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Friday, October 6, 2017

Trump Comments, Attorney General and Religious Liberty

Remarks by President Trump
“Q A decision on Iran, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: You'll be hearing about Iran very shortly. Thank you.”

“Trump: "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm."
Reporter: "What's the storm?"
Trump: "It could be ... the calm, the calm before the storm."
Reporter: "Iran? ISIS? What storm, Mr. President?"
Trump: "We have the world's great military people in this room, I will tell you that. And uh, we're gonna have a great evening, thank you all for coming."
Reporter: "What storm, Mr. President?"
Trump: "You'll find out."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BLM Opens Sage Grouse Area to Mining despite studies

BLM cancels 10 million acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal
“Based on a recent analysis and review of data available that showed that future mining is not a significant threat to sage grouse habitat, the Bureau of Land Management has canceled its Sagebrush Focal Area withdrawal application and the Department’s proposed withdrawal of 10 million acres of federal lands from location and entry under the mining law in Greater Sage-grouse habitat in six Western States.  The BLM also terminated the associated environmental analysis process.
The recommendation to withdraw nearly 10 million acres from location and entry under the mining law was one of many land use restrictions proposed for a new management area designated as the Sagebrush Focal Area (SFA). However, that recommendation was unreasonable in light of the data available. In particular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2005 “Not Warranted” decision, the 2010 “Warranted But Precluded” Decision and the 2015 “Not Warranted” decision all showed that mining—including locatable mining—was not a significant threat to sage-grouse.”

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified habitat disturbance and fragmentation caused by certain hardrock mining operations as a threat to sage-grouse habitat. As a result, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land use plans recommend that the Secretary of the Interior exercise her authority under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) to safeguard the most important landscapes identified by the FWS within Priority Habitat Management Areas – identified as Sagebrush Focal Areas – by withdrawing them from the operation of the hardrock mining law.”

“The greater sage-grouse, an iconic species of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, currently occupies an estimated 56% of its historic range. Greater sage-grouse populations have been declining for more than 40 years. In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that, due to loss of habitat and lack of adequate regulatory mechanisms, listing the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act was warranted but precluded by other priorities.”

Threat: Surface mining and adjacent facilities within greater sage-grouse habitat results in the direct loss of habitat, habitat fragmentation, and indirect impacts from disturbance (noise, dust, etc.).

Report Guidance: Avoid new mining activities and any associated facilities within occupied habitats, including seasonal habitats; avoid leasing in greater sage-grouse habitat until other suitable habitats can be restored; reclamation plans should focus on restoring habitats to healthy sagebrush ecosystems, including evidence of greater sage-grouse use; and abandoned mine land reclamation should focus on restoring areas to healthy sagebrush ecosystems where possible.

Land Management Plan Amendment Direction: Do not authorize new mineral material development or disposal or apply certain restrictions. Permit free-use permits and the expansion of existing active pits. New underground coal leases will include a lease stipulation prohibiting the location of surface facilities in priority habitat management areas. The Forest Service will recommend to the Secretary of the Interior that sagebrush focal areas not already withdrawn as designated Wilderness from mineral entry be withdrawn.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coconut Oil, Walrus, Senate Russia Probe

Coconut Oil
“Possibly effective for...
Eczema. Research suggests that applying virgin coconut oil to the skin twice daily for 8 weeks improves symptoms about 30% more than mineral oil in children with eczema.”

Walrus are extremely social and gregarious animals. They tend to travel and haulout onto ice or land in groups. Walrus prefer to lie in close physical contact with each other; young often lie on top of the adults. Image of six walrus in snow from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

ODNI Statement on Declassified Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections ICA_2017_01.pdf

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Puerto Rico

We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,...

...people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military. All buildings now inspected.....

...for safety. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who are working so closely with our First Responders. Fantastic job!

"Every death is a horror," Trump said, "but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous -- hundreds and hundreds of people that died -- and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering ... no one has ever seen anything like this."
"What is your death count?" he asked as he turned to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. "17?"

“There are more than 12,300 federal staff representing 36 departments and agencies and including more than 800 FEMA personnel, on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands engaged in response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.”

Texas Hurricane Harvey: Total Public Assistance Grants
Dollars Obligated: $323,676,091.81
Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria: Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $6,916,000.00

Monday, October 2, 2017

Las Vegas Shooting

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada
Statement from Governor Brian Sandoval on shooting in Las Vegas
“This tragic and vicious attack on innocent people has claimed the lives of our fellow Americans and devastated hundreds of others who were simply enjoying a country music festival.”