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I read a sad little story today about a former Homeless Shelter Case Worker who is going through some hard times. Seems that after 99 weeks of Unemployment Bennies – she still cannot find a job even with 17 years experience. And she has to pay for COBRA to the tune of $650 per month. And she is having to dip into her 401K next month if something miraculous does not happen.

At first one would be compassionate and think “Oh. How sad and her Mommy is in the story as well!”. But on reflection and further perusal of the “iReport”, the compassion seems to bleed from my brain.

This particular case is indicative of the mindset of some American Citizens. On reading the article we see that she is paying $300 per month for storage for the furniture that cannot fit in her new apartment:

And then there’s the storage fee of $300 she pays for all her excess furniture from her old apartment.

Word of advice: Sell it. If it is excess, you don’t need it. More

Arizona legal defense fund

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is taking a novel approach to defending the state’s controversial new immigration law: She’s set up a website to solicit donations for a legal defense fund.

The site, www.keepazsafe.com, asks supporters of the law to contribute to its defense. Brewer, a Republican, created a separate fund in May to pay for outside legal counsel for the law, which has already been challenged by opponents.

“It’s amazing to see just how many folks across the country are supportive,” Brewer said in a statement. “The pouring in of hundreds of unsolicited donations since the end of April, speaks volumes about how important securing our border is to citizens across America.”

The law, enacted in April, requires a police officer to determine a person’s immigration status if they are stopped, detained or arrested and there is “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally. Opponents have argued that the law could lead to profiling.

One question the website doesn’t answer: Whether a donation to the defense fund can be written off for tax purposes. “The State of Arizona provides no opinion as to whether donations to the Border Security and Immigration Legal Defense fund are deductible for federal income tax purposes,” the site reads. “A donor may wish to consult a tax professional for advice.”

(Posted by John Fritze)

Not 1 More Acre! Colorado fights back against Army invasion

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Not 1 More Acre!
PO Box 773
Trinidad, Colorado  810802news@not1moreacre.net

 
Our three separate and equal branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial —  absolutely oppose any aspect of expansion at Piñon Canyon.   
 
“If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the
military.”         
                                                                                              President Harry Truman 

He wrote, “a belief that it is OK to condescend to civilians is breeding a ‘culture of contempt’ for those not in uniform. It has really become a pandemic in the Army.”
                                                                                              COL Andrew Bacevich (RET)

Fort Carson, critics fight over heavier Pinon use

The Pueblo Chieftain
Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010

By PETER ROPER | proper@chieftain.com

   Fort Carson will be sending two battalions of the 4th Infantry Division to the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in August for several weeks of training – signaling an Army effort to increase its use of the 238,000-acre training ground, even as critics argue that effort defies a U.S. federal court ruling last year. More

The”Ruthie Report” with special guest “Ruthie”!

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THE INTERNET MUST REMAIN FREE

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By Chuck Baldwin
June 29, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

 “And as far as objectionable material being available to children is concerned, this is what parents are for! Good grief! It is bad enough that the federal government has turned into Big Brother; are we going to allow it to become Big Momma and Big Daddy as well?”____________

The Internet is abuzz with news that a US Senate committee has approved a bill that apparently gives the President authority to shut down the Internet. According to TechWorld.com, “A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.”

The report continues by saying, “The bill, introduced earlier this month [by Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Thomas Carper, D-Delaware], would establish a White House Office for Cyberspace Policy and a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, which would work with private US companies to create cybersecurity requirements for the electric grid, telecommunications networks and other critical infrastructure.”

See the report here.

A PrisonPlanet.com report says this about the bill: “President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday [June 24] and now moves to the floor. More

PROPERTY RIGHTS DEFINED:The substantial value of property

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“The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.””

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In a “Fifth Amendment” treatise by State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders (12/10/97), he writes:

“Property “is defined by (Washington) state law. Board of Regents v. Roth, 408 U.S. 564, 92 S. Ct. 2701, 2709, 33 L. Ed. 2d 548 (1972). Our state, and most other states, define property in an extremely broad sense.”

“Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.”

Ackerman v. Port of Seattle, 55 Wn.2d 400, 409, 348 P.2d 664 (1960) (quoting from Spann v. City of Dallas, 111 Tex. 350, 355, 235 S.W. 513, 19 A.L.R. 1387 (1921)).

And further, Justice Sanders states: More

USDA – New laws for meat packers

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The proposed rule is available from the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as www by clicking on “Federal Register.”
 Source: usda.com

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to begin rulemaking next week that very well could lead to “the most aggressive” remodeling of the Packers & Stockyards Act (PSA) since it was created in 1921.

The rule will be published on June 22 and will be directed toward making sure that the marketplace is fair and transparent and rewards contract growers and livestock producers for investment, labor and producing high-quality livestock and poultry, Vilsack said during a teleconference with trade reporters.
The rule, which is required by the 2008 Farm Bill and by the PSA itself, will provide a 60-day comment period.
Much of the rule addresses the consolidation and integration of production that Vilsack implicated has damaged the vibrancy of farming and rural communities.
Vilsack emphasized that the changes proposed in the rule are designed to protect producers and would prohibit packers from engaging in practices that USDA believes are anticompetitive if not collusive, such as favoring certain-sized producers and packer-to-packer buying.
In particular, the proposed rule will require that contracts be publicly available so producers entering into contracts can determine if they’re receiving terms that are consistent across substrates such as a region or an industry itself or fundamentally different from contracts offered other parties.
Vilsack said the issues that the rule addresses are not so much about demand and supply but for whom demand and supply “is working.” He said it’s about level playing fields so those who “work hard have a shot at success.”
He also emphasized that there are “a number of great companies” in the livestock packing and poultry industry “that do the right thing,” and the rule won’t really change how they conduct business. It’s the companies that don’t “play by the rules” that will be affected, he said.

Asia’s seed laws – Control over farmers’ seeds

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A new collaborative Briefing, written by GRAIN and published by PANAP (Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific), takes a close look at seed laws in the Asia region. It comprises one of the PANAP Rice Sheets under its Save Our Rice campaign. While the Briefing mentions rice-related laws and some policies of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the collaborators are keen to show the bearing that these have on seed laws in general, and the wider consequences of seed laws on traditional varieties and farmers’ freedoms. More

“LIBERTY IN AMERICA: IS TIME RUNNING OUT?”

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WEDNESDAY – JUNE 30TH – 8:00AM to 9:00AM EST
TELECONFERENCE ON LEADERSHIP FOR LIBERTY ACTIVISTS
 
For more information – Contact: Mark Ryan msryan@nycap.rr.com
 
 
THURSDAY – JULY 1ST – 7:00PM
REPUBLICAN LT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE TO BE VETTED IN COLUMBIA CO
 
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Pony up, Cattlemen!

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By Debbie Coffey Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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When I first heard the term “grazing lease” I assumed the lease was for grazing.

After hearing that the Bureau of Land Management will be rounding up the wild horses in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (California and Nevada) because there’s not enough water for them, I looked at the BLM Eagle Lake (California) Field Office website and noticed the projects they had listed.

I was surprised to see grazing lease transfers. You can transfer (give) your grazing lease to somebody else, and then THEY can transfer (give) it to somebody else. However, the “somebodys” aren’t always people or ranches.

I saw a couple of ranches like 3-Dot Ranch and 5-Dot Land & Cattle, then (right when I thought I was seeing spots before my eyes) I happened to see Project number CA-350-2009-33 for the North Fort Sage Allotment and Winter Range, NV. This was a grazing lease transfer from V&B Liability to Vidler LLC to Jared Brackenbury (whose name was misspelled). I couldn’t find any information about V&B Liability, but it sounds like it might be an insurance company.

Why would an insurance company need a grazing permit? Anyhow, whoever they are, they transferred the grazing permit to Vidler LLC, which is Vidler Water Company.

George Knapp of www.8newsnow.com wrote of Vidler Water Company “the huge operation they’ve put together in western states, including Nevada, has come to rival entire governments, both in expertise and resources.” More

Ken Salazar “Doctors” Evidence on Wild Horses AND Oil

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In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch – author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

The Lies Never Cease

Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Ken Salazar’s crooked and corrupt Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to run out of control while it lies, deceives and kills off our publicly owned wild horses as Salazar’s deceitful nature is clearly exposed in the Gulf Oil crisis.

Salazar and his henchman Bob Abbey defy science and facts as they sweep across the western plains capturing every wild horse they can find while they lie to the public that there are hundreds remaining when observers only note dozens.  Behind locked gates they sterilize, geld and kill wild horses to ensure that they will die out as distinguishable herds and breeds.  Almost 150 horses have died at the hands of the BLM since the conclusion of their last roundup, alone.  Flipping off the tax paying public has become a common practice of the corrupt BLM.

Now Salazar turns his dead eyes and blank stare to the Gulf of Mexico as he, once again, ignores the advice of experts and then carries it a step further and lies about their findings to the entire world.  But this time a Federal Judge catches him with his pants down.

Isn’t it time that the criminal action of an Obama appointee be brought to a close?  Can we not inject sanity into the management of our country’s precious natural treasures?  Or is everything wild and natural destined to die before the onslaught of the Obama political juggernaut.  Where is the change we were promised, where is that “animal friendly” administration?

All I see is death, destruction and ruin.  I want our “natural” country back!

BLM data appears to be falsified: Arial headcount shows most herds have been zeroed out

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By: Craig Downer

 

Report on Flight from Truckee Airport (CA) passing over various mountain ranges and valleys to the Owyhee Wild Horse Herd Management Area (whhma), Rock Creek whhma, and Little Humboldt whhma.  (Ill. w/ digital photos taken on flight.)

Elko District, Bureau of Land Management, North Central Nevada, ca. 80 miles NW of Elko. Note: wh is abbreviation for wild horse(s)

Flight realized on Monday, June 21, 2010, Summer solstice.

Dates of report preparation 6/24-25/2010. 

Background: Three whhma’s encompass > 482,000 acres of which 336,262 acres are in the Owyhee whhma, 102,638 acres in the Rock Creek whhma and 15,734 acres in the Little Humboldt whhma.  Northern portions of the Owyhee whhma occur in the Columbia Plateau physiographic region, but most are in the Great Basin physiographic region.  Drought and lack of forage due to fires are being cited by BLM officials as reasons for the drastic reduction of these wild horse herds. BLM plans to gather 1,548 wild horses (the currently estimated total population) and to put back only 399, or which 195 would be PZPed mares with 2-year sterilization effects.  This works out to leaving one wild horse per 1,200+ acres – an extreme marginalizing of this species by any standard and very contrary to the “principal” presence mandate of the Wild Horse Act.  More

Gasland: The Movie

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Welcome To GASLAND

About the film

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012. To host a public screening in your community please click here. The DVD will be on sale in December 2010.

Why Worry About Something You Can’t Do Anything About?

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J.Speer-Williams (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Is it true that our world has suffered with so much unspeakable destruction, misery, and death because so many of us have had, and do have, perhaps, the mother of all negative and apathetic attitudes:Why worry about something you can’t do anything about?

Is this attitude resulting in the forfeiture of our God-gifted and sovereign free-will?

Have too many of us lost so much free-will, through apathy and ignorance, we can only add to the wide consensus of negative free-will, or exercise no free-will at all?

Must we have some free-will left in order to use it in a positive fashion?

Ranging from slow to fast, and even faster, all of our emotions, attitudes and everything in our physical existence vibrates with its own unique frequency signature; which proves all of our materiality and emotions are energy of one kind or the other. More

Beef Checkoff declares independence

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By Alan Guebert / Columnist | Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:30 pm

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In a toughly worded statement last week, the executive committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the group created by Congress to collect and oversee the $1-per-head beef checkoff, served notice that it strongly backed the independence of the Federation of State Beef Councils in the debate over the checkoff’s future.

“The Federation,” noted the CBB “should be separate from any policy organization… The checkoff is owned by, and responsible to, all producers and importers, and no specific organization.”

The declaration of independence was aimed directly at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. For almost two years NCBA has been designing and debating a massive “governance” plan to pull state beef councils under its meatpacker-dominated umbrella.

Several state councils, who, by law, control 50 percent of all checkoff funds (the Cattlemen’s Beef Board controls the other half), view the plan as little more than a NCBA grab for a chunk of the $80 million or so per year checkoff. More

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