Monday, September 11, 2006

Pombo: How Do You Spell H-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?

In a recent email that Richard Pombo sent to his supporters, he echoed a theme that he used against Pete McCloskey in the primary and is hoping to utilize against Democratic activists.
By helping out over the next three weeks, you can help Richard fight back against the liberal outside forces trying to tell the 11th district who their Congressman should be.
Now, the residents of the Central Valley are, perhaps quite rightfully, suspicious of interlopers who would come into their community and try to tell them how they should conduct their affairs. Nobody likes being pushed around by an outsider. Just ask the residents of Washington and Colorado.

For six years now, the residents of Washington have been trying to gain wilderness designation for an area known as the Wild Sky.
Since 2000, [Sen. Patty] Murray has pushed for protection of the front range of the Cascades, sharp peaks and deep forested valleys west of Stevens Pass.

She has, with [Rep. Rick] Larsen, fashioned a Wild Sky Wilderness bill. Unlike other such preserves, the 106,000-acre wilderness would extend from rugged peaks down into the lowlands, protecting 20 miles of salmon-spawning streams.

The legislation has won kudos on both sides of the political fence. […]

Senate passage has been unanimous, with conservative Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, using Wild Sky as an example of the consultation needed in crafting a wilderness bill.

But in the House, one man -- [Richard] Pombo -- has worked to see that Wild Sky doesn't see the light of day.

A longtime property-rights advocate, the California congressman has argued that areas where roads have been built or trees cut do not qualify for designation under the 1964 Wilderness Act. The Senate-passed Wild Sky Wilderness includes a few miles of old logging roads.
Meanwhile, the State of Colorado has similar problems with Richard Pombo. Statewide bi-partisan efforts to designate Rocky Mountain National Park as wilderness area are meeting with broad public support. There is only one politician in Colorado who is arguing against the wilderness bill:
[Colorado Congresswoman] Marilyn Musgrave opposes wilderness designation for Rocky Mountain National Park. Why? Because she's in the pocket of Richard Pombo, Chairman of the House Resources committee. This is the same guy who helped Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay keep the the petri dish of capitalism and forced abortions in place in the Marianas Islands.

Now Pombo is telling Musgrave that she's against wilderness designation for the park. And it's screwing over Colorado.
“I quite frankly don’t understand,” said Suzy Blackhurst, communications coordinator for the Estes Park Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “Every local authority has said they want it. Why are they discounting that?”
Here’s where the story gets weird. Apparently the problem that Pombo has with the Rocky Mountain Wilderness designation is this:
Outside magazine’s online edition (May 2005) described his [Pombo’s] insistence on allowing mechanized access to areas designated wilderness.

“No fan of wilderness designation, he also sent his committee members a stern memo suggesting that wilderness bills would not get past his desk unless they allowed for ‘mechanized access,’ which includes vehicles like logging trucks.”
Let’s get this straight. Wild Sky in Washington doesn’t qualify as wilderness area because it is not virgin wilderness; it has some old logging roads that cut through it. At the same time, Rocky Mountain National Park cannot qualify as a wilderness area because it does not allow for “mechanized access” for logging trucks. Are you scratching your head over Richard Pombo's "Catch 22" logic?

Meanwhile, the wishes of the majority in both states are being held hostage to the whims of one man from another state, the same man who says, ”By helping out over the next three weeks, you can help Richard fight back against the liberal outside forces trying to tell the 11th district who their Congressman should be.”

hypocrisy: n. insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it...if the local people and representatives want something done with their federal land, they should get it.....by that logic, the 70+% of Alaskans of every political stripe who support opening ANWR should have their way, right? At least in that case our gas and diesel prices would come down...we'd have our own Saudi Arabia.

4:37 AM, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous rick said...

3% of worlds reserves, and 25% of it's demand. Yeah that math adds up?

Any oil extracted from ANWR would be sold on the world market. It's naive to think the oil companies would "be nice" and simply reserve it for the U.S. market. It will be sold to the highest bidder - oil also makes more than fuel, among other things it produces fertilzer for our farms - we shouldn't squander it.

8:57 AM, September 11, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Anon --
In typical troll fashion, you've focused on a tree and missed the entire forest — must be all those diesel fumes you've inhaled.

My point was simply that Pombo comes into people's backyards across the nation and tells them what they both can and cannot do and then professes to be shocked — SHOCKED, I tell you — when outsiders come into his district and try to influence his Congressional race.

10:08 AM, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

I hate to get involved with this argument, but no if were going to do that kind of thinking to allow a few people say what we do because they donated to Pombo's bullshit. This country belongs to the people Democrats and Republicans and who ever. If we can't aford to maintain the forest, clean them and use the lumber. It doesn't mean we can't afford to clean the forest so sell, that's bullshit. Just because the Chamber say it's economic development doesn't mean it is. Stop the war in Iraq if you want to save money. 1/4 of the worlds oil is in Iraq, what is the value of the oil. We have spent 400 billion to date in three years,projections are we might be there for 50 years for
what. By then the oil will be worth about 5 cents a gallon, based on my perdictions that's 6.8 trillion. In 50 years a pound of dried fruit might be worth more than that gallon of gas. Lets vote this Pombo out, he supports this dumb war. The cost to put America in Grave danger of being over indebted to the banks of the Builderbuger group or the Council on Foreign Realations. Or to more simple the 1400 most important people in the world. Rockerfeller, Gates, Buildburger, Rothchilds, and so on. This war is about oil not religion. Lets bring these troops home and say By By.

Come on people it ant worth it.


Vote Mc Nerney for a change, he just might have the right wind.


Tom Benigno

3:11 PM, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous ThatsafactJack said...

Tom and Babaloo--
you forgot George Soros and the Trilateral Commission. You see, there's this giant conspiracy started by the Rockefellers, which is perpetuated today. There's even a Rockefeller in the US Senate, if you can believe it. This war in the middle east is just a continuation of the crusades, whose knights templar live on as a part of the Masonic order. BP spills oil in Alaska to stop US production as they pour investment into Russia to get their fields going...the origins of BP were in Russian oil prior to the Revolution, when the people took back their oil. The country--the world--is run by an elite that knows no party and laughs at their skull and bones reunions at the rubes that work for change on all sides of the political spectrum because they know such change will only come at their direction.

4:37 AM, September 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Babaloo-

Help me out here...so in order to not be a hypocrite, Pombo should support the Wild Sky wilderness AND ANWR, or neither? I guess I've missed the forest because it is so choked with volatile underbrush as a consequence of a lack of access to reduce the fire hazard.

5:05 AM, September 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick--you've fallen for the trap. 3% is proven reserves...we've got a boatload more of unproven reserves...like ANWR, that new big oil find in the Gulf of Mexico and many more to come, and the kerogen shale deposits which total more than the entire world's proven reserves of oil. You should be proud to live in a nation upon which God has bestowed such bounty. I think it's because He knows that America is a God-fearing country, and He wants more of us to believe in His miracles.

5:09 AM, September 13, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Hey Troll --
As long as you Pombo staffers are hanging around cluttering up the place with your asinine drivel, could you at least make yourselves useful and clear up the road/no road business for us?

9:21 AM, September 13, 2006  

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