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Posted on 04/21/2014 11:28:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Given the de minimis coverage by the self-gelded mainstream media, you may have missed the altogether remarkable events that recently unfolded in southern Nevada.
For decades, rancher Cliven Bundy has grazed his cattle on government land, which has been designated habitat for the desert tortoise, one species on an ever-lengthening federal list of endangered creatures. Compounding the offense, despite two court orders, Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees to the federal Bureau of Land Management because, as he points out, his family's use of that land goes back to the 1870s, i.e., well before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consecrated it as a turtle habitat and the BLM came into existence.
So clearly this Bundy fellow is a regular Jesse James who must be stopped. That, at least, was the announced premise of the bizarre response to his lawless behavior.
In an insane use of government power reminiscent of the Waco and Ruby Ridge debacles, the BLM rode to the turtles' rescue by launching a full-scale military assault by 200 rangers armed with submachine guns and accompanied by helicopters, snipers, and police dogs. These agents closed off the grazing land, imposed a no-fly zone, and proceeded to confiscate - and, in some cases, kill - Bundy's trespassing cattle. When Bundy's son verbally protested, federal rangers shut him up with lunging, barking police dogs before they repeatedly Tasered him. Other agents physically assaulted another Bundy desperado, a cancer-stricken, 100-pound mother of 11, who had the temerity to block a government vehicle.
Things were proceeding according to plan as the feds slapped folks around, rustled Bundy's cattle, and pretty much let everybody know who was boss. Then it got interesting.....
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
Good to see this commentary in a mainstream paper.
* The EPA assigns one million acres to previous owners in Wyoming.
* The BLM Rustles cattle in Nevada.
* Now the USFS Rustles Cattle in New Mexico.
What will Speaker Boehner do now to punish these lawless Federal Bureaus?
BTW, have yall noticed that Obama is very effectively using these lawless events by his Bureaus to distract from the NSA, Benghazi, IRS and Obamacare Scandals?
Is the modern day equivalent of the KKK the Bureau of Feudal Land Management, (BFLM) ?
If so, then Feudal Lord Reid would then be The Grand Dragon of the BFLM.
Feudal Lord Reids Rustlers are hired guns, who are furious but not fast, which also applies to their multimillionaire Leader: Feudal Lord Reid.
With the past Democrat-based KKK, and now the present Democrat-controlled BFLM, ethics be damned, as abject fear is the main goal of both of these Medieval Outlaw Gangs, past and present.
Ethics will be justified later by Liberals who will write the revised PC History of these times, past and present; of powerful men with outlaw hatred toward free people in America, Black or White, poor or rich.
The Jackboot Heel of Democat Tyranny is now upon us, AGAIN !
Sen. Harry Reids baseless domestic terror accusations
Shows you the governments priorities that they do more to protect turtles than our border.
Confrontations and protests in April 2014
In late March, Bundy sent letters entitled "Range War Emergency Notice and Demand for Protection" to county, state, and federal officials. In media interviews, Bundy used the language of the sovereign citizen movement as a rallying call, beckoning support from members of the Oath Keepers, the White Mountain Militia and the Praetorian Guard. In early April, armed individuals and private militia members from across the United States joined peaceful protesters against the trespass cattle roundup in what has become known punningly as the Battle of Bunkerville. BLM enforcement agents were dispatched in response to what was seen as threatening statements by Bundy, such as calling the events a "range war". There was no armed battle and no shots were fired in the incident.
With many roads closed to ensure safety during the cattle removal, designated First Amendment areas where protesters could safely congregate or exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble were marked with signs and orange plastic fences adjacent to the road. On April 8, 2014, Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval issued a statement, calling for the removal of the First Amendment restrictions he described as offensive. After stating that peaceful protests had crossed into illegal activity, the federal agencies allowed protesters to go anywhere on the public land as long as they were peaceful.
April 10 confrontations and protests
On April 10, protesters crowded around a construction site[not in citation given] to find out why a dump truck was being used at a nearby location. After[not in citation given] repeatedly charging and screaming at local law enforcement officers, Bundy's sister was taken to the ground by a law enforcement officer. According to CNN's Michael Martinez, "Federal officials say a police dog was kicked and officers were assaulted. Bundy family members say they were thrown to the ground or jolted with a Taser." The protesters angrily confronted the rangers.
April 12 confrontations and suspension of roundup
On the morning of April 12, a heavily armed crowd rallied under a banner that read "Liberty Freedom For God We Stand". Camouflaged militiamen stood at attention, communicating with earpieces. Most had signs, many of which chided "government thugs". Addressing the protestors, Bundy said "We definitely don't recognize [the BLM director's] jurisdiction or authority, his arresting power or policing power in any way," and "We're about ready to take the country over with force!". After the BLM announced a suspension of the roundup, Bundy suggested blocking a highway. Armed protesters blocked a portion of Interstate 15 for over two hours causing traffic backups for three miles in both directions. Protesters also converged at the mouth of Gold Butte, the preserve where the cattle were corralled, where a tense, hour-long standoff ensued. BLM rangers warned over loudspeakers that they were prepared to use tear gas. Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, who was with the protesters, controversially said that they were "strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they're gonna start shooting, it's going to be women that are gonna be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers". Protestors took position on a highway overpass, seemingly offering cover as horse-mounted wranglers led protesters to face off against heavily equipped BLM rangers and snipers. The location of the armed confrontation was at Interstate-15 near the pens where the cattle were corralled, at geographic coordinates 36.764230N 114.186710W.
Las Vegas Metro Deputy Chief Tom Roberts defused the situation by announcing that Bundy's cattle would be returned within 30 minutes. The BLM announced that it would suspend the mass roundup, citing safety reasons. Clark County Sheriff Gillespie mediated the agreement between the Bundy family and the BLM, saying, "[W]hen a group of protesters threaten civil unrest or violence in this county -- it is my job to step in and ensure the safety of citizens." BLM Director Neil Kornze said Saturday, "Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public."
BLM spokesman Craig Leff stated in an email that "The gather is over" but that the agency plans to seek a solution "administratively and judicially" and intended to pursue court action to collect more than $1 million in back grazing fee owed by Bundy.
Las Vegas police stated that business owners in Mesquite had received threats because of the conflict.
***end Wikipedia pro-government propaganda nonsense
Gosh! Why would WikiCommiePedia be completely different? **snicker**
outstanding portrait! :)
What percent of Tortoises are om the voter rolls in Nevada registered as Democrat Party. LOL... I am SURE Helping them by sending Acorn to sign them up. Born in the USA, and some live to be 100... Am I being too facetious?
...I am SURE Harry is helping them...
Not when the Dead vote in elections more than once.
It would not surprise me to see a name like Tommy Turtle on the voting rolls somewhere just as an In your face courtesy of the Commie party.