Thursday, November 09, 2006

Pombo concedes, but looks to "reform" ESA in lame duck session

I warned you about the Lame Duck session coming up. From Stockton Record article today:

Pombo said he has one last chance to get his career-long quest to overhaul the Endangered Species Act though Congress, during the lame-duck session that begins later this month. If that fails, Pombo said he expects Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, to pick up where he left off. "It's something that has to get done," he said.
It looks like the work of SayNoToPombo is not quite done yet. Pombo can still wreak some havoc during the lame-duck session. Maybe he will also try to get Arctic drilling and some of his other bills through, in a last-minute, "Hail Mary" assault on the environment.

I don't know what we can do to oppose this. It shows that it is important not to let down our guard until Pombo is truly "back on the ranch".

Also, did you notice he hopes Cardoza, a Democrat, will carry his ESA attack forward? What awful irony if we work so hard to oust Pombo partly because of his ESA stance, then have Pombo succeed either in the lame duck session or later in abstentia through a Democrat.


Anonymous mariposa said...

Interesting point. One that requires our attention. There are plenty of Dems co-opted into this philosophy too. Thay all have to be rooted out.

Time to seperate the corrupted from the uncorrupted.

For instance Brian Baird. Good Dem, Right? Then please explain his salvage logging bill to me. It would allow logging in national forests after a fire. Knowing what we know about the Wise Use Movement, and some of their marginal and violent members, doe it suprise any of us that there is no provision for arson set fires?

Is Baird co-opted? I don't know. Logging money is big in WA state. I think it is something we have to keep our eyes on.

If the WUM group can't get what they want by electing their gargoyles...they will not give up.

We have to keep up all of our work.

6:38 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous JohnMac said...

I'm not too worried about the last minute lame duck hail marys. After all, there ARE over 2 dozen lame ducks who will want to get their agendas through. Not to mention the Senate, etc. And all this competing with the new Secretary of Defense.

STILL... it's not like he isn't a weasel and maybe will try to pull a Pombo, some trickery to get it done.

Good looking out!

7:24 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

"BAD BOY'S BAD BOY'S WHAT YA GONNA DO?" Pombo and his bunch of Thugs on the front pages of all the local papers. How tasteless for the Record the Herald and the Tracy Press to put Jerry Mc Nerney on the back pages. I'm outraged.

I will be canceling my papers soon.

Congratulations Jerry

7:28 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

What is even more scary, is the rumor I read in the Seattle Post Intelligencer yesterday that Pombo might be seeking an appointed office in California. Even from Washington, they were worried that it might be the Coastal Commission.

9:39 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger A Progressive Alamedan said...

It's clear that Pombo and his cronies, are not going away. They and their agenda are wounded, not dead. We must continue to pay attention, now more than ever.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

10:42 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo yo yo youse guys - and even you Apollo, if yer still out there:

Rocky here. Well actually, I ain't here becuz I'm still in Philly on-locashun filmin Rocky VI. But I wish I wuz here. I mean there. I mean Stock-Town and Low-di to celebrate this magniferous Vicktry wit all youse guys.

You blotters must have ink stains all over yer clothes at dis point in time. I mean like even Bubba came out to Stock-Town and said he is fer McNerny, butt like Rocky wuz left wunnerin whedder he really meant it or not. Cuz it all depends on what duh definishun of is is, right?

Anyways, Rocky been sayin on dis here blot fer a long friggin time now dat like he knew dat duh key to winnin dis Horses Ass race wuz duh Fighten Irishmen. Dat's why Rocky been admirin both duh Fightin Repuglican McClusky and duh Fightin Democrat McNerny, on accounta duh fact dat dey is like 2 peas in a friggin green Irish i-Pod, you get what I'm saying? A special edition i-Pod, like duh black U-2 one, and tell me dat like friggin U-2 ain't not also Irish neither? Its duh luck of the Irishmen - dat's why they get all the special colored i-Pods.

I mean duh way Rocky handy-capped dis race wuz by considerin duh following key pernts: Irishmen are by like definition friggin green, and if dey form alliances with duh udder greenies like Defenders and Sahara Clubbers, den dat is a hole lotta green. Dey don't even need no friggin washed up old Boxer like me, and certainly not like you neither Apollo, and certainly not like Barbara Boxer nor any udder help from duh rest of the friggin impotent Democratic Party neither. Which is good cuz he didn't get it anyways, and now McNerny don't owe none of dem dumb Dems nuttin neither.

But dere's more here. Duh Irishmen are inherently lucky, as we all knows, on accounta of duh friggin leper-colonies and duh pots of gold at duh end of duh friggin Defenders rainbows. All of dis green and good luck added up, if youse ask Rocky. And dats why McNerny wun, its as simple as dat. Everyting else is just 12 friggin pundits yammerin, 11 talkin heads bobbin, etc.

Except one more ting. McNerny also had the help of Mr BeanO, who wit duh help of duh Fightin One wuz able to convince Repugs dat dey wuz better off being good citizens insted of loyal Repugs and so Rocky tink Mr BeanO should get a round of applause from all you blotters cuz hes a hero and a real Showman as well. Hes as good a paisan as Rocky ain't never saw neither.

In retroactive-speck, Rocky shoulda focussed more on makin his damn movie, cuz now I'm way behind schedule and I didn't even get to share in duh friggin Vicktry parties. Oh well, dis blot wuz like fun fer a while and unlike duh friggin Spy I even got to be a dealer wunce. Heh heh heh.

Anyways, Adrian gives her best to youse all. Paulie sez duh key to taking down ButtaPombo was duh Latinos, but you know he's biased cuz hes got himself a Chick-ita.

Me I dunno. I never understod dese blots. And I never understood duh rules about who gets to be a friggin dealer and who gets to be a peto-dealer. (Dat's Italian for fart, fer dose of you dat's undereducated.) I bet Mr BeanO got dis joke, butt he named Delta smelt, who may have smelt it, probably dealt it anyways. Even if he didn't get duh friggin joke.

Anyways, I jest wanted to say Congrats to youse all, and McNerny too, and hope dat duh day cums soon when not only can everyone pro-announce his name correctly, but can also spell it colo-rectally like me.

Anyways, youse guys are like duh friggin best. I don't miss none of youse, butt I do miss Stock-Town. Meanwhile, I am in Cheeze-Steak Heaven and I'm gonna make duh most of it. Watch my next movie if fer no udder reason den Apollo's ugly mug ain't in it. Mine is though. Heh heh heh.

Rocky out. Yo Cheapskate - when wuz duh last time you anteed in?! Youse all taught me alot about blottin when everybuddy thought Rocky wuz all washed up.

4:31 PM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Jason said...

There was
a nice diary about you guys on Daily Kos. Big time. Great work.

That Rocky Balboa stuff is pretty surreal, though.

6:33 PM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Once again I would like to say thanks to all on the blog, for joining me to move Pombo out of office. Unfortunately our mission is not over.
Pombo is now reaching out to his old friends, in SJ county to block any of Mc Nerney's plans for the district. Read the Stockton Record.
Don't let this guy run the office from his cow barn. The county COG and IRP are his storm troopers. Keep and eye out for these movers and shakers.

Tom Benigno

7:26 AM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger VPO said...

Tom, good point - but what are the COG and IRP organizations you mention?

12:38 PM, November 10, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Vpo :
Call me and I will give you the explanation on what and who they represent.

Keep up the good work.

Tom Benigno

3:49 PM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Thank you for all your hard work for CA-11 and California's wildlife/wild areas. I'm an absentee CA-11 voter temporarily exiled in Texas (which managed to stay red as ever...) I phone banked for Jerry from here and was shocked to talk to so many rednecks in such a blue state. Today however, I breathe easier because of your excellent work to help elect Jerry. Anyone hear Jerry on AAR's Ring of Fire? The podcast is free if you get a chance, good interview. Thanks again, keep up the good work and let's stay on top of the ESA/lame duck situation.
-Best, HopeSpringsATurtle

5:06 PM, November 13, 2006  
Anonymous djardin said...

Hopefuly the ESA reform doesn't stand a chance in the Senate.

Lincoln Chafee kept the Senate bill bottled up in the Environmental committee so it never saw the light of day. For this the Sierra Club supported him for re-election. Maybe not so bad an investment, after all.

If Cardoza tries to revive it, I suggest we all work with Defenders of Wildlife to send him letters through the Defenders website. Just a subtle hint that he could be next.

7:13 PM, November 14, 2006  
Blogger GOP-Republican-Washington said...

Thanks for all you did this election.
Feels good to win for a change!

12:13 AM, November 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a rumor going around that Defenders of Wildlife is moving Ed Yoon and some of their team to Modesto. Cardoza better watch his back and rethink his position on Endangered Species...

7:33 AM, November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon,

I'm hearing rumors about starting a "Say No to Cardoza" blog and of possibly recruiting a progressive Dem candidate to challenge Cardoza in the next primary if he doesn't moderate his extreme anti-ESA views. It'll be interesting to see what Cardoza does now that Pombo is gone.

Here's a thought: get Pete McCloskey to move to Merced and run against him as Republican! That would be funny!

Anon #2

11:39 AM, November 17, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Hey Anon #2
That is not such a bad idea, Cardoza was quite close to Pombo. Cardoza calls himself a Blue Dog Democrat now. Only because Condit is out of business for a little while.
If Gary can get Dominic Dunn to be Cardoza's campaign manager, Gary might make a comeback. So getting anyone to run against Cardoza might be a good idea. He and Pombo thought too much alike.

Years ago we knew who what party our candidates were, by what their occupations where. Example. Postal worker Democrat, Lawyer Republican, farmer Democrat, husbund of a Doctor Rhinocrat. You gotta love the humor in it.

Now that Jerry has elected lets keep up the momentum to get him re-elected.

Tom Benigno

7:33 AM, November 18, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

The Republicans via Hank Shaw are gearing up to press for Greg Aghazarian to run against Mc Nerney in 2008. Aghazarian is just as corrupt as Pombo was.
These people don't get it, we don't want corrupt people in Congress or any place else. Lets start the drive to keep this guy out of office, we have the goods on him, why don't we educate the public.
The mix is already in the blender, lets be ready for them.

Thomas A Benigno

10:45 AM, November 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tricky dick pombo: "I may consider running again for Congress. I really haven't made that decision, and I don't want to make that decision right now."

2:59 AM, November 21, 2006  

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