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Hayward: Trump’s ‘Nationalist’ Outreach–‘Black or Brown or White, We All Bleed the Same Red Blood of Patriots’



by John Hayward

21 Jan 2017

The great debate over what “nationalism” means will surely be filled by the closing passage of President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech:

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.



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President Trump Declares Independence


Wall Street Journal


His message to America: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.

I was more moved than I expected. Then more startled.

The old forms and traditions, the bands and bunting, endured. I thought, as I watched the inauguration: It continues. There were pomp and splendor, happy, cheering crowds; and for all the confounding nature of the past 18 months, and all the trauma, it came as a reassurance to see us do what we do the way we do it. A friend in the Southwest, a longtime Trump supporter, emailed just before the swearing in: “I have been crying all morning.” From joy.

I found myself unexpectedly moved during the White House meeting of the Trumps and the Obamas, at the moment Melania Trump emerged from her car. She was beautiful, seemed so shy and game. There are many ways to show your respect for people and events, and one is to present yourself with elegance and dignity.

The inaugural address was utterly and uncompromisingly Trumpian. The man who ran is the man who’ll reign. It was plain, unfancy and blunt to the point of blistering. A little humility would have gone a long way, but that’s not the path he took. Nor did he attempt to reassure. It was pow, right in the face. Most important, he did not in any way align himself with the proud Democrats and Republicans arrayed around him. He looked out at the crowd and said he was allied with them.

He presented himself not as a Republican or a conservative but as a populist independent. The essential message: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.

The address was bold in its assertion of the distance in America between the leaders and the led: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered—but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.”

It was an unmistakable indictment of almost everyone seated with him on the platform.

Then a stark vow: “That all changes—starting right here and right now.” Jan. 20 “will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

And these words were most remarkable, not because they were new, but because he didn’t back away from them, he repeated them in an improvisation: “From this day forward it’s going to be only America first—America first.” To American workers and families: “You will never be ignored again.”

The speech will electrify President Trump’s followers. They will feel satisfaction that they understood him and knew what they were backing. And it will deepen the Washington establishment’s unease. Republican leaders had been hoping the address would ameliorate their anxieties about the continued primacy of their traditional policy preferences. Forget that. This was a declaration that the president is going his own way and they’d best follow.

Throughout the speech, and much of the day, Mr. Trump looked stern. At first I thought it was the face he puts on when he’s nervous. I don’t think so now.

Anyway, it was a remarkable speech, like none before it, and it marked, I think, yet another break point in the two-party reality that has dominated our politics for many decades.

And so, now, it begins. And it simply has to be repeated: We have never had a political moment like this in our lives. We have never had a president like this, such a norm-breaker, in all the ways we know. We are in uncharted seas.

His supporters, who flooded Washington this week, were friendly, courteous—but watchful. Two Midwestern women told me separately that they used to be but no longer are Republican. They’re something new, waiting for a name.



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Obama Official Issues Ammunition Ban for Federal Lands on Last Day in Office

2nd Amendment rights

Free Beacon.com

BY: Stephen Gutowski
January 20, 2017 3:47 pm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, an Obama appointee, ordered a new ammunition ban for certain federal lands on Thursday–his last full day in office.

The ban, which took effect immediately, eliminates the use of lead-based ammunition on federal lands like national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as any other land administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The ban is expected to have a major impact on much of the hunting that takes place on federal lands across the United States as lead-based ammunition is widely legal and used throughout the country.

Ashe said the order was necessary to protect wildlife from exposure to lead.

“Exposure to lead ammunition and fishing tackle has resulted in harmful effects to fish and wildlife species,” Ashe said in his order. “According to the U.S. Geological Survey, lead poisoning is a toxicosis caused by the absorption of hazardous levels of lead in body tissues.”

“Ingested lead pellets from shotgun shells have been a common source of lead poisoning in birds,” the order continued. “The Service recognized the problem of avian exposure to lead shot used for waterfowl hunting and enacted restrictions in 1991 and hunting and waterfowl populations have thrived since.”

“The use of lead ammunition continues for other forms of hunting, presenting an ongoing risk to upland or terrestrial migratory birds and other species that ingest spent shot directly from the ground or as a result of predating or scavenging carcasses that have been killed with lead ammunition and left in the field” Ashe’s order said. “Many states have enacted nontoxic shot and ammunition requirements to address this concern.”

Gun rights activists expressed outrage at the last-minute move, labeling it political. The National Shooting Sports Foundation called for the agency’s next director to immediately rescind the order.

“This directive is irresponsible and driven not out of sound science but unchecked politics,” said Lawrence Keane, the group’s senior vice president. “The timing alone is suspect. This directive was published without dialogue with industry, sportsmen, and conservationists. The next director should immediately rescind this and, instead, create policy based upon scientific evidence of population impacts with regard to the use of traditional ammunition.”


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Siskiyou: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Missing Endangered Adult

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

January 19, 2017

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, at about 8:20 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report that Mr. Trygve “Karl” Larson, 79 years-old, of the Yreka area, had not been seen by relatives since Sunday afternoon (January 15th).  He resides in a local trailer park and is known to go on walks in rural areas in the Yreka area.  Information received from family members indicate Mr. Larson may be endangered due to various factors.  This morning, deputies did not locate him when they conducted a welfare check at his home.  He is described as a white male, 5’ 6” tall, 160 lbs., with red hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue jean jacket with a light-colored fleece liner.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team is searching for Mr. Larson in the Greenhorn Park and surrounding areas.  A regional “Be on the Lookout” call has been transmitted to all law enforcement agencies.  According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Our SAR team has been looking for Mr. Larson for several hours with no results.  We consider Mr. Larson endangered and need the public’s help in locating him.  We are particularly concerned because he has not been seen since Sunday and the weather and other factors further impede search efforts and create hazardous conditions for the lost man and rescuers.  If you have seen Mr. Larson or know anything about his recent activities, please contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  You may also contact your local law enforcement agency if outside our area.”

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Liz Writes Life 10-17-17

Liz Writes Life

Jan. 17, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Yep, the weather was just too darned iffy, so the State Water Resources Control Board postponed the meeting last week. This is the meeting where public comment will be taken on the Clean Water aspect of the Environmental Impact Report regarding relicensing of the hydro-electric Klamath dams from PacifiCorp to the newly-created non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. Wow, that is a mouthful.

In last week’s column, I discussed this meeting at length. The new date for this public comment meeting is Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Time is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water had announced its meeting for that date, but President Andrew Hurlimann said it has been changed. The new meeting date will be Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.


Don’t be duped by the Calexit petition that will be out for voters to sign. Calexit wants to secede from the United States and have California become its own country or at least a separate self-governing entity from the U.S. Recently, I learned the official “Yes, California #Calexit” campaign achieved its first financial hurdle of getting the legal petition forms printed – correctly. Literally, thousands of printed petitions will now be circulated and the campaign group is calling for volunteers to gather signatures. Most likely, though, there will be a significant amount of paid signature gathers.

Their goal is to obtain 600,000 registered voter signatures and they have six months to do it. The signature gathering will begin Jan. 25, 2017 and, yes, there will likely be signature gatherers, at some point, in Yreka.

Because I don’t believe California should secede from the USA, I will not be signing it. Please be careful, when it comes to signing petitions. We should truly understand what is being proposed on the petition statement.

If this campaign gathers the needed signatures, then the county clerks and California Secretary of State employees will spend many hours and days verifying that the signatures are indeed registered voters. If the signatures are verified, Yes, California will then be able to place the petition on the ballot in 2018.

In doing research about Calexit and the Yes, California, I have found several very rich Silicon Valley elites are behind it. Even more interesting is that the leader of Yes, California is Louis J. Marinelli, who is a New Yorker that lives in Russia. Yep, Russia — and there is proof that the Russian government is providing assistance to promote his efforts. And on Dec. 18, 2016, Marinelli announced that Yes, California campaign had opened an embassy in Moscow.

So the entire project is very suspect to say the least. My goodness!

The State of Jefferson is not part of this group and the leaders are adamant to explain the Jefferson movement opposes Calexit. Jefferson supporters believe in the U.S. Constitution and want to add a star to the United States flag as a new state.

Unfortunately, in some news articles the State of Jefferson has not been correctly explained and reporters insinuate the Jefferson movement is much like Calexit. That suggestion is blasphemy to Jefferson leaders. And as spokesman Mark Baird has explained, if the Calexit campaign should happen to be successful, many citizens in the Northern California counties will be clamoring and demanding their legislative leaders to use Article 4 Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution to break away from California and create a new state – just like West Virginia did during the Civil War.


Several of the Bundy ranchers and their supporters from two different stand-offs with the federal U.S. government, will be going to trial in Nevada soon. I am not sure just when the trial starts, but there are more than two dozen people being held as political prisoners while this travesty plays out.


The first anniversary of the murder of LaVoy Finicum is later this month. I believe it was Jan. 26th. LaVoy’s wife, Jeanette, and their grown children will be holding the meeting that LaVoy was driving to attend, when the feds road-blocked his vehicle and snipers in trees and on the ground shot and killed LaVoy.

The meeting is dubbed: The meeting with LaVoy Finicum that never happened in Oregon.

An Associated Press article, this weekend, admitted that there were at least two shots fired into the vehicle LaVoy was driving and that the FBI shooters did not disclose the correct number of bullets they used. It is one of those bullets that is still lodged in Ryan Bundy’s arm. Oops! The federal agencies still claim – one year later – the situation is still under investigation. Wow, one would think they should have the situation figured out by now. So what are they hiding?

Anyway, Jeanette Finicum told the media this will be a peaceful meeting slated to talk about the U.S. Constitution, property rights and other issues. She believes as her husband did: That the people living in counties and states should be in control of what is deemed “government managed” land not the feds. Remember, under the Constitution the land that was held by the federal government before a territory became a state is to be handed over to the new state for management. That was not done after the Civil War in the Western States.

So literally, what LaVoy and Bundys and now Jeanette were and continue to advocate is that the Constitution be upheld by all levels of government. I agree.

The meeting will be held at the Grant Co. Fairgrounds in John Day, Oregon on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Time is 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Next week, I hope to let you know who to contact to obtain the $15 tickets. Or give me a call.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan, CA. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Meeting today at Tulelake City Hall regarding Lava Beds Management Plan

Federal gov & land grabs

Wednesday January 18 is a meeting at Tulelake City Hall regarding the Lava Beds General Management Plan, which presents grave concerns for our community.

Please read attachment which has a letter from Macy’s Flying Service, Tulelake Airport,
Letter regarding the Tulelake Airport and Lava Bed’s Supervisor Larry Whalon’s Tulelake airport discussions, from Jacqui, www.klamathbasincrisis.org / KBC News



Letter to those interested in news regarding WWII Japanese Relocation Camp expansion near Tulelake, and our Tulelake Airport survival.

Letter from Macy’s Flying Service, Tulelake Airport,
Letter regarding the Tulelake Airport and Lava Bed’s Supervisor Larry Whalon’s Tulelake airport discussions, from Jacqui,
www.klamathbasincrisis.org / KBC News

“Good Afternoon,
The next meeting outlining the Tulelake Unit General Management Plan will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tulelake City Hall for anyone who is interested on attending. The meeting represents the “public review” stage of the plan, and we would appreciate anyone that can make it.
The public comment period will close (revised to February 28,) 2017. Comments can be submitted online on the www.nps.gov/tule website or emailed to tule_superintendent@nps.gov.
If you have any questions feel free to call me at the office 530-664-2661 or on my cell 530-340-1418 or by email at marilyn@macysflyingservice.com.
We hope to see you next Wednesday! Thank you for the time.”

 Marilyn Macy, PCA

(P.S. from Jacqui: The full GMP/EA document is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=75566 or by request.)

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Letter from Jacqui, www.klamathbasincrisis.org  / KBC News

The Tulelake Airport services our communities from Chiloquin, Oregon to Susanville, CA, and Yreka to Cedarville, 40,000 square miles.

Lava Beds National Monument / LB, the agency that manages the Tule Lake Unit (Japanese relocation camp properties), created a General Management Plan / GMP and the last local meeting is tomorrow in Tulelake. They created Alternatives A, B and C. A and B leave the sites pretty much as they are currently managed. Lava Beds is advertising Alternative Plan C, with $11,711,000 gross one-time costs and $1,204,000 annually thereafter. The Japanese groups are supporting plan C.

Larry Whalon, Lava Beds superintendent, told us at a local public meeting in December that the GMP has nothing to do with our airport and they have no intention of expanding the unit “at this time.” He said we need the airport and the impact on our communities would be devastating if it is shut down. Tule Lake Unit already has the Peninsula, 1277 acres which is now closed to the public, 37 acres near Newell, and a WWII 66-acre camp on the westside of Tulelake, totaling 1380 acres. However at his meeting in San Jose Whalon spent at least 20 minute discussing our airport and strategies to acquire more land and get airport access. Here is a video of Whalon’s San Jose meeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0K9IbJdAg&feature=youtu.be and I have roughly transcribed some of his troubling statements to the urban Japanese American group:

* They spent 2 or 3 minutes berating Alternative A and B, then jump to C; the entire slide show is on C

 * slideshow was approximately 17 minutes (part of video above)

* The first part accentuated need to show causes of Japanese relocation were “long history of race prejudice, wartime hysteria, and failure of political leadership.” I don’t think there was such prejudice until Japan bombed us, and the last ones relocated to Tulelake would not pledge allegiance to the USA while our mothers and fathers were their POWs),

25:21 Larry Whalon said they only own 37 acres in Newell (1277 peninsula, and 66 camp Tule lake) out of 6000 with historical significance.

34:40  GMP doesn’t recommend boundary extension, BUT, open to willing sellers. Later Whalon talks about the need to go door to door of private property owners. Already I have been contacted by a central California person inquiring about land and buildings for sale near the airport to expand their Tule Lake site.

 39: Whalon: Continues about needing the airport, and strategy to get on airport land, tells about possible underground resources, and artifacts and resources on airport land. “Important for us to partner locally with this project, because without it, right now, whether you decide to move the airport or not, that takes time, and we won’t have access unless we partner to any part of this out here, and we won’t have a very good story if we don’t have those tours and can’t talk about the size, where people lived, how they lived; none of that is in here (the 37 acres) right now. People might as well just have a plaque on the side of the highway….we don’t want a low threshhold here; we just want to tell this whole story (points to airport on map).”

42:15 Whalon talks about the airport security fence, and he said at the Udall meetings he’s trying to negotiate how that gets put in, he said people don’t want that fence: its 6’ tall with 3 strands of barbed wire.  (I Jacqui was at those meetings and everyone except a handful expressed necessity of security fence around airport to prevent accidents and deaths from animals or people trespassing into the runway.) Whalon: “if you  can’t get people out to see it, that’s bad. There’s artifacts…..”

45: Whalon: “The park service, every park I’ve worked at has had land issues similar to this; it’s a common thing….so we’re not conceding this airport needs to stay, but I have to stay neutral so I can develop those partnerships….”

Whalon regarding “viewshed” “it’s hard to look through the fence, barrier. 48:30 It would be a new looking shiny fence, it wouldn’t be the best…the bottom line for the park service is to save those resources no matter what…”

49  Whalon said at the airport in summer there are 15 flights between 5 am-noon, winter less than 5 planes/week, duck hunters. Whalon said when planes aren’t flying they can walk through the airport; he said this with no input or agreement from our airport manager and owner)

50:25 question from audience: is there anywhere to show visitors the vastness of the camp?

Larry “that’s the whole idea for coming out into this airport area, because as we go and take and drive this tour around it completely blows their mind…”

another question “there’s no plan for a high point to see the whole thing?”

Larry, “No”

 Moderator Anna Tomera, lead Tule Lake Unit planner and landscape architect from Seattle stepped in and mentioned there is a viewpoint from the Peninsula to see the historic camp.

 There was a suggestion to just have a path around the airport.

 58:25 Whalon said they could have trails at the airport people could use after the airport is closed for the day (again, he said this with no input or agreement from our airport manager and owner)

Discussion regarding acquiring the airport, someone asked where the nearest airport was and why can’t we just use that. Larry said because it would be more expensive to fly from Klamath Falls. He did not mention airport services of emergency services, fire suppression refueling for Forest Service, and the 40,000 square miles that the Tulelake airport services.

Larry then says “to me you can land a helicopter anywhere, it’s about technology in the end, but NOW we have an airport”

1:06 Anna Tomera said GMP is focused on what’s in the Tulelake Unit, and this airport project is going parallel while we’re doing our GMP. And we can get funds for projects from your non profits.

One concern:

The GMP brings up a 2004 study that recommended 6172 acres to be part of this site. Presently the Tule Lake Unit consists of 1300 acres. Their bill is to change the designation to National Historic Site. GMP page 195 details local entities of interest for their future acquisition such as Flying Goose community, Newell Potato Coop, Homestead Market and others.

Attending Udall Foundation facilitated meetings regarding the Tulelake airport Nick Macy from Macy’s Flying Service, Tulelake Mayor Hank Evinger, TID former manager Earl Danosky, Tulelake Growers Association John Crawford, Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss, Lisa Mara from CA Congressman LaMalfa’s office and I from KBC News representing effected local communities. Attending are several government agencies, including several Park Service employees, FAA reps, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties, Udall facilitators, Japanese Americans from the Tule Lake Committee, Oklahoma Modoc Tribe and Klamath Tribe, National Parks Conservation Association, California State Office of Historic Preservation, California Trust for historic Preservation, Japanese American Citizens League, National Park Service. No one except Klamath Tribes was allowed at the table from Oregon even though our airport services Oregon and is within 20 miles of the Oregon-California border.

Our initial summons by Udall to attend was to negotiate maintenance and safety measures “in good faith,” including a security fence surrounding the airport that would be compatible with the Japanese American goal of rebuilding and preserving theTule Lake WWII Japanese Relocation Camp. Unfortunately the goal of the few Japanese attendants and government conservation reps is to obtain the airport property. They have put their lawsuit on hold against Nick, the city and county until the Udall meetings end this spring. The Tule Lake Committee was asked to take down the “Stop the Fence” facebook pages and website and work with us “in good faith” on securing the airport, because their only agenda is to not build a security fence and to obtain the airport, however they have only increased their activism in promoting plan C and shutting down our airport.

Facebook: Stop the Fence at Tulelake: https://www.facebook.com/StopTheFence/?fref=ts

The Tule Lake Committee: http://www.tulelake.org/

Below is just one opinion one opinion online regarding a Historic Designation. Lava Beds and the Tule Lake Committee want to change the title from Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor of the Pacific National Monument, to, Tule Lake National Historic Site.

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/rws_etd/document/get/csu1206539169/inline   p 9

“1.3 Opposition to Historic Designation:

Despite strong support for the concept of historic designation among planning

professionals and conservationists, there is opposition to designation by some who are

concerned with the confiscation of property rights. Once a district is designated as

historic property owners may have reduced options with regard to the use of their

property and the types of renovations possible. There may also be requirements for

maintenance and restoration that impose (excessive) or extra costs on property owners.
When an area is designated as historic all property owners must comply with the attached

building regulations (Hue, 2006; Vandam, 2006; FDD, 2007). For property owners

within these preservation districts to make alterations they must adhere to a set of

guidelines which concern roof form and materials, front and side porches (no screens

allowed), shape, style and placement of windows and doors, construction materials (no

hardboard, masonite, aluminum, or vinyl coverings allowed), lighting fixtures, fences,

paving, and paint color for masonry structures (Kreyling, 2006).
The local historic district offers, by far, the most extensive legal protections for historic properties because most land use decisions are made at the local level. The tendency of local districts to place

restrictions on property owners causes them to be the targets of the most resistance from

the public. Table 1 illustrates the levels of historic designation in the United States and

there jurisdiction levels, levels of protection attributes, and justification for designation

for each level.”

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We hope you have, or will, take time to read through the GMP and come to tomorrow’s meeting in Tulelake. If you have time to listen to Whalon’s views expressed at the San Jose meeting regarding our airport at the above link, it would help you see the vast plan and strategy to eventually shut down and acquire our airport and neighboring private land through “partnerships.”

After reading the 222-page GMP and listening to the tape of the San Jose meeting with Whalon, the Tulelake airport and community members advocate that GMP alternative A is the best alternative for our community. The public comment period will close February 28, 2017. We will have talking points soon available for your comments.

Jacqui Krizo


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Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on his mission

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, LaVoy Finicum, Over-regulations, RALLY, Ranch life


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APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years


PNP comment: Things change. Time marches on. But, this is a sad one. — Editor Liz Bowen

U.S. News and World Report

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ in May, following a 146-year run

Jan. 14, 2017, at 11:51 p.m.


By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

“There isn’t any one thing,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.”

The company broke the news to circus employees Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami.

Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.

The circus, with its exotic animals, flashy costumes and death-defying acrobats, has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Phineas Taylor Barnum made a traveling spectacle of animals and human oddities popular, while the five Ringling brothers performed juggling acts and skits from their home base in Wisconsin. Eventually, they merged and the modern circus was born. The sprawling troupes traveled around America by train, wowing audiences with the sheer scale of entertainment and exotic animals.

By midcentury, the circus was routine, wholesome family entertainment. But as the 20th century went on, kids became less and less enthralled. Movies, television, video games and the internet captured young minds. The circus didn’t have savvy product merchandising tie-ins or Saturday morning cartoons to shore up its image.

“The competitor in many ways is time,” said Feld, adding that transporting the show by rail and other circus quirks — such as providing a traveling school for performers’ children— are throwbacks to another era. “It’s a different model that we can’t see how it works in today’s world to justify and maintain an affordable ticket price. So you’ve got all these things working against it.”

The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967. The show was just under 3 hours then. Today, the show is 2 hours and 7 minutes, with the longest segment — a tiger act — clocking in at 12 minutes.

“Try getting a 3- or 4-year-old today to sit for 12 minutes,” he said.

Feld and his daughter Juliette Feld, who is the company’s chief operating officer, acknowledged another reality that led to the closing, and it was the one thing that initially drew millions to the show: the animals. Ringling has been targeted by activists who say forcing animals to perform is cruel and unnecessary.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime opponent of the circus, wasted no time in claiming victory.

“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, acknowledged the move was “bittersweet” for the Felds but said: “I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”

 In May of 2016, after a long and costly legal battle, the company removed the elephants from the shows and sent the animals to live on a conservation farm in Central Florida. The animals had been the symbol of the circus since Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America in 1882. In 2014, Feld Entertainment won $25.2 million in settlements from groups including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year fight over allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants.

By the time the elephants were removed, public opinion had shifted somewhat. Los Angeles prohibited the use of bull-hooks by elephant trainers and handlers, as did Oakland, California. The city of Asheville, North Carolina nixed wild or exotic animals from performing in the municipally owned, 7,600-seat U.S. Cellular Center.

Attendance has been dropping for 10 years, said Juliette Feld, but when the elephants left, there was a “dramatic drop” in ticket sales. Paradoxically, while many said they didn’t want big animals to perform in circuses, many others refused to attend a circus without them.

“We know now that one of the major reasons people came to Ringling Bros. was getting to see elephants,” she said. “We stand by that decision. We know it was the right decision. This was what audiences wanted to see and it definitely played a major role.”

The Felds say their existing animals — lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas — will go to suitable homes. Juliette Feld says the company will continue operating the Center for Elephant Conservation.

 Some 500 people perform and work on both touring shows. A handful will be placed in positions with the company’s other, profitable shows — it owns Monster Jam, Disney on Ice and Marvel Live, among other things — but most will be out of a job. Juliette Feld said the company will help employees with job placement and resumes. In some cases where a circus employee lives on the tour rail car (the circus travels by train), the company will also help with housing relocation.

Kenneth Feld became visibly emotional while discussing the decision with a reporter. He said over the next four months, fans will be able to say goodbye at the remaining shows.

In recent years, Ringling Bros. tried to remain relevant, hiring its first African American ringmaster, then its first female ringmaster, and also launching an interactive app. It added elements from its other, popular shows, such as motorbike daredevils and ice skaters. But it seemingly was no match for Pokemon Go and a generation of kids who desire familiar brands and YouTube celebrities.

“We tried all these different things to see what would work, and supported it with a lot of funding as well, and we weren’t successful in finding the solution,” said Kenneth Feld.

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“God Bless The USA” Singer To Perform At Concert For Trump’s Inauguration


PNP comment:  Hooray for Lee Greenwood! — Editor Liz Bowen



By Christine Rousselle

Posted: Jan 13, 2017 10:55 AM

“God Bless The USA” singer Lee Greenwood is set to perform at the “Make America Great Again!” welcome concert on January 19, the eve of the inauguration.

Other acts for the concert will be announced a later date.

During the primaries, Greenwood appeared and sang at a Marco Rubio rally.

So far, there have been three other confirmed acts at the inauguration. Jackie Evancho will sing The Star-Spangled Banner, and the Rockettes and Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also perform.


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Obama Orders Five Last Minute Monuments, Most In Presidential History

CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs

PNP comment: Unfortunately, Obama did include Cascade/Siskiyou National Monument in this Executive Order. It was expand by 47,000 acres that will now be part of the huge restrictive-use mandated by National Monument regulations. — Editor Liz Bowen


by Charlie Spiering

13 Jan 2017

President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to order up five new national monuments, making him the president to invoke the Historic Antiquities Act more than any other president in history.

Obama has now created or expanded 34 national monuments, according to the Washington Post, two more than the famous conservationist president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

According to a statement from the White House, three of the monuments were designated for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in an effort to “promote diversity” in the national parks.

The new monuments are important to the civil rights movement — the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, the Freedom Riders National Monument and the Reconstruction Era National Monument.

The presidential memo also encourages agencies in charge of managing public land to “to prioritize building a more inclusive Federal workforce,” according to the White House release.

Obama is also expanding existing monuments, enlarging the California Coastal National Monument by 6,230 acres and expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by 47,000 acres.

All told, Obama has used his executive power to set aside about 553,600,000 acres of land and water, during his eight years in office according to the Washington Post.


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