As the dust settles around the hooves of the mounted militia and cowboys who rode in support of Cliven Bundy and backed down the Federal Government, it might be a good time to ask, what was it really all about anyway?
Cliven Bundy raises cattle in Nevada. He and his family have been grazing cattle on open land for generations. For many years he was charged a grazing fee by the Federal Goverment that manages the land under the office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Some year ago Bundy stopped paying his grazing fees. The government took him to court to collect. They won, he lost. According to the BLM he owes more than a million dollars.
Bundy refused to pay so the government went in and started to round up his cattle off of the land. Bundy found a way to make a stand against that effort and along the way a lot of other folks joined in. But did they know what the issue really was, or were they just inspired to do anything to stand up against the government?
So here is the issue, according to Bundy, in an interview with Glenn Beck:
Essentially, Bundy is saying this conflict isn’t inherently about grazing fees or water rights, but that he ultimately does not recognize the lands to be federal and the United States government or the BLM do not have jurisdiction on the land.
“So I think this is very clarifying to people,” Glenn said.
“It’s not BLM land. It’s Nevada land,” Bundy said.
“That is a different point of view than everybody else that is a rancher that I know,” Glenn said.
Based on the conversation on the radio show, Bundy’s fundamental issue isn’t with an out of control government taking control of his personal land, but that he disagrees with how that land became federal land when Nevada was founded in 1864. [Glenn Beck]
In a lot more detail Bundy has made the argument that when Nevada became a state the Federal Government lost jurisdiciton over the land that was, prior to statehood, federal territory.
Do you really think that all those people cheering for Bundy and the protesters understood this, agree with this, realize that this issue has already been tried and failed in court?
Bundy, it seems, was acting in contempt of court orders. In a land of law and order have people really gotten to the point where they celebrate and support open defiance of the law?
If so, have they invited perahps some unintended consequences?
Yesterday I commented upon the Obama administration's request for over $1 Billion to impose gun control. Today I was alerted to this development:
The National Guard is following a direct order — but it’s not happy with it.
All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it. [Washington Times]
Some have interpreted this move by the POTUS to have more sinister implications.
As if the Obama administration's purchase of more than 2 billion rounds of ammunition, and nearly 3,000 urban tanks, along with their unprecedented (and highly illegal) domestic spying program was not enough to convince you that the federal government is about to suspend the Constitution once and for all, the man who once vowed to run "the most transparent administration in history" has just rather inexplicably, ordered the U.S. Army to seize every Apache attack helicopter currently in use by the National Guard.
In all, the Defense Department will confiscate 192 Apaches from National Guard units around the country and give them to the active duty Army.
In exchange for the heavily armed and highly maneuverable choppers, Guard units will receive 111 UH-60 Blackhawktransport helicopters from the Army, Defense One reports.
Last week, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, claiming that the measure will save taxpayers $12 billion, over the next three years.
So, what could be another, more reasonable explanation?
The Apache, which began service in 1986, is armed with a 30 mm M230E1 Chain Gun (with 1,200 rounds), Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and 70 general-purpose 70 mm rockets. In short, it is capable of fending-off any enemy, foreign or domestic.
Obviously, these helicopters could pose a substantial obstacle to say, a tyrant drunk on his own power, with an army at his disposal. [Washington Examiner]
Time and time again this administration gives the impression that something is afoot which has bad written all over it.
According to one group the BLM agents at the Bundy ranch were in fact supposed to engage in violence in order to incite a larger scale crackdown centered around the expected death of some of the agents after a shootout.
Congress voted to repeal provisions of the STOCK act which effectively ended the ability of its members to get filthy rich from insider trading, an activity which would land the ordinary citizen in prison. It passed by unanimous consent. President Obama has signed the law. [Open Secrets]
When the Bureau of Land Management surrounded Cliven Bundy's ranch in Colorado in an effort to reclaim land upon which he and his family had been grazing cattle for generations, the armed forces of the United States took aim at citizens with their weapons.
Some say that revelations implicating Harry Reid and the Chinese in a plan to use the land for other purposes caused the BLM and the armed agents to stand down. Not so says the rancher's son.
A show of force was necessary to stop the government seizure and sale of embattled cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's cows, his son said on Sunday, a day after an armed standoff between federal agents and hundreds of Bundy's supporters. [Reuters]
The armed standoff came after a contingent of militia groups headed for the ranch in support of Bundy and in opposition to the military like maneuvers of the BLM and other agents.
Under the Obama administration there has been a rise in the number of states which have created a separate militia unit under the control of the governor alone without any requirement that the members treat the president as their commander in chief.
Obama is angered by the several State Governors who have reestablished “State Defense Forces.” These forces are described as: “State Defense Forces (also known as State Guards, State Military Reserves, State Militias) in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are not regulated by the National Guard Bureau nor are they part of the Army National Guard of the United States. [Politcalvelcraft.org]
And just how has the president responded in the face of the increase in militia groups, state military units and private citizens having the ability to defend themselves?
President Obama has requested $1.1 billion and the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked for $382.1 million for gun control "to protect Americans from gun violence." [Foxnews]
Thomas Massie who continues to push a Ron Paul type unorthodox agenda in Congress has now been implicated in a plot against House leadership. According to a report in the National Journal, a small band of House members is "scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year".
While intra-House battles are usually not made so public this one is expected to erupt into a breakdown of the conservative coalition which the GOP represents as a bulwark against liberal policies.
The masterminds of this mutiny are trying to stay in the shadows for as long as possible to avoid putting a target on their backs. But one Republican said the "nucleus"of the rebellion can be found inside the House Liberty Caucus, of which he and his comrades are members. This is not surprising, considering that some of the key players in that group—Justin Amash of Michigan, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky—were among the 12 Republicans who refused to back Boehner's reelection in January 2013.
Boehner isn't the only target. The conservatives find fault with the entire leadership team. [National Journal]
Gareth Long was asleep with his wife shortly before midnight when he heard a loud bang inside their home. An intruder had gained entry to the Longs’ home by using a tree branch to break in through a bedroom window. Long realized there had been a break-in and retrieved his handgun. He discovered the intruder in the hallway outside of their bedroom. Long was forced to fire when his repeated warnings went unheeded. The intruder’s wounds proved fatal. Long and his family were not injured. (Dallas Morning News, Cedar Hill, TX, 12/26/13)
Former baseball player Hank Aaron has accused Republicans of being like the KKK.
Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance.
“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.
Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” [CBS]
In a column back in February writing for his website "The Black Sphere" Kevin Jackson came up with this cool idea.
In celebration of 150 years since the Republicans freed the slaves from slave-loving (pardon the double-entendre) Democrats, my team has come up with a snarky way for you to get back at them. We are projecting what famous black people would be doing had Republicans not fought and died for their freedom. In short, my team does what the Republicans won’t do for themselves, and that is SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
Kris Knochelmann is running to unseat former democrat now republican Steve Arlinghaus from the Kenton Judge Executive's seat. Arlinghaus has been wrapped up in a suspicious controversy involving the Kenton County Airport Board which has many calling his trustworthiness into question.
Knochelmann has now received the endorsement of the three former Kenton County Judge Executives in addition to the endorsements of Former US Senator and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning and that of former Congressman Geoff Davis.
Arlinghaus struggled in his first run with suggestions by those that opposed him that he had lied in court documents regarding his employability in order to escape court ordered marital obligations. He was also pinned by then Judge Executive Ralph Drees as a "big assed liar".
Arlinghaus is a former democrat who was ousted from his seat on the fiscal court by now state representative Adam Koenig.
The combination of controversy over his airport board entanglements coupled with his alleged reputation for being an "untruthful sort" of man has now been punctuated by these endorsements.
Looks like Knochelmann may very well be positioned to send Arlinghaus packing again.
Attorney General Eric Holder pointed his finger at Congressman Louie Gohmert during a recent hearing and threatened "Don't Go there buddy". In this infuriating show of disrespect Holder has demonstrated that he is unfit to represent the dignity of our Department Of Justice.
I know plenty of judges who would have thrown a lawyer even of Holder's stature in the clink for such contemptuous behavior.
Maybe it is Holder who should be wearing a pair of bracelets, courtesy of the US Marshall's service of course.
Former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson has announced that he is leaving his post at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Some are speculating that he will return to Kentucky and seek elected office again.
Considering that Rand Paul faces legal difficulties in his desire to run for both Presidency of the United States and his Kentucky US Senate seat at the same time, Grayson may be eyeing an opportunity that he was denied in 2010.
However, as popular as Grayson was among many Kentucky establishment republicans four years ago, his stature as a viable republican candidate has not been helped by his activities or the changes to the political landscape since he left Kentucky.
Grayson, along with former Clinton administration official Robert Reich, were named as co-chairs of a PAC dedicated to electing only democrats. [Washington Post]
In addition, the forces of the TEA party which gained strength in the Commonwealth largely on the shoulders of Rand Paul have gotten far more organized in Grayson's former home county of Boone.
It's 2014 and people have grow wise to the ways of slick politicians who abuse issues like race, gender and social status for political gain. So it is quite insulting to hear Alison Lundergan Grimes time and time again try to use the gender of her birth as if it gives her special qualifications to claim the female vote.
But what is even more insulting is her absolute refusal to address real life assaults on women's rights such as those in Frankfort, where she has her office.
Likely Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes told about 150 Fayette County Democrats Tuesday night that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has "yesterday’s view of women." Then she declined to answer questions about a former Democratic lawmaker accused of sexual harassment. [Kentucky.com]
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/08/3186466/grimes-declines-to-take-questions.html?sp=/99/322/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy
I'm not a big fan of Alex Jones or his hysterics, but I have been following this developing story and what you read below should give you a glimpse of how the government really sees you and me when we don't agree with them. It also raises a question: Is this land really your land, is this land really my land?
Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.
The cattle were being rounded up by BLM officers as part of a crackdown on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay “grazing fees” demanded by the feds as a result of a re-classification of 600,000 acres of federal land in northeastern Clark County which Bundy claims has been in his family for generations.
Fears that the confrontation may turn violent and concerns that Bundy is drawing increased support from liberty activists and the local community prompted the feds to tape off two ridiculous “First Amendment Areas,” outside of which free speech in support of Bundy is banned. A sign placed inside the area reads “Welcome to Amerika – Wake Up” alongside a hammer and sickle logo.
When Bundy’s family members violated that rule yesterday in an attempt to peacefully document the cattle roundup, they were met with a barrage of loudspeaker warnings and four BLM snipers with their guns trained on the dissenters.
None of the family members were armed, but as soon as Dave Bundy began filming the cattle in the distance, 11 BLM vehicles each with two agents arrived and surrounded him.
“They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us. We were doing nothing besides filming the area,” said Ryan Bundy.
The family were told to leave the area via loudspeaker because they had violated the crudely established “First Amendment Area”. [Infowars]
The son of an 85 year old nursing home resident has filed suit after discovering a photo of his mother in the "rec room" stuffing a dollar bill into the waistband of a male stripper's briefs.
[My mother] has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working, lady . . . And now she has been defiled,” [the son] said.
[His] family also asked why his mother was holding dollar bills in her hand when her cash was supposed to be kept under lock and key in a commissary account — but was again blown off, the [lawsuit says].
The “vile” incident was done “all for the perverse pleasure and enjoyment of the Defendant’s staff,” the suit claims.
[The family's] attorneys argue she “lacks the mental and physical capacity” to protect herself. [NYPost]
In other news, Bill Clinton was in Texas last night to watch the UK and UConn cheerleaders. He was accompanied by George W. Bush who was there to watch the basketball game.
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