Ed Naile, CNHT

Hear Ed Naile every Wednesday morning on WLMW 90.7 FM on the Girard at Large radio show or listen to the archives at Voter Fraud Radio
Tuesday
Nov062007

They Deliver

It’s official now.

America’s newspapers have the circulation of a corpse. Well deserved I might say.

The newest figures have most dailies in a decline, which is part of a long trend. The internet has taken its toll on newsprint because when you get your news from the web you get what you want and when you do buy a paper it seems like old news. I find the news in papers often FEELS older than it really is even when I know it is not the case.

That has to be tough on the print media.

No skin off my nose though because being a conservative most of my friends and I have often been the target of the papers because for the most part they are liberal arms of the government they cover. I go to events weeklies and dailies cover and have learned that what you read is predictably slanted.

When I read that my single favorite paper, The Wall Street Journal, had slipped a small percentage I was worried until I looked at the total circulation numbers.

According to Editor and Publisher magazine the WSJ slipped in the last six month reporting period by 1.5%. Not that bad as opposed to The New York Times, down 4.51% or the Boston Globe, down 6.66%. (Down 666 hmmmm?)

The only major “newspaper,” USA Today, which is more a cross between perforated tissue on a roll and what a comic book published by NPR would be like, GAINED 1.04%! This could only mean ONE THING!

There must be more motels in being built in the US because I only get my USA Today early in the morning off of the grimy carpet outside the door of my motel room whenever I am on the road. They are free! When you get to the lobby there are usually extra bundles of them in some corner.

On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal costs me $1.50 which I gladly pay even if I read only the front page and last several pages of the first section. It’s like cheese cake – a couple of good bites is plenty.

Another heartening figure is that the WSJ has a paid circulation of just over 2 million copies while USA Today is 2.2 million. The Washington Post and New York Times together don’t have 2 million in circulation.

The internet will win the war of attrition until newspapers can find a way to get people to buy them again. I will happily keep paying $1.50 for the WSJ because it has quality as opposed to liberal pap.

Since I stopped driving on NH toll roads and will not be paying the first 75 cents or the 25 cent increase maybe I’ll pick up a couple Washington Times or Human Events as well with the extra change.

Tuesday
Nov062007

Principles And Hope

Who would have thought Congressman Ron Paul would be the third largest single-day fundraiser of all the presidential candidates currently on the roster. That is amazing.

It is less amazing if you have followed Ron Paul’s grassroots campaign from outside the mainstream media’s box. I have had a look at it myself from here in New Hampshire. Dr. Paul has activists most candidates would saw a limb off for. And they run the gamut from neophyte to seasoned campaigners. Our taxpayer group, the Coalition of NH Taxpayers, has been leaned out a bit by the Ron Paul campaign draining some our more active members. This happens every election cycle as different campaigns look for real, live, legitimate, New Hampshire resident volunteers as opposed to bussing in help from out of state as some campaigns do.

I am not surprised that there is now a degree of downplaying the fundraising ability of Dr. Paul from some in the media who would like people to believe this campaign is simply an internet anomaly based on whipped up into a frenzy computer geeks. After you have been around campaigns for a while you might, if you paid the slightest attention, notice that much of what serves as serious campaign commentary is generated by whipped up into a frenzy campaign geeks.

What’s a guy to do for some real news?

Try taking a second look.

Ron Paul also set a single-event record, $102,000 dollars, for his fundraising recently. It was in Texas at a private home – from all indications it was a very luxurious home. The owners are people who regularly donate to worthy causes, such as hospice care, at upscale charity events. These are not computer geeks involved in a pretend campaign. Ron Paul has a broad spectrum of energetic supporters because he has a set of principals and sticks to them.

No matter how the Ron Paul campaign finishes I see a big plus for conservatives, libertarians, and all the combinations thereof because much of the Ron Paul support comes from young people who are just entering politics.

Here is a candidate, a sitting Congressman, with a voting record, unlike former dark horse candidate Pat Buchanan who was the last person to energize voters to this degree, who proposes limited government. Not only does Ron Paul preach the gospels of limited government (low taxes) but he backs the founder’s notion of avoiding foreign entanglements that endanger American lives.

And on top of this he is pro-life.

If the Ron Paul campaign can get limited government, low tax, Libertarian, pro-U.S. foreign policy, pro-life, activists working together and educating young people I think he has brought hope to America.

Wednesday
Oct312007

Such A Deal

This just crossed my mind while reading about Superior Court “Judge” Coffey
You must remember Superior Court Judge Patricia who helped create a trust to hide her husband's assets from debtors. The debtors in this case were clients defrauded by Judge Coffey’s husband.
Members of the fearsome State Judicial Conduct Committee have decided Judge Patricia Coffey, wife of suspended attorney John J. Coffey, has violated the esteemed judicial code of conduct. Now Judge Coffey may be subject to a wide array of scary punishments ranging from a private reprimand (Not that, Oh NO!) to disbarment (Code for some state job some place?).
Here is what you or I would be subject to if we did the same.
Section 642:4
642:4 Aiding Criminal Activity. – A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if he purposely aids another who has committed a crime in profiting or benefiting from the criminal activity, as by safeguarding the proceeds thereof or converting the proceeds into negotiable funds.
Source. 1971, 518:1, eff. Nov. 1, 1973.

CHAPTER 643_ABUSE OF OFFICE
Section 643:2
643:2 Misuse of Information. – A public servant, as defined in RSA 640:2, II, is guilty of a misdemeanor if, knowing that official action is contemplated or in reliance on information which he has acquired by virtue of his office or from another public servant, he:
I. Acquires or divests himself of a pecuniary interest in any property, transaction or enterprise which may be affected by such action or information; or
II. Speculates or wagers on the basis of such action or information; or
III. Knowingly aids another to do any of the foregoing.
Source. 1971, 518:1, eff. Nov. 1, 1973.

CHAPTER 638_FRAUD
Forgery and Fraudulent Practices Generally
Section 638:9
638:9 Fraud on Creditors. – A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if:
I. He destroys, removes, conceals, encumbers, transfers or otherwise deals with property subject to a security interest with a purpose to hinder enforcement of that interest; or
II. Knowing that proceedings have been or are about to be instituted for the appointment of a person entitled to administer property for the benefit of creditors, he
(a) Destroys, removes, conceals, encumbers, transfers or otherwise deals with any property with a purpose to defeat or obstruct the claim of any creditor, or otherwise to obstruct the operation of any law relating to administration of property for the benefit of creditors; or
(b) Presents to any creditor or to an assignee for the benefit of creditors, orally or in writing, any statement relating to the debtor's estate, knowing that a material part of such statement is false.
Source. 1971, 518:1, eff. Nov. 1, 1973.

Well a brotherhood slap on the wrist is better than nothing I guess.

This is New Hampshire after all.

Wednesday
Oct312007

Mayor Guinta - Stay With A Winner

Maybe I'm confused.

Mayor Frank Guinta is up for re-election after serving two years as Mayor of Manchester. Easy enough to understand.

His opponent is an attorney who was on the Manchester School Board. One of his main campaign themes is a promise to make education better.

Mayor Frank is already working on that, just like he is at reducing crime - down a considerable sum, and cutting taxes - which he has done as promised in his first campaign.

Now the Mayor's opponent thinks Mayor Guinta is weak on education?

Then how, two years ago, did Mayor Guinta give such a shellacking to "Mayor For Life" Bob Baines the former school teacher? If anyone is "pro-education" you would think it was Bob Baines.

I think former Mayor Baine's idea of pro-education was simply throwing more money at it. The voters probably picked up on that as well.

So the reason Manchester voters should jump on board another tax and spend platform with Attorney Donovan is...

There isn't one.

Wednesday
Oct312007

Ready - Set - TAX!

The Coalition of NH Taxpayers helps individuals who help themselves – it works best that way. Occasionally we get lucky and find a group and an issue that expose problems taxpayers in NH have that touch on the many types of personalities involved, municipal functions, state laws, and the state buearocracy.

We have a “Tri-Fecta” in Windsor - call it a “hat trick” if you want a hockey analogy.

Windsor taxpayers contacted CNHT for some help with the clique that runs that small town. It seems some people had not paid property taxes for up to six years. You can make a ton of loyal friends by forgiving taxes if you are a selectman.

But as all Ponzi schemes surely end so has minority rule in Windsor. The powers that be are still in office but the thrones are so much more uncomfortable than in years past.

So is a certain chair in Concord. It belongs to one Sandra Burke of the glorious NH Dept. of Revenue.

Under state statute the DRA sets the tax rate for municipalities.

21-J:35 Setting of Tax Rates by Commissioner. –
I. The commissioner of revenue administration shall compute and establish the tax rate of each town, city, or unincorporated place. Any assessments report issued by the commissioner pursuant to RSA 21-J:11-a shall not delay or otherwise affect the setting of the tax rate for that municipality.
II. To compute and establish the tax rates of towns, cities and unincorporated places under paragraph I, the commissioner shall examine the reports required under RSA 21-J:34 to ensure that:
(a) All appropriations have been made in a manner which is consistent with procedural requirements established by statute.
(b) No appropriations have been made which are prohibited by statute.
© All revenues have been estimated accurately and in a manner which is not prohibited by statute.
(d) All calculations are correct.
III. If the commissioner finds that appropriations were made in a manner which is inconsistent with statute he shall delete the appropriation or that portion in question.
IV. If the commissioner finds that the estimated revenues included are inaccurate or inappropriate he shall adjust the estimates in question.
V. The commissioner shall notify in writing the governing body of each city or town of the rate he has established. This notification shall include a detailed explanation of all changes made in the appropriations or revenue estimates submitted by the municipality or district in question.
VI. Any town, city, or unincorporated place which is dissatisfied with the tax rate set under this section may, within 10 days of notification, request an oral hearing on this matter before the commissioner of revenue administration. If such a request is made, the commissioner shall promptly schedule and conduct a hearing pursuant to rules he shall adopt under RSA 541-A. After hearing, the decision of the commissioner shall be final.
Source. 1987, 285:4, eff. July 1, 1987. 2001, 158:57, eff. Sept. 3, 2001. 2003, 307:9, eff. July 1, 2003.

So the DRA is in charge of Windsor’s tax rate – sort of.

All Windsor has to do is supply things like records as in RSA 21-J:34 which says in part:

V. A financial report for each city, town, school district, village district, or county shall be filed showing the summary of receipts and expenditures, according to uniform classifications, during the preceding fiscal year, and a balance sheet showing assets and liabilities at the close of the year. This report shall be submitted on or before April 1 if the municipality keeps its accounts on a calendar year basis, or on or before September 1 if the municipality keeps its accounts on an optional fiscal year basis pursuant to RSA 31:94-a. School districts shall submit financial reports on or before September 1 of each year.

But The Coalition of Windsor Taxpayers has letters from the DRA going back ten years or so that show the town fathers do not submit everything they are supposed to. For instance this year the Town Treasurer did not submit a Treasurer’s Report - the straw that broke the camel’s hat trick so to speak.

So if the DRA sets the tax rate but the Windsor Clique does not give them data……..?

Are we just making up tax rates for towns now? That is what it looks like.

Since September 21, 2007 the taxpayer group in Windsor has been trying to open a dialogue with their DRA representative, Sandra Rourke, to no avail. A simple little town with 250 residents and the DRA can’t do its job.

What gives? Could it be that the DRA is a toothless paper tiger or an incompetent hackarama?

And they are the ones the tax and spenders want in charge of a broad based tax?

Figures.