Because of the recent rash of violence and debate over gun control I believe it is imperative to share this:
Warren v. District of Columbia 1981 set a precedent (US Dist Court of Appeals same force & effect as the US Supreme Court) that the Police have no constitutional or federal obligation to protect private citizens from each other but with two exceptions. Their job is to investigate crimes and arrest criminals.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
NM HM96 Erosion of Sovereignty & Property Ownership
I was asked to draft a resolution for United Nations Agenda 21 concerns by New Mexico State Representative Thomas A. Anderson called HM96, a resolution that is being heard on the New Mexico House of Representatives floor this morning.
Originally these concern were addressed in HB307 but it failed to reach the house floor for a vote.
One of many concerns in this resolution addresses language referencing "sustainable development" which is overly broad and can be misused to "condemn" private property in attempts to join all wildlands and wilderness areas.
If your property is surrounded by such "federal" lands then you can be displaced by imminent domain. The fair market value would be based on the property condemned.
However this would make it difficult for property owners to purchase replacement property in another location likely being more expensive, and gives no status or method for recognition for the previous historical usage.
Below is a map of Federal Public Lands. As you can see in the western portion of the United States a large percentage of land is NOT private and is a checkerboard mix.
Any attempt to join "wildlands" and "wilderness" will have detrimental affects on private property ownership. Other issues are concerns that single family homes, ranches, small farms will be condemned to create "sustainable development" multi-family dwellings and multi-use facilities to replace the inefficient single usage.
There are many other instances for concern that can be addressed more adequately in a future post. I wanted to respond to oppositional comments that this is an attempt to "demonize" global environmental organizations, including the (ICLEI) International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and the (IUCN) International Union for Conservation of Nature.
I don't believe name calling is beneficial to any attempt to rationally debate the concern for the possibility for potential misuse, and misinterpretation of broadly construed initiatives. I do believe that any such initiatives must address such concerns as outline in HM96.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
David Robbins, APS School Board re-election bid gets spiced with Latino Community support from Luis Acle endorsement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2013
Contact: Howard DeLaCruz-Bancroft;
LUIS ACLE, FORMER ARIZONA US SENATE CANDIDATE, PRESIDENT OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL BOARD, PRESIDENT REAGAN APPOINTEE & FOUNDER OF “LATINO VALUES” ENDORSES DAVID ROBBINS FOR RE-ELECTION TO APS SCHOOL BOARD
ALBUQUERQUE –Luis Acle, former Arizona US Senate candidate, former President of the San Diego Public School Board, President Reagan Associate Director appointee and founder of “Latino Values” Super PAC, announced his formal endorsement and support for David L. Robbins for re-election to the APS (Albuquerque Public Schools) board election to be held on Feb. 5, 2013.
Mr. Acle’s reason for supporting David L. Robbins for APS school board“Mr. Robbins has an MBA in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics. Having been the president and a public school board member in one of the largest school districts in the USA, I can assure you there is a great need to understand the budgetary issues to be effective. Otherwise, depending on others who may have vested interests is not responsible leadership. I know that Mr. Robbins currently serves as Governor Appointee under Taxation and Revenue Secretary, Demesia Padilla, as the Director of Administrative Services. I also understand he was the only board member who voted for an “independent audit” of the APS budget.”
Mr. Acle’s reason for involvementMr. Robbins has included Latinos in his close circle of friends and advisors. He walks the talk and that is what is needed to bring Latinos into the circles of political influence. His willingness to be accountable is worthy of my support and endorsement. As the founding member of “Latino Values Super PAC” we are committed to helping elect both Latinos and supporters of the Latino community who believe in similar traditional, historically conservative values.
There is a need for continued involvement in the local school boardsLuis Acle added, “There is an ongoing struggle to keep accountability and transparency in our local public schools. I am convinced that David Robbins is committed to both and he is someone that can be trusted with the publics’ fiduciary interests. I understand David L. Robbins, is the best candidate to fight for fiscal restraint, conservative, and traditional family values, something most Latinos favor and I am proud to support and endorse his re-election bid for APS school board.
“Results not Promises” campaign contact information:Luis Acle, is encouraging others to help David L. Robbins,in his “Results not Promises” campaign, by visiting http://www.improveaps.com or email: email@example.com people can also call (505) 400-9355 for more information if they want to help improve APS.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Teil Plont withdraws to endorse David Robbins for APS (Albuquerque Public Schools) 2013 (District 6, NE & East Mtns.) school board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2013
Contact: Howard DeLaCruz-Bancroft;
TEIL PLONT, FORMER CANDIDATE FOR APS (ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOL) BOARD, DISTRICT 6, ANNOUNCES WITHDRAWAL TO SUPPORT DAVID L. ROBBINS, INCUMBENT FOR RE-ELECTION
Teil Plont, Official withdrawal filed, December 31, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE – Teil Plont, former candidate for APS (Albuquerque Public School Board) District 6, announced his withdrawal, so he could support David L. Robbins, the incumbent for re-election on February 5th, 2013.
Mr. Plont's reason for supporting David L. Robbins for APS school board
“After sitting down with Mr. Robbins, I felt that we shared similar viewpoints on most issues. I was very impressed with his in-depth understanding of the ongoing concerns of parents like me.”
There is a need for continual improvement at APS
Teil Plont further explained. “There are still problems that need attention and I believe David L. Robbins, is the best suited candidate to make those changes. He continues to fight the good fight, for fiscal restraint, conservative, and traditional family values.”
David L. Robbins background
“Mr. Robbins has an undergraduate degree in “Economics” and an MBA in “Finance”, and it will take someone very knowledgeable to sort out the complexities of APS financial issues. He was the only APS school board member to vote for an “independent audit” of the APS budget and that was very re-assuring” said Teil Plont.
Mr. Plont's reason for involvement
Teil Plont became interested in helping APS because of his children, where he saw the need for developing resources without spending taxpayer dollars by motivating volunteers.
Mr. Plont's background
He refined his academic training skills in the US Army, where he began his military career in 1987. Mr. Plont was assigned to TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) in 2006, where he became attached to the US Army's “Schoolhouse Operations” which performed: Management, Quality Control, and developed, Course Protocol and Curriculum. He will continue to pursue his interests in developing volunteers by working with David Robbins and his local school.
“Results not Promises” campaign contact information:
Teil Plont is encouraging others to help David L. Robbins, in his “ Results not Promises” campaign, by visiting http://www.improveaps.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org people can also call (505) 400-9355 for more information if they want to help improve APS.
Friday, July 13, 2012
I received a response to Eddie G.'s comments on my initial story on the USFS firefighting issues from air tankers in the US. I was unable to insert the comments as a reply so I created a new post. The first in black are the comments by Eddie G. The second in red italic is the anonymous response to the comments.
Eddie G.: Gel is NOT a retardant. Gel is a water enhancer that simply makes water more effective by allowing it to stay in place. Once the water is gone, after only minutes under fire conditions, there is ZERO effectiveness. Retardants react chemically with the fuel to render it non-combustible, don't rely on water to be effective, and are effective until physically removed. Calling a gel a "retardant gel" is wrong, misleading and dangerous.
Anon Response: The definition of a retardant is anything other than water that slows or stops combustion. The USFS own Specification 5100-306a for “water enhancers” states in the first paragraph:
They may be applied from ground or aerial application equipment, directly to the fire area to SLOW OR STOP COMBUSTION, and for exposure protection.
Effectively defining the product as a RETARDANT!
Eddie G.: Gels and retardants must meet the SAME health, safety, toxicity and environmental friendliness requirements in order to be qualified. Calling retardant toxic and gel non-toxic is a lie.
Anon Response: Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 2011
Similarly, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study found that use of aerial fire retardant likely causes an “increase in invasive species, loss of substantial fraction of population or habitat, and harm to soil chemistry and plant physiology,” as well as direct mortality to fish and amphibian populations.160
Aerial fire retardant consists of eighty-five percent water and fifteen percent fertilizer, thickeners and corrosion inhibitors.161
Each year, firefighters drop millions of gallons of this substance on the nation’s forests, which may inadvertently
land on people, on animals and in streams.162 The retardant’s
effect on streams can be catastrophic and can kill fish, including some threatened species.163 For example, in 2001
Fire Regimes, 284 SCIENCE 1829, 1829–32 (1999).
157. See ROBERT L. BESCHTA ET AL., WILDFIRE AND SALVAGE LOGGING 5, 11 (Mar.
1995) [hereinafter Beschta Report], http://www.saveamericasforests.org/congress/Fire/ Beschta-report.htm. The Beschta Report is an independent scientific study that questioned about salvage logging in severely burned areas. See Keiter, supra note 6, at 336.
158. Beschta Report, supra note 157, at 12.
160. Forest Serv. Employees for Envtl. Ethics v. U.S. Forest Serv. (FSEEE III), 726
F. Supp. 2d 1195, 1226 (D. Mont. 2010).
161. Id. at 1225.
162. See id. at 1244–45 (discussing Forest Service guidance on use of aerial fire retardants that prohibits drops within 300 feet of streams).
163. See Restoration Project: Omak Creek, WILD FISH HABITAT INITIATIVE, http://wildfish.montana.edu/Cases/browse_details.asp?ProjectID=48 (last updated Apr.
7, 2007) (According to a study by the Wildfish Habitat Initiative, a cooperative effort between US FWS and the Montana Water Center, Omak Creek in Eastern Washington State experienced catastrophic environmental harm from fire retardant drops. In 1992, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation began restoring Omak Creek to rehabilitate historic steelhead and salmon spawning grounds. The project involved removing large boulders and other barriers that tumbled into the stream as a result of decades of blasting from mining and expansion projects. In 2001, the project experienced a major setback. That summer a wildfire raged on the public lands near the creek. Firefighters called for retardant to be dropped to stop the blaze, but instead of blanketing the trees, the drop blanketed the fragile creek eventually killing a significant amount of the threatened steelhead in the creek.
Eddie G.: In addition, retardant must also pass a burn test to prove it is effective stopping and slowing a fire. Gel has no such requirement. There is no data anywhere that proves gel will stop a fire.
Anon Response: Gel has been used since 1960 to STOP fires and many documents exist from the USFS describing its retardant properties on hundreds of fires
In addition all “water enhancers” go through a LIFT test for extinguishment completed by the USFS
Eddie G.: The 300 foot buffer around water streams, a policy that has been in place for 10 years, is good policy because anything dropped directly into a water stream will impact water quality and could impact fish. Including gel.
Anon Response: There are exceptions to the rule when public safety is threatened, and the current Record of Decision on retardant by specification states water or more environmentally friendly product should be substituted ie. Gel
Eddie G.: GelTech's BPAs for Delivery Equipment are for RETARDANT not gel. Perhaps you should read them.
Anon Response: Interesting Issue and may be a violation of FCIC laws concerning competition in contracting
Eddie G.: There is no evidence that FireIce is "the most effective suppressant/retardant in the world." In fact, the QPL would say otherwise. It takes 2-4 times as much FireIce as either AquaGel or Thermogel 500P to achieve the same result.
Anon Response: The QPL is a recommendation from a laboratory looking at “water enhancer” products from a primarily structure protection aspect. All other firefighting agencies currently use the product at the same viscosity as long term retardant with a 100% success rate.
Eddie G.: The planes breaking off wings happened 8 years ago and had nothing to do with the chemical on board. Read the Blue Ribbon Panel Report.
Anon Response: After reading the report the loads associated with the payload causes fatigue on some airframes including the plane in question.
Eddie G.: Just because FireIce is mixed the same, uses the same equipment with the same viscosity...does not make it a retardant versus a water enhancer. That's like saying potatoes and watermelons are the same because they both cut with a knife in a kitchen. Retardants and water enhancers are totally different chemicals that do totally different things. FireIce does not function, in any aspect, as a retardant.
Anon Response: The USFS has called gel a “RETARDANT” since 1960
Eddie G.: Finally the mix ratio of the new Phos-Chek products was reduced to reflect its INCREASED effectiveness. It takes less of the new concentrate than the old to achieve the same effectiveness. That REDUCES the cost per gallon.
Anon Response: The standing joke around the USFS, Tanker Base Managers, and pilots is that Phos-Chek is gum thickened water
Friday, July 6, 2012
Getting new planes for the US Forest Service won't save lives or property if the retardant used isn't replaced with something new.
By Howard DeLaCruz-Bancroft,
I apologize but I am reworking this current story and for the next couple of days it will only have these few summary paragraphs. However the following is the crux of what I hope to accomplish.
Two simple policies of the US Forest Service (USFS) need to be changed.
1. The rest of the world and other federal agencies mandate direct suppression and attack on fires as soon as possible and so should the USFS follow suit. We don't need to manage fires we need to extinguish them.
2. USFS policy does not allow gel based fire retardant's to be used in larger multi-engine air tankers. This prohibition needs to be removed. Even the Bible seems to add wisdom to this issue in Luke 5:38 it advises to put new wine (gel based retardants) in new wineskins (planes). My take if the USFS is getting new planes then don't use old retardant that is toxic and ineffective.
In my second part of this expose to be released later, I want to show how other current policies, practices and procedures hinder the US Forest Service from acting quickly and effectively in firefighting.