Archive for June, 2012
Being a Tea Party member locally, I can honestly tell you, contrary to what the lame stream media would like to report, it’s one of the most respectful groups of people at all the rallies. I didn’t say they weren’t motivated and even angry about what’s happening to our beautiful Republic, but they know to peacefully protest within the law. Law abiding citizens each and every one of us.
The liberal media have said that the Occupy Party was a civic group
“just like” the Tea Party.” I report…you decide…
REPORTED OCCUPY PARTY TEA PARTY ARRESTS 4149+ 0 RAPES 12 0 DAMAGE $10,000,000.00 $0 PUBLIC DEFECATION YES NO ANTISEMITIC RANTS 12 0 COST TO TAXPAYERS ( by 11/9) $19,327,487.00+ $0 PUBLIC MASTURBATION 3 0 MOLOTOV COCKTAILS THROWN 10 0 FIGHTS STARTED YES NO CHILDREN EXPLOITED YES NO POLICE CARS DAMAGED 2 0 PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS YES NO DRUG POSSESSION ARREST YES NO CONCEALED WEAPON ARREST YES NO DRUG OVERDOSE YES NO THEFTS YES NO BURGLARIES YES NO VANDALISM ARREST YES NO TRESPASSING ARREST YES NO NON FATAL SHOOTINGS 1 0 PUBLIC URINATION YES NO URINATION ON OTHERS YES NO ISRAELI FLAGS BURNED 2 0 AMERICAN FLAGS BURNED 1 0 AMERICAN FLAGS DANCED ON 1 0 AMERICAN FLAG DESECRATION 25 0 FELONY ASSAULT ON AN EMT 1 0 HEAD/BODY LICE OUTBREAKS 1 0 TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAKS 1 0 MURDER 1 0 SUICIDE 1 0 SHOTS FIRED AT WHITE HOUSE 1 0 SCABIES OUTBREAKS 1 0 OBAMA ENDORSED IT YES NO PELOSI ENDORSED IT YES NO CAIR ENDORSED IT YES NO SOCIALIST PARTY ENDORSED YES NO NAZI PARTY ENDORSED YES NO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ENDORSED YES NO COMMUNIST PARTY ENDORSED YES NO BIDEN ENDORSED YES NO HUGO CHAVEZ ENDORSED YES NO BL AC K PANTHERS ENDORSED YES NO HEZBOLLAH ENDORSED YES NO MARXIST UNION ENDORSED YES NO 9/11 TRUTHER ENDORSED YES NO BOLSHEVIK ENDORSED YES NO IRAN GOVERNMENT ENDORSED YES NO AYATOLLAH ENDORSED YES NO NORTH KOREA ENDORSED YES NO FARRAKHAN ENDORSED YES NO NATION OF ISLAM ENDORSED YES NO
Oh, yes, I see the similarities now…
CRYSTAL COAST TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
19 JUNE 2012
Meeting held at Golden Corral, Morehead City, NC
Meeting called to order at 6:07 pm by Chairman BOB CAVANAUGH
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by JERE GEURIN
Attendance – 22
BOB asked CATIE MCCABE to pass out the paper ballots prepared for voting tonight for the July 17th runoff.
DISCUSSION on Candidates:
HOWARD GARNER put in a plug for Ed Goodwin. “If you will look at his background, his experience, and where he has been, it’s hard to find any one person with the experience he has. He started out in a tobacco patch, which he has certainly paid his dues working in a tobacco patch. And then he served in the military, traveled the world as a federal agent, and now is back farming again. But what really caught my attention about him, was he (a Republican) got elected County Commission in a Democratic controlled county that was bankrupt. So he won the election; they picked him as chairman with the idea he would make a fool of himself or if things got worse, they could blame it on the ’Republican’. Instead, he pulled the county out of bankruptcy and now they have a surplus. So it looks to me like he has done a fantastic job as chairman of the County Commissioners. That is Chowan County and Edenton. I had read about the county and their bad financial shape before I ever heard of Ed Goodwin.”
BOB asked how many folks were here last week when Ed Goodwin spoke to us. The majority raised their hands. He was pretty impressed with him. Running against Mr. Goodwin is Kenn Gardner who also spoke to us a couple of weeks ago. Anybody want to speak for or against Mr. Gardner? LUKE KUKULINSKI said he thought either one of them were good. HOWARD said he thought Mr. Gardner was a good man, but he thought Ed Goodwin was more experienced and better qualified. BOB wanted to know if Gardner was the other one who was an architect. Answer was yes. PEGGY GARNER said another thing, in her opinion, was Ed Goodwin is from eastern North Carolina and is more aware of what goes on in our area. Gardner is not. He is an architect from Raleigh. BOB said he thought that we (HOWARD and PEGGY) just liked farmers. HOWARD and PEGGY said we do, they are smart, usually honest and hard working. HOWARD said he believed in the man. (continue reading…)
Here are the Republicans who voted with Democrats to defeat Rep. Bradley’s amendment to strip pro-Agenda 21 language from the Food Advisory Council’s charter. They joined with Joe Hackney to provide the swing vote; most Republicans voted with Bradley and AGAINST Agenda 21. Clearly, the below Reps agree with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which claims that Agenda 21 doesn’t exist, and is just an …”anti-government conspiracy theory.”
Remember them well, as they all clearly need to be replaced at their next election.
Rep. Bill Brawley – 919-733-5800
Rep. Larry Brown – 919-733-5607
Rep. Jimmy Dixon – 919-715-3021
Rep. Mike Hager – 919-733-5749
Rep. Mark Hollo – 919-715-8361
Rep. D. Craig Horn – 919-733-2406
Rep. James Langdon, Jr. – 919-733-5849
Rep. Bill McGee – 919-733-5747
Rep. Chuck McGrady – 919-733-5956
Rep. Efton Sager – 919-733-5755
Rep. Ruth Samuelson – 919-715-3009
Rep. Paul Stam – 919-733-2962
Rep. John A. Torbett – 919-733-5868
- Kenneth Lang
Dear Mr. Lang:
Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns regarding the DREAM Act, and the Obama Administration’s memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that closely resembles the DREAM Act. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me and I’m honored to respond.
As you are likely aware, the DREAM Act is a bill that has been introduced for the past few years that would provide legal status to illegal aliens. Specifically, the DREAM Act would allow illegal aliens who came to the United States as minors to obtain permanent residency if they meet certain requirements such as either completing college or military service. I have long opposed the DREAM Act and have always voted against it because, very simply, it rewards illegal behavior. Although these children came to our country through no fault of their own I cannot support amnesty—we are a nation of laws. The American people have consistently voiced their opposition to this legislation. In fact, so many voiced their concerns that the DREAM Act was not able to pass the Democrat controlled Senate in 2010.
Unfortunately, President Obama’s Administration recently overruled the will of the American people and the Congress and issued a memo that closely resembles the DREAM Act. This memo directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to use discretion when deciding whether or not to deport illegal aliens if they are currently in school, have a family member serving in the military, or are pregnant or nursing. I am adamantly opposed to the DREAM Act and to the new ICE memo, and will continue to fight to ensure that our nation’s laws are enforced. You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2497, the HALT (Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation) Act– legislation that would prevent President Obama from bypassing Congress and providing any amnesty. The Constitution, in article I, clause 8, section 4, grants Congress the power to establish immigration policies and President Obama’s end run around the Constitution and the Congress must not stand.
Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. Please know that I understand and agree with your concerns and will oppose any effort to provide amnesty to those who break our nation’s immigration laws. If I may be of any further assistance please feel free to contact my office.
CRYSTAL COAST TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
MEETING MINUTES OF
JUNE 12, 2012
Meeting held at Golden Corral, Morehead City, NC
Meeting called to order at 6:01pm by Chairman BOB CAVANAUH
Pledge of Allegiance led by DAVID COX
Invocation by LYN BAKER
No. In Attendance – 43 (including Guest Speaker and Campaign Manager)
GUEST SPEAKER – Ed Goodwin, Candidate for Secretary of State
GUESTS- Betty Gardner (wife of Candidate for Secretary of State Kenn Gardner)
Mary Lou Mason (friend of Lyn Baker), Garrison & Barbara Swigert,
Art and Patricia Sims (friends of ED and GLADYS SUESSLE)
Richard Blackwell (Mr. Goodwin’s campaign manager)
Welcomed members not seen recently – STEVE and DONNA BIBB, MADELEINE SCHAW
Welcomed members from other TEA Party groups – SANDRA HELMS and JOYCE MANLEY (members of the Western Carteret TEA Party group), and
LILLIAN CREGER and SARA PEREGOY, (from Craven County TEA Party group).
BOB asked Mrs. Gardner if she would like to say a few words. Mrs. Gardner said, “Kenn really enjoyed coming and speaking with you last week and unfortunately he had a prior commitment, a meet and greet, so he wasn’t able to come tonight; but he asked me to come because last week some really exciting news happened in our campaign — Dr. Mike Beitler endorsed Kenn for Secretary of State. And I have a quote from Mike here that says ’Kenn is a proven conservative businessman who has been recognized nationally for his innovation and leadership. For thirty years he has grown businesses across North Carolina and has the experience we need as our next Secretary of State.’ So we are really thankful for Mike’s endorsement and looking forward to a great campaign.” (Applause)
BOB read the announcement LYN BAKER had given him ‘Celebrating GOD and Country’, Sunday, July 1, at the First Baptist Church in Morehead City. It is their annual Independence Day Pig and Chicken Pickin’ at the Family Life Center. It starts at 6:00 pm with music and speakers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. LYN has the tickets or can tell you someone else who also has them. The tickets are also available at the Church Office beginning Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 29th from 12:00pm on. No tickets will be sold after 12:00pm, Friday, June 29th.
PEGGY GARNER requested that, when members ask questions, to please state their name prior to asking. Transcribing the minutes from the recording, sometimes it is hard to tell exactly who is speaking.
BOB informed the group that Ed Goodwin, Candidate for Secretary of State was with us tonight. He said it was very good of Mr. Goodwin, at such a late date, to be able to find time to come on down to see us. ‘I say it was such a late date because the primary runoff is July 17, so the clock is ticking. We are still trying to get John Tedesco, Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hopefully we will have him in early July. I think he is shooting for July 3rd, but no promises; but we supported Mr. Tedesco in the May Primary and will probably do so again in the runoff‘.
He then told us that STEVEN BEST had information on a gentleman who was running independently for president. He asked STEVEN if the gentleman had confirmed if he would come and speak to us. STEVEN said it was not confirmed as yet. He has been informed that he is welcome any Tuesday night prior to the election. He is Terry Jones, a preacher out of Florida who wants to be a write-in candidate.
BOB said, ‘You all have seen the handouts here on Mr. Goodwin. He is from Edenton…a local boy…and he is Chairman of the Chowan County Commissioners. He is running for Secretary of State‘. He then turned the floor over to Mr. Goodwin. Told him to take as much time as he wanted. We’ll have a question and answer period after he completes his talk.
Mr. Goodwin said, ‘Thank you sir and Good Evening. I am from Edenton, North Carolina. That is where I was born and raised on a farm there and that is where I was taught my conservative values…not just by my mother and father but my church family as well as the many families of the people I worked with on the farm. I retired after many years of being away from home. I stayed away 33 years total and I retired and came back to farm. That is one time that I did exactly what my daddy told me to do. He told me to go off and see the world, son, and after you are satisfied, come back home and take care of me and Momma in our old age. And the Good Lord saw fit to allow me to do that and I had six years with my daddy on the farm before he died. My brother and I farm the same farm (5 generations of farmers)…the family farm. We do not own all the land. We rent half of the land. We own 300 acres and we rent 325. My daddy rented some of that land for 45 years. He always wanted to buy it but the families would never sell, so we still farm that rented land….peanuts, cotton, soybeans, wheat, milo, rye, butterbeans, snap beans and field peas. So we do stay busy. After I got out of high school I went to East Carolina University. I thought that was where I should be. My momma did not want me to go, ‘cause I was 17 years old when I left and I turned 18 in my freshman year. I was not ready for college life, of being independent and on my own. Especially at that time, East Carolina was known as the number two party school in the country. And my momma did not like the fact that her 17 year old son was going off and being dumped into that environment and my momma was right. My grades were not good and I got drafted. By the time I went into the service I was 19 years old but how do you tell a 19 year old young man or boy to tighten up and do right. That’s kind of tough. Some of us are hard headed. I had to learn the hard way, and I did learn the hard way. So I got that nice piece of paper that all of you signed, that represented all of you. I think you can appreciate this letter…it said…’Greetings! Your friends and neighbors have chosen you to represent them in the armed forces of the United States of America. Report to Fort Jackson, South Carolina on so and so date on so and so time. Then you read the next page and it says the bus will pick you up at the local bank at 6:30 on a certain date and you will be on that bus and be gone. Well, my daddy, a World War II veteran, who had instilled in me a love of this country, told me ‘I don’t want you to go, son’, and he just cried and cried when he told me that. He said listen to your cousins…they are killing them over there at an increased rate because they are sending all the green horns over there. Use your head one time, boy. You know how to shoot a gun and I taught you how to fight with your hands. So, I went to see a recruiter. The Army had me. I went to see the Air Force recruiter. I had to drive 60 miles to see the nearest recruiter. I walked in and said I want to join the Air Force right now and I want to do this or that. He said ‘Did you just get drafted?’ I said ‘Yes, sir’. He said, ‘OK, I can get you out…you are late reporting…but you are not in the cycle where you are violating the law, yet. If you’ll do good on this test, I can do something for you.’ And I thought about what my daddy said, ‘Use your head, son!’ So, I took that test. Got through and the guy graded it and said ‘you can be anything in the Air Force you want to be up to this, right here’. He showed me all the military specialty codes. That was a 31652G-1…that was like an MOS (military occupational specialist). What that meant was they sent me to nuclear school. So guess what? Did we ever nuke Viet Nam? Nope, should have, that’s what my daddy always said. If they would just do what was right, they could go ahead and win that war…you wouldn’t have to go over there. But, I did not have to go over there. I went to nuke school…intercontinental ballistic missile school…underground silos at that time. And that is what I did for 4 years while I was in the military. Got out. Got my head straight. I farmed for a while, fished some, built some houses, moved some houses, and then I went back to East Carolina to finish what I started. I’ve always been like that. If I start something, I got to finish it. Might take me a little while. Some of you ladies know that ’honey do list’ that you give to your husbands? You know he is going to get around to it sooner or later, right? (Laughter and several nos.) No? I was trying to help you guys out. (Someone said when you have a composition book full, it is kinda hard! More laughter.) One of you will get trained after while. I don’t know which one it will be. But I went back to East Carolina and I finished; and school was fun then because I was hungry and I knew I would not get a second chance. So I went to school under the GI Bill. I feel like I earned it. And then Uncle Sam recruited me and hired me as a Special Agent NCIS and I did that for 23 years before I retired and came home. During that period of time, they needed somebody in the Soviet Union as a Nuclear Weapons Treaty Inspector and they needed an agent who was kinda espionage trained, kinda intelligence trained and somebody that knew nuclear weapons. That is kind of an odd combination. And they found an old farm boy from eastern North Carolina. So I went for 4 and ½ years. I did not live over there permanently. I would go and stay anywhere from 40 to 60 days at a time; four or five trips per year for 4 ½ years. And I did nuclear treaty inspections in the Soviet Union. That is the coldest I have ever been in my life. (Laughter) Sometimes we watched them launch ’em and blow ’em up. And you know what….everyone they ever launched …worked. I am sure they had it rigged so we would see that; but everyone of them worked. I did that 4 ½ years. I spent 5 years in Japan running operations in that part of the world for the United States and what I was tasked to do. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was trained in many different specialties in there as well as being on protected service details for a lot of foreign leaders and presidents of the United States as well. So I have had a very blessed career there. So I can tell you this, before I retired and came home… as a gun specialist and a unarmed defense specialist I worked at Blackwater for two years…training military guys because military guys are not trained how to act like police officers and go into local homes or businesses and find the bad guys. That is not what the military has been trained to do. So I worked under a contract at Blackwater, training military people when they would go overseas to teach them how to go into urban combat. Go into a house and get somebody and take them out…best to bring them out alive…That is what I did. I got tired of that. I got it out of my system and then I came home and started to farm with my daddy.
I started to build my house and found out that regulations were unbelievable that the county had, as far as me building a house. So I asked to see the land utilization plan, the development plans, and I asked to see the county budget. And they asked me why do you want to see them? Because I am a citizen and I am entitled to it. What are you looking for? I said I will know when I find it. So that was like a red flag to me. Something wrong in my local government if they would not let me see that. So I had a job to do…wanted to finish building my house, farming with my daddy and everything, and then I decided to run for County Commissioner. So in 2008 I ran for County Commissioner in my home county. I ran against a minority female in a Democratic controlled county and I was the first Republican elected in that county. You know your North Carolina history…real quick….Edenton, North Carolina was the colonial capital of this colony (before it was New Bern, before it was Raleigh …it was Edenton). One man from Edenton signed the Declaration of Independence. One man from Edenton signed the Constitution of the United States. One man from Edenton was on the first Supreme Court of this country. Another man from Edenton was the first Secretary of the Navy. And the first political activism by women in this country occurred in Edenton, North Carolina….the Edenton Tea Party. When the TEA Party started to develop in North Carolina, they had a ‘tea party’ and they planned it in Edenton, North Carolina because of those women. There was about 600 people on the court house green down there on the wharf. And that was years ago. That was the first tea party thing in modern times, if you would, in North Carolina, like that. So I come from a place where we get fed up kind of quick and we don’t like to take a lot of junk. So when I got elected to the Board of Commissioners, as a Democrat controlled board, they elected me chairman and I have been chairman four years in a row. Now why would five Democrats elect the first Republican to be chairman? (HOWARD said hoping you would make a fool of yourself). There you go. They are smarter than you think. They wanted to elect that Republican so that if it gets any worse that what it already was, they could blame it on him. It has been brought to my attention by some people that are against me that think that I have inflated my story of Chowan County. You can look it up. You can read the news. Chowan County was bankrupt. We had a thirty million dollar slush fund, and nobody knew it. When I won the election, and before I got sworn in, it was announced that Chowan County was broke. The state was going to take us over. We were 32 million dollars in debt and we had lost a 30 million dollar reserve fund that we had had and we still had to make payrolls. We still had debt service to do. So anybody that want to challenge whether or not Chowan County saved theirself, come see me. Five Democrats and two Republicans…we worked our tails off for the last three and a half years. We have rebuilt Chowan County’s administrative system and financial system. We have reduced our loans from 23 loans to 11. Any money we saved for the first 2 and ½ to 3 years we paid on debt service. We had to change our asset to debt ratio and if we didn‘t do it we would go under. I made the motion, as Chairman of the County Commissioners to raise taxes one time, and I raised it 3 and ½ cents. I made that motion at 6:15 one night….the first budget we worked on… I made it at 6:15 that night. The motion was approved at quarter to 1 the next morning. It is in the newspaper. You can Google it, you can search it, you can find it. We sat there. We rejected every budget that the County Manager brought forth. He brought forth five budgets. We threw everyone of them out and then everybody said what are you going to do. He threw up his hands and said you all can do anything you want to. We said fine, we’ll write the budget; so that is how long it took us…from 6:00 that night until quarter to 1 the next morning. We wrote the budget. We cut almost 4 million dollars out of that budget. And we are still operating on that budget. We are operating on a budget from 5 to 6 years ago. But people want to challenge that and say it is not true. It has been inflated. I didn’t do it. We did it. Democrats and Republicans. Why? Because we are citizens of that county and we love our home and we will push to the max. There is no telling what we can do when we really resolve ourselves and we are pushed to the max. So 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans changed that. But guess who would have gotten blamed for it if it didn’t work? I would! Guess who never takes credit for anything? Me. I don’t. Ask some of you people who have heard me talk before, I never say I did it, We did it….Chowan County did it.
There is also some dispute about my business interests. I created two businesses from the ground up. One of them was based upon a patent that me and my business partner developed based upon my years experience with the government and his years of experience as a computer specialist/programmer. Have a patent on that. We built the business up and sold it because somebody wanted it more than I wanted it. So I made a business decision. I unloaded it. And I unloaded it at a good time too. The other business was something that was near and dear to me. It is a biostat. It is what is called a hemostatic agent. It stops blood flow. In combat situations and emergency and hospital operating rooms. It is made from ground-up shrimp shells from a certain body of water in the world. And the product enzymes is called ’chitizen’. It breaks down in the human body into glucosamine, and do you know what that is? Basically sugar, right? Our current combat goals in quick clot that the military uses is ’clay’ based. It is made from dirt – clay. We haven’t had soldiers live long enough to see if there is any health side effects from having that introduced into their bodies, yet. We’ll probably find out in the future about that. So I still own a percentage of that business and we have been tested and we have been run through the wringer and we have started to sell that, so I’m still interested in that…..and my farming business. Read More!
Wow! Your grassroots pressure on NC House Republicans to fight Agenda 21 is really working!
As I told you in a previous email, the Local Food Policy Council is an advisory board funded by taxpayers operating under the authority of the NC Department of Agriculture. The Council’s job is to provide advice to policymakers with the goal of strengthening NC farms and local food producers.
This past Wednesday, the NC House was scheduled to vote on HB 1098, a bill which would have re-inserted pro-Agenda 21 “sustainability” language into the charter of the NC Local Sustainable Food Policy Council.
Wednesday morning, Campaign for Liberty members bombarded House Republicans with phone calls and emails demanding that the House adopt Rep. Glen Bradley’s amendment to remove the progressive Agenda 21 language from the bill, or kill it completely. As a result, House leadership backed off, and pulled the bill from last Wednesday’s agenda. Your pressure worked!
At first, they rescheduled the bill to be voted on next Wednesday. But now that Campaign for Liberty members have HB 1098 on their radar, NC House Republicans are trying to hide the Agenda 21 language we’re fighting in another bill, scheduled for an earlier vote.
The new bill we need to target is SB 491, and it’s scheduled for a floor vote on Monday, June 18th.
To that end, I need you to do two things:
First, contact your NC House Representative and instruct him/her to either support Rep. Glen Bradley’s amendment to remove Agenda 21 language from SB 491, or vote against the bill. You can look up your Representative’s contact information here.
Next, contact Rep. Thom Tillis at 919-733-3451 or by email at Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net and tell him to oppose Agenda 21 in NC!
We don’t have a lot of time, but our goal is still the same. It’s time to turn the heat all the way up, so that the politicians in Raleigh understand that it’s more controversial to ignore the progressive left’s Agenda 21 than it is to stand up for private property rights and individual liberty!
Time is of the essence, so call now!
NC State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. NC House Republicans are trying to pass pro-Agenda 21 legislation SB 491, scheduled for a vote Monday, 6/18! Contact Speaker Thom Tillis at 919-733-3451 or by email at Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net as well as your own NC House Representative and tell them to oppose Agenda 21 in NC!
Letter to the Editor
“What is the NCGOP Leadership Hiding?”
In February 2012, I wrote a Letter to the Editor (LTE) of our local paper. It asked the question “What If” and followed with a number of questions about what appeared to be interference in local and district elections in North Carolina. It began with the question “What if two NC Senators and a NC Representative came to our County and picked the candidate to run for the Senate seat that represents you, the voters of Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico Counties?” Well, that did happen in NC Senate District 2 Primary race (and they lost). Similar stories are being circulated about other counties in eastern NC like in Pitt County, and more recently in NC House District 6. In fact, it has been claimed that at the recent NCGOP Convention in Greensboro, a delegate from Carteret County was passing out a flyer that asked questions similar to those in my February LTE. Questions like “Is the NCGOP intruding into local or state and national primaries,” and “Are they recruiting and supporting newly switched Democrats and opportunist RINOs to run against conservative incumbents and principled new candidates,” and “Are they running Decoy Candidates so as to manipulate elections and place their puppets?” The flyer also cited portions of the NCGOP Plan of Organization that prohibits such actions by Party officials. The flyer, and the lady distributing the flyer quickly attracted the attention of no less than four senior Party officials, , who confronted the lady distributing the flyer with fingers wagging, tongues lashing, and threats of suing for libel and slander flowing. But wait, there’s more!
Science vs AGW Religion in North Carolina
What’s been happening recently in North Carolina (NC) is a microcosm of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) story: politics vs science, ad-hominems vs journalism, evangelists vs pragmatists, etc.
The contentiousness is over one of the main AGW battlefields: sea level rise (SLR). NC happens to have a large amount of coast line, and has become the US epicenter for this issue.
The brief version is that this began several years ago when a state agency (Coastal Resource Commission: CRC) selected a 20± member “science panel” to do a scientific assessment of the NC SLR situation through 2100. This could have been a very useful project if there had been balance in the personnel selections, and the panel’s assessment adhered to scientific standards. Regrettably neither happened and the project soon jumped the rails, landing into the political agenda ditch.
In their 2010 report the panel concluded that NC should expect a 39 inch SLR by 2100. Their case was built around a 2007 paper by Stefan Rahmstorf, and was not encumbered by a single reference to a perspective different from Rahmstorf’s. Shortly after the report was released, state agencies started making the rounds of NC coastal communities, putting them on notice that they would need to make BIG changes (elevating roads and bridges, rezoning property, changing flood maps for insurance purposes, etc.).
As an independent scientist, I was solicited by my coastal county to provide a scientific perspective on this report. Even though I wasn’t a SLR expert, I could clearly see that this document was a classic case of Confirmation Bias, as it violated several scientific standards. But to get into the technical specifics I solicited the inputs of about 40 international SLR experts (oceanographers, etc.).
I compiled and edited their responses to the CRC panel’s report into what I called a Critique.
This 33 page document discussed how real science works, and then went through the 16 page CRC document, essentially line-by-line. In doing so numerous specious claims, unsupported assumptions, and questionable models were pointed out. It wasn’t pretty.
It was during this time that I was solicited to work with a small coastal organization called NC-20 (there are 20 NC coastal counties). Since they were interested in promoting science-based solutions (my agenda) for NC coastal issues, I agreed to be their Science Advisor and a board member (both non-paying, volunteer positions).
Initially we had hopes that the CRC panel’s report could be fixed, so we met with the head of the CRC, explained our concerns and handed the Critique to him. He appeared to be receptive and we were optimistic that this important matter could be straightened out. That proved to be an illusion, as none of the CRC panel members ever contacted us about fixing any of their mistakes, or about doing a more balanced assessment. Shame on them.
We subsequently asked that the Critique be posted on CRC’s SLR webpage, but they refused to do so. So much for presenting the facts to NC citizens.
On the positive side of things, due to our objections, the state did (temporarily anyway) back off from the rules and regulations that they had threatened coastal communities with. [BTW NC-20 is NOT disputing that there will be SLR. The amount of NC SLR is unknown, so a genuine scientific assessment of the NC SLR situation should be undertaken. What such an assessment entails is explained in the Critique’s Part 1.]
By all appearances it seems the CRC assumed that the prestige of their science panel would win the day against the NC-20 upstarts. To help assure that outcome they engaged in an intensive PR campaign to pervert this as a science vs real estate developers issue (with them representing the science side, of course!). Here’s a sample of several articles that appeared, and another.
It was during this time that a CRC Panel member wrote me saying that they agreed with the Critique, and apologized for signing off on the Panel’s report! The member stated that the Panel was driven by a few activists, and that everyone else simply went along. This was no surprise, but that an individual had the good conscience to apologize was refreshing.
Anyway, the CRC panel’s disinformation campaign didn’t work, as we didn’t go away. Further, almost everyone who actually read the Critique ended up being on our side. One legislator who liked it asked us to make a presentation to interested state legislators in November 2011. We took that opportunity and it was well received. (See my part.)
Not long after that the CRC panel changed their tactics. Their new plan was to issue an Addendum to their 2010 report, and then claim that all of our concerns were answered. If only that were the case! Their nine page document was prepared with zero contact with us — which tells you all you need to know about the sincerity that they had in any scientific resolution.
My response was to follow the successful earlier pattern, so I passed it on to my network of international SLR experts for their commentary. Again they were forthcoming, so I was able to compile and edit a detailed 18 page response that I called a Commentary. We again sent this directly to CRC, asked them to put it on their SLR website — but posted it ourselves on our own site. [We received no response from CRC, and they have yet to post our document.]
What happened next was a BIG surprise.
We were notified that state legislators were as exasperated as we were with the politicalization of these technical issues — and that they were going to introduce legislation to stop the agenda promoters! Wow.
In this case, SLR legislation was drafted by a staffer who has a PhD in oceanography. The main point of the document was that future SLR projections must be made based on extrapolating prior empirical data. In other words, state agencies would not be allowed to create policies that were based on speculations about some possible acceleration!
As a scientist, I’m always concerned about legislating technical matters. In this case, though, the evidence is quite clear that certain NC agencies have no genuine interest in real science. So what to do? Defunding them is a possibility, but that might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Replacing the agency’s problem people is another option, but the logistics for that weren’t practical. So putting some constraints on these dogmatists has some merit.
Not surprisingly, the backlash was immediate. These evangelists are used to getting their way, and for legislators to actually stand up against their religion was an unexpected development.
In their anguish they lashed out to anyone they could blame for this roadblock in their crusade — including yours truly. There were numerous rants (some national) lamenting how “good science” was being thwarted by ignorant legislators. Even the Colbert Report had fun with it.
Of course, the reality that the legislators were actually trying to protect NC citizens from promoters masquerading their agendas as science, was rarely reported. Such are the times we are living in, where talk is cheap, and few understand what science really is.
What’s worse is that thousands of scientists are off the reservation, and have no interest in adhering to scientific principles or procedures. The solution (in my opinion) is that such renegades should have their degrees revoked, just as a priest is defrocked for violating his vows.
In any case, here is a piece about the NC SLR bill (H819), which includes a link to download a PDF version. Last Friday, there was a brief committee hearing where this measure was discussed and voted on. It passed unanimously.
As I understand it, the NC Senate may be voting on this measure this week. I am hoping that they will not be dissuaded from their worthy objective. I wrote this (word limited and edited) NC op-ed to respond to some of the misinformation.
IMO there are parts of this bill that can be improved, and I submitted written suggestions. If you’d like to add your comments, please direct them to the bill’s sponsors: Senator David Rouzer and Representative Pat McElraft. (Please copy me.)
Some are predicting that this measure will pass the legislature, and then be vetoed by our lame-duck Governor. As an optimist, I’m hoping that since the Governor no longer needs to cater to the green constituency, that instead she can send a message that real science should be the basis of the state’s technical policies. That would give her legacy a major positive boost.
John Droz, jr.
Physicist & Environmental Advocate; Morehead City, North Carolina
CRYSTAL COAST TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
MEETING MINUTES OF
5 JUNE 2012
Meeting held at Golden Corral Restaurant, Morehead City, NC
Meeting called to order at 6:02 pm by Chairman BOB CAVANAUGH
Pledge of Allegiance was led by RO THOMPSON
Invocation by JAMES “Winky” CHADWICK
Present – 43
Three Guest Speakers in attendance tonight who are in a runoff election July 17:
Dan Forest – Candidate for Lt. Governor
Kenn Gardner – Candidate for Secretary of State
Mike Causey – Candidate for Commissioner of Insurance
BOB introduced Dan Forest first - He has worked 23 years in the private sector mostly as an architect. He has two undergraduate degrees from UNC Charlotte, and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte College of Architecture. He serves on several boards. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Alice and four of his kids and has one of his sons with him tonight “Max”.
Dan thanked us for inviting him tonight. “I’ve met a lot of you before and a number of you have heard me give my presentation before so I will not do that today. I wanted to say thank you for your support. We won overwhelmingly in Carteret County and I attribute that to your helpers in this county and your ballot and thank you for putting us on it. If you didn’t vote for us, and there are plenty of people that still didn’t vote for us, I’m coming back to ask for your help. It’s OK, we have good candidates running in this race and I know people voted for other folks and there is only two of us left now so I would love to have your support. We have a July 17th runoff, which I gave most of you a card that has that on there. Early voting starts the 28th of June (absentee voting starts now, and some of you told me you had already voted), but go ahead and vote early if you can because July 17th is one of those days many of you probably remember – you get up in the morning and you get dressed and get in the car and go off to work and pass the polling place and you call your spouse and say are we supposed to be voting for something today? I just passed a polling place. I’ve done it many times. That is one of those days. And so, tell your friends to early vote. Some good things happened on May 8th – one of those I believe is the passing of the Marriage Amendment in North Carolina. (Applause) A great victory for our state. I believe it is evidence that GOD still has his hand on North Carolina for a period of time. That is very good. Another great thing that happened, a little more so, but you may not have paid much attention to, on the Democrat side for President. If you were looking at the election results, there were 200,000 people that showed up on the Democrat or Independent side that said ‘anybody but Barack Obama’. (Applause) Read More!
I was going to save this post until January, the tenth anniversary, but it is prescient that we address it now because the ringleader is trying to get back to the table. Even though we’re in the middle of the NC GOP Convention, we need to remind ourselves of the battles we’ve been through so we don’t repeat them. Now hang on, because we’ve got some ground to cover!
I try not to be petty. No elected official is perfect and all are going to make a voting mistake here or there. Usually it is the body of work that indicts one’s character, but occasionally a singular event is so egregious that it exposes a fatal character flaw. Such is the case with Richard T. Morgan and his four co-conspirators.
The reason this must come up now is that Richard Morgan is currently in a runoff election on July 17 trying to become our next Insurance Commissioner. We must do everything in our power to make sure he does not succeed (vote for Mike Causey – http://gocausey.com/)
Richard Morgan and his co-conspirators sold the rest of the Republicans down the river in deals with Jim Black, the Democratic Speaker at the time.
A little background is in order for those who don’t remember that far back. In 2002, North Carolinians elected a majority of Republicans to the NC House for only the second time since 1870. It was a slim majority (61-59), but a majority nonetheless. As the House Republicans caucused, they selected Leo Daughtry to be their nominee for speaker. On the eve of taking power, however, Richard Morgan and his co-conspirators sold the rest of the Republicans down the river in deals with Jim Black, the Democratic Speaker at the time.
Michael Decker switched parties to become a Democrat leaving the House in a stalemate of 60-60 right before the vote. Richard Morgan and his co-conspirators, Harold Brubaker, Julia Howard, Danny McComas, and Wilma Sherrill, made a deal with the Democrats to elect Morgan and Black as co-Speakers in a power-sharing agreement that ended up with the Democrats back in power for the next 8 years, Jim Black as Speaker until 2007, and left the Republican party in disarray.
We must do everything in our power to make sure that [Richard Morgan] does not succeed
This is further significant because after the 2000 census, Democrats had fraudulently redrawn the congressional and legislative districts across the state. Upon challenge, the courts struck down the new maps. This debacle spilled over into the 2002 election cycle and contributed to Republicans winning a majority in the state House. The “Morgan Five” and other Republican conspirators like Michael Decker, and David Miner not only thwarted the will of the people, but handed the re-redistricting process right back to the Democrats. They botched it again producing lawsuits that had them re-redrawing parts of the maps for the remainder of the decade.
Because of this, we must remind each other continually of who these traitors are. To that end, we will now tell you where each of these untrustworthy “Republicans” are in our system. Thankfully, Michael Decker went to prison for his part and David Miner and Wilma Sherrill are no longer in or running for elected office. Here’s the breakdown on the other four:
Richard Morgan was thrown out of the NCGOP Executive Committee and finally defeated in 2006. However, in 2008 he ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction, a council-of-state seat. Now, in 2012, he’s running for another council-of-state seat as Insurance Commissioner. Morgan has never apologized, recanted, or acknowledged his error. To this day, he defends his actions. He must never be allowed to hold the reigns of power again! Don’t let your neighbors unwittingly vote for him – support Mike Causey for Insurance Commissioner - http://gocausey.com/ (Learn more about Morgan at http://www.mooregop.org/)
Harold Brubaker conspired with Morgan, yet remains a member of the NC House in a seat he has held since 1976! In fact, the new Republican leadership under Thom Tillis made him head of the Appropriations Committee as well as the House Select Committee on State-owned Assets. Being a long-serving Republican in the Democrat-controlled Legislature for 36 years is not an indictment by itself, but it sure makes you wonder how he survived through nearly four decades of Democrat re-districting when they notoriously ousted effective Republicans by drawing them into unwinnable districts. His partnering with Morgan reveals his true nature.
Julia Howard also conspired with Morgan and remains in the NC House occupying a seat she has held for 24 years. Like the others, she survived numerous Democrat re-districting efforts as well as any repercussions by Democrats after Republicans had a majority for four years in the mid 90′s.
She currently stands as the Senior-Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Chairman of the Ethics Committee as well as the House Select Committee on Legislative Program Evaluation.
Danny McComas conspired with Morgan against other Republicans, yet still served in the seat he has held since 1994. He is Chairman of the Commerce and Job Development and House Select Committee on Tort Reform, and is Vice-Chairman of the Banking and Finance committees. (Note: McComas announced in February that he would not seek re-election to a 10th term. He did not rule out running for another office, but has not done so in this election cycle.)
Each of these legislators has been kind enough to vote the right way most of the time in recent years when they needed to. They’re certainly politically savvy enough to ride the recent Republican wave. They’ve established themselves as political survivors. However, the role that they played in setting Republicans back is enough for them to make our upcoming “Wall of Shame”. To my knowledge, none of them have ever apologized or acknowledged their error and the bitter wounds dealt to the North Carolina Republican party.
Many “establishment” Republicans have urged unity. Well, I’m all for unity, but I like the example of Jim Bakker. Remember him? The disgraced televangelist is back on TV, but not before he 1) apologized and admitted his wrong, 2) showed true repentance (working with and even adopting inner city children), and 3) did his time. Even though he’s back, it will never be in the capacity he was before.
Even though they’re still in office (or seeking office), the folks above are merely political opportunists. If you’ve read this blog very long at all, you know that’s a big problem for me! If any of the above folks would like me to print their apology, I will be glad to do so. After that, they need to step out and do their penance and show us they’ve really changed. Until they do that, let’s just be honest, they’re untrustworthy.
CRYSTAL COAST TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
29 MAY 2012
Meeting held at Golden Corral, Morehead City, NC
Meeting called to order at 6:00pm by Chairman BOB CAVANAUGH
Pledge of Allegiance led by LUKE KUKULINSKI
Invocation by STEVEN BEST
Attendance – 26
BOB recognized EULA PARKEN to talk about the pamphlet “Government Sin & Tyranny – 99 Ways Your Government Uses Your Taxes to Attack Your Values”, that she had purchased copies of, for the membership to donate to the treasury in order to get a copy. She touched on the high lights of the five Chapters in the pamphlet. (examples of the government using taxes forced from the hands of hard-working Americans to promote policies and agendas that undercut the morals and traditional values that make America great. Ie. (1) Pushing the Radical Homosexual Agenda; (2) The War Against Christianity and Religion, (3) The Assault of Radical Islam and Shariah Law on America, (4) War on Morals and Traditional Values, and (5) Pushing Abortion and the Culture of Death at Every Opportunity.“ Several members received copies through their donations.
PAT NALITZ also donated several copies of the pamphlet “The Area of Political War for Tea Parties” written by David Horowitz, to be gotten through donations to the treasury also.
Attendees discussed the “Law of the Seas Treaty” (LOST) and the dangers we see it creating. This Treaty dates all the way back to Ronald Reagan, who wanted no part of it, as well as George Bush, who said no also. But Obama (with Hillary’s blessing) is all for it. Obama still says, ‘take from the rich and give to the poor, and people here in the USA, think he is talking about still giving to them; however, he is talking about taking from everyone here in the USA (both rich and poor) and giving to countries overseas (many who hate us). The Treaty also reduces our navy guarding the sea lanes and allows the UN to take over that part of our defense also. The Treaty is supposed to come to a vote next month (June). KEN LANG said he wanted to find out how Senator Burr stood on this Treaty. It has been reported that there are some Republicans who are backing this Treaty and he was trying to find out if Burr was one of them. KEN recommended for those who are interested in more information, and have a computer, to go on line and check out LOST. It is on our web page and Face Book also. It will only go before the Senate (not the House) and will require a 2/3rds vote to pass. Discussion on we are only one vote in the UN. The way our rules read, even if the UN passes it and we don’t, then we don’t have to comply with it. At this point we still have the strongest Navy in the world, so if the UN wants to fight – then bring it on.
Discussion on Gun Control….Soros and his buying gun and ammunition plants…..Dept of Homeland Security trying to redefine ‘shotgun’….
Discussion on Obama’s Czars. The President has authority to nominate and appoint, with the consent of the Senate, ambassadors, public ministers and consulates, which it is thought that Czars would fall under that. Problem is Congress has been so non-confrontational with Obama, that is why he has been able to get away with all he has. None of these guys referred to as Czars in the Obama White House, have been confirmed by Congress. Supposedly it is OK to appoint without Congress approval if Congress is not in session; but Obama takes advantage of Congress having a weekend off or a holiday (not the 14 day required time), appoints a Czar and Congress doesn’t do anything about it. The blame is actually more on Congress than the President because they are letting him get away with it and many other things with no confrontation. They are not doing their job. So you end up with a President pushing the limits. BOB said this was one of the things he wanted to talk with Walter Jones about when he comes and speaks to us in June. Also wants to discuss how the President can rule by decree/executive orders. Can the Congress limit that?
PAT NALITZ asked if anyone had read “The Amateur”. You have to read it. It is a quick but interesting read.
RUTH PARKER brought up about all these drones that are being purchased by local authorities and federal government to essentially spy on people. LUKE KUKULINSKI said there was an article in the Drudge Report “Who is going to be the hero to shoot down the first American drone?” RUTH said what concerned her was who they were going to shoot on the ground. They can spy right into your home and tell exactly what you are doing, and you are not even aware of it’s presence. KEN said that is why Ron Paul was so upset about us killing that (American) Muslim terrorist without a trial. Everyone was probably pleased that he had been taken down, but the fact that he was an American, and we are supposed to be able to have a trial under our constitution and this guy was shot without a trial and one man (the President of the US) made the decision to do so. So now with 30,000 drones flying overhead in the US, will they invoke the same thing with any of the US citizens. With 30,000 drones in 50 states; that means we could have 600 in North Carolina alone….NC has 100 counties, so that means we could be having 6 flying over Carteret County at all times. Scary isn’t it? Especially with Obama having his “Assassination List” already being made up.
BOB said another thing he wanted to talk with Walter Jones about was the Treaty after Viet Nam, the ‘War Powers Act’ which is supposed to prevent us from getting into these long undeclared wars. Under the War Powers Act the President had the authority to use the military for like 90 days and then he had to go before Congress and justify what he was doing. (Discussion about Bush; whether or not he had gotten approval – decision was he had.) LUKE said that is what Jones’Impeachment Act was for …. Obama and Libya. BOB said it hasn’t been just Libya, but he has also sent forces into Uganda, (still there as advisors). KEN said it is up to Congress to fund these things….so if he were President, he would say ‘you gave me the money, so therefore you must approve of our being over there.’ Discussion over pulling money away from our troops, but KEN said Congress could designate where the money is to be spent and how. All they have to say is the money is to be used for withdrawal of our troops. This has to be; or else our troops will be forever in these countries without any way of ever getting out. In Viet Nam, Congress cut off the funding and they had to bring the troops home.
BOB brought the subject back to the elections (runoff in July and election in November). We are going to need to get the vote out as much as we can. The runoff election is for several state offices….one of the biggest being the Insurance Commissioner runoff race between Richard Morgan and Mike Causey. We supported Mike Causey in the primary. He pulled 59% of our vote to Richard Morgan’s 24% of the Carteret County vote. We need to duplicate that again. We need to do to Morgan what we did with Randy Ramsey. Morgan is the one who stated the folks in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc. should not have to pay for the high insurance rates of people on the coast….all those big waterfront homes. The people who live on the coast should have to pay. News for Morgan, the coast has not had that many major hurricanes in several years. A lot of hurricanes recently have gone through the middle of the state. Also, most of those big homes on the water are owned by the more wealthy who live in the middle of the state, ie. Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, etc., and we here on the coast, who can not afford these luxury homes, have been paying for them for years. This is one of the things we need to stress in our letters to the editor when discussing the Causey/Morgan runoff race. Since this is going to be a state-wide runoff, we need to write letters outside the county also, like the Raleigh News & Observer, Winston Salem Journal, etc.; however, we need to argue differently state-wide from coastal counties, because down here people need to be aware that Richard Morgan wants to raise our insurance rates even higher than they already are here on the coast, because in his mind the people out west have to pay so much because we have all the hurricanes. This information had been posted on his web page, but he found out it was unpopular down here so he has taken it off. For letters to the western part of the state, we should stress his poor performance and poor relationship with the Republican party because he was actually censured by the Republican party for not fulfilling his obligations as a member of the Legislature and his affiliation with Jim Black. He had been booted off the executive committee for the state. Voter turnout for the runoff is going to be very, very low, so we need to talk to all our friends, neighbors, relatives, anyone you know, your email lists, etc., and encourage them to go and vote on the 17th of July. The TEA Party will try to man as many of the polls as we possibly can again and pass out our voter recommendation lists again. We do not have the funds to run the list in the newspaper because we will really need what cash we can accumulate by November for the main election. (Question raised as to the cost to run the shorter list in the paper just one time. BOB said about $200.00. Recommendation that we might run it at least once…if each of us here were to donate $10.00, then we could afford that.) BOB said he did not have the authority to spend the $200.00, but if everyone wanted to chip in and pay for it being published at least once, he had no problem with that. We are going to try to come up with the $200.00 in time to run the list prior to the July 17th runoff.
Discussion on the Secretary of State runoff. Our man we backed in the primary, Dr. Beitner did not win in the state (he did in Carteret). Discussion on Goodwin, a Republican, who HOWARD thinks is from Edenton, Chairman of the County Commissioners in a Democrat county. That county was in trouble financially and he has turned it around and they now have a surplus. BOB said that is certainly one of the races where we have to come up with a candidate since our guy did not win. BOB asked HOWARD to try to come up with more information so we can make a good decision and maybe try to get him to come and talk with us prior to the runoff. HOWARD said he would try. Maybe someone in Craven County might know how to get up with him, since they had him come and speak to them in James City just prior to the primary. HOWARD said he had gone to the meeting and had been very impressed with Goodwin. BOB said he and KEN were going up to Little Washington on Thursday to the Beaufort TEA Party and HOWARD asked them to see what they could come up with. BOB said one of the reasons they were going up there is because there is another Senate/House race up there in House District 6, between Art Williams and Maddy Lawson. Art Williams switched over from being a Democrat last October and is now running as a Republican. Maddy was one of the founders of the Outer Banks TEA Party. If BOB remembers correctly, Maddy won the race in the primary (numbers wise), but did not have more than 40% of the votes so there is going to be a runoff. J. Adams, who ran for County Commission as a Democrat recently and who came in third, has thrown his support behind Williams. Not that all his supporters will necessarily vote for Williams, but still it can be disconcerting to Lawson. Essentially Lawson was running against two Democrats (now RINOs)
and if she does win the runoff, she will be running against another Democrat in the general election. Art Williams is very well funded (kinda like a Randy Ramsey situation). Maddy had emailed BOB and wanted to know what we had done that was so successful in defeating a well funded candidate. BOB told her a barrage of letters to the editor getting the information out there to the people. The Beaufort Observer has been running articles on Art Williams being tapped by the folks in Raleigh to run on the Republican ticket. FRED DECKER said Art Williams is a car dealer and if we remember right, Randy was backed by the car dealers in this area. He is going to check the public records to see if any of our car dealers, who were in Randy’s court, were on the list up there. BOB said he and KEN were going to be talking to the Beaufort County TEA Party group about rallying behind Maddy. BOB asked those who would to please go on line (Outer Banks TEA Party web site, Truth or Dare Blog, etc) and get the available information on Art Williams and write letters to the editor and send to papers in the 6th District.
Discussion on the Craven County Tax Payers Association (TEA Party) (CCTA.org). Would like to take one of our meeting nights (that is not a Western Carteret meeting night) and all go to New Bern to their meeting. The group meets at the Bridgepoint Hotel. Their next meeting is the 19th of June but that too is a Western Carteret meeting night. Discussed where the hotel is. Decided it is there at the end of the bridge on this side of New Bern, on the triangle between the two bridges. HOWARD said he thinks there are two motels there and is pretty sure one of them is the Bridgepoint. Someone else said he thought there was a Texas Steak House there also. HOWARD said he had heard about a program they had conducted the week after the election but he felt he needed to be here to our meeting to discuss the election so had decided not to go. KEN said they have more structured meetings with guest speakers than we have. They have also done Agenda 21, a Marriage Amendment thing, etc. BOB asked how big a group they had and was told when guest speakers had been to the meeting, there were about 60 people in attendance.
BOB announced that Dan Forest would be here next week. Please get everyone you can to come out and hear him speak. Be here by 6:00. BOB said Forest would be speaking in Dare County in the morning and then speak to us here that evening. After he speaks with us here in Morehead, he will be going on down to Cape Carteret and speak with that TEA Party group. BOB said he didn’t think Forest would have any problem in winning his race. TOM HARMON wanted to know if we were going to publicize Forest’s speaking engagement with us. BOB said we need a letter to the editor this week (preferably Sunday’s paper) and also maybe get on Lockwood’s radio program to publicize his being here.
BOB announced that we had lost our ‘Uncle Sam’ Tim Buck, who marched with us in our parades. He had told BOB that he did not want to do it anymore, so we are looking for a replacement. It is not mandatory that we have to have an Uncle Sam, but he was a pretty big hit last year. FRED said he thought the uniform might fit Bill Hobbs and he would talk to him about filling that position. He would get up with him and let us know since we will need to know ASAP. The 4th of July parade is coming up soon.
BOB said we need to get confirmation from NANCY BOCK about the use of the trailer, decorations, flags, etc. EULA has volunteered her driveway again so we can meet there and decorate the float that morning. He asked PEGGY GARNER, since she was the one who contacted the officials in charge of the Beaufort parade last year, to see if she could get the information we will need to enter the parade this year. DENNIS TOMASO, who got our constitutions for us last year, is RVing out west seeing American, and since we have very few constitutions left, we need to get some prior to the parade, since it is a big hit when we hand them
out during the parade. ROMA WADE said then we definitely need to order some. BOB asked TOM HARMON if he would try to contact either Americans for Prosperity or American Heritage Foundation and get 1,000 at least if possible. DENNIS had gotten them for about $200.00 for 1000. RUTH asked about the little flags and did we still have any. BOB said he would check with NANCY. PEGGY reemphasized that she understood the folks who were riding on the float would volunteer to buy the candy to toss out to the kids. BOB said he understood that was what we had decided on. PEGGY just wanted to make sure everyone understood so that when we got there that day that we would have enough candy to throw for the entire length of the parade. BOB said just don’t buy any chocolate. It is going to be HOT and melted chocolate makes a big mess. RUTH reminded us that we needed to have the election runoff recommendations made up and copied so we could put them in the constitutions prior to handing them out during the parade.
HOWARD told BOB that we had been running our mouths so much tonight we had overlooked the fact that we had a couple of new faces with us. BOB apologized and asked them to please introduce themselves and tell us something about themselves. BELVA MANNING introduced James ‘Winky’ Chadwick from Mill Creek and Robert Metz, from Mill Creek also. Winky said he had gone to the rally we had over by Kmart. He was a pastor in Mill Creek so his time was limited for attending meetings, but he had decided to just take tonight off and stop by and see what was going on.
KEN announced that ROY MUSSER had been involved in a motorcycle accident a day or two ago. He was over to KEN’s this afternoon and he is really scrubbed up, but OK. His face, ear, ankle, back, are scraped up pretty bad, but he did not break anything….except his motorcycle. He talked like it was fixable. The guy that caused the accident didn’t stop, but apparently there were a couple of witnesses.
KEN said the other thing he had was last week (Thursday) he and DIANE went to Raleigh and went to the Legislature, visited with Norm and Linda Sanderson at their office. They had tried to catch Pat McElraft but missed her. Then they had gone to the session in the General Assembly where there was a lot of discussion on annexation bills. There had been votes on them, but they were preliminary votes. Both passed. One was to de-annex the seven cities that had already taken over the areas they had incorporated. Some cities had already started putting in sewer and water and some had not. The residents of those areas were upset about being annexed without their approval. The other bill was to stop this from happening again anywhere else. These two bills would put NC in line with 30 or so other states that already prohibited forced annexation. He has heard that both these bills will pass, but that Gov. Perdue will probably veto them. If McCrory wins Governor, then these two bills, plus many others (like Voter ID) that were vetoed by Perdue will be reintroduced.
CLAYTON GILLIKIN wanted to know if anyone had or had read Obama’s autobiography ‘Roots from my father’. He recommended that one of our group get that book and send a portion from it each week , until the election, as a letter to the editor. KEN said there is a good book that already does sort of the analysis called “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”. He thinks CLAYTON has a good idea. KEN said he would probably try to read ’Roots From My Father’ (even though he hates to go out and buy a copy). Discussion on as to whether or not Obama wrote the two books he takes credit for. KEN said the small amount of excerpts from ‘Roots from my father’ in ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage’, that he has read, sounds pretty well written, whether he wrote it or not. KEN said he heard that the two books have shown significant difference in the writing between them. It would appear two different people authored them.
LUKE said the Drudge Report said this week that the Obama administration was looking for some payments from the military on their health care. LUKE also asked if everyone had seen that video “If I wanted American to Fail”. It is excellent. If you haven’t seen it go to “freemarketamerica.org. KEN said you could also go to the Crystal Coast TEA Party web site and Face Book. You can find it there also.
Also it has been reported that Homeland Security has put out a list of 100 words that if you use on the internet communication, then they will investigate you. TOM said he had looked at the list and had put a reply in stating ‘Did anybody hear about al Qaida terrorism attack against Mexico with pork bombs.’ He’s expecting a knock on the door any day now. KEN said it was really interesting that news item broke about a day after he got an email about a guy up in the Asheville TEA Party area, who did get a knock on his door because he had written a letter (he has not seen the letter, it was not published with the email) that he sent to the administrator of EPA for the region that North Carolina is in. Didn’t go to Washington…it went to the regional director. They came down and investigated him because they said he had used words in his letter that were inflammatory. They actually came to his house, asked to come inside, (he willingly invited them in, because he had no idea why they were there) and one of the guys stood in his front door with his hand on his gun the whole time he was there. The local police had their car outside his door blocking the driveway. They interviewed this guy until he finally politely asked them to leave. He told them they were asking him questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what he did/wrote. KEN said he was wondering if they had used that list of special words to screen his emails.
GLADYS SUESSLE reminded everyone that on Saturday, June 2, they are having Military Appreciation Day. They are taking the military personnel out fishing, and those slots are all filled but there are family events going on for the kids and then there is a barbecue that evening. She and ED are volunteering to help, so if anyone else would like to volunteer to help, please give her your name and email and she will send it to the guy that is in charge. It will be held at the waterfront in Morehead. She and ED will be there at 5:30 in the morning (when the boat carrying the fishermen goes out); with various other events during the day….trip to Carrot Island…the Rachel Carson Preserve (she thinks)… They will have those blow up fun things that kids can play on….face painting…etc.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm
Minutes submitted by PEGGY GARNER, Secretary
posted on by Giacomo
Barack Obama has served as President of the United States for just over three and third years. In that time, he has done more damage to the United States than any president in the history of the nation. He has placed the country on the verge of a financial collapse that will make the Great Depression seem like a minor economical hiccup. He has stripped more constitutional rights than any president in history.
More recently, he has taken stands on highly controversial issues like forcing religious institutions to do things that are against their faith and publicly endorsing same-sex marriage. His actions are not going unnoticed within his own party and if rats deserting the ship are an indication of anything it’s that Obama’s ship is starting to take on water and flounder.
The first rat to abandon ship is Jo Ann Nardelli from Pennsylvania. Nardelli is the president and founder of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women as well as serving as a state Democratic committee woman.
In a press conference last week, Nardelli announced that she was leaving the Democratic Party and joining the GOP because of her Catholic faith and the Party’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. In various interviews, Nardelli explained,
“As the Democratic Party has taken the stand for same-sex marriage, then I must make a stand on my faith that marriage is between a man and a woman. God’s principles for life never change. His guidelines, given in Scripture, produce fruitful lives when you follow them.”
“I thought I could make a difference to change our party. It didn’t work. I noticed that it’s been going more and more to the left. This is not my father’s party. I did not leave the party; the party left me.”
The second rat to abandon the Obama ship is Artur Davis. Davis is a former US Representative from Alabama who helped get Obama on the 2008 ballot by being the first congressman to endorse Obama back in 2007. On Wednesday, Davis announced that he was also leaving the Democratic Party and joining the ranks of the GOP. Davis states that the reason for his departure is that he is not as far left as the Party platform and that they are intolerant of anyone not conforming to the Party standards. In interviews, Davis stated,
“The conventional wisdom in this town is that the Democrats have stayed in one happily tolerant place and that Republicans have moved to the hard right. I can assure you that in the Democratic Party, there is substantial intolerance for people who deviate from the party line.”
“When you run for office and the main qualification you offer is that you can break stalemate and gridlock, and it doesn’t happen and it gets worse, I think you have you be judged by that standard.”
Davis, who has been living in Virginia since 2010, said he may seek to run for office as a Republican in the near future. Robert McDonnell, Virginia’s Republican governor said that he will be calling Davis in the next couple of days to welcome him to the GOP. McDonnell said that Davis would be an appealing Republican candidate in northern Virginia. He also said,
“The fact that he has the courage to analyze the problems with the current administration on the issues of unifying diverse interests in America and creating jobs tells me this is a guy with a lot of principle.”
If Democrats take a good close look at what Obama has really accomplished during his term and then add the recent controversial stands that indicates he cares nothing for the Christian faith he professes to believe in, it would not surprise me to see more Democrats abandon ship and swim over to the Republican Party. Nardelli and Davis are only the first of what I pray will be a long line of Democrats who finally come to their senses.
posted on by Gary DeMar
Don’t expect the Republican establishment to take on the Democrats and their own problem Republicans. The GOP establishment never met a RINO it didn’t like. If we’re going to beat the Democrats and the RINOs in November, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.
The Democrats and liberal Republicans kept telling the news pundits that the TEA Party was dead. Tell that to former senator Richard Lugar.
We can’t expect the media to take up our cause. This means taking it to the streets. Wherever a Democrat shows up for an event, plan a flash mob to be there. The model is when David Axelrod showed up in Boston. Romney supporters were there to greet him. There was no pushing or shoving. No threats of violence. Just an irritating chant: “Five more months . . . Five more months. . . Five more months.” That is, five more months until the November election. Axelrod was unsettled. You can read more about the incident here.
The text tactic is crashing the party. The Democrats argue that requiring IDs to vote disenfranchise “non-whites.” Eric Holder, the nation’s Attorney General,” told us so. Since we don’t believe in discrimination, it seems that to require anyone to have an ID is by definition discriminatory.
You’ll need a couple of cameramen for this. Phone cameras will do. Make sure the sound is capture. It might help if at least two people to do the sound to make sure you capture it. Every time the Democrats have an event that requires some form of event ID to get in, a group of about 20 should show up ready to enter. When your entry is refused because of a lack of ID, ask why since the Attorney General, speaking for the President, has repeatedly said that requiring an ID is discriminatory.
Here’s an example:
Yesterday (Saturday), Massachusetts delegates met in their state’s Democrat party convention. The votes of these delegates determined whether there are primary elections for their party nominations. With so much at stake, Democrats implemented the following Voter ID requirements: A PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER
Every Democrat event will require IDs. Ask politely why an ID is required given the policy of the Attorney General. Videotape everything. Post the videos on YouTube and contact sites like Breitbart, Newsmax, Newsbusters, Godfather Politics, Conservative Byte, Patriot Update, and Vision to America.
Be cordial. Don’t yell. Don’t make a fuss. All you’re looking for is for anyone to say that an ID is needed to get in. Since it’s a political event, any ID requirement is an indication of voter disenfranchisement. Make the point over and over again.
By Chris McCaffity
My name is Chris McCaffity. I am a commercial fisherman from North Carolina who is writing these comments in Sacramento after talking with some fishermen on the California coast. They told me stories about the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) that sound very similar to the corruption and gross incompetence we are dealing with in the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). The fishermen I talked with have no confidence in the PFMC and believe eco-charities have too much influence. The vast majority of fishermen from the gulf and east coast feel the same way about our management councils and eco-charities. The SAFMC rushed to meet the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) hard deadlines using “fatally flawed data” and has REFUSED to properly manage the unnecessarily low quotas. Now they’re rushing to set up Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and violate our Constitutional Rights with Orwellian Vessel Monitoring Systems to keep us out of the Agenda 21 inspired MPAs.
The SAFMC should not be allowed to take any further action until they properly manage our quotas and do credible stock assessments based on accurate data. The current mismanagement of our quotas has caused hundreds of tons of perfectly edible fish to be discarded to slowly die and go to waste. The council leadership appears to be maliciously allowing this tragic waste and abuse to continue in an effort to advance agendas like catch shares and area closures. The simple solution is to MANAGE the quotas with split seasons and Trip Poundage Limits (TPLs) that are adjusted throughout a season to levels that fill the quotas without any long closures. We could target fish with high TPLs while still keeping some of the fish we accidentally catch with lower limits rather than discarding the illegal ones. This would achieve the honorable goals of catch shares without destroying independent fishermen and our heritage.
The multiple layers of America’s billion dollar federal fishery bureaucracies are attacking small minority groups of fishermen around the country at the behest of global eco-charities. They are denying American citizens access to our public resources while mandating the waste of those resources with their gross mismanagement. The (MSA) hard deadlines have been met using “outdated” and “fatally flawed data”. NO further actions should be taken by any of the regional councils until credible stock assessments are done and all of the rushed management measures have been peer reviewed by panels approved by 2/3 of the affected permit holders in each fishery. Any of those management measures that do not meet ALL of the MSA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) mandates should be abolished immediately. The affected permit holders should be allowed to offer our own management measures that do follow all of those MSA and NEPA mandates. Any future management measures should be peer reviewed and approved with a 2/3 majority of the affected permit holders before they become law. Fishermen have centuries of collective on-the-water knowledge to share and solutions to offer that would allow us to responsibly harvest America’s seafood with very little waste.