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U.S. judge bars Oklahoma from implementing anti-Sharia law

Originally posted on Yahoo News on August 16, 2013

Posted 10/13/2013

REUTERS – Oklahoma’s attorney general said on Friday he was reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a measure that would ban its state courts from considering Sharia law under any circumstances.

“We have received the order and, as always, we are in the process of carefully reviewing the judge’s decision,” said Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. He did not say if the state would appeal the decision.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled on Thursday that the measure, contained in an amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution, violated the freedom of religion provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Sharia law is based on Muslim principles. Continue reading

Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

June 21, 2013 12:30 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested – charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws.

Farfetched? Not as much as you might think.

The scenario would become conceivable if legislation passed by Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature is signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Continue reading

CA: Agenda 21 stokes property-rights fears

by Tim Hearden
Capital Press

Posted 3/29/2013

Others say U.N.
land-use blueprint having no impact

QUINCY, Calif. — Carol Viscarra doesn’t consider herself a political activist, but Agenda 21 caught her attention.

The cattle, hay and vegetable producer from the Indian Valley near here is also an emergency-room nurse, so she doesn’t have much time to “bounce around the county addressing regulatory boards,” she said.

But battles over water from a stream that feeds her 450-acre ranch have taken Viscarra on a journey of research that led her to fight a proposed update of Plumas County’s general plan, which she believes could slowly destroy private property rights.

“I am an American,” she told the county planning commission recently, “and I believe that one of the primary pillars upon which rests our most fundamental freedoms as Americans is private property rights.”

Viscarra and some of her neighbors assert the updated plan closely mirrors Agenda 21, a United Nations document that’s drawn fire from some landowners and activists in the West who fear it’s behind a planned depopulation of rural areas. Continue reading

San Juans among 5 new national monuments to be named by Obama

Posted March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama is expected to grant protected status to 1,000 acres of federal land in the islands.

By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday will announce five new national monuments that will be added to the nation’s list of protected land, including 1,000 acres in the San Juan Islands in Washington state. Continue reading

What happens when the Central Planners fail?

by Glen Morgan
Property Rights Director for
Freedom Foundation

Posted 3/26/2013

When I was in college, my peers and I would have our makeshift debates in the dorm hallways, arguing about the fundamental problems with Marx and other prophets of the left.  We usually came to the conclusion that Marx just didn’t understand the nature of man.  Columbia University still required all undergrad students to read a core curriculum of largely western thought at the time.  So we studied Marx, John Stuart Mill, The Federalists Papers, Plato, Hobbs, etc.  These debates were not unusual then (I hope they still happen today).  The influence of the Socialist Utopian view of the world is still with us today, of course, under a variety of different titles and schemes, and they all share the same fatal flaw that dooms Marxism every time:  that some “educated elite” or, to quote Plato, mythical “Philosopher Kings” could lead the masses to utopia .  Like a chronic disease, we can’t seem to shake these failed concepts regardless of how many times they end in disaster.  Continue reading

U.S. Debt On Track to Hit $16 Trillion Within Week


By Terence P. Jeffrey
CNS News 

August 26, 2012

( – The federal government’s debt could hit an unprecedented $16 trillion this week while the Republican Party is holding its national convention in Tampa, Fla.

On Monday afternoon, at the opening of the convention. the Republicans will try to draw attention to the mounting debt by unveiling a debt clock in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will be held.
At an event in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier this month President Obama highlighted his own efforts to deal with the debt.

“I’ll make sure government does its part to reduce our debt and our deficits,” the president said. “We’ve cut out already a trillion dollars’ worth of spending we don’t need. And we can do more. I want to make government efficient. We’ve got to make sure that your tax dollars are being well spent. But we can’t bring down our deficit and our debt just by asking us to get rid of things that open up opportunity to Americans. Continue reading

Activist calls for “Process of Coordination” as means for citizen’s involvement in government regulations

from Pearl Rains-Hewett


Posted 7/11/2012


Frank Pennwell San Juan County CAPR has shared the following information with me..

Executive Order 13575—Establishment of the White House Rural Council

June 9, 2011

Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands. Continue reading

Rio+20: ICLEI Members Admit “Bait and Switch” to Boost Climate Agenda

Monday June 18, 2012
News release from Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. To advance public action on global warming, participants attending the ICLEI World Congress admitted today that they are deliberately employing new terminology to misdirect opponents and gain acceptance of their efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases. By utilizing terms like “sustainability” and “sustainable development,” the group wants to mask its objectives and disarm would-be critics who might otherwise oppose their agenda, ICLEI attendees confided with CFACT representatives at the conference. Continue reading

Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves

Posted 5/30/2012
From Property Rights Foundation of America
Speech from Proceedings of the Seventh Annual New York Conference
on Private Property Rights
Opening Address-Grassroots Action — Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves
Don Parmeter
International Falls, Minnesota

Thank you. My name is Don, and I am a recovering environmentalist. I thank you for that introduction. Carol and I have talked over the phone, like she said, for years, but it’s nice to be back in New York. I have to tell you something though. I don’t know who designed your freeway system. I was thinking about that as I was coming out of New York City last night trying to figure out how to get to Albany. It looked easy on the map. You know, I did take some map reading courses at West Point, so it’s not that I don’t know how to read a map, but, anyway, the only thing I could think of was the Department of Tourism once they get people in New York they don’t want them to leave, so they create this system. I have to tell you, you’ve a ways to go to keep up with Pennsylvania, though. I think I have been living in rural America for too long. You get in a metropolitan area and you kind of panic. So that’s why, after 25 years in Northern Minnesota, I am moving to St. Paul, which is kind of a frightening prospect. What are you going to do driving in that traffic? Well, you know what? I found a place to live that’s seven miles walking distance to the Capitol, so I am looking forward to that, actually.

Frankly, that’s one of the problems we have in the rural parts of America. Our capitols are so far away. I was trying to get things done living five hours from the Capitol and, I tell you what, those folks that live in the St. Paul area have an advantage. The problem is, us folks that are passionate about what happens in the rural parts of the country, we don’t want to live in the city, and we tried for years to try to get the Capitol moved up north. It’s a lost cause. I get involved in a lot of battles, but that one we’re going to lose.

But I really appreciate the invitation. It’s nice to be back here. I want to congratulate Carol for organizing this conference. I am not a conference organizer, but I got stuck with one, and I tell you it’s a lot of work and a lot of headaches, but forums like this are really important to bring a lot of people together. So thank you for doing that, Carol. Continue reading

Climategate 2.0 exposes climate science hypocrisy on eve of UN’s Durban Conference

News release from The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

November 23, 2011

A second batch of leaked emails from scientists working on board and alongside the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have come to light. They contain shocking revelations which show an insular cadre of climate scientists coordinating efforts to place advocacy ahead of science, stifle dissent, and conceal information which detracts from a preconceived, ideologically driven, global warming narrative.

This shockingly candid look at the machinations of the high priests of global warming has given rise to renewed demands that the EPA, EU and global community cancel existing plans and programs designed to radically lower or cap and tax carbon emissions. These misguided policies already have created economic havoc in Europe, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and pose a major threat to the world economy. Continue reading

Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps Out of Shadows at Rio+20

Strong, 82, has been taking part in a variety of conference side-events prior to the three-day meeting of some 130 top-level international leaders, part of a growing wave of hoopla and promotion that will climax at the summit leadership sessions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the U.S. delegation there.

His appearance at Rio + 20  is also the latest stage in a Long March through controversy that has kept Strong, a native Canadian who is widely deemed to be one of the key instigators of the global environmental movement, living a low-profile life in China for the past half-decade. Continue reading


By Lois Krafsky-Perry
Citizen Review Online

(Ed Note:  Written first in 2001, this look at the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is a good reference point to what has been happening here and in other places over the years.)

Clallam County, WA – 6/28/01 – The North Olympic Peninsula is gripped with alarm, while citizens continue with their daily plans of building, remodeling, and simply living.

Something is different, and most tax-paying citizens do not realize what it is until they apply for permits with county planners.

Looming in front of the unexpected applicants is a list of specifications that would make their forefathers wipe their brows in dismay.

That list is joined together with something called the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). Not only is this an onerous ordinance but, suddenly a team of non-elected bureaucrats have leaped over the rules of county government (The Home Rule Charter) and are making demands that many of their elite don’t understand. Since their demands by- pass reason and logic, and play upon the whimsical perceptions of the latest designer, most ordinary citizens do not have a clue about what is happening to their beloved community.

Long before Ernest Callenbach’s books, “Ectopia”, and “Ectopia Emerging,” an extensive appetite for control was calculated by a diverse legion of schemers; and this new way of thinking was developed. Continue reading

Arizona in danger from top-down overreaching in the battle over Agenda 21

editorial by Tom DeWeese
Arizona Republic

– Jun. 9, 2012

The battle over Agenda 21 and its policy of “sustainable development” is raging across the nation. More than 60 communities have taken action to oppose it.

Meanwhile, several state legislatures, including Maine, Florida, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Tennessee, have introduced (and some have passed) resolutions or legislation against Agenda 21 and sustainable policy.

In Arizona, the Senate engaged in the battle by approving a bill calling for the ban of United Nations’ Agenda 21 policies in state and local governments. Continue reading

Rio + 20 conference: Negotiators producing a mammoth, messy and expensive grab bag of regulations and demands

EXCLUSIVE:  By George Russell
Fox News

Published June 01, 2012

Three weeks before the U.N.-sponsored Rio + 20 summit conference on  sustainable development, member countries that  the United States hoped  would produce a five-page summary of goals are instead haggling over a mammoth   grab-bag of demands for new planetary regulation and assertions that   industrialized countries, led by the U.S., should  pay for, among  other things, an unprecedented and massively expensive transfer of technology  and funds to the developing world.

At one point, the text being debated by hundreds of negotiators climbed to  171 pages  before being cut back by executive fiat to 86 pages—only to  start climbing steeply again. Continue reading

Kansas governor signs bill effectively banning Islamic law

Chicago Tribune
Kevin Murphy Reuters

May 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) – Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making decisions, his office said on Friday, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group.

The law has been dubbed the “sharia bill” because critics say it targets the Islamic legal code. Sharia, or Islamic law, covers all aspects of Muslim life, including religious obligations and financial dealings. Opponents of state bans say they could nullify wills or legal contracts between Muslims.Supporters said the law will reassure foreigners in Kansas that state laws and the U.S. Constitution would protect them. Opponents said it singled out Muslims for ridicule and was unnecessary because American laws prevail on U.S. soil.Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for the governor, said in an e-mail that the bill “makes it clear that Kansas courts will rely exclusively on the laws of our state and our nation when deciding cases and will not consider the laws of foreign jurisdictions.” Continue reading

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