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Who are the “Progressives”?

WHO ARE THE “PROGRESSIVES”?

by Mary Pitt

Image courtesy of Black and WTF

When we read reports of polls, we find that the “Independents” in the United States outnumber the declarents for either of the established political parties. In discussing this, the pundits assume that this indicates that most voters are in the “middle of the road” between the Democrats and the Republicans. This is not the case. The number includes members of small established groups that have been with us for years and their views are all over the map. There are the Libertarians who are far to the right, the Green Party with their ecological agenda, and now, the Tea Party whose views are more anti-government.

Buried and out of sight are the Progressives who have no party affiliations at present but who know what they want and need. There is a Progressive wing of the Democratic Party but they are not necessarily representative of those who advocate for progress but are not yet convinced that the party, as it exists today, are truly committed to the substance of their own needs and will not deal them away in the interests of “bipartisanship.” President Obama was swept into office on a wave of support from these very people who are now waiting to see whether he can or will accomplish the promises he made to them in return.

But, who are these Progressives, these nameless, faceless people who claim to represent a majority of the populace of the United States? I am one and I will undertake the task of telling you exactly who we are.

We are the vermin of your life, We are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and every shade of every color in the palette. Very few of us are rich or even “middle-class”. We live everywhere yet we are largely unseen. We are in the long lines at the unemployment offices and at the gates to those plants that are still operating; we serve your meals, we clean up your messes, take out your garbage, and clean your toilets. We are on your streets, yet you do not see us because there is nothing about us to which to draw your attention. We neither damage your ears with loud jam-boxes nor are we using expensive cell phones into which we speak loudly so you will notice us. We are simply there.

We work in your yards and in your homes, we nurture and nourish your children so that they do not suffer your absence unduly. We are as diligent with “Yes, Ma’am”, and “No, Sir,” as those who worked in utter bondage in centuries past. We prepare the hotel rooms in which you work or vacation, making sure you have all the comforts and cleanliness that you expect. We clean your offices after you have gone home or to your recreational pursuits. We live in your slums and your low-income housing prjects, We live along the highways and the byways as you pass in your big gas-hog cars or fly over in your silvery airplanes. We grow and cook your food and clean your clothes; there is not an aspect of your life in which we are not an integral part, yet you do not see us.

We can easily be seen when we turn out to support President Obama when he appears in our area but we cannot afford to travel to attend Tea Parties and other big demonstrations. But we can be seen in huge numbers at the Free Health Clinics as they are held in larger cities offering life-saving health care for those who have been deprived of it, sometimes for years! These affairs are not covered by news agencies except, recently by MSNBC. Hundreds of medical professionals throughout an area will gather in arenas or in huge tents to dispense needed physical care to those of us who have no insurance but are deemed to be “too rich” for Medicaid or any other Federal program to be diagnosed and steered to free clinics for every complaint from new eye glasses or dental caries to life-threatening cancers.

For this reason, our principal political goal is for truly universal health care. Learning that President Obama approached this problem first by consulting Big Pharma and the heads of the insurance companies was a kick in the gut! President Clinton tried that and we still suffer from his failure. President G. W. Bush told us that we had no problem; that all we had to do was to go to the nearest Emergency Room. We’ve been there and done that! We have thereafter received the over-inflated bills and many have had our assets attached and been hounded into bankruptcy if we could not pay. We will not be doing that again!

We are the “make or break” faction who will determine whether the Democrats are allowed to continue their majority status past the next election. We will do as we have always done. We will accept the fact that, once again, we have been lied to by a politician, crawl back into the woodwork and disappear until the great day, by and by, that some other political figure might arise and convince us that they will do something about our problems.

You see, we are the sixty per cent of the population who don’t bother to turn out on election day. We are aware of our invisibilty and unconvinced that you and the others like you are so consumed by your own lives, your good jobs, your beautiful children, and your secure lives that you have no reason to care about us. We will go on doing what we do, trying to scratch out a living from our poor endeavors living as long as whatever god we believe in decrees for us, allowing you to demean us at every opportunity as the “lower class” and a “drag on society” while giving you our offspring for cannon fodder in your wars of aquisition.

Think of us as the peasants of Middle Ages France who bore the burdens of serving the “upper classes” until they could no longer bear it. For we know that we are the base for everything you treasure. We are the ones who provide your creature comforts. Without us you would have to live in an unbearable world of chaos and your own trash. When you pray, pray for us. Pray that we will continue in our firm belief in the Brotherhood of Man and that we wil continue to support you. That is because we know, though you obviously do not, that you are just like us!

This writer is eighty years old and has spent a half century working with handicapped and deprived people and advocating on their behalf while caring for her own workung-class family. She spends her “Sunset Years” in writing and struggling with The System.

Re-Education Camp

Freeze, methane-breather!

Space aliens... yeah... that's it!

After responding to someone calling the Teabaggers ‘patriots’ (I suggested perhaps they actualy meant ‘seditionists’) Wrangler blurted this out:

http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=20751

“…I think the word you’re groping for is ‘Seditionist’”, M. Douglas Wray, In other words criticism of Longmont’s Ministry of Election Control has now been declared to be a thought crime by progressives.. There is a lot of disinformation about LFCPA reform out there spanning from control of personal finances to images of foreign corporations buying Longmont elections. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since they can’t keep track of all of them at the progressive Ministry of Truth, they’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on line about Election Committee reform that seems fishy the thought Police will be notified and the thoughtcrime perpetrators sent re-education camp.

Wrangler, Longmont, 2/11/2010 7:38 PM

Uhhh huh…

And they claim the left makes up crazy stuff… the wingnuts out-crazy everyone by a mile.

Letter to Council from Boulder County Audubon Society

(original letter in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

February 5, 2010

To:  Longmont City Council
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Citizen Advisory Board
Gordon Pedrow, City Manager
Dale Rademacher, Executive Director of Public Works and Natural Resources
Don Bessler, Director of Parks, Open Space & Public Facilities
Dan Wolford, Manager Parks, Open Space & Forestry
Ken Huson, Water Resources Administrator

Dear Longmont City Council and Staff:

The Board of Directors of the Boulder County Audubon Society, representing approximately 1500 members in Boulder and adjacent counties, would like to offer comments concerning the proposed staging of the Heaven Fest religious/rock festival at Union Reservoir.

The wetlands, riparian woodlands, and grasslands surrounding Union Reservoir comprise one of the most productive habitats for nesting and migratory birds in eastern Colorado. More than 200 bird species have been observed at Union Reservoir (Boulder County Audubon Society 1979-2009), including a remarkable variety of waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds.

A total of 44 species of waterfowl and wading birds have been reported at the reservoir (Boulder County Audubon Society 1979-2009) including:

  1. Barrow’s goldeneye, eared grebe, and American bittern (all listed as rare and declining in Boulder County, Hallock and Jones 1999).
  2. Great egret and green heron (listed as isolated and restricted in Boulder County, Hallock and Jones 1999).
  3. Trumpeter swan, tundra swan, Ross’s goose, Eurasian wigeon, surf scoter, white-winged scoter, black scoter, Pacific loon, red-throated loon, yellow-billed loon, little blue heron, snowy egret, cattle egret, and glossy ibis (all considered rare in Boulder and western Weld counties).

A total of at least 26 shorebirds species were observed at the reservoir between 2001 and 2009 alone (Boulder County Audubon Society, 1979-2009), including the following locally rare species:

  1. Sanderling, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, black-necked stilt, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, Hudsonian godwit, willet, marbled godwit, pectoral sandpiper, and stilt sandpiper.

In addition, at least 20 raptor species have been observed at the reservoir (Boulder County Audubon Society 1979-2009, Hallock and Jones 1999) including:

  1. Bald eagle (state threatened)
  2. Northern harrier (Boulder County rare and declining)
  3. Ferruginous hawk (state special concern, Boulder County isolated and restricted)
  4. Golden eagle (Boulder County isolated and restricted)
  5. Peregrine falcon (state special concern, Boulder County isolated and restricted) Burrowing owl (state threatened, Boulder County rare and declining)
  6. Long-eared owl (Boulder County rare and declining).
  7. Burrowing owls have nested on the southeast side of the reservoir, near the proposed Heaven Fest site (Ruby Bowman, pers. comm.), and as many as 50 bald eagles have gathered on the southwest side of the reservoir during early spring (Boulder County Audubon Society 1979-2009; David Waltman, pers. comm.).

Such an important wildlife resource seems a particularly inappropriate place to stage a festival attended by 30,000 to 50,000 people, especially during a time when breeding birds are still feeding dependent young. While we are generally concerned that automobile traffic, fugitive dust, amplified noise levels, and foot traffic will disrupt feeding activities of breeding and migrating birds, we also have a number of specific concerns.

A.  The celebration could bring as many as 50,000 people into the Longmont district park on the south shore of Union Reservoir. These people would be walking through the riparian area south of the reservoir, probably using the beach and perhaps swimming, and also visiting food vendors and a small stage set up within the park. Cars would be parked in the parking lot, as well.

  1. Current City Ordinance 0-2000-41 addresses one of the functions of open space is the creation of district parks devoted to low impact recreation use.  The potential of 30,000 to 50,000 people gathering in a district park contradicts the concept of low impact use.
  2. What resource inventories are available for this park and the rest of the south shoreline of Union Reservoir? What monitoring protocols for wildlife and plant communities does Longmont Parks and Open Space envision before, during, and after the festival?
  3. What specific information is available about county, state, federal, and U.S. Forest Service species of special concern in this area and in adjacent areas to the south? These species would include but not be limited to Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, bald eagle, burrowing owl, eared grebe, and bobolink.
  4. What plans are there to inventory and protect bird nesting sites within the park before and during the festival?

B. Parking several thousand cars on a relatively steep and potentially erodible slope on the Water Department property south of the county road will likely destroy considerable plant cover and create vectors and habitat for invasive weeds, including knapweed, Canada thistle, and bindweed.

  1. What is the weed control plan for this site? What will be done to minimize impacts?
  2. How much of a bond is the city requesting from the festival organizers to potentially pay for re-vegetation of the site (realizing that removal of noxious weeds and reestablishment of native vegetation could take many years to complete)?
  3. What if it rains? The last weekend in July falls during the heart of the midsummer monsoon in eastern Colorado and is statistically one of the wettest times of the year.

C. Traffic impacts around the reservoir will include fugitive dust and potential crowding of vehicles along the northern shoreline.

  1. Will County Road 28 be closed to through traffic during the festival? Will Road 5 also be closed to through traffic?
  2. What procedures will be in place to minimize traffic jams on other county roads before, during, and after the festival?

D. General impacts on bird species nesting at Union Reservoir.

  1. Has the city completed or will it complete an inventory of nesting birds at Union Reservoir so that we will know which species rely on the southern shoreline for foraging or roosting during late July?
  2. Will the city take steps to ensure that critical nesting habitat on the western and northern shoreline are protected from disturbance by festival participants?

Boulder County Audubon has 30 years of data on bird populations at Union Reservoir and will gladly share that information and our expertise on breeding and migratory bird habitat protection with the City of Longmont.

Thank you for reviewing and responding to our concerns.

Sincerely,

Christopher Abrahamson

Boulder County Audubon Society

Literature Cited

Boulder County Audubon Society. 1979-2009. Monthly wildlife inventories. www.boulderaudubon.org

Hallock, Dave, and Stephen Jones. 1999. Boulder County avian species of special concern list. Boulder County nature Association. www.bcna.org.

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

Can You Hear Us NOW?

Listen up Mr. Mayor

This is a second update to an earlier article.

This poll question at the TimesCall:

The Longmont City Council offers two “public invited to heard” sessions during each regular meeting — one near the beginning of the meeting and one at the end. Mayor Bryan Baum would like to see the first public-invited segment to be limited to no more than 30 minutes. Speakers already are limited to three minutes each. Should the first public-invited session be limited, and if so, how much time should be allotted?

Looks like the Times-Call finally closed the Limits to Public Invited To Be Heard poll.

Here’s the final results:

(click to enlarge images)

Final tally: 500 votes (not bad based on other polls)

Ratio of ‘No Limits’ to the (obviously hoped-for) 30-minute limit?

3:1 – ouch

I do believe that’s a very, Very, VERY clear statement that the public disagrees with the Mayor about limiting free speech. (and his effort to ‘walk it back’ fooled no one)

So maybe our glorious new mayor should think before he voices his inner thoughts about the public’s right to free speech and ‘stewardship’ since it’s pretty clear he doesn’t have much of a clue about either of them.


Here’s the previous poll results:

Here’s how the voting looked two days ago:

Times call poll as of Jan 29, 2010 at 1:00 AM MDT

Click images to enlarge


Now it’s late in the day sunday Jan 31 and more folks have expressed their opinion:

The number of total votes has gone up from

262 to 376 (over 40% more votes)

114 more citizens spoke up (which is great to see)

click images to enlarge

The opposition to limiting Public Invited To Be Heard to a 30 minute limit compared to no limit has grown from 3:1 to 3.2:1 (look at the charts and you can see the jump:

Samples from 1/29 and 1/31 – note the increase in scale on the charts (click images to enlarge)

I think it’s pretty obvious, even from this admittedly-nonscientific poll, that the people who are paying attention really don’t agree with the idea of limiting Public Invited To Be Heard and suggestions to that effect are not welcome by the public. Any ‘good steward’ of government should be able to see this. I hope this analysis has helped provide more clarity.

KGNU Hosts Heaven Fest Discussion

On January 8th, local radio station KGNU’s “Connections” program devoted a full hour to the discussion of the Heaven Fest Christian rock concert.  The event is undergoing review for a Use Permit for Longmont property just south of Union Reservoir.  The Heaven Fest concert is to be held on July 30/31 of this year.

Hosted by Kathy Partridge, the show (“Coming to a Reservoir Near You?”) featured Longmont activist and former city council candidate Kaye Fissinger and environmental attorney Judy Lubow.  Both Fissinger and Lubow oppose using sensitive land and wildlife habitat around Union Reservoir for an event that promises to attract at least 30,000 people and perhaps as many as 50,000.

Doug Bene, Longmont Economic Development Manger, and Gary Wheat, Executive Director of the Longmont Area Visitors Association were also invited.  Both men would have been able to present the economic rationale in support of this event, but each declined to participate in the program.  Luke Bodley of Heaven Fest also declined to participate.

While Ms. Partridge performed well in her role as Devil’s Advocate, it would have been beneficial to the Longmont community to hear more detail from these perspectives.  If, in fact, the event truly offers the benefits claimed, one would have expected that Bene, Wheat and Bodley would have welcomed the opportunity to share information with the public.

“Connections” is also a call-in show and this program generated considerable public interest and comment.  Callers presented a range of observations and frank comments about the proposed event.  Calls came not only from Longmont, but from Mead, Louisville and Boulder and further away from Ward and Bailey.

The program is archived on the KGNU website and can be found at

http://kgnu.net/audio/Connections_2010-01-08.mp3 (.mp3, 57Mb)

And a trimmed down mono version with just the interview and comments here (.mp3, 25Mb).

Stimulus money to help update Onahu Lodge in RMNP

From Coloradoan.com

Rocky Mountain National Park is planning to use federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to replace part of the water system for the historic Onahu Lodge in the Kawuneeche Valley, and park staff is asking for public comment.

Go here to submit your comment.

The new water system is needed for the park to comply with state health regulations for potable water and the national fire safety code.

Built in 1945, Onahu Lodge was deemed unsafe for occupants several years ago because of mold and unsafe plumbing issues after years of use as employee housing, said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson.

Improvements were made in 2009 to make the first floor accessible, but before the lodge can be used for housing again, the water system must be replaced.

The project calls for a new water tank to be built higher up Green Mountain than the tank for the current system in order to achieve enough water pressure to meet regulations.

An environmental assessment for the project says there will be little impact to the forest, and the system will not be built within wilderness.

Patterson said the final cost of the project has not yet been determined.

The National Park Service is looking for public comment on the project through Feb. 16.

Here’s the page on the Park Service website about the project.

A few excerpts from the page:

The National Park Service (NPS) is considering the construction of a new water system at the Green Mountain Housing Area, just west of Trail Ridge Road on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), approximately 2.2 miles from the west entrance to the park. The purpose of this action is to comply with Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment potable water regulations which are not being met with the current outdated water system. The project is also necessary to comply with national fire safety codes which require a fire suppression sprinkler system in the newly rehabilitated Onahu Lodge dormitory. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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If you would like a printed copy of the Environmental Assessment, please call (970) 586-1332.

Although submitting your comments via this website is preferred, you can also submit written comments to us in other ways:
• By Mail: Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado 80517
• By Fax: (970) 586 -1397
• By Express Delivery: Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado 80517
• Hand Delivery: Rocky Mountain National Park Headquarters, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado or to Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park, 16018 Highway 34, Grand Lake, Colorado

Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request that any personal information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we can do so.

All public comments will be carefully reviewed, and a determination will be made whether to approve a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or if additional environmental compliance is required. The final decision will be made by the Director, Intermountain Region of the NPS.

Arrogance to spare

I sat in total amazement last night at the City Council Meeting and heard Mayor Baum give us his unsolicited insight into his campaign financing. He stated that he “didn’t trust the Election Committee” and “didn’t want to face the scrutiny”.  He seemed to be saying that avoiding the rules is OK if you don’t agree as a whole with the City Council appointed Election Committee.

It appeared to me that he was proclaiming that transparency in election financing is an undemocratic process, and that his approach is some kind of badge of honor. Apparently Mayor Baum believes that his election financing is his business and has nothing to do with the public.

He also seems very proud of the fact he spent over $4000 of his own money to get elected. I would assume he feels if you are wealthy enough to buy your election, then it is perfectly acceptable. Either Mayor Baum is politically naïve or extremely arrogant, neither of which instills confidence in his image as a public servant.

I believe he is a great poster-boy for exactly why we need publicly financed elections at the City, State, and Federal level. It will be interesting to see what other statements he makes in his pompous and overbearing pursuit to destroy democratic rule.

Richard Hansen
1716 Gifford Dr.
Longmont
303-678-8635

Fair Campaign Practices Act

ARTICLE 45

ELECTION CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS

Legislative declaration. The people of the state of Colorado hereby find and declare that large campaign contributions to political candidates allow wealthy contributors and special interest groups to exercise a disproportionate level of influence over the political process; that large campaign contributions create the potential for corruption and the appearance of corruption; that the rising costs of campaigning for political office prevent qualified citizens from running for political office; and that the interests of the public are best served by limiting campaign contributions, encouraging voluntary campaign spending limits, full and timely disclosure of campaign contributions, and strong enforcement of campaign laws.”

With that as a foundation, it would seem that Longmont might just piggyback on what our state has done in regulating our municipal elections. But there’s a BIG, BIG problem with that. Our state statute does not extend to municipalities and local elections in any of the ways identified in the legislative declaration. I used the very useful “find” feature for this pdf document and I’ll be darned if it found only one reference to “municipal elections” and one more for “local elections”” So if Longmont chose to use the state statute, guess what – There would be NO regulation of our municipal elections.

I also recently read another very interesting statement:

“The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free-speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions upon those activities that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals.”

“…right to devote one’s resources…”: How much of one’s resources. All of them? Any amount one wants?

“We oppose any restrictions or conditions…”: That sure sounds like a political free-for-all to me and I submit to most people, including most people in Longmont.

Mayor Baum, at a recent council meeting you strongly promoted that Longmont scrap it’s Fair Campaign Practices Act in favor of state statute. So I guess you subscribe to the second quotation. That quotation comes from the Republican Party platform.

Much has been said about keeping Longmont’s election non-partisan. Let’s hope that the new council majority will not adopt the Republican Party’s ideology in our non-partisan municipal elections.

Ice Rink expects profit in 2010

From the Times Call:

Longmont ice rink expects 11.5 percent profit from 2009

By Scott Rochat
© 2010 Longmont Times-Call

LONGMONT — The Longmont Ice Pavilion is becoming a moneymaker for the city.

According to preliminary 2009 numbers (which don’t become final until March), the ice rink took in $146,956 during the year while spending $131,752. That comes to $15,204 of revenue, or roughly an 11.5 percent gain.

“It was just awesome,” said city recreation manager Jeff Friesner.

“This is becoming the place to be in the wintertime,” agreed Mark Mann, who manages the ice rink.

The 2009 figures reflect the last half of the 2008-09 skating season and the first half of the 2009-10 season. The season ends March 14.

The news is a welcome turnaround for a rink that once was on the chopping block. In October 2007, the Longmont City Council cut the rink from the budget due to its operating costs; at the time, the ice pavilion was making back no more than 60 percent of its expenses.

A new council gave the rink a second chance that December. Skaters didn’t take long to make the most of it. The rink broke even in 2008 and drew an estimated 21,000 people to the ice for the 2008-09 season.

“I would comfortably say we’ll easily surpass that figure,” Friesner said of this season’s expected attendance.

Read the rest at the Times Call

Consumers Beware: Monsanto Is A Global Multinational Biotech Killer

Henry Kissinger is on record calling us a bunch of “useless eaters.” Is Monsanto a depopulation tool of his liking?

By Vincent L. Guarisco
January 14, 2010

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.” ~~Mahatma Gandhi

I am a person with strong moral and ethical convictions and, as a proud parent who cares, I have read many child development books — most of them have a couple of things in common — they say it’s imperative to feed our kids a well-balanced diet and they strongly advise us to lovingly hug our children as often as we can. If this is true, then I’m no longer blurry about something.  The mystery is revealed; Mr. Henry (kiss of death) Kissinger is a bad-ass example of “bad nutrition” and cruel “child neglect.”

Indeed, food and water and love’s aphorism is our common ground, a universal experience to be revealed. But let’s be real, it’s also a vulnerable weak point for some people to abuse in ways unimaginable. Aside from being kind and loving to one another, if we are what we consume, we’d better be much more selective in what we eat or drink. Especially in knowing we physically and mentally grow or disfigure from that digestive starting point. After all, destroy the body and the mind dies with it.

Call me an activist dreamer. I live for the day when we can birth a healthy revolutionary movement to subdue all the crazy power-hungry carcinogenic-producing multinational biotech industrialists who seem determined to condemn us to miserable life of sickness, birth defects and death. Although there are many honorable individuals and companies out there producing healthy consumer products, that demand is not being met, so affordable organic supply is slim to none. Having said that, and with no offensive pun intended, a legitimate question nudges the non-nutritious lobe: Where is it mentioned anywhere in the Big Black Book that the future bread of Christ would later be dipped in 21st century arsenic?

For some time now, I have watched my America and the world fall ill in epidemic proportions while most surrender their sensibilities and concerns. I find this woefully unacceptable. Im sure most would agree that Gandhi (quoted above) is highly regarded as one of the most optimistic spiritual deities of our century. However, I’m equally sure even Gandhi would agree that the wellspring for love and truth starts with giving our bodies a healthy nutritional chance to evolve through safe consumerism. A necessity for achieving that higher sphere of philosophical excellence and grace that he himself inspires. So I quickly recommend we lose the narrow visio n and quickly find a better platter and chalice for which to wine and dine, because seed giant “Monsanto” is manufacturing some of the most poisonous Trojan horses the food chain has ever seen. Consumers beware, we are now trapped in a deadly chemical labyrinth!

One of the most insidious corporations to ever taint the consumer realm, Monsanto is a global killer; a maker of growth hormones in livestock, Agent Orange (dioxin), MON 810, and RoundUp Ultra, a highly concentrated Glophosate herbicide used on global agriculture crops with additional surfactants (to increase lethality). As the inventor of genetically modified (GMO) crops and food products, Monsanto is a major producer of agriculture (GMO) seeds specifically designed to yield only “sterile” seeds from farmers’ next harvest; thus, causing economic and environmental disaster for farmers at home and abroad.  A maker and distributor of deadly PCB’s added to global water supplies and one of the biggest toxic-waste polluters the world has ever seen — under the worst circumstances, Monsanto is probably a conspicuous card-carrying member of Kissinger’s vehemence that is helping to thin the flock in what the globalists call “the great culling.”

Please take a moment and join the “Organic Consumers Association” (OCA) campaign to “mobilize one million consumers to end Monsanto’s global corporate terrorism.”

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

According to them, Monsanto’s Board of Directors include many high profile names such as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Secretary of Agriculture Anne Veneman.  With large campaign contributions given to buy politicians, Monsanto lobbies to a host of them — former Secretary of Health (Wisconsin’s Governor), Tommy Thompson, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Chairman for the House Agriculture Committee Larry Combest are just a small handful on a very long list.

Plus, it’s interesting to note that, prior to being confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice, the Anita Hill bashing, Long Dong Silver enthusiast “Clarence Thomas” was Monsanto’s “Lawyer” (sic). How convenient, they also have a powerful enabler on the highest court in the land to continue protecting them as well. . .

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him p ower.”  Well, I’d venture to say that if Lincoln knew the dire health consequences associated with Monsanto’s death dealing minions and — providing his voice could travel up a golfer hole from the grave — we would probably hear him ask to be re-buried several feet deeper in a more secure vacuum-sealed vault.

And nothing drives the nail further into the proverbial coffin than “Phil Angell,” Director of Corporate Communications when he gushed to the New York Times: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe biotech food, our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.” Angell added, “Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” Well, that would be fine and dandy if the FDA actually did its job, but that is simply not the case. Sadly, the FDA does not come even remotely close to fulfilling its government regulatory safeguarding obligations. Not with past presidential appointees heading the agency, and certainly no t now with Obama. What a hateful monopoly game it truly is — Monsanto gets a free fucking pass around “Go” each and every time.

In addition, “Honest Abe” also said, “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” I guess it’s fair to say that Philly boy and the rest of the motley crew at Monsanto is a classic ambidextrous mix of Lon Chaney facial types who see fit to add cancer-causing preservatives, additives, colorings, artificial flavorings, steroids, etc., to their GMO products. In this context, “two-faced” is far too kind a depiction.

Well, as long as we’re exhuming legacies and looking for “saviors” in scarcities realm, I might as well emphasize how another great patriot made his powerful stand. We can all learn a thing or two from “Nelson Mandela.” He mustered immense strength, courage and determination to survive his captivity and still fight the powers that be. Well, we share some obvious common ground with this great a nd noble man — we’re all prisoners now in this new terrible Eden full of sick Monsanto apples poisoning the landscape. However, regardless of the challenges we face, no one can deny that Mandela’s incredible wisdom and endurance is a valuable lesson for us to ascertain. Yes, Mandela went boldly into bondage as a martyr for his nation. He defiantly stared into the eyes of his suppressors who wrongfully held him captive for decades as a political prisoner and yet, he overcame their torture and came out on the other side even stronger as a free man who went on to help millions. Wow.

I ask you this, was he born with some magical celestial “organic” genetic cocktail from above? Seriously, along with toasting Gandhi’s spiritual cup, we may want to quickly “in vitro” this same courage, tenacity and perseverance into future wombs to fertilize a big bang of truth, activism and justice. It’s amazing that so many great moral compasses have com e and gone; yet, the needle remains pointed in the wrong direction today.

Here in the US, some of our past leaders, especially Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, had their hearts and priorities in the right place. They both warned us of a powerful pending threat that, if left unchecked, would not only control government, but become it. Well, that day is here. These unpleasant Bilderberg, Rockefeller, Rothschild elites with all their augmented subsidiaries now seem to think they own us lock, stock and barrel. Or, they seem to think they do. . .

(((insert a very “stale” consumer wink here))).

Listen-up world: our common goal collectively binds us together. Our mission is one and the same. We all seek global peace, personal freedom, compassion and respect for all nations with different cultures and belief systems.  We seek to conduct our own affairs without intrusive interference from New World Order foreign entities, corporations or government tyranny that would subvert the very fabric of each nation’s sovereign right.

In retrospect, We each share the same sacred birthright. We demand to live free and prosper, to grow peacefully, to maintain healthy living standards without aggressive chemical-pushing biotech behemoths like Monsanto (and others) who are trying to kill us off by destroying the world’s food and water supply right out in plain sight.

In fact, when considering other disturbing anomalies like this deadly H1N1 flu virus that’s currently flying around the globe like an evil fairy dust, we can also add the giant Baxter Healthcare Corporation to the hit-list for surreptitiously spreading this infectious disease, and for manufacturing and distributing a global pharmaceutical immunization “hot-shot” for all of us useless eaters to harmfully inject or inhale. But that’s another nutshell for me to crack at a later date. . .

What we already know for sure is bad enough. It’s our very own personal “in our face” live-streaming 3-D featured event. An outrageous high definition virtual reality horror picture show. Yes, and the poison Koolaid and popcorn has already been doled-out at the snack shop.

Indeed, the mutli-national biotech globalists are working non-stop, feverishly attempting to create a one-world empire in order to dominate the world’s natural resources and everything contained within. We also understand this treachery was created by design — with calculators in their laps — as a means to measure, divide, conquer and reduce the world’s population to a more efficient, manageable amount for them to better control and enslave us. So, bottom line, we must unite under one collective banner in order to defeat them and survive.

Across the globe, a great awareness is quickly gathering steam. We ask all nations to harness that energy and join forces in solidarity to help restore health, stability and freedom to prevent this impending tragedy. Let us combine our unique abilities and gifts to enhance our greatest advantage.  We are billions strong! Our brilliant points of light can surely light the way for the greatest global arch of activism the world has ever seen for the betterment of all mankind.

I say let’s shut down the evil ruling class business machine with some mass global “boycotts” and “strikes.” Dissent is beautiful thing. Let us organize some real dates when we will all stop paying taxes, stop buying their products and services and stop manufacturing their goods for them even if it’s only for a day or a week at a time (as needed). As pissed-off consumers, we hold so much more power than we will ever realize! This will take their breath away. Divided, we may not have a real voice in today’s society, and we may not be able to defeat the power ful standing armies of today, but truthfully, we don’t have to — all we have to do is combine our efforts and effortlessly do nothing. Ironically, it’s as easy as that.  If we buy nothing, do nothing, produce nothing and spend nothing, the New World Order Empire will ultimately crumble into the ash bin of time and we will be much better off without their presence.

As Thomas Jefferson famously said, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I say we can defeat the elitists without firing a damn shot and without spilling any blood whatsoever. All we have to do is get our shit together and bankrupt them as they have already done to us. Think about it, but not for too long…

Vincent L Guarisco is a freelance writer from Bullhead City AZ., a contributing writer for many web sites, and a lifetime founding member of the Alliance of Atomic Veterans. Reprint permission is given as long as article content is not altered or changed and credit is given to the author. The 21st century, once so full of shining promise, now threatens to force countless millions of us at home and abroad into a dark abyss of languishing poverty and silent servitude; a lowly prodigy of painful struggle and suffering that could stream for generations to come. I’m wishing for a miracle, before it is too late, the masses will figure it out and will stand as one and roar. So, pass the word — it’s past time to take back what is ours — the American Dream where the pursuit of happiness, the ability to live in a free and peaceful nation is a reality. We bought it, and we paid for it. It’s time to take it back .. For replies, contact: vincespainting1@hotmail.com

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