October 17, 2017

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Forms New Legislative Action Group

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) recently announced that it is forming the Institute for Legislative Action. This is not a new concept as many organizations have done this. However, it should help SAM when it comes to legislative work that needs to be done. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I would like to offer SAM some advice. Sometimes SAM becomes a bit provincial, catering to members only. An example of this is in my request for email notifications from SAM but can’t get them unless I am a member. This makes no sense at all.

To be forthcoming, I am not a member of SAM and have no intention to become a member of SAM, mostly because I am not a member of anything and am not beholding to anything or anyone except myself. I do, however, have interest in what SAM is doing and often write about it.

Which leads me to the other issue. I understand SAM having a Facebook presence. Yet, the entire world does not revolve around Facebook, although many in the world seem to think so. I do not “do” Facebook, nor do I ever intend to go back there. Facebook has it’s good points, although I am at a loss to think of any. I am not alone in this denial and refusal to be a part of another fascist, dictatorial entity controlling and spying on everything I do.

When SAM makes announcements and releases letters, news, etc., and posts it on Facebook, non members of Facebook are prohibited from viewing it. In the past, I have published some information I get from SAM members who forward the information.

As an outdoor writer, I cannot visit SAM’s Facebook page to glean for news and events. I am relegated to their website page, which brings me to another issue. SAM’s website has relevant and good information on it but is lacking in the same bits of activity and announcements that can be found on Facebook.

Having once been a part of Facebook and having a website of my own, it’s a simple task to set up your website to do all the things you want to appear on Facebook. This requires establishing an area on the website (a simple blog page would work) where all of this information is entered. Settings in Facebook allow a member to automatically publish whatever appears on this website page, on the organization’s Facebook page.

This way, I and thousands more of us that choose not to be a part of Facebook or members of SAM, can visit the website and read information SAM has made available only on Facebook. This is a big win for everybody and should be done immediately. SAM should understand that by not excluding non members from obtaining relevant and live information can only lead to more membership and better public relations.

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Bishop’s Bill, Not Yet Visible to Public, on Antiquities Act

Congressman Rob Bishop has introduced a bill, H.R. 3990, that, we are told, is intended to curb the authority of the sitting president to declare national monuments in a willy-nilly fashion. Will it? I don’t know. The bill has been introduced but the public has yet to be able to see any of the wording of the bill.

Below are press releases and statements made by others about the CAP Act.

Subcommittee Chairmen Respond to Antiquities Act Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2017 –

Tomorrow, the Committee will markup H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” or “CAP Act.” Introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), the bill protects archeological resources while ensuring public transparency and accountability in the executive’s use of the Antiquities Act.

“The Constitution gives to Congress alone the jurisdiction over public lands. While the executive should be able to move swiftly to protect small archeological sites from imminent threat of looting or desecration, the decision over whether to set aside vast portions of land in perpetuity should only be made after the lengthy debate, public input and accountability that are the unique attributes of the legislative branch,” Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) said. 

“Our government works best when it works with the people it serves to accomplish objectives for the common good. For too long, our leaders have not adhered to these principles. The ‘National Monument Creation and Protection Act’ seeks to protect the public’s interests from executive overreach through collaboration with local stakeholders, comprehensive review of monument designations and congressional direction on any future presidential monument reductions. I thank Chairman Bishop for his leadership on this issue and look forward to passage of this important legislation,” Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) stated.

“When Teddy Roosevelt created the Antiquities Act, his intent was to set aside unique areas of land, not to cutoff millions of acres for the federal government to control that produces no revenue or benefit – all while hurting local governments. Through the years, the abuse of this power has snowballed to a point where President Obama designated more acreage during his Presidency than all other Presidents combined. This process unfairly eliminates local input altogether and severely limits the public’s access to hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities as well as reasonable resource development on their public lands. It is important that the decision to designate or expand national monuments is returned to Congress, where the local citizens and communities can have a say,” Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Chairman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) said.

“This legislation secures a future for locally supported national monuments, checked executive authority, and empowered local governments. The original intent of the Act is upheld and strengthened with measures that bring us into the twenty-first century. I firmly believe this will provide the accountability we need when it comes to protecting our lands,” Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) stated.

“Regardless of political affiliation, presidents on either side of the aisle shouldn’t be able to create massive new national monuments by executive fiat without local public input. It is, after all, the people living near these national monuments that are most affected by their creation. Our nation’s public resources are best managed when the people that use those lands are intimately involved in the process. Chairman Bishop’s ‘National Monument Creation and Protection Act’ protects private property rights and empowers local stakeholders while also including important clarifying definitions that should have been included in the original law. I am grateful for his strong leadership on this issue and am proud to be a cosponsor,” Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said.

Bishop Statement on Antiquities Act Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2017 –

On Monday, Chairman Bishop announced the introduction and markup of the H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (CAP Act). He released the following statement

“The 1906 Antiquities Act was originally intended as an executive tool to protect historical and archeological artifacts and structures under threat. Regrettably, this worthy goal has been manipulated for ulterior political purposes. Today the Act is too often used as an excuse for presidents to unilaterally lock up vast tracts of public land without any mechanism for people to provide input or voice concerns. This is wrong.  

“This legislation provides for accountability in the Act’s uses. It modernizes the law to restore its intent, allowing for the protection of actual antiquities without disenfranchisement of local voices and perspectives. It standardizes and limits the president’s power to reshape monuments.

“If my colleagues are serious about their calls for accountability under this Act – no matter which party controls the White House – they will support this bill.”

Committee Passes Legislation to Require Transparency, Public Input in Antiquities Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2017 –

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” or the “CAP Act.” Introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), the bill protects archeological resources while ensuring public transparency and accountability in the executive’s use of the Antiquities Act.

“Congress never intended to give one individual the power to unilaterally seize enormous swathes of our nation’s public lands… Our problem isn’t President Obama or President Trump. It’s the underlying law – a statute that provides authority to dictate national monument decisions in secrecy and without public input. The only path to the accountability we all seek – no matter which party controls the White House – is to amend the Act itself,” Bishop stated.

“Under this new, tiered framework, no longer would we have to blindly trust the judgement or fear the whims of any president. The bill ensures a reasonable degree of consultation with local stakeholders and an open public process would be required by law. It strengthens the president’s authority to protect actual antiquities without the threat of disenfranchising people.

“Ultimately, if enacted, it will strengthen the original intent of the law while also providing much needed accountability.”   

Click here to view Chairman Bishop’s full opening statement.
Click here to view full markup action.
Click here for more information on H.R. 3990.  

 

 

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Open Thread – 12th Day, 10th Month, 2017

Self-Flying Commercial Jets? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Once Again, More Calls For “Sensible” Gun Regulations

Shootings, followed by the call to ban guns or seek “sensible” gun regulations, happen so often now one might be led to believe these are planned events, designed to divide the nation further with the ultimate goal of ridding the populace of their right to keep and bear arms. It is, after all, the ONLY roadblock to total communistic, dictatorial rule.

In the Maine Portland Press Herald, an educated doctor attempts to demand for “sensible” gun regulations while claiming to be a big gun owner herself. One of the problems with the entire piece is that there is not sensible suggestions by the author as to what “sensible” regulations would look like. The only point the author tries to make is that it’s more difficult to buy Sudafed than a gun.

So what!

Lacking also in the commentary is any indication that the good doctor has a clue as to human behavior. While “sensible” gun regulations will surely prevent the honest citizen, one who almost never kills others, from exercising their right to keep and bear arms without government licensing and approval, while being indoctrinated by government educators. A doctor may be well educated, as this doctor appears to specialize in nutritional supplements, but fails to understand that gun regulations only affect the law-abiding people and have zero affect on the criminals and mentally deranged who want to kill and harm others.

Gun banners just don’t get it.

In addition, the Second Amendment is the only amendment that is constantly being targeted for repeal or “sensible” regulations. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people and will use whatever weapon is within reach.

While the good doctor’s ideas might seem appealing to some, intelligent people have gone beyond emotional clap-trap and have a firm grip on the data that tells us regulations change nothing except forces lawful citizens to pay more in taxes to comply with “sensible” gun laws, and to register their guns on a national list kept by the government.

No Thanks!

Perhaps the good doctor should concentrate on “sensible” regulations of her “nutritional supplements,” and the sale of Sudafed. Each year more than 20,000 people end up in emergency rooms with serious conditions caused by taking supplements. Sudafed can kill as well.

It is not contradictory to seek “sensible” regulations on over-the-counter chemicals and supplements while opposing “sensible” regulations on guns. You see the big difference here is that people know that guns will kill you if used improperly. However, they assume that nutritional supplements are safe and will not harm you. After all, they are often recommended by doctors to their patients.

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Gun Banning: Been Tried Before

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Open Thread – 11th Day, 10th Month, 2017

Too Many Head Injuries From Playing Football?

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“An Unreal Existence”? and One That Was Planned?

Richard Fernandez tells us – and I suppose there are more that can’t see this than can – that we are living in an “information epidemic.” This epidemic he describes as a world of instant information made up of lies and obviously lacking in truth. The author makes this statement: “What seems to have changed is our mental furniture though we don’t quite understand how it happened.”

For most, it is not a matter of “don’t quite understand.” It’s really a matter of being clueless and that is why it works so well. I say works so well because, while most think our existence is happenstance, I have come to understand that it is a well planned out event that is working tremendously well and operating at breakneck speed. Everyone is caught up in it and it holds danger.

In the article linked to, the author gives readers a list of how he has chosen to describe the state of our existence.

“Technological warfare only seems to increase entropy rather than reduce it.”

“…  Brexit, Trump, Catalonia and the North Korean nuclear breakout far from being exceptions to the rule are harbingers of things to come.”

“Globalization has allowed drastic mutations that biologist Ernst Mayr notes often originates “in a relatively small and isolated population” to propagate very rapidly into a new normal.”

From the New York Times: “We’re in a disruptive period, and when we get through it, the progressive infrastructure landscape may look different.”

“Currently we are obsessed with 71 genders but a nuclear or biological disaster can flip decades of political correctness and deference to technology into their opposite.”

“Many are at a loss to explain entropy and anomie on a scale never seen before.”

“Today we have live in an environment where whole populations are immersed in an ocean of deliberate lies.”

“Instead of increasing privacy so data miners cannot engage in the targeted lying which makes “fake news” so effective we decrease it the better to help the manipulators.”

So, this, according to Fernandez, is our “Unreal Existence.” It is “unreal” when, not only do we not have a clue as to what has happened to us and why, we don’t even have the slightest suspicion.

We often consider ourselves as part of the “intelligentsia” when we whip out the quote that when we fail to learn history, we repeat it and yet our ignorance is revealed because we really know nothing about actual quotes, the context of them or the actual words spoken. I don’t want to get off the subject but needed to point this out because it is part of our failure to have learned anything that would have protected us from the planned assault on our existence.

Along with this fake intelligence, we have failed to understand that the “history” we are told we have failed to learn, and thus driven to a somewhat watered down version of the movie, Groundhog Day, is nothing more than the “ocean of deliberate lies,” Fernandez tells us we are immersed in. How then can we be expected to have or get a clue?

The brilliant, and evil, minds discovered a long time ago the power in mind control and manipulation. (Try reading this for a glimpse into how it all began.) I believe I was completely correct recently when I told someone that the cellphone was a purpose-built instrument for one purpose and one purpose only – the complete destruction of the mind of those who easily have become addicted to it. Don’t kid yourself. The majority of the Western Civilization is completely addicted and controlled by their cellphones. Once the addiction was complete, the rest has been very simple, as an open, clear, honest and concise mind can see.

All of the things I’ve highlighted above are accurate, if not complete, descriptions of our societal existence. It is unreal for most but shouldn’t be. And, is it too late?

Probably.

A simple, and I mean simple, look into this new “ocean of deliberate lies,” and we can see that this was accurately predicted in 1970. Zbigniew Brzezinski “predicted” in his 1970 book, “Between Two Ages: America’s Role In the Technetronic Era.” I put predicted in quotes because one might have the need to ask how he could predict such an event. It is easy to predict when you are part of the powerful, global, “Ruling Establishment” who have come up with the technological instruments, social media, music, movies, books, news, education, religion, etc. that are systematically destroying us. We can’t see it because we are deeply a part of it.

A deeper, forensic examination into the movements and planning of these events, which most don’t understand and others can only describe, shows us actual truth. This requires effort and a willingness to accept the idea that maybe you have been led astray. These two qualities have also been deliberately bred out of our existence – that “Unreal Existence.”

I cannot help you. You can only help yourself and for many, it is too late.

We are mired in an “ocean of deliberate lies.” Those who “study to show thyself approved unto God” know who the author of lies and confusion is. That author is also the head of the “Powers and Principalities,” referred to in this article as the Global Ruling Establishment. And, is head of the Global Power Structure.

Those of us old enough to have a past that can show us things have changed, can be assured it will never return to anything that resembled our past. That is gone forever. I only wish I could help readers to understand that this “information epidemic” and “ocean of deliberate lies,” is a deliberate creation of man designed for our destruction.

If only you could get to that reality…..

 

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No Predator Control Leads to Increased Problems With Human Interaction

The insane Leftists who want large predators living in everyone’s backyard…except their own of course…continue to repeat the nonsense that in places where bear hunting and trapping, or bear baiting have been eliminated, the bear populations have remained steady, or dropped, and there have been no increase in bear/human encounters. How then does the Left explain the following story?

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CDEEP) say that bears in the Constitution State number about 700 and are growing at a rate of about 10% per year. In addition, problem complaints from residents are rising proportionately.

Members of New Jersey’s Sierra Club, who say the only “problem” with bears in Connecticut is lack of education to teach people how to live a life as a prisoner so bears can destroy anything they wish, also deliberately lie to say that in New Jersey, after instituting a bear hunt, nothing has changed. Officials with the CDEEP say the data they have on New Jersey shows a marked decrease in the number of bear/human interactions.

This, of course, is a great example of the “post normal” world in which we have been forced to live in. The end justifies the means and either side repeats anything they want, claiming it as “the truth” in order to fulfill their personal agendas.

What to believe and why should any of us believe anything anymore?

Added Note: This report claims that New Jersey’s bear population continues to grow and the overall bear population nationwide has doubled in more than a century to over 400,000.

 

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Open Thread – 10th Day, 10th Month, 2017

The Left Would Idolize Him if He Was LBGTQ

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Maine IFW’s “New Communication” Void of All Things, Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

The other day I was highly critical of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MDIFW) new approach to “getting their message out” by hiring a professional actor to make “funny videos” to “educate” people about “hiking preparedness, birding and invasive species.

It appears more and more likely that my critique of what appears to be an outward (as opposed to covert) new direction for MDIFW is accurate. In my article I wrote: “It appears to me that the message MDIFW wants to get out is void of deer and moose studies, or anything to do with hunting, trapping or fishing…”

If you haven’t been to MDIFW’s new website, maybe you are unaware that the site is, for all intent and purposes, void of anything to do with hunting, trapping and fishing, other than some generic species information – and, of course, where you can buy a license.

I understand a little bit about websites and website development as I’ve done some of that over the years. Perhaps MDIFW has released their new website a bit prematurely in hopes of tying in all their previous pages of information in time. Or then again, maybe not.

I did my share of bitching and complaining to MDIFW because it took nearly a year for them to get some of their game harvest data reports published Online. It appears that the “new direction” and in MDIFW’s effort to better communicate with the public, they have solved the relentless problem of publishing harvest data for deer, moose, bear, and turkeys. To solve that problem, they’ve simply scrubbed all those pages from the website.

So, if you are interested to get some information about harvest data, like comparing one year to the next, etc. you’ll have to rely on making a phone call and or trying your luck at sending an email. Just for your information, emails will often never get answered….depending, of course, on who you are and what history you might have, good or bad, with the department.

Phone calls might give you some answers but should someone, like me, decide to quote something said in a conversation, it only becomes a matter of “he-said, she-said.” There is no paper trail. I like paper trails. It creates honesty.

In the past 15 years or so, I have amassed quite a collection of web page links to data and information from the MDIFW, that I use in my research, studies and writings. In going down the list this morning, it appears none of the links are any longer operable. And this presents another entire set of difficulties for my readers and I’m sure other media outlets, who, over the years, have published countless articles with links to MDIFW website information. I know I have done that for years. It’s the only way to provide interested readers with credible information. This kind of education is critical to the future of hunting, trapping and fishing. With this information now, effectively censored, MDIFW can go about their business better hidden behind a shield that prevents openness and accountability. Fascism always leads to communism.

It appears that now, unless I see changes forthcoming from MDIFW and their “environmentalist-friendly” website about, “hiking preparedness, birding and invasive species,” and let’s not forget “funny” videos (I want to be a rock star), I will seriously consider if I want to continue buying a license in Maine for hunting and fishing, or any other expenditures that prop up environmentalism and animal rights. If my license fees are going to support this obvious communistic, totalitarian regime of environmentalism, I’m sure I do not want to be a part of that. There are many other places to hunt and fish….well, at least until they all have gone the way of animal rights and environmental perverted ways.

I have asked the question before – Does MDIFW have plans on how they intend to fund their fascist department after they have driven all the hunters, trappers and fishermen from the state? And let’s not forget the snowmobile riders and ATV riders. So long as Maine wants to promote national monuments and all other ways to shut down access to land, funding for MDIFW and the Maine Warden Service will dry up. Then what?

Having said all this, I will keep watch. Either MDIFW has hired a terrible web designer and all those pages of information, now missing, will slowly begin to reappear, or the intention is, in fact, to become like all the rest, catering to the perverted environmentalists. Soon MDIFW will be changing it’s name, once again, to Maine Department of Natural Resources (and piping plovers).

I’m tired and fed up listening to other “sportsmen” exclaim the tremendous work of MDIFW, when the result of that work is being revealed on a daily basis. Is this really what you want MDIFW to be? I hope not.

Added note: If you visit the MDIFW website, click on “Site Map” in the upper right hand corner. This can give you an overview of all pages available to readers. It becomes quite clear what the message is intended to be.

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