In Facebook Jail – for not breaking the rules

I recently was banned from Facebook for 30 days – allegedly for violating “community standards”.  Here is a screenshot of the notification I received.

Above is a screenshot from my phone.  When I hit continue, I eventually arrived at a screen attempting to explain which “community standards” I had violated,  It looked like this:

Sensible people might view this and ask the following questions:

  1.  Does the posted graphic promote or have anything to do with “terrorist activity”?
  2. Does the posted graphic promote or have anything to do with “organized hate or violence”?
  3. Does the posted graphic promote or have anything to do with “mass or serial murder”?
  4. Does the posted graphic promote or have anything to do with “human trafficking”?
  5. Does the posted graphic promote or have anything to do with “criminal or harmful activity”?

I’m a pretty reasonable guy.  I can’t imagine how the graphic posted at the beginning of this does any of the five things listed above as things Facebook can’t tolerate.  Which rule did I break?

I therefore must assume that that wasn’t put in Facebook jail for actually violating any published Facebook policy, but for making wannabe fascists uncomfortable.

Is Cooper’s Alleged “Authority” Valid?

I have recently made a few posts regarding the legality of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 “crisis”.

First, I wondered if Cooper had the “concurrence of the Council of State” required by NCGS 166A-19.30(b).  I then shared that I had discovered that he did not in fact have concurrence.  He had presented his orders to the Council of State, and the Council did not support them.

So, Cooper went ahead anyway. claiming authority under NCGS 166A-19.30(c), a different section of the North Carolina Emergency Management Act. A phone call from an attorney elsewhere in NC alerted me to this fact. Let’s see what the statutes have to say there.

 NCGS 166A-19.30(c)

(c)        In addition to any other powers conferred upon the Governor by law, during a gubernatorially or legislatively declared state of emergency, if the Governor determines that local control of the emergency is insufficient to assure adequate protection for lives and property because (i) needed control cannot be imposed locally because local authorities responsible for preservation of the public peace have not enacted appropriate ordinances or issued appropriate declarations as authorized by G.S. 166A-19.31; (ii) local authorities have not taken implementing steps under such ordinances or declarations, if enacted or declared, for effectual control of the emergency that has arisen; (iii) the area in which the emergency exists has spread across local jurisdictional boundaries, and the legal control measures of the jurisdictions are conflicting or uncoordinated to the extent that efforts to protect life and property are, or unquestionably will be, severely hampered; or (iv) the scale of the emergency is so great that it exceeds the capability of local authorities to cope with it, the Governor has the following powers:

(1)        To impose by declaration prohibitions and restrictions in the emergency area. These prohibitions and restrictions may, in the Governor’s discretion, as appropriate to deal with the emergency, impose any of the types of prohibitions and restrictions enumerated in G.S. 166A-19.31(b), and may amend or rescind any prohibitions and restrictions imposed by local authorities. Prohibitions and restrictions imposed pursuant to this subdivision shall take effect in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 166A-19.31(d) and shall expire upon the earliest occurrence of either of the following: (i) the prohibition or restriction is terminated by the Governor or (ii) the state of emergency is terminated.

(2)        Give to all participating State and local agencies and officers such directions as may be necessary to assure coordination among them. These directions may include the designation of the officer or agency responsible for directing and controlling the participation of all public agencies and officers in the emergency. The Governor may make this designation in any manner which, in the Governor’s discretion, seems most likely to be effective. Any law enforcement officer participating in the control of a state of emergency in which the Governor is exercising control under this section shall have the same power and authority as a sheriff throughout the territory to which the law enforcement officer is assigned.

What does the law say?

Well, there are two parts to that.  Let’s focus on the first part – the part that defines the conditions that empower the Governor to assert the powers detailed in the second part. (emphasis mine)

if the Governor determines that local control of the emergency is insufficient to assure adequate protection for lives and property because

(i) needed control cannot be imposed locally because local authorities responsible for preservation of the public peace have not enacted appropriate ordinances or issued appropriate declarations as authorized by G.S. 166A-19.31;

(ii) local authorities have not taken implementing steps under such ordinances or declarations, if enacted or declared, for effectual control of the emergency that has arisen;

(iii) the area in which the emergency exists has spread across local jurisdictional boundaries, and the legal control measures of the jurisdictions are conflicting or uncoordinated to the extent that efforts to protect life and property are, or unquestionably will be, severely hampered; or

(iv) the scale of the emergency is so great that it exceeds the capability of local authorities to cope with it,

What does that mean?

Let’s take this one condition at a time.

Paragraph (i) grants the Governor authority if “local authorities responsible for preservation of the public peace have not enacted appropriate ordinances or issued appropriate declarations”. 

 For the Governor to assert authority under this paragraph statewide, he must assert that local authorities (city and county governments) have failed to act appropriately in every case.

Paragraph (ii) grants the Governor authority if “local authorities have not taken implementing steps under such ordinances or declarations, if enacted or declared, for effectual control of the emergency that has arisen”.

In other words, if they have passed ordinances but have not taken steps to implement or enforce them.  For the Governor to assert authority under this paragraph, he must assert that those authorities have passed ordinances, but have not take steps to implement them.  This would appear to apply only in those areas where such a condition exists.  Not the entire state.

Paragraph (iii) grants the Governor authority if “the area in which the emergency exists has spread across local jurisdictional boundaries, and the legal control measures of the jurisdictions are conflicting or uncoordinated to the extent that efforts to protect life and property are, or unquestionably will be, severely hampered”

For the Governor to assert authority under this paragraph, the emergency must exist across jurisdictional boundaries (which it clearly does), AND the legal control measures of the jurisdictions must be “conflicting or uncoordinated to the extent that efforts to protect life and property are, or unquestionably will be, severely hampered” (which is not established).

Has Governor Cooper shared evidence that that the criteria in the preceding paragraph have been met?  I haven’t seen it.

Paragraph (iv) grants the Governor authority if “the scale of the emergency is so great that it exceeds the capability of local authorities to cope with it, ”

Has Governor Cooper shared evidence that the criteria in the preceding paragraph have been met?  I haven’t seen it.

Summary

If we read NCGS 166A-19.30(c) carefully, upon which Governor Cooper claims authority for his emergency executive orders, we can see that the conditions might exist for assertion of authority if certain conditions exist.

What I don’t see is the evidence that such conditions actually exist.

 

 

BREAKING: Governor Cooper DOES NOT Have the Concurrence of the Council of State

In a post earlier today, I detailed how North Carolina Governor Cooper’s powers to issue emergency orders are dependent on concurrence from the Council of State.

What follows is information I obtained from a trusted friend who is well connected with many people in North Carolina government.  While I hate not naming him, I feel I must not do so.  The reasons may become apparent as you read on.

Did Cooper have “concurrence of the Council of State” as required by statute?

No.

Before issuance of his initial emergency orders regarding the COVID-19 “crisis”, Cooper brought them to the Council of State.  They were voted down.  There was no subsequent consultation with the Council of State by Cooper.

This is the end of the information from my trusted source.  What follows is my personal commentary.

Why aren’t Council of State members making noise about this?

First off, I must disclose that I am assuming that Council of State members aren’t making noise because I haven’t seen it, other than Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s initial protests.

But all of these people, six Republicans and four Democrats if I have the count right, are running for election or re-election in November.  This could be an issue used against them in the campaign, depending on how things turn out.

Conclusion

I trust my source.  If he tells me Cooper doesn’t have the concurrence of Council of State that is required by statute, that is something I feel I can take to the bank.  If in fact Cooper doesn’t have concurrence of the Council of State, his emergency orders are illegal.  The law as cited in this post makes it quite clear.

Questions?

if you have questions regarding the relevant North Carolina General Statutes or the the makeup of the Council of State, you will probably find them in this article.

 

Are North Carolina Governor Cooper’s Emergency Orders Legal?

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announces that his stay-at-home order will be extended until May 8 during a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Amid the COVID-19 “crisis”, Governor Cooper has issued emergency orders limiting the free travel and free association rights of the people of North Carolina.  These orders have closed businesses and caused great economic harm.

But are they legal?

The legal authority appears to come from North Carolina General Statutes at Chapter 166A in the Emergency Management Act.  Specifically relevant is NCGS 166A-19.30, which can be found here.

At subsection (b), we find the following (emphasis mine):

(b)        During a gubernatorially or legislatively declared state of emergency, with the concurrence of the Council of State, the Governor has the following powers:

(1)        To direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from any stricken or threatened area within the State, to prescribe routes, modes of transportation, and destinations in connection with evacuation; and to control ingress and egress of an emergency area, the movement of persons within the area, and the occupancy of premises therein.

(2)        To establish a system of economic controls over all resources, materials, and services to include food, clothing, shelter, fuel, rents, and wages, including the administration and enforcement of any rationing, price freezing, or similar federal order or regulation.

(3)        To regulate and control the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the congregation of persons in public places or buildings, lights and noises of all kinds, and the maintenance, extension, and operation of public utility and transportation services and facilities.

(4)        To waive a provision of any regulation or ordinance of a State agency or a political subdivision which restricts the immediate relief of human suffering.

(5)        To perform and exercise such other functions, powers, and duties as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.

The first section highlighted above says “with the concurrence of the Council of State”  clearly stating that the Governor’s power to do the things that follow are dependent on the concurrence of the Council of State.

I am not aware that there is concurrence of the Council of State with these orders, in which case they would be illegal.

Who is the Council of State?

The North Carolina Council of State is the collective name for the senior executive offices in the Government of North Carolina, established by the North Carolina Constitution. It includes the following:

Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Auditor
Treasurer
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Attorney General
Commissioner of Agriculture
Commissioner of Labor
Commissioner of Insurance

Does Cooper have concurrence?

When I look at the list of offices comprising the Council of State and consider the reputations and political affiliations of the incumbents, I find it highly unlikely.

As clearly stated in NCGS 166A-19.30(b), if Governor Cooper does not have the concurrence of the Council of State, his emergency orders are illegal.

How One Disaster Relief “Leader” politicizes COVID19

You can know someone for years before you see their true colors.

Around two decades ago, I met a man named Bascombe Wilson through a mutual friend I don’t wish to embarrass by naming here.

Wilson is now Executive Vice President, Chief of International Programs and Director of Research for The International Association for
Disaster Preparedness and Response (DERA), an international NGO.  Wilson has been associated with DERA since I met him, as far as I know.

I hadn’t heard from Mr. Wilson for quite some time, and then he appeared on my Facebook feed some time in the last year or so.

His bias on the issues surrounding COVID19 started with a denial that he had noted leftists and the media apparently enjoying the collapse of the economy and stock market due to the pandemic.

He made a statement that the Trump Administration’s response had been too slow.  I posted the following image on Facebook and tagged him.

Above we see a picture of the front page of USA Today from late January.  So clearly someone was working on the issue two months ago.  This was Wilson’s response:

His clear claim above is that President Trump did nothing until March 13, that until then the President had treated it as a “public relations opportunity”.  I responded with this:

The link above is to a New York Times article dated January 31, 2020.  I think most reasonable people would consider blocking travel from China a significant action – a logical response to a “serious problem”.  In fact, I am pretty sure quite a few leftists decried it as an overreaction.   This was Wilson’s response:

Wilson conveniently ignores the evidence of significant action long before March 13, and decries the travel ban as insufficient.  Like any good propagandist, he moved the goalposts.

I expect to be blocked by him soon.  Not going to lose sleep over it.

 

 

My Email Exchange with Commissioner Kevin Ensley

After Commissioner Ensley told attendees at the January 21 meeting of the Haywood County Commission that we were not going about protecting our Second Amendment rights the “right” way, I sent him the following email:

Commissioner Ensley:

At a recent meeting of the Commission, in your comments you stated that a better way for those concerned regarding the Second Amendment to act was to support the Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA.

First off, you were elected to represent the people of Haywood County, not to tell us how to accomplish our goals.

In the future, should you presume to tell us how to accomplish our goals, please endeavor to provide better advice.  Your efforts to support firearms training and competition for the youth of Haywood County are indeed commendable, but in the near term, they do little to protect our Second Amendment rights.

The Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA are likewise to be commended for their support of the NRA Foundation and it’s mission of education for recreational shooters and law enforcement officers.  But those things do little in the near term to protect our Second Amendment rights.

The Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA certainly does an admirable job of raising funds for the NRA Foundation.  What does that Foundation fund?  It funds education – for youth, for recreational shooters, and for law enforcement officers.

What does the NRA Foundation not do?  It doesn’t fund lobbying efforts, which are funded by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA).  It doesn’t support pro-gun political candidates, which is done by the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).  This is not supposition on my part.

While I was pretty sure of the facts, I contacted the NRA Foundation by phone and they confirmed that they do not financially support NRA-ILA or NRA-PVF. I suspect that the NRA Foundation’s tax exempt status would prohibit them from doing so.

Providing training and properly supervised shooting competition is certainly a noble goal.  But let’s not pretend that it is nearly as vital to protecting our Second Amendment rights as lobbying for our rights and supporting candidates who will vote to protect our rights.

Sincerely,

Paul Yeager

Waynesville, North Carolina

NRA Life Member

What I received in return was quite disappointing.  Note that Commissioner Ensley doesn’t address any of the points that i raised, but instead engages in personal attack.

“Our goals”? If you want to make an impact for the second amendment in Haywood county then teach our kids to respect firearms. The next generation IS our future Americans and they need to respect the Constitution.
 

My father taught me at a young age how to shoot and handle a gun. I learned much from him through his sniper training in the army. And he taught me though his sacrifice overseas to respect the Constitution. In our house it was God and Country. 

Because of his efforts, I’ve forgot more than you probably know about guns. (note:  condescending much?)  When it comes to the 2A, I put my money where my mouth is. That’s the best way to make a difference and protect the 2A. (Train our young people.) 

I don’t get on FakeBook and make up “rumors” and lies about elected officials. If you want to ask a question then call me. But you don’t, because you, a grown man, likes to gossip on your FakeBook page about elected officials.I guess it’s because you are too afraid to call them and find out the facts. Or maybe you agree with Hitler – “If you tell a big enough lie, the people will believe it to be true”.

BTW, I’ve received more emails from citizens who oppose “your” resolution than are for it.(note: Ensley claims to have more emails opposing a resolution than supporting it, but he railroaded a resolution through the Commission in only two weeks.  Also, Ensley notably fails to provide evidence that I have posted anything on Facebook that isn’t true.)

 

I’m proud of our board who worked together to craft the resolution we will present Monday. I’m hoping all our 64,000 citizens will respect it because they are who I have represented for 16 years.

I have always served my county with honor and integrity. I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. That means we follow the law and – we will!  I will because my father taught me to and I respect him.

Also, I’ve never been in court defending myself over an assault by pointing a gun.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!
L. Kevin Ensley, PLS

Well, isn’t that just special?

Here is my response:

 

“Our goals”? If you want to make an impact for the second amendment in Haywood county then teach our kids to respect firearms. The next generation IS our future Americans and they need to respect the Constitution.

Note that I said “our goals”, referring to the goals of those who showed up for the January 21 meeting of the Commission.  Ensley wasn’t included, except in his own imagination.

So, we should wait until the next generation grows up, and let them protect our rights for us?  I disagree.

I don’t get on FakeBook and make up “rumors” and lies about elected officials. If you want to ask a question then call me. But you don’t, because you, a grown man, likes to gossip on your FakeBook page about elected officials. I guess it’s because you are too afraid to call them and find out the facts. Or maybe you agree with Hitler – “If you tell a big enough lie, the people will believe it to be true”.

If you wish to accuse me of lying, please provide evidence to back that claim.  How could you have such evidence if you don’t use Facebook?

Also, I’ve never been in court defending myself over an assault by pointing a gun.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

I was indeed so charged.  I suggest that before mentioning that topic again, you inform yourself regarding the facts of the matter.

(Note:  I was indeed charged with “assault by pointing a firearm”, which I did indeed do after being assaulted.  The person who assaulted me denied having done so, and I admitted having drawn my lawfully carried firearm, so I took a ride to jail.  The charge was dismissed when my accuser repeatedly failed to appear in court.  My assault charge against the accuser is still pending.  As far as I know, “innocent until proven guilty is still a governing principle in the United States.)

So, next we have Commissioner Ensley’s response to my response:

So, the self-styled “Second Amendment supporter” Kevin Ensley says I am a bully for lawfully drawing (but not cocking or releasing the safety, let alone firing) my firearm?

And oh by the way, Commissioner Ensley – I grew up in Florida but moved here from Atlanta almost 24 years ago.  I’m not planning to go anywhere.

Perhaps you might like life in Marion?  I have been there, it’s quite nice.  I’ll be happy to write you a letter of recommendation.

My Email Exchange With Haywood County Commissioner Mark Pless

At a recent meeting of the Haywood County Commission, Eddie Cabe called out Commissioner Mark Pless (actually Steven Mark Pless) for Pless’s email suggesting that Eddie move to Marion if he wanted to live in a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

Later in the meeting, Joe Alan James challenged Pless, asking if he had really sent such an email.  Here it is on video:

I found Pless’ response to be totally inappropriate for an elected official speaking to a constituent, so I sent him the following email:

Commissioner Pless:

I voted for you.  At the January 21 meeting of the Haywood County Commission you made me ashamed to admit it.

Mr. Cabe can indeed be trying, and he often tests the limits of my patience.  While I generally agree with him on principle, I often disagree with him regarding his approach to problems.

Having said that, Eddie has lived here a long time.  Eddie has been Eddie for as long as I have known him.  And somehow until recently, no sitting Commissioner suggested that Eddie move elsewhere.

I suspect that in your heart of hearts, you see that your email to Eddie was inappropriate.  Had you said as much in your comments and apologized, you would have earned some respect from me, and I suspect also from many others present.

I recognize that it is also possible that you feel, as stated in your comments at the recent Commission meeting, that your frustration justified the suggestion that Eddie move elsewhere.  If that is truly the case, I suggest that you resign the Commission and stick to selling insurance.

Sincerely,
Paul Yeager
Waynesville, NC

 

And here is what I received in response:

Mr. Yeager

Not sure what voting or not voting for me has to do with any of this. You can be ashamed about me standing up to being bullied and harassed if that makes you feel better about your friend. You know your friends behavior got him kicked out of the the Republican Party and banished from attending any state or local events for behaving like he does. If memory serves me correct you have been banished by the Republican Party as well. Instead of bashing people who do not take his garbage you should have been a true friend all along  and helped him overcome the way he treats people. You excuse his behavior by saying he is trying and tests your limits of patience however you show no such grace toward myself or any of the other commissioners. I have disappointed you once and your ashamed of me but somehow you make excuses for the multiple failures friend had made.  You have a misguided concept that people who make the choice to seek public office deserve to be treated as less than human. This freedom of speech you extend to your buddy also is given to me by the same Constitution. If I chose to express myself your group stands offended because I am not afforded the same rights as you. Our president continually pushes back against people who harass and lie about him and you applaud his actions. When we are harassed and lied about you condemn me because I push back. Seems like a double standard. You only believe the parts of the constitution that help justify your actions, your mobs actions and your friends actions. If memory serves me correctly you have been charged with assaulting Ted Carr, trespassing and pointing a gun at someone last August. You can’t control yourself or your actions however I am supposed to be alarmed because you disagree with what I said in an email. For the record if Eddie and Monroe don’t want comments on their private emails stop addressing them to 47 people and sending them over the county email. Neither of them are county employees and have no right to send personal emails over the county system. If you involve someone in your private email conversation and then get your feelings hurt it’s your own fault. Look closely at this email you are offended by and you will see he did this as another harassment tactic. I am certain when you see that you will just say Eddie will be Eddie and that is a double standard. You were polite and respectful in your email to me and I have tried to return that in my email. If you choose not to vote for me or choose to vote for me that is a personal decision. Do not ever try to use your vote as a way of saying any public official owes you anything. It is really easy to sit back and condemn others instead of stepping up, filing for office and being the one who tries to help the people of Haywood County. Your whole attitude disgusts me because you do not appreciate anything the 5 of us try to do for the people of Haywood County. We spend hours and hours each week talking, listening and trying to help the people of Haywood County. You invest nothing in anyone but yourself and bloat your ego every time you bash us. You need people to shower you with attention so you can feel good about yourself and you choose to get that attention by bashing us. The next time you feel the need to criticize me look down deep inside and evaluate how you treat others. If you look inside and find your behavior has lead to your arrest or your banishment from the Republican Party clean up your mess before you try telling me what I should or should not say.

Mark Pless
Haywood County Commissioner
828-421-8156
Sent from my iPhone

And I replied:

Commissioner Pless:

You memory has either failed you or you fell for “fake news” on “Fakebook”

While it is true that I was charged with “party disloyalty” by the Haywood County Republican Party in a shameful act that totally lacked any semblance of due process, the evidence against was ludicrous and the charge against was not upheld when tried by the NCGOP Executive Committee.

The “evidence”. Yup, that’s all there was.

Your problems with Eddie Cabe are yours to deal with.  Believe me, I have tried to convince him to moderate his tone and approach with little success.  What little success I have achieved arose from trying to reason calmly with him rather than complaining about his conduct in an open forum.  Have you tried that?

Furthermore, Eddie Cabe has not run for or been elected to public office.  You have.

I never claimed that my vote for any public official creates an obligation on their part, other than to do their job to the best of their ability.  For you to suggest that I have done otherwise is quite dishonest of you.  Fortunately you have done so in an email and not in a more public forum.

“If memory serves me correctly you have been charged with assaulting Ted Carr, trespassing and pointing a gun at someone last August.”

Those are indeed almost factual.  But they are only part of the story.  Present them in a public forum at your own peril.  Do you not believe in things like due process and innocent until proven guilty?

Ted Carr did in fact swear to a magistrate that I assaulted him – by poking him in the chest.  When the case came to trial, none of his own five witnesses confirmed that I had even touched him, and I was acquitted.

Is your support for the Second Amendment so weak that you will criticize me for legally exercising that right?

My neighbor had never banned me from his property.  I thought he wasn’t home.  I went to take a note that I planned to pin to his front porch.  He burst from the house yelling get off my property and physically assaulted me.  I took two steps back and drew my licensed carry weapon, but did not cock it or release the safety.He called the cops.  I called the cops.  He lied about having assaulted me and I told the truth, and I went to jail.  After the neighbor repeatedly failed to appear in court, the case was dismissed.  The assault charge I filed against him is still pending.

On what basis do you claim that I don’t appreciate the work of the Commission?  How would I express that to your satisfaction, by being a quiet lapdog who quietly ignores your public statements?  Do you think that if anyone dares to disagree with you, or calls you to task for your public statements of actions, that is somehow a slur against the whole Commission?  If you think I have been disrespecting the entire Commission or the work they do, you are mistaken and I invite you to show evidence.

It is very interesting that so much your response to my email consists of half truths and outright falsehoods.  Isn’t that the very thing you have complained about so loudly?

Your comments regarding my ego speak volumes.  It says quite clearly that you know nothing about me, and it says just as clearly that you are engaged in a personal vendetta.

I’ll pray for you.

Paul Yeager

I never got a reply.

Is Tracey DeBruhl Fit To Serve In Congress?

Sometimes someone’s own words can tell you all you need to know.

I founded a group on Facebook called Make Haywood County A Second Amendment Sanctuary.  As one of the admins of that group, I review requests to join that group.

There are two questions asked of those requesting group membership – do you live, work, own property, or shop in Haywood County, and do you agree to abide by the group rules.

I received a request to join the group from Tracey DeBruhl.  He hadn’t answered the questions, so I contacted him via Facebook Messenger.  It did not turn out well.

Here is my Messenger conversation with Mr. DeBruhl in it’s entirety.

As it turns out, I had conversed with Mr. DeBruhl before when he was running for Buncombe County Sheriff and calling himself “Phoenix DeBruhl” on Facebook.  Then, as now, he didn’t seem to grasp that I don’t live in Buncombe County.

So, you decide.  Is Tracy DeBruhl fit to serve in Congress?

Tracey DeBruhl has filed to run for Congress representing District 11 as a Libertarian.

 

What is Party Disloyalty?

I, along with four others, was charged (Ted Carr’s denial notwithstanding) by the Haywood County Republican Party (HCGOP) with “party disloyalty”.  This was done through a resolution passed by HCGOP at a meeting of the HCGOP Executive Committee.  Just what is “party disployalty”?

The North Carolina Republican Party’s Plan of Organization states:

2. Party Disloyalty
Any registered Republican attempting to influence or influencing the outcome of any election against a Republican candidate or Republican endorsed by the appropriate Republican Executive Committee or Legislative Caucus, other than by supporting an opposing Republican Candidate in a Republican primary, may be declared ineligible to hold office under the State Plan of Organization at the State, District, and Precinct level for Party disloyalty by 2/3 vote of the State Executive Committee. Charges of Party disloyalty may be brought by petition of 50 members of the State Executive Committee, or by resolution of a County or District Republican Executive Committee. The State Executive Committee may declare a Republican found to have engaged in Party disloyalty as ineligible to serve in any office under the Plan of Organization for a period of time between 6 months and 5 years.”
So, HCGOP wrote up a carefully crafted resolution attempting to avoid the fact that they were charging five people with “party disloyalty”.
Notice that reference is made to exhibits.  Those exhibits did not exist at the time the resolution was passed.  The HCGOP Executive Committee actually voted to approve a resolution without seeing the evidence.  I’m not making this up.  Check out the minutes:
Next, HCGOP got NCGOP District 11 Chairman Aubrey Woodard to write up a resolution.  This resolution was circulated by mail, also without the exhibits which would have provided evidence.
So, HCGOP’s resolution and District 11’s resolution were sent to NCGOP, and I received the following in the mail:
Note that I received the Notice of Charges without a hint of what the evidence against me might be.
So, I drove four hours to Cary to “stand trial” before the NCGOP Executive Committee on the charge of “party disloyalty”.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the “evidence” against me was:
I posted a picture of a funny t-shirt!  No, I am not joking.  A black and white version of the image above was the sole piece of evidence presented against me.
Does that qualify as “attempting to influence or influencing the outcome of any election against a Republican candidate”?

 

 

What is NCGOP Hiding, and Why?

On what evidence was I banned from NCGOP properties and events? Where did that evidence come from? Why does NCGOP refuse to release that evidence?

NCGOP banned me from all events and any NCGOP-owned or -leased properties for almost seven months with no due process.

That banned remained in place for months after I was cleared of ludicrous “party disloyalty” charges.

While the ban has for some reason been rescinded, I want to know why it happened in the fist place.  What evidence was the ban based on?  Where did that evidence come from.

The Ban Letter

I received the following letter via both email and US Mail.

Page One of the Ban Letter
Page Two of the Ban Letter

Those who wish to do so may download the PDF file I was mailed at this link: 2017-09-18 – LTR trespass Yeager (mailed)

Comments on the Ban Letter

I was not removed from the Haywood County Fairgrounds, by the fair authorities or anyone else, as alleged in the letter.  I have evidence that will be shared here shortly.

The allegation that my “actions and writings have… … caused a destructive tone to intra-Party communications” is quite absurd.  The claim is also quite vague, and as with the claim above, not supported by evidence.

 

This is a work in progress.  More to come.  A lot more.