Friday, February 15, 2013

Laughably extremist bill (LB482) drafted to 'protect' NE from illusory property threats by Glenn Beck bogeyman while real eminent domain threat to landowners looms from TransCanada bulldozers

There already IS a genuine effort to protect farmers, ranchers and other landowners in Nebraska from a real threat to their property. It is called LB152 If you live in any of the districts represented by (l-r) Papillion Sen. Bill Kintner (Dist. 2: 402- 471-2613), Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen (Dist. 15: 402-471-2625), North Platte Sen.Thomas Hansen (Dist. 42: 402-471-2729) or Dave Bloomfield (Dist. 17: 402-471-2716) you should call them and tell them to support authentic efforts to protect Nebraska landowners (LB152) — not phony grandstanding (LB482).
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that rookie GOP state senator William Kintner of Papillion has introduced LB482, which would bar state and local governments from receiving funds from such groups as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, which promotes Agenda 21.
     The council lists 84 countries and more than 1,000 communities are listed by the council as members, including Omaha and Lincoln.
     Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, Tom Hansen of North Platte and Charlie Janssen of Fremont have cosponsored the bill.
     Kintner belongs to the Shadow Lake Community Church as well as three different gun organizations, although apparently not the NRA, which may be insufficiently militant for him on shooter issues.
     Agenda 21 is a 1992 UN environmental initiative that encourages the development of "bike trails, green energy, mass transit, land-use regulations and sustainable farming through local, national and global action." It was drafted — with input from the George H.W. Bush administration.
     Although Agenda 21 doesn't have the force of law in the U.S., detractors say it threatens national and state sovereignty and private land rights.
     "We want to protect property rights," said Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion. "If there is going to be central planning going on in our state about how land is going to be used … it should be done by the Legislature and nobody else. (Really, Commissar Kintner? You want the state to veto local community planning?)
     Glenn Beck hawks a silly fantasy novel he wrote about Agenda 21 on his website:
Just a generation ago, this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of a UN-led program called Agenda 21, it’s simply known as 'the Republic.' There is no president. No Congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom. There are only the Authorities.
     According to the website LegiScan, at least 22 anti-Agenda 21 bills have been introduced this year in 14 states. Sen.Danielle Conrad of Lincoln said this to the Lincoln Journal Star:
It's like the Sharia law craze of 2013. Every now and again outside fringe groups and personalities like Glenn Beck seek to foment hysteria and misinformation by creating a paranoid response to a non-issue," she said. "Those concerned about these issues demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of our system of government and a clear disregard for well-established constitutional protections for private property rights.

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