AUGUST 2015 ARCHIVES


 Come ON, People !!!                                           8-2-2015


                 SIGH !!!   I am going to try REALLY, REALLY hard to not be too unkind here, but it will be difficult as we are talking about Liberals. 

                 First, a question for those of you who do not identify as Liberal.  WHEN are you going to STOP allowing yourselves to be bullied by Idiots with no Common Sense, NO morals, NO facts to back up their arguments or claims, and who think they are better than YOU ? Aren't you fed-up yet?  Do you LIKE the fact that American states are now ALL expected to honor same-sex marriage, Common Core, lawsuits against people of faith who try to ADHERE to the tenets of their faith, (Islam Excluded, they HAVE no rights in my opinion), rioters, illegal immigration, indoctrination of our kids, and Treasonous violations of our rights? Are you content with being pushed around and told what you can say, do, eat, drink, wear, write, etc.,etc.? Good Heavens, what is WRONG with you !?!?

                  I missed the Noise Ordinance Meeting this past Tuesday because I wasn't back from Hudson in time, and frankly, after sitting in that courtroom and watching our Town Clerk's laundry aired for almost 4 hours, I was pretty angry, so it was probably a GOOD thing I missed the meeting. I would NOT have been nice. Nor will I be NICE now. 

                   Back in 1982, the Town of New Lebanon granted the Speedway the Right to Operate unimpeded for "Perpetuity". That means FOREVER, in case you were wondering. Then along came this little Liberal Whiny Butt,called John Dax. A lawyer who thinks he is Clarence Darrow, buys a home on County 9 South and realizes that he can hear the speedway from there. What followed has been years of Dax grinding his axe on Commander's wheels. It has been incessant. 

                    Despite the FACT that Commander really didn't have to do anything but flip Dax off, Howard has bent over backward to please the cry-babies and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it. Now here we go AGAIN. It's okay for people like Ruth Abram to breeze into this town and tell us what we should allow and what she CAN do, regardless of what the Planning Board and majority of residents have to say about it. Yet a 62-year-old business is supposed to BOW to the wishes of outsiders that come here and claim to "LOVE" New Lebanon, but do everything in their power to change it and morph it into THEIR idea of what it should be. 

                   They escape the crummy cities, then try to bring the crumminess HERE! Yeah, makes sense, right? Umm, NO. I am not going to go into the details of what Howard Commander and the Speedway have done for this town and its people over the years, and I won't detail what would happen to this town if we lost the Speedway. YOU should KNOW already.  I won't even explore what was reported about the Tuesday night meeting, it isn't worth my time, you either support the track or you don't. What I need to say right now is this:

                   There are approximately two to three hundred thousand Race Fans within a 100 mile radius of New Lebanon that attend and support the Speedway. Whether it is the dirt track, the drags, the Go-Karts, or the Drifting, they COME from all over the East Coast. Do you REALLY think a few whiners can win a battle with these people? Fat Chance!  Ever see some of the equipment these race people haul to the track every week? What do you suppose all that stuff costs? So if you think that only NY City transplants have the money to fight with, think again! 

                    These whiners have ONE, half-way valid argument, and ONLY one. They claim that the track and the events have expanded in recent years. They're correct, they HAVE. Since they are self-proclaimed financial successes, they should understand that businesses that are successful owe that success to EXPANSION and GROWTH. DUH !!! Who are THEY to dictate to a business-owner how much he can GROW his business ? As I have said many times before, if you don't like the sound of airplanes, don't move near an airport! Try telling Albany Airport they can't expand because you don't like the noise. 

                    The Speedway was here LONG before ANY of the people who are complaining, so they HAVE no shot of winning. All they CAN do, is MOVE. Let's hope they DO. Keep in mind, that when this Noise Ordinance was first mentioned last year, we did our prep work. We have HUNDREDS of people just waiting in the wings to show up in Lebanon to PUSH BACK. I have names, email addresses, hometowns, everything I need to send out the Call to Action, so if you are one of the whiners or a friend of one, you might want to let them know that they might want to think twice before pressing this issue. Ticking-Off the Rednecks is NEVER a good idea.

                   Remember also, that our Congressman, our Assemblyman, and Senator Marchione, are all in favor of the Speedway and speak there every time they are campaigning. Everyone who has lived in this town for more than a few years, KNOWS that John Dax has a personal vendetta against Howard Commander. EVERYONE. So why not cut the crap and give it up now, before it costs you more money and embarrassment? Why not fight against something that REALLY matters, like the Corruption in this town government and in Washington,D.C? How about you write some letters to Congress about Planned Parenthood killing the unborn by the millions every year and selling their body parts?


                    Why don't you form a group to fight Islamic infiltration and illegal immigration? How about you demand that Hillary Clinton face charges for her felonies, Cuomo be impeached for violating the U.S and the N.Y Constitutions with the illegal Safe Act? Too much for ya? Okay, get off your lazy, self-absorbed rear ends and tell Mike Benson that you will NOT support his lies, his attacks on his opponent, or his Secret Committees? This country would have never been possible if not for STRONG, HONORABLE men who fought for what was RIGHT and were not afraid to shed a little blood while doing it. Sissy-Men like Dax that spout Environmental Laws and cry about 10-foot square "Wetlands" are not what REAL American men are made of! 

                     If the men of New Lebanon and the rest of America cannot stand up against the left-wing whinies, then get out of the way and let the REAL American WOMEN get the job done! 

                    Someone who commented in the Courier on the article about the Noise Ordinance meeting said it very well, but I cannot repeat her words. Go read it online. If I was a cussing person, I would say the same. I won't miss another meeting about this issue, and I will not sit still, I will not be silent, and I will not be Politically -Correct. It's time for the liberals in America to crawl back under their rocks and let the rest of us get to work repairing the 60 years of decay they have brought upon our land. 

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Teal  Victory !!                                                                8-3-2015


                      We knew it would go this way. Colleen wins on the residency issue and keeps the Republican line, and loses the Independence line due to the carrying of the two Ind. petitions simultaneously. Next time, she will know better.

                      Isn't it interesting that Colleen was held accountable for her error and paid a price,albeit a small one, FOR that error? Yet BENSON was allowed to get away with his DELIBERATE petition-lies and Fraud ? Laws apply to ALL of us equally, and that includes politicians, celebrities, and the wealthy. NO ONE is Above the Law and We the People are duty-bound to see that they are not, even if their name is Clinton, Bush, or Obama, or in this case, Benson. 

                       So now we go to a Republican Primary, and it is time for all Conservatives in New Lebanon, regardless of party affiliation, to get out there and support the Clean Candidate. That ain't Benson. What he attempted to do to Colleen is inexcusable and unforgettable, and a man with that little character does not deserve ANYONE'S vote.  

                        Calling all New Lebanon Voters ! Do the RIGHT thing and Vote Benson OUT!  Keep Wasch OFF the boards, he HAD his chance, and he served on the Town Board,  and now he is running for the benefit of Ruth Abram and the Beholdees. Keep Eileen Evans family from taking over our Town Government, by NOT voting for her sister for Town Clerk. That would give us THREE Evans/Kelly family members in high positions in local government and ALL of them are Bensonites.  Like I said, putting another Kelly in our town hall is Political Incest. How about we spread the "Power" around a little for a change? 

                         I'm not saying that the Kelly's are not good people or that they don't care about New Lebanon, I am simply saying that NO family should have that many members serving in town politics at the same time. NO FAMILY, of ANY party, should have a monopoly like that. Sadly, it isn't illegal, but speaking ethically, it SHOULD be! 


                         So, Congratulations are in order for Colleen Teal, the truth won out as it always does, eventually.  Anyone else out there think that Mike Benson should reimburse the witnesses he forced into court, for the day of work they lost?  Idiot.

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What's Up THIS Week ?                                            8-7-2015


               By now, I hope everyone has read the articles in both the Courier and the Eastwick re: the lawsuit against Colleen Teal.  We already discussed the usual slant in Benson's favor that we see in the Courier all the time. The Eastwick however, is always much more dedicated to reporting the facts and details as they happened and actually allowing the reader to form an opinion based on those facts. Remember when ALL journalists and media were expected to report in that manner?  The Good Ol' Days.

                If you did read the Eastwick, pay particular attention to Benson's comments at the end of the article. BOOM!  There it IS! He STILL insists that sleeping in one's own bedroom every night is a requirement for residency, even though HE did NO such thing himself during the early days of Campaign #1. The absolute hypocrisy is astounding!

                It is my fondest wish that all Lebanon residents who have read these articles and understand exactly what Benson tried to do to eliminate any and all opposition to his candidacy,  will think long and hard about his level of maturity, professionalism, and character. For ME, his behavior from Day One of his first campaign, makes him a loser, regardless of how many votes he gets. Which is why it was so shocking for me to see people I used to admire , like Bob Weber, Tony Murad, Donna and Jason Smith, and many others, support Benson. It was literally painful to see these intelligent, GOOD people be taken-in by a scam artist, and I took it very personally. Not all of us are blessed with discernment, I guess.

               Which brings me to last night's Republican debate. It was really not a debate in my opinion, but more of a Q&A session. The media opinions today are all over the place. Some think that Trump won by a long shot and that he has cemented his candidacy, while others saw the debate as ruinous to his campaign. Most put Ted Cruz in 2nd place, and Ben Carson in 3rd. I think Trump hurt himself last night. Don't get me wrong, I admire Trump's refusal to be politically-correct, his confidence and willingness to say it like it is. His outspokenness has been a shot in the arm for the other Republicans who have for far too long, ridden the fence and pussy-footed around the REAL issues.

                 Yet at the same time, Trump tends to go a little TOO far and can be tactless and crude. America has had enough of "Leaders" who speak eloquently, but think crudely, we don't need a president who will be crude in speech AND thought.  The ONE thing Trump said that I was thrilled to hear, was that he would not eventually run an independent campaign, as that has been a huge concern for me. Were he to do that, it would guarantee another Democrat win, and another Democrat in the White House will be the end of this country. 

                 Jeb Bush is the ultimate RINO and it's really time for the Bush and Clinton Dynasties to come to an end. I am not thrilled with Rubio, or Kasich, or Carson, or even Walker. I am a 100%, Ted Cruz groupie, period. I could deal with Bobby Jindal or Carly Fiorina, and I wouldn't be upset if Mike Huckabee won either, but Cruz is the man America NEEDS right now. He's honest, strong, Conservative, a man of faith, and a person who understands the heart of America, through his own father who came here as an immigrant, LEGALLY, and immediately became everything an American SHOULD be.

                Professors who taught Cruz in college have stated that he was the most intelligent student they had ever seen. His record and experience is incredibly impressive, and he even argued the Heller case and WON. He means what he says and says what he means and when he says he will do something, he does it. Cruz has no hidden agendas, no bias, no double-standards, no secrets or scandals, and to see him be our next president would bring us the opportunity to see REAL Hope and Change in America. 

                 I look forward to future debates that will actually BE debates, and I foresee a huge rise in the number of Cruz supporters as the months pass and he has more exposure. Trump will hang himself before Christmas, wait and see. LOL!!  He's a Bull in a China Shop, but you know what, the guy is likeable, and you can't take that away from him. 

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                 This week, I received a few phone calls from local people, wanting to know more about the Billboard that Behold posted on the old OTB building. LOL!! A couple of the people who called, wanted to know what exactly is "Behold" and why they had never heard anything about it! EXACTLY !!!   Therein lies my issue with the Behold Organizers.  Lack of prior info. I also spoke again to the Manhattan victims of Ruth Abram Teitelbaum this week , and it was very interesting to see how deep the trauma of what Ruth did to them, actually went. 

                 These folks attended a beautiful party in Manhattan last week and were enjoying themselves immensely, since they work a lot and don't get much opportunity to get out and unwind. Until another party attendee approached them and began discussing the Tenement Museum. It immediately ruined the evening, and the Mrs. did not sleep that night. The very mention of Ruth Abram causes such extreme anxiety for her, that she fears that it may affect her health. Imagine the depth of the trauma, that it would still have such an effect so many years later! Many of us, myself included, can relate, I'm sure. 

               So what does all that have to do with the Billboard? Everything. We are not dealing with just any resident, business-owner, or non-profit organizer. We are dealing with a woman who thinks she can do whatever she pleases, anywhere, at any time. A woman who tried to rob a family of their home and income via Eminent Domain just because she WANTED what was theirs. How is that any different than a thug stealing your car because he LIKED it and thought he should HAVE it? 

              The Planning Board told Behold "NO" Billboard, period. The Town Sign Code says NO Billboard. Behold was told clearly and concisely, that they could have two, 3x3, off-site signs. Several days later, Behold posted the billboard and flipped-off the Town Codes and the Planning Board members. A poll of these members made it very obvious that they were NOT pleased and did NOT want the billboard to remain on the OTB Building. Yet, everyone also knows that Behold will claim that it is not a sign, but an "Art Mural". It is not a mural, it is pieces of paper glued to a wooden surface, which is a BILLBOARD. They will claim that because there is no text, it is not a sign. If I put a 4'x6' sheet of plywood painted with a Confederate Flag design or a White Supremacy symbol, in my front yard, but NO words, what is it? Is it a Sign, a Mural, a Billboard, WHAT? 

             Now, let's say I went to the Planning Board first and told them I wanted to do this, and that the content was offensive, but allowed by my 1st Amendment rights, and the board said "NO" because it is over-sized, should I do it anyway and just hope that the ridiculous requirements of 60-day violation notices,etc., would allow me to keep my offensive sign up indefinitely? Even if I had a Black Family living on one side of me and Holocaust survivors on the other?  The Behold billboard is not offensive or racist, but it is a violation, text or no text, and if someone with the background of Ruth Teitelbaum is allowed to get away with it, what will she do NEXT year? Remember who she IS and what she has DONE in the past, and THINK about that. I TOLD you she would push the limits and beyond, didn't I? So now, SHE gets a billboard, while other businesses and organizations are held to the local laws? THAT is why, not only should the Behold Billboard be immediately removed, but Behold should be fined as well. People like this woman, MUST be monitored and held to the SAME rules as all others in this town.

             If, Behold wishes to rent an actual billboard and pay for it out of our tax money she gets via grants, then so be it. That's legal. What she did on the OTB building is exactly the same as what she did by forcing this project down our throats. She is literally saying, "Screw You!". In her mind, she is "Special and Entitled" and she is saving what she calls our, "Deteriorating Little Town". We are to her, a life-sized dollhouse that she can arrange in any way she pleases. We are her "Toys" and Lebanon is her playroom.

             SHOULD New Lebanon re-examine our local sign laws? Maybe we should. Seeing as how the Hilltown Market's Banner is also a violation, as is the M&M Taproom's flashing sign, the Pillar's numerous sandwich-style signs, and Blueberry Hill's numerous plywood signs, perhaps we need to take a closer look at the severity of our laws. Are we too strict? Too lax? Are we too busy assaulting the Speedway for doing what Speedways DO, and blind to the real abuses? Should we be demanding action on the mess at the corner of Rt. 20 and Lover's Lane, the full-time yard sale at the Kendall House, or should we relax the rules and allow people to live and grow their businesses with less political intervention? 

             Personally, I feel that we have too many "Rules" and "Regulations", but I also feel that while we DO have them and they are in place, they should be adhered to and enforced, equally and without bias. If they are burdensome, they should be looked at and changed as needed, but in the meantime, Behold is NOT exempt from the laws that exist, and neither is anyone else. Our ZEO is not provided with clear enough definitions and guidance on many of these codes and manners of enforcement, and that too, needs to change. This is the country, and we need to chill out some and let folks have their home-made signs and banners, even if they are a little over the prescribed limits, but we need to put that IN WRITING, in our town codes. If people want junk, let them have it, but require they put a blind fence around it. Keep it simple, keep it FAIR. 

            Behold New Lebanon was not told that they could NOT have a sign, in fact, they were allowed TWO. Yet they STILL felt the need to push the limits and abuse the laws and board members that tried to cooperate with them while still adhering to the code. Should they get away with it? Let the Planning Board know how YOU feel. 

             Two more little pieces that are of concern;

 1) Monte Wasch tried to tell me at the library meeting for Behold this year, that Eminent Domain can NOT be imposed by any private entity. Wanna BET, Monte? Do your homework! It cannot be imposed by one PERSON, but it can, and has been, done by small groups and companies,  little organizations much like BEHOLD.  

 2) At last review, Behold has still not received their 501c, Non-Profit license yet. Hmm. Year TWO, and no 501?


           Remember next year, when Behold pushes for MORE Special Exemptions and treatment, that they got away with this billboard THIS year. When Behold expands and grows every year and Ruth takes more and more of your town, that it happened because no one held her to account THIS year, and no one was willing to set LIMITS on her expansion  before it was too late. 


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Nothing "ROUND" in THIS Town !                8-11-2015


             Yes, the Truth is often hard to take, but it should still, ALWAYS be told. The Truth about New Lebanon is that there is no one with any fortitude, sense of responsibility, or CAJONES. Not when it comes to fairness or anything to do with what is right or honorable, anyway.


             I see the liberals, those who are new to town and those who have been here for many years , stand up and go AFTER what they WANT, actually FIGHT for it until they WIN.  I hear from the residents that are unhappy with and about some of these actions, and they complain and want to know why nothing is done to rein-in these people. Well, TRUTH is, nothing is done about the oppression of the left in our town and all across our country, because all you DO is complain, but never, ever take action.

             We the People have the power to change anything we believe needs changing, IF we exercise our Constitutional Powers, Unity, and determination to do so. We can remove the traitors and tyrants from office , no matter what the level of government , if we were all AWARE of the power we were given by the Founding Fathers and stood together to get it done.  Instead, the majority remains ignorant of those powers because they do not KNOW what the Constitution has to say, what the Redress of Grievances means, and are unwilling to learn or take action themselves. It's always a matter of "SOMEONE should do something", or "WHY doesn't SOMEBODY do something about that?".  Guess what folks? YOU are SOMEONE, YOU are SOMEBODY, and "We the People" is YOU! 

            Americans are ignorant, spoiled, lazy, and totally spineless. The fear of putting ourselves out there and actually BEING Americans, has crippled us and made us victims of tyrants. It's a choice. We are so concerned with being unpopular, or ridiculed in some way, that we are willing to sacrifice freedom for security, liberty for a Nanny State, and Honor for the Easy Way out. The results of our cowardice are obvious, don't you think?

            It's apparent to all of you by now, that I am 100% unconcerned with popularity, I don't give a Rat's Behind what names I'm called or what labels are attached to me. My dedication to the principles and liberties of the Constitution will not be compromised, and I refuse to be politically-correct and put someone's tender sensibilities above the truth . By now, you are all aware of the issues surrounding the Behold New Lebanon "Mural". If you are not, go back and read my posts from last week. 

           I finally submitted a Formal Complaint to our ZEO re: the Mural, the accompanying signs with the "Text", and the total disregard of Behold for the decision of the Planning Board and our town codes. Almost IMMEDIATELY, the ZEO sent an email to all members of all three town boards, as well as myself and other interested parties, stating that since there is no description in our codes as to how to deal with a Mural , NO ACTION will be taken. LOL!! NO surprise there, is there?!?!  We KNEW all along, that even if there WERE clear guidelines, this issue would be deliberately dragged out until the Behold season ended and the mural would remain. You KNOW why.

           The NFL had a huge issue this year over deflated balls, but I see the same thing in our government officials at every level, and I see it among the populace. Isn't Freedom and Accountability more important than football? If you said "No", you do not deserve freedom.  A few residents have made some comments about Behold and specifically the Mural, as "Cheapening" our Town. No folks, Behold is not Cheapening our town, YOU ARE.  YOU, by your silence and lack of spine, are to blame for what is happening and what WILL happen as a result of your lack of courage and willingness to speak up. YOU will be to blame for what Behold does NEXT year and the years after that. I did MY part and YOURS. So do not complain to me about ONE MORE thing unless you are willing to stand up beside me and DO something about it. 

            So what's next? Nothing. I am done fighting your battles for you with no back-up from any of you. I am done with my so-called , "Like-Minded" residents and "Friends" who are gung-ho and angry until it's time to ACT, and then leave me standing alone. I am done with your broken promises and cowardly behaviors. I am DONE with the lack of anything ROUND between the legs of the "Men" of this town and this country. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

            Don't think for a minute that this is surrender on MY part. I will continue to fight for what I believe is right and fair, and I'll do it alone because I always have. I just won't listen to YOU anymore or address YOUR complaints and objections unless you are standing right beside me. Deal with it. As for the Mural issue?  I plan to make a few Murals of my own. My property will slowly become a local Billboard for MY views and choices, an advertisement of MY beliefs, and since there are no town codes and no one willing to address it, they will remain in place no matter who objects or claims offense. 

           I will have Confederate Flag Murals, Pro-Traditional Marriage Murals, anti-Liberal Murals, anti-Islam Murals, Pro-GOD Murals, and everything else that offends the left. If I want to build something and place it less than the required set-backs, I will use photos of a baby's feet, lay them down at the property line in a set of ten, and say, "There, ten feet setback requirement is met". Works for Behold, works for ME and the rest of us!  WATCH me! 

           I am a strong believer in refusing to comply with unconstitutional laws, such as the NY Safe Act and a million others. I also support adherence to laws that ARE Constitutional and those that apply to safety, such as traffic laws. Yet, when there ARE no "CLEAR" laws to protect the rights and opinions of the people, or officials who are willing to enforce or address these issues, anything goes, it seems. So let's enjoy THAT freedom and do as we wish with our properties. If you don't know how to work around the codes to suit your needs, just contact Monte Wasch or Ruth Abram Teitelbaum and they can help you out, I'm sure. Don't worry about town officials either, because they are unwilling to take action and our Town Attorney is too busy being cozy with Mike Benson and Deputy Supervisor, Dan Evans at the M&M Taproom. 


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Town Board Meeting                                           8-11-2015


                    Ah, and what a meeting it was ! Well attended, only due to the fact that there was fire department business to be discussed and the public hearing on the Zoning Re-Write.

                    Once again, the original objectors to the re-write failed to appear. How they expect to be heard when they don't show up is beyond me, but it's their choice, not mine. I did finally see that I am not the only active resident that was abandoned by my peers when it came time to speak out, as the lady who was there to disagree with the zoning changes, was left alone by HER so-called support group as well. I empathized with her after the meeting. Nice lady. 

                     The changes to our Commercial/Industrial Zone passed, even though the Czar made the motion and no one would second it. It was a LOOOONG silence until finally, Mini-Me Evans seconded the motion. Gee, you don't suspect that the Czar and his clone set THAT up beforehand, do you? NAH! 

                      My husband was hot under the collar about the Behold Mural issue and had his say about that during the zoning hearing. He asked why we were even discussing zoning when no one enforces anything anyway.  LOL!!  Then he said that maybe we should just wait until the "New Supervisor" is sworn-in. LOLOL!!!! Believe it or not, the matter of the vacancy on the Planning Board came up! Considering it has been MONTHS now, and the opening has been advertised TWICE, it's about TIME.

                       Of course we all know that the reason no appointment has been made, is that Benson hasn't been able to personally select a crony that would apply, and the two residents who DID apply, are not to his liking. Now that Brucey is no longer with us, the Czar has taken over the job of stacking the boards. Brucey was much better at it. So tonight, the Czar decided that the position should be "Freshly Advertised". Seems he may have found a patsy after all, either that or he is hoping one of his buddies will just step up and push Kevin Smith and Monte Wasch aside.

                       The more I think about it, the more I would like to see Monte appointed to the Planning Board, because then he won't be a candidate for Town Board. If he MUST be on a board, it would be far preferable if he was on the PB. He's somewhat outnumbered there. Then his present opposition might have a shot at the Town Board and we would have a more balanced representation there. That's what we need, is a Balance. The TB has been liberal-controlled for far too long. 

                        The rest of the meeting was the same old, same old , until Privilege of the Floor. THAT got interesting. I was the unlucky first on the list and I had plenty to say. (I usually do). I immediately told those present that from now on, if they owned a business, managed an organization, or simply wished to jazz-up their property, they could do whatever they wished, as we have no clear codes and enforcement here in Lebanon. I suggested that anyone who cared to, post signs and murals of any size, anywhere they wished or could get permission from the property owner to post.

                       I also announced that I have my own paint and brushes ready to go and plan to start MY murals tomorrow! Andy Howard explained that the Behold Mural cannot be cited by Kent or the Planning Board because our sign ordinance is stupid. There is NO explicit description of a "Sign", or a "Mural", that gives Kent the power to cite anyone. So all these years of violating people for their signs have been illegal. Anything goes! LOL!! Stan Koloski abused and tortured residents endlessly, and even dragged residents into court, costing the town over 100 thousand dollars, and we have no CLEAR description? Seriously ?

                       The only answer to this problem is to re-write the sign code and any others that are meaningless and have no teeth.( Bad enough that Lebanon has no cajones , but now we are toothless as well).  If they choose NOT to amend the codes, then residents and businesses can do as they please. Not necessarily a BAD thing, when you consider the extreme regulations we have seen imposed of late. I am rather pleased about it. Freedom excites me. 

                        Before I finished, I told the Czar that his lawsuit against Colleen Teal was immature, uncalled for, and an embarrassment to this town and the people who live here. I reminded him of his fraudulent petition, the admission of that fact by the Columbia County B.O.E, and the FACT that he himself did not LIVE in New Lebanon when he ran for Supervisor the first time. He made NO attempt to deny ANY of those statements ! I told him that what he had done was an example of the double-standard and it was shameful, and that if anyone wanted a copy of any of the evidence of the facts I had just presented, I had them on my person. The reporters that were present took copies. 

                         That Benson made no effort to defend himself speaks volumes. I was not the only one to go after him tonight, Kevin Smith had his say too. He made it clear that he knows that Benson is deliberately avoiding appointing him to the Planning Board and that advertising the vacancy a THIRD time is not acceptable when there were TWO applicants from the first two advertisements. All true, of course. That's what they call, "Corruption", folks ! Still, as I said before, I would rather see Kevin on the Town Board anyway. Keep Monte on the little boards where he has less control and less influence for the benefit of his friend, Ruth Abram Teitelbaum. Best case scenario would be to see Monte not be appointed or elected to ANYTHING, as he has been a Town Councilman in the past, and he is applying and running for openings now, precisely for the Behold Program.

                         Colleen was shocked that I had gone after Benson about the lawsuit, but she was not unhappy about it. I just took her by surprise by coming right out with it. Oh well, someone had to say it, and I knew no one ELSE would. When I turned 50 years old, I made a conscious decision to remove my filter and just be open and honest, let the chips fall where they may. I don't answer to man, I answer to a higher power, and I don't want Him asking me why I stayed silent in the face of bad behavior.

                           Chatting with folks after the meeting, I was pleased to hear how much support there is for Colleen and her campaign. For the first time in 7 years, I feel optimistic about an election. It's refreshing and hopeful, and I enjoy thinking about the positive changes we would see in Lebanon with a change of "Leadership". One thing Colleen is NOT, is biased. She will NOT play favorites or give special privileges to her friends and those who can give her something in return. She has always treated all the residents equally and respectfully, and that's how it should be. She will have no need for a paid, private secretary, she will BE available to the residents FULL TIME, and she will treat us all like we matter. She always HAS. 

                           Before I bid you goodnight, there is one more interesting thing that was mentioned at tonight's meeting. Apparently, the illegal EDC sent out several blitz emails to every Grocery Store Chain in NY State, quote,"BEGGING" someone to open a store in Lebanon. They directed interested parties to contact Mike Benson. NO ONE REPLIED. LOLOL!!!!  Not ONE grocer. Someone in the crowd asked Benson how he felt about being made the "Contact", and I said, "Lonely". LOLOL!!

                           On the upside, Phyllis Hulbert, who is now in charge of Senior issues in town, announced that a couple of grocers in Pittsfield are discussing the possibility of taking telephone orders from New Lebanon Seniors and delivering the groceries to their homes. She has also managed to secure transportation services for our Seniors to go to doctor appointments in Columbia County and Pittsfield with a two-week advance notice. So if this is something that would benefit you or a family member, contact Phyllis. Great Job, Phyll !

                            Sleep Well, New Lebanon.  

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 Is It The WATER ??                                              8-15-2015


               When certain groups of people begin to behave in abnormal ways, we start to wonder if there is a common denominator, an illness, drug, or toxin for example. Much like the Cancer Clusters that occurred in places like the Love Canal, there are questions that need to be answered.

                I am all too well aware of the illness that Liberalism is, how many have been affected via indoctrination in our schools and media, and I also know that one must be mentally susceptible to these mind-altering , subliminal and more often, Force-Fed ideas. Weak minds are easily manipulated. 

                 The odd behaviors we have been seeing in New Lebanon are not necessarily clustered geographically, but they are "Socially". Those affected tend to travel in the same circles, associate with others that are behaving oddly, eat in the same restaurants, and attend the same meetings and events. Most of them are transplants, part-timers, usually wealthy, many are business owners, and all are Liberal. There are even a few long-time locals who have been affected through association and ignorance. Be VERY afraid, folks!  LOL!!

                  Okay, in all seriousness, we have another, unbelievable event to discuss.  If you are informed and have been keeping up with the local news, you know all about the legal issues between Benson and Teal. You also know that Teal won on the residency issue, and that Benson himself was NOT a Lebanon resident when he ran for Supervisor the first time. You know all about the error on Colleen's petition and the deliberate FRAUD surrounding Benson's Conservative Petition in the past election. Did you think that the Judge's investigation and decision would be the end of the matter? After all, isn't it the Judge who has the Last Word? 

                   Apparently NOT. Let me begin by telling you that Colleen's boyfriend has had a couple of MAJOR tragedies in his family this year that would knock even the strongest person off their feet. There are kids involved that have lost their only parent and are clinging to Colleen for solace and direction. So she agreed to spend as many nights as possible in Pittsfield , just until school starts, to assist this family in need. The details are no one's business, but take it from me, Colleen is doing the right and compassionate thing, and it is a temporary situation. She has not, and does not INTEND to, ever give up her Lebanon home and residency.

                  So, that being said, WHY is the Columbia County Sheriff's Office sending Deputies to knock on the doors of Colleen's neighbors on West Hill, to drill them about Colleen's residency? The Judge made his decision based on the EVIDENCE produced, so WHO authorized this invasive investigation NOW? Sheriff Bartlett? Chris Gibson? WHO?? In what world is it okay for these people to challenge the Judge's decision? How is it okay to harass a resident and her neighbors based on an Election Law issue that the Sheriff's Department claims they do not get involved in? 

                  Some of you will remember when Bruce Baldwin used his town email and computer to promote the candidacy of Christopher Steadman, ( a Republican at the time), and that Baldwin and Doug Clark helped Steadman sneak into the closed, Democrat caucus by shielding him with their bodies while Steadman forged his Democrat daughter's signature to the Sign-In sheet. There were misdemeanors committed there, and the Sheriff's Department LIED to us and claimed that they did not accept complaints from citizens against officials. When I asked for the law that stated this fact, I was then told that it was, "Department Policy" and there was no such "Law".  Cronyism. 

                  At last Tuesday's Town Board Meeting, I told Benson in public, face-to-face, that he is a hypocrite and a child. He is charging Colleen with things she is not guilty of, but that he himself, WAS guilty of and worse! I told you that he made NO attempt to deny his past crimes or to even defend himself. Now here we are, four days later, with Deputies in town, knocking on doors and investigating Colleen?!? How very convenient that this is happening on a Saturday when the Judge and Sheriff are not available. 

                 The Sheriff's Department will lie to us and say they are justified, but what we need to KNOW, is WHO AUTHORIZED THIS and WHY ?? This is Harassment, plain and simple. This is the Truth of what Mike Benson IS. A spoiled little boy with a God Complex who is terrified of "Losing", scared to death of not being in "Control" of this town and its people. I will attempt to put this nicely so as not to be charged with Slander, but this man is not healthy, emotionally. I could say that in many ways that would get the truth across much more effectively, but you get the gist. 

             Anyone who would lie, mis-represent himself, abuse his connections, make false promises and claims, mistreat employees,cheat to get elected, make deals in secret, and a number of other, very serious things I cannot say here but that include threats and Conflicts of Interest, is not a normal human being. Not in MY world anyway. Should someone with this total lack of character and integrity be given ANY power, even as Supervisor of a tiny, rural town? No. He should be locked-up somewhere. I cannot prove what Benson's political aspirations might actually be, but people in the know tell me that he plans to seek higher office. Hearsay yes, but not at all unlikely considering the puffed-up sense of self-importance Benson is infected with. Tyrants seek more and more power every day and no amount of control is ever enough. Which is why Ruth Abram Teitelbaum is such a threat to our community, why Cuomo is such a threat to freedom in NY State, etc. Politics attract the emotionally crippled who thrive on power and the abuse OF it.

             What a shame that so many men need to be validated via a political title, rather than by simply being a Good Man, a Good Father and Husband, a man with a Work Ethic and sense of responsibility, a man of Faith and with a love of country. It is these things that make men great, not a title. Where are those men in our governments? Our communities and our homes? 

             I am ashamed and embarrassed that Mike Benson is our Town Supervisor, that so many people are laughing at New Lebanon and the "Leader" who is beating up the Town Clerk because she might actually win this election. He is afraid of her, but rather than  campaign honestly and fairly and let the people decide, he is on the attack, and his ridiculous behavior will hopefully be his downfall. He is 100% devoid of character and he is a poor excuse for a MAN, never mind a Supervisor. I hope his father is happy now that his son has shamed himself and this town, since Daddy Benson assisted in the Fraud and abuse every step of the way. How do they hold their heads up? 


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ACT  III                                                                             8-16-2015



                     A little addition to the election corruption story of 2015.  Told ya this would be the dirtiest we'd seen yet! 


                     You all know who Jason Nastke is, I assume?  If not, he is the Columbia County Republican Party Chair.  He is NOT a good boy, or an honest player. He was the guy who conveniently "Found" an extra vote in his jacket pocket when we had a tie between Town Justice Candidates, Nevers and Poppey. That vote swung the election for Nevers. I could go on about Nastke all day, and am working right now to provide proof of WHY he did not remain Mayor of Valatie for long.  THAT's a REAL interesting piece, but I can't share it without documentation. 

                      However, I DO have documentation of his latest misdeed and have posted it for you below, as always.  Good old Jason, big-time contributor to RINO, Chris Gibson, Mike Benson's cousin-in-law and supporter, has now decided to send a letter with FALSE statements about Colleen Teal, to not only Mike Benson, Virginia Martin and Judge Koweek, but to at LEAST one, New Lebanon, Independence Party Voter !!!!!!  Yes, you heard me right, and for all we know at this moment, he might have sent it to any number of local voters! 

                       This letter was his response to the court hearing of the Benson/Teal lawsuit, and he should have read the transcripts of the hearing before he wrote this trash. He not only claims that Teal made statements she did NOT make, (I was THERE, remember?), but he claims she is guilty of Perjury and is a resident of Massachusetts, not N.Y. This letter was a required response to the Judge, but is NOT something that should have EVER been sent to the voters, especially since it is full of falsehoods and outright LIES. This is grounds for his dismissal, and it HAS been sent to the proper authorities. 


                      I have also posted another document below that was sent to the Columbia County B.O.E by the New Lebanon Republican Party Committee of Political Incest. The four Musketeers decided that the Republicans would not have any caucus this year, but would endorse via petition only. Gee, I wonder WHY they would do THAT?  I can only think of about three good reasons. How many can YOU come up with?  LOL!  Slimy.  Question here is, if you are a Republican, were you notified of this change? Did you receive ANYTHING to inform you about this either before or after it was decided?  My husband and I are registered Republicans, and WE never heard a thing! The only reason I DO know about it, is because a copy was handed to me about 2 weeks ago by a ticked-off Republican who got it from someone at county.


                     If this concerns you at all, I STRONGLY recommend you contact the NY State B.O.E tomorrow morning. 

                     I do know this; once this election is over, I will need to shower with an S.O.S pad to remove the layer of filth left behind by these scumbags. What an embarrassment. 

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  Colleen Teal NEVER swore that she lived anywhere but in New Lebanon, and she NEVER stated that she "Did not Live on West Hill Road".  She provided STACKS of proof of her New Lebanon residency and stated that she was temporarily spending "Nights" with her boyfriend.  Anyone with doubts of what was said, can FOIL the transcripts and read them.


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 Updates for the Informed                                         8-17-2015


                 Why? Well, because there is no sense in updating the uninformed or those who prefer to remain in denial.


                  So here is the decision on at least ONE piece of the Benson-Led Assault on Political Integrity.  Certain Authorities have advised me today that the Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies likely received a request from Benson's lawyer PRIOR to the hearing, to determine Colleen's residency. Not exactly a scoop there. The Deputies are allowed to conduct a basic investigation into residency upon request, but they are allowed to do only TWO things;

   1) Question the nearest neighbors to the resident in question

   2) Check with the local post office to see if mail is being delivered and picked up by the resident.

          The Deputies did do these things on Saturday, but the PROBLEM is, they did it a full week AFTER the Judge had made his decision and the case was CLOSED. Colleen had proven her residency to the full satisfaction of the court, so this investigation constitutes an Abuse of Power by the Sheriff's Department. We could file complaints, but how far do you suppose they would go in this tangled web of corruption? Waste of time and energy. So, what next ?

          We now determine exactly WHOM it was that sent these deputies to New Lebanon on Saturday, 8-15-2015 to exercise what was a total waste of time, seeing as the case was closed, AND a misuse of Law Enforcement resources that the taxpayers foot the bill for.   I find it extremely interesting that this same Law Enforcement Agency that flatly REFUSED to accept a complaint against a Town Councilman who broke the law, would take the time to undergo this wasted probe into Colleen Teal's privacy.  Guess it depends on WHO you are and what PARTY you are affiliated with. We'll see. 

           The letter from Jason Nastke that I posted for you last night, is "Believed " to have been written well in advance of the court hearing, but I find that hard to accept. IF it was written in advance, why would Nastke  attempt to quote statements he claims were made DURING the hearing? His claims were inaccurate and libelous, but he still tried to influence voters by making them.  I think Jason should have proof-read that letter and the court transcript before he mailed it. He now looks like the fool he is. 

           Another thing about that letter. Notice that he CC'd TWO people, Virginia Martin and Judge Koweek. He did not CC the New Lebanon voter who also received a copy or anyone else who MAY have received one. This little weasel needs to stick with building houses and fighting the lawsuits against his construction company for faulty workmanship. Yup, look it up. Nastke Builders of Niverville. 

           

            The Democrat Caucus is this Thursday. TWO Republicans who waited too long to petition for candidacy, are seeking the Democrat Cross-Endorsement. LOLOL!!!  Good luck with that, Bud Godfroy and Tony Murad. (TOLD ya Bud would run!) So let me get this straight. The Republican Committee, of which Godfroy is a member, voted to rob the Republican voters of a caucus in an effort to stall Colleen Teal and favor Benson, and then they didn't bother to even TELL the Republican voters what they had done. Now they want the Dems to Cross-Endorse them?? Oh my goodness, that is hysterical!  LOLOLOL!!!!!! 

            So why is Tony Murad running for Town Board when he is the sitting Chair of the Zoning Board? Making room for Dax to return? Maybe. In any case, it's a moot issue, the Dems are not stupid.  I betcha I can guess why Murad is running. It's because we no longer NEED a Zoning or Planning Board in Lebanon. LOLOL!! Residents and businesses can now do whatever they want, no sign laws, no need for compliance, remember?  If we have NO sign laws, and we DO have oppressive codes pertaining to the use of our private properties that apply to SOME residents but not ALL, why should any of us comply with ANY of the "Rules"? What need have we of a Planning and Zoning department or boards? 

             Do as you wish with and on your property as long as there are no toxic or illegal substances, no excessive noise or odors. Collect all the junk you please, just block it from view. Grow some weed like tons of residents here already do, and tell Cuomo to stuff his regulations on Medicinal Marijuana. Raise some pigs and guinea hens no matter what zone you live in. Behold New Lebanon will LOVE it, more farm folks for the citiots to gape at on Saturdays. Hey, we're FREE people, let's ACT like it ! No one will cite you and they can't arrest us ALL. LOLOL!! 

             If politicians, Deputy Sheriffs, and County Officials can bend, twist, and mutilate the laws, so can WE! Until THEY are held accountable for their misbehavior, abuses of power, lies, and crimes, why should the People be?  Disobey folks, it's warranted, it's effective, and it's FUN. 

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               Don't forget to think long and hard about how you will vote for the Town Clerk position. We have two candidates, Tistrya who has worked in our town hall for a LONG time now and has done an exemplary job. She is experienced, reliable, and scandal-free.  The second candidate has NO experience and very few people even know her. She is yet ANOTHER member of the Kelly/Evans Clan that is attempting to build a local, political dynasty and who are avid supporters of Benson. So far as scandal goes, NO COMMENT. Some of you already know the history of this candidate so I won't go there. 

                Just remember that the Town Clerk position is the most difficult and important job in town government. It is the heart and soul of the town body and whomever fills that seat must be experienced, responsible, and unbiased. That's why I am supporting Tistrya Hamilton Houghtling. 

                We must address the unethical practice of allowing multiple members of a family to serve on numerous town boards and in town government jobs,  simultaneously. This is a serious Conflict of Interest and it needs to be stopped. 



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 WHO Should Vote Upstate ??                                       8-18-2015


                     Easy answer; Full-Time residents of Upstate New York, that's who.  I received the two articles that I have posted links to below, from a New Lebanon resident today. VERY interesting !

                     You all know that I despise the idea of City folk coming here to "Relax" and "Unwind" in the country, then turn around and do everything they can to change us into what they claim they needed to escape!  They are not unwelcome here by any means, but their city traditions and left-wing ideals are definitely NOT welcome.  During the Behold arguments, I heard over and over from these part-timers and newcomers, about how much they LOVE and CARE about New Lebanon and its quiet, rural atmosphere. Yet every single person that said this to me or within earshot OF me, is actively engaged in programs that will destroy what they profess to love about our town.

                   I also find it deplorable that so many of them use their part-time, upstate addresses as their "Primary" TAX location to avoid the higher rates in the city. NOW, it's the Vote. The Democrats that are invading upstate NY by the hundreds each year, are voting HERE. Even if they are here less than half of the time, they are affecting our political atmosphere and consequently, our freedoms and traditions.  Those that are here to stay full-time, have every right to vote here, same as those of us who have lived here for MANY years or were born here. Part- Timers? No, go vote in the city.

                   The fact that the upstate Republicans are objecting and actually DOING something about this, is refreshing and encouraging. What the heck took them so long? NO ONE who lives here for less than 6 months out of the year should be allowed to vote here, or serve on any town boards or committees. Michael Benson was raised in New Lebanon, but he left here as a very young man and did not return for over 20 years. As you well know, he was NOT a full-time resident of New Lebanon when he dared to campaign for Town Supervisor the first time. Yet HE felt justified in accusing Colleen Teal of not being a resident ? What about the Liberals that do not live here full-time, yet voted for HIM, TWICE?!?!  He hasn't had THEIR residency investigated !

                  What was a Columbia County matter, then just a Tagkhanic matter, should once again become a County matter, and I intend to look into it further. This county is the new City-Transplant destination, and every town has been affected. Many times, I have talked about the fact that I vote for Democrats at the town level, far more often than I do Republicans. That will be the case again THIS year. Why? Well, our local Republicans are not Conservatives and most of those who have run for office here are not what I consider GOOD people.  I do not vote the Party line, I vote the Integrity Line. 

                   At the state and federal levels, I would sooner vote for Bozo the Clown than a Democrat. Ain't happening. Yet these Dems that come here from the city to get away part-time, will vote for the most LIBERAL candidates every time, also regardless of party. That's how they get their way when they want to trample the locals, as with Behold New Lebanon and Ruth Abram Teitelbaum. As with "Sustainable Development", "Hamlet Revitalization Studies", "Conservancy Groups" and "Excessive Zoning and Environmental  Regulations".  All these tyrannical, Agenda 21 projects come from the city folk. Ask Howard Commander if you don't want to hear it from ME. 

                  No,  part-timers should NEVER vote here, never run for office here, and never sit on a board or committee here until they become Full-Time residents. I strongly support the requirement of proof of full-time residency for city people before than are allowed to affect our town governments. Just because they "Intend" to retire here someday, is no excuse. When they DO retire here, THEN they can do these things. Vote where you LIVE and work the bulk of your time, run for office where you live and work the bulk of your time, and keep the city liberalism, IN the city. 

                  How dare anyone support Mike Benson's attempt to disqualify Colleen Teal who is only temporarily  spending NIGHTS out of town to help a family through a tragedy, yet ignore those who vote here in every election, and live in the city most of the year! What IS it with the Double-Standard and Utter Hypocrisy of the liberal mind?!?  Yes, Benson IS a Liberal in every sense of the word, and so are many of New Lebanon's so-called Republicans. THAT, is why I vote for local Dems. 

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  Voter Article Links       



    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/nyregion/23columbia.html     


 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/19/805768/-Tedisco-Redux-Vote-Suppression-in-New-York-pics-poll


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 Anybody Home?                                                                 8-20-2015


                     WoW!  The Snollygosters took a beating tonight!  

            First, I want to set something straight, as all misinformation SHOULD be. The Democrat Party in Lebanon still does not know who fed them the erroneous information that Tony Murad and Bud Godfroy were seeking the cross-endorsement, but neither of them DID.  The consensus seems to be that it was deliberately given to them as a distraction to rile folks up. Funny, that was my first thought as well. No names need be mentioned here, but all seem to feel it was a specific individual that "Planted" the information. 

             According to Tony Murad himself, he was quite surprised to learn that he was running for Town Board. His healthy sense of humor kicked-in though, and he was a great sport about it. He does not however, intend to run for Town Board now or in the future. That's actually a very good thing, because he has managed to return our Zoning Board to a professional, COURTEOUS board that treats the residents with respect. John Dax was rude and abusive and still IS. 


        SO, the Dem Caucus! Great turnout and great outcome ! Colleen Teal trounced Benson, 48-17 !  The Town Board vacancies have been filled by Doug Banker and Kevin Smith, who both soundly beat Monte Wasch.  For all intents and purposes, these will be the two, new Town Councilmen as they are unopposed. Tistrya Houghtling was also unopposed for Town Clerk, and will now come up against Eileen Evan's sister, if she indeed is running for the position. I have not received any official confirmation of her candidacy. Our Republican committee does not keep its constituents informed of ANYTHING.

         As expected and deserved, the new candidates are excited and the plans they have to turn this town government into a transparent, inclusive, and honest entity, are a breath of fresh air. We now have hope of re-unifying the residents and seeing them respect one another's differing views without animosity or forcing unwanted programs and development agendas down the throats of the people.  IF Colleen wins this election, the people of New Lebanon will once again have a voice, once again have a Supervisor we can talk to and have available to us ALL, regardless of income or status.  

          I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to those who won tonight, and my heartfelt thanks to all who voted for integrity and honor. We still have a Republican Primary ahead, and then the election itself, and it is my hope that there will be no more dirty games and false accusations from one, certain candidate that does not play well with others. Let the PEOPLE decide. Somehow, I do not see a peaceful, mature campaign ahead. Not if the past month is any indication.

           As a Republican, I would like to say this to my fellow Republicans; "Please think long and hard about how you will vote in the primary. Think about what has changed for the better and for the worse in New Lebanon in the past 4 years, and about what you want to see change in the NEXT 4 years, then vote accordingly".  I have not seen positive change, but I have seen far too much Negative. I have seen the claims of a supermarket having been attracted but I do not see that market , or a pharmacy, or a more attractive town center. I do not see a closed dump, I do not see community cohesion , fairness for all residents, opportunities for the people to be heard, or involved in growing and beautifying the town. All I have seen is division, bias treatment of residents, abuse of town employees and officials, secretiveness, and more decay on the so-called, "Miracle Mile". 


            I have watched more and more "For Sale" signs posted on front lawns and more homes sitting empty. The list goes on and on, and we are in desperate need of fresh leadership and ideas that include the input and involvement of all who are willing and able, not just the "Friends" of alleged "Leaders", or the newcomers and part-timers. 

            So we let our breath out and bask in victory tonight, but there is still work to be done. We can rest in December!    Good Night, New Lebanon!    JJ


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 FOUND IT !!!                                                             8-23-2015


         Remember the palm card Benson sent out two years ago about having "Attracted a Supermarket to Town" ?  I've been talking about that falsehood and how no one seems able to locate that market anywhere in New Lebanon.

          Well, I THINK I found it today !  Take a look at the advertisements posted below and see if you don't agree.  LOLOL!! 





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 Another Reason to Hate Me                                8-23-2015


             We talked about how much we have to celebrate now that the Democrat Caucus is over and good things happened ! Yet, was it ALL good?

              I have voiced my personal concerns to a couple of folks about the Dem nominee for Town Justice, and received a dressing-down of sorts from a couple of them. That's okay, I respect the opinions of others and their right to make their own decisions. No hard feelings on MY part and I hope, not on theirs. 

              The nominee is not someone I know anything about, other than that she is a pig farmer, came to Lebanon 4 years ago, is married and a mommy, and folks who DO know her, speak well of her. Obviously, I approve of farmers and mommies, but I am concerned about the 100% lack of legal background of this candidate.  Yeah, I KNOW you don't have to be a lawyer or cop to become a Town Justice and most of them have learned as they went along.  However, as someone who has spent a lifetime working in different areas of law enforcement, I have seen first-hand the damage that can be done by justices with no training or knowledge of the law. 

              Some judges who DO have experience are still BAD judges, Corrupt Judges, etc., as with any other occupation or appointment. Still, I do worry about it. Do you want your kid to appear before someone who has the power to change his or her future, yet has no experience in judging or what the consequences of a judicial decision could BE?  My very first Law Enforcement assignment was in a very rural area. The Town Justices had offices in their homes, and arraigned people in the middle of the night in these home offices!! LOL!!  Yup, I'm serious! 

             Most of them were full-time farmers, but ALL of them had taken courses and/or worked as part-time Deputy Sheriffs before running for Justice. A few were retired, State Troopers. They did not jump in and try to judge people with no clue as to how to do it.  If this young woman should win the election in Lebanon, I DO wish her well and hope she learns quickly, but I will still worry about her inexperience and who may be negatively affected by it.  Seriously, was there NO ONE else who would have been a better fit for this important position?  Phil Brown for instance? HE would have been an EXCELLENT choice !  Oh well, I'm not a Dem, so it isn't my choice and they can do what they want. Let the PEOPLE decide!  Just sayin' !


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                                           SIGNS

              Every  election, we have the same problem here in town with campaign signs. I don't expect this year to be any different. Immature people who call themselves "Adults" , actually go out and rip the opposition's signs from the ground, toss them into the weeds and replace them with signs of the candidates they support.  Every time, I BEG you all to try being Grown-Ups and behaving yourselves, yet every election it's the same , old thing.

              Candidates often have to pay for their signs from their own pockets, and they are not cheap. They have to go out and post them before the election and pick them up within two days AFTER the election. It's time-consuming and exhausting, I know because I have done it FOR many candidates. I will be doing it for a few people again THIS year. 
               So how about we play fair for a change, and keep our hands OFF other people's signs ? I don't care if you despise the candidate, you have NO right to touch what is not yours, and the LAW agrees. It IS a crime to tamper with Campaign Signs and if you get caught, you won't like the consequences. I for one, WILL report anyone I see tampering with ANYONE'S signs.  It's vandalism, theft, destruction of property, and it's a childish, stupid thing to do.

                There is more than enough room on our right-of-ways for all candidates to get good spots. If signs are already posted, post yours nearby if you want, but DO NOT TOUCH the signs that are not yours! I despise the Behold Mural, but I would never even consider tearing it down. It isn't my property or my right to do so.  Are you listening, Tommy Benson? Are you listening, gray-haired couple that tore down the signs from in front of the old Stultz Store last election? Grow UP! 

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   Lebanon Voters Who Support the Speedway!!!!

              I have petitions if you wish to sign. Email me and I will make sure you are given access.     PACTJJ@gmail.com

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               The Constitution Study at the Library is planned to start anew in October. It will be the 1st and 3rd Mondays unless there is a conflict with the library's schedule and if so, I will post that here. We need to get our youth to these studies and help them to become aware of their rights and liberties. Please consider joining us!  

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             Below is a photo of what Tom Benson did to Matt Larabee's signs last election. He sandwiched them first between Mike's signs, then we separated them again, and he did it with Bartlett's signs. We separated them AGAIN, and he got so angry, that he just ripped Larabee's signs out of the ground and disposed of them. He even took them from the property in front of the Catholic Cemetery where they had been requested by the cemetery committee!




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Let the Games Begin !!                                             8-25-2015


               Ahh, I LOVE campaign season!  The signs crowding the yards and street corners, people bickering, tampering with private property, it's all so Autumnal. 

              The first of the many campaign fliers we will all receive, arrived today. Guess WHO?  So what fibs is he telling THIS year? Well let's see, first he calls himself a "Hometown Leader". He gave up being a "Hometown" ANYTHING  when he left for greener pastures many years ago. A "Leader" he has never been and will never be. Leaders work for the good of all people and they make it their goal to create MORE Leaders, not "Subjects". 

               He claims to have "Improved Financial Reporting", and in one sense of the word, perhaps he did do that by providing us with the financial report at Town Board Meetings, BUT......   do we need to re-visit the issue of the Town Accounting Firm?  We CAN if you wish, just let me know!  Next, he "Improved the Town Hall". REALLY?  Who were all those people who worked for YEARS to plan the Town Hall improvements and start the ball rolling LONG before Mike Benson ever came back to grace us with his "Leadership". 99.9% of the town hall improvements are due to the efforts of Bruce Baldwin. Nope, I was not a huge Brucey fan and he did many things that were abominable, but he did a lot FOR this town as well. Any kudos for the new meeting room go to HIM, not Mike Benson.

                Oh yes, let us not forget the claim that Benson "Closed the Landfill". DID HE?  IS the landfill CLOSED? Not that I am aware of. The next items on the list are his support of Liberal and Agenda 21 Projects that the REAL locals do not want or support.  Anything that says, "Conservancy", "Sustainable", "Open Space", or "Legacy" is a threat to your freedom. Look it up. Lastly, he mentions having brought "New Business" to the main corridor. Would that be Blueberry Hill, the business he gave a pass to by refusing to include D.O.T in the application process because the owner went to school with his sister? While others like the Kendall House were put through the D.O.T mill, Blueberry Hill was slipped through as a "Favor", and you know what?  Benson told me that HIMSELF, face-to-face! I can even tell you when he said it, where he said it, and who else was there WHEN he said it. 

               At least he didn't list his victory of "Attracting a Supermarket to Town" like he did LAST election. Maybe he finally realized that there are some lies that just cannot be pulled-off. In any case, I hope my mailbox will not be filled to bursting with these ridiculous postcards again like they were in the last two elections, because if it IS, I will be dropping them off to the Benson household. As should we ALL. Unless you have a birdcage that needs re-lining. 

              Benson had his chance, TWICE. He blew it. Time to say Bye-Bye! We need a revival in New Lebanon in every sense of the word, and Benson has proved incapable of getting the job done. Now we need to let someone else have a shot. 

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               Here's something that a lot of you will get a real kick out of. I have two Facebook pages, one personal that I rarely even look at, and a second one called Madison's Militia, that is for the upstate NY Gun Rights Movement that I have been a part of since the Safe Act. I average 20 to 30 friend requests each day, and last night, I got one from the LAST person I would have ever expected to make contact with ME. Greg Fingar sent ME a friend request! 

                My first reaction was to suspect that he is fishing and just wanted access to my pages to see what I am up to. Yet on second thought, I have nothing to hide. I am transparent about what I do and think and I have no secrets, so what the heck? I accepted. LOL!!  It is what it is! I am who I am ! 


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Got a New Hater !!!                                                       8-26-2015


              It's been a LONG time since I got hate mail! I'm excited!  Means I'm ticking someone off and that's the point, isn't it? LOL!! Hey, it's Campaign Season, the Benson Supporters are bound to come out and whine. This one doesn't spell very well. He doesn't even know my NAME!


              This time, the name used is "Jim Sloan". Does he exist? Probably not, they never do. I have never had ONE hater give his or her real identity, use their real email address, or take me up on my offers to meet and chat face-to-face. Not EVER. They're all sissies.  So I am posting his petty little, complaining email here for your entertainment, and also my response TO it. Enjoy!


From Mr. "Sloan"


Aug 24 (3 days ago)


You received a Contact Us submission from P.A.C.T:
 

Name

Jim Sloan

Email

jimsloan2014@yahoo.com

Phone


Margaret, Perhaps you can outline YOUR vision for New Lebanon in your blog - for 2015. And then as you write you can compare what you think candidates can do to achieve your vision. "Do Nothings" will not get the town anywhere- it will fall into a black hole and we'll be left holding the tax bill.. Town Supers who hide in New Lebanon will not get us there. Town Supers who have no vision but instead run on "personality" will not get us there. Town Supers who run on "I will get raises for town workers" are running on the "social welfare" platform - a lurking nightmare. And of course - check your facts before blathering on. Honestly - be part of the solution, not an instigator of the continuing the problem. New Lebanon needs some development so we can pull our heads out of the ground and have a better lifestyle. We all think it is nice to have a small rural character, but face the acts, New Lebanon need outside money to come into the town. We cannot survive by passing money back and forth among ourselves and then spit it out to the county/state. That is not sustainable. Again, put into your blog "Margaret's Vision 2015" We would all like to see it.






K9Patriot . <pactjj@gmail.com>



   My Response: Here Ya' GO Jim!  

2:18 AM (13 minutes ago)






Dear Mr. "Sloan",

Over the many years I have been writing this "Blog", I have never received an email from a name that actually exists. So pardon me if I doubt your identity. Also, there is no "Margaret" here, so perhaps you are not even contacting the right blogger. In any case, it would be my bet that you are not a long-time resident of New Lebanon ? The very word, "Sustainable" is a Red Flag for Americans who are well-informed about their government.  You might wish to do some research on the United Nations Program titled, "Agenda 21". 


The dreams and ideas of the transplants from cities that come HERE, are what is not "Sustainable" in a town such as this. We are not a wealthy town and the majority of us who have been here since BEFORE the invasion of city liberals, never desired to HAVE this be a wealthy town. We were perfectly happy with our quiet roads, little grocery store, decent schools, and old pickup trucks with gun racks in the window. We used to have Church Dinners and Christmas Bazaars, a Living Nativity at the Congregational Church at Christmas, and Fall Hayrides on the dirt roads. 


  We never felt the need to learn about how an Opera set is staged, or how to turn a song into a "Jazz Piece". Nor did we ever wish for public water and sewers, or TOURISM. No one felt deprived by not having restaurants that served Bean Sprouts and Tofu, and our library was a warm, welcoming place that was run by volunteers and still managed to have or get whatever we wanted to read. There would have NEVER been books on the shelves with titles like, "Molly's Two Mommies" or "50 Shades of Grey". Very few folks ever whined about noise from the Speedway because the Speedway was the Lifeblood of the local economy. Our little diners that served home-made pies and 10 cent coffee made enough from the Speedway in the summer to keep them afloat through the winters. 


Everybody in town had at least one family member that worked at the Speedway in their teens, and in it's 63 years of operation, the track helped many local kids buy their first car or the books they needed for college. Numerous families were saved from losing their homes to foreclosure by the Commander Family, who never, ever sued any of the many people who never paid them back. 


If a townie passed away or a local family lost their home or barn to fire, everyone was there to help. We had a volunteer ambulance corp that was top-shelf . Our Town Supervisors were people who had lived here for decades, went to school here and so did their kids. They worked here and were available and courteous to the locals. If a major project or program was suggested, ALL the people were allowed to have a say in how it should be implemented and what they did or did not like about it. Folks could make a living on their own land or in their own homes without getting a laundry-list of permits and licenses, and our kids could afford to buy homes here and stay close to family.


We never relied on "Grants" to get things done, we just raised the money and DID it, keeping it OURS and avoiding government infiltration into our lives. We all called the down-staters, "Citiots" and talked about how no matter how hard they tried, they still stuck out like sore thumbs. They still DO. Once upon a time not very long ago, we KNEW one another, worshiped in one of the local churches on Sundays, dropped-in on the elders and sick, and you know what? We were PROUD of New Lebanon ! You people who want "Economic Development" and "Culture" are the ones with the problem,sir. You come into our hometown and FORCE your agendas upon us, whether we want it or not. You all claim to love the town and it's rural flavor, yet you do all you can to destroy that rural flavor with your development and unwanted, invasive programs and Tourism. 


How many of the city transplants in this town have joined a local church? How many know the old families and who is related to whom? How many of you could survive a natural disaster or be self-reliant without your city money and servants? You are an educated bunch, but you all lack common sense and life skills, and you have zero respect for anything or anyone who is not exactly like you. No sir, we do not need development to "Pull our heads out of the ground" as you stated in your email, we are not "Backward" and we do NOT need your help or liberal agendas to survive. We never have. If you really think that New Lebanon has its head in the ground, why are you HERE? 


So far as your comments about campaign promises, I have never heard any of the candidates promise to give raises to town employees. Nor do I think the people of this town would appreciate you calling them, "Do-Nothings". You say we need a "Better Lifestyle"? We happen to LIKE our lifestyle and if you do not, perhaps you should go somewhere with a lifestyle that better suits your needs. We are tired of being treated like retarded bumpkins by educated citizens that are still, well, DUMB. Never confuse education with intelligence, Mr. Sloan. One more thing, your statement that a  Town Supervisor should not "Hide in New Lebanon" is inane. Did you miss the B.S of the residency challenge that was just fought and won by candidate, Colleen Teal? One must BE a resident of New Lebanon to Serve in an elected position in town government. So if you consider compliance with the residency requirement to be "Hiding", you need a lesson in the rules. Check MY facts? Seems to me YOU are the one who needs to fact-check. By the way, my name is JJ, not Margaret. 


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Learning to Say "NO!"                                                              8-30-2015


               For a good number of years I have been watching Grassroots Groups in New York and across the country, fighting a battle they cannot win. Why do they never see a win? They are not Organized and they do not Prioritize.


               In the past, I have talked about how the NY State, Pro-Gun Groups remind me of ants whose anthill was just kicked by a nasty kid.  They scramble back and forth, lost, confused, and frightened, with no direction or disaster plan. It's tragic. They spend money on fliers and rallies, they hire influential speakers, print group Tee Shirts, then run around in circles. I've heard it said that "doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity". Yet that's exactly what the Grassroots do!

               People who talk and don't walk, annoy me almost as much as Liberals do.  America is in such distress right now, that there is no more time for "talk", it's time for ACTION. Still, some people sleep, others are dumb, and many are complicit.   Though Conservatives are still the majority in America, (contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe), and there are millions of us who are ready, willing, and able to Walk the Walk, and if it should be required, we will put our money where our mouths are, we have no aggressive action plan. 

        There is also a level of gullibility among some of the most prepared Patriots in America right now that I find extremely concerning. Far too many are being fooled by the Donald Trump rhetoric and buying his B.S.  What appeals to so many people about Trump is the same thing that I admire about him, his refusal to be politically-correct or coddle the tender feelings of the whiners. Trump says what he feels like saying or thinks needs to be said, and if anyone is "Offended", tough! I LIKE that ! I also like his fearlessness in the face of adversity. However, though I see Trump as useful in teaching the GOP about what the people WANT in a leader, I distrust him. 

               This is a man who has a looong history of liberal views, friendships, support, and alliances. Since when is he a Conservative, Christian, Republican? Well, since he decided he wanted to run for President! He knows that this next election will likely be a carbon-copy of the mid-term, with fed-up Conservatives coming out to vote in droves. The Left knows it, too. Hillary Clinton knows it, and she knows she is in DEEP trouble right now, and may even face Felony Charges before she gets anywhere near the White House again. So what is the Left to do? Put Trump in the spotlight, tell the Right all the things they are starving to hear. Promise them a closed border and deportation. Tell them that Obamacare will go away and jobs will come back. Talk about God and Patriotism and most recently, team up with Ted Cruz to fight the nightmare Iran Deal.

              If I am right in my theory, it's a genius plan for the Democrats, and if elected, Trump will go Full-Left overnight. It's no secret that I think Ted Cruz would be the best thing to happen to America since Reagan, and he is the ONLY answer to the evil that plagues this country as a result of Liberal and RINO leadership. For ME, there IS no other viable candidate anywhere, or in any party. So what's with this new team-up with Trump? I saw a Meme online last week with a split pic of Trump on the right and Cruz on the left. Under Cruz' name it said, "Brains", and under Trump's name it said, "Bucks". LOL!!  Whomever made that meme was reading my mind. I still am extremely wary of Trump, BUT, if he were to be Vice-President under Cruz, I could live with it. 

              I've learned a lot from our Constitution, and one of those lessons was how little power and influence a V.P really has. He can do only what the President ALLOWS him to do. With Cruz as the Commander in Chief and Trump looking after the bank accounts, we might stand a chance of saving this country. Could this new alliance between the two be a clue as to what is to come in 2016? Maybe,maybe not. Anything can happen in the next 14 months, and many things WILL. Things we would rather not contemplate.

              In 2015, we saw racial division reach new extremes as a direct result of Race-Baiting by this administration. Now we are seeing Police Officers murdered in cold blood simply because they are cops. We have a drought and wildfire disaster on the West Coast that was caused by liberal, environmental extremists who put a stop to logging and land clearing, and a million other activities that provided protection for the environment that no tree-hugger agenda ever could! We have millions of people believing the lie of Global Warming, airplanes dropping toxins over our heads,Jade Helm, genetically-modified foods, and now, FORCED vaccination. 

              Every time there is a shooting, Obama and his cronies start screaming for more Gun Control, claiming that shootings are becoming an epidemic in America. Nothing could be farther from the truth! What you DO NOT hear about, are the thousands of lives SAVED every year by Law-Abiding gun owners. You do not HEAR about the number of Americans who die by other manners of violence every day, especially by blunt objects like baseball bats, the Number ONE murder weapon.  You hear little or nothing about the Black on White crimes, or assaults on police by minorities, but you hear ALL ABOUT it when a Black or Mexican is shot by the cops in self-defense. Last week, two Troy police officers were shot by a Black man who had just attempted a car-jacking and had a rap sheet longer than the Obamacare regulations list. When the officers returned fire and killed the shooter, who do you suppose were considered the bad guys? Not the Thug that shot the cops. In fact, the residents of the Troy neighborhood where the shooting occurred, held a vigil for the dead punk, but no one did anything in support of the police officers who were simply trying to protect the citizens of that same neighborhood. 

              It goes on and on and on, and because the unacceptable behaviors of politicians and criminals are excused and shrugged-off, we are becoming complacent, apathetic,desensitized to abhorrent behaviors. Nothing surprises or outrages the masses anymore, and due to a lack of knowledge of their own rights and protections, Americans are becoming willing victims of the tyrannical left. There is NO excuse for being STUPID about your rights and power. I don't care that you didn't learn it in school, it is your DUTY as an American, to SEEK the knowledge OUT on your own! 

              The answer to the anti-freedom agenda is very, very simple. If all American Conservatives, Christians, Jews, Patriots, Rednecks, Farmers, Cops, etc., just said, "NO!" to anything unconstitutional, and stood their ground together, what are they going to DO? Oh, you want me to register my firearms? No, I don't think so. The Constitution gives me the right to purchase, own, and open-carry any firearm I please as long as I have no criminal record. NO permit required! You want me to vaccinate my child with your poison? Um, NO, I don't think so, it's MY kid and I will decide what is good for him or her. You expect me to pay triple what I've been paying for health insurance so you can give free healthcare to the lazy and illegal? No. You want more than 10% of the paycheck I earned? No. If 10% is good enough for God, it's good enough for the government. You want me to take down my Confederate Flag because some pansy-a_s thinks it's racist? Tough, it's MY flag and MY right to fly it. So...NO. Etc., etc., etc.!

             One tiny word, two little letters that roll off the tongue with ease and pleasure. "NO". The POWER in that bitsy word will amaze you! Try it. So to the Grassroots groups with good intentions and no clue, start saying "NO". To every American who has had MORE than enough, start practicing that word and using it every time this out-of-control government infringes upon your rights and freedoms. Rebel a little, it feels GOOD and it works wonders. While you're at it, you might want to start telling your representatives that Justice is Blind, and color and ethnicity are  NO excuse for criminal behavior or a Free Pass. Start standing up for the police officers that protect YOU.

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              AUGUST 30, 2015

THE CHURCH THAT TRUMP SAYS HE GOES TO ‘A LOT’ RESPONDS WITH A VERY DIFFERENT STORY




The New York City church that Donald Trump said he attends says he is not actually an active member. Trump was asked which church he goes to while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. “I am Presbyterian, Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church. The church I was originally with was the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, which is out in Queens, New York,” Trump responded. “And I’ve had just great experiences in church, whether it’s Sunday school or whatever it may be. But, now I go to Marble Collegiate Church.” Asked how often he attends, Trump replied, “As often as I can, a lot. And I do, because I travel so much, I go around the county.” But in a statement to TheBlaze regarding Trump’s membership status, Marble Collegiate Church said that while the Republican presidential candidate has a “longstanding history,” he is not an “active member.”
Read more at http://conservativevideos.com/the-church-that-trump-says-he-goes-to-a-lot-responds-with-a-very-different-story/

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                 This Week's  Tyranny Report

Unbelievable: This State Has Removed Parent’s Right to Protect Their Children

You know that government is out of control when their response to you wanting to protect your kids is to throw you in jail.

I’m not kidding. California has made vaccines mandatory for children attending public or private school.

Contrary to what the government, bought out by multinational pharmaceutical companies, wants you to believe, if a parent doesn’t want to vaccinate their child, then that is the parent’s right. There simply isn’t a “compelling societal concern” for government to force parents to vaccinate.

How can I say that?

Two reason: 1. Frankly, if vaccines work so well, then the parents who have vaccinated their children should have no fear because the vaccine would have protected their child from any potential exposure, right?

Of course, the second reason is the flip side: 2. Vaccines don’t always work and may be showing less effectiveness against new strains of viruses (which mutated to compensate for vaccinations). See this Mumps outbreak in Illinois that infected two students that had been vaccinated twice with MMR vaccines.

So, if they work, vaccinated children have nothing to fear from unvaccinated children. If vaccines don’t work, then why inject your child with them?

What it comes down to is another excuse for government to keep their boot on our necks for the profit of their crony privileged friends. What happened to the 10th Amendment?