I went to Mason mostly because they are nearby and have a strong free market bent to it. I’m not into the whole Austrian type, strongly libertarian economics, I like more mainstream economics and would have been happy to go elsewhere [as well].
Sarvis mentions in a recent Reason Magazine interview that he grew up as a Moderate Republican, disagreeing with Republicans on social issues but agreeing with them on economics. Now we learn that Sarvis disagrees with Austrian economics, which is based on individual choice instead of government intervention in the market (also the only school of thought which opposes a centralized banking system).
In a letter to the David Koch, his campaign manager wrote:
Robert Sarvis is the son of an immigrant and favors free movement of people.
As the son of an immigrant, Sarvis feels as though he has insight into this issue. As the great grandson of an immigrant, I disagree with Sarvis. My Great Grandfather fought in WW2 and lost his leg in the Battle of Normandy. He went to war shortly after immigrating to America, at a time when immigration was tough. He was a true, proud American - He was the product of what George Washington felt should be the immigration process:
[Immigrants should be slowly integrated into the United States so that] “by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people.” — George Washington
I favor a three-part approach to overhauling public health-care spending:
1) Focus on catastrophic, not comprehensive, insurance/care.
2) Focus public spending on mental-health care.
3) Focus on cash subsidies.
In other words, 1) Determine the type, 2) Spend, 3) Subsidize... Pair this Romney-Style plan with his plan of eliminating most of the state's tax revenue and you suddenly have a budget problem. Something I simply do not understand is how on one page of his website he says:
First, we need to root out crony capitalism and return to the Rule of Law.
And then he moves on to Healthcare and simply forgets that the FREE MARKET is the best supplier of human needs... Oh, I forgot - he doesn't favor a free market.
Infrastructure should be paid for by those who use it. We should be moving toward user-pays funding, but the recent Transportation Bill moved us AWAY from it, by shifting funding to the sales tax and other taxes unrelated to transportation.
The issue with this may be evident to those of us who have been active in Virginia politics for long... Republicans tried exactly what Mr. Sarvis says we need to do. Back in 2007, Republicans passed H.B. 3202 which was a transportation reform bill breaking the state into regions to increase tax revenue based on regional cost, to pay for local road spending. The issue with that (other than tax increases)? It was declared unconstitutional. I find it humorous that Sarvis again ignores free market solutions and chooses to embrace the "Crony Capitalism" he claims to fight.
I want to lead the fight now—in this election—to recognize same-sex marriages in Virginia.
As a Libertarian, I would expect Sarvis to advocate State's rights... In this case he seems to argue the opposite. The Virginia Constitution is very clear when it states:
That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.
The Marshall-Newman Amendment was passed by 57% of the vote on November 7th, 2006. Sarvis claims that he will lead the fight for Marriage Equality, but has yet to outline a plan or go into any further details. Does he support repealing the Constitutional Amendment, or does he favor Federal intervention in our laws?
As the Libertarian candidate for Governor in Virginia, I would expect Robert Sarvis to be a clear champion of the Free Market, Low Taxes, States Rights, and be able to expound upon those views when needed. What I have discovered is a candidate who is "not into the Austrian type" economics, who calls out "crony capitalism" yet agrees with Romney on overhauling the state's healthcare system, who proposes plans to fix a transportation system without having researched what the outcome of that plan was in the past. If I had to classify Sarvis into a political group, I wouldn't call him a Libertarian - I'd call him a Progressive.
One last note: I've noticed Sarvis name-drop Ron Paul a few times and I decided to dig further. With some simple research, I found that Sarvis never attempted to become a delegate for Ron Paul at any district conventions and never attempted to become a national delegate either. I contacted Chris Stearns, State Ron Paul campaign director in 2012 and he took no pause before saying that he was never contacted by Sarvis during the campaign. He also had this to say:
While I like Robert Sarvis on a personal level, it seems to me that he does not understand the tremendous value of having libertarian influence in one of the two major political parties – Dr Ron Paul recognized this and encourages libertarians around the country to become party officials and influence the Republican Party over a long period of time. The level of progress that has been made in the last two years is greater than any libertarian could have imagined, and we can’t throw that away when we have a Libertarian friendly candidate such as Ken Cuccinelli.
Below is the endorsement letter which Ron Paul released on October 11th, 2013
STudent Suspended for use of Airsoft Gun on Private Property
Virginia Beach, VA - A Hampton roads student has been suspended for using an Airsoft gun... Not at the bus stop, not in school - But at his own house. Seventh Grade student Khalid Carabello was playing at his home on Monday (9/23) when he fired the toy gun at another student who then reported him once at school. Keep in mind, the toy gun "never went to the bus stop, the bus, or the school" according to WAVY news. Khalid and his friend Aidan were both suspended under the school policy that stated the children were in "possession" of a firearm or were "handling/using a firearm".
WAVY news (VA Beach) will have a special report beginning at 5PM - be sure to tune in or view the report here: Has Zero Tolerance Gone Too Far?
While trying to find a stock image for this blog post I ran across an interesting problem... When you Google the image "Teen Couple", you find numerous images of couples in compromising positions. When you Google the image "Christian Teen Couple" it's almost like Google has no idea what you are talking about, and provides you with random pictures. The heart of the problem. What is a Christian teenage couple? Can anyone tell me what one looks like? I think I have some ideas.
"Christian Teen Couple"
A few scriptures come to mind that I think will help hash some of this out for us:
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (1 Timothy 5:1-7)
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. (1 Timothy 5:22)
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
I've seen many Christian couples sucked into the many sinful patterns of modern dating, my own relationships included. We have been taught through culture to seek first someone who can fill our desires, such as: Security, Humor, Warmth, Attractiveness --- Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God. Many of us have failed to seek or receive a clear indication of God's intentions in our current or future relationships. This is a symptom of a disease, not the disease itself. Ask any Christian teen
how many hours a day they devote to reading the Bible, if honest, most will say zero. As early as a year ago my answer would have been the same. As I experienced, it was hard to hear God clearly when he wasn't my number one.
The disease is a lack of God
in the lives of our Christian youth, the root of this ailment can only be sourced to an abundance of Satan being live-streamed
to our TV's, Computers, Radios, and everyday lives (see Miley Cyrus VMA Performance
or Macklemore Anti-Christian Lyrics
So what does a Christian relationship look like?
1) You are both Christian (Do not be unequally yoked with nonbelievers). This is perhaps the biggest mistake that Christians teens make. Just because they are a "good person" doesn't mean that this rule doesn't matter, it always applies.
2) Seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Your relationship should keep God first at all times, this keeps temptation out of the picture. Make God an essential part of your relationship by learning to help each other cope with spiritual weakness, and acting as accountability partners.
3) Make the relationship more spiritual than physical (Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands). Stay out of compromising situation which may lead to, or give the appearance of something else.
4) Bond with other Christian Couples (Pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart).
5) Keep the main thing, the main thing. Always remember that it is your destiny to find a wife/husband (Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh) - consistently seek positive traits that you wish to find in that future spouse. In the mean time, pray that God reveals details about that future spouse to guide you in the right direction.
For the LAdies
1) The guy you should be interested in attracting isn't looking for the shortest shorts or the lowest cut shirt, he is looking for proof that you have what it takes to honor God in your daily life. (1 Peter 3:3-5)
2) In my opinion, nothing is more attractive than a girl who is willing to put culture aside to follow Jesus. If you consider church a chore, and you display it in your body language -- I have no interest in you.
3) Don't act like being single is the worst possible thing that could happen to you. Your drive to fill an emotional void is a symptom of that disease I mentioned above and can only give way to the fear of being alone... Which I had to overcome (1 John 4:18). Trust in God's timing, and realize that God will work in your life if you let him.
4) Even if they are just your friends, they need to be Christian influences in your life (1 Corinthians 15:33).
5) We are just guys, not God. We are not and will never be perfect. We will fall short in some ways, and we will require your forgiveness. Do not load us up with your expectations because we will fail under the weight.
6) So he has some muscle and can make you laugh? Keep in mind that charm is deceptive (Proverbs 31:30) and make sure you are seeking God first when searching for a guy.
7) If your image is not his concern, your faith isn't either.
For the Men
1) Be the spiritual leader in your relationship. Take the initiative when it comes to reading the bible and worshiping God.
2) Protect her image. Avoid situations that may be viewed as compromising by others, make sure that the opportunity for rumors is slim to none. (1 Timothy 5:22)
3) Place her Godliness and spiritual traits before her beauty. (..and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.)
4) You will set the tone of this relationship; immorality is the end of your Christian relationship. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
today, and as you can see in the comments section of the page, hundreds of others have as well.
What do those hundreds have in common? They are outraged by the existence of the page, which has been around since March 25, 2012. Like many others, I noticed something very strange when I reported the page. Typically, a report on Facebook can take anywhere from 2 Hours to an entire day to be processed. Within 5 Seconds of completing my report, I received this message:
I realized that Facebook may not consider this page a "credible" threat of violence, even though I do. Considering Facebook may have an algorithm determining credible as "x" amount of likes or "x" amount of users reached... I decided to take a different approach.
Another way this page could be reported is as "Bullying and Harassment", after all, Facebook has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior... Right? Facebook said in it's Bullying and Harassment section:
Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.
I received my answer within 30 Seconds of submitting my report:
Notice how Facebook says "We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest"? Apparently Facebook believes that calling for the death of George Zimmerman is protected by the companies harassment policy.
Which takes me back to my first point... Calling Obama a liar is hate speech, but publicly calling for the death of George Zimmerman is neither a threat or harassment. Facebook needs to update its framework for dealing with reports, it is starting to look intentional.
Far too often we are faced with the choice between the lesser of two evils. At the RPV Convention this year, that was simply not the case in the race for Lt. Governor. Numerous solid candidates were in the field, and one of them won (Donate to EW Jackson Here
). One candidate impressed me so much, that I decided to become a paid operative for her. That candidate was Susan Stimpson, and I am proud to have worked on her campaign. As the campaign went on, our team became more like a family. Each and every staffer became a uniquely
beneficial piece to our movement, and prayer became an essential part of our survival. For anyone who knows me well enough, you will know it's out of the norm if I decide to support a candidate for public office - furthermore work for one. After working closely with Susan Stimpson, I can say with a clear heart that I made the right decision. Waking up in the morning to find that Susan had sent the campaign team an encouraging email that included passages from the Bible was a common occurrence.
When Susan met my mom, a youth pastor at my church, they sat and talked about God for an hour. Needless to say, my mom was a Susan supporter from the get-go... But after talking with her and sharing words of faith, my mom was also confident in her decision to support Susan. Something that I did not expect to encounter this year was
blatant sexism against Susan and Jeannemarie Devolites Davis. For hours, I would make phone calls into Southside and Southwest Virginia to hear phrases such as "She's pretty, but she doesn't have what it takes." or "Doesn't she have kids to raise?". To be honest, I began to hate making campaign calls as much as I used to hate receiving them. One of the other candidates in the race even made the mistake of telling my mom that "Some broad from Stafford" was running against him. While I was sitting with my delegation at the convention on the 18th, a woman (I forget who it was, anyone know?) went up to
give the invocation. A man sitting behind us from Madison County turns to the man next to him and says "Are you F***ing kidding me, they are letting a woman pray? Where are the men in this party?". An age old disease that I thought had been purged, resurfaced this year. One thing is for certain, any woman running for office in the Republican party has to be bold and courageous.
I look forward to supporting Susan in the future. She is a breath of fresh air in a party that needs a revival, desperately. As for now, I look forward to supporting Cuccinelli / Jackson / Obenshain this year.
It is becoming common knowledge that your private data is being purchased and traded by corporations. The process of obtaining this information is known as Data Mining. Many have feared the release of private messages on Facebook and the release of Google Search terms and at least one of those things have already occurred. In the coming days of Nationalized Healthcare, you will definitely see the prying eye of Big Brother into your daily lifestyle.
Target Gets Caught
The following is a story told by a man named Rodney (57)
My son, who is trying cast off the vile tobacco habit, called to ask me to pick up a box of nicotine patches that he is using to eases his craving. Since I would do nearly anything to help him quit smoking I tossed a box of the patches in my shopping cart.
At the checkout, the nice lady (really!) asked me for my driver’s license. Assuming that she wanted to verify my age (Wow – being carded at 57) I showed it to her. She then said that she needed to scan the stripe. I declined and told her that I've proven my identity and my age and I would prefer to NOT have them record my details.
She then called over a manager who appeared to have gotten her makeup tips from RuPaul to override the register by inputting my date of birth. The manager then informed me that it was the law to scan my license. Before I could complete my rebuttal, she changed her story that it was store policy whereupon she snatched up the box of patches and left the checkout. The clerk was obviously horrified and mouthed an “I’m sorry” to me. I simply smiled and told her that Target could keep everything else, too.
[I] didn't want to risk winding up on some database of smokers.
I have no way of knowing how this could be used against me during a health insurance claim or background investigation.
According to reporters with The Blaze, "Target has been in the spotlight recently for its extensive data mining abilities to direct marketing to its customers, which could be exactly why the store wanted to scan his I.D. in the first place. An article in the New York Times by Charles Duhigg, highlighting a portion of his book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business,” showed how Target is able to tell if a woman is pregnant, based on its purchase-tracking capabilities, before even she knows. Duhigg wrote:
For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy. “If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail we’ve sent you or visit our Web site, we’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “We want to know everything we can.”
Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick. - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Whether it's the dark and humid ambiance or the pure excitement of exploration - Caving is an experience that must be had by all. On the East Coast, the Appalachian Mountains are riddled with them. The Catawba Creek Cave (no official name) has a lot of stories to tell. This cave's location made it an essential part of nearby iron ore operations, and in turn, helped fund the South.
In 1885, Rufus Ayers
served as Virginia's Attorney General. He felt that the Iron ore rich portions of Southwest Virginia could become the "Pittsburgh of the South" (specifically Big Stone Gap, where Rufus lived). Rufus was instrumental in helping develop the coal and iron ore industry in Southwest Virginia and bringing the railroads to this area. Most of the iron production was halted and never resumed do to economic depression. What does this have to do with the cave? The Iron Ore chimney to the left was used by a mining camp in Catawba, Virginia and it was less than 300 yards away from the cave. The mining camp used the cave for a very specific purpose: Water. Deep within the cave, a freshwater spring exists that emits only the finest, most refreshing, mountain filtered, drinking water. As you will see in the next image, the miners utilized this spring by running a pipe from the cave to the nearby camp. They dammed a narrow section of the cave to effectively "cap" the spring.
Labiosa.com has undergone a major makeover in both appearance and substance alike. The focus of this blog will be changing from political opinion and will become tuned in on the American Experience.
The new Labiosa.com will feature four blogging categories that I hope you will love:
Adventures of 20(13) - Kayaking, Campaign, Hiking, and Exploration. This category will be about pressing the limits of outdoor living. It will also highlight the many benefits of living in the Appalachian Mountains! Music - I will be posting music that I enjoy, and hope you will too! Politics - This wouldn't be my website if it didn't involve politics. Stumbled - Anything that doesn't fit into those categories, but I want to share will go into this catch-all.