Nov. 24, 2020 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The public hearing to be held by the commissioners to obtain citizen input on the proposed new septic ordinance has…
- Without the documented justification and SOPs to describe how the new requirements would be administered and enforced, the argument for the proposed ordinance can be perceived as being based on ignorance (real or feigned). Unfortunately, using ignorance-based arguments is a common tactic when there is a lack of evidence for a position. The strategy attempts to shift the burden to citizens to prove that change ”is not” needed instead of government officials performing the analysis needed to justify that changes “are” needed. This tactic also allows for plausible deniability by the decision-makers when things go wrong.
Apr. 3, 2020 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist On March 10, 2020, Ethel Morgan of HomeTown Engineering LLC presented the findings from a regionalization study of wastewater treatment…
- The Helmsburg and Brown County RSDs’ support for the RAP study and the BCRSD leadership in obtaining a grant for a countywide wastewater infrastructure study is commendable. However, the Bean Blossom project should be delayed until there is a more comprehensive analysis that identifies the best development and wastewater treatment decisions for the county.
Aug. 30, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist In his Aug. 13, 2019 guest opinion column in the Brown County Democrat, “What you can learn at the county’s Septic Summit.
- I think we all want a healthy and safe environment as well as elected and appointed leaders that can credibly define the scope and extent of a problem before proposing major changes.
Aug. 20, 2019 (Subscriber)To the editor: The article by Sara Clifford published in the Aug. 13, 2019 edition of The Democrat, “No resolution yet to Helmsburg sewer board…
May 23, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist I have found the series of guest columns by Bruce Gould promoting the Brown County Music Center (BCMC) to be…
Jan. 23, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, for The Democrat The Brown County Regional Sewer District (BCRSD) Board is taking action that could affect the quality of life for…
Dec. 11, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist Straight-ticket voting in the 2018 elections was reported by the Brown County Democrat to be the highest in the past…
Nov. 20, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: In the Nov. 14 story in the Brown County Democrat, “Incumbent to serve another term,” commissioner Biddle expressed a belief that her…
Aug. 23, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist “Will more money be a recurring theme?” was the subject of my last guest opinion published in The Democrat on…
July 25, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The July 18 article in the Democrat, “New ‘Leaf’ turned: Work begins on performing arts center,” provided the highlights from…
June 12, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: The public presentation by DLZ on June 4, attended by the commissioners and members of the county council, identified DLZ’s final recommendations…
May 1, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: There is wisdom in the metaphor that states that if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. The Democrat’s article published…
Mar. 27, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: I participated in the public meetings last year on the proposed septic ordinance. Despite the concerns and recommendations identified at the meetings…
Jan. 24, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist As individuals, we may not have too much direct influence over what happens politically at the national level of government. At..
Jan. 11, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist In the first part of my series, “The role of process in county’s future,” I suggested that the process applied…
Dec. 28, 2017 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center (MLPAC) project and the process used to fast-track approval may represent a turning point…
Nov. 26, 2017 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The recent community conversation on the status of the Salt Creek Trail reinforces that using ad-hoc teams to identify and…
Aug. 22, 2017 (Free)To the editor: The Brown County Comprehensive Plan states that the purpose of the plan “is to provide guidance on decision making regarding Brown County…
Aug. 8, 2017 (Subscriber)To the editor: At the June 20, 2017, presentation to a crowd of approximately 100 people on the proposed Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center (MLPAC)…
Sara Clifford – June 6, 2017 (Free)Within the next week or so, about 3,000 randomly chosen Brown County residents will receive a survey in the mail asking about their income. Don’t…
Sara Clifford – Apr. 19, 2017 (Subscriber)Brown County has “excellent schools”; abundant art, nature and adventure opportunities; well-educated and civically engaged older residents; and a number of “success stories” such…
Sara Clifford – Mar. 7, 2016 To the editor: Superintendent Shaffer’s column titled “School financing 101” published in the Feb. 24 issue of The Democrat provided an excellent introduction to government..
Who Benefits and How?
Stakeholders – Needs and Expectations? County and Nashville residents and tqaxpayers, business owners, private developers, tourists, potential new residents, non-profits, other?
- The Brown County Leader Network (BCLN) has developed several tools to support decision-making and stakeholder analysis. A stakeholder analysis precedes the development of plans.
- Interesting regarding development potential. Nashville has identified its intent to be a “driver” of regional tourism. Nashville’s Town Council approved a Wastewater Master Plan to improve existing infrastructure and expand sewer service to the State Park and to residences.
- The concept for sewer expansion includes Bean Blossom which will make it difficult to justify federal funding for a new plant in Bean Blossom. Further, no land for a new plant has been acquired nor is there evidence of support from a majority of the potential customers.
- The wastewater plan alleges support for sewer expansion by potential customers but not need. This impacts the costs associated with loans, hook-up fees, and monthly rates.
- The Nashville Redevelopment Commission has also developed a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that may help fund (via bonds) infrastructure upgrades that they hope can be paid for by taxes from new developments.
- The Council also identified that they will be developing a new comprehensive plan to guide their vision.
- The missing (optional) piece for Nashville is making an economic case for the kind of development that will not result in more costs than benefits to all county taxpayers and not just serve the interests of the few.
- Nashville has had the lowest increase in assessed values (basis for property taxes) in the county.
Mar 16, 2021. Little Nashville Opry property has new owner By Suzannah Couch
- William Jacob Capital LLC is the new owner of the empty 6.5-acre lot. Andrew Tilton of Brown County is the registered agent for that LLC, according to Indiana Company Directory.
- Tilton and his brother Jimmy own the Foxfire parking lot in Nashville and the kettle corn food truck there. … The Tilton brothers bought the Hidden Valley Inn property last year with plans to update and renovate the hotel.
- The brothers also own several pieces of land in the county, some with the potential to be turned into housing or retail. Andrew Tilton purchased two Nashville parking lots at the Andy Rogers estate auction in the fall of 2019.
Mar 2, 2021. Town starting process of creating a comprehensive plan by Sara Clifford –
- The Nashville Town Council has talked about several matters at recent meetings that intersect on a common question: What we want Nashville to be in the future, and what we need to do now to get it there?
- “Based on the assumption that the Redevelopment Commission could receive $4,000,000 in increment over the life of the Tax Increment Financing area, the Commission could spend approximately $4,000,000 on infrastructure in or serving the area.” (pg 30)
Oct 15, 2020 – Final. Nashville Sanitary Sewer Master Plan. Intent includes an expansion to expand service within a 2.5 miles area of Nashville. The plan does not include documentation of need in the areas targeted for expansion. Includes my comments on the July 2021 draft.
Town of Nashville, Utility Services Board (NEW). Town Council hereby establishes a Utility Service Board for the town pursuant to I. C. 8- 1. 5- 3; and hereby establishes the organization and administrative arrangements under which the town will exercise its authority and discharge its responsibility for utility service (water and wastewater services).
President Roger Kelso (term ends 12-31-2024)
Vice-President Bob Willsey (term ends 12-31-2022)
Secretary Alyn Brown (term ends 12-31-2023)
Ted Seastrom (term ends 12-31-2023) Resigned, March 2021.
Pam Gould (term ends 12-31-2022). Owner Cornerstone Inn and several properties that would benefit from an expansion of sewer service.
120 MILLION HOMES IN THE U.S. BY 2027
The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word which meant “the story concerning God.” In the New Testament the Greek word euaggelion, means “good news.” It proclaims tidings of deliverance.
- Saturate USA is a God-sized vision to take the love of the Gospel to 120 million households by the end of 2027. The hope is to spark true repentance and revival in our beloved country. Please share this vision with your friends and colleagues so that they can join this exciting movement.
Our country needs to rediscover the message of the Gospel and we need to cry out in prayer for revival to sweep the land. United in love, and with God on our side, we can win America back to Christ.
(Watch Online) The Jesus Film (Translated into 1700 languages)
The Jesus Film Project app is completely free and available on iOS and Android devices. Get the app now and start watching and sharing a huge library of Jesus-centered films.
Example of Outreach and sharing the Jesus Film in another Country:
- Answering the call: Interview with James Akol | In The Thick of It. After fleeing war in Southern Sudan and becoming a Christian, he returned to his community in Akuak Rak (village in the North of what is now the country of South Sudan) and felt the Lord calling him to bring the Gospel to the Rizeigat people – more commonly known during the war as the Janjaweed – the group that led the genocide of his people.
The Great Commission “… the Mandate to “make disciples of all nations” given by Christ to his disciples following his death and resurrection ( Matt 28:16-20 ; Mark 16:15-18 ; Luke 24:46-49 ; John 20:21-23 ; Acts 1:8 ).”
Brown County Connections – Directory and Resource Guide – Churches (Worship) (p47)
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel.
The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense by Mark Mittelberg. $6.99 at Amazon. Based on the 50-Million copy bestseller. “This short book gives clear, concise reasons why belief in God makes sense.”
Becoming a Contagious Church: Increasing Your Church’s Evangelistic Temperature. Includes a Six-Stage Process and Assessment Tool.
- “Without intentional planning, prioritization, decision making, and leadership – and a whole lot of course corrections along the way – a church will never experience sustained evangelistic fruitfulness.”
Additional and Supporting Information for Skeptics
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25.
As a Christian, I believe the Bible teaches that this is not only the most important event on the Christian calendar, it’s the most important event in history. It’s what separates Christianity from all other religions. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Then he proved it by not only raising the dead but by rising from the dead himself. Sound far fetched?
Dr. Simon Greenleaf was a Professor of Law at Harvard University, and author of the famous legal volume entitled, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. He believed the resurrection of Jesus Christ was a hoax and he determined to expose the “myth.” After thoroughly examining the evidence for the resurrection — Dr. Greenleaf came to the exact opposite conclusion! He wrote a book entitled, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice. In which he emphatically stated: “It was IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD…”
Atheists Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel also tried to prove the Bible was fake. Both became outspoken followers of Jesus. McDowell wrote a book called, Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Strobel wrote A Case For Christ. The evidence for the resurrection was what convinced both of them. I encourage you to study their research. My faith in Jesus is not blind faith. It is reasonable faith based on evidence. Check it out for yourself.
LA Times Oped: The Gospel is bogus argument by Bart Ehrman: How Christians came to believe in heaven, hell and the immortal soul
- A Case Study: Bart Ehrman, a “Christian” Who Lost His Faith APRIL 15, 2020
- The challenge to the “bogus” argument: “Ehrman states unproven premises reflecting his bias, then draws logical conclusions based on his faulty premises.“
We all trust something. When we abandon trust in God’s revelation, we replace it with trust in our own feelings, opinions, and preferences, or those of our friends and teachers—all of which can drift with popular culture, including academic culture.
A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 56 – Jesus’s Greatest Hits Myra Kahn Adams
The statute over Redevelopment Commissions and the use of Tax Increment Financing is found in IC 36 -7-14.
Nashville, Indiana – TIF-Economic-Development-Plans
- “Based on the assumption that the Redevelopment Commission could receive $4,000,000 in increment over the life of the Tax Increment Financing area, the Commission could spend approximately $4,000,000 on infrastructure in or serving the area.” (pg 30)
- Nashville Redevelopment Commission RDC) Meeting. April 6, 2021 5:30 pm. Nashville’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plans were briefly reviewed. Note: “Indiana law now makes clear that TIF is intended to fund infrastructure to promote development that would not occur but for the added infrastructure financed by the TIF revenues. Evidence that the development would not happen
but for the establishment of the TIF district must be presented before the TIF district is approved.”
- Ed Curtin (Nashville consultant) confirmed that they have not received any formal requests for subsidies from any developers. In the past, Hard Truth Hills has not asked for a subsidy.
- The “So What?” A TIF directs the increases in property tax revenue from development to the Nashville RDC and not the county. The RDC borrows money to fund infrastructure with the assumption that the investment in infrastructure will generate sufficient funds to make payments on the loan (s).
- The residential TIF was also discussed. By law, the Schools are required to be involved in the plans. In the larger counties such as Hamilton, plans for residential developments can lead to a need for additional schools – thus the need to keep schools involved. Brown County Schools have the capacity to accommodate the projected growth in housing.
- Mar 2, 2021. Town starting process of creating a comprehensive plan, By Sara Clifford
- Nashville Sanitary Sewer Master Plan July 15, 2020 (173 pages)
- The Nashville Redevelopment Commission has put together an economic plan and declaratory resolution which will go to the Brown County Area Plan Commission this week for approval, then to the Nashville Town Council as early as March.
- If the documents pass those two steps, they would go back to the redevelopment commission for a confirmatory resolution.
The Use of Tax Increment Finance by Indiana Local Governments, Larry DeBoer
Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University
- Indiana law now makes clear that TIF is intended to fund infrastructure to promote development that would not occur but for the added infrastructure financed by the TIF revenues. Evidence that the development would not happen
but for the establishment of the TIF district must be presented before
the TIF district is approved.
Jul 6, 2018. BCD. Town won’t capture taxes from newest big business by Sara Clifford – The Nashville Redevelopment Commission isn’t planning to get incremental tax revenue from the building of the Nashville’s newest big development, Hard Truth Hills, because…
- The Nashville Redevelopment Commission isn’t planning to get incremental tax revenue from the building of the Nashville’s newest big development, Hard Truth Hills, because it was never placed into a redevelopment or economic development area. Resident Pam Gould asked why at the commission’s last meeting.“They didn’t ask for it,” said commission and town council member Jane Gore.
Jun 1, 2018 BCD. Town considering tax abatement for small business By Sara Clifford – A long-vacant shop in downtown Nashville could get torn down and rebuilt if a local couple’s plan comes together. Part of that plan is to…
The Indiana GPS Project? Team of policy experts from the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute have performed a substantial amount of research regarding Indiana’s economy and workforce, particularly through a regional lens.
The Citizenship Question
by Leo Morris
Is U.S. citizenship still worth something?
That is such a grimly disheartening question because of where it came from.
I did not hear it from the usual “America is awful” crowd, the people who either think the republic always was and always will be an oppressive blight on the face of the Earth or believe the only way it can atone for its sins is for those who have been unfairly treated to unfairly treat everybody else.
It came to me from an enthusiastic follower of the Indiana Policy Review, for which I write these columns.
That is an organization dedicated to freedom and the constitutional principles that undergird it. If those who follow that vision are losing faith in the value of their franchise, is there any future left for the country?
There had better be. This country is still the best hope for the world, and to give up on its promise is to give up on all humankind.
America was founded on the single greatest political idea in history: Rights inhere in the individual.
Somewhere between anarchy and tyranny, people have forever tried to find the perfect government, the one that will provide the proper balance of autonomy and dependence. How can we best obtain security and still preserve our liberty?
Until America, the group was always paramount. There were no rights as such, merely privileges that could be granted or withheld to favored or shunned groups at the whim of an absolute ruler.
Then came our Declaration of Independence and Constitution to lay the foundation for a better way. Each individual person has rights – call them natural or God-given – just by virtue of being human that are beyond the purview of government. In fact, the chief justification for government is to protect those rights.
That is the basis of American Exceptionalism, a point President Obama missed – deliberately, I suspect – when he blithely said something to the effect that, well, all people think their country is exceptional.
America is exceptional because it found the exception to submission to tyranny.
And, yes, its behavior is often not exceptional. It does not always live up to its promise. You can find plenty of complaints from all across the political spectrum. The oligarchy is taking over. Cancel culture is rampant. There is anarchy in the streets. Equality of results has replaced equality of opportunity. Income inequality is out of control. And on and on.
I have my own concerns, especially about the leviathan state. I worry that the federal debt will crush us. It bothers me that the Supreme Court declared my property available for an economic developer with deep pockets, and that the state of Indiana declares the right to take people’s possessions by accusing them of crimes they have not even been tried for. It is astonishing that two presidents – Obama and George W. Bush – gave themselves the authority to have any American anywhere killed on their order alone and that there was no national outrage.
But consider: Those are holes in the only ship of state we have. If we abandon it, to which shore do we swim?
I am proud of some of the things I have done, ashamed of others. I try to take responsibility for my own actions, as all moral people should.
I try to avoid grand pronouncements about things outside my control. I cringe when people say they are ashamed to be an American, and I would never say I am proud to be an American. That is but an accident of birth.
But I am glad to be one. It is gratifying to be a citizen of a country that not only stands for the right thing but acknowledges its failures to live up to its own standards and always tries to do better.
If this nation, founded on the concept of natural rights, gets so many things wrong about freedom, imagine what the world would be like without America’s striving as an example. The more mistakes we make, the more we demonstrate how much we are needed.
“For if they do these things in a green tree,” it says in Luke 23:31, “what shall be done in the dry?”
I will leave it to the biblical scholars to offer the religious interpretation of that passage. But we can divine a secular meaning.
The world with America is a green tree, still capable of giving and nurturing life. The world without America would be so very, very dry.
Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, is winner of the Hoosier Press Association’s award for Best Editorial Writer. Morris, as opinion editor of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A strategy that leverages the interrelationship between Christianity, Citizenship, and Quality Management.
Presentation (14 slides): 2021_02_ 06 C2QM Apologetic
Terms: Non-secular – based on a biblical worldview: Secular – non-religious based.
- Shared vision: Reducing variation from the ideal results in outcomes where everyone benefits or at least, are not any worse off in the long-term.
- Common language: Anyone that has made a successful change has applied the variation principle. using different terms. Knowledge of common and special causes of variation, stable (predictable) and unstable systems can lead to more success. Common references to “systems” are routines and habits.
- Common Method: Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Improvement Cycle.
W. Edwards Deming was a world leader in quality improvement, supported a secular approach, and was a devout Christian. Book: Deming: “The Way We Knew Him by :
- Excerpt: Chapter 14 Involve Everyone in the Transformation. Includes the Requiem given at Deming’s funeral mass.
Why has the west been so successful? Ben Shapiro, PragerU. (Video Length 5:43)
- The Judeo-Christian tradition teaches that God created an ordered universe, and that we have an obligation to try to make the world better.
- The Western world has produced some of the most prosperous and most free civilizations on earth. What makes the West exceptional? Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and author of “The Right Side of History,” explains that the twin pillars of religious revelation and reason — emanating from ancient Jerusalem and Athens — form the bedrock for Western civilization’s unprecedented success.
- Transcript: Shapiro-Why_Has_the_West_Been_So_Successful-Transcript
Brown County (IN) Leader Network – Application of the strategy at the county level of government – We are in the proof of concept phase.
Mar 18, 2021. Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections by John Solomon
- Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia court actions show some absentee ballot procedures imposed by Democrats violated state laws.
Mar 16, 2021. With Trump Hatred Moving Off Stage, Biden Administration Seeks Its Footing Conrad Black
- Of the 28 legal claims made by the Trump campaign about the election results in a number of the swing states, and the claim of the Texas attorney general, supported by 18 other states, none was adjudicated on its merits.
The Founders Warned Us About Abuses Like H.R. 1, Rob Natelson
- H.R. 1, the bill that would seize control of federal elections from the states, comes with an unusual twist. It supposedly promotes “access.” But it says anyone challenging its constitutionality is barred from every court in the nation but a single federal trial court in Washington, D.C.!
Feb 23, 2021. Why Do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement? … By Michael Anton, American Greatness The purpose of voting today is to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime—not to give the people a say in the direction of their government.
- Let me begin by repeating something I said to Sullivan: I do not actively disbelieve in the outcome of the 2020 election. I do not assert that the election was stolen. I also do not believe the election was totally fair, “belief” being an affirmative mental state. I say only that I don’t know; I haven’t been convinced either way. One side tried to convince me and failed (at least so far). The other side has made no such attempt but instead mostly shouts in my face that I must believe. The latter effort, in addition to being aggravating and insulting, has been less effective.
- Counting shutdowns in five states, in which one candidate was ahead, only to lose after the counting resumed;
- “Found” tranches of ballots going overwhelmingly—sometimes exclusively—to one candidate, the eventual “winner”;
- Sworn affidavits alleging the backdating of ballots;
- Historically low rejection rates—as in, orders of magnitude lower—of mail-in ballots, suggesting that many obviously invalid ballots were accepted as genuine;
- Mail-in and absentee ballots appearing without creases, raising the question of how they got into the envelopes required for their being mailed in;
- Thousands upon thousands of ballots all marked for one presidential candidate without a single choice marked for any down-ballot candidate.
- The absolute refusal to conduct signature audits—indeed, the discarding of many envelopes which alone make such audits possible—i.e., of the kind of recounts which are performed not merely to get the math right but to evaluate the validity of ballots;
- Other statistical and historical anomalies too numerous to mention here.
- None of the above other irregularities have been explained, nor will they ever be.
- What we thus have is a voting system that is slapdash, inconsistent, porous, and easy to manipulate—i.e., cheat. Again, by design. The media, the intellectuals, the “experts,” the universities—every opinion-shaping sector of our society—both cheerlead and lie about all of this.
- The purpose of voting today is not to give the people a say in the direction of their government, nor to balance competing interests by alternating party control. It is rather to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime. The phrase “Our Democracy™”—I lost count how many times Sullivan flung it at me—is a weaponized term meant to assert moral superiority and squelch dissent.
- Sullivan repeatedly demanded that I explain how Our Democracy™ can survive as a democracy if something like half the country doesn’t believe in it anymore. The question was rhetorical. Sullivan knows the answer: it can’t.
Feb 24, 2021. Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election, The Hill
Feb 24, 2021. Where Do We Go to Get the Integrity of Our Vote Back? Benjamin Weingarten
- The Supreme Court’s refusal to grapple with 2020 presidential election lawsuits concerning patently dubious policymaking by judges in Pennsylvania is a dereliction of duty of the highest order.
- “The Pennsylvania Legislature established an unambiguous deadline for receiving mail-in ballots: 8 p.m. on election day. Dissatisfied, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended that deadline by three days. The court also ordered officials to count ballots received by the new deadline even if there was no evidence—such as a postmark—that the ballots were mailed by election day.”
- “These cases provide us,” Justice Thomas asserted, “with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle.
- “The refusal to do so,” he concluded, “is inexplicable.”
- “The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us.”
- What the Supreme Court codified yesterday, and what it started with the Texas rejection, is that election laws and procedures cannot be challenged beyond a state court, at any time, regardless of how badly those states shred the United States Constitution, and regardless of the major consequences to the other 49 states as a result. They don’t ever say that per se, but the results of what those two rulings have done are just that. Period.
- This is proactive, and it absolutely legalizes institutional voter fraud and neuters state legislatures in lieu of state courts. Lawyers gonna lawyer, I reckon.
Trump Alum, Social Conservatives Launch Effort to Kill HR 1 By Philip Wegmann – RCP By Philip Wegmann – RCP Staff, February 23, 2021
The coalition’s goal, according to Cuccinelli, is addressing “a legitimate crisis of confidence in the quality of elections.” The campaign will focus on enacting reforms at the state level in the long run, but the groups are also preparing to immediately mobilize grassroots activists in West Virginia, Arizona, and Montana to pressure senators there into opposing passage of HR 1 in the upper chamber.
Justice Clarence Thomas Dissents From Supreme Court on Election Case: ‘We Need to Make It Clear’ BY February 22, 2021 Updated: February 22, 2021 Epoch Times
- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a dissenting opinion regarding the high court’s decision not to take up a case challenging the Pennsylvania Nov. 3 election results. Other than Thomas, Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch also dissented.
- Supreme Court to Consider 2020 Election Challenge Lawsuits in February Conference BY February 6, 2021, Epoch TImes … If, at the Feb. 19 conference, the Supreme Court decides to take up any of the election lawsuits, they most likely won’t be heard until October.
- Biden not legitimately elected, two-thirds of Republicans say. – Associated Press – Friday, February 5, 2021, Washington Times
- WASHINGTON — About two-thirds of Republicans say Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president, according to a new poll conducted barely two weeks after he was inaugurated.
- Position: 2020 Election was fair
- Joint Statement: Nov 12, 2021. Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating executive committees”
- “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.
- There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.
- “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
- They’re trying to get ahead of news and minimize something they know is coming
- Attorney General Barr: Justice Dept. finds no evidence of fraud to alter an election outcome, Dec 1, 2020. by Kevin JohnsonUSA TODAY
- Local (County) Level – Statement supporting election integrity by the Brown County Indiana League of Women Voters (LoWV). Letter: 2020 was the most secure election ever by Shari Frank
- Detroit officials offer explanation on white van claim by ‘Stop the Steal’ advocates, – The Washington Times – Sunday, February 14, 2021
- The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election – BY MOLLY BALL FEBRUARY 4, 2021, TIME.
- States caught up in ‘Stop the Steal’ rebut Trump’s claims point by point, – The Washington Times – Updated: 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2021
- Lou Dobbs, and the most problematic claims Trump allies made about voting machines ,
- ...machine company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against him, the cable news network and several purveyors of the debunked theory that its technology was used to commit massive voter fraud.
- Dominion Voting Systems also suing several individuals: Giuliani, Sydney Powell, Trump Campaign, Newsmax
- Opposing Perspectives
- The 2020-2021 Georgia Election Anomalies
- The vision thing: Handy guide to the biggest earthquake in human affairs in 2,000 years
- In only 21 out of 80 cases has evidence been considered. Trump has now won 14 of those, something hardly anyone is aware of. In one case, in Michigan, the court has already agreed there’s good evidence that votes were digitally altered in voting systems.
- By contrast, 34 cases have been dismissed without consideration of the evidence, on non-evidentiary grounds. And 25 are still in process, most in various stages of heel-dragging, their evidence unreviewed.
- This is the value-added comment I would offer. It is entirely possible for the resources of the U.S. government to have watched this happening live. That comment does not mean we did watch it. It means we could have. This is what I’ve alluded to in previous articles, and nothing has changed from the original assessment. Since that assessment was based on known capabilities, and not certainty about timeline or intentions, nothing needed to change, or in fact will ever need to.
- Trump actually had everything he needed in place to do what the U.S. government has the means to do, through the front door, by invoking his E.O. 13848 of September 2018.
- As for the other allegations about the 2020 vote, none of them is “crazy.” Far from being crazy, they are all fully documented in conventional ways, from voting records to hundreds of sworn affidavits to original videos of highly questionable and irregular activities at polling and vote-counting locations. What they are not is adequately investigated by authorities.
- In this chapter … I shall start with an analysis of the packet traffic on Election Day 2020. As packets travel through the Internet they leave a trail, and dolphin-speakers using the right tools can, in a sense, “shine a light” and reveal those packet trails in the cyber-fog. Here is a video of only 1 minute which shows hundreds of foreign entities (many in China) who, on November 3, 2020, were hitting voting machines across Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia.
- I closed saying, “But Sir, entrepreneur to entrepreneur, I feel I must mention something. As you may know, I have been swimming around the outside of your administration for a couple months now, and I must tell you, I do not think you are being well-served by many people in the White House. I can bring in young staffers who will tell you that some of your senior leadership don’t want you to win. They want you to concede.”
- I believe at that moment we all weighted the chances of our success high. As we walked home in the falling snow we confided in each other, You know, for me this is not really about Trump. But we cannot let a rigged election stand. If we do, it could mean civil war, and even a Chinese take-over of our country. All we need to do is follow this plan, expose what happened in those six counties by checking the ballots. If there is nothing amiss, then Trump gets in his helicopter and leaves, and there’s no civil war. But if we find chicanery, it will give an opportunity to blow this scheme up for the whole nation. Who knows how much fraud there is going to turn out to be in US elections? I think ‘a lot,’ what do you think?
- How DJT Lost The White House, Chapter 5: Agitation & Chaos (January 6 – 20)
- Referring to him as “President* Biden” accomplishes two things: it recognizes that he did, in fact, become President through the Constitutionally-mandated process; it also recognizes that irregularities (such as have been described in this story) marred that achievement. So Biden is indeed President*, in the same way that Barry Bonds owns the home-run record with 762*, and Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France 6* times.
- Two people of whom I can say, “These two people are fully and entirely about helping the USA, and are not in it one iota for themselves.” Those two people are Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn. They have started an excellent organization, Defending the Republic, and they mean business.
- The people of our country are suffering because elites sold them out. The people can look at what has happened over the last 30 – 40 years, and know they have been sold out. They correctly understand that when they look at Trump they are not looking at an “elite” but one who wants to stand up (however coarsely) against the elites on their behalf. That is his source of appeal, and that is what causes so many to look the other way on his personal foibles.
- The same side maintaining there was no significant election fraud has since November 4 fought tooth-and-nail against allowing any real scrutiny of the systems to take place.
- Now it continues the fight against transparency, knowing that revelations that might come from a full audit would shape Americans’ beliefs about the need to reform our election systems. … That’s odd, because one would think that if they actually believed their assertions of there being no fraud, they would welcome scrutiny to establish that election fraud had not dominated the election.
- Sweden’s strategy turned out to be the best. The second wave they experienced was not larger than the first, Sweden avoided turning into a police state, and now Covid-19 deaths have tapered to 0 (all data and graphs from World Health Organization website):
- It does not take much imagination to fit the events of the last year to this paradigm.
- Demoralization of the country – Covid-19;
- Disorientation – Antifa & BLM;
- Crisis –election counting stopped in 6 cities in 6 swing states, then a surprise happened;
- Normalization – the media gaslighting anyone who sees anything odd about the election.
- So why do things seem surreal? Perhaps because you are living through a psyop to take over our country, and reality as you know it is being engineered. That’s the weak hypothesis. … WHY DOES EVERYTHING SEEM SURREAL? THE STRONG HYPOTHESIS .. If the Weak Hypothesis is correct and we are living through a psyop, who is behind the psyop? China is behind the psyop.
- TIME Expose
- How the Left “Fixed” The 2020 Election. Video/YouTube Rekieta Law
- Preemption: Sudden narrative push before Trump Senate trial depicts election-rigging as election-‘fortifying’
- Pure, 200-proof bias. The whole article is soggy with it. But what the article does – arrestingly, and at such a time as this – is admit that there was a “shadow campaign” – a conspiracy – a cabal – engaged to … well, not rig the election, oh no, but … fortify it.
- You’re being played by the TIME article. Its purpose is to shape preconceptions for you, so that you can’t listen objectively, with an open mind, to what Trump’s legal team may present.
- What’s missing is what that link was. It’s actually obvious what the link was as soon as Molly Ball cuts us the first name – Michael Podhorzer, AFL-CIO political director up until 2019 – but the link is never specified. That’s probably because the link would be Barack Obama. (His name is mentioned once in the article, in connection to Norm Eisen, “a prominent lawyer in his administration.” Eisen was a law school classmate of Obama, and served as counsel to the House impeachment team in the 2020 Senate trial of Donald Trump.)
Video (3:09) Grant Stinchfield reacts to TIME exposé – The coordinate effort to rig the Game
- Time Article Shows Information Operation Is Blown…The People Know…Now Deep State Scared Of Legal Consequences
- It’s Time To Sue, Sue, Sue…Did I Mention Sue?
- The American people are now ‘woke’…seriously f’ing woke…and VERY angry.
Most Americans do not realize the evidence for election fraud that occurred on Nov 3rd of last year has still to this day not been heard in a court of law. Every case was rejected for ‘standing’, not on the merits. No case for election fraud has ever been heard on the merits.
- Time Magazine: ‘Secret,’ ‘Well-funded Cabal’ Worked to ‘Protect’ 2020 Election by JOEL B. POLLAK
- Time magazine has published a detailed account of what it describes as a “conspiracy” between “left-wing activists and business titans” to create “an extraordinary shadow effort” to “protect” the 2020 presidential election.
- Delingpole: Presidential Election Wasn’t ‘Rigged’; It Was ‘Fortified’, Says Time Magazine JAMES DELINGPOLE
- TIME: That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.
- Could this have anything to do, you wonder, with President Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial? … My suspicion that Time’s piece is both pre-emptive strike and damage limitation exercise. It anticipates the possibility that Trump will provide evidence in support of his claim that the election was “stolen.” … This evidence will be much harder to brush under the carpet in the Senate.
- Michael Lindell – Video: Absolute Proof. Mike Lindell Releases Explosive Documentary on the 2020 Election – “ABSOLUTE PROOF” Film Includes Testimony and Interviews from Experts on Historic Fraud in 2020 Election
- YouTube, Vimeo remove My Pillow CEO’s conspiratorial pro-Trump film – The Washington Times – Saturday, February 6, 2021
- Larry Johnson: A Closer Look at the Hammer and Scorecard By Larry JohnsonPublished February 8, 2021 at 10:13pm Gateway Pundit
- This brings me to the Mary Fanning segment in the Michael Lindell produced video, ABSOLUTE PROOF. Mary Fanning claims to have evidence that foreign servers, including locations in China and Iran, were changing vote totals in specific counties. Unfortunately, she has not published any of this alleged evidence. You just have to trust her. But I dug into the information she is relying on and learned that her source is Dennis Montgomery. … Montgomery has a checkered past:
- XKEYSCORE: It was, simply put, the closest thing to science fiction I’ve ever seen in science fact: an interface that allows you to type in pretty much anyone’s address, telephone number, or IP address, and then basically go through the recent history of their online activity. – Eric Snowden
- Mary Fanning – Data: How was this obtained? I cannot think of a legal way such intelligence could be obtained by a private citizen. Was it leaked by someone in the NSA? Did Dennis grab it using classified tools he is not legally entitled to possess? Was this provided by someone tied to a foreign government intelligence service? Or, is it fabricated?
- Larry Johnson: Here Is What I See as The Strengths and Weaknesses of Mike Lindell’s Movie “Absolute Proof”
- Larry Johnson: A Closer Look at the Hammer and Scorecard By Larry JohnsonPublished February 8, 2021 at 10:13pm Gateway Pundit
- WATCH: Trump impeachment lawyer says he’ll use video of Dems’ own remarks at trial By DML News App
- Trump’s lawyers reject accusations of inciting Capitol riot, call impeachment unconstitutional – The Washington Times – Tuesday, February 2, 2021
- The legal brief rejects Democrats’ accusation that Mr. Trump made false claims about widespread election fraud. … “Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false,” the lawyers wrote.
February 3, 2021 Trump Will Play the Senate’s Game Using the Democrats’ Chips
- The Dem House managers won’t provide evidence that Trump’s statements were false — not only because they don’t have anything beyond declarations — but simply because nobody really knows whether the election results in the contested six states are valid or not, free from error or not, lathered with fraud or not.
- Trump himself will have at least three hours – with or sans counsel — to puff-off feather dust claims that he incited a riot on January 6th, but more important, present all of the material that formed his opinion about the lack of election integrity — most notably the exhaustive presentations by Peter Navarro — covering ballot fraud, numerous ballot process irregularities, and violations or rewrites of state legislature-enacted election laws by officials without sanction from legislatures, obviously unconstitutional at both the state and federal levels.
- February 3, 2021 A data maven says fraud affected the election outcome
- What I’m finding and continuing to find, because we’re actually still doing research, and we’re looking forward to presenting it more aggressively without the constraints of the lawsuits we were entangled with initially, is that among those three states, the number of illegal ballots surpassed the margin of victory. Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona, without those three, Joe Biden isn’t president – and I think we can prove that fairly conclusively.
- … it’s perfectly reasonable and appropriate for Trump to include in his defense evidence that the election was stolen.
- If Matthew Braynard can prove that, in at least three of the contested states, massive fraud in the form of fake paper ballots led to Biden’s so-called victory, Biden has no right to occupy the White House. And if he has no right to occupy the White House, every act – every Executive Order, every person appointed, every rule made – is null. …. I’m not saying this is a winning argument but it’s an argument.
- Demanding Election Integrity: Tracy Beanz Interviews JovanHuttonPulitzer™By Wendi Strauch Mahoney, January 31, 2021
- Regarding the claim of the 2020 election being the most secure in history, Pulitzer stated: “it just isn’t true.” There were people who signed affidavits saying that some liberal counties had ballots with no bar codes. Pulitzer says some counties had ballots with print that was out of alignment and there were variations in ballots where there shouldn’t have been. Most importantly, from the time a ballot is placed into the hands of a voter, to the time it is placed in boxes in a warehouse, the ballot changes many hands, opening the process to fraud.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the Breakdown on the 80 Cases Related to the 2020 Presidential Election By Joe Hoft Published February 4, 2021 at 10:02pm Gateway Pundit
- The Navarro Report by Dr. Peter K. Navarro
- The Navarro Report Vol I, II, III – Feb. 2, 2021
- Navarro was an advisor to the administration on trade policy. The report was prepared in his capacity as a private citizen.
- The Navarro Report’ should be the cornerstone of the Trump defense, by – – Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Washington TImes … To fight back, Donald Trump must aggressively embrace his Impeachment Trial opportunity to prosecute his case that the election was indeed stolen.
- Part 1 – The Immaculate Deception: A Coordinated Effort To Stack Election Against Trump. Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities
- Part 2 The-Art-of-the-Steal-1-5-21-FINAL
- Part III. Yes, President Trump Won. The case, evidence, and statistical receipts.
- Natelson is a former constitutional law professor, senior fellow in constitutional jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver, and a senior adviser to the Convention of States movement.
- Part 1. Don’t Be Fooled! Don’t Let Them Divert Us From Ensuring Electoral Integrity! Rob Natelson, January 11, 2021
- The goals of this diversion apparently are to (1) move public attention away from election irregularities and the legitimacy of the Biden presidency, (2) forestall honest investigation into those irregularities, and (3) prevent corrective action.
Part 2. Saving America and Election Integrity: Rob Natelson January 13, 2021
- The liberal media claim any problems were minor and couldn’t have affected the results. But they started making this claim just a few days after the election, well before any serious investigation was possible. Furthermore, the claim rests heavily on self-serving statements by the very election officials ultimately responsible for screw-ups. It also relies on dismissal of the challengers’ judicial cases, although nearly all were dismissed for procedural reasons, not because their allegations were wrong. And—as explained below—there’s just too much evidence to the contrary for the media assertions to be credible. There was one huge election irregularity no one is discussing, but which was undeniable: States throughout the country ignored both the Constitution’s Same Day Clause and federal law in carrying out the 2020 popular vote.
- Part 3. Saving America and Election Integrity: Rob NatelsonJanuary 18, 2021
- Corruption of elections is a much greater threat to the republic than a few hundred rioters entering the Capitol, as bad as that was. At a time when key constitutional curbs on the federal government have been disabled, free and fair elections are particularly vital.
- Part 4. How State Legislatures Can Break the Power of Corrupt Big-City Machines in Presidential Elections. Jan 21, 2021 Updated Jan 23, 2021.
- This essay explains how lawmakers in swing states can contain local corruption in presidential elections: by changing how their states choose presidential electors.
- Part 5. The Solution Is a Convention of the States Natelson January 25, 2021, Updated: January 25, 2021
- This essay outlines the fourth, and most important, agenda item. This is to enshrine corrective reforms in the U.S. Constitution. Experience shows that constitutional amendments have lasting power that other restraints—including laws and provisions in the original Constitution—don’t possess.
- Part 1. Don’t Be Fooled! Don’t Let Them Divert Us From Ensuring Electoral Integrity! Rob Natelson, January 11, 2021