Tag Archive: West Virginia


Saira Blair, A Very Conservative 18-year-old, Is Now In West Virginia’s State Legislature

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican from Martinsburg, WV, just became the youngest elected state legislator in the US. She trounced the two candidates running against her with 63 percent of the vote.

  But that’s not even the most impressive thing Blair, the daughter of a Republican state senator, has done this year. She beat a two-term incumbent state delegate in the primary — when she was 17, too young to vote for herself.

  Blair is a freshman at West Virginia University. She’s very conservative, according to her very comprehensive issues page: she was endorsed by the NRA, opposes abortion rights, supports voter ID requirements, opposes the Common Core, wants to drug test people who receive public assistance, and opposes gay marriage.

” When I made the decision to run for public office, I did so because I firmly believe that my generation’s voice, fresh perspective and innovative ideas can help solve some of our state’s most challenging issues,” she said in an election night statement. “

 

Thanks to Vox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UFOs In West Virginia: 10 Witnesses, 4 Low-Flying UFOs, 3 Big As Football Fields

 

 

 

” A UFO sighting in southern West Virginia has been reported that not only presents multiple witnesses of the objects in question but also the witnessing of multiple unidentified flying objects during the sighting. Open Minds reported Oct. 17 that ten men working at a coal plant in Marmet, West Virginia, saw the four flying objects as a collective. Three of the UFOs were massive, the size of football fields. They were all flying extremely low to the ground — and deathly silent.

  Ten men reported a UFO sighting in Marmet, West Virginia, on Oct. 12: Four low-flying UFOs, three of which were the size of football fields, flew overhead in a northerly direction. Eerily, they made no sound in their passage.
Rcsprinter123, Creative Commons

  Originally reported on the Mutual UFO Network website, the actual sighting took place at 10 p.m. on October 12, 2014. It was quiet all around, according to the reporting witness. The plant had shut down. The guys had just finished some pipe repairs and were leaning against their vehicles.

  One of the guys pointed at the sky. “What is that?” he asked.

  Everyone looked up. The first of what would be three huge flying objects was headed toward them. “

 

The Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISIS Movements Near West Virginia Being Monitored

 

 

ISIS West Virginia

 

 

 

” The Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston has been on top of classified information coming in daily on ISIS and keeps tabs on how close the terrorist organization’s activities might be to the Mountain State.

  While it could not get into specifics about locations or how many people, the Fusion Center said ISIS is training and recruiting members here in the United States; close enough to be concerned. The center has monitored people with terrorist ties passing through here.

” Our role is receiving information,” Director Thomas Kirk said.

  Even before it’s made public, the Fusion Center has access to classified information from all over the world.

  And if you think Steven Sotloff is the last American to die, brace yourself. Those two brutal killings, James Foley first and then Sotloff, are just the beginning, Kirk said.

” There are areas in the United States that are not too far from here, that have very large populations that are being recruited for ISIS right now,” Kirk said. “There are people associated with Al Qaeda, there are people on the Terrorist Watch List who do travel through West Virginia, whether it’s through the airports or through the roads.” “

 

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Lawsuit Says Police Altered Video In West Virginia Shooting

 

 

 

 

 

” Police in a West Virginia city altered video evidence in the death of a mentally ill black man who was shot and killed last year during a confrontation with officers, a lawyer for the victim’s family said on Thursday.

  Sherman L. Lambert Sr., an attorney representing the estate of Wayne A. Jones, filed a legal motion on Wednesday in a $200 million lawsuit against five Martinsburg police officers. The lawsuit accuses the officers of using excessive force in the March 2013 shooting.

  The officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a report from West Virginia State Police investigators in April. Last October, a grand jury found their actions to be justified.

“ We question the authenticity of the DVD police provided,” Lambert said. “One of the main issues in the case was whether police used excessive force.”

  The lawsuit, filed on behalf of family members in June 2013, will go to trial on Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court of Northern Virginia.

Jones, a 50-year-old who took schizophrenia medication, was shot by officers 23 times, according to the autopsy report. “

 

 

Reuters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Grove Police Chief Arrested On Brandishing And Assault Charges

 

 

” A police chief is facing charges after an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store parking lot.

  Cedar Grove Police Chief Aaron Roop, 31, has been charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor brandishing.

  According to the criminal complaint, on February 16, Roop confronted a man and two women in the parking lot of a grocery store in Smithers and told the man, “(Name) the next time you threaten my wife and child with a firearm, I will slice your throat and kill you.” “

 

More at WSAZ.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blaze Offers This Video On Project Greek Island

 

 

 

 

   More about this fascinating piece of history can be read here , here , here and here . Below is the introduction to a brochure from the Greenbriar Resort that explains the history of the formerly secret bunker . 

” The former U.S. Government Relocation Facility was a
top secret of the Cold War designed to accommodate both
the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the event
of a national emergency. 

  Planned by the Eisenhower Administration, in
cooperation with the leadership of the United States
Congress, the facility was built under The Greenbrier
between 1958 and 1961. Once completed, it was
maintained in a state of constant readiness by a small cadre
of government employees working as Forsythe Associates.
During the life of the facility, continual updating of
communications and other equipment and recycling of
supplies was affected, so that the facility was always in a
current full-operation status.

   The secrecy of its location, paramount to the facility’s
effectiveness, was maintained for more than 30 years
until May 31, 1992, when The Washington Post
published a story effectively exposing it.
The day after the story was published, the facility
began to be phased out, a procedure that was finalized
in July 1995 with the termination of the lease between
the U.S. Government and The Greenbrier.

  During the phase-out period, almost all of the
equipment and furnishings were removed from the
shelter and reassigned to government facilities
around the country.

  The former U.S. Government Relocation Facility is
a protected substructure (bunker) buried 720 feet into
the hillside under the West Virginia Wing of the hotel.
It is surrounded by ceiling and walls that are three- to
five-feet thick reinforced concrete. In addition, there
is 20 to 60 feet of dirt cover between the substructure
and the West Virginia Wing.

  The facility has four entrances, each protected by a
large steel and concrete door designed to withstand a
modest nuclear blast approximately 15-30 miles away,
and to prevent radioactive fallout from entering the
facility when it is sealed off.

  Both the West and East (Exhibit Hall) Entrances
are vehicular tunnels into the facility; a third entrance
is through the Exhibit Hall Foyer, and the fourth is a
vertical point of entry deep within the power plant.
Included in the facility are 44 separate locations
with 153 rooms making up a total of 112,544 square
feet on two levels.”

 

 

Greenbrier

 

 

The resort is still in operation as it has been since the days of the Revolution and it’s website can be found here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disability Fraud Cost Taxpayers $2.5 Billion

 

SSI Fraud

 

” A Social Security Disability Office on the border of Kentucky and Huntington, W. Virginia, is at the center of federal investigations into the activities of SSD supervisors who turned over huge numbers of cases in order to boost their own bonuses. They set up shop with one attorney, an administrative law judge and several obliging doctors for several years.

“I’m flabbergasted,” said Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), himself a physician, as he grilled witnesses for hours about the massive loss of taxpayer dollars.  “You abrogated your job as chief judge,” Senator Coburn told Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Charlie Andrus.  The alleged misdeeds of Judge David B. Daugherty were heard without his direct testimony because he fled the hearing room before proceedings began. And the attorney in question, Eric Conn, took the fifth on the advice of his own attorney.

Most pitiful to watch was the testimony of four female witnesses who told the Governmental Affairs Committee about numerous incidences of retaliation by SSD managers, supervisors, and even Judge Andrus himself who admitted playing a role in video taping Senior Clerk Sarah Carver, one of the principles in the whistleblower lawsuit.  Still employed, Carver, along with master docket clerk Jennifer Griffith, blew wide open the skulduggery that transferred about 2.5 billion taxpayer dollars into the benefit entitlements of disability claimants who were merely numbers on “DB’s Monthly Lists.” 

 

Further reading :

Accused judge in Kentucky disability fraud case attempts suicide

U.S. Senate report on disability fraud focuses on southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky

 

 

 

 

A Frustrated And Angry West Virginia Has Been Cutting Ties With Its Reliably Democratic Roots

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

” Ordinary West Virginians used to look to Washington with something close to reverence. It was a partner in good times, a lifeline in bad ones, a powerful ally against the big corporations that came for its coal and timber. By some measures, West Virginia relies more on federal money than any other state.

But increasingly, it also has become an extreme example of the hostility that shows up in every national poll when people are asked how they feel about the federal government. Many here now speak of Washington as an enemy that threatens their economy and their way of life, that traps them into dependency.

Washington’s 100 percent against us,” said M.E. Walker, a retired road builder who lives in Pence Springs in Summers County. “They don’t like our jobs. They don’t like our attitudes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cronyism Writ Large

 

 

 

” Rep. Renee Ellmers raised awareness of a new problem with Obamacare’s implementation: the creation of private-sector health insurance monopolies that will limit Americans’ provider choices.

The major health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is closely coordinating with the White House on Obamacare implementation, will enjoy perhaps the greatest monopoly of all, the North Carolina Republican said in a statement.

“Although seven insurance companies currently operate in North Carolina, under the new Obamacare exchanges, those options will dwindle down to one in the majority of counties,” Ellmers said Thursday following the disclosure of figures by federal health officials showing that more than 60 percent of North Carolina counties will have only one insurance provider option under Obamacare: Blue Cross Blue Shield.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charges Dropped Against Teen For Wearing NRA T-Shirt

 

 

 

 

” In a move that can definitely be considered an all-around win, 14-year-old Jared Marcum, who was suspended and arrested in April over an NRA t-shirt that he wore to school, has had all charges against him dropped. The decision followed massive controversy, including a threat of a gag order.

local news station reported that the dismissal order signed by Judge Eric O’Briant stated, “The state of West Virginia is not interested in the possibility of creating a juvenile criminal record for this defendant.” A statement which has brought Jared’s mother, Tanya Lardieri, to tears of joy.”

 

 

 

 

 

Podunk Prosecutors Seek Gag Order Against Eighth-Grader Arrested Over NRA Shirt

 

 

” The case of the rural West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and arrested in late April after he refused to remove a t-shirt supporting the National Rifle Association just keeps getting weirder.

According to local CBS affiliate WOWK-TV, the student, 14-year-old Jared Marcum, was back at the Logan County Courthouse on Monday for a hearing because prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins were seeking an emergency gag order.

In seeking the emergency gag order, the podunk prosecutors argued that Marcum’s interest would best be served if he, his attorney and his father are prevented from speaking about the case in the press.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia Teen Returns To School With NRA Shirt, Classmates’ Support

 

 

” A West Virginia teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school returned to class Monday wearing the same shirt that got him into trouble.

Jared Marcum, 14, was joined by about 100 other students across Logan County who wore shirts with a similar gun rights theme in a show of support for free speech.

Ben White, the Charleston lawyer representing the Logan eighth-grader, said the Sons of the Second Amendment, a gun rights group, purchased and distributed the shirts.

Jared, a student at Logan Middle School, was arrested and suspended Thursday after he was pulled from a cafeteria line and told to remove or turn his shirt inside-out an order he refused.

Video evidence in the case, Mr. White said, indicates that the situation in the cafeteria deteriorated when a teacher raised his voice while confronting Jared. Other students jumped up on benches and began chanting Jared’s name. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Buckwild’ Star, Two Others Found Dead In W.Va.

 

 

 

” SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A cast member of the MTV reality show “Buckwild” was found dead Monday in a sport utility vehicle in a ditch along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person, authorities said.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said the bodies of castmember Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and the third person were found Monday in a remote area near Sissonville.

Authorities had been searching for the men since early Sunday morning. They were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at a bar in Sissonville, and they told people they were going driving off-road.

Humphreys said state police were getting ready to send out an aviation unit to search for the men when authorities received a call Monday morning that a vehicle was found wrecked in a muddy area a few miles from Gandee’s home in Sissonville, about 15 miles outside of Charleston.”

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Targets Democratic Senators Up in 2014 With Local Newspaper Ads

 

 

 

” The National Rifle Association will launch a print advertising campaign targeting mostly Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, according to sources close to the group.

On Thursday, full-page ads are scheduled to run in local newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia. They will be supplemented by digital advertising in these states and 10 others, including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Additionally, the group has scheduled full-page ads to run Feb. 25 in regional editions of USA Today, reaching parts of 15 states.”

Oppose Joe Manchin’s Veterans Gun Ban and National Gun Registry

 

 

 

” Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners.  And to make matters worse, he’s lying about what he’s doing.
Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13)

150,000 honest law-abiding veterans are currently in the NICS system.  They didn’t do anything wrong; they honorably served their country.  But when they sought VA counseling for a traumatic combat experience, the VA appointed a fiduciary to oversee their fiscal affairs and then took away their guns.  And, again, there are 150,000 honest veterans in the system.

What the Manchin bill is about is insuring that “bad guys” like veterans can’t get guns.  And, under Barack Obama’s “Executive Action #1,” the NICS list could soon include tens of millions of additional soldiers, police, firemen, and other law-abiding Americans.”

  Bare in mind that Damon’s movie was at least partially underwritten by one of the oil producing dictatorships of the mideast … United Arab Emirates

 

 

Report Debunks Damon Fracking Movie

 

 

 ” The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.

The New York governor is considered to be a potential 2016 contender. Cuomo has known about the report for months as he considered approving fracking. Fracking is a difficult issue for a Democrat considering a presidential future.

News of the report comes as Hollywood takes a tough stand on the issue.Matt Damon’s Promised Land, a movie about local, rural resistance to fracking, was released in December. The movie has not been received well and is currently rated “rotten.” “

 

 

Also bare in mind that fracking isn’t new :

 

 

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” Since Stanolind Oil introduced hydraulic fracturing in 1949, close to 2.5 million fracture treatments have been performed worldwide. Some believe that approximately 60% of all wells drilled today are fractured. Fracture stimulation not only increases the production rate, but it is credited with adding to reserves—9 billion bbl of oil and more than 700 Tscf of gas added since 1949 to US reserves alone—which otherwise would have been uneconomical to develop.

In addition, through accelerating production, net present value of reserves has increased. Fracturing can be traced to the 1860s, when liquid (and later, solidified) nitroglycerin (NG) was used to stimulate shallow, hard rock wells in Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Although extremely hazardous, and often used illegally, NG was spectacularly successful for oil well “shooting.” The object of shooting a well was to break up, or rubblize, the oil-bearing formation to increase both initial flow and ultimate recovery of oil. This same fracturing principle was soon applied with equal effectiveness to water and gas wells.”

 

 

FBI: MORE PEOPLE KILLED WITH HAMMERS, CLUBS EACH YEAR THAN RIFLES

 

 

 

” According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.

This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats’ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course.

However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle. ”

 

 

FBI Murder Stats 2

In an addendum to my earlier post about the West Virginia convict vs Obama we have this : Obama 60% -Convict 40% WV , Obama 80%-No Preference 20% NC from Conservative Wanderer .

HT/ Instapundit

He’s off to a good start in Ohio and West Virginia .

 “An obscure federal prison inmate gave President Obama an unexpected run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic Primary Tuesday, highlighting the deep dislike for the president in the Appalachian heartland.

With 96% of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Keith Judd was holding steady at 41% of the vote and had won ten counties.

Judd is also known as federal prison inmate Number 11593-051 at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, where Judd is serving a 210-month sentence for extortion and making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

According to both state and national Democratic Party rules, Keith Russell Judd is entitled to receive at least one delegate from West Virginia for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. because he received 15% of the vote.

Judd ran particularly strong in West Virginia’s coal country, carrying the labor stronghold of Mingo County, among others.”