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  • Automakers Say You Don’t Really Own Your Car

    04/22/2015 4:37:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 95 replies
    EFF is fighting for vehicle owners’ rights to inspect the code that runs their vehicles and to repair and modify their vehicles, or have a mechanic of their choice do the work. At the moment, the anti-circumvention prohibition in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act arguably restricts vehicle inspection, repair, and modification. If EFF is successful then vehicle owners will be free to inspect and tinker, as long as they don’t run afoul of other regulations, such as those governing vehicle emissions, safety, or copyright law. Most of the automakers operating in the US filed opposition comments through trade associations, along...
  • SCOTUS justices face off over “ridiculous” raisin law, property rights

    04/23/2015 7:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Jazz Shaw referenced a case this week we’ve been watching at HotAir since it was argued the first time, on more narrow grounds, at the Supreme Court a couple years ago. The question at the heart of this round of oral arguments on an archaic raisin regulatory regime: Can the government confiscate substantial parts of a farmer’s crops in a bid to keep the prices of that crop stable as part of a long-ago established regulatory structure, without paying the farmer. The Hornes of California disobeyed the government’s orders to give over the literal fruits of their labors and...
  • UPDATE on BREAKING NEWS: OREGON GOLD MINING STAND OFF WITH BLM….NEXT BUNDY RANCH

    04/14/2015 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 64 replies
    Agenda 21 Radio ^ | April 11 2015 | PAUL PRESTON
    BLM issued a cease and desist order without a court order and without 'Coordination Authorization'....with local authorities. Federal officials acting lawlessly. Possible federal land grab to seize gold rich property on behalf of Chinese government. snip Galice Mining District, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON-The next Bundy Ranch incident is developing in Josephine County, Oregon. The BLM has served notice to gold miners that they have until April 25, 2015 to stop gold mining….Oath Keepers are on site…Militia on the way. BLM DID NOT seek ‘Coordination Authorization’ with the local community….Sheriff Dave Daniel is NOT considered to be a Consitutional Sheriff. Josephine County...
  • The Sure-Fire Way To Undermine Prosperity -- Passing Laws That Erode Property Rights

    04/09/2015 9:50:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2015 | George Leef
    Why are some American cities thriving, growing in population, investment, and incomes, while others are in decline with shrinking populations, crumbling buildings, and businesses fleeing? For the answers, read Boom Towns: Restoring the American Dream by Stephen Walters, professor of economics at Loyola of Maryland. Based on years of study of cities, he concludes that the key to a successful city is to protect property rights and otherwise leave the people alone. “The record is clear,” he writes, “cities grow and prosper when they encourage the formation of capital in its many forms by securing the returns that flow from...
  • How's this for a surprise: City seized his lot and sold it (Eminent Domain in New Jersey)

    07/11/2005 3:01:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies · 2,674+ views
    http://www.nj.com/ ^ | 7/11/05 | STEVE CHAMBERS
    One day in January, Charlie Shennett, a 60-year-old disabled mechanic, went to Passaic City Hall to find out why he hadn't received a tax bill for the vacant lot he owned on Summer Street. Shennett, who has lived in an apartment on Dayton Avenue in Passaic for decades, had dutifully paid taxes on the site of his childhood home since it burned down in 1987. At the tax collector's office, Shennett was surprised to learn that he no longer owned the property. Without his knowledge, the city had taken it several months earlier as part of a redevelopment effort. Later,...
  • CEOs Against Private Property

    04/03/2015 5:28:48 AM PDT · by all the best · 7 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ryan McMaken
    The governor of Indiana last week signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, modeled on similar federal legislation. The Indiana statute states that a person’s religious beliefs may not be “substantially burden[ed]” by anti-discrimination statutes. In other words, if anti-discrimination laws could be construed as forcing a person to violate his own religious conscience, then the law allows for an exemption in that case to anti-discrimination mandates. The response from the left has been fierce, and multiple CEOs of major firms, including Apple and Salesforce, have come out against the legislation with Salesforce announcing that it will impose a partial boycott...
  • LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM? Housing for 15 Alternative Sexualities Is OK, but Men-Only Fraternities Are Not

    02/25/2015 6:58:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Campus housing specifically for 15 alternative sexualities, including sadomasochists, is acceptable, but fraternities that just allow men are not, at Wesleyan University. Wesleyan University housing has an option for students who want to live with others identifying with one of 15 categories — LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. The university's inclusiveness excludes, however, male-only fraternities. Delta Kappa Epsilon sued Wesleyan University after the liberal arts college ordered all of its fraternities to admit women, charging sexual discrimination and false and deceptive practices. Wesleyan, a Connecticut college, was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church and named after 18th century evangelical theologian John Wesley, but is...
  • Home Owner Associations robbing people of their rights, their savings and their homes

    02/15/2015 9:08:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 233 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/15/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Using Agitprop and elements of the Delphi propaganda method (3), lethal Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are moving north out of huge Miami-Fort Lauderdale territories up along Florida’s I-95 corridor to take over more and more personal property rights of unsuspecting homeowners in gated, HOA communities. And the effects are not pretty! “Resetting the default position. . .exploits the structure of the choice to encourage a more desirable option,” says Cass R. Sunstein, author of the book NUDGE. (1) Employed by the Obama Administration as a regulatory czar, it was Sunstein’s job to have the American people do what the government...
  • President Obama, Send Your Deadbeat Supporters to Wash My Car (Excellent Article)

    01/26/2015 4:26:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    My car needs washing, and frankly I’d prefer that the losers who think Obama’s “free” community college idea is super awesome get off their lazy hindquarters and wash it for me for free. Sure, I could pay for it myself, but then I’d have to forgo things I’d rather have. It’s cruel and inhuman and, I’m guessing, both racist and phallocentric, to force me to prioritize how I spend my money. So, Mr. President, I need you to direct your minions toward my reserved parking space because, in the words of noted jurist and personal hero Judge Elihu Smails, I...
  • Crocus Hill neighbors split on plan to raze 1902 home

    01/13/2015 8:04:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-13-15 | Frederick Melo
    The house at 27 Crocus Place is listed on property tax statements for $1.06 million, but neighbors consider it priceless. Built in 1902, the yellow, two-story Victorian sits on a bluff, overlooking Pleasant Avenue and Interstate 35E. In November, trial attorney Fred Pritzker and his wife, Renee, bought the 4,200-square-foot home from his brother and sister-in-law with a singular goal: to tear it down and replace it with one that is more accessible to the disabled. At 64, Pritzker said he is slowly losing function on the left side of his body; at some point soon, he'll need a walker...
  • George Will: Questions for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch

    01/11/2015 9:48:17 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    wa po ^ | January 9, 2015 | George Will
    The Justice Department has been, to say no more, unhelpful regarding attempts to fully investigate and properly punish the politicization and corruption of the Internal Revenue Service. Given the department’s seeming complicity in the coverup, would it not be appropriate to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS practice of suppressing the political activity of conservative groups? Civil forfeiture — the seizure of property suspected of being produced by, or involved with, crime — has become a lucrative business for lawless law enforcement. Civil forfeiture treats citizens worse than criminals, seizing the property of people neither convicted of nor...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA

    11/12/2014 7:44:01 AM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ron Arnold
    It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.” The missing word is “navigable.” The Obama administration is proposing a rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” which would strike “navigable” from American water law and redefine any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year, no matter how remote or isolated it...
  • Thanks, Property Rights!

    11/26/2014 3:46:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common. Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. The results were disastrous. Gov....
  • “Waters of the United States” — the ultimate power grab

    11/14/2014 1:10:47 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 20 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | November 10, 2014 | Reed Hopper
    The Clean Water Act prohibits certain discharges to “navigable waters” without a federal permit. The Act defines “navigable waters” as “waters of the United States” which the Corps and EPA originally took to mean traditional navigable waters that could be used in interstate commerce. This is important because the Clean Water Act is based on the commerce power. By definition, regulation of waters under the Act must be necessary to and in furtherance of interstate commerce. But it didn’t take long before the agencies started pushing the envelope on federal jurisdiction claiming regulatory authority over wetlands and other nonnavigable waters...
  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Woman’s home ‘stolen’ by squatter who moved in & filed a deed with NYC –

    10/14/2014 5:13:03 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 67 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/13/14 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    despite her family owning property since 1931 Imagine arriving at your own home and finding out a stranger is not only squatting there — he’s claiming the place for himself after he re-keyed ALL the locks to the house. AND even though you can prove the house isn’t his the courts drag their feet about evicting him because after all it is the guys residence– IN YOUR HOUSE! hat’s the nightmare that an elderly New York City woman is living, and now she is fighting to get back the house that she says an ex-con stole from her by filing...
  • The new AIG lawsuit should enrage every American taxpayer

    10/08/2014 8:42:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 07 October 2014 | David Weidner
    Imagine you have a friend who drinks a lot and often. Until now, they always seem to have a good time. He tells the best stories, gets all the girls. He’s the life of the party. Then, one day, he wrecks his car. And you and some buddies, who happened to be in the neighborhood, see your pal trapped. Of course, you rush to the rescue. You try to break open the door with a tire iron. Ultimately, you smash the window and pull the poor fellow out. And just when you’d think this guy would sober up and see...
  • What's Yours Is Theirs: A homeowner challenges Philadelphia's abusive civil forfeiture law.

    09/06/2014 4:34:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Cities have tried all sorts of measures to raise money to shore up their budgets: Chicago sold its parking meters, Detroit considered selling its art collection. In Philadelphia the government is confiscating the private property of its residents. Under civil forfeiture laws, police can seize and sell private property whether or not the target is convicted of a crime. In the City of Brotherly Confiscation, police and prosecutors have run a forfeiture program that took in $64 million between 2002 and 2012, more than Brooklyn and Los Angeles combined. For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, the civil seizure program is threatening...
  • Cedar Falls Conversion Ban Passes

    08/30/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by campg · 21 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 8/18/2014 | Mike Anderson
    Cedar Falls conversion ban passes August 18, 2014 10:00 pm • By Mike Anderson(1) Comments Cedar Falls rental moratorium faces fight CEDAR FALLS | City staff have finished writing a resolution to impose a six-month moratorium on new rental permits in parts of the city, but t… Read more Councilman applies for permit to turn his home into rental CEDAR FALLS | At-large councilman Nick Taiber has no plans to rent out his home in the Overman Park neighborhood, but on Aug. 15 he went to Ci… Read more Cedar Falls rental housing task force looks for focus CEDAR FALLS...
  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/26/2014 10:41:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2014 | Nick Sibilla
    Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home. The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power. Back in March, Chris’s son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With...
  • Feds Claim Freedom is Bad For Your Health

    08/24/2014 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to ban smoking… Everywhere. Well, at least everywhere someone might be working, so I guess that’s not as many places as you might think. (Hat tip to Obamanomics.) The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested banning all tobacco consumption at every work place in the nation… Because, ya know, the nanny-state can never be too big, right?The ban would apply to not only office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores, but it would also apply to any outdoor location (such as construction sites, landscaping work, and...
  • Defending Property Rights is a Uniquely American Duty

    07/24/2014 3:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Autry J. Pruitt
    There’s no shortage of piling-on when it comes to the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins football team. But too often overlooked is the government’s response to all the noise. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) created a fatal contradiction for itself when it announced on June 18 that it would cancel the trademarks of the Washington Redskins. In handing down the decision, the PTO claimed the name was disparaging. However, a Freedom of Information Act request showed that nobody complained to the PTO about being disparaged by the name, revealing the decision as entirely subjective....
  • Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    07/12/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads. Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.” “In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads,” said Bloomberg in the interview published online Wednesday....
  • It Begins… US Citizen Goes to Jail for Collecting Rain Water

    07/09/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 117 replies
    Gateway ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property, went to jail today. ... Gary Harrington will be serving in jail until September 2014 for collecting rainwater. ... “I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.
  • USDA v. Horne [SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama seizing food from farmers]

    07/07/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    Reason ^ | July 18, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "They want us to pay for our own raisins that we grew," says Raisin Valley Farms owner Marvin Horne. "We have to buy them back!" This is but one absurdity that Marvin and his wife Laura have faced during their decade-long legal battle with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market. It's called an agriculture marketing order. Depression-era regulations meant to stabilize crop prices endanger...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Fracking and Property

    06/23/2014 6:56:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/23/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Sylvester family has been able to restore their farm only because they are mineral-rights owners. Royalty payments from the energy companies leasing their property have helped cover the expense — already more than $200,000. Without royalties as a source of income, there would have been “no way,” Sylvester says.
  • 4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

    06/17/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | June 16, 2014
    Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Lea County in southeastern New Mexico joined three other counties in the state last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... U.S. Rep., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., .. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to cater to environmental groups and disregard science will devastate New Mexico’s way of life,” he said. “New Mexicans will pay the price in lost jobs, industry, ranching and oil and gas production.”
  • Fight over rental restrictions heads to MN Supreme Court

    06/15/2014 4:47:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 5-28-14 | Tom Steward
    Think of it as a lottery with a 30 percent chance of winning. The prize? A city permit authorizing people to be among the lucky property owners on their block allowed to rent their house. For 70 percent of their neighbors, well, that’s just too bad. That’s how it works in Winona, a southeastern Minnesota college community that in 2006 instituted an across-the-board rental restrictions on property owners. “It’s basic freedom, it’s your house, it’s your property. And here’s another case of the government coming in blindly saying you don’t have those rights anymore because we’re the Winona City Council,”...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • GOP: Water rule is murky. EPA is urged to make revisions

    05/30/2014 6:48:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Herald ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mary Bowerman
    Members of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives urged the Environmental Protection Agency to go back to the drawing board on a proposed rule aimed at clarifying bodies of water that fall under the Clean Water Act. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to define what “waters of the United States” fall under federal jurisdiction. The rule would include smaller bodies of water including streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains that may have access to larger bodies of water. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule since its inception, saying the...
  • NJ’s threat to take Holocaust survivor’s land: Another Kelo land grab in the making

    05/21/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Editorial Board
    Charlie Birnbaum’s parents were Holocaust survivors whose patch of the American Dream was a modest Atlantic City home near the ocean. Their son has held on to it — through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his mother’s murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlie’s property. The CRDA basically argues it has the right to take whatever properties it wants and do with them whatever it wants to reshape Atlantic City whatever way it wants. Traditionally, to seize someone’s property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • Citizens Stage Pitchfork Rally Against York County Rezoning

    05/16/2014 3:50:41 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 9 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 15, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Citizens gathered in the front lawn of York Hall on Wednesday, May 14 with pitchforks and signs to protest the York County Board of Supervisors plan to consider rezoning the York Point neighborhood. The rally took place right before the York County Planning Commission’s public hearing.The board of supervisors has proposed R14-66, a resolution that rally protesters say will strip them of their agricultural rights. If passed, over 7,000 properties in York County would be prohibited from conducting commercial agricultural operations York Point is currently zoned as Resource Conservation (RC) and a special-use permit is required in order to operate...
  • LeBron James to lead boycott in 2014-15 if Donald Sterling still owns Clippers

    05/14/2014 1:39:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    nba.si.com ^ | 5/13/14 | Ben Golliver
    ....the National Basketball Players Association has made it clear they want both Sterlings removed by the start of the 2014-15 season, and one of the players union’s executives is threatening a boycott, led by four-time MVP LeBron James, if that deadline isn’t met. “If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” NBPA vice president Roger Mason Jr. said in an interview with Showtime’s Jim Rome. “We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members…
  • Sowell: The Height of Utopianism

    05/12/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront. Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality. Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted." Really? Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he...
  • Dozens of protesters ride in off-limits canyon

    05/11/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by skimbell · 23 replies
    QCOnline ^ | May 10, 2014 | AP Staff
    Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a protest against what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people, many of them waving American flags and some carrying weapons, drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon
  • Teens' deaths raise 'reasonable force' questions for instructors

    05/04/2014 9:26:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-3-14 | Erik Burgess
    When Jere Hilland teaches you how to defend yourself, he always preaches using "reasonable force." "In other words, if someone punches you in the nose, you can punch them in the nose," said Hilland, who has taught firearms classes in North Dakota for 10 years. "But you can't keep punching them in the nose. That's excessive force." That's where Hilland guesses Byron Smith went wrong. Smith was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder after fatally shooting two teenagers who entered his home in Little Falls, Minn., on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith, who admitted shooting the teens "more times than I...
  • The Racist Roots of Virginia’s Land Use Laws

    05/02/2014 8:06:48 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    This is Part I of a three-part series about the past, on property rights in Virginia, centering around the Boneta Bill and abuses by localities of their zoning powers. A Gradation of Authorities Virginia counties and localities are political subdivisions of the state subject to the Dillon Rule, meaning their powers are derived from the state legislature. Article VII of the Virginia Constitution reads: “The General Assembly may provide by general law or special act that any county, city, town, or other unit of government may exercise any of its powers or perform any of its functions . . ....
  • Largest coal producing state slams administration over EPA rules

    05/01/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    The American coal industry is accusing the Obama administration of using the Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of coal despite the president's claim of having an "all of the above" energy policy. ... the EPA's MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and .. about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line .. One of Monseu’s issues is the way she said the administration is targeting coal, which currently fuels around 40 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. "Increasingly we face a situation where policy is dictated not...
  • Raymond Yowell: A Courageous Indigenous Leader ( Rancher vs BLM )

    04/26/2014 8:17:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Indian Country Today ^ | 3/7/12 | Peter d'Errico
    The Western Shoshone have been litigating the rights to their homeland since at least 1951 ... Raymond Yowell's land, from which BLM seized his cattle, is within the ancestral territories of the Western Shoshone Nation recognized in the 1863 Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed at Ruby Valley . The Western Shoshone have never ceded or relinquished their fundamental indigenous relationship to these territories. They continue to hunt, fish, gather, graze, and live on the lands in accordance with laws and instructions given to them by the Ah-Peh (Father). In 1995, Mr. Yowell was Chief of the Western Shoshone National...
  • EDITORIAL: Downsize National Park Service, dumping costly, unpopular sites

    04/25/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2014
    When too much of a good thing can be too much. ... the swollen agency spends $2.6 billion a year. President Obama wants to spend still more money on parks, asking Congress to approve a scheme to spend an additional $1.2 billion over the next three years. The cash would be earmarked to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary in 2016. It would fund, among other projects, an expensive youth work program and provide more muscle for the federales to wrestle land from individual property owners. ... Few national parks are financially self-sufficient. The rest are on the dole,...
  • Tombstone's water woes continue [ Arizona ]

    04/25/2014 7:41:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    KVOA ^ | April 25, 2014
    A recent fire in Tombstone's historical district has brought back the battle between the city and the feds over the town's water supply. Tombstone gets its water from a highly protected wilderness area in the Huachuca Mountains. The pipeline that transports water 30 miles across Cochise County has had problems since the Monument Fire in 2011. According to the City they still haven't been able to get the proper equipment into the area to permanently fix the issues. The structures in Tombstone's historic district are like a tinderbox. In the past few years alone the site of what is currently...
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • Bundy's Black Bodyguard: 'I Would Take A Bullet For That Man' (VIDEO)

    04/25/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies
    CNN - TPM ^ | April 25, 2014 | Catherine Thompson –
    One of the supporters serving as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal authorities -- and who also happens to be black -- said he would still "take a bullet for" Bundy after the rancher made racially inflammatory comments. CNN's Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy's bodyguards, hanging around at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy's remarks about blacks and slavery offensive. "Mr. Bundy is not a racist," he told CNN. "Ever since I've been here, he's treated me with nothing but...
  • Rick Perry Dismisses Nevada Rancher's Racist Remarks

    04/24/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 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...
  • U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war: Nevada cattle rancher is not a man of principle...

    04/23/2014 11:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed. Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees. After 20 years of disagreements and court battles, the U.S. government...
  • 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.”...
  • Facebook Removes Post About Rancher Bundy

    04/17/2014 6:34:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | April 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse. ... Now before you call up the preacher had put me on the church prayer list – let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly. Nevertheless, it caused great consternation and angst among Facebook’s left-wing censors. Following is the egregious text: “Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.” Thousands of you posted comments and many more shared that message. It’s now gone...
  • 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....