August  2014  Archives



Grants and the EDC                                                                  8-1-2014


          






When we hear the word, “GRANT” we see “Free Money”. There is no such thing as Free Money. Every penny that a government gives to a municipality, business, school district or person, it first TAKES from someone else. Remember, Income Taxes are Constitutionally Illegal.


Grant money always comes with strings attached, some so fine that they are barely visible, much like a spider's web. Grants are indeed, webs of the stickiest variety and should be avoided like the plague. Government grants are responsible for the decline of quality education in America. Public schools were feeling the pinch and literally jumped at the free money that the government waved in their eager faces. As a result, that same government gained control of our curriculum and our educators.


Renovations, computers, new gymnasiums, bigger libraries and higher salaries were the pedophile's puppy and the public schools climbed right into the van. Have our schools and students improved as a result ? Quite the opposite. Since the federal government infiltrated our public education system, literacy and performance scores have seen a steady decline. Civic education has been removed altogether and half of American adults have no clue as to what their own country's history IS. The degradation of education is a subject I could expound on for days but for now, it's enough to know that Grants are to blame for it.


The New Lebanon EDC is made up of grant-lovers. Most of them are well-educated people and successful money-managers, but remember what I always tell you, NEVER confuse education with intelligence. These EDC members are not blind to the long-range costs of grants, they simply don't CARE. It isn't coming out of their pockets directly. Nor are they concerned about the amount of control they will be giving to government agencies by applying for these grants, because people like those on the EDC, LOVE regulations. They WANT you to live under severe restrictions as to how you will use and enjoy your property, what you can drive and where, how much noise you can make, what pets you can have, etc. The Left LOVES control and they salivate over the thought of being empowered to force others into compliance. It is their primary ideology. So they LIKE excessive and ludicrous laws, codes, regulations and requirements.


By accepting grant money, we become immediately enslaved by the conditions that are hidden within the agreements. They are rarely GOOD conditions and NEVER promote freedom. Unless of course, you enjoy the idea of more Zoning regulations and rules that are dreamed-up and imposed on you by government agencies such as the EPA, En-Con, Ag and Markets, DOT and a hundred or so others. Any time we allow government to get a toe in the door, we lose freedom, rights, and limit our choices. EVERY time.


Not so many years ago, communities like ours thrived without a red cent from the government. We managed to live long, healthy lives without federal agencies to tell us what to eat and drink, how to raise our kids and livestock, run our schools, kill our weeds and dig our own damn wells. People were kinder, more self-reliant and responsible, generous, and by a LONG-shot, Smarter! We took care of our own, ON our own and helped the needy because it was right and we wanted to, not because the government pilfered it from our paychecks by force and then decided FOR us where it should be used. We respected our neighbors and our property lines because it was ethical and honorable, not because a Zoning Board ordered us to and fined us if we didn't. We settled our own disagreements and when we couldn't, we just agreed to disagree. We didn't go to court and expect a judge to settle a case of name-calling or so-called, “Hate Speech”.


If a town hall, firehouse or community center needed repair, we came together and did it ourselves. We donated supplies and what we didn't have, we raised the money to pay for. We gave freely of our time, talents, sweat and effort and got the job done without incurring debt or inviting government into our midst. So why can't we do that TODAY? We CAN, we just don't. We have become lazy and apathetic because we lack a real sense of community, and we have grown accustomed to relying on the government to “Take Care of Us”. There is a name for that, it's called, “Socialism”, and it is exactly what the powers that be , WANT.


The EDC is the government in New Lebanon now, unless you decide to step up and object. If you believe that you will be personally unaffected by their decisions and actions, you are asleep at the wheel. Join Us.


What does New Lebanon need, NOW?

  1. A grocery store

  2. A pharmacy

  3. A Community Center



Can we do this without a Secret Group of outsiders and part-timers. You BET we CAN! Let's work together.


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 Pedophiles in OUR TOWN !!                                                   8-3-2014


                            I find it distasteful and sad to have to post such news, but this woman's bravery deserves to be applauded and taken as a warning to all parents. Thank you Jill, for saying what SHOULD always be said. May you find peace as a result.   JJ



With This Post I Expose My Abuser

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What I am about to do is not easy, nor came on a whim. It may even create a series of issues relative to the subject. With that said, I will proceed with my statement, having obtained respected legal advice from my personal attorney, as well as from other lawyers who have worked in similar, high profile cases. I have also addressed my concerns with family and the closest of friends (who are ‘family’).

To begin, this announcement is taking place to protect the most innocent of God’s creations: Children. Having filed a police report against my abuser in 2009, I soon learned of the expansive, calculated, and continued atrocities this vile man has committed, not only against myself, but against at least 12 other children from the late 1960’s, into the 1970’s. His most recent (known) victim was in 2008.

Despite his confession to the NYS Police during the formal investigation, it was discovered that the statute of limitations would allow him to roam free. He knew this prior to speaking with lead Investigator Kelly Taylor. Additionally, and adding further insult to injury, this individual has been a long-term, public school employee in Upstate New York. This fact alone is infuriating.

Although the NYS Police may not be able to arrest him for the crimes he committed against me, I have spent the last few years researching my options as how to get this pedophile away from children – legally. The only option that remains is to expose him.

Before I do just that, I implore to those of you reading this, or anyone who should learn of this, NOT to target this individual in any violent manner. Violence is never an option. I have no idea if he has any social media accounts, so please refrain from harassment in that form as well.

The following information is to warn the general and immediate public about this individual in hopes that it prevents him from torturing and abusing any more children. Someone has to make a stand to protect them, and I am willing to do just that so not one more child will not suffer at his cruel and merciless hands.

Details:

David Banker of Lebanon Springs, New York, was a neighbor of ours back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was approximately 18-years-old when he began abusing me. He is now approx. 63 years of age. He has been a long-term employee at the New Lebanon Central School District (employed as a janitor/maintenance worker).

From 1969, until the early 1970’s (just over 2 years), he raped and repeatedly sexually abused me. He began his reign of terror on me just prior to my 4th (yes, fourth) birthday. The abuse only stopped after my mother moved my brother and I out of the area. I did tell both of my parents the moment it began. What transpired after ‘I told on him’ turned into a living hell for decades.

Although he confessed, apparently like a blubbering baby, it will not erase the heinous acts he has committed. He admitted to sexually abusing over one dozen children. The fact that he had a recent victim does nothing to say he is sorry for his actions, nor shows that he is even remotely aware of the harm he has done to any of one of us individually, or collectively.

I cannot speak for anyone other than myself, but will state that this monster needs to be stopped. In a non-violent manner, he needs to be removed from ease of access to children. Single parents need to be made aware that it was discovered he has preyed on women with young children, and grandchildren.

Although he cannot be arrested for what he confessed to doing to me (as well as the others) decades ago, I am hoping that if there has/have been any recent victim(s), either they or a family member, will see his name and step forward in order to file charges against him, and in turn, get him off of our streets.

Again, please do not respond in an aggressive manner to this individual despite his actions. If you, or someone you know has been exposed to him, and has suspected him of abuse, please contact the New York State Police and file a complaint.

In turn, I thank Trooper Taylor and the others who assisted in my investigation; for taking my complaint seriously, and doing the best they could considering the statute of limitations. It was not an easy task. Investigator Taylor truly conducted one heck of an investigation, only to find out his hands were tied.

Finding that so many children have been Banker’s victims has to be one of the most difficult things I have come to know. Come what may, I cannot sit in silence any longer. How can we protect our children if we are told to keep quiet, or coerced into silence?

I am no longer afraid to speak out. Silence only gives such monsters more power to harm innocent children. Please help to change the laws that govern the statutes of limitations on crimes against children. Indeed, child sexual abuse constitutes the robbery and murder of God’s most precious souls.

To say that it is easier to report such crimes as an adult is difficult enough. Imagine what it’s like to suffer the abuse and be too terrified to speak of it while it’s happening? To assume that a child will forget, or ‘get over it’ is completely irresponsible, and wrong. Current statutes are nothing but a terrible injustice to our children, as well as a travesty to mankind.

This information is also posted on my Facebook wall, as well as Twitter.

Thank you,

Jill Marie Morris


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 TWO Subjects Tonight!                                                           8-4-2014



                    

First subject; New Lebanon. I think we've identified the reasons to be concerned about the EDC and why we have a HUGE need for a group of citizens to watch them closely and keep informed of their plans and actions. There are some serious questions surrounding the "Behold New Lebanon" project as well, and this is tough, because in theory at least, this is a harmless and wholesome effort. Yet, questions remain and they are in need of answers.

  1. What happens if a property owner, tourist, or employee of BEHOLD, should be injured or cause damages of some sort while participating in the program? Who will be responsible for the costs involved and any lawsuits that may result?

  2. Shouldn't BEHOLD be required to have a Traffic Safety Study performed at the Visitor's Center site on Rts. 20/22, as Howard Commander was forced to do?

  3. Parking issues.

  4. Increased traffic on back roads.

  5. “Charging” locals and tourists to visit the Conservancy areas in town that are FREE?

  6. What Zoning and permit issues are involved in having groups of tourists and their vehicles going from house to house of the “artisans” , and what requirements must be met by these “artisans” to collect money for holding public demonstrations in their homes or on their properties?

  7. Why were no advertisements placed to invite members of the public to be a part of this program? There are MANY talented craftspeople here that were never invited or considered for this program. This is yet another partisan, “Liberal Lefty Club”  project loaded with cronyism.

  8. Why is the Town Supervisor one of the biggest financial donors to this program. Isn't that Conflict of Interest on his part?

  9. WHY was this project NOT brought before the Town Board for approval and WHY do the people who will be affected by it, NOT have a voice in it? We ALL live here but we do not ALL like this idea or welcome tourism and traffic. Mrs. Rasmussen and Mrs. Abrams have made it VERY clear through their actions, that the residents of this town do NOT matter, all that matters are their “dreams” of creating a “Living Museum” for their city friends to come and ooh and aah over.

  10. Why are we allowing these newcomers and part-timers to decide that we should have tourists tramping through our neighborhoods all weekend , week after week?



This high-handed, presumptuous and pompous idea was NEVER presented to the Town Board or the residents, and that is inexcusable. Mike Benson, the Big Daddy of the EDC and consequently , Behold New Lebanon, NEVER advised the board of ANY of this. They were blind-sided by the snooty Mrs. Rasmussen of the Part-Time resident's club, at last month's meeting! We KNOW, that Ruth Abrams is being allowed to play Queen of the Court, in return for her financial backing of Mike Benson. (She is the same person who wants to bring the NY Philharmonic to our town).




Now, let's pretend that this project had been brought before the board and the public as a TOWN-WIDE project with ALL residents welcome to make suggestions and take part. THAT is what strengthens a community and promotes a unified desire to improve our town. They did NOT do that. They once again, picked from among their cronies, specific business-owners and the elitists that support this transformation of New Lebanon into a weekend playground for NY City liberals. It's Rude, Inconsiderate and downright sneaky, and Mike Benson is right in the thick of it.


He too is a “Newcomer” to this town, having been gone for 20 years. He came here specifically to run against Meg Robertson for Supervisor as a ground-breaker for his goal of climbing the political ladder. Everything he did from the very first day, was unethical and dishonorable. Secret meetings, MONTHS in advance of the first campaign, with local financial players and businessmen, as well as with Doug Clark who was a Town Councilman at the time! Illegally carried and FORGED party endorsement petitions. Removal of opponent's campaign signs from public byways and town and state properties. False claims of being a “Working Farmer” and a “Member of the LVPA”, neither of which was true. LOCKING Republican voters OUT of the caucus once his hand-picked supporters had all arrived! I could make a list that would keep you reading all night, but again, it is ALL in the PACT archives for your perusal.


Now we have the EDC, the private club of Michael Benson Esq., that meets in secret and plans our futures. LOL! I don't know how he fits his HUGE head through the door of his office. So look folks, you can sit back and do nothing while these control freaks take your town away from you piece by piece, or you can get some courage and Join Us in fighting back. WE want the WHOLE town involved in its future and its projects, and WE can do it without wealthy donors, secret meetings, government grants or prejudice. Openly, honestly and legally. Each of us needs to make a decision as to what we want, what we need, and how we want to fulfill those goals, and we need to decide NOW. Sign up with Community Caring at our Facebook page: pactny , or email us at: K9Sheps@yahoo.com.


Remember that the Facebook page is for ALL residents of New Lebanon who wish to unite, discuss, volunteer, post news or GET the latest news. Let's show the city folks what we're MADE of here in the country! TAKE BACK YOUR TOWN!


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Second Subject: ISRAEL.



I am appalled by the news coverage of the battle between Israel and the members of Hamas. EVERY major news agency, including CNN, CBS and NBC are demonizing our ally and friend, Israel ! America has always stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel and we always SHOULD.


A country that is smaller in area than the state of New Hampshire, Israel is a proud nation of brilliant, honorable people who love America. They are responding to years and years of continuous torment and attacks from the Palestinian squatters on the Gaza Strip, land that was given to the Israelis by God himself. When the Palestinians first came to Gaza as refugees, Israel offered them the option of staying there and becoming citizens. Rather than accept this generous and compassionate offer, the Palestinians decided to demand ownership of Gaza and then, the obliteration of Jews and Israel herself. The Muslim Terrorist faction, Hamas, is every bit as hateful, bloody and murderous as other Islamic groups and Israel has been MORE than tolerant with their unrelenting torment.


The mainstream media reports Palestinian casualties every day, dramatizing the loss of lives among children. Well, get a CLUE America, Hamas uses women and children as human shields. Hamas has rained down missile after missile on Israeli women and children for years, but the media ignores those facts. Hamas must be destroyed at any cost, PERIOD. Islam must be destroyed, or at the very LEAST, Banned in non-Arab countries all over the world. How DARE any American speak against Israel's right to defend herself and her people! How DARE Hollywood Idiots and the American media attempt to elicit sympathy for bloodthirsty, insane, religious zealots whose goal is to sweep the globe clean of all non-Muslims through beheading, stoning, burning, etc. How DARE this Muslim-Sympathizer of a Democrat President support the demented actions of Islamic extremists then turn around and label American Patriots as Domestic Terrorists! HE has armed the terrorists since he took office, yet is doing everything in his power to DIS-arm Americans.


I applaud Israel's leadership and only wish we had such strong men leading America. Binny Netanyahu cares about his people and Obama never HAS. Anyone who speaks against Israel and supports Hamas, does NOT want to tell that to ME!



REMEMBER: Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Speaker from the John Birch Society will be coming to New Lebanon to speak to residents about the implications of “Sustainable Development”, “Common Core”, etc. Location to be announced! Open to all and free of charge!


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 While You Were Sleeping.....                                               8-8-2014


       LOTS to talk about!  First things first:

 1) In the latest edition of the "Grow the Valley" newsletter, an invitation was FINALLY extended to ALL New Lebanon residents who would like to play a role in the "Behold New Lebanon" Project. PACT would like to offer a Thank You to whomever was responsible for this.

 2) Update:  Sunny Kumar, owner of the E-Z Mart, is now a full-time resident of New Lebanon, meaning that there are now TWO , non-residents serving on the Economic Development Committee instead of THREE.


              I am delaying the post I had written for today, until tomorrow because I have some information I want to share with voters of this town about our Supervisor.  All of you know that I do not like or approve of Mike Benson and his shameful behaviors. The archives on this page tell the story of his many indiscretions and abuses, beginning with the first campaign and continuing thru the present.

               Interestingly enough, I am not the ONLY political blogger in Columbia County to find Benson's business practices distasteful and unacceptable. I am providing a link below to the blog site of Sam Pratt, a writer from Tagkhanic who has been present at the County Supervisor's meetings for some years now. If you are so inclined, and you SHOULD be, visit Sam's site and type Benson's name into the Search box. You will be amazed and hopefully, disgusted.

                Apparently, Benson's behavior at County is even worse than it is here in Lebanon. Just for STARTERS, he is guilty of: Lying, Attempting to force executive sessions, excessive absences, Bullying, Interrupting, Refusing to accept majority opposition, Back-Door Dealing, Contempt for property rights, Calling for Eminent Domain actions, Verbal abuse of Citizens, Conflict of Interest concerning his construction firm, BCI Construction, and PLAGIARISM ! To name but a FEW. ALL of these things are issues that I have brought up to you over and over again, as well as a laundry list of others.

                 Even still, I am FAR from finished! There are things happening in this town RIGHT NOW that Mike Benson has put into motion UNILATERALLY and in SECRET, and believe me, it will NOT stand. Not THIS time. The time has come for our Town Councilmen to put their feet down, and any of them that are incapable or unwilling to do so, had better prepare to step aside or face the same music as Benson. Enough is enough. I have SO much going on right now that when it all breaks, it will be a tornado. You will be the first to know !

                 Tomorrow's post will be related to all this and hopefully, some of you will wake up and step up, and start defending yourselves, your properties and your futures from the Tyrants like Mike Benson. Below is a brand-new piece written by Sam Pratt, and the link to his blog where you can search the other articles related to Benson.   Notice please, that the Register-Star is also accused of bias and favoritism, as I have done repeatedly. SEE? It is NOT just ME.

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Link:
SamPratt.com: Towns | New Lebanon



August 6, 2014

Grattan puts County Airport oversight in hands of truant Supervisor

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Benson’s profile picture at his company's website, bciinc.com
Columbia County Board of Supervisor chair Patrick Grattan has moved oversight of the Board’s Airport Committee into the hands of a former committee member who played hooky from over 70% of its meetings.
Via email, Grattan announced that he was moving the same committee from which New Lebanon Supervisor Michael Benson resigned in a huff—after rarely showing up, and not getting his way—into Benson’s portfolio:
TO:  Airport Committee & Public Works Committee
     It has been brought to my attentions [sic] that there is a question regarding the status of the Airport Committee.
     First, let me thank all the members for their hard work on this issue.  I know that this issue was very complicated and, at times, contentious.  I respect your patience and understanding during the process.
     The County has several subcommittees: Negotiations, Salary Study, Pine Haven, Central Business Office, Labor Management and DSS Renovations.  All report to Finance and each report to their Home Committee (ie: DSS Renovations reports to the DSS Human Services, the Pine Haven subcommittee reports to the Health and Medical Services).
     The Airport in some instances could report to Economic Development, County Government or Public Works.
     Since the County Public Works Department & Facilities maintains and improves the Airport, the Airport subcommittee should report to Public Works.
     The Airport subcommittee has performed two very valuable tasks:  one, it has given the Airport the attention it deserves and has increased everyone’s understanding of the uses, functions, economics and future of the Airport.  Two, it has provided a forum for the residents of the Town of Ghent, the general public and media to discuss issues in a focused manner.
     Again, I thank all of you for your good work and your continued efforts.
Pat
In addition to his many absences, Benson was repeatedly outvoted by his peers on airport issues, and showed a remarkable inconsistency in his positions—not to mention an immunity to absorbing facts presented by his fellow Supervisors, let alone by the public. Yet now Grattan has put oversight of that committee into the hands of its (former) member who showed very least interest in its business.
Ancram supervisor Art Bassin, who has chaired the committee, says that he has not decided whether to remain as Chair of the Committee-turned-Subcommittee, and does not know whether Benson intends to invite him to do so.
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Why in Heaven's name would Art put Benson in this position after Benson's deplorable behavior at the rare meetings he bothered to attend?  Well, THINK about it folks. I have MY idea as to how this happened, and so should YOU.


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 Part 2 - While You Were Sleeping                                       8-9-2014



               Politics have always been a dirty game, always WILL be. It is a cesspool disguised as a Country Club. When I think about politics and the people who play it, I get an actual picture in my mind of little dark things floating in odoriferous, toxic sludge. (See how nicely I cleaned that statement up?)

               Occasionally, there are a few good guys and women that manage to stay in the boat and keep their feet dry, but they're rare.  Party affiliation makes very little difference in a politician's ability to resist corruption but the Republicans definitely score higher than the Democrats. I have said many, many times that LOCALLY, I vote for Democrats 2 to 1. There are a lot of reasons that local Dems are a better choice, but I'm not going to give away their strategies. Not TODAY, anyway. Consider though, that Mike Benson is from a dedicated Democrat family and yet ran as a Republican for Town Supervisor. He has donated heavily to Kirsten Gillibrand and Hillary Clinton. Sound like a Republican to YOU? Sure, and Barack Obama is a Christian.

              At the state and federal levels, I would sooner have permanent poison ivy than vote Democrat because I love my country and have seen the destruction wrought upon her by the liberal left.  For the most part, politics attract the immoral, the self-serving, the greedy and the narcissists like Mike Benson, Andrew Cuomo and Obama, the very type that should NEVER be allowed to serve!  They are drawn not only to the easy money, benefits and notoriety, but primarily to the POWER to manipulate and control others. "Titles" attract them like moths to a flame. Very, very few enter the game to Serve the People but only to serve themselves, and that is a shame.

              Sometimes I find it difficult to understand how easily we humans are corrupted and led down the path to destruction in such great numbers. Then I really think about and wonder why we ALL are not!  It's easier to be bad than it is to be good. The rewards are immediate, infinite and effortless. Sadly, humans tend to ignore the FACT that they will be held accountable someday, in some way. Doing the honorable thing that holds no personal gain or fame is difficult, but it's worth it! Doing the RIGHT thing always IS.

               So how do we "Fix" politics?  We can't.  It is what it is and no amount of human effort will eradicate the corruption and temptation. What we CAN do, is become Watchdogs and take a personal oath to expose the ugly and illegal and hold the violators accountable.

               New Lebanon is one of those places that attract pacifists, liberals, greenies, and sadly, Airheads. In the past 20 years we have seen this town morph into a mini Berkeley. The Greatest generation is dying off and taking with it the last vestiges of American pride and Duty. We have lost the people who remember when this country rejected and even prosecuted, anti-Americanism and Communistic leanings, open immorality and government officials who lied, cheated and robbed. In Lebanon, the church pews have emptied while groups have formed that worship trees, the cosmos, the earth and the religious ideologies of our enemies. We have private schools here that teach the "Big Bang" theory and its alleged influence on the "inner-self". Yet our local, public schools will punish or even expel a student who dares read a Bible during recess.

               Men with calloused hands and worn-out boots have been replaced by long-haired mystics and "artists". Our library has been literally commandeered by elitists who bleed our tax funds to provide ridiculous salaries for work that was performed for DECADES by community volunteers. We have no grocery store or pharmacy, but we can buy drug paraphernalia in two locations, pornography and sex toys, alcohol, antiques, and bean sprouts, all day long!  We have rainbow flags flying in yards and in front of pre-schools, but other than at the Post Office, not a single, American Flag is to be seen in the center of town.

               There is no Community Center but you can attend cello concerts and book signings at the library every month. The dairy farms are gone, but we have organic gardeners that call themselves "farmers" and rare cows that are "cute". Weekend and holiday traffic has become problematic and dangerous and back roads such as Shaker Road have become thruways for tourists and speeders. The "Behold New Lebanon" project will exacerbate this issue in residential neighborhoods in the weeks to come.

              The liberal invasion has brought us many negatives and few positives, but the most obvious to ME and other, local Conservatives, is the lack of integrity, ignorance of the dangers and long-term implications of liberal intervention, and the unwillingness and sometimes refusal, of the people to face the realities and engage in necessary action. HALF of the people we at Community Caring have spoken to recently are totally ignorant of what is happening in their own town! When informed about the the need to address political violations and misconduct, people literally shrink in horror!

             Know what we hear from people? "Oh, that's so negative and I only allow positive energy into my life!" or, "Politics are too stressful so I don't pay attention". Yup, unless and until it knocks on their very own doors, it just doesn't EXIST for them, and THAT my friends is why we presently live under an out-of-control government that gets worse by the day. Too many Americans are ignorant, indoctrinated by the lies and omissions of mainstream media, gullible, lazy, and self-absorbed. Too harsh? No, not harsh ENOUGH! While the left beat drums in circles, smoke weed and wave protest signs that support the tools of our demise, the government runs amok and systematically shreds our Constitution and the freedoms, history and future of our country.

            Do I think that everyone should be as deeply entrenched in political and social issues as I am, myself? Of course not, we are all different. Nor do I think that everyone should be Christian, Conservative, Straight,Patriotic or anything else. I support freedom of choice and the right to peacefully disagree, unlike the Left. However, don't even THINK about trying to restrict MY rights and freedoms, either! That being said, I DO believe that EVERY American has a responsibility, a DUTY to be informed on current, political events and to support and defend accountability and Constitutionality among all government officials at every level.

           If you live in America and enjoy the freedoms that are now in peril, you then bear the responsibility of preserving those gifts. It makes no difference who you are or what wing you fly with, you are Duty-Bound as an American to object to the wrongs and defend the wronged. We the People are being wronged by our government, our EMPLOYEES, and it is the job of us all to stand and resist. Those who fail to do so through ignorance or apathy are as much to blame as the offenders themselves. To ignore the blatantly obvious dismantling of freedom and the deplorable actions of lawless politicians, is inexcusable, unforgivable, and destructive.

          If you can vote, you can write a letter, make a phone call, attend a board meeting, post a sign, make a donation, SOMETHING to object to tyrants and defend Constitutional candidates and officials of ANY party. To believe that the evil being perpetrated upon us by government will not affect you and yours is irresponsible, immature and in a word, FOOLISH. All of you exercise your First Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech and Expression every day. If you fail to exercise those same rights in matters that affect us ALL as a nation, you too will be silenced in the end. Think about it.

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 Town Board Meeting and the Pipeline                                   8-12-2014


           As the Irish say, "Himself was present tonight".  We WILL get to Benson shortly.

       The meeting started at 6:30 to allow time for the anti-pipeline group to speak.  It was interesting and informative, but really didn't change my personal feelings about it. I am 100% supportive of everything that can be safely done to abolish our dependence on foreign oil and of the jobs it would create for Americans. That being said, I don't live within 500 feet of a gas pipeline, either.  I don't know how valid the scare-tactics are or how great the risks actually may be, because this is not a subject I know much about. What I DO know, is that the GREEN movement is being shoved down our throats via similar claims of tainted ground wells, compromised air-quality, toxic soil, and the famous, "Global Warming" lie.

        Anyone who cares to, can do some very basic research into the weather cycles of history and see that warming and cooling is natural and cyclical, but the fear-mongers and those invested in climate control corporations don't WANT us to look into it and expose their lies. Always remember that Al Gore, the Father of Global Warming, also claimed to have "Invented" the Internet. There are conspiracies born for financial and control purposes, there are conspiracies intended to disarm the citizenry and decrease the population, and there are conspiracies that are just, well, Conspiracies Theories.  In any case, never dismiss an alleged conspiracy without looking into it for yourselves with a bi-partisan view.

       Our government wants us to remain dependent on the Middle East for our oil, while we have more than an adequate supply of our own. America SHOULD be mining, drilling, and in some areas where it is safe, Fracking. Safety should come first, but we cannot afford to ignore the necessity of energy independence any longer. One needs only to look at North Dakota and Wyoming to see the benefits. Their economy , employment and independence is unequaled anywhere else in America, as a direct result of energy harvesting.

       Still, I understand the concerns of the people who will live near to this new pipeline and would never presume to speak against them in their effort to protect their homes and families. What we need and they requested last night, is to hear from some experts and hold a public meeting to allow locals to be heard and ask questions. Which brings me to "Behold New Lebanon" and the Czar, Mike Benson.

       Last week I told you about Benson's vile behavior in regard to the airport meetings at county. He missed 70% of those meetings, and when he WAS present, he insisted on Executive Sessions, Annulment of the work done by preliminary researchers, and the adoption of his "Personal" plans. He went behind the backs of other committee members and attempted to make a back-door deal with the owner of the golf course, and he claimed to have authored a report he presented, that was proven to have been written by someone else, which in MY book, is Plagiarism and Lying. He verbally abused members of the public and was called-out for having written nasty emails himself. Yet despite ALL that, Pat Grattan, Chairman of the airport committee, decided to step down and appoint Benson as his successor? Anybody ELSE smell something rancid here?

      When one considers Benson's connections to Greg Fingar and Chris Gibson, no one should be surprised. Chris Gibson is a Republican, but he is NO Conservative and NO supporter of Ethics. Somewhere along this line of corruption , someone was paid or threatened. So Benson has added yet another "TITLE" to his resume'. He is a "Title Collector", now sitting on more boards and committees than anyone could possibly do justice to. What does this mean for the Town of New Lebanon? How can Benson "Run the World" and still be an effective Supervisor ? Well, he can't, and that is obvious right here at home.

      The EDC and "Behold New Lebanon" are classic examples of Benson's need to delegate his responsibilities to others in his circle of supporters and to make executive decisions. He "USES" these people to accomplish his personal goals FOR him, while at the same time, protecting him from blame when these things backfire. If they succeed, he will jump right in and lap up the credit, but if they fail, he was "Not Involved". Sound familiar?  Below is a copy of the document I presented and read aloud at last night's Town Board Meeting.  Michael Benson had NO satisfactory responses to any one of these questions, and as he sat there with a wry grin, he could not hide the deep scarlet that crept up his neck and into his cheeks.

        He claimed that the Town Board had no need to know about the Behold project and that the public SHOULD have known unless, as he said, and I quote; "They are living under a rock".  Seems to ME that if that were the case, he could have discussed it with them all personally, but I digress.  Benson made it clear that he feels that the PEOPLE of this town, whom he refused to refer to as "People" but as "Taxpayers", have no need to know. So you have NO need to KNOW folks, that Behold will be infiltrating your quiet neighborhoods every weekend for 8 weeks to come. You have NO need to know that there will be carloads of tourists running up and down our back roads and parking alongside the homes of "artisans" in residential areas.

      Apparently, you also have no right to know that Behold has failed to comply with the rules and requirements that are expected of everyone else. They have not applied for a D.B.A, they have not procured a Tax I.D# despite the fact that they have payroll, will be conducting retail sales, and charging admission fees. There has been NO Traffic Safety Study for the site of the Visitor's Center at the busy intersection of Rt. 20 and 22 South. NO permits have been applied for with the Zoning and Planning Office. Yet when asked about this, Benson replied that it is NOT the job of the Town Board to oversee these things.

     I countered with the FACT that he is neck-deep in this project, having organized the EDC and being involved in Behold, and as Supervisor, it is HIS responsibility to ensure that the project is done legally and with the knowledge of the People and the Councilmen. He then claimed that as a Non-Town Entity, the EDC and consequently, Behold, are not his problem. LOLOL!!!!  The EDC was HIS idea, HE organized it and HE appointed the members, many of which , as non-residents and part-time residents, have NO say in this town's future or development. He also attended a meeting of the Behold board on Friday of last week, where he actually APOLOGIZED to Erminia Rasmussen for the treatment she received from Councilman Baldwin at last month's meeting !!!!!

     Baldwin was justified in his reaction to having been kept in the dark by Benson, and since Benson was absent from last month's meeting and the completely green, "Deputy Supervisor" had NO clue, Baldwin said what needed saying! If anyone should apologize to Rasmussen, it is Benson himself, for his own failure to inform his board of town activities that affect the entire population OF the town! I told Benson flat-out last night, that his activities as Supervisor are anything BUT transparent and that he operates in SECRET far too often and in matters that are of concern to us all. He did not respond in any way. He also did not respond to my question about exactly HOW the Behold Project benefits the town as a WHOLE. He could not answer, because it doesn't. It benefits his private clique' of supporters and adorers, and no one else.

    I am told that there are people at the county level that think the Behold project is a miracle from Heaven. Apparently, these people either are unaware of the lack of benefit it holds for the town and its residents, or they are also Benson lovers who have fallen for the B.S. At this point, we at Community Caring are on the case. We are insisting that proper permits be applied for, that a Tax # and DBA be produced for our viewing and we want the opinion of ALL residents as to how this project will affect their privacy and peace on weekends. So, unless you are under Benson's "Rock", you might want to weigh-in on this issue now or forever hold your peace !

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8-12-2014




PACTNY – COMMUNITY CARING




Questions for Town Board re: “Behold New Lebanon”.



      1. Why is it that Supervisor Benson was aware of this project yet never advised any of the Town Councilmen of it?

      2. Exactly HOW does this project benefit the town as a WHOLE and where are the D.B.A, Use Permits, Traffic Safety Study, etc.?

      3. Is the Town protected from lawsuits that may arise as a result of accident or injury to tourists who take part in this project?

      4. At any time, did the EDC or the organizers of “Behold”, poll the townspeople or neighbors of exhibitors as to how they feel about this project and the increased traffic on narrow back roads and in residential neighborhoods?

      5. What will the parking arrangements be at the Visitor's Center and exhibit locations and how will it impact safe travel on the secondary roads in the town?


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 Beginnings, and Need for Change                                      8-14-2014


         A LOT to talk about tonight. In Ferguson, Missouri, the sequel to the Trayvon Martin story is being played out. It's the same, tired story of a Black male shot by a white man, a cop in this case. Once again, Racism rears its ugly head and pronounces the Black man immediately innocent based on the color of his skin. Does it ever END? Have we not evolved since the damn Civil War?

          The facts of this case have yet to be investigated and determined, and regardless of who was in the wrong, the cop is entitled to a fair trial under the law, not a lynching demanded by violent street mobs. If he did wrong, he will pay the price. Justice is not reserved for those who have the darkest skin or the loudest protest, it is granted to ALL Americans equally through DUE PROCESS. 

          Not only does the rioting add fuel to the cop's case, it is a crime, and anyone who dares whine about the response of law enforcement to the burning of businesses, the looting, and the rock and Molotov cocktails being thrown at the police, is an idiot. Violence always begets violence and the fact is, Looting is a crime punishable by Shooting!  You LOOT, we SHOOT! That needs to be enforced, but like all effective punishment, the left has declared it "inhumane".  So we just allow it to go on, and on and ON.

          As the Blacks take to the streets in defense of a man that most of them never even heard of before this incident, the world watches, Law Enforcement watches and they are justified in saying, "THIS is why we are trigger-happy! We are on the defense from the dangers of Black violence." So, the Blacks are not only burning down their OWN neighborhoods, they are sending a message that they are incapable of self-control and peaceful protest, of dignified objection. How does this make sense?

          At a time that Americans of every color should be joining hands to fight Tyranny in government , the Blacks are instead widening the Racial divide and giving the government exactly what it wants. This administration is TERRIFIED of unity among people of all colors. They know the power we as citizens would have to hold them accountable, if we all stood together. This Ferguson issue serves another purpose as well. It is yet another distraction form the REAL issues, like Israel, ISIS, and the border invasion. The Media is as always, complicit. The best way to deal with the violence in Ferguson is to lend no credence TO it. Unless you are physically in the thick of it, it should be ignored. No Facebook or Twitter posts, no taking sides, just focus on the news that deserves our attention. After all, if this had been a white on white or black on black event, it would have never made the national news at all.

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          Things are moving along in New Lebanon and there is hope on the horizon for a re-unification of many of the residents. I learned some things about the library today that I was unaware of, for instance that it is no longer the Joseph Hooper Free Library of our past, but a part of the Hudson Library System. Is that good or bad? I guess it depends on how you look at it. Personally, I liked it as the small, independent library it was when my son was growing up here. Don't get me wrong, it IS beautiful and active, but it has still lost that old-fashioned, country feel. Change is inevitable but it's tough sometimes, and the older we get, the harder it is to accept.

           In any case, the library system requires a full-time librarian, so that's why we no longer have a library run by local volunteers. More government intervention. Many of you have expressed concerns about the open display of some questionable books that are inappropriate for kids and teens, but apparently, libraries consider the concealment of such material to be Censorship, and if you really think about it, it IS. If anyone deplores censorship, it is ME, so I get where they are coming from. I walked away from the Leadership of the country's largest, Pro-Second Amendment group because they were censoring comments from the public, so yes, I feel strongly about it.

           Many local Christians and Home School families avoid the library due to this issue, so how do we solve the problem? All I can suggest is, that if you would LIKE to avail yourselves of the library's services, that you ask the librarian when you enter the building, what areas might be offensive to you and avoid those sections. It isn't as if there is a huge porn section or anything! LOL!  Maybe just a shelf or two. If you want to use the library and have avoided it because of this , don't let it keep you away any longer, just speak up. After all, YOU are paying for this convenience , you should get some benefit from it.

         Also addressed today was the common complaint of the library programs, concerts, presentations, etc., being far-left and appealing only to the liberal population. I myself have felt that way for a LONG time. There is an answer for that as well. If you are a Conservative with a talent to share, go see the librarian and ask for a date and time to perform, speak, or present what you have. You have just as much right to do so as anyone else, but you have to DO it, no one is going to knock on your door and ASK you to come! There, see how easily we can problem-solve when we decide to try it? Yes, I too am surprised. Like I said last week, we CAN meet halfway, but only if we are willing to get out there and get involved.

        So we have a beginning. There WILL be a Constitution Study offered at the library very soon, and I will let you know when it is all decided. We WILL have a "PAGES PROGRAM" that will make books available to seniors and shut-ins on a monthly basis. If you or a member of your family would like to have book selections brought to your home each month, please email me so we can add you to the list! (Don't forget the big Book Sale coming up on Sunday at the Midtown Mall ! )

       Is there still a lot of work to do? You BET! We still have major issues in our town government, with the EDC and Behold New Lebanon. There are still many community outreach and improvement projects on the list that we are working on, but one thing at a time. The important thing is to step up and take part, get informed and active. Everyone can do SOMETHING.

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 Please keep Terry and Judy Bingham and their family in your prayers. Also Dot, Phineas, and David Stall. They are heavy-burdened right now.



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 On Becoming a Person                                                          8-15-2014


             In recent years we have seen criminal behavior excused and down-played by the bleeding hearts of society. No longer are the "Bad Guys" held to account and appropriate punishments meted out. The results of this soft-handed approach are obvious.

              A sound spanking delivered to a naughty child is harmless but effective. Grounding a teenager who breaks your rules is necessary, instructive, and even loving. Suspending the driver's license of a first-time drunk driver is a deterrent and possibly a lifesaver. Bad behavior requires consequences and if those consequences are replaced with free-pass excuses, the undesirable behavior continues and escalates.

              Lack of accountability and correction breeds lawlessness as is evident among politicians like Obama who is never, EVER held responsible for anything he does to violate the laws of this land and the rights of the American people.  In America, we have more prisons and inmates than any other country on earth. Why do you suppose that is ? Could it BE, that other countries deliver swift and appropriate punishments that deter future offenses and the first-offenses of those likely to commit a crime?

              Here in the USA, we dole out slaps on the wrist, and when we DO send someone to jail, they are coddled with special foods, the best of medical and dental care, college classes, job training, and even Sweat Lodges for Native American prisoners. Do YOU get any of these perks in exchange for being a law-abiding citizen? If an inmate happens to have a spouse and children on the outside, who do you think pays to provide for their needs ? The Taxpayer. The Death Penalty is rarely carried out in America anymore. If a violent felon is sentenced to death and there is ZERO doubt as to his guilt, why do we pay taxes to support him and his family for as long as 20 or 30 years as he sits on Death Row?  If we carried out the sentence consistently and in a timely manner, violent crime rates would plummet!

              If all of us held one another accountable for our actions, the world would be a much nicer place to raise our kids in.  We must STOP excusing unacceptable behaviors.


                                        I had a chat with a very nice woman yesterday. She told me a little of the history of her husband, a man I don't much care for due to his rude treatment of people who have done nothing to deserve it. I've witnessed this man's boorish behavior on numerous occasions. ONE time, I can overlook, we all have our bad days, but when a behavior is consistent, an opinion is formed. I learned yesterday that this man had an unusually difficult childhood that contributed to his attitude as an adult.  I thought about that information for some time last night and for a brief moment, actually felt guilty for pointing out his rudeness. What he experienced as a kid was awful and something that no child should ever have to endure.

             Still, how many people have had childhood trauma, forty percent? Fifty? Many have suffered far more than the man we are discussing, so why is it that some of us allow these past events to mold and shape us into angry, bitter adults while others rise above it and are stronger, better people for it?  I have always believed that every generation should strive to be better than the last. If you had an abusive parent, shouldn't you be a gentler, kinder one yourself ? Would you instead ,choose to carry on the legacy of abuse with your own kids?  As adults, we are free to choose our own behaviors and BE better, DO better. So I have to wonder what this rude, abusive man's excuse really is?  Is he justified, and should I feel guilty about calling him out ? No to both questions.

              His attitude and treatment of others is inexcusable and my objections to it are justified. He is an adult, and an extremely, well-educated one. His adult life has been successful, rewarding and privileged. He DID rise above his sad beginnings in many areas, but it appears that he has forgotten how it felt to suffer, to be a victim of circumstances. Rather than allow his past to instill compassion and respect for others in his adult self, he has become an angry, controlling, rude and self-serving curmudgeon. I am TRULY sorry for the little boy he was, but repelled by the adult he is.

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         A MESSAGE FOR MY FRIENDS IN TEXAS !


                              It's time to head to Austin folks, and  Defend that awesome, honorable Governor you are blessed with . This Bogus Indictment is a result of desperate Democrats who are beginning to see the writing on the wall that states, "Liberalism is under Attack!".  This indictment is partly an attempt to gain revenge by a disgruntled Prosecutor who was arrested and jailed for DWI. Perry asked for her resignation and told her that if she did not resign, he would veto her pet bill that would fund her Anti-Corruption Commission. (At a cost of 7 million for 2 years.) She did not resign, Perry vetoed.

                              The Prosecutor did not get her way, and should have been fired, but kept her job! (More lack of consequences).  So she has spear-headed this "Get Perry" campaign. She is not alone in this action. Rick Perry had the courage to protect the people of his state by sending the Texas National Guard to protect the border that Obama has refused to secure. Now the Dems in D.C are suffering bruised egos, so it's Attack Perry Time! DEFEND your Governor !

                               Of course you COULD have OUR Governor, the Gangster of Albany who DID commit a crime in relation to a Public Corruption Investigatory Commission ! He DID violate the Second Amendment rights of the people of NY and he DID sell those rights in a dirty deal with Obama in exchange for Hurricane Relief Funds that made him appear a hero. Yet HE is still being allowed to campaign for re-election rather than sitting in a jail cell where he belongs. Wanna trade Governors? No ?  Then get out there and DEFEND Rick !



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Over-Reach and Racists                                                    8-19-2014



            Before we get started on tonight's subject, I want to let the residents of New Lebanon know that the "PAGES PROGRAM" is up and ready to go ! We have a nice selection of books, compliments of the N.L Library, and now all we need is a list of Seniors and Shut-Ins who would like reading material delivered to their homes on a monthly basis. There are many selections in Large Print available. We are also looking for volunteers to make deliveries and pick-ups. If we can recruit 4 volunteers, each one will only have to serve three times a year !  If you are interested in receiving books, know someone who might be, or can volunteer as a driver, please contact me at: K9Sheps@yahoo.com.  Many thanks!  JJ


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              Now, can anyone explain to me WHY the United States Department of Justice is knee-deep in a police shooting in Missouri ? Since WHEN does the Federal Government pry into local law-enforcement ?  Is the shooting of a Thug by a city cop deserving of National Media coverage for days on end?  No, it isn't. Unless of course, the Thug is Black and the Cop, White.

              Over this past weekend, there were 36 shootings in the city of Chicago and 8 deaths. THIRTY-SIX ! ALL Black on Black violence. Did you hear these shocking statistics on mainstream news? No? You WOULD have if you had listened to Conservative Talk Radio where you get unbiased , truthful and FULL news stories.  Sharpton and Jackson were a little late to the party in Missouri, but they have finally arrived, yet they have at no time, mentioned the on-going violence in Chicago, or Detroit, or Baltimore,etc.

               The issue of violent behaviors among young, Black males has been discussed on this blog in the past in reference to the Trayvon Martin Case, so we don't need to go into that again. We DO need to talk about Eric Holder and the manner in which this latest situation has been responded to.  Imagine for a moment, that the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri were White Conservatives or Tea Partiers. What do you suppose the reaction of authorities would be? DHS would have been on-scene immediately , dispersing us with water cannons, rubber bullets, and even REAL bullets.

              The savages in Ferguson, (yes, that IS what they ARE), are now shooting out the plate-glass windows of businesses to gain entry to loot them. Rioters with handguns? Wanna guess if they have permits for those guns or not? If I took a shot at the hawk that is terrorizing my chickens, I would be arrested for discharging a weapon in a residential area, even though I am highly-trained and experienced and have a CC License. Should I run into Pittsfield for an errand or to Hancock to my in-laws, and forget to disarm, I am a Felon. In today's America, laws are enforced selectively, racially, and politically.

                The Free-for-All in Ferguson is being allowed to continue unchecked, and that is unacceptable and blatantly racist. The National Guard is finally there, but only to protect the Police Command Centers that are on-scene. Why ? Why is this being tolerated and how does this lack of appropriate response deter more of the same in the future? At the very LEAST, authorities should be using the high-pressure water cannons to disperse the crowds. Should looters be shot? Absolutely, without question. It is the LAW.  Zero tolerance !

               As Americans, we have a right to peaceful protest but NOT to senseless violence against our neighbors, or the looting and burning of businesses. We have a right to be heard and demand truth and justice, but not to throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who are attempting to keep the peace. We have a right to self-defense, not to assault on the innocent just because we "Feel Like It" or we're "Angry". Situations like this one in Ferguson is why racism still flourishes and Blacks are still called the "N" Word. Act like a savage, you will be seen and treated as a savage.

               I've watched a number of videos in the past 6 days, many taken by witnesses, bystanders and rioters on their expensive "Smart Phones". The first thing I noticed was the number of adults that are able to spend day after day and night after night on the streets. Don't any of them have jobs, or classes to go to? Don't any of them have children at home that need them or parents that wonder where they are? This mob is not made up of only residents of Ferguson, but people who have come all the way from California and NY City. How did they afford such a trip to steal high-end electronics if they couldn't afford to BUY the same things at home?

               These are opportunists looking for an excuse to loot, steal and destroy, to act like freaks and not face any consequences. On each of the videos I watched, the language was absolutely filthy, when it was even understandable! As they took video of Michael Brown lying dead in the street, they called him a "Dead Nigger" and every other word was the F-Word. The rest is unintelligible Ebonics. In America, in 2014. What a great testimony to our public school system and Black parenting. The question everyone wants to ask but is too intimidated by the Hate Police to ask is, "WHEN are we going to stop excusing deplorable behavior for Blacks and demanding that they evolve or receive NO more government assistance?"

               This riot is the Dream of Obama and Holder. Divide the races some more, blame Whitey, provide excuses for the poor little Black Boys and give them more handouts to keep them government-dependent, unemployed, and dumbed-down. As long as they stay on the Democrat Plantation and continue to vote for the Dems, they will never have to get good grades in school, learn a trade, work a 40-hour week or be held to the same laws as the rest of us.  Until the Welfare system collapses under the torrent of illegals pouring into the country, the Blacks and the Lazy White Trash. THEN what?  Eric Holder, Sharpton and Jackson are not going to come to the rescue with food and cellphones.

              Eric Holder is a Democrat's Democrat. He was a violent Anarchist and activist in his youth and belonged to groups that planned, but never got to carry out, bombings. He was responsible for the failed Fast and Furious Conspiracy that resulted in the death of Border Agent Brian Terry, and at least 100 Mexican civilians. The guns that Holder ran into Mexico, (a FELONY by the way), in an effort to demonize gun ownership in America, ended up in the hands of Mexican Cartels who used them to slaughter innocents. Eric Holder should never have been allowed to hold ANY public office with his history, but Congress' failure to remove him from his position as head of the D.O.J after Fast and Furious is mind-blowing !

              Now, Obama has sent  Holder into Ferguson to "De-Fuse" a situation that is a LOCAL matter ? An admitted racist, convicted criminal, and former anarchist is taking the LEAD? Where was Holder when a White baby was shot in the face while sitting in his stroller because the Black youth who shot him wanted his mommy's money? She had none, so he killed her baby. Where is Eric Holder when elderly and pregnant citizens are seriously injured by the Knock-Out Game in NY City ? Where is Holder with Chicago's daily body count as a result of violent, Black gangs?

              We deserve what we tolerate.  When was the last time YOU, yes YOU, wrote to Congress or to a newspaper of any political representative and demanded an end to lawlessness in government? Have you ever vetted a candidate thoroughly before voting the party-line? Have you asked yourself exactly what you support and what you object to and then taken action on the answers? What kind of country do you want for your kids and their kids?

             Do you even notice when the Media is biased, the way in which they sensationalize the things that are advantageous to the Obama administration and ignore or censor the things that are damaging TO it? Do you see the blatant promotion of racial division, immorality and government worship?  Are YOU sleepwalking through life ?





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Constitution and Invasion                                                     8-22-2014




With the recent issues of the Border invasion and Muslims attempting to exercise Shariah Law in the United States, the Constitutional protections we enjoy as Americans have come into question when applied to illegals and Muslims.


I am not an attorney and I am not a Constitutional expert. I am just an American citizen who was fortunate enough to have attended school at a time that Civic Education was still a part of the curriculum. The Founding Fathers were not only brilliant men, but the majority of those who assisted in writing the Constitution were men of Faith as well, and had experienced first-hand, the agonies of living under tyranny. Their sole purpose in providing us with a document that would serve as a guide and shield against the evils they had fought and won liberty from, was to prevent any future generation of Americans from suffering what they had themselves.


The Constitution is not intended to grant us rights, we already HAVE rights that are natural and inalienable from the moment we draw our first breath. The Constitution is the document that PROTECTS and PRESERVES those rights. It's intention is to ensure liberty and freedom forever, for all AMERICAN people, natural citizens or those who immigrate here LEGALLY. It is called the “United States Constitution” because it was written for the People OF the United States. It is not the “Muslim” Constitution, or the “Mexican” Constitution. It applies ONLY to LEGAL American Citizens on American soil, period.


Our founders fought Islam on the Barbary Coast and condemned it verbally on numerous occasions. At that time in our history, Islam had no presence in America and was never expected to BE present in America. OUR legal system operates under the laws of the Constitution of the United States, not Sharia Law, and that is how it must stay. We must NEVER recognize Sharia in our country and we must NEVER allow Islam to infiltrate our culture or demand special recognition and protections. Freedom of Religion is a protected right under Constitutional Law, but is Islam really a religion or is it a Cult of Hate, a political and cultural system that is completely foreign to our country and contrary to all that is right and good? Should the First Amendment protect a cult that exists for the sole purpose of killing those who do not comply with Shariah, be-heading Christians and Jews, burning and stoning non-believers and tormenting women? Of course not, and the Constitution was never intended to protect Islam in any way, shape or form. The First Amendment protects religions that are peaceful and pose no threat to others.


Yesterday, the despicable liberal moron, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, made a public statement on the radio about the minor Mexicans that have illegally crossed our border. She stated that a 15-year-old boy should never have to stand before a court unrepresented and that she would never want her own 15-year-old son to have to do that. Well Debbie, guess what? A 15-year-old Mexican boy who crossed our border illegally is first, a criminal. Second, he is NOT an American citizen and therefore has NO Constitutional rights until and unless he becomes one LEGALLY. Should he be ALLOWED to become a legal citizen? Yes, after he is deported to where he came from and returns in a legal manner with an adult chaperone.


Why should the taxpayers of this country provide free legal representation to criminals from another country who have broken our laws by crossing our border illegally? Simple, we shouldn't. We CANNOT. We can't do ANYTHING to entice more of the same , more illegal entries, more unaccompanied children who serve as keys to the door of our country for their families in Mexico. This must be stopped, not encouraged. If we do NOT stop it, America is finished. Our welfare, medical and education systems will be over-loaded to the point of collapse. What follows that is Martial Law and a Socialist State. There is no option other than to Deport, Deport, Deport, and secure the border, NOW. We must hire and train thousands more Border Patrol guards and grant them the power to do whatever it takes to enforce our laws and keep outsiders, OUT.


It is not just Mexicans and Central Americans who are walking across our borders unimpeded, it is also Muslim radicals and terrorists, pedophiles, diseases, gang members and drug cartels. The mainstream media will show you photos of little children with big, brown eyes hugging teddy bears, but they omit the photos and videos of the OTHER border-crossers. For this, you must search the news for yourself and SEEK the Truth, the devastating reality of what is happening at our Southern border.


Again, the United States Constitution is just that, the Constitution of the UNITED STATES. It exists to protect America and Americans and no one and no place else! Do you think a Mexican Constitution, if one exists, would protect YOU or ME in Mexico if we entered their country illegally? Ask Marine Andrew Tamhoreesi who remains in a Mexican prison for crossing their border accidentally. Do you think that the Muslims would allow you or me to live in one of their Arab countries and practice American Law, build Christian Churches, and demand rights and special treatment ? What do you suppose their response to that would be? Would they allow you to choose between being be-headed or stoned?


The invasion of these two peoples is the greatest threat to America that we have seen in generations, yet rather than meet it head-on and turn it around expediently for the safety of the American People, the Obama administration has opened the borders, sent invitations to outsiders to violate our laws, and protects and supports the evil known as Islam. It's just that simple. So what can be done?


      1. Every Christian and Jewish Church, Clergy member, and Organization must rise up and demand that Shariah Law be banned in America, and that Muslims who choose to live on our soil assimilate or emigrate. MANY other countries have done this effectively, and we MUST follow their example.

        1. Hundreds of thousands of young, American Veterans who have returned from the Middle East in a healthy condition, MUST band together and take control of the border, NOW. If they organize, the Patriot and Liberty Groups of America will raise the funds to support them.

        2. Scream ! Scream like a Liberal at a Tea Party Convention ! Stop being lazy and apathetic and join a Conservative Action Group like the Tea Party, the Oathkeepers, the NRA, and be ACTIVE.

        3. Volunteer to campaign for a Constitutional Candidate and get Conservatives to register and VOTE!

        4. Write, call and email your representatives at least once a week, and if you are REALLY angry, every DAY!

        5. Get the word out, spread the hard truth and be unafraid of what others will think of you. What is more important, your hairdresser liking you or your kids being safe and free?


Fight the Invasion While We Still CAN !!!





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 Ready to Actually DO Something ??                                 8-23-2014



                          


What if I told you that our Legislators have NO legal right or power to legislate? You would chuckle and call me “Crazy”. (Again). Yet what I just said is a FACT. Bureaucrats have no “Permission” of the People to make law that applies TO the People without the clear consent OF the People.


So why do we HAVE legislators? Here's why:


“Lawmakers are given authority by the People to legislate codes, rules, regulations, and statutes which are policies, procedures and 'law' to control the behavior of BUREAUCRATS, ELECTED and APPOINTED OFFICIALS, MUNICIPALITIES, and AGENCIES, but were NEVER given authority to control the behavior of the PEOPLE. ALL laws, rules and practices which are repugnant to the Constitution are Null and Void”.

(Marbury-v-Madison, 5th U.S, 2 Branch, 137,174,176,1803)


Think about that for a minute, for a LOT of minutes! Then consider the N.Y Safe Act, how it was passed and by whom. Consider the extreme rules, codes and regulations we exist under today and try to digest the fact that all these oppressive limitations on our personal sovereignty and freedoms are ILLEGAL. We do not have to comply with any rule, code or regulation that is contrary to the Constitution or the Natural Rights of Man.


We can actually smoke pot, have a cigarette in a public place, open-carry a firearm, drive a car, and ignore the parking meter, LEGALLY. No licenses, permits or quarters are required and no fines or arrests, legal. The criminalization of these liberties is in itself, a crime. If there is NO victim or injured party, there is NO crime and therefore, it is not punishable. THAT my friends, is American Common Law, the REAL and JUST Law of our land.


So now you are asking how we have strayed so far from this simple, fair, and sensible system to the draconian one we have today? How have we come from self-governance and the Power of the People to control bureaucrats as was intended by our Founders? For one, Common Law is not taught in schools and universities, by design, I might add. Politicians despise it and so do Judges and Lawyers because it places strict limitations upon them as SERVANTS of the People and allows the People to retain and exercise the power that is rightfully theirs. Politicians CRAVE power and control but in reality, have a right to NEITHER.


For generations, the government, the media, and the schools have worked diligently together to suppress Common Law and prevent the citizenry from becoming aware of it. They call it “antiquated” and “irrelevant” much as they do the Constitution, and refuse to comply with it. Through this combination of suppression and our own ignorance, we have allowed ourselves to become enslaved by oppressive laws and regulations, controlled by tyrants with evil intent, taxed into poverty, and stripped of our personal sovereignty.


We have been sheep for far too long, indoctrinated into believing that government is the Master, it knows best, and has the power to rule and to punish. All of which is inaccurate ! We the People are the Master and the government is the Servant. We must rein the Servant in, shrink its size and reach and put it back in its PLACE!  As I write this, 49 American states are fully-constituted Common Law states with Citizen Grand Juries in place and ready to re-institute the system of law and justice that our Founders created for us as a nation of free people.



I hope I have sparked your interest and awakened your curiosity. If I have, visit this website and purchase a Handbook. Once you have read it, you will see our present situation in America through brand-new eyes. Join us in restoring liberty and honorable justice. Stand with us in taking our country back from corrupt politicians and evil tyrants.


www.NationalLibertyAlliance.org



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 Bulls-Eye !                                                                                 8-26-2014


                           

So I'm not a kid anymore. I'm usually okay with that, and since none of us has yet figured out how to turn back the clock, what choice do we have but to accept what IS? Wrinkles, gray hairs and a few things that are saggier than they used to be are a tad depressing, but unavoidable.


Change is inevitable in most areas but certainly not all. My son Mike is a gun aficionado and has studied shooting techniques extensively. I'm no slouch myself, having started shooting when I received my first .22 rifle on my 7th birthday. My son and I disagree all the time on technique. Both of us have Criminal Justice Degrees but they were earned 30 years apart. When I shoot, I close my left eye. Always have, always will. The kid has a fit!  “Both eyes OPEN,Ma!”.  LOL! Doesn't work for me. So I tell him that if I hit the bulls-eye every time with one eye closed and miss it every time with both eyes open, what do you suppose I'm going to do? Yup. Newer isn't always better.


There are times that the Tried and True trump the new and innovative. For instance, when was the last time you looked at a teenager and saw something other than the top of their head? The face is buried in a cellphone screen. Can you remember when you last sent or received a Thank You card or purchased a nice box of stationery? Did you know that the public schools have ceased to teach cursive writing because it is no longer considered necessary? What a shame that no one will develop a unique penmanship or signature, ever again.


Last week, a high school Senior said, “Bless You” to a classmate who had sneezed. The teacher immediately reprimanded the student for using a “Banned Word” in class, and the girl was given a 3-day, in-school suspension! Apparently there exists a list of banned words that are just not acceptable in school anymore, and “Bless” is one of them. So is “Gun” and “God”, and a slew of other harmless words. Censorship, Political Correctness and suppression of Freedom of Speech, in American schools? You BET , and it's only the tip of the iceberg. I gotta tell ya folks, if that had been MY child, her teacher would have wished she had called-in sick that day!


What is HAPPENING to our country, our culture, and our traditions ? Are they so meaningless that we are willing to sit still and ignore the assaults on even the smallest liberties? Another thing that occurred last week was the refusal of the Six Flags amusement park to grant entry to a Marine veteran for wearing a tee shirt with a picture of a rifle on it.  A  5th grade student was sent home for wearing a shirt with a cross and scripture printed on the back. Peaceful Liberty groups are being labeled as Domestic Terrorists, Illegals are no longer viewed as criminals, but Americans who object to the invasion are called “Racists”.


You know darn well that I could go on for days listing the atrocities being perpetrated on our rights, but I know that it would fall on deaf ears. I have been baring the Truth to the residents of New Lebanon and NY for 7 years now, and even when the Proof has kicked you square in the pants, you refuse to stand up like adults and DO something. Lost souls in a lost town in a dying country. I am sorry for you.


Shooting with one eye closed works for ME , has served me well, and I hit the bulls-eye consistently. Sadly, the majority of my neighbors are trying to aim with both eyes sealed shut.


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 Behold THIS!!!                                                                        8-27-2014


           It appears that the number of residents that are NOT happy with the "Behold New Lebanon" project is growing.  Here is a letter that was sent to me and the local papers today.    JJ

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          The newest concoction to drum up business in the town of New Lebanon has emerged in the form of a museum of contemporary rural living. Selected business members of the community for whom I have had a long abiding, deep respect, many non-resident business owners, and regular homeowners, are preparing to demonstrate for tourists how contemprary rural living happens. The title for the museum, Behold! New Lebanon, implies that those who travel to see how we survive in the wilds of a rural town, will be enlightened, and leave in awe for how we could do it all without the benefits an urban lifestyle affords. Behold! It sounds like the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, the creator of this museum, a recent permanent resident from New York City, failed to actually include the town in the planning of something that is about the town! No letter was sent to residents asking for input, no survey was conducted to learn everyone's talents and strengths, and no presentation was made to the town's Planning Board, much less the Town Board. The latter was befuddled.They had never heard of this town project designed to benefit the town. Yet, an official Behold! representative attended a Town Board meeting and asked them for permission to delegate oversight to the Columbia County Economic Development Commttee for any financial donations from supporters, which includes town supervisor, Mike Benson.

            In order to effectively project the concept of rural living, individuals will be stationed in their homes, and businesses, prepared to prove rural living is the quintessential and fun way to get through life. Each presenter will be paid $100 each time they demonstrate contemporary rural living to tourists, as well as to their equals, their rural-living neighbors in town! Tourists will pay $25 for a day, $40 for a family for a day, and residents who see their neighbors up close and personal every day for free, will be able to do the same thing if they attend Behold!, except shell out for a discounted ticket price of $12.50, along with an ID and proof of residency. A tour through the Hand Hollow Nature Conservancy, normally free through its intent, is also part of the rural museum, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Friday the 29th. But, if you want to walk that trail at 5:25pm, it will still be free!
            How will these curious tourists, and even more curious town residents get to all those wonderful rural places? A tour bus, that grinds its gears, belches diesel smoke, and breaks branches hanging over a narrow country back road, will ensure everyone who paid, gets the true experience of rural living. I've got some bad news.Tour busses don't promote rural lifestyles, nor do they provide an adequate portrait of how to experience country living. Adding insult to injury, Behold!'s notion that residents of this town should even pay one nickel to see their neighbors perform normal everyday activities, is hubris at its best. Requiring residents prove they live in this town, indicates that the elitist New York City mentality behind this project, is compounded by the fact those in charge of this project don't know many lifetime residents, outside of their exclusive group. Most residents totally unaware of this affront that has descended upon us, must be living under a rock to not know about it, as supervisor Benson bluntly stated, or not know this privately arranged group has decided, without any consideration of others' opinions, that the town needs to be redefined to fit what they want in the stereotyped image of cutesy simple country folk, a portrait those of us under that rock, find outrageous, and totally unacceptable. While a rock may keep us in the dark, it also protects us from damage.
            Nineteen years ago, the movie, "Before and After" came to the area. I was one of a dozen extras chosen to be on site at Darrow School for a scene that took place in the winter. We were told to dress appropriately for winter, which was not difficult to do. A costume assistant from California, in charge of our group, reacted with horror because our winter clothing was nothing she expected, or wanted. Her facial expression said it all, as she snorted that we didn't dress right. Perhaps, out of embarrassment, no one said anything, except me as I bluntly explained to her that we dressed with whatever was available in our closets, and with total disregard for fashion coordination. She angrily told us we should be wearing LL Bean. When I told her she had the wrong idea about us, she walked out, and didn't return for the rest of the day.
            This project and its creator's intent reminds me of that woman from the movie, yet the creator went one step further, issuing a deceptive statement to a local reporter, that she had "asked the residents what they wanted". New Lebanon's population is 2305, give or take a few. 26 individuals are participating, to date, a far cry from 2305. Yet, reiterating, she never held a community meeting with the entire town to inquire what our desires were, nor expressed a dedicated interest in the town as a whole, nor wrote a letter to us. No communication was made, except through the former Business Association's website, which, if you didn't have time to read it in its entirety, meant you were out of luck and uninformed, as our trusty rock would insure.
            The demand the rest of the town pays to view our neighbors living, indicates this project is about making money, not about building town morale, or embracing the town as a whole. The ridiculous fear and mistrust that the rest of us would sneak into the exhibits of our neighbors, without proper ID, would be laughable, if it weren't insulting. Requiring proof of residency from us, then demanding money from those not included in a "town" project intended to affect all of us, does not bring us closer together, but divides us more than anything ever has. Behold! is sadly unaware of the deep poverty that exists in our town, or the class, and income divisions. Our much-needed food pantry is nearly empty, and many residents struggle to pay their electric bills, or put gas in their cars so they can get to their minimum wage jobs. New Lebanon is not about status, or money, or who you know at the top of the social ladder. Yet, this project intended to promote the community, and should include all classes and incomes, is really for the benefit of those who have contributed financially, or invested their demonstration time to it.
            It remains a tragedy most of our town residents are unaware they have been stolen, and sold off because some individuals have decided that after 200 years, we need to be re-defined. Behold!'s creators miss the point, that a tour bus won't promote rural living, but rather stink up, and disrupt the peace and tranquility of our neighborhoods. We don't want that on a country road. It has no place on a country road. The rest of us were not asked, but now Behold!'s definition of rural living will include it, without consideration for its impact on us. The rest of the town doesn't count, and it should.
            Three years ago, when I was New Lebanon's supervisor, Behold!'s creator asked me why I thought the town liked me, which was shocking alone in its audacity. While I was stunned at the arrogance of the question, I see now why she wanted to know. It seems, just like three-quarters of the town, and 57 years of contributing to the town's growth, I suddenly don't fit the criteria for what she wishes to promote as the rural image, which-- exactly like the woman from California in "Before and After"-- is what she desires to recreate from an urban newcomer's perspective.
            Rural living doesn't mean specially selected people showing their wares to strangers, or fast-moving tour busses on back roads. Rural living means peace and quiet, free from what grows out of a tourist trap, especially diesel busses flying past your house, belching up the air, and adding a noise which belongs in a city. Behold!, and all that it entails, has no right to define what we are as a whole, put words in our mouths, or decide what is important and what is not. Collectively, as a real town, that right belongs to all of us.The entire town should be embraced and promoted without regard to class, or income. Her world really isn't our world, and she needs to stop trying to make it so. In the online flyer, it is stated so definitively, that we know it is summer here when the Shaker Mountain Barbeque opens. In truth, we really know it is summer in New Lebanon, when the fragrant, brilliant colors of dozens of flowers bloom, vegetables are planted, fields are furrowed with real fertilizer for crops, daylight lasts until 8 pm, crickets chirp, fireflies twinkle, and the red-wing blackbirds, Baltimore Orioles, and finches return to the fields with their melodious tunes. That is summer, while the Shaker Mountain Barbeque remains another good place to eat in New Lebanon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Meg Robertson
Lifetime resident of New Lebanon


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 Living in Lebanon.                                                             8-28-2014



                           

Living in Lebanon



I had a friend stop by the other day and at one point, we decided to take a quick trip to Thruway Beverage for his favorite cigars. Being from Vermont, he was kicking himself for not having brought enough with him and being forced to now pay New York's punitive sales tax.


I waited for him in the truck and when he returned, he asked me a profound question that I have never been asked before. He was looking around at the Midtown Mall and across the street when he asked, “Why would anyone want to live in New Lebanon?”. WOW! I didn't know how to respond or even how to FEEL about that question. My first emotion was anger and defensiveness, after all, this is my HOME. I raised my son here, met my husband here and until quite recently, intended to die and be buried here.


Prior to the invasion of the City Liberals, this town was pretty close to my personal idea of a perfect place to live. With the exception of the “Miracle Mile”, it is a beautiful town with scenery that is exceptional. Hills, fields, the Wyomanock and Kinderhook Creeks, farmhouses and Shaker influence are all assets. Living minutes from town and still being in a rural atmosphere is another. We are less than an hour from Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and though our schools may not be the best in the state, they are pretty darn good.


When I first settled here, we had a grocery store, a local doctor, and two, working dairy farms. There was a bowling alley, an ice-cream Snack Bar, a printer, three diners, and a bank that was run by local folks. The Congregational Church was packed every Sunday and the doors were open every day. The church was VERY active in the community and had a Thrift Store and Charlie's Pantry in the basement. Our library was the “Joseph Hooper Free Library” and was operated by an all volunteer staff. We had a busy motel, and an active VFW and Masons Group.


As all these memories flashed through my mind, my anger and defensiveness at my friend's question was replaced by a sense of loss and sadness. He was right. I stay here now only because I cannot afford to move, and because my husband wants to work a few more years before retiring. Truthfully, that is all that keeps us here. What has happened to our town to make it so less deserving of my loyalty today than it was 10 or 20 years ago? In my own opinion, it began with the Midtown Mall.


No offense meant to its present owners, but to Ward Hatch, I intend all the offense possible! This monstrous eyesore destroyed the entire character of our town center. Not only is it hideous to look at, but it is shoddily built and in violation of more safety codes than one can count. How did Hatch get away with building store spaces that have no rear exits? ONE bathroom for all the spaces and originally, a septic system that was woefully inadequate. The overhang dumps snow and ice on customers and their cars,and the parking lot is improperly graded which allows water to accumulate on the sidewalks and freeze in winter. Someone's pockets were padded to overlook all these violations, of that there is NO doubt. The whole thing needs to be bull-dozed at Ward Hatch's expense.






Had Hatch cared one iota about this town, he would have saved the one-of-a-kind, Ruby Hotel and built his “Mall” to mirror its unique architecture. Ward Hatch, like Mike Benson, was concerned only about his wallet and in building a private empire in a town he saw as his personal property. Hatch built his mansion on Lebanon's highest hill so he could look down upon his kingdom and beat his chest. When he finally realized that he had irreparably damaged the town, he took his millions and retired to Arizona, leaving us to deal with his mess.


Another HUGE contributor to the downfall of New Lebanon has been the aging and death of the Greatest generation. The REAL, Working Americans who had survived the wars, the depressions and recessions, the floods and droughts, the storms, the hunger and the plenty. The people who had no fear of hard work and were grateful for being Free Americans and feared God, valued morality and respect for others. With them, went personal responsibility, dedication to community, compassion, generosity and Pride. These good people, the ones who kept this town alive and vibrant, have been replaced by outsiders, city folks with more money than brains who come here allegedly to “Relax” on weekends. They have poisoned our culture with their liberal ideologies and lack of honor and faith.


These people have no history here, no investment in the town as a whole, and no CLUE as to who we ARE. Nor do they care to know! They make no effort to assimilate but instead, do everything they can to force their repulsive opinions and Socialist Progressivism upon those of us who are unreceptive to it. As a direct result of this invasion by the Left, our town is no longer recognizable, no longer the happy, warm, country community it was just a few short years ago. Our kids graduate from high school and the majority of them run from Lebanon like their feet are on fire ! The churches are barely surviving, the REAL farms are gone, replaced by organic gardeners that call themselves farmers and produce vegetables that most locals can't afford to buy.


New businesses want nothing to do with us, the market is gone, the 3 diners and the bowling alley are gone, the VFW is about to be torn down and the Masonic Temple is now some kind of useless monument to Heaven knows what! The beautiful old house at the corner of Rt. 20 and 22 South will be gone very shortly, the construction tape announcing its demise already encircling it. The library is now the Lebanon Library with a paid staff and is very expensive to maintain. We lost our doctor, our snack bar, and our printer and we are losing our moral compass.


As the “Economic Development Committee” pushes the United Nations Agenda of Development, Revitalization and Sustainability and the government grants and regulations that come with them, we also stand to lose our freedom to use our own properties as we see fit. We will be under the thumb of federal zoning in exchange for grant money and subsidies.


New Lebanon Community Caring and Stone Soup is trying to slow the spread of these insidious evils by demonstrating what can be done without government assistance and intervention, and we are having notable successes! We now have the “Pages Program” for Seniors and Shut-Ins, a Constitution Study at the Library, and are meeting with the High School History Department to set up a similar study for students in exchange for extra credit. The Community Center is still being discussed and the details ironed out and a Spring Beautification Project is planned with the help of a professional landscaper who was born and raised IN New Lebanon.


We literally have PAGES of ideas that will benefit residents of every flavor and




will cost little or nothing to accomplish. If we need funds, we will RAISE them !


We need YOU! If anyone has ever asked you why you would want to live in New Lebanon and made you ask yourself that same question, then you already know what the needs are. Step on up and give us a hand !


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For those of us who are Republicans, Conservatives and Patriots, we know that Congressman Chris Gibson is our only option for Congress this year. We can NOT vote for a Democrat for Congress under ANY circumstances. Yet Mr. Gibson needs a wake-up call. If you received his email today, you read about his support of the unwanted and controversial, “Behold New Lebanon” project. You also know WHY he supports it. Michael Benson's wife is Gibson's first cousin. So I addressed Mr. Gibson today on his Facebook page, since he feels it unnecessary to respond to personal letters now that he is running unopposed. Enjoy!


(Be sure to read the Eastwick Press Letters to the Editor this week and don't miss the nauseating Berkshire Eagle spread on "Behold".)  GAG!!!!!



Read Gibson's Email today? He wants to talk about Infrastructure and TOURISM in NY. What a WIMP! The following is what I posted to his FB page, but will probably be removed post-haste! Gun Granni

Joanna Smith
Today at 4:38pm.

MR. Gibson, Since you have failed to respond to my letter of June 2014 despite the fact that we are well acquainted, I am forced to resort to commenting HERE. When will you as our representative in Congress, address the REAL issues facing us as Americans, such as the lack of accountability for the Fast and Furious , gun-running program of Eric Holder? WHEN will Holder be removed from his position for being found GUILTY of Contempt of Congress? How about the flood of illegals, criminals , diseases, and drugs freely crossing our southern border? When will there be charges against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the death of 4 Americans in Benghazi, and WHEN will Obama be held to account for his over 100, Constitutional Violations? You want to talk about NY TOURISM? The Behold New Lebanon project in New Lebanon that you so proudly brag about supporting, has divided the people of this town as it was implemented without the knowledge or input of the people, and "arranged" by the NY City elitists who own homes here and are making decisions FOR us all. It is also an intrusive program that will inconvenience the residents during their quiet weekends at home and your cousin's husband, Supervisor Michael Benson, is one of the people who pushed this idea through and by-passed not only the residents, but the Permits, Codes and Studies required before such a program is implemented. Not that this is the FIRST time he has done that for his "Friends" and "Supporters"! Man up, Chris, and admit that Benson is BAD for New Lebanon, and Congress as it stands, is BAD for America!!!!!!


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 Behold the SILENCE !                                                              8-30-2014


              


Lots of folks around town buzzing about the Behold Project today. For a while there, I was beginning to think that I was the only one who saw this as presumptuous and disrespectful of the residents as a whole. Apparently, I was very wrong !


I have received six emails today with links to NY City newspapers and articles they have been running about this project. I am also told that the Berkshire Eagle did a two-page spread ! LOL!! Birds of a feather, is all I can say about the Eagle. The Eastwick Press is STILL the ONLY local paper that is unbiased and reports the news factually. I don't even read the others unless someone asks me to. In any case, I have been out and about New Lebanon for the past two days, delivering fliers and info for the Community Caring Program that is TRANSPARENT and open to ALL residents, and have had occasion to talk and LISTEN to, a lot of unhappy people.


The problem with this is, they tell ME, they tell their neighbors and friends, but they don't tell the people who most need to HEAR it. They don't write letters to the papers or come to a Town Board Meeting and speak. Why is that? No one is going to bite them, and exercising our right to free speech and a personal opinion is something we all NEED to do as often as possible. This is OUR town, yours, mine and our children's, it does not belong to any one person or official or NY City transplant with more money than common sense. Step out and SPEAK !


The general consensus on Behold is not one of opposition to the program or idea itself, the objections are to the MANNER in which it was implemented and the total disregard for the impact on residents who were not aware or included. There is a huge amount of anger over local folks being treated as if we are, and I quote a resident here, “Too stupid to take care of our own town and fix our own problems”. The feeling is that these know-it-all , pushy city folk come up here and decide that we need to be “improved” and “Progressive” and never bother to ASK us what WE want. They use their big bank accounts and connections to do things like Behold New Lebanon , include their inner-circle of friends, and plant articles in NY City newspapers that invite more of exactly what we do NOT want!


One woman told me today that she does not want New Lebanon to be “On the Map” and invaded by still more city people, in fact, she wishes they would all go away and leave us alone to live in rural peace. I hugged her! I am NOT alone in this view! What a nice feeling that was, to know that there are so many others who feel the same way, and I am not the sole objector. I also heard complaints about the bus running around on the back roads on weekends, and especially the fact that Behold never brought this idea to the Town Board, the Zoning Board, the Planning Board or the PEOPLE who live here. THAT seems to be the most prevalent issue for residents. That and the fact that Gaston Roberts is using false claims to avoid getting the absolutely required, Special Use Permit for the Visitor's Center.


This was looked into by our Zoning and Planning Office at the request of several residents, including myself. Selling Sheds, Gazebos and Lawn Furniture is NOT the same as having a Tourist Center, numerous cars, and buses pulling in and out to Rt. 22 South at our most congested intersection. It is clearly a “Change of Use” of the Shed Man property, NO question. Yet when Roberts was questioned about this, he covered for Behold and his friend, Mike Benson, by “Fibbing” about his involvement. He “claimed” that since he will be handing a sales flier for Sheds to every visitor, then the tourists are his “customers”. Smell the B.S yet? Not that it is a surprise that someone who forges the name of someone else to a political campaign petition should be expected to be honest about anything else. Who is going to come up here from the city and buy a shed? I mean, REALLY ?





Grown men, playing games like little boys. Nauseating, isn't it? I give you my word here and now, Gaston Roberts will be held to the same codes and laws as every other resident and business owner in this town. (Except for Blueberry Hill, which we all know is under the same exemptions and special treatment as the rest of Benson's supporters and friends). It may come after Behold is over for the year, but it will come. IF, Behold survives this trial run, and comes back next year, it will be required that they comply with ALL town codes and propose the plan to the PUBLIC.


So the beat goes on in the town we now have surrendered to the outsiders that are so much smarter and more capable than us country bumpkins. THEY will fix all our problems, don't you worry a bit. Just SIT there and watch, and don't get involved or object, they have it under control. Just be a good little subject and pay those tax increases and fight that weekend traffic. Have fun trying to get a pound of butter at Stewarts after the weekend ends, and make sure your kids don't play too close to the road if you live near a Behold presenter! Stay a stupid yokel, pay your bills, and be quiet. Let the EDC plan your future, apply for grants and bring in the government regulations on your properties, cars, open spaces, etc. It's all okay, the government will take GOOD care of you !


Go to the polls in November and be sure to re-elect the Democrats who have caused all the problems we are presently facing in America, and get ready to welcome hundreds of illegal kids from Central America to our classrooms. Go register your guns like the German Jews did for Hitler, ignore Common Core which IS in New Lebanon schools, ignore the porous border and the criminals, guns, drugs, terrorists and diseases that are crossing it freely. We wouldn't want to miss an episode of Survivor or Big Brother now, would we? Pay for the medical care, rent, food and cellphones for Welfare recipients that are healthy and able to work, let Obama continue to strip you of your Constitutional Rights that have served us well for centuries, and keep denying that the Power belongs to the People, not the government.


Little things matter folks, like allowing outsiders to do things in our town that we do not want or even KNOW about. (Of course Mike Benson says that those of you who did not know about Behold, are living under a rock). Such a respectful Supervisor you elected, TWICE. He really cares SO much about the people of Lebanon !! He cares so much, that he didn't even tell the BOARD about Behold, and keeps the EDC and its actions a secret. If we fail to address the little intrusions and violations of our freedoms and interests, they will continue to grow and grow. They already HAVE. How much are you willing to ignore and accept?



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Below  is a picture of what Government grants bring to town.