Mansfield's Planned Bike Lanes Part of a U.N.-Led Conspiracy, the Tea Party Says

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's plans for a new world order start with bike lanes in Mansfield.
In a secret underground lair somewhere deep below Europe, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hunched over a map of Mansfield, Texas, an evil glimmer lighting his eyes. A mirthless chuckle escapes his lips as he presses pencil to paper. Lubbock County Judge Tom Head may have sniffed out his plan to invade West Texas, but this time would be different. This time, they'll never see it coming.

As he sketches a dotted line along Matlock Road, punctuating it with a stylized bicycle icon, perfected by countless repetition, the chuckle builds into a deep, booming belly laugh that echoes coldly off the cavernous walls.

Unbeknownst to Ban, the freedom-loving people of North Texas are already marshaling their forces. Hours before his puppets on the Mansfield City Council are to meet on Monday, the leaders of thee Lone Star Tea Party are sounding the alarm.

"It wasn't that long ago that Arlington Tea Party fought a yearlong battle over bicycle Lanes," they write. "We forced the city into drastically reducing their proposed plan for 100's of miles of street lanes into bicycle lanes that benefits (sic) a few well organized groups."

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They continue: "Mansfield Texas now has the same battle and it starts tonight 7PM City Council Chambers. Since we now know how the city planners operate, it is our duty to give the citizens in opposition of hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes (including busy Matlock St) support. We sould (sic) attend this meeting and monitor the proceedings. Remember we are all reporters of truth."

As reporters of truth, they are unafraid to out Mansfield's plan for what it is: a conspiracy between the U.N. through its Agenda 21 initiative and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

City of Mansfield spokeswoman Belinda Willis, planted by Ki-moon with the help of that nice lady in HR, faithfully maintains that the bike-lane idea came from the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation, an arm of local government. On Monday, they presented a "very preliminary" consultant's report detailing how the city could improve cycling infrastructure. Some of the options presented -- improving signage, for example -- were cheap and easy.

See also: There are Bike Lanes Downtown, But it Might Take a While for Everyone to Play Nicely

Others required a greater investment, which some members of the Mansfield City Council are hesitant to make. The city, Willis says, is "moving very gingerly" on the matter.

They are moving forward in spite of the groundswell of opposition council members were confronted with, which Willis describes as "one gentleman who was not a Mansfield resident." (There were "quite a few" bike proponents.) She declined to detail the negative remarks, suggesting we watch video of the meeting, which will be ported shortly here.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

This just goes to show that we REALLY need to repair our mental health system in this country.

jdawson10
jdawson10

Come on guys, really?!   In case you haven't noticed people LIKE to ride bikes AND its healthy.  If you are old enough to remember before when kids used to routinely ride their bikes to school with a packed lunch from home - and childhood obesity was a rarity.  Now we make them sit on buses and eat junk  food the school produces. Go to Holland and you see a lot of pretty physically fit, happy, professional people riding a bike everyday.  Doctors, lawyers, parents.  Its hard to me to fathom that there is any controversy about building safe bike infrastructure that cost penny's on the dollar versus equivalent other types of transportation - cars, trains, buses, etc.  

Will bikes solve every transportation issue?  Of course not.  However they are not a bad thing or investment.   Having a bike as a viable way to get around gives you more freedom, not less.  Survey after survey lists the main reason people list as reasons they don't ride there bike more often?.....safety.    So by building bike lanes that are separated from cars you get more people using bikes because its safer.  On top of this, for ever person that can ride a bike, is less car you have to wait behind on a road for those of us who simply cannot use a bike for what ever reason.   Its one of the very few things where literally everybody wins.   And now today we even have electric bikes than can push the range of how far people and allow people who can't ride a normal bike ride comfortably ride and electric bikes make riding in hills a none-issue.  

On top of this demographically people who tend to use bikes more often are young and educated....exactly the type of people I would think any community would want to attract.  At the end of the day bikes lanes are nothing more than fancy sidewalks.  Peanuts in cost versus roads and highways.   It's not a conspiracy.  Its smart and a good development practice to include bike infrastructure.  Duh...right?  Is it really that hard to comprehend?!

benwellsstreet
benwellsstreet

How can you tea tards not realize you're doing exactly what the Muslims want you to do?

Keep buying arab oil to support terrorism and thumbing your nose at alternative energy. It's super cute.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

I'm noticing a lot of reaction to "Tea Party" actions and statements, based on mis-information put out out by unofficial, unlicensed "Tea Party" spokescommenters.

To remind, I am the only legitimate voice of the Tea Party, don't listen to these hucksters and casual malcontents, I'm registered, they're not, I said so.

The official TP position on bike lanes is we're ok with that, but not where it doesn't make sense. Not complicated, just we're not paying for it regardless.

As to the UN. Just nod, smile, and say "sure", and basically ignore any dictate that would affect Americans negatively. That means most - reflectively, instinctually, automatically, gladly. Kicking the UN in the nuts is an American Tradition. And we're not paying for it regardless.

Oh, and our official position is, the arm patches are $3.95. Accept no phonies, we provide an actual Certificate of Authenticity, and a case of Rush Limbaugh's tea for an extra $16.95.

Catbird
Catbird

Its sort of ignorant to imply, as this piece does, that here is no such thing as UN Agenda 21 and that it is being put in place gradually in the United States by many hundreds of thousands of acolytes of the famed Andreas Duany and his "Congress of the New Urbanism".


The professional advocates for this little monster who are operating in north Texas rely on the ignorance of the general population as to how the public realm operates and who owns it, computer generated renderings, something called the Dephi Method and the lure of Federal transportation funding through NCTCOG to get these projects done and themselves paid.


The goal of the movement is to make it more difficult and expensive to own a singe family home, to own and operate a private automobile and to cloud the definition of private property, what it is and what the limits of ownership actually are.


Personal liberty is my primary concern and why I resist this sort of thing in our home town.


Other than that, I think bike lanes are sort of dangerous unless they are completely detached from automobile roadways because they give bikers a false sense of safety that does not and cannot exist...especially in the age of the IPhone and distracted driving. 


Cheers!        

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Limbaugh, Beck, and the rest of the rich demagogues out there have the dumb dupes, aka Tea Boogers, wallowing in such conspiracy theories as: Obama is an ex-Mau Mau terrorist from Kenya who is in league with a coalition of radical Islamists led by the Muslim Brotherhood, and is plotting a Communist takeover of the United States. 

JFPO
JFPO

Eric is vaguely referencing "UN agenda 21." This has been gaining steam with teatards for while now, and because it's crazy, it's becoming more popular among "mainstream" conservatives. Yes, building sidewalks and bike lanes is now a subversive UN plot.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Eric, you are not very good at this.  You should try writing for something you're more suited to, like Alex Jones.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Eric:

Better check the dosage of your meds.  Do not trust the other voices in your head to do this for you.   

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I wonder if the Mansfield ISD Sports Complex BONDS would have been approved in today's anti spending Climate  ?

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@jdawson10 bikes cost less than cars....lost revenue for body shops, gas stations, wal mart auto center, O reillys etc.....healthy people eat less junk food.. financial loss for McDonald's, Taco Bell, Friday's etc....just follow the money

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Another low-to-no information obamatard weighs in.

It's not windmills that has the Muzzles panicking, amigo, it's FRACKING.

And we only import 13% of our oil from these Musselmen. Read much?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Catbird

That just goes to show that no matter what dumbass things the Tea Party Republican say - the rank and file will swallow it hook, line and sinker.


Anon
Anon

Catbird, you need to pay closer attention:

Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns (Day 2 of 3- Garland)

When

Thu, February 6, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where

Plaza Theater, 521 W. State St., Garland, TX (map)

Description

Hosted by the City of Garland

Note: There will be similar presentations/discussions all three evenings.

Join us for a candid talk about the future of North Texas cities, towns and neighborhoods.

Nationally recognized author and speaker Charles Marohn of the non-profit organization Strong Towns will lead an insightful discussion with local officials, community leaders and citizens about how our communities must think differently to achieve financial self- sufficiency.

All events are FREE and open to the public. Due to limited space, registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/o/verdunity-inc-5914307365 or call 214-425-6720.

Presented in conjunction with organizing sponsors:

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CNU North Texas

3 dates (all events run 5:30-8:30):

Wed. Feb. 5: UTA Architecture Building, Room 204, 601 West Nedderman Drive, Arlington, TX

*Hosted by UTA’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and Arlington Downtown Management Corporation

Thur., Feb 6: Plaza Theater, 521 W. State St., Garland, TX

*Hosted by the City of Garland

Fri., Feb. 7: Jefferson Tower, 8th Floor, 351 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX (Oak Cliff)

*Hosted by the Jim Lake Companies and Jefferson Tower

bmarvel
bmarvel

@Catbird"Personal liberty is my primary concern and why I resist this sort of thing in our home town."

Perhaps I missed something. How does a bike lane take away my -- or anyone else's -- personal liberty?

It would be so refreshing to take the Tea Pots seriously, Catbird. After all, reduction of the national debt is not an unworthy goal. Some fiscal responsibility on the part of government would be welcome. But as long as you're behind bear-shit nuttiness like this, the vast majority of middle Americans will,just pass on the tea, thanks.  

casiepierce
casiepierce

@CatbirdWatch out for that black army CIA helicopter drone circling above...

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Oh, in other words, the "Texas Tea Party" has said absolutely nothing specific to link these bike lanes and the UN.

It would appear then that the headline is false, as I first suggested. That's ok, the DO is a liberal advocacy organization, not an actual newspaper. It's more kinda like Mad Magazine, with an entertainment section, and whores.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@ruddski only 13% .....thats why the Saudi's have a key to white house.. ya uh huh

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

What flavor tea?

Catbird
Catbird

@Anon I know the players well and the value proposition is always the same: give up your property rights and your private automobile and your single family residence and we'll give you a "Strong Town" complete with "Smart Codes" equipped with the tools you'll need for regional "Smart Growth".


You are clearly involved in this in some way so i ask you honestly to evaluate the mechanisms of your personal liberty and determine if you are willing to trade them for life in a soviet style centrally planned state. I for one am not.  

Catbird
Catbird

@bmarvel @Catbird You really should self-educate Bill, this form hate speech is so very beneath you.

Catbird
Catbird

@casiepierce @Catbird You must have an urban planning degree from Princeton and are here with your carpet bag only because you can't find a job in New York. Probably a member of the North Texas Chapter CNU as well.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Myrna, like Eric, and our president, likes to make stuff up.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@ruddski  Funny, then, that you spend so much time posting on the site. It's kind of a hobby of yours, you know?

tea4two
tea4two

Actually it was directly talked about in Mel Moss' LSTP email calling for action in Mansfield. The email ended with the following:

"Remember we are all reporters of truth.

Of course as Tea Party Members we know what this is all about ICLEI and Agenda 21.

Attend tonight if you can 7PM

Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.

If it's happening here it's happening all across the Nation.

LSTP Staff"

JFPO
JFPO

@ruddskiAs I said, his reference was vague. A link to the document where they actually tied this to the UN would have been helpful. I see you still struggle with understanding the difference between actual journalism and an editorial blog.

Catbird
Catbird

@Anon I lived in the grey areas of the middle ground for over two decades and prided myself on my clean shiny glasses with which I was able to see commonalities for all involved. 


I was once paid handsomely for my skill in gaming the the public, doing the Delphi so well that even if you knew what I was about you would, in the end, come to see things properly and be moved to the right side of things.


I know very well what the position of the CNU types is and sincerely hope that more than just the TEA party will resist their efforts. And it isn't arrogance that drives them, it is fear...not the kind that comes from ignorance but the kind that comes from being alert to what is actually happening.


There is no middle ground left on which to stand; the system has gobbled it down.  

Anon
Anon

Involved? Perhaps.

I am interested, as everyone should be, in creating good plans for the future. I am not interested in any of the Agenda 21 conspiracy theories or wild-eyed worship of Duany and his so called "Smart Code" (which I've read - have you?) I am all too familiar with how CNU's efforts work - what their position papers say and how they talk to people. They patronizingly pat us all on the head and assure us only they know what is right for the rest of us so we ought to let them do to us whatever they want because it is clearly in our best interest. I am also all too familar with how the Agenda 21 conspiracy theorists (composed mostly of Tea Partiers) attack and believe with righteous indignation that they are the only ones who can see and the rest of us ought to simply do what they say because they know the truth and what is best for us.

See? The positions of the CNU types and the positions of the Agenda 21 aginers are almost identical. Both camps arrogantly believe only they possess true wisdom and vision.

In reality we all desperately need glasses.

Catbird
Catbird

@bmarvel @Catbird  Dear Bill: The plans for the New World Order are not secret. There are large thick books published by all sorts of very smart people on the various components of the project and it's been going on gradually for nearly a hundred years. 


Daddy Bush himself announced them to the world when he was president right before he sent American soldiers to secure the north African oil fields for the Saudi's, a major player in global reorganization. 


NWO is politically omni-partisan, left and right, center...it controls all sides of the recognized public debate. 


You are a smart man and if you would dig a little deeper into the subject I bet you'd see things differently. Here's one to start with: 


http://www.amazon.com/Strategic-Vision-America-Crisis-Global/dp/046502954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391082263&sr=1-1&keywords=brezenski 


Resistance to tyranny is not futile and not crazy.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@Catbird@bmarvelCatbird --

If this excursion into far-right niuttinmess does not represent the rank-and-file of the Tea Party, then I apologize. But I fear it does.

Nattering on about the UN and secret plans and left-wing conspiracies top take away our sacred guns-homes-cars-families does not win the middle, which is where most Americans plant their politics.

I hate all partisan extremism, right and left. Having seen the left run amok n the 1970s, I'm seeing the same on the right, now.  

Anon
Anon

I know folks who are members of CNU-NTX. They are an interesting bunch.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@CatbirdHahaha! Shows exactly how little you know. Get to know your neighbors before assuming what they are.


ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Care to tell me which site I post on, Cogito?

tea4two
tea4two

Attention metroplex members of LTSP. It wasn't that long ago that Arlington Tea Party fought a yearlong battle over bicycle Lanes. We force the city into drastically reducing their proposed plan for 100's of miles of street lanes into bicycle lanes that benefits a few well organized groups. The city’s plan was based on a fictional survey of 28,000 bicycle riders a day in Arlington. Which was a lie? Not only that, the city planners solicited bicycle groups from across the metroplex to attend a Arlington City council meetings in support of the bicycle lane plans. In other words they stacked the meetings and their favor.

Mansfield Texas now has the same battle and it starts tonight 7PM City Council Chambers. Since we now know how the city planners operate, it is our duty to give the citizens in opposition of hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes (including busy Matlock St) support. We sould attend this meeting and monitor the proceedings. Remember we are all reporters of truth.

Of course as Tea Party Members we know what this is all about ICLEI and Agenda 21.

Attend tonight if you can 7PM

Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.

If it's happening here it's happening all across the Nation.

LSTP Staff

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@tea4twoCare to post the entire email?  I mean, I could have written that one myself.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Honestly, I haven't read much on this project, but I always approach anything coming from the UN as agenda-driven, and it's never an agenda of what's good for the US.

It's highly likely this initiative has some form of power grab, gotta remember the UN is a soapbox for police states, Muslim theocracies, impotent commies and unelected self-important nobodies from shitty little countries.

JFPO
JFPO

@whocareswhatithink Yes, Eric should have linked to the document/link he was quoting from. I spent more time on that site than is healthy and didn't see anything regarding Mansfield.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@JFPO@ruddski Yes, because that link takes us to the page that has a whopping 21 members. (For the Agenda 21 a whopping 1,500 for the whole site) The last written note from a crazy "teapartier" on the matter was back in August last year. "reporting" this just makes the DO look desperate.




JFPO
JFPO

@ruddski If you understand, why do you and your ilk come in here day after day bitching about "journalism?" The point of the editorial blog is to editorialize. You should give that Lone Star Tea Party site some of your attention. Lots of derp, all right up your alley.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Ok, I understand.

This is not journalism. Funny, I've been saying that for quite a while.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Somebody left the door open and CelebrateDivershitty crawled in...

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Yeah actual "journalism" reports actual facts, whereas "libtard blogging" only needs some preach-to-the-choir "snark" for those in its circle-jerk cult.

Eric Nicholson is not a journalist, true. He is a "snarky hipster libtard blogger".

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