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There has been a lot of talk about nullification, both in the liberty-minded population of Tennessee and across the entire nation.   Thomas Woods, author of Nullification: How To Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, points out that “Jefferson himself introduced the word “nullification” into the American political lexicon, by which he meant the indispensable power of a state to refuse to allow an unconstitutional federal law to be enforced within its borders.”

Note to Tennessee General Assembly:  please direct yourself to the term “unconstitutional federal law.”  You know, unfunded mandates, tyrannical federal overreach into the state’s right to, well, be a state.  Obviously the Tennessee General Assembly, almost in its entirety, apparently read that as the “U.S. Constitution” when they recently voted to nullify the first amendment of the United States Constitution making free speech a criminal offense.

Oh yes, there are vague stipulations of someone else having to be offended or frightened by the one that is exercising their right free speech.  But what exactly does that mean?  Who guides that slide down the slippery slope? For an excellent summation of this new Tennessee law (that takes effect in 2 weeks!), please read Tennessee Outlaws Jerks by Lesley Swann.

The Tennessee General Assembly is an embarrassment to the people of Tennessee that put them there.  Unbelievable.

Glenn Jacobs, will be the guest speaker at the May 19th meeting of the Rhea County Liberty Alliance.  Glenn will be speaking on the topic:  Austrian Economics and the Free Market.

The meeting marks the first public education meeting hosted by the RCLA.  Attendance is FREE to the public but seating is very limited.  RSVPs are highly suggested to insure a seat at this meeting.  You may RSVP HERE.

Come and join us at the Heartland Grille at 3771 Rhea County Highway in South Dayton.  Introductions and talk will begin promptly at 7 pm, but try to come early to grab a great meal and enjoy some fellowship.

As municipalities around the country and region continue to experiment with revenue producing red light cameras, and several state legislatures and courts wrestle with the constitutionality of such beasts, more recent information is available for review and download from the TLA site.  Visit our  ARTICLES page to see recent articles and research by Dale Gedcke, PhD.   Dr. Gedcke is a marketing and technical consultant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He  has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy in the research of these tools of the state.

The state Constitution and state law requires publication of  legal notices. That is because if the government is going to take some action to limit or change our rights, or take away our property it must go out and seek to provide public notice to the citizens of the potential action.  It is not  mandatory that you read it but a good faith effort must be made by the state to provide the information.

This year several bills have the State Legislature considering doing away with the publication of public notices in local newspapers in order to save money.

Before you conclude that is a good idea, take a look at some facts and read further in this Tennessean guest editorial by Rep. Susan Lynn.

As the 107th General Assembly begins work this year in Nashville, there seems to be some genuine interest in effecting some redlight camera legislation that would have some impact in Tennessee.  These recently introduced bills range from limiting their use and revenue allocation to downright making them illegal.

Reps. Ryan Haynes and John Ragan were on hand Thursday night at the January TLA meeting and spoke of their different approaches to a sore subject to many in Tennessee.  Rep. Haynes approach is a bill (HB 0061) to amend the TCA that “prohibits issuance of speeding tickets based solely on evidence from traffic enforcement camera.”  Rep. Ragan’s approach to the same subject is to tightly restrict the appropriation of the revenues generated by surveillance cameras to education.  His bill (HB0033), “requires that 95 percent of revenue from traffic violations resulting from traffic surveillance cameras be earmarked solely for educational needs of local governing entity.”

In the senate, Sen. Stacey Campfield, also present at Thursday’s meeting, has introduced legislation (SB0054) that “prohibits a traffic citation in Knox County for not coming to a complete stop before turning right on red at certain intersections that is based solely on evidence from a traffic surveillance camera.”  This bill has been spotlighted on WBIR in Knoxville recently.  A video is available on Campfield’s blog for viewing.

Rep. Frank Niceley, from Stawberry Plains, was also on hand at the meeting.  He and Rep. Haynes presented a broad overview as to what to expect from the General Assembly this year.

It was revealed today that Homeland Security has been tapped for the support of President Obama’s health care plan.

Sources close to Homeland Security Czar Janet Napolitano told us, under condition of strict anonymity, that the Transportation Security Administration has been ordered to train and supply as many as one thousand of their personnel to bridge the expected shortfall of qualified medical providers when the new universal health plan is enacted.

“One of the biggest concerns of the White House is that there will be a considerable dropout rate of physicians from the medical profession once Obamacare firmly takes effect,” sources state, “and the TSA has been enlisted to fill that anticipated gap.”

By providing on the job training in physical examination skills, the TSA will be able to provide semi-qualified practitioners that will be “adept in basic medical screening exams”, sources went on to say.

“Some of the most feared diseases of breast cancer and testicular cancer will be averted with early and repeated examinations conducted by these TSA practitioners-in-training during all scheduled air travel.”, one source is quoted. “This will free the doctors who remain loyal to the new health plan to concentrate on more important health concerns such as treating the common cold and administering mandatory flu vaccinations.”

It was also learned that rectal and prostate cancer screening techniques, while being slow to evolve, are currently on the O.J.T. curriculum short list. It is hoped these training guidelines will be in effect in time to incorporate the Christmas travel rush, thus saving countless lives. Techniques to incorporate PAP smears are also in the works for future implementation.

When approached with this news, some congressional leaders that have been forced to consider a formal review of the expanded TSA pat down policies told us that this should “put to rest” any large public objection to these techniques as it has “become obvious that the goal is truly to save lives.”

While other congressional leaders expressed concern that the selection techniques definitely need some tuning as the vast majority of current enhanced pat down examinations are reserved for young and attractive passengers.

“I guess it is easier to training on firm, healthy bodies than those less virile.”, one leader quipped. “We do need to expand these examinations to everyone, though. I’d hate for my mother to be missed.”

In addition, it is expected that this will save an enormous amount of healthcare dollars, as these examinations will be performed at no cost to the travelling public, thus eliminating the need to fund these very important health screenings. This is considered a side benefit that will ultimately provide extra funding for more pressing concerns such as elevating the pay-scale of members of congress.

One leader, who again required anonymity, was quite philosophical about the entire thing. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, she hoped that the American people would see beyond the early inconveniences of these exams and see the greater good: ” ‘Nothing in nature is exhausted in its first use. When a thing has served an end to the uttermost, it is wholly new for an ulterior service. In God, every end is converted into new means.’ ”

This writer is still skeptical and would rather quote Ronald Reagan: ‘The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

The vote to elect the next speaker of the Tennessee General Assembly will be cast Thursday, November 18th. There is a possibility of Rep. Beth Harwell to be elected to this position. While Ms. Harwell is a ‘republican’, she has less than a good record for voting for limited government, and liberty-minded issues. The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty is strongly asking your support in assuring Ms. Harwell’s defeat, and asks all of us to contact their elected representative ASAP and demand a ‘NO’ vote for her as speaker.

The telephone number to call is 615-741-7450 – ask to be connected to your representative immediately.

Senator Bob Corker is touring the state of Tennessee and sharing his vast financial knowledge  and experience regarding the current credit/debt crisis. He brings with him the infamous powerpoint presentation that colorfully outlines the crisis for all eyes to see.

So far so good.

Unfortunately, the good senator fails to address the main suspect in this debt crime against the American people — the Federal Reserve.   The only ‘nice’ reason I can think of for him to fail in his message is because he just does not understand how the Fed effects government spending.  Other reasons are left to the rest of you to pontificate upon.

Case in point, when Sen. Corker was interviewed on the Morning News Show for WWTM in Nashville on Wednesday and was asked what he thought about auditing the Fed and whether that had anything to do with spending, he plainly stated, “ya know, auditing the Fed has nothing to do with spending, ok…”.   To hear this nonsensical statement, click here.

Now this comes from a man, excuse me, senator who sits on the  Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.   How does he not realize that the out of control spending  of the Fed through printing more money to buy the ever increasing tab of this congress has led to an astromically severe overspending and debt crisis that affects not only this country but the financial stability of the world?   By NOT auditing the Fed (which Corker adds within his interview is already being done), they have no compelling reason to share with the people how they are investing and with whom.  This a huge point of contention with the growing ‘End The Fed’ population.  A population that Corker will certainly hear plenty from as he tours the state the rest of this week.

So how would auditing the Fed control spending?  If the Fed were to be competely audited (not a pseudo-audit as Corker espouses) they would be prevented (this according to even the anti-audit the fed arm of congress) from monetizing the debt that is being generated by the overspending of this administration (as well as past administrations, lest you think I believe the Bush administration and past republican led congress were clean in any of this).  If the debt was not monetized by the Fed, congress would not be able to spend  billions of dollars that it does not have…at least not without consequences.

Well, at least the GOP did not take over the senate, and Corker won’t be the chairman of the committee he sits upon.  But rumors are flying that Corker is considering a run for POTUS in 2012.  That probably would be a more appropriate place for him.  Presidents don’t have to know anything.  Good luck on that gig, Bob.