Greg "Ol' Hoss" Hostetler of Los Banos, a prominent local real estate developer whose unfinished projects surround several cities in Merced, recently bought a full-page ag in the local McClatchy outlet. It is a call to "Fix Mariposa Creek Flooding," which had closed a section of SR 59 between Los Banos and Merced. For years, Hostetler, reportedly also the largest almond grower in Merced County, has shown animosity for any free-running water in the county. He deep-rips vernal pools and playas on pasture land to prepare orchards; he drives construction equipment through creeks in his way and tears out any riparian vegetation in the path of his development projects; he deep-rips a federally designated flood plain within the city limits of Merced to prepare it for orchard development; he does the same to plant cotton in another section in town, mangling a small creek with his equipment while preparing the soil; and he expresses in his ad that he cannot understand why government has not prevented Mariposa Creek from flooding after a five-year drought.Read More »
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While specific conflict of interest laws that apply to officials below the president don't specifically apply to the commander in chief, the "tone from the top matters," Shaub said.
"The signals a president sends set the tone for ethics across the executive branch." -- Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Jan. 11, 2017
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As we roll into a week of confirmation hearings for President-Elect Donald Trump's selections to head the top positions in his cabinet, if you step back a moment, as the people at Public Citizen did ,1.what you see is a series of mergers and acquisitions of the various agencies by the "communities" they serve and regulate. While this is familiar to anyone who has pursued any public interest into the legislative and legal processes, there is something unique about this new cabinet: the man doing the selecting is himself performing an act of merger and acquisition, of the presidency of the United States.
We have tried to avoid joining the hysterical soothsayer set by making predictions, but nonetheless, we are considerng promoting a contest to see who guesses how long it will take before Trump brands the White House with a huge, overhead neon sign with his name on it. -- blj
When you spread manure on a sunny day, the stinking dust chokes you. When you spread manure in the rain you have to worry about it running off and polluting creeks and rivers. Nevertheless manure is a good fertilizer. If it's spread judiciously, it helps any seeds grow better, even the seeds of doubt and sheer obliteration. -- blj
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. “Angels help us resist, Seamus,” I said. “They are the ones who give us the information and the courage to speak out when we would rather just hang out. Our angel’s protest sign is good news! Our angel is reminding us that Trump isn’t our president. Right? We can still be good people, even though we have a terrible president.”
Frida Berrigan, Commondreams.org, Dec. 24, 2016
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Heightening the tension in recent weeks: Clinton actually won the popular vote by about 3 million — making Trump the worst-performing winner in the popular vote since 1876.1. -- CNNWire, Dec. 18, 2016
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