Choose Colleen Teal in New Lebanon

To the editor:

It's ironic that four years ago Mike Benson was elected supervisor of New Lebanon with a promise that he would bring a supermarket to our town, a veritable "food desert." He is running for re-election with a slogan " Keeping the Promise" four years after that promise remains unkept.

Perhaps the lack of a supermarket is due to forces beyond his control, but Mr. Benson keeps referring to his experience running a business as proof that he can get things done. However, as has happened with many business people, it seems his skills as a businessman being in charge of a company have not been as effective in the more cooperative skills required to run a town.

Mr. Benson has also said he has made Columbia County more aware of New Lebanon. Unfortunately a large part of this has to do with his performance on the county airport commission. He continually repeated discredited arguments as he tried to get the county to spend more than a half million dollars to buy land to expand and redevelop the airport, for reasons known only to himself.

When Kinder-Morgan was planning to build a new high-pressure gas pipeline through the town, Mr. Benson declared this was not a town issue. Despite the fact that 30 landowners would have had their safety and property values directly affected by the project, Mr. Benson seemed to side with an out-of-town business rather than standing behind his constituents. (As an aside, when the pipeline was moved to Rensselaer County the supervisors of Nassau and Stephentown have led the fight to protect their towns.)

Colleen Teal would provide a breath of fresh air to the New Lebanon town government. In addition to her 13 years experience as town clerk, where she has gathered a vast amount of knowledge in the workings of town government, her experience in banking and accounting would be valuable to the town. In all my dealings with her she has always proved responsive and makes every effort to be helpful and provide any needed information. Her inclusive and cooperative approach to government would be a great improvement over the present supervisor's callous attitude and empty promises.


Elizabeth Field New Lebanon, N.Y


 Home Invasion                                                       10-31-2015

                  Once again, our private homes and mailboxes have been invaded by unsolicited propaganda from the Benson Team. I'm not talking about the campaign fliers, we all get those during every election and they are just automatically sent to voters by the parties.

                   It's a whole different story when you receive personal letters of support from private residents who have no RIGHT to harass the public in their own houses. I certainly do NOT keep MY opinion secret, but I do NOT send it into your house or mailbox, YOU have to come here and GET it. Tony Murad and now, Mike Crosby, have invaded our privacy and attempted to Force their choices upon us. I think they have been fraternizing with the citiots too much, they are beginning to adopt their tactics!

                   The letter that arrived from Mike Crosby today, was simply a copy of the very mis-informed and dishonest article that he submitted to the Chatham Courier this week. So, I have written a response to Mr. Crosby and it's posted below. My first reaction was to mail it to him, but I would not want to do to him what he has done to US. So I will post it here, and those of you from the "other side" who know this ass, can share it with him or direct him TO it.

                   It just boggles the mind that these people believe that they are someone of some influence who actually have power to affect how others will vote. They can email their friends and family, write letters to the editor, and talk to whomever they wish, but they have NO special position or station in life that warrants this Bullsh_t. As I have said all along, they are NOBODY, just like I am nobody, Colleen Teal and Mike Benson are NOBODY. We are all just residents of the Town of New Lebanon each with our own goals, opinions, and ideas. Nobody CARES who Murad and Crosby endorse because Murad and Crosby are just residents, they are not anyone of influence and obviously, not of character, either.

                   So here is what I have to say to Mike Crosby and his girlfriend, Darla Dobert.


                 Dear Mr. Crosby,

                           It was nauseating enough to read your inaccurate and drippy love letter to Mike Benson in the Chatham Courier this week, but to have it sent, unsolicited, into the privacy of our HOMES, borders on harassment. Who exactly do you and Tony Murad think you ARE to presume that anyone gives a Rat's A_s who YOU support? Do you have some special identity that would possibly impress the voters to vote YOUR way? Are you Senators, or Corporate C.E.Os. or officials in the Billy Graham Crusade? What makes your opinions matter? 

                            You are both nobodies, just like the rest of us who will vote in New Lebanon on Tuesday. I realize that Mike Benson signs the checks that pay your mortgage and buy your booze, and I also know that your girlfriend holds some grudge against the Town Hall employees from when she was Deputy Town Clerk and perfectly satisfied with the budget of the clerk's office.

                            It might interest you to know that when Darla was the Dep. Town Clerk and was arrested for D.W.I, it was Colleen who called me and requested that I NOT post about it and make life harder for Darla. It was Colleen Teal who defended and protected her then and also when Darla's grown daughter got into SERIOUS trouble.  I wanted to post it because Darla has always been so rude , and her daughter's father BEGGED me to post it. I chose to honor Colleen's request and I let it go. The people of New Lebanon had a right to know about Darla, but I took the high road. Now Darla turns on Colleen and is knee-deep in the attacks on her? 

                             Look, I KNOW what goes on in the offices at BCI Construction, and I KNOW that my name is mentioned there, by whom, and in what context. Yes, I have contacts at BCI. Surprised? Don't be, I am full of surprises you haven't seen, YET. So when you send a letter to the papers and then into people's HOMES, I know what parts are lies and what parts are coached, etc. Can you PROVE to the people that Benson has lowered taxes? No, you cannot, because he hasn't. If he lowered YOURS, then Lucky YOU, because YOU are a rarity. I have had hundreds of people give ME proof that their taxes INCREASED in the past 4 years.

                             The Supermarket? That came to the table well before Benson ever ran for office here, and if I could only tell the people what Benson and Gitter have done to screw up our chances, they would both be run out on a rail, but I am unfortunately sworn to secrecy, for NOW. So no, Benson did not bring a Supermarket to the table OR to the town as he claimed on his 2013 campaign fliers. Nor did he close the landfill, nor did he play much of a part in the town hall addition other than to approve a room that is inadequate in size and forces us to choose between air-conditioning or hearing the board members speak. What the hell, it's only half-a-million dollars, who cares?

                              I could write all day about the crimes, lies, back-door deals and abuse that Benson has perpetrated upon this town and its people but guys like you don't care. You are just like the Obama supporters who refuse to hear the Truth or accept the FACTS because you are brainwashed, uninformed, devoid of character, and in a word, stupid. You are just not sharp enough or ethical enough to even begin to "Get It". 

                              You are free to support and campaign for whomever you wish but you have NO right to send your propaganda into our homes, EVER. May God protect our town from its traitors and fools. 

                                              JJ. Johnson-Smith



Counting Down.....                                                 11-1-2015

                  November 1st.  Two more days until we learn what the future of New Lebanon will be. 

                  Old-School up-staters in many small towns are holding their breath, hoping that they can at least to a small degree, protect their rural culture from the Liberal influence. The failure of the Republican Party to preserve True Conservatism and defend the values of their constituents has greatly contributed to the decay of this state and numerous others.

                    Liberalism has crept from N.Y City into upstate New York like slimy rivers of black mold, contaminating everything it has touched along the way. It has poisoned our local governments, our schools, our liberties, and our relationships. If we fail to stop it in the small towns and cities, how can we ever hope to stop it nationally? Liberalism is but one, baby-step from Socialism. We need only look at the oppressive government in California to see the future of New York. We need only look to history to see the consequences of Socialism on a society. 

                      How you choose to vote in any election at any level, is what will decide what kind of town, state, and country our children will live in tomorrow.    Will THEY enjoy Freedom, Capitalism, Constitutionality ? Or will your vote sentence them to a life as subjects of the state?  Whether you believe it or you don't, the fact is, that how YOU vote in little New Lebanon on Tuesday, will have a direct effect on the lives of our kids and the generations that follow them.

                       A vote for Mike Benson is a vote for more Liberalism. A vote for Monte Wasch or Gregg Carrol is a vote for taking that step to Socialism and more bully-tactics by the city transplants in our own town. PLEASE, think VERY hard before you vote!

                       Now I want to say a few things about the candidates who are true locals and people who will do things for the town and ALL its residents fairly, equally, and TRANSPARENTLY. People we all KNOW and consider our own. 

 1) Mark Baumli

               Born and raised right here in New Lebanon. Mark's dad was amazingly gifted at starting small businesses and achieving great success. His secret? HARD WORK and quality service to his customers. He passed his work ethic on to his three children as well as his love of free enterprise, fair play, and pride in community.

                Mark is not only a hard-worker, he is gifted in economics and investment. He has been actively involved in this community and local government issues for all of his adult life. 

                 What I admire most about Mark is the way he has taken on the role of Patriarch in his family, stepping-up when his brother was seriously injured and when his sister took ill and passed away at a young age. He stood strong when his father died suddenly and when his mom had to give up driving and a good measure of independence due to health issues. 

                   Mark Baumli cares diligently for his family every day, and he will serve our town with the same dedication and care.

 2) Kevin Smith

                  Kevin also grew up in New Lebanon and attended our local schools. He was raised by a single mother and they struggled like many of us have, to put food on the table and keep the lights on. Kevin knows what hardship is. As a result, he became a very hard worker, taking the toughest jobs while he was still a kid, working long hours to help his mom and EARN what he needed and wanted.

                   This youthful experience resulted in Kevin becoming an accomplished cook and restaurant owner. After a fire destroyed his home and first restaurant, he started over from scratch and is now the proud owner of Smitty's Pizza, a successful, small restaurant. I watched him build this new business with his own hands, board by board.

                    Kevin is the father of a daughter Jeannie who is in college and working two jobs. Jeannie is an Honor Student and an athlete, and hates politics. LOL!! Kevin Jr. attends New Lebanon High School and lives with his father these days after going through some rough patches. He is now doing VERY well in school, working part-time, and even mentoring peers who are also facing tough issues like the ones he was able to conquer. Kevin Jr. is a Fan of Politics and I love talking to him about the 2016 campaigns for president.

                    Kevin Sr. has been very actively involved in town politics for many years. Some folks see him as having a "Rough Edge", and indeed, he does at times. He objects to dishonesty and ineptitude in our town government and lack of transparency and respect among our officials. These are the things that reveal that rough edge sometimes. I empathize. Kevin desires positive change in these areas and supports the growth and restoration of our rural community.

 3) Tistrya Houghtling

                     Tistrya was also born and raised in New Lebanon and attended our local schools. She is intelligent, motivated, and has a unique,  gentle soul. She is Mommy to three beautiful, little children under the age of five and she is very dedicated to them and her role as Mom, and Wife to husband Steve. 

                      Tistrya is a whiz at balancing work and home, and she works hard at both. She loves our town and has given much to it. As an employee of our town court, she has gained much valuable experience in town government, including the responsibilities of the Town Clerk and how to work effectively with the residents. She has a spotless record as an employee of the town and an excellent working relationship with the other town employees. 

                      Unlike her opponent, Tistrya could step into the role of Town Clerk without the need for a long learning period, fully prepared to take on that most demanding job from the very FIRST day.

 4) Colleen Teal

                        This one is tough. Not because I don't have enough to say, but because I have so MUCH to say. 

                         Colleen isn't just a friend of mine, she is a friend of our town. She and her sister Erin were also raised by a single mom who passed away too young. Both girls have gone on to do very well, work hard, and be independent and successful women. Anyone who has ever dealt with Colleen in her role as Town Clerk over the past 13 years, knows that she is impartial, diligent, honest, discreet, and dedicated to this town. 

                          Despite the best attempts of Mike Benson and his supporters to blacken Colleen's record, we all KNOW the REAL story about the Meeting Minutes and who is REALLY to blame for that issue. Benson has done his best to make that matter a negative for Colleen's campaign because it is the ONLY thing he can find to use against her! The ONLY thing ! What is so amusing about that fact, is that it was HIS fault that the meeting minutes fell behind! Now c'mon, that's funny! LOL!!

                           Even with all the horrendous lies, the threats from Carol Benson, the Billion-Dollar-Billboards, and tasteless letters of endorsement sent into our homes by the Benson Team, Colleen Teal has adamantly refused to fight back. Consider for a minute, who is the ONE person in this town that would have the most cause, the most ammunition to run a smear campaign? WHO would be most aware of the illegal, corrupt, and unethical activities of Benson the Abominable? WHO would possess the most evidence of Benson's misconduct? The Town Clerk, of course. No question about it. So why hasn't she used any of this information to strengthen her campaign? 

                            Colleen made a statement to me when she first decided to run for Supervisor. She said that at no point would she resort to a dirty race or personal or political attacks. A smear campaign was out of the question regardless of how badly Benson attacked and maligned her. She said that she wanted to win this election on her own merits, without regrets and with only the vote of confidence of the residents. The majority will either support her based on her record or they won't. 

                             Despite a LOT of urging by many people, myself included, Colleen has refused to strike back at Benson for his many assaults, and she has kept her resolution to run a "Clean" campaign. I am in awe of her strength and integrity. There are very few people who would not use the wealth of incriminating evidence Colleen has at her disposal. Have you heard even ONE negative thing from Colleen against Benson?  Even when I have spoken with her in private, she has refused to attack him. It is literally amazing.

                              Colleen has even verbally spanked ME for retaliating against the Benson Team's assaults and has reined me in more than once. There have been days that I have been angry with her for not defending herself, and still, she continues to hold herself above all that. THAT my friends, is what we need and want in our leaders and in our Town Supervisor. Impressive.

                               I hope that Colleen's beautiful daughter Shannon, sees how her mother conducted herself in this campaign, and win or lose, she will be proud. No matter what happens on Tuesday, Colleen will be able to hold her head up and go forward with no regrets and nothing to apologize for. She has run that clean campaign she promised she would and stood strong under a barrage of bad behavior from her opponent and his supporters. New Lebanon and its residents would be blessed to have a Supervisor of Colleen's caliber. 



                         So now you're probably wondering why I haven't talked about the Justice Race. Well, I don't really see the court as an integral part of our town government. It has no effect on the issues that most concern the people. Further, we already know what the outcome of that race will be. 

                         We are a town of many Senior Citizens, the most per- capita in the entire state of N.Y. Jack Nevers is one of these Seniors and he has many close friendships that are decades old. He will remain Town Justice until he can no longer control his bodily functions. Heck, with the strides being made in the Adult Diaper industry, he may even stay on forever! Some things just ARE.



Free Emergency Preparedness Training Program in New Lebanon on Saturday, Nov. 7

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New York State Emergency Preparedness

NEW LEBANON, NY (10/30/2015)(readMedia)-- New York Natioal Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at Immaculate Conception Church's Parish Hall here on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. The church is located at 732 on U.S. Route 20.

The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

Citizens should register for the event at

Since the program's launch in early February 2014, troops have held more than 500 events statewide, and taught over 47,000 citizens how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

The program, designed by DHSES, covers a broad range of emergency-preparedness topics, like developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system.

The Citizen Preparedness Corps has equipped thousands of New Yorkers to respond better to emergencies and disasters, he stressed.

Emergency preparedness is part and parcel of the New York National Guard's mission and experience, according to New York State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy.

"The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, who have responded to help their fellow New Yorkers during floods, hurricanes, and snow storms, know first-hand the value of being prepared for emergencies," Murphy said.

"Our Soldiers and Airmen are proud to be part of Governor Cuomo's effort to help our fellow citizens prepare to cope with disasters and emergencies."

Participants will receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information, and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family). The kit includes a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The classes include information about what other supplies and items citizens should add to their kits.

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness,


Quick Clarification                                                   11-2-2015

                          There are a few people in town that are upset to see Czajka signs in their yards. Fifty signs were sent to New Lebanon from Czajka's people. 25 went to me and 25 went to another resident. We decided between us that she would post the private yards of those who supported Paul and I would post the public Right of Ways. So if there is an unwanted Czajka sign in your yard, it was NOT me who posted it. I did public roadsides ONLY. Feel free to remove ANYBODY's sign that was posted on your private property without permission.

                           Speaking of which, some residents of the Town of Canaan are also quite upset to keep finding Benson signs posted in THEIR private yards. Not only were they posted without permission and in the dark of night, they are not even in the right TOWN!  LOLOLOL!!!!  I remember very well the first Benson campaign. He ordered at LEAST 500 signs and posted every one of them. They were into Stephentown as far as Wyomanock and Presbyterian Hill Roads! They were in Brainard and East Nassau and they were in Pittsfield. Took Benson a year or so to learn the boundaries of the Town he wanted to represent. Seems that after FOUR years, he still isn't very sure of those town lines. Idiot.


Quick Clarification                                                   11-2-2015

                          There are a few people in town that are upset to see Czajka signs in their yards. Fifty signs were sent to New Lebanon from Czajka's people. 25 went to me and 25 went to another resident. We decided between us that she would post the private yards of those who supported Paul and I would post the public Right of Ways. So if there is an unwanted Czajka sign in your yard, it was NOT me who posted it. I did public roadsides ONLY. Feel free to remove ANYBODY's sign that was posted on your private property without permission.

                           Speaking of which, some residents of the Town of Canaan are also quite upset to keep finding Benson signs posted in THEIR private yards. Not only were they posted without permission and in the dark of night, they are not even in the right TOWN!  LOLOLOL!!!!  I remember very well the first Benson campaign. He ordered at LEAST 500 signs and posted every one of them. They were into Stephentown as far as Wyomanock and Presbyterian Hill Roads! They were in Brainard and East Nassau and they were in Pittsfield. Took Benson a year or so to learn the boundaries of the Town he wanted to represent. Seems that after FOUR years, he still isn't very sure of those town lines. Idiot.


 It Just COULDN'T be EASY !                                   11-3-2015

                  I do not do mornings. Looking into daylight before 10 a.m is torture for me, but today is election day. Today, I got up with the sun and was on the road shortly after. There was work to be done.

                  As my companion and I ran the roads of New Lebanon collecting and re-locating the signs of the GOOD candidates, we happened to receive back-to-back calls on both of our phones. Seems Monte Wasch had taken up a station at the Polling Place in the parking lot and was accosting voters as they exited their vehicles. There is a chair in the parking lot that is the "Marker" of where the 100-foot limit is, and Monte was calling the arrivals a step over that line and asking for their Write-In Votes! LOL!!  It would be an under-statement to say that people are NOT pleased! 

                  We took a quick cruise to the Polling Place to see for ourselves, and as we arrived, so did Virginia Martin of the Columbia County Board of Elections. She had just caught Monte Red-Handed, INSIDE the 100-foot limits , campaigning !  I said MY piece to Monte, telling him that he has no shame and should just pack-up and go home to the city.  My companion asked him if he had learned to break the law from Mike Benson who is SO good at it! Virginia Martin was LIVID, and when we came back about 30 minutes later, Monte was GONE. Seems to ME that he should be immediately disqualified for violating NYS Election law.  THIS is how the Liberals play the game, folks! They CHEAT!

                    I imagine that Gregg Carrol will take the second shift in the parking lot today at some point. Absolute SLIME. One thing I can tell you for SURE, is that the final votes will be examined under a microscope, counted and re-counted, and even the SLIGHTEST suspicious result will be scrutinized. Jason Nastke and Mike Benson got away with the Vote Tampering in 2012 when Meg Robertson got the EXACT same number of votes in BOTH districts. That is a mathematical impossibility! THIS year, they will get away with NOTHING!  EVERY move will be watched and noted. 

                    I will update you throughout the day if necessary and if we have any more atrocious behavior take place today. At some point, I will also catch a cat nap. In the meantime, get your Redneck, Country-Lovin' Behinds to the Polling Place and vote the city folk OFF our boards! Let's guarantee a Hoe-Down Celebration for the Good Guys tonight!


   Update: 3:00 p.m

                     The fliers supporting the Write-In candidates are being left IN the voting cubbies. According to the B.O.E as of yesterday, this is "Campaigning INSIDE the Polling Place", and a violation of Election Law.  I don't know who wrote those fliers, but apparently whomever it was, understood that the two, write-in candidates are NOT familiar to the voters, so they wrote ON the fliers that voters should, "Take the card into the polling place WITH you" !  

                       It is perfectly legal to take a cheat-sheet of names into the voting place in your pocket or purse, but it is NOT legal to leave anything IN the cubbies or on the floor. That is considered Campaigning. So do not be surprised if the Write-In candidates end up being disqualified as a result of this and Monte's violation this morning.

                       Dave Mieschonz, our local Socialist, has been making phone calls to promote Monte and Gregg. Only problem with that is, that Dave doesn't call Gregg Carrol by name because he can't remember it, so he calls her, "The Woman".  LOLOL!!!!!  Yup, that's how well we local folks know this "Woman" who wants our votes!


 It's OVER !!!!                                                              11-3-2015

                   We DID it, New Lebanon! YOU did it, the hard-working local candidates DID it, We the People of this town, DID it ! We have taken back our town!

                   Congratulations to Colleen Teal for her landslide victory! Congratulations to Kevin Smith, Mark Baumli, and Tistrya Houghtling ! Congratulations to Jeff Winestock and Tami Darcy and yes, Schuyler Gail, though she didn't win THIS time, she came VERY,VERY close! Tonight we have promised a new, New Lebanon, or maybe a little of the "Old New Lebanon", either way, we can breathe again. Mike Benson's reign of autocracy is OVER. 

                   I wish to thank each and every one of you who HEARD us, who SAW the horrible behavior of the Benson Regime, and who took the time and effort to get out and vote for the restoration of the town we love. You voted for a clean, transparent, and honorable town government going forward, and you should all be very proud of yourselves.  You also voted for the first step in restoring pride to our amazing country, because change must come from the bottom, UP. 

                   When the results were read tonight, I stayed behind at Smitty's , because I did not trust my reaction if Benson had won. I don't think I could have held my tongue, so I let them go without me and instead, I went outside and looked up at the beautiful starry sky we had tonight. I asked God that His Will be done, and that whatever he decided, we would deal with it and keep going forward. When my phone buzzed and the text came in, I could hardly digest it at first. We didn't just WIN, we CLEANED HOUSE! Literally and figuratively! To GOD be the Glory!

                    The winners returned with huge smiles, and there was much celebration. I, the non-drinker, even had a glass of champagne and lifted it in a toast to these people who worked SO hard and SO long for this win. They fought a CLEAN fight and came out victorious. All the money, trickery, and deplorable tactics of Benson and his people, were not enough to win over GOODNESS.  In four minutes, it will be a new day. In two months, it will be a new town. Thank you New Lebanon residents and thank you God.

                    Mike Benson did congratulate Colleen, then he rushed from the polling place, stopping long enough to punch the door jamb on his way out. I don't find that amusing or pleasing, I find it sad. Sad that a man that has SO much, still needed to control a little rural town to be complete. Benson has a business, plenty of money, beautiful property, and most important of all, a family that is healthy and I assume, loves him. They all certainly stood BY him during this campaign and the last two. Yet men like Mike Benson are never satisfied, and in their obsession to have more and more, they fail to appreciate and enjoy what they already have. They are not able to be grateful. That is indeed, very sad.

                     There is much to be done in the coming year, and so many good things in store ! We now have a town government that can and will work together to strengthen the community and bring HEALTHY growth to the town. It will be like turning the lights on after a long blackout. Terrific plans that have been waiting in the wings can now be implemented and I guarantee you that the people will once again smile and wave at one another, know each other's names, fill one another's needs. The storm is ended and the sun is coming out. 

            Sleep Well, New Lebanon. I know I will.


 Supervisor Results:  Teal  429      Benson 292

 Town Clerk Results: Houghtling 406            Kelly  302

 Town Board:  Kevin Smith 369         Mark Baumli  560

  Write-Ins : 287 Total Combined

  Justice:  Schuyler Gail  318              Jack Nevers  383


 What NEXT, New Lebanon ?                                            11-4-2015

                  There are a lot of exhausted candidates in town today, from both sides. It was a long, difficult haul, but it is over and we are now looking ahead to our future as a community.

                   One of the best things about this group of new officials, is that they share common visions for the town. All of them want what is best for New Lebanon and the residents, not themselves. It has been a very long time since we have had a local government like the one we will have come January. It's almost hard to believe that there will be a UNIFIED Town Board and Supervisor made-up of local folks with OUR interests in mind. None of them has any wish or intention to be secretive, bias, or divisive. There are no "Lone Wolves" among them, these are people that will work together and do it well. 

                    By next Spring if not sooner, you will be receiving some news that will excite every resident of this town, no matter where they come from or who they voted for. From now on, the PEOPLE will be aware of what our government is doing and have a VOICE in those plans and actions.  You will not need an "Invitation" to attend a meeting of some secret committee that is making bias plans for the town. YOU will be INCLUDED and LISTENED to! It will no longer matter how much money you do or do not have, or if you own a business or not, or how much you donated to someone, you will MATTER ! At LAST!

                    Before I forget to mention this, did any of you see the request from "Behold New Lebanon" for donations of food items for Charlie's Pantry? How long have we talked about Behold NOT contributing to the IMPORTANT things in town? Two years. Now, all of a sudden, Ruth Abram decides to do this? Again, when it comes to Ruth, it is too little, too late. When I donate, it will be either anonymous, or in the name of "The People of New Lebanon".  It will never, EVER, be in the name of "Behold". It is far too late for Ruth to attempt to ingratiate herself to the people she spat on for two years. She has now lost her stranglehold on us with Benson and Monte NOT being elected, so she is seeking our support?  

                     I hope that everyone who can do so, WILL indeed contribute to the Pantry, not just during the holidays, but regularly. Hunger is a year-round issue, not a seasonal one. To do it to glorify Ruth Abram ? Not a chance! Just do it because it is the RIGHT and compassionate thing to do. That's how communities work, with people taking care of one another because they WANT to, and because their hearts are moved to do it, not because someone mandates it or tries to use it to glorify themselves. I think Mrs. Teitelbaum needs a new hobby, preferably something she can do at home, like needlepoint or rug-hooking.

                      It was interesting to look at the final numbers last night. Sadly, too many residents of New Lebanon do not vote. An average of 700 voters per election in a town of 2350 people, is not good. We need to step that up in the next year or two if we can. We also have an embarrassing lack of Republican representation here. There are no meetings, no election planning , no inclusiveness, and horrible leadership. We were robbed of a caucus this election and locked out of our caucus LAST election. LOL!! That's pretty darn pathetic, don't you think? When a Right-Wing Conservative such as myself, votes Democrat across the board, we have a problem with the Republican Party in our town. 

                      In any case, I noticed that the votes cast for Benson and the votes for the Write-Ins were almost identical, with only a 4-vote spread. This is a pretty good indicator of how many of our registered voters are Liberals/City transplants. They are a small minority, and I hope that opens a lot of eyes. We have been allowing this tiny group to bully us here in New Lebanon, and it's the same story all across America. The media pushes the lie that American Conservatives are the minority today, but nothing could be further from the truth. Conservatives VASTLY outnumber Liberals. It's just that Liberals are so LOUD, so PUSHY, and so WHINY, that one can seem like ten! Conservatives are much better behaved and courteous, and that is why the bullies win so often. 

                      No, I am not suggesting that we start acting like THEY do, Heaven Forbid, but I AM saying that we are the powerhouse and we need to start taking advantage of that! Stop bending to the bullies and stand firm. Stand TOGETHER. When you see what can be accomplished by this new Town Board that will work together for the Right things, you will see what is possible.  Should the Liberals have a voice and be involved? Of COURSE they should! If they are full-time residents, their rights matter just as much as anyone else's do. What needs to change, is allowing them to be the ONLY voices in town, the ONLY ones allowed to be informed and involved. That is all we have wanted all along. 

                       Now, since I cannot tell you about the good things that are coming shortly after the new board and Supervisor step in, that's for Colleen to do,  I WILL tell you something else that I had to keep quiet during the election. I hope you find it as amusing as I do!  

                        About a week after the signs for Colleen and Tistrya were posted at Jack Pandey's former motel site, some men from out of town made contact. These were all men who work in the construction business in some capacity or other, in the Capital District. NONE of them are residents of New Lebanon. They work as drivers for building-supply companies, some were cement-truck drivers, or union carpenters, etc. ALL of them, had or does, have contact with Mike Benson in the daily grind of doing their jobs. ALL of them abhor Benson SO much, that they got together and did some wondrous things to support Colleen! 

                        It didn't matter to them that they didn't live here, what mattered was that they wanted Benson to LOSE.     How unbelievable is THAT ?!  How awful is it to be THAT nasty, that total strangers supported your opposition just because of how you treated them on the job ? What is even sadder, is that Benson will never "Get It". He will never see that his behavior, his arrogance and disregard for anyone other than himself, will be his downfall, over and over again. Just like it was last night. He will never understand that he is a tyrant, a mean and miserable human being that has NO place in politics or working with the public in ANY capacity at all. 

                        Last night's results proved that at least here in New Lebanon, the people have had enough of his use and abuse. We are no longer willing to tolerate his arrogance and cold disregard for the good people of this town. The message has been delivered. Now, we must deliver that same message to Washington,D.C next year. We CAN do it, and we proved that last night.

                         One last thing; a resident that came to the celebration last night, was talking to me about her experience with the EDC.  She had at one point, received one of those very rare, "Invitations" to attend one of their clandestine meetings. As you know, no minutes are taken at these meetings and no member of the public can attend unless invited. This lady had brought along a small notepad and a pen and began to take some notes. She was immediately ordered to put the pad and pen away! She was told, "NO note-taking is allowed at these meetings !". She decided then and there, that the EDC was not a committee or a group of people that she wanted anything to do with. 

                          Another resident that overheard our conversation, came over and told us that he had once told Max Gitter that the local residents would never go for one of the EDC's plans. Max Gitter responded by saying, "Hold them down by the throat until they give in ". This is a guy that lives here "Part-Time" and was responsible for the destruction of an entire village of people and their very livelihood. For MONEY. The EDC was the invention of Mike Benson, and now that he is gone, the EDC must go, too! Immediately!

                          So, we have work to do, folks! Change cannot happen without changers. You did the hard work and won, now let's REALLY Keep the Promise, and take back our town! 


 Adherence                                                         11-5-2015

                    The first order of business tonight is to say a HUGE Thank You to whomever picked up all the campaign signs! Each election, I spend an entire day, driving all the roads and gathering signs, and this year, I went out to empty roadsides! All I had to do was grab a few straggling Czajka signs and the Famous Benson Bull sign!  Thank you !!

                     I thought we might take a brief break from local stuff and talk about some things that matter to the entire country. I know I do a lot of talking about laws, adherence, and consequences for bad behavior. It's just something I am passionate about and Justice has been something of an obsession for me since I was a very young child. Being a Right-Fighter is not something I chose to do, it is just who I AM. 

                     As much as I prattle on about good behavior, I would never try to tell you that I am a good, 100% law-abiding person at all times, because that would be an outright lie ! I was a rowdy teenager and did my share of misbehaving. I had a child without the benefit of marriage, and my son's father has never been in our son's life. I have been guilty of driving too fast, and received a ticket for not wearing a seat-belt. 

                      I have a vivid memory of an incident that happened when I was in my late teens. I had gone Christmas shopping at the mall with friends and we were in Hickory Farms, enjoying the cheese samples and buying stocking-stuffers. We were halfway to the mall exit before I realized that the box of banana chips I had tucked under my arm in the store, was still there! I literally RAN back to Hickory Farms to explain and pay for the chips. Obviously, I would make a lousy felon. The feeling I had when I realized that I had not paid for the item, was something I will never, ever forget. So how do criminals live with themselves? 

                      I don't drink, I don't steal and I don't lie unless it is to spare someone's feelings, kind of like the , "Does this dress make me look fat" question. I mean really, who is going to say "YES" ? That being said, I am at the same time a STRONG advocate of Civil Disobedience in certain circumstances. No American should EVER obey an unconstitutional law, statute, or mandate, and we should never comply with Executive orders. Not EVER! 

                      Do I support violent action ? No, except in cases of self-defense, but I do encourage unified resistance. Problem is, people FEAR the government. They have forgotten the intention of our Founders to keep the government in fear of the PEOPLE.  The constraints listed in our Constitution are constraints on the government, not on the people. Decades of liberal infiltration of our schools, universities, entertainment industry, and media have mutilated the literal meaning of the Constitutional Amendments. Most public schools no longer teach ACCURATE Civic Education if they teach it at ALL. 

                       What SHOULD be the Number One priority of our educators, is now deemed inconsequential. It is now more important to teach "Tolerance" of deviant behaviors and lifestyles, violent religions, self-interest, and mindless compliance. Our kids are being taught to NOT think independently or creatively, and responsibility and accountability are no longer relevant. The message is, "The government will take care of you if you fall into line like good little sheep ".  The Great Liberal Experiment. So how's that working SO far?  I don't have the time it would require to list the failures of the Liberal Ideology, so let's look at just a couple that are not always obvious to all of us.

                        Last week, a police officer was fired for roughly handling a female, high-school student. Many of you have seen the video clip of the incident on the news. If you want to see the ENTIRE video, you need to go to You Tube. The student was violating the school policy by using her cellphone during class. The teacher asked her to put the phone away and the student refused. The principal was called and when he got to the classroom, he too, asked the girl to put the phone away or give it to HIM. Again, she refused.Next came the school Resource officer, which is essentially a police officer who is required to spend a day every week or two in the school on a rotating basis. (Remember when we didn't NEED cops in school?) 

                         The officer demanded the cell phone and reached for it. At this point, the student erupted and physically assaulted the officer. No matter HOW you look at this, it was without question, Assaulting an Officer. A Felony. Now let's back up for a minute. What do you think this student said to the teacher, the principal, and the officer ? Can't you hear her telling them to F-Off? This is 2015 in Liberal America, of COURSE she told them to F-Off. Then she punches the police officer repeatedly before he ever laid a hand on her. 

                         The officer then grabs her as he was trained to do in response to being assaulted, and the girl clamps her legs around the chair, causing it to flip over. In short, she got EXACTLY what she deserved.  The outcome? The Police officer was fired from his job. The student who violated school policy, disobeyed school authorities, and committed felony assault on a Police officer, is a "Victim".  See anything wrong with this scenario? If so, thank a Liberal.

                          Two days after this incident, a 400 pound, 16 year-old male student, assaulted a 66 year-old , female teacher, also due to cell phone use in class. (WHY do we allow phones in the classrooms to begin with?) I am posting that video for you below. This student was charged with "Injury to an Elderly Person ". Are you KIDDING me?! That was Assault and Battery. This is a kid that will eventually cause permanent harm or even death to another person, I guarantee it ! Of course, because he happened to Black, the Race-Baiters will say he was a "Gentle Giant ", baited and targeted by an evil teacher.

                          This kind of in-school terror is also the result of decades of Liberal Bullying in our society and the failure of good people to say "NO" to what is unacceptable. This is what happens when we remain silent in the face of lawlessness. Whether it is allowing 53 people to gather in a room with a capacity of 49 ,or a Secretary of State that shares Confidential Information on a private server, failure to obey Constitutional Laws MUST have consequences!  Accountability must be applied equally to the small-town Supervisor, the Secretary of State, the Black school kid, the White kid, the straight guy and the Lesbian.

                           Our society is out of control and getting worse by the day, and it is not by accident, but by Design. When we have a Town Board that ignores the law and endangers lives, a President and Administration that picks and chooses which laws it will obey and enforce, and school kids who are free to assault teachers and cops, we have a VERY, SERIOUS, societal emergency. If "Good" people continue to be silent and to fear this government and the Liberal Fascists, we are doomed to violence, depravity, and chaos. 


  This is the video I described, and below that, are links to a few others that have occurred very recently. Anybody wanna be a Teacher??




  THIS one is the response of the students to the firing of the Resource Officer!



You Live WHERE ???                                                         11-6-2015

                       One of the more serious issues we face in New Lebanon is outsiders. I'm not talking about people who have moved here, bought homes, and are now full-time residents and taxpayers. I am referring to the part-timers, tourists, and people who own businesses in town but live somewhere else. Of course, a lot of the full-time transplants are a problem also, when they refuse to assimilate to the country culture rather than attempt to force their city culture upon us.

                        I take great issue with the fact that Linda Hursa sits on the EDC and makes plans for the future of New Lebanon, then goes home each night to her home in Stephentown. I find it very presumptuous of people like Max Gitter, who live here part-time while also owning city homes and making the huge bucks down there, then coming up here and using that city money to take over and act like little tyrants. That's not acceptable. 

                         As if these types aren't enough of a problem, we now have employees of local businesses that do not live in New Lebanon, trying to influence the opinions of the locals. If you shop at the Thruway Beverage, you know who Pete is. He has worked there for a long time, but what I did not know, was that he is actually LIVING in the store all week long, and going home to his house in South Glens Falls on the weekends. He is bathing in the mop sink and sleeping with the returnable bottles. 

                          Is this Legal? Who knows. Like so many OTHER codes and laws, it depends on who you ask and who is being paid-off.  Jimmy D has a handful of Mexicans living in HIS restaurant, but from what I have been told by Building and Zoning Officials, it's legal because they have a shower. Thruway Beverage does not. How clean Pete may or may not be is not the focus here, I don't care if he gets fleas, but what DOES matter, is what he is saying to the customers.

                         Apparently, Pete of South Glens Falls, seems to think that he has a right to attack our newly elected Town Supervisor and spout his false information to anyone who will listen. Customers, including Councilman-Elect Kevin Smith, have been treated to a Pete tirade about how Colleen will cost the town more money than Benson. Pete thinks that a Full-Time Supervisor will be more expensive, when the fact IS, that Colleen will not be costing the taxpayers ONE DIME more. She WILL be Full-Time, but she will receive exactly what the always-absent Benson did and the salary of the no-longer needed, Confidential Secretary. The "Secretary" we NEVER needed, and should have never allowed Benson to HAVE. Remember also, that a Full-Time Supervisor will be able to accomplish SO much more and be available to the residents.

                       So not only is Pete 100% WRONG in his assumptions, but as a resident of South Glens Falls, it's NONE of his BUSINESS! He made comments that strongly suggest that he is friendly with some of Colleen's opponents in town and has bought their Bullsh_t.  As did many residents. So who IS entitled to have a say on what goes on in our town? Full-Time residents, that's who. Anyone who does not reside IN this town for at least 2/3 of every year, has no right to try to influence anything. Nor should they EVER be allowed to VOTE here, sit on any board or committee, or run for any office. It's just Common Sense. 

                        Next time you stop in to Thruway Beverage and see Pete, say Hello to him and then tell him to keep his opinions to himself or to the officials in HIS town, not ours. The people of New Lebanon spoke loudly on Tuesday, now let's remind the outsiders that we are perfectly capable of taking care of our own business without their help. We have seen the damage that occurs when non-residents have too much influence, and it is now obvious that we did not like what we saw. We voted to change it. Let's get behind the TRUTH, behind our newly-elected officials, and muzzle the outside voices. 


 Photo #1)  Kroboth's Cabins and Store

 Photo #2)  Original Congregational Church  Rts. 20 & 22S.

 Photo #3) House just West of Smitty's Pizza. Last owned by John Saunders.


 Table Settings                                                         11-8-2015

           For a lot of people, the holidays are not the joyful celebration that we see in television ads or the poignant scenarios they sing about in Christmas Carols. Let's face it, once you grow out of looking for reindeer poop on the roof it's never quite the same. 

           Adult Christmas is all about stress, going into debt, obligatory get-togethers with people you don't see the rest of the year, and utter exhaustion. Some people, like my daughter-in-law, thrive on the hustle and bustle, the cooking and baking, and wading into the Black Friday Mob Scene, risking life and limb for that bargain. To each her own. 

           For people of faith, the holiday season holds a much deeper meaning than it does for the non-believer. Religious or not, too many of us miss the most important opportunities that this time of year offers to us all. It matters not how many chairs are placed around it, but it's vital to our souls that we Gather at the Table. The Lord placed great importance on the breaking and sharing of bread, as did Charles Dickens and Norman Rockwell and thousands of the world's deepest thinkers and most talented artists.

          There is something restorative about coming to the table with the people you value most. Not just at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Chanukah, but all year round. Sure, there will be the occasional argument, spilled milk, whiny child or cranky uncle, but that's the "Small Stuff", things we can mop-up, overlook, or soothe. There is much more at the table than dirty dishes and sticky spills, there is also meat and potatoes. Not the kind that you smother in gravy or ketchup, but the kind that blends together on the plate of our inner selves and makes us who we are as individuals, families, and friends.  

            When I was growing up, my family rarely took meals at the table. My father being a long-lines truck driver, was away for days at a time. My mother hated to cook, so when it was just the three of us, she would usually take us out, or set up the folding trays in the den in front of the television and toss something frozen in the oven. We didn't mind, in fact, if I were not married to a Farm Boy, I would probably do things much like my mother did. I am NO Betty Crocker.

            My mom's best friend Agnes was the mother of seven children, and one of her four daughters was MY best friend. Agne's husband was a city bus driver and was home every night by 5:30. Agnes and the kids worked together to have dinner on the dining room table by 6:00. Every child was required to be present and on time. The household just ran like a well-oiled machine. As they ate their meal, Dad would ask each child for a summary of their day, beginning with the youngest and ending with the oldest. After dinner, while the kids cleared the table, mom and dad lingered over coffee and shared their own daily news with one another. It was a ritual that allowed every member of the family to feel valued. 

             Not one of those seven children went to bed at night burdened by a negative incident in school or bursting to share a triumph. Everything was addressed at the Table and everyone was HEARD. 

              It doesn't matter where your table is, the kitchen or the dining room, as long as you come together over it. There is something very special about just being at any table with someone you share a bond with, even if it is just coffee at a diner with a friend. It's amazing that a slab of wood or metal with legs can serve as the key that opens the stickiest doors. 

              Thanksgiving is coming upon us quickly as it always seems to do, and we have much to be thankful for, not just at this time of year, but every single day. Here in New Lebanon, we have extra blessings this year and a lot of positive change to look forward to in the New Year. Still, it isn't the "Things" or the accomplishments we should be most thankful for, but the People at the Table. So this holiday season, wipe up the spills with a smile, comfort the whiny child and ask the cranky uncle about the Thanksgivings of his youth.  Re-connect with the people you treasure and seldom see and reach out to the most difficult ones you don't really CARE to see. LOL!! You will be surprised at the garden that can grow from one little seed. 

               The decorating and presents will all too soon disappear but the REAL gifts, the People and the Relationships, can last a lifetime. So gather at the Table, and don't forget to reach across it.

                 Sleep Well, New Lebanon. 


 2016 and New Lebanon                                                  11-9-2015

               Happy 73rd Birthday to my very dear friend, John D. Keller of Keller Construction!  Still a Wise guy, always my Buddy!


                I love this town. I love this country. We are more blessed than most of us can even imagine. Where else on the face of this earth, can citizens live as totally free individuals? Oh I know we are not as free as we once WERE, and that's our own fault.  It's really very easy to restore the freedoms and liberties we have lost since the 1960s, but Americans don't stand together anymore. Nor are we the strong, patriotic, proud people we once were. We are historically and Constitutionally ignorant and we are LAZY. 

                As we recover from a nasty election process and look forward to the holidays, we will also be preparing for another election. When Mike Benson announced his intention to run for a third term, I knew it would be dirtier and nastier than his first campaign had been, and it most definitely was. I sincerely believe that the Number one reason he lost, was his inability to be human and to play fairly in his campaign. Not that it matters anymore, it is OVER, but we cannot simply put it behind us and move on. 

                It's very, very important that those of us who worked so hard to unseat him and those who voted to send him packing, remember WHY we did so. We can't afford to forget what he was and how he almost destroyed our town. It is up to US to make certain that we never, EVER, allow another Mike Benson to hold any position of power in this town again. Not EVER.

                 As the New Year approaches it will very soon be time to look seriously at the candidates for the 2016, Presidential Election. Here in New Lebanon, we can repair the damage that Benson leaves in his wake, in about a year's time. However, eight years of utter destruction and despair brought upon America by Obama and the Liberal Democrats in D.C, may take decades to undo. Which is why it is so necessary for each and every adult American to elect the very BEST candidate to lead us back to greatness. 

                 The restoration of America will require a leader of great strength and dedication, patriotism and faith. A Constitutionalist who will be unafraid to speak the truth and expose the lies. Very, very few people can fill that role and take on such a daunting challenge. One thing that is certain, even to the Left, is that another four years of Liberal Democrat control will be America's Death Knell. THEY know it, and WE know it. 

                   Among the Republican candidates, only two men stand out as being ready and able to take the helm and steer the ship in the right direction. Neither of them are named Trump or Bush. Neither is named Rubio, or Carson, or Fiorina.  

                    Once the holidays have passed and the New Year is rolled out, we as Conservative Americans have two immediate tasks. 1) Encourage everyone in our circles to Register to VOTE !  2) We must ALL plug-in to the campaign, watch the debates of both parties, and learn all we can about the history and reputation of each and every candidate.  It certainly wouldn't hurt to brush-up on the Constitution, either! We must educate and involve our children and grandchildren, share our memories of what America was when we were kids and what the Founders intended it to be, ALWAYS. 

                     As we did in New Lebanon last week, we have a duty to vet the candidates based on their character and platform, not their party or pocketbook. I believe with every fiber of my being, that if we fail to elect a Patriot in 2016, America will never recover, but sink further into the abyss.  I am far from alone in this belief. All the signs are there, in NEON, and no one can claim to have missed them ALL. A lot of people are saying, "Oh, there's plenty of time, we have a whole year."  A year is not a long time, and we are talking about the last opportunity to save this country, just as last week was our last chance to stop the Liberal Take-Over of New Lebanon. We did it last Tuesday, we can do it again in November of 2016. 

                      So no, there is NOT, "Plenty of Time ". The time to start paying close attention is RIGHT NOW. The "Parties" as we once knew them, no longer exist. There is no party of the People, no party of the Constitution, and no party of Honor. There are only individuals, Liberals, Conservatives, and In-Betweeners. Each one must be looked at under a microscope and that vote that belongs to YOU, that precious piece of political power, must not be wasted. 


                      Tomorrow night will be the first Town Board Meeting since Benson lost the election. Being his second to last meeting, I am going to make a prediction about what Benson will do. This is just my own feeling and no, I have not heard anything about this from anyone.

                       I predict that Benson will take a shot at his opponents, residents and newly-elected officials, by finally filling the vacant seat on the Planning Board.  He will fill that empty seat with one of the two write-in candidates, most likely Monte Wasch. Just a guess! Check in tomorrow night for a full, after-meeting report. LOL!!

                   Good Night New Lebanon !


Town Board and Universities of Higher Indoctrination      11-10-2015

            I purposely skipped the budget meeting tonight and I'm glad I did. By the way, the room was once again over-capacity. I didn't get an exact count this time because people were leaving and others were arriving for the regular meeting, but there were more people in the room than the last time, and that was 53. If Benson didn't care BEFORE the election, he sure as heck doesn't care NOW.

            Speaking of the election, Monte was absent tonight, but Gregg Carrol was there, shooting me daggers, and so was Jennifer Kelly. Two former candidates that never bothered to attend meetings before are suddenly interested? Go figure. John Dax was also present in all his obnoxious glory, running his mouth about the Fire Department and how they get too much money. He failed to mention the library. 

             Joe Ogilvie and his Fiona also went back on the LVPA attack and when they did not get what they wanted, Joe stormed out of the building, closely followed by Gregg Carrol. I love it when liberals lose, and I feel not one drop of remorse for that. Irene Hanna made it quite clear that she had heard enough from them tonight, even though she tends to lean left as well.  When it was decided in the regular meeting to fund the LVPA at the same cost as last year, Dax looked at Irene and asked, "Didn't you hear anything that was said here tonight ?".  Irene very calmly replied, "Yes, I heard you ". Then she made a motion to support the funding. In other words, she heard him, but she disagreed and didn't care.  LOL!! Over all, it was a very bad night for the libs in New Lebanon. Just hasn't been their MONTH. 

            We were treated to a presentation by a young lady from some tree-hugging group that wants to make Columbia County the "Greenest County in NY".  Yeah, good luck with that. I was just waiting for her to say "Climate Change" or "Global Warming" because I was ready and armed for bear if she had. Luckily for her, she stuck to Solar Power and other electricity alternatives, which I have no issue with at all, in fact, I'm considering some solar panels for my own cabin. It's just good sense and yes, it is cleaner and cheaper in the long run. However, "Climate Change" is B.S. While we're talking about being armed, why do we need two police officers at our Budget meetings? The last one was overseen by a Trooper and a Deputy and tonight it was two Deputies.  Have you EVER seen violence at a Town Board Meeting or Public Hearing in New Lebanon? Geez !

              Benson was in surprisingly good humor, all things considered. He made no attempt to make any board appointments and actually is leaving that for Colleen to do. I am totally AMAZED! I was really sure he would take some revenge by appointing Monte to the Planning Board. There was a little bit of a heated confrontation between Benson and Colleen when Benson mentioned the high cost of repairs of Town properties. Colleen bit back hard, stating that if we had a Maintenance Plan for our properties, we wouldn't have these problems, but that he had never bothered to address that. LOL!!

              I definitely felt a charge in the air tonight that has put my over-active mind to do some deep thinking about the coming year. I don't want to say anything about what I'm thinking quite yet, but I will very soon, because I need it documented before it begins. Suffice it to say that my little red flags were waving within the first 15 minutes of the meeting. Certain individuals are up to something and I have a good idea as to whom and what, and I also know WHY. Let the plotters beware, this old Conservative is on to you. Yes, you are THAT transparent. Something Wicked This Way Comes.



    I'm going to assume that most of you have heard about the B.S going on at the University of Missouri ? It's only been a couple of days and I'm sick of hearing about it already. Actually, I'm sick of the entire Racial-Inequality issue entirely.

The fact about humanity is that we are NOT all equal, were never intended to be and never WILL be. Equality applies only to how the laws of the land are imposed upon us. The statement that “All Men are Created Equal” does not mean that each of us is the same or that we all have the same capabilities and beliefs, goals or financial statements. It means only that we all share the same RIGHTS and Opportunities under God and the Constitution. Those “Rights” are clearly enumerated within the Constitution and nowhere are there the words, “The Right to Same-Sex Marriage”, or “The Right to Kill the Unborn”, or “The Right to Demand Special Treatment Based on Skin Color or Ethnicity”. Nowhere does it state that anyone has a “Right to Not Be Offended ”. It's just NOT there, folks !

I understand that it can be hurtful to be singled out for bullying because you look different, walk oddly, speak with an accent, or grew up in the inner-city tenements. People are abused every day for being too fat, too ugly, too slow, too thin, having too many pimples, or for living in a trailer park. Shamefully, that is just the nature of the human beast. Almost every one of us can remember being on both sides of targeting. It is not the job of the government to step in and settle our personal disagreements or to protect us from offense, nor is it within their power to violate the rights that exist in the Constitution or to add their own opinions TO it.

The University of Missouri has a long history of immature targeting of certain ethnic and racial groups. It may not be “Nice”, but it is certainly not against the law and definitely does NOT warrant the forced resignation of the President of the school or the coach. Should these issues have been addressed by faculty and the board? Absolutely. Being called a “Nigger” or a “Jew Bastard” is not conducive to a young person's education. In fact, it can make life a living hell for those who are victimized. This kind of behavior cannot be allowed to continue anywhere, especially in schools, but the manner in which it is being addressed in America is not only ineffective, it is just plain STUPID.

Look back to the outcry over the Confederate Flag this summer. Total over-reaction and wimpiness on the part of the objectors, but rather than be told to “Man-Up” and move on, these liberal whiners were rewarded once again with the punishment of the masses for the unhappiness of the few. Same thing with Gun Control. A few crazy Liberals go on shooting sprees and every responsible gun owner in the country is suddenly a criminal. Thank You Liberals and Democrat Politicians in Washington. This is what happens when we allow the minority to have a louder voice than the majority.

I find it interesting that on most college campuses in America today, Christians are not allowed to pray in public, Free Speech is allowed only in designated areas, and Bible Studies are banned. Yet a student can receive an abortion ON campus, room with a lover, drink themselves into oblivion, hold up signs that spew hatred for America and Israel, and support for the Palestinians, wear Che Guevara Tee-Shirts, and burn our flag. All those things are just fine, but these same, outspoken extremists who demand the firing or arrest of anyone who “Hurts their Feelings”, are too emotionally fragile to ignore racial remarks? It's just fine for them to object to the exercise of the Constitutional Rights of people they disagree with, but at the same time, they expect the government to protect them from offense?!

These are young people who claim to be “Smart and Progressive”, yet they fail to see the dangers of suppressing the freedom of speech and expression? They are not emotionally mature enough to turn away from the Swastika on the wall, the Confederate Flag in the back of a pickup truck, or the “N” Word and blow it off as the childish stupidity it is. Nor are they savvy enough to form a committee that includes students from all sides and school staff, to reach an agreement? Seriously? People have to be fired, arrested, and forced to pay a price for the weak? GROW UP, America, and take responsibility for your own emotions and issues. It's “Uncle Sam”, not "Mommy and Daddy". The more you ask the government to do FOR you, the more control you give them over your lives! Start acting like grown Americans and quit your whining.

How do you expect to stand against the evils of Islam, the huge debt you face after you graduate, the lack of jobs, the infiltration of terrorism through an open border, the effects on our health from vaccines and GMO foods, etc., etc., when you can't handle a little name-calling? You are not in kindergarten anymore, you are adults, so start acting like it. Use that energy that you waste on whining and blaming, to make positive changes. Work together to bring the races to the realization that we are being deliberately divided by the government, and encourage unity and awareness. Promote birth control and object to abortion. Study the Constitution and learn exactly what your rights are and what the limits are that were placed upon our government. Gather together to protect and defend those rights and to hold our officials and media accountable for the division they incite and the rights they violate!

Address the liberal professors who hate America so much and tell them why YOU disagree and why you think THEY are the ones who should be fired for Treasonous Speech. Look into why your tuition is so exorbitantly expensive and your loans put into government hands so that you will be paying forever. Ask Obama how he expects you and your future spouse to afford healthcare for your family and why he has refused to stop the flow of criminals that cross our borders and put Americans in peril? If you truly believe in equality as you claim to, demand that ALL Americans, regardless of what color their skin is, what church they attend, or where they came from, be held equally accountable for their behaviors, their families, their debts, and their futures. Ask WHY politicians and minorities get a Free pass for the same thing that would send YOU to prison ! Why are YOU going to be paying to support the lazy, the entitled, and the illegals?

Parents, why are you going into debt to pay for your kids to go to liberal indoctrination centers and become anti-American A-Holes? Are you KIDDING me? I would NEVER pay to send a kid or grandkid of mine to any secular university in this country. Not in today's America.

We must step-up in 2016 and stop tolerating the nonsense, and it IS nonsense. We have become a society of emotional cripples and fools and the rest of the world is laughing.  


             Good debate tonight, hope you all saw it or listened in.


 Bye-Bye Courier !                                                               11-12-2015

                        The mainstream media in America today is an embarrassment to all Americans.  What was once seen as the go-to for real news and trusted information has become a bad joke. Men and women who were admired and revered for their journalistic skills and bravery, are now liars and paid-for puppets of the Left.

                         I understand that these people are highly paid and as a result, unwilling to put truth and integrity before the bank account, but once again it is a matter of the Good being afraid to unite against the Evil. Rather than stand together and refuse to lie to the American Public, they cower and become Compliant Slaves. 

                          Small, local media such as the Chatham Courier, the Columbia, and the Eastwick Press, certainly don't offer the salaries and benefits that the larger media outlets do, so why is it that the Courier is so willing to favor one side or the other of a story but seldom both sides, fairly and equally? What is it that drives THEM to be bias and what do they gain by it? To report a simple, small-town board meeting inaccurately or in a bias manner, is taking it a little far and it's just plain stupid.

                          I just read the Courier article about this week's meeting in New Lebanon, and it is definitely a jab at our new Supervisor. Much like Pete at the Thruway Beverage, this article is claiming that the new Supervisor will be costing the town more money. It also attempts to elicit sympathy for what it calls the "Fired Bookkeeper".  I understand that a Supervisor has a right to a Secretary if he or she wishes to have one, but I also feel that in New Lebanon, it is unnecessary if the Supervisor puts in the time required of them to perform their job properly. Also, we have never, EVER had a Confidential Secretary for any Supervisor in New Lebanon before Mike Benson. Our past Supervisors have been capable of doing the job and being available to the residents. Mike Benson never was. 

                           Yes, Colleen's actual paycheck will reflect more money than Benson's did, but that is because SHE will be doing her JOB, Full-Time, as well as the Secretary's job ! The salary that was paid to the Secretary will now go to the Supervisor that will be doing that job! Why is that so hard for people to understand? Further, Benson had agreed to cut his own Supervisor's salary when he took office, because he didn't NEED it. The $5,000.00 was NOT the full amount allocated for Supervisors. So why is it that the Courier is attempting to make Colleen Teal look greedy? The town will incur NO additional expense with her as Supervisor, period. 

                         Perhaps the Courier should be questioning the pay given by the town to the Tax Assessor who works for other towns as well as New Lebanon and is rarely even here. Why did she start at much more than our former assessor? Why is she demanding a raise for 2016? She is almost never available to our residents, nor IS she a resident. 

                          It did strike me as odd when Ed Godfroy made a fuss about the Confidential Secretary position being eliminated. Did he truly expect her to be retained when we will now have a full-time Supervisor ? When she never learned how to do the job anyway? Why would we retain an employee that was never necessary in the past and isn't necessary NOW?  In my own, personal opinion, Ed should have been celebrating the fact that the LVPA got what they needed and wanted in the 2016 budget and not trying to criticize another beneficial change.  I actually thought he was kidding at first, but apparently, he wasn't. Not surprising, since we know who he supported and who he didn't this election. His business, but you know what? Things are changing, and the nepotism and cronyism are OVER. I would also not be surprised to see the Courier replaced as our town newspaper this year.

                         I strongly encourage any resident of New Lebanon with questions about Colleen's future salary and responsibilities, go to COLLEEN and ASK her. Don't listen to ME, don't listen to the Courier, and definitely don't listen to Thruway-Pete ! Go to the source and get the truth. One thing you can BANK on in 2016, is a TRANSPARENT town government, and that will be a little hard to adjust to after the last four years. 

                           In my front yard are two signs that say, "Don't Trust the Liberal Media". There is deep meaning in that statement. Never, ever accept what you hear on the news or read in the papers as truth. If you are seriously interested in accuracy and factual reporting, get up and seek it! 


           I had an interesting chat with someone today about a couple of people she has worked with recently. Person #1 is a single mother of three children. The father of her kids pays no child support and does not live with her unless he is in need of something or one of his 8 other girlfriends won't take him in. Yes, he has NINE girlfriends and ELEVEN children among them, none of whom he supports. All nine mommas are on Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, and pay no utilities or rent in the public housing units they reside in. 

           #1 receives a check from DCFS each year for each child for Christmas, as do the other eight.  She keeps the money for herself, because she has friends who take her shopping list and go to WalMart and shoplift the items on it for her. Cost-Free Christmas and three checks from the taxpayers that she uses to go to the Spa.  NINE women and ELEVEN children, all from one deadbeat father. YOU pay for it! 

             Person #2 lives in Section 8 housing with her mother who is physically handicapped. #2 is 25 years old and attends college. She is studying Political Science and supports Socialist Candidate, Bernie Sanders. She works off the books and grosses $500.00 per week. Her rent is $8.00 per month and she pays no utility bills, receives Food Stamps and Medicaid, and her schooling is being paid for, all by YOU. If she and her mother move to a regular rental unit somewhere else, the costs of living remain the same!  

             Did you know, that Section 8 families are grandfathered in to the program? If you live in S8 housing and have three kids, those kids can remain in S8 housing of their own after they reach adulthood, with NO application or eligibility requirements. Which is why so many of them who live there and have off-the-books jobs, have BMWs parked in front of their units, go on cruises, and have 57" televisions and Smart Phones. YOU are supporting them. Think we need Welfare Reform in America? 


The "Golden" Years                                                11-14-2015

              Yesterday was my birthday. Since I'm not one of those women who is reluctant to admit my true age, here it is;  I am now 59. 

               I remember very well my parents saying that the years pass more quickly with every decade. Now that I am getting older myself, I think there is something to that claim. Still, age is relative. The mind can still look at the world with 25-year-old eyes, but the body says, "Um, I don't think so ".

                We shouldn't fear aging or be embarrassed by those new wrinkles, sags, or bags.  LOL!!  We should be looking back and saying, "It's been a helluva ride!  Whaddya wanna do next ?".  Maybe we can't run a 3-minute mile anymore, but we are never used-up unless we give-up. There is always something we can do and SHOULD do. I've mentioned many,many times over the years that I have been writing this blog, that my dream is to bring our youth and seniors together. I've talked about the numerous benefits that such an alliance could bring to the town and everyone involved. 

                  A May-December program is something that is very easy to implement, would aid in the re-unification of the community,  and the cost would be little or nothing. Fortunately, our newly-elected officials also embrace this idea, so we may see it become a reality very soon. 

                   I have a dear friend who turned 79 this year and he is pure dynamite! His name is Bob Schulz, and you may have seen him on the news, as he has appeared in court many times to fight the unconstitutional Safe Act and to hold Sheldon Silver accountable for retribution to the People of New York State. Several years ago, Bob founded an organization called, "We the People".  This group grew slowly at first but has now grown not only here in N.Y, but across the country. 

                    The ultimate goal of WTP is to build a Constitution Center in every state capital in America. Each one would be the same in appearance, a smaller version of Jefferson's "Monticello", and therefore recognizable by everyone, everywhere. Each state center would be manned by Constitution Monitors, people like you and me who receive training in Constitutionality and how to monitor politicians, courts, law enforcement, and the media for violations and respond immediately. 

                      In short, the Constitution would have Protectors and Defenders on duty, every day, in every state. Our rights and liberties would be protected and preserved for all time! Constitutional Law would be restored to its rightful power as the inviolable Law of the Land, and high-handed politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Barack Obama would be held to account. No one would get away with violating the rights of the people as Cuomo did with the Safe Act or Obama did with his universal healthcare and Executive Orders. The Power of the People would be restored to the Force of Freedom it was intended to always be.

                       I'm proud to be a N.Y State, Regional Coordinator for "We the People" and for having been Bob's friend during its implementation and growth. Bob is truly one of the most brilliant, compassionate, and Patriotic Senior Citizens in the state. He does not know the word, "Quit", and will never stop fighting for the best quality of life for all of his fellow Americans.  Age will never impede his progress or stand in the way of his goals.

                        Senior Citizens living in America today can not and MUST not allow age to slow them down or steal their memories and their dreams. It is never too late to make a difference, to do important things. American Seniors are the only  people left who can teach our youth about what America once was and how we can restore all that we have lost since the 1960s. Only the Seniors can tell the truths of World War 2,  Korea, Vietnam, of great leaders versus tyrants, of family, faith, and love of country, hard work and responsibility, of loss and restoration. 

                          Our youth are in desperate need of Truth and Hope. They have been indoctrinated by the Liberal Ideology, the media, Hollywood, MTV, and our education system, all of their young lives. They have been consistently exposed to anti-American, Left-Wing influences and by people who criticize the Constitution and wish to mutilate it in an attempt to make it "Fit" their twisted beliefs that are based on lack of information, misinformation, and selfishness.

                           Our children and grandchildren must study the Constitution diligently and regularly and come to know it as the most unique and awe-inspiring form of government to ever exist, when ADHERED to. It's up to the People to demand that adherence. Those who attack the Constitution, do so in many cases to allow their denial of divinity to continue. They don't want to see the undeniable evidence of divine influence that lies within the document. They discount the sacrifices of our Founders and the many Patriots that stood with them to win our freedom and they lack respect for the millions of selfless,  brave men and women who gave life and limb to protect and defend those liberties that we ALL enjoy every day. These are people who refuse to accept that what we do while on this earth will bear consequences when we leave it.

                              Our Seniors must speak up now, today, while they still can.   Age is not an excuse to stop giving and teaching, it is a "Call to Action " , a rare opportunity to make their experiences and struggles, MATTER. We cannot erase the wrinkles or run that mile, but we CAN be important and influential for the rest of our days. Youth is a state of mind, and what better way to regain that youthful enthusiasm than to teach others?


Terror and Treason                                                      11-15-2015

            During last night's Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton made the following statement;  " We are NOT at war with Islam !".  REALLY !?!  Sure coulda fooled ME !!

              When you hear the word, "Terrorism", what comes to your mind? Most of us think of the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, or the bombing of the train in Spain a year later, and now, Paris. All of these tragedies were merely "Tools" of Terrorism, they were not what Terrorism actually IS.

                Terrorism is a state of mind induced by horrific events, a means to creating chronic fear and worry among the members of a society, destroying their confidence and sense of security. Much like an abused woman who is stalked by her violent ex-boyfriend or husband, Terrorism causes us to be wary of everyone and everything, to constantly look over our shoulders and alter our routines to avoid risk.

                Failure to fight back, to respond quickly and effectively to these threats, allows the poison of Terrorism to spread and gain strength.  "Evil Triumphs When Good Men Do Nothing ", remember?  Here in America, the greatest, strongest, most free country in the world, we experienced one of the most terrible attacks of Terror to ever occur.  9-11 left Americans shocked, frightened, heartbroken, and ANGRY. We saw an unprecedented surge of Patriotism, Faith, and Unity in the months that followed. Yet a mere six years later, a man named Barack "Hussein" Obama burst onto the political stage and was not only accepted by many Americans, but embraced and exalted !  Are you KIDDING me ?!  Are our memories THAT short ? 

                 How does any American adult of normal intelligence, even begin to process such an atrocity ?                    How do we accept that level of anti-Americanism from our friends, neighbors, and family members? 

                  There have been Muslims in America for many decades, but never in the numbers we see today. These are a people who have never known anything but violence and hate, and they have ALWAYS been cold-blooded and quite literally, insane. The Founders of our great country, in order to facilitate trade and economic growth in a young America, had no other option than to PAY the Muslim Pirates to allow our trade ships safe passage. Since those early days, the twisted ideology of Islam has infiltrated every corner of the world and now, we are ALL paying for our safety in one way or another. Still, we are less safe today than ever. 

                   America has two Primary Enemies; Islam and Liberalism. Both are equally deadly, just in different manners. The noxious poison of Islam has been allowed to spread and strengthen in America and Europe due to Liberal "Tolerance". It is the Left that embraces, excuses, and defends these animals, demands that they be accepted and given equal "Rights". They continue to claim that there are "Moderate Muslims".  There ARE no moderate Muslims. A Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim, and they must be relegated to their countries of origin, NOW. 

                   Islam MUST be eradicated in America, banned from our soil forever, and treated as the High Treason that it is. If you support or tolerate Islam, YOU are a Traitor and should face the consequences of that crime. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides protection and freedom of religion. In the case of Islam, religion is but a very small piece of the ideology. Islam is a cult, a political system and a tyrannical movement with only ONE goal; to rule the entire world and impose their laws and culture on every living, human being. Those who resist will be slaughtered.

                   As they move freely from country to country in their goal of World Domination, Muslims are raping, burning, beating and stoning women and children and beheading and hanging Homosexuals. They are Pedophiles and regularly engage in Bestiality as an accepted and encouraged practice of their so-called "Religion".  Do you REALLY believe that our Founders intended to grant Religious Protections to creatures such as these? 

                  Today, France actually grew a set and took revenge on Isis. They took the fight to THEM and bombed the living SH_T out of them! You won't hear much about that on CNN. French Leaders have spoken loudly and clearly to the rest of Europe and to the U.S.A, warning us that we are next. Yet we already KNOW what it feels like to be targeted on our own soil, and STILL, we allow the evil to come into America unimpeded. As we all watched the debates last week, Obama was transporting tens of thousands of Syrian "Refugees" into our mid-west states, Idaho in particular. France has made it clear that these "Refugees" consist almost entirely of Muslim Extremist MEN. 

                  Sweden has in the past year, earned the dubious distinction as the Rape Capitol of the World, directly due to the rising number of Muslims in that country. Greece is under siege. Britain is nearly intolerable to live in and now France. Hungary, Germany, Canada, and the U.S are being infiltrated and bullied by Muslims who take our Welfare, attempt to impose Shariah, and take over entire city neighborhoods, parks, and shopping centers , and demand that all "Infidels " and even DOGS be banned from "Their " designated areas !!    Still, we sleep. 

                   WHY ? 


 Settle Down, Lebanon.                                                11-17-2015

              Nobody wins all the time.  The Right watched the Left win in New Lebanon in the past two, local elections and the last two Presidential elections.  It was upsetting, disappointing, and devastating to our town and to America, BUT, we dealt with it.

              We try our best to gain the best, but sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, that's just life. Grown-Ups are supposed to be capable of accepting outcomes and making the best of them. Liberals however, are so unaccustomed to being told "No", or to actually "Losing" any of their silly little battles, that they are completely unable to accept it when they don't get their way. They have tantrums and plot revenge. 

               I am cursed this week with a case of cellulitis complete with fever and chills, the whole nine yards. I look a lot like Shrek right now. Some people say my husband resembles Shrek, but this week, I am definitely closer in looks to the character than Bob is. So it was off to the doctor yesterday for antibiotics, and two cancelled meetings with two more to go before Friday.  I adore my doctor. He is quite Liberal in most areas, but we agree to disagree and we have lively discussions. 

               In my doctor's waiting room are many, Liberal magazines, but yesterday, I was excited to see one I had never seen before. It was called, "The Nation", and featured a cartoon of Preet Bharara standing on Sheldon Silver. For me, this was a ray of hope. Until I opened the cover and on the very first page, read letters to the editor regarding the prior issue. One letter was from a woman in Texas, complaining about how her state is a "Conservative Wasteland" and only her monthly issues of The Nation keep her sane. LOLOL!! (There is no sanity in Liberalism).

               All of the letters were pretty much the same, America-Bashing drivel. So when the Doc and I got to chatting, I mentioned that I did not like his magazines, and he laughed and asked me if I have ever read anything that gave the Left's side of things, that it might be "Good" for me! OMG!  I told him that trying to find ANY media source that offers the opinion of anyone OTHER than the left is nearly impossible ! He shrugged and said, "Well, I have never owned a TV set in my entire life, so I don't really know ". We then discussed the events in France, and I told him that 30% of the "Refugees" have been proven to be young, healthy, single males of combat age. He countered by saying that he believes that 99.9% of the "Refugees" are families seeking asylum. The Left and the Right are just worlds apart in everything.

              At least one of the seven Terrorists responsible for the events in France on Friday, was a young man who slipped in among these refugees, and they believe they will find that several more were as well.  Why is it so hard for the Left to accept the truth?  Why is it preferable to put our own families in peril rather than admit they are wrong? Well, because Liberals are NEVER wrong, they NEVER lose, and they NEVER are told "No". Spoiled brats. 

              Here's a perfect example for you. The University of Missouri whiners are now crying about France stealing their media time! Yes, you heard me right. They are so focused on having people fired from their jobs because some idiot flew a Confederate Flag and another one made a swastika out of excrement, that they think the slaughter of innocent people in France by Muslim extremists, is less important. NONE of these "children" are saying anything about their president sneaking these refugees into America, but they are incensed over imagined racism on their campus. How very deplorable.

              Our own little town is seeing much the same thing. Benson lost. Though he was a Republican candidate, he was 100% in support of the local Liberals and their agendas, and they have lost their Champion. The Bensons have all been Democrats, always, and Mike Benson only ran as a Republican so he could oppose Meg Robertson. We have all known this from Day One. There is nothing Conservative about Mike, and that is one of the many reasons he lost. Yet his silly little supporters refuse to accept that they didn't win this time, and accept the results graciously. 

               None of the Conservatives have done a single thing to rub this loss in their faces, no one is gloating , but the Liberals are still pouting. The level of cruelty and abuse that is being directed at the victors is abominable and shameful. From Facebook, to emails, letters and phone calls, the winners of this election are being berated and abused, called horrible names that I won't even repeat here, and every bit of it is coming from the Liberals. Perhaps one day, these Haters will "Get It" that they lost and will continue to lose as a direct result of their bullying, secrecy, and rabid hunger for "Control" of the lives of others. Country folk do not appreciate being lied to over and over, and we do not sit still for long for being pushed around by people who think they are our masters. It is DONE. 

                I know how very, very hard I worked for this victory and I know how very hard the other locals who love this town worked. We won because we REALLY care about New Lebanon, while the other side cares only for themselves and what they want to morph this town into. It took a lot of the locals too long to see the problems and vote for the preservation of our local culture, but they DID see it, and they DID take action, and they will continue to.

                Liberals love the word, "Coexist", but they hate to have to actually do so with anyone who differs from them. We Conservatives have had to do it in New Lebanon for far too long with no reciprocation from the Lefties. We "Tolerated" Benson and the pushy, city people for four years, and now it is OUR turn to actually get things DONE. Things that will benefit ALL the residents. The Liberals among us will not be harassed by twisted comments on Facebook, they will not receive hateful emails or phone calls from anyone on the winning side, and they will NOT be segregated by US or banned from attending ANY meetings of ANY committee or board. Won't that be refreshing? 

                 ALL opinions and comments will be HEARD and considered, regardless of what wing you fly with, and codes and laws will apply equally to everyone with no favoritism and no bias. THAT is how you run a town, THAT is how you grow a community. So get over yourselves, and stop being terrible sports and crybabies. As my doctor said, read something Conservative, it might be good for you. 


On the very same day that 129 were being massacred in Paris, Obama announced he would dramatically escalate and expand the refugee resettlement program here in the US, bringing in hundreds of thousands of potential terrorists to set free in America. The first two families of these refugees just arrived in New Orleans. The churches there expect many more and are catering to them. They could very well be enabling those who will kill thousands if not millions in the end. They are also an invading force that will change voting and religious demographics across the country. This is the refugee resettlement program that Americans don’t want, but which is being forced upon them by our leaders. We all reflexively cringe over this move… we know there will be terrorists in the mix and the FBI says it is a virtual certainty. Just to be clear, two of the gunmen in Paris had Syrian passports and were refugees. One attacker was a woman and one was as young as 15 as well. The atrocity in France certainly hasn’t halted Obama’s moves over this. It’s Obama’s figurative ‘Death to America!’

From Top Right News:

President Barack Hussein promised that he would be sending thousands of Syrian “refugees” to the US. Well, he is keeping that promise.

As the dead are still being counted in Paris — with one of the terrorists a “Syrian refugee” who entered Europe in October — the first transport of Muslim so-called “refugees” just arrived in New Orleans recently and will be resettled in Louisiana and 180 other American communities. See the list below to find a town close to you.

[…] The 10,000 Syrian refugees are first flown to the United States, according to the French news wire Agence France-Presse, with the State Department paying the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the airfare.

Then, once the refugees arrive in the country, they could be dispersed across the 180 cities listed above, where they are to aided within the first 30 to 90 days in settling and finding employment in the area.

After approximately 90 days, refugees are no longer eligible for the State Department-funded support that they were receiving through migrant and refugee services. However, they are able to join support programs through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Additionally, it is unclear how much the screening process for the 10,000 Syrian refugees will cost American taxpayers.

The State Department spent $1.1 billion resettling people from around the world in the country last year. That’s about $16,000 per person.  (read full article)

Another local New Orleans media outlet adds:

Fox8Live […]  We turned to former New Orleans FBI chief and anti-terrorism expert Jim Bernazzani for insight on whether that’s a legitimate concern. Before coming to New Orleans, Bernazzani worked to ramp up the nation’s anti-terror strategies after 911.

“If I was in charge of ISIL, logistically I’d take advantage of this situation and put my people in, into the United States,” Bernazzani said.

“Now with that said, [the government] is on this, and we have what’s called a Terrorist Screening Center that these individuals will be run through.”

But make no mistake, not every refugee seeking admission to the U.S. would face such scrutiny.

“It’s going to be the 18- to 45-year-old male for the most part,” he said. “It’s a percentage game. It’s not fail-safe, but it’s a percentage game.”

In fact, our own DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson actually said “we don’t know a whole lot” about Syrian refugees coming into America, and that DHS has “no active protocol” for proerly screening them.

And as Top Right News reported in September, Syrian ISIS operative claimed that more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen have already been smuggled into Western nations – “hidden among innocent refugees”.

So we can’t screen them, we have no idea if they are ISIS-trained fighters — but we’re bringing them in anyway?

How did that just work out for France?

And according to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Obama Administration plans on bringing in a staggering 200,000 so-called “refugees” in 2016..meaning these 10,000 in Louisiana are just a down-payment on future terror attacks in New York, L.A, Washington, and God know where else.

This is complete insanity.

There are approximately 180 cities in the country that are eligible to accept the 10,000 Syrian refugees. Is your city among them? See the list below…

US Refugee Public Affiliate Directory

The story out there about 10,000 refugees being dropped on New Orleans is incorrect – it has only been two families so far. But there are many more coming. A Syrian operative has bragged that more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into Western nations. That should end well. We have no way of vetting these refugees, so they are literally ticking time bombs. The world is at war and doesn’t seem to realize it and we are right in the middle of it. I have no faith that our agencies will catch these terrorists. None at all. All it takes is one major attack to be successful. Just ask the French. Just ask those who survived 9/11 here in the States. Islamists have no problem lying to infidels and using them; then killing them in all sorts of horrific ways. When our children and families are dying in the streets like they did in Paris, you can thank Obama, if you are still alive that is.

Syrian Refugees



This won’t come as a surprise to anyone NOT in government. Sadly, it may come as a complete and total shock to those elected to help protect the rights and security of individuals they represent. This because they repeatedly ignore obvious warnings right in front of their faces.

Indeed, it’s being reported that one of the Muslim terrorists was a Syrian refugeeAnd they knew this back in October.


Not a single person in France has a right to keep and bear arms. To even own a firearm requires jumping through a series of barriers and red tape. To own a firearm in France one must pay for and get permission to obtain a hunting or sporting license. This license is only good for a short period and must be constantly renewed.

Additionally, if you intend to hunt using a firearm, you must undergo repeated psychological evaluations to prove mental stability.

Getting caught with a firearm in France can result in up to seven years in prison and steep fines. To our knowledge purchasing a tactical rifle (Considered standard rifles here in the states… such as an AR-15) is simply not possible under any circumstance.

So we know that A) French gun control laws are worthless in fighting bad guys who can still get guns through black market channels, and B) Not a single victim in France was able to defend themselves when the shooting began.


   AND NOW, from the Racist, Whiny, Spoiled, Liberal Scum in Missouri:

These people aren’t human… they are SCUM that just figured out a way to morph into human form! How DARE they act like CRAPPY people in the face of others who are truly suffering through ACTUAL anguish, fear, and loss. When you see what they had to say about the attacks in Paris compared to their RIDICULOUS problems…you will wonder how people like this even exist…

I just can’t believe these people. They’re absolutely abjectly amoral.

UPDATE: So this post has gone viral, and everyone deleted their tweets. I’ve added all the screenshots that I have. Enjoy!!

Surprisingly, the user @Ilovethisnigga seems to have some shame because she deleted this:

“@SleazeMontana” deleted his tweet:


Here’s @MasturBad’s tweet:




UPDATE: A follower sent me a screenshot of this sparkling moron:


I am just speechless. These are monstrously stupid and amoral people. Unbelievable.

Ignorant…selfish…spoiled little brats. They act like they know suffering… NO. The hostages in Paris know suffering…fear, anguish, and heartbreaking sorrow. Get over yourselves…


Obama's View                                                           11-18-2015

              The banner above is the painful truth. If you voted for this ass, you owe the rest of us an apology. You owe your kids and grandkids an apology.  You owe the WORLD an apology, because this administration has had a severe, negative effect on the entire earth and everyone on it.

               Does Obama HAVE a view on anything? Good question. There are times that I see him as a total idiot, incapable of an independent or intelligent thought, reading scripts written by his handlers from a teleprompter that moves so slowly that Obama is forced to Umm, and Ahh, fifteen times per sentence.  Other times, I see him as an America-Hating, sleazy, cunning, evil little viper that knows exactly what he's doing and how much devastation he has brought upon the world in eight, short years. 

                 On Sean Hannity's radio show on Monday, Hannity was LIVID over the events in Paris. He ranted for over an hour about how stupid Obama is and how he is NEVER right about ANYTHING, and called him delusional. I agreed to a small degree, but I also feel that he was not seeing Obama for what he is. Obama may be an ass and a scumbag, but he isn't as stupid as we like to think he is. No, I don't think he's smart enough to have master-minded the horrors we have witnessed since he first took office, but he's smart enough to know what benefits he would reap by complying.

                    Obama and the Thing he is allegedly married to, are leeches and Wanna-Bes. They see themselves as entitled to a Royal lifestyle at the expense of the Serfs, and they feel that they should never be accountable or responsible for anything they do. The Liberals and apathetic Conservatives of America, have lent credence to those beliefs by doing NOTHING to stop their Treason. They have not ONE time, been so much as reprimanded by our Congress or our courts, despite the absolutely undeniable acts of Treason and violations of our Constitutional Laws that they have repeatedly committed.

                     Many books have been written about the Obama Administration and their crimes, and many more books COULD be written, but still, the media and the Democrats in D.C protect the Obamas. Now we are between a rock and a hard place, not just in America, but all over the world. We are literally at War with Islam, Obama's own religion and preferred political system.  After the Paris events, he did say that Islam was a "Twisted Ideology", and THAT my friends, is the FIRST time in his presidency, that he has EVER said anything negative about Muslims. He has refused to call Islam what it is, refused to recognize that the biggest threat to America and to all people everywhere, is Islam. 

                      I have heard too many people say that there is no proof of Obama's being a Muslim. Well, guess what? There is not only plenty of proof, but there is NO proof that he is a Christian as he claimed to be during his first campaign. In fact, his hatred of Christianity is more than obvious. Now, we are at a point that all World Leaders must take a stand to either fight ISIS and Islam in general, or surrender TO it. In America, 30 state Governors have declared that their states will NOT allow any Syrian Refugees in. They will NOT put their residents and families in peril.    THIRTY , and still counting!  Of course, OUR  Governor, Andrew the Worm, has stated that he welcomes them here in N.Y. Gee, smart move. Disarm the people and invite ISIS. Is it any wonder there is a mass exodus from this state? Where does this insanity come from?  LIBERALISM !!!!!

                   At this moment, I am willing to bet that at least half of the people that are reading this post are having strokes over my view of Islam and Liberal Leaders who are endangering the lives of Americans. TOUGH! Maybe it's time for the military, the Veterans, and the PEOPLE to take control and oust this government before America comes under assault, AGAIN. We have the right, and we have the proof of that right in the Constitution. However, I still believe that the American Military Leaders must come together and make a decision. It's time for them to take action and protect the people of this country from their government. The American Public owns more guns than our military does, and we are ready, willing, and able to assist! 

                  Today, Ted Cruz actually called Obama out and asked him for a debate on the Refugee situation. Do you think Obama will take the challenge? Of course not, because he knows he is wrong, and he has no courage. He could never hold his own against a REAL, Constitutional Attorney who loves America and knows the Constitution by HEART. Yes, Cruz has memorized the entire Constitution, every single word. It is Cruz whose intention, if he becomes president, is to return this country to Constitutional Law, 100% , no room for argument. Which is the answer to the problems that plague America and have plagued us since the 1960s.

                   Here's an interesting question for those who support Islam and are willing to welcome Arab Middle Easterners to our soil.

                    I have a bowl of 1000 M&Ms. Ten of them are poisoned and will cause immediate death. How many of you bleeding-heart liberals are willing to step-up and grab a handful of these candies and eat them ? Well guess what?  Allowing these refugees into America is the EXACT same risk.

                    Here's another question for you.  How many of you Muslim sympathizers are willing to take a refugee family into your homes?  Let me know when you decide.  While you're thinking, you might want to ask Andrew Cuomo and Barack Obama if they are taking any of them in. Obama is now claiming that Republicans are afraid of 3-year-old Syrian children. He is also claiming that the Right is willing to accept PROVEN Christian refugees only. Neither statement is even close to being true. As usual.  Republicans and a good number of Democrats as well, fear no little children or their mommas, we just all agree that NO ONE from the Arab Middle East should be given entry. It's called, "Common Sense". 

                  In regard to the religion of the refugees, it's immaterial at this point. NO Arab should be granted asylum in America until we have a means of thoroughly vetting each and every one, period! Anyone can CLAIM to be a certain religion, doesn't mean they ARE. Look at Obama ! 

                   So go ahead and feel sorry for these alleged, desperate "Families" if you want to, but be prepared to take them into YOUR town, YOUR neighborhood, YOUR child's school, and even into YOUR home, because the Conservatives ain't gonna do it! Not because we lack compassion, but because we're not brain-dead and we're not fooled by sad little faces of future killers. We have homeless and hungry kids by the millions right here at home, remember? America FIRST. Americans, FIRST. OUR security comes FIRST and OUR kids come FIRST. If that is not acceptable to you, you are living in the wrong country. 

                    Obama is already threatening to veto any attempt by Congress to stop the acceptance of any Syrian Refugees into America. If he does that, he should be immediately impeached for failing to do the Number ONE job of the president, keeping the American people SAFE. Learn from history, don't be stupid, and don't be gullible to the lies of the Left. One of these days, I'll give you some eye-opening evidence of what PETA really does for animals, and expose even more liberal lies and atrocities. For now, we have our own skins to worry about.


Cheats and Churches                                                11-20-2015

              If you know me, you know how much I abhor the online newsletter called "Imby".  You also know that I usually give it a quick scan each week to see what the Libs are up to in the South End of the county. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

              I also keep tabs on Sam Pratt's blog, which is very well written but also has that Liberal slant to it, as it did this past week, before the events in France. Sam was a tad miffed with Greg Fingar and Jason Nastke, which is understandable. Those two have a lot to answer for to the people of Columbia County, no matter what party the people belong to. I'll get to Mr. Fingar in a bit, but let's talk about Sam's issue first.

             in 2010, several Columbia County towns had decided that they no longer wished to have part-time residents voting in their town elections. Since there are no set rules for or against this practice, it was something that would have to be fought by the People. I agree with the objectors 100%. If you live outside of upstate N.Y for 6 months or more of each year, you should vote where you spend the majority of your time. The problem we are seeing here in upstate N.Y, is absentee ballots from NY City residents who own homes up here, many of whom spend VERY little time here. The results of this practice is to have Liberal Democrats winning the local elections, every time.

               This is a huge problem. Not every small town in N.Y has decent Dems like New Lebanon does, and many of the other towns that are objecting, are seeing newcomers from the city taking over their local governments. Sound familiar?  That's where WE were headed until we stopped it this year. It is not illegal for someone to register to vote where their second home is, but it SHOULD be required that they vote where they spend the most time, it is only fair. 

                The locals lost this battle when they took it to court, the decision of Judge Nichols, (another RINO, by the way). THIS year, the matter again came into the forefront with Fingar and Nastke championing it. Good for them, it's one of the few positive things they have done in a long time. I believe that if the Conservatives continue the fight, they will eventually win, but only if they are steadfast. I hope they DO win. In any case, Sam the Liberal is livid with the two Republicans because he thinks the city folk should be allowed to vote anywhere they wish. Something to consider folks. Do you want the city liberals taking control via absentee ballots of part-timers? If not, you might want to contact Mr. Fingar and get involved. We proved right here in New Lebanon this month, that at least locally, party means nothing, it is CHARACTER that counts, and Active Involvement that Wins! 

                 Now about Greg Fingar. Greg and I are acquainted, but we don't really know one another as well as we know ABOUT one another. Personally, I have no real issues with the man, only with certain things I have been told about him, which may or may not be true. Two reporters for county newspapers have told me that Greg is the landlord for the Chatham Courier and Register Star.  Coming on top of the endless accounts of Greg's influence on what does and does not get printed in these rags, it's a strong likelihood that there is SOME kind of connection there.

                About a week ago, Greg and I shared a couple of emails between us about this question. He claims that he is not the owner of the building that houses the newspapers, and I believe him. No reason not to. However, DID he own their former location ? What exactly IS his connection to the papers? So I asked Greg is he would be willing to have a discussion about the numerous rumors surrounding his influence with the papers and a number of other popular, but unproven rumors pertaining to his connections at the county level. Seeing as how HE had reached out to ME, not the other way around, I thought he might welcome the opportunity to clear the air with the public and give his side of things.

                Apparently, this is not the case. He did not reply to my invitation or offer any further comment. LOL!! That's a shame, because Greg Fingar has a very bad reputation in Columbia County and especially in New Lebanon, and why not take a few minutes to rub some tarnish off his image?  I myself, have a whole LIST of things I would love to ask him about ! First and foremost, I would LOVE to know what if any, part he played in former Sheriff Bubba Harrison's, refusal to investigate reports of Election Law violations in New Lebanon. Just for STARTERS!

                SOOO many questions still unanswered. Oh well, what can we expect with people like Chris Gibson, Bubba Harrison and his Investigators, Judge Nichols, Jason Nastke, and Mike Benson playing in the same sandbox? These are the guys who looked the other way a NUMBER of times when we had election crimes committed and proven, right here in town, including the locking-out of Republican Voters from their own caucus. Judge Nichols was present at THAT embarrassing event, and ALLOWED it, as did our present Sheriff. This is our Republican Party in Columbia County, folks! Feel well-represented? Have faith in Bud Godfroy to rally the Conservatives and defend our values ? LOLOL!!  

                Speaking of Faith, what is happening inside our churches and Jewish Temples? Obviously not much. Where are our Pastors and Rabbis? As we have witnessed the sissification of the American People, have we failed to notice that Wimpiness has also crept into our houses of worship? Has the corrupt and unnecessary IRS terrorized the men of God to the point that they are afraid to speak the truth and lead the flocks? 

                Several years ago, a Hater sent me a couple of emails, claiming that I had been, "Kicked Out" of many churches.  LOL!!  Absolutely not true of course, but I HAVE  walked away from two churches in the past ten years.  I have never been asked to leave a church. In fact, I was a very active member of both of those churches, serving on boards, playing the organ, writing newsletters, organizing activities, teaching, and even gardening and painting. No brag, just truth. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you KNOW why I left the East Nassau Church, which is now attended by about three people when it is attended at all.

                 The second church, was led by a Pastor who was very outspoken about politics and societal issues, which I appreciated, BUT, when his wife became pregnant against his wishes and he refused to speak to her for the entire nine months of her pregnancy, that was too much for ME. He spent part of every Sunday Sermon, whining about how she had "Betrayed" him, because she "Knew" he had grown children and wanted no more. His wife however, was much younger and ached for a child of her own. It wasn't as if he had no part in the pregnancy. Takes two. For ME, no Christian man, and definitely no Pastor, would behave in such a shameful manner. So I walked away.

                 I have been an unofficial member of my present church for five years now, but I stopped attending this past Spring. Not because there were any problems with the people or the Pastor, quite the opposite. It's a Biblical Church with a good Leader, terrific people, and none of the divisive issues or sinful behaviors I found at the other two churches. It just doesn't "Fit", doesn't meet my spiritual needs. Finding a church that IS a good fit, is a major under-taking for most Christians.  Like anything else, there is no perfect church or Pastor, and we must take a lot of time and care in choosing where we will worship, what aspects are most vital and what we can overlook . It's a journey.

                 My friends the Engels, who recently moved to Tennessee, are going through this process right now as they look for the church that is a fit for their family. They too, have had negative experiences and painful trials with the wrong churches in the past, and now they are starting this difficult search once again. If you haven't been there, you can never understand the depth of the Search. So why don't I go to church anymore? Well, that's a long story that I wish to open-up about later this weekend, as well as what I am feeling about the failure of our churches in general, at a time when they most need to take a stand. 

                 This is not a matter that is important only to people of faith, but to all of us. Churches and the people who fill them, have long been the foundation of America and the model for our best values and traditions. Our churches are failing us, ALL of us, the religious and the non-believers alike. This is something we need to look at, and we will. 

                  In the meantime, Congress has had a Victory in the matter of the Syrian Refugees, but the battle is far from won. Obama will attempt to veto, and if he does, he should be removed from the White House by the Military and tried for Treason. Andrew Cuomo should also be removed a.s.a.p. for his view and actions regarding the safety of the people of N.Y. Not that we will ever see this happen, because the People do not know their rights, their power, or their abilities to CHANGE America's dirty diapers with nothing more than determined unity of purpose. 

                 It's easy to be apathetic right now as you sit in your cozy homes, far away from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, where Muslims are waging Jihad on innocent civilians. How long do you think we have before NY City is under siege as well? Or Washington, D.C ? Houston? Chicago ? What if your kids happen to be at the mall or the movie theater when it is bombed or comes under fire by Islamic Extremists? No worries, Hillary says we are not at war with Islam, and we all know how trustworthy Hillary is.


Giving Clergy an "F"                                                   11-21-2015

                    Once upon a time in America, churches were the most important organizations in existence. Pastors, Priests, and Rabbis were courageous and dedicated men who often traveled thousands of miles in a year's time to deliver God's Word to the People.

                     Others stayed in places of great need and built churches, congregations, schools and communities. It was the church that fed the hungry, sheltered the cold and tended to the sick. Even the local news was often delivered at the Sunday Service, because it was the clergymen who knew their community the best, and they were the first to know of the trials, triumphs, needs, and available provisions. It was the clergy who kept the people apprised of the progress of wars and political actions, whose soldier-sons were back home and whose were never coming home. 

                      Churches built most of the early hospitals and homeless shelters, Foundling Homes and Poorhouses, Youth Centers such as the YMCA and YWCA. You DO know what those letters stand for, don't you?  It is undeniable that America flourished and succeeded as a direct result of our churches, strong clergy, and people of faith. Today, America is dying for lack of those very same things. When you cut out the heart, the body dies.

                       By no means were or are all churches perfect, or even "Good". The world has always had its Tyrants, False Prophets, Egoists and Dividers, and it always will. Still, bad churches and clergymen were never as common as they are today, and un-biblical, cult-like congregations were driven out of towns, post-haste. The Institutions of Faith were the great unifiers of the people, the glue that bonded families, neighbors, and communities and fortified not only our spiritual faith but our loyalty to one another and to the amazing country we are blessed to live in.

                        We used to be a grateful people who were dedicated to the preservation of our morals and the defense of the Constitution that protected our God-Given Rights and Liberties. We took care of what we had and of one another with no help from the government, and we were far safer and happier than we are today. 

                         There was little need for Welfare, and if there was, it was temporary, not a lifestyle. There was NO need for the IRS, NSA, DOJ, EnCon, EPA, BLM, DHS, NAACP, ACLU, etc.,etc. We were free, SOVEREIGN, and self-sustaining. The government did its job only so far as the Constitution and the People allowed. The rest was up to US, as it should be, as it was INTENDED to be.

                          Churches today are on the very brink of irrelevancy. The clergy have become weak and timid, the message watered-down so as not to "Offend" the emotionally fragile and immature. We have Pastors like Al Sharpton who deliver messages of hate and incite division and violence. There are Pastors like Joel Osteen who deliver "Feel-Good" sermons and avoid the subject of sin and the consequences of it. Salvation is not given the priority it requires and many churches don't address it at all !

                           We are seeing more and more female and homosexual clergy leading churches, both of which are unacceptable to God, and we see division among churches, denominations, and members of the flock. There has been an exponential surge in the persecution of Christians and Jews since Obama took office and now we see the deadly pandemics of Islam and Liberalism being supported and encouraged.  These enemies of the Human Race have been allowed to flourish because our churches, clergy, and people of faith have done nothing to halt them. Our spiritual leaders have dropped the ball and are cowering in their vestibules.

                            When they should be shouting from the pulpits of America, they are instead bending and collapsing under the weight of Political Correctness and IRS Threats. They are SO fearful of losing their tax exemptions and a handful of pacifistic, pious sheep, that they are sacrificing the entire herd and the pastures that sustain them. 

                             Strong, faithful Men of God would speak from a tattered tent if necessary. True spiritual leaders are duty-bound to be willing to risk everything to deliver God's Word and should never, ever, be afraid, intimidated, or SILENT ! 

                              I believe that every word in the Bible is important and should be read by believers. If it were not relevant, it would not be in the Book, and we need to learn all we can about all of it. Most clergy are very accomplished at interpreting and teaching Bible content. What they absolutely STINK at doing, is addressing the duty of the believers to be Christian Soldiers during trying times such as we see today.  The clergy is not taking the stand that their position requires and they are not calling us to action as they should be. Most of them will give us the details of the Armor of God, but very few will tell us when to fight.

                              If the Catholics, Christians and Jews of America stood strong and united, steadfast and dedicated, our power would be formidable and unprecedented ! Jericho would look like Boot Camp for Kiddies. So where are our Joshuas, where is the Army of God ? We have nothing to fear, for if God be with us, who can stand against us ? The following two scriptures are my favorites;

    "If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and I will forgive their sin and Heal their Land "



      " But now he that hath a purse let him take it, and likewise his scrip, and he that hath no sword, let him sell his cloak and buy one "

                                                                         Luke 22:36

                                So what are we waiting for?  We are waiting for our clergy to Man-Up, Stand-Up, and Speak-Up, and unite the Soldiers, and unless and until they DO, the death of America and the deterioration of our world will continue and hasten. So no, I don't attend church anymore. I can no longer sit silently in a pew and listen to sermons about reaping and sowing while the world burns. I want, I NEED, to hear a pastor speak from the pulpit about what is happening in our country and what God would have us do about it. I want to hear a courageous "Call to Action" and a plan to unify the churches and temples to address and fight this evil. Until that happens, church is no longer for ME.

                                 There are four churches in our little town. Four churches that cannot even manage to work together and strengthen this tiny community because of "Doctrinal Differences". For me, that's a Cop-Out, and it's a selfish, elitist attitude that is anything BUT Christian. My own faith and sense of Christian Duty is strengthened far more by a Bible Study at my kitchen table with like-thinkers and in quiet conversations with God, than by sitting in a cold, hard pew for an hour.  Just Sayin'. 


Dave Daubenmire July 30, 2015

Christianity Needs To Man-Up

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
Matt. 11:12

The root word of violence is violate. To violate is "to take away, interfere with, or ignore (something, such as a person's rights or privacy) in an unfair or illegal way."

Despite what we have been taught, violence does not always imply the use of physical weapons such as gunsknives, bombs, or clubs. It is possible to be violent simply by using words.

Our nation, once purposed to be modeled after God's Kingdom, has been stolen from us. We have been violated, not with physical weapons, but by the use of words, laws, ridicule, and indoctrination.

There are two spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. They are in an eternal struggle for dominance in the natural world. Most people are oblivious to this battle.

Let me stop right here a second. I know what many of you are thinking…that this natural world is beyond redemption. Part of me tends to agree with that position…that we are about to get what we deserve. Most of the American church has chosen to hide and wait. But the other part of me causes me to follow the command of my Father to "Occupy until I return." Our choices today seem to be fight or flight. Occupy is an action verb.

Militant is another one of those words that scares Christians because it is manly. We tend to believe that "love" is the greatest weapon…and it is…but "loving" people while they rob you blind borders on insanity. Real men defend things.

"Militant" is defined as "having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something."
Military: "of or relating to ground or sometimes ground and air forces." It is time to man-up Brothers.

Like it or not, God has armed forces and "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." Spiritually-armed, masculine Christians fight a natural war with "spiritual weaponry."

But Christians have bought a lie. We have swallowed the bait that Christians are not supposed to be aggressive…forceful…warriors. The idea that we are in the world but we are not OF the world doesn't mean we are not to fight. Christians are instructed to bring spiritual weapons to the battle. Spiritual weapons can be violent…they tear down, penetrate, uproot. Those are aggressive, war-like words.

Christians are losing the culture war. Every institution in America is now under the control of those who hate God. Our public schools, government, universities, entertainment, legal, media, political parties, and churches are under the control of the kingdom of darkness.

How has this happened? The kingdom of darkness does its work in the dark. They have seized every one of our institutions without firing a shot. They have used their weapons of lies and deceit to violate and destroy all that is good. They have invaded every Godly institution, bombarded us with lies, and stolen the future of our children and grandchildren.

They have been militant. As a result, we have been violated. They have taken from our children what was rightfully theirs. The Kingdom of God has suffered violence. It is time to drop the sissified Gospel and reinvigorate the masculine side of our faith.

Let's face it. There is absolutely no institution in modern America that Christianity has controlling influence over.

They slaughter unborn babies and force us to pay for it. They sell their little body-parts for personal gain. The command you to bake homo-cakes and demand you violate your conscience.

American Christianity will lead you to Heaven while it lets the world go to hell.

The haters of God have become emboldened. They have no conscience, no mercy, and no remorse. They get caught selling baby parts and become outraged at the one who made the film for doing it "secretly." Everything our opponents do is rooted in deceit.

Christians must become more focused…more aggressive with our faith if we are to save Western Civilization. The idea that one can win by surrendering is a doctrine of demons that has infiltrated the American Christian mindset.

"Have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them." Sadly, for the most part, we are taught to embrace, encourage, and love those who practice such fruitless acts. Abortion is the destruction of fruit. Divorce destroys fruit. Homosexuality is fruitless. God hates them all.

I know this will cause some of you to gasp, but Paul, in Romans 1, speaking on behalf of Jesus, warned us that those who practice such things "are worthy of death." But he didn't just point the proverbial finger at the one who engages in the act, but also to those who "take pleasure" in those who do it.

Evil is real and some people are evil. It is time we faced up to it. Loving the sinner and hating the sin hasn't worked. That was Gandhi's suggestion, not our Lord's. Loving sinners more than we hate their sin validates our own shortcomings. Jesus called us to "be perfect," not "love the sinner."

People are flocking to Donald Trump because he is violent and militant in his language. The church needs some militant, violent, Christian Donald Trumps. It is time to man-up.



Haters' Month                                                                 11-23-2015

             It's been a good month for Haters.  LOL!! October and November, especially the latter, always seem to have a profound affect on highly emotional people, myself included. 

              The loss of daylight hours, the cooling of the air, the stress of the holidays, and the turning of colorful flora to drab browns can all be depressing. In fact, the Fall Funk is so common and legitimate, that there are now syndromes named for the malady, such as S.A.D, or "Seasonal Affective Disorder". Whatever the causes may be, it's hard to ignore the obvious changes in those around us and often, in ourselves. 

               This year has been particularly difficult for the susceptible for reasons I can only guess at. Maybe finances are tighter, maybe it's election-exhaustion, and I'm sure the events we hear about on the news each day are contributors. People are frightened, many feel hopeless, and a great number are angry.

                 Every day, we hear about another assault by Muslim extremists somewhere in the world, of universities in America where students are protesting some imagined injustice or slight, or some minority group is crying racism. It's all trivial B.S.  Hate is almost always a poisonous side effect of anger and it always, ALWAYS is more detrimental to the Hater than the Hated. So it is not unusual for my Hate Mail to increase at this time of year when people are the most emotional. This year may be a bit worse than others due to the emotionally-retarded in our town who have suffered a serious, political loss.

                  I feel zero sympathy for these people for not getting their way, but I do pity them for their lack of maturity. It must be very painful to be incapable of moving past your losses and realizing that you are not as omnipotent as you thought you were. Did you know, that some of these people have been calling Mr. Pandey and telling him to "Stop Gloating" and take down the "Thank You" sign at the former motel ? LOL!! Yes, they are THAT pouty. Mr. Pandey has the right to keep the sign up for all eternity if he so desires, it's his property, but he finally found time in his very busy schedule to remove it this weekend. His hours are the reason it was not removed sooner, and it had nothing to do with "Gloating".  Hopefully, he put the "Thank You" sign in a safe place so we can re-use it two years from now.

                  Sometimes I don't get to check all my email in a timely manner.  I have three email accounts and all three receive in excess of 300 emails per day. It's like bailing out the ocean with a spoon some days. So I missed the most recent Hate Email I received from, YOU GUESSED IT, yet another anonymous  writer. THIS one calls herself, Nichelle Kane. With an "N". LOLOL!!  Not too creative. She claims that she doesn't know why I would think that anyone cares about my opinion. Well Nichelle, I DON'T. However, if you don't care what I think or have to say, why are you reading my blog 

                 It's always the same old, weak attempts at getting me riled, which never work. These are people who can NEVER spell or form a proper sentence, and this one was no different. They all claim to hate me, but they're READING ME. So who is the Idiot? LOLOL!! Oh my goodness. As usual, I offered to meet this one face-to-face, as I do with all of them. EVERY SINGLE TIME, it is the last I hear from them. They refuse to meet and talk with me because they know they have no argument, no ammo in their guns. They just need to say stupid things to relieve their own angst. I win.

                 Speaking of people who hide, I have still not heard from Mr. Fingar in response to my invitation. I guess he must be busy with holiday plans, because a big-shot like him would never back down from ME, would he?  I'm sarcastic, but I really don't bite. 

                  There are some interesting things coming up that I will be reporting here soon. More evidence of the sour grapes and lack of sportsmanship of the local liberals and some very bad press for  the press. So much to say, so frustrating having to wait to say it. Ahh, but all good things are worth waiting for, right? 

                    I want to mention one important piece before it slips my aging mind. When I speak of Men of Character, and I do so often, I mean men who are willing to behave like strong adults and gentlemen. An example is what Tony Murad did when Colleen Teal won the Supervisors' seat. Tony called Colleen and congratulated her on her clean campaign and her win. Even though he openly supported Benson, he also accepted the loss graciously and did the right thing. THAT is how a man behaves. Kudos to Tony, who has redeemed some points with PACT.

                    So to those of you who are writing vile emails to Colleen and the other victors, and to me, to those of you who are making nasty phone calls like those Mr. Pandey received, take a lesson. 


 Turkeys                                                                           11-25-2015

                Betty Crocker I am not. I hate to cook. If I lived alone I would have no need for a kitchen at all. 

                 Now that the grandkids are grown up, I decided months ago that this year, we were going out for Thanksgiving. Everyone was told that this was the plan and that was that. There were no objections until about three weeks ago, when the newlywed, daughter-in-law decided that she wanted to cook for her first Thanksgiving as a married woman. Well okay, I get that, but the problem is that her oven is unreliable, so you know what that means. Dinner at JJs'. Again.

                 Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for family and the fact that they actually LIKE spending time with us older folks, but I also love a clean kitchen that looks pretty much unused. Truthfully, it if were up to me, it WOULD be unused. The kid however, loves to cook and dreams of owning her own Diner one day. She's a kitchen ace and makes and decorates awesome cakes, super-cookies, you name it. Definitely NOT my thing. 

                  We have a pretty good arrangement for most of our family dinners. I love to clean, she hates it. She loves to cook, I hate it, so she cooks , I clean up. It works out well most of the time, but I just have too much to do this year to deal with the chaos. Not cooking does not mean less work by any stretch, there still are pies to bake, a house to polish, painting supplies to remove from the kitchen table and hide behind the couch, you get the gist. So THIS year, the kids all volunteered to do the cooking AND the clean-up if I would agree to have the meal here. Hmm.

                   Still pies to bake and a house to polish, paints to put away, AND, no matter how well they clean-up, I will be going behind them and REALLY cleaning-up, so I don't see the advantage here. LOL!! Still, I lost, because there's something about beautiful young ladies you love, sticking their bottom lips out in disappointment that always gets Nana to fold. I folded. The pies are made, the house is shiny, and the paints are gone from the table. The turkey is in the sink in cold water and the veggies are peeled and cut. (WHO'S  cooking?) 

                    I have already announced that I will NOT give-in next year, we are going OUT. (Yeah, right). At least I'll get some rest on Friday when the loony youngsters go out and risk life and limb to shop Black Friday bargains. While they fight the crowds, I will be enjoying the removal of the Fall decorations and starting on the Christmas ones. 

                     We all have our traditions, usually passed down from previous generations of our families. Some of us have eliminated the ones we never enjoyed and added new ones of our own. One thing my parents never did but I like to do, is an after-dinner break to allow each guest to say what they are thankful for. I wish we could be more thankful all year round, but at least on the holiday, we do take a few moments to think about who and what we have. For some reason, Thanksgiving always make me think more about our veterans than Veteran's Day does. Maybe it's because I know that on this day, families all over America will have an empty seat at the table, or a wheelchair that wasn't there last year. Others will be celebrating the fact that someone special IS at the table, when a short time ago they weren't sure that person would ever be there again.

                      I have never had a soldier in my family, but I feel that ALL soldiers are our family. Tonight, my younger grand-daughter is serving meals to the homeless, the needy, and the Veterans at the Equinox Dinner. I am very proud of her. She is all heart, ditzy as they come, but a really, GOOD kid. I am thankful to have her. I'm thankful for the whole mis-matched group I call family, even though some days they make me want to run away for a long weekend. I'm grateful to be a Saved Christian, a Patriotic Conservative, and a servant to my God and my country. My little cabin is no castle, and there are still many things unfinished here, but I am grateful to have it and to not be looking for a place to lay my head at night. I am grateful to be a Free American.

                       We have much in America, and we are so blessed in so many ways that we too often forget what we have, and how many good souls fought and died to give it to us. We forget that each and every one of us has a duty to protect and preserve those blessings or we will surely lose them. So this Thanksgiving, when you have your loved ones gathered at the table, take the time to talk about the things that really matter. Tell the young ones about your memories of America when you were their age, and share the history of our Freedoms. Help them to see why it is so important for today's Americans to remember the sacrifices of those who came before us, and those who are still fighting to keep us free today.

                        I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. 


 New Lebanon:  In January, I will be starting a Fund-Raising Drive to raise money to buy flags for the utility poles on the main mile in town. We are one of the VERY few towns in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties that does not have these.  Several local business owners and residents have already offered to pitch-in and I will be doing so as well. If you would like to be a part of this, I will be posting the details after January 1st as to how to donate. Many thanks!  JJ


 Lil' Pink-Haired Girls                                                      11-26-2015

               It's going to be little tough for me to be nice here, but I AM dealing with a child, so I will attempt to bear in mind that she is unarmed. Sadly, so many of our youth are terribly uninformed and misinformed, far worse than the adult Liberals, if that's even possible.

               My new, little Hater, Nichelle with an "N", has turned out to be a young girl with an identity crisis and very pink hair. I have no objection to self-expression, but I DO object to little kids who cannot spell three words out of every four, telling ME to stop "Picking on her friends". LOL!! I don't know if this kid even lives in Lebanon, and I pray she didn't go to our high school ! Nichelle sent me another email today, telling me that she had waited on me today when I went into Thruway Beverage. 

                Lil' Pink-Haired Girl has a right to an opinion and to voice it, but she should really learn a few things first. Honey, never open your mouth or an argument unprepared, and don't bring a knife to a gunfight. LOL!!  I would bet you dollars to donuts that I can name exactly WHO her friend is that she is so offended for. All I have to do is put her physical appearance together with my most recent posts, and I know who it is. Sooo easy.

                I have no issue with her personal style or taste, it's her business, and I do not sink to that level in any case, especially with a kid.  She tells me she is a "Sweetheart", and maybe she is, but she is definitely over-stepping by using her position at Thruway Beverage to abuse residents of this town. She said some nasty things about our new Supervisor and even threatened her chances at a second election win, intimating that there is a coup afoot already. Knowing what I'm sure I know about who her friends are, I don't doubt it. LOL!!   It's all immature babble from a kid with no clue, BUT, this is NOT the first time we have heard some very serious , false comments from employees of this store.

                The owner of T-Bev does not live in Lebanon, and neither does Pete, the old fart that is living in the back room and attacked Colleen with erroneous accusations about town finances. He can talk all he wants, we all can, we still have Freedom of Speech, but to make claims about an official giving themselves a raise when that is 100% untrue, is treading on dangerous ground. LEGALLY dangerous. So I think it is time for those of you who supported Colleen to stop in to Thruway Beverage and let Pete and Pinkie know what you think about them using that store to slander town officials to anyone who will listen. Believe me, when Pete talks, you have no choice but to listen! He is SO loud and obnoxious, it's impossible to ignore. 

                At the very least, they should get a copy of the budget before they accuse. On the other hand, let them continue to slander and end up with lawsuits and no jobs. So far as Pinkie is concerned, I wish her the best, she is very young and has an awful lot to learn. First and foremost, it would be wonderful if she would go back to school and take some spelling and writing classes so she can get a better job than the one she now has, and have a decent life. There are not too many GOOD jobs available for people who are not able to communicate in writing. 

                In the meantime, another local business goes on the Boycott list.

                By the way, Congratulations to New Lebanon High School for the distinction of being the best-performing school in the county, academically, and to all the Honor Roll Students. We are proud of you. 


   The pictures below are for Nichelle with an "N".


 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly                               11-30-2015

                  Our long weekend is over. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and a restful break. 

                   Over the past few days, I've gone out of my way to speak to a variety of people, from those closest to me, to complete strangers. One woman I met, told me she was a practicing Jew and looking forward to Chanukah. Here was my opportunity to ask that question that burns in my heart every day, "Why do American Jews vote for those who oppose Israel ?". She told me that her Rabbi speaks about that issue often, and the only reason she can see for the betrayal, is the American culture itself. She said, "It's not just American Jews, it's Americans today in general".  Wow. 

                    My goal in talking to people this weekend was to find something positive to share on this blog. Folks are their most compassionate during the holiday season and we are treated to stories of selflessness and kindness, sappy, Made-for-TV movies,and a brief renewal of spirituality. The key word being, " Brief ". 

                     Though there are plenty of people and organizations that do charitable things all year-round, we seldom hear much about them and rarely see the warmth and good cheer that exists during the holidays at other times of the year. So I was truly hoping to find some "GOOD" news to give my readers to begin this new month, but it was not to be.  Believe it or not, being the "Voice of Doom" most of the time is not fun, but it IS preferable to remaining silent about things that matter.

                      In elementary school, I was always in trouble for fighting with the bullies who tormented the weak or for refusing to take part in things I didn't believe in or agree with. I had no desire to be a Troublemaker, I just couldn't look the other way when injustice was apparent. Not that I WOULDN'T, I just COULDN'T. Obviously, I still haven't learned my lesson and given-in to the "Fall-in-Line " mentality. I still pay a price for it and I still gain new haters pretty regularly, but I don't care. The consequences are petty when compared to the guilt I would live with if I surrendered to the P.C Police and became a "Good Little Soldier" to the oppressive progressives.

                      So many people have been mentally and emotionally beaten into submission by the liberal agenda, the media and excessive government mandates, and intervention into areas of our lives that it has no business being in.  Far too few people have been willing to give the Left the Middle Finger and speak freely, expose the lies and defend their values against those who have none.  There is that price that comes with taking a stand and revealing ugly truths, a price that most are unwilling to pay. 

                       The cost of silence and conformity however, is far higher. We have to be willing to become the target of haters, critics, and the complicit, and we must be prepared to stand alone, a LOT.  There can be no quitting, no surrender. So yes, I know that the majority of my posts are too negative, but they are merely the product of current events and reality, and a dedication to exposing the hard stuff that the media hides or excuses.

                        For instance, have you ever heard of "Operation Mockingbird"? If not, it's worth your time to look into it and read all you can. Then think long and hard about what our present administration has been doing for the past seven years. When George Orwell's "1984" was first published in 1949, most who read it considered it silly and fantastical. Though Orwell's timeline was inaccurate by a few decades, his vision was right-on. We are no longer inching toward Communism and the world of Orwell, we are racing headlong into it. All that stands between us and that reality, is the Second Amendment.

                        The fact that so many millions of Americans are well-armed, is the only thing preserving our Constitutional Freedoms, like it or not. At this point in time, the progressive agenda cannot be fulfilled, precisely due to that fact. Last week, Obama made the statement that his Number ONE goal for 2016 is Gun Control. Conservatives have known from Obama's first day in office that this was at the top of his "To-Do" list, it's no surprise. Fortunately, we also knew that it was and is the one item he will never put a check-mark next to.

                         Though Obama and his minions HAVE succeeded in injecting Socialism into many areas of American Society, such as division between races, religions, and sexual identities,  leading to unconstitutional laws and restrictions of freedom, there is still much he has NOT been successful in doing. Yet. We have always had issues of division and always will, but until Obama, we had learned to live in relative peace with one another. The fires of the 1960s had cooled to embers, until Obama came along with his gas can.

                            There are SO many reasons for the left to deliberately incite a race war that we would need a couple of days to discuss them all. For now, suffice it to say that heated racial division is of great benefit to the liberal agenda. In the last two weeks, we have witnessed college campuses being turned into protest centers and Free Speech battlegrounds. Students have demanded the firing of key staff members who they feel did not do enough to protect their infantile "Feelings". Well guess what kiddies, you're big boys and girls now and you need to grow up and deal with real life. 

                            Don't like your college? Go to a different one.  Can't survive an insult or ignore a racial comment? Try opening a dialogue among the staff and students and WORK it OUT. Demanding that innocent people be fired will only serve to exacerbate the resentment of those you believe are persecuting you ! Want to see REAL persecution? Take a hard look at the Arab Christians. Take a look at Israel. Or how about the citizens of North Korea who don't even know there is a free world outside their borders? 

                              YOU do not decide who should lose their livelihood to pay for your offended feelings, you only decide how you will respond to the offense, as mature adults, or spoiled brats who need the government to protect their emotions.  What these diaper-bottomed college kids don't GET, is that they are accomplishing nothing but a fresh assault on the First Amendment rights of ALL Americans. If they were to get their way and succeed in the policing of speech, the very protests and sit-ins they are staging right now would become illegal!  THEIR speech, THEIR opinions, THEIR gathering and sign-waving, would be cause for THEIR arrests, right along with the people that they seek to silence !

                                There will be no Pink Hair, Tattoos, nose piercings, or Che Guevara Tee Shirts on campus because someone may be "Offended" by those things. Freedom of expression, speech, religion, and the right to seek a redress of grievances, will all cease to exist, and it will apply to THEM,  equally! Yes, these academics and know-it-all students ARE that stupid !!

                                  Meanwhile in Chicago, Black Rioters are taking to the streets again. A young, Black man was shot SIXTEEN TIMES by a white police officer 13 months ago. It was absolutely, cold-blooded murder, no question about it. This cop had received 14 formal complaints of excessive force during his 16-year career and should have been fired years ago and never allowed to own a firearm again. His superiors dropped the ball. Today, that cop sits in a jail cell charged with First Degree Murder, which is more than justified. The family of his victim has received a five-million dollar settlement from the city. The family also requested that the video of the shooting never be shown to the public, because they KNEW what would happen. 

                                  Despite the fact that Justice has been served in this case and the killer will rot in prison, and the family compensated, they still riot. What do they WANT? Why do they riot? They riot because they ENJOY it, they know there will be no consequences, and they can smash store windows and do their Christmas shopping for free. That's why. They riot because we ALLOW them to.

                                    Also last week, Obama likened the Syrian Refugees to the Pilgrims. LOL!! REALLY ?!  How many similarities do you see between the Pilgrims and the violent Syrians running amok across Europe? America is a land that was made great by immigrants. LEGAL immigrants. People who endured thorough  vetting, medical clearance, and proof of the ability to sustain themselves and their families, among many other things. These were not people who climbed over our fences or slithered through tunnels, they did not blend-in with desperate families only to commit felonies and acts of terror once they were here. These Syrians are no Pilgrims, Pilgrim. 

                                   Here at home, a 20-year-old girl from Livingston gave birth to a little boy while she was at work, then tossed the baby into a dumpster. She returned to her work duties with bloody hands, obviously in shock and most likely suffering from a mental illness. She has been charged with murder.  At the same time, all over America, late-term and live-birth abortions are performed dozens of times per day, Legally. So which is it, Choice or Murder ? You can't have it both ways, Liberals. Pick one. 

                                      In New Lebanon, we are now looking at yet another liberal eyesore called, "Camp Now", sited at the former Triple Nickel. I can only guess at what THAT is all about.

                                     Today, Obama and 147 other world "Leaders" are meeting to address "Climate Change". While the world burns around us all, they are discussing the Carbon Footprint fallacy and lying to the people about the perils of a phenomenon that does not even exist. The bankers, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, and the rest of the Bilderberg thugs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, are scrambling to preserve their heavy investments in Green Energy and their thirst for more environmental control. Hence, Global Warming was invented by the same idiot who claimed to have invented the internet. Al Gore, who travels by jet plane and drives a car. 

                                     Yup, that cyclical weather that we have had since the beginning of time is a real danger and far more important than the steady flow of felons and terrorists into our country. A couple of warm winters in a decade are more concerning than all the other horrors we are facing as a society today. Idiots. 

                                      Yet through all of the bad news comes a glimmer of hope, a tiny taste of justice. Sheldon Silver has been found guilty on all charges, and at last, the door has been thrown open wide to the political vacuum cleaner known as Preet Bharara. Dean Skelos and son will be next to fall, and inside info promises that Cuomo will soon face the same consequences. Every now and then, the Good Guys win one, as we did on November 5th. That's TWO, so let's hope that things really DO run in threes. 

           Sleep Well, New Lebanon !



 False Flags Waving                                                12-2-2015

                 As I write this, another "Alleged" mass-shooting is taking place in California.  

                  A man is being interviewed right now whose daughter is supposedly inside the business complex, yet he appears to be amazingly calm, almost sleepy.  The most concerning piece of this event already, is a fact that I expected to hear in the coming days, but have heard IMMEDIATELY, is that there was a Police Training Exercise in process a few miles away, allowing a speedy response.  This has been the case in almost all of the active-shooter scenarios we have seen in recent years. 

                  Sandy Hook in particular, was not just a couple of miles from a Law-Enforcement exercise, it WAS an exercise. It was also a very poorly executed, False Flag Operation put in place by the Obama administration. The evidence for the Sandy Hook event being a False Flag Op is prolific and indisputable and outweighs any evidence for it having been real by at least 20 to 1. Many, many expert investigators with decades of experience and high credibility, have provided proof of the Sandy Hook lie. These experts include Federal Agents, Connecticut State Police Officers, and Police from surrounding towns.

                  Some of these experts have received such serious threats from the government, that they have been forced to continue their delivery of evidence by taking on false identities.  Considering how many Americans swallowed the Sandy Hook lie, it was a terribly cruel and evil thing for the government to do.    Yet that is what governments DO, cruel and evil things that facilitate their agenda, the agenda to implement more draconian gun regulations and eventually, disarmament. 

                   Operation Fast and Furious was the first large-scale attempt by the Obama administration to demonize gun ownership by American citizens.   It was Eric Holder's baby, and he blew it BIG TIME. F and F did not succeed in its original purpose, but it DID succeed in providing high-powered weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels who then used those guns to murder Border Guard, Brian Terry. These same guns were also used to commit mass-murders among rival gangs in Mexico and the "Collateral Damage" of innocent by-standers, including a group of teenagers who were attending a birthday party. 

                   Not only was the deliberate arming of foreign felons by the U.S government an act of Treason, but losing track of the weapons which resulted in countless murders has never been addressed ! Eric Holder should have been convicted and given the death sentence, but instead he was allowed to walk away unscathed AND keep his job as the highest-ranking , law-enforcement official in America ! (Even though he NEVER served in Law Enforcement).

                  There has never been justice for Brian Terry or his family or for the many others killed by Holder's guns, and there never will be. He and Obama never even lost a minute of sleep.  Hillary Clinton will also walk away from the Benghazi massacre she was responsible for, scot-free and unrepentant. She and her husband, Slick Willy, have left too many dead bodies in their wake over the years and paid no price for a single one. There is NO question that the Clintons are responsible for a number of mysterious deaths, yet she is still a candidate for the Presidency of the greatest country on earth. What the HELL are the American People drinking ?!

                 Those who live in cities should consider giving up the drinking of public water. It was Fluoride that Hitler used to sterilize and dumb-down the inmates if his concentration camps. At least they died with healthy teeth.

                  People who believe that the government has our best interest at heart, that they would never lie to us or mislead us, or compromise our safety, are gullible fools.  Ordinary citizens are always expendable and so are political actors who dare to buck the system.  Just a day or two ago, I mentioned Obama's  "To-Do" list and his dream of implementing severe gun control laws.  Minutes ago, a reporter at the scene of today's "event" stated that America has seen an alarming spike in this type of event since 2008. Gee, what ELSE happened in 2008 ? If you think it's coincidence, you're fooling yourself.

                 The spike in violence of ALL types in America since 2008 cannot be ignored. Most violent acts committed do NOT involve guns, but you aren't told about that. It isn't sensationalized by the media as gun crimes are. So why ARE people more violent these days?  Where do we BEGIN ?!

                 Persecution of Christians and the Faith, Laws against public prayer, Liberal curriculum in our schools and universities, loss of industry and an unprecedented level of joblessness. The sanctioning of deviant behaviors and lifestyles, racial division, environmental Naziism, oppression of our Constitutional Rights and protections, the healthcare nightmare, and lack of consequences for lawless officials. Think people are frustrated?  Open borders, dangerous illegal invasions of un-vetted people from enemy countries, the weakening of our dollar and our military, and the neglect of our veterans and patriotic traditions, ALL serve to push many people over the edge.

                  (Did you know that Willie Fuchs passed away in early November? He died in the parking lot of the Albany V.A following a visit to the doctor. As he suffered a major heart attack, his family members ran into the V.A to seek help. V.A staff told them that their emergency room was closed for the day and they should call 911 !!) 

                    I sincerely hope that most of you will make a promise to yourselves and your families to always, actively seek truth. Never, ever believe what you hear and see on the news. As you watch the coverage of today's events in California, look closely at the players. Gauge the reactions and lack of, of the family members being interviewed. Do these people look appropriately upset to YOU? Does the medical response to the scene appear to be at all unusual for the situation? Did you know, that one of the alleged shooters has already been tentatively identified as a Muslim named Farooq Saeed ? 

                    No, of course you didn't, you're listening to the mainstream media.  You DID already hear that guns are the cause, but there has been no mention of Islam. 

                     Wake UP, America and stop being so gullible. Question EVERYTHING !!


  (By the way, if you're not boycotting Nestle, you SHOULD be!)


 Muslims and Munitions                                             12-6-2015

I did not listen to Obama's speech tonight. Just his voice is enough to set my teeth on edge, and then nothing but lies, accusations against the innocent, denial of reality, and snide remarks about pro-gun Republicans begin to flow from his forked tongue. Who wants to listen to THAT ?! Especially from the person who is SUPPOSED to be protecting American citizens.

I DID have the unpleasant experience of listening to Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Chris Christie on the early morning show today, and that wasn't a whole lot better than listening to Obama. Sanders is worse than Biden, if that's possible. Another foolish old man with Socialist ideals and an inability to get a sentence out without tripping all over his own tongue. If he wasn't so annoying and enchanted, he would be comical. Imagine THAT guy as President ?! Good Lord !

Trump says all the right things, all the things that Conservatives , Patriots, and People of Faith want and need to hear. However, he is crude, rude, opinionated, and has NO clue when it comes to foreign policy. I despise Political Correctness , but I am not a fan of boors, either. Trump is a Boor. Not only that, but I will never believe that he is not working directly for the Clintons, and should he win the election, we would have another four years of Clinton Control. I am far from alone in this belief, millions of Conservatives feel the same way. Once sworn-in to office, Trump would go full left.         Not to mention that if he won, our First Lady would be a former ,Playboy Centerfold model.

Christie says a lot of things I like hearing, but let's face it, he's the governor of New Jersey, one of the top three, most liberal states in America. He has changed his mind about too many things over the years, and I think he would say anything  to get elected, then once in, he too would revert to his old ways. I guess it's a matter of trust, and neither Trump or Christie have said or done anything to earn MINE. Quite the opposite. Then there's Andrew Cuomo, who stated last week that Americans love guns more than their country. The truth is, that Americans who are armed are the people who love their country the most! WE are the people who are willing and able to defend America and our neighbors and families. Cuomo is an ass, and his days in office are numbered. Think about THIS for a minute; Not ten days ago, he stated that he wants to see the State of New York become the first, Aids-Free state. This, from the guy who made same-sex marriage legal in N.Y via executive order two years ago ! DUH !! But I digress.

Obama says that Terrorism is the result of Climate Change. How do you even respond  to that ? How do you take seriously a man who thinks non-existent , Global Warming is the most dangerous thing we face as a country today ? How about we CLOSE THE BORDER ?! He and Sanders both said that the way to fight ISIS is to put “Muslim Boots on the Ground”. Seriously ? These are the people that our soldiers spent 13 years training and arming, only to have them run and hide from ISIS when left to fight on their own ! It was Obama's political move of prematurely withdrawing our troops that allowed ISIS to form and grow. HE is totally responsible for the rise of ISIS and for failing to nip them in the bud when they were still manageable. ISIS is fighting and murdering innocent people with AMERICAN arms and equipment that the Iraqis abandoned when they fled in fear. Obama ARMED them, Obama created  them ! For VOTES. So he and Bernie Sanders think that the Muslims will fight ISIS NOW ?! LOLOL!!!!

Belgium is also under assault by Islamic extremists and Syrian Refugees, and THEY are pointing the finger directly at Obama and his administration. They are correct. However, at the same time, why is it always America who must rescue the world from themselves ? Where were the Belgium troops in the Middle East ? Where were the Greeks, the Germans, etc.,etc. ? Where are they NOW ? This is not an American issue anymore, it is a World Issue, and it will take all of us to fight this nightmare and END it, and we better do it damn soon.

Meanwhile, the gun-grabbers are still blaming firearms for every shooting that happens in America. Sanders actually said that we have had over 350 mass-shootings in America in the past year! LOLOL!!!! Wonder where he gets HIS numbers ? Wonder where Obama gets the data that mass-shootings don't happen anywhere else but in America ? I can provide him with photos of Jews being shot and dumped into pits by the thousands, and recent photos of Christians suffering the identical fate at the hands of Muslims in the Middle East, and so on and so on. It's the Ostrich Syndrome.

I'm told that Firearm Safety Courses in New York are booked solid until late February. You can bet that the same thing is true all across America, as this year's Black Friday saw a record-breaking number of guns sold for Christmas. More even than right after Obama's first election, a gun-rush that earned Obama the Title of “Gun Salesman of the Decade”. With the increase in terror attacks and the number of Muslims being allowed to invade our shores, as well as the open border and the other dangerous illegals flowing in, is it really any surprise that so many Americans are arming-up ?

Sheriff VonBlarcum of Ulster County, N.Y had HIS say last week. He has publicly encouraged citizens with CCW Permits, to carry their firearms every time they leave their homes. He stated that in the event of a situation like San Bernardino, he and his Deputies would appreciate the help. AMEN. Many Sheriffs are following VonBlarcum's example. Good for THEM. EVERY American IS the Militia. The others are targets.

What people like Sanders, Obama, Cuomo, Hillary, Bloomberg and the other gun-grabbers don't GET, is that the Second Amendment was written for just such a time as this, to allow the good people of this country to assist Law Enforcement and protect all they hold dear from foreign invasion and an over-reaching government. We now have both. We must be prepared to do whatever we must. Americans don't LOVE guns more than their country, they LOVE Freedom. They LOVE safety. They are dedicated to the preservation of those things and if it takes guns to ensure that protection, then so be it. The more these idiots talk, the more they threaten us with more draconian gun regulations, the more we will buy the guns, the ammo, and the emergency supplies. We are a Formidable Force, and getting stronger every day.

The Second Amendment will NEVER go away, it will NEVER be amended, and it will NOT be infringed for even one more minute. The people are finished with waiting for the government to do its job and protect the American citizenry, and we will no longer obey unconstitutional laws and mandates that seek to disarm us or limit our access to effective weapons. It's that great NEW practice of standing strong and saying, “NO!”.

It's interesting that not one of these loud-mouth, Liberal gun-haters has mentioned the FACT that every time there HAS been a so-called, “Mass Shooting” in America, the shooters have been one of two things: 1) Muslim, or 2) Liberal Democrats. Go ahead, look it up! Not ONCE, has a Conservative, a Patriot, a Christian or a Jew, taken up arms and killed innocent people in the name of religion or as a result of some imagined insult or offense. EVERY one has been a Muslim or a Democrat Liberal. EVERY ONE. So tell me now that Liberalism isn't a mental disease and that Islam isn't pure evil. Try telling me that Gun-Free Zones WORK. Try telling me that the bad guys won't get guns anymore if they pass stricter laws. Bad guys will ALWAYS get guns, they always have. We have tons of drug laws, and how's THAT workin' for ya"? Do you really think that criminals will suddenly obey gun laws when they don't obey ANY laws? Umm, that's why they're criminals! The depth of the stupidity of these people is impossible to comprehend.

Don't YOU be stupid. Go see my friend Tony at Guns Inc. in Schodack and arm-up. Take the safety course, get to know other gun owners who will help you become a responsible and proficient gun owner, then get out and practice. If you don't exercise your rights, you may LOSE your rights, and even your life. It's time to get real.


  Photo #2)     ONLY in AMERICA ?!?!


Something GOOD !!                                                    12-8-2015

              Remember me telling you last week that I really wished I had some GOOD news to share for a change ? That wish came true tonight !

               It's been a very long time since I was able to report a positive, Town Board Meeting, but tonight is IT. This meeting not only went smoothly and true to the agenda, but the entire atmosphere was different. There was a lot of speculation about Benson's absence and the timing of it, but at this point, who cares anyway ? Dan Evans did a good job as Deputy. 

                The public was the usual mixed group, some members of the Benson Camp and some from Colleen's. It may have been the Holiday Cheerfulness and it may have been a result of Benson not being there spreading misery, but whatever it was, the room was a very nice place to be tonight. There was some discussion that people were passionate about and there were differing views, but it was a RESPECTFUL discussion ! No one was angry with anyone else's opinions or comments, and things were talked about in a cooperative manner. 

                  Most surprising was the amount of laughter that was heard all through the meeting. Not snide or derisive laughter, but shared enjoyment. I was so pleased with my fellow Lebanonites, that I smiled through the entire hour! It was almost as if I were in another town! When the meeting ended, everyone lingered to chat, and I had FIVE people tell me that they were thrilled with the change in the atmosphere. It was THAT apparent. 

                  It is my greatest wish that tonight was an indication of things to come under the leadership of our new officials. Maybe we can all stop taking ourselves and our town issues so seriously and relax, and work together going forward. Lebanon is a very small town, but it is big enough to become something even more special than it already is, IF we can learn to give and take, and IF each side understands that we can not expect to have it all our way. 

                   My biggest complaint, other than political corruption of course, has always been the insistence of the transplants and far-left residents, that they be in charge of everything and make all the decisions. Nothing makes me more furious than seeing the locals treated as inferiors by city people with God Complexes. We CAN have some liberal businesses and programs in town, but we have a right to have Conservative ones as well. We can ALL have a say in what the town's future should be, if the liberal transplants would realize that the locals MUST be included in those plans and ideas if there is ever to be unity or community cohesiveness here. Tonight was a glimmer of hope that we may just GET there. 

                    There is a LOT of work to be done to reach that goal, but I believe we have finally taken that all-important, First Step. The step that is always the most difficult. Let's keep walking. 

                     I had another stunning surprise at last night's Constitution Study. Due to the many holiday activities going on, many of the usual attendees were absent, but there was a NEW student present. None other than Monte Wasch ! Everyone, including Monte himself, is aware of my feelings about him serving in an official position in New Lebanon again, and that will not change, but I was genuinely pleased to see him sitting at the table last night.

                      There was NO doubt in my mind that he was there for my benefit, and he admitted as much about halfway through the meeting.  He stated that he and my husband and I seldom agree on much, and that's very true, and he wanted to come to the class to show me that, "There is room in the Constitution for everyone ". Of course there is, and I have never said there wasn't. What I'm concerned with, is the epidemic of Constitutional Ignorance in America and the lack of adherence to Constitutional Law.

                       I HAVE stated here on this blog that Monte is smart and is always courteous with me. We can discuss issues and be civil with one another, and I don't have to agree with his liberal views or the things he supports in town. Nor do I expect HIM to agree with MY views and what I support. What I DO expect, is for all residents of this town to respect the RIGHT of others to HAVE  differing views and to meet half-way.

                        Regardless of Monte and my past disagreements, the class was a pleasant and educational one as always, and Monte contributed much to it. I sincerely hope he continues to attend. My son and grandaughter were present and neither of them had ever met Monte before, though they have HEARD more than enough about him around my kitchen table!  LOL!! After the class, my son said that he had found Monte to be a positive addition to the class and a well-informed man. How's THAT, Monte? My kid LIKED you! LOL!!  


                          My friends and readers all know that I am one of N.Y State's most active advocates for the Second Amendment and that I was the organizer and host of the first, anti-Safe Act Rally in Albany in 2013. They also know that I have been involved in Law Enforcement for all of my adult life, in one capacity or another. So it was troubling to me to hear gunshots many evenings this Summer and Fall in close proximity to my home. 

                           Discharging a firearm within town limits and close to homes is not acceptable or legal. Unless you are at a designated firing range or a secure location such as a gravel pit, you should not be shooting. This does not of course, apply to hunters in the woods, but to "In-Town" shooting. Apparently, my neighbors were also concerned about the shooting so close to their houses, and one of them finally had enough last week and called the Troopers. WHY the Troopers had not looked into this sooner, I don't know, since they are at Jimmy D's more than they are on patrol, and should have HEARD the shots at some point! 

                            The Troopers found the culprit in the vicinity of the barber shop and the former Lenny's Restaurant. The man stated that he had "Permission" to shoot there and was quickly advised by the Trooper that he was not allowed to fire a weapon in a residential area. He was warned to cease and desist. People who are irresponsible like this guy, are part of the problem we responsible gun owners have to deal with. 


             In closing, Rebecca Rothrock was awarded the job of Deputy Court Clerk to replace Cynthia Creech, as Cynthia replaces Tistrya Houghtling as Court Clerk.  The Town of Stephentown has donated the playground equipment from their former elementary school to New Lebanon for our park. Much of this equipment is near to new and very valuable. Now we must check on the insurance requirements for removing and transporting it, and also with the Columbia County Dept. of Health to inspect the equipment for safety. Problem is, Stephentown needs it removed entirely by December 30th.  Much work, little time. Whatever we cannot use in the park will go to the Mountain Road School. Installation would not be until Spring, of course, and volunteers will be welcomed then! 

             Also, the Berlin Central School has donated cafeteria tables to us for use in the park pavilion, meaning that we can now seat over 200 people at park events! Thank you Stephentown and Berlin! 

              Please don't forget that after the New Year celebrations and Organization of the new Town Board, we will be seeking residents and businesses to purchase an American Flag for the town's main mile on Rt. 20. 

              Many people at tonight's Town Board Meeting expressed their gratitude to Irene Hanna and Matt Larabee for their service to the town as Council members. PACT thanks them as well and wishes them the very best in their next endeavors.   The end of year meeting will be held on Dec. 29th at 7 p.m at the Town Hall and the 2016 Organizational Meeting will be on Monday, January 4th, same time and place. 

                  Sleep Well, New Lebanon!


Who Decides ??                                                                 12-12-2015


                        Before I begin tonight's post, I want to say Congratulations to Attorney Preet Bharara. Three down, one BIG one to go. 

                         I wonder if Sheldon Silver and the two Skelos will be allowed to share a cellblock? They can then reminisce about the good ol' days when they scammed the people of NY and lived high on the hog with our tax dollars.  Remember last year when Bharara stated that he would get the "Three Men in a Room " that ran the NY State Corruption Machine? Well, he has now gotten both Silver and Dean Skelos, and Adam Skelos was just a bonus. That third man is next, and his name is Andrew Cuomo. The only thing that would please me more than seeing Cuomo arrested would be seeing Obama and Hillary Clinton arrested. 

                          In late 2012, a few of us had a sit-down with Dean Skelos to discuss the Safe Act. This was before we knew about the deal that was struck between Obama and Cuomo re: the Disaster Funds for Long Island in exchange for the forcing-through of the Safe Act. At the time, Skelos was 100% on-board with the Pro-Gun Movement and strongly opposed the Safe Act. He promised us that he would fight with and for us every step of the way. We trusted him. Within months, Skelos had stabbed us in the back and voted to fund the Safe Act.  Why the sudden change of heart and the broken promise? Well, he was one of the Three Men in a Room, remember? Had he opposed the Safe Act as he said he would, he and his son would have been exposed as the crooks they are, three years ago! It was a matter of go-along-to-get-along.

                         When these things happen, we who are the victims of the lies and betrayal, tend to think we will never see justice because let's face it, we seldom DO.  So when we see the bad guys go to jail, it's a Victory so sweet that it's hard to describe. These days, it's almost shocking to see justice served because it has become so rare. Isn't that sad? 


                           This week's big news according to Progressives, was Donald Trump's announcement that he believes that Muslims should not be allowed to travel to America or immigrate to America until ISIS is contained or eliminated.  For Conservatives, the news of the week was Obama's announcement that he intends to once again bypass Congress and call for more expansive and restrictive background checks for gun buyers. 

                             Both issues are of great concern and should be considered as worthy of the full attention of ALL Americans. 

                              Donald Trump is a self-aggrandizing, arrogant blowhard, and my personal gut feeling is that he is as serious a danger to American Freedom and Traditions as are Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Though Trump is without question, a successful businessman, he is nothing more THAN that. He is certainly not presidential material in any way, shape or form. He is egotistical, crude, and clueless about everything but economics. He has no idea as to how to deal with foreign policy, and knows very little about  military strength, or Constitutional Law, to name but a few.

                              I would like to see Trump serve as Economic Advisor, but that's about all he is qualified for. Too many of the people I have always considered to be fellow patriots, are being influenced by Trump's outspokenness and refusal to bow to the P.C Police. He says what the people want and need to hear, the things that every Conservative American has prayed to hear from a potential leader for many years now. So it's easy to understand how he has built such a strong following. I just don't buy the performance, and it IS a performance. 

                              At this point, I cannot prove the things I suspect Trump of, but I am convinced that he will eventually break his word to the other GOP candidates and run as an Independent. Should this happen, he will take at least 60% of the Republican/Conservative voters with him, splitting the Conservative vote and paving the road for Hillary to become our next president. I believe that this has been the plan all along. IF however, by some freak miracle, Trump were to actually win the election, it would STILL be another Clinton Administration for the next 4 to 8 years. It would be Hillary calling the shots from behind the curtain. 

                             This country can not survive another liberal, Democrat presidency at this point in our history. That's just a fact, and everyone knows it. Trump needs to be taken out of the game well before the primaries. When he first announced his intention to run, many of my Conservative friends panicked. My advice to them was similar to what I told folks this past summer about Mike Benson, and that was, " Be patient. Give him enough rope and he will hang himself ". Benson did exactly that, and Trump has already tied the knot in his noose.

                              Much like the "CLIMATE", our presidencies have been cyclical. We have had good leaders and bad ones, but until Obama, we have never seen such a classless, arrogant, and downright Trashy, First Family in our White House. Even the Clintons, dishonest and immoral as they are, at least PRETENDED to have some etiquette ! The Obamas have been an embarrassment to the American People, but just imagine having Donald Trump and his Porn-Actress Wife as a follow-up ! It would be Rudeness, Crudeness, and Nude-Miss. Heaven Help Us !

                               Compare the Obamas to J.F.K and Jackie, Ron and Nancy Reagan, the two Bushes and Barbara and Laura. Like them or hate them, they were refined, cultured, and a classy representation of America and her people. Now look at Ted and Heidi Cruz and their two little girls. THAT is refinement. Cruz has it all, super-intelligence, experience, transparency, honesty, patriotism, loyalty, and faith. He is courageous and strong, and knows the Constitution by heart! He is in my own opinion, America's last, best hope.

                                Donald Trump's comments about Muslim immigration and travel, are unpopular with many people, but it is Common Sense. Jimmy Carter did it with Iranians, if you are old enough to recall that.

This type of temporary ban is something Obama SHOULD have done a long time ago, and G.W Bush should have done immediately after September 11, 2001. I would not suggest that Muslims in America be rounded-up and placed in internment camps as was done in 1941 with Japanese Americans, BUT, an indefinite ban on Muslims freely crossing our borders and entering through our airports is something most Americans not only agree with, but are demanding. 

                                This is why I so often say that Political Correctness is deadly. Our present government will knowingly put the safety and security of the American People at great risk to avoid "Offending " Muslims and their brain-dead, liberal sympathizers. Until of course, some Liberal neighborhood in NY City or Beverly Hills has one of their elementary schools or shopping centers attacked by terrorists from the Middle East or some Home-Grown converts to Islam. THEN, when the Liberals feel the pain, it will suddenly matter. God Forbid such a thing happens.

                                 As the terror threat in America rises to Level Red, Obama is jetting around the world to discuss Climate Change. He continues to incite racial division and plan more routes to disarmament of American citizens.  (By the way, did you know that Obama eliminated the Terror Threat Alert System" ?  Well, he DID. No more Green, Yellow or Red Level threat notifications. )  Obama's newest threat to our Second Amendment Rights is "Expanded Background Checks" for all gun buyers and to ban gun ownership for anyone whose name appears on a "No-Fly List " or "Terrorist Watch List ".  Sounds like Common Sense, doesn't it ? Think AGAIN.

                                This is a very slippery slope with a cesspool full of hungry crocodiles at the bottom. The Obama Administration's idea of a Terrorist is not your Muslim Extremist or convert, it is Veterans, Oathkeepers, people who choose to live off-grid and/or home-school their children. It includes every member of the Tea Party, State Militias, Prepper Groups, Patriots, Constitutionalists, and outspoken Christians and Jews. It most definitely includes all Pro-Gun Americans and those of us who speak out on social media. 

                                Millions upon Millions of law-abiding Americans are named on these lists simply for loving their country and wishing to see it remain free. So, exactly WHO decides who is a Terrorist and who is not? WHO decides which of us deserves our Constitutional Right to purchase, own, and carry a firearm, based on the opinion of tyrants ? Most importantly, WHO will protect the American People from the REAL Terrorists if the citizens are disarmed ?  Obama has proven that HE and his administration have no intention of keeping us safe, and we know that Hillary and Bernie Sanders won't, either. We the People are our own and only, security.

                                  Can we, in good conscience, allow ourselves and our loved ones to become sitting ducks for Muslim Extremists and Liberal Nut-jobs as the citizens of Paris were ?  Should we remain silent and allow the expansion of Gun Free Zones like Columbine, Fort Hood, and the San Bernardino office building ? Gun Free Zones serve but ONE purpose, to allow the Bad Guys to attack defenseless people without fear of being shot or killed themselves.  These alleged "Safe Zones" are nothing but shooting galleries for nuts and terrorists, period. They not only do NOT keep anyone safer, they actually make us targets.

                                    Obama's claim that disarming the very people who will be the first to defend innocent citizens, is an official CHALLENGE. Should he take executive action once again and bypass Congress to further violate our Second Amendment Rights, there will be war in the streets of America. There will be no other possible course than to physically resist such tyranny. The time is now upon us that we must choose a side, Safety and Freedom, or Cowardly Servitude? 

                                      You may not be a Pro-Gun American, and that's perfectly fine, it is your choice. Just remember that the skin on your a_s is just as penetrable by a terrorist's bullet as the Conservative Gun Owner living next door to you. You are not armor-plated just because you sympathize with Islamists and Gun Grabbers. They don't CARE where you stand or what wing you fly with, if you're an American in range, you're dead. 

                                       Liberal or Conservative, your kids and grandchildren still attend unprotected schools, shop in unprotected malls, and sit in the bleachers for football games in unprotected arenas. You may choose to not own a gun, but it is still your DUTY to protect the rights of those who choose to do otherwise. You should be grateful for those of us who are willing to carry as responsible gun owners and will not hesitate to defend YOU. One of OURS may someday save one of YOURS. 


                It's  PeaNUTS !!!                                                      12-16-2015

                Interesting debate last night. Lots of discussion about ISIS, Immigration, and National Security. 

                The first segment, the guys with no shot of seeing the White House anytime soon, was almost as eye-opening as the main debate. Even Lindsay Graham, RINO that he is, made a few impressive statements about border security, but he also spent way too much time attacking Trump and Cruz. 

                 Among the front-runners, Kasich was the group goofball as usual, followed closely by Rand Paul. Kasich says the same old things over and over, about how he saved his home state of Ohio by balancing their budget. Rand Paul is just ODD. I've watched Paul for several years now and always had a fairly favorable view of him, but since this campaign began, he has been detached, pouty, and short-tempered. Maybe it's the hard-core Libertarianism we know he favors, but something has changed about him. He lacks focus and maturity.

                  Ben Carson has also lost a lot of steam and seems tired and dejected. I would love to see this brilliant guy become our next Surgeon General, but not president, at least not THIS time. Don't be surprised to see him and Rand drop out in the near future.  Rubio is doing well with the Hispanics and younger Republicans, but he lied too many times last night to even keep track of. He made several statements about Cruz that were completely inaccurate and Cruz called him out on those points. Rubio is prone to temper tantrums and his inexperience is painfully evident in the debates. 

                    Jeb Bush seems like a NICE man, cultured, gentlemanly, and soft. TOO soft. He has no energy, no determination, and none of the strength that our next leader will require to walk into the mess Obama is leaving behind. I don't really believe that Bush even wants to be president, he is simply running to appease the old-school GOP. In any case, do we really want or need another Bush or Clinton presidency ? Heaven Forbid !!

                     Trump and Cruz stole the show last night and while they were at it, they once again sent some obvious signals that strengthened a suspicion I mentioned here a few months ago. There is definitely some kind of alliance between the two of them. What that alliance might entail, I can't say for sure, but I think they have struck a deal. Whichever one of them wins the nomination, and one of them WILL, he will name the other as his running mate. This is just my own prediction, nothing has yet been said  on the news to suggest that this is a possibility. 

                       If I'm right and these two men will be our next leaders, I will be a Happy American. If Cruz wins, I will be ecstatic, but if it's Trump with Cruz as V.P, I can live with that, too. It will be some time before I trust Trump to keep his word, which he confirmed again last night. This is now the second time he has promised that he will not go Independent. Seeing as how he is doing so well right now, that's easy for him to say, but if his numbers begin to fall, will he keep that promise? Remains to be seen. 


                        What I really want to chat about tonight has nothing to do with campaigns or candidates. Something I heard on the news this morning has me so livid, that I really thought I might have to go outdoors and scream. 

                         As you all know, I prefer FOX News, because even though they are not 100% accurate 100% of the time, compared to other news media, I trust them the most. They offer BOTH sides of the issues, EVERY time. As a matter of fact, Liberal Queen, Kirsten Gillibrand was on today, talking about the success of her program to provide healthcare for the 9-11 First Responders who are still suffering the effects of the toxins they were exposed to.  Gillibrand actually said TWICE, that this program may have never been possible if not for the consistent exposure given to it by FOX.

                        After Gillibrand was finished, Bill O'Reilly was interviewed. I don't care for O'Reilly either, he's arrogant and abrasive, but one of the things that came up in their discussion was so OVER-THE-TOP, that I almost thought I hadn't heard it correctly. It seems that some elementary school planned to show their youngest students the "Peanuts Christmas Movie" this week, but ONE parent went ballistic and stopped it in its' tracks. Not because there is a Christmas Tree in the story, oh no, Liberals want their trees and gifties, it's because for 2 seconds of the Nativity play scene, Linus quotes scripture. 

                        Now, I appeal to your alleged, Common Sense and ask, "What the heck is the harm in showing a Peanuts cartoon to little kids"?  Is it as heinous as teaching them that they must tolerate immoral and deviant life choices?  Is it as harmful as suspending a 5-year-old boy and charging him with Sexual Harassment for kissing a little girl in his class? What 5-year-old knows anything about sex OR harassment ? All he knew was that she was pretty and he liked her. Obviously, this was never done in school when Bill Clinton was in kindergarten! 

                        I am absolutely amazed that people who are parents, have the free time to dwell on little butt-hurt issues like a classic cartoon with a two-second reference to the REAL meaning of the Christmas Holiday. Have they NO lives? Don't they have jobs, housework, hobbies, errands to run, volunteer work to do? Are you KIDDING me?  It boggles the mind that these hateful, miserable Liberals can't find a REAL issue to address when there are SO many ! 

                        The very same people who take childhood joy away from little kids because they may hear the name of Christ, are the very people that are out there trampling one another on Black Friday and at every Christmas sale, buying trees, decorations, gifts, wrapping paper, cookie-baking supplies, etc. Ummm, excuse me, but if you are offended by the name of our Savior, why are you celebrating His birthday? OH, I forgot ! Liberals want it both ways, have their Christmas cake and eat it too, but don't admit that it is a CHRISTIAN holiday about the LORD. 

                         If you want to remove all reference to the true meaning of this holiday from our schools and public places, then you have NO right to have a tree, gifts, decorations or a big, family dinner. Just go about your business of making others as miserable as YOU are, and don't celebrate the day in any way, shape, or form. Hypocrites! 

                          Look folks, the thing is, if you don't want your kid to see this movie or one like it, keep your brat HOME that day, but who are YOU to deny that enjoyment to the other children? Kids are shown movies about different cultures and religions all the time, and nothing is said, but let it be Christian or mention God, and it's a national outrage. That's what Conservatives do, and it works out well for everyone involved. If we don't like guns, we don't buy one, but we don't try to take the Second Amendment right away from those who DO like guns. If we don't like a TV Show, we change the channel, we don't write a letter to the TV station or get a lawyer to sue them to take it off the air. If we have kids in school and know that on a certain day, there will be someone speaking to them about the glories of Islam, we keep our kids home and let the school have their presentation for the kids whose parents don't mind or don't care. It's called "Maturity" and "Freedom of Choice". 

                           Ever hear of a Christian or Jew going to a Muslim Bakery and asking for a wedding cake with a cross on it or a Star of David? No, because we know where the Muslims stand on this , so we go to a bakery that is either owned by people of our own faith or a bakery that is completely neutral.  I know a lot of people who work in restaurants and I hear a lot of stories about Muslim customers who come in and demand NO pork products. Yet they will eat French Fries and Fish that is fried in the same fryolator and oil, or cooked on the same grill as the bacon! Do they really think restaurants are going to keep Halal fryolators and grills?  LOL!!! 

                            Why don't we just make it simple and remove ALL reference to ALL religions from our public schools? Leave the teaching of religion and matters of sexuality to the parents where these issues belong ! I remember very clearly learning about different religions in elementary school, and in high school, I took a history course called, "World Cultures and Religions". For the first half of the year, we studied cultures and the second half, religions. We took field trips every week to different houses of worship in the city and saw first-hand how each religion performed services. It was AWESOME and I had straight A's in that class all year. Removing this type of experience from our curriculum is a big loss for our kids and our society, but thanks to Liberal Whiners, it looks like that is what needs to be done.

                             Many Muslims attend Muslim-Run schools, and it is the same for Christian and Jewish families who choose to send their children to schools run by their churches and temples. That's one of the many wonderful things about America, we have that CHOICE. Public schools however, have been infiltrated by our federal government and are run very much like the government itself, BADLY. So if we cannot mention anything Christian in our public schools, we can also not mention any other religion. Ban ALL religion and sexual teaching from the public schools and be done with it.  NO Christmas or Easter parties, NO Hannukah celebrations, NO Ramadan, NO Kwanzaa. 

                               Might as well take away the Independence Day celebrations as well, because  kids of Liberal adults who love freedom and rights but hate America, might be offended. Forbid field trips to National or Historical sites and all houses of worship. They have already edited Huckleberry Finn to be Politically Correct. Tell dedicated teachers to simply teach the three R's and leave the rest to mom and dad, as it really SHOULD be. Some kids won't learn about religions and sexual issues, or about true History from their parents either, so we will have another generation of Idiots to follow the ones who are now in college. That's what the Left wants, a STUPID society of complacent idiots and obedient slaves. 

                               On Saturday of this past weekend, students at Texas University held a protest after state officials voted to allow Concealed Carry on campuses. This was done for the protection of students and faculty and to assist law enforcement in the event of an active shooter on the campus. Statistics PROVE that armed, responsible citizens have saved many thousands of lives, but the media buries these stories. They don't fit the agenda. Still, these whack-Job kids were out there with their inane signs with statements such as, "Get the F_ck Out" and "I Fart in Your Face". They were carrying rubber penises that were intended to represent firearms, and stuck them in the faces of the media cameramen. 

                                 One man in particular, for some reason thought it necessary to tell the media that he was homosexual and he opposed guns. Umm, okay, SO? Well the reporter started citing cases of lives saved on campuses by citizens with guns, and the Lib, knowing he was losing the argument, turned his back to the camera and refused to reply. It was EXACTLY like watching a little kid who was just told NO by his mommy! Here they were, acting like spoiled brats, exercising their First Amendment Rights to the max, while trying to deny Second Amendment rights to others? See the problem YET?  They don't even GET that if ONE Amendment is violated by government intervention or their crying and stamping their little feet, ALL the Amendments are in peril. 

                                   Do they not understand, that if they rob Conservative Americans of the rights granted and protected under the 1A, THEY TOO lose those rights? There will BE no more protesting, no signs, no dildoes, no rainbow flags or "Coexist" Bumper Stickers. GONE. So what IS it? Are these people just products of poor parenting and ineffective schools, or are they truly , mentally disturbed? Is it something in the vaccines they were given as children, or something in Tofu? Some Christians believe it is Demonic forces and others think it is simply the self-absorbed mentality of the generation. Whatever it IS, it is EVIL, Dangerous, Destructive and infuriating. 

                                    If it were just young adults of college age that thought and acted this way, it would be somewhat understandable and we could hold out hope that they would outgrow it. Yet I know people right here in New Lebanon that are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, who are every bit as ignorant and anti-American as these young people. How does 1/3 of a society as large as ours, become totally insane  ?  Step-Up Mom and Dad, Grampa and Gramma, and start talking to the kids you love about the dead-end road the liberals are leading us down. Point them in the right direction before the roads are closed forever.


Christmas Night                                                                 12-25-2015

                      Been a busy few weeks, hasn't it? All in all though, it was one heck of a nice Christmas here, and I hope at your houses as well. 

                       If you turned on your air-conditioner in the last seven days, raise your hand. No, I didn't go THAT far, but on Wednesday I had the windows open and the fans on. I can just imagine what the Climate Change nuts are saying. LOL!! They have most likely forgotten last winter and the fact that it snowed almost every, single day. As I always say, weather is cyclical and not the result of anyone's "Carbon Footprint", if that's even a thing. And they call ME a Conspiracy-Theorist ?! 

                       Don't worry, Mother Nature will get revenge in January and February. Hopefully, the local ski centers will be able to recoup their losses. I am not a skier myself. Tried it once, MANY years ago and ended up with a concussion due to lack of coordination. Still, I know that thousands of people come to our area to enjoy the slopes each year and I honestly hope they get a chance to have a good time. 

                        I'm really not a fan of sports in general, but I understand the people who love them. I wish I DID enjoy it, I would probably be in much better shape, much like if I could stomach fruit. I despise fruit. One of the reasons I don't care much for sports is the change I have seen in that arena in the past 20 years. When I was a kid, most sports celebrities were heroes, good examples for our young men to look up to. Even if they were troubled in their private lives, they put on a good front for the public, but like so many other things, that is no longer the case.

                         Celebrities in both the sports world and the entertainment field have become anything BUT people to look up to or to set examples for our youth. They have become symbols of immorality, greed, self-interest, and lack of accountability. Many of them speak openly against their own country, the only one on earth where they could make so much money for pretending to be someone else. Our society, especially our younger generations, now put these people on pedestals for being anti-American, anti-morality, and anti-freedom for anyone but themselves. Almost all your successful performers and sports stars have armed bodyguards protecting themselves and their families, but yet so many of them feel they have a right to speak out against the right for others to bear arms to protect THEIR families.

                           Last week, the NBA began airing a new TV ad featuring some of the most popular players stating their belief that we need more gun control in America. Hypocrites. The vast majority of these people cannot read or write legibly and have NO clue about freedom, the Constitution, or the Revolution, not to mention the perils we face as Americans in 2016. Yet they make millions of dollars a year because they can throw a ball through a hoop and net. What makes them think that THEY have ANY power or right to assault the rights of other Americans? If enough basketball fans had the cajones to boycott the sport for a while, the NBA might learn that the Second Amendment Rights of the people are not THEIRS to criticize or infringe upon. If more of us attended fewer movies and bought fewer DVDs with ultra-Liberal stars in them, they might shut up, make their own choices and keep their noses out of OURS. To each his own, live and let live. 

                            These people, who beat their wives, cheat on their husbands, abuse drugs and alcohol, don't pay their taxes, spread H.I.V indiscriminately, and say hateful things about America, are the LAST people whose opinions should matter to anyone. They are the bottom of the barrel as far as I'm concerned, and regardless of how many awards they win or how many cereal commercials they appear in, they are still sleazy and undeserving of the money they make and the attention they receive from the brain-dead among us. Sadly, these are the people with the most access to our children's minds, and we fail to intervene. As parents and grandparents, it's up to us to be discerning and to share that discernment with our kids. 

                            Today, families all over the country gathered together to celebrate the holiday. I wonder how many took the time to talk to the younger family members about the things that they see and hear in the news each day, and how we as Americans should be responding to those issues. Not many, I'm sure.  In fact, those who may have done so, are likely the same ones that gave thanks before the meal and thanked God for sending his son to us on this day. It's a confusing world for adults today, imagine what it's like for kids? Who can they turn to for answers to the tough questions, if we aren't aware and prepared to respond? Are you comfortable with leaving the job to celebrities, sports figures, or the government-run, public schools? 

                             It's okay to love the NBA, as long as they know also about the NRA, and what THEY have done to protect our rights for decades. It's okay to know that there are alternative lifestyles, but is also important to learn how to make wise decisions from the heart and not based on what is popular with Hollywood. Those of us who still HAVE values, have a responsibility to instill them in our children. Those of us who are grateful to live in the greatest country on earth, have a duty to tell our children that we are grateful, WHY we are grateful , and why THEY should also be grateful, and that they too have a duty to defend and protect our hard-won liberties.

                              Don't let the media raise your kids for you, and don't send them to public school and leave their education to Caesar, then be shocked when they grow up to be Romans. A lot of kids in America received lavish gifts today, and many of them will never understand Capitalism or the hard work it took to earn the money that paid for those gifts. Many kids in America will walk around with new cell phones and laptops after today, and never know or understand how many kids in other countries got nothing. Or that Christian children in the Middle East are being killed by the thousands every day, or that Israeli kids may have had to run into bomb shelters while our kids were ripping and tearing at wrapping paper.

                                I'm not suggesting that we use Christmas Day to make our kids feel guilty or to upset them with World issues, but I DO believe that with 2015 coming to a close next week, time is limited to have an important chat with them, and with the holiday recess, there will be plenty of opportunity. Take the time to ask your kids what they know, what concerns them, and what they are thinking about, and then, TALK about it. Spend some time researching together, exploring the issues and looking at honest history. It's a very different world than the one we grew up in, and as much as we want to let our kids just BE kids, and we SHOULD to a point, we also MUST talk openly and frankly with the ones who are old enough to get it. 

                               Christmas is the perfect time to draw closer to our children, to really HEAR them and get to know who they truly ARE. We have already lost a generation or two to liberalism, let's not lose another. 

                                I hope you were all blessed today and that the New Year will be one of great health and success. Merry Christmas.   JJ


 What FOR??                                                                     12-27-2015

                          One of the very few news offerings I enjoy and even trust to a point, is "Face the Nation". It airs on CBS on Sunday mornings and actually looks at real issues objectively. 

                           This morning, FTN staff were discussing the mind-numbing amount of taxpayer dollars that our foolish government literally throws away on unnecessary CRAP. Millions of dollars for a Morse Code Mural on the side of a Veteran's Affairs building, the very same V.A that cannot afford to treat our wounded and elderly soldiers in a timely and adequate manner.

                            Another million-plus was spent to house visiting dignitaries in lavish suites rather than the equally-lavish accommodations at one of our embassies that would have cost little to nothing. How about the HUGE military base they built in Afghanistan which is modernized and technologically updated regularly, yet has NEVER been used? In fact, FOUR Generals told the government that this base was not wanted or needed, but that our military has MANY other needs that the millions could be better used for. 

                            Our government built the unnecessary base anyway, and it sits empty in the desert of Afghanistan. (Gee, you don't suppose that the Obama Administration built it FOR the Afghans under the guise of it being for OUR military, do you ?)  Then there is the fleet of airplanes, also built for the use of others, this time, the Iraqi Army. Just calling the Iraqis an "Army" is a joke, since they run and hide in the face of assault, despite 13 years of training and arming by the U.S Military. These planes cost 6-million dollars apiece, but they were shoddily built, difficult to fly, and in a word, "Junk". Now they too, sit in the desert and are considered scrap metal. 

                              The list of ridiculous waste goes on and on, and when we figure-in the Obama's Vacations, our National Debt has now reached EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS. Still climbing.  How many homeless Americans could we house with those wasted billions? How strong a Border Wall and Patrol could we build? Had our government listened to their own Generals, those who know BEST what the needs are, that money could have been used to arm our soldiers with adequate firearms and ammunition as they fight on the front lines, instead of the shortages and inferior equipment they are dealing with right now. 

                               A mere fraction of the monies wasted by the government each year could provide free college educations to deserving students, free healthcare for our elderly, and updates to our crumbling and vulnerable infrastructure. We could even enjoy a Fair, Flat Tax system that wouldn't be an oppressive burden on the working class as it is now. You get the gist. There is just NO accountability when it comes to how our money is allocated, and that's OUR fault.

                                If you owned a small business with maybe 100 employees, would you show up on Fridays to sign their paychecks and spend the rest of your time golfing? Would you trust that your business would continue to run smoothly and responsibly with no leadership present? Of course not, so why do we do it with our government ? We don't leave small children unattended, and believe me, the government is a kindergarten for over-sized toddlers. Close supervision required ! It is after all, OUR money !

                                I heard an interesting bit of trivia about the new Star Wars movie today. Did you know that in its first 12 days, it has grossed well over a billion dollars? The American people managed to spend that kind of money right after spending who-knows-how-much on Christmas, to see a 90-minute, Fantasy Film ! It makes me wonder how many of these movie fans sent 20 bucks to Wounded Warriors, the Salvation Army, or St. Jude's. I'm sure lots of folks gave generously this holiday season, but I bet the percentage of those who did is very low.

                                Hey, we all have a right to spend our own money as we see fit, but just imagine what America would look like if we ALL gave even a little, from the heart, on a regular basis?  Years ago, it was charity driven by compassion that fed the hungry and housed the homeless. That was before we started to rely on the government, the Big Nanny, to take care of everyone's needs FOR us. Now we are FORCED to give and in the process, we relinquished our freedom to CHOOSE. We no longer have the option of whom or what we will donate to or how much we can give.

                                How many of you would willingly support Planned Parenthood and its abortion clinics ? Most would reply with an emphatic "NOT ME!". Yet we all help to support the dismemberment and murder of unborn babies with every paycheck, like it or not. Why ? Well, the GOVERNMENT says we HAVE to, and they make those decisions FOR us now. They just TAKE the money we earn and spend it as they see fit. 

                                 I am sick of hearing people say, "Well, we elected them to represent us and if you don't like it, vote them out !". True, they were elected to act on the behalf of the People, but they have failed to do that job honestly and responsibly. They waste our money on their own agendas and pet projects rather than what is in the best interest of the People, and we need to do something about it. Waiting for the next election and hoping that the worst of them are voted out, is not the answer. We need to unite and take action through recall and/or impeachment, and in some cases, through the criminal courts. 

                                  New York of course, is not a recall state, and it's obvious as to why it isn't. We can change THAT, too! We can accomplish amazing things if enough of us will get to our feet and stand together. We have the Right, the Recourse, and if we were less apathetic and selfish, we could have the NUMBERS, too. How many people stood in line over the past 12 days to see a movie and allow it to gross over a billion dollars? Why is it that we can't get a tenth of that number to take a stand in the fight to retain our freedoms?  It's the new, Liberal Society we now live in. 

                                   People will gather together and spend their money on fantasy movies that support MORE Liberalism, and to Hell with the hungry, the homeless, the sick and elderly, the veterans. To Hell with Liberty and Constitutional Freedom, we're all too busy watching TV while the government encroaches more and more upon our rights and grows larger and larger through cheating, stealing, lying, and killing. We go to the theater while our government invents more and more redundant,  Watchdog Agencies to oppress the people and rob us of our rights, our freedom to choose, and even our ability to think for ourselves. We remain comatose as millions of criminals from other countries freely cross our borders and infiltrate our neighborhoods and our schools, over-burden our Welfare and Healthcare Systems and target our police officers.

                                     Obama has been president for 7 years, and that's about 6 years too long. We all know why he should have never been elected once, never mind TWICE. This imposter has done nothing but violate our Constitutional Laws, our Trust, our Patriotism and Loyalties. He has committed numerous felonies and divided the American people more than all the other 43 presidents combined, ever have. He has aided and abetted the enemy and refused to ensure the safety of the people. Yet he has remained in office and has faced zero consequences for his crimes and violations. He is not alone. It is NO wonder that Americans are so angry, that there is so much more violence and poverty, and so little respect for America among other countries. This is the America that Obama and his Puppet-Masters have built, and we have failed to cut the strings. SEVEN YEARS, and we have done nothing but complain and blame Congress.

                                        It's up to US.  


 The Final Meeting  AND the Countdown to Counting   12-29-2015

                Tonight was the final meeting of the year 2015 for our Town Board and the final meeting forever for the Benson Regime. 

                 Mike Benson himself, failed to show up, AGAIN. He also did not attend the regular December meeting on the 8th of this month. Are you surprised ? I am not. This is just typical behavior for an immature, spoiled, poor sport, opinionated Brat. We dared to vote him out in November, so why should he fulfill his commitment to the town until the end of his term? What a Loser ! Just goes to show you once again, that his opponents have been right about him all along. Take away the "Title" and all you have left is an Empty Suit.

                   Did you know, that within DAYS of the election, Benson removed all of his personal belongings from the Supervisor's Office at the Town Hall? Well, he did! The first thing he removed was the special "Throne" he had purchased after his first election, to replace the one that had served other Supervisors just fine. No issue there, it was HIS chair, he bought and paid for it. However, he did NOT buy or pay for the sentimental adding machine left to the office by Al Wheeler and proudly used by Meg Robertson for two terms. Seems the old machine has gone missing. Did Benson take it, or Eileen Evans? I don't know, but obviously one of them did. Time will tell. 

                    Benson has failed to fulfill his obligation to the Town and the people who voted for him by being "Off-Grid" since early November. Not that he was ever present in the Town Hall any more than twice a month anyway. Once for the regular town board meetings, and once, MAYBE twice in the dark of night. Dark souls always operate best IN the dark and losers are always POOR losers.

                      Good riddance Mike Benson, you sneaky, lying, self-serving poser. May you never, ever hold public office again.


           The Countdown to Counting

                        Two more days. In just two days from now, another year will have begun and an old one passed away.

                         For a lot of us, New Year's Day is just like any other day, nothing special other than a day off from work. For others, it is a day to nurse hangovers and wonder what foolishness we got up to the night before. If we really think about it, New Year's Day is pretty awesome ! It's the one day of the year that almost everyone takes the time to pause and reflect, to examine the things in our lives that we want or need to change. Few resolutions are ever kept, but just the act of making them allows us to consider and acknowledge what changes we would most like to see in ourselves. 

                          It is a day of renewal and hope, a sort of re-birth. Every day offers us an opportunity for a fresh start, but we rarely recognize that fact the way we do on New Year's Day. We are literally given a clean slate with each and every sunrise, and that is amazing.  In the Book of Nehemiah in the Bible, Nehemiah holds an important position with an extremely powerful man. He was comfortable and secure, yet he worried constantly about his hometown of Jerusalem and those he left behind there. In Verse 1:3, Nehemiah learns that Jerusalem is in peril, the wall destroyed and the gates burned. Devastated by the news, he mourns, fasts, and prays to God to do something about the dire conditions. God responds by enabling Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem and lead the rebuilding effort. (2:1-8) (Credit to: Poh Fang Chia- Our Daily Bread ).

                           Nehemiah's heart was in Jerusalem even when he himself was not. He knew what his calling was and what his soul was telling him he must do. I believe that all people of sound mind and good conscience have a calling.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a spiritual one, but every calling is a "Personal" one. It may be those random moments when you chide yourself for becoming a CPA instead of the professional clown or rock musician you always dreamed of being, that fills you with a sense of longing and regret. 

                           It isn't always possible or realistic to follow our dreams or answer those calls, but sometimes, it IS. There is always a little bit of time left over to start that little rock band or become that clown, even if you only perform for small audiences in second-class venues. Whatever it is that excites your soul or calls to your heart deserves at least a tiny piece of your time and attention. Life is short, Carpe Diem !

                            When this coming Friday arrives, take some quiet time to consider what it is that has been calling YOU, and find a way to answer. Never become so apathetic that you rob yourself of joy and fulfillment, and others of your gifts. If you've always wanted to paint, you should paint, and share it with those it may inspire, comfort , or make smile. Maybe you have a soothing voice and a talent for reading and writing. There are many children and blind adults who are starving to be read to, and there are thousands of teens and adults who struggle with literacy. Step up and be a blessing to them and to yourself.

                             Maybe like me, your heart is broken by the loss of Patriotism and Loyalty among Americans or the lack of accountability for government officials who violate our Constitution and our trust. Pick an issue, ANY issue, and dedicate yourself to it in 2016. You can BE change. 

                              The ways in which we can satisfy our own, deepest desires while benefiting others are infinite. If you pick that ONE THING that matters to you, you cannot fail. Sure, you can make those resolutions to lose weight, break a bad habit, or save more money. We usually fail at these things because even though they matter, they aren't that ONE THING that speaks to our hearts. What is your ONE THING ? Is it enough to make you step outside your Comfort Zone and finally do something for yourself and others? Life should COUNT.

                               Don't waste another year, or even another day, go out and BECOME. May God Bless America in 2016.