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Largest Fish Kill The West Had Ever Seen

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Because of Cheney's intervention, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River.

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Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 9:46 am
WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2007 (ENS) – House Democrats held a lengthy hearing Tuesday to probe evidence that Bush administration officials improperly meddled with several decisions affecting endangered species, but they failed to find the smoking gun directly linking Vice President Dick Cheney to a controversial decision that contributed to the largest fish kill in U.S. history.


Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 9:55 am
Dick Cheney: No Fish Left Behind, Or Alive

That Dick Cheney: He's not exactly John Muir. Not exactly Henry David Thoreau. The final installment of the Gellman/Becker series shows us a man who loves the smell of rotting salmon in the morning.

When he sees a photo of dead fish roasting in the sun, he thinks, "Quick, get me some wasabi."

His Secret Service code name is Angler, because he likes nothing better than to put on his waders and stand in a crystal clear mountain stream with a rod and reel and a few sticks of dynamite.

Gnawin' on a little home-made spotted owl jerky.

Dreamin' of that retirement home with the lovely view of the strip mine.

He'll be there pretty soon: Putterin' around the yard, setting leg traps for coyotes and the neighbor's cats. Always with the canister of DDT in the hip-holster. Clearing brush with the flamethrower and the napalm.

Planning those RV trips to Yucca Mountain.

"Because of Cheney's intervention, the government reversed itself and let the water flow in time to save the 2002 growing season, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River."

Cheney read that passage this morning and thought, "They make it sound like that's bad."


Elli Monk (46)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:17 am
Just pathetic!

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:35 am
Never mind the Endangered Species Act, the Pristine Ancient Habitats, Federal Drug Administration, Glaciers Melting, Deforestation, Mountain Top Removal, Species Becoming Extinct, Privitizing and Commercializing our National Lands, Global Warming, or a million innocents dying in a delusionary war costing in its aftermath $ 2 trillion...Cheney, Rove, and Bush cover their tracks....or either US es are just Dead Men Walking.

Erika S (787)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:35 am
I hate that man more each day.

Elena P (549)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:37 am

Alf I (246)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:45 am
Why is it only the good ones get assasinated??

Dusty K (1339)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:49 am
I was thinking the same thing Alf! This is unbelievable, but not surprisng in the least. Thanks Boots!

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 11:04 am
US or Earth vs bu$hCon

pretzelnit bu$hCon isn't just blocking progress on climate change here at home—he's making a full-court press to pull back the rest of the world as well. But if we join with progressives beyond our borders, we can stop him.

Bush has made no secret of his opposition to global climate treaties. But now,, is hearing from top officials in foreign governments about a new surge of pressure. Bush is apparently quietly sending envoys to governments around the world—a last-ditch effort to derail the climate movement's worldwide momentum before treaty negotiations this autumn.


Dave Kane (308)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 11:04 am
Eeeeeeeeeevil. Evil is his name!
The good ones get assassinated because the power brokers are very good at what they do: keeping and grabbing more power.

Time to take out the trash ! ! !

Give your representatives an Earful every day -- they deserve it, they Need it!

Let them know what's on your mind! Tell them what pisses you off! And then tell them why you won't vote for them if they refuse to take action! Pick one issue and hammer away!

Here're my favorite demands:
Ask them to support HR 333 -- the Kucinich resolution to impeach Imperial Overlord Dick Cheney.

Ask them to get rid of the guy behind making the USA and TORTURE synonymous: A.G. Alberto Gonzales . . .

and, of course, the burnt Bush himself,
our smirking,
and psychotic
(a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality)

So many felons, so little time . . .

Call or write, then Enjoy the day : )

Contact Speaker Pelosi:
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Telephone: 202.225.0100 (Ask to leave a message for Speaker Pelosi : ))

Contact Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader
Rep. Steny Hoyer
House Majority Leader
H-107 Capitol Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: 202.225.3130

Contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
(Website mainly for his Nevada constituents, but you could send him a message)
Phone & Fax for Reid's Washington office: 202-224-3542/Fax: 202-224-7327

Find and Write Your Representative (phone numbers too):

Sign this petition to impeach the twig, AG Alberto Gonzales

Short video -- sadly true, but funny too : ) -- thanks boots

And, as if you need any extra incentive:

Paying scooter pie Libby's fine: $250,000.00

Getting away with leaking classified intelligence,
character assassination, and lying to Congress: Priceless!

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 11:10 am

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 12:37 pm
Is it just me! -- or shouldn't every person in the U.S. feel responsible for the bu$hCons killing off the poor indefensible creation of all living life on this little planet we call Earth? Isn't such madness as we see being inflicted on it unjustifiable and inexcusable sanctimony?

There again shouldn't such insidiousness evoke the moral obligation of the large majority that attend church? To the best of my knowledge most all religions of the world teach humaneness, doing for the least of them, ministering to the sick, and being stewards of the universe - both flora and fauna. Well here we are supposedly in the most religious civilized nation in the world, yet the bu$hCons are categorically unequivocally butchering it.

Approxmiately 70% plus of the American people attend some kind of church. So with this insidious evil spreading like wild fire....shouldn't the religious community stand up and speak out for what they go to church for -- love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, understanding, generosity and ministering to these indefensibles. While more people or associated with religion that any other group I know, to sit there in the pew and not speak out against the mass genocide of innocents taking me is no different than the bu$hCons that are doing it...of course that's just my opinion.

Charles C (160)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 12:47 pm
Everywhere they go, death, destruction and mayhem follow!!! Gee, I'm so surprised
that all the Republican reps downplayed this....NOT!!!!
Also agreed that it seems the good ones get assasinated, usually by the bad ones
or their cohorts!!!
Noted and ty Robert

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 12:52 pm
And of course with the neoconic greed there is no end to it. Whereto isn't it written that money and the lust for it is the root of all evil? Nothing to them is revered or sacred...except money and power.

It is disappointing that "legal" clearing and selective
first time logging of primary ancient forests is given a pass.
There is little or no difference in ecological impact between
first time legal and illegal ancient forest logging. An
evolutionarily distinct, millions of year old ancient forest
does not differentiate much between being industrially
dismantled legally or illegally, or for that matter between
being totally deforested or heavily commercially selectively
logged. In either case what was once an ancient forest is no
longer, and in both cases massive carbon release happens
immediately, while future ability to function as a carbon sink
is diminished if not destroyed.

To certify that "legal" ancient forest dismemberment is somehow
OK while illegal is not disingenuously and falsely suggests
there is a sizeable difference in impacts upon climate,
biodiversity and other ecosystem services. There is not. This is
why Ecological Internet campaigns tirelessly to End Ancient
Forest Logging -- even targeting for protest prime ancient
forest logging apologists Greenpeace and WWF. It is abundantly
clear that even FSC certification is no guarantee of ecological
sustainability or legality of ancient forest logging.

Global ecological sustainability depends critically upon
maintaining large, intact, contiguous, natural, non-industrially
managed ecological reserves to power the biosphere. This is of
course very politically problematic, but to survive as a species
and a biologically complex Earth; finding the right policy
combination of local, community based small-scale eco-forestry
management and strict protection with payments for avoided
deforestation and industrial diminishment must be actively
sought. This is not an opinion. It is ecological fact based upon
findings of ecological, global change and conservation biology

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 1:22 pm
It doesn't matter to the GOP if they kill the innocents in a premediated war, conspire to execute them for false allegations, strip the oceans clean, clear cut all majesty and nobility, and leave a barren and desolate cesspool for all future generations including our own descendents. And the list goes on --

Nearly 700 wolves in Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho are on death row -- awaiting slaughter under the Bush Administration's pending "License to Kill" plan.


Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 1:33 pm
Looks suspiciously the same deal as Bush telling scientist not to talk about polar bears and Global warming. One more bad plan attributed to the repugs.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 1:54 pm
Noted Richard...Thanks so much for bringing about an awareness for the TRUTH...we need to hear it, now rather than later...which will be to late!!! Hugs, Robin This is horrible!

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 1:58 pm
This is not easy to say- but mainline religion has no such concern or emphasis. When you direct your funding to elaborate ministry statements - the mega-church- and ignore the Creation of the God they profess- the fruit you see from them is because of the kind of tree they really are. I am speaking of the business end of chuches- the ones that insure themselves against loss in case their pastor has an accident. It is a guarantee of income that the tithe would have been provided if that preacher had preached or in the case of another major flood of biblical proportions - if some of your congregation gets swept away- you are covered!. Those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth know that the One Who counted each grain of sand is an environmentalist having a personal concern in His workmanship. Have you ever noticed- nature can handle her waste- but humans cannot. The Planner has the answer. Maybe it's getting bad enough to ask Him.

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:08 pm
With mostly the none elite American troops dying in Iraq fighting an old rich men's war, tens of thousands coming home shot to hell, or mentally impaired, a million Iraqis unduly dying, and now the conspiracy igniting the same prearragned war on Iran; I don't know which is worse, their ruthlessness in the possible nuclear annihilation of the Earth, or Earths demise from the same elite ruthless greed bringing about a cataclymic upheaval from Global Warming -- and henceforth the demise of all living life. I guess it is about 6 of one and a half a dozenof the other -- but either way are US es going to sit in our pews and let this hypocritical regime have it way....regardless of how evil.

Pam W (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:09 pm
God forgive me, but, I am starting to think that if there is a 'Satan' it must be Dick Cheney.
Our current administrations lack of reverance for any lives but their own families is truly sickening and so sad.

Michelle R (13)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:13 pm
For Real Robert. Why aren't the churches saying anything? I hate Cheney. I hate Bush. I hate the whole administration. 1 more month is too long for them to still be in office. My God, we have nearly a yr. and a half.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:19 pm
And he will be killing our fish next. as Canada is about to lower our own standards and adopt US "enviro-hypocrisy" standards as part of the merger of three countries.
Is our collective Nothe American backbone truly ready, ...willing, .... and able to try to overthrow this regime?

Douglas K (134)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:27 pm And Pfiesteria on the east coast! What a government!

Pamela R (159)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:33 pm
70,000 fish slaughtered by ineffective planning and implementation, and by ignoring the voices of reason. Not okay!

Sammantha L (126)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:35 pm
Darth Cheney is Evil Incarnate!!!!! He just spreads death and destruction wherever he goes. And the churches talk about how pro-life they are. I see no compassion or concern for any form of life.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:55 pm
Boots ..this is absolutely pathetic and an outrage. A crime against all nature..Thanks/noted

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 3:02 pm
Bush's appointee to oversee mountain top removal in the Cumberland Mountains or Appalachia is himself a multi-millionaire that owns conglomerated coal minning operations.

I just received this email --

Please come to this hearing!

Yall everyone needs to come to this! We have high resolution pics of three solid weeks where the cross creek was bright orange! The dumped rock into the stream bed without a permit. This is a valley fill--a massive hollow that has been filled with spoil. Please come!

Email me if you can come

Some of that area looks like it has been devastated by a nuclear bomb.


LadyLou B (133)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 3:43 pm
I cannot articulate the rage I feel right now. Just today, I was remembering how Cheney goes on his 'hunting' trips, and kills hundreds of birds in one day. It takes a loathesome creature to do this, especially since he is also responsible for all the casualties of their pre-emptive wars! I mean, my God, he isn't getting enough death in his diet already? I am just plain disgusted. Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention Robert.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 4:15 pm
he only THINKS he's getting away with murder...

Sharon D (91)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 4:23 pm
This is an absolute crime against everything! Thanks boots. Noted and passing along

IE Ries (237)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 4:44 pm

IE Ries (237)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 4:49 pm
"He said, "I find it difficult to see how we can trust any decision made in an agency that has, time and again, betrayed its own career scientists, repeatedly failed to hold its appointees to ethical standards and so callously disregarded its mission for the sake of political gain."

Actually, doesn't that just say it all? People see through what the Bush Regime et al have been doing, and they are no longer keeping quiet and just putting up with it, finally they are speaking up. It's just a tragedy that SO much damage has been done to the nation and natural habitats because of these profit-centered, selfish, power-mongers who care for nothing and no one but themselves. Sickening.

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 5:34 pm
Richard: No, we as individuals should not feel responsible for Bu$hco's actions. For one thing, look how hard we're all working here to get rid of these a**holes! Personally, I am so disgusted with this evil government, I will no longer consider myself or refer to myself as an American. If anyone asks, I am a Californian of Irish-German descent.
Michelle: The churches are keeping their mouths shut because most of them believe they are biblically, scripturaly bound to support their president and their country, No Matter What! There are almost no Protestant denominations that are liberal-progressive enough to publicly take a stand against the war. Most Christians feel it's a sin to dissent against the government, and pastors teach that, too.

Mara G (411)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 6:30 pm
Very sad, every day, very sad, every day!! It will take countless years to fix what THEY have done and most can never be fixed. Noted

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 6:32 pm
A pastor got up in the pulpit here at the First Baptist Church, which incidentally he was making $ 100 thousand a year, and said there would be no Liberals in heaven. Who could have been any more liberal than Jesus Christ....generous, unselfish, doing for the least of them, ministering to the sick, saying thy shall not kill, tolerance, understanding, charity and all the other divine attributes?

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 7:28 pm

It appears the Bush tax cuts, and the $ 2 trillion cost of the aftermath of an unnecessary propagandized war, veterans benefits - long term care et al, along with nearly half of American taxes going toward the Military and WMDs, Weapons of Mass Destruction depleted uranium, cluster bombs, nuclear bombs etc; that the infrastructure, social justice, and survival of the indefensibles are starting to come out and be recognized. Just look at the horrible tragedy of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, or the 47 million Americans without health care, being only two of the enumerable injustices taking place with bu$hCon and the likes.,1363,4668,00.html

UPS Pressroom 2006 Press Release

Chalk up another failure for the Bush tax cuts. The head of UPS warned that America’s neglected infrastructure was hobbling us in the global marketplace.
Describing the nation’s roads, ports, railroads and airports as the backbone of global trade, UPS’s chief executive officer warned that America was taking a chance with its future by neglecting its infrastructure.

“What’s shocking, quite frankly, is the inability of our transportation infrastructure to keep up with the normal day-to-day stresses imposed upon it,” said UPS CEO Mike Eskew. “Our highways, waterways, railroads and aviation networks are simply not keeping up with ordinary demands.

After Hurricane Katrina even emergency supplies languished in ports and parking lots. Eskew said you don’t have to wait for a storm or earthquake or terrorist attack to see the problems. You also don’t have to be a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, but they have issued a scathing analysis of our transport system.

“In 2005, here’s what our infrastructure report card looked like: our aviation system got a D+; navigable waterways a D-; roads a D, and rails a C-.”

“What does the overall report card on our national transportation infrastructure look like? Well, let’s put it this way: if your kids brought home report cards like this to-day someone would be groundedt,” said UPS CEO Mike Eskew.


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
I am not sure I can hate the current administration any more than I do. I just don't know what we can do to get rid of them. I have called, signed a million petitions and still they sit on the throne. I can understand how Hitler was able to do the horrible things he did-- the people just didn't act or couldn't find a way to exhibit any power when a man surrounds himself with his loyal henchmen.

Robert K (437)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 8:33 pm
Right on Karen, as the article notes a loyal bu$hit appointee former Interior Deputy Asst. Secretary Julie MacDonald -- the worst fish kill in US history may only be the tip of the iceberg --

"When it comes to political interference and ethical lapses at the department, the Klamath River is just the tip of the iceberg," Rahall said, noting recent controversy surrounding the actions of former Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie MacDonald.

A recent Interior Inspector General report detailed interference by MacDonald with scientific reports on a slew of endangered and threatened species, including sage grouse, prairie dogs, the California tiger salamander, and Delta smelt fish. MacDonald repeatedly pressed scientists to downplay risks to species and in several instances simply ignored their findings.

Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia chairs the House Resources Committee (Photo courtesy Office of the Congressman)
Federal judges have already rejected decisions influenced by MacDonald, including a move to downgrade protections for the endangered Santa Barbara and Sonoma salamanders.

Concern about meddling by MacDonald prompted the Fish and Wildlife Service to announce last month that it will revisit eight endangered species decisions she may have improperly influenced.

Kendall told the committee that MacDonald's actions have "cast a vast cloud over the Department's scientific integrity."


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:33 pm
noted, hes a devil. evil .

Marian E (152)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 10:46 pm
Well I agree with princess Y again, but I am also really glad that this particular issue is finally drawing the public's attention.

RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 3, 2007, 4:06 am
This government cares for nothing but the money they can make today....their attitude is the hell with the future.

Susan F (116)
Friday August 3, 2007, 5:27 am
Pamela W and Ladylou B summed up pretty much how I feel and I couldn't agree with them more. What is
it going to take to impeach these two. They lie, steal, manipulate, speak in half truths, profit abundantly
off the backs of the working class, and attempt to re-write the Constitution. This is just another heart-
breaking result of their arrogance and indifference to living beings. Sadly noted.

Robert K (437)
Friday August 3, 2007, 8:11 am
Without getting into my usual rant about what this bu$hCon administration is capable of, I may have just encountered their authoritarian take in hand. I just received a working email from a friend; it opened, had three or four words and the rest was completely censored. I could not even reply to the sender; all I could do with it was delete. Was this just a coincidence or was it an epiphany of what is coming a little farther down the road? Subsequently if this was a revelatory come (across) have we done like the Jews did Hitler, when they figured out what was happening there was nothing they could do!!

Melanie T (82)
Friday August 3, 2007, 9:25 am
Thanx for posting Robert, This is truly disgusting! I have so much to say but, Im going to hold my tongue. Cate said it pretty well, As others did so to. Man that pic just tears me up.

Friday August 3, 2007, 10:02 am

Robert K (437)
Friday August 3, 2007, 10:02 am
To stop this psychotic madness and replace it with humane civility Frederick Douglass may have said it best.

"The whole history of progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning, they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted. . ."

-- Frederick Douglass (1857)

Look at the senseless war with its atrocious mass murder on both sides, look at the senseless slaughter of our ecosystem and its revered plant and animal live, look at the senseless killing of all live as a whole, and what do you get; a desolate and barren planet rotating in space with a heart of stone. So let US resist.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 3, 2007, 2:28 pm

IE Ries (237)
Friday August 3, 2007, 5:22 pm
Robert - how's this one?



Rachel D (57)
Saturday August 4, 2007, 11:22 am
If reincarnation exists, Cheney will be reincarnated as the last surviving member of his species for the next 10 million years.

Brenda H (29)
Sunday August 5, 2007, 12:03 am

Cris c (178)
Sunday August 5, 2007, 2:25 pm

Donna B (13)
Monday August 6, 2007, 8:36 am
Noted. Thanks Robert for posting this. My God--this is certainly pathetic! This will take decades to "fix", what an injustice! Yet another goverment travesty. But to be expected--anything cheney does and bush does leads to dire the people, to the environment, anything good that ever existed in our country.

M. Y (54)
Saturday August 11, 2007, 1:29 am
Cheney and his ilk are not healthy for children and other living things. With these grotesque monsters in power, the very web of life is endangered....

Mahalo, Robert, for this story and for your presence on Care2!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 7, 2009, 9:02 pm
The problem is pretty simple, though- since Cheney pretty much runs everything, how on earth would you remove him?

Even if Bush wanted to, and even if Cheney would let him, I imagine he must be a little frightened of the prospect of not having Dick run things for him.

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