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11. NFL Gets the Goldmine, We Get the Shaft

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Economy
12. The Truth about Job Growth in America

by Captain Rick of Atridim News Journal 


The economy added 74,000 jobs in December while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. Analysts had expected job growth of about 200,000, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.

Captain Rick:  Our economy is in sick spite of the hype we hear on the evening news...mostly being pumped by the DC political machine. This miserable jobs report is a prime example. The only reason the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7% is because a large number of job seekers have expired their unemployment benefits. Those who no longer qualify for unemployment are no longer included in the unemployment numbers. How inaccurate is that? The U.S. unemployment percentage is totally bogus...meaningless. The actual, real unemployment figure is twice as high. I believe the Fed is using this fictitious reduction to justify their reduction in Quantitative Easing...the pumping of $85 Billion (now reduced to $75 Billion) of red ink dollars into the US economy each an attempt to make the US economy look like its doing OK...when it's really sucking. The truth is that the Fed must lower the red ink dollars it prints each month because the recent budget deal will not allow that another rise in the U.S. National Debt can be avoided. How wonderful it would be if our political bureaucrats in DC would tell us the truth of what is really going on. I have a hunch they think most Americans are stupid and will believe the garbage fed to us via the evening news. Fortunately you have Captain Rick keeping an eye on things and reporting the truth.

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Tags: Economy, Media Malpractice
13. Center for Biological Diversity: Liars and Defamers

The Center for Biological Diversity is an evil organization that was proven guilty in 2005 of making "false, unfair, libelous, and defamatory statements against Jim Chilton, a Southern Arizona rancher."  

Jim Chilton and his family were awarded $100,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.  He planned to use part of the money to pay his lawsuit expenses, and donate the rest to the Arizona Cattle Growers Association to "promote truth and responsibility with respect to cattle grazing issues."  

"Our opponents don't use science.  They subvert science," stated Mr. Chilton.  "Endangered species are just their tool to raise money and impose their anti-production philosophy."  He is incensed over the lost livelihoods of tens of thousands of rural westerners:  timber workers, ranchers, and miners who have lost productive well paid employment.  "Too many other victims just couldn't defend themselves against relentless attacks by the CBD (Center for Biological Diversity) and Forest Guardians."

"Environmentalists wear people down until they can no longer function," stated a witness.

As Jim Chilton said, "Ranching is not a job.  It's a culture.  It's a unique western American way of life and a national cultural treasure worthy of preservation."

Dear friends of liberty, the Center for Biological Diversity is one of the many radical environmental groups that has learned how to subvert the legislative process and, between FY2009 - FY2012, fleeced American taxpayers out of over $2 million in their ESA (Endangered Species Act) lawsuits against federal agencies.  It's quite a racket.  See This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and Use the Money to Advance Their Agenda

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Tags: Economy, Environmentalists, Forests, Wolves
14. This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and use the Money to Advance their Agenda

It's called "Sue and Settle."  Environmental groups work in close coordination with government officials.  They sue the government agency to change environmental policy.  The agency being sued uses "mediation" in a process to avoid a public court hearing.  The lawsuit is settled for thousands of dollars, including attorney's fees, and the environmental policy is changed.  All of this is done behind closed doors. No public disclosure.  No legislative involvement.  

Take a look at the chart below titled ESA (Endangered Species Act) Litigation Expenditures by Organization to see how many millions in taxpayer dollars these radical environmentalists have been paid!
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Tags: Economy, Environmentalists, Forests, Wolves
15. Thank You to 3 Council Members for Voting NO to the 2012 ICC Building Codes

Dear Council Members Victor Petersen, Jared Taylor, and Eddie Cook,

Thank you for acknowledging the 65 citizens who, on Nov. 7, 2013, spoke out, sent emails, or put their names on a list objecting to the passage of the 2012 ICC building codes.  Thank you for voting No.  I'm sorry that your 4 colleagues passed the codes, against Gilbert families, self-employed builders, and the Free Market.  To them, Liberty is a quaint philosophy, nothing more. 

Thank you for understanding the issues that many of these citizens have brought to your attention for the last several months about the damage that a proliferation of building codes has done to those who must adhere to them, and to those who must pay for them. 

Thank you for seeing that, no matter how much taxpayer money you spend to “train the bureaucracy to be consistent,” you are only adding an ineffective government fix to a government-induced problem.  There will never be consistency within Gilbert, and there will never be consistency among jurisdictions.  Yet, the myth prevails.  Thanks for not believing it.   

Thank you for realizing that the SBA, Chamber of Commerce, and SRP do not speak for Gilbert families. The SBA has been right on many issues, but unfortunately, not on this one.  I doubt if most SBA and Chamber of Commerce members could tell you what ICC stands for, let alone be able to offer an educated opinion about it.   Those who profit financially from higher priced products might like them, however.  Money and power does strange things to people with loosely held “principles.”

Thank you for honestly appreciating the time, effort, research, and meetings that the unpaid citizens have spent for months doing their best to educate the rest of the Council members.  These citizens have invested their own personal, private time, which they have taken away from their businesses and families.  I’m sure it has been a sacrifice to their families, who have supported them as they have exerted their Civic Authority.  These citizens remind me of something I read once.  It’s obvious that you are familiar with this sentence:  --And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Thank you for understanding that some people in the construction industry are delighted with the code mandates because it means more profit for them.  I know this is true, because, as the previous owners of a swimming pool service and repair business, my husband and I stood to make 5 and 6 times more commission by selling energy efficient variable speed motors.  I fought against that legislation, at my own expense, because our customers trusted us to provide the best product for the best price.  The variable speeds are a sham.  We refused to “fleece” our customers and cowardly hide behind “It’s not our fault.  It’s those darned regulations.”  Our customers didn’t even know about our fight, nor did they care.  But we knew, we cared, and so did our God. 

Thank you for understanding that the Free Market responds to an ever changing building/construction environment in an instant, and it adjusts quickly.  The ICC’s codes take years to catch up.  A mandated code can be faulty, worthless, or even dangerous, but “it’s code,” so the law prevails anyway.

Mostly, thank you for recognizing the Truth.  This fight hasn’t been about the newest, best, safest, most energy efficient and greenest building materials.  It has been a fight between Centralized Governance versus Individual Self Governance.  The building/construction experts throughout this battle have been fighting for Liberty and Individual Self Governance.

In the name of God, Family, and Civic Duty

Anita Christy
Gilbert Watch

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Tags: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Economy, Free Market, ICC, Town Council
16. EPA's Secret Deals with Environmentalists: Sue and Settle

The EPA is under investigation for a practice called Sue and Settle. Environmentalists in government and private organizations have found ways to create new regulations by fashioning lawsuits tailored to have courts institute policy changes. Both parties involved in the lawsuits secretly decide in advance what the outcome will be and how much taxpayer money will be transferred to the environmental group in the settlement. In other words, they are exploiting the courts to change laws, and in the process, helping to fund radical environmental groups without legislative or taxpayer consent. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been given to these groups.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, Environmentalists, EPA, Wolves, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
17. Report on the 11/14/2013 EPA Hearing: Navajo Generating Station

by Patrick O'Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)

At the EPA Hearing on November 14, the EPA asked those who wished to speak to come up and take a seat at the front table two at a time for efficiency. So I’m making my comments and the guy sitting next to me is with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Is he supposed to be the balance to my conservative comments? No, we are both there trying to convince the EPA to leave Navajo Generating Station (NGS) alone. Or at least leave something in operation after they make their final ruling, because we both clearly see the damage changes at NGS will have on Arizona’s economy. It’s not just a federal authority out of control or state’s rights issue. This agency is messing with our everyday lives.

There were about 200 people at the hearing and about 100 of them made statements. It broke pretty cleanly into the Sierra Club wanting quick, drastic changes that will close NGS, and everybody else. Everybody else included legislators, union workers, Central Arizona Project, farmers, Indian Tribes, and average citizens. Rep. Warren Petersen and Joy Staveley from Canyoneers wanted the EPA completely out of our business and to back off completely from NGS. They have the right principles for the long term fight with the EPA, but I’m afraid it’s too late for principles to triumph on NGS.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) Negotiates a Surrender

In June of this year the Technical Working Group (TWG) got together and proposed a negotiated surrender as opposed to having the EPA force them into an unconditional surrender. TWG consists of Salt River Project and the Department of the Interior as major owners of NGS; Central Arizona Project (CAP) as the biggest customer of NGS; Gila River Indian Community as a major customer of CAP; the Navajo Nation because NGS is on their land, and they supply the coal to make it go; and two environmental groups, Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. The Sierra Club was originally part of TWG, but walked out when the plan wasn’t severe enough to satisfy them.

So why didn’t the State of Arizona get a seat at the TWG table? Technically because the EPA is dealing directly with the Navajo Nation and it’s not an Arizona issue, but it’s safe to assume the other members of TWG were afraid a State of Arizona representative couldn’t be trusted to surrender fast enough.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, Environmentalists, EPA, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
18. Pelosi and the Democrats want to Destroy the Navajo Nation

Thanks to Andy McKinney for the following post.  

Dear Friends,

Nancy Pelosi is attacking the Navajo nation with a fury not seen for over a century.  She and her Democrat Party allies have set their sights on the economic and social destruction of the Navajo nation.

Fifty percent of the economically active people on the Navajo reservation are unemployed.  The nation participates in three interconnected operations providing $100,000,000 for the Navajo people. These are the Kayenta coal mine, the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and the railroad that connects the two.  Losing the NGS means the loss of this entire economy, not just for the Navajo people, but also for the people who benefit and depend on it for their own livelihoods.

Pelosi wants to close the generating station on utterly bogus environmental grounds.  

 She and her Democrat Party Pals want to crush the economic life out of the Navajos.  For her, Navajos shouldn’t be allowed to have high paying railroad, mining, or power generating jobs. For her, food stamps and poverty are all the Navajo people can aspire to.

Fortunately, the Navajo coal miners are represented by the United Mine Workers of America UMWA).  Perhaps the Democrat Party will not throw their allies in big labor under the bus in favor of their allies in the environmental wacko movement.  Ninety-eight percent of the UMWA members at Kayenta are Navajo.

Save the Navajo.  Stop the Democrat Party.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, EPA, Obama, Environmentalists, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
19. Gilbert Watch Welcomes Contributing Editor, Patrick O'Malley

Patrick O'Malley is the newest member of the Gilbert Watch editorial team, and we are honored that he has joined us.  

Patrick is an electrical engineer with 40 years experience, mostly with Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor, as a design and application engineer. He holds four patents. He chose to emphasize time over money and retired early to grow citrus, get a license to operate public drinking water systems, and study water and the environment. His previous political experience was limited to serving on the Board of a small irrigation district. The overwhelming conservative win in the 2010 elections followed by the disappointing lack of change in government policies convinced him it was time to stop complaining and get actively involved. Patrick is a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 12, and serves as its Treasurer.

Patrick has written the following articles of serious interest to all Arizona's citizens:  

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Tags: EPA, Economy
20. Latest Election Results Indicate Major Override Defeats!!

As of last night, November 5, at 9:47 pm, according to Maricopa County's Election Results, it appears that many Maricopa County voters have tired of passing school district property tax overrides and school tax bonds.  They rose up and said, "Enough! Get your fiscal house in order!"  

It's one thing to be on the correct side of an issue, but it takes teamwork, intelligence, hard work, integrity, and persistence to get the correct side presented to the public.  The activists presenting their case in several East Valley school districts made themselves heard.  From having worked with the No to the Override Gilbert group, I can tell you that they were outspent,.  Their signs were stolen, vandalized, and sliced up.  The Mayor of Gilbert and Town Council member Eddie Cook were against them.  A group funded by organizations like Core Construction fought against them.  

Not only did a dedicated core group of Gilbert residents fight off this override, but also a magnificent group of elderly people who regularly attend Randy Hatch's Arizona Red Mountain Patriots battled.  They live in Mesa, but are in the Gilbert School District and pay plenty in property taxes.  They organized community meetings and encouraged their fellow seniors to Vote No!.   

The following school district overrides and bond issues went down in defeat:  



Queen Creek


Unfortunately, Mesa and Phoenix continue going down the path of self-destruction.  (Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has no business being the Governor of Arizona!) 

Chandler's override win is based on an extremely small margin of just 64 votes!  This one definitely isn't over.  

See Maricopa County Election Results

Pinal County has reported that many of their school district overrides bit the dust, too.  
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Tags: Schools, Taxes, Economy

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