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Brainwashed by the Media

“Brainwashed by the media

possessed by greed and power

tryin’ to build an empire……”

What’s Goin’ On

Sample Situation

Barz Nice Produced by Bully Boi

In this Covid-19 environment, I like many Americans are working remotely from home. I have converted my living room into a home office. I have a large folding table with all the trimmings of what an office needs. Highback leather rolling chair, Mac Book Air with 17 inch Dell monitor for my work as a Collections Agent for Visa to the far left, my personal Mac Book Pro in the center, my Cannon Printer Scanner in the back and to the right Mandy’s personal Dell Laptop with Dell 15 inch monitor.

Mandy and I get into our household routine every weekday morning. The alarm goes off at 0600 hours. We roll around for a while talking. Mandy spends a few minuted yelling at the Twitter feed. As a black conservative she starts her day checking stories which are breaking on social media. I get up and feed Eva Elizabeth our doggie daughter an eight year old Malti-poo (Maltese Poodle mix). Eva has this thing where she back spins her silver food dish, then she looks at me like she is battling DJ Jazzy Jeff or Jam Master Jay (R.I.P). I grab the silver food bowl as well as her water dish with the scripted letters spelling “DIVA” in cursive. Open the refrigerator grab the Fresh Pet dog food and the spring water (yes, Eva drinks spring water) pour dog food and the water. Carry the food and water back over to her pink placemat with with lettering which say “BARK”. I place the food and water down, turn around and Eva is standing behind me. I pick her up, give her a kiss on the head and place her gently in front of the dishes so she can eat.

With that done, I crush up Mandy’s grandmother’s medicine and start to get her breakfast ready. Usually something like scrambled eggs, sausage, grits and coffee. I boot up my work computer so it is fired up and ready to hit the dialer at 0830 hours when I sit down. And then, it really starts when Mandy’s grandmother turns on the TV. It’s the mainstream media. SMH. All day as I sit in the living room I hear all the negative reporting about how Donald Trump didn’t warn the American people about Covid-19. About how Donald Trump is not fit to be president. About Donald Trump did not do enough to combat the global warming issues. About how Donald Trump is at fault because of all the loss of employment due to Covid-19. By 0930 hours I am ready to go get my Glock 19 and place a round right through the television. I laugh to myself as I hear Mandy say, “ I am SO glad my grandmother can’t vote!”

The media has really changed over the years. A fond memory I have of my father Sylvester Fauconier (R.I.P. Cancer Sucks) was that he bought me an American Heritage Dictionary, a highlighter and a notebook. He would get me the Sunday New York Times and I would read the articles, highlight any words that I didn’t know the meaning off, look them up in the dictionary and then use them in a sentence. In those exercises I remember that the New York Times used to report and allow the reader to draw his or her own conclusion. Listening to the media now, I really can see how that has changed. Media wants to provide misinformation and mislead the listening public. Then with misinformation the public becomes “emotional” and gets all bend out of shape. In addition we all begin to fight with one another on our favorite social media platform.

I remember covering the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando ,Florida. I was reporting as a contributor for both Freedom Gulch and Virginia Right. I met a reporter from CNN. He stood in awe of the event. Where the independent media out numbered the mainstream media. I told the CNN reporter that you all don’t cover things in an objective and proper manner so it is up to the independent media to cover the stories. Because if we don’t do it, the story will not be covered.

In addition, since 2015 I have worked communications for several political campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina. I have worked for Libertarians, Independents and now for a Republican candidate. The most objective press was in Southwest Virginia for Libertarian candidates like Dustin Evans, Dean Davison and Charlie Milner. The newspapers and television media in the area really allowed great, informative stories to be run and allowed the people to decide what they wanted. But, in other parts of Virginia, the news media seeks to silence Libertarian and Conservative voices.

That is the reason why my brother Markel Prines and I started our show Talks Over Drinks (www.TalksOverDrinks.com) in 2016 and why I continue to contribute to Virginia Right when my time allows. It is because the mainstream media is not objective. Mandy listens to many of President Donald Trump’s speeches. I don’t hear anything crazy when I listen in as Mandy lays across the bed sideways. But, the mainstream media will take one sound byte and blow the entire thing out of proportion. So as we enter what people claim in “the most important election of all times” I would invite you all to fact check and collect factual information so you may make an informed decision. And don’t tell a Libertarian that a vote for their candidate is a wasted vote or a vote for Trump. Just because someone else exercises their vote in a different manner, doesn’t mean it is wasted.

Brainwashed by the Media

“Brainwashed by the media

possessed by greed and power

tryin’ to build an empire……”

What’s Goin’ On

Sample Situation

Barz Nice Produced by Bully Boi

In this Covid-19 environment, I like many Americans are working remotely from home. I have converted my living room into a home office. I have a large folding table with all the trimmings of what an office needs. Highback leather rolling chair, Mac Book Air with 17 inch Dell monitor for my work as a Collections Agent for Visa to the far left, my personal Mac Book Pro in the center, my Cannon Printer Scanner in the back and to the right Mandy’s personal Dell Laptop with Dell 15 inch monitor.

Mandy and I get into our household routine every weekday morning. The alarm goes off at 0600 hours. We roll around for a while talking. Mandy spends a few minuted yelling at the Twitter feed. As a black conservative she starts her day checking stories which are breaking on social media. I get up and feed Eva Elizabeth our doggie daughter an eight year old Malti-poo (Maltese Poodle mix). Eva has this thing where she back spins her silver food dish, then she looks at me like she is battling DJ Jazzy Jeff or Jam Master Jay (R.I.P). I grab the silver food bowl as well as her water dish with the scripted letters spelling “DIVA” in cursive. Open the refrigerator grab the Fresh Pet dog food and the spring water (yes, Eva drinks spring water) pour dog food and the water. Carry the food and water back over to her pink placemat with with lettering which say “BARK”. I place the food and water down, turn around and Eva is standing behind me. I pick her up, give her a kiss on the head and place her gently in front of the dishes so she can eat.

With that done, I crush up Mandy’s grandmother’s medicine and start to get her breakfast ready. Usually something like scrambled eggs, sausage, grits and coffee. I boot up my work computer so it is fired up and ready to hit the dialer at 0830 hours when I sit down. And then, it really starts when Mandy’s grandmother turns on the TV. It’s the mainstream media. SMH. All day as I sit in the living room I hear all the negative reporting about how Donald Trump didn’t warn the American people about Covid-19. About how Donald Trump is not fit to be president. About Donald Trump did not do enough to combat the global warming issues. About how Donald Trump is at fault because of all the loss of employment due to Covid-19. By 0930 hours I am ready to go get my Glock 19 and place a round right through the television. I laugh to myself as I hear Mandy say, “ I am SO glad my grandmother can’t vote!”

The media has really changed over the years. A fond memory I have of my father Sylvester Fauconier (R.I.P. Cancer Sucks) was that he bought me an American Heritage Dictionary, a highlighter and a notebook. He would get me the Sunday New York Times and I would read the articles, highlight any words that I didn’t know the meaning off, look them up in the dictionary and then use them in a sentence. In those exercises I remember that the New York Times used to report and allow the reader to draw his or her own conclusion. Listening to the media now, I really can see how that has changed. Media wants to provide misinformation and mislead the listening public. Then with misinformation the public becomes “emotional” and gets all bend out of shape. In addition we all begin to fight with one another on our favorite social media platform.

I remember covering the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando ,Florida. I was reporting as a contributor for both Freedom Gulch and Virginia Right. I met a reporter from CNN. He stood in awe of the event. Where the independent media out numbered the mainstream media. I told the CNN reporter that you all don’t cover things in an objective and proper manner so it is up to the independent media to cover the stories. Because if we don’t do it, the story will not be covered.

In addition, since 2015 I have worked communications for several political campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina. I have worked for Libertarians, Independents and now for a Republican candidate. The most objective press was in Southwest Virginia for Libertarian candidates like Dustin Evans, Dean Davison and Charlie Milner. The newspapers and television media in the area really allowed great, informative stories to be run and allowed the people to decide what they wanted. But, in other parts of Virginia, the news media seeks to silence Libertarian and Conservative voices.

That is the reason why my brother Markel Prines and I started our show Talks Over Drinks (www.TalksOverDrinks.com) in 2016 and why I continue to contribute to Virginia Right when my time allows. It is because the mainstream media is not objective. Mandy listens to many of President Donald Trump’s speeches. I don’t hear anything crazy when I listen in as Mandy lays across the bed sideways. But, the mainstream media will take one sound byte and blow the entire thing out of proportion. So as we enter what people claim in “the most important election of all times” I would invite you all to fact check and collect factual information so you may make an informed decision. And don’t tell a Libertarian that a vote for their candidate is a wasted vote or a vote for Trump. Just because someone else exercises their vote in a different manner, doesn’t mean it is wasted.

Is It A FELONY To Download Cuties? Might Be…

Certainly Close Enough To Cause Concern…

I know this has potential to be click bait. Is the production and even the download of Cuties illegal in Virginia? But here is the law and it is not a frivolous conclusion:

Virginia law prohibits the production and possession of child pornography.

Here is the definition of child pornography:

…”child pornography” means sexually explicit visual material which utilizes or has as a subject an identifiable minor.

Here is what the Federalist’s Madeline Osburn wrote that Cuties contains:

An initial “Parent’s Guide” for the film on IMDB.com included warnings of erotic dance scenes that “purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad underage girls,” including one who “lifts her crop top to fully display her bare breast.” Another warning describes “lengthy & excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums, and spread crotches.”

Remembering that description for a minute, let’s go back to the law. Assuming the people in this movie doing this stuff are minors, the definition of “sexually explicit visual material” is:

“…the term “sexually explicit visual material” means a picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture film, digital image, including such material stored in a computer’s temporary Internet cache when three or more images or streaming videos are present, or similar visual representation which depicts sexual bestiality, a lewd exhibition of nudity, as nudity is defined in § 18.2-390, or sexual excitement, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, as also defined in § 18.2-390…”

So what is a “lewd exhibition of nudity” – let’s start with the easy part: Nudity (from Code 18.2-:

“Nudity” means a state of undress so as to expose the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a full opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple, or the depiction of covered or uncovered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.

Understand, not every depiction of nudity is illegal. Otherwise it would be illegal to show Michelangelo’s David or a Goya painting in public. The cases as interpreted by the state appellate courts seem to be uncomfortably close to child pornography.

In a 2019 case, our Court of Appeals defined “lewd” like this:

“Lewd” is not defined by statute, but this Court has described it as a “synonym of ‘lascivious’ and ‘indecent.’ ” Asa v. Commonwealth, 17 Va. App. 714, 718, 441 S.E.2d 26 (1994) (quoting Dickerson v. City of Richmond, 2 Va. App. 473, 479, 346 S.E.2d 333 (1986) ). “Lascivious” describes “a state of mind that is eager for sexual indulgence, desirous of inciting to lust[,] or of inciting sexual desire and appetite.” Id. (quoting Dickerson, 2 Va. App. at 479, 346 S.E.2d 333 ).
Ele v. Commonwealth, 70 Va. App. 543, 829 S.E.2d 564 (Va. App. 2019)

Go back to the description from the Federalist (No, I am NOT going to watch this to write this blog post!) and the description does seem to go to sexuality involving children:

Another warning describes “lengthy & excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums, and spread crotches.”

That kind of emphasis on sexuality and sexual organs can appeal to lewdness as opposed to artistic reaction. Technically child porn DOES NOT have to be obscene to be unlawful under Virginia law. The General Assembly, probably in response to a United States Supreme Court case, took out a reference to “obscene for children” from the definition of “sexually explicit visual material” in this and related statutes.

I am not prepared to say categorically possession of Cuties is illegal in the Commonwealth. I doubt there will be any prosecution. There are defenses to raise. But Senator Tom Cotton has called for a DOJ investigation. It is close to the line. This film should not have been made in the manner it was made.

Hip Hop Sustenance with “Sample Situation” Barz Nice Produced by Bully Boi

“I’m not tryin’ to be rich, I’m trying to keep the culture rich”

Barz Nice Da General

What’s Goin’ On

Sample Situations

According to Architecture Richmond the Southern States Silo stands triumphantly over the south bank of the James River. It is just south of the flood wall at the Mayo Bridge in the City formerly known as Manchester. The silo was originally built in the 1940’s with a grain elevator for a company named Cargill Incorporated.

Southern States; a farming co-op later purchased the silo and painted their logo on the Riverside. That logo remains to this day and also remains well know to Richmonders. Although the silo was sold to Purdue Farms in 2003, the Southern States logo remains.

Further research on Wikipedia will advise that grain is harvested for both human and animal consumption. Following the harvest dry grains are a durable staple used as the main ingredient for food. The durability of grain allows it to be harvested and transported for long periods of time by truck, rail and ship. The grain can also be stored for long periods of time in the silo, milled for flour or pressed for oil. In the major food markets, grain creates sustenance for all who consume the product.

I draw these two very powerful parallels to create an example for the information that I am about to give you as the reader. In the building next door to the famous Southern States silo; James Harris known to the Hip Hop community by his pseudonym “Bully Boi” or “Bully” is a multi talented producer, engineer and owner of Bully Boi Productions. Since I have know this King he has created sustenance for the independent Hip Hop community. Kula Voncile, Roy Revolution, Father Time and Judah Priest. 

2020 brings a new and even more powerful sustenance in the form of Barz Nice Da General. I was originally introduced to Barz Nice by one of Bully’s famous Facebook Live videos. Where Bully candidly and excitedly exclaims that, “WEGEEEEEDIT” while holding a crystal incrusted pimp cup sipping on something good. Next thing I knew the most vivid visual for “Alma Mater” came on featuring Barz Nice, Big Sty (Styron Lynch) and GZ Finest (Humphre Quaye) popped onto my Samsung device. Hard hittin lyrics, snap back baseball caps, hoodies, dope production and graffiti on the wall. 

With technology, I was able to reach out directly to introduce myself to Barz Nice. In candid conversation, I learned that my new favorite rapper is originally from Delaware. He like many of us came to Virginia for a change in lifestyle back in 1993. A brother practicing the Muslim faith he started writing poems and quickly moved on to create Islamic music. He was once passed over for a deal by Russell Simmons. But, that did not stop him. He started to understand the game more when he made connections with Twin Flame Records  Melinda Rodriquez and Robert Davis. This was a two fold process. First, Barz Nice learned about how to grow his following on social media. He met with Rodriquez and Davis for a phone consultation. Second Barz Nice learned sound quality.  Davis listened to the then catalog of music amassed by Barz. The A and R loved the lyrical delivery however, the material, in his opinion lacked the industry sound required for success.

Barz then told me that he would not give up with the constructive criticism that Davis provided him. In that time he moved from studio to studio looking for the quality sound that his musical material lacked. Robert Davis advised Barz Nice to reach out to Bully. He was extremely happy when he found Bully.

Barz Nice said, “The energy was just there with Bully, in Bully, I found exactly what I needed to find. The Creator places people in your life to uplift. I am here to create a musical legacy, to do what I am here to do because I am passionate about it. I have built this relationship with Bully because I have spiritual transition energy. Bully has invested in me as an artist.”

Barz Nice current project is entitled “Sample Situation”. This is an extended play project with 7 tracks. He has released three singles thus far, “No Mistakes Allowed”, “Boom Bap Chemist” and “What’s Goin’ On”. 

One thing I miss about Hip Hop is music shopping. Actually going to a music store and picking up the product, turning the CD or record over and reading the production credits. But, in this experience, I was able to text Bully, ask if the product was in hand. After he advised it was, I told him I would be down after my shift at work to support the project. Later he advised that Barz Nice was going to be in the building when I arrived. Not only did I get an autographed copy of “Sample Situation”, I was able to shake the hand of my new Superhero in the flesh. And to show him “love” in person.

I agreed to work an extra shift. It is Sunday, September 12, 2020. On my way to work I was able to ride a listen to my personal autographed copy of “Sample Situation” by Barz Nice. My favorite tracks and bars are found below:

No Mistakes Allowed / Track 2: “Barz Nice I spit flows like lighter fluid,

what you mean he been talkin’ sh** negro I had to do it.

Who did you expect me to sound like lil’ Yachty or some other lil rapper in the game I just bodied.

Get cha mind right, get your bars tight then come back and we can politic yea?! Alright

Until then kick rocks and take a hike

You sound like a bunch of sissy’s on the mic

It’s time to raise the bar take it to another height

I feel sorry for your mumblin’ rappers plight

Cause to me MC means move the crowd

I gotta be nice wit these verses no mistakes allowed.

What’s Goin’ On / Track 4

they still building prisons, they makin’ ‘em bigga

they fillin’ ‘em wit niggas

the word “nigga” doesn’t have a color, it’s a mindstate

brainwashed by the media

possessed by greed and power

tryin’ to build an empire

and all you fake niggas is just coons for hire

perhaps too many episodes of the Wire got you confused

Now your on the news, your perspective of reality is so skewed.

I’m not tryin’ to be rich, I’m trying to keep the culture rich.

Track 5

Boom Bap Professor got flavor like an enchilada

ride the track thoroughbred trotter

tryin to claim the ol school as my alma mater

chicky eyed brother whose nice from Delaware

for all you fly rappers, I spit surface to air.

Heat Mizer / Track 6

The most creative track production wise. It is the Hip Hop appearance of the Heat Miser one of the antagonists in the 1974 Rakin Bass television special “The Year Without a Santa Claus” 

He lends his support and allows Barz Nice to flow on this Bully Boi produced beat with volcanic heat. I was three years old when that television show made its debut. 

Heat Miser:

“I’m Mr. Heat Blister, I’m Mr. Hundred and one

they call me Heat Mizer, whatever I touch

starts to melt in my cluch (3x)

I’m too much.”

Barz Nice:

“In ’93 I was 2 Live like Luke and dem

Pushin’ phat whips jumpin’ ova shit like Dukes and dem

I brawl wit top dogs like Michael Vick and dem

old school pupil I mastered the curiculum

Like black top, I leave emcees with burn marks

I peel on them like Michelin, official blends

I deliver when I spit flows cold like a Northeast winter

Dopeboy with a kingpin

You can find Barz Nice music on all major platforms. Tell him Corey Fauconier from Virginia Right sent you to support. I would like to wish Barz Nice continued success in his music career and thank you for your continued contribution to Hip Hop culture.

Davis is IN the Race!

Alas Not For Governor!

Well, it’s OFFICIAL! Virginia Beach Delegate Glenn Davis, Sandy’s hero, is In the race for Lieutenant Governor!

While I tried to persuade Davis to go for the top spot, I am glad to see the news and I will state now: If he’ll have me on his campaign team, I am in.

Here is the story from the Virginian-Pilot via Yahoo News.

“After seeing our struggles in Richmond firsthand, it is more vital than ever to have strong, common sense leadership guiding the Commonwealth toward serious solutions,” Davis said in announcing his candidacy on social media Thursday.

At this moment, there are four Dems and one GOP candidate for Governor – Senator Amanda Chase. Delegate and former Speaker Kirk Cox is considering the run. GOP Congressman Denver Riggleman is also considering the run – an an indy candidate. LP leaders – get him if you can! Yes I have reached out to Riggleman.

YAY Tulsi Gabbard!

She Condemned Netflix and Rightly So!

I plan to write on the Netflix film Cuties as potentially illegal under Virginia law. Let me give a hint: If you live in the Commonwealth my LEGAL advice is: I would NOT record or download that film. Could be a felony. But I am pleased to see that the Dem I voted for the primary this year – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – condemned the film and Netflix:

From Newsweek:

Sharing a film poster of the girls in the film posing, Gabbard tweeted: “@netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix”

Some conservatives are asking the Hawai’i congressman switch parties! From Townhall. I think perhaps Rep. Gabbard should consider a switch – to Libertarian!

But I am glad Gabbard spoke out. I am proud of that vote for her in March.

Where’s Criminal Justice Reform When you Need It!

Ban Intrusive DWI Checkpoints…

The Virginia Star (The new electronic newspaper founded by John Fredericks) is reporting the return of DWI checkpoints (emphasis added):

Virginia law enforcement agencies have increased Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcement efforts as part of the 19th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign.

The campaign began Wednesday, and will last until Labor Day. It will be resumed periodically during specific holidays. The state and its partners are using a combination of ad campaigns, advance notification, increased patrols, and physical checkpoints to deter drunk driving.

Geller noted that the state police will partner with local agencies to operate check points. “From an education aspect, state police will be promoting key campaign messaging through traditional and social media channels, and in public safety outreach and presentations,” Geller said.

These checkpoints are intrusive (you are stopped without warning at a set point decided by law enforcement) and they entrench upon the principle that stops by law enforcement ought to have a legally defensible reason – either probable cause or at least reasonable suspicion. The article cites political activist Paul Goldman:

Constitutional lawyer Paul Goldman is concerned about the legality of DUI checkpoints. Officers need to establish probable cause before they stop individual drivers. Goldman said the same reasoning should apply at DUI checkpoints.

“They could not just stop you and pull you over and ask you to take a breathalyzer test. I don’t believe that’s constitutional,” Goldman said.

***

“So on the one hand, yeah. Getting drunk drivers off the road, telling people, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t be driving, you’re impaired,’ that’s a good thing. But doing it in a constitutional way, that could be a difficult thing. So how do you combine a good thing with a difficult thing? Well, it seems to me you have to err on the side of the Constitution.”

Alas the courts have under certain limited circumstances allowed checkpoints. But they ought to be outlawed.

I do not object to strict enforcement of DWI laws. Emphasis can be made on high-risk areas and situations. But checkpoints are too close to a “show me your papers” regime. Criminal justice reformers ought to intervene. Ban the checkpoint.

What is the Effect of AG Herring’s Decision to Run For Re-Election on the LP? UPDATE: Davis for LG Again?

LP of Virginia: Find and run your best candidate for LG not AG, unless…

I was surprised that the Attorney General, Mark Herring, has decided to run for a third term. I can only hope the GOP can find a strong candidate to run. I am told that Del. Jason Miyares is considering a run; Virginia Beach GOP leader and attorney Chuck Smith is in the race.

Now I told some folks at a LP FB page for Libertarian candidates my initial analysis like this:

My analysis has changed but not materially. I do not know of a candidate but I DO think the LG race is the best for ballot access. Less money has been spent in the LG the last two cycles. Governor and AG will bring in gobs of money. Now that best race analysis could change a bit because AG Herring is running for reelection and I am not sure the GOP can beat him. Governor will have a primary in both parties, too. Let’s find the best candidate and run him or her for LG and if the best is a lawyer, keep the options open until we find out who is running against AG Herring.

However, there is a development that could affect me personally and my readers ought to know about.

Bearing Drift is reporting (and after seeing their lead article giving credence to the article in the evil Atlantic on Trump I wonder if I should cite them but I’ll leave plagiarism to others!) that my hero Del. Glenn Davis is running, alas NOT for Governor as I have suggested, but again for LG:

Bearing Drift can now confirm Delegate Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) is exploring a run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2021.

Glenn previously ran for this position in 2017, creating a great amount of goodwill across the Commonwealth in his “Mellow Yellow” RV. He is considering a full-fledged announcement of the campaign in the next couple of weeks.

I have already informed the delegate I will help him. Del. Davis has, perhaps wisely, not yet as of the posting of this blog responded. It is a winnable race for Davis at this point according to BD:

The only Republican candidate at this time exploring a run for Lieutenant Governor in 2021 is former Delegate Tim Hugo.

The only Democratic candidate to announce is Delegate Hala Ayala, with Delegate Elizabeth Guzman exploring a run for LG also.

Now I can say that LG is still the best race for the LP if they find the right candidate but if the GOP candidate for AG is weak the opening for the LP for the elusive ten percent might be AG. But that is subject to supporters getting behind the candidate in an off year election.

Why Do We STILL Own the Tennessee Valley Authority?

Well WHY?

President Trump mentioned in his nomination acceptance speech Thursday an obscure Federal New deal-era agency that reminded me of my early days in politics (from this Breitbart article):

“When I learned that the Tennessee Valley Authority laid off hundreds of American workers and forced them to train their lower-paid foreign replacements, I promptly removed the Chairman of the Board,” Trump said. “And now, those talented American workers have been re-hired and are back providing power to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.”

“They have their old jobs back,” he said.

Here’s my question: Why are we owning a power generating company? (Please Jo Jorgensen, steal my idea!) It’s not a new idea: An early hero of mine: Senator Barry Goldwater called for the privatizing of the Authority in the 1964 election.

The purpose of the Tennessee Valley Authority is to provide electrical power to a region that during the Depression sorely needed it.:

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

It even has it’s own police force!

Wait for it: The editorial board of the Washington Post agreed with President Obama that the TVA sale ought to be looked into:

Times have changed. Today, President Obama, arguably the biggest proponent of activist government to occupy the White House since Lyndon B. Johnson beat Goldwater, is entertaining TVA privatization. His fiscal 2014 budget notes that “[r]educing or eliminating the Federal Government’s role in programs such as TVA, which have achieved their original objectives and no longer require Federal participation, can help put the Nation on a sustainable fiscal path.” The budget calls for a “strategic review of options” — including selling off all or part of it.

That is enough for me to have to lay down for a few minutes. The evil Post and the former President on the same side as Blogger Sanders? Barry Goldwater, call your office! (That phone bill from heaven might be prohibitive.) Time to lay down again. Maybe I did not read it right? The senator from Tennessee said no way:

The chilliest responses to Mr. Obama’s idea came from Republican lawmakers who represent Southeastern states that enjoy lower-than-average electricity rates, thanks to the TVA. “It’s one more bad idea in a budget full of bad ideas,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

If you wait long enough, the hostages love their captors. But there is a principle here. The Federal government ought not be in the business of providing electrical power. I am thankful that FDR did show some concern for the South after being ravaged in an unconstitutional war and occupation and then basically left alone for over a half-century. And I can even see a temporary measure being fine.

Maybe the situation is not so wonderful. See this post from a more clean energy advocacy site:

TVA has long touted and been given congratulations on its low rates. But rates are not the whole picture. As a customer, you pay a bill, not a rate, and bills in our region are among the highest in the nation. You have probably wondered more than once, “Why is my electricity bill so high, and what can I do this month to lower it?”

Rates or bills: A serious study ought to be done to take the TVA private.

But it is time to defund the TVA. Yes even the TVA Police. Take it private. Add to it PBS. Maybe Amtrak. Certainly much of the Federal land in the West (and East, too) that is not necessary. Apply the proceeds to the COVID response debt. Not to the general Treasury. (Remember when the winner of the last three Presidential elections – didn’t win the office – but won the battle for ideas – Ronulus Magnus II said to the famous question – what Federal agency would he cut first after one of two others mentioned some obscure agency: “Let’s start with the departments” and mentioned Education, Energy and Homeland Security and that answer led shortly to the famous “9/11” mini-debate with former Mayor Giuliani.)

By the way, historical footnote (my regular readers know I love historical footnotes and Stan Scott especially will like this one) on the origins of the TVA:

Part of the TVA holdings were bought (at least under threat of eminent domain) from a company named Commonwealth & Southern (sounds like a railroad, doesn’t it!) and the CEO of Commonwealth & Southern was a Hoosier named Wendell Willkie. That’s right. That same Wendell Willkie that switched parties and was the Republican nominee against Roosevelt in 1940. I recommend this book on Willkie and I marvel why this fascinating story hasn’t been made into a movie.

Ron Paul Fully Vindicated!

Non-Intervention lifted up; Endless wars condemned at GOP Convention!

As I was breathlessly reading and listening to the speech by Ambassador Richard Grenell, I had a tiny bone to pick with the ambassador (Speaking on ambassadors, wasn’t Ambassador to the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] on John Fredericks’ radio show fabulous? I would love an invite to the Gilmore Christmas party!) over one thing he said referring to Donald Trump the candidate as the sole voice for a America first and non-interventionist foreign policy.

But Ambassador Grenell, right about so many things, failed to consider why there was a receptive audience for Trump’s view.

It was Ronulus Magnus II – former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. (Ronulus Magnus I is former President Ronald Reagan) I remember well when I heard first that Cong. Paul was going to run for President – early 2007. I knew Cong. Paul was an idealistic libertarian representative and I had read his views on the Kosovo war – yes he was against it. I knew that and I was thrilled.

Paul’s foreign policy views were viciously attacked by the neo-cons in the GOP. And two more globalist candidates were nominated. It seemed like it was vain. The low point was eight years ago when the Mitt Romney convention refused to follow the rules and allow Paul’s name to be placed in nomination.

But this week, we are hearing breathless words from the GOP convention. Ronulus Magnus II’s son, US Senator Rand Paul, cited this (from Breitbart, emphasis mine):

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he is proud of the job Trump has done as president even though he doesn’t always agree with him. * * * Paul praises Trump for not wanting to fight endless wars and leaving blood and treasure in Middle East quagmires. He says Trump is the first president in a generation who wants to end wars instead of starting them. Paul points out Biden voted for the Iraq War, and he says he fears Biden will choose war again and spill our blood and treasure abroad. He says to vote for Trump if you hate war like he hates war or hate sending billions to build the infrastructure of other countries.

And Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (ret.) said:

“When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home,” Kellogg says. “President Trump has reversed the decline of our military and restructured our national security strategy. With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced and better manned than any military in the world.”

It’s breathless for me. I can hardly believe I am hearing/reading it. In fact, it seems some to many of the neo-cons seems to have moved to the Democrat Party! Check out this PAC – 43 Alumni for Biden! And over 100 McCain staffers are supporting the Dem.

Maybe all of these men and women are not neo-cons. But it is amazing that this Bush officials PAC for Biden says this:

43 Alumni for Biden is a registered Political Action Committee formed to support and elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Principles matter more than politics. That’s why we, a group of alumni who have served Republican legislators, governors and presidents, are choosing country over party this November. We worked for W. We support Joe.

I suppose the principle of gun rights or pro-life or constitutionalist judges doesn’t matter for them.

Now I know Dr. Paul does not agree with the President and he has even rejoined the Libertarian Party. That’s great. But know this – fellow Paul-supporter – you are part of a great movement for liberty. Paul’s ideas are spreading throughout the world. Go have that sweet tea!