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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Many of the counties in the United States whose tax base depends on property taxes seem to have little if any idea as to how much land they, the counties themselves, own. As federal land ownership increases, as the feds step up and stop resource use on federal lands, stop allowing the timber harvest and so on, this raises some very serious questions for the future and for the economic status and stability of many of the counties across the United States. As you probably know, there have been a number of counties in the last decade or so that have actually had to declare bankruptcy because there is not enough private land to make the counties run. read more

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A man was arrested on Sunday afternoon in connection with the cattle roundup currently ongoing by the Bureau of Land Management on nearly 600,000 acres of public land in northeastern Clark County, Nevada. Dave Bundy, son of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, was reportedly arrested while he was standing along State Route 170 taking photos of his family's cattle that were grazing on federal land along the Virgin River down below. "He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape," Bundy said. "We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way." The BLM has designated two fenced areas near the city of Mesquite as free speech areas for members of the public to express their opinions. "An individual is in custody in order to protect public safety and maintain the peace," the BLM said in an email.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the ‘leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what appears to be a false flag attack to launch war with Syria. read more

Sunday, March 09, 2014

We are all for capitalism and making hefty profits in a free market. This ain't that. The incumbent companies are utilities that control essential infrastructure and instead of competition they are now colluding in multiple ways and have figured out how to have the government protect them -- as a group. It harms the U.S. economy and it harms every customer in multiple ways. read more

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"The Right Sector was armed and will be armed till the time when it will be necessary," said the man in camouflage in the video. As if to prove his words, he pulled anAK-47 machine gun out from under the table of a local Ukrainian parliament. "You did not give us this weapon and you will not take it away. Who wants to take away my machine gun, my pistol, my knives? Let them try! As Americans say, ‘God made every man different; Sam Colt made them equal!' I will put aside my Kalashnikov only when order in Ukraine is restored." read more


As I said, you should have just said you don't know because you don't. The land was acquired by the US in 1848 from Mexico with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
en.wikipedia.org Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo Nevada became a state in 1864.

The rest of what I wrote can be found in the briefing filed with the cert. petition in Estate of E. Wayne Hage v. United States. That is mainly a Fifth Amendment takings case but it arises out of an almost identical controversy as Mr. Bundy.

#30 | Posted by et_al at 2014-04-12 02:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

The land was acquired for federal management in the 1860s, the Treaty is not the expressed right of why any management agency has control of the land in question.

The rest of what you wrote, nor the case you identified, does not address the issues in the Bundy situation nor the expressed reasoning of what we keep bringing up. BLM has introduced massive restrictions on the accessibility of the land, against the original reasoning of why the federal agencies were given the land for management in the first place.

if you don't get the disconnect here, Nevada law describes what open range land is, but the BLM routinely supersedes that with designations of their own, restricting more and more land from being open range. In addition, on the lands that they still have available since the 90s, applying a modified fee system to manage who and what can be on the land that they still have open.


Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled "Cattle Trespass Impacts" directly states that Bundy's cattle "impacts" solar development, more specifically the construction of "utility-scale solar power generation facilities" on "public lands."

Wonder how a huge solar farm will impact the turtles.

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