June 17, 2019

Instead of a Monument….

Instead of suggesting this nonsense, how about the rational idea that if a park located in the middle of nowhere, where there is nothing, or at least nothing more than can be seen or done just about any place else in Maine, is such a damned good idea, why hasn’t Free Enterprise/Capitalism jumped on the opportunity to do so?

It amazes me how people’s wee brains don’t work at all…seemingly. Most people distrust government and have very little good to say about their antics. And yet, call upon government to do everything for them, right down to wiping their rear ends. Hiding behind some need to protect more land, one has to wonder why. Enough is enough.

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National monument not right for rural Maine

The wealthy Quimby family has spent more than $1 million at Hilltop Public Solutions in Washington, D.C., to convince President Barack Obama to use his authority to designate this area a national monument.

Source: National monument not right for rural Maine — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

How will visitors get to a North Woods national monument?

How the Antiquities Act has expanded the National Park System, fueled struggles over land protection

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SAM “Perplexed” Over Why Sen. King Sponsoring Meetings to Promote National Monument in Maine

Just like flies to dung heaps, politicians must take care of the money supplies that got them elected. GEEZ! Haven’t grown men actually figured this out yet? Coming off 7-plus years of perhaps the most overt of political pay-offs with President Obama and those who bought his election, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine(SAM) says they are “perplexed,” “confused,” and “puzzled,” as to what would prompt Senator Angus King to hold two public meetings about the idea of a national monument declaration on land the Obama appointee to the National Parks board of directors, Roxanne Quimby, has failed to convince residents and Congress would make a peachy kind of a national park.

SAM could lose the confusion to the problem if they just FOLLOWED THE MONEY!

Old Hunter knows the score:

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Gov. LePage’s Attempt to Block Quimby “Monument” Ends in Fluff With No Puff

Some used to think we lived in a democracy, of which they also considered a good thing. No longer and it was never good and only slightly better than an oligarchy, dictatorship, etc. It is quite clear from events in Maine that the people aren’t interested in another useless national park, one that, if established, would not be taken care of, because the U.S. Government can’t take care of what they have now. But, I guess that’s neither here nor there in this day and age of uncontrolled totalitarianism, and the forcing of the wills of those in power onto those that should be called subjects.

Due to the opposition of many Maine residents to a national park near Baxter State Park, by the wishes of the land owner, Roxanne Quimby, efforts for a park, which requires a vote in Congress, have become efforts to convince the current oligarchical president, Obama, to use his executive “privilege” and, while closing his eyes, to the unappealing-in-any-way land, grant it as a National Monument. It matters not whether the proposed monument land has all the qualifications for a monument designation. It’s about politics. Well, isn’t it?

Maine’s governor Paul LePage is opposed to Federal intrusion, which is what a park or monument would do, and has sought some kind of legislation that might prohibit either action. His latest attempt was to craft some sort of law that would force ownership of the land back to the original owner if that land was purchased or given to the U.S. Government and designated as a park or monument. Those of us with curious minds would have loved to see how that would have worked out.

The Maine Governor’s huffing and puffing, ended benignly, when his proposed bill, LD 1600, was amended to read that the State of Maine doesn’t wish to have another national park or a national monument. Here’s how the summary read: “This amendment is the minority report of the committee. It removes the requirement for a reverter clause in a deed and conveyance or title papers in the event that land is given by the State to the Federal Government and the Federal Government attempts to designate such land a national monument. It adds language specifying that, in the case of designation of property as a national monument, the consent of the Legislature is not given to the Federal Government for the acquisition of land.”

In an article in the Portland Press Herald, it states: “Bill opponents questioned whether the measure would violate private property rights or violate the U.S. Constitution.” What property rights? The only property rights that exist individually are those we are allowed to have, i.e. the right to pay the king his tribute for using the land. Once the king decides there are other uses, those granted privileges are taken away.

We know that whatever the president does or whatever the Congress does, nothing is unconstitutional. We must learn to get over this myth. Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says, in part: “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

For those unaware of Section 8, it is a long laundry list of the Powers granted unto Congress with the establishment of the U.S. Constitution. The above clause becomes the “general article,” similar to the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 134. For less studious minds, it’s similar to the “Coaches Rule” which reads: Rule one, the coach is always right. Rule two, refer to rule one.

The short of it is, Congress can do anything it damn well pleases because when they signed the Constitution (the people had nothing to say about it) they granted themselves a general article in which they can “make all Laws which are necessary and proper.” And don’t think for one minute that you or I have any say in what is “necessary and proper.” We all laughed when a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, if Obamacare was “constitutional” and her response was, “You gotta be kidding me.” She knew, we didn’t and can’t figure it out…yet.

Here’s the reality. If Roxanne Quimby is well-connected enough with Barack Obama, at the least she will get her national monument. Forget whether or not the president has certain powers. Those who can see should know by now the president is allowed, by Congress, to do just as he damn well pleases. And, we should know now that Congress has the power to do what it wishes. Maine, not a “sovereign” state as most falsely are led to believe, cannot stop any action the president or Congress decides to do. We gave up that sovereignty when we signed onto the United States Corporation contract.

What will happen with Ms. Quimby’s land actually depends upon how beholding Obama is to Quimby – how much money and support she has given Obama and whether or not her actions deserve his actions. That’s how the corrupt government works – always has and always will. But in our programmed insanity, we keep convincing ourselves the next election will change things. Uh, huh!

While the Maine governor, residents and legislators get their undies in a bunch over trying to stop Roxanne Quimby, the best that they can do is waste taxpayer’s money by drafting, amending, discussing and passing a bill that is nothing more than a resolution stating that a weak majority of House members don’t want Quimby’s park or monument.

It’s much akin to the large pit bull ordered to sic a man who was being a bully. The pit bull ran after the man, cornered him and began barking (in a soft feminine voice) bowsy-wowsy, bowsy-wowsy.

Fluff with no Puff!

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Proposed national park is unnecessary, the land is undeserving

If resources that attract people are there, people will come naturally and a park would serve the purpose of managing use and protecting the resource. This proposal does not fit the model. Labelling an area as a national park will attract visitors. Unfortunately, once they visit, they will leave saying, “This is it? No use coming back.” There goes the economic model.

Source: Proposed national park is unnecessary, the land is undeserving — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

BugSpray

A proposed national park for Maine would provide an economic boost to the manufacturers and retailers of bug spray. Both people wanting to visit the “park” would buy the bug juice.

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Mainers Should Be Fearful Of a National Park/Monument Designation

Many Maine residents feel threatened by the prospect of Roxanne Quimby giving her land, and land that doesn’t belong to her, to the Federal Government for the purpose of a proposed national park. One of the biggest concerns that Maine residents have is they do not want the Federal Government having more power over lands and regulations in the Pine Tree State. Most of these same residents, while justifiably fearful of a central government, don’t fully understand the structure and history of a corrupt government – in this case the National Park Service/Foundation.

Before I provide links to information where readers can determine for themselves how concerned they really should be, let me first remind readers that Roxanne Quimby is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Park Foundationappointed by Barack Obama.

Several years ago, I wrote, “The Crippling and Destructive Power of the Endangered Species Act.” In that piece, I wrote of the World Heritage Convention (WHC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Their written goals are: “By adopting the Global Strategy, the World Heritage Committee wanted to broaden the definition of World Heritage to better reflect the full spectrum of our world’s cultural and natural treasures and to provide a comprehensive framework and operational methodology for implementing the World Heritage Convention. This new vision goes beyond the narrow definitions of heritage and strives to recognize and protect sites that are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land as well as human interactions, cultural coexistence, spirituality and creative expression. Crucial to the Global Strategy are efforts to encourage countries to become States Parties to the Convention, to prepare Tentative Lists and to prepare nominations of properties from categories and regions currently not well-represented on the World Heritage List.”[emboldening added]

In addition I wrote: “Because the U.S. is a signed member of WHC/UNESCO, we are obligated through this convention to designate and/or establish “World Heritage sites”, i.e. Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park, the Everglades, etc. This convention also demands the protection of habitat for listed threatened or endangered species. Ceding control of these public properties is troubling enough, but the Convention becomes even more far reaching. WHC/UNESCO is granted power through this treaty, signed by the U.S. to take “buffer zones” around “World Heritage properties” if they so deem it necessary for the protection of “their” property. These “buffer zones” can be as wide as 5 miles, or whatever is necessary to “preserve” world heritage. It just could be your land and your property.”

Must I remind readers that according to the U.S. Constitution, all Treaties are the Supreme Law of the Land?

The United States Government, the Department of State and the National Park Service/Foundation, work with the United Nations through the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to nominate places for protection.

Readers and Maine residents should bear in mind that the WHC has stated that they are looking to protect and preserve any lands, private or public, that, if disturbed in any way would disrupt or in any way negatively effect “endangered or threatened” species – flora or fauna.

Maine residents recently learned of a lawsuit to stop the state from cutting timber on public land that might pose a danger to the endangered Atlantic salmon. The person who is bringing the lawsuit has been instrumental in getting the Atlantic salmon federally protected. Is it a mere coincidence that this public land sits adjacent to property owned by Roxanne Quimby; land she intends to be either a national park or a national monument and attempts are underway to stop the harvesting of trees? I’ll let you decide.

In addition to the Quimby park and/or monument proposal, Maine residents shouldn’t forget about efforts that are still ongoing to turn a million or more acres of the Great North Woods into national park wilderness.

While readers chew on the fact that Quimby sits on the board of the Park Foundation, and by that position is eligible to work with to discover and nominate lands, both private and public, for protection under the World Heritage Convention, are we to still consider her proposal as only a mere gesture of kindness? Don’t forget, she also has been quoted publicly as saying that Americans should not have the right to own land – even though she does herself, utilizing a capitalist system to earn millions of dollars in order to own that land.

But there is more to the Federal Government threat to Maine people than whether of not Roxanne Quimby is suspect in getting her land turned over the Feds or the United Nations. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have a terrible history of caring for the property they take or inherit as well as using deceitful tactics and outright corruption and criminal acts to destroy lands designated as parks and monuments as they so please, in order to fulfill political and environmental agendas.

Consider what the National Park Service did to the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Vails Ranch on Santa Rosa Island. Where once the Point Reyes National Seashore was established, legally and with full support, as a means of protecting a portion of the California seacoast by protecting the ranching community. The protected ranching community was a way of ensuring that urban sprawl and development wouldn’t take over the land.

Because Environmentalism is against ranching, farming, growing crops, etc., they have destroyed the original foundations of the National Seashore, in order to rid the land of ranching. One has to ask what protections are there in designating any land as a park or a monument if stuff like this can happen. Readers should also not get hung up on whether they agree with doing away with ranching or any other environmental-activist cause. They should be aware that government corruption will do just as it damn well pleases. This time it happened to have been the destruction of ranching. What will it be next time?

We know from history that an overreaching government “takes” lands adjacent to parks and monuments in the name of protection. The U.N. Treaty with WHC demands that “buffers” be taken around “sites” for further protection. If the Quimby parcel is designated as a “monument” by Barack Obama before he leaves office, what assurances do Maine residents have that any of that land will actually be protected from anyone or anything? In addition, because Maine owns land adjacent to Quimby, public lands and Baxter State Park, do we have any sense of honesty and decency that our Federal Government will honor its pledges? Can we assume that the U.S. Government will automatically, according to treaty, take more land as a buffer? Or will all access, all industry and all recreation be banned due to government regulation and Environmentalism?

There is one more thing that Mainers should consider. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. We also know that the National Park Service is some $11.9 billion dollars behind in maintenance and upkeep. In short, like with most Federal lands, government is eager to “take” the land but not too eager to take care of it.

In consideration of the 100-year birthday and lack of money, members of Congress have proposed a bill as a part of the 100-year celebration to find better ways to fund the National Park Foundation. One of those is to appropriate $25,000,000.00 a year, from 2017-2023 (inclusive)($1.75 billion) to be used to match funds from “private” donations. What could possibly go wrong?

Anyone with eyes willing to see, realizes that money is the root of all corruption. We witness year after year big money buying political favors only to be answered with huge payoffs after certain parties win office. It matters not which party. The only limitation of the corruption that will prevail once the Department of Interior and the National Park Service begin taking bribes from so-called private donations, is in one’s mind.

If Maine residents think they have their hands full of trying to work with Ms. Quimby to keep her land open for recreational access, go ahead and invite the most corrupt U.S. Government, through the National Park Foundation, World Heritage Convention and the United Nations to take ownership of a big chunk of land right next to Baxter State Park.

For those who don’t have or are quickly losing faith and trust in a central government, consider that changes proposed within the above mentioned bill, include changing the appointment of the Chairman of the Board of the National Park Foundation, from a position voted on by the Board, to a paid position (Level V) appointed by the sitting president.

These reasons I have laid out for you, are reason enough to fight to make sure the Feds don’t get an invitation. If they want the land, they will take the land whether we want them to or not. But, let’s not give them a damned invitation.

 

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Canada Lynx in Maine: Dumb Is As Dumb Says

Tired of hearing one more idiot talk of the viable reasons Maine should give up, or allow to have taken, more than 3 million acres of forest land, unfortunately we are subject to another ignorant speech about why giving all this land to the Federal Government is going to protect the Canada lynx. When will this garbage end?

The author of an opinion piece, says that the number of lynx in Maine has fallen, “from 1,000 individuals a few years ago to now around 500 to 750 ghost cats.” Is that so? If this is so, then why not provide that scientific data to substantiate the claim? That’s easy to answer. There is no data. Statements like this are pulled out of thin air (or other areas of human anatomy) and repeated….therefore it must be true?

I happen to know, from a very reliable source, that biologists, at least in some government positions, have been told to never state there are more than 500 Canada lynx. That 500 number is magical and insures that money continues to flow for studies and the protections for the cat, needed or not, continue. So long as there’s money to be made, there will never be more than 500 Canada lynx.

The truth is, there is yet to be any hard data to substantiate any claim to the Canada lynx population in Maine. Unofficially, (and with no official data) it has been stated often that Maine has the highest population of Canada lynx than any other state of the Lower 48 – because Maine has snowshoe hares and no other reason.

The other ignorant comment made by the author is, “the Canada lynx population has fallen as a result of accidental trapping deaths and habitat loss from selective logging in the North Woods.” Only a person without a clue, could make a statement like this. If the Canada lynx population has fallen, as the author claims, it wouldn’t be because of the planted, 4, dead lynx in traps that triggered the implementation of the agreement in the Incidental Take Permit that required trapping to be reduced to exclosure traps. On the contrary. All conditions being the same, I’m sure the lynx population continues to grow and will grow until the snowshoe hare disappears. History proves that.

And what of that habitat? Does the author even have a clue about what kind of habitat is good for the lynx? Has the author ever talked with any real expert or done any research? Doubtful. The Canada lynx prefers the snowshoe hare to eat. Where the habitat is good for the hare, it’s good for the lynx. It’s good, right now or has been, because of the millions of acres of forest that has been cut and was cut in the North Woods to mitigate the last outbreak of spruce budworm. It made prime habitat for the snowshoe hare. The hares moved in and flourished, followed by the Canada lynx. When the hares are gone, so will the lynx.

However, ignorant people, like the letter writer, will blame it on logging and trappers because that’s the romance biology they have had shoved down their throats since birth. Unable and incapable of thinking for themselves, they simple open their mouths and swallow.

The truth be know, more than likely, a 3.2 million acre wilderness Federal Park would be the worst thing for the Canada lynx and other species. But don’t go look! Don’t think for yourself! Don’t do any research yourself! Just accept the lies you are told and then make a public display.

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LePage, Medway Democrat team up against North Woods park

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage took a land-rights squabble with North Woods national park proponents back to the Maine Legislature on Tuesday, introducing a bill that would undo transfers of land that the president designated a national monument.

Source: LePage, Medway Democrat team up against North Woods park — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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LePage Administration to Preserve Access to Public Land in the Katahdin Area

*Editor’s Note* – Dare I say, “I told you so?” With Quimby’s connections to Barack Obama, I said a long time ago that one way or another, Quimby will get her “park.” Why the persistence, I’m not sure. It seems that now Gov. LePage must have a sense that things are in the works in Washington. 

If the taxpayers own land, regardless of where that land is, it should have access to it for all citizens and should be managed properly by qualified foresters.

Press Release from Maine Governor’s Office:

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the Bureau of Parks and Lands has taken initial steps to preserve the State’s access to roughly 2,500 acres of publicly held land that is threatened by efforts to create a National Park / National Monument in the Millinocket area.

For years, the Quimby family has worked to impose a National Park on the residents of Northern Maine. When this proposal was voted on by local citizens, it was roundly rejected. Undeterred by the will of the people, Quimby’s effort continues to march forward.

“Despite lack of local support and lack of support from members of Maine’s Congressional delegation, this proposal has now changed direction,” said Governor LePage. “Through the use of high-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., the Quimby family has focused its efforts on lobbying the Obama Administration, seeking to have the President use sweeping authority granted to him under the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate this area a National Monument.”

Given this threat of federal takeover, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry today commenced efforts to re-establish access to Public Reserved Land surrounded by the Quimby property. The State has clearly established legal crossing rights to access the public’s land.

Despite these crossing rights, roads to the State’s land have been blocked and bridges have been removed. The Department, however, intends to re-establish its crossing rights and harvest timber on the public’s land, once these roads are rebuilt.

“The time is right to clearly re-establish the public’s legal rights,” said Governor LePage.

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Sierra Club Maine to support national monument as step to park 

“It is part of their ongoing admission that in spite of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past year to consultants and public relations specialists that they have failed to convince the local communities and the congressional delegation that their park scheme is a good idea,” Meyers said.

“After years of giving lip service to the ‘public process,’ they now seem to feel that it’s perfectly OK to completely bypass the public and legislative process, and seek an executive order with no public process at all.”

Source: Sierra Club Maine to support national monument as step to park — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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