On behalf of Darryl and his family, “THANK YOU!” Between PayPal donations and cash gifts, we were able to raise over $2,000 for Darryl and his family this year.
As you know, I believe private charity is superior to government programs. To that end, I ask all of you to dig in deep this year and help. We have a friend in need. My good friend Darryl Buchannon was instrumental during my 2010 campaign, but he has recently fallen on hard times. He wants to give his family a great holiday season this year. Every bit counts! Click here to give, because you never know when you may fall on hard times and need a little help yourself!
After last week’s announcement regarding politics, some of my friends, family, and colleagues asked whether I am running for office and if so, which office I am running for. Just to clarify things, I am not currently running for any office. For now, my goal is to simply be active and involved again after taking some time off to focus on family, business, and tasks I had postponed for my 2010 campaign.
My plan is to help promote liberty and freedom whenever and wherever I can. When future opportunities to run for office present themselves, I will evaluate them as they come up.
I am humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement. Thank you!
On Saturday, July 7th, 2012, the SW Virginia Tea Party held their Independence Day celebration in Abingdon. I discussed putting my comments online for Mr. Trivett to read, so here they are!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Stuart Bain, and I hail from Salem, Virginia. My family and I were just recently redistricted into the 9th Congressional District, so I appreciate the warm welcome and look forward to learning the lay of the land.
“All politics is local.” — Tip O’Neill
Liberty lovers, it is time to take action. It is time to turn the tide of politics in the Roanoke Valley. Do you meet these criteria?
- You are a resident of Roanoke City, Virginia AND
- You are registered to vote AND
- You believe…
- That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
- That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
- That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government
- That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations
- That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
- That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation
If so, we need your help. It is time to turn off the TV and get involved. America’s Got Talent can wait. Mr. John Brill is the Chairman of the Roanoke City Republican Committee, and he needs as many liberty-minded voters as possible to join the Committee. The Committee is holding a mass meeting on July 18th. If you are ready to take up the cause of liberty, I urge you to contact Mr. Brill before 5:00PM EDT on July 9th and inform him of your intention to join the Committee. Help him bring more liberty-minded candidates to office.
- Read this mass meeting call.
- Click here to email John Brill your name, address, phone number, and intention to join the Committee.
- Attend the July 18th meeting if you can!
Take action now and get involved! Thank you for your willingness to support the cause.
— Stuart Bain
Over the course of the past year and a half since the November 2010 election, I was somewhat absent from the political landscape. My absence was mostly due to personal obligations involving family, work, and other commitments. During this period, I maintained as watchful an eye as I could on the overall direction and climate of the political landscape. I attempted to keep up with current events in local, state, and national politics; but my time and availability limited my ability to be involved and engaged in related activities. I watched as many battles for liberty were fought at local, state, and federal levels. Some were won, and some were lost. Celebrate our victories, and learn from our losses; but do it quickly for there are more battles to be fought in this struggle. Our fight is no longer “like” war. It is war, albeit one fought with words and ballots instead of lethal weapons.
After prayerful consideration and discussion with my wife and family, we decided it is time to once again take up the cause. To that end, we will rejoin the fight alongside opponents of tyranny to defeat those who stand in stark opposition to freedom, liberty, and The Constitution. Marines are trained to run towards the battle, so count me in.
— Stuart Bain
I have taken up chess again. After reviewing several online chess sites, I settled at chess.com. If you interested in playing, please feel free to use the chess link in the right sidebar to find me on the chess.com website and start a game.
On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2. Click here to learn what you can do to raise autism awareness in your community.
Like many of you, my family and I are praying for the victims of the recent events in Japan. Unfortunately, when events like this happen, a crop of scams usually pop up. I think this post from Slashdot says it best:
Posted by Soulskill on Friday March 11, @11:43AM
from the i-see-what-you-did-there dept.
wiredmikey sends this quote from Security Week:“Today’s tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit innocent victims. Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fake donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world.”As coverage of the earthquake and resulting tsunami has proceeded, collections of videos and pictures are showing the extent of the devastation. The NY Times makes the excellent point that things could have been much worse if not for building codes and quake-resistant engineering. A state of emergency was declared at one of Japan’s nuclear plants, after the earthquakecaused cooling problems at one of the reactors. No radiation leakage has been reported, and the US Air Force has helped bydelivering coolant by air.
If you choose to contribute to the recovery effort, I encourage you to contribute directly to the American Red Cross.
I would like to wish one and all a Happy New Year and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. 2011 is shaping up to be quite a busy year. After a year of running around the district, I am taking the year off from politics to recover and recuperate. I will still be active, but for now I will mostly act behind the scenes. Case in point, as I am Master of my Masonic lodge this year, I will be unable to attend lobby day in Richmond this year. I was hoping to get completely caught up on a lot of things, but my wife and I are expecting another addition to our family this year. I’m sure that will take a little time (as well it should) I would have otherwise used towards other endeavors. As I looked at the drafts sitting in my blog as unpublished, I realized that I have a steady stream of content coming my way I can use to fill up the blog. Therefore, I am hereby announcing the Mailbag category. I get quite a few emails on a regular basis on a variety of topics from religion to politics. Most of them I get two, three, or umpteen times. I realized that even the ones telling me to forward to twenty people never get forwarded. I don’t like forwarding that sort of thing at all, so I am going to just start posting them here instead as mailbag posts, complete with attribution (as best I can). The first one should be up shortly.