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The Sting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Friday, 19 March 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#8
Paul Newman and Robert Redford did only two movies together: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting." Both were classics but the memory of "The Sting" has really spoken to me the last couple days as events unfold in Washington.

For those who didn't see or can't recall the movie, Redford and Newman were con men who set up a phony bookmaking operation in the 1930s. The "mark," a Chicago-style tough guy who liked the ponies, was carefully "allowed" into the private betting parlor, set up with "inside" information a few times to make sure his horses won and cheerfully paid his bets, proving the operation was worthy of his "confidence." I won't give away all the plot - it's a movie well worth renting - but rest assured when the tough guy finally begged to put down a gargantuan bet - which the parlor very "reluctantly" accepted - the tough guy found out the parlor he trusted couldn't be. His horse didn't come in, the payoff window was closed and his money was gone forever.

Bring It On PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Monday, 19 April 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#10
It's time for a roundup of issues we're monitoring for near-term activity. For those who might have hoped the administration's close shave on health care might have convinced them to look for easier issues or to tone down the rhetoric a bit, the opposite has happened.

Perhaps most illustrative of the leadership's attitude was President Obama's taunting of those health care bill opponents who dared to talk of repeal and reform of Healthenstein. Sounding like an arrogant, swaggering neighborhood punk on a Chicago playground basketball court, Obama's sneering taunt was "bring it on!"

EPA Gets Carefully Yet Boldly Creative in Wyoming: Conclusion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Saturday, 31 December 2011
AFF Sentinel Vol.8#40

Some have suggested the siting of the exact locations of the EPA's monitoring wells was part of the reason the agency found the things they did. Also, some of the chemistry EPA noted (high pH), could be the result of the EPA's own techniques. An Investor's Business Daily story noted that an industry research group, Energy in Depth said, "dense soda ash has a recorded pH (11.5) very similar to the level found in the deep [monitoring] wells, creating the possibility that the high pH recorded by the EPA could have been caused by the very chemicals it used to drill its own wells," ("Green Groups' Attack on Fracking Based on Bad Science," 12/12/11).

On top of that, the U.S. Geological Survey has found the water quality in the region "highly variable," Investor's noted. The potassium levels detected in one EPA monitoring well fell over 50 percent from October 2010 to April 2011, while the levels in the other well increased over the same dates. That suggests natural variations, not fracking, they concluded. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 )
Tragedy Galvanizes Arizona Cattlemen Into New Push For Border Security PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Saturday, 03 April 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#9
Border Security First, Immigration Reform Later

Arizona cattlemen are hoping that the tragic death of one of their own may finally be the catalyst to get action from government officials after years of border struggle.

The Arizona Cattle Growers Association (ACGA) organization has quickly raised money for a reward, met with state and national officials and aided the Krentz family in a time of need.

On March 27th, rancher Rob Krentz was shot and killed by a suspected illegal alien, who then made for the Mexican border. Ranchers along the border and for many miles inland have dealt with trespassing, repeated burglaries and illegals kicking in doors and invading homes and terrorizing families. But Krentz's death has galvanized the border communities like nothing before.

Borrowing Tactics From Hugo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Friday, 28 May 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#13

Colorado Springs, CO May 28, 2010 AFF has just published a page on Facebook. Search for us there. First, for those who need a refresher, there's background info on AFF. Then, click on our "Wall," to add your thoughts regarding some discussion points we've posted on immigration, climate change and financial reform. Let us know what you think. We don't have the technology to link you direct to our page yet (soon). But this link will take you to Facebook and you can search Agribusiness Freedom Foundation out.

Horrifying is one way to describe what went on the weekend of May 15-16. Even more horrifying is considering what parties shared the philosophy and methodology.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 )
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