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TP Tax Unfair to Women

Posted in County, State by muzeuterpe on October 27, 2010

Oh for the sake of cats! A tax on toilet paper! This is discrimination against women in West Virginia, but you won’t hear the NOW gang speak up. Brooks McCabe is part of a gang of WV Legislators who think it’s just dandy to tax toilet paper 20 cents per roll.

Why does it discriminate against women, you may ask? Because women use TP EVERY TIME they got to the john. Men only use it on special occasions.

This shit has got to stop.

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WV REC Votes Chairman Out

Posted in State by muzeuterpe on July 26, 2010
Raese / Stuart Win! Photo

Raese / Stuart Win!

Well, the WV REC booted controversial chairman Doug McKinney with a resounding kick.  By a total of 74 – 45, Stuart handed McKinney his hat and showed him the door. (more…)

Manchin on the empty Byrd cage

Posted in State by muzeuterpe on July 7, 2010

This video was created by WV Watchdog. Here, WV Governor Joe Manchin discusses the vacant Senate seat resulting from the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd.

The chum bucket has been dumped and the feeding frenzy is beginning!

Growing Up Halloween

Posted in County, General, State by muzeuterpe on October 28, 2009

Ahhh Halloween.  You know, Halloween was the very first word I learned to spell.  I don’t know why.  I remember going over it, and over it at my grandmother’s house.  I would run back and forth from the bedroom where the spelling book was (remember spelling books) to the kitchen where the grown-ups were.  They were always in the kitchen.

I only recall one Halloween costume.  It was a store bough Cinderella costume. I remember it because I got more compliments on my eyes than I have ever had in my life. The mask was just one of those plastic things with elastic that covers your eyes. It was pink and it set off my blue eyes magically.

I remember the year I got my tonsils out and missed going trick-or-treating. I don’t remember specific years, but I remember not being able to carry all the candy I would get. I would have one of those plastic jack-o-lantern buckets with the thin plastic handle that cut into your hand when it got 1/2 full. One lady in our town made hot chocolate every year.  She was one of the elementary school cooks. She would fill a big coffee pot with the stuff and hand it out as kids came by.

It was always dark, and generally very cold.  Some of the hooligans would gather up woody debris all month long, block the roads and burn the junk late in the night. No one every got hurt, but as I got older I wondered how an ambulance could reach my grandmother if she got sick on Halloween.

There were a few episodes of ‘egging’ that went on. That was usually after I was home, warm, and munching candy. Even then I wasn’t much of a night owl.

The small community where I grew up was perfect for the holler kids to come to. Parents would drop them off at the elementary school and come back 2 hours later. We walked the 1/2 mile perimeter and the 3 internal streets. Today’s little bastards are driven from house to freakin house. I get mad every year. The lazy, fat-bastard parents toting their lazy fat spawn in a mini-van with doors hanging open.

I don’t have too many decorations up this year. I’ve just had too much going on and, honestly, I’ve been too tired. I may drag out the fog machine and spooky CDs.  Shit — I have to get candy, too.

Sex Crime Lies

Posted in County, National, State by muzeuterpe on October 21, 2009

I woke up this morning and got myself a beer.  I turned on some music to start my day.  I was greeted with the headline:

Megan Williams to recant Logan County sex-torture testimony

My first thoughts were, “People were convicted of this ‘crime,’ now she says she made it up.”

It is a sensational story.  Accusations of hate crimes and torture. Media stories citing Tawana Brawley; high profile community ‘leaders’ demanding justice; groups marching for “justice“: and, race tensions exaserbated.

All this, maybe for nothing.

Back in 2007, I commented that I didn’t think what happend to Ms. Williams added up to a “hate crime.” She apparently knew her assailants and seemed to have an on/off/repeat relationship with them.   I also touched on the larger issue of domestic vilolence.

Now it appears that much of the outrage may have been in vain.  Ms. Williams is recanting her story.  The prosecutor claims the convictions were legit based on evidence which did not include her testimony.

“Each of them made statements incriminating themselves and others. When you sat back and looked at it in its entirety, there was a pretty clear picture of what had taken place,” Abraham said.

But, were they really trying to tell the truth, or find a way to get the least amount of punishment out of the mob mentality.  Let’s face it, when someone (primarily a male) is accused of a sex crime his is immediately considered guilty by society.  Forget what the Constituion says, in practice, an accused sex offender must prove he didn’t do it.

If that person is aquitted of the accusations (found not guilty in other words) he will forever be followed by “Yes, but did you know he was on trial for a sex crime?” “I wouldn’t let my child around him. He was charged with molesting someone.” (Leaving out the crucial part about not being convicted.)

Then there is the ever popular “He got lucky. His lawyer found a loop-hole.”

Now, in the Williams case, there was obviously something wrong in the relationship. I don’t doubt there was some physical fight, and perhaps emotional abuse. But this entire region was near riot because of what may be a fabrication. People donated money to a family to help with medical and legal fees based on a lie.

Will Malik Shabazz and his Black Lawyers for Justice group stand up and appologize for the incendiary remarks they made while in the area? I doubt it.  Ms. Williams exaggerations will be cloaked in a Dan Rather like paraphrase “hate crimes are real even if this case isn’t.”

I”m not saying Ms. Williams wasn’t abused.  There is definately something wrong with this picture. I am trying to show that it is easy to sling sex crime accusations and make them stick, even if there is little to no evidence anything happened. People’s lives, and those of family and friends, are destroyed by false accusations of sex crimes.

Veteran’s Day 2008

Posted in National, State by muzeuterpe on November 11, 2008

I can not, in good conscience, allow this day to pass without a heartfealt “Thank you!” to my country’s Veterans. 

Veteran’s Day was intended to provide a specific day of recognition to those still living who have served our country in times of both conflict and peace.  There will no doubt be celebratory parades, dinners, speeches and other forms of recognition taking place across the country and territories. 

In my family, there is a long line of men [maybe women] who have worn the uniform for our country, even both Union and Confederate, and British Army and Revolutionary soldiers.  My maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Army during WWI, my paternal grandfather worked for E.I. DuPont and was deferred because he was a critical part of the war effort, or something like that. My first husband was in the Army and I spent 13 years as his wife.  My older son was discharged from the Army last spring and my younger son was active in the Jr. ROTC, and has toyed with joining the traditional military himself. 

We like to argue the rightness or wrongness of the conflicts our military members are involved in. It’s easy to lay the blame at the feet of the soldiers who are simply following orders.  Some are quick to challenge that they shouldn’t do what they are told.  They fail to understand the nature of the military.  The oathe they take says it all:

I, [name], do solemnly swear, (or affirm,) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. (So help me God.)

Now, are there soldiers who break the rules, misuse their positions? Umm Yes. Just as there are people of authority who abuse their power in any other walk of life. But that does not mean that every soldier wearing our country’s uniform is evil.

If it were not for the men and women willing to serve in our military, I would not have the freedom to write what I do, build my business as I am, choose where I want to live and what I want to wear.  I would not be able to drive a gas sucking Hummer if I wanted, or choose to take my own bags to Krogers.  I have food to eat, shelter from the elements if I want, and the ability to make decisions for myself in a range of areas women in China may never know.

We didn’t get here, as a country, by negotiating trades.  We got here by bloodshed. I owe my freedoms to those who shed that blood never knowing my name, or setting eyes to my face.

There is no way I can say “Thank You” strongly enough.

FINALLY! Someone I can support!

Posted in General, National, State by muzeuterpe on August 29, 2008

Yep, you guessed it. Finally there is a ticket I can support in November. And, most of you can guess who it is.

McCain/Palin

Uhhuh. It was McCain’s choice of Governor Palin that did it.  What I know of HER now sells me.

Governor Sarah Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president.  She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has seen approval ratings of over 80 percent.

  • She has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources.
  • She leads a state that matters to every one of us — Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
  • She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending.  And she put a stop to the bridge to nowhere that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
  • In Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill.
  • As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

She has been sent by the one true Messiah!

I am not so much supporting McCain, because he stinks as much as Obama and Biden. But I will support Palin and expect to be happy to vote her into the Presidency in four years.

Now, all my liberal friends, I expect you to attack her “experience”, but you’d better put her up to your man Obama when you do. And when you squall about “four more years of Bush/Cheney” remember, our “Bush/Cheney” is your “Obama/Biden”. 

Unlike Obama and his campaign, as long as you aren’t using foul language I don’t shut down posts here. Have at it.

What The Hell Is Wrong With You People?

Posted in County, National, State by muzeuterpe on July 29, 2008

Ok folks, now this takes the cake.

I’m doing some volunteering locally and I arrived at my spot around 5:45 p.m. I’m walking up to the door with the Chairman who is opening up for me.  A little boy was goofing off, hanging on a handrail and a little girl, A LITTLE GIRL, who is about 8 years old rides up on her bike.

This LITTLE 8 YEAR OLD GIRL calls out to the boy saying, “Hey Josh! You know I am so pissed off.  Jenny has f*ckin pissed me off! I’m so f*ckin mad. She is a f*ckin wh*re!”

A FREAKING 8 YEAR OLD GIRL!

What the hell is wrong with you people letting a kid talk like that?! Hell, I didn’t use that kind of language when I gave birth w/o drugs.  Rare is the day when I use the word wh*re and even rarer that I would use the F-bomb. 

What kind of sorry *ssed parents does a kid have who uses that kind of language?

Somebody stop me before I turn that girl over my knee and bust her *ss!

Target — > Concealed Carry Permitees

Posted in State by muzeuterpe on June 24, 2008

If you hold a concealed handgun license in West Virginia watch out!  Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw Jr. is looking for you!

Or is he?

I received this letter in the mail last week.

 County records reveal you to be a West Virginia concealed handgun licensee.               

It was accompanied by this booklet:

Strangely timed \'gift\' from the AG.

Why is this so suspicious?  Well, I have 5 registered voters at my address.  Two of us hold concealed weapons permits.  Only one of those two is a historical voter.  Guess which one.

Our AG is notorious for handing out trinkets with his name and/or likeness on it. 

“Whanger’s suit claimed that Hughes and McGraw made her a scapegoat in a controversy over $142,000 worth of promotional items, or “trinkets,” for distribution at the state fair.”

This tactic has helped to keep him in office for a blue-million years.  In true WV neopotistic style, his brother was on the WV Supreme Court until just two years ago, losing in the upset of the decade.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck even a “uneducated” West Virginian knows, its a freaking DUCK!

I believe that McGraw is using his tried and true skills at flattering the masses with ‘freebies’ from his office to buy re-election.  That’s illegal in West Virginia, but he seems to be T-Fal coated.  Our impotent Ethics Committee could scold him, but it is powerless to get him out of there.  The people SHOULD have the sense that god gave geese to understand what is happening, but they have been beaten over the head with the ‘entitlement mentality’ for so many decades they think they DESERVE some “free” junk from state government.

He sues in the name of the people of West Virginia then distributes the settlement monies however he feels he needs to.  This behavior has caused our state Department of Health and Human Resources/Services to lose critical federal dollars.

The AG’s office received a $10 million settlement from a recent lawsuit on behalf the state Department of Health & Human Resources, the Public Employees Insurance Agency and the state Workers’ Compensation Commission.

However, none of these dollars from this settlement is being provided to these agencies. McGraw’s office has been handing out grants from these settlement dollars to various entities, including $500,000 to the University of Charleston and $200,000 to WVU’s Research Corporation. [Read more here.]

According to this article I’m late in receiving my pamphlet.  Wonder why?  Could it be that I’m from a different political party and he had to wait until after his party’s convention?  Now that the general election is in full swing I’m in play.  According to his assistant, little Frannie Hughes:

She (Hughes) also said Tuesday that she didn’t how many of the gun law pamphlets were mailed out to concealed weapon permit holders. She said the pamphlets also have been made available at gun retailers throughout the state and are handed out at speaking engagements.

Well, if that’s the case why are they spending your tax dollars to MAIL one to me? [BTW enphasis was added by me.]

Crooked, crooked politics!  No wonder WV can’t rise above 48th in any good category in this country!

I wish I had the resources to sue this crook.

WVU/Bresch/MBA – Sit down and SHUT UP!

Posted in National, State by muzeuterpe on May 31, 2008

People never cease to amaze me.  West Virginia University has been experiencing a scandal in the Executive MBA Degree program.  You can catch up on the details here.  I’m not going to spend time rehashing most of it.

So, University President Mike Garrison [who I don’t know and have never met] has completed a review of the program and found that 10% of the degrees issues in the intial years of the program WERE NOT EARNED

Ok, did you get that? 

Jonathan Cumming, assistant vice president for graduate education, told the Board of Governors on Friday that discrepancies have been found on about 70 degrees – or 10 percent of the students who have gone through the executive masters of business administration program.

That was BEFORE GARRISON!!!  But English professor Mark Brazaitisa insists that the whole thing is Garrison’s fault and he sould resign or be removed by the Board of Governors.

Right.

“Provost Gerald Lang and business school Dean Stephen Sears, resigned after the panel’s report gave them most of the blame for giving the degree to Bresch, a Mylan Inc. executive and Manchin’s daughter.”  Lang and Sears have been part of the program from the beginning, I do believe. 

Many of us have been out here in the wilderness screaming that this problem was much deeper than Bresch and went back much further than Garrison’s term as president.  Yet, the faculty at this “honorable” school have been screaming that the only fix is the removal of Garrison.  Seems to me that the fix is to remove the very faculty members responsible for this mess!  Just another example of why it should be easier to remove ‘tenured’ educators.

Trace them all down and discharge them, dishonorably!

Hang in there Garrison.  Sounds to me you are the leader that stink hole needs!  It take a STRONG leader to pull the emergency brake and turn the train around, onto the right course!

Now — it probably isn’t legal to do — NAME THEM!  Name all those who did not complete the degree program.  Let’s see how many degrees were bought by politicians or high dollar contributors to the school. I bet some of them have ‘resigned’ their position on boards under ‘protest’ of Garrison.

Hey JDB — if those who got the fraudulent degrees received federal monies, is it a violation of the privacy act to devuldge their names?