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Fish Vs. Farmers
IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff

Posted on 09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT by Kaslin

Delta smelts: Preferred over humans.

Delta smelts: Preferred over humans.

Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.

There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.

Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the world.

The largest man-made agricultural disaster since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s is unfolding in the valley due to yet another attempt to protect a fish declared to be threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This damage is being done to protect the hypomesus transpacificus, otherwise known as the delta smelt.

Last December the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in its finite wisdom, issued something called a biological opinion imposing water restrictions on the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas to protect the habitat of this tiny fish. The authorities forget the species homo sapiens, also part of the ecosystem, is threatened.

Its habitat is being destroyed — by government edict.

To protect the smelt, billions of gallons of water from the mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farms and into the ocean, while farmers watched their crops wither and their once-productive land become barren.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: California
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1 posted on 09/25/2009 5:23:05 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: bareford101; BerniesFriend; blaveda; Bookwoman; Celeste732; dsc; Faux_Pas; fortunecookie; ...

2 posted on 09/25/2009 5:24:34 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

lets use the Food Chain rule


3 posted on 09/25/2009 5:25:07 PM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: Kaslin

This is 2009, we shouldn’t have to choose between fish & farmers.

Democrats are afraid of science & technology.

More about this Domestic Terrorism:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=961C90DFE5BF7AD2

As many have said, Al Qaeda couldn’t have hit our farmers harder than some in Washington have!


4 posted on 09/25/2009 5:27:19 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Kaslin

What is she getting some kind of kickback or something? Good grief, starve the state and the country to save a fish?


5 posted on 09/25/2009 5:28:53 PM PDT by Freddd
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To: Kaslin

Madness.


6 posted on 09/25/2009 5:29:04 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Kaslin
My advise still stands. To whit:


MY ADVISE TO THE SAN JOAQUIN FARMERS - TURH YOUR WATR ON-LET THE WATER FLOW

7 posted on 09/25/2009 5:34:29 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

I agree 1000 percent


8 posted on 09/25/2009 5:38:57 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

CA voted for Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, Pelosi, Feinstine, Waxman, etc.

They deserve it.

This not only means ruin for the farmers, but it is also a huge loss in income for the state.

So CA and the stupid EPA are burying CA in a financial morass.

We need to destroy the EPA.


9 posted on 09/25/2009 5:42:52 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Jeff Head

Any of the state senators from the Central Coast at this rally or sending their support?


10 posted on 09/25/2009 5:50:50 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: old curmudgeon
No, San Francisco, San Diego and L.A. voted for Obama, the rest of the Sate is red, including the Valley that is being punished by this..

You should look up the red/blue California map before you foist your wrath on these people.

11 posted on 09/25/2009 5:53:16 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Obama's Blackberry, who's on the other end?)
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To: Kaslin

The Second Civil War is going to suck. But I know who’s going to win.


12 posted on 09/25/2009 5:57:12 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: old curmudgeon

The Inland Empire votes conservative.


13 posted on 09/25/2009 5:58:20 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Kaslin
Fish Vs. Farmers

This can't be an actual question, right?

People don't need to think about this for more than a moment to know the answer, right?

The world has gone mad.

14 posted on 09/25/2009 6:01:07 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Jeff Head

The Santa Ana’s kick up a mighty dust cloud these days


15 posted on 09/25/2009 6:05:40 PM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like a campaign commercial... long shot from a helicopter flying along the vast expanses of desolation...


16 posted on 09/25/2009 6:07:25 PM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: Kaslin

“...the water diversion that was doing damage to the region, harming both smelt and salmon.”

Wild salmon are dying in Scandinavia, the UK and the US because of proximity to fish farms from which they contract parasites. It’s happening all over. [Therefore the water was not diverted to save the salmon.]

There have been 15 non-native species introduced into those waterways over the years. The Delta smelt is probably no longer a “native species” but has been crossed with an introduced Japanese fish. [Therefore the water was not diverted to save a “species.” (Note DNA demonstrated the Spotted Owl was not a species but a sub-species not covered by the rules).]

Cities in the area dump raw sewage into the water. [Therefore the dying fish could have been the result of the polluted water and not the pumps as alleged]

Water in California has been a political issue for many years.

Money on it: they will drive out the small farmers & the land will be bought by giant corporations who will farm it.

Pay attention. Groceries will go up for everybody around the country. Take notice that much of the produce around the country will be from foreign countries.

This is a very revealing issue.


17 posted on 09/25/2009 6:09:30 PM PDT by Bhoy
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To: Jeff Head

I’m in agreement with you Jeff. The California people need to stop listening to suits telling them they can’t have water and turn the damned water on themselves.


18 posted on 09/25/2009 6:15:30 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: Kaslin

19 posted on 09/25/2009 6:22:14 PM PDT by The4thHorseman
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To: Kaslin

Even Huell Howser (everyone in California knows Huell Howser) did a show on the manufactured crisis entitle “Water crisis.” It is available on YouTube.


20 posted on 09/25/2009 6:25:11 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Kaslin

beer batter .. lots of it..


21 posted on 09/25/2009 6:25:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

I know that.

The point is that the entire state is going to suffer the consequences, not just the agricultural areas.

The foos in San Fran, San Diego and L. A. will suffer.

True, they will not suffer as much as the person who loses their farm and their way of life, but they will suffer.

CA is going to go totally bankrupt and this only makes that day arrive sooner.


22 posted on 09/25/2009 6:47:14 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Domandred

If the water were turned on today it would be too late for any crops this year. The damage has been done. The fight now should be to get the water by early spring.


23 posted on 09/25/2009 6:52:54 PM PDT by csmusaret (Joe Wilson--Speaking truth to power)
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To: csmusaret

The solution is so obvious!!! And the resistance to it is as well...SSZ


24 posted on 09/25/2009 7:46:06 PM PDT by szweig (Had it up to here)
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To: csmusaret

The solution is so obvious!!! And the resistance to it is as well...SSZ


25 posted on 09/25/2009 7:46:13 PM PDT by szweig (Had it up to here)
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To: Bhoy
 
 
Exactly - it's a grifter operation and should be fought accordingly. In situations like this they're after the water, the land or both. If the farmers can't hang on and are finally run off with the land falling under "new management", at some point in the future I would expect a sudden and quiet "breakthrough" with the fish situation resulting in the water coming back on, accolades abounding at how wonderful it is that environmentalists and landowners can work together for the common good, blah blah blah. Something like this was once tried on a friend of mine - the crooks lost in federal court.
 
 

26 posted on 09/25/2009 7:46:20 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: lapsus calami

I am expecting that land to be the perfect spot for Obamas solar/windfarm. Green jobs anyone?


27 posted on 09/25/2009 8:01:16 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Since they call Bush, "Dubya" then I must insist on calling Barry, "Hussein" *2009=1984 on steroids*)
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To: Jeff Head

The farmers need to bring this to a head one way or another. What I would suggest would be for them to turn the water back on. If it takes bloodshed, so be it. They will not be any worse off.

ery few, if any, know what we are facing. We are facing individuals that are completely and totally depraved. Their only god is power and they will do whatever under the sun it takes for them to gain and keep it.

We are dealing with and expect to be treated decently by individuals who have no decency. We expect to be shown mercy by people who not only have mo mercy but do not know what mercy is.

They need to show them what Americans were made of in the 1900s and go in mass a to turn the water back on and bust anyone that tries to stop them.

But that is a individual choice each soul has to make. I have made mine. I have made peace with my Maker. I will not serve and kiss obama’s rear end. I will die fighting as a free man. My last breath on this earth will be as a free man.


28 posted on 09/25/2009 8:32:18 PM PDT by sport
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To: old curmudgeon

BUMP


29 posted on 09/25/2009 9:13:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Kaslin
The largest man-made agricultural disaster

Bummer has declared that man made disasters are another word for terrorism. So this is the largest agricultural terrorism.

30 posted on 09/25/2009 9:47:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Kaslin
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31 posted on 09/26/2009 12:20:10 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: Kaslin

This act of domestic terrorism was caused by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, unelected leftist radical true believers.

Recall that Article 1 Section 1 grants all legislative powers to Congress. That means ALL powers, not just the easy ones that cannot threaten individual’s reelection.

It is just another crime against our Constitution and people that untouchable bureaucrats have illegally been given such incredible tyrannical power over a once free people.


32 posted on 09/26/2009 3:13:24 AM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration and Constitution form a coherent whole)
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33 posted on 09/26/2009 6:44:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SF_Redux

The fact that the water pumps kill some smelt doesn’t mean they are a threat to the species. This is just enviro-whacko terrorism.


34 posted on 09/26/2009 9:45:14 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Kaslin
Feinstein is a true American Communist practicing similar actions as did Stalin against the Russian farming peasants in the Ukraine!

Stalin must be this despicable woman's hero!

When will Californians awaken from their drugged sleep which we observers in the rest of America perceive as an Orwellian nightmare?

Down with Feinstein! Down with the central government's drive to shove our nation into the pit that is pure communism!

35 posted on 09/26/2009 9:50:29 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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