Many Republicans are expressing disdain at the thought of another four years of President Obama. Some have started blaming Ron Paul and the Libertarians. Others blame the establishment Republican Party for nominating Mitt Romney. The fact remains, the Tea Party became angry on Tuesday.
OK – so there’s this via Delaware Liberal:
BREAKING & DEVELOPING: DSP Investigating Anonymous Letter Sent to DE House Members that Includes Criminal Allegations Against an Elected Official
I have been given an overview of what is in the letter from a source. Apparently, the contents of the letter have been an open secret or a well traveled rumor in Sussex County Republican circles for the last two years, and involve all the star players of the Sussex County Republican Party. Indeed, if the contents of the letter are true, it will devastate the Sussex County Republican Party and ruin the careers of three prominent Sussex County Republicans, and possibly lead to their criminal indictments.
The anonymous letter was sent to every single member of the House of Representatives. It contains allegations that Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips was involved with a minor female, aged 17 years old, two years ago, during the 2010 campaign. The implication is that this relationship was sexual, and I am told from another source that it was consensual.
I am told the letter goes into detail as to places and times where Phillips and the minor female were together. I am also told that this has been known in Republican circles of power downstate for some time. Indeed, allegedly, Glenn Urquhart knew about the affair, confronted Phillips about it, and, together with the minor female’s family, had her sent away to a religious school in another state.
The alleged affair colored the relationship between Phillips and Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who also may have known about the affair. Indeed, you recall the physical altercation between Phillips and Christopher over the Sheriff’s illegal and unconstitutional power grab? Well, allegedly, one of the witnesses of that altercation was the minor female’s grandfather. If this is all true, than that confrontation is seen in a whole new light.
The minor female is no longer a minor today. She is 19 now. We don’t know if the relationship is still going on.
Now, this all raises a number of questions.
I am adding my own opinions to their questions. Because I blog to share those opinions. I will not, however, be revealing the young woman’s name.
1. Is any of it true?
I remember the Urquhart campaign, I was approached several times for help, but declined. There were many people who did not decline, for their own reasons, political advancement or belief in the candidate. One of whom would be, I believe, the girl they are referring to in this letter (yes, she was a GIRL at the time, important distinction). I know there were plenty of times when Vance and this girl ran around the state doing this or that, and yes, they were alone. That, was common knowledge.
The thing is, I kind of feel like a lot of this is crap. It’s going to be practically impossible to disprove these allegations, and people will now whisper about it for, well, most likely both of their lives. When the campaign was going on, people were running around all over the place, and from the girl’s perspective, if Glen had won she would have been a nice start to her political career.
So, I may kick myself for saying this later, but I don’t think anything sexual occurred. I am not rushing to anyone’s aid in this, I’m saying it because I feel I should speak.
Vance has made a lot of enemies politically recently, it was common knowledge that he spent a lot of time with a young woman, and the logical conclusion would be for his political enemies to use that to their advantage.
2. Even if true, is any of this a crime?
3. Why now?
Delaware Liberal may have a point here… but honestly, I don’t know.
4. What now?
Sit back and wait.
Of course, the young woman that I’m thinking if was not shipped off to a religious school in another state, she was super hyped when she got accepted. She is also in a committed relationship with someone who is definitely NOT VANCE (I’ve seen pictures, the guy is NOT Vance in a wig or anything)!
A letter sent to every member in the House is a pretty firm statement… It’d be messed up to make that allegation without proof… Do you think the Delaware State Police will go all CSI and fingerprint them? Bet someone’s prints are on at least one of those letters that shouldn’t be there…
Ever wanted to tell the world something? It seems there’s now an interesting way to do so. Ever heard of GPS writing?
GPS writing is when you turn your GPD device on and off (like a pen) as you are travelling. While driving you may create lines by turning your GPS logger on and in between letters, you can just turn the GPS logger off. These travel records are then displayed as lines on a Google Earth map.
Nick Newcomen has written the words largest message in this way, telling people to “Read Ayn Rand”. As Atlas Shrugged the movie part 2 is about to hit the theaters this is relevant yet again.
Ayn Rand was an author and philosopher whose books “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” and well read (to say the least). In fact, Atlas Shrugged was considered the “second most influential book for Americans today” right behind the bible by a survey conducted in part by the Library of Congress.
Nick Newcomen’s journey took 30 days and was funded by no one other than himself he told Wired.com:
“The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan,” he says. “In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place — freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future.”
“The first word I wrote actually was the word ‘Rand’, then I went up North to do the word ‘Read’ and finished it with ‘Ayn,’” says Newcomen.
Nick spent 30 days writing his message while driving 12,238 miles across 30 states.
I received an email while I was on the air last night from Christine PAC - informing me that she has donated to two GOP Presidential Candidates and is planning on donating to two others. Any guess who?
I contributed to Gov. Romney, Herman Cain and I plan to personally contribute to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich.
Christine makes explanations which I will share with you regarding her choices.
While running errands at my local Target Friday night I was unexpectedly contacted by ABC News asking me about my personal political contributions in the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary. This seemed to cause a bit of a stir, so I am writing to you directly to share my thoughts on the upcoming 2012 elections and our role as a movement.
I view contributing to the candidates as a sort of vote before the final vote. Imagine if during the MLB playoffs you could jump onto the field and actually play with your favorite team rather than just root from the sidelines. Well, unlike sports junkies, we political junkies have that luxury. Contributing even a small amount to candidates helps them move to the next level. Once they’ve made it to the next level, we spectators can assess how well they do under the new heightened amount of scrutiny and pressure before we commit to our final vote.
For that reason, I contributed to Gov. Romney, Herman Cain and I plan to personally contribute to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich. Let me clarify that these contributions are from me personally, not my campaign or PAC.
Why I contributed to Gov. Romney.
One of the problems with our current president is that he was too inexperienced when he was sworn in. This lack of executive leadership is the reason Pres. Obama has no problem leading from behind and serving as our Follower in Chief. As a result, our economy is a mess and it’s just getting worse. Voters are craving strong leadership. Mitt has it. He’s one of the only front runners with both successful government executive experience and successful business executive experience. This is a strong contrast to Pres. Obama.
And the very thing that Gov. Romney was criticized for in 2008, I find appealing heading into 2012. In the midst of such turmoil and uncertainty, it’s comforting that he’s strong, solid and stands as an unmovable Oak tree in the middle of a raging storm. Viscerally, voters will respond to that as the Obama Administration falls more and more into chaos.
I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say the following; I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive. His words and actions are being twisted out of context and well, maybe I am not so objective here, but I think it is below the belt to be so blatantly deceptive about a candidate’s positions. This is the other reason I contributed to Gov. Romney. I don’t think he is getting a fair shake from some within my own movement. While we may not agree with 100% of his positions, he’s been a champion against a liberal bastion and deserves our respect.
When I tweet about Gov. Romney or mention that I am leaning towards getting behind him, for the most part, people agree with me. Yet what concerns me is the intensity with which a few disagree. This intensity concerns me not only because it is misplaced, but because it could cost us the election if Romney does become our nominee.
Let me explain:
Right now a lawn gnome could beat Obama in 2012, so, yes, we can be picky, but not nasty or malicious. If we don’t stop the Republican cannibalism we’re simply turning this election over to the Democrats, who certainly don’t deserve it. We should learn a lesson from what happened in my race last year. I was consistently beating my democratic opponent in the pre-primary head to head match up… and then the Republican Establishment launched their shameless attack and changed all that. As the saying goes, a lie runs around the world while the truth is still lacing up its shoes. So when I see Romney’s record being so obviously distorted and twisted, I tend to empathize.
We as a movement need to be relentlessly picky in House and Senate Races to Ensure Strong Willed Constitutionalists Are Elected to Congress.
Additionally, those (few) who have that intense reaction against Gov. Romney need to remember that as President, he is not writing or passing legislation. He is signing or vetoing what Congress sends to him. Therefore, we as a movement need to focus our scrutiny and attention on electing a strong willed Congress. We need to ensure that more solid Constitutional Republicans are serving in both the House and the Senate. It is in these races where we must be relentlessly picky. They also need to remember that Pres. Reagan was considered moderate by many until he stepped into the Oval office and cleaned up the economic mess we were in.
I also contributed to Hermain Cain, who should be our next Sect. of Treasury or Federal Reserve Chairman.
I did also give to Cain’s campaign, yet can safely say I will not give to Cain any more. I wanted to help push him to the next level to see how he would do under this increased pressure. I like Cain personally and I think he is holding Democrats accountable for their blind allegiance to our Follower in Chief. For that reason, I want to help him stay in the race as long as possible, hence the donation. Yet I don’t know if Cain can withstand the onslaught that will inevitably come during the General Election. And I don’t like the third 9 in his 999 plan. While in my mind he’s no longer a contender, I do think he should be our next Federal Reserve Chairman or Secretary of Treasury.
As the Election Cycle Continues, I will continue contribute to other candidates.
Just before ABC reached out to me, I was going over my personal budget as I want to also send something to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich because I want to help them move to front-runner status. We need these two gentlemen in the race even more than we need Cain. Newt is a treasure trove of political wisdom and Santorum holds our party accountable to our platform and roots. (I actually put a few things back from my cart at Target and thought “I’ll use the money instead for Newt or Santorum.” No joke! They were just kitchen items, throw pillows and stuff like that. But right now I would rather have Santorum stay in the race than new throw pillows.)
I love Michelle Bachman and supported in her different ways early on. She’s enjoyed front-runner status and it’s up to her committed supporters to bring her back. If she does not win the nomination, she’d be an amazing Vice Presidential pick. If that doesn’t happen, she should certainly have a role in the next presidential administration.
Alright, that’s my time on the soapbox, so it’s someone else’s turn.
I could make many speculations regarding the attitude many Tea Party members have towards Mitt Romney, but I won’t. I could make speculations on the fact that since Herman Cain should be our “next Federal Reserve Chairman”, Christine seems to think that the Federal Reserve should continue. I could also make speculations regarding the fact that Christine seems to have endorsed four candidates with Mitt Romney holding the throne…
But let’s face it, this is not an endorsement, it’s a donation. I will add a message to Christine:
Just because you feel empathetic regarding Mitt Romney’s plight and fight with the media does not mean that there isn’t a reason he is being scrutinized. I don’t think that it’s because he is under such scrutiny that people are feeling like Romney is more of the same, it could be because he is a toolbox…
That being said – Pat Buchanan says the following:
“It’s a real possibility because the tea party folks and the Republican conservatives and social conservatives and others are very apprehensive of Mitt Romney and they don’t feel he is really one of us,” Buchanan told Newsmax.
I will add one final point regarding Mitt Romney. Christine O’Donnell was a candidate supported by THE PEOPLE of the Tea Party. I doubt that applies to Mitt Romney -
“Records of campaign contributions based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically this past weekend, reveal that Romney’s top 20 donors are made up almost exclusively of the biggest private banks on the planet.
Among Romney’s top twenty donors are Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo and Citigroup Inc.”
I don’t think you should support a candidate because you are empathetic to their plight. I felt pity for Moammar Gaddafi as I watched video of him pleading for his life, that doesn’t mean that I supported the cruel dictator who had no regard for human life.
The call has come out, musicians around the world are up in arms regarding the recent FED raid on Gibson Guitars.
Last week, heavily armed federal agents raided two guitar manufacturing facilities in Tennessee owned by Gibson — one in Nashville, another in Memphis. The feds were not acting on a tip that an al Qaeda cell was holed up in the buildings; or that Mexican drug cartel gangs were lurking inside. It was actually something far more serious; far more serious, that is, to a bunch of federal bureaucrats with nothing better to do.
The Barr Code has it right, “From my cold, dead hands”.
The Wall Street Journal discusses the repercussions of musicians traveling with their instruments:
It’s not enough to know that the body of your old guitar is made of spruce and maple: What’s the bridge made of? If it’s ebony, do you have the paperwork to show when and where that wood was harvested and when and where it was made into a bridge? Is the nut holding the strings at the guitar’s headstock bone, or could it be ivory? “Even if you have no knowledge—despite Herculean efforts to obtain it—that some piece of your guitar, no matter how small, was obtained illegally, you lose your guitar forever,” Prof. Thomas has written. “Oh, and you’ll be fined $250 for that false (or missing) information in your Lacey Act Import Declaration.”
This story has made guitarists start contacting their representatives and the social media campaign put out by Gibson Guitars has been quite effective.
According to The Atlantic Wire:
Suddenly, guitar forums typically engrossed in the minutia of fretboards, whammy bars, Led Zeppelin solos, and guitar string gauges became veritable Tea Party town halls.
Now, enough quotes from other people. Here’s the reason for this discussion (as if the title didn’t give it away).
Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitars, is scheduled to be on The Angel Clark Show – Radio Freedom – Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7pm EST.
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Christine O’Donnell stated recently on a local radio show that although she had not planned the events currently going on in Sussex County, Delaware, she approved of what was happening. Much of this may have had something to do with the infamous statements made by the Delaware GOP Chair Tom Ross. Remember how he said that Christine wasn’t eligible to be elected dogcatcher? It seemed throughout Christine’s entire run for Senate that many in the Republican Party weren’t supporting her although most weren’t as vocal as Tom Ross. Supporters of Christine had a difficult time gaining access to party resources even after Christine beat Mike Castle in the primary. Tom Ross even filed a legal complaint against Christine O’Donnell and Tea Party Express which has forced Christine to set aside $500,000 for legal proceedings.
As a result, the Tea Party activists in Sussex County tried to take a stand with the local establishment GOP. Last night’s Sussex County GOP meeting was the culmination of those efforts to date and almost left me speechless… almost. I will attempt to put into words what I witnessed. Let me add that I did not orchestrate these events although I do feel like I wrestled a walrus after simply watching the meeting.
Many local activists have been vocal about attempting to co-opt the local GOP as opposed to the GOP co-opting the Tea Party (which the media claims has been going on since day one). Due to their transparency, the Sussex County GOP Chairman, Ron Sams, knew he was going to be asked to resign tonight. Why would they ask Ron Sams to resign as opposed to dealing directly with Tom Ross? Sams has been flagrantly ignoring rules to keep local conservatives from changing the Good Ol’ Boy system he loves so much.
Ron Sams and the Vice Chairman were both absent last night allowing for a unique circumstance. Local activists were able to vote in a temporary chairperson (although the 44 to 34 vote was a bit too close for comfort) who would actually allow them to vote on a few important issues which local Good Ol’ Boy politicians had been squashing since the election in November. While waiting for the results to see which side would control the meeting one activist may have put it best. Do you remember your prom night? Remember waiting to see whether you or your friends would win king and queen? Everyone is all dressed up and hoping for the results they want. Although the 34 people who voted for the Good Ol’ Boy system to remain the same may not have been happy with the results, most of the estimated 400 people in the room cheered loudly.
A few motions were passed, some appointments were changed, and some committees were dissolved. Brent Wangen, Libertarian turned Republican, was voted in to head the new committee in charge of the new Rules Committee. (I am still in awe just typing that, in fact I think I will repeat it) Brent Wangen, Libertarian turned Republican, is in charge of making the new rules of the Sussex County GOP. I realize that the rules his committee finalizes will have to be voted upon, but this is a huge accomplishment in itself.
A motion was officially submitted and voted upon for Ron Sams to resign although the motion is nonbinding and simply represented the opinions of the party at large. The motion may be read in its entirety here. The word that stands out the most to me personally is FAIL. The motion repeatedly discusses the failures of Ron Sams.
Due to time constraints, the now infamous Tom Ross was given a short amount of time to speak. This is the first appearance he has made publicly in Sussex County since the election in November. His speech, well, it must be listened to, and you may do so below. It really picks up a notch at about 7 minutes in.
Please watch the video and make your own opinions accordingly (we all know I’ll add my own opinions in a bit).
Technological advances keep many of us on our toes. It becomes difficult to maintain profiles on numerous social networking pages (I am personally on over 40 different social networking sites). So, why should we add another? Is there another that is even worth joining? FreedomConnector is one I have taken the time to join for a few key reasons.
The website itself is set-up like a Ning network, or even like MySpace, but the highlight of FreedomConnector for me is the geo-targeting. That’s right, you put in your location and you can find all the other activists near you. With one click of a button, you can easily see events near you as well as find out who is actually active in your area. With the fast login, you can connect with your Face Book and Twitter accounts allowing your images to be transferred. I hope that you will eventually be able to allow your status updates from Face Book and your Tweets from Twitter to carry over to FreedomConnector as well (that is my only real complaint).
So, is it worth it to sign up for another site when there are so many already available? I think the geo-targeting makes it worth it just for a start. But what else does FreedomConnector have to offer?
I like keeping up to date with the people who keep the Tea Party Movement alive and active. I know many of us do this on a local level, but many of the people on FreedomConnector do this on the national level. FreedomWorks did us a great service by creating this site, which allows me to follow the activists in regions that interest me. If you are interested in a group or representative, you can easily follow their area and see what the Tea Party activists are brewing.
CPAC is set to be the official release of FreedomConnector, but you can sign up now! Personally, free sites that allow me exclusive and fast updates to the people who affect our national news are always worth the time to sign up! Make sure you find me on there when you join, just look for Angel Clark in Delaware!