BLM leaves scene of standoff with Cliven Bundy

posted at 5:31 pm on April 12, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

We’ve been discussing this on Twitter for a while, but I was waiting to see how the story would end out in Nevada. (And before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I seriously doubt this is “over” in the long run.) Cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has been in a tense standoff federal agents and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for some time now, as many of our readers are already well aware. Today Bundy seemed to win something of a victory – at least for now – as the Feds departed.

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

The main reason I say, “for now” is that I somehow doubt that the BLM is simply going to go away for good after getting this kind of a media black eye. But for the moment, the risk of additional confrontation and potentially escalating violence has led them to get out of Dodge before this turned into another Ruby Ridge type scenario. (Do these guys actually learn things from history? That would be refreshing.) But at any rate, round one goes to Bundy and the many people who flocked to the area to support him.

In terms of media coverage, I’ll leave you with an interesting comparison between conservative and liberal coverage of the event. First, from the Left.

Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Descend On Nevada To Help Rancher Defy Court Order

“We provide armed response,” according to a Montana militia member named Jim Lordy. Lordy traveled to Nevada in order to support a local rancher for believes that he should not have to follow federal court orders. When he arrived there, he told a local reporter that “[w]e need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.”

And from the Right.

Victory for Cliven Bundy, Nevada rancher who challenged feds

Citing safety concerns, federal agents are withdrawing from the Nevada cattle ranch where they had engaged in a week-long showdown with Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old rancher who claimed the federal government had no right to tax and regulate property his family has owned since 1880.

You get the gist. This is actually a complicated situation, as much as Bundy is clearly the sympathetic favorite here. The behavior of the federal agents has been nothing short of appalling, with armed intruders, the removal of Bundy’s cattle and various military might deployed to the land where these cattle have grazed for generations. But at the same time, the government has more than a feeble leg to stand on in terms of unpaid grazing fees. (An issue which could have been handled better on Bundy’s end.) But this rancher is once again raising awareness of vital questions of federal vs state vs private property rights.

In another era, Bundy would likely have been quietly run out of business and – literally – lost the farm. Now, thanks to his own efforts in reaching out and the participation of media watchers around the nation, along with volunteers who showed up to help, he and his family may actually get a fair hearing and a chance to keep what they have worked so long and so hard for. But, as I said above, this one will be developing for some time to come if I’m right.

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Zorro Olmer on April 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Mitigation subjectively means if you trash one piece of land, according to the opinion of government officials in charge of approving your project, you have to upgrade, or preserve against destruction, another piece of land – to the subjective satisfaction of the government officials in charge of approving your project.

This process obviously can be as crooked as a 4 dollar bill

I have heard about cases around here where a brownfield project was approved in return for planting native species in another area. Seems to me they put in some cattails and thus made it a wetland renovation

In other words, it is whatever the two sides shake hands on.

If you are double dutch crooked, you can use a mitigation gimmick to evict undesirables like cattle ranchers, thus killing 2 stone

Now if you start fracking in the mitigation property, once the cattle are evicted, that is killing three stones

Some cattle ranchers like Bundy had built water lines which I believe use ground water for their cattle. Fracking waste water is pumped underground. Mighty bad PR, a bunch of cattle kick the bucket if a fracking well leaks into a watering well

entagor on April 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Really good story on the Chinese connection at world net daily titled “Harry Reid’s last roundup”

“On Jan. 20, 2013, World NetDaily warned Chinese government-backed economists were proposing a plan to allow Chinese corporations to set up “development zones” in the United States as part of a plan proposed by the Chinese government to convert into equity the more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt owned by the Chinese government.

“The next day, Jan. 21, 2013, WorldNet Daily documented the Obama administration had begun to allow China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the USA.”
On March 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal compiled a state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the United States since 2010″

the list is in the article, but I entagor supply here the Acreage Stakes in different states from the WSJ article: 800,000, 265,000, 350,000 ,235,000 ,215,000, 600,000, and 320,000 acres

according to the article, the Chinese company ENN donated to Reid’s pac the last three years

Now the w0rld nett dail y is also considered a kook site here, and never never linked to here, but I consider them very credible. The facts stand for themselves

entagor on April 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Thanks entagor, that would explain how this could be two separate plots of land and still have the Harry Reid story make sense. I wonder if this little detail is what the MSM and others are using to bury the story. I have heard repeatedly that the story is false because the power plant is to be located miles from Bundy.

Zorro Olmer on April 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

This looks like the BLM plan. I only skimmed it. Have at it.

Akzed on April 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Alex Jones is an Al-Qeada sympathizer and shouldn’t be referenced on a patriotic American site like Hot Air.

Alberta_Patriot on April 13, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Patriotic… while completely ignoring armed government agents placing a rancher under siege?

Hotair has no problem referencing leftist sites who are also terrorist sympathizer and known to make stories up from thin air.

sharrukin on April 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Your implicit concession that Alex Jones is an Al-Qeada sympathizer is noted.

Alberta_Patriot on April 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Your implicit concession that Alex Jones is an Al-Qeada sympathizer is noted.

Alberta_Patriot on April 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

How would I know? You’re the one who said he was.
I have never been to his website.

sharrukin on April 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

As I noted before, I saw comment made on HA disparaging Alex Jones in a thread totally unrelated to the Bundy ranch, in a comment unrelated to the Bundy ranch, and before HA had a single thread about the Bundy ranch.

Which tells me people wanted to make sure no one believed what Alex Jones had published

Anyone trying that hard to take someone down before anyone had even considered his data, is trying too hard

Someone tried very hard to erase the evidence at the BLM website that the Bundy range was targeted as a mitigation site for the Chinese/Reid project

Alex Jones deserves credit for preserving the evidence

Facts are not owned by those who speak them, but lies, those belong to the liar

Meanwhile, there is a lack of interest in the fact Obama has opened up the sale of oil and gas rights to the Chinese, who are now locking in rights to huge acreages across America.

Must also wonder at the lack of interest in the exploration going on around the Bundy range, for purpose of possible fracking

entagor on April 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM