Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What if the Constitution No Longer Applied?

by Andrew P. Napolitano

What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress' enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress, but were actually used as justification to extend Congress' authority over every realm of human life? What if the president, meant to be an equal to Congress, has become a democratically elected, term-limited monarch? What if the president assumed everything he did was legal, just because he's the president? What if he could interrupt your regularly scheduled radio and TV programming for a special message from him? What if he could declare war on his own? What if he could read your emails and texts without a search warrant? What if he could kill you without warning?

What if the rights and principles guaranteed in the Constitution have been so distorted in the past 200 years as to be unrecognizable by the Founders? What if the states were mere provinces of a totally nationalized and fully centralized government? What if the Constitution was amended stealthily, not by constitutional amendments duly passed by the states, but by the constant and persistent expansion of the federal government's role in our lives? What if the federal government decided whether its own powers were proper and constitutional?

What if you needed a license from the government to speak, to assemble or to protest the government? What if the right to keep and bear arms only applied to the government? What if posse comitatus – the law that prohibits our military from our streets – were no longer in effect? What if the government considered the military an adequate dispenser of domestic law enforcement? What if cops looked and acted like troops and you couldn't distinguish the military from the police? What if federal agents could write their own search warrants in defiance of the Constitution? What if the government could decide when you weren't entitled to a jury trial?

What if the government could take your property whenever it wanted it? What if the government could continue prosecuting you until it got the verdict it wanted? What if the government could force you to testify against yourself simply by labeling you a domestic terrorist? What if the government could torture you until you said what the government wanted to hear? What if people running for president actually supported torture? What if the government tortured your children to get to you? What if the government could send you to your death and your innocence meant nothing so long as the government's procedures were followed? What if America's prison population, the largest in the world, was the result of a cruel and unusual way for a country to be free? What if half the prison population never harmed anyone but themselves?

What if the people had no rights except those the government chose to let them have? What if the states had no rights except to do as the federal government commanded? What if our elected officials didn't really live among us, but all instead had their hearts and their homes in Washington, D.C.? What if the government could strip you of your rights because of where your mother was when you were born? What if the income tax was unconstitutional? What if the states were convinced to give up their representation in Congress? What if the government tried to ban you from using a substance older than the government itself? What if voting didn't mean anything anymore because both political parties stand for Big Government?

What if the government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, the Constitution be damned? What if the government was the reason we don't have a Constitution anymore? What if you could love your country but hate what the government has done to it? What if sometimes to love your country, you had to alter or abolish the government? What if Jefferson was right? What if that government is best which governs least? What if I'm right? What if the government is wrong? What if it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong? What if it is better to perish fighting for freedom than to live as a slave? What if freedom's greatest hour of danger is now?

November 30, 2011

Andrew P. Napolitano [send him mail], a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at the Fox News Channel, and the host of “FreedomWatch” on the Fox Business Network. His latest book is It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom.

Copyright © 2011 Creators Syndicate

SUN JOURNAL NEW BERN--Letter to the Editor: Gingrich and immigration, by Edwin Vargas

November 30, 2011

As a political frontrunner in the 2012 presidential election, Newt Gingrich’s stance on immigration has something for everyone.

Due to the liberal media’s back and forth bashing on Gingrich’s stand on immigration here are the facts:

Under Gingrich, there would be no federal overhaul. The 1988 Simpson-Mazzoli Act on immigration barred employers from hiring undocumented immigrants and fortified security along the Mexican border. It also offered some amnesty to some undocumented workers. The bill did not diminish the flow of undocumented immigrants into this country, and it was seen as a failure by many.

The real road on immigration would take three paths under Gingrich: enforcement, legal path to citizenship, and eligibility.

Gingrich has advocated a double-down approach and enforcing current immigration laws by securing the border as the No. 1 priority and by using rapid response teams and predator drones to the total fence approach that currently has holes in it. We have enforcement laws on the books that our federal government does not abide by.

Gingrich has stated he would make some of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States eligible for legal status. The immigrants who came here as children and later served in our military should have a path to legal status. The DREAM Act had this provision but it never passed into law.

Gingrich also has stated the requirements dictating who would be eligible: being self supporting and purchasing health care. If they are not on this path, the individuals would pay a fine.

Rep. Silver Reyes, D-Texas, made this statement, “In President Obama’s and my vision of America, families who have been here for 25 years, who have paid their taxes, who are integral parts of our communities and churches, should not be separated.”

From the looks of things, Newt Gingrich is on the right path to control illegal immigration by enforcement, legal path to citizenship and eligibility. If he is not caught up in the media meat grinder, this plan may have some real traction into controlling a problem that has gone on for decades. If we want to hand over the election to Barack Obama, the Republican candidate must walk a tightrope on immigration to be firm but fair. If we take the approach of deporting everyone who is illegal, Barack Obama will be reelected, end of the lesson.

Edwin Vargas, New Bern


Sun Journal New Bern, NC: Havelock poised to usher in new gun rules

Please join us at the next Havelock Commissioners meeting at City Hall, December 12, 2011 and ask that the new state law be upheld and our second amendment rights be protected.  Call and email the commissioners as well!

November 29, 2011 6:06 PM

Drew C. Wilson

Havelock appears on the verge of approving new rules concerning guns in city parks, but formal approval will have to wait until the next commissioners meeting.

The regulations would allow those with proper concealed weapons permits to bring guns to city parks and recreation areas, but those weapons must be kept locked in vehicles and are not permitted at athletic fields or inside the recreation center.

Under the old rules approved in 1995, weapons of any kind were prohibited completely in city parks and recreation areas.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the new rules Monday, but a super majority is required to change city regulations on the first reading. A second reading and vote must be held before the new rules go into effect. That vote would likely come on Dec. 12.

The city looked at addressing changes to its gun rules after the General Assembly passed and Gov. Beverly Perdue signed a bill that allows those with proper permits to carry concealed weapons at all city recreation areas. The law, which takes effect Friday, does allow cities to adjust regulations to prohibit weapons in certain areas, but an outright ban of those with proper permits to carry concealed weapons is not permitted.

The emotional issue drew residents to the podium to speak publicly to commissioners on the issue, but only one supported the idea of limiting concealed weapons at athletic fields and in the recreation center.

George Lewis told commissioners he had been challenged to fights three times, had to tackle a man threatening a referee once, and had observed fist fights at the T-ball field, saying parents allowed to carry concealed weapons at fields could use them in the heat of the moment.

“When someone asked me why I carry a gun, it’s because I can’t carry a policeman,” resident Nancy Murdock told commissioners. Unless you have a policeman at every event, you don’t have safety.” (Nancy is the Vice Chairman of Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association.)


CQ ROLL CALL: Daily Briefing--November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today In Washington

THE WHITE HOUSE: Obama is leaving his office at 12:40 for an afternoon pitching the payroll tax break in swing-state Pennsylvania and an evening of fundraising in big-money New York.

After a photo op with a family in Scranton, the president will take the podium at a high school at 2:45 to make his case for extending and expanding the payroll tax holiday. He’s sure to mention a Treasury report, released this morning, with state-by-state estimates of how many taxpayers benefited from this year’s 2 percentage point reduction in the Social Security tax — including 6.7 million Pennsylvanians who are sharing a $4.7 billion tax cut this year.

After arriving at JFK at 5, Obama will attend three fundraisers: at a private residence where tickets begin at $10,000; at the Gotham Bar and Grill in Greenwich Village ($35,800 a seat) and at the Sheraton Hotel ($1,000). He’ll also attend a reception celebrating the six-month anniversary of New York’s gay marriage law. He’s due back in the family quarters half an hour after midnight.

THE SENATE: Convened at 10 and is voting to limit debate and restrict amendments to the defense authorization bill. The cloture move puts senators on course to pass the measure Friday. The leaders of Armed Services, Carl Levin and John McCain, are working to limit the range and roster of amendments that will require roll calls in the next three days — but their effort to circumscribe the rest of the debate with a sweeping package deal came up short this morning.

THE HOUSE: Convened at 10, will start legislating at noon and will be done for the day around sundown, after voting along party lines to advance the next piece of the Republican deregulatory agenda — legislation that would overrule changes to union election rules proposed by the National Labor Relations Board. (The measure is a dead letter in the Democratic Senate.) Lawmakers will also vote to name one of the biggest meeting rooms in the Capitol Visitor Center in memory of Gabe Zimmerman, the Tucson district aide who was killed in the Gabby Giffords shooting melee.

CHECKS AND BALANCES: As the president heads out to campaign on the issue, another day of maneuvering over the future of the payroll tax has made clear that this year’s break on employee pay stubs will surely be extended through 2012. But there’s only a coin-flip chance, at best, for a new reduction in what businesses put toward their workers’ Social Security benefits.

McConnell essentially sealed the deal yesterday, when he blew past his principal deputy, Jon Kyl, and declared that Republicans would not be trumped by Democrats when it comes to supporting a popular tax break. And at the same time, the White House made it more clear than ever that the president isn’t concerned about the effect his payroll plan would have on the deficit.

What’s looking to happen is that the extension of last year’s nearly one-third cut (from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent) will end up happening relatively easily, and without any offsets, and then the debate in the coming weeks will be over what sort of pay-for might be embraced to theoretically finance the expansion to help employers. (Doing both would cost $265 billion.) Since even the smallest and most symbolic tax hike for millionaires is going to be rejected out of hand — the next test vote proving that will come Friday — the Democrats who favor that approach are essentially stepping aside and telling the Republicans to come up with their own way of paying to help the business community, if they want to. And the Senate GOP leadership is going to reply as soon as this afternoon that, yes, they do want to. Their initial offer looks to be to embrace one or both of the two most frequently adopted offsetting revenue raisers in the GOP arsenal: Selling the rights to use more of the broadcast spectrum to the wireless industry, and raising the fees imposed on people who pass through airports and board commercial flights.

If the Democrats don’t choose to deride those ideas, the payroll tax fight could end sooner than it looked like only yesterday — and maybe even be a springboard into an easy decision by the GOP to acquiesce in an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term jobless. (Their decision to put off the defense sequester fight until next year — when they’ll try to shift more of the automatic spending cuts to domestic programs — suggests the Republicans may be choosing to ratchet back their fighting instincts for a little while.)

Debates over the tax extenders, and the annual “patches” for the alternative minimum tax and the Medicare doctor payment formula, are still far away from ready-for-prime-time. (The delay, at least, affords more time for those senators with visions of grand bargains in their heads to continue their search for the sort of deficit reduction formula that so readily eluded the supercommittee.)

SENATE’S TURN: Reid has laid out the plans for Senate votes next month on two versions of a balanced-budget amendment. Neither has a shot at getting the required two-thirds to advance in the face of significant Democratic opposition. (Majority Whip Dick Durbin is driving that point home at a Judiciary hearing he arranged for this morning titled “The Perils of Constitutionalizing the Budget Debate.”)

Ben Nelson, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill and perhaps a few others also running for re-election will back the proposal by fellow Democrat Mark Udall, which is a bit looser than the one the House rejected this month because it would keep Social Security receipts and outlays off the budget-balancing ledger. But it would take 20 members of that caucus to join all 47 Republicans to assure adoption, and that’s not remotely close to happening. Beyond that, no Democrats will back the language the Republican leadership plans to put to a vote. It would cap federal spending at 18 percent of GDP and require a two-thirds majority vote to increase taxes.

THE ‘E’ WORD: The votes will also come, curiously enough, just as lawmakers are deciding whether to fish or cut bait on the overdue completion of the new budget year’s appropriations process — in which a subtext of the deliberations over a comprehensive package or another stopgap CR will be the future of dozens of don’t-call-them-earmarks — parochial or otherwise narrowly drawn provisions. A decision to press ahead with the line-by-line omnibus for dictating the $800 billion in spending would bring intense pressure for the Senate, especially, to at least cast a vote for the binding earmark ban legislation being unveiled today by McCaskill and Pat Toomey. It would not pass, but at least then it would afford a veneer of cover for so many of the lawmakers who see every other special project as a bedeviling earmark – except their own.

HINCKLEY HEARINGS: John Hinckley won’t testify on his own behalf during the eight days of hearings that began this morning before federal Judge Paul Friedman, who will decide (probably early next year) whether the man who came within an inch of killing Ronald Reagan is mentally healthy enough to spend most of next year living with his 85-year-old mother.

Hinckley lawyer Barry Levine says his client won’t take the stand unless he’s shielded from cross-examination, and federal prosecutors say they won’t agree to that. So the hearing will be mostly conflicting testimony from teams of psychiatrists. The doctors at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital say Hinckley — a patient since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982 — is well enough to be discharged for good, assuming all goes well in a supervised series of eight visits of 17 to 24 days each to Jo Ann Hinckley’s home in Williamsburg.  Prosecutors maintain that Hinckley, now 56, remains capable of and inclined toward more violent behavior. What’s not legally an issue is whether the would-be presidential assassin should ever be released from federal custody.

‘HUMILIATED, EMBARRASSED’: “The funny thing about Herman Cain is that never in a million years did he probably think I would speak out on this,” Ginger White said today on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in describing her version of their 13-year affair — which she said included regular gifts and money from him (but "not sex for cash”) and even a date to see Mike Tyson fight Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas (not clear if it was the famous ear-biting one).

“I came out being very honest and so far I have been absolutely humiliated, embarrassed,” she said, because of the GOP candidate’s decision to deny their relationship. (Before telling his top team that he was “reassessing” his presidential bid yesterday, Cain described White as a “troubled Atlanta businesswoman” in a letter to supporters that declared “this woman’s story is completely false.”) For her part, White said she did not think Cain would be a good president but declined to join those thinking he should get out of the race, saying: “That’s something that he has to look himself into the mirror and ask himself.”

— David Hawkings, editor

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Please COPY and FORWARD to Senator Hagan @ this link:

and Senator Burr @

This Bill, SB 436 MUST be stopped

November 29, 2011
Senator Kay Hagan
521 Dirksen Senate Off. Bldg
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Hagan:

Let us be very clear on SB 436. IF YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE. Let us repeat this: ‘If you support this bill you will NEVER again hold public office.

We will put time, effort and money into making your defeat possible. THERE IS NO COMPROMISE!!

In the latest attempt to gut the Second Amendment and separate Americans from their guns, the Senate Judiciary Committee this week began hearings on Rep. Chuck Schumer's S.B. 436 – the so-called "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011." Rep. Chuck Schumer and his Second Amendment-hating cohorts are billing the legislation as a means to fix the much ballyhooed and completely fallacious "gun show loophole" of federal gun control we have been hearing about for years. But what this bill actually aims at, and does, is end ALL private gun sales and transfers – not just at gun shows but everywhere in America. STOP S.B. 436

–First, the bill requires all gun buyers to get a "permit." Next, the buyer must undergo a federal background check and seek the FBI's permission to purchase the gun. This also applies to ANY firearm transfer, so in essence a gun can no longer be gifted or inherited without government approval. In fact, according to section 202 (g) 6, one will not even be allowed to use a friend's gun for hunting unless one first applies for a permit.

Just as outrageous is Section 124 of the bill, which requires any institution of higher learning to perform "mental health assessments" and develop treatment plans for ALL students, the results of which would be submitted to a federal database. With this bill, Chuck Schumer has managed to decimate the Second and the Fourth Amendments in one fell swoop. Such outlandish gun control measures are designed to progressively limit citizen access to the very means given us to protect our freedom.


Louis Call
307 N. Carolina Dr.
New Bern, NC 28562
CCTA (Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association)

2nd Amendment Trampled in Havelock, NC (Home of the Marine Base Cherry Point!

(Please read carefully and I ask that between now and December 12, 2011, that you call and ask each of these gentlemen to support your Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights, and to honor the NC law that goes into effect, December 1st (House Bill 650 / S.L. 2011-268).  Instead of arguing that they don't know of any reason the parks will be safer if the well trained, law abiding citizens with concealed carry permits are allowed to excercise their RIGHTS--now that the state law has passed, THEY MUST PROVIDE REASONING WHY THE COMMISSION SHOUD GO AGAINST STATE LAW AND TAKE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS!  Flood them with calls and emails, ask you friends and neighbors to do the same and please, please come to the meeting on December 12th!)


29 November 2011

These four men trampled on the Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans last night.


Dear CCTA members and friends,

First, a great big THANK YOU for all the loyal and patriotic citizens, all great Americans, who came out to fight against the Havelock local ordinance to restrict 2nd Amendment rights that the State of North Carolina intended to re-instate the day after tomorrow. CCTA was very well represented!

About five times as many people were present to oppose the proposed ordinance than were there to support it. Five speakers spoke in opposition to the proposed ordinance (Nancy did a great job of speaking for us) and only one speaker spoke in opposition. In spite of all that, the four men you see pictured above ignored their oaths to defend and support the US Constitution and voted to restrict our 2nd amendment rights!

I had a hard time believing it as I saw it unfold. Mayor Sanders ( on the left) did not vote, but certainly let the charge to adopt this unconstitutional ordinance. Commissioner Stuart (2nd from the left) said he had researched the subject, read from a Supreme Court ruling and then voted for the ordinance. Is he unable to read a sentence as simple as the 2nd Amendment and interpret it himself?   Note:  Commissioner Lewis, 3rd from the left, actually said it wasn't up to him to 'take up for the second amendment'.  Funny, I thought they took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States!  ~Lynn

They even went so far as to have a long rambling presentation by the City Attorney who seemed to just stir in it and confuse the issue. A planned tactic I'm sure. The staff made a presentation based on "a webinar on this very subject." I just bet. And what liberal think tank did that come out of?

I also want to thank Commissioners Walsh and Liner for honoring their commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution. They tried valiantly to convince their fellow Commissioners to do likewise, but to no avail.

Because the proposed ordinance did not receive a "super majority" vote, it must come up for another vote on 12 Dec. This time it will take only a simple majority to pass the ordinance. We MUST try again to stop this ordinance from being adopted. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Hal James
CCTA Chairman, Watchdog Committee

Sticking ‘His Worship’s’ Tea Party Bill where the sun don’t shine

In a perfect world Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones would pony up to pay the invoice to the Richmond Tea Party for “costs incurred for previous rallies” and quit with the bogus audit that is wasting time and taxpayers’ money.

But it’s a Marxist world ever since Barry Soetoro arrived under the name of Barack Hussein Obama in the White House.

Why is anyone, let alone the Tea Party Movement, surprised that while ‘His Worship’ Dwight Jones is ignoring the TP invoice for three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza, he allowed Occupy Richmond protesters “to convene in the same park for two weeks”?


Connecting the dots on the National Defense Authorization Act

It was a year ago last week that I warned that the Department of Homeland Security was making a list of U.S. citizens who protested and urged others to protest TSA policies. I disclosed the existence of a written directive issued through DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA head John Pistole, both acting on behalf of the Obama administration, instructed TSA officials to collect the names and other relevant information of anyone who “interfered” with enhanced TSA screening procedures by speaking out against them. They were to be classified as “domestic extremists” in this data mining operation. For my assertions here and on various national news programs, I was attacked by media lapdogs, “investigative reporters,” and members of both sides of the political spectrum.



Hello Everyone,

I have been hearing about this bill the past couple of days. Everyone is correct when they say this is a very disturbing bill. If you have a moment, please call and email your Senators.

To Your Success,
Janna Legg

The U.S. Senate is about to take some law enforcement powers from the Justice Department, and give greater policing powers to the Department of Defense. These policing powers can (and will) be used on American soil. It appears that, under just two small sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867). . .

1. American citizens and lawful resident aliens, could be held, INDEFINITELY, jailed.
2. Other persons can be DISAPPEARD by the military, without benefit of habeas corpus or trial. And worse...
3. These other persons can also be shipped off to a foreign judicial system that might deliver a result the Justice Department wants.

The sponsors of this bill claim that this bill contains no new powers -- that they're merely codifying the behavior of two (renegade) administrations.

Yet two of the bill's Senate backers admit there is a new power: The ability of the military to engage in police work on American soil -- Posse Comitatus be damned.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who backs the bill, indicated that the bill "basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield" and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial "American citizen or not." Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because "America is part of the battlefield."

Here's a link to a copy of the two offending sections, 1031 and 1032, which must be removed by amendment.

In 1031 the Federal State gains the power of indefinite imprisonment without trial. In 1032, American citizens and lawful resident aliens must be given civilian jails for their potentially permanent stays and cannot be shipped off for a show trial by a convenient foreign power.

The sponsors of this bill, Senators Levin and McCain, are forgetting their Article I role as a protection against an overreaching and potentially tyrannical Executive Branch, and are instead rapidly inventing powers for that branch. They're trading Liberty for Security because we've become so scared of the boogeyman.

We should stop being so cowering and fearful. We should tell Congress, loud and clear, "I Am Not Afraid."

And the debate is occurring as I write this, Monday afternoon.

Why are we getting this crucial information to you so late?

There are lots of things to monitor. doesn't have the staff to follow all of it. Not many groups do. The Federal Leviathan is a large, unwieldy organization that moves in criminally clandestine ways. We've addressed this fact . . .

* This bill is over 600 pages long, and even according to its sponsors, covers a wide variety of issues. Something as important and unique as criminal justice should not be part of a military authorization bill, but should be the subject of its own bill, consistent with's "One Subject at a Time Act."
* And these offending sections of this bill didn't come to light until the ACLU published an article about it on the day before Thanksgiving. We found out about that article on Friday night. Every bill should be published online, after the entire bill has been read aloud to the Congress, for at least seven days before its final vote. These provisions of's "Read the Bills Act" would give watchdog groups and media personalities time to digest and disseminate the information to you, with sufficient time to register your dissent.

When we first read 1031 and 1032, we didn't understand them fully. We believe due diligence is important. We wanted to make sure that WE were telling the truth, not someone else's incomplete opinion or ill-advised version. That's one reason you read the Downsizer-Dispatch, isn't it?

But it was hard to find adequate help to understand how these sections related to each other, on a holiday weekend -- a weekend where our staff was also, "over the river and through the woods."

We didn't figure out how these sections related to each other until today.

Usually, we prepare our Dispatches the evening in advance, and sometimes even days earlier. Why? Because we want to be sure they're properly researched, accurate, and tightly written. We don't ever want to waste your time.

But you're reading something, today, that's been written in a hurry, just moments before it hit your inbox.

I cannot express, in polite words, how frustrated I am with the Senate Armed Services Committee, which brought this bill to the floor. Nor can I quantify how much it has bothered me, this weekend (when I should've been enjoying myself), that we might not be able to get this seemingly crucial news to you.

One sacrifice I've had to make in this hurriedly sent Dispatch is that there's insufficient time to write a sample letter. In this Dispatch, we've linked to the,

* The "I Am Not Afraid" campaign
* The "One Subject at a Time Act" campaign
* The "Read the Bills Act" campaign

You can borrow from the points we've made in this message, and send an appropriate message from each of these campaigns. I hope you will.

But even more important, if you're logged in, you can refer to Your Downsize DC Toolbox, on the home page of the, on the link above your state map, labeled "District Information," and you'll see the phone numbers of your two Senators.

* Make a brief note of what you want to say so that your thoughts are organized.
* Be polite but firm, and be sure to identify yourself as a constituent.
* Be especially sure to tell them to remove Sections 1031 and 1032 from S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which has been placed on the Senate calendar.
* Then, call the numbers we provide on that page and give whoever answers your message.

Thank you for your prompt action,
Jim Babka
President, Inc.

P.S. By the way, both the Justice Department and the Defense Secretary oppose these provisions, and find them unhelpful. The President has even hinted at vetoing the bill, meaning we can win if we act

NTU: The Taxpayer's Tab, November 29, 2011

In Case You Missed It

Last week, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation released the most comprehensive and up-to-date research on what the so-called “Super Committee” could implement in the final hours of deliberation. The failure of the committee will result in automatic spending cuts for both discretionary and mandatory spending programs. However, Congress could still act to achieve the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and savings by consulting NTUF’s BillTally savings list. In fact, not only would Congress reach the target savings figure but an additional $300 billion in HALF the required time. The BillTally program measures proposed changes in federal spending using a five budget year window, rather than the ten year window used by the Super Committee.

Most Expensive Bill of the Week:  The Bill: S. 1321, Practical Energy Plan Act of 2011, Annualized Cost: $1.4 billion ($6.8 billion over five years)


GBTV Preview: Richmond Tea Party Hit With Audit After Complaining Occupiers Cut a Break

Occupy Richmond is quick to accuse corporations of not playing by the rules, and millionaires of not paying their “fair” share. So when the Richmond Tea Party learned that the City of Richmond was permitting protesters to “occupy” public space without paying, the local tea partiers felt it was only fair that the city reimburse them for past rally expenses.

But instead of making sure that everyone played by the rules, the city served Richmond Tea Party with a notice that it was being audited. Not the answer they had hoped for after invoicing Mayor Dwight Jones for reimbursement of the $8,500 they had paid for complying with city procedures during their rallies at Kanawha plaza.


DC CALLER: Do we finally have Cainfirmation?

We now have a second Herman Cain accuser with a specific accusation, and the first to be named like a Bond girl. TheDC's Jeff Poor reports:

"A woman identified as Ginger White went public Monday with allegations that she had an affair with GOP presidential contender Herman Cain. 'I'm not proud,' White told Atlanta station WAGA-TV. 'I didn't want to come out with this. I did not.' She had no qualms with admitting the affair was inappropriate. 'It was pretty simple,' White said. 'It wasn't complicated and I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.' White said the relationship was an escape from everyday life."

Cain is denying it, as TheDC's Alex Pappas reports:

"Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told supporters at a fundraising event Monday night that fresh allegations that he had an extended 13-year affair with a woman in Georgia are untrue. Washington, D.C. attorney Mary Brett, who attended the event, told The Daily Caller that Cain swore to supporters that if he had a Bible, he'd put his hand on it and vow that the allegations are false. 'He said you're probably going to hear — if you didn't before you got here — another allegation about a 13-year affair and it's absolutely not true,' Brett, who lives in Reston, recalled as she left the Hilton hotel where the event was held."

And as ABC News reports, Ginger White might be every bit as credible as Sharon Bialek:  "Like one of his earlier accusers, the latest woman to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual misconduct has a history of financial trouble, with a threat of eviction for non-payment of rent just two weeks ago. Ginger White, who claimed in an interview with Atlanta Fox News affiliate WAGA to have had a 13-year-affair with Cain, has liens and civil judgments in Kentucky and Georgia dating back to 1994. Eleven of those liens have been filed since 2009, with nine in 2011. The owners of her apartment complex in Dunwoody, Georgia have sued her for non-payment of rent nearly every month since the beginning of the year... While living in Louisville, Kentucky, she worked at Recruitment Plus, LLC. According to WAGA, she filed a sex harassment claim against an employer ten years ago, and the case was settled. The station also found a bankruptcy filing from the late 1980s. In January, there is a scheduled court date in an unrelated civil suit filed against her by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, who alleges that White stalked and harassed her and had sought a protective order. A judge has entered a default judgment in Vay's favor."

None of which means she's lying, of course. Two points in Ginger White's favor so far: She says she's got phone records of numerous calls from Cain, and she's not represented by Gloria Allred.

FYI, A Message from the House Republican Study Committee

Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

RSC Update: Stop Squeezing the Middle Class

For the last few years, the middle class has been repeatedly squeezed by failed “stimulus” plans fed with debt and higher taxes. And now liberals are at it again, demanding permanent tax increases to pay for temporary attempts at “stimulus.” Placing an even greater burden on families, small businesses, and future generations is no way to get our economy back on track.

Temporary tax changes are no match for permanent tax relief that gives families and businesses the confidence to make big decisions on purchases, investments, and job creation. That’s why the RSC’s Jobs Through Growth Act lets families and small businesses throw out the current tax code for a system that’s simpler, flatter, and fairer.

House Republicans have already passed more than 20 jobs bills that are just sitting in the Senate, waiting for Democrats to wake up. President Obama keeps repeating that “We Can’t Wait,” and I agree. But instead of going down the same road that has failed to get millions of Americans back to work the last few years, let’s try something new – something better – something that can actually succeed.

God Bless,
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, and H.Res. 364, naming a room in the Capitol after slain Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman.
· On Thursday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3463, to end taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and party conventions, and H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act.
· On Friday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3010 the Regulatory Accountability Act.
· This week, the Senate is expected to consider the S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, and a temporary payroll tax cut extension/permanent income tax hike.

RSC Reports

· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


House Republican Study Committee
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Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services; Rick Eberstadt, Research Assistant
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SUNJOURNAL NEW BERN: Letter to the Editor--Suggestion for OWS by CCTA Treasurer, Gary Lindsey

Suggestion for OWS

November 28, 2011

Since Occupy Wall Street by most reports does not have a specific agenda, I offer my suggestion: You need to focus your attention on the real culprit of the unfairness of the money distribution.

Instead of going after the banks and corporations that benefited from the bailouts, go protest the Federal Reserve Bank that made this possible. The money to bail out these banks and corporations was created out of nothing of value by the Federal Reserve Bank. They are the real concern you should have. It is the FEDERAL RESERVE that controls what BOA and the other banks, companies, and yes even politicians, can do that influence our day-to-day ability to live a decent life.

With the SJ’s new limit on words, I do not have the necessary space to educate everyone through the letters to the editor on how the Federal Reserve creates money and influences every aspect of our daily lives.

However, I have already given a speech and would be willing to make a free presentation to any group that would want to be enlightened on the subject. To SJ, if anyone inquires please pass along my address and phone number provided to you.

Gary Lindsey, CCTA Treasurer
New Bern, NC

Sunday, November 27, 2011


November 28, 2011, 7:00 pm: Havelock Board of Commissioners Meeting, City Hall Auditorium, 1 Governmental Avenue Havelock, NC:  Concealed Carry- the Board of Commissioners will consider an ordinance of prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons in their parks when the State removes the prohibition state wide on 1 Dec 11.

Please come join us if you can--numbers count!


From my dear friend and patriot, Diane Rufino,

I wanted to share a message I submitted to the "Opinion" section of my local paper, the Daily Reflector. I was limited to 300 words.


OUR FAITHLESS LEADER President Obama offered a few remarks for Thanksgiving, noting the many ways that Americans have come together. He highlighted the community mindset of those who volunteer in soup kitchens and praised our men and women in military uniform. In fact, his weekly address was titled: "On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country.” He also commented that he and his family are "reflecting on how truly lucky we are." Yes, the first family IS lucky, very lucky indeed. But not once did our President make any mention of God, the very reason our nation was founded in the first place.

Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in rightful thanks and praise to God.

Yet he didn't offer thanks to those bravest of settlers who risked it all, including harsh stormy seas, unknown new lands and hostile inhabitants, all in order to establish a colony where they could worship and honor God as they believed they had the natural right to. At many times in our early years, disease and famine were so severe that every single family lost a loved one. How many of us would contemplate making a change in our lifestyles knowing that it could possibly cost us a child or a spouse? And yet our founding settlers took that risk. - for the glory of God. So that America could be that "shining city on a hill" - a nation so blessed by God because of its stalwart citizens that it would be a beacon and an example to the world. We celebrate the blessings we inherited from these early settlers on Thanksgiving. How naive Obama is. How reckless he is with his selective attention to our nation's history. So with respect to this Thanksgiving Day 2011, we'll think back and remember who the real turkey was.

Diane Rufino, Greenville, NC

Friday, November 25, 2011

Electricity Smart Meters for your home


Don't Miss Stories From The Blaze

Astounding, Viral Video Depicts an Unborn Baby’s Full Development--Alexander Tsiaras, an image-maker and the author of the book “From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds,” gave a recently-published TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, during which he unveiled a spectacular video about fetal development.

Should Al Sharpton Be Fired From MSNBC For Making Racist Comments?

Obama Doesn‘t Mention ’God’ in Thanksgiving Message — Problem?
President Obama did not include any reference to God during his weekly address titled, “On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country.”

His remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Join ENC Tea Party to hear Mr. Frank Polumbo speak on the current events in the U.S. and in North Carolina,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:30-8:00pm, The Warehouse,
204 Main St
.  Winterville, NC. 

Frank Polumbo is running for the 3rd District Congressional Seat in the 2012 elections.  You will be glad you came out to meet him and hear what he has to share!


Join ENC Tea Party to hear

Mr. Chris Parr

speak on Sharia Law in America!

This is a *NEW* 90 minute DVD driven discussion produced by ACT! in America on the current events pertaining to Sharia Law across America and in the World.

It is an informative and fast paced presentation, but still leaves some time for Q and A.

Tuesday, December 6 , 2011, 6:30-8:00PM
Fairfield Park and Recreation, 800 Greenbriar Rd, Kinston, NC

Upcoming NC Legislation

This report from Rep. Norman Sanderson NC House District 3:
The NC Legislature goes back into session this coming Monday to focus on some important legislation. Though the legislature does not VOTE on a gas tax increase (it happens automatically twice per year), we do have the authority to determine if the gas tax can be capped. At this time, there is no pot of money or any funding in reserve for road projects. This is a challenging scenario because without an increase, road projects throughout the state will be significantly delayed and hundreds of miles of road repavement projects in each county as well as bridge revamping will not occur. We will work to rebuild the reserves in the Highway Trust Fund in the future.

Secondly, we will consider an override of the Voter ID veto as well as look at legislation to reduce the early voting period by five days (saving each county approximately $20,000).

Discussion will also occur on hurricane disaster relief efforts.

If you have any feedback on these or other legislative issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at (252) 671-9610 or send an email to:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Barack Obama's 32 Month Report Card

by Rich Carroll, October 23, 2011

Copy this article. You will need researched material to mail to your liberal friends and/or relatives.

Mr. Hope and Change seems to want to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where “we the people” are government controlled. This would be a system that genuflects mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed.

A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the U.S. Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6% increase.

The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1% jump.

Long term unemployment soared 146.2% during the same 32 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering “hope and change” isn't it?

American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5% from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000.

The number of unemployed has jumped almost 25% from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of August 31, 2011.



Workers at a Detroit defense factory have been caught on video allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana during their lunch breaks — then presumably returning to their jobs where they make parts for armored military vehicles.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Obama Sucks Up to the Bitter-Clingers with a Marxist County Musician and an Epic NASCAR Fail

November 21, 2011

Transgeder activists, abortion providers, the Muslim Brotherhood, radical anti-Americans, and even the “former International Spokeswoman of the Universal Zulu Nation” have had their turnnow, country musicians get a chance. Tonight, Obama will host his first-ever country music concert in the White House. The official White House press release notes: Starting in February 2009, [...]



The North Carolina Gas Tax is already the third highest in the nation and was just increased by 2 cents per gallon (July 1, 2011). It is projected to increase another 4 cents per gallon (January 1, 2012).

This increase will bring our gas tax to 39 cents per gallon, an 11% increase, making ours the 2nd highest gas tax in the nation!

Immediately after Thanksgiving, legislators return to Raleigh. We need to send a strong message that struggling North Carolinians cannot take another gas tax increase. OUR GAS TAX MUST BE CAPPED!

Please TAKE ACTION by calling the office of Thom Tillis, Speaker of the North Carolina House, and Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate. Please ask Representative Tillis and Senator Berger to allow House Bill 399 to be heard and voted on.

The Honorable Thom Tillis
House Speaker (919) 733-3451

The Honorable Phil Berger
Senate President Pro Tempore (919) 733-5708

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION: New Common Sense--Applying First Principles to the Issues of Today

Debating America

Tonight, the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination gather in Washington D.C. at the CNN/Heritage/AEI debate on U.S. foreign policy. Here's an exclusive preview.

Currently, there is little logic to America’s international priorities and actions abroad. U.S. troops are leaving Iraq, entering Uganda, and toppling foreign leaders while “leading from behind.” Looming budget cuts risk current operations and preclude much needed military modernization. Fundamentally, there is no consensus about America’s proper role in the world. What America needs—especially from her presidential candidates—is a prudent approach to foreign policy that applies America’s founding principles to today’s international relations.

Despite bitter disagreements over particular foreign policies, the Founders agreed on the broad guiding principles of American grand strategy: Maintaining independence abroad so that America cannot be coerced by other powers; securing national interests such as commercial navigation and advantageous treaties; and promoting the cause of liberty which informed America’s understanding of justice abroad. A better understanding of these principles will enable America to meet the challenges of today.


The U. S. Constitution and Sharia Law

Throughout the history of this world there really have only been two kinds of law. We have given these systems of law very descriptive and easy names to remember. They are Rulers' Law and People's Law. Every legal system can fit under one of these two broad banners. Under Ruler's Law, the king or dictator makes the law. Under People's Law, the people make or accept the law by which they live. It is interesting that some of the most dominant kinds of legal systems have come about when it is claimed to emanate from God. Under Ruler's Law, if the ruler can make the people believe he has a divine right to rule, he can persuade the people to do about anything and the use of force becomes acceptable to many people if done in the name of God. Under People's Law, as was the case in Ancient Israel, when the people accepted Jehovah as their King and accepted His laws as their laws, it had a powerful persuasiveness to right actions. The major difference was that there was no use of force. Not even God would force a leader or laws on a people they did not willingly accept, because He respects the agency of man. Religion has been a powerful force throughout history in either types of law.




November 28, 2011, 7:00 pm: Havelock Board of Commissioners Meeting, City Hall Auditorium, 1 Governmental Avenue Havelock, NC: Concealed Carry- the Board of Commissioners will consider an ordinance of prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons in their parks when the State removes the prohibition state wide on 1 Dec 11.


Greenville is also planning the same violation of citizens rights
Now Dunn leads a swan song cynical over-reach to circumvent HB 650. Apparently she refuses leave without also leaving her anti-freedom mark!
Details here:

In violation of both the letter, and more importantly, spirit of the new state law that uniformly permits concealed carry within all North Carolina parks, the Greenville City Council, under out-going Mayor Pat Dunn, recently passed draconian legislation that mandates posting against carry in 25 broad areas and numerous sub-regions of Greenville parks - including a clear over-reaching ban in the city's dog park!

Member Letter to the Craven County Commissioners Supportintg Voter Photo ID

Dear Commissioners,

I am aware that the suggestion of Commissioner Dacey to require driver’s licenses at voting times has come under fire. I would like to show you my SUPPORT of Commissioner Dacey’s suggestion by sharing with you my experience working at the Fort Barnwell poll during the 2008 Presidential election.

It is important that you know that while I did have documentation of this, I did not keep it thinking there would be no need.

The first instance was a woman who came to vote with her husband in her mid to late 60’s. When she gave her name to the attendant, the records showed she had voted in “early elections”. The woman was upset stating she “did not vote in early elections, how could this happen?”. She was unable to vote due to the record. Personally, I was curious about this until one of my dear friends of 15 years reported to me that this exact same situation also happened to her and she was very upset and reported the incident.

Another instance involved 3 individuals who walked in and began to give their names to the attendant. The attendant began looking for the names of these 3 when the Judge of the precinct looked up and asked what they were doing there. (Apparently she knew them personally). The Judge then asked them if they still lived locally, (because she knew they had moved away some time ago). The speaker for the voter group said yes they were here visiting but wanted to vote. The judge then told them they would be unable to vote at this (Fort Barnwell) precinct, they could only vote where their permanent address was listed. The three became angry firing a few words, but left without incident.

Had the Judge not known the individuals, they may have been able to vote if their names were still on the lists even though they had moved. It would have allowed the possibility for them to vote 2ce.

We must show our licenses for EVERYTHING not just driving. We use them for doctors and dental forms, writing checks, using and acquiring credit or debit cards, all forms of insurance, buying alcohol, cigarettes, filling out job applications, opening bank accounts, cashing checks, picking up and filling prescriptions and much, much more. There is only ONE reason not to require it at voting time, illegality…PERIOD!  (ADD PICKING UP MAIL AT THE POST OFFICE TO THAT)

Know that I will be praying about this issue. If there is anything I can do to help in the meantime, feel free to contact me!

Tyker Gonzales

IMPORTANT! Wounded Warriors Fundraiser

Friends and fellow Americans, If you cannot attend please forward to all your contacts. We have over 300 wounded at Camp Lejeune

When asked "What do you want for Christmas?", many of the wounded Marines at the Wounded Warrior Barracks replied that they wanted to spend Christmas with their families. Many of these brave men cannot afford the cost of travel, therefore, the MOPH-Wounded Warrior Leave program was established.

This project buys airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, bus tickets, whatever is necessary to get these wounded Marines together with their families and grant them their Christmas wish!

Please join us Thursday, December 1 from 6-8 PM for a fundraiser at New Bern Country Club where our guests of honor will be some of the Marines from the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Bring a check payable to "MOPH-Wounded Warrior Leave".

Our donation goal is $50 per person but we are happy to accept any amount you can bring. Even if you can only stay a short while, please come by and meet these brave Marines and let them know we appreciate the sacrifice they have made!

If you have other obligations but are still willing to help with any amount of donation, please mail a check, payable to

MOPH-Wounded Warrior Leave. Send to Steve Tyson, 1914 Trent Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560

If you know someone that would be interested in attending and/or donating to this worthy cause, please pass this email on. This is a grass roots effort, there are well over 100 Marines we are trying to help, and we will need a wide circulation to raise the money required for tickets.

If you can attend Please RSVP by email as soon as you can to or call 252-638-6868 and ask for Ruthie.

Thank you for your support,
Steve Tyson, Craven County Commissioner
LtGen Harry Blot, USMC (Ret.)
MajGen Tom Braaten, USMC (Ret.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Butterfield Disappointed in Craven County Commissioners Request for Voter ID Bill


“I am disappointed that the Craven County Board of Commissioners is among the latest to join a nationwide Republican-led initiative to suppress voting rights,” said Butterfield. “Despite very few instances of voter fraud (not true) in North Carolina and in Craven County, these commissioners claim that voter IDs are needed to protect the integrity of elections (THEY SURE ARE). The truth is jurisdictions across the country and state are seeking tougher restrictions on voting only because it will disenfranchise young, minority, and low-income voters--all of which traditionally vote Democratic. These efforts are purely political and have nothing to do with safeguarding elections.” 

Free IDs will be provided to those who need it.  How dare he insinuate that minority and low income voters are not capable of obtaining photo IDs when photo IDs are required to withdraw mandatory auto deposit government checks, obtain medical treatment or pick up prescriptions at pharmacy.  Also needed to access government services!

Perhaps I should send a list of "organizations" who are devoted to going after "young, minority, and low-income voters" -- there sure are a lot of them, including Democracy NC, who provided phony figures!

Heritage Foundation Asks: Which Presidential Candidate Will Protect America?

Heritage Foundation and CNN will co-sponsor Presidential Debate on Defense and Foreign Policy--Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm on CNN

‘Supercommittee’ Fails to Reach Agreement, Obama Threatens to Veto Any Effort to Get Rid of $1.2T in Automatic Cuts

Posted on November 21, 2011

(The Blaze/AP) Congress’ supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.

Stock prices plummeted at home and across debt-scarred Europe as the panel ended its brief, secretive existence. Republicans and Democrats alike pointed fingers of blame, maneuvering for political advantage in advance of 2012 elections less than a year away. Both sides agreed action was still required, somehow, and soon.

“Despite our inability to bridge the committee’s significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation’s fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve,” the panel’s two co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., said in a somber statement.

They added it was not possible to present “any bipartisan agreement” – omitting any reference to the goal of $1.2 trillion in cuts over a decade that had been viewed as a minimum for success.

President Barack Obama held a press conference at 5:45 p.m. Monday to discuss the committee’s impotence, and threatened that he will veto any effort to get rid of automatic spending cuts that would take effect in 2013 if Congress can’t find other ways of trimming government deficits:

Sun Journal Letter to the Editor by CCTA Member, Jan Parys: Government Waste

November 21, 2011

Thank you so much for exposing the Housing Authority in New Bern. Having worked in the Department of Education and Department of Health, I saw so much waste it made me leave. It was so dishonest to take a salary there with so little actual work.

There is so much more waste that is not exposed even within Craven County. Liberals believe they are entitled to our tax dollars. The American public needs to know that BO has wasted $535 million in taxpayer dollars to subsidize a failing company owned by one of his biggest financial supporters. His administration kept quiet on Solyndra even after he knew it was nearly bankrupt and even gave it more money in a desperate attempt to keep it afloat. There are plans to spend another billion dollars on more “green technology” companies that produce products the American people don’t want or need. More than one “green” company has received our tax dollars with no profit for the people.

How many know about BO’s friend at GE, Jeffrey Immelt, who donated time and money to his presidency and then served as his top outside economic adviser on jobs? Immelt sent 21,000 jobs abroad. He also put his money in an off shore account to avoid paying some US taxes. Is that patriotic? I don’t think so. I think it is wrong to reward Immelt for donating to a campaign.

Jan Parys, New Bern

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November 21, 2011

Craven to ask for photo voter ID

by Sue Brook, Sun Journal New Bern
Warning this article is not exactly honest about the details!
You can read it here:
Congressman Butterfield has declared he will try and stop it.  What is he and the Democrat Party (there were 2 Democrat party representatives at this morning's meeting) trying to hide?  What are they so afraid of?
Ms. Brook also wrote the folling article and it ran in the Sun Journal this morning prior to the Craven County Commissioners meeting and vote on the resolution:
Craven commissioners to consider requiring voter ID

Again Ms. Brooks facts are a little off and her bias is showing! 
I urge voters to contact Congressman Butterfields's office and TELL HIM THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN and we SUPPORT VOTER ID!    Call him at 202-225-3101; fax 202-225-3354.
WITN COVERAGE:  Craven Co. Commissioners Want Local Voter ID Bill
Once again--Mr. Butterfield's numbers are WAY OFF!  Commissioner Dacey reported about 750 people in the county were estimated to need an ID which will be provided FREE OF CHARGE.
FOX 14 Jon Erickson:  Voter ID Proposal Moves Forward
Once again, our chairman Raynor James remarks were taken out of context, (Raynor spoke to the commissioners in support of the bill).
Raynor was interviewed by both stations--I will post any video if they run it.

NC: Craven County Commissioners Adopt Voter ID Resolution!

November 21, 2011

This morning the Craven County Commissioners voted to adopt the Voter ID Resolution drafted by Scott Dacey, on a 5-2 vote with Commissioners McCabe and Sampson voting against the resolution.

WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU who came out the Commissioners meeting this morning to show your support of the resolution. I lost count at 21 CCTA members in attendance. Their were 3 people (and 1 sign) showing their opposition.

Congratulations to all of you! Be sure and thank your Commissioners for doing the right thing.

Check WITN and Fox 14 for news clips, our chairman, Raynor James was interviewed by both.

Lynn Childs

MSNBC Host’s Anti-Gingrich Rant Interrupted by Someone Delivering…Her Belts

Atheists Demand Marines Remove Cross Commemorating Fallen U.S. Soldiers

The more they complain the more they present Atheisim as a sort of religion, it is time we fight back folks!  We are a republic (rule of law founded on Judea Christian principles) not a Democracy (mob rule)!~Lynn
Read the story here!

Was the Bank of America ‘Occupation’ a Coordinated, ACORN-Affiliated Attack?

Did an ACORN front group plan and execute last week’s bizarre “Occupation” of a San Francisco Bank of America branch?

As you’ll recall, nearly 100 people were arrested after storming into the bank, chanting slogans and attempting to setup camp indoors. Now, following this incident, some are wondering if an ACORN front group may have been behind the organized chaos.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition


Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition has court date

The Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition has canceled its regularly scheduled monthly meeting for this coming Monday, November 21st.

The group, as well as several of its members as individuals, are among the plaintiffs in litigation filed against the City of Jacksonville, NC regarding the issuance of permits for protests against abortion at the Crist Clinic. The hearing for the case has been scheduled for Monday, in conflict with the scheduled monthly meeting. The hearing is scheduled for 2:00 pm in Elizabeth City, NC.For more information, call 252-514-0381.


One Year After the GM IPO…How is Our $50 Billion Investment Looking?

"Whiteacre was not lying. LOANS were paid back. Loans…not the $50 billion dollar investment. There is a difference.

The loans Whiteacre was speaking of were just a small portion of the $50 billion dollar bailout. In fact, they were less than 10 percent of the total package. And the sources of the money used to pay off those loans is also an important story." provides a simple and graphic explanation of the facts of this reported payback of the loan.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sun Journal New Bern, NC: Housing authority board, mayor reach agreement

November 17, 2011

New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis avoided a temporary restraining order Thursday in Craven County Superior Court after agreeing to terms set by plaintiffs in a lawsuit against him.

Bettis was sued by New Bern Housing Authority commissioners after he brought charges against Ethel Sampson, chairwoman of the commissioners; Richard Peeler, vice chairman and Arabelle Bryant, commissioner, and later vowed to fire the entire board at a hearing Friday in City Hall.

Bettis’ attorney, Gary H. Clemmons of Chestnut, Clemmons and Peacock, PA., told Judge Arnold Jones that both parties had reached an agreement.

Bettis sat next to his attorney while Sampson sat between the Housing Authority’s two attorneys, Eric Remington and James Norment of the firm Ward and Smith.

Grandma Got Run Over By Obama - Health Care Parody

Laugh now, we might not be laughing later!

Scientist: Human Life Begins at Conception, Fertilization

When one considers the ethics of manipulation, the question of whether we ought to, or whether we may manipulate an organism or entity depends on the answer to the first and most fundamental question:

What is it?

Ascertaining the identity and status of the object of our intended manipulation is essential.

In the fields of obstetrical medicine and reproductive medicine the ethical debates have raged for four decades. Enlightened discourse between opposing parties must assume good motives by all involved, and then go about asking the essential questions, following where the truth of science and reason lead.

Many claim that life begins at some point distant from fertilization, always beyond the point at which they propose some manipulation (abortion, embryonic stem cell culturing, etc…). There are always a list of biological functions that are given to define when human life begins: Cognitive capacity, etc.

The simple biological truth of the matter is that the Cell Theory states that all cells arise from pre-existing cells. There is no blackout period between sperm and egg uniting, and then the emergence of ‘life’ at some point distant.

Iowa Thanksgiving Family Forum today at 5pm ET

By Nate, on November 19th, 2011

Six GOP candidates will be participating in a forum focused on social issues hosted by The Family Leader this afternoon at 5pm ET. The event takes place at the First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa. There will be no television broadcast since C-SPAN reversed its decision to broadcast the event citing budgetry reasons. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman were also invited, however, both declined the invitation.

Live Stream: (Around 5pm ET)
Audio Stream: Bott Radio Network (Around 4:30pm ET)

Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Santorum

Details from The Family Leader:

Feds Revoke Approval of Life-Prolonging Treatment for Breast Cancer, Insurers Could Bail on Patients

A "chillingly blunt assertion of regulatory power against a drug for breast cancer."

For those unfamiliar, Avastin is a targeted therapy drug used in conjunction with chemotherapy in the treatment of certain advanced cancers — primarily colorectal, kidney, and lung, but also breast cancer. The drug works by restricting the blood supply to tumors. The goal is to starve tumors of the precious blood needed to grow, thus shrinking them. While the drug carries with it serious side effects, it has been proven successful in suppressing tumor growth in various types of cancers.

Now, however, the FDA is revoking its approval of Avastin in the treatment of advanced breast cancer only. This means that doctors can still prescribe the drug to breast cancer patients as they deem fit, but insurers now might not cover the exorbitant cost. A year’s supply of Avastin can cost roughly $100,000.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment fails in House

The House rejected a Balanced Budget Amendment today. According to Politico:

The House voted 261-165 on Friday to reject a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. The House last voted on a balanced budget amendment in 1995, which passed with a 300-132 vote.


North Carolina Legislative Report November 18, 2011


U.S. Congress

1. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2112) - The $128 billion bill appropriates funds to the select agencies for the remainder of 2012. Conservative Republicans opposed the bill's price tag and other provisions. The funding averts a shutdown of the agencies cited, and has to be signed by midnight Nov 18, 2011. Since President Obama is in Indonesia, "a machine imprint of his signature" will be used. (The Wall Street Journal)

In an article on, Daniel Horowitz wrote that the bill ". . . contains record levels of spending for Food Stamps, WIC, and international food aid. It also contains $2.3 billion for disaster spending , which is excluded from the budget caps. Further, the "bill has a provision which was inserted into the conference report to expand the role of Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac."

In the Senate, the vote on Nov 17, 2011 was 70 to 30 with Senator Burr voting against it and Senator Hagan voting for it.

The House also voted on Nov 17, 2011 to pass the bill in a vote of 298 to 121 with 14 not voting.

NC Representatives voting for the bill: G. K. Butterfield (D-1st), Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), David E. Price (D-4th), Howard Coble (R-6th), Mike McIntyre (D-7th), Larry Kissell (D-8th), Heath Shuler (D-11th), Melvin Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th)

NC Representatives voting against the bill: Walter B. Jones (R-3rd), Virginia Foxx (R-5th), Sue Myrick (R-9th), and Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th).

2. Government Contract Withholding Repeal Act (H.R. 674) - On Nov 10, 2011 the Senate voted to amend the Tax Code "to repeal a requirement that government agencies withhold 3 percent of payments to government contractors," and to "give tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans." (Megavote) In addition, the bill "Includes social security benefits that are excluded from gross income in the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for the tax credit for coverage under a qualified health plan." (Bill Summary)

The Senate vote was 95 to 0 with 1 voting present and 4 not voting. Senator Burr voted for it and Senator Hagan did not vote.

On Nov 16, 2011 the House voted on the same bill and the vote was 422 to 0 with 11 not voting.  All NC Representatives voted for the bill.

House - Other Recent Votes

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 (H.R. 822) - The bill "Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, and who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, to carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state." (Bill Summary)

On Nov 16, 2011 the bill passed in a vote of 272 to 154 with 7 not voting.  NC Representatives voting for the bill: Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), Walter B. Jones (R-3rd), Virginia Foxx (R-5th), Howard Coble (R-6th), Mike McIntyre (D-7th), Larry Kissell (D-8th), Sue Myrick (R-9th), Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th), and Heath Shuler (D-11th).

NC Representatives voting against the bill: G.K. Butterfield (D-1st), David E. Price (D-4th), Melvin Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th).


1. In September the Obama Administration presented its plan to cut the deficit and identified $27 billion in cuts from the military healthcare program involving changes in TRICARE health and pharmacy benefits, along with changes in the retirement system, and other restructuring ideas. (Military Officer Association of America (MOAA))

2. Super Committee (Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) - Their report is due on Nov 23, 2011 that will cut the budget deficit by a minimum of $1.2 trillion and if the committee cannot agree, automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion will take place in January 2013 (KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN) affecting only Defense and Medicare. The Hill has reported that "Republicans are especially fearful" of cuts to defense. A Democrat aide said, "Members would prefer to live with a stalemate than an unbalanced deal that is surrender to the Republicans, and that attitude is reflected in the leadership."

3. Caring For Camp Lejeune Veterans (S 277) - Senator Burr has sponsored this bill which has two parts:

• It provides hospital care and health benefits to veterans and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune while there was a contaminated water problem.

• The bill also "Requires the DOD Secretary to merge and consolidate all commissary and exchange stores into a single system that, by not later than the end of FY2015, operates on a self-sufficient basis without the need for financial support through appropriated funds. Prohibits any DOD funds from being obligated or expended after FY2015 for commissary and exchange stores." (Bill Summary)

The bill has been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar, but no date is identified for the vote.

For over 20 years lobbyists from the supermarkets and retail establishments have fought against the commissary and the exchange. (The Ft. Bragg Commissary advertises at the door that the commissary is the number one benefit to the military).

4. Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Havelock, NC - May be downsized or closed. The Craven County Republican Women's Club has sent letters to Senator Burr and members of the Super Committee asking them to retain Cherry Point as its mission concerns fighter planes and it is essential for preparedness and readiness. For more information, contact Sherry Bradbury, President, at

If you are concerned about the defense of our nation, which is the first priority of the federal government, please contact Senator Burr: Email:; telephone (202) 224-3154 or by letter: Senator Richard Burr, United States Senate, 217 Russell Senate Officed Building, Washington, DC 20510.

NC General Assembly

1. The General Assembly will convene for a special session Nov 27- 29, 2011. Among the topics may be any vetoed bills such as Voter Photo ID, and other topics including NC's Racial Justice Act," among others. To override the governor's veto, the House requires 72 votes which means that four Democrats must vote with all Republicans to override a veto. The most likely may be:

William D. Brisson (Bladen, Cumerland) 919 733-5772
Jim Crawford (Granville, Vance) 919 733-5824
Dewey Hill (Brunswick, Columbus) 919 733-5830
Timothy Spear (Chowan, Dare, Hyde, Washington) 919 715-3029

For other information go to:

2. Another bill receiving much attention is the "Cap Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rate" (House Bill 399). " "North Carolina now has the third-highest gas tax in the United States," according to a report in the Charlotte Business Journal. "North Carolina's tax of 35 cents a gallon ranks only behind Washington (37.5 cents) and California (35.7 cents)" for a gallon for gas. The nation's lowest rate is Georgia at 7.5 cents a gallon. (Charlotte Observer)

The General Assembly to date has not addressed the Democrat sponsored bill that automatically recalculates the gas tax every July 1 and Jan 1.

Representative John Blust (Guilford), one of the cosponsors of the bill, has provided the following Resolution:


WHEREAS, North Carolina has a tax on gasoline of 35 cents per gallon, the third highest of any state in America, and

WHEREAS, the Democrats, when they controlled the North Carolina legislature, put in place a formula that enables the gas tax to rise automatically as the wholesale price of gasoline rises on the market without the legislature having to take a vote to raise the gas tax, so that legislators can escape accountability for gas tax increases, and

WHEREAS, these same scheming politicians also put a floor on the gasoline tax so that it cannot fall below a certain level if the wholesale price of gasoline declines, and

WHEREAS, Republicans took control of both the North Carolina House and the North Carolina Senate for the first time since reconstruction in the 2010 elections, due largely to the resources, time, efforts and other contributions of grassroots Republican activists across the state of North Carolina, and

WHEREAS, Republican candidates for the North Carolina House, North Carolina Senate, US House and US Senate campaigned on a similar theme that they would get runaway spending under control and put the state and nation on a sound fiscal footing without raising taxes, and this message of fiscal responsibility resonated with an electorate that believes it is taxed enough already in a very difficult economy, and

WHEREAS, the Obama administration and liberal Democrats in Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid, enacted a wasteful stimulus bill, claiming that spending billions of dollars more money on infrastructure and "shovel-ready projects" would turn the economy around and create millions of new jobs,

WHEREAS, the Obama stimulus and other irresponsible spending has actually choked economic growth, impeded job creation, retarded any economic recovery, and has been an all-around abject failure, and

WHEREAS, Obama, Reid and Pelosi have lately been demanding a second stimulus, again based upon the already failed argument that raising taxes and spending billions more on infrastructure will lead to economic growth and job creation, and

WHEREAS, the price of gasoline has risen considerably over the last two years as the anti-energy policies of the Obama Administration have taken hold, and

WHEREAS, North Carolina's gas tax already rose two cents per gallon under the automatic formula and is projected to raise another four cents a gallon on January 1, 2012 to 39 cents a gallon, which will make North Carolina's the second highest gas tax of any state in America, unless the Republican-controlled General Assembly acts before January 1, to stop the automatic increase, and

WHEREAS, some Republican House members filed House Bill 399 on March__, 2011 to cap the gas tax even before the first gas tax increase took effect on July 1, 2011, and

WHEREAS, House Bill 399 has not been allowed to come up for a vote or even get a committee hearing in the Republican controlled NC House, nor has the Republican-controlled NC Senate taken any action to stop the automatic gas tax increases, and

WHEREAS, in the past several yea[r]s, continuing up to the present time, the Democrats (1) have raided the state's Highway Fund to pay for their reckless spending on things other than roads and bridges, (2) have allowed waste, cronyism and even corruption to run rampant throughout state government but especially within the NCDOT, (3) have refused to allow any adjustment to the highway funding formula to dedicate current revenue from the gas tax to the most critically needed road and bridge projects, and (4) have instead, directed enormous sums of money toward lower-priority projects in the areas represented by their most powerful politicians or their contributors, and

WHEREAS, even on Wednesday, November 16, the Perdue administration told a legislative oversight committee that it intended to divert $5,000,000 of critically-needed highway funds to the Global Transpark,

WHEREAS, the unacceptable misuse, waste, cronyism and corruption in the area of transportation as set forth above has not yet been fixed - primarily because the current Democratic governor has not cooperated or provided any leadership in this effort, and

WHEREAS, the people of North Carolina are continuing to suffer in a down economy due to the counter-productive policies and actions of the Obama and the Perdue administrations, and tens of thousands remain unemployed or underemployed and simply cannot afford to pay more for a critically needed commodity every time they pull up to a gas pump to refuel, and

WHEREAS, the government of the state of North Carolina has no business asking economically struggling people to pony up more in gas taxes until it starts using the revenue from the already third highest gas tax in a much more responsible fashion, and

WHEREAS, we expect our Republican-led legislature live up to the promises of the last campaign and to take action to fix state government and be wise stewards of the taxes the state of North Carolina is taking from its hard-pressed people;

NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Republican Party, through its duly constituted and acting Executive Committee, do formally call upon the North Carolina General Assembly to act with alacrity to cap the gas tax in effect in the state of North Carolina to prevent another 11% increase in this tax from going into effect on January 1, 2012 and to take all actions possible to use the current revenue from the third-highest gas tax in the United States as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Respectfully Adopted, this the 19th day of November, 2011." [Rep John Blust]

Please call your elected officials.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, "Legislation Is Passed That Averts Shutdown," by Corey Boles, Nov 18, 2011;, "Republicans Throw Their 'Pledge To America' Under the OmniBus," by Daniel Horowitz, Nov 17, 2011;;; MegaVote: NC 6th, 11/14/2011; The Hill, "Deal-breaker election looms over supercommittee negotiations," by Alexander Bolton and Russell Berman, Nov 14, 2011; Letter to Sen. Burr from Craven County Republican Women's Club, dated Nov 3, 2011; MOAA, "Misguided Attack," Nov 2011; News & Observer, "District attorneys aim to overhaul Racial Justice Act," by Anne Blythe, Nov 17, 2011;, "Round Two for the Racial Justice Act?" Nov 16, 2011; AP, "N.C's Racial Justice Act gets support," by Martha Waggoner AP, Nov 16, 2011; Charlotte Observer, "N.C. gas tax 3rd-highest in U.S," Sep 1, 2011; ncga; Resolution from Rep. John Blust, Nov 17, 2011.