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  • WA State Ecology is Back to WAC Us

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, PUBLIC RECORDS

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Why it matters?

    SIMPLY PUT…..

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    APR 15, 2013 – “Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

     How much will PUBLIC RECORDS cost us?

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    Behind My Back | WA State DOE Emergency Fee Rule?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/24/wa-state-doe-emergency-fee-rule/

    JUL 24, 2017 – July 20, 2016 Public Records Emergency Rule WAC 173-03-9000E CALCULATION OF ACTUAL COSTS OF PRODUCING COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS DECLARED …

    WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY finds that it is in the general welfare and the public interest, and benefits requesters and the agency, to adopt the emergency rule in order to preserve AND UPDATE FEES in accordance with the legislatively adopted schedule.

    WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION, THIS WOULD CREATE A PERIOD OF MONTHS DURING WHICH NO STATEMENT OR RULE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING PRA (PUBLIC RECORDS ACT) COSTS

    OR THE METHODS OF CALCULATING THEM, CREATING CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY REGARDING ECOLOGY’S FEE STRUCTURE AND ITS (WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY’S) ABILITY TO CHARGE FEES.

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    EINSTEIN SAID, “IF YOU CAN’T PUT IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL”

    JAN 17, 2013  “IT’S A MONEY DEAL,” I said, adding, “ECOLOGY SUCKS”,  (which prompted a flurry of applause)

    SIMPLY PUT:  THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

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    This is the 994th posting on behindmyback.org since Jan 29, 2013

    This posting is over 3000 words.

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    Complete unedited text

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:52 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: September 15, 2017

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records

    For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/wac17303/1614ov.html

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Overview

    Introduction

    The Department of Ecology is proposing amendments to Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records. The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records.

    This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes. On 7/20/17 we filed an emergency rule amendment to implement changes passed by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session.  This emergency rule will be in place until 11/17/2017.  The content of this emergency rule will be included in the permanent rulemaking we are conducting.

    Why it matters

    The rule has not been updated since 1998 and needs to reflect current law, technology, and processes. The rule also contains outdated information about Ecology programs and staff, which will be made current and will reflect changes made in the 2017 legislative session.

    Scope of rule development

    Ecology is proposing to amend Chapter 173-03 WAC. This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes.

    Process of development

    Please refer to the Timeline and Public Involvement information to stay informed about the rulemaking.

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    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC

    PUBLIC RECORDS

    Complete Chapter

    WAC Sections

    173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

     

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003?

    WAC 173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 relating to public records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-010, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-010, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-010, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    (1) The terms “person,” “public record,” and “writing” shall have the meanings as stated in RCW 42.17.020.

    (2) “Department” means the department of ecology.

    (3) “Director” means the director of the department.

    (4) “Public records officer” means the employee designated as such by the department.

    (5) “Designee” means the employee of the department designated by the director or the public records officer to serve as the public records coordinator at the headquarters offices or at each of the regional offices in the absence of the officer.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-020, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-020, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-020, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    (1) Headquarters office.

    (a) The headquarters office is located at 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, Washington. The mailing address for the headquarters office is:

    Department of Ecology

    P.O. Box 47600

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

    The mailing address for the nuclear waste management program’s Hanford project is:

    Nuclear Waste Management

    1315 W. 4th Ave.

    Kennewick, WA 99336

    (b) The offices of the director, deputy director(s), program managers and other agency officials are located in the headquarters office.

    (c) The titles of the executive staff are as follows:

    Chief financial officer for financial services.

    Administrative services manager for administrative services.

    Director for intergovernmental relations.

    Director for employee services.

    Director for communications and education.

    Assistant administrator for spills prevention, preparedness and response.

    (2) The program offices located in the headquarters office are:

    (a) Air quality;

    (b) Water resources;

    (c) Water quality;

    (d) Toxics cleanup;

    (e) Nuclear waste;

    (f) Solid waste and financial assistance;

    (g) Hazardous waste and toxics reductions;

    (h) Environmental investigations and laboratory services; and

    (i) Shorelands and environmental assistance.

    (3) Regional offices and their geographical jurisdictions are as follows:

    (a) Northwest regional office (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, King, and Kitsap counties):

    3190 – 160th Avenue S.E.

    Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

    (b) Southwest regional office (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark, and Skamania counties):

    300 Desmond Drive

    Lacey, WA 98503

    Mailing address:

    P.O. Box 47775

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

    (c) Central regional office (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat counties):

    15 West Yakima, Suite 200

    Yakima, WA 98902-3401

    (d) Eastern regional office (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties):

    1. 4601 Monroe, Suite 100

    Spokane, Washington 99205-1295

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-030, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-030, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    (1) All public records of the department are available for public inspection and copying under these rules subject to subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.

    (2) Availability of public records is subject to the exemptions and prohibitions against disclosure contained in RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.130, 42.17.255, 42.17.260, and 90.52.020. In addition, individuals may request, and ecology may grant, confidentiality of documents from disclosure under RCW 43.21A.160 and 70.105.170.

    (3) When a public record includes information which, if disclosed, would lead to an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy, and the department becomes aware of this fact, the department shall delete such information before making the record available.

    (4) Public records requested may not be readily available for immediate inspection. If the requested records are not readily available, the department shall notify the requester when and where those records will be available.

    (5) Public records of the department are kept by the department or state archives until scheduled for destruction by the records retention schedule in accordance with chapter 40.14 RCW. Public records subject to a request for disclosure when scheduled for destruction shall be retained by the department and may not be erased or destroyed until the request is resolved.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-040, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-040, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-040, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    The records retention schedule established by the division of state archives of the office of the secretary of state serves as an index for the identification and location of the following records:

    (1) All records issued before July 1, 1990, for which the department has maintained an index;

    (2) Final orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued in adjudicative proceedings as defined in RCW 34.05.010(1) and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties;

    (3) Declaratory orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued pursuant to RCW 34.05.240 and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties; and

    (4) Interpretive statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(8) that were entered after June 30, 1990.

    The records retention schedule indexes records according to the originating program or section, and then the record series title. Each title is further identified by a statement of function or purpose, and the retention period. The records retention schedule is available to the public for inspection and copying. With the assistance of the public records officer or designee, any person can obtain access to public records of the department using the records retention schedule.

    A separate index of policy statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(4) entered after June 30, 1990, shall be maintained by the department’s policy manual coordinator or designees.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-050, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-050, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-050, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    (1) All requests for inspection or copying made in person at a department office shall be made on a form substantially as follows:

    REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS

    Date of Request . . . .

    Time of Request . . . .

    Name . . . .

    Address . . . .

    . . . .

    Description of Records:

    . . . .

    . . . .

    . . . .

    I understand that if a list of individuals is provided me by the Department of Ecology, it will neither be used to promote the election of an official nor promote nor oppose a ballot proposition as prohibited by RCW 42.17.130 nor for commercial purposes nor give or provide access to material to others for commercial purposes as prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(9).

    I understand that I will be charged the amount necessary to reimburse the department’s cost for copying.

    . . . .

    Signature

    Number of pages to be copied

    . . . .

    Number of copies per page

    . . . .

    Charge per copy

    $

    . . . .

    Special copy work charge

    $

    . . . .

    Staff time charge

    $

    . . . .

    Total charge

    $

    . . . .

    (2) You may request records in person at a department of ecology office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

    (3) If you make your request by mail, your request must contain the following information:

    (a) The name and address of the person making the request and the organization the person represents;

    (b) The time of day and calendar date on which the person wishes to inspect the public records;

    (c) A description of the public records requested;

    (d) A statement whether access to copying equipment is desired;

    (e) A phone number where the person can be reached in case the public records officer or designate needs to contact the person for further description of the material or any other reason.

    (f) A statement that the record will not be used for commercial purposes.

    (4) The department must receive all requests at least five business days before the requested date of inspection to allow the public records officer or designee to make certain the requested records are available and not exempt and, if necessary, to contact the person requesting inspection. The department will process all requests in a timely manner. However, large requests or requests for public records maintained offsite may require more than five business days to prepare. The department will respond to your request within five business days of receiving it, by either:

    (a) Providing the record;

    (b) Acknowledging that the department has received the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the department will require to respond to the request; or

    (c) Denying the public record request.

    Additional time required to respond to a request may be based upon the need to clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third persons or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request. In acknowledging receipt of a public record request that is unclear, the department may ask the requestor to clarify what information the requestor is seeking. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the agency need not respond to it.

    (5) The department may in its discretion fill requests made by telephone or facsimile copy (fax).

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-060, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-060, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    The department does not charge a fee for the inspection of public records. The department will charge an amount necessary to reimburse its costs for providing copies of records. This amount shall be reviewed from time to time by the department, and shall represent the costs of providing copies of public records and for use of the department’s copy equipment, including staff time spent copying records, preparing records for copying, and restoring files. This charge is the amount necessary to reimburse the department for its actual costs for copying and is payable at the time copies are furnished. The charge for special copy work of nonstandard public records shall reflect the total cost, including the staff time necessary to safeguard the integrity of these records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-070, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-070, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    When the department refuses, in whole or part, a request for inspection of any public record, it must include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the refusal and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-080, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-080, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    (1) Any person who objects to the refusal of a request for a public record may petition for prompt review of that decision by submitting a written request for review. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer or designee which constituted or accompanied the refusal.

    (2) Immediately after receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records officer or other staff member denying the request shall refer it to the director or the director’s delegate. The director or delegate shall immediately consider the matter and either affirm or reverse the refusal. The final decision shall be sent to the objecting person within two business days following receipt of the petition for review.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-090, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-090, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

    In order to adequately protect the public records of the department, you must comply with the following guidelines while inspecting public records:

    (1) You may not remove any public record from the department’s premises.

    (2) You must have a designated department employee present while you are inspecting a public record.

    (3) You may not mark or deface a public record in any manner during inspection.

    (4) You may not dismantle public records which are maintained in a file or jacket, or in chronological or other filing order, or those records which, if lost or destroyed, would constitute excessive interference with the department’s essential functions.

    (5) Access to file cabinets, shelves, vaults, or other storage areas is restricted to department personnel, unless other arrangements are made with the public records officer or designee.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-100, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-100, filed 1/17/78.]

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    The bottom line…..

    THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!


  • IRMA Predicting Weather with Spaghetti?

    The Weather Channel, ‘SPAGHETTI MODELS’  for Hurricane Irma showed  many potential paths for the storm.

    SEP 2, 2017 THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)  kept  the storm tracking further west, nearing the Bahamas by the end of next week

    Who said, IRMA was not an easy storm to forecast,  as computer SPAGETTI models disagreed with one another on important details right up until landfall?

    JAN 13, 2016 – WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE WEATHER BIZ SINCE THE 90S, BUT IT… …

    ONE OF THEM IS THAT THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)   IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE GFS. (GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM) …

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    THE TOO LATE  GFS PREDICTION THAT DETERMINED IRMA’S LAND FALL  AND EVACUATION IN FLORIDA WAS TOO BIG TO IGNORE.

    BECAUSE ON SEP 2, 2017 IT WAS  THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)  THAT PREDICTED  THE STORM TRACKING FURTHER WEST…. And, the entire world  knows the rest of that story….

    AFTER THE FACT, The Canadian News media noticed, and asked on The National, “Why didn’t the U.S. use the European model for predicting Hurricane IRMA?”

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    WHY INDEED, THE FAILURE OF (GFS) IS  TOO BIG TO BE IGNORED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP.

    IRMA Predicting Weather with Spaghetti?

    Predicting and evacuating 6 million people in Florida, the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history, based on the inferior (GFS) Spaghetti model decision is too big to be ignored by the Trump Administration and  We the American people. Specifically?  the U.S Department of Energy’s engagement in and with…  and/or dis-connect with the (ECMWF).

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    The History of the WA DC Establishment’s Tactic’s, Process and Progress….

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks.” It’s a common way to describe the process of testing many different tactics at the same time in order to identify what works (sticks) and what doesn’t work (falls to the floor).

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    In spite of the too late GFS, IRMA land fall predictions for Florida, a higher authority prevailed,

    In God we trust, and with President Trump we the people  shall prevail.

    Under the administration of President Trump, to date,  68 lives were lost to Hurricane Irma.

    And, under the Trump Administration 82 lives were lost to Hurricane Harvey

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    The European model, is run by the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), the premiere U.S. Weather model, is the Global Forecast System (GFS).

    THE U.S. ANALOG TO THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF),  IS THE GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM (GFS).

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    TUE SEP 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) said IRMA could have “some impacts” on Florida after passing the Caribbean.

    TUE SEP 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) REMINDED USERS NOT TO FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK, ESPECIALLY AT THE LONGER RANGES, SINCE THE AVERAGE NHC TRACK ERRORS ARE ABOUT 175 AND 225 STATUTE MILES AT DAYS 4 AND 5, RESPECTIVELY.

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    Hurricane Irma path: Why ‘spaghetti models’ show range of options …

    www.businessinsider.com/hurricane-irma-spaghetti-models-landfall-2017-9

    Sep 6, 2017 – Hurricane Irma ‘spaghetti models‘ show many potential paths for the storm — here’s … Company (the group behind The Weather Channel and the Weather … is primarily run in the US, and Euro models that come from Europe.

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    SEP 6, 2017

    Here’s what the world’s most accurate weather model predicts for Irma …

    https://arstechnica.com/…/heres-what-the-worlds-most-accurate-weather-model-predic…

    SEP 6, 2017 – Note: This story was written during the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 6. As of Thursday morning, the forecasts discussed within are still more …A potentially catastrophic hurricane will approach southern Florida this weekend.

    Eric Berger – 9/6/2017, 12:10 PM

    Take a look at this plot of a bunch of different models from Wednesday morning. Note the dark blue line on the left-hand side of the forecast tracks—that’s the official track forecast from the National Hurricane Center that was issued at 5am ET.

    THE US ANALOG TO THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF),  IS THE GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM (GFS). It has a lower resolution, and it typically doesn’t perform quite as well. The European model runs every 12 hours, so when the forecast plot was made, National Hurricane Center forecasters were working off of the 00z run, which typically comes out at about 2:30am ET. The ensemble forecasts (about 50 runs on a lower resolution model with slightly different initial conditions) typically follow about an hour later. Here’s what that ensemble data looked like for forecasters on Wednesday morning.

    CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE the  forecast model spaghetti plot for Hurricane Irma, with an official forecast track in dark blue.

    Now, you may be wondering, “Why is the official forecast so far to the left, when all of the other models had moved east?” THE ANSWER IS THE EUROPEAN MODEL. This forecast system has superior hardware to run its calculations. But more importantly, it has a method by which it better assimilates real-world data—observations from weather networks around the world, atmospheric soundings, reconnaissance aircraft, and much more—into its calculations.

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    FRI SEP 8, 2017  BASED ON IRMA’S PROJECTED PATH, WHICH INCLUDES Florida’s heavily populated eastern coast, the enormous storm could create one of the largest mass evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties combined have about 6 million people.

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    JAN 13, 2016 – WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE WEATHER BIZ SINCE THE 90S, BUT IT… … ONE OF THEM IS THAT

    THE EUROPEAN MODEL IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE GFS

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    US forecast models have been pretty terrible during Hurricane Irma …

    https://arstechnica.com/…/us-forecast-models-have-been-pretty-terrible-during-hurrica…

    7 days ago – NOAA’s best weather model seems to be getting worse with hurricanes, … AT TIMES DURING HARVEY, THE EUROPEAN MODEL OUTPERFORMED HUMANS.

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    Sep 2, 2017 THE EUROPEAN MODEL kept  the storm tracking further west, nearing the Bahamas by the end of next week.

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    Tue Sep 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Irma could have “some impacts” on Florida after passing the Caribbean.

    USERS ARE REMINDED TO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK, ESPECIALLY AT THE LONGER RANGES, SINCE THE AVERAGE NHC TRACK ERRORS ARE ABOUT 175 AND 225 STATUTE MILES AT DAYS 4 AND 5, RESPECTIVELY.

    SEP 6, 2017 – Its latest NHC update said: “There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.  The European model kept  the storm tracking further west

    SEP 7, 2017THE STORM’S EXACT PATH STILL REMAINS UNCLEAR. But after seeing news reports about water and food shortages in Texas last week as Harvey blew through, Floridians want to be prepared, Florida residents are scrambling for supplies and prepping for ..

    FRI SEP 8, 2017  BASED ON IRMA’S PROJECTED PATH, WHICH INCLUDES Florida’s heavily populated eastern coast, the enormous storm could create one of the largest mass evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties combined have about 6 million people.

    FRI SEP 8, 2017  THOUGH NOBODY KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE IRMA WILL MAKE LANDFALL, the governors of Georgia and South Carolina decided not to take any chances. They ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying coastal areas around Savannah and Charleston.

    Other eastern Florida population centers could also see similar evacuations soon, depending on the path of the hurricane, which is expected to near Miami on Sunday.

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    For more than a week, meteorologists had insisted that the storm would travel west along the Cuban shore before suddenly shifting north toward the Florida peninsula.

    ABC News meteorologists warned Irma could threaten a wide area of the US coast ranging from Mobile, Alabama, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and said the forecast cone of uncertainty is now very close to including parts of southern Florida and Miami. THE EUROPEAN MODEL kept  the storm tracking further west.

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    Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it 

    WHEN 6 MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA ARE EVACUATED, THE LARGEST MASS EVACUATION IN U.S. HISTORY, WAS PREDICTED  AND CAUSED BY USING   NOAA’S NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER (NHC)  INFERIOR SPAGHETTI MODEL

    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO BE NOTIFIED AND INFORMED.

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    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 HINDSIGHT IS 20/20 

    Hurricane Irma: How the National Weather Service Prepared – The …

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/…weather…irma/539445/

    4 days ago – A couple looks at flood waters in Jacksonville, Florida on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, … Six million people had been evacuated on the basis of this alleged turn. … For the National Weather Service, Irma’s landfall represented an important … as its forecasters rushed to describe and predict the storm’s finale.

    If it failed to pivot, it would sail harmlessly into the Gulf of Mexico.

     Six million people had been evacuated on the basis of this alleged turn.

    Florida had declared a state of emergency, and the governor called up the national guard.

    Hurricane Irma again demonstrated the inferiority of the top U.S. weather model

    Hurricane Irma is one more in a long line of storms to shine a spotlight on problems with the GFS, particularly at intermediate to longer timescales. The issue gained prominence after Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012, which the European model hinted at at least a week in advance. The GFS model, however, didn’t catch on to the storm’s unusual track until about 5 days in advance. 

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    So Why Is the Euro Better?
    Many in the U.S. were embarrassed when the Euro beat the GFS badly for Sandy. It even got Congress whipped into a lather, and they approved tens of millions to upgrade the computers at NOAA — the agency that runs the National Weather Service. NOAA just announced that their Supercomputer is “running at record speed,” and that it “secures the U.S. reputation as a world leader…”“A” world leader, but not “THE” world leader…

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    Why the European Weather Model Remains King Over National …

    www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/…/European-Weather-Model-National-Weather-S…

    Jan 13, 2016 – We’ve been talking about this in the weather biz since the 90s, but it… … One of them is that the European model is always better than the GFS. … Since the GFS is just a part of NOAA’s many computer models, changing the …

    How do I know that? You can call it “chaos,” “The Butterfly Effect,” or simply “poorer initialization.” This gets complicated, but the basic story is: “garbage in, garbage out.” OK, it’s not garbage — it just isn’t as good as the way the Euro does it.

    The reason weather forecasts can never be perfect is that we can never perfectly input the exact current conditions all over the world — at all levels of the atmosphere. We’d need to measure every cubic inch of the earth!

    MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz is credited with recognizing how chaos theory applies to weather forecasting. His famous paper in 1972 was titled: “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?” So, something as seemingly small and trivial as a butterfly flap could lead to changes in weather patterns around the world days, weeks, or months later. Small initial errors lead to bigger and bigger errors over time.

    So, the more accurate a computer model can get the current conditions, the more accurate the model is likely to be. Sure, there are dozens of other factors, but it’s like giving the Euro a 10-yard head start in a 100-yard dash. It’s possible to win, but awfully hard.
    Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories/European-Weather-Model-National-Weather-Service-365163381.html#ixzz4srcMMnbm
    Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | NBCPhiladelphia on Facebook

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    Predicting Weather with Spaghetti

    IS AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION FOR STUPID VOTERS………..

    HOWEVER, Hurricane Irma is one more in a long line of storms to shine a spotlight on problems with the GFS.

    And, Hurricane Irma again demonstrated the inferiority of the top U.S. weather model.

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    What does PWG / PWE / GFS / ECMWF stand for? – PredictWind Help …

    The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, ECMWF, is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by most of the nations of Europe and is based at Shinfield Park, Reading, United Kingdom.

    https://support.predictwind.com/…/200214005-What-does-PWG-PWE-GFS-ECMWF…

    PWG stands for the PredictWind weather model that uses the NCEP global initial conditions for the model run and PWE is the PredictWind weather model that uses the ECMWF global initial conditions, both of these sources enable us to run our own worldwide weather models, we are the only company in the world that produces ...

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    Super-parametrization in climate and what do we learn from … – ECMWF

    https://www.ecmwf.int/…/13366-super-parametrization-climate-and-what-do-we-learn…

    Sep 4, 2015 – 305K (Future). W/m2. RCE. • SGS parameterizations can significantly alter climate … All superparameterization does is compute Q1 and Q2 …. Fall 2014: SP is in IFS Single-Column Model CY40R1;. • Currently … Preliminary results using T159 … http://www.cmmap.org/research/pubs-mmf.html. Lots of MMF …


  • The Facts of Katrina, Bush and Fema

    George W. Bush was President when an estimated 1,836 people died during Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters  in U.S. history, that under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA quickly became one of the worst man made disasters in U.S. history.

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    If you click on the link below, and read it, you’ll know most of the facts…

    But not the history and the worst of the facts.

    Katrina: What Happened When – FactCheck.org

    www.factcheck.org/2005/09/katrina-what-happened-when/

    Sep 16, 2005 – Friday, Aug 26 2005 – 3 Days Prior to Katrina’s Louisiana Landfall … of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath,” Associated Press, 3 Sept 2005. … Security and FEMA “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts… … 28 20051 Day Prior ….. “Bush signs $51.8 billion bill for hurricane relief,” Associated Press, 8 Sep …

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    The National Weather Service had warned on August 28, 2005, the day before the storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast, that “most of the [Gulf Coast] area will be uninhabitable for weeks … perhaps longer.

    Prior to the 9/11/01 terrorist attack, FEMA had reported directly to the president. After 9/11/01, President GEORGE W . BUSH … On November 25, 2002, signed DHS into law the Department of Homeland Security  merged into effect on  September 20, 2003.  And FEMA was placed under the hierarchy of the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)  for preparedness, response, and recovery.

    Facts Katrina Bush and FEMA preparedness, response Aug 23, 2005 – Aug, 31, 2005.

    The National Weather Service reported

    And, the nation watched

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     Thursday, August 25, 2005

    7 p.m.: The eye of Hurricane Katrina came ashore  in Florida, Falling trees killed  two people.

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    Friday, August 26, 2005

    3 a.m.: The storm’s center starts strengthening almost immediately as it touches the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico (See “Katrina’s Growth Echoed 1935’s “Storm of Century”).

    5 a.m.: Katrina reintensifies into a hurricane. Its strongest winds are about 75 miles an hour (120 kilometers an hour),

    11:30 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center reports that the hurricane is “rapidly strengthening” as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico’s very warm

    During the day: Governors Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi Declare States of Emergency in their respective states.

    The National Weather Service reported

    And, the nation watched

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    Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast?

     Under DHS, Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005.

    FEMA’s division directors for preparedness, response, and recovery had left;

    FEMA had 500 vacancies; and 8 of its 10 regional offices were headed by “acting” directors.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary  was Michael Chertoff  

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA)  Director was Michael Brown.

    Where was Commander in Chief, President GEORGE W . BUSH for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005?

    During the month of Aug 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

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    Sunday, August 28, 2005

    The National Weather Service reported

    The national public news media reported

    And, the nation watched

    2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FOUR STORM. The eye of the storm is about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

    9:30 a.m.: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issues a mandatory evacuation order. Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city.

    11 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina has mushroomed into one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic. The storm’s strongest winds are blowing at about 175 miles an hour (280 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FIVE STORM. The center of the storm is about 225 miles (360 kilometers) from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

    Late Sunday night: Thousands of New Orleans residents who are unable to leave town or have chosen not to leave seek shelter in the Louisiana Superdome.

    On Sunday, August 28, 2005, The day before Katrina’s arrival Monday August 29, 2005. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

    The National Weather Service reported

     The nation watched the TV coverage

     Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response?

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    Monday August 29, 2005

    When Katrina made landfall on Aug 29, 2005,  President George W. Bush had been on holiday at his ranch for 27 days, according to a tabulation kept by CBS News.

    KATRINA AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005 preparedness, response.

    The Public News Media Reported

    With instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005 the nation watched the TV coverage in horror , the hurricane grew into a catastrophe, and Americans across the country were shocked by the television images they saw in Katrina’s immediate aftermath.  People stood on rooftops waving their arms and pleading for help as the flood waters inundated their communities.

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     As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

    President George W. Bush’s aides decided they had to inform the president about it in stark terms.

    One of his aides put together a video showing scenes of hurricane-ravaged communities and showed it to the president.

     AT THIS POINT, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DECIDED HE SHOULD CUT HIS VACATION SHORT AND RETURN HOME TWO DAYS EARLY

     TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

     PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, AFTER 29 DAYS AT HIS RANCH.

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    Where were the most venerable Katrina Flood Victims?

    AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005

    Trapped in the Superdome: Refuge becomes a hellhole | The Seattle …

    www.seattletimes.com/nation…/trapped-in-the-superdome-refuge-becomes-a-hellhole/

    Sep 1, 2005 – Crack vials littered the restroom. Blood stains the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina’s arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

    OR…where up to 20,000 people had taken shelter from Hurricane Katrina. … People were locked in the dome like prisoners,” he said.

    Desperate folks in the Superdome appeared in heartbreaking TV interviews begging for aid in their time of need. Making matters worse was that 67 percent of New Orleans was African American and 30 percent of the residents were poor, creating the impression that the government was insensitive and neglectful of minorities and the less fortunate.

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    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, 2005 TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

    Wednesday August 31, 2005 – 2 Days After

    Morning Bush, still in Crawford, participates in a half-hour video conference on Katrina with Vice President Cheney (who is in Wyoming) and top aides.

    Later, President George W. Bush  boards Air Force One

    and flies over New Orleans on his way back to Washington.

    Mayor: Katrina may have killed thousands,” Associated Press, 31 Aug 2005

    Late Afternoon  – Bush, back at the White House, holds a cabinet meeting on Katrina and speaks for nine minutes in the Rose Garden to outline federal relief efforts. He says FEMA has moved 25 search and rescue teams into the area. As for those stranded at the Superdome, “Buses are on the way to take those people from New Orleans to Houston,” the President says.

    —”President Outlines Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts,” The Rose Garden, 31 Aug 2005.

    Thursday September 1, 2005 – 3 Days After

    EveningIn a special report that is typical of the picture that television is conveying to the world, CNN Correspondent Adaora Udoji reports:

    “Three days after Hurricane Katrina, and the situation is getting more desperate by the minute. Thousands are still stranded in misery.  . . . They are marching in search of food, water and relief. They’re surrounded by a crumbling city and dead bodies. Infants have no formula, the children no food, nothing for adults, no medical help. They’re burning with frustration, and sure they have been forgotten.”

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    ( FEMA)  Director  Michael Brown, in a live interview with CNN

    Brown says FEMA officials were unaware for days that – besides the hurricane victims stranded in the Superdome – thousands more had taken refuge in the New Orleans Convention Center nearby. Speaking from Baton Rouge in a live interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn, he says:

    Brown : And so, this — this catastrophic disaster continues to grow. I will tell you this, though. Every person in that Convention Center, we just learned about that today . And so, I have directed that we have all available resources to get to that Convention Center to make certain that they have the food and water, the medical care that they need…

    Q: Sir, you aren’t telling me…

    Brown : … and that we take care of those bodies that are there.  . . .

    Q: Sir, you aren’t just telling me you just learned that the folks at the Convention Center didn’t have food and water until today, are you? You had no idea they were completely cut off?

    Brown: Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today.

    Paula Zahn Now, “Desperation in New Orleans; Interview With FEMA Director Mike Brown,”  Transcript, 1 Sept 2005.

    Later, Brown will say he was wrong and that FEMA actually knew about the victims at the Convention Center 24 hours earlier but was unable to reach them until Thursday.

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    Sep 1, 2005 National Guardsmen, accompanied by buses (475 total) and supply trucks, arrived at the Superdome on September 1. The buses were sent to pick up the evacuees from the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where more than 20,000 people had been crowded in similarly poor living conditions.

    www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/…/superdome-haven-quicklybecomes-an-ordeal.html?…Sep 1, 2005 – Slow evacuation of Superdome begins for 20000 or more storm … stench, unbathed, exhausted and hungry; many liken shelter to a prison; … They had flocked to the arena seeking sanctuary from the winds and waters of Hurricane Katrina. … Some people had arrived with nothing more than what they were …

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    Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act – Department of the …

    https://www.doi.gov/…/Post_Katrina_Emergency_Management_Reform_Act_pdf.pdf

    PUBLIC LAW 109–295—OCT. … Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 ….. ment of the PostKatrina Emergency Management Reform Act.

    A post-Katrina law dictates that when an federal emergency is declared —

    THE FEMA DIRECTOR REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT

     and not through the normal chain of command that puts the secretary of Homeland Security over FEMA.

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    Hurricane Katrina: The Essential Time Line

    news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0914_050914_katrina_timeline_2.html

    2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 … Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city. … for Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief, and President George W. Bush signs the bill.

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    Hurricane Katrina – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

    www.history.com/topics/hurricane-katrina

    Find out more about the history of Hurricane Katrina, including videos, interesting … Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf ... Officials, even including President George W. Bush, seemed unaware of just how …

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    Hurricane Katrina Was the Beginning of the End for George W. Bush …

    https://www.usnews.com/…/hurricane-katrina-was-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-geor…

    Aug 28, 2015 – Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the former president’s reputation. And it still hasn’t recovered.

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    Just saying the History of FEMA is really an  interesting read…

    FEMA didn’t start off as FEMA—in fact, it has been reshuffled and reorganized more than perhaps any other key agency in recent US history.

    A REALLY REALLY LONG HISTORY,  BUT SECRET? WELL, NOT SO MUCH

    The Secret History of FEMA | WIRED

    https://www.wired.com/story/the-secret-history-of-fema/

    Sep 3, 2017 – A large FEMA trailer park is seen next to the University of New Orleans campus … agency finally ended up part of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. … The administration threw its weight behind a congressional effort to ….. By the end of President George H.W. Bush’s administration, FEMA was …

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    This confusions and lack of focus all came home to roost in August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans.

    The federal government’s response to the hurricane—combined with mistakes at the local and state government level—was an epic disaster in its own right.

     Hurricane Katrina triggered the strongest indictment of governmental incompetence of the 21st century.

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    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS PLANNING AND PROMPT COORDINATED RESPONSE TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS CONTINUED COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT

    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP FLIES TO DESPERATE PEOPLE IN NEED

    NOT OVER THEM, HE LANDS, HE PUTS HIS BOOTS ON THE GROUND

    HE REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE, HE PERSONALLY ASKS THEM IF THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND IF THEY ARE GETTING WHAT THEY NEED.

     


  • Remembering 9/11 President Bush and Trump

    Sept 11, 2017, 16 years later, of course we vividly remember 9/11.

    George W. Bush was President on Sept 11, 2001  when a terrorist attack killed 2,977 people.

    I remember the Twin Towers, been there, I went to the top October 19, 1987  It was Black Monday (a memorable day)

    Sept 11, 2001  I watched the 9/11 attack live, as it was being broadcast on TV right after the plane hit the first tower. At first I thought it was a stupid  movie stunt…  Then Oh My God…. It was really happening to the Twin Towers, in New York City in the United States of  America. I woke my grandson and we watched as the  second plane hit, and as more unbelievable news poured in …..

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    It was strange yesterday , Sept 11, 2017, 16 years later, the usual busy internet emails and comments went eerily silent, no alternate social media websites and blogs posting about remembering  9/11,  no comments on  the horrific devastation of  Hurricane Harvey and Irma, And, not even internet complaints  on the hundreds of out of control wildfires and with unhealthy choking blinding smoke covering the western United States.

    With all of the horrific natural disaster happening in two short weeks and then remembering the horrors of 9/11 on top of it…, Well, maybe,  We the People were all just being philosophically quiet, reflecting on….  “There but by the grace of God go I” losing my loved one, my home, my dreams and my future.

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    But, I think “NOT” We the People are quietly, Very Optimistic

    This biblical quote sounds a lot like A President Trump quote to me….

    1 Corinthians 15:10 (BBE) BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I AM WHAT I AM: AND HIS GRACE WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME HAS NOT BEEN FOR NOTHING; FOR I DID MORE WORK THAN ALL OF THEM; THOUGH NOT I, BUT THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH WAS WITH ME.

    INDEED….

    Behind My Back | President Trump’s Amazing Grace

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/05/21/president-trumps-amazing-grace/

    May 21, 2017 – President Trump’s Amazing Grace TODAY, MAY 21, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPOKE TO THE LEADERS OF 50 MUSLIM COUNTRIES AT …

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    Monday, September 11, 2017 9:08 AM A 9/11 Message from President Trump

    From: The White House

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 9:08 AM

    Subject: Never Forget

    Today, we pay tribute to and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never forget them.

    Today, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump led a moment of silence at the White House in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001. Watch the moment of silence.

    The President and the First Lady then participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Watch the remembrance ceremony.

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    Last night on the 16th Anniversary I watched the History Channel’s documentary.

    102 Minutes That Changed America: 15th Anniversary Addition …

    ▶ 1:36:00

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi2vdOSoFFI

    Sep 11, 2016 – Uploaded by sÔrs tv

    History’s Emmy® Award-winning, and critically acclaimed documentary chronicled THE TERROR OF 9/11 IN REAL-TIME …

    Click on the links

    Never Forget, We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never forget them.

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    refresh your memory

    9/11 Attacks – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

    www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks

    Find out more about the history of 9/11 Attacks, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com.

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    FACT: George W. Bush was President on Sept 11, 2001 when 2,977 people died  on American Soil from a terrorist attack.

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    9/11 Commission – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

    www.history.com/topics/9-11-commission

    The 9/11 Commission began its first hearings in New York City in the spring of 2003 and presented its findings in a public report released in July 2004.

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    9/11 Commission Report Executive Summary

    govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/911Report_Exec.pdf

    by CJMF Nóbrega – ‎2013 – ‎Cited by 3 – ‎Related articles

    THE 9/11. COMMISSION. REPORT. Final Report of the. National … Warren Bass …. Why did they do this? How was the attack planned and conceived? How did …. We do know that soon after arriving in California, the two al Qaeda oper-.

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    The bottom line,

    This biblical quote sounds a lot like A President Trump quote to me….

    1 Corinthians 15:10 (BBE) BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I AM WHAT I AM: AND HIS GRACE WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME HAS NOT BEEN FOR NOTHING; FOR I DID MORE WORK THAN ALL OF THEM; THOUGH NOT I, BUT THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH WAS WITH ME.

    INDEED….


  • Trump Acts for the People Not the Party

    FEMA Emergency Funding was ending on Sept 30, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December 8, 2017.

    Sept 8, 2017 House sends $15B emergency funding aid bill, debt hike to Trump to sign

    The 316-90 vote would refill FEMA’s depleted emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.

    All 90 “No” votes were cast by Republicans, following establishment party lines.

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    Nov 8, 2017 At President Trumps victory speech,  they played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    President Trump stepped across the aisle and  agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through December 8, 2017.

    You can’t always get what you want

     but if you try sometime you find

    you get what you need.

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    Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney, defended the deal and Trump.

     “It was absolutely the right thing to do,” Mulvaney said. “The president is a results-driven person, and right now he wants to see results on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and tax reform. He saw an opportunity to work with Democrats on this particular issue at this particular time.”

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Sept 8, 2017 President Trump signed the bill into law.

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    I only have one vote, but in disasters of epic proportion Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the only way to get  immediate emergency relief and funding for  (FEMA) was to use our national credit card.

    President Trump Acted for the People not the Party, and he gets my vote.

    The WA DC establishment does not rule President Trump

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    Do you remember President Trump’s  oath of office January 20th, 2017?

    Trump’s promise is a Promise here are some snippets to remind you of what President Trump swore to….

    The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to ALL AMERICANS.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again.

     January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

    Jan 20, 2017  We will no longer accept POLITICIANS who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.

    The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

    What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

    THE ESTABLISHMENT PROTECTED ITSELF, BUT NOT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

    THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement.

     AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WILL BE PROTECTED BY GOD.

    We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. THE OATH OF OFFICE I TAKE TODAY IS AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO ALL AMERICANS.

    YOUR VOICE, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

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    Sept 9, 2017 In God We Trust

    In President Trump We the People Shall Prevail

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    All 90 “no” votes were cast by Republicans, following party lines, just like the Democrats on Obamacare.

    17 Republican senators were the only ones to vote against a measure to advance a bill that would provide emergency relief funding to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through mid-December.

    The 17 senators include: Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, JAMES LANKFORD of Oklahoma, RAND PAUL of Kentucky, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, LINDSAY GRAHAM of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, JOHN MCCAIN of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

    Lawmakers voted 80-17 in favor of sending the bill back to the House for renegotiations Thursday. The Senate’s vote comes off the heels of the measure passed in the House Wednesday, which allocated $7.85 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief funding with near-unanimous support.

    The large emergency funding package, linked to the debt ceiling and government spending, could be the result of a contentious deal struck in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon. Instead of aligning with members of his own party and administration, Trump agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through mid-December, allowing members of Congress to deal with the federal budget in the coming months

    Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months…..

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    The U.S. Congress has a documented history  of voting party lines

    And, kicking cans down the road.

    With Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America.

    “We’ve come to the end of that road.”

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    How Timely, I just couldn’t resist….

    DEMOCRATS DON’T HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE ON STUPID

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Hillary (D) is touting her new  book “What Happened” (being released on Sept 12,2017)

    Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa, described a surreal scene with Mnuchin (on the bill).  Costello, said “It’s kind of like ‘Where am I? What’s going on here?’”, “if it wasn’t so serious it kind of would have been funny.”(news release Sept 8, 2017)

    Who’s on First was really  funny,   a relative of Lou Costello?

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    Just saying, any informed  person with common sense  knew

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-warped-data/

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing …

    And, on Aug 25, 2017,  something like this  was inevitable …

    Behind My Back | Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/08/25/raising-the-debt-ceiling-for-hurricane-harvey/

    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm … … to bear the cost of fixing … please click on the FEMA/NFIP links on behindmyback.org.


  • DACA a Game of Kick the Can?

    Kicking the DACA kids down the road for 16 Years?

    August 1, 2001  to June 8, 2017

    Kicking the can from the 2001 Dream Act to DACA 2017

    In Politics Kicking the Can is defined as: to defer conclusive action, typically on a continuing basis (for 16 years), with a short-term solution.

    June 15, 2012 (FIVE YEARS AGO)  President Obama kicked the can again… with a short-term solution,

    Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity.  This is not a path to citizenship.  It’s not a permanent fix.  This is a temporary stopgap measure…..

    June 15, 2012  President Obama, ” Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act”.

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    Sept 5, 2017 President Trump tweeted ” Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”

    There’s a new Sheriff in WA DC, President Trump doesn’t Kick Cans, HE KICKS BUTT.

     A GREAT (R) QUOTE 2013

    “WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE’RE GOING TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    Hmmm. 2013-2017,  I THINK THE MOOD IS THAT WE’VE COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.”

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    August 3, 2017According to CNN Approval of congress is at an all time low, In a new poll, Congress sank to a 10% approval rating. This compares to an 18% approval rating in March.

    THE U.S. CONGRESS HAS A DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF KICKING CANS DOWN THE ROAD.

    SEPT 7, 2017  I THINK THE MOOD IS THAT WE’VE COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.”

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    TO MAKE A LONG, LONG KICK THE CAN STORY LONGER…..

    DREAM Act – Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_Act

    The DREAM Act is an American legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that …. was the first bill given the short title of “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act” or “DREAM …

    Requirements · ‎Background · ‎Legislative history · ‎2009

    The DREAM Act (acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) is an American legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.

    The bill was first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001, S. 1291 by United States Senators Dick Durbin (DIllinois) and Orrin Hatch (RUtah), and has since been reintroduced several times (see legislative history) but has failed to pass.[1][2]

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    TO MAKE THE DACA DOCUMENTED STORY MORE CONFUSING

    This is the nearly indecipherable government chart data

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    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals | USCIS

    https://www.uscis.gov/…/immigration…data/data-set-form-i-821d-deferred-action-chil…

    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … Data as of December 31, 2016 …. Settling in the U.S.Immigration and Citizenship Data …

    Data as of March 31, 2017 Published June 8, 2017

    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    This report contains information on requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. The cumulative number of requests accepted for processing, biometrics appointments scheduled, requests ready for review and requests completed to-date are displayed.

    The report is available in Adobe pdf file format.

    Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd Quarter

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process (Through Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd Qtr) (PDF, 457 KB)

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    BELOW IS A GREAT USER FRIENDLY WEBSITE ON DACA, THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY… CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND CHECK OUT THE CHARTS

    Who are the Dreamers and where do they live — Quartz

    https://qz.com/1069844/who-are-the-dreamers-and-where-do-they-live/

    2 days ago – (Sept 5, 2017) Dreamers live in every US state and don’t just come from Mexico … DONALD TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION HAS JUST ANNOUNCED IT WILL REPEAL THE …

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    WHO ARE THE DREAMERS? WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? HOW MANY DACA RECIPIENTS ARE THERE?

    Mexico accounts for the vast majority of these 800,000 recipients. It is the country of origin for more than 618,000—over 20 times more than the next biggest contributor, El Salvador.

    That still leaves close to 200,000 non-Mexicans, and they come from all over the world. The sixth-largest contributing country of origin is South Korea; India and Poland are also among the top countries.

    DACA recipients by top countries of origin (excluding Mexico)

    Approval as of March 2017

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    WHERE ARE THE DACA RECIPIENTS? WHAT STATES DO THEY LIVE IN?

    DACA recipients by state

    Share of the state population

    DACA recipients also live in every state in the country. They are mostly concentrated in California and Texas, which together are home to about 350,000 of the 800,000. And even though those two states have large overall populations, Dreamers there represent the largest percentages of any state populations—0.57% in California and 0.45% in Texas. Vermont has the lowest absolute number of DACA recipients, with just 42.

    CLICK ON THE QUARTZ LINK ABOVE CHECK OUT THE CHARTS

    OR FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, BELOW, I TYPED OUT THE DACA  DATA ON THE STATE CHART.

     IT’S  A GOOD INDICATION OF WHERE THE STATES WITH THE LARGEST POPULATION OF DACA RECIPIENTS WILL STAGE AND HAVE THE BIGGEST PROTESTS IN OPPOSITION TO TRUMP’S DACA REPEAL.

    WHEN IT COMES TO DACA PROTESTS (IN FACT ANY LIBERAL(D) PROTESTS) A STATES BIG CITIES POPULATION, COLOR  AND POLITICS IN (D) BLUE STATES ARE PREDICTABLE.

    AND MORE LIBERAL MELTDOWNS ARE SURE TO COME period

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    SO WHAT’S NEW WITH THE LIBERAL (D) PROTESTORS?

    NOT MUCH…

    PREDICTABLE PROTESTS BROKE OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY on Tuesday after the president’s decision to rescind the Obama-era program that gave around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation.

    PREDICTABLE Protests have already broken out across the country—just hours after the Trump administration’s decision—AND MORE ARE SURE TO COME.

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    AND THE IRONY IS

    AFTER KICKING THE DACA KIDS DOWN THE ROAD FOR 16 YEARS

    THE DEMOCRATS SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CRUEL

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    WHERE WILL LIBERAL (D) DACA PROTESTORS BE  PROTESTING?

    IN EXACTLY THE SAME BLUE (D) BIG CITIES AND STATES WHERE LIBERAL PROTESTORS PREDICTABLY ALWAYS PROTEST

    DACA RECIPIENTS BY PERCENTAGE OF STATE POPULATION SHALL PREDICTABLY PROTEST

    BLUE (D)  CALIFORNIA 0.57%

    RED (R) TEXAS  0.45%

    BLUE (D)  NEVADA 0.44%

    RED (R) ARIZONA 0.44%

    BLUE (D)  ILLNOIS 0.33%

    BLUE (D)  NEW MEXICO 0.33%

    RED (R) UTAH 0.32%

    BLUE (D) COLORADO 0.31%

    RED (R) NORTH CAROLINA 0.27%

    BLUE (D) NEW JERSEY 0.25%

    BLUE (D) WASHINGTON STATE 0.24%

    BLUE (D)  OREGON 0.24%

    RED (R) GEORGIA 0.23%

    RED (R) KANSAS 0.23%

    BLUE (D) NEW YORK 0.21%

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    PLEASE CLICK ON  GREAT QUARTZ WEBSITE ABOVE , THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY OF THE DREAMERS …

    https://qz.com/1069844/who-are-the-dreamers-and-where-do-they-live/

    President Obama was a dreamer, He had dreams from his father


  • Who is Responsible for DACA’s Dreamers?

    Parents are responsible for their own children.

    I am responsible for mine and you are responsible for yours. period

    Another chapter in the book of Revelations By Pearl Revere

    WHO KNEW? GO FIGURE?

    WHY AREN’T ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PARENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN DACA CHILDREN?

    To make a long story short (documentation below)

    JUNE 15, 2012 PRESIDENT- OBAMA  SAID DACA IS SPECIFICALLY FOR CERTAIN YOUNG PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLED “DREAMERS.”

    AT LEAST SIX STATES—CALIFORNIA, MINNESOTA, NEW MEXICO, OREGON, TEXAS AND WASHINGTON—CURRENTLY ALLOW UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS TO RECEIVE STATE FINANCIAL AID.  

    WHY ARE COERCED TAXPAYERS IN WASHINGTON STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CHILDREN’S?

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    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING DACA’S DREAMERS A FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE FOR HARD WORKING, TAXPAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    ANOTHER TRICKLEDOWN UNFUNDED MANDATE CAUSED BY OBAMA (D)  ADMINISTRATION OF  TOP DOWN GOVERNMENT?

    SEPT 6, 2017 WHAT IS DACA?

    I am looking for a PDF or website that has the actual text of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order that President Obama issued in 2012. Is there a PDF out there for it?

    DACA was not legislation or an executive order; IT TECHNICALLY comes from a memo issued by then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on June 15th 2012.

    IT IS NOT CALLED DACA IN THE MEMO THOUGH (WHICH IS WHY IT’S NOT AS EASY TO GOOGLE FOR).

    June 15, 2012, DHS Janet Napolitano’s memo and Obama’s announcement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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    WHO KNEW? GO FIGURE?

    Obama’s DREAMERS, DACA recipients are not children or orphans, they are called individuals, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO LIVE, WORK AND STUDY IN THE U.S.A.

    In the U.S.A, the land of law and order, there are 11 million illegal’s (the majority are law abiding) immigrants, there are 800 hundred thousand illegal foreign  mostly young adults, (the majority are law abiding)

    BUT, UNDER DACA  THEY ARE NOT CHILDREN  THE USCIS PROCESS SHALL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS SUBJECT TO A FINAL ORDER OF REMOVAL REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE.

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     JUNE 15TH 2012 Read Obama’s new DHS Policy full remarks

    snippets….

    THE PRESIDENT- OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — SPECIFICALLY FOR CERTAIN YOUNG PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLED “DREAMERS.”

    THE FOREIGNER  DREAMERS  ACT?

    THE PRESIDENT- OBAMA:  Now, both parties wrote this legislation.  And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM ACT in the House, but Republicans walked away from it.  It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it.

    The DACA went into effect in August, within the 60 day DHS memo new policy requirement..

    THE PRESIDENT- OBAMA:  Over the next few months, eligible INDIVIDUALS who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for WORK authorization.

    JUNE 15TH 2012 Obama ignored two important questions.

    THE AMERICAN DREAMERS?

    Q    — foreigners over American workers.

    THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir.

    Q    What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?

    END

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    SEPT 5, 2017, EXCUSE ME, OBAMAIT IS TIME FOR QUESTIONS, SIR.

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    WHAT IS DACA?

    DACA: AG Sessions said Obama-era immigration plan ending | AL.com

    www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/09/what_is_daca_ag_jeff_sessions.html

    1 day ago – What is DACA?  Friday, September 1, 2017. AG Jeff Sessions making Tuesday announcement on ‘Dreamers:’ Watch live, live updates. Updated on September 5, 2017

    The program that allowed as many as 800,000 undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. will soon end, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday.

    “The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said.

    Sessions said Congress will be given six months to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals- or DACA – program. The policy was put in place by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows certain undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children to receive for work permits and deferments from deportation.

    “DACA was effectuated by the previous administration through executive action, without proper statutory authority and with no established end-date, after Congress’ repeated rejection of proposed legislation that would have accomplished a similar result,” Sessions wrote in a letter explaining the decision. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.”

    DACA covers those who were brought to the U.S. before age 16 and who were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012, among other criteria.

    NBC News is reporting the Trump administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated after Tuesday but will allow any DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018 to apply for a two-year renewal.

    Under the plan announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated after Tuesday, but will allow any DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal

    As many as 800,000 people – known as “Dreamers” – have applied for DACA status, according to the Justice Department. Mexico is the most common country of origin, followed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Over half of all Dreamers live in California and Texas.

    Nationwide, more than 1.9 million people are eligible for DACA status.

    President Trump has signaled he wants to end the program but vowed any changes to DACA would be made “with heart.” Early reports said Trump plans to end the program but will allow a six-month delay to give Congress time to address the status of those already covered under DACA.

    Sessions announcement came on the same day as a deadline imposed by several Republican-led states threatening to challenge the plan in court if it was not rescinded.

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    BREAKING: Texas AG Paxton is joined by 9 other state AGs & 1 gov in urging Trump administration to end #DACA. If not, they say they’ll sue.

    12:58 PM – Jun 29, 2017

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    TECHNICALLY THIS IS  DACA                               

    MEMO, JUNE 15TH 2012  FROM:  JANET NAPOLITANO SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

    Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Washington, DC 20528

    Homeland Security

    June 15, 2012

    MEMORANDUM

    FOR: David V. Aguilar

    Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Alejandro Mayorkas Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

    Services

    John Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    FROM: Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland security

    SUBJECT: Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to

    Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

    By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of

    our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security

    (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain

    young people who were brought to this country as children and know

    only this country as home.

    As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law

    and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them.

    However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

    The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered

    for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

    • came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
    • has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years

    preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United

    States on the date of this memorandum;

    • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained

    a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged

    veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

    • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor

    offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to

    national security or public safety; and

    • is not above the age of thirty.

    Our Nation’ s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible

    manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration

    given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed

    to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have

    lived or even speak the language.

    Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country

    in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other

    areas, is especially justified here. As part of this exercise of prosecutorial

    discretion, the above criteria are to be considered whether or not an individual

    is already in removal proceedings or subject to a final order of removal.

    No individual should receive deferred action under this memorandum unless

    they first pass a background check and requests for relief pursuant to this

    memorandum are to be decided on a case by case basis.

    DHS cannot provide any assurance that relief will be granted in all

    cases.

    1. With respect to individuals who are encountered by U.S. Immigration

    and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

    , or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

    • With respect to individuals who meet the above criteria, ICE and CBP

    should immediately exercise their discretion, on an individual basis, in

    order to prevent low priority individuals from being placed into removal

    proceedings or removed from the United States.

    • USCIS is instructed to implement this memorandum consistent with

    its existing guidance regarding the issuance of notices to appear.

    1. With respect to individuals who are in removal proceedings but

    not yet subject to a final order of removal, and who meet the above

    criteria:

    • ICE should exercise prosecutorial discretion, on an individual basis

    , for individuals who meet the above criteria by deferring action for a period

    of two years, subject to renewal, in order to prevent low priority individuals

    from being removed from the United States.

    • ICE is instructed to use its Office of the Public Advocate to permit

    individuals who believe they meet the above criteria to identify themselves

    through a clear and efficient process.

    • ICE is directed to begin implementing this process within 60 days of

    the date of this memorandum.

    • ICE is also instructed to immediately begin the process of deferring

    action against individuals who meet the above criteria whose cases

    have already been identified through the ongoing review of pending

    cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

    1. With respect to the individuals who are not currently in removal

    proceedings and meet the above criteria, and pass a background check:

    • USCIS should establish a clear and efficient process for exercising

    prosecutorial discretion, on an individual basis, by deferring action

    against individuals who meet the above criteria and are at least 15

    years old, for a period of two years, subject to renewal, in order

    to prevent low priority individuals from being placed into removal

    proceedings or removed from the United States.

    • The USCIS process shall also be available to individuals subject

    to a final order of removal regardless of their age.

    • US CIS is directed to begin implementing this process within 60

    days of the date of this memorandum. For individuals who are granted deferred action by either ICE or USCIS, USCIS shall accept applications to determine

    whether these individuals qualify for work authorization during this period of deferred action.

    This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship.

    Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.

    It remains for the executive branch, however, to set forth policy for the exercise of discretion within the framework of the existing law.

    I have done so here.

    Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland security

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    THIS IS AN INTERESTING $$$ SITUATION

    Undocumented Student Tuition: Overview

    www.ncsl.org/research/education/undocumented-student-tuition-overview.aspx

    Since 2001, 18 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma*, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin—have passed legislation extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who meet specific requirements.

    to be continued…


  • Harvey the Road to Recovery

    The Trump Administration has provided the following updated coordination report.

    Sept 3, 2017 A nine (9) page  3575 word FEMA news release document

    The Road to Recovery: The Federal Family’s Coordinated Efforts to Support Survivors in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

    Release Date:

    September 3, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    FEMA News Desk
    Phone: 202-646-3272

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners’ personnel and resources are supporting state, local, and tribal efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana. More than 30,000 federal staff are deployed in support of the response to Hurricane Harvey.

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Rockport, Texas on Friday, August 25, at 10 p.m. CDT, the first major hurricane to make landfall on the Gulf Coast since 2005. Harvey’s extremely slow movement for the next five days resulted in catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas and Louisiana.

    Rescue efforts continue in some areas while recovery efforts are beginning for many communities.

    As of September 1, 2017:

    • 42,399 people sought refuge in 248 Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas. Six shelters are also open in Louisiana serving another 1,487 people.
    • Federal search and rescue teams continue to search for potential survivors. To date, federal responders have rescued more than 16,800 individuals and 1,500 pets. Federal search and rescue involves a partnership among responders from the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA, the United States Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Defense.

    The following commodities have been provided by FEMA to the states at their request:

    • Texas
      • More than 3,190,000 meals;
      • More than 3,190,000 liters of water;
      • More than 9,900 blankets;
      • More than 8,840 cots; and
      • More than 10,300 hygiene kits
    • Louisiana:
      • More than 416,000 meals; and
      • More than 414,000 liters of water

    Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (FDRC) Mike Byrne has been named to help with recovery. He will oversee an assessment of impacted communities and help develop a recovery support strategy. This strategy will help hard-hit communities gain easier access to federal funding, bridge gaps in assistance, and establish goals for recovery that are measurable, achievable, and affordable.

    Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) are in the field registering survivors and addressing immediate and emerging needs of disaster survivors including: on-site registration, applicant status checks, on-the-spot needs assessments, requests for accommodations for those with disabilities or access or functional needs, and access to partners offering survivor services.

    The first Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened yesterday, September 1, 2017, at Edna High School Football Stadium in Edna, Texas. DRCs will continue to open in locations identified by the state of Texas to provide information to survivors. Visit the DRC Locator to find additional DRC locations as they open.

    FEMA has received more than 457,000 registrations for assistance, including a record number of single-day registrations on two consecutive days (August 29 and 30) this week. More than 121,000 survivors have already been approved for more than $83.4 million in assistance from FEMA.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has received 2,118 disaster loan applications, primarily for homes. The SBA has fielded 5,221 calls and completed 451 property damage inspections.

    Short-term housing assistance and other immediate funding is available to survivors who register. Survivors whose homes are uninhabitable or inaccessible may have access to short-term lodging at eligible hotels. FEMA can also provide up to two months of expedited rental assistance to those eligible. When survivors register, they will also receive information on other resources in their area, including available services from other federal agencies.

    For survivors who have suffered damage and have federal flood insurance, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is issuing advance payments of up to $5,000 for building and contents damages prior to an adjuster’s inspection to help get funds into the hands of survivors as soon as possible. If a policyholder has photos and receipts of out-of-pocket expenses, they may receive an advance payment of up to $10,000. As of 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 1, more than 63,000 claims have been submitted in Texas.

    To help people affected by this disaster, FEMA has created a webpage with resources and additional information for People with Disabilities and Others with Access & Functional Needs. Information is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

    More than 3,800 FEMA employees are working in support of Hurricane Harvey response.

    Other Ongoing Federal Efforts:

    The American Red Cross (Red Cross) remains focused on sheltering operations. As of September 1, there were 258 shelters open with a population of at least 42,399 in Texas. In Louisiana there were 3 ARC shelters open with a population of 20, and 3 independent shelters with a population of 1,487. To support shelters we have shelter supplies for more than 75,000 on hand with an additional 10,000 en route. 9 kitchens are deployed in Texas, 4 operational now with all being operational by tomorrow. Capacity of each kitchen is 10,000 meals per day. An additional 6 kitchen support trailers are en route. To date, the ARC has served 168,390 meals and 224,200 snacks.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing safety alerts and has issued a statement from CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle regarding Hurricane Harvey.

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has deployed nearly 450 AmeriCorps members, including FEMA Corps, from across the nation to Texas as well as local Senior Corps members with additional members of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team on standby. AmeriCorps members are working with the American Red Cross, supporting shelter and mass care operations, as well as providing assistance to FEMA’s logistics and disaster survivor assistance teams. AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams, in coordination with FEMA and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, are organizing the volunteer and donations management process and operations. In addition, CNCS is leveraging its vast network of nonprofits and community organizations to communicate the correct channels for donations and volunteering as well as calling upon the more than one million AmeriCorps alumni – many of whom have previously responded to disasters — to fill the urgent need for trained shelter managers.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing assistance through their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and waiving some regulations to make food more accessible, especially to school children and seniors. In addition, the USDA approved the state of Texas to designate schools not directly impacted by the Hurricane to serve as disaster organizations and shelters so that USDA foods can be used for congregate feeding, providing critical food assistance to those in need. USDA foods include a variety of canned, fresh, frozen, and dry products which include fruits, vegetables, meats, and whole grains.

    The Department of Defense (DoD) has stood up three additional Incident Support Bases (ISB) at Fort Hood, Joint Base San Antonio, and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort-Worth to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to the affected area.

    • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing more than 645,000 gallons of fuel in several locations.
    • USNORTHCOM deployed 73 helicopters, three C-130s, and eight para-rescue teams for search and rescue and evacuation. Approximately 6,300 active-duty military personnel are deployed to the affected area. DoD active-duty military personnel have rescued/assisted more than 1,200 people to date.
    • The National Guard Bureau (NGB) mission will transition to provide critical life support, power generation, water pumping, road and debris clearing, security, and setting up distribution points for food and water. The NGB has facilitated the flow more than 11,000 Guard personnel from 41 states to help Texas. They are readying additional forces to help recovery efforts, if they are needed.
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently has more than 150 personnel engaged and operating in coordination with county, state, and FEMA partners. USACE has received and is supporting FEMA Mission Assignments for temporary power, regional activation, subject matter experts, debris removal and technical assistance, and temporary housing technical monitoring. In addition, they are also focused on flood mitigation and reservoir operations.

    The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has activated its emergency response contact center in response to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The Department’s K-12 and Higher Education stakeholders who are seeking informational resources should contact the Department toll free at 1-844-348-4082 or by email at HarveyRelief@ed.gov.

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Secretary of Energy has authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to negotiate and execute two emergency exchange agreements with the Phillips 66 Lake Charles Refinery. This decision will authorize a total of 400,000 barrels of sweet crude oil and 600,000 barrels of sour crude oil to be drawn down from SPR’s West Hackberry site and delivered via pipeline to the Phillips 66 refinery. DOE continues to provide situation reports on its website, and has added a page to report gas price gouging.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has fully activated their EOC, including the Joint Information Center. They have developed a Hurricane Harvey webpage that went live on September 1, 2017. Currently they are printing 15,000 booklets on mold for returning home owners.
    • National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) personnel and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers have provided medical care to more than 1,000 people affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,100 personnel from HHS currently are on the ground helping those affected by the storm. HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., declared a public health emergency for the state to assist Texans in receiving unimpeded care from local providers and healthcare facilities. Additionally, the Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center, continues to be available at 1-800-985-5990 to aid people in coping with the behavioral health effects of the storm and help people in impacted areas connect with local behavioral health professionals.
    • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people that food, medicine, and medical devices should be thrown out if they have come in contact with flood water or were stored improperly during a power outage. The FDA is also identifying regulated facilities affected by the storm to assess any risk.
    • The U.S. Social Security Administration is coordinating with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for 46 alternative pick up points in the impacted areas around Houston where individuals can pick up benefit checks. A press release identifies the pick-up points by zip code of where individuals can go. For beneficiaries with Direct Express cards, Comerica will be waiving fees for all cardholders impacted by Harvey, even if they have been evacuated to another area out of danger.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) activated the Surge Capacity Force (SCF) on August 28, to supplement federal personnel supporting states as they respond to the catastrophic impacts from Hurricane Harvey.

    • The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) is helping facilitate access to communications and other critical infrastructure as recovery efforts begin. Of note, NPPD is supporting critical emergency communications through multiple avenues: Emergency responders placed 1,599 Government Emergency Telecommunication Service (GETS) calls on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. NPPD has posted a US-CERT alert on Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams attempting to take advantage of efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to hurricane survivors. Deployed NPPD workers are helping to maintain or establish coordination with owners and operators of priority facilities to determine their facility status.
    • The DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and FEMA have developed guidance for impacted states, localities, and other federal recipients on how to effectively communicate with the whole community and carry out their disaster-related activities in a non-discriminatory manner.
    • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted a web alert to those affected by Hurricane Harvey to Available Immigration Services in English and Spanish. This information has been amplified via social media and is posted online: Hurricane Harvey Special Situations Web Alert- English, Hurricane Harvey Special Situations Web Alert- Spanish. USCIS has posted on uscis.gov and amplified via social media, information concerning natural events and how they can affect USCIS applications, petitions or immigration status in English and Spanish. This information is available here: Special Situations Web Page – English, Special Situations Web Page- Spanish. Check uscis.gov for the operational status of USCIS offices in the Houston area. The USCIS website address and National Customer Service Center number – 1-800-375-5283 – continues to be amplified via social media and posted on uscis.gov and usa.gov for those needing further information or assistance with rescheduling appointments.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is working with federal, state, and local responders on active search and rescue in flood-impacted areas of Texas and Louisiana. To date, the Coast Guard has saved 10,618 lives and 1,429 pets. Working with port partners to facilitate recovery efforts, the Coast Guard has reopened the Port of Brownsville to full operations, and an additional 17 ports with operational restrictions. The service has deployed an additional 1,050 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel along with 22 cutters, 37 helicopters, 6 airplanes, and 102 shallow water vessels to assist in response efforts, and to augment the 4,300 Coast Guard personnel stationed within the impacted area.
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection deployed more than 600 agents and officers with over 25 aircraft and more than 50 boats and rescued more than 1360 people and over 30 pets.
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed approximately 200 law enforcement personnel from Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Special Response Teams (SRTs) around the country to provide security for search and rescue teams and to assist with search and rescue operations.

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has deployed housing specialists to Texas and is deploying up to 100 additional personnel. HUD teams are currently evaluating damaged subsidized housing in the affected areas and they are developing comprehensive vacancy lists that will assist with relocating some shelter residents. HUD has also released a list of its programs that help following a disaster and we are beginning a social media Q&A push specifically targeting homeowners affected by the flood.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior released a message to employees and a video showing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke commending the more than 100 Interior employees supporting the state of Texas through eight FEMA mission assignments as well hundreds of additional Interior personnel who are providing assistance.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has over 2,000 federal law enforcement personnel deployed to support public safety and security efforts in SE Texas consisting of 59 Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and 18 Mobile Command Vehicles (MCVs). 700 Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEOs) have been approved to support Houston Police Department. In addition, ATF has 225 SRT agents supporting the Houston FD and Houston PD.

    Department of Transportation (DOT)

    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handled emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the Hurricane Harvey area, including Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental. The FAA has issued over 40 unmanned aircraft system authorizations to drone operators supporting the response. The authorizations cover a broad range of activities by local, state and federal officials who are conducting damage assessments of critical infrastructure, homes and businesses to prioritize and expedite recovery activities.

    The Department of the Treasury has suspended certain tax filing and payment deadlines, as well as certain fuel excise taxes, for those affected. Loans and hardship distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans have also been authorized, and facilities and personnel have been provided to assist with FEMA’s response efforts. They are encouraging national banks and federal savings associations to work with their customers affected by the storm by reassessing various fees and debt obligations, and we are working to ensure that all federal benefit payments reach those in the affected areas.

    • The Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC), has been coordinating federal and state banking agencies’ responses to the storm’s impact on the financial sector in Texas. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing stands ready to process all requests for redemption of mutilated currency.
    • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas. They are monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax administration issues as they are identified. The IRS frequently updates its information on disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to deploy response personnel to Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, and Corpus Christi where Unified Command teams are identifying and evaluating impacts of the hurricane and floods. Drinking water and waste water assessments continue to be a priority in these same areas. EPA drinking and waste water assessment teams are working in coordination with TCEQ to assist drinking water and waste water facilities maintain and/or resume their operational status. Additional teams will deploy to Corpus Christi and Houston to conduct these priority assessments. EPA is standing by as the Arkema plant is expected to experience more explosions/fires over the next few days. ASPECT surveillance aircraft continues to monitor the site and is be available for additional assessments.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to monitor the status of communications networks, and is coordinating with providers and government partners on communications status and restoration in the affected areas. Visit www.fcc.gov/harvey for a daily communications status report for areas impacted by this storm as well as additional resources, including tips for communicating during an emergency.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has information for people who want to help Hurricane Harvey survivors, and for those who are dealing with, and recovering from, the storm’s long-term effects. The FTC warns consumers to be cautious of charity scams, and to do research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the donation as promised. For survivors, the FTC provides a few points to consider in a personal disaster recovery plan.

    The General Services Administration’s (GSA) top priority is protecting the life and safety of those in impacted areas. Several federal facilities are temporarily closed but GSA remains fully operational. Information on the status of federal buildings can be found here.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plants in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana continue to be unaffected by the storm. The NRC has two inspectors onsite at South Texas Project nuclear plant in Bay City, and is closely monitoring the status of radiological materials licensed by the agency located in the three affected states. The agency is using Facebook and Twitter to communicate status updates.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is supporting federal agencies with guidance and tools regarding human resources issues for federal employees adversely affected by the storm. This includes guidance on Human Resources Flexibilities for Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, the authorization of a special solicitation to allow federal employees and military personnel to assist with cash or check donations outside the normal Combined Federal Campaign, and the establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program (ELTP) for federal employees adversely affected by the storm.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that as of Aug. 31, the SBA will offer an automatic 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments for SBA-serviced business loan and disaster loans that are in “regular servicing” status for residents and businesses in the declared counties.

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to restore service in the affected areas. Press releases issued in the Postal Service’s Houston and Rio Grande districts provided additional information to customers displaced on how they can retrieve Treasury checks they receive, via U.S. Mail. This includes checks from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration (VA), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Railroad Retirement Board. In addition, they will distribute any identifiable medications sent through the mail.

    USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov continues to support federal agency messaging efforts on their home pages and they’re compiling federal agency updates and messaging on rapidly growing Hurricane Harvey pages found at https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey and https://gobierno.usa.gov/huracan-harvey. They continue to use social media to promote life safety messages, and are beginning to push recovery information, information on how to help survivors, and applying for FEMA disaster relief jobs.

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  • Update Sept 3, 2017 Harvey Flooding Disaster

    FOX NEWS  SEPT 3, 2017 GENERAL JOSEPH LENGYEL, CHIEF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

    THOUSANDS STILL TRAPPED IN FLOODED HOMES, ONE MILLION DISPLACED

    RESCUE EFFORTS STILL UNDERWAY NINE DAYS AFTER HARVEY RIPS THROUGH TEXAS AND LOUISIANA

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    Sunday Sept 3, 2017

    Mandatory evacuation issued for flooded homes … – ABC13 Houston

    abc13.com/power-cut-in-parts-of-west-houston-evacuation-zone/2370185/

    3 hours ago – Sunday Sept 3, 2017 A mandatory evacuation has been issued for homes in west … water in the west Houston evacuation zone will lose power on Sunday morning. Crews began to cut power to flooded homes in a west Houston evacuation zone …

    The threat of ELECTROCUTION also played a role in the decision to cut power.

    “It’s in the best interest of public safety,” Turner said.

    The homes are expected to be inundated for the next two weeks as controlled releases from the reservoirs continue, officials said.

    Residents whose homes had not taken on water are not included in the evacuation order and will not have their power cut.

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    Immediate risks from floods include death by drowning — often people drown in their cars as they try to flee — ELECTROCUTION, and hypothermia.

    Fears of cholera and typhoid add to challenges for Texas

    https://www.ft.com/content/86550468-8e68-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d

    2 days ago – Authorities warn of dangers of wading in contaminated waters in Harvey’s wake. … Fears of cholera and typhoid added to the challenges facing Texas in the … on Thursday warned residents not to wade in the city’s flood water. … that tested water in the area had E Coli levels 125 times higher than what is …

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    Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses,

     AND THE FALLOUT MAY LINGER FOR YEARS, EXPERTS WARN.

    The long-term picture could be even more dire, as communities grapple with immense amounts of polluted water in the streets, in homes and businesses.

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    Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn – MSN.com

    www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flooded-texas-faces-higher-risk-of…/ar-AAqQMuL

    6 days ago – When floodwater washes over a heavily populated metro area like Houston, it is sure to be dirty and dangerous, experts say. … drinking water system, raising the risk of contaminated water and with it, cholera. …. Slide 125 of 146: Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her.

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    A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters …

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/houston-contaminated-floodwaters.html?…1

    3 days ago – Navigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston. … “Well water is at risk for being contaminated,” Dr. Persse said, “and the …

    Officials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city.

    Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Lead, arsenic and other toxic and carcinogenic elements may be leaching from some two dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area.

    Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.

    “There’s no need to test it,” he said. “It’s contaminated. There’s millions of contaminants.”

    HE SAID HEALTH OFFICIALS WERE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER IF THEY COULD, although it is already too late for tens of thousands.

    “WE’RE TELLING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE FLOODWATER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

     DON’T LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY IN IT. AND IF YOU DO TOUCH IT, WASH IT OFF,”

    1. VILLARREAL SAID. “REMEMBER, THIS IS GOING TO GO ON FOR WEEKS.”

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    Pictures how toxic brown flood water has ravaged Texas | Daily Mail …

    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/…/Satellite-images-taken-months-apart-flooding-Texas.html

    2 days ago – Officials said most of the flooded waters are expected to recede by the end of the … After on August 30: The city had a mandatory evacuation on … without water as the storm continues to dump record-setting amounts of rain.

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    Harvey flooding: Beaumont water system fails, chemical plant has …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harveys-wake-drifts-north-as-battered-coast-left-wit…

    1 day ago – Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of … aircraft through the smoke and monitoring for toxic chemicals. … reservoirs to evacuate as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water from them.

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    Sewage, debris, mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for …

    https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Houston

    4 days ago – Flood waters were still pouring into homes in Houston – bringing with them a … mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for Harvey victims.

    A week after Harvey, cities deluged and 1 million displaced – AOL News

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/01/a…1-million-displaced/23190398/

    2 days ago – Harvey has displaced over a million people, with 44 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston and knocked out the drinking water …

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    Less than 20% Harvey victims have flood insurance as FEMA braces …

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/…/insurance…flood…/613239001/

    5 days ago – Insurance woes await flood victims in under-covered Houston area. … one-in-five homes in the greater Houston area are covered by flood … 20% of homeowners with flood damage in the region have insurance …. 5 hours ago.

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    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for …

    https://www.cnbc.com/…/fema-expects-more-than-450000-harvey-disaster-victims-to-…

    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for assistance. Published 7:26 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug 2017 | Updated 10:53 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug … people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey …

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    President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-september-3-201…

    2 days ago – President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National …

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    Congress has one month to fix flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey …

    www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article170083372.html

    5 days ago – Congress must renew the National Flood Insurance Program by Sept 30, 2017. … Florida, with more than 1.7 million policies, has 35 percent of the 5 … Could Hurricane Harvey impact South Florida’s homeowner insurance rates?

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    DHS/FEMA/NFIP Funding Ends Sept 30, 2017

    Posted on August 27, 2017 9:42 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    FEMA | Homeland Security

    https://www.dhs.gov/keywords/fema

    DHS ACTIVATES SURGE CAPACITY FORCE TO SUPPORT RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY DEVASTATION. … This voluntary program for federal employees within the Department of Homeland Security allows non-FEMA employees an opportunity to support disaster response efforts.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

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    To be continued…. Release Date: September 3, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    FEMA News Desk
    Phone: 202-646-3272

    The Road to Recovery: The Federal Family’s Coordinated Efforts to Support Survivors in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey


  • Update Bundy EPA-BLM We Crucify Them

    Update Bundy EPA-BLM-DOI-DOJ? We Crucify Them

    People send me stuff. Shocking, Horrific and Unbelievable Stuff.

    Indeed, I would be speechless, if I did not have this website

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    NEW POSTS ON PIE N POLITICS

    Pie N Politics | LizBowen.com

    lizbowen.com/?page_id=393

    Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes …

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    AUG 28, 2017

    Federal Land Grab Was Completely Illegal

    by Liz Bowen

    AUG 29, 2017

    Dan Love Will Not Be Prosecuted

    by Liz Bowen

    AUG 30, 2017

    Ryan Bundy Holds the Key – Burns Chronicles

    by Liz Bowen

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    Shocking, Horrific and Unbelievable Stuff?

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    APR 25, 2012 – posted FEB 29,2017

      Behind My Back | EPA – BLM We Crucify Them

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/02/19/epa-blm-we-crucify-them

    EPA – BLM WE CRUCIFY THEM APR 25, 2012 EPA’S “PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT,” SAID EPA’S REGION VI ADMINISTRATOR AL ARMENDARIZ, IS “KIND OF LIKE HOW THE ROMANS …

    APR 25, 2012  EPA’S “PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT,” SAID EPA’S REGION VI ADMINISTRATOR AL ARMENDARIZ,

     IS “KIND OF LIKE HOW THE ROMANS USED TO CONQUER LITTLE VILLAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THEY’D GO INTO LITTLE TURKISH TOWNS SOMEWHERE, THEY’D FIND THE FIRST FIVE GUYS THEY’D RUN INTO, AND THEY’D CRUCIFY THEM.”

    “THAT TOWN WAS REALLY EASY TO MANAGE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS,” ARMENDARIZ ADDED.

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    Moving forward, posted FEB 29,2017, with the Trump Agenda and Policy, American Citizens shall  not be crucified into submission by brutal tactics, by any U.S. government agency. period

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    ARMENDARIZ’S COMMENTS, APR 25, 2012 ,SENATOR INHOFE SAID, “GIVE US A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S TRUE AGENDA.

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    FOLLOWING THE EPA’S 2012  “PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT” AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY AGENDA,

    THE  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) WENT TO THE BUNDY RANCH IN 2014, THEY  FOUND THE FIRST SIX  GUYS THEY RAN INTO…

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    INDEED,  People send me Shocking, Horrific and Unbelievable Stuff?

    SOMEBODY SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT?

    I AM SOMEBODY AND ON SEPT 1, 2017

    I AM DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THAT ON MY WEBSITE POSTING THIS….

    “UPDATE BUNDY EPA-BLM-DOI-DOJ? We Crucify Them”

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    The Bundy Family has been on their family land in the Gold Butte area of Nevada since 1877.  This is long before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ever existed. When the BLM started changing laws by fiat, many, including the Bundy Family, accused the Feds of overtaking state sovereignty.

    ONE SUCH CREATED LAW (THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (ESA) forbids cattle from grazing on Federal land in the name of protecting an endangered tortoise.

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    MAY 4, 2014

      Behind My Back | Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/04/dept-of-interior-deterioration

    Dept. of Interior Deterioration. … DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR STRATEGIC PLAN … ©2017 Behind My Back Entries (RSS) and Comments …

    “We the people” don’t have to look very far down  the US. Government chain of command to pin point the cause of THE DETERIORATION of the Dept of the Interior

    The Hierarchy of the U.S.  Department of the Interior Operating units.

    1. President Obama Appoints
    2. THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, President Obama Appointed Sally Jewell, she is a member of the cabinet of President Obama.

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    FEB 29, 2016

    Behind My Back | BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/02/29/blm-bureau-of-land-mismanagement/

    Dept. of Interior Deterioration Posted on May 4, 2014 10:32 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment … Behind My Back | My code name “Pearl Revere”.

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    MARCH 9, 2016

      Behind My Back | Shooting him three times in the back

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/03/09/4775

    Shooting him three times in the back County Sheriff Nelson said Finicum was struck in the back by three of the bullets, which were fired by state troopers who were …

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    JUNE 6, 2016

      Behind My Back | Ties That Bind Farmers and Ranchers

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/06/06/ties-that-bind-farmers-and-ranchers

    Ties That Bind Farmers and Ranchers Quite regularly, someone seems to say to me “Oh but doesn’t that farm and all those animals really tie you down?” Why yes, yes …

    We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, the managers and laborers of our family farms (that included public grazing land)  it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth,

    INDEED IT HAS BEEN  THE  LOT OF OUR LIVES FOR MANY GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES.

    So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil

    I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live

    June 6, 2016 There is still time to speak and keep

    LET OUR PEOPLE GROW AND FARM, AND SOW, AND REAP, AND RANCH, AND MOW, AND HARVEST, AND LOG, AND MILL, AND MINE, AND BUILD, AND MANUFACTURE, AND CREATE JOBS.

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    APRIL 26, 2017

      Behind My Back | Trump Remembers America’s Farmers

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/04/26/trump-remembers-americas-farmers

    President Trump Remembers America’s Farmers President Donald Trump has signed more than 30 executive orders during his first 100 days, and he hasn’t forgotten …

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    JAN 30, 2017

      Behind My Back | Trump Picks Ryan Zinke to Head the DOI?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/30/trump-picks-ryan-zinke-for-doi-head

    yep, trump picked ryan zinke to head the doi zinki‘s idea of his duty as the department of interior as secretary is to make sure that we have a broad consensus on …

    Indeed, I would be speechless, if I did not have this website

    JUST SAYING. JUST ASKING? WHO IS THIS GUY?

     I’VE NEVER HEARD OF RYAN ZINKE. PERIOD WHO VETTED HIM?

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS, AND ITS AGENCIES ARE A MESS, LIKE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) AND THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) IS A BLOODY MESS,  THE DOI HAS MORE THAN CONTROL OF PUBLIC LAND, WITH A COMBINED CONTROL OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS, MOSTLY IN THE WEST.

    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD SAY “WHAT A MESS”.

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS

    During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over into armed standoffs led by rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons in Nevada and Oregon.

    And, During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over again on January 2, 2016, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County Oregon

    On January 26, 2016 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum,  was shot three times in the back by two OSP officers.

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    MAR 1, 2017

    Zinke sworn in as Trump’s Interior secretary | TheHill

    thehill.com/homenews/…/321926-zinke-sworn-in-as-trumps-interior-secretary

    Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was sworn in Wednesday evening as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary

    MAR 1, 2017 – “NOW IT’S TIME TO GET TO WORK, AS SECRETARY I’M GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO GET THINGS DONE,” ZINKE SAID AFTER TAKING THE OATH.

    ZINKI  IS A FIFTH-GENERATION MONTANAN.

    UNFORTUNATELY, ZINKI  IS NOT A FARMER OR A RANCHER.

    ZINKE IS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND A LIFETIME HUNTER. 

    VP PENCE SAID “We’re confident that your record of leadership and integrity and public service will cede to our nation’s great natural resources and treasures as if they were your own,” “You’ll look after them and be a steward of the interior of our nation and the vast natural resources of this nation.”

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    JULY 17, 2017

    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP Has been asked to review the actions of both the BLM and the Department of Justice in this case and to use his pardon authority to end this travesty and immediately release all of the Bundy Family members as well as their supporters who have been locked-up by an out-of-control Federal government that seeks to intimidate and subjugate through the abuse of brute force.

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    SEPT 1, 2017

    MOVING FORWARD,  IN PRESIDENT TRUMP,  WE TRUST AMERICAN CITIZENS SHALL  NOT BE “CRUCIFIED” INTO SUBMISSION BY BRUTAL TACTICS, BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. PERIOD