Rachel Hunter [Madame Justice] Judical State Wide Picks

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Dear Friends and Voters:

I have taken the summer off and my partner, better known as “Max the Dog” has recovered from his first surgery on one leg and is gearing up for surgery on the other. I will not have much time after the next surgery and so much has been happening that I thought I would comment briefly on it.

Several years ago while I was running for office, I stated that those in charge of our economy were akin to the little Dutch boy who was placing his finger in the dike to stem a hole. I did not realize how prescient those words were till last week.

Things have been deteriorating slowly in this country with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and anywhere else the neo-cons can think to invade before they leave office. The corporate culture of greed has been endemic on Wall Street. Well, in the words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the chickens have come home to roost. We have seen the naked socialization by the “Federal” Reserve Bank and the bailouts orchestrated by Commissars Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke. However, there are more corporations waiting in the wings to see if they will be among the haves, à la AIG, Bear Stearnes or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or among the losers, like Lehman Brothers. And all the while, it’s the fat cats on Wall Street who gain, while you and I are limited to how much gas we can buy at the pump and ever-higher food costs at the grocery store.

While these events are enough to make one’s head spin, in the midst of this is the big election for president with charges, many of them ridiculous or flat out lies, hurled by the candidates, particularly McCain. Both are pandering to the masses, hoping to sway them because they want your vote. Although each promises change, we are only going to be treated to more of the same regardless of who is elected, although if it truly came down to a vote for one or the other, Obama would be a better choice than McCain. For example, if Obama is really about change, why did he pick the consummate insider as his vice presidential choice? McCain does not fare much better. While he argues for the lack of experience in Obama, whom does he choose for his running mate but Sarah Palin? Please. Does he think that would be Hillary supporters are going to flock to Palin, who could not be more different than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in terms of politics just because she wears a dress? Among her many problems, Palin cannot be said to have much more experience that Obama does. And we are not voting for her to be president anyway. She will not even be on the ballot.

I also have not seen such nastiness and thuggery as I have seen in this campaign, largely from the Republican side. It is all the same type of treatment that I received only much much worse. We have McCain ads that are downright falsehoods and smear tactics from Jerome Corsi. We have an attempt to persuade voters, not by the soundness of idea, but to rule with fear, such as Obama is Muslim or Obama will raise your taxes.

And through it all, Americans want real change but are not going to get it. I am so disgusted that for the first time, unless something causes me to change my mind, I am going to vote none of the above for the president and on down the ballot unless I know something about the candidate. Yes, I realize that I am throwing my vote away and it will not be counted. However, voting “none of the above” signifies to those in charge, “I am present, I am participating and I do not like the alternatives.” Things are never going to change if the choice is only between the lesser of two evils. Evil is still evil. Its time we break that cycle.

Wishful thinking aside, I am going to give my opinion on the judicial races. I commented to Max the other night that I have not seen a single judicial sign. Nor have I received a single email. It appears to be back to business as usual now that I am not running. That is how the media and the legal/governing establishment likes it. Better that you know nothing and do not vote than actually cast an intelligent vote.

On the whole, the Republican Party that we have today is not like the party of Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan. It is a whole ‘nother animal altogether, one that has kept the Republican name and structure but not its philosophy. The real Republican Party died a long time ago. What is left is the party of big spending and big government, as long as it promotes the military-industrial complex and corporate bailouts and cronyism. One must “be with them” and of the same mindset or else one is “against them” and a traitor. With that in mind, I cannot recommend that anyone vote for a Republican, whether it is for president, governor or soil conservation engineer.

Unfortunately, the judicial races are non-partisan so there will not be an “R” or a “D” next to either name. So here is the best that I can offer:

Bob Edmunds and Suzanne Reynolds: Choice here is between a former prosecutor and a family law professor. The Supreme Court does not get that many family cases, so all the experience in family law is not much of an asset, although maybe the Court will join the 21st century and finally abolish Heart Balm actions if she ascends the bench. Regardless, ask yourself which one will best protect your civil liberties or civil rights. Hint: it will not be the former prosecutor. Edmunds has not promised to be unbiased either when it comes to re-districting, although we can thank DWI Doug McCullough for divulging that bit of information to us. My choice is Reynolds.

We move on to the Court of Appeals. Five seats are up, but only four are contested:

1. “DWI” Doug McCullough and district court Judge Cheri Beasley. “DWI Doug” has a relatively recent conviction under his belt, a fact which is much more relevant than his big drug bust of years ago. How this man can hear DWI cases is beyond me. Had he any sense of integrity, he would not be on the appellate bench. All that aside, a former prosecutor will not be standing up for one’s rights. Although I do not know too much about Beasley, “DWI Doug” needs to go. If he will not resign, then he needs voted out.

2. John Martin. He has no challenger at all, a sad comment on our judicial system. No one to choose between here.

3. Judge James Wynn and Jewel Farlow. I have met Judge Wynn but know nothing about Farlow. Farlow is a Republican and you know my rules. If she is endorsed by the NC GOP, then I am not voting for her.

4. Judge Linda Stephens and Charles “Dan” Barrett. – I met Judge Stephens on the campaign trail when I ran in 2006. I did not care for her; nothing bad, but I did not care for her and that is just my opinion. The voters must have agreed as they did not vote for her either. Barrett is endorsed by the NC GOP. I am voting “none of the above” for this seat.

5. Judge Kristin Ruth and Sam Ervin, IV. I have met Judge Ruth but not Ervin. Both are Democrats and I have no favorites either for or against. Judge Ruth has been a district court judge, but as I know, it is not necessary to have been a trial court judge before going to the higher court. Rather, one must be able to write and reason well, and I am not familiar enough with the writings of either party to make a recommendation. Vote for whomever you please.

6. Judge John Arrowood and Bob Hunter. No, do not confuse this Bob Hunter with the Democrat Judge Bob Hunter who is already seated on the bench. This Bob Hunter is endorsed by the NC GOP and has been one of their legal counsel over the years. Better Arrowood than Hunter.

For Superior Court and District Court races, the state is too large for me to offer guidance outside my own county. I am again sad to say that there are no challengers with three exceptions. Here are my thoughts:

Judge Howard Manning, Superior Court – this is the man that brought you the Leandro and who since then has been running the schools as if he was appointed as God’s commander. No choice here except for “none of the above.”

District Court Judges: Judges Jennifer Green, Jennifer Knox, and Shelly Desvouges who are Republican. Unfortunately, none are challenged and again the only alternative is “none of the above.” The others are Democrats or were appointed and I do not know anything about them. Judge Robert Rader seems to be a good guy though who I met on the campaign trail. No choice here.

Of the three races that are contested:

Judge Mark Perry and Anna Worley. Finally, someone I can vote for and that is Mark Perry! I met him on the campaign trail two years ago and he is a really down to earth guy. I hope that he has not gotten infected with “judge-itis,” which is what happens when so may decent lawyers assume the bench and become different people who think they are better than the rest of us.

*******After I wrote my statement, Max told me that last week Mark Perry was arrested for DWI. First, Mr. Perry was only arrested last week. I did not know about this as the story did not get that much coverage.

People might be able to say I am inconsistent. Not really – there is a difference between DWI Doug and Mr. Perry. DWI Doug has been convicted. Mr. Perry was only arrested and has yet to be proven guilty. Having experienced harassment by the police while I was running, the question that arises is whether this is some kind of trumped up charge. After all, it arises right before the election. However, even if the charges are bona fide, Mr. Perry was not over the limit by very much, unlike DWI Doug, who blew a .12. That still does not excuse the conduct, but it is supposed to be a presumption in America that one is innocent until proven guilty. Mr. Perry is entitled to his day in court.

If he is convicted, my feelings are no different. I learned long ago that once I became a lawyer not to drink and drive because of the consequences. The burden is always high for lawyers; they are expected to uphold the law; its even higher for judges or those seeking to hold judicial office. Judges are expected to avoid even the appearance of impropriety and it will be difficult for Mr. Perry as a judge to hear any DWI cases if he is convicted and elected. However, I am confident that Mr. Perry will do the right thing whatever he decides. And Anna Worley will still be a good choice too!

Also, I misstated that Mr. Perry is already a judge. I was under the impression that he had already been appointed. Apparently Judge Desvouges is retiring when her term expires.

Other contested races are Judge Jacqueline Brewer and John J. Miller and Judge Christine Walczyk and Walter Rand. I cannot even locate websites for these people and do not know much about them except for Walzcyk was appointed and Brewer was elected and is running again. Vote as your conscience dictates.

With that in mind, do your constitutional duty and exercise that right before it is entirely taken away. But remember, nothing will ever change as long as we keep voting for the status quo, for the same old choices of evil and less evil. For me, I am going to be like Governor Jesse Ventura. If you are content with the way things are, I am not going to stick my neck out and run. If, however, you are tired of what is happening, if you are looking for someone with leadership skills, then let me know. I will be watching

Rachel Lea Hunter

Comments

Perry & Worley

I have friends supporting Mark Perry and I have met Anna Worley a couple of times, most recently this Sunday at a 4 year old's birthday party. Both would make a great District Court Judge but Perry's campaign got tainted when he was ticketed for DWI last week

Dang Greg!

have friends supporting Mark Perry and I have met Anna Worley a couple of times, most recently this Sunday at a 4 year old's birthday party. Both would make a great District Court Judge but Perry's campaign got tainted when he was ticketed for DWI last week* The Great Architect

Somehow I miss that! Mark's heart is right and he is great person, but the Father Thing does affect judgement when death or bad health occures........Grief is a unknown thing that affects anybody...Been there! Thanks........

ps.....Mark was very supported of Madame Justice in the last bad ass nasty campaign against the evil Republican Pope machine....

Correction and Add on Mr Perry Race

After I wrote my statement, Max told me that last week Mark Perry was arrested for DWI. First, Mr. Perry was only arrested last week. I did not know about this as the story did not get that much coverage.

People might be able to say I am inconsistent. Not really – there is a difference between DWI Doug and Mr. Perry. DWI Doug has been convicted. Mr. Perry was only arrested and has yet to be proven guilty. Having experienced harassment by the police while I was running, the question that arises is whether this is some kind of trumped up charge. After all, it arises right before the election. However, even if the charges are bona fide, Mr. Perry was not over the limit by very much, unlike DWI Doug, who blew a .12. That still does not excuse the conduct, but it is supposed to be a presumption in America that one is innocent until proven guilty. Mr. Perry is entitled to his day in court.

If he is convicted, my feelings are no different. I learned long ago that once I became a lawyer not to drink and drive because of the consequences. The burden is always high for lawyers; they are expected to uphold the law; its even higher for judges or those seeking to hold judicial office. Judges are expected to avoid even the appearance of impropriety and it will be difficult for Mr. Perry as a judge to hear any DWI cases if he is convicted and elected. However, I am confident that Mr. Perry will do the right thing whatever he decides. And Anna Worley will still be a good choice too!

Also, I misstated that Mr. Perry is already a judge. I was under the impression that he had already been appointed. Apparently Judge Desvouges is retiring when her term expires.

Rachel Lea Hunter

None of the above?

C'mon. You may think you're "sticking it to the man" or something when you vote "None of the above," but really all your doing is wasting a vote that -- from what I read -- would go to Obama. With as close as the race is in NC, I don't think we need to be helping McCain any.

Thank you

I front-paged this to stimulate some discussion about judges ... though I disagree with Madame Justice on several counts. But right you are. "None of the above" in any race is an abrogation of personal responsibility at a critical time in our state and nation's history. That comment gave me serious pause.

Thanks James

But right you are. "None of the above" in any race is an abrogation of personal responsibility at a critical time in our state and nation's history. That comment gave me serious pause.* James

Thanks for front paging the Judical Races.......this was needed to promote the interest in the races which is excellent since the mainstream media is lacking in this area as usual.......

By the way James! Evil is still Evil no matter how much it is dress up as Jesus.........

I can't find None of the Above on this ballot?

C'mon. You may think you're "sticking it to the man" or something when you vote "None of the above," but really all your doing is wasting a vote that -- from what I read -- would go to Obama. With as close as the race is in NC, I don't think we need to be helping McCain any.* Corey

Come on! MJ didn't say that about none of above on Obama! She simply said one must hold their nose if they vote for Obama over the Evil empire of McCain. Right now! The Obama campaign is trying to move to the so-called middle,[ Whatever WTF that means] after seizing the primary. If you really think Obama is going to solve the problem of War, More Debt, than you are in for a big suprise.

better than nothing

"I am going to vote none of the above for the president and on down the ballot unless I know something about the candidate. Yes, I realize that I am throwing my vote away and it will not be counted. However, voting 'none of the above' signifies to those in charge, 'I am present, I am participating and I do not like the alternatives.' "

And no, I don't think he's going to change the world and solve all our problems, but at least he's a step in the right direction.

Linda Stephens

Ok, you do not care for her. Others might want to know about her. She is an extraordinary judge, who started out in poverty in rural South Carolina, and worked her way up as a trailblazer in the NC legal community. She is also a remarkably compassionate person, having devoted much of her adult life -- and a fair bit of her income -- to animal rescue efforts.

Re the district court races, if you Google Christine Walczyk, the first his it her campaign website.

Right here, too

That was going to be my first comment on substance. I am voting for Linda Stephens, too.

And me, for Stephens.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Not Going to.

Already Did!!

And proudly so. I have met her, and I really liked her. I was very happy to vote for her, and Kristin Ruth, and Jim Wynn and I forget who else.

"Madame Justice" and I disagree on a number of races.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Sure you will! If Attila the Hun is at the Gate of Democrats

And proudly so. I have met her, and I really liked her. I was very happy to vote for her, and Kristin Ruth, and Jim Wynn and I forget who else.

"Madame Justice" and I disagree on a number of races* Blue South

Good for you! Madame Justice has only disagree with you on Linda...Jim and Kristin are good people........In fact Wynn is a good buddy of ours when it comes to fighting Republicans since we sorted work together in the 04 supreme court to bust Republican ass and phony democrat legal establishment candiates. In a 8 way race, MJ finish one point behind Wynne and a point and 1/2 behind the Republican Religious nutcase without the backing of both parties.....

Hold your nose Fool!

She is an extraordinary judge, who started out in poverty in rural South Carolina, and worked her way up as a trailblazer in the NC legal community. She is also a remarkably compassionate person, having devoted much of her adult life -- and a fair bit of her income -- to animal rescue efforts * Goldie

Sorry Goldie! Linda was not a poor lint-head from Wooduff, South Carolina and work in the mills as a child. Linda has been a total suck up to the legal establishment with Easley lawyers pushing her. I was raise in that area and do know the players in South Carolina and the politics.

We know Linda after being on the Campaign trail with her and her attitude is somewhat lacking when it comes to fighting establishment legal politics and real constitional issues.

For what it is worth, I will vote for her over the idiot nazi republican with me holding my nose.

What do you mean I got to paid my credit card until I die?

You really have to have the experience of an insider to understand the complexity of the problems enough to create solutions that change demands. I think Joe Biden is a good choice for that reason but also his foreign policy knowledge is valuable.* Loft T

I am sure you truly believe that, but good ole Joe has attended 3
Bilderberg Group meeting during his political life or career. 2 years ago he wanted to divided Iraq into 3 different countries and let Haliburton run the Oil industies for them. Last year, he said he was against the war and the funding of it. When it came to nutcrushing time, he roll over and voted to fund it on the grounds that he wanted the troops to have bomb safe Hummbies regradless of the cost. .......It never occure to him to simply leave......By the way, he is the dude that made the change in the bankrupty laws that made it impossible to bankrupt against Bank Credit cards forever. Nothing personal my friend.....I hate establishment type of phonies who claim they are for the little person.....

Book Reviews

Like most of you, I have been busy over the summer, tending to house and the convalescence of my partner, better known as “Max” following his surgery. However, that does not mean that I have not been reading – I have, from everything about the American Civil War, to early Byzantine emperors to Harry Potter. Harry Potter? Yes, Harry Potter – the whole series. And for those who think its just for kids, think again. There is plenty of politics in the books which becomes apparent as the story progresses.

Harry, like us, is faced with an evil enemy. He hopes to rely on wiser adults who are supposed to be in charge of things. Not to ruin the tale, Harry finds out that they are incompetent at best and malevolent at worst and that the evil people he encounters in the Ministry are doing the work of the enemy.

Sound familiar? We, too, are faced with corrupt and incompetent leaders, whether its in the corporate or government realms. And we, like Harry, can only defeat the enemy, not by waiving a magic wand, but by relying on our own ingenuity, intelligence and perseverance in defeating the enemy. With that in mind, I turn to three books that I read that neatly point to the root of the problem and shows a way out of this fiasco that we find ourselves trapped in:

Hidden History of 9-11, edited by Paul Zarembka, a professor of Economics.

My thanks go to my neighbor for sharing this with me. This is actually a college textbook that is a collection of essays by Zarembka and others, all on different aspects of 9-11. Some essays are better written than others. Some may contain facts that you already know, some may have details that you did not. Whether you are new to the 9-11 movement or well-versed in it, it was a good book.

For me, the issue is simple – there are no outrageous conspiracy theories except that perpetrated by our government and their willing accomplices in the media. I will never again believe the fairy tale promulgated by our government and their media shills, no matter how many documentaries they get Popular Mechanics to do. I do not believe that Muslim men, who could not fly, suddenly became expert pilots and flew those planes into the buildings. Don’t believe me, call me a kook. I don’t really care. However, think about the facts and answer for yourself a few simple questions:

1. How is it that no building in the world has ever suffered total collapse from fire, falling uniformly in its own footprint?

2. No plane crashed into WTC-7 and yet it also collapsed. Why?

3. How can Muslim men, alleged to be incompetent at piloting a small aircraft, suddenly learn to fly a Boeing 737 and expertly change course and fly into the designated targets?

4. Why wasn’t Osama bin Laden formally charged with masterminding the 9-11 attack on the FBI website?

5. Why were war games being scheduled for that day and how is it that no fighter jets were available to shoot down the hijacked planes, if necessary?

I’ll stop there, as an interested readers can devise their own questions. For those who are interested in learning more, then this book has to be on your list!

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, by Daniel Estulin

If you think maybe I am a conspiracy theorist and member of the tin-foil hat crowd after the 9-11 book, you will definitely believe it after this. Maybe some of you have not heard much about them. For those who have, you might be inclined to think that this is basically a harmless group of rich elites who have their little get-togethers and socialize.

You could not be more wrong. This is a sinister and shadowy group, comprised of leaders from the corporate and political sector and those aspiring to office. Its no secret that Bill Clinton and others who have made their guest appearance at an event end up becoming president or holding some coveted political office. No, these men and real women are among those who make up the real power behind the throne. Voting for McCain or Obama is not as important as who these people are that make up the group. Our government is loaded chock full of Bilderbergers and whomever is elected is going to be taking direction from them. They have their bases covered no matter which candidate wins. They have plans for all of us and, if you are like me, you do not want to go in the direction in which you are led by the Bilderbergers and members of their satellite groups like the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) and Tri-Lateral Commission.

Its time we learned more about and exposed this group and this book is a good first start. Hats off to Mr. Estulin for daring to write it at possible risk to himself. Be daring enough to read it!

Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me, by Jesse Ventura

After reading the first two books, its easy to see how the average person can be depressed and feel hopeless. That is okay – we all feel like that at times. However, we must not give in to such feelings. When we have, we might as well have surrendered the last vestiges of our liberty as we are already defeated. But this book gives us hope.

The book chronicles Governor Ventura’s life, although it largely focuses on his trip to Mexico after he left office. As we journey with him along his route, we are treated to anecdotes about his time in office, like when he was summoned to the bowels of some government building in Washington to meet with our own shadowy and secret group. It ends with a fictional chapter, albeit a depressing one. Governor Ventura’s live comments suggest an alterative view, one that does not have to be like his fictional chapter.

We do not have to be slaves to the sinister groups such as the Bilderbergers or the ones who summoned Governor Ventura to the clandestine meeting. We can take back our country, if only we have the will to do so. Governor Ventura has expressed the sentiment that he is willing to step forward and be a leader if we show him that we are ready to really be led and that we want real change, not the phony pablum served up by the Republicans and Democrats. And there are others, who will do the same. We, like the fictional Harry Potter, have the power to change our destiny in our hand. Its time we exercised it

Rachel Lea Hunter

voting

Linda Stephens is an excellent judge. I've known her and her husband since the late 1970's, and North Carolinians are fortunate that she opted for public service.

Vote until you drop or shop the worst candiate?

Rachel just "did not care for" Linda Stephens* Doug

Sorry I miss this comment?

We were on the campaign trail with Stephens and got to see her close up at many events and some of her stunts to gain support with myths about the legal establishment supporting her. Judge Stephens is simply a suck up to the legal team of Easley and will do anything to be elected. MJ simply found her attitude somewhat uppity as they say in the Hood.* MJ stupid belove idiot at Doug Clark N&R site

Linda Stephens is an excellent judge. I've known her and her husband since the late 1970's, and North Carolinians are fortunate that she opted for public service* I vote for honest

I sure that is true in your mind and good for you. However, sometimes things are not what they appear to be in real life or political campaigns.

Instant Replay in the Madame Justice Judical Picks!

Being a former world class jock in another life time. I thought a instance review playback was in order about " Madame Justice" Picks in the Judical races, since most of the progressive democrats here were bent out of shape about her choice in the Stephens race.

After futher review of the "none of the above" play! It appears that Madame Justice is supporting all of the democrat candiates including a weak yeah for Obama. It should be noted that she supported Jim Neal and his staff in the recent Democrat Senatorial primary.

First down! Madame Justice in 2010 at the Republican Red State Fascist Zone Goal line!