Congressional Reform Act of 2011

The mailbag hits just keep on coming. During my run for U.S. House, I received this one (or variations of it) multiple times. Usually at least once a day. It was sent again today via Carolyn B. Have an opinion on it? Leave a comment below!

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete

You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.

Presidential Motorcade SUV

This video arrived in my inbox courtesy of Dave W.


The email reads:

Have you ever wondered what all those extra SUVs are in Presidential or VIP motorcades? You know, the ones with severely tinted windows. The SUV’s that no one gets in or out of?

Well, wonder no more. They have a 6 barreled 7.62 mm mini Gatling guns.

They Fire over 4,000 rounds per minute. The wipers need to be run to remove spent casings when the weapon is firing. This video is from the company that makes the rigs. The vehicle is also armor plated.

I added the following comments:

Supposedly, this is a video displaying the capabilities of the black SUVs seen in the presidential motorcade. The mini-gun looks like it is same one seen mounted on the side of Marine Corps UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. They fire about 4,000 rounds per minute of 7.62mm rounds through 6 rotating barrels (Gatling gun style).

I lived in the DC area for almost a year and saw the presidential motorcade on a regular basis. Usually you would see these black SUVs pull out as part of the motorcade and the back glass would be down with secret service agents loaded into the back, armed to the teeth with M4-A1 rifles. Never realized there was a mini-gun loaded into the roof. Very slick.

Happy New Year!

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.

The New and Improved GoDaddy Hosting Account

For my personal website and pet project web hosting needs, I have a GoDaddy account that I pay for. Here recently, the account was moved to new GoDaddy servers complete with SSH capability! The move wasn’t completely without problems. I had to manually update the DSN connection string for some of the databases my sites use (including this one) to get them backup and running. Regardless, I must say I’m somewhat impressed. I logged in via SSH to look around and was able to use Linux shell commands and vi to take care of some minor edits without problems. For a Linux person like me, this sort of ability is a HUGE timesaver. I am VERY happy with GoDaddy putting these sorts of abilities out there for people like me. If you’re looking for some cheap hosting for your personal or pet project website(s), click here. However, for businesses looking for secure, 100% uptime hosting, Blue Ridge Digital is the way to go.

Happy 235th Birthday Marines

Today marks the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. What many people don’t know is that the Marine Corps was “born in a bar.” The USMC Press’ USMC Heritage page tells the story best:

“On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines.  That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern.  He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter — serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern.  Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines.  So, yes, the U.S. Marine Corps was indeed born in Tun Tavern.  Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship.”

Semper Fi, Marines. God bless each and every one of you, but there is one in particular I would like to thank for his service today: Major Nigel Fischer. Nigel and I served at Marine Corps Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 in Camp Pendleton back in the mid-1990’s. Semper Fi, brother and God bless you and yours.

— Stuart

Jekyll Island Anniversary

Over at the Economic Collapse Blog, they posted an article about today being the 100th anniversary of 1910 Jekyll Island meeting that resulted in the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. As someone who studies economics and economic policies, I encourage you to take the time to research the Federal Reserve and how it works. Be sure to study both sides of the argument for and against the Fed. The Federal Reserve, of course, sings its own praises. However, there are others who disagree.