San Joaquin Valley

Crown prince of radicchio whines to the Times

Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe it's the drinking water. Could it be the worst air quality in the country? What kind of pesticides do they spray on radicchio? Whatever it is, it's hard to imagine why any farmers, particularly the Marchinis with their operations spread out over several prime rowcrop regions: Le Grand, Kettleman City, Watsonville, Salinas, and Yuma, would bite the hand that gorged them with the 2013 Farm Bill?1.

No. The Crown Prince of Radicchio tuned up a wondrous California Ag Whine for the reporter ladies from New York and Los Angeles because he could and because that was what they wanted to hear.

You've got to hand it to Trump. He has done what even the foul state Proposition 187, in 1994 failed to do, even though it turned kindergarten teachers into Border Patrol personnel: he has flushed out the growers of the San Joaquin Valley and made them speak up about their workforce. Perish the thought that there should come a day when no surplus of undocumented Mexicans are wandering the Valley, the Central Coast and Yuma looking for farmwork! 

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The alt-reality of agriculture

Submitted: Feb 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The latest spokesperson for the Merced County Farm Bureau appears to have been encouraged by the fabulously successful example of Kellyanne Conway to achieve an unusually high level of the dumb-dumbs, which, considering her predecessors, is actually quite a trick.

Surely, these truths are self-evident:  that the well-known substance flows downhill; and that alt-facts are just a subspecies of agribiz-facts. -- blj
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What many San Joaquin Valley people hear and say about Trump

Submitted: Feb 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Trump also seeks a return to the past,” Slim said. “Like a friend said, to a ‘regressive utopia.’ ” Franco Ordonez, Modesto Bee, Jan. 27, 2017

 

1-27-17

Modesto Bee

Trump may find he’s facing a master negotiator in talks with Mexico

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President Black Jack Trump rides the borderline

Submitted: Feb 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Reporter: How will Mexico pay for the wall?

President Trump: "It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form."

Reporter: Will it be as complicated as your tax forms?

--blj

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The developer president to rescue the banks

Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 What does a developer want? Happy bankers. And if you are a developer who happens to be the president of the United States,  you can make your bankers very happy by dismantling the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Dodd-Frank was a pale sister of the Glass-Steagall Act, which the Great Depression Congress passed to prohibit commercial banks from engaging in investment. The repeal of Glass-Seagall in the last year of the Clinton administration was one of the main causes of the real estate bubble and global financial collapse of 2008.

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Ol' Hoss threatens Mariposa Creek in local press

Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 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.

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Here now! Global warming and scientifically challenged rulers

Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

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New Yorker

 

 

 

DAILY COMMENT

Earth To Pruitt: At A Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands While Temperatures Rise

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Spare us the amnesia of the plutocrats

Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

  

...Sherri Dillon, a tax attorney at the law firm Morgan Lewis, also delivered an explanation of how the Trump Organization will be structured going forward.

Dillon said all of Trump’s assets, including his cash holdings and real estate properties, would be placed in a trust for his entire presidency.

The Trump Organization is hiring a chief compliance officer to ensure the business is “operating at the highest levels of integrity," according to Dillon.

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West Coast governors propose green jobs to solve income inequality

Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The three West Coast governors, all Democrats, are proposing to join up with the government of British Columbia to form an alliance to develop more means of dealing with carbon emissions that cause global warming and create " hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of new jobs in lucrative manufacturing and energy sectors."

And, incidently, pull traditionally Democratic Party counties out of the pockets of Trump and back into the loving arms of Mama Democrat, who recently experienced a mugging at the polls.

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