Previous month:
October 2010
Next month:
December 2010

Padre Hotel (Bakersfield): No respect for underage Marines in Uniform? (updated)

I believe that this issue has now been resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned. There is no need to take any further action on behalf of those who were treated in an egregious manner.

Since the owner of the hotel has made a significant investment in purchasing and refurbishing this property, let us give him the benefit of the doubt and re-consider patronizing the hotel.

The Owner/Operator's reply can be found at the bottom of the blog entry.  -- steve

Perhaps visitors to Bakersfield should remember this Los Angeles Times article when booking accommodations …

“No room at the inn for too-young Bakersfield honeymooners”

“Marine Jason Martin and his bride, Hillary, both 18, were turned away from the posh Padre Hotel because the hotel requires guests to be at least 21.”

Special day

Jason and Hillary Martin were refused a room on their wedding night because they are under 21. (Courtesy of the Martin family / November 20, 2010)

Apparently he can die for his country, but not get a room for himself and his bride. Disgusting!

See the news coverage …

Want to let them know how you feel …

Drew Hall, General Manager
The Padre Hotel
1702 18th Street
Bakersfield, California 93301
888.443.3387
dhall@thepadrehotel.com

Owner ...  
Brett Miller, CEO
Padre Partners, LP
Eat, Drink and Sleep, Inc.
858.273.8440
bmiller@eatdrinkandsleep.net

Read the rest of the story at the Los Angeles Times  No room at the inn for too-young Bakersfield honeymooners - latimes.com

Follow-up …

Here is an example of one reader’s comments that were sent to the owner and the general manager.

UNMARRIED 18 year old people are appropriately barred and expected to be denied same
accommodations in USA hotels.

MARRIED 18 year old male and female couple are not to be denied same accommodations in
USA hotels.

Several years ago many brides and bridegrooms started married life at 18, and are now
grandparents and some great grandparents, still married. 

Whoever caused this outrage humiliating the married US Marine and wife, needs to be fired.

Your hotel standards are twisted.

Californians want everything free, but don't respect those who defend freedom, and refuse to defend USA borders.

At their choice of timeframe, offer this young couple a free 7 nights in the bridal suite with all expenses paid including food, at your hotel, with apologies for your insult.

Then publicize it to clean up your rep.

Management replies (11/23/10)

Stephen,

Thank you for contacting us regarding the young Marine and his bride who were turned away from the Padre Hotel last week. I appreciate hearing your perspective and I believe the Padre ownership owes you a response.

I have expressed my sincere apology to Hillary and Jason Martin.   Immediately after I was made aware of our transgression last week, I spoke directly to the bride and her mother privately but, nonetheless, I believe it's important to relay my feelings on our failure to those of you who have expressed concern over their treatment as well.

What happened at the Padre was unacceptable.  
To be clear, I personally have the utmost respect for all members of the United States Armed Forces and, as a company, we actively seek opportunities to show our support for the military. There's no question that, in this circumstance, an exception to our age restriction policy should have been made for Hillary and Jason. 

I take full responsibility for this mistake. I should have ensured that my staff was better equipped to handle this situation. You may rest assured that I have taken steps to make sure this never happens again at the Padre Hotel.

Although some have questioned our motives for denying their entry, our company has a long, well established history of supporting the Military. In fact, on the very day that you heard about this unfortunate event, we were hosting Veterans from the VA Spinal Injury Unit at another one of our locations, a monthly tradition we have enjoyed for the past five years.

When Hillary and Jason arrived at the Hotel, the manager on duty followed company policy. However, I would have preferred that he use common sense and make an exception in this case. I have worked with this manager for many years and he has always shown an extraordinary understanding of the sensitivities of customer service. I was surprised and dismayed when I heard what had happened and immediately set out to make this situation right.

Upon speaking with Hillary and her mother, I expressed my embarrassment and regret over the handling of their arrival. Unfortunately, I cannot go back in time and change what occurred. I can, however, attempt to make it up to them. In that regard, I have asked Hillary to speak with Jason and to get back to me with a way that I can make it up to them. Jason is scheduled to be back in Bakersfield in December and I look forward to making it a great homecoming for him when he returns to share Christmas with Hillary and their family.

Sincerely,

Brett Miller
The Padre Hotel


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MEMO TO THE FCC: KEEP YOUR DAMN HANDS OFF MY INTERNET, I SAW WHAT YOU DID WITH THE PHONE SYSTEM ...

Danger, the FCC is plotting against the consumer …

Politico is reporting

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.”

There is absolutely no reason why the FCC should interfere with the Internet infrastructure or the processing of data over the Internet.

First, the Internet is self-regulating. Whereas the FCC’s mandate was to license and regulate broadcast carriers and later expanded into the regulation of electronic devices which might affect broadcasting, the technical specifications are created by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and the numbering scheme is maintained by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assignment of Names and Numbers). Thus there is no formal requirement for regulation of the Internet by the FCC.

Second, where the FCC and the respective State Public Utility Commissions exist, they are there not to protect the consumer as popularly advertised; but to insure that the special interest profit models are preserved. The reason which telephone companies who all offer the same basic connectivity, can implement fanciful packages of features, sales, offers and other tricks to allow them to charge higher than commodity prices for exactly the same connectivity.

Now that the Internet business model has severely impacted the old communications companies, they are looking to the government to allow them to continue milking the consumer – for somewhat inferior services – at ever increasing prices.

I do not consider FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski  to be an honest broker for the consumer …

First and foremost, Genachowski is an ideologue – a political animal that is beholden to the system which grants him power, prestige and profits rather than to the ordinary consumer.

Second, Genachowski is a lawyer, coincidently working for Barack Obama when Obama was the head of the Harvard Law Review. Check out Genachowski’s political activities before turning to business and you can see he is more about law, procedure, regulation and enforcement than he is a consumer advocate.

Third, in business, Genachowski served in positions with companies which were all about Internet content creation, protection and transmission. A man who wants to grant those special interests what they want: a way to use the federal government to insure their everlasting profits; possibly at the expense of the consumers who pay for such products and services.

There is also no doubt that he is close to Barack Obama as he “advised and guided the Campaign’s innovative use of technology and the Internet for grassroots engagement and participation.”

The government and the special interests are uniting to screw the consumer …

On one hand, the special interests such as the telephone companies, the wireless companies and the cable carriers are trying to use the Federal Communications Commission to impose tariff system on the Internet that would allow them to charge consumers based on message content rather than the cost of providing the connection. Not to mention that the content providers would  like the government to implement federal controls on copyright infringement to criminalize the theft of their content; with all of the investigation and prosecution costs borne by the taxpayer.

On the other hand, the administration in power, hence the government, would like to curtail alternate information channels which are used to release “unfiltered” news or openly disparage government activities. In essence, find a way to moderate the First Amendment when it comes to the alternate news sources that do not parrot the government line or support the mainstream media.

The simple explanation of network neutrality …

All information sent over the Internet, data files, video, sound, e-mails, pictures and documents is in the form of “packets,” small packages of information. In its original conception, network neutrality would mean that all packets are transmitted over the network without any additional charges for type of content or priority of delivery.

The hidden danger in implementing a content-based charging scheme …

At the core of any network charging scheme is the Internet Service Provider’s ability to engage in “deep packet mining.” That is open each packet to determine its contents so that it can be charged appropriately. This is the very same technology used by government spy agencies who monitor the Internet. Mandating that users provide special flags to note content and copyright status will become mandatory and a further intrusion into the control mechanisms of electronic devices.

The GUID … a guide to electronic discovery and an evidence chain …

Very few people outside of law enforcement and the technological world know about the GUID (Globally Unique IDentifier) which is a number which uniquely defines each computer system, computer programs and computer users. Most software vendors embed this identification GUID in your documents, pictures and some printers also identify the exact machine that prints a image. While there are many legitimate uses for GUIDs, the most dangerous use is to allow anyone to track individual documents, files, recordings and electronic media back to the computer (and to the user) which created the file.

You are already losing your privacy one device at a time …

Each electronic device is becoming capable of identifying its purchaser, its users and any information that may be created – and linking it back to unknown servers and vendors who are not under any legal responsibility to use the information in an ethical manner. In fact, many of these systems violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

“The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects personal privacy, and every citizen's right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into their persons, homes, businesses, and property -- whether through police stops of citizens on the street, arrests, or searches of homes and businesses.”

“The Fifth Amendment provides that a person  shall not be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Notice it says nothing about civil cases which can be brought by the government, organizations and individuals.

Why you can’t trust what the Obama Administration may say …

According to Politico …

“The long-running net neutrality debate centers around rules that would require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.”

This sounds great and is the original intent of “network neutrality.” But in granting the privilege of regulating the Internet, they are also granted the privilege to make administrative rules and regulations which favor the big-bucks lobbyists who represent the special interests, often to the detriment of the consumer.

“Internet companies like Google and Skype want net neutrality rules applied to both wireline and wireless networks, but network operators including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast say they need flexibility to manage web traffic on their lines.”

Truth-be-told, the big companies want to maximize the profits on the aging infrastructure systems before they are required to build-out a faster, more fault-tolerant network that will be demanded by both consumers and businesses. The big Internet carriers are worried that companies such as Netflix are able to use more than 20% of the Internet without paying the carriers an additional dime for the privilege.

Who is really protecting us?

Well it’s not the government who is busy pandering to the special interests to raise both campaign funds and voter support from the special interests.

However, there are freedom-loving, consumer organizations who are fighting the system and acting as consumer advocates. My favorite one is the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) which I believe represents my interests against all who would deny me access to the Internet, trample my privacy rights or further control my world for political purposes. I strongly suggest that you look at www.eff.org and donate if you like what you see. They have my enthusiastic recommendation as a first rate safeguard against a government out of control.

Bottom Line …

Obama’s Orwellian and oft Marxist interpretations of government action are scary. The best warning I can provide is that of George Orwell who noted in his book, Animal Farm, the governing dictum

"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

The Internet is a transformative communications tool much like the telegraph and telephone of days gone by. We cannot let the government do to the Internet what they have done to the broadcasters and the telecommunications companies that offer telephone service.

The government has already mandated through CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) that they be able to tap (with a court order) any of our communications devices. Now they want to use this very same capability to track and police our use of content without any warrant. It’s not about access or pricing – it is about FREEDOM.

Freedom, something which the government is rapidly trying to diminish as they tell us which light bulbs we must use, what toilets we can flush, what cars to use, which mass transit we must support – and now they are attempting to tell us which news sources to watch or listen. 

It is now time to tell them to step off – and elect “honest brokers” to serve “we the people.”

-- steve

Reference Sources …

Sources: FCC chief working on net neutrality proposal - POLITICO.com Print View

BUSTED BY ELECTRONIC TATTLETALES: LOSING YOUR PRIVACY ONE DEVICE AT A TIME …

LOSING YOUR PRIVACY: ONE DEVICE AT A TIME -- Biometric Vending Machines |OneCitizenSpeaking

LOSING YOUR PRIVACY: ONE DEVICE AT A TIME -- SONY TO FEATURE BUILT-IN CABLE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE|OneCitizenSpeaking

LOSING YOUR PRIVACY ONE DEVICE AT A TIME - GPS TRAFFIC DEVICES|OneCitizenSpeaking

LOSING OUR PRIVACY ONE DEVICE AT A TIME (PART II) |One Citizen Speaking

LOSING YOUR PRIVACY ONE DEVICE AT A TIME -- BLUETOOTH


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



When is a credit card not a consumer credit card?

People who hate financial institutions who depend on misdirection and bury the terms and conditions in the footnotes are often justified in believing that financial institutions, be they banks or brokerages, have a vested interest in your welfare and success.

The answer to the title question: when is a credit card not a credit card …

When it is a “professional credit card” that is not subject to the recently-passed consumer credit card protections:

(Excerpt)

What your credit card company has to tell you:

  • When they plan to increase your rate or other fees. Your credit card company must send you a notice 45 days before they can
    • increase your interest rate;
    • change certain fees (such as annual fees, cash advance fees, and late fees) that apply to your account; or
    • make other significant changes to the terms of your card.
  • No interest rate increases for the first year. Your credit card company cannot increase your rate for the first 12 months after you open an account. There are some exceptions:   
    • If your card has a variable interest rate tied to an index; your rate can go up whenever the index goes up.
    • If there is an introductory rate, it must be in place for at least 6 months; after that your rate can revert to the "go-to" rate the company disclosed when you got the card.
    • If you are more than 60 days late in paying your bill, your rate can go up.
    • If you are in a workout agreement and you don't make your payments as agreed, your rate can go up.
  • Increased rates apply only to new charges.  
    • If your credit card company does raise your interest rate after the first year, the new rate will apply only to new charges you make. If you have a balance, your old interest rate will apply to that balance.
  • Payments directed to highest interest balances first. If you make more than the minimum payment on your credit card bill, your credit card company must apply the excess amount to the balance with the highest interest rate. There is an exception:
    • If you made a purchase under a deferred interest plan (for example, "no interest if paid in full by March 2012"), the credit card company may let you choose to apply extra amounts to the deferred interest balance before other balances. Otherwise, for two billing cycles prior to the end of the deferred interest period, the credit card company must apply your entire payment to the deferred interest-rate balance first.

Some good sources of information:

Federal Reserve Board (Rules Effective 2/22/2010)

Federal Reserve Board (Rules Effective 8/22/2010)

Warning: Professional Cards …

We posted a warning that many financial institutions are creating so called “professional cards” aimed at professional individuals and small businesses that may not be subject to the laws that apply to ordinary consumer credit cards. Or, in other words, the financial institutions are free to abuse you with:

(1)  imposing interest rates with little or no warning and without the necessity of supplying a reason for the change. The simple act of making a purchase or paying your bill reaffirms your commitment to the institution’s unilateral agreement.

(2)   imposing up to a 30% interest rate should you fall behind on your payments for more than 60 days. Considering the needs of small businesses, it is likely that many will consider this usurious rate acceptable rather than the alternative: going out of business. A fact which has not escaped the attention of the financial institutions as they design their credit card programs. Truth-be-told, they really don’t care either way. Yes, they would prefer a continuing payment stream – but the reality is that they still obtain transaction fees from the merchants and may be making money by securitizing your credit card debt and selling it to third parties who will assume the risk of defaults.

(3) telling you up-front that they will do everything in their power to milk your account for interest and fees. Specifically arranging payment algorithms so that your lower cost credit amounts are paid before the higher cost credit amounts – thus maximizing their return on their investment. This is analogous to a bank that is arranging to pay off your largest checks first, thus guaranteeing that the multiplicity of smaller unpaid checks will generate a larger number of “non-sufficient funds” fees. 

Here is the real language from a prominent disclosure …

Rates, fees, and terms may change:

We reserve the right to change the Account terms (including the APRs) at any time for any reason.

Any APRs for this offer are not guaranteed; APRs may change to higher APRs, fixed APRs may change to variable APRs, or variable APRs may change to fixed APRs.

Any changes will be in accordance with your Business Card Agreement. If your payment is over 60 days late, we may apply a default rate of up to 29.99% (the Prime Rate plus up to 26.99%, but not more than 29.99%) to your Account.

Prime Rate: Variable APRs are based on the 3.25% Prime Rate as of 2/22/2010.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Authorization: When you ("you", "your" means the owner, officer, or partner of the company with the authority to bind the company to the terms & conditions of this offer and the Business Card Agreement, and who is agreeing to the terms on their own behalf and that of the company) respond to this credit card offer from [bank deleted], you agree to the following:

  1. You authorize us to obtain business and consumer credit bureau reports in connection with your request for an account. If an account is opened, we may obtain credit bureau reports in connection with extensions of credit or the review or collection of your account. If you ask, we will tell you the name and address of each credit bureau from which we obtained a report about you.

  2. If an account is opened, you will receive a Business Card Agreement with your card(s). By using the account or any card, authorizing their use, or making any payment on the account, you agree to the terms of the Business Card Agreement.

  3. You authorize us to allocate your payments and credits in a way that is most favorable to or convenient for us. For example, you authorize us to apply your payments and credits to balances with lower APRs (such as promotional APRs) before balances with higher APRs.

Rates, fees, and terms may change: We have the right to change the account terms (including the APRs) in accordance with your Business Card Agreement.

Bottom line …

In spite of all those smiling faces warmly welcoming you into the family, the truth is much more dramatic.

You are a number to be tracked by computer to maximize your value to the bank.

You will not see those friendly smiling faces as you face problems, you will, in all likelihood, be dealing with a stressed call center employee whose job is conditioned on extracting money from troubled people, denying that the bank has made significant and serious errors and is actually incentivized to push you to ignore your other obligations in favor of the bank.

Financial institutions and their regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal level believe that disclosure is tantamount to a rattlesnake warning. They have warned you about the terms and conditions and, in good faith – perhaps believing adverse circumstances will not occur – accepted by the accountholder.

In the final analysis, money is a commodity and is fungible – that is there is absolutely no difference in the money used to satisfy your obligations. And since it is a commodity, it is beneficial for you to obtain credit at the best rates, terms and conditions – ignoring the happy talk.

Perhaps the best advice that can be given comes from the Better Business Bureau: “Investigate Before You Invest.”

Take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



TSA PLANS TO UNIONIZE: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICAN CITIZENS

Don’t touch my junk …

The rallying cry of the latest public outrage directed against the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), a division of DHS (Department of Homeland Defense).

Inspired by Jon Tyner, a traveller who refused to go through the full-body scanner and refused an alternate pat-down when he found out that the screener may touch his “private areas.”

Here is the story as recorded on his cellphone …

The resulting uproar has the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Defense apparently lying to the public …

“AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy. They have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety,” she wrote, and added: “All images generated by imaging technology are viewed in a walled-off location not visible to the public. The officer assisting the passenger never sees the image, and the officer viewing the image never interacts with the passenger. The imaging technology that we use cannot store, export, print or transmit images” <Source>

There is no doubt that Napolitano is lying to the public.  The AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) does have the capability to store, export, print and transmit images. If for no other reason than to provide documentary proof in a court of law as to probable cause for a more invasive search and, as we have heard on several occasions, for training purposes.

Since the machines are capable of creating a “near naked” representation of the subject being scanned, it is overly-intrusive. Not to mention that the effects of the radiation being emitted on humans has not been well studied. For those wishing to read the Johns Hopkins’ Report, a leaked copy can be found on Cryptome. (You will need a method to unzip the file and a PDF viewer to read it.) An October 12th, 2010 letter to President Obama’s Chief Science Adviser, John Holdren, can also be found here.

But as bad as the situation appears to be, there are worse unintended consequences down the road …

With the growing uproar of the public and the increasing frustration of the TSA personnel forced to carry out these procedures, far-left advocates of Marxism are urging the democrats to allow the TSA to be unionized at this current lame duck session.

Not only with this provide the unions with the power to cripple holiday travel to extort wage concessions from the public, but it will also provide a mechanism for “those who do not wish us well” to insert their hooks into the very security mechanism that is ostensibly designed to protect us.

The unionization of the TSA will make the unions of the U.S. Postal Service look benign as poorly-trained low-level employees continue to push American citizens around in a stunning abuse of power.

Fox News Is Reporting …

Perfect Storm: TSA Workers Allowed to Unionize

“In a significant victory for federal employee unions, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decided Friday that Transportation Security Administration staffers will be allowed to vote on union representation.”

“The decision clears the way for a campaign by the government's two largest labor organizations, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, to represent some 50,000 transportation security officers.”

"It is no secret that the morale of the TSO workforce is terrible as a result of favoritism, a lack of fair and respectful treatment from many managers, poor and unhealthy conditions in some airports, poor training and testing protocols and a poor pay system," said AFGE President John Gage. ‘The morale problems are documented by the government's own surveys. TSOs need a recognized union voice at work, and the important decision of the FLRA finally sets the process in motion to make that right a reality.’"

Bottom line …

You must be prepared to fight against the unionization of the TSA – an out-of-control bureaucracy which is doing little or nothing to really prevent another 9/11 incident. Especially since all of the current terrorists have made it through foreign destination screening and onto aircraft.

It is time to adopt the Israeli system of profiling and security, using private non-union labor who will be held responsible for their actions when protecting and facing the public.

We do not need higher costs, cushy perks and retirement benefits for people who look like they could not pass a simple test for private security contractors.

Public employee unions have nearly bankrupted every state, county and municipality. We need to draw the line now – before our corrupt members of Congress sell their votes to the union for continued campaign funds and voter support in the 2012 election cycle. 

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



California's Outdoor Pets drive far-left public policy agenda ...

Once again, I reassert my basic position that the environmental movement has been infiltrated by radical  activists who have re-positioned environmental organizations from conservation and good stewardship to generating the funding and voter support for a radical political agenda.

Against this background, we find that the environmentalists are now extending their political reach from the attempt to use the California Condor to implement backdoor gun control to their present position of  demanding more and more funding to study the problems affecting a relatively few birds. Or more accurately, acting in their own self-interests to insure continuing funding for favored institutions, scientists and projects  who are advancing a political agenda and setting public policy.

The New York Times is reporting …

“New Hurdle for California Condors May Be DDT From Years Ago”

“Joe Burnett, a senior wildlife biologist with the Ventana Wildlife Society and the lead biologist for the Central California condor recovery program, who had been monitoring the condor pair, was delighted with this promising development in the continuing effort to save the nation’s largest bird from extinction. When this first breeding attempt proved unsuccessful, Mr. Burnett attributed it to the young birds’ inexperience. But when he climbed the giant tree to examine the abandoned nest, he was stunned at what he uncovered: the first evidence of a potentially significant new hurdle for the condor program.”

Based on nothing more than speculation and supposition, the conclusion is inescapable: send more money or risk damaging our planet and its inhabitants.

Where have we heard this before? 

The eggshell fragments we found appeared abnormally thin,” Mr. Burnett said. “They were so thin that we had to run tests to confirm that it was a condor egg.” The fragments reminded him of the thin-shelled eggs from birds like brown pelicans and peregrine falcons, which had been devastated by DDT but are now on the rebound.”

The discovery raised a disturbing question: could DDT — the deadly pesticide that has been banned in the United States since 1972 — produce condor reproductive problems nearly four decades later?”

Some Questions …

First, I would like to question Joe Burnett about the genetic dangers of inbreeding the California Condor population using a limited number of birds and relatively few  matriarchal blood lines.

Second, I would like to question Joe Burnett about the manipulation of science to support a pre-ordained conclusion; that continued funding of institutions, scientists and projects is necessary and that activists are willing to use any finding, real or imagined, to support their political agenda.

“After many years of carefully controlled feeding experiments, Dr. M. L. Scott and associates of the Department of Poultry Science at Cornell University ‘found no tremors, no mortality, no thinning of eggshells and no interference with reproduction caused by levels of DDT which were as high as those reported to be present in most of the wild birds where ‘catastrophic’ decreases in shell quality and reproduction have been claimed.’” (Reference: Scott ML, Zimmermann JR, Marinsky S, Mullenhoff PA. Effects of PCBs, DDT, and mercury compounds upon egg production, hatchability and shell quality in chickens and Japanese quail. Poultry Science. 1975; 54:350–368.)

“In fact, thinning eggshells can have many causes, including season of the year, nutrition (in particular insufficient calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and manganese), temperature rise, type of soil, and breeding conditions (e.g., sunlight and crowding).” (The Avian Egg:152–156, 266.)

“Moreover, bald eagle and falcon populations were already rebounding during the peak years of DDT use - thanks to laws limiting their hunting.” <Source>

“Another telling part of the DDT saga was unveiled during a lawsuit by scientists claiming the National Audubon Society and the New York Times defamed them as ‘paid liars’ about DDT. Depositions revealed EDF and National Audubon Society leaders plotted to ‘silence’ and discredit scientists who defended DDT. <Source>

What is the cost of concern?

“Concerns about condors and DDT have prompted the Fish and Wildlife Service to initiate a new one-year project to study how marine mammals might be carrying Montrose DDT up the California coast. The main investigator, Myra Finkelstein at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is also leading a four-year study to investigate risk factors and management strategies to ensure the condor’s long-term sustainability. This includes not only DDT but also poisoning that comes from ingesting lead-bullet fragments found in hunter-shot game. Lead poisoning was a major factor in the bird’s brush with extinction and remains the primary danger today to released condors.”

“Because of the lead poisoning problem, in 2008 California enacted legislation requiring hunters in condor country to use ammunition without lead.”

Since the Condor is a scavenger who eats trash, the source of lead could have been lead-sheathed cables, radiator antifreeze and other environmental lead. There was no conclusive finding that lead ingested from bullets was a proximate cause of death of condors. If you are interested in the subject, you may wish to read some of my previous blog entries listed in the “Reference Links” section.

The primary question …

How much disruption, deprivation and destruction should humans accept on behalf of a declining and deteriorating segment of nature whose gross effects on mankind are either minimal or not well understood? Especially when the institutions and individuals who rely on significant public funds to continue their research and their political activism are driving the discussion.

“Despite lead poisoning and the emerging DDT challenge, Mr. Burnett remains optimistic. He is hopeful that taking steps like capping the DDT-contaminated Montrose marine sediments as well as continuing research will provide solutions. He notes that in 1982 the population of California condors had been reduced to 22 birds. Although problems remain, bringing back the condor has been a conservation success story. There are now 380 California condors in the world, with about half of these titans of the sky flying free in the Western United States.”

Bottom line …

Any animal, fish or fowl that requires man’s continuing intervention to live in the wild is nothing more than an exotic pet tended by their handlers who exaggerate their importance to society.

Tens of millions of people have died or suffered mightily from pestilent disease that would have been eradicated by the use of DDT. There are those, myself included, feel that the Marxist/Communist preoccupation with population control and limits may have played a major part in the decisions to ban DDT. <Source>

The government needs to severely limit the amount of available funding for highly-speculative theories couched in scientific terms – especially when alternative theories exit.  As an example of selective fact presentation of facts : consider the global warming fear mongers that claim that malaria would become a significant plague on mankind as temperatures rise. Overlooking that the largest malaria outbreak in history occurred in Siberia, Russia where extreme cold temperatures abound.

“Mosquitoes do not need tropical temperatures: they need no more than 15 degrees Celsius to breed. The largest malaria outbreak of modern times was in Siberia in the 1920s and 1930s, when 13 million were infected, 600,000 died and 30,000 died as far north as Arkhangelsk, on the Arctic Circle.” <Source>

Unfortunately, due to recent disclosures regarding the manipulation of the “peer review” process and the use of pseudo-science to drive public policy, the citizen’s skepticism and distrust of politicians is reaching crisis proportions. We have reached a time when we cannot trust corrupt politicians and scientists who are willing to manipulate the science to purse a political agenda.

How many millions shall we divert from medical care for our aging population to protect a group of birds who have become nothing more than outdoor pets tended by those whose livelihood depends on continued taxpayer money?

-- steve

Reference Links …

California Condors May Face Threat From DDT - NYTimes.com

Condor Project: Backdoor gun control and/or an attempt to secure additional funding for a failing program? (Updated)
CALIFORNIA CONDORS: SCIENTIFIC STUDY OR FUNDING VEHICLE FOR SCIENTISTS SUPPORTING A GUN CONTROL AGENDA?

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Are the corrupt unions and corrupt democrats conspiring to breach U.S. sovereignty and reward illegal aliens with citizenship?

The United States is facing a crisis, a clear and present danger that finds foreign nationals, Marxist unions and corrupts democrats attempting to create a new political majority from those whose loyalty may lie with a foreign sovereign nation.

The Sacramento BEE is reporting …

Citing clout, Latino labor leaders pushing immigration reform

“The leader of the United Farm Workers Union and a top Service Employees International Union official are celebrating Latino roles in western states' Democratic victories, and say they'll use that clout to push for federal immigration reforms -- quickly.

How do you see it: Marxists buying political influence or corrupt democrats selling out their nation’s citizen’s birthrights?  

“Eliseo Medina, SEIU's international secretary treasurer and a Californian, said in a telephone interview with reporters Wednesday that unions and Latino civic groups invested $8 million to $10 million to get Latino voters in the Southwest to turn out for last week's election.”

“With Medina at the helm, SEIU invested about $5 million in a Latino-focused independent-expenditure campaign to help boost Democratic Gov.-elect Jerry Brown.”

Did anyone ask the union members if they wanted to pursue a political agenda that is likely to enlarge the union’s membership roles but reduce their opportunities to secure employment? Were those who did not want to support corrupt democrats allowed to opt out of the system?

“Brown and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was re-elected to Congress, both won 65 percent of the Latino vote, which exit polling suggests accounted for 22 percent of California's voters on Nov. 2.”

How long will it be before there is a foreign voting block able to command the States’ resources and to pass laws that will drive the wealthy, productive individuals and corporations from the state? 

“Arturo Rodriguez, president of the California-based UFW  (United Farm Workers) -- which also stumped for Brown -- also spoke with reporters. The UFW, along with California growers, supports a bill called AgJOBS, which would open a path to legal residency for some undocumented farmworkers if they agree to continue to work in the fields for a certain amount of time.”

I am not opposed to work permits, with employment and medical services provided by the employer who would serve as a sponsor. But I am against, someone using “anchor babies” to secure a lifetime lottery ticket because they delivered a baby on American soil.

“Some Democratic leaders, including Senate majority leader Reid of Nevada, have said they may use a lame-duck session before Republicans take control of the House to consider some immigration reform.
In agriculture, Rodriguez said, ‘we're talking easily about 70 percent or more of that workforce not having documents.’”

By their own words the union activists condemn their own actions. They admit that easily about 70% or more of the agricultural workforce does not have documents, so consider the implications.

The unions are directly complicit in knowingly harboring fugitives who have broken the law; aiding and abetting their attempts to remain anonymous.

The unions are directly exploiting these poor, ill-educated people with minimal skills to generate union dues. Where is their charity – free membership and union services; after all isn’t that what they are demanding from legal, hardworking citizens.

The unions are agitating this group of workers for the purposes of creating a potent political force which can be used against the legal citizens of America.

The unions are corrupting our political process in ways that look suspiciously like the actions of a foreign sovereign creating internal dissention.

But above all, the unions are pimping out these desperate workers to big agribusiness as a source of relatively low-cost labor.

Priorities …

Ana Navarro, a Latino Republican strategist from Florida, was also on the call with reporters, which was organized by the group Immigration Reform for America. Navarro said that Latinos have some leverage with Democrats during this lame-duck period, and with the Senate in the future.”

"’Harry Reid owes his political life to Hispanics in Nevada,’ Navarro said.”

Harry Reid, as a Senator, owes his political life to the Constitution of the United States of America and to serving and protecting its citizens – all of its legal citizens. That may not be how a corrupt politician seeking campaign funding and voter support may see the situation, but that’s how any American should regard their representatives.

“Medina said Latino activists are aware that Congress is not eager to take on tough issues such as immigration reform. But he said that Democrats and the GOP can look to the Nov. 2 election as a lesson that there are risks in alienating Latino voters.”

Threatening the United States Congress?

Can it be true that the Marxist unions and illegal alien activists, a relatively small number of individuals, are threatening members of Congress to compromise the safety and welfare of the American people?

While we do not know how many illegal aliens and/or their union activists may have corrupted the election, there is little risk in alienating legitimate Latino voters – not only are they legal and able to vote, but they are among the groups that will be most harmed by the dilution of social services when illegal aliens are permitted to access the system.

“’Latino turnout was greater in the state of Arizona than ever before, he said, and appears to be turning more overwhelmingly Democratic over time in that state, where GOP leaders have been particularly tough with anti-illegal immigrant proposals.’”

More Hispanics equals more democrats seems to be the message endlessly playing in a loop. A call for GOP action that will provide cover to the progressive republicans such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

"’The politics of hate and division may bring short-term gain,’ Medina said, ‘but in the long-term it brings more pain. All they have to do is look to California to see the future.’"

Those are scary words my friend. Look at California to see the future …

Democrat one-party rule rife with political corruption, votes for sale, and democrats which are mostly far-left Marxists and communists.

A state which cripples the incomes and social services available to legal citizens to create sanctuary cities and profligately spending on social programs.

A state owned by the public employee unions who have a vested interest in all areas that serve illegal aliens to provide social services or administer criminal justice.

A near bankrupt state whose increasing taxes and onerous rules and regulations are driving productive individuals and corporations to other more friendly states. (But perhaps the plan – to simply take over the collapsed and failed state and install Mexican-style Marxism with a ruling elite and peasant labor.)

The worst kind of traitor: one that can be bought by money…

Call me a racist, a bigot or whatever … but I honestly feel that our current crop of progressive democrats and progressive republicans are willing to sell out our nation to anyone who can pay their relatively paltry price.

In the name of political correctness, multiculturalism and social justice, they excuse their traitorous activities while demographically diluting all that makes America the America we know and love.

The speak of immigrants, knowing that our heritage and our nation included a significant number of immigrants. But the immigrants of old who wanted so very much to assimilate and succeed are not the same as the current immigrants who simply show up and demand more and more of our time, effort and wealth. Like a burglar demanding you leave a hot meal on the stove when he burgles your home.

This current crop of immigrants does not want to assimilate, they form self-governing ghettos of their own kind, with their own language and food. And they dare others to enter on pain of violence.

In the past, our nation had standards for immigrants: good health, some education, a trade, some language skills and a sponsor. None of this is now important as we see an untrained labor force that is ill-educated and poverty-stricken. Some with violent criminal backgrounds or ill-health. All looking for that lottery card which opens the door to social services which far exceeds what they could access in their foreign countries.

Bottom line …

We need to break the power of the unions and the power of the progressive democrats and republicans who are demographically bombing our country into another unexceptional third-world nation of tribes competing for natural resources.

We need to adopt a political solution to the problem before we are forced to take up arms to defend our homes, our jobs, our state and our nation. Something that the illegals talk about constantly: an armed rebellion to take back that what they perceive has been stolen from them.

And we need to start with making California the crucible where political reform can be tested and the lessons learned can serve as a model for our nation. Not only what is right, but more importantly, what is wrong.

Enough of the political corruption of the democrats who are openly pitting individual segments of our population against us. Much as the Palestinians recruited the disaffected from the ghettos with the help of foreign sovereign nations until civil war erupted; laying waste to the formerly beautiful city of Beirut.

Pay attention people. If not for yourself, for your children. The political apocalypse is drawing near – fed by foundations and activists which purchase politicians to do their bidding. Corrupt and vain people who will revel in their power, glory and money until they are dragged off stage in chains, to contemplate what they did wrong or where they crossed the tipping point.

Take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

P.S. One additional thought … Has anyone asked the previously-manipulated group, Black citizens, how they like their representatives selling out their jobs and their communities to illegal aliens to advance their personal political agenda?

Reference Links …

Capitol Alert: Citing clout, Latino labor leaders pushing immigration reform


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



The Obama democrats scream "equality" in healthcare matters and then quietly issue waivers and exemptions for special interests ...

UPDATE: 12-07-10  "The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to one provision of the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222." <Source> As of 12-3-10.

Original Blog Entry

Obviously the Obama Administration created a Orwellian healthcare system where some people are more equal than others. At least those with the attorneys and legislative knowhow to obtain exemptions.

Look at the number of insurance companies, unions, food service and agribusiness concerns contained within this “waiver” list.

Capture11-14-2010-4.35.05 PM
Approved Applications for Waiver of the Annual Limits Requirements of the PHS Act Section 2711 as of November 1, 2010

  • Advanta
  • Adventist Care Centers
  • Aegis
  • Aegis Insurance
  • Aetna
  • Agricare
  • AHS
  • Alaska Seafood
  • Allflex
  • Alliance One Tobacco
  • Allied
  • American Fidelity
  • AMF Bowling Worldwide
  • Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund
  • Assisted Living Concepts
  • Assurant Health (2nd Application)
  • B.E.S.T of NY
  • Baptist Retirement
  • BCS Insurance
  • Belmont Village
  • Boskovich Farms, Inc
  • Caliber Services
  • Captain Elliot's Party Boats
  • Carlson Restaurants
  • Case & Associates
  • CH Guenther & Son
  • CIGNA
  • CKM Industries dba Miller Environmental
  • Convergys
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Cryogenic
  • CWVEBA
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Darensberries
  • DISH Network
  • Diversified Interiors
  • Duarte Nursery
  • Employees Security Fund
  • Florida Trowel Trades
  • Fowler Packing Co.
  • Gallegos Corp
  • Gowan Company
  • GPM Investments
  • Grace Living Centers
  • Greater Metropolitan Hotel
  • Greystar
  • Groendyke Transport,  Inc
  • GS-ILA
  • GuideStone Financial Resources
  • Guy C. Lee Mfg.
  • Harden Healthcare
  • HCR Manor Care
  • Health and Welfare Benefit System
  • Health Connector
  • HealthPort
  • I.U.P.A.T
  • IBEW No.915
  • Ingles Markets
  • Integra BMS for Culp, Inc.
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jeffords Steel and Engineering
  • Local 17 Hospitality Benefit Fund
  • Local 25 SEIU
  • Local 802 Musicians Health Fund
  • Macayo Restaurants
  • Maritime Association
  • MAUSER Corp.
  • Maverick County
  • Medical Card System
  • Meijer
  • Metro Paving Fund
  • Mountaire
  • New England Health Care
  • O.K. Industries
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Periodical Services
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund
  • PMPS-ILA
  • Pocono Medical Center
  • Preferred Care, Inc.
  • Protocol Marketing Group
  • PS-ILA
  • QK/DRD (Denny's)
  • Regis Corporation
  • Reliance Standard
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc.
  • Sasnak
  • Service Employees Benefit Fund
  • Star Tek
  • Sun Belt
  • Sun Pacific Farming Coop
  • Swift Spinning
  • The Buccaneer
  • The Dixie Group, Inc.
  • The Pictsweet Co.
  • Transport Workers
  • Tri-Pak
  • UABT
  • UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust
  • UFCW Local 1262
  • UFCW Local 227
  • UFCW Maximus Local 455
  • UFT Welfare Fund
  • Uncle Julio's
  • UniFirst
  • United Group
  • Universal Forest Products
  • US Imaging
  • Vino Farms
  • Whelan Security Company

What is Section 2711 …

Basically stated Section 2711 provides that there are  “No Lifetime or Annual Limits” to Insurance Coverage under the Public Health Service Act as added by Section 1001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SEC. 1001. AMENDMENTS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT.

Subpart II—Improving Coverage

SEC. 2711. NO LIFETIME OR ANNUAL LIMITS.

(a) PROHIBITION.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage may not establish

   (A) lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary; or

   (B) except as provided in paragraph (2), annual limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary.

(2) ANNUAL LIMITS PRIOR TO 2014.—With respect to plan years beginning prior to January 1, 2014, a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage may only establish a restricted annual limit on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary with respect to the scope of benefits that are essential health benefits under section 1302(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as determined by the Secretary.

In defining the term ‘restricted annual limit’ for purposes of the preceding sentence, the Secretary shall ensure that access to needed services is made available with a minimal impact on premiums.

(b) PER BENEFICIARY LIMITS.—Subsection (a) shall not be construed to prevent a group health plan or health insurance coverage from placing annual or lifetime per beneficiary limits on specific
covered benefits that are not essential health benefits under section 1302(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to the extent that such limits are otherwise permitted under Federal or State law.’’ <Source>

Bottom line …

There is no doubt that Obamacare is an ill-conceived, job-killing tool of the far-left democrats whose legislation was crafted, in part, by special interest groups who had much to gain and/or much to lose based on the provisions of the bill. The bill was crafted behind closed doors without Republican input but with consideration of proposals offered by the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the suppliers of durable medical equipment and diagnostic testing devices. In short, the bill was corrupt and flawed from the day it was drafted.

Worse yet was the admission of legislators who claimed that they had not read the bill, nor understood all of its provisions before voting on an act that would affect a majority of American citizens. Of course, the drafters exempted members of Congress and Congressional staff members from the effects of the act.

In the final analysis, this legislation needs to be repealed and those who perpetrated this fraud on American citizens investigated and punished for their criminal actions.

And while we know that this is an unlikely scenario, we still can reform the healthcare system by eliminating the fraud, waste and mismanagement in the current system; primarily by removing insurance companies as mediators in the healthcare delivery system and to quit incentivizing them to work against their premium-paying members. Of course, the two biggest reforms that they most resist: widening the coverage pool to a nation-wide basis and tort reform, must be implemented before any meaningful and systemic cost reductions can be achieved.

We need to elect “honest brokers” to serve “We the People.” It appears that progressive democrats are responsible for this healthcare catastrophe and should bear the brunt of the scrutiny and punishment for what they have done to American citizens.

-- steve

Quote of the day …

"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." — George Orwell (Animal Farm)

Reference Links …

Approved Applications for Waiver of the Annual Limits Requirements of the PHS Act Section 2711 as of November 1, 2010


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



The fine line between propaganda and presenting the truth ... (updated)

This is too funny not to share …

It seems that the [person] who originally forwarded my e-mail as an attachment has been engaging in a dialogue with a liberal . A liberal who proposed that each person ignore proffered information and do their own research. A rather admirable position – until you learn that they obviously will not take the time to check the reference links and sources to make up their mind. Typical liberal – and an example of what patriots and rational people encounter on a daily basis.

Message with another attached OneCitizenSpeaking e-mail …

Try this one but check the reference material before judging. If you would prefer not to check the reference material, there is no point in reading the article. I respect your wishes and your friendship and your intelligence, but I thought you were willing to read another point of view.

Response …

I've got a book I'm going to bring you to read.  As soon as you read it, we'll talk.  Oh, the book is Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by (Sen.) Al Franken.  Oh, I have an idea.  Why don't you not read my book and I won't read your friend's opinion?   :-)

Final Response …

Enough [person].  My point is what makes it worth my time to spend time hearing what this person has to say.  I see none.

OneCitizenSpeaking Note:

Apparently most liberals see no reason to consider alternative sources of information when our country is obviously facing a clear and present danger of economic and social disruption from our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Original Blog Post …

There are those in America who think they have an alternate answer to everything political -- and I am not one of them. I actually take and respect our enemy’s word about their intentions and analyze both original source documents as well as comment on media reports. I look at our enemy’s actions and draw conclusions which I put in my blog.

Apparently, this is not enough for someone who took umbrage when one of my blog’s was attached to an e-mail of a reader.

Here is someone who thinks what I say should require credentials and someone to sprinkle holy water on my pronouncements before they should be accepted. Which is ludicrous. My job is to explore a concept. Your job is to consider what I have written and either accept it or refute it. For those who want to challenge me, have at it. You can do a guest article in my blog or send me an e-mail. All will be thoughtfully considered.

What I said …

As I have said on numerous occasions, I strongly believe that the old environmental movement which was based on good stewardship of our natural resources and the reduction of artificial man-made pollutants has been infiltrated by Marxists and Communists for the sole purpose of seeking funding for their political agenda and to use our own laws against us; primarily to facilitate the collapse of our capitalist society from within so that it may be replaced by a Marxist-driven new world order. <Source>

Blowback …

OMG [name removed], this is pure garbage! 

Did you see where this guy is saying all the environmental concerns are being controlled by Marxists and communists in order to bring down our capitalistic society??? 

How on earth does this reach this conclusion? 

Where does he think all these Marxists are hiding? 

Why are his statements to be believed as truthful any more that the government's? 

Please don't send stuff like this out to people -- instead encourage them to not believe anything they are being asked to believe on face value but rather do their own research and get their information firsthand from the primary sources

This is sheer propaganda and very disappointing of you!

The answer to where the Marxists are hiding is simple: look at the so-called progressives in both the democrat and republican parties. Or drop by the White House where you can find a number of them in the Obama Administration. Or check out unions like the SEIU or organizations like ACORN. They are all around you if you are willing to open your eyes.

One way I reach my conclusion is to read what the enemy is telling us; in their own words, in their own publications and on their own web sites.

As for it being propaganda … you bet! Propaganda is defined as issuing information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause. My cause is freedom! What’s yours?

Now let us consider the type of people who are involved in socialist/Marxist/Communist environmental issues and then let’s look at what the communist party has to say about environmentalism, unions, coalitions, capitalism and their goals.

It’s all there in black and white (and red), if you would care to look …

West Coast Regional Conference  2009

Climate Catastrophe and Social Change:  an Eco-Socialist Perspective

Sponsors and participating organizations:

Capitalism Nature Socialism, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Global Citizen Center, Green Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization, KPFA radio, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Socialist Action, Solidarity, West County Toxics Coalition, Women of Color Resource Center

Every region of the earth needs to face the coming dislocations of our ecologies, our economies, and our public health that global climate change is bringing. The crisis provides the greatest evidence that capitalism has failed. A socialist perspective can provide a necessary analysis of the roots of the problem. We call upon socialists, environmental activists, and working class organizations to come together to study the science, share experiences on physical mitigation and the social fight back, and to discuss the likelihood that only a socialist transformation, an extreme concentration of people power, can stop capitalism from killing the planet.

Some of the people and  programs …

Cuba’s Experience

William “Zeke” Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, executive director of the non-profit Institute for Fisheries Resources; California advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

The Science of Global Climate Change

Larry Shoup, self-employed historian and Cuba solidarity activist; taught at a number of universities and is the author of three books and numerous magazine articles; currently working on Rulers and Rebels, a book on the history of class struggle in California

Capitalism and Soil Degradation, Destruction and Formation

Joel Kovel, editor in chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism; founding member of the Ecosocialist International Net­work; author of The Enemy of Nature; with Michael Lowy, promulgated the Ecosocialist Manifesto in 2001

[Source: See for yourself the presenters and their credentials as well as some of the subjects that will be discussed.] 

And there are groups like this in every state, coalitions of academics, hardcore activists and others who espouse socialism and communism and are attempting to use environmental issues to bring about the radical transformation of the United States and a rout of capitalism in favor of socialism/communism.

Let’s ask the Communist Party of the USA what they think …

Capture11-12-2010-9.39.01 PM

Excerpts from the …

Global Warming Report to March 2008 NC [National Committee]

We make a mistake if we look at global warming by itself, separate from other crucial environmental problems, separate from issues of economics, social justice, and capitalism.

The climate change challenge leaves only three options: Mitigation (to reduce the causes) Adaptation (to adjust to the adverse affects), and Human suffering. The less mitigation and adaptation we do and the longer we delay, the more human suffering will occur. 

We Cant Profit Our Way to a Solution Much discussion of global warming blames individual consumption, and most of the solutions proposed are market solutions like the various cap-and-trade schemes, or technological fixes that will supposedly magically save us. 

We cant wait for socialism before we take action on global warming. We need a mix of governmental laws, steps that involve the market, and steps that take us past a strictly market approach. We may find some temporary allies among capitalists who expect to make money from producing solar panels, for example, even as we recognize that fundamental solutions require socialism.

This doesn't mean that Communists become advocates of profit. However, we have to be realistic about how immediate action can happen in the U.S.

There are direct human costs of capitalism, rooted in the exploitation of human labor for profit, but there are also serious environmental costs. Capitalist production, agriculture, and distribution exploit the natural resources we depend on, in an ever-speedier race to catastrophe.

We need more than minor adjustments. We need fundamental reconstruction of industry, to utilize energy more efficiently, to capture waste energy, to prevent the creation of pollution, and to use renewable energy to the maximum extent possible. We need major reorganization of our transportation systems, so that trains are used for transporting goods rather than trucks, so that affordable hybrid and electric cars are manufactured, so that mass transit is funded over more highway construction, and so that fewer goods are transported around the world in service of the cheapest wages and highest short-term profits.

Others blame population increases as the root of the problem. While restraining population increases is part of a comprehensive program, if we cut the population but continue the same economic and production systems, the crises will still happen.

Sometimes environmental problems are explained using gross averages, which conceal as much as they reveal. Comparing the carbon footprint of people in different countries conceals huge class differentials in both energy use and decision-making power. Averaging my personal energy footprint with that of Bill Gates or Donald Trump doesn't provide much useful information, but can be used to blame everyone for causing problems that only capitalists are responsible for.

In any class-divided society, the rich and powerful use their wealth and power to escape the consequences of any crisis. They place the blame and burden on workers and poor people. They profit from human suffering. They have vested interests in continuing to profit from business-as-usual.

Solutions which ignore the class divisions in society can at best only postpone the worst impacts of global warming and of an unsustainable economic system. 

The Environmental Movement solving the environmental problems confronting humanity requires broad-based, majority movements. Environmental issues connect to issues of class and race, poverty, working class power, democracy, public policy, taxation, private property rights, and many others. Part of our job is to learn and teach these connections, and to organize multi-issue coalitions which can tackle them.

Like other major problems, environmental challenges cannot be met without ending the Iraq War, because otherwise the necessary funds will not be available.

Unions are beginning to address global warming, beginning to resist attempts to place the burden of the crisis on the backs of their members and other working people, holding conferences and participating in coalitions.

There is more cooperation between unions and environmental groups, including projects such as the Apollo Alliance. The Blue-Green Alliance between the Sierra Club and the Steelworkers Union, has an advanced program to create green jobs that has already influenced the election debate.

Some environmentalists condemn the labor movement and workers in general for being backward at tackling climate change. They see workers as part of the problem, rather than seeing that workers are essential to the solutions we need.

They see changes in the climate but not political changes in mass consciousness. The working class, in the U.S. and also internationally, is the only force with the potential power to create the fundamental changes we need, the only force capable of wresting power from the corporations and wealthy.

Cuba is a beacon of environmental change. With changes already underway in agriculture, transportation, recycling, oil use, etc., Cuba provides ample proof of the potential of socialism to transform the human relationship with the natural environment. Cuba also provides evidence that the necessary changes are possible, because they have already made many of those changes.

The cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela, and between Cuba and China, are examples of ways around the world market by barter and exchange that provide real solutions rather than maximum private profit.

Our Party can help win our international movement to understand this issue. While some parties are developing a global climate change program, many do not yet even acknowledge the existence of this issue as one they need to address. Our example, by focusing on environmental crises and movements, by engaging in ideological, programmatic, and practical efforts, can be an important part of winning the international Communist movement to a better understanding of and involvement in this struggle.
What this means for the work of Communists It is a mistake to think that understanding and acting on environmental problems can be left to someone else.

But the reality is that whatever struggles we are already involved in have an environmental side, and these aspects are increasing in importance.
Environmental issues are part of most major electoral battles, and will play bigger roles in the future.

Other aspects of our role include getting our organizations to include tackling global warming and other environmental demands in their programs, explaining the links between environmental issues and other issues to the people we work with, explaining the ways in which the capitalist system is ultimately unable to solve global warming, and building coalitions that include environmental organizations and demands.

<Source>

Bottom line …

There are many useful idiots in government, academia, in the media and in industry who will come to the aid of socialists and communists for the purposes of advancing their own self-gain. They do not see the damage they are doing to our nation because they are preoccupied with amassing personal power, prestige and profits. The fact that evildoers are operating under there nose is of little concern.

To the writer who condemned me and suggested that everyone should do their own research, they are only demonstrating that they are woefully ignorant of human nature – as most people will not take the time, effort and money it requires to research the writings of those who would enslave us in a marxist society.

What can I say? Given the choice of living and working in a people’s paradise like Cuba or Venezuela, I choose the United States of America with its personal freedoms and opportunity to pursue one’s dreams unfettered by a government ruled by so-called “elites.”

Without debating the scientific merits of the global warming hypothesis, which I have done in a number of blog entries, suffice it to say: either we defeat Marxism/Socialism/Communism or it defeats us.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

flag

P.S. Check out for yourself who the Apollo Alliance is and what they believe. Think of it as homework for an inquiring mind.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Once again, scientific reports are altered to support a political narrative ...

The government continues to attempt to justify political actions based on “peer reviewed” science, with the public not understanding that they are being manipulated by politicians.

First, it is important to understand the “peer review” process.

A proposed paper is reviewed for clarity and obvious technical errors by fellow scientists who have a working knowledge of the subject matter. This is part of the pre-publication process to weed out obvious defects in the paper to be published.

These “peer” scientists do not express an opinion on the validity of the research or the merits of the presentation. They are simply well-informed copy editors who point out obvious mistakes and areas where the writing is ambiguous and unclear.

The “peer review” process has been severely compromised in the past by allowing the public to believe that the “peers” are actually endorsing the reviewed scientists findings. In addition, at least with respect to global warming papers in formerly well-respected journals, some editors appear to have refused to allow certain papers with an opposing viewpoint from being published.

And second, it is important to understand that the portrayal of results can be not-so-subtlety influenced by the sponsors of the research. In the case of papers whose researchers appear to have been funded by institutions linked to energy companies, the cry of bias is often heard. Never mentioning that the overwhelming amount of research is funded by individual states and the federal government which often uses such research to justify public policy leading to enlarged government, increased taxes and the loss of personal freedoms – such as the right to purchase and use certain types of lightbulbs, toilets and vehicles.

An example of government misstatement and misdirection for political purposes …

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Interior notes …

“The Office of Inspector General (OIG) completed its investigation into the allegation that senior U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) officials, in an effort to help justify their decision to impose a 6-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, misrepresented that the moratorium was reviewed and supported by a group of scientists and industry experts.”

Spinning the story for political advantage …

“The scientists and industry experts who peer reviewed the safety recommendations contained in the 30-Day Report to the President, relative to deepwater drilling operations in the Outer Continental Shelf, expressed concern that the Executive Summary to the 30-Day Report which
contained a policy decision by the Secretary of the Interior to recommend a 6-month
moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling - was worded in a manner that implied that the experts had also peer reviewed and supported this policy decision.”

The major point being that the “peer review” process is more than an editorial procedure and implies that the peer reviewers accepted, vetted and supported the information which was presented for peer review … which is far from the truth.

When the truth was revealed in a report…

All DOI officials interviewed stated that it was not their intention to imply that the
moratorium had been peer reviewed by the experts
, and that when the experts' concern was brought to their attention, they promptly issued an apology to the experts via conference call, letter, and personal meeting.”

Where, might I ask, is the apology to the American people for the Obama Administration’s misdirection and the cure for the damage caused by the Administration to those already suffering from what was characterized as the “worst environmental disaster” in history? And it appears that the government was willing to place the costs of an improper moratorium on BP – to further suck money out of a publicly-owned corporation. Made more so shocking as it was BP who participated in the writing of Obama’s cap-and-trade initiative and spent millions supporting far-left democrats and their causes.

Of course, it was all a mistake: no harm, no foul …

“While the 30-Day Report's Executive Summary could have been more clearly worded, the Department has not definitively violated the IQA [Information Quality Act].”

“For example, the recommendation for a moratorium is not contained in the safety report itself. Furthermore, the Executive Summary does not indicate that the peer reviewers approved any of the Report's recommendations.”

“The Department also appears to have adequately remedied the IQA concerns by communicating directly with the experts, offering a formal apology, and publicly clarifying the nature of the peer review.”

Of course, there was no indication that the peer reviewers approved any of the Report’s recommendations … that was the misdirection and misperception that was allowed to hang in the air.

And in other matters: conflicts of interest and fairness issues …

Again, from the Department of the Interior’s  Inspector General …

“Fish and Wildlife Division Fails to Address Conflicts of Interest, Fairness Issues”

“We performed this inspection after a hotline complaint alleged inconsistencies in the
Division's grants management practices.”

“Our inspection confirmed a failure to address conflicts of interest, as well as a lack of
objectivity and fairness in certain grant proposal review sessions
. We also confirmed an insufficient separation of duties regarding the Chief s Account. In addition, we  discovered that the Division has been using funds from its general appropriation to cover grant program costs in excess of those allowed by legislation. Our Office of General Counsel has determined this administrative practice to be improper.”

“These findings may reflect an underlying systemic problem. As a result of inadequate
safeguards, the Division's structure, policies, and control environment all failed to prevent or detect the deficiencies discussed in this report.”

Of course, the use of the term “improper” is mild when considered against the possibility that a fraud was committed against “We the People,” the taxpayers who fund all government operations and grants.

Bottom line …

As I have said on numerous occasions, I strongly believe that the old environmental movement which was based on good stewardship of our natural resources and the reduction of artificial man-made pollutants has been infiltrated by Marxists and Communists for the sole purpose of seeking funding for their political agenda and to use our own laws against us; primarily to facilitate the collapse of our capitalist society from within so that it may be replaced by a Marxist-driven new world order.

From global warming, where institutions and scientists have received BILLIONS of dollars worth of grants and subsidies in order to allow corrupt politicians to pursue anti-America public policies in return for campaign contributions and voter support, to public policies which restrict industrial development and the production of foodstuffs to ostensibly protect small fish, rats, birds and butterflies .. the entire process has been corrupted by those who are wielding unaccountable, untraceable and unattributed foundation-funding to devolve the United States into chaos, confusion and bankruptcy.

As these reports show, we must be extremely vigilant when it comes to public policies which enlarge the size of government, increase taxes and further reduce our dwindling personal liberties. We must challenge, possibly at great cost, those who use pseudo-science and misleading reports to justify their political agenda.

But most of all, we need to bring a halt to the dishonestly in government; mostly from ideologically corrupt democrats and complacent republicans. It appears that there are “progressive democrats”  like Senator Chuck Schumer and  John Kerry as well as “progressiverepublicans” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who are willing to support “progressive” causes which places America and Americans at a great disadvantage with respect to their government.

All part of the same progressive program of supporting faux medical reform to support governmental control over individuals, faux regulatory reform to support governmental control over both individual and corporate finances, faux-science to support governmental control over the energy sector – and by extension our entire economy and faux concern for human rights which supports an invasion of America by foreign nationals with an allegiance to a foreign sovereign power.

We need honest brokers to support “We the People.” Something that we do not find in California and many of the one-party democrat-run states. We need to start holding these politicians accountable for their actions; possibly beyond voting them out of office – by prosecuting their criminal and/or treasonous actions where deserved.

Let’s decide to make a difference. Not selling out the Tea Party Movement to key politicians or former politicians who are trying to take advantage of the public’s indignation with the current status quo in order to seek funding and support for their political agenda.

Time to wake up and take back our government from those who are harming America and American citizens. From pumping billions of dollars into foreign dictators and economies to those who are pumping undeserved profits into the executives of financial institutions who produce absolutely nothing of value for Americans. And perhaps we should return to a time when “Buy American” is the watchword. Making sure that much of our spending is reserved for America. If Japan, Germany and others want to pay for American-based troops and/or protection, let them pay to subsidize the bases and personnel. No more freebies to buy cooperation and government photo-ops.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Department of the Interior, Inspector General

Department Officials Did Not Violate IQA, But Offer Apology

Fish and Wildlife Division Fails to Address Conflicts of Interest, Fairness Issues


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Veterans Day 2010: Remembering our troops and traitor Jane Fonda ...

Honoring our troops on today’s Veterans Day …

Capture11-10-2010-8.06.22 PM

   Lest we not forget …

Jane Fonda, American Traitor …

As we go about our daily tasks, let us for a moment consider the service of  Senator John McCain, a prisoner of war who suffered terribly at the hands of our enemy while just mere miles away a far-left liberal, Jane Fonda, laughed and sat on an anti-aircraft gun as she called our American troops “war criminals.” 

 Capture10-31-2008-10.44.40 AM

Aside from visiting villages, hospitals, schools, and factories, Fonda also posed for pictures in which she was shown applauding North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners, was photographed peering into the sights of an NVA anti-aircraft artillery launcher, and made ten propagandistic Tokyo Rose-like radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military
leaders as "war criminals."
She also spoke with eight American POWs at a carefully arranged "press conference," POWs who had been tortured by their North Vietnamese captors to force them to meet with Fonda, deny they had been tortured, and decry the American war effort. <Source>

And an accounting which is not complete …

For some as yet unexplained reason, John McCain approved legislation which has kept Americans from getting a complete accounting of our MIAs from Viet Nam.

The legislation insured that “… the Defense Department is not obligated to tell the public about prisoners believed alive in captivity and what efforts are being made to rescue them. It only has to notify the White House and the intelligence committees in the Senate and House. The committees are forbidden under law from releasing such information.” For those who wish to read an interesting article on McCain’s efforts to prevent a full and complete accounting of MIAs, it can be found at “ The War Secrets Sen. John McCain Hides: Former POW Fights Public Access To POW/MIA Files.”

Bottom line …

Our nation and each citizen owes a unpayable debt to those who risk life and limb to protect our right to prosper or protest in complete freedom from a totalitarian government.

If you see a soldier in uniform, thank them for their service – especially since it is completely voluntary. If you see a veteran down on his luck, extend a helping hand.

Do not let our people and our government forget the sacrifice made by our troops.

Do not let those who would denigrate and demean our military go unchallenged.

Do not let the media spin a story that is contemptuous of those who protect our freedom without pointing out that it may have been the actions relatively few individuals involved and they do not represent the military.

And, no matter what the spin, you are not a private citizen exercising your “free speech rights” when you give aid and comfort to America’s enemies by making propaganda announcements --  you are a traitor.

Most of all, tell those in the far-left who are openly anti-military and anti-America where to step off. <insert strong language message here>

Glitterribbon7    -- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS