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woodsEnd Mobile Food Pantry 4.18.14
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You Are Going To Read Bizarre & Zany Junk Below
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And I’m not speaking to what I write below.

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I don’t know how many human leeches associated with the United Nations are sucking the blood from taxpayers and other contributors, but the number is huge if the weird ideas floating from their (the leeches) besotted brains are any indication.

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginnin...

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginning to suck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no shame or embarrassment  demonstrated when their hocus pocus to end global warming or climate change is trotted out.

We can say the leeches are not olny brazen, but also tireless to the extreme. Their silliness is limitless as they waste time, money and other valuable resources.

They deserve prosecution for being a drain on society as they continue with their elitist bull butter. Of course, most everything with the United Nation’s stamp of approval is wasted motion.  You should read the story which follows the link just below if you wish to find what they are doing now:

Zany & Bizarre

 

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Marita Noon: What’s The Real Deal On Nevada’s Bundy
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Greetings!

On Friday, I was planning to write on the status of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. Late Friday, I received an email alerting me to some buzz about the Bundy standoff and fracking. I perked up and did some quick research. Wow! I was off and running. What I found became the impetus for this week’s column: Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown? (attached and pasted-in-below).

As I like to do, I connected a bunch of dots that, to my knowledge, no one else has connected to put together my theory that stopping Nevada’s fracking rush is what was behind the Bundy Showdown. I know it sounds a little out on a limb, but those who have read it so far find it very plausible. As this topic is still big news, I hope you will help me by spreading this piece as far and wide as possible.

Sadly I ran out of time (and word count) to get in the Reid solar project in there and the fact that the enviros allow solar projects—after huge sums are offered to protect the tortoises—but when other industry spent $26 million to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken, the effort was rebuffed. But I did stay focused on my premise.

Thanks for posting, passing on and/or personally enjoying Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

 

Marita82313Marita Noon

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim.

 

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.”

 

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert torto...

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert tortoise before release as part of the Fort Irwin, Calif., tortoise translocation. U.S. Army Environmental Command photo by Neal Snyder (neal.snyder@us.army.mil) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bundy’s story has been percolating for decades—leaving people to question why now. The pundits are, perhaps, missing the real motive. To discover it, you have to dig deep under the surface of the story, below the surface of the earth. I posit: it is all about oil and gas.

On April 10, the Natural News Network posted this: “BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases.” It states: “a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.”

This set off alarms in my head; it didn’t add up. I know that oil-and-gas development and ranching can happily coexist. Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, told me: “The ranching and oil-and-gas communities are the backbone of America. They are the folks who allow the rest of the nation to pursue their hearts’ desire secure in the knowledge that they will have food and energy available in abundant supply. These natural resource users have worked arm-in-arm for nearly a century on the same land. They are constantly developing and employing technologies for ever better outcomes.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wouldn’t be enduring the humiliating press it has received, as a result of kicking Bundy off of land his family has ranched for generations and taking away his prior usage rights, just to open up the land for oil-and-gas—the two can both be there.

 

BLM Cows

BLM Cows (Photo credit: ScottSchrantz)

The Natural News “investigation” includes a map from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology that shows “significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870s.” It continues: “What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas.”

Nevada is not a top-of-mind state when one thinks about oil and gas. Alan Coyner, administrator for the Nevada Division of Minerals, describes his state: “We are not a major oil-producing state. We’re not the Saudi Arabia of the U.S. like we are for gold and geothermal production.” The Las Vegas Review Journal reports: “When it comes to oil, Nevada is largely undiscovered country…. fewer than 1,000 wells have been drilled in the state, and only about 70 are now in production, churning out modest amounts of low-grade petroleum generally used for tar or asphalt. Since an all-time high of 4 million barrels in 1990, oil production in Nevada has plummeted to fewer than 400,000 barrels a year. More oil is pumped from the ground in one day in North Dakota—where the fracking boom has added more than 2,000 new wells in recent years—than Nevada produced in 2012.”

 

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of...

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of Nevada , Reno, Nevada (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

But, Nevada could soon join the ranks of the states that are experiencing an economic boom and job creation due to oil-and-gas development. And, that has got to have the environmental groups, which are hell-bent on stopping it, in panic mode. Until now, their efforts in Nevada have been focused on blocking big solar development.

 

Solar Two Power Tower Project

Solar Two Power Tower Project (Photo credit: GoShows)

A year ago, the BLM held an oil-and-gas lease sale in Reno. At the sale, 29 federal land leases, totaling about 56 square miles, were auctioned off, bringing in $1.27 million. One of the winning bidders is Houston-based Noble Energy, which plans to drill as many as 20 exploratory wells and could start drilling by the end of the year. Commenting on its acreage, Susan Cunningham, Noble senior vice president, said: “We’re thrilled with the possibilities of this under-explored petroleum system.”

The parcels made available in April 2013 will be developed using hydraulic fracturing, about which Coyner quipped: “If the Silver State’s first big shale play pays off, it could touch off a fracking rush in Nevada.” Despite the fact that fracking has been done safely and successfully for more than 65 years in America, the Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Nevada-based senior scientist, Ron Mrowka, told the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Fracking is not a good thing. We don’t feel there is a safe way to do it.”

The BLM made the leases available after someone, or some company, nominated the parcels, and the process to get them ready for auction can easily take a year or longer. One year before the April 2013, sale, CBD filed a “60-day notice of intent to sue” the BLM for its failure to protect the desert tortoise in the Gold Butte area—where Bundy cattle have grazed for more than a century.

Because agencies like the BLM are often staffed by environmental sympathizers, it is possible that CBD was alerted to the pending potential oil-and-gas boom when the April 2013 parcels were nominated—triggering the notice of intent to sue in an attempt to lock up as much land as possible before the “fracking rush” could begin.

A March 25, 2014 CBD press release—which reportedly served as the impetus for the current showdown—states: “Tortoises suffer while BLM allows trespass cattle to eat for free in Nevada desert.” It points out that the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan purchased and then retired grazing leases to protect the endangered tortoise.

Once Bundy’s cattle are kicked off the land to protect the tortoise, the precedent will be set to use the tortoise to block any oil-and-gas development in the area—after all environmentalists hate cattle only slightly less than they hate oil and gas. Admittedly, the April 13 leases are not in the same area as Bundy’s cattle, however, Gold Butte does have some oil-and-gas exploration that CBD’s actions could nip in the bud. Intellihub reports: “The BLM claims that they are seizing land to preserve it, for environmental protection. However, it is obvious that environmental protection is not their goal if they are selling large areas of land to fracking companies. Although the land that was sold last year is 300 and some miles away from the Bundy ranch, the aggressive tactics that have been used by federal agents in this situation are raising the suspicion that this is another BLM land grab that is destined for a private auction.”

The Natural News Network also sees that the tortoise is being used as a scapegoat: “Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves.” It adds: “‘Endangered tortoises’ is merely the government cover story for confiscating land to turn it over to fracking companies for millions of dollars in energy leases.” The Network sees that it isn’t really about the critters; after all, hundreds of desert tortoises are being euthanized in Nevada.

Though the Intellihub and Natural News Network point to the “current showdown” as being about allowing oil-and-gas development, I believe that removing the cattle is really a Trojan horse. The tortoise protection will be used to block any more leasing.

On April 5, 2014, CBD sent out a triumphant press release announcing that the “long-awaited” roundup of cattle had begun.

What I am presenting is only a theory; I am just connecting some dots. But over-and-over, an endangered or threated species or habitat is used to block all kinds of economic development. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lesser prairie chicken and the huge effort ($26 million) a variety of industries cooperatively engaged in to keep its habitat from being listed as threatened. The effort failed and the chicken’s habitat was listed. In my column on the topic, I predicted that these listings were likely to trigger another sage brush rebellion that will challenge federal land ownership. The Bundy showdown has brought the controversy front and center.

For now, southern Nevada’s last rancher has won the week-long standoff that has been likened to Tiananmen Square. Reports state that “the BLM said it did so because it feared for the safety of employees and members of the public,” not because it has changed its position.

While this chapter may be closing, it may have opened the next chapter in the sage brush rebellion. The Bundy standoff has pointed out the overreach of federal agencies and the use of threatened or endangered species to block economic activity.

Chuck’s Note: Look for related articles below Ms Noon’s Bio:

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4/13/14
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    Happy Birthday,  Tom    
                                  
In 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia. Long regarded as America’s most distinguished “apostle of liberty,” Jefferson has come under increasingly critical scrutiny within the scholarly world. At the popular level, both in the United States and abroad, he remains an incandescent icon, an inspirational symbol for both major U.S. political parties, as well as for dissenters in communist China, liberal reformers in central and eastern Europe, and aspiring democrats in Africa and Latin America. His image within scholarly circles has suffered, however, as the focus on racial equality has prompted a more negative reappraisal of his dependence upon slavery and his conviction that American society remain a white man’s domain. The huge gap between his lyrical expression of liberal ideals and the more attenuated reality of his own life has transformed Jefferson into America’s most problematic and paradoxical hero.

 

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Sec...

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In 1598, King Henry IV of France promulgated the Edict of Nantes in Brittany, granting a large measure of religious liberty to his Protestant subjects, the Huguenots.
Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (L...

Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (Louvre) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1943, The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated to Thomas Jefferson on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2002, the military coup that had installed businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga as interim president of Venezuela on April 12 collapsed, and the following morning Hugo Chávez was restored to the presidency.

English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Meeting with Ven...

English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”     William Butler Yeats
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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.11.14
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In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
English: Engraving of King William III and his...

English: Engraving of King William III and his wife Queen Mary who shared the English monarchy in the late 17th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napoleonic Wars:    In 1814 Napoleon, who was facing an invasion of France by forces bent on his overthrow and was pressed by his own officers, abdicated unconditionally at Fontainebleau. He was then banished to the Isle of Elba.

 

Ernest Meissonier - Napoleon I in 1814 cropped

Ernest Meissonier – Napoleon I in 1814 cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora, a volcano on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, killed about 10,000 people.

 

English: Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tamb...

English: Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tambora at the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia Русский: Вид с воздуха на кальдеру вулкана Тамбора, остров Сумбава, Индонезия. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1848,

In 1848 Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria confirmed the March Laws, which formed the foundation of the modern state of Hungary. On March 2, 1835, he had succeeded to the throne of Austria. Because of the emperor’s limited abilities, government affairs were controlled by a body of counselors, known as the “state conference,” in which the decisive influence was exercised by the chancellor Klemens, Prince von Metternich. In 1836, Ferdinand became the last Habsburg to be crowned king of Bohemia, and in 1838 he was crowned king of Lombardy and Venetia. During the Revolution of 1848 most of the insurgents’ hostility was directed not against Ferdinand but against his counselors, who had rigidly refused any reforms. Nevertheless, Ferdinand abdicated in favor of his nephew, Francis Joseph, in Olmütz on December 2, 1848.

English: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, King ...

English: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, King Ferdinand V of Hungary. Magyar: V. Ferdinánd magyar és cseh király, osztrák császár magyar díszöltözetben. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1895, Cuban patriot José Julián Martí landed in Cuba at the head of an invading force whose goal was to win independence from Spain. Martí’s death a month later in battle on the plains of Dos Ríos, Oriente province, came only seven years before his lifelong goal of Cuban independence was achieved.

 

IN MEMORIAM José Julián Martí Pérez 1853 - 28 ...

IN MEMORIAM José Julián Martí Pérez 1853 – 28 de Enero – 2014 (Photo credit: FJTUrban (sommelier d mojitos))

World War II:    In 1945, US soldiers liberated the concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany.

 

Truman's future Vice President Alben W. Barkle...

Truman’s future Vice President Alben W. Barkley visits Buchenwald, shortly after its liberation by American forces on April 24, 1945 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Korean War:    In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his command because of the general’s insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war.

 

President Harry Truman with "The Buck Sto...

President Harry Truman with “The Buck Stops Here” sign on his desk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.”         Dwight Eisenhower (in a Zen moment)
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Conspiracy Brews 4/12/14
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Well it looks like someone penetrated my list this week.  I changed the password quickly.

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

April 12, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

Plato

“Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Where does NM rank on a most dependent list and why?

http://wallstcheatsheet.com/personal-finance/10-states-most-dependent-on-the-federal-government.html/?a=viewall&ref=OB

 

 – Shall we discuss the DOJ report on APD?

http://krqe.com/2014/04/10/justice-dept-investigative-findings-on-apd/

 

– Is passenger traffic slowing at the Sun Port due to Albuquerque’s weak economy?

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

Neils Bohr

 

“Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.”

Marquie de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

 

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”

Ernest Benn

 

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Edgewood Moving Forward
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The following was received from Edgewood Moving Forward:

In response to the Edgewood Town Council’s Resolution 2014-01, we have formed a group called Edgewood Moving Forward.  Our goal and mission is to create an Edgewood School District separate from the current school district.  We have a vision for our children’s education.  We invite you to learn about this vision at the town hall meeting that will be held on Saturday, April 12th at 3:00 pm at Edgewood Middle School.  We believe this is the time for Edgewood to Move Forward and take charge of our childrens’ future. We hope to see you there. 


**Please help spread the word about this meeting. Please forward this email to friends and family that might be interested in attending. Thank you.
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Our Royal Highnesses And Their Travel Addictions
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Thanks to Breitbart’s Big Peace for this story:

 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing that President Obama’s June 2013 trip to Belfast, Ireland, including a Dublin sightseeing side trip by Michelle Obama, her daughters, and her entourage, cost the taxpayers $7,921,638.66.

According to the Department of Air Force documents, the flights to, from, and around Ireland for the June 17-19, 2013 trip totaled 33.6 hours at $228,288 an hour, which comes to a flight expense alone of $7,670,476.80. The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.

According to the DHS documents, the total cost for “security and/or other services” for the Dublin side trip by Michelle Obama and her entourage was $251,161.86, including $55,004.85 at the Shelbourne Hotel and $70,855.44 at the Westbury Hotel. Vehicle rental charges were $114,721. The records also came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.

After accompanying the president to a meeting with Northern Ireland youth on the morning of June 17, the First Lady, her daughters, and her entourage departed on their own, apparently aboard Air Force Two, for a sightseeing side trip to Dublin. Though the White House claimed the trip was for diplomatic purposes,WashingtonDossier.com reported the itinerary showed, “She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.”

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.10.14
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In 1790, President George Washington signed the United States Patent Act. In the United States the Constitution authorizes Congress to create a national patent system to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts” by “securing for limited Times to…Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective…Discoveries” (Article I, Section 8). Congress passed the first Patent Statute in 1790, and Washington agreed.
United States Patent and Trademark Office seal

United States Patent and Trademark Office seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1864, Austrian Archduke Maximilian was proclaimed Emperor of Mexico. Maximilian intended to rule with paternal benevolence, viewing himself as the protector of the Indian peasants. He upheld Juárez’ sweeping reforms (to the indignation of the landed proprietors) and was determined to abolish peonage, and he antagonized the Roman Catholic hierarchy by refusing to restore vast church holdings confiscated by Juárez. The treasury was so bare, however, that he had to use his own inherited income for daily expenses.

 

Emperor Don Maximiliano I of Mexico

Emperor Don Maximiliano I of Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

 

English: RMS Titanic Musicians' Memorial, Sout...

English: RMS Titanic Musicians’ Memorial, Southampton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1925, the first government led by French premier Édouard Herriot, a Radical Party leader who had been put into office by the left-wing coalition Cartel des Gauches, fell.
In 1938, in a controlled plebiscite in Austria this day in 1938, soon after Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the country, 99.7 percent of Austrians approved the Anschluss (German: “Union”)—the political unification of Austria and Germany.

 

Adolph Hitler, Obersalzberg

Adolph Hitler, Obersalzberg (Photo credit: photolibrarian)

In 1972, the development, production, and stockpiling of biological weapons were outlawed by the Biological Weapons Convention, signed by more than 150 countries. The BWC prohibits countries that have signed the treaty from developing, producing, stockpiling, acquiring, or retaining biological agents or toxins of types and in quantities that have no justification for protective, defensive, or other peaceful purposes. The treaty also bans any equipment or means of delivery that is designed to use biological agents or toxins for hostile purposes or armed conflict. It requires signatories to destroy biological weapons, agents, and production facilities within nine months of the treaty’s entry into force. Unfortunately, the BWC does not yet contain provisions for verification of members’ compliance, and there has been evidence of significant cheating by some parties since the treaty went into effect.

 

Cortés in Crisis over Biological Weapons disco...

Cortés in Crisis over Biological Weapons discovered in Blankets (Photo credit: Cory M. Grenier)

In 1973, Pakistan adopted its third constitution, shifting the role of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from president to prime minister.

 

Richard Nixon meeting with President Bhutto of...

Richard Nixon meeting with President Bhutto of Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
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“America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.”         Dr Laurence Peter, author of the Peter Principle
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Poor Congress Critters … NOT
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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.9.14
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In 1388, the Battle of Näfels culminated in a major victory for the Swiss Confederation in the first century of its struggle for self-determination against Habsburg overlordship. After the expiration of the Swiss-Austrian truce (February 1388), the Habsburg Albert III of Austria advanced with an army against Glarus; but the rebels, reinforced by troops from Schwyz, first checked the invasion by holding the heights above Näfels, at the northern entrance to their valley, and then repelled it by a bloody counterattack. In April 1389 a seven-year truce was ratified by Duke Albert, who allowed the Swiss to keep their alliances and their conquests intact.
In 1413, Henry V was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In the early years of his reign his position was threatened by an abortive Lollard rising (January 1414) and by a conspiracy (July 1415) of Richard of York, earl of Cambridge, and Henry, Lord Scrope of Masham, in favor of Edmund Mortimer, earl of March. On each occasion Henry was forewarned and the opposition was suppressed without mercy.
The duke of York Richard

The duke of York Richard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1682, René-Robert Cavelier, sieur (lord) de La Salle, claimed the Mississippi River basin for France, naming it Louisiana. In name, at least, he acquired for France the most fertile half of the North American continent. The following year La Salle built Fort-Saint-Louis at Starved Rock on the Illinois River (now a state park), and here he organized a colony of several thousand Indians.
Portrait of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La ...

Portrait of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Civil War:    In 1865, Confederate General Robert Edward Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
Old Appomattox Court House reconstructed, Virginia

Old Appomattox Court House reconstructed, Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World War II:    In 1942, American defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese Army forces. The surrender was followed by the notorious Bataan Death March. After the war, the Japanese commander of the invasion forces in the Philippines, Lieutenant General Homma Masaharu, was charged with responsibility for the death march and was tried by a US military commission in Manila in January–February 1946. Convicted, he was executed on April 3.
Bataan Death March historic photos

Bataan Death March historic photos (Photo credit: The National Guard)

  Last Saturday, retired Lieutenant General Ed Baca summarized his interviews with some of the survivors, including Bill Overmeier who sat in front of me, who had been assigned to the 200th Artillery Regiment (New Mexico National Guard) mobilized and deployed to the Philippines in 1941. Well-told, poignant, horrible in detail, and a stain on humanity.

 

Dead soldiers on the Bataan Death March

Dead soldiers on the Bataan Death March (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1963, Congress passed an Act that President John Kennedy signed conferred honorary United States citizenship on Sir Winston Churchill.
English: Sir Winston Churchill.

English: Sir Winston Churchill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World War IV:    In 2003, Baghdad fell to US-led forces, several weeks after the start of the Iraq Campaign, a conflict begun to oust Iraqi President Ṣaddām Ḥussein.

Regards, Roger Mickelson
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Congress To Hold Lerner In Contempt?
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Thanks to Breitbart’s Big Government for this story.

Lois Lerner Pleads Fifth, Congress Moves to Hold in Contempt

Lois Lerner loves her Fifth Amendment rights.

Of course, this is a bit ironic for someone whose office at the IRS repeatedly blocked the exercise of First Amendment rights by conservative groups.

In a stunning show of government overreach and harassment, the highest levels of the Obama Administration’s IRS have admitted to targeting and intimidating tea party, Christian, pro-Israel, and other conservative groups.

They were caught red-handed in one of the largest political scandals of the past decade.

Did you know the IRS sifted through the tax applications of Americans and looked for key words?

Tea party.

Christian.

Patriot.

Once it identified these groups, the IRS made unconstitutional and abusive inquiries, telling these law-abiding citizens they must answer “upon penalty of perjury.”

Really? It’s one of the most anti-American acts of the federal government I can think of.

Lerner and the IRS kept them from speaking, and now Lerner refuses to talk.

Lerner, former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations and active participant in targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, refused to speak to the House Oversight Committee again on Wednesday, April 2.  She did the same thing last May.

Finally fed up, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) says enough is enough, according to Katie Pavlich. “Seeking the truth is the duty of this committee and I see no point in moving forward,” he said after Lerner refused to testify.

According to an April 3 Oversight Committee press release, Issa has moved to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress:

Documents and testimony point to Lois Lerner as a senior IRS official responsible for conduct that deprived Americans of their rights to free speech and equal protection under our laws. Americans expect accountability and want Congress to do all it can to gather relevant evidence about what occurred and who was responsible so that this never happens again.  Ms. Lerner’s involvement in wrongdoing and refusal to meet her legal obligations has left the Committee with no alternative but to consider a contempt finding.

Lerner remains the last IRS official to testify before Congress in the IRS targeting investigation. She said she would testify. Now, even though she has denied any wrongdoing or breaking any laws, she’s pleading the Fifth and not saying anything to help Congress uncover the truth.

Eventually, she will have to. Because she did make a brief statement before her first refusal, the Committee voted that she effectively waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

Let’s pause a moment and appreciate the fact that she had the nerve to deny wrongdoing. From the beginning, she bent the truth and outright lied. She has done everything possible to delay the Congressional investigation–she’s ignored a Constitutional subpoena and failed to provide evidence about her scheme to punish groups because of their political beliefs.

This is an exciting week for the IRS case. Congress has the opportunity–rather the moral responsibility–to hold her accountable.

Now that Lerner is trying to cover her tracks, we can’t relent until her misdeeds are made known.

Lerner and the IRS must be held accountable to the people.

The truth must not be silenced.

Mark Meckler is the founder of Citizens of Self-Governance’s Sue the IRS Project

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.8.14
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    Today is Equal Pay Day    
                                   
Businesses have been emphasizing “job accomplishment” in the workplace, regardless of gender (or any other discriminator). Progress has been made over the last years.
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In 1614, painter, sculptor, and architect El Greco (the Greek, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos in Crete) died in Toledo, Spain, at the age of 73. No followers of any consequence remained in Toledo after El Greco’s death in 1614. Only his son and a few unknown painters produced weak copies of the master’s work. His art was so personally and so highly individual that it could not survive his passing.

 

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek Island of Milos. An inscription that is not displayed with the statue states that “Alexandros, son of Menides, citizen of Antioch of Maeander made the statue.” The general composition derives from a 4th-century-BC Corinthian statue. The action and modernized drapery give the Venus great nobility. The statue is a conspicuous example of the Hellenistic sculptural tradition’s academic traits and close reliance on older masterpieces.

 

Venus De Milo

Venus De Milo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1864, the Senate passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States and its possessions, by a vote of 38-6.
Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amen...

Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, 01/31/1865 – 01/31/1865 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular vote of US Senators vice appointment by state legislatures, was ratified.
In 1973, Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most influential artist of the 20th century, died in Mougins, France.

 

Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, the Celebration of Buddha’s birth is commemorated by most practitioners of Buddhism in Japan celebrate the birth of the Buddha, who lived in India sometime between the 6th and the 4th century BC and founded Buddhism.
Golden Buddha Statue of Gold Buddhism Religion

Golden Buddha Statue of Gold Buddhism Religion (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4/7/14
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In 1449, Felix V, the last antipope, abdicated. Antipopes opposed the legitimately elected bishop of Rome, endeavored to secure the papal throne, and to some degree succeeded materially in the attempt. This abstract definition is necessarily broad and does not reckon with the complexity of individual cases. The elections of several antipopes are greatly obscured by incomplete or biased records, and at times even their contemporaries could not decide who was the true pope. It is impossible, therefore, to establish an absolutely definitive list of antipopes, but it is generally conceded that there were at least 37 from 217 to 1439. Felix V (1439–1449) was the last.

 

Français : Armoiries de l'antipape Félix V : d...

Français : Armoiries de l’antipape Félix V : de gueules à la croix d’argent Source du blasonnement : http://www.araldicavaticana.com/pantfelice5.htm Figures utilisées : 80px et 40px (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1788, General Rufus Putnam established the first white settlement in the West at present-day Marietta, Ohio. After the Revolutionary War Putnam became interested in the settlement of the Western lands, and in 1786 he helped found the Ohio Company of Associates with the purpose of obtaining a land grant in the Ohio country for settlement by veterans of the American Revolution. The company obtained a grant from Congress of 1,500,000 acres there, and Putnam was appointed the company superintendent of the colonizing activities.

 

Rufus Putnam

Rufus Putnam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1798, Congress passed an Act creating the Mississippi Territory, with Natchez as its capital. The original Territory  was a strip of land extending about 100 miles north to south and from the Mississippi River to the Chattahoochee on the Georgia border.

 

Map showing the land of the Georgia cession, I...

Map showing the land of the Georgia cession, Indian lands ceded to the United States in 1802. The map also includes the Mississippi Territory and Spanish West Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Civil War:    In 1862, Union forces commanded by General Ulysses S Grant finally defeated the Confederates at the two-day-long Battle of Shiloh.
One of a series of three maps of the Battle of...

One of a series of three maps of the Battle of Shiloh of the American Civil War. Drawn in Adobe Illustrator CS5 by Hal Jespersen. Graphic source file is available at http://www.posix.com/CWmaps/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1922, Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall secretly leased federal oil reserves to the Mammoth Oil Company in return for cash gifts in the Teapot Dome Scandal. Fall secretly granted to Harry F. Sinclair of the Mammoth Oil Company exclusive rights to the Teapot Dome (Wyoming) reserves (April 7, 1922). He granted similar rights to Edward L. Doheny of Pan American Petroleum Company for the Elk Hills and Buena Vista Hills reserves in California (1921–22). In return for the leases, Fall received large cash gifts and no-interest “loans.” “Teapot Dome” entered the American political vocabulary as a synonym for governmental corruption.

 

English: Senator Albert B. Fall

English: Senator Albert B. Fall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World War II:    In 1939, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini made Albania a protectorate of his country, installing Italy’s Victor Emmanuel III as king, while Albanian King Zog I went into exile.

 

English: Benito Mussolini and Fascist blackshi...

English: Benito Mussolini and Fascist blackshirts in 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1966, the US Navy recovered a hydrogen bomb that the US Air Force had dumped off the coast of Spain. Three other bombs had been recovered ashore in tomato fields near Palomares. One of the bombs, minus the “working parts,” is on display at the National Nuclear Museum in Albuquerque…bashed up casing.
    We supported the recovery operation from Italy where I was assigned to the US Army Southern European Task Force (SETAF); we claimed that SETAF stood for Something Even The Army Forgot.

 

B83 Strategic Nuclear Gravity Bomb-New Mexico-...

B83 Strategic Nuclear Gravity Bomb-New Mexico-Land of Enchantment-Nuclear Age-National Museum of Nuclear Science and History-ABQ-Albuquerque-United States (Photo credit: Edward Headington)

In 1994, Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, a moderate Hutu, was assassinated by Hutu soldiers—a day after the deaths of Juvénal Habyarimana, president of Rwanda, and Cyprien Ntaryamira, president of Burundi—as Rwanda entered a period of anarchy and mass killings.

 

English: President Juvénal Habyarimana of RWAN...

English: President Juvénal Habyarimana of RWANDA arrives for a visit. Location: ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MARYLAND (MD) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2001, NASA launched the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, which reached Mars in October and transmitted photos and other data back to scientists on Earth.

Regards, Roger Mickelson
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