San Joaquin Valley

The egg and the fate of the republic

Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I had been asked frequently, because I was presumed to understand politics by those who want to know, to predict who was going to win in Alabama: the child molester or the Democrat. If you think that is not an appetizing question to accompany your morning coffee, I would agree with you.

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Mal de Swamp

Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-21-17

POGO

Department of Homeland Security Threatens to Muzzle Its Watchdog from Reporting on Trump’s Travel Ban

Nick Schwellenbach

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Kleptos (Gr.) = Thief : Kleptocracy = Government of, by, and for thieves

Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

We might ask when will this end, but we think we are at the beginning of the Kleptocracy's project of destruction of environmental law and regulation for the profits of a very few. But, given the ease with which the gang of thieves has taken control, we begin to doubt there is enough environmental consciousness of any useful depth to be found anywhere in the nation. And, as the Project on Government Oversight points out re. the Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico, legal means of plundering the federal government already had been well established in anticipation of the real pros taking over the White House.

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Go back to where you can be you

Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As long as Uncle Sam deems marijuana an illegal, Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, black market demand for Emerald Triangle pot will remain strong, Leo said. -- Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Service, Jan. 7, 2017.

Law enforcement’s stance that marijuana causes crime is based on numbers from the black market, according to Will Skaarup, a consultant for Sister of the Valley, a growing cohort.

“We think a regulated market drives the black market away,” he said. -- Thaddeus Miller, Merced Sun-Star, Nov. 7, 2017

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Westlands' latest designs on the Trinity River

Submitted: Nov 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands Water District's predations against water used by others continue, perversely, and a big water bill in Congress tied to a defense-spending package could be another successful grab by the Colossus of Alkali Flats.  Westlands will take cover wherever it's available, even wrapping itself in the same Stars and Stripes that covers the caskets of soldiers killed in wars in countries their relatives would have a hard time finding on a map.

But in this battle they are up against Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, formerly a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the lead attorneys on NRDC vs. Rodgers,  which resulted in water flowing in the San Joaquin River across the Valley for the first time in 55 years for the benefit of fish. (1)

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Don't believe your lying eyes

Submitted: Nov 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This is typical Obama-era political science,” Bast said. “It’s all been debunked so many times it’s not worth debating anymore. Why are we still wasting taxpayer dollars on green propaganda?” -- Mooney et al, Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017

Once in power, the shrill pack of lies of rightwing propaganda changes its tone. It casually dismisses a decade of sincere confrontation and effort to cope with global warming as something that you-know-what president did. Now in power, the Right delivers the propaganda of the deed.

-- blj

11-3-17

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Co-Option Or The Corporatization Of Activism

Submitted: Nov 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

This ugly political phenomenon occurs constantly behind the curtains of some activist organizations and is not specific to Black Lives Matters, the example described here. In fact, most state and national-level public-interest organizations have built a large degree of co-option into their model for success. In this sense, they ape the politicians they constantly seek to rub elbows with.

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Merced County: Do Angel's Gate foghorns blast for you?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

If the public does not have a newspaper that will dig into the county's business life, it will never be able to judge important to our citizens of anything important from the so-called "news." Like so "very, very" (to lapse into Trumpian) articles in this McClatchy Chain outlet, this is nothing more than a press release, pathetically concocted by the newspaper itself for the purpose of pleasing local "leaders."

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Adam Gray's water bill shot down by Brown

Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The bureaucrats at the State Water Board have lost any and all credibility with the communities I represent. I will continue to pursue every avenue at my disposal to promote greater public transparency and expose this out of control kangaroo court of an agency.” -- Assemblyman Adam Gray press release, Oct. 17, 2017

We've never seen as clear a statement that this legislator does not represent the environmental community in his district than this. He represents agribusiness and its parasitic water and irrigation districts and, like his predecessor and mentor, Dennis "The Shrimp Slayer" Cardoza, is terrified of the environmentalists in his district. --blj

 

10-17-17

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