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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Street Copy

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Old Fashioned Muckraking



From an informant regarding local corruption:

well, norman, your site has been awfully slow when it comes to good old fashioned muckraking

so, i offer you these facts which i learned about 6 months ago:

it concerns rotten totten; long after he was sentenced and enjoying his solitary prison cell, he contacted diamond dave the chief deputy--what his motives were are not clear since he was in no bargaining position; i believe his motive was something to the effect that since i went down others should go down with me

according to totten, a member of the state police (this goes back 3/4 years) was working with a former deputy doing drug buys with a confidential informant; after a couple recorded buys were made, the trooper and deputy wanted to make the case against the 3 different sellers even stronger; so what they did was give the informant a lot of drugs from the state police evidence locker to plant in the sellers' houses when they went in for buys; and that's what happened, and then they got search warrants and of course found the planted drugs

now, to be clear, these sellers were certainly guilty of selling a pill or two, but they were made out much worse will all the extra drugs that were found
one of the three sellers pleaded guilty
the other two went to trial because the actual recordings of the drug buys were lost or inaudible--in both trials, the key evidence was the planted drugs found at the two sellers' houses, so the jury found them guilty--but for the presence of the planted drugs, the two defendants would have likely walked

totten knew of this when it happened because he was caught up in his own criminal activities at the time the drug planting was going on so he just looked the other way;  i believe his information to be true since he supplied it long after it could have done him any good in plea bargaining and/or sentencing

to diamond dave's credit, he did pass the information on to now former us attorney booth goodwin but they did nothing to verify it

i wish i could supply the names of those defendants, they were told to me at the time but i have since forgotten them; i'm sure a quick check of criminal jury drug trials in the past 3-4 years (since they weren't many in pocahontas) would reveal the names

totten spilled a lot of beans prior to his sentencing and those beans turned out true; these latter beans are also likely true

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Buffet Rule

Warren Buffett is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.  In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around.  
 
The BUFFETT Rule
 
Let's see if these idiots understand what people pressure is all about.
 
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
 
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid
 
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid
 
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid
 
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065
 
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
 
Here’s where the cuts should be made!
 
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
 
"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".
 
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
 
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
 
Warren Buffett is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
 
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
 
Congressional Reform Act of 2017
 
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
 
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
 
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
 
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
 
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
 
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
 
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
 
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
 
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
 
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It's time!
 
THIS IS HOW WE FIX CONGRESS!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Right on the Button

John Leyzorek 

We have an ongoing controversy of this type right here in Pocahontas County.We have only one, weekly, newspaper, The Pocahontas Times. 

Some years ago, one of our local political fringe tried, IIRC, to run a political advertisement which threatened the tender sensibiities or the blatant political biasses of the Times. 

The Times refused to print it, the would-be advertiser believed that his freedom of political speech was being infringed and sued, and lost.

The principle upheld by the SCOWV was, "Freedom of the press belongs to him who owns one".. 

I agree heartily. 

To argue otherwise is to deny the right of private property, to say that the Government should force you to allow the painting of the slogans YOU most hate, on YOUR wall.

HOWEVER, as the Founders knew and variously expresses, no system of law can successfully replace or obviate individual morality. 

The Times, as the only newspaper of general circulation in Pocahontas County had and has a MORAL obligation, which it continues to shirk, to print ALL the opinions and events of local interest. 

It has every right to append its own opinion to those it considers odious or dangerous, but it has no MORAL right to suppress them. But Government is far too blunt and interested an instrument to entrust with the power to enforce this MORAL obligation.


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