Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson



Eric Garner Killed By Liberal Policies

A lot could be said about the death of Eric Garner.  The media looking for any example of white police resulting in the death of black men are doing their best to blur the lines between this case and the other recent cases they are pushing out in their attempts to claim it's all a matter of racism.  Which falls flat when you consider facts such as the supervising sargent being a black woman.

Eric Garner stands out though, but not for the reasons protestors and others are making it out to be.

The case of Eric Garner highlights how the left, those who support big government, higher taxes and more regulations are the ones responsible for Eric's death.  That's not to say that Eric's own individual actions were not partly at fault but his actions were minor in this case.

Eric's crime?  He was selling "Loosies", individual cigarettes which do not have the official state of NY tax stamp.

Let that sink in.

Now Eric wasn't a saint, he had a past arrest record of assult and had been arrested over 30 times but several of those arrests were for nothing more then selling individual cigarettes.

When you buy a car and no longer want it what do you do with it?  You sell it.

If you buy electronics and eventually want to upgrade to something better what do you do with the old one?  You sell it.

In fact with websites like ebay or pawn shops and thrift stores you can resell just about any of your belongings assuming there is a market for it.

New York State created a market for people reselling cigarettes by raising taxes on them to the highest in the country with New York City adding additional taxes on top of the ones the state already imposes.  They then create criminals by making it illegal to buy cigarettes where they are cheaper and resell them to people who want to avoid the taxation imposed on them.

If people want to protest in memory of Eric Garner, they should do so against what really killed him.  Overbearing government.

They should fight against over taxation which creates black markets and against victimless crimes which lead to arrests like the one which resulted in Eric's death.

March for more freedom, more liberty and lower taxes, not trumped up myth that this was an act of racism.


The Michael Brown Legacy

There is so much that can be said about the situation in Ferguson.  It's easy to think it doesn't impact any of us here in New Hampshire because it's several states away but it does.  There are protests already organized and happening here.

What is really sad about the whole thing is that it could have been avoided if people and the media focused on facts instead of rumors and hype.

When the story first broke the national media jumped because it was a white cop shooting an unarmed black teen.  They got nearly every part of the story wrong.

From the start the media presented the story with a slant like this version from the Huffington Post found HERE.

The fatal shooting of a black teenager by police sent hundreds of angry residents out of their apartments Saturday in a St. Louis suburb, igniting shouts of "kill the police" during a confrontation that lasted several hours.


Brown's grandmother, Desiree Harris, said she saw him running in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon when she passed him in her car. Just minutes later, after she returned home, she heard a commotion and went outside to check on it. Less than two blocks away, she found Brown's body.

"He was running this way," she said. "When I got up there, my grandson was lying on the pavement. I asked the police what happened. They didn't tell me nothing."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported several distraught relatives were outside talking with neighbors, including Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and stepfather, Louis Head. Head held a sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"


County police said a large crowd confronted officers following the shooting, yelling such things as "kill the police."


Harris said her grandson had recently graduated high school and was looking forward to the future, including possibly attending college.

"My grandson never even got into a fight," she said. "He was just looking forward to getting on with his life. He was on his way."

Already before any facts beyond that the police officer shot and killed Michael Brown it was already being painted an a good innocent teen gunned down in cold blood.

Look at this original report from CNN found HERE.

A friend and witnesses say Missouri teen Michael Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed him, but that account is in dispute.

This is when we begin to see claims of him having his hands up.  Of course we know now that the "friend" was Dorian Johnson, the same "friend" who assisted Brown when they robbed a local store not long before the shooting and the claims that he had his hands up were lies.

Let's recap, from day one we have already seen evidence of a family with violent tendency yelling "kill the police" and their key witness was the partner in a robbery.  The video of the robbery was released around 8/15 just under a week after the shooting took place and police admitted he was a suspect in the robbery.

Dispite all of this on August 12th Obama choose to get involved making public comments.

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.

I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

His comments gave credibility to the protesting because he was saying he felt there was enough evidence for the Department of Justice to get involved.

For months this story festered and grew as the media continued to promote the claims that he had his hands up even though the autopsy disproved that claim and they continued to present witness after witness who supported the lie that he had his hands up, which later turned out none of the "witnesses" actually witnessed the shooting.

In internet debates I had in the weeks following people continued to present details which had been debunked and insisted they were fact and questioned anything that disagreed with the version they wanted to believe.  Claims that "Fox news lies" were thrown out attacking the source of articles instead of the content within them (which turned out to be factually correct)

The evidence (read as facts) presented to the Grand Jury has been put out for the public to see HERE but it no longer matters.  People have made their minds up and at this point facts no longer matter.

The result is what we saw the other night.  Fires burning, people who have worked hard to start a business watched their dreams destroyed by the misguided protesters, police cars on fire.

What exactly did they get out of it all?  Now businesses are destoryed and jobs they had are gone.  Those that remain will see higher insurance rates and most likely see lower sales numbers.  And all of it was because of a two bit thug and a pack of lies.

Little bit of advice to anyone thinking of joining any of the New Hampshire protests, or any others for that matter, please get informed before stepping outside and really understand what the facts really are.


Punish All For Acts Of A Few

In all my experience working with different colleges and serving as a national president of a fraternal organization, I have witnessed several cases of colleges and universities stripping college students of basic constitutional rights.

The first amendment of the US Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

One of the rights protected by this above statement is the right for us to peaceable assemble.  This means we can join organizations and clubs as we see fit, not as the university permits of us.

That brings me to an article I read today found HERE.

West Virginia University has suspended all activities by campus fraternities and sororities hours after a student was found at a fraternity house without a pulse, police and school officials said on Thursday.

Nolan Burch, 18, was not breathing when he was found at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house around midnight on Tuesday, said Ed Preston, the police chief of Morgantown, where the school is located, 75 miles (121 km) south of Pittsburgh.

Police arrived to find CPR being administered to Burch, who was taken to hospital and put in intensive care, Preston said in a statement, adding that fraternity members were being interviewed.

After the incident, the school said it was indefinitely suspending all sorority and fraternity social and pledging activities.

Stop a moment and think about this.

I don't want to downplay what happened with Nolan Burch but what is being said here is Kappa Sigma screwed up so all fraternities will be punished and all students wishing to join those organizations can no longer exorcise their first amendment rights to assemble.

This would be like everyone in an apartment complex losing their license to drive because the person in apartment B was caught drunk driving.

Or trying to strip everyone of their right to own a gun because one person was irresponsible with theirs... oh wait, that actually is attempted but luckily it has been shot down as unconstitutional.

Fraternal organizations in this country, and I include sororities in this classification, have gotten such a bad reputation in this country that they are continually considered guilty until proven innocent and schools think nothing of stripping them of their rights.

Looking back at the first amendment, we do have the right to assemble.  In fact in the case Beta Upsilon Chi v. Machen the court ruled:

"The courts have long understood as implicit in the right to engage in activities protected by the First Amendment a corresponding right to associate with others in pursuit of a wide variety of political, social, economic, educational, religious, and cultural ends."

If members of Kappa Sigma did something wrong, punish their members to full extent of the law, but do not strip away rights of the innocent because of the acts of others.


Carol Shea Porter vs Frank Guinta

Frant Guinta and Carol Shea Porter have matched up already in past elections with each beating the other at least once.  This allows us to see actual records of both candidates to make more informed decisions when voting.  I'm compiling here several details about both candidates to hopefully better educate voters on their choices.

On Taxes

Carol Shea Porter - Carol has continually scored an F rating with the National Taxpayers Union, often ranking nearly the lowest score of all Congress.  In her latest term in office Carol voted for a net of $121 Billion in new spending.  The term before she voted for $262.8 Billion in new spending.

Frank Guinta - Frank scored a B rating with the National Taxpayers Union.  In his last term in office Frank voted for a net of $352.7 Billion in CUTS.

Analysis: Carol's record shows her to be a huge spender and completely fiscally irresponsible.  Frank has proven himself to be more fiscally responsible.


On Gun Rights

Carol Shea Porter - Came out stating she supports "States Rights" in regards to D.C. banning guns.

Frank Guinta - Is supported by the NRA for his pro 2nd Amendment views.

Analysis: Anyone who cares about gun rights has to go with Frank Guinta on this one.


On Women's Rights

Caarol Shea Porter - Voted yes on the "Foreign Relations Authorization Act" which supports funding abortions in other countries.
-Supports public funding of abortions in the US.
- Carol voted yes for the "Clone and Kill Policy", which instead of banning human cloning, requires all human clones created to be killed while still embryos.

Frank Guinta -  Voted yes to ban federal funding for abortions

Analysis: While Carol has attempted to paint Frank as an extremist his voting record only opposes funding of abortions while she has a more extreme view of not only forcing every to fund abortion even if they are religiously opposed to it but in the case of the clone bill requires the killing of human life in some circumstances.



Carol Shea Porter - Voted yes on the "Thought Crime Act" which attempts to create different levels of crime based on the thought of the criminal.

Frank Guinta - Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.
- Supports requiring congress to identify the constitutionality in each new bill.
- Supports banning stock trading on congressional insider knowledge.

Over all I could list, and I have HERE, a number of reason why Carol needs to go.  Once again in this latest term she proved why she is not right for New Hampshire.



When You Have Nothing To Say

One good way to see how well a party is doing is how it motivates its base.  If you look back when G.W. Bush was president Democrats were in full force attacking him at every turn (ironically for many thing Obama is now doing that they are silent on).  After Obama first took office they continued to sound off blaming Bush for every wrong in the country, ignoring that they controlled the house and senate since the 2006 elections.

Now we're about half way into Obama's second term in office approaching the mid-term elections.  If ever there was a time to get excited about your side it's now.  Democrats should be sounding off about all their accomplishments... only problem is they have none.

I look often at the website as a way to see how the other side thinks and to see what their current hot topics are they are railing Republicans about.  Lately it has been nothing more than crickets.

The last posting on their site was made Oct 13th, prior to that Sep 10th.

Do they have nothing to sound off about?  No accomplishments they can brag about?

It seems all their prior attacks against Republicans can now be used against them so that card can no longer be played.  They attacked Bush for his deficit but we see far worse deficit spending under their watch.  They attacked Bush for the wars in the Middle East but now the situation in the Middle East is a complete mess.

The article from October isn't even about current events, it a flashback about Goldwater and Clinton.

Not even a peep about the "war on women" or the Koch brothers.