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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Longbranch Pennywhistle Pre-Eagles Frey and Souther

Glenn Frey, teamed with J.D. Souther, 1969 before the Eagles were formed. Jackson Browne lived in a downstairs apartment from Glenn and J.D.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Is she real?

Computer animation character in Japan.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

South African rock 1968..

Loved it then, as now:

Later in 1970 this was a hit, and it seemed like an entire generation hit the road, made love with life and each other, and loved America....

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Nitro High School WV News, Updates, Obits, Notable

Shelba Childers, 75, of Nitro went to be with her Lord and Savior January 10, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice West following a short illness. Shelba was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., June 13, 1936, a daughter of the late Samuel and Lillian Reed. Mrs. Childers and her husband owned Shelba's Dress Shops of Dunbar, Parkersburg, Beckley and Madison. Shelba's Dress Shops were the first fashion shop for plus-sized women established in West Virginia. Shelba was a longtime and faithful member of Cross Lanes Bible Church. She loved spending time with her family and friends, whether it was having lunch together or singing her favorite hymns. Shelba attended Tennessee Temple, University of Georgia and Radford College, and received her bachelor's degree in accounting from West Virginia State College. Shelba is survived by her son and his wife, Todd Childers and Carol Childers of Cross Lanes; and two granddaughters, Sydni Brooke Childers and Courtni Paige Childers. Preceding her in death are her husband, Dr. Robert D. Childers Sr.; son, Robert D. Childers Jr.; and infant brother, Mitchell Reed.

Cecil M. Spence, 74, of Cross Lanes passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012, after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer. Cecil was born April 3, 1937, and spent his whole life in Cross Lanes. He was a proud U.S. Army Reserves veteran with 28 years of service. He was retired from the Federal Government, U.S. Army maintenance, where he worked as a supervisor at the Cross Lanes Army Maintenance Shop. He was a Christian and attended Cross Lanes United Methodist Church. Cecil loved to spend his Saturdays attending auctions and met many good friends this way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Goldie and Herbert Spence; sisters, Emilee Spence Denkins and Bessie Spence Schoolcraft; and brothers, Ronald Spence and Charles Spence. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Roberta M. Spence; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Betty Lou Harrison, 80, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2012, in Hubbard Hospice House West. Betty was a Christian and a member of Rock Branch Independent Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Mr. Robert E. Lee Harrison; children, Connie Harrison Chambers of Nitro and Bobby Harrison of Virginia; grandchildren, Nathaniel Chambers and Cody Harrison; and great-grandchildren, Alexxis, Brogan and Alden.

Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Summers, 95, of Cross Lanes passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012, after a short illness. He was born May 9, 1916, in Fayette County. He attended Charleston High School and the University of Charleston, then Morris Harvey College. He served in the United States Army, and was a decorated World War II veteran. Bob was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways, where he was a drafting supervisor. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Bob was an avid bowler, once bowling a perfect 300 game. He was also an avid golfer, once making a hole-in-one at the age of 79. He bowled and golfed until he was 89. One of Bob's greatest passions was used car shopping while taking his daily drive. Earlier in his life, other hobbies included tennis, ping pong, pool, semi-pro league baseball, basketball, softball, repairing stereo equipment and automobiles and collecting 78 RPM records. He loved music, and played the organ, piano, violin and ukulele. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Emma Summers; and brother, William Summers. He is survived by his wife, Eva Mae Summers; daughters, Barbara Summers Barnes of Cross Lanes and Pam Summers of South Charleston; grandchildren, Robert Summers Barnes and wife, Annemarie, of Dunbar and Malinda Barnes Kyrkos and husband, Vassili, of New York City, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Alice Legg of Cross Lanes; and great-grandchildren, Althea Maria and Robert Francis Barnes.

Joyce Ann Nickelson Cunningham, 59, of Flagler Beach, Fla., originally of Cross Lanes, died Dec. 17, 2011. She is survived by three children, Craig and Shawn Cunningham of Palm Coast, Fla., and Kristy Phillips of Covington, La.; one special nephew, Tim McDaniel of Palm Coast; and sister, Joan Nickelson Fulwider of Flagler Beach, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Dolly Nickelson of Cross Lanes.

The following article published by Kate White


Bill Fortune, 67, places a frozen turkey into a grocery cart with other food that was distributed at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro. He said they'd like to be able to provide for everyone but keeps their services more manageable by staying in Nitro.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While many are inspired to help others who are less fortunate during the Christmas season, a Nitro couple has the holiday spirit of giving year-round.

Bill and Fran Fortune took over operation of the Nitro food pantry in 2007 and formed the Nitro Mission Team, where they are on-call 24 hours a day.

"I think this is our calling," said Bill Fortune, 67. "We've always liked to help people out in difficult situations, and we've always been organizers in anything we get into."

Fran Fortune, 68, said she remembers getting a call one snowy night last year from a lady who was stranded and didn't have anywhere to stay.

"It was so bad out there that we couldn't get out, so we called the local motel here in town and set up a room for her to stay," she said.

People around Nitro knew who to tell the woman to call.

"People know us around here, even the police and the churches tell people to call us," she said.

Bill Fortune was a teacher in the Nitro area for 33 years and still works as a substitute from time to time. Fran Fortune has lived in Nitro all of her life.

"We know about everybody in town," he said.

That knowledge allowed the couple to break the boundaries of church denominations and bring congregations in Nitro together for a good cause.

"In the whole town there are 19 churches, and we get a good amount of them participating financially or volunteering in different ways," Bill Fortune said.

To be able to make an impact where they live, the Fortune's focus on helping people in the Nitro area.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Mary Frances Crawford Bailey, age 87, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Charleston, W.Va., the eldest daughter of James Ernest Crawford Jr., and Frances Nash Crawford. She graduated from Nitro High School, in Nitro, W.Va., in the class of 1942. Mary Frances was a member of First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack L. Bailey, a former WWII Prisoner-of War, who died on Jan. 4, 2003; and a sister, Carol Ernestine Crawford Frye, who died in June 1998. Jack and Mary Frances were married for 60 years. They moved to Oak Ridge with their young children in 1951 from Nitro, W.Va. At one time she was a very active bridge player and always enjoyed hosting their many friends in their home. After retirement, they enjoyed travelling and visited 48 of the 50 states. Their favorite vacation spot was Long Boat Key, Fla. After raising her children, Mary Frances entered the work force and spent 24 years at Y-12 Federal Credit Union, retiring as loan services manager in 1986. She thoroughly enjoyed her career and the people she worked with during her time at Y-12 Credit Union. She was also a member of Altrusa International for a number of years. She is survived by her son, Jack l. Bailey Jr. (Pat), of Oak Ridge; and a daughter, Julia Ann “Judy” Bailey, also of Oak Ridge; sister, Patricia Crawford Logan (Tom) of Escondido, Calif.; three grandchildren, Kenneth H. Self Jr. (Carol) of Oak Ridge, Katherine Bailey Price (Todd) of Aiken, S.C., and Darrell Scott Bailey of Dallas, Texas; and three great-grandchildren, Madison Self of Oak Ridge and Charlie and Claire Price of Aiken, S.C.; and very special friend, Clifford Smith. Source http://www.oakridger.com/obituaries/x1658263762/Mary-Frances-Bailey

Thelma A. Harris Bailey, 79, of Cross Lanes passed away on Friday December 16, 2011, at Valley Health Center following a long illness. Born July 28, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Rachael Harris. Thelma was a retired office clerk for the WV Department of Highways, a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Cross Lanes. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Ray Bailey; and son-in-law, Mark Christian. Survivors include sons, Larry (Marsha) Bailey of Cross Lanes, and Garland (Janet) Bailey of Cross Lanes; "adopted" son, Robert (Jennifer) Harden of North Carolina; daughters, Karen Bailey (Bill Lemon) Lemon of Cross Lanes, Brenda Bailey (Larry) Miller of Cross Lanes, Glenda Bailey of Nitro, and Jeannie Bailey Christian of Cross Lanes; brother, Howard Denvil Harris of Ripley; sister, Talma "Dee" Turpin of Dunbar; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ellawe Rebecca "Becky" Holmes, 87, of Nitro passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was a 57 year resident of Nitro; a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; and a member of the Nitro Church of God, where she had lead a ladies exercise class for many years. Becky is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Eugene C. Holmes; her son, Gary Holmes and wife, Carol, of Eleanor; grandsons, Scott Holmes and wife, Amie, and Jeremy Holmes and girlfriend, Kim; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Holmes and Emma Holmes. A service to celebrate Becky's life will be held at noon Friday, December 16, 2011 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with Pastor Rob VanFossen and Pastor David McCormick officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Christina Spanos, 80, of Nitro passed away early Friday morning on December 9, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following complications of a short, but hard fought, illness. She was born January 24, 1931, in Detroit, Mich., to her loving Greek immigrant parents, George Dallakouras and Katina Argiropoulos. Shortly after graduating from Wayne State University, where she played violin in the school orchestra, she met and later married Dr. Michael G. Spanos, the one and only love of her life, and eventually they settled in West Virginia as their permanent home. After his untimely death in 1964, she returned to school and earned her degree in education from West Virginia State College and later her master's at WVU. She taught in the Kanawha County school system at West Sattes Elementary and Nitro Elementary until her retirement in 1989. She continued to work after retirement, tutoring students in math and English and volunteered as an IRS tax return preparer through the 1990s. She is survived by her loving son, George Michael, and now peacefully resides in the house of the Lord, reunited after 47 devoted years with the one and only love of her life for all eternity.

Madaline Virginia Barnett Jones of Hurricane passed away on December 7, 2011. Born December 8, 1929 in Nitro, she was a daughter of the late Charles O. and Orpha Barnett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest K. "Kenneth" Jones; her brothers, Grover Cleveland Barnett, Harold Barnett and Charles Barnett; sisters, Iva Mae Barnett Thomas, Genevieve Barnett Cottrill and Mary Jane Barnett Hill. Educated in Nitro schools, she was a former employee of W.W. Mack Company and Kroger, both of Nitro. In her later years, she was a dedicated homemaker and mother. She was a Girl Scout den mother and was a past president of the PTA at Rock Branch Elementary School during her daughters' school years. She was reborn March 18, 1959, and was a member of the WV Home Mission Church, East Nitro, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. Surviving are her daughters, Linda Hoffman (John) of Winfield, and Sue Bailey (Stephen King) of Houston, Texas; a grandson, Ryan Hoffman (Emily) of Hurricane; brother-in-law, Dennis H. Jones of Hurricane; brothers, Franklin R. Barnett, Dempsey Barnett and Gene Barnett, all of Hometown; and several nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann Payne Hammond, 80, of Big Tyler went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Perrow Presbyterian Church and was attending Nitro Presbyterian. Jo Ann retired from Kanawha Valley Radiologists in 1986 to care for her mother. In later years, she cared for her great-granddaughter while living in Florida with her daughter and family for months at a time. She was an avid bowler and a former West Virginia State Singles Champion. She shared her love of bowling as an instructor at Towne & Country Lanes. She was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Hammond; her parents, John T. and Martha Turner Payne; her infant twin daughter, Helen Jan; her sister, Maxine Payne West; and her brother, John R. "Jack" Payne. Jo Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nan Hammond and Randy Milholen; granddaughter, Nikki and husband, Don Heaton; and great granddaughter, Makenzi, all of Port Orange, Fla. Jo Ann is also survived by her brother, Ralph Payne and wife, Ginnie, of Pensacola, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

William L. "Bill" Cummings, 62, of Nitro died December 4, 2011 at Hospice West, South Charleston. He was born August 9, 1949 and was preceded in death by his son, William Jr. Bill was a former employee of the City of Nitro and Cunningham Memorial Park, and was a member of Nitro Moose. He is survived by his companion, Peggy Belcher; daughter, Tammy Cummings Harris; brother, Mike Cummings; sisters, Brenda Cummings Jeffers, Lizetta Cummings Withrow and Carolyn Cummings Taylor; four grandchildren; and many friends.

Dorothy Hill Shamblin passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Born on June 10, 1910, She was a lifelong resident of Nitro. She was predeceased by her children, James 'Sonny' Jefferies of Nitro and Jacqueline Dayhaw of Tampa, Fla. She is survived by her grandchildren, Jeff Harbour of East Lynn, Janellen Knof of Oldsmar, Fla., John Harbour of Middleton, Wis., Donna Landan of Hurricane, and Michael Jefferies of Rock Hill, S.C.; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties

"Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties By Bill Quigley

December 01, 2011 "Information Clearing House" -- The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are twenty examples of serious assaults on the domestic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience that have occurred since the Obama administration has assumed power. Consider these and then decide if there is any fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties.

Patriot Act

On May 27, 2011, President Obama, over widespread bipartisan objections, approved a Congressional four year extension of controversial parts of the Patriot Act that were set to expire. In March of 2010, Obama signed a similar extension of the Patriot Act for one year. These provisions allow the government, with permission from a special secret court, to seize records without the owner’s knowledge, conduct secret surveillance of suspicious people who have no known ties to terrorist groups and to obtain secret roving wiretaps on people. Criminalization of Dissent and Militarization of the Police Anyone who has gone to a peace or justice protest in recent years has seen it – local police have been turned into SWAT teams, and SWAT teams into heavily armored military. Officer Friendly or even Officer Unfriendly has given way to police uniformed like soldiers with SWAT shields, shin guards, heavy vests, military helmets, visors, and vastly increased firepower. Protest police sport ninja turtle-like outfits and are accompanied by helicopters, special tanks, and even sound blasting vehicles first used in Iraq. Wireless fingerprint scanners first used by troops in Iraq are now being utilized by local police departments to check motorists. Facial recognition software introduced in war zones is now being used in Arizona and other jurisdictions. Drones just like the ones used in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan are being used along the Mexican and Canadian borders. These activities continue to expand under the Obama administration.


Wiretaps for oral, electronic or wire communications, approved by federal and state courts, are at an all-time high. Wiretaps in year 2010 were up 34% from 2009, according to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

Criminalization of Speech

Muslims in the US have been targeted by the Obama Department of Justice for inflammatory things they said or published on the internet. First Amendment protection of freedom of speech, most recently stated in a 1969 Supreme Court decision, Brandenberg v Ohio, says the government cannot punish inflammatory speech, even if it advocates violence unless it is likely to incite or produce such action. A Pakistani resident legally living in the US was indicted by the DOJ in September 2011 for uploading a video on YouTube. The DOJ said the video was supportive of terrorists even though nothing on the video called for violence. In July 2011, the DOJ indicted a former Penn State student for going onto websites and suggesting targets and for providing a link to an explosives course already posted on the internet.

Domestic Government Spying on Muslim Communities

In activities that offend freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and several other laws, the NYPD and the CIA have partnered to conduct intelligence operations against Muslim communities in New York and elsewhere. The CIA, which is prohibited from spying on Americans, works with the police on “human mapping”, commonly known as racial and religious profiling to spy on the Muslim community. Under the Obama administration, the Associated Press reported in August 2011, informants known as “mosque crawlers,” monitor sermons, bookstores and cafes.

Top Secret America

In July 2010, the Washington Post released “Top Secret America,” a series of articles detailing the results of a two year investigation into the rapidly expanding world of homeland security, intelligence and counter-terrorism. It found 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence at about 10,000 locations across the US. Every single day, the National Security Agency intercepts and stores more than 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other types of communications. The FBI has a secret database named Guardian that contains reports of suspicious activities filed from federal, state and local law enforcement. According to the Washington Post Guardian contained 161,948 files as of December 2009. From that database there have been 103 full investigations and at least five arrests the FBI reported. The Obama administration has done nothing to cut back on the secrecy.

Other Domestic Spying

There are at least 72 fusion centers across the US which collect local domestic police information and merge it into multi-jurisdictional intelligence centers, according to recent report by the ACLU. These centers share information from federal, state and local law enforcement and some private companies to secretly spy on Americans. These all continue to grow and flourish under the Obama administration.

Abusive FBI Intelligence Operations

The Electronic Frontier Foundation documented thousands of violations of the law by FBI intelligence operations from 2001 to 2008 and estimate that there are over 4000 such violations each year. President Obama issued an executive order to strengthen the Intelligence Oversight Board, an agency which is supposed to make sure the FBI, the CIA and other spy agencies are following the law. No other changes have been noticed.


The publication of US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks and then by main stream news outlets sparked condemnation by Obama administration officials who said the publication of accurate government documents was nothing less than an attack on the United States. The Attorney General announced a criminal investigation and promised “this is not saber rattling.” Government officials warned State Department employees not to download the publicly available documents. A State Department official and Columbia officials warned students that discussing Wikileaks or linking documents to social networking sites could jeopardize their chances of getting a government job, a position that lasted several days until reversed by other Columbia officials. At the time this was written, the Obama administration continued to try to find ways to prosecute the publishers of Wikileaks.

Censorship of Books by the CIA

In 2011, the CIA demanded extensive cuts from a memoir by former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan, in part because it made the agency look bad. Soufan’s book detailed the use of torture methods on captured prisoners and mistakes that led to 9-11. Similarly, a 2011 book on interrogation methods by former CIA agent Glenn Carle was subjected to extensive black outs. The CIA under the Obama administration continues its push for censorship.

Blocking Publication of Photos of U.S. Soldiers Abusing Prisoners

In May 2009, President Obama reversed his position of three weeks earlier and refused to release photos of US soldiers abusing prisoners. In April 2009, the US Department of Defense told a federal court that it would release the photos. The photos were part of nearly 200 criminal investigations into abuses by soldiers.

Technological Spying

The Bay Area Transit System, in August 2011, hearing of rumors to protest against fatal shootings by their police, shut down cell service in four stations. Western companies sell email surveillance software to repressive regimes in China, Libya and Syria to use against protestors and human rights activists. Surveillance cameras monitor residents in high crime areas, street corners and other governmental buildings. Police department computers ask for and receive daily lists from utility companies with addresses and names of every home address in their area. Computers in police cars scan every license plate of every car they drive by. The Obama administration has made no serious effort to cut back these new technologies of spying on citizens.

Use of “State Secrets” to Shield Government and Others from review

When the Bush government was caught hiring private planes from a Boeing subsidiary to transport people for torture to other countries, the Bush administration successfully asked the federal trial court to dismiss a case by detainees tortured because having a trial would disclose “state secrets” and threaten national security. When President Obama was elected, the state secrets defense was reaffirmed in arguments before a federal appeals court. It continues to be a mainstay of the Obama administration effort to cloak their actions and the actions of the Bush administration in secrecy.

In another case, it became clear in 2005 that the Bush FBI was avoiding the Fourth Amendment requirement to seek judicial warrants to get telephone and internet records by going directly to the phone companies and asking for the records. The government and the companies, among other methods of surveillance, set up secret rooms where phone and internet traffic could be monitored. In 2008, the government granted the companies amnesty for violating the privacy rights of their customers. Customers sued anyway. But the Obama administration successfully argued to the district court, among other defenses, that disclosure would expose state secrets and should be dismissed. The case is now on appeal.

Material Support

The Obama administration successfully asked the US Supreme Court not to apply the First Amendment and to allow the government to criminalize humanitarian aid and legal activities of people providing advice or support to foreign organizations which are listed on the government list as terrorist organizations. The material support law can now be read to penalize people who provide humanitarian aid or human rights advocacy. The Obama administration Solicitor General argued to the court “when you help Hezbollah build homes, you are also helping Hezbollah build bombs.” The Court agreed with the Obama argument that national security trumps free speech in these circumstances.

Chicago Anti-war Grand Jury Investigation

In September 2010, FBI agents raided the homes of seven peace activists in Chicago, Minneapolis and Grand Rapids seizing computers, cell phones, passports, and records. More than 20 anti-war activists were issued federal grand jury subpoenas and more were questioned across the country. Some of those targeted were members of local labor unions, others members of organizations like the Arab American Action Network, the Columbia Action Network, the Twin Cities Anti-War Campaign and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Many were active internationally and visited resistance groups in Columbia and Palestine. Subpoenas directed people to bring anything related to trips to Columbia, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Israel or the Middle East. In 2011, the home of a Los Angeles activist was raided and he was questioned about his connections with the September 2010 activists. All of these investigations are directed by the Obama administration.

Punishing Whistleblowers

The Obama administration has prosecuted five whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, more than all the other administrations in history put together. They charged a National Security Agency advisor with ten felonies under the Espionage Act for telling the press that government eavesdroppers were wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on misguided and failed projects. After their case collapsed, the government, which was chastised by the federal judge as engaging in unconscionable conduct allowed him to plead to a misdemeanor and walk. The administration has also prosecuted former members of the CIA, the State Department, and the FBI. They even tried to subpoena a journalist and one of the lawyers for the whistleblowers.

Bradley Manning

Army private Bradley Manning is accused of leaking thousands of government documents to Wikileaks. These documents expose untold numbers of lies by US government officials, wrongful killings of civilians, policies to ignore torture in Iraq, information about who is held at Guantanamo, cover ups of drone strikes and abuse of children and much more damaging information about US malfeasance. Though Daniel Ellsberg and other whistleblowers say Bradley is an American hero, the US government has jailed him and is threatening him with charges of espionage which may be punished by the death penalty. For months Manning was held in solitary confinement and forced by guards to sleep naked. When asked about how Manning was being held, President Obama personally defended the conditions of his confinement saying he had been assured they were appropriate and meeting our basic standards.

Solitary Confinement

At least 20,000 people are in solitary confinement in US jails and prisons, some estimate several times that many. Despite the fact that federal, state and local prisons and jails do not report actual numbers, academic research estimates tens of thousands are kept in cells for 23 to 24 hours a day in supermax units and prisons, in lockdown, in security housing units, in “the hole”, and in special management units or administrative segregation. Human Rights Watch reports that one-third to one-half of the prisoners in solitary are likely mentally ill. In May 2006, the UN Committee on Torture concluded that the United States should “review the regimen imposed on detainees in supermax prisons, in particular, the practice of prolonged isolation.” The Obama administration has taken no steps to cut back on the use of solitary confinement in federal, state or local jails and prisons.

Special Administrative Measures

Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) are extra harsh conditions of confinement imposed on prisoners (including pre-trial detainees) by the Attorney General. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons imposes restrictions such segregation and isolation from all other prisoners, and limitation or denial of contact with the outside world such as: no visitors except attorneys, no contact with news media, no use of phone, no correspondence, no contact with family, no communication with guards, 24 hour video surveillance and monitoring. The DOJ admitted in 2009 that several dozen prisoners, including several pre-trial detainees, mostly Muslims, were kept incommunicado under SAMS. If anything, the use of SAMS has increased under the Obama administration.

These twenty concrete examples document a sustained assault on domestic civil liberties in the United States under the Obama administration. Rhetoric aside, how different has Obama been from Bush in this area?

Bill is a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He also serves as Associate Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He can be reached at Quigley77@gmail.com "

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Self determination...we are losing it quickly....

I recall Kruschev promising "we will bury you" referring to types of government. At the time it seemed ludicrous, but now he appears prescient.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Let's share a business!

Let's Start A Business!


I wish to go into partnership with you.

I will provide no capital or funding.

You will put up all of the capital.

You will provide all of the labor.

I will tell you what you can sell, make, how to build, who you can hire and fire and how you conduct business.

Each year you will give me one half of your profit.

You must pay me twelve percent of what you pay your employees (for administration and rule making).

Next year you must provide health insurance for your employees.

If you decide to sell, you must pay me 20% of the value received over your original investment.

Please sign here.


The Government

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

NHS WV News, Updates, Obits, Interesting stuff, November 2011

Henry David Harrison of Nitro passed away on November 28, 2011. Mr. Harrison served in the U.S. Navy and was a retiree of Union Carbide, South Charleston, with 38 years of service. He was a member of South Charleston Masonic Lodge 168. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Darlena Harrison; brothers, Dallas and Edgar; and granddaughter, Megan Kathleen Harrison. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 63 years, Evelyn Harrison; three sons, Roger Harrison and his wife, Ginger, of Cross Lanes, Philip Harrison and his wife, Vickie, of Winfield and Mark Harrison of Nitro. Also surviving are grandchildren, Adam, Amber, Kendra, Tara, Monica and Eric; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Braelyn and Landon.

Frances Roberta Knight, 88, of Nitro left her earthly body on November 26, 2011, and is now rejoicing in Heaven after her long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Alice McDonald Thomas of Nitro. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold M. Knight; infant son, Eddie Ray; and sister, Genevive Asbury, all of Nitro. Frances is survived by eight children, Brenda Knight (Darrell) Sheets of Lynch Station, Va., Diana Knight Gillispie of Nitro, Sharon Knight (her primary caregiver) of Nitro, Phil Knight of Grandview, Ind., Jeanette Knight (Eddie) Casto of Cross Lanes, Stephen Knight of Culloden, Greg Knight of Nitro and Glenn Knight of Eleanor. She was also blessed with 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her only brother, Gene Thomas of Nitro; and sister, Pat (Gordon) Trainer of Bear, Del. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother, beloved by all for her love of God and family. She was well known for her cooking and baking skills and her quilting and sewing expertise. She was a founding member of Cross Lanes Bible Church and loved reading her Bible.

Mr. Patrick Jason Brown, 34, of Nitro passed away November 25, 2011. Patrick is a graduate of Nitro High School, attended Ben Franklin Career Center and served in the Air Force. He is survived by his parents, Tammy and Patrick Brown of Nitro; brother, Travis Michael Brown of St. Albans; and grandmother, Sarah Eloise Griffith of St. Albans.

Charles David "Charlie" Cobb, 60, of New Bern, N.C., died Thursday, November 24, 2011, at his home. Charlie was born on May 25, 1951, in Charleston, W.Va. He graduated from Nitro High School, Nitro, W.Va., in 1969. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for eight years and, most recently, worked at Mazda Kia of New Bern in both sales and service. He is survived by his wife, Janet G. Cobb; and son, Brian E. Cobb, both of New Bern; his father, James Robert Cobb; his mother, Georgia Persinger; two brothers, Robert "Ed" Cobb, all of Poca, W.Va., and Scott Cobb of Jacksonville, Fla. The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Glen Lesser, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and friends of the North Carolina Anglers Association. A very special thanks goes to the Leslie Jones family for their care over the past five years.

One of NHS WV 1968 stars has died. Richard was always friendly, funny, and one of our academic stand-outs. Appears as though he led a wonderful and fulfilling life. Godspeed, Richard. You will be missed.

Richard G. Uglow, 60, of Leland, Mich., passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011, after a one-year battle with ALS.

He was born December 14, 1950. Rich grew up in Cross Lanes and was a 1968 graduate of Nitro High School. He graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology and had an MBA from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2005 after a 33-year career in the auto industry.

After retirement he moved from the Detroit area to Leland, where he enjoyed restoring his 1972 Mustang, walks along the shore of Lake Michigan and hiking in the sand dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes, National Lakeshore. The last few years he was especially happy to have renewed friendships with six of his best high school friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Bob" Uglow. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Uglow of Buckhannon; sister and brother in law, Lora Uglow and John Mathias of Buckhannon; nieces, Lisa Mathias of Gainesville, Va., and Paula Mathias of Durango, Colo.; and nephews, Jay Mathias of Washington, D.C., and Alex Rueckert of Gainesville. He is also survived by his life partner, Arlene Janks of Clarkston, Mich.

Reward Offered In Woman's Murder Reported by: Kallie Cart http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/111123_7474.shtml Reported: Nov. 23, 2011 5:23 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Police in Charleston are shining new light on a murder investigation. After several months, they're hoping someone will come forward with information that will lead to an arrest and the victim's family is now offering a reward.

Megan Harrison's body was pulled from the Elk River in Charleston back in August. Police have yet to make an arrest in the case.


"Obviously the family is left without closure, there's a suspect at large who's capable of committing a crime like that and of course we take it personally we work as hard as we can on it," Charleston Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper says.

Megan, who was 28 and from Cross Lanes, was staying at the Sojourners Shelter in Charleston prior to her death. Police do say they have a strong lead in her murder, but they need more information.

"The last person who saw her, someone who may have spoken to the suspect, we just ask that person come forward and give us what they have," Lt. Cooper says. Megan's parents say as the holidays approach, her murder is even more difficult to handle. They are now offering a $1,000 reward for any information that will lead to an arrest and conviction in her murder. Police say they want the case to be closed before the end of the year. Charleston has had only five murders in 2011. Arrests have been made in all of them, except Megan's.

"We're fortunate this year that the numbers are way down than before, that comes from the pattern of these types of crimes, peaks and valleys and the stepped up efforts on the part of the police department," Lt. Cooper says. "We're hoping if anyone knows anything they'll come forward during this holiday season to try and bring justice for Megan and her family."

Mark E. Reed, 58, of St. Albans passed away November 19, 2011, at his home. Born October 1, 1953, in South Charleston, Mark was a son of the late Samuel Everett Reed. Mark was a groundskeeper for the Nitro Moose Lodge Park and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 565, Nitro. Mark is survived by his loving wife, Kay Reed; mother, Dorothy Virginia Whittington Reed of Nitro; children, Missi Reed and husband, Chris Saunders of Red House, and Crystal Reed Ward of South Charleston; stepchildren, John Harbert and wife Tina of St. Albans, Joshua Harbert of Nitro and James Harbert of Nitro; grandchildren, Jessie and husband, Trey Hedrick, Hannah and Isaac Saunders, Bailey Ward and Jayden and Tyler Green; step-grandson, Dakota Matthew; sisters, Linda McDaniels of Nitro, and Patty Cogar of Frame; and brothers, Raymond L. Reed of Madison, Thomas Reed of Buffalo, Robert Reed of Buffalo and James Reed of Huntington.

Ruby Mae Brown, 80, of St. Albans, formerly of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 19, 2011, after a short illness. Ruby was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was known to all her family as "Mom." She will be greatly missed. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Brown; son, Charles M. Brown; and parents, Charles M. Stanley and Mary Kathryn Stanley. Surviving are children, Connie Brown Santucci of Garden Grove, Calif., Cecil E. Brown and wife, Lana, of Apollo Beach, Fla., Michael D. Brown of High Point, N.C., Ray Brown and wife, Kathy, of Kansas City, Mo., John Brown and wife, Trena, of South Charleston, and Jim Brown of St. Albans; sisters, Josephine L. "Aunt Jo" Stanley and Barbara Jane Stanley Webb; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Juanita Pearl Smith, 79, of Cross Lanes passed away November 14, 2011, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Juanita was born April 18, 1932, in Clendenin and was a daughter of the late William A. and Nettie Hively Withrow. She was a teacher's aide with the Kanawha County school system and loved to raise flowers, garden and was happiest helping and doing favors for others. Survivors include her husband, Benjamin Smith; sons, Terry D. Cavender of Atlanta, Benjie Smith of Nitro and Jeffery Smith of Fraziers Bottom; sisters, Virginia Arrington of Alum Creek and Doris Abbott of Wills Creek; grandchildren, David Smith and Kailyn Smith; and many nieces and nephews

A. Hugh Burton Jr., 82, of Cross Lanes passed away Friday, November 11, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born February 10, 1929, he was a son of the late A. Hugh Burton Sr. and Georgia Ward Burton. Also preceding him in death were his wife, Geraldine "Jerry" I. Burton; and one sister, Lois Jean Burton Johnson. Hugh was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War, and a retired schoolteacher for the Kanawha County Board of Education. Survivors include two sons, Stephen Burton (Christie) of Cross Lanes, and Michael Burton of Charleston; one daughter, Sonja Burton Hempstead (David) of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Jake Burton of Texas; one sister, Ruth Ann Burton Simms of Charleston; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Roger Lewis (Drema) of Poca

Donald W. Bowling, 82, of Cross Lanes went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2011, at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness, leaving his beloved wife of 61 years, Frances Null Bowling. He was born on October 26, 1929, in Nitro. He was the son of Lottie and W. Ernest Bowling of Cross Lanes and, along with his parents, joins his infant son, Daniel Bowling; brothers, W.E. "Junior Bowling," Hershel Gail Bowling, Charles Delbert Bowling and Ronald Howard Bowling, with his Creator in Heaven. Besides his wife, Don, affectionately known as G-Dad, is survived by sisters, Phyllis Bowling Karnes, Mary Bowling Adams, Beulah Bowling (Ralph) Page, and Ethel Bowling (Rex) Parsons; children, Anita Bowling (Greg) Stonestreet and David Bowling; grandchildren, Andrew Stonestreet, Lauren Stonestreet, Stephen Stonestreet and Caitlin Stonestreet; and many nieces and nephews. Don was a veteran of the Korean War, worked at Kroger as a manager, at FMC Chemical Company, and retired from Monsanto Chemical Company in Nitro. He served as a church officer and treasurer for Main Street Church of God, now Southridge Church of God, as a treasurer, deacon and elder at Perrow Presbyterian Church, and was a friend to many neighbors, relatives, and fellow Christians. Don loved everything outdoors, hunting, camping, gardening, woodworking, and keeping up his beautiful five-acre home. He also thoroughly enjoyed being with his family, passing ball, vacationing at the beach, taking the grandchildren on mower rides and passing on his knowledge of life. He loved to sing and worship the Lord. He was an affectionate, humorous, loving and kind man, and will be remembered with gratefulness and joy.

Lawrence Pierce (photographer)

Charleston Gazette, November 1, 2011, October 31, 2011 Full circle for Nitro? Seniors were freshmen in 2008 state title run By Tommy R. Atkinson

Emily Ross, one of three seniors who started as freshmen on Nitro's state championship team in 2008, has five goals in three postseason games this season.

Nitro seniors Ashley Bowyer, Kaitlyn Gilham and Emily Ross are hoping the slipper fits one more time. Those three are the only players still holding down starting positions from the Wildcats' run to the 2008 state championship, the school's first and only girls soccer title to date.

Bowyer, Gilham and Ross find themselves back at the ball this week and are looking to close out their high school careers the same way it all began as freshmen four years ago when Nitro takes on Winfield at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Class AAA semifinals at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley. ....

Nitro finds itself just two victories away from another improbable title. "This year from the very first game we were fantastic,'' said Nitro coach Kim Aurelio, who guided the Wildcats to the championship in 2008 during her first season. "I was like, 'We're going to do this. We can go back and we can go all the way.' Then we started falling apart.

"We tried to decide with our captains what could be done to change things and we worked together as a team and put this team first. Finally they put it together and we're heading back. We have fought all the way to this. Every year I tell the girls every game leading up to tournament play is practice.'

There are several parallels between this year's Wildcats and the 2008 squad that played its best over the last three weeks of the season.

In 2008, Nitro entered states as the lowest-ranked team (No. 18) in the final state coaches association rankings, had the fewest victories (10) and was tied for the most losses among state tournament qualifiers.

The 2011 edition of the Wildcats (14-7-1) is again the lowest-ranked squad (No. 19), tied for the fewest victories and has the most losses. And both years saw Nitro pull out overtime victories in the sectional tournament. "We haven't been a unit like we were my freshman year, but this year we've gotten that back and I think that's really taken us far,'' said Gilham. "We had a lot of injuries and we learned how to get past them together. That's really brought us together as a team this year.

"You have to have a special group of girls to get the feeling we do, the camaraderie. The seniors were really our big sisters [in 2008] and I feel like that's how our underclassmen look up to our seniors this year. I just feel like this is our year and this is what we've been working for the past few years. I really think we have it this year.'

Ross said the family atmosphere has returned to the sideline. "Throughout the season we've all gotten to be really close as a team,'' said Ross, who has scored five goals in three postseason games and is the Wildcats second-leading scorer with 12 goals. "We're like a family and in that way we're the same [as 2008]. The past several games, we just think soccer now. It's really helped us.'

Bowyer said the nine seniors on this year's roster struck the right tone at the beginning of the season, which has been a mirror image of 2008. The other six seniors for the Wildcats this season are Samantha Gaten, Emilee Hrtyanski, Tiffany Newland, Megan Popp, Devin Randolph and Allison Scarbro, who started in the '08 title game.

"Our seniors were a big part of the team my freshman year,'' said the defender. "We expected we wouldn't be the same after they left. At the beginning of the season we all made [the underclassmen] feel like they're welcome and they're part of the team and help them at practice.

"We had a team sleepover. We do a lot of different activities, we go to movies, we go out to eat and we eat together at lunch. It's really helped to get to know each other, especially the freshmen. We're all really good friends and we try 100 percent at practice and every game. We do it for each other.'

Bowyer said she didn't think much about winning it all in 2008, but now that she is a senior the journey has meant more.

"As a freshman it really wasn't a big deal to me then, but now that I'm a senior the last game, it's a big deal,'' she smiled. "It's definitely more exciting. Hopefully we'll go out the same way we came in.'' "I think it's cool to start with states and end with states,'' added Ross. "It's an awesome feeling.'

Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.

Here's an update and video at WCHS http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/sports/bbs/bbs111103_799.shtml

Hilda O'Dell Linville, 92, of Nitro went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, October 28, 2011. She was a 1937 graduate of Nitro High School and also a graduate of Charleston School of Commerce. She was employed over 40 years with American Viscose, Nitro, in the Personnel Department, and a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro, having been received there on the cradle roll. Hilda served in many capacities at the church, which included: Sunday school teacher of many ages, and choir member, in which she received special recognition of having sung in the church choir for over 70 years. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Garnet O'Dell; brother, Jake O'Dell, sisters, Ruby O'Dell, Ruth O'Dell, Garnie O'Dell, Florence O'Dell, and Hazel O'Dell; her husband, Ralph; and son, Bernard Linville. Left to cherish her memory are her sister JoAnn O'Dell Jividen of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; daughters, Mary Linville Church of Austin, Texas, and Beverly Linville Bailey of Willis, Texas; daughter-in-law, Patty Linville of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Jody (Diane) Young of Brownsville, Texas, Eric Young of Austin, Texas, Matthew Dorsen and Kim, Tammy, and Scott Linville; and great-grandchildren Gracie, Annie and Jack Young of Brownsville, Texas. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Timothy Pollitt article.... Here is a quote of the article written by Julie Robinson, Charleston Gazette, November 2, 2011: "CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A neon "Open" sign glowing on the newly renovated historic Quarrier Diner excites both local residents who remember the restaurant's heyday and passers-by who look forward to a new downtown dining option. The restaurant's opening last week was bittersweet for Anna Pollitt, who owns the restaurant with her husband, David.

The Pollitts purchased the dilapidated restaurant in September 2010 at the urging of their son Tim, who worked at Murad's in Kanawha City. "He told us that if we would purchase a restaurant, he would make it work," she said.Here is a nice photo from the Charleston Gazette story of his Mother and included photo of Tim:

Gary W. Botkins, 64, of Nitro passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was born May 18, 1947, in Kanawha County. He was the son of Glenn Botkins Sr. and Shirley Spaulding Massey. Gary was a truck driver for Corey Brothers Wholesale Company. He attended Maranatha Fellowship for years. His greatest love was his wife and family and his Lord. He was an avid outdoorsmen and loved to fish. Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Redman Botkins; two sons, Christopher Wayne Botkins and wife, Jeanine, of Nitro and David Alan Botkins of Nitro; daughter, Kimberly Botkins Doss and husband, Herb, of Nitro; brothers, Mike Botkins of North Charleston and Glen Botkins Jr. of Florida; sister, Christine Botkins Cunningham of Nitro; grandchildren, Matthew, Brianne and Nikki Toler and Christian and Joey Botkins; and two great-grandchildren.

Deanna Kay Landers Johnson, 66, of Nitro left this world to begin her journey with Jesus after a short battle with brain cancer. Deanna was a childcare provider for many children in her home. She was a Christian and was a member of the Nitro Church of God for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Johnson Jr.; her mother, Mildred Landers; grandmother, Vina Arthurs; and niece, Karen Smith. Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Kimberly Johnson(Anthony) Loveday of South Charleston and Stephanie Johnson (Alex) Bennett and Jay (Samantha) Johnson, all of Hurricane; four grandsons, Trey Mattox of Hurricane, and Patrick, Michael and John Loveday of South Charleston; three granddaughters, Kinslie (Devin) Knicely of Georgia and Lily Jo and Emma Jean Johnson of Hurricane; sisters, Rhonda Landers Stewart of Cross Lanes and Debbie Landers Metten of Dunbar; brothers, Jerry Priestly of Georgia, Norman Fowler of Charleston and Craig Landers of Charleston; best friend and sister-in-law, Betty Jo Johnson of South Charleston; and brother-in-law, David Johnson of Florida.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Best Rock Video you will see today

Take a breath and enjoy:

1967 Jefferson Airplane

Live at Monterey Pop Festival:

Whenever you want to have a gut-laugh click this link

http://www.kissthisguy.com/funny.php Hilarious. Save the link for that rainy day!

Dear Diary

Moody Blues on my mind: Dear diary, what a day it's been. Dear diary, it's been just like a dream. Woke up late. Wasn't where I should have been. For goodness sake what's happening to me. Write lightly, yours truly, dear diary. It was cold outside my door. So many people by the score. Rushing around so senselessly. They don't notice there's people like me. Write lightly, yours truly, dear diary. They don't know what they're playing. They've no way of knowing what the game is. Still they carry on doing what they can. Outside me, yours truly, dear diary. It's over. Will tomorrow be the same? I know that they're really not to blame. If they wern't so blind then surely they'd see. There's a much better way for them to be. Inside me, yours truly, dear diary. ... Somebody exploded an H-bomb today. But it wasn't anyone I knew.

Crazy Video

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The only purpose of a government is to ..........

"The only purpose of a government is to protect a man's rights, which means: To protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, an agent of man's self defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: The police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud from others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective laws. - John Galt in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why Is Obama Sending Troops Against the Lord's Resistance Army?

Imagine any other president doing this? Where is the media outrage at U.S. at war with even more enemies??

"It's difficult to find a U.S. interest at stake in the Lord's Resistance Army's campaign of violence. The group could go on killing and enslaving for decades -- as they well might -- and the American way of life would continue chugging along. It's possible that there's some immediate U.S. interest at stake we can't obviously see.

Maybe, for example, Uganda is offering the U.S. more help with peacekeeping and counterterrorism in East Africa, where the U.S. does have concrete interests, in exchange for the troops. But it certainly looks like a primarily or purely humanitarian military mission, if a very small one. The Obama administration is hoping that these 100 troops will succeed where past U.S. assistance against the LRA -- intelligence, satellite images, fuel, and millions of dollars -- has failed. Maybe they will and maybe they won't. But this seems to suggest a small but important shift in how, where, and why the U.S. uses applies military force."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Great new Talk Host, Podcast, Blog

Beautiful conservative Janine Turner has a very thoughtful, articulate, and stimulating web presence. I'm enjoying her offerings. Suggest giving her a listen/viewing. Official web site: http://www.janineturner.com/
Janine's Blog: http://www.janineturner.com/blog/ Available as podcast on ITUNES.

Where is Reason + Channel 8 Interview- June 17-2011 from Janine Turner on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Origin of Marijuana laws that have devastated families?

In Harry's own words:

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

Obama Money

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Hollywood liberals would howl!

Living amid Hollywood hypocrisy By: Janine Turner | 09/30/11 8:05 PM

I had to listen to it for years on sets, at dinners, in rehearsals, in the make-up chair, and at award ceremonies. The judgmental, hot, mostly uninformed rants of Hollywood liberals breathed down my neck and sucked all the air from the room. Usually, the rants were so hostile that I was afraid to speak up, or so ridiculous that I thought it futile to reply.

The liberal Hollywood elite, who stand firmly on their right to be heard, their right to express, their right to persuade through art, arrogantly deny that same freedom to anyone who may disagree with them. And like most liberals, they have a blind spot for their own intolerance.

I remember one Emmy ceremony in particular for its incessant anti-conservative, anti-Republican diatribes, one after another. I remember sitting, slumped in my chair, just counting the moments until I could be released from the lions' den. There I was -- a captive, a hostage to their narrow-minded and condescending point of view, expressed in a vacuum.

I couldn't wait to leave Hollywood. I always felt like I was in a bubble when I lived there -- in a stifling tropical snow globe. It was like that fabulous scene in "The Truman Show" where Jim Carrey leaps from his boat and beats his head against the sky on the set of the world, wanting to get out.

In Hollywood, they think America is inherently bad, a world embarrassment, even as they gorge themselves on the American dream.

Hollywood is a surreal and pretend world whose way of life is actually ruthless free enterprise -- it is called show business, after all. Hollywood is where stars, movie producers, writers and agents actively seek glamour, money, power and fame; where they covet fast cars and face-lifts and fly in private jets. They drink fine wines and insist on free spirits. They are the ultimate connoisseurs who insist on living liberty at large.

Yet somehow, the inhabitants gag at the very thought of capitalism going on elsewhere.

In Hollywood, they deplore censorship. Yet they embrace tyrants such as Hugo Chavez who use their power to censor opposition voices. They sneer at Wall Street even as they fall all over themselves running to see how many millions their movies have grossed. They think Obamacare works nicely for poor people in the "flyover states," yet they would never accept anything but the top doctors for themselves.

They think socialism is a novelty -- a nicety whose time has come. Yet how odd to imagine their lot under a Chavez or a Castro or a Stalin. Just picture the collapse of Hollywood's playground -- the redistribution of their wealth, the despotic squelching of their free speech, the strangling of their rights and riches.

They would howl like lone wolves do in Westerns. They would beg like Scarlett O'Hara. They would scream like the Wicked Witch of the West. But instead of screaming, "I'm melting! I'm melting!", they would scream, "Not me! Not me!"

Janine Turner, a longtime television and movie actress, is a radio host on KLIF Radio in Dallas.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Who controls the Internet? MUST SEE!

Your Google and Yahoo News data will be different than mine. We are being fed algorithmic junk food data filtered for our individual consumption.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Nitro High School, WV, News, Obituaries, Noteworthy, October 2011 update

Franklin Reed Gibeaut, 77, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was retired from Republic Container Company, Nitro, and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local 5712, Nitro Masonic Lodge 170 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Beni Kedem Shrine. He was an active member of the Nitro Church of God, where he taught Sunday school, was a visitation minister, and a member of the Mission Team. Frank loved to sing gospel music and had sung in the Gospel Light Quartet. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Gibeaut; parents, Richard Dana and Flora Hill Gibeaut; sisters, Macil Gibeaut Morgan, Jean Gibeaut Lett and Lula Gibeaut; and brother, James Gibeaut. Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Wanda Boggess Gibeaut; daughters, Gail Gibeaut Ball of Fraziers Bottom, Cathy Gibeaut Keene and husband, Bill, of Pinch, Hollis Gibeaut Claypool and husband, Loren, of Mequon, Wis., and Amy Gibeaut of Charleston; son, Robert Reed Gibeaut of Nitro; sisters, Mary Spears of Bancroft and Josie Warner of Red House; and brother, Charles "Shark" Gibeaut of Poca. Frank is also survived by his grandson, whom they raised, Jamie Layne; grandchildren, Ann Lockard, David Gibeaut, Jared Layne, Jason Ball, Sarah Cox, Stefan Claypool, Kathleen Claypool, Justin Wright and Dillon Wright; and great-grandchildren, Kerrigan Lockard, Samuel Lockard, Joshua Ball, Bailey Layne, Alana Cox and Seth Layne.

Johnny Bill Goodall, 88, of Nitro passed away Friday, October 14, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Johnny was born April 10, 1923, and was the son of the late Cecil and Beulah Goodall. Johnny retired from Monsanto Chemical Company with 35 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. Johnny was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nitro, where he had served as a trustee. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Franceline Goodall; son, Scott Goodall and Dee Goodall; son, Mark Goodall and wife, Suzy Goodall; grandchildren, Loren Goodall, Blake Goodall, Blair Goodall and Bryce Ritter; sister, Maryann and husband, Gene Brightwell; and brother-in-law, Walt and wife, Dee Showen.

Denvil Glassco "Plum" Plumley, 88, of Cross Lanes went home to be with his Lord on Oct. 11, 2011, at Hubbard Hospice House West after a four-month battle with illnesses. Denvil was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Pear, Raleigh County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain, where he served as a trustee and worked hard in his church. His mission was visiting the sick and you could always count on him when in need. He also worked for many years with Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Service, collecting and distributing food to those in need. He retired from Union Carbide, South Charleston, in 1985 with 46 years of service as a heavy equipment operator. You could see him from long off, running the largest crane in the plant. He and his wife were 50-year charter members of the Nitro Antique Car Club. This was the love of his life; he had many cars and was always gathering with the fellows to work on somebody's. He took his family on lots of rides, picnics, camping and trips in those cars. Denvil served in the CCC camps as a young man. He went straight into the Army as a sergeant. He served his country, building lots of things. One he talked about was working on the Boulder Dam in Colorado. Denvil was a 52-year Master Mason of Nitro Lodge 170. He also was a 50-year 32nd degree Scottish Rite Shriner in the Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston. Denvil was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Anna Summers Plumley; parents, Marion and Dora Kincaid Plumley; a brother, Olden; and a sister, Doleta "Tootsie." He is survived by his four children: daughter, Virginia Plumley NHS 1968 Martin and husband, David; and sons, Freddie Plumley and Thomas Tom Plumley and wife, Linda, all of Cross Lanes, and David Wayne Plumley and wife, Libby, of Poca. Also surviving are grandchildren, Annette Good and husband, Raymond, and David Martin and wife, Rebekah, all of Cross Lanes, Anna Church and husband, Wesley, of Morgantown and David Plumley II of Poca; stepgrandchild, Shannon Wallace of Sissonville; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Rachel, Matthew and Joseph Good and Zachary Martin; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Lillian O'Dell and Samantha Wallace.

Toby Jon Buel Jr., 26, of Cross Lanes passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 8, 2011 Our beautiful son went home to be with God. We are crying for ourselves, while we know he is safe and cared for in the arms of Jesus. We will see him again when we depart this world. Please remember Toby as a truly good and kind person. He had compassion for people who were less fortunate than himself. He was never content, he always pushed for bettering the lives of others around him. Toby will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Toby was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., son of Toby and Tamara Knox Buel Sr. of Cross Lanes. He was a member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. He was a 2003 graduate of Nitro High School, 2007 graduate of West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in political science and a 2010 graduate of WVU College of Law with JD and MBA degrees. He practiced law in Charleston. In addition to his devoted parents, he is survived by his brother, Sean Michael Buel; and sister, Rachel Kathleen Buel.

Charles Leonard Murphy, 84, of Nitro, formerly of Cottle, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness. Leonard was born October 29, 1926 in Morris (Braxton County) to the late Edmund and Lucy Adkins Murphy. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Herald Murphy, Bernard Murphy, Herman Murphy and Buren Murphy; sister, Evelyene Murphy Long; and grandsons, David Southall and Barry Southall. Leonard proudly served in the Army during World War II. He was a coal miner for 40 years and a member of the UMWA. He had a love for gospel music and genealogy. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucille Johnston Murphy of Nitro; daughter, Joyce Murphy Southall and husband, David Southall, of Nitro; son, Charles Murphy and wife, Patricia, of Charleston; sister, Margie Murphy Crislip and husband, Terry, of Burnsville; grandchildren, Jason and wife, Erin Southall, of Barboursville and Bennett Murphy and Mikalyn Murphy of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jaxon and Ryanne Southall, all of Barboursville; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Ronald Foster, 45, of Cross Lanes died Tuesday, September 13, in Huntington. He was a graduate of Nitro High School and was formerly employed by Fletcher Enamel, in Dunbar, and Wendy's. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Sylvia Foster of Rocky Fork. He is survived by his children, Vaylena Foster of Akron, Ohio, Billy Foster of Nitro and Crystal Foster of North Carolina. He is also survived by his sisters, Geraldine Foster Legg of St. Albans, Virginia Foster Bailey of Ashland, Ky., and Michael Foster of Charleston. He is also survived by a host of friends in the Rocky Fork/Cross Lanes area.

Loretta M. "Dumpy" Halley Westfall went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 29. She was born December 14, 1930, to Jesse Walden and Marie Martin Halley in Nitro. Loretta graduated from Nitro High School in 1948 and went to work at the telephone company in Nitro until her marriage to John T. "Buddy" Westfall in 1950. Loretta was active in several groups at Poca Methodist Church, including serving as Girl Scout leader for many years. She was school secretary at Rock Branch Elementary and a teacher's aide at Poca High School before going to work full-time with John in his State Farm Insurance office. Loretta attended Judson Baptist Church, Nitro Church of the Nazarene and, most recently, Rock Branch Independent Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Buddy. Survivors include: brother, Bill Halley of Colleyville, Texas; children, Linda Halliday of Winfield, Larry and Kathy Westfall of Nitro and Cheryl Farrington of Winston-Salem, N.C.; grandchildren, Lori Farrington and Stephen Surrell of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Chad and Carol Westfall of Winfield, Niki Farrington of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Nathan Westfall of Poca; and great-grandchildren, Maci, Amee, Michael, Carly and Connor. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

O.E. "Jack " Russell Jr., 86, of Nitro finished his race September 29, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. Jack was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in Europe during WWII and was a member of the VFW. He worked as a general contractor until he retired at 82 years old. Jack was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church in Cross Lanes, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees and served as Sunday school superintendent for many years. He also faithfully ministered in the Visitation Program of the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ode Russell and Nancy; his brothers, Joe Harry Russell, Willard Russell, Miles Russell, Donald Russell and RobertRussell; and his sisters, Margaret Russell, Betty Jean Russell and Lillian Russell. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mona Russell; his brother, James Russell and spouse, Edra, of Spring Hill; his five children and their spouses, Barbara Russell and Ben Alt of Louisville, Ky., Elaine Russell and Roger Harrison of Nitro, Jack and Suzie Russell of Nitro, Julie Russell and Terry Slater of Cross Lanes and Jennifer Russell of Nitro; his nine grandchildren, Jeff, Jessica, Jason, Lisa, Emily, Joshua, Breanna, Bethany and Caleb; and six great-grandchildren.

Friday, September 30, 2011

29 Years Old and Hearing for the First Time! Watch it happen!

Carlos Castaneda Fraudster Video BBC

The author from Peru entertained our generation writing about multiple realities. A Separate Reality was a monster hit on the bookstands...The truth is that he did a lot of damage with his multiple frauds including devastating the Yaqui tribes of Mexico....

Friday, September 23, 2011

Planned genocide to benefit U.S. strategic interests...Kissinger a criminal

click the link! National Security Study Memorandum 200

Planned genocide?

Wake up, yes!

Global warming con is being used to commit genocide for the world banking interests.

What an outrage!

Monday, September 19, 2011

"The Day I Left the Left"

Thoughtful essay by Jim Goad. Click the Link for the full essay. Here's a quote:

"At the time—I was 28—my political ideas were little more than the accumulated, half-digested buzzing meme-hive of left-leaning pop culture and far-left academic indoctrination. From all the Norman Lear sitcoms of my youth up to all my avowedly communist professors in journalism school, the good guys and bad guys had been clearly delineated for me. I had been encouraged to “question authority,” but never the authority of major media or academic consensus. I perceived them to be objective scientists rather than evangelical ideologues."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Because it's fun!

/s I support President Obama, the end of freedom of speech and individual liberty,, but this is cute!

Of course, as an Obama supporter, I believe that the U.S. Constitution is obsolete in these wired times, and believe the days of individual liberty and freedom of speech are passe. But having written that, this video does serve to give perspective on the new ATTACK WATCH website, paid for by our tax money. Here's a sampling of tweets in response to attackwatch (thank you http://spectator.org/archives/2011/09/16/watching-attackwatch-attacks/1)

From DrFreeLance: "I saw a werewolf drinkin a pina colada at Trader Vic's, and his hair was perfect."

From chuckdevore (Republican state legislator in California): "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean a big majority of us isn't out to get you..."

From EddieRobbins: "My neighbor removed his Obama bumper sticker. I think he's a racist."

From DickMeyers: "Bless me #AttackWatch for I have sinned. I have muttered naughty words about our Dear Leader 9 times & have doubted his divinity a few times"

From joaniekensil: "Ate refried beans & chips for breakfast which is sort of racist foodist - Carbon emissions to follow."

From PoliticalGravity: "Saw a kid with a lemonade stand and she didn't have a permit."

From thorninaz: "Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM's in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ron Paul: The Mainstream Media Ignores the Obviously Best Candidate

Read this summary from Rep. Ron Paul's Web Site. The more I learn about this (ignored by Mainstream Media) gentleman, the more I support him. He may well be America's last chance to survive as we know it.

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies! He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have eighteen grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including The Revolution: A Manifesto, End the Fed, Liberty Defined, Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, and countless others.

Dr. Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one Congressman to comment that “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another Congresswoman added that “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nitro High School Memories 60's WV

Dr. Robert E. Bricker passed into the arms of his Lord while at his St. Albans home on September 27, 2011. Born in Akron, Ohio on February 8, 1926, Bob moved to West Virginia at the age of 2, graduated from Nitro High School and resided and practiced dentistry in St. Albans for 56 years. After serving in World War II as a cryptographic technician, Bob attended West Virginia University, was a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School and opened his dental practice in St. Albans. He served as past president of the West Virginia Dental Association, the West Virginia Academy of General Dentistry and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, as well as numerous dental associations and societies. Through the AGD, he was honored to participate in the development of the national guidelines used in continuing education. His career led him down many paths, seeking knowledge and lecturing, including a trip to China with his son, Robert. Involved in the community, he was active in Rotary for many years and served as past president. Bob was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of St. Albans, enjoyed his Sunday school class and was known to make it particularly interesting at times. He enjoyed ice photography. Dentistry was his passion, but he loved to cook. Over the years, many were privileged to share an elegant meal prepared after much deliberation, reading and selecting just the right recipe from among his vast collection of cookbooks. We will remember Bob as a loving husband and father and a good friend to many, always eager to share a joke with a hearty laugh or a good story with friend or stranger. He touched the lives of many and left a lasting impression on each. Those preceding him in death include his parents, Paul T. and Louise Harris Bricker; and Helen Bricker, who passed away four days after Bob's birth. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Paulette Bricker; children, Virginia Bricker of Baltimore, Md,, Linda Bricker of Dunbar, Paul (Evelyn) Bricker of Scarbro, Sarah (Rick) Perry of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert (Catherine) Bricker of Charlottesville, Va., and Dr. Andrea Bricker (Greg) Sullivan of Boston, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Random memories: Gerrie Thacker with his home brewed radio station. He ad-libbed, told jokes, and played music, and offered to repeat your name for an entire minute if you paid him a quarter.

Sandy Simmons...Why didn't I ever ask her for a date? She was one of the funniest, cutest, and personable young women in our class (1968). She probably would have refused, but I should have taken the chance anyway! I did take her home from school one time though, luxuriating in my '65 Volkswagen.

I did all my dating in St. Albans and Hurricane,never asking a Nitro girl for a date. Of course, my job at the St. Albans BBF opened many liasons, and having a motorcycle helped a lot too!

Lunch hour at Nitro High was always a kick...open campus....perhaps Ben Franklin's for a 20 cent hot dog, then Nitro News Stand to hang out, buy a pop, and play pinball machines. For a walk on the wild side, perhaps try to get a look at the latest Stag, or other men's magazines. Maybe some pipe tobacco or cigarettes to complete the adolescent joybomb.

An alternative was to hang with the firemen at Nitro Fire Department, or visit Kroger's across the street from the school.

It's too bad that today's high schools have a closed campus. Young people need the freedom and opportunity at self discipline that an open campus provides.

Just saying.....

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

September 11th Interview: Major Heather Penney, Fighter Pilot

Click the link to go to video site; choose the "complete file" on the right; you can skip to the 20 minute mark for an incredible part of this interview. These guys and gals are true American heroes!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Do You Know Me??

"“Omar” is Onyango Obama, the illegal alien deportation fugitive who is the long-lost Kenyan half-brother of President Obama’s father. The president mentioned him in his best-selling book, “Dreams from My Father.”

But these days, he’d undoubtedly prefer to whitewash him out of the public eye. Last week, Uncle Omar was arrested for drunk driving in Framingham, Mass., and held on an immigration detainer.

The liquor store employee — yes, he was apparently drinking the inventory that legal Americans weren’t drinking — nearly crashed into a police car and belligerently demanded to ring up the White House. Few in the neighborhood are laughing it off. Just two weeks ago, an illegal alien drunk driver with a mile-long rap sheet mowed down and killed a 23-year-old Milford, Mass., man.

Open-borders advocates will call Uncle Omar “harmless.” But it turns out he’s not only a repeat deportation absconder who has ignored two court orders to leave the country, but he is also a deadbeat who owes thousands in back taxes and a fraudulent Social Security card-holder who has managed to evade authorities for half a century."