Monday, November 20, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tom Fitton on Al Franken, Election Integrity, Clinton Emails Discovered,...

As part of the public, I am interested, Mr. Sessions.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NOAA Facts Forum Parts 8-14 The Q and A

My apologies both for the delay in posting the remaining videos and for the lack of captioning.

 These videos are the questions that the public in attendance at this meeting had for the speakers.

In spite of the fact that this effort has been ongoing for a number of years, many of these people - including this blogger - had only found out about the proposal to create a National Marine Sanctuary out of the part of Lake Michigan that are adjacent to this section of shoreline(at least for now - who knows how much of Lake Michigan NOAA wants under it's jurisdiction? ) in March of this year.

That is not due to a lack of effort on the part of NOAA and etc, but to the fact that most people don't have the time to keep tabs on the machinations of federal government agencies. Most have other, more immediate interests - until those interests are directly threatened. And that is where we are today.

The waters of  Lake Michigan are shared with the state of Michigan. The Wisconsin half belongs to the people of Wisconsin. The federal government wants to control it and this is one way they can do that. By tempting the people of Wisconsin to give up responsibility for our half of the lake to NOAA for this "good" cause - even though we are already preserving those shipwrecks. We don't need to give up our sovereignty of our half of Lake Michigan to do that.

Freedom and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. You cannot spend one without giving up the other.

Those who rose to question the proposal all made good points. This blogger, however, opposes the establishment of a National Marine Sanctuary on the constitutional principle that the federal government is constitutionally limited to owning/exercising sovereign control over forts, ports and ten square miles. The federal government is not to exercise ownership like control over the states. As mentioned earlier in this series states like Nevada have given up their sovereignty over so much of their land to the federal government that it is laughable to even call them a state.

From Article 1, Section 8, this is what the US Constitution says:
" To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;" 

There is already a Coast Guard station in Sheboygan. It is across the street from where this meeting was held. 

"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.

2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.

3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee."~ 1 Kings 21:1-3

NOAA fact forum - Part 7 (1 and 2)

My apologies both for the delay in posting the remaining videos and for the lack of captioning. The speaker here is Sheboygan Mayor Vandersteen. The camera's battery ran out midway through his presentation so there are two videos for this speaker. My apologies also for the shakiness of the video.

Perhaps I am cynical, but I doubt that tourism will greatly increase for a marine sanctuary when Sheboygan couldn't even manage to keep the Dairyland Surf Classic going. They couldn't find someone else to take on this event when it's originators were ready to call it quits or to start another freshwater surfing event in Sheboygan, but scores of divers and tourists are going to come around to read about shipwrecks? I say read about shipwrecks because most will not dive them. The very features of the lake that preserve these wrecks discourage diving to see them. Would they even be visible from a glass bottomed boat? Those who will brave the cold and dark to dive such wrecks are well able to do so already. We don't need federal interference to assure that. I don't think this will bring in tourists in an amount sufficient to pay for the costs down the road.

And the costs down the road, Mayor Vandersteen, are what our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will be paying for through the nose. The federal debt of this nation is already astronomical. How is such a project even sustainable? Oh wait - I'm sure the costs will be covered by the draconian fines imposed by NOAA for breaking any of IT'S rules and regulations - rules and regulations created by NOAA - not the citizens of Wisconsin, and enforced by NOAA's own law enforcement agency. That is NOT what this author wishes to leave to her grandchildren.

The bottom line is that no one is saying the wrecks should not be preserved. We all agree that they are historically significant and a part of what makes this community special. What we are disagreeing on is whether or not we can take care of them ourselves or whether we wish to forgo our own responsibility in the matter and burden the rest of the nation with those costs.

Which will inevitably lead to the federal government restricting the constitutionally established (In the State Constitution)rights of the citizenry. Because if you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to want a glass of milk to go with it. And if you give the federal government responsibility that you should shoulder yourself, they will take the freedoms that accompany those responsibilities. Freedom and responsibility are two sides of the same coin and you cannot give away only one side of that coin.

We can take care of our own property, sir. It would be ethically and morally wrong to burden the rest of the nation with this. It would be wrong to add to the debt burden our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are already facing thanks to such expensive government programs. And it would be wrong to deprive our children of the freedoms guaranteed them as citizens of Wisconsin because we lacked the strength of character to shoulder the responsibilities of maintaining those wrecks ourselves. The tourism and commerce you expect whether they materialize or not are an argument from greed and possibly sloth and the citizens of Wisconsin are better than that - or at least this author thinks they are.

This blog has also posted video from a meeting held in March of 2017 to organize some opposition to the proposed sanctuary. (Which was the first time this author had heard about it even though the process has apparently been going on for some years.) That video may be found here.

"He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live."~ Prov 15:27

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Oh nay, nay Mr. Whittle. The left LOVES democracy. They want democracy because then they can use it vote their fellows (or at least their fellow citizens who disagree with them) out of liberty, property and life. They are claiming that the electoral college is a subversion of democracy. They have been pushing that popular vote bill throughout the nation to deprive the rural areas of their votes in the name of democracy.
Democracy is mob rule which is a stepping stone to anarchy and oligarchy and tyranny.
The USA is a republic and I know you know this and that you, unlike so many these days knows the difference.
That is why in the early days of the nation - or so I have read - the question put to Congress was often "How stands the republic?".

I wish every public official and schoolteacher would be required to wear a collar that would shock them every time they uttered the words "our democracy" or the like. It is a shameful dumbing down of the citizenry that so few even think this is wrong.

And you see that the sane people understood that the system is supposed to be able to withstand 4 years of any idiot in the POTUS' office, but these people say we must crash the system - but they cleverly do not say the goal of crashing the system is to replace it with theirs.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017