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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Approves Constitution Changes to Seek Jurisdiction over Skagit County

We received this press release from Marty Loesch regarding the recent May 23 Swinomish Constitutional Amendment vote.  (Mr. Loesch was the principal architect of the “What’s Upstream” campaign as well.) Unsurprisingly, it passed a vote of the Swinomish membership. The press release does not address the off-reservation jurisdictional and territorial claims in any way, either in the March Point area or elsewhere. Mr. Loesch’s press release only repeats the partially true statement from prior Regional Director Speaks that this Constitutional Amendment alone cannot change the actual reservation boundaries (with respect to March’s Point), which is true insofar as this  is the first of two process steps by which that would happen. The Secretary of the Interior now has 45 days within which to approve or reject the Constitutional Amendment, after which I believe there are 30 days in which an aggrieved party must file an appeal. ~ Will Honea

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 22, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Paul Driessen, co-author of “Cracking Big Green,” on Earth Day and Science Week. What is Earth Day really about? What’s behind the March for Science, Peoples Climate Movement, and Green Energy Poverty? The EPA has recently added the Rusty Patched Bumblebee to the endangered species list. What does that mean for plans to Making America Great Again? And, was this a positive move for America and the Rusty Patched Bumblebee?

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Earth Day vs. Green Energy Poverty; Which Event and Who Truly Speaks for the Poor?

Green Energy Poverty Week A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss. ~ Paul Driessen April 22 is Earth Day, the March for Science and Lenin’s birthday (which many say is appropriate, since environmentalism is now green on the outside and red, anti-free enterprise on the inside). April 29 will feature the People’s Climate March. Both will likely feature their debate style: rants, riots and disruption. The Climate March website says these forces of “The Resistance” intend to show President Trump they will fight his hated energy agenda every step of the way. Science March organizers say they won’t tolerate anyone who tries to “skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science.” After eight years of government policies that killed jobs and economic growth – and skewed, ignored, misused, obstructed, vilified and persecuted science and scientists that strayed from alarmist talking points, to advance a climate chaos, anti-fossil fuel, anti-growth agenda – that piety is arrogant hypocrisy. But their theater of the absurd gets worse. Some March for Science leaders were outraged that the recent MOAB bomb dropped on ISIS terrorists shows “how science is weaponized against marginal people.” The rhetoric also recalls the annual Earth Hour, …

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Shifting Gears – How to Restore Real Science vs. Faux Science Consensus?

Real science must guide policy Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels. ~ Paul Driessen All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with man-made climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease.  A recent US House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change showcased this. Testimony by climate scientists Drs. John Christy, Judith Curry and Roger Pielke, Jr. contrasted sharply with that of Dr. Michael Mann. Christy noted that Congress and the public have been getting biased analyses and conclusions that begin with and attempt to confirm the belief that human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions drive climate change. He said government should “organize and fund credible ‘Red Teams’ that look at issues …

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee ~ A Pandora’s Box for Property Development

Off to a bumbling start at Interior If this is the kind of housecleaning and swamp draining we’re going to get, we’re in real trouble. ~ Paul Driessen Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him? Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one?  Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly-issued Obama Administration regulations? Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order. The designation has serious adverse implications for Mr. Trump’s ambitious plans for infrastructure improvements, economic growth, job creation, and reining in regulatory abuse and overreach. Already, officials in the Minneapolis area have delayed a road construction project – purportedly near a patch of …

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Q1 2017 State of the Nation – Dr. Robert Patton

If you are from Whatcom County, or have been a frequent listener to Saturday Morning Live on KGMI/790 AM, likely you know a little about Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton. Dr. Patton is a financial adviser and puts out a quarterly financial report that he shares with the public. The first quarter for 2017 is already in and the results have some stunning numbers along with a strong dose of reality for the American public to digest. The links below will familiarize those of you who do not know Dr. Patton’s credentials, his financial report on the U.S. Economy for the first quarter of 2017, and how the nation voted for change in America. Enjoy Dr. Patton’s fiscal analysis of Q1-2017 and his wise words for all of us to take heed to.   

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Guest Editorial: The Social Cost of Carbon Regulations

The social cost of carbon regulations Anti-fossil fuel SCC relies on garbage models, ignores carbon benefits and hurts the poor ~ by Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek “If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen agree. The UN Development Program also calls energy “central to poverty reduction.” And International Energy Agency Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol notes that “coal is raising living standards and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.” In fact, all fossil fuels are doing so. Indeed, fossil fuels created the modern world and the housing, transportation, other technologies and living standards so many of us take for granted. They are essential for electricity and life, and over the past 250 years they more than doubled average life expectancy in countries that took advantage of them. But the Obama Administration and radical environmentalists despise fossil fuels and used every tactic they could devise to eliminate them. One of their most important schemes was the “social cost of carbon.” Federal agencies …

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Mountain States Legal Foundation Coming to Whatcom County – Feb. 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2016 Contact: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest 360-739 6473, info@commonthreadsnw.org Common Threads Northwest Speaker Series Presents Mr. William (Perry) Pendley President, Mountain States Legal Foundation Fighting for Whatcom Jobs and Property – Legal Options  February 9th, 2017 7-9:30pm, Meridian High School Auditorium 194 West Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 Doors open at 6:30pm Are you concerned about the local economy, your job, your property values, your family’s future?  You should be. Did you know Whatcom County is the least affordable place to live in Washington based on wages to cost of living ratios? Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Did you know that over the last year, the County Council: Lost a State Supreme Court case due to bad planning? Placed a moratorium on building due to that failure? Ignored hundreds of concerned citizens’ pleas for help? Planned for dense urban clusters to cram in residences? Planned to stop growth and close industries at Cherry Point? Sat back and allowed the DNR to annex County property? Was driven by well-resourced special interest groups? Why? Simple, the Council doesn’t represent the County, it represents Bellingham. And its disastrous actions may devastate our economy: County property will be …

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Dairy Farmers to Request Help from Conservation District to Pay Lummi Tribe – $150k

Update on today’s story Gerald Baron has requested some corrections and clarifications to this posting, so I have posted this with Mr. Baron’s approval: The grant request to the Whatcom Conservation District board meeting tonight, comes from the Lummi Indian Business Council The grant request amount is for $150,000.00, not $180,000.00 The grant request will be used to fulfill a portion of the remaining $539,700.00 from the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed on Jan. 6th, 2017, for the purpose to establish a Portage Bay Recovery Fund, as a joint effort to raise additional funds from mostly public sources, to compensate shellfish harvesters harmed by the closures, and to aid in recovering shellfish beds None of the $150,000.00 will be paid to the original 7 Farmers who signed the MOA Request of the grant funds to come from this state program: Conservation District Board Members will be asked Thursday evening, Jan. 12th to vote in favor of the Conservation District giving the 7 Farmers who signed the Agreement with the Lummi Tribe, a GRANT of $150,000.00 to help pay for the $450,000.00 GOOD FAITH payment due the Lummi Tribe upon signing the agreement.  Taxpaying citizens of Whatcom County and Washington State that …

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States Rights vs. Tribal Rights ~ What Difference Does it Make Now?

With the recent events regarding the Washington State Supreme Court, exempt private-wells, moratoriums on permitting for properties requiring exempt well for potable water, and property rights violations in general…Elaine Willman, author and of Cherokee heritage herself, shares her extensive insight on how our local, state, and federal governments have failed to study and understand the details of this complicated issue. Elaine had granted Liberty Road the rights to publish her article. Part One of her article was published in the LaConnor Weekly. Part Two will be published next week. Liberty Road has published both parts for our readers and followers, here. Are Your Elected Officials Forsaking You? By Elaine Willman, MPA* Let’s get one thing clear:  Tribal governments do not create Federal Indian Policy. The Executive Branch, Congress and the Courts do. Tribal government officials, lobbyists and legal counsels of 567 tribes have been heavily persuasive with our elected officials at every level of government, but tribes do not make federal/state law. The people you and I elect to every level of office make abundant decisions to benefit Indian tribes, generally to the direct harm of the state citizens served. As example, there were approximately 270 bills in Congress for …

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