Monday, October 30, 2006
And Intellectual snobbery breeds useful idiots
The phrase “useful idiots” refers to naieve communist and leftist sympathizers in the United States who zealously advance a leftist agenda without understanding that often they are being used by subersive forces intent on destroying the US. The phrase is attributed to Lenin who is thought to have said in reference to Western capatalists, “They will sell us the rope with which to hang them."
One of the best descriptions of useful idiots comes from Bagder Blog Alliance.
“ . . .The useful idiot never sees the big picture and typically are driven by blind hate and ignorance. They are led by and feel they belong to, an arrogant and self proclaimed leftist intelegensia, who think you are too stupid to know the truth of any subject matter.”http://badgerblogalliance.blogspot.com/2006/10/useful-idiots.html
Yesterday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram op ed piece, “Ignorance breeds fear; fear breeds hate . . .”, by David J. Keeling, is a prime example of an arrogant, high-brow, useful idiot lecture – the kind most of our children receive in major universities around the country. Keeling is a professor of geography at Western Kentucky University, so expecting independent thought from the left-leaning university intelegensia is pretty hopeless.
His article begins, “During the past five years, America's "war" on terrorism and increasing global instability have become intimately connected to fundamental changes in this country's cultural geographies -- changes that could well lead to increased extremism and terrorism in the homeland.”
The kind of “terrorism in the homeland” that Keeling is writing about, however, addresses only one kind of terrorism - extremist fundamentalism and home-grown terrorism in the "land of the free.” He conveniently avoids questions of border security, illegal immigration, and the fact that Mid Eastern terrorists have already breached our southern borders.
(See: The just released report by the House Committee on Homeland Security entitled, "A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border")
Keeling wants us all to “to see ourselves in a broader, more enlightened context” and, as one of the self-proclaimed enlightened, his lecture is pretty one-sided. Oh yes, he’s cleaver enough to briefly address extremism on both the left and the right “the politics of fear and hatred,” but the body of his article belies a heavily nuanced left-tilt attack against the right.
“The government is fueling the fires of radicalism by pushing culturally sensitive issues such as abortion, gay rights, flag burning, gun ownership, censorship and religiously driven fundamentalist views on many aspects of private American life. These culture wars are diverting attention from the real global challenges facing the U.S. and creating an environment of hate, fear and ideological extremism. . . .”
Least we misunderstand where Keeling’s loyalties actually lie; we are treated to a skillfully manipulated leftist spin. Note that “personal destruction and hate” epitomizes the right but the left, at their worst, are merely “extremists” such as William Rivers Pitt.
“From the politics of personal destruction and hate epitomized by rightists such as Ann Coulter to the extremist views of leftists such as William Rivers Pitt, mainstream American society is under assault.”
The further along Keeling goes into his article, the more radicalized and cynical his lecture becomes, but isn’t it cute how he disavows his own cynicism???
“After all, global ignorance is most certainly in a government's best interests, as uninformed voters provide no curb at all on government excess. More cynical commentators might argue that creating the conditions for extremism and terrorism at home provides the government with ample ammunition to exert further control over the populace and to weaken individual privacy rights.
What better way to mobilize the government and the military against the general population than to argue that they are now fighting a "war" against terrorism on home soil?”
Wait a minute . . . Haven’t I already seen the movie??? Now where have I seen this not so thinly veiled attack on the War on Terror before? Oh Yes, it’s "V for Vendetta, " a neo-Marxist piece of blatant leftist propaganda. Well, that’s how it is with useful idiots, they are more heavily informed by Hollywood than by exercising anything that passes for historical perspective or critical thought.
“Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, "V" comes complete with all the bogeymen the far left loves to hate: NSA spying and wiretaps; government torture complete with Abu Ghraib hood fashions; lecherous, elderly Christian clerics in collars raping young girls; Islam, gay rights, and free speech under attack; and even a Bill O'Reilly-esque evil cable talk show host/wicked pharmaceutical billionaire/heinous military officer combo rolled into one character.” Source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1592100/posts
Like most of the left, Keeling’s prescription against fear is as simplistic as any pre 9/11 leftist mantra; overcome global ignorance and we will love the world, and the world will love us. In the mean time, let’s let Keeling’s true motives be perfectly clear. He really wants to instill fear against the “ignorant” fools who see through his leftist agenda.
“While they carry on about Bush being behind the 9/11 attacks and using the war on terrorism to advance his totalitarian plans, much of Hollywood has the warm and fuzzies for the most corrupt and brutal tyrannies on earth. . .”
Here’s just a little reminder. Healthy rational fear is necessary for survival!
"There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain."
A Line in the Sand
See: The just released report by the House Committee on Homeland Security entitled, "A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border"
This chilling report that confirms:
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations have revealed that aliens were smuggled from the Middle East to staging areas in Central and South America, before being smuggled illegally into the United States.
- Members of Hezbollah have already entered the United States across the Southwest border.
-U.S. military and intelligence officials believe that Venezuela is emerging as a potential hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. The Venezuelan government is issuing identity documents that could subsequently be used to obtain a U.S. visa and enter the country.
To access the report click here: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=1142&rid=11013911
Great article and links! I also liked this from Badger Blog Alliance: "A useful idiot is someone who, while choosing to zealously promot a cause, ends up advancing a very different one through stupidity, naivete or inattention."
Seems I have known some "useful idiots" in my time! LOL
It is scarey to think that our young people are being taught and indoctrinated into the "far left" agenda and many of them do not even know it!!
"The American College Teacher," based on a survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, found that roughly 52 percent of American college professors describe themselves as "far left" or "liberal," while only 20 percent said they were "far right" or "conservative."
Keeling, like all the far, extreme leftists definitely have their own agenda which MUST be countered!
In doing some searches and "surfing" it is definitely good to see there are many "voices of reason" out in the world and it is my hope people are beginning to wake up and say..enough!!
Our border issue is of great concern and something MUST be done NOW not later! We have ILLEGALS and TERRORISTs coming over everyday and it is fustrating to hear the "far left" whining and resorting to name calling when anyone wants to address this very serious issue. There is a great article at http://www.warriorsfortruth.com/arab-illegals-mexico-border.html and pictures of two of the Al Qaeda patches found at our Texas border.
Keep up the great work!!
By 2:02 PM, at
Monday, October 16, 2006
Wise County Under Attack - Again
In case you haven’t read Bud Kennedy’s latest assault on the Wise County Republicans, “Wise County GOP likes letter-perfect candidates”, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday, October 13th, let me point out to Bud and to the rest of our readers that there’s far, far more to this little story!!! So stick with me as this story unfolds . . .
According to Kennedy,
. . .“The local party Web site lists not only the candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot but also their race.
Every Republican candidate in Wise County is listed carefully as “Ethnicity: AE.”
A code at the bottom explains that “AE” stands for “American European.” . . .
According to the county 2000 census, Wise County is 91.01% White, and there are no other local Republican candidates but Anglos. Still, there is no excuse for including the race or ethnicity of a candidate on a party web site. So why did the Republican Party Chair, D.A. Sharpe, include race and ethnicity?
Unlike Bud Kennedy, who was probably afraid to thoroughly vet his story, I decided to ask the Democratic Party Chair, Brenda Rankin, her take on this puzzling question.
Today Mrs. Rankin explained to me that she has known Mr. Sharpe for years and that she has great respect for him and for his integrity. As a matter of fact, she said that everyone who has ever worked with him has respect for him and that he is very kind and gracious and there is nothing racist about him or his intentions. According to Rankin, D.A. Sharpe, an older man, has a great interest in genealogy and it probably never occurred to him that what he was doing was not politically correct. He probably thought he was doing everyone a favor by listing the candidate’s genealogical backgrounds. Mrs. Rankin went on to say that Mr. Sharp has worked long and hard to get minorities in as election judges.
So how did this story get so blown up and where did Bud Kennedy get his information? A little Googling will quickly show that Kennedy has been continuously fed defamatory information about the Wise County Republicans, which he simply regurgitates without any real vetting, for quite some time.
This latest story evolved from postings by a woman who goes by TXSharon on the local Wise County Messenger Forum and on her own multiple “progressive” blogs. After being accused of constant and continuously blatant race-baiting on the WCM forum by several posters, TXSharon went out in search of anything she could use to once-again defame the Wise Republican Party. Then she started posting defamatory statements about everybody from the Christian right to Kinky and the Wise Republicans on her own blog at the well-known leftist Daily Kos site http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/14/155821/25
Interestingly, TXsharon always ends her post comments with this little ditty “The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day”
Here’s a reader’s comment on Barry Green’s blog “Liberally Lean from the Land of Dairy Queen” that tells “the rest of the story.” Hint to Bud - Links are included so readers can vet this story because you failed to vet by simply following your buddy TXSharon’s links.
“With regard to your link to TXSharon’s blog subject “Update: Republicans busted for blatant racism. Worse than Allen!”
“Where’s the rest of the story?
What made TXSharon go looking for anything she could find on the Wise Republicans this time?
Here’s the real scoop. TXsharon was rebuffed by two Independents and one Democrat for constantly race-baiting. All of those posters had publicly stated that they were going to vote for several Democratic candidates. Because TXsharon had announced on several subject postings that she was working in the David Van O’s campaign they thought that her race-baiting would harm his and other Democratic chances.
TXSharon actually provided the answer when she offered a link to the local “racists” . .
“I realize now that I have been slightly beaten down and suppressed by the local racists who accuse me of "race baiting" when I call them out.”
Since TXSharon was kind enough to supply the link, I hope someone out there will actually read the entire Wise County Messenger forum discussion that started this latest outburst. It can be found at http://www.wcmessenger.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=756&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15
Instead of backing off from the race-baiting, TXsharon reiterated:
“I implied that Republicans have a base full of racist and haters and that the Republicans use the issue to excite that base just as they did before the 2004 election with their religious base.”
Concerned about how her race-baiting would affect Democratic candidates, one poster, Breezy, asked:
Speaking of your display of “political acumen”. . . You have openly announced on this forum on more than one occasion that you support David Van O’s for Attorney General, and that you are working in his campaign. So, more than what I say, what you say here and on your blog is a direct reflection on him. I like everything I’ve heard concerning Van O’s and I plan on voting for him. So I have to wonder what kind of reflection your constant race-baiting has on his campaign. What would he think about your statements? Would he support your race-card playing, or would he tell you to kindly “shut up” or disassociate yourself from his campaign? I’d really like to know, because that will effect my final decision. . . .”
At that point TXsharon appeared to call in her loyal troops for assistance.
Again TXsharon and her race-baiting minions were rebuffed by Breezy:
“That’s exactly true. I know that we are all for varying notions of immigration reform here. But to imply that those who are against massive illegal immigration must be racists, who are “demonizing Mexicans”, is race-baiting. To call the Republican base, the majority of the party, “racists and haters,” is race-baiting. To attempt to link those majority of Americans who are against massive illegal immigration to the religious right and/or Identity Christianity, to the militia movement, to the Klan or Arian Nation Brotherhoods, or to xenophobes, is race-baiting.
It is legitimate, however, to question if this is a wedge issue “that is being driven by the Republicans to create fear and excite the racists and xenophobic and to get out and vote.” (I just quoted TXsharon on that.) In the same way, it is legitimate to question the use of race-baiting as an attempt to create fear of Republicans among those minorities and marginalized peoples and groups in order to keep them in the Democratic fold. As an independent, I see fear-mongering tactics employed by both the Republicans and Democrats. This clouds the issue by keeping us focused on the underhanded tactics rather than being able to find viable solutions.”
Still more protests to Txsharon and her group of race-baiters. This was from Sierra’s Mom
THAT was uncalled for!! Whether you agree or disagree with someone on the issues, stooping to “name calling” is…excuse me for saying this, but…childish!! This is most likely why so many people will NOT post on the board! We can agree on issues…we can disagree on issues and debate them…great!! That’s what this country is all about!!
And a loyal Democrat, named 7117, protested to TXSharon
“You like to " put a spin" on anyone's post that disagrees with you. You've been called on this practice more than once on this board. Now as far as I'm concerned ...post what you think is in your best interest. It's your right to do so. However... I'll remind you that we are in a crucial election in this state and just a few weeks away. It would be in the best interest of the Democrat candidates that you claim to be in constant touch with...if you not drive any voters away or get them to questioning the candidates stand on the issues important to them...just because they are not important to you. Because of your repeated responses and lack of courtesy in answering my concerns regarding securing our southern borders and the fact that you appear to be representing Chris Bell on this board, that I've began to look at the other candidates running for governor.” Source: http://www.wcmessenger.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=756&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=90
So, Now you know the rest of the story!!!”
Note to Bud Kennedy. Your less than reputable source is now known. If you had bothered to do a little checking with local Democrats, as well as with local Republicans, you would have discovered that there is quite a lot of unity in what is thought about the notorious TXSharon. So instead of looking for something to spin left, why not try a little Vetting??? Until then, perhaps you belong with your buddies who are still spewing their race-card playing venom on the WCM at
Thank you for your research into this horrible issue and letting everyone know the truth. I was interested in the full story so I went to the sites you linked. To say the least I was stunned. I am very unimpressed with Mr. Kennedy who calls himself a journalist. Wasn't this type of journalism what got Dan Rather in trouble by not checking the facts? His paper should be horribly embarrassed and should write an apology to the citizens of wise county.
It is a very sad state of affairs that people cannot understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. If people would chose to really research how bad the illegal alien problem is they might surprised. It is difficult to deal with a closed mind, however.
I think I'll pull a "Dixie Chick"..
I'm embarrased the TXSharon is from Texas!!
By 10:00 PM, at
Editor's comments: To the "anonymous" poster whose comment began, "DA Sharpe is quite proud of the fact . . .". The rest of your comments were despicable and your style is quite recognizable to anyone who reads the WCM forum. The reason comments are moderated on this page is because I will not allow personal attacks on private citizens, race-baiting innuendos, attacks on another's heritage, and foul language. I will make an exception in your case, however, because we all would love to know the real name of the source of Bud Kennedy's material. Therefore, if you will supply your real name and e-mail address when you comment, along with the rest of the above comment, I will be happy to publish it. Until then, I suggest you publish your comments on the WCM forum under any one of your various aliases."
I'll sleep well tonight knowing that at least the 9% of Wise County residents who are not "American European" will not be voting Republican in November.
Let's not confuse the left with the truth! What part of this article didn't you read??? "If you had bothered to do a little checking with local Democrats, as well as with local Republicans, you would have discovered that there is quite a lot of unity in what is thought about the notorious TXSharon."
By 11:52 AM, at
Thanks for your comments anon 11:52am
This is abour a man who has only the best intentions for Wise County. I will say the same for the Democratic Chairwoman. After all, this is their home!
Bud Kennedy loves writing less than favorable articles about Wise County. Maybe sometimes he's been justified but not this time.
He really should have checked out his source and her activities and it shouldn't have been asking too much for him to get the opinions of some of the locals.
I guess he'll be getting those opinions now even though they were not requested.
By 7:21 PM, at
It appears that "radioleft" has a problem with wise county. Does he live here? Does he spend his money here? Does his kids go to school here? Does he pay county taxes here? Or is the only thing that he contributes the community is MOUTH! Talk is really cheap radioleft. You are clueless and want to believe everything that you read...ONLY if it is written by another leftwinger. I suggest you get off your fake moral highhorse and study some FACTS! You won't of course because you wouldn't be able to see the truth if it bit you . . ., and if you could you certainly wouldn't believe it anyway!! So keep up the leftwinger attitude, Americans can see through you!!!
By 3:48 AM, at
I live and spend money here. I wish all you racist hicks would SHUT UP. You are hurting property values, making people in wise look like ignorant a***, attracting racist groups and just making a beautiful place very negative to be in. This includes the Democrat and Republican Chairs, STOP trying to help me out with my genealogy. I do not "fit" into any listed. None of us do. We are all American Mutts.AM and proud of it.
By 8:17 AM, at
Sorry to disappoint you but I was not the source to Mr Kennedy and I do not know who was.
You have much false information in your little fairy tale. Be very careful of that.
And, btw, not all the Wise Dems are in unified.
Of course, you will never let this comment get through. : )
To TXsharon. Since YOU have told so many fairy tales on your own blog diary, I’m sure it’s hard to keep them all straight.
You wrote “This is going to be reported in Star Telegram and on several TV News stations. Watch for it! The Republicans have now made corrections.”
Or how about this comment from one of your militant bloggers: “Sharon you got the press to go with this? Good for you, thank you. Kick ass work, glad you have back up after they scrubbed their site. Impressed. (with you, not the Wise county republicans) :)
by: citizenx @ Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 12:57:07 PM MDT"
I want to thank you for bringing to our attention the racist remarks made. Even if everyone on the ballot is white, there’s still no excuse for someone putting somebody’s race on the Republican web site. But I don’t think it was intentional - just plain dumb. I also don’t like the black eye this TX lady is giving to us Democrats by constantly attacking Wise County and saying that everyone here is a racist that doesn’t agree with her. I have a lot of Republican friends and I can assure this lady that they aren’t racists. She claims to be a loyal Democrat, but after reading her stuff on the Messenger forum, I think she just an angry race-baiter in need of attention. This lady, whoever she is, is still claiming that she wasn’t Bud Kennedy’s source. She isn’t going to let it go and the more people call her out on it, the more she rants and rants. I think she just didn’t like getting caught race-baiting.
So I decided to go to the links you provided on your story and check it out for myself. I went to this lady’s web site at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/14/155821/25
Ok let’s see if we can figure this out together:
October 12th, Thursday, TXsharon posts “Is this white supremacy”
October 13th, Friday, Bud Kennedy posts a teaser for his Saturday article on his blog site
October 13th, Friday, Bud Kennedy’s articles comes out on the web
October 14th, Saturday, Bud Kennedy’s article is published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram
Saturday, October 14, TXsharon posts a story: Update: Republicans busted for blatant racism. Worse than Allen!
Here’s what she says:
“I reported about this too late last Thursday for the diary to get much notice here. . . .
My friend and I decided to report the Wise County Republicans to news media, advocacy groups and both of the major political parties. The local racist are angry and we are now targets.
Thankfully, Bud Kennedy, Staff-Writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram decided to report. What I discovered was that this is not the first time Mr. Kennedy has reported about racism in Wise County.”
Looks to me like it’s real clear that this lady did admit to telling the press!!! I wouldn’t trust anything she said.
By 11:24 AM, at
I think it was a big mistake for Mr Sharpe to have put the ethnicity of the Republican candidates in their website. Was it a honest mistake? It is hard to know what is in a man's heart and head, but a lot this all could have been taken care of simply if Mr Sharpe had come out and said "You know what, I made a mistake and I won't do it again." End of story. He represents a majority of the voting citizens in Wise County. There are lots of issues facing Wise County and part of it is the influx of people moving in from other parts of the world that are more sensitive to the debate if this was a racist or non-racist thing that was done. The fact that it appears Mr Sharpe actual made up the abbreviation is suspect because A then would have to be included on all the candidates account we are all Americans.
If I may be so bold to suggest another alternative.
Q - Qualified
NQ or UQ Not Qualified or Unqualified
I don't believe TXSharon had anything to do with outing the Republican Website. if you believe she was the source then you are living in a Fool's Paradise. Bud Kennedy has it in for Wise County for some reason that goes back longer then when this started so it obvious to me he was his own source and since he did contact the Republican Party himself and check if this was right and was told no. well what can you say about that. I sure he keeps his evil eye on the Wise county to see what is going on here.
Is Mr Sharpe a reasonable man, probably, of good heart, possible, but I have only meet him a couple of times and until I know more, I will withhold my opinion.
As for the Democratic County Chair. I do know her.
If she runs again for County Chair I would give her this listing
UGTBK - U Got to be Kidding!
By 4:56 PM, at
TX had alot to do with continued postings regarding Wise County being racists. See, she was kind enough to send us her blog sites to "show us" some type of power she apparently thought she had. In reviewing the links she, again, so kindly furnished, it was quite apparent that she was finding satisfaction in defaming an entire county and the entire Republican base. Then all of a sudden she wants to start this "oh poor me" attitude when she is called on it!! Maybe you should go read ALL the blogs she has put out..it seems like the links are furnished above! You are free to feel how you want, but please review ALL the facts, first! As she has her "group" have previously been told, I am sure that the hardworking citizens of Wise County will be quite interested knowing they are being defamed by members of their own community. THAT is very sad!! TX and her "group" are free to feel how they want and post what they wish, although SOME of them are getting quit close to a liable situation and are walking on very, very thin ice, BUT, they cannot expect others to "sit back" and allow what some of us consider "garbage" to go unchallenged!! If they want to "dish it out" they need to be prepared to take rebuttals!!
By 9:18 PM, at
For the record, nobody else tipped me about the Wise Republican website.
I found it Oct. 9 when I checked a name after visiting the Wise Republican Women meeting.
I had emails from others who found it. But I don't necessarily agree with their comments.
I sent this to the Sandflat News last week but it was not posted.
You are welcome to call or write anytime and ask about any column.
By 4:43 PM, at
No posting comments were received from you until today. As you can see by the nature of the comments, both pro and con regarding this issue, we post every comment received unless the language etc. is not suitable. If you did leave a comment, for some strange reason it didn’t make it to this mail box until today.
With regard to your statement, all I can say is that there appears to be a mysterious set of strange coincidences surrounding all of this!
Editor's Note: Comments are now closed for this article posted two weeks ago.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Twenty+ stories from conservative and liberal sources that will change your world-view
National Sovereignty. No other issue has managed to unite traditionalist conservatives, liberals, independents, and Libertarians in opposition to the secret formation of the North American Union by the Bush administration. Today we have the ongoing creation of a new country right under the shade of our collective nostrils- the North American Union!!! As improbable as it seems, the creation of this new country (by influential “open-border” elitists and multi-national corporate globalists), which will eventually make obsolete our constitution and irrelevant our national laws, is currently underway. CNN’s Lou Dobbs called it “beyond belief” but true.
Dobbs said, “You know, I was asked the other day about whether or not I really thought the American people had the stomach to stand up and stop this nonsense, this direction from a group of elites, an absolute contravention of our law, of our Constitution, every national value. And I hope, I pray that I'm right when I said yes. But this is – I mean, this is beyond belief." . . .
Here are some excerpts from news items you probably missed because most of the main-stream media has refused to address the issue. Last night, however, CNN news started to raise questions. Now if you don’t have the time to read these excerpts, just scan the headlines and the bold print. If you manage to connect the dots, then you are miles ahead of the majority of folks who are asleep at the wheel because they are reliant on the major networks.
“Newly Uncovered Commerce Department Documents Detail “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
U.S. Government Working Groups & Business Leaders Seek to “Harmonize” Regulations with Canada and Mexico (Washington, DC) -- Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law, today released records obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.”
On March 23, 2005, heads of government Vincente Fox, George W. Bush, and Paul Martin launched the North American partnership at a meeting in Waco, Texas, with the expressed goal of “a safer, more prosperous North America.” According to the documents, the partnership’s “working groups” include government and business leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada, who are addressing a variety of topics, including movement of goods between countries, traveler security, energy, environment and health. Proponents of the partnership claim its purpose is to increase security and prosperity for all three nations through enhanced cooperation. Critics maintain the partnership will sacrifice U.S. sovereignty by establishing a “North American Union,” with open borders and a common currency. . .”
“Ok here’s the primer for those who don’t want to download the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce document “Final Recommendations from the U.S. Section of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC)”. . .
Open Borders . . .Basically the final recommendations are pushing the development of a non-discretionary, low-cost, easily obtainable, federally issued document, “such as an enhanced driver’s license or identity card” for all travelers as an alternative to the passport.
(Note: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) now have new requirements. American citizens-entering or re-entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean will have to present “documents denoting both identity and citizenship by January 1, 2008”).
The final recommendations would also have the US work with the Canadian and the Mexican governments to certify their ID’s so that eventually just licenses could be used for travel into the US.
In the mean time, however, the recommendations are for the DHS to set up a “limited short-term pass program” to facilitate people who come to the border without documents!!! The final recommendations are that “A reasonable grace period should be established at border crossings, during which time people lacking documents are educated about their options and allowed to pass.!!!”
“ACLU and Allies Oppose Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Say Plan Undermines Privacy, Provides Little Security WASHINGTON -
The American Civil Liberties Union today joined with Citizen Against Government Waste and the Cato Institute to oppose the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). The WHTI will require all travelers, including American citizens, to have a passport or other "appropriate security document" to enter or re-enter the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere, including Canada and Mexico. . .
The WHTI was mandated by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and is slated to roll out in 2008. CAGW today issued a report outlining the shortcomings of the WHTI program. . .
"At its core, the WHTI only gives the illusion of security," Sparapani added.
"Terrorists, smugglers and undocumented immigrants could still find ways to enter the country or obtain false documents. The privacy of Americans should not be compromised under a failed program." Source: http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/26681prs20060907.html
“Toll road contract at issue in governor's race to be made public
KELLEY SHANNON September 28, 2006 Associated Press AUSTIN -
Previously secret parts of a contract to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor that have been a contentious issue in the governor's race are going to be made public right away, state officials said Thursday. . .”
“North American merger topic of secret confab
Meeting on integration of U.S., Mexico, Canada brings together top officials World Net Daily September 20 2006 WASHINGTON – Raising more suspicions about plans for the future integration of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a high-level, top-secret meeting of the North American Forum took place this month in Banff – with topics ranging from "A Vision for North America," "Opportunities for Security Cooperation" and "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration. . ."
The "Soft" Revolution
The following is from a bog written this week by Kevin Craig, running for Congress - Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District, Missouri,
“SPP Destroying Evidence?
. . ."soft law" -- unsigned and even unwritten laws that advance the agenda of hemispheric integration without allowing Congress to exercise congressional oversight. . .
As you are reading this, a new government is being created which will overrule all laws and constitutions in the United States. The progress being made in this "soft revolution" will continue unabated regardless of whether or not anything was signed on March 23, 2005. We need representatives in Congress who will work to stop it.
Unfortunately, this issue is not on the political radar of most voters in 2006, and many important milestones in the creation of the North American Union are scheduled for completion in 2007, which will create political and legal inertia that will make it even more difficult to stop in 2008. . .”
“SOLD! America III
Bonnie Alba September 26, 2006
Perhaps the most important story of the 21th century is happening away from the public eye. The first-step plan implementation is the Trans-Texas Corridor(TTC), a super highway slated to begin construction in 2007. On September 30, in a kickoff protest across 70-77 counties, many Texans will step into the sunlight, make their way to their county seats and lay a "cupful of soil" from their land on the courthouse steps. "Hands Across the Corridor" is their cry. (indytexans.org) . . .
This isn't just about the TTC, but also about other planned toll road projects which will affect many more Texans and their livelihoods. It appears that Gov. Rick Perry has fallen for the future vision of a three-nation union with no borders, no security, and the pluralism-multiculturalism which threatens all of us. . .
Robert Pastor, Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, has written extensively on and pushed for his vision of a North American Union based on the European Union model. He also served as a co-chair of the 2005 Council of Foreign Relations task force promoting "Building a North American Community." (www.cfr.org/publication/8102/.) . . .
Are we too soft and complacent? Do we really understand what we will lose?
The Texans may be the first to face this gigantic, strategic plan to destroy our sovereignty. They will know, firsthand, the loss of their property rights and be left with the knowledge that their state and federal governments no longer secure citizens in their property. But they won't be the last. . .
Please review an article in this blog from January 2006:
“The Trans Texas Corridor: Tollway to One World Government It Isn’t Just Fringe Fanatics Who Are Worrying Now
Here’s what the Council on Foreign Relations wants to dictate to us . . . We are being told that we must consolidate the economic communities of Mexico, the US, and Canada. We are being told that National Sovereignty is an “outdated concept.” We are being told that in order to protect the American public from terrorists we must create a new community - the North American Union!!! All these things are coming together to build this “new relationship”: the North American Security Cooperative Act, the passage of NAFTA, CAFTA, the forthcoming FTAA (Free Trade Areas of the Americas), and the route to get us there is the Bush/Perry Trans Texas Corridor!!! . .”
To read the chilling excerpts from Dr. Robert A. Pastor's testimony go to The Council on Foreign Relations
Our " Favorite Store " Is Ready for the TTC...
"The " world's largest retailer" Wal Mart Corporation, evidently has some insight on all of this. Check out the link below and see what's been happening in Mexico and Central America. "
Go to: http://walmartstores.com/GlobalWMStoresWeb/navigate.do?catg=14
“North American Union
The "plan to create" a North American Union in 2010 as a regional government—comprising a collective government for the United States, Canada, and Mexico—is "directly stated only" in the May 2005 task force report Building a North American Community
See:(http://www.cfr.org/publication/8102/building_a_north_american_community.html) published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Jerome Corsi wrote (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15763) June 26, 2006. . . .
A North American Union is being created "through a process of governmental regulations" and without ever "having to bring the issue before the American people for a clear referendum or vote," Corsi wrote (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15059) May 24, 2006. "
What is objectionable is the plan to form a European Union-style North American Super-Highway system whose primary goal is to establish trilateral links for the open passage of freight transportation and the virtually unrestrained 'migration' of people among the three countries. Building NAFTA Super-Highways that effectively erase the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada is a concern, especially if the NAFTA Super-Highways contribute to accomplishing in a de facto manner the integration of the United States into a North American Union, thereby threatening the currently established sovereignty of the United States," Corsi wrote (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15839) June 30, 2006. . .
Lamb wrote. "NASCO claims that 'There are no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway - it exists today as I-35.' This, however, is at odds with reality," Lamb wrote. "The goal is to build and operate a privately funded toll-corridor that includes up to 10 lanes of car and truck traffic, rail lines, pipelines and utilities, including communications systems. The current agreement is limited to Texas, but fits nicely into the master plan being advanced by NASCO.
"It also fits nicely into the vision of the Council on Foreign Relations' [May 2005] report: Building a North American Community (http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/NorthAmerica_TF_final.pdf), which advocates 'unlimited access to each other's territory' (page 47), including allowing Mexican or Canadian companies to freely enter the U.S. to compete with U.S. trucking companies, hauling freight between U.S. cities." . . .
“The superhighway no one is funding
By Admin, Section National News Posted on Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 07:59:44 AM EST
by Joseph Farah,
Between the Lines Another key congressman - Rep. Roy Blunt, majority whip in the House of Representatives - is telling his constituents the federal government has nothing to do with the idea of building the "NAFTA superhighway."
This is at least the third Republican member of Congress either playing dumb or deliberately deceiving American taxpayers by claiming no federal dollars have flowed into the project. . . .”
"NAFTA highway or new silk road?
By William Hawkins The Washington Post September 24, 2006
On Sept. 7, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), a government office established in March to increase cooperation between the United States, Canada and Mexico, released a progress report. Among its achievements was creation of an American Competitiveness Council to enhance North America's posture in the struggle for hotly contested global markets.
Unfortunately, major events are already unfolding that will undermine this belated attempt to respond to ambitious rivals who have been piling up ever-higher trade surpluses at the expense of American-based enterprises.
A flurry of articles over the summer painted the SPP as a step toward a North American Union that would submerge national sovereignty and open the U.S. to mass migration and political corruption. Human Events launched the story from the right, but it spread across the spectrum to the Daily Kos on the left. . . .
One focus of the articles was a planned corridor of highways and railroads from Mexico into the American Midwest dubbed the "NAFTA Highway." Some of the stories sought to revisit the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, but what is really behind this transportation network heralds the collapse of NAFTA and its dream of a stronger continental economy. NAFTA was supposed to combine cheap Mexican labor with U.S. capital and technology to improve competition with Asian rivals . . .
The Chinese firm Hutchison Whampoa has partnered with Wal-Mart in a $300 million expansion of Lazaro Cardenas to handle perhaps 2 million containers annually by the end of the decade. The American Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong, China, has held seminars promoting this Mexican port. . . .
While American-based manufacturers will continue to suffer under the barrage of Chinese goods, Mexican industry will be smashed flat by what should be called a new Silk Road rather than a NAFTA highway. The economic development goals of NAFTA are being abandoned. More than 600 of the maquiladoras assembly plants along the U.S.-Mexican border have relocated to China, leaving their Mexican workers behind. There is little chance for Mexican wages to rise if at $1.50 an hour they can be undercut by Chinese labor at 50 cents an hour. . . .”
Trans Texas Corridor Master Plan Released
Drivers willing to pay to leave Interstate 35 in the dust could have an alternative as early as the summer of 2013. . . .
Because passenger vehicles pay 15.2 cents per mile and truck drivers pay 58.5 cents per mile, the whole plan relies on travelers and freight companies being willing to pay the toll, said Dillard, the Texas Department of Transportation spokesman. . .
The company then will have the rights to the tolls for 50 years, and by then, the road could be generating billions of dollars each year . . .
“Texans didn’t get a chance to vote on this, it’s just getting rammed down our throats,” said Rick Wegwerth, leader of the Waco anti-corridor group, DERAIL. . . .
Note: According to a January 25, 2005 article by Gordon Dickson, a staff writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, since Cintra began controlling tolls in Canada, “Tolls have gone up 200 percent!”
“Students train in 'model parliament' for new North American Union!
N. American students trained for 'merger' 10 universities participate in 'model Parliament' in Mexico to simulate 'integration' of 3 nations
WASHINGTON – In another example of the way the three nations of North America are being drawn into a federation, or "merger," students from 10 universities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada are participating annually in a simulated "model Parliament." Under the sponsorship of the Canadian based North American Forum on Integration, students met in the Mexican Senate for five days in May in an event dubbed "Triumvirate," with organizers declaring "A North American Parliament is born." . . .
"The creation of a North American parliament, such as the one being simulated by these young people, should be considered," explained Raymond Chretien, the president of the Triumvirate and the former Canadian ambassador to both Mexico and the U.S. . . .
Perhaps the most blistering criticism came earlier this summer from Lou Dobbs of CNN – a frequent critic of President Bush's immigration policies.
"A regional prosperity and security program?" he asked rhetorically in a recent cablecast. "This is absolute ignorance. And the fact that we are – we reported this, we should point out, when it was signed. But, as we watch this thing progress, these working groups are continuing. They're intensifying. What in the world are these people thinking about? You know, I was asked the other day about whether or not I really thought the American people had the stomach to stand up and stop this nonsense, this direction from a group of elites, an absolute contravention of our law, of our Constitution, every national value. And I hope, I pray that I'm right when I said yes. But this is – I mean, this is beyond belief." . . .
The concerns about the direction such powerful men could lead Americans without their knowledge is only heightened when interlocking networks are discovered. For instance, one of the components envisioned for this future "North American Union" is a superhighway running from Mexico, through the U.S. and into Canada. It is being promoted by the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, a non-profit group "dedicated to developing the world’s first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America." . . .
Now Available: The Final Report 2006 (including the final resolutions) The Triumvirate in La Reforma :"The Only North American Model Parliament” (47 page pdf file)
“Model Parliament Organizers make clear their intent:
The creation of a North American parliament, such as the one being simulated by these young people, should be considered,” explained Raymond Chretien, the president of the Triumvirate and the former Canadian ambassador to both Mexico and the U.S. . . .
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. and the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus as well as author of the new book, “In Mortal Danger,” may be the only elected official to challenge openly the plans for the new superstate.
Responding to a WND report, Tancredo is demanding the Bush administration fully disclose the activities of the government office implementing the trilateral agreement that has no authorization from Congress. . .”
“North American Union Would Trump U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerome R. Corsi Posted Jun 19, 2006
The Bush Administration is pushing to create a North American Union out of the work on-going in the Department of Commerce under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in the NAFTA office headed by Geri Word. A key part of the plan is to expand the NAFTA tribunals into a North American Union court system that would have supremacy over all U.S. law, even over the U.S. Supreme Court, in any matter related to the trilateral political and economic integration of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Right now, Chapter 11 of the NAFTA agreement allows a private NAFTA foreign investor to sue the U.S. government if the investor believes a state or federal law damages the investor’s NAFTA business. . .
Like it or not, NAFTA Chapter 11 tribunals already empower foreign NAFTA investors and corporations to challenge the sovereignty of U.S. law in the United States. . .
Under the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) plan expressed in May 2005 for building NAFTA into a North American Union, the stakes are about to get even higher. . .
The CFR plan clearly calls for the establishment of a “permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution” as part of the new regional North American Union (NAU) governmental structure that is proposed to go into place in 2010. As the CFR report details on page 22: . . .
The executive branch under the Bush Administration is quietly putting in place a behind-the-scenes trilateral regulatory scheme, . .
We will develop a trilateral Regulatory Cooperative Framework by 2007 to support and enhance existing, as well as encourage new cooperation among regulators, including at the outset of the regulatory process. We wonder if the Bush Administration intends to present the Trilateral Regulatory Cooperative Framework now being constructed by SPP.gov to Congress for review in 2007, or will the administration simply continue along the path of knitting together the new NAU regional governmental structure behind closed doors by executive fiat?
“Is our 2nd Civil War about to begin?
A couple of posters have hinted that we may be on the verge of another civil war. If so, who will fight this war??? More likely, we will be merged before the American public even learns the truth!!!
Since most Americans are pretty fat, happy, dumbed-down, and complacent, and are totally reliant on the mainstream media, we won't be fighting any civil wars. Let's just think of this merger as sort of a Big Box type of take over. Big Box moves into town and offers some real bargains and benefits. Next thing you know all the Mom and Pop stores are out of business, gone, and forgotten. Remember when Wal Mart used to advertise that all of the products that they carried were "Made in America"? Then remember what happened? So, too, will go the USA as we once knew it. That is unless we can wake up quite a few more folks. . .”
Gov. Perry TTC will evict mass numbers of Texans!
Watch this online video that shows how he will sell Texas for Foreign Profits!
Friday, September 15, 2006
North Side Marina and Resort is gearing up for the upcoming Fall Season as cooler weather has arrived. North Side announces that lower fall cabin rental rates are now available.
In anticipation of lower water levels in the lake, the Marina dock has been permanently moved further out to ensure deeper water. For boaters and local residents who are dry docked, a few boat slips are still available on an annual or month-to-month basis. You can still launch boats at Wise County Park on one of the ramps .
North Side Marina and Resort is still offering combination cabin and boat rentals for those who want to get away from it all and experience Lake Bridgeport . Pontoon rentals will continue into the fall season. For those with their own boat, you may also keep your boat at the Marina during your cabin rental. North Side Marina is now offering previously owned boats for sale as well.
Located on the north end of Lake Bridgeport adjacent to the new Moonlight Bay development, the Marina features a brand new Ship’s Store and a 24 hour pay at the pump gas dock that is fully operational on deep water. The Ship’s Store provides area boaters with all the essentials needed for a day at the lake.
The North Side website has become very popular and includes photo albums of Lake Bridgeport and all of the cabins. There is also a Fishing page with pictures of big catches, fishing tips and other fishing information for Lake Bridgeport enthusiasts .
Cabin and boat rental requests can be made via the website or by calling the Marina directly.
Marina phone: 940-644-5475
Marina website: http://www.northsidemarina.net/
For further information or inquiries, contact Jeanne or Alan Kennedy at 940-644-5475.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Is Wise County Drying Up???
We’ve gotten used to our constantly receding Lake Bridgeport - down 16 feet and counting. Now, just try to drill a water well these days and see what might happen . . .
The talk on the Wise County Messenger forum comes from some folks in the know. And if what they are saying is true, the picture is very, very grim. Here’s the gist of some of the talk that should raise a few eyebrows.
According to the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council a oil/gas well is fracked an average of 17 times! About 1 to 6 Millions gallons of water are used to frac a well each time. Much of the water used is ground water. From June 2004 to November 2005 421 permits were issued “(not all permits resulted in a completed well)”
"Gallons of water used to frack 421 wells 17 times
1 Million 7,157,000,000
3 Million 21,471,000,000
5 Million 35,785,000,000
Gallons of water used to frack ONE well 17 times
1 Million 17,000,000
3 Million 51,000,000
5 Million 85,000,000"
Additionally, “oil and gas is exempted from ANY ground water regulations that are imposed on a private resident or other business, regarding ground water usage.”
But why should this bother us? “A very well known driller of private water wells in Wise County has recently stated that the major aquifer that supplies water to most of Wise County residents through private water wells, has dropped 100 feet in the past couple of years from where it used to be.”
According to one poster on the WCM forum . . .
“Recently, a nearby resident to me, here in NE Wise County, wanted to irrigate his small hay field in order to try and get a second cutting this year. As we all know, hay is about like gold around here right now. This resident had previously applied for, and obtained, the necessary permit to use ONLY a certain volume of water out of a nearby creek/stream for this irrigation. Unfortunately though, that large "WATER PIT" at the intersection of Hwy 51 and Hwy 455 was dug by oil and gas to use as a source of drilling and fracking water. The tank trucks continually come to that huge water pit, dumping water into it, one truck after another, and sometimes two trucks at a time. In the beginning, some of those trucks were allegedly permitted to take A CERTAIN AMOUNT of water out of the same creek/stream that my friend was also permitted to irrigate from. Low and behold, those tank trucks drained that creek/stream dry of all it's water so my friend wasn't able to irrigate his hay field and therefore wasn't able to produce anymore badly needed hay!”
Note: Want to guess where those tank trucks are getting most of their water???
Source: Wise County Messenger Forum, Local News & Events
Angry Texas Cities: Traffic Congestion or Pro Corridor Spin???
Men's Health Magazine has released it's list of the 100 angriest cities in America, and at least nine are in Texas. The magazine's survey considered blood pressure, violence and traffic congestion in its anger equation.
“Our search for evidence of urban anger began with the percentage of men with high blood pressure, from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (as calculated by Sperling's BestPlaces). We then factored in FBI rates of aggravated assaults and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on workplace deaths from assaults and other violence. And because rage and the road often go hand in hand, we also included traffic-congestion data from the Texas Transportation Institute, as well as speeding citations per state from the Governors Highway Safety Association.”
It looks like the angriest states are: California with twelve cities listed. Texas has nine cities on the list, and Florida has five cities that made the angriest list. But then again, we must ask ourselves “Just how valid is this list?” For one thing, it was awfully nice of the Texas Transportation Institute to share its data because no other state transportation lobby is mentioned. Could it be a bid to positively spin the Trans Texas Corridor as the solution for traffic congestion???
Here’s the list:
“ (From most to least angry cities)
1. Orlando, FL
2. St. Petersburg, FL
3. Detroit, MI
4. Baltimore, MD
5. Nashville, TN
6. Wilmington, DE
7. Miami, FL
8. Memphis, TN
9. Jacksonville, FL
10. St. Louis, MO
11. Chicago, IL
12. Tampa, FL
13. Jackson, MS
14. Albuquerque, NM
15. Charlotte, NC
16. Dallas, TX
17. Houston, TX
18. Tucson, AZ
19. Indianapolis, IN
20. Wichita, KS
21. Birmingham, AL
22. Providence, RI
23. Durham , NC
24. Altanta, GA
25. Washington, DC
26. Denver, CO
27. Philadelphia, PA
28. Baton Rouge, LA
29. Fort Worth, TX
30. Phoenix, AZ
31. Lubbock, TX
32. Cleveland, OH
33. Greensboro, NC
34. Cincinnati, OH
35. Arlington, TX
36. Los Angeles, CA
37. Buffalo, NY
38. Grand Rapids, MI
39. Boston, MA
40. Columbia, SC
41. Tulsa, OK
42. Aurora, CO
43. Seattle, WA
44. Sacramento, CA
45. San Diego, CA
46. Montgomery, AL
47. Raleigh, NC
48. Yonkers, NY
49. Oakland, CA
50. Fort Wayne, IN”
51. Newark, NJ
52. Las Vegas, NV
53. Columbus, OH
54. St. Paul, MN
55. Charleston, WV
56. Kansas City, MO
57. New York, NY
58. Oklahoma, OK
59. Toledo, OH
60. San Antonio, TX
61. Riverside, CA
62. Modesto, CA
63. Louisville, KY
64. Honolulu, HI
65. Richmond, VA
66. San Francisco, CA
67. Bakersfield, CA
68. Spokane, WA
69. Milwaukee, WI
70. Jersey City, NJ
71. Lexington, KY
72. Little Rock, AR
73. Lincoln, NE
74. Billings, MT
75. San Jose, CA
76. Hartford, CT
77. Minneapolis, MN
78. Boise, ID
79. Anaheim, CA
80. Norfolk, VA
81. Austin, TX
82. Fremont, CA
83. Fresno, CA
84. Anchorage, AK
85. Cheyenne, WY
86. Rochester, NY
87. Madison, WI
88. Salt Lake City, UT
89. Omaha, NE
90. Pittsburgh, PA
91. Colorado Springs, CO
92. El Paso, TX
93. Sioux Falls, SD
94. Des Moines, IA
95. Burlington, VT
96. Portland, OR
97. Corpus Christi, TX
98. Fargo, ND
99. Bangor, ME
100. Manchester, NH
North Star Pointe Sales Event This weekend
You might have noticed all the activity and truck traffic this week. North Star Pointe announced that on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, it will be holding a new inventory release sale on all of its gorgeous Lake Bridgeport home sites. They are working at a furious pace to finish up the new pool and ramp area. As a matter of fact, they’ve got the lovely new pool filled with water now and almost completely landscaped.
Please be extra cautious this weekend because we all know how horribly dangerous our narrow, twisting roads can be.
Yes...it's nice to see progress. Now they need to finish the boat ramp for us.
By 3:48 PM, at
Monday, August 21, 2006
THE LAST DAY TO MAIL TTC-35 COMMENTS IS MONDAY AUG 21ST
Monday is the last day to submit your comments on TTC-35 during the Tier One DEIS period. Submissions must be postmarked on or before August 21, 2006.
MAIL TTC-35 DEIS TIER ONE COMMENTS TO:
Mr. Ed Pensock, Jr., PEDirector of Turnpike Corridor SystemsTxDOT Turnpike Authority DivisionPost Office Box 14707Austin, TX 78761-4707
Or Go to the comments page and send in the form via the web at KeepTexasMoving.orghttp://www.keeptexasmoving.org/comments_questions/ttc-35_comments.htm
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The following is today’s editorial in the Wise County Messenger. I’ve added some comments/quotes in red below the highlighted lines of this article.
“Commissioners want a conservation district
By Skip Nichols
Published Sunday, August 20, 2006
"Wise County commissioners – led primarily by Kevin Burns and Robert Rankin – want a groundwater conservation district. “It looks like it will become a reality and not one drought or injection well too soon."
" . . .There are more than 31,000 injections wells in Texas—the most of any state. " (Note: Wise County leads the state in abandoned wells slated for injection wells)” http://sandflat.blogspot.com/2006/05/hazardous-injection-wells-new-texas.html
“There are over 70 commercial injection wells in Wise County where outside waste is brought in from elsewhere to contaminate our water. . . According to the Rail Road Commission web site there are 19,000 “abandoned” wells in Wise County. If those wells aren’t properly capped, injected toxic waste water will enter those well holes into the Trinity Aquifer from below.” http://sandflat.blogspot.com/2006/02/wise-county-toxic-dumping-ground-for.html
“The demand on our most precious resource – water – is increasing at an unprecedented rate. There are more folks moving into the county, which is exceeded by only the number of gas wells being punched into the earth beneath our beautiful home.”
So let’s build the Trans Texas Corridor and run the hazardous cargo bypass loop through Wise County! That way we can increase our population of people and hazardous wastes.
"Meanwhile, rainfall has virtually ceased over the past two years.”
We’ve been in an extended drought for at least eleven years.
The result? Aquifers are dropping rapidly.
The problem is most apparent in our neighboring county – Parker.
And Wise County!
That has gotten the attention of state Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), who represents Parker and Wise counties in the state House of Representatives.
In a late-night e-mail (he apologized for any spelling or grammatical errors) to John E. Cavenahone, one of his Parker County constituents, King addressed the issue.
Here’s part of his e-mail, which he said we could print:
“I’m on a well, too, and having problems that I’ve never experienced in the last 23 years. I’m trying to determine if it’s my well or the water table. I think it’s the water table.
“I am working very closely with the Water Development Board, the Railroad Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality trying to get the correct facts on what is occurring in Parker County.
“What I’ve been surprised to learn is that there is very little hard data readily available on the aquifer in Parker County (and Wise). No agency (local, county, state or fed.) regularly monitors our water table. A measurement is taken each December by the Water Conservation Board from various monitoring wells around the county. I believe they began annual readings in 1949.
(Interestingly, according to the board’s records, there have been years that the aquifer was lower than recent years. It is cyclical with our rainfall.)
“I’ve also been surprised to learn that no one, not the RRC, TCEQ, no city, county, or state entity, knows the precise impact of gas well activity on our local water table. For example, we need to know how much ground water is being used for gas production relative to the total residential and commercial ground water use in our county. In other words, how big of am impact is drilling having? (My rough estimates suggest that gas production may represent as much as 7 or 8 percent of county-wide ground water use but no one really knows for sure.)
“No question, a gas well frac requires a tremendous amount of water. The RRC estimates an average per well of 1.5 million gallons. I think that’s a low estimate. On the other hand, a significant number of drilling and frac operations do not use ground water at all. These purchase surface water either out of a nearby stock tank or from a city with a surface water supply such as Weatherford or Fort Worth.
“Nonetheless, many people in Parker County, myself included, are experiencing severe problems with their water wells. This is due to a combination of factors – rapid population growth, gas well production and the severe drought. It is not gas well production alone as some have suggested. Gas well activity is part of the problem, but it is not the lone culprit. (For example, many other communities around North Texas are rationing water where there is no Barnett Shale drilling activity at all. And Wise County has much more gas production than Parker, but they are not having similar water problems.)”
King has since revised this once he found out that Wise County has water problems too.
Editor’s note: A staff member in King’s office said that has changed. The representative has been made aware of well problems now in Wise County.
“Bottom line, the current situation should not come as a surprise to anyone. For at least the last 20 years we have been hearing that the ground water supply could not indefinitely keep up with the local population growth (16 percent since 2000) and that the county needed to shift to surface water. A number of us, citizens and local elected officials, tried in 1999 and 2001 to implement a regional water solution. Unfortunately, try as we did, we could not get the necessary community support. In fact, we could not get anywhere near a consensus. (There was particular disagreement between the various municipalities and county officials over the structure of a county-wide water district.)
“So what’s the solution? It’s the same today as it was in 1999 and in 2001. “As much as we all dislike additional government intervention into our affairs, we need regional water management At this stage, a Groundwater Conservation District is probably the best answer for most of Parker County. The Legislature can create the district when we go back into session in January, but it will take the solid support of our city councils, commissioners court, and the community at large. Local community leaders will have to work together.
“I have my entire Capitol staff working on this issue. We are exploring legal options, potential agency enforcement and legislative options. I am more than willing to run with a legislative fix, but I will have to have the support of our communities to pass the legislation.”
Do you have an opinon on the ground water situation in Wise County? Let us hear from you. Write a letter to the editor or you can post your comments on our discussion group at http://www.wcmessenger.com/forum"