It’s one of those days. In fact, it’s gonna be one of those weeks when I am supposed to be doing everything BUT be blogging here.
Thus, you’ll see a series of really brief posts coming up. Hope you can deal with it.
Speaking of dealing, let’s deal with the latest problematic meme propagated by Wisconsin’s right wing with the aid of The Press.
You may have noticed that somebody is questioning the legality of the harvest camp near the proposed mine site:
“DNR Attorney Quinn Williams says they’ve identified issues of concern at the camp, including that a permit has not been issued by Iron County.”
I would like to remind us all that the DNR is headed up by Cathy Stepp at the behest of Scott Walker. Yes, the same Cathy Stepp who managed to get the compliant Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to sound the alarm over spearfishing, which her press releases suggested would decimate Wisconsin’s tourism industry
[It’s not like stripping away the Penokees with explosives to create a pit mine would have any negative impact on Northwoods tourism, right?]
As for no permit being granted by Iron County, well, it would behoove us to learn more about the administration of Iron County’s government and laws.
A great place to start is the post entitled “Iron County DA Has History of Professional Misconduct, Suspension of License for Discipline” at MAL Contends.
Just one of the many things you will learn there is that Iron County District Attorney Martin Lipske was,
“Suspended for Discipline” for two years under the category of “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misconduct” in 1990
I emailed a Wisconsin attorney friend with the following query:
Isn’t it sorta hard to lose your license to practice law?
The reply was:
Yeah, damn near impossible – neglect of client matters will do it and embezzling from a client’s account will do it big time.Transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes will probably not do it. Most attorney’s are disciplined with a private letter. I wonder what he did? Oh, I have a whole raft of questions
I would also like to remind us all of an important historic and legal fact regarding Northern Wisconsin – – where the harvest camp and proposed mine is.
That area is called “Ceded Territory”. It is the right of Ojibwa people to harvest what they need from those lands.
“In 1983, in what is commonly referred to as the Voigt case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed that the off-reservation hunting, fishing, and gathering rights are part of the sovereign rights that the Chippewa Tribes of Wisconsin have always had and that they have never been voluntarily given up nor terminated by the federal government. The courts defined the scope of these rights between 1985 and 1991.” – source: DNR
Finally, I leave you with a few questions the press is supposed to be focusing on:
What will the Ojibwa be able to harvest downstream from the world’s largest open pit iron mine?
What living thing swims in sulfuric acid?
What living thing breathes in pulverized rock without injury?
You get the picture.
Learn More about the Harvest Camp:
Water is Life – LCO Harvest Camp in Penokee Hills