Grassroots Republicans against John Diehl (R-089) to hold press conference Tuesday

ST. LOUIS COUNTY: Grassroots Republicans across Missouri have begun to work against the re-election of Rep. John Diehl (R-089), the current House Majority Floor Leader and presumed Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives for the next two legislative sessions.

A press conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, at Queeny Park, in Diehl’s St. Louis County district. (South end of the main parking lot reached from the Weidman Rd. entrance)

Leaders of various movements ranging from stopping Common Core, ending red light cameras, election integrity, as well as 2nd and 10th Amendment issues will be available to field questions and explain their concerns about a Diehl speakership.

Rep. Diehl has been the majority Floor Leader the past two years and is the pre-selected pick for Speaker of the House in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.

Volunteers began going door to door this past weekend in the 89th District to let voters know why Diehl as Speaker would be bad for Missouri, and ask them to do what only voters can do—see that he does not receive enough votes to win back his seat.

These Republicans want a change in the process by which House leadership is selected because the current method consolidates power and invites corruption. John Diehl’s actions as Floor Leader illustrate clearly how such power can be abused. As Floor Leader, Diehl blocked the passage of bills with broad popular support – bills that enhanced liberty, election integrity, and the property rights of Missourians. Instead he pushed through bills that increase taxes and benefit special interests. According to Laura Hausladen, with Missouri’s Coalition for Transparent and Secure Elections, Mr. Diehl emphatically stated that he would never allow a paper ballot bill on the floor of the House for a vote, even though that bill had passed the Senate with a large majority.

House Republicans pre-selected Diehl as Speaker more than a year ago, so newly elected Representatives are effectively denied a voice in the election of the Speaker they are expected to serve under. The “Speaker Presumed” solidifies his official election by distributing money he received from special interests to the campaigns of other representatives, who then feel beholden to him. The result is a “pay-to-play” political insider environment that squeezes citizen involvement out of the legislative process. Clearly illustrating this political pay-to-play environment is the fact that Diehl’s campaign receipts swelled to around $1,000,000 since he became the heir apparent to the Speaker position.

The Republicans mounting this effort believe that stopping John Diehl from becoming Speaker would give the Missouri House, the legislative body that is designed to be closest to the people, the chance to choose a Speaker who could lead the body to find and implement changes in the power structure of the House, and to eliminate the present concentration of power which they believe has corrupted the legislative process. 

The citizens engaged in the effort against John Diehl fully agree with this Thomas Jefferson statement: “It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected.”  

For more information see www.MOLeadershipProject.org

or contact:

Ron Calzone (573) 368-1344 ron@mofirst.org
Laura Hausladen (573)732-3252 laura223mo@gmail.com

 

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocate

 

By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com 

The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.

Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in 36 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they’d allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories.

“It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional,” said Gregg Leslie, legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Alexandria, Va. “They would have to show an important need to justify these limits, and they just can’t.”

Liz Close, the Forest Service’s acting wilderness director, says the restrictions have been in place on a temporary basis for four years and are meant to preserve the untamed character of the country’s wilderness.

Close didn’t cite any real-life examples of why the policy is needed or what problems it’s addressing. She didn’t know whether any media outlets had applied for permits in the last four years.

She said the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited for commercial gain.

“It’s not a problem, it’s a responsibility,” she said. “We have to follow the statutory requirements.”

The Forest Service’s previous rules caused a fuss in 2010, when the agency refused to allow an Idaho Public Television crew into a wilderness area to film student conservation workers. The agency ultimately caved to pressure from Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

With smartphones blurring the lines between reporters and camera crews, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said the agency should tread more carefully.

“The Forest Service needs to rethink any policy that subjects noncommercial photographs and recordings to a burdensome permitting process for something as simple as taking a picture with a cell phone,” Wyden said. “Especially where reporters and bloggers are concerned, this policy raises troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment.”

Most of the country’s wilderness is in the West. Nearly 50 wilderness areas have been designated in Oregon, including wide stretches of land around Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington.

The rules allow exceptions only for breaking news coverage of events like fires and rescues. They’re more stringent than similar policies on wilderness areas managed by a different federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM does not require any special permit for newsgathering in wilderness areas.

By contrast, the Forest Service is giving its supervisors discretion to decide whether a news outlet’s planned video or photo shoots would meet the Wilderness Act’s goals.

“If you were engaged on reporting that was in support of wilderness characteristics, that would be permitted,” Close said.

The First Amendment prohibits the creation of laws that abridge press freedom. Asked whether the Forest Service believes its rule violates the First Amendment, Close replied: “It does not apply to breaking news.”

Reporters have many more reasons to go into wilderness areas, however, than just to cover fires, rescues or other breaking events.

The Forest Service is currently accepting public comment on its proposal. Those interested can comment online here.

Correction: This post originally misstated the acreage of wilderness areas affected by the proposal. We regret the error.

– Rob Davis

 

This is very troublesome. Please read the article. Perhaps what we need to do is truly use cash…Just a thought!

For Gun Shop Owners, It’s No Longer Hip to Be ‘Square’

It’s white. It’s square. And at 1-by-1 inch in diameter, it is the perfect accoutrement to any entrepreneur’s smartphone.

With its quick swipe capability and ultimate portability, the high-tech Square Reader credit-card processor has become an invaluable tool in today’s economy.

How high-tech credit card vendors and customers get their Second Amendment rights infringed.

Taxi drivers use it—as do trade-show vendors, online retailers and home contractors.

It is, as the company’s slogan says, a “small credit card reader” that offers “big possibilities.” But some of those big possibilities are apparently being foreclosed by the Obama administration.

Last summer, around the same time the U.S. Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point began pressuring banks to drop customers who buy or sell firearms, tobacco and other goods considered “not acceptable” by the Obama administration, Square quietly changed its terms of agreement.

>>> Meet Four Business Owners Squeezed by Operation Choke Point

In an alert regarding a change of terms, Square notified vendors:

…you will not accept payments in connection with the following businesses or business activities: …sales of (i) firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or (ii) weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury.

The new terms differ from Square’s original terms of agreement, which banned only the “online” sales of firearms, a practice for which sites such as the popular eBay have long been criticized. (Square’s terms, by the way, also prohibit the online sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products—goods that also are targeted by Operation Choke Point.)

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Today, the Square’s terms prohibit gun-shop owners from using the credit-card processor not only when they are conducting gun sales at their brick-and-mortar stores but even more so when they are offsite, representing their stores at gun shows where they often need the wireless Square Reader to ring up sales on smartphones or tablets. Gun show have been a target of anti-gun activists for nearly 20 years.

>>> How New York’s New Gun Control Law Is Working Out (Hint: Not Great)

The action and its impact were noted by gun enthusiast blogs at the time, but it was hardly a blip on the radar screen of mainstream outlets.

.@Square’s revised terms of service harm gun vendors by limiting sales opportunities.

Now, with evidence mounting of an all-out war on Second Amendment supporters in the financial marketplace, it fits the bill of an Operation Choke Point target.

Square’s revised terms of agreement immediately forced vendors to halt the processing of transactions of citizens who simply wish to buy or sell firearms or ammunition.

The timing of the release of the Square’s new, more stringent terms just so happens to coincide with Operation Choke Point’s initial targeting in the spring of 2013, as reported by The Daily Signal.

>>> Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’

The timing also coincides with banking relationship cancellations of pro-Second Amendment candidates and campaigns throughout the United States, including last year’s Colorado recall elections over gun control.

Square’s press office did not responded to three attempts to obtain comment for this story.

Did Operation Choke Point have something to do with @Square’s anti-gun shift?

With the help of the U.S. Consumer Coalition, more law-abiding business owners are coming forward to report abuses of power they suffered through Operation Choke Point.

As Americans begin to share their stories, the question ultimately will become whose arms are more important: the long arm of the Justice Department, or our right to bear arms?

The U.S. Constitution guarantees only the latter.

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Barry County PRC Meets Tonight!

Posted: September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

From Paul Bingham:

Apologies for the belated meeting notice.
The Barry County OPRC will be meeting tommorow at 7 p.m. at Mercy Hospital. It’s at  94 Main St

Cassville, MO Room C. Hope to see you there. 

As most politically active people know, the legislative process can be ugly and unreasonable. Much of that has to do with the positions of power within the particular body of the Assembly. In Missouri, we have a rep who has thwarted, and flatly stopped many pieces of legislation that were positive for protecting our rights and constraining overreaching government intrusions into our liberty, and he is set to be the Speaker of the House this next session. That man is John Diehl. While there are others who have done the same in the past, unless Diehl is unseated from the Speaker position, he will be doing that for the next two years. But he is up for re-eclection in the 89th District in November. If he were to lose the election, he wouldn’t be able to assume the position of Speaker.

The Process is Corrupt

John Diehl is the Poster Child for Politics as Usual

 

Should he still win the position of Representative for the 89th District, the Republican caucus will meet shortly after the election and put forward their nominee for Speaker. Even though Diehl has been “selected” for the position, the representatives could pick someone else…Especially if the people from their own districts tell them they DO NOT want Diehl and let them know why.

Below you will find a message from Ron Calzone and the Missouri Leadership Project. There is important information in this email. You can download the trifold brochure HERE and print it out for yourself and others, but first, please read Ron’s message:

To my old and new friends who are committed to promoting good government in our republic,

Relying on the issue expertise and wisdom of many people, I have compiled, but not published,  a tri-fold brochure suitable for professional or home publication and use in a campaign to promote the reform of the legislative process in Jefferson City.

I am providing the attached document free of charge to anyone desiring to so use it.

IMPORTANT:  Anyone so using it MUST add a “Paid for notice” statement at the bottom of the first page, as required by Missouri ethics laws.   If an individual, or up to 5 individuals, pay for the printing, even if it’s his own printer, he (they) can simply put his (their) name(s) in the place provided  (e.g “Paid for by John Doe <address>”).   A campaign committee must use: “Paid for by (Committee Name), (Treasurer Name), Treasurer”.

If a group of Six or more citizens want to pitch in and pay for a printing, they can use, “For a list of sponsors contact John Doe, <street> <city, state, zip>.”

See the Ethics Commission document at: www.mec.mo.gov/WebDocs/PDF/Misc/EthicsGuide2013.pdf

In such cases, John Doe is not allowed to broadcast solicitations for donations, he must simply cooperate with his friends in the effort.

For example, Laura Hausladen and some friends are having about 1500 printed at a cost of about $500.   I’m sure she would welcome some more of her friends’ participation!

Anyone else, or any other group deciding to do what Laura is doing must do it as an independent effort, even though they are using the materials I am freely providing.   (I am merely providing materials, not coordinating any expenditure of funds.)

For liberty,

- Ron

Commonsense PRC Meeting

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Meetings
Commonsense Property Rights Coalition to Meet
The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday October 6   at 6 pm at Fred’s Fish House in Mammoth Springs. The primary speaker of the evening will be Dawn McPherson, with a presentation on the 100 items that disappear first durng an emergency. Dawn is a well known holistic medicine expert and preparedness guru. She will lead a general discussion of how to be prepared for any emergency whether it be man-made or natural. She was a  featured speaker at the Preppers and Patriots Expo in Springfield, Mo. in August at at the Go Green Self Reliance Festival in Thayer this past June, and is a regular guest on the Preparedness Radio Network.
Co-Chair Kevin Jotz. said  “This is an organization concerned with protection of private property rights. The group believes that without protections of private property rights nothing else is secure. The right to own and reasonably use private property is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, differentiating our country from others around the world. As John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our second president, said: ‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.’”
Jotz added, “We welcome all area residents interested in private property rights, food freedom and protection of constitutional rights to attend, or to call us for more information at 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.”

 

ISIS in Ciudad Juarez

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Obviously, the Southern Border is dissolved for all intents and purposes. This is in harmony with the overall global plan to dissolve borders and make all countries operate under the same law and have the same types of societies while treating “culture and heritage” as anachronisms and quaint nostalgic ideas.

We’re all quite aware that our republic is falling apart at the seams. It seems that there is destined to be an attack on American soil very soon. The following article definitely gives us food for thought. As much as everyone can, please stock up on food, water and essential medications. As with firearms, it’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with Judicial Watch

 

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso say that a United States congressman called their office to prohibit contact with Judicial Watch in the aftermath of a disturbing story confirming that Islamic terrorists are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Sources tell JW that Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by JW. On August 29 JW reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is working in Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).

In the piece JW cites high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirming that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. In the aftermath of JW’s story Ft. Bliss, an El Paso Army base near Juarez, increased security measures and the sheriff in Midland County Texas—located halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso—confirmed that he received an alert bulletin warning from the feds that ISIS may have formed a terrorist cell in or near Juarez.

O’Rourke evidently believes that someone on the inside is feeding JW information because the facts in all our reporting have been correct, according to government sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter. “He called the El Paso offices of the FBI, HSI and USBP asking if anyone was talking to Judicial Watch,” one inside source told JW this week. O’Rourke’s calls were followed by a memo that came down through the chain of command threatening to terminate or criminally charge any agent who speaks to media of any kind. This would include JW, a nonprofit legal watchdog that has broken a number of government corruption stories on its website and newsletter.

Congressman O’Rourke’s office emphatically denies making any phone calls to any El Paso federal law enforcement offices related to this matter. His director of communications, John Meza, assures that no one in the congressman’s office—including the congressman himself—has talked to any law enforcement agencies or officials to discourage or question contact with JW or any other media outlet. “We don’t do that,” Meza said.

The Obama administration steadfastly denies that Islamic terrorists are operating in Juarez, even as facts continue to unfold proving otherwise. Though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information it has issued statements in the media rejecting the story. Is it possible that the administration called upon a trusted ally, a federal lawmaker from the targeted area, to silence the whistle blowers?

After all, the administration has for years covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. JW has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. And who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”