Opinions

How Do You Say…Follow the Money???

As the campaign’s ramp-up into high gear, the PDC reflects some interesting information on who’s pushing for the status-quo to continue in Washington. As many of my readers know, there has been a great deal of damage done to the Ag Forest Industry, our State and Federal National Forests are dying of neglect, and wildfires have decimated many wildlife and human shelters. Peter Goldman, Director and Managing Attorney for the Washington Forest Law Center, is heavily funding the campaign of Hilary Franz, a deep earth ecology – extremist. All of Peter Goldman’s connections are heavily connected to deep pockets, of deep earth environmental extremists who will continue to decimate our state and national forests, through the rewilding projects, of The Rewilding Institute. As of October 1, 2016, Peter Goldman, of the WA Forest Law Center, (WFLC) contributed $110,000, or 64% of the $171,362 Independent Expenditures (IE) “Citizens for our Forest, our Future for Hilary Franz”. He is the most prolific litigator against the Dept. of Natural Resources, and single-handedly cost the tax payers, private landowners, and trust beneficiaries, millions in lost revenues and legal fees. The WFLC is a subsidiary and more than 50% controlled by the $45 m Earthjustice in San Francisco California. Their slogan is “Because …

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Green Pixie Dust

Green pixie dust energy policies Democrats fight climate change with renewable pixie dust, while rest of world burns fossil fuels… ~ Paul Driessen “There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new Census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt misinformed Americans, as he launched the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate September 26. In reality, Obama era economic growth has been an anemic 1-2% annually. More than 93 million working-age Americans are still not working, and over 6 million are working part-time, because their hours have been cut back or they cannot find full-time positions. We’re creating private sector jobs by turning four high-pay full-time jobs with good benefits into six lower-pay part-time positions with few or no benefits. Average middle class family incomes are still lower than in 2007. The primary reasons: the world’s third highest top marginal corporate income tax rate (38.9%); a $1.9-trillion-per-year federal regulatory burden, equal to all individual and corporate taxes collected by the federal government in 2015; and an administration obsessed with “dangerous manmade climate change” and replacing reliable, affordable fossil fuels with expensive, mandated, subsidized “green” energy. Hillary Clinton …

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Saturday Morning Live for October 1, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews local resident, Gary Giles, the Modern Griot (historian) about his one-man-show, We Shall Not Sleep. Mr. Giles will tell the listeners about a boy growing up in Philadelphia to the man he is today…how his life has led him to share the lives of three historical figures…three historical figures of Black History…Frederick Douglas, William Still, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (Gary Giles sings, Make Them Hear You). Also joining the conversation is Pastor Cara Tanis, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, to share the joint venture between St. John’s Lutheran and First Congregational United Church of Christ, on a journey of love and understanding for humanity and spiritual renewal in our community. Also on today’s program, Kris has invited Paul Driessen to share an important piece of Federal legislation that is creeping its way through the Halls of Congress. A bill which, unknown to you, will rob you of your right of property and water and place it into the hands of the United Nations and Native American Tribes. The bill is S.2012, and Paul will share it’s potential to deny people their constitutional right to property and Western State water law.

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Last Night at Council…

Due to the lateness of the Council meeting and my obligations to get work done for paying customers, this will be a quick-post of video taken at last night’s meeting. It was a late night for those of us who showed up to speak at the Public Hearing held at Council Chambers, to comment on their proposed ordinances to implement another 60 day Emergency Moratorium and a six-month moratorium, against fossil fuel exports (and more) at the Cherry Point industries. Lorraine took a lot of notes as I shot short videos of the comments made during last night’s hearing. The audience was made-up of a fairly even split of people who were for and against the proposed moratorium…but most of the video I shot was of the pro-moratorium speakers, because I believe they’re more educational and entertaining. It’s important that the people who live and work here understand what happens every two weeks at these County Council meetings. Because you trust that your representative is there to look out for you, and because they’re there to represent you, you often choose not to attend these meetings while at work, or after your long day at work. No one blames you for the need to be with family and friends. …

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S.2012 … A United Nations and Tribal Takeover?

Hidden provisions in congressional energy bills undermine America’s water and property rights ~ by Lawrence Kogan A UN and tribal takeover? A massive 792-page Senate Energy Committee bill threatens to authorize federal bureaucrats to cede extensive control over western state water and property rights, energy development and forest management to Native American tribes, local UN sustainability councils and radical environmentalist groups. Certain provisions could undermine the foundations of our nation from within our nation. S.2012, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, incorporates some 393 amendments. Incredibly, it is being driven forward by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and other members of Congress behind closed doors. Probably very few have read the bill in its entirety. Virtually none understand its likely impacts on western and other rural land, water and property rights, potentially throughout America, or on the families and communities whose lives will be upended. This secretive approach – with no opportunities for meaningful public examination or comment, even by those who will be most affected – is almost unprecedented. It could well become another example of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” But numerous people will have to live with …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 24, 2016 ~ 2016 Candidate Interview Series

Host Kris Halterman will interview two candidates for the upcoming November 2016 election ballot. The host first interview is with Steve McLaughlin, candidate for Washington State Public Lands Commissioner. The second interview is with Michael Waite, candidate for Washington State Treasurer. Each candidate has been informed to expect any questions related to the position they are running for from the host. Sept. 24th – 8:10 AM – 8:25 AM         Stephen McLaughlin / WA State Public Lands Comm.           mclaugsa@yahoo.com  Sept. 24th – 8:35 AM – 8:50 AM         Michael Waite / WA State Treasurer                                    mw@hiremichaelwaite.com 

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Another Breach of Trust from a Government Agency.

I would like to say I am shocked and surprised, but in the current government agency environment, the old adage of why ask for permission when you can just say you are sorry later seems to have taken a good hold on our federal agencies. For years I have heard farmers and ranchers speculate about answering Census questions and filing reports with government agencies. Because 75% of farming is still small (less than $50,000 in gross sales) and family owned, government reporting contains personal information about the individuals involved. It appears their concerns were justified. Now that the cow is out of the barn, EPA will not be able to undo the damage of private information already released but hopefully due to a recent ruling from the 8th Circuit Court, they will not continue to release private information. ~ Lorraine Newman Below is a report from Ag News Wire concerning CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) reports filed with EPA and the Circuit Court decision: “The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 17, 2016

During the first segment of today’s program, host Kris Halterman, will interview candidate for Governor of Washington State, Bill Bryant. Next up, Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, will share the details of the new Greenways Levy IV and EMS Levy, to be voted on in this November’s General Election, with host Kris Halterman and guest Glen Morgan.

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Saturday Morning Live Sept. 10, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview; Jacob Deschenes, Ed Kilduff, and Todd Hausman, from SAVE on their new project, Growing the Economy with Raspberry Pi. and how the Maker Movement is set to expand economic business and employment opportunities in America.

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Saturday Morning Live Sept. 3, 2016

Best of Show: Host Kris Halterman has invited Keith Willnauer, Whatcom County Assessor, to talk about his settlement with the BP Refinery to reassess their refinery properties at Cherry Point. This show first aired on Aug. 20th, 2016…

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