Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Special interest takeover

EDITOR:

Territory take over by a quirk in the system; The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the states on behalf of Indian nations so that they will have control over territory outside their tribal jurisdiction.

The hidden factor is that not only will the Indians have control also the feds. This is how our government works: If they can’t get your land one way, they go after it through special interests.

The time is now to stop this crap from happening. Take away the power that our government has given special interests or we will for sure become puppets on a string.

MARTIN SCHUMANN
Placerville

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  • rodFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Mr. Schumann, You probably are aware of the Pacific legal Foundation in LA county? They have been quite successful at defending private property owners and winning cases against the enviro-zealots like the Center for Biological Diversity. The CBD really has nothing to do with protecting the environment anymore, in fact I wonder what kickbacks they will be getting from tribal tax exempt coffers? The 1980 edition of the American Heritage dictionary defines ‘environmentalist’ as, “A person who seeks to protect the natural environment, as from air and water pollution, wasteful use of resources, and excessive encroachment.” So, persons and entities who seek government money or someone’s private property by lawsuit, using environmental law, could have motives other than purely environmental, an obvious conflict of interest wouldn’t you agree? It’s pretty clear most of these folks aren’t environmentalists, but opportunists using the courts to manipulate the law for monetary gain. These guys view the courts no differently than a fish looks at a worm. Proof lies in the fact our forests have become unmanaged, overgrown, unproductive, resulting in catastrophic wildland fires incinerating entire ecosystems and all the flora, fauna and ‘endangered species’ within them. These new megafires are contributing to “Biblical” floods and associated human death and destruction, yet these opportunists have the audacity to obscure their complicity with cries of “climate change”. I think the dictionary might define that as a… Trojan Horse. Your letter opens a new door in enviro tactics, thanks.

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  • rodFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Talk about the tail wagging the dog, how is it that a handful of unscrupulous attorneys not only control the entire direction of government environmental policy, but are committing mayhem on our economy and the environment at the same time? Hannibal Lecter would be hard pressed to play a more damning part in this horror story… but this one is REAL, NEPA, ESA, CEQA, EAJA, CWA, WA, other legislation, and their unintended consequences. Instead of enviro-attorneys throwing parties for judges with the Five Billion taxpayer dollars they’ve scammed in the last few years, judges should be throwing them… out of court… or in jail. And the judges must be next. Any appointment dealing with environmental science should be based on scientific credential, not political capital. The sooner we recognize the environmental destruction these environmentalists are causing, the sooner we can turn the clock back to more jobs, a better economy, more timber revenues thus better forest management

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    CEQA...have you noticed how our county is picking and choosing who has to do this? Interesting. http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html Pay attention to projects in El Dorado County...county claims they dont want lawsuits for some. However, some larger projects dont...it doesnt matter? Could be as simple as...they know the public might sue--but "buddies" will not? shrugging shoulders. I asked the BOS one time if they had ever been sued for taking too long on a subject....im not sure I was just playing around anymore. Lets play a game...or not. List the projects that had the environmental report done...and the ones that did not. Roundabout? Placerville did not originally (apparently they felt it wouldnt change anyones life)--now it is going through the report. (people took the whole thing to court to stop it...and won--yet here it is again. and its multiplied in several other places.) So since the people said "no"--to show everyone--they will build 3x as many...I heard a rumor of six total.

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  • Dink LaneFebruary 12, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Would "Americans for Prosperity" and the Cato Institute be special interests? ..... How about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) funded by Legislative dues?.... Or only the AFL-CIO and ACLU? ..... Why would one be worse than the other?

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Who Runs The World? HERE: In the real world, the politician that raises more money wins more than 80 percent of the time in national races. Our politicians are not stupid - they are going to be very good to the people that can give them the giant piles of money that they need for their campaigns. And the people that can do that are the ultra-wealthy and the giant corporations that the ultra-wealthy control.

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    The Chamber of commerce, one of the largest lobbying groups in the U.S., spends more money annually than any other lobbying organization. They spend 3.5 times more than the AMA, it's nearest competitor for top spot. - HERE

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    Evelyn s link :) Total Lobbying Expenditures: $74,470,000 Subtotal for Parent US Chamber of Commerce: $52,760,000 Subtotal for Subsidiary US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform: $20,860,000 Subtotal for Subsidiary Ctr for Capital Markets Competitiveness: $530,000 Subtotal for Subsidiary US Chamber of Commerce Global Intel Prop: $320,000 Subtotal for Subsidiary Essential Worker Immigration Coalition: $0 Realtor s are lobbying their little hearts out as well....trying to change the rules out there--in their favor.

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Fran: It's hard for me to believe that it only takes $74 million to buy our Congress. At a guess, lots of money goes unreported.

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    . . . and we'd be naive to think this happens only at the National level. At EVERY level politicians are purchased. It's not too early to start reading 460s to see who is buying whom.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    :) im betting you are right Miss Evelyn lolololol

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    More than 1.5 million nonprofits are registered in the U.S.

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  • cookie65February 13, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Here is one of those non-profits. Colorado Health-Exchange Director Indicted for Fraud, Theft

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  • EvelynFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Cookie: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done.

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    The Center for Biological Diversity, subject of Martin Schumann's letter, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization.

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  • Dink LaneFebruary 12, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    It only took$3 million to buy McClintock

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  • EvelynFebruary 12, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    . . . Every man has his price?

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  • EvelynFebruary 13, 2014 - 4:51 am

    An Elegantly Simple Way to Revolutionize Government - HERE: Our current political system rewards liars and punishes truth seekers by using a complex web of mechanisms that ultimately make it easy (with great help from mainstream media) to deceive the masses and hard to get the truth out to the masses.

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  • EvelynFebruary 13, 2014 - 5:04 am

    "100 Ways Republicans Are Just Like Democrats" - HERE: 14. Both parties are largely backed by the same corporate contributors and interest groups. Congressional members also receive contributions from many of the same interest groups. Both parties are heavily lobbied by corporate America — to the tune of $3.3 billion in 2011 and $1.68 billion thus far in 2012. 17.Both parties are private, non-profit corporations ... . 21. Both the Democratic and Republican parties exclude third parties from the presidential debates. 32. At least 360 former Democratic and Republican congresspeople have left office and accepted jobs as lobbyists for corporations or special interest groups who then attempt to influence the same federal government they once worked for. 41. Both parties use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage through more favorable district boundaries.

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  • EvelynFebruary 13, 2014 - 5:07 am

    The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet - HERE

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 13, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Good morning Miss Evelyn...I think you guys are the best :)

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  • MikeFebruary 13, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    I'm just going to leave this here (take note of the salaries on page 7 & 8) - Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax - CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC

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  • EvelynFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Mike: Thanks. The 990s always provide useful info.

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