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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Progressive Roots of Zoning #tcot

Samuel R. Staley
April 2012 • Volume: 62 • Issue: 3

Before the twentieth century land-use and housing disputes were largely dealt with through courts using the common-law principle of nuisance. In essence if your neighbor put a building, factory, or house on his property in a way that created a measurable and tangible harm, courts could intervene on behalf of a complainant to force compensation or stop the action. This pro-property rights approach maximized liberty and minimized the ability of citizens and elected officials to politicize the development process.

This changed with the Progressive movement. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Progressives argued that government should become more professional. Rather than being limited, government should use its resources to pursue the “public interest,” loosely defined as whatever the general public decided through democratic processes was the proper scope of government. Legislatures and, by extension, city commissions made up of elected citizens would set policy and goals while a cadre of trained professionals would use the techniques of scientific management to implement policies. One of the leading Progressives of the day, Woodrow Wilson, was skeptical of the value of elected bodies such as Congress because they interfered with scientific management of government.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Proposed UN Environmental Constitution For The World Would Establish An Incredibly Repressive System Of Global Governance

Most people have no idea that the United Nations has been drafting an environmental constitution for the world that is intended to supersede all existing national laws.  This document has a working title of "Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development" and you can read the entire thing right here.  Work on this proposed world environmental constitution has been going on since 1995, and the fourth edition was issued to UN member states on September 22nd, 2010.  This document is intended to become a permanent binding treaty and it would establish an incredibly repressive system of global governance.  This "covenant", as it is being called, claims authority over the entire global environment and everything that affects it.  Considering the fact that everything that we do affects the environment in some way, that would mean that this document would become the highest form of law for all human activity.  This proposed UN environmental constitution for the world is incredibly detailed.  The U.S. Constitution only has 7 articles, but the UN document has 79 articles.  If the U.S. eventually ratifies this treaty, any national, state or local laws that conflict with this covenant will be null and void.  This is potentially one of the greatest threats to our national sovereignty that we have ever seen and we need to warn the American people about it.

Essentially what this proposed environmental covenant does is it takes the sustainable development principles underlying Agenda 21 and turns them into global constitutional law.

All parties to this new constitution would be forced to turn their nations into centrally-planned societies where all decisions about everything are evaluated within the framework of sustainable development.

If the United States became a party to this treaty, America would become a paradise for control freaks.  Basic decisions about what you eat, about what you wear, about where you live, about how big a family you can have and about what activities you could engage in on a daily basis would be dictated by the mandates in the global constitution.

If you doubt this, just read the document.


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Know your White House Czars #tcot

by Jim Colter
It is one thing to constantly focus on the messengers as they attempt to deliver their stream of psychological abuse, but quite another to go after more serious sources of the attacks upon our society.
But remember those responsible for pulling the stings will be found here.  A link to CFR's website. Up to now, we have only been dealing with the tentacles.  Time we move on to the controllers? ...closer to the heart of the beast. 
Jim is a retired Navy Captain who does consulting for foreign companies trying to market in the US.  He created this. The link above is most informative, but that's not all...
Now you can scroll down to see pictures and brief descriptions of some 30-odd Czars that work within Barack's Executive Branch.    All, without Congressional approval.

Richard Holbrooke
Afghanistan Czar
Ultra liberal anti-gun. Pro-Abortion and pro- drug legalization. Wants to dissolve the 2nd Amendment
Correction: Subject was mistakenly cited as a former governor of N. Mexico. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Supreme Court rebukes EPA in landmark property rights case | CFACT

Supreme Court rebukes EPA in landmark property rights case | CFACT

Rare 9-0 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court affirms property owners' right to challenge the decrees of federal agencies and receive due process of law.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax: Entertaining with an Environmental Agenda

FRIDAY, 02 MARCH 2012 16:08
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a film about the disappearance of trees, which have since been replaced by imitations, and the pursuit of two teens anxious to get their hands on some real live greenery. Therefore, there is a predictable environmentalist undertone coupled with anti-capitalist sentiment. However, the film’s anti-tyrannical subtext and focus on friendship and peace may just redeem the movie for some audiences, and its innocence and entertainment value could make it a prime choice for this weekend’s family film.
The Lorax focuses on a young high school student named Ted (Zac Efron) who is trying to win the affections of his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift) by granting her biggest desire: to see a real tree. In their town of Thneedville, real trees are no longer in existence, as the town is highly industrialized, and none of the residents seem to recall the exact moment or cause for the trees’ disappearance.
Thneedville is a walled up city ruled by the tyrannical Mayor O’Hare (Rob Riggie), who is also the head of O’Hare Air, which supplies the highly polluted Thneedville with clean air. Government collusion at its best … bears a stark similarity to the Chicago Climate Exchange and its close ties to President Obama, but I digress.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DICED is UN’s Environmental Constitution for the World

- Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I am sure there are many Americans who have no idea nor care what “The Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development” (DICED) is. They should. Some call the Draft Covenant “Agenda 21 on steroids” while others see it as the “Environmental Constitution of global governance.”cfp-banner-because

The first version of the Covenant was presented to the United Nations in 1995 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. It was hoped that it would become a negotiating document for a global treaty on environmental conservation and sustainabledevelopment.

The fourth version of the Covenant, issued on September 22, 2010, was written to control all development tied to the environment, “the highest form of law for all human activity.’

Goldberg: To heal government, go local

The best solution to our current mess might be disempowering the national elite and allowing more decision-making at the state and local levels.

By Jonah Goldberg

March 20, 2012

Representatives walk down the House steps to leave for the Christmas holiday on Dec. 20, 2011. "Pushing government decisions down to the lowest democratic level possible -- while protecting basic civil rights -- guarantees that more people will have a say in how they live their lives," writes Jonah Goldberg. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

The bleating about broken government and partisanship continues. Why can't those boobs in Washington agree on anything? We're constantly told that the way to fix the country is to dethrone the left and right and empower the middle. Handing things over to these middling mincers and half-a-loafers — Americans Elect, No Labels, the "gangs" of six or 14, conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans — is supposed to be the answer to all of our problems.

Invasion of Spain

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What happened to those 50 states?

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Executive Order -- Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to forge a partnership with local communities to provide them with comprehensive technical assistance to use and compete for Federal resources more effectively and efficiently, which will enable them to develop and implement economic strategies to become more competitive, sustainable, and inclusive, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Policy.  Cities, towns, and regions across our Nation continue to face difficult economic challenges.  Enhancing current Federal assistance is helping to lift communities out of distress.  To allow the Federal Government to better partner with these local communities to build local capacity to address economic issues, and to support comprehensive planning and regional collaboration, my Administration established the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) pilot initiative.  By partnering with cities and regions to augment their vision for stability and economic growth, the SC2 was designed to help communities strengthen their capacity to create jobs and more competitive business climates, and implement locally driven community and regional planning approaches that lead to sustained economic growth, as well as ensure that Federal assistance is more efficiently provided and used.
This order improves the way the Federal Government engages with and supports local communities by better aligning resources and coordinating efforts across executive departments and agencies (agencies) so that communities across the country have access to comprehensive, localized technical assistance and planning resources to develop and implement their economic vision and strategies.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wake Up, Panetta: UN, U.S. Have Opposing Interests

"I should know: I helped infiltrate the UN for Ceaucescu."

On March 7, 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated in the U.S. Congress that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reacted to Secretary Panetta’s statement, saying:
I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat. … The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president, and the law, and the Constitution.[i]
I paid with two death sentences for the privilege of becoming an American, I deeply love my adoptive country, and I highly esteem her leaders. But, with all due respect for Secretary Panetta, I have to say that his view reminds me of Ceausescu, who used to state over, and over, and over:
I wrote the Constitution! I will re-write it.
In 1988 when I became an American citizen, I ended the few words I said as a sign of my gratitude with the last paragraph of William Tyler Page’s creed:
It is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
I also have good reason to believe that the UN is not interested in defending the United States. In my other life, when I was one of the top members of the Soviet bloc espionage community, one of our main assignments was to turn the UN against the United States. We in the Soviet bloc poured millions of dollars and thousands of people into that gigantic project. Virtually all UN employees and representatives from the communist countries — comprising a third of the world’s population — and from our Arab allies were secretly working for our espionage services. Our strategy was to convert the centuries-old European and Islamic animosity toward the Jews into a rabid and violent hatred for the United States by portraying it as a country run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion” (the Kremlin’s epithet for the U.S. Congress), which allegedly wanted to transform the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


By Michael Shaw

March 12, 2012

Recently, several have called for the municipal creation of Property Rights Councils (PRC). The argument is that government officials need input for this “special interest.” Paul Coble of Wake County, North Carolina argued for the establishment of a property right council there because he says, “I cannot rely on the Commissioners being prepared or equipped with constitutional knowledge.”

You mean to say that people are elected to office not understanding their oaths of office to the Constitution! Who is voting for these people? Perhaps that is where the problem lies.Benjamin Franklin told us in 1787: “You have a republic if you can keep it.” We have not kept it. Children are not taught that America is a republic. Most adults think America is a democracy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Union teachers discuss pushing Marxism in elementary and high school classrooms #tcot

by Joel McDurmon on Mar 9, 2012

The video description explains: "Sarah Knopp, a Los Angeles teachers union leader (in the Tax the Rich shirt) and Megan Behrent a New York City teacher affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, explain how to push Marxism in the public school classroom."

The first half of the video is a bit difficult to hear as Knopp's voice is muted. She explains how a student-led strike in Puerto Rico was influenced because the students had been inspired by teachers went on strike before them. The students just mimicked their socialist teachers. Knopp comments,

What can you do to empower students to fight for justice [a Marxist code word]? Fighting for our own justice is one of the best things we can do to set an example.

(FYI: "Justice" normally means having things right by the rule of law. When used by conservatives it means private property and individual responsibility for your actions. When Marxists, Socialists, and other miscreants use the word, the redistribution of property by government coercion is built into it. By fighting for "justice," these types mean fighting to have government give them and theirs more of the money you earn.)
It gets better.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Floridians Are About To Get Raped - Again

Posted 2012-03-05 10:01
by Karl Denninger
in Editorial
Ignore this thread  
You'd think that the "nobody committed any crimes" crowd could muscle up some objection to this sort of bill, but it appears they haven't and won't.
Indeed, the very working title of the bill is a fraud -- "The Florida Fair Foreclosure Act."
It is in fact nothing of the sort.
Any time I see a bill that replaces the word "shall" with the word "may" in virtually every instance, and it is almost-impossible to find instances of the opposite, the hair goes up on the back of my neck.  The word shall is an important one in statutory construction, as it imposes hard limits on conduct and leaves no wiggle room, where the word "may" leaves ultimate discretion to people who are, in many cases, unelected and unaccountable.
There is exactly one good thing in this bill which will be trumpeted I'm sure by its apologists -- it purports to limit deficiency judgments (which are allowed in Florida) to an amount that "may not exceed the difference between the judgment amount or, in the case of a short sale, the outstanding debt and the fair market value of the property on the date of sale."
The problem with this alleged "limit" is the words "outstanding debt", not "outstanding principal."  Words matter, you see, and it is the practice of banks and servicers to lard up a foreclosure with junk fees such as force-placed insurance that they themselves own, turning a service not provided into an iron-clad debt with the stroke of a pen.  Then there are process service fees that are 3, 5, even 10 times what you'd actually pay a real process server, and this assumes you got actual service (in many cases we have documented sewer service in this state.)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Conscience Lost in Vast Verbal Oceania of Obamacare

Heritage Foundation Link

Action Alert- Possible Tax Increase (Medicaid) |

Action Alert- Possible Tax Increase (Medicaid)

'via Blog this'

I spoke with a lobbyist from the Florida Small County Coalition yesterday. He asked for TTPN assistance on an issue they are working on. The matter has been reviewed by our Steering Committee, and this action alert has been authorized. The issue revolves around Medicaid payments, and is in HB 5301. The State is wanting all counties to pay costs that they may not have incurred, or may already have paid. This would lead to local tax increases to pay for the added expense. We are opposed to this bill, as it is not a proper use of tax dollars and is fiscally irresponsible.
Read the bill (click to read)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blasphemy and Free Speech - #tcot

February 2012

Paul Marshall
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute

Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., on February 3, 2012.

A growing threat to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults to” religion, especially Islam. Resulting restrictions represent, in effect, a revival of blasphemy laws.

Few in the West were concerned with such laws 20 years ago. Even if still on some statute books, they were only of historical interest. That began to change in 1989, when the late Ayatollah Khomeini, then Iran’s Supreme Leader, declared it the duty of every Muslim to kill British-based writer Salman Rushdie on the grounds that his novel, The Satanic Verses, was blasphemous. Rushdie has survived by living his life in hiding. Others connected with the book were not so fortunate: its Japanese translator was assassinated, its Italian translator was stabbed, its Norwegian publisher was shot, and 35 guests at a hotel hosting its Turkish publisher were burned to death in an arson attack.

More recently, we have seen eruptions of violence in reaction to Theo van Gogh’s and Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s film Submission, Danish and Swedish cartoons depicting Mohammed, the speech at Regensburg by Pope Benedict XVI on the topic of faith, reason, and religious violence, Geert Wilders’ film Fitna, and a false Newsweek report that the U.S. military had desecrated Korans at Guantanamo. A declaration by Terry Jones—a deservedly obscure Florida pastor with a congregation of less than 50—that he would burn a Koran on September 11, 2010, achieved a perfect media storm, combining American publicity-seeking, Muslim outrage, and the demands of 24 hour news coverage. It even drew the attention of President Obama and senior U.S. military leaders. Dozens of people were murdered as a result.