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Has Nullification Ever Been Done in US History ?

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Here’s a little history lesson for you readers that aren’t familiar with Nullification of unconstitutional federal laws as Tn. State Senator Brian Kelsey wasn’t. (Actually I believe he is aware of it and ignored it on purposed from the way he handled the last SB 250 committee meeting)

South Carolina “Nullifies” the Force Bill (1833)

Most South Carolinian statesmen (John C. Calhoun, George McDuffie, Robert Hayne, James Henry Hammond, and others) denounced the federal Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 for gratifying Northern manufacturers at the expense of Southern agricultural interests. 1828′s “South Carolina Exposition and Protest” blossomed into the Convention of November 1832 at which “we, the people of South Carolina” claimed that the Tariffs and the obligations they imposed on state officials were hereafter “utterly null and void” within that state (the first Ordinance of Nullification). President Jackson responded on December 10 with his stern “Proclamation to the People of South Carolina.” A gradually less protective tariff regime was instituted on March 2, 1833, but the Compromise Tariff was passed concurrently with the Force Bill,(Tariffs are Constitutional because they are one of the enumerated Powers in the Constitution, so they can’t be nullified) which authorized the President to use military force to combat the obstruction of revenue collection (a cousin of the earlier Militia Acts).

The South Carolina Convention repealed its earlier Ordinance of Nullification on March 11, but it couldn’t resist engaging in a “purely symbolic gesture”—purporting to nullify the Force Bill. (No court or judge ever struck down South Carlina’s nullification of the Force Act) Even if the resulting document is a historical footnote, it remains among the permanent records of Congress:

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The Untold History of Nullification: Wisconsin Nullifies Fugitive Slave Act

In March of 1854, Benammi Stone Garland, two federal marshals and several others broke into the home of Joshua Glover. They clubbed him over the head, dragged him bleeding from his shanty and locked him up in the Milwaukee jail. Glover was an escaped slave, and Garland his “owner.” Legally, Garland had every right to take his “property” into custody and drag Glover back to Missouri. The Constitution provided for the return of escaped slaves. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 created the mechanism. The act denied due process to anyone accused of escaping slavery. Federal courts authorized the capture of fugitive slaves simply on the word of their “owners.” The accused weren’t even allowed to testify in their own defense. The Fugitive Slave Act was wildly unpopular and actively resisted in every northern state.

The Republican-controlled state legislature passed a resolution supporting the Wisconsin Supreme Court in nullifying the Fugitive Slave Act. It also defied federal law by passing a Personal Liberty Act. Among other things, the law gave county courts the power to issue writs of habeas corpus to fugitive slaves, made it the duty of district attorneys to seek their discharge and established fines of $1,000 for kidnapping free blacks.

Let us not forget that nullification was used by the northern states to reject the fugitive slave laws.

Here Wisconsin rejects the law, nullifying the criminal federal government mandate that slaves must be returned to their owners across state lines.

If Wisconsin had obeyed the criminal federal government, untold numbers of slaves would have been killed or beaten.


of the prisoner is sought to be justified, by whatsoever authority the same may have been issued.

If, upon enquiry into the nature and cause of the caption and detention of the prisoner, it shall be found that he is held by virtue of process issued by a court or judge of the United States, having exclusive jurisdiction of the subject matter of the process, the prisoner must be remanded, and this as well by the comity of courts as by the provisions of the statute.

The warrant set forth in the return to this writ of certiorari, is not sufficient to justify the detention of the prisoner.

The order of discharge set forth in the return to this writ of certiorari was properly made.

The act of Congress of 1850, commonly called the Fugitive Slave Act, is unconstitutional and void.

1. Because it does not provide for a trial by jury of the fact that the alleged fugitive owes service to the claimant by the laws of another State, and of his escape therefrom.

2. It authorizes a hearing and determination of the claim of the master, and the fact of escape, by commissioners of the United States, who cannot be endowed with judicial powers under the Constitution of the United States.

3. The judicial power of the United States can be vested only in courts, or in judges, whose term of office is during good behaviour, and whose compensation is fixed and certain.

4. The functions with which United States commissioners are endowed by the act of 1850 are judicial, and therefore repugnant to the Constitution.

5. By the said act, any person alleged to be a fugitive may be arrested and deprived of his liberty “without due process of law.” Crawford, J., dissenting.

The act of Congress of 1850, commonly called the Fugitive Slave Act, in relation to fugitives from service or labor, is unconstitutional and void; because Congress has no constitutional power to legislate upon that subject. Per Smith, J.

Cabela’s cash register ‘glitch’ shines spotlight on new Obamacare medical device excise tax

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Remember how we were all assured that we’d love Obamacare once we found out what was in it? People are already noticing shrinking paychecks, and with 2013 only three days old, people are already turning to Snopes.com — a site dedicated to debunking urban legends — to make sense of the country’s new Medical Excise Tax. Which most of us know Snopes is not dependable for the truth.

The Medical Excise Tax is real, and it kicked in Jan. 1. In short, it’s a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. There is a retail exemption that covers “devices that are of a type that are generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use,” as well as exemptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids.

The tax is supposed to be “hidden” from the consumer, but it was brought to the public’s attention when receipts from hunting and fishing store Cabela’s Sporting Goods showing the tax as a separate line item went viral.

Tennessee Exchange rejected; Medicaid decision looms

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As you read this article about Governor Haslam and expanding Medicaid (opening up exchanges in Tn) , I wish you’d also read this article about if Haslam does expand Medicaid and open up the exchanges in Tn, he will be violating Tennessee State law in the Tennessee Health Freedom Act as it states:

The Tennessee Legislature enacted in 2011 the Tennessee Health Freedom Act, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 56-7-1016. 2

Under this Act, no public official, employee, or agent of Tennessee may force The People of Tennessee to purchase health insurance or impose any penalty for not purchasing such insurance.

So if Haslam attempts to force The People of Tennessee to participate in a State Insurance Exchange, he will violate the Tennessee Health Freedom Act.

Gov. Bill Haslam says rejecting the notion of Tennessee operating a health insurance exchange was a relatively easy decision, but a distinct one from whether the state will expand Medicaid under provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The governor, in a speech at a Knoxville Chamber breakfast in late February, acknowledged that hospitals “are in a fix” because they agreed to a reduction in federal payments they receive for delivering care to indigent patients as part of the Affordable Care Law with the idea that Medicaid coverage would be expanded to cover more people living in poverty. Since the Supreme Court ruled that states could not be required to expand Medicaid, several states have decided not to do so.

Haslam noted that whether or not the state expands Medicaid to cover roughly 300,000 Tennesseans — those who live below 138 percent of the poverty level — “there will be costs either way,” because of anticipated cuts in Medicare and other funding to health- care providers.

Haslam expressed interest in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to expand Medicaid within his state. Scott included a provision that his decision could be revisited in three years, when the federal government will reduce its share of funding from 100 percent.

“We’re very interested in what kind of circuit breakers can be put in if the federal government changes the rules,” Haslam said.

Hospitals and business groups are pushing for an expansion, but a positive recommendation would likely meet resistance in the Republican-controlled Tennessee Legislature.

Lawmakers, however, have postponed discussing bills that prohibit expansion of Medicaid, and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who previously was stridently opposed to any part of “Obamacare,” has now indicated he’s “neutral” on whether to expand Medicaid coverage and is waiting on more information from the Haslam administration. A decision is expected before the Legislature adjourns.

Knox News

And beginning in Jan. 1, 2014 ,we will have the  expansion of Medicaid, (state exchanges) subsidies from IRS in with exchanges. …1.7 trillion in new spending, $500 billion in new taxes, $500 billion in new borrowing, $716 billion taken from Medicare, all this will adversely affect the poor and elderly in America.

CBO: Federal Revenue to Set Record in 2013

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You read that right folks, the Federal Government is bringing in a record amount of money (revenue) in 2013. We have a spending problem people, not a revenue problem!

Federal revenue will return to its pre-recession levels in 2013, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), setting a record for the most money the government has ever taken in.

In its latest Budget and Economic Update, the CBO forecasts that federal revenue will top $2.7 trillion in 2013, slightly higher than the $2.6 trillion the government collected in 2007, when the last recession officially began.

Government revenues had fallen by nearly $500 billion during the recession to $2.1 trillion in 2009, contributing to the $1.5 trillion deficit that year. However, federal revenues have been recovering since the recession ended in June 2009, and the CBO now projects that they will slightly eclipse their pre-recession peak.

In fact, the $2.7 trillion in revenue will be the most money the federal government has collected in history.

According to historical tables compiled by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the government has never collected more than the $2.6 trillion it collected in 2007, meaning that if CBO’s projection is correct, it will set a new record for revenue collection in 2013.

This projection could undercut a key argument made by the White House that any balanced approach to deficit reduction must include more federal revenue in the form of “tax reform.”

“Now, I think this balanced mix of spending cuts and tax reform is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction,” President Obama said in a speech on February 5.

Republicans counter that additional tax revenue is not necessary, citing the tax increases on wealthier Americans they agreed to as part of the January deal to make permanent most of the Bush tax cuts.

Instead, they argue, the focus should now turn to cutting federal spending rather than raising further tax revenues.

“Democrats say we should replace the president’s ‘sequester’ with revenue increases, or delay it.  Republicans say we should replace [it] with responsible reforms that will help put us on a path to balance the budget in 10 years,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a news conference on Wednesday.

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Publius Huldah shows federal gun control is unlawful

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Here’s a speech and history lesson on gun control from my friend and retired Constitutional lawyer that lives here in Tennessee, Publius Huldah.

Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile

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So lemme get this straight… 2700 tanks FOR DOMESTIC USE isn’t excessive or tyrannical whatsoever (despite being directly in blatant violation of the Posse Comitatus Act) – but a man demanding the second amendment’s acknowledgement that he be able to defend himself, his family, and his property – no no that’s not reasonable at all.

DHS Vehicle

This is getting a little creepy.
According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP).

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:

The MRAP featured in this video is was in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Law Enforcement Day which was held at a local area Target Store. This MRAP is stationed in El Paso, Texas at The Homeland Security Investigations Office. MRAP is a Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicle

 Gateway Pundit