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January 14, 2010-Klasky Stalks Cactus Thorns Publisher

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A reminder of who Phil Klasky really is.

(REDUX:Oringinal post: January 2010)-This was sent to the President of Friends of Giant Rock.

——— Original Message ———-

From: “Philip M. Klasky” <pklasky@igc.org>

To: ray@friendsofgiantrock.com

Subject: Dan O’Brien

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:47:39 -0800

Ray –

As a matter of clarification, is Dan O’Brien a member of FOGR? On your web site it indicates that he participates in fundraising events for you.

Also, we have some suggestions for amending the staging portion of the ordinance without eliminating it. Are you interested in talking about this?

thanks, Phil Klasky

Hey Phil,  if you want to know about me, ask me. You read the blog everyday. You know how to contact me. We have mutual friends. Don’t go behind a guys back, of course unless you know him well.

This kind of tickles me in the sense that Mr. Klasky is so afraid of an insignificant fellow like me. I’m a regular sweet heart.

Phil’s pissed that the Sleeping Giant of the Off Road Community is awake and organizing to defeat him and his kind. We’ve had enough of those that would sell our liberty for a little more government security (control).

He is pissed that I don’t like his socialist politics. He hates that at least in this Basin not only do we read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but understand the words and their meaning.

Phil does not like that we also read Rules for Radicals and have turned it against him.

  • Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
  • Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
  • Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
  • Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
  • Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
  • Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”
  • Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
  • Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
  • Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
  • Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
  • Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

So Phil whats your next move?

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  1. Ophir Ophir says:

    Klasky reminds me of a former neighbor that was influenced to move from my locale. Keep the pressure on hard, fast and consistent and this creep will flee in short order.

  2. desertracerswife desertracerswife says:

    He reminds me of mold that you keep spraying with bleach, but keeps showing back up.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    For a guy who according to the LA Times spends all of “4 months out of the year” here, he has a lot of guts claiming to be a resident of this area.

  4. Phil really has no idea how many locals dislike how he and his small group are trying to change the dynamics of our local area. Phil has become a household name threw out the OHV communities in California. When you have CORVA aware of the mans tactics that says something.

    Phil is good at organizing people to protest nuclear plants but what he did not bargain for is that locals will defend their areas from his constant lying intimidation.

    Bring it on Phil we are not going away. Remember when you but your nose in the neighbors business the neighbors might but their nose in your business. Example is Sherry Halls illegal vacation rentals

  5. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Ken you are thumping your chest too much. That’s not good.

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