Conservatism and Liberty – taking another hit

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

It’s been a busy week legislatively, and it did not turn out well for conservatism or liberty. First, the Senate Education Committee considered a bill that would require students to use the bathroom of their gender, and not what gender they decided to call themselves. In a surprising move, the committee killed the bill. It’s likely that the defeat was heavily influenced by a statement Lt. Gov. Randy McNally made last week. He said the bill was no longer needed in light of the federal government’s recent action.  Killing the bill highlights the short-sightedness of many legislators. His statement and republicans on the committee killing the measure assume that the proponents of debauchery will give up pushing their deviant agenda. And, they assume that democrats will never have the majority in congress again. Republicans are wrong in both assumptions. Secondly, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee heard a bill that would have changed the matrix of Civil Asset Forfeiture. HB0421 would have mandated that a person’s assets could not be forfeited unless that person was convicted of a crime, and the conviction could prove that assets to be forfeited were obtained through criminal activity. This bill would have brought state law enforcement officers into constitutional compliance by protecting the citizenry’s Due Process as spelled out in Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It would have also brought Civil Asset Forfeiture into compliance with our state Constitution Art. 1, Section 7 which states that people shall be secure in their persons, homes, papers and possessions, and protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Killing this bill shreds the fundamental liberties Americans are entitled to, and furthers the belief that we’re becoming a police state. Of the seven subcommittee members hearing the bill, only two voted for passage. Among the five members who voted to kill the bill was Andrew Farmer. So, if you are ever stopped by law enforcement and happen to have cash in your possession, and the officer simply suspects you obtained that cash illegal, expect the officer to confiscate it. Citizens still have to prove their innocence, instead of being presumed innocent until proven guilty. Lastly, the House Transportation Committee heard the Improve act, the bill that would raise fuel taxes. I wrote you after the Transportation Subcommittee hearing, stating that I expected all amendments adopted by the Subcommittee — including the language from Hawk’s bill– to be stripped at the full committee hearing. I was right. Rep. Dale Carr did propose an amendment at the full committee hearing that would have diverted 33.5% of existing new-car sales tax to TDOT as a user fee. His amendment was praised by several republicans as the way to to. But, his amendment was...

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State History

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

There’s a lot of state history not taught to our youth. You’ve probably heard of the Battle of Athens, but only from folks who wanted to share the story. Here’s another piece of history not taught to our kids. But both events are in Tennessee’s Blue Book ( this story on page 42), the book that also contains our state Constitution. So the question is, why is this history good enough for the Blue Book, but not good enough to be taught in school ? ____________________________________________________ Another clash between community practices and the forces of modernity took place in 1908 at Reelfoot Lake in the northwest corner of the state. The lake, an exceptionally rich fishery and game habitat, had for many years supported local fishermen and hunters who supplied West Tennessee hotels and restaurants with fish, turtles, swans, and ducks. Outside businessmen and their lawyers began buying up the lake and shoreline in order to develop it as a private resort. In the process, they denied access to the lake to local citizens who had long made their livelihoods from it. Some of these people, having failed to stop the developers in court, resorted to the old custom of vigilante acts or night-riding to stop them. Dressed in masks and cloaked in darkness, the night riders terrorized county officials, kidnapped two land company lawyers, and lynched one of them in the autumn of 1908. Governor Patterson called out the state militia to quell the violence; eight night riders were brought to trial, but all eventually went free. Fearing further outbreaks of violence over the private development of the lake, the state began to acquire the lake property as a public resource. In 1925 Reelfoot Lake was established as a state game and fish preserve, marking a first step toward the conservation of Tennessee’s natural resources. Ironically, at the very time that Tennessee’s rural culture was under attack by city critics, its musicfound a national audience. In 1925 WSM, a powerful Nashville radio station, began broadcasting a weekly program of live music which was soon dubbed the “Grand Ole Opry.”...

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Josiah Bartlett

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

Josiah Bartlett (No middle name) Born: November 21, 1729 Died: May 19, 1795 Josiah Bartlett was born November 21, 1729 to Stephan & Hannah-Mary Bartlett (Webster) in Amesbury Massachusetts. The 5th child and 4th son born to the Bartlett’s of Amesbury. By age 17 Josiah knew Greek and Latin and studied to become a physician. Studying under Dr. Ordway of Amesbury, colony of New Hampshire Josiah married his first cousin, daughter of his uncle Joseph, Mary Bartlett on January 15, 1754 together they had 10 children, 3 son’s  and 7 daughters, Mary1754, Lois 1756, Miriam 1758, Rhoda 1760, Hannah 1763 (died as an infant), Levi 1762, Josiah 1768, Ezra 1770, Sarah 1773,  and Hannah 1776 (also died as an infant. All three of his sons and 7 of his grandson’s became physicians. They stayed married until her death on July 14, 1789.     Josiah became active in politics for his county of Kingston New Hampshire and was elected to the colonial assembly in 1756 and appointed Colonel of the county’s militia. Governor John Wentworth appointed him as a Justice of the Peace. As the Revolution neared, his Whig policies brought him into conflict with the British Governor John Wentworth. In 1774, Josiah Bartlett joined the Assembly Committee of Correspondence and began working with the other leaders of the 12 other Colonies. Governor Wentworth dismissed Josiah Bartlett for his revolutionary politics which were illegal in the eyes of the Crown. Shortly after that Josiah Bartlett’s home was burned to the ground, a total loss. The fire was allegedly set by Tories, A Tory is a Colonial citizen who sided with the British Crown against the Revolution, and no one was ever convicted for the burning of his home. Josiah Bartlett began rebuilding his home and farm after the fire, and turned down an appointment as a delegate to the Continental Congress with John Pickering, to attend to his family and their needs. Josiah remained very active in New Hampshire politics. In 1775 as one of his last acts Governor Wentworth made before being driven out of New Hampshire revoked Josiah Bartlett’s commission as Justice of the Peace, and his commission as Colonel of the New Hampshire militia, and as Assemblyman for his county.     In 1775 Josiah was again selected to be a delegate at the Continental Congress at this time he accepted and became the only delegate from New Hampshire. Most of the work done at the Continental congress was done in committees and at least one delegate from each colony was on a committee which meant Josiah was on all the committees,  Safety, Secrecy, Munitions, Marine, and Civil Government. After several letters back to New Hampshire...

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