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Rat Infestation In Government: The Pied Piper of Washington is leading the rats to your wallet!
August 1, 2009, 10:48 am
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2366638601_815b52ed9e_oYou are probably familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  But do you the story of the Pied Piper of Washington?  Well sit down children and you shall here how the Piper stole the American freedoms that we hold so dear!

There once was a Pied Piper who said, “We live in the greatest country in the world.  Help me change it!” 

 And the people said, “Change is good!”

Then he said, “We are going to tax the rich fat-cats,”. 

 And the people said “Sock it to them!”

“and redistribute their wealth.” 

And the people said, “Show me the money!”
And then he said, “Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody” 

And Joe the plumber said, are you kidding me?”
And Joe’s personal records were hacked and publicized. 

And one lone reporter asked, “Isn’t that Marxist policy?”
And she was banished from the kingdom! 

Then someone asked, “With no foreign relations experience, how will you deal with radical terrorists?”

And the Pied Piper said, “Simple.  I’ll sit down and talk with them and show them how nice we really are and they’ll forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!”

Then the Pied Piper said, “I’ll give 95% of you lower taxes.” 

And one, lone voice said, “But 40% of us don’t pay ANY taxes.”
So the Pied Piper said, “Then I’ll give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!” 

And the people said, “Show me the money!”
Then the Pied Piper said, “I’ll tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!” 

And the people yawned and the slumping housing market collapsed.
And he said, “I’ll mandate employer- funded health care for EVERY worker and raise the minimum wage.” 

And the people said, “Gim’me some of that!”
Then he said, “I’ll penalize employers who ship jobs overseas.” 

And the people said, “Where’s my rebate check?”
Then the Pied Piper actually said, “I’ll bankrupt the coal industry and electricity rates will skyrocket!” 

And the people said, “Coal is dirty, coal is evil, no more coal!  But we don’t care for that part about higher electric rates.”
So the Pied Piper said, “Not to worry.  If your rebate isn’t enough to cover your expenses, we’ll bail you out.  Just sign up with ACORN and your troubles are over!”  

Then he said, “Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted.  Let’s grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches, free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing.”  
And the people said, “Ole`! Bravo!”  And they made him King!
And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers.  Others simply gave up and went out of business and the economy slowed even further. 

 Then the Pied Piper said, “I am the Messiah and I’m here to save you!  We’ll just print more money so everyone will have enough!”  But our foreign trading partners said, “Wait a minute.  Your dollar isn’t worth what it was.  You’ll have to pay more.” 

And the people said, “Wait a minute. That’s not fair!”

And the world said, “Neither are these other, idiotic programs you’ve embraced.  You’ve become a Socialist state and a second-rate power.  Now you’ll play by our rules!” 

And the people said, “What have we done?”

But it was too late. 
If you think this is a fairy tale, open your eyes and ears. It’s happening RIGHT NOW!


TEA For 2…TEA For Me and TEA For You!
July 30, 2009, 10:15 am
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tea_party_cup_2_white_0lv6The state run media, for the most part ignored the TEA Party movement on July 4th.  Take into consideration that we had between 125 and 150 in the park in downtown Barre on Independence day and that there were 5 other simultaneous events happening all over the state.  With all of the traditions, activities and family responsibilitiesthat go with the holiday, I think it was a tremendous turnout and event.

We have been extremely supportive of the movement on the show and I have been honored to speak at a couple of events.  It is empowering to see that people are waking up but, I think its time that the TEA parties stop reaching for symbolic dates.  Tax day, July 4th ect.

The truth is that this is all new to conservatives.  We have jobs, we have lives and we have families.  Most of the people I have met at the TEA party movements are new to the whole idea of protest.  

Case in point: Krisitn Solstrom from Barre.   She organized the Barre City TEA party on July 4th.  She did a fantastic job having never done anything of the sort before.  She is  just a mom who has become really disturbed about the direction that our state and country are moving.

I would rather have 100 Kristin Solstrom’s than 1000 Acorn activists.  Why, because 100 Kristin Solstrom’s have decided for themselves that enough is enough.  Contrast to; 1,000 Acorn activists whom have been given a red t-shirt and told how to think and what to do!   The TEA party protesters are not bussed in or payed to stand and hold a sign.  The left can continue to say that the movement is being funded by Fox News or the GOP!  All of these claims are a smokescreen aimed at discrediting real Americans who have become reluctant  participants.

It really is time for the TEA Party Patriots to organize an event that happens on a average Saturday that has no symbolic significance.  Organizers should allow 6 to 8 weeks to promote it.  This will allow the Average Joe or Jane to participate without having to compete with work or family responsibilities and holiday traditions.

The next big date on the schedule is 09-12-09.  I believe is perfect, It is symbolic, but not on a holiday and happens to be a Saturday!  Be rest assured you will see me there! 

Many of you are aware of Glenn Beck’s 9-12 project. If you are not more details are available at the   

I humbly submit these ideas and at the same time would like to share with you the latest plans and info from the Vermont TEA Party.  If you are interested in joining the movement or helping in anyway, more info is available at   

 John Wallace writes: 

A heartfelt thank you to those who joined us in body as well as in spirit for the July 4th rallies in St. Albans, Burlington, Barre, Rutland, Manchester & Mount Independence. They were a great success. The intensity & sense of urgency for change in the political direction of our state & country was like static crackling in the air…the thunder & lightening helped emphasize the point!

Also, a great thanks to those who came out for our HR3200/Health Care Bill Protest at Vermont’s Congressional Delegation’s offices in Burlington, St. Johnsbury & Montpelier on the 17th…they can run, but they cannot hide. As truth  raises its head, people are dismissing the lies! Our ranks are filling & our momentum grows! Don’t keep the patriot’s faith, share it!

Points of Note, FYI’s & Future Dates

We will be holding Tea Party Organizing Meetings to help “Organize the Organization” within the next two weeks. Please contact your city’s/town organizer(s) for details on date, time & place. We need your participation…. Info will be posted on
(Each city’s organizer’s emails addresses located at end of email)
We are organizing 9/12 Bus Trip(s) to Washington DC for the “American Patriot’s Mass March” on Sat. Sept 12, 2009. We need people to help organize this. Info:

We are organizing statewide events for 9/12 for those people who do not want to go to DC (looking to expand into the eastern counties/Connecticut River Valley & Northeast Kingdom, the southern counties- Windham/Bennington—If you would like to help organize, please contact info:
We are starting a Vermont Tea Party Patriot Newsletter—starting off monthly with monthly editions…contributions/articles are welcome–events, parades, fairs, meetings, articles of interest…Please make the contribution concise, with correct punctuation/spelling etc… reply to
Important Point to Remember: We are asking everyone to dedicate just 10 minutes per day to “political pursuits.” When accomplished, the total of all your energies, will be far greater than the sum of the individual parts. This movement is not about “I the person”, it is about “We the People”…there is strength only with numbers, and each one of you can contribute in some way, no matter how large or small. That is how we affect Real Change! In 1775, we had the Minute Man Militia, today we are asking you to be the 10 Minute Man & Woman Tea Party Activist.
Possible 10 Minute Political Activist Activities :
Volunteer to help Tea Party Movement(!),

Call a/or write Senator a/or Congressman, State Legislator, [VTPE—Voice, Telephone, Pen, Email]
Read Washington Times Article, or other non-mainstream media source,

Speak to a friend about issues, invite them to join Tea Party Movement,

Write a “letter to the editor” of local newspaper,
Search on-line a/or read local “main stream media & print out/cut out article if it contains info that can be used for TP Movement

Search bill tracking sites to learn about various bills that are moving through Washington or Montpelier
Keep informed by going to (if you are a website designer…looking for help with website!)

Create your politically Active Community of Tea Party Activists—invite friends over for “Tea” (coffee or cocktails) and specifically talk about issues…then follow up with what can be done as political activists.
Just voting is not enough! No Whine & Cheese Parties
Read politically relevant books, David Horowitz, Mark Levin, Dick Morris, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Ann Duncan, Bernie Goldberg, Kevin Jackson etc)…maybe start a “book club” discussion with friends. (We will be posting a Tea Party Booklist on the website, please email suggestions to
Listen & call  Talk Radio Shows:

National Talk Shows on 1450 WSNO 
Glenn Beck M-F 9-12N;Rush Limbaugh M-F 12-3pm; Sean Hannity M-F 3-6pm.

Local: The TJ Michaels Show, Sat 7-9 am 802-479-3256—TJ is a very big supporter of the Tea Party Movement, and deserves your support as well!

Join Vermont Tea Party Google Group for discussion of issues… the following address is for general Vermont Tea Party Discussion: join this group, you will need to reply to invitation, which will follow soon or click onto above link to receive invite) New topic specific Google Groups will be added as needed.
The “opposition” has already begun organizing for the next legislative session. They are conspiring, creating the argument that “all the state government cuts have been made that can be made, therefore the state budget will have to increase again.” We know this is bunk. This is the audacity of arrogance that is dismissive of your fiscally frugal voice. WE ask everyone to start gathering information, (press, email, TV/radio news etc.)…we will utilize the information that it collected by all of you. We know which State Legislators, regardless of political party vote to increase your taxes, fees & mandates. You, all of us, WE, must hold them accountable on their record not their rhetoric…their lies, deflections & red herrings will not be accepted nor tolerated.
Nationally…The Administration/Congress is quickly pushing for the government run HR3200 (“Universal” Health Care Bill.) Your calls to Senators and Representatives are working, keeping the Bill from moving through committees…please, don’t stop calling! We can and will stop this bill that will bankrupt the country. This has been referred to as the “Kill Grandma Bill,” as it effectively is war upon elderly, little children, and those who have serious health issues…all those who need health care the most. This bill will limit access to health care as well as reduce the quality of health care…Period. There are many blatant lies being stated by our ex-Gov., the Pres., Congress, especially our Congressional Delegation.
Calls from you are the best, faxes are better than emails—they have to record faxes. (This is why when you are burning up the fax lines, they turn off their fax lines!) Good Going. Contact info below! (AS of 7-24-09..focus on House of Reps, vote will be soon, Senate may be delayed…will keep you posted)
Sen. Leahy—Sen- VT
202-224-4242 DC Ph202-224-3479
Sen. Sanders –Sen-Vt
202-224-5141 DC ph202-228-0776 Fax
Rep Peter Welch D-VT
202-225-4115 ph202-225-6790 fax
Democrat Blue Dog List: (Blue Dogs are the swing vote…keep calling these people and support them in opposing the Health Care Bill–HR3200
House Members:
Cap & Trade/HR2454 (now called ACES-American Clean Energy & Strategy ) is still in play. The Administration/Congress is looking to pass this in Sept., so we will keep you informed as the Bill moves. Call/faxes/emails can still be made on this bill to keep up pressure.
Sat & Sunday July 25 &26 Mount Independence, Orwell, Vt.
Soldiers Atop the Mount– Revolutionary War Reenactment
Sat & Sun Start at 10:00 am
(for info call 802-948-2000

Please support the re-enactors.They keep the flame of our true history alive, versus the revisionist history that is taught in schools. Also, make sure that you sign the petition to keep the Hubbardton Battlefield open. When History Exits, Despotism Enters.

The government is putting the Hubbardton Battlefield on a list of possibilities to close. Vermont has a ratio of 22:1000 (state employees to 1000 people); the national state average is 14/1000. It is not responsible to close a historical site, which brings tourist dollars into the state, especially when the state’s largest employer is tourism…convoluted logic!
Tea Party Organizational Meetings/Email addresses (for TBA, please contact organizer at email)
Barre 8-1-09 9 to 11 pm Location: TBD
Manchester TBA
Burlington TBA
Rutland TBA
St Albans TBA
keep an eye on our website for info

Things are moving so quickly…
July 29, 2009, 9:45 am
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The Art Department has created a show logo!  what do you think?


I Don’t Think Liberals Read!
July 29, 2009, 9:09 am
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common-senseSome of you may know my story and some may not.  The Cliff Notes version is that after 20 years or so of doing music radio, I wanted a new challenge. Listen, I love music and on the radio I’ve played it all and pretty much done it all.  But in September of this past year  I watched the wheels starting come off our country.  

 The Bear Stearns debacle was my pivot point.  I have always been extremely interested in American history and politics.   Yes it’s why my wife loves me so much…actually she thinks I’m a huge geek, I digress. 

The more crazy things got the more determined I was to talk about things that are truly important to people.   Suddenly, all of the music and useless trivia I had crammed my brain with over the years seemed silly.  What seemed really important was what was happening in our country. 

 I have always been a talk radio junky.  I remember riding down the road in my dad’s pick up truck  after being picked up from school with Dad listening to the final minutes of this new guy on the radio,” Rush Limbaugh.” 

In September, I went through a transformation.  I have been remade and am now wide awake!   

Don’t get me wrong, I still love music radio and I still do music radio everyday.  But, I almost can’t wait each week for Saturday morning to get here!   This part-time weekend show has become a passion for me and I can’t tell you how much enjoy doing it!  

 Part of the reason that I am awake is because of my reading regiment.  I can’t get enough.  In the last 8 months…I’ve read  the following:

Atlas Shrug by Ayn Rand, The Real Thomas Jefferson by Andrew M. Allison, An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck , Liberty & Tyranny by Mark Leivn, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Bias by Bernard Goldberg, Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity, Culture Warrior By Bill O’Reilly, Absolute Power by David Limbaugh and the most important…Glenn Beck’s Common Sense:  The Case Against an Out of Control Government. 

This book is incredible!  If you are awake in America it is a must read.  It is also, as Glenn suggests a book that needs to be passed on to others to help them wake up too!

With all of this reading, from time to time I like to check and see how the books are selling. 

From the  Bestsellers list of books at;

 1. “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies” by Michelle Malkin.

3. “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine” by Glenn Beck.

9. “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark R. Levin.

13. “Catastrophe” by Dick Morris.

I don’t see a liberal best seller.  Unless you consider “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot” by Al Franken a legitimate book!

I don’t think liberals read!

Speed Racer Has Nothing On Barack
July 28, 2009, 9:15 am
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obama-signs-stimulus-bill-300x291Most of us sit dumbfounded as we watch the Obama administration move at break neck speed to “remake” America.  As you watch this medical meltdown come together and leaders begin to discuss another stimulus package, (oh my aching head) remember that Obama was critical of the speed of bills being pushed through Congress during the Bush administration.  

In 2004, Democratic Senator-elect Barack Obama complained about bills being pushed through Congress. 

From  News Busters,  an Obama interview with Randi Rhoades on Nov. 22, 2004:

BARACK OBAMA: …When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what’s in them and nobody has read them.

RANDI RHODES: 14 pounds it was!

BARACK OBAMA: Yeah. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate then these kinds of things happen. And I think that this is in some ways what happened to the Patriot Act. I mean you remember that there was no real debate about that. It was so quick after 9/11 that it was introduced that people felt very intimidated by the administration.

Fast forward to 2009 and the speed that our federal government is moving at is unprecedented!  I believe that our government is moving this fast intentionally.  Barack Obama is taking all of his progressive “Remake America” ideas and throwing them against the wall.  Some might say that it is being done to see what sticks but I think it goes much deeper than that.  I think its a game of divide and conquer!  He is intentionally overloading the system.  We are all busy with our lives.  Friends, family, work and other activities do not allow us to focus on the sheer amount of “progress” that our leaders are pitching. 

While our attention is focused on TARP, they are printing money like it is going out of style at the Fed!  While were looking in one direction,  Congress and the administration is sneaking through another one of their progressive ideas. 

I might remind you that Barack Obama ran on a platform of transparency.  You remember, reading the bills, posting them online for 5 days so that all Americans could read them. 

It’s funny how the words of lhypocrite’s always come back to haunt them.  The bottom line is…53% of Americans bought snake oil in November and 47% didn’t!  

Today’s proof that we have saved the planet: Global Warming no longer a threat!
July 27, 2009, 8:43 am
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polar_bear1North America Approaches 3,000 Record Low High Temperatures! 

We’ve done it!  Without Cap and Trade, without the Kyoto Treaty, we’ve saved the planet from the certain destruction of global warming!

Let’s take a moment to thank all of those folks who sacrificed themselves to public ridicule for driving the ugliest car on the planet the Toyota Prius!   All in the name of saving Mother Earth!  Congratulations you’ve done it.

Electric bills are going down because North America (home to the evil American conservative capitalist pigs bent on destroying the environment) has chilled out this summer 

Jesse Ferrell of AccuWeather reports: “1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC — count record ‘low highs’ and the number increases to 2,925, surely to pass 3,000 before the end of the month.”

Ferrell also says: “The period of July 17-20 was the worst, with over 1,600 stations breaking records. It’s worth noting that these stats include all records across the nation.”

And: “The lowest temperatures of the month are also impressive, with 50s in every state and 40s in most, some 30s. Normally temperatures are peaking in July.”

Might this be why envirowackos have changed the terminology on us?  Yes its time to re-brand Al Gore’s absolute science.  It’s  now dubbed Global Climate Change.  If at first you don’t succeed…change the rules!

I think the Politicians should leave the Science…to the Scientists!

Now keep in mind that the” Hug The World Crew” won’t let facts get in the way! 

Get ready for a new mantra from Al Gore and Co.:

The polar bears are now freezing in the Arctic!

Can’t wait!

OBMAMA: Not Ready For Prime Time Player
July 26, 2009, 12:03 pm
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gatesHave you seen the photo of Henry Louis Gates Jr. taken by a neighbor?  Gates of course is the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research.  He was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Mass. Police say they were called to the home of Gates after a woman reported seeing a man try to pry open the front door.  As we all know, it turned out to be him breaking into his own house because he had lost his keys. President Obama was asked about it during the press conference on Wednesday night and he said the police acted stupidly…. You know we worried about how experienced this man was before he became president and Obama showed he’s a not a ready for prime time player.

Maybe it is me, but if I were trying to sell the nation on a plan to take over a $2.4 trillion a year healthcare system, I would have avoided getting into a he said/he said battle between Police Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Gates — or Skip, as the president calls him.

President Obama ended his fourth prime-time press conference in his first 6 months by saying, in answer to a question from his hometown reporter Lynn Sweet: 

 “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that [Gates case]. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

Ok follow me here…The Man is The President of The United States of America, should he be commenting on an incident, as he said, not being there and not knowing all of the facts?  Who does that?  Who makes a comment accusing an officer and police department of being stupid and suggests that it was racially motivated, without knowing the facts?  Does this sound like a President of the United States?  It doesn’t!….Bill Cosby sounded more like an American President than Barrack Obama when he said on a Boston radio station this week:  “This is a road we need not go down.”

What was pitched to the media as a six month report card on his job performance really was a press conference on healthcare.  President Obama wanted to turn big public opposition to his plan and get the message out on health care.

Way to shout down your own message, Mr. President.

For his part, Sgt. Crowley defended himself but did not knock the President.

Where did this question during the press conference come from?  Someone broke the rule and asked a non-healthcare question! That person was Lynn Sweet, a very savvy Chicago political reporter who knows Obama’s sensitivities from his Illinois state Senate days when he worked on racial profiling issues, asked the president, seemingly strangely, about a recent disorderly conduct arrest in Cambridge, Mass. On the surface that issue would not seem to merit attention as one of only 11 questions at a nationally-televised White House news conference with the president of the United States.

However, as Sweet well knew, the arrestee was black…a  respected academic. Also — here’s the key — a friend of Obama’s. The officer was white. It was late at night. Apparently a neighbor saw someone in a T-shirt breaking into a nearby home. It happened to be the key-less owner himself, but who knew then?

A softball that Obama swung at and hit into foul territory.

Let’s see, Sarah Palin… Joe the Plumber… clinging to guns… clinging to religion… now, Sgt. Crowley.

Is it just me, or is there a pattern here?

Then again, Barack Obama spent 3 years in Cambridge when he was in law school, so maybe he knows something I don’t. But, speaking of acting stupidly, wading into this controversy was not a very brilliant move.

Finally on Friday, President Obama apologized.  Did you notice how reluctant it was?  The political heat became too hot!  No one was talking about healthcare.  Everyone was talking about a decorated police officer from Cambridge who was doing his job and following protocol yet, the President Of The United States Of America called him Stupid…

It’s not that stupid is a harsh word or that stupid is dramatically hurtful.  It’s that this is the President of The United States calling one of America’s finest Stupid!  My liberal friends loved to use the words “Bush League”, when W made a gaffe or did not speak well…this is so far beyond “Bush League,” it’s off the charts bad!  

I cannot believe that there is not more outrage over the President calling one of America’s finest…Stupid.

A beer at the Whitehouse will now apparently fix the whole problem.  If I were Sgt. Crowley I would’ve said;  “Apology accepted, however on the invite…thanks, but no thanks!”