Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Indianapolis Tea Party Organizer (Laura Behney) bans activist's free speech

Cross posted at IndianaTeaParty.com

I am writing to spread sunshine on something disturbing that was done to me today by the organizer of the Indianapolis Tea Party. If you are going to the Tea Party in Indianapolis, this concerns you. Many of you may think I should shove this incident away in a closet, but I cannot for sunshine is the best disinfectant.

Today, I was banned by Laura Behney who heads the Defenders of Liberty. She is the organizer the Indianapolis Tea Party to take place tomorrow. Laura, who self-proclaims to be a defender of freedom and liberty, silenced my freedom of speech right in her own back yard yet wants to hold the government accountable to protect your liberties. Sadly, she failed to protect my 1st Amendment freedom. And she has the right to do so, because the group she runs is technically private. That doesn't make it right. And it certainly is not principled in freedom.

Here is background on what took place.

I've been delighted, yet also concerned deep down about why there is so much mainstream media coverage focused on the national tea parties. Mainstream media (MSM) is corporate controlled and that's why I'm concerned. It is corporatism that bankrupted America. (Yes, we ARE bankrupt.)

When I first got wind of the tea party in Indianapolis, I was very excited to help. It was all coming together at the time we were planning the Revolt At The State House event focused on local and state issues in Indiana.

It is my belief from all my experience, that it is too late to save our federal government. We have no control there to enact change there. We won't win against that machine. The rest of the world has power to enact change through pressure on America and the people who control our government.

However, we DO still have power to change our local government and our local election results. We CAN realistically make Indiana government accountable, obey the Constitution, and do what it should.

Yet most people at the tea party tomorrow won't be able to tell you the name of their city councilperson, let alone their state legislator or state senator. Don't believe me? Conduct your own poll. Many won't even be able to tell you where the city county building is located just four blocks away, because they have never been there or know what takes place there.

On the email list of the John Birch Society, today I published an opinion stating my belief that the MSM and Republican Party are herding well meaning Americans to these Tea Parties in order to distract them from the real place where they have true power to change their government. That place is local and state government.

I stated that the elites controlling our federal government are literally laughing at the peasants in the streets who they are bilking for trillions of our future wealth. These elites are also very relieved that so few people are paying attention to their state and local government. That part is most delightful to them. Their worst nightmare is 50 states with clean accountable governments controlled by The People standing up to the Federal Government.

These elites fear our citizens taking lawful control over our local cities and states.

I suggested that the MSM is leading well-meaning sheep (novice activists waking up) straight into the slaughter by distracting them from the only part of government they can control...that part which is in their own back yards.

For this opinion, I was banned.

The tea parties are not grass roots. It is a national movement within the Republican Party to herd people into the party so their players can have control once more. This is the same party that had their butts handed to them in November after letting George Bush and for a while a Republican controlled House run amok for 8 years. Now they all of a sudden found God? I don't think so.

Meanwhile, there are many very good people inside the Republican party trying to change it from the inside. They are the Republican Liberty activists.

True grass roots has a bottom up management style. The tea parties are top down management and the proof is right in front of your eyes. It's seen in the national conference calls to coordinate the events, it is seen in the reluctance of the organizers to use the grass roots activists already plentiful and successful in Indiana, and in their amazing power to generate MSM out of no where and literally overnight.

Grassroots doesn't get that kind of action accomplished overnight.

Desperate to rally the same kind of grass roots support that Obama enjoys, Republicans (many well meaning freedom fighters) upped the freedom movement with their friends at FoxNews and social networking. The Behney's volunteered to head up the "grass roots" in Indianapolis. And they honestly believe that this is all grass roots. And they are working very hard and I'll never take that from them. They are giving 150%.

A few weeks ago, I gave over the keys to the IndianaTeaParty.com site to the Behney's when the national tea party web got hacked. I also published their email and directed a few thousand people their way. (This blog got more than 400 unique readers today alone.) I wanted to help. I don't think it is a bad thing that so many people are getting together to demand freedom.

I also believe that there are good well-meaning people that are waking up to what is happening in America and are finally ready to learn and do something. I also know most will go back to American Idol next week, and rely on their emails (harvested from this activism) to tell them how to vote so they don't have to do the hard work of watching over government for themselves. And you can bet the people at the top of this movement are counting on that.

If we are to lead our government to a better place, we need to be staunch practitioners of the very principles we espouse ourselves. And that starts with protecting our 1st Amendment freedom to free speech and free press.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"CRIME PAYS": Book signing with author (and event speaker) attorney Mark Small

Mark Small, one of the attorney's who spoke at the state house revolt, is having a book signing on Thursday evening. He wanted me to extend an invitation to everyone who reads our blog.

"Crime Pays" is a satirical piece of fiction loosely based on the lives of the Cook brothers from 1960's era Indiana who bilked Kokomo residents out of some $28 million over the years they ran their scam.

The event is at the Front Page Tavern which for years is where newspaper men from the Indianapolis Star gather to drink. A small part of the book is set inside the Front Page Tavern.

Here's a short review I wrote :
"Ponzi schemes set in pre-depression 1920's and the 1960's, quickly pulls the reader into the moral void of the Thompson brothers who scam a Midwest town into investing millions in their trusts. Both sociopaths, one brother claws his way to the top of the hick town country club set, while the quiet one indulges an obsession for breeding rats to eat, fight, and kill inside an elaborate Chicago sewer replica he secretly installs in his master bedroom. The reader is given moral reprieve in the wise and loving Mama Jackson and the prostitute Sylvia who wield a class and compassion that far surpasses the self-absorbed bankers, lawyers, and judges who frequent their all night establishment. It all unwinds when the rats are fully unleashed on society and the brothers' schemes fall apart. It's anybody's guess who will ultimately pay for the Thompson brothers' crimes in the riveting 'Crime Pays'."

What: Crime Pays Book Signing with author Mark Small
When: Thursday, April 2nd 5pm to 8pm
Where: Front Page Tavern, 310 Massachusetts Avenue
Phone: 317-631-6682

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Patriot Paul writes to WFYI regarding Jim Shella & Indiana Week in Review

Copy your letters to Jim Shella and/or WFYI and we'll publish them if you like.
mail to: statehouserevolt@gmail.com

Yellow Journalism from the Shella Show

Much as been blogged in the aftermath of the Indianapolis 'Revolt at theStatehouse' Rally held on March 25th. As several heads of Taxpayerdelegations from various portions of Indiana gave their troubledexperiences with their local government that doesn't seem to beresponsive to them, Jim Shella, political reporter for channel Wish-TV arrived with microphone for interviews.

The channel 8 film clip interview that played Wednesday evening followed by Friday's airing'Indiana Week in Review' with the same clip and remarks by Shella weresome of the worst yellow broadcast journalism I can remember.

Billed as a politically non partisan speaker event, there werenevertheless tables of information by various groups and politicalparties intent on proselytizing converts to their respective parties, including the Republican Libertarian Caucus, Libertarian Party, and the Campaign for Liberty group. Mr. Shella seized upon this floor area for quick interviews, later edited and aired to show those unflatteringtable representatives' halted and impromptu comments as the meat of his broadcast, rather than the subject matter of multiple speakers who each spoke of grievances with their government. Missing the over arching theme of accountability and transparency in government well documented in advance, Mr. Shella violated fundamental values of objective reporting through focus of what can be only described as majoring in the minor, tantamount to criticizing tribes of Indians while ignoring news of a Boston Tea Party in progress.

Admittedly, there is bias in all of us. We all see through colored glasses. But this exceeded elementary reporting 101 with commentary that demeaned citizens who spoke and who attended.

The basics of who,what, when, where, and why were trashed in favor of discrediting those on the floor who had other agendas. With a broad brush, he and most ofhis panelists piled on and treated the story as a rally that went bad.

Further, the Friday program was saturated in an elite smugness that was suffocating. I'll not watch this tabloid again. WISH-TV and IndianaWeek in Review's backers should be ashamed of being represented this way.

Paul Wheeler
Marion County

Open letter to WFYI regarding Jim Shella and Indiana Week in Review

I attended the Revolt At The State House that Jim Shella discussed on Indiana Week in Review. His comments did not reflect the reality of the event. Shella colored it as a failure to the other pundits on the panel. It was sickening to watch the other pundits, who did not attend the event, to agree with him as if his decree is the reality of what happened. The reality is that Shella spends a lot of time with legislators and lobbyists who color HIS opinion.

We were there to talk about the myriad of ways that legislators and lobbyists work against the common person. And I always thought I could count on Channel 20 to be there as a voice of the common person.

Shella said the taxpayers were unfocused, yet a college newspaper reporter (who took the time to read the media release and interviewed speakers and organizers) was able to understand the event's focus.

See Purdue Calument newspaper: http://www.pucchronicle.com/home/

Unlike the college newpaper journalist, Shella neglected to interview a single speaker or event organizer. I know because I was one of the organizers. Yes, the event covered a lot of topics but that is because there are many taxpayer groups around the state that are being walked over by their local representatives on different issues. The point of the event was to pull all the voices in one room wrapped around the common theme of lack of transparency in government.

Shella was overheard by numerous people calling the taxpayers names such as "nutcase" and "whackjob". This is hardly appropriate behavior for a news professional.

I watch public television often. I like the programming. I was planning to will my Meridian Kessler home to public television upon my death because I don't have children and I want to make sure something good is done with my estate.

As long as Jim Shella is on Channel 20, I refuse to ever give a penny to public television.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Jim Shella continues his taxpayer bullying on Indiana Week in Review

As if Shella's Wednesday night media assault did not satiate his taste for malice directed at taxpayers, tonight he foolishly brought it up again on Indiana Week in Review, a political round up aired on both WISH-TV 8 and public television WFYI in Indianapolis.

Attorney, former lobbyist, and expert on public funding, Gary Welsh wrote an excellent analysis of Indiana Week in Review which aired tonight. The program airs again on Sunday.

Advance Indiana writes:
Later, host Jim Shella continued his tirade against a Revolt At The Statehouse rally organized by private citizens petitioning their government about a number of grievances, including the continued public subsidies for the billionaire sports team owners and the CIB bailout. "Can a rally fail?" Jim Shella asked. Schwantes, who wasn't even present for the rally because he lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, concluded it lacked focus. He did not hear a single speech, but could repeat what others told him about it. Ketzenberger attacked it for lack of a theme. "It was a nice crowd but not large enough," he added. He was not present for the rally. "A group of thespians looking for an outlet," political hack lobbyist Mike O'Connor said. "It missed the mark." This is the same guy who worked as Chief of Staff to Mayor Bart Peterson, whose administration helped create the whole CIB financial mess. McDaniel observed it had a "common theme." There were people there who favor less government and don't want to pay higher taxes he commented. McDaniel watched the rally from the floor above."
We recommend that in addition to continuing to voice your concerns to WISH-TV that you also write letters to WFYI about the programming. Public television is supposed to be for the people's concerns, not a place to promote corporate welfare for billionaires...or is it?

Before you write your letter to WISH TV and WFYI, read the entire analysis by Advance Indiana. It is obvious that Shella is complicit with lawmakers' scheme to steal your wealth, via taxation, for the further enrichment billionaires and that they will stop at nothing to get into the pockets of every person in the state. Afterall, look how easy it was to get Marion and the donut counties to cough it up.

Please snail mail or fax your letters and feel free to post them here too if you like.

1950 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202.
Fax: 317-704-8748

WFYI - Public Television
1630 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317- 614-0476
Fax: 317- 633-7418

Don't forget that public television holds frequent telethons to ask for public donations. Be sure to let WFYI know very clearly, that you will never donate unless they air broadcasts that educate the public on the problems with corporate welfare and the CIB bailout.

And to think, because I have no children, I was going to bequeath the proceeds from the sale of my house to WFYI in my will. This changed my mind.

REVOLT NEWS COVERAGE: Compare "hit piece" done by WISH-TV Channel 8's Jim Shella to unbiased coverage around the state


CHANNEL 8's COVERAGE by political reporter Jim Shella
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/politics/Group_host_Revolt_at_the_Statehouse_20090325 .
The original Channel 8 report which aired at noon was scrubbed from the internet by 6pm on Wednesday, March 25th. Notice how there are two date stamps on the Channel 8 coverage? He came back from the event after laughing at us, calling us "whack jobs" all day and headed straight to the editing room to put together that "hit piece" against taxpayers.

Now, compare Shella's report to other unbiased coverage around Indiana:




COURIER PRESS (Evansville)


Yesterday, an email list we saw suggested a boycott of WISH-TV advertisers like statewide grocer to the masses, Marsh Supermarkets who is also a big sponsor of the Indianapolis Pacers. You will recall from listening to several of the rally speakers, that taxpayers have a big problem brewing with a push to make taxpayers bailout the billionaire team owners of the Colts and Pacers.

Shella's television coverage gave no mention of the sports bailout.

WISH TV Jim Shella of Channel 8 News laughs at taxpayers

WISH-TV hit Job: Bankrupt Country, Losing Your Property and Corporate Welfare Are Funny to Jim Shella?

Click to read the link above to see another explanation about what Jim Shella of WISH-TV Channel 8 news did to the taxpayers at Wednesday's rally.

HFFT covers what is happening behind the scenes with Channel since the hit piece against taxpayers aired on Wednesday 6 o'clock news.

Kerry Beard posts pictures of Revolt

Thanks Kerry for doing this for us!

Here are pictures from Kerry's Facebook page!

Democrat leaning blog, IPOPA, raises ire against CIB Colts Pacers bailout

From Hoosiers for Fair Taxation:

I've only got a minute to post right now, but read this over at Indy's Painfully Objective Political Analysis. They are pointing out how everyone is going to get socked for bailing out the Colts and the Pacers.

Thanks to Ned, the State House set up guy!

A lot of people probably don't pay much attention to Ned, but without him, our event would not have been so nice! You see, Ned does the set up.

We met with him a few days before and he was great at helping us to see the best way to set up.

When I needed more tables he quickly got them for me. He never complained and was just happy to help. A lot of people don't know it, but the state house gives people space for free. You get chairs, platforms, sound, microphones and podium set up to your specs! I had no idea until Ogden arranged the event that the equipment was free and there was no charge for the set up.

I also bet Ned doesn't get nearly the thanks he deserves for taking such good care of The People.

Thanks Ned. I could not have done my job without you and you made things really easy for me.
--Melyssa, event co-organizer

Jim Shella of Channel 8 is under fire for hit piece on taxpayers

Originally published by Melyssa at Hoosiers For Fair Taxation:

Channel 8 and Jim Shella under fire for hit piece on taxpayers!
Jim Shella sure must love the taste and feel of lobbyist boot across his tongue, for he's getting a lot of heat for the bootlicking he offered them on Wednesday. Shella ran what is being described as a "hit piece on taxpayers" on the 6pm news and he's not backing down from his claim that his story is fair. He says the report is fair even though he offered no mention of the issues discussed by speakers or interviewed either attorney Paul Ogden or me as the event's only organizers.

Paul Ogden spent a day composing his thoughts and wrote directly to Channel 8 news Anchor Eric Halvorson today. Chris Spangle, former producer of Abdul's morning show and no political or media novice, also spoke out against Shella's unneccessary attack on taxpayers.

Yesterday I telephoned Kevin Finch, Channel 8 news director and the guy ultimately reponsible for everything that goes on the air. He emphatically backed Shella stating that he had no problem with the story and that it was completely fair reporting.

He even went so far as to inform me that the term "fair and balanced" is not a journalistic standard. (It is a term used by FoxNews). He could not tell me what the credo or the standard for Channel 8 is. Evidently they don't have one or know what it is.

Kevin Finch also told me that that the event was organized by The Libertarians. I asked which Libertarians and he could offer me no proof other than it is what they "heard".

Is the reporting of rumor or hearsay a journalistic standard at Channel 8?By the middle to the end of the 10 minute phone call Channel 8's news director was yelling at me. He was both AGGRESSIVE and overly defensive at the same time.

As soon as I got off the phone with him, he called Ruth Holloday because I referenced the fact that she reported Channel 8 employees accepted a junket to an all inclusive boozy getaway at a resort in Cancun from Herb Simon. It was also reported the guests on this trip received jewelry and gifts, even though Herb Simon the owner of the Pacers, says he's broke and needs a $15 million bailout by the taxpayers for his sports franchise. The piece Ruth wrote is called "Pacers at the trough".

Finch denies news employees were on the junket. The proof he offered is that he approves vacation time. Everyone wants the names of the Channel 8 employees that took that junket.

Yesterday afternoon one of the email lists I read began suggesting that Channel 8's advertisers be targeted for a boycott. They will likely pick on Marsh Supermarket since Marsh supports both the Pacers and WISH TV 8. Marsh Supermarkets is featured prominently on the front page of WISH TV's website. I sell advertising and I feel for the account exec who handles the Marsh account if these groups decide to take action and Marsh cancels.

These citizens are on the same email lists that caused Missouri to issue a public apology this week for its state police targeting Constitution defenders as "terrorists".

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Melyssa on Revolt

Advance Indiana on Revolt

Photos and summary from Gary Welsh, blogger extraordinaire, former lobbyist and bond banking lawyer who spoke today about the CIB and sports bailouts for billionaires.

Hint: If you are a forensic accountant and digging for bodies, search the archives of his blog. It's all there.

Ogden on Revolt

For now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Media Coverage for The Revolt (pre-event)

Paul Ogden was interviewed today by Channel 13 and Channel 8 which will likely run spots tonight. He's also going to be on WIBC FM 93.1 at 4:45 pm on the Steve Simpson show.

Still have not heard from the Indy Star, but we have heard from smaller papers around the state.

We expect full media coverage tomorrow for the Revolt!

If you are planning to come please arrive by 11 am so that you have time to park your car and go through security check.

RSVP for lunch after the REVOLT

Just one day until Revolt. If you have not yet RSVP'd for lunch, please join us. It will give you an opportunity to talk and network with tax activists around the state.

Luncheon Cost: $16 per person
Time: 2pm
Santorini Greek Kitchen
1417 E. Prospect St
Indianapolis, IN 46203
mapquest driving directions from the Revolt event

RSVP with Jeanette Sawi, (owner) by phone or email, please
Only 150 reservations available
317-917-1118 fax

Monday, March 23, 2009

MEDIA RELEASE: Please distribute to anyone you know in the media

For Immediate Release Contact: Paul K. Ogden

March 23, 2009 (317) 531-6127 (cell)

(317) 631-0172 (work)



--Citizen Leaders Pay Call to Legislators; Demand Reforms--

Indianapolis – Attorney Paul K. Ogden, 47, today announced finalized plans regarding the taxpayer rally dubbed the “Revolt at the Statehouse” to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the North Atrium.

The focus of the “Revolt” is the anger the average citizen has with government at all levels which has been captured by big money interests and does not listen to ordinary citizens.

Ogden cited the populist uprising in the country, which is noted on the cover of Newsweek that hits the newsstands today, as one of the reasons for the rally. “You are seeing a populist rage sweeping the country like you have not seen in decades. People are angry as they see their hard-earned money being taken to give out to failing companies, like AIG and others. In Indianapolis, leadership of both the Republican and Democratic Parties is deeply involved in a corporate welfare culture that silences even the most well-meaning party members who dare speak out for the interests of the taxpayers.”

Gary Welsh, author of the blog “Advance Indiana,” has tirelessly reported about the proposed Pacer bailout, the overly generous Colts-Lucas Oil Stadium deal as well as other issues related to the Capital Improvement Board and other local issues. Welsh notes, “The CIB is filled with members who have serious conflicts of interest, not the least of which is the President of the Board, who represents the Simons who own the Pacers. The individuals on the CIB clearly do not have the best interests of the people of Indianapolis in mind when they decide they need to give another $15 million of our tax money to billionaire sports owners.”

Melyssa Donaghy who runs the blog Hoosiers for Fair Taxation noted that people are fed up with the back door deals and lack of transparency in how government operates. “The Revolt will include a call for ethics reform, including more transparency. People need to know what is going on in their government,” Donaghy said. “The conflicts of interest many of these politicians have need to be exposed and ended. We should not have our elected officials using their positions to make themselves and their friends richer at the expense of taxpayers.”

The speakers will include Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians. Titles of some of the speeches include: “Increasing Debt: Mortgaging Our Children’s Future,” “The Colts, Pacers and the Capital Improvement Board,” “Run over by the Speedway Redevelopment Commission,” “Lobbying and Ethics Reform,” “Transparency and Accountability in Government,” “Pay to Play Politics, Indiana Style,” and “Fun and Games in Evansville.” A speaker list is included below.



(Wednesday, March 25, 2009; 11:30 to 1 p.m.)

"Increasing Debt: Mortgaging our Children’s Future"

– Lisa Kelly, former Libertarian Candidate for Lt.Governor

"The Colts, Pacers and the Capital Improvement Board"

– Gary Welsh, Attorney at Law and Publisher of Advance Indiana blog

“Government Grants & Public Corruption”

– Rev. Solomon, Author and Community Activist

"Run Over By the Speedway Redevelopment Commission"

- JoEllen Dotlich, SPEED

"Pay to Play Politics, Indiana Style"

– Mark Small, Attorney at Law and Author

"Transparency and Accountability in Government"

– Diana Vice, Lafayette-area Housewife and political activist; Publisher of Welcome to My Tea Party blog

"Lobbying and Ethics Reform"

– Julia Vaughn, Policy Director of Common Cause/Indiana

Topic TBA

--Jim Premeske, Team Hammond Taxpayers

"Fun and Games in Evansville"

– Frankie Neidhammer, President Vanderburgh County Taxpayers Association

"How to Get Involved & Make a Difference"

– Melyssa Donaghy, political activist and publisher of Hoosiers for Fair Taxation blog

"A Call to Action"

– Paul Ogden, Attorney at Law, and publisher of Ogden on Politics blog.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Revolt volunteers are busy!

Look what our little birdies have been up to! They improved the signs a lot! If you see a sign around Indy, email us a picture !


Hat tip: Ron & Claudia!

Indiana Honest Money

INDIANA HONEST MONEY will be at The Revolt!

Indiana Honest Money

Indiana Honest Money will be at the REVOLT! Look for their table and be sure to thank Jerry Titus for all his activist work on our behalf!


Melissa of Campaign for Liberty plugs The Revolt! Thanks Melissa



Meet Melissa LIneberry. She will be at the Revolt hosting a table for Campaign For Liberty! Hoosiers For Fair Taxation first met Melissa back in 2007 when we came to Ft. Wayne to help put on the Ft. Wayne Tea Party!

Friday, March 20, 2009

THE PROGRAM: Speakers & Topics

We promised that Revolt At State House would shock you with our experts' knowledge of corporate welfare, greed, cronyism, and lack of transparency within Indiana government. The immorality of our state and local governments will be called out in public by local experts in the very house where The People's business is done. Here is the program for March 25th. We will save some seats in front for the politicians. Please circulate this program everywhere you can on the internet!



Sean Shepard
publisher LibertyFile.com and Shepard on Politics & Policy
"Increasing Debt: Mortgaging our Children’s Future"
Lisa Kelly
former Libertarian candidate for Lt. Governor
"The Colts, Pacers and the Capital Improvement Board"
Gary Welsh, Attorney at Law
Publisher of Advance Indiana
“Government Grants & Public Corruption”
Rev. Solomon
local political activist
"Run Over By the Speedway Redevelopment Commission"
"Pay to Play Politics" (humorous interlude)
"Transparency and Accountability in Government"
Diana Vice
Lafayette-area housewife & publisher of Welcome to My Tea Party
"Lobbying and Ethics Reform"
Julia Vaughn
Common Cause
Topic TBA
"Fun and Games in Evansville"
Frankie Neidhammer
President Vanderburgh County Taxpayers
"Conflicts of Interest in Government"
"How to Get Involved & Make a Difference"
Melyssa Donaghy
publisher of Hoosiers for Fair Taxation
"A Call to Action"
Paul Ogden, Attorney at Law,
publisher of Ogden on Politics

Thank you to Attorney Activist Paul Ogden
for his service to The People in coordinating this program.
It is most excellent!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"States, Not Washington, D.C., Need Our Attention"

Constitutionalist Chuck Baldwin makes the case why activism directed at our state issues makes more sense than spinning our wheels on federal issues. D.C., he says (and we agree) is a lost cause. The Revolt At The State House is focused only on state issues which is precisely where we have a fighting chance for success. Change begins from our own back yards.

from NewsWithViews.com

It seems that most everyone focuses his or her attention on what is happening in Washington, D.C. People don't seem to get excited about politics until a national election rolls around or unless the President makes some startling announcement. Even well-meaning Christian leaders seem to spend the vast majority of their time dealing with policies that emanate from Washington, D.C. Already, I'm hearing leaders of the so-called Religious Right talk gushingly about who the next Presidential nominee of the Republican Party will be. Who cares? Do you mean to tell me that with all we have to deal with right now, we can't find anything else to talk about? How shallow--and utterly ineffective--can we be?

In the first place, Washington, D.C., is a lost cause. It really is. We have about as much chance of flying to the moon in a glider as we do of seeing any significant change in Washington, D.C. Neither the Republican nor Democrat parties at the national level offer any hope. The federal government is hell-bent on turning the United States into a socialistic global village, and the two major parties are in it up to their necks.

If the principles of freedom and independence have any chance of surviving the next few years, it will be because individual States have the courage to pick up the banner and fight. Therefore, freedom lovers need to focus their energy and attention more on State government and less on national politics.

Entire essay

RSVP now for lunch after the Revolt event -- All are welcome

If you are coming to the event, don't delay putting in your RSVP for lunch immediately after the event.

Buffet lunch is $16 inclusive (includes tip) per person and is located a short distance from the Indiana State House.

Only 150 reservations available
317-917-1118 fax

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

REVOLT's You Tube gets over 1000 hits!

Please help circulate our You Tube by placing it on your social networking pages and linking it to the sites you frequent.

Radio Morning Show Host to discuss REVOLT A THE STATE HOUSE on Thursday @ 8am

Our friendly arms dealer, Abdul from the WXNT AM 1430 morning show, asked the Revolt emcee, Sean Shepard, to come to the studio tomorrow morning at 8am to discuss the Revolt At The State House.

Be sure to listen to Abdul's show tomorrow. Abdul is concerned that the Revolt is too broad in its scope and is not centralized on one theme. That's the point. Government corruption is so broad that it does not give us the luxury of focusing on just one point.

The theme of the Revolt is Transparency. With transparency, and the ENFORCEMENT of transparency, many of our problems would disappear. But you know those cockroaches running our government don't like the light of day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Call to Action for Revolt Supporters

Most of you know that Glenn Beck is preaching Revolution and spearheaded last week's nation wide "We Surround Them" meet ups. The email link to his Project 912 site is not working. We found that out when we wrote to get our Revolt website linked.

We need everyone who reads this blog to take a minute to ask Glenn Beck to link the Indiana Revolt website and mention our revolt on the air.

Email Glenn and copy his producer, Stu. If 100 of you send the same email, they will notice. Help us get radio publicity! (We can't afford commericials)


SEND TO me@glennbeck.com and stu@glennbeck.com
Dear Glenn Beck,
Did you know that a revolution is coming to the Indiana State House? Indiana's government transparency is nearly the worst in the nation, ranking just above Mississippi and we intend to hold our politicians accountable.

Patriots in Indianapolis listen to you everyday on WXNT AM 1430 in Indianapolis. We would love to hear you publicize our Revolt inside the Indiana State House coming next week on March 25th.

Please let the country know that Indiana, just like our neighbor Cincinnati, is on fire! Here is our website for Indiana's grass roots revolt! www.RevoltAtTheStateHouse.com

Patty Patriot!

Hat tip: Dave Bond, StopIndiana.com for the idea

REVOLT UPDATE: 8 Days to the Indiana Revolt!

Website hits on the REVOLT AT THE STATE HOUSE site quadrupled overnight.

We track parties from state government hitting the REVOLT website daily and reading every link even though they have known we are coming since we made the reservation with the state house events staff back in February.

What worries these conniving politicians is that REVOLT attendees will hear an earful so ugly and yet so true that they will likely leave far angier than when they arrived.

We have at least 20 times the numbers of volunteers I saw when I coordinated the 2007 protests. No longer are The People clueless about the fraud being perpetuated on us. Everybody gets it now and they are fully up to speed.

There is an army of patriots putting posters in public areas all over central Indiana now. Before the army is finished, thousands of pitchforks will be plastered all over the city.

We are NOT the terrorists! We are not the ones that should be watched! We are on the side of of country's Constitution and we are going to see that America prevails against these enemies that would corrupt our blessed country!

We are priming you for multiple revolts over a long period of time until THE PEOPLE PREVAIL.
We know that this country's fire has ignited and that the People will not stop until we declare victory!

The days of "rallies" were so 2007. Revolt is the theme for 2009.

Be quite sure that God, the power who gave us our rights, is squarely on the side of The People.

Indiana on government transparency - one of nation's worst states

Attorney Paul Ogden (Revolt co-organizer) wrote a column that every Hoosier should read and understand before the Revolt. The column details the fact that Indiana ranks next to last in terms of making government information accessible on line and explains that only backward Mississippi is ranked lower.

One of the reasons Paul Ogden spear-headed this project was due to the difficulty he has in getting information from Indiana government officials from the public access counselor's office.

The theme of the Revolt is "TRANSPARENCY".

Please take time to jump over to his blog Ogden on Politics and read today's column:

Transparency in State and Local Government: Time for Indiana to Enter the 21st Century

Monday, March 16, 2009


It's 12:30 am and I just checked our stats. Our web hits quadrupled by the day's end!

Please keep linking us everywhere. Whoever linked us to the ragingbull.com stock market site really did us a huge favor! THANK YOU! We got most of our links from that site today!

Please Link Our You Tube!

Mayor Englands Top Accomplishments - New Albany's mayor

From our fed up friends at Voice of New Albany

In all fairness we will list Mayor England's top accomplishments since he took office in 2008:

1. Raise for Mayor England

2. Raise for Deputy Mayor Carl Malysz

3. Raise for City Clerk Marcey Wisman

4. Hired two Deputy Mayors

5. Mayor England:
* Bought himself a NEW city car
* Bought a NEW city car for Deputy Mayor Malysz
* Has taken three personal vacations and trip to China

6. Raise for Mickey Thompson, Street Department
7. Raise for Kelly Welch, Manager of Billing Department
8. Raise for April Dickey, Billing Department

Sorry folks, we have been watching our tax dollars for several months, and still can not come up with even one positive accomplishment.Maybe we will have better luck in the next three years, Nahhh.Looks like three more years of his "status quo". In other words SSDY (same shit just a different year).

Contact Mayor England at: mayor@cityofnewalbany.com let's all tell him what a GREAT job he's doing...spending our tax dollars!

REVOLT website hits tripled today!

Our website hits tripled today! Thanks to all of you for linking us everywhere. Please don't stop! Our revolt is being picked up on some mighty big websites.

With the Cincy Tea Party drawing 4000 to 5000 people last weekend, we're definitely encouraged that this rally will be bigger than past rallies.

In the meantime, you might want to make your post-event luncheon reservation now. With this much web traffic, I think the lunch reservations will fill up quickly!

Menu and reservation instructions are on the right column of this blog.

Repeal of Property Tax is not Rocket Science

Facts about Indiana Property Tax

It is the only tax in Indiana that is not transparent

Property tax taxes a basic human need (shelter) and most citizens feel it is immoral of government to tax a basic physical need.

Your property is used as collateral to secure bonds (State and Municipality spending loans)

Property tax caps will not fix the broken tax assessment and collection system

Property tax caps will not change the fact that property tax is the most expensive tax to collect

Property tax caps will not change the fact that your home will continue to be held to a subjective assessment performed by a government official or government contractor working within a very broken system

Property tax caps mean that farmers, landlords, and businesses will pay a higher property tax than everyone else and will make taxation non-uniform and equal as required by Indiana's constitution!

Property tax caps mean landlords pay a higher property tax and will have to pass their tax on to renters.

Property tax caps mean that farmers who raise our food will pay a higher tax and have to pass the tax on to everyone who eats the food they raise

Property tax caps means that businesses will pay higher tax and have to pass the bill on to every customer who buys their products and may make it harder for Indiana businesses to compete

There are 150 other transparent fees and taxes in Indiana

The property tax burden can be shifted one or more of the other 150 forms of transparent taxation

The property tax system is broken...literally, it doesn't work. Ask the assessors who were made the political scape goats for the state's incompetence.

At least two world class economists wrote plans for property tax repeal that WILL work. See links on Hoosiers For Fair Taxation.

Thousands of Indiana property tax appeals have not been settled

Local muncipalities are forced to borrow shortfalls from the bond bank on still uncollected 2007 tax due to complete broken state of administration of property tax assessment and collection.

Property tax is the most expensive tax to collect.

When property tax is repeal in Indiana, our economic engine will boom and Indiana will attract record numbers of investors.

Volunteers to distribute posters needed

This weekend volunteers distributed posters around Meridian Kessler, Broad Ripple, and Butler Tarkington neighborhoods, which was ground zero for the 2007 property tax protests.

Can you volunteer to distribute posters early this week and we'll assign a small district to cover.

Revolt Speakers to be announced this week

All of the speakers are experts on various areas of government abuse of taxpayers. We will announce the speaker program later this week. Three lawyers, a whistle blower or two, a comic, and other experts will shock you as they explain exactly what your government does to deceive you.

9 Days until Revolt.

Thousands show for Tea Party in Cincinnati

We need similar results at the Revolt if we are to be effective

See story here:

More here:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our Revolt's Internet Angel, Claudia

We have a champion patriot linking Indiana's REVOLT throughout the Internet. Her name is Claudia. Because of her effort alone, our unique readers increased more than 100% today alone.

We need more help! The more Indiana's Revolt is linked, the more likely we will be picked up by national media. With purpose, we do not plan to issue press releases to the media until the weekend before Revolt! In the meantime, we need YOU to continue to carry the torch and create a huge buzz until we officially send our press release to the media.

The activists behind this project have worked together for nearly two solid years. We are informally known as The Justice League. Our tax protests have generated as many as 500 to 1000 well informed taxpayers. We've been in every major newspaper and television news channel in Indiana and on national television and print.

We are confident that we are doing the right things to bring that number again. However, those numbers are no longer as effective. Our legislators don't think we are serious about making them behave.

We need a "loaves and fishes miracle".

In order to control our government and return our country to our Constitutions, our citizenry must understand that the work before us is to make the necessary sacrifices to collectively organize multiple protests with thousands of people.

I'm sorry that it is a huge sacrifice of time and energy. But it is the only way we will save this greatest of experiments in Liberty known as America.

The text below (with our graphic if possible) is what to link everywhere on the net:


A REVOLT Is Coming To The Indiana State House!

March 25th, 2009 at 11:30 am
Inside The Indiana State House

This non-partisan event is being publicized to all corners of the state by a network of tax and policy activists who led the 2007 Property Tax Protests and The Indiana Tea Party.

Our ranks have grown much larger in two years.

Experts will speak candidly at the event on all subjects of concern to The People, such as Education Spending, Cronyism, Corporate Welfare, Property Tax, and those shameful politicians who put party and corporate lobbyist demands before the needs of their citizen employers.

Be warned. Our experts will shock you with their first hand knowledge of the greed and arrogance of many of our government officials.

The theme of our revolt is "TRANSPARENCY".

Santorini Greek Kitchen to Host Post Revolt Luncheon - RSVP early

Food, Fellowship & Networking

We arranged the lovely buffet described below at one of my favorite locally owned fixtures in the downtown historic district of Fountain Square, Santorini Greek Kitchen. It is hard to decide which is best at Santorini's, the authentic country Greek cuisine or the hospitality lavished upon you from the uber cool staff and owners.

We recommend you walk off your luncheon after the event and visit some of the quaint local businesses in Indy's Historic Cultural District of Fountain Square.

Luncheon Cost: $16 per person
Time: 2pm
Santorini Greek Kitchen
1417 E. Prospect St
Indianapolis, IN 46203
mapquest driving directions from the Revolt event

RSVP with
Jeanette Sawi, (owner) by phone or email, please
Only 150 reservations available
317-917-1118 fax


puree of ground chick peas, tahini, and lemon
traditional yogurt cucumber sauce
Baba Ganoush
puree of smoked egglant
Feta Cheese
traditional Greek low fat cheese
Warm Pita

Greek Salad

lamb and beef combined with greek spices and sliced from the spit
Chicken Souvkaki
grilled shish kabob of chicken breast, tomato, and zucchini


Rice Pilaf
Mediterranean Green Beans
Greek Potatoes
cooked with olive oil and lemon

a warm Greek custard with phyllo pastry, honey syrup, and cinnamon
(save room, it just may be the best dessert you ever ate)

Coffee, Tea, & Soft Drinks

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Revolt costs are covered!

Great News! Thanks to a few generous people out there in Indiana, our costs for the rally are covered. We were able to secure our domain names, 10,000 post card flyers, postage, and posters for the event.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Taxpayer Groups: Reserve Your Free Table for the REVOLT

We just confirmed that we can have tables at the event and are making them available to groups around the state.

You would need to reserve a table right away as we don't have unlimited space. We ask that groups provide:

1. A Banner with your groups' name/message to stretch across a 6 foot table
2. Well informed staff at your table during the entire 1.5 hour event
3. Literature and/or giveaways for the audience

Be your own press!
This is a great opportunity to type up literature for distribution that details the abuses of politicians in your community that don't seem to get air in your local newspaper.

To reserve a table email: statehouserevolt@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pay to Play with Taxpayer Dollars in Indiana

Advance Indiana dedicated countless hours to helping Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's achieve his upset victory over incumbent Bart Peterson. Yesterday Gary Welsh, editor of Advance Indiana, penned a column that connects the dots of who is paying how much to play in Ballard's new playground and what they get in return. Nothing has changed. Wouldn't be so bad, but the political outsider, Ballard, promised sweeping changes. More than a year later, his campaign coffers enriched, he allows the same scenario.

The same scenario plays out where you live too. It's corrupt. And it won't change unless we DO something about it. Be sure you take time off to join the rally on March 25th.

In the meantime write to us about the corruption in YOUR Indiana city and we'll publish it here.

Pay To Play Is The Ballard Way
"Taxpayers are being asked to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in government spending ranging from huge construction projects to outside personal contracts," GOP mayoral candidate Greg Ballard told voters in 2007. "But there are virtually no rules governing the conduct of business or local government in such dealings," he added.

Candidate Ballard promised a series of ethics reforms to provide greater transparency and to protect the public interest, including: requiring persons who lobby city government to register with the city and report any lobbying expenses they make, including any entertainment or item of value they provide to elected officials and public employees; barring lobbyists or other persons with a financial interest from serving on any commission or board that directly affects or deals with their lobbying or financial interests; establishing a code of conduct for city employees which bars them from soliciting contributions from individual firms which do business with the city.
requiring statement of economic interests filed by public officials to be made publicly available online; and requiring campaign finance reports be made publicly available online.

A year later, many of those promises remain unfulfilled. Read the rest here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Indianapolis is Broke

Watch this video and understand the same problems are happening in cities across Indiana and America. Insider politics (cronyism) and greed is the cancer killing America and it must be stopped.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Some one really cool made us a You Tube!

Wow! Thanks, kind person!

Two more blogs added to our blog roll

Thanks to the volunteers associated with two new blogs to our roll for their commitment to distribute flyers for us. That 10,000 is disappearing quickly!

Please take time to look at their blogs:


At this rate, we're going to have to order another batch of 10,000 soon. We need about $250 more dollars in pledges to cover the costs for the second order.

Please email statehouserevolt@gmail.com if you feel called to help a little financially.

10,000 Post card flyers are now ready for distribution!

The printer we use is fabulous. Turnaround time was just 5 days from time of order to delivery. And it's the best price anywhere.

Of the 10,000 we received in this order, about 7,000 will be shipped directly to our volunteers this weekend for state wide distribution.

Email statehouserevolt@gmail.com if you would like to help distribute flyers where you live. We will ship them to you.

We hope to order another 10,000 flyers next week.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

THANK YOU INDIANA! Our web site hits up more than 100%

It's working!
Many of you started to place our link on bulletin boards and in comments of news articles. Our website hits more than doubled from Wednesday to Thursday. As of Friday morning at 1:00 am, hits are up 200%.

We need 1000% daily increase. We count each unique user once weekly.

There is still work to do and we need to keep publicizing the event everywhere we go on line.

Blog Comments
News Article Comments
Bulletin Boards
My Space
Social Networking
All Your Personal Emails (next to your signature)

BLOGGERS: Please put our flash banner on your site.
Email Jerry Titus for simple instructions.

To volunteer, please email statehouserevolt@gmail.com

National editor of LibertyFile.com confirmed as event Emcee

Sean Shepard, national editor of LibertyFile.com is confirmed as Emcee for the REVOLT.

Sponsorship Opportunities -- We need you if you feel called to the cause


We need sponsors for the following:

Printing of 500 posters to be distributed at the event
Cost: $75

2nd printing of another 10,000 postcard flyers for state wide distribution
Flyers require 5 days for printing and shipping to Indiana and can include a limited edition printed tribute to your organization, group, or person of your choice. The event organizers have volunteers waiting to distribute an additional 10,000 flyers now.
Cost: $272 (includes shipping)

We are not a PAC. We are not a not-for-profit. We are Patriots. Your gift is not tax deductible and can be made anonymously, in recognition of a loved one, a charity or your activist group.

EMAIL: StateHouseRevolt@gmail.com
Please type "SPONSOR" in the subject line

Local Tax Activist Groups throughout Indiana

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Partial list of speakers to be announced tomorrow morning on WXNT

Tune in tomorrow to Abdul's morning radio show on WXNT AM1430 to learn who some of the event's speakers will be. We are still working through scheduling conflicts with other potential speakers. Tomorrow's announcement is only a partial list.

Sean Shepard agreed to be on Abdul's show to discuss the REVOLT! He's going to be on air in the 8 am hour.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Help us spread the word: Link this site

You read the news on line every day, right?

An easy thing you can do to promote our effort is to link paste our website link http://www.revoltatthestatehouse.com/ in the comments section of political news articles, blogs, Facebook, MyPage, and on line bulletin boards around Indiana.

This website has been up a mere three days and is already seeing 100 unique visitors daily. With your help we can get 1000 unique visitors per day within the next week.

Help us drive traffic! Link us everywhere you go on line and link us often!

Attendance of 5,000 citizen voters at this event will change the political direction of our state and confirm that the power is, indeed, in OUR hands.

29 Days until Revolt!

Nationwide Chicago Tea Party - February 27, 2009

Donate resources to State House revolt

Donations and pledges received since the site went up 72 hours ago:

10,000 postcard flyers on cardstock
Domain names (.com, .info, .org, .net)
Ad in a local newspaper
200 color flyers for immediate distribution this week
One month of Facebook advertising
8 VIP publicists have volunteered so far (we still need more)

If you would like to donate, let us know. We're not a PAC, we aren't even a not-for-profit. We're just fed up citizens that want government transparency and accountability. If everyone gives what they have to offer in terms of time and/or money, we'll have multiple thousands show.

To volunteer or pitch in your extra resources, please email statehouserevolt@gmail.com

10,000 postcard flyers will be ready for distribution this weekend

The first batch of flyers were ordered this morning from the printer. We'll have them back on Thursday or Friday to mail to our VIP Publicists.

Any Indiana citizen who distributes 500 flyers hand-to-hand, will get 2 seats in the VIP reserved section at the rally.

Any Indiana blogger who promotes the event on their blog, and who also distributes 500 flyers hand-to-hand, will get 4 seats in the VIP reserved section at the rally.

Email StateHouseRevolt@gmail.com to become one of our VIP publicists.

Each 10,000 batch of flyers is $271.67. If you would like to pitch in for flyers, we could use help to pay for the next batch of 10,000. A donor, who wishes to be anonymous, paid for the first batch of flyers and our internet domain name.

Get your REVOLT animated banner!

Instructions and examples for Blogspot blogs

Instructions and examples for Wordpress blogs

Instructions for Google Gadget

For tech support, email: jt@jtitus.net

Big thanks for Jerry for creating the banners and helping our patriot friends statewide upload them to their web sites and blogs!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


As you talk about REVOLT AT THE STATEHOUSE to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers, all you need to stress is the singular theme of our uprising. And that theme is one word, "Transparency".

We shall show this state that we do not depend on mainstream media to spread one word, one demand, one date, one location.

There are just 550 reserved seats, yet given the mood these days in America, coupled with our statewide network, we suspect the event may draw thousands.

Each VIP publicist volunteer will earn two reserved seats in the front of the assembly. Blogger publicists can reserve four seats.

We ask that our VIP publicists commit to spread the message about the REVOLT like wildfire throughout the internet and to distribute a minimum of 500 flyers in your community with your local contact information stamped on the back of each flyer. Self inking stamps can be bought cheaply and quickly at any office supply box store in person or here on line.

To volunteer, please email statehouserevolt@gmail.com

31 days until Revolt.

Put REVOLT AT THE STATE HOUSE animated banner on your website

Big thanks to Jerry Titus at Indiana Honesty Money for creating the animated banner you now see at the side of our website.

The banner is available to anyone in Indiana who wants to add it to a website. Just email us at StateHouseRevolt@gmail.com and we'll send you the html code.

Should you not want to add a banner to your site, please help our state by linking our website.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Coming To The Indiana State House

This non-partisan event will be widely publicized in the next month to all corners of the state by a network of tax and policy activists who led the 2007 Property Tax Protests and The Indiana Tea Party.

Our ranks have grown much larger in two years.

Experts will speak candidly at the event on all subjects of concern to The People, such as Education Spending, Cronyism, Corporate Welfare, Property Tax, and those shameful politicians who put party and corporate lobbyist demands before the needs of their citizen employers.

Be warned. Our experts will shock you with their first hand knowledge of the greed and arrogance of many of our government officials.

The theme of our revolt is "TRANSPARENCY".

At the conclusion of the event, we will present a plan to our public servants in the legislature to bring full transparency of government directly into every citizen's home. Our team of lawyers are working on it now.

Please put the March 25th on your calendar now, get the time off work if you need to, and make arrangements to come to do your part to control your government. Because that's the only way it can get done. It is our responsibility.

The Justice League of activists are doing the hard part. You just need to tell everyone you know to spend an hour and half with us at the Indiana State House on March 25th to demand Transparency and The Rule of Law.

More details will follow throughout the next month.

Our email is StateHouseRevolt@gmail.com