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What a line of Horse Dung, Paul Cook

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sc_mp_050511_johnson05_400aPaul Cook is touting his grand compromise with the USMC and the off road community as some sort of political coup. Its a compromise if you think Hanging or firing squad is a compromise….

The Marines get 88,000 acres, the off road community gets 54,000 acres and the first maneuver  where live fire is mistakenly (wink wink) fired the rest of the “shared area” will be closed. GREAT DEAL, YOU KNUCKLE HEAD. See Map

Off Road Community was raped with a swagger stick. There is no honor with some old son of a bitch retired marine corps officer blowing smoke up the huge off road communities ass and iu reality giving Johnson Valley away to his own interests.

You can not have it both ways…. Cook boasts about his long affiliation with the Corps tells me it is Semper Fidelis is Latin for “Always Faithful” or “Always Loyal.” Well known in the United States as the motto of the United States Marine Corps. We off roaders got snookered. What chance did the community have? None!

We got nothing out of the “compromise.” we got bent over the barrel.

He’s your boy Yucca Valley, You assholes foisted this prick on us and now you got what you asked for.  Semper Fi Cook, you scum-ball piece of rat scat.

It is another dark day for Liberty and the Republic.

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8 Comments

  1. Mike Hawkins Mike Hawkins says:

    ...of the people, by the people, for the people... so just WTF does that mean?

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  2. Tim Humphreville Tim Humphreville says:

    Talk about a line of horse shit, Now I know where Margo and Ben get it. Maybe you cant read anymore. here is the press release. http://cook.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-paul-cook-welcomes-deal-to-save-the-johnson-valley-off-highway I wonder if there is anything you people are happy with !

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    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Really you want to go there Tim? What did we get out of the deal? Tell me Tim... You had better get your friend to read the compromise to you... We got F***ed.

      What compromise? what a 1000 meter wide access to the supposed shared area? Really? That is some kind of big f'n deal?

      And for the shared area... that will be gone the first live fire accident.... they will declare it a public safety problem and close the area.... if you think otherwise you are smoking dope.

      Obviously you must have not read H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 as amended. Because if you did you would find that your Fearless Col.... is a complete bullshit artist and has nothing in the proposed law that would suggests a god damned thing he has been touting.

      He can tell the Hammers folks anything they want.... he is a Junior Congressman from the hinterlands of liberal California.... he has neither the guns or the powder to pull any deal off.

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  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Here Tim read this H.R. 1960: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Passed HOUSE JUly 8th 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jul 08, 2013 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

    The bill has already left the House and is in the hands of the Senate..... it is done as far as Cook is concerned.

    The part you should be interested in is Section 3051.

    The deal was struck long before the Hammers folks ever met Cook.... Jesus.... Cook does not have the power or seniority in congress to do anything but pass feel good resolutions.... He has not done shit.

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    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California
    3051.
    Designation of Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area
    (a)
    Designation

    The approximately 188,000 acres of public land and interests in land administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management in San Bernardino County, California, as generally depicted as the "Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area" on the map titled "Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and Transfer of the Southern Study Area" and dated April 11, 2013, are hereby designated as the "Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area".
    (b)
    Recreational and conservation use

    The Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area is designated for the following purposes:
    (1)

    Public recreation (including off-highway vehicle use, camping, and hiking) when the lands are not used for military training as authorized by section 3052.
    (2)

    Natural resources conservation.
    (c)
    Withdrawal

    The public land and interests in land included in the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area are hereby withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws and the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.
    (d)
    Treatment of existing rights

    The designation of the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and the withdrawal of the public land and interests in land included in the Recreation Area are subject to valid existing rights.
    3052.
    Limited biannual Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms use of Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area
    (a)
    Use for military purposes authorized

    Subject to subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior shall authorize the Secretary of the Navy to utilize portions of Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area twice in each calendar year for up to a total of 60 days per year for the following purposes:
    (1)

    Sustained, combined arms, live-fire, and maneuver field training for large-scale Marine air-ground task forces.
    (2)

    Individual and unit live-fire training ranges.
    (3)

    Equipment and tactics development.
    (4)

    Other defense-related purposes consistent with the purposes specified in the preceding paragraphs.
    (b)
    Conditions on military use
    (1)
    Consultation and public participation requirements

    Before the Secretary of the Navy requests the two time periods for military use of the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in a calendar year, the Secretary of the Navy shall—
    (A)

    consult with the Secretary of the Interior regarding the best times for military use to reduce interference with or interruption of nonmilitary activities authorized by section 3051(b); and
    (B)

    provide for public awareness of and participation in the selection process.
    (2)
    Public notice

    The Secretary of the Navy shall provide advance, wide-spread notice before any closure of public lands for military use under this section.
    (3)
    Public safety

    Military use of the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area during the biannual periods authorized by subsection (a) shall be conducted in the presence of sufficient range safety officers to ensure the safety of military personnel and civilians.
    (4)
    Certain types of ordnance prohibited

    The Secretary of the Navy shall prohibit the use of dud-producing ordnance in any military training conducted under subsection (a).
    (c)
    Implementing agreement
    (1)
    Agreement required; required terms

    The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Navy shall enter into a written agreement to implement this section. The agreement shall include a provision for periodic review of the agreement for its adequacy, effectiveness, and need for revision.
    (2)
    Additional terms

    The agreement may provide for—
    (A)

    the integration of the management plans of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Navy;
    (B)

    delegation to civilian law enforcement personnel of the Department of the Navy of the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to enforce the laws relating to protection of natural and cultural resources and of fish and wildlife; and
    (C)

    the sharing of resources in order to most efficiently and effectively manage the lands.
    (d)
    Duration

    Any agreement for the military use of the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area shall terminate not later than March 31, 2039.
    3053.
    Transfer of administrative jurisdiction, Southern Study Area, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California
    (a)
    Transfer required

    Not later than September 30, 2014, the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer, without reimbursement, to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy certain public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management consisting of approximately 20,000 acres in San Bernardino County, California, as generally depicted as the "Southern Study Area" on the map referred to in section 3051.
    (b)
    Use of transferred land

    Upon the receipt of the land under subsection (a), the Secretary of the Navy shall include the land as part of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, and authorize use of the land for military purposes.
    (c)
    Legal description and map
    (1)
    Preparation and publication

    The Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register a legal description and map of the public land to be transferred under subsection (a).
    (2)
    Force of law

    The legal description and map filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary of the Interior may correct clerical and typographical errors in the legal description and map.
    (d)
    Reimbursement of costs

    The Secretary of the Navy shall reimburse the Secretary of the Interior for any costs incurred by the Secretary of the Interior to carry out this section.
    3054.
    Water rights
    (a)
    Water rights

    Nothing in this subtitle shall be construed—
    (1)

    to establish a reservation in favor of the United States with respect to any water or water right on lands transferred by this subtitle; or
    (2)

    to authorize the appropriation of water on lands transferred by this subtitle except in accordance with applicable State law.
    (b)
    Effect on previously acquired or reserved water rights

    This section shall not be construed to affect any water rights acquired or reserved by the United States before the date of the enactment of this Act.

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  4. Stanley Stanley says:

    This appears to be a win, and in an abstract way it is a win. They didn't take all of the land.....so that is a win I guess.

    What I believe will happen and Dan touched on the fact that one live fire maneuver and you can kiss that area goodbye. It will be to dangerous for civilians to recreate in the area because of safety concerns.

    What land that is left will be ridden to death and then the enviro's will come in an say, OMG, the land is destroyed and we need to close it down so nature can reclaim the area.

    A quote from our 29 Mayor:

    Mayor Dan Mintz of Twentynine Palms commented, “I’m proud that the voices of our communities were heard by our representatives in Congress, and I’m thankful that the Marines listened. We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with the Marines, while still being able to recreate safely. Off-roading has been a huge economic benefit to our city, and I’m thrilled that this deal will allow it to continue.”

    All I can say to Danny is "dream".

    This is the end of desert racing as I see it. Wait till we have riders riding locally again. That should send Klasky over the edge. Little off topic but where has our illustrious professor been? He will love this.

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  5. desertrider desertrider says:

    Sounds like a "win win" to me.
    The only compromise made was they didn't take it all.
    One thing that could have been done to take less land was to zag instead of zig in the southeast part.
    What about the Chocolate Mountain range.

    Whatever happened to this statement;
    In an article published today in newspapers around the country,
    writer Robert Burns of the Associated Press quotes Marine Corp
    Commandant General James F. Amos stating that the future of the Marine
    Corps lies in a smaller, versatile sea-based fighting force based
    primarily around the Pacific, including bases in Okinawa and Australia;
    “….but not in Iraq or Afghanistan.”

    Since Marine representatives have repeatedly stated that the sole
    reason for the very expensive and widely criticized takeover of the
    Johnson Valley area is to prepare Marines for land-based battles in Iraq
    and Afghanistan, General Amos has confirmed that this proposed
    expansion is no longer necessary or even critical to the future of the
    Marine Corps.

    Where were all those people that that kept spouting during the OHV ordinance debacle that we had Johnson Valley the largest OHV area to ride in?
    We don't have the largest area anymore...

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  6. Stanley Stanley says:

    Geez desertrider you aren't supposed to remember that stuff.

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  7. desertrider desertrider says:

    I know Stanley, that has always been a problem of mine.
    I also remember when Randy Rogers SBC Code Enforcement Mgr. (at the time) said the ordinance was by no means intended to stop OHV'ers from going from point A to point B.

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