Park Service Takes Different Tact When the Nation Is Watching

Bucky Bucky Beaver Let’s fight to keep him free. A Potomac flood left him a facin’ Life alone in the Tidal Basin, He survived right well with the squirrels and the bees And chewed up a couple of Cherry Trees... Lyrics by Alaska State Senator Robin Taylor - to the tune of Davy Crockett Alaska State Senator Robin Taylor is hopping mad. Last April, the nation watched with daily amusement over the Park Service’s attempts to capture a family of beavers who set up housekeeping in the Tidal Basin, just in front of the Jefferson Memorial in the nation’s capitol. The pesky critters were guilty of chopping down several of the nation’s coveted cherry trees - right in the middle of the Cherry Blossom Festival! So why is the Senator upset? Because in Washington D.C., the Park Service rushed into action to capture the beavers and end their invasion of ...
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Animal Rights Nuts Call for End to “Killer” Highways

They call themselves the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium and they are horrified by the number of little critters that are flattened into road kill each year (though I'm told it's a delicacy in some states). Their answer to the situation - stop building highways across America. Of course these bleeding hearts showed no concern for the number of people who are killed each year when their cars are crushed by a herd of deer. That hazard is growing worse as animal rights activitists succeed in banning deer hunting. But before you laugh off such stupid ideas, be reminded that similar plans to destroy roads and eliminate cars have been introduced as official White House environmental policy as contained in the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report introduced at the United Nation's Habitat II conference this past June (see The DeWeese Report, Vol. 2, Issue 6). It is common practice ...
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The “Terrible Twelve” Enemies of Property Rights

The League of Private Property Voters (LPPV) has released its list of the twelve members of the U.S. Congress deemed the greatest enemies of American property rights, based on their voting records over the past year. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Rep. Sherwood Boehlet (R-NY) Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) Rep. George Brown (D-CA) Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) Rep. Elizabeth Furse (D-OR) Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D--NY) Rep. David Obey (D-WI) Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) Rep. Mike Ward (D-KY) Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) These twelve were picked, not only because they voted against such issues as compensating property owners if their land was taken by government - but these twelve actually led the charge against important property rights protection measures like reforming the Endangered Species Act and supported shutting down public lands from public use. For example, George Brown actually sponsored a bill that would have limited timber harvest ...
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Nazi-Type Thugs Destroy Medical Research

By Tom DeWeese The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an "animal rights" terrorist group, has taken credit for a raid on twelve University of Minnesota medical research labs because of the use of animal testing. The raiders gleefully acknowledged releasing animals and causing over $1 million in damages. A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Group ( a terrorist group secretly funded by People for the ethical Treatment of Animals, PeTA) said the group smashed computers, tipped over lab equipment and wrecked microscopes. The massive damage and Nazi-like tactics were justified as a compassionate act for exploited animals. "The ALF is taking action immediately to free these animals from their exploitation," group spokesman Kevin Kjonaas said. He was proud that the group had found homes for the animals. What Kjonaas did not admit to was the irreversible damage his mindless attack had caused to families who have been desperately seeking a cure ...
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Meanwhile, Out West

by William Perry Pendley When Attorney General Janet Reno announced she would not seek appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate President Clinton’s alleged campaign-financing abuses, she gave a simple answer. President Clinton lacked criminal intent; that is, he had no intent, at the time of the alleged criminal activity, to commit the elements of the crime. If Clinton did not intend to commit a violation of federal campaign-financing laws, the Attorney General Reno is right to raise the legal issue of mens rea or criminal intent. But I wish she would alert her attorneys, both in Washington, D.C. and in Colorado, that meanwhile out West, a man is being prosecuted for a federal crime for which he lacked criminal intent. Bobby Unser, on a beautifully clear December day, almost exactly two years ago, went for a snowmobile ride in a national forest in southern Colorado. When a dangerous blizzard ...
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The War On Cars

by Alan Caruba Like most Americans, I had always been vaguely aware that the cost of owning a car, buying a new one, and the general use of cars nationwide, had been rising for years. We were told that this was necessary to "clean the air", "become more energy efficient", and "increase the use of mass transit." America is now its suburbs. Even so, Americans live, work and drive on a total of 3% of the entire landmass. For most people, average commuting time to work by car is barely ten to twenty minutes. Working and home-based moms use their cars 46% of the time for personal trips necessitated by day-care, school, going to the market or dry cleaners, or picking up hubby. It didn’t seem to matter to the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) that, by 1998, most major cities such as Cleveland, Boston, and Chicago, had achieved the biggest ...
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Doing Everything by the Book

by William Perry Pendley On a snowy September night in 1989, John Shuler stepped out of his ranch house in northern Montana when he heard grizzly bears attacking his sheep. Clad only in his shorts and socks, but carrying his rifle, Shuler saw three bears near the sheep pen and frightened them off with shots over their heads. Thinking the danger was over, Shuler turned toward his house. Suddenly a grizzly bear appeared a mere 30 feet from him, stood up on its hind legs, spread its mighty forepaws, and roared a frightening roar. Shuler realized he was in mortal danger, swung his rifle in the direction of the bear, and fired. With that shot, Shuler saved his life, but he also unleashed a legal battle that is having repercussions almost a decade after he escaped death in his own yard. Within hours of Shuler’s rifle shot, the U.S. Fish ...
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Man vs. Nature

Earth Day Is the Time to Challenge the Environmentalist Premise that Man Should Be Sacrificed in by Peter Schwartz For the first time in American history, the government is ordering the destruction of a dam--for environmental reasons. This July, Edwards Dam, a small hydroelectric facility on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, will be torn down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Its crime? It is blocking the path of fish that swim upstream to spawn. As recounted in a N.Y. Times article, "the hindrance the Edwards Dam posed to migratory fish outweighed the benefit it provided in electric generation." On Earth Day, it is worth noting this event, for it illuminates the essential meaning of environmentalism. The closing of Edwards Dam is the implementation of environmentalism's fundamental, though often unrecognized, tenet: that man ought to be sacrificed for the sake of nature. The common view of environmentalism is that ...
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Federal Theft of Property Rights

by Paul Craig Roberts Now that Soviet Communism has fallen of its own weight, Americans are left with the brutal fact that our own government is our worst enemy. this is a disturbing thought, but - - lets face it - - our government is no longer "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Government has its own agenda, which differs fundamentally from the aims of the productive men and women whose every-day work carries this country along. For example, farmers today find that they cannot clear drainage ditches, farm bottom land, repair levies or put up a fence on their won property without the risk of criminal prosecution. And we can expect the "Greens" to use the Soil Conservation Service to replace private farming with Land Use Planning at the Federal level. Uncertain law, based on the power of the bureaucracy to spin regulations out of ...
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Angry Over Abuses by IRS, EPA, BLM, etc.?

Much Worse Lies Ahead Under New UN Treaty by "Fossil Bill" Kramer Why must there always be some who insist on dictating to and forcing their beliefs on everyone else? On his recent visit, Jiang Zemin, dictator of China, made clear that his government will never allow freedom of expression and has no intentions of moving towards democracy. He says people must be led (coerced, driven) for society to move in the right direction. He justified the massacre of students (and imprisonment of those who survived) at Tiananmen Square in 1989. After all, he explained, government knows best and cannot be criticized. This, of course, is what dictators have always said. And with the "right Direction" determined by them and their henchmen, guess who always benefits most? In Russia, Communist revolutionaries plotted to overthrow the Czarist tyranny - a commendable ambition. They promised if they succeeded that national wealth and ...
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Don’t Let This Grinch Steal Your Christmas – Greenpeace Lies About Vinyl Are Outrageous, Unscientific

by "Fossil Bill" Kramer We’ve all heard of the Grinch who stole Christmas. But it’s just lately - mid-November, 1998, in fact - we finally learned that Grinch’s name: Greenpeace! Now the Grinch is stealing this Christmas. Why? Well, though essential to many life-saving medicines as well as other products, and while even our own bodies make it to fight infections, this Grinch has long waged total war against chlorine. And several years back it opened another front by mounting an offensive against vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) saying chlorine made it dangerous. Recently, however, its campaigns against chlorine and vinyl have lost popularity - as has the Grinch itself. We’re told since 1991 it has lost nearly two-thirds of its members, much of its budget, been forced to lay off over 80% of its staff and close most of its offices. Obviously this crisis called for desperate measures! So on November ...
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New Executive Order Targets the Family Dog

On February 3, 1999, President Clinton signed an Executive Order to create a new federal bureaucracy called the "Interagency Invasive Species Council." The new agency, under the direct control of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, will develop and enforce a master plan to remove "invasive species" from public lands. To quote the Executive Order, "'alien species' means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, any species including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species that is not native to that ecosystem." Because the Executive Order fails to define domesticated species, most agricultural crop and animal species would clearly fall within the definition of alien. Domesticated pets, many houseplants and Kentucky bluegrass used in most lawns and golf courses would also be defined as alien species under this Executive Order. And, as Tom McDonnell of the American Sheep Industry Association says, "with this administration’s preoccupation with indigenous ...
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Unchecked by Federal Law Enforcement, Green Terrorism Is On the Rise

By Tom DeWeese On the night of Sunday, October 18, 1998, America changed. Whether it will be a change for good or bad depends entirely on the resolve of the American people, and in particular, on the nation's law makers and law enforcers. On that night in October, the term "eco-terrorism" finally gained national attention as buildings, ski lifts and a new hotel construction site in Vail, Colorado were burned to the ground. When the smoke cleared, over $12 million of private property lay in rubble. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an arm of the radical Earth First!, took credit, saying it lit the fires to protect endangered species. The fires came after the environmentalists had lost a court battle to block construction of the new hotel. The national news media was puzzled by the violence, saying in headlines, "Radical environmentalists take NEW approach." The Associated Press (AP) produced an ...
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Environmentalism: RETURN TO EDEN OR TICKET TO HELL?

By Kathleen Marquardt "Environmentalism" is a word we hear almost everyday, but what does it mean? My dictionary does not define environmentalism but it defines environmentalist as "an expert on environmental problems; any person who advocates or works to protect the air, water, animals, plants, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects." Thus environmentalism would be the act of protecting the air, water, animals, plants, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects. Protecting our natural resources from pollution or its effects, that sounds reasonable. As such we are all environmentalists, right? None of us is out to pollute or even to protect polluters. Protecting natural resources is what environmentalism is supposed to be about, but is it? First, let us look at our environmental track record here in the United States. The Index of Leading Environmental Indicators findings include: The threat posed by air pollution to ...
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Green “PACMAN” Devouring America’s Property Rights

Quietly, almost unnoticed, private property is disappearing throughout America at an alarming rate. Through an almost unintelligible maze of federal, state, county and local environmental laws, regulations, programs and taxes - combined with a concerted effort by highly-funded and politically-powerful environmental groups - property owners are disappearing like the dinosaurs of another era. Using regulations and programs like: the Endangered Species Act, wet lands regulations, government land acquisition programs, Clean Air Act, the Biological Service, forest regulations, land trusts, water shed protection, Heritage Corridors, green ways and eco-regions, the federal government is rapidly carving up the nation. In its wake, industries, farms and American dreams are being destroyed. The main enforcers of these policies are the National Park Service, the Army Corp of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Forest Service, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 800,000 lawyers. These are aided by the advance troops of environmental radicals who ...
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Sustainable Development

Code Word For "This Is a Stick-Up-Give Me Your Property" "A PLAN TO SAVE HUMANITY IS ALMOST ALWAYS A FALSE FRONT FOR THE URGE TO RULE." H.L. MENCKEN "AL CAPONE'S ENFORCERS USED FEAR TO FORCE SHOPKEEPERS TO BUY 'INSURANCE'..." PAUL HARVEY "...AND YOU TELL ME OVER AND OVER MY FRIEND, YOU DON'T BELIEVE WE'RE ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION..." SINGER BARRY MCGUIRE, 1966 The greatest stick-up in human history is well under way and Americans are being told it's all for their own good. And so, the deafening silence you hear is a nation's lack of resistance as American liberty disappears under a central organizing principle called "Sustainable Development." Imagine and America in which a specific "ruling principle" was created to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen. That principle would be used to consider everything you eat, what you wear, the kind of home you live in, the way ...
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This is Not a Political Debate

On October 16, 1997, 60 members of the violent environmental organization Earth First terrorized two female staff members of Congressman Frank Riggs at his office in Eureka, California. Wearing black ski masks and hoods, they dropped a 400 pound tree stump onto the office floor and four Earth First members chained themselves to the stump. Meanwhile, other demonstrators dumped sawdust and woodchips on the office furniture and a carpet. A Riggs staffer said there was a "strong smell of urine" left on the office furniture. Earlier, Earth First assaulted Montana Senator Conrad Burns by dumping a bucket of Bison entrails on him at a meeting. Earth First calls such acts "freedom of speech." It's all OK, of course, because Earth First carries out its dirty little attacks in the name of saving the environment. Earth First even receives grants from the federal government for it "projects." Do you think such ...
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