Spectre of OLF still looms over Washington County

Anglico's nightmare is real.

Sometimes when I'm lying in bed almost asleep I have these panic attacks that they Navy is scheming some underhanded deal to screw over farmers in some other part of the state . . . and that our elected officials are quietly aiding their efforts. It scares the pee out of me . . . and I'm just enough of a conspiracy theorist to assume the worst.

It isn't the Navy's scheming that keeps the OLF hooked to life support, it's George Bush's refusal to pay our troops a decent wage.

From the Charlotte Observer:

North Carolina hasn't yet won the battle over the Navy's proposed outlying landing field in Washington County near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. President Bush has withheld approval of a defense spending bill that, among other things, prohibited the Navy from spending money to build a field there.

But it's not clear whether the bill, which also gives U.S. armed forces a pay raise, is dead. The president wanted to veto it because he objected to a provision that allows victims of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to sue in U.S. courts for access to Iraqi assets held in this country. The president issued a "memorandum of disapproval" the other day outlining his objections.

Normally this would serve as a pocket veto, but the Senate has been maintaining a "skeleton crew" to gavel in and gavel out as a means to prevent recess appointments. It may also serve as a means to keep this bill alive long enough for it to be taken back up.

I'm sure it will be argued by someone that Congress isn't really in session. If that's the case, the bill we celebrated as a victory for North Carolina and our Washington County farmers - the bill that prevents the Navy from spending any money to build an OLF in Washington County - will die.

Obviously, the bigger tragedy is that George Bush would refuse a pay raise for the men and women serving this country in his war over what is probably a few billion dollars that doesn't even belong to this country. That's tragic.

We'll need to stay tuned to see what happens with this bill, but if it dies, I expect we'll be making some noise.

Comments

George W. Bush is a pathetic excuse for a human being

There is a special place reserved just for him in the deepest, most fiery pits of hell.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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What a tangled web

of deception and evil. I don't use the world evil lightly - either. I can't believe this guy gets away with the stuff he gets away with.

I don't care if it takes the rest of his presidency. I say Impeach Now.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I saw this bumper snicker last week

This "pocket veto" reminded me that I wanted to echo the sentiments:

(Don't click for larger view, it doesn't work.)

Thank you

I'm ordering a bunch of them. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Just ordered 4

thanks A!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

I do not think

that the senate or the house is going to change this bill even if pocket veto.

Sad thing is no one in congress gives a dam that this is happening. If they did, they would be requiring the senate and house to reopen.

So while bush is denying our service members of services, congress is just as complacent by failing to fix this problem.

As far as the OLF language is concerned, that is not going to change. Even if they have to rewrite the entire thing, it should not be hard for them to rename the bill and resubmit it. Congress has proven to me that they will take the lazy way out.

Just rename the dam file and resubmit it with the changes congress is going to agree to, what ever that is.

This stupid game is getting old.

Why is the Navy

trying so hard not to do the right thing?

Judge Limits Navy on Sonar Training, Citing Marine Mammals

Michael Jasny, a senior policy analyst for NRDC, said the California ruling is sure to affect the North Carolina proposal. "The court finds the existing standard mitigation scheme is woefully inadequate, and this would be true virtually regardless of where they're operating," Jasny said. He said the council will keep pressure on the Navy.

Now I have not studied the Navy's proposal for this, but Southern Environmental Law Office is. Them guys are more smarter(!) then I am on environmental issues.

Here for SELC regarding SONAR range near North Carolina

But good grief, what is the Navy thinking? There is training requirements, and there is hurting things. For the Navy to just out of hand disregard habitats, people, resources, etc.

We need smart decisions. This is not cold-war 1960s with the threat of soviet missiles raining down on us obliterating everything.

The Navy has got to realize that NC is the home of people who both love our military AND cherish our way of life. We do not like to be pressured by ill concieved plans that do not address the issues or the requirements of laws.

The Navy needs to stop doing lip service to the NEPA process. It also needs to stop doing studies that only satisfy the requirements of the NEPA and actually perform the study as well as the spirit of the requirements.

If it is bad, then come up with another plan. THAT is why we have these processes. Navy, those processes are not an inconvenience for you, they are to jog your mind to determine is this plan smart? If not, your suppose to change or stop.