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  • Harry Reid "Obama Electable Because Is Light Skinned...

    04/24/2014 12:29:43 PM PDT · by all the best · 14 replies
    CBS news clip about Harry Reid saying that Obama was electable because he was light skin and had no Negro (sic) dialect unless he wanted to have one. I say so what to Harry's comment. However, by Dem standards this is a capital offense
  • Bundy’s Racial Rhetoric (A nation can survive its cranks, but not a criminal government)

    04/24/2014 11:42:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 24, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Cliven Bundy’s racial rhetoric is indefensible, and it has inspired a lot of half-bright commentary from the left today directed at your favorite correspondent, mostly variations on this theme: Don’t you feel stupid for having compared him to Mohandas Gandhi? Short version: No. There is a time to break the law, and the fact that the law is against you does not mean that justice is against you. The law was against Washington and Martin Luther King Jr., too. That does not mean that what is transpiring in Nevada is the American Revolution or the civil-rights movement; it means that...
  • Bundy Responds To NYT, Defends "Slavery" Comments

    04/24/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 184 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/24/2014 | Caleb Howe
    [embeddable youtube of audio is at the link] "That's exactly what I said. I said I'm wondering if they're better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, I'm wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do?...
  • BUNDY FAMILY SAYS 'EUTHANIZED' CATTLE SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES

    04/24/2014 10:30:56 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24 2014 | No
    Ammon Bundy, son of embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, said some of the dead cattle the family found after the federal government backed down from a tense standoff over a week ago had been shot as many as five times – seemingly more than necessary to kill the animals.
  • Cliven Bundy Just Ruined His Cause

    04/24/2014 7:38:55 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 295 replies
    National Journal ^ | 04/24/2014 | Brian Resnick
    After Bundy's overtly racist remarks, let's see how far politicians run away from him. The New York Times has overheard Cliven Bundy—the Nevada rancher who, instead of paying decades of overdue grazing fees, met the Bureau of Land management with guns and a small militia—saying this: "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a...
  • GOP Scrambles To Condemn Rancher's Remarks on Race

    04/24/2014 7:03:12 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 203 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 04/24/2014 | Carrie Dann
    Republicans – including possible 2016 candidate Rand Paul -- are scrambling to distance themselves from defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after he made startling comments about slavery and African-Americans in a New York Times article published Wednesday night. From the Times’ Adam Nagourney: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen...
  • Rand Paul: Bundy’s racist remarks are ‘offensive’

    04/24/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 92 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Rand Paul distanced himself Thursday from Cliven Bundy’s recent remarks on race, roughly a week after the likely 2016 presidential contender knocked the way the federal government has handled the land dispute with the defiant rancher. “Cliven Bundy’s remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said via Twitter.
  • Glenn Beck: Cliven Bundy ‘unhinged’

    04/24/2014 9:30:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 160 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/24/2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Glenn Beck criticized Cliven Bundy’s comments on race on his radio program Thursday, saying the Nevada rancher is “unhinged from reality” and urging his supporters to “end your relationship” with him. “He’s often wondered if black people would be better of as slaves?” Beck said on his program, after reading from Bundy’s comments on race reported by The New York Times. “End your relationship. End your relationship. If that doesn’t end your relationship with him, you have to go back and question where did you go wrong. You wondered if blacks were better off as slaves picking cotton and having...
  • "‘Fire Harry Reid" becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

    04/24/2014 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.
  • Rick Perry Dismisses Nevada Rancher's Racist Remarks

    04/24/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2014 | Hunter Walker
    In an interview with CBS This Morning Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed the situation at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and racist comments made by the man at the center of the recent standoff there, rancher Cliven Bundy. Perry said Bundy's remarks were a "side issue" and pointed to a land dispute in Texas with the same federal agency Bundy battled in Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management. "I don’t know what he said but the fact is Cliven Bundy is a side issue here compared to what we’re looking at in the state of Texas," Perry said. "He...
  • Cliven Bundy Makes Ridiculously Racist Comments, Says Blacks 'Better Off' As Slaves

    04/24/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2014 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher around whom some Republicans and conservative activists have rallied in a high-profile fight against the federal government, made disparaging comments about African-Americans in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.  Bundy wondered if African-Americans might have been "better off" as slaves, referring to them as "the Negro."From The Times' Adam Nagourney:“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the...
  • All New England Could Fit on BLM Land in Nevada; BLM Owns 0 Acres in New England

    04/24/2014 7:33:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The acreage the federal Bureau of Land Management currently owns in the state of Nevada is more than all the land in all of the states of New England combined, according to data published by the Congressional Research Service. By contrast, the BLM does not own a single acre of land in any New England state.
  • Coming soon to the Nevada desert: “BundyFest”?

    04/24/2014 7:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Becket Adams and TheBlaze, it’s not what you think. Although it does sound like it’ll involve a lot of, er, freedom. Attendees of the annual Burning Man festival plan to converge near Cliven Bundy’s property in September for a 30-day “rules-free” gathering, a cheeky response to the rancher’s refusal to recognize federal authority in Nevada.“For years, we paid permitting fees to hold Burning Man on the beautiful Playa in Northern Nevada,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “But now, Cliven Bundy has shown us a NEW WAY! ABSOLUTE FREEDOM! Bundy has declared the entire area surrounding Bundy Ranch as a...
  • A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side

    04/24/2014 6:49:32 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/23/14 | Adam Nagourney
    BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad. ** snip ** “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project...
  • Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth

    04/24/2014 5:03:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    RCP ^ | 4/24/2014 | Adam O'Neal
    Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city’s attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country. He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man. His humble roots -- from growing up in a remote desert town to working six days a week as a Capitol police officer while in law school -- are legend in Washington and Nevada. Reid exhibits the toughness of a once destitute boy who completely...
  • Reid Has Become a McCarthy for our Time

    04/24/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We should ask Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the same question once posed to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head counsel Robert N. Welch: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as "domestic terrorists." McCarthy in the 1950s became infamous for smearing his opponents with lurid allegations that he could not prove, while questioning their patriotism. Reid has brought back to the Senate...
  • No Fly Zone Over Bundy Ranch Cancelled Same Day After BLM Left Bunkerville

    04/24/2014 1:53:15 AM PDT · by paltz · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/23/14 | Kerry Picket
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) or “no fly zone” over Mesquite, NV, the area which includes Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, on the same day the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) halted its cattle impoundment operation at the ranch, Breitbart News confirmed with FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor. "Our Temporary Flight Restriction website shows there are no current restrictions for Nevada. We cancelled the TFR when it was no longer needed for safety reasons. If no TFR is in place in a specific area, aircraft can freely operate provided the pilots...
  • BLM-Bundy Confrontation Ignites new “Sagebrush Rebellion”

    04/23/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government. In reaction, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, and other concerned citizens – the “Sagebrush Rebels” as they came to be known -- challenged the move and sought to return the land back into the hands of the states. Ronald Reagan, at the time running for president, supported...
  • BURNING MAN IS MOVING IN DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR TO BUNDY RANCH. MEET 'BUNDYFEST.'

    04/23/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT · by bkopto · 68 replies
    Politix ^ | 4/23/2014 | Dain Fitzgerald
    Some folks involved with the annual Burning Man festival plan on staging a counter-standoff to the one currently taken up by Bundy in his ongoing challenge to the feds over grazing rights. The video below posted by progressive activist Sean Shealy details the plan for a month-long shindig to be held after the official Burning Man proceedings that will take place directly across from Bundy Ranch. The "anything goes" action promises hundreds of bands, as many as 50,000 revelers, "total freedom," and of course full nudity. "You're free to let it all hang out right there, just like Bundy's cattle,"...
  • Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat

    04/23/2014 7:25:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Valerie Richardson, Jessica Chasmar
    Rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management has prompted a national debate over whether the elderly Nevada cattleman is a patriotic freedom fighter or a lawless renegade.
  • Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch(BLM conspiracy and collusion continues)

    04/23/2014 4:25:51 AM PDT · by Liz · 41 replies
    First Solar Media press release | 4/14/14 | BACKSTORY
    SOURCE First Solar Media press release: “First Solar is thrilled to celebrate this important milestone with Sen. Reid and distinguished guests, and honored to work with the Moapa Band of Paiutes on this landmark project,” said Jim Hughes, the CEO of First Solar. Signaling the first day of construction of the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, which is about 35 miles from the Bundy homestead in Bunkerville, Nevada, Sen. Reid (far right) hoists shovel, joined by representatives from the Moapa Band of Paiutes, executives from First Solar, Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for the groundbreaking...
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/22/2014 11:46:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • Sen. Harry Reid’s baseless ‘domestic terror’ accusations

    04/22/2014 9:01:35 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2014 | Marc A. Thiessen
    The Senate majority leader who called President Bush a “loser” and a “liar,” declared former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan a “political hack” and asserted that all Obamacare horror stories are “untrue” has now called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters “domestic terrorists.”
  • 50,000 Strong - Oklahoma Militia Pledges to Support Cliven Bundy

    04/22/2014 7:57:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Dean Garrison
    "You've got a bunch of people there trying to take the law into their own hands and they shouldn't be doing that. And the Bureau of Land Management is not government-owned, it's publicly owned. There's a big difference there. I blame both sides." -Jim Inhofe, Republican U.S. Senator from Oklahoma I'm not even sure what Jim Inhofe is talking about. The Bureau of Land Management has a government website (www.BLM.gov) and is part of the Department of Interior. As far as being publicly owned, if he is trying to say that the BLM answers to the public then that is...
  • Pat Buchanan sums up Nevada ranch standoff: Sending ‘Seventh Cavalry to collect a bill’

    04/22/2014 3:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan summed up the armed federal standoff between agents with the Bureau of Land Management and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, his family and his supporters: It was all over an unpaid bill. “You don’t send the Seventh Cavalry to collect a bill, and that’s exactly what happened,” he told Sean Hannity on his radio show Monday. He went on, Breitbart reported: “And when they put all those forces out there — that’s what attracted all the others, the history of what happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge. And so these folks came to that rancher’s defense. But the...
  • Former Labor secretary Reich blasts Bundy

    04/22/2014 6:45:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | April 22, 2013
    Former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich, now a prominent author and commentator, blasted Bundy on his Facebook page on Monday. “In what world is Cliven Bundy, the 68-year-old rancher who refuses to pay his tab for grazing cattle on federal lands, a patriot?” Reich wrote. “He drapes himself in the American flag but says ‘I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing,’ while attracting a collection of thugs with assault rifles in the Nevada desert to force the Bureau of Land Management to back down from a court-ordered confiscation of his cattle.” The comment from Reich, who now...
  • Harry Reid: “Something Will Happen” To Stop Rancher Cliven Bundy

    04/22/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 124 replies
    Gateway and CBS ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Harry Reid told reporters the Bundy Ranch dispute is not over. “Something will happen.” ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. “It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”...
  • Heller calls for BLM hearings during appearance with Reid (Sen. Heller calls them 'Patriots')

    04/22/2014 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    KSNV ^ | Updated: 4/18 6:26 pm
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called for Congressional hearings into the BLM’s stand-off with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. Heller requested the hearings during a joint appearance today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” Nevada’s junior senator noted that he wants to determine “who drove” BLM policy into the tense standoff that ended Saturday. Heller said that he took issue with the BLM “coming in with a paramilitary army. It made a lot of people very uncomfortable.” “It’s obvious,” Reid noted, “the federal government can’t just walk...
  • Texas AG to Land-Grabbing Obama BLM: ‘Come and Take it’

    04/22/2014 3:30:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Todd Cefaratti
    Tensions between states’ rights supporters and the federal government remain high after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retreated last week at the Bundy Ranch after a tense standoff with hundreds of supporters, many of whom were armed. The Bundy Ranch situation has escalated little over the course of 20 years, but finally, the BLM stepped too far when they claimed dominion over thousands of acres of land in Nevada and began seizing Cliven Bundy’s cattle. The response by patriots throughout the country was swift and awe-inspiring as citizens flocked to the middle of nowhere to support the rancher, including...
  • Chris Hayes: Would Fox News Defend Bundy Ranch Supporters if They Were Black?

    04/22/2014 2:26:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 22, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Monday night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes used an essay on Slate about the Bundy Ranch standoff and race as a jumping off point to discuss how this story would be different if rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed supporters were black. “When is it that people take up arms against the federal or state government, point their arms at federal agents and face no consequence for it?” Hayes asked. “The answer is to that is hardly ever.” Hayes went on to imagine how Fox News react to the New Black Panthers if they decided to “greet law enforcement with long guns.” Or what...
  • Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

    04/22/2014 1:54:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. “It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.” Reid called militias staying at Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch “domestic violent terrorist-wannabes.”(continued)
  • BLM Confirms It Killed Six Of Bundy's Cattle

    04/22/2014 9:09:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 113 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2014 | Kerry Picket
    The Bureau of Land Management is confirming it killed six cattle as part of its standoff against the Bundy Ranch in Bunkersville, NV. “A total of six cattle died or were euthanized,” a BLM official told Breitbart News. The official listed the dead livestock cataloged by the BLM explaining, “The Bundy branded bull that was euthanized posed a significant threat to employees during the gather. The Bundy branded cow ran into a fence panel injuring its spine and was euthanized.” The dead animals listed by the official were: •1 Bundy branded bull was euthanized •1 Bundy branded cow was euthanized...
  • How can it be a state if the central government controls 86% of its land and all of its resources?

    04/22/2014 10:51:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    April 22, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Sounds like the very definition of elitism. The elites in Washington DC, most of whom have never set foot in Nevada (outside a casino), controlling what the local citizens can or cannot do on the land within their state boundaries? This is not the way America was intended to be governed. Ever heard of local control? Self-government? States rights? To many of us out here in the West, pursuit of happiness means ranching, farming, logging, mining, drilling, hunting, fishing, or just living in and enjoying God's great outdoors. It's un-American and unconstitutional for unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington DC to...
  • Special Forces Members Among BLM Agents at the Bundy Ranch

    04/21/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by hope · 143 replies
    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children ^ | 4/21/14 | Faye Higbee
    Sgt Daniel Love, U.S. Army Airborne – “Green Beret,” was among the BLM agents in the Bundy Ranch Confrontation. In 2010, he was with the 7th Special Forces Group. Sgt Love, part of Special Operations Detachment A (ODA), served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Several Special Forces Members were among the BLM agents during the standoff, according to information received by USMC. They were likely sent by President Obama. Why do we think that? Let’s look at it. An “A-Team” Daniel Love is part of an “A-Team.” ODA teams have 12 members. They are “self-sustaining and autonomous,” which means that...
  • Arizona Official: Cliven Bundy's Acts Are Legal

    04/21/2014 6:36:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 21, 2014 | Joe Battaglia
    The Nevada cattle rancher at the center of a land dispute with the federal government should not have to surrender his property, an Arizona official says, because he has been acting within the boundaries of the law. Barry Weller, vice chairman of the Apache County Board of Supervisors, told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" Monday on Newsmax TV that he thinks Cliven Bundy was right in standing up to the Bureau of Land Management, which sought to seize his ranch. Bundy says his family has homesteaded since 1877 on the land, which the federal government says belongs...
  • One senator’s terrorist is another’s patriot

    04/21/2014 5:57:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | April 21, 2014 | Steve Sebelius
    So, are the self-styled, armed militia now camping out on the Cliven Bundy cattle ranch domestic terrorists, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says? Or are they “patriots,” as Nevada’s junior senator, Dean Heller, called them? They’re neither. First, when one thinks of domestic terrorists, one calls to mind Americans who have turned against their country and committed horrific acts of murder. Timothy McVeigh, who drove the truck bomb that destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, for example. Or Unibomber Ted Kaczynski, who hand-delivered or sent bombs through the mail for nearly 20 years before being arrested in...
  • Environmentalists pushed Bundy ranch standoff over endangered tortoises

    04/21/2014 3:59:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Michael Bastasch
    Some have speculated that the standoff between federal agents and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is the result of a secretive deal orchestrated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and political allies in the solar industry. But the Bundy standoff is really the culmination of a long battle with environmentalists who want to keep federal lands off limits to economic activity. The primary vehicle used by government officials and environmentalists to advance this goal has been the desert tortoise, which was listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. The land Bundy’s family had used for cattle grazing since...
  • [The other Nevada Senator] Heller sees Bundy, allies as ‘patriots’

    04/21/2014 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Steve Benen
    Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) responded to the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in very forceful terms. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not,” Reid said. “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” A day later, Reid appeared alongside his fellow Nevada senator, Republican Dean Heller, for a joint appearance on Las Vegas’ NBC affiliate. They apparently don’t see eye to eye. “What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,” GOP Sen. Dean Heller said during the rare joint appearance on KSNV-TV. “We have a very different view on this.” […]...
  • Cliven Bundy got one thing right: His claim is absurd, but challenging property law is not

    04/21/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
    He may be a clown, but his actions raise a question: Who is the state to determine who gets to use what resources? Clive Bundy’s property rights dispute with the federal government appears now to be over. For those unaware, basically this rancher wanted to graze cattle on federally owned land without paying the grazing fee, due to some strange legal theory that the land was really his. The spectacle generated an obscene amount of commentary to which I am guiltily adding here. I wouldn’t be adding any commentary to it except that all of the analysis I read on...
  • Welfare queen in a cowboy hat is no revolutionary (Spew-tastic)

    04/21/2014 1:26:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | April 21, 2014 | James Greiff
    The tale of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada cattle rancher, had all the elements of a certain type of political theater, making it inevitable that he would become a hero in the conservative blogosphere and a fixture on Fox News. The story line, as told in those forums, went like this: Heavy-handed federal bureaucrats, having seized Bundy’s cattle, were forced to back down after being confronted by cowboys on horseback toting nothing more than their side arms and an unshakable faith in the U.S. Constitution. (A little-told detail: A sniper or two were concurrently taking aim at the federal agents.) Bundy...
  • Did Ed Schultz Edit Megyn Kelly to Make It Look Like She Called Harry Reid a ‘Terrorist’?

    04/21/2014 1:57:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 21, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    The story of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with federal authorities has become one of those seemingly local stories that ends up exploding across national media because of its convenient partisan narrative. While conservative-friendly outlets like Fox News have taken to defending Bundy’s right to raise cattle on federally-protected land, liberal ones like MSNBC have taken the government’s side, best personified by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has now twice referred to Bundy’s supporters as “domestic terrorists.” But with Fox doing so much actual defending of Bundy, did MSNBC’s Ed Schultz go too far last week when...
  • Oklahoma militia gears up to fight with feds

    04/21/2014 12:43:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    KFOR-TV ^ | April 20, 2014 | Andrew Donley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)OKLAHOMA - A dispute over land in Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Federal Government began decades ago. Bundy says his family’s cattle have grazed on the land without interference since 1870. The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy hadn’t paid his grazing fees since 1993, owing the government more than 1 million dollars. The B.L.M. says Bundy was allowing his cattle to graze illegally, which triggered a forced round-up of about 400 of Bundy’s cattle just last week. The cows were later released. Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who say Bundy’s cattle...
  • Bundy Ranch: Cliven Bundy Discovers BLM Mass Cow Graves [Graphic Images]

    04/21/2014 12:45:02 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    Inququisitr ^ | April 21, 2014 | Unattributed
    Bundy ranch family members and friends spent much of their weekend moving cattle shot or run to death during the BLM standoff earlier this month. The graphic images have gone viral online, shocking both rancher and animal advocates alike.
  • 'High Noon' over turtles

    04/21/2014 11:28:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 21, 2014 | George Parry
    Given the de minimis coverage by the self-gelded mainstream media, you may have missed the altogether remarkable events that recently unfolded in southern Nevada. For decades, rancher Cliven Bundy has grazed his cattle on government land, which has been designated habitat for the desert tortoise, one species on an ever-lengthening federal list of endangered creatures. Compounding the offense, despite two court orders, Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees to the federal Bureau of Land Management because, as he points out, his family's use of that land goes back to the 1870s, i.e., well before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
  • Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way: We'd rather be wrong with Clive than right with Harry Reid

    04/21/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way Frank Hanson, my grandfather, riding Paint in Kingsburg, California, in 1959.IÂ’m sure that Cliven Bundy [1] probably could have cut a deal with the Bureau of Land Management and should have. Of course, itÂ’s never wise to let a federal court order hang over your head. And certainly we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.In a practical sense, I also know that if I were to burn brush on a no-burn day, or toss an empty pesticide container in the garbage bin, or shoot a coyote...
  • Civilian Militia Remains at Bundy Ranch After Standoff Ends

    04/21/2014 5:57:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | LIZ FIELDS
    A group of armed militia and protesters, some sporting nametags reading "domestic terrorist," remain camped out on a cattle ranch in Nevada, where they have been purportedly defending the property since a tense showdown ended with the federal government last week. A 20-year struggle between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over decades of alleged illegal cattle grazing on public land ended last Sunday, with the government backing down from a controversial week-long cattle round-up.
  • Bundy’s Rebellion

    04/20/2014 11:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | The Editors
    The thing that needs to be said in respect of the rebellion that has gathered at the ranch of Cliven Bundy is that it is as American as apple pie. At the rate things are going the Nevada ranchers are going to write themselves into American history right alongside Daniel Shays and the Pennsylvania backwoodsmen who confronted the federal government over taxes on whiskey. The echoes are uncanny — complete with the sanctimonious lectures from the federal government over the law and the righteousness of the anger of the rebels. Shays mounted his rebellion in western Massachusetts even before we...
  • An Armed Standoff in Nevada Is Only the Beginning for America’s Right-Wing Militias (Barf thou wilt)

    04/20/2014 2:42:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Vice News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Grace Wyler
    For two decades the US government has tried to get Cliven Bundy to remove his cows from federal land, and for two decades the Nevada rancher has steadfastly refused, defying court orders and attempts to negotiate a settlement for the $1.1 million he owes in federal grazing fees. Finally, last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took matters into its own hands and started seizing cattle that had been illegally grazing on government property. Things went downhill from there. What began as an arcane land dispute rapidly escalated into an armed standoff in the desert. A ragtag band of...
  • The Ranch Davidians: Grazing controversy shines floodlight on growing distrust of government

    04/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the federal government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle, and for good reason. When the government moved to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees on public land, a growing group of supporters came to his defense – literally. On April 12, after a tense and heated standoff with them, heavily armed federal agents released the cattle back and retreated. The situation was eerily reminiscent of past ill-fated federal standoffs, such as Ruby Ridge and Waco,...
  • BLM Whistleblower: Reid Bunkerville and the Military Industrial Complex at Bundy Ranch

    04/20/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 85 replies
    You Tube ^ | 04-2-2014
    BUNDY RANCH | You saw his proof. Now meet BLM Whistleblower Rusty Hill who uncovered the corporations and shady land deals connected to Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp, and BLM lands surrounding the Bundy properties.