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Marin County Judge Lays Smack Down on NCRA Opponents

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Judge to dismiss suit against North Coast rail service

Environmental groups cannot use state law to block the resumption of freight rail service on the North Coast, a Marin County judge tentatively ruled Tuesday.

Judge Roy O. Chernus said that federal law preempts state law in matters relating to railroads, so environmental groups could not sue the North Coast Railroad Authority over deficiencies in an environmental impact report that it prepared under state law using state money.

The state law “mandates a time-consuming review which may result in indefinite delays and unduly interfere with exclusive federal jurisdiction over rail transportation” by giving local officials power to block operations on environmental grounds, the judge wrote.

Ouch! This is what I have said for a long time. This also calls in to question Novato’s lawsuit and settlement. Maybe NCRA can get some money back from that city and the county of Marin.

Watch soon for Hank Sims to write another rant against the railroad and bearing his teeth. The troll or trolls will do the same with the comments on here.

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First Passenger train on NWP in June

For the first time since the reopening of the railroad. The NWP is having a passenger train. For $199 you will travel between Sacramento and the Sonoma race track. A t-shirt and preferred seating is included.

For the first time ever, Northern California NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train service to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

The raceway has partnered with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) to offer a first-of-its-kind express train that will transport fans directly from the Sacramento area to the raceway on race day, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California’s most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway’s main entrance.


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The Unblessing of America
Wednesday 1 May 2013, 02:56
Filed under: Eureka, Humboldt

With the rise of the tolerance movement, we have less tolerance. We had prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance was mandatory. Now prayer is forbidden and The Pledge of Allegiance is optional to say. Now we stabbings and shootings in school.

I would be amused by the effort to remove anything religious from government if it was not so sad. The idea of separation of church and state was never meant to drive religion out government. It was never meant to be a hammer against those who are religious. It was was never meant to prohibit a religious person from practicing how they see fit.

Yet in our own town of Eureka, that is precisely what is happening. We have a lawsuit that attempts to prohibit prayer even though it has been from multiple faiths, and that our Mayor had a prayer breakfast. A hint to you folks, we only pay the council for part time work, and they spend the equivalent of a full time amount of work on the job. If he wants to spend his time on a prayer breakfast, so what. I am not sure why people have such a hard time with prayer being offered. They are quick wishes of good will and guidance towards our people, our cities, and our Nation. Do you not want good things to happen to our people, cities, our Nation, etc? It is not like it is the first time you have tuned things out anyhow.

A couple of quotes from the first President of the United States

It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human heart defect – that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes.

Part of his inaugural address

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of Providential Agency… (and) we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious (favorable) smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Yet today we try to ignore the advice our great President gave us.

Even today the President gives a prayer breakfast, but we in Eureka cannot do so? Why?

Do you understand our government pays for Chaplains? The House of Representatives has one. Prisons have them. The military has about 3k chaplains. We the tax payers pay for the salaries, medical, dental, and retirement. We even pay for the building and running of chapels.

Yet we want to go nuclear on our mayor. Why?

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Rhododendron Parade and Dolbeer Donkey Days Today
Saturday 27 Apr 2013, 08:33
Filed under: Eureka, Humboldt, Railroad, THA | Tags:

April 27th
April 27th and 28th, after the Rhododendron Parade Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Special activities, a logging show, various equipment will operate and train rides will be provided.

THA events

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I Love Freecycle and the Power Wheel 4×4
Thursday 25 Apr 2013, 06:56
Filed under: Electric Vehicle, Humboldt | Tags: , ,

We managed to score a generic Power Wheels type of 4×4 off of Freecycle. It was noted that it did not work due to needing a relay. I dissembled it, only to find out there is no relay, only switches, LED battery monitor, and circuit breaker. Bypassed the circuit breaker as being one fault, the battery had a fuse on it anyways. The foot pedal switch was next in line of problems. I could not find a similar switch with the same power rating(Amps). I had an extra 40A DC solid state relay in my parts bin, so I just sugrued in a push button switch to control the SSR. Next was the direction and speed switch. It is just a shift style lever to the kid, but two DPDT switches under that. Neither one fully worked. Being I didn’t want to spend much time on it, I figure forward is good enough for now. Besides a H-bridge style setup with a microcontroller is needed to preserve the shift lever. I want to use a solid state magnetic switch setup for the shift lever detection. I can do it, I just do not want to send the time right now. At any rate, little one enjoys it.

I do not understand why people dump a lot of stuff when you got these great resources like free cycle. In southern Humboldt, someone dumped concrete blocks in the river. Why? You can gets lots of neat stuff. If you make good use of the resources available, you can really cut down your cost.

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You know you are winning when they have to attack the messenger than the message
Sunday 14 Apr 2013, 07:42
Filed under: Humboldt

Keep attacking the messenger, ye vile trolls. It reinforces the idea we are winning. Our winning helps Humboldt. Our winning provides jobs.

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Timber Heritage Association Dinner This Saturday
Friday 12 Apr 2013, 02:58
Filed under: Humboldt, THA

THA website Spend a wonderful evening having dinner with auctions and a great group of people who really know their history. View photos of progress. Buy books and videos from their store. Have fun!


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