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Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

R-CALF USA Applauds U.S. Appeal of WTO’s Adverse COOL Ruling

cattle, Federal gov & land grabs, World & News

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

“Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer”

For Immediate Release                                                                                       Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard

March 23, 2012                                                                                          Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com

R-CALF USA Applauds U.S. Appeal of WTO’s Adverse COOL Ruling

 

Billings, Mont. – Today is the deadline the World Trade Organization (WTO) imposed on the United States to appeal the adverse ruling issued by the WTO on Nov. 18, 2011 that effectively strikes down the United States’ critically important country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law – the domestic law that requires grocers to inform consumers regarding where there their meats, fruits, vegetables, and certain other foods were grown or produced.  According to the WTO’s website, the United States today notified the WTO of its decision to appeal the international tribunals’ adverse COOL Ruling.

“We’re extremely thankful that our U.S. Trade Representative has chosen to defend our constitutionally-passed COOL law,” said R-CALF USA Region VI Director and COOL Committee Chair Mike Schultz adding, “But, we’re in a no-win situation regarding this frontal attack on our COOL law because our nation should not tolerate for an instant a foreign entity’s efforts to undermine our constitutionally-passed domestic laws in the first place.” Schultz explained that it is a sad state of affairs when our U.S. government kowtows to a One-World Government tribunal by playing within that foreign tribunal’s pseudo judicial process.

“Several powerful corporate industry groups are actually supporting the WTO’s efforts to undermine our U.S. COOL law, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI),” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard adding, “These groups don’t want U.S. consumers to know if they are buying beef produced exclusively in the United States or if their beef was produced in Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, or any one of the more than a dozen countries where U.S. corporations source their beef.”

Bullard said those corporate industry groups that support the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling do not want U.S. consumers to support U.S. farmers and ranchers by choosing to buy U.S. beef for their families.

Bullard added that other groups have tried to sugar-coat the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling by claiming the ruling reinforced the United States ’ right to implement a COOL program and only attacked the manner by which the United States ’ COOL law was implemented.

“This is nothing more than semantics and the WTO is far too coy to have attacked our domestic law in any other way than it did. The fact is that the WTO accomplished its objective by ruling on the one hand that COOL was too rigid and treated foreign product less favorably than domestic product, but on the other hand, it ruled that COOL was too flexible and therefore nullified the COOL law’s objective.”

“The WTO’s anti-COOL ruling is nonsensical and baseless and we are confident the United States will prevail in this unenviable appeal,” concluded Schultz.

# # #

 

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America ) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com  or, call 406-252-2516.   


R-CALF USA is supported by membership dues and donations. Please consider donating today!

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What is America’s greatest threat?

Constitution, Op-ed, youtube videos

Answer is in this 8 min youtube.  You will have your answer within the first minute. Click on it! — Editor Liz Bowen

  Dennis Praeger is someone who logically explains the position of conservatves–at least my concept.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=XNUc8nuo7HI

 

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Declaration of the 13 United States of America

Constitution

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

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Liz Writes Life 3-20-12

Liz Writes Life

March 20, 2012

Published Siskiyou Daily News

Happy first day of spring! It is hard to believe that we are half-way to the longest day of the year. Luckily, March has been providing with us some real March weather. I am so very grateful for the moisture we have recently received. Snow has graced the daffodils several times and I keep forgetting to take a photo. The peas still are not planted, but the garlic that I planted last fall is up about five inches.

My husband got tired of looking at the old corn stalks, green bean and tomato vines and pulled them out. Hum, it does make the job of getting the soil prepared look much less daunting. And those peas must get in soon.

I also need to pull the pine needles away from around the pine tree, so the columbine will thrive. Last year, I didn’t get the needles gathered and they mulched so well, few violets and columbine grew.

On my potato discussion of a poor storage situation, Gene Duerr said he has great luck just leaving them in the ground. I was short on time when he was telling me, but it sounds like he just starts mulching the potatoes with straw or hay in the fall and keeps layering it on as it gets colder. He dug out some beautiful red potatoes recently, which I was surprised held so well. But if you get 8 to 12 inches of good insulation of mulch on top of the soil, they shouldn’t freeze.

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

For supporters of Protect Our Water, there will be lots to talk about at the next meeting on Thurs. March 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share as we will do Pie N Politics first.

We will keep the meeting to two hours, but first on the agenda will be an update on the Klamath RiverKeepers – a Greenie group that is threatening to sue the Montague Irrigation District with the explicit goal of demolishing Dwinell Dam, which will reduce Lake Shastina to a mud hole and much irrigation lost in Shasta Valley.

There will be a Protest on April 1 against the Dept. of Fish and Game at Mark and Cyndi Baird’s ranch on Mill Ck Road out of Mugginsville in Quartz Valley. (How is that for directions?) Time is 1 p.m. DFG employees still say we need a Permit to open our headgates for our legal irrigation water and we say we don’t.

Also it looks like the Regional Water Quality Control Board and staff will extend its “waiver” for the TMDL Waste Water Discharge Permit in Scott Valley until October. But this is still a major threat to your ranch and land. The agency is claiming irrigation water as “waste” as it is “discharged” eventually into the “Waters of California,” so you must have a Permit to irrigate. Expect it to become a “Permit to Farm” as the agency admits it will demand a Ranch Management Plan in the near future.

There will also be more about the unethical California PUC surcharge on our electrical bills for dam removal. Yes, it is there. Mine was $1.05 for the month of February. Rich Marshall is working on getting this resolved.

The biggest news is the whistleblower Paul R. Houser Ph.D. who was fired from his “integrity” review of the federal Dept. of Interior’s Environmental Statements on the Klamath Dam removal. Wow, this is big as he also questioned if the legal process was being followed.

Shock! As soon as he announced he was fired for questioning the science and process, DOI Secretary Ken Salazar announced he couldn’t sign the KHSA (Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement) in March. Something he had touted he would do for several years. Sounds like he has finally been “outed.”

Interviews given by Dr. Houser have been aired by many radio stations this month. I have posted some of these and many articles about Dr. Houser on Pie N Politics.com. I really liked the way Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett explained it in his newsletter and can be read by checking out the category “whistleblower” on the right-hand side of the Pie N Politics.com blog.

If anyone would like a copy of Whitsett’s article, give me a call at 530-467-3515 or email at lizbowen @sisqtel.net. I will bring extra copies to the POW meeting.

Bright flowers of summer seem far away right now, so I posted a few on my Liz Bowen.com site. Also my cousin, Dona Farnam, brought by some old newspaper articles and one was by Bruce Parker, who was from an old pioneer family and owned the store that is now Scott Valley Drug in Etna. He wrote about his long buggy ride over to Yreka, when he was four years old. Check it out. I would guess these were written in the late 1970s.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives two miles from the ranch where she grew up. She writes biographies and freelances.

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Congressional committee demands info on odd DOI Klamath dam removal NATIONAL survey

CA. Congressman Tom McClintock, Federal gov & land grabs, KBRA or KHSA, Politicians & agencies, WA Congressman Doc Hastings

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on Natural Resources

Washington, DC 20515

March 20, 2012

Victoria F. Haynes

President and Chief Executive

Officer RTI International

3040 East Cornwallis Road

Post Office Bos 12194

Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709

Dear Ms. Haynes:

We write to request information related to the Department of the Interior’s (“DOI”) Klamath Non-use Valuation Survey (“Survey”). According to press reports on the issue, DOI contracted with RTI International to provide information gathering services related to this issue. The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) control number for the Survey is 1090-0010.

Through this letter, we request information regarding RTI International’s (“RTI”) communication with DOI and Bureau of Reclamation (“BOR”) on this matter. A thorough response on behalf of RTI is important for the Committee to carry out its oversight and legislative responsibilities.

WE expect a complete written response to be provided to the Committee no later than April 4, 2012.

Documents and Items to Be Produced

Any and all documents and communication relating to the Klamath Non_use Valuation Survey (“Survey”).

Any and all documents and communication with the DOI and BOR regarding the Survey, including but not limited to information related to the drafting and purpose of the Survey.

3. Any and all documents and communications with non-federal agencies, including state and local government agencies, and all non-government groups regarding the Survey.

4. Any and all documents and communications with OMB or OIRA regarding the format of the Survey, they number of mailings involved in the Survey, and the total cost of the Survey.

Any and all documents and communications regarding the use of monetary awards for completion of the Survey.

A colplete set of all Surveys sent out, including any and all attachments or enclosures to the Survey information.

All documents and communications regarding the compilation of the survey materials, including but not limited to the specific instructions to include U.S. currency with the Survey materials.

Any and all documents related to your contractual relationship with COI or BOR, including but not limited to a copy of the contract entered into with DOI for the purpose of the Survey.

Questions to be Answered

Please provide a list of all mailing addresses the surveys were sent to ina searchable chart format.

An attachment to this letter provides additional information about responding to the Committee’s request, including definitions and instructions for compliance.  Please contact Machalagh Carr, Counsel, Office of Oversight and Investigations at 2002-225-2761, with any questions regarding this request, or to make arrangement for the production. Thank you for your prompt and personal attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Doc Hastings

Chairman

Natural Resources Committee

Tom McClintock

Subcommittee Chairman

Water and Power

 

Click here to read a full copy of this letter.

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Obama Administration mailed out $2 bills as incentive to complete slanted survey on Klamath dam removal

Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams

Tax Dollar Tracker
Natural Resources Committee Republicans
Demanding Accountability and Transparency

 March 22, 2012 PERMALINK

Chairmen Question Obama Admin. on Mailing Out $$$$$$$

$2 bills randomly sent in envelopes as incentive to complete (Klamath dam) surveys

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Water & Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) sent letters to the Bureau of Reclamation and the Office of Management and Budget requesting information on the use of American tax dollars to pay for a controversial Department of the Interior (DOI) survey on the need to remove four privately owned dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California.

In 2011, DOI distributed a nationwide survey with the questionable purpose of measuring the societal, non-economic value of removing the four dams. The survey consisted of several waves of mailings, some of which included a two dollar bill used as an incentive to respond and a letter stating that DOI will send an additional $20 if the completed survey is returned before a specific deadline. According to the Federal Register, an estimated 10,400 households were contacted about the survey. In questioning yesterday before the House Water and Power Subcommittee, the Bureau of Reclamation was unable to provide an accounting of how much had been spent on this survey.

“This is as maddening as it is wasteful. The Obama Administration literally mailed cash to random citizens across the country to find out their feelings on tearing down four dams that they’ve likely never heard of.”

“Federal spending is out of control and this type of nonsense needs to stop. Our demand for documents and emails is aimed at finding out exactly how this ever happened,” said Chairman Hastings.

“This so-called survey is yet another example of how out-of-touch this Administration has been on its quest to remove four perfectly good hydroelectric producing dams. Using taxpayer dollars on a slanted survey and the muzzling and eventual firing of its own scientist who disagreed with the Interior Department proves what many have been saying: dam removal is a pre-determined conclusion from this Administration. It simply ignores the destruction of jobs along with the cheapest and cleanest source of electricity on the planet,” said Chairman McClintock.

Click here to read a full copy of the letter to the Bureau of Reclamation.

Click here to read a full copy of the letter to Office of Management and Budget.

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http://naturalresources.house.gov

 

 

http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/letters2012/LtrToHaynesKlamathSurvey03.20.12.pdf

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Water rights granted in Nevada pipeline plan

Water rights

PNP comment: I do not know enough about this situation to comment other than I believe Las Vegas will do about anything for more water. I believe Southern Nevada wants to obtain water rights from ranchers and may not be nice about it. — Editor Liz Bowen

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 9:19 p.m. MDT

In this photo taken Friday March 12, 2010, a gate regulates the flow of water in this Gardnerville, Nev., irrigation canal. A Nevada Supreme Court ruling has triggered a tidal wave of legal uncertainty over decades of water rights sought by thirsty Las Vegas, dealing a big setback to the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plan for a massive pipeline project and raising questions about thousands of water rights around..

Sandra Chereb, Associated Press

Water rights granted in Nevada pipeline plan

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

LAS VEGAS — Utah opponents to a Nevada pump and pipe plan are fearful a Thursday decision granting 83,900 acre-feet of water for the project will move it one step closer to reality.

The rulings by Nevada State Engineer Jason King are in support of water sought by the Southern Nevada Water Authority for a planned $3.5 billion, 300-mile pipeline. While the long-awaited decision Thursday impacts only eastern Nevada basins, at some point King may be asked to decide if the authority can withdraw water from Snake Valley, which straddles the Nevada-Utah border.

“Utahns should be concerned and opposed to this ruling because the groundwater in (adjacent) Spring Valley flows downhill into Snake Valley, so pumping the quantities permitted will have serious, adverse impacts on the Utah side,” said Steve Erickson of the Great Basin Water Network. “It is unsound, unsustainable and unacceptable. It will not stand up to scrutiny.”

Erickson said opponents will appeal to the Nevada district court.

King’s rulings allow the Southern Nevada Water Authority to tap 6,042 acre-feet of water in Delamar Valley, 11,584 acre-feet of water in Dry Lake Valley and 5,235 acre-feet of water in Cave Valley.

Those water rights were conveyed under the condition that a two-year monitoring plan be in place prior to export and with the condition 50,000 acre-feet of water remain in reserve by the valleys for future use.

In Spring Valley, King denied four applications by the water authority because they interfered with existing rights of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the Cleveland Ranch in White Pine County. An attorney for the church testified in hearings before King that groundwater withdrawals would dry up the area’s springs. Four other applications in Spring Valley, however, were granted for a total of 61,127 acre-feet.

The Spring Valley pumping would only occur in “staged development,” with the first stage allowing eight years’ worth of pumping of 38,000 acre-feet. After that, hydrological conditions would be reviewed and would have to be in satisfactory to commence the second stage, which would pump up to 50,000 acre-feet. Another eight years and proof of sound hydrological conditions would allow the third stage of pumping the full allotment of water.

King said the water withdrawals were sustainable with appropriate safeguards. He found the Southern Nevada Water Authority justified the need for the water and the amounts appropriated in the rulings don’t limit future growth and development in the impacted basins.

READ page 2:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765562228/Water-rights-granted-in-Nevada-pipeline-plan.html?pg=2

 

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Interesting: Giant new Green cliamte funds wants U.N. immunity — why?

Agenda 21 & Sustainable, World & News

Mammoth new green climate fund wants United Nations-style diplomatic immunity, even though it’s not part of the UN

By

Published March 22, 2012

| FoxNews.com

EXCLUSIVE: The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of U.N.-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There’s just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations.

Whether the fund, which was formally created at a U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa last December, will get all the money it wants to spend is open to question in an era of economic slowdown and fiscal austerity. Its spending goal comes atop some $30 billion in “fast start-up” money that has been pledged by U.N. member states to such climate change activities.

A 24-nation interim board of trustees for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is slated to hold its first meeting next month in Switzerland to organize the fund’s secretariat and to get it running by November, as well as find a permanent home for the GCF’s operations. The board expects to spend about $6.7 million between now and June of next year.

But before it is fully operational, the GCF’s creators—194 countries that belong to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and who are also U.N. members—want it to be immune from legal challenges and lawsuits, not to mention outside inspections, much like the United Nations itself cannot be affected by decisions rendered by a sovereign nation’s government or judicial system.

Despite its name, the UNFCCC was informed in 2006 by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs that it was not considered a U.N. “organ,” and therefore could not claim immunity for its subordinate bodies or personnel under the General Convention that has authorized U.N. immunity since the end of World War II.

A UNFCCC resolution granting similar immunities would need to be “accepted, approved or ratified” by each individual member of the Kyoto Protocol before it took effect, the U.N. legal office advised. Even if UNFCCC members decided to ask the U.N. General Assembly to grant them similar immunity it would require each U.N. member state to make changes in domestic legislation, the opinion declared. 

Click here for the legal office communication. 

The immunity that the UNFCCC wants also governs where the Green Climate Fund can make its home. Among other things, the GCF board is charged to consider whether any would-be hosts have “the ability to provide privileges and immunities to the Fund as are necessary for the fulfillment of its purposes, and to the officials of the Fund as are necessary for the independent exercise of their official functions.”

In other words, without offering immunity, you cannot host the Green Climate Fund.

Click here for the resolution launching the fund and seeking immunities. 

Countries interested in hosting the Green Climate Fund have until April 15 to let the board know. The U.S. is not considered likely to be one of them.

According to an official of the U.S. Treasury, which strongly supports the existence of the GCF, the full extent of the immunities still remains to be worked out by the fund board, although the wording of various UNFCCC resolutions indicate that immunities like those held by the U.N. are clearly envisaged.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/22/mammoth-new-green-climate-fund-wants-un-style-diplomatic-immunity-even-though/#ixzz1px8b1sFj

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Outgunned! Sturm Ruger Says it Can’t Keep Up with Orders, Shares Surge

2nd Amendment rights, Gun rights & hunting

PNP comment: Hum, I wonder why so many citizens are deciding they need a gun to protect themselves? — Editor Liz Bowen

Written By

Published March 22, 2012

FOXBusiness

Shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. (RGR: 47.00, -0.93, -1.94%) soared as much as 9% on Thursday after the gun maker said first-quarter orders were so strong the company is temporarily suspending new orders.

The Southport, Conn., company said it received orders for more than one million units in the first three months of 2012.

The shares were up $3.29, or 7.8%, at $45.59 in Thursday trading.

CEO Michael O. Fifer said in a statement late Wednesday that retailer programs initiated by the company were successful in attracting orders from larger gun retailers and independent wholesale distributors.

“Despite the company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders. Consequently, the company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders,” Fifer said in the statement.

Sturm Ruger hopes to be accepting orders again by the end of May, the company said.

Shares of the company’s rival gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) have risen in sympathy, surging more than 12% to a 5-year high. The stock was recently up 88 cents, or 12.7%, at $7.78.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/03/22/gun-maker-sturm-ruger-shares-jump-on-1q-orders/#ixzz1px4NnXiw

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