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Before my life got uprooted by my Dad & Dick Curtis passing away the same week, two years ago, I was working on a project I'll share here, because it'll be a coupla years before I can dedicate my time to it again. Meanwhile, it's something to discuss as being better for South Routt than single-use extractive industries, IMNSHO.
Pinnacle Peak Dude Ranch was positioned as a for-profit conservation investment, exploiting the nexus between profitable conservation investment and adventure tourism (links to studies available on request). At the time, several sellers had a total of 8,000 contiguous, undeveloped acres on the market (most of it still unsold, or de-listed whatevs), with several hundred acres of BLM "inholdings" and several hundred more acres of adjacent BLM land (all outlined in red on the map Diane linked to). Also adjacent to the National Forest and two miles from the Flat Tops Wilderness boundary, so hundreds of miles of turnkey trails, Oak, Trout, and Little Trout Creeks running through it...
Grants available for protecting several threatened/endangered species endemic to an area that's never been developed despite being a checkerboard of private/BLM land, so on and so forth...
So many conservation easements in that area. Really shameful of BLM to consider filling in the rest of that part of the map with oil & gas leases. Goes against the express will of the citizens who live here, whose tax dollars have played a large part in those conservation efforts.
Thanks for the info, Diane. That map showing lease areas W of Oak Creek is horrific. Such a beautiful, serene, peacefully-bucolic area... I love it back there, so central to my dog's and my quality of life. Not to mention the local economy during hunting season... will oil & gas bring more revenue to South Routt than we lose from tourism because of it? The upper reaches of Oak Creek and Trout Creek are worth preserving.
Or rather, not endangering. There's already that oil well visible from the road up to Dunckley Pass, on public land right there beside Oak Creek, you can walk right up and view the bathtub ring from when it exploded several years back (not reported in this paper), almost contaminating the Town of Oak Creek's only water supply. I know -- let's put dozens more wells up there, surely nothing bad will happen!
I don't have a problem with an 8-person Supreme Court, so long as that change is made according to the tenets of our Democratic Republic. Which in this case, isn't what happened at all now, is it?
What happened, was childish obstinacy on the part of one POLITICAL PARTY, damn them all to hell for any of 'em even thinking they have the RIGHT to make such an ad-hoc change despite only 1/3 of Americans voted for them and against the will of 70% of the electorate -- what happened to representing the PEOPLE and not just the SPECIAL INTERESTS your POLITICAL PARTY is beholden to? The GOP was fully prepared to wait out Hillary without filling Scalia's seat.
Petulant, obstinate, corrupt children run our country now. New exhibit A -- Trump refusing to concede if he weren't to win, then refusing to concede any impropriety in our f'd-up election process.
Glad you're 100% in favor of it so long as your party has the temporary upper-hand, just wipe that smug smirk off your face at some point during Trump's only term, OK? You're gonna be Lucy the next few years, with "a lotta splainin' to do" to reconcile what you think Trump's gonna do, to the living-nightmare reality we've got coming to us.
So losing despite a 2M+ and counting lead in the popular vote, is evidence of a HEALTHY democracy for rejecting MOB RULE? Good grief. I bet four years ago, you totally agreed with Donald Trump:
"The Electoral College is a disaster for a Democracy."
This, despite Romney didn't stand a chance in the popular vote when he said it after the 2012 election, so kind of the non-sequitir expected from 2AM tweeters.
Thanks for the laugh though, Ken, as always. The Founders, of course, limited the vote to white male property owners, over I forget what age back then. Maybe you think we should go back to that to prevent "mob rule" as you call it? Or try to understand that many citizens of this country believe the very "mob rule" the EC was meant to prevent, is precisely what just happened, so maybe it's time to let everyone's vote count the same?
The rules which led to gerrymandering are also clearly set out. Doesn't make gerrymandering to keep the minority party in power, right. Nor does it resemble ANYTHING the founders had in mind when the Constitution was ratified. To beat another dead horse, do please go back and re-read Washington's farewell address to the nation, admonishing against political parties being given charge of our electoral system.
Meh. Another dead horse I love to beat, is how we can't build decent boats anymore, concerning the latest Coast Guard vessels retrofitted with gigantic mid-hull Band-Aids to keep them from breaking in two in 2' (yes, 2') seas. We were supposed to get 32 new stealth destroyers for the Navy, instead our $32 billion gets us... THREE! Not to worry, they're so super-awesome the Zumwalt just had to be towed out of the Panama Canal... totally expected operational failures, requiring the contractor to be paid an additional $32B to straighten out because only they have clearance to work on it (plus all the other defense contractors, as subs), without disqualifying them from further defense work...
Oh, but don't worry. Trump's a successful businessman who knows how to get things done! I'm sure the F-35 will be an effective combat weapon soon, too. :(
Seriously, it just isn't in Trump's nature to set our airplane and boat-building to rights. Although he does seem to be taking seriously the notion of setting defense spending at 4% GDP, thus perpetuating an entirely wasteful system which leaves us at risk of getting caught with our pants down, in the decade it'll take us to spend $3T (yes, $3T) to upgrade our "obsolete" nukes, if we even know who to retaliate against. Throwing more money at a problem, then declaring bankruptcy when it doesn't work out so well (and requiring subcontractors to sue in order to get paid), is Trump's track record.
Ah, the luxury of being temporarily in charge of America, before walking away and blaming your legacy on the next person. It won't matter to you Beliebers out there, if he blows up the deficit by perpetuating a system SO WASTEFUL NOW that we spend billions of dollars building boats which aren't particularly good at, you know, floating; and fighter jets which aren't particularly good at, you know, flying. Donald Trump's gonna fix that? Don't make me laugh. What he will do, which is even less funny and with full GOP support, is walk away from massive deficit spending which, given his goals for an increased Navy multiplied by what the Zumwalt's costing, would actually equal our entire defense spending in the 20th Century. Because, you know, ISIS. Not Erdogan! Certainly not Putin. These are the GOOD GUYS NOW!
Jump on board, or get lined up against the wall and shot alongside me. ;) Just hope the boat floats!
Your last post constitutes a hate crime. ;) Mr. Chambers' opinion on the issue is not known. His decision, in order to keep his job, is. Madison, WI is certainly an interesting college town. You know the only female American ever personally executed by Adolf Hitler was a Golden Gopher prof, right? ;) Mr. Chambers, in an effort to keep his job if not his head, had to act on a weakly-written piece of WI legislation putting him between a rock and a hard place. Not his fault, perhaps?
Seriously, welcome back and all, but I for one hope the two-minutes-of-hate you just led against someone neither one of us knows from next Tuesday, has passed. You single the man out for derision based on your innate hatred of "liberals" which extends to anyone working at any institution of public education... which would surprise some of the profs/admins I was exposed to at CU-Boulder (GO BUFFS!!!!! Even if I can't pronounce the QB's name properly...) to be sure! :)
Feel free to prove me wrong. I've been saying for a while now, that we keep letting the terrorists win by abandoning our principles. Maybe it's a good thing Trump did win-by-losing? Hillary's impeachment woulda started day 101, if not sooner, and make no mistake she wouldn't have been any more able to appoint anyone to the Supreme Court than Obama was this year. Regardless, the ultimate win for the terrorists, is sitting back now and watching us turn on ourselves.
No clue what you're talking about, as Massachusetts, the model for Obamacare, was enacted well before Obama was elected by pandering to the left, by campaigning for single-payer, then rejecting that in favor of having Romneycare approved by a Congressional majority which had already stated their Prime Directive was to see him fail. Obama's a historical idiot, for watering down "Obamacare" in an effort to "reach across the aisle" which garnered zero votes from the ANARCHIST GOP. How they're in power now, comes down to gerrymandering & malaise, not any sort of MANDATE, sorry.
Keep spinning your "relatively liberal" State, Ken. It was Romney, your Party's candidate for PRESIDENT four years ago, who PROPOSED the GOP alternative to single-payer, in his "liberal" State, while Governor, which is what got it passed as a COMPROMISE at the federal level -- the GOP wouldn't have gone along with ANY of the ACA proposals, eventually watering it down enough that Obama thought at least one of 'em might vote for it. D'OH!!!
The Dems latching onto the notion that the GOP might actually endorse Obama's Romneycare proposal, is the epitome of the THIRD WAY which wasn't exactly overwhelmingly rejected by U.S. voters this cycle, seeing as how Hillary actually won with over 2M and counting of the every-vote-counts-the-same vote. Anyhoo, now that all's said and one and in 20/20 hindsight, what would it have cost Obama politically to have rammed single-payer down our throats with no GOP support?
Copperheads. That was as despicable as each and every government shutdown your party orchestrates, let alone the publically-opposed de-facto 8-person Supreme Court, yet dysfunctionally somehow (nothing to do with gerrymandering I'm sure) destroying our nation is a winning strategy in this day and age. Like there's any chance President Hillary coulda had a nominee confirmed. The only solution now, is for the Dems to oppose any Trump nominee, at which point the GOP eliminates the filibuster they've so sorely abused under Obama by making it the status quo...
Yeah, the country's a mess, but don't go patting yourself on the back as somehow being above it due to your partisan allegiance. You're all to blame, as much as I am for "wasting my vote" on third-party candidates 85% of the Presidential elections I've lived through. I've never been beholden to the system which DONALD TRUMP EPITOMIZES. You gonna fault me for that, when your "protest vote" put that nincompoop in charge of all our fates? No, YOU'RE fired!!!
Turn in your Voter ID. Then get the hell out of my country! (j/k)
Lighten up, Francis!!! We're all in this together, and it ain't gonna be pretty, OK?
Assuming Trump gets impeached, indicted, or abdicates to Pence before 2020...
You know who I want the next U.S. Presidential Election to come down to? Chelsea vs. Ivanka for first female President!
"The average conservative voter wants the ACA repealed in it's entirety."
The average conservative voter also wants the government to keep its hands off their Medicare, God bless 'em.
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