Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion

Consider the source (High Country News) and expect a hard left wing/libtard “spin” (including omissions, misrepresentations, errors, outright lies and a twisting torture of the English Language). But, it will provide a “time line” for any of you new Sagebrush Rebels that may not be current on your history of our insurgency. — jtl, 419

http://www.hcn.org/articles/a-history-of-the-sagebrush-rebellion?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

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Understanding Brittleness to Better Understand Your Land

Learn the concept of brittleness and how understanding where your region falls on the brittleness scale can affect the management options for your ranch or farm.

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Enviros unhappy with Bundy Trial result, ‘Trump is coddling violent zealots; ‘Bundy is still an outlaw’; ‘Public is being robbed’

Shame on me, though, cuz I still get a certain pleasure reading  those quotes. After all the pain Ive seen them inflict on others, let me just take a moment to enjoy this.

It is high time they had some of the pain inflicted on them. — jtl, 419

at THE WESTERNER

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I don’t normally enjoy reading press releases from environmental orgs. But I’ll have to admit, I experienced some type of gleeful joy in reading this from the Western Watersheds Project

“Bundy is still an outlaw when it comes to his grazing actions, and the prosecutorial failings in the Bunkerville case do not excuse him from the decades of unauthorized livestock trespass on our public lands,” said Greta Anderson, deputy director of Western Watersheds Project. “BLM needs to enforce the law and remove his cattle, which are destroying habitat for threatened species.”

“The Trump administration is coddling violent zealots and preventing the public from feeling safe to enjoy our new national monument,” said Patrick Donnelly, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Nevada state director. “Zinke needs to stop this illegal grazing, which amounts to theft from the American people and future generations. Our government can’t allow Bundy to claim our protected public lands as his personal empire and defend his theft with force and intimidation.”

“Nothing in yesterday’s ruling absolves BLM of its duty to protect public lands on behalf of the American people. BLM must remove Bundy’s trespassing cattle,” said Chris Krupp of WildEarth Guardians. “We will continue to call for the roundup of Bundy’s cattle until BLM meets its obligation.”

“The feds shouldn’t avoid the chance now to ensure that some justice is served to the American public that is being robbed by this family. Gold Butte and the desert tortoise still deserve protection,” said Kirsten Stade of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

And here are some others

“This is a very sad day for America’s public lands,” said Peter Walker, a University of Oregon geography professor who studies the social and political environmental aspects of the American West and is writing a book on the Bundy family’s conflicts with the federal government.

“This court decision will cause every person who agrees with the Bundy ideology to believe they can threaten federal employees on public land with firearms and pay no cost,” Walker said

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation and advocacy group, said the outcome “should send a chill down the spines of anyone who values our parks, wildlife refuges, and all public lands.”.

“My organization has been following the Bundys and their criminal activity for 10 years,” Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director for the Center for Biological Diversity said. “We are absolutely outraged at the incompetence of the prosecutors and the department of justice in handling this case. There is clear evidence that laws were violated by the Bundys and the militia that they roused.”

The most egregious is the one by Peter Walker saying the ranchers would “pay no cost.” LaVoy Finicum is dead and Cliven Bundy spent 700 days in jail based on lies by the U.S. Attorney. I would say those are pretty high costs.

I also find it disconcerting not a one expressed concern about the prosecutorial abuses.
Shame on me, though, cuz I still get a certain pleasure reading  those quotes. After all the pain Ive seen them inflict on others, let me just take a moment to enjoy this.

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The Real Relationship Between Capitalism and the Environment

When we combine environmental quality data with economic freedom data, we see that the story is very different from what we are usually told. The countries with the most freedom are those with the highest environmental quality.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualWe need more of this kind of analysis with a specific focus on livestock grazing.

I no more believe in anthropological global climate change than I believe I can flap my arms and fly. However, I am all for the “carbon sequestration” that Planned Grazing provides–not because it will “save the world and all the little children” but because it is profitable. — jtl, 419

EnvironmentGlobal Economy

A Handbook for Ranch Managers“Capitalism is incompatible with the conservation of nature. Only the places with a strong state and restricted economic freedom can achieve high environmental quality ratings.” These statements have been repeated so often that most people consider them true without giving them a slightest thought.

Although these theories usually only explain one side of the coin, there are at least two opposing theories:

  1. More development and greater consumption levels put pressure on environmental variables. There can’t be infinite growth in a world of limited resources. Economic freedom also means that companies do not take into account the ecosystems that they are destroying in order to grow their market share and profits. These views relate to political ecology and eco-socialism.
  2. Greater economic freedom entails greater development, which in turn leads to greater environmental quality because consumers demand it. Furthermore, the protection of property rights ensures that environmental externalities are minimized. This view relates to economics and study programs that combine economics and environmentalism.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewTo find out which group’s theory is closest to reality, we analyze data on economic freedom and environmental quality.

What Does the Data Tell Us?

When we combine environmental quality data with economic freedom data, we see that the story is very different from what we are usually told. Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe countries with the most freedom are those with the highest environmental quality. There does not seem to be a trade-off between environmental quality and economic development — rather, it shows the opposite.

If we rank the countries from most to least free (by quartiles), we observe how the countries with the highest economic liberty ranking are the same countries with the highest scores in the Environmental Performance Index.

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Source: Heritage Foundation. Yale.edu. There are no countries with a score lower than 35 points in the Environmental Quality Index.

The scatter plot shows how the relationship between economic freedom and environmental performance is positive. Each point in the diagram represents a different country.

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Source: Heritage Foundation. Yale.edu

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe regression analysis shows that for every one point increase in the Index of Economic Freedom, there is a 0.96 point increase in the Environmental Performance Index. The positive correlation could not be clearer.

However, the relationship between these variables is not static. In the end, environmental quality could deteriorate as a result of laissez faire policies in the long-term. To whether this is true, we examined the Environmental Performance Index with the average of the Index of Economic Freedom for the last 15 years. Once again, each point in the diagram represents a different country.

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Source: Heritage Foundation. Yale.edu

We can observe how countries with greater economic freedom, throughout time, have a better environmental performance.

Exporting Pollution

One possible criticism of the argument presented here could be the following: the countries with greater economic freedom — and the most prosperous ones — are “exporting” their polluting industries to the less free third world, while keeping non-polluting industries in their country. Large companies based in the first world would take advantage of the failed governments of the developing world, polluting there what they are not able to back home.

To see whether this is true, we would expect that the countries with a large influx of foreign direct investment to have a bad score on the Environmental Performance Index. However, this is not the case.

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Source: World Bank. Yale.edu

The criticism seems to lack evidence. The relationship between both variables is non-existent, the level of foreign direct investment fails to determine the level of environmental performance. We cannot confirm that free — and rich — countries export their pollution by relocating companies to less free countries. However, we can confirm that greater foreign direct investment “exports” good environmental practices to developing countries.

If we analyze foreign direct investment from countries with a very high environmental performance — above 85 points in the index — and countries with a very poor environmental performance —below 50 points in the index — we see that the former hardly invests in the latter. Less than 0.1% of foreign direct investment from “cleaner” countries goes to “dirtier” countries. Of the 25 “clean” countries, 14 do not have a single investment in “dirtier” countries. Out of the remaining 11, only one exceeds 5% of its investments towards “dirty” countries. Only two countries allocate more than 1% of their foreign direct investment to the “dirtiest” countries.

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Source: OECD. ONU (Unctad.org)

In short, countries that destroy the environment do so alone or with the investment of countries that also destroy their environment. Most of the investment of “clean countries” goes towards other “clean” countries. Pollution is not “exported” from rich countries to poor ones.

What About Investment in Mining & Extraction?

It is often said that extraction industries tend to pollute and degrade the environment more than other sectors. Furthermore, these sectors tend to have bad press. Therefore, it could be that total foreign direct investment has no relation to environmental quality, but it could also be that foreign direct investment has a stake in extraction industries, having a negative impact on the environment.

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Source: World Bank. Investmentmap.org.

This time we see a line with a slight negative trend. However, if we perform a regression analysis (which is what this trend line is based on) the relationship between the variables is not statistically significant — in other words, there is no relationship between the variables.

Even if there is greater economic freedom in the recipient country, a large investment in extraction industries does not degrade the environment.

Correlation Is Not Causality

The best criticism to this article could read as follows: “very well, but the data exposed here does not prove anything, it only shows correlations and does not show causality.”

Indeed, causality is explained by a theory or a set of logical relationships that aim to unite different events and give shape to a complex world that is perceived as chaotic. In other words, data does not speak for itself, it is interpreted through theories.

There are theories explaining how the freest countries, besides being the most prosperous, tend to take better care of the environment. In the same way, there are theories that expose the contrary relationship: the greater the economic freedom, the more degraded the environment. Both theories are based on opposing world views, what makes it interesting is comparing these theories with the available data. With the data at hand, it seems that the theory closest to reality is the one that claims that better economic freedom generates better environmental results. This relationship is not irrefutable; good environmental quality depends on many other variables. However, it is clear that as capitalism advances, so does the quality of the physical environment.

Conclusion

With the data analyzed, we can see that capitalism suits the environment. The greater the economic freedom, the better the environmental quality indexes.

The “cleaner” countries do not export their pollution by relocating companies. In fact, “cleaner” countries do not even invest in the “dirtiest” countries.

Reprinted with permission from UFM Trends. For additional notes on methods used in this research, see here. 

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Cliven Bundy walks free as federal judge dismisses Bundy Ranch standoff case

“The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said. “The government conduct in this case was, indeed, outrageous.”

In the meantime, the man endured 700 days as a political prisoner–the same kind of thing you might see in some place like North Korea. — jtl, 419

A defiant Cliven Bundy walked out of a Las Vegas courthouse Monday a free man after a judge threw out the case against the 71-year-old rancher and his two sons. They were accused of leading a standoff with federal agents in 2014. (Jan. 8)

LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy walked free from the federal courthouse Monday for the first time since his arrest two years ago on charges that he led an armed rebellion against the government in 2014.

Bundy, 71, was greeted by cheers from a crush of supporters who jammed a courtroom and greeted him outside with hugs, placards, cards, tears and cries of “liberty” and “freedom.”

An hour earlier, Bundy sat stoically in prison garb and shackles as a judge dismissed the case against him, two of his sons and a militia supporter, saying federal prosecutors violated the men’s rights to a fair trial by withholding evidence.

“I’m not used to being free,” Bundy said as he emerged from an elevator into the court’s lobby alongside his wife and attorney. “I have been a political prisoner for more than 700 days.”

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro said federal prosecutors acted recklessly and engaged in a “deliberate attempt to mislead and distort the truth” by failing to turn over evidence that could have helped exonerate the four defendants.

Navarro ended the case against Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and militia member Ryan Payne “with prejudice,” meaning they cannot be retried on charges related to the 2014 armed standoff near Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada.

She ordered the immediate release of Cliven Bundy, who had elected to remain in custody throughout the trial as a form of protest rather than accept a conditional release offered in November.

“The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said. “The government conduct in this case was, indeed, outrageous.”

A federal judge has dismissed the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men. Their charges stemmed from a standoff with federal authorities back in 2014 over cattle grazing rights. Wochit

She said ordering a new trial would not be sufficient to address violations by prosecutors and would actually give them an unfair advantage going forward.

Navarro castigated the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office for willful violations of due process, saying prosecutors not only withheld evidence but “made several misleading statements to the defendants and the court.”

She said prosecutors have a sworn duty to ensure defendants receive a fair trial by bringing forward any evidence that could affect the outcome. Instead, they showed “a reckless disregard for the constitutional obligation to seek and provide evidence,” Navarro said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Myhre, who led the prosecution team, did not make any statements following the hearing.

Newly appointed Nevada U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson issued a statement Monday.

“We respect the court’s ruling and will make a determination about the next appropriate steps,” he said.

The judge also criticized the FBI for not providing evidence to prosecutors, saying it was not a coincidence that most of the withheld evidence came from the FBI.

She said the prosecution’s reliance on the FBI and failure to look beyond the documents the FBI provided represented an “intentional abdication of its responsibility.”

Essentially, she said the prosecution decided not to follow up because the evidence would have worked in the defendants’ favor.

READ MORE: What to know about the Bundy Ranch case

Navarro’s ruling was praised by Bundy supporters, who have maintained vigils outside the court every day of the trial and have traveled from several states to show solidarity.

“I am really, really happy for the Bundy family and … all of their friends who have ended up in prison,” said Bob Moore, 65, of Gold Canyon. “This was a decision for all of America.”

Moore said the case pits individual rights against big government.

“The (government) was working to take Mr. Bundy’s ranch,” he said.

Environmentalists and civil-rights groups said Monday that the Bundys are not heroes, but lawbreakers who for decades have grazed cattle on public land as if it were their own. They said Bundy used militia members and anti-government extremists to prevent a lawful roundup of his cattle from federal land — a confrontation that led to the standoff and, eventually, the trial.

“The government’s own mistakes meant the case was not even brought to the jury for a decision,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement Monday. “This result can only embolden anti-government extremists, especially in western states, and make future confrontations and and standoffs with the government more likely.”

The Denver-based conservation group Center for Western Priorities warned that the decision in the Bundy case will embolden more people to threaten public-land managers.

“Letting the Bundys walk free on a technicality should send a chill down the spines of anyone who values our parks, wildlife refuges and all public lands,” Executive Director Jennifer Rokala said in a statement.

Amid a crunch of supporters, Cliven Bundy shakes the hands of children outside the Federal Court House in Las Vegas after his release from custody Jan. 8, 2018.  Robert Anglen/The Republic
Amid a crunch of supporters, Cliven Bundy shakes the

Bundy’s tense courtroom court moment

Cliven Bundy’s lawyer said he thought his client was going to be rearrested Monday.

The drama played out immediately after the hearing ended and Navarro had ordered his release.

Cliven Bundy stood up in shackles and walked toward the exit, intending to make a showing of the cuffs coming off.

“He said, ‘I want the community to see the shackles come off,’ ” Las Vegas defense lawyer Bret Whipple said. “He wanted (authorities) to take them off. He wanted the community to see them come off.”

Whipple said deputy marshals instead blocked his way out and prevented him from passing through the gate separating the courtroom from the gallery.

“I thought the (U.S. Marshals Service deputies) were going to take him into custody,” Whipple said.

Whipple said Bundy instead was brought to the marshals’ office, where he changed out of his prison clothes. He walked out of court wearing a cowboy hat, jeans, boots and a blazer. On the lapel of his coat was a round button printed with the words: “Not Guilty.”

Withheld evidence prompts mistrial

Navarro’s decision comes less than a month after she declared a mistrial in the case and found federal prosecutors willfully withheld critical and “potentially exculpatory” evidence from the defense.

Navarro on Dec. 20 cited six pieces of evidence that the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office failed to disclose that were favorable to the defense and could have changed the outcome of the trial.

The evidence included:

  • Records about surveillance at the Bundy ranch;
  • Maps about government surveillance;
  • Records about the presence of government snipers;
  • FBI logs about activity at the ranch in the days leading up to the standoff;
  • Law-enforcement assessments dating to 2012 that found the Bundys posed no threat;
  • Internal affairs reports about misconduct by Bureau of Land Management agents.

Ruling ensures Bundy cannot be retried

Ryan Bundy, outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas, reacts to the judge’s declaration of a mistrial in the Bundy Ranch standoff case. Robert Anglen/azcentral

Navarro could have called a mistrial “without prejudice,” which would have allowed prosecutors to retry the four defendants.

Instead, her ruling ensures the four won’t be tried again. The legal tenet known as double jeopardy prevents someone from being tried twice for the same crime.

Navarro said last month that it didn’t matter if the failure to disclose was intentional or inadvertent. But she detailed several instances where prosecutors denied evidence existed and used hyperbole to mock defense requests for information.

For instance, she said, prosecutors derided defense requests for a BLM internal affairs report into misconduct as a “bright shiny object … that did not exist.”

But documents later showed an internal investigation had taken place and had found misconduct.

Navarro pointed out that during two previous trials of militia members who supported Bundy, prosecutors insisted there was no evidence that video surveillance and sniper teams were in use around the Bundy Ranch prior to the the standoff.

OPINION: Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Why the feds need to be leashed

Prosecutors charged defendants with making false claims about snipers and videos to incite their supporters in the runup to the standoff. But documents that surfaced after the start of the trial last month showed there were tactical teams and multiple video cameras positioned around the ranch.

Navarro said assessments written by federal agents that dismissed the Bundys as a threat as early as 2012 were not turned over to the defense. Navarro said these reports could have been used to challenge prosecution claims.

One undated BLM report described the Bundys as non-violent, Navarro said, quoting: “They might get into your face, but they won’t get into a shootout.”

Since the Oct. 1 discovery deadline, when prosecutors were required to turn over all material evidence to the defense, the prosecutors turned over 3,300 pages of additional documents, Navarro said. She said much of that has occurred since the start of trial.

Navarro’s ruling did not take into account another document turned over to the defense in December and leaked on pro-Bundy websites that raises more criticism of the BLM’s conduct and use of force during the standoff.

A federal investigator alleged in a Nov. 27 memo to the assistant U.S. attorney general that prosecutors in the Bundy ranch standoff trial covered up misconduct by law-enforcement agents who engaged in “likely policy, ethical and legal violations.”

In an 18-page memo, Special Agent Larry Wooten said he “routinely observed … a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct” among agents involved in the 2014 standoff.

He said his investigation indicated federal agents used excessive force and committed civil-rights and policy violations.

Judge rejects prosecution arguments

Carol Bundy, wife of Cliven Bundy and mother of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, talks outside the U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas on Dec. 20, 2017. Robert Anglen/azcentral

Myhre had urged the judge in a Dec. 29 motion to allow his office to retry the case. He said the defendants had wrongly tried to turn the case into a civil-rights issue and improperly tried to allege they acted in self-defense.

Myhre said his office did not intentionally violate so-called Brady rules about turning over evidence. He said the failure to turn over evidence was inadvertent and did not represent “flagrant government misconduct.”

He said prosecutors genuinely did not believe they had to turn over evidence based on previous court rulings. He also said some documents were accidentally overlooked among the hundreds of thousands of pages prosecutors turned over to defense lawyers.

But Navarro rejected Myhre’s arguments that evidence was inadvertently withheld and inconsequential to the case. She blasted the prosecutor, saying he was “well aware of theories of self defense” advanced by the defendants.

She said the evidence could have helped them challenge government claims, strengthen their arguments and allowed them to confront government witnesses from the outset of the trial.

Defense lawyers maintained prosecutors acted recklessly and got caught.

Federal public defender Ryan Norwood, who represented Payne, said Monday that Navarro was right to dismiss the case, saying her ruling offered the only remedy for legal violations.

“This whole prosecution was a tragedy for everyone,” he said. “Cliven Bundy, the others, lost two years of their lives.”

He said prosecutors are held to a higher legal standard than other attorneys.

“In this case, they didn’t meet that standard,” Norwood said.

Cliven Bundy’s lawyer wiped away tears after the ruling.

Whipple, who is a fourth-generation rancher, said the case signals a turning point in public-lands management.

“It can’t help but send a message,” he said. “With regard to public lands, who would not agree that public land is best protected by those who live on it?”

Bundy trial could impact public lands

 

The Bundy Ranch standoff became one of the most high-profile land-use cases in modern Western history. It pitted cattle ranchers, anti-government protesters and militia members against the Bureau of Land Management.

For decades, the BLM ordered Cliven Bundy to remove his cattle from federal lands, and in 2014 the agency obtained a court order to seize his cattle as payment for more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

The Bundys launched a social-media rallying cry. Hundreds of supporters, including members of several militia groups, converged on the Bundys’ ranch.

For many Americans, images of the four-day standoff in a dusty wash below Interstate 15 northeast of Las Vegas were shocking. Protesters, ranchers and militia members took armed positions around federal law-enforcement officers, some lying prone on freeway overpasses and sighting down long rifles.

Federal agents abandoned the roundup, saying they were outgunned and in fear for their lives.

The standoff was hailed as a victory by militia members. Ammon and Ryan Bundy later cited their success at Bundy Ranch in the run-up to another protest of BLM policies, the siege of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016. An Oregon federal jury acquitted Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others in October 2016.

MORE:Key figures in Oregon standoff have Arizona ties

Bundy Ranch standoff trials
Ryan Bundy, with family members, walks out of the federal courthouse in Las Vegas on Dec. 20, 2017.  Robert Anglen/The Republic

19 people initially charged in standoff

The government in 2016 charged 19 people for their roles in the standoff.

Myhre and his team described the Bundys and supporters as vigilantes, willing to risk a gunbattle in defiance of lawful court orders.

The Bundys, Payne and other defendants were charged with 15 felonies, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, extortion, using firearms in the commission of crimes, assault and threatening federal officers.

After the initial charges, two of the 19 men took plea deals. Trials for the remaining 17 defendants were broken into three tiers based on their alleged levels of culpability.

Four more defendants have since taken plea deals.

But making a solid case against Bundy and his supporters has eluded prosecutors. Two federal juries in Las Vegas have rejected conspiracy claims against six defendants in earlier trials.

A jury in April deadlocked on charges against four of the first six defendants. It convicted Gregory Burleson of Arizona and Todd Engel of Idaho on weapons and obstruction charges but dismissed all of the conspiracy charges.

Ryan Bundy, who served as his own lawyer, asked Navarro last month if the government’s misconduct would result in overturning the convictions of Burleson and Engel.

Navarro said those issues would need to be addressed separately.

Remaining defendants ‘going to be OK’

Carol Bundy, in an interview with The Republic, said her husband, sons and others were really being tried for making federal authorities look bad and forcing them to back down in the face of a citizen uprising.

It is unclear how the outcome of this case will affect the third trial of the four remaining defendants, including two more of Bundy’s sons.Outside the courthouse Monday, Ryan Bundy said his brothers have nothing to worry about.

“They’re going to be OK,” he said, adding that Navarro’s ruling will be overarching. “It will apply to them, too. … There’s no way the trial can go forward.”

Ryan Bundy said the withheld evidence would give the prosecution that same advantage in the last trial that they would have had in the mistrial. He said the case just can’t continue.

Navarro has scheduled the third trial to begin in February.

Both Ryan and Cliven Bundy remained steadfast in their resolve to go back to ranching on public land.

“What the hell are grazing fees?” Ryan Bundy asked.

The Bundys maintain the dismissal of the case also represents a dismisal of the grazing fees the Bureau of Land Management claims they owe. They said their cattle have remained grazing on public land since 2014 and that, for them, nothing has changed.

Cliven Bundy, who does not recognize federal claims on public lands, lambasted Nevada officials. Five minutes after he walked out of court, he said state and county officials have a right to protect citizens from the federal government.

He said state and county officials failed to act during the standoff, leaving it to citizens to protect his cattle and his property.

Cliven Bundy said Navarro’s ruling was actually a favor to state and local officials because it protected them from the disclosure of incriminating evidence on their conduct.

“She did them a very big favor,” he said, adding if the case had gone forward, they could have proved entrapment and other wrongful acts by law enforcement.

He said if the federal agents again try to seize his cattle, he will ask the county sheriff to disarm the agents. He said that is what should have happened in 2014.

“If the BLM comes to do an impoundment (of cattle), it will be the very same thing as last,” he said. “We will petition our sheriff to protect our life, liberty and property.”

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Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?

 The president is considering a BLM director who has continually fought the agency.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersThis, from a known to be Marxist publication, reveals what the Chipmunk Chasers, Dickey Bird Watchers and other enemies of private property rights think of one of the finest ladies in the West. Please call in all your political markers and ask them to support her. She is what the West (currently under reconstruction that is as bad, if not worse, than that endured by the South) needs most. — jtl, 419

by Tay Wiles  from High Country News

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Nearly a year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the agency that manages 246 million acres and that is critical to the functioning of the American West still has no permanent leadership. In November, Brian Steed, the former chief of staff for Utah State Rep. Chris Stewart, R, became the third person in 11 months to temporarily take on the duties of Bureau of Land Management acting director. One potential pick for the director job is Karen Budd-Falen — a long-time antagonist of the bureau. In other administrations, her background would make her an unlikely pick. In the Trump administration, she’s a contender.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewBudd-Falen is a polarizing figure in the West. She is one of the region’s preeminent property rights lawyers, known for representing ranchers in disputes with federal land agencies like the BLM and U.S. Forest Service.

By the time she was 32, in 1991, Newsweek had dubbed Budd-Falen the “hired gun of choice for ranchers facing court action from federal Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfitsagencies.” That reputation has only grown; her supporters say she’ll bring positive change to the BLM to curb federal overreach fueled by environmentalists. “Karen will certainly take a look at multiple use from a different set of glasses than previously administrations have,” Utah Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Brent Tanner said. “One of the advantages of Karen … is she has based her career around the legal issues affecting livestock grazing on public lands.”

Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen is a candidate to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
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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) Critics say Budd-Falen is anathema to the stated mission of the BLM, which is to manage land for multiple uses, not just for ranching or the extractive industry. The attorney has long been a harsh critic of the agency she would lead. “Karen Budd-Falen has attacked the Bureau of Land Management over and over, and now she is trying to secure the top post,” said Land Tawney, director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “This tragic irony must not be ignored.”

It’s not just Budd-Falen’s apparent disposition to the mission of the BLM, critics say. Her history would follow her to the agency and could be an added challenge. “I think first and foremost she would have a significant perception challenge with public lands stakeholders,” said Bob Abbey, who served 34 years in state and federal government and was the BLM director from 2009 to 2012. “It will take her months to earn the respect and trust within the organization and among public lands stakeholders. … I don’t think she’s the right person for the job right now.”

Budd-Falen is a fifth-generation Wyoming resident, originally from Big Piney, population 521. Her family members have long been active in Western politics on the side of the Sagebrush Rebellion. Her father, Dan Budd, a rancher who served in the Wyoming legislature from 1981 to 1992, opposed the foundational 1976 Federal Land Policy Management Act, in part because it allowed the BLM to retain vast acreages instead of continuing to pass the land into private ownership, as had been the previous policy since the 19th century.

Budd-Falen earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming. After law school, she worked as a lawyer at the Denver-based Mountain States Legal Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1976 as part of a wave of conservative resistance to new environmental laws, such as FLPMA and the Endangered Species, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. She served as a law clerk to the assistant solicitor for Water and Power and in the office for land and minerals, both at the Interior Department under former President Ronald Reagan. More recently, she was part of Trump’s Interior transition team. She now lives in Cheyenne and co-owns a law firm with her husband, Frank Falen, which focuses on property rights.

Federal land management

Budd-Falen has not publicly taken a stance on the conservative Western movement to transfer federal land to state control. But in November she spoke at a public event in Hamilton, Montana, that also featured a presentation from Republican State Sen. Jennifer Fielder. Fielder is the head of the American Lands Council, a non-profit whose mission is to transfer lands from the federal government to the states. (In an interview, Budd-Falen told High Country News she didn’t know that Fielder would be speaking at the event.) That appearance is one of many examples critics say explain her position on federal land management. “(Budd-Falen) may say she has no opinion on (land transfer) but her career has been spent propping up that ideology,” Greg Zimmerman, deputy director of the progressive nonprofit Center for Western Priorities, said.

For her part, Budd-Falen said she understands that the notion pushed by many land transfer advocates, that the federal government can’t legally administer land in the West, is not upheld by the courts. “Supreme Court rulings have very clearly said… the federal government can hold these federal lands,” she said. “Until you get the Supreme Court to change its mind, then that’s the current interpretation of the Constitution.” When asked if she agreed with that interpretation, Budd-Falen said she did. The Wyoming attorney also said it would be too costly for her home state to take on managing all of its federal lands. “I don’t think it’s feasible,” she said.

On the topic of national monuments, however, Budd-Falen has lauded Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for their 2017 review of designations over 100,000 acres. “I think there is enough land out there, and people are smart enough, that we can have multiple-use and still protect the land (without large monuments),” she told Fox News in May. At the Montana event in November, she criticized the Obama Administration’s monument designations: “If you read the Antiquities Act, it says you are to designate the smallest area possible to protect the artifact you are trying to protect. I looked at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, surely that’s not the smallest area possible to protect these things,” she said. As head of the BLM, Budd-Falen would oversee both monuments, which public lands advocates say were essential to protecting valuable scientific and cultural resources.

Property Rights

The importance of property rights is foundational to Budd-Falen’s worldview. In 2011, at a Constitutional Sheriffs panel event in Yreka, California, she said that all rights in the U.S. Constitution are “based on the right of ownership of private property.” This interpretation stems from an established school of thought in which property rights hold a supreme position in the Constitution, says Gregg Cawley, a professor of environmental politics at the University of Wyoming. In this view of the Constitution, Cawley says: “‘Property’ was a kind of short hand symbol for everything an individual needed to live their life as they wanted…. a ranch is ‘property’ in the sense of land but (that ranch) is also a means for the owners to secure their ‘rights’ to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’”

This exalted view of property rights inspires Budd-Falen’s work in defense of ranchers. She has spent much of her career defending ranchers’ rights to water, easements, and grazing federal land. Early in her career, Budd-Falen took on a client who is now one of the West’s most notorious cattlemen, Cliven Bundy of Bunkerville, Nevada, over a grazing rights dispute. Bundy is now known for leading an armed standoff against federal agents in 2014 over his illegally grazing cattle. Back in the early 1990s, he was just one of about a dozen southern Nevada ranchers Budd-Falen represented in court.

After the Mojave desert tortoise was listed under the Endangered Species Act, the BLM required southern-Nevada ranchers remove their cattle from sensitive habitat. Budd-Falen fought the agency in court and won. But the BLM made the same demand the following year, and ranchers (all except Bundy) decided to take buy-outs or move their operations elsewhere. Budd-Falen worked with the ranchers during that process. Ultimately, she said, “I am completely satisfied with what happened.” She added that her job was to “make sure that when the BLM and the county approached these ranchers, they weren’t forcing someone to sell or move who really didn’t want to.”

County supremacy

Local input on land use plans has long been a Budd-Falen bailiwick. She advocates for city and county officials to have more opportunity to influence management of federal resources — a cause many Westerners get behind. (When she’s not representing individuals in the courtroom, Budd-Falen spends about a third of her time advising Western counties on land use plans.)  Budd-Falen’s opponents say some tactics she deployed to achieve that goal come close to giving counties too much power over federal decisions and dangerously echo her work in the early 1990s, in what’s known as the “county supremacy movement.”

Budd-Falen has been a leader in that movement, which suggested that the authority of local officials could trump federal agencies, even on federally managed land. The movement was very active in Catron County, New Mexico, where Budd-Falen helped write ordinances later replicated in counties across the West. Her model plan stated that, “Federal and state agents threaten the life, liberty, and happiness of the people of Catron County” — a viewpoint much decried by her critics. Nada Culver, director of the Wilderness Society’s BLM action center, called that view “irreconcilable with the BLM’s obligation and authority to manage the public lands for all Americans.” Culver also said in an email: “While the BLM is required to give local governments a seat at the table (and does so), the agency is also required to take into account the input of other agencies, to consult with sovereign Tribal nations and to consider public comment. Listening only to counties would undermine the BLM’s responsibilities.”

Budd-Falen’s county-centric views also resemble the “constitutional sheriff” ideology, which describes elected sheriffs as the supreme law of the land, beyond the federal government’s control. Sheriffs who hold this view often butt heads with federal land agencies in the rural West. Critics of Budd-Falen say putting a constitutional-sheriff sympathizer in charge of one of their main adversaries, the BLM could embolden a growing set of anti-government militia to defy federal law.

Her supporters, however, say Budd-Falen’s views could actually bring balance to law enforcement beefs. Brent Tanner of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association said having Budd-Falen at the helm of the BLM could be a boon to ranchers at odds with BLM rangers. “There will be a less volatile spirit between any confrontations that come along,” Tanner said. “If there’s a problem and a local sheriff comes up… generally the local people will say, ‘OK.’ But if you get a mandate from a federal individual you don’t know, it puts up more of a barrier and creates a different feeling.”

Professor Cawley also predicts Budd-Falen could have an ameliorative effect on ranchers’ interactions with federal law enforcement, but for different reasons. Historically during periods of conservative leadership at the Interior Department and BLM, the Sagebrush Rebellion has quieted, which could happen under Budd-Falen. “I think it leads to a reduction in some of the conflict and the tension because ranchers are of the impression that the federal officials now are more sympathetic to their interests,” Cawley said.

There’s a lot still undecided about the immediate future of the BLM. Zinke has said the agency will undergo a “bold restructuring,” though it’s not yet clear what that will mean. Rumors have circulated about possibly moving BLM headquarters to the West and even changing its management organization away from states and aligned with watersheds, E&E News in December.

In response to questions about when to expect a permanent BLM director, Heather Swift, an Interior spokesperson said last month, “the department has nothing to announce on nominations at this time.” For now, Budd-Falen still has an outside chance of being nominated to a position. She told E&E News she would was torn about the idea of leaving Wyoming to oversee the BLM. “If the president and the secretary of Interior were to ask me to serve,” she said, “I’d have to seriously, seriously consider that.”

Tay Wiles is an associate editor at High Country News and can be reached at taywiles@hcn.org.

 

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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.

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.

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A winning recipe for pig farming: Starting with next to nothing

 “Because we don’t have high production costs, the system isn’t dependant on large scale financing. Land ownership is thus not a prerequisite for success. It’s all about land management, not land ownership says Sally. The risks for small-scale farmers is minimal.

Even after having been involved in “planned grazing” since the early 1980s, it still amazes me as to how many farmers and ranchers there are out there that continue to insist that “it won’t work on my place.” Discouraging. — jtl, 419


By Jasper Raats  via AfricanFarming.com

A group of farmers show how they’ve made a commercial success with pig farming on a small leased farm in Limpopo without taking out huge loans, inheriting land or buying expensive equipment. The driving force behind this success story are a former Zimbabwean cattle farmer who lost his 12 000 ha farm and a Johannesburg businesswoman who decided to give up city life.

At first glance it looks like a difficult existence. Is it even possible to farm successfully with just a couple of Dexter cattle, a bunch of pigs and some free-range chickens? Especially if you have only 40 ha on which to farm in the Radium area, near Hammanskraal.

However, Hendrik O’Neill and Sally Nicoll, in partnership with their farm labourers, are making great strides in their mission to farm in the simplest way possible. It all started just over two years ago when Hendrik realized that he could no longer continue in Zimbabwe. He had already lost his 12 000 ha cattle farm and couldn’t make enough money from his butcher’s shop in Harare to survive.

He and four farmworkers moved to South Africa. They rented a 20 ha smallholding in the Radium district. The idea was to buy some heifers and export them to Zimbabwean farmers, and the first consignment was successfully delivered. However, they couldn’t buy enough heifers for this venture to be viable for Hendrik.

“We decided to speculate with cattle and tried to increase their value by feeding them, but that didn’t work either,” recalls Hendrik. “We even lost the money that friends had invested in our plan. It was a low point for us. Things couldn’t have gotten any worse.”

Suddenly he and his workers were on an equal footing. They were all in dire straits and equally desperate for a solution. “Our small piece of land was so depleted, we were at a loss as to what to do with it. We were accustomed to thousands of hectares and here we were sitting on 20 ha for which we urgently needed to pay rent. We were in a battle for survival.

They put their heads together and decided to buy pigs. They had had experience in high density grazing and each one of them had at some point in time encountered holistic management systems. For example, one of the workers, Solomon Munyenga, had worked on the farm belonging to Allan Savory, the father of holistic management in Zimbabwe.

A PLAN WITH PIGS

“We had only nine pigs to begin with and had to let go of any preconceived ideas we may have had about these animals. For example, most people believe that pigs are foul-smelling and that they should be kept in pens.”

Hendrik and his team rigged up small, movable camps with electric wire in which the pigs could be kept and easily moved each day. The pigs’ activity immediately improved the soil – the soil was turned over and fertilized at the same time. Because they grazed only a small piece of ground intensively each day, once they were finished, they had trampled the plant matter in such a way that it formed a protective layer of grass and organic matter on the soil surface. This helped to retain moisture in the soil.

pig farming
Although the pigs know to stay away from the electric wire, they are very enthusiastic about running through the portable alley to their new grazing every morning.

Hendrik and his team are still using this method of grazing the pigs in small camps rigged up with electric wire and moved every day. The camps are simple: two wires about 20cm apart, the highest one barely a half metre high. He now has two camps for each herd of almost 300 pigs.

The pigs are moved to a new camp every morning. The previous day’s camp is then broken down and a new camp set up on the other side on a fresh piece of ground.

“We initially built square shelters for the pigs, but quickly realized that it takes too many people to help carry them. We then began to build circular shelters so that one man was capable of rolling them to the new camp,” says Anderson Mutasa, one of the workers.

pig farming
Solomon Munyenga, Sally Nicholl and Anderson Mutasa accomplish great things on their little plot along with Hendrik O’Neill, a former Zimbabwean farmer (for security reasons, Hendrik chose not be photographed.)

He and his colleagues also built a simple frame structure with old water pipes and fitted push taps from which the pigs can drink. “Pigs are very clever. We showed one pig how to push the tap for water and all the other pigs followed suit,” says Anderson.

We then began to build circular shelters so that one man was capable of rolling them to the new camp’

One day he noticed how one of the pigs was holding the tap open without drinking, but rather waiting until there was a puddle of water on the ground for a mud bath. He realized then that the pigs also needed to be kept cool. The original drinking structure was then converted into a shower using cheap microjets. Now the pigs can cool off in the shower to their heart’s content.

The soil was so depleted initially that the camp scarcely had enough grazing for the first nine pigs, but now, after two years, it easily supports 1 000 pigs on 40 ha. These days the pigs share the land with a herd of 20 Dexters and about 800 Boschvelder chickens.

pig farming
The portable shelters that are moved daily to the new grazing camp. These were initially square, but these days Anderson and his team make them circular to enable one person to easily move them.

The grass grows lush and sunflower, sorghum and maize are sprouting up all over the place. “The pigs work the soil and we sow the seed by hand so that there are plants available as feed when they graze there again in a year,” says Anderson.

The pig farm generates about 6 litters of 8 piglets per litter each week. Raising them only requires labour and management.

FROM CITY SLICKER TO FARM LIFE

Sally got involved shortly after Hendrik started pig farming. “In the city, I thought I had everything my heart desired. My business was successful and I enjoyed city life.”

That all changed when she chanced upon a TED talk by Allan Savory while researching Dr. Tim Noakes’ high fat-low carb diet. “It changed my life. I wanted to become involved. I wanted to help prevent the desertification of our planet,” says Sally.

She visited Allan’s Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe and saw how rural communities were improving their environment with proper land management and realized that was true wealth. “They have food security, water throughout the year and strong communities. I discussed this with Allan and he referred me to Hendrik.”

‘There are lots of people who want healthy, affordable meat’

She walked away from her city life and in May 2016 joined the farm full time. She is involved with the marketing, and the niche butcher shops where she previously bought meat in Johannesburg are now her clients. “We supply 100% hormone-free meat from pigs that graze naturally. It is organic, free-range meat.”

Sally says that their biggest challenge is to meet the extremely high local demand. About 70% of their pork is sold locally in 300g packs at a cost of R10 each.

“Most of our clients live in Hammanskraal. They can only afford small packs of meat but are not fussy about the cuts. Processing and packaging is thus easy.”

Carcasses from the local abattoir are soon snapped up. “There are lots of people who want healthy, affordable meat. We don’t get a chance to build up our herd and our soil has improved to such an extent that we can’t graze it properly with 1 000 pigs.”

pig farming
The pigs get their water from a portable drinking system that Anderson built himself. The system has also been fitted with microjets which serve as a shower so that the pigs can cool off and enjoy a mud bath at the same time.
To get the water from the pipe, the pig has to open a tap with its snout.
To get the water from the pipe, the pig has to open a tap with its snout.

MORE THAN JUST PIGS

Sally and Hendrik have in the meantime rented the adjacent plot and can now graze and cultivate an extra 40 ha. The soil’s capacity improves all the time and they have realized that the pigs don’t utilize enough of the grazing in their camps. For this reason, Hendrik has now also diversified with cattle.

“The Dexters are small enough to handle easily and are also a good dual-purpose breed, with a good milk and meat yield for the amount of grass they eat.”

Like the pigs, the Dexters also graze a small camp which is moved daily. To milk them, a mobile milking stall was built and the cows are milked right there on the lands in the morning before they are moved to the next grazing camp. This rich milk is utilized by Hendrik, Sally and the team of workers.

The pigs are then moved to the camp where the cattle grazed the day before. The chickens forage with the pigs and cattle, and peck the seeds that the other animals loosen. They also eat insects and keep the pigs and cows free of parasites. The chickens also keep flies under control. Hendrik decided to bring in chickens after noticing how many crows walked around in in the veld with the pigs.

The farm now supplies 200 chickens a week which customers purchase live direct from the farm.

The cattle, pigs and chickens work and fertilize the soil so well that Hendrik and his team can plant vegetables immediately after the pigs have been moved to a new camp. They were recently able to sink a borehole which enables them to irrigate the vegetable gardens via drip irrigation.

The farm provides fresh meat, eggs, milk and vegetables for the six people and their families living and working there. Vegetables that are not consumed or sold are fed to the pigs.

Hendrik says production must be measured by yield per hectare under management each season and then reflected in the improved performance of the ecosystem and improved reliability of the land and its ability to quickly recover. It must also be seen against the background of the low risk factor of the farming enterprise and the skills learnt by the workers in the process.

By measuring the productivity of the farm in this manner, the output of his various enterprises is still on the increase. “This year, despite the worst drought in South Africa’s history, we doubled our pig numbers and added 20 Dexters. We also have more grass than last year.”

ANYONE CAN DO THIS

Their approach is a good method for someone who doesn’t have access to lots of land or money to begin farming says Anderson. “We only had to buy the electric wire.”

“Because we don’t have high production costs, the system isn’t dependant on large scale financing. Land ownership is thus not a prerequisite for success. It’s all about land management, not land ownership says Sally. The risks for small-scale farmers is minimal.

 

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Mule Creek, Grant County, New Mexico

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Yes, America, The Government Had A Hit List At Bundy Ranch!

 If you still want to side with the government on this one, then you have chosen your side.  I’ve posted all this so everyone will know whose side you are on.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers And the day will come when you realize that you chose the WRONG side. Just like Donald Trump and Nicky Hailey with reference to the UN, we are taking names.

If you think your government won’t round you (and your family, friends and random strangers) up, put you in a dozed ditch and machine gun the whole bunch…well…you’re pretty damned stupid. — jtl, 419

Written by: at The Sons of Liberty Media

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  It’s funny how when you report on things that people call you a “conspiracy theorist” and opine, “our government would never do that.”  Such was the case of plenty of commenters back in 2014 when the protests and standoff took place in Bunkerville, Nevada at Bundy Ranch.  Well, there was clearly a kill list by government agents as to who was to be targeted and at the top of the list was none other than Cliven Bundy.

On Friday, I reported on a letter from Bureau of Land Management agent Larry Wooten, and Washington State Rep. Matt Shea’s comments regarding it as part of the sealed hearings going on in the Bundy Ranch trial.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn Wooten’s letter, he wrote, “…the investigation revealed a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff at the BLM’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute “The issues I uncovered in my opinion, also likely put our agency and specific law enforcement supervisors in potential legal, civil, and administrative jeopardy,” wrote Wooten.

Among those things were clear bias towards the Bundys and their supporters.  The video below recounts many of those comments as well as a kill list, of which the producer of the video claims to have been on for over two years.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits Yep, Dan Love became a “whistleblower” to cover his own butt, and so did another federal agent, but they should not be protected because they were the ones engaging in the illegal activity.  Whistleblower protections should not be given to those who willfully and knowingly engage in misconduct and criminal activity and then seek to skirt prosecution by claiming they are now a whistleblower.  You can’t have it both ways.

Combat Shooter's HandbookAdditionally, Wooten’s letter would go on to state the behavior among the BLM leadership was more than disgusting and that former BLM Special Agent-in-Charge Dan Love had a kill list.

Wooten wrote, “Prior to taking the assignment as Bundy/Gold Butte investigation Case Agent/Lead Investigator for the FLM/DOI, I didn’t know and had never spoken to former BLM SAC Dan Love.  I was new to the agency and I was also specifically directed to lead an unbiased, professional, and independent investigation, which I tried to do, despite supervisory misconduct.”

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)“I was told by BLM law Enforcement Supervisors that he has a ‘Kill Book’ as a trophy and in essence bragged about getting three individuals in Utah to commit suicide (see Operation Cerberus Action out of Blanding, Utah and the death of Dr. Redd), the “Failure Rock,” Directing Subordinates to Erase Official Government Files in order to impede the efforts of rival civilian BLM employees in preparation for the “Burning Man” Special Event, unlawfully removing evidence, bragging about the number of OIG and internal investigations on him and indicating that he is untouchable, encouraging subordinates not to cooperate with internal and OIG investigations, his harassment of a femal Native American subordinate employee where Mr. Love allegedly had a doll that he referred to by the employee’s name and called her his drunk little Indian, etc., etc., etc.”

There were other indications of bias and possible kill list targets.

Wooten wrote, “My supervisor even took photographs in the secure command post area of the Las Vegas FBI Headquarters and even after he was told that no photographs were allowed, he recklessly emailed out photographs of the “Arrest Tracking Wall” in which Eric Parker and Cliven Bundy has “X’s” through their face and body.”

According to Wooten, that made that electronic transmission subject to Federal Records Protections, the Litigation Hold, and the FOIA.

This behavior apparently set a tone among those under Love’s authority as well.

For instance, Wooten mentions that fact that among those who were “law enforcement officers,” who were also potential witnesses and investigative team supervisors, they would refer to the Bundys and their supporters as “rednecks, retards, overweight woman with big jowls, douche bags, tractor-face, idiots, inbred, etc.”

The specifically targeted Cliven Bundy in their cold-hearted references.

“Cliven Bundy felony… just kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?” wrote Wooten.  “Dildos, western themed gay bars, odors of sweat, playing chess with menstruating women, Cliven Bundy shitting on cold stainless steel, personal lubricant and Ryan Bundy holding a giant penis.”

Clearly, these men were not engaging in enforcement of the law.  They are sadistic and wicked.  Just look.

This is exactly the kind of footage that former Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and reporter/political prisoner Pete Santilli have said was found in the defense discovery.

Dan Love was confronted over the matter and should have taken heed, but he didn’t.

Still, the disgusting acts of Dan Love and others at the BLM, according to Wooten, are reprehensible and not a one of them in the lot should be employed by the government of the people.

Mr. Wooten also pointed out that “more and more it was becoming apparent that the numerous statements made by potential trial witnesses and victims (even by good officers under duress) [one has to ask if they are really “good officers”], could potentially cast an unfavorable light on the BLM.”

I’d say, “Too late, that light was cast a long time ago.”

Wooten then referred to “The Bundy Trial 2017 Leaked Fed Body Cam Evidence,” which included the following:

  • “Jack-up Hage” (Wayne Hage Jr.)
  • “Are you fucxxxx people stupid or what”
  • “Fat dude, right behind the tree has a long gun”
  • “Mother fuxxxx, you come and find me and you’re gonna have hell to pay”
  • “Fat Asx slid down”
  • “Pretty much a shoot first, ask question later”
  • “No gun there.  He’s just holding his back standing like a sissy”
  • “She must not be married”
  • “Shoot his fucxxxx dog first”

During all of this, Wooten says that there was a serious professional problem and that a key witness deactivated his body camera.

Now, why would he do that?  Was he just short of pulling the trigger because he was angry and wanted to scratch that itch to murder?

It’s not that farfetched considering that the sniper at Ruby Ridge who murdered an unarmed mother with a baby in her arms was promoted.

There was no threat at Waco.  There was no threat at Ruby Ridge, and there was no threat at Bundy Ranch.

There were law-abiding citizens wanting to protect each other against a tyrannical government and out of control BLM agents.

To top it off, prosecutor Steven Myhre knew all this and sought as much as possible to hide evidence demonstrating the reckless and sadistic manner of Dan Love and the other agents in Bunkerville in 2014.

If you still want to side with the government on this one, then you have chosen your side.  I’ve posted all this so everyone will know whose side you are on.

 

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Rep. Matt Shea Exposes BLM Atrocities

 Wooten goes on to outline that SAC Dan Love had what was called a “Kill Book as a trophy and in essence bragged about getting three individuals in Utah to commit suicide (see Operation Cerberus Action out of Blanding, Utah and the death of Dr. Redd).”

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by Shari Dovale at Redoubt News

In an exclusive video interview with Redoubt News, Washington State Representative Matt Shea read from a letter he received concerning a BLM whistle blower named Larry Wooten.

Wooten was the lead investigator for the Bureau of Land Management’s investigation into the Bunkerville/Gold Butte operation that went bad for them in April of 2014.

The letter outlines egregious violations and abuses committed by the Bureau of Land Management employees, lead by SAC Dan Love.

These heinous acts were discovered when Wooten was assigned to investigate the Bunkerville Standoff/Gold Butte operation that took place in April 2014.

Wooten was the lead investigator for nearly 3 years, digging into a multitude of issues. He states in the letter:

…the investigation revealed a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff at the BLM’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

He outlined specifics, such as very derogatory name calling, when he described the unprofessional behavior. Additionally, Wooten states that this behavior was committed “often by law enforcement supervisors who are potential witnesses and investigative team supervisors”.

Agent Wooten outlines in detail how Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Dan Love was known for his bad behavior and allowed to get away with it, as he was “the BLM OLES “Directors boy” and they indicated they were going to hide and protect him.”

But, the information that this courageous whistle blower reveals only gets worse from here.

Wooten goes on to outline that SAC Dan Love had what was called a “Kill Book as a trophy and in essence bragged about getting three individuals in Utah to commit suicide (see Operation Cerberus Action out of Blanding, Utah and the death of Dr. Redd).”

The report also describes what appears to be additional people on the BLM hit list, this time, however, Wooten’s own supervisor was an accessory.

My supervisor even took photographs in the secure command post area of the Las Vegas FBI Headquarters and even after he was told that no photographs were allowed, he recklessly emailed out photographs of the “Arrest Tracking Wall” in which Eric Parker and Cliven Bundy had “X’s” through their face and body (indicating prejudice and bias).

The report that Representative Shea shared has multiple pages and is presented here for you to read for yourself.

Wooten Report

Some people might claim this is a disgruntled employee, and I would say they are probably not wrong. However, there are too many specifics included, and too many verifiable facts, to disregard the report. Any person that uncovered these abuses, and was fired for trying to report them, has every right to be disgruntled.

Wooten explains that in “February of 2017, it became clear to me that keeping quite became an unofficial condition of my future employment with the BLM, future awards, promotions, and a good future job reference.”

This report names several BLM agents and employees, but then it goes even further. The US Attorney’s office is also implicated in the cover-up:

When I asked [AUSA (First Assistant and Lead Prosecutor) Steven] Myhre if the former BLM SAC’s statements like “Go out there and kick Cliven Bundy in the mouth (or teeth) and take his cattle” and “I need you to get the troops fired up to go get those cows and not take any crap from anyone” would be exculpatory or if we would have to inform the defense counsel, he said something like “we do now,” or “it is now.”

Wooten took great risk upon himself to report the flagrant and vicious acts committed by these government representatives and the Acting US Attorney, Steven Myhre, had him fired from the investigation.

On February 18, 2017, I was removed from my position as the Case Agent Lead Investigator for the Cliven Bundy/Gold Butte Nevada Case

My supervisor told me that AUSA Steven Myhre “furiously demanded” that I be removed from the case and mentioned something about us (the BLM, specifically my supervisor) not turning over (or disclosing) discovery related material

We have previously reported on the blatant Brady violations the prosecution continues to commit. They have withheld evidence that would have easily exonerated these 19 men. The prosecution knew the Bundy family was not threat, as they have already referred to the “Threat Assessment Report” previously completed. These men should never have been incarcerated at all, let alone kept for nearly 2 years.

The list of exculpatory evidence that has been kept from the defense continues to grow. 2 men, Todd Engel and Greg Burleson, were convicted based on this false information. Will truth win out and their convictions get overturned? If the people are to have any chance of regaining trust in our judicial system, this is what should happen.

What about the men that were pressured to accept plea agreements? If those agreements were based on false evidence the prosecution claimed to have had, or if they did not disclose the true facts of the case, will these men have any recourse to have their pleas overturned?

It is now in the hands of Judge Gloria Navarro. She has spent months catering to the prosecution. She has proven to be no friend of the defense.

However, was she misled in this case, as well? Have her eyes been opened to the truth of the scandalous behavior of the prosecution and their witnesses?

If she wants to make this right, and see justice is served, she needs to resolve these issues immediately. She needs to dismiss this case, unseal the entire case and evidence, and hold Steven Myhre and company accountable for their actions

We thank Rep. Matt Shea for his courage in reporting this corruption. We need more elected officials to speak up on behalf of their constituents.

And we thank Larry Wooten for his bravery in shedding light on this outrage. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke needs to step up and address his situation, as well.

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Climate change removed from Trump national threat list

“An America that is safe, prosperous, and free at home is an America with the strength, confidence, and will to lead abroad,” the draft of the new strategy states. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests.”

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The Washington Times

President Trump will announce Monday his new National Security Strategy, putting his own stamp on a defense plan that reverses an Obama administration policy by eliminating climate change from a list of threats to national security.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualSenior administration officials said Sunday that Mr. Trump will release the plan Monday afternoon in a speech that outlines his emphasis on protecting American economic power as well as securing the homeland.

Officials briefing reporters Sunday confirmed that Mr. Trump’s national security playbook eliminates climate change as a priority in defense planning.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View“Climate change is not identified as a national security threat,” an official said, adding that the position is consistent with Mr. Trump’s decision earlier this year to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord that was signed by President Obama. The official said the importance of “climate and environmental stewardship are discussed” in the plan.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe president’s plan lays out four “vital” national security interests: protecting the homeland and “America’s way of life,” promoting U.S. prosperity, promoting “peace through strength,” and advancing American influence.

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)“America’s economic security is national security,” the official said. “We will demand fair and reciprocal economic relationships around the world. The economic piece gets much more attention.”

The strategy also affirms the importance to Mr. Trump of alliances such as NATO and the United Nations General Assembly, organizations that have clashed with Mr. Trump’s worldview in the past.

Mr. Obama continually referred to climate change and global warming as one of the biggest threats to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Mr. Obama made climate change a key part of his National Security Strategy released in 2015, including onerous regulations for addressing global warming.

In September 2016, Mr. Obama issued orders requiring federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change in the development of national security policies.

Mr. Trump’s new plan rejects that outlook, and calls for a balancing of economic and environmental considerations in forging a long-range national security plan.

“An America that is safe, prosperous, and free at home is an America with the strength, confidence, and will to lead abroad,” the draft of the new strategy states. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests.”

The draft also states, “Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.

Officials said the move will put into policy Mr. Trump’s view that the U.S. must prioritize national security and economic growth over climate change.

The Trump NSS identifies Russia and China as “revisionist powers,” a group of three major challengers to the U.S., along with “rogue regimes” such as North Korea and “transnational threat organizations” such as the Islamic State terrorist group.

The official said “most people would argue that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Georgia” sought to change the status quo, and that China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea falls into the same category.

Mr. Trump has been seeking more help from China and Russia in pressuring North Korea to scale back its missile and nuclear weapons programs. The official said the administration still will pursue diplomatic cooperation with China and Russia on a variety of fronts.

“We do not rule out cooperation in any way … we know that we need China and continue to work with them on the [North Korea] problem,” the official said.

 

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