Every now and again, there is a good story that makes the news. Usually when people use firearms in  defense of life, liberty and property, there isn’t a lot of media play…This time, it’s getting good coverage!

Anthony Hernandez's grandfather, George Wyant, says he began teaching his grandchildren self-defense after Anthony's father was murdered six years ago.

Anthony Hernandez’s grandfather, George Wyant, says he began teaching his grandchildren self-defense after Anthony’s father was murdered six years ago. more >

– The Washington Times – Thursday, December 18, 2014

A 14-year-old boy whose father was murdered six years ago says he was protecting his grandmother Tuesday after he fatally shot a man who was trying to break into his grandparents’ home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Anthony Hernandez was visiting his grandparents, George and Anna Marie Wyant, when he said he heard a loud bang at the back of the house around 5:15 p.m. The suspect, 18-year-old Isai Delcid, was allegedly trying to break into a back window.

“Then I went and I got the gun,” Anthony told a local CBS affiliate. “I told the guy — and I said who is that, and the person hit [the window] again.”

“Then I said I have a gun, and they hit it another time. And they hit it again. I said stop and the guy broke through. And that’s when I shot,” he told WBT Radio in a telephone interview.

A few minutes later, Mrs. Wyant told a 911 operator what had happened.

“The man was breaking into the window,” she said in the call, the Charlotte Observer reported. “He was halfway in the window. My grandson told him to stop and get out of here, and he didn’t so my grandson shot him. … Somebody just broke in the house, and we shot him.”

Police found Delcid shot to death on the Wyants’ back deck. Police said they believe the fatal shooting was justified and have not charged the teen with a crime.

Delcid’s older brother, Carlos Delcid, who was reportedly in charge of operating the getaway car, was later arrested for 1st degree burglary.

The shooting comes six years after Anthony’s father, Gregorio Hernandez, 35, was shot to death while working on a car at the auto shop he owned. Victor Vasquez was later found guilty of first-degree murder in that killing.

“[Hernandez] was a mechanic,” Mr. Wyant told the Observer. “It was his garage. Someone came in and shot him to death.”

Hernandez’s death motivated the Wyants to begin teaching their grandchildren self-defense.

“I took [Anthony] to a shooting range,” Mr. Wyant said. “All the boys, I wanted them to learn gun safety. That’s what all of us should have for protection. These are different ages, and you have to protect yourself.”

Mrs. Wyant said the teen is “his grandmother’s hero.”

“If I was by myself, God knows what they would have done to me,” she told the Observer.

This is an excellent short article from one our neighbors in Arkansas:

THE ENEMIES OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM CONTINUE TO TIGHTEN THE NOOSE. December 15, 2014

It’s hard to avoid pejorative comments when speaking of/about politicians and bureaucrats and other hangers-on, particularly when they are hell-bent on enslaving citizens.

Hot Dog! A new word from the Agenda 21 crowd. “SHARROWS” Sharrows is an international word used where the mode of transportation relies heavily on non-carbon fuel, i.e. bicycles, rickshaws, horse drawn carriages, walking and running.

Add “sharrows” to the lexicon of Agenda 21’s Sustainable Development’s words & phrases that the Fort Smith city government has recently adopted, e.g. quality of place, sense of place, event nodes, smart growth, bikeways, wayfinding signs, and now sharrows.

When government types have “visions” that arise out of the ashes of the Phoenix, the cost of said “visions” are always unbridled and the consequences are many in terms of loss of freedoms and/or treasure.

A Fort Smith fellow by the name Drew Linder had such a “vision”. Linder’s vision: a looping trail extending around the city at a projected cost of $9.5 million to $17 million for openers. No estimates pertaining to the numbers of new government employees and maintenance that such a program would demand.

Lorie Robertson, Parks Commission Chairwoman, opines, “We will earmark up to 10% of tax revenue for trails.” Ah yes, gullible citizens will jump on it.

Note: Robertson is the chairwoman of an unelected, non-governmental operation (NGO). Again, NGO’s blunt and completely isolate/remove citizen influence in government.

All the above in the face of a recent $300,000 EPA fine, ½ BILLION dollar edict from the EPA, projected 8% salary increases for city employees, the trails/bikeways scheme, bankrupt pension programs, fluoridation, all devoid of money to fund, therefore new taxes will be pursued….Question: WHERE DID THE 1% SALES TAX MONEY GO??

Bicycle Advocacy groups are very powerful. Advocacy is a fancy word for lobbying, influencing and/or strong-arming the politicians and the public. They are a very useful self-serving tool for “Smart Growth” & “Sustainable Development” which are integral parts of U.N. Agenda 21.

It’s not just about bike lanes, it’s about remaking cities and rural areas to the “sustainable model”. High density urban development (stack’em & pack’em) without parking for cars is the goal. Bike groups are the “shock troops” for the Agenda 21 plan.

Bush I signed us on to Agenda 21 in 1992. In 2009 600 U.S. cities, towns, counties had agreed to Sustainability Principles…Fort Smith, AR is a certainty to be among those now well over 600.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE WORLDWIDE PLAN TO INVENTORY AND CONTROL ALL LAND, ALL WATER, ALL MINERALS, ALL CONSTRUCTION, ALL EDUCATION, ETC. ETC. THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO PROMOTE ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTION, E.G. FORT SMITH, AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL AUTOMOBILE TO POLICIES THAT ENDORSE & ENCOURAGE PUBLIC TRANSIT.

Linder made another poignant statement, knowing or unknowing “I think it is such a good fit for the street tax because it’s just another form of transportation.” Spoken like a U.N. Agenda 21 advocate.

Are Linder & Robertson unknowingly parrots or are they advocates for the United Nation’s Agenda 21 freedom killing cabal?
City Manager Gosack most likely knows and is an active agent in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, as is Mayor Sanders, but do the City Directors know or understand?

Joe McCutchen
http://www.arkansasfreedom.com

Nebraska school district scans student fingerprints for lunch program

 

OMAHA, Neb. – Westside Community Schools have begun collecting student fingerprints for its school lunch program.

fingerprint-scanner 337x244The school district has moved to a biometric identification program, saying students will no longer have to use an ID card to buy lunch.

“Students lose their ID, they left it at home, it went through the washing machine, there were all kinds of reasons why kids didn’t have an ID and it took a lot of time for them to fish it out of their pockets and holding their tray at the same time,” Diane Zipay of Westside Nutrition Services tells WOWT.

“They never lose their finger.”

Students pay for their items by scanning their fingerprint on a pad, which then connects to a database housing all the students’ identification, according to the news station.

Fingerprints were scanned last month. About 20 families and a “few individual high school students” opted out, the Obama World-Herald reports.

“At the high school, the new system, along with changes in federal snack rules, means students now can have just one account for the main cafeteria and the convenience store rather than two separate ones,” according to the paper.

The new technology also allows parents to monitor what their children are purchasing.

School officials say the information won’t be used by law enforcement agencies, but who will have access to the data – say, for example, federal bureaucrats running the National School Lunch Program – wasn’t addressed.

The biometric readers and software cost the Westside district a total of $55,000.

Other schools have implemented similar programs.

North Adams Public Schools in Massachusetts installed fingerprint readers “to move students through the cafeteria line more efficiently and ensure parents could accurately track their children’s lunch habits online,” according to iBirkshires.com.

The move touched off a parental revolt.

“Let us not allow our children to allow privacy to become a thing of the past. Our duty is to educate and protect them, not to catalog them like merchandise,” parent Cara Roberts wrote in a letter to the mayor and the news site.

“Our duty is to teach them to protect and care for their bodies. What message are we sending when we tell them their body is a means of identification, a tool for others to use to track them?”

The Omaha World-Herald notes “provides greater anonymity for students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.”

The paper notes at least one other Nebraska district – Norris Public Schools – uses similar technology.

 

Remember we discussed something similar in Missouri after having to fight the Park Service too many times. Especially over the Ozark Scenic Riverways. Here is some potentially great news from Utah. Missouri can and SHOULD do the same!

Utah to seize own land from government, challenge federal dominance of Western states

‘Transfer of Public Lands Act’ demands Washington relinquish 31.2 million acres by Dec. 31

– The Washington Times – Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan.

In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31.

So far, however, the federal government hasn’t given any indication that it plans to cooperate. Still, state Rep. Ken Ivory, who sponsored the legislation, isn’t deterred.

“That’s what you do any time you’re negotiating with a partner. You set a date,” said Mr. Ivory. “Unfortunately, our federal partner has decided they don’t want to negotiate in good faith. So we’ll move forward with the four-step plan that the governor laid out.”

In other words, there won’t be any escorting of federal officials by state troopers to the eastern border. Instead, he said, state officials will proceed with a program of education, negotiation, legislation and litigation.

“We’re going to move forward and use all the resources at our disposal,” said Mr. Ivory, who also heads the American Lands Council, which advocates the relinquishing of federal lands to the control of the states.

With the 2012 law, Utah placed itself on the cutting edge of the heated debate over public lands in the West. The federal government controls more than 50 percent of the land west of Kansas — in Utah’s case, it’s 64.5 percent, a situation that has increasingly resulted in tensions across the Rocky Mountain West.

Those in favor of the state taking control of federal lands were buoyed by a report Monday that concluded the idea was financially feasible. Entitled “An Analysis of a Transfer of Federal Lands to the State of Utah,” the 784-page analysis found that Utah was capable of managing that property, now under the control of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service.

“I expect that public discussion will be well served by this report. It shows the complexities and connections between Utah’s robust economy and the great quality of life Utahans enjoy,” Mr. Herbert said in a statement.

The report, conducted over 18 months by analysts at three state universities, found that Utah would incur an additional $280 million in costs to manage the lands, but would bring in some $331.7 million in royalties from mineral resources development, mainly oil and gas. Currently Utah receives only half the royalties from drilling that is allowed on federal lands inside its borders.

The study also found that while small amounts of federal ownership could stimulate economic growth in counties, such management becomes a “drag” on most counties after they reach 40 percent to 45 percent ownership, adding that, “twenty of Utah’s 29 counties exceed this threshold.”

“The findings of this report confirm that the state is more than capable of taking on the management of these lands,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican, in a statement. “This data will be a helpful resource as we continue to work toward resolving some of the biggest challenges facing public lands policy in the state.”

Green opposition

On the other side of the debate is the environmental movement, led by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, which argues that transferring federal lands to state control “makes it harder to protect Utah’s wild lands for all Americans.” Washington, environmentalists argue, is a better steward of Utah’s natural riches than Salt Lake City.

Staff attorney David Garbett argues that the report shows Utah would be unable to afford managing the federal lands without selling them or subjecting them to heavy development.

“When will the legislature realize that the public does not want to see the Wasatch Mountains barricaded with ‘No Trespassing’ signs, the Book Cliffs lost to tar sand strip mines or Arches National Park ringed with oil and gas development?” he said in a statement.

The group launched a radio and television campaign this week aimed at drumming up opposition to the plan, describing it as a “land grab.” The ads allege that managing the lands would be so costly that Utah would be forced to sell or lease them to private developers.

“But that means Utahans would lose access to the lands that formed our heritage,” says the television ad, which shows people fishing and horseback riding. “Seizing public lands: A bad idea we can’t afford.”

Mr. Ivory dismissed the attacks as “fear tactics,” pointing out that the law includes only lands designated for multiple use — in other words, economic development — and not national parks or national monuments.

“They’re trying to get people to think that the sky is falling, and it’s just not,” Mr. Ivory said. “In fact, Utah passed the only state wilderness act so that, as the lands are transferred, we designate the unique heritage sites as state wilderness to be protected under the guidelines the state establishes.”

He pointed to the report, which he says shows “clearly Utah can afford to do this without selling off any land. None of that is contemplated.”

“These are tactics by those who just want to keep making money by suing the federal government,” Mr. Ivory said, referring to environmental groups.

He pointed out that transferring federal lands to state control has the support of the American Farm Bureau, the National Association of Counties and the Republican National Committee. A half-dozen Western states are expected to consider similar proposals in next year’s legislative session, while bills have been introduced in Congress to support the idea.

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar slammed the Utah legislation in 2012, saying it “defied common sense,” and accused lawmakers of playing politics.

As far as Mr. Ivory is concerned, however, shifting management to the states would be far preferable than keeping the lands under the increasingly tight control of the federal government.

“Under increasing federal control, access is being restricted. The health of the land is diminishing horribly. And the productivity is depressed,” Mr. Ivory said. “This is the only way to get better access, better health and better productivity.”

Missouri Bill to Stop Obamacare

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s that time again….the season when bills are pre-filed for the upcoming session. There will be lots of info and changes on a near daily basis in language. The following may be something we could get through without turning it into permission for governmental overreach. Here’s the info:

 

MISSOURI ALERT

Take action to support SB51, block Obamacare!

Yesterday, a bill was filed in the Missouri state senate that would suspend the licenses of insurance carriers who accept federal subsidies through the federally-run Obamacare exchange, potentially nullifying the ability of the federal government to carry out the mandate, or even operate the exchange in the state.

READ MORE HERE

ACTION STEPS TO SUPPORT:

  1. Contact your state senator and urge them to support and co-sponsor SB51.  Contact info here:
    http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx.
  2. Also, contact your state rep. and urge them to introduce similar legislation in the house. Contact info here:
    http://www.house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx

    *Call him or her – a phone call has far more impact than an email.  Strongly, but politely ask them to support SB51

  3. If they do not commit to a YES, ask them why and let us know.
  4. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll give them some time to review the legislation and that you will call back in a week to follow up.
  5. SHARE this information widely
  6. Pitch in today – help us spread the word about this bill! https://stopobamacare.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

Thanks for Property Rights!

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Karen Griswold sent this to me, -Thanks, Karen!- and I wanted to share it with all of you….and wish you all a great Thanksgiving Day and please, do drive safely!

                                                              Thanks, property rights!

BY JOHN STOSSEL | NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | 1:29 PM

This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights.

People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common.

Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did.

The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, “Much was stolen both by night and day.” The same plan in Jamestown contributed to starvation, cannibalism and death of half the population.

So Bradford decreed that families should instead farm private plots. That quickly ended the suffering. Bradford wrote that people now “went willingly into the field.”

Soon, there was so much food that the Pilgrims and Indians could celebrate Thanksgiving. There’s nothing like competition and self-interest to bring out the best in people.

While property among the settlers began as an informal system, with “tomahawk rights” to land indicated by shaving off bits of surrounding trees, or “corn rights” indicated by growing corn, soon settlers were keeping track of contracts, filing deeds and, alas, hiring lawyers to sue each other. Property rights don’t end all conflict, but they create a better system for settling disputes than physical combat.

Knowing that your property is really yours makes it easier to plant, grow, invest and prosper.

In Brazil today, rainforests are destroyed because no one really owns them. Loggers take as many trees as they can because they know if they don’t, someone else will. No one had much reason to preserve trees or plant new ones for future harvests; although recently, some private conservation groups bought parcels of the Amazon in order to protect trees.

The oceans are treated as a commons, and they are difficult to privatize. For years, lack of ownership

led to overfishing. Species will go extinct if they aren’t treated as property. Now a few places award fishing rights to private groups of fishermen. Canada privatized its Pacific fisheries, saving the halibut from near collapse. When fishermen control fishing rights, they care about preserving fish.

Think about your Thanksgiving turkey. We eat tons of them, but no one worries that turkeys will go extinct. We know there will be more next year, since people profit from owning and raising them.

As the 19th-century economist Henry George said, “Both humans and hawks eat chickens — but the more hawks, the fewer chickens; while the more humans, the more chickens.”

(Sadly, even Henry George didn’t completely believe in private property. He thought land should be unowned, since latecomers can’t produce more of it. Had he seen how badly the commonly owned rainforest is treated, he might’ve changed his mind.)

Hernando de Soto (the contemporary Peruvian economist, not the Spanish conquistador) writes about the way clearly defined property rights spur growth in the developing world. Places without clear property rights — much of the third world — suffer.

“About 4 billion people in the world actually build their homes and own their businesses outside the legal system,” de Soto told me. “It’s all haphazard and disorganized because of the lack of rule of law, the definition of who owns what. Because they don’t have [legally recognized] addresses, [they] can’t get credit.”

Without deeds, they can’t make contracts with confidence. Economic activity that cannot be legally protected instead gets done on the black market, or on “gray markets” in a murky legal limbo in between. In places such as Tanzania, says de Soto, 90 percent of the economy operates outside the legal system.

So, few people expand homes or businesses. Poor people stay poor.

This holiday season, give thanks for property rights and hope that your family will never have to relearn the economic lesson that nearly killed the Pilgrims.

JOHN STOSSEL, a Washington Examiner columnist, is nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate.

 

 

 

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Although the government and mainstream media perfectly timed the Ferguson grand jury decision to go off right after President Obama passed executive amnesty (which, magically, no one in the mainstream media is talking about anymore), it also works out well for the White House that this event transpired right before the upcoming holiday.

Why, you might ask?

Because the Obama administration has prepared, for the fifth time now, to oh-so-quietly release 3,415 brand spanking new regulations right before Thanksgiving while everyone just so happens to be totally distracted and focusing on the orchestrated civil disorder going on in Ferguson.

Via The Daily Caller:

The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.

“It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper.

The White House’s regulatory agenda for spring 2014 was released on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, when millions of people set out on weekend getaways or family vacations.

“It’s unfortunate because it’s an update on protections for Americans of all stripes,” Shudtz told the Hill. “It lays out the administration’s plan and it deserves more attention.”

Nice, right? You can find a detailed list of the new regulations here.

Apparently, this release comes new and improved with even more regulations than last time, and it even comes complete with the added bonus of having 189 rules which come with a nice fat price tag of $100 million.

It’s funny… Once upon a time, throwing out an amount like a hundred million would’ve made some people’s eyeballs literally pop out of their heads. I can use the word literally in a figurative sense now without being incorrect, because apparently we live in such an Idiocracy society that the official definition of the word “literally” has been updated to include “used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true.”

… I’m not even kidding.

literally

See?

Anyway, who knows what evil will be lurking in those 3,415 new regulations. No, really. Who knows? Hardly anyone knows, because these regs will be slipped in under cover of concocted protests in Ferguson, a plate full of turkey and stuffing, and a football game.

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