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  • POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE and Justice Scalia

    POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE  and Justice Scalia

    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers ACE (Corps) promulgated in 2016.

    The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”

    It instructs EPA and the ACE Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    President Trump signed executive order on February 28, 2017 instructs EPA and the Corps to

    “CONSIDER” ADOPTING THE SCALIA TEST FROM RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006).

    ORDER § 3. SCALIA OPINED IN RAPANOS THAT, “THE PHRASE ‘THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

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    Notice that Trump signed the EO back at the end of February 2017, and the EPA is JUST NOW sending the information out. It looks like they have deliberately STALLED.

    These statements have to be in by June 19, 2017. Heads up!

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    THE FEDERAL DEFINITION OF NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

    IS LOCATED AT 33 CFR 329.4

    • 329.4 General definition.

    Navigable waters of the United States are those waters that are subject to the ebb (the outgoing phase; when the tide drains away from the shore) and flow (the incoming phase; when water rises again) of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce. A determination of  navigability, once made, applies laterally over the entire surface of the waterbody, and is not extinguished by later actions or events which impede or destroy navigable capacity.

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    The federal definition 40 CFR 230 .3 pertains to the Clean Water Act and waters of the United States.

    WOTUS BY OBAMA

    The definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) is very dangerous and overreaching. Under section (o), parts of the definition read as follows:
    o) The term waters of the United States means: …

    (ii) All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;

    (iv) All impoundments of waters otherwise identified as waters of the United States under this section;

    (vi) All waters adjacent to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section, including  wetlands, ponds, lakes, oxbows, impoundments, and similar waters;

    (vii) All waters in paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section where they are determined, on a case-specific basis, to have a  significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. The waters identified in each of paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section are similarly situated and shall be combined, for purposes of a significant nexus analysis, in the watershed that drains to the nearest water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an  adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific significant nexus analysis is required.

    (A)Prairie potholes. Prairie potholes are a complex of glacially formed wetlands, usually occurring in depressions that lack permanent natural outlets, located in the upper Midwest.

    (viii) All waters located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section and all waters located within 4,000 feet of the high tideline or ordinary high water mark of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section where they are determined on a case-specific basis to have a significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. For waters determined to have a  significant nexus, the entire water is a water of the United States if a portion is located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section or within 4,000 feet of the high tide line or ordinary high water mark. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific  significant nexus analysis is required.

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    WRITING FOR THE COURT IN THE 2014 CLEAN AIR ACT CASE, UTILITY AIR REGULATORY GROUP V. EPA, JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED EPA’S INTERPRETATION UNREASONABLE BECAUSE IT WOULD BRING ABOUT AN ENORMOUS AND TRANSFORMATIVE EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

    JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED “We expect Congress to speak clearly if it wishes to assign to an agency decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance,’” he wrote.
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    OBAMA VETOES GOP ATTEMPT TO BLOCK WOTUS WATER RULE

    By Timothy Cama – 01/19/16 07:22 PM EST

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    EPA ‘Waters of U.S.’ Rule Is a Power Grab | National Review

    www.nationalreview.com/article/431134/epa-waters-us-rule-power-grab

    by Rupert Darwall February 11, 2016 4:00 AM. Obama’s power-mad agency claims jurisdiction over land and water use almost everywhere in … EPA, under the Clean Water Act, a statute Congress passed two years after its clean-air sibling. … partially checked, in what has become known as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

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    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) promulgated in 2016. The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” It instructs EPA and the Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    The Order raises a number of interesting issues. First, it instructs EPA and the Corps to “consider” adopting the Scalia test from Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). Order § 3. Scalia opined in Rapanos that, “the phrase ‘the waters of the United States’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

    Because Rapanos was a split decision (4–1–4), there is no controlling opinion. The circuit courts, applying the Marks analysis, have concluded that Kennedy’s lone concurring opinion, which focused on the significant-nexus test, is the controlling standard from the case. (A couple of circuits have allowed Kennedy’s or Scalia’s opinion to be used to establish jurisdiction.) All of the circuit courts and almost all of the district courts have rejected the argument that Scalia’s test should be adopted as the sole jurisdictional test. The Supreme Court has denied certiorari numerous times since Rapanos on WOTUS issues, so we have no clarification from the Court on how to interpret the decision.

    IT IS CLEAR WHY THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CHOSEN SCALIA’S TEST—IT IS MORE RESTRICTIVE OF JURISDICTION.

     THAN THE KENNEDY TEST, WHICH EPA AND THE CORPS ADOPTED IN THE WOTUS RULE.

    UNDER THE SCALIA TEST, MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS—ESPECIALLY IN THE ARID WEST—WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO  THE CLEAN WATER ACT (CWA) BECAUSE MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS ARE EPHEMERAL OR INTERMITTENT AND ARE THEREFORE NOT “RELATIVELY PERMANENT WATERS.” HEADWATER SYSTEMS COMPRISE A LARGE PART OF THE NATION’S TRIBUTARY SYSTEM. IN PLACES LIKE ARIZONA EVEN THE MAIN CHANNELS ARE DRY MOST OF THE YEAR AND, THEREFORE, MAY NOT MEET THE SCALIA TEST FOR JURISDICTION.

     

    THE SCALIA TEST WOULD LIKELY ALSO REMOVE MANY OF THE NATIONS’ WETLANDS FROM . EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

     

    AS JUSTICE SCALIA SAID “WE EXPECT CONGRESS TO SPEAK CLEARLY IF IT WISHES TO ASSIGN TO AN AGENCY DECISIONS OF VAST ‘ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE,’”

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    President Trump Issues Executive Order Directing EPA to Review the WOTUS Rule

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to review the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) definition of “Waters of the United States”(WOTUS) Rule (the Rule) (80 Fed. Reg. 37054, June 29, 2015). Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule, Executive Order (Feb. 28, 2017) (EO). The EO directs EPA and ACE to review the WOTUS Rule for consistency with the policies set forth in the EO which specifies that “It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.” The EO also directs EPA and ACE to “publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the [WOTUS] rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.”

    Pursuant to the EO, EPA and ACE submitted for publication in the Federal Register, a notification of intention to review and rescind or revise the Rule. Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule, Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Defense, Feb. 28, 2017. The notification will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    THE EO ALSO DIRECTS EPA AND ACE TO CONSIDER INTERPRETING THE TERM “NAVIGABLE WATERS,”IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE OPINION OF JUSTICE SCALIA IN RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). The Rapanos opinion set out two separate standards for CWA jurisdiction. See Rapanos at 715‑718. Justice Scalia, writing for a plurality, determined that the statute should only apply when there is a “continuous surface connection”between “relatively permanent”waters. Id. at 743. Justice Kennedy, on the other hand, determined that jurisdiction should be based on whether a water or wetland possesses “a significant nexus to waters that are or were navigable in fact or that could reasonably be so made.” Id. at 759. Neither standard was supported by a majority, so neither standard has become binding precedent. See Id. at 715-718. Regulators, however, have generally followed Justice Kennedy’s standard,

    AND THUS, A SWITCH TO JUSTICE SCALIA’S STANDARD WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN INTERPRETATION OF THE JURISDICTIONAL EXTENT OF THE CWA. SEE 80 FED. REG. 37054, 37056, 37060-37061 [WOTUS RULE].


  • Public Notice of Net Pens NWS-2016-100

    Public Notice of Net Pens in the Strait of Juan De Fuca

    The  PDF document  NWS-2016-100  is a Public Notice for a proposed project where a
    permit is being requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.

    Acquisition Icicle Acquisition Subsidiary, LLC. -has proposed to
    decommission and remove their existing net pens structures in Port Angeles
    Harbor, Port Angeles, Washington, and install new net pen facility for
    rearing of Atlantic Salomon in Strait of Juan De Fuca near Port Angeles,
    Clallam County, Washington.

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please
    visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to
    Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

    COMMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 28, 2016

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    I wanted to give concerned local people the NWS-2016-100  information ASAP, so they can make public comment. (so I emailed the public notice)

    Just saying, Word gets around in emails..

    But….

    The bottom line is…

    Word gets around BETTER in cyberspace.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Scroll down…

    Listed below are the current Public Notices published by the Seattle District for proposed projects within the state of Washington. The Public Notices are sorted by Effective Date and are provided in PDF format. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your PC to view these files. You may download Adobe free from http://www.adobe.com/.

    Viewing Public Notices. To view a Public Notice, left-click on the Permit Application Number (highlighted in blue). To download the file to your PC, right-click on the Permit Application Number, then select “Save Target As” from the menu.

    How to Submit Comments. To submit comments via E-mail, left-click on the respective Project Manager’s name in the table below. To submit comments in writing, send them to the respective Project Manager at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District Regulatory Branch, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755. All comments should include the permit application number and project name, your name, address, and phone number.

    How to be Added to the Public Notice Mailing List. Please submit your email address to the Regulatory Branch: Attention: Shannon Wilson

    Email Address Changes. If you change your email address, you will need to contact Shannon Wilson. Please provide your old address and your new address. Emails returned due to a change of address will be deleted from our electronic mailing list system.

    Issued Date Expiration Date Applicant Project Description Permit Application No. County Project Manager
    2-May-2016 17-May-2016 Sunset Marina, LLC Erratum for proposed marina NWS-2007-2030  Chelan Knaub
    29-Apr-2016 29-May-2016 Whatcom County Public Works Place fill, replace and install outfalls, and construct trail NWS-2016-124  Whatcom Perry
    28-Apr-2016 28-May-2016 Icicle Acquisition Subsidiary LLC Decommission and removal of existing net pen structures NWS-2016-100  Clallam Sanguinetti
    22-Apr-2016 22-May-2016 Yakima Nation Fisheries Dredging NWS-2015-158  Skamania Martin
    21-Apr-2016 21-May-2016 Pierce County Public Works Construct pier, drive piles, and install ramp and float NWS-2007-1878  Pierce White

     For more Regulatory Program information, please visit http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory.aspx

    To view the attached document, you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat
    Reader.  For a free copy of the Acrobat Reader please visit:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please
    visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to
    Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

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    I received a paper copy of this Public Notice for NWS-2016-0100-; via US
    Mail,

    I called Pamela Sanguinetti at her contact number (206) 764-6904 and
    requested an email copy of the “Open Public Comment Period Notice” listed as
    “Regulatory Public Notices”

    COMMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 28, 2016 (but may be extended? per Ms Pamela  Sanguinetti)

    Acquisition Icicle Acquisition Subsidiary, LLC. -has proposed to
    decommission and remove their existing net pens structures in Port Angeles
    Harbor, Port Angeles, Washington, and install new net pen facility for
    rearing of Atlantic Salomon in Strait of Juan De Fuca near Port Angeles,
    Clallam County, Washington.
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    Just saying….

    NEAR? Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington
    I received a paper copy of this Public Notice for NWS-2016-0100-; via US
    Mail, addressed to George C. Rains Sr., at my address.(Dad died over 8 years
    ago?).

    Pamela Sanguinetti was very nice and thanked me for taking the time to call
    her and  request this email notice of public comment (and the PDF
    documentation) for our community.

    She asked if I wanted to make a public comment??

    I have not opened the file… YET…

    I wanted to give concerned local people the information ASAP, so they can
    make public comment. (so I emailed the public notice)

    Just saying, Word gets around with emails..

    But, word gets around BETTER in cyberspace.

    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    —– Original Message —–
    From: “Sanguinetti, Pamela NWS” <Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil>
    To: <phew@wavecable.com>
    Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 12:51 PM
    Subject: FW: Public Notice for NWS-2016-0100-; Icicle Acquisition Icicle
    Acquisition Subsidiary, LLC. -Request for comments

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
    For comments or questions regarding this Public Notice, please contact the
    project manager listed below.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    PROJECT NUMBER:  NWS-2016-0100-, Clallam County, Icicle Acquisition
    Icicle Acquisition Subsidiary, LLC.
    PROJECT MANAGER: Pam Sanguinetti
    TELEPHONE: 2067646904
    E-MAIL: Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil

    The  PDF  NWS-2016-100 document is a Public Notice for a proposed project where a permit is being requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.

    To view the attached document, you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat
    Reader.  For a free copy of the Acrobat Reader please visit:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please
    visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to
    Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

    For more Regulatory Program information, please visit
    http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory.aspx

    The bottom line is…

    Word gets around BETTER in cyberspace.


  • Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    My park is the Olympic National Park.
    My road is the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    FROM NOV 17, 2015, TO JAN 28, 2016

    THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED AT THE PARK BOUNDARY TO MOTOR … THE ROAD AND ALL AREAS BEYOND THE WASHOUT HAVE BEEN CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ENTRY INTO THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

    JUST SAYING…A Look at the Decline in NATIONAL PARK VISITATION IN 2013? This decline was PRIMARILY DUE TO SEVERAL LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURES …

    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

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    THE MASSIVE PROBLEM, ACCESS DENIED TO ALL,  STARTED on Nov 17, 2015, as reported, by spokeswoman for the park, the Olympic National Park Barb Maynes said over the weekend…… “Other areas in the [Elwha] valley have seen damage — extensive damage,” “Park staff is still assessing the damages,” Maynes said…

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    NOV 17, 2015 MAYNES SAID THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

    AND, NOV 17, 2015 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SARAH CREACHBAUM SAID, WELL? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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    NOV 21, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD? WE REQUESTED A TIMELINE FOR REPAIRING AND REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS FROM THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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    NOV 22, 2015 IT WAS REPORTED A WEEK AFTER THE FACT, IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    ( I THOUGHT THE NEWS MEDIA WAS HOW WA DC POLITICIANS FOUND OUT ABOUT MASSIVE PROBLEMS) My elected WA DC Representative are, Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

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    DEC 12, 2015 NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    DEC 12, 2015 THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED REPS

    Behind My Back | ONP All Access Denied

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/12/12/onp-all-access-denied/
    Dec 12, 2015 – ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – 320 million, … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.
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    JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR FROM MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE  Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

    JAN 19, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    Behind My Back | The Promised Land Olympic National Park

    www.behindmyback.org/…/the-promised-land-olympic-national-park/
    JAN 19, 2016 – The Promised Land Olympic National Park Sept. 30, 1937 President … www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part–1–wow-a-war-on-wild/. Jan 27 …
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    JAN 28, 2016

    GO FIND YOUR PARK? COME FIX MY ROAD?

    POST IT,  JUST ASKING… AGAIN….

    WHEN ARE “THE FEDS” GOING TO COME AND FIX OUR/MY OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD?

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    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS STILL, ZERO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE. AND, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SARAH CREACHBAUM STILL HAS SAID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    JAN 28, 2016 THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD IS STILL CLOSED AT THE PARK BOUNDARY TO MOTOR … THE ROAD AND ALL AREAS BEYOND THE WASHOUT ARE STILL CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ENTRY.
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    INDEED, in 2016, THIS ACCESS  DENIED TO ALL INCLUDES  320 million Americans, plus all access denied to approximately 3.24 million recreational visitors to Olympic National Park in 2014.

    MASSIVE ACCESS DENIED PROBLEM FOR 323,240,000 MILLION PEOPLE

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    JUST SAYING…A Look at the Decline in NATIONAL PARK VISITATION IN 2013? This decline was PRIMARILY DUE TO SEVERAL LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURES during the first three months of 2013.

    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

    HOW WILL ALL ACCESS DENIED TO ALL, ON THE LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURE OF THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRING ROAD

    AFFECT WA STATE ECONOMY?

    HOW WILL IT AFFECT OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES?

    WILL THERE BE A DECLINE IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK RECREATIONAL VISITATION?

    2013 CONTRIBUTION OF ALL VISITOR SPENDING
    PARK UNIT OLYMPIC National Park
    TOTAL RECREATION VISITS 3,085,340
    TOTAL VISITOR SPENDING $245,894.1
    JOBS 2,993
    LABOR INCOME $113,577.4
    VALUE ADDED ($000S) $208,011.7
    OUTPUT ($000S) $323,766.2
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    JAN 28, 2016 WHILE “THE FEDS” AND OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUE TO DITHER…
    TIMES A WASTING
    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS NO STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    THE RECREATIONAL TOURISTS ARE COMING
    NONE OF US CAN GET THERE FROM HERE
    UNTIL THE FEDS COME AND FIX OUR/MY ROAD….
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    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

    www.nature.nps.gov/…/NPSVSE2013_final_nrss.p…
    National Park Service
    labor income, $15.6 billion in value added, and $26.5 billion in output. The lodging sector … Spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity ….. Spending opportunities near Alaska parks are limited and for many visitors a park visit is part of a cruise or ….. $7,177.7. Olympic NP.
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    read more here…

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/31123998…
    Peninsula Daily News
    Nov 22, 2015 – When the water receded, Olympic National Park officials discovered the water had washed out a 60-foot-long section of Olympic Hot Springs …


  • Public Land Use? Howls of Complaints?

    I received information on, the Public ” HOWLING” on Public Land Use complaints against the feds, in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Publiclandslisteningsessionbri
    Deseret News

    15 hours ago – Public landslistening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds.

    17 Comments ». By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret …

    13 hours ago – Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds … Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county …. Kick the Feds out of our state, period!
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    So, I sent a comment to…..

    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC…..
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Then… I made a comment on Pie N Politics website

    Pie N Politics | LizBowen.com

    lizbowen.com/?page_id=393

    Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes …
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    my comment to Pie N Politics ….
    If you want an elected federal representative to “LISTEN” to your complaints and respond.. Senator Lankford, is your man.
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    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC……
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Sent and received by Team Lankford!
    Thanks
    Thank you for reaching out to Team Lankford! Your form has been successfully submitted. Someone on our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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    I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA DC
    Rep. Derek Kilmer, and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA State
    Rep. Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van De Wege and Senator Jim Hargrove
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative, Commissioners in Clallam County WA.

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    I have been, well… sort of howling at all nine (9) of them, mostly D-WA representatives, sending them emails, and asking them questions for years.. about restricted public and private land use, among other things.

    And, all nine (9) of my elected representatives are mostly D-WA, are mostly, usually, unconcerned and unresponsive. period.

    Like, I might as well have been howling at the moon…

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    Fortunately, My grandson set up this website for me… registered 2013-01-29.
    Today is 2016-01-23, I’ve spent nearly three years researching, documenting and posting over 650 comments on restricted public and private land use, among other things.
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    Well, Like I said….
    IF YOU WANT AN ELECTED FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO “LISTEN” TO YOUR COMPLAINTS AND RESPOND.. SENATOR LANKFORD, IS YOUR GO TO MAN.
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    My comments matter, as a matter of fact… I even got a Christmas card

    (I know a robo card)

    However, the bottom line on Senator Lankford Christmas card is…
    Stay Connected!
    If you would like more information on these topics or any other legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, please do not hesitate to call my D.C. office at (202) 224-5754. My Oklahoma City office can be reached at (405) 231-4941 and my Tulsa office at (918) 581-7651. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram for updates on my work in Congress.
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sen. James Lankford
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:20 AM
    Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    BACK TO THE HOWLING…

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …
    www.deseretnews.com/…/Public-lands-listening-session-bri…

    WHO’S LISTENING?
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas
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    I received the following information in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.
    full text…
    By Amy Joi O’Donoghue,
    Deseret News
    Published: Friday, Jan. 22 2016 10:00 p.m. MST
    ST. GEORGE — Four U.S. congressmen spent several hours Friday hearing a litany of complaints asserting federal land management agencies are harming families and livelihoods and need to be reigned in — if not eliminated altogether.
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county leaders and others air their views on federal public lands management in Utah.
    The list of grievances was long: grazing reductions, wild horse and burro overpopulation, agencies colluding with environmental groups in illegal, backdoor meetings, heavy-handed law enforcement tactics and dismissive attitudes by faceless bureaucrats that are harming rural life in Utah.
    “Is there any question or any wonder why people are angry? It seems glaringly obvious to me why people are angry,” Stewart said.
    “It did not used to be this way, and it does not have to be this way in the future.”
    Commissioners from six rural counties in Utah implored Stewart and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, to fix what’s wrong with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, emphasizing they’re at the breaking point.
    “Elected officials have tried to protect their constituents from the overreach the best we can, but it is tough to compete with special interest groups,” said Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.
    “Range management is more a result of lawsuit than science,” Iverson said. “Special interest groups sue the land management agencies and they agree to settle on terms that do not benefit the general public and are almost never disclosed. … There is an overabundance of failed public policies.”
    Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson described struggling ranchers held hostage by the proliferation of wild horses that are ruining a drought-striken range for cattle, wildlife and other uses.
    Pearson, a rancher herself, said the situation is dire.
    “Producers have exhausted their financial reserves, have lost their faith in federal agencies and have been backed into a corner by those agencies and so-called environmentalists and advocacy groups,”

    she said. “This grief has caused the uprisings that we see in Nevada, Oregon, and quite possibly in Utah.”
    Westerman, who said the BLM does not operate in his state, said it was clear to him there is a problem that has to be addressed.
    “We are all going to have disagreements on something as passionate as how federal public lands are used. It is more the process that I am worried about. Broken promises. Collusion. Lack of trust. Closed door meetings, circumvention of the law and double standards. Those are not the kind of words that are beneficial to our country regardless of what location you are at.”
    Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.
    “You cannot protect Utah families if you don’t give them hope for the future,” he said. “And you can’t give them hope for the future if they feel like the federal government has a boot at their throat.”
    Email: amyjoi@deseretnews.com
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646022/Public-lands-listening-session-brings-howls-of-complaints-against-feds.html
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    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    WOW Snippets, full text below….

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”

    Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    BLM tactics and policies across the country, and St. George seems to be a poster child of BLM bad behavior,” said Tom McClintock, R-California and chairman of the House Natural Resources Federal Subcommittee.

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas,

    restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water

    and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

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    Ful ltext

    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Congressionalcommitteerails-on
    Deseret News

    23 hours ago – Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land … about a Bureau of Land Management proposed land use plan they …

    ST. GEORGE — Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    The subcommittee convened the rare field hearing after McClintock said they’d heard a litany of complaints over the BLM’s draft resource management plans proposed for the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Areas.

    The plan is being crafted as a result of the 2009 Public Lands Omnibus Act, which McClintock said embodied the spirit of compromise and was held up as a model for locally generated public lands planning across the nation.

    “This subcommittee doesn’t normally hold hearings on individual land use plans. But it appears that the BLM, which administers nearly half of the land area of Washington County, has ignored the will of Congress and thumbed its nose at the people whose taxes support this government and whose livelihoods and quality of life are now directly threatened by it.”

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas, restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

    Washington County Commission Chairman Alan Gardner and St. George Mayor Jon Pike both testified at the hearing — held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George — that they were left out of BLM’s planning process and surprised at the plan’s components when it was released.

    “I would have expected to have had many discussions with the BLM about all of these issues that have been raised today,” Pike said,

    particularly since they concern water rights.

    “I would have liked to have had those conversations before the plan was released.”

    Acting BLM Utah Director Jenna Whitlock defended her agency and disputed the allegation local elected officials were not involved in the planning stages.

    “We really feel like we have a good record,” she said, adding she believes the proposed plan follows the 2009 law.

    The hearing, which was attended by Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop, drew sympathetic comments from Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, who said these divisive land issues impact everyone.

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,” he said, adding that he had read about the controversy 1,000 miles away in his home state. “It appears to me that the law is being ignored, this law passed by Congress. This seems to be a pattern with the BLM. … Do you recognize that you are creating some really bad publicity for the BLM across the country?”

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    I am compelled to insert this comment.

    “If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    And, this  comment.

    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.

    The issue of “WILD NON-PROFITS”  undue partisan influence on the US government, is not only important to Utah, the “WILD NON-PROFITS” are a threat to the Public use of public  and private land in the whole country.

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    Friday’s hearing was packed with members of the public sporting “Wild Utah” pins who are supportive of BLM’s planning efforts that are designed to conserve the desert tortoise, which was added to the Endangered Species list in 1990 and conserve desert landscapes.

    Paul Van Dam, one of the witnesses who testified at the subcommittee hearing, said the BLM is a responsive agency and was engaged with the public while it crafted its proposed plan.

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    Really…”If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    “I have dealt with the BLM for a long time,” said Van Dam, who used to head up the grass-roots environmental organization called Citizens for Dixie’s Future. “My experiences are positive.”

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    Sorry, I can’t resist this one..

    no duh… radical non-profits usually do have a positive experience with the BLM

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    the bottom line…

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”
    Email your comments to Senator Lankford, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas they are are listening..

    Rep. Chris Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.

    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett


  • Coerced by Federal Bathroom Laws?

    Basic Federal Education and Bathroom Laws

    The feds — specifically, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights — insist that drawing any distinction is sexual discrimination banned by Title IX of the basic federal education law. “The district continues to deny a (self identified?) female student the right to use the girls’ locker room,” charges Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon.

    The feds have given the school 30 days to comply, or face enforcement action.

    COERCED BY FEDERAL BATHROOM LAWS?

    THE FEDS CAN WITHHOLD SIGNIFICANT CASH FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS IF THEY DON’T. THE FEDS HAVE GIVEN THE PALATINE, ILL., HIGH SCHOOL 30 DAYS TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL BATHROOM LAWS, OR FACE ENFORCEMENT ACTION.

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    My comment….
    Jan 10,  2015 THE FEDERAL ACT OF COERCEMENT.
    TO MAKE PUBLIC AMERICAN SCHOOLS, DO SOMETHING BY USING FORCE OR THREATS, FORCE OR THE POWER TO USE FORCE IN GAINING COMPLIANCE, AS BY A GOVERNMENT OR POLICE FORCE.

    “WE THE PEOPLE” MUST HOLD OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FEDERAL AND WA STATE BATHROOM LAWS AND RULES

    AS, NO AMERICAN CITIZEN COULD POSSIBLY BELIEVE THE U.S. CONGRESS OR THE WA STATE LEGISLATORS EVER INTENDED TO CREATE THEM

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    Behind My Back | A WA State Bathroom Rule

    www.behindmyback.org/category/a-wastatebathroom-rule/

    2 days ago – … on wood burning. Category Archives A WA State Bathroom Rule … by Joseph Backholm, FPIW.org | January 6, 2016. Last week, news broke …

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    Dec 26, 2015….

    Washington Quietly Adopts New Transgender Policies

    dailysignal.com/…/washingtonquietly-adopts-new-transgender-bathroo…

    6 days ago – The House passed a reconciliation bill rolling back key provisions of Obamacare. … One day after Christmas, Washington state quietly adopted a set of new … The rules, adopted by the state Human Rights Commission, make it … to use the restroom that is consistent with their gender identity” and in most …

    JANUARY 8, 2016 WA STATE

    Gov. Inslee Won’t Answer Question About Bathroom Rule …

    www.fpiw.org/…/govinsleewontanswerquestion-about-bathroomrule

    3 days ago – FPIW communications director Zach Freeman talked with Gov. Jay Inslee

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    NOVEMBER 3, 2015 THE FEDS — specifically, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S Office for Civil Rights — insist that drawing any distinction is sexual discrimination banned by Title IX of THE BASIC FEDERAL EDUCATION LAW. “The district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room,” charges Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon.

    Federal bureaucrats have no business rewriting the law to deny that reality. Nothing in US law suggests these “trans” rights, AND NO ONE COULD POSSIBLY BELIEVE CONGRESS EVER INTENDED TO CREATE THEM.

    Cultural “progressives” have embraced the transgender-rights agenda, but the public hasn’t. Yes, Americans today are more willing to play along with “I identify as” — BUT NOT TO THE POINT OF PRETENDING SEXUAL ORGANS DON’T EXIST.

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    Uncle Sam’s insane push for transgender rights in school locker rooms

    By Post Editorial Board
    November 3, 2015 | 8:41pm
    Talk about lunatic overreach: The federal Education Department is bullying high schools across America to treat “trans” teens exactly as the sex they “identify” as — all the way up to using the same locker rooms and showers.
    Many schools have knuckled under, since the feds can withhold significant cash if they don’t. But one Illinois district is refusing to go along.
    Mind you, the Palatine, Ill., high school already lets the teen in question play on a girls’ sports team and even change in the same room, but in a curtained-off area. Staff refer to the student as “she,” and so on.
    The feds — specifically, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights — insist that drawing any distinction is sexual discrimination banned by Title IX of the basic federal education law. “The district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room,” charges Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon.
    The feds have given the school 30 days to comply, or face enforcement action.
    Insanity squared:
    This railroads over other students’ privacy rights. However the kid in question “identifies,” that doesn’t change the reality of what others see in that locker room.
    Federal bureaucrats have no business rewriting the law to deny that reality. Nothing in US law suggests these “trans” rights, and no one could possibly believe Congress ever intended to create them.
    Cultural “progressives” have embraced the transgender-rights agenda, but the public hasn’t. Yes, Americans today are more willing to play along with “I identify as” — but not to the point of pretending sexual organs don’t exist.
    Look: The school has gone the extra mile to be accepting. (Is it fair to other players to let a biological male compete in a woman’s sport?) It’s just showing some respect for the views of other students — and their parents.
    The real offender here is the feds, by sending a strong and demeaning message to the rest of those girl athletes: Your privacy and your opinions don’t matter at all.


  • The Greatest Homeland Threat?

    The Greatest Homeland Threat?

    THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITIES,
    RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS?

    Terrorism, Lone-wolf, domestic terrorism, sovereign citizen …

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (National Consortium for the Study ..
    According to a 2014 report by (START) the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a survey of law-enforcement officials and agencies across the United States concluded that the movement…..

    SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT WAS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES,RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS.

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    www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150223-dhs-intelligence-asses…
    FEB 23, 2015 – A NEW DHS intelligence assessment, released earlier this month, focuses on … The threat of domestic terrorism posed by SOVEREIGN CITIZENS, armed …

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    CNN reports that a NEW DHS INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENT, released earlier this month, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing SOVEREIGN CITIZEN EXTREMISTS.
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    Just saying… Just asking?

    (under that freedom of speech thing) FOR CLARIFICATION….

    WAS THERE ANY SPECIFIC SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT?

    IN MARCH 2014, after Cliven Bundy lost a second U.S. District Court case in a 20-year court battle, he sent letters entitled “Range War Emergency Notice and Demand for Protection” to county, state, and federal officials. In his court filings, depositions, and subsequent statements, he said he does not recognize the US Government because he is a citizen of the State of Nevada.[121]
    In media interviews, Bundy used the language of the SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT[122] as a rallying call, beckoning support [122] from members of the Oath Keepers,[122] the White Mountain Militia,[122] the Praetorian Guard,[122] and other like-minded individuals to join his Bundy militia[123][124][125][126] in a fight against the US Government.[122] Armed militants from Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, California, and other areas responded with a show of force[127] by joining the Bundy militia[122][125][128] at a heavily armed militia camp near Bunkerville, Nevada in early April 2014.
    Approximately 1000 militia members and supporters joined the fight.[129] On April 12, 2014, and consistent with THE SOVEREIGN CITIZEN credo and without success, Bundy ordered Sheriff Gillespie to confront the federal agents, disarm them and deliver their arms to them within an hour of his declaration.[12][130]
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    May 4, 2014
    HOLD YOUR HORSES: NEVADA STANDOFF REVEALS BIGGER FIGHT OVER FEDERALLY OWNED LAND
    By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Sunday, May 4, 2014
    DENVER — Behind the hoopla surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management is a growing resentment over the federal government’s status as the largest landowner in the West.
    “THIS IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN ONE RANCHER IN NEVADA,” Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, who heads the American Lands Council, said in an April 23 online debate sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune.
    How much land does the federal government own? A 2012 Congressional Research Survey said the federal government owns about 640 million acres, or 28 percent of the nation’s land mass. Roughly 90 percent of that property is in the West.
    Put another way, one out of every two acres in the West is federally owned. In Nevada, the figure is 81.1 percent; in Alaska, 61.8 percent; in Utah, 66.5 percent; in Oregon, 53 percent. In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government owns 0.3 percent of the land.
    “The federal estate is larger than France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom combined,” said Robert Gordon, a senior adviser for the Heritage Foundation. “It is too big and was never intended to be preserved as one big park, but the left is strangling use of it and with it, rural America.”
    Although Nevada has received most of the national attention since Mr. Bundy’s clash last month with BLM agents, the heaviest push to wrest control of federal lands is coming from Utah. In 2012, Gov. Gary Richard Herbert, a Republican, signed a bill demanding that the federal government relinquish control of more than 20 million acres of federal land within Utah’s borders by 2015.
    The federal government hasn’t shown any inclination to do so, but support for the idea is growing. Last month, Mr. Ivory and Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder hosted more than 50 legislators from nine states at a Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands in Salt Lake City.
    “It’s time the states in the West come of age,” Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said in The Salt Lake Tribune. “We’re every bit as capable of managing the lands in our boundaries as the states east of Colorado.”
    There is a reason Utah is leading the drive. In September 1996, President Clinton cordoned off 1.8 million acres of federal land for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Critics decried the move as a federal land grab designed to boost Mr. Clinton’s stock with environmentalists in an election year.
    Those opposed to giving federal land to the states argue that the locals aren’t up to the task of managing that property, either because they lack the sophistication or they are too beholden to private interests.
    At the Salt Lake Tribune debate, former BLM Director Patrick Shea said he opposed the movement to put states in charge of federal land within their borders.
    “I don’t think states are capable of the complexity of managing these lands, and I think people like Rep. Ivory get off on these rhetorical pitches that don’t have a historical basis and they certainly don’t have a scientific basis,” Mr. Shea said.
    State officials argue that the federal agency is herding rural Westerners off the land by tightening restrictions, many of them driven by the Endangered Species Act, as well as lax management.
    At last year’s Western Governors’ Association meeting, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, linked wildfires to federal land management of the forests. “There’s a real high degree of frustration when it comes to management of our federal forest lands,” he said.
    Many states added to the union during the 1800s were largely federally owned, but the government was actively trying to give land to homesteaders and settlers. By the early 1900s, when Western states were still new to the union, the focus began to shift to conservation of public lands.
    In 1976, Congress touched off the first Sagebrush Rebellion by approving the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which declared that federal land within state borders would remain under federal control until further notice.
    Advocates on both sides have been arguing over the legalities ever since. Advocates of federal land insist that the issue is settled, but critics call for Congress to treat Western states the same as other states.
    “You don’t change these solemn compacts of statehood as the Supreme Court unanimously said in 2009 by a unilateral policy from Congress,” Mr. Ivory said at the debate.
    On Friday, about two dozen members and supporters of the Bundy family filed with the Clark County sheriff criminal complaints against federal agents. Accusations included assault and threats with a deadly weapon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
    Mr. Bundy, 68, lost significant public support two weeks ago when he wondered aloud whether black Americans were “better off as slaves” than on public assistance and said black social misery today was “because they never learned how to pick cotton.” He did not accompany his son Ammon Bundy and others in filing the complaints.
    “We expect the sheriff to investigate the crimes,” said Ammon Bundy, who was hit with a stun gun during an April 9 clash with BLM agents at the ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
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    May 5, 2014
    NEVADA DEM CALLS FOR PURGE OF ‘ARMED SEPARATISTS’ FROM BUNDY RANCH
    By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Monday, May 5, 2014
    A congressman who represents the area of Nevada that’s home to Cliven Bundy’s ranch says HIS CONSTITUENTS ARE DEMANDING HE ASK STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GET RID OF MILITIA MEMBERS WHO HAVE COME TO STAND BY THE RANCHER’S SIDE IN HIS GRAZING DISPUTE AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
    DEMOCRATIC REP. STEVEN HORSFORD told participants of the Clark County Democratic Convention in Las Vegas this past weekend that residents are worried — and government officials need to act.
    “I am calling on [Gov.] Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller, the [Clark County] sheriff and any other elected official in Nevada to do their part to get rid of these armed separatists,” he said, the Associated Press reported.
    Mr. Bundy’s dispute over ranching fees ultimately led agents with the Bureau of Land Management to take up arms and encircle his property, cutting off road access to the land. A national uproar ensued, and militia members from outside states arrived on scene to join forces with other local activists and help Mr. Bundy.
    Mr. Horsford characterized such armed resistance against the government as unwarranted and said remaining supporters of Mr. Bundy should now go home.
    He told the delegates at the Las Vegas convention that a fifth-grade girl referred to Mr. Bundy as having a “sense of entitlement” who was skipping out on grazing fees that other ranchers had to pay. Another person referred to Mr. Bundy as a “welfare rancher,” Mr. Horsford said, AP reported.
    Mr. Horsford’s petition may fall on deaf ears, however.
    Sen. Dean, Mr. Heller has previously labeled Mr. Bundy’s supporters as “patriots,” while Mr. Sandoval said it’s not likely that the sheriff would force the activists to leave the area any time soon, AP reported.
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    April 10, 2015
    ‘LIBERTY CELEBRATION’ AT BUNDY RANCH MARKS ONE-YEAR SINCE ARMED CONFRONTATION WITH BLM
    Posted 9:53 pm, April 10, 2015
    NEVADA — It’s been one year since Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy made headlines after an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agents, and, in the end, the government backed off from seizing cattle in connection with the more than $1 million they claim Bundy owes them for grazing fees.
    To commemorate the date this weekend, Bundy and his family are hosting a “Liberty Celebration” at their ranch. Among those invited are cowboys, politicians, the militia, anyone who ‘enjoys freedom’ and the media.
    However, despite the party, the government’s case against Bundy remains open.
    “I SUSPECT WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE FINAL SHOE DROP ON THIS, AND THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP MAY WELL BE SOME SORT OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION,” said Bob Keiter, a law professor at the University of Utah.
    THE BUNDY SHOWDOWN GENERATED HEADLINES LAST APRIL AND FOUND ITS WAY INTO KEITER’S LECTURES, WHERE THE FOCUS IS ON PUBLIC LANDS DISPUTES.
    “Mr. Bundy asserts that the federal government does not own these lands, and he’s simply wrong,” Keiter said.
    The land in question, according to Keiter, has been under federal control since the 19th century. However, in 1993, there was a move toward more stringent grazing regulations, due to wildlife concerns. That is when Bundy stopped paying, according to the BLM.
    “IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THERE ARE SOME CONFLICTS,” KEITER SAID.

    “THE SCOPE AND DEPTH OF THIS PARTICULAR CONFRONTATION, THAT INVOLVED FIREARMS AND THE LIKE, SEEMS TO HAVE GONE BEYOND WHAT I CAN RECALL HAPPENING IN THE PAST.”
    But federal agents have remained mum about where their investigation into Bundy stands.
    FOLLOWING THE STANDOFF ON APRIL 12, 2014, THE BLM STATED SAFETY CONCERNS HAD FORCED THEM TO WITHDRAW FROM THE AREA. THEY RELEASED NEARLY 400 CATTLE BELONGING TO BUNDY AND LEFT.
    FOX 13 News reached out to the agency for comment, Friday. Celia Boddington, assistant director for communications, sent the following statement:
    “The Bureau of Land Management remains resolute in addressing issues involved in efforts to gather Mr. Bundy’s cattle last year and we are pursuing the matter through the legal system. Our primary goal remains, as it was a year ago, to resolve this matter safely and according to the rule of the law.”
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    FEBRUARY 2015/1ST EDITION – PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE 21 IMPLEMENTATION: AN INTERAGENCY SECURITY COMMITTEE WHITE PAPER
    The Presidential Policy Directive 21 Implementation: An Interagency Security Committee White Paper provides a current assessment of issues addressed in Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21), which affirmed the federal government’s responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against threats and address cyber threats in relation to physical security measures for federal facilities. The PPD-21 Working Group analyzed The Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard to identify any issues that could potentially create vulnerabilities and obstacles to security and resilience efforts for federal critical infrastructure supporting primary mission essential functions in an all-hazards environment.
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    The Greatest Homeland Threat?
    Terrorism, Lone-wolf, domestic terrorism, sovereign citizen …
    According to a 2014 report by (START) the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a survey of law-enforcement officials and agencies across the United States concluded that the movement….. SOVEREIGN CITIZEN MOVEMENT WAS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, RANKING ABOVE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND JIHADISTS.[15][16][17]
    www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150223-dhs-intelligence-asses…
    FEB 23, 2015 – A new DHS intelligence assessment, released earlier this month, focuses on … The threat of domestic terrorism posed by SOVEREIGN CITIZENS, armed … U.S. Department of Homeland Security (National Consortium for the Study ..
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    OCTOBER 2015,
    In the media
    U.S. Justice Department
    In OCTOBER 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had created a NEW POSITION within the Department to counter domestic terrorism. At a terrorism seminar at George Washington University, John Carlin, head of the Department’s national security division, stated that in talks with local law enforcement officials, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAD FOUND THAT THE TOP TERRORISM CONCERN OF LOCAL OFFICIALS CONSISTED OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CALL THEMSELVES “SOVEREIGN CITIZENS.”[148]
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    OCT 8, 2015
    Interagency Security Committee Policies, Standards, and Best
    www.dhs.gov/isc-policie…
    United States Department of Homeland Security
    OCT 8, 2015 – U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal … ISC standards and best practices can be used to help federal security …
    AN OUTLINE FOR A NEW POLICY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL NONMILITARY FEDERAL FACILITIES
    within the Executive Branch of the government. … The Design-Basis Threat: An Interagency Security Committee …
    Interagency Security Committee | Homeland Security
    www.dhs.gov/interagenc…
    United States Department of Homeland Security
    The Interagency Security Committee develops policy for enhancing the quality and effectiveness … OTHER SENIOR EXECUTIVES FROM 54 FEDERAL AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS MAKE UP THE ISC MEMBERSHIP. … Last Published Date: September 21, 2015 …
    Obama’s directive establishes national policy on critical infrastructure security and resilience. This endeavor is a shared responsibility among the Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities, and public and private owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

    Aug 26, 2015
    There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any …Aug 26, 2015

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    The 16 critical infrastructure sectors of the Department of Homeland Security

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    Emergency Services Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Emergency Services Sector. A system of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery elements, the Emergency Services Sector represents the nation’s first line of defense in the prevention and mitigation of risk from terrorist attacks, MAN-MADE INCIDENTS, and natural disasters.

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    Chemical Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Chemical Sector.

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    Commercial Facilities Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Commercial Facilities Sector.

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    Communications Sector
    The Communications Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy, underlying the operations of all businesses, public safety organizations, and government.

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    Critical Manufacturing Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Critical Manufacturing Sector.

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    Dams Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Dams Sector. The Dams Sector comprises dam projects, navigation locks, levees, hurricane barriers, mine tailings impoundments, and other similar water retention and/or control facilities.

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    Defense Industrial Base Sector
    The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements.

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    Energy Sector
    The U.S. energy infrastructure fuels the economy of the 21st century.

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    Financial Services Sector
    The Department of Treasury is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Financial Services Sector.

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    Food and Agriculture Sector
    The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Food and Agriculture Sector.

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    Government Facilities Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Government Facilities Sector.

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    Healthcare and Public Health Sector

    The Department of Health and Human Services is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.

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    Information Technology Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Information Technology Sector.

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    Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector.

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    Transportation Systems Sector
    The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation are designated as the Co-Sector-Specific Agencies for the Transportation Systems Sector.
    Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

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    The Environmental Protection Agency is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector.

    Last Published Date: August 26, 2015


  • Page (1) She Said American’s Are Not Stupid

    Page (1) She Said American’s Are Not Stupid

    And, I resent the hell out of clever elected politician’s that think we are.

    Gruber said,  “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” And, “They proposed it and passed OBAMACARE, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference,”

    REALLY, Politicians are clever and American people are stupid

    The law was written behind closed doors  DEMOCRATS intentionally made the law confusing to mask the fact that the law instituted a new tax. Why’d the DEMOCRATS do this? Voters don’t like new taxes.

    DEMOCRATIC Policymakers crafting the law had to take POLITICS into account. And ALL POLITICIANS know that Voters don’t like new taxes.

    “It’s a very clever, you know, Elected politicians passed the Obama care Act  in the senate on December 24, 2009, and passed in the house on March 21, 2010. because the American people are too stupid to understand?  Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever?

    POLITICIANS ARE CLEVER? AND REALLY, AMERICAN VOTERS ARE TOO STUPID TO  VOTE THEM OUT IN 2016

    As a concerned American Citizen, WATCH, THE NEWS, Be informed.

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    WATCH THE NEWS RESEARCH AND DOCUMENT
    (1) C-SPAN CABLE-SATELLITE PUBLIC AFFAIRS NETWORK, IS AN AMERICAN CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION NETWORK THAT WAS CREATED IN 1979 BY THE CABLE TELEVISION INDUSTRY AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.
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    SHE SAID, DON’T BOTHER TO WATCH
    WA STATE KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION. WHO KNEW THAT

    THE WA STATE KBTC TV PUBLIC TELEVISION IS “CERTAINLY NOT NEWS”?
    Starting in the spring of 2012, New Media Solutions (NMS) was contracted to re-format and produce the KBTC PROGRAM.

    KBTC New Media Solutions (NMS) Tom Layson HE SAID HE SPECIALIZES IN BRAND JOURNALISM. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT NEWS OR JOURNALISM, BUT IS RATHER A FLAVOR OF VIDEO PRODUCTION AND MARKETING THAT BORROWS FROM NEWS’ documentary and cinema verite styles.

    TO BRING VISUAL STORYTELLING TO THE PEOPLE, ORGANIZATIONS AND ENTITIES most importantly, more effectively harnesses authentic performances
    New Media Solutions (NMS) is here with to help KBTC NONPROFIT PUBLIC TELEVISION tell it, the BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE WAY with video production designed to grow sales, solicit funding, win clients, explain and train, and elevate brands
    http://www.newmediasolutions.tv/about/

    The KBTC station originally signed on the air September 25, 1961 as KTPS-TV, owned by TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Its offices and broadcasting center are located on the campus of owner BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE

    WA STATE KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION IS OWNED BY BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE.

    Over half of KBTC’s funding comes from viewers who support local public television through generous donations.

    Pacific Legal Foundation, QUESTION EVERYTHING

    WHERE DOES THE REST OF KBTC’s funding COME FROM?
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    (2) WATCH CBC Canada program “The National” for the global prospective
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    (3) WATCH FOX NEWS for the most urgent NEW problems
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    (4) WATCH The Local News for local crime and violence
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    (5) WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL the Global weather phenomena, whether the weather is global warming? climate change? or just part of Natural Born Monsters. Apr 16, 2014 – The jet stream’s plunging pattern is a long-standing natural phenomenon?

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    WATCH THE GROWING ….
    ‘Climate change industry’ now a $1.5 trillion global business …
    www.washingtontimes.com/…/climate-change-ind…
    The Washington Times
    Aug 11, 2015 – “The $1.5 trillion global ‘climate change industry’ grew at between 17 and …. 1.5 trillion dollar industry BUILT ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF AGENDA DRIVEN APPOINTED AGENCIES, GRANTS AND FUNDING TO NGO GLOBAL, NON-GOVERNMENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS.
    DON’T FORGET THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS… GOVERNMENT UNIONS AND APPOINTED JUDGES.
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    WATCH THE GROWING NATIONAL DEBT OF THE DEAD ….
    BUILT ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF AGENDA DRIVEN APPOINTED AGENCIES, UNIONS, GRANTS AND FUNDING TO NGO GLOBAL, NON-GOVERNMENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS .
    DON’T FORGET THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS… GOVERNMENT UNIONS AND APPOINTED JUDGES. (redundant? hardly)

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    SHE SAID, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WATCH WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND OUR BACKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND QUESTION EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S PARTISAN POLITICAL AGENDA, period….
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    This is my 608th documented, investigative report posted on my website. Each published report requires several hours of research, to read thousands of words online, to become informed, to fully document the facts, from more than one reliable source, connect the dots, “She Said He Said” and track down the TRUTH AND POLITICS (today’s 6:45am to 2:00pm)
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    LEARNING FROM HISTORY
    Below, is just ONE CLASSIC EXAMPLE of what you can document, when you watch, when you do in-depth research and question everything.
    Every time I watched KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION, I knew there was something really weird going on with their political liberally slanted agenda programming?
    INDEED, QUESTION EVERYTHING
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    IF YOU ARE A CONCERNED CITIZEN AND REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN?
    WATCH THE NEWS LISTED ABOVE NUMBERS (1) THRU (5).

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    IF YOU WANT PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT WATCH PUBLIC BROADCAST STATION (PBS)
    OR IF YOU WANT? YOU CAN WATCH THE ” BS” FROM NEW MEDIA SOLUTIONS (NMS) ON KBTC-TV PUBLIC TELEVISION.
    WATCH THE VISUAL STORYTELLING TO THE PEOPLE, WATCH THE AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCES AND, TASTE THE FLAVOR OF(NMS) VIDEO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA VERITE STYLES.
    VERITE STYLES a documentary technique developed by the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov (1896-1954)

    One of Dziga Vertov films is famous for the range of cinematic techniques.

    VERTOV INVENTS, DEPLOYS OR DEVELOPS, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, Dutch cuts, extreme close-ups tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animation and self-reflexive visuals (at one point it features a split-screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).

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    she said “NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL (NMS) 2015 ENTERTAINMENT”

    VIDEO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA VERITE STYLES.
    The Man with the Kinocamera, or Living Russia)[1] is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors,[2] by Soviet director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova.
    Vertov’s feature film, produced by the film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa.[3] From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life.
    TO THE EXTENT THAT IT CAN BE SAID TO HAVE “CHARACTERS,” THEY ARE THE CAMERAMEN OF THE TITLE, THE FILM EDITOR, and the modern Soviet Union THEY DISCOVER AND PRESENT IN THE FILM.

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    Page 1, She Said – He Said, is just another chapter in the Book of Revelations by Pearl Revere
    to be continued….


  • Women’s Rights Matter

    page 1 Things That Matter
    A # 1 bestselling book by Charles Krauthammer.
    “Things That Matter”, his working title started as, “There’s More To Life Than Politics”
    A quotation from Keats, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty— that is all/ Ye need to know on earth, and all ye need to know”.
    “Turns out, we need to know one more thing on earth- politics”
    “In the end, everything must bow to the sovereignty of politics”
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    Is truth all you need to know?
    LEARNING FROM HISTORY is paramount to my comments.
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    a snippet from “The Disturbing, Shameful History of Childbirth Deaths”
    RELIABLE, SAFE, AND LEGAL BIRTH CONTROL ALLOWED WOMEN TO LIMIT AND TIME THEIR PREGNANCIES,
    AND IT LED TO A DECREASE IN ILLEGAL ABORTIONS, A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN PREGNANT WOMEN HISTORICALLY.
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    PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN DEATH
    PLANNED PARENTHOOD Started as the American Birth Control League in 1921, and changed its name to “Planned Parenthood” in 1942
    PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS BEEN PROVIDING TRUSTED HEALTH CARE FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS.
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    And, a bunch of ill advised conservatives are going to shut down the government in an attempt to defund this?
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    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has since grown and consists of approximately 85 affiliates and 820 clinics in the United States, with a total budget of USD $1 billion.
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), IS THE LARGEST U.S. PROVIDER OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, WITH CLINICAL INTERACTIONS FOCUSED ON BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING, HIV SCREENING AND COUNSELING, CONTRACEPTION, AS WELL AS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES and abortions.
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    The $5 billion presidential campaign? | TheHill
    thehill.com/blogs/…/presidential…/230318-the-5-billion-campaig…
    Jan 21, 2015 – The 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion,
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    My comment…
    With BILLIONS being spent? It is unbelievable that conservative political advisers have, and conservative candidates are using the following defunding agenda in an attempt to WIN the 2016 presidential election?
    REALLY? and, A GROUP OF MORE THAN 30 REPUBLICANS???
    Shutting down the government is a fool’s errand.
    If you want the BLAME, play the shutdown game AGAIN.
    Even if a conservative wins the primary election on this defunding agenda..
    In the long run? WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE
    More women vote than men.
    Women will VOTE to protect their TRUSTED affordable healthcare and their constitutional rights provided by Planned Parenthood.
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    Conservatives Push Out Boehner Because He Wouldn’t …
    thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/09/…/boehner-steps-down/
    2 days ago – … pressure from the right wing of his conference” to defund Planned Parenthood. … Because He Wouldn’t Shut Down The Government Over Planned Parenthood … funding to avoid a government shutdown before October 1. … A group of more than 30 Republicans recently started threatening to force a …
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    The ugly truth about WA DC politics 1993-2015
    FEDERAL LAW SINCE 1993 “THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT” of 1993 103rd Congress (1993-1994) legalized fetal tissue research. In addition, fetal tissue can be sold at a price that allows an organization to recoup the costs associated with it.
    Setting up Planned Parenthood to take the fall, using hidden cameras and edited videos with atrocious images.
    Going public and blaming Planned Parenthood? for complying with a liberal Act of Congress LAW?
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    Did you watch the CSPAN congressional debates on defunding?
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    Of course, the liberals failed to mention, their FAULT in passing the LAW? “THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT”, Through no fault of Planned Parenthood, they were forced to comply with the liberal Act of Congress LAW.
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    AND, of course, if conservatives wanted a logical solution to to their problem with the 2001“NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REVITALIZATION ACT” they could introduce and pass new legislation to address their concerns. about the “CLINICAL RESEARCH”.Defined as, research conducted with HUMAN SUBJECTS (OR ON MATERIAL OF HUMAN ORIGIN SUCH AS TISSUES (FETAL TISSUE), SPECIMENS…..
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    LEARNING FROM HISTORY
    In 2012, Planned Parenthood and ITS SUPPORTERS FEROCIOUSLY ATTACKED the Susan G. Komen Foundation when it sought to discontinue funding
    Feb 4, 2012 – DONORS RUSH TO SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD; Susan G. Komen for the … to defund Planned Parenthood,”
    ONE IN FIVE AMERICAN WOMEN HAS CHOSEN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR HEALTH CARE AT LEAST ONCE IN HER LIFE.
    Throughout its history PPFA has experienced support, controversy, protests, and violent attacks.
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    Even if a conservative wins the primary election on this defunding agenda..
    In the long run? WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE
    More women vote than men.
    Women will VOTE to protect their trusted, affordable healthcare and the constitutional rights provided by Planned Parenthood.
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    WHO ARE THEY?
    We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
    For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.
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    CONGRESS PLANNED AND LEGALIZED THE “CLINICAL RESEARCH“.Defined as, research conducted with HUMAN SUBJECTS (OR ON MATERIAL OF HUMAN ORIGIN SUCH AS TISSUES (FETAL TISSUE), SPECIMENS…..
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    Planned Parenthood planned for BIRTH CONTROL AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    2015 THE ENTIRE RANGE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.
    Abstinence
    Abusive Relationships
    Adoption
    AIDS
    Anatomy
    Birth Control for Men
    Birth Control Implant
    Birth Control Patch
    Birth Control Pill
    Birth Control Ring
    Birth Control Shot
    Birth Control Sponge
    Breast Cancer
    Breast Exams
    Breastfeeding
    Cervical Cap
    Chancroid
    Chlamydia
    Colposcopy
    Condom
    Copper IUD
    Crabs
    Cryotherapy
    Dental Dams
    Diaphragm
    Dysmenorrhea
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    Female Condom
    Fertility awareness
    Gender Identity
    Genital Warts
    Gonorrhea
    Healthy Relationships
    Hepatitis
    Herpes
    How Pregnancy Happens
    HPV
    HPV Test
    HPV Vaccine
    Infertility
    Infertility (Men)
    Infertility (Women)
    Intersex
    LEEP
    Mammograms
    Masturbation
    Men and Urinary Tract Infections
    Menopause
    Miscarriage
    Molluscum Contagiosum
    Outercourse
    Parenting
    Pelvic Exam
    PID
    Pre-Pregnancy Health
    Pregnancy Options
    Prenatal Care
    Pull-Out Method
    Scabies
    Sex
    Sexual Orientation
    Sexual Pleasure
    Spermicide
    Stages of Pregnancy
    Sterilization (Women)
    Syphilis
    Testicular Cancer
    Transgender
    Trich
    Urinary Tract Infection
    Vasectomy
    Yeast Infection
    Abortion
    Abortion Pill
    Abortion Procedures
    – See more at: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/#sthash.UEp9Evyj.dpuf
    This entry was posted in A Question of “WHAT ELSE?”, A Womans Right and Vote?, FACTS are troublesome things, Hello Congress is anybody home?, Learning From History?, Our Voice in WA DC, The Good vs. the Bad and the Ugly, The Power of Cyberspace, This Is The Law.


  • page 3 “Things That Matter”

    page 3 “Things That Matter”
    OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
    NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT UNTIL THE INK IS DRY …

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    EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514, CLIMATE CHANGE Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, establishes an integrated strategy for sustainability within the Federal Government. Under the Executive Order, each agency is required to evaluate their climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage the effects of climate

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    Things that matter TRUTH AND POLITICS

    “CLIMATE CHANGE WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY GRABBING POWER FROM STATES or slowly hollowing out our economy,” Bush said.
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    CLIMATE CHANGE: OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514
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    IT’S AS EASY AS ONE, TWO THREE…
    (1) FEDERAL Planning Steps Set a Mandate
    The Obama administration estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030.
    OBAMA’S RULE ASSIGNS CUSTOMIZED TARGETS TO EACH STATE

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    (2) STATE Planning Steps Set a Mandate
    THE ACTUAL PRICE WON’T BE CLEAR UNTIL STATES DECIDE HOW THEY’LL REACH THEIR TARGETS
    THEN LEAVES IT UP TO THE STATE TO DETERMINE HOW TO MEET THEM.
    IF STATES REFUSE TO SUBMIT PLANS, THE EPA HAS THE AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE ITS OWN PLAN
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    Sustainable Washington STATE HISTORY

    Washington’s Planning Framework for Climate Change
    The GMA and Climate Change

    AND MCCARTHY SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD RELEASE A MODEL FEDERAL PLAN THAT STATES COULD ADOPT RIGHT AWAY.
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    (3) 2015 COUNTY Planning Steps Set a Mandate
    THE CLALLAM AND JEFFERSON COUNTY FINAL CLIMATE CHANGE MANDATE WAS DATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
    WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU THE FINAL “Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” report! (full text below)
    INDEED, NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT UNTIL THE INK IS DRY …

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    THEY, The “Partners” of the Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula Project, will let “US” “We the People” know when the public presentations are scheduled.

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    They are pleased to present to somebody? with the final “Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” report! This report and its many appendices and supplementary information (see list below) are the culmination of all the wonderful input and participation from all of you throughout the project, as well as the expert research, writing, and process flow from our consultants from “Adaptation International” and Washington Seagrant.

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    PARTNERS of the Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula Project,
    HOW COULD THE FINAL REPORT FROM “NORPCD” FAIL TO MENTION THIS $$$$ PARTNER?
    “OLYMPIC CLIMATE ACTION” HELPED DEVELOP ECOLOGY”S $152,078 GRANT THAT WAS GRANTED TO NORPCD FOR CLALLAM AND JEFFERSON COUNTY
    THE “OLYMPIC CLIMATE ACTION” SERVES AS A PARTNER ON (NOPRCD) THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NOPRC&D)— PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA ($152,078)
    HELP PLAN FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE MOBILIZATION?
    “OLYMPIC CLIMATE ACTION” IS SPONSORING OTHER EVENTS “” IN CONJUNCTION WITH 350.ORG AND OTHER CLIMATE-ACTION ORGANIZATIONS WORLDWIDE.
    AND OTHER (NOPRCD) PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: “ADAPTATION INTERNATIONAL”, WASHINGTON SEA GRANT.
    WHO IS “ADAPTATION INTERNATIONAL”? Goggle doesn’t know?
    WOW, WORLDWIDE AND INTERNATIONAL OTHER CLIMATE-ACTION ORGANIZATIONS.
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    Like my Dad, George C. Rains Sr. said…
    EVERYTHING GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS FINALIZED BEFORE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMENT IS ALLOWED.
    NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT UNTIL THE INK IS DRY …
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    Complete text
    From: Cindy Jayne [mailto:cindyjaynept@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:56 AM
    To: Jake Bell; Sascha Petersen; Kate Dean; Ian Miller
    Subject: Final Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula Report

    Partners of the Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula Project,

    We are pleased to present to you the final “Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” report! This report and its many appendices and supplementary information (see list below) are the culmination of all the wonderful input and participation from all of you throughout the project, as well as the expert research, writing, and process flow from our consultants from Adaptation International and Washington Seagrant.
    Here is the list of appendices and supplementary Information, see link above to access any of these:
    • Appendix A: Comprehensive List of Adaptation Strategies
    • Appendix B: Adaptation Strategy Matrix
    • Appendix C: Sea Level Rise Probability Maps
    • Appendix D: Sea Level Rise Analysis Details
    • Appendix E: Monitoring Plan (available by end of October)
    • Appendix F: Focus Area Overview Maps
    • Supplementary Information A: List of Project Partners
    • Supplementary Information B: Climate Preparedness Outreach Powerpoint (available by end of October)
    • Supplementary Information C: Planning Language Examples for Climate Resiliency
    • Supplementary Information D: Workshop 1 Results
    • Supplementary Information E: Workshop 2 Results
    • Supplementary Information F: GIS Map Development
    Note that there are a few items being finalized as we wrap up this project by October 31, 2015. The Powerpoint Presentation (Supplementary Information B), which we have been using for a variety of presentations already, is in the process of being refined, and we will continue to refine it through the end of October. Also, the Monitoring Plan (Appendix E), which defines how and who will continue to track the progress of the implementation of the adaptation strategies, is in process and will be complete by end of October. And we are also working on an extra final product – a packaged up version of the Executive Summary that can be used as a standalone handout.
    We are currently in the process of giving presentations on the final results of this project to the municipalities and other organizations, and we have a few public presentations that are getting scheduled. One that is scheduled currently is a presentation to the Jefferson County Planning Commission, on November 4th. (The commission meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but the specific time slot has not yet been scheduled, you can check the agenda once it becomes available here.)

    We will let you know when the public presentations are scheduled.
    We will send you a final email by the end of October when these last pieces are complete, and to also enlist your help with helping move the identified climate adaptation strategies forward and to provide input on the status of the implementation of the adaptation strategies.

    Many thanks again for all your engaged and thoughtful participation and feedback throughout this project. It is very exciting to see this all come together, and to now have the report as a resource for the North Olympic Peninsula as we continue to work together to create a climate resilient future!

    Cindy Jayne
    Project Manager, NOPRCD
    cindyjaynept@gmail.com
    (360)344-2046
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    The bottom line
    NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT UNTIL THE INK IS DRY …
    We will let you know when the public presentations are scheduled.
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    AUG 2, 2015 SOME STATES STOPPED PLANNING AND, STARTED SUING
    Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants
    full text below
    news.yahoo.com/obama-mandate-steeper-emissions-cuts-us-p…
    Yahoo! News
    Aug 2, 2015

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    snippets

    “CLIMATE CHANGE WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY GRABBING POWER FROM STATES OR SLOWLY HOLLOWING OUT OUR ECONOMY,” BUSH SAID.

    OPPONENTS PLANNED TO SUE IMMEDIATELY, and to ask the courts to block the rule temporarily. Many states have threatened not to comply.
    TWENTY TO 30 STATES WERE POISED TO JOIN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY IN SUING OVER THE RULE AS SOON AS IT’S FORMALLY PUBLISHED, SAID SCOTT SEGAL, A LOBBYIST WITH THE FIRM BRACEWELL AND GIULIANI WHO REPRESENTS UTILITIES.
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    TRUTH POLITICS AND HISTORY
    North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NOPRC&D)— Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula ($152,078)
    The NOPRC&D will conduct a detailed assessment of climate related vulnerabilities and develop A CLIMATE ADAPTATION PLAN FOR THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA. This work will focus on options for reducing risks from climate change by improving the resiliency of the local ecosystems in watersheds of JEFFERSON AND CLALLAM COUNTY. The process will engage stakeholders and planning agencies in generating data, priorities and strategies that will inform the creation of the adaptation plan. The plan will inform the comprehensive and strategic planning processes of the cities, counties, tribes, Public Utility Districts and ports within the North Olympic Peninsula.
    Partner Organizations: Adaptation International, Washington Sea Grant.
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    TRUTH POLITICS AND HISTORY
    Climate adaptation grant for North Olympic Peninsula
    OLYMPIC CLIMATE ACTION helped develop this grant , “Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula Summary” and serves as a partner on it. We will encourage local elected bodies to implement the changes recommended in the report, which will be developed with reference to the best available science and in discussion with the community at large. Part of the responsibility of government is to look at emerging trends and plan for them, and no trend will be as important in this century as climate change.
    Help plan for global climate mobilization Sept. 26
    OCA is sponsoring this event in conjunction with 350.org and other climate-action organizations worldwide. This year’s climate talks in Paris will be crucial, and we need to join hands around the world to tell our leaders that it’s time to get off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy, now!
    Power Through Paris Workshop
    Saturday, September 26, 12:00-2:00 PM
    Port Angeles Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles
    This event is public. Spread the word!
    2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and momentum is growing to stop the climate crisis. Political and religious leaders are beginning to get the message, but we need to carry the message home, to the global gathering of governments at the Paris climate change talks later this year — and beyond. Climate action groups are organizing events across the world in November and December, and in order to make them compelling we need everyone to work together.
    The workshop, led by OLYMPIC CLIMATE ACTION, will help us share ideas, build energy, and lay out plans for “Power Through Paris”—including how to escalate through and after the Paris climate talks, regardless of their outcome.
    Event signup link:http://act.350.org/event/power-through-paris-workshops_attend/10996
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    TRUTH POLITICS AND HISTORY
    Local Climate Change Activities – Northwest Straits Marine …
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    Jefferson County / Port Townsend Climate Action Committee. ▷ Local 2020 … organization (NOPRCD) / Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic. Peninsula … (NOPRCD.org) project, funded by WA Dept of Ecology and Commerce. ▷ Goal: To … their community, their state, and at a national level. ▷ They went to …

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    TRUTH POLITICS AND HISTORY
    Planning for Climate Change on the North Olympic …
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    Feb 4, 2015 – PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA PROJECT … THE PROJECT IS FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND COMMERCE, ... For further information on the project, contact info@noprcd.org.

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    THE NODC ALSO OPERATES AS THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NOP RC&D).

    The North Olympic Development Council (NODC or “Council”) is a collaborative, innovative effort amongst member governments, educational & community organizations to advance economic, environmental & quality of life initiatives on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    Council Members, Roles & Affiliations
    Officers
    Deborah Stinson, Port Townsend City Council – President
    Peter Quinn, Team Jefferson Economic Development Council-Vice President
    Bill Peach, Clallam County Commissioner- Treasurer
    Clea Rome, WSU Clallam County Extension- Secretary

    COUNCIL MEMBERS

    David Sullivan, Commissioner
    Jefferson County

    Bill Peach, Commissioner,
    Clallam County

    Larry Crockett
    Port of Port Townsend

    Laura DuBois
    City of Sequim

    Will Purser
    Clallam PUD

    Kenneth Collins
    Jefferson PUD

    Sissi Bruch
    Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

    Doug Sellon
    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

    Patrick Downey
    City of Port Angeles

    Linty Hopie
    Peninsula College

    Laura Lewis
    WSU Jefferson County Extension

    Colleen McAleer
    Port of Port Angeles

    Since 1992, the Council has managed projects in natural resource research, economic feasibility, market development, and regional planning.

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    Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

    news.yahoo.com/obama-mandate-steeper-emissions-cuts-us-p

    Yahoo! News

    Aug 2, 2015 – From Yahoo News: WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with …

    Aug 2, 2015 – Yet it will be up to Obama’s successor to implement his plan, which … said the revision makes Obama’s mandate even more burdensome, costly and … “Climate change is not a problem for another generation,” Obama said in …
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
    In finalizing the unprecedented pollution controls, Obama was installing the core of his ambitious and controversial plan to drastically reduce overall U.S. emissions, as he works to secure a legacy on fighting global warming. Yet it will be up to Obama’s successor to implement his plan, which reverberated across the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
    Opponents planned to sue immediately, and to ask the courts to block the rule temporarily. Many states have threatened not to comply.
    The Obama administration estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030. The actual price won’t be clear until states decide how they’ll reach their targets. But energy industry advocates said the revision makes Obama’s mandate even more burdensome, costly and difficult to achieve.
    “They are wrong,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said flatly, accusing opponents of promulgating a “doomsday” scenario.
    Last year, the Obama administration proposed the first greenhouse gas limits on existing power plants in U.S. history, triggering a yearlong review and more than 4 million public comments. On Monday, Obama was to unveil the final rule publicly at an event at the White House.
    “Climate change is not a problem for another generation,” Obama said in a video posted to Facebook. “Not anymore.”
    The final version imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected: a 32 percent cut by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, the White House said. Obama’s proposed version last year called only for a 30 percent cut.
    Immediately, Obama’s plan became a point of controversy in the 2016 presidential race, with Hillary Rodham Clinton voicing her strong support and using it to criticize her GOP opponents for failing to offer a credible alternative.
    “It’s a good plan, and as president, I’d defend it,” Clinton said.
    On the Republican side, Marco Rubio, a Florida senator, predicted increases in electricity bills would be “catastrophic,” while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called the rule “irresponsible and overreaching.”
    “Climate change will not be solved by grabbing power from states or slowly hollowing out our economy,” Bush said.
    Obama’s rule assigns customized targets to each state, then leaves it up to the state to determine how to meet them. Prodded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a number of Republican governors have said they simply won’t comply. If states refuse to submit plans, the EPA has the authority to impose its own plan, and McCarthy said the administration would release a model federal plan that states could adopt right away.
    Another key change to the initial proposal marks a major shift for Obama on natural gas, which the president has championed as a “bridge fuel” whose growing use can help the U.S. wean itself off dirtier coal power while ramping up renewable energy capacity. The final version aims to keep the share of natural gas in the nation’s power mix at current levels.
    Under the final rule, states will also have an additional two years — until 2022 — to comply, yielding to complaints that the original deadline was too soon. They’ll also have an additional year to submit their implementation plans to Washington.
    In an attempt to encourage earlier action, the federal government plans to offer credits to states that boost renewable sources like wind and solar in 2020 and 2021. States could store those credits away to offset pollution emitted after the compliance period starts in 2022.
    Twenty to 30 states were poised to join the energy industry in suing over the rule as soon as it’s formally published, said Scott Segal, a lobbyist with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani who represents utilities. The Obama administration has a mixed track record in fending off legal challenges to its climate rules. GOP leaders in Congress were also weighing various legislative maneuvers to try to block the rule.
    The National Mining Association lambasted the plan and said it would ask the courts to put the rule on hold while legal challenges play out. On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director, said in an interview that his organization planned to hold public rallies, put pressure on individual coal plants and “intervene as necessary in the courts” to defend the rule.
    By clamping down on emissions, Obama is also working to increase his leverage and credibility with other nations whose commitments he’s seeking for a global climate treaty to be finalized later this year in Paris. As its contribution to that treaty, the U.S. has pledged to cut overall emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025, compared to 2005.
    “We’re positioning the United States as an international leader on climate change,” said Brian Deese, Obama’s senior adviser.
    Power plants account for roughly one-third of all U.S. emissions of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming, making them the largest single source.
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    FedCenter – Climate Change Adaptation
    https://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/climate/
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    The new Climate Change Adaptation Program Area supports Federal agency climate adaptation planning. Please check in periodically for new information.
    • What is climate change adaptation & why do Federal agencies need to adapt?
    • Background on the Implementing Instructions for federal agency climate change adaptation
    • Federal framework for adaptation planning and guiding principles
    What is Climate Change Adaptation & Why is it Important?
    Climate change adaptation means adjusting to a changing climate to minimize negative effects and take advantage of new opportunities. Climate change directly affects a wide range of Federal services, operations, programs, assets, and our national security. Through adaptation planning, an agency can identify how climate change is likely to impact its ability to achieve its mission, operate, or meet its policy and program objectives. By integrating climate change adaptation strategies into its planning, the Federal Government can ensure that resources are invested wisely and Federal services and operations remain effective in current and future climate conditions.
    Background on the Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation
    Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, establishes an integrated strategy for sustainability within the Federal Government. Under the Executive Order, each agency is required to evaluate their climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage the effects of climate change on the agency’s mission and operations in both the short and long-term as part of the formal Strategic Sustainability Performance Planning process. In it’s October 2010 Progress Report, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force recommended that CEQ issue climate change adaptation planning implementing instructions. The Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning identify how agencies should respond to the adaptation requirements under the Executive Order.
    Federal Framework for Adaptation Planning, and Guiding Principles
    CEQ based its adaptation planning requirements on a six-step, flexible planning framework and eight Guiding Principles, as recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The planning framework is not meant to be prescriptive or to provide detailed recommendations for project-level adaptation, those detailed options will be developed over time by each agency with the help of a growing set of planning tools, illustrative case studies, and lessons learned. In addition, climate change adaptation planning in an iterative process; our knowledge of climate change is evolving, as is our understanding of different types of adaptive actions.
    Please click on the links below for more information on specific planning actions
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  • PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

    PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

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

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    SACRAMENTO, CA; July 15, 2015: On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast new expansion of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction — an expansion that could bring virtually all the nation’s water and much of the land under direct federal regulatory control.

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    M. Reed Hopper
    Principal Attorney
    Anthony Francois
    Senior Staff Attorney

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    SPECIFICALLY, the lawsuit seeks invalidation of the new regulatory rule defining the “waters of the United States” that are subject to CWA jurisdiction. Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the rule is illegal — and unconstitutional — because it sets no limit on the CWA’s reach, while explicitly expanding it to waters that the Supreme Court has already ruled to be off-limits to federal control.

    Judicial precedent and statutory language limit the CWA to “navigable” waters such as rivers, lakes, oceans, and adjacent waters directly connected to them. In violation of this rule, the administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” is open-ended; for instance, it includes all “tributaries,” no matter how small or remote; “neighboring” water bodies without any connection to a navigable water; and even isolated waters that the Supreme Court has held to be beyond CWA coverage.

    In this lawsuit, PLF represents landowners and organizations of landowners whose rights are endangered by the administration’s limitless expansion of Clean Water Act regulatory power, including Washington Cattlemen’s Association; California Cattlemen’s Association; New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association; New Mexico Federal Lands Council; New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.; family-owned Duarte Nursery, Inc., of Hughson (Stanislaus County) California; and other private landowners. Donor-supported PLF represents all these parties without charge, as with all PLF clients.
    The administration is violating the Rapanos precedent that PLF won at the Supreme Court
    PLF’s precedent-setting victories against CWA overreach include the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Rapanos v. United States, which prompted regulators to develop the new rule that is challenged in this litigation. In Rapanos, the Supreme Court recognized clear limits on the reach of the CWA, holding that the federal government could not regulate all “tributaries” to navigable waterways, and reaffirmed that isolated water bodies are off-limits to federal regulators. Indeed, the lawsuit filed today is based on the fact that the new rule violates Rapanos and other legal principles.

    In his testimony to Congress opposing the rule, Jack Field, Executive Vice President for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, stated: “One thing is clear, the definition [of waters of the United States] is not clear. The [rule] would include ditches as Waters of the U.S. if a regulator can distinguish a bed, bank, and ordinary high water mark. The proposal also would make everything within a floodplain and a riparian area a federal water by considering them ‘adjacent waters.’ I don’t think the negative impacts of this definition can be overstated.”

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    Statement by PLF’s Reed Hopper
    “We are suing to block the administration’s breathtaking attempt to control practically every pond, stream, and ditch in the country,” said PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper, who successfully argued the Rapanos case at the Supreme Court. “This new regulation is an open-ended license for federal bureaucrats to assert control over nearly all of the nation’s water, and much of the property, from coast to coast.

    “This regulation expands the scope of the Clean Water Act to an unprecedented extent — violating both the terms of the Act and the Constitution’s limits on federal authority,” Hopper continued. “Under its vague and limitless terms, the only waters that are clearly not subject to federal regulatory power are a few that are expressly excluded in the Clean Water Act, including artificial reflective pools, ornamental waters, some ground water, and gullies.

    “In short, the administration is engaged in a sweeping power grab,” said Hopper. “Property owners around the country will be faced with the prospect of being micro-managed by federal bureaucrats. This turns our federal system on its head. Under our constitutional framework, the states and localities are charged with the primary role in land use regulation and local water-quality protection. The Obama Administration’s sweeping new rule usurps the authority and responsibility of the states, and empowers bureaucrats in Washington D.C. to act as zoning and land use czars for the entire nation.”

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    Statement by California Cattlemen’s Association
    “With this rule, the EPA and Corps are seeking an extraordinary expansion of their jurisdictional authority and significantly increasing regulatory burdens on California’s ranchers,” said Billy Gatlin, Executive Vice President of the California Cattlemen’s Association. “Many elements of the rule are also troublingly vague, creating confusion over what routine ranching activities might cause cattlemen to run afoul of the regulation. CCA has been adamant since the rule was proposed that the EPA and Corps’ proposal far exceeds the limits imposed on those agencies by the CWA, and CCA is proud to partner with PLF and our industry allies to overturn the rule and protect the property rights of our members.”

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    Statement by New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association
    “In the arid, brittle climate of New Mexico, water is the source of all life,” said Jose Varela Lopez, President, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. “Without access to water we are finished … as is the rest of the nation. My family has been on our land for 14 generations. I believe we have the history to prove that we are caretakers of the water and the land without the help of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

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    Statement by New Mexico Federal Lands Council
    “Government management and regulation or over-regulation hasn’t helped our forests and grasslands one bit,” noted Don L. (Bebo) Lee, President, New Mexico Federal Lands Council. “In fact, it has harmed our land and our watershed. We do not need the federal government doing the same harm to our water.”

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    Statement by New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.
    “How does the federal government expect ranchers and farmers to feed the nation,” asked Leroy Cravens, President, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. “If water isn’t readily available to agriculture, outside the whims of Mother Nature, the American people won’t eat.”

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    Statement by John Duarte of Duarte Nursery
    “The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are already grossly overreaching beyond the authority given to them in the Clean Water Act,” said John Duarte, president of family-owned Duarte Nursery, based in Hughson, Calif. “With this new WOTUS rule they will completely obliterate any ties to congressional intent and common sense.”
    The case is Washington Cattlemen’s Association et. al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et. al. More information, including the complaint and a podcast, may be found at: www.pacificlegal.org.

    About Pacific Legal Foundation
    Donor-supported PLF is a watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, individual rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide. PLF represents all clients free of charge.

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    Behind My Back | Who is Protecting “We the People?”

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/12/who-is-protectingwe-the-people/

    Mar 12, 2014 – PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION Status: protecting PEOPLE …. As these groups consist of individuals and families who enjoy off-road recreation …