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Democrat “Sit-In” – too much stupid for one week!

Well, if you haven’t heard already, the Democrats have been staging a sit-in at the US House of Representatives, which has been going on since yesterday, and today turned into utter dumbassery on the House floor.

A Democratic protest demanding votes on gun-control legislation led to pandemonium in the House chamber that did not end until early Thursday, when Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his fellow Republicans reclaimed control long enough to force through a major spending bill. They then abruptly adjourned and the Republicans left the Capitol.

Furious Democrats remained on the House floor, where they huddled around their leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who praised their stand as a “discussion heard around the world.”

There’s so much stupid going on with this, I thought I’d helpfully help y’all rack and stack it.

idiotsFirst – We have Rep. John Lewis, whom all the media outlets are hailing as a hero and a civil rights legend, leading a bunch of short bus-riding, window-licking Democrats in protest to demand votes on gun control legislation. I find it ironic that a man who has spent his life fighting for civil rights is now leading a protest against them. When liberal stalwarts like the ACLU, Slate, and Gawker (GAWKER, ferfuckssake!) are calling this protest ill-advised, stupid, and infringing on the rights of Americans, perhaps it’s time to listen.

However, drama is more important, as witnessed by Pelosi’s praise of the ridiculous grandstanding above, which leads me to my second point.

Second – These Democrats, according to my friend Amy Ridenour, who knows way more about this stuff than I do, can get a vote on any bill any time they want by getting a discharge petition signed by a majority of members of the House. If they can’t get a majority of members to sign the petition, they can’t win anyway, so why bother?

Third – After hysterically accusing the Republicans of wanting to sell guns to ISIS, merely because they didn’t want to deprive Americans of due process by placing them on secret lists that would infringe on their civil rights, dipshit Democrats engaged in a bit more hyperbole by accusing NRA’s Cam Edwards of comparing John Lewis to a terrorist.  Of course, it’s not even close to the truth. I know Cam, and nothing that stupid could ever fly out of his mouth or keyboard. What he did, actually, say is that Democrats are not abiding by House rules, much like criminals and terrorists don’t abide by gun control laws.

But that hasn’t stopped the histrionics, because it’s newsworthy to accuse a respected pro-gun personality, who happens to be one hell of a nice guy, of denigrating a civil rights legend.

Cam obviously did no such thing, but you know who did accuse John Lewis of being a terrorist? I’ll give you one guess, because John Lewis was on the government’s terrorist watchlist himself, according to CNN.

Rep. John Lewis, D – Georgia, a nine-term congressman famous for his civil rights work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been stopped 35 to 40 times over the past year, his office said.

[…]

Lewis contacted the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and executives at various airlines in a so-far fruitless effort to get his name off the list, said spokeswoman Brenda Jones.

Instead, Lewis got a letter from the Transportation Security Administration that he can present to ticket agents indicating he has cleared an identity check with the agency. But the letter warns he might still be subject to extra security checks before being allowed to fly.

But we’re not allowed to talk about that, so shut up, racist!

Fourth – Celebutards with less knowledge about firearms than toddlers have decided to put their full ignorance on display. Witness the shitslurpery of one sports writer Jason La Canfora, who, like many celebutards knows exactly jack and shit about the difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons.

After a Twitter user called him on his error, La Canfora doubled down on the stupid. He claimed that “pig nra lobbyist have brainwashed people like u into thinking military-grade death tools are a C right.” (Just a bit of reading might have informed him that’s exactly what they are, but I digress.) Then, when corrected, he proceeded to tweet out what has to be the dumbest thing I’ve read on the Internet this year!

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He kind of looks like an older version of Pajama Boy! “I don’t have to listen to facts, because facts are an NRA construct! Right, mommy?”

Yes, he really did actually say this! This is no joke. This walking case of malodorous vaginosis actually claimed that facts are “NRA buzzwords” and that he will use whatever wrong terminology he wants, because NRA BAD!

Other celebrities, who should know better, such as George Takei took to Twitter to demand that American’s Fifth Amendment rights be violated.

Other Hollywood types just don’t seem to understand the danger this bill poses to every American. but this bill would disproportionately impact the very people they claim face suspicion and extra scrutiny: Middle Easterners, Muslims, Africans. They are the ones more under suspicion than most!

The ACLU, which loves the idea of sticking it to the Second Amendment and infringing on our right to keep and bear arms, said it opposes this legislation.

Our nation’s watchlisting system is error-prone and unreliable because it uses vague and overbroad criteria and secret evidence to place individuals on blacklists without a meaningful process to correct government error and clear their names.

The government contends that it can place Americans on the No Fly List who have never been charged let alone convicted of a crime, on the basis of prediction that they nevertheless pose a threat (which is undefined) of conduct that the government concedes “may or may not occur.” Criteria like these guarantee a high risk of error and it is imperative that the watchlisting system include due process safeguards—which it does not. In the context of the No Fly List, for example, the government refuses to provide even Americans who know they are on the List with the full reasons for the placement, the basis for those reasons, and a hearing before a neutral decision-maker.

Now that the whining and gnashing of teeth is over, the Twitter hashtag #nobillnobreak is still abuzz with stupid, screeching how Lewis and his fellow petulant toddlers are heroes, advocating that Congress should physically be prevented from leaving until they vote, and thanking the Democrats for 25 hours of kabuki theater that was all over because apparently they got nowhere, and the cameras were turned off anyway.

That's called sitting-in in style!

That’s called sitting-in in style!

Or maybe the buffet ran out of food.

Frankly, I think this was a YUGE success. After stamping their little feet, holding their collective breath, screaming for their cookie, and pounding their itty bitty fists, the only thing these whiners accomplished was to prompt House Speaker Paul Ryan to grow some balls.

But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.

He and the Republicans, who hold the majority, then declared the House adjourned with no votes until after the Fourth of July holiday.

This little attention-whoring stunt demonstrated one thing: the stupidity, statism, and surliness of gun grabbers when they don’t get their way.

 

How to fight back

opening dayA few weeks ago, I wrote about opening day at NoVA armory – a new gun shop in Arlington close to where we live. Rob and I bought a new revolver, browsed the various firearms, and even mocked the clownish hobo someone obviously paid to stand outside the store and bear gawdy signs and balloons condemning the store’s existence. We speculated that maybe if we gave her a sammich, she’d amble over to the concurrent protest over in Lyon Park, where a few quivering, pearl-clutching panty shitters were protesting free enterprise and the unfettered (and I use that word loosely, given all the sturm and drang surrounding the attempts to shut down the store before it even opened) exercise of our rights.

Nonetheless, the histrionics of the gun-grabbers did not stop the store from opening and from hosting hundreds of customers that day. Congrats to Dennis Pratte and his family for a successful, and mostly drama-free opening.

But the drama surrounding the store is hardly over.

The company that owns a gun store that recently opened in Arlington’s Lyon’s Park community is suing 64 people, saying that by protesting the store’s opening they participated in a “conspiracy to injure another in his trade or business.” Seven Virginia government officials are named in the suit, including Virginia state Delegates Mark H. Levine and Patrick Alan Hope and state Senators Janet Denison Howell and Barbara Favola. The store, NOVA Armory, is asking for $2,101,441.14; it says the damages include lost revenue, physical and personal protection expenses, phone number changes and time lost related to said phone number changes, and damages to the business’ good will and reputation.

The suit says that, first, Howell, Favola, Levine, and Hope conspired between one another to destroy Pratte’s business. They are elected officials. They maliciously acted to defame Pratte and destroy the reputation of his business in an effort to prevent it from opening. These elected public officials discussed strategy about how to best do so on social media, and sent a letter to the store’s landlord – on official government stationery – trying to pressure her into abandoning the lease. That’s right. Elected public officials tried to use their official offices and authority to pressure a landlord to sever a relationship with a tenant! Worse yet, they attempted to malign and defend Pratte and his business by claiming that he had opened his business “in order to conduct criminal activities, namely conveyance of firearms to persons ineligible to be in possession thereof and to facilitate violent crime.”

Talk about your abuse of power!

And it’s not like Favola hasn’t been involved in these types of shady dealings before! Favola was involved in pressuring another landlord to cancel a lease with JB Gates, who intended to open a store in Arlington, and was advising Fairfax County bottom-feeders on how to best go about it.

Delegate Kathleen Murphy, McLean Democrat, wrote an email to state Sen. Barbara Favola, Arlington Democrat, seeking help in shutting down the gun store. Ms. Favola was instrumental in organizing opposition to Mr. Gates’ shop in Arlington.

“Basically, we convinced the land owner that his business tenants would lose business,” Ms. Favola told Ms. Murphy in a reply. “In other words, moving a gun shop to a small cluster of shops in the middle of a neighborhood was bad for business.

“The argument has to be about supporting small businesses,” Ms. Favola wrote in her email. “The ‘we’ versus ‘they’ argument is winnable with the NRA.”

Ms. Murphy forwarded that email Sept. 25 to other Democrats in her district, including Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who is up for re-election Tuesday, saying, “Lets do it.”

Barbara Favola, no doubt in the process of vomiting new and inventive ways to infringe on your rights.

Barbara Favola, no doubt in the process of vomiting new and inventive ways to infringe on your rights.

So not only did Favola pressure one landlord to cancel a lease with a local military veteran, thereby threatening his business and livelihood, but she advised other pernicious Democrat gargoyles in Virginia to do the same. And now, she’s teamed up with several colostomy bags in an attempt to use their authority as government officials to abuse, malign, and denigrate yet another business they don’t like!

I got into a debate with one Lyon Park hipster, who claimed to be some kind of constitutional lawyer, and who claimed that Pratte was, in fact, using the courts to violate the protesters’ First Amendment rights. I informed him that bullying, defaming, and trying to destroy another’s livelihood is not covered under the First Amendment. The attorney in the case, with whom I communicated this week, confirmed this in an email.

Simply put, free speech begins and ends with speech.  When you take active steps to put someone out of business, that’s a crime in Virginia, even if you do it mainly by the use of words.  That goes beyond “free speech.” If I can make an analogy, the fact that, in Virginia, I’ve got a perfect right to strap on a gun and walk around in public with it doesn’t give me the right to pull it out and shoot someone I don’t like. There is a point at which the privileged conduct stops and wrongful action begins. These people are not “random protesters” – they’re not protesters at all – they’re people who have communicated among themselves to effect an unlawful purpose using unlawful means.  NoVa Armory is not a governmental agency, and a letter to its landlord is not “petitioning the government for a redress of grievances.” Trying to shut down that business is not an exercise in free speech.

The unlawful acts include defamation, calling NoVa Armory’s manager “gun-slinger Denny” and accusing him of being a terrorist, a liar, and a person who would sell guns to “those people” who live on the other side of the Anacostia river thereby promoting an illegal “black” market in guns and drugs. But it’s not a suit for defamation, it’s a suit for unlawfully conspiring to injure NoVa Armory in its trade or business in violation of Va. Code sections 18.2-499 and 18.2-500.

And what did the “protesters'” actions result in?

For one, a mailed death threat to Pratte’s 16-year-old daughter! A bloody death threat to a kid. What kind of lowlife, cowardly varmint would send a death threat to a child? What kind of wretched bag of rancid ass leavings would send a death threat to anyone, merely because they had opposing views on an issue, but worse yet, to a kid? Obviously the type who would claim “free speech” protects their “right” to abuse, defame, denigrate, and threaten another human being.

This is the kind of company Favola, Levine, Hope, et. al. keep. You know what they say about dogs and fleas, right?

Worse yet, these statist swamp donkeys are showing their racist roots. Levine, in particular, has been rather vocal about undesirables (read: black people) from DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland coming to Virginia to buy guns and commit heinous crimes. Why do you hate black people, Mr. Levine?

Note the hypocrisy. Levine, on his social media pages, is more than diligent about pointing out that not all illegal aliens commit crimes (except for the obvious one of being here illegally, but he glosses over that), but he’s more than ready to generalize the worst about people who want to purchase guns! Telling. Very, very telling.

It’s about time law-abiding dealers started to fight back against these abuses of power and these plain violations of their rights.

I, for one, am thrilled that Dennis Pratte is standing up.

The Bathroom Thing

I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I have no idea why. Maybe because my social media feed is filled with photos of absolutely hideous transvestites, inviting me to imagine them with cameras, trying to take photos of women’s genitalia in bathrooms.

Hi, I'm here to take photos of you taking a poop!

Hi, I’m here to take photos of you taking a poop!

Imagine this in the bathroom with your eight-year-old daughter, they say.

I’ve thought about it. A lot.

And you know what? I honestly don’t care if this dude wants to use the stall next to me. I really don’t.

Now, your mileage may vary, and you will probably disagree vociferously with me, but I don’t care. I know a variety of people – men, women, genderqueers, and transvestites. I have a vast array of friends. I refuse to judge them. They are who they are – intelligent, funny, loyal people – and I wouldn’t be friends with them if they weren’t. And I really don’t care if they want to use the same bathroom as me.

Being a transgender doesn’t make one a pedophile.

Being gay does not make one a sex abuser.

Being male does not make one a rapist.

If you look at who the perpetrators of child sexual abuse are, 60 percent are not strangers in a bathroom. They are family friends. They are babysitters.  They are neighbors.

Moreover, 30 percent are actual family members, and only 10 percent are actual strangers.

If I have a child with me, damn skippy I’m going to be vigilant and watch them to ensure that nothing happens, but that’s not limited to public bathrooms – whether gender neutral or not. That’s just common sense.

I’m not worried about sexual assault in a gender neutral bathroom any more than I’m worried about sexual assault at a bar after a night of drinking. Being vigilant, being observant, being aware of one’s environment are much more effective strategies to prevent sexual assault than keeping a guy dressed as a woman out of a bathroom.

I have a much bigger problem with governments regulating bathroom facilities than I have with transgenders using them. I’m a grownup. I am perfectly capable of making an informed choice about where to spend my money without states and localities making laws and deciding for me. I’m sure all of you are as well.

If a restaurant only offers a gender neutral bathroom, you are free not to patronize it if you don’t feel comfortable. You are certainly not free to demand they accommodate your discomfort and use government force to get your way.

It works the other way too. If you are transgender, I assume you are intelligent and mature enough to decide whether you want to spend your money at a business that only offers single gender, multi-occupancy bathrooms and will not allow you to use the bathroom of your choice. You have every right to walk away and spend your money elsewhere. What you should not be able to do is force the business to bend to your desires at the point of a (figurative) government gun.

Trust me, if someone wants to commit sexual assault, they will do it. They certainly don’t have to put on a dress to facilitate the act. Frankly, if someone is turned on by another person taking a steamy deuce in a bathroom stall, they have bigger problems than feeling a bit girly.

If you’re a business owner, decide what kind of facilities you want to offer and clearly mark them.

Ensure the stalls in your bathroom facilities do not have gaps between the doors and walls. Ensure they’re solid, like they are in most European bathrooms. No peeking. No problem.

Know you won’t satisfy all people at all times and no matter what kind of facilities you decide to offer, you will probably piss someone off, because that’s how people are.

As for me, I just don’t care. Make sure it’s clean. Make sure it’s operational. Make sure it doesn’t reek, and is well-stocked with soap, toilet paper, and other necessities.

That’s all I need.

 

Delving into the bathroom controversy

So North Carolina passed this bill that essentially says that schools, public agencies, and employers who have multiple occupancy bathrooms on their premises must keep them single sex. The legislation is here, and yes, I’ve read it.

I like to make my own mind up about any issue, so I had to sit and think very carefully about what it would mean to pass a law forcing those who feel themselves to be of one gender to use a public bathroom that’s specified for the opposite sex – let’s leave the “disorder that we shouldn’t be celebrating, but rather healing” arguments at the door for a moment. I also had to think very carefully about how a little girl or boy would feel having to use the restroom with a member of the opposite sex present.

Complex questions pop into my mind.

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The Flint Water Crisis – Solutions not Whining

by Jonathan LaForce

Jonathan LaForce is a former Marine 0811, who deployed with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines to Helmand in 2011. He currently operates a BBQ food truck called the Aloha Snack Bar, and writes romance novels and poetry in his spare time. Cases of Dr. Pepper are always appreciated.


 

flint water

No, that’s not a bottle of urine. That’s water in Flint.

Water is an important item we all need. Every day. A question posed today by Alex Bradley, in the form of a meme asked this thought and question:

The Flint Water Crisis is now entering it’s second year. Why haven’t we seen the military step in and handle the matter? Where is the Army Corps of Engineers laying down new pipes to bring in water? Where are the filtration systems? We can invade a foreign power inside a matter of hours, so why can’t we take care of problems within our own borders?

Now, that is a very good question. And seeing as I’m something of a wordsmith when it comes to such matters, I’m going to answer all of the above.

Number 1: Landing an armed force on foreign soil (whether by sea or land) has its own logistical chain. Its purpose there is to smash and break things with violent efficiency and lethality. Nothing less will do. Suppose we’re talking about a Marine artillery battery moving across the Eastern Polish border to defend Ukraine against Russian invasion (not entirely impossible these days; Vlad Putin is at the “use it or lose it” stage).

Every single vehicle in the battery is already loaded in such a manner as to most rapidly and effectively go into a combat zone. Dismounting and fire-capping a towed Howitzer is an art and a science all at once. All the gear on board in the back end of the 7-ton truck towing that Howitzer is staged and arranged so that even with the normal jostling and bouncing of travel, it will be at hand where it is most needed for the speed and efficiency of the gun crew to get the gun up and firing. That’s what we train for all day every day. It is what we exist to do.

But our supplies are limited. We only have so much effective range and supplies. We’ve already prioritized our needs and what we can carry; there is quite literally no more room unless you’re willing to add more vehicles to the battery, which increases all sorts of variables. Because of this, there is a necessity for logistical chains and follow-on support. But even those can only carry so much food, water, bullets, beans and TP.

Operation Desert Shield began after Saddam unjustly invaded Kuwait In August 1990. At the same time, 13th Marine Expedition Unit was afloat at sea. Within five weeks, the MEU had swelled to become 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and was fully ready to launch an amphibious assault into Kuwait. Valiant though this effort would have been, without the support of follow-on forces, the 10,000 Marines of 4th MEB would have died when they ran out supplies and munitions. In the end, six months would pass before the U.S. Army had staged enough men and material to make driving Saddam out of Kuwait a practical event.

That’s just to conquer an area. Not patrol it day and night for security purposes; not ensure that critical civilian needs are met; just to drive out Saddam’s pack of animals. And that’s with the U.S. government acting intelligently and the U.S. military in the prime of its existence after the build-up during the Reagan administration.

Number 2: Now that we’ve examined military logistics, it’s time to examine Flint. For years, the city of Flint purchased its water supply from Detroit. A significant portion of Detroit’s city budget came from Flint’s water purchase, which makes sense. Every human being needs at least 1 gallon of water per day, just for drinking – not bathing, not washing dishes, not even cooking. Just in terms of what you personally drink. When your city population is nearly 100,000 that’s a lot. How much? Let me break it down for you. If we assume that 100,000 people, consume one gallon apiece, per day, seven days per week, that’s 700,000 gallons of water. Now multiply that by 52. That would make 36,400,000 gallons of water per year. Let’s suppose Detroit charged them a rate of 2 cents per gallon: That’s $728,000 dollars annually.

The city of Flint looked at all this money flowing out from their own civic funds and said “Huh, how can we free up money to go elsewhere?” which was a smart move on the politicians’ part. The city of Flint ran the numbers and determined that if it started construction of their own water supply to feed into the existing network, it would take them 2 years, and at the end of it, they would have a net savings of $4.2 million, at a minimum. Good work so far. So the City of Flint made the announcement that they were putting up their own water system, and would no longer be dependent on Detroit when their contract ended in 2 years. They figured they would be safe.

They were wrong.

Detroit was not happy about this. Remember, Detroit enjoys the cash cow that Flint represents. Their response to Flint was to immediately cut off the water supply. Now, go check who the mayor of Detroit is. What’s his party affiliation? How long has this party been in power in Detroit?

Flint had to switch to local water supply. Governor Rick Snyder set up a crisis management team who tried to help ease the process. They checked with local environmental regulation agencies about whether the water was safe. They asked the EPA the same question, and they were told it was. Even after things started getting funky, the EPA assured them everything was okay.

And now, here we are. Filthy water in Flint, and a fat Democrat named Michael Moore is running around telling people to stop sending water to Flint. Yes, you just read that correctly. Chew on that and consider what it means while I expound upon Point Number 3.

Number 3: In the short term, a military led-convoy could make good things happen, but it would get ugly in a hurry because we have zero tolerance or respect for stupidity and jackassery. Given the mess that FEMA has proven to be, under any administration, it will probably end up being a military led, military commanded effort, which means martial law or the next best thing to it. We call the shots, and nobody argues. Or we smack them down and out of the way.

Why? Because we have a job to do, and we will not allow anything to deter us from achieving our mission.

Imagine that Corporal LaForce has a squad of Marines and he’s in charge of distributing water to a local neighborhood. Everybody gets so many bottles or jugs per household. All they have to do is come to the collection point and collect it. We’re doing things by the numbers in an organized fashion. Lines start to form. Who here likes standing in line? I don’t even like waiting in the express line in the grocery store. Now take that line and move it outside to the 30 degree weather; people are cold, people are tired, bored, cranky, grumpy. They’re sick of listening to their kids whine about being bored tired and hungry. Now we have 1,000 thirsty, hungry, grouchy people, ready to lose their heads waiting in line.

I have my standing orders, which include that Joe Six Pack does not cause trouble. Yes, we get it Mr. Six-Pack, you’re thirsty. So is everybody else here. Stand in line and wait. Because nothing goes wrong when refugees and people in desperate situations go to get supplies, right? Because there’s no reporter from MSNBC standing around with a camera looking for somebody to get stupid so he can show the very same guys handing out water as being nothing more than government thugs oppressing the poor-downtrodden people of Flint, right? MSNBC and CNN are full of professional liars who have done exactly that in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don’t think for a second they won’t do it here.

Great, we made it out of the whole mess alive and unharmed. But wait, as we’re preparing to leave, we see a local street gang charging a toll for water to the locals. This is wrong on many, many levels. Do you think Corporal LaForce is going to tolerate some two-bit punk gang member doing that? Nope. And how is it going to look on CNN when they air live footage of Corporal LaForce using a machine gun to handle street thugs? I can already see the court martial proceedings. I can already see the rest of my career going down in flames. If I’m a reservist and a business owner, my business is finished. Because CNN and MSNBC do not care about the truth, they’ll never show the people who were robbed at gunpoint before I intervened. They won’t care one iota about the truth. And while my family suffers, those stuffed shirt reporterss will go back to voting into power the very politicians who caused this mess to begin with and promoting them to the general public. That’s the reality I and every other Marine sent to do this duty would face every day for several months while the water supply got fixed.

And if we’re shipping nearly three million gallons of water each month, by truck, to Flint, think about the cost in diesel fuel to run all of that. That’s not a powder keg of trouble waiting to ignite at all, and would you care to buy this beautiful ocean front property in Arizona which I own?

Number 4: We’re not done yet, but we’re close. The Army’s engineers are very capable, talented individuals. They absolutely could set up the facilities necessary to alleviate the short term shortages, and start laying down foundations for longer-term scenarios. But guess what? Everything requires environmental impact statements, reviews, inspections, and decisions made by bureaucrats whose very livelihoods depend on the volume of paperwork they can generate. And then there’s every single environmental regulation that must be met, enforced by the very EPA who said this water was “good to drink and use” in the first place!

That engineer Captain you called up to go fix this mess is going to spend the first four months onsite spinning his thumbs. Same with his company First Sergeant, all the way on down to the lowest, most boot private in the unit (assuming he’s not busy digging a ditch because his seniors told him to). Because until the EPA actually decides to get their oh-so-precious act together, nothing can happen. It’s that simple. We have regulated even basic construction so heavily, that establishing clean drinking water is a multi-year process.

Why do you think California never bothered to build desalinization plants up and down the coast, in an effort to alleviate drought problems? Government regulated it straight out the window. Then, to really put people in a bind, they determined that the needs of the brown river smelt fish mattered more than ensuring farmers had enough water for irrigation. So farms started drying up, a la the Dust Bowl (my wife’s family owns farm land up there, and I’ve gotten to see this first hand), which meant that the California drought was not only perpetuating itself, but man-made by the very hand of the supposed environmental custodians set to protect it! Just like the government agency that was supposed to protect the citizens of Flint, Michigan failed them entirely.

In Hawaii, the state government has fought for years with the LDS church to gain control of the wells and aquifers which that private organization owns, developed, and maintains on its own dime. Why? Because until the amount of available drinking water in Hawaii is increased sufficiently, they can’t do the land developments they’d like, because there won’t be enough water to take care of the booming population. Again, why not build desalinization plants? You’d have construction crews hiring like mad, people would be getting hired and trained on how to maintain and operate these plants, the cost of water would go down (due to the surplus of water now in the system), which means that cost of living goes down and your average Hawaiian’s dollar goes a lot further. Yay! More money for Manapua and malasadas! Praise the Lord and pass the laulau!

But it doesn’t happen that way. Environmental regulations either forbid it, or make it so difficult, that no business owner in his right mind will go near the project. You would need Bill Gates’ money and army of lawyers, just to get started!

Finally, know this: It can be resolved. Yes. It can. But you have to have a certain stomach and fortitude for the rough road ahead. It won’t go away in one night. If you send Marines or Soldiers into Flint, you must expect that friction with the local populace is going to occur. You must be willing to watch American fighting men resort to physical violence on occasion to keep the peace, or prevent barbarians from harming civilized human beings. You must be willing to scrap much of the environmental regulatory code and start over, because it is entirely too cumbersome. You must be willing to stay the course, all the way from beginning to end.

Because otherwise, it will not work.

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