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Obama Will Remove President McKinley’s Name from Mount McKinley

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This is from CNSNews.

I guess the move to change the mountain’s name is because McKinley was a Republican.

Ohio Sen, Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner  are gutless nutless wonders.       

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Alaska.

By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.

“With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Ohio politicians reacted angrily, although it wasn’t immediately clear if or how they could stop it. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, said McKinley deserved to be honored, and invited his colleagues to join him to try to block what he called Obama’s “constitutional overreach.”

“This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action,” Gibbs said.

The announcement came as Obama prepared to open a three-day visit to Alaska aimed at infusing fresh urgency into his call to action on climate change. To the dismay of some Alaska Republicans, the White House has choreographed the trip to showcase melting glaciers and other cherished natural wonders in Alaska that Obama says are threatened by warmer temperatures.

But Obama’s visit is also geared toward displaying solidarity with Alaska Natives, who face immense economic challenges and have warned of insufficient help from the federal government. As his first stop after arriving in Anchorage on Monday, Obama planned to hold a listening session with Alaska Natives. The president was also expected to announce new steps to help Alaska Native communities on Wednesday when he becomes the first sitting president to visit the Alaska Arctic.

At 20,320 feet, the mountain stands as the continent’s tallest, and is still growing at a rate of about one millimeter per year, according to the National Park Service. Known for its majestic views, the mountain is dotted with glaciers and covered at the top with snow year-round, with powerful winds that make it difficult for the adventurous few who seek to climb it.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who had pushed legislation for years to change the name, said Alaskans were “honored” to recognize the mountain as Denali — a change in tone for the Alaska Republican, who had spoken out against Obama’s energy policies in anticipation of his visit to her state.

“I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect, and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska,” Murkowski said in a video message recorded atop the mountain’s Ruth Glacier, with cloudy snow-capped peaks behind her.

But Ohio Sen, Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner joined Gibbs in panning the move, although both stopped short of any threat to try to stop it. Said Boehner, R-Ohio: “I’m deeply disappointed in this decision.”

The White House pointed out that McKinley had never visited Alaska.

The state of Alaska has had a standing request to change the name dating back to 1975, when the legislature passed a resolution and then-Gov. Jay Hammond appealed to the federal government.

But those efforts and legislation in Congress have been stymied by members of Ohio’s congressional delegation. Even when Mount McKinley National Park was renamed Denali National Park in 1980, the federal government retained Mount McKinley as the name of the actual peak.

The White House cited Jewell’s authority to change the name, and Jewell issued a secretarial order officially changing it to Denali. The Interior Department said the U.S. Board on Geographic Names had been deferring to Congress since 1977, and cited a 1947 law that allows the Interior Department to change names unilaterally when the board fails to act “within a reasonable time.” The board shares responsibility with the Interior Department for naming such landmarks.

The peak got its officially recognized name in 1896, when a prospector was exploring mountains in central Alaska, the White House said. Upon hearing the news that McKinley, a Republican, had received his party’s nomination to be president, the prospector named it after him and the name was formally recognized.

Obama won’t personally visit the mountain during his tour of Alaska. He’ll spend much of the trip in Anchorage, south of the peak, where Obama will speak at a climate change summit on Monday. While in Alaska, Obama also planned to meet with fishermen in Dillingham, hike a glacier in Seward and cross the Arctic Circle to visit the rural town of Kotzebue.

In an attempt to show Obama wasn’t coming to Alaska empty-handed, the White House on Sunday also announced plans to create a “young engagement program” to help rural and Alaska Native youth in the Arctic, along with new funding for local fish commissions and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service advisers.

 

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Tours on USS Arizona Memorial suspended after ship hits dock

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This is Navy Times.

How did this happen?

 

HONOLULU — Tours on the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended indefinitely after a vessel struck and damaged the structure’s dock Wednesday, the National Park Service said.

Instead, boats were taking visitors to a spot in Pearl Harbor near the memorial where they can view it from a distance, said spokeswoman Abby Wines.

“At this point it’s not safe for visitors or anyone to land there and disembark at the memorial,” Wines said.

The crash occurred when the hospital ship USNS Mercy and a civilian tugboat contracted by the Navy were maneuvering in the harbor. Either the tugboat or the Mercy hit the dock, Wines said. The Navy and the Park Service said in a statement the incident was being investigated.

A ramp and handrails connecting the dock to the memorial were mangled, Wines said. Park Service and Navy divers were expected to assess the damage from underwater Wednesday.

It was unclear how long tours on the memorial will be suspended, Wines said. The underwater assessments will provide a better idea, but the current situation is expected to continue for at least a few days.

The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, which has a museum and gift shop, is still open.

Navy Region Hawaii said a damage assessment and investigation is underway into the cause of the collision.

“Initial reports indicated that a tug boat hit the Memorial, but an investigation is underway,” Navy Region Hawaii said in a Wednesday post on their official Facebook page. “White boat passenger traffic onto the memorial has to be suspended as we assess the full extent of damage and can ensure the safety of visitors. In the meantime, the white boat tours of Pearl Harbor continue from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center without the ability to disembark passengers aboard the USS Arizona Memorial.”

The Mercy is in Pearl Harbor for the annual Pacific Partnership operation.

The spouse of an eyewitness told Military.com that her husband heard metal crunching as the tug struck the landing dock.

The USS Arizona Memorial was built to remember the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on the Arizona when Japanese planes bombed the battleship during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It straddles the rusting, sunken hull of the Arizona.

To get to the memorial, visitors must board a boat at the visitors center for a short ride in Pearl Harbor. Visitors walk into the open-air memorial from the dock.

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

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This is from ABC News.

This ranchers family was using this range land long before there was Bureau Of Land Management.

It should be the Bureau Of Land Mismanagement.

I fear the Internal Revenue Service start harassing Cliven Bundy.

We need to pay close attention to what happens to this man and his family.

 

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.

“It’s not about cows, it’s about freedom,” Utah resident Yonna Winget told ABC News affiliateKTNV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife, Carol Bundy told ABC News.

By Sunday, April 6, one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest, while hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy’s property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.

A spokesman for the Bundy encampment told ABC News roughly 300 protesters had assembled for the protest, while a BLM representative estimated there were around 100 people.

“We want a peaceful protest, but we also want our voices heard,” said Cliven Bundy’s sister, Chrisie Marshall Bundy.

But clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn on Wednesday, with cell phone video showing some being tasered at the site, including Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy. Two other protesters were detained, cited and later released on Thursday, according to the BLM.

As the movement grew by the day, and demonstrators rallied together, bonding by campfires at night, local protest leaders warned people not to wear camouflage and keep their weapons inside their vehicles.

Both sides said the issue is one of fairness, with the federal government maintaining that thousands of other cattle ranchers are abiding by the law by paying their annual grazing fees, while Bundy’s family and supporters say the government’s actions are threatening ranchers’ freedoms.

“It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.”

 

Today’s Lesson On Irony ~OR~ Obama’s World

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Hat Tip To Odie@ Woodsterman.

Two Statements that speak volumes:

Irony 1:
“We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions 

of a few lunatics.”  BUT on the other hand…….
“We are also encouraged TO judge ALL Gun Owners by 
the actions of a few lunatics.”
Irony 2:
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be 
distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals 
and Food Stamps ever, to 47 million people as 
of the most recent figures available in 2013.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the 
U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us 
“Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”  Their stated reason for 
the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on 
handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus Ends Today’s Lesson On Irony

94 House members charge Park Service is ‘making up’ rules to shut memorials

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

I say we need to praise these 94 House Members.

If your Representative is on this list Please email or call to thank them. 

 

 

Photo -  The National Park Service’s closure of the World War II and other memorials violates rules requiring them to stay open, 94 House members charge in a letter to the agency.

Led by Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, they claim that Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is simply making up closure rules to punish the public during thegovernment shutdown and they question the costs of the random closures in Washington where not all memorials are being closed.

“The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to excludeveterans from memorials built in their honor and the American people from many of our country’s national treasures. I have serious questions about the tactics and decisions being implemented by the National Park Service and clearly many of my colleagues do as well,” said Huizenga.

“Director Jarvis cannot simply make up the rules as he goes along, which is one of the major reasons my colleagues and I sent this letter requesting concrete and definitive answers,” added Huizenga.

According to the National Parks Conservation Association, there are 401 U.S. parks closed as of Thursday, including the Mall in downtown Washington and nearby Shenandoah National Park.

The letter from nearly a quarter of the members of the House of Representatives cites the “contingency plan” used by the Park Service to determine memorial closings that they say clearly requires big memorials in urban areas to remain open.

“The National Park Service section of that plan clearly states that: ‘All concession operated services and facilities would be closed unless they are deemed essential for health and safety reasons, are needed to support on-going excepted NPS activities or are located in urban areas where … full NPS law enforcement coverage is continued due to the inability to control visitor access,’” said the letter provided to Secrets.

“These urban, open-air memorials seem to be precisely the type of exception outlined in the department’s plan and, as such, should remain open to the public,” the 93 added.

Their letter, below, asks the Park Service to explain the policy and nudges the agency to keep them open, as many were during the last government shutdown.

October 9, 2013

Jonathan B. Jarvis

Director – National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C St. NW

Washington D.C. 20240

Dear Director Jarvis:

As you are no doubt aware, the closure of select open-air monuments and park service units during the ongoing partial government shutdown has been a cause of great concern for the public.

In particular, the barricades erected around open-air sites like the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials served to inconvenience countless veterans travelling to Washington, D.C. as part of honor flights from around the country.

It is our understanding that specific park closures were determined according to the Contingency Plan for Operations in the Absence of FY 2014 Appropriations dated September 26, 2013. The National Park Service section of that plan clearly states that:

All concession operated services and facilities would be closed unless they are deemed essential for health and safety reasons, are needed to support on-going excepted NPS activities or are located in urban areas where…full NPS law enforcement coverage is continued due to the inability to control visitor access.

These urban, open-air memorials seem to be precisely the type of exception outlined in the Department’s plan and, as such, should remain open to the public.

Due to the continued lack of consistent implementation of this plan, we would like a better understanding of the process that led to these decisions. Please respond to the following questions:

Multiple lower profile open-air memorials and areas remain open on the National Mall and around the National Capital Region. What factors were considered when the determination was made to close some areas, while leaving others open?

During the partial government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 the currently closed memorials on the National Mall remained open. What were the contributing factors to this change in NPS policy?

What is the cost to operate an open-air site such as the World War II Memorial on a typical day? How much is the National Park Service saving per day at that memorial by operating in its current “shutdown” posture?

What is the estimated total cost to install barricades and patrol the perimeter of each open-air memorial and area during the shutdown. What is the total cost to breakdown and remove all barricades once normal operations resume?

On multiple occasions since the shutdown began, members and staff have counted as many as seven NPS employees on-site at the World War II Memorial. How many NPS staff members are assigned to these memorials during a normal shift?

Initially, NPS logo signs were posted at each of the closed memorials indicating that the area was closed due to the government shutdown. On the second day of the shutdown the signs were removed and replaced with new, non-logo signs simply stating that “This site is closed”. Why were the original signs replaced and who requested the change? How much did it cost to remove and replace these signs?

We look forward to your response and stand ready to work with the National Park Service to ensure that the American people aren’t unnecessarily burdened during the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

Representative Bill Huizenga (MI-02)

Signatories

1. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)

2. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-01)

3. Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08)

4. Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-07)

5. Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)

6. Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)

7. Rep. Richard Nugent (FL-11)

8. Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01)

9. Rep. Lee Terry (NE-02)

10. Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND)

11. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05)

12. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)

13. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08)

14. Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)

15. Rep. John Campbell (CA-45)

16. Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

17. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN-06)

18. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)

19. Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12)

20. Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02)

21. Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01)

22. Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06)

23. Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-01)

24. Rep. Steve King (IA-04)

25. Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

26. Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-36)

27. Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)

28. Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18)

29. Rep. Tom Petri (WI-06)

30. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (MS-01)

31. Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08)

32. Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-02)

33. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03)

34. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)

35. Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06)

36. Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03)

37. Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-8)

38. Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02)

39. Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09)

40. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

41. Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

42. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)

43. Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)

44. Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)

45. Rep. Robert Latta (OH-05)

46. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4)

47. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

48. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02)

49. Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)

50. Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)

51. Rep. David McKinley (WV-01)

52. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)

53. Rep. David Reichert (WA-08)

54. Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04)

55. Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10)

56. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08)

57. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)

58. Rep. Stevan Pearce (NM-02)

59. Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01)

60. Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01)

61. Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-03)

62. Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04)

63. Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13)

64. Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

65. Rep. Joseph Pitts (PA-16)

66. Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02)

67. Rep. Robert Aderholt (Al-04)

68. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)

69. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)

70. Rep. David Joyce (OH-14)

71. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)

72. Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22)

73. Rep. Tom Price (GA-06)

74. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)

75. Rep. Andy Harris (MD-01)

76. Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11)

77. Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06)

78. Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-03)

79. Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-8)

80. Rep. Steve Daines (MT)

81. Rep. John Fleming (LA-04)

82. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-04)

83. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03)

84. Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06)

85. Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-04)

86. Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04)

87. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)

88. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)

89. Rep. Jon Runyan (NJ-03)

90. Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11)

91. Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)

92. Rep. Robert Hurt (VA-05)

93. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11)

 

Gov. Scott Walker defies Obama, won’t close parks over shutdown

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This is from BizPac Review.

Bravo Bravo Governor Scott Walker.

Tell Obama to stick the shut down where the sun doesn’t shine. 

 

Scott Walker

                                                                Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Photo Credit: RightWingNews

A lot of the “pain” caused by the government shutdownis phony. The Obama liberals were going to stop the Army/Navy game until it was revealed that it was all “optics.” They blocked off an open air WWII monument to hurt veterans. Obama is deliberately trying to tank the stock market.

Along those same lines, they’re also trying to shut down parks in Wisconsin, but Scott Walker isn’t having it.

The state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday refused a directive from the National Park Service to close a host of popular state properties because of the federal government shutdown.

The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.

. . . in a sign of defiance, the DNR removed the barricades at the landing, saying it had the legal authority to operate the launch under a 1961 agreement with the federal government.

There are a lot of Republicans in D.C. who could learn from Scott Walker. He talks quietly, but when it’s time to move, he pulls out a big stick and starts swinging.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald’s Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans (UPDATED 2x)

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This is from The PJ Tattler.

I would like for the McDonalds workers to face some backlash from the public.

DId the unions that hired these people commit fraud by having them pose as

federal workers?

 

Yesterday I reported from the National World War Two Memorial on several members of Congress crashing the barricades set up by the National Park Service that were keeping out several hundred Honor Flight veterans — many of whom were WW2 veterans — from visiting their own memorial. The Park Service claimed that the memorial and the entire National Mall area had to be closed because of the government shutdown.

The same scene was reenacted again today as two Honor Flights from Missouri and Chicago arrived in prearranged visits. These Honor Flights were met by hundreds of ordinary citizens and about a dozen members of Congress, who once again crashed the barricades to let the veterans into the WW2 Memorial.

After about an hour, about 20 protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown.

In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.

Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they had been paid to protest, at which point the guy wearing the McDonald’s shirt came back and admitted he had been paid $15.

About a minute later a protest organizer ran up to me telling me that the man in question is a contractor working at the McDonald’s in a Smithsonian Museum — a claim she made no effort to prove. The same story was told to Jake Tapper at CNN who was on the scene and made the same inquiry.

And yet that doesn’t explain why he was paid $15 to attend a protest targeting our nation’s honored military veterans.

UPDATE: Huffington Post reporter Arthur Delaney states that the protest was organized by a group called “Good Jobs Nation,” not SEIU as I previously reported, and that, remarkably, the protesters weren’t even federal employees at all but individuals who WORK in federal buildings affected by the shutdown.

Delaney and his HuffPo colleague Ryan J. Reilly have attacked me on Twitter, speculating on what the McDonald’s employee, Luis Chiliquinga, really thought, and chastising me for my editorial standards in reporting on what I recorded. The video speaks for itself.

UPDATE2: So who is “Good Jobs Nation”? Jonathan Adler points me to this Washington Post article that explains:

The group formed about six months ago as a coalition of like-minded labor groups. Its funding comes largely from unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Farm Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers, according to organizers.

So they were, in fact, a SEIU rent-a-mob

WAPO adds this:

The group held its first demonstration in May, when service workers at federal buildings walked off the job to protest their wages.

So they voluntarily walk off the job to protest, then complain when Congress gives them extra free time to get some extra scratch from the SEIU and Teamsters to protest.

ConMom has more on “Good Jobs Nation”.

 

 

Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

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This is from Yahoo News.

 

Ray Emory is a shining example of “The Greatest Generation.”

Ray helped the Livingston family identify and bring their loved one home.

God Bless Ray Emory and his family.

 

HONOLULU (AP) — Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

And so he set out to restore names to the dead.

Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified.

On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.

“Some of the time, we suffered criticism from Ray and sometimes it was personally directed at me. And I think it was all for the better,” said National Park Service historian Daniel Martinez. “It made us rethink things. It wasn’t viewed by me as personal, but a reminder of how you need to sharpen your pencil when you recall these events and the people and what’s important.”

Emory first learned of the unknown graves more than 20 years ago when he visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific shortly before the 50th anniversary of the attack. The grounds foreman told him the Pearl Harbor dead were scattered around the veterans’ graveyard in a volcanic crater called Punchbowl after its resemblance to the serving dish.

Emory got a clipboard and walked along row after row of flat granite markers, making notes of any listing death around Dec. 7, 1941. He got ahold of the Navy’s burial records from archives in Washington and determined which ships the dead in each grave were from.

He wrote the government asking why the markers didn’t note ship names and asked them to change it.

“They politely told me to go you-know-where,” Emory told The Associated Press in an interview at his Honolulu home, where he keeps a “war room” packed with documents, charts and maps. Military and veterans policy called for changing grave markers only if remains are identified, an inscription is mistaken or a marker is damaged.

Emory appealed to the late Patsy Mink, a Hawaii congresswoman who inserted a provision in an appropriations bill requiring Veterans Affairs to include “USS Arizona” on gravestones of unknowns from that battleship.

Today, unknowns from other vessels like the USS Oklahoma and USS West Virginia, also have new markers.

Some of the dead, like those turned to ash, will likely never be identified. But Emory knew some could be.

The Navy’s 1941 burial records noted one body, burned and floating in the harbor, was found wearing shorts with the name “Livingston.” Only two men named Livingston were assigned to Pearl Harbor at the time, and one of the two was accounted for. Emory suspected the body was the other Livingston.

Government forensic scientists exhumed him. Dental records, a skeletal analysis and circumstantial evidence confirmed Emory’s suspicions. The remains belonged to Alfred Livingston, a 23-year-old fireman first class assigned to the USS Oklahoma.

Livingston’s nephew, Ken Livingston, said his uncle and his father were raised together by their grandmother and attended the same one-room schoolhouse. They grew up working on farms in and around Worthington, Ind. Livingston remembers his dad saying the brothers took turns wearing a pair of shoes they shared.

When the family learned Alfred was found, they brought him home from Hawaii to be buried in the same cemetery where his grandmother and mother rest.

About a third of the town showed up for his 2007 memorial service in Worthington, a town of just 1,400 about 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The local American Legion put up a sign welcoming home “Worthington’s missing son.”

“It brought a lot of closure,” said Ken Livingston, 62, his voice cracking.

John Lewis, a retired Navy captain who worked with Emory while assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command between 2001 and 2004, said the command is fortunate someone like Emory has the time and initiative to painstakingly connect the dots on the unknowns.

“Without Ray Emory I don’t know if this ever would have been done,” Lewis said from Flowood, Miss.

Emory says people sometimes ask him why he’s spending so much time on events from 70 years ago. He tells them to talk to the relatives to see if they want the unknowns identified.

He doesn’t get emotional about the work, except when the government doesn’t exhume people he thinks should be dug up and identified.

“I get more emotional when they don’t do something,” he said.

He’ll keep working after he’s formally recognized during the Pearl Harbor ceremony on Friday to remember and honor the dead. He has names of 100 more men buried at Punchbowl he believes are identifiable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feinstein Slams Salazar for Using ‘False Science’ to Kill Historic Oyster Farm

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This is from PJ Media.

It seems Senator Feinstein is environmentally friendly on her terms.

Senator the whole environmental movement is base on junk science. 

The people of Kalifornia voted for this silliness now pay the price.

That price will be businesses closing and jobs lost.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) lashed out at Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and accused him of using junk science to kill the last operating oyster cannery in her home state.

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company had been in a long fight with the Interior Department, who said the fourth-generation family business was harming harbor seal pups and native plants, and wanted to return the coastal region in Marin County to its natural state.

In 1972, the National Park Service purchased the land that housed the oyster operation and the owner reserved a 40-year right to continue its activities through November 30, 2012.

“I’ve taken this matter very seriously. We’ve undertaken a robust public process to review the matter from all sides, and I have personally visited the park to meet with the company and members of the community,” said Salazar in a statement yesterday. “After careful consideration of the applicable law and policy, I have directed the National Park Service to allow the permit for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company to expire at the end of its current term and to return the Drakes Estero to the state of wilderness that Congress designated for it in 1976. I believe it is the right decision for Point Reyes National Seashore and for future generations who will enjoy this treasured landscape.”

The popular business enjoyed strong community support and over the years millions of dollars in studies went into the protracted fight with the government.

“As stewards of the land, our practices are driven by a deep respect for the earth and the waters of the Estero ecosystem. The farms provide jobs, housing, and income to many locals, and are a significant part of the history and diversity of this thriving agricultural community,” the company said on its website.

Now, just before the holidays, 30 people are out of work.

“I am extremely disappointed that Secretary Salazar chose not to renew the operating permit for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company,” Feinstein said. “The National Park Service’s review process has been flawed from the beginning with false and misleading science, which was also used in the Environmental Impact Statement.”

The case divided California’s two Democratic senators, with Feinstein laboring to keep the business alive and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) supporting the environmentalists.

“The secretary’s decision effectively puts this historic California oyster farm out of business,” Feinstein said. “As a result, the farm will be forced to cease operations and 30 Californians will lose their jobs.”

 

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