Rally at the Capitol: Stop the Tunnels


Action Alert: Attend our No Delta Tunnels rally! 7/29

by Stina Va on June 30, 2014

July 29th will be the LAST DAY for public comment on the BDCP. Join us in a rally marking this date and in raising our ongoing message “NO TUNNELS!” Save the date, share our event, and plan to join us. This is a critical time in the BDCP twin tunnels process–we must make our opposition against the tunnels be seen and heard throughout the state. We need all supporters to show up in large numbers to show how unpopular these tunnels really are.

DATE: Tuesday, July 29th
LOCATION: West Steps of State Capitol, 10th St and Capitol Street, Sacramento
TIME: 11:30 AM
Download and share our flyer. More details to come on speakers, live music, and more.

If you are an organization interested in tabling or speaking, please e-mail Stina@RestoretheDelta.org or Javier@RestoretheDelta.org. To RSVP for the bus ride from Stockton and/or Oakley or if you have any questions relating to event, please contact Stina@restorethedelta.org or call (209) 475-9550.

More information here.


Editor’s Note:  Please. Let’s put an end to this environmental atrocity.

Should Rural Police Have Grenade Launchers?

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 10:23 AM By John Stossel

I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today?

Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers.

The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken.

But today there are more than 50,000 no-knock raids a year.

It’s not because crime got worse. There is less crime today.

Crime peaked around 1990 and is now at a 40-year low. But as politicians keep passing new criminal laws, police find new reasons to deploy their heavy equipment.

Washington Post reporter Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.

In New York City, these men in black raided standup comedian Joe Lipari’s apartment.
“I had bad customer service at the Apple Store,” Lipari told me in an interview for my upcoming TV special “Policing America.” “So I bitched about it on Facebook. I thought I was funny. I quoted ‘Fight Club,'” the 1999 movie about bored yuppies who attack parts of consumer culture they hate.

“People (on Facebook) were immediately responding that it was obviously from ‘Fight Club,'” says Lipari. “It was a good time, until 90 minutes later, a SWAT team knocked on my door. Everyone’s got their guns drawn.”

It took only that long for authorities to deem Lipari a threat and authorize a raid by a dozen armed men. Yet, says Lipari, “if they took 90 seconds to Google me, they would have seen I’m teaching a yoga class in an hour, that I had a comedy show.”

Lipari has no police record. If he is a threat, so are you.

Read more: http://www.newsmax.com/JohnStossel/Government-Police-Homeland-Security/2014/07/24/id/584635#ixzz38mbeluW9

Sand Fire Triples In Size – Homes and Vineyards Threatened

Video: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/10410270-2-growing-wildfires-burn-thousands-of-acres-in-sierra-foothills/

Note vineyards in the foreground.

PLYMOUTH (CBS/AP) — A wildfire burning near vineyards and homes in Northern California has more than doubled in size, while a new blaze is threatening homes in Yosemite National Park.

State fire officials say the rapidly spreading Sand Fire that began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills has now burned more than 4 1/2 square miles of timber and grass, along with five homes and seven outbuildings. It’s 20 percent contained and is being pushed by 20 mph wind gusts in the Amador County area east of Sacramento.

Authorities say about 515 homes are under evacuation orders and crews are battling flames very close to some of them.

Read more: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/07/26/sand-fire-triples-in-size-yosemite-blaze-threatens-homes/

Hoping for the best for you folks in the El Dorado-Amado wine country.  I’ll be down for a glass of red.

Congressman at border: ‘Obama begging to be impeached’

US-Mexican border

Congressman at border: ‘Obama begging to be impeached’
Witnesses shocking procedures for handling illegal immigrants


“Truthfully, we don’t really have any idea who they might be or where they came from…” —-Border Patrol Agent

McALLEN, Texas – Observing what he could only describe as “chaos on the border” during a midnight tour of the Rio Grande on Friday, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, concluded, “President Obama is begging to be impeached.”

“For all I know, Obama is preparing to process five million illegal immigrant kids and teenagers into the United States,” Stockman said upon observing border operations near McAllen, Texas.

“He wants us to impeach him now,” Stockman theorized, “before the midterm election because his senior advisors believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote.”

Accompanied by a WND film crew, Stockman began the evening by stopping at a massive Department of Homeland Security detention facility a mile or two north of the Mexican border, only to be encountered by seven or eight armed Border Patrol agents who approached Stockman and WND for questioning.

Though polite, a Border Patrol supervisor speaking from behind the chain-link fence that surrounded the facility refused to allow Stockman to tour the facility.

Through the chain-linked fence, the WND film crew took video of an active hanger-like open building cooled by two massive fans in which teenage illegal immigrants were being searched for concealed weapons as they were being processed into the detention facility.

Within minutes, as Stockman began asking questions of the Border Patrol supervisor, the hanger-like intake facility was shut down and emptied of illegal immigrant teenagers being processed by more than a dozen Border Patrol agents.

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas

“We release all detainees under 14 years of age without taking any biometric identification, including no fingerprints,” the Border Patrol agent explained to Stockman. “We are prevented by law from taking fingerprints or other biometric information on these kids.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/congressman-at-border-obama-begging-to-be-impeached/#Xdxz5ghrohTRY7Tp.99

Update-Drudge-Lake of the Pines: Veteran Can’t Build Furniture For Military Families In Need

Ruh, roh.  This story just hit the Drudge Report. 7/25/2014


7/24/2014 NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — A war veteran who builds furniture in his garage and gives it to military families in need could be forced to shut down the saws.

A homeowners association is telling Dennis Kocher he needs to close up shop after years of doing business, or he could be fined between $100 and $1,000.

“I may not paint, sand, cut wood or screw on the property at anytime,” he said.

The new mandate cuts deep, as he’s been building cabinets and dressers for a decade, donating most to military families.

“Everyone who received my furniture or responsible for dispersing it gave me this gift and it’s something I’ll treasure forever,” he said holding a photo.

He builds to help make a better life for families who have very little.

“I don’t make a profit. The money I spend is my own money, my own time and talents and I build it to give to the Beale [Air Force Base],” he said.

Even as a nonprofit, the Vietnam veteran was told he had to get a business permit, which he did in 2012. But this March, the Lake of the Pines Homeowners Association took it away

Read more: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/07/24/homeowners-association-veteran-cant-build-furniture-for-military-families-in-need


The world could use more of these people, not less.  For that reason, the Lake of the Pines Homeowner’s Association has earned a place in the Hall of Shame.


Western US water crisis worse than thought

Nasa study finds dramatic loss of underground water in Colorado River Basin

The Colorado River Basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet of freshwater over the past nine years, according to a new study based on data from NASA’s GRACE mission Photo: Bureau of Reclamation/ NASA

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

By ,US Correspondent 8:24PM BST 24 Jul 2014

The water crisis in the south west of the US is likely to worsen according to a new study carried out by the American space agency and University of California.

Research has found that the Colorado River Basin, the prime source of water in the region, is being sucked dry.

Only last week California announced daily fines of $500 (£300) for residents who water their lawns with nearly four fifths of the state being classified as being under “extreme” and “exceptional” drought conditions.

The Colorado River is the only major river in the southwestern US, with the basin supplying water to 40 million people in seven states and irrigating around four million acres of farmland.

In California, the basin is a key source of water for Los Angeles and San Diego.

A series of monthly measurements have shown that over nine years the Colorado River Basin lost nearly twice as much water as Lake Mead, Nevada – the country’s largest reservoir.

“We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10989695/Western-US-water-crisis-worse-than-thought.html

Twin Tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today”

July 08 –Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.The staff report sums up the county’s highly critical comments on the $25 billion tunnels plan. Supervisors will consider approving those formal comments this morning at their meeting in downtown Stockton .With the help of outside consultants and attorneys, the county attacks the so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan on multiple fronts, arguing that the tunnels are deceptively portrayed as a “conservation plan,” that the tunnels represent “a triumph of project advocacy over sound science,” and that the complex 34,000-plus page analysis is “among the least user-friendly environmental reviews in history.”

Central and south Delta farmers are joining in with the county’s comments, which Central Delta Water Agency attorney Dante Nomellini described Monday as “really strong.”

“The (tunnels) document is grossly defective,” Nomellini said. “I don’t know if it’s going to make any difference. We’re commenting along with a lot of other people.”

Indeed, about 8,500 people, organizations and agencies across the state had already commented on the tunnels plan as of Monday, said Richard Stapler , a spokesman for the state’s Natural Resources Agency . Some of the more technical comment letters run 100-plus pages, Stapler said.

And it’s not over yet. The public comment period closes July 29 .

Read more: http://california.construction.com/yb/ca/article.aspx?story_id=id:geXUlox-35AoeGRGlzLYGz8kIsIBoK_XVwdryEIasyEheJgspuNtIqRSZdd9xshu