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  • SMP Update Concerns to Commissioners

    Oct 13, 2017 You, the elected Commissioners are now, at this late date, concerned about the Public Participation Strategy for the 2017 Clallam County SMP Update.

    You are planning open meetings, asking for public comments, and yes, you are planning the date for a public forum.

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    Just noting, 2010: The Clallam County Board of Commissioner’s expects to adopt a final SMP-Update Public Participation Strategy extended to March 16, 2010 @ 10 a.m. at the Board of Clallam County Commissioners Regular Meeting, 223 East 4th Street, Room 160, Port Angeles, Washington.

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    Part one: Oct 13, 2017 , The history of us, the collective 3000 private shoreline property vested stakeholders? What happened to us between Dec 5, 2009 and Jan 26, 2011?

    Dec 5, 2009. the FIRST  public comment on the SMP Update was submitted and posted.

    Jan 26, 2011  The  SMP  Public participation strategy? The first, by invitation only SMP Update meeting was held  by  ESA Adolfson’s  paid, facilitators Margaret Clancy and Jim Kramer.

    Not one of  Clallam County’s elected representatives bothered to attended this meeting. Not, Commissioners’, Tharanger, Chapman, Doherty or DCD director Miller. It was a bureaucrats meeting.

    What you, the elected, don’t know, have been denied access to by bureaucrats,  about SMP Update  600 plus public comments can hurt all Clallam County citizens.

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    2009: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION STRATEGY

    ·         120509 – DemComm – G  #1  CLALLAM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

    Resolution regarding County Shoreline Management Plan

     WHEREAS the nature of amendments to the plan as might be adopted by the Clallam County Board of Commissioners mayor may not adequately protect the quality of local waters from harmful development; and

    WHEREAS participation in the Shoreline Management Plan review process will be open to the public in a series of meetings over the next two years or more;

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the Clallam County Democratic Central Committee appoint a subcommittee of interested members to monitor the progress of the Shoreline Management Plan review, to suggest to the Central Committee communications to the county of the concerns or interests of Democrats in the elements of the plans and any proposed amendments, and to issue quarterly reports on the review process to the Central Committee.

    ·         December 5, 2009

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    Bureaucrats created the final Clallam County Shoreline 2017 SMP Draft Update.

    Oct 13, 2017 I am just one concerned vested stakeholder of private shoreline property in Clallam County WA.

    However, what happens to one of us, on the Clallam County Shoreline Update (SMP) collectively happens to all 3000 of us.

    The SMP ball is now in your court. and just asking?  have you, the elected collectively, or as  an individual elected official, taken the time (due diligence) to visit and read the SMP public court of opinion,600 plus comments on the Clallam County WA SMP Update?

    What happened to the online 600 plus SMP Update Public Comments? You, the elected, are the now, the ultimate decision maker. Have the SMP Public comments of private property owners been taken into consideration by you as a Clallam County Commissioners in the final stages of SMP Update?

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    Part one: The history of us, the collective 3000? What happened to us?

    Jan 26, 2011, I was a concerned vested stakeholder of private shoreline property.

    I was one of  thirty (30) selected individuals, to be invited to attend the first Clallam County Shoreline Management Plan Update  (SMP) meeting.

    The meeting was presented by  ESA Adolfson’s  paid facilitators , Margaret Clancy and Jim Kramer.

    In spite of the fact that it was a  private public  meeting, by invitation only, sixty (60) concerned citizens showed up and packed the room.

    Not one of  Clallam County’s elected representatives bothered to attended this meeting.

    Not, Commissioners’, Tharanger, Chapman, Doherty or DCD director Miller. It was a bureaucrats meeting.

    When I complained about it at a commissioners public meeting, after the meeting Commissioner Chapman insulted me, and said if I didn’t like the way things were going I should sign up for the SMP Update Citizens Advisory Committee.

    I did, I was appointed by DCD Miller.

    Cathy Lear said I must read everything. I did and that was when I started making Public SMP Update Comments.

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    By May 5, 2011,

    I was an angry, concerned vested stakeholder of private shoreline property and a member of the appointed Citizens Advisory Committee

    050511 – PHewett – G

      #70 We, as a Citizens Advisory Committee, are not there to give input, constructive comment, or recommendation, we are there to be indoctrinated on compliance, based on misleading pie charts and statistics compiled and presented by ESA Adolfson. “Reading out loud” by Pearl Hewett of WAC 173-26-191 illegal or unconstitutional.

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    By July 07, 2012, I  was a very frustrated, angry, concerned vested stakeholder of private shoreline property and  a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee

    July 7, 2012 I was so concerned about the SMP Update I compiled the

    COMPLETE LIST OF CLALLAM COUNTY DOE SMP PUBLIC COMMENTS 2009-2012

    I am concerned with, the comment numbers with no comments? The fact that it took me 12 hours to compile the following information?

    Unfortunately the links 2009-2012 SMP public comments  are not  linked to the SMP Update

    Not one of Clallam County elected representative from 2011 is still in office.

    Please note, there is only one county employee, Steve Gray, still employed by Clallam County that is still rewriting and revising the SMP Update. Unless? County employee Cathy Lear is representing someone?

    And, Steve is still being directed  by the ESA Adolfson  paid consultant, facilitator  Margret Clancy.

    Just saying, Margaret Clancy is not legally responsible for whatever content she and Steve decide to put into the SMP Update.

    Just asking? Have Clallam County elected representatives sought or received any legal counsel?

    Am I concerned? YOU BET…

    ARE YOU CONCERNED? Read the 2009-2012 comments, go find and read the 600 plus SMP public comments,. You, the elected, not bureaucrats, are responsible for the fate of Clallam County, you are the ultimate and final SMP Update decision makers.

    SHOULD YOU, THE ELECTED BE CONCERNED?  You decide.

    A concerned vested stakeholder of private shoreline property in Clallam County WA.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C.Rains Sr. Estate

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    July 07, 2012 COMPLETE LIST OF CLALLAM COUNTY DOE SMP PUBLIC COMMENTS 2009-2012

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: undisclosed concerned citizens and elected officials

    Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 10:02 AM

    THE SHORT FORM IS AN EMAIL

    CLICK ON THE TOP LINK TO READ THE FULL 6300 WORD DOCUMENT

    Subject: COMPLETE LIST OF CLALLAM COUNTY DOE SMP PUBLIC COMMENTS 2009-2012

     

    • TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
    • If you want to read the  full SMP comment? Go to the Clallam County SMP website. Click on Public comments. Identify the comment by using the name and the date (no comment #  is displayed).
    • I am concerned with, the comment numbers with no comments? The fact that it took me 12 hours to compile the following information? If the online Public Comments will be compiled? Read by the decision makers? And if the comments of private property owners will be taken into considereration by the Planning Dept. and the Clallam County Commissioners in the final SMP Update? Public Forums are being scheduled and the private property owners of Clallam County need to be advised.
    • Pearl Rains Hewett concerned member of the DOE SMP Advisory Committee
    • 050511 – PHewett – G
    • #70 We, as a Citizens Advisory Committee, are not there to give input, constructive comment, or recommendation, we are there to be indoctrinated on compliance, based on misleading pie charts and statistics compiled and presented by ESA Adolfson. “Reading out loud” by Pearl Hewett of WAC 173-26-191 illegal or unconstitutional.
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    COMPLETE LIST OF CLALLAM COUNTY DOE SMP COMMENTS 2009-2012

    July:

    ·         070212 – RKonopaski – G

    ·         #284 clarifying the setbacks on marine shorelines?

    June:

    ·         062312 – ESpees – G

    ·         #283 excessive 175-150 + 10 foot setbacks

    ·         061712 – PHewett – G

    ·         #282 DOE private meeting

    ·         061412 – PHewett – G

    ·         #281 150′ wetland setbacks Futurewise and Grays Harbor

    ·         061412 – PHewett – SED

    ·         #280 WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF CLALLAM COUNTY?

    ·         061112 – PHewett – G

    ·         # 279 See Nollan, 483 U.S. 825, 837 (1987). precautionary setbacks

    ·         060912 – PHewett – G

    ·         #278 25  No setback increases See Nollan, 483 U.S. 825, 837 (1987).

    ·         060712 – PHewett – G

    ·         #277 Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights v. Sims. 65% taking violates law

    ·         060312 – ESpees – G

    ·         #276 No taking of private property for public access

    May:

    ·         053012 – PHewett – SED

    ·         #275 RE-DESIGNATE TO FRESHWATER RURAL

    ·         052912 – PHewett – G

    ·         #274 fight back COORDINATION PROCESS 43 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1712

    ·         052412 – RCahill – SMPdraft

    ·         #273 the spirit and intent of the Department of Ecology’s Shore land’s and Environmental Assistance, publication number 09-06-029, shall and should, be changed to may.

    ·         052212 – JBlazer – SED

    ·         #272 The problem… my parcel and the 2 parcels to the south would be hard pressed to build residences that take advantage of the marine view using the 175 ft setback in the proposed designation of Freshwater Conservancy.

    ·         052112 – MBlack – SMPdraft

    ·         #271 The overall concern I have is that you are in fact taking future uses away from private land holders without clearly acknowledging doing so.

    ·         051712 – PHewett – G

    ·         #270 problem SELLING AND BUYING DOE SMP NON-CONFORMING PROPERTY

    ·         051612 – PHewett – PPS

    ·         #269 SMP Public Forum participation

    ·         051512 – ASoule – SMPdraft

    ·         #268 SMP references to sea level rise

    ·         051212 – PHewett – G

    ·         #267 FORKS SMP PUBLIC FORUM problems  MAY 10, 2012

    ·         051212 – KNorman – SED

    ·         #266 I hope that you will reconsider the classification of these lots based on this information as to do otherwise would be a severe hardship on the owners of the lots and would constitute a “taking” of the land.

    ·         051112 – FutureWise-PPS – SMPdraft

    ·         #265 Clallam County v. Futurewise 7 years + lawsuit Carlsborg. The current SMP updates are an opportunity to significantly improve protection for the straits and the county’s other shorelines.

    ·         050812 – EBowen – G20

    ·         #264  S. Gray to Ed Bowen long overdue Final Draft WRIA 20 Preliminary SMP Elements Report

    ·         050812 – WFlint – SED

    ·         #263  redesignateThe Lower Lyre River should be designated as Freshwater Residential (FRSD), and not Freshwater Conservancy (FC) as it is now proposed.

    ·         050812 – PHewett – G

    ·         #262 SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND THE DUE PROCESS OF LAW DOE has consistently ignored questions asked on SMP comments, posted on the Clallam County SMP Update website, and at SMP Advisory meetings. I am requesting answers to the following questions to comply with the core principles of Due Process and the DOE SMP taking of private property in Clallam County.

    ·         050712 – USFWS – SMPdraft

    ·         #261  The Service strongly supports maintaining the feeder bluffs in their natural functioning condition.

    ·         050612 – PHewett – G

    ·         #260 If it is not recorded with the Clallam County Auditor’s Office it is not on the Property Title. What should be recorded with the Auditor’ s office for Public Record?

    ·         050512 – ESpees – G

    ·         #259 The premise of the SMA/SMP Undate ‘that there is and environmental crisis’ that requires a draconian governmental intervention is bogus.

    ·         050412 – LMuench – G

    ·         #258 I think you would best be served by showing shrubs as well as trees. Since the graphics are done, what about a red arrow pointing to the trees saying “may be limbed for views.” This is a major issue with shoreline land owners.

    ·         050412 – ESpees – G

    ·         #257 The negative ECONOMIC IMPACT of the DoE imposed SMA/SMP Update for 2012 will be staggering!!!

    ·         050412 – PHewett – G

    ·         #256 Clallam County DOE SMP update, written text, uses our safety and protection as an excuse to take, restrict and control the use/development of our private property.

    ·         050312 – JBettcher – G

    ·         #255 I appreciate the public benefit of a healthy ecosystem but oppose the taking of private property by prohibiting private landowners from applying the best engineering practices to resist natural whims.

    ·         050212 – PHewett – G

    ·         #254 REAL ESTATE LOW MARKET VALUE OF NON-CONFORMING PROPERTY

    April:

    ·         042812 – PHewett – G

    ·         #253 Increased Ins.FEMA AND OTHER POLICY SPECIFIC INSURANCE COVERAGE

    ·         042812 – PHewett – G

    ·         #252 House Bill 2671  If a county appeals the (DOE) Department of Ecology’s final action on their local shoreline master program and  the appeal is given to the Growth Management Hearings Board?

    ·         042812 – PHewett – G

    ·         #251 No. 87053-5 lawsuit against GMA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON

    ·         042612 – PHewett -G

    ·         #250 CLALLAM COUNTY- County NEGLECT OF WIRA 20 SMP PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS

    ·         042112 – Spees – G

    ·         #249 this insane outrageous governmental over reach under the thinly veiled cover of saving the environment. The problem now is not the environment.

    ·         042112 – PHewett – G

    ·         #248 PARTIAL DISCLOSURE OF negative SMP IMPACT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS

    ·         041812 – PHewett – G

    ·         #247 The statistics introduced 474 at the last SMP Advisory meeting, on how many private property owners, property and single family dwellings will become non-conforming by the SMP Draft marine 175′, 150′ plus 10′ setbacks, has not been posted on the SMP web site.

    ·         041712 – Port of PA – G

    ·         #246 Excessive buffers Table 4.1 the proposed draft buffer in row “a” should be modified from 100’ to 50’

    March:

    ·         032912 – PHewett – G

    ·         #245 THE MOST UNSCIENTIFIC PARTS OF THE DOE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP ARE, that even with DOE’S 1616 employees and a billion dollar budget.DOE doesn’t have a single analyst capable of compiling and reporting the most important documented/published scientific statistics provided by The Clallam County Inventory and Characteristic reports.

    ·         032612 – PHewett – G

    ·         #244 ESA Adolfson’s consultant’s failure to comply with WA State Law RCW 90.58.100 Each master program shall contain standards governing the protection of single family residences and appurtenant structures against damage or loss due to shoreline erosion.

    ·         032512 – PHewett – G20

    ·         #243 WIRA 20 Sol Duc River Reach 80 needs to be re-designated on proposed draft to 3.1.1.4 Freshwater Conservancy (FC)

    ·         032312 – RCrittenden – SMPdraft

    ·         #242 Thus, all regulation is evil by its nature and it is repressive. The best regulations are those that are the least that is necessary to accomplish their intended legitimate purpose. And “legitimate” is not to be broadly construed.

    ·         032212 – PHewett/RCrittenden – G

    ·         #241 Dr. Robert N. Crittenden SMP critical comments, testimony, tables and reviews

    ·         032112 – OEC – SMPdraft

    ·         #240  Change “should” to “shall” ,,,,culverts, and bridges shall be conducted using best practices….

    ·         031712 – PHewett – G

    ·         #239 Who controls PATENT LAND GRANTS ISSUED PRIOR TO STATEHOOD

    ·         031412 – MBarry – G

    ·         #238 These shorelines are critical for wildlife and natural ecological functions. I favor large setbacks. I favor development restrictions

    ·         030912 – PHewett – G/NNL

    ·         #237 Mitigation is for the rich Building Permit 2012-00014 issued to owners, David and Maria Tebow, Battle Creek MI. Two story 4 bedroom house 4770 sq feet, garage 927 sq feet, covered deck 173 sq feet with 19 plumbing drains (Number of Bathrooms?) Setbacks 60/25/25 Project value $486,781.18. the written guarantee bythe Clallam County DCD of no net loss to ecological functions (documented on building permit)

    ·         030512 – ESpees – SMPdraft

    ·         #236 There is no way that these voluminous shoreline land use policies can be understood. It takes no imagination to understand that this process is not ‘due process’ in the taking of beneficial use of our Private Property

    ·         030412 – PHewett – SMPdraft

    ·         #235 DOE Public Trust Doctrine web site (88 pages) has gone missing, creating law by rule

    ·         030312 – KAhlburg – SMPdraft

    ·         #234 The last sentence runs directly counter to this assurance and needs to be modified or deleted. It otherwise will constitute yet another unfunded mandate burdening the County and “other entities” (which ones?).

    ·         030212 – PHewett – NNL/SMPdraft

    ·         #233 Lake Sutherland is a perfect example of Ecology’s NO NET LOSS.

    ·         With a 35 foot setback since 1976 there is no net loss of ecological function in Lake Sutherland.

    ·         030112 – MarineResourcesCouncil – SMPdraft

    ·         #232 It may also be possible that under certain development conditions, if done to minimize impervious surface and maximize water infiltration, could enhance the function of the buffer and perhaps allow for a narrower buffer.

    February:

    ·         022812 – FutureWise – SMPdraft

    ·         #231 The first half establishes the expected character of shoreline buffers, and is well stated. But the second half goes on to state that only 80% of the buffer vegetation is protected, and that 20% can be used for lawns and other use areas.

    ·         022812 – PHewett – NNL

    ·         #230 NO NET LOSS MENTIONED In law RCW 36.70A.480 but has never been defined (4) Shoreline master programs shall provide a level of protection to critical areas located within shorelines of the state that assures no net loss of shoreline ecological functions necessary to sustain shoreline natural resources as defined by department of ecology guidelines adopted pursuant to RCW 90.58.060.

    ·         022812 – PHewett – NNL

    ·         #229 The policies, goals, and provisions of chapter 90.58 RCW and applicable guidelines shall be the sole basis for determining compliance of a shoreline master program

    ·         022712 – WDOE- SMP Statue

    ·         #228 Gordon White letter dated Feb. 27,2012 page 4, disclaimer of creating enforceable state LAW by rule on Page 88 of the WA State Public Trust Doctrine.

    ·         022412 – QuileuteNation – SMPdraft

    ·         #227 TRIBAL comment

    January:

    ·         010312 – LowerElwhaKlalllamTribe – SED

    ·         #226 TRIBAL comment

     

     

    WHATEVER? Error! Filename not specified.

    SMP Comments 2011:

    December:

    ·         120811 – PHewett – G

    ·         #225 PROBLE  WETLANDS NOT ON SMP MAPS Attachments: Lowell OREGON Local Wetland Inventory Report DRAFT.docx

    ·         120811 – PHewett – G

    ·         #224 Perkins and Coie  Your Request on Tacoma SMP Attachments: 12-13-10 letter to Gary Brackett.pdf; SMA and Public Access.pdf legal paper against SMP taking

    ·         120711 –OlympicEnvironmentalCouncil (OEC) – G

    ·         #223 Sea level  rise and climate change

    ·         120611 – WDOE- ICR20

    ·         #222  Draft WRIA 20 Inventory and Characterization

    November:

    ·         113011 – ESpees – G

    ·         #221 In the WRIA Process and the SMA/SMP Update Process the concept of State regulation of land use based on Feeder Bluffs and Littoral Drift Cells is a False Construct.

    ·         112511 – ESpees – G

    ·         #220 The DoE’s current cram-down of NNL and increased set-backs based on precautionary principle and ‘new understandings of science’ (non-science/non-sense/pseudo-science) should be rejected.

    ·         112411 – ESpees – G

    ·         #219 Impact on all stakeholders It’s content is extremely pertinent to the work we are doing in Clallam County’s SMA/SMP Update.

    ·         111611 – MPfaff-Pierce – SED

    ·         #218 Specifically, I am requesting that you reclassify the entire Whiskey Creek Beach Resort area as Modified Lowland. Right now you are proposing that a short area west of the creek be designated as Modified Lowland and the rest as High Bank.

    ·         111111 – JPetersen – SED

    ·         #217 Many activities would be prohibited without really looking at the specifics.

    ·         111011 – PHewett – G

    ·         #216 This is on the DOE Public Trust Doctrine web site (88 pages)”Finally, SMP’S, unlike other comprehensive plans, are adopted as WAC’S and become part of the state’s Shoreline Master Program. As such, all local SMP rules, regulations, designations and guidelines BECOME STATE LAW AND ARE ENFORCEABLE. in this manner, protection of public trust resources and uses becomes binding.”

    ·         110711 – PHewett – G

    ·         #215 SMP FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW not the WAC’S

    ·         110711 – PHewett – G

    ·         #214 Court: Washington Supreme Court Docket: 84675-8 Opinion Date: August 18, 2011 Judge: Johnson Areas of Law: Environmental Law, Government & Administrative Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Applicable Law and Analysis. In affirming the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court explained that even though there is significant local government involvement in the creation of SMPs, the process is done in the shadow of the Department of Ecology’s (DOE) control.

    ·         110711 – PHewett – G

    ·         #213 the Shoreline Management Act dictates that the Department of Ecology retains control over the final contents and approval of SMPs. Therefore, SMP regulations are the product of state action and are not subject to RCW 82.02.020.”

    ·         110611 – PHewett – G

    ·         #212 EXCLUDED SMP DOE WAC’S DO NOT BECOME LAW

    ·         110511 – ESpees – NNL

    ·         #211 In keeping with regard to no net loss was unclear and without any foundation.

    ·         110511 – ESpees – G

    ·         #210 The law has recently been perverted by State Agencies to usurp private property rights, an uncompensated State taking by regulation.

    ·         110511 – PHewett – G

    ·         #209 There is no WA State law requiring any taking of private property for public access on the Clallam County SMP Update.

    ·         110411 – PHewett – G

    ·         #208 WHO CAN STOP DOE WAC’S FROM BECOMING STATE LAWS?

    ·         110411 – PHewett – G

    ·         #207 Victory for PLF Whatcom County’s shoreline management rules conflict with state law, which mandates that counties “shall provide for methods which achieve effective and timely protection against loss or damage to single family residences and appurtenant structures due to shoreline erosion.” RCW 90.58.100.

    ·         110411 – PHewett – G

    ·         #206 BY Law there is NO mention of the words “imminent or danger or soft armoring” IF THIS WORDING IS USED ON THE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT IT CONTRADICTS WA STATE LAW RCW 90.58.100 Protection of single family residences IT WILL BECOME CLALLAM COUNTY LAW.

    ·         110311 – WDFW – ICR

    ·         #205 A useful tool may be to describe, in general, the range of possible existing conditions within any portion of the shoreline.

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    October:

    ·         103111 – WDOE – ICR

    ·         #204  Not a copy format

    ·         103111 – JLarson – ICR

    ·         #203 I made at last SMP-WG meeting be incorporated into record

    ·         102011 – PHewett – SED

    ·         # 202 Who’s toes will you be stepping on by using this? Will you be able to notify the private property owners that are inadvertently compromised? Are there any single family residences, in any areas, where you have not specifically provided comment on protection by Law?

    ·         102011 – PHewett – SED

    ·         #201 Is this another WAC overstepping it’s authority and the LAW?

    ·         101911 – PHewett – NNL

    ·         #200 The concept of no net loss in this State originated with earlier efforts to protect wetlands. In 1989, Governor Booth Gardner signed an Executive Order establishing a statewide goal regarding wetlands protection.

    ·         101811 – JEstes – G

    ·         #199 There are 3,289 shoreline property owners in Clallam County about to be subject to further regulation and restriction on the use of their land.

    ·         101711 – PHewett – G

    ·          #198 Unconstitutional Conditions of  WAC 173-26-191 Some master program policies may not be fully attainable by regulatory means due to the constitutional and other legal limitations on the regulation of private property.

    ·         101711 – WSP – ICR20

    ·         #197 Any additional comments on the two Clallam County SMP Inventory and Characterizations Reports are due by October 31, 2011

    ·         101111 – PHewett – G

    ·         #196 WAC’S ARE NOT LAW’S? Guidelines Are Not Law’s? Rules Are Not Law’s?

    ·         100811 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #195 WAC 365-195-905 Criteria for determining which information is the best available science

    ·         100611 – PHewett – G

    ·         #194 REMOTE VIEWING AND SPACIAL DATA I did not find a State- of- the art- GSI and remote sensing facility for WA State?

    No b comment for #193?

    ·         100411 – PHewett – G/ICR

    ·         #192 Please bring the SMP Public Comments up to date.

    ·         100311 – JTatom – G

    ·         #191 As a property owner in Clallam County, I cannot imagine that you, as servants of the county, would even consider placing additional restrictions on residents who live near shorelines (marine, rivers, streams and lakes). Already we find ourselves so restricted that we are unable to use large portions

    ·         of our “privately” owned property.

    ·         100111 – PHewett – G

    ·         #190 Is it the intent, of two Elected County Commissioners, that total control of all private property in Clallam County, be given to the Federal Government and the WA State DOE, one way or the other?

    September:

    ·         092611 – PHewett – G/ICR

    ·         #189 Taking of Private Property for Public Access I insist that ESA Adolfson give us the total land acreage of private property that is affected by the SMP Update subject to NO NET LOSS and taking for Public Access.

    ·         092511 – PHewett – G

    ·         #188 private property owners pay for Noxious Weed Control ‐ LMD#2 Lake Sutherland

    There is no #187  public comment?

    ·         092211 – PHewett – G

    ·         #186 SHORELINE RESIDENTS SWAMPED BY REGULATIONS

    ·         092211 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #185 I tried to stress the fact that it is not lack of public land, it is the lack of public access to that publically owned land,that is the problem.

    ·         092211 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #184 CLALLAM COUNTY SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTIC REPORT Based on the “Best Available Science?”

    ·         092211 – JamestownSKlallamTribe – ICR

    ·         #183 Tribal comment

    ·         091311 – LowerElwhaKlallamTribe – ICR

    ·         #182 Tribal comment

    ·         091011 – PHewett – G

    ·         #181 CLALLAM COUNTY SECTION 35.01.150 Real property assessments. PROTECTION FOR LOSS OF PRIVATE PROPERTY VALUE?  The restrictions imposed by the Shoreline Master Program shall be considered by the County Assessor in establishing the fair market value of the property.

    ·         091011 – PHewett – G

    ·         #180 PUBLIC COMMENT REPORT ON SMP Public Forum July 14, 2011 every public comment and question asked.

    ·         090411 – JLewis – CR/ICR

    ·         #179 Public access across our property through our wetlands and over our berm to our private beach would be of great concern to us. Here are some questions and concerns we’d like addressed and you consider amending the provisions for providing public shoreline access:

    ·         090311 – ESpees – G

    ·         #178 The Drift Cells, Littoral Drift, and

    ·         Feeder Bluffs Construct are so much BS/Smoke and Mirrors.

    ·         090311 – ESpees – G

    ·         #177 The Shoreline Master Program Update is rigged. NNL & larger setbacks do not represent the ‘will of the people’. It does not protect the rights of the Citizens.

    ·         090211 – ESpees – G

    ·         #176 I gave my opinion about ‘locking up’ shorelines property based on salmon and endangered species as a pretext

    August:

    ·         083111 – WDNR – ICR

    ·         #175 THREAT? Incidentally, many of the docks and other development may

    ·         encroach onto State owned aquatic lands without proper DNR authorization.

    ·         083111 – MarineResourcesCouncil – ICR

    ·         #174 There is obviously no “ground truthing” of the information in this report.

    ·         083111 – JLWisecup – G

    ·         #173 It lists it as a slide area although for the past 32 years we have had no indication of any land movement or building shift.

    ·         083111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #172 It is more loony insanity being foisted on the Citizens of the State of Washington by a Government and their agents that are out of control.

    ·         083111 – ESpees -G

    ·         171 The SMA/SMP and the WRIA processes are a means of locking up, transferring ownership to the State, and regulating the use of these areas/preventing private economic and other beneficial use of these prime areas.

    ·         082811 – PHewett – G

    ·         #170 SILT DAMAGE FROM ELWHA TO DUNGENESS SPIT?

    ·         082511 – ElwhaMorseMgmtTeam – ICRMaps

    ·         #169  Chris Byrnes commented on the yellow dots off shore (indicating “no appreciable drift”), argued that if it was so small, there wouldn’t be drifting anyway.

    ·         082511 – CoastalWatershedInstitute – ICR

    ·         #168 The characterization needs to be revised to include existing CLALLAM specific information and appropriate relevant recommendations that are in this existing information.

    ·         082511 – DAbbott – G

    ·         #167 I would like to see every effort made to ensure the constitutional rights of private property ownership made by those who have influence in our lawmaking process. These rights have been encroached upon over the years and there is a renewed concern today by many private citizens.

    ·         082411 – PHewett – G

    ·         #166 WA State SMP is requiring Public access on private property at the expense of the property owner.

    There is no comment#164

    There is no comment #163

    ·         081011 – MarineResourcesCouncil – ICR

    ·         #162 I urge you to look at the reach/s or resource issues within all reaches for accuracy, omissions, and errors.

    ·         There is no comment #161

    ·

    ·         081011 – WSP – ICR

    ·         #160 not able to copy

    ·          

    ·         There is no comment #159

    ·          

    ·         There is no comment #158

    ·          

    ·         080511 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #157 A huge treat to Private Property owners.Wetlands are not included on SMP Update maps showing the areas that are a threat and risk of development.

    ·

    ·         There is no comment #156

    ·

    ·         There is no comment #155

    ·

    ·         080111 – FutureWise – ICR

    ·         #154 The Sierra Club

    July:

    ·         072611 – WASeaGrant – ICR

    ·         #153 Coastal Hazards Specialist

    There is not comment #152

    ·         072211 – PHewett – G

    ·         #151 Fact or Fiction, It is illegal to collect water in a rain barrel?

    ·         The State owns all rainwater?

    ·         072011 – CCPlCom – ICR

    ·         #150 The July Forum attendance was low and those that attended appeared to be struggling with the information presented and the questions to ask.

    There is no comment #149

    ·         072011 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #148 Marine and Fresh water reach’s impaired by water temperature for fish recovery

    ·         072011 – PHewett – G

    ·         #147 Freshwater reaches impaired by water temperature (32) Marine reaches impaired by water temperature (6) Contaminated Marine Reaches (5)

    ·         Contaminated Freshwater Reaches (2) plus several

    ·         072011 – ESpees – G

    ·         #146 What the hell does NNL (No Net Loss of ecological function) mean? What is the plan for the amount of setbacks? What is the basis of this vague indefinable policy?

    ·         072011 – PHewett – ICR20

    ·         #145 On page 5-14 HOKO_RV_05 is not listed. Shore line length 3.8 miles and Reach area 246.40 acres 100% timber

    ·         071711 – PHewett – G

    ·         #144 TOP TEN PUBLIC SMP UPDATE CONCERNS

    ·         071711 – ESpees – G

    ·         #143 Tribes not affected by Shoreline Mgmt. Plan Updates

    ·         071611 – ESpees – G

    ·         #142 the DoE/EPA attempt to strip the Citizens of their private property rights.

    ·         071611 – ESpees – G

    ·         #141 It uses Drift Cells and Littoral Drift as excuses to take away private use and protections of private property. This has to do with ‘feeder bluffs’

    ·         071211 – TSimpson – ICR

    ·         #140 Page 6-12 Needs Correction :Lines 19-22

    ·         071211 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #139 COLD ENOUGH? For Salmon Recovery?

    ·         Based on their own reports and data, the amount of tree canopy, logging, development and public access are NOT factors in the impaired water temperature? Perhaps 50 years ago the water WAS cold enough?

    ·         071211 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #138 Why is Green Crow the only contaminator mentioned by name? We should be given the exact location of every specific contaminated site and the full identity of EVERY contaminator.

    ·         071111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #137 Conspicuously absent from the report of the first meeting is an accounting of the economical impact.

    ·         070811 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #136 If more public access is needed, it is not the responsibility of Private Property Owner’s to provide it.

    ·         070811 – PHewett – ICR

    ·         #135 The Clallam County SMP update requires private property owners to give public access to their privately owned marine shorelines, prior to permitting development.

    ·

    ·         No comment # 134

    ·         No comment #133

    ·         No Comment #132

     

     

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    SMP Comments 2011 cont.

    June:

    ·         062811 – JLMcClanahan – G20

    ·          #131 She was very concerned about any potential regulatory changes that would result in the loss of options for using their two parcels in the future.

    ·         062411 – RTMcAvoy – G20

    ·         #130 they are against any such change for the reasons stated herein.

    ·         062411 – DMansfield – G20

    ·         #129 Adamant about no further restrictions on property

    ·         062411 – PCWidden – G20

    ·         #128 Concerns about changing the current SMP status from Rural to Conservancy.

    No comment #127

    ·         062011 – JEstes – G

    ·         #126  detail on how members of the public and affected property owners are being notified

    No Comment # 125

    ·         060611 – WDOE – CR

    ·         #124 local DOE

    ·         060611 – PortofPA – CR

    ·         #123 LIMIT NOT PROHIBIT

    ·         060411 – ESpees – CR

    ·         #122 The salmonid stocks in Clallam County are not limited by freshwater habitat

    ·         060311 – JamestownSKlallamTribe – CR

    ·         #121 Tribal Comment

    ·         060311 – HBell – CR

    ·         #120 This is not required by the RCW nor the WAC. WAC 173-26-241

    ·         060311 – WSP – CR

    ·         #119 State Park comment

    ·         060311 – WDOE – CR

    ·         #118 Local DOE

    ·         060311 – ESpees – CR

    ·         #117 By Dr. Robert N. Crittenden

    ·         060211 – RCrittenden – CR

    ·         #116 the low abundance of these stocks is also being used, to perpetrate the deception that it is caused by habitat loss.

    ·         060211 – JEstes – CR

    ·         #115 the CR is one of several steps the County will take to consider if any existing “policies or regulations need to change.” There must be demonstrated

    ·         need for any changes and all affected landowners should be invited to consider any changes.

    ·         060211 – SForde – G

    ·         #114 Which one of my individual rights are you protecting with the Shoreline Master Plan and/or any updates to it? The answer: Nonein fact, you are violating them.

    ·         060211 – QuileuteNation – CR

    ·         #113 Tribal comment

    ·         060211 – CRogers – CR

    ·         #112 -Page 4 typo error

    ·         060211  –  QuileuteNation – CR

    ·         #111 Tribal comment

    ·         060111 – AStevenson – CR

    ·         #110 a marked up PDF of the Consistency Review

    ·         060111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #109 SMP Update – SMP Update Rigged Process

    No comment #108

    ·         060111 – PHewett – G #107

    ·         TOTALITARIAN: by definition(concerned with) arrogating (to the state and the ruling party) all rights and liberty of every choice, including those normally belonging to individuals, etc.

    ·         060111 – MTWalker – G

    ·         #106 The SMP should be rejected in all it’s forms. It erodes our rights and freedoms, does not comply with and is in fact contrary to the Constitution, is poorly written, poorly organized, vague, and its objectives are ambiguous/obscure.

    ·         060111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #105 Tribes Not Affected

    May:

    ·         053111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #104 The SMP erodes our rights and freedoms

    ·         053111 – ESpees – G

    ·         #103 The NNL Policy, larger setbacks and buffers, and new forced public access to private property will further erode our freedoms.

    ·         053111 – MGentry – G

    ·         #102 Green Point, group. 35 were invited and 17 showed up plus Dave Hannah was there to answer questions on bluff stability. Of the 17 only one was aware of SMP or said they had been contacted about forums.

    ·         053111 – PHewett – G / CR

    ·         #101 Pacific Legal Foundation If government blocks access to your land, it has committed a taking Dunlap v. City of Nooksack

    ·         052911 – ESpees – G

    ·         #100 Adopting the NNL Policy and enlargement of current buffers is making bad policy worse.

    ·         052911 – PHewett – G

    ·         #99 SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE Many of the problems that were the REASON that the public voted for the original Shore Line Management Act have already been corrected.

    ·         052811 – ESpees – G

    ·         #98 The DoE, an unelected State agency, is making radical policy based on the new State religion of earth worship.

    ·         052811 – RHale – G

    ·         #97 SMP’S are nothing more than a new version of a death panel and a method for which to take property rights of state Registered/ Deeded and “taxed” owners.

    ·         052711 – ESpees – G

    #96 Article 1. Section 1. Of the Washington State Constitution

    Political Power: All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

    052711 – PHewett – G

    #95 WA State DOE Budget is A THOUSAND MILLION IS A BILLION written AS $1,034.0 Million (the Doe can’t even write it as a BILLION)

    ·         052611 – MGentry – G

    ·         #94 I reported to Steve and Sheila only one of the group of 20 we met with had received notices like this. Can you determine why?

    No comment #93

    ·         052111 – PHewett – G

    ·         #92 Directing and identifying how our Clallam County Officials can withhold permits to private property owner’s because the State can’t legally or constitutionally regulate our private property at a state level.

    No comment #91

    ·         051811 – JPetersen – CR

    ·         #90 One of the items that should be addressed in the new shoreline program is the relative inaccuracy of the Critical Areas maps in regards to Meander Hazard Zones.

    ·         051811 – NOTAC – CR

    ·         #89 MANY comments on the Consistency Review

    No comment #88

    No comment #87

    No comment #86

    No comment #85

    No comment #84

    No comment #83

    ·         051311 – PHewett – G

    ·         #82 WA The Supreme Court has granted review in several additional cases against the SMP this month.Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning, et al. v. Whatcom County, et al., No. 84675-8.

    ·         051311 – PHewett – G

    ·         #81 United States Supreme Court RULES An environmental restriction on property development that serves no environmental purpose is unjustifiable.

    ·         051311 – PHewett – G

    ·         #80 Pacific Legal Foundation If government blocks access to your land, it has committed a taking Dunlap v. City of Nooksack

    No comment #79

    No comment #78

    ·         051011 – TSummer – G

    ·         #77 No privacy on private beach I have met some extremely rude people who confront me and won’t leave my backyard because they believe the beach SHOULD BE public.

    ·         050611 – PHewett – G

    ·         #76 Clallam County SMP has/will taken the value of private property located in critical areas, setbacks, buffer zones and shorelines and is legally controlling and regulating the removal of all vegetation on all private property located in critical areas, setbacks, buffer zones.

    ·         050611 – PHewett – CR

    ·         #75 TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR PUBLIC SHORELINE ACCESS Statistics taken from Clallam County future land use map 79.2 % of Clallam County is PUBLIC LAND 17.1% or less of Clallam County is PRIVATE PROPERTY 3.7% other

    No comment #74

    No comment #73

    ·         050511 – PHewett – CR

    ·         #72 LAKE SUTHERLAND RCW 90.24.010 Petition to regulate flow

    ·         050511 – PHewett – CR

    ·         #71 Oregon Voters May Require Compensation for Damage to Land Value Due to Regulations

    ·         050511 – PHewett – G

    ·         #70 We, as a committee are not there to give input, constructive comment, or recommendation, we are there to be indoctrinated on compliance, based on misleading pie charts and statistics compiled and presented by ESA Adolfson. “Reading out loud” by Pearl Hewett of WAC 173-26-191 illegal or unconstitutional.

    ·

    April:

    ·         042611 – ESpees – G

    ·         #69 Since, all of the SMP public comments are being held private?

    I guess we will have to find a way to make our privatized, public

    comments PUBLIC?

    ·         042311 – MBlack – G

    ·         #68 This is crazy-making and counterproductive. Please pick one that can be defined.

    ·         042011 – KAhlburg – G

    ·         #67 Public comments

    ·         041811 – QuileuteNation – G

    ·         #66 Tribal Comment

    ·         041411 – RColby – G

    No comment #65

    No comment #64

    No comment #63

    ·         #62 We are still suffering under the Good Ole Boys mentality out here because in Clallam bay one property owner is using his lands for staging a scrap metal yard right next to Charlie creek.

    ·         041411 – TSimpson – G

    ·         #61  To mandate setbacks is arbitrary. Each site is different.

    ·         041211 – BBrennan – G

    ·         #60  We are in the process of evaluating the existing well and have had utilities reconnected to the property. Over the next few years we hope to see these projects come to fruition, but are concerned that shoreline setback changes could impede our progress.

    ·         041111 – NN – G

    ·         #59 hand written

    ·         041111 – MGentry – G

    ·         #58 hand written

    ·         041111 – NN – G

    ·         #57 Hand written

    ·         041111 – RMorris – G

    ·         #56 same as #57 hand written

    ·         041111 – NMessmer – G

    ·         #55, 56 and 57 are identical

    ·         041011 – RMorris – G

    ·         #54 I would really like to see a ban on the use of yard-related herbicides and pesticides within buffer zones near aquatic areas.

    No comment #53

    No comment #52

    ·         04 –11- RMorris – G

    ·         #51 #55, 56 and 57 are identical

    ·

    March:

    ·         031511- PHewett – G

    ·         #50  Summary  was not representative of the meeting I attended on Jan. 26, 2011. There was no mention of Lake Sutherland and the outpour of concern by the private property owners.

    ·         031511 – RMorris – G

    ·         #49 My first look at the report is that is looks good.

    ·         031511 – RMorris – G

    ·         #48 Is the Clallam County MRC research and data bases being used in this work?

    No comment #47

    ·         031411 – MGentry – G

    ·         #46 I would be really interested in knowing what portion of the population actually has even an elementary understanding of what’s going on with this planning process, the decisions being made and how those will affect the common citizen.

    ·         031111- JWare – G

    ·         #45 Thank you for providing the opportunity to participate and learn more about the Clallam County Shoreline Master Plan.

    No comment #44

    ·         030211 – PHewett – G

    ·         #43 Indian Tribes Role in Local Watershed Planning (ESHB 2514)

    ·         030211 – PHewett – G

    ·         #42 INVITATION TO ALL PERSONS RCW 90.58.130

    No comment #41

    February:

    ·         021711 – MLangley – G

    ·         #40 PRO SMP but Too often shoreline owners bear the burden of inconsiderate visitors.

    ·         021511 – PHewett – G

    ·         #39  My son listened to me complain for days about the SMP and illegal trespass by DFW on our land, then he gave me some invaluable advise. If you have a complaint? CLIMB THE LADDER!

    ·         020211 – RBrown – G

    ·         #38 Sorry I couldn’t make it to the latest SMP focus group

    January:

    ·         012611 – MBoutelle – G

    ·         #36 hand written erosion problem

    No comment #35

    No comment #34

    No comment #33

    No comment #32

    ·         012111 – CAbrass – G

    ·         #31 One of our concerns is the lack of guidelines and drainage requirements for new housing development above the level of waterfront property.

    ·         011811 – DJones – G

    ·         #30 I received a phone call today reporting that a man is going around Lake Sutherland taking photos of the docks. His response was that it is for the Shoreline Master Program (SMP)Update.

    2010:

    The Clallam County Board of Commissioner’s expects to adopt a final SMP-Update Public Participation Strategy extended to March 16, 2010 @ 10 a.m. at the Board of Clallam County Commissioners Regular Meeting, 223 East 4th Street, Room 160, Port Angeles, Washington.

    No comment #29

    No comment #28

    No comment #27

    No comment #26

    ·         110810 – WDNR – G

    ·         #25 Please include myself and Hugo Flores as contacts for the WA DNR and

    ·         include us in any mailings regarding your future planning efforts.

    No comment #24

    ·         080510 – PSP – G

    ·         #23 PSP

    No comment #22

    No comment #21

    No comment #20

    No comment #19

    No comment #18

    No comment #17

    ·         031010 – WDOE – PPS

    ·         #16  SMP Update Public Participation Strategy

    ·         030910 – WDOE – PPS

    ·         #15 We talked about how to include the transient or tourist public in the outreach strategy

     

    No comment #14

    No comment #13

     

    ·         030810 – LMuench – PPS

    ·         #12 SMP Update Public Participation Strategy

    ·         030410 – QuileuteNation – PPS

    ·         #11 Tribal comment, I am thinking the person who drafted it just

    ·         looked at state requirements and did not go beyond that

    No comment #10

    No comment #9

    No comment #8

    No comment #7

    No comment #6

    No comment #5

    ·         022410 – FutureWise – PPS

    ·         #4 The very nature of this product is about public participation. Some

    ·         description of it is needed, including how it is intended to be used in the SMP.

    No comment #3

    ·         020910 – JMarrs – PPS

    ·         #2 I am pleased with the emphasis I see on making the process open and transparent.

    2009: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION STRATEGY

    ·         120509 – DemComm – G  #1  CLALLAM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

    Resolution regarding County Shoreline Management Plan

     WHEREAS the nature of amendments to the plan as might be adopted by the Clallam County Board of Commissioners mayor may not adequately protect the quality of local waters from harmful development; and

    WHEREAS participation in the Shoreline Management Plan review process will be open to the public in a series of meetings over the next two years or more;

    THEREFORE be it resolved that the Clallam County Democratic Central Committee appoint a subcommittee of interested members to monitor the progress of the Shoreline Management Plan review, to suggest to the Central Committee communications to the county of the concerns or interests of Democrats in the elements of the plans and any proposed amendments, and to issue quarterly reports on the review process to the Central Committee.

    ·         December 5, 2009

     REMEMBER… This is just 

    Part one: The history of us, the collective 3000? What happened to us?

    To be Continued….

    Behind My Back | SMP Public Comment # 160

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/11/smp-public-comment-160/

    SMP Public Comment # 160 Posted on February 11, 2015 1:01 pm by … … No Clallam County elected representatives attended this meeting. Thirty (30) people …

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    Behind My Back | SMP and other Matrix Mumbo Jumbo

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/03/23/smp-and-other-matrix-mumbo-jumbo/

    (OF THE 617 WRITTEN SMP PUBLIC COMMENTS POSTED ON THE SMP WEBSITE?) … OR ORAL COMMENT INCLUDED IN THE “NEW SMP 160+ MATRIX”? … There is no accountability as to what Clallam County government agency or other …. UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE- MAKING … full text on behindmyback.org.

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    19 Unresolved SMP Issues AN SMP Public … – Clallam County

    www.clallam.net/LandUse/documents/635_PHewett.pdf

    Jul 4, 2015 – On 19 unresolved SMP issues that went to the Planning … The 19 unresolved SMP issues on July 10, 2012 ….. Of …www.behindmyback.org.

    The bottom line…..

     REMEMBER… This is just 

    Part one: The history of us, the collective 3000?

    You the elected are responsible for what happens to all of us.


  • DOI NPS ONP ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders?

    DEPT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (ONP)

    AND, ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    August 01, 2017 What ARAMARK did  with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Quinault Lodge was just the tip of the iceberg. 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING.

    Same day,  QUESTIONING, What ARAMARK has done with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Crescent Lodge?

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    August 9, 2017 QUESTIONING EVERYTHING ARAMARK

     I stopped at the at the ONP Fairholme Store, Fairholme Campground … What has ARAMARK done  with J-1 Visa holders, at the fairly large ONP campground, ideally situated near the water and with direct access to Lake Crescent, an Olympic National Park Service?

    This is what happened about 12 noon on Wed August 9, 2017.

    A kid wearing a ARAMARK tee shirt was coming out the back door of the Fairholme Store.

    I said, Excuse me, do you have a restroom?

    He said, yes but it’s out of order.

    Are there any other restrooms?

    Yes, he said, in the campground, go up there (west) and turn right.

    I said, And pay $30.00 just to go to the bathroom?

    No, he said, you can just sneak in…..

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    Really, I’LL just sneak into an ONP CAMPGROUND, in my car with  SIX TRUMP BUMPER STICKERS? (and not get a ticket?)

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    That did it… I asked, are you an American Citizen?

    He said YES.

    I mentioned foreign visa workers, Lake Quinault Lodge hired 16 of them?

    He said Do you mean J-1 Visa workers (So, I finally know what they are), what’s wrong with that?

    Wrong? I said, American citizens need work.

    He said, I never thought of that…

    I asked how many of them are there?

    The very nice kid said, OH,THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM.

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    So, what can I DOCUMENT?

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT

    AND,  FOR OTHER PURPOSES 1961-1971-2017?

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program

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    THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT?

    THE ACT’S TITLE WAS DISARMINGLY SIMPLE: “…to amend the Surplus Property Act of 1944 to designate the Department of State as the disposal agency for surplus property outside the United States, its Territories and possessions, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”

    The “OTHER PURPOSES” consisted of an ingenious marriage of necessity and IDEALISM. THERE WAS THE NECESSITY OF DIVESTING OURSELVES BY THE SALE ABROAD OF SURPLUS WAR PROPERTIES FOR NONCONVERTIBLE CURRENCIES RATHER THAN SCARCE DOLLARS.

    THE IDEALISM involved using a portion of the proceeds to enable Americans to learn and understand more about other countries, and the citizens of those countries to learn and understand more about us.

    An early history of the Fulbright Program,

    EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

    written for the 1971 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board’s annual report,

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of the Fulbright-Hayes Act, a public law written to “INCREASE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES THROUGH EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES.” The U.S. Department of State has authority over the J-1 program.

    Under the Fulbright-Hays Act, the exchanges under the supervision of the Fulbright Scholarship Board were further extended geographically. BY 1971, THERE WAS SOME FORM OF ACADEMIC EXCHANGE WITH 100 COUNTRIES. Today, Fulbright operates in over 155 countries in all world regions.

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

    THE LAST TWO SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WERE HILARY CLINTON AND JOHN KERRY APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

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     THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    SO? LORD ONLY KNOWS? HOW MANY VISA (J-1) WORKERS  ARAMARK IMPORTED (LOTS OF THEM) ARE EMPLOYEED IN AMERICA AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW BADLY ARAMARK’S VISA (J-1) WORKFORCE(of 270,000+ ) HAS IMPACTED AMERICAN WORKERS et al, IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

     What has ARAMARK done  at Fairholme Store?

    What has ARAMARK done  at Log Cabin Resort?

    What has ARAMARK done at  Hurricane Ridge?

    THE TIP OF THE LOCAL WA STATE VISA (J-1) ARAMARK WORKERS ICEBERG.

    AUGUST 01, 2017 ARAMARK CORP. LAKE QUINAULT LODGE, BROUGHT IN 16 FOREIGN VISA WORKERS THIS YEAR FROM NIGERIA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, AND ROMANIA TO NAME A FEW. GUARANTEED EMPLOYMENT UNTIL OCTOBER.  WOW! 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING. 

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN 1961, FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  2017, AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THIS IS AN ONLINE AD

    J-1 Visa Information – What is the J-1 Visa? – culturalvistas.org‎

    Adwww.culturalvistas.org/J1‎

    For students, trainees and teachers. Learn more about the J-1 non-immigrant visa

    What is the J-1 Visa?

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    The multifaceted J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, managed by the State Department, enables foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several (5) years.

    It was developed to expose individuals from around the world to the culture and institutions of the United States and to foster a better understanding between nations on a variety of issues through educational and cultural exchange programs.

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program.

    For more information on the Exchange Visitor Program, visit: j1visa.state.gov.

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    The Early Years | Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/history/early-years

    The FulbrightHays legislation was enacted by the 87th U.S. Congress on September 21, An early history of the Fulbright Program, excerpted from career senior …

    YEP, EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

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    [USC03] 22 USC Ch. 33: MUTUAL EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL …

    uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title22/chapter33&edition=prelim

    For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out below and Tables … L. 87–256 is also popularly known as the “FulbrightHays Act“.

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    FEB 1, 2017 – REX TILLERSON WAS SWORN IN AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECRETARY OF STATE


  • Due Process for Distracted Drivers Law?

    Gov. Jay Inslee (D) DUE PROCESS BY PUBLIC NOTICE?

     WA State Distracted Drivers Law ADOPTED 04/19/2017 

     VETOED by Gov. Jay Inslee (D)  MAY 16, 2017

    Gov. Jay Inslee (D) accelerated the law’s effective date to July 23, 2017

    Vagueness is generally considered to be a DUE PROCESS issue, because a law that is too vague to understand does not provide adequate notice to people that a certain behavior is required or is unacceptable.

    The “void for vagueness” doctrine argues that a law cannot be enforced if it is so vague or confusing that the average person could not figure out what is being prohibited or what the penalties are for breaking that law.

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    It doesn’t take too much effort to imagine a distracted driver suing the state over a disputed ticket for failure of DUE PROCESS ON PUBLIC NOTICE et al.

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    A law can be unconstitutionally vague in one of two main ways.

    First, the law may be void for vagueness if it does not adequately explain or state what behavior the law is meant to affect.  If the average citizen cannot figure out from reading the law what he should or should not do, a court may find that the law violates due process. 

    Second, a law may be void for vagueness if it does not adequately explain the procedures that law enforcement officers or courts must follow when enforcing the law or handling cases that deal with certain legal issues. 

    Specifically, a law may be found to be unconstitutionally vague if it gives a judge no idea how to approach or handle a case based on that law.

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    ADOPTED 04/19/2017  WA State Distracted Drivers Law

    MAY 16, 2017 Gov. Jay Inslee (D)  vetoed a compromise by the Legislature that would have postponed enforcement of the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (DUIE) Act until 2019.

    Gov. Jay Inslee (D)  surprised even the supporters of a distracted-driving law Tuesday when he accelerated the new crackdown, IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE DATED MAY 16, 2017.

    Gov. Jay Inslee (D) vetoed the section that gave drivers until 2019 to acclimate to the changes and instead declared Sunday, July 23, 2017 as the law’s effective date.

    The final version passed Wednesday pushed the proposed start date from Jan. 1, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019, because several members wanted extra time for the public to adjust, according to prime sponsor Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle.

    Farrell justified the wait on Wednesday, saying colleagues in both parties sought more TIME FOR A SUSTAINED EDUCATION campaign, for the public to adapt, and for motorists to obtain built-in communication systems. The State Patrol is currently understaffed but is striving to boost recruitment, with help from proposed raises this legislative session.

    Understaffed was confirmed yesterday by Kyle at  WSP media center, yesterday.

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    Gov. Jay Inslee (D)  His abysmal record on TIME FOR A SUSTAINED EDUCATION speaks for it’s self

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    Gov. Jay Inslee (D) IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SIGNING THE VETO. period

    It doesn’t take too much effort to imagine a distracted driver suing WA State over a disputed ticket  for failure of DUE PROCESS ON PUBLIC NOTICE et al. 

     But why would Gov. Jay Inslee (D) worry about a WA State lawsuit?

    After all  Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has  his nationally spotlighted Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) to defend his VETO.

    After all , A law can be unconstitutionally vague in one of two main ways.

    And after all, Vagueness is generally considered to be a DUE PROCESS issue.

    AND, PUBLIC NOTICE IS A DUE PROCESS ISSUE


  • WA State Distracted Drivers Law

    Effective July 23, 2017 Washington State has enacted one of the nation’s toughest distracted driving laws after legislators passed a bill outlawing nearly every conceivable form of attention-diverting behavior behind the wheel.

    The bottom line….

    What does it mean when a law is “void for vagueness” or “overbroad …

    www.rotlaw.com › Legal Library › Procedure

    How does “choice of law” affect judgments? … If the average citizen cannot figure out from reading the law what he should or should not do, a court may find that …

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    Inslee’s WA State Distracted Drivers Law may have ambiguous inclusion?

    “INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO”  This phrase is used to indicate that a list is not necessarily exhaustive.

    In other words, when you don’t want someone to get the impression that whatever you’re saying applies only the items on the list.

    It means that those things are included, but other things you haven’t mentioned could be included as well, as ALL OF THE ABOVE

    OR, ARE THE DRIVING DISTRACTION TICKETS AND FINES et al, TO BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE WSP OFFICER THAT PULLS OVER,  OR NOTICES A RUNNING VEHICLE, WITH A  DRIVER IN THE VEHICLE, WHERE EVER THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, WITH A DRIVER DOING WHATEVER HE’S DOING, WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING IT WITH IN HIS VEHICLE?

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    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE

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     A LAW BASED ON STATISTICS?

    October 19, 2016 Olympia-  The phenomenon of driving while distracted is growing.  According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatalities caused by distracted driving increased by 30.8% in 2015.

    STATISTICS are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.’

    STATISTICS – and research in general – is carried out by *people*. PEOPLE HAVE MOTIVATIONS.

    Then again, by now we know WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE doesn’t have the highest regard for human drivers in all our glorious fallibility. And he kept beating that drum at a distracted driving awareness event in the state capital on Monday.

    Governor Inslee also vetoed a provision of the original bill that would have delayed its implementation until 2019, reminding the crowd in Olympia that A DISTRACTED DRIVER IS JUST AS BAD AS A DRUNK ONE—and that the issue is too urgent to wait.

    STATISTICS  ON DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVERS

    DRUNK DRIVING  ACCOUNTS FOR 32 PERCENT  OF ALL TRAFFIC-RELATED DEATHS add, 10 % OF MARIJUANA RELATED FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS

    July 21, 2017  Washington State Patrol WSP has more life saving priorities.

    Jun 3, 2016, After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often found in the blood of drivers involved in crashes. … Along with marijuana, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE ALSO COMMONLY LINKED TO DRUGGED DRIVING CRASHES.

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    AND,  JUN 23, 2017 – DRUG DEATHS… FATAL OVERDOSES SURPASSED SHOOTING DEATHS AND FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

    JULY 21, 2017  WASHINGTON STATE PATROL WSP HAS MORE LIFE SAVING OPPORTUNITIES

    Investigative Assistance Division – Washington State Patrol

    www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/iad.htm

    … Section participate in 14 local and 4 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task forces. …

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    Washington State DUI Statistics [infographic]. DRUNK DRIVING ACCOUNTED FOR 32 PERCENT OF ALL TRAFFIC-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES in 2009

    Marijuana-related fatal car accidents surge in Washington state after …

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/2016/…/marijuana-related-fatal-car-accidents-surge-wa…

    ROUGHLY 10 PERCENT OF WASHINGTON STATE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL CAR CRASHES between … MARIJUANA-RELATED FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS SURGE IN WASHINGTON STATE AFTER LEGALIZATION … By Andrea Noble – The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

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     BIKINI  STATISTICS ON GOV JAY INSLEE’S  WA STATE DISTRACTED DRIVERS LAW

    STATISTICS ? What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.’

    “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”

    Statistics – and research in general – is carried out by *people*. PEOPLE HAVE MOTIVATIONS.

    WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE (D) HAD HIS MOTIVATIONS.

    AND, HE HAD HIS STATISTICS…..

     15% INCLUDED PASSENGER DISTRACTION

     12% INCLUDED CELL PHONE DISTRACTION

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    THE STARTLING STATISTICS ON DISTRACTED YOUNG DRIVERS?

    58% OF TEEN DRIVERS INVOLVED IN MODERATE TO SEVERE CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED

    24% OF YOUNG DRIVERS INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON FATAL CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED IN 2015, 

     According to the Department of Licensing, 24% OF YOUNG DRIVERS INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON FATAL CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED IN 2015, up from 18% in 2008. Videos taken inside teenage driver’s car seconds before a crash reveal some startling statistics. Out of 1,700 videos taken:

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    Washington State Targets All Forms of Distracted Driving With New ‘E …

    www.thedrive.com/news/…/washington-state-targets-all-forms-of-distracted-driving-w…

    3 days ago – Washington State Targets All Forms of Distracted Driving With NewWashington’s new EDUI law will undoubtedly be a sticking point for …

    July 18, 2017 The Drive · Kyle Cheromcha View Kyle Cheromcha’s Articles

    instagram.com/kylecheromcha

    Fresh off its efforts to end the scourge of left-lane slowpokes, Washington State is preparing to enact one of the nation’s toughest distracted driving laws after legislators passed a bill outlawing nearly every conceivable form of attention-diverting behavior behind the wheel.

    Starting Sunday, drivers will no longer be allowed to use handheld devices at all, even while stopped in traffic or doing something as simple as scrolling through a playlist. Say goodbye to your red light selfies and social media spot-checks; officers who spot a driver with a phone in hand at any time for any reason can issue a ticket starting at $136, and repeat offenders will see that fine rise to $234 per violation.

    Additionally, a whole slew of other common sights—smoking, eating, drinking, reading, and “grooming”—are now secondary offenses, meaning drivers can be handed a $99 ticket for any of these actions if they’re pulled over for something else. So that guy you see on your morning commute making the illegal merge while shaving and eating his McMuffin is in for a rude awakening.

    Washington’s new E-DUI law will undoubtedly be a sticking point for some people. We can all agree that texting (and reading, and grooming, and sometimes eating) is indeed distracting when controlling a multi-ton vehicle, and therefore probably shouldn’t be allowed. But can the same be said for drinking a bottle of water? Or smoking a cigarette? It can be argued that anything other driving is a distraction behind the wheel, but it doesn’t take too much effort to imagine a driver suing the state over a disputed ticket and the law’s true intent.

    Then again, by now we know Washington governor Jay Inslee doesn’t have the  highest regard for human drivers in all our glorious fallibility. And he kept beating that drum at a distracted driving awareness event in the state capital on Monday. Governor Inslee also vetoed a provision of the original bill that would have delayed its implementation until 2019, reminding the crowd in Olympia that a distracted driver is just as bad as a drunk one—and that the issue is too urgent to wait.

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    Does (D)  Inslee’s WA State Distracted Drivers Law have this ambiguous inclusion?

    “INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO”  This phrase is used to indicate that a list is not necessarily exhaustive.

    In other words, when you don’t want someone to get the impression that whatever you’re saying applies only the items on the list.

    It means that those things are included, but other things you haven’t mentioned could be included as well, as ALL OF THE ABOVE

    OR, ARE THE DRIVING DISTRACTION TICKETS AND FINES et al, TO BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE WSP OFFICER THAT PULLS OVER,  OR NOTICES A RUNNING VEHICLE, WITH A  DRIVER IN THE VEHICLE, WHERE EVER THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, WITH A DRIVER DOING WHATEVER HE’S DOING, WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING IT WITH IN HIS VEHICLE?

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    The bottom line

    After reading nearly everything about this new law on line for six hours, I’m so confused

    What does it mean when a law is “void for vagueness” or “overbroad …

    www.rotlaw.com › Legal Library › Procedure

    How does “choice of law” affect judgments? … If the average citizen cannot figure out from reading the law what he should or should not do, a court may find that …


  • Democrats Didn’t Due Diligence on Obamacare

    Mar 9, 2010 DUE DILIGENCE is an investigation or audit of a potential investment to confirm all facts, such as reviewing all financial records, plus anything else deemed material.

    IN THIS CASE  “DUE DILIGENCE” REFERS TO WHAT THE 100% OF ELECTED DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE DONE BEFORE THEY ALL VOTED ON OBAMACARE.

    Pelosi: “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”

    ▶ 0:10

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU

    Mar 9, 2010 – Uploaded by PoliJAM

    Pelosi: “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” … Nancy Pelosi said there was so …

    MARCH 23, 2010 INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT A REASONABLE PERSON WOULD DO… THE 100% OF THE ELECTED DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS VOTED AND PASSED OBAMACARE, THE UN-AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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    NOV 10, 2014 WAS PROFESSOR JONATHAN GRUBER TALKING ABOUT THE STUPID 100% OF VOTERS IN CONGRESS?

    ObamaCare architect: ‘Stupidity’ of voters helped bill pass | TheHill

    thehill.com/policy/…/223578-obamacare-architect-lack-of-transparency-helped-law-p…

    NOV 10, 2014 – An architect of the federal healthcare law said last year that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve ObamaCare. In a clip unearthed Sunday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber appears on a panel and …

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    ON MARCH 23, 2010 THE DEMOCRAT’S  OBAMACARE WAS 100% UN-AFFORDABLE. period

    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE ON OBAMACARE: AND I VOTED FOR TRUMP

    JULY 7, 2017  IS IT JUST ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STUPID MESS FOR TRUMP TO CLEAN UP?

    OR NOT? WHY NOT JUST LET IT CRASH AND BURN AS OBAMA’S NAMESAKE LEGACY?

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    JULY 17, 2017 HOW’S OBAMACARE WORKING OUT FOR WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    Average Individual Health Insurance Premiums Increased 99% Since …

    news.ehealthinsurance.com/…/average-individual-health-insurance-premiums-increase…

    JAN 23, 2017 – Open enrollment for 2017 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) began on November 1, … Prior to 2014, eHealth published an annual Cost and Benefits report, which tracked cost and …

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    HOW ARE THE OBAMACARE DEDUCTIBLES WORKING OUT FOR AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES?

    Nov 14, 2015“Our DEDUCTIBLE is so high, we practically pay for all of our medical … Her family of four pays premiums of $1,200 a month for coverage with an … like generic drugs or visits to a primary care doctor, before patients …

    Oct 10, 2016, Before Trump was elected, he said “HEALTH CARE IS GOING UP BY NUMBERS THAT ARE ASTRONOMICAL — 68%, 59%, 71%,”

    THAT “IT’S FAR TOO EXPENSIVE” AND THAT “NOT ONLY ARE YOUR RATES GOING UP BY NUMBERS THAT NOBODY’S EVER BELIEVED,

    BUT YOUR DEDUCTIBLES ARE GOING UP,

    SO THAT UNLESS YOU GET HIT BY A TRUCK, YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE IT.”

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    TRUTH IS: IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, ACCORDING TO NPR HEALTH POLICY CORRESPONDENT ALISON KODJAK, “THE AVERAGE COST OF HEALTH CARE TO FAMILIES (PAYING DEDUCTIBLES)  BEFORE THEIR INSURANCE KICKS IN HAS RISEN 67%.”

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    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE ON OBAMACARE: AND I VOTED FOR TRUMP

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    JULY 17, 2017 HOW’S OBAMACARE WORKING OUT FOR AMERICAN SENIOR CITIZENS?

    Average? Retired  single  75 year old lady living on a lower income Social Security check

    HOT DAMN, I GOT A 3% SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING INCREASE

    Medicare costs $107.00 @month, Prescription Drug Plan$72.70 @month.

    Indeed,  I must pay an additional $220.75. AARP supplemental insurance for 100% full coverage, through United Healthcare (no deductible)

    TOTAL PAID OUT FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE $400.45 @MONTH

    Of course the  $200.75 is optional, my choice….  I pay so I won’t lose my house, my IRA and stock, Just in case, I fall and break my hip, spend a week in the hospital and spend another month in a care facility.

     And, I live through  it. 

    Oops,  I decided not to pay it, I am bankrupt,  I’ve lost my IRA, my stock and my house.

    Now, I am  homeless,  retired,  single, broken old lady on a lower income Social Security check.

    Best case scenario, I continue to pay the $200.75, my family inherits my IRA, my stock and my house.

    Worst case scenario I decided not to pay the $200.75, my family has to take care of a bankrupt, homeless broken old lady, and they inherit zip, zero, Nada, nothing.

    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE the care a reasonable person should take before entering into an agreement or a financial transaction with another party.

    As a reasonable old lady, I shall continue to  pay the $200.75@ month  to AARP for my United Healthcare and not become a burden to my family.

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    The bottom line…

    JULY 7, 2017  IS OBAMACARE JUST ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STUPID MESS FOR TRUMP TO CLEAN UP?

    OR NOT?

    WHY NOT JUST LET IT CRASH AND BURN AS OBAMA’S NAMESAKE LEGACY?


  • Understanding WA DC Politics 1883-2017

    Despite the host of management and organizational studies, Washington exposés and critiques of bureaucracy very little information is available about the working world, and everyday conduct of the top people in government.

    June 25, 2017 There is no LEFT or RIGHT in my 937th comment, there is only the WRONG that has been progressively committed, against the best interest of American citizens by WA DC POLITICIANS et al, behind our backs, behind closed doors.

    Despite the information available on the internet, very little information has been documented and provided to the working people in America, by the public media on the everyday conduct of the top people in the U.S. government..

    To and for the understanding of a reasonable person, I submit the following

    Understanding WA DC Politics 1883- 1952- 1977- 1979-2017

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    1883 UNDERSTANDING THE CIVIL SERVICE MERIT SYSTEM?

     Approved on January 16, 1883, THE PENDLETON ACT established a merit-based system of selecting government officials and supervising their work. THE ACT ALSO MADE IT UNLAWFUL TO FIRE OR DEMOTE FOR POLITICAL REASONS EMPLOYEES WHO WERE COVERED BY THE LAW

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    1952 UNDERSTANDING THE PLUM BOOK?

    The Republican Party popular war hero General Dwight D. Eisenhower and won the hotly-fought presidential contest, in a landslide with 442 electoral votes, ending 22 consecutive years of Democratic control of the White House.

    After  Eisenhower was elected president, after the hotly-fought presidential contest, the list was written and published by the defeated Democrats in 1952

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    MY MISUNDERSTANDING “A GOVERNMENT OF STRANGERS”

    Due to my ignorance,  on Nov  11, 2016, three days after President Trump was elected, my understanding of a government of strangers was the 7000 SES operatives permanently embedded in the U.S. government.  

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    1977 – 2007 UNDERSTANDING A GOVERNMENT OF STRANGERS:

     EXECUTIVE POLITICS IN WASHINGTON?

    Methodology: Interviews with 200 civil servants and political appointees from different departments and at different career stages.

    Summary of Heclo: A government of strangers – From WikiSummary …

    wikisum.com/w/Heclo:_A_government_of_strangers

    Aug 14, 2007 – Political executive officers are supposed to guide and control, rather than … 1977. A government of strangers: Executive politics in Washington.

    Overview · ‎Abstract: · ‎Question: · ‎Chapter-by-Chapter Notes

    Overview

    Abstract:

    The book’s main objective is to explore the process by which high-ranking political executives and bureaucrats interact with each other in Washington. Political executive officers are supposed to guide and control, rather than merely reflect, the various interests in the executive branch. However, they are ill-suited to do so: they come to power being strangers and amateurs. Heclo studies the relationship between executives (presidential appointees) and bureaucrats (civil servants). The former are interested in political control, and the latter in policy continuity.

    Question:

    General research question: Can politicians guide what government does by controlling the people who do it? To what extent does appointment power make political control of the bureaucracy possible?

    • What are the implications of the politicization of the bureaucracy for political control (as embodied in political executives) and bureaucratic autonomy (as embodied in high-level civil servants) within the executive branch?
    • How do political executives (interested in political control) and bureaucrats (interested in administrative continuity, bureaucratic autinomy) interact with each other in Washington?

    Answer:

    High ranking civil servants strike a balance between the demands of political executives and bureaucrats. Bureaucracies pit the ambitions and plans of career bureaucrats against those of political appointees, who are at an organizational and informational disadvantage. Because the process of career advancement of high-ranking civil servants has been politicized, they may balance the demands of political executives and bureaucrats.

    High ranking career officials who are part of a civil service system add a third dimension to the interaction between political executives and bureaucrats. They are supposed to be responsive to the legal authority of political heads, but they also have institutional responsibilities and a longer time horizon than the political heads. “The civil service idea in Washington may be a counterpoint for balancing strictly political and bureaucratic demands, but it rests on slippery foundations” (32).

    Political executives can usually do better by evoking conditional cooperation rather than invoking their authority. (220) Conditional cooperation comes from developing trust with civil servants, building alliances within the agency and outside the agency (interest groups, media, other agencies, administration), and choosing strategically which goals to pursue.

    Place in the Literature:

    Sides with Seidman (1998), Neustadt (1960) regarding the power of the presidency and the constraints imposed by the internal structure of the executive. Does not address the issue of congressional dominance directly (thus, neither confirms nor denies). Discussion of “marrying the natives” suggests some degree of bureaucratic independence.

    General Argument:

    • Presidential campaigns do not produce action programs that can be precisely legislated and then put into play by the bureaucracy.
    • Transition teams are likely to be poorly organized and political appointments (and the movements of their bureaucratic counterparts) are made after the fact.
    • Therefore, these decisions are made in haste under incomplete information. Under these circumstances, it is reasonable to believe that executives will use criteria on which information is available (i.e. political affiliation and service to the party or its members) as a basis for decision-making.
    • Higher-level staffing decisions, even within the civil service, become de facto political appointments (with political attachments to both the executive and relevant congressional actors, i.e. subgovernments and iron triangles).
    • Relationship of top civil servants and political appointees is therefore “smudgy,” i.e. not well defined. Because this relationship is not well defined, there is an absence of political and policy leadership within the bureaucracy. Political appointees “go native,” undermining presidential control, while bureaucrats are increasingly controlled by elected officials.
    • For this reason, policy implementation within the bureaucracy is not characterized by rational, hierarchical modes of interaction, but rather by establishing cooperation. This occasions the development of strategic planning and support-coalition formation.
      • The original purpose of the civil service is undermined.
      • Principal-agent relations are not clearly established and information is not efficiently disseminated.

    Suggested shape of reform:

    The establishment of a senior civil service (called Federal Executive Officers) in which rank is attached to individuals, not to jobs (unclear how this would bring about more predictable relationships between bureaucrats and political appointees, although it would make for the routinization of the post-filling process).

    Methodology: Interviews with 200 civil servants and political appointees from different departments and at different career stages.

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    1978-1979 UNDERSTANDING THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES)?

    Overview & History – OPM

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive…/overview-history/

    History. The Senior Executive Service (SES) was established by Title IV of the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) of 1978 (P.L. 95-454, October 13, 1978) and became effective on July 13, 1979.

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    OPM CORRECTIVE ACTIONS REQUIRED?

    “(c) If the Office makes a written finding, on the basis of information obtained under the program established under subsection (b)(2) of this section or otherwise, that any action taken by an agency pursuant to authority delegated under subsection (a)(2) of this section is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation, or is contrary to any standard established under subsection (b)(1) of this section, the agency involved shall take any corrective action the Office may require.

    UNDERSTANDING 2014 VETERAN’S SCANDAL the 300 SES employees involved? Understanding why not “ONE” was fired and Understanding why they all collected their bonuses?  

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    2014-2017 UNDERSTANDING THE MERIT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM?

     IT IS UNLAWFUL TO FIRE OR DEMOTE OVER 9,000 (SES) FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT POSITIONS IN THE LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR POLITICAL REASONS

    INDEED, IN 1883 THE  MERIT-BASED SYSTEM WAS  SELECTING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

    AND SUPERVISING THEIR WORK.

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    JUNE 25, 2017  UNDERSTANDING?

    Trump 76: Plum Book 9,000 SES-GS jobs 1952 – 2016 | Darrell Smith …

    https://www.linkedin.com/…/trump-76-8000-presidential-appointments-plum-book-d…

    Jan 5, 2017 – December 2016: The Government Printing Office released the United States Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) for 2016 on 5 Dec … The Plum Book contains data (as of June 30, 2016) on over 9,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment.

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    The bottom line…..

    June 25, 2017 There is no LEFT or RIGHT in my 937th comment, there is only the WRONG that has been progressively committed, against the best interest of American citizens by WA DC POLITICIANS et al, behind our backs, behind closed doors.


  • The U.S. Didn’t Have The Intelligence?

    The U.S. Didn’t Have The Intelligence?

    Since when? Since Barack Obama was made the Commander in Chief of U.S. intelligence  on November 4, 2008?

    Sept. 29, 2015 The intelligence of Secretary of State John Kerry?

    Kerry: Russian Bombing of Syria Is ‘Opportunity’ For U.S.

    www.breitbart.com/…/kerryviewsrussianbombingsyriaoppor
    Breitbart

    Sep 30, 2015 – Secretary of State John Kerry described Russian action in Syria as a … Kerry Views Russian Bombing of Syria as ‘Opportunity’ For U.S..
    Yesterday, (Sept. 29, 2015) Secretary of State John Kerry described Russian action in Syria as a potential “opportunity” for the United States, SUGGESTING THE RUSSIANS OUGHT TO FOLLOW PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AGENDA IN SYRIA.

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    Sept. 30, 2015
    NOW THAT BOMBS ARE ACTUALLY DROPPING, KERRY’S RHETORIC HAS HARDENED A BIT.

    BUT Secretary of State John Kerry STILL DOES NOT SEEM TO FULLY COMPREHEND WHAT IS HAPPENING.

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    Hmmm…. The following morning, (Sept. 30, 2015) Russia would tersely inform the Obama Administration that AMERICAN AIRCRAFT SHOULD STAY OUT OF ITS WAY while it began hammering the Syrian opposition.
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    The U.S. Didn’t Have The Intelligence?

    Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s …

    Oct 8, 2015 A week after Russia plunged directly into Syria’s civil war by launching a campaign of air strikes, the INTELLIGENCE committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives want to examine the extent to which the spy community overlooked or misjudged critical warning signs, the sources said.
    Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible INTELLIGENCE lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told Reuters.
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    Oct. 3rd 2015
    The U.S. military command didn’t have the military Intelligence when they bombed the Doctors Without Borders hospital?
    The grim and detailed congressional testimony by Gen. John F. Campbell, the American commander in Afghanistan, who told lawmakers the attack was “A U.S. DECISION MADE WITHIN THE U.S. CHAIN OF COMMAND.”

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    Putin dares, Obama dithers | The Economist

    www.economist.com/…/21669950-danger-russias-interve…
    The Economist

    6 days ago – TO HEAR Vladimir Putin, Russia has become the leader of a new global war on terrorism. By contrast Barack Obama seems wearier by the day …
    The danger of Russia’s intervention in Syria, and America’s timidity in Afghanistan
    Oct 3rd 2015 | TO HEAR VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIA HAS BECOME THE LEADER OF A NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

    By contrast Barack Obama seems wearier by the day with the wars in the Muslim world that America has been fighting for more than a decade.

    On September 30th Russian jets went into action to support Bashar al-Assad’s beleaguered troops. It is setting up an INTELLIGENCE-sharing network with Iraq and Iran.

    The Russian Orthodox church talks of holy war. Mr Putin’s claim to be fighting Islamic State (IS) is questionable at best. The evidence of Russia’s first day of bombing is that it attacked other Sunni rebels, including some supported by America. Even if this is little more than political theatre, RUSSIA IS MAKING ITS BIGGEST MOVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, hitherto America’s domain, since the Soviet Union was evicted in the 1970s.

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    Oct 8, 2015
    Syria crisis: Nato renews pledge amid Russia ‘escalation’
    www.bbc.co.uk/…/world-europe-34471…
    British Broadcasting Corporation
    43 mins ago – NATO WILL DEFEND YOU, NATO IS ON THE GROUND, NATO IS READY.” He also urged Moscow to … This principle of collective defence commits them to protect each other. On Wednesday, Russia … 8 October 2015 • Russia’s intervention …

    Under Article 5 of Nato’s Washington Treaty, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. This principle of collective defense commits them to protect each other.

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    TO READ THAT NATO IS COMMITTED AND HAS BECOME THE LEADER OF A DEFENSE ATTACK ON RUSSIA?
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    The U.S. Didn’t Have The Intelligence?
    TO LEARN FROM MILITARY  HISTORY? General George S. Patton Jr. was one of the ablest and most controversial U.S. commanders in World War II

    U.S. MILITARY General George S. Patton said, Lead, Follow or Get out of my way….

    PUTIN TOOK U.S. MILITARY  strategy  and told OBAMA to get out of his way.

    Russia would tersely inform the Obama Administration that American aircraft should stay out of its way while it began hammering the Syrian opposition.

    The BBC notes that the attacks began after a mere hour’s warning to the United States,

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    General George S. Patton on Russia & Russians
    bottom line ….. YOU MARK MY WORDS. DON’T EVER FORGET THEM… SOMEDAY WE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT THEM AND IT WILL TAKE SIX YEARS AND COST US SIX MILLION LIVES.

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    “We promised the Europeans freedom. It would be worse than dishonorable not to see they have it. This might mean war with the Russians, but what of it? They have no Air Force anymore, their gasoline and ammunition supplies are low. I’ve seen their miserable supply trains; mostly wagons draw by beaten up old hoses or oxen. I’ll say this; the Third Army alone with very little help and with damned few casualties, could lick what is left of the Russians in six weeks. YOU MARK MY WORDS. DON’T EVER FORGET THEM… SOMEDAY WE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT THEM AND IT WILL TAKE SIX YEARS AND COST US SIX MILLION LIVES.

    Quoted in Alpha and Omega

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    I tried to find the exact date Patton said this? He was relieved of command of the Third Army on October 7, 1945, and died on December 21, 1945

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    A day after the Russian navy fired cruise missiles at targets in Syria — and two days after …
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    NPR
    2 hours ago – A day after the Russian navy fired cruise missiles at targets in Syria … with Russia in Syria,” Teri Schultz reports for NPR’s Newscast, with Carter …
    As Russia’s Cruise Missiles Strike At Targets In Syria, NATO Stands With Turkey
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    Syria crisis: Nato renews pledge amid Russia ‘escalation …

    www.bbc.co.uk/…/world-europe-34471…
    British Broadcasting Corporation

    2 hours ago – Nato has renewed assurances to defend allies in view of the “escalation of Russian military activities” in Syria, the alliance’s secretary-general …
    43 mins ago – Nato will defend you, Nato is on the ground, Nato is ready.” He also urged Moscow to … This principle of collective defence commits them to protect each other. On Wednesday, Russia … 8 October 2015 • Russia’s intervention …

    Under Article 5 of Nato’s Washington Treaty, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. This principle of collective defence commits them to protect each other.
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    Sept. 30, 2015 Full text
    Kerry Views Russian Bombing of Syria as ‘Opportunity’ For U.S.
    by John Hayward30 Sep 2015368
    Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry described Russian action in Syria as a potential “opportunity” for the United States, suggesting the Russians ought to follow President Obama’s agenda in Syria.
    NOW THAT BOMBS ARE ACTUALLY DROPPING, KERRY’S RHETORIC HAS HARDENED A BIT, BUT HE STILL DOES NOT SEEM TO FULLY COMPREHEND WHAT IS HAPPENING.
    In a Tuesday interview with CNN, before the Russian bombs began falling, Kerry tried to talk the Russians out of supporting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. “If he’s going to side with Assad and with Iran and Hezbollah, he’s going to have a very serious problem with the Sunni countries in the region. That means he… could very well become a target for those Sunni jihadists,” said the Secretary of State, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
    “It’s an opportunity for us to force this question of how you actually resolve the question of Syria,” Kerry continued. “And the bottom line is, you cannot resolve it without including the Sunni(s) in a political solution, a political agreement ultimately, and that will mean that you’re going to have to have some kind of transition, some kind of timing. Because as long as Assad is there, you simply can’t make peace. Period.”
    He went on to insist that Assad must go – in a gradual and “orderly” transition, rather than a swift departure that could cause a political “implosion,” and actually cited the Syrian refugee crisis as an example of people “voting with their feet” against the dictator.
    The following morning, Russia would tersely inform the Obama Administration that American aircraft should stay out of its way while it began hammering the Syrian opposition, and its targets most certainly were not limited to ISIS and al-Qaeda.

    The BBC notes that the attacks began after a mere hour’s warning to the United States,

    and while Russian defense officials talked about targeting the Islamic State, a U.S. official said that “so far, they did not appear to be targeting IS-held territory.” Sources within the Syrian opposition confirmed this assessment.
    On Wednesday, Kerry reportedly changed his welcoming tune and told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the U.S. “will not be altering our operations and that this announcement by the Russians runs counter to their stated efforts of deconfliction and is not helpful to that effort, and again made clear that the deconfliction discussions need to begin immediately,” according to a senior American official.
    At a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday, Kerry mixed this carping about Russia being unhelpful with wishful thinking about how they could be so, if they felt so inclined. “If Russia’s recent actions and those now ongoing reflect a genuine commitment to defeat [the Islamic State], we are prepared to welcome those efforts and find a way to deconflict and therefore multiple our efforts,” said Kerry, as reported by the Washington Post.
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    Oct 8, 2015 Full text
    As Russia’s Cruise Missiles Strike At Targets In Syria, NATO …
    www.npr.org/…/as-russias-cruise-missiles-strike-at-targets-in-syria-nato…
    NPR
    2 hours ago – A day after the Russian navy fired cruise missiles at targets in Syria … with Russia in Syria,” Teri Schultz reports for NPR’s Newscast, with Carter …
    As Russia’s Cruise Missiles Strike At Targets In Syria, NATO Stands With Turkey
    October 08, 2015 8:51 AM ET
    A day after the Russian navy fired cruise missiles at targets in Syria — and two days after Russia’s warplanes veered into Turkey’s airspace — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance “is able and ready to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threat.”
    Speaking at nearly the same time, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said, “Russia’s joining the struggle against terrorism on Syria’s territory will lead to changes in the region and the whole world,”in remarks relayed by Russia’s Tass news agency.
    Speaking at a summit of NATO defense ministers, Stoltenberg said Russia has raised tensions in the area since its military began carrying out attacks to support Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. And he dismissed Russia’s explanation that it had been patrolling Turkey’s border as a way to help the country.
    “Turkey is a strong ally. Turkey has the second-largest army in the alliance,” Stoltenberg said.
    Russia launched a series of cruise missiles from its ships Wednesday, supporting a new push by Syrian government troops. Parts of the offensive were broadcast on TV, showing missiles streaking toward their targets.
    Today, Syrian rebels are claiming to have forced down a Russian helicopter.
    “An amateur video shows two helicopters descending at low altitude,” NPR’s Alison Meuse reports. “The crafts are close enough to the front lines in central Syria for activists to catch the emergency landing on camera. Activists say the helicopter landed in a regime-held town—miles from the nearest military airport.”
    Alison adds that the new ground and air campaign in Hama province has met with strong resistance.
    “Rebels claim to have destroyed more than 15 regime tanks in the past day,” she says, “with TOW missiles supplied by the US and its allies. Activists say Russian and Syrian warplanes have retaliated with fierce bombardments.”
    Russia says the missile attacks hit nearly a dozen ISIS targets — and the country says the attacks haven’t harmed civilians.
    NPR’s Corey Flintoff reports:
    “From the very start of this bombing campaign, the Russians have strongly denied causing any civilian casualties. Russian officials are accusing Islamic State fighters of hiding among the civilian population, and they say Russian warplanes have canceled attacks whenever there was a possibility of hurting non-combatants.”
    NATO, U.S. officials, and others have noted that Russia has targeted U.S.-backed rebels who are fighting Assad, rather than focusing on ISIS strongholds as the country initially declared it would do.
    As Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Brussels for today’s session, he “ruled out cooperation with Russia in Syria,” Teri Schultz reports for NPR’s Newscast, with Carter saying Moscow is following the “wrong strategy.”
    Carter said he wants the U.S. and Russia to coordinate their operations in the region only to avoid possible collisions in Syria’s airspace.
    In his speech kicking off the NATO meeting, Stoltenberg also said the alliance will establish two “small headquarters” in Hungary and Slovakia, two countries that have been caught up in the refugee crisis that has sent thousands of people into Europe this year.
    Hungary and Slovakia also had a front-row seat to the recent clash between Russia and Ukraine: they share Ukraine’s westernmost border.
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    Politics | Thu Oct 8, 2015 8:03am EDT
    Related: World, Politics, Russia, United Nations
    Exclusive: Congress probing U.S. spy agencies’ possible lapses on Russia
    WASHINGTON | By Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick
    Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told Reuters.
    A week after Russia plunged directly into Syria’s civil war by launching a campaign of air strikes, the intelligence committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives want to examine the extent to which the spy community overlooked or misjudged critical warning signs, the sources said.
    Findings of major blind spots would mark the latest of several U.S. intelligence misses in recent years, including Moscow’s surprise takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year and China’s rapid expansion of island-building activities in the South China Sea.
    Though spy agencies have sought to ramp up intelligence gathering on Russia since the crisis over Ukraine, they continue to struggle with inadequate resources because of the emphasis on counter-terrorism in the Middle East and the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, according to current and former U.S. officials.
    A senior administration official, who also asked not to be identified, insisted that there were “no surprises” and that policymakers were “comfortable” with the intelligence they received in the lead-up to the Russian offensive.
    Spy agencies had carefully tracked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s build-up of military assets and personnel in Syria in recent weeks, prompting White House criticism and demands for Moscow to explain itself.
    But intelligence officers – and the U.S. administration they serve – were caught mostly off-guard by the speed and aggressiveness of Putin’s use of air power as well as a Russian target list that included U.S.-backed rebels, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    “They saw some of this going on but didn’t appreciate the magnitude,” one of the sources told Reuters.
    Russia’s sudden move to ramp up its military involvement in the Syria crisis has thrown Obama’s Middle East strategy into doubt and laid bare an erosion of U.S. influence in the region.
    A shortage of reliable information and analysis could further hamper President Barack Obama’s efforts to craft a response on Syria to regain the initiative from Washington’s former Cold War foe.
    BEHIND THE CURVE?
    It is unclear how his administration could have reacted differently with better intelligence, though advance word of Putin’s attack plans might have allowed U.S. officials to warn the moderate Syrian opposition that they could end up in Russia’s line of fire.

    Obama, who is reluctant to see America drawn deeper into another Middle East conflict, has shown no desire to directly confront Russia over its Syria offensive – something Moscow may have taken as a green light to escalate its operations.

    Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.
    Russia’s military build-up now includes a growing naval presence, long-range rockets and a battalion of troops backed by Moscow’s most modern tanks, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said.
    The U.S. administration believes it now has a better understanding at least of Putin’s main motive – to do whatever it takes to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Washington remains uncertain exactly how much further Putin is willing to go in terms of deployment of advanced military assets, the U.S. officials said.
    The lack of clarity stems in part from the limited ability of U.S. intelligence agencies to discern what Putin and a tightly knit circle of advisers are thinking and planning.
    In a tense meeting with Putin at the United Nations early last week, Obama was not given any advance notice of Russia’s attack plans, aides said. Russian air strikes began two days later, including the targeting of CIA-trained “moderate” anti-Assad rebels, though Moscow insisted it only hit Islamic State insurgents.
    “They did not expect the speed with which Putin ramped things up,” said Michael McFaul, Obama’s former ambassador to Moscow. “He likes the element of surprise.”
    U.S. intelligence agencies did closely follow and report to policymakers Russian moves to sharply expand infrastructure at its key air base in Latakia as well as the deployment of heavy equipment, including combat aircraft, to Syria, officials said.
    “We’re not mind readers,” the senior administration official said. “We didn’t know when Russia would fly the first sortie, but our analysis of the capabilities that were there was that they were there for a reason.”
    However, several other officials said U.S. agencies were behind the curve in assessing how far the Russians intended to go and how quickly they intended to launch operations.
    In fact, right up until a White House briefing given shortly after the bombing began, Obama press secretary Josh Earnest declined to draw “firm conclusions” on Russia’s strategy.
    CONFUSION OVER RUSSIAN INTENT
    One source suggested that U.S. experts initially thought the Russian build-up might have been more for a military “snap exercise” or a temporary show of force than preparations for sustained, large-scale attacks on Assad’s enemies.
    Another official said that after initial review, congressional oversight investigators believe that “information on this was not moving quickly enough through channels” to policymakers.
    And another source said there had been a “lag of a week” before agencies began voicing full-throated alarm about imminent Russian military operations.
    The senior administration official said, however, that “I don’t think anybody here perceived a gap” in intelligence.
    In their reviews of how U.S. intelligence handled the Syria build-up, officials said congressional intelligence committees would examine reports issued by the agencies and question officers involved in the process, according to congressional and national security sources. At the moment, no public hearings are planned, the officials said.
    Though the senior administration official denied the intelligence community was paying any less attention to Syria, John Herbst, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said that not enough intelligence assets had been devoted to analyzing Putin’s “aggressive policies”.
    McFaul, who took the view that the Obama administration had been largely on top of the situation as Putin prepared his offensive, said that a faster or more precise intelligence assessment would probably have done little to change the outcome.
    “What difference would it make if we had known 48 hours ahead of time?” asked McFaul, who now teaches at Stanford University in California. “There still wouldn’t have been any better options for deterring Putin in Syria.”
    (Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Roberta Rampton, Writing by Matt Spetalnick; editing by Stuart Grudgings)
    Oct 8, 2015 full text online….

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    Nato has renewed assurances to defend allies in view of the “escalation of Russian military …
    43 mins ago – Nato will defend you, Nato is on the ground, Nato is ready.” He also urged Moscow to … This principle of collective defence commits them to protect each other. On Wednesday, Russia … 8 October 2015 • Russia’s intervention …
    Nato has renewed assurances to defend allies in view of the “escalation of Russian military activities” in Syria, the alliance’s secretary-general says.
    Jens Stoltenberg said defence ministers had decided to boost response forces to be able to deploy troops speedily.
    Nato member Turkey has complained that Russian jets have violated its airspace recently.
    Russia has used cruise missiles as well as air strikes in Syria. The Nato chief said Moscow’s position was “unhelpful”.
    Announcing the doubling of the size of the Nato Response Force to 40,000, Mr Stoltenberg said: “All of this sends a clear message to all Nato citizens. Nato will defend you, Nato is on the ground, Nato is ready.”
    He also urged Moscow to stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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    Analysis: Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence correspondent
    Jens Stoltenberg spoke of “a troubling escalation in Russia’s military activities in Syria”. Moscow’s support for the Assad regime, he insisted, was not a constructive policy. While there’s been plenty of condemnation of Moscow here in Brussels, Nato has few options to influence Russian behaviour.
    It stands ready to assist Turkey to maintain the integrity of its airspace if requested and Nato is reviewing its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where the Russians already have a small naval flotilla off the Syrian coast.
    Vladimir Putin’s more assertive stance – first in Ukraine and now in Syria – continues to worry Nato members who share borders with Russia.
    More analysis:
    • What is Russia’s endgame in Syria? – Defeat anti-Assad rebels and be an equal at peace talks
    • High-stakes gamble – Incursions highlight the risk of a clash
    • What can Russia’s air campaign achieve? – Why should Russia be able to do any better than the US-led coalition?
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    Moscow denies Western accusations that it has mainly targeted Assad opponents, insisting its strikes have hit the infrastructure of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups.
    But a Saudi government official told the BBC that in response to the Russian air strikes in Syria, it was stepping up its supply of weaponry to three anti-Assad rebel groups there.
    The official said the Free Syrian Army, Jaysh al-Fatah and Southern Front would get increased supplies of modern, high-powered weaponry, including guided anti-tank weapons.
    IS militants have seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
    A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against IS fighters in both Syria and Iraq for months. But Western countries support rebels who have been fighting to oust Mr Assad since 2011.
    The Russian air strikes had “weakened” IS, Syrian Army Chief of Staff Gen Ali Abdullah Ayoub said on Thursday, enabling the army to start a “big attack” to retake towns and villages.
    Heavy fighting was reported in areas of Idlib, Hama and Latakia provinces, where a coalition of rebels that includes the Nusra Front operates.
    Government-backed troops had moved into the key Ghab plain area, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
    Russia’s defence ministry, quoted by the Interfax news agency, said the Russian air force had hit 27 targets overnight – and that they all belonged to IS.
    ‘Wrong strategy’
    Nato ministers met in Brussels amid a deepening sense of crisis, says BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus.
    The ministers also addressed increased concern among Baltic member states following Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine.
    The UK is to station about 100 troops in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania amid tensions with Moscow. It is also sending 25 soldiers to a training mission in Ukraine.
    Mr Stoltenberg also announced the creation of new Nato HQ offices in Hungary and Slovakia.
    Under Article 5 of Nato’s Washington Treaty, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. This principle of collective defence commits them to protect each other.
    On Wednesday, Russia said it had launched missile strikes against IS from warships in the Caspian Sea – about 1,500km (930 miles) away.
    Russia’s foreign ministry also said Moscow was willing to establish contact with the Free Syrian Army – a Western-backed rebel group – to discuss fighting IS “and other terrorist groups”.
    But US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said coalition forces fighting IS in Syria would not co-operate with Russia.
    “We believe Russia has the wrong strategy,” he said. “They continue to hit targets that are not IS.”
    Russia’s air campaign in Syria has raised fears of accidental contact between Russian warplanes and those of the US-led coalition which have been targeting IS for the past year.
    Pentagon officials revealed they recently had to carry out at least one “safe separation” manoeuvre to avoid a US jet coming too close to a Russian aircraft over Syria.
    The Syrian civil war began with an uprising against President Assad in 2011 that was brutally put down.
    It has since deteriorated into fighting between pro-government forces and various rebel groups – some of which also fight each other…….
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    It Aired on CSPAN Oct. 3, 2015 From a lecture given on Sept. 15, 2015 The lecturer at the college mentioned the education level of CITIZENS ? And, he said, There is a 17 page thing that will give them about 70% and another 12th grade level thing that will give them 90% of Everything CITIZENS Need to Know? ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? NATIONAL SECURITY? AND PUBLIC POLICY?

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    What is the point of this academic exercise? It seems to be to indoctrinate CITIZENS by using K-12 literature to establish the same positive political feedback loop around global warming that has existed between the federal government and the nation’s colleges and universities for the past two decades.

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    WHO WAS/IS THE COLLEGE LECTURER?

    RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY IN HIS NEW JOB AS DIRECTOR OF Center for Solutions TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE RISK AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
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    HOW IGNORANT, UNINFORMED AND GULLIBLE, DOES THE HE THINK CITIZENS ARE ON CLIMATE CHANGE?
    PUBLIC POLICY? can be generally defined as a system of laws, regulatory measures, COURSES OF ACTION, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives.
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    And, In response to a question during his lecture at the college, RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY said

    “OF COURSE, THIS IS A MORAL ISSUE AND OBLIGATION”

    REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY’S PUBLIC POLICY ON GLOBAL WARMING IS PREACHING ON THE RELIGIOUS COMPONENTS?

    AND, DETERMINING THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS A MORAL ISSUE AND WHO AND HOW TO EXPLORE THE CITIZENS RELIGIOUS LOBBY?

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    THE CATHOLIC COVENANT ON THIS ISSUE CAN TELL YOU WHAT THE POPE MEANS.
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    What to do at your local level?

    All things considered, BASED ON A CITIZENS LEVEL OF EDUCATION, WITH YOUR DEPLOMA OF 90% OF EVERYTHING A CITIZEN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC POLICY.

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    Go public GET MEDIA ATTENTION, PROTEST, PICKET, LOBBY IT AND demand it with your individual support and, of the support of LOCAL GLOBAL NGO groups AND THEIR 600 GLOBAL PARTNERS, Get going after your ELECTED officials, give them A TON OF public opinion, input, send emails, letters, attend, talk about it,. ELECTED OFFICIALS want votes, they don’t want to lose an election so they will act and legislate on a massive court of public media opinion.
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    RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY DEFENDS CASE FOR GLOBAL WARMING IN HIS NEW JOB AS DIRECTOR OF Center for Solutions TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE RISK AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

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    Rear Admiral David W. Titley, USN (Ret) « The Center for …

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    Rear Admiral David W. Titley, United States Navy (Retired) Dr. Titley is a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security, and …
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    AND FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR SOLUTIONS TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE RISK AT … DR. TITLEY INITIATED AND LED THE US NAVY’S TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE.
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    Navy climate change expert sees opponents ignoring science

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    Jul 23, 2015 – Rear Admiral David Titley tours the USS Slater in Albany, N.Y. April 26, 2012, as part of the United States Navy’s 50/50 Program, an outreach ..
    Jul 23, 2015 – When he headed the Navy’s climate change task force, the group … In his new job as director of Center for Solutions to Weather and … FORMER NAVY OFFICER, RESEARCHER DEFENDS CASE FOR GLOBAL WARMING … AS THE U.S. NAVY’S FORMER TOP EXPERT ON MAN-MADE CLIMATE CHANGE, RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY SAYS …
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    When RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY headed the Navy’s climate change task force, the group looked at issues like RISING SEA LEVELS, which is one outcome of GLOBAL WARMING. NAVAL BASES AROUND THE WORLD WILL BE AFFECTED and planners have to be ready for it, he said.
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    RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY SAYS
    NATIONAL SECURITY IS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND RISING SEA LEVELS?
    AND, THAT NAVAL BASES AROUND THE WORLD WILL BE AFFECTED.
    AND, PLANNING for the rapidly melting ice in the arctic polar zone?

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Arctic Strategy was unveiled in Halifax in November 2013. Hagel SAID THE PENTAGON’S «ARCTIC STRATEGY» is centered upon the U.S. bolstering its military capabilities in the Arctic region with the opening of new sea lanes for natural resource «exploration»,

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    U.S. DOMINANCE OVER THE ARCTIC IS SPELLED OUT IN THE PENTAGON’S NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE ARCTIC REGION, a policy that was developed under the stewardship of Daniel Y. Chiu, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy. Chiu sees THE RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE THAT IS AFFECTING THE ARCTIC FACILITATING A GREATER U.S. NAVAL AND OTHER MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE REGION.
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    TRUTH POLITICS AND HISTORY
    In September, 2010 A TREATY WAS MADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND NORWAY
    Sept. 15, 2015 RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY SAID RUSSIA KEEPS POKING AROUND?

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    THE SVALBARD TREATY OF 1920
    UNDER THE NATO UMBRELLA. THE SVALBARD TREATY OF 1920, ratified by 40 nations, agreed to “DEMILITARIZE” THE NORWEGIAN-OWNED ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO OF SVALBARD.

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    FACTS ABOUT SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO The land mass is about 61 020 square kilometers, As much as 60 percent of the landmass is covered in ice, The sea area around the islands out to the territorial border of 12 nautical miles is about 90 700 square kilometers.
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    THE POLITICS OF SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
    In September, 2010 A TREATY WAS MADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND NORWAY
    fixing the boundary between the SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO and the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Increased interest in petroleum exploration in the Arctic increased interest in resolution of the dispute. The agreement takes into account the relative positions of the archipelagos, rather than being based simply on northward extension of the continental border of Norway and Russia.[81]
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    USING THREE NATO ALLIES, all of them monarchies, Obama is trying to establish a U.S.-led condominium of the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark over the Arctic,

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    CONSPICUOUSLY LEAVING RUSSIA OUT OF THE EQUATION.

    Sept. 15, 2015 RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY SAID RUSSIA KEEPS POKING AROUND?
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    THE FIRST STEP OF THE OBAMA «POLAR PIVOT» HAS BEEN TO “MILITARIZE” THE ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO OF SVALBARD
    UNDER THE NATO UMBRELLA. The Svalbard Treaty of 1920, ratified by 40 nations, agreed to “DEMILITARIZE” THE NORWEGIAN-OWNED ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO OF SVALBARD.
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    Sept. 15, 2015 RETIRED REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY SAID “RUSSIA KEEPS POKING AROUND”
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    RUSSIA BELIEVES THAT NATO HAS VIOLATED THE SVALBARD TREATY of 1920 BY COVERTLY OPERATING MILITARY FUNCTIONS AT THE SVALBARD SATELLITE STATION AT NY-ÅLESUND,
    which is connected to Harstad and Andoya, Norway by the Svalbard Undersea Cable System. Andoya was the site of a Norwegian Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) array, art of the U.S. Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) that acoustically tracked Soviet and Russian submarines. There is a belief that the Norwegians have continued to employ acoustic intelligence devices against the Russians and that Svalbard is part of the Norwegian monitoring activities, in violation of the Svalbard Treaty. The U.S. also maintains a Globus II HAVE STARE radar station in Vardo in the Norwegian Arctic, which is used to collect electronic intelligence for the U.S. National Security Agency from Russian military targets across the Norwegian border.
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    the bottom line on “Ice Station Obama”

    IN THE ARCTIC, THE DECISIONS ARE MADE IN WASHINGTON, WHILE THE NATO PUPPETS OF OTTAWA, COPENHAGEN, AND OSLO OBEDIENTLY WAG THEIR TAILS.

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    The unedited comment
    Ice Station Obama
    Wayne MADSEN 06.06.2014 00:00
    Although President Obama’s «pivot to Asia» is receiving media attention, his little-known push to establish American hegemony over THE RAPIDLY MELTING ARCTIC POLAR ZONE HAS GONE LARGELY UNNOTICED. Using three NATO allies, all of them monarchies, Obama is trying to establish a U.S.-led condominium of the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark over the Arctic,
    CONSPICUOUSLY LEAVING RUSSIA OUT OF THE EQUATION.
    Obama’s military and intelligence push into the Arctic could be taken from the pages of the 1960s Cold War thriller by Alistair MacLean, «Ice Station Zebra», WITH THE DEPLETION OF THE ARCTIC ICE PACK OPENING UP FORMERLY NON-NAVIGABLE ARCTIC MARITIME ZONES TO SHIPPING, Obama and his Wall Street handlers are eyeing the Arctic as America’s new region for natural resource exploitation. And, as always, the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence Community are ready to act as the centurions for the investment bankers and hedge fund tycoons.
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Arctic Strategy was unveiled in Halifax in November 2013. Hagel said the Pentagon’s «Arctic Strategy» is centered upon the U.S. bolstering its military capabilities in the Arctic region with the opening of new sea lanes for natural resource «exploration»,
    THE FIRST STEP OF THE OBAMA «POLAR PIVOT» HAS BEEN TO MILITARIZE IT UNDER THE NATO UMBRELLA. The Svalbard Treaty of 1920, ratified by 40 nations, agreed to demilitarize the Norwegian-owned Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and to permit commercial activities on the islands by the signatories. Only Norway and Russia (and the former Soviet Union) exercised the right to commercially exploit the resources of the islands, mainly by mining coal. Russia has largely withdrawn its commercial interests from the islands with only some 370 Russians and Ukrainians remaining in Svalbard, many of them living at the mining community in Barentsburg, the Russian research station at Ny-Ålesund, and the small mining outpost at Sveagruva.
    A dependency of Norway, Svalbard has seen its Norwegian population grow with many of the Norwegians living in the capital of Longyearbyen. As signatories of the Svalbard Treaty, Americans, Canadians, and Britons are free to travel and reside on Svalbard without restrictions imposed by Norwegian authorities. Americans first started to arrive in Svalbard as part of the team that oversees the operation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a project of Global Crop Diversity Trust, which stores most of the world’s crop and botanical varieties in an underground vault.
    Russia believes that NATO has violated the Svalbard Treaty by covertly operating military functions at the Svalbard Satellite Station at Ny-Ålesund, which is connected to Harstad and Andoya, Norway by the Svalbard Undersea Cable System. Andoya was the site of a Norwegian Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) array, art of the U.S. Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) that acoustically tracked Soviet and Russian submarines. There is a belief that the Norwegians have continued to employ acoustic intelligence devices against the Russians and that Svalbard is part of the Norwegian monitoring activities, in violation of the Svalbard Treaty. The U.S. also maintains a Globus II HAVE STARE radar station in Vardo in the Norwegian Arctic, which is used to collect electronic intelligence for the U.S. National Security Agency from Russian military targets across the Norwegian border.
    THE MUSHROOM-LIKE RADOME THAT CONCEALS THE HAVE STARE RADAR IS A TELL-TALE SIGN OF A U.S. MILITARY-INTELLIGENCE PRESENCE.
    RADOMES HAVE APPEARED IN INCREASING NUMBERS FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY BASE AT MENWITH HILL, ENGLAND to northern Norway, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, the Faeroes, northern Canada, and even remote and uninhabited Jan Mayen Island in the Norwegian Sea.
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    my comment
    And, MUSHROOM-LIKE RADOMES HAVE APPEARED IN INCREASING NUMBERS, even in remote areas of the Olympic Peninsula in WA STATE U.S.A ….
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    Complementing America’s operations in Svalbard and Norway is the increasing use by NATO of Sweden’s Arctic Lapland for military purposes. Most NATO activities in Sweden involve NEAT, which stands for NATO Exercises and Advanced Testing.
    The U.S. is also expanding its military presence at the Thule airbase in Greenland as part of the U.S. Air Force 21st Space Wing’s missile defense network. Thule provides missile launch sensor data to the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and the Air Force Space Command. A number of Greenland «home rule» governments have wanted the United States to withdraw its military forces from Greenland but Washington and Denmark, which remains the sovereign authority over Greenland through the contrivance of calling Greenland a self-governing country within the «Kingdom of Denmark,» have rejected Greenlandic calls for the demilitarization of Greenland. The «kingdom» contrivance has also been used to keep the independence-minded Faeroe Islands in the Norwegian Sea firmly under Denmark’s, and by default, NATO’s, control. The Faeroes and Greenland are part of Denmark’s Joint Arctic Command, which in turn reports to NATO.
    Although Greenland’s Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond of the social democratic Siumut Party favors independence, she, like other past leaders, face determined opposition from Washington and Copenhagen, where NATO lobbyists exercise final say. Hammond stated «We will stand up as a people and demand what is rightfully ours.» According to a document found in the CIA archives, The U.S. has always believed it has ultimate authority over Greenland. And Denmark has not always been such an obedient slave to the dictates of Washington. A formerly TOP SECRET CIA document, dated January 31, 1947, states that the U.S. Minister to Denmark, Josiah P. Marvel, Jr., raised the issue of Greenland with the Danish Foreign Minister, Gustav Rasmussen. The U.S., at the time, was interested in wresting control of Greenland from Denmark to use it as a military base against the Soviet Union. When Marvel insisted on discussing the future of Greenland with Rasmussen, the Danish Foreign Minister replied, «While we owe much to America, I do not feel we owe them the whole island of Greenland.»
    What a difference a generation makes. Former Danish Prime Minister and outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, nicknamed the «Fogh of War» by his many critics, handed Greenland to the United States on a Georg Jensen silver platter and warned the Faeroes not to even think about independence. Whatever the Americans paid for Rasmussen’s knee-jerk loyalty, it was worth it to Washington.
    U.S. dominance over the Arctic is spelled out in the Pentagon’s National Strategy for the Arctic Region, a policy that was developed under the stewardship of Daniel Y. Chiu, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy. Chiu sees the rapid climate change that is affecting the Arctic facilitating a greater U.S. naval and other military presence in the region.
    Last February, U.S. forces participated in the first airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle. The exercise, codenamed SPARTAN PEGASUS, saw paratroopers from the Army’s 25th Infantry Division parachute into Deadhorse on Alaska’s North Slope.
    In 2012, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and NORAD signed the Tri-Command Framework for Arctic Cooperation with the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command. The agreement «enhances military cooperation to support safety, security and defense operations in the region.» NORTHCOM has assumed sole responsibility for military operations in the Arctic region, placing Greenland, Svalbard, Jan Mayen Island, and the North Pole within NORTHCOM’s jurisdictional domain.
    And NORTHCOM has not been shy about ORDERING U.S. FIGHTER PLANES TO ENGAGE RUSSIAN MILITARY AIRCRAFT in dangerous «cat-and-mouse» games over the Bering Sea between Siberia and Alaska.
    NORTHCOM has increased its presence in Canada’s first Inuit-ruled territory, Nunavut. In March, NORTHCOM conducted Exercise ARCTIC WARRIOR/GUERRIER NORDIQUE in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The Stephen Harper government in Ottawa has increasingly stymied the rights of Native Canadians over the natural resources on their lands. The presence of NORTHCOM military units in the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit last March was a message by Ottawa and Washington to the local leaders that their self-government has «limits,» just like those imposed by Washington and Copenhagen on their Inuit cousins in Greenland. The same restrictions by the neo-colonialists of Ottawa and Washington will be imposed on the emerging Deline Gotine nation, the first native Canadian self-governing entity in Canada’s Northwest Territories. In addition, the people of Deline Gotine will have no authority to ban natural gas fracking in their territory.
    NATO has urged Denmark and Canada to resolve a dispute over ownership of Hans Island, a 1.3 kilometer barren uninhabited island between Greenland and Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The island will be ruled as a shared condominium between Canada and Denmark. Left out of the agreement are Greenland and Nunavut, the two Inuit governments that actually would have had no problems resolving sovereignty issues between the same native people. HOWEVER, IN THE ARCTIC, THE DECISIONS ARE MADE IN WASHINGTON, WHILE THE NATO PUPPETS OF OTTAWA, COPENHAGEN, AND OSLO OBEDIENTLY WAG THEIR TAILS.

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  • 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.


  • These Crimes Occur Everyday

    These Crimes Occur Everyday

    Trespass on private property, THEFT OF POLITICAL SIGNS, malicious mischief, illegal dumping, littering and reckless burning.

    TEN “STOP WILD OLYMPIC’S” POLITICAL SIGNS ARE GONE.

    (reported by Ross Aug. 2, 2015 9:30PM)

    10 of the 13 signs that Ross and I put up July 20, 2015

    August 4, 2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.CASE NUMBER 2015-17398

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     Indeed, These Crimes Do Occur Every day…..

    July 7, 2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.  CASE NUMBER 2015-50-15019

    August 4, 2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT. CASE NUMBER 2015-17398

    August 7, 2015 Unreported, 2 teenage trespassers ignored posted signs, sent packing.

    August 10, CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT. CASE NUMBER 2015-17831

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    Back to the trespass and theft of political signs….

    Clallam County Sheriff Benedict and I had a phone conversation on Aug. 3, 2015. He explained  my options and the stark  REALITY of these unlawful acts.

    1. A crime has been committed

    2. I can file a complaint for trespass and theft.

    3. There are specific RCW’s on theft of political signs

    4. There is no evidence of who committed the crime

    5. There is no investigation without evidence.

    6. Put up more signs and game cameras

    7. Going Public? Did anyone see anything? 

    8. These crimes occur every day, trespass, theft of political signs and malicious mischief

    The bottom line.

    There is seldom an arrest for these crimes (period)

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     Who knew? As a private citizen, a victim of these crimes….

    I have options, I must do my own investigation, find evidence, etc.

     Aug. 3, 2015 Going Public online?

    Did anyone see anything? 

    Did anyone, including law enforcement, do anything about these crimes?

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    Response from going public online…

    Trespass and theft of political signs from 2012-2015

    read more  The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

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    Trespass and theft of thirteen (13) political signs in the Sequim WA area. (one arrest)

    read more PDN…

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    Aug. 4, 2015 Going Public at a Commissioners meeting 

     Did anyone see anything? 

     A very reliable witness reported.

     YES, Out here in 112 I SAW SOME OF THE GUN SHOW SIGNS IN THE BACK OF A DOT TRUCK because they were too close to the road.   I know one of the “stop” signs out here in 112 was questionably close too.

    A very reliable witness reported evidence of WSDOT taking possession  and having political GUN SHOW SIGNS in the back of a WSDOT truck. Signs taken from and on highway 112, near Joyce WA.

     Did anyone do anything?

     Yes, I did follow the WSDOT lead to the missing POLITICAL SIGNS.

     10:10 am, I called WSDOT (360)565-0680 Olympic Region #3 Port Angeles, WA. I spoke with MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR STEVE RUSSELL.

    First regarding WSDOT  truck Highway 112 with gun show signs in the truck. Next, the 10 “STOP WILD OLYMPIC” taken from Highway 101 and 112.

    Law or WSDOT courtesy policy?  Signs taken by WSDOT are held for 15 days or 30 days in the WSDOT yard so owners may claim, pick up their signs.

    10:17 am Steve called back. There are ZERO Joyce gun show signs in the WSDOT yard. There are five (5) “STOP WILD OLYMPIC” signs in the WSDOT yard.

    WSDOT Steve will do an internal investigation. He will speak with his drivers this pm, who took what, when, were, and why.

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    WSDOT Steve’s response to his  internal investigation?

    Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 9:40 AM
    Subject: RE: Emailing: 101-227.jpg

    Pearl,
    I have not found any more information regarding any other signs.   At this point I am thinking someone else may have picked them up.   We have several different offices other than maintenance so I will keep asking around.

    Steve Russell
    WSDOT Maintenance & Operations Superintendent
    Area 3, Port Angeles
    360-565-0680

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    Really?

    Five  “STOP WILD OLYMPIC” signs  were taken by WSDOT on highway 101, were found in the WSDOT yard, and I picked them up.

    There are STILL FIVE “STOP WILD OLYMPIC” political signs  TAKEN AND MISSING?

    There are STILL ZERO TAKEN Joyce gun show political signs, as witnessed in the back of WSDOT truck on highway 112, AND THEY ARE STILL NOT in the WSDOT yard?

    Witness,    I know one of the “stop” (Wild Olympics political) signs out here in 112 was questionably close too.

    That (1)  “stop” (Wild Olympics political) sign posted on highway 112 is still TAKEN AND MISSING?

    August 4, 2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT. CASE NUMBER 2015-17398

    So? on August 10, 2015, WSDOT Steve  Has not found any more information regarding any other signs?

    SO,  At this point he is  thinking someone else may have picked them up?

    We? WSDOT?  have several  different offices other than maintenance so Steve will keep asking around.

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    SO,  At this point in time August 11, 2015, As a victim of many, many  of, These  Crimes that Occur Everyday

    Trespass on private property, theft , malicious mischief, illegal dumping, littering and reckless burning and…. THEFT OF POLITICAL SIGNS.

    PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS

    1. When a crime has been committed.

    PLEASE STAND UP FOR YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

     STAND UP TO CRIMINALS AND BE COUNTED.

    2. PLEASE, Report all crimes to law enforcement.

    You are the victim of a crime

    3. Get a CASE NUMBER  for the incident report.

    4. Become a legal statistic (a rash of crimes)

    5. Go public at a elected representative public meeting level

    6. Make your public comment a matter of public record.

    BECAUSE YOU ARE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN and because

    Clallam County Sheriff Benedict said, These crimes occur every day, trespass, theft of political signs and malicious mischief.

     Sheriff Benedict said, There is seldom an arrest for these crimes (period)

     Sheriff Benedict said,

    THIS POLITICAL SIGN THEFT IS A VIOLATION OF FREEDOM SPEECH AND IT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE.

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    continue… read more if

    LOSS OF FREEDOM?  THEFT OF POLITICAL SIGNS?

    concerns you.

     August 10, 2015 I sent an email “GOING PUBLIC” to every elected representative I have  

    Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:22 AM

    Subject: NEW Political Signs CASE NUMBER 2015-1-7398

    LOSS OF FREEDOM? THEFT OF POLITICAL SIGNS?

    WOW WHO KNEW?

    BEST 2015 DEFENSE BY WSDOT?  THE CATCH ONE, CATCH ALL,  ALL OF THOSE
    CITIZENS THAT ARE POSTING POLITICAL SIGNS ON HIGH 101. (now being
    selectively and Arbitrarily  enforced by WSDOT) using

    WA STATE RCW 47.42.010

    STATE LAW GOVERNS THE ISSUE OF WHAT CONSTITUTES A DESIGNATED SCENIC BYWA?

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    A History and Overview of the Federal Outdoor Advertising …

    www.fhwa.dot.gov/real…/oacprog.cfm

    Federal Highway Administration

    1968 Amendments to Highway Beautification Act of 1965. Federal-aid ….. STATE LAW GOVERNS THE ISSUE OF WHAT CONSTITUTES A DESIGNATED SCENIC BYWAY. According …

    THE SCENIC HIGHWAY ACT OF 1965 AND THE FEDERAL LAW 1973.

    WA STATE RCW 47.42.010

    THE CONTROL OF SIGNS IN AREAS ADJACENT TO STATE HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE IS
    HEREBY DECLARED TO BE NECESSARY TO PROMOTE THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY,
    WELFARE, convenience and enjoyment of public travel, to protect the public
    investment in the interstate system and other state highways, and to attract
    visitors TO THIS STATE BY CONSERVING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF AREAS ADJACENT TO
    THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM, and of scenic areas adjacent to state highways upon
    which they travel in great numbers, AND TO INSURE THAT INFORMATION IN THE
    SPECIFIC INTEREST OF THE TRAVELING PUBLIC IS PRESENTED SAFELY and
    effectively.

    [1961 c 96 § 1.]

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    I have been doing MORE research.

    LAW OF EASEMENTS

     While RECORDING IS NOT NECESSARY FOR VALIDITY, the recorded easement
    provides constructive notice to third parties that the easement exists.  ORS
    93.710 (1).

    [6] As discussed in Section I, title acquired by prescription “IS NOT
    SUBJECT TO WASHINGTON’S RECORDING ACT”.

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    BURIED SOMEWHERE IN WSDOT  HISTORICAL MAPS AND EASEMENT  RECORDS ON
    EASEMENTS “NEED NOT BE RECORDED” AND “IS NOT SUBJECT TO WASHINGTON’S
    RECORDING ACT”.

    SO?  IS THERE A WRITTEN UNRECORDED AGREEMENT 1925-1927 THRU AUG. 10, 2015
    OF/ WITH WSDOT FOR THE WSDOT EASEMENTS FROM , 1925-1927. THRU AUG. 10, 2015
    ON RAINS SR. TRUST LAND.
    www.carneylaw.com/resources/documents/Law-of-Easements.pdf

    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE?

    IGNORANCE OF AN UNRECORDED WSDOT EASEMENT IS NO EXCUSE?

    Another chapter in the book of revelations by Pearl Revere