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34 Senators say LOST Treaty dead, Chamber of Commerce says “it will pass”

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Never before in my recent memory have I seen the United Nations and the Chamber of Commerce work so closely to advance and perhaps get a treaty to fruition as I have the UNs Law of The Sea Treaty!

The overwhelming sense here is the Chamber saying to the United Nations, I will help you and I will obey your commands.

Follow the money trail and you will see the importance of why the two international powerhouses want this treaty to pass in the United States Senate.

Trillions of dollars, loss of our property rights, loss of rights to hundreds of miles of seabeds containing trillions in oil and gas rich property and will result in a loss of royalties and eventual distribution of wealth bound over to the UN for distribution. This move would make the UN an international power with unlimited powers, thanks to the Chamber of Commerce.

I have long said the Chamber is not our friend and are dead set on ruining our economy for the greater good of the collective. The Chamber of Commerce pushing for this treaty in light of the international picture further supports the bigger picture of taking control of the US economy and dispersing it to the world so that our collective wealth can be easily used by the world, thereby leveling a current injustice.

Read below the news articles and blogs that I have pulled out and emphasized relative quotes from those articles. You can easily see that LOST passing in the US Senate will be hugely detrimental to our economy and our future wealth and stability.

Redistribution of wealth! The royalties will be passed off to the international UN authorities and dispersed to poorer countries assisting with their poverty, a stated goal of the UN per Agenda 21 and other of it’s many policies.

Environmentalists have said that if the treaty passes and America is able to “tap” into unaccountable unmeasureable “hydrocarbon reserves” thus further degrading our environment with huge carbon loads lawsuits will ensue, further harming our economy and further contributing as a source to spread Americas wealth to the rest of the world against our will. This will only further our economic decline and drastically affect out way of life. Less for us and our economy means less in your pockets.
https://bradleycountynews.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/uns-lost-treaty-debate-begins-on-floor-of-us-senate-tomorrow/

Quote from the article below by the Chamber of Commerce:

The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the treaty, saying it would be a boon to the U.S. economy by providing domestic companies “the legal certainty and stability they need to hire and invest.”

“At any given time, hundreds of U.S. flag ships and ships owned by U.S. companies rely on the freedom of navigation rights codified in the treaty while crossing the world’s oceans,” said chamber President and Chief Executive Thomas J. Donohue, testifying last month before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “While we can always rely on the U.S. Navy to ensure lawful passage of U.S.-flagged and owned ships, it only makes sense to join with the international community in establishing and protecting lawful passage on the high seas.”
http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/16/demint-says-law-sea-treaty-now-dead/?page=all

More conservative Republicans disagree including Joe Miller, Murkowski’s former rival for her Senate seat.

“To transfer two-thirds of the earth’s surface over to the governance of the United Nations is just a crazy thought,” Miller said Thursday. “And whether or not there’s some short-term economic benefit, (it) is a terrible thing to do, if you love this country and are really supporting its continued sovereignty.”

The United Nations Ban Ki Moons statement in favor of LOST, just as it’s chief consultant, the Chamber of Commerce.
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14340.doc.htm

Chamber of Commerce quote about the LOST Treaty from the article below:
According to Donahue, passing the treaty is vital to America’s economic and security interests. He says that without it, the United States will not have a seat at the table when it comes to developing offshore oil and gas beyond its 200-mile territorial limit.  
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48477065/ns/local_news-anchorage_ak/t/us-chamber-commerce-head-law-sea-treaty-will-pass/

The Chamber of Commerces statement to US Senate about LOST Treaty:

Click to access Donohue%20Testimony.pdf

Senator Bob Corker even chimed in with Chamber Donahue:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appeared to acknowledge as much when he questioned Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.

“It’s a bit of an out-of-body experience to hear you testify about the administration doing something to help the oil industry,” Corker said.” he went on to conclude, “I’m very neutral on this,” Corker concluded. “I’m here to learn.” Sure you are Mt Corker!
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/un-treaties/235345-chamber-of-commerce-ceo-says-hes-behind-the-push-for-us-accession-to-law-of-the-sea-treaty

Perhaps the real answer as to why Corker will not state his position on LOST! too much money out there to say no!

Opponents argue that the treaty infringes upon U.S. sovereignty and forces the United States to abide by international environmental restrictions, while making American companies pay royalties to a United Nations body. With a slew of U.S. businesses coming out in support of the treaty, however, one Insider noted: “When the military, the business community, environmentalists, and the [Chamber of Commerce] are all on board, that’s a pretty good sign.”
http://mobile.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/national-security-insiders-senate-should-ratify-law-of-the-sea-treaty-20120730

Recent tweets detected have seen an emphasis on exposing the advantages of LOST on current business. Funny thing, the UN emphasizes it’s because of climate change and pollution. You can bet your buttocks that if LOST passes in the Senate the US will suffer immeasurable fines for tapping into those hydrocarbon reserves! The UN can’t lose, they will see wealth beyond what we can tally because of the Chambers assistance with this scam.

Tweet from Chamber of Commerce
Shale facts: In 2010, unconventional gas activity supported 1 million jobs. Just think of what it could do today- bit.ly/MUE2Lj

In conclusion, when you hear the Chamber of Commerce say confidently that LOST will pass and say it so confidently, you can bet they will be shifting loads of money to our Senators to sway their opinion. Keep an eye on the opportunists who may change their minds then follow the money trail back to them. It would be safe to say and it is again my opinion only but Senators Corker and Alexander will be at the front of the line, waiting to latch on to that money nipple.

Get on the phone or email your state senators now and ask they not support LOST!

Eminent Domain once again topic of Cleveland City Council

In Government on July 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Eminent Domain is once again the huge elephant in the room at Mondays Cleveland Tennessee City Council Meeting.

After several minutes debating a study on the Ocoee/25th Street corridor construction project with City Mananger Janice Casteel the conversation went to the subject of eminent domain and the specifics of that process.

During the dialogue, as reported in the Chattanoogan, Councilman Banks said “We have to be conscious of the fact that when we vote on this project, that there is going to be imminent (eminent) domain proceedings. There will be lawsuits filed in court……”I think we need to be talking about other funding issues rather than this intersection project.”

The 25th street/Ocoee street Project, I have been told, will result in around 35 homes and businesses losing all or portions of their property. I have been informed by planners that this project will be 7 lanes wide, much like the road through the North Lee area and will be expensive. I asked would it be in the hundreds of millions and he said no that high but high.

First of all the eminent domain issue just last month was a crazy idea. The crack pot tea party types were spreading “false rumors and propaganda” about plans for Cleveland City. The Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rowland, Editors at the local paper, Mayor Rowland, City and County Planners, 7 City Council members, McBride Dale and Clarion and countless other bureaucrats thought the subject was the worst thing they have ever been accused of. We have had our first amendment rights threatened because we passed out flyers saying the government was going to take your property by eminent domain, demolition and redevelopment and here they are casually doing the exact thing they reacted so strongly against just a month ago.

“False Propaganda” is what our mayor called this action a month ago and this week enacts eminent domain from his throne speaking volumes of a hidden agenda or hypocrisy on a high level. Just a month ago when his plan was uncovered it was outrageous, preposterous and scaring old people and the idea highly frowned upon.

Eminent Domain, rezoning, demolition and redevelopment, takings, outright purchases. Those are dirty words from the pits of hell and would never be uttered from our City government? Right?
Any man that would dare utter those words in my presence will burn in a hot and steamy lake of fire? Right?

Well, that was the sentiment from voices past, now the purveyors of all things unpopular, false, full of propaganda and hateful despicable lies is now the topic of City Council meetings as something that is inevitable.

I understand needing to hide these things. If the public grasps a great understanding of what is really going on in our local government they would not have a seat on our local city council seat for long and their long term legacy would be tarnished, forever linking the elite 8 to eminent domain and taking of the citizens property in such an egregious manner.

I think councilman banks said it best when he rebutted City Manager Janice Casteel with “We have to always be concious about how we appear to the public!”

Notice not one word was uttered that we must be careful or conscious to protect the citizens property rights! Their legacy, social standing in public, reputation will be tarnished are their true concerns, not your property rights! We can’t appear to want to take peoples property against their will, that would not be good, this is my humble opinion.

Councilman Poe in his defense did mention that he must go with the people he represents him on this one! Bravo! But what is going to be the end result of a 90 day study versus a 60 day study? How to take more of your property or at least take it in a more politically correct manner? I don’t know! One thing is for sure though and mark my words just as we have warned you for months now,

EMINENT DOMAIN WILL BE USED AS A VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL TO TAKE YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS AWAY AND THE CITY AND COUNTY DEVELOPED!

Onward to the Central City Area!

The end!!!!!!

Yep, many are going to be affected by eminent domain, demolition and redevelopment. I guess it just matters as to which side of government you are on as to whether you can say it or not.

Compare these two articles. Both reporting on the same subject, only one mentions eminent domain, the other doesn’t! Why the bias? Why does it seem that the agenda is being hidden by the press? What is the benefit if the people are locked out of the process. I don’t get it!

Remember, my opinion is only mine and it doesn’t have to be yours!

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/19560052/article-TDOT-updates-city-on-Highway-60-Corridor?instance=homesecondleft

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/7/24/230864/Cleveland-Council-To-Vote-On-Cutting.aspx

Governor Haslam hired an expert! Does Your Financial Institution Participate in Shariah Compliant Finance?

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Governor Haslam did indeed hire an expert in Sharia Compliance Financing recently by the name of Samar Ali. By doing so he is attempting to make Bradley County and the state of Tennessee Sharia compliant! Is anyone gonna stop this mad man? Why are our local politicians taking every opportunity to take a picture with this man that is dead set on making us Sharia compliant? Perhaps if he partners with the “believers” he can somehow pronounce some type of Taqiyah! I know that one of the Shariah compliant businesses listed have something to do with many local businessmen in town and one has even caught the eye of our local Chamber of Commerce and that name is KPMG, one of the UNs lap dogs and a leader in outsourcing and bonds! Didn’t Bernie Madoff have something to do with them also? Never mind! Noone will talk about that because that is negative and we don’t talk about negative in Bradley County! Right? Exactly!

Does Your Financial Institution Participate in Shariah Compliant Finance?
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The most common requests we receive here at SFW are questions as to whether banks or brokerage houses “are Shariah-compliant?”

As a result of these numerous inquiries, for the past several weeks, we have carefully compiled a list of financial institutions active in the USA that have some form of tie to Shariah Compliant Finance.

In some cases, the entire institution is Shariah-compliant. In other cases, the overall institution is not Shariah-compliant but it has a division or subsidiary that is, or it offers a product that is Shariah-compliant. In still more cases, some of the entities listed below do not offer financial products at all, but play key roles in enabling Shariah Compliant Finance in the West.

We went to great lengths to confirm each of the names listed below. However, there may be institutions that we have overlooked. We encourage readers to contact us with questions, comments and criticisms via the Comments section below:

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions

AIG

Amana Mutual Funds Trust

Ameen Housing Cooperative

Bank of America

Anchor Finance Group

Arcapita

Al-Baraka Bancorp

Barclays

Beam Capital Management

Bloomberg

The BMB Group

BNP Paribas

Calyx Financial

Century 21

J.P. Morgan Chase

CIMB Group

CitiBank

Clearstream

The Coca-Cola Company

Credit Suisse

Deloitte

Deutsche Bank

Devon Bank

Dow Jones

Ernst & Young

Failaka Advisors

The Fairfax Institute

Fiqh Council of North America

Fitch Ratings

GE Capital

Goldman Sachs

Guidance Financial

Guidance Residential

Harvard Law School

HSBC

Idealratings.com

Iman Fund/Allied Asset Advisors

Ijara Loans

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

International Islamic Financial Market

International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)

Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

KPMG

LARIBA

Merrill Lynch & Co.

Moody’s Investor Services

Morgan Stanley

Bank of New York Mellon

NASDAQ

Natwest

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Shariah Capital

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard & Poor’s

Thomson Reuters

UBS

UIB Capital

University Islamic Financial Corporation

Virji Investments

Wafra Investment Advisory Group

Wellington Management

Westlaw

Bank of Whittier

Wolters Kluwer Financial Services

World Islamic Economic Forum

Zayan Takaful

Did the Chamber of Commerce create the United Nations? Look at the facts and decide!

In Agenda 21, chamber of commerce on June 7, 2012 at 12:20 AM

BCN Note: Conspiracy? I will engage you to think that till you research it yourself or simply read the article and look at the sources of info. Remember, if something seems unbelievable and too far fetched to believe, your train of thought from that point does not automatically categorize it into conspiracy. It only means you have not researched it yet and seen the truth. I realize our nature is to dismiss the seemingly unbelievable, I do it myself on occasion, it’s the easy route and is a nice, near way to tuck it away and be dismissed or to vilify the informer.

Please do not stop reading! It would again be easy to dismiss this and stop reading. The UN has a “year book” of all these transactions and their humble beginnings! Look them up! It’s a fact! Google United Nations, Chamber of Commerce and year book! Better yet let me just give it to you.

http://unyearbook.un.org/unyearbook.html?name=isysadvsearch.html

What you are about to read will easily cause you to yell conspiracy. Self admitted I did so at first…till I looked at the facts.

This is not information that is easily digested or info that even wants to be consumed. To consume, digest and somehow form an opinion based on fact would require Americans to rethink our relationship with these stealthy organizations and question just what is American.

The organizations we have relied on to build America is the same one that is tearing it down from the inside out. This is such a sad spot to be in. It was created by us, it was promoted by us with evidently little research into it’s past. God Bless America! The roots of Socialism are much deeper than first assumed. America, unless we pay attention and demand change from the top to the bottom we are done.

The evil that permeates and carries a heavy stench is
embedded in everything Americana. This is only my opinion, guess the rest is up to you.

The same organization that is encouraging law abiding citizens to give up their property to a planning commission who will haphazardly give the ok to rezone large amounts of land and give it over to the local government so that we can industrialize the rural area regardless of what the citizens in that area say! No more! The jig is up!

A citizen recently wrapped it all up for the skeptical citizen. “I would not have asked for rezoning had the Bradley County Planning Commission not asked me to do so, said Larry Allen at the last Bradley County Commission meeting!”

We all know who is guiding the planning commission bypassing the local government……….you guessed it………the Chamber of Commerce……with its undying
sidekick the United Nations!

Have you wandered lately why there are so many bills, resolutions and treaties on behalf of the United Nations hitting Congress lately? Its because of a very sick arrangement the Chamber has with the UN! That is the Chamber who by the way made way to create the UN and the UN in like is exchanging favors and has given the Chamber of Commerce Chief Consultative Status, meaning that every new venture, treaty or evil plan the UN has for America, guess who gets to know about it first…..one guess……..yes, the Chamber of Commerce! The evil is now being realized and their wicked plot is now on display for all of America to grasp!

http://www.iccwbo.org/id93/index.html

The Chamber of Commerce

It’s Power and Goals

By Erica Carle – October  2005
 
Most people, including Chamber Of Commerce members, would be astonished to learn the extent of power that organization exerts over international , national, state and local policies.

It is common knowledge that the Chamber has lobbyists in Washington and state legislatures, and that it is active in local communities. These activities are no secret. They can be noticed by the casual observer, and are expected by members. But there is a great deal more which must be understood in order to gain a concept of the real power of the Chamber of Commerce — not only over commerce, education, religion, technology, industry, agriculture, transportation, medicine, communication, labor and government.

To understand this power we have to look beyond the local communities to the Chamber’s national and international activities, and to Chamber ties with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental.

The Chamber Is Many Organizations

The Chamber of Commerce is not one, but many organizations. There are local Chambers of Commerce in thousands of communities. These are blanketed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, and since 1920, an International Chamber of Commerce.

Once the United States Chamber of Commerce was set up, individual Chambers of Commerce all over the country were invited to join and allowed it to represent and inform them. Such invitations are usually eagerly accepted. No one likes to be left out, and most people like to feel they are part of a big, important group. Local Chambers joined, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce leaders were able to claim the right to make policy for many individual Chambers.

Gaining Power

The U.S. Chamber leaders suggested they had answers to many problems, the most important being the final answer to the problem of war. There is an almost-universal yearning for peace, so that was taken as good news. The home town folks knew they could not solve the problem, or enforce a universal acceptance. How wonderful, they thought, to be associated with those who claimed they could. (It often seems that the farther away from home policies are set on difficult problems, the easier it is to assume that those who are making decisions have all the right answers.) Home town common sense was abandoned for the sake of an unsupported philosophical dream.

The leaders of the U.S. and International Chambers must have known, even as they made the promise, that they did not have the ability to deliver on it, but they also knew that the mere promise would give them a hold on the emotions of many members of local and national Chambers, and of others who believed in universal solutions.

Another problem Chamber leaders claimed to be able to solve was that of hunger and poverty worldwide. The Chamber had one answer to both problems: “rational” world trade. Allow the trade of the whole world to be carried on under the Chamber’s “rational” direction, rather than independently under the supervision of various governments; and the world’s two most pressing problems would be solved. Two slogans were popularized in order to gain backing for Chamber leadership: “World peace through world trade,” and “More business in government and less government in business.”

A New Organization

The Chamber sought to commercialize the world under its own direction. To do this it needed to find ways to affect and bypass operating policies of various states and nations. To change national policies, and even laws, required popular support and collective action. An new type of blanket organization was needed, one that could blanket not only governments, but professions, unions, educational institutions, farms, industries, sciences, religions and even families. An organization was sought which could bring about the cooperation and commercialization of all of these. A strong controllable international blanket organization was needed.

Coalition For Change

By the 1930’s plans for the new blanket organization to serve the Chamber’s purposes, the United Nations, were already well under way. The Chamber had the cooperation of tax-exempt foundations, some of which, such as the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace and the Rockefeller Foundation, had been set up early in the century. Large banks and trusts could see future profits for themselves if they cooperated with the Chamber; and the cooperation of international corporations was assumed, especially since Thomas J. Watson, President of International Business Machines (IBM) was President of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. University cooperation was no problem because there were many close ties, financial and otherwise, between the above groups and universities such as Harvard, Columbia, etc. University policy planners, economists, and sociologists were also eager to extend their influences and enlarge their campuses.

Wartime Planning

World War II aided, rather than hindered efforts to establish a “national” international commercial system. Chamber representatives from countries on both sides met and planned throughout the war. They were deciding how the world’s resources ought to be controlled and divided after the shooting was over, and how to set up the United Nations. The United Nations organization could be used to gain governments’ compliance with the Chamber’s plans for a unified, controlled world economy, and also the cooperation of various non-governmental organizations.

The Organization Is Born

After the war was over, the system was ready to be put into operation. Through the efforts of the Chamber coalition the United Nations was born. And through the United Nations, the Chamber gained for the first time in history, a permanent vehicle for prescribing policy for governments. It is a crushing dominating type of power.

Economic And Social Council

How could the United Nations be used to increase Chamber of Commerce power and help the Chamber throw its blanket over other activities? It was done largely through what the Chamber regarded as the most important element in the United Nations Charter: the setting up of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Such a council was the one thing that had been lacking in the old League of Nations. But when the United Nations was set up, the Economic and Social Council opened the way for the Chamber to have direct and continuous influence upon international affairs, even though it was a non-governmental organization. The Economic and Social Council was placed beside the Security Council. George L. Ridgeway said in his Merchants of Peace: “…The world of economic and social enlightenment beside the world of force…” The important thing about the Economic and Social Council was that it made provision to include representatives from non-governmental organizations in its discussions. The Chamber of Commerce was immediately included as one of the most important advisory organizations.

Chamber Power With ECOSOC

With the birth of the United Nations, the Chamber had a vehicle subject to its influence, which could gather under its blanket not only governmental, but all types of professional and other non-governmental organizations. This put the Chamber of Commerce at the center of policy making for every governmental and non-governmental organization that is in any way associated with, or dominated by the United Nations.

Including representatives from non-governmental organizations in its deliberations may seem on the surface to be a way for the Economic and Social Council to learn the needs and wishes of the people, and to allow them to participate in policymaking decisions., but this is not the case. What most people do not understand is that the United Nations is not an open forum, offering opportunities for unlimited discussion on public matters. It is a goal-centered vehicle, dedicated to accomplishing the purpose for which it was founded: that of putting control of all the world’s political, social and economic activities under one Chamber of Commerce-dominated blanket.

Goal-Centering Means Behavior Controlling

Because the United Nations is goal-centered, it is also a behavior controlling organization. Chamber coalition leaders know that those who set the goals for others control the behavior of others. Those who participate in the United Nations must support UN goals. Participants must dedicate themselves, their efforts, their personalities, and their resources to the United Nations. They must give up their individuality. The United Nations does not exist for the sake of individuals. From the United Nations point of view, individuals and groups exist for the sake of the United Nations. It is an organization of organizations, dealing only with groups. It works through groups – those groups which gain consultative status and which are recognized as worthy of participation in the Economic and Social Council.

Consultative Status

To gain consultative status with the Economic and Social Council organizations must:

1) Make application to the Economic and Social Council’s Committee on Non-governmental Organizations.
2) Be willing to submit reports on its own operations and activities to the Economic and Social Council on a regular basis.
3) Be eligible for one of the categories set up for participation.

Categories Of Participation

Non-governmental organizations having consultative status with the Economic and Social Council are divided into three classifications:

Category I is for those organizations, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, that are closely involved in the economic and social life of the areas they represent, and which are said to have marked and sustained contributions to make to the achievements and objectives of the United Nations.

Category II is for those organizations, internationally known, having special competence in and specifically concerned with only a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council.

The Roster is for those organizations able to make occasional and useful contributions to the Council’s work. In 1979, the most recent edition of the United Nations Yearbook which is available , 30 international organizations were listed in Category l; 206 organizations were listed in Category ll, and 357 organzations were on the Roster.

Organizations Included

Some of the organizations having status with the Economic and Social Council are organizations which have been in existence long before the United Nations was born. Others seem to have been concocted for the purpose of organizing people to serve the United Nations. The following were listed in 1979 in Category l, the most important Category: International Alliance of Women – Equal Rights, Equal Responsibilities; International Association of French-Speaking Parliamentarians, International Chamber of Commerce, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions; International Cooperative Alliance; International Council of Voluntary Agencies; International Council of Women; International Council on Social Welfare, International Federation of Agricultural Producers; International Federation of Business and Professional Women; International Organization for Standardization; International Organization of Consumers Unions; International Organization of Employers; International Planned Parenthood Federation; International Social Security Association; International Union of Local Authorities; International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations; Inter-Parliamentary Union; League of Red Cross Societies; Muslim World League; Organization of African Trade Union Unity; United Towns Organization; Women’s International Democratic Federation; World Assembly of Youth; World Confederation of Labor; World Federation of Democratic Youth; World Federation of Trade Unions; World Federation of United Nations Associations; World Muslim Congress; World Veterans Federation.

Indirect Influence

One of the advantages the Chamber of Commerce is able to realize through United Nations is the advantage of anonymity. Policies it promotes do not have to bear the Chamber of Commerce label. They can be presented to governments as United Nations’ policies. When the United States and local Chambers of Commerce support these policies, few of the local Chambers or their members are aware of the vital links between the Chamber and the United Nations, or that much of the legislation United Nations representatives suggest to national and state legislatures was actually originally brought to the United Nations by the Chamber of Commerce. The steps in the process that can be followed are:

(1) Planners, perhaps at a university or Chamber-supported think tank, develop legislation.
(2) The Chamber of Commerce accepts the legislation as in keeping with its goals.
(3) The Chamber of Commerce suggests it to the Economic and Social Council.
(4) The Economic and Social Council promotes it through the United Nations.
(5) The United Nations pressures someone in each national or state government to introduce the legislation in that area’s legislature.
(6) The United States Chamber (and Chambers in other countries) suggest and/or pressure local Chambers to support the legislation.
(7) The National League of Cities, National Municipal League, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Association of Counties, National Governors’ Conference, International City Managers’ Association, Advisory Commission on Inter-Governmental Relations, Urban Action Clearinghouse, International Labor Organization, etc….add their weight.
(8) Local Chamber officials get instruction on how to “educate” their members to favor the policy or legislation.
(9) Chambers’ paid lobbyists pressure legislatures for passage.
(10) Local Chambers work in communities for more support.
(11) Federal legislation is passed.
(12) Enabling legislation at state and other levels is passed.

Few members of local Chambers are aware of any but the last three or four steps. Even among those who know that local Chambers take positions on legislation, there are few among the members who know what position the Chamber lobbyists actually take on specific legislation.

Chamber-Supported Legislation And Policies

The Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber coalition have supported much legislation which has not only been extremely costly, but which has served to transfer power, responsibility and resources from independent nations, local communities, local businesses, and private professions to the universal system coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce coalition. It has supported measures harmful to many of its own members. The following are some of the measures the Chamber of Commerce has supported to aid in the transfer of power from individuals and independent governments, groups, businesses and professions to the Chamber-advocated management system:

(1) Creation of the United Nations.
(2) Creation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
(3) Regional government or “New Federalism.”
(4) Medicare (Commercialization of medical professions.)
(5) Postal reorganization.
(6) Organized Crime Control Act.
(7) Contracting for school services with private industry.
(8) Voucher system for education.
(9) Management and human relations techniques for handling personnel in industry.
(10) Health care planning councils.
(11) Prepaid medical practice (HMOs).
(12) Federal land use planning.
(13) Federally-imposed career education.
(14) Equal Rights Amendment.
(15) Cross-town busing for desegregation.

These and many other measures have been, or will be, extremely costly. Yet, when the Chamber of Commerce calls for decreases in federal spending and speaks out about the costly federal bureaucracy, its sincerity is seldom questioned. Its goals and power are not well enough known and understood.

Use Of This Document

A single document, such as this, may not affect that Chamber of Commerce power, nor diminish the crushing effect of its system to a noticeable degree. But it may encourage some citizens, government officials, professionals, and perhaps even Chamber of Commerce members to look more closely, investigate more diligently, direct their own actions more intelligently, and respond more aggressively against efforts to diminish their personal responsibility and confound their independent judgment.

Major Sources:

Merchants of Peace – The History of the International Chamber of Commerce by George L. Ridgeway, Little Brown & Co., 1938, 1959.

Washington Report – Weekly newsletter published by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Issues from 1968-79. Think –

International Business Machines’ in-house publication. Issues from 1937-1970. The United Nations Yearbook, 1979

Additional sources:
http://unyearbook.un.org/unyearbook.html?name=isysadvsearch.html

Please visit http://www.newswithviews.com as often as possible for other interesting info.
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HR 628: UN to regulate internet, possible vote in Congress Thursday

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will take up the issue of turning control of the internet over to the United Nations this THURSDAY!

As many continue to call the many actions of the UNITED NATIONS conspiracy or a farce the UN continues to attempt to take over every function that we now freely enjoy as Americans.

The same people that are calling this hostile, blatant takeover of our country a conspiracy or imaginary are either complicit or are totally ignorant of the news around them.

We can no longer delay with these tactics of our elected officials. Our country is in grave danger and we cannot offer excuses or vilify those that are warning of our demise. We must act now!

The UN wants our sovereignty, our freedom, money and our coveted way of life. They know very well that we have the greatest GDP that rivals China and to control our Internet and our way of life would definitely make them a lot wealthier, thus the ability to spread the wealth to other countries and give them control over most of the world using regulatory fines to enhance the UN bank roll.

Sounds like a really bad Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg movie doesn’t it? Large international powerhouse takes over the Internet from the United States. Also taking their guns, business and their property? But, it’s happening and the push is on now with the combined, coordinated efforts of our relentless bureaucrats and their clones.

This Thursday a possible vote could go forward out of the Energy and Commerce Committee to give the rights of our Internet and all its regulatory control over to the UNITED NATIONS!

Why are we still involved with the UN? Why are we weekly seeing bills or resolutions come before our Congress and put to a vote. Why are we allowing an international body to have access to our borders, much less our representative bodies? The answer is simple! Many within the bureaucratic machine, like the Chamber of Commerce, who has “Chief Consultation Status” with the UN, have full reign and access to our representatives complete with their multi million dollar lobbying efforts that are swaying these votes to fruition. That’s why!

It is high time we take back control of our government! We must perform a lot of R and R! Remove and Replace these vile representatives who continue to be influenced by wealthy lobbyist that are buying these votes and padding their pockets with cash.

Control of the Internet would mean a very healthy means of freedom of speech would be squelched or halted altogether. Grassroots citizens like you and I would no longer have access to the masses quickly. The UN would not allow free speech or any of our numerous other liberties to be expressed in this format. You would be silenced!

Speak up now, loudly and often! Let Congress know we do not want the UNITED NATIONS regulating our Internet and essentially stepping into our living rooms and saying “you can’t say or do that!”

Members of the Committee are on this link. Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is our State Representative on this committee!
http://energycommerce.house.gov/about/members.shtml

CALL CONGRESS TODAY at 202-224-3121, just ask for your Congressman or woman and ask them nicely to not vote for this resolution if it makes it to the floor.

Source of info and reference:
http://www.infowars.com/house-to-consider-handing-over-internet-regulation-to-united-nations/

HR 628: The actual proposal
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:5:./temp/~c112OeTYVU::

Earth Summit in Rio: UN and Chamber of Commerce “call business’s to action” for future they want

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

A memo has been uncovered from one of the United Nations websites calling all business owners to “action” to implement many aspects of “sustainable development”, “Agenda 21” elements for the “future we want” campaign coming out of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio where the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations are plotting to make a final push to finally implement Agenda 21 in our country and across the world.

Pay special attention to the words Sustainable Development, BASD (Business Action for Sustainable Development, future we want and Global Compact. These elements of Agenda 21, specifically from Chapter 30, the business portion coming out of Rio will have an enhanced appearance and you will see a huge effort to finalize this effort and the Chamber of Commerce will be a very willing and useful tool for implementation.

Locally, the Chamber is still following the archaic and outdated continued conspiracy theory mentality somehow dreamed up by local Bradley County Citizens, Conservative and Tea Party types.

I can assure you that this is no conspiracy. The facts present themselves as in this memo from a UN website. The threat is very real and if not stopped, we will be overcome with a huge Socialist type takeover of our businesses and our daily lives as soon as the Earth Summit subsides somewhere around the middle to end of June 2012.

We can no longer debate whether this is conspiracy or not, the facts are displayed and we are running out of time. The powers that be are pushing hard and fast because Americans are waking up to their game and they realize the people of this proud and great country are the only ones willing to stop it.

Many more blogs will soon follow with further evidence of our planned demise. Read below and check the link out your self. Stay tuned, the facts that are coming will probably more than you can bare.

http://futurewewant.org/tag/un-global-compact/

May 3, 2012
Businesses: Make a Commitment

If you are a business owner, consider making a public commitment to help create the future we want. The United Nations, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact are calling for corporate commitments that will be published on the UN’s Rio+20 website.

What kind of commitments? They can take many forms, according to the UN, including new projects or existing projects that will be scaled-up. All commitments must advance one or more of the UN’s sustainability goals and include measurable targets. Businesses must be willing to have their progress reported to the public each year.

For more information, go to the UN’s “Call for Action” web site or the World Business Council’s site. If you’d like to participate in the corporate sector’s contribution to Rio+20, go to the “Business Action for Sustainable Development” website operated by the World Business Council, the UN Global Compact and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Minnesota man thrown in jail for not siding his house, following code enforcement essential

In Agenda 21 on April 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

A Minnesota man was arrested and thrown in jail after failing to complete the siding on his home.

http://www.theblaze.com/news/real-news-from-the-blaze/

Property rights? The encroachment on your property now has an avenue for disruption! Codes enforcement! Annexation! Eminent Domain! PUD regulations! Zoning! International code enforcement! Environmental laws! All are now being used as tools to take or tell you what to do with your property rights!

I spent another glorious morning with the Comprehensive Growth Planners last week! I was pleased to see that at least they had put some goals and wording about property rights! No final goals but at least a start!

I sat across from one of the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) appointees, a self appointed leader of this expensive and expansive growth plan! I will not quote him directly as not to misquote and their were plenty of witnesses to this short debate!

He spoke up when the plan was being looked at and we started discussing HB 1554 and Brownfield development which was brought to us by our 24 th District State Representative!

A great portion of this bill is to enforce codes, levy new taxes, benefit a few and use eminent domain to basically clear out about 90 acres for downtown development while restoring older buildings at the inconvenience of home owners!

This gentlemen interjected, unprovoked and said I have no problem going on to your property and mowing your yard if it needs it! He also went on to say he took a small lot from a little ole lady in the Knoxville area who abandoned her property and their were whore houses and a red light district around it! I had no problem with taking that property! Wow! I said!

This is everything I see wrong with this plan and have been verbal about for years regarding this plan!

After a little more debate and many failed attempts to get the “meeting back on track” he says ok, then I rescind the last statement and let’s act like I never said it!

Readers, we are no different than this man and his family I am reporting below! Our property rights are in jeopardy and the stage is being set to treat you the very same way in Bradley County! Get ready! It’s coming! After you read this, walk around the property and see what they could throw you in jail for! Some of you could be spending a long time in there!

Mitch Faber spent two days in jail before a judge released him for electronic home monitoring. (Image source: KSTP-TV)

A Minnesota man was arrested and thrown in jail — all because city officials said he had not properly put up siding on his house.

Officials in Burnsville, Minn. cited Mitch Faber with “having an unfinished exterior” when, nearly four years after he started it, his home’s stucco project was not complete, Fox News reported.

Faber told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV he always intended to finish the project, but that he ran into financial trouble when the economy took a turn.

His first encounter with the city happened in 2007 when he got a letter saying the siding needed to be finished.

“We were in the process of finishing,” Faber told the station. “This wasn’t something that we were trying to avoid doing.”

There were two more letters in 2009 and another in 2010, which required Faber to appear in court. That’s when, he told KSTP, he was instructed in no uncertain terms: Finish the siding or go to jail.

In order to comply, Faber and his wife spent $12,000 to put a stucco facade over their house’s plywood exterior. It wasn’t enough: Last November, Faber was arrested after city inspectors concluded the work wasn’t up to code.

According to a statement on the city’s Facebook page — posted after the story made local headlines — a judge issued a bench warrant for Faber’s arrest after the inspectors determined the work was not complete. He was arrested during a routine traffic stop.

“I’m walking around in a green and white jump suit, I had to shower in front of a sheriff, I was shackled, my wrists were handcuffed to my waist — for siding,” Faber told KSTP.

After two days, a judge released Faber but still required him to submit to electronic home monitoring.

In a statement to KSTP, Burnsville communications coordinator Marty Doll said the city provided Faber “ample opportunity (nearly four years) to remedy the situation before issuing a citation…the city’s practice is to only issue citations for property maintenance issues (such as this one) as a last resort.”

Still, he defended the city’s actions, albeit admitting the situation is “unfortunate.”

“Code enforcement is an important part of making sure all neighbors can take pride in their neighborhoods,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “The city agrees it unfortunate that this situation was not able to be resolved in typical fashion.”

NFRA RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNITED NATIONS’ COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANNING

In Agenda 21, Government on April 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This is a very important and urgent message to all Americans! The United Nations is using select NGOs to implement Agenda21 or sustainable development to socially, economically and environmentally change our natural sovereign state of Tennessee and the rest of the nation!

Even as preparation and early meetings for the Earth Summit 2012 are underway, the UN is making plans to forcefully and diabolically push Agenda 21 into every household in America and in 178 other countries across the globe!

Dialogue, recent as last week from the Earth Summit is that the UN intends to make a reenergized push to implement Agenda 21 in our country and are hinting at getting our elected officials to once again entertain signing a treaty or enact new legislation for further implementation!

We as local Bradley County citizens are seeing first hand and deliberately how these NGOs are using and convincing our locally elected officials to circumvent the Constitution and the will of the people! We must act now to stop this plan!

Below a very influential group has seen the coerciveness nature of the Comprehensive Plan and are calling them out! This strong letter below was not formed by me but was forwarded to me from a concerned elected official! This letter calls for us to stop the comprehensive plan but yet our plan moves forward with out a word of defiance from the majority of our locally elected officials!

NFRA RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNITED NATIONS’ COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANNING

WHEREAS, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies recognizes that the pillars of freedom and liberty are life, liberty and property.

As such, we seek to identify those candidates that understand and support these same noble characteristics of our great nation and that it is the combination of these truths that makes America “exceptional”; and

WHEREAS, some little known facts about comprehensive land use planning, known as Agenda 21 include, but are not limited to, the following:

The UN’s Agenda 21 was revealed to the world at the Rio Earth Summit II in 1992;

Agenda 21 was signed into soft law in 1992 and requires only administrative approval and not legislative approval;

The UN’s Agenda 21 was granted administrative approval when President Clinton, through Executive Order, created the first President’s Council on Sustainable Development;

The President’s Council on Sustainable Development created the domestic plan known as “Sustainable America”;

Official non-Government Organizations known as NGOs are certified through the UN based on their compliance and willingness to institute UN created policies like Agenda 21 and the “Wildlands Project”.

Examples of NGOs include, but are not limited to: the Sierra Club, U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, APA-AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; formally known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.”;

GATT, NAFTA and other trade agreements also contain components that are derivatives from the economic components of Agenda 21;
Income redistribution as a form of “economic justice” is a tool to be used by Agenda 21;

Agenda 21 is anti-property rights;

The terms “Sustainable Development”, “Smart Growth”, “Comprehensive Land Use Plan”, and “Sustainable Agriculture” are domestic equivalents of Agenda 21; and

The Global Biodiversity Assessment Report identifies private property ownership, single family homes, traditional agriculture, and consumerism as “unsustainable.”;

therefore be it
RESOLVED, that we, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), oppose the nondomestic policies of Agenda 21 based on failure to recognize private property rights as one of America’s cornerstones of freedom and liberty;

be it further
RESOLVED, that Article one, Section ten of the Constitution prohibits any State or subordinate governmental body from contracting with nondomestic entities such as ICLEI;

and be it
RESOLVED, that the NFRA shall not endorse a candidate or elected official including the office of President that refuses to oppose the same.

The partnerships of the Chamber of Commerce, ICLEI and many other NGOs with the United Nations is truly un-American and unconstitutional and begs for Americans to pay attention as their sovereignty, property rights and our nations well being are at risk!

The severity of this situation grants that all Americans stand up to these aggressive socialists that are undermining the core of our nations welfare!

Please pass this information around to your patriotic friends and email lists! We are a nation under attack from within! All associations to these NGOs need to be made aware! Passive cooperation can no longer be tolerated!

SD21: The new Agenda 21 plan to roll out at RIo+20 Summitt in June

In Agenda 21 on March 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Here it is! I believe a new plan to enhance Agenda 21 has been uncovered and about to be rolled out for implementation at the RIO+20 Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in June 2012 as leaders from 179 countries of the world descend upon her to discuss ways to make our world more sustainable!

The New Agenda 21 plan as we have never seen it! Not a single blog about it that I could find! Not a single conservative blog written about it to date! This plan is in its earliest stages! ONLY A FEW DAYS OLD!

The new Agenda 21 plan is seemingly being called SD21! A definite spin off of the Agenda 21 plan that we have heard so much about since 1992 and beyond!

The movement to secure a New World Order is shifting into place and the puzzle us coming together!

This newly discovered (at least new to me and I believe the world) plan is moving into the final implementation phase of Agenda 21! I personally think their is an accelerated effort being exerted lately because our Nation as well as our elected officials are starting to wake up and realize this plan is sinister and is way more expansive than we ever once thought!

I am only beginning to read the 412 page document, 39 chapter plan with emphasis on 39, (it used to be 40) (attached as a link below) and my full understanding of it is limited at the time of the blog but I feel it is chocked full of information about our eventual slide into a Socialist utopia!

The European Union it seems is influencing the UN and the International Chamber of Commerce to be a willing pawn to fully implement this newly named Agenda 21 program known to the world now as SD21!

The International Chamber of Commerce has committed to the implementation through a document called the ICC Business Charter for Implementation of Agenda 21 or as it is called now SD21 (Sustainable Development for the 21st Century)!

As we approach the RIO + 20 Summit in June 2012 in Brazil, they have developed a set of 27 principles called the “RIO PRINCIPLES” that the ICC and the European Union will use as a guide to implement SD21 onto our world!

I am also seeing papers written as it relates to the upcoming RIO Summit that the United Nations will be asking all 179 countries to contribute 0.7 percent of their GNP or more to finance this SD21 venture as it goes forward!

That is 100s of billions of dollars and the US Treasury and Geitner seem to be cooperating! Our present GNP is around 15.2 trillion and the European Union is around 17.4 trillion, you can see with approximately 75 percent of the Worlds GNP why it is so important to get these two entities fully involved in SD21/AG 21!

The ICC’s new business Charter and the 27 Rio Principles has seemingly also laid out a well thought out plan with these new objectives!

The two objectives above will use successful business implementation even as we have see locally in the form of tax breaks etc! Then once these willing businesses are brought from other countries, often socialist in their nature, they are built up and made successful by local COC’s then they are handed over to the EPA and other regulatory forces and forced into compliance and the revenue generated to bring about fulfillment of the 27 principles or at least the Economic portion of the 3 E’s as applied to the ICC’s Business Charter for Sustainability!

The information is young and admittedly my full understanding of it will develop as I sink my head into this document but I believe I have uncovered the plan for a New World Order!

The plan on this link takes the old Agenda 21 plan a step further and even includes a plan to implement and a way to overcome obstacles!

For months, I have seen papers where the United Nations has become frustrated at the lack of progress of Agenda 21 here in the US! I feel this RIO Summitt going forward is a deliberate attempt to rectify their faults of the past and go forward while focusing on the environment and business to bring along the social issues that can be addressed with the big money generated from a successful business! The three E’s recognized and the capital to do it!

I am going to be busy reading and hope this will get alot of you thinking that if we want to jeep America free we must inform others to act and get your elected representatives at all levels to step in the gap and halt the grip the United Nations has on our sovereign nation!

I emailed Henry Lamb the moment of discovery of this new plan! I hope to share his view of it soon!

Keep on fanning those flames of liberty, it only takes a few willing to create a fire!
THE NEW PLAN: SD21
Prepare to be shocked! Please don’t read if you are taking anti anxiety pills already! May not be able to keep it together!

Click to access SD21_Study1_Agenda21.pdf

Here is a copy of my email to Henry just a few minutes ago! He is probably having a good chuckle at my “youthful” enthusiasm! Haha!

Hey Henry! Hope all is well! I am tingling right now all over at my find while searching the many sites associated with Agenda 21! Going forward to the RIO +20 conference the NEW 412 page, 39 Chapter Agenda 21 plan complete with implementation plans, updates and plans to move forward for implementation has been found! The old one was getting stale and now they have updated it!  This new objective is called SD21 (Sustainable development for the 21st century) under the leadership of the European Union! The international Chamber of commerce has developed a business charter for implementation of SD21 and have developed a set of implementation principles, 27 to be exact called the RIO Principles! This is all in preparation for the Rio Summitt in June and are meeting now! Please read over this! This is scary stuff! The real deal and its now getting serious! The bear us waking from it’s slumber!! I have always wandered how they were going to get it done! I have no doubts anymore! The Chamber of Commerce is the main tool linking with the European Union! Wow! The New World Order is shifting into place! I am a firm believer that the success of our businesses bypassing the free market and the appointment or selection of businesses to survive will be the greatest financier of Agenda 21! I think the Chamber of Commerces role in Agenda 21 has been underestimated! I have been blogging about their involvement for years! Think about it, the UN is asking every company, nation to contribute 0.7 percent of each countries GNP! this is the way to finance this thing! Hundreds of billions of dollars! Then environmental controls and fines combined with land control and regulations will make it grow well into the future making it an animal with no way to cut its head off! The rio + 20 and what comes out of this Summitt in June 2012 will be our death nail! Sorry about my enthusiasm spewing out on paper! I feel like a kid at Christmas! What do you think about this? Gotta get a blog out on this I feel like I am the first to discover it! You are the first person I thought of when I found it! 

Sincerely,

Donny Harwood
TPBC

Community gives growth plan thumbs down, police called, tyranny reigns in Bradley County!

In Agenda 21, Government on March 20, 2012 at 7:24 AM

As I stood watching the endless line of bureaucrats file into the Cleveland Bradley Public Library with the familiar easel, rolled up maps, worn out suits and clip boards listening to the steady beat of size 12 leather hills tapping the library granite corridor floor like a desperate prisoner chiseling his way out of prison! Perhaps this was none of the above and it was simply the melodious thump of a well orchestrated drum line! I couldn’t help but sense a sinister coup was in full operation mode while unknowingly the ill-informed citizen lurks outside, quietly foiling their lonely existence. We were about to see the covert operation unfold right before our eyes. I was there and no one invited me!

I soon realized that the fate of our county was being handed to these bureaucrats of a greater scheme! One thing that was overwhelmingly missing from that long line of mostly self-appointed dignitaries was that there were only a few, if any “regular, Joe Schmo citizens” filing into the room!

They all say “well, I am a citizen too!”, “right?” Of course you are, but a citizen that has either been appointed to a board, a commission, a review panel or a growth panel yielding influence or persuasion about a multi billion dollar project no longer qualifies you as a “regular citizen” that is not connected to the steam roller that is running over the people and taking away their rights! Sorry, but that is how we roll! If you are on one of the many numerous boards or commissions that yield the opinion or vote, your presence in the room no longer qualified you as an unbiased citizen. I saw 3 and I was 1!

If not for a very alert informant, we could have missed this potential consensus party! Had the two other citizens not been informed when we were this would have been one big communal love fest orgy of planners and bureaucrats yielding their proverbial wands to each other for the ultimate compliment and certain approval!

Can you imagine how one-sided this meeting could have gone and been accepted if those darn citizens hadn’t gotten in the way and raised legitimate questions about property rights and our sovereignty? Whew!

I was a little hurt that I didn’t get a formal invite or email notification about this party! But hey, I’ve been left off invitation lists before! There was this one time while in DC Ronald Reagan left me off the guest list, never mind! Wasted trip, another blog! But you get the drift!

I am now the red-haired step child of the local leftist Socialistic, Democratic planning movement! You know, that guy with no date to the prom, sorta shy and not quite cute enough to score the prom queen, ok, lets save that for another blog too! I have been saying that alot lately! Maybe, I am under the spell of the planners in BC! Oh well, save that one………..for another…… Oh you know……..blog!

I guess when you invite a regular concerned citizen, you might get a few questions asked and God forbid that happen when consensus is trying to be obtained! How better to gain consensus than to make sure no citizens were at this perceived public meeting! Silly me! Maybe my expectations were too high! I consider myself a pretty alert and informed kinda guy! I was left out of the plans! I was left out! Wait! Dejavu! Prom all ov er again! You know that potential night with high expectations that is one unanswered proposal from wearing a tux, a bow tie and a silly grin with deteriorating lamb skin rotting away inside his wallet! They disguised this one well! They hid this one well!

They were almost successful pulling this meeting off without one uninvolved citizen that wouldn’t benefit from the implementation of this growth plan!

I strolled in behind the only other two citizens Karen and Dan and we sat among the modest crowd of Bradley County “Elite!” You know those people that only their momma could love! That was a joke! I can hear now ” and that Blogger called me ugly too!”

Meeting the other two citizens in the room was brief and we went to meeting the other “decision makers!” Lets see to look around the room. There is Commissioners Mel, Woods, Caywood, Rominger, Greg Dale and his associates, Mayor of Charleston, the usual group of Chamber of Commerce rulers, planners galore, old, young, past and present and in between, various suits with Clarion clipboards, Emily, chairmen of the planning commission, wives and girlfriends of those people, oh yeah and don’t forget the old grey haired lady on the front row that has the police on speed dial who happens to be on one of the planning commissions! (that’s another story for another blog) but you see the plan!

Notify every one but the people that will be affected by the plan who will ultimately be footing the bill with their hard earned tax dollars were in the room or so it seemed!

0915 approached and the crowd of 40 to 50 fully involved citizens filed to their seats! The intros were short and the slides were popping!

After a brief introduction by Greg Dale of consultants McBride Dale and Clarion he handed it off to his able bodied comrade, Emily!

The very first slide, reportedly, a compilation of the top desires of the different breakout tables from the last meeting on January 30th! You know, those things that concerned citizens would like to hear more about! Property rights, impending plan costs, not implementing the growth plan, new taxes! Those things that concerns the everyday struggling citizen!

Transportation!

Transportation?

Not having to drive your car everywhere, getting a bicycle and riding everywhere! More Greenways! Putting all of our house on a pin head and have your bank, grocery store dry cleaners and everything at the bottom of your high rise so we can cut down on Green house gases, electric outlets for electric car? Does this sound like something brought up by the concerned citizens of Bradley County! Give me a break!!! This is from a planners playbook and a cookie cutter recipe that is shown by our consultants all over the United States! There was no “new slide” made up for just Bradley County! I would bet and I bet there are slide presentations out there with the exact same things on it from the exact same consultant!

Infrastructure?

Sewers?

Quality of life?

The list went on and on! The crowd was complicit and the speaker lulling us into a deep sleep of acceptance, the planners drool was now pasted onto my shirt. The subliminal messages were streaming from the speaker system, the fresh scent of brewing coffee now lingered over the doughnuts in the back of the room. A complete whitewash, a steady current of blah blah blah was now all I could hear and the crowd of dignitaries were proud of the work their consultants had done on compiling the data!

What about property rights? Sleepy heads and partially confused men turned to me as if I had just awakened them! What about our property rights? A huge component was missing on your compiled data? Tables 7, 8 and 9 were all very concerned about property rights and not a single mention of it on your slides? Eminent domain, tearing down buildings, new land use regulations, building codes, cost, new taxes, decreasing urban sprawl, firing the consultants, devising our own plan, promoting the free market. Those are the things we were concerned about and none of them got in the board! Why not?

Mr Dale speaks up and gently nudges the speaker back as she is more or less yelling and very confrontational at this point!

Property rights! We are concerned about property rights. We will be putting together more data with that information in it! I essence, he told me these were manufactured cookie cutter slides and we didn’t put them on a new slide because frankly we only want to show you what we want you to see and take your half million or more fee to blow smoke right up your behinds!

Every slide was presented as if it was the first time the room had heard it! The speaker became more and more agitated ad the presentation went on and the questions kept pouring in!

At one point, Mr Dale, said to the 3 citizens in the room “are you going to let this meeting go on or are you going to keep asking questions?” The immediate response was “uh NO, we have questions!” Commissioner Caywood, much like Commissioner Woods in the last meeting chimed in against the people asking legitimate questions, he pipes in and says and I paraphrase “I came here to learn about this, I have a family, a business and I’m giving of my time to be here so citizens with legit questions, shut the heck up!” he went on to sat “Majority rules in America, in a democracy!” Let me correct you here Mr Caywood, Majority does rule in a democracy, but we are a Republic and every vote counts! We are not yet a colony once again under the rule of kings, close but not yet! Commissioner Woods, was silent this round of tyranny and attempts at squashing our first amendment rights! Somebody must have read her the constitution, you know the part where we can challenge our government to make sure they don’t get too big for their britches! Restraint is a good fit Commissioner, shows maturity!

The spirited banter intensified and just as our founding fathers began to smile, just like clock work, the partially blonde/grey haired old lady, just as the last time steps out into the hallway and fires up her cell phone and calls for police backup because the three unwelcome guests were “gettin rowdy!” The full court press to squelch the voice of the people was on and the “people were bobbing and weaving to counter the proverbial punch of a government run amuck!

Two policemen follow her into the room and she sits beside the familiar man just as before with a Cheshire grin that could have taken on the trophy for her kennel! Success! Escort them out please! They have spoken and we all know commoners don’t dare speak in the presence of royalty! Bow to me young man and your two disobedient and irreverent scribes! Fetch my coat, I must relieve myself of these swine!

The funny thing about calling the police and she soon realized was, they are and have been on the side of the people. This is constitutionally what a sherrif and his deputies are sworn to do

Fortunately, at least most of them are here to serve and protect the peoples rights! They tell me as I sauntered to the back of the room, ” We are not going to arrest anyone that challenges or asks questions of an elected official or appointed board in a public meeting!” They think it is hilarious that our local government wants to squash it’s peoples rights! The Sherrifs in this town have made it no secret that they are here to serve and protect the people, not be a strong arm for the representatives of government or the selfish desires of an old woman! Whatever this woman is trying to do here, this is not Chicago or DC! We are well represented by our law officers and they are watching out for our well being!

Old lady do as you please, it is your right to be tyrannical , but remember in America at least for now, is not against the law! The Constitution still gives me the right to peacefully address my government and hold them accountable for their actions! So lay off the 911 calls for dignity sakes! It makes you look so pretentious and smug!

As I said clearly in the meeting, I respect the uniform and the position, but I do not fear standing up and speaking up in a public meeting!

Public facilities?

Did I go to the same meeting? The meeting I went to was so bombarded with citizen concerns that they hardly had time to discuss any of the plans! Some of my high faluting friends tell me this is what you call a fix! Consensus! Where you stay on course regardless of the questions and concerns, then it looks like everyone is in agreement!

For real? Public facilities, bathrooms and a Tom Rowland Convention Center is the most pressing thing on the table? Really? We are paying these consultants to tell me the same thing they tell every community! In fact when I asked Greg Dale this question he said and again I’m paraphrasing, he said that many communities have the same concerns, thats why all these sound the same from community to community!

We have just called you out on your same old outdated slides and you want me to buy your spill and let you implement a growth plan that will tax me well into the next century and burden my great grand children! Are you kidding me?

The meeting came to a sudden halt and once again we were broken off into 3 groups and discussed bringing everyone into our Urban Growth boundary and decrease sprawl in the rural areas, give everybody a bike and tell them to walk on the greenway under the guidance of the EPA, HUD, UN and the
DOT!

The meeting like the others did not meet consensus or even get close! The meeting from my observation was a failure! We have a plan for growth that is being poorly presented by consultants that are highly overpaid and have a very sinister under belly to them! We have reporters on this issue and we are collaborating some very disturbing trends!

What we have here is big government trying to get bigger! We have our taxes going up as a result! We have a few in government who are overreaching in their powers!

A citizenry that is being bypassed by a group of bureaucrats that feel they know better and are being briskly tugged by the almighty dollar in the form of multiple federal grants!

We are doomed and we have the deck stacked against us! The people’s voice in Bradley County is no longer! The republic and what it stands for is diminishing by the assistane of planners in a very finance rich environment that are using the crutches of government to fulfill their edicts from DC!

It is a sad day for our country! Our representative form of government is the ruling word in our world. The hell with the people! They are just in the way?

Our founding fathers laid out the framework, the people enforce the constitution and government resets it’s own set of rules and yet tyranny prevails!

I’ll save this next thought for another blog!

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