Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Understanding the US Constitution!

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We talk about it, but what do we know about it?
What is a right? What is a privilege? 
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The US Constitution, the great blueprint.
You can read it in about 20 minutes, but it takes at least eight hours just to wrap your mind the basics.
What's a right? What's a privilege?
What kind of government does the United States have? Was it designed to be a democracy, or something else?
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Cliven Bundy Opposes Government Tyranny!


The Truth About the Nevada Rancher's Standoff

Rancher Standoff - Militias Mobilizing To Support Cattle Rancher
Is Bundy a Racist, or are the Conservative Media Cowards?
By Kristie Pelletier and Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D
May 5, 2014
The New York Times edited 67-year old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s comments to mean something the exact opposite of what he crudely said. That’s exactly how the progressive media attack someone with whom they disagree. It doesn’t matter to progressives that they are destroying the black culture and the lives of millions of blacks; progressives will continue to pour "free" money into the black community to get the black vote. It has nothing to do with compassion.
One of the most horrifying examples of blame-shifting by progressives occurred April 17, 2014 when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists." By doing so he was saying that the sovereign state must be protected at all costs from average citizens. Somehow in a complete disconnect, Nidal Malik Hasan can scream Allah Akbar while killing 13 people and attempting to murder 32 more at Fort Hood, Texas, and it is officially "workplace violence." But Cliven Bundy and his supporters are "domestic terrorists?" Reid’s hate-filled comment was either born in insanity, or a carefully crafted effort to take the spotlight off the horrendous actions of the BLM and put on Bundy’s supporters.
To set the record straight, the only ones who committed violence and destroyed property in the standoff were BLM jackboots, not the peaceful citizens. With over 200 armed BLM, some hotheads pointing guns at citizens, things got to a hair trigger. Most people don’t know how bad it was. Sheriff Richard Mack, who went all the way to the Supreme Court to successfully get the Brady Bill declared unconstitutional, was driving to the Bundy ranch when one of the members of his CSPOA organization called him with an update: "Sheriff, these agents are going to kill us. At first, they threatened to arrest us, but now they are threatening to shoot us. There is no question in my mind; they are going to kill us. Please, just tell my wife that I love her."He suddenly hung up.
Thankfully, that did not happen. Only the BLM lost control and tasered Bundy’s son and knocked down his near 90 year old mother. Only the BLM systematically shot and killed at least a dozen head of Bundy’s cattle, some in ways that brought maximum pain suffering to the cows as they slowly died. Only the BLM deliberately destroyed water tanks and corrals, which they knew were Bundy’s private property. Except for a select group within these agencies, agency personal do not have any constitutional right to have police power and be armed.
Apparently the police power and right to carry guns was granted to the agencies by the agencies themselves, even though there is no constitutional provision for it. Except for the FBI and other very limited cases, the massive militarization of almost every federal agency began during the Clinton administration. In 1996 alone at least 2,439 new federal agents were authorized to carry firearms, including the BLM. Today there are over 120,000 armed federal bureaucrats. This should turn the blood of every American to ice. Especially since the government bought over 1.7 billion rounds of ammunition last year and more are being bought this year. What in the world would they use it for, except against the citizens? It seems that our bloated government is afraid of its citizens. Why?
Conversely, Bundy’s supporters were well disciplined and calm for the most part. Just who are the terrorists in this case? It’s certainly not Bundy or his supporters. Fifty, even thirty years ago, Bundy and his fellow ranchers would have been called the "salt of the earth." A bit too salty for some, perhaps, but this author has worked with many of them, and while they can be crusty, even abrasive in their opinions, they usually have hearts of gold.
Progressivism is going off the deep end of fantasy and ad hominine lies that will not end well – for anyone. Yet, just because Bundy is inarticulate with more rough edges than anyone can count framed his discussion of Negro slavery vs. the government plantation in a seemingly disgusting way to most American’s, doesn’t mean he was wrong. After fifty years and more than 16 trillion dollars of expenditures the War on Poverty has almost zero net effect. Fifteen percent of the American people are in poverty today, down somewhat from 19 percent at the start of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. The number of children living in poverty remains the same. America was promised by Johnson that his legislation would wipe out poverty all together. True many people have justifiably benefited from the various programs as a safety net.
Worse, all the giveaways and having big-daddy government provide for your every need has destroyed the black culture. In 1964, only 6.4 percent of children were born out of wedlock. It was 24 percent for blacks. Today, nearly 41 percent are. In the black community 73 percent are born to single mothers. Progressive ideology has systematically destroyed the African American family, resulting in a cascading tragedy that is getting worse and worse.
Although blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, the FBI reports that blacks were arrested for 49 percent of the homicides in 2012, 32 percent of the rapes, 34 percent of aggravated assault and 55 percent of all arrests for robbery. Nearly half of all murder victims are black – over three times the percentage found in the general population. Welfare, as designed by Johnson and his progressive ideologue friends has stripped African Americans of their humanity decimating communities.
Bundy is not a racist, although progressives want to convince you he is to hide their own bigoted assault on African Americans. A video of Bundy’s talk showed the New York Times that inflamed America was deliberately taken out of context; something that progressives routinely do to destroy anyone who is opposing them. Racism is un-American and deplorable, even sickening. However, when falsely used as a dishonest tool to destroy someone is even more heinous. Even the black community says Bundy is not racist in his comments once you stripe away all the crude rhetoric.
Former UN Ambassador Alan Keys said "He wasn’t talking so much about black folks, but about the harm and damage that the leftist socialism has done to blacks." Roger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality agreed, but added this comment: "What would've been better is if Cliven had said, ‘Look, there are a number of blacks and Latinos and poor whites now that are involved in a real slavery, which is the slavery of government dependence.’"
Speaking for himself, Innis said "I was just talking with a local businesswoman who pointed across the street and talked to me about low-income housing or free government-subsidized housing and how the people there do not work because they don't have to… They may not even know that they are slaves, but there is in fact a neoslavery that exists. When you take out individual initiative, individual responsibility, and the hope that every individual is born with, to better their lives, to climb the economic ladder, to pursue happiness, that is in fact a neoslavery." That’s exactly the point Bundy was trying to make in his own rough and ready way. And it’s true. Progressive ideology has destroyed pride in the black culture that has become their nightmare.
A personal black friend of Bundy’s also came to his defense: "The media distorts information to the point of social division. This is a photo of myself and the resilient, often charismatic, and maybe not so tactful Cliven Bundy. He’s a cowboy and a helluva family man, not an orator. One thing he definitely isn’t – a racist. I found his comments to not only be NOT racist, but his own view of his experiences. Who the heck are we to determine another man’s perspective on the world around him?!"
Indeed, what about Bundy’s First Amendment rights? What the New York Times (NYT) did in a blatant and despicable way was to use political correctness in place of factual news to smear a person whose injustice by the federal government was destroying him. Even if Bundy were a racist, the violation of his constitutional rights by the federal government, the destruction of his ranch and the despicable smear campaign by the NYT is not even in the same universe as
a few racial words that harmed no one.
Equally offensive, and the most disappointing is the complete rout of support by the conservative media and pundits in their terror of being labeled racist by politically correct fear mongering. They dumped Bundy within minutes of the NYT accusation, without even getting the facts before opening their mouths to call "retreat!" If they were cars, the stench of burning rubber caused by their escape would be overwhelming. Cowards all. Do the American people really want political correctness to replace constitutional protections? If what happened to Bundy is an example, apparently so.
No wonder progressive ideology is destroying America when alleged conservatives crumble in the face of insane political correctness. The NYT article did what it was designed to do; distract the American attention from a case that revealed abuse by the federal government and the will to correct it, to a totally superfluous non-issue of racism where everyone thinks, ho hum, Bundy doesn’t deserve my support. If you don’t support him, you will be next sometime in the future, maybe sooner than you think.
© 2014 Michael Coffman - All Rights Reserved
Kristie Pelletierhas a psychology degree and is a freelance writer and researcher. She has done research and writing with Dr. Coffman on national and geopolitical issues for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Coffman is President of Environmental Perspectives Incorporated (epi-us.com) and CEO of Sovereignty International (sovereignty.net) in Bangor Maine. He has had over 40 years of university teaching, research and consulting experience in forestry and environmental sciences and now geopolitics. He was one of four who stopped the ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity one hour before the Senate cloture vote. The Biodiversity Treaty is one of the major treaties promoted by Agenda 21. He produced the acclaimed DVD Global Warming or Global Governance (warmingdvd.com) disproving man-caused global warming—another major theme of Agenda 21.
Dr. Coffman’s book, Plundered, How Progressive Ideology is Destroying America (AmericaPlundered.com) details how the American people are being indoctrinated and bullied into a very destructive belief system called progressivism in the same manner described in this article. His and co-Author Kate Mathieson’s newest book, Radical Islam, The Plan to Take America for the Global Islamic State, provides shocking evidence of how there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim, and how by political correctness is blinding Americans to the real danger that the Obama administration is putting the U.S. in by putting Islamists in high administrative positions and to define U.S. policy. Equally shocking is the comparison of the Bible and Qur’an. It’s a wake-up call to America. He can be reached at 207-945-9878.
Ron Paul Opposed BLM Swat Tactics Displayed in Nevada Standoff
By NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
May 2, 2014
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Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul, a Texas libertarian who always espoused small government and strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, is again creating controversy especially on the Internet thanks to several news and commentary outlets that are covering the Bundy-BLM story.
According to those decidedly conservative and libertarian websites, during the Clinton administration, Paul warned his fellow congressmen that militarizing the Bureau of Land Management would only lead to more distrust and fear of the federal government by American citizens.
Paul noted in 1997 that he personally opposed arming the Bureau of Land
Management for precisely the reasons America would observe in 2014 when hundreds of heavily-armed BLM agents surrounded the Nevada ranch of Cliven Bundy. The agents included snipers whose sole purpose is to kill with precision.
Paul in 1997 declared that the American people are fearful of government overreach and overreaction as a result of incidents such as Waco's Branch Davidian Massacre and the Ruby Ridge killings, two events that displayed government sanctioned brutality and disregard for the lives of American citizens.
"It is ironic that the proliferation of guns in the hands of the bureaucrats is pushed by the antigun fanatics who hate the second amendment and would disarm every law-abiding American citizen," Congressman Paul said on the floor of the House of Representatives. "Yes, we need gun control. We need to disarm our bureaucrats, and then abolish the agencies. If government bureaucrats like guns that much, let them seek work with the NRA," Freedom Post's Tim Brown quotes Paul.
Paul also reminded his House colleagues that the U.S. Constitution never meant for there to be a federal police force. In fact, historically, the police power was relegated to the individual states.
Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Dirty Harry (Harry Reid) 
Brown quotes Paul, during his impassioned speech, as stating:
"Under the Constitution, it was never meant to be a federal police force. Even and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), limited only to investigations, was not accepted until this century. Yet, today, fueled by the federal government's misdirected 'war on drugs,' radical environmentalism and the aggressive behavior of the 'Nanny State,' we have witnessed a massive buildup of a virtual army of armed regulators prowling the states where they have no authority. The sacrifice of individual responsibility and the concept of local government by majority of American citizens ha permitted the army of bureaucrats to thrive."
Paul claims that American citizens have become more willing to have the federal agencies infringe on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties as a result of more and more dependence on government largesse.
"Wealth is limited, but demands are unlimited. A welfare system inevitably diminishes production and shrinks the economic pie. As this occurs, anger among the competing special interests grows. While Congress and the people concentrate on material welfare and its equal redistribution, the principles of liberty are ignored and freedom is undermined," said Paul, according to Brown's investigative report.
Meanwhile, last week, another Texan weighed in on the BLM/firearms issue: Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, wrote in a letter dated April 21, 2014, to President Barack Obama, his Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the BLM, "Because of this standoff, I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada,"
Stockman pointed out that Section 1733 of the U. S. Code requires "the BLM rely on local law enforcement officers to enforce regulations rather than its own rangers." He also accused the BLM of refusing to work with the with the county sheriff’s department in its interaction with Bundy.
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BLM Siege At Bunkerville - The Real Story
Senator Harry Reid rides to the rescue!

By Steve Miller
Monday, April 28, 2014
Big profits are being threatened by animals grazing on prime real estate, but the real story has been lost in a haze of inciteful rhetoric
A rancher’s refusal to sell his land and stop his cattle from grazing nearby may have created a crisis in the real estate industry

BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA - Neil Kornze joined the Bureau of Land Management in 2011. He has been leading the BLM as Deputy Director for the past year. Before his appointment, Kornze worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
In 2013, following a five year recession, business in Mesquite, Nevada, five miles north of Bunkerville and 80 miles north of Las Vegas, began a miraculous recovery. Millions of dollars began to be invested in the area, and tired resort properties were lavishly refurbished. Retirement communities such as Sun City Mesquite sprung back to life and realtors began to again find buyers for expensive riverside or golf course frontage homes.
However, unbeknownst to the public, several miles down the Virgin River from the City of Mesquite, a lone hold out Mormon rancher named Cliven Bundy was about to throw a wrench in the works and bring anticipated development in the Riverside Road and Gold Butte area to a sudden stop because his cattle were "trespassing" on some of the most desirable real estate in Clark County. He was to act alone because all his fellow ranchers had sold their spreads earlier.
Enter United States Senator Harry Reid.
On April 5, 2014, dozens of heavily armed federal agents arrived near Bundy’s Ranch and began seizure of his cattle that were illegally grazing on prime real estate presently controlled by the BLM. Federal agents also entered Bundy’s 160 acre ranch and later admitted to destroying water tanks, and killing six cows.
The BLM’s armed cattle seizure was undeniably an extreme and very expensive over reaction, when a lien could have been placed on the ranch until the court ordered grazing fees are paid. That’s why many believe there’s an underlying reason such a raid occurred, a reason the BLM does not want the public to know.
Undeveloped BLM grazing land near Bunkerville, April 2014
Developed former BLM land near Bunkerville, May 2013
As a former land developer, and later a member of City of Las Vegas and Clark County land planning boards, I learned that the Director of the BLM has the authority to schedule auctions of public land. That’s how the land surrounding Las Vegas was bought cheap and developed. Too often, the choice of what land to auction, when, and the minimum acceptable bid has political overtones. If
Neil Kornze decides to auction the land and water rights along the Virgin River or on Gold Butte overlooking the Bundy Ranch, I personally believe that investors close to the Reids will be first to know, and first in line to bid and purchase way under market value.
During 2013, Cliven Bundy unsuccessfully represented himself as a pro-se defendant in United States of America v. Bundy in the court of Federal Judge Lloyd D. George. Judge George ruled that Bundy owed the government hundreds of thousands in unpaid grazing fees. On August 9, 2013, Cliven Bundy acting as his own attorney appealed Judge George’s order to the Ninth Circuit Court. The Ninth Circuit dismissed Bundy’s appeal on January 30, 2014. Since then, Bundy has refused to abide by Judge George’s order claiming the federal government has no jurisdiction over Clark County land. (Lloyd George, a graduate of Brigham Young University, is a respected leader in the Southern Nevada Mormon community. The Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, is named in his honor.)

No Fly Zones

When the armed feds arrived on their land, the Bundy family sent out an SOS through social media. Over a thousand ranchers and supporters arrived to support the family along with a number of militia members. Most arrived more than a day after armed BLM agents closed public roads and confronted the Bundy family, tazing several family members, all caught on cell phone cameras and uploaded to the Internet.
As the standoff and media coverage escalated, on Friday, April 11, the FAA suddenly established FAA NOTAM 4/1687 TFR Mesquite, Nevada, an unprecedented TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction). TFRs are most often used to prohibit civilian aircraft from flying near places where the President or Vice President are visiting. However, this TFR was specifically designed to prohibit all civilian flights including news helicopters from flying over a ranch during a cattle seizure. (Steve Miller is an ATP rated instructor pilot and former flight school owner.)

First Amendment Areas

Then, also lacking precedent was the establishment of "First Amendment Areas" intended to corral media and protesters far from view of the cattle roundup. Cliven Bundy’s 37-year-old son David was arrested for taking photos outside one of these areas. The presence of First Amendment Areas insulted members of the press, and they responded by converging on the Bundy Ranch in droves, many taking the Bundy’s side in the dispute.

On April 12, knowing the feds were outnumbered ten to one by Bundy supporters - many carrying weapons, and seeing reporters from around the

world on site covering the breaking story, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie asked the BLM to stand down.

After the federal agents retreated in a cloud of dust caused by spinning the wheels of their official vehicles, Bundy ordered his sons to open a temporary corral set up by the BLM, and release his cattle. Severely dehydrated in 90 degree heat, the cows headed directly to the Virgin River to drink while the Bundy family and hundreds of supporters celebrated by wading in the muddy water near the hydrating cattle.

After the BLM (temporarily) abandoned their effort, many thought the danger was over. However, Senator Reid appeared on national TV that evening and issued the warning "It’s not over!"

During the next week, the international media stood vigil at the entrance to the Bundy Ranch waiting for Reid’s threatened next move. Hundreds of armed militia members camped on the river’s edge nearby. During the lull, the media turned their interest to all things Bundy. That’s when the world got to know the Bundys, a church going pioneer family with fourteen grown children who are descendents of the first Mormon settlers in Nevada. The Bundys and their ancestors have operated the same ranch in the Bunkerville area for over 150 years - vividly contrasting the KKK, Timothy McVeigh, Ruby Ridge, Terry

Nichols, or Branch Davidian comparisons made by pundits on MSNBC.

Inspired by the attention, the family patriarch Cliven Bundy unwisely used his fifteen minutes of fame to express several personal opinions that totally distracted from the crisis at hand
Mr. Bundy’s ill-timed and distracting remarks included demanding local sheriffs seize guns from all federal agents, and his wondering out load if some "Negroes" who live in North Las Vegas would be "better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things? Or are they better off under government subsidy?" (Full transcript of his remarks.)
Bundy’s unsolicited comments totally distracted the media from more important subjects such as whether the No Fly Zone was intended to block news coverage of the actions of the federal agents? Or was a massive land grab by politically connected real estate developers in the works?
One way or the other, establishing a No Fly Zone, and dispatching hundreds of federal agents with M16s and helicopters to rustle up a few hundred "trespassing" cattle took overwhelming political clout, the kind of clout only a U.S. Senate Majority Leader could muster!
It also cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than Bundy owes in grazing fees.
But, Bundy’s misplaced opinions about the plight of some North Las Vegas "Negroes" and his subsequent inarticulate apology took center stage and allowed those who opposed him to rally behind Reid who responded by calling Bundy a "hateful racist," and calling Bundy’s supporters "domestic terrorists." Reid’s unqualified and hypocritical (see his statement below) "hateful racist" remark, and calling ordinary people "terrorists" carelessly fanned the flames in an already explosive situation, but not everyone agrees with Reid’s racist description of Bundy. Here are two qualified opposing views: Youtube.com; Canada Free Press.
Cliven Bundy’s poorly thought out remarks remind me of when Ross Perot withdrew his candidacy during the 1992 presidential election claiming he received threats by the Bush campaign to sabotage his daughter’s wedding. It had nothing to do with Perot’s campaign, and totally distracted the media from his message. He also lost his base over it, and was never heard from again.
Bundy had the option to stay on subject and not be goaded into responding to questions about his personal views on subjects unrelated to the cattle seizure. Now he, like Perot, has lost much of his base, is being called names by Reid and his followers, and the real story of the BLM siege at Bunkerville may never be told.
Based on the distraction, I now envision master planned communities coming years sooner on land that was formerly grazed on by Bundy’s cattle. In the meantime, I hope the Bundy’s are paid for the infrastructure damaged by federal agents, and for the six cows agents killed and buried. Had he kept his opinions on unrelated subjects to himself, Bundy’s cattle might have been allowed to continue grazing on prime BLM real estate for some time - that’s if he paid his past due fees. Now I expect a BLM auction of that beautiful real estate and water rights within the next several years with help from Senator Reid, his former advisor Neil Kornze, and Reid’s lawyer sons Rory and Leif.
There’s so much more to this story. It’s clearly not about cows! It’s about cheap BLM land with water rights, and about greedy developers. It’s well known that Reid’s sons represent Chinese investors. After all this aggravation, it’s hoped that only American citizens are successful in buying the cheap Bunkerville land if and when it’s auctioned.
That said, guns should never have been brandished against citizens or government officials over real estate. If developers want to buy the now BLM land and water rights along the Virgin River or on Gold Butte bad enough, they should not use their stooges in D.C. to try to take it at gunpoint. If and when the BLM decides to auction it off, I hope they will get fair market value for the taxpayers, not discount it to favored bidders as the BLM is well known to do.
On March 26, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said, "No drop of human blood is worth spilling over any cow, in my opinion." And conversely, no drop of human blood is worth spilling over someone’s desire to buy beautiful BLM real estate at discount prices, either!
Cliven Bundy’s careless remarks should never have become the main topic of this story any more than Senator Reid’s careless "Light skinned with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one" remark about Barack Obama that was underplayed during the 2008 Presidential campaign, or then-Delaware Senator Joseph Biden’s careless (Obama is the) "first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" remark in 2007 that was never criticized by the same media commentators who are now attacking Bundy for making equally careless racial remarks. (All three apologized after learning they offended people.)
A Senate Majority Leader and a Vice President were never called "hateful racist" for their remarks! Why is a similar remark from a nobody rancher now making headlines? Maybe to distract from the real story - the BLM being used as a pawn in a land and water rights grab to benefit politically connected developers.
For the time being, the real story of the BLM siege at Bunkerville is lost in a haze of inciteful rhetoric. It’s time to get back on point before the BLM returns to complete their ominous orders.
Steve Miller, is a former Las Vegas City Councilman. In 1991, the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal voted him the "Most Effective Public Official" in Southern Nevada. Miller writes internationally syndicated columns on organized crime and political corruption for Rick Porrello’s AmericanMafia.com.
Steve can be reached at: letters@canadafreepress.com
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Some Conservative Media Burned in Cliven Bundy Affair
By Cliff Kincaid
April 29, 2014
Some "prominent Republicans and conservative news media outlets" are being accused by The Washington Post of rallying around the cause of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who made derogatory comments about "Negroes" and has been discredited as a racist.
But Glenn Beck, the prominent conservative TV and radio host, did not fall into the trap. He concluded early on that the Nevada rancher was "unhinged" and not worthy of support, after noting that some followers of radio host Alex Jones were "deeply embedded" with the Bundy family and preparing for a confrontation with federal agents.

"These guys are dangerous. They are looking for revolution. They are looking for a fight," Beck said of the Alex Jones disciples.

Recognizing a dangerous situation in the making, when armed federal agents tried to seize Bundy’s cattle, Beck urged a peaceful response to the conflict. Eventually, the federal agents were withdrawn, and bloodshed was avoided.

Jones is being inaccurately described in some reports about the controversy as a "conservative" when, in fact, he insists he is a "libertarian."

What is an established fact is that Jones has a habit of exploiting legitimate conservative issues for his own benefit. He is a 9/11 "truther" who thinks the September 11, 2001 attacks were carried out by a secret cabal and that

Muslims were unfairly blamed.
In a decision he has probably come to regret, Sean Hannity of Fox News had followed Jones’ lead on the Bundy case. Bundy’s comments about the "Negro" being better off under slavery caused Hannity and other responsible conservatives to denounce the rancher.
Bundy had commented, "Negroes abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom."
Beck said, "If he really thinks…that slaves had a family life, just that shows you how unhinged from reality this guy is! You’ve got to distance yourself. You must know who you are standing next to at all times."
Hannity backed away from Bundy, saying, "All right, allow me to make myself abundantly clear. I believe those comments are downright racist. They are repugnant. They are bigoted. And it’s beyond disturbing. I find those comments to be deplorable, and I think it’s extremely unfortunate that Cliven Bundy holds those views."
Jones, however, is still defending Bundy, insisting that he is really "pro-black" and that he has been "demonized" by the media and that his comments were taken out of context.
Jones had also claimed that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (NV) was behind the attempt to force Bundy off the land, so that the Chinese could erect a solar energy complex there. Beck’s website The Blaze debunked that and other sensational claims.
But Jones’ lunacy goes beyond stoking domestic confrontations and sparking calls for revolution. A frequent guest on the Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel, he defended the Russian invasion of its former republic of Georgia in 2008, and his websites are now defending the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine.
"CIA Will Soon Roll Out Death Squads to Deal With Activists in Eastern Ukraine," is the headline over one Alex Jones "Prison Planet" story about how the government of Ukraine supposedly intends to deal with Russian-led movements inside their territory. The story includes a clip of the Russian foreign minister from the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV.
One Jones website even runs pro-Russian propaganda from the Voltairnet website, promoting what it calls a "strategy against imperialism and Zionism."
If violence had occurred in Nevada between federal agents and Bundy family members and supporters, one can safely assume Jones would have blamed the so-called "globalists," supposedly pulling the strings behind the scenes. He occasionally airs the view that shadowy members of the Bilderberg group, a private group of wealthy and influential Americans and Europeans, are actually running national and global events.
A staple of the Jones approach is to claim that terrorist incidents, such as 9/11 and the Boston bombings,are carried out by the federal government so that "neocons" can claim a pretext for going to war on behalf of Israel.
Going even further than this typical approach, a Jones website is currently featuring a "Voice of Russia" story about the Boston bombing being a "false flag terrorist attack," featuring "fake blood, make-up artists and smiling ‘victims.’"
Another pet cause of Jones is the marijuana movement, a fact that may explain a lot of his appeal. He promoted a movie called "Guns And Weed: The Road to Freedom," in which the combustible combination of drugs and firearms is somehow viewed as the salvation of America, a source of jobs, miraculous medical treatments, and armed defense against sinister forces trying to take away people’s rights.
Ironically, this stance puts Jones on the same side of the debate as George Soros, supposedly his nemesis and one of the architects of the "New World Order" that Jones claims to reject.
Soros has been a major funder of the marijuana legalization movement.
"Anybody with two remotely active brain cells to rub together knows that marijuana prohibition is absurd," says Jones associate Kurt Nimmo, ignoring the scientific evidence linking the drug to mental illness.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a fan of the Alex Jones movie, "The Obama Deception," is a concrete example of what happens when Jones’ theories are accepted by potheads with mental problems.
A marijuana addict, he tried to kill President Obama by shooting at the White House, and was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison because he came to believe the federal government was standing in the way of marijuana legalization. The Jones film portrays Obama as a secret CIA operative.
Instead of warning against marijuana causing mental illness, Jones sells a "fluoride shield" ($40 a bottle) of "herbs and ingredients," supposedly to protect people from the effects of a mineral used mostly for cavity prevention. Since fluoride is in the water, Jones also sells water purification systems.
Demonstrating similar paranoid delusionsto those that drove Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, Jones is now accusing Beck of being a "globalist tool" and pawn of the CIA because he didn’t embrace Cliven Bundy’s grazing "rights"on federal land, a right that he had already lost in state court.
Beck is a "Judas Goat," Jones says.
The controversy serves to illustrate how Jones, whose remarks are regularly highlighted by the popular "Drudge Report," is poisoning the minds of many conservativesand Tea Party members who think Jones is on their side.
Jones gave the Drudge Report credit for igniting the national coverage of the confrontationin Nevada,and complained when Hannity tried to take center stage in coverage of the confrontation. Bundy went on both of their shows.
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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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NYTimes And The Deceptive-Edit Of The Day
Many progressives have run with the Cliven Bundy-is-a-racist chant while conservatives and Republicans have thrown him under the bus
By Bob Parks
Friday, April 25, 2014
It’s convenient that you can only watch the Bundy video as a New York Times subscriber, but Media Matters ripped and posted the video with got’cha glee…
Since then, many progressives have run with the Cliven Bundy-is-a-racist chant while conservatives and Republicans have thrown him under the bus.
That’s what you get when you trust the New York Times and anything promoted by Media Matters.
Hear for yourself what Cliven Bundy said, what the Times and MMFA wanted everyone to hear, minus the questions that may have set Mr. Bundy up.
Judge for yourself if Cliven Bundy is a racist or if the New York Times deliberately failed to publish all the news that’s fit to print. And if it wasn’t for Media Matters’ zeal to smear Bundy and post the edited video, a side-by-side comparison may not have been possible.
Bob Parks is a is a member/writer of the National Advisory Council of Project 21, Senior Video Producer for the Media Research Center’s MRCTV. Bob’s websites are Black & Right and youtube.com/BlackAndRight
Bob can be reached at: blackandright@gmail.com
Saul Alinsky Tactics and the BLM War
We can win this fight if we stick to first principles
By Timothy Birdnow
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The internet has been buzzing for the last few days with hysterical hypocrisy from the Left over some remarks made by Clive Bundy, the Nevada Rancher who recently staved off a paramilitary assault by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Bundy made a comment that perhaps black people were better off slaves (as opposed to the neo-slavery of benevolent government.) He was roundly thrashed for his remarks.
First, this is textbook; Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals rule #12
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)"

See, the Left cannot win any argument on the merits of their beliefs; they have
to attack the personalities involved. The Politics of Personal Destruction Bill Clinton once called it - while being a master practitioner of the tactic himself. As the old legal adage says, if the facts are against you argue the law, if the law is against you argue the facts, if both are against you attack the parties involved. This last is what Liberals do, because they have neither facts nor laws on their side. They have to impugn people’s motives.
This instance dovetails with rule #4
"Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)"
The Left knows that Conservatives champion civil rights, and always have. So they produce isolated incidents that can be interpreted as racist, knowing full well that sympathy for the individual under assault (Bundy in this case) will dry up quickly. There will be no defense of a guy like Bundy and the end result will be a tarring of the entire movement.
And then there is rule #9
"The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

And indeed it already has, as conservatives and GOP Establishment types are now running from not just Clive Bundy but the whole BLM land grab issue, terrified of what the Left MIGHT do.
Second, Bundy’s remarks were stupid but one cannot conclude they were racist. He clarified them in a way that suggests a man who is more ignorant than evil.

He seems to have little understanding of the horribleness of chattel slavery. The man spoke pure idiocy. But there actually is a reasonable point in this instance; the hard bondage of slavery was changed for the soft bondage of governmental paternalism. While the paternalism may be a far easier existence, it is still an existence on a short leash, not a real life. Choices are made for so many black people by outside forces who seek to feel good at their expense. Slaves cannot quit their jobs, but then neither can wards of the State; the welfare system holds men in bondage as well.

And stupidity does not abrogate your civil rights; if it did everyone who voted for Barack Obama in the last election would find theirs forfeit. Even racists have civil rights.

Which is what this argument is supposed to be about. Does the government have the right to usurp property rights just because they can. This is not and should not be about Clive Bundy’s personal views. Bundy as an individual does not matter here; what matters is a fundamental principle.

The Liberals know this, and they know they will lose if they have this discussion. They HAVE to turn this into a food fight.

They have been trying to do this in other areas as well; see The Daily Kos comparing Bundy with Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. The Robertson family has been off the reservation from the beginning, and the Left cannot allow an openly Christian, morally conservative group to flourish. So they attacked Robertson in the same way.

The fact is that Bundy and the other Nevada ranchers were there first, and they have improved the land - the fundamental principle of land ownership as defined by John Locke. They had long-standing contracts. They have enforceable rights. The BLM came along and, as government always does, started off slowly, with modest fees and "common sense" regulations. Like a wildfire the winds began to blow and the controlled fire turned into a conflagration. Environmentalists managed to get the BLM to drive the cattlemen out (this dovetails with the Left’s war on food, something I’ve discussed previously.)

This is about property rights. This is about contracts. This is about the Rule of Law as opposed to the rule of force. This is about standing up to an agency which is supposed to work for the People and not the other way around. It is about being safe from paramilitary forces goosestepping over your property. It is about core American principles.

It is not about the person of Clivn Bundy. The statists have made it so because they cannot win a free and fair exchange of ideas on this issue.

Strangely enough, the very same voices shouting "RACIST!" remained silent when their own have made remarks as bad or worse. Consider Barack Obama, who sneeringly referred to his grandmother as "a typical white person" and who said the police "acted stupidly" in the altercation with his buddy at Cambridge (he admitted to having no facts but since a gentleman of color was involved…)
What of Joe Biden’s comment;
"You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent."
or Biden’s wonderful commentary on Barack Obama;
"I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy."
How about Hillary Clinton’s snide remark;
"Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis."
And then you have Harry Reid making the observation that Obama is;
"‘light-skinned’ African American with ‘no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’"
In point of fact the people who champion leftist causes are chock full of racism.
See here here for more.
For decades they supported Robert Byrd, former Ku Klux Klan leader. Anyone remember his remarks about white n****r’s?
So any tears shed by these people are strictly of the crocodile nature. Where was their outrage? Their oh-so-holy righteous indignation? Their rigid moral code only seems to apply to those who are damaging to their own cause.
This indignation is a red herring, one clearly designed to turn the discussion from one of fundamental rights to a contest to see who can urinate the farthest. We should not fall for it.
Nor should we concede defeat before the battle has been well engaged. Too many people are ready to do just that.
I would remind everyone that Saul Alinsky admonished his troops to not use a tactic that drags on too long. The fact that the Left has to keep going back to the racism well is proof they are out of quivers.
We can win this fight if we stick to first principles.
Timothy Birdnow is a conservative writer and blogger and lives in St. Louis Missouri. His work has appeared in many popular conservative publications including but not limited to The American Thinker, Pajamas Media, Intellectual Conservative and Orthodoxy Today. Tim is a featured contributor to American Daily Review and has appeared as a Guest Host on the Heading Right Radio Network. Tim’s website is tbirdnow.mee.nu Timothy can be reached at: tim@timothybirdnow.com

Some Lessons from Cliven Bundy
It's time for us to ask the hard questions, to stand firm, and to be ready to protect our freedoms with force if necessary
By Tim Dunkin
Friday, April 25, 2014
By now, liberty lovers all across this country know the name of Cliven Bundy—the man who stood up to the federal government and won. Facing the destruction of his entire livelihood by corrupt government officials acting on the behalf of Chinese land grabbers, Bundy and his supporters—thousands of people who rallied to his defense—successfully withstood the jackboots of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and drove off armed federal agents, including snipers, who had been sent to steal Bundy’s cattle and destroy his way of life as they had already done to many other ranchers in Nevada and other parts of the West.
My intention is not to discuss the actual legal claims made by Mr. Bundy about who "really" owns the land that is in dispute. I am not a lawyer, and am not going to pretend to be one. Neither do I give any credence to the claims about
Bundy’s "racist" comments that were engineered by the New York Times’ Adam Nagourney, a left-wing gay man following the "progressive" playbook of demonizing those against whom you can’t argue. I would only note that Bundy didn’t actually make any "racist" comments. Instead, what he DID do was point out how terribly, terribly destructive that Democrats and the rest of the "progressive" movement have been for black Americans over the past few decades. If there’s anything racist going on, it involves trapping African-Americans in a grinding cycle of poverty and despair, while psychologically bullying them into continuing to support the very people—the Democrats—who trapped them in the first place.
Instead, what I’d like to discuss are some conclusions that we can draw from the recent standoff at Bunkerville.

Corruption of our government
First, the corruption of our government has reached a tipping point where politicians and agencies no longer even try to hide what they’re doing. Removing Cliven Bundy’s cattle and killing them was not about "the public good." It wasn’t even really about "protecting the turtles." Instead, it was about clearing off land so that Chinese land developers in league with Harry Reid’s son Rory could use the land as a remediation site connected with a solar power panel farm they wanted to build further north as part of a $5 billion development deal. In other words, it was about using public land so that the Reid family and foreign developers could make a pile of money—which makes the Senator’s complaints about Bundy "profiting off of public lands" just a bit hypocritical.
Now, it used to be that when politicians were caught with their hands in the till
like this, they at least had the good grace to backpeddle, apologize, and try to do some damage control. Not Harry Reid, however. He decided to double down on stupid, accusing patriotic Americans defending our constitutional rights of being "domestic terrorists." He even went further, ominously warning that "something will happen" to Cliven Bundy and his family, presumably for getting in the way of the Reid family’s multi-billion dollar payday.
One wonders if this threat has anything to do with the Obama administration’s self-proclaimed privilege of "extra-judicial killings" without due process, and often without the public’s knowledge? I would daresay that if you’re a government that kills American citizens without due process, or which even levels threats against private citizens who have displeased you, then YOU are the domestic terrorists.
Second, the federal government, while corrupt and overbearing, does not seem
ready (at least not quite yet) to actually cross the line of committing open violence against American citizens exercising their constitutional rights. At least not against large numbers of them at one time. This ought to suggest that the proper way to deal with future government harassment of one or a few citizens, at whatever level of government, is for citizens to band together to come to each others’ aid. After all, WE are the source of power and legitimacy in our constitutional system. The police, the federal agents—they work for us. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws which are in line with that Constitution. When they step outside or against that document, they no longer enjoy any authority that we the people are bound to recognize. If it takes thousands of armed Americans standing up to government excesses to cause the government to start getting back into line constitutionally, then so be it. In other words, the primary purpose for the 2nd amendent - to serve as a deterrent against overbold tyranny - still works.

Demise of the American patriot are overstated
Third, the reports of the demise of the American patriot are overstated, to say
the least. Far from tamely sitting back and letting the government run over yet another American citizen, thousands of our people finally stood up to the excesses of the government in the Cliven Bundy case. Regardless of what you think of Bundy’s arguments or whether he owes grazing fees or not, the fact remains that the federal government was way out of line in its response. It destroyed his cattle—which regardless of whether they were grazing on these lands legally, they are still Bundy’s property and subject to Fourth Amendment protections. It attempted to curtail constitutional free speech rights by setting up useless and onerous "first Amendment zones" to silence and nullify protestors. Its agents tasered his son and beat his pregnant daughter. In such a case, standing up against such provocations and putting the government back into its place was the only reasonable response for those who actually care about freedom.
Fourth, however, we did also learn that liberty is not out of the woods. The fact that all the abuses mentioned in the previous point were backed up by federal snipers and helicopters ready to use deadly force even before armed Americans came to the Bundies’ rescue points to a serious problem with our government and its agents. Our government apparently employs many agents who are more than happy to point high-powered rifles at the heads of pregnant women and other American citizens if some toady in Washington tells them to. It is high time for the federal government to be cleared out of its more psychopathic elements. There are apparently many people with a badge in our government who need to be kept far, far away from any job involving the opportunity to use deadly force against other people.

Why can the federal government expend so much money, time, and resources on one rancher in Nevada grazing a few hundred head of cattle, but seems incapable of projecting any sort of useful manpower on our southern border?
Fifth, a good question we can ask that is tangentially related to all of this is:
why can the federal government expend so much money, time, and resources on one rancher in Nevada grazing a few hundred head of cattle, but seems incapable of projecting any sort of useful manpower on our southern border? The federal government goes to great lengths to (supposedly) protect a few turtles, but yet it doesn’t even try to stop thousands of often hostile foreigners from crossing our border every day? Foreigners who, besides being here illegally, also dump hundreds of tons of trash and garbage all across our desert lands each year. If protecting the turtles and the environment is such a big deal for the BLM and other federal agencies, what about the environmental damage done by all of this pollution?
Sixth, while the legal arguments used by Mr. Bundy regarding the ownership of federal lands (federal versus states) may not have gotten him very far, it ought to raise a more foundational question—just why does the federal government continue to hold so much land, especially in the western states? Seriously, if you look at a map of the American West, more than 50% of the surface area in many of these states is claimed by the federal government. In some states, that number reaches 80%. Why? Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 17 of the U.S. Constitution says,
"To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings."
If you go by the plain wording of the Constitution, federal ownership of something like 95% of the lands it currently holds is illegal. There is nothing in the Constitution that says—as the government has argued in the Cliven Bundy court cases—that the federal government gets to keep certain state lands because they were originally ceded to the United States following the Mexican War of 1848. If the federal government wants land in a state that has been accepted into the Union, then it needs to purchase that land upon the consent of that state’s legislature. The federal government—despite its pretentions—does not just get to march in and seize land from states and from property owners in those states, as it is also trying to do now in the Red River valley in Texas.
Further, there is no constitutional authority for the federal government to own lands for the purpose of building solar farms for the Chinese, protecting desert turtles, or anything else that doesn’t involve a fort, magazine, arsenal, dock-yard, or other needful military or infrastructural building (presumably we can assume that air force bases are contextually included in this).
I’m sure there are many more lessons that could be listed here but which I am omitting for the sake of space. But let the take home message from all of this be that we the people are responsible for whether we continue to enjoy our freedom or whether we lose it to Leviathan. We can either be like Cliven Bundy and his supporters, and like the gun owners in Connecticut who are refusing to register their guns under that state’s unconstitutional new firearms law, or we can continue to yield our liberties one piece at a time. It’s time for us to ask the hard questions, to stand firm, and to be ready to protect our freedoms with force if necessary. Nothing else will be true to the spirit of manly fortitude that animated our forefathers in their own fight for liberty.
Tim Dunkin is a pharmaceutical chemist by day, and a freelance author by night, writing about a wide range of topics on religion and politics. He is the author of an online book about Islam entitled Ten Myths About Islam, and is the founder and editor of Conservative Underground, a bi-weekly email newsletter focusing on foundational conservative worldview and philosophy.
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Oklahoma Militia of 50,000 Stands Beside Bundy Ranch Against the Feds
Posted by Unified Militia
April 23, 2014
 Oklahoma Militia of 50,000 Stands Beside Bundy Ranch Against the Feds
A land dispute in Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government began decades ago.
The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy was allowing his cattle to graze illegally, which triggered a round-up of about 400 head of cattle last week
Bundy claims his family's cattle have grazed on the land since 1870 without interference from the government. However, the Bureau of Land Management says Bundy hadn't paid his grazing fees since 1993. Over time, officials say those fees have amounted to more than $1 million
As authorities herded the cattle, a standoff was sparked with members of the militia.
Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who claim Bundy's cattle were unlawfully herded by the bureau
The Oklahoma Militia says it is made up of nearly 50,000 volunteers.
Members say they are taking Bundy's side and fear this practice could spread to the Sooner State. Scott Shaw said, "Evidently in America we don't actually own the property anymore, if you ever did."

Shaw says Oklahoma Militia members are ready to take up arms against the federal government if needed.
He said, "It's up to the feds, the balls in their court! You can do this legally or if you want to try to do a land grab violently, you can do that. We're going to resist you!
Shaw says the militia has not had to defend Oklahoma from the government yet but members are becoming concerned.
Shaw said, "Just look around the country, they are doing it everywhere. If they can do it in Nevada, they can do it in Colorado, Texas. I mean, what's to stop them from coming to Oklahoma? The only thing to stop them is 'We the People."
However, not everyone agrees
Sen. Jim Inhofe said, "You've got a bunch of people there trying to take the law into their own hands and they shouldn't be doing that. And the Bureau of Land Management is not government-owned, it's publicly owned. There's a big difference there. I blame both sides."

The Bureau of Land Management released the cattle after confiscating them.
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Harry Reid, Robert Reich, and the Politics of Character Assassinatio
By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and "Global Censorship of Health Information" and "Restore The Republic"
April 21, 2014

Neither Harry Reid nor Robert Reich know Cliven Bundy personally, yet both have condemned him publicly. The 67 year old Nevada rancher besieged by the Bureau of Land Management only recently became a national figure when he boldly refused to relent to BLM demands that he stop ranching. His defiance became a cause celebre for Western anger and disgust over the over forty year effort of the BLM and National Park Service to remove all ranchers, loggers, and miners from the West.
It is indeed remarkable that some 2,000 people, most of them members of state
militias, ultimately flocked to Bunkersville, Nevada, to stand shoulder to shoulder in defense of Cliven Bundy and his ranch and to put their lives on the line. Facing the risk of a blood bath and political fall-out for Harry Reid, the Reid family, and former Reid aide, now BLM Director, Neil Kornze, the BLM backed down, withdrew their snipers, armed agents, contracted cattle rustlers, and assault vehicles, and returned most of Bundy’s cattle (they shot some and two dozen others are presently missing). While the BLM occupied lands adjacent to Bundy’s ranch, they committed petty crimes of considerable cost to Bundy, piercing his water tanks and water lines and wrecking his fencing, and they disassociated calves from cows, threatening the survival of the calves, and they shot several calve bearing cows. In short, as they have repeatedly in the past, the BLM and National Forest Service proved themselves unbeholden to the rule of law and dedicated to the tyrannical use of brute force to wrest land out of the hands of the last remaining Western ranchers.
Characteristic of the common and petty tendency of unscrupulous politicians to engender hate for their opponents through campaigns of character assassination, Senator Harry Reid and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich have chosen to attack the character of Cliven Bundy and his supporters. Their charges, while utterly false, are calculated to cause those not intimately familiar with the details, to view Bundy not as the victim of abuse that he is but as deserving of mistreatment. This tactic is not new, since ancient times demagogues have publicly spewed venom against their enemies to engender mass reactions of hatred to mask the harsh realities of state tyranny.
Reid described Bundy supporters as "domestic terrorists." The charge is very nearly obscene. A terrorist is a coward who murders the innocent, the most vulnerable, or the unsuspecting in a particularly heinous manner so as to inspire mass revulsion and horror along with a feeling of helplessness. A terrorist is not one who defends his own property against an assault by others. Cliven Bundy and his supporters are not terrorists; they are red blooded American citizens defending their property against government bureaucrats who are demanding that they turn over what they own to a rapacious federal government. Who among us would not fight if the federal government demanded that we give up to federal agents all that we own? Certainly our Founding Fathers who pledged their lives in defense of rights to life, liberty, and property, would not. Bundy and his supporters are quintessentially American patriots, not murders of innocent men, women, and children. They are the victims of federal abuse of power, not the perpetrators of mayhem and mass genocide.
In this instance, over a decade ago, BLM informed Bundy that he must pay for grazing permits for his cattle but that the permits were limited for use by only a fraction of his herd. BLM demanded that he reduce his herd by about 90% and placed restrictions on his own water rights and land appurtenant thereto as well as on the rights of way over federal land by which his cattle could travel for feed and water. Bundy understood those demands for what they in fact were: efforts to destroy his entire ranch. He could not afford to remain in business with 90% of his cattle eliminated and with access to his own water and lands appurtenant thereto severely restricted. For over a century, the federal government had provided his family virtually unrestricted rights of way to federal lands adjacent to his ranch so as to permit cattle ranching development.
Indeed, beginning in 1866, federal law and policy encouraged Bundy’s forebears and thousands of other enterprising Americans to settle the vast, wide-open West, to develop the land, and to establish enterprises that would foster economic growth and prosperity. In that year, Congress passed Revised Statute 2477, which protected those traversing federal lands (most land in the West is owned by the federal government) from any charge of trespass. The statute read simply: "the right-of-way for the construction of highways across public lands not otherwise reserved for public purposes is hereby granted." In the 1970s, BLM and the National Forest Service began a dedicated campaign to undo the rights protections afforded by RS 2477 and to squeeze out of existence all private ranchers, loggers, and miners in the West. The aim was to "return" the Western range to an uninhabited state dominated by wild life. Truth be told, from time immemorial, man has been a part of the ecosystems in the West, but BLM and the National Forest Service subscribed to the view that man was an alien to the earth of the West and needed to be plucked out by hook or by crook.
In 1976, Congress passed the Federal Land Policy and Management Act which repealed RS 2477 but left in place a profound caveat in Section 701(a) which reads: "Nothing in this Act, or in any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed as terminating any valid lease, permit, patent, right-of-way, or other land use right or authorization existing on the date of this Act." The rights of way over which Bundy’s family had historically driven cattle to grazing areas and water were, thus, protected by Congress. The BLM and the National Forest Service had other intentions, however, and in flagrant violation of the plain and intended meaning of the statute they went about shutting down rights of way and rolling up the West, pushing rancher after rancher, logger after logger, and miner after miner off the land.
Against this backdrop of tyrannical abuse of power by autocrats in the federal bureaucracy comes former Clinton era Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Adding to Reid’s denunciation, Reich (who, like Reid, has never met Bundy and has no knowledge of him personally) calls into question Bundy’s patriotism, also deeming those who support him "thugs" for good measure. Reich said: "In what
world is Cliven Bundy, the 68-year old [he’s actually 67] rancher who refuses to pay his tab for grazing cattle on federal lands, a patriot?" [He would pay but BLM demands that he reduce his herd by 90 percent and, thus, go out of business] [Bundy’s reverence for property rights is of the same kind held by America’s Founding Fathers who most regard as "patriots"] "He drapes himself in the American flag but says ‘I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing,’" [Reich’s quote is taken out of context, Bundy was referring to his nemesis the BLM, not departments of the federal government which abide by the rule of law and the Constitution] "while attracting a collection of thugs with assault rifles" [those who stood shoulder to shoulder with Bundy were brave, never fired their weapons and would not except in self-defense, and are the very people who protect their neighborhoods from random acts of violence by street gangs and thugs] "in the Nevada desert to force the Bureau of Land Management to back down from a court ordered confiscation of his cattle" [as Thomas Jefferson put it, "law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual"].
In sum, without the slightest personal knowledge of Bundy, Harry Reid and Robert Reich pronounce him one who advocates "domestic terror" and one who is not a patriot but a criminal (one who fraternizes with thugs and breaks the law). From Wayne Hage, another Nevada rancher who has spent three decades fighting against BLM and National Forest Service efforts to dislodge him from his ranch (Hage also had his cattle seized by the BLM), the real Bundy emerges.
Hage has known Bundy since they were children. He was with Bundy at the Bundy ranch when BLM seized Bundy’s cattle, and he was with him when the militia arrived, and he was with Bundy when the BLM relented and returned most of his cattle. Hage describes Bundy as a man who loves his country, loves his family, and works hard, very hard, to keep his cattle ranch running. He describes Bundy as very physically strong and as a person who does not tolerate injustice. Hage sees Bundy as a man, like himself, who has been coerced and cajoled unremittingly by agents of the federal government intent on forcing him out of business and taking his land. He sees Bundy as brave and as a defender of his property and liberty.
The Constitution of the United States was supposed to limit the federal government to those powers enumerated within the document and to provide through the Bill of Rights protection against the arbitrary use of government power to deprive American citizens of their lives, their liberties, and their property. Cliven Bundy deserves our praise and support, because he bravely stands against a federal agency that has become an enormous Leviathan, devouring the West and making it an inhospitable place for the very people who defined those lands, the cowboys, the ranchers, the miners, and the loggers. Unless we halt and reverse the actions of the BLM and the National Forest Service, the West will largely become a vast wasteland of desert depopulated but for an occasional jack rabbit, horned toad, Joshua tree, and tumble weed.
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Harry Reid, BLM, and Cliven Bundy

By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and "Global Censorship of Health Information" and "Restore The Republic"
April 21, 2014

You might say Harry Reid is a family man. He likes to use public office to benefit his family at the expense of yours.
Reuters reporter Marcus Stern discovered Harry Reid’s family connections when investigating an odd set of circumstances that tie Reid to the Bureau of Land Management and to Cliven Bundy, the 67 year old rancher, whose property near Bunkerville, Nevada, is in the way of Reid family plans for the Gold Butte region.
Harry Reid says that the fight between the BLM and Bundy is not over. Reid should know. The Director of BLM is none other than Senator Reid’s former senior policy adviser on land-use issues (2003 to 2011), Neil Kornze. Kornze has no prior experience in federal land management, but Reid has often described him as "perfect for the job." Indeed, perfect for Harry Reid. Kornze’s decision to call off the cattle seizure and to stand down rather than complete the confiscation conveniently saved Reid from an enormous political embarrassment. There is nothing like an enormous blood bath in Nevada precipitated by a Reid family land grab to stoke political flames enough to consume Reid’s weak popularity in short order. Reid knows that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and so now BLM turns to litigation as its way of obtaining judgments against Bundy that BLM hopes will force Bundy to turn over his ranch as payment.
Truth be told, Harry Reid has a long history of involvement with the BLM, peddling his influence there to achieve benefits for his family and friends. Reid worked with BLM to change the boundaries of the desert tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the planned development of a top financial donor, Harvey Whittemore. You see, the desert tortoise is only a justification against development of those who are not politically connected to Reid. Whittemore gave Reid and Reid’s Political Action Committee $45,000. If Cliven Bundy were a Reid financial backer, his fate might well be different, but he is not. Bundy opposes Reid.
Among the reasons posited by BLM in justification for its decision to seize Bundy’s cattle were two: protection of the desert tortoise’s habitat and the need for a cattle free desert to permit creation of a solar panel project for clean energy generation. The desert tortoise excuse is laughable to those resident in the Gold Butte region because they know that the few remaining ranches form oases in an otherwise barren desert and actually help keep the tortoises alive. BLM efforts to turn the ranches back to desert would likely reduce tortoise populations by depriving them of ready access to irrigated and green areas in and around the ranches. Moreover, the tortoise thrives in Las Vegas (is considered a nuisance by many there), and it was BLM, not Bundy, that euthanized hundreds of the tortoises when BLM closed the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. BLM elected not to dedicate funds to the project and, rather than free the tortoises into the surrounding environment, BLM killed them. Quite obviously, those with political clout not only get to push the desert tortoise around, they get to kill the tortoise, but those who have no beef with the tortoise but also no ins with the Reid family, like Bundy, can be accused of harming the desert tortoise (without proof) and lose their property as a consequence.
As Marcus Stern reports for Reuters, BLM’s second justification for seizing
Bundy’s cattle and driving him out of business comes straight out of Harry Reid’s play book: "Reid and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert. Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project."
Chinese magnate Wang Yusuo, with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, owns ENN Group. In 2011 Reid ventured to ENN’s headquarters in Langfang, China, to tour the company and then worked to get this enormous company favored by the Chinese Communist government to take on development of a massive solar energy project in southern Nevada that would endeavor to supply California with 30% of its energy needs. Wang spoke at Reid’s Fourth Annual National Clean Energy Summit last year.
Reid’s lawyer son, Rory Reid, has been instrumental in his father’s efforts. Rory helped put together the ENN deal, while Harry pushed a clean energy agenda in Nevada that included promotion of solar power, laying the foundation for allowing the Chinese energy company with ties to the Communist government in China to acquire thousands of acres of Nevada public land and build a massive solar farm on it. The ENN Group boasts that its Nevada solar farm will be the largest in North America. Do you think a solar farm less disruptive to the desert tortoise habitat than a few hundred cows? How happy do you think the
Communist leadership of the Peoples Republic are in knowing that none other than the Majority Leader of the United States Senate has through family connections enabled one of that government’s favorite sons, Wang Yusuo, to acquire 9,000 acres of American soil for an enterprise that will funnel funds that might otherwise go to American business back to Communist China.
Rory Reid served as chairman of the Clark County Commission, which controls the public lands needed by ENN. With Rory’s firm pulling the strings, Clark County’s commissioners over ruled County staff and voted to sell ENN 9,000 acres of public land for a fraction of the market value. Reuter’s Marcus Stern reports that appraisals of the 9,000 acres put the value at between $29.6 million and $38.6 million, but Reid influence secured it for just $4.5 million. Not only does it pay to be on Harry Reid’s good side, and that of his son’s, it really does not pay to be in Harry Reid’s way. Cliven Bundy’s ranch is in Harry Reid’s way. Reid wants Bundy out of southern Nevada. He wants BLM to do the dirty work, to use Bundy’s failure to pay some $1 million in ridiculously exorbitant grazing fees and penalties as justification for confiscating Bundy’s cattle and shutting down Bundy’s ranch.
Then, unencumbered by 900 head of cattle roaming over territory to be
industrialized, in will step ENN and transform the desert wilderness into a massive solar energy farm with solar panels cooking the already hot desert into an electrical zone capable of satisfying 30% of California’s energy needs.
Marcus Stern reports: "To advance the Nevada project, ENN retained the state’s largest and most prestigious law firm—Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where Rory Reid works." Since January 2011, Rory Reid’s firm has been the primary advocate of ENN’s interests before Clark County government. Although the County authorized the fire sale of the 9,000 acres to ENN, it did condition the sale on ENN coming up with customers. That proved difficult, so in stepped Harry Reid. In an online chat, Reid vocalized his desires. He wants Nevada’s number one source of power, NV Energy, to become ENN’s customer. In June of 2013, ENN Group failed to come up with the customers desired by Clark County and, for the time being, has withdrawn its proposal to buy the 9,000 acres.
Harry Reid epitomizes the worst in politics today. He uses his public office for private gain. He is willing to destroy the lives of others to advance his interests and to use the clout of his office to influence the conduct and actions of BLM, where he has stationed a trusted source, his former long-time aide, Neil Kornze, available to do his bidding. To quote Thomas Jefferson (from his April 21, 1803 letter to Benjamin Rush): ". . . law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of an individual."
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Rancher’s son describes arrest in protest of federal cattle roundup
By Henry Brean and Ben Botkin
Las Vegas Review-Journal
07 April 2014
  Ranchers rally in support of Cliven Bundy and family 
BUNKERVILLE — A cheer erupted from the cowboy-hatted crowd early Monday afternoon as Cliven Bundy’s youngest daughter delivered the news: Davey had been set free.
"They gave him lunch and let him out," Stetsy Cox, 21, told the assembled group of relatives and sympathizers at a rally for the embattled ranch family near the banks of the Virgin River.
In downtown Las Vegas a short time later, Dave Bundy spoke to the media about his arrest the day before in the federal roundup of his father’s cattle from public land 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The 37-year-old said heavily armed federal agents roughed him up and arrested him for exercising his constitutional rights on a state highway in northeast Clark County on Sunday.
"They got on their loudspeaker and said that everyone needed to leave," Dave Bundy said during an impromptu news conference alongside his father outside a 7-Eleven on Las Vegas Boulevard. "I stood there and continued to express my First Amendment right to protest, and they approached me and said that if I didn’t leave, they’d arrest me."
The younger Bundy said he was taking photographs and protesting peacefully at the time.
Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office, said Bundy was cited on misdemeanor charges of "refusing to disperse" and resisting arrest.
Earlier, BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon said Bundy was taken into custody to "protect public safety and maintain the peace."
"The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service support the public’s right to express opinions peacefully and lawfully. However, if an individual threatens, intimidates or assaults another individual or impedes the impoundment, they may be arrested in accordance with local, state or Federal laws," Cannon said in a statement.
Cliven Bundy viewed his son’s arrest differently.
"What’s happening is they had stole cattle from me, and now they have taken their prisoner," the father said. "Davey is a political prisoner. That’s what you want to call him — he’s a political prisoner."
That sentiment appeared on several handmade protest signs at Monday’s rally, which drew more than 100 people to a tract of private ranch land next to the Riverside bridge on state Route 170.
The crowd gathered in response to an announcement Cliven Bundy sent Sunday night, after his son’s arrest, promising a range war and inviting the press to come cover it.
But Monday’s event wound up looking more like a barn-raising.
After a prayer and some speeches, the group walked up a nearby hill and gathered along the highway on land owned by one of Bundy’s neighbors. There they erected two 50-foot flag poles topped with metal script letters reading "We the People" and strung with a huge banner, the American flag and the flags of Nevada and Clark County.
They plan to use this spot as a rallying point for daily protests.
As they worked, cattle trucks escorted by BLM patrol vehicles kicked up dust along dirt roads in the distance.
Federal agents and contract cowboys — both on the ground and in the air, with at least one helicopter — expected to spend the next month or so rounding up Bundy’s herd, which could include more than 900 animals scattered over a remote, 90-mile swath of mountains and desert south of Mesquite.
The BLM and the National Park Service have closed off public access to almost 600,000 acres of federal land for the roundup.
Bundy considers much of that public land to use as he sees fit, but the BLM canceled his federal grazing permit 20 years ago after the rancher refused to accept new land-use rules for protecting the threatened desert tortoise and stopped paying his fees.
In the decades since, Bundy has challenged or ignored repeated directives from the government to remove his livestock from public land.
Two federal court orders issued within the last year authorized authorities to impound the "trespass cattle."
The operation got underway Saturday morning and brought in 234 head of cattle through Monday

Dave Bundy showed a Review-Journal reporter his scratched face and swollen, scraped hands while describing his arrest.
"Without any further questions, two rangers surrounded and a third one approached me, and they all jumped me, pulling different directions. And then a couple other guys jumped in, and they took me to the ground," Dave Bundy said.
He said, "One ranger had had his knee on my spine, and the other one was on my head with his knee on the side of my head and his other knee on the back of my neck."
Dave Bundy maintains his arrest was improper because he was standing along the side of Route 170 in a state right-of-way. BLM officials said the right-of-way is under their jurisdiction and within an area their agency had closed to the public.
When asked about Dave Bundy’s allegations of mistreatment, federal officials pointed to the charges for which he was cited, including resisting arrest.
Cliven Bundy was in Las Vegas early Monday to meet with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, but it had nothing to do with his son’s arrest. Gillespie said their meeting was arranged on Saturday.
Bundy wanted contact information for Metro supervisors in his area, Gillespie said, and the sheriff provided him the information. But Gillespie reiterated that the Metropolitan Police Department has no plans to involve itself in the roundup.
"This is strictly a federal operation," he said.
In a statement released Monday, the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association also distanced itself from Bundy and his livestock, noting that it supports effective range management and cooperation among agencies to balance ranching and the conservation of wildlife.
Though "sensitive and concerned how the Bundy cattle confiscation situation has evolved," association leaders want no part of the dispute between the rancher and the federal courts.
"Nevada Cattlemen’s Association does not feel it is in our best interest to interfere in the process of adjudication in this matter," the association said.
Back at the rally, Bundy’s immediate family members served Sloppy Joes for lunch and supplied their supporters with cold drinks and popsicles. No firearms were spotted in the crowd.
Margaret Houston, Cliven Bundy’s younger sister, drove up from Logandale, at the southern edge of the temporary closure area, to take part in the protest. She said she hates to see the federal land outside her back door closed to the public while her family’s livelihood is gathered up and trucked away.
"I grew up on this ranch. This is what we knew," she said. "It’s got nothing to do with the cattle and the tortoises. It’s about taking our rights — power — and it’s wrong."
A few miles up the road, a "First Amendment Area" the BLM set up for rallies like this stood empty, save for a few signs attached to the outside of the orange plastic pen.
One of them read: "1st Amendment is not an area."
As for Dave Bundy, he was kept at the Henderson Detention Center overnight, then released late Monday morning with his misdemeanor tickets in hand.
"They came in, wrote these citations, gave me a sack lunch and turned me loose," he said.
Inside the sack he found a tuna sandwich.
"It wasn’t poison, I just ate it."
Review-Journal writers Jeff German and Mike Blasky and photojournalist John Locher contributed to this report.