Archive for January, 2013

From The N&O: Bank of America in $10 billion mortgage settlement


NEW YORK — Bank of America will pay $10.3 billion to the government mortgage agency Fannie Mae to settle claims resulting from mortgage-backed investments that soured during the housing crash.

Under the deal announced Monday, Bank of America will pay $3.6 billion in cash to Fannie Mae and buy back $6.75 billion in loans that the bank and its Countrywide Financial unit sold to the agency from Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2008. That includes about 30,000 loans.

Also Monday, a separate settlement was announced between federal regulators and ten major banks and mortgage companies, including Bank of America, over wrongful foreclosure practices. That $8.5 billion settlement covers up to 3.8 million people who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. Of those, about 400,000 may be entitled to payments, advocates estimate.


For Bank of America, its own settlement with Fannie Mae over the mortgage investments represents a “a significant step” in resolving the bank’s remaining mortgage problems while also streamlining the company and reducing future expenses, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said in a statement. Moynihan’s predecessor, Ken Lewis, bought Countrywide, a troubled mortgage-lending giant, in July 2008 just as the financial crisis was taking hold.

The bank’s acquisition of Countrywide was initially praised by lawmakers. Bank of America was seen as stepping in to eliminate a bad actor from the mortgage market. But instead of boosting Bank of America’s mortgage business, the purchase has drawn a drumbeat of regulatory fines, lawsuits and losses.

Bank of America also agreed in September to pay $2.43 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit related to its takeover of Merrill Lynch, another of Lewis’s acquisitions during the financial crisis. That lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors who bought or held Bank of America stock when the company announced its plans to buy Merrill Lynch in a $20 billion deal as the banking industry and federal regulators struggled to contain fallout from the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

The North Carolina-based bank said it would pay for the Fannie Mae settlement in part from existing reserves. Bank of America also said it would record a $2.7 billion hit to its fourth quarter earnings for 2012.

Despite the cost of the settlement, Bank of America still expects its earnings for the period to be “modestly positive,” aided by a tax credit and an improvement in the valuation of its debt. Analysts are currently forecasting that the bank will report earnings per share of 19 cents, according to estimates compiled by data provider FactSet. Bank of America is scheduled to report earnings Jan. 17.

Bank of America fell 8 cents to $12.01 Monday, after opening slightly higher. The stock more than doubled in 2012, making it the best performer in the 30-member Dow Jones industrial average. It’s up 3.7 percent this year.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which packaged loans into securities and sold them to investors, were effectively nationalized in 2008 when they nearly collapsed under the weight of their mortgage losses.

“Fannie Mae has diligently pursued repurchases on loans that did not meet our standards at the time of origination, and we are pleased to have reached an appropriate agreement to collect on these repurchase requests,” Bradley Lerman, Fannie Mae executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.

Bank of America also said that it is selling mortgage servicing rights on about 2 million residential mortgage loans. The loans have an aggregate unpaid principal balance of approximately $306 billion.

The transferring of the servicing rights is expected to take place throughout the year.


Whereas the powers-that-be would have everyone believe that this mortgage crisis was rooted in too many no-doc loans being issued, lax credit reqs, ACORN hollerin’ about everyone deserving American dream of owning house (to build equity), etc the true root of the problem are the commercial loans that went bad.

How many big developers lined up all their duckies in the food chain (engineers, appraisers, realtors, attorneys, etc) in order to build high end developments that at the very least missed the mark of the market down turn or at the worst were Ponzi schemes w/ a myriad of problems? Just cast your eyes towards both coastal developments (Cannonsgate, River Dunes) as well as mountain projects (many golf course communities, several connected to Bobby Ginn).

There is a total wash-out of millions of $$ belonging to BB&T up at Smith Mountain Lake up in Virginia where there is a complete condo tower like 7 stories tall that has NO SEWER! And there is a 2nd concrete pad next to this white elephant where a 2nd tower was planned.

And of course there are cases such as Quarry Hills Country Club in Alamance County where I discovered what I believe to be a serious problem for the banks involved in land transactions and supported by public documentation.

What do the banks and other financial giants do when they start accumulating a lot of ‘bad paper?’ They start calling the notes of good real estate projects that are current in order to average things out. They start cutting back or totally eliminating credit lines for good builders and developers, thus contributing to the whole problem.

But then there are smart consumers out there who turn the tables once in a while. Just search for Florida Couple Forecloses on Bank of America. Find this 5 min video and know that there are some folks who are taking a stand.

Dale Swiggett
Waterfront Sportsman & the Environmental Investigation Coalition


From The N&O: Preserve clean water fund

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund is one of North Carolina’s most noble endeavors. Created in 1996, when the state was experiencing a monumental crisis with hog waste and everyone from fishermen to developers was fearful of long-term problems, the fund has spent nearly $1 billion to help local projects aimed at preserving clean water.

Money from the trust allows for the purchase of land, for example, to buffer and ensure the safety of drinking water. Consider Mecklenburg County, where more than $15 million from the trust fund helped to protect Mountain Island Lake, which happens to be the main water source for Charlotte and Gastonia. In addition, money went to restore Little Sugar Creek, which was polluted.

Will Gov.-elect Pat McCrory, who has cast himself as the champion of business and less regulation (some of it presumably related to environmental regulation) be aware of that as his budget-writers go about the business of deciding whether the trust fund is adequately addressed in the budget? Advocates for the fund undoubtedly hope that the former Charlotte mayor will.

Indeed, this does not need to be a partisan issue, even though Republicans did repeal a legal mandate of a $100 million annual appropriation last year, meaning that the fund has to fight for funding every year. (Democrats have raided the fund to balance budgets as well.)

Though some Republicans have derided environmental regulation as inhibiting business and throwing up roadblocks to development that cost jobs, others are more realistic.

Clean water and rivers and lakes that are rescued from states of pollution are “business-friendly.” Once water resources are fouled by pollution, whether they are drinking water resources or recreational resources, they are gone. The only answer, and it’s not always an answer, is restoration, which is far more expensive than protecting the waters in the first place.

This is a most important issue in a state such as North Carolina, where tourism is vital to economic survival and where scenic vistas in the mountains and the ocean waters along the coast are assets that help define the state. Moreover, the presence of clean water makes for healthier and more vibrant wildlife habitats. People habitats need clean water, too.

Legislators may not be able to restore full funding, but they should do all they can to provide money for the trust fund to continue to help communities from the coast to the mountains. Without that help, many crucial assets related to North Carolina’s economy and economic well-being will be put at an unacceptable risk.




[ IMPEACH GOV BEV 12 ] Gov Bev agrees to investigate Legislators who are felons

As we crunch down the remaining days of 2012, Lame Duck Gov Bev issued a Special Holiday Veto to everyone in the NC Senate and House, which is displayed below.
Apparently she was moved by [ IMPEACH GOV BEV #10 ] Release from Jail comes unexpectedly, or she had an Epiphany and realized what awful things she has done.
Whatever the cause, I sent Bev a copy of my posting to all Legislators who were Federal felons because of her Crime Syndicate leadership.  Gov Bev issued an immediate Official Response, saying she would investigate my Complaint, a copy also included in the Email thread below.
Breaking news!  Readers just received [ NCDP Backstory 11 ], a satirical spoof onSesquicentennial Commemoration festivities which the NC Democratic Party was sponsoring in Raleigh on 12-12-12 to celebrate the Party’s most disastrous year since the Civil War. That was the only time, until 2012, when the NC Carpetbagger Republican Party had won control of all 3 Branches of Government: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive.
As a wordsmith, I truly appreciate that the Sesquicentennial History of the current NC Democratic Party is defined/ between the bookends of the Carpetbagger Republican Party on one end, and the Teabagger Rethugliecon Party on the other, containing between them the documented Democratic Party story FROM rise from ashes of one disaster TO the 6-year collapse into a similar disaster, the sorry legacy of LGBT Progressive Lawyer Gerald Meek and his politically brainless followers.
The Fat Cat Sponsor’s Party, paying up to $1,000 to attend, began at 5:30 pm, withCommoners and Walk-ins admitted at 6, paying $50 each.  Young Dems got a break at$20 and College Dems @ $15, including all the food they could eat and all the alcohol they could swill down because of this statement in the published invitation:


I’m not certain, but seems I recall that holding a publicly advertised party with an open bar — but with a multi-scale mandatory admission fee — may be a violation of NC Liquor Laws.  Restaurants cannot advertise free booze to attract customers. Surely the Party would not do that, not with so many high class Lawyers in attendance!  Lawyers never break the law.
But the most startling news came from NCDP State Party Chair, published from NCDP Headquarters in a Newsletter issued only six (6) hours before the “Drown Your Sorrowsdrinking began.

Friends, North Carolinians, and Fellow Democrats,

I will not seek re-election as Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party at our February 2, 2013 meeting in Durham.

I have enjoyed my two years of service to our State and to the Democratic Party.  There is much work to be done on the vital issues of good government, public education and job creation in North Carolina and I look forward to continuing to work to better our State in the years to come.


David Parker was at the Sesquicentennial Commemoration, dancing with his wife, even though his name did not show up as a Sponsor, exercising one of his last perks.  It was as if his presence was giving the finger to Lame Duck Gov Bev for trying to decapitate him as Party Chair back in April/May.  Gov Bev was not a Sponsor, but defeated Lt Gov Dalton was, who had just lost the Governorship a month previously.
Several of Gov Bev’s Syndicate Felon members who were reElected to the Council of Statewere Sponsors:  Elaine Marshall, June Atkinson, Janet Cowell & Wayne Goodwin.  Not many elected Officials showed up.  State Auditor Beth Wood did, even tho she was caught during Primary Campaign of running a publicly advertised illegal raffle at her home as a Political Fundraiser, charging everyone who attended to participate in her gambling operation.  She got elected anyway, for lack of effective opposition.
And here come more kickers in this Continuing Saga:

Co-Chairs – $1,000

Pittsboro Mayor Randolph Voller, Chair, Chatham County Democrats

<•>  Pittsboro Mayor was the only one who paid $1,000 to headline the Donor’s List, then announced the day after the Sesquicentennial Commemoration that he was running for NCDP State Chair to replace Parker in Feb 2013.  Wanna buy a Chairmanship, anyone?  Ante up!
Submitted by robchristensen on 2012-12-13 15:24
Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller said Thursday he plans to seek the Democratic Party chairmanship next year when David Parker steps down.
Voller, a 43-year old real estate executive, plans to hold a news conference Friday morning at state Democratic headquarters to announce his candidacy. He will likely face state Sen. Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville is expected to seek the party post.
A contest, said Voller, “will be good the party and everyone should emerge a winner.”
Voller, who is Chatham County Democratic chairman, said he would focus on party building if he was elected chairman. He said Chatham County had the highest turnout at 76.5 percent of any county in the state in November. He said the county raised $75,000 during the past year – a large figure for a modest sized county.
<•>  A lot of Out-of-work Democratic Legislators, who were defeated or did not run because of severe Rethug gerrymandering, are hunting for any slice of glory they can glum onto, and at least Senator Mansfield is testing the waters for NCDP Chair.  There are 4 major problems with that:
•  All NC Legislators, Dem and Rethug, have been indicted as guilty of violating Federal Law.
•  Legislators know nothing about running a State Political Party, do not participate in the complex inner workings of the 100-County Party organization, would have to learn “on the job,” and there is NO TIME for that with 2013 Public Office Candidate registration with the Board of Elections happening in February.  A Legislator as Party Chair at this crucial time is a prescription for an even greater disaster than what the Democratic Party has inflicted upon itself thus far.
•  Having been elected in one tiny Legislative district of 1/50th or 1/120th of the State gives no one ANY qualifications to run for State Party Chair.
•  There is NO REASON to count David Parker out as Chair.  He’s been ridden down before and survived, and those who rode him down are gone, or have no clout anymore.  Beware of anyone ever associated with Jerry Meek.  Without the massive distraction of the Charlotte DNC Convention dogging him, and with Gov Bev gone forever, Parker would have a 2nd chance to do what he intended to do for the Party in the first place.  The ones sticking their heads out of their hideeholes are fly-weights compared to Parker’s 35 years experience with the Party at all levels.
And please pay attention to these known facts:  the worse than worthless Website calling itself BlueNC has absolutely nothing to do with the Democratic Party, having been set up by 2 lawyers for NC Rethugs to lure dumb, disgruntled Dem Officers to anonymously spill their guts publicly about inner Party workings so that all Rethugs can watch, attracting serious liars and libelers.  
The disgustingly dishonest bloggers on BlueNC are gutless cowards, hiding their identities behind aliases and sock puppets. Third owner “James” is there to drag out comments from the dumb and stupid.  Wake Verified Voting is a known Rethug Mole who defeats Democratic Candidates, and has absolutely no value to the Democratic Party.   The ones whose aliases you see most often have no place else to go, so they puke up their ignorance there.  Fools who accept advice from these bloggershittheads are even dumber than the bloggershittheads.  Saying “I saw it on BlueNC” is as reliable as saying “I saw it on FoxNews.”
Any Party Officer who has ever secretly posted on BlueNC should be kicked out as an Officer, permanently, for aiding and abetting the enemy.  Any Candidate for Party Chair who Campaigns on BlueNC is telling you he/she is too dumb to even be elected as Sewer Cleaner, since they celebrate this sewer by swimming thru it.  BlueNC is an enemy of the Democratic Party, has never been a friend of the Democratic Party, and this is the kind of Rethug crap that must be flushed from any influence whatsoever if the Party is ever to get back on its feet again.  ~ Gene
===== Welcome to Gov Bev’s Holiday Email Thread to Legislators =====
From: Hamilton Street <>
Date: November 30, 2012 12:49:25 AM EST
To: Lame Duck Governor Bev Perdue <>, “•Rep Bert Jones (U)” <>, •Rep Bryan R Holloway <>
Cc: •Rep Marilyn Avila <>, `Rep Jeff Barnhart <>, •Rep Hugh Blackwell <>, •Rep John M Blust <>, •Rep James L Boles Jr <>, `Rep Glen Bradley <>, •Rep William Brawley <>, `Rep Larry R Brown <>, •Rep Rayne Brown <>, `Rep Harold J Brubaker <>, •Rep Justin P Burr <>, Rep George Cleveland <>, •Rep Jeff Collins <>, •§Rep Bill Cook <>, `Rep William A Current Sr <>, •Rep N Leo Daughtry <>, •Rep Jimmy Dixon <>, •Rep Jerry C Dockham <>, •Rep Nelson Dollar <>, •Rep John Faircloth <>, `Rep Dale R Folwell <>, `Rep Phillip Frye <>, •Rep Mitch Gillespie <>, `Rep David Guice <>, •Rep Mike Hager <>, `Rep Kelly Hastings <>, `Rep Mark K Hilton <>, •Rep Mark Hollo <>, •Rep Craig Horn <>, •Rep Julia C Howard <>, •Rep Pat B Hurley <>, `Rep Frank Iler <>, `Rep Dan Ingle <>, •Rep Linda P Johnson <>, •Rep Jonathan C Jordan <>, `Rep Carolyn H Justice <>, `Rep Rick Killian <>, •Rep James H Langdon Jr <>, `Rep Stephen A LaRoque <>, •Rep David R Lewis <>, `Rep Darrell G McCormick <>, •Rep Patricia McElraft <>, `Rep Bill McGee <>, •Rep Chuck McGrady <>, `Rep Grey Mills <>, •Rep Tim D Moffitt <>, •Rep Tim Moore <>, •Rep Tom Murry <>, `Rep Gaston L Pridgen <>, •§Rep Shirley B Randleman <>, `Rep Johnathan Rhyne Jr <>, `Rep Efton M Sager <>, •Rep Ruth Samuelson <>, •Rep Norman W Sanderson <>, •Rep Mitchell Smith Setzer <>, •Rep Phil R Shephard <>, •Rep Paul Stam <>, •Rep Edgar V Starnes <>, `Rep Fred F Steen II <>, •Rep Sarah Stevens <>, •Rep Mike C Stone <>, •Rep John A Torbett <>, •Rep Harry Warren <>, •Rep Roger West <>
Subject: Report to NC House of Representatives: [ IMPEACH GOV BEV  #10 ]
Greetings and salutations, House Legislators of my native State!
Yesterday you each received a copy of  [ IMPEACH GOV BEV #10 ]  which I hope you enjoyed.  Also yesterday, a copy was sent to members of the NC Senate, and to Gov Bev.
Her response that she shall have the State look into these crimes is immediately below, followed by a copy of what was sent to your colleagues in the Senate.
There is a great deal more which has been uncovered in recent weeks, as these crimes rapidly move closer to resolution in Federal Courts.  So enjoy this, and contemplate your future all decked out in yourOranges.
Gene Messick
Nothing could be fina than to be in Carolina,
Once your criminal colleagues are in prison.
CC:  US Attorneys
===========  Response from Gov Bev  =============
From: Office of the Governor <>
Date: November 29, 2012 2:21:41 PM EST
Subject: Automatic reply: NC Senators guilty as charged?  [ IMPEACH GOV BEV  #10 ]
Thank you for contacting the Office of Governor Bev Perdue.  We are here to serve you, and want to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence.  Suggestions and comments will be read and referred to the appropriate staff member.  If you submitted a question or request for assistance, we will follow up with you as soon as possible.


Office of the Governor Bev Perdue
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
1-800-662-7952 (for NC residents only)
E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized state official.
———-  original message to Gov Bev & NC Senate ———–
Date: November 29, 2012 2:21:22 PM EST
To:   Lame Duck Governor Bev Perdue <>
         NC Senate Majoriy Leader & Felon Phil  Berger Sr <>
Cc: •Sen Austin M Allran <>, •Sen Tom Apodaca <>, “`Sen Bob Atwater (D)” <>, “`Sen Doug Berger (D)” <>, •Sen Stan Bingham <>, `Sen Harris Blake <>, “•Sen Dan Blue (D)” <>, •Sen Andrew C Brock <>, •Sen Harry Brown <>, •Sen Peter S Brunstetter <>, `Sen Debbie A Clary <>, “•Sen Daniel Clodfelter (D)” <>, •Sen Warren Daniel <>, “`Sen Charlie Smith Dannelly (D)” <>, •Sen Jim Davis <>, `Sen James Forrester <>, “`Sen Linda Garrou (D)” <>, •Sen Thom Goolsby <>, “•Sen Malcolm Graham (D)” <>, •Sen Rick Gunn <>, •Sen Kathy Harrington <>, •Sen Fletcher L Hartsell Jr <>, •Sen Ralph Hise <>, •Sen Neal Hunt <>, •Sen Brent Jackson <>, “•Sen Clark Jenkins (D)” <>, “•Sen Ed Jones (D)” <>, “•Sen Eleanor Kinnaird (D)” <>, “`Sen Eric Mansfield (D)” <>, “•Sen Floyd B McKissick Jr (D)” <>, •Sen Wesley Meredith <>, “•Sen Martin Nesbitt, Jr (D)” <>, •Sen E S Buck Newton <>, •Sen Louis Pate <>, `Sen Jean Preston <>, “`Sen William Purcell (D)” <>, •Sen Bill Rabon <>, “•Sen Gladys A Robinson (D)” <>, `Sen David Rouzer <>, •Sen Bob Rucho <>, •Sen Dan Soucek <>, “•Sen Josh Stein (D) ” <>, `Sen Richard Stevens <>, •Sen Jerry W Tillman <>, •Sen Tommy Tucker <>, “`Sen Don Vaughan (D)” <>, “•Sen Michael P Walters (D)” <>, “`Sen Stan White (D)” <>
Subject: NC Senators guilty as charged?  [ IMPEACH GOV BEV  #10 ]
Dear Gov Bev,
As we all know, for the 4 years you served as Governor, you were fully aware that the NC Legislature has some Law on the books which allows Judges to steal everything that a person owns for the State, accepting bribes and sexual favors to do so.  
By the same token, every member of the NC Senate and House also know this is true, and yet, not one single one of them ever introduced a bill to correct this abomination, no matter how many times they were asked.  
Now there is nothing Senators and Representatives can do to save themselves, with the Legislature not in session, and with there being no NC courts of competent jurisdiction to try any cases of such criminal misbehavior.  
You and every member of the Legislature have been indicted for violations of federal laws resulting from failure of the State of NC to deal with this matter.
Everyone knows that Laws have been violated, and yet not one of your Gang has ever turned anyone in for investigation and prosecution.  That makes all of you guilty as charged.
Maybe the guys can organize an all NC former Employee basketball league to occupy their time while in federal prison!
Gene Messick
progressive wordsmith
no longer wearing your Oranges
[ IMPEACH GOV BEV  #10 ]   Release from Jail comes unexpectedly
Preface:  I was amazingly released from incarceration — falsely caused by Interstate criminals employed by my native State of North Carolina  — on Thursday 18 Nov 2010, a week before Thanksgiving.  I had spent 29 days in Jail.  The day before, it looked like I might spend 30 or 60 days more, including both Thanksgiving 2010 and Christmas in Jail, with almost no one knowing where I was, nor what was happening: eventually 2 lawyers did, and 1 person I was able to contact on the outside.  To thousands of folks I emailed several times a week, I just vanished.
When I was suddenly handcuffed and taken away from my home, none of the 5 police officers outside my door read me my “miranda” rights.  Having been charged with nothing, nor ever questioned about anything, nor found guilty of anything, the spooky part was that I had no specified time to be in Jail, exactly like any political prisoner.  It could be a day, or it could be forever.  
Having spent the week leading up to the 2010 Election in solitary confinement, now when I see Internet stories about political prisoners, or about extradition, first I reflexively wince, then I read to compare details.  
And when watching any DVD movie that shows a jail scene, I pause it to see whether it’s a real jail, or a cell some techie cobbled together from imagination on a sound stage.  Being both educated as a designer, and spending many years as a theater Technical Director, with my new Jail experience, I can easily spot the difference in the details.
Innocent until proven guilty has absolutely no meaning to State employed criminals in North Carolina.  I’m aware that I could be arrested again, at any time, by Gov Bev’s blundering criminals, for no reason at all that has anything to do with the Law — as they had done previously — just because they have the power to do so.  Because this could happen to anyone, it’s what keeps me writing.  If I’m still typing into my computer, I’m still alive, still free.
As this adventure unfolded, my 29 days were spent being moved back and forth between 8 different Jail cells in 7 different vehicles, in 6 different buildings in 2 counties, I wasn’t left in any one place long enough to develop the feeling that each day was endlessly just like every other day, except perhaps my week in solitary.  From home back to home again, locks without my consent closed behind me in 44 different places during the 29 days.
From the time I was removed from my home until I could return to it a month later, I was handcuffed and leg manacled 9 times, and that does not include what would have happened if I had been extradited, nor what would have happened in NC.
In both Jails, I was locked away with inmates convicted of crimes, serving their sentences of months or years.
The local County Jail where I was first taken is what readers might picture as a Jail: linear blocks of a dozen cells with bars and sliding sections that open and close automatically. A skinny Commons room with a short stainless steel table w/bench welded to the bars held the TV.  Wall phone and shower were at the far end, and the bars had an opening where food and drink were passed thru from a cart in the hall.
Very noisy place, partly due to yelling between cell blocks, though no one could see anyone else except his own dozen cell mates and guards passing in the hallway.  Decent food was provided under contract from a local restaurant. Some inmates knew each other from outside, and there were more repeaters than I would have imagined.  For some, occasionally spending some months in jail was a habitual way of life.
I studied my newly assigned mini-community with curiosity, having no idea how long I might be there. Some inmates were open and talkative, others very private.  Two in particular helped me learn the ways of being in Jail, like never going barefoot into the cruddy shower stall, or you could pick up things like a toenail fungus, which I did anyway. I can neither afford to get rid of it, nor want to destroy my liver trying.
At the new Regional Jail, with 6 acres under one roof, cells were pre-fabricated modules, transported and assembled.
One guy older than me — in the next-door cell where I was the longest — was serving a life sentence for murder.  There were no bars in the Regional Jail, just solid white walls and a steel door with a window.  I only saw him in the Commons Area when he picked up his food and took it back to his cell, never spoke to him.  Our cell doors were unlocked allowing movement into the Commons Area most of the day, except when we had to be inside for overnight, mid-afternoon or announced lockdowns.
The Commons Area was quite large with floor-bolted stainless steel tables, and attached benches like picnic tables.  Library cart, food cart, medicine cart, laundry bag hampers, and commissary cart all came on regularly assigned days.  If you wanted a calendar, you had to make your own, which I did, on backsides of the many official 8.5×11 computer printed paper receipts, a combination calendar and daily diary, on papers I hoped they would not take away from me, as they had done for my arrest papers when I was transferred.
Food was cooked somewhere there by inmates, delivered into the Commons in closed plastic segmented containers arriving in a tall rolling closet to keep them warm.  It was barely nutritious enough to keep us alive: some canned veggies, mostly starch and mystery meat, fresh fruit once a day which I traded anything to get, milk at every meal.  No comparison to the better food at the County Jail.  After release, I was surprised to discover I’d lost about 10 pounds.
I ordered packets of mustard, catsup and mayo from the Commissary list to make some of it more edible, able to create sandwiches of sorts between the often supplied 2 slices of bread.  Such things came via the once a week order sheet, which included my stubby ‘golf ‘ pencils, erasers, pens, stamped envelopes and lined paper pads.  Two inmates had bought sets of colored pencils, and decorated stamped envelopes which they reSold to others by trading for Commissary items.  My larger community here had developed a variety of ways to work the system.
My first hearing before a Judge was on my 28th day. By this time, I had met my court appointed lawyer at my local County Jail, and had a video phone call with him, he at the County Jail, me at Regional.  I’d written him letters, and had connected by phone with my lawyer friend in NC, who also got letters.  One night he managed to get me out of my cell, brought down to Intake where I could use a free phone to talk to him instead of using up my limited phone card for my cell block pay phone.
With no end in sight, managing severely limited resources was essential.  The $77 cash I accidentally came in with at the County Jail had already shrunk to $33 by the time I got to Regional a week later.
On Nov 17th I was moved to a holding cell, then cuffed & shackled, transported by bus from Regional to County, where I was uncuffed and put into another holding cell.  Then cuffed & shackled again, walked out of the Jail to the courthouse next door, and up an elevator to another holding cell.  When I was called, I met my lawyer inside the courtroom, still cuffed and shackled and in my Oranges.
We stood at a podium in a very large courtroom, and while the Commonwealth Atty and Judge jibber-jabbered about my case, my lawyer showed me a copy he’d found of Commonwealth Extradition Law, where he had underlined a particular portion, requiring that something be done which had not been done.  Therefore, he told the Judge I refused to be extradited.  That brought out the Judge’s law book which he studied a while.  Then he went back to chambers for another book.  We stood there while he studied the Law he was to rule upon.  Not very encouraging.
He told the Commonwealth Atty that apparently they could hold me 30 days while he got what he needed from NC, and another 30 after that, up to 90 days.  That could keep me in Jail into Jan of 2011.  For sure, my frozen garden was wrecked.
Except for my lawyer showing me the phrase he had underlined, no one acknowledged that I was even in the courtroom, with neither Judge nor the CA asking me anything.
After my brief court appearance, where nothing was decided except to hold me longer, I was later walked back with other inmates to the County Jail, uncuffed and into the holding cell again, then some hours later after lunch was served, recuffed and manacled, bussed back to Regional, uncuffed and finally returned to my “home” cell.  Telling my inmates what happened, I was preparing in my mind to spend Thanksgiving for sure, and maybe Christmas in Jail.  Sleep did not come easy that night after lockdown.
Fortunately, my SS check was auto deposited, and most bills were direct drafted or I would have been in a mellofahess.  I had already decided before Jail to cancel my land-line phone, so I managed to send letters to 3 addresses I found in a Jail phone book, hoping to reduce one small drain on my resources.
While I was at the Regional Jail with time on my hands, on Nov 7th I had, as a precaution, written a long letter to a friend who had been to my apartment, with a diagram of each room and contents from memory.  I described how to dispose of everything if I got sent to NC.  I never did find a way to locate an address for him.
Most of my furniture was refurbished stuff I’d picked up off the streets when college students graduated, so it could be disposed of easily.  It, plus books, clothes and household goods would go to Goodwill.  I would leave all of my fused glass equipment and supplies to my Studio landlady, who ran a stained glass shop in the same building.
There was very little of value in my apartment, just a few sentimental things, with all of my lifetime of collecting having been stolen by the State of NC in 2006, driving me into exile here.  I kept publishing what more I discovered about their crimes, and lived under a constant cloud that these criminals might find a way to come after me again. They did.
I knew from how Gov Bev’s RockCo criminals had lied to get me locked away, that if they got me to the RockCo Jail, I would never leave it alive.  Testing my memory by drawing my apartment floor plan and contents, and writing letters occupied my time, other than working two 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, twice, and reading a couple of paperback John Grisham mysteries.
4 am, Thursday, Nov 18th.  A loud clunk woke me as a breaker was thrown, lighting the big Commons Area as seen thru my cell door window.  A guard banged on my door, called my name, and told me to get dressed in myOranges.  When he later came back to take me, I saw I was the only one called out, and asked where I was going.  He said: back to court.
All I could imagine was that they had found some way to carry out the extradition.
I joined a few other inmates in the outer hall, and we were taken down the elevator to several holding cells at Intake, where a mixture of inmates — I figured from their cross-chatter were going to various counties — were being gathered.  After breakfast arrived and I gave my eggs away, when I was called an hour later, it was the same routine of cuffing and manacling and transport repeated all over again.  Every Jail vehicle I traveled in was of a different size, depending on how many were being transported that trip. Busses had intentionally skinny entranceways, and with my limited mobility and hands being cuffed, I often had to ask a guard to shove me in.
By 8:30 am I was in the holding cell outside the courtroom again, with 3 others.  Not long after 9, I was brought into the hallway and my lawyer told me the Commonwealth Atty had called NC yesterday afternoon, and they dropped their case.
Because the Judge had left for the day, he and the CA decided to wait until first thing this morning.  I was mildly irritated that I had not been in the courtroom when whatever happened happened, and got no satisfactory explanation for leaving me out.  I can only presume that NC criminals were trying to run a bluff, thinking all they had to do was ask, and I’d be extradited.  Fortunately, my lawyer read the Law, and I had refused to go.
So, at about 9:15, the Judge signed my release.  On TV when the Jury Foreman tells the Judge “Not Guilty” and he says the defendant is free to go, that’s a load of horsedookie.
I think I’ve written this up before, so I’ll only summarize here.  I had to wait in the holding cell still cuffed and manacled, until my other cell mates were done in court, and then we were walked back to the County Jail.
On the walk, a friendly Deputy said to me, “Be sure your lawyer gets this case removed from the . . . . . (some national registry I cannot remember the name of) or someone could arrest you again, like if you got pulled over for a tail light out.”  I’ve pestered both lawyers, but so far as I know, nothing has been done.  I live in constant fear of going back to some jail, falsely arrested again from this unresolved first false arrest.
I was released by Judge’s order about 9:15 am.  But I was not released by the Jails until about 5:30 pm, when I was uncuffed in the County Jail parking lot, being told that I could not go inside to use a phone.  I had a Jail Check for what was left in my account, but no coins for a phone.
As a “freed” man, during that Thursday, I was taken inside 3 different Jails, twice cuffed and manacled while transported some 50 miles in 3 trips, before being uncuffed when I got dumped out of a car into a dark outside parking lot, only a few hundred feet from where the Judge ordered me released, 8 hours previously.
On Thanksgiving Day 2010, a week after I was released from Jail, a friend helped me load out everything from my Glass Studio, forced after 35 successful years to close it forever.
At that point in time, there were a set of known criminals in the Rockingham County inJustice System — who had added to their standing indictment for Grand Larceny, Attempted Murder and Obstruction of Justice — additional charges for filing false statements to cause false arrest and false incarceration of a harassed and persecuted citizen of another state, operating as Interstate gangsters under RICO.
On Christmas Eve 2010 — when I might still have been in Jail had things worked out differently — I filed a 302-page Complaint against Gov Bv’s criminals in NC with US Attorneys in 2 states and DC. More charges have continued to grow, including against hundreds of State Employees for Misprison of Felony:  Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Gov Bev, her Gang of 6 on the Council of State, plus hundreds of other State Employees sworn to uphold the Law, plus hundreds of NC licensed Lawyers who are Officers of the Court sworn to turn in known criminals, all of whom know of these crimes in detail, have not ever turned in anyone for investigation and prosecution, no matter how many times I have begged and pleaded for someone to do so.
North Carolina is now certified as a National Judicial Disaster Area.  Because there is no Court of Competent Jurisdiction to try any of these criminals within the NC Justice System, it has now become the duty of the Federal Courts to guarantee that Gov Bev and her mafia of NC government employees shall all have the privilege of being handcuffed and leg manacled while wearing their Oranges before a Federal Judge.
Most people misunderstand the phrase “an eye for
an eye,” thinking it means revenge is justifiable.
But it’s an admonishment for equal justice, stated as a
limitation, meaning “no more than an eye for an eye.”
Equal justice is all I’ve ever asked.
What they did to me, shall be done to each of them.
There’s a special place in Hades for elected officials 
who steal from the People, where they shall watch 
each other roast, daily, eternally.  ~ Gene
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Lessons from Sandy Hook Elementary

Sharing another’s opinion.



From Hamiliton Street

• Obama Administration Scrapped Gun Reforms Ahead of 2012 Election

The New York Times reports the Obama administration abandoned a series of gun control measures one year ago as the 2012 election approached and House Republicans pushed a probe of the gun sting “Operation Fast and Furious.” Drafted after the January 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, the Justice Department recommendations centered on improving and expanding the national background-check system to reduce access to weapons for criminals and the mentally ill. The list included several proposals that Obama could have enacted by Executive Order had he chosen to take action.

• Sunday: Obama Vows Action on Gun Violence at Newtown Vigil

The first of the funeral services for the Newtown victims begin today, with more to follow throughout the week. At a vigil for the victims Sunday night, President Obama vowed unspecified action to curb gun violence in the United States.

• Monday: White House begins pre-excuse for ‘No Action’ by President

Press Secretary Jay Carney said that gun violence in America was “a complex problem that will require a complex solution.”

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

Remember the 20 children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments.

Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006.

Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of this year.

Remember the 400 other US children under age 15 who die from gunshot wounds each year.

Remember the 921 children killed by US air strikes against insurgents in Iraq.

Remember the 1,770 US children who die each year from child abuse and maltreatment.

Remember the 16,000 children who die each day around the world from hunger.

These tragedies must end.



[ Lesson missed from Sandy Hook ].   Crocodile Tears from a Mass Murderer?
While progressive pundits rev up for another round of “Oh how awful it is” and dust off their well worn scripts for “When will we do something about guns?”  they all conveniently artfully dodge around the most salient point which they refuse to believe.
The mass murderer in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday is a carbon copy of the one they helped elect barely 6 weeks ago on Nov 6th.
While they will run around the Internet searching for “evidence” of why this 20-year old kid did it, they never ask the older known mass murderer of many more children why he does it.
While I despise the NRA™ for never becoming National Heros by advocating competent gun control — and I believe that every one of them shall burn in the hottest firepits of hell — to blame them as the cause for every mass shooting like this one is absurd.
Those guilty in this Republic sit in Congress and the White House.  Most especially, in the Oval Office.
This Nobel Peace Prize™ winner deserves an Academy Award™ for his starring acting role in yet another made for TV Soon-to-be-forgotten tragedy of the human spirit.  A week or two of Pundits puking Melancolia™ to help the Nation’s Bleeding Hearts™ wallow inDenial™, a couple of grandstanding Bills introduced in Congress — which will die an ignominious death in some obscure Committee’s dungeon — and it will be all over, a Pageant of Self-flagellation™ to be properly shelved for resurrection the next time.
Because there will be a next time, and a next time.  So long as EmpireIsUS™ reaches half-way around the Globe to blast innocent women and children with their own blood, which cannot be washed from our hands, as each and every one of us is made a participant in mass murder, whether we remain silent or speak out.
Every Excuse will be given its Supporting Role on stage:  it’s the violent culture of movies and TV shows . . . it’s caused by the closing of mental asylums . . .  it’s the easy availability of guns . . . it’s the negative aura of American politics today.
One which will not be even whispered is this:  huge profits are made from every aspect of mass murder.  From manufacture of guns, their sale and distribution.  From abundant salaries of NRA staff and expensive anti-gun control Lobbyists, including a continuous flow of bribes to elect the ‘right’ Congressmen and women.  From the zillions of words hacked out by tens of thousands of media sources, all preying on a soul-wounded America in order to sell more advertising, push more kid’s kill toys.
There is so much money to be made from Corporate Mass Murder™, why would any sane Capitalist ever seriously consider ending it?  Capitalism is built upon making the most money during the worst of tragedies, where profit motive will be noticed least: “Tragedy is our most helpful distraction for profit taking!”
It’s the grease that keeps cogs on Wall $treet™ turning.  Without conflict and tragedy,Wall $treet™ has no where to go but down.   Perpetual War™ is a blessing from Master Lucifer Himself.
Totally ineffective War on DrugsWar on Terror™, endless Wars in any uncooperative country which sits on ‘our’ Oil Reserves, are all essential smoke screens to hide the only purpose for every War fought by America in the 21st Century forward: Profit.
The American people elected another Warmonger-In-Chief, again, only because this Actor portrayed himself as less Evil than the other one.   MoneyPowers of the Invisible Empire™ got what they paid for: a well-rehearsed, broadly-smiling, voter-charming Mr. Step-N-Fetch-It.
And so we have another Actor President who can cry on cue, just as GwB cried when he met with families whose sons and daughters he murdered. But out of sight, stealthily in his pocket, this President’s finger is still on the trigger button which continues to launch endless numbers of Drones to murder more children, brown skinned as are his own.
By Executive Order Obama signed away your age-old legal protection under habeas corpus.  Now he is free to murder anyone, at will.  It’s only a matter of time until he launches Drones against Americans on American soil, taking down American children as collateral damage with his lethal toys.  Will they be your children?
Are his tears Crocodile part of his acting ability?
Or maybe, just maybe, did the stark reality of today’s World as he has built it, momentarily fly through his Sociopathic brain?
For one brief shining moment, through the corrected view of the World provided by tears in his eyes, he may have seen himself for what he really is.
In which case, his tears were for him.
                 ——  ###  ——
© 12/16/12  Gene Messick, wordsmith
Footnote: The author lived off-campus in a cheap student-ghetto apartment behind the Virginia Tech Stadium, a thousand yards from where a similar tragedy struck five (5) years ago on 16 April 2007.  Gene was away planning a Stained-glass Workshop at VT’sReynolds Homestead, where mass murderer, Tobacco Death Merchant™ R J Reynolds, was born.  The previous day, a nearby wind storm had felled trees across power lines leading to the rural facility, and all telephone and computer connections to the outside world were down.  Not until an employee leaving at 5:30 that afternoon turned on a car radio in the parking lot did they learn of what had happened that blackest day in Blacksburg.
Back in his Studio, he fused and gave a memorial orange glass bowl to Va Tech.  Soon after, he moved to a different town, seldom to return to any VT campus.  In the window above his computer flies a faded paper origami bird, one of thousands that grieving volunteers folded and spread across the Campus Quad around which the killer ended the life of 32 people, with automatic weapons which have no other purpose but to kill.
Nothing changes, because nothing changes. ~ Gene

Read the Article at NYTimes 12-15-12

James Barron: More details emerge in the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, but officials offered no hint of what had motivated the shooter.
Gun Control Advocates Gather Near White House With Candles Watch Video
Mass Shootings: Maybe What We Need Is a Better Mental-Health Policy

NRA Cowards Go Into Hiding As Gun Control Support Surges

A Culture That Condones the Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill 
Lucinda Marshall: view/2012/12/15-3
“I remember how we played and explored when we were young; how we found fossils, and sometimes an arrowhead, and I think of all those little kids now dead in Connecticut who will no longer have the chance to make discoveries like those, never imagine, never explore, never be inspired, never get older.”  — Michael Winship, journalist with Bill Moyers. view/2012/12/17

[ IMPEACH GOV BEV 13 ] “. . . and a very Merry Christmas to all ! ”

From Hamilton Street
Preface: To thousands of folks, I’ve written hundreds of times that the reason I cannot go home to my native State of North Carolina for Christmas is that NC suddenly stole everything I owned back on the day after Independence Day, July 5 2006.
A Judge in Rockingham County — where I once had a garden in Eden — threaten me with Jail if I ever tried to get any of it back.  As a reminder, from time to time Email threats came, claiming to be from various Officials, as I documented their behavior by published more of this Saga from the apparent safety of living out-of-State, while I slowly built back my stained and fused glass-making and teaching business of more than a quarter century.
They became silent as I sent hundreds of NC Officials detailed descriptions of expanding criminal behavior discovered along the way, with help from friends remaining in NC.  In early 2010 I discovered that 8 felony criminals were on Nov election ballots, including those who had stolen my livelihood.   My constant publishing, naming names and sending to State Officials all across NC culminated in the same RockCo Officials conspiring to have me arrested at my home, intending to Extradite me back to NC in order to shut me up permanently.
That’s been well covered in a dozen previous [ IMPEACH GOV BEV ] Editions, including my 29 days in Jails before a Commonwealth Attorney discovered they had no case against me, and a Judge released me on Nov 18th, just in time to permanently shut down my 35-year glass business on Thanksgiving Day. The same NC criminals had now twice crushed my glass business in an attempt to prematurely end my life.
In 1978 I had ventured out on my own, leaving the financial security of an institutional career of teaching Design at NCSU, Architecture & Photography at Cornell, Graphics and Winemaking at McDowellTech.  I named my business Lightworks Studio, to cover glass making, photography and my technical theater work.  When I suddenly and unepectedly found myself forced into exile from NC — I called my tiny struggling new Studio ReGeneration Glass, to honor my starting over.  Now as I close out my life, my current wordsmithing work done while living in poverty on Social Security, I call Occuπ
At this festive Holiday Season when your gather with your family and friends — like all those taken from me by my condition of forced exile — I thought it might be worthwhile for the US Attorneys with whom I filed a 302-page Complaint on Christmas Eve 2010 if I provided them with a description of what was stolen, as best I can remember it, here as we approach Christmas Eve 2012.
Not a single stolen item has ever been returned by thieves working for the State of North Carolina, even though at first I sent multiple warnings to preserve the integrity of the crime scene.  So far as I know, everything has been destroyed.
This list is presented in the order it was dredged up from memory, by imagining walking thru each room in my Eden home, 6 and a half years after I last set foot in it, which is about how long I had lived there.
•  Every Christmas present remaining from 65 Christmases.
•  Every Birthday present that I had kept, and gifts of any kind.
•  Every Memento once belonging to my deceased Mother and Dad.
•  Every Keepsake that served to remind me of a person or past event.
•  Every Letter kept that anyone had written to me, personal or business.
•  Every souvenir collected from places I had visited, from Alaska and
    Canada to Spain and Costa Rica, and America from coast to coast.
•  My US Passport.  Every dream of travel again.
•  Drawers full of original, irreplaceable copyrighted designs of a lifetime.
•  Dozens of bottles of wine I’d made, vintages back to 1980, irreplaceable.
•  Detailed winemaking records, apparatus, and class teaching records.
    (I made 5 gallons of blackberry and grape wine in exile, from memory.)
•  File drawers full of notes, sketches and finished writings on every subject
    that interested me, including all from teaching at NC State and Cornell.
•  All historic research and class notes for a unique book on Glass Fusing,
   an unfinished work of 10 years in the making, never to be completed.
•  Documentation of my work with the Blue Ridge Parkway, including my two
    year campaign to stop the building of an inappropriate 4-story I-MAX theater
    including boxes of records I had obtained under a Federal FOIA request.
•  Names and contact info, business & personal, except what I had in a day-book.
•  Photos and news clipping files of every project I’d done for a lifetime.
•  Thousands of color slides, photos and negatives taken while I was establishing
    the Photography Degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in the early 70s.
•  All documentation of when I created Intermedia Theater at NC State University,
    including print media, photos, slides, and short 16mm films produced and used.
•  A half-dozen professional slide projectors to be used to convert multi-projector
    slide shows into digital format, which was not available back then.
•  Photo and written documentation of renovating the Stage at Carolina Theater
    in Greensboro, built in 1927 as a vaudeville house, updated to a contemporary
    performing theater, re-rigging 50 line sets in a 6 story fly house over stage.
•  Complete contents of a double garage building in Eden I transformed into my
    Glass Studio with an attached solar greenhouse and surrounding garden, packed
    to the ceiling with boxes on shelves containing past projects and future dreams.
•  About a hundred finished glass works I had for selling at craft shows and shops,
    from both my garage Studio, in house studio work room, and indoor Gallery.
•  Numerous kilns and glass shaping apparatus, some uniquely developed by me.
•  At least a thousand pounds of large sheet glass, from 3’x4′ down to square foot
   pieces or less, of hundreds of different types, colors, textures.
•  Tools, equipment and supplies for cutting, sand blasting, assembling glass.
•  Portable display mounts, covers, hangers, tables needed to sell glass on the road.
•  All files and records of off-broadway road shows I installed at a Civic Center
   where I served as their Technical Director for more than a dozen years.
•  My extensive Library of books on Art and Glass, tapes and DVDs, materials
   stretching back to my days free-lancing as a campus Graphic Designer for NCSU.
•  Collection of unique & odd glassworks, used to display the Science & Art of Glass.
•  About 20 display panels I made for one-man Gallery shows, as part of a 40-year
   Retrospective Exhibit of my glass, graphic design, theatre set & festival designs.
•  Slides of a large panel Exhibition for the Smithsonian Institution I worked on
    called The Transformation of Space, all 50 panels extensively hand drawn.
•  Every stick of furniture I owned, including what came from my parent’s home.
•  And of course, my clothes, business records for tax filing purposes, food I’d
   both bought and grown: harvested, frozen and canned.
•  Apple and plum trees, blackberrys I’d planted, peonies from my Mother’s Mother’s
    Garden along with transplanted bulbs from her garden in Shelby.  Woodworking
    hand tools my Dad left to me, some from his Dad. My power tools, drills, saws.
•  Access to a house, studio and garden in Eden which I had spent 6 years renovating,
   improving from attic to basement, anticipating living there to the end of my days
   making glass and writing documentary books based upon what I had gathered.
•  And an abundant list of items forgotten, which served as place- and time-markers
   in a joyous life of making, giving, sharing and teaching for others to enjoy.
All of the above and more, were swallowed up by a corrupt Judicial System which Lame Duck Gov Bev has attempted to deny and obfuscate by erecting a Wall of Silence around hundreds of her State Employees. Their constant state of Denial for performing a duty they swore an oath to do — for so many years — now borders on pathological.
Because of refusal to honor their Oath of Office, hundreds of State Employees now stand self-indicted as Accomplices to Gov Bev’s Federal Crimes, each charged with Obstruction of Justice and Misprison of Felony:  Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
I have obeyed this law, reporting various crimes thousands of times.  None of hundreds of guilty State Employees — including more than 200 State Licensed Lawyer/Officers of the Courts — have ever reported anything.  Guilty NC Judges still hand down corrupt decisions, in exchange for cash and sexual favors.
For those who voluntarily joined Gov Bev’s Interstate Crime Syndicate to commit more and cover-up previous crimes, may you enjoy what should be your last Christmas out ofPrison Oranges for a long while, Equal Justice willing.  Celebrate this Christmas by acknowledging what you have failed to do.
Most people misunderstand the phrase “an eye for
an eye,” thinking it means revenge is justifiable. But
it’s an admonishment for equal justice, stated as a
limitation, meaning “no more than an eye for an eye.”
— Originally from the Code of Hammurabi, King of Babylon 1792-1750 BC
Equal justice is all I’ve ever asked.
What they did to me, shall be done to each of them.
There’s a special place in Hades for elected officials 
who steal from the People, where they shall watch 
each other roast, daily, eternally.  ~ Gene

[ NRA ] When did they become Terrorists?

From Hamilton Street
The NRA is designated as a 501(c)(3) and a501(c)(4) organization, which allows it to operate both as a charity and to participate in political campaigns and lobbying.
According to a 1999 Fortune survey, lawmakers and congressional staffers considered NRA the most influential lobbying group. Its political activity is based on a principle that gun ownership is a civil liberty protected by the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and the NRA refers to itself as the oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States, founded Nov 1871. According to its website, the NRA has 4.3 million members.
The National Rifle Association sponsors firearm safety training courses as well as marksmanship events featuring shooting skills and sports, similar to what happened at Boy Scout camp when I was a kid.  But somewhere along the way, the NRA was taken over by paranoid cowardly bullies who are scared to death to go places unarmed, when the other 98.9% of us can stroll most places with no fear.
Instead of making America safer, NRA is advocating turning every place where people gather in the 21st Century into a live shoot-em up reCreation of the Wild, Wild West like when they were founded.  Not long after 1871was when folks began searching for ways to hang up their holsters because of the massive inconvenience of living in a fear-laced gun-toting society, and that’s when paranoia began bonding this overly inbred strain of white Americans.
Out of the horror of a gun massacre of 20 children and 7 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut just before Christmas 2012, the NRA was quiet for a few days, but before a week was out, they were advocating putting armed guards in every public school.
Here’s my suggestion for the NRA’s future contribution to gun safety in America:  that Congress authorize them to supply armed NRA Officers — paid for entirely with private funding raised by the NRA — for every school in America, so that when the next mass murders occur and NRA Officers die, it will prove to us how right they are.
“Gun collecting is a hobby, not a national necessity.” ~ non-gun owner Gene Messick
Posted by Martha Rosenberg on AlterNet at 2:32 pm on Dec 19, 2012

Are the NRA’s Horse-Head-in-the-Bed Days Over?

2012 will be remembered as the year the nation stood up to bullies — including the bullies dictating national gun policy. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the Newtown massacre is it pried state and federal lawmakers out of the NRA’s cold, dead hands.

Actually, the NRA’s power has been waning since at least 2005 when it declared a boycott against ConocoPhillips, a major Oklahoma employer with 3,000 workers, for blocking its bring-your-gun-to-work efforts. “ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” thundered Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president and CEO. “We’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights. If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.”

Unfortunately the boycott fizzled and the only “example” made was that the NRA is all hat and no horse.

The bring-your-gun-to-work bullying did not even fly in the “Gunshine State,” Florida. “Possession of firearms in the workplace or on company property is strictly prohibited,” said Bruce Middlebrooks of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, which has 7,500 employees in the Jacksonville area. “We’re not against the Second Amendment, but guns are inappropriate in our workplaces and workplaces include parking lots,” said Randy Miller, a lobbyist for the Florida Retail Federation which represents 12,000 businesses in the state.

Bring-your-gun-to-work efforts were so over the top, with hundreds a year already killed in workplace shootings, the American Bar Association challenged its legality.

Next, the paranoids at the NRA decided that the United Nations 2006 small arms conference, designed to coordinate individual nations’ policies toward arms shipments and sales, was a plot to grab US weapons. It even believed the gun grab was going to happen on the Fourth of July. (The press had a lot of fun with the idea of welterweight UN bureaucrats wrestling gun owners’ weapons away.) The NRA actually staged onsite demonstrations at UN headquarters, under the battle cry “Support Our Human Right To Guns and Self-Defense, and Protest the Gun Control Schemes of the United Nations.” Yes, “human right.”

Many remember the NRA’s mid-1990’s depiction of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents as gun grabbing “jack booted thugs.” It cost them the membership of George H. W. Bush and other prominent members. “To attack Secret Service agents or ATF people or any government law enforcement people as…wanting to attack law-abiding citizens is a vicious slander on good people,” wrote Bush in his resignation letter.

But fewer know about the NRA’s 2006 Freedom in Peril brochure, leaked to the press, that depicted gangs invading homes and flashing gang signs, hairy-legged female animal rights activists and the press as a giant vulture clutching a microphone. The illustrated brochure was a veritable NRA enemies list in which Katie Couric, Rosie O’Donnell, George Soros, Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, Sens. John Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Dianne Feinstein, York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the New Orleans police, the United Nations and illegal aliens were demonized.

“Second Amendment freedom today stands naked in the path of a marching axis of adversaries far darker and more dangerous than gun owners have ever known,” says the 27-page brochure. “Acting alone and in shadowy coalitions, these enemies of freedom are preparing for a profound and foreboding confrontation in which they will not make the mistakes of their predecessors.”

George Soros is “the Hungarian-born billionaire bankroller of a globalist jihad against firearm freedom” who has been “trying to revoke the Bill of Rights through his checkbook,” says the brochure.

Like bullies everywhere, the NRA’s aggression comes from excessive fear. As Ring of Fire talk show host Mike Papantonio says, maybe they need a “shot of testosterone.” Every day millions of people, including children, old people and 110 pound women get to work without the help of firearms. Yet the tough guys at the NRA are afraid to go to work and into other gun free zones unarmed. “People could drive on their highways with the guns, but they couldn’t stop anywhere,” sniffles LaPierre about gun free zones. “In effect, you’re nullifying the right to carry.

It is amazing politicians have allowed a few paranoid, aging white bullies to dictate a national gun policy that kills six-year-olds in school. It is just as amazing that voters have let them.


[ Pause to Contemplate ] Who determines who we are?

From: Gene M.


Here’s the last paragraph in a powerful statement which, like the Ride of Paul Revere, sets out to warn us of attack. For 200 years, the Great American Experiment in Democracy has served as a beacon to oppressed people here and around the World.  We are very near to becoming a nation ruled by a self-assuming Aristocracy which we fought against in ourFirst American Revolution.  The Battle described herein is at least 3 decades into theSecond Revolution where our rights have been stripped by the galloping fascism of America’s Elite vs. the rest of us. Here are words of Chris Hedges:
“The corporate state knows that the steady deterioration of the economy and the increasingly savage effects of climate change will create widespread social instability. It knows that rage will mount as the elites squander diminishing resources while the poor, as well as the working and middle classes, are driven into destitution. It wants to have the legal measures to keep us cowed, afraid and under control. It does not, I suspect, trust the police to maintain order. And this is why, contravening two centuries of domestic law, it has seized for itself the authority to place the military on city streets and citizens in military detention centers, where they cannot find redress in the courts. The shredding of our liberties is being done in the name of national security and the fight against terrorism. But the NDAA is not about protecting us.  It is about protecting the state from us. That is why no one in the executive or legislative branch is going to restore our rights. The new version of the NDAA, like the old ones, provides our masters with the legal shackles to make our resistance impossible. And that is their intention.”
Chris and a handful of America’s truest patriots are suing our government to stop it from taking away our Liberties.  I look back at what I just wrote, and it reads like it was written by a Teabagger.  I assure you I am not.
But the warning these brave souls are taking upon themselves state a reality that can fatally change the America we live in very quickly if it goes wrong.  In this case, everyone else in the power structure has failed us:  a President who murders women and children around the World, at will;  a Congress that sanctions violation of our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms;  a Corporate-owned Media that does nothing to safeguard us;  and an army of Corporate Executives who need this because they know they have made an America that is no longer safe for them to live in.
Below is the full Article and a Link to it .  Please take the time to read it.  If you realize how profoundly dangerous this is, please devote some of your talent, intelligence, and whatever resources you have available for fighting this lethal threat to our Nation.  — Gene Messick, Christmas Day 2012
Posted on Dec 23, 2012

The Final Battle

AP/Alex Brandon

By Chris Hedges the past year I and other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg have pressed a lawsuit in the federal courts to nullify Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This egregious section, which permits the government to use the military to detain U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers, could have been easily fixed by Congress.

The Senate and House had the opportunity this month to include in the 2013 version of the NDAA an unequivocal statement that all U.S. citizens would be exempt from 1021(b)(2), leaving the section to apply only to foreigners.

But restoring due process for citizens was something the Republicans and the Democrats, along with the White House, refused to do. The fate of some of our most basic and important rights—ones enshrined in the Bill of Rights as well as the Fourth and Fifth amendments of the Constitution—will be decided in the next few months in the courts. If the courts fail us, a gulag state will be cemented into place.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, pushed through the Senate an amendment to the 2013 version of the NDAA. The amendment, although deeply flawed, at least made a symbolic attempt to restore the right to due process and trial by jury. A House-Senate conference committee led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., however, removed the amendment from the bill last week.

“I was saddened and disappointed that we could not take a step forward to ensure at the very least American citizens and legal residents could not be held in detention without charge or trial,” Feinstein said in a statement issued by her office. “To me that was a no-brainer.”

The House approved the $633 billion NDAA for 2013 in a 315-107 vote late Thursday night. It will now go before the Senate. Several opponents of the NDAA in the House, including Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., cited Congress’ refusal to guarantee due process and trial by jury to all citizens as his reason for voting against the bill. He wrote in a statement after the vote that “American citizens may fear being arrested and indefinitely detained by the military without knowing what they have done wrong.”

The Feinstein-Lee amendment was woefully adequate. It was probably proposed mainly for its public relations value, but nonetheless it resisted the concerted assault on our rights and sought to calm nervous voters objecting to the destruction of the rule of law. The amendment failed to emphatically state that citizens could never be placed in military custody. Rather, it said citizens could not be placed in indefinite military custody without “trial.” But this could have been a trial by military tribunals. Citizens, under the amendment, could have been barred from receiving due process in a civil court. Still, it was better than nothing. And now we have nothing.

“Congressional moves concerning the NDAA make it clear that Congress as a whole has no stomach for the protection of civil liberties,” said attorney Bruce Afran, who along with attorney Carl Mayer has brought the lawsuit against President Obama in which we are attempting to block Section 1021(b)(2).

The only hero so far in this story is U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District Court of New York. Forrest in September accepted all of our challenges to the law. She issued a permanent injunction invalidating Section 1021(b)(2). Government lawyers asked Forrest for a “stay pending appeal”—meaning the law would go back into effect until the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling in the case. She refused. The government then went directly to the Court of Appeals and asked it for a temporary stay while promising not to detain the plaintiffs or other U.S. citizens under the provision. The Court of Appeals, which will hear oral arguments in January, granted the government’s request for a temporary stay. The law went back into effect. If the Court of Appeals upholds Forrest’s ruling, the case will most likely be before the Supreme Court within weeks.

“President Obama should never have appealed this watershed civil rights ruling,” Mayer said. “But now that he has, the fight may well go all the way to the Supreme Court. At stake is whether America will slide more toward authoritarianism or whether the judicial branch of government will stem the decade-long erosion of our civil liberties. Since 9/11 Americans have been systematically stripped of their freedoms: Their phone calls are monitored under [George W.] Bush and Obama’s warrantless wiretapping program, they are videotaped relentlessly in public places, there are drones over American soil and the police control protesters and dissenters with paramilitary gear and tactics. As long as Obama and the leadership of both parties want the military to police our streets, we will fight. This is unacceptable, un-American and unconstitutional.”

We knew the government would appeal, but we did not expect it to act so aggressively. This means, we suspect, that the provision is already being used, most likely to hold people with U.S. and Pakistani dual citizenship or U.S. and Afghan dual citizenship in military detention sites such as Bagram. If the injunction were allowed to stand during the appeal and U.S. citizens were being held by the military without due process, the government would be in contempt of court.

Judge Forrest’s 112-page opinion is a stark explication and condemnation of the frightening erosion of the separation of powers. In her opinion she referred to the Supreme Court ruling Korematsu v. United States, which declared constitutional the government’s internment of 110,000 Japanese-Americans without due process during World War II. The 2013 NDAA, like the old versions of the act, allows similar indefinite detentions—of Muslim Americans, dissidents and other citizens.

Section 1021(b)(2) defines a “covered person”—one subject to detention—as “a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”

The section, however, does not define the terms “substantially supported,” “directly supported” or “associated forces.” The vagueness of the language means that the plaintiffs, including those who as journalists have contact with individuals or groups deemed by the State Department to be part of terrorist organizations, could along with others find themselves seized and detained under the provision.

The corporate state knows that the steady deterioration of the economy and the increasingly savage effects of climate change will create widespread social instability. It knows that rage will mount as the elites squander diminishing resources while the poor, as well as the working and middle classes, are driven into destitution. It wants to have the legal measures to keep us cowed, afraid and under control. It does not, I suspect, trust the police to maintain order. And this is why, contravening two centuries of domestic law, it has seized for itself the authority to place the military on city streets and citizens in military detention centers, where they cannot find redress in the courts. The shredding of our liberties is being done in the name of national security and the fight against terrorism. But the NDAA is not about protecting us. It is about protecting the state from us. That is why no one in the executive or legislative branch is going to restore our rights. The new version of the NDAA, like the old ones, provides our masters with the legal shackles to make our resistance impossible. And that is their intention.

Q:  How many have died in America by gunshot 
       between the Sandy Hook massacre and 
       Christmas 10 days later?
A:  At least 160

Just for Laughs

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