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Theory Conspiracies, or Early Warnings?

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Appearing in today’s news:

Two California state senators announced Friday that they will hold hearings to probe what caused the San Bruno natural gas explosion and how such a disaster can be prevented in the future.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — California regulators are ordering Pacific Gas and Electric to survey all its natural gas lines in the state in the wake of a devastating suburban San Francisco blast that killed at least four.

Too little? Certainly too late!

Last February, I wrote:

Feb 3, 2010 … A natural gas line installed through a sewer line caused the blast that charred a St. Paul home, according to state investigators.

Feb 24, 2010 … A natural gas explosion blew apart a home located near West 50th Street

Unfortunately, this is a story repeated too many times during every heating season.

If a foreign power mandated that natural gas be piped into virtually every home in the northern half of the contiguous United States, we would be in the streets with torches and pitchforks.

NATURAL GAS IS NOT A SAFE HEATING FUEL. When I’ve had a choice, and certainly when I’ve built my own home, my instructions were to cap the natural gas out in the street, as far away from my lodgings as they could get.

Wake up, fellow citizens. Get some realistic controls over this heating fuel, especially in the “freeze-thaw” parts of our country, or run these captains of corporations off to jail and out of business.

Remember – That conspiracy theory six months ago often becomes today’s headlines.

Dan Martin

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Congress is dysfunctional and a drain on the country

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In February we told you that the federal government’s fiscal year begins October 1, giving Congress eight full months to write, read, and pass the bills needed to fund government departments.

It’s almost September, and not ONE appropriations bill has passed. It’s probable that NONE will pass on time. And it’s a certainty that no member of Congress will read any of them.

This is just the latest evidence that Congress is broken. Fundamental change is needed. More

Enough Corporate Carelessness

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By: Dan Martin (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

Feb 3, 2010 … A natural gas line installed through a sewer line caused the blast that charred a St. Paul home, according to state investigators.

Feb 24, 2010 … A natural gas explosion blew apart a home located near West 50th Street

Unfortunately, this is a story repeated too many times during every heating season.

If a foreign power mandated that natural gas be piped into virtually every home in the northern half of the contiguous United States, we would be in the streets with torches and pitchforks.

NATURAL GAS IS NOT A SAFE HEATING FUEL. When I’ve had a choice, and certainly when I’ve built my own home, my instructions were to cap the natural gas out in the street, as far away from my lodgings as they could get.

Wake up, fellow citizens. Get some realistic controls over this heating fuel, especially in the “freeze-thaw” parts of our country, or run these captains of corporations off to jail and out of business.

Dan Martin

Regulation in FantasyLand

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The general co-chairman of John McCain’s presidential campaign, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), led the charge in 1999 to repeal a Depression-era banking regulation law that Democrat Barack Obama claimed on Thursday contributed significantly to today’s economic turmoil.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9246.html

 

Let me see if I have this right.  On December 15, 2000, as part of a decades-long anti-regulatory crusade, Former Senator Phil Gramm, representing the “foxes,” slipped a 262-page measure called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act into the omnibus spending bill.

 

Years of unceasing effort to beat down Depression-era firewalls between commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, and securities firms had come to a successful conclusion, and set off a wave of merger mania with a return to the halcyon pre-Depression days of unregulated and unfettered manipulation of banking and the stock market.

 

The foxes had succeeded in defeating most of the protections the “farmer” (responsible government) had erected around the “henhouse” (our much-vaunted capitalism) in an effort to prevent the abuses that resulted in the Great Depression.

 

Not to push the allegory too hard, now all of those chickens have come home to roost.

 

And, the Administration wants to put the foxes in charge of 700 billion dollars ($7,390 per U.S. family) to save the henhouse from total collapse.

 

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

PRA Opposes Clean Water Restoration Act

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On behalf of Property Rights Alliance, I am writing to express concern over the “Clean Water Restoration Act” (H.R. 2421). H.R. 2421 would infringe on the rights of property owners across the nation and result in an unprecedented expansion of the regulatory authority of the federal government.

The Clean Water Restoration Act, sponsored by Rep. James Oberstar, seeks to re-establish the nearly unlimited powers of the Clean Water Act lost due to U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. While supporters of H.R. 2421 contend the intent is to end jurisdictional confusion, in actuality, H.R. 2421 gives the federal government the power to regulate all interstate and intrastate waters, including non-navigable waters. PRA is concerned that H.R. 2421 exceeds the original objective of the Clean Water Act by mandating all waters be placed under the regulatory control of the federal government.

http://www.propertyrightsalliance.org/index.php?content=feature

Contact Jim Oberstar and ask him why he would support such an obvious assault on state’s rights and individual property rights, especially when the Federal government is either unwilling or unable to effectively manage or regulate any Federal program or law without corruption and special interests immediately taking it over. Be civil and polite in your contact even though this man is apparently not working on your behalf.

http://www.oberstar.org/contact/

Marti Oakley

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