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  • Colo. eminent domain case settled with $115,000 sale

    04/16/2014 6:38:46 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Faith Mangan
    Andy Barrie recently held a property rights seminar for landowners. Asked what lessons they shared, Ceil Barrie said with teary eyes, "Yeah, don't annoy the government."
  • War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming

    04/16/2014 4:17:48 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 April 2014 | William F. Jasper
    War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming 15 April 2014 The recent standoff between the BLM and rancher Cliven Bundy is a symptom of the exasperation of citizens in the Western states over the federal government's massive and oppressive footprint affecting all aspects of their lives.... Full Story:http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/18056-war-on-the-west-why-more-bundy-standoffs-are-coming
  • Exclusive: Sources Inside The BLM and Las Vegas Metro Say Feds Are Planning A Raid On Bundy Home

    04/14/2014 4:47:42 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 82 replies
    http://benswann.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Annabelle Bamforth
    According to Mack, the so-called retreat was nothing more than theatrics. “It was a ploy to get people to back off, to get people out of the way. They weren’t expecting us to get this amount of people here. They were surprised by the numbers and so they wanted a way to get us out of here. This was a ploy to get us out of here and then they’re going after the Bundys.” Mack said that when he was at the Bundy ranch on Saturday there were an estimated 600 to 800 protesters present when federal agents were releasing...
  • Federal agency pulls back in Nevada ranch standoff, but legal fight remains

    04/12/2014 12:19:58 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/12/2014
    The Bureau of Land Management announced Saturday that it has concluded its mission to remove illegal cattle from a rural Nevada range after a tense week-long standoff with a rancher and militia supporters. "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," the statement read. Bureau officials had dismantled designated protest areas supporting rancher Cliven Bundy, who they say refuses to comply with the "same laws that 16,000 public land...
  • UPDATE: Armed Bundy family leaders meet with BLM officers

    04/12/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 122 replies
    8NewsNow KLAS Las Vegas ^ | 4-12-2014 | Caroline Bleakley
    UPDATE: Armed Bundy family leaders meet with BLM officers Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Updated: Apr 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor - LAS VEGAS --  Armed Bundy family leaders are meeting with BLM officers to discuss what will become of the cattle that the feds removed from BLM land, over the past week.Tensions are running high and I-15 is closed in both directions, about seven miles south of Mesquite, because protesters have blocked the freeway, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.The protesters have gathered in support of rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been locked...
  • Deal reached; BLM will release confiscated cattle to rancher

    04/12/2014 2:12:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 188 replies
    8NewsNow Las Vegas ^ | 4-12-2014 | Caroline Bleakley
    Deal reached; BLM will release confiscated cattle to rancher Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Updated: Apr 12, 2014 4:57 PM EDT By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor LAS VEGAS --  A deal has been reached between Bundy family leaders and the BLM, but not without some very tense moments.Armed Bundy family leaders met with BLM officers Saturday afternoon in Mesquite to discuss the fate of the Bundy's cattle that the feds removed from BLM land, over the past week. The cattle are being held at a holding area in Mesquite.Prior to the meeting, hundreds of protesters, some armed, tried...
  • Lawbreaking Rancher Cliven Bundy Wins Victory That Will Embolden Domestic Terrorists (BARF!)

    04/12/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 207 replies
    PolticusUSA ^ | 4-12-2014 | Keith Brekhus
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced today that it was ending its effort to seize Cliven Bundy’s herd of cattle that has been illegally grazing on federal land. The reason the BLM suspended the cattle round up was to protect the safety of federal employees and members of the general public. Bundy and a smattering of his right-wing supporters have threatened to wage a range war if the government continues with its effort to enforce the law. Let that sink in for a minute. The government is halting their efforts to enforce the law because of the threats being...
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

    04/11/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 382 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I...
  • EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2014
    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent...
  • EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres

    01/22/2014 2:24:07 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming - and reversing over 100 years of established law? Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation. This, obviously, isn't sitting well with the governor's office - which is urging the EPA to reconsider its ruling and respect the rule of law. Reacting to the decision to reduce the size of Wyoming by about a million acres, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: "I understand that the...
  • “Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.

    03/23/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | March 22, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agency’s proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate. ... some Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with Jewell’s responses to written and oral questions about her past association with the National Park Association’s lawsuits against the government and future plans to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) threatened to put a hold on Jewell’s nomination before it goes to a floor vote unless the agency commits...
  • Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation

    03/30/2013 8:44:56 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 58 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | MARCH 26, 2013
    A sweeping new Obama administration strategy to protect plants, fish and animals from the hazards of global warming would require the government to set aside millions of acres of land to preserve threatened habitat. “More than millions of acres across the landscape will be required,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “The lands will be protected by easement, by land acquisitions, by local, by land trusts, by state agencies, by federal agencies,” he told reporters in releasing a 120-page National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, in the works for four years. “We’re doing it for...
  • Obama Designates 5 New National Monuments

    03/26/2013 3:02:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 25, 2013 | staff reporter
    President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites. Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters. The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.
  • 'Last American Man' facing government shutdown of his camp for not adhering to building codes

    03/18/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/17/2013 | By Beth Stebner
    Actual (very long) headline: The rugged outdoorsman who has been dubbed the 'Last American Man' is facing a government shutdown of his camp in the Appalachian Mountains for not adhering to building codes A man who has dedicated nearly 30 years to building and living off of his 500-acre farm is facing having his entire way of life shut down by the state government. Eustace Conway, 51, who has been called ‘The Last Great American Man’ for his rustic way of living, could lose his camp in the Appalachian Mountains, his home for the past three decades. The Watauga County...
  • 500,000 acre private property land-grab by U.S. Forest Service

    01/09/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/9/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Nearly 200,000 American citizens in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties could lose free use of their private lands and property if the proposed Rim of the Valley National Park converting two national parks becomes law! A continuation of United Nations sponsored, Agenda 21 aims of shoving American citizens into carefully defined clusters of living space around large urban populations, the Rim of the Valley plan would severely affect personal liberty! Urgent action is needed to stop this huge new federal land grab threat says Chuck Cushman of the American Land Right Association. (1) “It will start with a small scope...
  • Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint

    01/07/2013 5:17:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 January 2013 | Alex Newman
    Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing UN insignia, are forcibly relocating communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning land to Indians. Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint The New American 07 January 2013 Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing United Nations insignia, are forcibly relocating whole communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning huge tracts of land to a small group of Indians whose ancestors were allegedly there at some point. Thousands of local residents who have lived in the area for decades or...
  • Video: IDF Helps Arab Land Grab in Samaria

    12/31/2012 2:17:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/12 | Yoni Kempenski and Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Here is an old story with a new twist: Arabs and Jews claim the same land. IDF separates the two sides, tells them nobody will work the land - and then protects the Arabs as they plow. Video .....
  • Feds to landowner: don't touch that trash [Obama admin grabs private property in NM]

    12/12/2012 10:16:51 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 24 replies
    WND ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A New Mexico couple has been warned by the federal government not to touch trash – tin cans, broken glass and the like – that has accumulated over the years on the 20 acres of desert land they bought for their retirement home near Santa Fe because it could hurt the Rio Grande River, 25 miles away. Huh? The dispute over the Obama administration’s claim to jurisdiction over desert land belonging to Peter and Francoise Smith is heading to court now. Their lawsuit alleges Washington is over-reaching in its claim that their land, which does not contain any “relatively permanent,...
  • Obama the Job-Killing Owl-Killer

    11/28/2012 5:50:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to "save" owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not -- I repeat not -- an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • Mississippi gopher frog habitat designation called 'land grab'

    10/02/2012 11:51:26 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 8 replies
    The Associated Press/Mississippi Press ^ | Oct 2, 2012 | The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- A property rights nonprofit says the federal government made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in St. Tammany Parish as critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog. ... "This case is about a federal land grab in one parish in Louisiana -- but it's also about property rights from coast to coast," attorney M. Reed Hopper of the Pacific Legal Foundation said in a news release Monday. "Never before have federal officials attempted to rope off private property as 'critical habitat' for a species, where the land is manifestly not...
  • Feds propose 1,200 sq. miles for jaguar habitat in S. AZz (and more in NM)

    08/19/2012 2:42:25 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 76 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | Aug 17, 2012 | Dylan Smith
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that 838,000 acres near the U.S.-Mexico border be designated as critical habitat for jaguars. While a small section of the proposed zone is in New Mexico, most of the land is in Southern Arizona, including the area of the proposed Rosemont Mine. The move was hailed by the environmental group that has long worked for jaguar protection. "Jaguars once roamed across the United States, from California to Louisiana, but have been virtually extinct here since the 1950s," said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, which sued to...
  • US, China square off over South China Sea

    07/12/2012 2:17:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2012 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Obama administration pressed Beijing on Thursday to accept a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, a difficult U.S. mediation effort that has faced resistance from the communist government. It has endeared the U.S., however, to once-hostile countries in Southeast Asia. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' annual conference. Sitting across from each other at a long table in a grand hall with chandeliers, Clinton stressed the different ways Washington...
  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • Agenda 21 Action Thread

    03/23/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 208 replies · 2+ views
    A few days ago I realized that we who are participating on the Agenda 21 thread have amassed an impressive amount of data and links which are quite important for the educating of anyone who is wondering what “Agenda 21” is all about. There is absolutely no question in the minds of any of our participants at this stage that “Agenda 21” is real, and is NOT a tin-foil hat conspiracy. There are quite a number of people on this forum who were way ahead of us, and have been quite patient with us while some (like myself) have played...
  • Crony Capitalist Land Grab in California

    04/07/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT · by Law is not justice but process · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 6, 2012 | Alec Rawls
    In 2006 California’s Senate Bill 107 codified a requirement that by 2010 all electricity retailers in the state were to procure 20% of their electricity from “renewables.” That same year L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich established Nuisance Abatement Teams that started combing the Mojave desert hitting isolated residents with ever-expanding lists of code violations, imposing whatever it took to drive residents out, and they made their intentions perfectly clear . . . . . . Apparently it is not enough that our green crony capitalists are getting billions in taxpayer subsidies, or that that rate-payers are forced to buy their...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Good Grief… Now Team Obama Wants to Blow Up 3 Dams In the Name of Junk Science

    02/29/2012 7:09:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 29,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder… The Obama Administration now wants to demolish three dams in northern California to supposedly save the salmon… But the whole reason to support the move was based on shoddy and inconclusive scientific data.
  • Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level Rise (NC)

    02/20/2012 4:30:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/20/12 | Sara Burrows
    Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level RiseState officials still pushing coastal counties to prepare for a one-meter rise By Sara Burrows Feb. 20th, 2012 RALEIGH — State officials are pressuring local governments to plan for a one-meter sea-level rise by 2100, even though many independent scientists have argued the rise is highly unlikely if not impossible. Even though a state advisory panel no longer recommends regulations based on the one-meter projection, local government officials worry that state regulators will try to implement those rules. Such a policy, they say, would have a devastating impact on...
  • There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists

    11/17/2006 5:18:23 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 19 replies · 644+ views
    Arutz Sheva website ^ | Jul 15, '04 / 26 Tammuz 5764 | by Ariel Natan Pasko
    There they go again. The story is so old already. Arab militia or Arab army or Arab terrorist attacks non-Arab. Or was that Muslim fanatic attacks non-Muslim? This time, it's happening in Sudan. While we're sitting and talking, probably a few hundred more black Africans in Sudan have starved to death, or been brutally killed, raped, enslaved, or simply pushed off their land by 7th century Arab imperialist invaders, or more rightly "Arab settlers". Oh yes, that's right. "Arab settlers". Like the ones Saddam Hussein brought into Kurdistan - i.e., the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq - in the 1970s...
  • EU to PA Arabs: We'll Help You 'Grab Land' from Israel

    01/12/2012 3:11:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/12 | David Lev
    The battle for control of Judea and Samaria – and specifically Area C, which, according to the Oslo Accords, is under Israeli military and political control – may come down to a “horse race,” if the European Union decides to act on a policy paper that was published by Hebrew daily Yediot Achronot Thursday. According to the document, "Area C and Palestinian state building," the EU plans to encourage, and fund, Arab building and development in Area C, without bothering to seek Israeli approval for projects, and in violation of laws regarding zoning, security, and the environment. Under the Oslo...
  • National Park Service has new land-grabbing tool

    12/30/2011 5:22:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/29/11 | Ron Arnold
    Big Green has an unlikely new sales pitch to convince Congress to fund ever-expanding land grabs by the National Park Service -- save wildlife migration. A map overlay showing all the U.S. wildlife migration paths would blot out nearly half the nation -- a very clever diagram for empire-building bureaucrats. The obscure but well-heeled Wildlife Conservation Society (2010 assets $764 million) unveiled the idea last week in "Spectacular Migrations in the Western U.S.," a 45-page report on the purportedly urgent need for a widespread network of wildlife migration corridors to avert countless extinctions. The WCS is a consortium of zoos...
  • Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back

    12/14/2011 8:41:19 AM PST · by Dysart · 15 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12-14-2011 | Malcom Moore
    For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt. The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water cannons. Since then, the police have retreated to a roadblock, some three miles away, in order to prevent food and water from entering, and villagers from leaving. Wukan’s fishing fleet, its main source of income, has also been stopped from leaving harbour. The plan...
  • What is Agenda 21?

    11/16/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by FatMax · 77 replies
    The US Report ^ | Nov. 16, 2011 | Chris Carter
    The UN plan referenced by Newt Gingrich is a real threat to private property and US sovereignty.“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of all people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” - Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stated during a recent campaign event that the United Nations was seeking to create an “extraconstitutional control” over...
  • Md. rural officials, lawmakers threaten tax revolt, mass exodus over environmental plan

    11/01/2011 7:53:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 31 Oct 2011 | Kenneth Timmerman
    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is threatening to ram through a sweeping new land use plan that imposes an environmentalist agenda on the state’s sprawling rural populations — a move that could spark a tax revolt and mass exodus unless it is rewritten, county officials and state legislators told The Daily Caller on Monday. O’Malley has indicated that he intends to impose what some lawmakers are calling a draconian new environmentalist agenda, known as “Plan Maryland,” through executive order and regulation, rather than through the state legislature, even though his fellow Democrats dominate both chambers. Plan Maryland’s expensive new mandates for...
  • Alaska: Poster state for crony capitalism

    10/31/2011 10:24:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 28, 2011 | Joe Miller
    Crony capitalism thrives in Alaska, center stage held by the Alaska Native Corporations (ANC). From the pending shakedown of taxpayers through a wholesale land grab (S.730 and H.R.1408) to recent arrests of four people in one of the "most brazen federal contracting scandals in our nation's history," there seems to be no end to the scams, a consequence of an ANC system run amok. It's not enough that over $29 billion of taxpayer money has been transferred to the ANCs under the 8(a) minority no-bid federal contracting scheme. The state's seemingly permanent political class has recently orchestrated sister bills in...
  • Modern Land Grab: Foreigners U.S. Real Estate Buys

    07/28/2011 9:17:51 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Big Picture ^ | July 28, 2011 | Barry Ritholtz
  • Property owners protest against modern day western land grabs by Indian tribes

    06/22/2011 9:12:59 PM PDT · by granite · 19 replies
    MorongoTribeLandGrab.com ^ | June 17, 2011 | Lloyd Fields
    (Riverside County, Calif. June 17, 2011) Pleading for help from their elected officials, more than 100 property owners rallied at the Riverside County Courthouse yesterday to expose how Native American tribes are infringing upon private property rights in their quest for more casino land. Homeowners protesting tribal actions at the event described how access to their land has been – or will be – cut off by actions of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Soboba Tribe of Luiseno Indians, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes, and how their property has been vandalized. Using his own black-and-white land grab...
  • US Republicans eyeing Texas governor for president

    06/18/2011 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 130 replies
    AFP ^ | June 18, 2011 | Olivier Knox
    NEW ORLEANS — Four years after George W. Bush left the White House, some US Republicans are pinning their hopes on his successor as Texas governor to triumph over President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Governor Rick Perry, who has openly flirted with running and said he will decide soon whether to throw his hat in the ring, was due Saturday to address delegates to an influential Republican Party gathering in this party city. Perry isn't on the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll ballot, but some of the delegates here say they like what they have seen so...
  • US universities in Africa 'land grab' (Harvard -Vanderbilt)

    06/09/2011 8:49:39 AM PDT · by bronxville · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | June 8th, 2011 | John Vidal and Claire Provost
    US universities in Africa 'land grab' Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study. Researchers say foreign investors are profiting from "land grabs" that often fail to deliver the promised benefits of jobs and economic development, and can lead to environmental and social problems in...
  • EDITORIAL: Stopping the government land grab--Virginia moves to limit eminent domain

    02/28/2011 5:08:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2011 | Editorial
    The Virginia General Assembly last week gave its first approval to a constitutional amendment restoring the sanctity of private property in the commonwealth. The measure was made necessary by the reckless 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. New London, which gave towns and cities free rein to grab land for the use and benefit of well-connected developers. At issue is the power of eminent domain, under which landowners are forced to sell property to the government for public use. Over the years, the Supreme Court has expanded the scope of government takings by redefining “public use.” Originally, the term was...
  • SOUTHERN NEW MEXICANS TO RALLY TO KEEP GILA ROADS OPEN

    02/25/2011 5:08:40 PM PST · by IYAS9YAS · 42 replies
    Steve Pearce ^ | 02/25/2011 | Steve Pearce
    SOUTHERN NEW MEXICANS TO RALLY TO KEEP GILA ROADS OPEN Congressman Steve Pearce Expected to Attend, Along With Hundreds of New Mexicans Las Cruces, NM (February 25, 2011) Hundreds of New Mexicans are expected to rally in Silver City on Saturday, March 5th against the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to close access roads inside the Gila Forest. The rally will take place starting at noon at the Silver City Convention Center. “This is the time to come together and say, ‘enough is enough’”, Congressman Steve Pearce told about 100 residents of Truth or Consequences Thursday night. “It is time for...
  • California wilderness proposals face dicey political environment

    01/27/2011 8:00:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/27/11 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – The next California wilderness fights will stretch from the desert to the Delta, in a dicey new political environment. This week, the state's two Democratic senators set the stage by introducing wilderness-related bills. Their prospects are unclear, but their ambitions are undeniable. "I've still got 1 million acres to go," Sen. Barbara Boxer said of her aspirations Wednesday.
  • Sparks fly on Capitol hill during BLM director's visit to Utah

    01/15/2011 8:16:53 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 1/14/2011 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — A clearly frustrated Gov. Gary Herbert was joined by other top Utah officials Friday, taking the head of the national Bureau of Land Management to task over a new order directing how "wild lands" designations are made. “The question is how many times are you going to inventory (public lands). When is enough enough?” Herbert asked Bob Abbey, who was in Utah to meet with members of governor's Balanced Resources Council. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert speaks to Bob Abbey, Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in the senate office building in Salt Lake...
  • Chinese troops in Bhutan raising concern (Alarm over Chinese incursion)

    12/28/2005 10:42:39 AM PST · by Gengis Khan · 32 replies · 1,418+ views
    World Peace Herald ^ | December 28, 2005
    Chinese troops in Bhutan raising concernBy UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Published December 28, 2005 NEW DELHI -- The presence of Chinese soldiers in Bhutan has set off alarm bells in Thimphu and New Delhi.          Chinese soldiers are building roads and bridges deep inside Bhutan, The Hindustan Times newspaper said Wednesday. More than 200 Chinese troops crossed into Bhutan in mid-November.          "Relations between the two countries have been on the edge since then," said the report.          Bhutanese Foreign Minister Khandu Wangchuk took up the matter with Chinese authorities after the issue was raised in Bhutanese parliament.          "They (Chinese) told them (Bhutanese)...
  • Bush Policy On Lands Is Reversed

    12/23/2010 7:58:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | Dec. 23, 2010 | LESLIE KAUFMAN
    The Interior Department reversed a Bush-era policy on wilderness on Thursday, restoring the authority of its Bureau of Land Management to identify and recommend new areas for protection. Green Since 2003, the department has excluded wilderness as a criterion it applies in managing federal lands for the public benefit. “The new Wild Lands policy affirms the B.L.M.’s authorities under the law — and our responsibility to the American people — to protect the wilderness characteristics of the lands we oversee,” the bureau’s director, Bob Abbey, said in a statement. Environmentalists welcomed the decision but questioned why it had taken nearly...
  • The Dems' Lame-Duck Land Grab

    12/15/2010 3:51:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Environmentalists hate sprawl -- except when it comes to the size of their expansive pet legislation on Capitol Hill. In a last-ditch lame duck push, eco-lobbyists have been furiously pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pass a monstrous 327-page omnibus government lands bill crammed with more than 120 separate measures to lock up vast swaths of wilderness areas. Despite the time crunch, Senate Democrats in search of 60 votes are working behind the scenes to buy off green Republicans. House Democrats would then need a two-thirds majority to fast-track the bill to the White House before the GOP...
  • U.S. CONGRESS SECRET LAND GRAB LEGISLATION - Let's roll folks!

    12/02/2010 12:27:52 PM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 31 replies
    KEN MORSE (Olympia Tea Party Organizer) | 12-2-10
    Omnibus Lands Vote, Hundreds of Bills In One, Call Senators Now! --- Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have put together a massive bill with hundreds of Wilderness and land lock up bills inside that have not yet passed the Congress in 2010. --- Things are being done in secret. No bill number yet. Included will be all the Wilderness Bills, Billion Dollar LWCF Trust Fund, Corps and EPA Land and Water Jurisdiction Grab and many, many more.