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  • New Zealand’s Logging History

    New Zealand’s  History of Logging

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

    HMMM… THIS REVIEW COVERS THE EVOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY’S LOGGING BAN SINCE THE EARLY 1970S, when the Government decided to phase out the last logging operations on State-owned natural forests in the WEST COAST REGION. the role of Government in forestry and the future use of natural forests during the last three decades. THE EVENTS THAT PLAYED MAJOR ROLES IN THE WAY LOGGING RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

    AFTER FORESTS WITHIN CATCHMENT PROTECTION AREAS, NATIONAL PARKS, AND OTHER KEY RESERVE AREAS ARE REMOVED FROM THE AVAILABLE HARVEST AREA, AN ESTIMATED 930 000 HA OF LOGGED AND UNLOGGED FORESTS ON STATE LANDS REMAIN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LOGGING BAN.

    snippet Social implications

    The impacts on employment and income generation from logging restrictions have been felt most in the smaller milling-dependant communities. The pre-1987 restrictions especially affected people living in communities in the central North Island, South Island West Coast, and Southland, which served older mills cutting natural timber. Some smaller isolated towns, notably those serving larger mills, lost substantial populations or closed completely. Some regional communities also supported farming and other activities, or alternative employment was available in the planted forest operations.

    DOES THIS SOUND VAGUELY FAMILIAR? OR ALL TO FAMILIAR?

     OH, YES, BUT, THAT’S  NOT ABOUT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

     THAT’S ABOUT NEW ZEALAND

    Indeed, there is a difference.

    NEW ZEALAND DIDN’T HAVE THE ENDANGERED SPOTTED OWL

    AND NEW ZEALAND BANNED THE EXPORT OF TIMBER.

    Of course, in the United States of America, IT’S JUST THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL

    IN NEW ZEALAND IT IS THE FEDERAL STATE LAW.

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

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    If the U.S. congress is first allowed to legislate “WILD” and “VOTE”  to make all public trust and National Park land “WILD FIRST “?  Shall THE U.S. FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT, by due process, automatically  remove the legal entitlement of income we the people have from The Enabling Act?

      Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enablingact-february-22-1889/

    Mar 9, 2014 – Way back then, the Federal Government and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens, they made donations of public …

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    NEW ZEALAND’S  HISTORY OF LOGGING

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=2.nEW+ZELAND+Impacts+and+effectiveness+of+logging+bans+in+natural+…

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

    www.fao.org/docrep/…/x6967e05.ht…

    Food and Agriculture Organization

    New Zealand’s natural forests have been the subject of protracted public and … which eventually became the main source of timber in New Zealand. Another was the reorganization of the Government natural resources … However, much of the natural forests in all ownerships cover steep land and other protection areas. New Zealand’s renewable plantation forests.

    http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6967e/x6967e05.htm

    2. IMPACTS AND EFFECTIVENESS OF LOGGING BANS IN NATURAL FORESTS: NEW ZEALAND

     ALAN REID

    INTRODUCTION

    New Zealand’s natural forests have been the subject of protracted public and political debate regarding the role of Government in forestry and the future use of natural forests during the last three decades. THIS REVIEW COVERS THE EVOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY’S LOGGING BAN SINCE THE EARLY 1970S, when public interest and disquiet over natural forest management became prominent, through late 1999 when the Government decided to phase out the last logging operations on State-owned natural forests in the West Coast region.

    Some events played major roles in the way logging restrictions have been implemented. One was the development of planted forests of introduced species, which eventually became the main source of timber in New Zealand. Another was the reorganization of the Government natural resources administration in the mid-1980s, which resulted in the separation of commercial planted forests and natural forests.

    Prior to these events, large areas of natural forests covering New Zealand’s rugged and erosion-prone terrain were also set aside for water and soil protection. Such reservation became a feature of forest management when the first Government policy on natural forest management and timber sales was formulated.

    The exclusion of timber harvests from other natural forests, as a matter of national policy for conservation reasons, is a relatively recent development in New Zealand. Logging restrictions followed growing public interest in natural forest management in the 1970s, and subsequent political changes affecting forestry administration. The Government reorganized the natural forest administration in 1987. Maturing planted forests provide alternative raw material in many parts of the country, cushioning the effect of these changes in the forest industry.

    After 1987, new policies and legislation focused on private forests. Timber harvests have not been banned in these forests. Commercial timber harvests are, however, restricted by export, sawmilling, and sustainable forest management constraints.

    NATURAL FOREST AREAS AFFECTED BY LOGGING BANS

    Logging restrictions eventually will apply to about 5.1 million ha of New Zealand’s State-owned natural forests. An additional 142 000 ha of State-owned natural forests and about 1.3 million ha of private forests are subject to restrictions that limit commercial timber harvest according to sustainable forest management guidelines. However, much of the natural forests in all ownerships cover steep land and other protection areas. AFTER FORESTS WITHIN CATCHMENT PROTECTION AREAS, NATIONAL PARKS, AND OTHER KEY RESERVE AREAS ARE REMOVED FROM THE AVAILABLE HARVEST AREA, AN ESTIMATED 930 000 HA OF LOGGED AND UNLOGGED FORESTS ON STATE LANDS REMAIN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LOGGING BAN. Similarly, about 670 000 ha of private forests are potentially available for commercial management, although only about 124 000 ha of this area are currently of commercial interest.

    snippet, Social implications

    The impacts on employment and income generation from logging restrictions have been felt most in the smaller milling-dependant communities. The pre-1987 restrictions especially affected people living in communities in the central North Island, South Island West Coast, and Southland, which served older mills cutting natural timber. Some smaller isolated towns, notably those serving larger mills, lost substantial populations or closed completely. Some regional communities also supported farming and other activities, or alternative employment was available in the planted forest operations.

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    The Outrage of WA DNR Logging? I posted it on my website.

    As usual, one thing led to another, connecting the dots.

    THE IGNORANCE OF THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC ON LOGGING AND HARVESTING? Federal Public Trust Land, WA State Public Trust Land  and  the entire private forest land industry has a very serious impact on the economy of the of Washington State.

    As usual, one thing led to another, dot to dot.

    (instant visual identification of a tree farm, for the tourists)

     PHOTOS OF TREE FARMS IN NEW ZEALAND

    George C. Rains Sr. my Dad, as a private property owner of 3000 acres of timberland in Clallam County WA.  made a trip to New Zealand.  I have his photo album of that New Zealand trip. He took pictures of tree farms. They were beautiful, they looked exactly like a farm, the trees were lined up like corn rows, evenly spaced,  no under growth, and easily identifiable from a distance as a  renewable tree farm.

     RESEARCHING THE  FOLLOWING WAS WHY GEORGE C. RAINS SR.  FLEW TO NEW ZEALAND

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    WHAT CAN AMERICAN CITIZENS  LEARN FROM  NEW ZEALAND’S LOGGING  HISTORY?

    LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD?

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    NEW ZEALAND’S RENEWABLE PLANTATION FORESTS.

    Jenkin’s range of timber products are made from radiata pine grown in NEW ZEALAND’S RENEWABLE PLANTATION FORESTS.

    http://jenkin.co.nz/why-wood

    Why Wood | Jenkin Timber Ltd

    jenkin.co.nz/why-wood

    Wood is also a most renewable and sustainable building material. The cycle of planting and … For further information on finger-jointing visit www.nzwood.co.nz.

    Wood has long been a popular choice for building. It is an attractive natural product that offers design flexibility, durability, and thermal, acoustic, and fire performance. Wood is also a most renewable and sustainable building material. The cycle of planting and harvesting of plantation forests results in the removal and storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This helps make timber an environmentally friendly choice for anyone concerned about their carbon footprint.

    Jenkin’s range of timber products are made from radiata pine grown in New Zealand’s renewable plantation forests.

    AS A RESULT OF DECADES OF INVESTMENT IN FORESTRY RESEARCH, New Zealand’s radiata pine forests produce timber of uniform density and colour. This timber is finger-jointed which improves on the original physical and structural characteristics of radiata pine by over 400%.

    Jenkin exclusively uses timber produced in New Zealand’s radiata pine plantation forests. The timber from these forests meets the standards set by the international Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) for environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management. This means Jenkin can supply product that carries the prized FSC® certification.

    When you choose a New Zealand manufactured pine product made from timber sourced from one of our sustainably managed forests you are making a responsible choice.

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    New Zealand

    www.fao.org/…/003/…/Y1720E19.H…

    Food and Agriculture Organization

    (Note: New Zealand’s domestic market for forest products is estimated at … Annual new plantation development in 2000 was 37 440 ha plus around 30 000 ha …. Many New Zealand exporters use the themes of environmental friendly, renewable … Employment statistics: The New Zealand forest industry employs around 25 …

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    r6Killerby.doc – unece

    www.unece.org/…/tim

    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    The New Zealand timber industry has responded with User Guides and Design … The country currently has 1.8 million hectares of commercial plantation forest, with … New Zealand producers tend to often emphasise the versatile, reliable, renewable ….. OWNERS ASSOCIATION 2002a: Forestry Facts and Figures 2002/03.

     


  • The President’s Crisis’s Schedule?

    The President’s “GLOBAL” Crisis’s Schedule?

    Senior White House officials say they cannot tear up the PRESIDENT’S SCHEDULE “EVERY TIME” a domestic or international CRISIS erupts.

    CRISIS’S by definition: a CRITICAL MOMENT, situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, ESPECIALLY A TIME WHEN ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO AVOID COMPLETE DISASTER OR BREAKDOWN, a time when something very important FOR THE FUTURE HAPPENS OR IS DECIDED.

    CRISIS’S? WHAT CRISIS’S?

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     The PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES is faced with scores of decisions, EACH WITH IMPORTANT CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE THE PRESS SECRETARY provides daily briefings for the media ON THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIVITIES AND AGENDA

     THE PRESIDENT’S CRISIS’S SCHEDULE? ACTIVITIES? AGENDA?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA  HAS ATTENDED 373 FUNDRAISERS WHILE IN OFFICE.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA set out Tuesday on a three-day West Coast FUNDRAISING tour, DESPITE MOUNTING DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL CRISES

    The congressman Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV also BLASTED PRES. OBAMA FOR ENGAGING IN recreational indulgences like cards, golf, and billiards at times WHEN? (WHILE) THE U.S. WAS (IS)  IN CRISIS?

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    Senior White House officials say they cannot tear up the president’s schedule “EVERY TIME” A DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL CRISIS ERUPTS

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    INTERNATIONAL CRISIS

    EVERY TIME? 

    298 PEOPLE ARE SHOT DOWN AND DIE near the Ukraine-Russian border? Jul 17, 2014 – Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down over territory held by Pro-Russian … Reuters reported earlier that  23 AMERICANS  WERE AMONG THE DEAD .

    EVERY TIME?

    ‘Terrible’: Twenty-three Americans are feared dead in the crash, which President Barack Obama called a ‘terrible tragedy’

    In somber ceremony, Dutch receive the first remains of MH17 victims

    Who from the U.S. Government attended that  somber ceremony to honor the 23 dead American’s?

    Malaysian official Mohd Sakri, who traveled on the train with the remains, said there were 282 corpses and 87 body parts aboard — the same tally Ukrainian officials earlier gave to describe the remains recovered from the crash site.

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    DOMESTIC  PLUS INTERNATIONAL CRISIS

    EVERY TIME? 

    65,000 ILLEGAL Aliens INVADE THE US BORDER?

    “The United States has been invaded by about twice as many people as invaded France on D-Day,” Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV. “Not only has he refused to take action at securing the border, he has been and continues to prevent his massive cadre of federal bureaucrats from enforcing the law and protecting us from invasion.”

    “THIS IS A PROBLEM OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN MAKING,” Boehner said at a press conference Thursday. “He says he wants to solve the problem so that we can stop this influx, but then he changes his mind. WE’VE GOT A PRESIDENT THAT’S AWOL. The president ought to get engaged on this if he actually wants something to happen.”

    Unaccompanied minors from Canada and Mexico can be screened by border patrol agents and then deported. However, under current law, minors from other countries are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services

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    INTERNATIONAL CRISIS

    EVERY TIME?

    ISIS HAS FORMALLY DECLARED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CALIPHATE, OR ISLAMIC STATE, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe. Jun 30, 2014 – As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also … Elsewhere, ISIS plans to take control of the  Balkan states

     

    EVERY TIME?

    The announcement was described as THE ‘MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN INTERNATIONAL JIHADISM SINCE 9/11’.

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    WELL?

    EVERY TIME? 

    ISRAEL AND HAMAS HAVE A WAR?

    ISRAEL AND HAMAS HAVE FOUGHT AT LEAST 10 WARS AND SKIRMISHES IN THE PAST DECADE. All have resulted in the deaths of civilians, uneasy truces and preparations for the next confrontation.

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    Senior White House officials say they cannot tear up the president’s schedule EVERY TIME a domestic or international crisis erupts

    THE PRESIDENT’S CRISIS’S SCHEDULE? ACTIVITIES? AGENDA?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA set out Tuesday on a three-day West Coast FUNDRAISING tour, DESPITE MOUNTING DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL CRISES — and criticism …

    President Obama has attended 373 fundraisers while in office.

    President Obama has become an avid member of the MONEY-AT-ALL-COSTS CLUB

    The Seattle dinner cost $25,000 a person, but no one was prevented from giving ten times as much.

    In exchange for a check of up to $32,400.00, Hollywood Democrats will be able to hear President Obama speak later today at the Los Angeles …

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    The Executive Office of the President (EOP) Every day, the. Perhaps the most visible parts of the EOP are the WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE and PRESS SECRETARY’S OFFICE. The current EOP employs over 1,800 people.

     CRISIS’S? WHAT CRISIS’S?

    THE PRESIDENT’S GLOBAL CRISIS’S SCHEDULE? ACTIVITIES? AGENDA?

    When in trouble? When in doubt?  Fly in circles? Scream and shout?

    “FUNDRAISER”

    I NEED MORE “PARTISAN MONEY” TO THROW AT THE MOUNTING DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL CRISIS’S.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ATTENDED 373 FUNDRAISERS WHILE IN OFFICE.

    Is there any doubt? that the American people have a problem? with the president’s GLOBAL CRISIS’S response?  priorities? schedule? and activities?

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    THE MOST FRIGHTENING PARTS?

    DURING THIS TIME OF DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL CRISIS’S ?

    IS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BOTH THE HEAD OF STATE AND HEAD OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    AND, THE U.S. CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING.

    AND, THE MOST HORRIFIC PART OF IT ALL, INCLUDING THE RUSSIA AND PUTIN THREAT,  THESE CRISIS’S HAVE LEFT MANY AMERICAN CITIZEN’S STUNNED SPEECHLESS.

    I am an American CITIZEN, I may be stunned, but, I shall not be speechless, I shall continue to use my Constitutional Right to FREE SPEECH.

     

     


  • Back to 1754 on the Bundy Ranch

    Back to 1754 on the Bundy Ranch

    Indeed, the United States Government has reverted back to 1754

    With civil disobedience resulting in coercive and intolerable acts, and armed conflict resulting in dissidents being proclaimed rebels

    snippets from THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION etc.

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    2014 coercive and intolerable acts, and armed conflict?

     U.S. Bureau of Land Management, SEIZED BUNDY’S  COWS.

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    Bundy and his wife, Carol, say they believe armed federal agents committed assaults, illegally blocked roads, harassed photographers, used attack dogs, pointed weapons and threatened people during the confrontation.

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    “We believe that the BLM men who pointed guns at over 1,000 people … committed a criminal act and that the Clark County sheriff’s office should be required to investigate

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    2014 With civil disobedience?

     OUTSIDE of THE FREE SPEECH ZONE by proclaimed rebels

    Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy called for his supporters and witnesses of a tense April 12 standoff beneath an Interstate 15 overpass to file complaints against U.S. Bureau of Land Management police that he accuses of illegally threatening civilians.

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    2014 Resulting in dissidents being proclaimed rebels?

    Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada branded Bundy supporters who pointed weapons at federal agents “domestic terrorists.”

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    2014 Resulting in collaboration  to help solve mutual local problems themselves?

    Militia members continue to live in camps along a state highway leading to Bundy’s ranch in the Virgin River valley. They say they’ll stay until Cliven Bundy tells them to leave.

     Well-armed BLM police backed down while facing militia members with side arms and military-style AR-15 and AK-47 and other rifles

    Openly carrying a pistol or rifle is legal in Nevada, and permit holders can carry concealed weapons.

    Rancher is taking grazing fight to Vegas sheriff

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    2014  SHIFTED TOWARD INDEPENDENCE AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT?

    Now that the Government of the United States  has reverted back to 1754

    WITH CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE RESULTING IN COERCIVE AND INTOLERABLE ACTS, AND ARMED CONFLICT RESULTING IN DISSIDENTS BEING PROCLAIMED REBELS

    The U.S. Government better go back to the WA DC drawing board and rethink their strategy.

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    REMEMBER What happened in 1775 to ACHIEVE  INDEPENDENCE?

    1775 SHIFTED TOWARD INDEPENDENCE AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT with events outpacing communications, the Second Continental Congress began acting as the provisional government to run THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

    “The Revolutionary War” War breaks out. April 19, 1775. The first shots of the Revolutionary War are fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.

    MY HERO PAUL REVERE

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    read on for American HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF….

    THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION papers were written OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES

    from 1754 to 1774 by our American forefathers.

    The political push to increase cooperation among the then-loyal colonies BEGAN WITH THE ALBANY CONGRESSIN 1754 and Benjamin Franklin’s  proposed intercolonial,  collaboration  to help solve mutual local problems themselves; the Articles of Confederation would bear some resemblance to it. OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES, SOME OF THE BASIC CONCEPTS IT ADDRESSED would strengthen and others would weaken, particularly the degree of deserved loyalty to the crown.

    WITH CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE RESULTING IN COERCIVE AND INTOLERABLE ACTS, AND ARMED CONFLICT RESULTING IN DISSIDENTS BEING PROCLAIMED REBELS

     and outside the King’s protection, any loyalty remaining

     SHIFTED TOWARD INDEPENDENCE AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT.

     In 1775, with events outpacing communications, the Second Continental Congress began acting as the provisional government to run THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

    AND GAIN THE COLONIES THEIR COLLECTIVE INDEPENDENCE.

    THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

     formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of SOVEREIGN STATES AND SERVED AS ITS FIRST CONSTITUTION. Its drafting by the Continental Congress began in mid-1776, and an approved version was sent to the states for ratification in late 1777. THE FORMAL RATIFICATION BY ALL 13 STATES WAS COMPLETED IN EARLY 1781.

     Even when not yet ratified, the Articles provided domestic and international legitimacy FOR THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO DIRECT “THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR”, conduct diplomacy with Europe and deal with territorial issues and Native American relations. Nevertheless, the weakness of the government created by the Articles became a matter of concern for key nationalists

     On March 4, 1789, general government under the Articles was replaced with the federal government under The United States Constitution The new Constitution provided for a much stronger federal government with a chief executive (the president), courts, and taxing powers.

    What were these things? That  the American people wanted? needed? or necessary?

    SOVEREIGNTY IN EARLY 1781, FREEDOM, LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

    “The United States Constitution” March 4, 1789

    “The Revolutionary War” War breaks out. April 19, 1775. The first shots of the Revolutionary War are fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.

    “The Declaration of Independence” IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    “The Bill of Rights” came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791

    THE BILL OF RIGHTS is the collective name for the first ten amendments to The United States Constitution. Proposed to assuage the fears of Anti-Federalists who had opposed Constitutional ratification, these amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. While originally the amendments applied only to the federal government, most of their provisions have since been extended to the states by way of THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT  , a process known as incorporation

    THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT  July 9, 1868

    to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. in addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.

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    THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

     formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states

     that established the United States of America as a confederation of SOVEREIGN STATES AND SERVED AS ITS FIRST CONSTITUTION.

     Its drafting by the Continental Congress began in mid-1776, and an approved version was sent to the states for ratification in late 1777. THE FORMAL RATIFICATION BY ALL 13 STATES WAS COMPLETED IN EARLY 1781.

     Even when not yet ratified, the Articles provided domestic and international legitimacy FOR THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO DIRECT “THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR”


  • Wall Street Journal p.11

    A version of this article appeared October 4, 2013, on page A11 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: USING ‘SUE AND SETTLE’ TO THWART OIL AND GAS DRILLERS. (prompted by the)
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    “SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS ACT OF 2013”
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    SUE AND SETTLE – US Chamber of Commerce

    SUE AND SETTLE: REGULATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
    www.uschamber.com/sites/…/reports/SUEANDSETTLEREPORT-Final.p…‎
    33 See CLOUDED WATERS: A Senate Report Exposing the High Cost of EPA’s Water Regulations and Their Impacts on State and. Local Budgets, U.S. Senate …

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    A DOCUMENTED 49 page expose NAMING the NAMES OF THE APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES PRACTICING Sue and Settle: Behind Closed Doors AND Regulating THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    The Wall Street Journal article on October 4, 2013 inspired this article
    By Stephen Moore: Using ‘Sue and Settle’ to Thwart Oil and Gas Drillers (continued below)

    THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS BEING EMPLOYED MORE THAN EVER TO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT.
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    ONE GLARING EXAMPLE OF THE DEPT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)
    www.sueandsettle.com uschamber.com/sites/default/files/reports/SUEANDSETTLEREPORT-Final.pdf08-00689
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    10,346 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND designated as CRITICAL HABITAT FOR A FROG?

    pdf08-00689
    (D. Ariz.)
    Settled:
    4/29/2009
    WildEarth Guardians v.
    Kempthorne
    DOI
    CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATION
    for the Chiricahua leopard frog
    Result
    : DOI under the Bush administration listed the leopard frog as
    threatened under the Endangered Species Act but declined to designate a critical habitat because doing so would not be “prudent,” as is permitted by the Endangered Species Act.

    WildEarth Guardians SUED to challenge this
    decision, and the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S DOI settled the case.
    The terms of the settlement provided that DOI would reconsider its prudency determination.

    On March 20, 2012, DOI finalized a rule that reversed its
    prudency decision and designated approximately 10,346 acres as critical habitat for the Chiracahua leopard frog.
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    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE STENCH OF APPEASMENT
    Take the time to goggle and read the 49 page EXPOSE
    49 pages of TRUTH on the lawsuits, A DOCUMENTED WHO’S SUING WHO? AND WHO’S SETTLING?
    GRAPHS AND CHARTS documenting where the thousands OF NEW REGULATIONS FROM THE CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR ACTS ORIGINATED.

    Sue and Settle: BEHIND OUR BACKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THREATENING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
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    SEIRRA CLUB IS #1 PROFITING FROM SUE AND SETTLE
    Storm water run off?
    Chesapeake Bay restoration?
    Haze and particulates?

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THESE EPA UNFUNDED MANDATES CAME FROM?
    DID CONGRESS LEGISLATE? DEBATE? VOTE? PASS? AND AUTHORIZE?
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    SUE AND SETTLE – US Chamber of Commerce
    The lead authors and the project team are from the U.S. Chamber Environment, Technology &
    Regulatory Affairs Division.
    Recognition
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce thanks William Yeatman, assistant director of the Center for
    Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, for helping us formulate an
    additional methodology and THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DATABASE OF SUE AND SETTLE CASES. The database was used to check the validity of, and supplement, the Chamber’s database of cases.
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    By Stephen Moore: Using ‘Sue and Settle’ to Thwart Oil and Gas Drillers (continued)

    THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS BEING EMPLOYED MORE THAN EVER TO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT.

    By Stephen Moore: Oklahoma City
    Last week the U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE and an environmental advocacy group agreed to a legal settlement that will place nine species—including the Panama City crayfish, moccasin shell mussel and boreal toad—on the fast track for placement on the endangered species list. It is only the latest of many such listings.

    The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned Fish and Wildlife to designate some 250 species as endangered since 2008. Many of CBD’s petitions—and lawsuits—are still in the pipeline. About 97% of the species that are designated as endangered never move off the list.

    Next March, FISH AND WILDLIFE will make a determination about whether to add the lesser prairie chicken, found in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas to the list.

    Harold Hamm, president of Continental Resources, says that the habitat for the prairie chicken overlaps “some of the most promising land for oil and gas leases in the country.”

    Many Westerners suspect that this environmental activism isn’t only or even mostly about saving species and obscure subspecies.

    Instead, it is about restricting land use on hundreds of thousands of acres of private and state land.

    The concern is that if these species are listed as endangered, their habitat could be placed off limits for economic development.

    Associated Press
    The lesser prairie chicken, near Laverne, Okla.

    In the 1980s, ENVIRONMENTALISTS successfully used a listing of
    the Northern Spotted Owl as threatened to cripple the timber industry in Oregon and Washington, throwing many thousands out of jobs.

    This is the playbook now being used by groups like the CBD—which boasts on its website of its desire to end most oil and gas production in the United States.

    Since taking office, the Obama administration and its green allies inside and outside federal agencies have been making expanded use of a tactic called “SUE AND SETTLE” to issue new and expensive regulations.

    Groups like CBD and WildEarth Guardians, for example, petition Fish and Wildlife to list a species as endangered.
    Other environmental groups use a similar tactic to get new water and air regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Then, sometimes the very same day, the environmental groups file a lawsuit against Fish and Wildlife or the EPA to force the government to act—arguing that the regulatory process is too slow.

    Amos Eno, a former Fish and Wildlife Service official who worked to save the grizzly bear and the condor, is critical of the tactic. Mr. Eno, who now runs Resources First, says the money wasted on these lawsuits could be used on conservation efforts to actually save species from extinction.

    Because the federal agencies include former employees of green organizations, sue and settle can be a collaborative, not adversarial, process.

    The agency may be only too happy to sign a consent DECREE THAT COURTS THEN RUBBER STAMP. OFTEN, STATE AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE SETTLEMENTS HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN.

    Increasingly, sue and settle is how rules are made in Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has found that more than 60 times in the last four years the EPA agreed to settlements with environmental groups to pass regulations that in some cases impose tens of billions of dollars of costs on industry and land owners.

    The feds have even paid green groups millions of dollars in legal fees for the favor of suing the government.
    The Obama administration didn’t invent sue and settle, but the pace has increased dramatically since 2009—an era that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt calls

    “SUE AND SETTLE ON STEROIDS.”

    Last September Mr. Pruitt and 11 state attorneys general presented a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate the communications between the Obama administration and environmental litigants. Their suspicion is that the two are secretly working hand in hand to grease the process of regulating industries it doesn’t like. A year has passed, but the EPA has refused to fully comply.

    This summer Mr. Pruitt has joined with the other attorneys general—including from Texas and Utah—

    TO SUE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO COMPLY WITH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.

    Mr. Pruitt also believes that sue and settle “is an end run around the Administrative Procedures Act.” This is the law that governs how regulations are promulgated, and requires among other things transparency and a reliance on science to justify new rules. “An administration which claims to only want to ‘follow the science’ has exploited a litigation mechanism to enact new rules imposed on us without reviewing the science,” Mr. Pruitt says.

    The attorneys general also cite new EPA REGIONAL HAZE RULES—which came into being because of sue and settle—that could raise electricity costs in their states by as much as 20%. On behalf of his fellow attorneys general, Mr. Pruitt says that “we’re very worried that under Obama sue and settle will be used by the EPA to issue new regulations on fracking.” This could kneecap the oil and gas boom in Western states.

    In its report “SUE AND SETTLE: REGULATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has counted more than 100 new major rules “with estimated compliance costs of more than $100 million annually” that arose from this tactic. The result is a giant tax on the economy brought to you by the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund

    WITH LITTLE OR NO INPUT OR OVERSIGHT FROM CONGRESS.

    Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) and Rep. Doug Collins (R., Ga.) have introduced
    “SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS ACT OF 2013”
    that would require all proposed consent decrees to be posted for 60 days for public comment before being filed with a court—and allow affected parties to challenge them.
    MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN BOTH PARTIES who are worried about the Obama regulatory assault will need to take corrective action if they have ANY HOPE OF A TRUE ECONOMIC TURNAROUND.

    Mr. Moore is a member of the Journal’s editorial board.

    • Stephen Moore: Using ‘Sue and Settle’ to Thwart Oil and Gas Drillers
    Wall Street Journal ‎- 5 days ago
    In The Wall Street Journal, Stephen Moore writes that THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS BEING EMPLOYED MORE THAN EVER TO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT.
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    QUOTATIONS TO PONDER ON PUBLIC SERVANTS

    It may serve for a great lesson of humiliation to mankind to behold the habits and passions of men trampling over interest, friendship, honour, and their own personal safety, as well as that of their country.

    When our betters tell us they are our humble servants, but understand us to be their slaves.

    Civility, intended to make us easy, is employed in laying chains and fetters upon us, in debarring us of our wishes, and in crossing our most reasonable desires.
    Jonathan Swift.

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  • When Anything Goes

    IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    EVERYTHING GOES
    THE LATEST THREAT TO OUR AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE
    THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
    Pledge Of Allegiance Challenge Heard In Massachusetts Court
    Huffington Post ‎- 7 hours ago
    BOSTON — AN (ATHEIST) family asked Massachusetts’ highest court Wednesday to ban the daily practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools

    THE BOTTOM LINE
    AMERICA IS BROKEN

    WHAT IS ALREADY GONE IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS GOING AWAY IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS ON GOING IN AMERICA?

    HOW CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIX IT?
    YOU DECIDE.

    THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
    GOD
    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
    THE BILL OF RIGHTS
    AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY
    INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
    RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
    GOVERNMENT KNEE JERK REACTIONS
    OBAMA STARTS ANOTHER MIDDLE EAST WAR/CONFLICT
    NO GUN ZONES
    FOREIGN TERRORISM
    DOMESTIC TERRORISM
    LYING TO CONGRESS
    LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
    GOVERNMENT BENGHAZI COVER-UP
    THE TARGETING OF THE IRS
    UNFUNDED FEDERAL MANDATES
    UNFUNDED FEDERAL MANDATES WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL
    FEAR IN AMERICA
    GOVERNMENT THREATS
    GOVERNMENT BULLYING
    CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT
    UNRESPONSIVE PUBLIC SERVANTS
    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
    TYRANNY
    DEMOCRACY
    GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION
    GOVERNMENT COLLUSION
    GOVERNMENT WILLFUL TAKING
    GOVERNMENT ABUSE OF POWER
    GOVERNMENT NEPOTISM
    GOVERNMENT NON-COMPETITIVE BID CONTRACTS
    GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY
    GOOD OLD BOY MENTALITY
    GOVERNMENT PORK
    GOVERNMENT CHERRY PICKING
    OVERLOOK INSTEAD OF OVERSIGHT
    INDEPENDENCE FROM INSIDER INFLUENCE
    INDEPENDENCE FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE
    UN AGENDA 21
    UN SUSTAINABILITY
    CONTROL BY OUTSIDE NON-PROFIT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
    UNION CONTROL
    LOBBYIST CONTROL
    MURDER, MAYHEM AND CRIME
    EMPLOYMENT
    LIVING WAGE
    MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS
    HOMEMAKERS
    SOMEBODY WHO MANAGES A HOUSEHOLD, ESPECIALLY HIS OR HER OWN HOME, AS A PRIMARY JOB
    GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF OUR CHILDREN
    DRUGGING KIDS BEFORE THEIR RIGHT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION
    WHAT TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN (UNCONVENTIONAL LIFESTYLES)
    PUBLIC EDUCATION GREEN PROPAGANDA
    WHAT NOT TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN (THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS)
    GOVERNMENT CONTROL FOR HEALTHY LIVING
    FREEDOM OF CHOICE
    FREEDOM OF CLOTHING (DON’T WEAR A CROSS)
    WHAT WE EAT
    WHAT DRINK (BIG GULP? NO CHOCOLATE MILK?)
    WHAT TO SMOKE (MARIJUANA)
    WHEN TO SMOKE
    WHERE TO SMOKE
    UNFUNDED FEDERAL MANDATES
    TAXATION INTO HUNGER AND DESPAIR
    OBAMACARE
    DEATH PANELS (OVER 75?)
    MEDICAL COMFORT CARE
    IGNORING THE MEDICAL COST OF OBESITY
    IGNORING THE AMERICAN THE DRUG PROBLEMS
    POVERTY
    HUNGER
    HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS
    PEACEFUL PROTESTS
    THE US BUDGET
    FREEDOM
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH (DON’T MENTION THE US CONSTITUTION OR GOD)
    FREE ENTERPRISE
    PRAYER
    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
    MORALITY conduct that is in accord with accepted moral standards
    standards of conduct that are generally accepted as right or proper
    LIFE
    LIBERTY
    GOVERNMENT TRESPASS
    GOVERNMENT TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY
    FEDERAL CZARS
    FEDERAL EDICTS
    PARTISANSHIP OVER PEOPLES BEST INTEREST
    POLITICALLY CORRECTED
    OFFENSIVE WORDS (BROWN BAG? CITIZEN?)
    TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
    PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
    AMERICAN TRADITIONS
    AMERICAN HOLIDAYS
    EASTER VACATION
    CHRISTMAS
    RIGHT TO FREE PRESS
    NSA SURVEILLANCE
    NASA SPATIAL SURVEILLANCE
    GOVERNMENT DRONE SURVEILLANCE
    PRIVATE DRONE SURVEILLANCE
    HIDDEN CAMERA SURVEILLANCE
    RIGHT TO REASONABLE PRIVACY
    PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND
    THE BIBLE

    THE BOTTOM LINE
    AMERICA IS BROKEN

    WHAT IS ALREADY GONE IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS GOING AWAY IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA?
    WHAT IS ON GOING IN AMERICA?

    HOW CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIX IT?
    YOU DECIDE.