Update on Mulheur, Oregon Occupiers Trials

    The rightwing occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge unravelled after police arrested protest leader Ammon Bundy and four other key members of the anti-government militia. On the 41st day of the standoff, the final four occupiers surrendered, and federal prosecutors announced that they had filed felony charges against a total of 25 people associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge. The group of 23 men and two women – who are all faced the same federal charge of conspiracy to impede officers through “force, intimidation and threats” – hailed from 10 states across the … Continue reading

Is there a Coup in the Works?

Not long ago Stephen Coonts put out a new book. LIBERTY’S LAST STAND. Islamic terrorists lit the fuse…but a treacherous president planted the bomb. With the nation in shock over a series of Islamist outrages (shooting up a Catholic grade school and a baseball game are just two of them) by “refugees”, the president of the United States – Barry Soetoro – imposes martial law, cancels the imminent presidential election, and suspends the Constitution. In response, Texas secedes—and what follows is the bloodiest, most harrowing internal insurrection since the Civil War. The purges that follow arrest thousands of people, including … Continue reading

Battle Between Economy And Environment – Part 2

Mining Disasters and resulting health and safety WYOMING Uranium: Lost Creek – 1) NRC cites four license violations in situ leach mine: Based on an inspection on December 1-3, 2015, NRC has determined that two Severity Level IV violations of NRC requirements occurred. The violations involved the failure to perform daily pond inspections, and the failure to store contaminated waste in accordance with license application commitments. (2) Yellow Cake release at Lost Creek uranium in situ leach mine: On July 18, 2015 the yellowcake dryer, unit 1, emitted yellowcake out of the side of the dryer. Airborne uranium was detected … Continue reading

South Dakota Ranchers Question BLM Double Standards

From NorthernAG.net: The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association sent letters this week to congressional delegates, the U.S. Attorney General’s office and the South Dakota Attorney General’s office questioning what they call “egregiously unbalanced response of federal land management agencies” and supporting the claims South Dakota ranchers made for compensation after the 2013 Pautre Fire burned nearly 10,000 acres of federal and private land. “There is a big double standard being applied in these government land agencies,” said Stockgrowers President Bill Kluck. “We cannot support the use of terrorism laws against a family ranch while forest service staff are just allowed to … Continue reading

BLM Has a History of Bullying Ranchers

Since the standoff incident in Oregon has put ranchers and the BLM back in the spotlight, you might be interested to know that the BLM has quite a history of bullying ranchers, primarily in the West that goes far beyond the Bundys and the Hammonds. Western ranchers often face-off against federal officials because they have to enter into deals with the government over water rights, grazing permits, endangered species protection and many more issues since about half of the lands are federally owned. This means that it’s easy for federal employees to make life hard for ranchers as environmental laws … Continue reading

Armed Militia Takes Over Federal Building After Oregon Ranchers Sentenced to Prison for Starting Preventative Fires

From The Gateway Pundit: In October the Obama administration sentenced two Oregon farmers to five years in federal prison for starting a preventative fire on their land. The fire spread to federal land and burned less than 140 acres. Steven Hammond (on left) and his father Dwight Hammond were sentenced to federal prison for five years. (Capital Press) The government charged the ranchers as “terrorists.” The Oregon Farm Bureau reported: Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome. Elderly … Continue reading

I Would LOVE To See THIS Happen

But, seeing as how it is COMMON SENSE, and being it’s being discussed in California, it’ll NEVER happen. The hypocritical left would NEVER stand for it. I have always maintained that organic farming was just a ruse so as to charge more for the same crops. WITHOUT the benefit of them being “better” for you. Looks as if it is a HUGE water-waster as well, and in a state where there isn’t much of it (unless they start building desalination plants) ANY method of saving water SHOULD be considered. Michael Bastasch from The Daily Caller.com has the scoop that’ll set … Continue reading

Gohmert to Have Oversight of BLM

  From Breitbart Texas: U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was appointed chairman of the House Subcommittee for Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations. This subcommittee has, among other responsibilities, oversight of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Gohmert received the committee chairmanship despite his recent historic challenge to House Speaker John Boehner earlier this month. “It is an absolute privilege to represent the Lone Star State, more specifically east Texas, in the capacity of subcommittee chairman of such a relevant and responsible subcommittee,” Chairman Gohmert told Breitbart Texas. “This administration has hindered the United States’ ability to produce and manage our … Continue reading

What First Amendment Rights??

From Oregon Live: The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they’d allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in 36 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval … Continue reading

USFS: Use Fruit Instead of Chocolate in S’mores

From Fox News by Todd Starnes: Is nothing sacred? Now the US Forest Service is telling us to substitute fruit for chocolate when making s’mores. According to the National Confectioners Association, the history of s’mores is anyone’s guess. However, the s’more recipe is first found in the 1927 Girl Scouts Handbook and some people speculate the organization coined the name. The U.S. Forest Service wants Americans to make healthier S’mores by replacing the chocolate with fruit, according to a blog post meant to commemorate National Roasted Marshmallow Day (apparently there is such a thing, it was observed on August 30 … Continue reading

A Flag Flies In The Forest

An American flag is secured with duct tape to the top of a tall pine tree in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest near milepost 27 of I-90 on Fourth of July Pass CDA Press Old Glory is flying high atop a large ponderosa pine on Fourth of July Pass. How the flag got there, on national forest land, is a mystery. At night the American flag, which is on the north side of the highway around mile marker 27, is illuminated by a light that makes it clearly visible from Interstate 90. Jay Kirchner, a spokesperson for the Idaho Panhandle … Continue reading

A Fence for a Mouse

From The Daily Signal: SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST, N.M.—For more than a century, the Lucero family has grazed livestock in the majestic landscape near Fenton Lake in the Santa Fe National Forest. They started with sheep and, in the 1920s, switched to cattle. But that may all come to an end because of an endangered mouse. “You’re taking a lot of heritage away,” said Mike Lucero, as he looks over the creek that cuts through the meadow. He was accompanied by his brother Manuel and cousin Orlando, who have brought their family’s cattle to this spot since they were children. … Continue reading

Inside the Ring: Memo outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens

The Washington Times By Bill Gertz Wednesday, May 28, 2014 A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers. The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest. “This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within … Continue reading

Feds Using Civil Forfeiture To Seize Valuable Property

GovtSlaves Motel owner Russell Caswell wasn’t expecting to find himself at the center of a national controversy when FBI agents came knocking on his door. They said they wanted his Tewksbury, Mass., business – and the land it was on – because they suspected it was a hotbed for drug-dealing and prostitution. The agents, who were working with state and local authorities, told a disbelieving Caswell they had the right to take the property, valued at as much as $1.5 million, through a legal process known as civil forfeiture. Caswell, 70, fought back, and the case turned into one of … Continue reading

To Save a Mouse, Forest Service Cuts Off Water Access in New Mexico

From InfoWars & The New American: Although it hasn’t reached Bundy levels of attention, leaders of a rural southern New Mexico county are bravely pushing back against a federal land grab of their own. In Otero County, New Mexico, the federal Forest Service has fenced off a 23-acre section of land, preventing a rancher’s cattle from getting to a watering hole located on the tract. Earlier this week, the county commission voted unanimously (with one commissioner absent) to empower the sheriff to open a gate, making a way for the cattle, some 200 in number, to get to the water. … Continue reading

The List of Government Land Grabs

This is a follow up post to the one I did yesterday on why the government is so determined to grab up as much land as possible. It explained the ‘why’ and this is a very abbreviated list of cases where government is or has seized land from its’ rightful owners. In May of 2012, Human Events posted a story about a highway funding bill that had $1.4 billion hidden in it for purchasing private property. Controversial legislation tucked into a contentious highway-funding bill gives state and federal governments $1.4 billion to buy private property for new conservation efforts and … Continue reading