Monday, November 30, 2009

Outrunning The Delta Smelt--Never Surrender

Although it hasn't made any of the mainstream media slots, the governmental/ecofreak alliance's attempt to kill California agriculture has not been forgotten either by the beleaguered citizens of California's Central Valley or a spontaneous nationwide network of sympathetic ordinary citizens. If you are not familiar with the artificially-created water shortage in America's most productive agricultural region, move over to our "recommended reading" list in the right-hand column, and click on The Fish That Conquered California.

Fresno, California, is the largest city in the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley), and as such has been the city most dramatically strangled by the eco nuts and California's far left environmental regulatory bodies. A recent event shows that the fighting spirit and citizen cooperation are still alive and well. The Farmer Relief and Freedom Relay was another demonstration of the need for the involvement of ordinary citizens in keeping alive the will to fight for freedom from governmental dictatorships which save fish and destroy human beings. No mainstream media have reported anything much about the reasons behind the steep decline in agricultural production in California except occasionally to blame it on low rainfall (a lie, pure and simple).

Farmers, tea party participants, and just plain outraged citizens put the rally together, and the proceeds from the Relay raised about $20,000 which was used to fill three eighteen-wheelers with food, clothing and toys for Central Valley families left bereft by the slow strangulation of California agriculture. Other tea party donations increased the truckloads of basic needs for those families. Not a paid ACORN "volunteer" to be found anywhere. Just ordinary citizens, paying for their own fare and temporary lodgings, coming from all over the country to help their fellow Americans in time of trouble. Liberals can only dream of this kind of volunteerism.

The Fresno Bee quoted volunteer/activist Daniel Blackford of San Jacinto, Texas as saying: "The educational aspect of the relief effort is critical. Today, it's the Delta smelt out here. Tomorrow, it could be some microbe in the water in Tennessee or any of those other states." One of the few TV mentions of the event came from the Fox affiliate in Fresno: "Now they got the message--they're getting organized to help us with whatever we need to do here" was a video quote from tea party activist Piedad Ayala. "If these pumps don't run [and the spigots aren't opened], no matter how much it rains, we're not going to have the water we need to farm with next year, especially on the west side." As mentioned in our earlier article, there's plenty of water in the rivers and reservoirs, and it's all being poured straight out into the ocean via San Francisco Bay. Perhaps the environmentalists have determined that the Pacific Ocean is running low on fresh water.

This horror is just a small sampling of what is to come if the socialist, dictatorial agencies of the Obama administration and their leftist allies in Congress succeed in their cap and trade schemes for turning America into a third-world nation. Not only will the lives of Americans be determined by the government, but that determination will regularly involve government-mandated poverty and starvation. Of course if Obamacare passes first, many of us will die of cancer and heart failure before we even have a chance to starve to death from cap and trade. But be of good cheer. At least Al Gore will continue to thrive.

I wish to acknowledge the heavy-lifting and fact-gathering of Andrew Ian Dodge at Pajamas Media for the best coverage of the Rally available online. Here in San Francisco, which benefits greatly from the agricultural brilliance of the folks in the Central Valley, there was not a peep from anyone in the newspapers or TV about this important event. Does everybody understand why the government dictators in the Obama administration want to get their next strangle-hold on the free exchange of information on the Internet?

19 comments:

Di said...

The Delta Smelt story/issue is horrifying to me simply because it makes no sense whatsoever. Even my 9 year-old knows better. We heard a story about this on the radio a few months ago and he said "How are the farmers supposed to grow food? Why is a fish more important than the farmers?" Makes no sense at all.

AndrewPrice said...

I agree with Di. This whole thing should scare people because it makes no sense. It shows that the radical environmentalists would rather that everyone starve than risk the life of a useless fish that probably could have been saved in some cheaper way.

LawHawkSF said...

Di: There are some governmental actions that don't seem sensible on the surface, but further investigation reveals the sense behind it. This damned fish story makes no sense on the surface, beneath the surface or anywhere near the water. This is a travesty and an ecological disaster of the highest proportions.

While the ecofreaks are worrying about polar bear populations that are in no danger whatsover, and fish that serve no purpose known to God or man, America's food basket dries up and withers away. Even taking the human cost out of this, the economic cost will be enormous, and felt throughout the nation. When people are paying $5.00 for a head of lettuce, and $7.50 for a tomato, they can't say we didn't warn them.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: The ecofreaks are playing God (which is what secular religions tend to do). No human factor matters when the cause is good. Well, this cause stinks. Legitimate research from the universities that have studied this useless fish shows that the damned thing is going to die out anyway. It's a fish that is at the end of its evolutionary cycle. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in the environment depends on this fish's survival. So it's not only a foolish, human-destroying cause, it's a lost cause as well.

StanH said...

This country is at the brink, with lunacy like this in the San Joaquin, choosing a damn fish over people. We are being governed by emotional leftist academics that could care less about the effect stupid government policy has on peoples lives…criminal.

HamiltonsGhost said...

Lawhawk--California is floating in a sea of red ink. The unemployment rate is among the highest in the nation, and getting worse. Agriculture is still one of California's most viable and profitable pursuits, so naturally, the cuckoos running your state want to destroy it in the name of a fish that nobody can find a use for, natural or artificial. How many people are going to go bankrupt, and how much of the world's supply of food is going to disappear before somebody wakes up?

LawHawkSF said...

StanH: They're not just emotional, they're zealots. They've got a cause, and no amount of science, logic, or human misery is going to deflect them from their goal of saving every useless species of parasite and evolutionary dead end on the planet, no matter what the cost--human or economic.

ArmChairGeneral said...

Swamp mice anyone?

LawHawkSF said...

HamiltonsGhost: I've tried very hard, as have some notable personalities (Glenn Beck among them) to get this story out. It's a disaster of unparalleled proportions that is being completely ignored by the mainstream press. And when the Central Valley crops finally fail completely for lack of water, these same people will blame "over-farming" and "defying mother nature" as the cause without ever admitting it was simply a lack of water that could have been avoided completely if they just opened the taps and turned on the pumps. All over a secular religion and a lousy, useless fish.

CalFederalist said...

If I were one of those farmers watching his fertile land being destroyed, his financial life being ruined, and his family thrown onto the welfare rolls for absolutely no good reason, I'm afraid I'd be doing something more dramatic than picketing and raising funds at rallies. I admire their guts and their restraint.

LawHawkSF said...

CalFed: These inhuman robots who are perpetuating a human and economic disaster for the sake of a fish that can't even be ground up and used for plant food have me angrier than I've been in a very long time. If I were still in my radical mode from the 60s, they might indeed be facing more than a tongue-lashing from my friends and allies. For now, I'll have to settle for hoping that enough of us will get the word out and reverse the trend. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming about the joy of breaking down the barriers, opening the spigots and turning on the pumps to full capacity. And the best part would be burning down a few offices of the California and Federal Departments of Ecological Insanity and claiming there was no water left over to put out the fires. Ah, to be young, athletic and fearless again!

BevfromNYC said...

So there is a drought in California and the powers that be are dumping fresh water into the ocean? Oy...

How about we relocate the smelt to say Brooklyn. We can call it "smelt relocation program". It could stop the development in Brooklyn, give people jobs relocating the smelt, and the Federal Government can hire ACORN to find volunteer smelt relocation specialists and foster groups to take them in. Win-Win - more jobs for everyone.

LawHawkSF said...

Bev: Are you sure you're not a closet strategist for the Democratic/Enviro lobby? LOL

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

I seem to recall that Hannity has ran stories on the Delta Smelt and the farmers being held hostage.

I didn't know it was a dying fish. I just thought that it similar to the Owl and old growth trees. That one destroyed logging in California. It has since been found that the particular owl nests everywhere not just old growth trees. Also, owls can be compared to dogs. All dogs can interbreed. Same thing with the owls.

The Enviro/eco/statist freaks have a strangle-hold on California. That state used to be THE PLACE to live. I am glad I left.

LawHawkSF said...

Jeol: Looking back, I think both Beck and Hannity did specials on the delta smelt and the plight of agriculture and the farmers who survive because of it. Once again, it proves how few outlets will actually address a genuine human crisis when they can simply support a damned useless fish.

The vast majority of these eco-crises are phonies, or involve a species that will die out regardless of human activity. And as the gentleman from Texas said, if it can happen here in California, why not Tennessee, or Texas, or pretty much anywhere else? These nutcases are not only destroying America in the abstract, they're destroying very real, live Americans.

FB Hink said...

The basis for the whole religious movement toward Mother Gaia is deep-seated hatred of mankind. They could give a flip about the fish. They just want to make the human species extinct.

LawHawkSF said...

FBHink: So true. As I've mentioned before, the philosophy of the liberal/left/secularist/ecofreaks is "love mankind, hate human beings."

Writer X said...

Being your neighbors to the east, you'd think we'd hear about this in our local newspapers. Not a peep. To your point, where are all of the liberal organizations who supposedly care about helping those in need? Hypocrites. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Do you think this will become an issue for any of the candidates in the governor's race?

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: If conservative Tom Campbell can get heard, he will be talking about the issue. But he's up against big bucks moderate/RINOs, who are far "too sophisticated" to worry about a few farmers and some crops. If you can't do your job with a computer and a kind word, they're not interested. This should be the explosive issue that brings the Democrats, leftists, and ecofreaks down, but sadly I don't think it will see the light of day.

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