Greening Our Way to Infection The ban on single-use plastic grocery bags is unsanitary—and it comes at the worst imaginable time by John Tierney

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses—and spread the viruses throughout the store.
Researchers have been warning for years about the risks of these bags spreading deadly viral and bacterial diseases, but public officials have ignored their concerns, determined to eliminate single-use bags and other plastic products despite their obvious advantages in reducing the spread of pathogens. In New York State, a new law took effect this month banning single-use plastic bags in most retail businesses, and this week Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would force coffee shops to accept consumers’ reusable cups—a practice that Starbucks and other chains have wisely suspended to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.

John Flanagan, the Republican leader of the New York State Senate, has criticized the new legislation and called for a suspension of the law banning plastic bags. “Senate Democrats’ desperate need to be green is unclean during the coronavirus outbreak,” he said Tuesday, but so far he’s been a lonely voice among public officials.The COVID-19 virus is just one of many pathogens that shoppers can spread unless they wash the bags regularly, which few people bother to do. Viruses and bacteria can survive in the tote bags up to nine days, according to one study of coronaviruses.

The risk of spreading viruses was clearly demonstrated in a 2018 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health. The researchers, led by Ryan Sinclair of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, sent shoppers into three California grocery stores carrying polypropylene plastic tote bags that had been sprayed with a harmless surrogate of a virus.
After the shoppers bought groceries and checked out, the researchers found sufficiently high traces of the surrogate to risk transmission on the hands of the shoppers and checkout clerks, as well as on many surfaces touched by the shoppers, including packaged food, unpackaged produce, shopping carts, checkout counters, and the touch screens used to pay for groceries. The researchers said that the results warranted the adaptation of “in-store hand hygiene” and “surface disinfection” by merchants, and they also recommended educating shoppers to wash their bags.
An earlier study of supermarkets in Arizona and California found large numbers of bacteria in almost all the reusable bags—and no contamination in any of the new single-use plastic bags. When a bag with meat juice on the interior was stored in the trunk of a car, within two hours the number of bacteria multiplied tenfold.
The researchers also found that the vast majority of shoppers never followed the advice to wash their bags. One of the researchers, Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, said that the findings “suggest a serious threat to public health,” particularly from fecal coliform bacteria, which was found in half the bags. These bacteria and other pathogens can be transferred from raw meat in the bag and also from other sources. An outbreak of viral gastroenteritis among a girls’ soccer team in Oregon was traced to a resuable grocery bag that had sat on the floor of a hotel bathroom.

In a 2012 study, researchers analyzed the effects of San Francisco’s ban on single-use plastic grocery bags by comparing emergency-room admissions in the city against those of nearby counties without the bag ban. The researchers, Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania and Joshua Wright of George Mason University, reported a 25 percent increase in bacteria-related illnesses and deaths in San Francisco relative to the other counties. The city’s Department of Public Health disputed the findings and methodology but acknowledged that “the idea that widespread use of reusable bags may cause gastrointenstinal infections if they are not regularly cleaned is plausible.”

New York’s state officials were told of this risk before they passed the law banning plastic bags. In fact, as the Kings County Politics website reported, a Brooklyn activist, Allen Moses, warned that shoppers in New York City could be particularly vulnerable because they often rest their bags on the floors of subway cars containing potentially deadly bacteria from rats—and then set the bag on the supermarket checkout counter. Yet public officials remain committed to reusable bags.
A headline on the website of the New York Department of Health calls reusable grocery bags a “Smart Choice”—bizarre advice, considering all the elaborate cautions underneath that headline. The department advises grocery shoppers to segregate different foods in different bags; to package meat and fish and poultry in small disposable plastic bags inside their tote bags; to wash and dry their tote bags carefully; to store the tote bags in a cool, dry place; and never to reuse the grocery tote bags for anything but food.
How could that possibly be a “smart choice” for public health? Anyone who has studied consumer behavior knows that it’s hopelessly unrealistic to expect people to follow all those steps. If the Department of Health actually prioritized public health, it would acknowledge what food manufacturers and grocers have known for decades: disposable plastic is the cheapest, simplest, and safest way to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Instead, leaders in New York and other states are ordering shoppers to make a more expensive, inconvenient, and risky choice—all to serve a green agenda that’s actually harmful to the environment.

The ban on plastic bags will mean more trash in landfills (because paper bags take up so much more space than the thin disposable bags) and more greenhouse emissions (because of the larger carbon footprints of the replacement bags). And now, probably, it will also mean more people coming down with COVID-19 and other illnesses.

John Tierney is a contributing editor of City Journal and a contributing science columnist for the New York Times.   This  essay originally appeared in City Journal

The Coronavirus Explained

Camp Constitution recently hosted a presentation  by Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, and in a segment of his presentation, he addressed the Coronavirus.  Dr. Ayyadurai stressed the need to build up the body’s immune system something that few, if  any, of the “experts” recommend.

Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai holds four degrees from MIT, is a world-renowned systems scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, India’s First Outstanding Scientist and Technologist of Indian Origin, Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award recipient, and a nominee for the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


WORLD PREMIERE: UNSUSTAINABLE – The UN’s Agenda for World Domination, Part II – “The Reality” a James Jaeger Film

This is a news release we received from James Jaeger, director of UNSUSTAINABLE: The UN’s Agenda for World Domination.  A portion of this documentary was filmed at our 2019 annual family camp and features nine Camp Constitution instructors.

WORLD PREMIERE: UNSUSTAINABLE – The UN’s Agenda for World Domination, Part II – “The Reality”
a James Jaeger Film

Free Screening Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 5PM to 9 PM Pacific (8-12 Eastern)


Hollywood, CA, March 10 /CNW/ – The world premiere for “The Reality,” the second installment of UNSUSTAINABLE: The UN’s Agenda for World Domination, will start Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 5PM Pacific (8PM Eastern). Current and prospective single-family home owners, farmers, real estate investors, historic property owners and impoverished and/or disarmed people around the world are invited to join UN skeptics and UN apologists to screen Part II of this 2-part mini series.

The Premiere will be at selected theaters, TV stations and as announced but can also be screened for a limited period of time at

DVDs for Part I & II can be pre-ordered now at DVDs will be shipped after the Premiere. Screen Part I free at www.HomeVideo.Net

UNSUSTAINABLE Part I & II — in association with MATRIX ENTERTAINMENT and OATH — is 76 minutes long. Synopsis, trailer, expert clips available at the official website at

UNSUSTAINABLE features Agenda 21 experts TOM DEWEESE, ROSA KOIRE, MICHAEL SHAW, DEBBIE BACIGALUPI, LORD CHRISTOPHER MONKTON, WILLIE SOON and Constitutional experts EDWIN VIEIRA, KRISANNE HALL, JOHN McMANUS, G. EDWARD GRIFFIN, PASTOR CHUCK BALDWIN, STEWART RHODES, DAVID KOPACZ and others. UNSUSTAINABLE is award-winning filmmaker, JAMES JAEGER’s, 10th conservative political documentary. Produced by Matrix Productions, previous films include CULTURAL MARXISM, MAINSTREAM, MOLON LABE, GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS and Telly Award-winning FIAT EMPIRE featuring RON PAUL.

UNSUSTAINABLE traces the history of the UN and its “unifying principles” that have led to Agenda 21 and its spawns, Agenda 2030 and the Green New Deal under the banner of “Sustainable Development.” Is the UN using the environment and climate change to “justify” what guest expert, PAT BUCHANAN, calls an embryonic World Government? That’s “The Theory.” Now watch “The Reality.”

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The Weekly Sam: A Testimonial for “Alpha-Phonics” from South Africa


The Sam Blumenfeld Archives is being used by thousands of people in the United States and the world.  Last Saturday March 7,  Camp Constitution hosted an all day seminar at the Grace Bible Church in Wappingers Falls, New York.  One of the presenters, Shiona Van Wyk, Skyped in from  Johannesburg, South Africa to give her testimonial.    Last year, Shiona found the archives on-line and successfully used Sam’s Alpha-Phonics to her special needs class.  The students or learners did not make any progress in two years, but after two weeks of using Alpha-Phonics, 15 of the 17 students became good readers.  She has set-up a Facebook page and plans to set-up literacy centers around the country.   Please watch her testimonial :


A link to the archives:


250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre Wreath Laying Ceremony

Camp Constitution was on  hand at the wreath laying ceremony that took place in Boston’s Granary Burial Ground, the final resting place for the victims of the Boston Massacre which include  Crispus Attucks, a sailor and runaway slave; James Caldwell,  a 17-year-old sailor; Patrick Carr, a leather worker; Samuel Gray, a rope-maker; and  Samuel Maverick, also 17 years-old,     The ceremony was hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) with President General  Denice Doris VanBuren on hand.  The Henry Knox Color Guard of the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution also participated.


The Weekly Sam: Exposing the NEA and Its hypocrisy

Sam Blumenfeld dedicated his life to warning the people of the United States that there was a plan to deliberately dumb-down our nation.  And one of the vehicles being used to do that is the National Education Association.  He published  The NEA:  Trojan Horse in American Education and went on a nation speaking tour to promote the book.  Here he appears on a Christian radio station and is interviewed about his book. 46:25 into the video, Sam mentions how the NEA extolls the use of phonics in Cuba but will not allow it in the United States.  Bernie Sanders also praised Cuba’s literacy program but fails to mention that the communists use phonics.


Copies of Sam’s book in PDF are available here:












The Vose Libary in Union, Maine Violating Free Speech By Cancelling a Showing of “Vaxxed”

Maine  Referendum Question 1 on the ballot next week which, if passed, will restore the religious and philosophical exemptions for those who oppose vaccinations.  Maine’s Democrat controlled legislature passed Legislative Document 798 (LD798) and  Janet Mills, Maine’s far-left, anti-Christian governor signed it into law.  This is the same governor who refused to sign a pro-homeschool resolution that Maine’s governors have been doing for over 25 years.   A group that is leading the fight to repeal LD798 is Reject Big Pharma   

A friend of mine asked me to create  events for two showing of the documentary Vaxxed on our Camp Constitution and Maine Friends of the Constitution Facebook  groups.   One of the showing was held at the Appleton Library and the other was scheduled to be shown at the Vose Library in nearby Union until a library official contacted my friend, and was told the showing was cancelled. The cover of the Vaxxed DVD reads: “The Film They Don’t Want You to See.”  They, of course, include the folks who run the Vose Library


The action of the Vose Library officials are not only a violation of the Maine State Constitution Article 1: Section 4 and the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution but the Library Bill of Rights:

“The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, age, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019.
Inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.”

Whether you support Governor Mills, and Big Pharma’s position on the issue or support  the folks who are working to repeal LD798, people should have access to all information and  support the right to see a documentary on the subject.  May I suggest that readers of this call, write  or E-mail the Library voicing your concerns:

Vose Library

392 Common Road
PO Box 550
Union, Maine 04862


Why I am proud to call George Washington my father by Pastor Garrett Lear

    Why I am proud to call George Washington my father

Is that enough of a shock to get you to read this exposition? O.K., my father’s name on my birth certificate is Albert. Of course, The Bible states call no one father (that is Father meaning only THE GOD of The Bible qualifies for that Highest Name and Place) let’s not go there for now. Agreed? Good. Moving on then. Much has been written about George Washington from his birth to his death. Much has been written about his family lineage, heritage, his conduct and his demeanor. All of that is exemplary.
Now, if you get your views about George Washington (or American Providential History in general) from Hollywood movies, T.V. series and that ilk… well you are a fool. Did you get your feelings hurt? It was and is not my intention to do that, I am trying to inform you with truth.


      I believe our Constitutional Republic is worth saving. She is worth living for, standing up for, fighting for and dying for… this was the oath of our Founders and is mine and I suggest should be yours too. The worst traitors are the revisionists. These are the people who hate America and point out only her shortcomings.  All countries have them as The Bible states all have sinned and come short of the glory of The Lord.

Many through out the life of America have believed that these States of America United was the best experiment in self-governance ever in the history of the world. George Washington was such a man that believed that. During his funeral at Christ Episcopal Church (Washington’s adopted church for the last decade of his life. )Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee III spoke:  “To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens.”

Patrick Henry, the first governor of Virginia (as a state), said, “[I]f you speak of solid information and sound judgment, Washington is unquestionably the greatest man of them all.”

Thomas Jefferson remarked on Washington, “His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision.” The fact is that he was universally viewed as a hero, including by those who closely knew him. He was even viewed in a favorable light by his foreign enemies.

George Washington The World’s Apostle of Liberty had states, babies, seven mountains, eight streams, nine colleges, 33 counties named after him, numerous statues and monuments across the country including in Washington, D.C. and the Public Gardens in Boston, MA.

The first public occasion of celebrating Washington’s birthday was in New York in 1784. We continue to celebrate his birthday on February 22 each year and his Farewell Address (A link to Pastor Lear’s reading of the “Farewell Address”: and a link to a PDF version of the address:

I will not take the time here to refute every absurd slander against him. It has been said he was uneducated. That is a bold face lie. He attained the equivalent as a university education. He was considered the best educated man of his time. In establishing the example of love of country first, he served as the commander of the Army without pay and only reimbursed for expenses. He was known as a humble, earnest Christian who studied The Scriptures to pattern his life. I am doing that in my life and encourage others to do the same.
In his morning prayer (this and many other such documents from him are in abundance in The Library of Congress):
Almighty God and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day receive o Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to the…. Ending his prayer with… be our God & guide this day and forever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord , Amen.

George and Martha Washington are buried at their home at Mt. Vernon in Virginia. A that tomb (which I have been to) is inscribed paid for by George Washington the Gospel of John, chapter 11, verses 25 & 26:
“I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

He also issued instructions to the officers of his army to speak to the soldiers and tell them not to curse, use profane language or insult the majesty of Heaven who they needed help from!

He is quoted as saying “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness (meaning unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral, going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules).

He could have been King George of America (it was suggested to him). He could have been an emperor or a tyrant (also suggested to him). He refused to stay as president for more than 2 terms (he could have stayed for the rest of his life). He refused all the trappings of power lesser men in history gladly relished. He humbly bid Farewell (fair thee well) America. He could never imagine his beloved homeland happening as it is now.

I personally, have numerous historically accurate books about George Washington and those who mention him frequently, in my Patriot Pastor library. I am a leader in an organization formed around the tenets of George Washington, The National Society Sons Of The American Revolution (NSSAR).   Camp Constitution Director Shurtleff and son Nathaniel are also members of this honorable lineal heritage society.  In the interest of brevity, I have not foot noted or cited all my sources used here. You may contact me for more information if you desire to. E-mail address:

Now you know why I am proud to call George Washington my father. He is after all, known as the father of our country (and he gave the glory to GOD THE FATHER for it) for good reason. I am asking you to consider calling him your father too! This is my pledge and my oath… hand on my heart and The Bible…
Signed: Patriot Pastor Garrett Lear


Pastor Lear’s Bio:
Pastor Lear – Speaks Loudly & Clearly The Biblical Worldview, Speaks Liberty, and Speaks courageously Christian – ALWAYS.

Garrett Lear, a native New Englander born in 1948 is known across the nation as “The Patriot Pastor” because of his expertise and extensive knowledge of the founding of America, his deep and abiding love for the original intent of The Founding Fathers and his understanding of The New Testament Church. He has 396 years of ancestry in New England America and is a member of the National Society Sons of The American Revolution and is a member of several historical societies.

As a pastor in the great tradition of the colonial Black Robed Regiment, his ministry has an extensive archive of American Christian history. As a recipient of many patriotic awards, he has been in continuous ministry since 1974, having preached God’s Word throughout the 50 states of America, Canada and Eastern Europe. With his commanding 6’7” stature, Pastor Lear continues to stand boldly in defense of Biblical truth amidst the current cultural and spiritual malaise. With his deep love for the Lord, he teaches, instructs and counsels all to follow in the royal path of Christ. He is known to be a great encourager of victorious Christian living in all circumstances.

Pastor Lear has been a denominational leader, local pastor, evangelist, prison chaplain, prayer intercessor and local leader of many national ministries. He has been privileged to be a Bible college teacher, Gospel singer, worship leader, revival and conference speaker. He is a spiritual elder and mentor, often called upon to provide counsel and guidance to church, government and business leaders across the country. As a man’s man, Pastor Garrett has been particularly appreciated in leading men’s ministries, as “iron sharpeneth iron”.

In 1980, Pastor Lear founded the The Well of Living Water Christian Ministries based on John 4, after a lengthy time of fasting and prayer. Due to the demand for his preaching and extensive knowledge of America’s Christian History, Pastor Lear expanded his ministry into the public media. Over the years, he has been a popular radio and television guest including such national programs as The 700 Club. He has hosted his own radio broadcast “Water From The Well” and owns several Internet websites. Pastor Lear’s website









A Week of Patriotic fun and Christian fellowship at the one and only Camp Constitution!


This summer, patriots and people of God from across America will be coming together in New Hampshire for a week of patriotic fun and Christian fellowship at the one and only Camp Constitution

Camp Constitution is a Christian-centered charitable trust that, among others things, runs a week-long family camp, a speakers’ bureau, a publishing arm, and a radio show.
The organization also has the honor of hosting the Sam Blumenfeld Archives.

Its motto is “Honoring the Past…Teaching the Present….Preparing the Future,” and that’s what Camp Constitution has been doing since its founding in 2009.
This year, it will host its 12th annual family camp, which will run from Sunday July 19 to Friday July 24 at the Singing Hills Christian Camp and Conference Center in beautiful Plainfield, New Hampshire. The family camp is for entire families and unaccompanied children.

Over the years, the camp has been blessed with a talented line-up of instructors who volunteer their time, and this year is no exception. The line-up includes Professor Willie Soon, one of the world’s top climate realists; Rev. Steven Craft of Christian Citizenship Ministries; Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher; Alex Newman, journalist and author; CJ Pearson, teenage conservative activist; Jonathan Alexandre of Liberty Counsel; Debbie Bacigalupi, a rancher and leading expert on Agenda 21; Dr. Felicia Nace, educator and author; and Catherine White of the Constitution Decoded.

Classes this year will include “America’s Christian Heritage,” “Know Your Constitution,” “The Bill of Rights,” “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” “The Moral American,” “How to Defend Your World View,” “The Deep State,” “What is Money,” “The Climate Change Fraud,” and “How to be a Liberty Activist.” Learn more about last year’s classes here.

Camp Constitution’s Junior Patriot Camp for campers 4-12 teaches the history of the Constitution in a fun yet informative way. The information is aimed to encourage younger patriots to cherish this great document for our great country and continue this learning process.
While the subject is primarily the Constitution and events that led up to the final document, guest instructors are invited to use different media such as puppets, skits, costumes, cartoons, etc., to educate our Junior Campers on the Constitution. A take-home craft is usually planned to help reinforce the lesson/session.

A typical day at camp begins with a 6:30 AM optional “polar bear” swim and/or run. Wake up is at 7:00 AM, and morning devotions at 7:45 at the flagpole where Old Glory is raised and the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the U. S. Constitution is recited. After a hearty breakfast, there are three morning classes each one lasting 45 minutes with time in-between to shoot a basketball, throw a football, play a short game of gaga ball or ask the instructor questions.

There is a room inspection in the morning where the head counselor looks for cleanliness, as well as a Christian and Patriotic theme. The head counselor grades each room and cabin, and the winners get free pizza after the last full day’s campfire. Inspection results are posted in the camp’s daily newspaper–its antidote to fake news.  After lunch, time is set aside for organized recreation where campers engage in volleyball, wiffleball, basketball, ping-pong and chess tournaments. Other activities include swimming, hiking, martial arts, or just relaxing in the beautiful environs of the camp.

Wednesday afternoon is set aside for a field trip to the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Homestead in nearby Cornish, New Hampshire.

After dinner, there are two more classes and a flag-lowering ceremony.
The last scheduled event of the day is campfire where campers and staff sing hymns and patriotic songs, recite poetry, perform skits, and tell corny jokes.  After campfire, the camp newspaper is distributed, and campers have a chance to unwind before they head back to the cabins at 10:30 and lights out at 11:00 PM.
Thursday morning, the last full day of camp, some of the campers and staff visit the nearest town where they distribute pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution to the locals.

The closing ceremony will include a motivational speech by Lord Christopher Monckton and Rev. Steve Craft, and announcing the Super Camper winners given to a boy and a girl chosen by the staff. The award is a full tuition for next year’s camp.

A week’s tuition for ages 13 to adult is $300. For ages 4-12 the cost is $200. Three and under free. Those that register and pay in full before June 1, get a $50 discount. Tuition assistance to campers and families on a case by case basis. Register here:

The camp is well supervised with experienced staff mainly consisting of parents and including a camp doctor and nurse. Families and staff come from all over the United States and even one from Europe to attend this special camp program.

Camp Constitution offers a potential life-changing and life-affirming experience for young and old. It’s a great place to fellowship, teach, learn, relax and make life-time friendships.

For more information, please visit the Camp Constitution website   or contact me, Hal Shurtleff, the camp director, at (857) 498-1309 or
Hope to see you there!