The New BBA Con-Con Threat

con burningThe New American – A Balanced Budget Amendment Article V convention would be a threat to the Constitution because of its inherent power to be a runaway convention, and the tendency of a BBA to move our nation from a republic to a democracy.

[President Wilson] began to speak of a flexible or fluid constitution in contradistinction to a rigid one. He thought that constitutions changed without the text being altered, and cited our own as an example.

— Recorded by Colonel E.M. House, November 7, 1914, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House, 1926

Constitutionalists have long criticized the widely held viewpoint that we have a “living Constitution,” one that must be interpreted in ever-changing ways in response to changing political opinions. The above quote from 1914 shows that progressive Democratic President Woodrow Wilson already believed in a “living Constitution” a century ago. Since they first met in 1911, House had become Wilson’s closest advisor. Wilson had even made this surprisingly over-the-top comment: “Mr. House is my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one.” Click here to read more.

“It is idiotic to assert that you can rein in a federal government which ignores the Constitution by amending the Constitution! – Publius Huldah. To learn more about a Con-Con/Article 5 click here to read many articles and view many videos.

Indian Schools Prove Uncle Sam Should Be Expelled From Education – Aren’t Government Programs Great?

the new americanFor at least the last half-century, progressives have championed and achieved greater federal spending on and involvement in education; and during that entire time, public-school educational outcomes have steadily worsened. No one should be surprised by the outcomes, for as Politico reported recently, the one domestic school system run entirely by the federal government “remains arguably the worst school system in the United States, a disgrace the government has known about for eight decades and never successfully reformed.”

The school system in question is the one operated by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), a division of the Department of the Interior. BIE’s network consists of 183 schools for Native American children across reservations in 23 states.

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Speaker Ryan Reverses Course, Continues Consolidation of Power

paul ryanThe New American – Within three weeks of being elected the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan reneged on a promise to return to the rules of the House and re-enshrine representative government to the people’s branch.

Ryan promised that he would restore “regular order” to the House of Representatives and would fix the “broken” system that was both hedging up the path to passage of some legislation and giving preferential treatment to other (pet project) legislation. His promise was undoubtedly intended to help secure the support of constitutionally minded congressmen for his grab for the speaker’s gavel.

Typically, as we all learned from watching Schoolhouse Rock, a bill has to wend its way along a well-marked, but difficult path from being offered by a representative to being presented to members for a vote for or against. That’s not quite the way it has worked in recent years, however.

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The Hill’s Overnight Regulation: EPA updates ethanol fuel mandate November 30, 2015


The Obama administration will increase the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed into gasoline next year.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it is raising the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to 18.11 billion gallons in 2016, an increase over what it originally proposed in May, but still short of a 2007 threshold.

The RFS “is one of many aspects of the climate policies that this administration is pursuing,” said Janet McCabe, assistant administrator at the EPA’s office of air and radiation.

“Over time, there will be more and more choices in renewable fuels available to consumers,” she told reporters on Monday.

The RFS, which requires oil refiners to mix biofuel into their gasoline supply, is hotly debated between pro-ethanol groups and the fuel industry.

Oil interests argue that increasing the amount of biofuel in gasoline will raise prices at the pump and do further damage to vehicle engines, warning that the current gasoline standard of just under 10 percent ethanol is as far as they can safely go.

But ethanol groups say these concerns are overblown because modern cars are certified to run on higher ethanol blends.

They point out that the EPA’s ethanol standard falls well below what Congress called for when lawmakers rewrote the law in 2007.

The debate crosses party lines in Washington, where lawmakers from corn-producing states support a higher ethanol standard. Many Republicans oppose the mandate because of its impact on the oil industry, and some Democrats, who question its environmental impact, are against it as well.

The deadline for the EPA to update the RFS was Monday.

The agency earlier this year proposed requiring oil refiners to blend 16.3 billion gallons of ethanol into their fuel in 2015, and 17.4 billion gallons next year, which means gasoline would have contained about 10 percent ethanol. Those figures jumped to 16.93 billion gallons this year and 18.11 billion next year.

Click here to get more on the reaction from both sides in the biofuels debate:


Treason, Cowardice, and the Islamic Invasion: Why States Must Revitalize The Militia

publius-200x200Fairfax Free Citizen – by Publius Huldah – To All State Governors and State Legislators:

War is coming to America. Obama is importing young able-bodied males to make civilizational jihad on us; and Congress can’t summon up the moral courage to stop him.

To see what is ahead for us, watch this 20-minute video. It depicts the Islamic takeover which is right now going on throughout Europe as European countries are being repopulated by millions of young able-bodied Muslim males (euphemistically called “refugees”) who are explicit about their intention to breed the native Europeans out of existence, and replace the European cultures with Islamic culture.

And Obama is bringing it here.

This paper discusses the two courses of action set forth in Federalist Paper No. 46 for situations such as this: (1) The States must refuse to cooperate with the federal government; but if that doesn’t solve the problem, (2) The States must use their State Militia to defend their State and Citizens.
Invaders are not “Refugees” or “Immigrants” Click here to read more and view the video.

Congressman Meadows Thanks Senator Tom Apodaca

Mark_Meadowstom apodacaCongressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement following North Carolina State Senator Tom Apodaca’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election and will retire after this term:

“Thank you to Senator Tom Apodaca for his years of principled public service in the North Carolina General Assembly. Sen. Apodaca loves the state of North Carolina and has worked tirelessly with a joyful heart representing the people of Henderson, Buncombe, and Transylvania County. While Sen. Apodaca has served in a public role as Chairman of the NC Senate Rules Committee, he has also quietly done more behind the scenes than most. Senator Apodaca has never let a call for help go unanswered. His leadership and servant’s heart will be missed and I’m grateful for what he has accomplished for our great state.”


The Real Lesson of the Paris Attacks

gatestone-logo What if the terrorists had been targeting “just Americans,” or “just diplomats” — would that be “understandable terrorism” in John Kerry’s thinking?

“If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues? Should they be converted into something else? Should we ask the Jewish people to leave?” — Organizer of a targeted fee speech event, in response to the question if they had brought the attack on themselves.

Much of the world may only have been just bragging or emoting in saying, “Je Suis Charlie” or “Je Suis Juif” in January. But it turns out not to matter: the terrorists of ISIS think we are all cartoonists and Jews anyway.

Since we cannot live with ISIS and similar groups, we had better do whatever it takes to speed up an end of our choosing before they speed up an end of their choosing. Click here to read more.

Answering Questions: States vs Feds on Syrian Refugees – With the mainstream media consistently reporting that Governors are planning to block the President’s Syrian refugee resettlement plans, two main camps have emerged in recent days. Unsurprisingly, they’re both missing the most important point.

On the one hand, there are people who say that states can’t do anything about the President’s plan. On the other hand are people who say that states not only can do something about it, but must.

There are other variations of these two, and even a mix of them. But all of them have missed something essential. What states “can” and “can’t” do might not even matter. And that’s how the “father of the Constitution” expected things like this to play out.

I’ve been watching this develop, especially with the 10th Amendment being referenced so often. In a nutshell, here are answers to some important questions:

(1) How does the refugee resettlement plan work? Click here to read more.

Great News for our Troops! Obama Cuts Defeated! The A-10 Warthog Lives!

Gas and – This page has chronicled attempts of the Obama Administration and USAF Brass to kill the A-10 Thunderbolt and replace with a less capable and over-budget F-35. President Obama has attempted to kill the Warthog for 3 years running. The F–35 is inferior as a ground support platform. Firepower; survivability; loiter time on the battlefield. The A–10 is superior in every important way. And the F–35 program will not be fully operational until 2019.

The 2016 Defense Authorization Bill passed Tuesday prohibits the Air Force from retiring any A–10 “Warthogs” and fully funds flight hours, pilot training, fuel, maintenance and ammunition for all A–10s for the upcoming year. An attempt to kill the A-10 will surely continue next year, as the USAF brass is stuck on their gold-plated F-35. The correct course is to cut the planned purchases of the over-priced and over-budget F-35 and keep the Hog. Attempts to eliminate the aircraft will continue to threaten our ground support capabilities and are a threat to our national security. The fight continues and we will report as events unfold.

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Dutch Court to Rejected ‘Refugees’: Go Home or Starve

go-homePJ Media – Holland, which has been suffering from the “refugee” influx even before Muslim immigrants were called “refugees,” can now expel them without worrying about European notions of “human rights.”

A Dutch high court on Thursday upheld a government policy of withholding food and shelter to rejected asylum-seekers who refuse to be repatriated, giving legal backing to one of Europe’s toughest immigration policies. The Raad van State or Council of State, which reviews the legality of government decisions, found that the new policy of conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.

A rejected asylum seeker does not have the right to appeal to the European Social Charter, it said.

The Dutch government “has the right, when providing shelter in so-called locations of limited freedom, to require failed asylum-seekers to cooperate with their departure from the Netherlands,” a summary of the ruling said.

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Reason why Barrack Hussein Obama, II, was not eligible to be President and why Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are not eligible to run for the Presidency. By Fremont V Brown III

Barack Hussein Obama II is not a Natural Born Citizen because his Father was born 1936 in the British Colony of Kenya and Protectorate of Kenya (1920-1963), and was thus born a subject of the British Crown. If as it appears, Barack Hussein Obama II was also born in the Colony of Kenya, then he too was born a subject of the British Crown. Even if he were born in Hawaii, he still would not be a natural born citizen, because his Father was not a US Citizen. So he is not eligible to be President of the United States.

Rafael Eduardo “Ted” Cruz, was born in Calgary, Canada. Cruz’s father became a Canadian citizen during his residence in Canada. Once Cruz’s father returned to the US he renounced his Canadian citizenship.

But, what is very important is that Ted’s Father became a naturalized US citizen in 2005 long AFTER Ted was born. It is not necessary that a person be born within the US to be a Natural Born Citizen.  WHAT is necessary is that his parents must already be Citizens of the U.S. at the time he was born.  Vattel understood that US citizens might be abroad in the service of their Country and their child might be born in the foreign land.  Since children inherit, as a matter of natural right, the status of their parents, the Child is BORN a US citizen.  That is why John McCain is an NBC.  His father, already a US citizen, was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.  His Mother, already a US Citizen, was living with her husband.  So their son, John, was BORN a Natural Born Citizen.

Location of birth is always irrelevant.  All that matters is the citizenship status of the parents.  Both parents must be U.S. citizens.

Constitutional provisions:
Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States, under clause 5:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

The Twelfth Amendment states, “No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”

Naturalization is not the Same as NATURAL BORN!

Note:  The Constitution can be “voided” ONLY if and when it is replaced by another Constitution.  Acts do not trump the Constitution. This means the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land.

“The Naturalization Act of 1790 states quite clearly: a child born of a U.S.-born mother anywhere in the world is a U.S. citizen by birth and therefore a natural-born citizen,” Rafael Cruz said. – Washington Post, James Hohmann, August 31

Here is the wording of the Naturalization Act of 1790 – Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof on application to any common law Court of record in any one of the States wherein he shall have resided for the term of one year at least, and making proof to the satisfaction of such Court that he is a person of good character, and taking the oath or affirmation prescribed by law to support the Constitution of the United States, which Oath or Affirmation such Court shall administer, and the Clerk of such Court shall record such Application, and the proceedings thereon; and thereupon such person shall be considered as a Citizen of the United States. And the children of such person so naturalized, dwelling within the United States, being under the age of twenty one years at the time of such naturalization, shall also be considered as citizens of the United States. And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens: Provided, that the right of citizenship shall not descend to persons whose fathers have never been resident in the United States: Provided also, that no person heretofore proscribed by any States, shall be admitted a citizen as aforesaid, except by an Act of the Legislature of the State in which such person was proscribed.

Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen. Neither of his parents were U.S. citizens at the time of Rubio’s birth in 1971.  His parents applied for U.S. citizenship and were naturalization in 1975, four years AFTER his birth.

See for more on Natural Born Citizen by Publius Huldah and others.

Again, what matters is the citizenship status of the parents. Meaning BOTH parents.

Check out what’s coming to the U.S. if we do not get rid of the Islamist and stop only more coming in. – Radical Islamic cleric declares BRITISH law is invalid…in BRITAIN. The 46-year-old hate preacher made the extraordinary statement when asked if jihadist fighters returning from Syria should have their passports confiscated and be charged under anti-terror laws.

Choudary blasted: “I don’t accept British law. If you have a law, you need to apply it universally. These laws are only being applied against Muslims.

“This [anti-terror legislation] is purely being hyped-up to support the bombing campaign that is taking place in Iraq and Syria.”

He also spoke of his support for Islamic State (ISIS) and claimed a ban on jihadists returning to Britain would ‘alienate’ the Muslim community.

He added: “If these guys have actually not committed any crime in England, then why are we stopping them returning?

“I think it’s a very ill thought-out policy, I don’t think it will work.

“I think it will disenfranchise the Muslim community here, I think it would be a cause of further radicalisation in this country.”

Choudary has always denied that he has incited or glorified acts of terrorism.

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If the Republican Party is the win the battle of 2016

The WAR between the Establishment and Grassroots of the Party must stop. The Establishment needs to learn once and for all the Grassroots are correct. Its not the Party is ALL mentally that will save them. Its the Grassroots idea that Principles matter. The Establishment must understand that one of the reasons, and I believe, THE REASON the Unaffiliated’s have left and continue to leave the Party is the Party not having a backbone and sticking to its principles. The time of compromise and moving ahead no matter how many principles you threw in the gutter to get something done is over with. The Establishments undying need to stay in power no matter what must come to a screeching halt. This war to stop the advance of Socialism must be fought with the unity of the Greatest Generation. Unity and Principles will save the U.S.A.. And believe me that is what this battle is about. The saving of the party is just the beginning of the true goal, saving this country.

The principles of our Founding Fathers and the Grassroots are Constitutionally Limited Government, Free Market Economics, Fiscal Responsibility, and Personal Freedom and should be paramount to ALL in the Party. The Parties elected officials must once and for all stick with their oath of office – I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. – U.S. Senate. The PEOPLE want and expect it. By the Party picking the candidates that will stick with their oath and principles we can win the battle.

The Republican Party’s slogan for 2016 should be UNITY and PRINCIPLES. Can the Party pull together? Let’s hope. – Fremont V Brown III

Alinsky Tactics Are Being Used to Manipulate Americans into supporting Art. V Convention

publius-200x200Publius Huldad – Saul Alinsky allegedly said in Rules for Radicals that any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.

Ever since the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations, some 50 years ago, came up with the Constitution for the Newstates of America, the left has been pushing for an Art. V convention so that they can impose a new Constitution. The conservatives defeated these periodic pushes for a convention. So this time, the left changed tactics: Now they are marketing it to appeal to conservatives. They are telling conservatives a convention is THE ONLY WAY to rein in the federal government.

And they are telling conservatives that elections and nullification – THE REMEDIES OUR FRAMERS ACTUALLY ADVISED – don’t work.

So this is how they have made Americans feel that they have nothing to lose by a convention. Alinsky tactics are being used on the American People.

Several leftist Constitutions – in addition to the Newstates Constitution – are already prepared and waiting for an Art. V convention.

A new Constitution will be needed to transform the United States of America into a member state of the “North American Union”.  Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, was on the CFR Task Force to set up this merging of Canada, the US, and Mexico. It sets up a Parliament over the 3 countries. You can read the CFR (Council for Foreign Relations) Report on setting up the North American Union HERE.

Americans!  You better shake the dust off your brains and start using them.  There is not much time left.

Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh

Dr Frank MoretzDr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House – CONTACT: Dr. Frank Moretz, 828-338-0390
Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh

FAIRVIEW, NC – Today, local physician Frank Moretz declared his intention to run for NC House District 115 in the 2016 General Election. Moretz shares partial ownership of Highland Brewing and serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Buncombe County families need an effective, independent voice in Raleigh,” said Moretz. “Health care costs consume increasingly more of tax dollars, but with only one physician serving in the House or Senate, we are missing opportunities to improve patient access to quality medical care and to lower costs throughout the health care industry in our state, particularly Western North Carolina.”

“Like many here in Buncombe County, I am concerned that we don’t have a strong leader in Raleigh who can push through the partisan back-and-forth to get results,” continued Moretz. “Our children and grandchildren need well-funded public schools, with tax dollars reaching the classroom, and I am committed to serve as their advocate. My life demonstrates it.”

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, but the rising costs of regulations hold back job creation and wage growth,” Moretz added. “We can free them to expand while still protecting our environment. Even though our economy is improving, family budgets are strained and too many jobs have left our area. From the natural beauty all around us, to the lifestyle and culture of the people, we are poised for economic growth if we set aside partisan bickering and focus on attracting the jobs we need.”

NC House District 115 is represented by Fairview Democrat John Ager, who is serving in his first term after winning one of the state’s most contested races of 2014 by 496 votes.

Raised in nearby Hickory, NC where his father was a furniture manufacturer and mother was a school teacher, Moretz served active duty in the US Air Force after completing undergraduate and medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. He recently retired after working 30 years as an anesthesiologist in the Asheville area, most recently for All-Care Clinical Associates (formerly Asheville Anesthesia Associates). A longtime advocate for stronger public education and improved health care, Moretz is running as a Republican. He resides in Fairview and has two grown sons.

Election Experiment to Begin – to hold all primaries on March 15 — including those for down-ballot races

voter idCarolina Journal – North Carolina is about to run a political experiment. You and other potential voters will determine its outcome.

The state has traditionally held party primaries for governor, Congress, legislature, and other offices below that of president in May. Actually, North Carolina has traditionally held our presidential primaries in May, as well, although there were exceptions during the 1970s and 1980s.

For the 2016 election cycle, state lawmakers decided to make another exception, in an effort to make North Carolina more relevant. Our presidential primaries will be on March 15, along with those of Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Here’s what truly new: to avoid the costs of running two separate days of balloting, the state legislature decided to hold all primaries on March 15 — including those for down-ballot races.

What that did, in turn, is change North Carolina’s filing dates. Candidates can make their campaigns official beginning on December 1, and must file by December 21. If starting the political season during the Christmas season offends you and you’re looking for someone to blame, checks the halls of power in Raleigh. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

I, for one, am planning to withhold my judgment about the arrangement until I see what actually happens, rather than drawing conclusions based merely on what is predicted to happen. In theory, the new election calendar creates both winners and losers.

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The United States Forest Service is modifying the management plans for the Nantahala and the Pisgah National Forests.

Attention:  All users of United States Forest Service land:
The United States Forest Service is modifying the management plans for the Nantahala and the Pisgah National Forests.
They are proposing more federal Wilderness designations as well as Wild and Scenic River designations.
Freedom and Land Rights Coalition is opposed to both designations as this means more regulation and restrictions on access, recreation, timber management, and hunting.  Federal Wilderness means bans on All-Terrain Vehicles, mountain bikes, horses, motorized vehicles, and all types of recreation except hiking and back country camping.  The Forest Service says that hunting will be allowed, however, this could change as they continue to change their management plans and enact more restrictions.
We live next door the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 500,000 acres of land already preserved and protected from timber harvest and hunting.  Our National Forests should be kept open for use, so that our resources can be managed, and our forests can be enjoyed by all.
Our national forests were created for watershed protection and so that America would have a renewable source of timber.  Hunting and other recreation is allowed in the national forests, which is restricted in the national parks.  Changing the management plans and designating Wilderness management (the most restrictive type of federal land management) is another way to keep people out of our so-called “Public Lands”.  If you are familiar with the “Wildlands Project” or “Agenda 21” issues and concerned about more government control, you should be involved.
Federal Wilderness and vast federal land ownership means financial hardship for rural economies.
No timber harvest policies in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests hurts rural schools in WNC – as a percentage of the timber sales goes to the local schools in the counties where the timber is harvested.
Please inform your constituents and followers to “just say ‘no’ ” to more federal Wilderness designations.
Please send your letters and comments to the USFS District Supervisor’s office below.
Tell him you are opposed to any Wilderness designations, and Wild and Scenic River designations.  
Contact your local elected officials and tell them you are opposed to Wilderness.
If you are an elected official, please send comments or try to pass official resolutions and send them in.
Contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them how you feel.
If you would like further information about Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers, please call or email me.  
Charlene Hogue

You can send comments to:
United States Forest Service
District Supervisor:
Supervisor’s Office
160 Zillicoa St. Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801
You can view maps and plans by following the links below:

National Forests in North Carolina – Home

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fyi — from American Lands Council


Take a close look at this map:


Undoubtedly, you’ve seen maps like it before. It is a map of the lands claimed by the federal government of the United States of America. And, undoubtedly, you can see that there is a huge discrepancy between the lands east of Colorado and those west. You may have even thought about the huge financial hardships that this map represents for American citizens of the West, or the lack of access all Americans deal with when trying to enjoy our “public” lands. 

In the past few years, you may have become aware of how the federal mismanagement of their lands has resulted in chronic catastrophic wildfires which have polluted the air, burned millions of animals senselessly, and destroyed the watershed for generations. You may have learned about how Congress uses their power over the West to extort votes from western legislators at the expense of every American. 

But ponder this…

This map was provided by the Department of the Interior as a representation of the lands controlled by the federal government in 1968! Over 47 years ago! And did you know that the very FIRST “Wilderness” area designated by the federal government happened in 1968! And since 1968 more than 108,916,684 acres have been designated as “Wilderness” and that number is growing rapidly. This massive overreach of federal power has left westerners in the dire situation they now find themselves in. 

What about your state? How many acres of Wilderness or Monuments have been created since 1968? Do you have better access to your public lands…or worse? Are your forests healthier since 1968…or dying by the thousands of acres? Is your state in a better financial condition than it was in 1968…or is it struggling? And last but not least, which of your elected officials are fighting for your state’s sovereignty and well-being by stemming the tide of federal control over your lands?

Elections are just around the corner and most candidates for office realize that the Transfer of Public Lands is a very important topic on this election’s platform. Many will say the right things. But I encourage you to do your homework. If they have already been in office, what have they done to protect your state, rather than bow to the federal government every time they grab another chunk of land? If they have never been in office, do they truly understand the principles of local land management? Will they stand strong to defend the Constitutional rights of your state against the onslaught of federal overreach?

Or will they bend with the wind of “compromise”, more worried about the next election than the welfare of their people?

Hmmm….definitely something worth pondering….

American Lands Council

NCGA Moving Forward on State Property Sales

ncCarolina Journal – Lawmakers also planning property management system to use buildings more efficiently. Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to sell houses and other real properties owned by the state that are unused, or have not been used to their full potential.

They’re also preparing a plan to improve the management of state properties and prevent the state from entering into leases if it owns buildings that are vacant and satisfy the need of the agency seeking space.

On Monday, a subcommittee of the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Oversight Committee recommended more aggressive measures to categorize such properties and sell those that aren’t needed.

“We do not have a good clear picture on what is the best thing to do with our state property,” Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who chairs the subcommittee, said after the meeting. “By initiating this legislation, we will have much better best practice management of our property so that we can make sure we’re being good stewards of the taxpayers money.”

The draft legislation calls for the Department of Administration to develop a comprehensive property management system for state government agencies and departments, including a surplus property identification and disposal system. Other agencies would also be required to inventory real property they control.

A second proposal would require the Department of Administration to sell 12 houses near the Legislative Office Building where the subcommittee met.

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Rouzer: EPA Water, Energy Rules Stifling Economy

455-epa-stealing-water-and-property-rights-UFPnews-tea-party-patriot-american-freedom-liberty-research-revolution-speech-universal-free-press-people-Carolina Journal – U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, a Johnston County Republican, says federal rules and regulations “are just stifling this economy,” and the final Waters of the United States rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be devastating for North Carolina.

Nearly his entire 7th Congressional District “will in essence become classified as a wetland” under jurisdiction of the EPA if the courts don’t reverse the law, said Rouzer.

“Imagine what that means in terms of permitting, what that means in terms of extra costs,” the freshman congressman said Nov. 12 at Americans for Prosperity North Carolina’s Free the Grid Tour event in Wilmington.

The EPA rule “will have very dire consequences” for the homebuilding industry, construction at large, and especially agriculture, Rouzer said. “That’s a significant proportion of the economy not only here in the 7th District, but also in the state of North Carolina.”

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Appeals Court OKs Transfer of Asheville Water System

asheville_city_hall_AshevilleCarolina Journal – The city of Asheville and customers living outside the city who rely on Asheville for their drinking water long have had a contentious relationship. The issue was again before the state’s second highest court in October, this time over whether a law passed in 2013 taking control of the water system away from Asheville could pass muster under the state’s constitution.

Though Asheville currently operates a water system, it does not provide sewer services. That instead is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a local bill shifting control of the water authority from the city to MSD.

The city sued to block the transfer, and in June 2014, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning held that the statute violated three provisions of the state constitution:

• It is a “local law” relating to “health,” “sanitation,” and “non-navigable streams,” in violation of Article II, Section 24.

• It constitutes an unlawful taking of Asheville’s property without just compensation in violation of Article I, Sections 19 and 35.

• It violates Asheville’s rights under the “law of the land” clause found in Article I, Section 19.

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McCrory: N.C. Will Oppose Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

gender neutralCarolina Journal – In what is evolving into a war of words and political philosophies, Gov. Pat McCrory said he would pursue what Attorney General Roy Cooper would not — formal opposition to a Virginia transgender student’s lawsuit that could force North Carolina to allow both sexes to use the same K-12 public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

Cooper is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination against incumbent Republican McCrory, who will use his capacity as governor to sign on to South Carolina’s amicus, or friend-of-court, brief in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, according to a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon by the governor’s office.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said the governor would notify South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson of his intent to sign on to the amicus brief by a noon Wednesday deadline Wilson requested for responses. Wilson’s office said the brief could be filed in court next week.

Several states were invited to support the South Carolina document to enhance its impact.

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Syrian Refugee Policy Raises Serious States’ Rights Issue

states rights 2Townhall – The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally. It is, of course, facile for President Obama to proclaim piously that he “is not a afraid.” With the full protection of the U.S. Secret Service, the armed forces, and every law enforcement agency in the country protecting him, why should he fret? The rest of us are not quite so lucky.

Whether we, or any nation, has any moral obligation to throw open its doors and accept tens of thousands of Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees at this (or any) juncture, and whether it is fiscally prudent for us to do so when we already are drowning in entitlement spending, are questions worthy of vigorous political debate.

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A Dozen Refugees in U.S. Connected to Terrorism Just This Year

don-t-keep-calm-it-s-time-to-wake-up-14Townhall – The battle over Syrian refugees is raging on as the White House doubles down on their policy to bring 10,000 refugees from terror hot spots to U.S. soil over the coming months. But a new report from Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions details 12 alarming instances of refugees being connected to terrorism just this year. Criminal complaints, arrest warrants and indictments were provided. Here are just a few examples (bolding is mine):

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Anti-gun Democrats Push to Remove Constitutional Rights From “Suspected” Terrorists

2ndAmendment_s640x427The New American – Seeking once again to take advantage of an opportunity, anti-gun Democrats are using the horrific massacre in Paris to revive a moribund bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove precious rights from anyone on the government’s “no-fly” or “terrorist watch list.”

Senate Bill 551, offered back in February, was dead on arrival, but the Paris massacre is being seen as an opportunity to breathe life back into it. In re-introducing the bill, she says if they can’t fly, they shouldn’t be able to buy a gun: “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous to own a gun.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called it a “terrorist loophole”:

By leaving this terrorist loophole open, Republicans are leaving every community in America vulnerable to attacks by terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives purchased legally, in broad daylight.

What, exactly, is that loophole? It is the whole host of protections provided by the Constitution, and more specifically the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to it, that guarantee that rights may not be infringed without probable cause and without due process. That’s the “loophole” that Reid and Feinstein want to close. Merely being on the list does not automatically disqualify an individual from buying a gun. It takes much more than that, a fact that Reid, Feinstein, and others seem willing to ignore.

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