Monday, November 03, 2014

Ebola

A government response to a catastrophe can get complicated during an election year. No matter what the president does, someone is going to take him to task over it.

Ebola is a deadly contagious disease that causes victims to bleed to death from the inside. Most Westerners who have that disease will seek medical treatment and will be put in an isolation ward. Anyone who has that disease and refuses treatment should still be kept in quarantine. Yes, you just read that on a Libertarian blog. Nobody has a constitutional right to become a bio-weapon.

Ebola is so deadly that it is impossible for a victim to pretend that they don't have it. You can't tell if someone has AIDS without a blood test, but an Ebola patient will start out with severe flu-like symptoms and get worse from there. If you don't have symptoms, you don't have the disease, and there is no reason to keep you from going about your business.

While Americans getting infected with Ebola is newsworthy, the real disease crisis is happening in Africa. There are several factors that explain why Ebola infects more people in Africa than in the US or Europe.  First World countries have better healthcare and hygiene, while Africa has wildlife that carries Ebola without getting sick. Fruitbats, monkeys, and other critters that you won't find in the US carry the virus in their bodies. These animals are hunted and eaten by people who don't always cook their food properly.

Obama was correct not to impose a travel ban. To put things in perspective, more Americans have been allegedly killed by NFL players this decade than by Ebola. But nobody is pushing for a travel ban for professional athletes. It's irresponsible for politicians to exaggerate the risks, impose unnecessary quarantines, and scare the hell out of voters.

And if you are a voter, learn more about Ebola before panicking.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jeannette Jaquish for FWCS Board.

(Mrs. Jaquish asked that we post this on her behalf. Enjoy.)
Hello! 
I am Jeannette Jaquish, running for the Fort Wayne Community Schools at large board seat against Mark GiaQuinta and Anne Duff.

Please visit my website at www.VoteJaquishFWCS.com

I think the competition of charters and vouchers stimulate public schools to improve, and it saves the Dept. of Education money because charters and vouchers get $4,800 instead of the $6,500 that goes to public schools.  Many on the FWCS board constantly complain of the money lost to charters and vouchers and tax caps, ignoring that parents chose them, and that losing the funding also means not having to educate the children. I say stop whining, pull up your socks and compete to win them back.

I have many practical observations on nutritious meals, lost academic and career classes, cold dark morning walks to the bus stop, how to deal with hungry kids, standardized testing and more.
I also summarize a Harvard study that found how a New York City charter the Harlem Children's Zone greatly raised minority student scores. What they learned is now spreading to public schools.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How many commissioners should Allen County have?

This is the question that will appear on the November 4th ballot:
Shall the county government of Allen County be reorganized to place all executive power in a single county executive and to place all legislative and fiscal powers in the county council?
I will be voting "Yes" for this one.

 A libertarian case for having three county commissioners would run as follows: Each commissioner would run as a check on the other two. And the more inefficient county government becomes, the less damage it can do.

 Another weak argument is that it hasn't been tried before. But having a single elected member of the executive branch is how it is done on every other level of government that we live under.

 County government already leaves a lighter footprint than state, city, and federal government. The services that the county does provide, including police, road maintenance, and Board of Health are important enough that they should be overseen by effective, accountable leadership.

Monday, October 06, 2014

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE!!

IF YOU PLAN ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THIS COUNTRY IS RUN BE ADVISED THAT TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER TO VOTE!! EVEN IF YOU ARE PRIOR REGISTERED THE CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE EARLIER THIS YEAR SUSPENDED 700,000 VOTERS BECAUSE OF PAPERWORK ISSUES PLEASE CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS NO MATTER WHAT

Residents can register at their local county voter registration office, at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch, or at any National Voter Registration Act full-service agency, such as Workforce Development offices and Family and Social Services Administration offices, according to the secretary of state’s website.

To register online, go to www.indianavoters.com. 


You must have a valid Indiana driver’s license number or Indiana state identification card number available. The site also allows users to update their voter registration with a new address or name change. In Allen County, residents can register at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St., Suite 176, in Fort Wayne; at BMV branches; the Allen Circuit Court Clerk’s office; the Fort Wayne City Clerk’s office; the New Haven City Clerk-Treasurer’s office; Fort Wayne City Utilities; Fort Wayne Board of Public Works; and the Fort Wayne City Controller’s office. Residents can also register at Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines recruitment offices.

SUPREME COURT DENIES BIGOTRY AND HATE: MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGAL IN INDIANA AND FOUR OTHER STATES TODAY

gay marriage ruling cartoon by nate beeler 2013-06-26
MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS LEGAL IN INDIANA UTAH OKLAHOMA VIRGINIA AND WISCONSIN!!! THANKS TO THE SUPREME COURT DENYING STATE CLAIMS!!

The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.


Further news and commentary will be updated as it is provided and the celebration begins!!

SOCTUS blog .... This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference.   Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  This means that the lower-court decisions striking down bans in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia should go into effect shortly, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in those states and any other state with similar bans in those circuits.

The Supreme Court had issued the first round of orders from the September 29 Conference last Thursday, adding eleven new cases to its docket for the new Term.  Many people had anticipated that one or more of the same-sex marriage petitions might be on that list, but the Court did not act on any of them at the time.  Last month Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had suggested that the Court might not step into the controversy at this point, because there was no disagreement among the lower courts on that issue.  Today her prediction proved true, with the Court denying review (without any comment) of the seven petitions:  Bogan v. Baskin (Indiana); Walker v. Wolf (Wisconsin); Herbert v. Kitchen (Utah); McQuigg v. Bostic (Virginia); Rainey v. Bostic (Virginia); Schaefer v. Bostic (Virginia); and Smith v. Bishop (Oklahoma).

ADDITIONAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS DECISION: Involves other State cases still being decided in those Federal Districts or Circuits involved in these seven merged cases and will be resolved by the Circuit Courts in short order including other bans in those 3 Circuits directly being challenged in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado, which outcomes and implementations would change almost overnight along with any further rulings that come down the legal pike in the next year.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention came together for the last time to sign the document they helped create and craft. Constitution Day is an opportunity to show our love for the United State of America and the blessings of liberty our Founding Fathers helped secure for us.

The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. (wiki)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another half-assed war without an exit strategy.

ISIS is a evil band of thugs. If we're going to fight them, I hope we win. But even a best case scenario will have costs. Operation Desert Storm looked like a quick easy victory for those of us who watched from our living rooms. But it also gave us Osama Bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh.

ISIS already has a lot of enemies and no allies. They are doomed by their own rigid ideology. They will never be more than a nuisance, but our President is now making them our nuisance. Now that US forces are involved, ISIS has a non-Islamic enemy to use in recruitment propaganda and is that much more likely to carry out attacks against Americans.

The most wreckless aspect of this mess is the President's promise to attack targets in Syria. Since our military will not be coordinating with Assad, there is the possibility that pro-Assad forces will be killed by US airstrikes. If something like that happens, the State Department will have one hell of a time convincing Assad or anyone else that it was an accident. My prediction is that the US will be at war with the Syrian government within 12 months.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Citizens United case: Don't bother with a Constitutional amendment.

There is a push to restore some of the laws that were affected by the Citizens United decision. You are very naive if you think any piece of US legislation will keep corporations from attempting to influence elections. They will deal with it the same way they deal with our tax code: through the use of foreign shell companies. If you tell a billionaire who wants to spend $4 million to help a candidate that he can only spend $500,000, then he is going to start eight companies or NGO's in whatever country suits him and have them do his donating for him.

If you ban corporations from contributing to campaigns, they will hand out bonuses to trusted executives, who will then write personal checks to the candidates who will help their company succeed. Money finds a way.

What you should be worried about is how this will affect labor unions and grass roots organizations that can't relocate. When the little guy can't find the loophole, that makes the playing field even more lopsided than it was before.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

GIVE THE WEAPONS OF WAR TO THE SHERIFF ALONE!! Civilian Elected Authority over Military Actions is one of the Hallmarks of our Legal System and True Justice would require the resources to be accountable to We The People first.

credit: 18 August 2014 The Miami Herald
I am going to argue for something that I really didnt want to have to defend; however, because I am aware of certain strategic and National Security issues, I must advocate for at least the Allen County Sheriff, as the Chief Constitutionally Elected Executive Public Safety Officer, to be in command and control of any surplus Military equipment distributed from the Pentagon to LEO or Local Law Enforcement Organizations.

Contrary to everyone's memory apparently is that Fort Wayne - Allen County, Indiana is unique in this Country's Civil Defense and National Defense strategy.
1. We have not one, but three active Military bases within our Metro area.
2. We have one of the few airports that can land Air Force One (1982) that also has both a Air National Guard Battalion and recently announced an additional Active Air Force presence on the base, therefore it is now a Joint Operations Base.
3. As evidenced from the fall out from 9/11 (2001) we also hosted the primary back up to the White House switchboard in Downtown Fort Wayne.
4. We are one of the primary logistics hubs for Military Intelligence and also Public Health and Safety. Why do you think Parkview is now a ten mile campus on the north side of town on the other side of the interchange with its own Service Road access pointe to all Interstate and State Highway connections within a stones throw distance.
5. The GM Plant can be converted overnight into supplying military grade hardware as full time production. Steel Dynamics is just down the road in Whitley County, that is not a coincidence.
6. We hold a "currently defunct" Missile Silo System, and we are holding "Military Grade Chemical Waste" for safe keeping or in case of an emergency.



Oh I could continue, the list is pretty extensive; keeping in mind I despise Conspiracy Theories as much as I do not like the Militarization of Law Enforcement any more than the next person; however I do think that having a Civil Defense force trained by the Sheriff and under his direct and Joint Command with the National Guard would be a positive use of surplus goods from the Pentagon, but they shouldnt be used in everyday Police Work and they shouldnt be left to anyone except someone voted into office by We The People as a Civilian Authority over said Military activities, keep your checks and balances and give the Sheriff his proper due and the People our proper respect.

Brave New Films presents a History of the violations of Posse Comitatus (1878) and there is a an update on pending Legislative Review by Congress included via The Huffington Post which said in part:
.... The White House said it would examine the program, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel noting that the adoption “by local police departments of military-style tactics and the use of military equipment have provoked concern across the nation for a number of years.”
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is set to chair a congressional hearing on “police militarization” on Tuesday.
Efforts to curb the programs could spark opposition from police departments and lobbyists. “You never know when domestic terrorism or a mass shooting event will hit Smalltown, USA,” Mark Lomax, executive director of the SWAT lobbying group National Tactical Officers Association, told Politico recently......


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mark your calender! Scott Wise is having a townhall meeting.

Who: Scott Wise, Libertarian candidate for US House of Represenatatives, Indiana 3rd District, Dan Drexler, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Allen County, and members of the general public like you.
What: Townhall Meeting
Where: Little Turtle branch of the Allen County Public Library. 2201 Sherman Street, Fort Wayne, IN.
When: September 2nd, 6pm.
Why: The day after Labor Day is commonly regarded as the start of election campaign season. Scott and Dan will be answering questions from the public.
How: I think Dan and Scott will be arriving by car. How you get to the townhall meeting is up to you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ferguson

1) Sometimes police shootings are justified and sometimes it's a tragic misunderstanding. On very, very rare occasions, police have knowingly committed murder. These cases are very difficult to investigate because they involve suspects who know how police investigations are carried out.
 2) Peaceful protests are great, rioting is bad.
3) Arresting rioters is great, arresting peaceful protesters and journalists is bad.
4) Police officers are civilians, and should not have weapons that are prohibited for civilian use.
5) Here's an idea: All funding for state and local law enforcement should come from the state and local level. If voters in a jurisdiction won't support a bond issue or tax increase to spend $500,000 on an armored vehicle, then maybe the police shouldn't have that armored vehicle. Maybe an MRAP designed to protect its crew from a roadside bomb belongs in the Mideast and not the Midwest.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LP INDIANA: CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS!! ALMOST 700,000 VOTERS PUT ON HOLD!!

My initial response to this was: "Im all for sifting the voter rolls on the one year where there is no election going on, but this is just a little bit ridiculous, then again what do you expect from Republicans anymore, especially one whom was appointed because of a rule change after the last guy committed voter fraud." However after learning certain details I must apologize for misconstruing intentions by the current Secretary of State, whom actually prevented a costly lawsuit from affecting Hoosiers and others in this Country by "accelerating" a plan to filter voter rolls.

As someone whom is liberty minded, when it comes to ballot access whether as candidates, officers, or voters, Libertarians can get really jumpy really fast because we are both itching for that fight, and at the same time, on guard for it always. The other issue is with all the other schemes going on (especially in the South, most notably North Carolina,
and even Ballot fraud in ALABAMA) , now that the one clause (Section Four) of the Voting Rights Act was suspended by the SCOTUS, every one whom is liberty minded is on edge when it comes to disenfranchisement of the voters, by those elected to represent them and by laws or actions which prevent them from excising that essential civil duty to vote. 


Seriously though, CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION, even if you dont get a notice and by all means tell everyone you know that this bullpuckey wont happen improperly again, if you elect Karl Tatgenhorst for Indiana Secretary of State in November.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Statist Reality: My response to Paul Krugman's "The Libertarian Fantasy"

Toledo has had problems with their drinking water. Phosphorus run-off from farms has been causing an algae bloom in Lake Erie, and that's bad. Paul Krugman has cited it as a reason why libertarian economics won't work. Krugman wants you to think that Libertarians think that pollution is no big deal. But pollution is a problem in any modern society, no matter what your ideology is. I think that the good folks of Toledo would be justified in filing a class action suit against farms along the Maumee River. The phosphorus is coming from fertilizer used on crops. And what should make you mad is that a lot of these crops aren't going to be used as food. A lot of corn is used to make ethanol. Most gas stations sell fuel that is 90% gas and 10% ethanol. The ethanol doesn't do anything to make your car perform better or pollute less. It's just there because the federal government has been trying to pump up corn prices. This is to help corn farmers and corporations that own corn farms. I have no objection to regulations to reduce phosphorus runoff, aside from that they would be difficult to enforce. Instead, Congress should stop encouraging farmers to pump chemicals into the ground by ending ethanol subsidies.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Jeanette Jaquish: Necessity or Complacency in FWCS Free Food Program?

LPAC Vice Chair Jeanette Jaquish, issued an Editorial last month questioning the reasoning and motives behind Fort Wayne Community Schools enveloping of all students into the free lunch and breakfast programs, made available through certain Federal Grants and funding loopholes.

Personally I will agree with her that the Fort Wayne Community School Board of Trustees willingness to pay almost five dollars a gallon for their milk program and not seeking out other format sources for competitive bidding is a little disheartening and should also make people weary of what else they rubber stamp "because, because" etc., but she didnt even bring that fiscal responsibility issue up.
"•Approved the sole bid of $1,722,855 from Prairie Farms Dairy to provide the estimated 5.7 million half pints of milk that FWCS and 12 private schools will serve next school year. The board also approved bids totaling $3.278 million from three food companies to provide the meat, produce and staples used to prepare school lunches."
  
FWCS fosters dependence through free-meal plan

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “Bridge Over Terabithia,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” even “Harry Potter” – all have characters in poverty who either refuse or are ashamed to take charity. What will schools do with those books now?
I am deeply disturbed by the unanimous vote of the Fort Wayne Community Schools board to give free breakfast and lunch to all students in elementary through middle school through the Community Eligibility Provision of the Department of Agriculture. I think meals at home are important for families to communicate, bond and learn life skills, as well as show the kids that parents take care of them. I did not like it before when kids who ate breakfast at home had to wait on the bus 15 minutes while the school breakfasting children ate inside, but this is worse. I get up at5:30 a.m.to make hash browns and eggs, 30 minutes later for cold cereal. If I didn't have to make breakfast, would I get up just in time to say goodbye? Or at all?
It is ludicrous. Middle-income and wealthy kids do not need tax-funded free breakfast and lunch. FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson said, “This was strictly based on it is the right thing to do.” She says some families are too busy to eat well, and that school meals are the only nutritious meals some children get. I say, “So teach the kids how to make nutritious meals.” A small child can pour a bowl of whole-grain cereal and peel a banana. A 5-year-old can make toast, grate cheese and cut up an orange. An 8-year-old can cook oatmeal or blend a fruit smoothie. A 10-year-old should be able to fry eggs and potatoes. These are skills to be proud of and build upon, and those are inexpensive healthy foods.
I look at the nice cars in the school parking lot and the many overweight children, and I do not think our local population is so absolutely helpless that our government needs to provide free cooked food.
For half my life I was very poor. I learned resourcefulness, and there is not a day that I do not appreciate what I have now. The philosophy behind this CEP program will lead to equalizing everyone and weakening the individual.
Finally, I am disturbed by the unanimous approval. I watched FWCS's next board meeting, and the chair does not even pause after asking for the nays: “All in favor? (pause) Nays?-Motion carries.”
And of course people have responded in kind. Here are some excerpts with links:

EMILY RICO: Statistics indicate that in 2012,23.4 percent of Allen County children younger than 18 lived in poverty. Recent figures indicate that some level of poverty exists in all Fort Wayne ZIP codes.
The Community Eligibility Provision of the US Department of Agriculture school lunch program is an option when more than 40 percent of a school district’s students are certified to receive free/reduced lunches. In 2013, 70.5 percent of FWCS students qualified. FWCS had more than 200 homeless children in its school population. Without free meals at school, many of these children would come to school without breakfast, and some would not have lunch. While it is important to teach responsibility, what is being taught (or learned) at school when a child can think of nothing but his gnawing stomach?
Children can and do endure unfortunate family circumstances and grow up to overcome and better their conditions. But perhaps we can make the way a little easier for someone else in need. The success of all is beneficial to society generally. 

KRISTIN STARK HUFF: ..... Children are at the complete mercy of the adults who surround them. Teaching kids to make their own meals is fine, but the adults in many kids’ lives are too unstable to do so, regardless of their income bracket. Whether they don’t have food in the morning because they are too busy, too poor or too unstable does not matter. Breakfast is essential to developing brains.
Making sure that as many kids as possible eat before and during school is a smart decision for FWCS. Kids who eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch are better able to sit still, pay attention and learn. This results in better test scores, stronger enrollment and better funding for the schools, which benefits all FWCS kids. Better-educated kids result in a stronger workforce and rising level of education and stability for our community.....

KATHLEEN KEARNS: .... The books she referred to that she believes model the correct way to handle poverty are all fiction. FWCS is reality. Not just when school is in session. These children belong to us 365 days a year.
I am a retired teacher, having served 25 years, .....
Nutritious food is undeniably more expensive than junk food. Recently I purchased enough food to make four dinners, and it cost $67. That provides four well-balanced, highly nutritious meals for one person. The families of whom Jaquish spoke cannot afford that. They are working two and three jobs trying to pay for housing, keep gas in the tank and clothing on their children’s backs.
And while they are doing that, their children are at home alone during the day. Jaquish suggests that children prepare their own meals. I would not want a 5-year-old making toast alone or cutting up an orange as she suggests. I have 10-year old grandchildren whom I would not want at the stove making eggs and potatoes while the adults are away from the house.

PATTI MURZYN: (in response to the original news story)
..... advise Wendy Robinson that there is no such thing as a “free” lunch (or breakfast). .....
.... The article noted the board had approved a little over $5 million for milk meat, produce and staples for school lunches. The students may think they eat for free, but the $5 million bids are proof that it is not “free.”
..... Really? We are all busy, but using “I’m too busy” makes these individuals victims rather than people in serious need of a meal. Those families need to look at priorities and manage their time better instead of asking taxpayers to cover these school meals. This is an extremely poor use of our tax dollars. And now they no longer need to fill out applications (too busy?) for “free” taxpayer-provided meals? Where and how will there be accountability for the tax dollars used? How do you know who is still eligible?
It was also noted that due to a change in an application process “the district will have to develop a new process to help eligible parents apply for free textbooks for their students.” Again, these are not “free,” these textbooks are costing the taxpayers money.....
I know it’s not popular, but there needs to be “ownership” for these individuals so that they take responsibility and show gratitude for the things given to them (and now they don’t even need to complete paperwork). The students (and parents) need to understand they are receiving these meals and books at no charge to them because the costs are being covered out of taxes taken from others so it only appears to be “free” to them. Things that are “free” are generally not as well cared for and rarely appreciated.

 I will add more editorial responses as they come across my purview.

Culinary Advocate Issues Survive And Thrive Cookbook For Food Stamp Recipients

I am posting this as both a matter of fiscal responsibility and constituent advocacy. 

Canadian Culinary Author Leanne Brown released this Good and Cheap: A Healthy Cookbook for Food Stamp Budgets back in June of this year after witnessing the struggle of so many on SNAP benefits to find healthy and nutritious meals for under $4 per day. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/01/337141837/cheap-eats-cookbook-shows-how-to-eat-well-on-a-food-stamp-budget. You can download a 67 page PDF of the cookbook for free and there are also printed copies available in bulk purchases at $4 per copy.

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