Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Berkshire Politics and where they can take us

The Berkshires are unique, of course our politics are also.  So many times something is going on in the state and we are so protected from it. Especially if it does not have a liberal slant so the Eagle will ignore it.  Or, it will be written to their liking but not always to our benefit.   Always the biased agenda. We have Fox News, WBRK radio and our Pittsfield Gazette but even they cannot follow all that goes on in our fair state or county.  Probably the reason why the county votes the way it does?  Why not, the majority of our neighbors think everything is great and keep re-electing the people that have brought them this prosperity.

Our non-native voters come from every state mostly adjacent states. They vacationed here before moving, enjoyed the cultural arts and the scenic beauty
and decided to retire or relocate to the Berkshires. I was here a month and knew I would never leave. Some of the reasons many move here they forget, politics being one. Muscle misery kicks in and they want our politics to mirror what they
left or the left ideology.

Forty three years ago it was a little different, I remember. Pittsfield was a modern up to date city bustling with industry and a population of close to fifty thousand. We had crime that came with the drug culture of the sixties but by today's standards it was minor. It was difficult to find parking during business hours as the commerce taking place was alive. Do you remember?

The following article is one man’s plight with Medicare of Massachusetts.  Or the Medical Miracle of the United States now.  To think, they copied us?   We have fifty thousand undocumented Democrats in the state sucking our welfare system dry and the health care with it. The rest of the country will probably do that also it is difficult to get too much of a good thing. Unless we were directly involved in a situation or subscribed to the Boston Herald we would never know.  This is a human interest story that could effect each and every one of us in time.  With the political debates and all that is going on we hear very little about Medical care in Massachusetts.  It will inspire us to look forward to the 2012 elections.

The following Herald Story by Margery Eagan is just such a story.

Co-pay hike a painful reality

Miracle drug monthly cost jumps from $42 to $600

By Margery Eagan
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 
Ken Helgeson could be you.
The retired pressman from Millis worked for more than 50 years, sometimes two jobs, to take care of his daughter and his wife, Marion, a paraplegic as the result of polio.
“I never asked anybody for anything. I never took a free ride or money from the state. You took care of yourself. It’s the way we got brought up, and that’s what I’ve done,” Helgeson said yesterday, not bragging but putting the irony of his 
plight in perspective.
Helgeson is simply another man who played by the rules, and now faces a nightmare.
In what he calls “a sellout,” Helgeson says Medicare has changed its deal for covering the prescription drug that kept him working for 10 years with increasingly severe rheumatoid arthritis. Enbrel used to cost him a $42 per month co-pay. Now it costs him $600 a month. He can’t afford it. So he stopped taking Enbrel four months ago.
“Six hundred a month is an awful lot of money on a fixed income,” he said. “I just can’t pay.”
But Helgeson is far from alone. At a recent State House hearing, doctors, patients advocates and patients themselves told lawmakers that not only is Medicare changing prescription drug rules, private insurers also have demanded high patient payment for some of the more expensive drugs treating cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and multiple sclerosis.
According to a new group formed to combat this — the New England Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Blue Cross has already implemented higher payments for these so-called Tier 4 drugs in numerous states, including Rhode Island and Delaware. State Sen. Anthony Petrucelli (D-East Boston) has introduced legislation here to cap huge co-payments, but the bill’s fate in unclear.
Meanwhile, the coalition reports, more and more of the severely ill are delaying buying drugs they need or, like Helgeson, not buying them at all.
“Maybe Phil Mickelson can afford it,” Helgeson said, referring to the pro golfer’s ubiquitous Enbrel commercials. “I’d love to tell you that I can, too.
Helgeson could have made the same commercial because Enbrel worked wonders for him.
“After the first week or 10 days, it was a miracle. I was riding my bike. I painted my house,” he recalled.
He went fishing again at local lakes and at the South Boston yacht club where he’s belonged for 20 years. “I’d get up in the morning and the pain would just absolutely be gone. I can’t even begin to tell you,” Helgeson said.
These days, it’s a different story.
“Now I can deal with the pain until it gets terribly severe,” he said. “At that point I don’t know what I’m going to do, but if I get a major flare-up, I’ll end up in the hospital because I can’t breathe.”
Of course, Helgeson’s insurance covers hospitalization, even though that would cost way more than the Enbrel does.

So far, Ken Helgeson has been lucky — no “major flare-ups” yet.
His wife, Marion, however, paints a different picture. “Kenny’s not a guy to complain. But he’s struggling, and I hate to see him struggle,” she said. “Sometimes it takes him three times just to get out of bed. You know he married me with polio, but we never knew it would get this bad. My husband is a terrific fellow who’s taken care of me for 47 years. He just doesn’t deserve this.”

No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.........Ronald Reagan

What the MA GOP Needs to do from the Boston Herald.............

GOP needs resolutions for 2012 Click for article

By Holly Robichaud
Monday, December 26, 2011 - Updated 14 hours ago

Now that the Massachusetts Republican Party has elected a new chairman, it is time for a fresh start. Here are some 2012 resolutions the new GOP leadership team should adopt:

Register more GOP voters: Right now, only 11 percent of registered Massachusetts voters are Republicans. Despite all the Democrat scandals that have plagued Beacon Hill, our numbers have not multiplied. Don’t leave the growth of registration numbers to fate. There needs to be a systematic plan to add more Republicans to the voter lists. It shouldn’t be too hard to register new GOP voters in districts such as the one represented by U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem), who had no idea of his wife’s involvement in her fugitive brother’s finances. He is a walking advertisement for us.

Get out the vote on Election Day: The party’s previous leadership dropped the ball for 2010 elections. If there had been a well-organized get-out-the-vote program, which would have made a 4 percent difference in vote totals, then Mary Connaughton would now be the state auditor. Starting today, the victory program needs to be convincing and identifying voters to turn out for the November election. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Make friends with the Tea Party: In order to fight the Democrat domination, the GOP needs to be a party of addition not subtraction. Cooperate with the Tea Party on voter education and grassroots organizing.

Don’t neglect the down-ticket candidates: If the GOP is to be a strong opposition party in Massachusetts, it can’t put all of its eggs in one basket. There needs to be support for the top of the ticket as well as the legislative candidates who are our future farm team.

Be proactive on voter integrity: Whether it is monitoring the political tactics of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor organization or supporting legislation requiring identification to vote, the party should be out in front on these issues so that our elections are fair and honest.

Most importantly, Republicans and Tea Party patriots need to adopt the glass-is-half-full philosophy. We don’t live in Alabama, so we cannot expect that our elected officials, such as U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, are going to vote 100 percent of the time with the party. We have to be happy that we have a senator who votes a conservative stance 80 percent of the time rather than an ultra-left wing former Obama administration official who will vote the other way all the time. Anchors-aweigh U.S. Sen. John Kerry already has that covered.

Let’s make 2012 a Happy Republican New Year!

Fast & Furious, AG Holder absurdity?

From the Tea Party looking out for our interests as always.

Semper Fi

Dear Patriot, hopes that everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend and that everyone is feeling as refreshed and energized as we are, because we have some big fights ahead.

Eric Holder is completely out of control, and the politicization of the justice department is reaching scary proportions. While most Americans were distracted with the joys of Christmas and family, the justice department quietly announced that they are striking down the voter identification law passed in South Carolina. Eric Holder is using the justice department as though it were just one more weapon of the liberal propaganda machine to be selectively used to attack conservatives and protect liberals. Eric Holder's selective enforcement of the law is a dangerous abuse of power and we must not let this stand!

Already we have sent nearly 300,000 letters to Congress demanding that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate obvious perjury committed on the ‘fast and furious’ debacle. Thanks to your letters, about 60 members of the House of Representatives have called for Holder’s resignation. We must keep the pressure on Congress, but we also need to hang the albatross of Eric Holder’s numerous scandals around the neck of President Obama as he seeks reelection.

Somebody has to take the fight to Eric Holder who just claimed that any criticism of him was clearly racism, and we are not going to be intimidated. There are so many scandals and abuses of power that many of them get lost in the shuffle. To start, we just need you to send another batch of letters to your Congressman and Senators demanding that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Eric Holder, but we will be launching a comprehensive effort to publicize his many failings.



Dustin Stockton
Chief Strategist

P.S. Our strength is in numbers. Please help our efforts by forwarding to a friend

For your reading pleasure.............Two articles..........................

Thanks to M.Franco the following two articles can be followed by our readers. The forwarding letters were submitted to news agencies in Western Massachusetts. Take comfort knowing there are Republicans in our midst that take up the pen for what is right.

Semper fi,


Dear Regional Republicans & Activist Friends:

1. Possessing an ID shows responsibility:

Letter: By Michael McMahon, Agawam, 12/23/11

I was a bit disappointed to see your paper’s stance on the voter ID issue. (“Path to the ballot box must be clear for all,” Dec. 20).

I’m just surprised how anyone cannot be in favor of upholding the integrity of elections. Discriminatory? How can you function in society today without a valid ID?

What if you want to buy a beer, rent a car, or God forbid apply for a job? What happens the day you show up to vote and they tell you “Sorry, it appears you have already voted”?

Also I’m sorry to say if someone has chosen a path through life that doesn’t require an ID - I’m not sure they have earned the responsibility to be trusted with the privilege of casting a ballot.

2. GOP must distance itself from 'crony capitalism':
By Kathy Mailhot, Saturday, December 17, 2011

Freedom does not work...and it has never worked?

That is what the leader of the free world described on December 6, 2011. His statements deeply concern me.

He started by pointing out the fact that we were a country where hard work and personal responsibilities were among our core values. This was a time of prosperity, motivation and ingenuity. It was a time when we allowed capitalism to work.

But since then - we have been in a purposeful gentle slide into socialism with ever expanding government regulations, control and bureaucracies. The natural free market has been transformed into crony capitalism. The greed of the government and corporations has been entwined and continues to fester - scratching each others back at the expense to the citizens of this country.

As both parties have been pushed more to the progressive policies, we have been left with little choice for our elected officials. It is time to take back the Republican Party. The GOP must set itself apart and make a stand. Enough.

Over the years Republicans have considered themselves pro-business. But there is a huge difference between pro-business and pro-free market. A pro-business policy is a veil to more crony capitalism. Both parties bend over to appease large businesses and unions for politic favors. Our country is rotting from the inside and those in power are masters of illusion.

President Obama claims that we are a richer nation and have a stronger democracy. Who is he kidding? How can we be richer with $15 trillion debt that is rising as we continue to give away our sovereignty to the interests of the UN.

As far as being a democracy - we were never a democracy. Our government was deigned as a republic, a republic which is fading. I believe we are a kakistocracy - government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. We cannot continue down this path.

(Mailhot is a candidate for Republican State Committee Woman, Hampshire & Franklin District.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oh! what a tangled web we weave : When first we practice to deceive!

If we are avid gun owners and we do not vote conservative does that mean we are in a pickle?
Caught between bases and we cannot leave the base line. Being tagged out is a certainty. The following is the latest scam for the anti second amendment folks. Read and enjoy thanks to Charlie C.
Semper fi,

Gun Owners of America (GOA)
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:54 The government’s “gun walking” scandal heated up a Capitol Hill hearing this week. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice, but Operation Fast and Furious dominated the discussion. Holder, as he has already done numerous times in testimony before Congress, coninued his practice of stonewalling and deflecting blame for the failed scheme that led to thousands of firearms “walking” across the border into Mexico and into the hands of violent drug cartels. Committee members grilled Holder on misleading Congress, not dealing appropriately with the individuals who called the shots on Fast and Furious and, even worse, for using the guns that the government allowed to “walk” to Mexico as an excuse for greater gun control in the U.S.

Fast and Furious Leading to More Gun Control?
From his opening statement, Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA), a chief congressional investigator looking into Fast and Furious, made clear that gun control, not crime control, is really the main objective of the Obama administration. Rep. Issa pointed to recent ATF regulations to register many long-gun purchasers in southwest border states: The idea that regulations, without any approval of Congress, to create databases in the southwestern states…clearly shows that, in fact, this administration is more interested in building databases, more interested in talking about gun control than actually controlling [the Fast and Furious guns].

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a strong ally of gun owners, further pressed the point, assuring Holder that: If the American people learned that the motivations for [Fast and Furious] was somehow to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the Department’s ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry.

Rep. Franks went on to read from an email between Mark Chait, ATF Field Operations Assistant Director, and Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious. Chait wrote: Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same [licensed gun dealer] and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks. The demand letter Chait was referring to is a regulation (which is in violation of federal laws protecting gun owners’ privacy) requiring more than 8,500 firearms dealers in four states to report multiple sales of long guns to the ATF. In other words, the Justice Department helped to create a huge mess, and is now seeking more authority to regulate firearms to clean it up. At the same time, the Department has taken no action to hold anyone accountable within the government. No Accountability at ATF

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) questioned the Attorney General about holding specific people responsible for the government’s actions. “Who is the person in the United States government that made the decision…to facilitate the guns going to Mexico,” Rep. Poe asked Holder, who claimed not to know.

After the hearing, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren brought up that question to committee member Steve King (R-IA). “Whoever was so stupid to authorize this operation…is still sitting there with the Justice Department because no one will tell us who the one is with such flawed judgment,” Van Susteren said. King replied that, “If Eric Holder will not identify that person or answer that question, you have to wonder if Eric Holder isn’t the person.” Holder remains defiant, and has rebuffed calls to step down or to fire those involved.

GOA Petitions Congress to Get ATF off the Backs of Gun Owners President Obama and his Attorney General are clearly going after American gun owners, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal of more gun control. Eric Holder should be fired immediately for his mishandling of Fast and Furious, and then further investigated for possible criminal wrongdoing. But there needs to be more done, which is why GOA is urging Congress to take firearms out of the ATF’s jurisdiction. The Fast and Furious scandal is not an isolated incident, but just the latest in a long string of abuses by the agency. As far back as 1982, a Senate committee noted that ATF “has trampled upon the second amendment by chilling the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms by law-abiding citizens.” But even in light of its many documented abuses, the agency has continued to grow in its budget, personnel, and mission. This rogue, unconstitutional agency is dedicated to infringing on Americans’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms. And left unchecked, they will regulate it right out of existence. If you haven’t already signed the petition, please do it today. Citing a long string of agency abuses, it asks the Congress to exercise its constitutional authority to get the ATF out of the firearms business. The petition goes directly to your Representative and two Senators. The ATF has abused the rights of gun owners for far too long. If enough Americans make their voices heard, we can do away with this unconstitutional agency.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Where there is smoke – “revisited”

I speak with twenty-eight years of trying to lock up the bad guy, and did I ever make a mistake? Sure, because the jury said so. That’s America. Did I ever persecute or prosecute an innocent person knowingly? No, sometimes there is an unknown factor where a cop is directed to carry out the directions of the court.
Did I ever partake in proactive police work and try to entice a perpetrator to act at a time when they could be arrested? Sure. Did I ever manufacture evidence? No, I never had to. I was chastised by my department once for offering exculpatory evidence so I know it does happen.
So, scrutinizing this article, one of many that I receive daily I made some notes. The contributor is rock solid American Marine. He is the messenger, and we put it out to people that scrutinize information like we all should. All comments have merit. One anonymous comment was that this is all political show. There is some truth to that, it would be, “Who’s Show?” I think I know.

First, the term “Gun Walker ” is used. There is not any mention of “Fast & Furious”(F&F). I think they are playing that down. It was a failure and one would hope that the originators of F&F were demoted for the program’s apparent failure. No, this did not happen, like most governmental programs that fail they are not really abandoned. They are “Revisited,” and usually refinanced with more taxpayer money. Before this happens again it needs a lot of publicity and scrutiny, hopefully court prosecution.
The ground work, when they first mentioned “Straw Purchases” of firearms found to be involved in Mexico. The queen, Hillary Clinton was taking the stage proclaiming our lax gun laws and ability for citizens to purchase guns were the causes of the violence in Mexico. This also occurs at a time that NATO was pressuring the USA about gun sales. Then there were some studies done that found many of the weapons of choice in Mexico including grenades and full auto assault rifles were coming from outside of the country. Small wonder with billions of drug money coming from the US? They could probably beat Iran for a nuclear bomb. Little did the citizens know at the time that this rhetoric was happening, a slip shod government program was taking place. A program that was not planned well by real cops only bureaucrats, Fast and Furious.
Then it all unraveled. Some two hundred (?) plus gun related deaths in Mexico, our own border agent is gunned down and agents are selling out the bosses at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). We find that some seventeen-hundred (?) guns were permitted to be walked across the border by civilians, purchases that would have been stopped by legitimate gun dealers were permitted by the BATF direction. It is so convoluted and diabolical it amazes me. Ollie North was an Altar Boy compared to these morons. It certainly appears that the motivator, had the story not broken and continued to even more extreme violence and death. Then, the weapons to be tracked were not, not that they ever could be safely. The operation was a political move, to benefit who? Well, we can figure it out.
Given the anarchy of Mexico and the looseness of our Homeland Security it was destined to happen. The result would have been major overhaul of our current gun laws and the public would have demanded it. NATO would have used it like a poster of the whiners and the gut-turners would have been out in force. Do the investigators of F&F know? Of course they do. What the F&F did is perpetrate major crime. They contributed to the murders and violence as co-conspirators or entering a joint venture. Knowing the havoc the weaponry could cause and proceeding with the plan anyway is diabolical. What could it be if it was not for monetary gain? Control, power, political power. Not to possibly apprehend anyone, they found out early in the game that did not work. Politics, the worst kind. Ron Emanuel’s get something out of every crisis. Major gun legislation, meant to sap the second amendment, every liberal’s dream. Remember, how they have been reeling since the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in DC on gun ownership? This would have been a major payback regardless of how it weakened the country. Politically nobody would have benefited except the president in his quest for the next election. I imagine the legislation proposal for limitation to civilian gun ownership is kicking around Holder’s office someplace. He telegraphs his chess moves. The Attorney General needs to go.
We have to look how cases are developed on the federal level. They are usually the result of local primary law enforcement information. The information can be from any investigation or arrest where the content of information has the aspects of federal crime. Where the jurisdiction of the crime is across state lines or the Feds have the money to do what is needed with technology. Sometimes like Ruby Ridge it is developed through informants, callous handling of unsubstantiated informants are the worst source of information. Over zealous and inexperienced officers of the law without proper guidance can ruin their career shamefully acting on such information.
Federal Bureaus are constantly attempting to justify their own budgets. The more cases the bigger the budgets, more agents, supervisors and room for patronage jobs. Welcome home politics. This works on every level of government from a small town police force to the FBI. The majority of cases, if there is a qualified person conducting them, can be handled at the lowest level. Every department knows to be successful and grow it is necessary to build your case load. Every cop knows that Federal Bureaus go shopping for anything that state and local departments are ready to throw their way. We are setting the stage where agents develop a case, taking something covered by state statute and making it a federal crime. Why? Publicity, J. Edgar’s philosophy, citizens knowing protection from crime by the Federal Government. The worst thing a citizen can hear, “We are from the federal Government and we are here to help you, “Ronald Reagan
By bringing on the feds local politicians gain the glamour, local police are flipped a few fringes. Local law enforcement attending federal academies or specialized equipment, the buddy syndrome. The only people losing are the tax payers and if it makes their local cop a better one, why not?
While we are at it, what about T. McVeigh and Oklahoma City? A former GI, an alleged anarchist, militia member blows up a federal building with massive homemade explosives. He quietly and decisively creates the bomb and the plan, allegedly almost alone, with some superficial help. He displayed about as much emotion as Charlie Manson. A character flaw has to be special for the destruction of innocent people to make a statement, retaliation for Waco?  Come on! That is a weak motive. I read somewhere, where he (Country boy McVeigh) visited the Philippine Islands on a regular vacation, of course he never went anywhere else, that I know of. Strange, my last visit there I recall Muslim and Communist presence. He probably just had some extra money to blow, that is a pun. If he had his vehicle registered correctly and the trooper had not stopped him after the bombing it could have been one of the mysteries of our lifetime. We still do not have the whole story. We got him executed in a hurry, thank goodness we did not waterboard him, that would have been cruel.
The mention of Ruby Ridge is disgusting. I do not know who is the bigger fool here? The agent that entices someone to cut off a gun barrel for good bucks or the idiot that does it. We know it takes a fifty-cent hack saw blade to do the job and any dope can do it. It cost Randy Weaver a wife and son. Read the case, you decide. It goes into depth how Weaver was begging the government to recognize he was being set up.   It was not right and innocent people died.
Moving to Waco. Branch Davidians, David Koresh was a gun dealer and whack job. The ATF knew it and they gave him a federal firearms license. They felt he was violating something. Really? He was only buying guns and not selling any? Strange, for a gun dealer. Provisions of the license include agents can come into the registered premises and do an inventory and records check at any time. I think it came out in the trial he was trying to comply with that to keep his license. They could have shut him down and they did not. They could have arrested him away from the compound and they did not.
On February 28, 1993, the BATF went on an armed confrontation that they expected to win with an overwhelming force. Apparently that was a false premise as six Dividians were killed, Koresh was wounded with his father in-law, four BATF agents were killed and the confrontation lasted for another fifty-one days. It ended with a 6 hour military tank siege using inflammatory material that burned the compound down on a windy day. That was great planning if all the inhabitants were hostiles, for my mind they were like any other hostage captives. I had four years as a hostage negotiator and I believe the job done at Waco was amateurism. Thirty four children and nineteen women died that day. There are many more specifics but each time I hear the name Janet Reno or Janet Nepolitano I grow nauseous.
So, revisiting the past atrocities of government at work. It is great we can talk about them, we should be working toward preventing them from happening again. We need to see where the aggression starts and what the motive truly is. “Where there is smoke” is such an article to awaken the populace. If you find substance in it good. If you don’t, and it gets your skivvies in a knot we have your attention. I think one comment called it hyperbole. Sure, how many dead does it take to make it not exaggerated? Waco, Oklahoma City, Ruby Ridge, Fast & Furious if that is hyperbole, I’m your grand-mother. Another comment was about who is doing the articles and how it is written and the character of the reporter. I did not check, I did not consider the article to be extremely good but it was a door opener. Another, worried about all who are bringing attention to government out of control. Who is going to rein them in Sunshine, if the citizens don’t? Our only weapon is who we vote for, use it wisely.  We also must realize that this is not something we will find "in truth" in the Berkshire Eagle.
Semper fi,

If we do not need a border fence in the Southwest, why around the White House?  Fences are not control?  We should take them down at the airports too, that could be monitored by hundreds of rattle snakes and coyotes as well.  The  facts are they do work, I question the motives of anyone that says they do not.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Where there is smoke!

Where will this lead? Will we ever get justice? I am sure it is in many more places on the blog but this is forwarded by our USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant Tom C.  There is some material here that I was not familiar with and some that I do not agree with.  It does raise questions as to what is going on.
Take the time and read this. It is not a fairy tale. This was originally thought that it would rock DOJ. Newsweek gutted the story—but it is a story nonetheless. Anyone that knows what actually transpired in Ruby Ridge and Waco knows that there was a full court press cover up. The Oklahoma City bombing is another matter and is getting further scrutiny. Screw ups by our government are buried—real deep.
Confidential informants who are participating in the Congressional probe of the Project Gunwalker (Operation Fast and Furious) scandal have now zeroed in on the FBI connection. Such a connection has been hinted at in the past, but information relayed today shows that FBI involvement was much deeper than anyone imagined.
The investigation into Gunwalker has revealed a scandal involving multiple departments of the Obama Administration–Justice, FBI, ATF, ICE, DEA, DHS, and State. These connections have been verified through previously hidden emails and documents, and sworn testimony of whistleblowers.
But the FBI connection is one that could be potentially the biggest one yet, indicating that the bureau not only was involved in Gunwalker but has been up to its neck in a scandal all its own–a program called ‘PATCON,’ or ‘Patriot Conspiracy.’
A paid confidential informant enlisted under PATCON indicated a long history of the covert program spanning several decades which include such debacles as the Ruby Ridge murders, the Waco murders of a religious cult, the Oklahoma City bombing, and Project Gunwalker.
Vanderboegh stated, Newsweek Magazine had received this information which they had planned to include in a major story today, according to citizen investigative journalist Mike Vanderboegh. But before the story went to press, the facts were gutted out of the final copy. There is no mention of PATCON or its various tyrannical operations that have resulted in countless deaths.
I also knew from sources, living and dead, that PATCON was the worst scandal that the FBI ever perpetrated. PATCON could sink the FBI, perhaps permanently, and along with the Gunwalker Scandal, totally discredit the teflon coating that the Bureau has excreted around its corrupt core and thoroughly debunk the myth that the FBI is anything but an agency of arsonists posing as firemen.
Finally, I knew that Newsweek would run the story tomorrow. I have been hinting about this story for weeks, and now it was about to happen.
But Newsweek editor Tina Brown nixed the heart of the story by removing key facts concerning the paid confidential informant, PATCON, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the OKC bombing, and the Clinton Administration.
Confidential sources who are cooperating with the Congressional probe of Gunwalker indicate that the FBI and the White House were so frightened by the prospects of this story getting out to the public that they used the authority and power of their government offices to pressure Newsweek to omit key facts. And that they did. The story, which was published today, makes no mention of the bombshell information that makes the story the story.
What we have, instead, is a non-story.
The Daily Beast, by the way, is now a part of the Washington Post-Newsweek family of ‘news’ organizations.
But what Newsweek wishes to hide is shouted from the housetops by Vanderboegh, who has a wealth of information about PATCON through his many undercover contacts in the government. That wealth of information includes the following:
There are many rumors and individual bits of fact that have drifted out about PATCON over the years — Stories of FBI informants and undercover assets giving taxpayer-funded operational assistance — including weapons, explosives and money — to neoNazi and racist terrorists to cement their relationships with the criminals; Reports that an operation that began with real concerns about racist terrorist groups like The Order was expanded to include mere political opponents of the Clinton administration and the defensive-oriented constitutional militias; Reports of a similar operation called VAAPCON, “Violence Against Abortion Providers,” using the same tactics; Reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center was hip-deep as a partner to the FBI in PATCON; Reports of FBI penetration of the news media, religious institutions and the ranks of politicians of both parties, who very usefully expanded the FBI’s power and reach and who provided political cover when the curtain slipped. Oklahoma lawyer and journalist J.D. Cash once told me that “there isn’t a neoNazi or racist group in the country that isn’t operationally controlled by the FBI.” Did that include the Aryan Republican Army and the Oklahoma City bombing? I asked. “Certainly,” he replied. So, the prospect of a story in a major news magazine about PATCON must have given the FBI a severe case of the old rectal looseness.
This information has broad repercussions for the continuing investigation into the OKC bombing being conducted by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, whose brother was killed in the attack. There is evidence that the Clinton Administration used the FBI to squelch any talk of broader connections in the bombing in order to propagate the ‘lone bomber’ theory.
For more information into PATCON, consult this document, which was posted today by National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life -W Churchill

Thursday, November 10, 2011

To all Marines and followers of our Corps.

To all Marines.  Our Birthday, November 10.  Happy Birthday Marines.  Two hundred and thirty-six years ago it all began in Tun Tavern.   An armed amphibious force was assembled to combat any terrorist force threatening our country.  The fight could be taken to them.  This has been the decisive act preventing foreign invasion for one hundred and ninety-nine years.  In 1812, we did not take the fight to Britain and coincidently they invaded America.  They were the last foreign invaders and it cost them dearly.  It was a lesson learned by the United States, and could only be put aside by those who wish to see America fail.

In 1775, the Colonies soon to be the United States were besieged by foreign tyrants. We were under tyrannical control and absurd taxes were being levied.  The tax revenue was being returned to the Monarchy and bureaucracy in Britain to be squandered on their lavish life style.  Corruption was rampant, our borders were not secure and there were pirates on the high seas.  Actually, this is almost the same scenario today, of course we have added to the danger.

Our armed forces, our Marine Corps, know what it is to taste our own blood.  That blood mixed with the taste of foreign soil we endure to protect our homeland.  America we love you.  Thank you for giving us two hundred and thirty-six years to serve you.  We will always be here to answer the call.

When tyrants attempt to diminish our Corps, we will grow stronger.  This is not Memorial Day, a day we honor our departed.  It is our birthday.  Tomorrow is our future.  Tomorrow, America will still need a few good men willing to lay their lives on the line for our freedom.  We know the difference, we are ready, we know what to do and we do it well, in spite of all adversity.

God Bless and Semper Fi,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Proposed 28th amendment

Amending the Constitution, so-called 28th amendment.  We have all received this in an email.
To clarify this message, the proposal is in plain print, my opinions in blue, links are in pale.print.

I have received this several times in the last two years.   It was proposed almost to the letter in 2008-2009-2010 now 2011. I don't mind getting it as a social issue. Disturbing,  people  forwarding it do not understand the process. It would seem we  start by forwarding emails and then we get involved, attend rallies, support good candidates and work against bad politicians. If we do nothing that is what we get, nothing.  It is all we can ever hope for, nothing. Our grandchildren's future is hopeless.   Ours as we age and become more vulnerable is bleak.  It sounds cold and negative but I am afraid it is reality.  Please, continue if you have time.

Amending the constitution appears to be easy, sounding great, and it has merit.  However, the originators of this message formulating the 28th amendment forget a few minor details.   It is not a simple task.  We had a health care battle that lasted for 2.5 years and will continue on for months to come and 60% of the people were against it. Washington does what it wants, when it wants. Their self-interest and quest for greed override the American public's. This would not be in the best interest of anyone aligned with enablement from the government. Enabled are, illegal immigrants, unions or each time we look for government intervention or involvement  we qualify. The special interest groups are the people with the death grip on our politicians, they put them in office and keep them in office regardless of ineptness.   People that work, pay taxes, good Americans are not standing together. Our personal ideologies without compromise divide us rendering us vulnerable.  We are overwhelmed by special interest groups.  Frankly, the people that receive enablement and do not pay taxes outnumber the people that do at the polls. If we demonize millionaires, the politicians gain the support of the enabled population and they in turn take from the middle class.  I know.  They are proposing social change of increasing the middle class by diminishing the wealth of the affluent making them part of  the middle class.  The demonetization of wealth and success are concept of Socialism, Marxism and Socialism.  It also appears to be prevalent in the Muslim culture.

This e-mail proposal is inaccurate, at best it shows imagination. Congress is not going to shoot itself in the foot unless controlled with a majority of two thirds (66%) Tea Party candidates, in the Republican or Democratic party, both in the House and the Senate. We'll all be dead by that time, but we can hope. The alternative is that 2/3 of the states (34) would have to call for a constitutional convention.  Three-quarters (37) would have to ratify the proposals. There are a lot of Blue (Democrat) states out there that would not even entertain these proposals.  Do you think Massachusetts would entertain such a proposal?  So, that is where we stand, change the music, change the dance. We need a responsive two party systems in every state accountable to the Taxpayer, not unions, or illegal immigrants, or special interest groups. Tea Party scrutinized, they cannot do it by themselves apparently?

Here is one we can all agree on. (No, we cannot agree)
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Because of the Vietnam War and not wanting to serve in a war zone, there were riots in every major American City. We were on the edge of anarchy. Simple! No, very distressing that people have such short memories. The people demanded it. That was in 1971 . . . before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones. This is a refresher of the early 70's.  We were on the fringes of anarchy. I don't think anyone wants to revisit people being shot in the streets by the military. The prudent approach is who we vote out, and whom we vote in. Deciding on what movie to watch tonight or ball game to view, or what to have for dinner 
is important.  Just forwarding the message to ease our conscience is not going to accomplish much.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land . . . all because of public pressure. This is silly and does not need addressing.  I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

If it is only going to take three days why have I received it many times in the last 24 months? Can you hear me now?  In the 2010 Elections Massachusetts still voted in the same caliber of people, this emphasized apathy of the voters. Only we can help ourselves out of the rut.

Proposed Congressional Reform Act of 2011 - Great, with a TEA Party, President, Senate and House we could get it.
1. Term Limits. - 12 years only, one of the possible options below..
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office (they are not of the same stature as the President). True, it is a miracle that so many start relatively failures economically and leave public office wealthy.  

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. They have since 1984.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. They do, but with a six to eight million dollar budget per Senate office and a  four million dollar per Representative's office it is a little easier. Budgets scrutinized?   They steal more during their term in office than most Americans can make in a lifetime. Nobody leaves office that is not very wealthy that I can find. The kicker is their re-election  campaign funds and the creative ways to keep the money.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. How about if the price of oil and food goes up, their salary decreases?
Decrease, is the key word here. If they are not watchful, they lose, never mind about not getting more. They lose with us that are retired. The 27th amendment to the constitution to limit the salaries of Congress, it has never been endorsed in Massachusetts. We really need to change the music in this state.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the one they saw fit to put into law for the American people. This will be cured once we scrap Obamacare. Sixty percent (60%) of Americans did not want it but Congress did so anyway, we got it. It is now rumored that there are provisions that we cannot get out of. Our only real hope is that the Supreme Court Review of this declares it unconstitutional.

7. Congress must equally abide by ALL laws they impose on the American people. They do, but we must take into account those that have a past/present criminal record or character disorder.  Unsavory politicians are kept in office by misinformed constituents. Change the music, change the dance. I think any crime associated with the public office held (public trust) would have a minimum sentence resulting in a 10-year incarceration. We know what crooks are about our last three speakers of the house in Massachusetts  were indicted, all Democrat..

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. We're a little late, of course this letter comes around often.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time. Great concept! Now let's tell them the truth and stop the bull.

This is where we need to get a grip on reality.  We could join our local Tea Party or get involved with  discussion groups.  Forwarding a message is not going to solve the problems of the country.  It is a little more complex.  You only forward it to get more people off their butts and into the street. If you do not care, roll over and have another beer.   The people occupying lower Manhattan do not want their enablement to end and are working toward that goal.  They want more of what they have not worked for.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS! You care if you are reading this.  Take the extra step and get involved. Let's declare the game over and send the present team in the White House to the showers. If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete this message, you are one of my 20+. Please keep it going. Nothing, I repeat, nothing is cured by petitions they are a voice but that voice has to be backed up by public support at demonstrating our objections and support in opposition to what we do not want. Tea Party Candidates at the polls?  I really don’t see a more creative solution.  I have mentioned the Tea Party several times and realize there are readers that do not enjoy the concept.  I could take a moment to explain our options:
If we are Republican, we can attempt to nominate good candidates.  Understand their platform of commitments and hold them accountable, they work for us. This is a Tea Party concept.
 If we are Democrat, conservative, please, we need to weigh our options to get the government that is best for us.  Often we find we share the same ideals.  Make the candidate of your choosing accountable.
If you are an Independent, get involved.  A conservative Independent is a fence sitter.   Having one vote that is in all likelihood, not the deciding vote but in conjunction with other conservative voters, it is a beginning.
At some point like I did after 34 years I got sick of sitting on my hands.   The time would be probably better spent improving the Republican Party and voting in unity.  For whatever is wrong with it there is nothing so distasteful that it can not marginalized. If you are a Liberal voter, I wish you luck, we are not on the same team.  We'll carry and take care of you.  Try not to be such a burden.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

It is only a matter of time, manana!.

Thanks to an astute contributor, LA.,  Gary Renal, of the Boston Herald Staff contributed an article in regards to what it has cost Massachusetts for illegal immigrants to have medical care.  In his article he states there are fifty-five thousand on our dime, to the tune of ninety-three million dollars annually.    Last year there were some Federal estimates based on fifty thousand immigrants and their estimates for food stamps and essentials was over  three million a week.  When they added in the health care, incarceration of prisoners and public education it came to 1.2 billion dollars a year.  So, there is close to a billion discrepancy of course that is half of our usual deficit.  Either way, it a lot of money.  Maybe in time we will get a better estimate?
Is there any way we can blame this on Bush?  This would not have been brought to light if freshman Republican representative Lyons had not pressed the issue.  He started last May and it only took five months to get an answer.  In some parts of the state the 2010 elections did make a difference.

enjoy the read... Thank you LA.....(law angel)

FINALLY: Rep. James J. Lyons Jr. staged a sit-in in the House chambers two weeks ago to get the Patrick administration to release details on what the state’s free health care to illegal aliens cost taxpayers last year.

Pol gets action!

Gets Patrick to admit high cost of illegals’ health care

By Gary J. Remal
A dogged freshman lawmaker who refused to budge from the House chambers earlier this month until the Patrick administration came clean on how much taxpayers coughed up last year for free health care to illegal aliens finally got his answer yesterday: a whopping $93 million.
“I didn’t think it would take as much work as it did to answer such a simple question about how our tax dollars are spent,” state Rep. James J. Lyons Jr. told the Herald yesterday.
“My whole goal was to get the information and open the process up. (MassHealth spending) is a third of the state budget. That was what we highlighted to (Health and Human Services) Secretary (JudyAnn) Bigby.”
The 58-year-old Andover Republican — who bucked Beacon Hill by holding a sit-in in the House chambers two weeks ago — pried the shocking report from state officials. It showed that nearly 55,000 illegal immigrants received more than $93 million in MassHealth benefits for emergency medical services last year.
Watchdogs predicted that the report is likely to inspire deeper questions about the state’s lavish spending on health care for illegals. The staggering medical bill for poor and jobless residents was supposed to level off under the Bay State’s landmark universal health insurance plan enacted five years ago under the aegis of then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

“It is sad that Rep. Lyons was forced to hold up business on Beacon Hill to get basic information that should be part of the yearly budget process,” said Joshua Archambault, director of health-care policy at the conservative Pioneer Institute in Boston.
“This issue deserves further investigation. Simply put, the administration has failed to set up robust program integrity features, many of which were part of the health-care reform law passed five years ago,” Archambault said.
However, another state budget watchdog said the report — which showed the state doled out more than $9.5 billion to more than a million low-income families — doesn’t reveal how much the bill for illegals has increased since the system was overhauled in 2006.
“It would be interesting to know what it was in 2005 or ’06,” said David G. Tuerck of Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute. “It’s too bad it took forever to get this information from these people.”
Lyons began pushing the Patrick administration for a full accounting of all state spending on illegal immigrants last May.
In her letter, Bigby apologized to Lyons for his long wait. Her spokeswoman explained that it took time to get “a thorough and accurate” accounting of the spending.
Lyons took a gracious stance. “I think this opens the lines of communication with the administration, and this administration recognizes that openness and transparency are something we are very serous about. This is a good first step,” he said.
“But we started this process in May, and here we are in October, so hopefully it will be a little quicker than this next time.”

Man is not free unless government is limited.
Ronald Reagan

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Opening Rounds, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Here we are!!!!!!
I do not believe there is anything similar in place for what I intend to do here.  I am Vice-Chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association.   There are various Facebook discussions going on all the time that I have difficulty following as I have such a poor internet connection.  My intention is to create another sounding board for message posting for people with similar internet problems either with technology or for the world to acknowledge. Sometimes that is not desirable.

We are forming a new web page at the BCRA and this will be incorporated into it over time.  With your help we can make this work.  It should assist everyone with content of information  that comes by way of of the Association, officially or otherwise.  We are a political action committee that embraces conservative and moderate Republican Candidates.  Our strength is derived from virtue and love of America.

Bear with me until we are up and running.   Mistakes are inevitable.  Our address will be 

So, Lets begin...........

Discussions can be about, not limited to:
Opening dialog  -  Tell me how you feel about this blog.. 
Any information concerning the Berkshire County Republican Association
Any political involvement in the U.S.A., Massachusetts, especially Berkshire County
Berkshire County Republican Assoc.- Where we have been, where we are and our future
National Deficit -  the economy, taxes in general, status of employment-Jobs?
Illegal Immigration -  catalyst to most if not all the problems, can we fix it?
The right to own and carry firearms - 2nd amendment support - Mon Labe?
National Border Security - What do we need?
Enablement-earned-Social Security, Medicare, Pensions
Enablement-unearned- Welfare, child care, Food Stamps, Medicaid
The Tea Party - Where Do You Stand?
Military-maintaining defense, war, serving and service to, status of America's military might, The Marines - be careful there are reasons why we win

Future Political Candidates
Religion - Your Call
Obamacare - Love it or leave it?
Voting in Berkshire County
Voter Identification - Legitimacy?  Probably the only thing government does not know.
Republican Events - Who - What - Where - When - Why ?  Tell us
Law Enforcement - Good - Bad - Indifferent - Our Criminal Justice System

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Ronald Reagan