From Judicial Watch…Read the article from the source in the title link:

Top Law Enforcement Official: Terrorists Have Infiltrated U.S. Through Mexico

A few days ago a top law enforcement official finally confirmed that Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the United States through Mexico, a story that Judicial Watch broke last year as part of an ongoing series involving the dangerously porous southern border.

Last October JW reported that four members of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), who entered the U.S. through the Mexican border, were arrested in McAllen and Pharr Texas. Then, over the summer, JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers. The information comes from sources on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border who say the Special Interest Aliens (SIA) are being transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20.

Prior to that JW published a series of investigative articles citing high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources certifying that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in at least two Mexican border towns. In August, 2014 ISIS planned to attack the U.S. with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) from a camp in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were all placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the terrorist threat.

This past spring JW sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector disclosed that ISIS is actually operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources told JW.

For the most part, government officials have refused to go on the record about these serious terrorist threats and in fact many have outright denied they exist or have tried silencing sources. For instance, a congressman (Beto O’Rourke) who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives telephoned 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 to break the ISIS in Juarez story.

This makes it refreshing to hear a high-level government official confirm what JW has been reporting for more than a year. During a visit to Laredo a few days ago the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Steven McCraw, answered a question from a member of the public who asked if any suspected ISIS terrorists had ever been apprehended on the Mexican border. A local news outlet published McCraw’s answer: “Individuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes. We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari. Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around. But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are. So, we’re concerned about that.” Before becoming DPS director in 2009 McCraw was an FBI special agent in several large U.S. cities as well as a DPS narcotics agent and a Texas state trooper.

The article below is linked through to the original at it’s end. It’s important to note that the US was first in the world in education prior to the creation of the Department of Education. We were 17th the last time I checked. It’s working the way the want it to work it seems:

NEA Seeks to Strip Christians’ Religious Freedoms

Some buttons and magnets seen at the 2015 NEA Convention

The National Education Association union has long promoted special privileges for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. NEA members seem thrilled about the recent decision by five Supreme Court justices who overruled state laws in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all states, even those where citizens voted against legalization.

In fact, on the first day of the NEA convention in Orlando, all business was halted, in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. Union President Lily Eskelsen García called “a very special Personal Point of Privilege,” so a female delegate could ask another female delegate to marry her.

Not yet satisfied with their social justice progress, the NEA union now wants to assure that the Constitutional rights to freedom of religion, free speech, and free association are taken away from Christians. At the July union convention in Florida, delegates adopted a Board of Directors-initiated New Business Item, NBI A, which seeks to strip religious freedoms from Christians who don’t wish to participate in gay marriages. The union used pejorative wording to describe those who simply wish to back out of the equation, accusing Christians of wanting to “discriminate” against gays and lesbians. (read the rest here)

Goat milk soap, hemp jewelry, smoked meats, organic vegetables, knit wool scarves and hats,  books of local history and smoothies  are among the many products exhibitors will have at the Go Green Self-Reliance Festival to be held in Thayer City Park, Thayer, Missouri October 17 and 18 according to event organizer Mike Slack.

“We are happy to have Green Acres Market and Mill Creek Nursery, both of Pocahontas with us for the first time serving smoothie samples and selling plants, as an example of the many fine local businesses and individuals participating. We’ve had folks sign up to sell lotions and soaps made of goat milk and other natural ingredients, hand-made wood products, works of art, tactical bugout bags, removable tattoos, solar powered flashlights, T-shirts, flags, knives, heirloom seeds and many other products that all benefit the local economy” Slack said.

“We are also happy to have several local authors and writers’ groups participating this year. The Oregon County Historical Society will have several books of local history available. The Oregon County Writers’ Group and the Stories Writers Group of Howell County will both be making writers and readers aware of their members. Science fiction author Ezra Manes, author of the Joseph series Karl William Reid, historical romance author Donna Brown and contemporary romance author Nichole Tillman will all have books for sale and will autograph their work” Slack said.
“Three local families will have raw local honey for sale. The Alton VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have Rada cutlery and will be raffling a quilt. The Friends of the National Rifle Association are raffling several guns. Local animal rescue organizations will have dogs in need of homes. Local musicians will entertain the crowd, kids will have games. Herbal medicines, chair massage, great food, kettle corn. Basically there is something here for everyone in the family, along with speakers every hour on diverse subjects all related to homesteading and improving self-reliance. Everyone is welcome,” Slack said.
The Go Green Self  Reliance Festival is  dedicated to promoting and supporting the local economy, sustainable living, agriculture, alternative renewable energy, preparedness,  and positive community activities, held in Thayer City Park by the rodeo arena the festival averages 16 speakers, 150 vendors and 3,000 or more in attendance. Attendance is free, vendors are free and vendor spaces  are still available. For information call 417-264-2435.
More speakers and exhibitors are signing up for the Go Green Self-Reliance Festival to be held in Thayer City Park, Thayer, Missouri October 17 and 18 according to event organizer Mike Slack.
“One of our most popular exhibits has always been a wood gas powered pickup truck, powered entirely by firewood” Slack said. “This year a truck built and owned by Greg Henze of Doniphan will be featured. Greg first became interested in wood gas power when he saw a truck at the Go Green Festival a few years ago built by Wayne Keith, and featured in Mother Earth News magazine.” The truck will be available for viewing on Saturday.
Another source of power using wood and featured at the festival will be steam engine technology. Mike Brown of Springfield manufactures steam engines used to power boats, vehicles and to generate electricity for the home and in addition to displaying a steam engine Brown will be a featured speaker, Slack said. “Mike also makes Fish Carburetors, carburetor systems that mount on any car or truck that uses a carburetor and increases the gas mileage multifold. Mike has been featured on national TV and radio shows including CoasttoCoastAM.”
“We are also happy to have the Solar House Design Team from the Missouri Science and Technology university in  Rolla, Missouri. The team of students compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an event that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate 100% solar-powered housing that is marketable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient.”
“Also realizing that communication is important, especially during times of disaster, John Price, Public Information Officer for the West Plains HAM Radio Club will speak on amateur radio. John is a longtime Ham, always prepared and has helped many amateur radio operators pass their exam and become licensed HAM radio operators” Slack said.
Kids are not being left out. Children’s Activities Director Patricia Uveges has planned three legged race, bobbing for apples (but a sanitary kind where we hang them from strings and the kids keep the apples) egg races, storytelling (silly not so scary stories) and Native American face painting. Also for practical training Patricia will be teaching kids how to splint a bone using  dolls with Popsicle sticks. She recommends that kids wear play clothes. Also at 2 pm both days the popular money in a hay bale event occurs, where the kids tear apart the hay and keep the coins they find inside.
The Go Green Self  Reliance Festival is  dedicated to promoting and supporting the local economy, sustainable living, agriculture, alternative renewable energy, preparedness,  and positive community activities, held in Thayer City Park by the rodeo arena the festival averages 16 speakers, 150 vendors and 3,000 or more in attendance. Attendance is free, vendors are free and vendor spaces  are still available. For information call 417-264-2435.

Lobbyists, legislators aim to quash political activist’s free speech

Who would think that in America you can get a $1,000 fine for exercising your freedom of speech? Well, I just did.

I am a political activist. Just like thousands of other activists all over the state across the political spectrum, I go out of my way to talk to those in power about what I think our state’s laws should look like. When average citizens share their political opinions, exercise freedom of speech and petition the government regarding the laws we live under, they are doing exactly what America’s Founders had in mind when they established a self-governing constitutional republic.

They are not lobbyists and neither am I. Lobbyists are professionals paid by their clients to persuade politicians to vote in their clients’ interests. Lobbyists also use money to buy politicians’ attention, providing them with food or other gifts. I share my political ideas only because I believe in them passionately; no one has ever paid me to talk to an elected official and I don’t buy lawmakers gifts.

My activism has made some powerful enemies. Along with a host of other citizen activists, I vigorously oppose things like eminent domain abuse and giving subsidies and other government largess to corporations or other special interests. Maybe high-paid lobbyists don’t like having to explain to their clients why average citizens, using nothing more than facts, reason and speech, beat them at their own game time and again.

I have also angered powerful legislators by opposing them when they were trying to advance unconstitutional bills or ignore constitutional limits on their power.

On Election Day last November, the professional lobbyists’ guild, with the blessing of (and possibly at the prompting of) at least two influential legislators, decided to try to punish me and scare away other activists for exercising our constitutional freedoms. They filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission claiming that I should face fines (making prison a possibility), because I had not registered with the state as a legislative lobbyist.

Although state law prohibits the Ethics Commission from accepting complaints from any entity that is not a “natural person,” they accepted the guild’s complaint anyway. And although the law requires that they reveal the identity of the complainant within five days, the Ethics Commission took over two months to tell me who the real complainant was. Then this panel of six men and women, all appointed by the governor, held a hearing behind closed doors with their own lawyer arguing against me. So much for impartial judges, the rule of law and transparency.

There was no evidence that I have ever been hired or paid by anyone for the purpose of talking to legislators, but using uncommon and strained definitions of “designated” and “employed,” the commission decided that I must register as a lobbyist and fined me $1,000 for failing to do so in the past. Nothing they are ordering me to do increases the transparency of my activities.

Why should you care?

This conclusion was not just contrary to the state’s own definition of what a lobbyist is, it was an attack on the constitutional rights of any citizen who tries to share their political ideas with those in power. If I can be confronted with fines and criminal penalties, just for speaking my mind and even when there is no money whatsoever involved in my efforts, then the government can threaten and intimidate anyone.

That is why, with help from two public interest law firms, the Center for Competitive Politics and the Freedom Center of Missouri, I am appealing the ethics commission’s ruling against me. I will fight this case as long and as far as I must, not only on my own behalf, but on behalf of all citizens who have opinions about how our state should be governed and wish to exercise their constitutional right to share those opinions with our elected officials.

Ron Calzone lives in Maries County in central Missouri, where he raises cattle and horses and owns a small manufacturing business. He is also one of the directors of Missouri First, a think tank devoted to limited, constitutional governance.

EPA Overreach

Posted: September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

EPA’s power grab Water rule beyond its authority

By Rick Crawford and Randy Veach Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published September 26, 2015 at 2:58 a.m.

In the 11th hour of a court dispute, Arkansas landowners were granted a temporary reprieve from an unprecedented expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) jurisdiction, the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS).

This new rule, advertised as a harmless effort to keep our water clean, actually implements the most restrictive land-use requirements imposed in decades.

While the promotion of clean water is an important government responsibility under the Clean Water Act, this rule goes far beyond a reasonable attempt to monitor and preserve clean water. Despite Supreme Court rulings that suggest the EPA is beyond its regulatory purview and without any directive from Congress, the WOTUS rule extends the agency’s authority to include small rivers, streams, ponds, and even ditches and low-lying land.

To make matters worse, in its zeal to pass WOTUS regardless of public opinion, the EPA actually began manufacturing support for the rule in an unprecedented and illegal grass-roots lobbying campaign using social media. The drive, meant to combat the negative comments the agency had received against WOTUS, increased artificial support that has since been used as proof of the rule’s popularity.

The most essential and democratic component of the rulemaking–the public notice and comment process–was abused and corrupted in a way that drowned out opposition to help justify the agency’s actions. Rulemaking by unelected agency officials should take into account the whole view from the affected public–not just its own and that of its political allies.

We are blessed with abundant water resources, all of which would be brought under EPA regulation if the WOTUS rule is allowed to stand, meaning farmers, ranchers, developers, and landowners would be subject to permit requirements, forced management practices, and nuisance lawsuits.

Thankfully, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of South Dakota issued a temporary injunction in late August, blocking the EPA from enacting WOTUS in 13 states (Arkansas included).

Judge Erickson’s injunction will remain in place until a complete hearing is held to determine the merits of the challenges filed by the 13 attorneys general, including Leslie Rutledge, who acted in the best interest of Arkansas landowners. In addition to Arkansas, the states included in the injunction are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Waters of the U.S. has to be stopped, not temporarily by injunction, but permanently. The EPA needs to withdraw this rule and start over.

Farmers are being drawn into the crosshairs by EPA even though they using the same safe, scientifically sound, and federally approved crop-protection tools they’ve used for years.

The courts or the U.S. Congress must prevent these rules from taking effect. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. This legislation would restrict the EPA from implementing the WOTUS rule and send the EPA back to the drawing board in a way that requires local landowner and stakeholder involvement. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate has not yet considered that legislation.

Judge Erickson’s injunction included some strong language, including that he found strong evidence that the EPA was arbitrary and capricious in its rulemaking. “It appears likely that the EPA has violated its congress-ional grant of authority in its promulgation of the rule,” he said as part of the ruling. Judge Erickson said the rule suffered from a “fatal defect” of allowing regulation of ditches and streams that were not connected to “navigable waters.”

Even in the face of this injunction order, the EPA has asserted that it will enforce the new rule in the 37 states not part of the North Dakota lawsuit. That means this unlawful rule will continue to create uncertainty and legal risk from nuisance lawsuits for commonplace land uses like farming and ranching.

While Arkansas is currently protected by the injunction, we hope that our system of checks and balances can permanently prevent this ill-conceived power grab from taking effect.


U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford represents Arkansas’ 1st District. Randy Veach is president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Editorial on 09/26/2015

Our 8th District Congressional Representative, Jason Smith, might be drawing an investigation his way due to a relationship with a Congressman that is in deep hot water. We’ll see how this pans out over the next several months. Excerpt is below, and click on the title or the link at the end to read the full story:

Smith-Schock ties attract scrutiny

By Scott Wong – 09/18/15 12:42 PM EDT

Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) joined his close friend Aaron Schock on campaign and government trips and exotic vacations in 2014 that are being scrutinized by federal investigators looking into alleged spending abuses by the former congressman, who resigned in March.

One of the trips was a private charter flight that started in the Illinois Republican’s hometown of Peoria and made multiple campaign stops in Michigan and Indiana in late October 2014. It had not previously been reported that Smith, elected to Congress two years ago, was on that trip.
Revelations that Smith, 35, accompanied Schock on the campaign trip come the same week The Hill reported that Smith has hired Schock’s former chief of staff, Mark Roman, who managed the congressman’s office at the time of his spending scandal. (Full story here)