Agenda 21 proponent Congressman Sam Farr agreed to join Dr. Bill Wattenburg on his noon time slot at KSCO to address the ridiculesfines, penalty's, and laws regarding safety issues in the Monterey Bay area where some of the worlds finest surfing occurs.
It is also the the Monterey Bay Sanctuary that has strict guidelines as to what type of watercraft is allowed, and what activity is acceptable. They let power boats in with propellers that slice and dice, but exclude watercraft that pump water through a nozzle!
When big wave surfers Jeff Martin and Scott Jarrett surfed some early-morning waves off Moss Landing last March, the last thing they expected was to face a fine that could be as high as $140,000. They also didn't expect to be fighting it six months down the road with an agency they say is corrupt, unscientifically based and out of control.
Also discussed was Nancy Black, owner and operator of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, who was indicted in San Jose federal court and charged with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Bill asked some pointed questions that the Congressman should have been capable of answering.
It didn't take long before the Congressman displayed just how disconnected from his constituents, and their issues he is.
If you think Congressman Joe Walsh is disconnected, listen to this podcast. This guy is way out in left field. Literally.
I do believe he developed a distinct stutter when the listeners started calling in.
One caller, Brad Kava, Editor of the Santa Cruz Patch, took the Congressman by surprise when he flippantly asked, "whats the patch,, a blog or something?" Completely forgetting he had a face to face with Brad Kava, and had assured him he would look into an issue. I guess he forgot that.
I wonder if Sam remembers the micro contingent of self lobbying New England fishermen that visited him about the negative effect catch shares are having on the small family fishing fleet, or the lobby of the Environmental Defense Fund pro catch share advocates, and the flown in advocates from around the country by EDF , and the nice give away orange t-shirts, and party favors?
After listening to the Congressman describe the ocean issues near and dear to his EDF heart on the show, the answer is obvious.
Do you think Sam is lined up for some of those 400% profits David Festa, EDF talks about?
Sitting out here on the East Coast which is the epicenter of NOAA regulatory destruction by the free market environmental profiteers that, through the Presidential appointment of EDF's Jane Lubchenco, I am grateful to Scott Jarret for bringing his issue to KSCO.
The station management was outraged at the treatment of the surfers, and gave them some air time. Scott contacted me, and invited me to call in with the East Coast perspective, which I did.
Bill Wattenburg joined WKSCOand picked up the ball, and is running with it.
Thankfully, Bill pressed the Congressman on other ocean issues, including the scandalous Office of Law Enforcement $100 dollar slush fund that agents used to buy fancy boats, cars, and oversea travel for judges, witnesses, and agents.
If there were to be one guest I would like to have Bill invite to the show, it would be Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times staff writer. Without Richard, there's a damn good chance no one, including Dan Rather, would have known about this scandal.
Times Editor Ray Lamont has made that possible.
KSCO owner Michael Zwerling has gifted us with Bill Wattenburg.
If we get them teamed up NOAA/ NMFS is in big trouble.
The one thing that is missing in the podcast is the breaks, and the theme song for Bill Wattenburg that is normally heard is perfect, and I find myself hearing it in my head. Don't Mess With Bill.NO NO NO NO! heh, heh. Right Sam?
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 14:45