The Indians are growing restless, and a bunch of them, along with some white folks from Hood River, showed up at the state capitol in Salem, Oregon yesterday to protest. What are they protesting? Bottled water.
In May, 2016, Hood River County voters voted over 65% in favor of a ballot measure that essentially made Nestlé's plan inoperable from an economic sense. Voters in all precincts except Cascade Locks (Precinct 12) voted in favor of the measure (and against Nestlé); voters within Cascade Locks voted 58% against the measure (and in support of Nestlé's plans). In the wake of the election, Cascade Locks city leaders intend to follow the voters' desires and seek a new deal with Nestlé.
At issue: In the city of Hood River, they use a lot of water to brew the Full Sail line of beers, along with a line of beers under the Henry Weinhard label. In Hood River County, they use a lot of water to irrigate miles of orchards and berry fields, among other things. Westward down I-84 lies the little town of Cascade Locks. The town gets its water from wells, but there's a beautiful spring there called Oxbow. It flows year 'round, and ODFW owns the rights to that water, which they use to raise fish in their hatchery there. But with multinational Nestlé looking to tap into some of that pure spring water, the town and ODFW negotiated an agreement to swap water rights; ODFW will simply switch over to the town's well water, while the town could sell spring water to the big bad company.
Hood River County residents collectively dumped in their drawers; thus their ballot measure to block the company.
But unlike the rest of Hood River County, Cascade Locks is economically depressed; unemployment there approaches 20%, so the Nestlé plan to build a bottling plant in town that will employ 50 people looks pretty good to them. As well, it would increase the town's property tax revenue by nearly 70%. In a town of just over 1100, 50 jobs is a big deal. No wonder, then that they voted in favor of the deal with Nestlé - although the County as a whole voted against it; hey, those folks aren't facing the sort of grinding poverty that Cascade Locks residents endure.
Well, it looks like the town told the other County residents to take a hike, and pursued the deal. Now the tribes are claiming that it somehow violates their treaties, while the white folks from Hood River have their panties in a twist because Nestlé.
Funny, but these are the same tribes who think that the feds should build housing along the Columbia River for them to live in while they net salmon, while the whities from Hood River have no problem with using as much water as it takes to keep their brewery operations going, their fruit-packing plant running, and so on.
Anyway, on to Obama. Thankfully or not, there are only 119 days left in this clown's term. But he's pulled out his mighty pen and ordered our intelligence agencies to study climate change. To him, that's a national security issue, although giving free access into our country to untold numbers of Muslim terrorists is no big deal. And the "why" is obvious: terrorists aren't going to bother him; he has armed guards. Climate change, on the other hand, might inconvenience him.
Finally, we should check in on Pantsuit and Ferret-top, and even the Left's favorite pollster wunderkind, Nate Silver, has a grim view; things aren't going well for her, and Barry's starting to panic - why else would he talk about Trump so much during his final blathering speech at the U.N.?
Remember, this is supposed to be a coronation. But she's her own worst enemy:
Ferret really shouldn't be anywhere near her, but this kind of stuff - along with many other performances - are killing her. That, and the fact that in the USA, 14% of those polled believe that Bigfoot is real, while only 11% believe that she's honest.
No wonder that she's outspending Ferret by about two to one; it's really her only hope.