Date Set for OSNR Debate

The two veteran politicians will meet on the steps of the Shannon County Courthouse, with alternative sites being discussed in case of rain, Kinder said Friday.

“This debate exemplifies two very fundamental American values, which have always been issues for the parks,” Kelly said. “One is preservation and the other is economic exploitation. That’s a good pressure to have, that’s a good tension.”

Kinder said he “could not agree more heartily. We are setting it for 11 a.m. to have people come from surrounding areas.”

What this is all about is whether the Ozark National Scenic Riverways should be controlled by the federal or state government.

Kinder, a Republican, believes the award winning state park system, can manage the park better than the federal government.

Kelly, a Democrat, defaults to the usual leftist belief that everything is better when it’s centrally planned and controlled.  Therefore, Kelly believes Washington, DC should manage a park in Missouri.

The Shannon County Courthouse is in Eminence, Missouri.

 

Alleged Jewish Community Center killer was a guest lecturer at Missouri State

Posted By Eric Owens On 9:54 AM 04/16/2014

Alleged Shooter at KC Jewish Center

Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas on Sunday, was featured as a guest lecturer in a class at Missouri State University in 2012.

The professor who invited Miller to speak was David Embree, an adjunct professor of religious studies, reports Inside Higher Ed. The class was an interterm course on cultural and religious subgroups.

“One of the groups that students were pretty fascinated by and wanted more on was white supremacists,” Embree said, according to Inside Higher Ed. “One of the things I’ve found with many of these groups is that if I tell the story myself, [the students] don’t believe me. They just think I’m trying to make them look bad.”

In no uncertain terms, Embree explained that he detests Miller and everything he stands for.

“My acquaintance with Glenn Miller is a couple of phone calls and one hour in a classroom,” Embree added, according to Inside Higher Ed. “He epitomizes the worst possible manifestation of white supremacy/British Israelism and demonstrated to the 12 students who heard him speak that his philosophy is repulsive and truly threatening.”

In an email, a Missouri State spokesman called the Springfield, Mo. school a “marketplace of ideas.”

After the class, a person representing himself as Miller showed up on the Vanguard News Network, an antisemitic, white supremacist website, to vent about his appearance in shockingly racial and anti-Semitic terms.

“The two extremely ugly kikes, one fat one skinny, did not deny one single charge I made against the jews,” Miller seems to have written under his screen name, Rounder. “Their several questions were incredibly stupid, really. They did remain defiant with frowns the whole time, though. Noses stuck up in the air as if to dare me to do something about jewish attrocities [sic].”

“Time flew” during the two hours he was in the class, Rounder recalled. Topics included the “holyhoax” (presumably the Holocaust), “black crime, Federal Reserve” and “jewish leadership of the bolshevik revolution.”

“[A]t one point, I raised up and blurted out, ‘Hell yes, I hate you and all jews, and you all deserve my hate for what your people have done to mine,’” Rounder wrote.

He quotes himself as saying, “I’ve proven in simple math that our race is dying out rapidly. I’ve also given you evidence that the jews are responsible.”

Rounder ended  his Vanguard News posting with the words “Heil Hitler !!!” (RELATED: WATCH the alleged Kansas shooter’s incredibly anti-Semitic interview)

Under Rounder’s posting, there is a lot of dialogue about the class discussion—much of it by Rounder.

“You are an inspiration, Rounder,” wrote Vanguard member elbwgreez (who identifies himself with an image of a young Adolph Hitler). “Judging from your excellent radio interviews I know you were prepared and a quick wit, as always. However, I suspect that that your opponents under-estimate your debate skills, leaving them at a disadvantage.”

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Do You Want To Know the Truth About Common Core?
Friday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. Cassville Missouri
The Watley Center
Crowder College
Dr. Mary Byrne will discuss the history and truth of Common Core, its impact on education, assessments, data collection on our children and more.
Dr. Mary Byrne has a M.Ed. in instructional design and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has spent the past thirty-five years in education—her first 10 years as a special educator teaching all grade levels, including work as a coordinator of curriculum, assessment, and accreditation and most recently in differentiated instruction within the regular classroom.

 

April 17, 2014

Should the Governor Nixon be impeached?

Article VII Section I of the Missouri Constitution says, “All elective executive officials of the state, and judges of the supreme court, courts of appeals and circuit courts shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.”

Notice that most of the constitutional grounds for impeachment are NOT criminal in nature. The purpose of impeachment is to “check” an official who is damaging the People and his office in some way, even if no crime has been committed. It doesn’t even have to be a malicious act – notice that “incompetency” is grounds for impeachment.

In1843 Judge John Leland was impeached for deficiency in legal knowledge, negligence, tardiness, and inattentiveness.

 

Impeachment is NOT a Finding of Guilt

When the House of Representatives votes to impeach an official, they are not saying he is guilty – all they are saying is that there’s enough evidence to hold a trial. In Missouri, unlike virtually all the other states, the actual impeachment trial and determination of guilt is left up to seven judges. When the governor is the object of the impeachment, the Senate selects “seven eminent jurists” from among sitting judges across the state.

So the question before the House Judiciary Committee next week, and possibly the whole House later on, is, “Is there enough cause to hold an impeachment trial of Governor Nixon?”

I think there is. What do you think? Please learn more about impeachment and fill out a witness form, either for or against impeaching Governor Nixon, and we will deliver it to the committee. (See more details below the witness form link.)

 

Hearing On Wednesday!
Fill out your witness by Tuesday.

Committee: Judiciary
Date:  Wednesday, April 23
Time:  Upon noon adjournment
Room:  HR 1
HR 380: Marshal, HR 476 Moon, HR 923 Brattin
Articles of Impeachment against Governor Nixon
Please double check the hearing schedule before traveling to the hearing.

 

Witness Form - I will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.

 

The House Resolutions — Articles of Impeachment

Tuesday, April 22nd, the House Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings for three separate articles of impeachment:

  • HR 380: Adopts Articles of Impeachment for Governor Jay Nixon for the issuance of Executive Order 13-14, which recognizes same-sex couples for the purpose of filing joint married tax returns in spite of the Missouri’s Constitution marriage amendment.
  • HR 476 Adopts articles of impeachment against Governor Nixon for failure to issue writs of election to fill vacancies in the General Assembly without delay as required by state law
  • HR 923 Adopts articles of impeachment for the Governor based on his failure to discipline or dismiss executive branch employees responsible for the released of concealed carry endorsement information to the federal government.

 

Learn About Impeachment Here

What is impeachment?
Why is it important?
Who can impeach a judge in Missouri?
Why does the power to impeach rest with the house of representatives alone?
What happens once articles of impeachment have been approved by the house?
What are the possible penalties if found guilty?
For what reasons can a judge be impeached?

 

Missouri Constitution

 

Missouri Revised Statutes

 

Impeachment is one of the tools the Framers of our Constitution gave us to keep government abuse in check. Even when there is no conviction, the threat of impeachment helps to keep public officials honest.

To be a viable threat, it needs to be used once in a while.

 

 

You are invited to meet with the Howell County Campaign for Liberty Group Thursday, April 17. At 7:00p John Price will speak about the use of short wave radios and Bradley Gooch will discuss how to prepare a “Bugout bag”. We meet at Skillets (256-7500), 1613 Porter Wagoner, in West Plains. Come at 6:00pm to eat and visit.

This month’s agenda:

  • 7:00 – report on meetings of interest around the state
    • 7:30 – John Price
    • 8:30 – Bradley Gooch

We will have reports bring us up to date in the following areas:

 

  • White River Blueway/Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • DOR meetings
  • America’s Voice Now plans
  • West Plains Charter – passed
  • Southern Missouri Secession
  • COS update
  • Candidates for offices
  • Other –

 

As those of you who live in this area, the West Plains voters approved the charter, so the city will be moving to that form of government.

 

There is only one contested race for a county office in Howell County. That is between a Republican and a Libertarian for the office of Circuit Clerk.

 

For a number of reasons, the Republican party is missing the following committee persons:

Chapel both

Dry Creek Committeewoman

Goldsberry both

Hutton Valley Committeewoman

Myatt Committeeman

Siloam Springs both

 

Open seats can be filled at the first meeting if we have volunteers there to fill them. I will be checking with people I know to fill some of those positions. If you know of conservative folks living in any of those areas talk to them about this opportunity or if you prefer, give me their names and I will approach them.

 

John Price teaches classes on the use of short wave radios, getting a Ham Operator’s license, etc. He is an excellent source of information in this field. There will be time for a question and answer session.

 

Staff Sergeant Bradley Gooch, US Army, retired will speak on preparedness for disaster and how to put together a “bug out bag”. Again, time will be allowed for a questions and answer session.

 

From Ron Calzone:

April 12, 2014

HB 1439 “passed” in the House 110 to 41. SB 613 is held in reserve.

A lot has been going on behind the scenes the last few weeks with the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The Senate version has passed in the Senate and needs only one more vote by the House, if it’s not amended, and it will go to the Governor’s desk.

Since passing the Senate, however, ways of greatly improving the effectiveness of the bill have been discovered, and the House version of SAPA (HB 1439) is the vehicle for those improvements. The Senate version (SB 613) is being held in reserve, just in case something happens to HB 1439.

Read below the witness form link for an explanation of the improvements to be considered at the Senate General Laws Committee meeting this coming Tuesday. Read the proposed substitute here: Proposed-SCS-HCS-HB1439.pdf

We need to ask the General Laws Committee to add the ineligibility clause and removethe controlled substances clause. (See details, below.)

Hearing On Tuesday!
Your witness form needed asap…

Committee: General Laws, Senator Brian Nieves, Chairman
Date:  Tuesday, April 15
Time:  1:30 p.m.
Room:  SCR1
HCS HB 1439 - Funderburk
Modifies provisions relating to firearms and corporate security advisors.
EXECUTIVE SESSION MAY FOLLOW

 

Please fill out your witness form now. We need hundreds of witness forms to show you still demand action!

Witness Form - I will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.

Generic Witness Form: Witness form link for HB 1439

 

Summary of HB 1439

Court-Proofing SAPA

The one thing we know about the future of the Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act is that the anti-gun zealots will pursue every legal vulnerability they can find. One of the most important strategies for our success is to minimize those vulnerabilities.

To that end, HB 1439 broke the original SAPA language into distinct sections — a move that will make the bill even more clearly severable than before. That means if a court throws out part of the bill, the remaining parts will survive.

HB 1439 also includes some redundant language, with just enough subtle differences to ensure survivability of one or the other sections.

This restructuring fixes what could have been a major problem with SB 613.

 

The Difficulty of Federal Criminal Charges

The federal misdemeanor charges have been removed, but HB 1439 is still the most powerful gun control nullification bill in the U.S.

In spite of what the detractors say, the federal misdemeanor charges would have been constitutional. See this opinion from the 9th Circuit: Idaho v. Horiuchi

This well documented opinion about the shooting of Randy Weaver’s wife in the infamous Ruby Ridge incident explained that federal officials CAN be charged with state crimes when they violate a citizen’s constitutional rights in spite of their claim of something called Supremacy Clause immunity“.

However, we also learned from that incident how difficult it is to do so, since the Feds preempt cases involving federal officials and move the cases to federal courts. (In spite of that ruling and admissions of guilt by the Feds in the Weaver shooting, the Feds pulled out all the stops to protect their own.)

So, until we have a state governor and attorney general who are willing to stand up for the People’s rights, it would be wiser to keep our powder dry.

When you add the questionable value (for now) of the misdemeanor charges AND the political resistance to a bill that needs every vote to overcome the governor’s veto, it was clear that the tactical thing to do is punt on the criminal charges and focus on other ways to push back.

 

The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine

At the core of the Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA) is the application of the anti-commandeering doctrine. (PDF version here.) This essay explains how four landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases ensure the survivability of SAPA in any legal challenge. The two most recent cases are NFIB v. Sebelius (Challenging Obamacare) and Mack / Printz v U.S (Challenging the Brady gun control act).

The resulting jurisprudence is a prohibition of federal usurpation, or “commandeering” of state resources, like law-enforcement functions and the legislative process. It is a clear affirmation of a state’s right to refuse to cooperate or participate in federal actions. The NFIB v. Sebeliusopinion also forbids coercion through threats of withholding federal funding.

HB 1439 is now almost purely an anti-commandeering bill. Based on sound constitutional principles that even the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with, anti-commandeering means thatMissouri will not allow any of its resources to be used to implement or assist federal gun control efforts.

That includes all Missouri officials and law-enforcement personnel.

And without assistance from the states, federal gun control efforts are hamstrung.

 

A Loophole To Plug

There remains a loophole in HB 1439, however. State peace officers routinely allow themselves to be deputized by federal agencies. That makes a Missouri cop a federal agent and then they can claim that the Supremacy Clause immunity applies to them, too.

We need to amend HB 1439 to close this loophole.

We need to ask the Senate General Laws Committee to add language that forbids anyone who violates the prohibitions in HB 1439 from serving as a peace officer in Missouri.(See Section 1.470 in the Proposed-SCS.) If they want to work with the Feds to gain Supremacy Clause immunity and violate your 2nd Amendment rights, they lose their Missouri law-enforcement job. That choice will be a huge disincentive to siding with the Feds.

Local law-enforcement agencies like to see their men deputized by the Feds because they get paid by federal dollars to do so. Nothing in HB 1439 will prevent that, as long as their purpose is drug law or other enforcement, and not enforcing unconstitutional federal gun control.

Note that the Supremacy Clause immunity loophole was not dealt with in SB 613, and we think it’s more important than the misdemeanor charge that is in SB 613.

We need to ask the General Laws Committee to add the ineligibility clause.

 

Problems to Fix

There were a few amendments added to HB 1439 before it passed the House. One good one allows you to choose to qualify with either a revolver OR a pistol when training for a CCW permit.

Another amendment relates to regulating corporate security advisors. It may be good or not so good, depending on your point of view, but it clearly violates the constitutional single subject rule and must be stripped in the Senate version.

The BAD amendment is in 571.030.1(11). This new clause adds to the list of felony gun crimes possessing a gun and “controlled substances” at the same time. That sounds benign enough until you consider that the Missouri Department of Health gets to decide what is considered a “controlled substance”. This provision will be stripped in the Senate version as well.

We need to ask the General Laws Committee to remove the controlled substances clause.

 

HB 1439 Is A Better Bill

If the Senate will pass the bill with the changes described here, it will be a better bill than SB 613 and also better than last year’s HB 436.

We’re on the final push to passage, so please stay tuned and be ready for action!

 

There are numerous things flying around that seem to contradict a “win” for the rancher in the Bundy BLM dispute. I do NOT have documents, so I am sharing the allegations I’ve heard as rumor. Take it as such, ok?

First, there is a reportedly word  from someone within the DHS that DHS has two armed drones in the air (FAA did put a ‘no fly zone’ over the Bundy ranch area) and that 100 armed DHS agents are getting ready to descend.

Secondly, there is a report that the DHS used drones to scan and record everyone who was present as well as recording their vehicles and that DHS has effectively relieved the BLM of command in the situation but intends to come in at a later date in a more solidly prepared fashion than the BLM.

Now, here is a typical article lauding the resolution of the back-up by the BLM as a victory for Bundy:

Nevada Ranch Wins Stand Off

PHOTO: Federal agents clash with armed protestors over a ranchers 20-year tax fight.

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.

“It’s not about cows, it’s about freedom,” Utah resident Yonna Winget told ABC News affiliateKTNV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife, Carol Bundy told ABC News.

By Sunday, April 6, one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest, while hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy’s property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.

A spokesman for the Bundy encampment told ABC News roughly 300 protesters had assembled for the protest, while a BLM representative estimated there were around 100 people.

“We want a peaceful protest, but we also want our voices heard,” said Cliven Bundy’s sister, Chrisie Marshall Bundy.

But clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn on Wednesday, with cell phone video showing some being tasered at the site, including Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy. Two other protesters were detained, cited and later released on Thursday, according to the BLM.

As the movement grew by the day, and demonstrators rallied together, bonding by campfires at night, local protest leaders warned people not to wear camouflage and keep their weapons inside their vehicles.

Both sides said the issue is one of fairness, with the federal government maintaining that thousands of other cattle ranchers are abiding by the law by paying their annual grazing fees, while Bundy’s family and supporters say the government’s actions are threatening ranchers’ freedoms.

“It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.”