Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gloucester, VA School Board's Illegal Activities? Multi Million Dollar Order Without Money To Fund?

Here is what the code of Virginia says.

§ 15.2-1238. Certification of sufficient funds.

Except in emergency, no order for delivery on a contract or open market order for supplies or contractual services for any county department or agency shall be awarded until the chief financial officer has certified that the unencumbered balance in the appropriation concerned, in excess of all unpaid obligations, is sufficient to defray the cost of such order.

15.2-1239. Orders and contracts in violation of article.

If any department or agency of the county government purchases or contracts for any supplies or contractual services contrary to the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations made thereunder, such order or contract shall be void and the head of such department or agency shall be personally liable for the costs of such order or contract.

§ 22.1-175.5. Capital School Projects Fund.

A. The governing body of any locality which is awarded a grant pursuant to this chapter may authorize the local treasurer or fiscal officer, by ordinance or resolution, to create a separate escrow account upon the books of the locality, as described in this section. Upon the adoption of such ordinance or resolution, the treasurer of the locality shall place such grant awards into this account.

B. The escrow account shall be known as the "County/City/Town of ____________ Capital School Projects Fund." All principal deposited to such fund, together with all income from or attributable to the fund, shall be used solely for (i) construction, additions, renovations, including retrofitting and enlarging public school buildings, infrastructure, including technology infrastructure, and site acquisition for public school buildings and facilities or (ii) debt service payments, or a portion thereof, for any such projects completed in the previous ten years if so designated. No disbursement from the fund may be made except upon specific appropriation by the governing body in accordance with applicable law. If a locality establishes such a fund and designates any portion of the funds deposited therein to pay debt service for (i) any general obligation of the locality held by the Virginia Public School Authority or (ii) any Literary Fund loan, the locality shall obtain an opinion of bond counsel that designation of funds to pay debt service on obligations described in clauses (i) and (ii) hereof does not adversely impact the tax-exempt status of such obligations.

C. All grant awards deposited in the fund, including all income from or attributable to such fund, shall be deemed public funds of the locality and shall be subject to all limitations upon deposit and investment provided by general law, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Security for Public Deposits Act (§ 2.2-4400 et seq.). Income, dividends, distributions, and grants accruing to the fund shall be retained in such fund and shall be expended only in accordance with the terms of this section.

D. Nothing in this section shall be deemed or construed to authorize a school board or school division to receive, hold or invest funds in its own name, nor to expend funds in the absence of a specific appropriation by the governing body of the locality in accordance with applicable law.

Here is what was put through by Gloucester, Virginia officials without having funds in any accounts, but instead, just an order to sell bonds. Money from bond sales did not occur until November, 2013. Oyster Point Construction accepted this in light of Virginia code?

Page Notice To Proceed Letter of Intent from Chuck Thompson

And who is accountable for all of this?  Those who signed the above documents?  Nobody?  Who cares?  You have to be kidding!  Don't worry folks, what else we have uncovered is going to show much worse than this.  We are not attorney's and this is not legal advice, but good lord, what the heck are they up to?
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Governor McDonnell Announces $6.1 Million Investment in Floyd Count

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English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / Srpski: Застава америчке савезне државе Вирџиније. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hollingsworth & Vose to expand manufacturing capacity

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Hollingsworth & Vose Company, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery, and industrial applications, will invest $6.1 million in its operation in Floyd County. The company will expand its existing facility to add manufacturing capacity to produce a product currently only manufactured in the U.K. Virginia successfully competed against Georgia and Massachusetts for the project, which will create 17 new jobs.

            Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Hollingsworth & Vose has been a major employer in Floyd County for nearly 40 years and is of vital importance to the community. This significant investment and commitment to add manufacturing capacity solidifies the operation’s longevity for years to come, and emphasizes the company’s confidence in the business climate and infrastructure available in Floyd County. With this new product line H&V can continue to build on its success in the Commonwealth since 1974.”

            “Hollingsworth & Vose is a global leader in its industry and sells products in more than 80 countries,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “We are proud that the materials distributed internationally are produced in Floyd County, and this expansion and added product line will increase capacity. We thank the company for its continued investment in Virginia as a valued employer and corporate partner.”

Hollingsworth & Vose Company is a global leader in the supply of technically advanced engine, high efficiency, and liquid filtration media, battery separator materials and industrial nonwovens. The company operates manufacturing sites and research centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Val Hollingsworth, President and CEO, said, “We are very pleased to continue to grow and invest in Floyd, Virginia. H&V has been operating there for nearly 40 years. We are fortunate to have a lot of great people and we appreciate the support from Floyd County and the State of Virginia.”

           Mike Clark, Hollingsworth & Vose Division President, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration, said, “This strategic expansion of our Floyd site will provide capacity to support the increasing demand in North America for high performance synthetic filter media. This state-of-the-art production line will produce H&V's patented Technostat electret filter media which provides high efficiency filtration with very low pressure drop.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Floyd County and the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Floyd County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $65,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

            “H&V is a strong and innovative company, and we are delighted that they continue to see great value in their Floyd operation and are investing to expand and add jobs here,” said Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chairman Case C. Clinger.

            “We are delighted that Hollingsworth & Vose is expanding in the tobacco region,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore, Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “The additional job creation and investment being made in Floyd County is a testament to the County’s continued efforts to compete for new and expanding business.”
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Virginia Posts 5.4% Revenue Decrease in October

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at...
Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
– Not a Significant Month for Revenue –
Minimal Growth in Withholding Most Likely Result of Federal Government Shutdown

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that October revenue collections decreased by 5.4 percent from October of last year. October is not a significant month for revenue collections. On a year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 0.6 percent through October, trailing the annual forecast of 1.5 percent growth. Adjusting for the accelerated sales tax program and the 0.125 percent sales tax transfer required by last session’s historic transportation bill, total revenues grew 1.6 percent through October, trailing the adjusted forecast of 2.7 percent growth.

The decrease in October revenue was driven by declines in corporate, sales and recordation taxes, along with an increase in individual refunds. Collections of payroll withholding taxes only grew by 0.5% in October, with the weakness in growth most likely attributable to the federal government shutdown. Sales and use tax receipts fell by 1.7%, but that number reflects sales in September, prior to the federal government shutdown. Any potential impact of the shutdown on sales in Virginia would be reflected in the upcoming November revenue report.

 Speaking about the October numbers, Governor Bob McDonnell noted, “Over the last four years we’ve worked together in Richmond to find common ground and put in place policies that will spur private sector job creation and economic growth. Those policies have gotten results. 158,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Virginia, and our unemployment rate has fallen from 7.4% to 5.8%, the lowest rate in the Southeast. However, despite our work in the Commonwealth, we increasingly face headwinds that while not of our making, are having a detrimental impact on our people and our economy. The federal government continues to fail at the most basic of functions, including most recently failing at just the simple act of remaining open. This is having a direct impact on the finances of Virginia’s residents and our state government. We must continue to take prudent and proactive steps in our state government to help prepare the Commonwealth for the continued uncertainty that lies ahead. I look forward to working with the incoming administration of Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe to ensure that there is continuity in the successful bipartisan efforts that have helped make Virginia a national economic leader, even in these difficult times.”

            The October revenue numbers are available at this link:
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Governor McDonnell Encourages Virginians to Donate to Philippines Recovery Effort

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English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today urged Virginians to join in the effort to help the people of the Philippines as they recover from devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The storm has left thousands dead, and the Philippine government has reported that some 2 million residents are now in need of aid.

Speaking about the storm and its aftermath, Governor McDonnell noted, “The people of the Philippines need our help in the wake of this horrific typhoon. As we watch the saddening news reports come in, I know many are wondering how to help the millions who are suffering. Today I’m encouraging my fellow Virginians to donate funds to the Philippine Red Cross, the American Red Cross, or UNICEF so those three organizations can continue providing the food, medicine, and relief that is so desperately needed in the region. Virginia is home to a large Filipino-American population that has done so much to contribute to the prosperity and greatness of our Commonwealth. Now, the people of the Philippines need our help as they recover from deadly and tragic Typhoon Haiyan. Americans are a giving and caring people. We are at our best when times are at their worst. Now, I hope Virginians will once again show their generosity and empathy and join in this relief effort. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with our friends in the Philippines.”

There are many aid organizations working in storm-recovery efforts. Three of the biggest are the Philippine Red Cross, the American Red Cross, and UNICEF. Virginians can donate to the organizations by visiting their web sites, which are listed below.

Philippine Red Cross:

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Common Insecticides May Be Linked to Kids' Behavior Problems

A C-130 spraying Mosquitoes at Grand Forks AFB...
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By Dr. Mercola
Organophosphate pesticides are known for their hazards to human health. Prenatal exposure, for example, has been linked to delayed brain development, reduced IQ, and attention deficits1.
As a result, pyrethroids2—synthetic chemicals derived from natural chemicals found in chrysanthemums—have risen in popularity over the past decade.  There are currently more than 3,500 commercial products containing this insecticide. This includes items like roach sprays, flea bombs, and dog flea or tick collars and medicated shampoos.
Pyrethroids are well-known to be highly toxic to cats, and the most frequent reason for pyrethroid poisoning in cats is the incorrect and unadvised application of dog flea or tick medication.
You can identify pyrethroids in any given product by reading the label. Compounds that end in “thrin,” such as bifenthrin, permethrin and cypermethrin, are all pyrethroids. Alas, switching to pyrethroids may not have been the wisest move. Animal studies suggest it causes neurological-, immune-, and reproductive damage. And, as usual, the human health effects are still largely unknown, despite its widespread use.
Now, Canadian research suggests pyrethroids may be associated with behavior problems in children.  As reported by Scientific American3:
“The findings raise some questions about the safety of the compounds, which have replaced other insecticides with known risks to children’s brain development.
Exposure to pyrethroids, which kill insects by interfering with their nervous systems, is widespread because they are used inside homes and schools, in municipal mosquito control and on farms.”

Common Insecticide May have Adverse Effects on Your Child’s Development

The study4 in question tested urine samples from 779 Canadian children, aged 6-11, and the parents answered questions relating to their child’s behavior. Shockingly, even at that tender young age, 97 percent of the children had pyrethroid breakdown products in their urine. Ninety-one percent also had traces of organophosphate pesticides.
“A 10-fold increase in urinary levels of one pyrethroid breakdown product, cis-DCCA, was associated with a doubling in the odds of a child scoring high for parent-reported behavioral problems, such as inattention and hyperactivity,” the featured article reports.
A previous study found that toddlers who had been exposed to pyrethroids while in utero had lower development scores compared to unexposed children. According to a 2006 EPA review, animal research has also shown that even low levels of some of these compounds have an adverse effect on5:
Immune functionNervous system developmentBehavioral development
ThyroidLiverReproductive hormones

Some pyrethroids act as endocrine disruptors by mimicking estrogen. Such hormone-disrupting chemicals can raise your levels of estrogen, thereby promoting the growth of estrogen-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer.
As stated by Dana Boyd Barr, a research professor of environmental health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta6:  “Pyrethroids are obviously a safer alternative to organophosphates, but just because they are safer doesn’t mean they are safe.”

Are You Using this Toxic Bug Spray On or Near Your Kids?

Permethrin—a member of the synthetic pyrethroid family—can also be found in many commercial bug sprays. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), permethrin is carcinogenic7, capable of causing lung tumors, liver tumors, immune system problems, and chromosomal abnormalities. Permethrin is also damaging to the environment, and it is particularly toxic to bees and aquatic life.
Despite that, approximately 2 million pounds of permethrin are applied to agricultural, residential and public sites each year. The majority, about 70 percent, is applied in non-agricultural settings; more than 40 percent of it is applied by homeowners in residential areas, so there’s plenty of room for individuals to take personal control over this chemical exposure.
While it may be tempting to douse your kids with bug spray in order to prevent bugs from biting them, there are plenty of other tricks that can keep bugs at bay that don't involve the application of neurotoxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

Simple Preventative Measures to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquito’s are probably the most pervasive when it comes to biting bugs. You can avoid most assaults by staying inside around dawn and dusk, which is when they are most active. If you must be out during those times, wear light-colored, long sleeved shirts and long pants, hats and socks.
Mosquitoes are also thicker in shrubby areas and near standing water. Body temperature and skin chemicals like lactic acid also attract mosquitoes, so trying to stay as cool and dry as possible may also help to some degree.
The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has a helpful factsheet8 of things you can do to prevent mosquito breeding on your property. The Three D’s of protection from mosquitoes are:
  1. Drain—Mosquitoes require water in which to breed, so carefully drain any and all sources of standing water around your house and yard, including pet bowls, gutters, garbage- and recycling bins, spare tires, bird baths and so on
  2. Dress—Light colored, loose fitting clothing offer the greatest protection
  3. Defend—Again, I recommend avoiding most chemical repellents, especially those containing DEET or permethrin. (The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released an extensive review of bug repellants, and virtually all of them are associated with health hazards9.) Instead, try some of the natural alternatives suggested in this article

Besides draining all sources of standing water and dressing appropriately, the following ideas can help reduce the mosquito population around your yard:
  • Add some bat boxes: Bat houses are becoming increasingly popular since bats are voracious consumers of insects, especially mosquitoes. For more on buying a bat house or constructing one yourself, visit the Organization for Bat Conservation10.
  • Plant marigolds: Planting marigolds around your yard works as a bug repellent because the flowers give off a fragrance that bugs do not like. This is a great way to ward off mosquitoes without using chemical insecticides.
  • Blow ‘em away... As a last minute fix, a simple house fan can help keep mosquitoes at bay if you’re having a get-together in your backyard.

DIY Bug Repellants

Your diet may have something to do with your popularity with the mosquitoes. To reduce your attractiveness, you may want to forgo bananas during mosquito season. According to alternative health nutritionist Dr. Janet Starr Hull11, “there’s something about how your body processes the banana oil that attracts these female sugar-loving insects.” She also recommends supplementing with one vitamin B-1 tablet a day from April through October, and then adding 100 mg of B-1 to a B-100 Complex daily during the mosquito season to make you less attractive to mosquitoes.
Regularly consuming garlic or garlic capsules may also help protect against both mosquito and tick bites. Bear in mind, the best way to avoid ticks is to make sure you tuck your pants into your socks and wear closed shoes and a hat—especially if venturing out into wooded areas. You can also make your own mosquito repellent using any of the following:
  • Cinnamon leaf oil (one study found it was more effective at killing mosquitoes than DEET)
  • Clear liquid vanilla extract mixed with olive oil
  • Wash with citronella soap, and then put some 100% pure citronella essential oil on your skin. Java Citronella is considered the highest quality citronella on the market
  • Catnip oil (according to one study, this oil is 10 times more effective than DEET12)
Another option is to use the safe solution I formulated to repel mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects. It's anatural insect repellant with a combination of citronella, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, and vanillin. An independent study showed it was more effective than a product containing 100 percent DEET. And it's safe for you, your children, and your pets.

Safer Alternatives for Ant, Roach, Lice and Flea Control

With mosquito control out of the way, what about other pesky bugs? Not to worry, there are safer alternatives for most infestations. For example:
  • Knock out roaches, ants and termites with boric acid powder. Sprinkle some in the inner corners of your cabinets and in the corners under your cabinets. Pests will carry it back to their nests on their feet and kill the remainder of the infestation. Boric acid is generally non-toxic for animals, but you’d still be well-advised to place it in areas where your pet will not ingest or inhale it, as it kills bugs by causing dehydration.
  • Treat head lice with an old-fashioned nit comb and essential oils of anise and ylang ylang, combined into a spray. This has been found to be highly effective in eliminating over 90 percent of head lice.
  • Control your pet’s fleas and ticks with safe, natural pest repellents, such as:
    • Cedar oil
    • Natural, food-grade diatomaceous earth
    • Fresh garlic -- work with your holistic vet to determine a safe amount for your pet’s body weight
    • Feeding your pet a balanced, species-appropriate diet. The healthier your dog or cat is, the less appealing she’ll be to parasites. A biologically appropriate diet supports a strong immune system.
    • Bathing and brushing your pet regularly and performing frequent full-body inspections to check for parasite activity.
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Causes of The American Revolution - Ebook

Battle of the Hook, 2013
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Causes of the American Revolution from Chuck Thompson

Causes of the American Revolution, special ebook for your consideration.  It's only a short 70 pages total.  Actually less than that when you take into consideration the cover and opening pages are not really where you are spending any time reading.  To open the above book into full screen mode, left click the icon at the far bottom right hand side of the above container.  To exit full screen mode, just hit the escape key on your keyboard.  Liberty Education Series.

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Anti Federalist Papers No. 27 – The Use Of Coercion By The New Government (Part 2)

"JOHN HUMBLE's," following piece was published in the Independent Gazetteer, October 29, 1787.

The humble address of the low-born of the United States of America, to their fellow slaves scattered throughout the world - greeting:
Whereas it hath been represented unto us that a most dreadful disease hath for these five years last past infected, preyed upon and almost ruined the government and people of this our country; and of this malady we ourselves have had perfect demonstration, not mentally, but bodily, through every one of the five senses. For although our sensations in regard to the mind be not just so nice as those of the well born, yet our feeling, through the medium of the plow, the hoe and the grubbing ax, is as acute as any nobleman's in the world. And, whereas, a number of skillful physicians having met together at Philadelphia last summer, for the purpose of exploring, and, if possible, removing the cause of this direful disease, have, through the assistance of John Adams, Esq., in the profundity of their great political knowledge, found out and discovered that nothing but a new government, consisting of three different branches, namely, king, lords, and commons or, in the American language, President, Senate and Representatives - can save this, our country, from inevitable destruction. And, whereas, it has been reported that several of our low-born brethren have had the horrid audacity to think for themselves in regard to this new system of government, and, dreadful thought! have wickedly begun to doubt concerning the perfection of this evangelical constitution, which our political doctors have declared to be a panacea, which (by inspiration) they know will infallibly heal every distemper in the confederation, and finally terminate in the salvation of America.

Now we the low born, that is, all the people of the United States, except 600 thereabouts, well born, do by this our humble address, declare and most solemnly engage, that we will allow and admit the said 600 well born, immediately to establish and confirm this most noble, most excellent and truly divine constitution. And we further declare that without any equivocation or mental reservation whatever we will support and maintain the same according to the best of our power, and after the manner and custom of all other slaves in foreign countries, namely by the sweat and toil of our body. Nor will we at any future period of time ever attempt to complain of this our royal government, let the consequences be what they may.

And although it appears to us that a standing army, composed of the purgings of the jails of Great Britain, Ireland and Germany, shall be employed in collecting the revenues of this our king and government, yet, we again in the most solemn manner declare, that we will abide by our present determination of non-resistance and passive obedience - so that we shall not dare to molest or disturb those military gentlemen in the service of our royal government. And (which is not improbable) should any one of those soldiers when employed on duty in collecting the taxes, strike off the arm (with his sword) of one of our fellow slaves, we will conceive our case remarkably fortunate if he leaves the other arm on. And moreover, because we are aware that many of our fellow slaves shall be unable to pay their taxes, and this incapacity of theirs is a just cause of impeachment of treason; wherefore in such cases we will use our utmost endeavors, in conjunction with the standing army, to bring such atrocious offenders before our federal judges, who shall have power, without jury or trial, to order the said miscreants for immediate execution; nor will we think their sentence severe unless after being hanged they are also to be both beheaded and quartered. And finally we shall henceforth and forever leave all power, authority and dominion over our persons and properties in the hands of the well born, who were designed by Providence to govern. And in regard to the liberty of the press, we renounce all claim to it forever more, Amen; and we shall in future be perfectly contented if our tongues be left us to lick the feet of our well born masters.

Done on behalf of three millions of low-born American slaves.
JOHN HUMBLE, Secretary
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