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Hamilton County (TN) Residents Against Annexation, August 01, 2009

August 1, 2009

The proponents of bigger government are at it again.

If you believe smaller government is responsible government, check out the link below.

Annexation is nothing more than the city/county practicing eminent  domain on a large scale by using fear tactics to entice the unwitting to abide with the greedy proponents of an ever-expanding government.

The term…“Services” should be scrutinized thoroughly. You don’t always get what you pay for. Take the largest employer within the physical boundaries of Hamilton County into consideration… The Hamilton County Department of Education. If that’s not enough to prove that METRO GOVERNMENT is over-bloated and out of control of “We the People”, what is?

Thanks for visiting.

www.hcraa.org/

Self-Defense-June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

Dear Council Members,

I hope you are all having a restful and relaxing summer.  Even though I
have had conflicts which have caused me to miss the last couple of
Council meetings, I continue to follow developments in our community
through the media and I am as committed as ever to keeping our Town a
great place to live.

Let me begin by thanking you for holding the line on the Town budget and
avoiding a tax increase.  In a year when the economy is in deep
recession and properties are being reappraised by the county (leading to
a de facto tax increase for some citizens) it is more important than
ever for local government to live within its means.  You are to be
commended for tightening the Town’s belt rather than imposing a tax
increase on residents who would have a very difficult time coming up
with the money.

I would also like to thank you for asking the Planning Commission to
review the SROZ zoning put in place by your predecessors several years
ago.  There are good reasons why those council members were recalled.
One is the existence of the SROZ itself, but the second and more
important reason was the arrogant dismissal of the views of their
constituents on the part of those elected officials.  I trust you will
not fall into the same trap.

With that in mind, I would like to share with you my opinion on the bill
recently enacted by our General Assembly in Nashville regarding the
legalization of handgun carry by permit holders in state and local
parks.  Specifically, I strongly urge you not to exercise the “opt out”
provision that (in my opinion) was unwisely included by legislators.

As one of hundreds of thousands of Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit
holders (and one of hundreds in our community), I have demonstrated my
responsibility as a gun owner by taking and passing a state-approved
safety course including classroom instruction on the law as well as a
marksmanship test on the firing range.  I have also submitted to a
criminal background check and have been found to be responsible enough
to be trusted to carry a weapon for defensive purposes in public.  If I
am responsible enough to be approved to carry a weapon in Wal-Mart,
Pruett’s, or (now) O’Charley’s or Friday’s, I feel I am equally as
responsible to carry a weapon in any of our municipal parks.

While I think Signal Mountain’s parks are among the safest anywhere, and
I never feel threatened in our community, I feel the principle of
self-defense rights for law-abiding citizens is important to uphold
everywhere.  The shootings by a crazed gunman at Virginia Tech prove
that no place, however laid-back or pastoral, is immune to violence.  It
is an obvious fact that criminals and lunatics, paying no attention to
the law, will be armed wherever they go.  The only way that sane,
law-abiding citizens can even the odds is to reserve the right to arm
themselves as a deterrent and counterbalance to those who mean us harm.
Even though I rarely, if ever, feel the need to go armed in Signal
Mountain, I often pass through our local community – parks included – on
the way to other, less safe locations.  Disarming me – or other
law-abiding citizens – is not the way to increase overall liberty or safety.

As Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence and
our third President once said, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms
… disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit
crimes.  Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better
for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides,
for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed
man.”  Jefferson was joined in his sentiments by our first President,
George Washington, who said “Firearms stand next in importance to the
Constitution itself.  They are the people’s liberty teeth (and) keystone
… the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable … more than 99%
of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane
hands.  The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil
interference [crime].  When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour.”

I know that Hamilton County, the city of Chattanooga, and Red Bank have
unfortunately moved to ban the legal possession of firearms in their
parks.  I know it will be politically tempting to follow their lead.
However, their actions are neither wise nor in keeping with the wisdom
of our Founders.  My copy of the Constitution does not say “right to
keep and bear arms, except for local parks.”  Criminals will be armed in
public parks regardless of the law.  I strongly urge you to resist the
knee-jerk impulse to ban legal weapons carry in local parks and uphold
the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment in our community.

If you have any questions or would like to engage in a more thorough
discussion of this issue prior to acting (or preferably not acting) on
the issue, please feel free to contact me by return e-mail or by
telephone at 423-645-5599.  If there is any other service I can perform
for our community, please know that I am always happy to serve or
participate in any way I can.

Please accept my best wishes and my sincere thanks for your service to
our community.

Best regards,

Joe Dumas

2009 Tennessee Pork Report, June 03, at Coolidge Park, Chattanooga

June 2, 2009

Drew Johnson wrote:

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is bringing our “Pork Tour” to Chattanooga and I hope you’ll attend, as well as help get the word out.

This free event will be at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga from noon to 2pm this Wednesday (June 3). At the event, we will celebrate the release of the 2009 Tennessee Pork Report by handing out copies and discussing wasteful spending of Tennesseans’ hard-earned tax dollars by state and local government.

We’ll have a complimentary pork BBQ lunch (a whole roasted pig actually) and our big pink pig mascot will also be in attendance for all the kiddies – so bring your entire family.

We expect a good media turnout as well, so it’ll be a great opportunity to show your opposition to pork spending and your support of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research’s efforts to advance liberty.

Please blog, email, Facebook, etc, about the event and invite anyone who may be interested.

Here’s the Facebook invitation:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=98442203720

Here’s all the info:

Host: Tennessee Center for Policy Research

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Coolidge Park

Street: 200 River Street

City/Town: Chattanooga

Phone: 615.383.6431

Email: info@tennesseepolicy.org

Join us for free barbeque in celebration of the release of our 2009 Pork Report!

The Pork Report is Tennessee’s only comprehensive, detailed examination of government waste and pork barrel spending at all levels of government in Tennessee. This year’s Pork Report uncovers over $500 million in waste, fraud and abuse of your tax dollars.

Nearly 100 examples of wasteful spending by state and local governments are exposed, including $9 million for an underground “Party Bunker” at the Governor’s Mansion, $2.3 million in bail out 11 financially insolvent state-owned golf courses, $1 million to study mice genes and $40,000 for unused phone lines.

Fingerprints For Traffic Infractions??? Tennesseans-A Useful Letter Is Below-Don’t Let It Go To Waste!-May 24, 2009

May 24, 2009

To: “sen joe haynes” <sen.joe.haynes@capitol.tn.gov>
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 2:47:39 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: SB2153

Senator Joe Haynes,
My name is ______________. I am a United States citizen and a resident of Tennessee. It has been brought to my attention you are proposing a bill titled SB2153. This bill is coming up for vote on May 28th, 2009. SB2153, if it were to become a law, would allow police officers to take the fingerprints of motorists who have been pulled over for a traffic infraction. This is a very clear violation of Americans’ civil liberties and must not pass into law. SB2153 is unconstitutional and should not even be considered.  My civil liberties are not up for a vote, Senator. You cannot remove the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens to apprehend those who are not.
Letters and blogs on bill SB2153 are circulating the internet. American citizens finally have a way to be informed on what you political people are doing. We have left you law-makers unsupervised for far too long. Americans are tired of having their civil liberties taken away all in the name of “protection”.  I have my own protection handed down to me by our forefathers and fought for by our military, service men and women. My protection is called the United States Constitution.
The Constitution is what you have been elected to protect and uphold, Senator. You were not elected to change the Constitution, decreasing power belonging to the citizens and increasing powers for the government. I’m a proud citizen of the United States of America and I, nor my countrymen, will watch you politicians put a wedge between us and our Constitution. We will no longer sit quietly while we are stripped of our rights, our freedoms, and our ability to control the government that grows so ever close to completely dominating every aspect of our daily lives. Enough is enough.
Now, with all due respect, Senator Joe Haynes, I’m not asking you, I’m telling you to extirpate bill SB2153.  We do not want bill SB2153 in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Your cooperation in this matter is expected.
Sincerely,
_____________
_________________, Tennessee

“Sustainable Development”=Global Government-May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

As I mentioned in a post within the last two days… Cap & Trade is an end-run around our Constitution to force the U.S. into compliance with the Kyoto Accord, implemented back in 1992. It’s a global agenda to implement a global energy tax by up to 500%, thus, a global government will be necessary to control its efforts.

The presentation provided via the following link, describes in detail, the intent of Agenda 21, Sustainable Development and what we “can and will” do to stifle the efforts of this global government agenda.

www.augustreview.com/news_commentary/general/the_wrenching_transformation_of_america_20090422117/

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)-May 23, 2009 Venue Correction

May 20, 2009

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)

May 20, 2009

Hi folks,

I apologize … I’ve not been in touch much in the last two weeks due to being sick, and then working 100+ hours over the last 9 days on a project with a very, very tight deadline. I just noticed that the location of this month’s HCLP meeting was not correct … we are actually meeting at the Ryan’s on Lee Highway this month.

We will be discussing harnessing the energy from the Tea Parties.

Best,
Jeremy

I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/hamiltoncountylp/calendar/10110509/

When: May 23, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Ryan’s Restaurant
6734 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP “No” or “Maybe” as well as “Yes”.)

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YouTube – For Liberty Trailer – Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

May 17, 2009

Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=emaeln–tzo

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan – May 12, 2009

May 15, 2009

PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.

“The occupation of Afghanistan became a failure the instant the goal changed from liquidating al Qaeda to pursuing meddlesome ‘nation-building’ objectives,” says retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served as a Pentagon analyst during the early days of the occupation and holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University. “In its eighth year, the US occupation has not only failed to create a stable, democratic Afghanistan, it threatens to deliver nuclear Pakistan into the arms of the very enemy we went there to destroy.”

On Monday, Obama removed General David McKiernan as commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Obama also rejected the demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an end to US airstrikes, which have led to hundreds of recent civilian casualties. Current plans call for an increase in the US troop presence from about 45,000 to 68,000 by the end of 2009.

The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for the US to “abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid entangling alliances.” Libertarians, it says, “would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

“The Afghanistan occupation costs the American taxpayer $2 billion a month,” says R. Lee Wrights of North Carolina, a member of the Libertarian National Committee. “That cost is rising, and the price in American and Afghan lives is unbearable. I abhor the idea of forcing my countrymen to pay in money and blood for a war which makes America less safe and the world less stable. It’s long past time to bring the troops home.”

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The Center for Libertarian Press Information is a collaborative effort of Libertarian Party members to provide the public with timely and accurate information on the Party’s principles, policy positions and activities.

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan

May 15, 2009

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.
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PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.

“The occupation of Afghanistan became a failure the instant the goal changed from liquidating al Qaeda to pursuing meddlesome ‘nation-building’ objectives,” says retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served as a Pentagon analyst during the early days of the occupation and holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University. “In its eighth year, the US occupation has not only failed to create a stable, democratic Afghanistan, it threatens to deliver nuclear Pakistan into the arms of the very enemy we went there to destroy.”

On Monday, Obama removed General David McKiernan as commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Obama also rejected the demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an end to US airstrikes, which have led to hundreds of recent civilian casualties. Current plans call for an increase in the US troop presence from about 45,000 to 68,000 by the end of 2009.

The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for the US to “abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid entangling alliances.” Libertarians, it says, “would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

“The Afghanistan occupation costs the American taxpayer $2 billion a month,” says R. Lee Wrights of North Carolina, a member of the Libertarian National Committee. “That cost is rising, and the price in American and Afghan lives is unbearable. I abhor the idea of forcing my countrymen to pay in money and blood for a war which makes America less safe and the world less stable. It’s long past time to bring the troops home.”

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The Center for Libertarian Press Information is a collaborative effort of Libertarian Party members to provide the public with timely and accurate information on the Party’s principles, policy positions and activities.

Tennessee Traffic Camera Protest Gathers Support-via-[ET-Liberty.com]-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009


Camera protest brings in some support

By Madison Mathews, Press Staff Writer, mmathews@johnsoncitypress.com

Mike McGinn doesn’t want traffic cameras to be installed anywhere, especially in his hometown of Kingsport.

“I don’t want them in Kingsport, I want to fight it wherever it’s at,” McGinn said. “This does not improve safety. It improves the financial bottom line (of the city).”

He also believes it infringes upon the constitutional right of all citizens. McGinn traveled from Kingsport, where a traffic camera system has recently been installed, to take part in a rally to protest Jonesborough’s Redflex traffic camera system on Saturday.

The rally was held by the Students of American Liberty, East Tennessee State University’s pro-Constitution group, in front of town hall. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., many people showed up to sign petitions urging Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to take down the traffic camera system.

“The sentiment is that people don’t want these things. It scares them. It raises traffic accidents. They’re being surveilled by a foreign corporation known as Redflex, (which is) actually based in Australia,” said Matthew Jeffers, chairman of the group and event coordinator. “I have a huge issue with that. I don’t like the fact that a foreign corporation is surveilling us.”

Jeffers believes the Redflex camera system, which was installed at three intersections along 11E in January, breaches the Fourth Amendment and a number of others. Although he doesn’t live in Jonesborough, Jeffers has a large number of family members who live in the town.

“Just because I live out of town, doesn’t mean I don’t hear the voices of people that live in town … 90 percent of the people in this town don’t like these cameras, and if we have to we’ll take it to referendum, and we’ll let the people of this town vote on it and not the mayor and aldermen,” Jeffers said.

Craig Ford, operations manager for the town of Jonesborough, says there’s a number of people who have personally expressed they feel much safer now while traveling through the intersections, because of the traffic camera system.

But Jeffers and the rest of the group in opposition think safety is not in the minds of town officials, but rather a ploy to gain profit.

“We care about the safety. Redflex doesn’t care about the safety. Redflex has no regard for human life and proven it time and time again,” Jeffers said.

Ford said the cameras were put in place in order to provide safety for everyone who drives along 11E, including Jonesborough residents, people passing through the city and officers.

Aside from the safety issue, Jeffers is more concerned with the fact that a foreign entity is surveilling American citizens on their own soil. He said he wants to make clear that Redflex has aggressively pushed its systems in more than 230 cities across America. He believes the board should immediately terminate their contract with Redflex.

“If they refuse to do that then we’ll see if they still have their jobs after the next election. We’ll take a ballot measure and then we’ll take it to the state level, and then I’ll sue them if I have to,” Jeffers said. “When I set out to win a fight, I win it.”

With the rally, the group hoped to not only raise awareness about the situation but to also move toward following many states, such as Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Texas that have either banned the use of traffic light cameras or declared them unconstitutional.

Ford, however, believes the traffic camera system doesn’t have anything to do with being constitutional or not.

“It is not a constitutionally guaranteed right to operate a motor vehicle, it’s a privilege … Each state runs their own driver licensing program,” Ford said.

According to a 2008 report prepared by the state Attorney General, “the issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee.”

For Jeffers and his group, that is simply not the case.

“When these cameras so-called catch you, you are guilty until proven innocent. This is a total corruption of due process,” Jeffers said. “This is a massacre to the Constitution. Every time I see one of these cameras it breaks my heart.”

Another problem Jeffers has with the traffic camera system is that having an automated traffic monitoring system removes police from the equation and gives Redflex access to personal records.

“If these cameras stop so much crime, let’s just replace the whole police force with cameras,” Jeffers said.

Maj. Matt Rice of the Jonesborough Department of Safety said although the camera is monitoring traffic violations, a sworn officer still has to review the scene and decide if it is in fact a violation.

Rice also believes that taking officers off traffic patrol helps save them from being in danger while having someone stopped on the side of the road.

As the group continued with the rally Saturday, Rice watched as the passionate group of protesters passed out information.

“As passionate as they are against those cameras, I’m just as passionate for them, because I feel that they are a very good tool,” Rice said.

Since the cameras were put in place, city officials have seen a decrease in the number of traffic-related accidents at the three intersections where a Redflex camera system has been installed. It also decreased the number of traffic violations. Ford said once the cameras were in place, 100 violations an hour was taken down to around 30 violations a day.

The Students of American Liberty managed to bring in more than 400 signatures for their petitions, which they soon plan to take before the board. The group plans to spend the next two months canvassing neighborhoods throughout Jonesborough.

“We’re going to take it from every avenue that we can approach it from. We’re going to take it from a constitutional perspective, a legal perspective and hit them every way we can,” Jeffers said.

Although the group was able to gather support for the cause with the rally, Ford said it’s hard to argue with the numbers.

“Even at Wal-Mart, when you pull on the parking lot, you’re on video. Why is that not a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, but it is to take a photo of your license plate, which is a public record,” Ford said. “That argument just absolutely holds no weight whatsoever.”


Watch Matthew Jeffers’ presentation during the Libertarian Party of Tennessee convention, that took place April 24th and 25th, 2009, in Knoxville.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Ch_fDEX6I

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