Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on April 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

In a blunt exchange that hit on a major American divide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, stood by his comments that militia groups involved in a ranch standoff are “domestic terrorists,” while the state’s Republican senator, Dean Heller, replied that he considers them “patriots.”…

“600 people came armed, they had practiced, they had maneuvered… they set up snipers in strategic locations… they had automatic weapon,” the leading Democrat said Friday. “And they boasted about the fact they put women and children… so they would get hit first.”

“If there were ever an example of people who were domestic violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys,” Reid concluded.

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This phony event has brought out the worst of the gun-waving far right, and the national politicians who are barely one degree of separation from them. Hundreds of heavily armed, camouflaged supporters of the scofflaw turned out Saturday in Nevada, training their rifles on public employees who were trying to do their job. The outsiders looked like snipers ready to shoot the police. If you changed that picture to Black Panthers surrounding a lawful eviction in the inner city, do you think right-wing media would be there cheering the outlaws?…

At the center of the dispute is the 68-year-old rancher Bundy, who said in a radio interview, “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.” A real patriot, this guy. You would think that kind of anarchist would draw a raised eyebrow from the Tea Party establishment that provides Bundy his media oxygen. After all, wasn’t the Tea Party born in a rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC about deadbeat homeowners? He complained about taxpayers’ subsidizing “losers’ mortgages” and he said we should “reward people that can carry the water instead of drinking the water.” Believe me, Bundy’s cattle are drinking an awful lot of our water, and not paying for it…

No, the renegade rancher has no more right to 96,000 acres of Nevada public range than a hot dog vendor has to perpetual space on the Mall. Both places belong to the American people. Bundy runs his cattle on our land — that is, turf owned by every citizen.

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First, this entire incident speaks to the continued power of right-wing mythology. For many of the protesters, this isn’t about a rogue rancher as much as it’s a stand against “tyranny” personified in Barack Obama and his administration.

Second, it won’t happen, but right-wing media ought to be condemned for their role in fanning the flames of this standoff. After years of decrying Obama’s “lawlessness” and hyperventilating over faux scandals, it’s galling to watch conservatives applaud actual lawbreaking and violent threats to federal officials.

Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?

Somehow, given the degree to which right-wing media traffic in racial paranoia, I think we’d be looking at a different situation if the Bundy Ranch belonged to a bunch of black people. And as someone who closely follows the regular incidents of lethal police violence against blacks and Latinos, I also wonder whether law enforcement would be as tepid against a group of armed African-Americans. Judging from past events, I’m not so sure.

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The great irony here, or perhaps manipulation, is that while Bundy has wrapped his range war in the flag of states-rights and the sanctity of county and federal governments, his twenty-year stint as a freeloading trespasser has trampled county and state laws and policies just as thoroughly as federal laws. His refusal to recognize federal lands, for example, is in direct contradiction with the Nevada State Constitution.

His old grazing permit was eventually purchased by Clark County which used its grazing-free status as legally required mitigation to offset habitat destruction elsewhere in the county. Bundy’s trespass cattle violate the county’s policy. His zone of trespass moreover, has expanded over the years to include National Park Service and state lands, including the latter’s Overton Wildlife Manage Area. One of his bulls attacked a state ranger in the Overton Wildlife area while illegally trespassing there.

His cattle have also trespassed on and damaged golf courses, private gardens and community gardens.

Patriotism is indeed the last recourse to which a scoundrel clings. Bundy’s local patriotism seems to end as soon as state and county public interests get in the way of his business interests.

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The story reminded me of John Dickinson, a lesser-known Founding Father who opposed going to war with Great Britain. He feared the colonists had no chance and would foolishly expose themselves to slaughter. But when the Declaration of Independence was signed, writes Wilfred M. McClay, Dickinson accepted the decision and immediately joined the Continental Army, “making him one of the few among the Founders to do so. His devotion to the Patriot cause was total, and it proved stronger than his personal pride.”

The problem with Bundy’s stance is that he has no higher end in this fight than his own interests. Though it’s true that the federal government’s takeover of Nevada land is decidedly frustrating to many, there are other methods of protest—less flashy and attention grabbing, perhaps, but methods which appeal to both parties and grasp the importance of compromise and persuasion. But Bundy is not interested in such methods. Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances.

Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to ever attend jury duty, sell whatever we want on the streets without a license. Maybe our world would be better for it—or maybe it would become chaotic and anarchical, characterized by a tyrannical majority that insists on whatever it wills for its own good.

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This story really caught fire with lots of deeply emotional people on both sides of a rough “state vs. citizens” rift in American consciousness. This is even though the specifics of the story don’t resonate with that many people’s lives—few of us are ranchers or have armed government agencies literally stealing the instruments of our livelihood. On the other side, few of us feel that the order and safety or our lives are seriously threatened by recalcitrant ranchers or “militia members.”…

It can be tricky, because the type of person who lets conflicts with the state get this far is apt to be, temperamentally, the type to do and say lots of things even a normally sympathetic person in principle might want to shy away from. Similarly, one need not believe in Bundy’s eccentric political science vision of where legitimate American authority lies—to him, counties and states, not the federal government—to feel he’s been ill-treated by the feds.

Very deep questions of duties to obey and the source of private property underlie this conflict. (And slightly less but still deep questions about federal land ownership and management vs. the prerogatives of states, counties, and citizens.) Let’s just say I’d never seen so many people who do not consider themselves rock-ribbed conservatives rising up indignantly to defend the unquestionable value of and need to obey absentee land ownership based on the ukase of the powerful and faraway over the rights of indigenous people to work the lands before this case.

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Of course, when it comes to fleecing the federal government, ranchers have nothing on oil and gas companies. Remarkably, BLM’s 12.5% royalty rate for extracting oil and gas on land (as opposed to offshore) hasn’t changed since the 1920s. It is well below state rates in Wyoming (16.7%), New Mexico (18.8%) and Texas (25%). According to a 2007 GAO report, the U.S. receives “one of the lowest government takes in the world” from oil and gas extraction.

It’s much the same with BLM’s coal-leasing program. A 2012 report by the Interior department’s inspector general concluded that BLM was accepting lease bids below full market value.

But why beat up on BLM? The government’s failure to extract fair value extends well beyond the Interior department…

Cliven Bundy would understand. The federal government does not trample in jackboots those with whom it does business. It wraps them in cotton batting and, when they express ingratitude, apologizes profusely. No wonder these clients act like spoiled children. Nobody ever taught them to behave differently.

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The irony here is that the ones doing the prosecuting are the ones who should be prosecuted. It is against the law to use IRS resources for political vendettas and to maliciously prosecute citizens to further partisan political interests. Those are serious crimes — serious because they pervert the fundamental relationship between citizen and state. But we are enduring what Sam Francis called “anarcho-tyranny,” a situation in which the government either refuses to or is unable to enforce its most fundamental laws — e.g., controlling the borders, ensuring that its revenue agents are not engaged in an unhinged political jihad with an eye toward stacking elections, etc. — while at the same time it seeks to regulate the minutiae of citizens’ lives with all the terrible moral ferocity of David Frum on a Tuesday afternoon espresso bender.

I’ve been treated to several bracing lectures about the rule of law this week in reaction to my views on the miniature insurrection in Nevada. What Cliven Bundy is up to, cinematic though it may be, is small-time. A country of 314 million can endure a little jaywalking on the part of its people from time to time. But when you have a government that refuses to follow its own laws — and uses malicious prosecution for political ends — you don’t really have a government any more. You have gangsters. And when the cops and robbers are the same people, who do you call for help?

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It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds…

“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said…

“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls…

“If we don’t stand up and act, seeing that trajectory of what’s coming … those problems are going to get bigger,” Ivory said.

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That’s because the realm of politics can’t provide us a foundation for neighborliness and forbearance. At a time when so many expect government to save us because nothing else seems up to the task, we ought to realize that one thing government definitely can’t save us from is our mutual enmity. In fact, the more we believe that our political challenges can only be solved at the national level, the more angry we’ll grow with one another, as all possibilities of governance become an all-or-nothing game. Lincoln was just wrong to hope that “reverence for the laws” would become our “political religion.”

We’d sooner revere the government than revere its rules and regulations. That’s why the left is apt to fear Bundy and the right is apt to celebrate him. Bundy wants to challenge the scope of government authority, not harm the agents of its power. For liberals, that’s a much more serious political problem than terrorism. For conservatives, that’s a call—sometimes literally—to arms. Each side offends the other by seeming to justify their sense of doom…

[Rand] Paul is right that we must deal with the Bundy crisis in the spirit of neighborly forbearance. To do so, however, we need to turn our gaze away from politics for a moment. For devout Christians—and not just the devout—Easter weekend is an especially propitious time to do exactly that. Before religion was conscripted into the nationalization of all political issues, more of us could see clearly that the realms of church and of faith ameliorated the burdensome work of forgiving enemies, reconciling with foes, and recognizing one another as beings plunged up to our necks in the same hard predicaments.

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A-hole

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I’m watching Easter Parade.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

This wore is lohst!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

The only land that Reid knows how to take care of…

Is taken care of by employees of the Ritz….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

The President is a loser!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The President is a loser!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Why are you so kind to the a-hole…?

:)

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

At least you can trust Bundy around the little kids.

Gingotts on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I think Harry is bitter that his millions in chinese playoffs were spoiled.

jaywemm on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

kcb\bishop

fred

jrsrigmvr on April 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I have it on good authority, that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Why hasn’t the Las Vegas Mob taken Harry Reid for a ride in the desert yet?

libfreesMom on April 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Osama bin Reid: Terrorist.

BLM: Bureau of Land Mines.

VorDaj on April 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

The President is a loser!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Shaddap YOU!!!

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I think Harry is bitter that his millions in chinese playoffs were spoiled.

jaywemm on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

prophetic

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Those are quotes and the President in question is my favorite, George W. Bush.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Why hasn’t the Las Vegas Mob taken Harry Reid for a ride in the desert yet?

libfreesMom on April 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Professional courtesy.

VorDaj on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Scram, you!!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Why hasn’t the Las Vegas Mob taken Harry Reid for a ride in the desert yet?

libfreesMom on April 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

He’s safe as long as he keeps doing their bidding.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

That sum beyatch is senile.

msupertas on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Why hasn’t the Las Vegas Mob taken Harry Reid for a ride in the desert yet?

libfreesMom on April 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

They kiss his ring.

msupertas on April 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I have it on good authority, that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

This one kills me!

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Why hasn’t the Las Vegas Mob taken Harry Reid for a ride in the desert yet?

libfreesMom on April 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

They couldn’t find the First Amendment zone….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

This one kills me!

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Scram, you, or I will call DorkCurrent!!!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Murphy9 on April 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I like that other thread where that assemblywoman is getting interviewed by Maddow’s little sister.

msupertas on April 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

If you changed that picture to Black Panthers surrounding a lawful eviction in the inner city, do you think right-wing media would be there cheering the outlaws?…

If you add in firebombing a store front and watching 7 people burn to death then you would have the makings of an msnbc host and frequent White House guest.

NeoKong on April 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Alright all you terrorist cows! I’m giving you to the count of ten and you had all better come out with your hands up! You are all trespassing on Baron Harry Reid’s land. He can’t very well sell it to that nice big Chinese firm to build a giant American taxpayer subsidized bird frying solar array and get his 10% if you’re still there.

VorDaj on April 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?

Jaw droppingly racist and stupid.

cozmo on April 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Where is that pic of the Boston Bomber…on Rolling Stones magazine..

He is such a dream…..

Or that Hasad guy that killed for Allah….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?

Yes they would. Only liberals are obsessed with race.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Le Oops!!!

Hmmmm,..connected to Harry Reid eh:

Obama nominates Nevada’s Neil Kornze to be BLM director …
washingtonexaminer.com/obama-nominates-nevadas…blm…/2538727‎
Nov 8, 2013 – (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Neil Kornze to become … Kornze joined the BLM in 2011 as a senior adviser to the director, …
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Neil Kornze to become director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Kornze was raised in Elko and is a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-nominates-nevadas-neil-kornze-to-be-blm-director/article/2538727
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BLM Information Directory

Washington Office Directories

Director: Neil Kornze
Deputy Director (Operations): Steve Ellis
Deputy Director (Policy): Linda Lance
Chief of Staff: Janet Lin

For all of the above, please use:

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/directory.html

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Gee, maybe if the government hadn’t seen in snipers, dogs and police no one would have known about it. That’s a lot of overkill, if you will excuse the expression, over some grass and turtles. Oh and I’d like to think that it wouldn’t make any difference what color the Bundy family is to the supporters but then would it have made a difference in the force used by the government?

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Gee, maybe if the government hadn’t seen in snipers, dogs and police no one would have known about it. That’s a lot of overkill, if you will excuse the expression, over some grass and turtles. Oh and I’d like to think that it wouldn’t make any difference what color the Bundy family is to the supporters but then would it have made a difference in the force used by the government?

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I think they underestimated the response and if the Bundys had been black or muslim they would have been afraid to do anything.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Harry Koch

(my one on-topic comment tonight)

22044 on April 19, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Gee, maybe if the government hadn’t seen in snipers, dogs and police no one would have known about it. That’s a lot of overkill, …..
Cindy Munford on April 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

And if we could protect our borders with this kind of response…?

But Americans citizens are the enemy with this government…

The future has been written…

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:59 PM

A-hole

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

…come on Eg!…you can spell Ass!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Jesus Christ, where’s Captain Kirock? His episode is on.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Bunkerville has a golf course? Who knew.

Kissmygrits on April 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Arguably the Most Deliberately Evil Being in The Universe……..Satan takes orders from him!

williamg on April 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Almost every legal talking head recites the same generalized boilerplate, but, I haven’t seen one of them go back to the 1848 case establishing precedent that all states enter our republic with equal footing to the original 13.

butch on April 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

…it’s Dirty Harry’s buddy…they’ll find a way to use that position to make money for his friends off the US taxpayer…….guaranteed!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

LOL…..

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I suppose everybody is involved in Easter stuff.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

This wore is lohst!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

…..someone should measure the statistical link between him saying these words to The Terrorists on The International Airwaves – and the Uptick in Deaths of American Soldiers and Iraqi Citizens which occurred AFTER The Terrorists got his Message of Encouragement Soliciting More Violence to see HOW MANY Bodies should be laid at Harry Reid’s FEET!!

…..all he ever DID was “Cheer for The Terrorists”!!

williamg on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Reid can smell tourists, er, …..Cattle Grazing in the
Capitol building!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?

Jaw droppingly racist and stupid.

cozmo on April 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I keep a stash of armbands for such instances
black for the black guys
brown for the brown buys
yellow for the orientals
and of course some white ones so I don’t get labeled racist.

Fred

PS: kinda brings up pigford huh. I didn’t see the feds offering up money to the Bundy’s for this boondoggle.

jrsrigmvr on April 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I suppose everybody is involved in Easter stuff.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The BLM has declared the Easter bunny…..endangered…..

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Let’s see…
tortoises were there from time immemorial….
Cows were there for more than 200 years…
Tortoises were still there despite cows…
BLM claims need to “manage” the area for tortoises…
Then BLM kills a bunch of tortoises it is managing when the funding dries up cause they can’t figure how to release them to the wild…
So who is more of a threat to the tortoises–cows, or BLM?
Does anybody really think any of this has to do with environmental stewardship?
Nah bro, it’s all about power and lining ones pockets–they just go caught….

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

…it’s Dirty Harry’s buddy…they’ll find a way to use that position to make money for his friends off the US taxpayer…….guaranteed!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

KOOLAID2: UBetcha, …and hey,…i see you came close to BanHammer Island,
right near, Pergatory Cove the other day——————:0

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

So who is more of a threat to the tortoises–cows, or BLM?
Does anybody really think any of this has to do with environmental stewardship?
Nah bro, it’s all about power and lining ones pockets–they just go caught….

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Doc Holliday:

Me thinks, a Fence Post Turtle Operation sumpins!:)

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I’m fixinta go scrotched earth on the lot of ya!

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

So who is more of a threat to the tortoises–cows, or BLM?

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Hollow points are the answer…

Where have you been?…….:)

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

MeanWhile,..at Team Puty Ranch:

Russia
12h
Russia puts extra military on Ukraine border due to ‘instability’, Kremlin says – @ITVNews
end of alert

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I read several of those articles AP quoted from and they have smoke coming out of their nostrils!! Spewing fire, they are!!

I haven’t seen them this angry and bent out of shape since Bush was in office, LOL

God Bless you and your family Mr. Bundy and God Bless our American Patriots that support him.

bluefox on April 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm’s,….looks like All of next Week
will be Land Grabby Speechys:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

Pres Obama back at WH after 4-hour round of golf with aides on a mild Spring day at @AndrewsAirForce this afternoon.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller Apr 18

By presidential proclamation, tomorrow begins National Park Week.

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Royals – (“Sad Clown With The Golden Voice” Version) – Lorde Cover

A professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University named Timothy Richards has calculated what the drought in California is going to do to produce prices at our supermarkets in the near future. His projections are quite sobering…

Avocados likely to go up 17 to 35 cents to as much as $1.60 each.
Berries likely to rise 21 to 43 cents to as much as $3.46 per clamshell container.
Broccoli likely to go up 20 to 40 cents to a possible $2.18 per pound.
Grapes likely to rise 26 to 50 cents to a possible $2.93 per pound.
Lettuce likely to rise 31 to 62 cents to as much as $2.44 per head.
Packaged salad likely to go up 17 to 34 cents to a possible $3.03 per bag.
Peppers likely to go up 18 to 35 cents to a possible $2.48 per pound.
Tomatoes likely to rise 22 to 45 cents to a possible $2.84 per pound.

http://americasmarkets.usatoday.com/2014/04/16/california-drought-to-cause-fruit-and-veggie-sticker-shock/

Murphy9 on April 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Pres Obama back at WH after 4-hour round of golf with aides on a mild Spring day at @AndrewsAirForce this afternoon.

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Land grabbing takes skill….

and a nine iron……

But if confronted with real American…( Cowboys ) coward and run….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

BLM = Bureau of Large Mistakes.

tngmv on April 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

HEY . . . . . Jamelle Bouie ! . . . . . there would be just as much support for any rancher of ANY ‘ethnic’ genealogical background, in the same situation.
.
You are a classic liberal, and a sorry-assed excuse for an American citizen to attempt to implicate any ethnic (“racial” to you) prejudices these supporters of Cliven Bundy might ‘harbor’.

listens2glenn on April 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2014
Presidential Proclamation — National Park Week, 2014

NATIONAL PARK WEEK, 2014

- – - – - – -

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

To honor America’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, the National Park Service will offer free admission this weekend. This celebration opens opportunities to take in the majesty of canyons, redwoods, and geysers — to learn the history of Civil War battles and Civil Rights marches. During National Park Week, I encourage Americans to take advantage of the chance to rediscover the great outdoors and reconnect with the American story.

This year marks a significant milestone in America’s drive to preserve precious historic sites — the 30th anniversary of the first National Heritage Area. For decades, the National Heritage Areas Program has enabled our Nation to set aside places that define our shared history and that will help future generations understand what it means to be American.

During my time as President, I have been proud to build on this tradition by establishing 10 new National Monuments. These sites honor American heroes from Harriet Tubman to Cesar Chavez. They conserve the diverse wildlife and rugged landscapes that reflect our character as a people. And just as our parks nourish our spirits, they bolster our livelihoods, attracting tourists to communities across our country and bringing customers to local businesses. For every dollar we invest in our National Parks, America generates 10 dollars in economic value.

This week, as we recommit to conserving these cherished lands, let us build new memories, take on new adventures, and experience all they have to offer. To find a National Park in your area, visit http://www.NPS.gov.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 19 through April 27, 2014, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit their National Parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/18/presidential-proclamation-national-park-week-2014

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Harry Reid is evil.

Patriot51 on April 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Happy anniversary to the Battle of Lexington, in which 80 farmers took on 700 British soldiers and begot the birth of our country. Bet the Brits felt they “owned” the land, too.

John the Libertarian on April 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

and uses malicious prosecution for political ends — you don’t really have a government any more. You have gangsters. And when the cops and robbers are the same people, who do you call for help?


Who did we call for help last time?

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Oh, yeah …. ourselves …
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But King George III was comparatively sane compared to the SCOAMF and his thugs.

PolAgnostic on April 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You know what terrifies liberals and Harry Reid? That those ranchers were kneeling down to pray and ready to die for their cause.

John the Libertarian on April 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

BLM = Bureau of Large Mistakes.

tngmv on April 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

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Did anyone already say “Bastard Land Management”?
.
It has a ring of truth to it as the Federal Government’s “possessing” any large tracts of open real estate, should be considered totally ILLEGITIMATE.

listens2glenn on April 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

How many Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls are here tonight?

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Land grabbing takes skill….

and a nine iron……

But if confronted with real American…( Cowboys ) coward and run….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Electrongod: Yup,..I think argue, and git in your neighbours face’s,
might not work with this group!!:)

Obama Says “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Reporting for duty.

gh on April 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Reporting for duty.

gh on April 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Which are you? Refresh me please…

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The morning talk shows will be especially funny tomorrow…

ladyingray on April 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Not wench. Any of the others is good.

gh on April 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Still a wench.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Which are you? Refresh me please…

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

good hank.

Not Cotton.
Not Hank’s wife.
Not Leeanne.
Not regular Hank.
Not even Boomhauer.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Not wench. Any of the others is good.

gh on April 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Glad I didn’t call ya darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Or a loon. Depends whom you ask.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?

I don’t know about Fox News, Jamelle. But the answer as far as conservatives is YES. How about you?

kcewa on April 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

***** Lootery Budget*******:

Release Date: 04/10/13
Contacts:

President Proposes $1.2 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2014 to Protect Resources and Manage Uses of Public Lands
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America’s Great Outdoors (AGO)

– The BLM plays a key role in advancing the President’s conservation initiative to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The FY 2014 budget proposal seeks an increase of $6 million for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands that comprise the 27 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System. This increase, coupled with a request for an additional $2 million in recreation resource management, will support travel management planning (for mountain biking, off-highway vehicle use, and other forms of travel); conserve and remediate habitat; and provide additional law enforcement in specific areas of the conservation system. The BLM budget request also includes a $1.1 million increase for the agency to collaborate with AGO partners to advance community-based, landscape-scale conservation efforts in the desert Southwest, the Crown of the Continent (northwest Montana), and the northern Great Plains grasslands.

Youth in the Great Outdoors

– With an emphasis on hiring youth from diverse backgrounds and exposing them to career pathways in natural and cultural resources, the budget requests an increase of $2.8 million for expanded youth programs and partnerships, including an increase of $1.5 million for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). This would add to the $1 million base NFWF budget that is currently dedicated to advancing the youth initiative.

Secretary’s Western Oregon Strategy

– The President’s 2014 budget proposal seeks an increase of $3.5 million for implementing the Secretary’s Western Oregon Strategy for resource management on the economically critical Oregon and California (O&C) lands, managed by the BLM for forest diversity and sustainability. The funding request includes $1.8 million aimed at increasing timber volumes offered for sale while stepping up surveys of rare and endangered species and facilitating recovery of the northern spotted owl. The request also includes a $1.7 million increase for the preparation of six new Western Oregon Resource Management Plans announced by the Secretary in February 2012.

Land Acquisition
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The President’s 2014 budget proposes $48.9 million for BLM land acquisition, an increase of $26.6 million over the 2012 enacted level. The request includes $16.3 million in mandatory funding. Among other things, the total request would underwrite eight projects associated with hunter or angler access in seven states.

Other Program Increases –

Sage-grouse: The 2014 BLM budget proposes an increase of $15 million over the 2012 enacted level to enhance habitat for the Greater Sage-grouse through continued land-use planning efforts and habitat restoration projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to decide by 2015 if the bird should be listed as a threatened or endangered species, which carries West-wide implications for energy development, recreation, livestock grazing and fire management.

Wild Horses and Burros: The proposed budget includes an increase of $2 million for the Wild Horse and Burro Program to support continued efforts to reform the program and carry out a long-term management strategy. The funding will also assist BLM in implementing recommendations of a forthcoming National Academy of Sciences study of wild horse management issues. The budget request would maintain program funding with the agency’s 2013 operating plan, which included a $2 million increase for population-control research and development.

Proposals to Offset Costs and Save Taxpayer Dollars –

Oil and Gas: The 2014 budget proposes to shift a significant share of the cost of inspection activity to the oil and gas industry. Through modernizing the cost structure, this plan would generate $48 million in fee revenue, allowing for an increase of $10 million in program resources, while saving taxpayers a net of $38 million. The additional funds would enhance BLM’s capacity to conduct critical inspections and address deficiencies identified by the Government Accountability Office.

Grazing: The budget proposes a three-year pilot project for an administrative processing fee that would offset a portion of the costs of issuing grazing permits and leases on BLM-managed lands.

Read the BLM 2014 Budget Highlights at: http://blm.gov/y2kd
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http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/april/04_10_2013.html

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I like loons.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I wonder if Obama has any actual friends. You never hear of any but his White House cronies.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Yep, that should be pointed out as often as possible.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Or a loon. Depends whom you ask.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Hey darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Loons.

Nah. Too much water.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

How many Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls are here tonight?

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Ahem…at least one of the above…

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Yep. That’s a loon.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Hey darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You’re late to the party Omaha.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Hey darlin’

Easter Blessings to you and yours…

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Ahem…at least one of the above…

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Hey dude. Happy Easter…

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Sophie hasn’t come up with any loons of the day recently.

Lanceman on April 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You’re late to the party Omaha.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Yep. Had a flat tire tonight darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I suppose Harry Reid’s supporters are the goons of the day.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday

kcewa on April 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I suppose Harry Reid’s supporters are the goons of the day.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

They don’t even deserve that status….

Electrongod on April 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Poltroons, then.

Horatia on April 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrows the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying, “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

I am your God, who for your sake has become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on a cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by the cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

–An Ancient Homily, read at Matins of Holy Saturday

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

BLM:
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http://www.doi.gov/budget/appropriations/2014/highlights/index.cfm

Appendix F: Land Acquisition Program
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http://www.doi.gov/budget/appropriations/2014/highlights/upload/F001.pdf

canopfor on April 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

This phony event

Along with phony tasers, phony attack gogs, and phony take-downs.

davidk on April 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

And happy Easter to you and the rest of the Hot Air gang!

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Yep. Had a flat tire tonight darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

That darn Ratso….

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 10:01 PM

That darn Ratso….

Doc Holliday on April 19, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I tried to make Ratso change the tire, didn’t work…

OmahaConservative on April 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Poltroon?

Toady!

Murphy9 on April 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

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