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Upcoming new book title: THE STAND AT KLAMATH FALLS
FR ANNOUNCEMENT - THIS THREAD | January 27, 2006 | Jeff Head

Posted on 01/27/2006 3:18:08 PM PST by Jeff Head

I am very close to finishing my book regarding The Stand at Klamath Falls and the crisis of 2001. Here is the cover art:

(Note: In this post I am including the Introduction, the Acknowledgements, and the Epilogue for review and comment.. The book should be completed and to the printers by the 1st of February.)

INTRODUCTION

It has been almost five years since the memorable and pivotal events surrounding the struggle by farmers in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California took place. Much has occurred since then that has overshadowed those events…but nothing can erase the importance of them or their impact, then, now, or in the future.

The time has come for this author to tell that story.

It is the story of how rural western farmers and their supporters stood up against entrenched environmentalists, liberal politicians, appointed Federal judges, and agencies of the Federal Government…and prevailed.

It is the story of farmers in the Klamath Basin and those who supported them in their struggle to reclaim their water rights in the summer of 2001. It is a story told through eye-witness accounts, narratives, and pictures. This author was humbled to stand with those patriotic, God-fearing Americans defending their God-given, unalienable rights against a Federal bureaucracy gone amok. It’s a story of how a rabid environmental lobby, federal judges, and politicians willfully perverted our system to deprive those citizens of their water and property rights. In so doing, those citizens were in danger of losing their livelihoods and their way of life.

It led to intolerable conditions that could not be allowed to stand…and those conditions did not stand.

May this inspiring story of American faith, courage, and determination serve as a beacon for all those who read it, may it also serve as a model for others to defend their own rights whenever this ugly specter rears its head.

Jeff Head
Emmett, ID, January 2006

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

There are too many individuals who gave of themselves, their hearts, their minds, their time, their means, and their body and soul to list individually. To all those who helped, either actively at the head-gates, or at home, on the internet, getting signatures, writing letters, making calls, posting on forums, or in other ways; thank you, and may God bless you.

The good farmers of the Klamath Basin faced a crisis of tremendous proportions in 2001, and in many ways, they still face it today. But, with the help they received, coupled with their own courage, commitment, ingenuity, and faith in God and their fellowman, they prevailed and got through.

Nonetheless, there are some I simply must mention individually.

To those farmers and their friends in Klamath; Joey, Danny, Barron, Barbara, Marni, Gavin, Mike, Bob, Gaylord, the Bill(s), James, Stan, Rick, Jim (God rest your soul) and Mary…thank you for showing me what true Americans can accomplish when they courageously stand,. Thank you for graciously allowing me, a misplaced Texan living in Idaho, to be a part of your struggle. God bless, keep, and prosper you each.

In addition, to a few of the tens of thousands who came from all across the country to help; Sean, Rocky, J.J, my son Jared, Brian, AuntB, Mary, the Dave(s), Bill, Christie, Phil, and Tom….thank you, and God bless and keep you for helping. All of you, with all the others who came, made a huge difference. The numbers mattered, and in the end, they mattered a lot to the administration and the course it ultimately chose to take.

To some of the web sites that supported the farmers and made a huge difference in garnering the much needed support; Freerepublic.com (Jim, thanks and God bless), SierraTimes.com (J.J., again, thanks and God’s best to you), the Frontiers of Freedom, KlamathBasinCrisis.com (where I initially learned of the troubles), and KamathBucketBrigade.com. Thanks for providing a revolution in the way news gets out. We are all better for it.

Finally, thanks especially to my wife, my children, my father (God rest his soul), and my mother for putting up with me as I gave myself to this cause. My love for you, my faith in God, and a desire to avoid similar circumstances fueled me. I have been taught from my youth that we should not expect help from others in such circumstances unless we are first willing help other. I know this is true and Jared, now you do too.

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Sections include:

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EPILOGUE

The crisis in the Klamath Basin has abated and the farmers have prevailed…but it is not over. Water flowed again in the Spring of 2004, and again in 2005. As of this writing, record precipitation throughout the Northwest makes it clear that the 2006 growing season will be another one where the water flows and the irrigation and farming in the Klamath Basin continues as intended.

For the last four years, and now going into the fifth, since those fateful events in 2001, the farmers have not had to resort to protest and civil disobedience to get water that they have the rights to in the first place. Such an occurrence was narrowly averted in 2003, but it could be repeated again at almost any time.

That 2003 event punctuated that the danger and instability to the farming way of life in the Klamath Basin remain in place, and are only averted under the status quo by the political leanings and activities of elected and appointed officials. Under a different administration, like the Clinton administration of the 1990’s, or even a more liberal Republican one, it is likely that the original crisis would not have been addressed as it was, and equally likely that it would have long since raised its head again even if it had been.

For the liberty-loving, patriotic, and God-fearing farmers, there are some very critical lessons that have been learned.

1) The Endangered Species Act (ESA) must either be wholly done away with, or completely amended to its core. It has been wrested far beyond its original purpose. It has also become the source of the growth of a powerful and rabid environmental lobby with tendrils that reach to every state house in this nation, to both halls of congress, and the White House itself. Billions of dollars have become wrapped up in an industry that has become over-burdensome, corrupt, and far too powerful. Those tendrils now boasts many non-governmental organizations that attempt to use provisions of the ESA to implement United Nations based, and other socialistic initiatives that are the source endless infringement and encroachment on American citizen’s property and water rights. Such a condition in un-American to its core and cannot be allowed to continue. Until this key issue is addressed, the threat of another Klamath Crisis, either in the Klamath Basin or elsewhere will loom ever present.

2) The water rights and the very irrigation works themselves in the Klamath Project were meant to, and ought to belong to the farmers themselves, to be administered by them. Addressing this key, long-standing issue would make it much more difficult for the provisions of the ESA to be applied to the private irrigation works of the farmers, and make them much more independent and robust in their ability to administer and control their own destiny.

3) Irrespective of the leanings of the major media and their bias, their exists a powerful communication medium in America through the internet, talk radio, cell phones, and word of mouth that can bring significant physical support and political pressure when the ugly specter of judicial or administrative dictate rears its head. Such communication lines must remain in place, ready for instant use, as long as the threat of another crisis like the one that occurred in 2001 remains in place.

4) The willingness of a few dedicated people, using their God-given rights, their faith, their ingenuity, their dedication to principle, the courage and their determination can spark a virtual revolution, if those traits are applied wisely and with no intent or will to be the initiators of violence. If such violence is ever to be, and God forbid that it ever go that far, let it be the other side who initiates it. This faith, this determination, this dedication to principle, and this virtue can be the underlying foundation…indeed, it must be the underlying foundation upon which all the other lessons build. If it is, then a popular saying of the day can come into play whenever the crisis looms, whenever those opposed to this traditional American way of life come out of their dark shadows. That saying is, “if you build it, they will come”.

…and they did come to the Klamath Basin.

The vast majority of those who became aware of the horrible conditions that developed there could see, and they could feel the power of the commitment of these farmers to their liberty, their rights, and to their way of life.

So, they came. First by the dozens, then by the hundreds, and ultimately by the tens of thousands, they came. By extension, out across the nation, they came by the millions and their collective influence was exerted and has made a difference.

THE WATER FLOWS….and may it continue to flow in the Klamath Basin and all across this nation.

May the lessons learned be fully applied so we in this nation never again have to witness the specter of armed Federal Officers standing on an irrigation dam keeping law-abiding farmers away from the water that they have the rights to. So that farmers can spend their time farming their fields and providing food and resource to a hungry nation, rather than having to resort to civil disobedience and protests against bureaucracy and regulation gone mad to the point of totalitarian conditions. That bureaucracy foisted ridiculous, frivolous, and junk science on the rights of citizens in order to enforce such conditions in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

God grant that the experiences of the farmers in the Klamath Basin will spread as an example across the breadth of this nation so that others can overcome similar conditions whenever they arise. Especially, God grant that this example, that these events, will give rise to true statesmen and patriots in our state houses, in our halls of congress, in our federal agencies, and in the very White House, as opposed to mere politicians who are manipulated by polls or the blathering and screeching of those willingly perverting our American system. It is up we citizens to put such statesmen there, so that the conditions that created this crisis do not materialize in the first place.

THE END


TOPICS: Announcements; US: Oregon; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: esa; evironmentalwhackos; farmers; freeperjeffhead; irrigation; jeffhead; klamathbasin; klamathbasincrisis; klamathcrisisjhead; klamathfalls; klamathlist; klamathwatercrisis; ngos; waronthewest
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To: Czar

Tens of thousands took part there...and hundreds and hundreds opf thosuands all over the country. And that is what it took.


41 posted on 01/27/2006 4:43:49 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

It would indeed make a grat movie!


42 posted on 01/27/2006 4:44:08 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

I remember the FR threads back then. Absolutely riveting.


43 posted on 01/27/2006 4:46:20 PM PST by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: backhoe
Go ahead and ping themn to this thread. Here another thread that really got things going...

I was an Eyewitness to The Stand At Klamath Falls (Week Two)

44 posted on 01/27/2006 4:53:34 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Czar
Ir was an amazing set of circumstances and REALLY demonstrated what the internet, and particularly what FR was capable of. When I was there, through cell phone and then later through internet hookup, we had a direct conduit to hundreds of thousands of people who then chaied to many, many more, MUCH faster than the main stream media could get their slanted version of events out

When I was back in Idaho, I was online at FR or SierraTimes taking part in that same fashion.

Revolutionary events.

45 posted on 01/27/2006 4:56:46 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

bump


46 posted on 01/27/2006 4:57:51 PM PST by RobFromGa (Polls are for people who can't think for themselves.)
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To: nunya bidness; AuntB; redrock; Washington_minuteman; Two-Bits; Noumenon; Lurker; B4Ranch; ...

FYI


47 posted on 01/27/2006 4:58:03 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: RobFromGa

...and BUNP BTTT. Gotta go out for a while, will check back in a couple of hours or so, maybe sooner.


48 posted on 01/27/2006 5:00:30 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: ForGod'sSake; Dubya; bootless; betty boop; Travis McGee; Squantos

FYI


49 posted on 01/27/2006 5:06:21 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

Good work, Jeff! The original Klamath threads made for fascinating reading with the ongoing unfolding saga. I'll be skimming through this as I have time over the weekend (gotta go finish burning supper now, lol!)

Take care -- have a great weekend.


50 posted on 01/27/2006 5:25:01 PM PST by cyn
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To: Jeff Head; blackie; redrock; AuntB; GrandmaC

Here's a big WOOHOOO! bump for you all! Sorry, I know I've left someone(s) out ...


51 posted on 01/27/2006 5:29:41 PM PST by cyn
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To: Jeff Head
"There was a lot more emotion in putting it together than I would have thought. Those events are still very close to the surface for me." ... best wishes as you get this wrapped up, Jeff. Ya'll take care.

Enjoy that snow :o) 'cuz we're sure enjoying not having any! I'm using my snowshovel to corral leaves these days! See you later.

52 posted on 01/27/2006 5:34:04 PM PST by cyn
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To: Jeff Head

BTTT

God bless you Jeff. I'm glad that men like you are on our side. You are a courageous advocate for liberty.

PS -- You'll have FR mail in a few minutes.


53 posted on 01/27/2006 5:46:41 PM PST by Badray (In the hands of bureaucrat, a clip board is as deadly as a gun.)
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To: cyn
Thanks cyn...Gail and Jared say hi. They still remember you from our meeting on our trip to the March for Libery in 1999!

God bless!

54 posted on 01/27/2006 6:15:11 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Badray
Thank you my friend...you are far, far too kind. And thank you for those fremails and the info the included.

God's best to you and yours!

55 posted on 01/27/2006 6:16:18 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

bttt


56 posted on 01/27/2006 6:50:58 PM PST by RobFromGa (Polls are for people who can't think for themselves.)
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To: Jeff Head

Well, HI and hugs back -- it was my pleasure to catch up with you all!


57 posted on 01/27/2006 7:20:06 PM PST by cyn
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To: Jeff Head

ping


58 posted on 01/27/2006 7:33:03 PM PST by MrEdd
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To: cyn

I will pass the hi and hugs on to them...the pleasure was ours.


59 posted on 01/27/2006 7:34:28 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: RobFromGa; MrEdd

Ping and BUMP BTTT back at y'all!


60 posted on 01/27/2006 7:35:09 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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