By now you may have heard about the standoff in Nevada, on a cattle ranch, between our Federal government and the owner of the ranch, Mr. Cliven Bundy.
Sadly this is such a votive situation that it may end horribly – as in Ruby Ridge or
Westboro Baptist – HA! I meant fricken WACO – horribly. sorry for the mix up, heh
Only this time the government isn’t hiding it’s “motive” behind stories that paint the targeted citizens as a danger to society – but instead as a danger to the desert turtle. And they have all but dropped that pretense as they have converged on Mr. Bundy’s ranch and his family.
Turns out the “endangered turtle” had lost it’s funding some time back, and in the interest of saving some cash while opening up that turtle territory for exploitation, the government which swore to protect these turtles have been KILLING them instead. Yes, that is the truth. So now they move against the Bundy ranch without the turtle as a shield and so their naked greed and murderous intentions are laid clear.
The few “news” outlets that have reported on this, Fox in particular, have done so without full understanding of the background regarding the decades long fight the Bundy’s have experienced. Fox in particular has been pretty ridiculous in turning this into a debate between the “feel-good” side of the Citizen v. The Governmant, and the fact that the Bundy’s haven’t paid the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) a grazing fee for many years – so The Government is well within it’s rights to stop Mr. Bundy from grazing cattle on the public land according to the pretty lady on Fox.
As is almost always the case there is much more to it than just the two sides in that example debate. I found a comment in a thread on the Weasel Zippers blog and it contains a statement from one of the Bundy daughters which explains pretty clearly the facts of the decades long fight with our overreaching and greedy government. It also gives insight into the potential motive behind the aggression towards the Bundy’s.
Think about the fact that the head of the BLM is newly appointed, and see how the newbie is so heavy handed. Pay attention to how Harry Reid treats the situation as one of no consequence although he has been very involved in the whole turtle shuck and jive.
Now hear the back story of the fees and the Bundy Ranch, H/T Sam1247:
Statement from Shirlee Bundy-
“I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it is in a nut shell.
My great-grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars. These
rights to the land use are called preemptive rights. Somewhere down the line, to keep the cows from over grazing, came the bureau of land management. They were supposed to assist the ranchers in the management of their ranges while the ranchers paid a yearly allotment which was to be used to pay the BLM wages and to help with repairs and improvements
of the ranches. My dad did pay his grazing fees for years to the BLM until they were no longer using his fees to help him and to improve.
Instead they began using these money’s against the ranchers. They bought all the rest of the ranchers in the area out with their own grazing fees. When they offered to buy my dad out for a (pittance) he said “no thanks”, and then fired them because they weren’t doing their job. He quit paying the BLM but, tried giving his grazing fees to the county, which
they turned down. So my dad just went on running his ranch and making his own improvements with his own equipment and his own money, not taxes.
In essence the BLM was managing my dad out of business. Well, when buying him out didn’t work, they used the endangered species card. You’ve already heard about the desert tortoise. Well that didn’t work either, so then began the threats and the court orders, which my dad has proven to be unlawful for all these years. Now they’re desperate. It’s come down to buying the brand inspector off and threatening the County Sheriff. Everything they’re doing at this point is illegal and totally
against the constitution of the United States of America. Now you may be saying,” how sad, but what does this have to do with me?” Well, I’ll tell you. They will get rid of Cliven Bundy, the last man standing on the Bunkerville allotment and then they will close all the roads so no one can ever go on it again. Next, it’s Utah’s turn. Mark my words, Utah is next.
Then there’s the issue of the cattle that are at this moment being stolen. See even if dad hasn’t paid them (the BLM), those cattle do belong to him. Regardless where they are they are my fathers property. His herd has been part of that range for over a hundred years, long before the BLM even existed. Now the Feds think they can just come in and remove
them and sell them without a legal brand inspection or without my dad’s signature on it. They think they can take them over two boarders, which is illegal, ask any trucker. Then they plan to take them to the Richfeild Auction and sell them. All with our tax money. They have paid off the contract cowboys and the auction owner as well as the Nevada brand inspector with our tax dollars. See how slick they are? Well, this is it in a nut shell. Thanks”
So is it silly for me to point out that any remaining desert torti are likely smashed flat as a cow pie from all the government vehicles driving over their delicate environment? Erph. Is it unsettling that the Feds have a BACKHOE going in there amongst other equipment – like dump trucks? You DON’T load cattle in dump trucks to be transported, most especially with a backhoe – not unless they are dead first. How will the cows get dead? Why are the Feds planning on transporting dead cows? Do they have a right to KILL the cattle? And as Mrs. Bundy (?) pointed out – the herds are being separated, and the little baby cows are being left alone in the scorching heat. They will quickly die without the mother cow.
And the local law, the Governor, the elected officials of Nevada all kick at the dirt, while taking no stand, without asserting sovereignty of the State or local government/citizenry. Whoop – I am wrong, for Mr. Harry Reid, NV Senator, did weigh in on the matter:
Reached for comment before Wednesday’s altercation between rangers and demonstrators, spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said: “Senator Reid hopes the trespassing cattle are rounded up safely so the issue can be resolved.”
Dirty Harry is up to his eyeballs in something here.
Maybe this little video will give us some clue, but since I can’t pull the embed code off to copy the video onto this blog you will need to click the pink link below. Scroll to the bottom of the article (or read it first) and play the little 5 min. clip.
BTW, what the fuck is a trespassing cow? Shouldn’t that be a cow in arrears?
Little update. Found a link to a Dana Loesch article about the Bundy Ranch situation (background on history of the grazing arrangements), and in the comment section I found THIS comment re:Reid- I have not vetted it -
Reid on several occasions has used legislation to move federal land into private hands, and private land into the public realm—invariably portraying these transactions as efforts to preserve scenic and environmentally sensitive areas while making more land available for urban growth.
Other provisions of the 2002 bill were intended to benefit (to the tune of several million dollars) a real-estate development headed by Harvey Whittemore, a senior partner in the Nevada law firm that employed all four of Reid’s sons. Specifically, Reid intervened to gain monumental government concessions on behalf of Whittemore, who wished to build thousands of homes and numerous golf courses on 43,000 acres of barren land in an area called Coyote Springs, an hour northeast of Las Vegas.
H/T Dana Loesch for turtle murder info~
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