny that. The words however, are a different story.  "Keeping the Promise" and "Building for Our Future".  These are the same words he used last time around, remember? 

1) Reduced Property Taxes. Maybe he did, but MINE haven't gone down. 

2) Improved Fiscal Control and Management of Town finances.  Um, if he says so. All I know is that he fired everyone who was doing an adequate job and brought in his own accountants that he claimed did not work for him at his construction company, yet they HAD, under a different name! Conflict of Interest and outright lies. 

3) Led Efforts to bring a Supermarket to Lebanon.  Um, we don't HAVE a Supermarket, and any efforts that were made began years before Benson came back to town. 

4) Attracted NEW Business to Rt. 20.  HUH???  Oh yeah, he helped the Blueberry Hill by-pass the D.O.T requirements that all OTHER new businesses must comply with, and lied to owners of similar businesses in order to gauge the competition for B. Hill before they bought the building.  Several violations involved HERE and a LOT of questionable ethics.  Benson had NOTHING to do with the Family Dollar coming in, so his successes at attracting new business add up to ONE.  ONE!  The one brought in because they are family "Friends" of Benson and got to break all the rules. 

5) Resolved the landfill issue? Ummm, nope. Not YET! Believe it when you SEE it, not what the Czar TELLS you. Also bear in mind how much of the cost will come out of YOUR pocket to close the landfill, (IF they ever do),  because Benson folded to a deal that was not adequate. A deal Meg Robertson refused to accept because the PEOPLE of New Lebanon are not financially responsible for the closing, the COUNTY IS. 

6) Completed renovation of the Town Hall. LOLOL!! All he did was push to put the hard work and plans of others in motion, and still, he failed to produce an adequate space for our needs.  We cannot even have the Meet the Candidates night there, the Dems could not caucus there, because the room is too small. The Air-Conditioner is so loud, you cannot hear the board members speaking if it is on, so we are forced to sweat in a brand-new building! There are NO security cameras, NO video-taping of meetings, NO Bill of Rights or Constitution on display, and no audio system. BIG accomplishment there! Even the damn CLOCK is unsightly.

7)  Beautified the Park. Yep! He brow-beat every employee who tried to keep it clean and finally found one he could intimidate into doing more work than the job pays for, and now the park is weed-whacked more often. We still have nothing there for our youth, the playground is ancient, and there are safety hazards at the basketball court.

     KEEP Mike Benson working for our town's future? I think not. Funny he didn't mention terrorizing and abusing town employees, both elected and appointed. 

     Now, let's look at Matthew Larabee. 

1) Life-long resident of Lebanon. True.

2) VP of 66-year-old local, family business.  True.

3) Active LVPA member for 30 years. True. He also didn't lie to the LVPA President and "Claim" to be a member when he was not. Benson DID! 

4) Boy Scout Leader since 1972. True. What has Benson done for our kids? 

5) Town Councilman. True. Benson never served as a Council member or a member of ANY board. When asked why he didn't start there, he claimed that he was a "Leader", not a follower. He has yet to prove that to the people of New Lebanon. 

  Matt is also the Town Emergency Management Director. Benson never did any such thing for this town and he never will. He might break a nail. Matt also mentions Transparency, which was one of Benson's "Promises" last election, yet he has been anything BUT transparent. He makes decisions without board input or vote, he hires without board approval, he lied to Howard Commander about a board vote being taken to file suit against him, etc., etc. I could write you a BOOK about Benson's lies and back-room deals, but if you really want to know who he is, just go back into the archives of this blog and read it all.   

       It could not BE more obvious which of these two candidates is the better choice for our town's future. Anyone who does not see that, is morally retarded.  I would hope that the majority of us have learned a hard lesson from voting in a stranger with a personal agenda and  ice in his veins.  Yet, Obama was re-elected. So I DO have concerns that there are enough stupid people in town that will vote to re-elect Benson.  


Well It's About TIME !!


Remember What I Said About Hillary ?


pALIN (2)

Oct 17 at 12:54 AM

Sarah Palin Warns Obama of Impeachment!

By Onan Coca / 16 October 2013 / 

Isn’t this why we grassroots conservatives love Governor Sarah Palin so much?
For the last few months I have been fielding many of your emails to Eagle Rising, and by far the questions asked most often are: Why isn’t anyone doing anything about (Blank)? Why hasn’t anyone started impeachment proceedings? How is President Obama getting away with all of these illegal actions?
sarah-palin1She has her finger on the pulse of the grassroots -- when we get riled up about an issue, she hears us. The media may gloss over thousands of Americans marching on the monuments in D.C., but she understands that our hearts are breaking. She understands that our military veterans are the soul of our nation and that grassroots conservatives guard our veterans jealously.
Sarah Palin gets us.
So when I read that she warned the President that he was treading on ground that could get him impeached, I was not surprised. Because all of you, dear readers, have been saying the same thing for months. Here’s what Governor Palin wrote on her Facebook page just a few days ago.
Obama’s Debt Default is on His Shoulders While We Shoulder His Impeachable Offenses
Apparently the president thinks he can furlough reality when talking about the debt limit. To suggest that raising the debt limit doesn’t incur more debt is laughably absurd. The very reason why you raise the debt limit is so that you can incur more debt. Otherwise what’s the point?
It’s also shameful to see him scaremongering the markets with his talk of default. There is no way we can default if we follow the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, requires that we service our debt first. We currently collect more than enough tax revenue to service our debt if we do that first. However, we don’t have enough money to continue to finance our ever-growing federal government (with our $17 trillion dollar national debt that has increased over 50% since Obama took office). That’s why President Obama wants to increase the debt limit. He doesn’t want to make the tough decisions to rein in government spending. So, he’s scaremongering the markets about default, just as he tries to scaremonger our senior citizens about their Social Security, which, by the way, is funded by the Social Security Trust Fund and is solvent through 2038. 
It’s time for the president to be honest with the American people for a change. Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by  President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense. A default would also be a shameful lack of leadership, just as mindlessly increasing our debt without trying to rein in spending is a betrayal of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck with the bill.
palinThe Republican Party elite, the leadership, the moderates, the Beltway Republicans, could learn many things if they’d give Governor Palin a serious thought. However, unlike the grassroots, the Republican Party leaders can’t be bothered to spend any time on Mrs. Palin. They don’t respect her, and they don’t take her wisdom to heart. If the Republican Party had followed her for the last 4-5 years instead of the D.C. moderates, we’d be in a much better place today.
Sarah Palin is the Republican Party bellweather. If the people in D.C. want to know what the energized, grassroots base is thinking… they just need to ask her.


NO More WAITING !!                                         10-22-2013

           Looks like it's up to me to start exposing the B.S. Apparently, the Register-Star is either NOT going to print the story, or is dragging their feet for their own reasons. I'm DONE waiting.  It has already been a few weeks since this crime was committed and it's too close to election time to wait another day ! 

          The Hudson Board of Elections has a room where the voting machines are kept under lock and key. TWO keys are required to open the door, one held by a Democrat and one by a Republican, for obvious reasons. The Republican lock needed replacement and the Public Works Dept. was asked to do the job. The problem was, that they arrived to do the work on a SATURDAY, when no one was around to legally open the door. So they DRILLED out the Republican lock, replaced it, and never bothered to mention it to those who run the B.O.E office, nor did they hurry to get the new key into the right hands. 

           So, who knows how long these Public Works employees and whomever ELSE, had unsupervised access to these machines?!? Even WORSE, a representative from the NY State B.O.E happened to come in and when the crime was discovered, and was "reportedly" livid! She stated that she intended to "Write-it-Up" but so far, nothing has appeared in the media that I am aware of, are YOU ? No one at the Hudson B.O.E has exposed this, and neither has Didi Barrett, who also knows the entire story. 

          Now, HERE is the biggest concern about this entire fiasco: Guess who is the County Liaison to the Dept. of Public Works ? Michael Benson.  Yup ! Just might explain the identical votes received by Meg Robertson last election, huh? Disgusting !!  Feel like your vote for anyone but Benson and his hand-picked, running mates will count? Good Lord, what NEXT ?!?!?

  Well, let me TELL you what's next. Our high school is allowing Dan Evans and his mother to campaign IN the school, DURING school hours! Now think about that for a minute. 

1) Eileen Evans is employed at the school, AND is Benson's Confidential Secretary. Dan Evans is her son. 

2) Dan Evans is the Soccer Coach at the school, and was recruited by Mike Benson to run for office even though he had never even been to a Town Board Meeting, EVER.

3) The High School Principal is married to Mike Benson's sister !

4) There are campaign fliers on at least TWO desks in TWO classrooms, and according to inside sources, they were being actively distributed in the school about two weeks ago. 

    Nothing like a little Nepotism to kick-off Voting Season in New Lebanon !! It can't POSSIBLY get more un-ethical and dirty, can it? Always the same games by the same players, and it's getting OLD, folks. Time to flush this toilet and hold the snakes responsible for their behaviors. If you REALLY want to see this town go forward, it has to be CLEANED-UP first! A new coat of paint won't stick to a greasy wall. 

    These two issues are not the ONLY ones, it STILL gets worse ! Hopefully, I can tell you about the rest by early next week.  If these things are unacceptable to you, YOU need to say so ! YOU need to spread the word, print this page and hand it out, call friends and family and tell them it's time to face the Truth about Mike Benson.  Call the newspapers and ask WHY they haven't printed the B.O.E story that we ALL have a RIGHT to know about! 

     Ask our School Superintendent why, if she is allowing one or two candidates to use the school as a campaign location, she hasn't invited ALL candidates in to speak to the kids and staff?  Ask the Town Attorney if Eileen Evans campaigning in our school for her son while also being a Town employee, is Conflict of Interest or just BAD taste ! GAG !! Get MAD and protect the integrity of your Votes ! If you don't speak out, don't complain later !         JJ


 It's ALL About ME !                                            10-23-2013

        Full day today!  Took a friend door-to-door campaigning and talked to a LOT of residents.  I am THRILLED to report that MANY who supported Benson two years ago, no longer DO !  So there IS intelligent life in them thar hills ! Still plenty of Zombies, but nowhere NEAR as many as last election. 

      So, anyone attend the Benson-Campaign at Blueberry Hill tonight? Oh sorry, it was a Tofu, Bean-Sprout and Marjoram Meeting. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and fall at the Czar's feet-meet. GAG !  This "Get-Together" was announced in the "Grow the Liberal Utopia" newsletter  FOUR days prior, and not one candidate other than Benson was formally invited, yet the Lebanon Valley Business Association HAS formally announced their group support of Benson and Evans. Wow. What a surprise, whatever will we DO ?  NOT to mention of course, that these are ALL the same hoity-toities that make-up the committee and support the "Economic Development Plan" that Benson, Gitter and their minions are salivating over and the real-life people cannot afford and do not WANT. Yet when have you ever known Tyrants and the  Extremely Wealthy to CARE what anyone else wants ?

     Seems all I hear from Liberals is how little Conservatives care about the poor, the down-trodden, the "different", and on and on. In reality, it is the Liberal Left and the financially privileged who look down upon anyone who is not exactly like THEM and dares to disagree with THEM. Liberals don't assist the needy, the enslave them by enabling them and convincing them that they are "victims".  Conservatives on the other hand, want to give "temporary" assistance and provide training and opportunities that promote self-reliance. We don't deny anyone their right to be different, but we also do not approve of outright perversions, dis-respect for the rights of parents to decide what their children will be exposed to and when, or the assault on our religious and Constitutional liberties.  Etc., etc.

      These snobs refuse to compromise, it's their way, ALL the way or nothing at all. Which is EXACTLY why we had the recent shut-down that the Left is blaming the Right for! All the Right did was FINALLY stand its ground against the whiners, spenders, anti-Constitutional , self-absorbed, and hateful officials. OBAMA and HIS people closed the country down, arrested old veterans in wheelchairs and denied care to children with cancer. Obama said, and I QUOTE:  "Make it Hurt!". Then as always, he transferred the blame for HIS actions, onto those who were not any part of it. Typical Liberal behavior. 

       Now they want New Lebanon. Mike Benson is all about ME-ME-ME, and tonight's gala was a prime example of that. Eleven OTHER candidates were forced to re-arrange their schedules to allow the Czar to campaign at the Tree-Hugger Haven. Obviously NO consideration for others who might ALSO have a life and other plans. Only Benson matters. I'm glad I was out tonight, because I live close enough to Blueberry Hill that I might have heard the bleating of the sheep.  EWWWWW.

      So now you know that the majority of business owners in Lebanon are voting to support the liberal take-over, the continuance of a lying town government, and the spending of more millions that we cannot afford. They will vote for Benson, condoning the mis-conduct, the abuse of town employees , the nepotism and cronyism, the back-room deals, excessive executive sessions, conflict of interest and lack of accountability. They WANT a King, and Benson wants to BE King. ( My Christians readers will all know immediately what THAT leads to. The rest of you need to go find a Bible and look it up.)

      So it's Benson and Evans for the LVBA members. Remember THAT the next time you need a can of paint, or car repairs , a local contractor, or a loaf of 50-grain bread. There is a LOT to think about here,folks.  Campaigning in the school, refusing to honor requests of businesses to NOT post campaign signage in front of their buildings, even IN the right of way, palm-cards filled with lies, false promises, and the break-in at the Board of Elections by workers under Benson's watch. Remember also, that there are still two MORE major issues involving the Republicans this year that I haven't yet reported to you! Isn't it comforting to know that the LVBA who has announced their group support for Benson, will be running the "Meet the Candidates" night? How badly do you think the moderator that THEY chose, will tear up the opposition to Benson and Evans? Who do you suppose will be asked the positive questions and who will be asked the negative? 

  Remember the last MTC night when Jack Nevers and his permanent-adolescent of a step-son asked horrible things of my husband and several other candidates they hated and the moderator ASKED them? Childish, tasteless and classless. That my friends , is what happens when you allow a bias group of elitists to run the show. Don't swim in their cesspool.                                       JJ


Just HOW Insane are Liberals ??


Even Their ADVERTISEMENTS are Stupid!


Obama's Paid Liar RUNS from the Reporters


Obama Leaves Our P.O.W to ROT!


WHY are there Muslims in Positions of Power in D.C ?



 BOYCOTT the BULLIES !!!!!!!!!                                            10=27-2013

                By now, it is safe to assume that you have all received the deplorable letter from four, local business owners ? Allow me to begin by making one thing perfectly clear: I am NEVER, Politically-Correct and I am NEVER afraid to speak my mind and express my opinions. HOWEVER, I do these things HERE, on my blog, and if anyone cares to know what I think or have to say, they must type in the address and click to read it. In other words, THEY must come to ME.  NEVER, have I mailed my opinion and political choices into anyone's private mailbox or home.  That being said, let's continue. 

       First of all, What makes these four people think that anyone CARES who they have endorsed ?  Just because they each have a business, does that mean we all need to bow before them and accept their recommendations ? LOLOL!!  News Flash: My husband and I own a business and I betcha never knew it!  It's called, "Cabin Fever Enterprises" and encompasses several endeavors. We raise Angus beef, grow and sell quality hay, I have raised top-shelf, K9 German Shepherds for years, I refinish and customize furniture, and I design and paint greeting cards.  We do not belong to the LVBA because they are nothing more than Liberal wanna-bes that will grab your property via Eminent Domain to further their agenda of turning Lebanon into their Private Club.

         The LVBA has NO business controlling ANYTHING political in this town, ESPECIALLY the Meet the Candidates Event.  THINK about it, they send out letters of endorsement, then  control the questioning of candidates? Umm, a little BIASED or WHAT ?!?!!?   They support Benson, the liar, the sneak, the ice-cold narcissist, the land-grabber, credit-stealer, employee-abuser, woman-hater, king of fraudulent petitions, Conflict-of-Interest, and Vote-Tampering Expert, etc.,etc. Some say this is "Name-Calling", but NO, it is an accurate and factual description ! The backers of this deplorable man  support all of his illegal behaviors, abuses, and violations. 

           They support Dan Evans, the ZERO experience, immature son of the Confidential Secretary to Mike Benson. A "boy" who has NEVER even attended a town meeting of any kind until Benson recruited him to run for Town Board. A kid who used his position as Soccer Coach at the High School, to campaign IN the school ! Mommy ALSO works at the school and helped distribute campaign material for her son IN the school! Of course, no one objected, because the PRINCIPAL of the school is married to Mike Benson's SISTER ! Getting creepy enough yet? 

      Linda Hursa of the Angel's Trumpet does not even LIVE in Lebanon, she lives in Stephentown!  Who the hell is SHE to endorse ANY Lebanon candidate? Same goes for Melanie Hunt of Blueberry Hill Cafe, who also does not LIVE in Lebanon ! They just want the sidewalks and froo-froo businesses that Benson and Evans support and will force down OUR throats at OUR expense.  They have NO voice in OUR election! BOYCOTT their businesses ! 

      Sunny Kumar ? I have NO clue where he lives and I don't care. I DO know that he too, wants the sidewalks. I ALSO know that he came to a recent town board meeting to whine about Stewarts putting in a Diesel pump. Sunny stated that he liked having a "monopoly" on the diesel in town, because it allowed him to charge 50c more per gallon! He has also been caught numerous times giving people the wrong change, (to HIS advantage). Think we should listen to HIM ?? BOYCOTT his business !

      Aaahhh, Monte Wasch, one of my least-favorite humans.  Former Deputy Director of Economic Development in New York City.  Hmmm, wonder what HE wants to see in New Lebanon ? He is a_s - deep in the ridiculous dream of bringing the NY Philharmonic to Lebanon and if he was any further Left, he'd fall over.  Typical, Superior, Elitist, Controlling Citiot. Rude, abrasive and crude, but not NEARLY as much as Max Gitter. Gitter takes the Oscar for Rude and Crude.  Good ol' Max was a BIG-Time, NY City Attorney, and like many American Jews, his behavior is repulsive to anyone with integrity and civility. He is crooked and opinionated and his blood runs green with ill-gotten wealth. Cookie-Cutter Liberal. ( I have Jewish friends that are awesome people, but for the most part, they are NOTHING like the people of Israel whom I love dearly.)

        Gitter and Monte have forgotten that Lebanon is NOT NY City and never WILL be. THEY must assimilate, not US, or they can go elsewhere. Yet SOMEONE, appointed Gitter the Chairman of the mysterious "Economic Development Committee" in Lebanon. Why weren't the PEOPLE consulted about this committee, who sat on it and who Chaired it? Anyone else want to know??  WHY weren't these individuals chosen required to be residents of at least 10 years and selected by VOTE? Well, because what the PEOPLE want doesn't matter, only what the Elitists desire. Think it won't affect YOU and YOUR property? Think AGAIN! 

     Now, as if all this isn't bad enough, we also have the break-in at the Board of Elections in Hudson that the Greg Fingar News down-played in their article.  Do NOT be fooled, this is a SERIOUS matter, and if you don't want to take MY word for it, talk to the people AT the Hudson B.O.E Office.  Do YOU trust those machines now?  Do YOU trust the LVBA to run a clean and unbiased Meet the Candidates night? If you do, you are a gullible fool. 

     As I predicted weeks ago, this being the final week of the campaign, things are getting dirtier by the minute. Benson now has billboards across from the elementary  school that are WAY too large to be in the "Right of Way".  They are also ridiculous and a "sign" of desperation. They are SO foolish, they are laughable. ( It's a matter of, "Mine are BIGGER than YOURS! Nah-Nah !) ANOTHER issue; I am now seeing attacks on Benson and Evan's opponents on Facebook. Kevin Smith is being abused for serving ONE over-done pizza and the attacker doesn't live in Lebanon either. However, he is buddies with Dan Evans, who also weighed in on the issue. Told you Evans was immature. I have also heard that there are some folks who won't vote for Kevin because he likes to have a few drinks at night. LOLOL!!  

     Drinking officials?  Do you REALLY want to go THERE ? Would you like a list of the sodden alcoholics who have served and are STILL serving on our boards?  I CAN oblige ! In the meantime, enjoy the pics I posted below of candidate Dan Evans.  Also don't miss the link I am posting to an interesting story about Max Gitter and HIS level of integrity.  Remember his statement about , "No Harm, No Foul"? He's an animal, and all the money and titles in the world can't change that. Hopefully, you Tree-Huggers and Bleeding-Heart Liberals will see what he truly IS after reading what he did to a helpless people for money. They are ALL the same, folks ! Benson, Evans, Gitter, Wasch, Clark, ALL of them. Greg Fingar, Andrew Cuomo, and Obama and his camp, ALL dangerous, cold-hearted and self-serving tyrants that look at you and me as nothing more than slaves to be controlled and used for their personal gain.  Open your eyes and sniff the air. The poison is visible and smells like Darcy's Honey-Wagon.

        SO, to Melanie Hunt and Linda Hursa, keep your snotty noses OUT of OUR election process, you don't live or vote in OUR town ! Monte Wasch, just shut-up ! Sunny Kumar, try some honesty. Max Gitter, go back to Manhattan and take some classes in decorum and integrity. All of you? GROW UP! We the People, MATTER, like it or not. This is OUR town too, and WE have a say in what happens here.  

        One Ticked-Off Blogger.


WHAT IS Max Gitter ?

A New Episode in the Chevron Vs Ecuador Saga

Posted on the 17 July 2013 by Earth First! Newswire
Cross Posted from The Chevron Pit
The Disturbing Story of the Secret Invoices of Max Gitter and Theodore Katz
Just when you thought Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s maneuverings in favor of Chevron in the Ecuador case could not get any worse, they just did.
The controversial judge, who was unanimously reversed by an appellate court in an earlier phase of the case when he tried to impose an illegal injunction blocking the Ecuador judgment, now appears to be openly running a “pay-to-play” courtroom right in the heart of Manhattan.
The latest evidence: Judge Kaplan has socked impoverished indigenous groups in Ecuador with the exorbitant and secret bills of two “Special Masters” he appointed to oversee depositions in the case.  The Special Masters, Max Gitter and Theodore Katz, are longtime friends and professional colleagues of Kaplan.  Gitter was his former law partner and Katz served for many years as the chief magistrate judge on the court where Kaplan sits before opening a lucrative private mediation practice.
Hang on to your seats for this one.
When Judge Kaplan floated the idea several months ago of appointing Gitter and Katz at Chevron’s request, the Ecuadorians and their longtime U.S. lawyer, Steven Donziger, objected strenuously.  See this letter from famed trial lawyer John Keker for details.  Not only did Gitter have a track record of blatant bias against Donziger, the fees were way beyond what the Ecuadorians and Donziger could afford.  Further, there was no need for the Special Masters.
True to form, Judge Kaplan appointed Gitter and Katz anyway.  He then ordered Donziger and the Ecuadorians to split the fees of these high-end lawyers with Chevron.  Chevron grossed $247 billion last year; company CEO John Watson received about $30 million in compensation.  Mr. Donziger is a human rights lawyer who works out of his small apartment in Manhattan; the Ecuadorians live in the rainforest and in a good year might make $1,000 in income.
That should give you a good feel for Judge Kaplan’s personal notion of fairness:  a canoe operator in the Amazon rainforest (one of the Ecuadorian defendants) and the nation’s third largest corporation should split the fees of high-priced U.S. Special Masters evenly.
Things then went from the bizarre to the surreal.  Gitter informed the parties that he would bring along his young associate from Cleary Gottlieb to all of the depositions and bill him out at a “discounted” rate of  $630 per hour.  The associate, Justin Ormand, recently was spotted sipping drinks with Katz in the first class cabin on a flight from Newark to Peru after Judge Kaplan ordered Ecuadorian witnesses to be deposed in the U.S. embassy in Lima.
(Judge Kaplan’s decision to force Ecuadorians to travel to Peru to be deposed because of fake “security” concerns is yet another illustration of his xenophobia and disdain for the country of Ecuador. .)
Later, something very curious happened.  Both Gitter and Katz refused to send the bills for their time and expenses to the Ecuadorians and Donziger.  Instead, without disclosing the amount of their bills, they asked Judge Kaplan for “guidance” about what they should do in light of the defendants stated refusal to not be able to pay.  
Julio Gomez, a solo practitioner from New Jersey who now represents Messrs. Camacho and Piaguaje after their previous counsel withdrew in May, asked the Special Masters for a copy of their invoices so he could respond to the letter to the court.  Ormand, no doubt billing at his “discounted” rate of $630 per hour, wrote back a cryptic email asserting that the Special Masters were refusing to turn over the bills to Donziger and the Ecuadorians. 
Gomez and Donziger then filed a complaint with Judge Kaplan about how the entire situation seemed at least a tad bit improper.  No, make that dreadfully improper if not downright unethical.  This is where it really gets interesting.
Rather than order Gitter and Katz to disclose their secret bills to the defendants, Judge Kaplan concocted a plan to get them paid in full while at the same time allowing Chevron to exert added leverage over the Ecuadorians and Donziger in the underlying case.  This plan is so dazzling that only a judge as smart as Kaplan could possibly come up with it.
Judge Kaplan’s extraordinary order, which can be read here, requires Chevron to pay 100% of the fees of the Special Masters.  It refuses to order Gitter and Katz to disclose their secret bills.  And, amazingly, it invites Chevron to sue the Ecuadorians and Donziger so he can enter a judgment for the oil giant for 50% of the amount of the bills that are supposedly their responsibility.
In other words, Judge Kaplan’s scheme guarantees his friends will get paid what are surely exorbitant bills.  And it cleverly leaves Chevron the option of not suing Donziger and the Ecuadorians if it concludes it would be too embarrassing for Judge Kaplan, the Special Masters, or the oil company for the amounts of the bills to be disclosed.  This is one way that pay-to-play justice goes down in Judge Kaplan’s courtroom.
There is precedent for how fancy Manhattan lawyers can exploit the plight of the Ecuadorian rainforest villagers to generate enormous billings for their law firms. It has been reported that Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is using at least 114 lawyers and billing Chevron an estimated $400 million annually to help the company evade the $19 billion judgment in Ecuador.  This has caused all sorts of problems for Chevron shareholders, who have asked the SEC to investigate company management for failing to properly disclose the risk related to the Ecuador liability.  It also has put intense pressure on CEO Watson, who recently was forced to testify under oath about the litigation and answer questions from Donziger.
As for Gitter and his secret bills, we have seen the same script before.
In 2011, Judge Kaplan appointed Gitter as Special Master to oversee depositions in several discovery actions initiated by Chevron related to the Ecuador case, including that of Donziger.   Gitter mistreated Donziger to such an extent that he forced him to testify for 16 days – a likely record for an active lawyer on a case – and often tag-teamed with Chevron’s lawyers when posing hostile questions.  Donziger said at times it felt like being a defendant in the Salem witch trials.
During the marathon 16-day deposition spanning 2011 and 2012, Judge Kaplan ordered Donziger to pay one-third of the fees of Gitter and Ormand.   (Given Gitter’s hostile behavior, that’s like ordering someone to pay for the bullet of his executioner.) Yet Gitter never sent Donziger a bill for his “services”.  Why wouldn’t a high-end corporate lawyer like Gitter try his best to get paid?
We suspect it’s the same reason Gitter won’t disclose his bills to the defendants now.  He likely was embarrassed for the world to know how much he was making from Chevron to help crush impoverished rainforest residents under the guise of being a neutral “Special Master”.   We suppose Gitter did send out his earlier bill to Chevron and the company paid it.  It is indisputable he never copied Donziger nor asked that he pay his portion as ordered by Judge Kaplan.
A few weeks ago Donziger’s counsel asked Gitter for a copy of that old bill.  The idea was to use it as possible evidence to argue Gitter should not be appointed because of his liberal billing habits, lack of transparency, and obvious sympathies for Chevron.  Gitter never provided the bill to Donziger, which remains secret to this day.
The sordid story of the billings of Gitter and Katz and the behind-the-scenes puppeteer role of Judge Kaplan is part of a larger and disturbing pattern.  Judge Kaplan is trying to rig Chevron’s retaliatory “fraud” case such that the truth cannot come out and Chevron will cruise to victory in a show trial.  Chevron hopes to use any judgment to try to block lawsuits targeting its assets that are pending in countries around the world.
We have reported for weeks how Judge Kaplan is encouraging Chevron to use its overwhelming resources to win by might what it cannot win through merit.   See this powerful letter exposing Judge Kaplan’s efforts sent by Craig Smyser, a prominent Houston lawyer who formerly represented the Ecuadorians.  The oil giant has used at least 60 law firms, 2,000 legal personnel, and 180 investigators to help it evade the Ecuador judgment.
We now understand better why over the course of weeks of depositions in May and June Gitter and Katz often delighted in making rulings limiting questioning of Chevron witnesses so as to hide the company’s attempts to corrupt the Ecuador trial and spy on adversary counsel. 
It is well-documented that Kaplan has made what appear to be xenophobic comments while presiding over the case. He has called the Ecuadorians the “so-called plaintiffs” who are “said to reside” in the rainforest.  He also famously said the Ecuador case was not “bona fide” litigation and was part of a “giant game” designed to by U.S. lawyers to rectify the balance of payments deficit.  All in all, these comments do not reflect the kind of temperament that Americans expect from their judges.
We also reported how Judge Kaplan has jumped through hoops to block the Ecuadorians from being able to mount a meaningful defense.  He ruled that they cannot mention the overwhelming scientific evidence used to find Chevron liable for massive contamination.  He also ruled that Chevron’s illegal spying operation that has targeted Donziger and his family is off limits, as are company videos that show Chevron scientists laughing at the pollution left in the rainforest and discussing ways to hide it from the court.  Kaplan also has allowed Chevron to bury embarrassing documents by designating them “confidential” — including emails outlining a long-term strategy to “demonize” Donziger and to bribe Ecuador’s government to illegally quash the environmental case.
Donziger has protested repeatedly and asked Judge Kaplan for all sorts of procedural protections, but to no avail.
Donziger also accused Chevron of interfering with his right to counsel by suing numerous lawyers for the Ecuadorians and one of their funders for “fraud” so as to discourage lawyers from entering the case.  Judge Kaplan did nothing to allow Donziger the necessary time to secure new counsel after Keker’s withdrawal in May.  Judge Kaplan also has refused to allow Donziger to proceed with counterclaims against Chevron that outline a chilling picture of the oil giant’s illicit dumping in Ecuador, obstruction of justice, attempts to bribe the government, commit fraud on the court, and lie about the context of video outtakes.  See here for a copy of the counterclaims.
“Judge Kaplan has made it abundantly clear that he will not allow me nor my Ecuadorian colleagues a fair trial in his courtroom,” Donziger said in a statement in early May.
Well said and abundantly true.  The way Judge Kaplan has been using the Special Masters is just one more damning piece of evidence to support Donziger’s view.

SO, is THIS the guy you want making decisions for New Lebanon's Future ?!?!?!!?


 And NOW, for your entertainment, let's look at the "Drinking Issue" among Officials and Candidates!  Dan Evans is in each shot, and his hands are never empty! Want THIS on your Town Board ???


 Final Thoughts Before the Big Event                   10-28-2013

          I am much cooler than I was last night, but still appalled at the behaviors of some of our candidates and incumbents. Even MORE appalled at the number of people who accept and support it.  I wanted to add that I have learned today that Sunny Kumar is an official resident of New Jersey and is a registered voter THERE, NOT in Lebanon. So three of the four business owners who signed and sent that letter into our homes, are NOT LEBANON RESIDENTS OR VOTERS.  Their opinion of our candidates is meaningless and no one cares what they think. Monte Wasch's business is not in any way connected to the town or even in any commercial venue here. So the bottom line is, NONE of these presumptuous OUTSIDERS have any right to have ANY say about Lebanon government. BOYCOTT THEIR BUSINESSES !!!!!!!

       Below is the letter they sent out for those of you who did not receive it.

   I am also posting a letter sent to Fiona Lally by another resident who is outraged over this action, and the dis-interested response from Ms. Lally. These four people are MEMBERS of her Liberal LVBA, so regardless of her knowledge of it or lack thereof, it reflects on the LVBA.  As I said, it has already been decided that this will be the last time the LVBA will host the Meet the Candidates night in this town. In the future, it will be organized and controlled by the Lebanon Party Chair-people for the parties. The "Moderator" is from the Abode, which also raises many questions of fairness and also the BIG question as to why the Party Chairs had NO SAY in who the moderator would be . 

      Look, whomever wins the seats, wins the seats. I just STRONGLY believe that the process should be un-biased and transparent, and it NEVER is. I mean REALLY, Benson put ANOTHER billboard directly across the street from the residence of his opponent? How mature is THAT? These are supposed to be "LEADERS" folks, but what they are, are spoiled, tyrannical children. Benson in particular. I do not support Evans because he is too young, has NO experience, NEVER showed any interest before now, and is Benson's personal recruit. IF he wins, and I suspect he will, ONLY because his parents and grandparents friends will vote for him, we can deal with that as we go. 

     If BENSON is re-elected, we are SC_EWED ! Financially, and aesthetically. We will face four more years of being lied to, having our taxes used for things we do not want or need, and seeing zero transparency in our government. Did we not vote NO ,TWICE, on the Town Hall addition via Referendum? Yet there it is, unusable for most larger events, no audio system, no cameras or taping equipment and an A.C unit that drowns out the speakers. No "Bill of Rights" on the wall, either. We said NO, Benson said YES, and spent our money anyway, then calls it a Triumphant Accomplishment. THAT, is Autocratic leadership.

      Two more years of Benson abusing our Town Clerk until she is literally sick and her job performance, which has always been exemplary before Benson, is affected. Our Zoning Office employees are terrified to come to work. Information we once were able to access quickly and easily from our town clerk, is now handled by a "Confidential Secretary" and requires waiting time. A LOT of waiting time. We have lost the "Communications" section of our Town Hall meetings, the accessibility of a friendly and present Supervisor who treated us like equals and with respect, and most of all, HONEST ANSWERS to our questions and concerns.  ALL of that disappeared when Benson was elected two years ago.

     How many of us want another two years of THAT?  How many of us want our town turned into Saratoga Springs or Stockbridge?  How many more Organic Eateries do we NEED? Do you WANT to pay for sidewalks to nowhere, and the "Hamlet Revitalization" surveys and whatever else the liberal-utopia dreamers come up with ? Do you want another two years of being judged by your income or what your property looks like or is worth? Are you sick of having NO voice because you live in a trailer and make less than $50 grand a year?  Would you like Max Gitter to tell you that what the "Economic Development Committee" does is "None of your Business?". 

       A LOT to consider, folks, and after the circus tonight, we will talk again. 


Hi Fiona:
I am sure you have been receiving messages from many residents here in New Lebanon regarding the letter from four businesses in our town endorsing particular candidates. I understand that people have a right to endorse who they choose. My concern is that this letter and some of the candidates' testimonies, themselves have given the perception that the LVBA is also making the endorsements.
Mr. Kumar is a New Jersey resident, unable to vote here, where I live. Ms. Hursa and Ms. Hunt are Rensselaer County residents and again, are unable to vote here, where I live. Mr. Wasch's "business" has nothing to do with New Lebanon so his endorsement would be that of a private citizen.
In any event, I would hope the LVBA makes it clear that the LVBA has not endorsed these candidates, unless of course there were questionnaires and an application process. I always thought the LVBA was neutral and quite frankly, I would expect businesses to be neutral, at least if they want business from the locals...
Lastly, I am very troubled that this meeting, which was scheduled for last week, was unilaterally changed to accommodate the needs of one candidate, Michael Benson.  And the LVPA did not take into consideration that the new date picked by Mr. Benson and the LVBA was in conflict with the Democratic candidates meeting at the Abode this evening.
I feel it is vastly unfair to hold a meeting where a whole slate has to leave because of a prior obligation, leaving the remaining candidates to speak at length without chance of rebuttal. I will be attending tonight to see just how fair this meeting will be but I would like to suggest in the future that your association reflect transparency and fairness to the residents of this town.
I am a full-time New lebanon resident (have lived here my whole life) and my children both attend school here. I also have a part-time business based in New Lebanon, as does my partner. I appreciate that those interested in making endorsements be able to say the same. 
Also, I would like to request a copy of the names and business of the members of the LVBA at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

     And the response:
Thanks for your message.  What I can simply say is that the LVBA did not send the letter.

All the best to you,

AFTER Meet the Candidates                                       10-28-2013

               Quiet, orderly, and very, very short. Advertised as 6:30 to 8:30, the whole thing was over by 7:30. Of course, this was mostly due to the fact that the entire slate of Democrat candidates had to leave to go to the Abode, thanks to MIKE BENSON, who changed the date for MTC so HE could go to Blueberry Hill and campaign LAST Monday night ! The Dems SHOULD have refused to change the date. After all, WHY should ELEVEN candidates be put out, and the residents get a  half-a_sed  MTC night, all because of one idiot with a God-Complex ?! HE should have been made to change HIS plans ! 

            The attendance was good except for the fact that there were a lot of Liberal Zombies and Rinos in the room. As USUAL, people showed up that NEVER come to regular board meetings, but HAVE to go to MTC and have their say! I did Not See three of the letter-writers, only Monte Wasch. No Melanie Hunt, no Linda Hursa, and no Sunny Kumar. If they WERE there, I didn't see them.  I was personally blessed with having the Czar's parents to my right and Evans' family behind me, but we all behaved as we should and there were no confrontations like LAST MTC night.  Even the Nevers reined themselves in , and that's AMAZING !

           The candidates did pretty well, except for Schuster, who hasn't got a CLUE about anything, and Benson, who sat there and lied through his teeth about several things, and YES, I CAN prove it !  MANY of the people who were there and either DO or HAVE worked in local government, were LIVID over the lies ! I have a feeling that issue will not go away very easily. Michael Benson is a Pathological Liar. Sad. It must be awful to be so insecure that you need to lie about who you are, what you've done and what your accomplishments are "alleged" to be.  To feel the need to display billboards in town just to get people's attention, and to claim credit for the work of others, just to feel like a man. Ya gotta pity the guy. 

          The Moderator turned out to be very fair, totally neutral, and that was a surprise to me. The difference between tonight and two years ago, seemed to have a lot to do with Kay McMahon and Fiona Lally being absent. Once the Democrats left, only K.B really had a question to answer, and he hemmed and hawed over it until I thought the audience was going to die! He was asked why he wants to be Highway Super, and when he finally found his tongue, he actually said that it is a "Managerial" job, and if he HAD to run any equipment, he could, because it's the same as farm equipment !!  LOLOL!!  Heaven Help Us ! I wish Jeff had heard THAT!  If K.B Takes care of our roads the way he has taken care of his farm, animals and equipment, we won't get out of our houses till Spring thaw.

      Dan Evans held his own, BUT, I caught something between him and Benson that Evans caught a little too late. Evans was asked about the tax breaks for any supermarket that might come in, and he said something about development and turned to Benson and said, "Like WE discussed..". Then he caught himself and went on.  Tsk,Tsk, Danny Boy ! I got it all on tape ! He's not a bad kid, he's just too young and too green and Benson will lead him around on a leash. He isn't ready yet. Maybe next time, but not now. 

       In any case, the whole thing was too brief for anyone to get any real sense of where the candidates stand on things. Thanks to Benson, it was the shortest, most un-informative,  MTC night EVER.  Probably by design.  With so many candidates this year, I see this as being a close race. The votes will be so spread out, that it's going to be hard for anyone to gain much of an edge. It will be what it will be.  If Benson loses, which is my MAIN goal and fondest wish, I will throw a party ! If he WINS, I will still have reason to celebrate, because Clark is gone, and we just might get enough HONEST, new council members to thwart Benson's agenda.

      Finally, I want to say that Benson made it sound like he was race-track friendly tonight, when we all know differently. It was a very short time ago that he and Clark lied to Howard Commander about having a unanimous board vote to subpoena him to court ! The "Board Vote" that never happened ! See what I mean about the Pathological lying ? There is SO much MORE I wish I could tell you, but I cannot, YET. It's like having poison-ivy and not being able to scratch!  It's all good, you'll know before the election and I hope it will show you why Benson MUST go. Not that I haven't given you MORE than enough reason already ! 

       By the way, whomever told Phyllis Hulbert that I said something bad about her on Facebook is another liar and instigator. I have NO extra time to play Facebook games, nor do I have any desire  or reason to bother Phyllis. Whoever you ARE, good luck proving your allegation. Sicko. 

          Vote Wisely.                        JJ


 Newest Benson Lies                                       10-29-2013

         Seven days till election. SEVEN. Despite all the exposure, all the proof, all the witnesses, of Benson's aberrant behaviors and disrespect for his constituents, it will have no effect on those who support him. They will still vote for him just like they did for Obama after his first four years showed us all what he truly IS.  Society today is too void of responsibility and honor, faith and love of country. It's a ME world and Benson is the perfect leader for ME people. 

          Never one to quit, I will continue to offer the facts to anyone who cares to hear them, whether it influences them to do the right thing or not. I mentioned last night that Benson had lied to the public several times during Meet the Candidates. One of the questions he was asked, was if the Town Hall project had been completed on time and on budget. Benson answered YES to both.  Umm, anyone else see his nose growing? Here is the truth given to me by a town official after last night's meeting:

"When Benson said last night that "the Town Hall addition came in on budget and is done" is when he was lying. It came in over budget and late, because it's not done yet--only the first phase it done, and next year's budget has $35,000 earmarked for it already."

    So THAT was Lie #1.  Benson also expounded on the state of the tax rates and expenditures "Prior" to his Reign as Supervisor.  Here is the Truth, from a DIFFERENT Town Official who knows the facts:

 "For the town budget for 2009, or even 2010,  there was either ZERO tax increase, or a  tiny amount, literally pennies!!
David Katzenstein's  budget had jumped a mile because there were a lot of requests and needs added that the late Al Wheeler had denied everyone for so long to keep taxes down, like supplies...paper, pens, stamps, new files, etc. for all the offices, renovation of the town clerk's office, paint, decent office chairs to replace the beat-up ancient ones, etc. the lights, HEAT (Larry Benson told the office clerks they could just put an army blanket up against a window that poured cold air in and it would save on the heating bill !)

     Al Wheeler also kept salaries frozen, or at a minimum (1% increase), expecting employees would work diligently, as if they had no living expenses. Then, the creation of the planning and zoning clerk jobs happened, and Cissy stayed and made those 'departments' more efficient , as well as court clerk AND bookkeeper! Things were a mess because it was piled on Louise Waters to keep it all straight and save the town money by having only one employee do it all. With David's term, that changed, and we actually became an efficient, functioning government with separate departments that ran better, because paperwork was separate as it should be. SO, that is one reason why our government "exploded". But, by the time Meg Robertson took over the job, things leveled off and the staff stayed, we didn't need to keep training anyone new, and the stability kept the ship moving forward. The staff was very respectful and didn't waste anything, and came back each year with left over money to put into the unexpended balance."

  So there is LIE #2. 

         The Czar also carried on at length last night about the growth of "agriculture" in Columbia County and how thrilled he was about that. Stating that he had himself, grown up on a farm, (WOW! A TRUE statement from Benson!), he thinks agriculture is a wonderful thing, especially since so MANY people from "BROOKLYN and MANHATTAN" are coming up here to grow vegetables ! LOLOL!!  I guess he has no clue as to how much the locals abhor the city transplants who "Think" they are farmers !  What Benson refers to as a growth in agriculture, is in reality, just a bunch of prissy citiots with backyard gardens. 

       They come up here and buy some property, then grow organic carrots and herbs, and suddenly they're FARMERS.  That isn't good old American farming, Mr. Benson, and you of all people, should know the difference. If I went out and bought 20 acres of land with a barn on it, bought a pair of denim overalls and a John Deere tractor, planted 5 acres of soybeans and bought 10 chickens and three goats, that makes me a hobbyist, not a farmer. Get real. REAL farms are disappearing at an alarming rate, here and across the entire country and that is a huge concern. Don't gloss it over by claiming that hobbyists are bringing back American agriculture. They are not.

       Benson will tell the people what he thinks will get him votes. Then he will do the opposite once elected, as he did the first time. It's no different than Obama promising Americans that they could keep their health plans and doctors, now everyone is losing their coverage or being given the option of paying a 500% increase in premiums to keep it. That's a story for another day.  

     Now, just for the sake of Honor, I need witnesses. You will remember that the Czar and I had a heated email exchange about campaign signage two weeks ago. He refused to honor the request of Amerada-Hess, and NOT post signs in front of their property. He threatened me with "legal action" if I removed them per request of Hess. That was when I decided to let Hess deal with him, as I long ago took the advice of Glenn  Beck and don't argue with Idiots. I DID tell the Czar, that the "Right of Way" law he used to threaten me, applies to everyone, and how would he like to see Larabee signs in the R.O.W in front of his County Rt. 5 property? it's LEGAL, and if HE removed them, it would be a crime. 

      Well, it just so happens that I was able to procure some Larabee signs yesterday, and today, I posted them on County Rt. 5. One is at the entrance to the Catholic Cemetery and one is directly across from it. Another is beside the Czar's pond that was built without proper permits. ALL three, are in the RIGHT OF WAY, and LEGAL. NONE of them are in front of the Benson homes.  I took photos of them in their places, and if they are removed before election day, we ALL know WHY and WHO removed them. Just sayin' !! What goes around, comes around. 

     It's time for Mike Benson and the many other politicians like him, to learn a hard lesson.  It's "We the People", not YOU, the politicians.  People of character have had enough of the lies and corruption. It's time for honest leadership, transparency and integrity. Do you enjoy having your Supervisor, your Governor and your President look you in the eye and LIE to you?  The Constitution calls this a "Breach of the People's Trust" and it is an Impeachable offense. We don't need to Impeach the Czar, we just need to NOT vote him back in. We MUST send the message, that we will NOT be lied to. We as intelligent adults, must  let Benson know that we will NOT allow him to abuse our town employees and elected officials and talk to them like they are dirt on his Florsheims. We can no longer condone the corruption and selfish agendas of our weak and selfish "leaders". 

     I ask you all, to please think hard about what your idea of a leader IS, or SHOULD be. Please talk to your friends and families who vote and ask them the same thing. Your vote is your voice, your power and your right. It is a huge responsibility. Vote for the experienced, the proven, the charitable and strong. The future of New Lebanon depends on the outcome of this vote, THIS year. In SEVEN days.  Let's do the right thing. 

                   God Bless.                 JJ



GOD’S JUDGING AMERICA: He’s Giving Us Gutless Leaders and Effeminate Men

Hey, reader: have you ever noticed the lack of men in our culture nowadays?

You haven’t?

Well, then allow me to be the first to tell you that you’re either…

a. Blind, undoubtedly deaf and you probably live in a van down by the river.

b. You’re simply not paying attention.

c. You are too young to have a historical reference point to when men were actually men and not giddy and roughed X-Factor hopefuls, or turkey-necked, unprincipled politicians, or earring sporting “ministers” of the “gospel”.

d. All of the above.

Now … please note that I didn’t say males but men; mature and responsible, demon-threatening machines who love leadership, the struggle and aren’t afraid to face head on internal or external obstacles and rank rubbish without crying like a chick about it.

This type of man is symbolized biblically in the prophet, patriarch, warrior and wild man; this is whom I am talking about as being more absent from our milieu than Miley Virus would be during an Os Guinness discussion about the leadership merits of Washington, Wilberforce and Solzhenitsyn.

I think this en masse societal distancing from masculinity and the systematic wussification of the male imago in a puerile environment of political correctness is more than just a flighty phenomenon. I think it’s a divine judgment.

I’m beginning to think old Yahweh is allowing this nation’s emasculation and letting American men morph into one big mangina. It’s not as dramatic as his previous plagues, but its effective, none-the-less, once the Peter Pans begin to rule the roost.

Yep, I still believe there is a God, and yes, I believe he’s still in the business of kicking a nation’s a_s if it gets out of line; and by the looks of   things, we’re out of line. Like, way out. 

Like it or not, in biblical times God, if you take the Scripture straight, waylaid his wayward people when they became contumacious.

Typically, God usually did it via his normal tool bag of plagues, enemy attacks, pestilence, famine, festering butt itches, or through the means of a natural disaster like Barack Obama. Y’know … just a little “sumthin-sumthin” to wake up his people in an attempt to bring them back to their senses where they cease and desist their imitation of the various vacuous and idolatrous nations that surrounded them.

However, there is one holy butt whuppin’ that I find rather interesting and disturbing, which I’ve never heard pointed out by the increasingly  scarce prophetic voices filling pulpits nowadays. It is the negative sanction Jehovah levied on Israel in Isaiah chapter three wherein he removed masculine leadership and the warrior from their midst, and egotistical chicks and Peter Pans ran the show.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Israel’s situation and God’s unique judgment of their rebelliousness drawn from Isaiah 3: 1- 26.

1. The Problem: Isa.3: 8,9,16-24 — Israel and Judah’s speech and actions were rebellious, arrogant, and seductive. Sound familiar?

2. The Lord Arises to Contend: Isa.3: 13,14 — The sin of God’s people brings on the holy “two-by-four” from heaven. Please note: God didn’t let their crap slide.

3. The Judgment: Isa.3: 1-5 — God didn’t send a plague but instead he simply allowed for the systematic removal of masculine men from their nation; mighty men and warriors became a rare bird. Not only that but there was an eradication of judges, prophets, elders, captains of fifty, and honorable men. Does this ring a bell?

4. The Replacement Killers: Isa.3: 4-12 – The tools that filled the now vacant void of manly leadership roles were “lads” together with “capricious children and women (who) rule[d] them.” In other words, they said buh-bye to men of character, strength and integrity and said hello to flighty, whimsical narcissistic women and childish punks to govern their land.

5. The Resultant Affects: Isa.3: 5,12,25,26 — The people were oppressed, youths stormed against the elders, the nobody was exalted over the somebody, spiritual deception ensued, the young men who would be men got squashed, the mighty ones died in battle, and eventually the nation regretted their chosen pusillanimous path and the land ultimately turned to crap.

Let’s recap shall we?

In Isaiah three, when God wanted to get the attention of his people who were in the process of blowing him off, in this instance, he simply removed masculine men from their midst and allowed selfish women and capricious males to run the place into the ground.

When the strong male presence was gone, then these three things became manifest in ancient Israel.

1. Israel’s prosperity got kicked to the curb.

2. Israel’s defenses against their enemy’s onslaughts weakened dramatically. Duh.

3. Israel’s captivity by enemy nations became not an “if” but a “when” venture.  Indeed, minus testosterone in the house, it was just a matter of time before they became one of the surrounding nation’s prison chicks.

And that concludes our little lesson from Isaiah chapter three.

No doubt, the caterwaulers will dog pile on me and call me nutty for even believing in God, believing he still doles out blessings and curses and that America could be in the crosshairs for committing similar infractions as ancient Israel. Which is cool. I get it. Being a Christian ain’t en vogue nowadays. To which I offer this challenge to the naysayers:

Go ahead, ridicule God, mock his standards and do the opposite of what his word says. Go for it. I dare you. Also, continue to morph boys into sensitive little girls. Mandate that the Marines wear girly covers. Make the rest of our military kinder and gentler. Exalt metrosexuality, skinny jeans and weepy men who wear long scarfs and women’s deep V T-shirts. Knock yourself out.

In addition, continue to elect spineless and vapid narcissists to office. The more the merrier. Blow off traditional values and elevate the freakiest stuff known to mankind. Let’s see what happens.  Let’s see what happens when EBT cards and an entitlement culture take root in this formally can-do nation. Go for it. Go ahead and say character doesn’t matter and ridicule masculine traits. I’m sure China, Islam, Russia, and our neighbors down south and Communists worldwide will cheer you on and support your push for Emasculation Nation.

I’m also equally sure that as the anti-masculine crowd sees the obliteration of strong, principled dudes within our nation they’ll be giddy and, no doubt, it’ll feel like an emancipation; but I’ve got a feeling that this “freedom” will be short lived and our new path will lead to a brick wall, as it did in Isaiah chapter three.


BENSON CROSSES the LINE !!!                             10-30-2013

    TOLD YA!  The Larabee signs I posted on County Rt. 5 didn't survive 24 hours, and we all KNOW that a Benson was the culprit, don't we!  I have a lot of interesting pictures for you tonight. First let's look at the mailing that most of you should have received today. All the info on Mike Benson's eagerness to steal property via Eminent Domain and cost county tax payers 13 million dollars, PLUS !  All the info is posted below for those of you who may not have received it.  This mailing is one of the things I promised you was coming.

     I also held off on reporting to you that the District Attorney's Office is presently conducting an investigation into the lock-out of Republican Voters at their own caucus in August. I am told that Criminal Charges "Could" be brought.  Now we have the tampering with and removal of campaign signs from the public "Right of Way" by the Bensons.  As I told you last night, I took pictures of the signs immediately after I posted them, none of them were on any private property and none were in front of any residence. They were also the ONLY signs on the entire stretch of road. The one that was posted at the entrance to the Catholic Cemetery was "REQUESTED" by the Keepers of the Cemetery and is now gone, as is the one that was directly across the road from it. 

      The third sign was posted in the right of way in front of Benson's pond. You will see from the pics. This afternoon, only ONE of the three signs remained, and that was the one by the pond. However, THAT sign was sandwiched between TWO Bartlett signs, making it invisible.  Pics of THAT below as well !  Now, it matters NOT which member of the Benson clan did the dirty work, it is Mike's responsibility. The guy who threatened ME with arrest if I dared to touch HIS sign that was in the Right of Way, which I did not do.  Hopefully, the hunter's camera will have clear shots of the perpetrator, whom I personally suspect is Tom Benson, the Daddy of Mike. You all know good ol' Tommy, the guy who tried to run me off the road LAST election ?!?! Scary guy! 

     This display of infantile, vengeful hatred I witnessed today is NOT acceptable in any resident, MUCH LESS the Supervisor and his family!  It is a crime, and it is selfish, childish and desperate. The Czar puts BILLBOARDS at both ends of town, yet yanks a normal-sized sign from the sides of County 5 because he happens to LIVE there??  He owns a house on Rt. 5, not Route 5 itself. Apparently the Bensons also feel that they own the Catholic Cemetery property and the old roadway as well, since the Czar has his plow equipment stored there. This is SO over-the-top, that they would DARE to rip up a sign from public land  after threatening others with legal action if they did the same. It's called being "Elitists". They think they are above the law, that they have "Special Rights" that the rest of us do not have or deserve. These are not healthy people, and they are NOT fit to run a garbage route, never mind a TOWN. 

      The pictures and story are going to all media AND to the Columbia County Sheriff's Department. Benson must be held accountable for his crimes, new and old, and taught that he is NO better or more important than any other resident of this town ! This man is not the leader New Lebanon needs or deserves, he is a TYRANT, and if by some miracle he manages to be re-elected, it won't be for long. We will watch him SO closely, expose his every untrue word and illegal action, and follow him around if we must. He HAS TO GO!  DON'T make all that necessary, vote Larabee. End it NOW !


From the top, Pictures 1,2,and 3 are the signs as they were posted yesterday. Notice there were NO other campaign signs anywhere in sight. Picture 4 is across the road from the Cemetery entrance and that sign is GONE, as is the one AT the Cemetery entrance. Pictures 4 and 5 are what a Benson did to "conceal" the Larabee sign. They USED TWO Dave Bartlett signs that had NOT been there previously, to sandwich the Larabee sign between !!!!Tell me if people who do things like this, should receive your vote to be leader of a TOWN !!!??!!