Comment: Interesting that Sean Connery is for separation and you can see which celebs have bought into the fashionable “progressive” agenda. Bottom line: Most people have an innate desire for liberty and self-governance. Go for independence, Scotland! — Admin Liz Bowen
By Jill Woerner
This Reuters photos is of the Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A critical referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18. New polls show a recent shift in public opinion has suddenly made independence much more plausible. Here’s a cheat sheet on what you need to know about Scotland beyond kilts, haggis & the Loch Ness Monster.
Voters in Scotland will face one simple yes/no question: Should Scotland be an independent country?
A simple majority is needed to secure victory.
In the event of a ‘yes’ vote, the UK’s parliament would pass laws that let Scotland kick off the process of becoming an independent entity. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said he expects this complex move to be completed by March 2016, before elections.
Meanwhile, a ‘no’ vote would bring no legal change. However, the Scottish parliament is widely expected to glean more power either way.
Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time (2 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET).
The electoral commission is expecting a high turnout of around 80% – roughly equating to 3.4 million people. Anyone who lives and is registered to vote in Scotland will be allowed to vote – including those aged 16 to 17. The deadline to register to vote was September 2.
Citigroup economist Michael Saunders calls the race a “statistical dead heat.”
The Big Issues
Currency: Will the British pound remain Scotland’s main currency? (The pound fell to the lowest level in 10 months on the latest polling data). Salmond says yes, but all three political parties in London have ruled out such a deal, saying it would expose UK taxpayers to financial risks.
EU Membership: For Scotland to get back into the European Union would require a unanimous vote by all of the bloc’s 28 member states, some of which may be wary of supporting separatism within their own borders. A former EU commissioner says Scotland would need its own central bank to be considered for membership.
Oil Money: 80% of Britain’s oil reserves lie within Scotland’s maritime borders, but how the reserves are divided up is still up for negotiation (plus it’s getting increasingly expensive to produce oil & gas in the North Sea).
Contagion: Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer warns it could be a domino effect for similar situations in Europe (i.e. Catalonia in Spain).
UK Leadership: Should Scotland decide to end its 300-year union, there may be great pressure for British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign. He, however, has dismissed the idea.
Famous Scots for Scottish independence (“Yes”):
Famous Scots against Scottish independence (“No”):
J.K. Rowling (who has donated 1 million pounds to the “No” campaign)
Alex Ferguson (Fmr Manchester United manager who donated 501 pounds)
David Cruickshank (Deloitte Chair donated 10,000 pounds)
Singer Susan Boyle
It ain’t over yet. The UK’s three main political parties meet Wednesday to outline a timetable for when the Scottish would get new powers if they vote to stay in the union.
But that still has analysts worried, could Northern Ireland be next?
Posted: 09/06/2014 04:17:57 PM PDT
The package of bills passed by the Legislature Aug. 29 to regulate California groundwater usage were called the biggest change in water law in our lifetimes by Butte County’s top water official. And there’s not a bit of hyperbole in that.
What the state did is assume authority over the water beneath our feet. It assumed authority over the water beneath your property, if you’re a landowner.
It’s the first time that’s happened in California. The feds have always asserted control over surface water, but whatever was underground — oil, minerals, water — was solely the concern of the person who owned that bit of the Earth’s surface above.
Sure, Gov. Brown still has to sign the legislation, but there’s no one who thinks that won’t happen. There are likely to be a flurry of lawsuits over government taking a private resource without compensation, but California isn’t breaking new ground here. Groundwater regulation is the rule rather than the exception throughout the West, and it’s almost curious regulation-drunk California hasn’t gotten to it sooner. The law will be upheld.
And it’s really hard to argue that it isn’t necessary. It’s unfortunate, because it’s one of those laws that says, “don’t do something stupid that harms your neighbors.” Such laws are necessary because people get stupid (well, greedy) and do things that harm their neighbors.
The particular act of stupidity that prompted this legislation is overdrafting, which is sucking up more groundwater than the land can provide.
It’s stupid, because it drops the water table, forcing deeper and deeper wells. Aquifers don’t stop at property lines, so every moron who pumps too much impacts his neighbors’ wells too. And overdrafting can lead to compaction of the soil that makes it pretty much sterile to all but the hardiest weeds.
It’s not a huge problem up here, where the ag economy is based on family farms that have generations on the ground and an eye to the family’s heritage, as well as long-term cooperative relationships with their neighbors who see things in a similar way. Farmers here aren’t going to hurt their family’s future, or their neighbors and friends
There are plenty of farmers like that in the San Joaquin Valley too, but corporate farms are more common. There, concern for a family’s legacy is replaced by maximizing the profits of stockholders. Stupid things are done, like planting higher-value crops like almonds that require a reliable water supply, even though there is no reliable water supply.
Well, there is a reliable water supply, if you have deep enough pockets to drill ever deeper, and don’t care about your neighbors who can’t keep up in the race to reach the center of the earth, and ultimately will see their farms turn to dust.
That’s happening, and that’s why these bills were passed. And that’s why it’s hard to argue with the legislation. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be afraid of it.
The state of California, which doesn’t have a record for gentle or even reasonable enforcement of its regulatory authority, is taking charge of yet another resource, and the most crucial one of all. Once the water beneath the ground becomes the state’s water, it can limit private abuses, but it can also foster public abuses. If it can say someone is using too much, it can also say someone is hoarding too much and it needs to share.
We’d be the hoarders, folks.
It’s unclear what will happen, because the law is, unsurprisingly, incredibly vague. The law says the bureaucracy will figure it out over the next few years. No one has to submit a groundwater management plan until 2020 (we here get a couple of extra years), and no one knows what the plan must include to past state muster. They’ll let us know. Sometime. They’ll let us know when.
It’s hard to imagine how there could be a bigger change in water law in our lifetime. And it’s hard to imagine how there could be a scarier one.
$424,117,424, 433 is the deep debt that California is in as of Sept. 8, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.
Doesn’t look good. How is California going to overcome this huge debt?
Each of the 38, 561,651 million individuals in California are in debt $10,999 each, because of California’s debt crisis. Pretty sad situation.
California is spending $10 BILLION more than it is bringing in. Not good.
Check it out for yourself at State of California’s Debt Clock:
From Farm Team, an Alert from California Farm Bureau Federation
Three Groundwater Bills Reach Governor’s Desk
Stop Overreaching Groundwater Bills
AB 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), SB 1168 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and SB 1319 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) are three bills that began as a rushed solution for groundwater management issues that have been developing for years and made worse with our current drought.
These bills go well beyond addressing the issues of basins in overdraft, as together they cast a cloud on water rights through a new, comprehensive regulatory program. These three bills set up a regulatory regime for groundwater extraction across California to meet diverse and undefined rehabilitative goals that impair long-established principles of groundwater allocation established by the California Supreme Court. These measures have potential negative impacts by:
• Jeopardizing existing groundwater rights
• Complicating future adjudications
• Allocating groundwater for environmental and habitat purposes
• Establishing new authorities for local districts, including new fees to be charged to groundwater users
• Weakening groundwater rights by giving more senior status to overlying tribal lands
• Failing to recognize groundwater recharge as a beneficial use of surface water
Farm Bureau agrees groundwater management is best accomplished at the local or regional level; however, there are very real concerns about this attempt to pass groundwater management policy with all the related complexities and unintended consequences. Poorly thought through policy not only devalues land and results in litigation, but will also impact jobs, county tax rolls and local economies.
Act today to stop AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319!
Agruments to use when requesting a veto by Governor Jerry Brown on the ground water bills.
Call Gov. Brown at:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
I agree, groundwater management is best accomplished at the local or regional level. However, these three bills will put overreaching and prescriptive requirements on local entities and propose a confusing governance structure that provides an environment for the state to step in and take control of many basins and sub basins in California. Additionally, this extraordinarily ambitious attempt to address groundwater management in one fell swoop will add hundreds of millions of dollars in new fees. It is unrealistic to think the complexities of groundwater could be sufficiently addressed in the last weeks of this legislative session.
I am concerned about the broad scope of the legislation which will require dozens of basins not in overdraft to also comply with the mandates contained therein. I am also concerned about the legislation resulting in the reallocation of water rights and that the bills will result in a water grab that threatens the publicly stated goal of stabilizing at risk basins. Restricting the use of groundwater has broad economic consequences for rural communities and the farm families, farm employees, jobs and related support, shipping, processing and supply enterprises throughout the state.
Groundwater management must protect the property rights of overlying landowners. Otherwise, there could be huge, long-term economic impacts on farms because of the potential to devalue land, which harms the viability of farms and businesses. That, in turn, threatens local jobs, economies and county tax rolls. It is imperative that we all consider all the impacts any groundwater policy will have on those who live, work and rely on our agricultural landscape.
Appropriate protection of groundwater resources for future generations must be carefully thought out, not rushed through a legislative process to meet arbitrary deadlines. However, over time, through collaboration and applied effort within local communities, real progress can be made.
Mark Baird, leader of Jefferson Declaration Committee, will be in Susanville today speaking about the State of Jefferson. Terry Rapoza and Red Smith from Redding will also share information.
4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Main Street of Susanville.
The time has come for 51st State of Jefferson!
The Gold Country Fairgrounds
September 26th, 27th, 28th, 2014
• Friday 11am – 6pm
• Saturday 10am – 6pm
• Sunday 10am – 5pm
Gun show on September 13 and 14th.
The Sacramento Gun Show will be held on September . 13th – 14th, 2014. This Sacramento, California gun show is will be held at the McClellan Park Conference Center
McClellan Park Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave
Gun show September 20 – 21
The Crossroads Sacramento Cali Gun Show will be held on September 20th – 21st, 2014. This Sacramento, California gun show is will be held at the California Exposition & State Fair and hosted by Crossroads of the West Gun Shows of California.
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
Call Dan at 530 823-4533
Comment that needed publishing from Allen Dotta from Sierra County:
I had the chance to watch the governor debate on 9/4/14. Not one time did they discuss rural communities. Instead they discussed damns, high speed rails, immigration and other topics. Both the damns and high speed rails were discussed because those topics involved the high population areas. LA wants our water (which damns are a good thing but not just for LA’s benefit) and Brown insists on having a high speed train even though congress said they will not approve 38 billion for this project, so instead gas prices will rise. Will this high speed train run through the upper northern part of the state, No, but the rural communities will be forced to pay higher gas prices to support this high speed train even though they will not use it, but maybe once in a blue moon.
There has never been a better time in history for the State of Jefferson to be established. A lack of representation is present at the capitol and the time to work together has never been so important!!
News in Jefferson Country
Sept. 5, 2014
Broadcast on Buffalo Broadcasting
KSYC 103.9 FM and KSIZ 102.3 FM
News in Jefferson Country from Pie N Politics.com Editor Liz Bowen: One of the most dreaded anti-gun bills in the California legislature, SB 53, did not pass last week, but the dead-tie of 35 “yes” votes to 35 “no” votes in the Assembly shows the threat to restrict the purchase of ammunition is still very real.
The California State Legislature completed its summer session last weekend and without a simple majority vote in the Assembly, Senate Bill 53 was defeated. Gun owners and 2nd Amendment groups lobbied heavily against the bill that would have required a Permit to purchase any and all ammunition in California. It also would have banned online and mail order sales of all ammunition.
Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, was ecstatic the ammunition Permit bill failed. “We lobbied very hard and made sure the Democrats in hotly contested campaign seats knew it was a very important vote,” said Paredes. Siskiyou’s Assemblyman Brian Dahle and the new advocate for the State of Jefferson, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, both voted against SB 53.
But Paredes said we can’t sit on our laurels as the legislature did pass several other ominous anti-gun bills that sit on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk waiting for his signature. Paredes admonishes all 2nd Amendment supporters to call Governor Brown, every day, and respectfully ask him to veto the five Assembly and Senate bills that will infringe on 2nd Amendment rights.
The governor’s phone is . Or check out Pie N Politics dot com for the governor’s phone and fax number. Paredes said we have just three weeks to influence the governor to veto the anti-gun bills.
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Comment: Unfortunately, the state legislature passed several anti-gun bills that are now awaiting consideration by Governor Jerry Brown. The Governor has 30 days to make a decision on the anti-gun bills below.
It is vital that you call, fax AND e-mail Governor Brown DAILY respectfully urging him to VETO these anti-gun bills.
Governor Brown can be reached
by fax at (916) 558-3160
or by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).
• Senate Bill 199 removes the BB device exception from the imitation firearm prohibition. Click here for the Assembly roll call vote. Click here for the Senate roll call vote.
• Senate Bill 808 bans firearm manufacturing and 3-D printing. Click here for the Assembly roll call vote. Click here for the Senate roll call vote.
• Assembly Bill 1609 makes it a state crime to transport or otherwise import firearms into California that were acquired from out of state, unless the firearms are sent to and transferred through a licensed California firearms dealer. Click here for the Assembly roll call vote. Click here for the Senate roll call vote.
• Assembly Bill 1014 allows any person to file a restraining order against YOU causing your firearms to be forfeited. Click here for the Assembly roll call vote. Click here for the Senate roll call vote.
• Assembly Bill 2310 allows city attorneys in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties to initiate unlawful detainer actions against residents who have been arrested for any firearm-related crime. Click here for the Assembly roll call vote. Click here for the Senate roll call vote.