2015 January thru March Posts

 January 2015 Archives


 Prediction  #1                                                                          12-31-2014



                                          PRIVACY


                          Not enough of us have paid attention to the amount of personal privacy we have had stolen from us in the last decade. Technology has made it possible for us to communicate with others all over the world instantaneously. We can research any subject, ask any question, send photos to loved ones far away, and even manage our banking online without ever leaving our living rooms. Cell phones have given us the ability to stay connected no matter where we are and at any time of day or night. How many of us even have a land-line in our homes anymore? When was the last time you saw a corner phone booth or police call box ? Have you noticed ?

                         I'm sure you HAVE noticed the cell towers gracing the peaks of mountaintops in almost every town. The computer lovers among us are aware of the need for virus and privacy protection programs on our devices, but we also know that these protections are not foolproof. Identity Theft is a relatively new term and crime as a result, and with Social Media like Facebook and Twitter, our deepest secrets are no longer safe. A lot of people willingly air their dirty laundry on the internet and many who do NOT, have it done FOR them by enemies and hackers. 

                        There are video cameras EVERYWHERE! Every day as you run your errands you are being recorded. In the store, the parking lot, the gas station, and even in an elevator. Failure to stop at a red light when there is no police officer around no longer means you are home free. Red light cameras have recorded your traffic violation AND your license plate and the ticket will arrive in the mail.  Even if you were not the driver at the time, as the registered owner of the vehicle, YOU are responsible for the fine. Don't bother fighting it, you're on video! 

                        Not long ago, it was just our social security numbers that we worried about, and maybe a credit card number or two. NOW, the government wants to record our children's DNA at birth, require fingerprints to open a door, and track your credit purchases, phone calls and emails. The IRS demands an accounting of every dime you make and spend, where you GET your money, how many hours you work, what your expenses are, etc., etc. I won't get into the Census Bureau! 

                        The new, Common Core Curriculum in our public schools, requires strict tracking of our kids from year to year. This program gathers information that no one has any right to, such as your family religion, political affiliations, nutritional habits, if anyone in the home is a smoker or alcohol user, who lives in your home, who you donate to and even if you make any racist statements in front of your kids.  Children are encouraged to report parents who drink too much or smoke an occasional joint, have handguns, or talk negatively about the government. Are you seeing Hitler in your mind yet? 

                        Already, we are dealing with Drones. Police agencies and of course, the government, use them regularly as surveillance tools, and the drones themselves are getting smaller and smaller, and harder to detect. Many are capable of being armed and ALL of them are equipped with video taping equipment and zoom lenses. Some of the larger police agencies now have cameras capable of seeing inside your home right through the walls. Yes, that IS true. If Obama has his way in 2015, law enforcement at all levels will be allowed to LEGALLY demand entry into your homes without a warrant to search for guns and/or other contraband they don't want you to have. We have the NDAA already in effect, and you can be arrested, detained indefinitely, and given NO legal representation or reason for the detention. No warrant, no charges, just the "Will" of the government minions. If you are not familiar with the NDAA, you need to make that a priority.

                        If the Constitutional people in America do not stand up in 2015 and fight government intrusion and the blatant violations of our Constitutional protections, we will no longer have a safe haven anywhere, at any time. Our privacy will cease to exist as we have always known and enjoyed it, and taken it for granted. Communism is knocking on the door and no one has bothered to engage the locks. We have little to NO representation in Congress and despite the Republican sweep we saw in November, we cannot let our guard down for so much as a minute. Republicans are not necessarily Conservative, Constitutional, or on our side any more than the Democrats are. 

                       I feel that the Number ONE, most important thing we as Americans must do in 2015 is to remember that it is WE the People who tell the government what WE will accept or reject, not the other way around. Our privacy is precious, and it is Constitutionally Protected! Like the erosion of that privacy, our rights are being eroded bite by bite, each and every day that we continue to sleep. The media and the education system have used this Communist Method to indoctrinate the people for decades, to think that the government is our "Parent", our "Caretakers" and our "Bosses". You must remember the FACTS of the hierarchy our forefathers put in place and LEARN what your RIGHTS ARE! 

                       Joe McCarthy was demonized and destroyed for trying to warn us of what the government agenda is . John F. Kennedy was assassinated mere days before he intended to announce this agenda to the American people, and the list goes on. To this very day, people are being eliminated for what they know and the alarms they mean to sound. Look at Ed Snowden. He is just ONE of hundreds of whistle-blowers who have been falsely accused of treason for doing the honorable thing. The Treason does not lie within the hearts of the Whistle-Blowers, they are the courageous and honorable. The Treason lies within our government, and with our bankers. It has infected the media, the schools, the military, and even the medical field to some degree. It is lurking in the corners of every big corporation and in the halls of the Vatican. Most of all, Treason lives in Washington,D.C and puts it's golf cleats upon the desk in the Oval office. 

                       Invasion of our privacy will escalate in 2015 as we are forced to adhere to more and more regulations and use more trackable devices in our daily lives. BE AWARE, and be ACTIVE in the non-compliance. Do your homework and see the evidence for yourselves. You don't have to leave your own living room, remember??

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 Tin Hat Predictions 2                                                                    1-1-2015


                    Policing and Race Wars


               We have seen a lot of changes in Law Enforcement in the past 6 or 8 years. As someone who entered the field in 1979, I'm absolutely awestruck by some of the technological advances that have taken place over the years. The job of a patrol officer is vastly different today than it was for ME. As with everything else, some of the changes are terrific while others are horrible. 

               Some of the things that make the job easier for officers , at the same time, border on Tyranny.  We talked about the loss of privacy last night and many of the violations of our privacy rights are due to modern police practices, equipment and electronic capabilities, not to mention basic over-reach. Since 2008, we have seen for the first time in history, our law enforcement agencies becoming militarized at an alarming pace. SWAT Teams and Crisis Response Units used to be called out only under extreme circumstances such as a hostage situation or a large-scale drug raid. Today, we see them used for incidents that could easily be handled by a two-officer team.  Practice ??

                Why is a highly-trained team in riot gear necessary to respond to a parent's call for help with a suicidal teenager? Why did SWAT Teams burst into homes in New Orleans to illegally seize firearms from residents, including an elderly woman who had an antiquated revolver to protect herself and her property?  Not only is this excessive force, it is a clear violation of the Second Amendment and the Castle Doctrine, and a shameful waste of funding. 

                  Do we REALLY need MRAPs on our streets?  I can understand the National Guard having these armored vehicles for disaster responses, but should our city cops and county Sheriffs have them?  I saw a few MRAPs in Ferguson during the riots, but what I did NOT see at any point, was an appropriate police response to the arson, looting, and destruction of private properties and businesses. Were the cops afraid ?  Outnumbered? Apathetic? NO, they were none of those things, in fact, they were angry, ready, willing and able to respond as required, yet they did not. Know WHY ? 

                  The U.S Department of Justice, (Eric Holder), the Governor of Missouri, the Ferguson Mayor and Police Chief, all ordered the police officers to "Stand Down", to do as little as possible. So, rather than set an example for present and future rioters and adopt a Zero Tolerance stance, the brilliant officials folded to the Racists and liberals and ALLOWED the destruction to occur and continue. FACT. They tacitly stood WITH the criminals and AGAINST the Law and the Police who were being unfairly targeted. They sent a dangerous message to the rioters that they would not be punished or held accountable and would meet little if any opposition. Precedent set. Nice goin' !

                  A month later, N.Y City Mayor DeBlasio did the same thing, side by side with Eric Holder and Al Sharpton.  Cuomo was blaringly silent and absent.  DeBlasio, who has changed his given name TWICE in an effort to mask his history and Communist affiliations, literally crapped all over the men and women of the biggest and best police force in this nation. The NYPD has not taken this lightly and Good for THEM! In the weeks since, arrests and ticketing in N.Y City have dropped by more than 50%. Can't blame them.  Who wants to do a job that no one appreciates? 

                  Right now, as you read this, we are facing the most serious division between police and citizens that America has ever seen. Was it planned? Nothing political happens by accident, folks.  Some officials are calling for changes in Policing and re-training of officers as a result of the recent protests. Is that necessary? In some areas, absolutely YES. We need to return to the original model of "Community Policing".  Two officers to every patrol car on every shift.  Should cops wear body cameras? Definitely, for the protection of both the cops and the public and to provide proof of the events of every encounter. Accountability on both sides would reduce crime and police over-reach at the same time. These cameras are expensive, starting at about $800.00, but what has been the cost of these riots ? Body cameras will become a reality in 2015. 

                  City and Town cops need to be assigned to permanent districts where they can come to really KNOW the people and business owners and vice-versa. Bonds and trust need to be built and maintained between the police and the people they are sworn to serve and protect. There needs to be open communication between cops and the staff of local schools, churches, youth groups, and First Responders. Who are the troublemakers, what are the most serious issues and who in the community is most able to work with police to address these things?  This method allows the police and the public to see one another as simply people, and that the police are there to keep the public safe. Sergeants and Lieutenants need to "Get Out There" at least bi-weekly and get to know the people and issues, and what their patrols are doing and dealing with.

                   In my own town of New Lebanon, we used to have State Troopers assigned to the local barracks that were actually local residents that STAYED in the community. It worked, well. There was a familiarity and connection between these Troopers and the people. Not anymore. Now, the local barracks is a kindergarten classroom for rookie Troopers, many of whom suffer from serious cases of Wyatt Earp Syndrome. They stay in Lebanon just long enough to torment the locals with unnecessary and repeated traffic stops, treat us like dirt on their spit-shined shoes and breed resentment and contempt for ALL Troopers. 

                    These rookies than move on to other assignments and a new batch of the little S.O.B s come in and repeat the process. There are BAD cops, and I will never hesitate to say so or to call them out. However, the bad ones are the minority. Most cops have good intentions and are caring people who are vital to the peace and security of our communities.  They are often abused, over-worked and in smaller agencies, underpaid. They are always in danger. Especially NOW. 

                     Will we see common sense, community policing make a comeback in 2015. No, I don't think we will, because it is not what this administration has in mind.  What we WILL see, is an escalation of the militarization of police agencies, more violations of our Constitutional protections and civil rights at the hands of police , under the orders of the federal government. Division between police and citizens will also escalate, especially among minority groups. THAT is the agenda. 

                     People will revolt to some degree, just enough for the federal government to say, "Fine, no more small police departments,let's federalize law enforcement." A National Police Force is expressly forbidden by the Constitution, but has this administration obeyed anything ELSE in the Constitution?  Cops who enjoy being bullies and dressing up like Special Ops Soldiers, will be absorbed into the federal police forces and local cops will become a thing of the past. Not all at once of course, that would be too obvious, but little by little. 

                     All that stands between us and this frightening scenario, are our Constitutional Sheriffs and YOU.  Get involved! Make no mistake, the Race Baiting and Civil uprisings we are seeing right now are deliberate and the flames are being fanned by traitors in Washington,D.C.  Don't drink the Kool-Aid. Speak up against the Race Card and support our police officers or lose them. Help to hold bad cops and crooked politicians accountable for unacceptable behaviors by calling them out! Be a part of positive change in 2015 by helping to open up the lines of communication between the cops and residents in your own communities. Be a builder of trust and co-operation and make 2015 a year of positive change in Law Enforcement. 

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     Support what we have and help to improve it, or we will have what you see in photo #2.


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Tin Hat Predictions 3                                                                 1-3-2015


                                   THE  BORDER


                 I am always amazed by the lack of attention and outrage in regard to our porous border. This is a problem that has a HIGH probability of changing the face of this country in 2015, to something we will not recognize or even want to live in anymore. 

                 If it was simply the illegal Mexicans coming here to seek better lives, we might be able to find a fair way to deal with it, but in reality, it is SO much more than that ! It is the criminal element from all central American countries, including gangs, drug cartel members, rapists, child molesters, and killers. It is many thousands of the seriously, mentally ill and deficient, the unskilled, illiterate, and the diseased. These people have absolutely nothing to offer America, they are not doctors, scientists, teachers, or technologists, they are leeches that will clog our healthcare and education systems, our courts, and cause the already astronomical number of people on welfare to unprecedented levels. 

                 Scabies, tuberculosis, and even leprosy will begin to be seen here again and crime rates will soar as they already have in our border states.  Jobs that are needed for our youth, unskilled laborers, and those limited by mental and physical issues, will be filled by outsiders who pay no taxes and will vote Democrat for the rest of their lives. Affordable housing units will be snapped-up by illegals as well. Over-burdened teachers will be so busy teaching English to Hispanics that our own kids will never receive the attention and assistance they need and that we pay for. School taxes will increase. Yet all those effects are just the tip of the iceberg.

                 Coming across our borders unchallenged, undetected and un-trackable, are Islamic Terrorists and weapons that simply disappear into our society until they get a "Call to Action" to kill innocent and unsuspecting Americans.  In 2015, the Republican House will do all they can to stop Obama's Amnesty, and that is a hopeful thing to look forward to, BUT,,,,,   will the border finally be secured?  I do not see that happening this year, or next, if EVER. Unless we manage to elect a strong Conservative to replace Obama. We NEED a Ted Cruz or an Allen West in the White House.

                In 2015, we will see more of the same in regard to the border and it may even be worse than 2014 was.  No fence work will be done and no Border Guards hired and trained. There will be no deportations and nothing will be done to repair our useless immigration system. 

                Another thing I am certain we will see this year is more Media distraction and at LEAST one, major False Flag like Sandy Hook. The Gun Control issue seems to have been put temporarily on the back burner, but do NOT be fooled into false comfort. The Gun Grabbers have not backed away from their agenda so much as ONE step ! They want you to THINK they have, but they have been hard at work. Be prepared for an escalation of the anti-gun propaganda and legislation. NEVER COMPLY! Not with draconian gun laws and not with ANYTHING that violates our Constitutional rights! 

                The entire Constitution, Christianity, Conservatism and Morality will come under renewed assault this year like we have never before seen.  I hope you are ready to stand strong against the onslaught. As Obama and his Legion of Loonies draw nearer to the end of their reign, they will use everything in their toolboxes to shove their agendas through quickly and covertly.  WE must be sufficiently prepared at a moment's notice to defend what is ours as Americans. Freedom, Justice, and Constitutional protection.

                 The people who oppose those things are truly, completely, evil and insane. Put on the entire Armor of God. Those of us who have read the book know how it ends. God Wins. 




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 Lebanon Meeting and Tin Hat Prediction 4                       1-5-2015




                          Lebanon Meeting


                         The 2015 Organizational Meeting was tonight. Of course it was advertised by Colleen as 6:00 p.m and by Benson as 7:00 p.m, and I got the 7 info, so I missed most of the meeting.  Those in attendance said it was boring and uneventful, which is rare for an Organizational. It was also the most sparsely attended I have seen. The appointments are mostly unchanged from last year, with the exception of Sharon Moon being the new Town Historian. That's a good thing, Sharon is VERY excited by the local history and its preservation and she's done an awesome job since the Heritage Center project began. Good for her and Congratulations! 

                          When we make our move out west, I plan to leave my collection of Tilden bottles and other local memorabilia to the center. It belongs here, not in Wyoming.                                   Jack Yurish was re-appointed to the Ethics Board, which in my mind is non-existent anyway. They never meet, they have never issued a required report, and never taken any definitive action against any wrongdoing or doer.  One planning board opening is to be advertised and no one was appointed to the Senior Citizens as yet. I guess the only objection I would have to tonight's actions would be the same old matter of Dan Evans being Deputy Supervisor over the MUCH more experienced Baldwin and Larabee, but we all know WHY that was done last year and again this year. In case you DON'T know, it is so that if Benson decides to move up in his political goals before his term here is ended, he will still have control over Lebanon through Dan.  Couldn't BE more obvious. Dan is a nice guy, I actually like him, but he doesn't see through Benson yet. He WILL, eventually. 


                            Other than that, my only concern is the flagrant Conflict of Interest with Dan being Deputy Supervisor and his mommy being Benson's "Confidential Secretary" .  It may not be illegal, but it is most definitely unethical and literally REEKS of Conflict, and I still wonder why Lebanon taxpayers are allowing Benson to even HAVE a Confidential Secretary. It's ridiculous, redundant, and corrupt, not to mention an unnecessary expense to the people. More apathy, more cronyism. No surprise in a town that is considered the dirtiest, politically, in the entire county. LOL!!  Even our town attorney was caught being a very bad boy at the county level, yet he was just re-appointed tonight as well. I happen to like Andy, but the facts are the facts. 

                             There was an Executive Session at the beginning of this meeting, and the usual justification of a "Personnel Matter" was given. Not good enough. Doesn't work that way, yet OUR Town Board allows it to continue, year after year, meeting after meeting. Benson made several motions again tonight as well, even with a full board in attendance. What goes unchecked will continue. 

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  Tin Hat Prediction 4 


The Assault on the First Amendment


Mario Cuomo's passing has taken center stage in the media for several days now. I can't speak for others, but I am so nauseated by it all that I could gag. He was nothing to write home about, yet he is being put on a pedestal and lauded as a great man in New York's history.


It's understandable and even proper that folks will strive for something “Nice” to say about the deceased when the family is grieving, but I hear my old Irish uncles saying, “Don't speak ill of the dead, the ol' bast_rd.” LOL! Nothing like Irishmen at a wake. Still, it is unkind to add to the grief of the mourning by being honest about the character of the deceased before they are buried. Truth is, Mario Cuomo was a Gangster. He was a crooked, lying, greedy, sharp-tongued, manipulative tyrant and his evil spawn has not fallen far from the family tree. In fact, Andrew's nasty disposition is far worse than his father's was. At least Mario used his Mafioso training to be more polite and at least pretend to be a good guy. Andrew lacks that acting ability.


On the night of Mario's death, I posted a photo of Andrew and two of his cronies on the Madison's Militia, Facebook page. I commented that as a Christian, I was sorry to say that I found it hard to be sympathetic to Andrew at this time, due to his deep-seated hatred for Conservatives and morality. Well, you can IMAGINE what followed. LOLOL!!! A young man I know fairly well from the Columbia County Grassroots movement, immediately responded and said that as a Christian, I should NOT have said it. He went on to proselytize about love and compassion, blah,blah,blah. To which I of course, responded with some hard truths about Christianity.


I won't give a sermon here, but I WILL say that the Bible teaches us to expose evil wherever we find it and sometimes, angry rebuke is a requirement. Jesus did not hold back in his reprimands and judgements and he did not coddle or feign approval of sinners and their actions. Neither should WE. The Cuomo family loves to put their involvement with the Catholic Church on public display. I clearly remember when Andrew passed the Same-Sex marriage law, legalized abortion and crammed the Safe Act through, never bothering to ask the PEOPLE what THEY wanted for their state. In each case, he was shown by the media, attending the Albany Catholic Church the next Sunday and being warmly welcomed by the Priest. I bet you 20 bucks he also received Communion.


Catholics actually believe that going to confession on Friday absolves them of the week's sins and makes them eligible to receive the Body of Christ on Sunday. They can then begin the new week with a “Clean Slate” with lots of room for new sins. The process is repeated every week, but without Salvation, the stains remain. Catholics rarely “GET” this because it is the very rare Priest that will teach it. I could go on all day about the shortfalls and un-biblical tenets of Catholicism, but that is not tonight's subject.


Still, it is false faith like the Cuomo's practice, that make it hard for Christians to protect their own faith, and if there ever was a time that Christianity needs defending, it is now. It may be Blacks and clueless liberals who are in the streets screaming about oppression, but they have no clue as to what oppression truly IS. No one on the face of this earth is more oppressed today than the Christian, and in America where our Faith is Constitutionally Protected, there is NO excuse for it! Still, it is happening every day and getting worse by the minute. Christian-Owned businesses like Hobby Lobby, Chick Fil-A, Liberty Ridge Farm and numerous bakers, photographers, and coffee shops, are under assault by radical gays. Atheists, and liberals who are simply too miserable in their hateful lives to not spread it around. Even Judges are attacking the right to Freedom of Religion and openly violating the Constitution, and NO ONE is addressing the issue.


Funny thing about all this, is that it is ONLY the Christians who are being gagged and pummeled. The blood-thirsty, beheading, burning, raping Muslims are being celebrated and accepted. The Wishy-Washy Catholic Pope who thinks same-sex marriage is just dandy, is consulted by the White House and bowed to by the followers. All of this is found in Bible prophecy, and THAT, is exactly WHY Christianity is in the gun sights of the left. We are RIGHT. The things that God told us in the Book, are coming to pass. So the IRS threatens Christian Clergymen to be silent about political and governmental issues or else. Many Pastors in turn, preach about love and compassion until their flocks are reduced to exactly what a flock consists of, SHEEP. Make no waves, be pious and good, turn the other cheek. I say, “Bull Crap!”.


No self-respecting Pastor of a Christian flock should be intimidated by the IRS or any other government agency or threat. We do not bow to politicians, we bow only to God and obey only His Word. We live by the Ten Commandments and the Constitution and not the laws of man. Which makes US a threat to the ones with evil intentions, so we must be beaten down and silenced. God and our Founders gave us the right to worship and speak freely and Christians are permanently indebted to those gift-givers. We have a DUTY to be the voice of the oppressed, to speak against the evil actions of our leaders and to expose the criminals. We have a responsibility to get angry and reject what we know is wrong, yet so very few , DO. WHY? What are you waiting for?


The IRS has never, EVER, prosecuted or stripped a church of its tax exemption because the Pastor spoke out against government corruption. NEVER. So why are Pastors so afraid? With God on our side, what is there to fear? WHO is there to fear? Where are the Christian Soldiers? I am infuriated by wimpy Christians, because we should be the Lions, not the Lambs. If not US, who has the Biblical knowledge and the faithful determination to do what is right and good for all human beings? How can we allow the abominations we are witnessing to continue and call ourselves the children of God? There is no excuse for the failure of Christians to take a stand, right now, amid all this chaos.


Many will say it is prophecy, God's plan for the world, that these things are SUPPOSED to happen, the Bible says so. Yup, revelation says a lot of that, but there are many things we have over-looked or ignored in our apathy. We have the power and ability to change the world, quickly, easily and with God's help and blessing, IF we ACT.



WILL we act in 2015 ? I hope so, but I have doubts. The time to take a stand may be past. I don't believe in it ever being “Too Late” until the day God says it is over. Yet I still hear Pastors preaching only love and forgiveness, and never Truth and Action. We need BOTH if we have any wish to save freedom of religion and speech for future generations.


As I embark upon this battle for religious freedom in 2015, beginning with the Liberty Ridge Farm case, I'll have a better idea of how motivated Christians are going to be in this new year. It's now or never, because every day, we are seeing more and more Political Correctness, Hate Speech Lawsuits, and attacks on anything that even hints at Christianity. This is an issue for all of us, not because we should all be Christians, that is a matter of choice, but because we ALL should cherish and fight for ALL of our rights, and the First Amendment protects so much more than just faith.


Eventually, every right, protection and liberty lost, will come home to roost for all of us, regardless of our religion, ethnicity or gender. We cannot pick and choose which freedoms to defend, we must defend them ALL. Lose one, and it just a matter of time before we lose the rest. 2015 is going to see an escalation in the attack on the first and second amendments and all that stands between retaining those rights and losing them is people of action. We must become comfortable with saying NO to the assailants and the contrary, to the crime and violations, and fight for what is ours. That ONE ability, that willingness to refuse to comply with the unconstitutional and immoral, is the answer to everything we are fighting for right now. Push back, stand for good, tolerate nothing that your gut tells you is not acceptable, and be a part of giving our kids and grand-kids a free America. 2015 is going to be a year of change and unrest, and we either fight or fold now. What are YOU going to do? 



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 Tin Hat Prediction #5 - Congress                                             1-7-2015



                         




Damn this Global Warming, it's colder than a well digger's behind out there! I can't even sleep due to worrying about all those glaciers melting and Polar bears drowning! Did you know that when Al Gore was born, there were 130,000 glaciers, and today in 2015, there are only 130,000 glaciers left ?!?! Terrifying, isn't it ?


Alas poor Liberals, another of your fibs dis-proven. Lucky for you though, tonight is not about Climate Change, or any of the thousands of other scare-tactic lies you peddle to the gullible, it is about CONGRESS, and the turncoats we elected and re-elected this November. You all remember them, the politicians that promised a Fresh Start and Conservative values for 2015. The same folks that just put John, Cry-Baby Boehner back in power. I DO believe that these self-serving RINOs have made it a damn sight easier for me to make my predictions for Congress in 2015. LOL!!


Chris Gibson did surprise me by NOT voting for Boehner, I was certain that he would. He voted instead for Kevin McCarthy, who is worse than Boehner ever was, if that's possible. Chris Gibson is NOT our representative, he is his OWN representative. Gibson has his eye on the Governorship of New York in 4 years, so he of course, is playing the game required for consideration as a candidate in 2018. Scratch the right backs and kiss the right butts and get nominated for the right job. I DID warn you about Gibson almost 4 years ago when he showed his colors here in Lebanon. After I told him, face to face, about all the lies Benson told the residents and the dirty deals he made to get his foot in the door here, Gibson STILL supported Benson and stood beside him as he was sworn-in as Town Supervisor the first time. Some folks believed it was because Gibson and Benson's wife are first cousins, but no, that wasn't the reason at all. Use your imaginations.


Here in New York, we have double trouble ahead in 2015. Not only did Cuomo get re-elected, but so did Sheldon Silver! Didn't the Republicans just take the N.Y Senate? Yup, we did, and it was certainly a hopeful victory. Finally there was a shot that some of the positive legislation Silver has been blocking for years, might actually make it to the floor. What will happen with him still in control of the Dems, is anyone's guess. Silver SHOULD be in jail. He is presently under investigation for several SERIOUS crimes and should have been ineligible for re-election. Oh, I forgot, there are no rules anymore. There IS no accountability, there are no consequences for corruption, lies, theft, and cover-ups. Not for politicians, minorities or illegals anyway.


This great country, founded and built by Christian Conservatives, now has become a shooting gallery for those that are anything BUT Christian or Conservative. We the producers, the moral, the thinkers and doers, the laborers and soldiers, are the targets, and still, the people sleep. As we go into this new year with a Republican majority in the house, we can still expect no positive change, no return to greatness and sanity. What we will see is more of the same, more of 2008 through 2014. The difference this time, is that it will be our own representatives screwing us instead of just the Dems. We will also see the decay and destruction accelerate as the assaults on REAL Americans by the outsiders, special interests, Socialists and Commies are stepped-up.


We stand to lose the First Amendment this year as the Obama Administration and complicit Republicans grind their heels upon the Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press until there is nothing left but dust. Hate Speech arrests will increase, Political Correctness will be mandatory. Maybe not in 2015, but soon enough, the following things will happen; anything that even hints at Christianity will eventually have to be displayed and discussed in private, dark rooms and hidden halls. Meanwhile, radical Muslims, minorities, greenies and general freaks will wreak havoc in the streets. The Welfare system will bleed the workers dry, taxes will rise and healthcare will be doled out by bureaucrats with no medical training to only the youngest and healthiest. Police will be replaced by a National Police Agency and the Border will never be closed. Schools will be strictly indoctrination centers operated by the government, private property will no longer exist, and if you are allowed to have a vehicle, it will be electric or solar powered.


The only jobs available will be government ones and your pay will be housing, food and clothing allowances and managed health care. They will also cremate you for free when you die, or if you resist, whichever comes first. Any of this sounding familiar to any of you? It isn't science fiction and it isn't as if it hasn't been done before. Of course it ALWAYS fails in the end, but while we are waiting for the end, millions suffer and die. When we fail to exercise the rights we are SO blessed with, we surrender to tyrants who would have us be slaves. It begins with Liberalism, progresses to Socialism and suddenly becomes Communism, and you didn't pay attention. You didn't stand up and speak out, you didn't unite with other freedom lovers while there was still time, and you didn't EDUCATE yourselves about what is REALLY happening in your own government. You failed to READ and LEARN the Constitution and demand that officials adhere TO it. You simply shrugged, and went on with your day.


The state of Oklahoma is right now, attempting to pass a law that bans the wearing of Hoodies. Yes, that is what I said. No more sweatshirts or jackets with a hood attached, because it is too difficult to identify you if the hood is up. I have two strong objections to this proposal. 1) Since when does the government regulate what we choose to WEAR? 2) How about we first ban the Burka? These Muslims are running around loose in America, completely covered in black fabric. How do we know who or what is under that thing? Could be a woman or a man, armed , or with a bomb strapped to their chest, who knows? Would seem to ME that if they want to ban an article of clothing, it would be THAT.


In Missouri, another child was reprimanded in school for silently reading his Bible during free time. An upstate NY veteran has had his guns confiscated because he sought advice from a doctor for insomnia! (See link to this below). The Black Panthers are re-forming and marching through city streets armed with the maligned AR15 that the Liberals love to refer to as an "Assault Rifle". This will probably lead to an uprising of the KKK, whatever is left of THEM, and the White Supremacy groups that are just as crazy as the Panthers. It goes on and on folks, but you need to LOOK for the truth of what is happening all around you, because the mainstream media sure as HELL is not going to tell you! The longer you remain apathetic and too selfish to engage, the more damage is done, and you are complicit via your silence. 


                                        Congress is NOT going to stand for us in 2015 or any other time. the Senate will not stand for us, and the state legislators will not stand for us. Our own Town Boards will not stand for us, so who does that leave?  Us. It's up to you. 

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Safe Act Steals Veteran's Firearms

http://benswann.com/veterans-guns-seized-due-to-insomnia-diagnosis-under-new-yorks-safe-act/


Black Panthers Take to the Streets

http://conservativetribune.com/armed-gangs-black-panthers/


Child Punished for Reading Bible

http://fox4kc.com/2015/01/05/parents-say-teacher-violated-sons-rights-by-not-allowing-him-to-read-bible-in-class/


American College Students Reading at Sixth Grade Level

http://joeforamerica.com/2015/01/find-average-reading-level-college-freshman-youll-fear-future-america/



January 2015 Archives #2


 Random Stuff Tonight                                                              1-8-2015


                      How do we manage to amass so much "Stuff" in one, short year?  I learned from my mother the importance of a clean and orderly home. She took it to the extreme. We had a den for the family and a living room for "Company". The living room had a royal blue, wall-to-wall carpet that continued up the stairs to the second floor. A thick, plastic runner led front-door guests from the door to the kitchen, and family did NOT, under any circumstances, wear shoes in the house. Ever.


                     Move a framed photo so much as half an inch out of place, and mom would notice immediately and let us KNOW that she noticed! Yes, it was that bad. In many ways, I'm glad that she taught me to be a good housekeeper, but in my younger years, I was almost as anal about it as she was. I've relaxed some of late, but probably not enough. I no longer empty and wipe the ashtray as soon as someone puts out a cigarette. Still, I have to do my Spring and Fall cleaning, which is something not too many folks do anymore these days. EVERYTHING gets scoured, from walls to windows, to curtains and rugs, and everything in-between. 


                    This Fall's purging project has been a success, but I am amazed at how much I have accumulated since Spring. I spent all of today just sorting through two closets and filling boxes for the Albany Mission with clothing that has never been worn or not worn in over a year. That isn't counting the shoes, purses, books, and various collectibles for the Salvation Army. I took numerous boxes THERE last month, and I'm still at it. Junk and worn-out stuff gets thrown away, so all the items I am passing along are new or nearly new. Where does it all COME from? It isn't easy to Simplify, but it will be well worth it. 


                    I DO have a goal. Now that I have gone through every nook and cranny of the cabin and purged and scoured, I am free to work on my wood-shop, which has been very neglected and sort of a "Catch-All" space for almost 2 years. I miss the smell of fresh lumber and sawdust and the satisfaction that a newly-finished piece gives me. The simple life, so healing.  


                    My husband and I were chatting about the "Old Days" tonight, mostly in relation to automobiles and repairing them.  My '88 Toyota is in the shop right now having the fuel pump replaced, and it is IN the gas tank, so it's a tough and expensive repair. We wondered why things are designed that way, I mean why not put the fuel pump on the frame somewhere so it can be easily replaced by the vehicle's owner? I always loved working on cars and getting all greasy. My dad stuck a wrench in my hand when I was 8 years old, and I was in love with cars from that day on. Trucks, mostly. 


                  My first, full-time job was as a mechanic for Sears Auto Centers. I went to their school in Pennsauken, New Jersey and earned my certificates, and managed the battery and electrical and charging systems department of the garage for 5 years. I remember one day when there wasn't much business, and I had done all I could to stay busy, swept and hosed my work stations, cleaned work benches, emptied trash cans, and finally, I got under the skin of my Service manager. "Hey Johnson." he shouted across the garage."Want somethin' to do?"  Live and learn. I said I did, and he gave me a job.


                  I suddenly found myself with an arm full of leaf springs and a work order for a big old, Buick Electra.  Great.  Engines I knew, suspension, not so much. I put the huge boat on the lift and took out the instructions. Took me an hour and a half, but I installed the damn leaf springs. Even did it right! Those were the days. I remember replacing starters in Chrysler, Slant 6 vehicles, from the fender. No lift required. Spark plugs were visible and could be reached from above. Now, the car goes up, the wheels come off and sometimes, the motor mounts even have to be unbolted, just to do a tune-up!  Open a hood today, and all you see is pollution control crap and computerized spaghetti. Hasn't improved gas mileage at all, but it sure has made the mechanic's job a lot harder and repairs more expensive ! 


                 So my truck is at VanDeusen's, because I don't have the tools or place to drop a fuel tank just to replace the pump. On a 1988 ! Craziness.  Thank you again, Tree Huggers, for all the changes to automobiles. I really miss the old days. Not that I am anti-progress, change is inevitable, but why does so much of it have to be so BAD? 


                 One of my favorite memories of Elementary School was going to the supply room with the teacher. One had to EARN that privilege by getting their reading assignments done, so it was a double-win.  I will never forget that room with the construction paper of all colors and the boxes of pencils and crayons that smelled like Heaven. Little bottles of white paste that you just had to TASTE every now and then. Back then, our taxes paid for school supplies. NOW, we have to buy them for our own kids, AND buy extra for the class to "Share".  The school supplies nothing. No more Supply Room to make memories in.  Of course in today's world, getting your reading done before the other students would be looked at as "Unfair" and "Insulting" to the feelings of those who do not read as well. Rewards are Verboten! 


                  Another thing I remember from school is the STRAP. It was a leather strop, a lot like the ones Barbers use to sharpen their tools, and it was about 8 inches long and had a short, wooden handle.  It was used only for the most severe of transgressions, but it WAS used, and no parent ever threatened to sue the principal. In fact, if a kid got the strap in school, they got it again when they got home!  We survived, and grew up to be healthier, stronger and more responsible for it. No one was sent home for reading the Bible during quiet time, or for wearing a Patriotic tee shirt.  We had Morning Prayer and everyone stood for the Pledge and never even considered doing anything otherwise. We were PROUD to be Americans and we loved our flag. 


                 There were things back then that children were shielded from, or not allowed to see because they were not, "Age Appropriate".  TV was wholesome, but sometimes the News was not, and parents protected us from visions that might cause nightmares. Still, I vividly recall watching the progress of the Vietnam War on the news every night. Brave journalists had forged into the fray to film the action and sometimes, it was tough to see. Media actually reported the news as it truly WAS, and rarely omitted or embellished, much less twisted the facts. War coverage from the front lines continued until someone witnessed the killing of a beloved son on the 6 o'clock news. They didn't show the close-up story anymore after that. 


                 After school meant snack and homework, then a change into what our moms called, "Play Clothes", then outside to play until the streetlights came on.  No cell phones, video games, or remote controls. You had to get UP to change the channel or adjust the picture, and a good hard slap to the top of the TV stopped it from rolling. For a while. There was no Cable TV or Cable bill, TV was free, but you had to work at it if you wanted good reception. Good old dad up on the roof turning the antenna while mom stuck her head out the window and yelled to him to "Stop There!", or "Go Back!". LOL!! Good old days.


               We had bedtimes and chores, ate a good breakfast, and learned manners.  When it snowed, we shoveled sidewalks for spending money and in summer we mowed lawns. We rode bicycles for miles and no one was worried that we might get kidnapped by some pervert. There were no seatbelts or car seats, no motorcycle helmets, no anti-smoking Nazis, no PETA, no Muslims, no abortions, and being on Welfare was a shameful thing. Murder was a HUGE deal, and if it happened in California, it was major news in New England. I got my first gun when I was 7 and went target shooting with my father almost every weekend. Anyone under 30 had never heard of homosexuality or transgenderism, unless they lived in San Francisco. 


               How have we come so far from those wholesome, happy, and healthy things in 50 short years? The changes are so radical, so negative, so SAD. How very tragic our children's youth is in today's world. How do the little ones process all that they see and hear from liberal and immature parents, the media, and what they find online? Some say they don't miss what they never knew, but I miss it FOR them.  It hurts my heart to see children growing up so fast and in the wrong direction. How do we protect them, and how MUCH should we protect them and still expect them to be able to survive once they get out there on their own? 


               The Obama Campaign's motto was, "Forward!", but is forward really what we need right now? Maybe it's time to slow down and even back up some, embrace more of the Old Ways. We need to return to the Simpler life, the basic things, and to Godliness in America.  We need to have families, communities and schools that work together for the good of the children, peace among races, and competitiveness in every aspect of life. We need to return to greatness, but instead, we are traveling the road to ruin.  

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A Special Treat for Those Who Remember Paul Harvey

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=366265163554922



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 The "Empire" State                                                          1-12-2015


                     Before I get into tonight's intended post, I need to vent a tad. Hopefully, most of you realize that what happened in France yesterday was a Historical moment. Leaders from all over Europe put their personal differences aside to march arm-in-arm in unity against Islam and Terrorism. An estimated one million citizens marched behind these leaders in a show of support and solidarity.


                     This was an unprecedented event, to see so many souls come together with a common message and goal.  It was a peaceful demonstration despite the anger and sorrow the French were feeling. No one threw rocks or bottles or Molotov Cocktails. There were no looters, no arsonists, no one turning police cars over on their roofs and no one shouting for the killing of ANYBODY. The leaders and their people marched peacefully through the streets to send a clear message to Muslims that they are not welcome in European countries, and that their reign of terror will no longer be tolerated. Twenty years ago, this is what Americans would have done. 


                      I am ashamed of our administration, again, STILL, for their lack of involvement and support. No Obama, no Biden, but Eric Holder was in France! He did NOT take part in the march, but he was in the country. Why?  Why would they send that racist, radical, know-nothing criminal to represent America, and then allow him to sit in the embassy while the other leaders took to the streets?  Gee, do you suppose the fact that Obama is a Muslim himself and sympathizes with their ideologies had anything to do with that? I fully intend to elaborate on this issue tomorrow night, but for now, suffice it to say that America was shamed by this deplorable administration once again. Compare this demonstration to Ferguson, then add to that the fact that the American people were completely unrepresented in this stand against Evil, and how embarrassing is it to YOU? 

  UNACCEPTABLE! More on this tomorrow, but for now, let's talk about New York.


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          NY State is beautiful in many ways. We have Niagara Falls, Lake Placid, the Catskill, Adirondack and Taconic ranges, and the awesome Finger Lake Region. In most upstate counties, there are rolling  fields and big, red barns of the farms that provide not only beautiful scenery, but nourishment to millions. 


          Here in NY we have some of the nation's best apples, cheeses, grapes, wines, milk, ice cream, beef, and fresh spring water. There are a lot of positives about this state, so many that I won't even try to list them all or to delve into our amazing history.  When I moved here in 1979, I was amazed every day by the beauty and old-fashioned wholesomeness of upstate NY.  I STILL am, every day. Like most states, we have our beautiful places and our ugly, our financially sound towns and our economically depressed ones.  Dutchess and Saratoga counties are wealthier areas, while Schoharie and Montgomery are struggling and a little lost in time. Columbia and Greene counties are seeing a slow but steady recovery for the first time since the thruway killed the Catskill Resort business in the early 1960s.


         Wealthy city people are the reason for that recovery, there is no denying that. These people want a quiet place to escape to on weekends, holidays and summer break. So they buy up the old, historic homes, small defunct farms and abandoned schoolhouses, spend many thousands of dollars on restoration and modernization, and establish their getaways. As much as I oppose the invasion of the down-staters, I am also fully aware of the benefits they bring to upstate. Not only do they save and preserve historic buildings, they also breathe life into many small-town businesses. They employ contractors, carpenters, architects, landscapers, painters, roofers, loggers and fuel companies.  City folk hire housekeepers, nannies, home security agencies, and contribute to the tax base. They make the big bucks in the city and spend some of it here, where it is needed.


           So yes, in many ways, the migration is a positive thing, and those of us who have lived in the rural upstate areas for eons or forever, certainly don't hate newcomers, and we want to be welcoming. Sadly, there is a serious downside to the influx of city folks that makes that warm, welcoming feeling very difficult.  Some folks don't mind the tourists and newbies one way or the other, but the majority of us mind very much. We could be more welcoming to tourists and transplants if they bothered to be courteous and respectful to US, but that is rarely the case. The tourists who come to ski,  look at the Fall leaves, go antiquing, or simply pass through on their way to someplace else, are rude, pushy, obnoxious, and cold as ice.


           Few of them know how to drive responsibly or courteously and they think that a 4 wheel-drive vehicle means they don't have to slow down in snow, ice or heavy rain. Speed limits and no-passing zones do not apply to THEM and neither do flashing caution lights. They park wherever their car will fit, lines or no lines, because they are much more important than everyone else, especially the local bumpkins. In the stores, especially Stewarts, , they push, shove, crowd, cut into line, and stand in everyone's way. They are loud and opinionated and allow their brats to run wild and bump into others without ever reprimanding or correcting them. If they enter or exit the store in front of you, they let the door go in your face. For all their wealth and alleged "Education", they have zero courtesy, decorum, consideration or respect. Zilch.


           Part-time residents and full-time transplants are another issue altogether. The part-timers seek an escape from city life and the noise, stress and ugliness that is the city, and who can blame them? Problem is, that when they are HERE, they think they are in charge. They want locals out of their way in the stores, on the roads, at the gas pumps and in the restaurants. Living in NY city has them so inured to being "served", that they expect the same treatment HERE.   LOLOL!!!   In NY City, people of means, those who can afford a second home in the country, are accustomed to having doormen who help them with their packages and hail their taxis, they have dog walkers, nannies, housekeepers, chefs, food delivery and laundry services. These are spoiled, entitled snobs who don't understand that in the country, we fend for ourselves and do our own dirty work, and we expect the same from anyone who wants to live among us.


            These "elitists" just don't get it. Maybe they never heard the saying, "When in Rome", or the word, "Assimilate". Whatever the reasons, their superior attitudes are the cause of the animosity between them and the locals. Most of us dread their arrival and refer to them as "Citiots".  If the shoe fits. As bad as the tourists and part-timers can be, the transplants are the WORST! In my conspiratorial, Conservative mind, re-locating from the city to the country means that one is seeking a quieter, simpler life and a slower pace. So why is it, that these folks escape to rural towns then try to remake them into what they just escaped from?  DUH!


            Citiots have an insatiable appetite for power and notoriety, and they need to "Run" things. So they vie for seats on the school and town boards, the library board, and any and all committees. They advocate Agenda 21 programs like sustainable development and "GREEN" projects, and are often behind new, rigid zoning regulations and government interference. If they can't find a committee to sit on, they create them and stack them with their liberal friends, shutting locals completely OUT of think-tanks and "Growth Planning" in their own towns. They literally STEAL towns from families and business people who have built and sustained them for generations.


              Transplants support new business that suit their tastes and brag about "Saving" the local, depressed economy, but it is often at the expense of old businesses, local owners and tradition. Instead of an affordable, family diner that serves breakfast all day and a cup of coffee for under a buck, transplants prefer to support froo-froo and artsy-fartsy businesses. I don't know very many farmers, loggers, truckers, or contractors that want soy milk and bean sprouts for lunch, do you? Or how about cello and chamber music and poetry readings? See any sh_t-kicker locals running to those things? This is the country, we like it country and we want to keep it that way.Why should the many be forced to change to accomodate the few?  If you want a liberal, organic place to live, MOVE to one! Don't push your will on those of us who are perfectly content with what we have. 


             Lots of up-staters dream of a separation of the NY into two states, upstate and downstate. That would be awesome, but it is unrealistic. Imagine the complications involved?  America is blessedly a FREE country and people are at liberty to move to any state or town they wish. That is as it should be. Still, why move to a place that is not suitable to your preferences then attempt to force your desires on those who have lived there happily for all their lives? 


            In New Lebanon, the unwelcome changes that have been and ARE BEING forced upon locals by Citiots are not only rude and presumptuous, but they are insidious and perilous to the future of this town. Locals complain, but they fail to object to the people who need to hear those objections. So they will get the town they allowed the liberals to take away from them. Many locals are leaving, little by little, as a direct result of the liberal invasion, which to most Conservatives is akin to a deadly pandemic. That is how the liberals win, how they "Steal" entire towns and communities. When we fail to defend our way of life and our familiar traditions, we lose.  This is true not only of Lebanon or New York, but of small towns all across America. 


           New York is failing. Democrat control is driving away businesses and the moral majority.  Excessive rules, laws and regulations make life unbearable and taxes are putting homeowners on the streets.  Political corruption is highest in NY, beating even New Jersey.  Zoning and environmental loonies are killing farms while at the same time, these very same "GREENIES",  are over-developing open spaces. REAL Americans do not want to live in NY anymore.  I know at least 7 families personally, that are relocating in the next year to 3 years.  Those are just people I am personally acquainted with!  Can you say, "Mass Exodus"? 


           I say, let the libs have the state, AND New England. Give me the Big Sky country where folks are still proud to be Americans and stand for liberty.  


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Town Board !                                                                              1-13-2015



                        What started out as a boring, run-of-the-mill meeting with a sparse agenda, turned into a three and a half hour, variety show.  We had tempers flaring and the public laughing. We had accusations, cutting remarks about former employees and we had tears.  We even had an absolutely adorable baby boy who gave the board a raspberry at the perfect moments. It was long, and tough on my poor, degenerating spine, but it was worth it.

                         I thoroughly enjoy the showdowns between the Czar and the Highway Super.  Jeff is a slow-talking, gentle redneck, but he is also a really smart man. Never let the long hair and off-grid living fool you. This is a sharp tack. In many ways, the Czar is also sharp, but he lacks a lot of things that Jeff does not, like compassion, courtesy, and respect for others. He rarely wins against Jeff. It helps that Brucey is always in Jeff's court, usually for good reason. It counter-balances the fact that Evans is in the Czar's court 100% of the time. 

                          Tonight's disagreement had to do with gravel bids and quality. The Czar was adamant that gravel samples be taken from bidders and tested for compliance to the town requirements before any bids were accepted.  LOL!  Jeff was NOT happy with the idea of spending town money for quality testing of gravel that would not be consistent throughout the season anyway. So the Czar relented a bit and agreed to accept the bids on the condition that testing be done before the deals were sealed. Nope, not acceptable to Jeff or Brucey. I don't know jack about gravel, but Jeff does, and he made a lot of sense. You had to BE there, but suffice it to say that Jeff won. 

                           There was apparently an issue with a local dirt road on Christmas day, and a homeowner had actually called the governor and the NYS D.O.T, to complain about muddy conditions. Holy Crap!  Who DOES that? Now, let's look at that for a minute. Who would be THAT ticked-off about a little mud after a storm, and who would have the connections in the governor's office to be taken seriously enough for the governor's office to call the Czar on Christmas Day???  Common sense and experience tells us that it was NOT a long-time local or a country bumpkin. HAD to be a liberal citiot, transplant or part-timer. Locals EXPECT bad road conditions in the country and deal with it until it can be addressed by Jeff, which is usually pretty quickly, as it was in THIS case.

                          (  I direct you to LAST night's post. See it NOW ?  )


                             We also witnessed tonight, the board renewing the contract with Charter Communications for another five years. So much for healthy competition and a shot at a better cable company. It also became obvious that a lot of residents are not happy with Charter and are VERY unhappy with Fairpoint.  Scott Larabee asked if the board would stipulate to Charter that we would like access to the bundle options from them that people get in other areas. As far as internet service goes, I guess Lebanon's is seriously lacking in efficiency. I wouldn't know, I never had internet anywhere but here, so I have nothing to compare it to. I DO know that I resent having to pay for a landline that I do not need or use, just to get internet. It's robbery.

                              The court was an issue tonight as well, and Justices Byrne-York and  Nevers were both present. Apparently, there is some issue with the Court Clerk position and overtime, exemptions and non-exemptions. That being said, this led to another showdown between Brucey and the Czar. According to Brucey, the Czar has been again sending extremely nasty emails to the Court Clerk and involved personnel about this issue and Brucey was livid. Have you ever experienced or read any of the Czar's heated, snide, and dismissive emails ?  I  have, and let me tell you, this guy is an ass. Seems he is always fighting with one of the town employees and/or being disrespectful to others in town government, not to mention members of the public who dare to disagree with him. Tyrant. 

                                 

                             In general, the Czar has been on his "better" behavior lately. I won't say "Best", because I don't think he has a best.  He does have a debilitating adversity to not getting his own way.  He got another shot in at the Town Clerk tonight,too. So, in ONE meeting, he managed to tick-off Jeff Winestock, Bruce Baldwin, Colleen Teal, and make nasty referrals to the performance of the previous court employees.  He and the entire board, THREE of whom are members of the LVPA, also failed to pay their respects publicly to Mark Sheline. I understand that there was a large wake and funeral service, but I also think it was the duty of the board to make a statement about the loss of this good man in public meeting. He was not just a resident of this town, he was a local legend and a much-loved friend.  Inexcusable.

                              Trina Porte spoke during privilege, and submitted her request to be re-appointed to the Planning Board, and SHE spoke of Mark and broke down in tears. It was a tough moment. Jack Pandey also spoke, mostly to the Czar, about the division and lack of respect among town officials and employees. He was disgusted by the manner in which the Czar treats our town workers. Benson was unusually quiet after that and even lost his false persona of the benevolent leader. His head was red and he started biting his nails. (A few signs that he has had enough of losing for one night.) We were all tired, especially those who had arrived at the meeting at 6 p.m for the preliminary meetings. By the way, there will be a Special Town Board meeting on the 27th, usual time and place. Too many things left unresolved tonight, and there are a few board appointments still waiting to be filled.

                                We finally got out of there around 9:30. I had kidded myself into thinking that we would have a short meeting tonight, but it was not to be. As Thaddeus says, this IS New Lebanon! 

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               Due to the length of tonight's meeting, I'm putting off my intended post for this evening until tomorrow night.  Until then, God Bless America!     JJ


          

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 Tin Hat Prediction #5 and BEHOLD!                               1-14-2015



                        Let's get the local stuff out of the way FIRST.  "Behold New Lebanon" is preparing for its 2015 Season.  At last night's Town Board Meeting, there was a request read from Ruth Abrams, Queen of County 5. She is once again, getting ready to launch her lu-lu Farm Museum Program upon the people of New Lebanon. 

                         Apparently, she has applied for a "Government Grant", one of those things liberal city folk seem to love so dearly, and she wishes to have this Town declared as an official "Museum".  Um....What??  How do you make a whole town a Museum ? This ain't Sturbridge or Plimoth Plantation. (Yes, that IS how Plimoth is spelled at the plantation, it is the original, old English spelling).  Anyway, this "Grant" requires the Town Board to take responsibility for the finances of Behold. That means that we would have to provide town employees to keep records of money in and money out, payroll, expenses, insurance, etc. On OUR dime.

                        Hmm. As you already know, I am strongly opposed to Behold for two reasons. 1) The manner in which it was FORCED down the throats of residents with NO public hearing or input.   2) The MAJORITY of residents do NOT WANT TOURISM in New Lebanon. A few select, business owners may want it, and the liberal transplants want it, but they are by far in the minority. They're just Pushier than the locals are. The program itself is not an issue, it is the high-handed, dictatorial behavior of the people behind it, especially Ruth Abrams. This issue is almost a carbon-copy of the problems with the EDC. Same players, same agenda, same superiority complexes.

                         THIS year, we WILL have a public forum on this matter. Especially considering that it is now going to include more workers or work hours on the town payroll. Always remember that Grants come with STRINGS ATTACHED. Nothing from the government is FREE.  IF, by some slight chance, the people end up voting on this program's implementation and it goes in favor of Ruth Abrams, then there are some concessions that Behold should be required to make. 

                          Museums are Tax Exempt, yes? So, if the entire town is designated as a Farm Museum of Rural Life or whatever they call it, shouldn't all property owners then be exempt from property taxes??  Also, if there is going to be yet another grant hung around our necks, we need to know exactly WHAT benefits there will be from this grant for the town as a whole.  You want to attract tourists? Then the grant should do some beautification projects, such as a covered bridge or two, some public gardens, a Rest Area with public toilets and refreshments. Privacy protections for those of us who prefer not to have outsiders gaping at us or taking pictures of us and our homes. Traffic control experts, following thorough studies and necessary improvements. Special Use and Change of Use permits for locations used by Behold. 

                          That's just for starters. I'm open to suggestions from all residents. Hey, compromise is important here, so one hand must wash the other. Either Behold goes away, or Behold will PAY. Simple.  It is time for our Councilmen to SPEAK UP and see to it that Behold meet the same requirements as the rest of us, or specify what benefits they intend to afford the town and its residents in exchange for the expanded tourism and inconveniences to our lives that it will bring. This is OUR town and OUR future, so step up and be heard. 

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                         Tin Hat Prediction #5 - Islam


             We talked a little bit the other night about the events in France. Since then, we have learned that Obama was watching a football game that day while 40 World Leaders marched against Islam and Terrorism. We ALSO know that Obama was not there because he is a Muslim Sympathizer and no matter what anyone says, is a Muslim himself. No question about that. 

              The Patriotic people of America were shamed and embarrassed by the absence of a high-ranking, American official at the protest.  We have been ashamed since 2008. Each year of Obama's reign has seen this country grow weaker and weaker and lose the worldwide respect we have held for centuries. I don't have the time or patience to get into all the atrocities that the Obama administration has committed against the American people and way of life in the past 6 years, so I will try to stick with the present perils of allowing the spread of Islam. 

              Most people are not even aware of the number of Muslims working in high-level positions within our government and in the White House itself. You NEED to KNOW. There is no such thing as "Moderate Muslims". Islam is much more than a twisted religion, it is a culture. They have ONE goal, and that is to kill all infidels and make Islam the only religion and culture in the entire world. Those of you with weak stomachs and tender sensibilities, have probably never faced the facts of what Islam is doing to Christians, women, and resisters all over the globe. Well, buck-up sissies, because there will be some graphic photos posted below, tonight. 

              Europe is at present, facing the worst of the Muslim invasion and oppression, and that has been their own fault. They have waited far too long to resist. Angela Merkel of Germany made a statement two years ago that I will never forget. She was fed-up with the Muslims and said that if they refused to assimilate and become Germans, they could EMIGRATE. She then deported a large number of the most radicals Muslims from her country. NOW, she is back-tracking somewhat, and telling the protesters in Germany to be more "sensitive".  They are NOT complying, not even a little bit. The German people are PISSED! So are the Irish, British, Scottish, Israeli, French, etc.,etc.  It is the beginning of the end for Islamic invasion in Europe.

              Canada is doing likewise. Angola did it over a year ago and has actually torn down every Mosque in their country! So what about America? Are we going to continue allowing Political Correctness and "Tolerance" to make us sitting ducks for Islamic terror and oppression?  With the open border and unknown number of terrorists who have entered through it with no resistance, we have no way of even guessing how many are here. We DO know that most of them are here illegally and that has not been addressed either. It has not even been MENTIONED in mainstream media. 

               Obviously, the huge numbers of Muslims in America did not come here legally, because the legal process takes a long time. Yet here they are by the millions, taking over cities like Dearborn , Michigan, buying acreage in upstate NY and using those acres as training centers for radical Jihadists. Don't believe it? Search: Hancock,N.Y. There are Muslim encampments all over America. Mosques too, are used as training centers for future martyrs and we have already seen the beheading of an American citizen ON American soil. Those of you who sympathize with Islamists or believe that there are Moderate Muslims, need to do some serious homework and stop fooling yourselves. 

                 Are you aware of the "No Go" areas in European countries and cities? These are designated communities and parks that are closed to anyone who is not Muslim. Here in America, we have Muslim communities that are posted with signs that state, "No Dogs", and "Muslims Only". American restaurants like Subway have bowed to Muslims and removed most pork products from their restaurants that are in Muslim communities. Why are Muslims allowed to HAVE communities in America? No one OWNS a community, especially violent killers who hate us. 

                  Food pantries that hand out free staples to the needy are under attack by Muslims who are on the dole and here illegally. They are actually complaining that the pantries don't give them Halal food, or food that meets their "religious" needs. Yet a Christian child cannot read his Bible during free time at an American, public school? A graduation class at American schools cannot have prayer or mention God in a speech? The military cannot have open prayer and Chaplains cannot say the name of Jesus? Homosexuals  are suing Christian business owners that refuse to perform same-sex marriages, host receptions or bake wedding cakes due to their faith? Judges are deciding in favor of the gay couples and violating the First Amendment rights of the business owners, but Muslims cannot be insulted???!!!

                   Americans MUST get their heads out of their a_ses and smell the terrorism. Our public schools are teaching the Pledge in Arabic, taking field trips to Mosques and making our girls wear head coverings. Do you love your children and grandchildren?  Then step up. In 2015, Islam will be challenged by Europe and a great number of other countries, but in America, it will continue to be protected and excused by Liberals, pacifists, and the Muslim in the White House. The alleged "President" who says that "the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world", with tears in his eyes. He also stated that " no one should insult the prophet of Islam". He has funded Islamic extremism and armed them, calling them "Freedom Fighters", while calling American Patriots, " Dangerous Extremists". 

                  What must happen for the American Left to open their eyes and closed minds and admit what is right in front of their noses?  Will it take more beheadings of innocent citizens?  Rapes of their daughters? American Christians burned alive in their churches during worship? What ? Will they wait until we lose the Freedom of Speech and religion for our OWN people?  Until an American woman has her face permanently scarred with acid?  Or maybe they are waiting for a Muslim man to stone his wife to death here in America for showing skin in public. 

                  As for me and my family, we will not bow to Islam or tolerate it in any way, shape or form. If it comes to OUR door, it will not win. We will never support or excuse the bloody slaughter and oppression in the name of a false prophet. In fact, I think Americans should start raising more pigs, breeding dogs, and hanging crosses in public places. If a mosque is being planned for your community, go to the site and pour pig's blood on the soil.  Most of all, stop buying the crap that this administration and their pet media is selling you. Do your OWN research and stop being a bunch of wimpy babies sucking on pacifiers. This is the time to decide if you are a hero or a zero, an American or a liberal. NOW, while the rest of the world is telling the Muslims to GO HOME. NOW, while the outrage is fresh. 

                   I tremble to think what will become of America if another Democrat or Republican RINO is elected in 2016. Another Clinton or Bush would be a death sentence. We NEED a Ron Reagan. We NEED a Ted Cruz or an Allen West. We NEED an AMERICAN who loves this country! Most of all, we need a citizenry that is Proud and Strong, and FED UP with the B.S. People who will say "NO" to the lies, scandals and Constitutional Violations. "NO" to Islam, "NO" to the weakening of our military and abuse and neglect of our veterans. "NO" to more big government and "NO" to liberal whiners, Race Baiters and leeches. It took a lot of musket balls to make and keep this country free, and in 2015, it will take another kind of balls to save it. 

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WARNING!  Graphic Photos Below!  The first picture was taken at sundown in Dearborn, Michigan. The second is a photo of Arab Christians that were in church when the Muslims set it on fire.



Pelosi Appoints Muslim to Intelligence Committee

http://godfatherpolitics.com/19755/nancy-pelosi-appoints-muslim-andre-carson-house-intelligence-committee/

Muslims State They Intend to Take Over England City by City

http://godfatherpolitics.com/19752/muslims-plan-control-england-city-city/

Arab Woman Sentenced to Death for being "Unclean"

http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/01/muslims-call-christian-woman-asia-bibi-unclean-her-response-got-her-a-death-sentence/

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 Obama and the REAL King                                                 1-18-2015


                     We have discussed Obama a bit lately, in relation to Ferguson, Race-Baiting, and of course, his failure to show solidarity against Islam in France. Most of us are realistic and know that Obama is a Muslim himself. 

                      It is completely beyond my comprehension how the American people ever allowed this abomination of a person to run for any office in this country. It's clear that he won the elections as a result of dirty Democrats padding the right wallets and widespread, voter fraud, not to mention some things that you wouldn't believe if I told you anyway. In some ways, I do understand why so many people voted for this idiot the first time. Airhead college students, loony liberals, low-info minorities and supporters of Communism bought right into the hype and lies, the "Hope and Change" rhetoric. 

                      Obama had youth, appeared ambitious, sympathized with the government-dependent, and thinks he is KING. There is only ONE King and he does not live in Washington,D.C. Most people considered Obama to be Black.  The whole, "First Black President" hysteria thing. Those of us who knew better, tried everything we possibly could, to warn America of who and what Obama really was. For starters, he isn't Black, he is 1/4 Arab, 1/4 Black, and 1/2 WHITE ! So in reality, he is more White than anything else! Otherwise, he has no identity, no history, no proven father, no valid birth certificate, a dead guy's Social Security number, and no college records from the schools he claims to have attended.

                        There are no wedding photos of him and Moochelle, no photos of the two daughters prior to 2007, but there ARE photos of Obama with his mother's Communist parents, his Kenyan, "Alleged" paternal grandmother, Bill Ayres the bomber, numerous Black Panthers and his gay, college room-mate from whatever college he DID attend. There are photos of Obama in his teens dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, smoking pot in his dorm room, bowing to foreign leaders, and sealing the Safe Act deal with Andrew Cuomo. So how did this dark ghost become President of the greatest country in the world? WHO, and WHAT, IS he ?

                         I don't think the average American could accept or even begin to process the answer to that question, even if they cared enough to know. Too many Americans today do not want to be asked to "THINK" independently or to think at ALL. People want to remain ignorant and insulated because it's comfortable, but it is also deadly. 

                          Our public schools and curriculum like Common Core are deliberately designed to suppress curiosity, independent thought, self-expression and personal creativity. Children are being taught WHAT to think rather than HOW to think. Toss in the news media, movie and music industries and you have a full-fledged, indoctrination system designed to produce human robots, or as the Patriots like to say, "Zombies". Talk to your average college student today and the success of the dumbing-down agenda becomes painfully apparent.  It's terrifying, at least to those of us who give a damn and are old enough to have witnessed the erosion of American excellence over the last 4 or 5 decades. 

                          None of the decay we are seeing happened by accident, it was all carefully planned and orchestrated over time, baby step by baby step. Obama is a puppet of the same elitist group that is responsible for the erosion of our society. He was carefully selected, groomed and programmed to accelerate that erosion. He is no Leader, no lawyer, no organizer, he is just a tool of the high-ranking Left.  Obama has been given a pass on more scandals, Constitutional Violations, Murders, Executive Orders, Lies, and incidents of sheer Ineptitude, than the previous 43 presidents COMBINED. FACT! Ever wonder why? I don't , because I already know, and so should YOU.

                           Ah, but it is so much easier and cozier to remain in those little bubbles where fairies and unicorns play and the government takes care of everyone, than to face reality and do something to preserve freedom. Why exert yourselves when it is simpler to deny that anything is wrong? Just swallow the lies and propaganda and get back to texting and tweeting. 

                            If by some miracle, we manage to see Obama's term end without Martial Law being implemented, we will once again be facing a monumental election in 2016.  Mark Levin said, "Hillary Clinton is Obama in a dress". He is absolutely right, except that Hillary is far worse than Obama has ever been or ever could be.  Hillary is an evil, self-serving liar and has been all of her adult life. The proof of that is ridiculously easy to locate and prove, yet few bother to do it. Hillary has lived in the political arena for 60 years, in the Democrat Party, and was for all intents and purposes, the 42nd President of the United States.  She is a very dangerous woman. 

                              Supporting this mind-sick, bloody-handed old crone for president is no different than putting your loved ones in a swimming pool and tossing in a toaster. We WILL be talking a LOT about Hillary as the campaigns draw nearer, and I will provide you with more proof than you can digest of WHAT she is. Not that it will matter, the blind will remain blind. I will also expose the facts about the Republican slime that are thinking about a run for president in 2016, like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.  In the meantime, we wait with bated breath to see what the Obama administration will pull out of its sleeve in the next two years. They WANT a third term, but what they deserve, is Prison.

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 Remembering  Dr. King                                                                     1-19-2015



                       Today we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Have you ever wondered what might be different in America today if he had not been murdered? I do, often. 

                        MLK was a brilliant man, a devout Christian and Pastor and an upstanding husband and father. He was a "Leader" in every sense of the word. As a Black man in a difficult time for Blacks, MLK's focus was to lead his people out of the last vestiges of inequality, yet he never blamed or discriminated against Whites. He was a man of God first, and everything else came after that. 

                         Scripture was the guide MLK used and he applied it to everyone his voice could reach, without prejudice or favoritism.  Had he lived, I am convinced that we would not see the racial division that we are now seeing every day. I also believe that MLK would have led Black Americans to realize their full potential, take advantage of education, and become responsible, independent, and successful. With MLK's leadership and honesty, Blacks would have no need or desire to play the Race Card, to live in communities with rampant crime and decay, or be government-dependent.  He was a Republican, Conservative, Capitalist, and would have opened eyes to the Democrat agenda for Blacks.  TRUE equality would have been realized, and that is exactly why he was killed. 

                          The Democrat Party despises Blacks and always has. The liberal Democrats were the Southern Slave Masters, they were the KKK, and they are to blame for the Black issues we still see today. The cities with the poorest Blacks, highest crime rates and unemployment, and most urban decay, are the cities that have been Democrat-run for many years. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, etc. Democrats have re-enslaved Blacks with social programs, entitlements, and excuses that have resulted in government dependency and a total lack of responsibility and accountability. Without Democrat programs and handouts, most Blacks could not survive.  Democrat mission accomplished. 

                            Racial division is regularly fueled by Democrats who then blame Republican Conservatives who wish to support Blacks in going forward, not hold them back by enabling dependency. The Democrats incite the unrest, then pretend to be the Champions of the Black cause, promising them more freebies, a life with no need to earn their own way, learn a trade and be self-sufficient and successful. In return, the Blacks consistently vote Democrat.  In short, it is the liberals and Democrats that have undone MLK's hard work and kept so many Blacks poor, uneducated and reliant upon the government's mercy. Hostages to a controlling, elite, political system that does not, and never HAS, worked.

                             Planned Parenthood is yet another Democrat creation, a tool they use to keep the Black population in control. They want only enough to sway the vote in their favor, and no more. Democrats don't care about Blacks, or Hispanics, or the poor, they care only to USE them as voters and to incite civil unrest when they need it to serve their agendas. Yet the majority of Blacks do not, or WILL not, see the Truth. 

                             MLK knew that wonderful possibilities lay ahead for Americans of all colors, IF we could only come together as just Americans. Not Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or any other hyphenated description, but only as Americans. Imagine the might of the people that would result from such unity?  The Democrats will do anything they can to prevent that from ever happening. 

                              We need more men like MLK, more Allen West, Rev. Manning, Herman Cain, and much less Sharpton, Jackson, Holder and Obama. We need REAL LEADERS, and we need to ask God to come back into our lives and our country. We can honor Dr. King's memory today and every day by rejecting the inciters and dividers and coming together as Americans FOR America. 



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All that is Silver Does Not Shine                                                               1-22-2015






Now that Sheldon Silver has FINALLY been arrested, there is hope for New York. Attorney Preet Bharara and his FBI Team have worked very hard for several years now to make this happen. They are also the same team that is investigating Morelandgate and Andrew Cuomo. This arrest is but the first of many to follow and it is about TIME! I'm hoping Chuck Schumer will be next.


New York is not the only state that stands to see their officials arrested this year, this is going to occur in every state in this country, and in fact, action has already begun. There exists a huge, carefully-organized, well-funded and legally-represented movement that is taking on ALL the politically corrupt in America in 2015. For the moment, the details are semi-confidential, but it won't be long before everyone in the nation hears of these brave people and their mission. If you are interested in being a part of this restoration of lawfulness in government, let me know. We would be happy to have you.


I did not watch either the State of the Union OR the State of the State speeches this year, for a couple of reasons. First, the voices of both Obama and Cuomo are so grating that it literally makes me cringe to listen to them. Have you seen Cuomo's new TV ads for education in NY? Sets your teeth on edge, doesn't it? Second, why the heck would I want to watch and listen to those two liberal, tyrannical asses lie to our faces ? They are both cut from the same cloth as many other politicians and that includes Mike Benson. They are narcissistic liars who believe they are Kings who answer to no one and are at liberty to make the rules as they play the game.


Watching these addresses is not even necessary for me anyway, as I am filled-in within an hour or two by news bites and contacts who did watch. It isn't exactly rocket-science to predict what they would say in any case. They are what they are and the agenda doesn't change. Same tired rhetoric, self-serving lies, blame, puffed-up chests and false dedication to making things better for the people that they “not so secretly” abhor. Why waste time in front of a television ?


So, today I want to add a Tin Hat Prediction or two and climb back out onto that shaky limb of truth, or what Liberals refer to as, “Conspiracy Theories”. Believe it or not, there is REAL news you need to hear, such as what Cuomo and the NYSP are up to re: the Safe Act. This year, with Cuomo winning re-election , more restrictions are coming for legal gun owners through the Safe Act. One of these violations of the 2nd Amendment is the requirement to renew pistol permits every five years. This is if course, unprecedented and unconstitutional. Cuomo and his paid army, otherwise know as the NYSP “Leaders”, are playing head games with New Yorkers. They are sending out approximately 500 “Invitations” per county, to gun owners, suggesting they renew their permits online “early” to prevent the rush when this requirement is fully implemented. LOL.


Should you receive one of these invitations, we recommend that you either toss it into the nearest trash bin, or ceremoniously, BURN IT. There is no law involved and there will be no consequences for doing so, other than to send a message to the gun grabbers that We Will Not Comply.



This particular piece of the Safe Act does not take effect until 2018, and what is happening right now is a “Test” to see how many of us will bow down to fear tactics. I have confirmation of these facts from someone at a high level in NY politics, so worry not. Throw it out! By 2018, we will have erased the Safe Act and this renewal crap will never happen.


Also in New York this year, we will see certain politicians gearing up to MOVE up. When Mike Benson first arrived in New Lebanon, I told you what his plan was. He came here to win the position he now holds, and he planned it for a couple of years before he made the move. He had the help of wealthy, Lebanon residents and some town officials, but more importantly, he had Greg Fingar and Chris Gibson in his camp. First, he had to become a Republican to run against Meg Robertson, when he is in fact, a Democrat to the bone like his father. He HAD to win the election here, because his plan is to run for Assembly the very minute Steve McLaughlin vacates for greener pastures.


Unfortunately for US, Steve decided not to run for Senate last time around, so Benson was forced to run for a second term in New Lebanon. He again won, due to Gibson and Fingar's support, city money, caucus tampering, fraudulent party petitions, and sucking-up to the rich with promises of making THEIR liberal dreams come true. Which is why we have the EDC, the excessive library funding, Behold New Lebanon, the CAC, and Hamlet Revitalization studies. It is why we have Deputy Supervisor, Dan Evans, a boy who NEVER even attended a board meeting before running for council, and his mother, the Confidential Secretary to the King. Not only is this unethical and Conflict to the extreme, but Evans was hand-picked by Benson because Evans will do whatever Benson tells him to do.


When the Assembly seat opens up, and I think it will this time, and if Benson should win that seat, he will STILL be running the Town of New Lebanon through Evans. See it now? Gibson meanwhile, has his RINO eyes set on Cuomo's seat and has already announced that he will not run for Congress again. Fingar is the dirty-dealing promoter and back-room operator for the entire show. While I think Gibson would be light-years ahead of Cuomo so far as leadership and availability, he is still no prize and cannot be trusted. He may be a Republican, but he is not a Conservative Republican.


Here in Lebanon, we will see changes this year as well. A few residents will love these changes, the majority, will hate them. We will see the city-transplants pushing harder and farther for what they want and Benson will stand with them 100% in exchange for their financial and electoral support. It's just how it works. We will see government grants forced upon us for Economic Development Projects and Tourism promotion. We will also see many more wealthy city people moving in and assisting in the takeover. You DO know,( I hope), that government grants are nothing more than our tax dollars? Government gives nothing it didn't first take from the people. Nothing is FREE. With the so-called improvements that the outsiders think we NEED to survive, the tax rates will increase. Don't believe the propaganda, they WILL increase. So will Zoning regulations and restrictions. Be prepared.


Will the two, more honorable councilmen we have, step up and speak for the PEOPLE this year? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, board appointments continue to be mere board-stacking in typical, Lebanon tradition. Evil begets evil, folks. Notice the people who are appointed to boards and committees, which way they lean and how long they have lived here. The excuse that long-time locals don't apply is B.S, because they DO. They are simply kicked in the teeth and passed over. REPEATEDLY ! I blame the entire Town Board for this, and I blame those of you who see it, object to it, yet DO nothing about it. So you will get what you allowed. I'll think of you when I am living in Western America in a free state.


2015 is going to be a historical year here, and all across the country. Informed, intelligent and patriotic Americans know that if we do not take strong, relentless action this year, we will have waited too long. I am 100% certain, that the Obama administration will not leave the White House without a fight. They will try to win that fight through the declaration of Martial Law resulting from a government-incited, civil uprising. This tactic suspends Constitutional Law and all elections and was effectively used by Imelda Marcos and a number of other Socialist/Communist leaders throughout history. The results have been tragic.


Imagine the consequences of such a scenario in America? Jack-Booted, National Police Forces will be at every corner. There will be travel restrictions, and I am not talking about a flight to Paris, I'm talking about going out of state to see Grandma. They will implement and enforce curfews, control allotments of food, water, medicine, and fuel. We will have NO rights, no protection from unlawful arrest and incarceration, and there will be relocation programs, property seizures and disarmament. In a word, Socialism, which will quickly lead to Communism, and that is the goal.


We cannot afford to wait another year or another DAY to take action.

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Congratulations to the New Republican Congress for EXERCISING your power and inviting Mr. Netanyahu to speak before you, AGAINST the wishes of Barack Obama, the Jew-Hater. KUDOS!!!


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Touchdowns and Terror                                                               1-23-2015



                     Am I the only one that thinks people are more concerned with football than Freedom?  Some sports official "might" have broken a rule in regard to how much air should be in the football and the whole country goes ballistic. 


                      This stupidity is headline news, but government officials violating the Constitution on a daily basis doesn't get a blink.  Think about that for a minute, then try to tell me that Media Indoctrination doesn't exist and work effectively.  Almost everyone in the country knows who the Kardashians are , but less than 50% can tell you what the Bill of Rights has to say.  Most people can hum along with the theme song to "Survivor" but have no clue who George Soros is, or worse yet, who he WAS in his younger years. 


                       There's no denying that life is stressful and we all need the occasional distraction that sports and entertainment provide us. It's vital to our well-being to laugh, decompress and have a little fun.  Yet we place ourselves in extreme peril by failing to be informed about and engaged in, government issues and behaviors that the media ignores or distorts. 


                        Once upon a time in America, sports figures and many entertainers were positive examples for our youth, at least publicly. Now, they are openly, sexually immoral and ethically-challenged.  They support and promote self-interest, alcohol abuse, recreational drugs, homosexuality, greed, and anti-Americanism.  How many football players have been found guilty of domestic and child abuse, assault and murder, and drug abuse in the last 20 years?  How many musicians that our kids listen to are spewing violent lyrics?  Where are our priorities? When did we become human sponges for left-wing propaganda and deviant ideology?  

                         While Americans are arguing over the PSI of a damn football, the government is destroying freedom and greatness. 

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                  Have any of you noticed the recent campaign to shove vaccinations down our throats? Hard to miss.  Endless TV ads promoting the HPV vaccine for teenagers to allegedly protect them from cancer later in life. What they OMIT from these ads, are the statistics of how many kids have been permanently damaged, rendered sterile or even died as a result of this vaccine.  Look it up ! How about the Flu Shot ? Television, radio, billboards and even signs in pharmacy parking lots are PUSHING the Flu Shot, that they admitted is only 28% effective. Why? For your safety?  Hardly.  The Flu Shot causes more cases of the flu than it prevents, and I speak from personal experience.  Take a few minutes to look at what is IN a flu shot ! 


                   Did you know, that you CAN send your child to school without the so-called, "required" vaccinations? Simply sign the exemption form. The requirements are NOT law and NOT enforceable. See how indoctrinated you are to OBEY?   Look at the Ebola scare. We took a "wait and see" approach to that, remember? POOF!  Story disappeared.  Scare tactics trumped by fresh scandals and new threats, and Ebola is no longer news. So you don't believe in miracles? Gee, seems the government performs them every day! 

                    Do you wonder why there is such a push for vaccinations of late but NO effort to close the border where so many diseases are entering America unchecked ? Things that were eradicated here many years ago, like T.B, Scabies, Leprosy, and a host of other deadly and disgusting illnesses are making a comeback along with the illegal invasion.  The present measles epidemic is reported to have originated at Disneyland in California, the state with the highest population of illegals. Coincidence? 

                       I find Obama's failure to protect Americans from the numerous perils crossing our border, to be the EPITOME of Domestic Terrorism. 

                     Ever check out the Autism statistics? You should, if you have or plan to have, kids. Compare the rate of autism per thousand 20 years ago to today's rate. Then check the rate of vaccinations in relation to the autism stats.  How about medications being force-fed to normal, active kids diagnosed with crazy things like A.D.D or A.D.H.D ?  Where the heck did THOSE come from?  Ever hear of them when YOU were in school? Me either.  Yet these children are being given dangerous medications by the thousands. Adderal has been proven to change a child's personality, negatively affect their health, and in some cases, cause death. Yet your SCHOOL officials can force parents to drug their kids under threat of losing the kids to DCFS. Some choice, huh?  

                      WE have allowed these things to happen by falling for years of propaganda, being good little sheep and complying with the RULES. Whose rules? God's ? Government's, or our OWN? We have handed over our power as Americans, parents, entrepreneurs, and patriots. We must step up, and step BACK. Back to an America that is right-side-up, where there is a visible line between right and wrong, where race, religion or sexual preference has no bearing on accountability. We must take back the power that is OURS.

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Adderal and the Loss of Tyler

http://www.cchrint.org/2015/01/22/tylers-story-a-dad-talks-about-the-mandated-drugs-that-killed-his-son/



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Mice or MEN                                                                      1-27-2015



                        I don't imagine that many of my New Lebanon readers have been watching "Sons of Liberty" on the History Channel this week.  Tonight is the last in the 3-part series which was AWESOME! 

                        When it comes to the Revolutionary War, it's causes and how it actually began, I always thought I was fairly knowledgeable. I was wrong about that, as there is a LOT I did not know.  For instance, I never realized the extremity of the tyranny that the Colonists were subjected to under British rule.  What these people suffered was as abominable as Communist East Berlin. 

                         Taxes were excessive and failure to pay in- full and on- time was justification for the Redcoats to burst into private homes and businesses, arrest and jail the men and seize all monies, properties and valuable goods.  Heavily-guarded checkpoints were placed at every cross street and soldiers were free to search wagons, persons, and houses at will.  Anti-King George sentiments were punishable by public whippings. 


                           Fortunately, the Colonists bore no resemblance to the Americans of today. They were people of strong, moral fiber, loyalty, and a hunger for Liberty. The men were made of steel and those who united to oppose tyranny, were dedicated not only to the cause, but to one another.  They knew how to work together, carry out their promises and duties, and protect secrecy. It is these important traits we rarely see today. These are also the realities that are, and long have been, ignored by our education system , churches, parents and grandparents, and as a result, we have a society of spoiled, wimpy, entitled idiots.


                           Very few men in my hometown of New Lebanon, could protect themselves and their homes if they needed to, and of those, a mere handful, WOULD. How many parents in this one little town, have ever discussed the truths of history with their children?  What are your kids being taught in school? I have asked almost one dozen , New Lebanon high-school students, if they can tell me what is in the Bill of Rights, and not ONE of them could. Yet Principal Culfane tells me that Civics IS taught here. If that is the case, why are our kids ignorant of their rights and the price that was paid to secure them?  As parents and grandparents, it is our responsibility to demand proper civic education in every school, and in every grade, every year. We also have a debt to repay to those who came before us, making it our DUTY to tell our kids the truth, even if we have to educate them ourselves.  History MATTERS. 

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                Here in New York, our Assembly is discussing the fate of the shamed, Sheldon Silver. The majority of BOTH parties wants Silver to step down voluntarily, which he is apparently reluctant to do.  Still, I think that before this week is out, he WILL. Under pressure, of course. 


                The first choice to replace Silver is a man from upstate,  Western N.Y. Ahh, but there is a problem. The NY City Democrats, who seem to think that they are the only New Yorkers that matter, are objecting and demanding that Silver's replacement be someone from "THEIR" five boroughs.  They "WANT " a city resident. They WANT ?!?!  Who the hell are they to dictate who is appointed? Most of New York's issues are a direct result of too many down-state politicians holding all the cards. It's time for some life-long up-staters to get into the game and for those of us who live "up here", to get some representation in Albany. 

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                 In Connecticut, Governor Malloy is proposing more Draconian Gun regulations and using Sandy Hook as an excuse for this illegal measure. You all know what my opinion of the so-called, Sandy Hook massacre are, and I am only one of MILLIONS who believe it to have been a False Flag, based on the evidence and numerous mistakes made by the FEMA actors involved.  In any case, these proposed new laws are direct violations of the 2nd Amendment, but the Governor and his liberal cronies stated that, "We don't care if it's Constitutional or not ".  Umm, WHAT ?!


                  It would seem that Obama's total disregard for the Law of this Land is becoming acceptable in the states as well. If we remain silent, and therefore complicit, we will once again find ourselves living under the oppressive fist of a Tyrant King.  Already, we are being spied upon, over-taxed and severely punished for non-compliance with the illegal IRS, and we are witnessing the formation and arming of a National Police Force. Freedom of Speech is in extreme peril and our religious protections are being pissed-on daily by Muslims, radical homosexuals, and crony judges. Our border is wide open, Islam is infiltrating our government and neighborhoods, and they want to DISARM us? Never. In fact, if you do not own a firearm or know how to use one safely and effectively, I suggest you turn over a new leaf.  Now, in 2015. 

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Connecticut Defies Constitutional Law

http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/01/sandy-hook-commission-recommendation-confiscate-guns-fire-10-rounds-cares-constitutionality/#PACv9u2LCUeV8iXv.01


 Old Crime, New Arrest.                                            1-31-2015



                     It was a very long time ago now that young Bobby Gutkaiss disappeared while walking home from his summer job at Pease Farm in Stephentown.  I remember the days and days of searches through the woods and trails that yielded no results for the missing 15 year-old.  His 100-pound body was eventually discovered on July 8, 1983 beside a familiar shortcut for local kids near the Pease Farm.


                    Summer heat and the insects had not been kind to what was left of the boy, but I will spare you the details. Several suspects were questioned and rumors were plentiful as to who could have sexually assaulted and murdered an innocent child in a small, peaceful town like Stephentown, N.Y. That was as far as it went for all these long years.  Police were fairly certain that they knew the perpetrator's identity, but this was before DNA and they were at a loss for sufficient proof. Until NOW. 


                     Case finally closed. Averill Park resident, Joe Loomis, age 88 and a known pedophile, was at last arrested this week. What exactly will be done to him at his advanced age is yet to be seen, and for now, he is under House Arrest. 


                      Two families, one forever changed one summer 30 years ago, and a second family that will now carry the stigma of this crime for generations. How do we process such things as this? Do we do enough to address the problem of pedophilia, and how watchful is too watchful when it comes to our children?  When a New Lebanon man was exposed last year for his past, inappropriate behavior with minors , many people were shocked. Some thought it was about time something was said, while others were angry that the truth was finally out. There was concern that this man was being punished for actions that took place years ago and he should have been left alone. Yet, what about his victims? 


                       Bobby Gutkaiss was robbed of his life and his killer went on to live his own as a free man, unfettered in his personal pursuits and free to offend again and again. How many children did he victimize in the years since Bobby died at his hands?  Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in many states, there has been a new movement to recognize pedophilia as a "Life Choice" and to de-criminalize it.  Several men have married their pets and one woman recently married herSELF.  No, I am not comparing homosexuality to pedophilia, I am simply attempting to illustrate what happens when we accept and even legalize,  deviant behaviors and practices.  When we open the door to evil we must expect it to come on in.


                        We have to draw a line that is visible to all responsible, moral and mature human beings and refuse to tolerate the crossing of that line. We cannot fail to protect our children from perversion, our society from moral decay and our country from terrorists that behead, rape and burn anyone who disagrees with their ideologies. How have we come so far from all that is good and right and become a country of selfish, sheepish, ignorant and immoral people?  America needs HEROES who will stand for innocence and the innocent. Men and women of strong, moral fiber and integrity that will finally stand up and say, "No More". 


                         America needs God. We need men of faith and loyalty to lead us, and we need a people that will set a positive example for our youth. Our guides must be the Constitution and the Ten Commandments, not corrupt politicians and special-interest. What kind of America do we want to leave for our kids, for their kids, and those who come after them?  


                         I am pleased that the Gutkaiss family will now have some sense of closure and I am sad for the Loomis family, and I hope that this end to a very tragic story will prey on the minds of all of us and motivate us to look at our decaying society with fresh eyes. Time is short. Be part of of the change we need.

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 February 2015 Archives


About  Gratitude                                                                  2-1-2015



                     When was the last time you sat down in a quiet place and took stock of what you have?  Better yet, when were you last aware of how fortunate you are? 


                      One of the things I do every day as a Christian is to count my blessings and feel deep gratitude for each and every one.  It's not that I am some pious snob or "Chosen" God-Child, far from it ! I am just as wretched a sinner as everybody else. My daily practice of taking time to be thankful is a personal thing, and in some ways it might even be a bit selfish. Why? Well, because I fear God and I want to please him and stay in his good graces!  LOL!   As a Christian, I know that God can do and give all things to all people, and that He is the One who decides how much to give and to whom.  In return, He asks so very little, just our acknowledgement of Him and a relationship WITH Him.


                      Not a single person who has ever lived, is deserving of God's Grace. It cannot be earned through works and it cannot be bought with money or power. It is a gift, freely given, and all we have to do is ASK.  It makes no difference who we are, where we have been or what we have done, He still wants us and will accept us without question, IF we ask. 


                      A lot of people, believers and non-believers alike, ask why bad things happen to good people if God is so great and loving. Yes, there are answers to that question and I would hope that anyone who truly wants to know, would find a good Bible Study or consult a solid, Christian Pastor, as I am certainly not qualified. To even try to address it here, would take many hours and make the necessary, "Give-and-Take" discussion impossible. If the question plagues you however, you need to seek the answers. 


                      As a person who is deeply involved with world issues, I am acutely aware of the many needs and the suffering of human beings. In some places, the degree of these horrors is more than we can mentally and emotionally process and far more than we could ever hope to manage. So I pray for these far-away people and put my best efforts where I CAN make a difference, here in America, NY State, and New Lebanon.  Right HERE, in the greatest, wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there are children who go to bed hungry. There are too many homeless, abused, and neglected. Elderly folks die every year in unheated homes or from the lack of necessary medications, nutrition, or human kindness.


                       Military heroes sleep in streets and alleyways while illegal aliens are housed, fed, clothed, and given free medical care.  You know the issues in America, I don't need to write a book or paint you a picture. 


                        For decades, churches, missionaries, and generous individuals have sent donations to far-flung countries to "Feed the Children" or "Shelter the Orphans", etc., etc. With the advent of television came the relentless images of dark-skinned children with swollen bellies and vacant eyes. It was so effective, that it has become a lucrative business for the corrupt.  Yet for all the billions of dollars sent to these needy peoples, we have not seen one iota of progress or relief.  We still see the same old images of sad faces, fly-ridden cattle carcasses, and screaming infants that we saw in the 1950s and 1960s ! For all we know, they ARE the same images, just in color! 


                         Though these charities still spend a good deal of the donated money on TV ads and the gullible still open their wallets, we now also donate to questionable causes by FORCE.  Rather than allow the People to give from their hearts and by choice, the money is taken from us via Federal Income Taxes and sent to who-knows-where in the name of "Foreign Aid". 


                          When my son was very small, I asked a Pastor friend how he manages to pray for all the needs in the world. He said that it would be impossible to do that and that Christians need to pray for the needs of their own communities, their own country, town, neighborhood, friends and families. Charity truly begins at home. If all Christians did this, there would be no place on earth not covered by prayer.  SHOULD we be charitable and generous? Of COURSE! We should have a giving heart and compassion for the needs of our own people, while allowing Christians in other places to tend to THEIRS. 


                           Most of all, we should be humble, and grateful for all that we have. That soft, warm bed you climb into each night, the meals on the plates of your family and the roof over your heads. These small things we take so much for granted are mere wishes for too many others.  Do we NEED a mansion when a cottage will do? MUST we drive a Corvette, sport real diamonds, take lavish vacations and wear designer clothing? No, we do not, and all too soon, those "things" will belong to someone else when you leave this world behind. There is no luggage rack on a hearse, remember? 


                            If our basic needs are met each day and we have God and people who matter in our lives, we have everything . Be grateful.

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 No Meanies !                                                                               2-4-2015



                       A LOT of people truly hate me. Looking at who they are and how they think, it's understandable. We differ so greatly in ideology that it would be close to impossible for us to actually like one another. 


                       I can truly say with no reservation, that I don't hate anyone, not a single person. There are beliefs and behaviors that I DO hate, but I don't think I have ever really hated a person. Hate is a waste of energy and a self-destructive emotion. There are people I do not like and don't approve of, people I want as little to do with as possible, and many who make me absolutely furious, but that's just life. We can all say the same. 


                        When God said, "Love they neighbor as thyself" , what did He actually mean? Should we run next door every day and hug our neighbors ? Um, No.  If I did that to Dave Roden he would get a restraining order!  LOL!!!  What God really meant was to Do No Harm, harbor no ill-will, live and let live, and help if you can when needed.  DO NO HARM. Personally, I could not physically harm another human being or their property unless the circumstances were extreme. For example, in self-defense or the defense of another.  I WOULD like to slap a few people or give them a good, swift kick in the ass, but so far, I haven't done that. YET. 


                         There are some folks who think I'm mean, and that's okay because they are the very people who;

                 1) Don't know me well enough to say that.

                 2) Are people whose opinions don't mean squat to me anyway.

                 3) Are guilty of exactly what I said they were guilty of.


                          People who DO know me well and know my heart, will gladly tell you that I am anything BUT mean.  Quite the opposite, in fact. What I AM, is angry, frustrated, and disappointed.  The atrocities perpetrated by government upon the people are absolutely agonizing for me.  Often, the emotional pain this causes me is seen by others as mean-spiritedness and hatred. Understandably so, if you don't know me. I get it, and I'll own it.  When I see corruption , dishonesty, abuses, or oppression, I am going to expose it and shed light on the perpetrators. I offer no apology for that, nor do I have any intention of changing that practice. I will NOT compromise my beliefs, my rights, or my sense of duty as an American to protect anyone's feelings.


                         Contrary to popular belief, there are NO protections in the Constitution for feelings, emotions, opinions,  or personal lifestyle choices.  Free Speech however, IS protected and IS a Right. If people do not want to be exposed for their unacceptable behaviors, perhaps they should alter those behaviors?  So no, I am not a meanie and I am not a hater, I am merely fed-up with liars, scammers, thieves, abusers, leeches, violence, and the immoral and apathetic. If someone has an issue with that, it's for them to deal with, not ME. 


                         I am ecstatic that Sheldon Silver was arrested and I hope that once he is convicted, he will be given a fitting punishment for ALL his crimes. His bank accounts should be seized, his assembly seat stripped from him, his right to vote taken away, and his state retirement canceled. To jail him at his age would serve little purpose, but he should be forced to subsist on Social Security like the rest of New York's elderly and retired. Let the punishment fit the crime. Sadly, old Sheldon is a small fish in a very big pond. There are SO many corrupt officials in New York alone, that Silver's arrest is a mere ripple. I DO feel that Preet Bharara is just warming up with Silver and he will continue to poke into every dark corner in Albany and NY City. 


                         The Cuomo Cradle of Corruption WILL fall, but it will take more time than I would like and that too, is frustrating.  Meanwhile, charges are still pending against Cuomo himself, and Kathleen Sebelius, Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  From the Benghazi murders, to Fast and Furious to the IRS spying and targeting, we have yet to gain closure and accountability. We are also hoping to soon see charges filed against Harry Reid for the Cliven Bundy mess, and Al Sharpton for inciting violence in Ferguson,Missouri and NY City that resulted in the death of two police officers. Not to mention that Silver and Sharpton are both guilty of tax evasion.  Gotta love those Democrats! 


                          At least Bowe Bergdahl has been convicted of Desertion. That is hardly good enough. He should be facing charges of Treason as well, and Murder for the deaths of the 6 soldiers who died trying to "save " Bergdahl from his alleged captors. Bergdahl should be facing the death penalty for these crimes, hung in the public square and made an example of. Of course, Obama has already tried to convince the military to "Go Easy" on his little friend. If we held criminals like Bergdahl , destructive politicians, and violent citizens to account for their behaviors, there would far fewer incidents of serious crime, corruption and abuses in our society. Liberal coddling and enabling is DIRECTLY responsible for the societal decay and deviant human behaviors we now see every day and have grown de-sensitized to.


                          You may not understand why I am so angered by the the rot I see in America due to Liberal influence, but I cannot understand why YOU are NOT angry. Why are YOU not outraged and actively involved in fighting this deadly agenda?  Anyone can write ONE letter a month to their representatives, send ONE email a week, or make a monthly phone call. Any one of you can write an occasional Letter to the Editor of your local paper, do SOMETHING to let your voice be heard in defense of Constitutionality and political accountability.  If you don't want to be actively involved, you can at the very least, donate regularly to your favorite conservative organization, whether it be the Tea Party, Oathkeepers, the NRA, whatever. Do SOMETHING ! 


                         My anger is a direct result of the apathy of people who profess to be Conservatives, Patriots, and/or Christians, yet sit and do nothing.  You TALK, you WHINE, you COMPLAIN, and you tell me that you are outraged and brag about how "Aware" you are.  Then you fail to walk the walk. You are inconsistent, unreliable, self-absorbed, disloyal and lazy. I am not speaking only of Conservative Americans in general, I am also speaking directly to my alleged "friends" and "allies" right here in New York and New Lebanon.  Many of you have lost my trust and respect and I no longer want to listen to you complain about this government until you STEP UP and STICK with it.  Your words mean nothing.

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Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant

 
There is no shortage of heresies these days.
If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun house mirror reflection of Christianity, you will find a veritable buffet of options. You can sift through all the variants and build your own little pet version of the Faith. It’s Ice Cream Social Christianity: make your own sundae! (Or Sunday, as it were.)
And, of all the heretical choices, probably the most common — and possibly the most damaging — is what I’ve come to call the Nice Doctrine.
The propagators of the Nice Doctrine can be seen and heard from anytime any Christian takes any bold stance on any cultural issue, or uses harsh language of any kind, or condemns any sinful act, or fights against evil with any force or conviction at all. As soon as he or she stands and says ‘This is wrong, and I will not compromise,’ the heretics swoop in with their trusty mantras.
They insist that Jesus was a nice man, and that He never would have done anything to upset people. They say that He came down from Heaven to preach tolerance and acceptance, and He wouldn’t have used words that might lead to hurt feelings. They confidently sermonize about a meek and mild Messiah who was born into this Earthly realm on a mission to spark a constructive dialogue.
The believers in Nice Jesus are usually ignorant of Scripture, but they do know that He was ‘friends with prostitutes,’ and once said something about how, like, we shouldn’t get too ticked off about stuff, or whatever. In their minds, he’s essentially a supernatural Cheech Marin.
Read the comments under my previous post about gay rights militants, and you’ll see this heresy illustrated.
That post prompted an especially noteworthy email from someone concerned that I’m not being ‘Christlike,’ because I ‘call people names.’ He said, in part:
“You aren’t spreading Christianity when you talk like that. The whole message of Jesus was that we should be nice to people because we want them to be nice to us. That’s how we can all be happy. Period. It’s that simple.”
Be nice to me, I’ll be nice to you, and we’ll all be happy. This is the ‘whole message’ of Christianity?
Really?
Jesus Christ preached a Truth no deeper or more complex than a slogan on a poster in a Kindergarten classroom?
Really?
A provocative claim, to say the least. I decided to investigate the matter, and sure enough, I found this excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount:
“We’re best friends like friends should be. With a great big hug, and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too?”
Actually, wait, sorry, that’s from the original Barney theme song.
God help us. We’ve turned the Son of God into a purple dinosaur puppet.

There’s no way to be certain, but most theologians believe that, despite popular perception, Christ looked nothing like this.
I don’t recognize this Jesus.
This moderate. This pacifist. This nice guy.
He’s not the Jesus I read about in the Bible. I read of a strong, manly, stern, and bold Savior. Compassionate, yes. Forgiving, of course. Loving, always loving. But not particularly nice.
He condemned. He denounced. He caused trouble. He disrupted the established order.
On one occasion — or at least one recorded occasion — He used violence. This Jesus saw the money changers in the temple and how did He respond? He wasn’t polite about it. I’d even say He was downright intolerant. He fashioned a whip (this is what the lawyers would call ‘premeditation’) and physically drove the merchants away. He turned over tables and shouted. He caused a scene. [John 2:15]
Assault with a deadly weapon. Vandalism. Disturbing the peace. Worse still, intolerance.
In two words: not nice.
Not nice at all.
Can you imagine how some moderate, pious, ‘nice’ Christians of today would react to that spectacle in the Temple? Can you envision the proponents of the Nice Doctrine, with their wagging fingers and their passive aggressive sighs? I’m sure they’d send Jesus a patronizing email, perhaps leave a disapproving comment under the news article about the incident, reminding Jesus that Jesus would never do what Jesus just did.
Personally, I’ve studied the New Testament and found not a single instance of Christ calling for a ‘dialogue’ with evil or seeking the middle ground on an issue. I see an absolutist, unafraid of confrontation. I see a man who did not waver or give credence to the other side. I see someone who never once avoided a dispute by saying that He’ll just ‘agree to disagree.’
I see a Christ who calls the Scribes and Pharisees snakes and vipers. He labels them murderers and blind guides, and ridicules them publicly [Matthew 23:33]. He undermines their authority. He insults them. He castigates them. He’s not very nice to them.
Jesus rebukes and condemns. In Matthew 18, He utilizes morbid and violent imagery, saying that it would be better to drown in the sea with a stone around your neck than to harm a child. Had our modern politicians been around two thousand years ago, I’m sure they’d go on the cable news shows and shake their heads and insist that there’s ‘no place for that kind of language.’
No place for the language of God.
Jesus deliberately did and said things that He knew would upset people. He stirred up division and controversy. He provoked. He didn’t have to break from established customs, but He did. He didn’t have to heal that man’s hand on the Sabbath, knowing how it would disturb others and cause them immense irritation, but He did, and He did so with ‘anger’ [Mark 3:5]. He could have gone with the flow a little bit. He could have chilled out and let bygones be bygones, but He didn’t. He could have been diplomatic, but He wasn’t.
He could have told everyone to relax, but instead He made them uncomfortable. He could have put them at ease, but He chose to put them on edge.
He convinced the mob not to stone the adulterer [John 8], and you’ll notice that He then turned to her and told her to stop sinning. Indeed, never once did He encounter sin and corruption and say: “Hey, do your thang, homies. Just have fun. YOLO!”
The followers of Nice Jesus love to quote the ‘throw the first stone’ verse — and for good reason, it’s a beautiful and compelling story — but you rarely hear mention of the exchange that occurs just a few sentences later, in that very same chapter. In John 8:44, Jesus rebukes unbelieving Jews and calls them ‘sons of the Devil.’
Wow.
That wasn’t nice, Jesus.
Didn’t anyone ever tell you that you can catch more flies with honey, Jesus?
Of course, you’d catch even more flies with a mound of garbage, so maybe ‘catching flies’ isn’t the point.
While we’re often reminded that Jesus said, ‘live by the sword, die by the sword,’ we seem to ignore his other sword references. Like when he told his disciples to sell their cloaks and buy a sword [Luke 22], or when He said that He ‘didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword’ [Matthew 10].
Now, It’s true that He is God and we are not. Jesus can say whatever He wants to say. But we are called to be like Christ, which begs the question: what is Christ like?
Well, He is, among other things, uncompromising. He is intolerant of evil. He is disruptive. He is sometimes harsh. He is sometimes impolite. He is sometimes angry.
He is always loving.
Christ was not and is not a cosmic guidance counselor, and He is not mankind’s best friend, nor did He call us to be. He made dogs for that role — our destiny is more substantial, and our path to it is far more challenging and dangerous.
And nice?
Where does nice factor into this?
Nice: affable, peachy, swell.
Nice has nothing to do with Christianity. I’ve got nothing against nice — nice is nice — but even serial killers can be nice to people. They generally are exceptionally affable, except when they’re murdering. That means they’re nice to, like, 97 or 98 percent of everyone they meet.
I guess they’re following Christ almost all of the time, right?
And tolerance?
Tolerance is easy. Any coward can learn to tolerate something. Tolerance is inaction; intolerance is action. We are called to refuse to tolerate evil. We are called to get angry at it and actively work to destroy it.
Who’d have guessed it — anger is far more godly than tolerance ever could be.
Obviously I’m not suggesting that anger is automatically, or even usually, justified. Christ exhibited righteous anger; righteous anger is the sort of anger that naturally fills our soul when we confront the depths of depravity and sin. It is wrong to seethe with rage because someone cut us off in traffic or gossips about us behind our back, but it is also wrong to feel no anger when babies are murdered and the institution of the family is undermined and attacked.
Anger is good when it is directed at things that offend not us, but God. Just as Christ’s intolerance, like the intolerance we’re commanded to have, stems from a desire to save souls and defend Truth.
Even when we have righteous anger, we do not have carte blanche to act on it in anyway we please. But, according to the Bible, there are times to use strong language, there are times to cause a scene, there are times to hurt people’s feelings, and there are times when we might need to use physical force.
Jesus told us to turn the other cheek when we are personally attacked; He never told us to turn our backs entirely and let lies spread and evil grow.
So, enough with the niceties.
Christians in this country sound too similar to the the Golden Girls song, and not enough like the Battle Hymn of the Republic. There’s too much ‘thank you for being a friend,’ and not enough ‘lightening from His terrible swift sword.’
We’re all hugging and singing Kumbaya, when we should be marching and shouting Hallelujah.
We’re nice Christians with our nice Jesus, and we are trampled on without protest.
Enough, already.
I think it’s time that Christianity regain its fighting spirit; the spirit of Christ.
I think it’s time we ask that question: ‘What would Jesus do?’
And I think it’s time we answer it truthfully: Jesus would flip tables and yell.

Maybe we ought to follow suit.



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