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A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Sir William Blackstone‘s Commentaries on the Laws of England describes the right to arms in England during the eighteenth century:
The fifth and last auxiliary right of the subject, that I shall at present mention, is that of having arms for their defence, suitable to their condition and degree, and such as are allowed by law. Which is also declared by the same statute I W. & M. st.2. c.2. and is indeed a public allowance, under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.
hat tip: AP & Fox News
The FBI conducted weekend raids in three states and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group.
Mar. 28: Michigan State Police guard a home in Clayton after the FBI raided the home of a suspected militia leader.
ADRIAN, Mich. — A Christian militia group was a target of at least one of a series of weekend raids the FBI conducted in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, a Michigan militia leader says.
The FBI said Sunday that it had conducted raids in the three states, resulting in at least three arrests. Federal warrants were sealed, but a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of those arrested face gun charges and officials are pursuing other suspects. Some of the suspects were expected in court Monday.
Editor’s note: how is the “moot” court any different than the mute “criminal justice system” that refuses to prosecute the crimes of “our” government?
March 25, 2010
The University of Akron School of Law took first place at the Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law earlier this month at the Ohio Judicial Center and Ohio Statehouse.
by Jack Greiner, Esquire
Hat tip: Sunshine Week
As a young lawyer, I worked for a little while on some of the litigation that grew out of the collapse of Home State Savings Bank (and much of the rest of Ohio’s saving and loan industry) in the mid-1980s. That’s not much of a surprise, since virtually every firm in town was involved in one way or the other. But it was an exciting case to be part of. I remember learning so much from some of the best lawyers in town. And I still recall Marvin Warner’s criminal sentencing.
Warner had been the head of Home State, and by the time the dust settled, he was about as popular as Old Man Potter from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Warner was convicted on a number of charges related to the debacle. When he came before Judge Robert Ruehlman for the announcement of his sentence, he got a taste of what the local folks thought of him. Among other pronouncements, Judge Ruehlman told Warner, who had owned a substantial horse farm, that “[w]hen I get through with you, the only horse you will be riding is one of those horses in front of the K-mart on the little merry-go-round.”
By Matt Mayer
hat tip: Buckeye Institute
March 11, 2010
With the March 2010 employment data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revised its state employment data back to 1990 (www.bls.gov/eag/eag.oh.htm). As you may recall, our report, “State of the State: Two Decades of Weak Job Growth and Skyrocketing Government Costs Pose Daunting Challenges for Ohioans,” highlighted several sobering pieces of BLS employment data (original data from the report in parens below). The new BLS data paints an even more troubling outlook for Ohio.
Specifically, from January 1990 to January 2000, Ohio’s job market added 714,900 jobs (720,200), which was the 37th best in America. From January 2000 to January 2010, Ohio’s job market lost 635,000 jobs (544,100), which was the 2nd worst in America. From January 1990 to January 2010, Ohio had the 3rd (6th) worst job market in America — Ohio added a net of 79,900 jobs (176,100) over 20 years, or less than 4,000 per year (9,000) for Ohio’s 11.4 million people. This growth amounted to an increase in jobs of 1.9% (4%) from 20 years earlier. Only Rhode Island (-1.7%), Michigan (-2.2%), and Connecticut (-4.9%) had worse job markets.
As a point of comparison, in January 1990, Ohio had 714,800 (714,000) people working in government. As of January 2010, 781,900 (789,100) Ohioans worked in government. Thus, from January 1990 to January 2010, Ohio added 67,100 (75,100) government jobs. That means that for every 1.19 jobs created over those 20 years in the private sector, Ohio added 1 government job. This ratio is the 4th worst in America, exceeded only by New Jersey (.96), Connecticut (-1.93), and Michigan (-3.54).
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Make sure to come out and see two of the greatest modern day defenders of the Constitution! Rep. Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano will be at the historic Newport Music Hall tonight! Don’t miss out on this amazing event!
Here’s the schedule of events:
6:15pm – Doors open at the Newport Music Hall
6:45pm – Introduction
6:50pm – Jordan Page
7:00pm – “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” goes LIVE! feat.
- Rep. Ron Paul
- Ron Hood
- Maurice Thompson
- Rep. Tim Grendell
- Sheriff Mack
- Alicia Healy
- Chris Littleton
- Jason Rink
- Dave Grabaskas
8:00pm – “Freedom Watch” ends. Jordan Page
8:10pm – Judge Napolitano
8:20pm – Rep. Ron Paul
Admission is FREE (no ticket needed).
Standing room only (some seats will be available), first come, first serve. So get there early!
Newport Music Hall is located at:
1722 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201-1105
Parking is available across the street from the Newport:
Parking Garage: Ohio Union South
1759 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210
Parking Garage: Ohio Union North
1780 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
“Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” and Rep. Ron Paul’s speech will both air live on FoxNews.com, http://live.foxnews.com/strategy-room
More info at http://www.RonPaulohio.com.
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…Now what are you going to do about it?
We have all heard Stalin’s (attributed-perhaps falsely) quote, “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes”. Whether he said this or not, the essential meaning is, “As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?” Unfortunately, this is an apt introduction to the candidacy for Ohio Attorney General, namely, Steve Christopher of Findlay Ohio’s TEA Party.
Last evening, my husband received unofficial word that of the over 2,700 signatures that he turned in on his petitions to get him on the ballot for Ohio Attorney General, over 2,000 of them were deemed “invalid” by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. I think you would agree that this is highly unprecedented.
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Thursday, March 4 at 7 pm
Old Bag of Nails
66 N Sandusky St
Delaware, OH 43015
- We Will be in the Wesleyan Room in the Back of the Restaurant. There will be a sign.
Michael J. Maurer, Editor of the Ohio Citizens Accounting Standards Board will be introducing a new project called OpenOhio.
OpenOhio is a private effort to encourage transparency and accountability in state and local Ohio govenments. Sponsored by friends of the Ohio Citizens Accounting Standards Board, OpenOhio.org pledges to publish complete checkbooks and salaries for all of the 3,000 basic taxing jurisdictions in Ohio by April 15th. We call this our Transparency by April 15th project.
“Politicians and bureaucrats not only lie, they brag about how it’s necessary to lie and they study “professional” methods of doing it. It’s long past time to put an end to this nonsense–indeed it might be too late to save our government—and a good start would be telling the truth about taxes and spending.” Michael J. Maurer
Originally published as, “Ohio has no idea how to pay U.S. back for jobless benefits”
hat tip: Dispatch Politics
By Catherine Candisky
$2 billion-plus debt grows as leaders pass the hot potato
It has been more than a year since Ohio depleted its unemployment-compensation fund, and with the fund’s debt surpassing $2billion and growing, a fix is nowhere in sight.
No one has even proposed what should be done to shore up the fund – not the governor, not the General Assembly, not an advisory panel made up of business, labor and legislative leaders.
In fact, state leaders can’t even agree on who is responsible for solving the problem.
The Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council threw its hands up 15 months ago after it was unable to reach consensus; it said the legislature would have to figure out a solution.
GOP leaders in the Senate say Gov. Ted Strickland must come up with a plan. The governor has urged the council to take another crack at it.
Absent action from the Statehouse, Ohio will owe the federal unemployment trust fund an estimated $3billion by the end of the year. Interest payments on the loan, which begin to accrue on Jan. 1, are projected at $120 million a year.
Frustrations boiled over again in a Senate committee hearing this week when Republican legislators pushed the administration for answers.
“It’s amazing the governor hasn’t said anything about this,” said Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina. “This is a problem that is not going to get any smaller. … It’s part of a big hole going into the next budget.”
Read the rest of the story here.
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This winter issue features many local writers which are new to The Liberty Voice as well as our more seasoned columnists like Ellen Brown and Paul Craig Roberts.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue, including some outstanding liberty candidates who are launching their campaigns in our paper. I hope the intelligent readers of The Liberty Voice will find at least one candidate that they can and will support in these important races.
This edition’s stories include:
LET THEM EAT CAKE: THE ANOMALY OF COMPULSORY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
Excerpts of Legal Plunder & “THE LAW” by Bastiat*
- (Sponsored by “Families for Schweitzer,” Craig Schweitzer for Ohio State Representative– 2nd District. )
How to Take Back Your Constitution by Holding Local Politicians Accountable
2010: Hope and Change Redux*
- (Sponsored by “Irvine for Congress”. Travis Irvine is the Libertarian candidate for Ohio’s 12th US Congressional district)
U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 8*
- (Sponsored by “Ryon for Congress”. Dave Ryon is the Constitutional party candidate for Ohio’s U.S. Congress, 15th district seat.)
Americans Are Hell-Bent on Tyranny
Iraq War Veteran: “Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away, it is right here at home”
The US & China: One Side is Losing, the Other is Winning
CE-Cold Grim Reapers “Defend Homeland”
Kiss Your Safety & Liberty Goodbye
The Underwear Bomber: More to the story Kurt Haskell describes The Well Dressed Man and the Man in Orange
Candidate for Ohio Governor, Ken Matesz says, “Do Away with State Income Tax!”*
- (Sponsored by “Ken Matesz for Governor” committee. Ken Matesz is running as a Libertarian for Governor of Ohio in 2010. This article was written by Ken Matesz.)
One Man’s Love
To US: “Well, Piss off then!”
On Cows, The Constitution & The Ten Commandments
From the article, “California Budget Dilemma: Turning Crises into Opportunity” by Ellen Brown — modified for Ohio by the LV Editors.
Many states such as California, Pennsylvania and Illinois are in the midst of financial chaos. Ohio is among them. With a proposed budget that is already more than $3 billion out of balance, Governor Strickland seeks to fix Ohio’s woes by using over $5 billion in one-time “bailout” dollars, increasing fees (taxes) by $1.3 billion and burning through the entire rainy day fund. The creation of dozens of new government programs sets Ohio up for even greater deficits in the future when the bailout dollars end but the costly programs remain.
What to do? Perhaps Ohio could take a lesson from the island state of Guernsey, located in the English Channel off the French Coast, which faced similar funding problems in the 19th century. Toby Birch, an asset manager who hails from there, tells the story in Gold News:
“As weary troops returned from a protracted foreign war [the Napoleonic Wars ending in 1815], they encountered a land racked with debt, high prices and a crumbling infrastructure. . . There was economic gridlock as labor and materials were abundant, but much-needed projects could not be funded for want of cash. This led to a period of so-called ‘poverty amongst plenty’ … existing borrowing costs were consuming 80% of the island’s revenues. This was when a committee of States members was formed . . . The committee realized that if the Guernsey States issued their own notes to fund the project, rather than borrowing from an English bank, there would be no interest to pay. To prevent an inflation of the money supply, the Guernsey States issued the notes with a date due, and on that date the bearer was paid in gold. The money came from rents on the finished infrastructure, supplemented with a tax on liquor.
“The end result of the Guernsey Experiment was spectacular – new roads, sea defenses and public buildings were established, fostering widespread trade and prosperity. Full employment was achieved, no deficits resulted and prices were stable, all without a penny paid in interest. Money was used in its purest form: as a convenient mechanism for oiling the wheels of commerce.”