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Reader Selected News For Week Apr 19 – Apr 25

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Apr 19 – Apr 25”

  1. electraglide

    From the Washington Times:

    Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said it’s his work for more gun control — along with his anti-smoking and healthy eating campaigns — that have won him God’s favor and a sure spot behind the Pearly Gates.

    His exact words, made in context of discussing his smoking cessation and anti-obesity pushes, as well as his concerted crackdowns on private gun ownership, to the New York Times were: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

    “If there is a God…”
    Tells me all I need to know…

    Jesus at a Pharisee’s House
    When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
    To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
    “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
    “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    A blessed holy week to all my friends and fellow posters.
    And prayers for our humble, tax collecting ex-mayor.
    I wish him a long and prosperous life.
    Because I want to be there when he dismisses St. Peter with a wave of his benevolent hand.

    • captstubby

      your post should be read to all the egotistical politicians who’s conduct cloaks itself as a virtue

      PRIDE: One of the seven capital sins.
      ” Pride is undue self-esteem or self-love, which seeks attention and honor and sets oneself in competition with God
      It is essentially an act or disposition of the will desiring to be considered better than a person really is. Pride may be expressed in different ways: by taking personal credit for gifts or possessions, as if they had not been received from God; by glorying in achievements, as if they were not primarily the result of divine goodness and grace; by minimizing one’s defects or claiming qualities that are not actually possessed; by holding oneself superior to others or disdaining them because they lack what the proud person has; by magnifying the defects of others or dwelling on them. When pride is carried to the extent that a person is unwilling to acknowledge dependence on God and refuses to submit his or her will to God or lawful authority, it is a grave sin.”

      and to all our Brothers and Sisters at S&L,
      may God bless,
      good night.

    • Harry, no doubt, is going to learn the meaning of Joel 3:25 – For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid of has come unto me

    • canary

      Former Michael Blooombergs statements make him sound a bit like a domestic terrorist. His plan to terrorize 2nd amendment supporters and his main weapon will be filling women and mothers with fear til he wears them down to the ground on their knees. .

      Michael Bloomberg’s terrorist statement to 2nd amendment supporters “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

      “You’ve got to work at it piece by piece,” he added. “One mom and another mom. You’ve got to wear them down until they finally say, ‘Enough.’ ”

      He was also dismissive of skeptics who might question whether he could ever build an organization that rivaled the N.R.A. And he seemed unaware of, or unwilling to acknowledge, the ways in which his own persona — of a billionaire, Big Gulp-banning former mayor of New York — could undercut his efforts, especially in rural, conservative states.

      “I don’t know what your perception is of our reputation, and mine, the name Bloomberg around the country,” he said. But every place he goes, he added, “You’re a rock star. People yelling out of cabs, ‘Hey, way to go!’ ”

      His Twitter picture makes him look like he’s a Thug with his armed Thugs and not one person on that subway is happy about being trapped in a subway car with them.

      On Bloomberg’s Twitter he has a new resume with a bizarre picture of himself in a suit looking like a mobster king with huge gaurds in suits gaurding all the doors on the subway car he’s standing in, and those poor folks sitting in that car look very unhappy. It’s bizarre. He appears to be a very threatening and powerful man.

    • canary

      oops. The quotes were in this article.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04.....&_r=0

  2. BillK

    No big shock here.

    From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

    Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’

    By Laura Myers

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way.

    Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said during an appearance at a Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event at the Paris. “… I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism.

    The BLM shut down its weeklong roundup of Bundy’s cattle Saturday after an armed confrontation with dozens of militia members who had traveled to Southern Nevada from across the country and from neighboring states.

    Bundy has not paid federal grazing fees for 20 years and owes about $1 million to the government.

    Reid, the Senate majority leader who is in Las Vegas during Congress’ Easter recess, is known for not pulling punches. The senator said he talked last week with federal, state and local officials about Bundy as well as the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, which has not backed Bundy’s personal battle but has expressed concerns about access to public land.

    The senator said he spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI leaders and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie. Reid said he understands there’s a task force being set up to deal with Bundy, and Gillespie is involved as well.

    It is an issue that we cannot let go, just walk away from,” Reid said.

    Reid accused Bundy backers of bringing their children to protest the BLM so that federal authorities might harm them, which would prompt negative headlines around the world and hurt the government’s case against the rancher.

    There were hundreds — hundreds of people from around the country — that came there,” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles on the freeway. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons.

    According to Reid, some protesters said they had “children and women lined up because if anyone got hurt we wanted to make sure they got hurt first, because we want the federal government hurting women and children. … What if others tried the same thing?” …

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/p.....terrorists

    Here are all the usual scare tactics used by the left – “sniper rifles” (legal to own), “automatic weapons” (which I suspect were not actual automatic weapons or those bearing them could have been arrested without issue.)

    It’s heartwarming to see Reid worry about children being hurt when the Government has no issue breaking into homes with children present bearing real automatic weapons.

    • canary

      It was Nevada’s Commissioner Tom Collins Death threat to Utah Ranchers that led to people traveling for days from around Nation that came to protect the Bundy’s.

      Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins is the Domestic Terrorist because he is the one whose threats made this country see hundreds of snipers pointed on a family as they were violently raided. Their Bulls were gunned down in pens, new born calves left to die as their more valuable mothers were taken, They used electric cattle shocking the cows into panics and running to their deaths.

      So, tell me just how much some of those poorly trained questionable people wearing camagloughes and aiming heavy duty assault weapons and rifles against the Bundy’s were waiting for the slightest move to unnecessarily shoot someone.

      They didn’t have that many guns on OBL.

      What these Nevada Federal goons did at this ranch made Putin look tame

      Infowars: County Commissioner Says Bundy Supporters “Better Have Funeral Plans”

      UPDATE: Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch
      The BLM shows criminal intent by attempting to hide documents exposing Sen. Reid’s involvement with this land grab.

      Paul Joseph Watson – April 11, 2014
      11, 2014

      Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has caused outrage by remarking that Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds “better have funeral plans”.

      The comments were revealed by Darin Bushman, a Piute County, Utah, commissioner after he spoke with Collins about Utah ranchers and his colleagues on the County Commission complaining about tactics used by Bureau of Land Management agents during their seizure of Bundy’s cattle in southern Nevada.

      “I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark Cointy NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”. Now there’s some classy leadership for you,” wrote Bushman on his official Facebook page.

      After the story was picked up by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Bushman responded to the controversy by posting on Facebook, “I guess I’ve made an enemy in Las Vegas.” The commissioner also lambasted Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie as being, “too spineless to exercise his Jurisdiction”. Earlier this week, Cliven Bundy called on Sheriff Gillespie to start arresting BLM feds on charges of trespassing and theft.

      Collins’ remarks were made in the context of him fearing that protests against the BLM could turn violent, which is ironic given that the only person invoking direct violence is Collins himself.

      Clark County commissioners will hold a meeting next week to discuss issues of decorum in response to Collins’ comments. It is unclear whether or not any action will be taken against him.

      Bushman questioned Collins’ sanity in light of his offensive comments.

      “This guy was just off-the-hook weird,” he said. “I’ve never ran into a fellow commissioner who treated me like that.”

      http://www.infowars.com/county.....ral-plans/

      Collins needs to be held accountable. Turtle? I guessed it was the river. EPA just passed more water laws defining watersheds which can be a spot that just has water a few months a year.

      And reports are that the EPA is using the same method as the Nevada BML in hiring their own little militias of commoners handed camaflough and weapons to raid buisnesses, such as in Montana right after an ammo factory passed an OSHA inspection.

      The EPA aren’t just busy hiring people to count the turtle population and minnow population, they are going to count every large puddle, every little run off stream of water after it rains to figure out how to make large bodies of waters.

      What’s going on in California is happening all across America and famers will be forced to make sure not a drop of water is wasted, and they plan on people containing the rain on their home. They don’t like the composition off the roofs to end up running off a little yard into the street and making it’s way to the gutters.

      And just like Harry Reid threatened to financially wear down the Bundy’s with their 200 dollars a day per head of cattle, people in this country are going to find it impossible to keep up with codes and get fined right out of their homes.

    • canary

      It was Nevada’s Commissioner Tom Collins Death threat to Utah Ranchers that led to people traveling for days from around Nation that came to protect the Bundy’s.

      Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins is the Domestic Terrorist because he is the one whose threats made this country see hundreds of snipers pointed on a family as they were violently raided. Their Bulls were gunned down in pens, new born calves left to die as their more valuable mothers were taken, They used electric cattle shocking the cows into panics and running to their deaths.

      So, tell me just how much some of those poorly trained questionable people wearing camagloughes and aiming heavy duty assault weapons and rifles against the Bundy’s were waiting for the slightest move to unnecessarily shoot someone.

      They didn’t have that many guns on OBL.

      What these Nevada Federal goons did at this ranch made Putin look tame

      Infowars: County Commissioner Says Bundy Supporters “Better Have Funeral Plans”

      UPDATE: Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch
      The BLM shows criminal intent by attempting to hide documents exposing Sen. Reid’s involvement with this land grab.

      Paul Joseph Watson – April 11, 2014
      11, 2014

      Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has caused outrage by remarking that Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds “better have funeral plans”.

      The comments were revealed by Darin Bushman, a Piute County, Utah, commissioner after he spoke with Collins about Utah ranchers and his colleagues on the County Commission complaining about tactics used by Bureau of Land Management agents during their seizure of Bundy’s cattle in southern Nevada.

      “I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark Cointy NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”. Now there’s some classy leadership for you,” wrote Bushman on his official Facebook page.

      After the story was picked up by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Bushman responded to the controversy by posting on Facebook, “I guess I’ve made an enemy in Las Vegas.” The commissioner also lambasted Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie as being, “too spineless to exercise his Jurisdiction”. Earlier this week, Cliven Bundy called on Sheriff Gillespie to start arresting BLM feds on charges of trespassing and theft.

      Collins’ remarks were made in the context of him fearing that protests against the BLM could turn violent, which is ironic given that the only person invoking direct violence is Collins himself.

      Clark County commissioners will hold a meeting next week to discuss issues of decorum in response to Collins’ comments. It is unclear whether or not any action will be taken against him.

      Bushman questioned Collins’ sanity in light of his offensive comments.

      “This guy was just off-the-hook weird,” he said. “I’ve never ran into a fellow commissioner who treated me like that.”

      http://www.infowars.com/county.....ral-plans/

      Collins needs to be held accountable. Turtle? I guessed it was the river. EPA just passed more water laws defining watersheds which can be a spot that just has water a few months a year.

      And reports are that the EPA is using the same method as the Nevada BML in hiring their own little militias of commoners handed camaflough and weapons to raid buisnesses, such as in Montana right after an ammo factory passed an OSHA inspection.

      The EPA aren’t just busy hiring people to count the turtle population and minnow population, they are going to count every large puddle, every little run off stream of water after it rains to figure out how to make large bodies of waters.

      What’s going on in California is happening all across America and famers will be forced to make sure not a drop of water is wasted, and they plan on people containing the rain on their home. They don’t like the composition off the roofs to end up running off a little yard into the street and making it’s way to the gutters.

      And just like Harry Reid threatened to financially wear down the Bundy’s with their 200 dollars a day per head of cattle, people in this country are going to find it impossible to keep up with codes and get fined right out of their homes.

    • canary

      California wants wheat and rice to quit being grown by farmers and be replaced with planting seeds which don’t need much watering. They’ve already demonized wheat with “gluten free” labels on foods. California wants to
      grow a Millet bird seed.

      Beware of Millet – A Potent Goitrogen

      While millet may not contain gluten, it does contain goitrogens. Goitrogens are those substances in food that suppress thyroid activity and can lead to goiter, an enlargement of this very important gland which resides in the throat. Low iodine intake can also lead to goiter.

      Hypothyroidism is a serious and sometimes debilitating condition that accompanies a weak or enlarged thyroid such as what occurs with goiter.

      Depression,
      “difficulty losing weight”,
      loss of hair,
      cold hands/feet, and fatigue are common hypothyroid symptoms.

      By some estimates, hypothyroidism is at epidemic proportions in Western society.

      While the goitrogens in foods that contain them are usually reduced by cooking (such as cruciferous vegetables), cooking actually increases the goitrogenic effect of millet! Therefore, when folks begin eating large amounts of millet bread with a wholesale switch over from wheat, the goitrogenic effects of this simple dietary change can be profound.

      – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeecono.....iM5JU.dpuf

      Hillary gave such a big gluton-free food only feast for her guests, she will gladly outlaw wheat growing.

  3. heykev

    Been thinking about our privacy – or lack thereof lately. NSA tracks us. We voluntarily provide our neighborhood grocery store with our purchasing habits – the what and when of what we buy, our cell phones trace our every move, our non-cash purchases are tracked, our Social network accounts are tracked…not much we do it seem is truly private anymore. This shows where it’s headed.

    Big Data is the new Artificial Intelligence
    Blog Post by Robert X. Cringely April 15, 2014
    How is AI likely to affect me? The answer is scary.
    Artificial Intelligence or AI, as it was called, absorbed hundreds of millions of Silicon Valley VC dollars before being declared a failure. Though it wasn’t clear at the time, the problem with AI was we just didn’t have enough computer processing power at the right price to accomplish those ambitious goals. But thanks to Map Reduce and the cloud we have more than enough computing power to do AI today.

    It’s ironic that a key idea behind AI was to give language to computers yet much of Google’s success has been from effectively taking language away from computers — human language that is. The XML and SQL data standards that underly almost all web content are not used at Google where they realized that making human-readable data structures made no sense when it was computers — and not humans — that would be doing the communicating. It’s through the elimination of human readability, then, that much progress has been made in machine learning.

    You see in today’s version of Artificial Intelligence we don’t need to teach our computers to perform human tasks: they teach themselves. Google Translate, for example, can be used online for free by anyone to translate text back and forth between more than 70 languages…. Over time Google Translate will get better and better, translating based on what are called correlative algorithms — rules that never leave the machine and are too complex for humans to even understand.

    What’s key here are the new derive-deploy steps and moving beyond what has always been required for a significant technology leap — a new computing platform. What’s after mobile, people ask? This is after mobile. What will it look like? Nobody knows and it may not matter.
    In 10 years Moore’s Law will increase processor power by 128X. By throwing more processor cores at problems and leveraging the rapid pace of algorithm development we ought to increase that by another 128X for a total of 16,384X. Remember Google Vision is currently the equivalent of 0.1 visual cortex. Now multiply that by 16,384X to get 1,638 visual cortex equivalents. That’s where this is heading. A decade from now computer vision will be seeing things we can’t even understand, like dogs sniffing cancer today.

    Around 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, when we’ll reach the technological singularity.
    That’s the year the noted futurist says $1000 will be able to buy enough computing power to match 10,000 human brains. For the price of a PC, says Ray, we’ll be able to harness more computational power than we can even understand or even describe. A supercomputer in every garage. Matched with equally fast networks this could mean your computer — or whatever the device is called — could search in its entirety in real time every word ever written to answer literally any question. No leaving stones unturned.
    Nowhere to hide. Apply this in a world where every electric device is a networked sensor feeding the network and we’ll have not only incredibly effective fire alarms, we’re also likely to have lost all personal privacy.

    http://www.cringely.com/2014/0.....elligence/

  4. captstubby

    “build models in China for local market”
    but of course you are.
    wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more.

    GM to battle VW in China with $12 billion investment and new plant
    BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. car giant General Motors Corp (GM) (GM) plans to invest $12 billion in China from 2014 to 2017 and build more plants next year as it competes with aggressive rivals in the world’s largest auto market.
    GM expects its China sales to expand 8-10 percent this year, in line with the overall growth of the Chinese market, where foreign firms, such as Volkswagen AG (VOW3.DE), and domestic players like SAIC Motor Corp vie for more market share.
    “We are investing wisely and accelerating our vehicle development and manufacturing to keep pace with market demand. In total we are investing $12 billion between 2014 and 2017,” Matt Tsien, president of GM China, said at the Auto China show in Beijing.
    GM plans to build five more plants in China next year, as part of its efforts to ramp up manufacturing capacity there by 65 percent by 2020, executives said on Sunday.

    Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China
    Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China for local market

    ROME (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.
    The automakers said they will expand their joint venture with China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd., and increase the portfolio of Jeeps, which are currently imported to China.
    Production is expected to start in late 2015 in Guangzhou, the companies said in a statement, adding that they are considering a Jeep model “uniquely designed for China.”
    Chrysler Group LLC spokesman Gualberto Ranieri declined to provide details on that model. He said in an email that more information will be announced at an “appropriate time.”
    Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who plans to complete the legal merger of Fiat and Chrysler by the end of the year, said in the statement that the deal represents the next phase in the “expansion on a global scale of the Jeep brand.”
    The joint venture involving Chrysler, Fiat and Guangzhou Automotive makes the Fiat Viaggio in China, but no Jeeps are currently produced there.
    China represents the largest Jeep market outside the U.S. with nearly 60,000 vehicles sold last year. Ranieri said the Jeeps that will be made in China would be sold only in that country.
    Fiat and Chrysler were expected to try to increase sales in that high-growth market. Executives with Chrysler’s Jeep brand said as far back as the start of 2013 that they were in talks to build some vehicles in China for that market. They said the Jeep Wrangler would always be built in the United States, but there were opportunities among other models.

    During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney came under criticism for an ad that said Chrysler would build Jeeps in China — insinuating that U.S. jobs might suffer. That brought the 2009 government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler to the forefront in the days ahead of the election.
    The claims were criticized for being misleading, since automakers were adding production facilities in China to meet rising demand there. Because of trade rules, it’s easier for companies to build cars for the Chinese market in China.

    • canary

      Considering GM bailed out by US taxpayers is now in trouble for yet another auto with steering problems, aside the cobalt having some kind of fuel problem where people have caught on fire, and GM knowing of these problems and not recalling them they are under investigation. I’ve no doubt they will get slapped on the hands.

      I just saw a new Dodge Ram commercial that looks like it was filmed in Nevada. It was showing a fleet of their trucks, “work” vans all driving up these tough dirt roads, bypassing “solar wind mills”, then getting to the top of the hill, and in the background is “solar wind mills” and a caption comes on “Guts and Glory”.
      The entire commercial exploited what the Nevada BLM contracted.

      I guess Dodge Ram wants the government to buy from them.

      And now after all that money that wasted taxpayer money that paid for Solyndra to become bankrupt is getting another round of federal money even though it was a failure. ! Romney pointed that failure out during the election.
      The UK found the solar windmills to be one of their biggest mistakes, but the US can’t see failure,

      As far as the Chinese Company who plans to build the hugest solar panel plant in the world on Harry Reids son’s Rory Reids property, not one US company is interested in getting in on it, yet you can bet they’ll build it.
      Probably move those turtles over on Bundy’s land and they will have to hire people year around to count them, so the federal government can continue slaughtering the desert turtles once they hit 2000.

      While, I was not too impressed with Rand Paul’s careful statements about the Bundy Ranch situation, Rand Paul,
      told of how in Kentucky, they had a sewer plant that was gettting too full and spilling over at times, and the EPA would not allow them to make it bigger to hold more sh*t, the EPA said it would harm “muscles”. You know those
      slimey water muscles that leech onto things. Kentucky was forced to count the muscles and it took near a year to finally get premission to stop the sewar overflow. The pollution and containaments allowed to run off the plant in streams eventually into a creek or pond, or homes, is less important than a slimey bug.

  5. canary

    EPA and Corps Trying To Change “Navigable” Rule

    Rural America Threatened!!!!!

    The EPA and Corps of Engineers want to bypass the word “Navigable”
    in the Clean Water Act thereby expanding the lands and waters they can
    regulate to nearly all waters and lands in the United States.

    Congress must take away the money (defund) the EPA and Corps can use
    for new Clean Water Act regulations.

    If successful, the EPA and Corps will effectively undermine the word
    “Navigable” in Clean Water Act so the EPA and Corps of Engineers
    will have wetlands jurisdiction over all waters of the United States
    and “all activities affecting all waters of the United States.”
    That means nearly all land in the U.S. also.

    You can stop the EPA and Corps by getting both your Senators and your
    Congressman to support taking the funding away from the EPA and Corps
    for their proposed new Clean Water Act regulations.

    This is important because the EPA just released their proposed new
    Wetlands Jurisdiction Regulations and a new report on Wetlands and the
    jurisdiction of EPA and the Corps of Engineers over most of the water
    and land in the US.

    The EPA must be stopped from taking this jurisdiction and bypassing
    the requirement in the Clean Water Act that the EPA and Corps are
    limited to jurisdiction over “Navigable” waters. If EPA and Corps
    are successful they will gain jurisdiction and regulatory authority
    over virtually all “land and waters in the U.S.”

    “EPA just released a draft report titled “Connectivity of Streams
    and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of
    Scientific Evidence.” The report synthesizes recent scientific
    literature and is being used by EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers
    in their rulemaking process to clarify (read bypass) the jurisdiction
    of the Clean Water Act. (Undermine “Navigable”.)

    EPA will announce shortly where to send public comments on the
    proposed rule. You must educate your Senators and Congressman about
    the EPA and Corps and their attempt to dilute or eliminate the
    “navigable waters” requirement.

    As EPA states in its introduction, “Recent decisions of the Supreme
    Court have underscored the need for EPA and the public to better
    understand the connectivity of isolation of streams and wetlands
    relative to larger water bodies such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and
    oceans, and to use that understanding to underpin regulatory
    actions.”

    The report is intended to clarify “connectivity,” or in reality
    what EPA and Corps are really trying to do is provide a rationale for
    undermining “navigable” in the Clean Water Act. This will have a
    huge impact on the construction and storm water industries as well as
    farming, ranching, mining and rural America.

    The report’s three broad conclusions, as summarized by EPA, are:
    (They are really trying to find a way to get at you and bypass
    “Navigable” as outlined by the Supreme Court.

    —–1. Streams—both permanent and ephemeral, and of all sizes—are
    connected and have effects on downstream waters.

    —–2. Wetlands within stream floodplains are integrated with streams
    and rivers and strongly influence downstream waters by affecting flow
    and trapping pollutants.

    —–3. Not enough information exists to generalize about wetlands and
    other open waters outside riparian floodplains and their effects on
    downstream waters.

    EPA says public comments on the report will be taken into account
    before the rule is finalized. This sounds like nonsense. They publish
    their rule before the public comment and say they’re going to use
    the public comment. You believe that, right? If you do, I’ve got a
    bridge to sell you.

    The EPA and Army Corps are trying to push through new “Expanded Clean
    Water Act Wetlands Jurisdiction Regulations” that would effectively
    neutralize and bypass the Supreme Court decisions that said the EPA
    and Corps cannot regulate all waters in the Nation or even all waters
    with a hydrological connection to downstream “navigable waters.”

    New EPA and Army Corp’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Regulations
    appear to be modeled after their now withdrawn Wetlands Guidance
    Regulations. These new Jurisdiction Regulations would allow these
    agencies to regulate waters now considered entirely under state
    jurisdiction.

    Reed Hopper of Pacific Legal Foundation said, “If the new proposed
    jurisdictional rule follows suit, it will be the largest power grab in
    the history of the country. Although the new proposed jurisdictional
    rule can and will be challenged, the courts are required to give great
    deference to agency rulemaking.”

    Agriculture, commercial and residential real estate development,
    electric transmission, transportation, energy development and mining
    will all be affected and thousands of jobs will be lost. The residual
    effect of these regulations will be to increase costs and spread more
    costs and red tape to every landowner.

    Thousands of small communities and rural America will be strangled if
    the rule is approved. Any action taken by you on your water could
    require a permit from the Corps of Engineers.

    The EPA is saying they are not going to change Agriculture wetlands
    rules. ALRA believes EPA will likely apply the rule to farmers and
    ranchers later. EPA is trying to divide and conquer those involved in
    agriculture.

  6. canary

    WND EXCLUSIVE: Armed fed raid prompted by safety rules

    Bob Unruh – April 18 2014

    Critics of the way federal agencies in Montana handled a recent raid on a company that recycles brass for ammunition are calling for an investigation.

    Government officials have declined to respond to allegations that armed officers with weapons drawn locked up USA Brass employees, confiscated their cell phones and otherwise violated their rights.

    To protect against lead contamination, USA Brass had installed filters and added training. The company had passed a subsequent inspection before officers from the Environmental Protection Agency and FBI arrived, apparently with guns drawn.

    Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, is asking Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to look into the issue.

    “Tim, given the heavy-handed application of federal force by BLM currently unfolding in Nevada, I believe it is imperative that Montana assert some accountability for the application of federal police, or police-like, force in Montana,” he told Fox.

    He explained that although USA Brass “had been subject to some civil enforcement action for workplace safety by OSHA, the company had completely remedied any such problems and had been given a clean bill of health by OSHA.”

    So the “raid” apparently was unrelated, Marbut said.

    “Since these employees of USA Brass were not free to leave, I believe this detention qualifies as an arrest under current case law. It would be helpful for you to examine whether sufficient justification for this mass arrest was present,” Marbut said.

    He said the confiscation of cell phones suggested some efforts by federal agents “to prevent any recording of what they did.”

    Marbut noted that some have explained the event as an “audit,” but then the question is why it escalated into “a full-blown, armed raid.”

    “I hope you will also look at what role the Gallatin County sheriffs office may have played, or not played, in the federal raid at USA Brass, Marbut said. “More specifically, was the GCSO looking out for the welfare of the people of Gallatin County, or was the GCSO simply aiding and facilitating the operation of federal entities and federal personnel?”

    His earlier request to Michael W. Cotter, the U.S. attorney for Montana, for answers to the same questions, generated no response, he told WND.

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/arm.....ety-rules/

    “…I believe it is imperative that Montana assert some accountability for the application of federal police, or police-like, force in Montana,” he told Fox.”

    My question is the same in both raids “who are these police like forces”?
    It’s such a flexible time for Obama and Putin.

  7. captstubby

    US marshal shoots, critically wounds defendant in Utah federal court

    April 21, 2014 (SALT LAKE CITY) — A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.
    Defendant Siale Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said. The witness wasn’t hurt.

    They shot the guy with a PEN?
    Was it a Saturday nite Special Pen?
    or a BATF Fast and Furious weapon ?

    and just for the record;
    “Pens doen’t kill people…”

    • canary

      Neither does an empty shot gun shell, but it lead to federal terrorists raiding home and family and arresting by Federal govt domestic terrorist tactic teams

      FoxNews: DC Man Faces Jail Time Over Inoperable Shotgun Shell

      A Washington, D.C. man is facing a large fine and possible jail time after he was arrested for having an inoperable shotgun shell in his home. The shell was a souvenir that Mark Witaschek decided to keep from a hunting trip years earlier.

      Study: More Murders in States With Restrictive Concealed Carry Laws

      Witaschek, a businessman with no criminal record, is scheduled to appear at a hearing today following the raid by police in July 2012. On Fox and Friends this morning, Witaschek explained that the raid came a month after his estranged wife accused him of threatening her with a gun.

      Police reportedly used a battering ram on the bathroom door, where his teenage son was in the shower.

      He said that he and his then-girlfriend were handcuffed and his children were herded into a separate room while the cops ransacked his house, eventually discovering the shell, a legal gun holster and a box of antique bullets for a muzzle-loading rifle.

      He explained that he didn’t keep any firearms at his home in D.C., which is known for its strict gun control laws, instead keeping them at his sister’s house in Virginia.

      New Gun Control Push: ‘Microstamps’ Drive Gun Makers Out of CA

      Witaschek said there have been seven court hearings set since his arrest that summer, and he’s still waiting to hear the government’s justification for the raid.

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014.....tgun-shell
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      Update

      FoxNews: Replica bullets, dud shell earn weapons conviction for former Washington man

      Mar 29 2014

      Replica bullets and a dud shotgun shell got a man convicted of weapons charges in the nation’s capital, in a case gun rights activists say shows how overzealous authorities are trampling the Second Amendment.

      On Friday, just two days after his conviction of attempted possession of unlawful ammunition, Mark Witaschek went to a Washington, D.C., police station to register in the city’s Gun Offenders Registry.

      “I’m completely outraged by it,” Witaschek, who moved to Virginia after he was arrested following the 2012 search, told the Washington Times.

      Witaschek was also handed a $50 fine, punishments he fought as a matter of principle.

      “This case is yet another example of D.C. run amok over citizens’ Constitutional rights,” the National Association for Gun Rights said in a statement. “It’s no wonder anyone with the option and half a brain is fleeing D.C. for areas where self-defense is a virtue, and not criminalized.”

      The evidence presented against Witaschek included a 12-gauge shell that failed to fire while Witaschek was hunting years ago, a spent .270 Winchester shell casing, and a box of .45 caliber Knight muzzleloader bullets with plastic sabots. The muzzleloader bullets were for use in only antique or replica firearms.

      Witaschek is an avid hunter, but says he never kept his guns in Washington D.C., because he know of the city’s strict gun laws.

      Witaschek’s attorney, Howard X. McEachern, vowed to appeal the verdict.

      The judge never ruled on the shotgun shell itself, which was what the prosecution’s case was built around.

      Witaschek’s treatment was in sharp contrast to that given NBC news personality David Gregory, who went on air with a 30-round AR-15 magazine during a broadcast of Meet the Press.

      Merely possessing such an accessory is illegal in the city, but the same prosecutor’s office that charged Witaschek never pursued charges against the journalist.

      FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014.....ning-fake/

      There is no law in DC you can’t have replica antique lead musket balls, but the judge who said he/she did not know what a musket ball was decided they could be bullets.

  8. canary

    I was hoping to find out which federal govt militia raided the home, as no doubt the son in the shower, nor the little children who were terrorized by the ideal could get cell phone footage. SWAT agents is all I found.

  9. captstubby

    This Day In History.

    Apr 25, 1945:
    Americans and Russians link up, cut Germany in two
    On this day in 1945, eight Russian armies completely encircle Berlin, linking up with the U.S. First Army patrol, first on the western bank of the Elbe, then later at Torgau. Germany is, for all intents and purposes, Allied territory.
    In Moscow, news of the link-up between the two armies resulted in a 324-gun salute; in New York, crowds burst into song and dance in the middle of Times Square.
    Russian Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov,was awarded a military medal of honor from Great Britain.

    Apr 25, 1972:
    North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two
    This was part of the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, also known as the “Easter Offensive,” which included an invasion by 120,000 North Vietnamese troops.
    Easter Offensive – Aftermath
    The Easter Offensive cost the North Vietnamese around 40,000 killed and 60,000 wounded/missing. ARVN and American losses are estimated at 10,000 killed, 33,000 wounded, and 3,500 missing. Though the offensive was defeated, PAVN forces continued to occupy around ten percent of South Vietnam after its conclusion. As a result of the offensive, both sides softened their stance in Paris and were more willing to make concessions during negotiations.

    Apr 25, 1980 ;
    Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran.

    Apr 25, 1792 ;
    Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier.

    Apr 25, 1994
    14″ of snow in Southern Calif.

    Apr 25,2011;

    At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.(On April 3-4, 1974, 148 tornadoes tore through 13 states and Ontario, Canada, claiming over 300 lives in one of the nation’s worst tornado outbreaks.)




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