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California Coastal Commission - paganism, politics, and proportionality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend 2009 -California, USA


pro·por·tion·al (prə-pôr’shə-nəl, )

  1. Forming a relationship with other parts or quantities; being in proportion.
  2. Properly related in size, degree, or other measurable characteristics; corresponding: Punishment ought to be proportional to the crime.
  3. Mathematics. Having the same or a constant ratio.


One of the quantities in a mathematical proportion.

proportionality pro·portion·al’i·ty (-shə-nălĭ-tē) n.
proportionally pro·por’tion·al·ly adv.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Proportional Rights

Proportional Rights are responsibilities. In regards to the California Coastal Commission’s regulatory focus, many along the coast who have been and continue to be bearing the brunt of state supported tyranny think there needs to be remodeling of the system from top to bottom, yet that most vital and necessary of constitutional discourses, an open, free, debate seems to be missing.  If it is supposed to take place at a California Coastal Commission meeting… fuggedaboutit.

I describe myself as a Radical Pagan Heretic

-Peter Douglas, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission is being led by a self-proclaimed pagan and I want to find out what the heck he is talking about.  But before I proceed, let me be clear that this article is not a discussion about anyone’s right to hold any religious beliefs,  and the freedom to practice those beliefs.  Mr. Douglas put it out there - so lets find out, shall we?

Radical Paganism

Since the later 20th century, “Pagan” or “Paganism” has become widely used as a self-designation by adherents of  Neopaganism  

Neo-Pagan religious movements are extremely diverse, with beliefs that range widely from polytheism [ many deities] to animism, [it is generally accepted that "animism" refers to the belief that non-human entities,... plants, as well as inanimate (spiritless) objects such as rocks, can have souls.

( Source: Wikipedia)

Rocks may have souls but they don't vote, at least on this planet, at this time - or at least not legally.  So, if it comes down to a rock being safe and secure on their land ...or people being safe on me crazy...but I'm going to stand with the people...and you can quote me on that.

Viewing the leader of the California Coastal Commission, through the prism of paganism, one can begin to see why people, especially people with families are held in such low regard and how fire may play a role in shaping more than the environment in California.

In one fell swoop, we can understand how an omnipotent organization, (all three branches combined is in essence omnipotent) lead by an unelected person with an very different from mainstream American, philosophical beliefs, could have created a system out of proportion with human rights.

This is  why our founding fathers believed it was important we Americans elect, not appoint our we can vet important things like this that may be contrary to the good of the people.

A coastal act is a good thing. California's coastal act is not, and needs serious repair. First thing that comes to mind is good old-fashioned term limits for a certain coastal czar.  One can easily see, how this ideological demigod - lets face it, who else has been in power for over 30 years...IN AMERICA, can pervert the best of intentions to possibly fit an ideological/religious agenda.

Socialism Ascendant

Arguably, socialism is ascendant in America, on the march from coast to coast with the ever-elusive ideology of “the greater good” (an amorphous buzz-word  akin to "silent majority") in tow, as its calling card to jackboot an individual’s rights.  Not every aspect of Socialism is beneficent. I am an individual and bristle at the notion of collectivism.

Wetlands or wet land?

In this context, it is easy to see how a rut or a pot hole filled with water arms the California Coastal Commission with the means to establish a full blown wetland for the purpose of enacting a taking of private property, and sheds light on how they bend and twist our language to serve the task.

The California Coastal Commission’s definition of development is like nothing remotely humanely reasonable. It is so twisted, that even walking across your own land, according to Mr. Douglas, is now construed as development.

I consider myself a tolerant person. Douglas in word and deed is not.  Perhaps this explains how the DIS-proportionality of punishment meted out against people became so cruel?   I’d invite you to see the movie at a film festival and decide for yourself, but the film is being BANNED - or at any rate politically blocked.  Did you know not one California Film festival including San Francisco and Los Angeles will screen SINS OF COMMISSION?  What is everyone afraid of finding out?

Proportionality is not a new concept. They had proportionality in land dealings. Specifically as to those inherent responsibilities and to those assigned by laws like the Assize of Arms in 1181.

Wetlands or wet land?

When you look at the Coastal Commissions fines they are the same for corporation s and individuals. To corps they are water off a ducks back… to people, multiple thousands of dollars per day fines are weapons of mass destruction – because there is no proportion as to form or capacity.

But that is their plan. Bankrupt the people. Pick up their land for pennies on the dollar. AND It is succeeding in California.

Doesn’t it make sense, if you are an American with a sense of fairness from either party, that it is high time we restore the California Coastal Commission to the same civilized standard we use in the rest of our democratic society?

Out with the notion of an autocratic leader, restore the CCC to the norms of a humanistic democratic electoral system, and restructure the current dysfunctional system from the top down.

People deserve better.

Now it is easy to see how the California Coastal Commission’s rhetoric of “freeing” land for the people – is anything but freeing…and nothing good for the people. Yet, not surprisingly, California courts side with the commission most of the time.


Even if you don’t live in California, what happens here is going to set a set precedent for you. Courts love precedent.

On this day when we remember the brave who gave up their lives to defend our country from fascism, say a prayers for California firefigthers and first responders as fire season shifts into gear.

Its time to stand up and protect our rights for us today, and for future generations.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address - Thursday, November 19, 1863

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