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by AARON KLEIN | LINK
The effort for the U.S. to ratify the Law of the Sea Convention has been a long-term goal for White House counselor John Podesta, founder of the highly influential George Soros-funded think tank, the Center for American Progress.
Podesta is a member of a group calling itself Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, which seeks to have the U.S. ratify laws and regulations governing the seas.
The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is a key partner of Citizens for Global Solutions, or CGS, which, according to its literature, envisions a “future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone.”
CGS in turn is a member organization and supporter of the World Federalist Movement, which openly seeks a one-world government. The World Federalist Movement considers the CGS to be its U.S. branch.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Representatives from three county grassroots groups met with State Representative Debbie Mayfield Thursday afternoon (June 12). The issues discussed ranged from Common Core State Standards (and its revised form) to the Second Amendment Protection Act. Keith Flaugh from the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance stressed the point that each of these issues involve the principles of state sovereignty.
Apologies to Debra from Lee County who volunteered to take the picture.
(R to L) Billy Vaughn, Keith Flaugh, Rep. Mayfield, Jim McGovern
Friday, June 6, 2014
By Coach Dave Daubenmire | June 5, 2014
"For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" -Jeremiah 5:26-31
Despite what the political parties would like you to believe, the problem in America is not the politicians, it is the pulpits. I hate to break the news to you, but most of America's pulpits are filled with cowardly men. They are a shame to the Christ they claim to serve.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Now that our esteemed Board of County Commissioners has expressed its unanimous opposition to the All Aboard Florida plan to use Martin County as a doormat, perhaps it is time for them to show some real courage and to take timely steps to stop the “public-private” juggernaut in its “tracks.”
The national discussion about the Administration’s recent extralegal proclamation on clean-air standards, threatening to ruin the economies of many states, reveals a little-known strategy to stop federal overreach and the trampling of states’ rights. All federal agencies are required to consult with the EPA. If they have not, it creates a “cause of action” against the federal agency. The EPA almost never issues a report about the very impact we are concerned about - the human environment. This same strategy was used in Texas to stop (and re-route) the Trans-Texas Corridor which threatened to split the local jurisdictions into remote and inaccessible parts.
An article by James Simpson on Trevor Louden’s NewZeal blog discusses the method built into environmental regulations that makes it possible for local authorities to demand compliance with the federal government’s own regulations. These regulations are so restrictive, that any business plan that requires timely progress to reach its goal will be unlikely to succeed.
The Commission must do two things:
- Appoint or designate and official commission to regulate or oversee the business in question (we already have people in public transportation boards), and
- Have the “commission” file a complaint with the Department of Justice against the the Federal Rail Administration which issues permits for the building or expansion of railroads.
The rule that enables this strategy is called “coordination.” As discussed in the article by Simpson,
Coordination is a little-known feature embedded in numerous environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970, the Endangered Species Act and other laws.
Coordination requires the EPA and all other federal agencies to consider all effects of environmental regulations. These effects include:
- ecological (such as the effects on natural resources and on the components, structures, and functioning of affected ecosystems), aesthetic, historic, cultural, economic, social, or health, whether direct, indirect, or cumulative. Effects may also include those resulting from actions which may have both beneficial and detrimental effects, even if on balance the agency believes that the effect will be beneficial. (emphasis added).
The federal agency must prepare an “environmental impact” statement that includes impacts on the human environment. This refers specifically to all those aspects listed above. According to the law, “‘Human environment’ shall be interpreted comprehensively to include the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment.” The agency is only exempt if the proposed regulation has “no significant impact.”
Like the “carbon” issue discussed in Simpson’s article, “these new… regulations will have a devastating effect on multiple aspects of the human environment, the EPA cannot unilaterally apply them as proposed. The EPA must negotiate with state and local governments—they only have to ask.” In our case, the agency that must negotiate with Martin County is the Federal Rail Administration that might approve the expansion of Florida East Coast Railway into All Aboard Florida.
Only an actual official body (or one designated by elected officials) can initiate these steps to invoke coordination from the federal agencies and it must be “timely.” The Justice Department is then compelled to action by those very environmental laws that literally choke the system. Some of our Commissioners should feel right at home with these environmental requirements.
Martin 9/12 Committee
Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president, just hurled a challenge to Republicans. If they don’t pass amnesty for illegal aliens, they “shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016.”
Somebody probably told him that outrageous statement was a gaffe, which means the inconvenient revelation of an embarrassing viewpoint, so Donohue tried to pass off his threat as a joke. But it isn’t funny; Donohue’s big-business members want us to import more low-paid workers and they want them now, suggesting that this fall’s lame-duck session of Congress would be a good time to implement this racket.
And it is a racket. It’s a carefully planned, well-financed scheme to use false arguments to import foreign workers who will keep wages depressed for American college graduates.
Every time the amnesty issue comes up, and we remind the advocates that it will severely disadvantage low-paid and entry-level American workers by swamping the market with a flood of immigrants to compete for their jobs and depress wages, business leaders offer a compromise. They argue that at least we must accept guest workers on H-1B visas because U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates are in short supply.
We are even told we should welcome them because the foreign STEM graduates are the best and the brightest. That’s false and also insulting. In the age of political correctness, American STEM graduates should be invited to cry discrimination and demand apologies. READ MORE…
Monday, June 2, 2014
The complaint against Sen. Reid seeks an official investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, on whether the Majority Leader abused his power by trying to intimidate private citizens and reward Democratic donors. It reads, in part, that Reid “violated Senate rules by unlawfully and unethically targeting private citizens, Charles and David Koch, whose philosophical and political views are in opposition to Senator Reid’s philosophy…” It goes on to say that Reid’s continuous attacks on the Koch brothers only seeks to reward Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer.
The complaint against Sen. Whitehouse seeks an investigation into whether he violated Senate rules by unlawfully pressuring federal agencies to target and conservative and tea party groups based solely on different philosophical views. In particular, Whitehouse pressured the Internal Revenue Service to pursue prosecutorial action against conservative organizations involved in political activity. “Senator Whitehouse should not be using his position to intimidate, harm, and silence his political opponents,” reads the complaint.
These latest actions from Tea Party Patriots seek only to reveal the gross corruption on Capitol Hill, and hold accountable those responsible for misusing their power. The IRS, at the urging of Sen. Whitehouse and under the watch of President Obama, systematically targeted conservative organizations for increased scrutiny. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that kind of political targeting never happens again. Intimidation from those in power is thuggish behavior. Whitehouse and Reid should be held accountable for their actions.