Archive | February 2012

Commissioner Peggy Lambert Requested Attorney General’s Investigation on Tea Party Founders LTE

At the September 6, 2011 Blount County Commission Agenda meeting, Peggy Lambert expressed outrage about a letter to the editor, written by a founder of the local Smoky Mountain Tea Party Patriots.  You can read the LTE here.  Peggy took offense to the letter, because she felt that the writer, Mary Cook, implied that Commissioners take bribes.  The letter does not name Commissioner Lambert and the last paragraph with the statement about bribes provides a list of goals by Mrs. Cook rather than an accusation that our Commissioners are taking bribes.  The first two setences of the last paragraph do address the Commission, but I see no accusation of Commissioners taking a bribe in the last paragraph.  Why is Commissioner Lambert so outraged at a generic statement of goals?

Lambert was so outraged that she stated that she consulted with an attorney who advised her to take the letter to the Attorney General for an investigation.  She then stated “The person who wrote the letter, you know who you are.  The Attorney General is asking that you come to his office with the proof and the names of the Commissioners and if he deems that there is merit he will ask for an investigation from the TBI.”  Mary Cook was not present at the meeting.  Lambert further stated that she was asking for an investigation by the Attorney General and concluded by saying, “If these accusations are not substantiated, then it will become a civil matter.”

This raises some important questions, did the Attorney General conduct an investigation based on this letter to the editor?  If so, was any evidence of bribery found and have any charges been filed?  I don’t know of any charges being filed.  Furthermore, if the allegations were not substantiated, then did Commissioner Lambert make this a civil matter by filing a civil suit?  If not, why?

This letter to the editor is listed under the opinion section.  People say false things about politicians every day and law suits aren’t filed over those statements.  Commissioner Lambert wasn’t even named in the letter to the editor and none of the other 20 Commissioners have expressed outrage about the letter at a public meeting.  It appears that Commissioner Peggy Lambert is overly touchy and it makes me wonder why.

Commissioner Lambert is also the National Committeewoman for the Republican Party of Tennessee.  Aren’t Republicans suppose to like Tea Partiers and have similar goals?  Perhaps not.

In my opinion, Commissioner Lambert is trying to bully people and she needs to be called on it.  She also threatened to sue Commissioner Folts for his comments on the Blount County PBA.  This appears, to me, to be a tactic to scare people against speaking out about the waste in Blount County government.  If an investigation was done and no bribery found, no charges filed and no civil action taken against the letter writer, then Commissioner Lambert should apologize to the taxpayers for wasting taxpayer resources on a frivolous investigation.

A man who had attended a previous Commission meeting shared with me that Commissioner Lambert complained about the lenght of one of the meetings, saying if the meetings are going to run long that she’s going to have to be paid more.  He responded that he didn’t think that the Commissioners should be paid anything for this debacle.  He said Commissioner Lambert looked stunned.  Perhaps Commissioner Lambert has forgotten that she’s a public servant.

Hey Christians, Stop Using Abortion and Conservative Judges as the Excuse to Vote Republican

Pastor Chuck Baldwin nails the fallacy of voting Republican to get “conservative” and “pro-life” judges.  Keep in mind that hypocrite Santorum voted to confirm Judge Sonja Sotomayor and routinely voted to fund Planned Parenthood.  His wife also lived with an abortion doctor for 6 years before marrying Rick Santorum.

Insanity- Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

This video was made in 2008; therefore, the information is a few years old, but the principle is still true today.

The Video that Convinced a Friend that Ron Paul is the Candidate to Lead Our Country

A local Tea Partier and friend wasn’t happy with the 4 GOP candidates, although he liked Ron Paul domestically.  He felt that Ron Paul was probably the best of the bunch, but he had reservations about his foreign policy.  After seeing this video he emailed me and asked me if I had seen Ron Paul’s predictions, most of which have come true.  I responded that I had.  My friend was amazed at Ron Paul’s wisdom and ability to predict the future and he early voted for Ron Paul as a result.  After voting, he emailed me that Ron Paul is causing him to rethink some of his positions. 

I ask you, the voters, what other candidate causes you to think so deeply about what you believe and why?  When Ron Paul ran 4 years ago, I was delighted at his freedom message.  I thought then that I had a pretty strong foundation for what I believe and why, but Ron Paul has challenged me to fully examine my beliefs and thanks to him, they are stronger than ever.

I was so disgusted with politics that in 2004 I didn’t even vote. I am eternally grateful for Ron Paul, because he showed me that it is possible to lead by example. He is a class act. There will never be another Ron Paul in my lifetime, although I’d love to see another.

In this video, Ron Paul predicts the housing crisis and he predicts several consequence of our foreign policy.  My friend was able to see that if Ron Paul could accurately predict domestic issues that perhaps he could be right on foreign policy as well.  There are several videos like this on the net, showing Ron Paul correctly predicting the problems that we currently face, but since this is the one that convinced my friend, I have posted it for all to see.  You can read Paul’s predictions in the Congressional Record here.

Let freedom ring!


RSV Bible (Revised Santorum Version)

Today’s guest post is by Eric Holcombe.

A question for James Dobson and Mike Farris

So, James and Mike, which Iranians should we Christians murder first after we help you elect Rick Santorum?

I thought maybe you learned your lesson after endorsing Mike “I’m the uniquely qualified candidate because I have a theology degree” Huckabee who really didn’t have a theology degree. This was especially revealing for Farris and HSLDA as Huckabee had been homeschoolers’ worst enemy as Arkansas’ governor on multiple fronts,  even with HSLDA actively opposing him at the time, but I guess they forgot all about that and decided he was the best man for the job to protect homeschoolers at the federal level.

Well, James and Mike are at it again and this time it is Rick Santorum that the evangelical Christian and homeschooler voting bloc is to support according to their sage advice. Mike Farris tries to tell us that Rick is a “fellow homeschooler”. Really? Well I guess if your children are enrolled in a public virtual charter school and ripping off the taxpayers in another state for the tuition that makes you a “homeschooler” just like Rick. By the way, the potential legal confusion of virtual public charter schools (and their “free” government computers) with independent “home school” is one of HSLDA’s alleged serious concerns that they use with their appeal-to-fear tactics to keep you on the hook for annual dues so they can keep “fighting the good fight” for homeschoolers to keep those legal definitions nice and tidy. They’ve used Santorum many times over the years to sponsor their federal education or marriage amendment bills, so maybe they have no choice but to endorse, uh, I mean “commend”, but good grief, this guy has done nothing but expand federal education spending and control. There is a much better choice for homeschoolers in this primary who has actually introduced legislation to help them, and contrary to Santorum, Gingrich and HSLDA, understands that there is no provision for a federal department of education in the US Constitution and this issue should be reserved for the states and/or the people. This is why I never regretted canceling our HSLDA membership after one year. The HSLDA is a top-down, federal control-loving fraud. But I digress…

Perhaps the greater problem here is with Dobson, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council who should know better. I can’t believe they actually listen to what Santorum says and can endorse him as the best choice, let alone someone who best represents their “values”. To that effect, I have created a list of suggested scripture revisions for these “conservative evangelicals” that support Santorum. I’ll call it the RSV (Revised Santorum Version):

Matthew 5:44  But I say unto you, Love KILL your enemies, bless CURSE them that curse you, do good AND IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON to them that hate you,  and pray for PRE-EMPTIVELY STRIKE them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow SWIFT to speak slow AND EVEN SWIFTER to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, YOURS saith the Lord.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye wouldSPECULATE that men shouldMIGHT do to you, do ye even so to them BEFORE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT UNTO YOU: for this is the law and the prophets.

1Th 5:15 See that noneONLY APPROVED UNITED NATIONS COALITION FORCES render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good ENDORSED BY YOUR “CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL” LEADERS.

Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted ELECTED to rule over the GentilesAMERICANS exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.


Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake , EXCEPT FOR THE UNITED STATES, BECAUSE THEY ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall NOT be trodden down of the Gentiles, BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES WILL ALWAYS INTERVENE ON THEIR BEHALF until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, EXCEPT THE ONES THE UNITED STATES INVADED IN THE “WAR ON TERROR”, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Paul Is Only GOP Contender Whose Policies Would Pare Debt, Analysis Finds

The tax and spending plans of the leading Republican presidential candidates would add to the U.S. debt, according to a nonpartisan report.

The plans of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney would each add trillions of dollars to the debt over the next decade, according to an analysis released today by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Washington. The Republican contenders criticize President Barack Obama for spending programs that contributed to a trillion-dollar budget deficit.

Ron Paul is the only major candidate whose policies would reduce U.S. debt, according to the report.

Continue reading here.     Another article on the same subject.

Watch the Reality Report for a rundown.


Rats are much Better than Politicans!

Research on rats shows that they have empathy and try to help their fellow rats when they are distressed.  Most of them will even pass up a pile of chocolate to help a rat in need.  Compare that to the Blount County Commission which has dumped a pile of crap on us.  Unfortunately, our Commission seems preoccupied with chocolate chips, and not with helping us distressed taxpayers.

Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy is Conservative

My LTE was published today.

Ron Paul’s foreign policy is conservative

Dear Editor:

Ron Paul’s pro-peace message should be well received by a nation which has been at war for a decade. Sadly, “conservatives” in South Carolina reached an all-time low when they booed Ron Paul for suggesting that this nation adopt the Golden Rule in its foreign policy. Jesus made no exceptions to the Golden Rule for war and torture.

Paul believes in St. Augustine’s just war theory. So should conservatives.

Top intelligence officials have been clear that Iran doesn’t have a nuke. James Clapper, National Intelligence director, and former General Petraeus, now CIA Director, both told Congress this in January.

Paul is labeled an isolationist, when those who support sanctions are the isolationists. Paul is a non-interventionist. Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA Osama Bin Laden Station, endorsed Ron Paul for president, because of his foreign policy. Visit his website to learn why. The CIA admits that intervention causes blowblack. Learn why!

“Mr. Republican,” Senator Robert Taft, was a strong proponent of non-interventionism. Even President Eisenhower, who was hawkish, warned of the misplaced power in the military industrial complex in his farewell address. George W. Bush, ran as a non-interventionist, before lying about a mushroom cloud.

Active duty military members clearly support Paul’s foreign policy. Paul raised about triple the amount of money, from active military, that Obama raised and six times as much as the remaining Republican candidates, in the fourth quarter. Conservatives wake up! 87 percent of these Republican military donations are to Paul.

The Ron Paul presidential campaign changed my life four years ago because I met many good people and Ron Paul reminded me that it’s still conservative to not be a warmonger. Unfortunately, most “conservatives” have forgotten that. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9.


Ron Paul campaign is widely ignored

This was by retired Navy Captain Charles Wilhoit provides a list of of writings by Ron Paul discussing his non-interventionist foreign policy.

Dear Editor:

During the past several months of the current presidential campaign I have observed that a significant number of registered voters, especially Republicans, have little knowledge of the basic issues of the campaign. I have also observed that the media, in general, especially television, is doing everything possible to ignore Ron Paul while concentrating on the infighting and personalities of the other candidates.

What I hear most in the way of objection to Ron Paul goes something like this: “I like a lot of things about Ron Paul except his policy on foreign affairs, etc.” When I ask what exactly about it they don’t like, the response usually has little substance, even though Ron Paul has written more on the issues than all the other candidates combined. I refer to his “Freedom Report,” “Texas Straight Talk,” and books such as ”A Foreign Policy of Freedom,” “Liberty Defined,” “The Revolution: a Manifesto” and “End the Fed” which together, describe his total platform.

A very good essay: “A Real Foreign Policy Debate,” by Tim Kelly, appears on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation ( and in my opinion, is worthy of being printed in this newspaper.


Capt. Charles V. Wilhoit Jr., USN (Ret.)

P.O. Box 156

Townsend, TN 37882


This is the Appendix to Ron Paul’s book, Liberty Defined.       

  1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.
  2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.
  3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
  4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
  5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
  6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people’s money and governments must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
  7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
  8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.
  9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
  10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.

I’m a Yellow Dog [fill in self-serving party name here]

Today’s guest post is by Eric Holcombe

“I’m up here for my people, not for anybody in leadership of either party,” he said. “I’m not a good party person.”

Yes! Rep. Bass gets it (just like George Washington did)! Political parties only serve to divide the people (like labor unions and the race hustlers). Now, if we could just get people to vote based on what the reps do instead of the stupid letter behind their name…

I see plenty of stuff flying around on the NRA bills Rep. Bass is sponsoring, but…”House Republicans would prefer not to take up the bill in an election year.

It would appear that Republicans are more concerned about their political careers and their party having control than the “needs” of the constituency – or actually following through on their party’s so-called “platform” and passing legislation related to it. Or, maybe they don’t believe there is populist support for their ideas, so they have to sneak them in later. Or it could be they don’t really believe in their platform, they just use it for leverage come campaign time. Their ‘opposition’ is actually introducing their alleged platform and they now oppose it. If you’re a straight-line, party ticket voter that only sees the “R” or “D” behind the name, you really need to reconsider that.

So, folks gotta choose whether their belief in rights protected from the government by the 2nd Amendment (not rights created by it) is more important than political party loyalty. Personally, I wouldn’t vote for the bill, because it relies on the unconstitutional “carry permit” in order to allow you to have the firearm in your vehicle. This just amends an unconstitutional law in my view. Your “right” to self defense is not inalienable in this system – it is no more than a paid privilege. Just try stopping paying your perpetual “carry permit” tax and see how inalienable your right to self defense is. I’m also not crazy about the NRA and some of their tactics with legislation. They too can be like the race hustlers, generating crummy bills just for the entertainment value to keep you sending in those dues.

In Tennessee, without the infringement of the state “carry permit” and it’s accompanying perpetual tax, you cannot lawfully transport ANY loaded firearms, pistols or rifles or shotguns. You can only transport unloaded rifles or shotguns with no ammunition in close proximity to the weapon. So much for defending yourself. So you see, this bill is so weak, it only allows the “carry permit” holders to keep their loaded firearms in their vehicles. All the rest of the non-felon lawful gun owners who haven’t subjected themselves to the infringement of the “carry permit” and its perpetual 2nd Amendment tax are out of luck. And Republicans are too scared to pass this?

The other side of this argument is private property rights – that an employer or store owner has a right to say what happens on their property, which is the “business” side of the argument that McCormick is talking about. That is, if they don’t want guns on their property, they should be able to establish that rule on their property. This is kind of a touchy subject because private property rights change a whole lot when your property is open to the public. Suddenly, you are told how many parking spaces to have, how many are handicap, how many exit doors, fire alarm, plumbing fixtures (also handicap accessible), temperature of your water, and now for new construction, how efficient your lighting, insulation, windows and hvac systems have to be. Again, like keeping and bearing arms, your “private property right” is little more than a paid privilege. Just try not paying your property tax. Suddenly the property isn’t yours. You are just renting it from the government. So, yes the government is also going to tell you what other people can bring on your property.

Are there really Republicans out there that would support these bills? Are they being asked to “take one for the team” again? Shouldn’t they be taking one for the constituents instead?

Finance Director Jennings Wrong about Joe Ayres, Morgan Keegan and TN Loans Inc.

Jim Folts, has been attempting to expose the conflicts of interest which exist with Joe Ayres through the Blount Co. PBA Program Adminstration Agreement with TN Loans Inc., Regions Bank, Morgan Keegan and Cumberland Securities for years.  It was one of the matters which motivated him to run for Co. Commission, to which he was elected in the 7th District in 2010.

Cumerland Securities was terminated in 2009, after being purchased by Morgan Keegan, according to Secretary of State documents.  Commissioner Folts has repeatedly pointed out that Joe Ayres has a conflict of interest because he works for Morgan Keegan and he and his wife own TN Loans Inc.  Last years I spoke to the Co. Commission and informed them that TN Loans Inc. corporate papers with the Secretary of State show the address of the business to be Joe Ayres personal residence in Sevier Co., not the Knoxville Morgan Keegan address which appears on County financial paperwork.

Despite repeated efforts by Commissioner Folts and myself, Blount Co. Finance Director Jennings has repeatedly insisted that Morgan Keegan purchased TN Loans Inc. and that Joe Ayres works for Morgan Keegan.  Alarmingly when I asked if he had a phone number for Joe Ayres, he admitted that he did not and that the only way he has to contact Ayres is by email.  (865) 637-1131 is listed on bond agreements as the phone number for TN Loans and Cumberland Security (see pages 235-236) but is not in service and is listed as Cumberland Securities on

At the Feb. 8 Agenda meeting, Jennings reasserted that Morgan Keegan owns TN Loans Inc., that Folts had supplied him with the Secretary of State corporate paperwork proving otherwise, and that Morgan Keegan was being purchased by Raymond James.

Folts did not back down and asked that the Mayor, through Jennings, obtain a letter from Joe Ayres about the ownership of TN Loans Inc.

Finance Director Steve Jennings sent an email to Joe Ayers, since he doesn’t have a phone number for him, and finally Jennings has to admit that Joe Ayres does in fact own TN Loans Inc. while also working at Morgan Keegan.

This is the content of the email.

From: Ayres, Joe
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 4:53 PM
To: Stephen Jennings
Subject: RE: TN Loans Ownership Structure

Steve and Mayor,

(1)    As you know, TN-LOANS Program Administrators, Inc. (“TN-LOANS, Inc”) serves as the Program Administrator for the TN-LOANS Program, which as you know, is a municipal loan program for borrowers throughout the State of Tennessee. The TN-LOANS Program was created by me and other Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. (“ Morgan Keegan”) employees back in 1995. TN-LOANS Inc., however, is a privately owned company and is not a part of nor owned by Morgan Keegan. I serve as TN-LOANS Inc.’s President and CEO.

(2)    As we have discussed in the past, one of the jobs of the Program Administrator, among numerous others, is to negotiate extensions or new credit enhancements with financial institutions on behalf of the PBA and the various borrowers who have loans in the TN-LOANS Program.

Regards, Joe


The main question that I have is why Jennings continued to insist that Jim Folts and I were wrong.  Did he think Folts would forge documents from the Secretary of State?  Did Joe Ayres imply othewise to Jennings in the past?  Did someone else misinform Jennings?  If Jennings is so hard headed about being unwilling to believe Secretary of State documents and only hearing it straight from the horses email (after all he doesn’t have a telephone number for Ayres), then do we really need him as Finance Director?

Commissioner Folts is to be commended for his efforts to resolve Co. financial issues.  The question remains whether many of the Commissioners will care.  I suspect that most won’t.

Building a Boat Makes You a Dealer According to TN Dept. of Revenue

There should not even be a requirement to register a boat.

These idiotic bureaucarts remind me of why this story is unfortunately true. 

In the year 2012, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the United States, and said, ‘Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.  Build anotherArk and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.’ He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, ‘You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark. ’Noah!’ He roared, ‘I’m about to start the rain! Where is theArk? ”Forgive me, Lord,’ begged Noah, ‘but things have changed. I needed a building permit. I’ve been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.

My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for a decision. Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea.

Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl.

When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will.  Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

After that the DEA raided my home because someone reported that with all the traffic in and out of my house I must be dealing drugs.

I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.  The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They maintain I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.’

Suddenly, the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, ‘You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?’ ‘No,’ said the Lord. ‘The government beat me to it.’