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Why The Feds Chickened Out On A Nevada Ranch
Townhall.com ^ | 4-12-2014 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 04/12/2014 10:31:38 PM PDT by servo1969

Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice!

As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it's outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre.

It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so quickly, given all they had indicated they were willing to do to resolve the matter to their satisfaction. They had set up a perimeter around the Bundy's family land, ranch, and home. They had brought in extra artillery, dogs, and snipers. They were beginning the process of stealing more than 300 head of cattle that did not belong to them.

They did so--or so we were told--for the reason of protecting the desert tortoise. But then it was revealed that the Bureau of Land Management had shot far more desert tortoises than the Bundy cattle had even possibly destroyed. We were told they did it because the Bundys had broken federal laws by not paying what amounted to retroactive grazing fees to the federal government. But the Governor of the state of Nevada told us that Bundy had paid every ounce of state tax, met the state requirements, and their family had been improving the property more than 100 years previous.

Finally we were allowed to know the connection between a communist Chinese wind/solar power plant and its connection to that senator named Harry Reid. Evidently a plan had been hatched to use the Bundy property for a solar farm and instead of paying the Bundys, someone, somewhere in the administration believed it was easier to just take what they wanted.

That approach is at least consistent with the readily documented abuse of imminent domain where the government for any number of reasons--few of them valid--have taken to taking what doesn't belong to them. Americans then watch as it gets handed over to some multi-national corporation for the "cause" of the "greater good."

There were a few specific reasons why the feds chickened out in the Nevada desert though.

1. Technology - As the Bundy family members were abused, cameras captured it. Not television network cameras, but dozens of cell phone video devices that gave witness to a Bundy aunt being shoved to the ground, and a Bundy son being tazed. All of this while threatening protestors with dogs, brandished weapons and vehicles was captured, uploaded and made viral to the watching world.

2. States' Rights - As the drama unfolded it became clear that the Governor of Nevada, and the Sheriff of Clark County knew that Cliven Bundy's family had not only not broken any state law regarding the land, but that they had gone to the enth degree to insure compliance with Nevada laws on the property. The Governor and the Sheriff, to their credit, did not favor the feds as a more powerful party in the conflict. Though there must have been pressure from Senator Reid's office, the administration via the Bureau of Land Management, and local officials who were bought and sold like the Clark County Commissioner who told those coming to support the Bundys to have "funeral plans in place."

3. Grassroots Response - As other incidents have transpired in the past, the amount of time it took honest information to reach the grassroots and thus the response to the action came to slow. In the massacre in Waco, most of the nation had been sold a single narrative from the limited media outlets covering the events. Similarly the events surrounding the abduction of Elian Gonzales from his family in Florida and deportation to Cuba took place in such a response vacuum that by the time Americans knew the real story, the damage was done. With the Bundy ranch, internet outlets by the dozen had competing information with the limited "official news" being released by the networks, and in most cases the alternative sources had it correct and usually a full day or so ahead of the news cycle. By the time afternoon drive hit, when the network news rooms in New York were preparing their first stories, talk radio audiences had already been dialing their elected officials in Washington demanding action.

The majority of Americans saw through the efforts to spin the story in Nevada. Couple that with the leadership failures that the American people view the administration responsible for, from Benghazi to the Affordable Care Act, all it took was the unedited video of federal agents tazing Bundy's son, followed by his pulling the wires from his chest and continuing to stand his ground for there to be comparisons made to the American revolution.

It's also important to note that merely pulling back from the Bundy property hasn't settled the matter for the American people either.

The feds have stolen 352 head of cattle, and will not confirm or deny if they euthanized some or all of them. Recompense must be made. And to be candid, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see if a few ambitious law firms don't try to convince the Bundy family of the validity of litigation.

Fortunately for the American people, the feds were not able to ultimately bully a simple rancher, not for a tortoise, a solar power plant, or a dirty Senator and his administration.

We owe the Bundy family a great deal of thanks for standing tall.

For if the federal government is allowed to do it with one, then there will be nothing stopping them from doing it again.


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: bhoblm; blm; blunders; bundy; bundyranch; bundyranchmap; propertyrights; rancher; reid
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1 posted on 04/12/2014 10:31:38 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I believe the cattle have been returned since this was written.


2 posted on 04/12/2014 10:33:40 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

bttt


3 posted on 04/12/2014 10:36:43 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: servo1969

I bet if the truth about the Harry Reid connection did not come out as it did... that the government would have not quit as they did.


4 posted on 04/12/2014 10:39:09 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: servo1969
"And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice!"

And that right there is the news of the decade.

Their only alternative was to stay and die, without support from the County or the State.

5 posted on 04/12/2014 10:45:13 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: servo1969
The majority of Americans saw through the efforts to spin the story in Nevada.

Two of them were right here on FR, spinning for days..

6 posted on 04/12/2014 10:45:44 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

Whether Bundy’s cattle were on public land is a separate issue but it provided the pretense to illegally take property and business.

The issue is that a man was almost thrown off his property at gun point and dispossessed of his business at gun point so that another business may benefit.

Without exercising our inherent rights protected by the 2nd Amendment this legally conducted criminality would have succeeded.

If you look past the surface, through the sheen of legality, there is a web of corruption with politicians, judges, administrators, all scratching each others backs.

Everything was “nice and legal”, but it was criminal.

NEVER DISARM.


7 posted on 04/12/2014 10:49:08 PM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Forget them. Second Party Now.)
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To: servo1969

I spent a couple of hours this evening watching the live recordings that Pete Santilli made out at the Bundy Ranch. When I saw those Rangers taze Ammon Bundy not once, but THREE times, and each time he pulled those things out and kept standing, I couldn’t help thinking that there was a higher power’s hand at work. He reacted as if it was a mere bee sting.


8 posted on 04/12/2014 10:49:50 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: ponygirl
When I saw those Rangers taze Ammon Bundy not once, but THREE times, and each time he pulled those things out and kept standing, I couldn’t help thinking that there was a higher power’s hand at work. He reacted as if it was a mere bee sting.

Wasn't long after that, the fed mobsters decided to beat it down the road, as the crowd keep getting bigger...

9 posted on 04/12/2014 10:52:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

Wait for the new EPA rules that a new source wetland is all theirs to control. Our homestead will lose about half to the feds. Except, those tough guy Feds will have short lifespans due to the deer flies.


10 posted on 04/12/2014 10:53:23 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Mariner

Where were all the other militia members?
If nationwide militias moved en mass to defend overreach...


11 posted on 04/12/2014 10:56:25 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: servo1969

I guess I’m the only one who thinks the feds won. The state governor chickened out. The sheriff chickened out. They abused protesters. They used attack dogs. They confiscated cattle. They left at a time and place of their choosing.

And they lost?


12 posted on 04/12/2014 10:56:56 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: dragnet2
Two of them were right here on FR, spinning for days..

I thought I was imagining things.
13 posted on 04/12/2014 10:57:56 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

...and no one really knows the disposition of the confiscated cattle!


14 posted on 04/12/2014 10:58:10 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: dragnet2

Did you see the guy fishing for the handles of which FReepers were heading over?


15 posted on 04/12/2014 10:58:39 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: servo1969
Apparently the Left was not yet ready to kick off the war.

They will eventually, but for now the cost was too high.

16 posted on 04/12/2014 10:58:45 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The Gubment Has No Legitimacy. It needs to be Removed!)
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To: servo1969

Tortoises! No wait... back taxes! No wait... solar panels!

No wait... nevermind.


17 posted on 04/12/2014 11:03:10 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: dragnet2

Yes..pathetic.


18 posted on 04/12/2014 11:03:23 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: ponygirl

Hadn’t heard this, but your saying so reminds me of the TZ episode, The Dust, which turns on the inexplicable breaking of a “new rope” in an unjust hanging. This changes the mind of the “town boss” and the young chicano convict is reprieved. His father had purchased some “magic dust” from a charlatan under the cynical guarantee that it would prevent the hanging somehow.

Of course, Bundy wouldn’t qualify for this treatment by Serling’s standards, but I guess it shows that all parties are mindful of the extra-ordinary.


19 posted on 04/12/2014 11:05:07 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Ray76

“NEVER DISARM.”

Bingo. Without the patriots’ weapons,

...

no fed back-down.

NOW do we get 2A rights? Now do we understand!


20 posted on 04/12/2014 11:07:09 PM PDT by WKTimpco
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To: andyk

Cattle returned, Feds tucked tail and ran. They definitely lost this battle, but the war still wages


21 posted on 04/12/2014 11:07:52 PM PDT by GusFring
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To: Ray76

Good post.


22 posted on 04/12/2014 11:08:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: servo1969
We owe the Bundy family a great deal of thanks for standing tall.

The ol' guy has lots of guts, totally backed by his family and friends. He made it real clear days ago, he was ready to go down shooting if necessary.

23 posted on 04/12/2014 11:11:20 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

There is a higher power, I hear.


24 posted on 04/12/2014 11:12:01 PM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: servo1969
>> Evidently a plan had been hatched to use the Bundy property for a solar farm

Not exactly.

They want him off the Bunkerville range so that the area can become a preserve to compensate for destruction caused by projects at the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.

"The Gold Butte ACEC [Area of Critical Environmental Concern] is preliminarily recommended as the best recipient location for regional mitigation from the Dry Lake SEZ [Solar Energy Zone]." (Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, Proposed Mitigation Actions and Locations, page 29)

I've combined maps showing the Gold Butte ACEC[1], Bunkerville[2], and a relief map. The maps overlay each other using I-15 and Lake Mead for alignment and scaling. Although not perfect it is close.


[1] See page 31 of the BLM Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone,

[2] BLM Trespass Cattle Notice of Intent Map 3/24/2014


Let me know if any of these links no longer work.

25 posted on 04/12/2014 11:12:30 PM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Forget them. Second Party Now.)
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To: Darksheare

His handle was “FAA”


26 posted on 04/12/2014 11:14:19 PM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Forget them. Second Party Now.)
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To: Ray76

That’d be the one.


27 posted on 04/12/2014 11:16:21 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Ray76

Everything was “nice and legal”, but it was criminal.

Needs to be repeated again and again


28 posted on 04/12/2014 11:17:19 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: servo1969

Most telling I think was the land broker from LV who said he had been sent with purchase offers for many years and was turned down.


29 posted on 04/12/2014 11:17:28 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: servo1969

Most telling I think was the land broker from LV who said he had been sent with purchase offers for many years and was turned down.


30 posted on 04/12/2014 11:17:28 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: dragnet2

Seemed to be backed by the town too, on the video I saw.


31 posted on 04/12/2014 11:17:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Darksheare

Did you see the guy fishing for the handles of which FReepers were heading over?

************

I did. Quite the agitator.


32 posted on 04/12/2014 11:25:19 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Mariner

Throughout this ordeal I have wondered what was going in the minds of the armed men from various government agencies who were directed to neutralize their country’s citizens. (OK and cows)

Did some of them possibly question the integrity of those who were giving them orders ?


33 posted on 04/12/2014 11:25:35 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: Darksheare

That was hilarious.


34 posted on 04/12/2014 11:26:42 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: andyk

Sinning as in touting the government propaganda? I thought there were some weird posts. What was their screen name?


35 posted on 04/12/2014 11:27:17 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: dragnet2
Two of them were right here on FR, spinning for days..

Did you notice how they shut up once the news about Harry Reid's involvement came to light? I counted the posts of one of them... 47 posts on the Bundy situation on Friday. 2 today.

36 posted on 04/12/2014 11:28:23 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: FAA

Are you still able to post?


37 posted on 04/12/2014 11:29:25 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: servo1969

Excellent article- Thank you Kevin McCullough and servo1969.
It’s time to shut this Kenyan and his crap down. Seems like the good ole USA is finally waking up.


38 posted on 04/12/2014 11:29:28 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Psalm 144

Yes.
And he got real mad about being spotted out there.


39 posted on 04/12/2014 11:29:39 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Ray76

“Everything was “nice and legal”, but it was criminal.

NEVER DISARM.”

Best post on this thread!!!
Don’t know about a lot of places, but in rural Nevada there are no pussies! If this had gone “Waco,” I think the BLM would have lost.


40 posted on 04/12/2014 11:30:16 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Ray76
They want him off the Bunkerville range so that the area can become a preserve to compensate for destruction caused by projects at the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.

In other words, it is the government that is destroying the environment, not the rancher.

41 posted on 04/12/2014 11:30:26 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jet Jaguar

Hehehahahaha! Now that’s funny!


42 posted on 04/12/2014 11:31:41 PM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Forget them. Second Party Now.)
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To: ponygirl

Waiting for round two.
It’ll get more interesting.


43 posted on 04/12/2014 11:31:46 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: servo1969

All 352, or however many?


44 posted on 04/12/2014 11:31:58 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: FAA

What now? What are your opinions on the matter?


45 posted on 04/12/2014 11:32:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Darksheare
Did you see the guy fishing for the handles of which FReepers were heading over?

Yes. That newb government stooge. I will not forget.
46 posted on 04/12/2014 11:33:07 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; FAA

I guess “maybe”.
But after fishing for the handles of FReepers heading to Clark cty...
He may lay low for awhile.


47 posted on 04/12/2014 11:33:26 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Jonty30

I have been reading so many different sites today that I can’t recall where I saw this, but I heard that 300 cows were returned, 130 dead from exhaustion/dehydration (mostly calves) and two bulls shot. Don’t know if that is all true, but I did read that today.


48 posted on 04/12/2014 11:34:15 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: andyk

“The state governor chickened out. The sheriff chickened out.”

Don’t agree with anything else you said, but it is clear that neither the Governor nor the Sheriff had their “big boy pants” on. Might want to drop them a note to let them know what you think of them. I did!


49 posted on 04/12/2014 11:34:15 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: PA Engineer

We’ll see more like it in the coming months.


50 posted on 04/12/2014 11:34:41 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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