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The August 1998 Earth is Flat Award

A celebration of the inane, insipid and asinine...

The leader of the most powerful nation on Earth once sat in a town in England and signed a piece of paper transferring powers to himself at the expense of the citizens of the American states. Who was that man?

King George III? Guess again.

Bill Clinton.

You didn't hear anything about it? Shocking, but I suppose America's media had more important things to cover.

On May 3, 1998 Clinton was in Birmingham, England when he signed Executive Order 13083.

Set to become law on August 14th, EO 13083 mandates broad "exceptions" to those powers enumerated in the 10th Amendment, and justifies the abrogation of those powers by the federal government. A few of those exceptions are: "When there is a need for uniform national standards..." "When States have not adequately protected individual rights and liberties..." "When decentralization increases the costs of government..." "When States would be reluctant to impose necessary regulations..." And, "When placing regulatory authority at the State or local level would undermine [federal] regulatory goals..."

EO 13083 revokes Ronald Reagan's Executive Order 12612 of October 26, 1987, which reasserted
the provisions of the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." That is to say, the states, by ratifying the Constitution, delegated only those specific enumerated powers to the federal government, reserving all other powers for the states and the people. Thus, "states' rights" do not emanate from the federal government; instead, the federal government's rights emanate from the states.

"Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool," Clinton senior advisor Paul Begala.

You can be forgiven if you perhaps do not understand the ramifications of EO 13083. What it does is give Clinton nearly limitless authority, in effect make him King of the United States, and rewrites the balance of power as laid down in the Constitution.

Not too shabby eh? No one has ever said that Clinton is not an ambitious man.

Fortunately Americans were given a brief reprieve. In mid-July the White House announced that EO 13083 would be on hold for 90 days to allow consultation. Unless you want a return to limitless power by the head of your nation it's time to get involved.

Call, write and email your local House and Senate representatives and Clinton himself and tell them that you are opposed to EO 13083.

Update: Clinton says that the implementation of EO 13083, which essentially negated the 10th Amendment, will be "suspended indefinitely." Just for good measure, the House voted 417-2 August 5, to nullify the executive order.

Sen. Fred Thompson, whose unanimous "sense of the Senate resolution" in July demanded Mr. Clinton withdraw the order, applauded the suspension. "But I'm afraid this whole episode shows a tendency of the administration and some in Congress to try to centralize decision making in Washington. Power is a difficult thing to give up," said Mr. Thompson. Of course, it was not Clinton's "power to give up."

The August 1998 Vinegar in Freedom Award

There is an old Serbian proverb that says vinegar in freedom tastes better than honey in slavery. This award is meant for events and people Enter Stage Right considers to be positive.

Proving that not all politicians are thick, a Canadian premier is standing up against the Greenhoax crowd and telling them that the Kyoto agreement will not be ratified by his province unless major changes are made.

The fact that Alberta premier Ralph Klein is willing to accept some form of the agreement isn't that cheering, but a Canadian politician that takes the concerns of his constituents over a flawed international treaty is at least heartening.

Klein said Canada’s current pledge to reduce its emissions from burning fossil fuels - largely oil and coal - to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012 would have a devastating effect on Alberta, a major oil and gas producer.

"I don’t know what the compromise is, but we need something that is sustainable and that we can live with," said Klein after a speech to the annual meeting of federal and provincial energy ministers on July 13.

"Initial examinations of the proposal indicate it would be devastating [economically]," he said. "There is no deal as far as I’m concerned."

What Goodale is looking for is a consensus across Canada about an acceptable deal...something not likely to happen and perhaps spelling the end of Canada's participation. Of course, with the Liberal government currently in power, Canadian's economic health has rarely been a priority, especially when an international body speaks.

And while we're on the topic of the Greenhoax Effect, Dr. John Christy, of the University of Alabama's Earth System Science Laboratory in Huntsville proves that facts can be in pretty short supply in this debate.

Last month robot vice-president Al Gore told the drones of the media that June was the hottest month ever (begging the question who was taking temperature readings before any such device was invented).

Dr. Christy took issue with one such report, from Associated Press and National Public Radio, that June 1998 in Huntsville, Alabama, set a warm weather record. Dr. Christy shows that 6 years -- going all the way back to 1914 -- had warmer temperatures for June.

Two years stand out as the hottest, 1914 and 1952, and four others as warmer than the present 1921, 1936, 1943 and 1953. It was so hot in 1914 and 1952 that the average temperature in Valley Head was 81.3 and 80.8°F respectively -- warmer even than Huntsville's June 1998 average. Decatur's temperatures were 83.9 and 83.7°F for the two years. Huntsville did have a weather station at the old airport (out in the "country" back then) by 1943 and reported June average temperatures of 80.8, 83.0 and 81.7°F for 1943, 1952 and 1953 respectively, all exceeding the value for June 1998.

"These reports probably originated from the digitized records available in National Weather Service Offices which, unfortunately, are quite limited in scope. Here in the Office of the State Climatologist we have virtually all records, some on microfiche, but most still as handwritten forms up to 103 years old. After a search of these, I've concluded June 1998 was indeed hot in North Alabama, but certainly not the hottest since systematic records began in 1895," wrote Christy in a press release that was ignored by most of the media.

Christy did a nice job reminding people to always question the facts by our opponents, rather than simply accepting them. Do you think the National Weather Service doesn't know that it has incomplete records?

And finally, the Internet truly proves that the average citizen can make a difference if given the facts and a chance to get involved.

Steve Myers of web newsletter Exegesis didn't particularly care for U.S. President Bill Clinton's attempted power-grab contained in Executive Order 13083 (see Earth is Flat Award above), so he decided to do something about it.

An issue of Exegesis in July encouraged readers (some 30 000 direct subscribers and thanks to reprints a total of perhaps 75 000 readers) to call their political representatives and communicate their opposition to EO 13083.

"Hundreds, even thousands, of Exegesis readers and talk-show listeners called Governors, Congressmen and Senators to demand action. The result is a draft Bill to nullify the Executive Order signed by 32 Congressmen so far, and Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) is introducing a similar Bill in the Senate. Mr. Clinton has been obliged to delay implementation of the Executive Order by 90 days, which should allow time for the nullifying legislation to pass," wrote Myers in his July 27 issue.

Myers may have not been directly responsible for the delay in implementing EO 13083 and the bill to nullify it, but he did a great job in educating and mobilizing his readers on the issue, and for that he deserves praise.




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