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  • Forest plan renews old fight in northern New Mexico

    05/02/2016 4:56:28 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 15 and May 1, 2016 | T. S. Last
    On June 5, 1967, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes – which translates to Federal Land Grant Alliance – led by Reies Lopez Tijerina stormed the courthouse in Tierra Amarilla with the intention of freeing nearly a dozen members of their group who had been arrested two days earlier and to make a citizens’ arrest of prosecuting District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez. The two-hour confrontation resulted in a prison guard being shot through the cheek and a sheriff’s deputy severely beaten. It ended when the 20 or so raiders escaped with two hostages. The famous raid was inspired in part by ill...
  • BLM Tyranny

    04/03/2016 12:32:46 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/03/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    For the federal government to demand more, and seize more, such as we are seeing regarding BLM land, is nothing less than tyranny. According to Article I, Section 8, aside from adding territory as spoils from war, the only way the federal government can own property is if they “purchase” it with the “consent” of the State legislature for the purpose of “needful buildings.” Much of the land west of the Mississippi River owned by the federal government was not obtained in either manner. As a result, the Bureau of Land Management unconstitutionally regulates/manages (or should I say “mismanages”) a...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz has introduced a Bill that would take away the law capacity of the BLM.

    03/25/2016 10:39:56 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 13 replies
    Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican from Utah, has introduced a Bill that would take the law enforcement capacity on public lands from the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. This is a major win for US citizens if it does in fact pass. Many have been harassed and even lost their land to the Federal Government in land grabs and other abuses enforced by the BLM.
  • What Does the Constitution Say About Federal Land Ownership? (Prof Rob Natelson on Oregon Standoff)

    02/11/2016 8:31:18 AM PST · by xzins · 50 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 6, 2016 | Rob Natelson
    The "Bundy stand-off" in Oregon at a federal wildlife refuge has triggered (or, rather, re-triggered) questions about the constitutionality of federal land ownership. Westerners in particular question why the federal government should own nearly 30% of the country. In the West, the issue is particularly important. The federal government has title to about half the territory of the eight Rocky Mountain states, the west coast states, and Alaska. The share of ownership in each of those states ranges from about 30% to about 88%. (Exact figures vary according to the mode of calculation.) Westerners who work with the land tend...
  • China Builds Schools in Tanzania as Sino-Africa Ties Deepen

    02/06/2016 9:16:36 PM PST · by piasa · 24 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 4, 2016
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb.3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese influence in Tanzanian soil is increasingly becoming big and bold. This can be seen after the Asian nation built two ultra-modern primary schools in Tanzania. The schools have been built in Tanzania's University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and University of Dodoma (UDOM) campuses. China built the two schools under the Sino-Africa Friendship Primary Schools Project worth 3.23 million U.S. dollars. The schools are fully furnished with all modern teaching and learning facilities, and students enrolled in those schools will have chance of learning Chinese language and culture from Standard One to Standard...
  • Leftists deny it, but Arabs who sell land to Jews are murdered

    01/12/2016 3:20:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/16 | Gil Ronen
    Following the explosive revelation on Channel 2 TV, that central Jewish and Arab leftist activists have a policy of handing over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs who approach them and wish to sell land to Jews, leftists have been claiming that the PA does not execute such people. The denials are meant to refute claims made by the central figure in the televised investigative piece, Ta'ayush's Ezra Nawi, who boasted on hidden camera that the men he handed over to the PA were tortured and then executed. Leftist journalist Haggai Matar published an article that claimed that Nawi was...
  • Group calls for fraud investigation into Jane Sanders' land deals (the Bern's wife)

    01/11/2016 4:46:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    WCAX ^ | 1/11/16 | Alex Apple
    BURLINGTON, Vt. - A group of Catholic parishioners want the U.S. Attorney for Vermont to investigate Jane Sanders, the wife of Bernie Sanders, for alleged bank fraud stemming from a land deal she secured as President of Burlington College. "It appears that Ms. Sanders misrepresented confirmed donations in order to get that loan," said Brady Toensing, an attorney and Vice Chair of the Vermont Republic Party. Toensing is representing a group of Catholic parishioners. He alleges Jane Sanders cost the Diocese between $1.6 and $2 million dollars in 2010 and 2011. He says she misrepresented the amount of money Burlington...
  • Agenda 21: The BLM Land Grabbing Endgame

    Why is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land? After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states. Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more? Well, the truth is that this all becomes much clearer once you understand that there is a very twisted philosophy behind what they are doing. It is commonly known as "Agenda 21", although many names and labels are used for this particular philosophy. Basically, those that hold to this form of radical environmentalism believe that humanity is utterly destroying the...
  • Myanmar land grab victims turn to black magic

    05/24/2014 1:26:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2014 1:36 AM EDT | Aye Aye Win
    Victims of land grabs in Myanmar have eagerly tested new-found freedoms by protesting and sending petitions to the president and parliament, to no avail. Now some are turning to old ways: Curses and black magic. Coffins marked with the names of those who seized property have been set ablaze. In rugged central regions of the country, aggrieved villagers have prayed for mountain gods to unleash their wrath. […] Land seizures by the military, the government and private companies linked to junta cronies have long been commonplace in this Southeast Asian country, whether for development or the extraction of natural resources....
  • Donald Trump and Eminent Domain [Revisiting Trump's support of the Supreme Court's Kelo decision]

    08/09/2015 7:15:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 215 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    In a free market, there’s a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another’s belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. It’s an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trump’s covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that he’s no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track record of using...
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • Battle brewing over logging, grazing at state parks

    06/14/2015 3:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Stamford Advocate ^ | June 14, 2015 | KEITH MORELLI, The Tampa Tribune
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Conservationists are drawing a line in the scrubland, vowing to fight any attempt by the state to expand logging and cattle grazing throughout Florida's 171 state parks. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott, set off a furor last month when he suggested in a series of newspaper guest columns that Florida expand grazing and timber harvesting in its state parks as a way to offset the cost of running them. In the columns, which ran in newspapers throughout Florida, Steverson said state parks hosted more than 27...
  • Budget panel adopts Scott Walker's cuts to DNR scientists, bucks....

    05/30/2015 3:52:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 30, 2015 | STEVEN VERBURG and DEE J. HALL, with Molly Beck
    Budget panel adopts Scott Walker's cuts to DNR scientists, bucks natural area buy moratorium The Legislature’s budget committee voted Friday to slow down conservation land purchases and eliminate half of the state Department of Natural Resources senior science staff as part of an overall reduction of 80 DNR positions. With their plan to reduce annual borrowing for purchases of natural areas, Republican lawmakers bucked Gov. Scott Walker, who wanted a 13-year moratorium to reduce debt payments that ballooned in 2012 because the state postponed payments during the recession. Joint Finance Committee leaders announced they would propose cutting stewardship land borrowing...
  • Budget committee poised to ease DNR, UW System cuts - Walker moves the budget ball his way

    05/29/2015 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2015 | Lee Bergquist, Mary Spicuzza and Jason Stein
    Madison— In a final push on the state budget bill, a key legislative panel is poised Friday to ease some proposed cuts to the University of Wisconsin System and a key conservation program while leaving in place most of the spending decreases for those programs. The GOP-controlled budget committee is also expected to approve Gov. Scott Walker's controversial plan to eliminate scientists and other positions at the state Department of Natural Resources but reduce Walker's proposed cuts to the UW System from $300 million over two years to $250 million. That extra $50 million would be distributed to the campuses...
  • Alert: Obama’s Newest Executive Action Could Shred One Of Your Basic Rights

    05/27/2015 3:03:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Thomas Agee
    Recent reports indicate federal bureaucrats are finalizing the details of a behemoth new Environmental Protection Agency mandate that would supersede property owners’ rights on any piece of land that contains any body of water – including a ditch that fills with rain water. Heritage Foundation Agricultural Policy Research Fellow Daren Bakst explained the ramifications of the rule, which will update the Clean Water Act of 1972, in an interview with The Blaze. “Property owners will not be able to engage in activities they should be able to engage in,” he said. “This will be devastating to private property rights.”
  • Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

    05/25/2015 8:21:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 272 replies
    ABC News ^ | Monday, May 25,2015 | Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin
    An Air France plane was being escorted to JFK airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which is en route from Paris and is expected to land at the New York City airport later this morning. The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a...
  • Ted Cruz aims to win the West

    04/02/2015 11:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | April 2, 2015 | Timothy Cama, energy & envirnmental reporter, The Hill
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is making a play for the West in the 2016 race by touting his opposition to the federal government’s expansive land holdings. Cruz’s disdain for federal land control is resonating with Westerners whose lives are impacted by land managers, and could help him win over conservatives in Nevada, one of the early nominating states in the presidential contest. “This is an issue he’s been focused on for quite some time, and it’s one that plays extremely well with the conservative base in the western part of the United States,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist who...
  • New Natural Resources chief looks to overhaul federal land policy [energy, grazing, state run]

    03/23/2015 6:07:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Zack Colman interviews Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)
    Rep. Rob Bishop has a radical plan for changing public land policy, and it starts with an experiment in his home state of Utah. The Republican is known for shaking things up with his dry sense of humor and occasional belligerence toward Obama administration officials. Easily identified by his three-piece suits and coiffed white hair, the new House Natural Resources Committee chairman is trying to turn his panel from a legislative backwater into a driver of reform. Washington Examiner: With the Land and Water Conservation Fund, I hear a lot about how the states need more control. But how can...
  • Freedom to Farm or Bust

    03/07/2015 9:03:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/07/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Liberty Farm, Virginia: A determined American is fighting for her farming rights and indirectly ours against a well-funded environmental Goliath Virginia, like many other states, offers land preservation tax credits of $100 million a year. Land preservation tax credits are tied to conservation easements which are binding agreements between a land preservation trust (usually a NGO) and a farmer who receives tax breaks in exchange for “legally restricting future development of their property” for a number of years or in perpetuity, as specified in the contract. Martha Boneta, who was instrumental in passing the two bills now dubbed Boneta Bill-1...
  • [Walker] Budget would end Wisconsin DNR land purchases until 2028

    02/04/2015 2:09:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 3, 2015 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget would prohibit the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program until at least 2028 — if the program still exists then. The budget the governor released Tuesday would place a moratorium on stewardship land acquisitions. It would last until the DNR's debt service on purchases that already have been made drops to $1 for every $8 spent since the program's inception in 1989. The program won't reach that ratio until 2028. The moratorium is expected to save the state $13 million in debt by then,...
  • Zimbabwe’s First Lady seeks to control more land

    01/22/2015 3:05:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 3:09 AM EST | Farai Mutsaka
    In 2000, Timon Shava was a hero of Zimbabwe’s land reform program when he joined hundreds of other landless peasants in a wave of land seizures and evictions of white farmers. Today, he is homeless after police, acting on behalf of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, destroyed dozens of thatch dwellings on a farm that she wants to control. The First Lady, who has another farm in the area, said last year that she wanted to turn this farm into a wildlife conservancy that could raise money for an orphanage. A new twist on the long struggle over land in...
  • Divest the West (Saturbray)

    12/20/2014 8:28:57 AM PST · by bray · 3 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 12/20/14 | bray
    Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7 While the world was caught up in a cheesy movie and the race war, there was a major event happening in Salt Lake City. No it was not the declaration of Romney's 10th run at the presidency, there was a convention of Western States discussing how to finally get their land turned...
  • Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People

    10/30/2014 1:23:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    From The Trenches ^ | October 29, 2014 | admin.
    Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People On Friday October 10th, 2014 a Notice from the federal registry reveals that the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice, outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch and most of the rest of Southern Nevada, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014 these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislatures or the people of Southern Nevada. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human...
  • State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land

    10/28/2014 3:00:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-28-14 | Karla Jones
    State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by the federal government to be transferred to the states. Officials at the summit included Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell; Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and state Senator Jennifer Fielder of Montana. The statement, which was ratified unanimously at the gathering, calls for the federal government to honor the...
  • Moderator Calls Out Franken For Not Answering Ebola Question

    10/27/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014
    On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) avoided questions on travel bans and quarantines to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States. After being prodded to answer, a moderator asked Franken, “I mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?”
  • Mixing Oil and Water [public domain runs amok]

    10/24/2014 7:53:31 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Weather.com ^ | N/A | Katy Reckdahl
    The state of Louisiana says it has a public duty to seize private land that sinks underwater. Families who have lived off that coastal marshland for 300 years say the state is using oil company research to grab millions of dollars in oil royalties from lands it failed to protect. ***snip*** For more than 200 years, the Thibodeaux family has hunted and fished the area where this pump hums. ***snip*** But 200 years of property taxes mean nothing to the state of Louisiana. Not when the water rises by a few feet, and especially not when oil money is on...
  • Rejection ANY Deal Not Coming @ Israeli Expense Exposes 'Palestinian Cause' as Never-Ending Scam..

    09/09/2014 3:37:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps Al-Sisi could sweeten the deal by shipping some Jews  to Sinai 1st so they have something to hate/kill when they get there: All you have to do is look at how this story came-out,  including the entirely negative Palestinian reaction: PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1600 km of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called “Palestinian refugees” to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip. Then Abbas told...
  • US Wants Israel to Reverse Land Decision

    09/04/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 9/4/14 | Gil Ronen
    The United States' UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, said Wednesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” by Israel's decision to turn 4,000 dunams of land in the Etzion Bloc region into state land. The US “position on settlement activity is very well known,” she told reporters. “We have long made clear our opposition to settlement activity. We’re deeply concerned by the reports of expanded settlement activity over the last few days, and we call on the Government of Israel to reverse its decision. I think that these actions are contrary to Israel’s stated goal of achieving permanent status agreement with the Palestinians.”
  • EU, U.S. Condemn State Land Designation

    09/02/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel was again condemned on Tuesday over its decision to declare 4,000 dunams of land in Judea, mostly in Gush Etzion, as state land, with the European Union (EU) and the U.S. State Department being the latest ones to issue condemnations. "We condemn the new appropriation of land in the West Bank, relating to plans for further settlement expansion, announced by the Israeli government on Sunday,” said the EU in a statement. “Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to render the two-state solution impossible. The EU reiterates that it will not recognize any...
  • The Agricultural Resource Management Plan in Virginia

    08/28/2014 8:31:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Environmentally-driven encroachment: Regulating farming, compliance with environmentalist demands, control and tracking of the food supply, water supply, land use The Agricultural Resource Management Plan in Virginia, Environmentally-driven encroachment: Regulating farming, compliance with environmentalist demands, control and tracking of the food supply, water supply, land use My late father-in-law was a successful farmer and cooperative extension agent with 40 year’s experience who advised farmers in his county on crop management, land and water use, fertilizers, soil analysis, pests, and plant and animal disease. He valued the land he owned and knew that it was very important to properly care for the...
  • Gary Peters Has Received Thousands From Union Representing IRS Agents

    06/18/2014 2:37:54 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) has received thousands of dollars from the labor union representing IRS agents, leading to strong criticism from Republicans. Peters has collected $8,500 from the National Treasury Employees Union over his career, according the National Republican Senate Committee. The union has spent more than $100,000 so far in the 2014 cycle, including a $2,500 donation to Peters Senate campaign. The NRSC demanded that Democrats benefitting from the largesse of the union return the money, since IRS employees are “stonewalling” a congressional investigation into the agency’s admitted targeting of conservative non-profit organizations. The scandal...
  • Government's power over ranchers and their land is frightening

    05/18/2014 8:24:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
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  • Federal Land Grab Comes to California at Vail Lake

    04/30/2014 8:30:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/30/14 | Kristin Tate
    Americans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government's seizure of privately-held lands and property, especially after the Cliven Bundy incident in Nevada. Now another land owner, Bill Johnson of Temecula, California, claims his property at Vail Lake, the largest privately-owned lake in California, is being threatened by the county, state, and federal governments. Johnson purchased 11,000 acres of land in Riverside County over 17 years ago, including Vail Lake, encompassing over 1,000 square surface acres of water. Now Johnson claims various levels of government are trying to seize the property, using intimidation under the guise of environmental concerns. Johnson...
  • Texas Boy Scouts: BLM Eyeing Our Camp (Video)

    04/29/2014 7:15:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr. 28, 2014 10:44am | Sara Carter
    WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS--With the focus on the possible loss of property held for generations of ranchland owners in north Texas, others who might also be affected by the BLM’s Red River Land Grab could be overlooked. During a meeting with Texas State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), Breitbart Texas learned that land owned by the Northwest Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America is also reportedly being targeted by the BLM land management study. Boy Scout Council President, Wayne Mansur, sat down with Breitbart Texas to explain what his organization and the young people he serves are facing.
  • Major Flip-Floppage on ObamaCare From Rep. Gary Peters in MI Senate Race

    04/24/2014 3:48:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Debra Heine
    Until very recently, MI Congressman Gary Peters was one of ObamaCare's biggest fans. In fact, only last year, he was still gushing about the unpopular, toxic law. But it was when it mattered most, before the law was passed, that Peters was at his most enthusiastic. At a townhall in August 2009, he was asked by some ObamaCare supporters why Democrats weren't doing a better job of "defusing the right-wing agitators." "It's important to get all the information out to people," Peters answered. "It's a complicated issue." It turned out to be such a complicated issue, the information he got...
  • Do the Fed’s Really Own the Land in Nevada? Nope!

    04/20/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 53 replies
    Armstrong Economics Blog ^ | April 19, 2014 | Martin Armstrong
    Do the Fed’s Really Own the Land in Nevada? Nope! Posted on April 19, 2014 by Martin Armstrong Nevada-Protest QUESTION: Is it true that nearly 80% of Nevada is still owned by the Federal Government who then pays no tax to the State of Nevada? This seems very strange if true as a backdrop to this entire Bundy affair. You seem to be the only person to tell the truth without getting crazy. Thank you so much HF REPLY: The truth behind Nevada is of course just a quagmire of politics. Nevada was a key pawn in getting Abraham Lincoln...
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 211 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • Woman's fight against City of Seattle will continue, even in death

    04/19/2014 9:29:52 AM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    MyNorthwest ^ | 4/18/14 | Chris Sullivan
    A property rights fight near Seattle's waterfront will continue, despite the death of the property owner. Late last year, the Seattle City Council voted to used its powers of eminent domain to take the parking lot owned by a 103-year-old Spokane woman named Myrtle Woldson. The city asked her to sell. She refused. So the city council simply voted to condemn the property and take it.
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Federal government is America's biggest real-estate tycoon

    04/16/2014 11:42:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Rahn Forney
    I have never paid close attention to the massive federal Bureau of Land Management. I'm an East Coast guy; never been West, where the BLM is a much, much bigger name, and, for some, a bigger headache. The BLM, according to its website, tends to a huge amount of turf: 258 million surface acres of the United States. It sees to the mineral rights of 700 million acres. The latter number is 13 percent of the total land acreage of the United States. Yet, by its own count, BLM only manages 40 percent of the territory actually owned by the...
  • Why does federal government own 84% of Nevada and what can Reid do to give it back?

    04/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Many say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could easily arrange for his home state to get back most of the 84 percent of Nevada territory owned and controlled by the federal government. So does the Democrat represent the interests of Nevada, or does he put the interests of the U.S. government and the Democratic Party over his own stateÂ’s needs?Nevada would get what it deserves if Reid drafted a measure to treat Nevada the same way as other states. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives would eagerly vote to treat Nevada like a grown-up. Instead, Reid runs the U.S. Senate...
  • Why Cliven Bundy Stands for the Constitution

    04/15/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Buchal · 39 replies
    Buchal for Congress campaign website ^ | April 15, 2014 | James L. Buchal
    The saga of Cliven Bundy and his disputes with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been in the news recently, and many Oregonians cannot understand why rural folk all over the West identify with Mr. Bundy. A spokesman for his nemesis, the Center for Biological Diversity, summed up the urban case against Bundy, complaining that the BLM "is allowing a freeloading rancher and armed thugs to seize hundreds of thousands of acres of the people's land as their own fiefdom." But the Center for Biological Diversity has a proven history of lying about ranchers and grazing, and no rancher...
  • RED RIVER RUMBLE? BLM Wants to Seize 90,000 Acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land!

    04/13/2014 5:55:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 127 replies
    Americas Freedom Fighters ^ | April 11, 2014 | Clark Kent
    The Red River is the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma…or is it? Byers, Texas along the Red River — The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchers have a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years.The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never...
  • Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

    03/14/2014 1:30:45 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 117 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/14/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now...
  • George P. Bush Believes Texans Are Gullible Idiots

    02/13/2014 10:40:14 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 44 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 02/13/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    It’s campaign season again in Texas, and, with 19 days left till the primary election day, candidates are switching into high gear to grab your attention. One particular candidate, George P. Bush who is running Texas Land Commissioner, sent many of us a large, bi-fold flyer this week describing his background and beliefs. Ironically, while the front page states that Bush “believe[s] in Texas”, the rhetoric he uses on the rest of the pages more appropriately declares that he believes Texas voters are uninformed drones. What’s In A Name?If you don’t already know, George P. Bush is a member of...
  • National Park Proves a Hard Gift to Give

    01/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2014 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Lucas St. Clair pulled up to an overlook in Maine’s North Woods to a stunning vista of Mount Katahdin, the state’s highest peak and the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail. Stretched out below was a vast green carpet of pine and spruce flecked with golden aspens and blazing red maples; Millinocket Lake glistened in the distance.“I think it’s national-park worthy,” he said.This was not an idle observation. Mr. St. Clair and his mother, Roxanne Quimby, who owns the land, have been trying for years to turn these woods into a national park. But ferocious opposition has stalled their plan, partly...
  • Town of Seneca goes viral after listed on Craigslist for sale

    12/06/2013 12:08:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Plumas County News ^ | 12/6/2013 | Samantha P. Hawthorne
    Surrounded by fire-worn trees and beautiful mountains lies the deserted town of Seneca — a historic miner’s retreat that has recently gone up for sale. The town, which was surrounded by flames from the Chips Fire a little over a year ago, is an unincorporated community in Plumas County that was founded in 1851 after gold was discovered in the area. With dreams of riches, people flocked to the area and the town quickly grew to more than 1,000 residents. According to an engraved bronze plaque located inside the town, 500 of the residents were Chinese miners who earned 10...
  • Bill Would Let Land Banks Buy Property Before The Public

    11/15/2013 1:33:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation recently introduced in the Senate would specify that land banks can purchase delinquent and abandoned property before free market buyers get a chance at public auction. The measure, Senate Bill 640, is sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart. It was introduced Oct. 23, which was about the same time that the House Local Government Committee was preparing to hold hearings on bills aimed at having the opposite effect. When contacted about the conflicting positions, a spokesman in Sen. Booher's office said language in Senate Bill 640 to allow land banks to purchase delinquent property before public auction will be...
  • Two Propositions on NY Ballot Ask Voters to Decide on Adirondack Land Exchanges

    11/01/2013 1:32:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Hudson Valley Reporter ^ | October 31, 2013 | Bob Dumas
    NEW YORK – When New York State voters go to the polls next Tuesday, besides choosing candidates in their local and county elections, they will be asked to vote yes or no on six constitutional amendment propositions, two of which are land exchanges.Proposition 4 would amend the the state Constitution to authorize the Legislature to settle longstanding disputes between the state and private entities over ownership of certain parcels of land in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. In exchange for giving up its claim to disputed parcels, the state would get land to be incorporated into the...
  • Russian Jews Urge Netanyahu to Ignore U.S. Jews' Call for Ceding Land

    04/09/2013 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 4/9/13 | staff
    One hundred Russian Jewish notables urged Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore recent pleas by American Jews calling on the Israeli prime minister to cede land for peace. In an open letter from Russia published Tuesday, the Russian Jews wrote that their message was a reaction to the April 3 letter initiated by the dovish Israel Policy Forum by 100 American Jews, including philanthropists Charles Bronfman, Danny Abraham, Lester Crown and Stanley Gold, and former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim. Among the signers of the Russian letter were the president of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, and businessman Mikhail Fridman,...