By Elisha Dorfsmith
The video of Rosa Koire (Democrats Against Agenda 21) speaking at the Cline Library at NAU on June 5th, 2013 has finally been made available and I am posting it below. The video quality is low but the audio is what matters and it’s fine.
For more information on Rosa Koire, visit Democrats Against Agenda 21:
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits wrote a scathing rebuke of the Arizona Daily Sun this morning on his blog in response to articles and editorials misrepresenting the City budget, among other things.
“Many newspapers and the “mainstream media” wonder why their market continues to decline yet it’s so obvious. They used to report facts and news but are now by and large a mouthpiece for ideologue editors and producers who care little for facts or news so long as their agenda is pushed.”
Oravits closes his post by asking:
“Will newspapers like the Daily Sun ever get back to reporting the news based on facts and real journalism? Or will they go the way of the 8-track and the Dodo Bird and sink into oblivion.”
This reminds me of an article I published not too long ago about how the Daily Sun and other papers were actually writing articles and editorials trying to justify their very existence.
You know an industry has lost it’s relevance and credibility when they have to remind their readers why they should continue reading their “news” and propaganda editorials.
The public is expected to trust that the mainstream media is offering the full story with fair and honest reporting. This is rarely if ever the case with the Daily Sun.
A great example of the Daily Sun slant is the omission of important inconvenient facts in so many of their stories. In a recent article titled Medical Marijuana Legal At Last the AZ Daily Sun explains that medical marijuana is now legal in Flagstaff and they feature a local business serving medical marijuana to the community. What they don’t tell you is WHY or HOW medical marijuana is suddenly legal.
Medical marijuana is now legal in Flagstaff because Arizona voters chose to NULLIFY federal drug laws and pass a state law that flies in the face of the feds. The Daily Sun leaves this critical point out because they spent years railing against elected officials, Tom Woods, states’ rights groups and anyone else who dared use the term “Nullification”.
Here’s a quote from the Daily Sun from a March 23, 2013 editorial titled Federal Nullification Avoids Tackling Underlying Issues:
“We don’t doubt Senator Crandell’s sincerity in believing the federal government has overstepped its bounds by asserting sovereignty over the states on a number of issues. But the states do not have the power to nullify federal law, and it is up to the federal judiciary, not the states, to determine which federal laws are unconstitutional.”
Alright, that’s one opinion but they also say Medical Marijuana (is) Legal At Last. Nevermind all the federal drug laws against marijuana that are STILL on the books. Nevermind the fact the DEA could conceivably come crashing through the doors of this business at any moment in their wonderful “America, land of the free” way to cuff cancer patients and haul them to prison on federal charges.
Medical marijuana is not “legal” in Flagstaff. Arizona has simply decided that we will not obey federal laws that affect medical marijuana. This is nullification of law in it’s purest form. The Tenth Amendment Center puts it this way:
“Nullification is any act or set of acts, which has as its end result, a particular federal law being rendered null and void, or just plain unenforceable in your area.”
The Daily Sun admits that Flagstaff cops are now protecting medical marijuana businesses. I’d say that’s a perfect example of the nullification of federal law.
Sadly, the AZ Daily Sun assumes their readers are too stupid to ask how and why medical marijuana is now magically legal. I guess it’s legal because they say so.
FUSD Tax Override
In 2009 Flagstaff voters rejected a 10% tax override for the Flagstaff Unified School district. The AZ Daily Sun joined a chorus of voices suggesting that the reason the override failed was because of low voter turnout, lack of voter education and voter confusion.
When FUSD went back to the voters the next year with a 15% override and a well funded PAC to push their agenda the override passed. Those of us who complained about it passing were told that the voters had spoken and the naysayers should not question the outcome of the democratic process.
Talk about a double standard. If the vote goes against what the Daily Sun wants the voters are uninformed and a new election needs to take place. If the vote goes the way they want, how dare we question democracy and the will of the people.
Last October I wrote an article about compromised election security at the County elections office. This article forced the AZ Daily Sun to pick up the story but in their articles they minimized the concerns and gave the County Elections office the benefit of the doubt.
The Daily Sun quoted then County Recorder Candace Owens saying:
“She has stated in her emails that the rules Wilson is accusing her staff of violating come from a statewide manual only designed to “guide” all users through the election process.”
What the Daily Sun never told their readers is that the Arizona Elections Manual, Pg 1 says:
“The Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual is required by ARS § 16-452. The procedures contained in this manual were developed after consultation with each County Board of Supervisors or officer in charge of elections and have been approved by the Governor and Attorney General. A violation of any of the provisions of this Election Procedures Manual is a Class 2 misdemeanor.”
Calls from the public for a further investigation by the paper were ignored.
I stopped buying the Daily Sun several years ago and it was one of the best moves I ever made. I encourage my readers to stop pouring money into the media propaganda machine. If you subscribe to a mainstream publication why not cancel your subscription?
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Arizona Republicans pushed through legislation this week that will make it extremely difficult if not impossible for Libertarian and other third party candidates to qualify for ballot access.
In the past, third party candidates had to collect a percentage of signatures from people registered in their respective party. With the new changes they are now required to collect so many signatures that the requirement often outnumbers the number of people registered Libertarian or Green or whatever in a district.
Republicans say the measure is needed to combat scenarios were Republicans lose to Democrats by a few thousand votes. They’re still upset that Jonathan Paton lost to Ann Kirkpatrick in the CD1 Congressional race last year. Republicans insist that all the votes that went to the Libertarian candidate would have gone to Paton (a complete MYTH).
No voter who voted for the Libertarian candidate was forced to do so. If Republicans think their candidates are so weak that simply having other names on the ballot will drain GOP votes then maybe they should run better candidates.
This new state law is just as bad as “Top Two” and any other piece of legislation that limits ballot access and voter choice. It essentially tells YOU that you’re too stupid to mark the correct box on your ballot so they’ll do it for you.
Republicans who support this new law say they lose elections because Libertarians steal their votes. Maybe the real truth is that they lose elections because they’re corrupt and will cheat and scheme every chance they get and people are sick and tired of their dirty tricks.
I have put a lot of thought into this over the past 24 hours and I believe this will backfire on Republicans. Libertarians are determined to get ballot access and in the process they now have to reach out to thousands of Independents to ask for signatures. They will turn it into a giant Libertarian outreach program and Libertarian candidates will benefit.
Also, according to Capital Media Services this change was pushed by the National Republican Party. Libertarians nationwide are furious and they will take that anger out on Republican candidates.
Lastly, I have heard that this is the last straw for some Republicans with a conscience and they are leaving the Republican Party and registering Libertarian.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Like many of you, I was very disappointed that I missed the Arizona Freedom Fest last weekend. Fortunately for us, video of the event is starting to get posted and the speeches are excellent! I’ll post them as they are sent to me.
To start, here’s a great speech from Matt Papke, one of the most dedicated liberty activists I know.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
This school year children starting 6th grade will be asked to get two new immunizations before they are allowed to attend classes. The new immunizations “required” by state law are a meningitis vaccine and Tdap booster.
What many parents in Arizona don’t realize is that they have the right to opt out of any immunizations for any reason simply by filling out a form and returning it to their child’s school.
You can find the Arizona Immunization Opt Out form here:
July 26, 2013 UPDATE: This week the previous exemption link was taken down from the State website. The new link to the document is almost impossible to find. Perfect timing for them to make it difficult to find right before school starts up and parents are looking for the form. Here’s the new link:
Don’t expect the Flagstaff Unified School District to inform you of your right as a parent to opt out. They have a tendency to do everything they can to keep parents in the dark about their rights. I have had members of the FUSD board get very angry at me for sharing this opt out information in the past.
Of course I would never want to tell parents what I think they should do with their children’s health decisions and immunization choices. I simply believe that all parents deserve to know their rights and the options available.
Do lots of research and make an educated decision.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Each year the City of Flagstaff gives $20,000 of your tax dollars to SEDI, the The Northern Arizona Sustainable Economic Development Initiative.
How does SEDI use those tax dollars? Well, according to the Daily Sun, SEDI likes to give away no strings attached checks for $1,000 each to teachers who implement their goals in the classroom.
Is this how you want your tax dollars spent?
Someone with detailed knowledge of SEDI’s finances may point out that the money given away comes from other sponsors or revenue sources. Well that’s fine but if SEDI has funds to give away with no strings attached why do they still need our tax dollars?
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Last year a friend picked up four 55 gallon water barrels for Cindy. I finally got around to installing them this weekend for our rainwater harvesting system.
There are countless how to videos on Youtube explaining different ways to install a rain barrel system. The process is generally simple and if you can get the barrels cheap, the rest of the parts are inexpensive so it’s a very affordable project.
Very easy to put together.
A great way to store rainwater for your garden.
Now we just need some rain!
With some states discouraging or even banning rainwater harvesting and some groups in Flagstaff trying to make rainwater harvesting mandatory, I think it’s safe to say that voluntary rainwater harvesting is the happy medium. I’m looking forward to putting this new system to use.