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EPA hits farmer with $16M in fines for building stock pond

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Today's Toons 8/31/15

mass55th   Posted Today, 08:44 AM

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EPA hits farmer with $16M in fines for building stock pond

Valin   Posted Today, 08:30 AM


EPA hits farmer with $16M in fines for building stock pond

Valin   Posted Today, 08:14 AM

Hot Air:

Jazz Shaw

August 31, 2015


It was just this weekend when we saw the EPA moving ahead with sweeping regulations which redefine the meaning of the Clean Water Act, seeking to extend their control over every pool of water in the country, despite the fact that a federal judge had put enforcement of the regulations on hold in 13 states. Today we’ll take a brief look at a case which has been percolating for quite a while and demonstrates the way that the agency can impact the lives of farmers and rural landowners. Andy Johnson, a farmer from Fort Bridger, Wyoming, made the bold move in 2012 of building a small earthen dam across a creek which runs through his property to create a stock pond for his horses and cattle. We’re not talking about a hydroelectric dam on a river here.. this is a stream that you can walk across without getting the tops of your socks wet for most of the year.


How this attracted the attention of the EPA isn’t exactly clear, but they came down on Andy like a ton of bricks, hitting him with fines which now total more than $16M.



Even though the Clean Water Act exempts stock ponds, and Mr. Johnson had obtained the necessary state permits, the EPA ordered him in January 2014 to restore the area to its original condition or accumulate fines of $37,500 a day. Instead, Mr. Johnson hired a lawyer.


    “The EPA is out to expand its power, and I’m a test case,” said Mr. Johnson in a statement. “We’re going to fight them all the way.”


    Last week, his attorneys — including the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Budd-Falen law firm in Cheyenne — filed a lawsuit against the agency to stop it from enforcing the compliance order.



Because the creek feeds into the Green River the EPA seems to feel that they hold jurisdiction over it, though calling that stream “navigable waters” would require expanding the definition of “boats” to include “galoshes.” Also, the “dam” in question was composed of sand, gravel, clay and concrete blocks, which the agency decided met the criteria for “pollutants.” (Aside from the cinder blocks, those materials are also locally known as “the ground.”) Amazingly, Johnson had filed for and been granted the appropriate local and state permits to have a stock pond, and stock ponds are specifically excluded from the traditional wording of the Clean Water Act. No matter… the agency felt that action was required to save the world and they were going to leap to the rescue.






If you see these people run to your Safe Room. You know I bet they're Bitter Clingers! You can just tell the type of evil ultra radical hate filled people they are.


Why U.S. generals don’t want advisers on the front lines in Iraq

Valin   Posted Today, 07:56 AM

Washington Post:

Bing West

August 30


Is the United States at war? Even our top leaders do not know. At his nomination hearing last month to become the next Marine Corps commandant, Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller was scolded by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz). “I’m disappointed for you not to be in favor of us having forward air controllers on the ground” in Iraq, McCain said.


McCain’s son fought as a Marine in Anbar province, where Neller organized the advisory effort that resulted in the Sunni Awakening. One would expect Marines to support action to retake the province where thousands of them died. So why this deep difference of opinion? The senator demanded bombing by front-line American advisers. In contrast, the general said that the key advisory task was to “ensure the right Iraqi officers were put in charge.” The difference is significant. To defeat the Islamic State, do you increase the bombing or change the leaders?


Consider first the forward air controllers. A controller operates as part of a team of a dozen soldiers, plus vehicles, plus reinforcements on alert, plus aircraft for evacuations, plus logistics. To insert controller teams into the battles for Fallujah or Ramadi requires a commitment on the order of thousands of Americans.


Then comes the hard part. Urban battlefields are compartmented by long corridors of houses. Forward air controllers must designate targets inside apartment complexes only a few hundred meters up the street. By definition, advisers and air controllers are working in support of Iraqi units. The terrorists will hold civilians as shields. So who is responsible for deciding the rules of engagement and the risks to civilians? Is it the Iraqi captain screaming “Bomb!” or the U.S. lieutenant who is advising?


If the advisers are unwilling to bomb, they should not be there in the first place. If they do bomb, the American public must be prepared to witness a staggering amount of damage. In Fallujah in fewer than 20 days in 2004, the Marines launched 540 airstrikes and destroyed or heavily damaged about 18,000 buildings. In 2015, the Islamic State occupies a dozen cities. Those cities will be blasted.






I would also add, If America goes back into Iraq (Remember the Pottery Barn Rule), the American people have to understand we will be there for at least the next 50 years.



Remember my 2 simple questions....1. What Do You Want? 2. Then What Happens?




Valin   Posted Today, 07:42 AM

Communists Remain Communists


China pins market plunge on financial journalist, airs ‘confession’

Emily Rauhala

August 31 2015


What's roiling China's stock market? A journalist, apparently.


Wang Xiaolu, a reporter for a respected Chinese business magazine, "confessed" to causing chaos and panic in the markets, state media reported Sunday.


In footage broadcast Monday morning on CCTV, China's state broadcaster, a weary-looking Wang said he obtained information about China's securities regulator "through private channels" and then added his "own subjective judgment" to the report. "During a sensitive period, I should not have published a report which had such a huge negative impact," he said.



Snipers, Vehicle Moves Among Classified Data E-Mailed to Clinton

Valin   Posted Today, 07:37 AM

Christie: Clinton caught ‘disease’ of lawlessness from Obama White House

Mark Hensch

Aug. 3015


Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said on Sunday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is careless for using a private email server at the State Department.

“No one is above the law,” Christie told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”


“Unfortunately with the Obama administration, there has been lawlessness in this country,” said Christie, a 2016 GOP presidential contender. “Apparently Hillary Clinton has caught this disease as well.”


Christie argued on Sunday that Clinton’s actions as secretary of State flaunted her disregard for the laws governing transparency and national security.






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The First Rule of News Coverage

Valin   Posted Today, 07:14 AM

PJ Media:

Andrew Klavan

Aug. 30 2015


Here is the first rule of “mainstream” news coverage in America: Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration — and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.


It was by satirizing that rule that Breitbart’s mustache-twirling evil-doer Ben Shapiro once again got himself in hot water this week. The flagrantly brainy provocateur ran a headline describing the heart-shredding murder in Virginia of a local TV reporter and her cameraman: “Black, Gay Reporter Murders Straight, White Journalists — Media Blame the Gun.” The headline violated mainstream media protocol by being completely true while running counter to the leftist narrative. The two straight white people had in fact been killed by a mentally ill black gay Obama supporter who saw micro-aggressions everywhere and played the race card whenever he could.


Now, don’t get me wrong. Not all black gay Obama supporters are homicidal maniacs. Many of them are perfectly nice people who just want to go about their business the same as you and me. It’s totally unfair to judge all of them by the actions of one sick individual. That’s probably why ABC News is withholding portions of the killer’s lengthy manifesto. It is the responsibility of every mainstream news organization to release only that information that is good for people to know and keeps them in line with leftist thinking. Otherwise, each American might run around loose making up his own mind. And we wouldn’t want that.


Shapiro’s point, of course, was simply this:



LeDuff’s five-minute mystery

Valin   Posted Today, 06:56 AM

Power Line:

Scott Johnson

August 31, 2015


Charles LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who now has posted the video below as the most recent installment of FOX TV’s Detroit: An American Autopsy, reviewed here by the great Michael Barone, also a native of Detroit. LeDuff is a colorful character and known quantity in Detroit.


The case explored in the video involves the shooting death of a black man by law enforcement, here a black FBI agent. The agent was absolved after an investigation conducted by the office of Kym Worthy, the Wayne County Prosecutor. LeDuff conducts his own investigation to determine whether justice was done. In roughly five minutes, LeDuff finds the worthy Ms. Worthy to have spoken words of wisdom for our time. Case closed.






"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

J Adams...dead white guy