Grazing should be critical piece of lands management

 There is no denying that market forces…have played a role in the decrease of grazing on fed­eral lands. However, instead of mitigating these effects, unresponsive federal policies are making life more difficult for rural Americans — add­ing insult to injury. It’s time to undo decades’ worth of harmful management practices and bring grazing back to our public lands.

I don’t want to be “just another chapter in history.” Do you? — jtl, 419

Matthew Anderson, Coalition for Self-Government in the West via The Spectrum

The cowboy is a quintessential part of American heritage. Today, this fixture of Western culture is under attack and, at the rate we’re going, it won’t be long until he becomes just another chapter in history

But the disappearance of ranchers means much more than the loss of a cultural icon. The erosion of grazing across the American West has a profound and lasting impact on taxpayers, local economies, and perhaps most importantly, the environment.

In a new study released by the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, we found that from 1949 to 2014, the average number of grazing district Authorized Unit Months (AUMs) — a measurement that takes into account both the number of livestock and the amount of time they spend on public lands — approved by the BLM in the 11 contiguous Western states plunged from 14,572,272 to 7,160,432.

Some states, such as Utah, have seen a drop-off of more than 70 percent. During the same 65-year period, the number of operators and permittees/leases allowed to graze plummeted from 21,081 to 10,187.

But what does this decline mean for the health and vitality of our public lands? Like your lawn, which needs trimming and mowing, rangelands need attention or they die. Harvesting the annually renewing forage on our public lands maintains the health of these ecosystems by reducing fuel loads that could otherwise lead to catastrophic wildfires. Cattle, sheep and other grazing animals are constantly on the clock helping prevent the devastating effects of out-of-control wildfires.

Ranchers are also a vital piece of the rangeland puzzle. Take volunteer firefighting, for example. Rancher-run rangeland fire protection associations mobilize as first responders — often extinguishing blazes long before federal fire crews arrive.

In Idaho alone, 146 rangeland protection firefighters fought 56 wildfires in 2015. It would be almost impossible to quantify how many watersheds, how much wildlife, and how many acres of vital habitat these volunteers have saved over the years. This environmental stewardship extends well beyond firefighting as ranchers regularly partner with environmental agencies and universities to monitor land, water and wildlife; report suspicious and illegal activity to local law enforcement; plant fire-resistant species; and improve water sources.

As the number of ranchers and animals grazing on our public lands continues to decline, so will these irreplaceable benefits.

Unresponsive bureaucratic agencies and damag­ing federal policies have been pushing livestock off the range for more than half a century. From the federal government’s inability to protect our public lands from the devastat­ing effects of wildfires to its bad habit of not increasing the number of animals grazing fol­lowing droughts, it is clear that serious reform is needed in how our rangelands are managed.

There is no denying that market forces, such as the decline of America’s sheep industry, have played a role in the decrease of grazing on fed­eral lands. However, instead of mitigating these effects, unresponsive federal policies are making life more difficult for rural Americans — add­ing insult to injury. It’s time to undo decades’ worth of harmful management practices and bring grazing back to our public lands.

In response to this decline in grazing, the Utah State Legislature is considering a resolution urging the federal government to implement policies supportive of grazing on public lands. HCR 7 highlights the positive impacts that grazing has on the state of Utah and the role it needs to play in the future of our state.

This is good policy for all who use our public lands. Grazing reduces fuel loads, which helps prevent catastrophic wildfires. Recreationists hike cattle trails and utilize roads established by ranchers. Stock ponds are a year-round supply of water for wildlife.

The Coalition for Self-Government in the West urges our Legislature, Congress, federal land management agencies and the president to take actions supportive of this resolution and, once again, reinstate grazing as an integral part of public lands management.

Matthew Anderson is a policy analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, a project of Sutherland Institute. Much of this op-ed was taken from his report “Dusty Trails: The Erosion of Grazing in the American West.”

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Prosecutor: No formal agreement to conspire in refuge takeover, but a ‘meeting of the minds’

Neil Wampler, one of the defendants acquitted during the trial last fall, attended, and just before a lunch break, stood to address U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown. “I still haven’t gotten my property back,” Wampler told her.

And probably won’t. — jtl, 419

 

Meet the final defendants in the Oregon standoff trial

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA federal prosecutor told jurors that they won’t hear evidence of a formal meeting, written contract or verbal agreement between four men on trial for allegedly conspiring to impede federal employees from carrying out their work at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Instead, they’ll be able to infer through the words and actions of defendants Jason Patrick, Duane Ehmer, Jake Ryan and Darryl Thorn that they used the federal property as their own last winter as a “platform for their cause,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow said.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThey raided the refuge headquarters Jan. 2, 2016, going building to building with guns and converted the refuge offices and bunkhouse into their own living quarters and meeting space, while keeping armed watch at the property’s front gates and fire tower to control access to and from the site, Barrow said.

“The defendants assumed complete control over the refuge, ” Barrow told 12 jurors and four alternates. “Circumstantial evidence will show there was a meeting of the minds to keep employees from doing their jobs.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe government sought to directly address defense arguments that were effective during the first trial and played a role in the acquittals of occupation leaders Ammon Bundy, brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants on the same conspiracy and weapons charges. After the first trial, one of the jurors told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the government failed to prove the elements of the conspiracy charge.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Barrow said Patrick was one of the organizers, who along with Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne “saw opportunity” in the case of Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond, who were set to return to federal prison on Jan. 4, 2016, to serve out five-year sentences for setting fire to public land.  Barrow said Bundy and his supporters used the Hammond case to draw attention to themselves, and purposely took over the refuge because they saw it as a “tool” used to destroy Harney County ranchers, farmers and loggers.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute “They took over and occupied the refuge because they wanted to put a stop to the work that was being done there,” Barrow argued.

Defense lawyers countered that the defendants on trial weren’t leaders or organizers, but followers who were drawn to the refuge for a smattering of reasons. They argued there was no organized conspiracy, but a spontaneous gathering of like-minded people.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsEhmer thought the occupation was some sort of a “sit in,” and that the refuge employees were on “seasonal layoffs until March,” his lawyer told jurors.

Thorn’s lawyer characterized him as a “bit player swept up in a larger show,” who was drawn by the Bundys’ interpretation of the U.S. Constitution that he shared and “a desire to belong, to be part of something greater than himself.”

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“The evidence will fail to show that a single person went out there with the conscious desire to interfere with anyone that worked there,” said Andrew Kohlmetz, Patrick’s standby lawyer.

Ammon Bundy’s social media posts about the plight of the Hammonds struck a chord with Patrick, a roofer who lost his business during the recession. He felt the resentencing of the Hammonds to longer terms in prison was unjust and came to Burns to protest, Kohlmetz said. Ever since Patrick’s father died of cancer, suspected to have resulted from his exposure to Agent Orange chemicals during the Vietnam War, Patrick has questioned the federal government’s relationship with its citizens, his lawyer said.

Ryan, an aspiring actor, Ehmer, a welder, Thorn, a handyman, and Patrick didn’t know of one another when they arrived, Kohlmetz said. But they shared a belief in their right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of their grievances and a belief that the federal government had abandoned rural America, he said.

Ehmer, who grew up in Milton Freewater, drove about five hours to the refuge on Jan. 3, 2016 from his home in Irrigon, Oregon, “to find out what was going on” for himself. He returned home for a work commitment on Jan. 6, but traveled back to the refuge with his horse “Hellboy” a day later, finding the people welcoming and peaceful. He had little interaction with the Bundys, but appreciated their efforts to draw attention to the “salt of the earth,” the farmers and ranchers who they felt had been exploited by the federal government, his lawyer Michele Kohler said.

Ehmer rode around the perimeter of the refuge every morning on his horse, hoisting the American flag,” chopped wood and was “nothing more than a ranch hand and a symbolic picture of a cowboy they were representing,” Kohler added. Ehmer dug a trench on the property on Jan. 27, 2016, a day after the police fatal shooting of occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum. It was meant to serve as a “foxhole,” if FBI agents or police began shooting the remaining occupiers at the refuge, she said.

Thorn, 32, of Marysville, Washington, sympathized with Ammon Bundy and his outrage over the return to prison of the Hammond ranchers, his lawyer Marc Friedman said. When he marched in Burns to support the Hammonds on Jan. 2, 2016, Thorn knew nothing about the refuge, his lawyer said. He spent Jan. 6 through Jan. 26, 2016 at the refuge, but was a “guy on the periphery, not the center, not the hub,” Friedman said.

Ryan, born in Klamath Falls, moved to a farm in the small rural town of Plains, Montana at age 11. He’s one of 12 children who was home schooled by his mother, who taught him using two texts: the Bible and the U.S. Constitution, his lawyer Jesse Merrithew told jurors.  Merrithew called his client a “child of the rural West,” who was raised to believe that the government should “stay out of the way,” with limited powers. When he heard Ammon Bundy put out a call for supporters to stand with him at the refuge, Ryan was inspired to help, his lawyer said. He initially packed up a pickup full of community donations for the other occupiers, including toiletries and other supplies, and decided to stay.

Ryan did help dig a trench on the property a day after learning of the police fatal shooting of Finicum on a rural road between the refuge and John Day. But he didn’t do so to damage the land, but to “barricade” him and others who remained at the refuge who were fearful of an imminent FBI attack, his lawyer argued.

“In that environment, he dug a trench to try to keep him and his friends from getting shot,” Merrithew said. ” He did not willfully deprave the land.”

Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Georgia; Ehmer, 46, Ryan, 28, and Thorn, 32, have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impede employees from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or U.S. Bureau of Land Management from doing their jobs at the refuge.

Three also have pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm in a federal facility, and two contend they didn’t willfully damage government property when they used a refuge excavator to dig two trenches on the site, as prosecutors contend.

Ryan’s parents, Dan and Roxsanna Ryan, are expected to be called as witnesses for his defense.

The trial is expected to last four weeks. A bouquet of bright yellow tulips was positioned on the judge’s bench Tuesday.  Ehmer wore a button-down shirt decorated with the bright red-white-and-blue colors of the American flag to court. Thorn wore a black button-down shirt to court with the words, “We the People,” written across the back.

Neil Wampler, one of the defendants acquitted during the trial last fall, attended, and just before a lunch break, stood to address U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown. “I still haven’t gotten my property back,” Wampler told her.

 

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BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

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As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

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Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

Posted by Chris Gill at the Circle Ranch

A beautiful portrayal of a unique part of our country.

A WALTZ ACROSS WEST TEXAS

Wyman Meinzer, the Texas State Photographer, used to live in the old jail in Benjamin, TX. The photo of the coiled rattlesnake appeared on the cover of a wildlife magazine in the 80’s. He said there were times he crawled a long way on his belly to get a good shot of a wild animal.

The music is by Doug Smith. Doug is from Petersburg, Texas and lives south of town. Doug plays by ear- He cannot read music, but has many CDs. A pickup accident left Doug paralyzed and he does not play anymore.

Most of the pictures were taken in the rolling plains (cap rock to Seymour, the Fork, 6666, and Waggoner Ranches). There are some scenes in Palo Duro Canyon, as well as far-West Texas.

Land & Livestock International, Inc is in a position to assist the buyer in purchasing ranches like these anywhere in the Western United States and Northern Mexico. Pre – purchase services include help with due diligence, estimates of carrying capacity and potential for improvement, cash flow projections, etc. Post purchase services include everything from part time consulting to complete turn-key management.

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Dripping Springs
Mule Creek, Grant County, New Mexico

The Dripping Springs Ranch is a highly improved working cattle ranch in a very desirable part of southwest New Mexico. Access to the Ranch from State Route 78 is excellent, and it is an easy drive to either Silver City, N. or Safford, Az. 232 deeded acres, 13,000 USFS acres, 150 AU. $2,500,000

Walking L Ranch
Wickenburg, Yavapai County

The Walking L Ranch’s 52+ square miles adjoin Wickenburg from the Hassayamapa River into the Wickenburg Mountains. The ranch originally consisted of the 10X Ranch on the south end and the Rincon Ranch on the north end.  The old Rincon Dude Ranch was added to the ranch’s Headquarters by the current owner. The ranch’s land tenure consists of deeded land, State and BLM Grazing Leases.  Topography is rolling to steep with elevation’s ranging from 2,100’ along the river to over 2,700’ on San Domingo Peak.  The ranch borders US 60 on the south side of Wickenburg.  The ranch’s deeded land is in seven non-contiguous parcels throughout the ranch.  The headquarters consists of 110.88 deeded acres on Rincon Road and the Hassayampa River with approximately 30 acres irrigated.  Another headquarters for the 10X is on the state lease. $5,000,000

Dos S Inholding
Fountain Hills, Maricopa County

The Dos S is a 22.78 acre private inholding surrounded by Tonto National Forest on Sycamore Creek.  It is located just off the Beeline Highway behind a locked gate 20 miles from the Shea Boulevard & Highway 87 intersection at Fountain Hills.  Payson is 40 miles to the north. $1,025,100

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Break Up the USA

“No people and no part of a people,” said Ludwig von Mises nearly one hundred years ago, “shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want.” So much wisdom in that simple sentiment. And so much conflict and anguish could be avoided if only we’d heed it.
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Incidentally, Lew Rockwell is my “mine canary.” When they come for old Lew, I’m outta here! — jtl, 419
 Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualSome of our assumptions are so deeply embedded that we cannot perceive them ourselves.
Case in point: everyone takes for granted that it’s normal for a country of 320 million to be dictated to by a single central authority. The only debate we’re permitted to have is who should be selected to carry out this grotesque and inhumane function.Here’s the debate we should be having instead: what if we simply abandoned this quixotic mission, and went our separate ways? It’s an idea that’s gaining traction – much too late, to be sure, but better late than never. 

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View  For a long time it seemed as if the idea of secession was unlikely to take hold in modern America. Schoolchildren, after all, are told to associate secession with slavery and treason. American journalists treat the idea as if it were self-evidently ridiculous and contemptible (an attitude they curiously do not adopt when faced with US war propaganda, I might add).

Combat Shooter's Handbook And yet all it took was the election of Donald Trump for the alleged toxicity of secession to vanish entirely. The left’s principled opposition to secession and devotion to the holy Union went promptly out the window on November 8, 2016. Today, about one in three Californians polled favors the Golden State’s secession from the Union. Against the State: An … Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Best Price: $4.95 Buy New $9.95

 Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute In other words, some people seem to be coming to the conclusion that the whole system is rotten and should be abandoned.

It’s true that most leftists have not come around to this way of thinking. Many have adopted the creepy slogan “not my president” – in other words, I may not want this particular person having the power to intervene in all aspects of life and holding in his hands the ability to destroy the entire earth, but I most certainly do want someone else to have those powers.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsNot exactly a head-on challenge to the system, in other words. (That’s what we libertarians are for.) The problem in their view is only that the wrong people are in charge.

Indeed, leftists who once said “small is beautiful” and “question authority” had little trouble embracing large federal bureaucracies in charge of education, health, housing, and pretty much every important thing. And these authorities, of course, you are not to question (unless they are headed by a Trump nominee, in which case they may be temporarily ignored).

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Meanwhile, the right wing has been calling for the abolition of the Department of Education practically since its creation in 1979. That hasn’t happened, as you may have noticed. Having the agency in Republican hands became the more urgent task.

Each side pours tremendous resources into trying to take control of the federal apparatus and lord it over the whole country.

How about we call it quits?

No more federal fiefdoms, no more forcing 320 million people into a single mold, no more dictating to everyone from the central state. Fascism versus Capitalism Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Best Price: $7.76 Buy New $4.99

Radical, yes, and surely not a perspective we were exposed to as schoolchildren. But is it so unreasonable? Is it not in fact the very height of reason and good sense? And some people, we may reasonably hope, may be prepared to consider these simple and humane questions for the very first time.

Now can we imagine the left actually growing so unhappy as to favor secession as a genuine solution?

Here’s what I know. On the one hand, the left made its long march through the institutions: universities, the media, popular culture. Their intention was to remake American society. The task involved an enormous amount of time and wealth. Secession would amount to abandoning this string of successes, and it’s hard to imagine them giving up in this way after sinking all those resources into the long march.

At the same time, it’s possible that the cultural elite have come to despise the American bourgeoisie so much that they’re willing to treat all of that as a sunk cost, and simply get out.

Whatever the case may be, what we can and should do is encourage all decentralization and secession talk, such that these heretofore forbidden options become live once again.

I can already hear the objections from Beltway libertarians, who are not known for supporting political decentralization. To the contrary, they long for the day when libertarian judges and lawmakers will impose liberty on the entire country. And on a more basic level, they find talk of states’ rights, nullification, and secession – about which they hold the most exquisitely conventional and p.c. views – to be sources of embarrassment.

How are they going to rub elbows with the Fed chairman if they’re associated with ideas like these?

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The great libertarians – from Felix Morley and Frank Chodorov to Murray Rothbard and Hans Hoppe — have always favored political decentralization; F.A. Hayek once said that in the future liberty was more likely to flourish in small states. This is surely the way forward for us today, if we want to see tangible changes in our lifetimes.

Thomas Sowell referred to two competing visions that lay at the heart of so much political debate: the constrained and the unconstrained. In the constrained vision, man’s nature is not really malleable, his existence contains an element of tragedy, and there is little that politics can do by way of grandiose schemes to perfect society. In the unconstrained vision, the only limitation to how much society can be remade in the image of its political rulers is how much the rubes are willing to stomach at a given moment.

These competing visions are reaching an endgame vis-a-vis one another. As Angelo Codevilla observes, the left has overplayed its hand. The regular folks have reached the limits of their toleration of leftist intimidation and thought control, and are hitting back.

We can fight it out, or we can go our separate ways.

When I say go our separate ways, I don’t mean “the left” goes one way and “the right” goes another. I mean the left goes one way and everyone else – rather a diverse group indeed –goes another. People who live for moral posturing, to broadcast their superiority over everyone else, and to steamroll differences in the name of “diversity,” should go one way, and everyone who rolls his eyes at all this should go another.

“No people and no part of a people,” said Ludwig von Mises nearly one hundred years ago, “shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want.” So much wisdom in that simple sentiment. And so much conflict and anguish could be avoided if only we’d heed it.

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Internal Secession and the Road to Ruin: Two Countries

Where does this lead?

Separation. It is our only hope.

 

Trump did not cause the deep division in the country. It caused him. There are two very different Americas. I suspect  that the half of the country that voted for Trump, that voted with wild enthusiasm, that roared at huge rallies, was not so  much voting for Trump as against the other America. It was just that they had never had a chance before. The two countries have little in common and do not belong on the same geography.

Whether Trump proves to be the catastrophic buffoon he apparently aspires to be, the current protests illuminate a stark difference between his supporters and Hillary’s. The chasm is far deeper than  just politics, embracing  culture, taste, manners and morals. The groups are distinct and incompatible .

The difference begins with manners. Throughout the campaign Trump’s partisans forgathered in huge rallies, applauded, calmly went home, and later voted.  At the same time we saw on Clinton’s behalf mobs of ill-bred, worse mannered, loutish, perennial adolescents blocking  highways, shutting down rallies, engaging in vandalism and physically attacking supporters of Trump. Cars were destroyed, fires set, ATMs smashed. Black Lives Matter, always ghetto predators, were worst, but low-grade college students and their equally dismal professors joined in. They were obscene, infantile.

And naive: They apparently believe that they harm Trump though of course their behavior drives people in the other direction. I am no fan of Donald , but I look the foregoing and think Anything else.

The desire to shock of the eternally pubescent. Smirk, smirk, look at me, smirk, smirk.

We saw Ashley Judd, apparently an actress, addressing the “Women’s March.”

“I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege. I’m not as nasty as using little girls like Pokemon before their bodies have even developed. I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, like your wet dreams infused with your own genes.”

The astonishing thing is not that some foul-mouthed twit came up with such cloacal gush, but that the “Women’s March” sponsored her, did not eject or even censure her.

Can you imagine any of Trump’s middle-American supporters accusing Obama of lusting for incest with his daughters?  The two camps are different peoples. Half of the country seems culturally dominated from the ghetto. The other half embodies standards of behavior that have usually been thought congruent with civil society. While Trump himself is crass, making menstrual jibes on the air at Megyn Kelly for example, his supporters are not.

Any number of arguments can be adduced against Trump but so much of the outpouring of hostility, even from the intelligent, lacks thought. Thisaphobe, thataphobe, Nazi, misogynist. Putin’s Bitch.  Most seem not to know what the words mean, or care.

Wild thought: We may be seeing Darwinian regression. The intellectual nanoparticles waving placards, the sobbing talking headesses  may represent the return of the procaryote IQ. They give us a living paleontological record of what life looked like before it evolved. Think “Cambrian Implosion.” I imagine Rachel Maddow with twelve body segments and compound eyes.

Different peoples. I would like to see a comparative poll: How many women who voted for Trump would allow themselves to be associated with Ms. Judd’s remarks? None, I suspect. How many women voting for Trump would parade around in “pussy hats”? How many fathers voting for Trump would allow their daughters, have raised their daughters, to behave as the “Women’s Marchers”? Their children to copy Black Lives Matter?

Different civilizations. Virtually no overlap.

The media are decidedly of the Clinton America. In Washington at least some journalists donned pussy hats and jointed the demonstrators. Trashy behavior has seeped into many in the professional classes. Trump  recently sued a journalist and the London Daily Mail for describing Melania as “a high-end escort”–i.e., a take-out call girl, a prostitute. Can you imagine a conservative paper–say, the Washington Times, The American Conservative, National Review–describing Michelle Obama as a whore? Or Trump’s fans wearing scrotal hats?

There is a brattyness in the apparent belief of the Clinton Americans that they are entitled to the electoral result of their choice. When they don’t get it,they act like spoiled two-year-olds. Poor widdle fings! It is embarrassing. If Hillary had won, would disappointed Trumpists be squalling and posing in genital headgear or looting and burning?  Whatever the merits of the politics of either side, the two have little in common culturally.

The divide is far deeper and more general than the heat of the election. The sprawling class from which the protesters come, not just in Washington or just recently, opposes the bedrock of our approximation of democracy. It is not an economic divide. On American campuses almost everywhere “students,” most of whom do not have the intelligence for college, use the tactics of Brown Shirts to shut down speeches by anyone who does not agree with them.  They have no conception of reasoned debate, toleration of disagreement, or respect for law. Rather than promote  assimilation to the American norm, or what was the American norm, the only hope to keep the country from devolving into warring tribes, they promote identity politics. They do not, for example, disavow the depredations of Black Lives Matter. Any behavior is acceptable, even admirable, if engaged in by their side.

Decorum and its lack are recurrent themes. I have no hard evidence, but suspect that the Other America believes that men should behave as gentlemen and women, ladies; that sex should be a private matter and in particular that children should not be too early exposed to it. Clinton’s America leans more to the view that sexual language is authentic and natural. Hemorrhagic tuberculosis is natural, but perhaps not to be encouraged. And so from a mainstream performer, Beyonce, the lyrics

“Can you lick my Skittles, it’s the sweetest in the middle/ Pink is the flavor, solve the riddle”

Painfully cute. Can you imagine Billie Holiday singing this? Ella Fitzgerald? From rappers there is far more explicit, scatological, and sadomasochistic “music.” Whether you think this is people’s art, the authentic expression of an oppressed race, or something that should be scrawled on the wall of a public toilet, tracks with who you voted for. Again, two countries.

Berkeley Protests of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos Caused $100,000 in Damage”

“Protests that erupted at UC Berkeley ahead of a planned Wednesday appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus, the school said Thursday.”

These vandals are the storm troopers of the Clinton America. I cannot imagine the Other America behaving thusly because of the scheduling of any speaker whatever.

For whatever reason, those who regard themselves as liberals are far more given to demonstrating and rioting than conservatives, and far more vulgar. I say “regard themselves as liberals.” Their behavior is opposite to classical liberalism. Vulgarity is not liberalism. Neither is arson. Neither is suppression of free speech. All of these are now the norm on campuses, in the media, among both students and professors. And among the protesters.

Another country.

Protests as such  give little to deplore. Demonstrations are both legal and constitutionally protected if well behaved, and the women in Washington were. It is the values they represent that marks them as another country. The self-satisfaction  appalls, the belief that they represent the universe. Coming together in vast shared tantrums, endlessly reaffirming each other on Facebook, may give them an exaggerated impression of their numbers. Thus the frequent use of the phrase “we the people.” Actually they are “we, quite a large number of the people.” As I write Trump’s approval stands at 52%. My guess is that the man’s unending truculence will lower his numbers, but it hasn’t yet. And a complete failure of his presidency will not change the fact that half of the country is thoroughly sick of the other half.

Where does this lead?

 

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The hidden agendas of sustainability illusions

It is We the Governed – especially working class and poor citizens – who pay the price, with the world’s poorest families paying the highest price. We can only hope the Trump Administration and Congress will dismantle and defund sustainable development, the alter ego of cataclysmic manmade climate change.
A clear-cut case of twisting and torturing the English language in a way that would make George Orwell happy. I call it Crypto-Commie Lingo. I mean, after all, who in their right mind would ever object to “sustainability?”
I’ll tell you who. Those who want their theft and extortion rackets to be “sustainable” for ever and always. — jtl, 419
Absurd, impractical sustainability precepts are actually a prescription for government controlAs President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil-fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.”Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction, and manufacturing principles – and a tendency to emphasize tautologies and theoretical models as an alternative to readily observable evidence in the Real World. It also involves well-intended but ill-informed people being led by ill-intended but well-informed activists who use the concept to gain greater government control over people’s lives, livelihoods, and living standards.

The most common definition is that we may meet the needs of current generations only to the extent that doing so will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability thus reflects the assertion that we are rapidly depleting finite resources, and must reduce current needs and wants so as to save raw materials for future generations.

At first blush, it sounds logical and even ethical. But it requires impossible clairvoyance.

In 1887, when the Hearthstone House became the world’s first home lit via hydroelectric power, no one did or could foresee thatelectricity would dominate, enhance, and safeguard our lives in the myriad ways it does today. Decades later, no one anticipated pure silica fiber optic cables replacing copper wires.

No one predicted tiny cellular phones with superb digital cameras and more computing power than a 1990 desktop computer or 3-D printing or thousands of wind turbines across our fruited plains – or cadmium, rare-earth metals, and other raw materials suddenly required to manufacture these technological wonders.

Mankind advanced at a snail’s pace for thousands of years. As the modern fossil-fuel industrial era found its footing, progress picked up at an increasingly breathtaking pace. Today, change is exponential. As we moved from flint to copper, to bronze, iron, steel, and beyond, we didn’t do so because mankind had exhausted Earth’s supplies of flint, copper, tin, and so on. We did it because we innovated – invented something better, more efficient, or more practical. Each advance required different raw materials.

Who today can foresee what technologies future generations will have 25, 50,or 200 years from now? What raw materials they will need? How we are supposed to ensure that those families meet their needs?

Why then would we even think of empowering government to regulate today’s activities today based on the wholly unpredictable technologies, lifestyles, needs, and resource demands of distant generations? Why would we ignore or compromise the needs of current generations, to meet those totally unpredictable future needs – including the needs of today’s most impoverished, energy-deprived, malnourished people, who desperately want to improve their lives?

Moreover, we are not going to run out of resources anytime soon. A 1-kilometer fiber optic cable made from 45 pounds of silica (Earth’s most abundant element) carries thousands of times more information than an equally long RG-6 cable made from 3,600 pounds of copper, reducing demand for copper.

In 1947, the world’s proven oil reserves totaled 47 billion barrels. Over the next 70 years, we consumed hundreds of billions of barrels – and yet, in 2016 we still had at least 2,800 billion barrels of oil reserves, including oil sands, oil shales, and other unconventional deposits: at least a century’s worth, plus abundant natural gas. Constantly improving technologies now let us find and produce oil and natural gas from deposits that we could not even detect, much less tap into, just a couple decades ago.

Sustainability dogma also revolves around hatred of fossil fuels, and a determination to rid the world of them, regardless of any social, economic, or environmental costs of doing so. And we frequently find that supposedly green, eco-friendly, and sustainable alternatives are frequently anything but.

U.S. ethanol quotas eat up 40% of the nation’s corn, cropland the size of Iowa, billions of gallons of water, and vast quantities of pesticides, fertilizers, tractor fuel, and natural gas, to produce energy that drives up food prices, damages small engines and gets one-third less mileage per gallon than gasoline.

Heavily subsidized wind energy requires standby fossil fuel generators, ultra-long transmission lines and thus millions of tons of concrete, steel, copper, rare-earth metals, and fiberglass. The turbines create chronic health problems for people living near them and kill millions of birds and bats – to produce intermittent, wholly unreliable electricity that costs up to 250% more than coal-based electricity.

For all that, on a torrid August 2012 day, Great Britain’s 3,500 giant wind turbines generated a mere 12 megawatts of electricity: 0.032% of the 38,000 MW the country was using at the time.

The United Kingdom also subsidizes several huge anaerobic digesters, intended to convert animal manure and other farm waste into eco-friendly methane for use in generating electricity. But there is insufficient farm waste. So the digesters are fed with corn (maize), grass, and rye grown on 130,000 acres (four times the size of Washington, DC), using enormous amounts of water, fertilizer – and of course diesel fuel to grow, harvest and transport the crops to the digesters. Why not just drill and frack for natural gas?

That brings us to the political arena, where the terminology is circular, malleable, infinitely elastic, the perfect tool for activists. Whatever they support is sustainable; whatever they oppose is unsustainable; and whatever mantras or protective measures they propose give them more power and control.

The Club of Rome sought to build a new movement by creating “a common enemy against whom we can unite” – allegedly looming disasters “caused by human intervention in natural processes” and requiring “changed attitudes and behavior” to avoid global calamities: global warming and resource depletion.

“Building an environmentally sustainable future requires restricting the global economy, dramatically changing human reproductive behavior, and altering values and lifestyles,” said Worldwatch Institute founder Lester Brown. “Doing this quickly requires nothing short of a revolution.”

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and workplace air conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable,” Canadian arch-environmentalist Maurice Strong declared.

“Minor shifts in policy, moderate improvements in laws and regulations, rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change,” former Vice President Al Gore asserted – “these are all forms of appeasement, designed to satisfy the public’s desire to believe that sacrifice, struggle and a wrenching transformation of society will not be necessary.” Environmental activist Daniel Sitarz agreed, saying: “Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions intended to be implemented by every person on Earth. Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.”

“Sustainable development,” the National Research Council declaimed in a 2011 report, “raises questions that are not fully or directly addressed in U.S. law or policy, including how to define and control unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, and how to encourage the development of sustainable communities, biodiversity protection, clean energy, environmentally sustainable economic development, and climate change controls.” In fact, said Obama science advisor John Holdren, we cannot even talk about sustainability without talking about politics, power, and control. Especially control.

Of course, the activists, politicians and regulators feel little pain, as they enjoy salaries and perks paid by taxpayers and foundations, fly to UN and other conferences at posh 5-star resorts around the world, and implement agendas that control, redesign, and transform other people’s lives.

It is We the Governed – especially working class and poor citizens – who pay the price, with the world’s poorest families paying the highest price. We can only hope the Trump Administration and Congress will dismantle and defund sustainable development, the alter ego of cataclysmic manmade climate change.

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Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn return, he/she takes care of the logistics involved in putting on the event. This includes arranging for the venue, booking a block of rooms for lodging, arranging for meals (if any), putting out the advertising, setting and collecting the fees and so forth.

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Cowgirls’ glory days on exhibit

Before you start reading, scroll down and turn on the background music: George Strait’s “How Bout them Cowgirls.” — jtl, 419

By Kitty Bottemiller via Green Valley News

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Walking L Ranch
Wickenburg, Arizona

The Walking L Ranch remains to be a true operating working cattle ranch headquartered right in Wickenburg, Arizona.  It has 296.66 deeded acres with multiple building improvements, a mine and 35 acres irrigated on the Hassayampa River at the headquarters which is 2½ miles north of downtown Wickenburg.  Rated as approximately a 300 head ranch with 10,711.88 acres of Arizona State Land Department leases and 22,668.16 acres of BLM leases. This ranch is offered turnkey with livestock (296 head of cows, 39 bulls, 9 horses) and equipment (pickup, trailers, tractor etc.).  $5,000,000

Sedona Horse Ranch
Sedona – Yavapai County, Arizona

The property is located just outside the city limits of Sedona, in Yavapai County, and is comprised of three contiguous parcels for a total of 6.42 acres in an area zoned R1-35 (residential, single family, 35,000 s.f. site minimum). The Sellers obtained a Special Use Permit from the county and the property as a whole is currently being used as a horse training and boarding facility. The property includes three homes, a small cabin, shop building, full hook-ups for an RV, and multiple equine improvements. All homes, improvements, and the property are well-maintained and in good condition. $815,000

Wildhorse Ranch
Bagdad – Yavapai County, Arizona

The Ranch lies in a scenic basin surrounded on the north, south, and east by mountains. The deeded land is strategically located on the west side of the basin controlling access into the interior of the property. Boulder Creek runs along the western side and thru the deeded land. This is a perennial creek with classic riparian vegetation.

Surface water right for 50 acre feet per annum. $1,500,000

Howard Mesa Ranch
Coconino County, Arizona

The Howard Mesa Ranch’s 90+ square miles run approximately 13 miles east to west by eight miles north to south.  It consists of deeded land, alternating sections of State Grazing Leases and adversely owned subdivision land that lie in a checkerboard pattern.  Topography is level to gently rolling with a band of hills and small mountains along Cataract Canyon.  Howard Mesa is just east of the headquarters at 6,800 ft. General elevations of the ranch are from 6,000 ft. on the south end to 5,800 ft. on the north end.  Highway 64 and the Grand Canyon Railroad run north-south through the eastern end of the ranch. $2,900,000

Reduced – Aravaipa Canyon Ranch
Pinal County, Arizona

Aravaipa Canyon Ranch consists of 116.60 acres stretching along both sides of a section of the Aravaipa Creek which runs through the middle of the Ranch.  Elevations range from 2,460’ along the creek, to approximately 2,800’ as the property climbs the sides of the canyon.  Sharing about ¾ of the parcel’s boundaries with open federal land, the Ranch offers ample opportunities for hiking or horseback riding directly from the property. Reduced to $1,250,000

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Fireworks, Rocky Start For 2nd Malheur Refuge Trial

“It’s very curious to me that [FBI agents] all testified to an arrest warrant when there isn’t one,” Brown said, referencing testimony taken in court Monday. “This is a problem.”
A Handbook for Ranch ManagersThe arrogant bastards won’t just lie, they’ll actually lie under oath. — jtl, 419

The four defendants slated to go to trial for their alleged roles in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were in court Tuesday for pretrial hearings that got off to a bit of a rocky start.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Before the hearing began, Jason Patrick, Darryl Thorn, Jake Ryan and Duane Ehmer huddled in the courtroom on the 9th floor of the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Portland, the same courtroom where months ago a jury acquitted occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six others of the same felony charges the government is pursuing in this second trial.

Jury selection is set to begin next week. Originally, seven defendants were part of this next trial. The government made plea deals with four defendants, including Thorn, but his presence Tuesday was evidence that at least for now that deal appears to have fallen apart.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View  “They [the government] didn’t offer me anything and I wouldn’t have taken it because this whole situation pisses me off,” Ehmer said before proceedings got underway.

When U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown entered the courtroom, Patrick didn’t stand, a common practice when court is called into session.

Combat Shooter's Handbook “Is there a reason you didn’t stand, Mr. Patrick?” Brown asked.

His reply wasn’t audible. Brown said she didn’t want Patrick to be singled out and draw attention to himself in the presence of the jury.

“I’ll stand for the jury,” Patrick told the judge, still seated at his front row table amid a courtroom full of standing FBI agents, prosecutors, attorneys, on-lookers, courtroom staff and fellow defendants.

“Alright, then we’ll leave it at that,” Brown said.

Jason Patrick

Hometown: Bonaire, Georgia
Awaiting trial

Trial date: Feb. 14, 2017

Duane Ehmer

Hometown: Irrigon, Oregon
Awaiting trial

Trial date: Feb. 14, 2017

Combat Shooter's HandbookAs the proceeding continued, the court addressed a motion to suppress evidence recovered during Ehmer’s arrest.

His attorney, Michele Kohler, argued the way the FBI went about its arrest violated Ehmer’s constitutional rights.

During the arrest, the FBI recovered a 19th-century “black powder pistol” and a pouch containing some cash, gas cards and checks made out to Friends of the Malheur, a nonprofit that supports the eastern Oregon refuge.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Kohler is trying to keep that information from getting into trial.

But prosecutors disagreed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel said there was no violation of Ehmer’s rights during the arrest. Among other things, he said the FBI agents had probable cause.

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“The motion to suppress should be denied,” Gabriel told the judge.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsKohler stood and responded that the arrest warrant, which the government has based its arguments on, wasn’t signed until Jan. 28, a day after Ehmer was arrested.

The government struggled to respond to that argument. Brown spent upwards of 15 minutes reading the case file aloud, for evidence of a warrant signed earlier.

“We have a fundamental problem with the government’s reliance on the arrest warrant,” Brown said.

“It’s very curious to me that [FBI agents] all testified to an arrest warrant when there isn’t one,” Brown said, referencing testimony taken in court Monday. “This is a problem.”

Brown asked prosecutors to supplement the record so she could rule on whether evidence from Ehmer’s arrest would be allowed in trial.

At Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutors and the defense also reviewed questionnaires of potential jurors, dismissing those for hardships or bias.

Brown said more than 1,000 summons went out, but about 200 people never responded — something she called “unfortunate.”

Answers of those who did fill out their questionnaires were read aloud in court as the government, defense and Brown all sought to begin the process of seating a dozen impartial jurors and four alternates.

The defendants are “idiots with guns and flags,” said Jesse Merrithew, Ryan’s attorney, reading the response from one dismissed juror. “Those guys ran all over the refuge armed all the time.”

Another potential juror wrote in their questionnaire that the defendants “disgust him” and called them part of an “anti-American terrorist group,” Merrithew read.

Another wrote that the event showed racial biases in the criminal justice system, while someone else said he was close with law enforcement, which would bias his perspective.

Two others who were dismissed because they said they worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the Malheur refuge. One employee wrote they were “very frustrated by the actions at the refuge and believe the defendants should be held accountable.”

Another potential juror, who was dismissed, said they thought “getting the FBI involved is overkill.” Another wrote the Bureau of Land Management “tried to set fires to my friend’s house.”

As the proceedings played out, Thorn appeared to sleep, head down on table he shared with his attorney, Marc Freeman.

While Brown hasn’t yet ruled, she indicated that Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne would be allowed to fly to Oregon in the custody of the U.S. Marshals to testify in person during the trial.

At this point, the second trial appears it will last well into March. Jury selection begins Feb. 14 and could last several days.

Prosecutors estimate their case will last about five days, ending sometime around Feb. 28.

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Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

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Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

Is now available in both PAPERBACK and Kindle

BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.

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Jury seated for first trial in Bunkerville standoff case

Some of the jurors seated in the case have friends or relatives in law enforcement. One expressed during jury selection her belief that government agents should be held to a higher standard than the general public.
I wouldn’t say that. I would say the “same” standard as the general public. Do you recon that will happen in this case? Don’t hold your breath. — jtl, 419
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Brand Thornton blows a horn in support of defendants on trial at the federal courthouse, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. Jury selection began Monday in Nevada for the federal trial of six defendants accused of taking arms against federal agents herding cattle off public land near Cliven Bundy’s ranch in April 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Greg Whalen, center, holds a flag in support of defendants on trial at the federal courthouse, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. Jury selection began Monday in Nevada for the federal trial of six defendants accused of taking arms against federal agents herding cattle off public land near Cliven Bundy’s ranch in April 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Las Vegas police watch over protesters Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse as jury selection begins for the first trial in the case against rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters. (@jenndydwilson/Twitter)

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By JENNY WILSON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday in the conspiracy trial  Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual against six men accused of participating in an armed standoff against federal law enforcement agents who tried to impound rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle.

Prosecutors characterize the six men as the “least culpable” among 17 co-conspirators facing trial on extortion, assault and other charges resulting from the 2014 confrontation between anti-government protesters and Bureau of Land Management agents near Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View  Though they all face the same charges in the 15-count indictment, the remaining defendants will be tried in two subsequent trials. Bundy and several of his sons are in the second trial group.

A jury of 16, including four alternates, was sworn in Tuesday following a selection process that lasted two days. Eleven women and five men were chosen for the jury.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsU.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered jurors not to discuss the case with anyone and not to “listen to or view anything touching on this case in any way.”

“I promise you by the time you’re done, you’re going to know more than anyone about this case,” she told jurors, whose careers range from stay-at-home mom to Southwest Airlines employee.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)  Some of the jurors seated in the case have friends or relatives in law enforcement. One expressed during jury selection her belief that government agents should be held to a higher standard than the general public.

The trial is expected to last 10 weeks. It is being held in the largest courtroom on the seventh floor of the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas. Court officials have increased security procedures in and around the courthouse for the duration of the trial because of the high-profile nature of the case.

Bundy, who maintains that the Clark County sheriff has authority over the federal lands where his cattle were grazing, has become a symbol for an anti-federal government movement, and protesters who support that movement have had a presence outside federal court all week.

Richard Lovelin, Gregory Burleson, Eric Parker, Scott Drexler, Todd Engel and Steven Stewart are standing trial in the first group. None of them lives in Nevada, but they are accused of being the “gunmen” in the standoff after they drove from out-of-state to join the protests Bundy led in April 2014.

Contact Jenny Wilson at jenwilson@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710. Follow @jennydwilson on Twitter.

 

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Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.

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Yankees Go Home

Yep, Trump is very busy kicking the can down the road. In the real world, we are witnessing the end of an Empire–caused by essentially the same things that caused the collapse of all the other Empires. — jtl, 419

Source: Yankees Go Home

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