Sunday, October 13, 2013

INCIVILITY IN GOVERNMENT -- JAMES CITY COUNTY VIRGINIA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


I will write more later to explain this, but in the meantime, please visit my blog post on October 3rd to learn the origin of this presentation to the JCC VA board on Oct. 8, 2013.  Thank you.  

To: JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA Board of Supervisors
October 8, 2013

Chairman McGlennon, board members, staff, ladies and gentlemen in attendance. I am Joe Mann, 148 The Green. Robert's B District.

I rise to express concerns about some decisions of this board and the incivility toward citizens who earnestly present their concerns to you in open session. I will add a few points to the op-ed The VA Gazette published for me a week ago. I assert with sincerity that it's not at all pleasing for me to come before you with such criticisms. We are still a rather small community.....we're not like strangers talking behind shields of anonymity.

Your changing law in session on September 27 to deny the rights of a group to build a church in Grove was just wrong.

Your purchasing control of rural land for inflated prices is fiscally irresponsible. Please, no more.

What appears to many, especially those who live in “rural,” to be an effort to control all rural land and people must be addressed forthrightly to all citizens. If your efforts are truly just for more control, stop and reevaluate your motives.

Call a timeout. Encourage critique, don't discourage it as you are now.

Don't use law-abiding gun owners' protest of the questionable privilege of fungible administrative policy to abrogate Sheriff Deeds' right to freely speak out against gun confiscation to discourage open dissent. And, don't use it as a ruse to explain why more people decline to speak out in your favor. Why did they not come out to praise you in the past?

And, rethink the reported initiative to hold “Online town hall meetings” as a substitute for face-to-face public commentary. I'd suggest that hiding behind the anonymity of a computer is no substitute for open conversations where there is dissent. Same applies to all managed e-mails. The nature of the data base you will “create” will also be highly suspect.

SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS THE GLUE THAT BINDS PEOPLE FOR COMMON PURPOSE.

JAMES CITY COUNTY IS STILL OF THE SIZE THAT THIS SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT....IT IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE IN “RURAL.”

CONTROL OF RURAL LAND, PORTENDS CONTROL OF PEOPLE ----WHO THEY ARE, HOW THEY LIVE, WHAT THEY GROW, HOW SOME OF THEM MAKE A LIVING. WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE?

DECLINE OF THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY PORTENDS DECLINE IN AMERICA. IT'S HAPPENING ACROSS THE NATION. LET'S STOP IT HERE.

Finally, civility derives from a state of mind and is expressed from the heart. Civility is demonstrated, not proclaimed, and surely cannot be mandated. Hence the Democratic Committee's declaration that their candidates will pledge to be civil, while not contestable as to purpose, is of questionable intent as a new initiative. What's the motive? Is it simply for mitigation after we exposed the incivility of the Democratic members in my op-ed of October 2, and the excellent editorial of The Gazette editor alongside it? Who can doubt this legitimately? == J. Mann





















Thursday, October 10, 2013

CLOSING MEMORIALS ---- PUNISHMENT BY VINDICTIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA

 
Editor's Note -- JAM
President Obama is CEO of the USA and is Commander-in Chief of our vaunted military. As CEO, he's responsible for everything that goes on under his management and his command. So, the families of 4 of our fallen heroes in Afghanistan were told they could not get benefits for their deceased loved ones and their bodies might not be flown home. No money. At the same time, he approves $400 million+ for left-leaning NPR who gives him softball interviews and endorses him.....but he "knows nothing" about funds being denied families of fallen soldiers. So, what's worse, a president so irresponsibe as he or 50% of voters who ignore his faults and support him? Clue: Had he not been elected and reelected, we wouldn't have the problem...... and many more.

The American Shame:
By Dr. Robert Warren, PhD
October 8, 2013

It has been over a year since I last visited the WW-II Memorial on the DC Mall. To me, it is a reminder of the great sacrifices Americans have made to preserve and protect freedom. There are always some very touching remembrances tucked in a small place. And it is common to see an aging vet being greeted and hugged by grateful families and even strangers. One is often rendered speechless, overwhelmed by thanks and a sense of standing on hallowed ground.

Needless to say, I was shocked when I heard that WW-II veterans were being stopped by barricades and, therefore, locked out of this, their outdoor Memorial.

As the story has unfolded, it has gotten increasingly ugly with all fingers pointing at an Obama administration that has forgotten the founding premise of the Constitution - the government belongs to the people.

A number of very important lessons emerged from this debacle:

First, the veterans did what they did some 70 years ago in Europe and the South Pacific. They stormed the barricades under threat of arrest by the Park Service. This is civil disobedience at its best.

Second, it was Republican legislators who came to the Memorial and assisted with barrier removal and negotiations with the Park Police. Conversely, it was Democrat legislators who supported the illegal immigration protest on the supposedly “closed” DC Mall.

Third, the Obama administration deliberately chose to shut down the highly visibly WW-II Memorial to pressure Republicans. They cared not one wit for the most fragile of America’s veterans, many in wheel chairs and others close to death. Therefore, it is not surprising that they also shutdown every other military memorial and even arrested some veterans.

To anyone paying attention, this administration has clearly shown a level of cruelty that is truly disgusting. Unfortunately, the shame belongs to we the people. We let government get too big, too intrusive and too expensive in a mindless and ignorant search for an ideal welfare state.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

JAMES CITY COUNTY, VIRGINIA, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OUT OF CONTROL


The problem of out of control governance in this article is being played out in all of America. My observation is that the cause for this in my own Virginia County of James City ranges from ineptitude to deliberate initiatives to create a "new order" according to UN Agenda 21. The disrespect shown to citizens by James City County Board of Supervisors is unacceptable. Local governments across America are aligned with ICLEI (explained below). Every citizen should learn about Agenda 21, all information, not just the seemingly innocuous information most easily obtained. There's virtually nothing from the media. Anything that's written masquerades as "sustainable development."
My article below published in The Virginia Gazette September 30, 2013, is receiving much attention. Not all actions are a part of Agenda 21.  But, any small part is too much.

The Virginia Gazette is a unit of the Daily Press Media Group of The Chicago Tribune.
September 30, 2013



James City County Board Of Supervisors Triumvirate Out Of Control

By Joe Mann

Government of the people, by the people and for the people is the American way of governance as old as her constitution. Perhaps the triumvirate of James City County supervisors, Jim Icenhour, John McGlennon and Andy Bradshaw (and Wilford Kale before him) should review the concept and also learn the meaning of “public servant.”

Two elected Democrats and and one appointee now control the Board Of Supervisors, often as a cabal. They spend at unprecedented rates, yet they do nothing to broaden the tax base to avoid tax increases. Their initiative to control rural land and people should be unacceptable to all, as should be their abrogation of property rights as they recently did in denying a group's right to build a church in Grove. They made new law by rewriting existing law while in session with only their votes. Control of land portends control of people, where and how they live, food production, and even how many chickens one can raise, if any! The triumvirate recently purchased development rights on two tracts for far more than the market value. One tract even has land unsuitable for development. Several dissenters, including a respected developer who spoke to the overpayment, were dismissed with palpable disdain. They show contempt for anyone who speaks out against them, especially their land control initiatives.

In June 2011, a group of concerned citizens approached the Board Of Supervisors to divorce James City County from ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), the operating base of UN Agenda 21. ICLEI masquerades as “sustainable development,” but Agenda 21 is a radical New World Order where land and people are controlled according to a grand UN plan. The citizens did their research, made cogent arguments and deserved respect. They got it from Supervisors Mary Jones, Bruce Goodson and Jim Kennedy who voted to divorce ICLEI. Response from the minority two, now two of the controlling triumvirate, was disparaging to contemptuous.

With control of the Board Of Supervisors, the triumvirate is focused again on land control, under the guise of “Thinking and Understanding Rural.” They spend taxpayers' money for consultants to teach us what many already know and most would if they sought facts and questioned the supervisors, whom many support reflexively. I tried to take the surveys even though I “understand rural, as reported in an earlier post.” The first question, what should the density of housing be in rural?, and the multiple choices given defined the objective – control, limit land use and “urbanize rural people. What gives anyone living on a quarter acre in a planned community or in the center of “urban” the right to dictate how rural land owners use their land? Once again, courageous citizens spoke up to the BOS to protect property rights. Again they were treated with contempt.

Now, the triumvirate is dismayed that only those who oppose excessive expenditures, abrogation of property rights and “urbanization of rural” show up to speak at Board Of Supervisors meetings. They wonder why people don't speak out to praise them. They now have an answer – fear of guns. A straw man! Such a ludicrous ruse arises from the attendance of a group of law abiding gun owners at a BOS meeting to show support for an outstanding public servant, Sheriff Bob Deeds, when the JCC administrator used his appointed position, and a fungible policy, to abrogate duly elected Sheriff Deeds' first amendment rights to post, on the JCC website, his opposition to gun confiscation. Solution? Spend more money to buy a service to hold online “town halls.” Control the “discussion.” Limit citizens' rights to free speech before the Board Of Supervisors. Create favorable results.

Those who ignore the abrogation of rights of others today will lose theirs tomorrow.

Joe Mann holds a doctorate from Georgia Tech. He is the founder and CEO of The Mann Group, International Consultants in management, marketing and technology strategies.





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OBAMA'S SPEECH ON THE ACA AND THE GOV'T SHUTDOWN


 Whatever one thinks of the ACA (aka Obamacare), the fact is it is the most extreme example of the incorrect way to solve problems that one skilled in correct analytical problem-solving methodology knows. But, it's the way congress and the president operate. Ineptitude reigns supreme!

As I listened to President Obama's speech on the "shutdown" and his commentary about the ACA, with his shills behind him and a few examples of the greatness of the ACA, I had to post this note that came to me from a very reliable friend yesterday. I normally give specifics and references but cannot here because of a wish for anonymity. It is reliable. Accept it if you want some reliable counter to Obama's hype and deception or reject it if you prefer to be a sycophant for him. Obama is a master at using the technique used in all situations like today's. He can't be matched in playing to his base, including those who don't seek information and just accept his words. His condemnation of his opposition, Republicans, is unprecedented and very unprofessional. But, that's Obama! I hold him in contempt, but what does it say for those who voted him in and support him reflexively? Willful ignorance. Harsh? Yes, but deserved.


This is from a lady I know in Berlin, MD. (from friend Steve) -- verbatim unedited

I know I told you my insurance was horrible form work. But I was going to go ahead and get it because I need a follow up colonoscopy. I can't even enroll until November for January. Well I thought it couldn't get worse, but... The new insurance has a $3500 deductible with absolutely no coverage until it is met. It will not cover spouses at all, and if you put your kids on it, you have an $11,000 deductible before it covers anything.

I'm trying to pay back $55,000 of student loans, why didn't the government bail me out like it did those corporations

And now they want to shut down. Congress is corrupt!