SLO County’s tax dollars supported Earth Day charlatans

April 29, 2017

Mike Brown

OPINION by MIKE BROWN

During this past weekend in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Davis, Berkeley, and elsewhere across California’s leftist archipelago we were again subjected to the annual day of indoctrination or ersatz pagan right of spring known has Earth Day.

The event content, usually billed as a festival, provides exhibits by government agencies, not-for-profit environmental groups, and vendors of “green” products and services. The usual fare includes entertainment in the form of some local bands and rituals conducted by self-appointed shamans claiming sacred status on the basis of their alleged ethnicity and superior mystical insights.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive by bike, mass transit, or other non-polluting conveyance.

The festivals are partially sponsored by government agencies, vendors, and businesses attempting to project an “environmental” corporate ethos. These supporters’ logos and government seals are prominently displayed on promotional materials and during the actual events. Government agencies donate the use of parks and other facilities as the venues.

Occasionally, a mayor or county supervisor will drop by for a few minutes during the busiest time to pay homage and pledge support for a green future without fossil fuels and industrial facilities.

It is doubtful that individuals and organizations which question the prevalent revealed green enviro-socialist doctrine would be invited or granted equal time and space, even though the events are being conducted on public facilities supported by all taxpayers. This lapse, at a minimum, would seem to require that the donating/supporting public agencies clearly stipulate publicly in advance that the festivals are open and that the sponsors must provide opportunity for contrary opinion and representation.

The SLO Earth Day Alliance, a not-for-profit which runs the local version, states on its website that it will reject any applicant for a booth or display for any reason. Mind you, this event was conducted on El Chorro Regional Park, a tax supported San Luis Obispo County-owned and operated facility. What if the North County Tea Party applied for a booth, paid the fee, and was rejected?

Tax funded government sponsors listed on the Alliance website include the City of San Luis Obispo, the Regional Transit Authority, the County Parks Department, SLO Transit, and the City of Paso Robles.

Government exhibitors  included: EmPower SLO (a County run energy loan program); First Five San Luis Obispo County, ( a county run children’s program); County of SLO Public Libraries; City of SLO Public Utilities, the SLO County Integrated Waste Management Authority, and the Questa Sustainable Resource Center. Were the government staff people who manned these exhibits paid on the clock (by the tax payers) or did they volunteer?

If they volunteered were they management employees exempt from overtime? After all, the event was on Saturday. Or were they rank and file employees who worked on the clock and received overtime pay?

Other featured exhibitors, whose key missions are not exactly environmental education, included the Atheists United SLO, The SLO County Cannabis Business Association, SLO Mothers for Peace, and the SLO Democratic Party. Also listed were the usual suspects, including the Sierra Club, Surf Rider Foundation, ECOSLO, and the SLO County Botanical Garden, as well as a number of commercial vendors.

The SLO Earth Day Alliance, in outlining the theme of the event (People, Planet, and Peace), states:

“People –  There is only one race, the human race. it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum.  We all should be helpful to those around us. Especially the strongest need to help those in greatest need. People are symbolized with the Earth in our hands; we must encourage respect for all life forms, and increase attention to the preservation of biodiversity.

The scammers’ logo

“Planet –  People are the stewards of the planet and our responsibility is not only for creation care, but also to protect and celebrate earth’s environment. We need to teach our children to have an understanding of the earth based on science, that all living things are interconnected and anything we do to that web of life we ultimately do to ourselves. Planet is symbolized as the Earth which everything revolves around; we need to give and live with love, respect and gratitude for all Earth’s creations.”

Obviously, many of the sentiments stated here have been components of religious, philosophical, scientific, and ethical thinking throughout the world and in many cultures for millennia. But disturbingly, part three of the theme statement attacks our national defense in the most pejorative terms ( especially the highlighted sentence below):

“Peace – Our country’s long wars and worldwide military presence are immoral and unsustainable (our emphasis). World Peace doesn’t just mean for all to be in a place where there is no violence or war, it means for all creation to have the ability to be calm in heart and mind. It’s mutually beneficial to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors. Peace is symbolized as the Earth’s water; we must strive to thrive with peace and clean water for all.”

Just why are “our country’s long wars and worldwide presence immoral and unsustainable?” Hogwash!

Were it not for our successful and bloody sacrifices in these wars, we would not have the freedom to conduct Earth Day. In all likelihood, and in most of the regimes that have fought wars against the United States, the Earth Day Alliance people would be taken out and shot.

Was the American Civil War to free the slaves immoral and unsustainable?

The Confederacy never would have given up if Union General Sherman hadn’t burned half of Georgia and South Carolina to the ground.

How about War I to stop the German Kaiser and Austro-Hungarian Empire from conquering Europe? Or what about the Korean War in 1950’s to stop the current North Korean dictator/warlord’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, from enslaving the democratic and capitalistic South Koreans?

Was it OK that, in the vacuum created by the United States abandonment of South Viet Nam, that the Cambodian dictator Pol Pot committed genocide against 3 million of his own people? Was it OK for the trained soldiers of Al-Qaeda to seize commercial airliners and fly them into office buildings in New York City, killing thousands of innocent civilians and responding public safety officers? And what if Korea’s current dictator Kim Jong-un is successful in mating nuclear bombs with long range ICBMs? Are the Earth Day Alliance and its supporters suggesting that we ignore them? Or that we not counter these acts of aggression? Or that we not be prepared to defend ourselves?

Was the long war to destroy Nazi Germany immoral and unsustainable?

Or what about the long cold war, which ended in the collapse of the murderous and genocidal Soviet dictatorship? Was Hitler, backed by tens of millions of compliant and supporting Germans, practicing tolerance and peace?

Could millions of Jews and other captive peoples been saved if England and the United States were not isolationist and pacifist in the 1930’s and, as a result, on their military heels in the early years of the war? Had they been better armed and prepared, they could have surgically bombed the sections of the death camps which included rail junctions, gas chambers, and crematoria at Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the others , thus saving the lives of millions of innocent victims.

What exactly is “immoral and unsustainable” about defending our families and homes or rescuing victims from genocidal dictators?

The Earth Day charlatans’ political science is even worse than their so-called natural science. Taxpayer-supported public agencies shouldn’t be supporting them.

Mike Brown is the Government Affairs Director of the Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB) of San Luis Obispo County. He had a 42-year career as a city manager and county executive officer in 4 states including California. He can be reached at mike@colabslo.org. 


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Monad

Lots of horse-pucky here Mike. How many tax dollars are you claiming were spent? Do you even know what a charlatan is? Who are you trying to slander as a charlatan? Not clear. Personally, I think COLAB is a fraud by claiming to represent labor. Which labor groups support COLAB? Oh yeah, COLAB keeps its membership a secret.


I think you just might be a slanderer. What do you think?


injustice_to_bees

Yet another rambling word salad from Mr. Brown. It would be impossible to rebut every failure of logic and reality there….so I’ll just take his first paragraph. I doubt most readers got much further anyway.

He tried to portray this event as celebrated in a few cities in “California’s leftist archipelago” as if this handful of cities is somehow outside the norm. In fact, this event was celebrated by millions of people in 192 countries across the world. It is Mr. Brown who, along with his corporatist comrades, are on thier own little ideologically bankrupt archipelago. (True, they hold most of the $ on those little islands ;(

He also refers to the events as an “ersatz pagan ritual.” Ahhhh yes, the pagans. The people who did not know science but instead created deities with fantastic stories that helped make sense if the world around them.

I would postulate that the people who celebrate Earth Day across the world are motivated more by science and are less reliant on thier chosen deity. So what guides you Mr. Brown? Science? The deity you’ve chosen to worship? “Good” wars? The pursuit of money…..er, ummm, I mean a “strong economy”?


jw1000

Classic teabagger stuff there Mike.


deckstro

To quote Mr. Brown, “This lapse, at a minimum, would seem to require that the donating/supporting public agencies clearly stipulate publicly in advance that the festivals are open and that the sponsors must provide opportunity for contrary opinion and representation.”


I disagree. Just because the public agencies are involved, doesn’t mean they run the event. Whoever got the permit to put on the festival has the right to control who is allowed to be involved. Those with the opinions contrary to Mr. Brown’s point of view are part of the public and have the right to put on a festival of their choosing.


Freedom of speech *doesn’t* mean all points of view have to be heard at *all* times. It means that no one can STOP contrary views from being expressed.


By the way, where is the proof that these folks that held the Earth Day event were charlatans?


Is Mr. Brown arguing against Earth Day, public agencies being involved, or against the point of view of those who put on Earth Day?


Rambunctious

I support earth day, I like clean water and air, I like clean streets and parks but what I don’t like is the politicization of Clean water and air, or clean streets and parks.


Slosum

Correction. I mean science is never “settled”… not “accepted”. That’s why it’s science. Those who “accept” it deny that science is about TRYING to understand our existence. We can’t be so arrogant as to think we can figure it all out.


SanLuisDude

Mike Brown, a 42 year tax paid government employee. Who left his government job, taking with him a large pension and benefit package, to work for COLAB. COLAB is a private business lobbying firm with nonprofit status.

So another politician turned business lobbyist, who’s firm takes money from businesses who’s interests are for less environmental protection, writes a negative article about a day that celebrates the environment.

I am sure he is being honest and objective just like all the other politicians who become lobbyists once they secure full government pensions.


Incredulous1

I really have to wonder what the heck is wrong with society lately. Ok, I know that things haven’t been quite right for a long time, but WOW, these Trumpistas are a Vile, Rabid bunch. Reading both Brown’s and “Gordo’s” diatribes was depressing. When did America decide to become such a nation of vicious, ungrateful whiners as these two demonstrate. Forums on the internet are chalk full of them. Apparently your hero, serial sex offender “You have to treat them (women) like shit”, “I would have made a great mafioso” (New York Magazine November 9, 1992) Trump’s win has brought them all out of the closet and from under their rocks. Now they can commit their hate far and wide.


Got news for you cretins, if not for the hard self sacrificing work of environmentalists, the air YOU breathe, the water YOU drink and the food YOU eat would be contaminated with toxins. We’d look like China, which had no environment regulations. Take a look at Beijing for a starter. National parks would not exist for you to visit (if you do), all forests would have long ago been clearcut to fatten the back accounts of a few amoral fatcats and the beaches you visit (or do you?) would be flowing black with oil.


You people disgust me. What ever happened to decency? And by the way, conservatives used to believe in conservation, before they were suckered in by corporate liars for hire.


SLOBIRD

“When did America decide to become such a nation of vicious, ungrateful whiners as these two demonstrate.” My goodness, have you looked at the Democrap Party lately? There is nothing they like unless it is raising taxes, injudicious spending of taxpayers money, attending a protest or a rally and/or attacking free speech or rioting against anything THEY don’t believe in and is not on their agenda. Half this Country is not buying this kool aid and my guess these are the people making their own living, paying their bills and not leaning on the government for a handout believe in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Preamble, freedom of religion and we ALL have our rights not just the globalist, anarchists, fascists, socialist, and communist. Wake up and look around….


Incredulous1

>”There is nothing they like unless it is raising taxes, injudicious spending of taxpayers money”


Sorry, you have that backwards.


How much money is Trump giving the military to build yet more bombs?


https://www.forbes.com/sites/charlestiefer/2016/11/09/president-trump-is-likely-to-boost-u-s-military-spending-by-500-billion-to-1-trillion/#2c7142816024


How much does he want to waste building a stupid wall?


http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/new-estimate-shows-trumps-border-wall-could-cost-669-billion


>”Half this Country is not buying this kool aid and my guess these are the people making their own living, paying their bills and not leaning on the government for a handout…”


Sorry, you have that backwards.


Turns out that the red state rabble, the ones who like to scream the loudest about blue state welfare cheats are the REAL welfare cheats.


https://trofire.com/2016/01/12/welfare-hypocrisy-red-states-are-the-real-freeloaders/


http://uk.businessinsider.com/red-states-more-dependent-on-federal-government-2015-7?r=US&IR=T


http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/blue-state-voters-in-general-subsidize-southern-red-state-voters-not-the-other-way-around


avidreader

A little cheese with that whine? Get over yourselves. You lost. Pull up your big girl panties and get on with your life. We did for eight years.I love that the progressives make President Trump out to be so awful because of something he said. Not a word out of them when the married President Clinton was disgracing the Oval Office with his sexual acts (not words!) with his agreeable intern. Funny how that silence was deafening. Not to mention his numerous affairs.


And none of that nonsense you’re throwing out there has anything to do with Mr. Brown’s excellent article. Our tax dollars, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on, should not be used for political purposes.


Incredulous1

Hmm. No answer for the information I presented so just insult. How typically Trumpian.


>”I love that the progressives make President Trump out to be so awful because of something he said.”


Said? The guy is a walking, talking sleazebag. WAY, way worse than anything Clinton ever did. You People, on the other hand, are hypocrites of the first order. So long as he is fulfilling your spiteful agenda your with him. Doesn’t matter WHAT he does otherwise. Just goes to show that all those supposed Christian values were phony baloney window dressing.


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/donald-trump-scandals/474726/


Sad.


Incredulous1

Odd, my reply 4:27 pm above disappeared, but pops back up when I login.


Anyway, Here’s the latest in petty spite for you.


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/331387-cnn-trump-ending-michelle-obamas-girls-education-program


You also said,


>”Our tax dollars, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on, should not be used for political purposes.”


SLOBIRD above you complained about Democrats “injudicious spending of taxpayers money,”


Bit I’ve not heard a word form your ilk about this? Any comments?


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328203-trump-on-pace-to-spend-more-in-first-year-on-travel-than-obama-did-in


I don’t like arguing on the net. I’ve spent years trying to avoid it. But the hypocrisy and meanness that rightwingers display is just obscene, and I find myself losing patience.


For honest people listening in, my apologies.


Chinaski

“Mr Brown’s excellent article”…Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! If you thought this factually barren rant was “excellent” you must be an “avidreader” of comic books, Dianetics, and porn.


rjakelian

“The Earth Day charlatans’ political science is even worse than their so-called natural science.”


Natural science, science that deals with the physical world, e.g., physics, chemistry, geology, and biology.


I agree with him about not using government money to pay for people to work this event, that should be voluntary.