Archive for April, 2011

The following is an EMAIL Alert that I received from one of my local Durham Conservatives. We need the publics help to STOP this TAX INCREASE for Durham. Please call, write & email the members of the City Council and put a stop to this out of control spending. Thank you.

It's a dark day in Durham. (Image copied from Google images Click to enlarge)


What: Downtown Durham Business Improvement District (New Tax): Help Please

When: Now until May 2, 2011

Where:  Your Phone; Your Computer; Your Mailbox

Why: City Council, and a number of local and outside interests, are considering a new tax on Downtown Durham. The Business Improvement District (BID). I am doing what I can to raise awareness on this. Time is short. Please help me.

Please read more. . .

The Durham, NC City Council, and a number of local and outside interests, are preparing to levy a new tax on Downtown Durham. The Business Improvement District (BID). I am doing what I can to raise awareness on this, but time is short, and I’m (probably?) outnumbered.

I’m hoping some of you will write letters to the editor, post on local blogs, write your city councilman, or what have you. I also have signs and stickers if you will display one or two. Time is very short. We only have until May 2nd, when the Council will vote on the matter.

This new tax will directly affect those of us who live downtown, but will also affect anyone who likes to enjoy activities downtown. I would like to help keep prices (taxes) down, so that everyone can continue to enjoy our downtown without further hardship.

Will you please help?

To learn a little more about the BID, I’m providing some links below. To varying degrees, these synopsis are generally pro-BID, and you won’t see much about the unintended cosequences of new taxes. In any case, they’ll give you some background.

Any help is appreciated.  Please pass the word, too. Thanks!

Bull City Rising story  

Downtown Durham site  

BullBid site  

My Recent Letter to the Editor: “Behind the BID”  

We cannot tax ourselves to utopia. Please help me say so.

Don’t hesitate to contact me for details.

— Carl Strauss    strausscarl@yahoo.com


To contact the Durham City Council, click HERE

To send a general email to all Council members,  use this address;


Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Third Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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Update – May 3, 2012

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Even if Barack Hussein Obama WAS born in Hawaii, he is STILL not eligible to be the President of the USA due to the fact his Father was never a US Citizen. ‘Natural Born’ requires BOTH parents to be US Citizens. Not just one!

Laws of Nations Title Page (click to enlarge)

(Scroll to page 101 of this site, paragraph 2)

§ 212. Citizens and natives.

The citizens are the members of the civil society: bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. . . .

This is the definition, and intent, that was used by the Founding Fathers when they scribed the U.S. Constitution. And in fact, the men were the only ones recognized as ‘Citizens’ in those days. It wasn’t until around the 1830’s or 1840’s that WOMEN even showed up on the US Census. Certain ‘States’ started recognizing women has having rights around the same time frame of the 1830s. And it wasn’t until the 1920s that our U.S. Constitution was amended to give women  the full rights of citizenship. . . aka Voting.


More info on the definition of Natural Born Citizen


Page 101 from Laws of Nations by Vattel. (Click to enlarge)

The Conclusive Definition Of “Natural-Born Citizen”

Natural-born citizens of the United States are those who are citizens of the United States from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their American citizenship. These are those whose parents are citizens of the United States at the time of their birth.

Natural-born American citizens are those born of American citizen parents, on American Soil.

Their American citizenship is natural, the result of parentage, and not artificial or acquired by compliance with legislative provisions.

A natural-born citizen is one not made by law or otherwise, but born. And this class is the large majority, in fact, the mass of our citizens; all others are exceptions specially provided for by law.

A natural-born citizen is defined as one whose citizenship is established by the jurisdiction which the United States already has over the parents of the child, not what is thereafter acquired by choice of residence in this country.

Natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens and naturalized citizens, are those born in the United States of parents who are citizens.

Society not being able to subsist and perpetuate itself, but by the children of its citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children, and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent.

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Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Second Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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David Smudski

A message from Ted Hicks

Durham County GOP Chairman

Please support David Smudski for Durham Planning Commission

We have an urgent need for all of our trusted Durham GOP activists to contact the current members of the Durham Commissioners before their meeting next Tuesday, the 26th of April, when they will be voting to fill a vacancy which we hope to fill with one of our own.

Durham Planning Commission website

Dave Smudski, as most of you know, is our former GOP County Chair and long-time loyal activist.  He has applied to the planning commision and, if elected, will be one of only three Republicans currently serving on all of our Durham Government boards and commissions.

For 12 years before moving to Durham, Dave served in Hillsborough, NC on the Orange County Board of Adjustments where he became vitally aware of the role government plays in property rights and zoning laws.

Dave explains “The seat that I would be eligible for is currently held by Wendy Jacobs, who has served the Commission for a long time and represented her constituents well.”  Some believe that Wendy may be interested in running next year for the Board of County Commissioners.

Please take time to call and/or email the members listed below, especially Chairman Michael Page, Joe Bowser, and Brenda Howerton who are our most likely possible votes.  For the greatest impact we would prefer that each of you use your own uniquely worded emails and phone calls of support.

That being said, you could mention some or all of the following points:

  • Dave is qualified.  He served on the Orange County Board of Adjustments for 12 years.
  • Dave is dedicated & loyal.
  • Dave is a responsible, hard-working citizen who loves Durham.

Please see below for the email addresses and phone numbers for the folks we’d like you to call and/or email.  If we are going to turn the Durham GOP into a relevant factor in Durham politics, we have to get Republicans appointed to these boards.  This is the first opportunity to do so since I’ve become Chairman and I hope you’ll help me get Dave appointed.

Contact Information for Those We’d Like You to Contact. If you, and your friends can help, emails and phone calls supporting Dave’s appointment should be directed to:

Chairman – Rev. Michael D. Page  – (919) 361-2146        mpage@co.durham.nc.us

Also, to get distributed to the group –    commissioners@durhamcountync.gov

Vice Chair – Ellen Reckhow  – (919) 383-3883                  ereckhow@aol.com


Joe W. Bowser  – (919) 493-1229              jbowser2@nc.rr.com

Brenda Howerton  – (919) 544-4160     brendahowerton10@yahoo.com

Becky Heron – (919) 489-4402                 beckymheron@nc.rr.com

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty First Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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On Saturday USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi.


That, by itself, is a sadly unremarkable – though certainly noteworthy and solemn – occasion for us to mark.

And in fact when Sgt. Rogers’ body returned to Brandon it was greeted by hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of well-wishers who gathered at the roadside to honor the fallen American hero. The dashboard camera from Mississippi state trooper Elmo Townsend’s cruiser gives an indication of the scene last Thursday.

What is most notable about Sgt. Rogers’ funeral in Brandon, however, is what didn’t happen.

You see, the troglodytes from Westboro Baptist Church had threatened to spew their poison at Sgt. Rogers’ funeral.

But the Westboro mob wasn’t on the scene, and Sgt. Rogers was laid to rest without incident – thank God.

Why weren’t there protestors?

Planning ahead by the locals, as it turns out.

From an Ole Miss sports message board, a tidbit of information…

A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his arse waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.

Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.

A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.

Fred Phelps, the disbarred lawyer and Democrat activist who leads the Westboro congregation, will undoubtedly pursue some form of legal action for the way his people were thwarted in Brandon. Let him try. There isn’t a jury in Mississippi which will see things his way.

This is a template for how to handle the Westboro people. If lawsuits don’t work, other means will. Whatever it takes to keep them from harassing bereaved military families on the day their fallen loved ones are laid to rest.

UPDATE: Some of the feedback we’ve received from this piece came along the lines that it’s inappropriate to refer to Fred Phelps as a “Democrat activist.”

We stand by that characterization. If anything, it’s an understatement.

Fred Phelps ran for major office in Kansas as a Democrat no less than four times. He ran for governor on the Democrat ballot in 1990, 1994 and 1998 and for senator in 1992. Phelps received 11,000 votes, or seven percent, in 1990, he received 5,000 votes, or three percent, in 1994 and he picked up 15,000 votes, or 15 percent, in 1998. And in the senatorial contest in 1992 he garnered 49,000 votes, or 30 percent. Phelps furthermore ran as a Democrat candidate for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997.

Phelps also has been closely associated with Al Gore on several occasions throughout Gore’s career – Phelps’ son Fred, Jr. was a Gore delegate at the 1988 Democrat convention and the Phelpses hosted a Gore fundraiser in Topeka that year. Phelps claims that Westboro members “ran” Gore’s 1988 campaign in Kansas.

Phelps may not fit within the typical definition of “Democrat activist” some of our readers expect – but a six-time Democrat candidate is an activist Democrat. That is quite clear, as unknown to the public as it might be.

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Nineteenth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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150 years ago today marked the beginning of the US Civil War. America’s most deadly war too I might add. Over 600,000 Americans died during the conflict over “States Rights”.

An engraving of the Federal Fort Sumter being bombed on April 12, 1861. Click to enlarge.

Here’s a link to the National Parks Service site on Ft. Sumter

Where The American Civil War Began

Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

Wikipedia Page on the US Civil War

"It is the Veteran" artwork by local Artist Tom Gallo. Click to enlarge.


Today is also SilenceDogood2010’s Father’s Birthday.

Happy Birthday to SilenceDogood2010 Sr!

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twelfth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Long

Title: Organizer Organization: Triangle Conservatives Unite!

email: triangleconservativesunite@nc.rr.com

url: http://www.triangleconservativesunite.com

April 15th – Raleigh Tax Day Tea Party

Raleigh, NC – April 8, 2011 –Triangle Conservatives Unite! (TCU) will be hosting their annual Tax Day Tea Party at the Raleigh State Capitol on April 15, 2011 from 5:00pm until 7:30pm.
Triangle Conservatives Unite! is a conservative group made up of NC citizens who are tired of overspending, unbalanced budgets and government corruption. The idea for the Tax Day Tea Party was popularized in 2009. CNBC reporter Rick Santelli ranted about President Obama’s housing bailout plan. He stated that Chicago was holding a Tea Party, referring to the 1773 Boston Tea Party where colonial protesters dumped tea into the harbor to protest British taxes. Americans across the country responded to this “call to action” and Tea Parties have grown more popular each year.
Our Tea Party is sponsored by many conservative groups and businesses, including RUSH Radio 106.1. Our keynote speaker is Jason Lewis, also known as “America’s Mr. Right,” Jason Lewis is host of the nationally syndicated Jason Lewis Show. The Jason Lewis Show deals with the serious issues of politics, economics, and cultural affairs, but Jason’s sense of humor brings a good deal of levity to the show.
There are a number of other speakers including organizers, club leaders, politicians and community activists. The event will have a number of the clubs and groups who are sponsoring the event on-site. This event is open to the public, no matter what their political affiliation is, all conservatives are invited to attend. Please scroll down to see the full speaker/sponsor list. Thank you.

Event Details

Who: Triangle Conservatives Unite!

What: Raleigh Tax Day Tea Party

Where: Raleigh, NC – State Capitol

When: April 15, 2011 – 5:00pm until 7:30pm

Speaker List

Jason Lewis – RUSH Radio 106.1
Donna Williams – Northern Wake Republican Club
Bill Randall – Running for Congress, 2012
Dr. Greg Brannon – The Founder’s Truth
Randy Dye – Randy’s Right
Durham Tea Party
Rep. Glen Bradley
Felice Pete
Todd Gailas
Steve Henion – 1337
Terri Hardison – The Consitituion Party
Carmen – RUSH Radio
Tom Rhyne – GRNC (GrassRootsNC)
Ron Woodard – NCListen
Tim Johnson – Frederick Douglas Foundation
Dave Goetze – Franklin County GOP
Louis Stannard – Feet to the Fire



Triangle Conservatives Unite!
NC Listen
The Constitution Party
A Special Event
Guth Sound and Electrical Service
Jordan Lake Tours
Loggerhead Video
ACT! For America
Durham Tea Party
Greggofish Guide Service

And here is a printable PDF file of the event.


Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Eleventh Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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John Galt’s Speech (mini-version from Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ 1957) [ 964 words ]

For twelve years you’ve been asking “Who is John Galt?” This is John Galt speaking. I’m the man who’s taken away your victims and thus destroyed your world. You’ve heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis and that Man’s sins are destroying the world. But your chief virtue has been sacrifice, and you’ve demanded more sacrifices at every disaster. You’ve sacrificed justice to mercy and happiness to duty. So why should you be afraid of the world around you?

Your world is only the product of your sacrifices. While you were dragging the men who made your happiness possible to your sacrificial altars, I beat you to it. I reached them first and told them about the game you were playing and where it would take them. I explained the consequences of your ‘brother-love’ morality, which they had been too innocently generous to understand. You won’t find them now, when you need them more than ever.

We’re on strike against your creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties. If you want to know how I made them quit, I told them exactly what I’m telling you tonight. I taught them the morality of Reason — that it was right to pursue one’s own happiness as one’s principal goal in life. I don’t consider the pleasure of others my goal in life, nor do I consider my pleasure the goal of anyone else’s life.

I am a trader. I earn what I get in trade for what I produce. I ask for nothing more or nothing less than what I earn. That is justice. I don’t force anyone to trade with me; I only trade for mutual benefit. Force is the great evil that has no place in a rational world. One may never force another human to act against his/her judgment. If you deny a man’s right to Reason, you must also deny your right to your own judgment. Yet you have allowed your world to be run by means of force, by men who claim that fear and joy are equal incentives, but that fear and force are more practical.

You’ve allowed such men to occupy positions of power in your world by preaching that all men are evil from the moment they’re born. When men believe this, they see nothing wrong in acting in any way they please. The name of this absurdity is ‘original sin’. That’s impossible. That which is outside the possibility of choice is also outside the province of morality. To call sin that which is outside man’s choice is a mockery of justice. To say that men are born with a free will but with a tendency toward evil is ridiculous. If the tendency is one of choice, it doesn’t come at birth. If it is not a tendency of choice, then man’s will is not free.

And then there’s your ‘brother-love’ morality. Why is it moral to serve others, but not yourself? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but not by you? Why is it immoral to produce something of value and keep it for yourself, when it is moral for others who haven’t earned it to accept it? If it’s virtuous to give, isn’t it then selfish to take?

Your acceptance of the code of selflessness has made you fear the man who has a dollar less than you because it makes you feel that that dollar is rightfully his. You hate the man with a dollar more than you because the dollar he’s keeping is rightfully yours. Your code has made it impossible to know when to give and when to grab.

You know that you can’t give away everything and starve yourself. You’ve forced yourselves to live with undeserved, irrational guilt. Is it ever proper to help another man? No, if he demands it as his right or as a duty that you owe him. Yes, if it’s your own free choice based on your judgment of the value of that person and his struggle. This country wasn’t built by men who sought handouts. In its brilliant youth, this country showed the rest of the world what greatness was possible to Man and what happiness is possible on Earth.

Then it began apologizing for its greatness and began giving away its wealth, feeling guilty for having produced more than its neighbors. Twelve years ago, I saw what was wrong with the world and where the battle for Life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality and that my acceptance of that morality was its only power. I was the first of the men who refused to give up the pursuit of his own happiness in order to serve others.

To those of you who retain some remnant of dignity and the will to live your lives for yourselves, you have the chance to make the same choice. Examine your values and understand that you must choose one side or the other. Any compromise between good and evil only hurts the good and helps the evil.

If you’ve understood what I’ve said, stop supporting your destroyers. Don’t accept their philosophy. Your destroyers hold you by means of your endurance, your generosity, your innocence, and your love. Don’t exhaust yourself to help build the kind of world that you see around you now. In the name of the best within you, don’t sacrifice the world to those who will take away your happiness for it.

The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath:

I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for the sake of mine.

Text courtesy of Daryl J. Sroufe.   Source


I am John Galt!










Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Tenth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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