The "Dark Force" Does It Again: California Suction Dredging May End Permanently (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series of posts I warned you that the "Dark Force" is hard at work in California. Not only are its minions pressing forward with the current suction dredging moratorium, but they are trying to put an end to dredging in the much tarnished Golden State permanently. Although not a "done deal" at this juncture, the writing may indeed be on the wall.

Who composes the "Dark Force" I speak of? Well brothers and sisters, I exposed two elements in my last post and now I'll throw in a few others:

Left-of-center liberals and intellectual elitists who believe they are intrinsically superior to the lower classes (that includes us by the way) and that they, just by virtue of being born, have a corner on the truth market. Of course, only they know what is right for the rest of us lesser beings. Like condescending parents, these types view us a children to be led and punished. Most of them have never worked a real job in their lives or earned anything by the true "sweat of their brow," nor have they ever tried to run a business.

They are invariably the gentry: trust-fund babies, academics, and theoreticians with advanced degrees but little, if any, common sense. You know the type...they pontificate about everything and act like the friends of the poor and downtrodden when in fact, they despise anyone who is not a clone of themselves. They want our mining claims transformed into nature walks that only they and those like them can appreciate...after all, mining is soooooooooo dirty and destructive. You'll know these idiots by their hybrid vehicles plastered with all sorts environmentalist and hippy dippy slogans.

Dickies Work Clothes

Leftists and "wannabe" socialists who seek to transform the fundamental structure of our country, one brick at a time. They scoff at our Constitution and manipulate the Bill of Rights to pursue their own agenda, much of which envisions a socialist state where everyone is "equal." In case you don't know what that means, take a stroll down memory lane in Soviet Russia under Stalin, Red China under Mao, and other sterling examples of socialism taken to its logical conclusion like North Korea. These are the same "caring" people who gave aid and comfort to the enemy and literally and figuratively spat upon those of us who were fortunate enough to return home from the Vietnam War.

They really don't care much about "green" agendas but manipulate the environmentalist whack jobs like puppets in a Punch and Judy show. This is the most dangerous element of the "Dark Force" we face as miners and as Americans because they want us all marching lockstep with their world view. Government control is what they are all about and Big Brother is their leader. They hate "fascism" but they themselves are classic examples of fascists. Go figure...

In Case You're Wondering...

In case you're wondering what this all has to do with suction dredging and mining you better stop, think, and look around a bit. The threat is real and it appears that California has already been overrun in more ways than one.

Gold Panning Kits

Next it will be Oregon, then the entire Northwest and West. Oh, and it won't just be suction dredging that will go by the wayside. If this trend isn't stopped soon, at some point you won't be able to pan, sluice or look for gold at all in the West....or perhaps in the entire U.S.itself.

But hey, maybe you can take one of those nature walks...

(Again, please heed the following:

Please FAX Governor Brown and tell him that you OPPOSE the proposed 5-yr moratorium and $1.8 million budget cut on the suction dredging program. His fax number is (916) 558-3160.

Thanks for your help!

Dave Mack (Dave McCracken)
The New 49er's, 27 Davis Road, Happy Camp, California 96039, USA)
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "The 'Dark Force' Does It Again: California Suction Dredging May End Permanently"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2011

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  1. Big opps partial post... recovering mercury should be in the interest of the State of California and Federal government and us miners! Miners recover mercury it's out of the streams and it's damn useful to a miner seeking to recover the fine gold. Getting it out of the watersheds is in the interest of both state and federal government.

    I'll go down on my knees to plead with the State of California not to be stupid, but to use the resources they have in a manner which will give the state a healthier watershed in the long run.

  2. You make an excellent point here...the historic use of mercury in the distant past had a detrimental effect on many streams. Small-scale mining and dredging is one way to reduce that problem. Thanks for your astute comments. Jim

  3. After the FBI cave yesterday there is not much hope of sanity in this country. All of our rights, not just our mining rights are quickly heading south. Our guns may become more important than any of us would wish.


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