Wednesday June 26, 2013

I am sorry ….trying a new system with the scp website somehow I sent a plethora of notifications one for each article…. won’t happen again…..

This spectacular picture of Pauley Creek Falls was taken recently by David Marshall.

Gosh, all kinds of things happening this week. The Supreme Court is making decisions, some good, some hmmm… Congress is acting it’s usual uncooperative self and not getting much done…. and Texas? welll….. things could be so much better for everyone if personal feelings and vendettas were put aside. I cannot understand why people object to the equality issue. It just doesn’t make sense. If you are happy and secure in your own life, why would you not want someone else to experience the same. Marriage and partnership are good for everyone. Just forget about the sex element, who gives a rip what anyone else does in their bedroom anyhow, it is none of your business.

But this week we have lots of information about what’s going on in our county and surrounding areas. I have expanded the Guest Columnists to add names as we have some who write often and requests to find their articles easily, so hope this helps.

Check out the Nevada County Fair article with information and editorial comments. Of course there is Carol, Gabby, Carrie, Fringe, The Cats, and Cooter…. be sure to read the Editor’s Special written by Paul Guffin.

Oh just one last thing. The Fringe wrote his column and thought I might have high blood pressure or heartburn after reading it…. however I have to say, I agree with him, almost completely, I might not have used some of the same language but I’m totally on board with his ideas here….

Lassen Co Missing Vehicle Located 6/26/13

Missing Cal-Trans Worker’s Vehicle Located in Eastern Sierra County

 

On Tuesday June 25, 2013 at about 0630 hours the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office received information of a suspicious vehicle located near the Treasure Mountain Loop Road just northwest of the Little Truckee Summit in Eastern Sierra County. Deputies met with the reporting party, a local resident who located the vehicle in the remote area of the Tahoe National Forest while horse back riding. At about 0900 hours deputies arrived at the vehicle and discovered the sole male occupant was deceased.

The vehicle, a maroon 2004 extended cab Ford Ranger was identified as belonging to Patrick McCarthy of Doyle, California. Patrick McCarthy, a Susanville Cal-Trans employee, was reported missing on June 3, 2013 to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. Although the occupant of the vehicle has not been positively identified, the remains are believed to be that of Patrick McCarthy.

McCarthy’s family members have been notified, and deputies are working to positively identify the remains. Although the cause of death is still under investigation, deputies do not suspect foul play

For more information, contact:

Sheriff John Evans  (530) 289-3700

sheriffadmin@sierracounty.ws

The Fringe’s Law 6/26/13

Rage against the Chickenshit

A Fringe Frustranation fringe logo

There ought to be a law!

Your Fringe Editor doesn’t call for a law very often, as free and brave readers know; it’s very clear that tons of problems could be solved by simply un-passing many of the crappy laws we already have.  Even so, I’m calling for a new law.

My new law is a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment.  At one time that would have been untenable to me, but the 1st Amendment has taken a severe bashing in my lifetime, everything from “free speech zones” which restrict protestors from free speech anywhere else, to the attacks on free speech made by the Department of Homeland Security, who told people that the DHS regards protests against government actions as “terrorism”.  My law would dramatically change the language of politicians and government bureaucrats, but will hardly effect two groups of people, as I will explain.

My law is simply this: No one who champions a position which would rob citizens of the right to self-determination may use the words “freedom” or “liberty”.  It’s that simple.  Those words would be reserved for people who property understand the nature of freedom.

My law would deny the use of those words to anyone who makes the remark “if you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.”  Likewise, the phrase “obedience to the law is freedom.”  The reason is simple: these perspectives set the idea of freedom on its ass, a rude and undignified position for such a noble idea.

“If you haven’t done anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.”  This witless mantra, most often used to explain the most recent rape of our rights by one or another government talking head, is the perfect opposite of freedom.  It creates the illusion that the government, the “authorities” are the source of freedom, it ignores the fact that “nothing wrong” is a very subjective clause, implying that the government has the power and right to weigh citizens, to determine for them what is “wrong”.  It sets the government bureaucrat up as the arbitrator of what constitutes freedom.

It also serves to make the populous meek: if we think you’ve done something wrong, you have a great deal to worry about, so better play it safe and be as good like a slave or servant is good, and please your betters.

“Obedience to the law is freedom”.  If it doesn’t anger you, you aren’t reading it correctly.  You are only free as long as you obey every bureaucrat that feeds at the government trough.  Freedom doesn’t arise from the individual, a birthright, instead it springs from total obedience.

Both of these sayings diminish the individual, strip her of his own counsel, degrade the freedom that we are born with.

To be clear, your Fringe Editor is no anarchist.  I’m a strong believer in law, a firm believer in the role of government to organize human effort.  The process of elected officials who are expected to act in the best interest of all citizens is about as good as governance can become.  Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, keep the baby and change the shitty water; the water is there to serve the baby, and government is in place to serve all the citizens, not just the 52% of the 60% of people who voted for them.

But, part of the process requires honesty on the part of the candidates, and a meaningful difference in candidates.  A good first step toward regaining that ideal is to force paid government bullshitters to tell the truth, or at least forbid them the use of those two priceless words.  When a gas bag running for office uses the word “freedom” it has to actually refer to the right of people to govern themselves.

I considered adding the word “patriot” to the list, but the word itself sucks, referring as it does to a child’s dedication to her or his father.  The word implies allegiance to the power structure, the administration, rather than implying the responsibility of every citizen to protect the liberty of other citizens.   It simply means “loyalist”.  It doesn’t mean “defender of fellow citizens.”  It is our responsibility to each other and to others like us which forms the living heart of our nation.  When the government is an efficient servant to those ends, it is backbone of our effort.  When it becomes a task master, rigid, myopic, arbitrary, it is no longer our ideal of government.

Simple enough law: don’t bullshit the people; when you’re pooping in the stew call it that, don’t misuse the sacred ideas of freedom and liberty to excuse actions that diminish the dignity and self-determination of citizens.

The two groups the law won’t effect much?  Those who understand how precious freedom is and who work relentlessly to preserve America the people; and those who never think about freedom, what it is, how fragile it is, and how it is easily pissed away through inaction.

Good freaking luck with that!

Gabby Fringette 6/26/13

X; a mystery

By Gabby Fringette

X over x-1 + 2/3 = 2 over x-1

I know I had a quest not to learn anything over the summer, but then my report card came, now I have a quest to learn algebra.

The equation is simple enough, you just have to add 2 over X-1 to both sides, then subtract it twice, then invert and multiply 2/3 and X over x-1, then invert and divide the sums, to get 74/0 on the left side, and 3X on the right.

Now, so far the problem is going well, not so much of a problem as an annoyance, but one thing nagged at me.  What is up with X?

X always wants to be alone; does X have a secret?

Why do the other numbers keep getting knocked off? Is that X’s secret?

And why are there more Xses? Is X multiplying?  Are the number slashings crimes of passion?

I guess I won’t know ‘till the end of the math annoyance, when X’s true identity is revealed

Back to the math annoyance, now I have

3X =74/0

Next we multiply 3X by –3X, then divide that sum by –74, then we add –3 to 74/0 then multiply by 36 (exactly half of 74 in algebra), and that leaves us with 

900,000,000,000,000X= -π

Whoa! Did you see that? 3X just 9 trilionthed*

Now I’m thinking that maybe X is just unlucky.  Maybe in the beginning X over X-1 was walking across the road with 2/3 to get to 2 over X-1, when a car came and killed 2/3, and disfigured X over X-1 turning him into 3x, then a small bomb went off disfiguring 2 over X-1.  Like the beginning of a French movie.  Maybe X is sad and that’s why he wants to be alone.

Now to solve the mystery, I must solve the problem.  Now I divide 900,000,000,000,000 by 1/8 of zero, to get – π, which I multiply by 69, to get 1!

X is one! He cleverly disguised himself by subtracting him self in the beginning, and when his cover was blown when he was disfigured, he needed to be alone so he could disguise him self- oh! No! My dyseksia-dislexia-diyslecia- dyslexia acted up, so I forgot I was supposed to multiply – π by positive 98g instead of negative 98g! So the real answer to the problem is 8/5! Oh, well, so much for my theory.

* Between 8 trilionthed and 10 trilionthed.

The Cats 6/26/13

6/26/13

I am the nicest cat and the best cat I know that because Tom tells me that... it doesn't matter what you think...

6/26/13  I am the nicest cat and the best cat I know that because Tom tells me that… it doesn’t matter what you think…

Fireworks for Downieville 6/26/13

Fireless Fireworks Forever!

The Downieville 4th of July Parade is next week.  Help support  our unique tradition at the end of the parade: the famous “Downieville Fireless Fireworks”?  Donation bins are at the following local businesses:  Sierra Hardware; Downieville Grocery; 49er Wines; Vintage Gal; and The Shack.  Or, mail a check to:  Downieville Improvement Group, c/o Ingrid Larson, P.O. Box 564, Downieville, CA 95936.  Let’s make this the best parade ever!  Thanks again.

The Downieville Improvement Group

Elephant Letter 6/26/13

6/26/13
Dear Editor,As others who spoke at the June 20 meeting, I have enjoyed and had pride in the Nevada County Board’s running of this community fair.  The board members can be proud of their past accomplishments.Now I am really distressed. I have learned from your article that the business Have Trunk Will Travel will not only endanger the fair goers and surrounding community and high way but it will do so with all the profit going to this business. There is NOTHING going to the Nevada County Fair. I attended the meeting. The overwhelming number (40) who spoke against this “attraction” were made up of a  cross section of people. Some were actual neighbors of the fair.  Many spoke of attending the fair for decades. Now, they sadly note, they will not be there if HTWT will be an attraction.  Speaking to a woman from Sacramento who did not go to the microphone, I learned that she had attended many an event at the Nevada County Fair grounds but she and the group of ladies who she came with every year (again for many decades) would not only not attend the fair but they would also not attend the other events held at the fair grounds. This woman had come with draft horses in previous years.  It is a very sad day when an outside business wields the kind of influence that HTWT has done with the board over the desires of the community. What goes on here? Why were there hugs for K. Johnson, who is a founder of  HTWT and makes her living off of transporting these animals hundreds of miles to their shows.  They will do a wedding for you or maybe a birthday party. This is no life for an elephant. What has happened between the owners of HTWT and the Nevada County Fair Board to  come to the point of not one member dissenting the decision to allow a business to make its profits, exposing a large number of people to the harm that would come from an elephant not in control of its handler?  I guess the Nevada County Fair has coverage by their insurance for such an outcome?

I have learned from your article that the business Have Trunk Will Travel will not only endanger the fair goers and surrounding community and high way but it will do so with all the profit going to this business. There is NOTHING going to the Nevada County Fair. I attended the meeting.  Most of those who spoke for HTWT had a vested interest. There were only a couple from the community and one was speaking on behalf of the veterinarians who work for HTWT. There were others from outside the Nevada County area who spoke as advocates for the elephants. They had studied elephants and some had degrees in the field and as many decades as Karey claims in working with elephants but in a much more natural setting for elephants.

The overwhelming number (40) who spoke against this “attraction” were made up of a  cross section of people from the community. Some were actual neighbors of the fair.  Many spoke of attending the fair for decades. Now, they sadly note, they will not be there if HTWT will be an attraction.  Speaking to a woman from Sacramento who did not go to the microphone, I learned that she had attended many an event at the Nevada County Fair grounds, but she and the group of ladies who she came with every year (again for many decades) would not only not attend the fair, but they would also not attend the other events held at the fair grounds. This woman had come with draft horses in previous years.  It is a very sad day when an outside business wields the kind of influence that HTWT has done with the board over the desires of the community.

What goes on here? What has this board so tied to HTWT and not the community in which they live? Do they think that the community at the meeting only represented organizations such as PETA? (That name was brought forth by one of the drivers for HTWT.) Why were there hugs from board members for K. Johnson, who is a founder of  HTWT and makes her living off of transporting these animals hundreds of miles to their shows? It will be over 500 miles and eight hours for the elephants to ride to Nevada County. There must have been some advance planning for this to make them a profit. They will do a wedding for you or maybe a birthday party. This is no life for an elephant. What has happened between the owners of HTWT and the Nevada County Fair Board to  come to the point of not one member dissenting the decision to allow a business to  make its profits, exposing a large number of people to the harm that would come from an elephant not in control of its handler?  I guess the Nevada County Fair has really good coverage by their insurance for such an outcome?  Obviously, I think the Nevada County Fair Board made a decision not in the best interests of the community, the fair or the elephants. I do not know what was in the contract . There must be something that is more important to the Board members than the desires of the community. The bottom line is usually the driving force. If this was to increase the number at the gate and therefore Fair income, it may have done the opposite. There are other values than money at stake here.

Sincerely,
Linda Guffin

Downieville

Carrie’s Corner 6/26/13

Carrie’s Corner
By: Carrie A. Blakley
It is time once again for the whole of the area to prepare for the onset of Summer activities and festivities. It is also time, once again, for me to remind our dear readers of a few things that can help make everyone’s Summer much more enjoyable, and safe. For our lovely travelers that enjoy our area for their Summer vacations, I’d like to take a moment to brief you on some items that are well….safety related. First of all, I’d like to send a big thank you to both our local law enforcement officers and our local CFS workers, that go out of their way every day to help make this area as safe for us as they possibly can. Having said that, keep in mind that this particular area is already on a high alert for fires. Mother Nature does quite a good job of making sure that our fire fighters, law enforcement officers and CFS workers are kept on their toes. These men and women do not need any help from the humans in the area. So, please be sure to follow all of the fire safety regulations, right down to the last ‘T’.
Yes, we have cell phone service. Yes, we have television. Yes, we have computers. However, we also have 500 foot mountains, high winds and other such natural conditions that can, at times, make the use of these items a bit challenging. You’ll also notice that there are garbage bins located strategically around the area. Please use them. This not only helps keep the garbage from flying all over the area, but it also helps keep the bears at bay. You read that correctly….we also have bears. As much as we love our bicyclists that visit our dear area, please keep in mind that if you are riding your bike, you are also expected to adhere to the rules and regulations of the road, just as those of us who use cars and trucks. The speed limit is 15 mph, we have red zones (no parking/standing zones), stop signs and yield areas. Local, or not, bike, or not, you are expected to follow the rules of the road. Again, this area is not protected by Officer Barney Fife, and even our locals that have no badges, are more than willing to help remind you of our road safety rules and regulations. Or, you can just do an Internet check on the DMV web site.
If you are using a cell phone, and decide that you would like to continue using the cell phone while you are gassing up your vehicle, please do not be offended if one of the workers comes out of the gas station and politely asks you to stop using your cell phone. It’s a safety request. Quite frankly, we need our gas station as much as you do.  When using the restrooms at our Visitor’s Center, please remember that in order for us to be sure that you remember that the public restrooms are not designed to be showers, mud collectors, canvases for graffiti…or all of these at the same time. In order for these restrooms to be kept up to par for all of you, they have to be cleaned. Please try to be understanding about this. We are fully aware that when you gotta go, you gotta go….none the less, it’s much nicer to ‘go’ in a clean environment, than it is having to wade through bits of paper and mud all over the floor, and walls. The restrooms have garbage bins, please use them accordingly.
I wish everyone a wonderful, safe and happy Summer break, and may Mother Nature always be in your favor.
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