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Over Reach !!                                                                  7-1-2016

                    Seems that every week, we see more and more violations and illegal actions by government entities to limit our Constitutional Rights and Liberties. 

                     This afternoon, a 12-year-old boy called-in to the Rush Limbaugh show to seek advice from Rush. The kid was nearly in tears at first, as he had been verbally bullied at school for refusing to believe the false information his class was being given about Christopher Columbus. The boy explained that his teachers are insisting that Columbus was a tyrant who came to America and enslaved the Natives, stole their properties, and even took their children.

                      The boy, whose name was James, told Rush that in his house, there are many older history books and books about early exploration and inventors,etc. These subjects interest him, and he has read extensively since he started school. He went on to say that he is sick over the "Liberal Lies" being crammed down the throats of America's youth in the public schools ! A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD !!  He GETS IT !!  Better yet, he said that he has also done his own research into the climate, and that Global Warming is yet another Liberal Lie and he knows that weather is cyclical and always HAS been !

                      Needless to say, Rush was not the only person impressed by this kid's maturity and knowledge, not to mention his courage to stand strong for what he knows to be TRUTH. The downside is, he is the ONLY student in his class that objected to the mis-information of the curriculum. Hence, the bullying. We need many, many more kids like James and parents who will back them up. Is your kid a James, or a Richard? Do you even know what your kid is being taught and how he or she feels about it? 

                      Have you asked your kids how they feel about the bathroom issue in the schools, or the teaching of tolerance for even the most intolerable of behaviors? Have you asked what they are being required to read and what is being taught in Health Class?  Ask them what they know about the Constitution and how often it is mentioned in history classes. Are they being taught TRUTH, or are they being indoctrinated by the very people I have warned you about ?  We have already lost an entire generation to Liberal Agendas and anti-American ideology, let's not lose another one! 

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                     Recently, I have been working to expose the over-reach of county judges in regard to CCW Permits. The application process is already difficult, time-consuming, and invasive, despite what the Left will try to tell you. Actually managing to be granted a permit to own and carry a firearm is anything but quick and easy. Since I started looking closely at the application processes across NY State, I have received emails from a lot of people who have been literally abused during their application attempts. Every NY County has different requirements and regulations, and wait times vary from 2 months to up to a year.

                     I have received complaints about Judges who demand "Letters of Need" to explain why the applicant feels he or she NEEDS a firearm. Others have written to tell me that they have held a "Restricted Permit" for as long as 20 years, and their county judge will not lift the restrictions despite exemplary behavior and reputation of the permittee. The list of judicial violations goes on and on. Today however, I received an email that really put the icing on the cake of un-Constitutionality.

                     A woman who had been violently raped in the past, applied for a CCW Permit for self-protection. She was required to appear in-person before the judge, and was then referred to a panel of people who grilled her for close to an hour. Some very old traffic tickets she had received were brought into the conversation and held against her. It went on and on. This is not only 100% unconstitutional and over-reaching, it is abuse, invasion of privacy, and grounds to remove the judge for Bad Behavior.

                     It is only the Good Guys who even bother to apply for a legal CCW Permit, though one or two bad guys will sometimes try as well, it is VERY rare. Bad Guys and Terrorists get their guns illegally from other bad guys.No gun laws, restrictions, or even total BAN will ever keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. If a person intends to kill or perpetrate some other kind of violent act against others, he will find a way, and he will find a means. Whether it be a gun, a bomb, fire, knives, a baseball bat, or a rock, the goal will be accomplished. 

                      Citizens have the clear and explicit RIGHT to self-defense against such criminals and also against a government that runs amok. Such as the government we now have and the worse one we will get if Hillary becomes President. We not only have a right to carry a firearm for defense, but a DUTY as American citizens to be prepared to protect our families, properties, and our country from all enemies both foreign and domestic. This by no means implies that any one person who is averse to firearms or the ownership of them, should be forced to do something they do not wish or care to do. Like everything else, it is a matter of choice. Also like everything else, one person's beliefs are not to be considered superior to another's. 

                       The vast majority of Americans treasure their Constitutional Rights and choose to exercise them. They choose to be free and independent citizens. Others prefer to allow the government to take care of them, address their immature issues, and be slaves to the State, which in turn results in an over-sized and out-of-control government that controls the lives of its people. Socialism, and ultimately, Communism. Every Communist country in the world first disarmed their people to prevent resistance. America is on that road and has already covered too many miles of it.

                       It is no longer enough to stand up for one's own rights, such as demanding a fair and easy path to Firearm ownership that still prevents the majority of the crazies from gaining easy access, but it is now a necessity that we stand up for ALL and ANY Americans whose rights are violated by government entities. There is power in numbers. 

                      We must stop buying into the Media lies about gun violence and researching the FACTS, and we must start admitting what the REAL issues behind gun violence are. Mental Health issues and the failure of therapists and doctors to report the criminally insane to databases that would red flag any attempt to purchase any weapon of any type. We DO have these requirements in place today, but they are not followed as they should be. Immigration from ANYWHERE must also be indefinitely stopped until ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels are either eliminated or we find an effective way to vet every applicant for citizenship. ILLEGAL immigration must be dealt with severely and expediently and a REAL border built and properly patrolled. 

                     Not ONE SINGLE PERSON should ever get across our border illegally. Not EVER. People from countries that have high populations of Muslims and terrorism must be held until they are 100% proven to have no evil intent, no matter how long that process takes! Political-Correctness be damned ! THEN, they should be subject to several years of monitoring much in the way we monitor newly-released felons from State Prisons. EVERY Legal Immigrant must be required to prove the ability to be self-supporting, willing to assimilate to the American Culture, and submissive to Constitutional Law. No excuses, NO exceptions. 

                      We now live in a country where the government ignores it's most vital role, the duty to keep the American People Safe and Secure. Instead, they oppress us, target us, rob us and subject us to the greatest dangers the world has ever seen. So who will keep us and our families safe? WE WILL. We have little choice, and it is for that very reason that we will not and can not EVER allow the Second Amendment to be altered, violated, or watered-down. We must stand up to Judges who think they are God and politicians with evil agendas. We must be INFORMED, aware, and prepared.

                        If you or someone you know has been subjected to extreme requirements when applying for a CCW Permit, PLEASE contact me a.s.a.p. While you're at it, you have a long weekend ahead of you, use it to talk to your kids and grandkids about the Constitution and what they are being taught in school. Fly the flag this week and remember what the 4th of July really celebrates. Freedom. 
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   By the way, THIS past week, both Idaho and Maine became Constitutional Carry States !!  Eight and counting!


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 You Can't Trump the Bible                                          7-4-2016

                     Happy Independence Day ! Let us all do our best to STAY Free and Independent in the days to come. 

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As a Conservative, Christian, Patriot, I cannot remain silent about the recent claim of Donald Trump being brought to the Lord by Televangelist, Paula White.


I have no right to call into question Trump's relationship or lack thereof with God, that is between the two of them, but I can call into question the sincerity and character of Paula White and numerous other, self-proclaimed “Pastors”. White is a multi-millionaire who happens to live in a 3.5 million-dollar apartment in Trump Tower. She also owns two other homes worth millions of dollars. Good for her, I resent no one for what they have, nor do I covet riches and the trappings that come along with big money.


What bothers me, is that Trump chose a “Gospel-for-Money ” Minister, like Joel Osteen,  Creflo Dollar,  Benny Hinn, and so many others, to pray with him for his Salvation. Any Christian can assist someone in praying for Salvation, the question is, are these so-called Prophets truly Christian? If so, how do they justify their lack of humility? If Trump really wants to convince Christian Americans that he is saved, why not choose a valid Christian Pastor to mentor him? Someone like Franklin Graham?


Many people will say it doesn't matter, but it does. It most definitely does. I have been having a very difficult time understanding the support Trump received from Conservatives and Evangelicals during the debates, when everything about his behavior and background failed to support his words. He claimed all along to BE a Christian, and the fact that he has just sought salvation this past week, proves that he was lying the entire time. Anyone who reads the Bible or studies God's word in any way, could not support Trump. Anyone who is a TRUE Conservative or Constitutionalist, could NOT support Trump. Nor could they EVER support the Democrats. The people who supported Ted Cruz are the genuine Christians and Conservatives. Everyone else is either lying or fooling themselves.


If Hillary is not indicted before November, I believe she will win this election. Not honestly, but she WILL win. Soros, Rockefeller, and Rothschild will see to that. The next four years will be NO different from the last eight, and in fact, may be much worse. It's a sobering thing to contemplate. If Hillary SHOULD be indicted prior to the election, what happens then? Will Bernie be the candidate? Who knows, anything can happen in the next four months. The RNC might refuse to endorse Trump as the Republican Candidate and replace him with a choice of their own, sparking Civil Unrest among the already boorish Trump supporters. No matter what happens, this will be a historical election. All WE can do, is prepare for every eventuality.


Personally, I am doing just that, and I am praying a lot. At the same time, I am struggling with my disappointment with organized religion. ALL, organized religion. American Jews are a huge disappointment as so many of them do not support Israel and are not active in preserving freedom in America, either. In reality, there are FAR more Liberal, American Jews than there are Conservative. That is inexcusable. Catholics? Ha, not only do they fail to encourage Salvation, they teach false doctrine and literally sentence awesome people to Hell. They are controlled by the very same people who are controlling our elections, and money, control, and power is the goal. The Episcopals have watered-down their doctrine and the Word of God by accepting Homosexuality both on their boards and on their pulpits, and the Congregational Churches are doing the same. They also allow women to be Pastors, and both of these things are against the Word.





Protestants are fairly good at sticking to their doctrines and Biblical teachings, but they are hiding in their little bubbles and failing to be Bold and Speak out against the rampant sin as they are required to do. Many, many times on this blog, I have talked about the shame of our four, local churches for their failure to reach out to this community. For generations, the clergy were Town Leaders, Mentors and Examples for the people of their communities, and they were able to work together for the good of those communities despite the differences in doctrine. Today, they use those differences as an excuse to not engage at all.


As Pillars of the community, Clergymen were once involved in all local events, activities, and politics. They attended Town Board Meetings and worked together to feed the hungry, minister to the sick and old, and reach out to the youth. They held local officials accountable for bad behavior and motivated people to be involved and aware of what was going on in their towns. Yet as I said not long ago, I have no idea what the Priest of the Catholic Church or the Pastor of the Congregational Church even LOOK like! Don't even know their NAMES ! There are less than 2400 people in this town, we should ALL know our clergy, we should SEE them at Town meetings and events, and THEY should know US.


Clergymen should be active, engaged, bold, and be unifiers. They should be unafraid to tell their flocks how to pray for discernment when voting, how to teach their children about Freedom, and how to preserve our Liberties and be Godly parents. Charles Spurgeon said the following; “ The reason the church has so little influence over the world today, is because the world has so much influence over the church. ” How very true, how very sad. America has lost it's honorable leaders and mentors. We have allowed Liberalism and Political Correctness to move us so far away from God and goodness, that we have little hope of ever regaining the moral society we so desperately need.


Those of us who believe that the Constitution is based on the teachings and decrees of God, those of us who truly appreciate our freedoms and wish to preserve them, are on our own. The churches will no longer have our backs, or take the lead, or even assist us, because they fear losing members or their tax-exempt status. God's People are to Fear NOTHING and NO ONE, so why are they so intimidated?


The Mormons, who are for all intent and purposes, a Cult like the Jehovah's Witnesses and many Catholic Churches , are the only ones who seem to be taking a stand, voting for Godly candidates and standing for American Values and Traditions. The few "break-aways" who still engage in polygamy are a very small minority. The Book of Mormon is vastly different from the Christian Bible, yet the Mormon people are gentle and compassionate, very moral and family-oriented. At the same time, they are the few who are refusing to be oppressed by government. Why? Why can they do it, but the Evangelicals can not ? I believe it is because they have strong leaders, they consider their faith to be WHO they are and adhere strictly to their beliefs. They are unafraid and united in their determination to not become sullied by Liberal and Democrat influences and agendas.


You will rarely see a Mormon living in poverty, or committing serious crimes. Divorce is uncommon, unemployment non-existent, and one-parent families extremely rare. They are GOOD people, despite the fact that their doctrine is not Biblically-supported in most areas. Utah is one of the wealthiest, most successful, and most free states in America, and it's crime rate one of the lowest. They are doing SOMETHING right! So, if a people who don't exactly follow the Word of God as written in the Bible can be so honorable and courageous, what is wrong with Evangelicals who DO study the actual Word? Weak leaders, intimidated leaders, Clergy who give “Feel-Good” sermons, and many who do not approach the subject of Sin or Salvation. Clergy like we have in New Lebanon who fail to engage.


Rev. Ernie Smith was far from perfect. He was not always what I would have called a “Good Example” in his own life. Many people didn't like him, others adored him, but like him or hate him, he was EFFECTIVE, he was a LEADER, and he was STRONG and BOLD ! Ernie was MY Pastor for many years, and he and I butted heads numerous times, but I saw his intelligence every day. He KNEW how to unite a community of people, no matter what their backgrounds, beliefs, non-beliefs, or station in life. He brought us together and KEPT us together. He made certain that there was always something going on for the youth, the middle-agers and the Seniors.


One did not have to belong to his church or any other church to be a part of these activities, all were welcome and no one was “Pushed” to attend church or become saved, it was just known that the opportunity was there if anyone wanted it. Ernie was our Town Historian for a long, long time and his books, “Valley Tales” are invaluable records of our history. He attended Town Board Meetings and weighed-in on local politics, and he saw to it that the four churches did things TOGETHER for the good of the entire community. He knew EVERYONE and everyone knew HIM. There was not a single resident in this town that went hungry or was left lonely and sick, or without a place or person to turn to in any time of need. No matter how you felt about Ernie, he kept this town together and ALIVE, and when he left, it all began to unravel. It has never been the same.


We need our present clergy to be as bold and involved as Ernie was, to be available, to be an influence and unifiers. He would have had NO qualms about telling his flock who was the best candidate and why. He would have spoken out against the many Liberal policies we have seen implemented in New Lebanon over the past 15 or 20 years. Good guy or bad guy, Ernie Smith strengthened us and protected us. He would have NEVER been Politically-Correct ! LOL!!! If you knew him, you know exactly what I mean!!


America is not failing because of bad leaders and evil agendas. America is failing because so many have forgotten and/or denied God. We no longer look to Him for guidance, we no longer consult His Word before we make important decisions, like Voting. We think WE know better, but we DON'T. God has been driven from our schools and municipal buildings, our meetings, our military, and in many cases, even our homes. A Godless government breeds a Godless society, which in turn, breeds evil. It is this failure to honor God that has caused our decline, our loss of morality and responsibility, our economic failure, and our disregard for Constitutional Law. We have become cold, selfish people who no longer even value the lives of others, not even the unborn. We have become uncivilized, angry, and hateful.


I believe that we can turn a lot of that around if we stand up to the anti-God Left and refuse to be intimidated for openly practicing our faith. If our clergy will grow a set and obey God's Word and be BOLD leaders. If we refuse to comply with the rulings of unconstitutional Judges who attempt to force us to violate our faith to appease minorities who are unable to live with the consequences of their personal choices. We are meant to be better, to DO better, and if our clergy won't lead us, perhaps WE should start leading THEM.



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The Witch and the Warlocks                                            7-5-2016


               


                          So Hillary got exactly what we thought she would get. A Free Pass. Today, as she jets around the country on Air Force One with Obama, campaigning for her presidential bid, the rest of us are digesting the confirmation that consequences do not apply to the rich and famous.


Imagine if you will, that Hillary is a Republican  candidate and was just cleared of all charges in the email case. Then consider what happened in Benghazi on her watch, the extortion cases she has been involved in, the missing millions, and the mysterious deaths that surround her. For starters. Do you think that as a Republican, Hillary would be allowed to run for president with a background such as that? Do you believe that the Liberals and D.C Democrats would sit still for even ONE minute over this travesty? No, not a chance. They would be calling for her head and rubbing it in the Republican's faces for years to come.


In order to understand why Hillary, Obama, Holder, Lerner, and a slew of other Leftists get away with Felonies and Treason, you have to understand the underground machinery of D.C. First, you have to be willing to admit that there IS an underground and that there ARE evil Illuminati forces at work. You have to know the Agenda of the New World Order and look carefully at the steps that have been taken over the past eight years to accelerate that goal.


Some of you are familiar with the Ultra-Liberal founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. He is an obnoxious, little worm. No surprise, considering that he is a Rockefeller on his mother's side. Yup, the Infamous David Rockefeller is his Grandpa. That should send shivers up your spine. NO ONE is more involved in the NWO Agenda than the Rockefeller Family. They are of course, working in conjunction with others like Bill Gates, Ted Turner, the Rothschild Family, Hollywood Celebrities and Producers, Media Moguls, and so on and so on. The Catholic Church is complicit and active in this agenda as well as George Soros, a former Nazi. Yes, Soros was one of the Nazis who stole and cataloged the possessions of the Jews they interred in the death camps. He even once stated that those were, “the best years of my life ”. He is and has been, a behind-the-scenes adviser to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.


All of these people and the hundreds of others who manage to keep a lower profile, are millionaires many times over. Some are Billionaires. Many are bankers. They are well-educated people of privilege who mistakenly believe that they will be spared the consequences of their evil plot. Their goal is 100% control of the world's money, land, resources, and people. The Bilderberg Members and the Illuminati insiders are spread all over the globe, each one doing their best to achieve that goal. Nothing that has happened since Obama was first elected, was an accident or coincidence. Everything was done for a specific reason, and that includes the devaluing of the dollar, the formation of the E.U, the take-over of public education, the rise of ISIS, the weakening of our military, the failure to close our borders, and even the division between races and the demonizing of police.


So many Americans are in denial that it is terrifying. They don't see the Hitler and Stalin program at work here in America, the whittling away of our rights and freedoms, one little bite at a time so it is less noticeable, less attention-getting. Being told by government what size soda you can drink doesn't seem like such a big deal at first, but when you consider that the people who make these rules are thinking, “Hmm, we got away with that, now let's try THIS ”. You have seen the ridiculous regulations being implemented, you know what I mean, and if you don't, God help you.




This is why Agenda 21 with its “Sustainable Communities” and “Climate Change Alarmism” is so concerning to folks like me who are aware of the steps the Elitists must take to get to their goal. These programs and many government grant programs, bring with them draconian restrictions on how we live day to day, how "FREE" we really are. Look at what has happened to the Coal Industry and the workers who are the poorest people in the nation. Look at the Land Grabs going on in the American West. The arrests of dissenters and extreme, felony charges brought upon them. The murder of one of those peaceful dissenters. The recent, new gun restrictions and requirements that are 100% unconstitutional. A Supreme Court that makes decisions about the Constitutionality of laws that are clearly UNCONSTITUTIONAL!


One of the main goals of these evil people is decreasing the population, hence, Planned Parenthood Funding, Birth Control and abortions for under-age teens without parental permission, and vaccines, GMO foods, fluoride, etc. We won't even go into Obamacare and the Death Panels for the elderly and chronically ill. These are also people who despise minorities, which is how and why Planned Parenthood and the KKK were founded. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood didn't even try to hide her racist views. She came right out and said that “Colored People are the Weeds of Society and we must Weed them out ”. Which is of course, why we see so many PP clinics in minority neighborhoods. Yet, most American Blacks continue to vote Democrat. Go figure. They don't see or care that that they are being re-enslaved by the party they support, made dependent upon government programs and handouts in order to keep them under the government's thumb and be “Used” for the Agenda.


When a people relies on government for their very existence, they can be manipulated as easily as a marionette. Imagine if suddenly, the government said, “Oh well, no more Welfare or Food Stamps, we're out of money ” ? Millions of Americans of every color would be destitute and willing to do ANYTHING to be taken care of. Things such as rioting and burning, and falsely accusing police of targeting and race-based murder. Taking part in faked, mass-shooting scenarios. The Elitists don't want Police Forces, they want a National Police Force, emphasis on FORCE. Now why do you suppose the Social Security Administration needs millions of rounds of ammunition and thousands of AR15s? Or the IRS, who has spent many millions on artillery in the past 8 years? What need do we have for the DHS, the BLM, the EPA, etc.? Why are they ARMED?


Almost everything is in place, save for ONE. Guns. No tyrannical regime can be implemented if the people retain a means of resistance. This is the SOLE reason for the recent Mass Shooting Scenarios, the False Flag Ops, the weakening of the military and police, and the labeling of veterans as “Mentally Unstable” and not fit to own firearms. Who better to defend the people's freedom against an evil government than trained veterans? So they are called “Crazy” and denied their Second Amendment Rights. Meanwhile, the players stage false tragedies like Sandy Hook to elicit outrage and sorrow and motivate the uninformed to scream for Gun Control.


Over the past 8 years, we have received loud and clear warnings from the British, the Germans, the Aussies, and a host of other, disarmed countries to KEEP OUR GUNS! We have seen the consequences of disarmament on the Chinese, the Jews in Poland and Germany, etc.,etc., and STILL there are Americans who think it's a good idea to ban firearm ownership ? At a time when we are not only facing an elite enemy that has come within inches of destroying our country, but also an open border being crossed by thousands of criminals and terrorists every, single day, racial violence, and the rise of Obama and Hillary's ISIS, do you truly believe that any thinking American is going to hand over their weapons? LOLOL!!!! Fat Chance! Think hard on THIS; The ONLY thing standing between the NWO and the Freedom we love and enjoy every day, are privately-owned firearms and the Patriots who are willing to use them if need be. So before you take the side of the Gun-Grabbers, take some time to really understand the vital importance of an armed citizenry, and the reason for the Second Amendment.





I believe that we all have a right to think whatever we wish about these Red Flags and clear signs. We can choose to ignore them and deny them, or we can take action, get informed and be prepared. We can align ourselves with like-thinkers and start pushing this government back into its box, or we can sit still and be victims OF it. Your choice. I know what MY choice is.


When Hillary becomes the Commander in Chief, we will very quickly see a heavy-handed push for disarmament as well as the implementation of even more immoral and deviant policies and laws. If we are not ready, we have no hope. Personally, I don't think it will matter who wins, Hillary or Trump, we are still in a world of hurt. The only difference between the two candidates is their genitalia. Just remember that Hillary has George Soros and his little friends behind her.


So as you lay your weary head on your pillow tonight, picture Hillary and Barry basking in the luxury aboard our  airplane that uses more fuel per flight than you and I do in a year, combined. Make sure to see in your mind's eye, the “Carbon Footprint” that old 747 is leaving behind it in our skies. LOL!! Then ponder these two words, DOUBLE STANDARD. 

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Rumor of the Week


I was told by a Stewarts Manager, that Dunkin Donuts has or IS purchasing the property just east of Stewarts parking lot. Of course, the property is all tied-up in Chapter 11 as we know, so it remains to be seen if DD will ever actually get it. We shall see. In any case, do we WANT  a Dunkin Donuts here? It is after all, a national chain store, not a Big Box, but a Small Box, and our comprehensive plan was supposed to help us avoid commercialization.


Dunkin Donuts was the dream of Mike Benson and Max Gitter when they formed the Secret EDC and was another thing the public was not consulted about. Imagine what this would do to Bucky's Bagels and Blueberry Hill ? What about the increased traffic in a location that is already dangerous? I will keep you updated as new info comes in, but now is the time to think about what YOU want on our main mile.










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Facing FACTS !!                                                              7-8-2016



     Where to even begin tonight...... There is so much going on both publicly and secretly, that I am beginning to find sleep elusive.


I tend to sleep in series of cat naps these days. There is more to do than there are hours in the day. I would never ask any of my co-Patriots to do things the way I do, we all have to manage our lives as best we can and do what works best for us. I don't lose sleep over stress, I give my stress to God as He commands, but I just have this inner feeling of time being short for those of us who are trying to take America and our Freedoms back, and that we need to use every minute we can as productively as we can.


What occurred in Dallas last night is inexcusable and cannot be allowed to go unaddressed. This issue has absolutely NOTHING  to do with Racist police officers, this has to do with the agenda of eliminating police departments and instituting a National Police Force. The Blacks who are acting like savages in our streets don't even see that they are being used by government and media for an end result that will be highly detrimental to the Black community itself. It will be disastrous for ALL Americans. Barack Obama and his Puppet Masters are using Blacks to target police by making a national spectacle of every shooting of a Black person by law enforcement. They are NOT telling the public the FACTS, that twice  as many Whites as Blacks are shot by police each year in America.


One could claim that the stats are skewed because Whites outnumber Blacks in this country, and that may be so by a small number, but look instead at the National Crime Statistics re: what race COMMITS the majority of violent crime. Believe me, it evens out. Racist Police Officers exist in every law enforcement agency, and that too, is a FACT. However, they are the minority, and it applies to Police Officers of BOTH races. In today's society, we see far more racism from Blacks against Whites than the other way around. Another FACT.


So it would stand to reason, that if Blacks commit more violent crimes than other races, that they would be risking more force from police than others, yet they do NOT. Blacks are given more leeway than any other race of people in America. When the riots in Baltimore took place this winter, their mayor instructed her police force to “Stand Down ”, to not engage with the Black citizens who were looting, robbing, committing arson, and assaulting police. “Let them vent their frustrations ” she said. EXCUSE ME ?! Did they allow the peaceful Ranchers in the West to “Vent their Frustrations”? No, they arrested them, killed one of them, and those who were taken into custody remain in jail without bond. All of them face felony charges that could imprison them for LIFE ! Despite the fact that they caused NO property damage and assaulted NO ONE.


So tell me again about “White Privilege”. Two days ago, Barack Obama stood on his Platform and told the American people that the police shooting of one Black man in Minnesota and one in Louisiana, were tragedies, and “unnecessary” deaths, and that Police Policies in America must be changed! Today, he told the people that the shooting of eleven police officers and the death of five of them in Dallas, was the tragedy and that these actions would not be tolerated. Talk about speaking out both sides of his lying mouth! HE is the one who re-incited racial unrest in America, HE is the one who has fueled the fire at every turn, and HE is the one with the blood of these fine officers on his hands. Obama turned our Law Enforcement Officers into human targets and the results are more than clear.


Lady Justice wears a blindfold for a reason. Justice is meant to be blind. Blind to race, sex, color, and religion, and Open-Eyed to Constitutional and Criminal Law. The color of a person's skin has zero bearing on his or her behavior. If a White man commits premeditated murder and is proven guilty, he should face Life in prison or the Death Penalty. The same goes for a Black man who commits the same crime. If I attempt to assault a police officer or take his weapon from him, I deserve to be shot by that officer. If a Black woman does the same, she too, deserves to be shot, and it HAPPENS. The Media simply ignores it when the dead person is White, Asian, or Hispanic. They only report the Black deaths at the hands of police, then try the officers in the court of their own opinion before the evidence is even IN. None of that is by accident.


The Media and those who control it, have succeeded in indoctrinating Blacks into believing that the Police are out to get them and only them. Take it from someone who knows differently. When a police officer puts on his uniform each day, he does not think about targeting ANYONE, and he definitely never imagines that he may be forced to take a life. He prays that he has a safe day and comes home to his family at the end of shift. He or she does their best to help those who need it and address crimes as they see them or receive reports of them. They simply do their jobs, and race rarely enters their mind unless it is the process of giving a description or filling out paperwork.


The Police are not out to “GET” anyone, that is a deadly lie being fed to the multitudes by Media and this corrupt government who wants nothing more than to disarm the people AND the police and take control via a National Police Force. Believe it or don't, that is the bottom line. Blacks are being used by the government in their agenda and Blacks don't even SEE it!


Barack Obama and his fellow puppets are 100% responsible for the Terrorist Group that calls itself “ISIS” and they are also 100% responsible for another terrorist group called, “Black Lives Matter”. These people make the Black Panthers look like toddlers, and they are allowed to commit crimes with no accountability because they are BLACK and they are serving the goal of this government and the Bilderberg members who control it. While Patriot groups such as Bob Schulz' “We the People ”, the "Oathkeepers ",  and “The John Birch Society ” are labeled as “Hate Groups” by the sick, “Southern Poverty Law Center”, the “Black Lives Matter” group failed to make that list. Interesting, isn't it? None of those other groups have ever committed an act of violence or even threatened to, while we KNOW what Black Lives Matter has done, is doing, and WILL continue to do if not stopped immediately.


Two MORE police officers were shot today by Black protesters, one in Georgia and one in St. Louis. The St. Louis officer is dead, the Georgia officer was saved by his Kevlar vest. In ADDITION, it has now been discovered that the Black man shot by police in his car, Philando Castile, was an Armed Robbery suspect!! Have you heard THAT  on the news yet?! No, of course not, but you WILL see the Smart Phone video that his unemotional girlfriend took of the officer shooting him. He was NOT reaching for a Pistol Permit to show the officer, he was reaching for the illegal gun in his waistband and HAD no permit. He had a criminal record ! So did the Black man who pulled a gun on police in Louisiana ! So are we going to blame the guns again, the Police, or the criminal epidemic among Blacks? Are we going to believe the media hype and fake info, or are we going to look into the facts before we judge and react?


Americans of integrity and intelligence must STOP allowing themselves to be indoctrinated and misinformed, STOP tolerating the failure to identify the REAL problem and start demanding it be addressed a.s.a.p. We don't have a GUN problem, we don't have a Police problem, what we have is a Black Crime problem and a Government problem. Until and unless we put Political Correctness aside and admit the truth, we can never hope to FIX it. We can never have a meaningful dialogue or find solutions. We cannot address what we don't admit.


This is another example of the danger of P.C. We MUST speak the truth and face it like grownups. If we do not, we will see more and more police officers killed in the streets in cold blood. We will see more families lose their loved ones who simply went to work one day and never returned because a Black protester murdered him or her over LIES.


Not every police officer is blameless and not every Black male is a criminal, but the biased media is killing them both in large numbers by failing to be truthful and to report the actual statistics. How often do you hear how many Black on Black murders occur in America every day? You don't, because it fails to serve the government's purposes. How many Black on White crimes do you hear about, and how many times have you see National Coverage of a non-Black being killed by Police? Now, tell me the media isn't being controlled, censored, and told what to air and what NOT to air. Then tell me WHY !


This “Open Season” on police that has been created by this administration must end, NOW, TODAY! It is the duty of every Freedom-Loving American who appreciates the voice on the other end of the line when they call for help, to SPEAK UP! Support and Defend the Police who support and defend YOU, and if you come across a bad one, report it. Hold them accountable, but also hold Blacks and the Media accountable. Hold the Race-Baiters like Obama and Sharpton accountable. Stop being pacifistic, apathetic, sissies and DO SOMETHING. You all have huge mouths when it comes to protecting trees and butterflies, how about the POLICE and the damn Constitution? Get your priorities straight and act like Americans or go somewhere else to live. It's up to the PEOPLE to stop the carnage. What are YOU going to do?




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   Some of the "Attendees" of the 2016 Bilderberg Meeting in June.


“Bilderberg pulls the strings of every government and intelligence agency in the Western world.” ― James Morcan

That is one of the truest statements coming straight from the mouth of a globalist himself! They are pulling a majority—if not all—of the strings that are in play today. From politics, to medical advancements, to technological, to world governance and more. They are a manipulative, power hungry group out for the betterment of themselves.

On June 9th-12th this malicious Bilderberg group, will be hosting their 64th annual meeting since their formation in 1954. There will be a total of 130 participants from 20 different countries coming together in the Taschenbergpalais Hotel in Dresden, Germany to discuss policies and their secretive agendas behind closed doors. 

According to the Bilderberg website the agenda is set to include the immigration situation in Europe, cyber security, Russia, the middle class, and much more.

This years participants include multiple power hunger globalists such as: the CEO of Shell, the CEO of Deutsche Bank, the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, a US Senator, Chief Foreign Correspondent to NBC News, Vice Presidents, Presidents, CEO of Airbus, Prime Ministers, and more. 

 (Bear in mind, that this is the PUBLIC release from the Bilderberg Website. It does not give the sub-categories or details that fall under the items on their meeting agenda.)





Here’s the official list of attendees from the Bilderberg website: June 9, 2016 Meeting in Dresden,Germany

CHAIRMAN
Castries, Henri de (FRA), 
Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

Aboutaleb, Ahmed (NLD), Mayor, City of Rotterdam
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), 
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Agius, Marcus (GBR), 
Chairman, PA Consulting Group
Ahrenkiel, Thomas (DNK), 
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence
Albuquerque, Maria Luís (PRT), 
Former Minister of Finance; MP, Social Democratic Party
Alierta, César (ESP), 
Executive Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
Altman, Roger C. (USA), 
Executive Chairman, Evercore
Altman, Sam (USA), President, Y Combinator

Andersson, Magdalena (SWE), 
Minister of Finance
Applebaum, Anne (USA), 
Columnist Washington Post; Director of the Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute
Apunen, Matti (FIN), 
Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
Aydin-Düzgit, Senem (TUR), 
Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, Istanbul Bilgi University
Barbizet, Patricia (FRA), 
CEO, Artemis
Barroso, José M. Durão (PRT), 
Former President of the European Commission
Baverez, Nicolas (FRA), 
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Bengio, Yoshua (CAN), 
Professor in Computer Science and Operations Research, University of Montreal
Benko, René (AUT), 
Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, SIGNA Holding GmbH
Bernabè, Franco (ITA), 
Chairman, CartaSi S.p.A.
Beurden, Ben van (NLD), 
CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Blanchard, Olivier (FRA), 
Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), 
Executive Chairman, Banco Santander
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), 
President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Breedlove, Philip M. (INT), 
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Brende, Børge (NOR), 
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Burns, William J. (USA), 
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Cebrián, Juan Luis (ESP), 
Executive Chairman, PRISA and El País
Charpentier, Emmanuelle (FRA), 
Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
Coeuré, Benoît (INT), 
Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Costamagna, Claudio (ITA), 
Chairman, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.
Cote, David M. (USA), 
Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
Cryan, John (DEU), 
CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
Dassù, Marta (ITA), 
Senior Director, European Affairs, Aspen Institute
Dijksma, Sharon A.M. (NLD), 
Minister for the Environment
Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), 
CEO, Axel Springer SE
Dudley, Robert (GBR), 
Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Dyvig, Christian (DNK), 
Chairman, Kompan
Ebeling, Thomas (DEU), 
CEO, ProSiebenSat.1
Elkann, John (ITA), 
Chairman and CEO, EXOR; Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Enders, Thomas (DEU), 
CEO, Airbus Group
Engel, Richard (USA), 
Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Fabius, Laurent (FRA), 
President, Constitutional Council
Federspiel, Ulrik (DNK), 
Group Executive, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Ferguson, Jr., Roger W. (USA), 
President and CEO, TIAA
Ferguson, Niall (USA), 
Professor of History, Harvard University
Flint, Douglas J. (GBR), 
Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
Garicano, Luis (ESP), 
Professor of Economics, LSE; Senior Advisor to Ciudadanos
Georgieva, Kristalina (INT), 
Vice President, European Commission
Gernelle, Etienne (FRA), 
Editorial Director, Le Point
Gomes da Silva, Carlos (PRT), 
Vice Chairman and CEO, Galp Energia
Goodman, Helen (GBR), 
MP, Labour Party
Goulard, Sylvie (INT), Member of the European Parliament
Graham, Lindsey (USA), Senator

Grillo, Ulrich (DEU), 
Chairman, Grillo-Werke AG; President, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), 
Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV
Hadfield, Chris (CAN), 
Colonel, Astronaut
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), 
Professor of Economics, Leiden University
Harding, Dido (GBR), CEO, 
TalkTalk Telecom Group plc
Hassabis, Demis (GBR), 
Co-Founder and CEO, DeepMind
Hobson, Mellody (USA), 
President, Ariel Investment, LLC
Hoffman, Reid (USA), 
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Höttges, Timotheus (DEU), 
CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG
Jacobs, Kenneth M. (USA), 
Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Jäkel, Julia (DEU), 
CEO, Gruner + Jahr
Johnson, James A. (USA), 
Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
Jonsson, Conni (SWE), 
Founder and Chairman, EQT
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. (USA), 
Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Kaeser, Joe (DEU), 
President and CEO, Siemens AG
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, 
Palantir Technologies
Kengeter, Carsten (DEU), 
CEO, Deutsche Börse AG
Kerr, John (GBR), 
Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power
Kherbache, Yasmine (BEL), 
MP, Flemish Parliament
Kissinger, Henry A. (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Kleinfeld, Klaus (USA), 
Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Kravis, Henry R. (USA), 
Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), 
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Kudelski, André (CHE), 
Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
Lagarde, Christine (INT), 
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Levin, Richard (USA), 
CEO, Coursera
Leyen, Ursula von der (DEU), 
Minister of Defence
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), 
Chairman, KBC Group
Logothetis, George (GRC), 
Chairman and CEO, Libra Group
Maizière, Thomas de (DEU), 
Minister of the Interior, Federal Ministry of the Interior
Makan, Divesh (USA), 
CEO, ICONIQ Capital
Malcomson, Scott (USA), 
Author; President, Monere Ltd.
Markwalder, Christa (CHE), 
President of the National Council and the Federal Assembly
McArdle, Megan (USA), Columnist, Bloomberg View
Michel, Charles (BEL), 
Prime Minister
Micklethwait, John (USA), 
Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (GBR), 
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Mitsotakis, Kyriakos (GRC), 
President, New Democracy Party
Morneau, Bill (CAN), 
Minister of Finance
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), 
Principal, Mundie & Associates
Murray, Charles A. (USA), 
W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Netherlands, H.M. the King of the (NLD)
Noonan, Michael (IRL), 
Minister for Finance
Noonan, Peggy (USA), 
Author, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), 
CEO, Ryanair Plc
Ollongren, Kajsa (NLD), 
Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
Özel, Soli (TUR), 
Professor, Kadir Has University
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, Titan Cement Co.
Petraeus, David H. (USA), 
Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Philippe, Edouard (FRA), 
Mayor of Le Havre
Pind, Søren (DNK), 
Minister of Justice
Ratti, Carlo (ITA), 
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
Reisman, Heather M. (CAN), 
Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Rubin, Robert E. (USA), Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Rutte, Mark (NLD), 
Prime Minister
Sawers, John (GBR), 
Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners
Schäuble, Wolfgang (DEU), 
Minister of Finance
Schieder, Andreas (AUT), 
Chairman, Social Democratic Group
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), 
Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.
Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), 
CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
Schwab, Klaus (INT), 
Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), 
Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Simsek, Mehmet (TUR), 
Deputy Prime Minister
Sinn, Hans-Werner (DEU), 
Professor for Economics and Public Finance, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Skogen Lund, Kristin (NOR), 
Director General, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
Standing, Guy (GBR), 
Co-President, BIEN; Research Professor, University of London
Thiel, Peter A. (USA), 
President, Thiel Capital
Tillich, Stanislaw (DEU), 
Minister-President of Saxony
Vetterli, Martin (CHE), 
President, NSF
Wahlroos, Björn (FIN), 
Chairman, Sampo Group, Nordea Bank, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Wallenberg, Jacob (SWE), 
Chairman, Investor AB
Weder di Mauro, Beatrice (CHE), 
Professor of Economics, University of Mainz
Wolf, Martin H. (GBR), 
Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

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    The Bilderbergs are a HUGE version of our very own, New Lebanon EDC. Do NOT be fooled. Wake up before the alarm clock goes off.







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Town Board                                                             7-12-2016



                The meetings amaze me these days. It's like living in a different town since Benson is no longer sitting at that bench at the front of the room. 

                The residual effects of his lack of leadership ability will be evident for some time to come however, as became clear tonight. The sidewalk project, one of the pet projects of Benson and the EDC, is coming back to bite us in the A_S. The grant money we received for the planning of that unwanted and unnecessary plan must now be paid back in full, or the project must go forward. 

                 Colleen will be explaining the details in the newsletter that will be coming out soon, but for now, we know that if we do not do at least SOME of that sidewalk project, the town is facing a huge debt and the loss of the town money put into the planning phase under Benson's watch. Public information meetings are being scheduled so that all of us can be fully informed and have a voice in the decision. These will be announced via email and in the local papers. 

                   What we must decide as a town, is which option is the least costly, paying the funds back, or going forward with the project. I felt Colleen's pain tonight as she tried to explain the intricate details of the mess left to her by our last Supervisor. Believe me, this will not be the only issue we will face as a result of Benson's narcissism and inability to do the job. Not to mention his dirty deals. We will be sweeping up his messes for years to come. 

                    The sign ordinance is still a hotbed issue, and this month's ZBA Meeting was a busy one with business owners seeking sign variances in response to the violation notices they received. Councilman Baumli stated that he had attended that meeting, and thought that a couple of the ZBA members were failing to enforce the sign code as it stands by granting variances for signs that are clearly in violation. He is concerned about setting a poor precedent and undermining the Enforcement Officer. I think he's right about that, and that the sign codes should be clear, simplified, and uniform. No one should be allowed to have more or larger signs than anyone else, but let's face it, all government regulations are extreme and complicated these days. Why not make it simple, after all, even God only gave us 10 Commandments! LOL!! This is an issue that will not be settled easily or quickly.

                   Councilman Geraldi took great issue with Baumli's statement about the ZBA, and stated that the Town Board has NO say over ZBA decisions or actions and that it was unfair to intimate that its members were playing favorites. It got a little warm in the room for a few minutes, but I still think Baumli was right.  No one likes strips of colored flags or big banners in front of businesses, and flashing signs are trashy. All I can think of when I see one of those is a Las Vegas Strip Club. LOL!! We want to keep our town clean and rural, but we also have to meet business owners halfway. Not an easy task. 

                   I want to congratulate the CDC for their respectful practice of including all interested residents in their plans and actions by having public information meetings and public hearings before making important decisions that will impact us all. Same goes for the Zoning Re-Write Committee which is performing an extremely difficult service for the town. All these folks have put in more time and effort than the rest of us can imagine and few of us appreciate. Despite the fact that many of these folks are newcomers and some are not exactly on my friends list, their dedication cannot be denied and deserves to be recognized. I wish they would teach Ruth Abram about how to make friends and influence people. 

                    Common Sense zoning and planning are not a problem until we start hearing Red Flag words such as "Sustainability ",  anything to do with " Climate Change and Regulations ", "Revitalization ", "Economic Development ", and "Government Grants ".  Train your ears to perk-up when these words are uttered, and take them as the danger signs they are. 

                   (  Yes, there IS something good coming to New Lebanon in the near future, so just hang in there! It will be worth the wait. )

                      I heard today that Marchese Ford may not be buying the Ralph Chittenden property across from Darcy Construction after all, due to some difficult estate issues. That's a shame, because it would be nice to see something in that space that isn't messy or unattractive. After all, it was once a junkyard, so we certainly can't do worse than THAT!  It would be a great site for a Market, or Senior Housing, but I don't know if that will ever happen. One has to wonder if since the address of that property is 666 Rt. 20, it may not be habitable for the faithful. LOL!! I think if it were my land, I would change the address to anything BUT what it is. 

                       Funny thing, but I had two contacts today with local people about the man I mentioned in my January 10 post. The guy who likes to take young boys under his wing. That issue is always on my mind, but it was quite the coincidence that he was brought to my attention by two others in one day. I guess I'm not the only concerned resident, and that's a very GOOD thing.  Please be aware of where your kids are spending their time and with WHOM. 

                        I am presently looking for anyone who is a member of the New Lebanon Garden Club. No one seems to know anyone who might be involved, and I am itching to discuss the Bridge Boxes project with the group. If you are a member or know someone who is, please let me know. Another idea, if we can get it past NY State D.O.T, would be a nice flower-box on the concrete diamond in front of the old Hess Station. Kind of a colorful, living, "Welcome to New Lebanon" for folks coming in from Pittsfield and Rt. 22 North. 

                        The Flag Project will be publicly announced shortly and a means of accepting donations from businesses and residents will be available at last. Stone Soup is busier than you think! I was in Valatie the other day, and their Main Street is so beautiful! It has come a long way in the past 10 years, with new facades on the storefronts, hanging flower baskets and American Flags on the poles. It's the simple, little things that make the biggest impact. Join us in making these things a reality in New Lebanon. Just email Stone Soup at: PACTJJ@gmail.com. Oh, one more interesting thing; The Pillars is going to become a private home soon. That will be an awesome renovation to witness!

                        Tomorrow night, I will be posting a story that I have been working on for some time now. Finding an hour or two of quiet time around the cabin isn't easy, so even though it isn't a long piece, I have had to write it in small bits and pieces. There is even a "Moral" to the story! 

           Happy 90th Birthday to Ernie Tetrault !   God Bless our country,  JJ.






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Once Upon A Time                                                                7-13-2016



                   Once upon a time in a little country town, a secret battle was waged between Good and Evil. 

                    It was early July and the residents and summer people were enjoying the local lake and usual summertime festivities. The weather had been perfect for weeks, warm enough for swimming but free of the heavy humidity common to the lake areas. Rain had occurred mostly at night and the daytime skies were a clear, ocean blue. All was well until one day, a dark cloud rolled into town in the form of an old, black van. 

                    The truck was certainly not something that could easily go unnoticed. It's front windows were darkly tinted, it's side and rear doors were windowless. Huge white Pentagrams were painted on it's sides by a less-than-steady hand.

                     Local folks were not terribly concerned at first, they were accustomed to strange vehicles and people passing through in summer. Weirdos came and weirdos went. It wasn't until they realized that the van had been around every day for over a week, that they grew wary. The van and it's unseen occupants became the main topic of conversation at the local country store, and it didn't take long for rumors to run wild.

                      The store-keeper had been one of the only people to actually see the van's driver, and he described him as scraggly, surly, and unwashed, with a habit of buying everything in fives. Five sodas, five subs, five packs of cigarettes and so on. So it was an obvious conclusion that there were five people in the group. 

                      Some of the locals were excessively frightened, wondering where the strangers had come from and when they would go away. Soon, a sense of foreboding hung over the town and a few of the summer families even cut their vacations short, packed-up their kids, and went back to the city.  Despite there being no evidence of threatening or illegal behavior on the part of the "Satanists" as they  had come to be known, rumor and fear gave birth to outlandish accounts of missing pets, screams in the night, and children waking from terrible nightmares of violence in the woods.

                      As the days and then weeks passed, an ominous change came over the town and it's people. Though the skies remained sunny and clear, the atmosphere grew dark and stormy. Fewer and fewer people left the safety of their homes and cottages for the freedom of the beaches and boats, and mothers began to hover over their children and family pets.  Doors were locked at night, many for the first time ever, and lights were left burning through the night. 

                       In public, folks spoke in whispers and looked over their shoulders. Even after it became known that the "Satanists" were legally renting a remote, nearby cabin and had thus far, done nothing wrong, the fear continued to grow.

                        The presence of the odd strangers had not escaped notice of the folks in the adjoining town,either.  It was there that everyone within 20 miles needed to go to buy groceries, do their banking, or eat a meal out, and that included the "Satanists" in their scary, black van. Remember if you will, that this was over 30 years ago, and the residents were mostly long-time locals with family roots going back generations. Church pews were still full on Sundays and everyone had at least a passing acquaintance with one another. 

                        The men in this town were tough, blue-collar workers, farmers, contractors, mechanics and the like. Most moms still stayed home and raised their kids. A good number of the older men were veterans, some remnants of the Greatest Generation, and they socialized with one another often as volunteer Firemen, Town Officials, Masons, Knights of Columbus members, and Clergy. They were men of great strength with an unwavering sense of loyalty to their country and community, and for many, to God. 

                          It was tacitly understood among these men that it was their duty to protect and preserve the Rural, American Culture they treasured and the families in their close-knit environment. So these good men, the last of their kind, came together in secret. They met in one another's homes, smoked cigars and drank a few Scotch Whiskeys, and they talked. A Lot. Not at all unusual for this group or any other like it, but the subject matter this summer was unusual indeed! 

                          The members of this group were husbands, fathers, and grandfathers, some survivors of the Great Depression and others of WWII. Each of them, even those who had never served, was a battle-scarred soldier and every one had been strengthened by their struggles. The matter at hand was a simple task for such men. So they met numerous times and formed a plan that would forever remain a secret among the group. Once completed, this mission would never be spoken of again.

                            In early August of that very odd summer, an oppressive aura that had lingered over two, little rural towns for many weeks, was finally lifted. People returned to the beaches and boats once more  dotted the surface of the lake. Mothers drew in deeper breaths of fresher air and watched their children splash in the water and build sand castles again.

                             For a little while, folks wondered aloud what had happened to the strange black van and it's occupants, why they had disappeared so suddenly, and what might have been their fate. Their relief overpowered their curiosity however, and the scary strangers were soon all but forgotten.

                               The old black van and the mysterious "Satanists" were never seen or heard from again. Not in the two little towns, or anywhere else that anyone ever heard of. Where they went and why has never been revealed. After all, that was the agreement, wasn't it? 

                               Yes, this is a true story. A select few of you may even find it oddly familiar. There is even a Moral to this story. 

                                Edmund Burke once said, "All it takes for Evil to triumph, is for Good men to do nothing ".  This story had a happy ending because Good Men took a stand. They not only dis-invited the evil, they drove it from their midst with only the slightest effort and unity of purpose. 

                                Today, those of us who live in THIS  little town, our men in particular, have forgotten our roles. Few of the thick-skinned and battle-scarred Heroes remain, not just here but all across America. We have forgotten the duty we have as human beings and Americans to Protect our Own, to stand up to evil and drive it away. Too many are faithless or have abandoned their faith and scorned God, opening the door to new evils such as Liberalism, Tyranny, Terrorism, and Oppression. 

                                 No longer do our men defend honor and morality, they are too busy watching TV, staring into cellphone screens, or striving for personal gain. Their apathy has allowed an insidious evil to infiltrate their governments and their children's schools, even the public restrooms used by their wives and daughters.  America needs HEROES again. 

                                  We need REAL MEN who will be Soldiers in the war against depravity, violations of our God-Given Freedoms, and a government that is out of control. We need fathers, sons, and grandfathers willing to meet secretly in smoke-filled rooms and plan a strategy for a response to Evil and Despotism. We need men who will carry out their plan and triumph over all that is unacceptable to a GOOD people. 

                                   I believe that men such as these still do exist in America, and right here in New Lebanon. There may be far fewer per-capita than there once were, since our Universities of Indoctrination are churning out mamby-pamby snowflakes rather than men of strength and character. 

                                   It only takes ONE man of character to begin and sustain a peaceful and effective Revolution. The time has come. 





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Welcome to the Land of Oz                                             7-19-2016



                   Dear Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. I don't even know for certain if we're still in America. 

                    The country in which you and I now live, bears little resemblance to the one we grew up in.  I have discussed the negative changes in our government and society so frequently on this blog that I'm sure my readers are saturated with it. There are just some things that are far too important and meaningful to merely be mentioned in passing. The things I address most often and so repetitively are major indications of what is to come. They are Omens, Red Flags, and Strong Warnings that we cannot afford to ignore. 

                    Those familiar with Bible Prophecy can read these signs more clearly than others, but any adult of reasonable intelligence KNOWS that there is serious trouble ahead for us all. We are passengers on a Runaway Train that picks up speed by the minute, and the bridge is out up ahead.

                     As I have observed the unprecedented criminal actions of the two, main political parties this year, I have been deeply saddened by the Herd Mentality of the American Voters. It was not at all surprising to see Democrats ignore and excuse the felonious behaviors and history of Hillary Clinton. Nor was it a shock to watch our youth worship at the feet of Socialism Sanders. These kids are products of federal-run education and Liberal Indoctrination. Many have overly-indulgent parents who failed to teach them about responsibility, accountability, and hard work's relationship to how far you go in life.

                    Our youth are now an "Entitlement Generation" , the new, "Sissy Society" of lazy, spoiled, thin-skinned brats. Despite many of them being highly educated and the bearers of fancy degrees, when it comes to Real Life, they are as stupid as a box of rocks. They are NOT alone! I have been observing with a smothering sense of hopelessness, as Evangelicals and self-proclaimed Conservatives have been mesmerized and fooled by a False Hero, and they have literally fallen at his feet.  Trump is now their God of choice and no amount of proof as to what and who he really IS, makes any difference. 

                    Evangelicals, the very people who should be the most discerning, the most aware of the magnetism of False prophets, seem to have forgotten the warnings that they should know so well. It is terrifying to consider how easily they will fall under the spell of the Anti-Christ when he rises up from Europe and charms them with his lies and beauty, his empty promises and false hope. 

                   The Republicans started this election cycle with 19 candidates. Of the 19, ONE was a strong, Godly, and PROVEN leader. The Bible tells us; "Choose for yourselves Godly men as Leaders ". God sent us that man, and the Christians shunned him. An easy sin these days when the majority of Americans have shunned God Himself. What could be their excuse ? How do Christians justify their failure to obey the word they have studied and committed to memory? 

                   The Republican National Convention has been a hotbed of corruption and rule-breaking. It began with the Armed GOON Squad that prevented the delegate petitions from being delivered to the RNC Chair. Not only is this a violation of the Convention Rules, it is a violation of Due Process! 100% illegal, and an action heretofore seen only in Socialist countries.  A female, "Never Trump" delegate was circled by 5 male delegates as she exited a restroom at the convention.  She was told by these  "Men" to not vote, to leave the premises AND the STATE, or face bodily harm !!

                    Then Trump's wife, the former Gay-Porn Star, delivered a speech from the RNC Stage that was word-for-word plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2012 DNC Speech ! It's quite entertaining to watch the side-by-side comparisons on the news and Conservative Media sites. Yet, NONE of these things seem to matter, either! Arrests should have been made, Trump rendered ineligible, and this entire joke ended. Then we had the speeches delivered by Trump's adult children, from the REPUBLICAN Convention Stage, even though THEY are DEMOCRATS! It just goes on and on and on. 

                    This election, since Day ONE, has been a never-before-seen pit of filth, corruption, lies, and manipulations. It is at the same time an embarrassment and a tragedy, and it was entirely engineered by the very people I have been warning you about. Only Hillary can keep their road to destruction open and without impediment and there is absolutely NOTHING they would not do to ensure her the presidency. We knew this from the beginning, and we said so right here on this blog. Trump is merely a complicit puppet and an unelectable buffoon. Chosen on purpose, FOR  a purpose.

                    Hillary WILL  be the next president. The GOP is now the Party of Betrayal with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. So what do REAL Conservatives and Christians DO? For one, run as fast as your feet will carry you to the Constitution Party. Join it, Support it, and Make it GROW. The GOP is DEAD. In the meantime, Pray, Prepare, Practice, and Repeat.








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Lebanon, We Have a Problem, AGAIN!                              7-23-2016



                A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a woman who lives in West Lebanon. I have known her for many years, and though I have never seen her as an enemy, she is not a member of my Fan Club nor am I of hers. 

                 She was looking for an archived post I had written earlier this year, and having been attacked by this woman repeatedly, for WEEKS, over what she believed was a mis-spelled word,  (yes, REALLY), all the little Red Flags started waving in my brain. This was not a person that would contact me for any positive reason.  She was definitely UP to SOMETHING. 

                  Still, what I write here is public information and I am accountable for every word, so I took the high road and sent the location of the post she was seeking, to her. Then I waited.  It was not a long wait. LOL!! Her motives became crystal clear this morning when I began receiving sudden and vicious attacks from yet another, female resident. Drama Lover's Society. 

                   I was accused via venomous texts of "Libel and Slander", which is of course, B.S, because if there is anything I am acutely aware of, is where that line is and I do not cross it. I will come right up TO it, but I don't step over it. What was most interesting about this text, was that while it was accusing ME of these things, it was chock-full of libelous and slanderous statements about local business people, our High School, and even the New Lebanon State Police, and she named NAMES. Soo... WHO  is committing Slander and Libel here? Not to mention total hypocrisy. 

                   Obviously, the archived post requested by woman #1 was handed over to Woman #2 who then proceeded to go on the most immature, libelous, profanity-ridden assault I have seen in a good while. LOL!!  Apparently, #2 has been going on a Rant on Facebook in recent weeks, attacking the very people who have always been her strongest supporters, most loyal allies, and who always had her back. Today was simply my TURN. Which is fine, I have come up against much tougher than this little tyrant.

                  A lot of us know that #2 has been under extreme stress lately and that she is experiencing some deep, emotional pain. That may explain her behavior, but it by no means EXCUSES it. Those of us who have become the targets of her guilt-ridden attacks and mis-placed blame are the people who have been there for her, offered our help, and respected the personal nature of her dilemma. Rather than REACH out to us, she chose to LASH out at us, and none of us deserve it. 

                  It is never advisable to burn bridges you may one day need to cross. I am, and have been, truly saddened and concerned about what she is going through, but at the same time, I will NOT be abused without cause by ANYONE. Her anger is seriously mis-directed and her behavior constitutes Harassment and Slander. In fact, we are all keeping her communications to us and discussing making a visit to the State Police if this continues in any form. Yes, it IS that extreme.

                  As a result of all of this, my resolve to see the needs of our residents made a priority in New Lebanon, has been strengthened. I believe that there is absolutely NOTHING more vital than reaching out to our youth.  Things like B.S Climate Change Programs, Economic and Sustainable Development, Tourism, etc., do NOT MATTER. How about we shelve the ridiculous and unnecessary Liberal Agendas and focus on PEOPLE? Let's provide food for the hungry, clothing for needy kids, visitation for shut-ins and the lonely, and provide things for our YOUNG people. Let's take care of PEOPLE, first.

                  What profit is there in sidewalks, new specialty businesses, tourist attractions, and environmental crap, if our hungry are unfed, our lonely ignored, and our kids going astray?  If frustrated parents have nowhere to turn? What use are our four churches if the clergy do not put piousness aside long enough to step-up and work together to strengthen FAMILIES? Who ARE we?  

                  Are we now nothing more than a Liberal Utopia, a destination for city people and tourists, or are we a COMMUNITY ? Is it more important to put on a Pretty Face for outsiders just to attract visitors or to actually climb into the trenches and improve the lives of the people who live here? We need to choose, and we need to do it before we lose more of our kids. 





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Picnics and Nitwits                                                      7-27-2016


                BUSY weekend ahead!  On Friday night from 7-9 p.m, there will be a free, Contemporary Christian Concert at the pavilion in Shatford Park. Sponsored by the "New Life Church" of Pittsfield and Mr. Larry LaFerriere of New Lebanon.  There will be free food and drink, and all are welcome. Bring a blanket and come on out and cool off with some upbeat music. 

                 On Saturday of course, is the Community Picnic at the park at noon. More live music, local exhibitors, games for the kids, and plenty to munch on, including the Best Sweet Corn within 100 miles, but then, I'm partial. LOL!!  I am hoping to make it for at least a little while, but I do have to go out of town at some point.  Thank you to the Larabee Family for all their hard work to make this picnic a reality each year. 

                 Bob and I have just completed an arduous adoption process and Saturday is supposed to be the day we pick up our new baby! Our Pit Bull, that is!  LOL!  (Had you going for a second, didn't I? )  Out of the Pits  in Albany is a wonderful organization that rescues abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from all over NY, including NY City, provides any necessary medical care and training, and finds them Forever Homes. These are some of the most needy, loving, adorable dogs you will ever meet, and I have yet to meet a mean one. Pits are the only dogs that truly GRIN when they're happy, and they're happy most of the time! 

                  The adoption process required by OOTP is very tough, due to the fact that there are evil people out there who want these dogs for fighting rings and to use as "Bait" to train fighting dogs. Some are used as breeders, having two or three litters a year and never seeing the outdoors or receiving a gentle touch. It is a horrible situation and the shelters are over-flowing with terrific Pit Bulls that have been abandoned because they can NOT be trained to fight. The dog WE are seeking to adopt was abandoned in NY City, left tied to a fence by some heartless Nitwit. If it were up to me, these people would receive the exact treatment they gave their animals. 

                   Even many of the Amish Dog Breeders we see selling dogs today, are heartless and treat the dogs like objects. They run Puppy Mills where the dogs are kept in small cages at all times, never walk on the grass, are over-bred, and often, very sick. The Amish believe that NO animal should ever be inside the house under any circumstances, and that's their right, but if they feel that way, they should not have dogs. They should stick with the horses and cows. Never, ever buy a dog that may have come from any Puppy Mill or Amish Farm. If they have no buyers, they have no reason to continue in their dirty business. 

                    We still miss our Bailey every day, and it is our hope that by providing a forever home to another dog in need, we might honor her memory and ease our sorrow. So, if you see me around town with "Reagan", come over and shake a paw! 

                    Hope to see you at the park!

 




AUGUST 2016 ARCHIVES

Best Laid Plans                                                                   8-1-2016


                   It was good to welcome a new week today.  The rain was a blessing for the crops and gardens and the farms can get a break from irrigating, for a while, anyway.

                   Last week was just, well.....Odd. People jumping down one another's throats without cause, plans and projects falling through or just generally falling apart, etc. It was a week that a lot of us wanted to shout, "Do Over!".  LOL! 

                   Friday night's "Revival in the Park" was held and fairly well-attended, despite the date, time, and details being changed three or four times. I was asked by the organizer and sponsors to try to advertise it, and I promised to do so, but when they kept changing everything minute by minute, I gave up. In fact, I made other plans myself.  I love to help with good causes, but geez, let's try to get organized here. Luckily, I can't get kicked for this one, I had nothing to do with the planning. Maybe next year's revival will be smoother. 

                   I missed the Community Picnic because the Rescue organization was bringing the dog by for us to meet. She was a beauty, but sadly, she did not take to my son's dog. She went after him and made it clear that they could NOT be friends. They would not be living together, but they would be sharing the fenced dog yard, so becoming friends is vital. Poor Ruger loves ALL other dogs and every person he meets, so this snappy girl was of zero interest to him.  It's all good though, the right dog will come along. My husband was bitterly disappointed, he is so anxious to fill the empty spot that Bailey left that he is willing to be impulsive in something where impulsiveness can be a tragedy. 

                  So I explained to him that as Christians, we have to sometimes get out of God's way and trust Him to lead and bring us to the best conclusion. If one dog or six dogs don't work out, then that means that He has the RIGHT one already chosen. It is OUR job to be still and wait on Him! I'm anxious too, but I've learned all about the negative consequences of the failure to trust the Lord. NOT a good idea!  LOL!!

                    The first sidewalk hearing will be held next week. This will be interesting to watch, because there are so many folks who want them and so many who do not.  I just hope it doesn't become another cause for more division in town. It really isn't all that important an issue. What matters is reaching a decision quickly in reference to how we wish to handle the financial mess involved. Benson's Mess. Just one of many that will become apparent as time passes.

                   Personally, I don't think we need sidewalks now anymore than we ever have, but I also feel concerned about the burden of reimbursement. It probably makes the most sense to scale back the project and do less sidewalk than originally planned. Either way, it won't make much difference in where folks walk, as very few do anyway. We'll just have to wait and see what the voice of the people will be. I am excited by the way this is being handled by the Board and Supervisor. When the people feel included, when they actually are given that voice, the sense of Community is strengthened. There will always be winners and losers, but at least there was a debate, at least we can all be heard and our feelings considered. 

                   These are the things that are missing from government today, and these are some of the reasons for the frustration we are seeing among the American people. The Officials who we elect to represent us, are NOT listening anymore. We the People are treated like mindless worker bees who have no investment, no right, and no voice. How we ever allowed our officials to get so out of hand is beyond me. 

                   If someone had asked me 20 years ago if America and the U.S government would ever be the disaster it is today, I would have said it could never happen here. But it HAS, and it continues to worsen by the day. Just as one small example, I read an article tonight that absolutely enraged me! I have posted it for you below. Give it a quick read, I'll wait...........

                       Daily Caller News Foundation

‘All Lives Matter’ Gets Texas Student Suspended, Sent To Diversity Workshop

“Just for her to say, ‘forget Black Lives Matter,’ is a punch in the stomach,” student Nala Hughes told a local press outlet at the time.

Sethi serves as the vice president of UH’s student government association (SGA), and several UH students demanded her immediate removal.

 


A full removal of Sethi has significant hurdles, though. The student government constitution requires the student body president, president of the student senate and three-fourths of present student senators to approve impeachment proceedings. Sethi would then be tried by the student supreme court. 

Instead of going through that arduous process, the student senate approved a measure giving SGA president Shane Smith exceptional one-time powers to punish Sethi as he saw fit. In response, Smith released a letter Friday outlining a set of five punishments for Sethi. The punishments include:

  • A 50-day suspension from SGA starting August 1. This suspension will be unpaid (she currently receives a stipend of about $700 a month).
  • A requirement to attend a three-day diversity workshop in mid-August.
  • A requirement to attend three “UH cultural events” each month from September through March, excluding December.
  • An order to write a “letter of reflection” about how her harmful actions have impacted SGA and the UH student body
  • An order to put on a public presentation Sept. 28 detailing “the knowledge she has gained about cultural issues facing our society.”

If Sethi refuses or fails any of the requirements, she will be kicked out of SGA entirely.

Smith notes in his letter that the punishment was particularly harsh because, in his view, Sethi hadn’t recognized the severity of her offense in declaring that all people’s lives matter.

“Since her original post, I have not felt that she has understood or respected how her actions have affected the people around her, as well as the reputation of SGA and the university,” Smith says.

He also said that despite UH being a public university, free speech considerations did not factor into the punishment.

“The first amendment [sic] prevents a person from being jailed by the government for what they say. But [it] does not prevent people from receiving other consequences for what they say.”

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NEW LEBANON TOWN BOARD

SIDEWALK PROJECT

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the New Lebanon Town Board will hold two public hearings on the Sidewalk Project on Monday, August 8th and Thursday, August 11th at the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School at 14665 NY-22, New Lebanon, NY 12125 at 7:00 p.m.  The discussion item  for community input pertains to the Town Board’s decision whether to  discontinue the project and repay the federal funding received  for planning costs and possible reimbursement to the  state  or to downsize the scope of the project and proceed  through the planning process  and acquisition of one right of way/easement and thereby establish a period of time for completion of the project.  The details of the options will be discussed at these meetings and there will be an  opportunity for the public to be heard.  This matter is time sensitive.  Please join us at one of these public hearings to express your opinion or email either the town clerk or the town supervisor with your input. There will be additional information provided in the August newsletter and information will be made available on the website as it becomes available.



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Don't Shoot the Messenger !                                     8-5-2016


                 There are times that I wonder why I bother to try so damn hard to reveal facts to people who prefer to live in blissful ignorance. 

                  Day after day, month after month, and year after year, I have studied, researched, investigated, interviewed, proven and dis-proven information that is important to the people of America. There are a lot of paranoid, conspiracy theories out there, but there are also just as many truths that are dismissed as conspiracies. We have talked about a lot of those things here over the years. 

                   Things that would have outraged people a mere 20 years ago, today elicit little more than a shrug or dismissive look. I can't wrap my head around the apathy and self-absorption of our "New" society. The things that Americans accept as the norm these days, were absolute scandals a mere two decades ago. We have lost our moral compasses, and rather than seek truth and object to the unacceptable, folks would rather bury their heads in the sand and believe the convenient lies. 

                    I have always thought that it was a requirement of every human being to stand for something, and preferably, something decent and healthy. What good in living if you simply exist and go with the flow? If you are a follower of the loudest and crudest leaders and movements? What happened to independent thought and curiosity? What happened to refusing to be influenced by evil and dishonesty? Have we become that weak , that enslaved to government and the media? Apparently so.

                  In writing this blog and engaging in activism, I have learned that telling the truth these days, and calling out the liars, the evil, and the corrupt, is the fastest road to becoming a Pariah. I am verbally attacked at least once a week, called names you would never want your kids to hear, accused of crimes I would never even consider committing, and constantly challenged by Liberals who think their degrees make them intelligent. (They Don't). It's hard, and it's often so discouraging that I am seriously tempted to just quit everything and be a hermit. A lot of people would LOVE it if I did just that. Which is one of the reasons that I DON'T quit!  LOL!! Annoying and frustrating Liberals is one of life's greatest joys.

                  Still, I think the most important reason that I keep going despite the hate mail I receive and the fancy rumors told about me around town, is because it means something to me to STAND for what I believe in. If it gains me a longer list of haters, so be it, I will not compromise my values to appease those who have none. 

                   Several months ago I was in a meeting with a mixture of Liberals and Conservatives, and we touched on the subject of False Flag Ops by the government throughout history. Things such as the Gulf of Tonkin, Operation Northwoods, and Operation Paperclip, among many others. I of course, had to mention the most famous False Flag of RECENT history, the Sandy Hook School Shooting. One man on the Liberal side of the table, was immediately outraged. LOL!!  He said that the very notion that Sandy Hook did not happen, was Ridiculous and Horrible! He went on to say that he has BEEN to Sandy Hook and what a great community it is, and that no one would ever do such a thing as fake the deaths of children.  REALLY?  Ah, but they did exactly THAT! ( He doesn't know that I grew up near Sandy Hook and am all too familiar with that settlement and the Elitists who live there).

                    The sheep will take whatever the media and the government sells them as Gospel and argue with you until the cows come home. You can hand them documented PROOF all day long and they will refuse to even LOOK at it, because they are comfortable in their ignorance and the denial of the extent of evil that our government is capable of. Are they afraid, or truly just that stupid? I don't know, and I may never know. What I DO know, is that I too, am human, and yes, sometimes it is painful to be called things that I am not, it is upsetting to be sworn at by people you like, and falsely accused, and that is why I make every effort to not make false accusations here about others. I do my homework, and if I make a mistake, I admit it and correct it. 

                    I also try to avoid getting personal, and attempt to keep the exposures of bad behaviors to political actions or things that affect the community as a whole. This effort to avoid private business is not reciprocated, believe me. Nor are my efforts to avoid foul language and to not name names without solid evidence. None of my haters gives me that benefit, but I STILL keep doing what I do. I have bad days when the emotional pain of the assaults seems like way too much to deal with, and I consider the cost of speaking out against the cost of staying silent. It's no contest. To remain silent is to be complicit. To not warn good people of potential dangers would be sinful, and to not be grateful for the sacrifices of our Forefathers would be shameful.

                   God gave us voices and Free Will, the Bill of Rights gave us Freedom of Speech, and we were given those things for a reason. We are expected to use them for the safety and betterment of mankind. When we step out on Faith and tell the truth, we must expect the hate and opposition, bear the weight of it, and keep on going. It can be frustrating, painful, exhausting, and lonely, but to NOT do it, would be unforgivable. I tell myself all the time, that I would much rather be hated for telling the truth than loved for a lie.  When I stand before God, I want no regrets for the things I SHOULD have said and done, and did not. It is HIS opinion of me that matters, not the opinion of Liberals and the corrupt. 

                   So I am sad to inform my haters that I am not about to stop exposing the Bad Guys and the mis-behaviors anytime soon. "Haters gonna hate" as the kids say, but it is what it is. 
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                    We haven't received our new pup yet. The Pit Bull that Out of the Pits  brought to meet us was a total psycho and aggressive toward other dogs, and since that meeting we have not heard from them again. I believe that they disagreed with our method of training problem dogs with a tickle collar. NOT a ZAP collar, but one that we set to the lowest setting, so low that the dog's response is to scratch as if he were attacking a flea. It is a very humane, gentle, and EFFECTIVE way to train dogs that are out of control. 

                    Out of the Pits  approaches these dogs with 100% positive reinforcement, which is fine for soft dogs with no major issues, but a Pit Bull that is off the wall should NOT be given treats while she is nipping people and so wired-up that she won't stand still long enough to even be petted. That is what they were doing here, giving her treats and telling her what a "Good Girl" she was, while she was acting like a Coke-Head. 

                    In discussing the meeting later, my son and I both had the same thought; that the handlers reminded us of parents who think a child should never get a swat on the ass for running into traffic, but be "Gently Reasoned With" instead. Umm, NO, there are times you have to get their attention! Not with cruelty or pain, but with a message just strong enough to make an impression. If only we did the same with our politicians and college kids, this country would be in much better shape! 

                   Hundreds of thousands of good Pit Bulls are waiting for forever homes, and the people who are supposed to be helping them, are instead, sabotaging their chances by enabling them to develop and maintain destructive behaviors, much like today's "Everybody Gets a Trophy" mentality. They are crippling these dogs, not healing them, and it is very, very sad.

                   It's all good though, we have found our dog and completed the adoption process, and she will be here on the 20th of the month. She is being transported from Tennessee, a two-day trip for her, and the waiting is killing me! She is only 4 months old, but she will be a monster, being half Great Pyrenees and half Anatolian Shepherd. The males get to be between 100 and 150 pounds, so we expect her to reach at least  90 pounds when fully grown. I am very, very excited. No dog can replace one you have loved and lost, but every dog is a joy when trained with love and patience. We are happy and eagerly awaiting her arrival!
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                  Don't forget the Town Board Meeting this coming Tuesday and the first sidewalk hearing on Thursday night.
                   I had a meeting at the bank today about the account for the Flag Fundraiser. Seems we need to have a 501c3 to open a Fundraising account, so it's back to the drawing board until and unless we can get the N.L Veterans on board soon. I'm trying VERY hard, folks! If anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it! The flags will be ordered from Gettysburg Flags of East Greenbush, and we are trying to decide how far they should go, from Lover's Lane to the Town Hall, or from the 20/22So. intersection to the Town Hall. Would love your input!! We need a final count of how many flags we want.

                     Sleep well friends and neighbors, and when you go to bed tonight, think about what YOU stand for and are willing to speak out in support of. We all need to make our lives count for something, even if we make enemies in the process. 





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 Safe and Secure                                                                           8-6-2016



No neighborhood is 100% safe from crime. Many of us have lived in high-crime areas at some time in our lives, while others have never known anything but the security of small-town peace and low crime rates. The many transplants and part-timers who now call Lebanon their home or sometime-home, have seen the results of failing to be aware of one's surroundings in the city, but that goes for the country as well. If it doesn't feel right, look right, or smell right, it probably isn't. Instinct is your best weapon, but being aware and prepared are every bit as important.


Despite my being a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment, I am not suggesting that everyone run out and buy a gun. They just aren't for everybody, nor should they be. If you are comfortable with having a gun in the home, then by all means, buy one, get professional training, and learn how to legally and effectively use it to defend your home and family. If you are not a gun person, there are other options for you, but always bear in mind that the police in rural areas could be as much as 30 minutes away when you need them in 30 seconds. The safety of your loved ones in an emergency is ultimately up to you.


A couple of years ago, I stopped in to Stewarts one evening with my husband. He went into the store while I stayed in the truck with the dog. There was an unfamiliar young man leaning against the Ice machine and watching every customer that went in and out of the store. Nothing illegal about that, but my instinct told me that he was up to no good. He just looked WRONG somehow, and it isn't usually something we can explain, it is just a “Feeling”. When Bob came back to the truck, I drew his attention to the young man and voiced my concerns about him. The next day, this young man was all over the local news for hiding a cellphone in the Stewarts bathroom and taking pictures of people using the toilet. I'm sure a lot of you can relate similar incidents when you have had that nagging concern about a person or situation.


Last night, again at Stewarts, a young lady I have known practically forever, was stranded at the store with a flat tire. This lady no longer lives in New Lebanon, but she was here to visit friends and another friend of hers had come along in a separate car. They stopped at Stewarts, parked their cars side-by-side, and when they came out, both cars had razor blades in one tire and the tires were flat. One had a slash at least 4 inches long. It's odd enough that a razor blade would slit a tire at all, much less TWO on two different vehicles at the same time, but it gets weirder.


The ladies called a friend to come and assist them, but while they were talking with their would-be rescuer, two men in a small car pulled in to the Stewarts lot and the men asked the two ladies if they needed help changing flat tires!! HUGE Red Flag! The men then proceeded to jump out of their car and remove a large jack and tire-changing tools from their little sub-compact, and began changing the tires! The young lady that I am friends with, moved away and called the Troopers, who told her there was, “Nothing THEY could do about it”! So she approached me and Bob, filled us in on the situation, and we decided to stay put with her and her friend. The whole thing REEKED of set-up, and I was concerned for these girls. The two men were oddly behaved and I had never seen either of them before, one was older, the other young. It was extremely strange.


Eventually, the person the ladies had called for help, showed up, thanked the two men and sent them packing while he took over. He would see to it that the ladies got to their destination safely, so we went on our way, but it was a situation that could have had a very different ending.


So yes, it happens everywhere, and it happens HERE. There is far more happening under our noses in this little town and every other in America, than we care to know. Should we lay awake at night, listening for odd sounds and worrying about every creak the floors make? Should we barricade our doors and run security cameras all over our properties? LOL! No, of course not, not unless you WANT to. Still, there are little things we CAN and SHOULD do to ensure our safety and increase our chances of never being a victim of crime.


Like a lot of you, I left my house doors unlocked day and night, home or not home, for many years. My keys were often still in the ignition of my truck when I ran into the store and even sometimes while we slept. Having grown up in a high-crime city, I knew better, but I had been away from all that for a long time and had grown accustomed to the relative safety of country living. Even working in law enforcement and seeing crime every day, was not enough for me to worry about security in my little, untouchable town. I didn't work HERE, and I actually felt that the things I saw outside were not possible HERE. Oh, but they are. Bad things can happen anywhere, and they do.


One of the things that bothers me greatly is seeing young girls working alone in convenience stores at night. Back when I was a young Deputy just starting out, one of our night-shift duties was to escort young women employees of stores and restaurants, to the bank with the day's take. We made sure they made the deposit safely and headed home to their families in one piece. That could never be done today, there aren't enough cops to go around. Women of all ages need to take responsibility for their own well-being in today's world, and that begins with Situational Awareness. With the recent addition of terrorism and racial division, this practice is vital to men as well.


Always be aware of who is around you, whether it be at Stewarts or the mall. Carry Pepper Spray or even something as simple as a sock with several rolls of coins in it, and when you are in a parking area or any deserted location, keep that weapon IN YOUR HAND. If you feel you are being watched or followed, return to the store and tell someone, or ask for someone to escort you to your vehicle. Park in well-lit areas, lock your car, and always check the interior before you get IN the car. If someone attempts to grab you, NEVER, EVER allow yourself to be forced into a vehicle. Fight and scream with everything you have, but do not allow yourself to be taken . It is far better to be injured and left on the sidewalk than to be taken and never seen again.


If you work late or until closing time, make arrangements for someone to be there to escort or meet you when you exit the building. Vary your departure times and routes home. Lock your doors even when driving and never pull over for anyone who is not in a marked Police Car with official light bars. Even then, if you are stopped, only open your window enough to hear the officer and pass your license and other credentials out to him or her. IF you have any doubt as to the true identity of someone claiming to be a Police Officer and are asked to exit the vehicle, request that a Superior officer come to the scene as you are fearful and unsure of the validity of the officer's identification. Be POLITE, obey his instructions such as turning your engine off and keeping your hands on the wheel, but unless you are certain that this is a REAL Police Officer, stay in your car! Educate yourself as to exactly what your local and State police vehicles and uniforms look like! Get to know the names of some of the officers and when they work.


Use your cellphone. Turn on the recording apps the minute you are stopped, it is LEGAL and your RIGHT to record the interaction. It protects both you and the officer.




Beware of anyone who pulls up beside you and points at a tire, or attempts to tell you there is something wrong with your vehicle, especially at night or in remote locations. Wave and thank them, but keep going until you reach a safe, populated site and then stop and check your car.


Always be aware of everyone and everything around you and never dismiss that gut feeling. Learn some basic self-defense, don't over-fill your hands with packages, don't count money in public, or leave your purse open and dangling on your arm. Keep your kids close and have a code word for times when you sense danger and need them to know to stay by your side.


At home, keep your doors locked at night and when you are not at home, and women, if you are home alone in the daytime, lock 'em up! Don't leave valuables where they can be seen by someone looking into your windows and never leave anything of value in your car in plain sight. TAKE YOUR KEYS. Don't hide a spare house key outside, instead, keep a spare in your wallet, and if your wallet is stolen, change your locks while you're canceling your credit cards.


Never assume that it can't happen to you, and do not allow the low-crime rates of where you live make you complacent. There is a difference between being paranoid and fearful, and being smart and aware. We should never live in fear of things that will likely never happen, but we should be ready for the possibility. After all, if you are safety-minded and prepared to respond effectively to danger, there is less reason to be fearful. You are empowered.


One last thing that bears mention; never engage in Road Rage! The world is very different than it was when I was young, and people are far angrier and under much more stress than they used to be. Human life is no longer of value to many people today, and road rage incidents can very quickly escalate to life-threatening situations. Count to ten and move on. Be safe.

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Recently, reports have been coming fast and hard of strangers knocking on doors of homes under the guise of selling various items. (Magazine subscriptions, etc.) These people appear to be selecting homes where there are ladies and small children home by themselves, and are happening at all times through the day and evening.

Read over these tips to help you and your loved ones stay safer at home.

*DO observe your neighborhood, and take note of strangers in the area

* DO keep notes! Record dates, times of contact and descriptions of person(s) involved, should your door be approached
* DO keep doors and windows locked. Close blinds/ window coverings. A good rule of thumb is if you can see out, someone can see IN
* DO NOT discuss who is home when on social media! This is not exactly a secure site to discuss highly personal business

* DO NOT think that because it is a woman at the door that it is a safe situation. Crime is an equal opportunity employer, that does not discriminate against age, sex, race, or religion

* DO Listen to your gut! If it FEELS wrong, it probably IS wrong.

* DO have alternative plans to get out of your home in the event of an emergency

*DO contact your local police department, and pass along the information you recorded.

Please do not fall into the trap of our old enemy, Complacency. As one of my favorite instructors once said, 100% of home invasions happen in the home. LOL!! Believing that you are safe because you did not open the door, (this is when your door may be kicked in- have an alternative exit plan in place,) or that gun-related stickers and signs stating No trespassing or No soliciting will keep you safe. Pay attention, take notes, plan ahead, and listen to your gut. Investigate simple reinforcements to doors, and make sure all window locks are functional. There are a variety of non-lethal devices on the market today as well. Again- just because you BUY one, does NOT mean you are safe. Learn how to operate anything you purchase!

Stay safe and alert!



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The Public Hearing                                               8-8-2016


             Not a great turnout. About 18 or 19 people is all that showed up, and I hope there are a lot more on Thursday.

             Most of the folks who did attend were the same old, same old faces that show up for most meetings and hearings, the people who care about their town and local politics. There were a few folks that are rarely seen , but not many. Fiona Lally and her husband, Joe Ogilvie for instance, and Gregg Carroll and her husband Jim. Transplants with the usual agenda of falling in love with the flower then trying to change it's scent. They want sidewalks so we can make New Lebanon into a REAL town. I didn't know it WASN'T  a REAL town. 

              To each his own, the purpose of these public hearings is to allow ALL residents to voice their opinions and offer input and that is a GOOD thing. If there are two people in the room, there will be disagreement, and that's okay too.  It's healthy and productive, and shows us where we need to do the most work.  I disagree about the need for sidewalks, but I respect the right of others to have a differing opinion. It's called, FREEDOM.

              There were good points made by folks on both sides, and personally, I really don't care WHAT they decide in the end. The lack of sidewalks are not the problem in New Lebanon, the problem is the eyesore Midtown Mall, the lack of a grocery store and pharmacy, and the high-handedness of newcomers who want to transform everything into THEIR idea of what our town should be. While we are willing to give and take, THEY are NOT. I just find it insulting when people who have lived here for a very short time, want to take control and force their will on us. Geez, at least wait until you have been here for 5 or 10 years before you start trying to rule the roost.

             Sidewalks will not bring us a grocery or pharmacy, they will not keep the few people who do walk in town any safer. Take a look at the very FEW feet of Rt. 20 where walkers are forced to use the shoulder. Almost every inch of Rt. 20 in town, offers grassy areas to walk safely. I agree with the people who would like to see our speed limit lowered as it is in Nassau, but my husband made a good point about that. He said that because we are at the intersection of two main roads, 20 and 22, D.O.T will never lower the speed limit and slow the movement of traffic. 

            Colleen stated that she has looked into the lowering of the speed limit, and D.O.T informed her that the Town would have to do what it can to slow the traffic down through the use of trees and plantings and a more lived-in look. I think there is some validity to that idea, people do tend to drive more slowly when a town APPEARS more closed-in by greenery and signs of life.  I'm all for more trees and flowers, flags and decorations. When I was in Pennsylvania last summer, I saw a shopping mall similar to the Tilden Plaza that was built with a facade that resembled a Western Town. There was even a covered wagon with life-sized, fiberglass horses in front. 

           It was super-attractive and welcoming, and believe me, people slowed down to take notice. (There were no sidewalks along the main road, either.) LOL!!  I think New Lebanon needs an aesthetic makeover, but I KNOW we can do it for much less money than the EDC and the transplants want us to spend. Plywood facades are inexpensive and very effective. Plantings can be donated by the hundreds of local gardeners and the nearby nurseries. More Bridge Flower Boxes can be added, more trees, more uniformity of the "Theme" of the town, something that retains the rural look and flavor while still allowing for modern businesses. I have always loved the style of the Tilden Plaza, and thought it would be awesome to continue that look elsewhere in town. Yet, it is certainly not something you can force on residents or business owners without imposing more regulations that we do NOT need. 

           I know that Kinderhook has a very strict Zoning Code that requires certain types of fencing and store fronts to keep the historical flavor of the town intact, and the result is awesome, BUT, do we want to be that heavy-handed with people and risk scaring away potential grocers or pharmacists? It's a fine line. One thing I DO know for sure, is that New Lebanon was MUCH more economically sound and well-known BEFORE the Liberal invasion. It was never a pretty business district, but it was busy, and we didn't see the many empty storefronts we see today. All that the pushiness of the city people has accomplished is to increase the weekend traffic passing THROUGH  this town and made it nearly impossible to get out onto Rt. 20 on Friday nights and Sundays. They have also managed to cost us many thousands of dollars in "Planning" for ideas that have gone nowhere. 

          If the Top Secret E.D.C really wants to make a difference, why not assist the owners of the Midtown Mall in finding affordable answers to fixing that horrendous parking lot and ugly facade? Make it all look like M&M? Imagine how much more likely businesses would be to rent those spaces if those issues were addressed? Why not try to attract a Doctor or Dentist to town, which would in turn, attract a pharmacy? Even a Walk-In Clinic would be a great plus, as there are none anywhere nearby. Elderly housing would be another great addition, maybe across from Darcy Construction or the elementary school.

          Better yet, how about the town use our tax dollars more wisely, and instead of spending money on Hamlet and Sidewalk planning, buy the old firehouse and make a Community Center? Wonderful things happen in Community Centers and there is NO end to the program possibilities that could be offered to residents of New Lebanon and surrounding areas! Isn't that more important than fancy tennis courts that are used more by residents of Pittsfield than they are by locals? Maybe if we had some of THESE things, sidewalks would then make sense. Right now, they just don't. 

          I have to mention the fact that any sidewalk project, scaled-down or not, WILL involve some type of Eminent Domain action on at least ONE property owner, possibly more. D.O.T has made it very clear that they have NO intention of ever removing the turning lane in town, so there is no other option. Eminent Domain is a scary and bullyish thing, but if it comes to that, maybe Ruth Abram could assist in getting it done as she is an expert in that area. 

        It was jokingly mentioned several times tonight, that "If you build it, they will come ", but that is not necessarily so.  Sidewalks will NOT bring business to New Lebanon, BEHOLD will NOT bring business to New Lebanon, and the very idea of municipal water and sewers that was also mentioned tonight, will NOT bring business to New Lebanon. Working together to improve the FACE of the town, offering businesses that appeal to people from all walks of life, and filling real NEEDS, are what will bring businesses to New Lebanon. We need to be unique enough to catch the attention of entrepreneurs and young families, and that won't happen if we become another Lenox or a little NY City. We MUST retain our rural, historical look and old-fashioned values if we hope to be successful. 

       By putting our OWN residents FIRST and giving our town's face a little love, the rest will happen naturally. Others WILL notice and WANT to stop here, live here, and open businesses here. We CAN do it, and we can do it without government grants or loans. We do it with unity, cooperation, donation of time, materials, and expertise, and even fundraisers if needed. Let's be independent and creative and plant the seed . It will grow on it's own.




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Town Board                                                                     8-9-2016


                Another great meeting with no arguments or negativity. It's like being in the Twilight Zone of NICENESS. LOL!!

                 Two highlights that merit mention; 1) We now have a audio system and every council-person has their own microphone! No more choosing between having the A.C on and hearing the board members speak. We now have the best of both worlds and it is awesome!

                   2) Remember the little heated exchange between Mark Baumli and Chuck Geraldi re: the ZBA handing out sign variances? Well, Mark had suggested that residents who were interested, attend a ZBA meeting and see what they thought about the manner in which variances are being handed out like "Halloween Candy" to folks who have received sign violation notices.  Cynthia Creech took his advice and attended this month's ZBA meeting. She came away with the same opinion that Mark had, that we may as well have NO sign laws if the ZBA is going to over-ride them. 

                   I have not been to a ZBA meeting in some time. I used to attend them all when John Dax was the Chairman, because he needed constant watching. Once Tony Murad took over the Chairman position, I no longer felt the need to babysit that board. However, seeing as how there are a few folks on that board these days who have a reputation of favoring their "Friends" from the city, maybe I need to start attending again.

                   The issue of sign violations became a hot topic shortly after the November election. We all knew that Benson would never address the problem because it would inconvenience Ruth Abram, his friend, neighbor, supporter, and champion. Her faded old mural still remains on the front of the Gallup Inn building, an over-sized advertisement and eyesore that violates every code in the book and was denied by the Planning Board, whose decision was ignored by Behold New Lebanon.  To my knowledge, the Zoning Re-Write Committee has yet to come up with a description of an Art Mural vs a billboard, and until they do, that ugly plastic advertisement will likely remain.

                    In any case, when Colleen took the Supervisor's position, one of the first things she addressed were the sign violations. Kent and Cissy worked their tails off to list all the violators and send them letters requesting they remedy. After all, the need to clean up the face of New Lebanon requires the enforcement of the sign code. So the people who received these letters were all given the option of applying for a variance if they disagreed with the charges, which of course, most of them did.  Rather than support the Code Enforcement Officer and the Town Sign Codes, the ZBA is in fact, handing out variances like Halloween Candy! What they are doing, is nullifying the efforts of the ZEO and the Supervisor and rendering the sign laws useless.

                   It reminds me of Hillary Clinton the unindicted Felon, and how the laws that apply to you and me, do not apply to HER.  Laws are only as effective as those responsible for enforcing them. If the ZBA is going to undermine the ZEO, why bother having sign laws at all?  Personally, I think many of our zoning regs are excessive and silly, and that includes SOME of the sign laws, but they are still the codes and for now at least, must be enforced as written. If enough people are upset by the existing codes, they can be changed, and I think some of them should be. 

                   In the meantime, we cannot pick and choose who can get a variance or "Right to Violate " and who cannot. The Behold mural is awful, and I would see it as awful if it were an ad for Marchese or M&M or the Theater Barn. It's a billboard, plain and simple, and even though I have no love for Abram, I would hate that sign no matter WHO put it there. At the same time, I happen to think the wooden pie and coffee cup signs at Blueberry Hill are cute and unobtrusive. (The new paint color is another story! Good Lord!) Regardless of what our opinion is as to the attractiveness or unattractiveness of a particular sign, the Sign Laws need to be the guide, not our personal taste or connection to the sign's owner. The enforcement cannot be biased.

                  It was acknowledged by the board tonight, that they have no power to oversee the ZBA, but that the next time someone applies for a seat on that board, we should all be sure it is someone who WILL enforce the existing laws and respect the ZEO.  It's funny that now that we finally have a Town Board that works well together and is putting the residents before themselves and their personal desires and goals, the ZBA is now going the wrong way. I guess we can't expect good behavior from ALL the boards at the same time, it just wouldn't be politics! LOL!!!
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                 Congratulations to the Theater Barn and the Phelps Family for 33 years in business! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our town! Remember the Fundraiser for the Cemetery of the Evergreens being held at the Theater Barn next Monday night.  

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                  After all the problems with Charter Cable and the changeover to the new, digital service, my family fell in love with the couple of new channels and convinced me to not switch to Dish. I agreed reluctantly, and I am already sorry. As a night owl, I listen to the crime shows late at night while I am online. Almost EVERY, single night, the cable goes black for a period of time, anywhere from 10 seconds to hours. During the day, it cuts out numerous times for a few second intervals, and tonight, it is the audio that is gone and has been gone for over 30 minutes. It's ALWAYS SOMETHING with this cable.   Fairpoint is no better, seems the internet goes down at least once a day and several nights per week. This IS  2016, right? 

                  I often think it was better when I was a kid and we had an old, black and white TV that you had to actually get up to change the channel or adjust sound. Dad on the roof fiddling with the monster, aluminum antenna to try to clear the snowy picture, and mom with her head out the window yelling the results to him. LOL!!  We were lucky if we had three channels clear enough to watch, but it was free, and the programs were wholesome. The most graphic thing I remember seeing was the nightly report from Vietnam. 

                  Change is inevitable and it isn't all bad. A lot of the time though, the old ways are still the better ways. 
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  Below is a pic of our new baby!  We pick her up on Friday night south of Beacon,NY. Long trip from Tennessee!! I think we'll be spending the weekend letting her rest up and get comfortable. It's hard to believe that this little girl will one day weigh about 100 pounds, but she will! I have raised a slew of German Shepherds, but this is my first Anatolian. 





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The ZBA Responds!                                                         8-10-2016


                      I had a feeling as I was writing last night's blog, that I would probably hear from Tony Murad today. In all fairness, Shame on ME for not asking for his input before relating the comments from the meeting about the ZBA.  I do believe I dropped the ball, and I apologize for that. Live and learn I always say!

                       Tony sent me some excellent explanations as to how the ZBA is required to proceed in granting variances of any kind, and I am posting that for you below.  As I said last night, and Tony mentions in his correspondence, there are laws and codes that need to be amended, and if we want to see that happen, we need to ask for it, and not just one or two of us, but MANY. There is power in numbers, remember?  

                        I will always believe that every political board at every level of government, will have some amount of questionable behaviors. Whether it be some favoritism by certain members or some bending of rules to allow for a business to operate under difficult circumstances, rules are sometimes  broken. In many cases, they SHOULD be broken. Anyone who knows me, is aware that I feel strongly about civil disobedience as it concerns unconstitutional laws. Any law or mandate that violates our rights under the U.S Constitution are Null and Void, as are Executive orders unrelated to a National Emergency. 

                         Bending of rules is often a necessary evil when laws are too restrictive and like all municipalities, we have many that are. Over the years, I have seen the zoning in this town enforced in a tyrannical and vengeful manner and I have seen it relaxed  to make it easier for a business or property owner to operate as they need or wish to. Yes, there are rules and guidelines, but there is also a human factor that comes into play in these matters and resulting decisions. Given the choice, I much prefer the relaxing of the rules to the tyrannical enforcement of them. Those of you who remember Stan Koloski know what I am talking about.  We NEVER want to go THERE again! 

                          My concern at this time, is that this view that the Town Board has of the ZBA and how the variances are being handled, could cause more division at a time when we are finally making progress in re-uniting the town. It is my hope that the two boards will sit down and iron out these differences and come to an amicable agreement before it escalates into hard feelings and grudges.  We have good people in our town government now, and the opportunity to see growth that will appeal to ALL residents of all political flavors. No one said it would be easy, but it certainly is not impossible if we are dedicated to the goal of unity and compromise. 

                            So please read Tony's comments and reach your own conclusions. If you are dealing with Zoning issues that you feel are excessive or unfair, contact the Zoning Office and ask to be heard. If enough of you take this simple step, we can actually make some positive changes that will make life easier for business owners, residents, and the people charged with interpreting and enforcing the laws.  

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  From ZBA Chairman Tony Murad


                


At each meeting of the ZBA , I gave short synopsis of what the ZBA is and what it can

and cannot do.

First, the ZBA is NOT an enforcement agency. We don’t enforce any laws. We only hear

appeals from the law.

Zoning Laws are written as if all properties in a specific zone are the same. The fact is

that no two properties are the same. The legislature and the courts, in their wisdom,

realized that due to various conditions such as lot size, location, topography and financial

hardship among others, the strict enforcement of the zoning laws would impose a

hardship on the affected property owner. Thus, the Appeal process was created to

provide relief to a property owner who could demonstrate that fair use of his property

could not be obtained unless the zoning law were varied in his specific case. NYS has an

excellent publication entitled “Zoning Board of Appeals” which can be read on line that

explains Appeals in their entirety.

The ZBA is obligated to give the least amount of variance requested upon reasonable

proof and evidence provided by the property owner. We cannot take an action that

rewrites the zoning law. We cannot take into consideration whether a zoning law, or part

thereof, is good or bad, or whether others are in violation. We cannot take into

consideration whether the law in question is being enforced equally on all property

owners by the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

When many appeals to the ZBA are made on a specific issue, (in this case the sign law),

it signals that either the law needs to be modified in some way or that enforcement has

been lax over a period of time or that required permits have not been applied for. You can

make your own conclusion as to why the current situation exists.

But those reasons cannot be part of a ZBA decision. If changes to the Zoning Law or

Sign Law are warranted, only the Town Board can make them.

There are several cases pending, but in the cases we have heard, we granted what I

would call modest variances. Meisners were allowed to keep the vertical antiques sign

post that supports their allowed free standing sign after they presented anecdotal evidence

that cars drive by too fast to see a smaller sign. Behold was allowed to keep three smaller

signs on the Victorian House that in total were less than the 24 square foot limit because

the smaller signs fit nicely between the porch posts, whereas a single sign would have

looked awkward. Blueberry Hill was denied a request to keep the three free standing

signs. However they were granted a variance to keep three smaller signs on the building,

because there is no place to put a 24 square foot sign. Lastly we granted a variance to

Hilltown Pork for a large sign on his building which is some distance from the road.

Additionally many trees at the roadside make it difficult to see the sign. His neighbors

came to speak For approval of the request.

I suppose to some people that is Halloween candy, but we as a board are sympathetic to

property owners’ rights to use their properties while realizing we are obligated to adhere

to the Town’s law.

I can point to two decisions I regret in the approximately 30 years I have been a member

of the ZBA, both situations which have ceased to exist and have long faded from peoples’

memories. While other decisions may have been wrong, I, and I believe many of the

people who have been on the board over the years, have always tried to find that balance

between a property owners rights and the Town’s obligation to have laws that benefit the

community.


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Puppies !!                                                                 8-13-2016




It's funny how quickly we forget the trials of a new puppy! LOL!!


I could write all day about the wonderful blessings that come with a dog and every word would be sincere. We finally have our new baby, Reagan, and she is beautiful, sweet, and very smart. Like most pups though, she is also a blank slate, and everything is new and strange to her.


In just one full day, she has already learned to go to the door when she wants to go out and pee. It was a huge surprise after several accidents today, that she asked to go out at bedtime tonight ! Don't worry, I am not fooling myself that this step to maturity is finished. LOL!! Everything worthwhile takes time, and consistency. With puppies, consistency is vital, but it is also the most difficult part of the job. How do you look into that baby face and soft eyes and deny them ? It's agonizing, even though we know it will pay off for the dog and US in the long run.


Reagan is not used to the load of attention she has received since we brought her in the door last night. The whole family is kissing and petting and spoiling, and when bedtime came, she revolted. Suddenly, the idea of being put into the crate was not very appealing, despite the 4-inch thick cushions, quilt topper, and new chew bone. For us, crates are a training tool, never a punishment, and once a pup is housebroken and no longer chewing everything in sight, we leave the crate doors open to allow them to access it when they want quiet time, or ignore it if they don't. It is their “Haven” , and my German Shepherds loved having the option of climbing into their private cave when company came or they were having an anti-social day. Who doesn't ?!


So last night's lock-down did not go well, but it also wasn't terrible. She raised the devil for about 15 minutes, woke both the guys up and rattled my last nerve, but after being ignored 100%, she finally settled down and slept without a sound until 8 a.m! Many pups will carry on all night, so I was pretty pleased. Today, Reagan met her neighbor/ older brother dog, Ruger, got to explore the dog yard and run off some energy, tasted a new diet a little bit at a time, and worked on potty training. Thinking I had managed to tire her out and exercise her well after yesterday's long trip from Tennessee, I fooled myself into thinking that tonight's bedtime would be a snap. LOLOL!!


The minute the crate door closed, she threw an epic tantrum that went on for 45 minutes. It is now 12:45 a.m and she has JUST given in. In this situation, NO attention is allowed, not even a “NO!”, so this is when consistency is tough. Yes, we forget about the commitment it takes to raise babies of all species, and that the older we get, the harder IT gets. With only 3 hours of sleep in two days, I am not at my best, but I persevered, and I will have a great dog one day as a result, but holy crow, it's HARD! LOL!


This puppy is a sweetheart, soft, gentle, curious, and happy. I could not have asked for a better pup and we are all in love. She's at that gangly, clumsy stage of looking too thin and long-legged for her size, and she has HUGE paws and heavy-boned legs. Her feet thump with every step. She will be a big girl, but I don't think she will reach the 100 pound estimate I was given. The male Anatolians might, but I don't think Reagan will. That's okay, she will be big enough, and she is already barking at the mail lady as if she were the Big Bad Wolf.



My husband just got up with a charlie-horse in his leg, and Reagan saw him! So guess what just began all over again? A fresh tantrum is is in full-swing! Corn harvesting begins at 5:30 a.m. so it will be another blurry-eyed morning. Oh well, This too shall pass.







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A Future in Peril                                                      8-16-2016



                    I guess it's time to at least mention the elections, though the very thought makes me nauseous. So do the candidates.

                     Those who have sworn allegiance to the Mainstream Media have heard nothing but Trump negatives for the past week. Not a hard thing for the media to accomplish when Trump consistently behaves like a boor. Yet little to nothing is being mentioned about the numerous lawsuits pending against Hillary that make Trump look like the Bad Boy on the Playground. 

                     Last week, Trump dared to suggest that Second Amendment supporters will take steps to prevent any further infringements on their rights should Hillary be elected. The statement was one that could have been interpreted in a couple of different ways, but the Libs of course, immediately labeled it as a "Threat of Violence" against Hillary. To be perfectly honest, I do believe that Trump did intend to issue a warning that if the un-indicted Felon running against him becomes president and replaces Justice Scalia with another gun-grabbing Liberal, the Constitutional Americans will revolt. Trump is 100% correct about that, we WILL revolt, we WILL refuse to comply, and we WILL use our numbers. If it comes down to it, we WILL use our firearms. (Did you hear that, NSA?)

                      The Second Amendment is not second in importance so that people can go hunting, it was intended to provide the People with a means of defense against tyranny in government, and so it will be exercised if we are pushed much further. If not for the Second Amendment, the others would have been taken from us long ago. It is all that stands between freedom and despotism. The theft of freedom through disarmament has occurred in numerous countries throughout history and every time, the people became slaves and victims at the hands of a too powerful government that had all the guns.

                      Any forceful attempt by government to disarm the People of America will be met with massive armed resistance. That is not just an opinion or a warning, it is not a threat, it is a guarantee. So yes, for once, Trump was absolutely right. What I fail to understand, is the outrage that has resulted from his comment. Do Liberals really believe that REAL Americans would simply become a part of of the Sheep Herd and obediently disarm? LOL!!  They definitely live in their own little fairy tale world of unicorns and rainbows, don't they? They even believe that they are the majority, but let them try to nullify the Second Amendment and they will get a wake-up call as to who the majority really IS.

                       So while all of this attention is being paid to Trump's statement, no one is looking at what is going on inside the Democrat Party or around Hillary the Nut Job. By design, I'm sure. No mainstream media outlet is discussing those lawsuits or the fact that Hillary is obviously physically and mentally ill. No one is talking about the continuing investigations into her crimes or the four recent, mysterious deaths connected to her and her campaign and emails. Hillary already had an impressive number of dead bodies in her wake, dating all the way back to her corrupt Arkansas days. Then there were the deaths in Benghazi attributable to her, and who knows how many have died at the hands of ISIS, hers and Obama's creation. Now, four more in three weeks? The media has nothing to say? 

                       No, they are all too busy claiming that Trump's Second Amendment comment was an assassination threat against Hillary. LOL!! ONLY Liberals could glean that idea from a statement that suggested nothing even remotely related to killing anyone. It boggles the normal mind as to how Liberals can twist and mutilate EVERYTHING to suit their own needs and agendas. They are literally, Bat-Shit Crazy!

                       Every election is important. The last two presidential elections were terrifying for those of us who value freedom, transparency, American Tradition, and Constitutional Law. We KNEW what Obama was and what an Obama presidency would do to all we treasure, and we did everything in our power to dissuade, warn, and inform his supporters, to no avail. Even after our worst fears became reality-on-steroids, Obama managed to be elected to a second term. 

                        The unconstitutional and tyrannical actions of this man and his administration in his FIRST term, justified Impeachment many times over. Not only did this not happen, but he was literally allowed to run amok by a Congress that is without honor or gumption. Why WAS Obama allowed to violate Constitutional Law and ignore the Separation of Powers? One reason, and ONLY one reason. Skin color. It made no difference to Liberal Democrats and their puppet media that Obama is in fact NOT Black, but bi-racial, the fact that he LOOKS Black and rejects his White half is enough to provide him with the protection given to America's minorities unfairly, every day, thereby making a mockery of the "Equality" movement and its supporters. Special treatment is NOT equality.

                         That being said, Barack Obama has been allowed to maim and mutilate all that made and kept America great for almost 300 years, in a mere 7. People have complained, protested, filed numerous petitions to Congress, and implored their representatives to rein this tyrant in and impose legal consequences, also to no avail. Our voices and demands are no longer heard and never heeded. The wishes of the People no longer matter. The only people that are heard or even allowed to speak their minds via the media, are Liberal minority groups and criminal illegals. 

                         Blacks, Mexicans, Muslims, Atheists, LGBTQ groups, perverts, spoiled youth with NO clue,and whiny weaklings are coddled and rewarded for their deviance, stupidity, laziness, selfishness, and violence, while good, moral, hard-working Americans are demonized, persecuted, and burdened with the weight of supporting and appeasing the human scum . All it took was ONE , very bad presidency. Imagine what just one year of a Hillary presidency could do? 

                          Do not fool yourselves into believing that only Conservatives and Christians will suffer at her hands. The complicit are always the first to be sacrificed. Libs comfort themselves with the lie that their support of Hillary will grant them special consideration and protection when the sh_t hits the fan. Their support of this evil, deranged woman is totally irrational and based on lies and media indoctrination. 

                          A Hillary presidency will bring about the final blow to freedom, morality, and safety in America, the last haven on earth. This "animal" is a proven liar, thief, murderess, and all-around felon. She has committed treason with Russia and the Middle East and helped to create ISIS.  In a sane and lawful America, both Hillary and Obama would be sitting on Death Row. Any Conservative, Republican, or citizen who committed HALF of their crimes,  would be!

                           So yes, as dangerous and destructive as Obama has been, Hillary would make him look like a beginner. Never in the history of America has it been more important to keep a candidate OUT of office !! EVERY Conservative, Christian, Patriot, Soldier and Veteran, Police Officer and Clergyman MUST get to the polls in November and STOP this "thing" from becoming the next leader of the free world. 
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   Below is a piece that was published in this month's issue of IMPRIMIS, a monthly publication from Hillsdale College. I found it to be so important, that I typed it up to share with you all, and will be using it as the subject of the next Constitution Study at the library on August 29th.

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 There are at the most recent count, between 29 and 34 mysterious deaths surrounding the Clintons, most were ruled as "suicides". 
 

 The LATEST Clinton Deaths
 http://constitution.com/four-murders-three-weeks-directly-linked-clintons-dnc-video/

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THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

 By Scott Pruitt




When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this February, talk turned almost immediately to who would replace him- although in a large sense he is irreplaceable. Even those who disagreed with Justice Scalia acknowledge his profound impact. His scholarship and judicial opinions, through brilliance and wit, transformed how we think about the law and the Constitution. He inspired a generation of law students and lawyers. He provided a foundation for the work of judges and legislators, as well as Attorneys General like myself. All who knew him personally will attest that his brilliance was matched only by his warmth, cheer, and grace. He will be deeply missed.


In thinking about the kind of person who should take his seat on the Court, it is worth reflecting on Justice Scalia's principles or jurisprudence. One of the chief principles he championed as a scholar and a judge, is that the Law, whether statutes or the Constitution itself, must be applied according to its text. In other words, judges should not apply the Law based on what is good policy or what they suppose Congress may have intended, (but did not express), in passing legislation.


In addition, Justice Scalia believed that the words of the Law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the Law was ENACTED. For example, if you strike a bargain with someone and later there is a dispute about that bargain, how do you interpret the words of your contract? Do you look to what the words of the contract meant at the time you agrred to them ? Or, do you look to what those words mean ten or fifty years after the fact? There are some who believe that the meaning of words change over time untethered from any objective measure. Thus, what is legal one day may be illegal the next without any textual changes to the Law. Justice Scalia rejected this notion. He held fast to the idea that the meaning of Law is fixed by the meaning ascribed to the meaning of the words at the time they were enacted.


These two principles, textualism and originalism, are rooted in a third characteristic of Justice Scalia's jurisprudence, an unwavering respect for the idea of popular government. Laws, including the Constitution, receive their legitimacy from the PEOPLE. The Constitution is not an autonomously evolving document that spins out new “rights” and obligations to which the People have not given their consent. Rather than discovering new rights in the Constitution, judges should respect the constitutional prerogative of the People to pass laws through their representative legislatures limited by the restraints imposed by the Constitution – which was itself ratified by popular means.


Along with this opposition to creative interpretation of the Constitution , a fourth characteristic of Justice Scalia's life work was conviction that the rights actually guaranteed in the Constitution should be tenaciously defended, from the right of Free Speech to the rights of criminal defendants. Beyond these enumerated rights, Justice Scalia recognized that the Constitution's primary protection of liberty is its structure of checks and balances between branches and its division of powers between the federal government and the states. In short, Justice Scalia rejected the judicial activism of inventing a Law while embracing judicial engagement by ensuring that the limits on government are strictly enforced!



Ensuring that the next Justice appointed to the Supreme Court is someone in the mold of Justice Scalia is surpassingly important! Not since the New Deal has the country had a Conservative majority on the Supreme Court. For sixty years, the court has been either decidedly Liberal or split between Liberals and Conservatives. For 25 years, the court's most controversial and closely-divided cases sometimes had a Liberal outcome and sometimes a Conservative one. At the time of Justice Scalia's death, the court consisted of four unwavering Liberals, (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan), three Conservatives, (Scalia, Thomas, and Alito), and a fourth who votes with the Conservatives mush of the time, (Roberts), and one swing vote, (Kennedy). Replacing Justice Scalia with a Liberal would fundamentally alter that balance, creating a solid majority of five Liberal judges that would ensure Liberal outcomes to all controversial decisions.


Make NO mistake, the Liberal justices on the court nearly always vote as a bloc. Whereas the Conservative Justices occasionally depart for reasons of judicial philosophy from what some might consider the Conservative outcome – as Justice Scalia often did- one is hard-pressed to find decisions where a Liberal justice's vote is in question. To illustrate this point, in the Supreme Court's 2014-2015 term, the four Liberal justices agreed with each other over 90% of the time, more agreement than between any two Conservative justices. For example, Chief Justice Roberts agreed with Justice Thomas in only 70% of cases. If the Liberal wing of the court is given a five-justice majority, we should expect that no controversial decision of the court will ever be in doubt.


Let me provide a survey of the important issues the court might decide in coming years, once a ninth justice is appointed. One of the issues coming before the court will concern a basic liberty essential to democracy, Freedom of Speech. Under assault these days is the freedom to spend money (or not spend), on political speech. Before Justice Scalia's death, the court voted to grant review of a case called Friedrichs v. California teacher's Association, in which public sector employees wanted the right to NOT pay compulsory union dues. This case raises an important question about Free Speech; CAN the government force you to contribute money to a political cause you oppose? Without Scalia's vote, the court split evenly, leaving the issue to be resolved by a future Supreme Court, the deciding vote to be cast by the ninth justice.


On the other side of the Free Speech coin is the continued vitality of the court's “Citizens United” decision. Let me clarify a common misconception; Citizens United did NOT hold that corporations are allowed to give unlimited amounts to political candidates! In fact, the laws limiting the amount of campaign contributions to a few thousand dollars are still valid and IN PLACE. Rather, in Citizens united, the court held that the government may not limit the amount of money spent, whether by individuals, unions, or corporations on their own independent political advocacy. This case was decided 5 to 4, with Scalia in the majority. If he is replaced with a Liberal, Citizens United will likely be overturned, and the right to Free Speech will be greatly diminished!


The First Amendment also protects religious liberty, another of our endangered core rights. Before Justice Scalia passed away, the Supreme Court granted review in “Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, a case which will decide whether certain state laws called “Blaine Amendments” are constitutional. Blaine Amendments are provisions added to state constitution during a time of anti-Catholic fervor, they date back to the 1870s, that prevent any state funds from being used to benefit a church or a religion for any reason. This means that states running programs that provide resources to private institutions must discriminate against religious institutions, even if the program being funded is not religious. In the Trinity Lutheran case, a Missouri program was providing scrap tires for flooring in playgrounds to make them safer for children.


Because of a Blaine Amendment, the state refused to provide tires to church schools. With other Attorneys general, I filed a brief supporting the effort to get these Blaine Amendments struck down. The new justice is likely to cast the deciding vote on whether to remove this legacy of hostility to religion. Freedom of religious conscience also hangs in the balance. We have seen this in the Hobby Lobby case, where the court protected the right of religious employers to NOT fund abortions. So too in the case of the “Little Sisters of the Poor” where the court has for now, narrowly avoided the question of whether Catholic nuns can be required to cover contraception in their health insurance plan. Other cases regarding freedom of conscience are on the horizon. The court recently declined to review a case that upheld a Washington law that requires pharmacists to sell abortion drugs despite religious objections. Similarly, a case may soon reach the court to decide whether civil rights laws can be used to force for example, a Christian photographer to use her skills to celebrate a same-sex wedding.


Moving on to the Second Amendment, the next justice will likely cast the deciding vote on whether to continue to recognize and\ individual Right to “Keep and Bear Arms”, or whether to interpret that right so narrowly as to effectively do away with it. For example, just this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California held that the Second Amendment does not forbid laws that prohibit most people from carrying, (bearing), a firearm in public. Without a justice willing to stand up for an effective right to bear arms, the Second Amendment might well become a dead letter.


Other issues that hang in the balance include the death penalty, affirmative action, regulation of the abortion industry, and voting laws. But I want to focus on final set of constitutional questions that have reached their tipping point in recent years - questions having to do with the structure of our Constitution. Contrary to what many believe, the primary guarantee of our liberty in the Constitution is not the Bill of Rights. Rather, it is found in the structure of government under the Constitution, which is designed to prevent accumulation of power and oppression of the People. The Constitution separates powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government and between the federal government and the states. Those who wrote the Constitution expected the members of the different branches would be zealous in defending their powers from other parts of government that attempted to encroach on them. They expected state legislatures to do likewise. These constitutional structures provide the greatest and broadest guarantee of liberty by limiting governmental power and today, they are under threat.


Since at least the New Deal, the executive branch has been accumulating more and more power, and the current administration has taken unilateral executive authority to new levels. President Obama has on numerous occasions effectively engaged in Law-Making – an activity strictly delegated to Congress by the Constitution – when Congress refused to pass laws that he desired! Last year for example, the Environmental protection Agency instituted a new “Clean Power Plan” , an attempt to put the coal industry out of business in the name of combating “Climate Change”, absent any authority granted by Congress. Oklahoma, along with 28 other states, sued to have this rule blocked. In his last act on the bench, Justice Scalia voted to put this Clean Power Plan on hold while it is being litigated, providing a good indication that five of the justices thought it to be unlawful. With Scalia gone, his replacement will likely determine the outcome of this case.


Along the same lines, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers recently rewrote the definition of the term, “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act to include every puddle and pond in the country, enabling a vast extension of federal regulatory authority at the expense of the states and the People. Again, this occurred without any grant of authority by Congress which passed the Clean Water Act back in 1972. Again, Oklahoma and 28 other states have challenged this power grab.


Most recently, the president and his agencies have attempted unilaterally to mandate accommodations nationwide for transgender people by rewriting laws like Title IX which prohibits discrimination based on sex. They are attempting to do so by redefining the word “sex” in the law – understood when Title IX was passed by Congress to refer to the biological sex, to mean “Gender Identity” which the administration defines as a person's “internal sense of gender”. A new justice will likely cast the deciding vote on whether courts should check this type of executive over-reach as well.


Another way Obama has expanded his power is by refusing to enforce laws he does not like, effectively repealing them! He has done this with immigration laws by designating entire classes of people as having “Legal status”, even though the law CLEARLY states that they are unlawfully present. Similarly, his administration has effectively legalized marijuana in certain states by refusing to enforce federal laws prohibiting it. The extent to which presidents must follow their constitutional mandate to “Take Care that the Laws be Faithfully Executed”, is a hotly debated issue on which the next Supreme Court Justice might provide the pivotal vote.


The next Supreme Court Justice will not only decide the outcome in pending cases, he or she will also influence the type of cases that make it to the court in the first place. Businesses are less likely to challenge exorbitant or unfair rulings against them knowing there is a majority of justices hostile to their interests. Conservatives will be less likely to put their time and resources into defending the Constitution if they know the court will not enforce it. Meanwhile, Liberal groups will be emboldened to bring cases that attempt to roll back the First and Second Amendments, among others. They will also bring cases attempting to establish “New Rights” to government welfare payments, to free attorneys in civil cases, to increased funding for public schools,etc. - as well as things like a prohibition on racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes, an exception to the First Amendment for so-called “Hate Speech”, and a prohibition on “sex-segregated restrooms”.


The appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice could be the most legally significant event for our country in a generation. If the next justice is in the mold of Ginsburg or Sotomayor, the rulings of the court will shift dramatically to the left. If the next justice shares the principles and philosophy of Justice Scalia, the ideologically balanced court that we have grown accustomed to in the last quarter century will likely remain. As someone whose job it is to defend the rights of the People of Oklahoma, this turning point is very important to me. But, as I hope I have explained, the next Supreme Court Justice will make decisions that touch on the rights or every American and that may come to define the nature of our government and our society for many years to come.  






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Dividing Lines                                                           8-24-2016

             

                    Being residents of a rural town that's close to New York City, we are all sadly aware of the vast differences between up-staters and down-staters. 

                     All states have their cities and their suburbs, their ghettos and their affluent neighborhoods, their outlying rural areas and their bustling business districts.  A few people stay in the communities they were born in forever, but once we reach maturity, most of us choose to settle in a place that appeals to our goals, personalities, or dreams. 

                      The options are numerous, and millions of Americans re-locate each year in search of their personal Nirvana. Some find it, some never do, while still others who are stuck in place can only wish they could do it.  Many times, I have heard country-raised kids say that they can't wait to "Get Out" of the boring town they grew up in and go out and see the world. Some of them do go, but eventually, most of them come "Home" again, having sown their oats, seen the sights, and realized that "Home" wasn't so bad after all! 

                        I was a city kid that yearned for the country life since I was old enough to know there WAS a country life. So it's easy for me to understand why so many city dwellers who can afford to, escape to the country for weekends, vacations, retirement, or to raise their children in a safer, healthier environment. Who can blame them for being drawn to peace and quiet, simplistic beauty, low crime rates, and a slower, gentler pace of life?  If anyone "Gets It", it is ME. So why do I object to and criticize these part-timers and transplants as often as I do? That's easy to answer. 

                         I just find it impossible to understand why anyone would choose to escape the stresses and coldness of city life, only to try to bring those very negative aspects of the city to the Haven that provided them their escape. When one leaves the city, be it for a weekend or forever, they must leave the city behind, not bring it WITH them! It is up to them to assimilate to the country community, not for the rural community to assimilate to THEM.  When in Rome......

                         Some city folks DO in fact, assimilate well. They learn to trade their designer shoes for work and muck boots, their BMWs and Audis for old pickup trucks with 4-wheel drive. A few grow  and raise their own food and study country skills, befriend the locals, and eventually adopt the friendly, relaxed manner of the country people. Others lend their talents to positive projects such as historical preservation and technological advancement, but they are the rare ones. 

                          The vast majority of city people are Bullies, or snobs, or both, and it is these people who create resentment and cause division. It is not at all endearing to come into a country town and attempt to change everything you claim to "Love" about it. It is not respectful to form secret committees to plan economic, ecological, or societal transformations behind the backs of the locals, or to burden us with the government intrusions and restrictions that come with "grants" and state-sponsored "programs". 

                           Country folk are accustomed to doing and prefer to do, for themselves and one another. We don't all appreciate the government sticking it's nose into our business or "regulating" our lives and freedoms.  City folks are all too used to excessive rules and oppressive regulations, but that gives them NO right to invite those things into a community that wants no part of it. Insult is added to injury when the locals are not included in these discussions and decisions, many of which will have a profound effect on us all. 

                             Just consider the sidewalk issue in New Lebanon. Who supports it and who does not? Look at the library and the greatly increased costs to taxpayers since city liberals took control of it. They even changed it's name without so much as ASKING the locals if we agreed to that!  Think about the number of acres removed from the tax rolls in recent years due to "environmental" programs and grants brought to you by, you guessed it, the city folk.  Stiffer Zoning regulations, proposed "Noise Ordinances" , increased tourism and traffic and the pollution caused by that traffic, the increased costs of buying a home here, out-pricing our children who wish to stay and raise their families. 

                             Absentee votes in our local elections, most placed by city folk who live here less than half the year, are saturating upstate towns with new "officials" who are Liberal Democrats, determined to destroy our way of life, our Conservatism, morality, patriotism, and freedom. I could go on literally for HOURS, but you get the gist. 

                              For many years, upstate New Yorkers have discussed and yearned for a separation from downstate. We want our independence to choose our representatives and officials without the Liberal Majority of the city folk having the upper hand. Who are THEY to decide for the rest of us? Why should the city vote be allowed to influence the outcome of elections year after year? We have an immoral, unconstitutional, tyrannical, and corrupt governor and state administration that is chock-full of NY City Democrats. This is a DIRECT result of the city vote. Do you think that Andrew Cuomo would have been re-elected if only upstate voters had voted in the last election? Not a snowball's chance in Hell. 

                               The Safe Act, the Bathroom Bill, Same-Sex Marriage, Common Core, and the filthy Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund fiasco, among numerous other, despicable burdens have all been brought upon us by Cuomo and the Democrat voters in NY City.  Never before, have upstate New Yorkers wanted a separation from NY City more than they do right now, and there is a movement in place to make that a reality. 

                               The obvious question would be, "CAN it be done?". Well, it HAS been done before, but it was so many years ago that few people are even aware of it. So yes, it CAN be done, but it will take many years to disentangle the present state government and replace it with two, very separate and unique ones.  I don't believe it is something I will live long enough to see come to fruition, but I will still do everything in my power to support it and assist in the process.

                                Just knowing that there is a  real possibility of liberating upstate N.Y from the insidious disease of liberal policies seeping out of NY City into our rural towns, is enough for ME.  I will never be reluctant to plant a tree under whose shade I may never sit. Perhaps my grandchildren and their children will one day cool themselves beneath it's leaves.
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                                 If you wish to be a part of this movement or simply learn more about it, I am posting the information for you here. In the meantime, there are MANY things YOU can do as an individual to preserve the freedom, traditions, and rural flavor of YOUR town. 

                                  Run for public office and apply for appointed positions within your town government. Get involved in the PTA if you are a parent, and attend school board meetings.  Demand more action and involvement from your local, political party leaders. New Lebanon's Republican Party Committee is a joke and an embarrassment. Urge these so-called "Leaders" to petition for the local political candidacies to be closed to any new residents who have lived here full-time for less than five yearsand elections closed to those who live here for less than 6 months per year. Let them vote where they spend the majority of their time!

                                  Demand that Absentee Ballots from residents of less than 6 months per year be denied and tossed out. Contact your Town Supervisor and Board and object strongly to the EDC holding closed meetings while making plans to change OUR town and spend OUR money with NO input from the locals who will be effected. Reject government grants and the regulations and restrictions that they force upon us as free citizens. 

                                   We cannot hope to change things for the better or preserve our lifestyle for future generations if we wait for the "Other Guy" to do it. It will takes ALL of us, and every one of us counts. What are YOU going to do to keep New Lebanon and upstate NY free of the city influence? 
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 Here is the link to the website:
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Marshmallows and Orchids                                          8-26-2016



              Before I get going about the latest stupidity, I'd like to ask you to recall what I told you about the New Amsterdam Movement  to divide upstate and down-state NY. 

               I stated that I don't believe this is something that can happen in the next decade, if then, but that I am happy to support the honorable effort all the same. It's something that should have been done many years ago.  I have two email accounts that receive over 500 emails daily, not counting the spam and trash that would bring the total to 8 or 9 hundred. So I always try to read the most important messages first, but there are days that I get distracted by them and miss one or two. 

               Last night, one of the important messages came from the State Organizer of the New Amsterdam Movement. Guess who was asked to be their Columbia County Coordinator?  Looks like I may be planting that tree sooner than I planned to.  I still believe that the effort will be extremely challenging and will take many, many years to bring to fruition, but I also believe that it is important to do what one can, where one can. Quite a coincidence though, that the day after I mentioned the effort here, I was recruited. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
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                 Another of my most interesting emails yesterday, was an article I received about what Liberals refer to as "Hate Speech". It dealt with the now-familiar "Word Warriors" among America's youth and the staff of our universities.  Recently, I talked about a group of college students that were demanding that the spelling of the word, "PERSON" be changed to, "PERSXN".  Apparently, our youth find it offensive that the current spelling suggests male superiority by including the word,"SON".  LOLOL!! 

                  Yes, our American students ARE that sissified and fragile. (Who RAISED these kids?!)  A simple word that has been a part of our language since the beginning of time, is now offensive and unacceptable. Where do these people even GET these ridiculous ideas and interpretations?  How is it, that kids like these who are supposed to be studying, working, and having youthful fun, still have time to invent reasons to be offended?  With the cost of tuition today, shouldn't these spoiled, clueless brats be too BUSY to indulge in such immature frivolities? Apparently not.

                  When I was that age, I worked Full-Time and attended school Part-Time, and still found a few hours a week to see friends and enjoy my youth. What I did NOT have the time or inclination to do, was infringe on the Right of others to Free Speech or to analyze words and phrases for bias, racism, or offensiveness.  Sure, people say rude and cruel things about others ALL the time, that's just life. Get over it, grow up, and move on. Monitor your own speech as you wish, but recognize the fact that you have NO right or duty to monitor anyone else's. 

                   Liberals just love to control everyone and everything. They're dedicated to bending others to THEIR will via bullying, whining, new laws, and lawsuits. Spreading misery is their mission in life, be it by constantly encroaching on other's freedoms, all the way to supporting and advocating  Socialism. To them, the Pledge should state, "with slavery and suffering for all ".  

                   If Liberalism and all the backwards, deviant, senseless pieces of it are so wonderful, why are Liberals so miserable? Why, if their choices and ideals are so terrific and progressive, do they have to be imposed upon the rest of us through FORCE ? Well, I for one, will not be influenced, mandated, guilted, shamed, or forced by ANYONE or anything to bend to the Liberal Agenda.  I will fly whatever flag I choose, speak as I wish, and do what I want within the confines of Divine law and the Constitution. If that is offensive to anyone, too bad! Go to your Campus Safe Room, hug a Teddy Bear and suck on a pacifier because the problem here is not mine, it is YOURS. 

                   Texas University recently voted to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. Finally, some common sense. The marshmallow Liberal students are objecting to the new policy, of course, yet they have no real argument or reason for that objection except for ONE. They claim that "Dildoes" are not allowed on campus, so guns should not be either. Umm, WHAT ? You can't make this stuff up, folks! These kids are actually passing out vibrators to those that are anti-carry, and urging them to "Strap them on". Now, you may ask exactly what guns and vibrators have in common. I wondered that myself!  One young girl explained it as being absurd that vibrators are banned on campus, but guns no longer are. She calls it, "Fighting absurdity with absurdity".

                    Personally, I still don't get the connection, but these are very disconnected people. Totally disconnected from reality, true history, responsibility, maturity, etc.,etc.,etc. These crazies will be the FIRST ones to hide behind a desk if a shooting scenario occurs, and the FIRST ones to scream for a Good Guy with a GUN to save them!  I have posted the link to a video of this protest, but be aware that it is not for the faint of heart or the prudish. These kids are not only stupid and spoiled, they are disgusting as well. I hope that the parents who are paying their exorbitant tuition are satisfied with the education their money is financing and how their offspring are turning out. 

                    Look folks, we have to STOP raising America's kids as if they were Orchids in Alaska. Life is not kind or gentle, and if we fail to prepare our youth to be tough, righteous, capable adults, we doom them to a lifetime of emotional misery, mental instability, and crippling immaturity. At the same time, we sentence our country to a future of leaders who know nothing of its foundations, traditions, strength, or sacrifice. 

                    Enjoy the speech video as well. I could not have said it better myself. 
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 Speech Video
 http://www.mrctv.org/blog/watch-uncommon-sense-lets-ban-all-words


 Texas University Protest Video






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  • September 2016 Archives

    GOOD Things ?                                                             9-10-2016


                           Local stuff first.  It looks like we don't have to worry much about sidewalks for a while. I don't think D.O.T will cooperate with a project that requires tearing up their nice, new blacktop.  Kids are back in school, keep an eye out for buses and kids crossing the roads. Speaking of buses, I still, to this very day, get regular complaints from residents about "Behold New Lebanon". LOL!! 

                           Everyone knows how I feel about that issue and especially about Ruth Abram, but I decided last year to simply wait it out. It will eventually fail as all stupid ideas do. One thing I have had cross my mind recently, is how much Abram reminds me of Hillary Clinton. She is of course, no where NEAR as awful and dangerous as Hillary, but they have an awful lot in common. Spoiled Liberal Democrats with Goddess Complexes. LOL!!  

                         Blueberry Hill is now painted a color that matches its name. At first, I thought it was pretty yucky, but I have to admit it has really grown on me now that it's all done. It's kind of a Bright Spot now, where before, it blended in with its surroundings. Funny how little things like that make such a difference. That's why it would be SO nice to see some flowers and flags on the main drag, some pops of color and interesting focal points. Come on Garden Club, work with me here! Hey High School art class, let's bug the Larabees to let us do a Historical Mural on the old bowling alley! If we pick on Matt enough, he'll cave. LOL!!
                     
                         The old Country Store looks great. I think it's just a primer, but even if it isn't , it looks a million times better! Plus, it's fun to pick on Tom Laier while he's up on that ladder. 

                          NY State lost one its best, most Conservative advocates of the people this week. Assemblyman Bill Nojay passed away. Bill was an awesome man, very Constitutional, hard-working, and honest. He was indispensable when we were planning our Safe Act Protest Rallies in 2013 and I got to know him very well. He was a man that a citizen could call on anytime and count on him taking your issue seriously and doing all he could to help. He will be missed by a great many people. 

                          With the holiday and vacations, our library Constitution Study has been somewhat hit and miss lately, but we will re-commence on Monday, September 19th at 7 p.m, and of course, all are welcome to join us. We should be back on track for the Fall and Winter, with regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

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                         A reader asked me an interesting question last week that surprised me a little. He asked, "We know what displeases you, but what makes you Happy ?" When a reader asks, I am obliged to respond! As a matter of fact, being engaged by folks who don't wish me dead is one of the things that makes me happy! 

                         You might be surprised to learn that my list of Happy things is much longer than the list of things that make me unhappy. In thinking about this question I realized that the act of making a "Happy vs. Unhappy" list is a healthy and productive exercise for ALL of us! Actually looking at such a list every day can serve as a reminder to devote more time to the things we enjoy, things that make us smile, laugh, or feel the warm fuzzies at our core.

                        Life is a challenge in a million different ways, but if we slow down long enough to take a breath and look around us, the "Good" stuff becomes apparent. So what DOES make JJ the Grouch "Happy"? SO many things! 

     1) Faith, Family, and Freedom.
     2) Being an American and a Christian
     3) Babies, Little Kids, and teenagers who are polite, productive, Patriotic and INFORMED. 
     4) Old people who like to share their memories. 
     5) Good Books and Music
     6) History, Antiques and Relics.
     7) Nature, rural and wooded areas, and wildlife.
     8) Animals of all kinds, but especially DOGS. 
     9) Research and educational activities such as Bible Study, Constitution Classes, and Do-It-Yourself Skills.
     10) Feathering my "Nest", decorating, renovating, gardening, etc.
     11) Restoring old things from tiny boxes and toys to large furniture pieces. 
     12) Whittling, Painting,Writing.
     13) Trucks, especially vintage ones.
     14) Old Architecture.
     15)Cool weather, thunderstorms, fresh snow, crispy Fall leaves, flowers, abandoned bird nests and the month of October. 
     16)Doing good works in total secrecy.
     17) Coffee, Ice Cream, and the forbidden pasta.
     18) A clean house and vehicle.
     19) GUNS
     20) Strong, hard-working, honorable men.
     21) Patriots, Soldiers, and Veterans.
     22) Seeing our Flag flown proudly.
     23) Justice for ALL. 
     24) Responsibility and Accountability.
    25) Homeschooling.
     26) Good parents and grandparents.
     27) Righteous, non-violent, Civil Disobedience against unjust laws and tyrants.
     28) Having my husband home and awake at the same time.
     29) My BobCat Skid Steer.
     30) Fixing broken things be it toys, people, or government.
     31)Hugs.
     32) Air Conditioning in summer and fuzzy blankets and flannel in winter. 
     33) Moccasins.
     34) Anything Plaid or Gingham.
     35) The color Red. 
     36) My good neighbors.
     37)Conservatism and Capitalism.
     38) Work boots and denim jeans.
     39) Lavender soap and baby powder oil.
     40) Completed Projects. 

                           So, there are my top 40. There's more, but I think this is enough to prove that I DO take joy in many things. I am not 100% negative and I don't ignore the good things in life. I appreciate every single thing I have been blessed with and by. Every single person who turned out to be as terrific as I thought they were . 

                           I have a little thing that I try to do each and every day. I don't tell many people about it, because it's always been a private kind of thing between me and God, but I guess I can share it without damaging it too much. Every day, I make an effort to compliment someone, even complete strangers. No big deal, just something as small as "I like your hair", or "Your kids are so well behaved!", or "Nice Shirt!" can absolutely change someone's entire day. It costs me nothing, and it pays great benefits. People NEED to be validated, noticed, and made to feel like they matter, and we should all try to fill that need, even if it's only one person a day. 

                            Living life is a lot like baking a cake, it has a recipe, and each of us have our own tastes and our own recipes. Here's mine:

                             Love in this order; God, Family, Country. Be kind to children and animals, show compassion to the handicapped and respect to the elderly. Have manners and USE them.  In all areas of life, do your utmost to do the RIGHT thing, even and especially when it is the more difficult choice. Be truthful and don't become entangled in webs of deception. 

                             Don't be one to start a fight, but never be a victim,either. Stand for something, whatever you know to be honorable, and reject pressure from those who would attempt to convince you otherwise. Never conform, but follow your gut and seek truth. Be who you are and rest in the knowledge that those worthy of your friendship are those who accept you as-is. 

                            Read, Learn, and be Curious always. Trust in God, seek His counsel, and laugh often. Do good works where only you and God can see.
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        Remember tomorrow's significance and take a few moments to reflect on the tragedy we suffered as a country 15 years ago. We can prevent another such event, IF we return to being a lawful country and people, hold our representatives to account for failing to properly protect the American People, and subjecting us to the influx of dangerous, illegal immigrants and alleged "Refugees".  Do not fall into the Political Correctness trap of "Islamaphobia" or "Racism".  The American people, the American CHILDREN, MUST come FIRST! 

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    Death from the Left                                                      9-11-2016


                "Do it OUR way or pay dearly, even with your LIFE !"  The Democrat Mantra.

                 If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know how I feel about local Dems vs. State and Federal-Level Dems.  You are aware that here in New Lebanon, I generally vote for the Democrats because they are long-time locals who genuinely care about this town. That may change in the future as more and more city Dems are infiltrating our local government, committees, and decision-making boards, including the library and school boards. 

                 However, thus far, the local Democrats have always been the best options for the defense and preservation of our rural way of life. At the upper levels of government, Democrats are abominable, dishonest, self-serving, corrupt, and criminal individuals. The higher the position, the worse the character and behavior. 

                  In recent years, the bully tactics of the Democrats have increased to an intolerable level, at least to people who value freedom such as the liberties granted us in the Bill of Rights. Today, we see not only false accusations against those who disagree or protest Democrat Agendas, but now we see death coming to those who dare to oppose the Leftist goals of Socialism/Communism. If you are not aware of the extensive list of people who have died under mysterious circumstances and at convenient times for the Clintons, you have either been living under a rock or fooling yourself. 

                   Look at the Whistleblowers who have been forced to flee this country or have simply disappeared for the "Crime" of exposing corruption among the Democrats. Where are the 60 witnesses to the Benghazi tragedy? Why is LaVoy Finicum dead for harming no one and nothing, but Al Sharpton, who played a major role in the cold-blooded murders of innocent police officers and owes millions in back taxes, is not only alive and free, but still has his own talk show?!?!? Why is Barack Obama, who has committed more political crimes than all our previous presidents COMBINED, still propping his shoes on our desk in the Oval Office? WHY is George Soros, a PROVEN and ADMITTED, Nazi War Criminal, running around loose in America and having so much influence over our political system?

                    Right-Fighters and Truth-Tellers are targets for the wealthy and powerful who desire nothing as much as they do MORE wealth and power. There is nothing they will not do to secure their positions and grow their bank accounts. They have, and continue to murder, and in some cases, drive good men to suicide. (Vince Foster).The Left will go to any lengths to destroy good people of good intention, and that includes fabricating lies and standing behind those lies en masse.  That is how the Liberals get their way so often. They have no moral compass, and they are quite literally, insane.

                     Those who would seek to legalize the murder of millions of unborn babies each year, will not blink an eye at the untimely and odd deaths of their adult opponents. This is, in a nutshell, what happened to Assemblyman Bill Nojay. Open your eyes America, and stop being blinded by political correctness, accusations of Racism or Islamaphobia, Homophobia, Hate Speech, or whatever new insult the Left invents THIS week. See them for what they are, and what they are is EVIL.

                     As a Christian, I am ashamed to admit that I was not at all sorry to hear about the collapse of Hillary Clinton today. God is just, and His justice is not always with-held until Judgement Day.

           Rest in Peace,Bill. We will continue your fight and we thank you for standing with us and for us and for all that is good and just.
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    The Bill Nojay Show always started the same way: martial music, crowned with a menacing voice-over that offered a grim portrait of the State of New York — its government, its criminals and its “intolerable tax burden.”

    “Can anyone save New York?” it intoned. “Is it worth saving?”

    Then the doomsaying made a little room for hope.

    “One person thinks so.”

    That person was Mr. Nojay, daily radio talk show host, Republican state assemblyman, early booster of Donald J. Trump and, on Friday, a victim of suicide: He fatally shot himself in a Rochester graveyard as police officers raced to check on him.

    It was an abrupt end to a life that had burst all the borders of a local political career, combining nation-building in Ukraine with battling for gun rights in New York; unshakable conservative conviction with a certain fondness for liberal opponents; and apocalyptic predictions with self-deprecating wit.

    Toward the end, one of Mr. Nojay’s greatest dreams — shepherding Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, within reach of the White House — had come true, even as controversy, and at least one federal investigation, had begun lapping at the assemblyman’s feet.

    Suicide is impossible to pin on any one factor, and there was no way to say on Friday what had driven Mr. Nojay, 59, to his. But a number of his business dealings outside the Assembly had drawn the attention of federal investigators, one involving possible fraud in an agricultural marketing business he had started in Cambodia. On Friday, according to TheDemocrat & Chronicle of Rochester, he was to appear in court to face charges that he had embezzled $1.8 million from a legal client.

    By the usual laws of Albany, Mr. Nojay, a junior upstate Republican in a legislative chamber dominated by New York City Democrats, should never have come within sniffing distance of prominence.

    But then, he never limited himself to the backbenches. Not in the Capitol. Not in the headlines. Not in his goals.

    Even his political-awakening story stood out: He said the moment came when he was 17, during a trip to the first Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, where he listened starry-eyed to President Ronald Reagan’s “city upon a hill” speech and shook Mr. Reagan’s hand. As a teenager, another push into local politics came from his family’s experiences caring for his severely disabled older brother. He got his law degree from Columbia Law School and practiced law in his native Rochester before winning his Assembly seat in 2012.

    There was his audacious pitch, as a freshman lawmaker, to Mr. Trump: Run for governor of New York, he told Mr. Trump in 2013, and the path to the White House would be clear. (“Springboards to the Presidency,” Mr. Nojay’s four-page memo was called.)

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    Assemblyman Bill Nojay at a rally in 2013.CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

    Three years later, he was a co-chairman of Mr. Trump’s New York campaign committee.

    There was his penchant for speaking up for upstate concerns, using his radio show to denounce state leaders in Albany — Democrats and establishment Republicans — for what he called their indifference. Among his signature issues: railing against the SAFE Act, the New York gun-control legislation passed in 2013.

    “I’m not on the governor’s Christmas card list, and you know something? That’s something I wear as a badge of honor,” he said on Thursday, in one of his final radio interviews. “Because I think that when you forcefully and strongly advocate for your district and you make that mark, even people that disagree with you respect your views.”

    The force of Mr. Nojay’s advocacy was not lost on anyone in the Legislature: “You knew exactly where he stood,” said Brian Kolb, the Assembly minority leader. “He ruffled feathers because he spoke it as he saw it.”

    And there were his far-flung business and nation-building ventures. In Afghanistan, he was an election monitor with the International Republican Institute. In Odessa, Ukraine, he consulted on an election between pro-Western and pro-Russian candidates. In Iran, he held the title “director and secretary/treasurer of the Foundation for Democracy,” according to his Assembly biography.

    In Cambodia, which he said he had visited for various reasons since the 1980s, he started an agricultural marketing business with three partners, including Sichan Siv, the Cambodian-American former United States ambassador to the United Nations. The Akra Group, as it was called, solicited a $1 million investment from a wealthy Phnom Penh dentist around the end of 2012, said her American lawyer, Robert A. Simon. By 2014, Mr. Simon said, Akra showed no signs of marketing rice or of returning the $1 million, and his client, Dr. Lykuong Eng, filed a fraud complaint in Cambodia.

    Despite being tried in absentia on and off since 2014, Mr. Nojay had brushed off the Cambodian investigation. “He said there’s nothing to it, just a feud among partners — one of them was disgruntled,” said Bill Reilich, the Monroe County Republican chairman, who knew Mr. Nojay for 20 years. Mr. Nojay was, he added, “kind of nonchalant” about the matter.

    By this spring, federal agents in Rochester had subpoenaed documents related to the Cambodian investment from Mr. Simon, he said on Friday.

    “It’s a shock,” said David DiPietro, a Republican assemblyman from the Buffalo area who was close to Mr. Nojay. “All of a sudden, hearing all these rumors, it’s amazing what you don’t know about somebody.”

    Mr. Nojay faced a primary challenge on Tuesday. He lived in Pittsford, near Rochester, with his wife, Debra, with whom he had three children.

    At 9:20 a.m. on Friday, a 911 call came in to the Rochester police, asking that they check on someone on at the Riverside Cemetery, a police spokesman said.

    An officer arrived at the cemetery six minutes later, just as Mr. Nojay’s gun went off.

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    AUGUST 21, 2016 3:10 PM  

    Bill and Hillary’s ‘friends’ fall off buildings, crash planes, die in freak accidents

    (WND) – When DNC staffer Seth Rich was gunned down near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C., on July 10, theories exploded in the news media about Rich’s possible involvement in the WikiLeaks dump of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails – some of the messages suggesting that the Democratic Party favored nominee Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders from the start.

    Now reports reveal Brad Bauman, the man hired by Rich’s family to end the “conspiracy theories” surrounding the unsolved murder, is a public relations manager with the Pastorum Group and specializes in “crisis communications” for the Democratic Party.

    WikiLeaks broke the news on Twitter, tweeting: “Seth Rich’s new ‘family spokesman’ is Brad Bauman, a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group.”



    Pastorum Group was founded by Joseph Cohen, according to a press release posted on Twitter. It describes Cohen as “a campaign veteran who has previously worked at SEIU, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America.” Also, the release says Bauman is a former executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    Rich’s father, Joel Rich, has begged his son’s killer to come forward. Bauman released the following statement to the International Business Times on behalf of the Rich Family:

    The family welcomes any and all information that could lead to the identification of the individuals responsible, and certainly welcomes contributions that could lead to new avenues of investigation. That said, some are attempting to politicize this horrible tragedy, and in their attempts to do so, are actually causing more harm than good and impeding on the ability for law enforcement to properly do their job. For the sake of finding Seth’s killer, and for the sake of giving the family the space they need at this terrible time, they are asking for the public to refrain from pushing unproven and harmful theories about Seth’s murder.”

    As WND reported, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to suggest in a television interview that Rich, 27, was the source of the WikiLeaks-exposed DNC emails. WikiLeaks has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s killer. The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $25,000 reward. (See “Seth Rich” entry below.)

    Joel Rich revealed to the London Daily Mail Tuesday that Seth, a DNC director of voter expansion, had been selected to work on Clinton’s presidential campaign only four days before his murder.

    He’d worked on Senate and House campaigns, but he’d always wanted to work on a presidential campaign,” the father said. “He had just found out they wanted him, and he was probably going to be moving up to Brooklyn through the election. He was really excited about that.”

    Rich’s murder has sparked speculation that the young DNC staffer could be one of the latest deaths in a long string of mysterious deaths surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton spanning more than two decades.

    Talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh revisited the issue of the “Clinton body count” on his Aug. 10 show.

    I swear, I could swear I saw these stories back in 1992, back in 1993, 1994,” Limbaugh said.

    He cited a report from Rachel Alexander at Townhall.com titled, “Clinton body count or left-wing conspiracy? Three with ties to DNC mysteriously die.”

    Limbaugh said he recalled Ted Koppel, then-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline,” routinely having discussions on the issue following the July 20, 1993, death of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster. In fact, Limbaugh said, he appeared on Koppel’s show.

    One of the things I said was, ‘Who knows what happened here. But let me ask you a question.’ I said, ‘Ted, how many people do you know in your life who’ve been murdered? Ted, how many people do you know in your life that have died under suspicious circumstances?’



    Of course, the answer is zilch, zero, nada, none, very few,” Limbaugh chuckled. “Ask the Clintons that question. And it’s a significant number. It’s a lot of people that they know who have died, who’ve been murdered.

    And the same question here from Rachel Alexander. It’s amazing the cycle that exists with the Clintons. [Citing Townhall]: ‘What it comes down to is this: how many other politicians have you heard of who have had so many mysterious deaths associated with them? You don’t hear of a Bush body count — not even an Obama body count.’ There is a Clinton body count.”

    Left-leaning “fact-check” websites have dismissed “Clinton body count” lists circulating on the Web for many years. In fact, some of the lists mention 80 to 100 people and contain names of individuals who are still living or loosely connected with the Clintons.

    However, WND has sorted through the names and found 33 of the most mysterious deaths linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Notably, the largest number of mysterious deaths occurred during the most intense years of the Whitewater investigation, from 1993 (when Clinton’s first term as president began) to around 1996 (the year the Senate Whitewater committee finished its investigation).

    The following is WND’s list of 33 people associated with the Clintons who have died the most mysterious and often violent deaths.

    Shawn Lucas – Aug. 2, 2016

    On July 3, attorney Shawn Lucas, 38, helped serve the DNC with a lawsuit claiming then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz “rigged the primary for Hillary Clinton.”

    The complaint was served before Wasserman Schultz resigned amid the Wikileaks email scandal on July 24.

    Less than one month after he helped serve the lawsuit, Lucas’ girlfriend found him dead in his bathroom.

    Beverly Ann Fields, chief of staff at the Washington, D.C., Medical Examiner’s office, told WND, “The cause and manner of death for decedent [Shawn] Lucas are still pending.”

    Victor Thorn – Aug. 1, 2016

    Victor Thorn authored four books on the Clintons: “Hillary (and Bill): The Sex Volume,” Hillary (and Bill): The Drugs Volume,” “Hillary (and Bill): The Murder Volume” and “Crowning Clinton: Why Hillary Shouldn’t Be in the White House.” Thorn reportedly committed suicide with a gun on his 54th birthday on a mountaintop in Pennsylvania.

    Inquisitr reported that Thorn made several appearances on “The Russell Scott Show” and told the host, “Russell, if I’m ever found dead, it was murder. I would never kill myself.”

    Joe Montano – July 25, 2016

    As WND reported, Joe Montano, who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee before Debbie Wasserman Schultz and was an aide to Hillary’s running-mate, Tim Kaine, reportedly died of a heart attack after the Wikileaks DNC email dump. Montano was only 47.

    Seth Rich – July 10, 2016

    WND reported DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Rich was shot in the back at 4:15 a.m. while he walked home from his girlfriend’s apartment. Rich previously worked on the failed U.S. Senate campaign of Nebraska businessman Scott Kleeb, whose clean-energy business had come under investigation after losing $300,000 in 2010 and another $300,000 in 2011 despite having been subsidized by the Clinton Global Initiative.

    A commentary by Rachel Alexander at Townhall suggested possible corruption between the CGI and Kleeb “led to Sanders’ cronies pressuring Rich to leak what was going on.”

    In one interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to suggest that Rich, 27, was the source of the WikiLeaks-exposed DNC emails.

    Assange hinted at the newest revelations during an interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur.

    Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to give us material, at often very significant risks,” Assange said. “There was a 27 year old, works for the DNC, who was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons other than that he was walking down the street in Washington.”

    The interviewer interjected, “That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?”

    Assange replied, “No, there’s no finding.”

    The interviewer asked, “What are you suggesting?”

    I’m suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” Assange continued.

    But was he one of your sources then?” asked the interviewer.

    We don’t comment on who our sources are,” Assange said. “We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States. Our sources are, you know, our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity.”

    Assange continued, “Others have suggested that [Rich was murdered]. We are investigating. If you understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich, I think it is a concerning situation. There’s not a conclusion yet. We wouldn’t be willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”



    WikiLeaks is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s killer.

    The group released the following statement:

    As a matter of policy, we do not confirm or deny whether any person has ever been a source for WikiLeaks. After the [late hacktivist] Aaron Swartz case we formalized this policy to also cover alleged sources who were deceased.

    We treat threats toward any suspected source of WikiLeaks with extreme gravity. This should not be taken to imply that Seth Rich was a source to WikiLeaks or to imply that his murder is connected to our publications. We hope our efforts will contribute to the family’s calls for information and to the separate reward issued by the police. We have a history of obtaining information that has significantly contributed to many legal proceedings, including successful prosecutions.”

    WND asked the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department if there have been any new leads in the death of Rich and whether police are considering a possible political motive in his killing.

    Spokeswoman Alice Kim of the Metropolitan Police Department told WND, “There are no new updates at this time.”

    As for the WikiLeaks reward, she offered this statement: “At this time, there is no indication that Seth Rich’s death is connected to his employment at the DNC. However, we welcome information that could potentially lead to the identification of the individual(s) responsible for his death and are pleased when any outside contributors help us generate new leads.”

    John Ashe – June 22, 2016

    Former United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe was found dead in His New York home, and the cause of death was reported as a heart attack, as WND reported. But the local Dobbs Ferry police said “his throat had been crushed, presumably by a barbell he dropped while pumping iron.”

    The death by barbell of disgraced U.N. official John Ashe could become a bigger obsession for conspiracy theorists than Vince Foster’s 1993 suicide,” the report by Richard Johnson said.

    It’s because Ashe was scheduled to testify in just days with Chinese businessman and co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who was accused of smuggling $4.5 million into the U.S. and lying that it was to buy casino chips and more.

    The New York Post said Ng earlier was identified in a 1998 Senate document “as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration.”

    One source told me,” Johnson wrote, “‘During the trial, the prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the Clinton bagman Ng. It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.”

    Could this be Hillary Clinton silencing people who ‘know too much?’” questioned Kosar in the Political Insider. “We know there are at least 46 people from Clinton world who have died under mysterious circumstances. While some are certainly a coincidence, it is very clear that being deeply connected into the Clinton political world can be hazardous to your health.

    In this case, no definite evidence exists that it was murder and Ashe’s own lawyer disagrees with the theory. However, with Hillary Clinton’s track record, it’s definitely worth further investigation.”

    The Post said Ashe formerly was the head of the U.N. General Assembly and was facing criminal charges in a federal bribery case.

    He was from the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, and was accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for promises for real-estate deals and more, the report said.

    Gareth Williams – Aug. 16, 2010

    Gareth Williams, a transatlantic MI6 spy – whose dead body was found naked, padlocked and stuffed in a 32-inch by 19-inch duffel bag that was sitting in his London bathtub – had illegally hacked secret data on Bill Clinton, according to the U.K. Sun.  The news site noted, “[H]is death is still one of Britain’s most mysterious unsolved cases.”

    Scotland Yard had announced the death as a suicide, saying he locked himself in the bag.

    But his DNA wasn’t found on the lock. There were no palm prints on the edge of his bathtub.

    According to reports, messages left by Williams on the voicemails of his friends and family were deleted in the days following his death.

    And a rival agent may have also broken into the flat to destroy or remove evidence,” the Sun reported. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment.

    In 2012, lawyers for his family said he could have been killed by someone who specialized in the ‘dark arts of the secret services,’” the Sun reported.

    The police did not rule out his intelligence work playing a part in his death. They thought he may have been stuffed in the bag by killers who later broke back in to cover their tracks. Investigators also suspect the flat had been ‘steam-cleaned,’ which would explain why no DNA evidence was found.”

    No suspects in the case have been arrested.

    Charles Ruff – Nov. 20, 2000

    Charles Ruff, 61, an influential lawyer in Washington, D.C., who defended Clinton during his Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment trial, reportedly died “after an accident at his Washington home.” One report said he was found unconscious outside his shower. Other reports indicated he had a heart attack.

    The London Guardian reported:

    Ruff’s initial involvement with the Clinton White House came from defending one of Hillary Clinton’s principal assistants, Ira Magaziner, who helped to prepare her ill-fated healthcare plan. Magaziner was accused of perjury, but in a complex presentation to the US attorney’s office in Washington, Ruff managed to shift the blame to some unspecified White House officials and Magaziner was never charged.
    It was against this background that Ruff became President Clinton’s fifth White House counsel within four years. As the ripples of the Whitewater affair widened and allegations about the president’s sexual behaviour proliferated, insiders joked that Clinton needed a lawyer smart enough to do the job and dumb enough to take it. Ruff defended his recruitment with the comment: “When the president of the United States asks you to do something, you don’t say, ‘Let me think about it.’ You say, ‘How can I help you, Mr President?’”

    Carlos Ghigliotti – April 28, 2000

    Carlos Ghigliotti, a key figure in the Waco congressional investigation, was found mysteriously dead in his home outside Washington, D.C. His badly decomposed body was found sitting at his desk in his office in Laurel, Maryland. Police said there was no evidence of forced entry into his office.

    Carlos Ghigliotti, a key figure in the Waco congressional investigation, was found mysteriously dead in his home outside Washington, D.C.

    Ghigliotti, 42, a respected expert in the field of thermal imaging, had been retained by the House Government Reform Committee to analyze surveillance film footage taken by means of Forward-Looking Infrared, or FLIR, during the siege and final inferno of Mt. Carmel, the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas. The FLIR footage, which was filmed by FBI aircraft circling two miles above the site, was critical to the case. For years, debate had raged over claims that on April 19, 1993, government agents fired automatic weapons upon Davidians trying to escape as flames engulfed their home. Seventeen children and 62 adults were killed. Ghigliotti had reportedly uncovered additional evidence contradicting government protests of innocence.

    Ghigliotti’s friend, attorney David T. Hardy, told WND, “I think he may have known too much. Carlos told me he had discovered things that were much, much worse than anything that had come out yet.”

    More details on Ghigliotti’s findings are available here.

    Charles Wilbourne Miller – Nov. 17, 1999

    Charles Wilbourne Miller was vice president and board member for Alltel, the company that created the White House’s “Big Brother” computer system.

    As WND reported, an Arkansas medical examiner concluded “suicide” after Wilbourne Miller, 63, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a shallow pit about 300 yards from his ranch house near Little Rock. Police found a .410 gauge shotgun near Miller’s body and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water. Investigators concluded the Ruger was the weapon used by Miller to kill himself. Yet, two rounds in the handgun’s cylinder had been spent. How could a suicide victim use two weapons or even fire two shots to kill himself?

    Miller was no ordinary citizen of Arkansas. He had long served as executive vice president and member of the board of directors for Alltel and was deeply involved in his own software engineering company until the day he died. Alltel was the successor to Jackson Stephens’ Systematics, that company that provided the software for the White House’s “Big Brother” database behind the Clinton administration’s plan to develop the secret computer “Clipper” chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in America. There was at least one other high-profile “suicide” among the inner circle involved with the project – Vince Foster (more details below).

    Daniel Dutko – July 27, 1999

    Daniel Dutko, 54, the co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee fundraising effort, Leadership 2000, reportedly died from head injuries in a mountain biking accident in Aspen. Authorities said Dutko was not wearing a helmet and hit his head on the pavement twice. He was in Aspen for a fundraiser attended by President Clinton. Dutko had also been vice chairman of finance for the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1995.

    Dutko served as vice chairman of finance for the DNC in 1996, when thousands of dollars were reportedly funneled from a Chinese military officer to Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign. In that same year, the Clinton administration reversed a State Department policy that categorized satellites as “munitions,” making it easier for China to launch American satellites and even acquire sensitive technology.

    Lt. Gen. David J. McCloud – July 26, 1998

    Lt. Gen. David McCloud served as Clinton’s director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate, or J-8, from May 1996 to December 1997. He later became the commander of Alaskan Command and 11th Air Force.

    McCloud was killed while he piloted his personal YAK-54, a Russian-built, single-engine acrobatic aircraft. The cause of the crash was reportedly unknown.

    Several blogs have printed unsubstantiated claims that McCloud had been part of a group of 24 flag officers that sought to arrest Clinton for treason under the Uniform Code of Military Justice while Clinton was president.

    Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – March 29, 1998

    Johnny Lawhorn Jr., a mechanic, reportedly discovered a large check from Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan made out to Bill Clinton. The check was said to have been found in a car at his repair shop. He was later killed in a car accident.

    James McDougal – March 8, 1998

    James McDougal, a former business partner of the Clintons and the “brains behind the Whitewater Development Corp.,” reportedly died of cardiac arrest in a federal prison hospital at the age of 58. He had been cooperating with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation. “His death appears to reduce the legal risks to President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and was a clear setback to Starr and his prosecutors, who huddled in their offices last night after McDougal’s death was announced,” the Baltimore Sun reported the day after McDougal died.

    The Whitewater investigation began in 1994 with accusations of impropriety against the Clintons and others concerning improper campaign contributions, political and financial favors, and tax benefits. Its initial subject was a failed Arkansas real-estate venture involving the Clintons in the 1980s that was linked to the collapse of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, a Little Rock savings bank run by McDougal and his wife, Susan. James and Susan McDougal went to prison for fraud (James died while serving his sentence), as did former Arkansas Gov. Jim Tucker and municipal judges David Hale and Eugene Fitzhugh.

    Hale had claimed Bill Clinton insisted that he acquire a fraudulent $300,000 government-backed loan in 1986.

    After McDougal was convicted in 1996, he was prepared to testify that Clinton was lying and Hale was telling the truth.

    I just got sick and tired of lying for the fellow,” he said in a 1997 TV interview. “Yes, I was trying to protect him.”

    The Sun reported, “McDougal told prosecutors that he steered Madison legal business to Hillary Clinton’s Rose Law Firm at the Clintons’ request. Mrs. Clinton has denied that assertion. In an interview on ‘Larry King Live,’ McDougal said that if the first lady told the grand jury the same story she told the public, ‘then she has perjured herself.’”

    Eric Butera – Dec. 4, 1997

    Eric Butera was an informant who had information about the murder of Mahoney (See “Mary Caitrin Mahoney” entry below). He was told to help police with an undercover drug buy, during which he was beaten to death.

    Ron Miller – Oct. 12, 1997

    As WND reported, in a little-publicized, little-noticed state government regulatory hearing in Oklahoma, Hillary Clinton, former White House Chief of Staff Thomas F. “Mac” McLarty III, the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown (see “Ron Brown” entry) and a convicted Clinton fundraiser were linked by witnesses to a scandal involving massive overcharges in natural gas prices, money laundering and more.

    Nolanda Butler Hill, a former business partner of Brown, testified before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that Clinton, Brown and McLarty were all up to their eyeballs in a scam designed to bilk consumers out of $35 million to $65 million in overcharges. The commission suspected at least one supplier, Dynamic Energy Resources, charged far more than market prices.

    Dynamic Energy Resources was started by Nora and Gene Kung Ho Lum, who had no prior experience in the oil and gas business. But they were politically connected. The Lums, associates of John Huang and James Riady, would later be sentenced to prison and fined for illegal campaign contributions to President Clinton as well as tax evasion.

    To get their feet wet in the gas business, however, the Lums called on Stuart Price, a Democrat congressional candidate for Oklahoma’s first district and himself a Clinton fundraiser. Price, too, was well connected. His wife’s uncle was Sen. George Mitchell, then majority leader of the U.S. Senate. But to cover all the bases, the Lums also cut in Michael Brown, son of the Democratic National Committee president and later Commerce secretary, for 5 percent of the deal.

    Helen Yee was placed on the board. Her daughter, Melinda Yee, was Ron Brown’s personal assistant at Commerce.  The younger Yee had handled arrangements for foreign-trade missions involving Democratic Party contributors. Yee had also worked for the Lums during the 1992 presidential campaign. The Lums’ daughter, Trisha, had worked for Ron Brown at Commerce.

    In other words,” as WND CEO and Editor Joseph Farah explained in 2001, “this was a real inside job. It wasn’t so much a matter of what you knew at Dynamic Energy Resources, but who you knew.”

    On Oct. 2, 1992, Commissioner Bob Anthony announced that he had been assisting the FBI in uncovering corruption inside the regulatory agency. ARKLA (Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co.) lobbyist William Anderson and Commissioner Bob Hopkins were later convicted in a bribery case. There were allegations against other utility executives, but the Clinton Justice Department reportedly passed on prosecution. Anthony said he received covert payments from top executives at ARKLA when it had multimillion-dollar rate cases before the commission. The chairman of ARKLA was none other than Mac McLarty.

    And that’s where Hill’s January testimony comes in.

    I learned several years ago, through my association with the late Ronald H. Brown, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and secretary of Commerce, about the involvement of a highly placed Clinton administration official, Mac McLarty, in what became an egregious financial transaction centered around the supplying of gas to ONG,” she said.

    Hill recalled a spring 1993 meeting with Brown and first lady Hillary Clinton in which she “acknowledged his efforts toward resolution of Mac McLarty’s problem in Oklahoma.” Hill said she warned Brown off any involvement. But Brown told her “it was critically important for him to help Mr. McLarty in any way he could, as he, Secretary Brown, remained an outsider as regarded what he called the ‘Arkansas Mafia.’”

    Brown later died in a plane crash in Croatia. A cylindrical hole in his head, the size of a .45-caliber round, was never explained. No autopsy was performed.

    Ron Miller, a principal in GAGE Corp., another utility, began cooperating with the FBI shortly after Anthony announced his role with the agency, vowing, according to sources, to “vigorously pursue those who directed the conduct of Mr. Anderson.” After selling his company, Miller also helped news reporters and other government authorities – including investigators with the Government Reform and Oversight Committee – to nail the Lums.

    Miller turned over to the FBI on Aug. 5, 1997, 165 tape-recordings of conversations he had with the Lums and their associates. He was interviewed by the congressional committee staff Aug. 12. On Sept. 2, the committee subpoenaed documents from Miller concerning Brown, the Lums and Dynamic Energy Resources.

    Three days later, the committee deposed McLarty. He denied knowing the Lums, and questions about ARKLA and its convicted lobbyist were largely diverted by his attorneys. Seven days later, PBS “Frontline” broadcast interviews with Miller and Anthony. The congressional committee was set to begin formal proceedings Oct. 8.

    But on Oct. 3, Miller, 58, was admitted to the hospital with an unknown illness. He died nine days later. The cause is still unknown.

    Before his death, Miller told a few people he feared for his life. In a police report in January 1997, he identified Don Sweatman as the man who told him: “You hadn’t been shot at yet.” And who was Sweatman? He was associated with the Lums, often dropped Ron Brown’s name and, according to others, sometimes identified himself as “Bill Clinton’s personal representative.”

    Miller’s death is still a mystery.

    Mary Caitrin Mahoney – July 6, 1997

    Mary Caitrin Mahoney was a former White House intern up until 1995. She then became a night manager of a Starbucks and became friends with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who frequented the cafe.

    Mahoney she was killed at the coffee store during a shooting that was described as a robbery, though nothing was taken. Mahoney’s co-workers, Emory Allen Evans and Aaron David Goodrich. A man named Carl Derek Havord Cooper was arrested and charged with their murders in March 1999. Cooper pleaded guilty and said he went to Starbucks to rob the store after it had closed. He said he ordered Mahoney, Evans and Goodrich to the back of the store, but he claimed Mahoney attempted to grab his gun. Cooper said that’s when he shot her and the other two employees and then made his escape, fearing the gunfire would alert authorities. Goodrich made the confession after a 54-hour interrogation. He later recanted, but was found guilty.

    Mahoney was shot five times, once in the back of the head, with the key to the safe in her hand. The safe, which held $10,000, wasn’t touched. Despite the Starbucks’ location in a densely populated neighborhood, no one reported hearing gunfire, sparking speculation that the gunman used a silencer.

    The murders took place during pre-trail media coverage of Paula Jones’ lawsuit against Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.

    During his trial, the Washington Post reported Cooper told FBI agents, “I swear on my father’s grave and my son’s life that I didn’t do Starbucks.”

    John Hillyer – Nov. 29, 1996

    NBC cameraman John Hillyer had been working on an investigation of a drug-smuggling operation in Mena, Arkansas, while Clinton was governor. He also helped with a 30-minute video called “Circle of Power” and “The Clinton Chronicles.”

    As WND reported, video journalist Pat Matrisciana (producer of “The Clinton Chronicles”) began working on the film project in the early 1990s, he didn’t realize what he and his cameraman were getting into.

    I had been contacted by a man named John Hillyer, an NBC cameraman who wanted to tell the real story about what was happening in Arkansas,” he said.

    When Matrisciana and Hillyer arrived in Arkansas and began interviewing people for the video, the criminality and intrigue were far worse than they had imagined.

    It was like going into some sort of banana republic that was run by a dictatorship,” he said. “We were followed on a regular basis.”

    Matrisciana set up a “safe house” in an apartment complex in Little Rock where he and other journalists and investigators would meet to discuss stories of drug trafficking in Mena, the murder of two teenage boys there and whether or not Bill Clinton was involved in any of those activities.

    Hillyer and Matrisciana developed a friendship with Gary Parks, the son of Jerry Luther Parks, a former security chief of Clinton’s presidential campaign (See “Jerry Luther Parks” entry). According to Matrisciana, Jerry Parks had been hired several years earlier by Vince Foster on behalf of Hillary Clinton to put Bill Clinton under constant surveillance. Gary would go on surveillance stakeouts with his father as Jerry gathered photographic evidence of Clinton visiting with prostitutes, Gennifer Flowers and other women.

    When Vince Foster’s body was found in Fort Marcy Park (see “Vince Foster” entry), Jerry became paranoid that he might also be targeted for murder. He was right. When Jerry was assassinated in his car in September 1993, Gary and Jerry’s widow believed it was related to his surveillance of Clinton.

    Gary Parks regularly stayed at the safe house, but was awakened one night when the door was kicked open by would-be assassins. When he quickly loaded his M-1 carbine, the sound of the bullet being chambered scared off the killers and they fled into the parking lot. Gary went to the window and thought he recognized one of the men as a member of the Gov. Clinton’s security staff.

    On another occasion, when Matrisciana and others were preparing for a radio talk show at the safe house, an investigator scanned the apartment for “bugs” and discovered eight of them.

    During the course of their investigation, Matrisciana and Hillyer discovered a trail of unsolved murders of people who knew details about the teens’ deaths. Others who died mysteriously had inside information on drug ties to the political establishment in Arkansas. On one occasion, Hillyer was planning to conduct an interview with a former official of the Democratic National Committee, but the man never showed up for the interview. Hillyer learned the next day that the man, C. Victor Raiser II, and his son, Montgomery Raiser, had died in a plane crash. (See “C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser” entry.)

    Matrisciana and Hillyer were also going to interview a hermit who lived in the mountains near where the teens had been killed. Two days before the scheduled interview, the hermit died.

    Hillyer started to fear for his own life, telling Matrisciana that he thought they would kill him by making it look like he had a heart attack. After the film was completed, Hillyer went on to other projects and ended up living in Atlanta. In 1996, Matrisciana received a phone call from Hillyer. John told him he had uncovered new information that needed to be put on video, but that they couldn’t talk on an unsecured phone. They planned on meeting to discuss the new information, but Hillyer died of a heart attack three days later.

    Did someone get to Hillyer? Matrisciana doesn’t know. Were the hermit and DNC official killed for what they knew? Or were these simply coincidences? Again, Matriciana said he doesn’t know, but he did think the deaths were unusual, considering the number of other people who have died under mysterious circumstances in Arkansas.

    Barbara Wise – Nov. 29, 1996 

    Barbara Wise, 48, was a 14-year Commerce Department staff member who worked with Ron Brown (see “Ron Brown” entry below, killed in a plane crash) and John Huang, who worked at the Worthen Bank in Little Rock, where he met then-Gov. Bill Clinton. Huang, who was born in China, was also a former executive of the Lippo Group in Indonesia. Huang met with Clinton at the White House 10 times between June 21 and June 27, 1994. As WND reported in 2000, “Right after that, Webster Hubbell … received $100,000 from the Lippo Group. Shortly after the money was given to Mr. Hubbell, Huang obtained a secret clearance and an executive position as assistant secretary of the Commerce Department. While at the Commerce Department, Huang obtained secret materials on trade deals with Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. Huang also obtained information on U.S. Patriot missile deals with South Korea and mobile artillery for Kuwait.” Asked if he was a spy for Beijing, Huang reportedly took pleaded the Fifth Amendment nearly 2,000 times.

    Wise’s body was found partially nude and bruised in her office. Her death was attributed to natural causes, as Wise had reportedly received several blood transfusions for a liver ailment.

    Ron Brown – April 3, 1996

    Ron Brown, who had served as U.S. secretary of commerce, was killed in a plane crash after Hillary Clinton dispatched him on a dubious mission to a war-torn corner of the world, as WND reported. Brown and 34 others died when their Air Force plane crashed into a Croatian mountainside. Brown’s flight left the Tuzla airport in Bosnia, a Muslim country where some were hostile to the American presence there.

    To protect his son Michael from prison, Ron Brown threatened to expose the White House’s yet unrevealed Asian fundraising scheme, in which Brown had played a major role,” wrote WND contributor and investigative writer Jack Cashill. “Just weeks before his death, Brown started going to church for the first time in ages. He was scared for his life and that of his confidante, Nolanda Hill.”

    Cashill noted that the Croatian government suddenly insisted on a Dubrovnik stop, a two-mile deviation from the flight path that the Air Force said was “inexplicable.”

    For the first time ever on friendly soil, the White House ordered the Air Force to skip the ‘safety’ phase of the investigation and move directly to the ‘accident’ phase,” Cashill wrote. “There would be no consideration other than accident, even though the airport was near the Bosnian border and in a potential hot fire zone.

    Three days after the crash and two days before his scheduled interview by the Air Force, the Croatian responsible for the airport’s navigation system was found dead with a bullet hole in his chest,” Cashill continued. “A day later, every pathologist who viewed Brown’s body back in America concluded that his head wound, at the very least, looked like a bullet hole.”

    There would be no autopsy. No forensic testing. No search for an exit wound. Head X-rays were destroyed, or “lost.”

    The three Armed Forces pathologists and the forensic photographer who blew the whistle on this case had their careers destroyed,” Cashill wrote. “… [T]he Armed Forces Institute of Pathology brass assured the public that Brown dies of ‘multiple blunt force injuries to the head.’ He was the only one of the 35 victims to have a reported head wound.”

    Charles Meissner – April 3, 1996

    Charles Meissner, the assistant secretary of commerce, had issued John Huang a security clearance. (See “Ron Miller” and “Barbara Wise” entries.) He and Ron Brown were killed in a plane crash. (See “Ron Brown” entry.)

    Stanley Huggins – June 23, 1994

    Stanley Huggins reportedly had been investigating the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan collapse (see “James McDougal” entry). Reports indicate he died of viral pneumonia before his 300 pages of findings could be released.

    Bill Shelton – June 12, 1994

    Bill Shelton was the fiance of Kathy Ferguson (see “Kathy Ferguson” entry below), and he questioned whether Ferguson had actually committed suicide.

    Shelton, too, was reported to have committed suicide with a gun at Ferguson’s grave site.

    Kathy Ferguson – May 10, 1994

    Kathy Ferguson was reported to have died from a suicide in which she shot herself in the head, though her packed bags were found next to her body, possibly indicating she planned to leave her home.

    Ferguson was the ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, who had been a co-defendant, along with Clinton, in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Danny Ferguson had escorted Paula Jones to Clinton’s hotel room. Kathy Ferguson was a corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

    James Bunch – Feb. 11, 1994

    James Bunch, 46, a Texas state employee in Austin who ran a prostitution ring from his office, reportedly died from a suicide involving a gun. Bunch was said to have owned a “little black book” of influential people, including at least one “state legislator,” from Texas and Arkansas who visited prostitutes. Bunch’s files contained descriptions of his high-profile clients, their sexual preferences, the amount of money they were willing to spend, and whether they were “good” or “bad” clients who might hurt the escorts. According to a report in the Telegraph, “There [was] a possibility that juveniles were involved in his business. Police told the Associated Press Bunch was arrested and interrogated, but he hadn’t appeared distraught or suicidal.

    Gandy Baugh – Jan. 8, 1994

    Gandy Baugh, who had been an attorney for Clinton pal and drug convict Dan Lasater, reportedly killed himself by leaping from a window of a tall building. Lasater, a figure in the Whitewater controversy, had been convicted of dealing cocaine and served six months in jail. But Clinton later pardoned him.

    In 1984, Lasater had purchased Angel Fire Resort, a ski resort near Taos, New Mexico, and promoted it using Clinton’s name. A U.S. Customs investigative report revealed the resort was used for drug operations and money laundering.

    Ed Willey – Nov. 29, 1993

    In her book alleging a campaign of slander and intimidation orchestrated chiefly by Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Willey pointed a finger of suspicion at the former first couple for the death of her husband, Ed Willey, who was believed to have killed himself.

    Kathleen Willey, who said she was groped by President Clinton in the White House, acknowledged in an interview with WND in November 2007 that she stood by the speculation she posed about her husband’s demise in “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”

    Asked if she suspected her husband Ed, a lawyer and son of a prominent Virginia lawmaker, was murdered, Willey replied, “Most definitely.”

    Did she believe the Clintons were involved?

    I do have suspicions,” Willey said, “yes.”

    It was Ed Willey’s dire financial straits that prompted Kathleen, then a White House volunteer, to seek a meeting with President Clinton in the Oval Office to plead for a paying job and any other help the commander-in-chief could give.

    But Willey alleges the Nov. 29, 1993, meeting ended abruptly when the president cornered her in a private passageway and sexually assaulted her.

    At the time of that meeting, Clinton and Willey were unaware that Ed Willey was lying dead of a gunshot wound to his mouth in the woods near his car, parked on a hunting path in rural King and Queen County, Virginia.

    Kathleen Willey became known in the summer of 1997 after lawyers for Clinton accuser Paula Jones gave her name to a national magazine reporter. She was scheduled to become one of only three witnesses in the Clinton impeachment trial until some members of the House and Senate refused to allow her to testify.

    In the book, Willey recounts numerous incidents she believes were designed to terrorize her into silence, with the latest taking place in September, just as the book was in its final stages.

    As WND reported, Willey said she was the target of an unusual house burglary over the Labor Day weekend for which she blames the Clintons. While asleep upstairs in her Virginia home, she said, a copy of a manuscript for “Target” was stolen.

    Willey told WND the break-in at her house reminded her of the widely reported incident 10 years ago in which she claimed she was threatened near her present Richmond-area home by a “jogger” just two days before she was to testify against President Clinton in the Jones case.

    She contends elements of the autopsy report of her husband’s death are inconsistent with suicide, pointing to similarities to the death of White House aide Vince Foster, also believed to have killed himself. (See “Vince Foster” entry.)

    I’ve seen too much evidence regarding other people who have been involved with the Clintons,” she told WND.

    Facing a deadline to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars he owed to “bad people” who threatened him, Ed Willey had an apparent motive for suicide, and five notes to loved ones were discovered by his secretary.

    But Kathleen Willey writes “she could never understand how he could leave us,” noting that while the letters are in his writing, “I also know that anyone would write anything at gunpoint.”

    What motive could anyone have to murder him?

    Willey writes that after her husband’s death, her friend Carole in Colorado told her something she had not known. Ed had confided to Carole’s husband that he had taken a briefcase full of cash to Little Rock, Ark., during the presidential campaign.

    Willey said she was shocked but acknowledged her husband could have done it. Later she found a reference on a blog that explored illegal fundraising activities by the Clintons and noted Ed Willey was known for “handling large briefcases full of cash” as part of the 1992 presidential campaign.

    She speculates: “I have no idea how anyone other than the Clintons would know that Ed might have carried cash in briefcases. So why would he be killed? Because he was carrying illegal money? That’s probably not enough reason. But what if, in his desperation, Ed had ‘illegally borrowed’ from the campaign?”

    In the book, Willey says she goes back and forth in her mind on what happened to her husband, and “as I do, the possibility lingers, logical or not, that Ed was murdered.”

    Jerry Luther Parks – Sept. 26, 1993

    Two months after White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster died, Jerry Luther Parks – who had been head of security for Bill Clinton’s headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 1992 presidential campaign and gubernatorial years – was shot through the rear window of his car with a semiautomatic handgun.

    As WND reported, Jerry Luther Parks was reportedly watching a news bulletin on the death of Vincent Foster (see “Vince Foster” entry below) when he turned from the television and muttered, “I’m a dead man.” His son, Gary, was with him in the room. It was July 21, 1993. Foster had just been found dead in Fort Marcy Park, about seven miles from the White House, across the Potomac River in Virginia. Foster had been shot through the head, said the bulletin, an apparent suicide. (See “Vince Foster” entry below.)

    British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard interviewed the Parks family extensively. In “The Secret Life of Bill Clinton,” he reported that Parks was a nervous wreck for the next two months. He packed a gun and drove evasively to shake off any possible pursuers. At one point, Parks told his family that Bill Clinton was “cleaning house” and that he was “next on the list.”

    On Sept. 23, 1993, as Parks was driving to his suburban Little Rock home along the Chenal Parkway, a white Chevrolet Caprice with two men inside drove alongside and peppered Parks’ car with semiautomatic gunfire. Parks’s car ground to a halt. A man emerged from the white Chevy, fired two rounds into Parks’ chest with a 9-mm pistol, then sped off.

    Several witnesses watched the murder. The killers were never found. As with so many other “Arkancides” – the name given to the long list of suspicious deaths among Arkansas associates of the Clintons – Big Media ignored the event.

    One of the last people to see Vincent Foster alive was Linda Tripp, who then worked as a secretary for Foster’s boss, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum. Tripp testified before Kenneth Starr’s grand jury on July 28, 1998, that the reason she had leaked Monica Lewinsky’s story to Michael Isikoff at Newsweek was that Tripp hoped the spotlight of national publicity might protect her from physical harm.

    I am afraid of this administration,” Tripp told the grand jury.

    She continued, “I have what I consider to be well-founded fears of what they are capable of … I had reasons to believe that the Vince Foster tragedy was not depicted accurately under oath by members of the administration … I knew based on personal knowledge, personal observations, that they were lying under oath. So it became very fearful to me that I had information even back then that was dangerous.”

    A juror asked, “But do you have any examples of violence being done by the administration to people who were a threat to them?”

    Tripp named Jerry Parks: “[T]he behavior in the West Wing with senior staff to the president during the time the Jerry Parks [murder report] came over the fax frightened me. He had been killed,” she said.

    The “flurry of activity,” the closed-door meetings and the “hush-hush” atmosphere in the White House all struck her as ominous and frightening.

    Maybe you had to be there,” said Tripp.

    [The news of Parks’ death] was something they wanted to get out in front of. There was talk that this would be another body to add to the list of 40 bodies or something that were associated with the Clinton administration. At that time, I didn’t know what that meant. I have since come to see such a list.”

    After the murder, Gary Parks told a staffer of the New York Observer his father and Vince Foster had investigated Clinton’s affairs at Hillary’s request.

    He said that Vince Foster had called up his father, who was working as a private investigator, to look into Clinton’s romantic life in about 1980, after Bill Clinton had lost the governor’s office following his first term. Parks said Hillary wanted a divorce. It looked like maybe the juggernaut she’d believed in, and married, was over. Clinton had by then lost two big races and won two. Till the Comeback Kid—boy is Bill Clinton gutsy—won back the governorship in 1982. But in the early 80s, Parks said, Hillary asked her law partner Vince Foster to prepare a divorce case and Foster called Parks, who compiled a dossier of women’s statements. Parks said that Hillary later decided against a divorce, but that his father held on to the dossier. Then in 1993, Parks said, after Vince Foster went to Washington, he demanded the return of the file, and even called Jerry Parks in the days before his, Foster’s, death, to demand it. And that two months later his father was murdered, because, Parks said, he had held out on returning the file. (The L.R. police never solved his father’s murder, not when I was looking into it a few years afterward.)”

    Dr. Stanley Heard – Sept. 10, 1993

    Dr. Stanley Heard of Hot Springs, Arkansas, had treated Bill Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother and served as chairman of Clinton’s National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee. He was killed, along with his attorney, Steve Dickson, of Topeka, Kansas, in a plane crash 50 miles west of Washington.

    The plane radioed to Dulles that there was a fire before it crashed. That aircraft was the second one to cause problems for Dickson on the trip.

    In 1993, the Washington Post reported, “Dickson flew his own plane from Topeka, but on the way to Washington it developed problems in St. Louis. There, he left his plane for repair and rented another plane.”

    The National Transportation and Security Board said the crash was due to ” an inadequate annual inspection of the airplane and non-compliance with airworthiness directives by company maintenance personnel.”

    Jon Parnell Walker – Aug. 15, 1993

    Jon Parnell Walker fell to his death from the top of the Lincoln Towers building in Arlington, Virginia.

    On July 10, 1994, Connecticut’s The Day newspaper reported, “In March 1992, Walker, and investigator for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), had contacted the Kansas City RTC regional office for information concerning possible ties between Whitewater Development, Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan [above] and the Clintons.”

    Vince Foster – July 20, 1993

    Vince Foster was deputy White House counsel and Hillary’s friend and law partner who had connections to the Travelgate and Whitewater scandals. In 1993, Foster was found dead in a park with a fatal gunshot wound to his mouth. As WND reported, his suicide was the subject of much speculation and three official investigations.

    Investigations by the U.S. Park Police, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Congress, Independent Counsel Robert B. Fiske and Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr concluded Foster’s death was a suicide. However, as WND reported in 2003, one of Starr’s key investigators challenged the official line, insisting the probe’s result was predetermined, only a few plotters were required to engineer the result, the crime scene was altered and that major newspaper editors killed stories by reporters pursuing the truth. The Washington Post reported that federal investigators were not allowed to enter Foster’s office after his death, but “White House aides enter[ed] Foster’s office shortly after his death, giving rise to speculation that files were removed from his office.”

    In his 2005 book “The Truth about Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, And How Far She’ll Go to Become President,” Edward Klein wrote of Hillary’s involvement in the effort to remove Foster’s files:

    The night of [Foster’s] death, Hillary launched one of the most shameful – and illegal – cover-ups of her entire career.
    She sent two of her most trusted White House loyalists – Maggie Williams, the First Lady’s chief of staff, and Patsy Thomasson, who was in charge of White House administration – into Foster’s office to retrieve embarrassing and incriminating documents related to Whitewater and Hillary’s other personal affairs. While White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum barred investigators from entering Foster’s office, Maggie Williams, Patsy Thomasson, and Craig Livingston, Hillary’s director of White House security, removed armloads of files and loose-leaf binders.
    In addition, a White House staffer allegedly tampered with the titles of several memos and removed the first lady’s initials in an effort to erase her role in improper behavior.”

    Jim Wilhite – Dec. 21, 1992

    Jim Whilhite, 54, vice chairman of ARKLA (see “Ron Miller” entry), is killed in a one-man skiing accident. He reportedly “suffered severe head injuries when he skied into a tree on Snowmass Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, while on a family vacation.” He had planned to retired from ARKLA the following April.

    C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser – July 30, 1992

    C. Victor Raiser II, the finance co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, was killed in a plane crash, along with his son, Montgomery, and three other passengers. Another passenger and the pilot were injured.

    Clinton campaign Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers described C. Victor Raiser II as “a major player” in the Clinton organization, according to the New York Times. He was the national finance co-chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign and had been a friend of the Clintons for about a decade. He was also previously the national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He served on the boards of the Democratic Business Council and the Center for National Policy and the board of advisers of the Democratic Leadership Council.

    Susan Coleman – Feb. 15, 1977

    Susan Coleman, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was rumored to have had an affair with Clinton while he was still Arkansas attorney general. Clinton had been Coleman’s law professor at the university of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

    Though Coleman died of a gunshot wound to the back of her head, her death was ruled a suicide.

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    ANOTHER MYSTERIOUS DEATH=> Sanders Supporter Who Served Papers to DNC on Fraud Case Found Dead

    AUGUST 5, 2016 10:24 AM  

    (Gateway Pundit) – On July 3, 2016, Shawn Lucas and filmmaker Ricardo Villaba served the DNC Services Corp. and Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz at DNC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the fraud class action suit against the Democrat Party on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters.

    Shawn Lucas was thrilled about serving the papers to the DNC before Independence Day.





    ** This was before Wikileaks released documents proving the DNC was working against the Sanders campaign during the 2016 primary.

    Shawn Lucas was found dead this week.

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    According to Snopes Lucas was found dead on his bathroom floor.

    We contacted Lucas’ employer on 4 August 2016 to ask whether there was any truth to the rumor. According to an individual with whom we spoke at that company, Shawn Lucas died on 2 August 2016. The audibly and understandably shaken employee stated that interest in the circumstances of Lucas’ death had prompted a number of phone calls and other queries, but the company had not yet ascertained any details about Lucas’ cause of death and were unable to confirm anything more than the fact he had passed away.
    An unconfirmed report holds that Lucas was found lying on the bathroom floor by his girlfriend when she returned home on the evening of 2 August 2016. Paramedics responding to her 911 call found no signs of life.

    This follows the death of 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich who was murdered in Washington DC on July 8. The killer or killers appear to have taken nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone. Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.

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    And on June 22, 2016, former UN official John Ashe “accidentally” crushed his own throat and died a week before he was scheduled to testify against the Clintons and Democrat Party.

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    Scrap the Sidewalks!!!                                                 9-13-2016



                   It's OVER. the sidewalk issue is finally settled, and we will NOT be seeing that project for a good many years, if ever. 

                    Our new Town Supervisor put in numerous hours of her own time to compile the minutes of every meeting and hearing concerning the sidewalks since 2003. She reviewed comments from full and part-time residents and local business owners, and counted names signed to petitions and requests for a referendum. As a leader of character SHOULD, Colleen weighed the "Fors" vs the "Againsts" and found that the people of New Lebanon were overwhelmingly against sidewalks. 

                    The BEST part of that approach, other than the fact that a Supervisor actually LISTENED to the voices of the majority, is that due to the large number of opponents to the project, the town does NOT have to repay the money received for the sidewalks! Majority Opposition is one of the acceptable exemptions for voiding the payback requirement. So, we got the best of both worlds tonight, NO sidewalks, NO debt. Well Done, Colleen!

                    As I mentioned here a month or so ago, sidewalks will not bring business to this town. The EDC will not bring business to this town, and all the government grants in the world will not do it either. What WILL do it, is beautification of our town, open displays of town pride, and preservation of the unique, rural atmosphere. 

                     Progress in some areas, is a wonderful thing, but sometimes, we need to back up a little instead of rushing forward all the time. Small towns in rural areas that do well and attract business, do it successfully by returning to or continuing with, what has worked in the past. Old buildings restored to their original appearance, vintage-style signage, flowers, flags, wooden facades on commercial buildings and specialty offerings such as bakeries, book stores, Thrift Shops, shoe stores, old-style theaters, Butcher Shops, etc., stir the sense of nostalgia and draw folks to them like moths to a flame.

                    If a town retains it's rural appearance and flavor, it can attract such businesses that in turn, attract SHOPPERS and MORE businesses. We are a unique community and we need to take a step back and look at what worked for us BEFORE the progressives and lovers of Development came along.  I've posted photos of towns that have done this without sacrificing the modern conveniences like Solar power and the like, yet still managed to do without the modern eyesores like the Midtown Mall, sidewalks, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, or WalMart. Busy little towns avoid such things like the plague, and people who are sick to death of the sterility of the new shopping malls and plazas have flocked to these towns to experience something different, endearing, and reminiscent of better times.

                   Have you seen the Berkshire Mall lately? I am not a shopper and I haven't been to that mall in several years, but I took my son to Sears last week for something specific he needed. I was SHOCKED! The parking lot was nearly empty and many of the stores are now vacant. The "Mall Thing" is dying. People are sick of the same-old, same-old, the cold, impersonal feel of huge shopping centers and one-stop, box stores like WalMart. To attract the people, you must stand OUT from the crowd, dare to be different. New Lebanon is already there, save for a few "Sprucing Up" needs.

                   Local businesses like the Angel's Trumpet, Blueberry Hill, Tilden Plaza, Marios, and Deb's Hair Salon, are unique examples of what needs to be done in this town. Even the Barber Shop is old-fashioned and nostalgic, and THAT is what people are looking for, nostalgia. Just my opinion. 
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                    The meeting was PACKED tonight, and I was thrilled to see Tony Murad there. He addressed the board and the public and explained the role of the ZBA in general and specifically in respect to the sign laws. Maybe now, we will see more open communication between the ZBA and the other boards and more understanding of who can and cannot do what. Great job, Tony!  

                    I heard something interesting from someone tonight. Max Gitter, part-time  resident and Chair of the sleazy EDC, is telling people in town that they should be PROUD and PLEASED that Mike Benson has chosen New Lebanon in which to build his "farming" empire and making his property so exceptionally beautiful!!!!  ( I think more people would be pleased to see Mike Benson move back to Loudonville).  The guy has TEN cows, some with calves, and has to truck them out of town to find enough grass for them to eat. Quite the Farming Empire!  So he now has a trailer and truck worth about 40 grand, to truck his ten cows back and forth to grazing areas. LOLOL!!! 

                   So I guess the love affair between the County 34 folks and Mike Benson has not ended. Funny how so many people are impressed by fancy properties and big bank accounts but pay no attention to character or integrity. Nor do they notice the lack of those good traits in the people they idolize. I know people who live in run-down mobile homes in trailer parks, can barely read, and have only two teeth,  who have a million times more compassion and honor than Gitter, Benson, Abram, and their ilk.  In fact, I PREFER the trailer park people, at least they're REAL. 

                   Again, I have to say how awesome it is to attend meetings of this new Town Board. Transparency, inclusion, and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere have made all the difference. 

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    Backing UP                                                                 9-14-2016


                             Remember what we talked about last night? How New Lebanon needs to back up in order to go forward?  Well, check out this article I came across tonight! Talk about this valley being a Go-To Destination !  Hey newcomers, put THIS in your fancy hats. 

    Jim Shulman | Baby Boomer Memories: Show Boat was a landlocked landmark that rocked

    By Jim Shulman

    POSTED:   09/14/2016 03:32:43 PM EDT


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    The Show Boat, a dance hall and nightclub in New Lebanon, N.Y., was a popular... (Courtesy photo)

    As a youngster in the '50s, I always wondered why there was a large boat called the Show Boat in Lebanon, N.Y., off Route 20 that was not near any water.

    This landlocked vessel was the creation of Edmund Flynn Sr., who built a dance hall and club in 1930 to resemble a cruise ship.

    It was replete with portholes, anchors, ship mast, a gangplank for an entrance, a promenade and a captain's bridge and was over 100 feet long and 30 feet wide with stages at each end and cabin like booths all around the perimeter of the dance floor

    The Show Boat was built to showcase the big bands and popular musicians, both locally and nationally. In 1935, Flynn passed away and a partner, Earle Roberts, and his brother, Arthur took over the operation.

    In June 1945, another family member, Billy Roberts, took over the Show Boat and had orchestras play three or more nights a week. Then in April 1946, a retired boxer, Nicholas Pignone, bought the club, did considerable renovations and also featured orchestras and dances every weekend.

    During its heyday the Show Boat was one of the glitziest places in a four-state area with entertainment just like on the cruise ships of the day. Some of the well-known visiting big bands included Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers, Frankie Carle, and Gene Krupa.

    Comedians like Henny Youngman, Buddy Hackett and Redd Fox and singing groups such as the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots were frequent entertainers.

    Burlesque performers became a mainstay with Gypsy Rose Lee, Candy Barr and Lilly St. Cyr as performers. Many local musicians played the Show Boat on weekend nights such as Pittsfield's Sammy Vincent and Alan Grieve.

    By the 1950s one of the most popular draws was an off-color comedian from the tri-city area known as Doc Circe.

    Pignone ran the Show Boat for 20 years and then sold the club in 1966 to Jack Carpinello, who changed the venue to a rock 'n' roll format.

    In the 1960s, when the New York drinking age was 18, many of us Berkshire youth would frequent the Show Boat for its rock music and dancing. Some nights, 400 to 500 young people would come.

    In 1974 the Show Boat was sold to two Albany businessmen, Bernie Mulligan and Fred Endres, who renamed the boat "the Barrel" and described it as "a melting pot for single people."

    Berkshire County bands that were booked included Ball of Confusion, Hot Spur and Potter Mountain Road.

    The exterior of the boat remained the same, but the interior had a major overhaul with a 100 foot oval bar, new bandstand and tables, flashing lights from the walls and pulsating lights built into the raised dance floor. Pizza, hamburgers and grinders were served as well as all legal beverages.

    In 1975, Francis Dinova bought the club and began a total remodeling of the "Boat" (as it was known) into a dinner club.

    However, before it opened, the famous landmark burned to the ground. Several fire departments fought the blaze, said to be one of the worst fires ever in the area.

    The days of this entertainment hotspot over the mountain came to an end with the fire, and several years later, the land was turned into a strip mall called the Valley Plaza. Reminiscing with others about this famous 45-year old landmark, I would often say, "no more boat, no more shows and still no water!"

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                                   So, as you can clearly see, it isn't sidewalks or public water and sewage that makes a town grow, it isn't extreme environmentalism, or Sanitation Codes, or Behold New Lebanon foolishness, and it isn't Tourism. It's going BACK to what worked in the past and capitalizing on it! Less = More in a town like ours. The pics below are a tiny sample of what we HAD, and what we can have again.






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    Picking Bones                                                              9-16-2016


                        Here we go again. Just when we thought that we had seen the end of Behold New Lebanon's  third season without incident. More than a handful of people have bones to pick with Behold. I just wish they would tell the Town Board instead of ME or as well as ME, because all I can do is report the issues, not stop them.

                        Early this summer, I was emailed by a woman who like many New Lebanon residents, is NOT a fan of Behold or of Ruth Abram and her presumptuous, intrusive ideas. This woman had experienced some problems with the Behold bus blocking her private driveway for as long as an hour at a time, while "Tourists" attended some inane presentation or other. She asked whomever the bus driver is, we'll just call him Bubba, to please move the bus. He had responded with annoyance and an argument!

                       Apparently, Bubba the Behold Bus Boy, has a typical Liberal attitude that Rules do not apply to HIM. Nor does the need for respect, courtesy, or compliance with V&T Laws.  This is not an issue that is unique to this one resident, several have lodged similar complaints. However, they are complaining to the wrong person. 

                       Last Saturday, TWO major issues were reported to me concerning the Behold Bus.  During the tour of the Old Mill on Mill Road, (a.ka. the Fiona Lally and Joe Ogilvie residence), the bus was parked right smack in the middle of the road for the entire length of the tour. Several local folks were forced to back completely out to either Rt. 20 or Cemetery Road and go around. They were NOT happy about it. Nor SHOULD they be. 

                       Mill Road is a PUBLIC byway, and NO ONE has the right to block access or the flow of traffic except emergency vehicles or a construction crew. It is ILLEGAL. What strikes me funny, is that the Lally/Ogilvie Clan showed up for the sidewalk hearing, in favor of, and even used their youngest child to make a plea for her "Safety" by building the sidewalks. Apparently, the safety of other people's children who may be in cars forced to back out of Mill Road, is not as important.

                       Also last Saturday, Bubba and his bus were seen buzzing by Cemetery Road on Rt.22 North with "Tourists" aboard, while holding his cell phone in front of his face and TEXTING! The complainant stated that it was crystal clear that he was texting while driving, and there was absolutely zero doubt about it. Yup, Behold has brought SO much to what Ruth Abram calls, our, "Decaying Little Town". 

                      Oh, but WAIT! Behold is now attempting to move their operation to a little house on Rt. 20. I was certain that they would try to procure the former Triple Nickel, which would in reality, be the best choice for that type of "Program", but no. The property they are considering is the little, yellow house west of the former Ralph Chittenden residence on Rt. 20, diagonally across from Donna Smith. 

                       Should be interesting to see how they plan to provide space for bus and tourist parking and a commercial septic system on that tiny parcel, OR how they will make ingress and egress safe in that particular spot with 55 mile-per-hour traffic. I will also be curious to see what the abutters think.  Not MY problem!  LOL!!!!  If you're interested, you might want to attend the next meeting of the Planning Board. Remember them? They're the Board that denied Ruth Abram permission for the ugly "Advertising Mural" she stuck on the front of the Gallup Inn building. The denial she ignored as was never held to account for.

                       You will not SEE Ruth at this meeting, she is sending a "Representative", as USUAL. She never faces the people of the town. I have my suspicions as to whom this "Representative" may be, and if it is who I think it will be, he better not take the nasty attitude he took the LAST time he stood-in for Ruthie. I may be just a resident like the rest of you, but I will not be still if he once again abuses this board as he did the last time.

                 Planning Board: Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.




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     The Constitution Study                                                    9-20-2016


                       Like most group activities, our Constitution Study has seen a summer lull. Between the holidays that fall on Mondays, people being on vacation, and competing events, our numbers have been down the past three months. 

                        The interesting thing about this summer malaise, is that the people who DO attend regularly, are very interactive and outspoken. There are times that we have discussions that are just lively, and once in a while, the subject raises the heat in the room a little. That isn't a bad thing at all, it's actually the goal of this study, to get people thinking and listening to opposing views. 

                        However, I have noticed lately that we tend to get off-subject too often and too easily. It's important to discuss current events and I strongly encourage it, but I also think we should hold the open forum stuff for after we have covered the Constitutional issues we need to be delving into. So, we are going to make some changes in the coming months to our study. Beginning October 3rd, the study will now be focused on the Constitutional Amendments, taken one at a time in order, and we will study each one until we have exhausted every point. Then there will be a 20-minute open forum before we close the meeting.

                        If you have been considering attending this study but have been procrastinating, this is the time to join us. Cold weather is almost here, it will be getting dark early and outdoor activities in the evenings will be limited. What better way to fill that time twice a month than to study the Law of the Land in which you live? Now that we will essentially be starting from the beginning and approaching the Amendments in a fresh, in-depth manner, newcomers will not feel as if they have missed anything or that they are coming in at the middle of something.

                        This study is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and you do not have to live in New Lebanon, or even in New York. You are welcome no matter what wing you fly with or what your personal beliefs may be. You are welcome regardless of your age, and if you need transportation to the class, it can be arranged. Please encourage your high schoolers to come and learn, and weigh-in with their own opinions. Asking questions is encouraged, so never be uncomfortable if you are unfamiliar with the documents, none of us are experts and ALL of us are there to learn. There is no such thing as a stupid question! 

                        We are a casual, friendly, non-judgmental group of people and we would love to see you there! We meet on the first and third Mondays of every month at 7 p.m in the library. We cancel on major holidays and in bad weather. 
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                          In speaking of the library, a couple of us got to talking after last night's study, about how the facility is underused. We discussed the fact that one of this town's greatest needs is a Community Center, yet we HAVE the library which is more than adequate for that very purpose! We can offer Adult Education, May-December Sharing Groups,Public Garden Planning Groups, and a host of other activities right at the library. If you have a group or idea that would like to utilize the facility for non-profit events or activities, please contact Jeannie the Librarian, Myself, or Christine Dreyfus. I can always be reached at: PactJJ@gmail.com.
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                   Good News concerning Malcolm Larabee! He is home and recovering well after his long hospital stay. 

                     If anyone would like some Rose of Sharon seed pods, let me know, I have HUNDREDS of fresh ones ! 

                     Sweet Corn season ended on Saturday and it's pumpkin and gourd time now. This is without a doubt, the BEST time of year! Cool weather, colored leaves on the way, fresh air, cider, squash, and time to wash the windows, change the summer curtains for winter ones, and get the woolies out of storage. Yes, I still adhere to the Fall and Spring, deep-cleaning routine my mother taught me. LOL!!  Some of those old traditions are hard to shake, and really, SHOULD we shake them? 

                     There's just something about that kind of cleaning that restores the soul and lends a feeling of accomplishment. Things we all need.  Don't forget to jump in the leaves this Fall. 


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    Planning Board Meeting                                        9-22-2016


                     I love the Planning Board. It has always been my favorite town board, long before my husband was ever a member of it. 

                     For some reason, the people who sit on this board always seem to get along well and come to decisions easily and unanimously without a lot of disagreement. They consistently follow the rules and never discriminate or play favorites, but they consider the circumstances of each issue with compassion and fairness.. This board has always had heart, while the others didn't. That isn't so true anymore, now that we have good folks sitting on ALL our boards, but in the past, it was a problem. We are blessed right now with a pretty fair and open town government. 

                      The agenda items at last night's meeting were pretty routine and clear-cut, except for the Kendall House issue. These folks have been cited for signage violations, but the signage cannot be addressed until their other violation is settled. What other violation? Well, apparently, the ZEO has received numerous complaints about the amount of antiques on the front lawn, and the fact that it appears to be a perpetual Tag Sale. 

                      When these folks first applied to open their business, they stated, in writing, that they would keep the grounds "Natural" with flower gardens and various plantings, and would not fill it up with items for sale. Yes, they HAVE gone a bit overboard at times, but so have a lot of other businesses. I know this couple only casually, but I find the man to be hot-tempered and the woman much more laid back. That is immaterial however, because in my own opinion, I think they got a raw deal from the get-go.

                       Kendall House's original application process was sheer hell for the owners. D.O.T made them jump through more hoops than a Republican Candidate in New York. They had to close off one end of their driveway, install specific curb cuts, etc.,etc. It was an arduous process, and had it been me, I would have probably scrapped the whole thing and taken my business elsewhere. Especially after Blueberry Hill was given a Free Pass a mere few months later. If you don't know this story, suffice it to say that BB Hill was exempted from the D.O.T regs and requirements because the owner was a life-long friend of Mike Benson's sister. 

                      How do I know this? Well, I got it straight from the ass's mouth when Mike Benson explained how he facilitated the opening of BB Hill by by-passing D.O.T and sneaking the new cafe in under their noses. That was the same night he told me that he had no intention of running for a second term in New Lebanon. Yet the owners of Kendall House, despite being completely aware of the bias, let it go, because they preferred not to stir the pot. (That's the biggest problem in America today, everyone is so afraid of controversy that they allow and overlook the unacceptable.) 

                      Right beside the Kendall House is the former Schell Gas Station that has changed hands numerous times in recent years and housed a variety of unsuccessful businesses. It is in itself, an unattractive building and parking lot, but if you've noticed this past year, there is also a perpetual Tag Sale going on at that site. According to the Kendall House folks last night, there is actually someone living in the building along with his pet raccoons. His sign blocks Kendall House's sign, as do the state route signs for 20 and 22. They are fairly invisible. 

                   Another concerning fact that came to light last night, is that the folks who run and shop at the Meissner's antique shops, have no running water or bathrooms. This is not a problem when the main auction house is open, but when it isn't, people are going to the bathroom behind the shacks. In summer, the odor is horrific and has a negative effect on the Kendall House Sandwich Shop. Someone needs to share that info with Mr. Sanitation Law, Bruce Shenkar. The Kendall House owners say that they have not reported the issue as again, they don't want to interfere with other's business. Well, we all know NOW!  LOL!! 

                   So what exactly will or should be done about the violation received by Kendall House? How does the Planning Board set guidelines as to how many items can or cannot be on the lawn for sale? A definitive number must be reached in order for the ZEO to enforce it. I hate a messy property as much as the next person, but I also believe that we should relax the rules as much as possible for the businesses we DO have in town and especially for those who are in blind spots, like Kendall House. 

                   I don't think their place is an eyesore at all, and if you look at some of the other businesses in town, their property is pristine! I see nothing happening concerning the alleged "Used Car Dealership" at the corners of Lover's Lane and Rt. 20, do YOU? That place has been a bone of contention for years, and has so many zoning and State Dealership violations, it's hard to count them all. Not to mention that the owner is an angry, abusive, and potentially dangerous man. He too, holds summer-long tag sales and piles plastic toys all over the yard. 

                   Kendall House is an Antiques Dealership, and having some unique relics on the lawn are what draws customers. As of yesterday, there was very little on their lawn at all, as we cannot count the picnic tables placed there for customers of their sandwich business. They ARE hard to see, and should be given some leeway to display things that make them more noticeable. It isn't "Junk" after all, a lot of it is agricultural antiques that lend a little more of the rural flavor we should be defending in New Lebanon.In a nutshell, I feel sorry for these folks and all they have been put through by the town and D.O.T. 

                  Why isn't anyone contacting Amerada Hess and asking what their intentions are with their eyesore of an abandoned gas station? Bud Godfroy's garage is no beauty, but it is a working auto-repair shop. No one would think to question Bud about the number of junks he has sitting in his lot, it's part of the job. So why is Kendall House any different? A private home can have as many yard decorations as the owner pleases, because it is a private home, but a small business is held to a whole separate list of rules. I can think of one yard in particular on Rt. 20 that has so much yard decor, it's ridiculous, but that is the homeowner's RIGHT. A business owner pays taxes, permits, insurances, etc., that a homeowner does not, yet they are SO limited that it is nearly impossible to stay afloat. 

                  I want a clean, attractive town too, but we need to pick our battles. Why not go after the real messes like the used car dealer and back-off the antiques that are a part of our history? Stop harassing people like Bob Mittnight, whose "Junk" is behind fencing and not visible to the public, and instead, address the properties that ARE visible messes? Fortunately, we don't have that many properties that pose an aesthetic problem, but we do have a few that are beyond ugly. Kendall House in my opinion, is not one of them. Leave the people alone. 

                 Where Tag Sales are concerned, why not issue permits for $1.00 to anyone who wishes to hold one? Limit them to two or three per year and for two to three days for each sale. Keep it uniform for businesses and residents alike. Problem solved, fairness achieved. Simplify, Simplfy, Simplify! 

                 Behold New Lebanon was not heard last night, as Ruthie sent the young Allard girl in her stead and they had ZERO paperwork to present. No site plan, no sketches, nothing. So they will be back NEXT month. Hopefully, better prepared. The Kendall House will also be back next month as the issue was tabled to allow the Planning Board to consult with the ZEO and attempt to agree on some reasonable guidelines. 

                Most of us who live in New Lebanon, love our town and want to see it be the best it can be in every way. We must tread carefully to preserve our rural atmosphere and historical features and avoid interference and intervention from Big Government as much as we can. Most of all, we must always protect our FREEDOMS as business and property owners by not becoming so strictly regulated that we cannot survive. Every issue must be looked at based upon it's own merits, and though rules are vital, there are those rare times that they should be bent.Not in a bias manner, but in a common sense manner that will allow success for businesses and freedom for property owners.  We are a tiny community, and we should strive to remain that way by using our OWN town boards and officials to decide these matters on a case by case basis, and keep the state and federal governments OUT of our lives. Compromise is essential. Are you listening, City Liberals? 

          

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