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  • Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Sept 16, 2016 Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Who knew? I’d never heard of “The Judgment Fund” until I read the Lankford Letter.

    HOW DOES THE JUDGMENT FUND OPERATE TODAY?

    BY DEFINITION, IT REQUIRES NO FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND DOES NOT EXPIRE AT THE CLOSE OF ANY FISCAL YEAR.

    THE APPROPRIATION MAKES AN “UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS” AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

    NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

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    From: Sen. James Lankford

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 8:49 AM

    Subject: Lankford Letter

    Tax money to the Iranian military

    snippet

    This is a bigger issue than a single payment, no matter how large. The cash money sent to Iran changes our historic foreign policy of isolating Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, and it sets a new precedent for sending money to foreign governments from the long-established Judgment Fund. To deal with the long-term precedent, I authored a bill to limit the future use of THE JUDGMENT FUND and make sure no future president can transfer American tax dollars to a nation that sponsors terrorism. 

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    JUL 14, 2016  RE: THE JUDGMENT FUND (click on the link)

    Senators Fischer and Lankford Introduce Bill to Expose Taxpayer Funds Transferred to Iran

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    After spending nearly five  hours, researching, reading and documenting

    A 19 PAGE DOCUMENT BY CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

    The Judgment Fund (or Fund) is a permanent appropriation enacted by Congress in 1956. The Fund is an unlimited amount of money set aside to pay judgments against the United States.

    The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage

    https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42835.pdf

    Federation of American Scientists Mar 7, 2013 – In the 113th Congress, the Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2013 ( …. The U.S. government has sovereign immunity, meaning it cannot be …

    HOW DOES THE JUDGMENT FUND OPERATE TODAY?

    BY DEFINITION, IT REQUIRES NO FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND DOES NOT EXPIRE AT THE CLOSE OF ANY FISCAL YEAR.

    THE APPROPRIATION MAKES AN “UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS” AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

    NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

    PAY FOR JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES FROM STATE AND FOREIGN TRIBUNALS SUBJECT TO CERTIFICATION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

     IT IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE WHEN THE UNITED STATES HAS WAIVED ITS SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY

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    JUL 14, 2016  RE: THE JUDGMENT FUND (click on the link)

    Senators Fischer and Lankford Introduce Bill to Expose Taxpayer Funds Transferred to Iran

    Legislation Will Allow Americans to Track Payments to Foreign Nations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced legislation to track taxpayer-funded payments to foreign nations and prevent harmful transactions from happening in the future. The bill, known as the

    JUDGMENT FUND TRANSPARENCY AND TERRORISM FINANCING PREVENTION ACT,

     expands upon legislation that Senator Fischer introduced last year with Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). It would require a public accounting of the taxpayer funds that are distributed out of the Judgment Fund.

    Senator Fischer released the following statement:

    “Hardworking American families have every right to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent, especially when used to fund hostile enemies of the United States. That is why I’m proud to join Senator Lankford to offer a new version of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act, which includes greater oversight of taxpayer-funded payments to foreign nations. More transparency leads to greater accountability and through this bill, we can hold our government to task for their actions. We should not be in the business of providing funds to state sponsors of terrorism.”

    Senator Lankford released the following statement:

    “One year after the Iran Nuclear agreement, we still have the same concerns with Iran as before. Their secrecy is disconcerting and they continue to be spread terrorism and a radical Islamist ideology around the region. President Obama’s billion-dollar payment to Iran in January, which we now know is funding Iran’s military expansion, is an appalling example of Executive Branch governance.

    “The bill Senator Fischer and I have introduced will provide the American public with necessary details of this dangerous billion-dollar payment and ensure that no taxpayer dollars are ever again used to fund the extremist and violent ambitions of rogue nations like Iran.  Subsidizing Iran’s military is perhaps the worst use of taxpayer dollars ever by an American president.”

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    Hague Claims Tribunal Settlement – US Department of State

    www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/…/251338.ht…

    United States Department of State Jan 17, 2016 – The United States and Iran today have settled a long outstanding claim at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague. This specific claim was in …

    IN ADDITION TO THE DISCLOSED $400 MILLION CASH HAGUE SETTLEMENT WITH IRAN,

    UPDATED ON SEP 7, 2016 TO $1.7 BILLION IN CASH HAGUE SETTLEMENT WITH IRAN

    US made $1.7 billion transfer to Iran in foreign cash, Treasury says …

    www.foxnews.com/…/us-made-1-7-billion-transfer-to-iran-in-foreign…

    Fox News Channel Sep 7, 2016 – A Treasury spokeswoman told the Associated Press the cash payments …. @cntstdthepain – Iran was seeking $10 billion in today’s dollars.

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    YEP…. AND, IN ADDITION TO THAT

    WE HAVE “U.S. FOREIGN AID FUNDING” FOR HUMANITARIAN AND MILITARY ASSISTANCE.

    “Hardworking American families have every right to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent, especially when used to fund hostile enemies of the United States.

    WHO IS GOING TO. INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO TRACK DANGEROUS BILLION-DOLLAR  TAXPAYER-FUNDED FOREIGN AID PAYMENTS TO FOREIGN NATIONS AND PREVENT HARMFUL U.S. FOREIGN AID FUNDING OF HUMANITARIAN AND MILITARY ASSISTANCE FROM ENDING UP IN THE HANDS OF STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM.

     That is why I’m proud to join (PRESIDENT TRUMP)  to offer a new version of the

     FOREIGN AID FUND TRANSPARENCY AND TERRORISM FINANCING PREVENTION ACT  

    which includes greater oversight of taxpayer-funded payments to foreign nations. More transparency leads to greater accountability and through this bill, we can hold our government to task for their actions. We should not be in the business of providing funds to state sponsors of terrorism.”

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    HOW DOES THE FOREIGN AID FUNDING OPERATE TODAY?

     U.S. FOREIGN (AID) RELATIONS AND AFFAIRS, SENATE AND HOUSE FUNDING FOREIGN AID PROGRAMS AS WELL AS FUNDING ARMS SALES AND TRAINING FOR NATIONAL ALLIES?.

     THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS is a standing committee of the … THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE IS GENERALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING (BUT NOT ADMINISTERING) and funding foreign aid programs as well as funding arms sales and training for national allies.

     GENERALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING?

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    THE U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS is a standing committee of the …has jurisdiction over BILLS AND INVESTIGATIONS related to the foreign affairs of the United States.

     BILLS AND INVESTIGATIONS?

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     INVESTIGATION ON WHO DELIVERS?

    Delivery of Foreign Assistance

    What Executive Branch Agencies Implement Foreign Aid

    Programs?

    U.S. Agency for International Development

    U.S. Department of Defense

    U.S. Department of State

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    U.S. Department of the Treasury

    MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

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    The Millennium Challenge Account

    http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/infocus/developingnations/millennium.html

    This is historical material, “frozen in time.” The web site is no longer updated and links to external web sites and some internal pages will not work.

    March 14, 2002 “Today, I call for a new compact for global development, defined by new ACCOUNTABILITY for both rich and poor nations alike,” STATES PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK IN WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 14, 2002. Accompanying the President: the lead singer of U2, Bono; Cardinal McCarrick and WORLDBANK PRESIDENT JIM WOLFENSOHN.

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    INVESTIGATION ON WHO DELIVERS?

    WHO ENSURES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MEASURABLE RESULTS?

    MCC IS AN INDEPENDENT U.S. GOVERNMENT FOREIGN AID AGENCY

    PROVIDES ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE THROUGH A COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS TO DEVELOPING NATIONS …

    ADMINISTRATION  THE MCA WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY A NEW GOVERNMENT CORPORATION DESIGNED TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES

    AND TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MEASURABLE RESULTS.

    THE CORPORATION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPOSED OF CABINET LEVEL OFFICIALS.

    THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. (JOHN KERRY)

    THE CEO OF THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION WILL BE NOMINATED BY THE PRESIDENT (OBAMA) AND CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE.

    The following 16 indicators (WITH SOURCES), CHOSEN because of the relative quality and objectivity of their data, country coverage, public availability, and correlation with growth and poverty reduction, WILL BE USED TO ASSESS NATIONAL PERFORMANCE RELATIVE TO GOVERNING JUSTLY, INVESTING IN PEOPLE, and encouraging economic freedom.

    GOVERNING JUSTLY:

    CIVIL LIBERTIES (FREEDOM HOUSE)

    POLITICAL RIGHTS (FREEDOM HOUSE)

    VOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY (WORLD BANK INSTITUTE)

    GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (WORLD BANK INSTITUTE)

    RULE OF LAW (WORLD BANK INSTITUTE)

    CONTROL OF CORRUPTION (WORLD BANK INSTITUTE)

    Investing in People:

    Public Primary Education Spending as Percent of GDP (World Bank/national sources)

    Primary Education Completion Rate (World Bank/national sources)

    Public Expenditures on Health as Percent of GDP (World Bank/national sources)

    Immunization Rates: DPT and Measles (World Bank/UN/national sources)

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    Just asking is MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION an independent regulatory agency, as defined below?

    UNLIKE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES, independent regulatory agencies are not subject to basic analytical requirements. BECAUSE OF THIS, INDEPENDENT REGULATORY AGENCIES DO NOT CONDUCT RIGOROUS COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OR CUMULATIVE EFFECT EVALUATION.

    And? Other agencies?

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    What Are the Different Forms in Which Assistance Is Provided?

    Cash Transfers

    Equipment and Commodities

    Economic Infrastructure

    Training

    Expertise

    Small Grants

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    The Judgment Fund, which is administered by the Treasury Department, is used to pay for certain court judgments and settlements against the federal government. Between 2013 and 2015, the federal government paid more than $10 billion in Judgment Fund awards with scant transparency or oversight.

    This fund has continued to come under increased scrutiny, as it is allowed to allocate unlimited funds to cover government liability in lawsuits and is not subject to the annual appropriations process. The Judgement Fund Transparency Act would provide hardworking taxpayers and members of Congress the ability to see exactly how tax dollars are being spent on these litigation expenses.

    In February of 2015, The Washington Examiner published an editorial praising Senator Fischer’s bill:

    “Senators Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., are co-sponsoring a bill that would fix this problem and bring transparency to the Judgment Fund, the treasury account that pays judgments and settlements to plaintiffs. The Judgment Fund Transparency Act is just two pages long. It simply requires the Treasury Department to make public through its website the details of every payment the fund makes… The bill deserves broad bipartisan support. For anyone who believes in government transparency, it’s a no-brainer.”

    Click here to view text of the bill.

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  • FEMA’S $24 Billion Dollar Debt

    FEMA’S  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

    OTHER PROGRAMS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) PREVIOUSLY ADMINISTERED HAVE SINCE BEEN INTERNALIZED OR SHIFTED UNDER DIRECT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONTROL.

    AFTER FEMA’S CREATION THROUGH REORGANIZATION AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS, CONGRESS CONTINUED TO EXPAND FEMA’S AUTHORITY BY ASSIGNING RESPONSIBILITIES TO IT.

    CONGRESS FUNDED the Federal Emergency Management Agency THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

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    bottom line…

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. EXECUTIVE ORDERS?

    SO, CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESSIONAL FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION DOLLAR FEMA FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT, to trickle down to property owners, using the National Flood Insurance Program.

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    FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency (1979–2003)

    FEMA WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE 1978 REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3, AND ACTIVATED APRIL 1, 1979, BY PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER 12127.

    In July, Carter signed Executive Order 12148 shifting disaster relief efforts to the new federal-level agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA absorbed the Federal Insurance Administration, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, the National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program, the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services Administration and the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from HUD.

    FEMA WAS ALSO GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE NATION’S CIVIL DEFENSE, A FUNCTION WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S DEFENSE CIVIL PREPAREDNESS AGENCY.

    In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director.

    In 1996, the agency was elevated to cabinet rank. This was not continued by President George W. Bush. Witt initiated reforms that would help to streamline the disaster recovery and mitigation process.

    The end of the Cold War also allowed the agency’s resources to be turned away from civil defense to natural disaster preparedness.

    After Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s creation through reorganization and executive orders, Congress continued to expand Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s authority by assigning responsibilities to it.

    THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DAM SAFETY UNDER THE NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM ACT …….

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    JAN 13, 2016 UPDATE

    Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the …

    https://www.fema.gov/…/16240

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    JAN 13, 2016 – This report on the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Year … The Dam Safety Act of 2006 states that the Administrator of FEMA will …

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    disaster assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; earthquake hazards reduction under the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and further expanded by Executive Order 12699, regarding safety requirements for federal buildings and Executive Order 12941, concerning the need for cost estimates to seismically retrofit federal buildings;

    EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER UNDER THE STEWART B. MCKINNEY HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1987;

    hazardous materials, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986;

    IN ADDITION, FEMA RECEIVED AUTHORITY FOR COUNTER TERRORISM THROUGH THE NUNN-LUGAR-DOMENICI AMENDMENT

     UNDER THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ACT OF 1996,

    WHICH WAS A RESPONSE TO THE RECOGNIZED VULNERABILITIES OF THE U.S. AFTER THE SARIN GAS ATTACK ON THE TOKYO SUBWAY IN 1995.

    CONGRESS FUNDED FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    FEMA under Department of Homeland Security (2003–present)

    President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004

    Following the September 11, 2001, attacks,

    Congress passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better coordinate among the different federal agencies that deal with law enforcement, disaster preparedness and recovery,

    BORDER PROTECTION

     and civil defense.

     Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was absorbed into DHS effective March 1, 2003. As a result, FEMA became part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of Department of Homeland Security,

    Additionally, upon incorporation into Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was legally dissolved and a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate was established in DHS to replace it.

    Following enactment of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006

    FEMA WAS REESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY WITHIN DHS, ON MARCH 31, 2007.

    EMPLOYING MORE THAN 2,600 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.

    IT BECAME THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AGAIN ON MARCH 31, 2007, but remained in DHS.

    President Bush appointed Michael D. Brown as FEMA’s director in January 2003.

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    APR 4, 2016

     THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FEMA HAS A  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS FUNDED AND EXPANDED  FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

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    Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrated that the vision of further unification of functions and another reorganization could not address the problems FEMA had previously faced. The “Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina”, released February 15, 2006, by the U.S. Government Printing Office, revealed that federal funding to states for “all hazards” disaster preparedness needs was not awarded unless the local agencies made the purposes for the funding a “just terrorism” function.

    Emergency management professionals testified that funds for preparedness for natural hazards was given less priority than preparations for counter terrorism measures. Testimony also expressed the opinion that the mission to mitigate vulnerability and prepare for natural hazard disasters before they occurred had been separated from disaster preparedness functions, making the nation more vulnerable to known hazards, like hurricanes.

    Organization

    During the debate of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, some called for FEMA to remain as an independent agency. Later, following the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, CRITICS CALLED FOR FEMA TO BE REMOVED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

    IN MARCH 2003, FEMA JOINED 22 OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, PROGRAMS AND OFFICES IN BECOMING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters – both natural and man-made.

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program. Other programs FEMA previously administered have since been internalized or shifted under direct DHS control.

    FEMA is also home to the National Continuity Programs Directorate (formerly the Office of National Security Coordination). ONSC was responsible for developing, exercising, and validating agency wide continuity of operations and continuity of government plans as well as overseeing and maintaining continuity readiness including the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. ONSC also coordinated the continuity efforts of other Federal Executive Agencies.

    FEMA began administering the Center for Domestic Preparedness in 2007.

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    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESS FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT

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    CFACTS  BELOW, DON’T COVER DFACTS OF FEMA HISTORY

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    CFACT – FEMA is experiencing a disaster of its own making …

    https://www.facebook.com/cfact/posts/10154015097060281

    … a disaster of its own making — a balance sheet that is $24 billion under water. Now it … April 4, 2016 by Larry Bell, 0 Comments Tweet Tweet The Federal …

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    FEMA MANAGES THE National Flood Insurance Program.

    Letters & Testimony

    TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

    January 12, 2016

    Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”…

     

    The Clock is Ticking on Flood Insurance Reform

    April 08, 2016 | The Hill – Congress Blog

    With national flood insurance on the verge of a financial crisis, consensus is growing for reforms that will ensure the program can continue to pay claims and protect people in harm’s way….

    Groups Join to Push Flood Insurance Reform

    April 12, 2016 | Property Casualty 360

    Legislators and stakeholders would like to get a bill extending and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) put together this…

     

    April 17, 2016

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/16million-plains-states-threatened-…

    NBCNews.com

    14 hours ago – More than 16 million people were threatened by severe weather Sunday … NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 17, 2016 … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or …

    12 Million Under Flood Warnings in South as Reported …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/12-millionunderfloodwarnings-s…

    NBCNews.com

    MAR 16, 2016 – More than 12 million people were still under flood warnings across the South as the region struggled to recover … Mar 16 2016, 6:07 am ET …

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms Bringing Wet Snow, Heavy Rain

    NBCNews.com‎ – 14 hours ago

    More than 16 million people were threatened by severe … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or severe weather …

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    More than 18 million in 13 states under flood warning – WJXT

    www.news4jax.com/…/floodwarning-for-13-states-including-geo…

    WJXT

    DEC 30, 2015 – More than 18 million people in 13 states-including Georgia are under a flood warning, Wednesday morning. Over the past few days, flooding …


  • BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    Posted on May 4, 2014 10:32 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb is a candidate for Commissioner of Josephine County,Oregon

    THIS IS HER STORY… Oregon candidate exposes social, economic catastrophe caused by federal control in Josephine County

    Liz and I both saw this … As the history of our three counties in three different states.

    Liz Bowen is from Siskiyou County, Calif. Pie N Politics

    Pearl Rains Hewett is from Clallam County WA

    Behind My Back | My code name “Pearl Revere”

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    If you see something, say something.

    THIS IS HER STORY… Oregon candidate exposes social, economic catastrophe caused by federal control in Josephine County

    Posted by ReaganGirl in Environmental extremism, Federal Control, Oregon

    February 26, 2016
    An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates from Josephine County, Oregon
    By Toni Webb, candidate for Commissioner of Josephine County
    TO: Candidates running for President of the United States

    This letter is to inform you of the struggles faced by the people of Josephine County, Oregon, due to ongoing problems with the federal government’s control of our public land, including our once-productive forests. Bad policies and misguided management by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, have left our rural county economically and socially devastated.

    I hope that you, as candidates for President of the United States, will seriously consider why the effort to transfer the ownership and control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, is so critical to our survival.
    I am from Josephine County, Oregon.
    Because of federal land-taking, we now have a broken county with a median household income less than the State of Mississippi. My father owned a sawmill here in the 1940’s; anyone who wanted to work could easily find a job. In the 1960’s, Josephine County had 53 sawmills; the revenue for Public Safety was around $18 million per year. Josephine County, Oregon, has relied on the use of our natural resources for Public Safety, Education, and necessary Public Projects. We now live under the constant threat of having to close the jail; and this July we will receive our last congressional subsidy of $4.3 million. Use of our resources has declined to the point that we are now an impoverished county largely dependent on welfare and government social services.
    Earlier this month—the last remaining sawmill in our county closed indefinitely because they could not get enough logs to fill orders. We’ve gone from 19 sheriff’s patrols to a budget for only three patrols by this summer. Our County government laid off 127 people in 2012; 90 of those people were in the Sheriff’s Department.

    All promises from the Federal government to Josephine County have been broken. The government has not honored its commitment in the 1937 O&C Act, and the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have incrementally reduced the timber harvests for two decades.

    The BLM and Forest Service close vital roads throughout the county, so that we can’t put out forest fires. Those agencies then refuse to let us log the burnt areas and derive some income from the catastrophe.

    Management of our lands by Washington, DC, has proved to be a disaster to our county, both in terms of revenue for necessary services and in terms of modern forest management practices for sustainability.

    The EPA runs roughshod over our private and public lands; overly-zealous environmental activists derive much of their income from government grants. Environmental groups consistently portray logging as environmentally-destructive “clear-cutting”, when in fact, timber companies in Oregon are well-known for responsible, sustainable forest management.

    With this loss of use of our land to generate revenue and provide jobs, come many of the predictable social problems, as indicated below: drug abuse, health problems, rise in student dropout rates, children living in poverty, increased homelessness, and reliance on welfare subsidies.

    This is the result of not having control and benefit of our county land.
    Poverty in Josephine County has reached the point that we cannot pass a property tax levy to fund public safety. Having barebones public safety negatively impacts our ability to retain and attract businesses and qualified workers.

    We would appreciate having the support of our presidential candidates for the transfer of our lands from federal mismanagement.

    We need your help to prevent further loss and to reverse the losses that have plunged our county into poverty.

    No matter which candidate emerges from the Presidential race, we will be looking to support the candidate who will be in favor of transferring the control of public lands to the states. If you want to restore the promise of America, start with Josephine County and help us help ourselves.
    Thank you and Best Wishes,
    Toni Webb
    Josephine County, Oregon
    IMPORTANT FACTS
    Josephine County, Oregon, population: 84,000 Area: 1,642 sq. miles
    68% of Public Land is controlled by the Federal Government

    –Outmigration of younger population, who cannot find work.
    –Influx of seniors, largely from out-of-state, attracted by the low property tax ($.58 per thousand in the county, outside the City of Grants Pass).
    -24% of the county population is over 65 years old.
    -30% of children in Josephine County live in poverty; 20% of adults 18-64 live below the poverty line.
    -65% of the children eligible for free/reduced cost lunches.

    Increased homelessness and reliance on welfare subsidies.
    Drug abuse – #1 in Oregon for Rx drug abuse (seniors selling Opioids to supplement income). Rampant heroin, methamphetamine drug use. Approximately 125 babies born each year at hospital with drug addiction.
    High school dropouts – 30-36% dropout rate throughout county. Misuse of funds allocated to school district. Dropout rate has not changed in 30 years.
    Unemployment – 11%, estimated to be 20% in 18-30 age group. Rise in young people working part-time and growing marijuana.
    Largest % employers: schools, health care, and social assistance.
    County Health Ranking: 29th out of 33 counties in Oregon. High level of obesity-44% of adult population has chronic high blood cholesterol. 23% of children, grades 1-3, have rampant tooth decay; 62% of lower income children have at least one cavity.

    Reposted by Reagangirl.com 2/26/16
    Liz Bowen | February 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm | Categories: Bureau of Land Management

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    Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    Posted on May 4, 2014 10:32 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    “We the people” don’t have to look very far down the US. Government chain of command to pin point the cause of THE DETERIORATION of the Dept of the Interior

    The Hierarchy of the U.S. Department of the Interior Operating units.

    1. President Obama Appoints

    2. THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, President Obama Appointed Sally Jewell, she is a member of the cabinet of President Obama.

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    [PDF]DOI Strategic Plan – FY 2014-2018 – US Department of the …

    https://www.doi.gov/…/DOIStrat
    United States Department of the Interior

    LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY. I am pleased to present the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Plan for. FY 20142018. The DOI’s broad mission …

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR STRATEGIC PLAN 2014- 2018

    (a 56 page document)

    DOCUMENT FROM THE Appointed SECRETARY OF THE DOI Sally Jewell

    Did somebody forget to tell DOI SECRETARY Jewell that America is having an “ECONOMIC CRISIS”?

    Indeed, with the PRESIDENTIAL and CONGRESSIONAL COMMITMENT that U.S. Government Priority # (1) BEING THE ECONOMY AND JOBS?

    WHAT EXACTLY? ARE THE PRIORITIES FOR AMERICAN ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND JOB STIMULUS?  ON JEWELL’S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2014-2018

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    PRIORITY ECONOMY AND JOBS?

    Page 36 of 56 GOAL #2 Sustainable Manage Timber, Forage, and Non-energy Minerals

    PRIORITY ECONOMY AND JOBS?

    Page 52 of 56 Goal #5 Promote Small and Disadvantaged Business

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    PRIORITY Page 6 of 56 WOW PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENTS?

    Jewell’s signed statement

    This section includes Department of the Interior priority goals that track with PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENTS.

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    Jewell says, I hope that you will read the plan and follow our progress,

    blah.. blah…blah…

    You can follow our progress on www.foi.gov or www.performance.gov

     Sincerely, Sally Jewell

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    read the complete document at:

    [PDF]DOI Strategic Plan – FY 2014-2018 – US Department of the …

     

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR STRATEGIC PLAN 2014- 2018

    (a 56 page document)

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    4 MISSION AND ORGANIZATION

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    7 Mission

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    7 History

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    7 U.S. Department of the Interior Organization

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    9 Bureau and Office Summary

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    10 DEPARTMENT-WIDE PRINCIPLES

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    12 HIGHLIGHTED INITIATIVES FOR ACHIEVING SECRETARIAL PRIORITIES

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    16 OVERVIEW OF THE FY 2014-2018 STRATEGIC PLAN

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    22 STRATEGIC PLAN FRAMEWORK

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    23 DESCRIPTION OF MISSION AREAS

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    25 MISSION AREA 1

    CELEBRATING AND ENHANCING AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS

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    26 GOAL #1 Protect America’s Landscapes

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    26 GOAL #2 Protect America’s Cultural and Heritage Resources

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    28 GOAL #3 Enhance Recreation and Visitor Experience

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    29 MISSION AREA 2

    STRENGTHENING TRIBAL NATIONS AND INSULAR COMMUNITIES

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    31

    GOAL #1 Meet Our Trust, Treaty, and Other Responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31

    GOAL #2 Improve the Quality of Life in Tribal and Native Communities

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    32 GOAL #3 Empower Insular Communities

    ……………………………………………………………………….. 34

    MISSION AREA 3

    POWERING OUR FUTURE AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF THE NATION’S RESOURCES

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    36 GOAL #1 Secure America’s Energy Resources

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    36 GOAL #2 Sustainably Manage Timber, Forage, and Non-energy Minerals 

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    38 MISSION AREA 4

    ENGAGING THE NEXT GENERATION

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    40 GOAL #1 Play Develop or enhance outdoor recreation partnerships in a total of 50 cities over the next 4 years to create new, systemic opportunities for outdoor play for over 10 million young people.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 40 GOAL #2 Learn In 4 years, provide educational opportunities to at least 10 million of the Nation’s K-12 student population annually.

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    40 GOAL #3 Serve In 4 years, attain 1,000,000 volunteers annually on public lands……………….

    41GOAL #4 Work Provide 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people over the next 4 years.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    41 MISSION AREA 5:

    ENSURING HEALTHY WATERSHEDS AND

    SUSTAINABLE, SECURE WATER SUPPLIES

    …………………………………….

    42 GOAL #1 Manage Water and Watersheds for the 21st Century

    …………………………………………

    42 GOAL #2 Extend the Supply of Water through Conservation

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    43 GOAL #3 Availability of Water to Tribal Communities

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    43 MISSION AREA 6

    BUILDING A LANDSCAPE-LEVEL UNDERSTANDING OF OUR RESOURCES

    …………………………………………

    44 GOAL #1 Provide Shared Landscape

    -level Management and Planning Tools

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    44 GOAL #2 Provide Science to Understand, Model, and Predict Ecosystem, Climate, and Land Use Changes at Targeted and Landscape Levels (biota, land cover, and Earth and ocean systems)

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    45 GOAL #3 Provide Scientific Data to Protect, Instruct, and Inform Communities

    ……………….

    47 GOAL #4 Provide Water and Land Data to Customers

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    48 APPENDIX

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    50 BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY DEPARTMENT OF THE

    INTERIOR

    ………

    51 Goal #1 Build a 21st Century Workforce

    ………………………………………………………………………….

    51 Goal #2 Sustainability of Interior’s Operations

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    51 Goal #3 Dependability and Efficiency of Information Technology

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    52 Goal #4 Improve Acquisition and Real Property Management

    …………………………………………..

    52 Goal #5 Promote Small and Disadvantaged Business

    ………………………………………………………….

    53 ACRONYMS

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    54 www.doi.gov

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    This entry was posted in Adding Insult to Injury, Agenda 21, America in Crisis, American priorities THEN? and NOW?, APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES, Demand Accountability, Dept. of the Interior, Economic Impact, FEDERAL ISSUES AND REFORM, Federal Ways and Means, Government Accountability, Hello Congress is anybody home?, How Stupid do they think we are?, Now is the time to speak and keep, Our Voice in WA DC, Politically Ignored, Politically Motivated, RED FLAG WARNING, The Jewell in Obama’s Crown?, The We’s who WANT, WHAT A CONCEPT?

    Bottom line…

    I’m voting for DONALD TRUMP.

     


  • Gender Agenda Coming to a School Near You!

    The Gender Agenda – Coming to a School Near You! | Julie …

    julieroys.com/the-genderagendacoming-to-a-schoolnearyou/

    Oct 14, 2014 – Four years ago, if you had predicted that the end-game of the LGBTQ community was to destroy all gender and sexual boundaries, many would …

    The bottom line….

    Do we say enough is enough – and begin reasserting our voice in this society gone crazy? Our children’s future is at stake. And, to quote one of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

    Posted in Education, Gender/Sexuality, Teens by Julie Roys

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    Researching and documenting is what I do…

    As a concerned American Grandmother, I am shocked and appalled by the following

    Forgive my repetitiveness…

    added for clarity and the understanding of  reasonable American Families.

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    WOW… WHO KNEW ‘GENDER’ DESCRIBES THOSE CHARACTERISTICS OF GIRLS/WOMEN AND BOYS/MEN THAT ARE LARGELY SOCIALLY CREATED

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    NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH BIOLOGICALLY DETERMINED MALE AND FEMALE ‘SEX’

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    OR ‘TRUE’ HERMAPHRODITISM A GENETIC CONDITION IN WHICH AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS …

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    WHO SAID SO…. The World Health Organization
    (3) The biological process of sex determination controls whether the male or female sexual … The issues of gender assignment, gender verification testing, and legal … ‘True’ hermaphroditism is a genetic condition in which affected individuals …

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    What about transgendered people?

    How is expanding the “gender spectrum” working for them?

    According to a study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, it’s not going well.

    The study found that a staggering 41 percent of transgendered people say they’ve attempted suicide.

    How is the expanded gender spectrum working IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS  for American teenagers and kids?

    Facts and Figures – American Foundation for Suicide …

    https://www.afsp.org/…suici
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    In that year, someone in the U.S. died by suicide every 12.3 minutes on average. … In 2014, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of …

    Suicide Attempts

    No complete count is kept of suicide attempts in the U.S.; however, the CDC gathers data each year from hospitals on non-fatal injuries resulting from self-harm behavior.

    In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide. Together, those harming themselves made an estimated total of more than 650,000 hospital visits related to injuries sustained in one or more separate incidents of self-harm behavior.

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    REMEMBERING THAT  ‘GENDER’ DESCRIBES THOSE CHARACTERISTICS OF GIRLS/WOMEN AND BOYS/MEN THAT ARE LARGELY SOCIALLY CREATED

    According to Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, diversity counselors function much like “cult leaders,” often encouraging these confused young people to distance themselves from family and anyone who challenges the legitimacy of their feelings.

    So, our public high schools, by promoting this unproven gender-bending agenda may actually be hurting those they purport to help.

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    Scientific Transgender medical and psychological studies

    According to a study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, it’s not going well.

    The study found that a staggering 41 percent of transgendered people say they’ve attempted suicide. And apparently, permanently changing their sex doesn’t help either.

    A 2011 Swedish study found that people who undergo sex-change surgery start experiencing increased mental difficulties about 10 years after surgery.

    In fact, their suicide mortality then rises to almost 20 times greater than the comparable non-transgender population!

    A case in point is a Belgian woman who underwent sex reassignment surgery and then last year chose to be euthanized.

    Apparently, the self-hatred that drove her to become a man persisted after her sex change. Just like she couldn’t accept herself as a woman, she couldn’t accept herself as a man, either. “(N)one of these operations worked as desired,” Nathan (born Nancy) Verhelst said. “(W)hen I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be… a monster. ”

    According to Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, people with transgender feelings experience psychological distress because they suffer from “body dysmorphic disorder”: just like someone suffering from bulimia wrongly believes she is fat, so a person with transgender feelings wrongly thinks he or she is a sex that doesn’t correspond to reality.McHugh says most of those who elect to have sex-reassignment surgery describe themselves as “satisfied.”

    However, studies found that “their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have surgery.”

    As a result, Johns Hopkins Hospital has stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery. As McHugh puts it, “producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.”

    Instead, McHugh says, diversity counselors function much like “cult leaders,” often encouraging these confused young people to distance themselves from family and anyone who challenges the legitimacy of their feelings.

    So, our public high schools, by promoting this unproven gender-bending agenda may actually be hurting those they purport to help.

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    UNEDITED Full text Oct 14, 2014

    The Gender Agenda – Coming to a School Near You! | Julie …

    Four years ago, if you had predicted that the end-game of the LGBTQ community was to destroy all gender and sexual boundaries, many would have labeled you an extremist on a witch hunt. I know because I made that prediction. And, in response, I received many angry denials from members of a local high school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). “You seem to believe that the LGBTQ movement wants to spark a gender-reformation. How could one reform a biologically accurate thing? Well, it’s not possible…” Another wrote: “The Gay Straight Alliances have done nothing of the sort… They merely have decided… to show that there are so many beautiful people out there that society has not tolerated for the longest of time.” However, two articles published about a week ago in a suburban Chicago high school newspaper show that’s precisely the LGBTQ movement’s intent. The articles appeared in the Statesman, the tax-payer funded student newspaper of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where my husband teaches math. One article entitled, “How vast is the gender spectrum?” argued that limiting gender to male and female is too restrictive. “Nothing is written in black or white,” the article asserted. “In fact, the world is filled with many gray areas. Nowadays, our gender identity is not restricted to two choices: boy or girl.” This is a shocking statement given that Genesis – the foundation for two major world religions – states very clearly in black and white that only two genders exist. Genesis 1:27 states, “God created mankind in his own image… male and female he created them.” Other religions affirm this understanding, as well. In fact, it’s been the established societal view since the beginning of human history. But, in one fell swoop, this article declared this age-old, religious understanding obsolete. And, it asserted this falsehood, not as opinion with attribution, but as fact! A second article in the Statesman further deconstructed traditional and religious sexual mores. When identifying their “sexual orientation,” it encouraged students to think beyond sexual stereotypes – not just heterosexual ones, but homosexual ones too. “I think there are infinite sexual orientations,” a Stevenson student named Cameron said. “There are so many labels. It’s impossible to number them…” Wow. “Infinite sexual orientations”? In my wildest imagination, I could maybe come up with several dozen, but infinite? And, what about the moral legitimacy of these orientations? Cameron went on to say, “There is nothing wrong with however you are. If you like boys, girls, anyone in between, or none of the above, that’s okay.” Seriously? All these infinite orientations are morally acceptable? Is this what they’re teaching students these days? What if you’re attracted to animals? A family member? The dead? (Yes, it exists. It’s called necrophilia.) One has to wonder where students get these ideas. Perhaps, it’s from English teachers like William Fritz, also the GSA faculty advisor. In the article on gender spectrum, he says, “The gender of the person you truly are can be different from (your physical features). We are not a one size fits all species.” One has to wonder how this English teacher came to this epiphany. He offered no evidence to support his claim. In fact, neither article presented any evidence for their wild assertions. They didn’t offer any dissenting opinions either. Instead, they relied solely on LGBTQ activists and their disciples – Mr. Fritz; a staff person with the national GSA; a 17-year-old “gender studies” blogger; and high school students, presumably members of the school’s GSA. Apparently, LGBTQ activists at public schools are getting bolder – and school administrators are affording them special privilege to proselytize openly. Certainly, if a Christian would try to distribute literature at Stevenson explaining the biblical understanding of gender, the administration would immediately shut him down. Yet, here gay activists are given carte blanche to spread their propaganda right in the school-sponsored newspaper! One of the people quoted repeatedly in the article on the gender spectrum is teenage blogger Kathryn Tenbarge. “To break free from conforming stereotypes is a very courageous thing to do,” Tenbarge said. “It means you have reached a level of understanding yourself that most people haven’t.” Really? So, those of us with a Judeo-Christian understanding of sexuality are simply unenlightened? The article concludes, “For now, Fritz, (another student) and Tenbarge agree there is nothing to lose from expanding the strict labels and categories our society tries to squeeze everyone into.” Again, this is just another wild assertion without any basis in fact. With all due respect, how can these self-appointed gender experts know this? To date, the traditional family model has served as the foundation for all Western Civilization. Though many today express disdain for this great civilization, one can’t deny that it’s produced some of the most prosperous and stable societies the world has ever known. But, now we are moving into new territory with unpredictable results. Yet, early indications show that this anything-goes sexuality may have devastating consequences. One woman whose husband left her for his gay lover, and took their children with him, writes in Public Discourse: “Behind the happy façade of many families headed by same-sex couples, we see relationships that are built from brokenness…. I represent hundreds upon thousands of spouses who have been betrayed and rejected.” This is tragic and certainly will have widespread ramifications for the children raised in these devastated homes. But, this is what results when one’s attractions du jour trump marriage vows. The author of the article also notes that “Every same-sex family can only exist by manipulating nature.” Unlike traditional marriage, which naturally produces children, same-sex couples must rely on “assisted reproductive technologies such as surrogacy or sperm donation to have children. Such processes exploit men and women for their reproductive potential, treat children as products to be bought and sold, and purposely deny children a relationship with one or both of their biological parents.” Again tragically, it’s children who suffer.

    But what about transgendered people? How is expanding the “gender spectrum” working for them?

    According to a study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, it’s not going well. The study found that a staggering 41 percent of transgendered people say they’ve attempted suicide. And apparently, permanently changing their sex doesn’t help either.

    A 2011 Swedish study found that people who undergo sex-change surgery start experiencing increased mental difficulties about 10 years after surgery. In fact, their suicide mortality then rises to almost 20 times greater than the comparable non-transgender population!

    A case in point is a Belgian woman who underwent sex reassignment surgery and then last year chose to be euthanized.

    Apparently, the self-hatred that drove her to become a man persisted after her sex change. Just like she couldn’t accept herself as a woman, she couldn’t accept herself as a man, either. “(N)one of these operations worked as desired,” Nathan (born Nancy) Verhelst said. “(W)hen I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be… a monster. ”

    According to Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, people with transgender feelings experience psychological distress because they suffer from “body dysmorphic disorder”: just like someone suffering from bulimia wrongly believes she is fat, so a person with transgender feelings wrongly thinks he or she is a sex that doesn’t correspond to reality.

    McHugh says most of those who elect to have sex-reassignment surgery describe themselves as “satisfied.”

    However, studies found that “their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have surgery.” As a result, Johns Hopkins Hospital has stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery. As McHugh puts it, “producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.” Interestingly, McHugh reports that controlled and follow-up studies show that 70-80 percent of children with transgender feelings spontaneously lose those feelings as they mature. School counselors should be challenging these students’ false beliefs about themselves. Instead, McHugh says, diversity counselors function much like “cult leaders,” often encouraging these confused young people to distance themselves from family and anyone who challenges the legitimacy of their feelings. So, our public high schools, by promoting this unproven gender-bending agenda may actually be hurting those they purport to help.

    Perhaps, this is because the reality that billions throughout the centuries have affirmed is actually true! We do not construct ourselves; God constructs us. And, when our confusion and brokenness leads us to deny our God¬-given gender, we only harm ourselves and those closest to us. Instead of encouraging students to pursue whatever feels right to them, maybe administrators and faculty advisors should be urging them to love and accept the person God created them to be? Unfortunately, students in many of our public schools never hear this common sense, Judeo-Christian view. As these student articles show, it’s simply presumed false or too restrictive. You may think this is happening in only liberal suburban Chicago schools, but it’s everywhere. For example, just last week, the media reported that school administrators in Lincoln, Nebraska – hardly a hotbed of liberalism – instructed teachers to no longer use “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls.” Instead, they told them to use “gender inclusive” terms like “purple penguins.” Seriously – purple penguins! Now that this radical, gender-destroying agenda of the LGBTQ community has been revealed, how should we respond? Do Christians retreat and allow the radicals to distort children’s understanding of their dignity, purpose and God¬-given gender? Do we let high school administrators define our boys and girls as “purple penguins” – and use our taxes to promote propaganda?

    the bottom line…

    Or, do we say enough is enough – and begin reasserting our voice in this society gone crazy? Our children’s future is at stake. And, to quote one of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Julie Roys is a Christian speaker, journalist, and host of national talk radio show Up for Debate. Follow Julie on Facebook or Twitter.


  • Immigration Acts Kept Our County Safe

    Immigration Acts Kept Our County Safe
    For over 200 years….

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    FROM MARCH 4, 1913-MARCH 3, 1933
    U.S. Representative ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION

    U.S. Representative ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE WAS THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THE

    U.S. Immigration Legislation: 1924 Immigration Act – Library

    library.uwb.edu/…/USimmigration/192
    University of Washington Bothell

    1924 Immigration Act (An act to limit the immigration of aliens into the United States, and for other purposes). H.R. 7995; Pub.L. 68-139; 43 Stat. 153.

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    Indeed, For over 200 years…. Congressional approved Acts BANNING undesirable immigration and expelling dangerous aliens to the United States of America, has repeatedly and continuously, been confirmed and reconfirmed by the congress of the United States of America for the protection of our homeland and in the best of American Citizens (for those who do not know immigration history)

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    AND FOR 20 YEARS
    ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PASSAGE OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT  ACTS THAT KEPT OUR HOMELAND SAFE…

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    I offer the following in Support of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States

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    THE IMMIGRATION ACT OF 1921 REFLECTED THE GROWING AMERICAN FEAR

    Immigration Act of 1921 » Immigration to the United States

    immigrationtounitedstates.org/589-immigrationact-of-1921.html

    Significance: The first federal law in U.S. history to limit the immigration of Europeans, the Immigration Act of 1921 reflected the growing American fear that people from southern and eastern European countries not only did not adapt well into American society but also threatened its very existence.

    Significance: The first federal law in U.S. history to limit the immigration of Europeans, the Immigration Act of 1921 reflected the growing American fear that people from southern and eastern European countries not only did not adapt well into American society but also threatened its very existence.

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    Southeast Europe or Southeastern Europe is a geographical region of Europe, consisting primarily of the Balkan peninsula. Sovereign states that are generally included in Southeastern Europe are, in alphabetical order, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo,[a] Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and partially Turkey, Italy and Slovenia.

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    ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE WAS THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THE Immigration Act of 1924

    WHICH IN 1927 HE JUSTIFIED AS A BULWARK AGAINST “A STREAM OF ALIEN BLOOD, WITH ALL ITS INHERITED MISCONCEPTIONS RESPECTING THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THE GOVERNING POWER TO THE GOVERNED
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    I offer the following in Support of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States

    The terrorist Acts of 2015 in Paris and California U.S.A reflect growing American fear of people immigrating from Middle East ….

    AMERICAN CITIZENS MUST NOT BE DISARMED AND LIVE IN FEAR.

    “UNTIL OUR COUNTRY’S (APPOINTED) REPRESENTATIVES CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON”

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    Indeed, The terrorist Acts of 2015 in Paris and in California U.S.A reflect growing American fear of people immigrating from Middle East ….

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    2015 The Greater Middle East Some speakers ( Trump) may use the Political term to denote areas with significant Muslim majorities (with a minority of ISIS, radicalized, Islamic Al’Quida terrorists ) that not only do not adapt well into American society but also threatened its very existence.

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    The Greater Middle East was a political term coined by the second Bush administration in the first decade of the 21st century,[1] to denote various countries, pertaining to the Muslim world, specifically Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan.[2] Various countries in the South Caucasus and Central Asia are sometimes also included. Some speakers may use the term to denote areas with significant Muslim majorities

    AND, INDEED WE MUST ADD FOR GEOGRAPHICAL TERRORIST FREE TRAVELING AREAS..

    Indeed, The terrorist Acts of 2015 in Paris and in California U.S.A reflect growing American fear of people immigrating from Middle East, And (for the most part) traveling in and out of  the Europe’s  51 independent states…

    Southeast Europe or Southeastern Europe is a geographical region of Europe, consisting primarily of the Balkan peninsula. Sovereign states that are generally included in Southeastern Europe are, in alphabetical order, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo,[a] Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and partially Turkey, Italy and Slovenia.
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    Read more on HOW CONGRESSIONAL AND PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTIVE IMMIGRATION KEPT OUR HOMELAND SAFE FOR OVER 200 YEARS….

    1798 Considered one of the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Naturalization Act of 1798 permits Federalist President John Adams to deport foreigners deemed to be dangerous
    1798- 1918, immigration acts to empower the president of the United States to expel dangerous Aliens from the country; to give the president authority to arrest, detain, and deport resident aliens hailing from enemy countries during times of war
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    1819 The Steerage Act requires that ship captains must submit manifests with information about immigrants on board to the Collector of Customs, the secretary of state, and Congress.
    1870 The Naturalization Act of 1870 (16 Stat. 254) was a United States federal law that created a system of controls for the naturalization process and penalties for fraudulent practices.
    1882 the Immigration Act Setting the basic course of United States immigration law and policy, established categories of foreigners deemed “undesirable”
    1882 Congress passes the Immigration Act. The law imposes a $.50 tax on new arrivals and bans “convicts (except those convicted of political offenses), lunatics, idiots AND PERSONS LIKELY TO BECOME PUBLIC CHARGES” from entering the U.S.
    1882 Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act. was the first major law restricting immigration to the United States. It was enacted in response to economic fears. Thousands of Chinese immigrants had worked on the construction of the Trans-Continental Railroad, and these workers were left unemployed when the project was complete. The high rate of unemployment led to passage of the law, banning “skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining” from entering the country for ten years and denies Chinese immigrants the path to citizenship.
    1888 Congress passes the Scott Act, which amends the Chinese Exclusion Act. It bans Chinese workers from re-entering the U.S. after they left.
    1891 Immigration Act of 1891 creates the Bureau of Immigration, which falls under the Treasury Department. The act also calls for the deportation of people who entered the country illegally and denies entry for polygamists, the mentally ill, and those with contagious diseases.

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    NOTE
    1892 ELLIS ISLAND OPENS. It served as the primary immigration station of the U.S. between 1892 and 1954, processing some 12 million immigrants.
    1892 The Geary Act strengthens the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 by requiring Chinese laborers to carry a resident permit at all times. Failure to do so could result in deportation or a sentence to hard labor. It also extends for another 10 years the ban on Chinese becoming citizens.

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    1903 The Immigration Act of 1903, also called the Anarchist Exclusion Act, a law of the United States regulating immigration. It codified previous immigration law, and added four inadmissible classes

    IT’S THE FIRST TIME INDIVIDUALS ARE BANNED FROM THE U.S. BASED ON POLITICAL BELIEFS.

    1906 The Naturalization Act of 1906 creates the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and places it under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department. THE ACT ALSO REQUIRES IMMIGRANTS TO LEARN ENGLISH BEFORE THEY CAN BECOME CITIZENS.
    1907 The Immigration Act of 1907 broadens the categories of PEOPLE BANNED FROM IMMIGRATING TO THE U.S. The list excludes “imbeciles,” “feeble-minded” people, those with physical or mental disabilities THAT PREVENT THEM FROM WORKING, tuberculosis victims, CHILDREN WHO ENTER THE U.S. WITHOUT PARENTS, AND THOSE WHO COMMITTED CRIMES OF “MORAL TURPITUDE.”
    The “Gentleman’s Agreement” between the U.S. and Japan ends the immigration of Japanese workers.

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    FROM MARCH 4, 1913-MARCH 3, 1933

    U.S. Representative ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION FROM MARCH 4, 1913-MARCH 3, 1933

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    1917 Immigration Act of 1917, also called Asiatic Barred Zone Act, further restricted immigration, particularly of people from a large swath of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The act also bars homosexuals, “idiots,” “feeble-minded persons,” “criminals,” “insane persons,” alcoholics, and other categories. In addition, the act sets a literacy standard for immigrants age 16 and older. They must be able to read a 40-word selection in their native language.

    Read more on
    HOW IMMIGRATION KEPT OUR COUNTY SAFE FOR OVER 200 YEARS….
    portions of American immigration legislation for the last 200 years
    1789 The Constitution of the United States of America takes effect, succeeding the Articles of Confederation that had governed the union of states since the conclusion of the Revolutionary War (March 4, 1789).
    The Naturalization Act of 1790 establishes a uniform rule of naturalization and a two-year residency requirement for aliens who are “free white persons” of “good moral character” (March 26, 1790).
    1790 The Naturalization Act of 1790, the country’s first naturalization statute, says that unindentured white males must live in the U.S. for two years before becoming citizens.
    1795 The Naturalization Act of 1790 is amended and extends the residency requirement to five years.
    1798 Considered one of the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Naturalization Act of 1798 permits Federalist President John Adams to deport foreigners deemed to be dangerous and increases the residency requirements to 14 years to prevent immigrants

    In 1798, the Federalist-controlled Congress passed four acts to empower the president of the United States to expel dangerous Aliens from the country; to give the president authority to arrest, detain, and deport resident aliens hailing from enemy countries during times of war; to lengthen the period of naturalization for immigrants, and to silence Republican criticism of the Federalist Party. 1798 The residency requirement in the Naturalization Act of 1790 is lengthened again, to 14 years.
    1802 The residency requirement for citizenship is reduced to five years
    1819 The Steerage Act requires that ship captains must submit manifests with information about immigrants onboard to the Collector of Customs, the secretary of state, and Congress.
    1843 The American Republican party is formed in New York (it later becomes known as the Native American party) by citizens opposed to the increased number of immigrants in the U.S. The members seek to permit only native-born Americans to run for office and try to raise the residency requirement to 25 years.
    1868 Congress passed the Expatriation Act of 1868 that said “the right of expatriation is a natural and inherent right of all people
    1870 The Naturalization Act of 1870 (16 Stat. 254) was a United States federal law that created a system of controls for the naturalization process and penalties for fraudulent practices. It is also noted for extending the naturalization process to “aliens of African nativity and to persons of African descent.”
    1875 The Page Act becomes law. It’s the country’s first exclusionary act, banning criminals, prostitutes, and Chinese contract laborers from entering the country.
    U.S. Immigration Legislation: 1875 Page Law – Library
    library.uwb.edu/…/USimmigration/187…
    University of Washington Bothell
    1875 Page Law (An act supplementary to the acts in relation to immigration). Sess. II, Chap. 141; 18 Stat. 477. 43rd Congress; March 3, 1875. You can find the …
    The Immigration Act of 1875 was the first immigration law that excluded groups of people from the United States—and women were part of that exclusion.
    1875 The Page Act becomes law. It’s the country’s first exclusionary act, banning criminals, prostitutes, and Chinese contract laborers from entering the country.
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    1882 Congress passes the Immigration Act. The law imposes a $.50 tax on new arrivals and bans “convicts (except those convicted of political offenses), lunatics, idiots AND PERSONS LIKELY TO BECOME PUBLIC CHARGES” from entering the U.S.
    The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 bans “skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining” from entering the country for ten years and denies Chinese immigrants the path to citizenship. Thousands of Chinese immigrants had worked on the construction of the Trans-Continental Railroad, and these workers were left unemployed when the project was complete. The high rate of unemployment and anti-Chinese sentiment led to passage of the law.
    Immigration Act of 1882 – Immigration to the United States
    immigrationtounitedstates.org › Immigration reform
    Setting the basic course of United States immigration law and policy, the Immigration Act of 1882 established categories of foreigners deemed “undesirable” for …
    Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) – Open Collections Program
    ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/exclusion.html
    Harvard University
    The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first major law restricting immigration to the United States. It was enacted in response to economic fears, especially on the …
    1888 Congress passes the Scott Act, which amends the Chinese Exclusion Act. It bans Chinese workers from re-entering the U.S. after they left.
    1891 Immigration Act of 1891 creates the Bureau of Immigration, which falls under the Treasury Department. The act also calls for the deportation of people who entered the country illegally and denies entry for polygamists, the mentally ill, and those with contagious diseases.
    1892 The Geary Act strengthens the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 by requiring Chinese laborers to carry a resident permit at all times. Failure to do so could result in deportation or a sentence to hard labor. It also extends for another 10 years the ban on Chinese becoming citizens.
    1892 ELLIS ISLAND OPENS. It served as the primary immigration station of the U.S. between 1892 and 1954, processing some 12 million immigrants. By some estimates, 40% of all Americans have a relative who passed through Ellis Island.
    1903 Congress passes the Anarchist Exclusion Act, which denies anarchists, other political extremists, beggars, and epileptics entry into the U.S. IT’S THE FIRST TIME INDIVIDUALS ARE BANNED FROM THE U.S. BASED ON POLITICAL BELIEFS.
    1906 The Naturalization Act of 1906 creates the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and places it under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department. The act also requires immigrants to learn English before they can become citizens.
    1907 The Immigration Act of 1907 broadens the categories of people banned from immigrating to the U.S. The list excludes “imbeciles,” “feeble-minded” people, those with physical or mental disabilities that prevent them from working, tuberculosis victims, children who enter the U.S. without parents, and those who committed crimes of “moral turpitude.”
    The “Gentleman’s Agreement” between the U.S. and Japan ends the immigration of Japanese workers.
    Congress passes the Expatriation Act of 1907 that says women must adopt the citizenship of their husbands. Therefore, women who marry foreigners lose their U.S. citizenship unless their husbands become citizens

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    FROM MARCH 4, 1913-MARCH 3, 1933
    1917 Immigration Act of 1917, also called Asiatic Barred Zone Act, further restricted immigration, particularly of people from a large swath of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The act also bars homosexuals, “idiots,” “feeble-minded persons,” “criminals,” “insane persons,” alcoholics, and other categories. In addition, the act sets a literacy standard for immigrants age 16 and older. They must be able to read a 40-word selection in their native language.
    U.S. Immigration Legislation: 1917 Immigration Act – Library
    library.uwb.edu/…/USimmigration/191…
    University of Washington Bothell
    1917 Immigration Act (An act to regulate the immigration of aliens to, and the … of the 1920s (the 1921 Emergency Quota Law and the 1924 Immigration Act).
    Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-1918
    immigrationtounitedstates.org › Laws
    by EA Dashiell – ‎Related articles
    Nov 27, 2015 – Enacted soon after the United States entered World War I in 1917, the … made it illegal to speak out against the government during World War I … A year later, the U.S. Congress amended the law with the Sedition Act of 1918, …
    Alien and Sedition Acts

    1918 the Sedition Act passed by Congress in during World War I that made it a crime to disrupt military recruiting or enlistments, to encourage support for Germany and its allies or disrespect for American war efforts, or to otherwise bring the U.S. government, its leaders, or its symbols into disrepute.
    overlapping  From 1798, the Federalist-controlled Congress passed four acts to empower the president of the United States to expel dangerous Aliens from the country; to give the president authority to arrest, detain, and deport resident aliens hailing from enemy countries during times of war; to lengthen the period of naturalization for immigrants, and to silence Republican criticism of the Federalist Party. Also an act passed by Congress in 1918 during World War I that made it a crime to disrupt military recruiting or enlistments, to encourage support for Germany and its allies or disrespect for American war efforts, or to otherwise bring the U.S. government, its leaders, or its symbols into disrepute.
    Also an
    U.S. Immigration Legislation: 1921 Emergency Quota Law
    library.uwb.edu/…/1921_emergency_q…
    University of Washington Bothell
    1921 Emergency Quota Law (An act to limit the immigration of aliens into the United States). H.R. 4075; Pub.L. 67-5; 42 Stat. 5. 67th Congress; May 19, 1921.
    Signed in May 1921, the Emergency Quota Act established the first ethnic quota system for selective admittance of immigrants to the United States.
    which imposed a hefty head tax on all immigrants from China.
    1921 THE EMERGENCY QUOTA LAW
    Also known as: Johnson Act; Emergency Quota Act of 1921
    Significance: The first federal law in U.S. history to limit the immigration of Europeans, the Immigration Act of 1921 reflected the growing American fear that people from southern and eastern European countries not only did not adapt well into American society but also threatened its very existence.
    1921 THE EMERGENCY QUOTA LAW of 1921 limits the number of immigrants entering the U.S. each year to 350,000 and implements a nationality quota. Immigration from any country is capped at 3% of the population of that nationality based on the 1910 census. The law reduces immigration from eastern and southern Europe while favoring immigrants from Northern Europe.
    1922 Congress passes the Married Women’s Act of 1922, also known as the “Cable Act.” It repeals the provision of the Expatriation Act of 1907 that revoked the citizenship of women who married foreigners

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    ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE WAS THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THE
    Immigration Act of 1924 – United States American History
    www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1398.html
    The role of Immigration Act of 1924 in the history of the United States of America. … and quotas determined by “national origins” as revealed in the 1920 census.
    1924 The Immigration Act of 1924 limits annual European immigration to 2% of the number of people from that country living in the United States in 1890. The Act greatly reduces immigration from Southern and Eastern European nationalities that had only small populations in the US in 1890.
    The Border Patrol is created to combat smuggling and illegal immigration.
    1929 The National Origins Formula institutes a quota that caps national immigration at 150,000 and COMPLETELY BARS ASIAN IMMIGRATION, though immigration from the Western Hemisphere is still permitted.

    NOTE
    1931-1940- 532,431 immigrants arrive.

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    1933 To escape persecution by the Nazis, Albert Einstein, the greatest theoretical physicist of the century, immigrates to the United States from Germany

    U.S. Representative ALBERT JOHNSON FROM WASHINGTON STATE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION FROM MARCH 4, 1913-MARCH 3, 1933

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    1934 The Tydings-McDuffe Act grants the Philippines independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, but strips Filipinos of US citizenship and severely restricts Filipino immigration to the United States.
    1940 The Alien Registration Act requires the registration and fingerprinting of all aliens in the United States over the age of 14.

    1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (McCarran … – Library
    library.uwb.edu/…/usimmigration/1952…
    University of Washington Bothell
    U.S. Immigration Legislation: 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (McCarran-Walter Act) H.R. 13342; Pub.L. 414; 182 Stat. 66.
    The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Pub.L. 82–414, 66 Stat. 163, enacted June 27, 1952), also known as the McCarran–Walter Act, restricted immigration into the U.S. and is codified under Title 8 of the United States Code (8 U.S.C. ch. 12).
    Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1982 – GovTrack.us
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/97/s2222
    GovTrack
    Aug 17, 1982. S. 2222 (97th). A bill to revise and reform the Immigration and Nationality Act, and for other purposes. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in the …


  • Congress Must Act on Water Issues

    Congress Must Act on Water Issues

    May 24, 2014 It takes an act of the U.S. Congress to make SETTLEMENT/QUANTITY (AC-FT/YR) of reserved water rights with Indian tribes.

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    Our Federal Elected Representatives, as members of congress, Must Act on Water Issues

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    Today, December 3, 2015 Rep. Greg Walden released a draft water agreement (A 69 PAGE DOCUMENT)
    114TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H.R._______________
    (a) SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2015.

    Rep. Greg Walden PROPOSED DRAFT FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION IS A PREREQUISITE TO SOLVING LONG TERM WATER ISSUES, On, quantities of Indian Reserved water rights that have not yet been determined or settled by congress.

    INDEED, IT DOES TAKE AN ACT OF THE U.S. CONGRESS TO APPROVE AND IMPLEMENT WATER BASIN AGREEMENTS, TO IMPROVE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SUSTAIN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION IN RIVER BASINS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    December 3, 2015 NEW POST ON PIE N POLITICS

    SUMMARY OF REP. GREG WALDEN’S 69 PAGE DRAFT KLAMATH LEGISLATION
    WATER CERTAINTY FOR AGRICULTURE: The draft authorizes and implements the water agreements in both the Upper Klamath Basin and the Klamath Project, providing for a long-term and certain water supply for farmers and ranchers.

    POWER CERTAINTY FOR AGRICULTURE:
    The draft directs the federal Bureau of Reclamation to provide affordable power for farmers, ranchers, and communities in the Basin.

    TRANSFER OF FEDERAL FOREST LANDS TO KLAMATH AND SISKIYOU COUNTIES: The draft transfers 100,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land each to Klamath and Siskiyou counties. The lands would be used for timber production to grow jobs in rural communities and improve forest health.

    TRANSFER OF FEDERAL LANDS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO KLAMATH TRIBES IN EXCHANGE FOR WAIVING SENIOR WATER RIGHTS:

    UNDER THE DRAFT, THE KLAMATH TRIBES WOULD WAIVE THEIR SENIOR WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS.

    IN EXCHANGE, THE TRIBES WOULD RECEIVE 100,000 ACRES OF U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAND FOR TIMBER PRODUCTION ALONG WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TRIBAL MEMBERS.

    NO FEDERAL DAM REMOVAL: THE DRAFT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE, FUND, OR EXPEDITE FEDERAL DAM REMOVAL. That process is left up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It also does not create federal liability from dam removal.
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    Our Federally Elected Representatives for WA State, as members of congress, Must Act on long term solutions to citizens Water Issues.

    Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

    Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND …

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    I am sending this demand to my elected Rep. Derek Kilmer and Senators Murray and Cantwell.

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    Behind My Back | Tribal Water Approved by Congress?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/24/tribalwaterapproved-by-congress/

    May 24, 2014 – SETTLEMENTS APPROVED BY CONGRESS Updated August 2011 … (2) Fallon Paiute Shoshone Indian Tribes Water Rights Settlement Act of …

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    http://www.heraldandnews.com/breaking/walden-releases-draft-water-agreement/article_c2f39ac4-99f5-11e5-8bdc-0f740314a1ce.html?utm_medium
    Liz Bowen | December 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Categories: Klamath River & Dams | URL: http://wp.me/p13fnu-6oc


  • This Guy Says a “Lot”

    This Guy Says a “LOT”

    This is an unedited opinion of an American citizen. It is worth reading, Democratic or Republican, and it is worth sharing.

    I had hoped that setting up a website would give “We the people” a condensed running forum, a day by day, blow by blow account from ANY American, State, County, city citizens that had knowledge or concerns?

    Where anyone could go, read, find out, relate, expose, share and comment on anything.

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    I received this email

    re: “This Guy Says It All”

    I am the Democratic and the Republican Liberal-Progressive’s worst nightmare. I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker. I am a Master leatherworker. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.

    I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others. I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, drive American made cars, and I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.

    I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democratic or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!

    I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!

    I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.

    I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!

    I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.

    I believe there should be no other language option.

    I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

    My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

    I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.

    I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.

    I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!

    I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!

    This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way it was…so stop trying to change it to look like Russia, China, or some other socialist country!

    If you were born here and don’t like it…you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.

    I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution? Can I get an AMEN on that one?

    I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you happen to ride a bike.

    And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license. I think it’s good. And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money.

    I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.

    I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause. Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!

    I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents.

    I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!

    I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA!

    If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.

    If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.

    We want our country back! My Country. I hope this offends all illegal aliens.

    My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in the Revolution and the War of 1812. My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War. My great, great grandfather watched as his friends and brothers died in the Civil War. My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War. My grandfather watched, as his friends died in WW I. My father watched as his friends died in WW II.

    I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, Panama, and Desert Storm. My son watched and bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq. None of them died for the Mexican Flag. Everyone died for the American flag.

    Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flagpole and other students took it down. Guess who was expelled? The students who took it down.

    California High School students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo, because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

    Enough is enough

    This message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America.

    We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough. I’m taking a stand.

    I’m standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the American flag.

    If you agree, stand up with me. If you disagree, please let me know. I will gladly remove you from my e-mail list.

    And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

    AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS!

    Let me make this clear! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY! This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration!

    YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN OUR COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:

    1. Get a sponsor!

    2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!

    3. Live by OUR rules!

    4. Get a job!

    5. Pay YOUR Taxes!

    6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!

    7. NOW find a place to lay your head!

    If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

    We’ve gone so far the other way . . . bent over backwards not to offend anyone.

    Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being offended!

    WAKE UP America!

    If you do not pass this on, may your fingers cramp!

    Made in the U S A and PROUD OF IT!

    By an unknown American Author


  • Are You an Environmentalist?

    Are You an Environmentalist?

    “Are You an Environmentalist OR DO YOU WORK FOR A LIVING?”: Work and Nature. In Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature. William
    Cronon, (editor) New York: W.W. Norton 1995.

    What a Concept in 2015
    “RETHINKING THE HUMAN PLACE IN NATURE”

    (twenty years later)
    It’s a Great place to start..
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    I received this response on the
    Olympic Peninsula OLYMPEX Water Project
    After emailing out….
    Olympic Peninsula OLYMPEX WHAT ELSE? Project
    (full text below)
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    AN INSIDER’S VIEW OF “WHAT ELSE” on the Olympic Peninsula

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    Thanks Brooke….

    Sharing is caring
    This is a great place to start….

    Landscape and Politics on the Olympic Peninsula – Journal …

    THE LAST BITE. A PENINSULA STUDY? FROM 97

    An interesting outsiders view of Peninsula insiders
    Olympic Pen and Quinault observation, published in 1997, by then undergraduate at UW, during the previous conflicts with environmentalist, logging, resources, spotted owl and social/political conflicts. JUST LIKE READING OUR DAILY NEWS TODAY, yet 97 still seems like yesterday. I wonder what this guy would have to say today, with the Land and Water Grabs, massive Conservation Movements, debris fed Wildland fires, Forest Service Sellout/Lockout of Public Lands, Federal/Tribal Partnership bed down, EW Wilderness Warfare, Jet Pollution
    AND NOW OLYMPEX
    making sure we are UN micro monitored to quench their thirst, from Americas blood. PLUS the surround and attack set up now marking us a military hotspot target, by possible enemy attacks. A bullseye! Boots on the ground will continue to push their way around.
    What would this guy say about our “new” thoroughfare out in the river? Building the “new Floodplain by Design”, creating a “new wetland” after destroying the natural flowing old one. The Congressional puppet show has to prove that “No Child Left Behinder’s” show some worth, by giving those inexperienced “new” graduates a chance to try out their “new learned skills” acquired from “new” computer modeling software and with “new” 21st century “what if” speculations. In some instances incomplete assumptions altogether, can result in unnecessary irreparable damage . Mother nature doesn’t always work in structural regularity or conduct itself by the books. Science? Science has taken on a peculiar detour in definition. “New” science is anything one wants it to be or mean in today’s world. Science doesn’t even need a purpose. A continual never ending study. A curiosity. To either kill the cat or nurture it into a predatory state.
    http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_4/5DARK.PDF

    Brooke

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    A 26 page document

    Landscape and Politics on the Olympic Peninsula – Journal …

    jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_4/5DARK.PDF
    by A Dark – ‎1997 – ‎Cited by 4 – ‎Related articles

    Vol.4 1997. 1. Landscape and Politics on the … JPE who offered their well-informed criticisms on an earlier draft of this article. 2. Along with areas of New …

    Landscape and Politics on the Olympic Peninsula:
    Social Agendas and Contested Practices in Scientific Forestry

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    READ MORE THE WILD OF  “WHAT ELSE” ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA
    A DOCUMENTED INSIDER’S VIEW of the outsiders.

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.
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    (full email text) of the OLYMPIC PENINSULA OLYMPEX WHAT ELSE? Project
    To Whom it May Concern

    Just asking? Just Saying….

    DO YOU TRUST THE GOVERNMENT?

    My neighbor asked, “WHAT ELSE are they going to use OLYMPEX for?”

    ARE YOU SMARTER THEN A 5TH GRADER?

    If you connect the dots… THE (GPM) COVERS “JUST” THE ENTIRE EARTH. THE (GV) IS GROUND VALIDATION?

    INDEED….
    THIS NASA SATELLITE TOGETHER WITH THE NASDA SPACE AGENCY OF JAPAN, will serve as a calibration reference for a constellation of SATELLITES operated by SEVERAL COUNTRIES. It is crucial to???? Completing the SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE coverage of the entire Earth?

    THIS UNIQUE VENUE? THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA? IS THE “IDEAL?” OR? “THE ONLY LOCATION” WITH THE “IDEAL SIZE” THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND FOR A FIELD CAMPAIGN INVOLVING AIRCRAFT, RADARS AND OTHER GROUND-BASED SENSORS, AND OTHER? a SATELLITE with a dual frequency (Ka and Ku band) radar and passive microwave sensors (10-183 GHz frequencies)

    DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

    THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA ELECTRONIC WARFARE GAME PLAN….

    Using similar? OR THE SAME technology? Covering the entire Pacific rim and CONTINUING THE DEVELOPMENT of Menwith Hill in the EU…. FOR completing GLOBAL SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE coverage of the entire Earth?

    THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA ELECTRONIC WARFARE GAME PLAN….

    THIS UNIQUE VENUE? THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA? IS THE ONLY LOCATION WITH THE IDEAL SIZE,THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND FOR A FIELD CAMPAIGN INVOLVING AIRCRAFT, RADARS AND OTHER GROUND-BASED SENSORS.AND other, a satellite with a dual frequency (Ka and Ku band) radar and passive microwave sensors (10-183 GHz frequencies)

    CONSIDERING WHAT SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY HAS BECOME AND THE MULTIPURPOSES THEY ARE USED FOR….

    For the understanding of a reasonable person

    I AM JUST ASKING? IS THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA OLYMPEX “A WHAT ELSE ” MULTIPURPOSE GLOBAL PROJECT?

    Under WHAT ELSE?
    Lois asked….
    Did anyone mention the cost and who is paying for it?
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    Bottom line

    “WHAT ELSE?” INDEED…
    HOW MANY MORE MULTIPURPOSE GLOBAL PROJECTS?
    ARE BEING LEGISLATED AND FUNDED BEHIND OUR BACKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?


  • WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    WOTUS Water Runs Down Hill
    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

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    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

    Last year the administration wrote new definitions that would have subjected all waters (running down hill) within 4,000 feet of a navigable water to EPA review and control.

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    USGS WATER SCIENCE SCHOOL ” water returns to the earth from precipitation falling on the land, where “GRAVITY” either takes it into the ground as infiltration or it begins RUNNING DOWNHILL as surface runoff”

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    USGS WATER SCIENCE SCHOOL “NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, IT TRIES TO FLOW DOWNHILL”

    (SO DO WETLAND WATERS JUST SEEP DOWNHILL?)

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    The Environmental Protection Agency says ANY BODIES OF WATER near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will (RUN DOWN HILL AND) fall under federal regulation.

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    NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, GRAVITY RUNS WATER DOWN HILL

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    Indeed, science has proven that each water basin has its own land area of the water cycle, including its rainfall, its snow melt, recharging the aquifer, surface water, groundwater, rain that is absorbed into the soil RUNS DOWNHILL. Rain that is not absorbed by soil RUNS OFF DOWN THE HILL

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    But how does much of the water get back into the oceans to keep the water cycle going?
    Indeed, the U.S. Geological Survey science tells us that 93 to 97 percent of well water used for domestic or irrigation purposes, RUNS DOWN HILL and is returned to the watershed in the proximity of where it was withdrawn.

    And, ALL precipitation, rain and snow melt do the same, GRAVITY TAKES WATER DOWN HILL as infiltration or surface runoff.

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    The EPA says, the new rule applies to tributaries and ANY BODIES OF WATER (that runs downhill) near rivers that (run down hill and ) “COULD” seep into waterways and “AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT”
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    PLF UNDERSTANDS THE GRAVITY OF  (WOTUS)

    Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new
    “waters of United States” power grab

    WOTUS rule – Pacific Legal Foundation
    https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus
    Pacific Legal Foundation
    PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper, who successfully argued the … We will alert you when we file our lawsuit — and keep you posted along the way, as we …
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    Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit.

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    THE SUIT IN QUESTION WAS FILED BY 13 STATES (ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, IDAHO, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND WYOMING),
    which claimed, among other things, that the WOTUS rule is a threat to state sovereignty because it asserts federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS (AND EVEN SOME RELATIVELY DRY LAND)that should be subject to state government control. As a general matter (and as the Supreme Court has recognized) land-use control is generally beyond the scope of federal power. In this case, the district court concluded that the states were likely to succeed on the merits as the EPA had adopted an “exceptionally expansive” view of its own jurisdiction under the CWA. According to the court, the WOTUS rule “allows EPA regulation of waters that do not bear any effect on the ‘chemical physical, and biological integrity’ of any navigable-in-fact water,” and therefore exceeds the limits on federal regulatory authority identified by the Supreme Court in Rapanos.
    The EPA, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the country.

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    OUR WA State legislators “DID  NOT OBJECT” to WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS (AND EVEN SOME RELATIVELY DRY LAND)
    Washington State attorney General “DID NOT” file a law suit against WOTUS on behalf of the citizens of WA State.
    Washington State attorney General “DID” file lawsuits against ONE Superbowl ticket vendor, Arlene’s Flowers, and Hanford.

    A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit.

    WA STATE IS NOT PART OF THE WOTUS LAWSUIT
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    WA STATE GOVERNMENT IS BOUND BY THE GRAVITY FED TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT of WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS.
    Indeed, WA State Dept. of Ecology MUST FIRST ADOPT AND DESIGNATE THE SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY BODIES OF WATER, within 4,000 feet of a navigable water, including wetlands near a river, lake, saltwater, or standing water, that (run down hill) can affect waterways (run down hill and) “COULD” affect the environment, that shall fall under the WOTUS Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act and become subject to EPA review and control.

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    So, September 2, 2015 WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY filed the following rulemaking with the Office of the Code Reviser: Rule preproposal
    (using only online public notification?)

    ADOPTION OF DESIGNATIONS OF SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH SHORELINES OF THE STATE (WAC 173-22)
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    What’s Up With WOTUS?
    9/3/2015
    Implementation of the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (usually referred to as the WOTUS rule) was set to become effective on August 28, 2015. Several lawsuits were filed by agricultural groups, among others, requesting a preliminary injunction, or order, to halt the rule’s implementation until lawsuits could be settled. Late in the afternoon on August 27, a District Court judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction stopping the WOTUS rule from going into effect for thirteen states, including Nebraska.
    FOR ALL OTHER STATES WHO DIDN’T HAVE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS ISSUED, THE RULE TOOK EFFECT AS PLANNED ON AUGUST 28, 2015.

    Why were lawsuits filed against the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers (CORP) following release of the final WOTUS rule? Several lawsuits were filed following publication of the final WOTUS rule in the Federal Register.

    Twenty-seven states, along with industries from petroleum to construction, and agricultural groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Pork Producers Council all filed separate lawsuits. These numerous lawsuits have since been consolidated into a single lawsuit that identifies three arguments for vacating the rule.

    The first argument is that the finalized WOTUS rule exceeds the intended purposes of the Clean Water Act and represents an unconstitutional overreach by the federal government on land. Second, the rule-making process is designed to give the public an opportunity to comment on all aspects of a rule. In this case, EPA added items to the final rule that were not in the proposed rule.

    The third, and perhaps most concerning argument, is that the EPA may have inappropriately worked with environmental activists to lobby for the rule and support the agency’s agenda. If true, this represents an abuse of the federal rulemaking process by the EPA.

    What does the temporary injunction mean for Nebraska farmers? It means that, for now, the status quo will be maintained. So current guidance documents and existing regulations for making “jurisdictional determination” will continue to be used by the Corp. New definitions and parameters outlined in the WOTUS rule will not be part of the Corp’s checklist when making these determinations in Nebraska. Jurisdictional determination simply means that the Corp reviews the necessary checklist regarding features of a water body, and possibly conducts an on-site inspection, to make a decision about whether the water body should be under their jurisdiction as “waters of the U.S.”

    The temporary injunction does not halt the rule entirely; it simply postpones implementation of the rule until legal proceedings are completed (which could take months or even years as we saw with the new AFO/CAFO regulations a few years back).

    If the pending lawsuits are not successful, and the WOTUS rule is eventually implemented in Nebraska, it remains to be seen what parts of the rule will remain and which will not. In Nebraska, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
    Source: Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer
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    By Jonathan H. Adler August 28, 2015
    UPDATE: On Friday, the plaintiff states informed the court that the U.S. EPA had announced it would continue to apply the WOTUS rule in states that did not challenge the injunction.

    Late Friday, the district court responded with an order for supplemental briefing on whether the injunction “applies nationally or in a limited geographic area.” Briefs are due on Tuesday, September 1.
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    CALIFORNIA IS NOT PART OF THE LAWSUITS
    California Farmers Claim EPA Water Rules Extend To Dirt Fields
    August 31, 2015 6:22 PM
    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Farmers say federal regulators are going too far and are taking away their water and chipping away at their property rights under a new rule.
    The Environmental Protection Agency says any bodies of water near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will fall under federal regulation.
    Since the 1980s, the EPA has regulated any water you can navigate through, including rivers and large lakes. But the new Clean Water Act Rule will add smaller bodies of water to the government’s oversight.
    Bruce Blodgett with the San Joaquin Farm Bureau says the new rule would include any standing body of water, and dry land that can potentially hold water.
    “This field is a great example,” he said. “This dirt field would now be ‘waters of the U.S.’ under this proposed rule.”
    The bureau says the new rule allows the government to require farmers to get permits to farm from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    “We have a lot of fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. “That will enable the Corps to come after those lands when they try to bring them back into production next year saying, ‘No, those are now waters of the U.S.’”
    Under the new Clean Water Act rule, the bureau claims any private property with a pond and any farm with an irrigation district is now under federal regulation.
    But the EPA says, that’s not true. It says the new rule applies to tributaries and water near rivers that could seep into waterways and affect the environment . The agency says it’s not going after ponds and won’t interfere with farm irrigation. It says ditches that are not constructed in streams and that flow only when it rains are not covered.
    A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit. California is not part of the lawsuits, but farmers are watching.


  • A WA D.C. Response to More Wild?

    A WA D.C.Response to More Wild?

    Is this Sen. Cantwell’s  rationalizations and justification for more “WILD”?

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    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    As usual the politically correct, unusually prompt, written response does not include problematic words.

    Like …. DESIGNATE MORE WILD AND EXPANDING MORE WILD OLYMPICS OR WILDERNESS

    (I did not  ask about or mention electronic warfare testing in Washington)

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    Some government, somebody asked me to TELL CONGRESS WHAT I THINK ABOUT H.R. 2665 To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of WA.

     So I DID. I was the first responder. My POPVOX PROFILE IS Constituent 413580

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    Nobody asked me to  TELL CONGRESS WHAT I THINK ABOUT  S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    BUT, I did it anyway.. I sent it to

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: Bryant Hopkins

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Please disseminate  my comment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

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     Senator Cantwell’s  prompt response on what?

    Hmmm… It appears that my  “WILD” comments have put some WA D.C, WA State elected representatives on the defensive, scrambling to rationalize and justify the MORE “WILD” legislation that Sen. Murray and Rep. Kilmer  KEEP introducing, and KEEP introducing, and Sen. Cantwell KEEPS supporting.

    And in FACT… Sen. Cantwell actually brags, in her email to me, below about introducing THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT TO PROTECT 58.5 MILLION ACRES INCLUDING TWO MILLION ACRES IN WASHINGTON STATE.

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    MY UPDATED MESSAGE’S TO CONGRESS…

    I opposed S.1510  AND I opposed H.R. 2665 To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes. because…

    You were elected and sent to WA D.C. for other purposes, TO FIX THE BROKEN ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. Please focus on that task.

    TAKING MORE PACIFIC NORTHWEST PUBLIC FOREST LAND, PUBLIC NATURAL RESOURCES, FOR “WILD OLYMPIC” WILDERNESS DOES NOT GROW THE ECONOMY OR JOBS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    YOU and Congress can’t afford to take care of the National Wild, Wilderness lands that YOU  have already designated.

     In 2014,there were 757 WILDERNESS AREAS OF NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK PUBLIC LAND.

     In 2014 the “WILD” WILDERNESS AREAS TOTALED 109,511,966 ACRES IN 44 STATES.

    YOU started as 9,100,00 million acres of designated wilderness, in 2014 it had grown to an astounding 109,511,966 million acres of designated wilderness.

    CONGRESS, AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATE IN AND FOR THE BEST ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE  318,881,992 MILLION PEOPLE THAT LIVE  IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    WE NEED MORE JOBS NOT MORE WILDING.

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    Just saying… Just asking?

    Was this really a WA D.C. Response to More Wild?

    No documentation.. we must rely strictly upon…

    The circumstantial, coincidental evidence of the “timing” of Sen Cantwell’s  prompt response.

    I sent my Senate comment to WA D.C.

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    SUBJECT: I OPPOSE S.1510 MORE WILDERNESS

    (I did not ask about or mention electronic warfare testing in Washington)

    Hmmm… Four hours and fifteen minutes later…

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    Subject: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

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     Snippets that matter? TO “WE THE PEOPLE”? (full text of Sen. Cantwell’s letter below)

     Since being elected to the Senate, I have committed myself to protecting our nation’s environment and natural resources.

    I have worked tirelessly to preserve our amazing natural treasures while boosting Washington’s recreation and tourism industries at the same time.

    AND,  INTRODUCED THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT TO PROTECT 58.5 MILLION ACRES OF OUR NATION’S LAST REMAINING PRISTINE FOREST LANDS, INCLUDING TWO MILLION ACRES IN WASHINGTON STATE.

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 1:09 PM

    Subject: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

    Dear Ms. Hewett,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding proposed electronic warfare testing in Washington. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

    On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that it would conduct electronic warfare training over Navy property at Pacific Beach, Washington, as well as over U.S. Forest Service lands on the Olympic Peninsula. The planned training missions will involve fixed electronic emitters on Pacific Beach, as well as occasional use of mobile electronic emitter vans on U.S. Forest Service land. As you are likely aware, the Navy currently conducts in-flight exercises in these areas with aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

    I appreciate the concerns expressed by constituents about impacts of noise caused by flight training at NAS Whidbey and about how the placement of these electronic emitters may increase the number of training flights. Please be assured that I take these concerns very seriously, and will continue to monitor further developments in this matter. I continue to urge the Navy to engage in open dialogue with concerned citizens, and I will continue to work to promote transparency regarding the Navy’s training missions in the Pacific Northwest.

    Since being elected to the Senate, I have committed myself to protecting our nation’s environment and natural resources while ensuring Americans continue to have access to the outdoor recreational opportunities that they love.

    I believe we have a responsibility to protect our state and nation’s rugged natural beauty and pristine and historic lands for the collective benefit of current and future generations. From expanding Mt. Rainier National Park, to creating the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at the mouth of the Columbia River, I have worked tirelessly to preserve our amazing natural treasures while boosting Washington’s recreation and tourism industries at the same time. I have also opposed making the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge available for oil exploration, and introduced the Roadless Area Conservation Act to protect 58.5 million acres of our nation’s last remaining pristine forestlands, including two million acres in Washington State.

    I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to consider legislation affecting the Navy’s planned training missions in the U.S. Senate.

    Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Maria Cantwell
    United States Senator

    For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
    http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/

    ACKNOWLEDGED FROM  BRYANT  RECEIVING MY  EMAIL

     —– Original Message —–

    From: Hopkins, Bryant (Energy)

    To: pearl hewett

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:01 AM

    Subject: RE: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

     

    I will pass this information on the committee. Thank you for your concern.

    Bryant

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    FULL TEXT OF MY EMAIL TO BRYANT

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: Bryant Hopkins

    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:54 AM

    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Please disseminate  my comment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    I oppose S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    Please disseminate  my comment to the

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

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    As elected representatives you were  sent to WA D.C., to fix the broken economy and create jobs. Please focus on that task.

    TAKING PACIFIC NORTHWEST PUBLIC FOREST LAND, PUBLIC NATURAL RESOURCES, FOR “WILD OLYMPIC” WILDERNESS DOES NOT GROW THE ECONOMY OR JOBS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    Congress can’t afford to take care of the National Wild, Wilderness Parks that  have been designated.  In 2014,there were 757 WILDERNESS AREAS OF NATIONAL PUBLIC PARK. In 2014 the “Wild” wilderness areas TOTALED 109,511,966 ACRES IN 44 STATES.

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    MONEY GROWS ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    AS MONEY COMES FROM PAPER, AND PAPER IS FROM TREES,

    MONEY GROWS ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    THE MEANING OF THE STATEMENT DOES HAVE SOME USE,

    TREES GROW THE ECONOMY AND JOBS  IN  THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    AND IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD STATEMENT TO “LIVE” BY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

    IT DOES HAVE SOME USE FOR A VOTING CITIZENS COMMENT to  the Senate committee Energy and Natural Resources  AND the House committee on  Natural Resources.

    AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATE IN AND FOR THE CITIZENS BEST ECONOMIC INTEREST.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

    https://www.congress.gov/committee/senateenergy-and-naturalresource

    Publications on FDsys for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee … areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain …. A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve …

    S.1510 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    A bill to

    Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 06/04/2015)
    Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
    Latest Action: 06/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    I oppose S.1510  to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and…

    Please disseminate  my comment to the

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

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    My thank you email to Bryant

    From: pearl hewett [mailto:phew@wavecable.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:55 AM
    To: Hopkins, Bryant (Energy)
    Subject: I oppose S.1510 More Wilderness

    Bryant,

    Thank you for taking my June 9, 2015 phone call.