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Northwest Clean Air Agency - Pitching $3.4 million in cash again!
Rivers of cash flow through all kinds of special agencies run by appointees nowadays. The whole nation was appalled by the recent GSA scandal. Meanwhile, WE find millions being ladled out right under our noses without pressing need, and definitely without much accountability. With a crass GSA-like sense of humor, the Northwest Clean Air Agency ran a $3.5 million rent-seeking funding extravaganza last April that they called a "Pitchfest." Check out the applications here. They're handing out another $3.4 million again right now for "work" in 2013. Here's a clip that describes it:
Request for Proposals: The Northwest Clean Air Agency seeks ambitious proposal(s) capable of achieving significant greenhouse gas emission reductions. Approximately $3.4 million will be available by mid-2013 to fund one or more projects. No proposals for less than $250,000 will be considered for this funding round.
...Their FAQ says:
The term "outcome" means the result, effect or consequence that will occur from carrying out the project. Outcomes may be qualitative and environmental, behavioral, health-related, or programmatic in nature, but must also be quantitative. They may not necessarily be achievable within the funding period.
Probably ICLEI will be back at the trough, among so many who applied last year here. Did you see the video of Dr. Don Easterbrook's lecture about the insignificance of greenhouse gasses? Check it out - it's an eye opener!
Green-Washing a Young Mind
Our education system is indoctrinating our kids faster than we can educate them. Brian Sussman, author of Eco-Tyranny, interviews one unfortunate subject. Her conclusion is simply tragic, unhealthy, and completely predictable:
In The Every Good Idea Needs to Be a Law Department...
Bellingham City Council is considering an ordinance to require landowners to shovel their walks when it snows, under penalty of law, to the tune of $100.00 per day. Given that the City of Bellingham doesn't even own a snowplow, WE have a suggestion: Hey council, how about when the streets are all clear of snow, you come after our sidewalks, OK?
Aren't there enough slip-and-fall lawyers to handle this problem? How did humans get around on foot before government oppression was invented? In the wintertime, I expect my roads, sidewalks, bicycle paths and hiking paths to be less navigable than usual. This has been the case for millenia. It is easier to wear proper shoes and put on tire chains, than it is to shovel the planet.
You're the 99%? What's the Problem?
Dude, if you're the 99%, then what in blazes is your major malfunction? Are you telling me that one percent of the population has you and all of the world's power and wealth cornered? Tell me another!
WE certainly do not support corporatocracy (or union-ocracy) but if it weren't for the kakistocracy, we wouldn't be in this mess. An activist government is a fraud magnet. When government goes around trying to make the world "nice" by choosing winners and losers, and regulating everyone "for the good of the planet" or "for the good of society", that's when the special interests selfishly begin lobbying government to make their lives easier. If everyone had equal justice instead of social justice, then everyone could duke it out in the real world of good luck, bad luck, and the school of hard knocks and real work, on a truly level playing field -- not a government mandated one that gives special advantages to arbitrarily chosen "victim" groups, species and planets.
Here's life's first lesson: life ain't fair. WE don't expect it to be. You shouldn't either. Government cannot make it so. Any government that governs against natural law is bound to fail. It is our individual duty -- not government's -- to help those less fortunate among us, including nature. True, some people are greedy, heartless bastards. But using government to force them to "play nice" (who gets to define "nice"?) always has, and always will, backfire.
Hear me now, and believe me later: to make the world a better place, the founders gave us the First Amendment. It's a great tool; you should try it. You can convince people to follow your lead -- voluntarily. You can convince people to join your church -- voluntarily. But the non-establishment clause says that you cannot make it mandatory.
If our politicians would follow The Constitution that they all take an oath to uphold and defend, WE think the problems that we are facing today would be far less severe. Bailouts to large banks? Unauthorized. Take-over of the automobile industry? Unauthorized. Fraudulent grants to "green" industries? Unauthorized. The enumerated powers are very short, but the list of shame goes on.
Flier at Occupy Phoenix asks, “When should you shoot a cop?”
While we're on the subject of the "Occupy" movement, WE thought we'd share something we saw on Hot Air:
Hot Air has confirmed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety that fliers have been found at Occupy Phoenix instructing people on when to shoot police officers. First reported by the Jon Justice show on 104.1 FM in Tucson, the flier resulted in a counterterrorism alert issued to all law enforcement agencies in the state: (continue reading...)
The media love to compare the "Occupy" movement to the tea parties. Maybe, in the sense that they're both demonstrations by frustrated citizens, but the comparison ends there.
Tea parties occupy their venue until their parade permits expire, then they leave the place cleaner than they found it. OWS typically take over a place, and trash it, overstaying their welcome.
Tea parties have a clear message: Follow the Constitution. OWS don't seem to have any clear message, except that they don't seem to like corporations. Or paying back their student loans.