Cass County Candidate Forum #3 and other items

The third Cass County Candidate Forum was held last night. This time it was only the six Commission candidates and the two for Sheriff. There were some minor difficulties. First the sound system failed. That happened at the first forum held at the same location. Second the moderator used a timer app on his phone. The “Bell” was too faint for some to hear. Other than that it all went smoothly.

At first I tried to note my impression of each individual. I came up with some labels: The Conservative, The Pro, Slick, Legal Eagle, Snake-oil Man, Bureaucrat, The Politician. I couldn’t come up with a name for the 8th that could be printed.

There wasn’t anything new that I could determine.  Jeff Cox set the tone. His goals were fiscal responsibility, setting spending priorities, building the emergency fund, and forcing transparency in the Commission’s activities by creating a video archive/streaming video of all Commission meetings with using the internet to publish the working packets and documents for everyone to review. In essence, to duplicate public access methods used by Raymore and Belton.

Cox’s opponent and the other candidates essentially repeated those points. Terry Wilson spoke after Jeff Cox and said, “I agree with Jeff.” He didn’t add anything to Jeff’s comments. My thought was if all he was doing was copying Jeff Cox’s ideas, why bother with Terry Wilson—go with the originator of those ideas.

Terry Wilson has been in office as the appointed Presiding Commissioner since May of this year. The transparency initiatives brought up by Jeff Cox aren’t complicated nor all that expensive. If Terry Wilson is in favor of them, why hasn’t he already implemented some of them? The same applies to South Commissioner Luke Scavuzzo who was appointed in January after the resignation of Commissioner Bill Cook.

Talk is cheap. Actions show intentions. Neither Wilson nor Scavuzzo have acted and that shows they’re just giving lip-service to transparency.


The UN has decided they are going to intrude in our Federal election. I’m surprised Obama hasn’t already invited them. He’s their bud.

The Texas Attorney-General, on the other hand, has a contrary view.

Attorney General Abbott Tells International Election Observers to Abide by Texas Election Laws

Texas AG says Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has no jurisdiction over Texas elections

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today advised the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — a United Nations partner — that groups and individuals from outside the United States do not have jurisdiction to interfere with Texas elections. The Attorney General’s letter comes after the international group — comprised of 56 members including EU nations and other countries—announced they would be sending election observers to sites throughout the United States, including Texas, on Election Day.

The UN and the EU are in Obama’s hip-pocket. The only election violations will come from the dems. Having the UN and EU rubber-stamp dem election fraud does no one any good.


My, my! The White House was notified within hours of the Benghazi attack according to internal State Department e-mails. Yet, Obama and the White House continued to blame some obscure 10-minute video as the cause for over two weeks.

White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails

WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:11pm EDT

(Reuters) – Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

You can find the complete story at the website.

How do you determine who is a RINO?

When he displays by his actions that he has no firm core conservative beliefs.

Case in point.  In 2007, a treaty came before the Senate to ratify the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).

“If you want a U.N. on steroids, you want the Law of the Sea Treaty,” Senator Trent Lott (Miss.) declared at the news conference. Lott is the Senate Republican Whip, his party’s number two leadership position. 

The Treaty needed 67 votes to pass…or in the opposite view, on 34 votes to defeat it. After a lot of accusations and cross-accusations, the Treaty was not ratified.

Now flash-forward five years. As I scan the news items this morning, what do I see?  A hypocrite!  A “republican” hypocrite! A person we label a RINO or a Republican In Name Only.

Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed

April 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Former Senator, Trent Lott
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is lobbying for the Senate to ratify a treaty that would undermine American sovereignty and damage the country economically – incidentally, characterizations that Lott himself has advanced.
During his time in the Senate, Lott vehemently opposed the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), saying it would create a “U.N. on steroids” that “would undermine U.S. military operations … and impair navigational rights” by subjecting maritime disputes to U.N. authority.

Lott denounced the measure in this 2007 press conference held by Sen. Jim DeMint.

If Trent Lott had any core values, he would not be supporting that Treaty now.  But then, he showed us his true colors in the campaign of 2008.

Insanity–Lindsey Graham, Trent Lott blast Tea Party, Palin

RINOS blast Tea Party 

November 4, 2010

In a stunning double-proned statement in the aftermath of the largest Republican gains in Congress since 1938, RINO Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and former Senator Trent Lott blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the failure to capture control of the Senate.
Perhaps the two RINOS have become certifiably insane…or have indicated the dire necessity for them to leave the GOP altogether–or both.
Let’s look at Palin’s record on Tuesday, shall we?
62 candidates endorsed by Palin won.  23 lost.  7 are yet to be decided.
No matter which method of calculation is used, that is an extraordinary record of success.
So what is the beef?
Graham and Lott are still miffed about Palin-endorsed candidates Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, both of whom lost their bid to pick up 2 Senate seats for the Republicans.  However, had these seats been won by the RINO candidates they preferred, the GOP still would not have enough seats for a majority.
Thus, another issue must be sticking in the craw of these sore losers.
The two also blasted Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, for endorsing conservatives over establishment candidates.
Once again, what is the beef?  DeMint’s most celebrated endorsement was none other than Marco Rubio of Florida, who won in a historic landslide over Governor Charlie Crist and the Democratic candidate.
Thus, the crux of the issue is not the minimal losses but the success of conservatives.  RINOS view conservatives as beneath their dignity. RINOS are all about trying with all their might to be accepted by the political ruling class of the Left by cutting deals and compromising on key principles of liberty.
Oh, yeah.  And of whom do Graham and Lott remind me?  Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
If I recall correctly, John Boehner has a primary opponent is year. I’m going to find who that is and send him a few bucks.
What we need in the House and Senate are not more roll-over RINOs.  We need principled conservatives who have core values and stay consistent to those values. 

(Update: 9-1-2011) Random Items for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Update: The unions in the story below have reversed their earlier decision.  I guess after spending millions to overturn Governor Walker’s efforts to control union abuses, they don’t have the funds to pay the city for the cost of the parade.  Frankly, I’m surprised they rolled. I expected them to cancel the parade instead.

Tomorrow is September. Labor Day is approaching and I wonder how many unionists will block attendance of festivities by the ‘Pubs and other conservatives? It’s already happened.  In Wisconsin (why am I not surprised!), union thugs told the ‘Pub US Representative Sean Duffy he couldn’t march in the parade.

In previous years, Republicans have worked the parade route, but this year they will not be allowed to take part. The parade is organized by local unions, which said Wisconsin Republicans “have openly attacked worker’s rights.”
Wisconsin politics — which hasn’t been pretty of late — has made its way into a local Labor Day parade. The organizers of the Wausau Labor Day parade announced they would not let Republican lawmakers take part in the Sept. 5 display. The parade is organized by 30 local unions. — WGBH.
 The unions are complaining that their money laundering scheme was uncovered and stopped.  Their “theft by deception”—having the taxpayers of the state pay for union benefits while the union funds intended for that purpose were sent out of state, was blocked ending clandestine democrat funding.  They didn’t like that either.

To retaliate, they won’t let ‘Pubs march, in what has been in past years, a non-partisan parade.  It’s not non-partisan any longer.

UPDATE:  It appears the story isn’t over.  The Wausau Mayor has stepped in and informed they must invite the Republicans or reimburse the city for the city’s cost of the parade.  The city is a co-sponsor of the event and provides liability insurance.

Wausau mayor to unions: Pay up if you ban Republicans from Labor Day parade

A parade organizer with the Marathon County Labor Council made it clear some Republican lawmakers aren’t invited. The reason: not supporting workers’ collective bargaining rights back in February.

But Mayor Jim Tipple says because the city of Wausau pays for a portion of the parade’s costs including liability insurance, the event is required to be non-partisan.

“The city does sponsor the parade[,] we have staff that close streets put up barricades police protection,’ says Tipple.


The latest supposed side effect of global warming? Mental illness. That’s according to a new report claiming that depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change. –The Heritage Foundation-Quick Hits

I agree with this but I think they’ve gotten the “cause and effect” reversed.  The whole man-made global warming thing is a creation of mental illness, not creating mental illness—except for Algore.  But then, with Algore, who can tell?
It’s wake-up time at the UN.  US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed a radical change to funds for the United Nations
House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.
The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and stop contributions to peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.
The legislation represents the leading edge of Republican moves against the world body at a time when the Obama administration is increasingly building its foreign policy around multilateral institutions, making the alliance-based approach central to its stance on Libya. The bill may advance in the Republican-controlled House but is likely to hit opposition in the Senate and from President Barack Obama.
Obama has delegated much of his foreign policy to the UN. It’s unlikely this bill would pass the democrat controlled Senate and if it did, BO would veto it.  After all, the US must not exert its sovereignty against the UN!
Why am I not surprised?