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  • DEMINT: White House land grab

    03/03/2010 10:30:24 AM PST · by stan_25 · 22 replies · 1,170+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 03/03/10W | Sen Jim Deming
    You'd think the Obama administration is busy enough controlling the banks, insurance companies and automakers, but thanks to whistleblowers at the Department of the Interior, we now learn they're planning to increase their control over energy-rich land in the West. A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that's essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers. President Obama could enact the plans in...
  • In the West, ‘Monument’ Is a Fighting Word

    02/20/2010 4:56:05 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kirk Johnson
    ... But the word “secret,” especially when applied to the possible doings of far-away federal bureaucrats, is right up there with “monument” in its ability to unleash vitriol among Western conservatives. In 1996, President Bill Clinton created the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah with a surprise announcement that still resonates across the region as a symbol of government powers, or what critics call the abuse of those powers. The new Interior Department memorandum, people in both parties said, has reopened a wound from those days that never quite healed. “Given the lingering frustration felt by many...
  • Senator Hatch calls Rahm Eanuel at White House to complain about monument plan

    02/20/2010 5:29:42 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 23 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | 2/19/2010 | Matt Canham
    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel received an earful from Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday, one day after a leaked administration memo indicated the president was considering naming two new national monuments in the state. Hatch's office said the senator called Emanuel to complain about the potential unilateral action and Emanuel promised to provide an official response after consulting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "I made very clear to him that if the Administration goes down this road, it will meet absolute outrage and opposition from across the state and from me representing Utah in the United States...
  • Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some Congressmen

    02/18/2010 7:11:05 AM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 31 replies · 1,575+ views
    More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America's newest National Monuments. According to internal Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained by Fox News, the mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado -- totaling more than 13 million acres. Sources say President Obama is likely to choose two or three sites from the list, depending...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • Orick CA: The Rural Cleansing of America

    09/04/2001 10:14:15 PM PDT · by ClancyJ · 20 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 7-1-2001 | Donald C. Amador
    Orick CA: The Rural Cleansing of America (Joining The Ranks With Klamath Falls) Donald C. Amador - Blue Ribbon Coalition ORICK, CA. July 1, 2001 -- "It isn't about threatened and endangered species. It isn't about water for the fish. It's about control," Helen Franklin told a crowd of patriotic Americans gathered in protest of the National Park Service during an Independence Day rally in Orick, California. "Whoever controls food production and water usage in this country will control the people." Franklin, founder of United Coalitions for a Constitutional Government, added, "What has happened in Orick is not an isolated ...
  • Not So Private Property?: Clean Water Restoration Act Raises Fears of Land Grab

    12/14/2009 4:03:24 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 62 replies · 3,614+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/09 | Fox News
    Upwards of 40 percent of all land in the United States is already under some form of government control or ownership -- 800 million to 900 million acres out of America's total 2.2 billion acres. The government now appears poised to wield greater control over private property on a number of fronts. The battle over private property rights has intensified since 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Kelo v. City of New London case that the government could take property from one group of private landowners and give it to another. Outraged over that ruling and a series...
  • Abuse of Eminent Domain Results in Nothing But Vacant Lots

    11/14/2009 7:14:27 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-13-09 | Wordsmith
    An entire neighborhood was uprooted to make way for a big money development which will never be built!Want to know why people are mad at the nexus between big government and big money? The Famous 'Kelo House' Property Is Now A Vacant Lot By John Carney The Business Insider Law Review Nov. 10, 2009 What you are looking at above is a monument to government folly. It is the vacant lot where the home of Susette Kelo once stood. A decade ago, the town of New London, Connecticut claimed Kelo's house by right of eminent domain. The plan was to...

    10/10/2009 3:06:31 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies · 1,376+ views
    YOUTUBE ^ | October 10, 2009 | swampsniper
    A group of red shirt-wearing Chavista thugs show up at a farm and seize the farm in the name of the government, under the pretext that the 103 hectare farm is “idle land” and that the law allows them to take it over for “food production.” The farmer protests politely, explaining that he’s been raising cattle on his farm for 23 years. He is rebuffed by another guy, who says, “this is not going to be a debate; this is a public act approved by the Venezuelan people. I’m governor and I’m here to ensure public order. There won’t be...
  • Piracy on Treasure Island: Congressional land grab for developers?

    10/06/2009 8:04:20 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 57 replies · 4,782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2009 | Christian Bourge and Jim Robbins
    Politicians with ties to land developers are trying to force the Navy to hand over one of the most valuable pieces of property in the country for free. The House version of the 2010 Defense authorization bill scheduled for conference today contains language that would speed the transfer of Naval Station Treasure Island to the city of San Francisco at no cost.
  • U.S. gives Flight 93 site landowners one week to sell (Update #14, Nixed)

    06/06/2009 8:44:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 72 replies · 2,864+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/6/09 | Amy Worden
    The federal government issued an ultimatum yesterday to people who own land designated for the Flight 93 memorial in Western Pennsylvania: They have one week to reach an agreement on the sale of their land or the government will initiate proceedings to seize it.
  • Fight Property Rights Abuse (Eminent Domain, Blacks, and Montgomery)

    04/26/2009 6:31:01 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 26, 2009 | David T. Beito
    What is happening in the cradle of the modern civil rights movement? Jimmy McCall would like to know. 'It was more my dream house,' he laments, 'and the city tore it down ... It reminds me of how they used to mistreat black people in the Old South.' In 1955, Rosa Parks took on the whole system of Jim Crow by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus. Today, McCall is waging a lonely battle against the same city government for another civil right: the freedom to build a home on his own land. Though McCall's...
  • County supervisors warned in letter they could lose state support

    04/02/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 22 replies · 903+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Wed Apr 01, 2009, 09:24 AM PDT | By Dale Andreasen
    The continuing war of words over the controversy surrounding the possibility of dam removal on the Klamath River escalated March 17, as the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors sent a letter of response to California Resources Agency natural resources secretary Mike Chrisman. The letter was in reply to Chrisman’s threat to end support for the county’s participation in the process of looking into the status of four hydroelectric dams and the effects of their possible removal on the river system and the local economy.
  • Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future ...

    03/25/2009 7:29:58 PM PDT · by cc2k · 23 replies · 839+ views
    For Immediate Release 03/25/2009 Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future Generations of Americans Washington, D. C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following passage of H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, by a vote of 285 to 140. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law: “Today, the House passed a landmark bill to conserve public lands for future generations of Americans.  This bipartisan legislation creates more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, and provides the...
  • Congress votes to expand wilderness in 9 states (Land-grabbing Congre$$ in action)

    03/25/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Congress has voted to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness — from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation, which opponents, mostly Republicans, called a "land grab" that would block energy development on vast swaths of federal land, is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House passed the bill, 285-140, Wednesday, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over...
  • House passes bill to expand wilderness in 9 states

    03/25/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,273+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness - from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House approved the bill, 285-140, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over gun rights. The measure was brought up again in the Senate and approved last week, setting up Wednesday's vote. The bill...
  • Bolivia passes land from rich to poor

    03/14/2009 8:53:04 PM PDT · by coloradan · 24 replies · 1,242+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | March 14 2009 | Reuters
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Emboldened by a new leftist constitution, Bolivia President Evo Morales on Saturday handed over ownership of farmland seized by the state from wealthy estate holders to poor indigenous people. Morales handed out around 94,000 acres of lands recently confiscated from five big ranches in Bolivia's wealthy eastern lowlands, a stronghold of his conservative political opponents. The ranchers have been accused of employing workers in conditions of semi-slavery. [...] "It is not that these lands were not in production, but that they were the site of human rights violations against the Guarani, who will now be their...
  • House narrowly rejects massive public lands bill which passed Senate

    03/13/2009 1:06:35 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 490+ views
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | March 13, 2009 | Nick Snow
    House narrowly rejects massive public lands bill which passed Senate A bill which would have expanded the US wilderness system significantly fell two votes short of passage in the US House on March 11 as Republicans argued it would place too many potential energy resources off-limits. S. 22, which the US Senate passed on Jan. 15, came to the House floor under a rules suspension which required a two-thirds majority for passage and barred amendments. The bill failed as it received 282 yes votes and 144 no votes. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill. House GOP leaders...
  • Wilderness bill falls 2 votes short of passing the House

    03/11/2009 11:15:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 989+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 11, 2009 | Charles Pope
    WASHINGTON -- A popular but star-crossed public lands bill that would have extended additional protections to 200,000 acres in Oregon and millions more nationwide was defeated in the House Wednesday by a mere two votes. The measure earned a lopsided 282-144 vote but failed nonetheless because it did meet the required two-thirds majority. Under House rules, the bill needed 284 affirmative votes to pass based on the total number of lawmakers voting. The defeat was a bitter setback to supporters who labored for years and felt confident of victory after the Senate passed the bill in January. In the past,...
  • Mugabe vows to seize more farms

    02/28/2009 2:12:59 PM PST · by knighthawk · 33 replies · 1,182+ views
    BBC News ^ | Februari 27 2009
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has vowed to continue seizing land from white farmers after a spate of "farm invasions" over the past month. Speaking at a rally to celebrate his 85th birthday, he also promised to push for majority Zimbabwean ownership of companies operating in the country. Mugabe supporters raised $250,000 (£176,000) for a lavish birthday party in Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare. Zimbabwe asked African states for $2bn (£1.4bn) in economic aid just days ago.