It’s Plane Pork

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has identified another budget zombie. This time it’s an obscure grant program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration that dumps money on tiny airports with scant activity.

From the article:

Along a country road in southern Oklahoma, there is a place that doesn’t make sense. It is an airport without passengers.

Or, for that matter, planes.

This is Lake Murray State Park Airport, one of the least busy of the nation’s 3,300-plus public airfields. In an entire week here, there might be one landing and one takeoff — often so pilots can use the bathroom. Or none at all. Visiting pilots are warned to watch out for deer on the runway.

So why is it still open? Mostly, because the U.S. government insists on sending it money.

Every year, Oklahoma is allotted $150,000 in federal funding because of this place, the result of a grant program established 13 years ago, in Congress’s golden age of pork. The same amount goes to hundreds of other tiny airfields across the country — including more than 80 like this one, with no paying customers and no planes based at the field.

And why does the federal government insist on sending Lake Murray—and other seldom used airports—money? 

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Missouri House Committee Passes 2 Bills to Nullify Gun Laws

The 2nd Amendment was front and center in Jefferson City on Monday as not one, but TWO bills aimed at protecting and preserving the 2nd Amendment were approved by Committee in the Missouri House.  Both bills can now be placed on the “Perfection Calendar” for debate by the full House.

Representative Chrissy Sommer introduced HB 162 on January 15, 2013 with the support of 5 co-sponsors.  This bill establishes the Missouri Firearms Freedom Act.  Amendments II, IX and X of the US Constitution as well as Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution are declared as the authority for the bill which states that a “personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Missouri and that remains within the borders of Missouri is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

Representative Casey Guernsey introduced HB 170 on January 15, 2013 with the support of 60 co-sponsors.  This bill specifies that “a federal official must not enforce a federal firearm law when the firearm is manufactured and remains in the state and that any new federal law banning or restricting ownership of a semi-automatic firearm is unenforceable”.

The bill also affirms the state’s authority to regulate firearms made and owned exclusively within Missouri, and makes it a felony for any federal agent to attempt to enforce a federal regulation on such weapons.  

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New Hampshire House Committee Passes NDAA Nullification 16-0

CONCORD, N.H. (Feb. 28, 2013) – The New Hampshire Liberty Act passed unanimously out of the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee Thursday, with an amendment enhancing the penalty provisions.

HB399 would prohibit state cooperation with indefinite detention without due process under the National Defense Authorization Act.

The state of New Hampshire shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 within the boundaries of this state. The department of safety is hereby directed to report to the governor and the legislature any attempt by agencies or agents of the United States government to secure the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 through the operations of that or any other state department.

The final committee vote was 16-0

Rep. Dan Itse’s original bill provided for class A misdemeanor penalties on any state agent cooperating with indefinite detention. An amendment strengthened those penalties.

Any person who violates paragraph I shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of current New Hampshire law related to the applicable crime.

That could include felony kidnapping charges.

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Who Should be Disarmed? Federal Agents

by Ron Paul

While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!

This is hardly the only case of federal agents using force against those who would dare meet consumer demand for raw milk. In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.

The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk. The Natural News website has documented numerous accounts of federal persecution, including armed raids, of health food stores and alternative medical practitioners.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously rejects NDAA “indefinite detention”

On Tuesday, February 26 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a resolution entitled: ” Resolution expressing opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act”.

The resolution was sponsored by SF Board President David Chiu and co-sponsored by Supervisors Avalos, Breed, Campos, Kim, and Mar. Chiu said of the NDAA at the SF BOS meeting last night: “….These indefinite detention provisions violate fundamental American legal principles like the presumption of innocence, [and] the 5th amendment right to due process…”.

Chiu joined a few dozen people who gathered for a rally to introduce the legislation outside City Hall recently.

“I thought we had left behind the dark days of World War II,” Chiu said, citing the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants during the 1940s.

Joseph Nicholson from the San Francisco 99% Coalition, one of the groups that joined Chiu at the rally, said the NDAA “crosses an important line.”

Nicholson said, “It takes the rules of war and applies them here at home.”

While non-binding, the resolution instructs San Francisco agencies to decline federal requests for detention powers granted by the NDAA, asks state and federal agencies to work in accordance with local laws and urges Congress to repeal those provisions of the law.

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Oklahoma House Committee Passes Obamacare Nullification, 8-5

Today, the Oklahoma House committee on States’ Rights had a hearing on House Bill 2073 (HB2073), introduced by State Representative Dan Fisher. The bill would declare unconstitutional the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare – and require the state legislature to “adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent” its enforcement within the State.

After some sharp discussion and debate, the committee passed the bill by a vote of 8-5. HB2073 will now be sent to the Calendar committee which will need to approve the bill before sending it to the full Oklahoma State House for a floor debate and vote. (action items below)

HB2073 declares that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010:

are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers, and are hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

The bill also provides for criminal penalties for federal agents who attempt to enforce the unconstitutional federal act:

Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or both.

Mark Kreslins, Executive Director for Oklahoma Liberty, an organization backing nullification in Oklahoma, was supportive of the committee vote. He said, “Today was a good day for liberty in Oklahoma and a good day for liberty over all. Now the real fight begins to have this bill heard on the house floor. Based on the response from thousands of Oklahomans they want this bill heard.”

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Montana House Votes to Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detention, 98-0

NOTE: After initially reporting a vote of 97-1, the Montana legislature has updated the vote count to 98-0

After passing out of committee by a unanimous vote last week, the full Montana State House approved House Bill 522 (HB522) and moved the bill on to the State Senate. The vote was 97-1.

A modified version of the Liberty Preservation Act released by the Tenth Amendment Center, Montana joins a growing choir of states and localities who’ve decided that waiting for federal politicians to repeal their own power is something they’re not willing to risk.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Nicholas Schwaderer who worked hard behind the scenes to get a bipartisan group of legislators to cosponsor – 18 republicans and 6 democrats. In presenting the bill on its 2nd reading yesterday, Schwaderer said his motivation to introduce the bill was to get something done, and not just make a statement.

“I thought, how can we deal with this and not have it be some kind of letter to Santa Claus?”

He also noted that the bill brought together a wide coalition of support from around the political spectrum.

This bill has the coolest spread of sponsors signed on. A lot of people support of the bill that would be opposing each other. I urge a big ole green on this one!

If signed into law, HB522 would make it illegal for Montana to participate in NDAA indefinite detention: “The state of Montana may not provide material support or participate with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the federal National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Public Law 112-81, within the boundaries of this state”

Noncompliance with federal law is 100% noncontroversial both legally and constitutionally. There’s absolutely ZERO serious thought that supports the idea that the federal government has the constitutional authority to require state agents to enforce federal laws. Even the Supreme Court has affirmed this more than once in recent history. Statements to the contrary are absurd.

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Kansas 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Passes House Committee

After multiple committee hearings, today the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act was passed by the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. There was a voice vote to move the bill forward and according to co-sponsor, Rep. Brett Hildabrand, “there was no audible opposition.” It will now move to the full state house for consideration, debate and full vote.

House Bill 2199 (HB2199) was introduced by State Representative John Rubin and 50 cosponsors in total. The bill would nullify most federal gun control measures on firearms, accessories and ammunition either owned OR made within the state. The bill reads, in part:

A personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas is not subject to any federal law, treaty, federal regulation, or federal executive action, including any federal firearm or ammunition registration program

It also takes the strong constitutional positions that laws which are contrary to the 2nd Amendment are no law at all:

Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas

Alexander Hamilton proclaimed the same when he wrote the following in Federalist #78:

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Oklahoma House Committee Votes to Nullify Drone Spying

Yesterday, the Oklahoma State House Committee on Energy and Aerospace passed HB1556 this afternoon, with 23 votes for and 4 against. (vote tally here)

The intention of the bill is to protect people living in Oklahoma from loss of privacy by “prohibiting operation of an unmanned aircraft system for surveillance.” The bill will move on to the calendar committee for further consideration. If approved, it will head to the House floor for a vote.

HB1556 would allow the use of drones by law enforcement in only a few, very restricted, situations – the bill specified search and rescue, and under warrant, for example. Warrants have to be very specific in the information they are trying to obtain, must show probable cause, and don’t allow for the keeping of extraneous information that is coincidentally collected about non-involved persons in the process.  Which means that your neighbors should be safe from surveillance, even if the police have a warrant for your backyard. If footage of them happens to be collected in the process, it must be discarded.

If the bill becomes law, therefore, it would be a great victory in protection against unreasonable search and seizure, especially as we head into the new frontier of massive drone production that’s being pushed by the Federal Government.

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Supreme Court places National Security Agency above the law

by Samantha A. Peetros, BORDC Yesterday, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided, in a monumental 5-4 case, that the secrecy of government surveillance can perversely insulate dragnet warrantless wiretapping scheme from judicial review. In one fell swoop, the case effectively invites the government to continue spying on law-abiding Americans en masse, renders the judiciary institutionally complicit…

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