September 2016 Archives

GOOD Things ?                                                             9-10-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Death from the Left                                                      9-11-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then the doomsaying made a little room for hope.

“One person thinks so.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUGUST 21, 2016 3:10 PM  

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Shawn Lucas – Aug. 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

Victor Thorn – Aug. 1, 2016

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

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

Joe Montano – July 25, 2016

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

Seth Rich – July 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The interviewer asked, “What are you suggesting?”

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

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

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

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



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

The group released the following statement:

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

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

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

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

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

John Ashe – June 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gareth Williams – Aug. 16, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No suspects in the case have been arrested.

Charles Ruff – Nov. 20, 2000

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

The London Guardian reported:

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

Carlos Ghigliotti – April 28, 2000

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

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

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

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

More details on Ghigliotti’s findings are available here.

Charles Wilbourne Miller – Nov. 17, 1999

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

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

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

Daniel Dutko – July 27, 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – March 29, 1998

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

James McDougal – March 8, 1998

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Butera – Dec. 4, 1997

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

Ron Miller – Oct. 12, 1997

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miller’s death is still a mystery.

Mary Caitrin Mahoney – July 6, 1997

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

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

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

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

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

John Hillyer – Nov. 29, 1996

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Wise – Nov. 29, 1996 

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

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

Ron Brown – April 3, 1996

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Meissner – April 3, 1996

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

Stanley Huggins – June 23, 1994

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

Bill Shelton – June 12, 1994

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

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

Kathy Ferguson – May 10, 1994

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

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

James Bunch – Feb. 11, 1994

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

Gandy Baugh – Jan. 8, 1994

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

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

Ed Willey – Nov. 29, 1993

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

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

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

Did she believe the Clintons were involved?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What motive could anyone have to murder him?

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

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

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

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

Jerry Luther Parks – Sept. 26, 1993

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe you had to be there,” said Tripp.

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

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

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

Dr. Stanley Heard – Sept. 10, 1993

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

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

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

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

Jon Parnell Walker – Aug. 15, 1993

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

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

Vince Foster – July 20, 1993

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

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

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

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

Jim Wilhite – Dec. 21, 1992

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

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

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

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

Susan Coleman – Feb. 15, 1977

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

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

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

AUGUST 5, 2016 10:24 AM  

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

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





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

Shawn Lucas was found dead this week.

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

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

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

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

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Scrap the Sidewalks!!!                                                 9-13-2016



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Backing UP                                                                 9-14-2016


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

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

By Jim Shulman

POSTED:   09/14/2016 03:32:43 PM EDT


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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Picking Bones                                                              9-16-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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 The Constitution Study                                                    9-20-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Planning Board Meeting                                        9-22-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      

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