- Let’s See If My Letter to the Editor Gets Published in the Roanoke Times
- Supervisor Moore’s Recent Jedi Mind ‘Truths’ Versus Our Blue Pill
- Response to Dan Casey’s March 13, 2013 Roanoke Times article, “Bluegrass, Agenda 21 link a real stretch for Tea Party”
- Our New Regionalism: Forward Towards a Socialist Utopia, Comrades!
- Bike Lanes and Greenways in the Roanoke Valley………Where is all of this heading???
- Agenda 21
- American Planning Association
- Bike Lanes
- Blue Ridge Nature Conservancy
- Botetourt County
- Charlotte Moore
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- Craig County
- Crooked Road
- Crooked Trail
- Floyd County
- Franklin County
- Gene Marrano
- Global Warming Myth
- Green Energy
- Infill Development
- Infill development
- infill development
- Infill development
- Land Trust Alliance
- land use
- Livable Roanoke Valley Plan
- Maurice Strong
- Montgomery County
- New River Land Trust
- New River Valley Livability Initiative
- One Bay Area Plan
- Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley (PLRV)
- Poor Mountain Wind Farm
- Pulaski County
- RC CLEAR
- Roanoke City
- Roanoke County
- Roanoke County Board of Supervisors
- Roanoke County Planning Commission
- Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission
- Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission
- Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition
- Rockbridge County
- Rocky Mount
- Southwest Virginia Tea Party
- Sustainable Development
- SW Virginia Regional Commissions/Leagues
- Tom Deweese
- Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association
- Virginia Chapter Sierra Club
- Wind Energy Blows
Here is the Roa Times Editorial Board opinion (Sunday):
and my request for a Letter to the Editor:
Dear Roanoke Times Editor,
Please publish this as a Letter to the Editor in response to Roanoke Times Editorial Boards “Forward, not far out, in Roanoke County” opinion dated May 5th 2013. Thank you:
The Roa Times Editorial Board sure is funny conjuring up UN helicopters! For those not familiar, Roanoke County decided to join ICLEI in 2007. At the time, little was known about the future downside of joining ICLEI. It was just some benign smart growth-green-chutes-to-save-the planet talk. It appeared to be a win-win for everybody. I suspect the entire Board (who voted unanimously to join) had no idea what UN Agenda 21 was. At the same time, I would bet the local chapter of the Sierra Club and their climate change arm, the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition knew exactly what UN Agenda 21 was when at least one Roanoke County employee visited one of the Sierra Club meetings to learn about ICLEI. That same employee (well-known to the Board) would bring their new found planet-saving idea to the Board, which ate it up. The County obtained membership shortly thereafter. Everything was going as plan until 2011 when members of the newly formed Roanoke Tea Party (regular people with no former activism in politics) started getting involved in local government doings. These Tea Party members got an understanding what really was going on in Roanoke County government. We found UN Agenda 21 language beginning to become partially incorporated into some of the County’s language and agendas. Does anyone in the County know what ICLEI CCP Milestone the County is currently on? Do you know what the County’s RCCLEAR committee is and what they do to promote and grow UN Agenda 21 in the County? Ever heard of the Save-A-Ton campaign? If not, you should probably do some digging for some backstory. One of ICLEI’s tasks is to promote and grow this agenda in regions around the globe. Around 600 counties and cities in the US have joined over the 20 years since UN Agenda’s birth at the 1992 Earth Summit. Similar UN Agenda 21 language is finding its way into County/City comprehensive plans in those hundreds of localities. If you don’t know what UN Agenda 21 is and are concerned about property rights, personal liberty (when it comes to your energy use behaviour) and future transportation choices, you should probably research it. Because it is here now and is slowly being set up in Roa County and City in plain sight. It really all comes down to this: Do you believe man-made CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming? If you have bought into this theory, being presented as fact by global-warming alarmists, then ICLEI and this Agenda is for you. For everyone else who is skeptical (now known as climate-deniers) you need to be concerned. Educate yourself and those you care about concerning the agenda. Then do something to stop it before this International Agenda (with seemingly benign local tentacles) flips on the switch and finishes the job it set out to accomplish. Watch the demeaning attack comments that follow me in the next day or so. Choose the blue pill.
Roanoke Tea Party member
Roanoke County resident since 1992
Roanoke County Supervisor Moore seems to be up to more Jedi Mind Tricks with her Roanoke Times Op Ed last Sunday:
[Waves hand several times in the faces of the masses]….”How can things like The Crooked Road, protecting our environment, creating jobs and protecting our children’s future be turned into a conspiracy theory about taking away our property rights?” The masses that are either unwilling or unable to resist the mind trick by digging under the surface for greater truth follow her statement with cult-like unison, “How can things like The Crooked Road, protecting our environment, creating jobs and protecting our children’s future be turned into a conspiracy theory about taking away our property rights?”
[Waves hand in front of the Valley citizen's]…. “Roanoke County Community Leaders Environmental Action Roundtable, or RCCLEAR, and the Clean Valley Council in connection with Save A Ton have helped lead the way to a sustainable future.” Low-information voting, blue-pill-taking citizen’s repeat her ‘truth’ in zombie-like monotone form.
After transmitting these ‘truths’ via mind-meld, Moore requests of her followers (This time with out waving): ”When you go to vote for supervisor candidates, please vote for the candidate who will make good judgments, who cares about your future and wants to move the valley forward.”
We’re sure there are plenty of you who listen to her ‘truths’ only wanting to travel down the rabbit hole just a bit more to find greater truths. Go down that rabbit hole and investigate what is really going on with the backstory.
We hold out our two hands to you. In one hand is a blue pill. In the other is a red pill.
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
“I’m trying to free your mind….. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
Bottom two quotes from the 1999 movie, The Matrix.
Response to Dan Casey’s March 13, 2013 Roanoke Times article, “Bluegrass, Agenda 21 link a real stretch for Tea Party”
In Dan Casey’s March 13, 2013 Roanoke Times article,“Bluegrass, Agenda 21 link a real stretch for Tea Party” (http://roanoke.com/news/1772782-12/dan-casey-bluegrass-agenda-21-link-a-real.html) he appears to have dug only so deep. He stated, “On the surface, fiddlers and banjo players don’t look like the one-world government gang. But certain extremists view them as witting and unwitting tools in the latest devious land grab: efforts to have the Crooked Road heritage music trail designated as a National Heritage Area.” Then, he quoted the Vice President of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Woody Crenshaw: “It’s not a real argument, it’s a political argument,” Crenshaw said. “There’s been a groundswell of misinformation about property rights. The Crooked Road is a music advocacy organization, and we have become very uncomfortable being involved in politics.” Perhaps the Crooked Road road is just a music advocacy organization that is uncomfortable being involved in politics. I couldn’t tell you. However, I can tell you Crenshaw’s involvement in a local organization that has association with a radical international leftist climate change-related organization that partnered with ICLEI (and likely still does) has me wondering about his influence on the Crooked Road issue.
Crenshaw is the Vice President of the Crooked Road,Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and owner of the Floyd Country Store. What Dan Casey didn’t mention is Crenshaw is also the President of SustainFloyd. SustainFloyd has its regular meetings at the Floyd Country Store. SustainFloyd promotes and partners with the international leftist organization called 350.org:
Bill McKibben is Founder of 350.org. Fragments From Floyd stated,“Bill McKibben, still jet-lagged from his recent arrival from Australia and New Zealand, spoke twice in the area on Tuesday, May 23–first at the Country Store to a standing-room-only crowd and later in the afternoon, to the Community Foundation in Blacksburg.”
Bill McKibben was hosted by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. The CFNRV is a partner with the New River Valley Livability Initiative. The New River Valley Livability Initiative is a story by itself.
In October 2009 SustainFloyd held a SplitRail Eco-Fair. SustainFloyd’s Media Advisory prior to the event stated, “The news media are invited to join citizens of the small Blue Ridge town of Floyd, Virginia on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10 a.m. as they stage an action calling for greenhouse gases to be reduced worldwide. Floyd County residents will
hold up the giant numerals, “350,” before the iconic backdrop of Buffalo Mountain. The message? The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark should agree this year to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) worldwide to 350 parts per million (ppm). SustainFloyd, the group sponsoring the action, will send a photo (through www.350.org) of the action to the U.N.”
According to ICLEI’s website, 350.org was a partner with ICLEI less than a year ago. Since that time ICLEI apparently scrubbed their partners list on that site. As it is well known, ICLEI is promoting and searching for ways to get localities to voluntarily implement UN Agenda 21.
350.org is associated with the following to name a few:
Sierra Club, Green For All, Earth Day Network, Carbonfund.org, US Climate Action Network, Green Corps, Article XI, New River Land Trust
Green For All was founded by Van Jones who was at one time a self-avowed communist. Green For All is associated with the Center For American Progress, the Apollo Alliance and Moveon.org. Before ICLEI apparently scrubbed their partners listing in the past year, Green For All was on that list.
It is my understanding that at Roanoke Chapter Sierra Club meeting/s in the 2007 time period at least one employee of Roanoke County Government was introduced to ICLEI. Shortly after, this employee introduced ICLEI to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. In 2007, the board voted to become members of ICLEI in short order, not having much of an understanding of the downside to being a member. And, yes, the Sierra Club, with its Cool Cities Coalition, was on that ICLEI partners listing prior to the list being scrubbed.
Earth Day Network is associated with the Carbon War Room, Earthshare and the Sierra Club. Earthshare is associated with the Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy being an active participant at the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development held last year. 20 years earlier, at the original Earth Summit, UN Agenda 21 was born.
On the Green Corps Advisory Board is the Sierra Club’s National Field Director, Bob Bingaman. The Green Corps is associated with Energy Action Coalition, which participated in “One Nation Working Together” rally held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in October 2010. Two of the sponsors of the rally were the Communist Party USA and the International Socialist Organization.
I could go on and on. The point is many of these organizations have leftist roots or/and are associated with ICLEI/UN Agenda 21. So, when Dan Casey states, “The bottom line is, cooky and extreme right-wing politics are being used to derail the promotion of bluegrass music. That’s how weird it’s gotten out there — and it’s only getting weirder.”, he needs to scratch the surface a bit more and get the backstory.
Here is a great piece explaining the current phenomenon of New Regionalism vision increasingly creeping into our local regional commissions:
For those new to our website (and a reminder to the regulars), The Roanoke Valley Livability Plan is being developed now at the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. The plan targets the Commission’s area of responsibility to include the following Counties: Roanoke, Franklin, Botetourt, Craig, Alleghany; and following Cities: Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Roanoke Mount, Clifton Forge, Covington. This is what is happening currently when a similar plan (much further along) for the San Fransisco Bay Area Regional Commission began to be pressed and the masses there woke up from their sleep too late:
This request for proposal (to pick a consultant to help them with the plan) describes basically what the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission plans to do in the Livability Plan they are currently developing:
About a year ago they picked the consultant that would help them develop the plan. The plan is well on its way with the first major round of public input this past October. The commission recently did a presentation on it at a Roanoke County Planning Commission meeting. So, we’re fairly sure they have (or soon will have) to get each County/City to buy into the plan before its finalized.
Similar plans are in development in countless regional commissions across the Country at this time. Its a concerted effort. A similar plan was developed for the New River Valley Regional Planning District Commission here:
The vast majority of citizens in these localities have no clue what is coming their way as the new regionalism, with its sustainablist vision, will be thrust upon them. Forward onto a bright socialist utopia, Comrades!
Did you ever stop and wonder why there has been an explosion of bike lanes and greenways in our region over the past decade or so with tons more coming?
I actually enjoy a leisurely recreational bike ride on one of our greenways on occasion. However, we believe the explosion of bike lanes and greenways goes way beyond just recreational use by walkers, joggers and cyclists. Its a sustainablist agenda with ties to United Nations Agenda 21. Sustainablist entities are pressuring local governments to expand these ’alternative transportation greenways’ as a primary means to commute to work to reduce conventional means of commuting: Cars.
As the miles of bike lanes and greenways in our region continue to increase at incredible speed, we believe there will be increased pleas of local sustainablist entities (with ties to UN Agenda 21), the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) and local governments to the masses to voluntarily embrace commuting to work via bikes. Once these local governments have tapped out their pleas for voluntary embracing this alternative way to get to/from work, the pleas will likely turn into demands and incentivized requirements at a future date of their choosing.
Here is a good example of our regional commission’s (RVARC) attempt to plea with the masses to voluntarily switch to commuting by bike to/from work:
In summary, we believe this is where all of these bike lanes and greenways are going to get the masses in our region in the next decade or so. The structure is being constructed now. Think its mostly to just provide our region with great recreational bike/walking paths? Think again. We believe the switch will be flipped from voluntary to mandatory/incentivized non-motorized commuting at a future date of local government’s choosing.
So, when you start to see more and more pot holes on your conventional VDOT roadways in the years to come, you can partly thank a local sustainablist entity for pressuring VDOT and localities for diverting funds from conventional road maintenance to alternative bike lanes/greenway expansion. They want to see you reduce your ‘carbon footprint’ (an entire story within itself) by giving up your motorized commuter experience for a new normal: Your non-motorized commuter experience.
Oh, here’s a little sample of how ICLEI is expressing interest in bike lanes. As most of you know, ICLEI has been facilitating the voluntary implementation of UN Agenda 21 in localities across the Nation:
New House Joint Resolution no. 654 on Opposing UN Agenda 21 in the Commonwealth of Virginia Prefiled! Read on……
Next step is to make the incentive permanent, according to the Land Trust Alliance.
See if your representative recently voted to help “America’s land trusts work with farmers, ranchers and other modest-income landowners to increase the pace of conservation by a third to over a million acres a year [in the US]!” Our Virginia Sixth District Rep Bob Goodlatte sure did! Hey, lets vote to help make it easier to voluntarily lock down most of the land across the country and keep humans in their current sprawl print (the rest). Millions are born and more millions enter this country every year. Where will they go after all of the land is locked down? Six words: High Density. Less Liberty. Less Freedom. Most people don’t realize this will be their future new normal if this trend continues. This ‘wonderful’ news comes from the Land Trust Alliance who is one of the main promoters of this legislation:
A few tidbits about what we have learned about The Land Trust Alliance: The Sierra Club is described as being supported by Earthshare. Earthshare has The Land Trust Alliance as one of its members. The Land Trust Alliance is a client of Jeff Jones Strategies. The head of that firm is Jeff Jones, who was a member of the Weather Underground terrorist group. During the Vietnam War the underground’s goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the violent overthrow of the US government. His firm “specializes in helping grassroots leftist organizations promote their agendas.”
A local land trust (Roanoke Valley) with links to the Land Trust Alliance is the Western Virginia Land Trust.
If you disagree with Rep Bob Goodlatte [or other congressional rep who voted for this] on renewing this incentive please email or call him/her and let them know. Those following the Land Trust Alliance are thanking him now.
What is one of the hottest trends in getting the masses into higher density areas? Check this out and look for it in your locality’s zoning plan. Here is one example of what is happening across the country right now:
Read all about it here:
http://www.roanokecountyva.gov/archives/37/PCPH%20Agenda%2011-5-2012%20watts.pdf Mr. Marrano is on the Planning Commission and appears to be pushing the Regional Greenway in the County very hard. Fits in very nicely with the presentation the Partnership For a Livable Roanoke Valley did at that meeting. At the rate things are going we’re sure the County Supervisors will vote to implement the upcoming PLRV plan once it is finalized later in 2013. Enjoy your new communitarian utopia, citizens of Roa County!
Its no wonder one of the nationally renowned anti-UN Agenda 21 advocates, Rosa Koire, said this about bicycle advocacy groups in the US in her new book “Beyond the Green Mask UN Agenda 21″:
“Bikes. What does that have to
do with it? I like to ride my bike and so do you. So what. Bicycle
advocacy groups are very powerful now. Advocacy. A fancy word for lobbying,
influencing, and maybe strong-arming the public and politicians. What’s the
connection with bike groups? National groups such as Complete Streets,
Thunderhead Alliance, and others, have training programs teaching their members
how to pressure for redevelopment and training candidates for office. It’s not
just about bike lanes; it’s about remaking cities and
rural areas to the ‘sustainable model.’ High density urban development without parking for cars is the goal. They call them
‘Transit Villages.’ This means that whole towns need to be demolished and
rebuilt in the image of sustainable development. Bike
groups, often dominated by testosterone-laden zealots, are being used as the
‘shock troops’ for this plan.”
Our previous post on November 17th 2012 titled, “2013 Bike Virginia Tour” seems a little more clear looking through the prism of this post……….