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    pay for his support so surely there is money flowing all over to help get Cantor elected He really doesn t have much else going for him Oh and Delegate Loupassi Eric Cantor is no Tom Bliley htt en wikipedia org wiki Thomas J Bliley Jr Honesty and integrity Pft Have you been paying attention at ALL G Manoli Loupassi Posted in Politics Comments 0 April 3rd 2014 Free Speech and Money in Politics On March 2 the Supreme Court of the United States SCOTUS announced their opinion in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission with the majority siding with McCutcheon It was the right decision based on the law and the first principles of free society that our Constitution is based upon I agree with Ilya Shapiro that the most troubling aspect of the opinion is that four of five justices wanted to side with the Federal Election Commission But similar to the Citizens United case there has been a cry of outrage over the decision claiming that elections will now be decided by the highest bidder Predictably Common Cause has claimed that the court laid out a welcome mat for corruption the Brennan Center for Justice says that it will marginalize the average voter and Charles Rangel terms it no less than a threat to our democracy I m sure he was referring to our method of democratically electing representatives since I m sure Rangel knows our system of government is a Republic not a Democracy These reactions are expected but what may be surprising is the number of self identified conservatives condemning the decision in similar terms Jeff Katz billed as a conservative commentator on Richmond s WRVA radio told his audience yesterday that it means our elections will now go to the highest bidder John McCain said he was disappointed in the decision and that I predict that as a result of recent court decisions there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again I won t go into the specifics of the decision or the various nuances suffice it to say the that Court rightly found that the aggregate limits did nothing to prevent corruption But a basic understanding of our current political climate should make it obvious that anyone with even the slightest interest in having a limited Federal government should be applauding this decision That s because any limits on private funding of political influence only serve to expand the State First it s important to understand that grassroots that includes the average voter that Rangel falsely claims is being hurt can always trump money That s because while it s true that politicians need money to run their campaigns if they cannot get voters to support them their political life is dead So even the threat from enough constituents that the next election will fail is enough to influence a politician s decisions and it overrides any considerations from large donors After all there are no quid pro quo promises to these donors that s still illegal and always will be Second the real power of money in politics is the ability to influence the voters Slick issue campaigns from advocacy groups really do have an impact And that goes back to the first point when these campaigns can get enough average voters to contact their representative with their opinion politicians listen These are the votes they need to keep their job Third it s the private money that is needed to combat the State funding used to influence public opinion The state can use its money that is the money taken from taxpayers by force as opposed to voluntary contributions to campaigns and committees in various ways Bureaucracies can influence the media both implicitly and explicitly They can insure that when a bureaucrat releases a report the mainstream media will pick it up and report it as fact They can decide who gets access to Washington newsmakers which media outlets are allowed access to public airwaves and which media outlets get preferred tax status or even direct funding But these are the obvious ways that taxpayer dollars are used to influence the public along with blatant ones like public service campaigns And the public is generally mistrustful of government these days anyway and are becoming increasingly mistrustful of the mainstream media as well That is a well known phenomenon and government has found a way around it It was easy to do once it s known who it is the public actually trusts And that trusted information comes from the NGOs Non governmental organizations In fact these organizations are trusted more than governments in nearly every part of the world I guess people assume that when an organization is a non profit or that they are above politics because they only care about certain specific social issues that they must be trustworthy So this is the technique the Federal government often uses to get its message out to the public It s why so many NGOs now have addresses on K Street the go to location for Washington lobbyists And the funding comes from government grants So if you are a politician or a government bureaucrat and you want the public to hear and trust your message you set up a new NGO or select an existing friendly one design a grant tailor made for that NGO and you have a trusted organization shaping public opinion This is why big state advocates like Bernie Sanders John McCain and yes even Jeff Katz are outraged that people can now use their own money to fund any number of like minded politicians and political committees because it undermines their efforts to control public opinion determine the choice of politicians available for the public to choose from and inevitably expand the power and reach of the Federal government Posted in Politics Comments 0 March 19th 2014 GOP Suicide Pact goes local

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Healthy Eating
    chia seeds provide excellent vegetarian options 3 Extra virgin cold pressed organic olive and coconut oils Fresh organic oils are very tasty beautifully rich in aroma and fragrance It s important to know that all oils should have a best before date so always use fresh oils well before this date Olive and coconut oils can be used to make a wide array of healthy salad dressings drizzled over steamed vegetables or used for dipping You can use organic extra virgin coconut oil for making sweet treats Unlike other oils when placed in the fridge or freezer coconut oil will go hard and set 4 Seeds Sesame sunflower chia pumpkin seeds There are such a wide variety of delicious seeds available Each kind of seed has its own distinct flavor and can be used to add variety to your cooking When you are healing grind them up to make them easier on your digestion I grind linseed sunflower and almond seeds to make LSA which I use on everything Sprinkle them on salads or add to breakfast smoothies and cereal 5 Honey or unrefined sugar substitute Sweets are an important part of the 4 tastes of the palate sweet salty savory and bitter but should be eaten sparingly Always look for unrefined sugar Organic honey in it s natural form is the healthiest choice and delicious as a natural sweetener Other vegetarian alternatives are stevia coconut sugar maple syrup Grade B only or coconut nectar Best to opt for organic brands to minimize the processing Avoid highly refined processed sugar and zero calorie sugar substitutes like aspartame equal and nutra sweet as these are toxic for your body 6 Lemons or limes These little gems made this list because fresh lemons are so versatile I like to start my day by drinking a detoxifying warm lemon water drink by squeezing a quarter of a lemon into a big glass of warm filtered water Try lemons cut into wedges and squeezed over salads and soups for extra flavor and yummy zing 7 Sea salt Real sea salt is unrefined salt which has been taken directly from the sea and dehydrated by the sun forming a beautiful crystalline structure It s ultra rich in micronutrients and totally delicious If you haven t made the switch from using highly refined regular white table salt to natural sea salt yet I urge you to do so today You can substitute sea salt for table salt in both your savory and sweet cooking Your health your body and your taste buds truly will thank you for it 8 Herbs Using either fresh or dried herbs can transform your cooking as they add new taste sensations to your food They can take your cooking from every day food to something quite gourmet Buy your herbs straight from a greengrocers or local food market For the adventurous try growing your own Some of my favorites are fresh parsley coriander basil and dill 9 Apple cider vinegar ACV

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Uncategorized
    butter seaweed micro algae E3 Live Warrior protein powder hemp products and organic chia seeds provide excellent vegetarian options 3 Extra virgin cold pressed organic olive and coconut oils Fresh organic oils are very tasty beautifully rich in aroma and fragrance It s important to know that all oils should have a best before date so always use fresh oils well before this date Olive and coconut oils can be used to make a wide array of healthy salad dressings drizzled over steamed vegetables or used for dipping You can use organic extra virgin coconut oil for making sweet treats Unlike other oils when placed in the fridge or freezer coconut oil will go hard and set 4 Seeds Sesame sunflower chia pumpkin seeds There are such a wide variety of delicious seeds available Each kind of seed has its own distinct flavor and can be used to add variety to your cooking When you are healing grind them up to make them easier on your digestion I grind linseed sunflower and almond seeds to make LSA which I use on everything Sprinkle them on salads or add to breakfast smoothies and cereal 5 Honey or unrefined sugar substitute Sweets are an important part of the 4 tastes of the palate sweet salty savory and bitter but should be eaten sparingly Always look for unrefined sugar Organic honey in it s natural form is the healthiest choice and delicious as a natural sweetener Other vegetarian alternatives are stevia coconut sugar maple syrup Grade B only or coconut nectar Best to opt for organic brands to minimize the processing Avoid highly refined processed sugar and zero calorie sugar substitutes like aspartame equal and nutra sweet as these are toxic for your body 6 Lemons or limes These little gems made this list because fresh lemons are so versatile I like to start my day by drinking a detoxifying warm lemon water drink by squeezing a quarter of a lemon into a big glass of warm filtered water Try lemons cut into wedges and squeezed over salads and soups for extra flavor and yummy zing 7 Sea salt Real sea salt is unrefined salt which has been taken directly from the sea and dehydrated by the sun forming a beautiful crystalline structure It s ultra rich in micronutrients and totally delicious If you haven t made the switch from using highly refined regular white table salt to natural sea salt yet I urge you to do so today You can substitute sea salt for table salt in both your savory and sweet cooking Your health your body and your taste buds truly will thank you for it 8 Herbs Using either fresh or dried herbs can transform your cooking as they add new taste sensations to your food They can take your cooking from every day food to something quite gourmet Buy your herbs straight from a greengrocers or local food market For the adventurous try growing your own Some of my

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Manoli Loupassi sells out
    the heir apparent to Virginia s David Satterfield a Southern Democrat that held the seat after his father Dave E Satterfield retired So Loupassi s claim that Eric Cantor owns this seat is to claim Eric is heir apparent to a legacy of Southern conservative Democrats The switch from Southern Democrat to Republican is a thin facade the seat is a symbol of Aristocracy and Manoli Loupassi has evoked that Aristocratic Legacy with Eric Cantor as the Crowned Prince Sorry Mr Loupassi but this is not aristocracy and we have fought many wars to ensure that it does not become one It is exceeding disingenuous for you to assume now of all times that we should head in that direction I urge all of my readers to follow the money on this one We all know that Eric Cantor is flush with cash it is after all the wealthiest of Washington elites that pay for his support so surely there is money flowing all over to help get Cantor elected He really doesn t have much else going for him Oh and Delegate Loupassi Eric Cantor is no Tom Bliley htt en wikipedia org wiki Thomas J Bliley Jr Honesty

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Politics
    trusted organization shaping public opinion This is why big state advocates like Bernie Sanders John McCain and yes even Jeff Katz are outraged that people can now use their own money to fund any number of like minded politicians and political committees because it undermines their efforts to control public opinion determine the choice of politicians available for the public to choose from and inevitably expand the power and reach of the Federal government Posted in Politics Comments 0 March 19th 2014 GOP Suicide Pact goes local On Wednesday night I witnessed the GOP Suicide Pact in action Melissa Heath I hope I got her name right stood in front of the Richmond GOP mass meeting and told the attendees the story of how she wasn t able to vote in conventions and wanted primaries and her solution to that was to deny a whole group of duly filed delegates the ability to vote Except a few people she had hand picked She presented her slate and then the chairman called for a vote on the motion I ve never seen such a wanton display of hypocrisy A bu nch of people most of whom had never been around the Richmond Republican events before voted in her favor directed by a guy with a gigantic white professionally printed sign with Vote Yes on one side and Vote No on the other It appeared that this vote director was ineligible to vote a the meeting himself They even excluded dedicated members of the Richmond GOP committee including the hardest working member of the party a campaigner so effective you could track where he was responsible for the ground campaigns by the anomolously higher Republican voter turnout for the precincts The group of voters could not be shamed into changing even a single vote or allowing even a single delegate not on the Melissa slate to have a voice they effectively silenced every one of them directed by white sign guy It was a sad sight to watch sort of akin to watching a grey old man struggle for every breath on his death bed while a group of ungrateful heirs stand around wishing him to get on with it already This is how a party dies Posted in Politics Comments 0 December 6th 2012 Rob Bell Not for Liberty I received an email today from Rob Bell who is running for Attorney General in Virginia It frightens me that someone with Rob Bell s viewpoint would be the man in charge of law enforcement in Virginia It should frighten you as well especially in a state with a long tradition of opposing tyranny rather than promoting it Let s go over each of Bell s issues and it will be clear to see why he is wrong on every single one of them Rob Bell Candidate for Virginia Attorney General Texting While Driving The General Assembly foolishly created a new crime called texting while driving We can all agree that the

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Free Speech and Money in Politics
    be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again I won t go into the specifics of the decision or the various nuances suffice it to say the that Court rightly found that the aggregate limits did nothing to prevent corruption But a basic understanding of our current political climate should make it obvious that anyone with even the slightest interest in having a limited Federal government should be applauding this decision That s because any limits on private funding of political influence only serve to expand the State First it s important to understand that grassroots that includes the average voter that Rangel falsely claims is being hurt can always trump money That s because while it s true that politicians need money to run their campaigns if they cannot get voters to support them their political life is dead So even the threat from enough constituents that the next election will fail is enough to influence a politician s decisions and it overrides any considerations from large donors After all there are no quid pro quo promises to these donors that s still illegal and always will be Second the real power of money in politics is the ability to influence the voters Slick issue campaigns from advocacy groups really do have an impact And that goes back to the first point when these campaigns can get enough average voters to contact their representative with their opinion politicians listen These are the votes they need to keep their job Third it s the private money that is needed to combat the State funding used to influence public opinion The state can use its money that is the money taken from taxpayers by force as opposed to voluntary contributions to campaigns and committees in various ways Bureaucracies can influence the media both implicitly and explicitly They can insure that when a bureaucrat releases a report the mainstream media will pick it up and report it as fact They can decide who gets access to Washington newsmakers which media outlets are allowed access to public airwaves and which media outlets get preferred tax status or even direct funding But these are the obvious ways that taxpayer dollars are used to influence the public along with blatant ones like public service campaigns And the public is generally mistrustful of government these days anyway and are becoming increasingly mistrustful of the mainstream media as well That is a well known phenomenon and government has found a way around it It was easy to do once it s known who it is the public actually trusts And that trusted information comes from the NGOs Non governmental organizations In fact these organizations are trusted more than governments in nearly every part of the world I guess people assume that when an organization is a non profit or that they are above politics because they only care about certain specific social issues that

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  • Lizard's Weblog » GOP Suicide Pact goes local
    for a vote on the motion I ve never seen such a wanton display of hypocrisy A bu nch of people most of whom had never been around the Richmond Republican events before voted in her favor directed by a guy with a gigantic white professionally printed sign with Vote Yes on one side and Vote No on the other It appeared that this vote director was ineligible to vote a the meeting himself They even excluded dedicated members of the Richmond GOP committee including the hardest working member of the party a campaigner so effective you could track where he was responsible for the ground campaigns by the anomolously higher Republican voter turnout for the precincts The group of voters could not be shamed into changing even a single vote or allowing even a single delegate not on the Melissa slate to have a voice they effectively silenced every one of them directed by white sign guy It was a sad sight to watch sort of akin to watching a grey old man struggle for every breath on his death bed while a group of ungrateful heirs stand around wishing him to get on with it already This is

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  • Lizard's Weblog » Rob Bell: Not for Liberty
    do not need is to ask our state and local law enforcement officers to spend their time monitoring the private activity of citizens ready to take away their freedom for what amounts to a victimless pre crime Cigarette Trafficking Now that the State has created a black market by oppressive regulation Bell has decided they need a bigger club to help enforce their market intervention Smoking is a nasty habit but a legal one Certainly the State has the right to regulate commerce in a fair and open manner But when a black market emerges in a specific sector it should be a signal that regulation has gone too far not that the state needs strickter rules and to create new business for the prison industrial complex Bell has said he would like to prosecute activities that he terms cigarette trafficking as organized crime imposing penalties stricter than the ones for armed robbery rape and some murders The signal from this idea is that the financial interests of the state come before protecting the citizens No one associates cigarette trafficking with gang executions and protection rackets that actually create victims There is no victim being protected here but the State treasury If it s your priority to protect revenues and regulation more vigorously than protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth you are promoting tyranny not defending against it Financial Exploitation of Incapacitated Adults It s easy to get emotional about this issue and when it happens people want to react with vengeance But laws should be passed and enforced dispassionately and rationally in spite of politician s willingness to exploit constituents emotions to secure support The Crime Commission s study was directed by the General Assembly in the last session Not surprisingly the Commission recommended an expansion of laws and

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