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Rains soak California, drought ends, snowpack returns.

Over the past few weeks California has felt the positive effects of warmer temperatures as tropical moisture mixed with a seasonal cold front to end the drought across the state.  Snowpacks increased across the Sierras and moderate rains soaked the land from San Diego to Shasta.

It has happened just in time for water restrictions to be lifted for the upcoming growing season.  As commissions begin to rule against fish intake valve concerns some sanity can start coming back to our markets. 

In Carlsbad, CA environmental groups tried to claim false concerns about sea creatures getting caught in intake valves to stop a local desalinization plant.  Filtration and intake systems do not endanger species.  However, the process of purifying water does require a filter so the purpose of a desal plant is to make sure nothing gets through.  Does it cause species to go extinct?  Absolutely not.

By keeping the water restrictions high and supplies low the government is driving up water rates across the state, even without a natural drought.  This same policy is being applied to our electricity supplies as the water crisis is used to justify dismantling dams that generate clean, cheap, hydroelectric power.  As California’s resources are squandered the government goes deeper and deeper into debt, taxing the people more and more each day with rate increases, fees, and regulations. 

The economic impact continues.  Less and less money is made available to the private sector.  Total tax receipts decrease because economic activity slows to a crawl.  This then fuels higher deficits until the government goes bust once the wealth of the people is gone.  But a simple solution is at hand.  If only our Governor and President would act.

As the Obama Administration tries to figure out ways to create new jobs, it fails to recognize that its own socialist government controls are eliminating  jobs and wealth on a massive scale.  The nonsense leftist idealogues who think making a profit is a bad thing are about to find out what happens when you continuously lose the taxpayers money. 

If the leaders of our nation were strong they would end the water restrictions turn the pumps on, fill the reservoirs, guarantee ten times more than the 5% allocation at a minimum, and let the economy flow.  Once the water guarantees are in place the banks can loan on the land, this will spur agribusiness activity, employ more workers, and bring value back to our real estate.  A simple solution which only requires a common sense approach to the problem and not mountains of debt.

This simple solution only requires one thing.  Political leaders standing up to the false claims of environmental organizations and the foreign interests who run them.  The people already know the truth, and it isn’t inconvenient at all.  We will stop the command and control policies of Obama’s tyrants and czars.  Lisa Jackson of the EPA does not have the authority to give President Obama dictatorial power.  If they continue to try to overturn our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we will hold them accountable for the damage they are creating.  

Indeed the water crisis in California, is just a small sample of the command and control philosophies of the environmental police state.  In a recent 60 minutes interview one of the Delta Smelt’s advocates actually made this comment:  “don’t plant crops that have to have water every year.”  If there is anyone on this earth that knows how to plant crops that can go one year with water then one year without then you will have a great career working for the tyrants in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA.  Until then it is time for the people of this state to stand up against the bureaucrats who are intentionally destroying our farms, jobs, and real estate values.  In 2010 we will take our country back from the politicians who are as corrupt as corruption can be. 

California has enough water for everyone.  It is corrupt politicians who want to bankrupt small businesses across the state who need to be made extinct.  They are the new endangered species.  California’s people will make sure of that in the next election.

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Farming California – Trying to survive the Terminator

Here in America we live in a land of plenty.  Our land is so rich that it only takes water to create bountiful harvests for our holiday tables.  When we sit down to feast on that last Thursday in November it is important to gives thanks for the valuable abundance produced by the people of our state.

With the drought affecting the west side of the Central Valley, farmers are trying to survive with their remaining crops on the east side.  Those who are not fortunate enough to have east side water, are dried up right out of business.  Now, with new releases from the Friant Dam, east side groves have become the next target of environmental extremists trying to destroy our land.

Before new water restrictions are imposed, it is important to see some of the benefits to our economy provided by our agricultural sector.  This is where it all starts.  This is where our food comes from.  Harvest time in Central California, means jobs, but only if you had water for your crop.

Jeremy Freitas of Freitas Farms describes harvest time in the walnut groves of his family’s agricultural business.

When we water walnuts we create a win win situation.  The crops produced increase wealth for many families who work our land. 

These are good people.  Hard working Americans who dedicate themselves to feeding the world.  And, as Jeremy describes, after the machine harvest the remaining nuts are shared with neighbors and friends throughout the community. 

These are the people who make our country free.  These are the people who make our country great.  These are the people who create jobs with water.  Without water, walnuts will wither.  Jobs then disappear.  One small grove generates employment for many workers, vendors, truckers, and corporations.

Our farming community is the most ecologically sound segment of our society.  The people here do everything known to man to preserve our environment and maximize the sun’s energy.  They generate more energy with their crops than any solar panel or windmill in existence.  The food grown here increases output at every stage of production.  Farmers are masters at capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into carbohydrates and proteins. 

Here Jeremy shows us a silage corn field that produces feed for dairy cattle.  The milks and butters necessary for holiday cooking come from corn-fed dairy cows.   

There is an art to this science.  Everything is measured.  It is essential to follow efficient practices in order to maximize the farm’s output.  Free market competition forces the family farmer to keep his land well-ordered.  Every inch of land is maximized for greatest efficiency.

So how many ears of corn do you get from each stalk?  Six to seven-foot tall stalks 6 inches apart fill thousands of acres of corn fields across our country.  Imagine how many ears are needed just to fill our movie theaters with popcorn.

Any environmentalist who supports diverting water away from the farmers is not an environmentalist at all.  They are complete hypocrites who are eliminating green jobs and increasing the costs of our food production.  In addition the dust storms are increasing air pollution.  Dry fields are brown, wet fields are green.

There is a science to irrigating such large acres of land.  Jeremy describes the irrigation systems for a tomato field in the west side of the Central Valley.

These irrigation systems require engineers to design the equipment, vendors to supply the sprinkler heads and pipes, and farmers to operate, maintain and monitor them.  All jobs that come from the wealth of the land as it uses water to produce its increase.

But the jobs do not stop there as the crop must be harvested and brought to market.  How is that done?  Once again Jeremy described the next step in the process that uses water to produce jobs and food for all of California’s families.

If you want to keep our country great.  If you want our state to increase jobs.  If you want to keep your freedoms.  Get involved.  The government of California is still adopting policies to reduce water supplies, drive up water rates, increase our debtexpand government power over our free markets, drive up energy costs, and develop an environmental police state.

The new water bill that has come out of Sacramento and was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this past week is filled with flaws.  It is proof that bipartisan compromise just creates an endless bureaucracy determined to raise taxes, increase deficits, reduce supplies of basic necessities like water and electricity, and develop a new environmental police state eager to impose fines and penalties for those who just want to survive.  The Governor has failed to stand up for the people.  His attempt to appease his opponents has only created more unelected officials who answer to no one but special interests.

This bill adds $11.1 billion of debt to our state, reduces water supplies, increases rates, and dismantles hydroelectric dams across the Northwest.  California’s electric rates will rise along with the water rates.  This bill flies in the face of economic common sense.

It is time to stop this nonsense.  It is time for California to elect a Governor who is one of the people.  Someone who will represent the people and not the special interests.  Someone who will oppose environmentalists who devalue human life.  Someone who will bring our jobs back, our farms back, and our freedoms back.  In 2010 California will say good-by to the Terminator.  This time he won’t be back.

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Obama’s oligarchical oppression – no water, lots of pollution

On Thursday, October 15, 2009 President Obama went to San Francisco for a fund raiser where he accepted upwards of $2 million from the elitist of the elite environmental extremists for his efforts to keep the water away from not just California’s farmers, but everyone in the state.  By using his Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, as the merchant of drought, Obama hopes to avoid blame for the catastrophic devastation his policies have wrought on the state of California.  The shortages that are being created of our most basic necessity are driving up water rates for everyone who lives here.

Even now the federal government is seizing more control over all of California’s water supplies and diverting them away from farms and people.  They claim that they are trying to restore the San Joaquin Delta’s eco-system, but in reality they are pumping pollution into the rivers and the estuaries.  Each day up to one billion gallons of partially treated sewage is dumped into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its associated waterways.

water can grow crops too!

water can grow crops too!

The high levels of amonia just from Sacramento are enough to keep the salmon away.  Sacramento adds 125,000 gallons of amonia per month to the Delta, far more than any other source.  If you want to see what happens to fish in water with high levels of amonia just set up a fish tank without a filter.  Your fish will be dead in a week from swimming in their own waste.  But it is easily treated with a simple CARBON filter.  Yes carbon, no element is more essential to life than carbon.  It is the structural basis for many compounds that comprise the living cell.

So instead of cleaning up their sewage the politicians in Sacramento swim in it by passing laws to divert water away from the farmers and the people.  They say they are protecting the environment when they are actually polluting it and placing the people in great danger by refusing to keep adequate above ground storage.  Enormous amounts of runoff flow out to the sea when it could be captured for irrigation. 

Efficiently capturing carbon for human energy with water and sunlight

Efficiently capturing carbon for human energy with water and sunlight

It is true that rainfall has been less than average for the past three years, but not that much so.  The real reason for the drought is the shut down of the pumps that fill the reservoirs during the rainy season, and the draining of existing storage to flush sewage out to sea.  These measures have created a monumental disaster to the environment and the economy of the state and the nation.

President Obama callously showed his ability to ignore the truth by flying over the affected areas without one thought of recognition.  He shows no signs of easing up on the water restrictions that are turning California from a green state into a brown one. 

Green no more

Green no more

The human toll is astounding.  The children and grand children of multi-generational family farms are being squeezed out of business by a government that is in the pockets of organizations dedicated to eco-tyranny.  These groups will do everything they can to blame farms far upstream from the real cause of danger to the fish.  Farms that create jobs and wealth throughout the state.  Environmental organizations are engaged in a relentless push to overturn 100 years of progress that made California the most productive farm land in the world.

The farms are a source of wealth and pride for this state.  It takes hard work and dedication to work the land.  Give us our water back, we paid for those dams and aquaducts with our own sweat and tears.

Long hours in a hot sun with temperatures often reaching 100 degrees

Long hours in a hot sun with temperatures often reaching 100 degrees

Jeremy Freitas of Freitas farms shared some of his family’s history with me on my last visit to the Central Valley.  All of the people of central California have strong family bonds that pass down their tribal knowledge of farming from generation to generation.  These great Americans have sacrified all of their lives to make our country great and strong.  They are now under attack by a President determined to bankrupt them with water restrictions as his government works to undermine our economy and our environment.

These farmers deserve our admiration and respect for they are the backbone of this state.  The efforts of the Federal government to eliminate their water supplies under the guise of conservation is nothing more than a huge land grab by an oppressive oligarchy that is working for foreign interests.  By reducing water allocations to 10% the government has cut off the financial ability for these farms to survive for water is money, water is jobs, water is life. 

Without the ability to produce a crop the land values plunge, depressing real estate prices across the state.  This collapse spread through the banking system and was a contributor to the entire financial crisis.

Everyone across the country is feeling the effects of this oppression.  The President is directing his wrath against America’s greatest citizens as his punitive punishments affect families of all races and all income levels.  The food lines increase every week and so do the budget deficits. 

Volunteers help distribute food to displaced farmworkers in Huron, c

Volunteers help distribute food to displaced farmworkers in Huron, CA

As his arrogance blinds him to his own incompetence, the President now offers tax increases as the solution.  Turn the water on you foolish man.  You are hurting America’s people as well as its fish.  Your policies have harmed multiple generations.  Do you have a heart at all?  Why do you use the Endangered Species Act to justify this tyranny?  We the people see through you and your party.  The water restrictions are your albatross.  Stop harming these innocent hard working families.

When I first met Jeremy Freitas last summer he was with his dad, Joe, at a meeting with some of the other great people in the Central Valley who are united in this fight against the government.  Joe is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country in the Southeast Asian war of the last century.  While we talked about the current government oppression, Mr. Freitas, Joe, broke down.  The tears welled up and he began to cry as he remembered the men he fought with and watched die for our country and our flag.  He knows what it is like to be on the front lines of a war.  Jeremy spoke with great respect when he shared the story of his father’s service to our country.

Emotions run high with America’s veterans; they see what is happening to our country.  Our flag stands for freedom, but President Obama is trying to change that with his policy of water tyranny. 

Cutting off water is an act of war and has been since the dawn of mankind.  Barak Obama you are not Caesar.  We do not have an emperor, we only have a president.  Stop waging war against us with your environmental police.  

At first the blame was placed solely on President Bush, who was foolish to believe in anything that came out of the Pelosi House, but once in office President Obama intensified the oppression, seized more water, and eliminated the ability of the farmers to fund their operations.  Bank’s won’t lend to a farmer who has no water because dust is not a cash crop.

Valuable crop of cotton waiting for harvest

Valuable crop of cotton waiting for harvest

 This is not Bush’s disaster as he kept environmental extremists at bay; it is a direct effort on the part of Speaker Pelosi, President Obama, and the entire progressive movement to undermine our Constitution.  This is the reason they have created the Global Warming Fraud and Climate Change Hoax, to steal our land and our freedoms.  They will use the EPA to bypass Congress and crush free markets as they work for the enemies of our country.  Those who attack capitalism and profits are enemies of the American people. 

We are now at the mercy of a compassionless President determined to change our way of life from one of a dedicated and productive work ethic to one that is completely dependent on government control.  The President’s policies push everyone into poverty as he wipes out the wealth of our nation while increasing pollution in our rivers and streams.

In the last 3 years, as more water has been diverted away from the farms and reservoirs, the salmon runs have declined.  Rather than address the cause of the problem the government breaks water contracts with the family farms that have paid for the irrigation systems with decades of tax revenues and hard work.  This intentional negligence has a purpose and it is not to enhance freedom and prosperity. 

The water now stored in dams and reservoirs for the farmers is being washed out to sea without deriving any economic or environmental benefit from the process.  If that water was given to the farmers, we would have lower unemployment, lower tax rates, lower deficits, higher real estate values, and a much stronger economy. 

Efficient methods to utilize every drop of water

Efficient methods to utilize every drop of water

This is common sense that seems to have eluded the politicians who work for the Obama Oligarchy.  They cut off the water out of ignorance or arrogance.  If it is the former they are unfit for office; if it is the latter they are bordering on treason.

It even gets much worse as the reduction in fresh water supplies cause increases in energy usage.  The water conservation measures force farmers to pump wells with electricity and diesel.  None of the negative effects of the environmental nonsense were considered by the President and his cronies when they instituted the restrictions recommended by anti-American interest groups out to damage our economy. 

As Jeremy described the government’s policies to increase costs and energy usage, we drove past miles of fallow ground.  The stark barren landscape was once a beautiful and bountiful field of green crops that absorbed greenhouse gases, reduced dusty air pollution, and generated economic benefits for everyone in the state.  Water is available for all of these fields, but eco-tyrants work with a corrupt Federal and State legislature to keep the pumps and irrigation systems turned off with draconian water restrictions unheard of in American history. 

So the result of this catastrophic policy is a state plunging into bankruptcy.  High deficits go higher.  Reservoirs go lower.  Unemployment goes up.  Prosperity goes down.  You cannot deny the damage you are inflicting anymore Mr. President.  The devastation lays at your door.  Your hands are unclean.  Get your head out of the clouds.  You are the cause and so is your party.

Eastside above ground storage

Eastside above ground storage

Now that the westside of the Central Valley has been laid waste, the administration is working closely with members of his party who want to dry up the eastside by releasing more valuable water resources from the Friant Dam.  The excuse is to restore rivers that have not existed for decades; the reality is they want to send more untreated sewage into the San Joaquin Delta.

How much longer will the people of California have to put up with this nonsense?  The restrictions are being imposed by the Feds, and the Democrats in Congress continuously vote with Pelosi and Feinstein to destroy California’s families by restricting water to selected areas.  They pick and choose their victims arrogantly determining who gets water and who doesn’t.  So far they have voted to mix it with sewage and pump it into the Delta when they should have voted to grow food and clothes for the world. 

Do you want these people in charge of your health care?  If they can cut off your water they can cut off your doctor.

It is time to stand up to this eco-tyranny.  It is time to stand up and save our country.

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Governor Schwarzenegger fights to save his people and his legacy.

As the state of California continues to suffer some of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the midst of a war that will determine his legacy.  On Friday October 9, 2009 he acknowledged the efforts of all of the water coalitions and the Tea Parties around the state who are “putting the spotlight on this very important issue.” 

The rallies are having an impact as the progressives scramble to explain the destructive results of their nonsense policies.  California’s water warriors will welcome the Governor’s voice in this struggle, but they will not waver in the fight for freedom.  The Federal Government has overstepped its authority.  This battle is going to define the Governor’s legacy as the legislature uses the false science of climate change to justify their despotism. 

Fighting California's water wars

Fighting California's water wars

Our Governor has learned that attempts at compromise with the policies of environmental extremists have backfired.  These well funded organizations have used their money and influence in a machine like fashion to instill nonsense regulations designed to destroy agribusiness across the entire state. 

Their combined efforts have the efficiency of the terminators of the Governor’s past film roles as heartless politicians at both the Federal and State levels crush the people with big government restrictions on water, “the lifeblood of everything we do.”  This oppression has created massive levels of unemployment that are unprecedented in American history. 

His legacy now parallels his film roles as he changes from being part of the machine-like oppressors of the environmental extremists, to a warrior against them in the battle for freedom.  Indeed the destruction of the farmland reduces the absorption of greenhouse gases and increases air pollution while contaminating our rivers with sewage and ammonia that kill the salmon.  The hoaxers and charlatans still try to spin a web of deceit as they try to justify the diversion of water away from the people.  When they cut off the water to our farms they showed their true colors.  

The progressives in our government are not green but brown, intent on creating a society based on the audacity of hope.  They even claim that the whales of the Puget Sound need the water more than the farmers.  This is the nonsense used by our oppressors.

Formerly a patchwork of green is now just fallowed fields of dust.

Formerly a patchwork of green is now just fallowed fields of dust.

Now all of the people must unite together to stop the army of heartless terminators masquerading as scientists, attorneys, and politicians.  These highly paid operatives care not for the people.  They destroy our food supply, and dismantle our water systems in the name of protecting the environment.  The  reality is their actions have destroyed our ecosystems and our economy.  They wipe out our capitalist system and eliminate profits in an attempt to bankrupt the family farmers.  The water restrictions are a financial disaster as they create a loss of revenues for both the agri-businesses and the state. 

The domestic enemies of the people are well funded and well entrenched.  When the President of the United States won the Nobel Peace Prize it was at the same time his administration is waging a water war against his own people.  California’s budget deficits are now mushrooming as the President’s policies wipe out profitable businesses across the state.  His war on capitalism is bankrupting the state government as tax receipts drop proportionately with the drop in profits.  Blindly he plunges the people into poverty as generations of wealth evaporate.    

 

The people stand behind the Governor:  "United we will win."

The people stand behind the Governor: "United we will win."

The shut down of the pumps has not just blocked irrigation to the farms.  It has also stopped the filling of our reservoirs during the rainy season.  Jeremy Freitas of Freitas Farms showed me an aerial view of the effects of these policies that have amplified the drought.

This is the foolish logic of eco-tyrants.  Governor, please tell the legislature and the President that here in California we like to fill the reservoirs when it rains.  Turn those pumps back on.  It is incompetent negligence to allow the water to run off rather than be stored during our rainy season.  If you do not fill them this winter you will be very sorry next summer especially since the Friant Dam is now being drained in the same way.

Fortunately as the word gets out some members of the legislature are starting to listen.  They are aligning with the people, the leaders of the Tea Party movement, and water coalitions to save our state from this unnatural disaster.  These American patriots who cling to the Constitution do not accept the lies and false science anymore.  They want their water back.  They want their freedoms back.  They want their country back.  We live in a Republic not a Democracy.  There is a major difference and the California water wars are a perfect example of how Democrats rule like an oppressive oligarchy.

What do you do when the government turns off your water?

What do you do when the government turns off your water?

History is at a turning point.  We are united in our fight against this eco-tyranny.  A government that wages war against its own people is a government that must be removed from power. 

The Obama Administration has been adamant in its reliance on false science to engage in these destructive acts.  They are not fooling anyone.  The people know when they are being hoodwinked.  Obama is forcing the people of California into food lines as the water restrictions destroy the economy of the state.  Budget deficits rise as the President coordinates the oppression with Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic legislature.  The entire contingent of politicians in the Democratic Party is working against the people of California.  They continue to drive up unemployment to increase poverty and dependence upon socialist handouts.

The Republicans in the legislature are fighting for the people.  Senators Dave Codgill and Dennis Hollingsworth spoke about their years of work and efforts to solve our water issues.  Senator Codgill described the difficulties in this fight as the opposition is strong like the relentless pursuit of the terminator machines.  Senator Hollingsworth described how San Diego is leading the effort with a desalinization plant in Carlsbad. 

Governor Schwarzenegger stands behind Senator Dave Codgill in the war over water.

Governor Schwarzenegger stands behind Senator Dave Codgill in the war over water.

Senator  Hollingsworth did not mention that his uncle Bill Hollingsworth was instrumental in leading the effort to get the Olivenhain Dam built, the largest dam built in the United States in the last 50 years.  So we want to acknowledge how he comes from a family that has worked for decades to make our state strong and prosperous.  The truth is that generations of Californians have struggled for the last hundred years to build the irrigation systems for our farms and our people. 

Aubrey Bettencourt of the California Water Alliance spoke about her family and how the family farms are the backbone of California’s economy.  These are the people who are under attack by the politicians who want to terminate the family farms like heartless machines bent on relentless destruction.  It is an amazing parallel to the Governor’s character in his films.  

She was followed by Danny Curtain of the California Carpenter’s Conference  whose members came to show solidarity and unity with the Tea Parties and the Water Coalitions.

California is in the midst of a battle against tyranny and the food lines are the front lines of California’s Water Wars.  The devastating economic effects are spreading throughout the state as water rates climb 20 times faster than the rate of inflation.  Even now the political powers have started to release more water from the reservoirs during the middle of a 3 year drought in a move that will create more supply shortages which will affect more than farmers and jeopardize the entire population. 

So as the madness continues the Governor has chosen to stand with the people in an effort to reverse the catastrophic economic and environmental damage to his state.  He has completed his conversion from the machine mentality of those terminating our water supplies, to a man who has recognized the human effect of this monumental disaster.  It is appalling that the progressives in the California legislature and the U.S. Congress continue to be in denial about the damage they are inflicting upon the people.  The Governor now must battle them to protect the impoverished people of his state.

Our Governor has gotten absolutely no help from the President as the Nobel Peace Prize winner adamantly denies water to the farmers.  He uses his office to impose economic hardships on those who have fought for our country and work hard to feed the world.  President Obama has become the evil terminator who wages mindless destruction against his innocent victims.

What makes you think we will allow you to do this Mr. Audacity of Hope?

What makes you think we will allow you to do this Mr. President?

Ironically the Democratic party has become the party of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.  While the Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians are standing together with the working class citizens and conservative Democrats in an effort to save the poor and impoverished victims of this class war.  They are united through the Tea Parties in this struggle to get our water back.  

The victims of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The victims of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Comedian Paul Rodriguez cannot believe his party is doing this to his people, but like Ronald Reagan before him, he is seeing how the Democrats have abandoned their principles and have sold out to the money and the influence of anti-American environmental groups.  Perhaps it is time for Mr. Rodriguez to make the same change made by Ronald Reagan. 

Never vote for a Democrat, never ever vote for a Democrat

Never vote for a Democrat, never ever vote for a Democrat

As the politicians and environmentalists continue to drain the reservoirs and flush the available farm water out to sea, California’s budget deficit grows ever larger.  The fools in Sacramento seem oblivious to the fact that by destroying the agribusinesses they wipe out sources of revenue to fund police, fire, and education.  They blindly cater to the nonsense science of environmental extremists who are determined to destroy the irrigations systems of the Central Valley.  Instead of green plants that absorb carbon dioxide, they created a dust bowl of monumental proportions.  Billions of dollars of economic activity have dried up overnight under the progressive policies of eco-tyranny.

Thank you Governor for uniting with our cause.  Our goal is simple.  We will remove the terminators of human rights from power.  We will use our constitutional rights to spread the message of our plight.  We will get our reservoirs filled and our irrigation systems back.  We will investigate the corruption that has created this crisis.  We will never again believe the false claims of environmental nonsense.  “United we will win!”

Later this week:  Friant Dam, walnuts, corn, and an update from Sacramento.

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Farming California – The economic benefits of water

A field of lettuce brings jobs, wealth, and absorbs carbon dioxide.  It is as green as it gets.

When irrigated, a field of lettuce brings jobs, wealth, and absorbs carbon dioxide. It is as green as it gets.

The backbone of California’s economy is the agricultural sector of the Central Valley.  This flat plain that sits between the coastal and eastern mountain ranges is blessed with some of the richest soil in the world.  Unfortunately it is naturally dry and arid, unable to sustain life without a man made irrigation system.  Fortunately, when Americans settled in the Central Valley during the last century, they built reservoirs and irrigation systems to turn the dry, brown landscape into a lush green valley providing all types of food products for the entire world.

I spent a day with one of the valley’s multi generation farmers, Jeremy Freitas of Freitas Farms.  Jeremy is a 4th generation family farmer who gave me a full tour of his family’s agricultural operation.

He showed me just some of the crops that are produced there.  It was a warm sunny day at the end of September with a brisk wind blowing across the plains as a small cold front passed through the night before.  Temperatures were in the 70’s, about 20 degrees cooler than the previous week when the temperatures hovered around 100 degrees in the last gasp of summer.

We drove along the straight, flat roads for miles to our first stop, a collection pond that captures well water to irrigate the fields.  It is protected by a windbreak of eucalyptus trees as the wind whipped across the plains.

Well water is not as good as the water from the aquaduct due to the higher salt content and it is ususally more expensive.  Wells are not cheap and there is no guarantee of success when drilling.  It is also more costly as it needs to be pumped with diesel or electric motors. 

Not only do the farmers use the collection ponds for well water pumped from deep below the surface, they also use these ponds to collect runoff or tailwater from their irrigation ditches.

Efficiency is essential when water allocations have been cut back to 10% by the Federal Government because of the Biological Opinions that protect the salmon, smelt, and whales.  The farmers have been declared expendable by judges and environmental groups so they resort to whatever methods they can use to survive.  Water is used instead of herbicides as they have developed ways to reuse tailwater to eradicate weeds before planting a crop of organic tomatoes.  Without water, weeds win.

We then drove further west to a well site next to a Pima Cotton field.  As the wind blew steadily, Jeremy described how well water is limited in its ability to provide for all areas available to grow. 

Pima cotton is a superior blend of cotton, that is extremely durable and absorbant.  Sometimes referred to as Egyptian cotton, it’s origins date back to its cultivation in Peru, but it is named after the Pima native Americans who first cultivated the plant in the U.S.  The long fibers make it the highest quality cotton in the world and it is mostly grown here in California’s Central Valley.  So it is not just our food supply that is in danger.  Every commodity grown is rapidly being out-sourced to foreign nations.

Jeremy then showed me where the water supplies from the aquaduct are distributed to these fields.  The aquaduct contains the water that comes from the northern part of the state.  This is the water that is being restricted due to the politics that values fish but not people. 

The water allowances for the people were reduced to 0% earlier this year.  That is correct, the people were cut to zero as the fish were given 100% of the allocations.  When the farmers screamed the politicians gave in and allowed the farmers to have 10% of their allocations.  So the fish are now valued 9 times greater than the taxpayers.  This is the definition of environmental extremism in all of its nonsense.

We continued through the valley driving for miles past dusty fallowed ground until we eventually found one of the areas that is currently in production.  A lettuce field was attended by a crew of dedicated workers who labored for hours in the strong winds and blistering sun of Central California.  Methodically they hand picked every weed away from the crop to maintain the highest quality.  Jeremy described this laborious process:

You certainly cannot grow food without water.  This fact is the weapon used by environmentalists who are actively trying to destroy our economy.  The environmental groups have banded together to wage war on our farmers.  They falsely claim they want to restore the environment when in actuality they want to wipe out the family farmers by cutting off their source of revenue.  Fallowed land produces no crops.  It becomes an economic drag on balance sheets and financial stability.  It is criminal for these so called do gooders to be allowed to wage economic war against our people and our country.  The financial burdens are unnecessary and the damage can sometimes be irreversable.

Stay alive Jeremy.  We the people hear the cries of our the heros of the Central Valley.  The dams and irrigation systems were built for you.  The were bought and paid for by the taxes and lives of your ancesters.  The environmental organizations have no right to take the water away. 

Fish cannot gain human rights with the legal shenanigans of these groups.  Our Constitution was written by men for the human race not the fish.  Cutting off the water to our farmers and using smelt as an excuse is completely unconstitutional.  Any politician who supports such nonsense must be thrown out of office for incompetance. 

Jeremy’s ancestors are the heros of the last century.  They turned the land green and made it valuable.  With proper management and common sense there can be Water for All.  It is time to put the management of California’s precious resources into the hands of responsible people who have not sold us out.  The needs of the people come first, and with good leadership we can irrigate our farms and restore value to this state. 

Next time:  Eastside water, the Friant Dam, corn, walnuts, and salmon.  Also an update on the efforts of Governor Schwarzenegger to get the water back for the farmers.

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TEA Parties United – Freedom Fighters for 9/12

across the land

from Sacramento to Washington D.C.

Across America is an awakening happening.  The realities of the extreme environmental policies that are endangering our freedoms have become apparent.  The people will stand together against tyranny.  We will fight for freedom.

Our message is loud and clear.  The media cannot conceal the truth but must reveal it to retain credibility.  Special thanks to Mr. Glenn Beck at Foxnation for his excellent analysis of the extremist pseudo-science programs of the radicals in power.

The resignation of Van Jones is proof that this administration is not making decisions based on fundamentals, but on political biases favoring socialism and communism over capitalism.

The danger is very real.  Action must be taken now.  It is time to stop the nonsense before all of our land is destroyed by government mandated policies pushed by politicians obsessed with power. 

80,000 green jobs lost, millions of dollars of real estate value dried up

80,000 green jobs lost, millions of dollars of real estate value dried up

We see the deceptions

We see the deceptions

The regulations and controls that are based on any science of global warming or climate change are based on scams.  Their mandates over carbon will cause massive environmental damage as carbon dioxide is necessary to filter the imputirites from our air. 

There is a danger to our environment and our economy if we tie ourselves up with laws based on lies.  We will lose our freedoms and our rights.

This week TEA Parties across the country will be held for all the people to come out and stand up for America. 

stood united against big government

stand united against big government

Sacramento Tea Party - veterans stanind up for freedom

Sacramento Tea Party - veterans unite

no one can take away our Liberty!

no one can take away our Liberty!

thousands were in attendance

thousands were in attendance

We are united against oppression.  We are the people, we are the power.

determined to prevail

determined to prevail

Come out and join us as we defend our Constitution.

wear your flags

wear your flags

challenge the falsehoods of tyranny

challenge the falsehoods of tyranny

Demand an immediate Congressional investigation into all czars. Especially ones who support the mad science of only providing medical care to the young.  This is complete nonsense and is all the justification needed to kill any and all of Pelosi’s bills.  How dare you lead us down the path of Logan’s Run, Madame Speaker! 

We do not want Michael Moore’s Castro Care.

Enough is enough. 

we will save our state

we will save our state

The deceptions and misrepresentations of the left have a catastrophic end.  It is time to grab the bull by the horns and change it’s course. 

Americans

Americans

It is time to grab your flag and go to a TEA Party!

If you show up, we win!  Just last week after the Sacramento TEA Party Governor Schwarzenegger demanded immediate relief for the Central Valley from the Federal Government.  Glenn Beck highlighted the damage done to our farmland by environmental extremists who have put fish above people.  Van Jones resigned.  And the people of Fresno refused to take food aid bought from foreign farms. 

We want our water so we can grow American crops.  What foolishness is in our government?  Turn the pumps on, restore our water to fully contracted obligations.  Such a simple solution that would immediately produce hundreds of thousands of jobs, restore wealth, and bring economic prosperity back to California.

We must keep up the pressure this week.  We cannot let our leaders ignore what they have done to the people anymore.  Washington D.C., we are coming to you.

We want our water and we want it now!

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Sacramento Tea Party – truckers surround the Capitol

Circling the seats of power

Circling the seats of power

Seven times around the Capitol

all afternoon around the Capitol

make a long blast with the horn and the wall of the city shall fall down flat

then make a long blast with the horn and the wall of oppression shall fall down flat

Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento, CA – the seat of power and oppression

 

Standing up to big government tyranny.

Standing up to big government tyranny.

American Patriots cling to the Constitution.

American Patriots cling to the Constitution.

"Rope and chains."

...read the signs, kill the bill!

The Democrats intentionally put these Americans out of work.

The Democrats intentionally put these Americans out of work.

What kind of tyrannt turns off the water to the farms?

What kind of tyrannt turns off the water to the farms?

The natives are restless Nancy Pelosi.

The natives are restless Nancy Pelosi.

Big Government does not create wealth, it takes wealth away.

Big Government does not create wealth, it takes wealth away.

CARB destroys business, Cap and Trade bankrupts the nation.

CARB destroys business, Cap and Trade bankrupts the nation.

The author of thecarbonmiracle.com thanks Congressman Nunes for fighting to get our water back.

The author of thecarbonmiracle.com thanks Congressman Nunes for fighting to get our water back.

thousands stand up to tyranny

thousands stand up to tyranny

Redress of grievances

United we stand!

the people listen

the people listen

accolades from the crowd

Mason Weaver received accolades from the crowd

United together to combat tyranny.

Mason Weaver and Piedad Ayala united together to combat tyranny.

Piedad Ayala, Dawn Wildman, Ben Bergquam

Piedad Ayala, Dawn Wildman, Ben Bergquam

The Democratic party has lost the trust of their own

The Democratic party has lost the trust of their own

...against all enemies bot foreign and DOMESTIC.

To protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC.

This is what the government did to our farmland.  The so called promise of GREEN jobs is not green at all.  It has made our farmers bankrupt and turned valuable cropland into barren desert.  Imagine what they would do to our health care system.

Government land reclamation.  Deny access to water until the farm goes bankrupt.  Then turn it into an environmental preserve and return it to it’s so called natural state. 

We the people will not put up with this nonsense anymore.  It is time to investigate the corruption in the environmental groups who are working to undermine our Constitution.

Later this week:  More from Sacramento – the truth about CARB

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