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  • 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,...
  • Lot next to Obama's Chicago home for sale

    11/14/2012 9:17:10 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 14, 2012 | Mary Ellen Podmolik
    Another home-buying opportunity has surfaced in President Obama’s neighborhood, this time right next door. The owners of the famously vacant land next to Obama’s home in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood are trying to sell the 50’-by-150’ lot at 5050 S. Greenwood Ave.,for $899,000.
  • Moshe Zar: PA Land ‘Ownership’ often Meaningless

    05/29/2012 3:37:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/5/12
    Palestinian Authority Arabs’ claims to land in Judea and Samaria are often meaningless, says Moshe Zar, one of the main land salesmen in the region. The reason goes back to King Hussein’s distribution of land decades ago, he said. “Hussain wanted to compensate the Palestinian families whose relatives he had murdered, so he gave them free land,” Zar told Arutz Sheva. “In reality, the distribution of land cannot be considered to be in effect, because it does not match the conditions on the ground.” The land was given out randomly by drawing lines on a map, he explained, and many...
  • Support Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Federal Overreach on Private Land

    05/08/2012 7:31:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    NMA Act Online ^ | 5-8-12 | NMA
    A bipartisan group of high ranking House members have introduced legislation to stop the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from codifying a policy that expands federal authority to regulate essentially all areas where water flows in the United States. The proposed change will have the impact of drastically expanding the federal government's regulatory control over state and private land and water resources and limit economic activity for not only the mining industry but a broad section of the nation's job-creating industries, such as agriculture, manufacturing and construction. Urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor...
  • Americans Are Worrying About the Constitution Again

    04/04/2012 11:36:19 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 4-4-12 | Michael Barone
    "I don't worry about the Constitution," said Rep. Phil Hare, Democrat of Illinois, at a town hall meeting where voters questioned his support of the legislation that became Obamacare. You can find the clip on, where it has 462,084 hits. That was before the 2010 election, in which Hare, running for a third term in a district designed by Democrats to elect a Democrat, was defeated 53 to 43 percent by Bobby Schilling, proprietor of a pizza parlor in East Moline. A lot of politicians are worrying about the Constitution these days. Liberal commentators were shocked this past week...
  • Hevron Arabs Stage Home Purchase Claim

    04/01/2012 11:50:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A large force of soldiers and police Sunday night moved dozens of Hevron Arabs out of a residential building next to the Jewish community and which they claimed they had bought, days after Jews presented a deed of purchase of an Arab home. The Arab squatters refused IDF and police orders to leave, and security officers ringed the building before forcing their way in and removing them. Four Arabs were arrested for violent resistance. The squatters were protesting last week’s purchase of an Arab home across from the Patriarchs’ Cave. The purchasers were careful to make sure that the sale...
  • Land Banking: An Old Idea With A Poor Track Record

    03/27/2012 6:44:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/25/2012 | Audrey Spalding
    In Michigan, land banking is new. But in Missouri, it has a long and sordid history. More than 40 years ago, Saint Louis City set up a land bank in response to the exodus of its residents, and the vacant property they left behind. When the land bank was created in 1972, the hope was that it could return vacant property back to private, productive use. Since that time, the Saint Louis land bank has amassed more than 10,000 parcels of vacant land, making it the largest landholder in Saint Louis City. My research into the operations of the land...
  • What Christians want in a president

    11/26/2011 8:10:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/26/2011 | Jim Daly
    On Faith asks: Dr. Richard Land recently suggested that “people who campaign as traditional moral individuals are asking to be judged by different standards. If you’re going to stand up, you have to walk the walk.” What kinds of ethics, values and morals should we expect from our candidates? A: From my perspective there are baseline non-negotiable qualities and characteristics that anyone must first embody in order to be considered worthy of holding a position of leadership – at any level. These same standards apply whether or not you’re leading a Boy Scout troop, a Fortune 500 company or serving...
  • John Malone Now Biggest Landowner in the U.S. (Malone is an AMERICAN)

    10/13/2011 9:48:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    Land Report 100 ^ | October 2011 | Monte Burke
    2,200,000 acres John Malone, the 70-year-old chairman of Liberty Media, is famously reticent when it comes to discussing his business life. There is, however, one subject that makes the Denver businessman open up: his personal land holdings. Recently, he’s had a lot more to talk about. In 2011, Malone became the largest private landowner in the U.S., wresting the top spot on The Land Report 100 from his friend and longtime business partner, Ted Turner. His decades-long rise to the top dates back to the 1990s, when Malone began acquiring land in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. His land grab...
  • Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Strengthen Gun Rights(Senate)

    09/23/2011 5:03:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 22 September, 2011 | NA
    U.S. SENATE --( U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen gun rights by allowing law-abiding Americans to possess loaded firearms on lands owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tester supported similar legislation in 2009 that permitted law-abiding citizens to carry loaded guns in National Parks. Tester’s bill, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2011, would put an end to the patchwork of regulations that govern different lands managed by various federal agencies. Tester, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, said gun owners need to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights when...
  • Will your representative cosponsor Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act?

    08/26/2011 9:50:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 August, 2011 | David Codrea
    Today on The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance radio program, we talked about the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) to repeal the gun ban on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Gun Owners of America has issued an alert and asks supporters to "Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act." Regular readers both here and at my War on Guns blog know I don't ask anyone to do anything I don't do myself. That's one of the...
  • Sportsmen Win Major Courtroom Battle Over Hunting on Public Lands

    06/26/2011 7:31:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 24 June, 2011 | cbaus
    (Columbus, OH) – The lengthy battle over hunting access on dozens of units of the 100 million acre National Wildlife Refuge system has ended—and hunters can declare VICTORY! In April 2011, federal Judge James S. Gwin ruled for sportsmen across America by granting summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other defendants while denying a lawsuit aimed at closing hunting on National Wildlife Refuge System parcels. After this ruling, an appeal process was opened, and the appeal clock began ticking. On Monday, that appeal period came to an end with...
  • Mystery Solved: The Most Expensive Champagne in the World Sold in an Auction was Purchased by Buyan

    06/23/2011 12:30:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    RedOrbit ^ | aturday, 18 June 2011
    Mystery Solved: The Most Expensive Champagne in the World Sold in an Auction was Purchased by Buyan, Singapore's Premier Russian RestaurantHistory was made when Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar located in the Republic of Singapore, won the world’s most expensive Champagne in a fierce bidding war. Buyan, which offers both inexpensive traditional Russian fare as well as Russian haute cuisine meant for the Tsars, has paid €30,000 (SGD43,630) for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, which is believed to be 170 years old. Singapore (PRWEB) June 17, 2011 History was made when Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar...
  • Some Rumblings In Inflation Land

    Just out from a trading desk: **Big eurodollar trade**.... E$ SHRT JUN (1 YR MID) 9925-9937.5 C SPRD (-) VS GRN JUN (2YR MID) 9800-9812.5 C SPRD (+) paper PAYS 2.5 ON 25K equiv to selling edm2-m3 Looks like "someone"(Ahhhpimcotchooo) is starting to hedge big.
  • Prosecution Against Jewish Ownership of Land

    05/03/2011 3:40:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/11 | Hillel Fendel
    The State Prosecution has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court that leaders of the Jewish Judea/Samaria settlement enterprise fear will cause the loss of many hundreds of acres of Jewish land. The petition, which was submitted in 2008, was heard shortly before the Passover holiday. Arutz-7 has learned that a high-level government meeting is to be held on the matter tomorrow (Wednesday). The petition was filed in the name of the Military Commander in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) against a decision by the Military Appeals Committee, which granted Jewish ownership to land based on the fact that Jews had...
  • Land Boom--And Bust

    04/11/2011 12:09:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/10/2011 | Steve Forbes
    With full support from the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve continues to weaken the dollar in order to "stimulate" the economy. Such exercises never create sustainable growth, but they sure are disruptive. One destructive result is that capital is misdirected because of false price signals. When the dollar is debased, commodity prices rise and speculation increases. Thus, it's impossible to know what the real supply/demand price is of a commodity or an asset--primarily land--related to the commodity. We see this harmful phenomenon playing out in farmland prices, which went up 12% last year, while doubling over the past decade. Prior...
  • Congressional Republicans push to sell federal land

    03/17/2011 12:23:21 PM PDT · by kbennkc · 49 replies
    daily Caller ^ | 17 MAR 11 | Caroline May
    Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz Thursday introduced a bill to sell off government land for which, he says, the federal government really has no use. On the Senate side, Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and John McCain of Arizona have plans to introduce similar legislation.
  • Another Obama stealth land grab: Salazar and the NLCS

    03/07/2011 5:52:13 PM PST · by Oopsie Daisy · 7 replies
    Michelle Malkin Blog ^ | November 22, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    The TSA isn’t the only one with grabby hands. I’ve been reporting on the stealth Obama land and ocean grabs for the past several months now — and there is another new, under-the-radar-screen development that deserves your attention. Quick review: In August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted...
  • Chinese Investing in Texas

    02/26/2011 7:29:32 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 13 replies
    2-26-11 | self
    I have been made aware this week that Chinese investors are either buying or considering to buy dry land farm land in my area of Texas. If it is true and if they don't care what values are, they may be paying more than double what land would sell for locally. Does anyone else know of such activity?
  • Young Israelis of the year: Yoel Zilberman, 25: Militiaman

    12/13/2010 9:18:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Yoel Zilberman, 25, the founder and leader of the New Guardsmen, was born and raised in Moshav Tzipori in Lower Galilee. The son of a third-generation cattle breeder, he grew up witnessing the escalating struggles between the region's farmers and herders and local criminal gangs who invaded their grazing lands, sabotaged their equipment and ran a protection racket. At 20, while still a soldier on active duty, Zilberman learned that his father was on the verge of going out of business, unable to maintain the ever-rising cost of securing his property.
  • 'Don't rent to non-Jews,' Israeli rabbis warn

    12/07/2010 3:24:58 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 16 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December 08, 2010 | Agence France-Presse
    JERUSALEM: Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be "ostracised," a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday. The advice was condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said "this kind of speech should be banned in a Jewish and democratic state." The letter instructs that "it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner," referring to the Pentateuch -- the first five books of the Bible. Signed mostly by state-employed...
  • Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters(Nov26 pm)

    11/26/2010 1:02:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/26/10
    (LEAD) Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- The series of explosion sounds heard Friday on the border island attacked by North Korea earlier this week appear related to training within the North's territory, military officials said. No shells landed in waters on either side of the Koreas' Yellow Sea border or near Yeonpyeong Island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The firing was not aimed at us, and we believe the sounds were heard as North Korea conducted its routine training...
  • Lame Duck Land Grab

    11/13/2010 7:42:54 AM PST · by opentalk · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/12/10 | Chris Horner
    "Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is hoping to pass a package of public lands and wilderness bills during the lame-duck session of Congress. Bingaman's panel has sent more than 60 bills to the floor this session that would create new national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Now he's hoping to bundle them into an omnibus measure for Senate passage before the 111th Congress adjourns, spokesman Bill Wicker confirmed today." Can't get cap-n-trade? Doesn't matter. Just a symptom. Not the disease. The ongoing *direct* land grab (mostly, but not exclusively) out West continues apace...
  • Five places where land is free!(Free land Anyone?)

    10/22/2010 3:03:12 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 19th 2010 | Ann Brenoff
    In the spirit of settling the wild, wild West, some communities are giving away free land lots. What's the catch? You have to agree to build a house (or park a mobile home) and live in it. For the most part, the places doing this are rural communities without much in the way of work opportunities. But there are definitely some upsides and we can think of worse places to wait out the recession than near a mountain stream in Alaska. Besides, doesn't the whole world work virtually now, or is that just my hemisphere? The concept is certainly not...
  • AP Exclusive: Harry Reid Got $1M in Land Sale (Hadn't owned the property for three years)

    10/15/2010 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/10 | JOHN SOLOMON and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    AP Exclusive: Reid Got $1M in Land SaleBy JOHN SOLOMON and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writers Oct 11 01:13 PM US/Eastern WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show. In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews. The Nevada Democrat's deal was engineered by Jay...
  • Question; Whats the approximate value of land owned by US government

    08/25/2010 8:53:14 AM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 27 replies · 2+ views
    If the US government owns most of the land in the US and the average citizens liability for the national debt is around 45k, maybe the government should transfer ownership to citizens and sell a bunch to balance their books. What do you think the book value of all the land owned by the government is?
  • Bill: Protecting the right to bear arms on Federal lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service

    08/13/2010 6:38:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 12 August, 2010 | Larry S. Moore
    Recently H. R. 5523 was introduced into the U. S. House of Representatives by Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) along with co-sponsors Rep. Bob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA). The purpose of the bill is "To protect the right of individuals to bear arms on Federal lands administered by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.". The bill currently has 21 co-sponsors, as reported on (1-5523). Disappointingly, none of the co-sponsors are from Ohio. This bill is of critical importance as Second Amendment advocates continue to press forward with the expansion and protection of...
  • Administration document reveals big change in federal land management

    08/06/2010 4:46:37 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 26 replies
    KSL News 5 ^ | 8/5/2010 | Sarah Dallof
    "Of the 264 million acres under BLM management, some 130- to 140-million acres are worthy of consideration as treasured lands. These areas [are] roughly equivalent in size to Colorado and Wyoming combined." -BLM's Treasured Lanscapes paper
  • State-Owned Bidders Fuel China’s Land Boom

    08/02/2010 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Palter · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Aug 2010 | DAVID BARBOZA
    The Anhui Salt Industry Corporation is a state-owned company that has 11,000 employees, access to government salt mines and a Communist Party boss. Now it has swaggered into a new line of business: real estate. The company is developing a complex of luxury high-rises here called Platinum Bay on a parcel it acquired last year by outbidding two other developers to win a local government land auction. Anhui Salt is hardly alone among big state-owned companies. The China Railway Group is developing residential complexes in Beijing after winning the auction for a huge piece of land there. Likewise, the China...
  • The Reid Energy Bill: Another Government Land Grab

    08/01/2010 10:49:24 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 7/31/2010 | Rob Gordon
    The all-too-familiar idea “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste” has reared its head in Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D–NV) Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010. In addition to proposing hurdles high enough to trip efforts to develop energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico, the proposal would gift to the greens one of their long sought desires: a full pot of money in the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF). It would be a big pot of cash that can be spent “without further appropriation” to, among other things, gobble up more private property.
  • Cities View Homesteads as a Source of Income

    07/26/2010 7:32:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/26/10 | MONICA DAVEY
    Cities View Homesteads as a Source of Income By MONICA DAVEY BEATRICE, Neb. — Give away land to make money? It hardly sounds like a prudent scheme. But in a bit of déjà vu, that is exactly what this small Nebraska city aims to do. Beatrice was a starting point for the Homestead Act of 1862, the federal law that handed land to pioneering farmers. Back then, the goal was to settle the West. The goal of Beatrice’s “Homestead Act of 2010,” is, in part, to replenish city coffers. The calculus is simple, if counterintuitive: hand out city land now...