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Mike Turner Clueless On Defense Acquisition

By John Mitchel

Last week I was invited to participate in a Mike Turner virtual town hall meeting. It was a truly enlightening experience. Except for one call questioning $24,000 in contributions to Turner by the American Bankers’ Association, the calls could be characterized as a “love in” between the caller and Mr. Turner. One call in particular reinforced this, not to mention suggesting that some questions were planted before the virtual hook-up. That question was on the C-27, a joint Army-Air Force small cargo aircraft program cancelled by the Pentagon, a move Turner opposes.

Although the Pentagon does not want the C-27, as they have stated the need no longer exists with the U.S. phasing out of Afghanistan, Turner wants to keep it to retain jobs. The trouble is; the Pentagon could face up to $600 billion more in cuts if Congress fails to reach a deal on how to trim the national debt by the end of 2012. So the bottom line; Turner wants to keep spending on a program the Secretary of Defense does not need or want at the expense of programs the Pentagon views as essential to our national security.

Contrast that to John Anderson, Turner’s GOP opponent in the March 6th primary. Anderson has over 30 years’ experience in defense acquisition and fully understands that we cannot cater to Mike Turner or any other Congressional member who wants budget-busting pork for his or her district. Sadly, if Turner gets his way over the objection of Secretary of Defense Panetta, the malfeasant investment of limited resources now could cause the loss of lives later, but apparently that would be fine with Turner as long as he goes back to Washington next January.

Xenia Tea Party Rally On For Sat. April 24 With Greene County Commissioners Approval

While the Tea Party rally planned for tomorrow, April 24
in Xenia was to go on as planned without an official meeting permit,
today Greene County officials notified the organizers that they
informally accepted the rally and will not interfere with it or
prevent it from taking place. Lisa Hale, Director of Risk Management
for Greene County said that the meeting approval policies would be
reviewed for future changes and that due to the timing, the “request
for use of the Courthouse area on 4/24/10 cannot be formally approved, [but] we will not attempt to prevent the event or take action for unauthorized use.”

“I want to thank the Greene Count Commission and Mrs. Lisa Hale for
being professional and working to facilitate this meeting without
further controversy, and for respecting our constitutional right to
free assembly,” said Virgil Vaduva, organizer of the rally. “The
meeting organizers will abide by all laws and ordinances and will
encourage all attendees to do likewise, clean up the Courthouse
grounds after the meeting and avoid damage to the lawn and landscaping surrounding the Courthouse,” said Vaduva.

The organizers of the rally ask all attendees to abide by the following guidelines:

– no sale of food or other items at the rally
– no use of alcohol
– avoid the lawn or contact with other landscaping, and try to use the
paved areas as much as possible
– no placement of signs or banners on the Courthouse building
– no throwing of trash on the ground; clean up the area when you leave

The rally will take place at 4:00 PM at the Greene County Courthouse
in downtown Xenia, and will feature the following speakers:

– John Mitchell, Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress, http://reformcongress.com
– John Anderson, Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Congress, http://johnandersonforcongress.com
– Mickey Denen, Medical Doctor and homeschooling father
– Phil Herzing, Dayton Tea Party and Liberty Groups Coordinator, http://daytonohioteaparty.com
– Andy Myers, Ohio Freedom Alliance, http://ohiofreedom.com
– Josh Diaz, Ohio Open Carry, http://ohioopencarry.org
– Virgil Vaduva, Republican Candidate for Greene County Commissioner, http://votevirgil.org/about

A Seth Morgan campaign coordinator informed the organizers that a
previously scheduled event will unfortunately not allow him to attend;
a number of other speakers’ confirmations are pending as well.

“Some light rain could interfere with the rally, but we are
encouraging everyone to attend, bring umbrellas, their flags, and get
to know their candidates while cheering for freedom and liberty. The
temperatures will be in the 70’s, so please come join us,” said Virgil

The Greene County Courthouse is located at 45 North Detroit St. in
Xenia, Ohio; free weekend parking is available along the streets
surrounding the Courthouse building, and in many locations throughout
downtown Xenia.

All questions about the rally should be directed to Virgil Vaduva at

Greene County Republican Bureaucrats Deny Tea Party Rally, But It Will Held Sat. April 24

After Tea Party activists have attempted to work together with County officials to schedule a Tea Party rally for Saturday, April 24, the Greene County Commission together with the Greene County Administrator Howard Poston denied a request from citizens to meet for a peaceful rally on the grounds of the Greene County Court in Xenia, Ohio. The organizers were notified by Lisa Hale, Director of Risk Management that the meeting application did not meet the county’s 14 day notification policy and requirements and therefore cannot take place: “After consideration of the points of our Public Use Policy and the time requirements therein, we are unable to approve your request received yesterday 4/19/10 for use of the Courthouse on Saturday April 24, 2010.”

The rally planned for April 24 would be a “call to arms” for Xenia and Greene County residents and a call to stand up to out of control regulations, government abuse, tax increases and political corruption, all which cross political parties and ideologies.

The meeting anticipates music, speakers like Seth Morgan, John Anderson, John Mitchell, local Tea Party activists and supporters, and other local politicians and candidates, and it was planned as a political rally and as a meeting to express political dissent. As it was decided upon on the spur of the moment, Greene County officials turned down the request under a “Permit of Use” clause which requires a two week notification for the use of County facilities and grounds. The policy does not seem to make exceptions for meetings and rallies falling under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protecting “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“The word ‘permit’ implies that we need the government’s permission to protest, demonstrate and rally. We do not. The Greene County Commission is stifling peaceful political speech under the guise of facilities use and bureaucratic policy.” said Virgil Vaduva, the organizer of the rally, and candidate for Greene County Commissioner.

Vaduva said he explained to County officials that the meeting will take place on a weekend, when the building is closed and it will not interfere with official County business, and that organizers are not asking to use County buildings or facilities, rather just the open, public space in front of the County Courthouse; the officials refused to reconsider their decision.

“The meeting will go on as planned and we will be there at 4:00 PM on Saturday,” said Vaduva. “The lawn of the Greene County Courthouse is a public area funded by taxpayers, the rally is a peaceful assembly for the purpose of political speech, with families and children attending, and is protected by the Constitution of the United States. Greene County does not have the authority to stop families and citizens from meeting peacefully, from petitioning and criticizing their government, and discussing the issues facing our communities,” he said.

On the Greene County Commission are seated Alan Anderson, an incumbent and opponent of Virgil Vaduva in the Republican primary elections on May 4, Marilyn Reid, Executive Chair of Greene County GOP and Rick Perales; all Commissioners are Republicans.

Lisa Hale declined to say what will take place if the meeting goes on without a permit from Greene County, and how several hundred attendees will be affected should they decide to attend the rally.

Virgil Vaduva can be contacted at 937-687-8683
Lisa Hale can be contacted at 937-562-5213