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Some Trump un-appointments

Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These are a few articles concerning some Trump nominations for important, unfilled positions in the government. The first two concern nominations of people whose records show they are opposed to the mission they are being considered to lead. That would be like appointing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

But, of course, Pruitt was appointed to that position.

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Mad cowboy congressman haunted by smolts?

Submitted: Feb 06, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Is it frivolous to suggest that the burr under Rep. Devin "Cowboy" Nunes' saddle blanket is the success of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project? Spring-run Chinook salmon are spawning again where they have not been able to for 60 years because most of their river has been diverted down south in a canal to help farmers who had overdrafted their groundwater. There are also towns serviced by the Friant-Kern Canal, which are politically deployed as piteous hostages to the large agricultural interests, in a tradition first recognized by Walter Goldschmidt's late-1940's study of Cutler, Dinuba and Orosi, As Ye Sow: Three Studies in the Social Consequences of Agribusiness.

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He lies, he cheats at golf, and he lies about cheating at golf

Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-10-18

Esquire

This Was President Trump's 2,000th Lie in Office

What a moment!

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The emperor's old clothes

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj

 

 

 

 United States Constitution

Amendment XXIV

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Hand held devices in the wilderness and in the country

Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Yosemite is not Forks of Salmon.

Cell-phone towers in national parks have started a debate between the National Park Service, under the US Department of Interior, and rural regions dominated by national forests, under the US Department of Agriculture. The debate is between two unrelated cultures: urban tourists visiting the national parks vs. the rural residents of mountain regions, mainly on the coast and north of Lake Tahoe, traditionally timber and cattle economies but post-construction bust, now marijuana and cattle economies. These regions used to be called "the country" (as opposed to "the city").

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Growth of population and of wildfires in California

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Mike De Lasaux, a forester with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state ideally would burn hundreds of square miles of land with surface fuels annually, but he praised any efforts to reduce dangerously overgrown forests. The current plan moved forward following a recent agreement between state and federal agencies along with environmental, logging and recreational interests. -- Weber, Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2017

De Lasaux works in Lassen and Plumas counties, where there is continual tension between private, state and federally managed forests and every time a fire starts, fingers start pointing. While it is possible that his prescription might work under ideal conditions in his region, we don't think much of it as a statewide idea.

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Thomas fire: recent reports

Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-26-17

Ventura Star

Thomas Fire stops growing, 88 percent contained

Christian Martinez,

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Recent cogitations on marijuana in Modesto and in the state Capitol

Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We don’t want to be Amsterdam, or Denver or even Humboldt County. But we don’t want to be left out, either. Editorial, Modesto Bee, Dec. 11, 2017

Following the will of the people of California, it has been -- as they used to say -- a trip watching state and local bureaucracies and hustling entrepreneurs large and small attempting to legalize the production, sale and distribution of recreational marijuana after more than 80 years of illegality and under the cloud of continual federal intransigence on the subject.

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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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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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