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Monday, November 15, 2021

Greetings

Greetings, e-friends! This is the home of the writers and cyberspace entities known as Priscilla King, Saloli, Gena Greene, Grandma Bonnie, and possibly you. We will be inviting other writers, artists, and reporters to display their work here. The more readers and sponsors help this site grow, the more guest posts we will be able to display. We will pay a minimum of $5 per guest post. If we don't have $5, we will post a link to your blog or web site.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Paid to Sign Political Petition?

Technically it's illegal to offer people payment to sign a political petition. But here's a twist...what if the payment is just a few "points" toward an Amazon bonus card, not enough for the signer to buy anything, but enough to help people who use paid blog/chat sites to cash in on their content sooner?

To learn more about this offer, click here:

http://voicesforpublictransit.org/ourpetition/default.aspx?recruitment=community&utm_campaign=APTA&utm_source=Resonate&utm_medium=CPM&utm_content=C&utm_term=VPT-Train-Square&DDCA_RegSource=1&DDCA_Medium=CPM&DDCA_CampaignAd=&DDCA_AdUnit=VPT-Train-Square-C3&DDCA_Term=VPT-Train-Square

This web site is actually in favor of more and better public transit, but thinks that, in view of the sorry state of the federal budget and the burden that's likely to be passed down to states and localities, public transportation providers should be trying harder to get funding from the community rather than from government.

I'm filing this one under "Scam" because, although it may offer legitimate Amazon points payment and some judges might pronounce it legal, I think it needs ethical investigation. At least, if this is ruled legal, paid blog/chat sites should start bustin' out all over with petitions representing other points of view...such as petitions to reduce federal spending, even on things everybody likes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Virginia Farmers' Chance to Speak Out

Well...if you're within two hours' drive from Richmond, that is. This is a practical decision for the Free Citizen staff, who are on a tight budget. It also means that farmers out in the point of Virginia need not apply. Gate City, for example, is at least six hours from Richmond. Nevertheless, here's their offer:

"Virginia Free Citizen  is giving farmers a platform to speak out:

We are looking for small farms to visit within 2 hours or less drive of Richmond and plan to do monthly “on the farm” stories. We are also interested in any farm owner who would like to send us their own letters/articles and we will interview them on the phone if a visit is not practical.  We are interested in life on the farm and the issues that face the farm owner in Virginia in regards to farm and food freedoms and impact of regulations/ordinances,  Obamacare, property rights, etc.

Farm owner interviews will be scheduled on Saturdays.

We realize a Saturday visit could be intrusive on a farm, since the work is daily, so we would be sensitive to that and the visit would be in the time window requested by the farm owner. 

Feel free to forward this email to others who may be interested.

Interested farmers, please contact Jeff Bayard at  editor@virginiafreecitizen.com

Jeff Bayard
804-869-4485
Publisher
We are funded by individual citizens in Virginia,
Please Donate to keep us going!

More Thanks to Republican Delegates

This web site is fairly sure Virginia's Republican Delegates have already seen Carol Stopps' pithy report on their good work. This web site would have forwarded her e-mail to them with a heading like "More Thanks" or "Second the Thanks," last week, if this web site had been more active than it was. This web site is now embarrassed by its inactivity. Anyway, here, for posterity, is CS's Cooperative Legislative Action group's commendation:

"We may be getting rolled in Washington. But in Virginia Republicans are holding strong.

We owe a big thank you to all committee members who yesterday killed two big parts of the progressive statist agenda.
 
The Obamacare State Exchange...DEAD in the House
An increase in the minimum wage...DEAD in the House

"At present, we are getting rolled in Washington.  Democrats have pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals.  Instead of an equal and opposing force in the opposite direction, Republicans have….. pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals."    -    Erick Erickson, Morning Briefing 2/5/14


Here are the bills:

HB 292 Obamacare state exchange. Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor by voice vote

HB 32   Minimum wage increase. Tabled in Commerce and Labor by voice vote

HB 536  Minimum wage increase. Tabled in Commerce and Labor by voice vote

These are the Republican members of the Commerce and Labor Committee. We have no way to know exactly how they voted without recorded votes, but we will assume the best, and we thank them all   :)




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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson "


The "Virginia Republican Creed"

You just might be a Republican. If the Republican Party seriously practiced this creed, I just might be a Republican...(Thanks to Patricia Evans for sharing.)

"The Virginia Republican Creed says:
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fibre of the nation."

Robert O. Adair Longs for Spring

The February Thaw is here! Hurrah! Robert O. Adair's poem sounds as if the Thaw has not yet reached his part of the country, but he's ready for it to get there...

http://voices.yahoo.com/longing-spring-12523956.html

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Help Wanted: Linux System Administrator

From Jim Babka:

"Help Wanted
Downsize DC is seeking a system administrator with expertise in Linux environments to work on discrete project/tasks as needed (no full-time positions available, at this time).
Your responsibilities include...
  • Installing software, applying patches, managing file systems, monitoring performance and troubleshooting problems with commercial, open source, and locally developed software
  • System failure analysis and recovery; ensuring the consistency and integrity of file systems and backups
  • Hardware/software configuration and management
You should have...
  • Strong experience working in Linux environments
  • Demonstrated initiative, customer orientation, and teamwork competencies
  • Ability to communicate technical issues with non-technical people
Experience with source code management tools and code promotion processes is a plus. Experience with managing WordPress, Java, and Scala systems is not required, but that too would be a plus.
Also, it is extremely important that you let us know the range of compensation you expect, so priority will be given to those candidates who supply that information (keep in mind that these are non-profit organizations).
For immediate consideration, do NOT hit reply to this email. Instead, send a message to HelpWanted@DownsizeDC.org.
Jim Babka"

President Obama on Raising the Minimum Wage

Many of you undoubtedly received this mass e-mail from the White House...

"Hello everyone,
Earlier today, I signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.
It's the right thing to do. But what's more, companies have found that when their employees earn more, they're more motivated, they work harder, and they stick around longer. You should expect the same of your federal government.
The bottom line is this: We are a nation that believes in rewarding honest work with honest wages. And America deserves a raise.
If you agree, let me know you're standing with me -- and take a look at what else we're going to do in 2014.
The order I signed today will help folks across the country. But it's not enough.
Right now, there's a bill in Congress that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all Americans. It would lift wages for more than 28 million current workers, and would move millions of Americans out of poverty. That means businesses would have customers with more money to spend.
Raising the minimum wage would grow the economy for everyone.
You don't need to believe me: Believe the 600 economists -- including seven Nobel Prize winners -- who wrote both houses of Congress last month to remind them that the bill before them will have little or no negative effect on jobs. "

Can 600 economists be wrong? This web site would like to believe that raising the minimum wage would not damage the economy for everyone. This web site is, however, run by people who've actually been in the U.S. about as long as our President has been alive, and we can't.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/2312666-answer-your-catsampamp039-questions-day

Tim Kaine on Gun Control

From U.S. Senator Tim Kaine:

"Thank you for contacting me to share your views on proposals to reduce gun violence. I appreciate hearing from you. 

No one can deny that gun violence is a serious problem in this country today.  We owe it to the victims of the growing number of mass shootings to vigorously debate specific and comprehensive proposals that can keep our communities safer.  The right approach focuses on many issues - improvements to the mental health system, better security protocols and common sense rules about gun use, including keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

When I was on the Richmond City Council in the 1990s, our city was mired in an epidemic of gun violence that included the city having the second-highest homicide rate in the United States.  The most successful step we took was implementing Project Exile, a program that involved federal prosecution and tougher penalties for gun crimes that were previously treated more leniently in state courts. Celebrated by diverse groups engaged in the gun violence debate - including the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign - the program helped drive down Richmond's homicide rate by nearly 60 percent within a few years.

In 2007, the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech revealed glaring weaknesses in campus security protocols at colleges and universities, in our mental health system and the gun background check system for gun purchases. In a bipartisan spirit, I worked with then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell to immediately improve our background check system and issued an executive order ensuring that those adjudicated to be mentally ill and dangerous would be entered into a national database and barred from purchasing weapons. We also changed standards for mental health treatment and increased funding for community health programs while dramatically improving campus security and efforts to assist college students suffering from mental stress.

On the sixth anniversary of the horrible shootings at Virginia Tech, I took to the Senate floor to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives. The tragedy happened after a dangerous young man illegally purchased weapons due to flaws in the background records check system. I was pleased to cast my vote on April 17, 2013, in support of S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act legislation, which included tougher laws on gun trafficking and straw purchases, and ways to improve safety in schools. I also voted in support of a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun laws, but unfortunately a filibuster of this measure prevented it from passing. I also voted for a ban on large-capacity magazines, and for a proposal to ban combat-style weapons. I am disappointed a minority of the Senate chose to use the filibuster to block common-sense reforms.

As your U.S. Senator, I will continue to work to bring that kind of comprehensive approach that will strengthen the safety of our communities, while protecting our Second Amendment rights. As a gun owner who worked with others to constitutionally guarantee Virginians the right to hunt, I know that you can be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment without tolerating the gun tragedies that are too often a part of our daily lives.

Thank you once again for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Signature
Tim Kaine"

Property Rights Rally in Gloucester

From Patricia Evans:

"Is Environmental Extremism Destroying Individual
Property Rights?
What is the Cause? What is the Solution?
These and other questions will be answered
when nationally acclaimed experts take the stage on

Saturday March 8th 2PM
LIGHTHOUSE WORSHIP CENTER
Route 17 in Gloucester County, 6 miles north of
the Coleman Bridge, 4299 George Washington Mem Hwy,
Hayes, VA 23072
Admission is free but your donations are appreciated.

Tom DeWeese heads the American Policy Center
and is one of the nation's leading advocates of individual
liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal
privacy, back-to-basics education and American
sovereignty and independence.
He publishes The DeWeese Report and appears as an
expert on TV and radio news.  Appearances on Fox 
News and other networks are available on YouTube.                                                                                                                                            

Marc Morano has been called the “King of the Skeptics”
by Newsweek Magazine and the “Matt Drudge of Climate
Denial” by Rolling Stone Magazine.
He is the executive editor and chief correspondent for the
award-winning ClimateDepot.com, a climate change and
eco-news center, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio
news programs.  Appearances on Fox News and other
networks are available on YouTube.

Special Guest, Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, is an economist,
a senior columnist for Canada Free Press, and the
bestselling author of "U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental
Piracy."  A former teacher with 30 years experience,
Ileana is a weekly contributor on Liberty Express Radio,
Atlanta’s Butler on Business, and on Silvio Canto Jr.
Blogtalk Radio in Dallas.
  
Please join Bishop E.W. Jackson, candidates for Congress,
Supervisors, School Administrators and others as we learn from the experts!
                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Hosted by: Concerned Citizens of the Middle Peninsula,
The Clarion, Committee for Constitutional Government,
Peninsula Tea Party, ACT! for America Peninsulas Chapter,
Fauquier Free Citizen, S.T.A.N.D, Staying True to America's
Destiny, and Concerned Citizens of the Historic Triangle.

Contact: Tricia Stall,  triciastall@gmail.com    757.897.4842

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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson      "

Virginia Tea Party Patriots' Bill Reading Results

From Carol Stopps and the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation:

"
We have now finished reviewing the bills that were amended / substituted during the first half of the 2014 General Assembly session.

The bills below are the complete list of the VA Tea Party Patriots Federation legislative priorities for the second half of the 2014 session. For your convenience I have marked the bills which were not on the list dated February 9th.

Thank you all very much for your service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Sincerely,

Carol Stopps
Chair: Cooperative Legislative Action (CoLA)
VA Tea Party Patriots Federation
"A statewide coalition of Tea Party and Patriot groups" 





SUPPORT

...HB 17 Electronic communication or remote computing de... ...HB 99 NEW Tax information; changes unlawful dissemination... ...HB 121 NEW Tax information; disclosure by Department of Ta... ...HB 197 Virginia history and United States Const...
. .HB 198 Student discipline; expulsion due to fir...  . .HB 199 NEW Local government expenditures or reducti...
  ..HB 258 Higher educational institutions; restrictions o...
  ...HB 286 State Inspector General; appointment by General...
  ...HB 324 NEW Virginia Virtual School; established, report, e...
  ...HB 333 NEW School calendar; local school boards responsbil...
  ...HB 357 Concealed handgun permit applicant; access to i...
  ...HB 364 Civics Education, Commission on; reestablished ...
  ...HB 449 Student information; release to federal governm...
  ...HB 492 Notaries; if not accredited to represent person...
  ...HB 610 NEW School calendar; local school boards responsibl...
  ...HB 706 General Assembly member; legislative standing t...
  ...HB 754 Student discipline; modifying long-term suspens...
  ...HB 790 General Services, Department of; inventory of a...
  ...HB 1006 NEW Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP); DCR to ut...
  ...HB 1034 NEW Dams, certain; liability of owners.
  ...HB 1043 Health benefit exchanges; regulation of navigat...
  ...HB 1053 State Inspector General, Office of; powers and ...
  ...HB 1084 Permits and approvals, certain; damages for unc...
  ...HB 1147 Health insurance; offering plans.
  ...HB 1173 Stormwater management programs; optional for so...
  ...HB 1176 Health insurance; notice of increase in premium...
  ...HB 1200 Elections; qualifications of candidates, reside...
  ...HB 1256 Detention and removal of U.S. citizen from Stat...
  ...HJ 40 Virginia Medicaid program and Medicaid-funded n...
  ...HJ 147 Affordable Care Act, federal; Bureau of Insuran...
  ...SB 194 Eminent domain; date of valuation, inverse cond...
  ...SB 239 Student mental health policies; violence preven...
  ...SB 242 NEW Higher education; students' personal informatio...
  ...SB 325 NEW Standards of Quality; waivers from third grade ...
  ...SB 423 Stormwater management program; regulations, sin...
  ...SB 446 General Assembly; reports accompanying general ...
  ...SB 503 Notaries; legal advice on immigration, etc.,non...
  ...SB 542 Health benefit exchanges; regulation of navigat...
  ...SB 578 Permits and approvals, certain; unconstitutiona...
  ...SB 582 NEW Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP); DCR to ut...
  ...SB 603 Oyster grounds; condemnation. OPPOSE if amended to match HB1092. [No judicial review]
  

OPPOSE

... HB 975 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual ...
  ...HB 1025 Biofuels Production Incentive Grant Program; re...
  ...HB 1059 NEW Electric utility regulation; recovery of certai...
  ...HB 1092 NEW Oyster grounds; condemnation. [No judicial review]
   ...HB 1116 Banister River; Scenic River designation.
  ...HB 1220 NEW Research and development, qualified; increases ...
  ...HB 1239 Real and personal property taxes; exemption for...
  ...HB 1249 Prescription Monitoring Program; registration w...
  ...HB 1253 Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Com...
  ...HB 1267 Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a...
  ...SB 45 left in committee Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; established / oppose any budget amendments to establish a state exchange or expand Medicaid
  ...SB 48 Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management ...
  ...SB 127 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual ...
  ...SB 250 Employment applications; inquiries regarding cr...
  ...SB 252 NEW Insurance; state health care plan to provide th...
  ...SB 257 Tye River; designation as component of Virginia...
  ...SB 294 Prescription Monitoring Program; requirements o...
  ...SB 297 NEW Medicaid enrollees; work search requirements fo...
  ...SB 418 Solar equipment; certified pollution control eq...
  ...SB 464 NEW Human Resource Management, Department of; state...
  ...SB 498 NEW Electric utility regulation; renewable energy p...
  ...SB 510 Firearms; possession following a misdemeanor co...
  ...SB 513 Hampton Roads Transportation Authority; created...
  ...SB 551 Cranesnest River; designates as component of Vi...
  ...SB 571 Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a...
  ...SB 604 Immigrant Assistance, Office of; created.
  ...SB 653 Renewable energy property; grants for placing i.


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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson "

Church of England Tackles Climate Change

From Charlotte Iserbyt, forwarded by Karen Bracken:

"http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/12/church-climate-change-investment-great-demon-flooding?CMP=twt_gu

Don't you feel sorta sorry for "them" with all the global "deep freeze"?  Obviously, the term to be used now is "climate change". 

Thought you would like this entry from 3D which relates to the Church of England's "agenda" going way back (see bolded text):

1942
IN 1942 TIME MAGAZINE (MARCH 16, 1942) RAN AN EXTENSIVE ARTICLE IN ITS RELIGION section
dealing with a proposal by Protestant groups in the United States for a plan of action toward “a just and durable peace” for the years following the end of World War II. Excerpts from
Time’s “American Malvern” follow:
These are the high spots of organized U.S. Protestantism’s super-protestant new
program for a just and durable peace after World War II:
• Ultimately, “a world government of delegated powers.”
• Complete abandonment of U.S. isolationism.
• Strong immediate limitations on national sovereignty.
• International control of all armies and navies.
• A universal system of money... so planned as to prevent inflation and deflation.
• Worldwide freedom of immigration.
• Progressive elimination of all tariff and quota restrictions on world trade.
• “Autonomy for all subject and colonial peoples” (with much better treatment for Negroes in the U.S.).
• “No punitive reparations, no humiliating decrees of war guilt, no arbitrary dismemberment of nations.”
• A “democratically controlled” international bank “to make development capital available in all parts of the world without the predatory and imperialistic aftermath so characteristic of large-scale private and governmental loans.”
This program was adopted last week by 375 appointed representatives of 30-odd denominations called together at Ohio Wesleyan University by the Federal Council of Churches. Every local Protestant church in the country will now be urged to get behind the program. “As Christian citizens,” its sponsors affirmed, “we must seek to translate our beliefs into practical realities and to create a public opinion which will insure that
the United States shall play its full and essential part in the creation of a moral way of international living.”...
The meeting showed its temper early by passing a set of 13 “requisite principles for peace” submitted by Chairman John Foster Dulles and his inter-church Commission to Study the Basis of a Just and Durable Peace. These principles, far from putting all the onus on Germany or Japan, bade the U.S. give thought to the short-sightedness of its own policies after World War I, declared that the U.S. would have to turn over a new leaf if the world is to enjoy lasting peace....
Some of the conference’s economic opinions were almost as sensational as the extreme internationalism of its political program. It held that “a new order of economic life is both imminent and imperative”—a new order that is sure to come either “through voluntary cooperation within the framework of democracy or through explosive political revolution.” Without condemning the profit motive as such, it denounced various defects in the profit system for breeding war, demagogues and dictators, “mass unemployment, widespread dispossession from homes and farms, destitution, lack of opportunity for youth
and of security for old age.” Instead, “the church must demand economic arrangements measured by human welfare... must appeal to the Christian motive of human service as
paramount to personal gain or governmental coercion.”
“Collectivism is coming, whether we like it or not,” the delegates were told by no less a churchman than England’s Dr. William Paton, co-secretary of the World Council of Churches, but the conference did not veer as far to the left as its definitely pinko British counterpart, the now famous Malvern Conference (Time, Jan. 20, 1941). It did, however, back up Labor’s demand for an increasing share in industrial management. It echoed Labor’s
shibboleth that the denial of collective bargaining “reduces labor to a commodity.” It urged taxation designed “to the end that our wealth may be more equitably distributed.” It urged
experimentation with government and cooperative ownership....
The ultimate goal: “a duly constituted world government of delegated powers: an international legislative body, an international court with adequate jurisdiction, international
administrative bodies with necessary powers, and adequate international police forces and provision for enforcing its worldwide economic authority.” (pp. 44, 46–47)



Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education
http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com
http://www.americandeception.com
To order the updated abridged 2011 version  of "the deliberate dumbing down of america", it is available from 3D Research at Amazon.com."

Marriage in the Constitution?

Fair disclosure: I don't see a "shocker" in Patricia Evans' news story, below. I don't see a victory for the pursuit of happiness, either; equal rights to the pursuit of happiness would give equal rights to choose one's own heir or guardian to those who are (happily or unhappily) unmarried at the time when the choice has to be made...which includes the half of those who have been married who didn't die first. Neither do I see society becoming more concerned about the dear little emotional feelings of the handful of same-sex couples who want to have wedding parties (who rarely miss a chance to throw a party, whatever anyone else thinks, in any case). What I see is a cave-in to terrorist tactics--not the "But Adam and Steve throw great parties" sort of thing that's being reported in the media (although lots of well-meaning young people are jumping on that bandwagon), but "We don't want any AIDS blood thrown in our faces." I also see an attack on me, personally, as a widow who's found only one other man I'm remotely interested in dating, and he's older than I am, but nobody cares about middle-aged women anyway riiight?

I'm not pleased. But I'd advise Christians not to waste time and energy on this one until you're ready to stop twisting your knickers about other people's personal affairs (an unwinnable war) and actually spare a thought for the well-being of older Christians.

Anyway...from Patricia Evans:

"

Liberal Judge Strikes Down VA Marriage Law / Ruling Confuses Declaration of Independence with Constitution


"This is another example of an Obama-appointed judge twisting the constitution and the rule of law to impose her own views of marriage in defiance of the people of Virginia. There is no right to same-sex 'marriage' in the United States constitution. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that states have the preeminent duty of defining marriage. The people of Virginia did just that in voting overwhelmingly to affirm marriage as the union of one man and woman. That decision should be respected by federal judges and we hope that the U.S. Supreme Court ends up reversing this terrible decision. This case also leaves a particular stench because of the unconscionable decision of Attorney General Mark Herring to not only abandon his sworn duty to defend the laws of the state, but to actually join the case against the very people he is duty-bound to represent." - Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage

Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote a 41-page opinion here:  Bostic Et Al v. Rainey Et Al

"In her ruling, she claimed the Constitution declares that "all men are created equal," which is, instead, the first line of the Declaration of Independence.  Apparently she knows the Constitution about as well as the "Constitutional law professor” who appointed her."  - Vern Shotwell

Shocker: Liberal judge strikes down VA marriage law

http://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topic/show?id=3355873%3ATopic%3A2779155&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
 A federal judge has struck down Virginia’s law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
 This law is not simply a law.  It is a constitutional amendment approved by the voters. 
 This comes after Virginia’s liberal Attorney General refused to do his job and defend the law in court.
 From Politico:
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
"Tradition is revered in the Commonwealth, and often rightly so. However, tradition alone cannot justify denying same-sex couples the right to marry any more than it could justify Virginia's ban on interracial marriage," Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote in a 41-page opinion (posted here).
Ruling on a lawsuit brought by a gay couple who lives in Norfolk, Allen said the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage could not be justified even under the most lax constitutional test for state actions: whether it had a "rational" connection to a legitimate state purpose. Her ruling will not immediately make marriage licenses available to same-sex couples in Virginia because she ordered that her decision be stayed pending an expected appeal.
"The Court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry. Government interests in perpetuating traditions, shielding state matters from federal interference, and favoring one model of parenting over others must yield to this country's cherished protections that ensure the exercise of the private choices of the individual citizen regarding love and family," the judge wrote.
 Guess who appointed Judge Allen?
 Obama.

The case, if it can be appealed must be appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The problem is that appellate courts have to rule based on the record from the trial court.  The record is the transcript of witnesses’ testimony and other evidence the trial judge heard.
With Virginia’s Attorney General refusing to defend the case, the case might not even be appealed and even if it is, the record may be very limited.

Once again, we see an imperious federal judiciary overruling the voters of a state to advance a social experiment that changes America from the nation that we know into something totally unrecognizable.
And with the striking down of this law, can the liberal state apparatus be far behind?  That liberal state apparatus is the one that will force you to support homosexual marriage whether or not it conflicts with your religious beliefs.

From Breitbart,

"Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Confuses Declaration of Independence with Constitution"

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/14/VA-Same-Sex-Marriage-Ruling-Confuses-Declaration-Of-Independence-With-Constitution#comment-1244312773
                              
The Virginia decision follows a declaration from Attorney General Eric Holder that the federal government will begin to expand same-sex marriage rights from the top down by recognizing marriages between same-sex couples on a federal level that invalidates the ability of states that ban such rights.                                                                                                                                                              

While the emphasis certainly will stay with the legal repercussions of such a ruling, one wonders how many legislative clerks and assorted editors such a federal opinion goes through where such a gaping error related to the most powerful legal document in the country can slip through. Surely no elected official would be spared from late night talk show monologues had they made the same mistake.


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Morgan Griffith on Coal-Fired Electricity

Shortly after I'd read an e-mail, or e-wail, from North Carolina about another community losing its drinking water to pollution, this time from a coal-powered electricity plant, this popped up in Congressman Morgan Griffith's E-Newsletter:

"Energy Policy: “All of the Above” or a “Hope and a Prayer?”

Early February, groundhog and weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter.  Given the weather we’ve seen since then, it seems to me that, this year, he was right.

A recent Politico story entitled “Icy blast heats up coal debate” quotes Ms. Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, as having said, “This year’s historically cold winter has served as a crystal ball into our future, revealing the energy cost and electric reliability threats posed by the Obama Administration’s overreliance on a more narrow fuel source portfolio that excludes the use of coal.”

Like many other industries, the coal industry has experienced natural ups and downs throughout the years.  But market forces are not the only issue here.  Instead, I believe government bureaucrats have decided the coal industry isn’t something that they like, so they’re going to try to regulate it out of business.  This cripples coal communities like many of those in the Ninth District.

As we all know, when the work stops below the ground in communities like these, life above ground is impacted as well.  Many businesses suffer when they are no longer able to sell supplies to the coal mines, and others when coal miners don’t have money to spend in their communities.

There is also the impact of the reduction and/or closure of plants that produce our electricity.  In Russell County, for example, Appalachian Power is converting two of the three generating units of the Clinch River Plant from coal-fired to natural gas-fired, and is shutting down the third unit.  Appalachian’s President and Chief Operating Officer Charles Patton said in a news release that this is because “…they are not equipped to meet recently approved and anticipated environmental requirements...”  And American Electric Power’s plant in Giles County’s Glen Lyn is scheduled to shut down by the end of this year because of new regulations.  "If the town lost all of that revenue," Glen Lyn Town Manager Howard Spencer told the Associated Press in 2011, "we would struggle to even continue to be incorporated."

Further, Politico reports that during the recent cold spell, “Wholesale electricity prices have spiked in regions such as New England, natural gas costs have surged with demand in Boston and Chicago, and power companies in Texas and Eastern states have had to urge residents to cut back.  Some utilities have even been shifting, yes, back to coal.”

But the ability to shift back to coal won’t be as easy with all of the regulations that begin in 2015 and beyond.  As Politico noted, “…many of the older coal-fired power plants that have helped fill the gap this winter are due to shut down next year because of the Obama Administration’s environmental rules.”

In that same Politico story, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is quoted as asking, “Maybe we won’t have cold periods like we’re seeing next year [and] we’ll be OK.  But what kind of a policy is that?  A hope and a prayer?”

I will continue fighting for real, reliable all-of-the-above energy policy, not a “hope and a prayer.”
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Oh, the decisions...who'd be a Congressman? The position of this web site is that "all of the above" is the most reasonable route to a sensible "energy policy"...but this web site would particularly like to see more use of homemade energy, such as bicycle- and exercise-machine-powered generators.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Phenology from England

Sometimes I think about moving the whole category of "links to other people's excellent web pages" to Google +...but then again some excellent web pages don't have the + button. So, here's Moonvoice's photo gallery of a visit to England. Lots of sunrises, sunsets, and landscapes, plus a few British trendsetters in cool knitted hats.

http://moonvoice.dreamwidth.org/1595584.html

More recently, Paul Rance has been posting Bubbles about floods in other parts of England, now expanding to London...not good news...

http://www.bubblews.com/account/60785-paulrance

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lloyd Marcus on Black History Month

Where's the + button at that ReverbNation blog? Lloyd Marcus, who is also a musician and can be heard, as well as read, at this site, shares some thoughts about Black History Month:

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_700364?eid=A700364_19956410_53315195&fsc=0de8c729817

SB 51: Agritourism

From Patricia Evans. That link to the Virginia Free Citizen should open a fairly long and informative article; if not, e-mail salolianigodagewi @ yahoo for a copy of Kate Miller's report. I've also added the link to Virginia Senate Bill #51:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB51S1

" After House Bill 1430, The Boneta Bill was defeated last year, Senate Bill 51 was introduced because an agricultural working group developed a compromise. ( More on that below ) SB 51 which seeks to restrict local agritourism regulation passed the Senate this past week with a 32-7 vote. The measure has been referred to the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee. House Bill 268, a bill similar to SB 51 seeks to achieve the same effect. HB 268 passed the House two weeks ago with a 73-23 vote and has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

This compromise legislation came from:
The agricultural working group convened last summer by Commissioner Matt Lohr of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to address potential farm rights legislation. This meeting reinforced that county officials aspiring for more “local control” need controls on them – because some of them would not agree to reasonable measures to check their abuses of power.
The worst offenders in the state? Those opposing legislation to help protect farmers’ rights included    Larry Land of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo),     Joe Lerch of the Virginia Municipal League,     Billy Vaughn of the Staunton Planning Commission,   Fauquier County BOS chairman Holder Trumbo...
AND  Pittsylvania Agriculture Director  Fred Wydner,



Sen. William Stanley, R-Moneta, says SB 51 would empower farmers.
“We want to make sure that we’re encouraging agritourism,” Stanley said, “that we’re encouraging the product of the small farmer to be brought to market on the farmer’s terms, rather than being the captive of a vendor.”

Read more / Bill Seeks to Restrict Local Agritourism Regulation

February 7, 2014  Virginia Free Citizen http://virginiafreecitizen.com/2014/02/07/bill-seeks-restrict-local-agritourism-regulation/

By Kate Miller
Capital News Service
RICHMOND — An agritourism bill that would restrict local regulation of customary agricultural and farm activities has passed the Senate....
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Publius Huldah on Balanced Budget Amendments

Here's the gist of Publius Huldah's argument:

"We hear, “balanced budget amendment”, and think, “I have to balance my budget; they should have to balance theirs.”  So we don’t read the amendment, we just assume they will have to balance theirs the same way we balance ours – by cutting spending.
But that is not what the BBA does.  In effect, it redefines “balancing the budget” to mean spending no more than your income plus the additional debt you incur to finance your spending.  To illustrate:  If your income is $100,000 a year; but you spend $175,000 a year, you “balance” your budget by borrowing the additional $75,000.  See?
Under the BBA, Congress may continue to spend whatever it likes and incur as much new debt as it pleases - as long as 26 States agree.  And since the States have become major consumers of federal funding, who doubts that they can’t continue to be bought?  Federal grants make up almost 35% of the States’ annual budgets!  The States are addicted to federal funds – who thinks they won’t agree to get more money?
The BBA enshrines Debt as a permanent feature of our Country; gives it constitutional approval; does nothing to reduce spending or “balance the budget”; authorizes a new national tax; and wipes out the “enumerated powers” limitation on the federal government."
Read the facts that support the opinions here:

App Contest

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith reports on the "House App Contest":

"House App Contest
This year marks the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, being referred to as the “House App Contest.”  Much like the annual Congressional Art Competition, the App Contest is an opportunity for high school students to display their talents and creativity.
The App Contest is a nationwide competition that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting a software application (or “app”) for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  A student or a group of up to four students eligible to attend high schools in the Ninth District of Virginia can enter. 
Our region is home to many talented and hardworking students, and I look forward to seeing the innovative apps submitted by young people interested in exploring or showcasing their STEM skills.  Additional information and resources can be found at www.morgangriffith.house.gov or by contacting one of my offices."

Hmm. Would I rather see one of The Nephews win this (from their school, not in Virginia) or see a Gate City kid win it? I don't know. I know it'd be convenient to be able to download something that automatically links some obscure phrases I use often to places like hsperson.org or lis.virginia.gov. Not a global setting for a whole computer, but something personalized, specific to the web sites where I write, and easy to turn on and off when I'm writing at those sites or not. I mentioned this at BubbleWS last month, and seriously, kids, if any of you knows how to do it...

Morgan Griffith Is Not Making This Up

From U.S. Representative H. Morgan Griffith:

"
You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up
Monday, February 10, 2014 –                                
Election year politics can sometimes bring about strange results.  Without seeking Congressional approval, President Obama has yet again delayed part of Obamacare’s employer mandate, one of the law’s major provisions.  By manipulating its implementation, the Administration is now unilaterally exempting employers with less than 100 employees from the employer mandate until 2016.  President Obama is essentially admitting that Obamacare, his signature health care law, is a house of cards in a slow state of collapse.  
This act by the Administration to delay a provision of Obamacare without Congressional approval is another example of presidential overreach.  To borrow from a June 2012 Politico story entitled "Obama’s Policy Strategy: Ignore Laws" -
"'The President is using executive power to do things Congress has refused to do, and that does fit a disturbing pattern of expansion of executive power under President Obama,' said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law scholar at George Washington University Law School, known for his support of progressive causes as well as his ire at Obama for not prosecuting Bush officials in connection with alleged torture of terror suspects.
"'In many ways, President Obama has fulfilled the dream of an imperial presidency that Richard Nixon strived for. On everything from [DOMA] to the gaming laws, this is a President who is now functioning as a super legislator. He is effectively negating parts of the criminal code because he disagrees with them. That does go beyond the pale.'"
And folks, you just can’t make this stuff up!"

HJ 40: Medicaid Transportation We Could Do Without...

Virginia House Joint Resolution #40 calls for a detailed audit of Virginia's Medicaid transportation providers. This is so long overdue.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HJ40H1

I'd like the Commission to investigate, particularly, the impact these "public-private partnerships," which have no clear chain of command and are fully accountable to nobody, have on local economies and on the transportation needs of people who don't use Medicaid. My experience has been that paratransit providers that try to replace local taxicab companies are harmful to the local economy and do not, whatever they claim, provide adequate service to people who would be using locally owned taxi service it we had it.

Specifically, I've been reminding everyone who's driven me to or from Big Stone Gap this winter (and so far only two people have done that more than once) that Mountain Empire Older Citizens actively discriminates against working persons who want to pay the full fare instead of begging for subsidized fare. M.E.O.C. has a bus that runs past my home and past the computer center; it takes a long time, it's crowded with obnoxious welfare-cheat types, and it leaves far too early, but I have tried to work with them just to spare friends from having to drive thirty miles. M.E.O.C. has refused to work with me. They "haff to" pack these bloated dog-ticks-upon-the-body-politic onto the bus and don't want to squeeze in one full-fare-paying customer. Especially one who doesn't participate in the gossip and trash-talk with obnoxious welfare cheats.

M.E.O.C. has disappointed so many people I know in so many ways, not limited to their ludicrous attempt to substitute for a legitimate bus or cab service...I know Marilyn Maxwell talks a good line, and may even honestly be trying to do everything she says she's doing, but I'd be delighted to testify about discrimination, about failure to send home health aides to the homes of qualified disabled senior citizens whom their employees didn't like while at the same time failing to place qualified home health aides who would have taken those jobs, about the alleged paratransit transportation provider whose "service" could easily have injured me as a healthy twenty-year-old so we know wheelchair dwellers weren't safe on his bus. The Commission should audit the everlovin' daylights out of M.E.O.C.

Here I stand to testify: I'm here this morning--afternoon, actually, it was almost 3 p.m. when I got here but I left the house at 9 a.m.--by a combination of walking more than three miles and sharing four different people's cars. "Anybody can ride the bus" for a dollar, the full fare for responsible adults. I have a dollar, but M.E.O.C. has refused to let me ride the bus because they want to run only one bus which is crowded to an unhealthy degree with welfare cheats. I passed five M.E.O.C. buses on the way here. Many of those buses spent most of the day parked behind the bank in Gate City. I see waste. I see discrimination. I see a need to restore the public transportation business in Scott and Wise Counties back to private people.

Virginia Tea Party Legislative Update

From Patricia Evans:

"Tea Party Federation CoLA - SUPPORT / OPPOSE update - Feb 9, 2014

Dear Delegates and Senators
 
cc All Federation members,
 
Many thanks to all elected officials who support our legislative efforts. When voting according to your principles, we know that you often put yourselves in the direct line of fire from the establishment. Please know how much we appreciate and support you.
 
 
Crossover support/oppose legislation update: 
See below for the lists of the top support / oppose bills that CoLA  is following very closely. The notes will help you understand our position in some important categories. It is impossible to address each individual bill separately and give you a compact document. I hope you find this helpful.
 
 
NOTES:
 
[There are position changes and additions to these lists. We are still reviewing substitutes and amended bills. There will be another update soon]
 
Healthcare: The Federation is 100% opposed to the implementation of any aspect of the ACA in Virginia. Every part of Obamacare is despised by the majority of Americans including Virginians; it is fiscally unsound; and a failure by every measure. We will watch very closely and keep a record of those who support the current attempt to implement a state exchange disguised as a free market solution called 'Marketplace Virginia'. [modeled after the failing Arkansas plan] We will know who supports this fiscally unsustainable attempt to expand Medicaid that will NOT improve healthcare outcomes in spite of all the rhetoric. We support a free market, doctor / patient-centered solution to healthcare.
[watch the floor debates live on the GA website  
 
Energy: The Federation strongly opposes the many tax credits / incentives that are still moving through the GA. Especially those that promote uneconomical renewable energy projects and establish trading credits for the cap and trade system. Green house gases are roughly 4% carbon. Of that 4%, only about 4% can be attributed to man's endeavor. It is beyond arrogant to promote the idea, and expect us to believe, that Earth's temperature can be influenced by reducing a small portion of this 4% of the 4% carbon content of our atmosphere. The EPA has done a wonderful job of cleaning up our water and air and it is our position that the pendulum has swung too far. Environmental regulation is now destroying our economy and usurping property rights. It is time to start reducing regulation and let the 'free market' work its magic!  [The government has already paid for the R & D]
 
Protection of privacy: Most legislation that would have protected the dissemination of personal information from government or commercial use, and required a warrant to search devices and track individuals has been killed in committee. There are still a few bills alive. We trust that our elected representatives want to protect their own privacy and personal information and will act accordingly; thus protecting our rights at the same time. We support all efforts to empower citizens in the fight against any government over reach which diminishes Virginians' constitutional rights.
 
Education: We support state-led, market-based education reform and oppose nationalization of the United States’ public education system. We believe that the best educational system is locally-controlled, student-centered, and involves parents and teachers as partners. We support  legislation that will:
  • Stop the unlawful usurpation by the Federal government of the state’s role in the definition of public school curriculum 
  • Prevent the centralized collection and use of individual student and parent data by the Federal government that could be used for purposes other than educational
  • Protect both individual and family educational rights and privacy
  • Promote free market-based educational reform that makes our schools and students better critical thinkers and more globally competitive.
 
Tax credits; grants; incentives; taxpayer guarantees, new taxes and fees: The Tea Party Federation opposes any new programs, program extensions, tax credits, new taxes, fees and any taxpayer guarantees for private sector projects. Let the free market work. We call for a complete outside audit of Virginia government.
Too often billions are magically found through a partial audit of some branch of government.[and then immediately spent]. Taxpayers want to see the elimination of waste fraud and abuse before any new taxes are levied, and also know - who are the beneficiaries of billions of dollars per year in tax incentives/credits? Virginia taxpayers also want a comprehensive plan to reduce Virginia's dependence on federal government subsidies which account for 38% of the VA budget.
 
Transportation: We oppose any legislation that further expands government size or power. Including, but not limited to, more layers of costly bureaucracy in Virginia's transportation system. The Commonwealth already has well established 'transportation districts' and 'authorities' legally constituted and perfectly capable of determining and implementing transportation plans for each planning district.
 
 SUPPORT :
  ...HB 17 Cellular telephone, etc.; warrant requirement i...
  ...HB 197 Virginia history and United States Const...
  ...HB 198 Student discipline; expulsion due to fir...
  ...HB 258 Higher educational institutions; restrictions o...
  ...HB 286 State Inspector General; appointment by General...
  ...HB 357 Concealed handgun permit applicant; access to i...
  ...HB 364 Civics Education, Commission on; reestablished.
  ...HB 449 Student information; release to federal governm...
  ...HB 492 Notaries; if not accredited to represent person...
  ...HB 706 General Assembly member; legislative standing t...
  ...HB 754 Student discipline; modifying long-term suspens...
  ...HB 790 General Services, Department of; inventory of a...
  ...HB 1043 Health benefit exchanges; regulation of navigat...
  ...HB 1053 State Inspector General, Office of; powers and ...
  ...HB 1084 Permits and approvals, certain; damages for unc...
  ...HB 1147 Health insurance; offering plans.
  ...HB 1173 Stormwater management programs; optional for so...
  ...HB 1176 Health insurance; notice of increase in premium...
  ...HB 1200 Elections; qualifications of candidates, reside...
  ...HB 1256 Detention and removal of citizen from State; SP...
  ...HJ 40 Medicaid-funded transportation; Joint Legislati...
  ...HJ 147 Affordable Care Act, federal; Bureau of Insuran...
  ...SB 194 Eminent domain; date of valuation, inverse cond...
  ...SB 239 Student mental health policies; violence preven...
  ...SB 423 Stormwater management program; regulations, sin...
  ...SB 446 General Assembly; reports accompanying general ...
  ...SB 503 Notaries; legal advice on immigration, etc.,non...
  ...SB 542 Health benefit exchanges; regulation of navigat...
  ...SB 578 Permits and approvals, certain; unconstitutiona...
  ...SB 603 Oyster grounds; condemnation.
 
OPPOSE:
...HB 597 Richmond Metropolitan Authority; renamed, compo...
  ...HB 975 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual ...
  ...HB 1025 Biofuels Production Incentive Grant Program; re...
  ...HB 1116 Banister River; Scenic River designation. ( Patron Les Adams )
  ...HB 1239 Real and personal property taxes; exemption for...
  ...HB 1249 Prescription Monitoring Program; registration w...
  ...HB 1253 Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Com...
  ...HB 1267 Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a...
  ...SB 45 Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; established a...
  ...SB 48 Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management ...
  ...SB 127 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual ...
  ...SB 250 Employment applications; inquiries regarding cr...
  ...SB 257 Tye River; designation as component of Virginia...
  ...SB 294 Prescription Monitoring Program; requirements o...
  ...SB 418 Solar equipment; certified pollution control eq...
  ...SB 431 Voluntary Remediation Program; removes cap on r...
  ...SB 510 Firearms; possession following conviction of ce...
  ...SB 513 Hampton Roads Transportation Authority; created...
  ...SB 551 Cranesnest River; designates as component of Vi...
  ...SB 571 Va.Beach arena; if Va. Beach issues bonds for a...
  ...SB 604 Immigrant Assistance, Office of; created.
  ...SB 653 Renewable energy property; tax credits for plac...


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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson "

Personally I don't have a problem with repealing the $64 annual tax on hybrid vehicles (this is, after all, over and above the tax on gas, of which they still use a lot).