The real reason 4 cops got shot in Houston

There are lots of “good ol boys” who are cops. But, there is no such thing as a “good” cop for a multitude of reasons. — jtl, 419

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how those “brave” officers got themselves shot. Serving a bullshit warrant for a victimless crime in the most aggressive possible way. Gee, I wonder why so many people are critical of the police.

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The real reason 4 cops got shot in Houston last week

By Joe Jarvis via The Daily Bell

We are sick and tired of having dirtbags try to take our lives when all we are trying to do is protect this community and protect our families…

Well just know, we all got your number now.

We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers…

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35 Mind Blowing Facts About America That Previous Generations Of Americans Never Would Have Believed

America desperately needs change, but unfortunately we have very few change agents.  So we continue to steamroll toward our date with destiny, and time is not on our side.

And the fall of Rome was graceful by comparison. — jtl, 419

by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThe only thing that seems to be constant in our society is change, and today America is changing at a pace that is more rapid than we have ever seen before.  But is that a good thing or a bad thing?  For a moment, I would like for you to imagine what it would be like for a group of average Americans from 1919 to suddenly be transported to our time.  How do you think that they would feel about what we have become?  Certainly they would be absolutely amazed by our advanced technology, but beyond that they would almost certainly have very strong opinions about the current state of our society.  Similarly, if any of us were suddenly transported 100 years into the future, I am sure that we would be completely and utterly shocked by how things had changed.  The decisions that we make today are going to echo long into the future, and if we make very bad decisions there might not be a future for our country at all.

Combat Shooter's Handbook  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute  The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits The following are 35 mind blowing facts about America that previous generations of Americans never would have believed…

#1 Approximately one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States.

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)    #2 By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.

#3 The average U.S. adult “logs 6 hours, 43 minutes of total screen time daily”.

#4 Approximately 96 percent of all Americans use the Internet.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View#5 According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are currently “structurally deficient”.  What makes that number even more chilling is the fact that vehicles cross those bridges a total of 185 million times a day.

#6 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.

#7 The Pentagon has more square footage of office space than any other office building in the entire world.

#8 The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island.  But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#9 Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#10 The city of Juneau, Alaska is about 3,000 square miles in size. It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware.

#11 The average age of America’s dams is now 52 years.

#12 The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 pounds of food each year.

#13 There are more than 75 million dogs in the United States, and that number is constantly growing.

#14 Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

#15 The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California. But no grizzly bears have been seen in the state since 1922.

#16 The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

#17 More than 2 million Americans work for Wal-Mart.

#18 Half of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year.

#19 According to one recent survey, 37 percent of all Americans eat fast food every 24 hours.

#20 One study found that one-third of all American teenagers haven’t read a single book in the past year.

#21 Almost one-third of all Millennials are still living with their parents.

#22 The suicide rate in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 1999.

#23 Women have earned at least 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the United States for 18 years in a row.

#24 If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would have the fifth largest GDP on the entire planet.

#25 America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world.

#26 Today, a million Americans are living in their RVS, and that number is rising with each passing year.

#27 More than 100 churches in the United States are dying every single week.

#28 The original name of the city of Atlanta was “Terminus“.

#29 There are three towns in the United States that have the name “Santa Claus“.

#30 There is actually a town in Michigan called “Hell“, and during the recent polar vortex it actually froze over.

#31 Almost one-third of all land in the United States is owned by the federal government.

#32 More than 27 million acres of U.S. farmland is owned by foreigners.

#33 Congestion on our highways costs Americans approximately 101 billion dollars a year in wasted fuel and time.

#34 According to Bloomberg, it is being projected “that by 2025, shortfalls in infrastructure investment will subtract as much as $3.9 trillion from U.S. gross domestic product.”

#35 In 1980, the U.S. national debt had just surpassed the one trillion dollar mark.  In 2019, we are about to surpass the 22 trillion dollar mark with no end in sight.

These days, just about everyone that tries to step forward and shake up the system is slapped with heavy criticism.

But at least they are trying to do something.

Holding an important position does not make you a leader.  Rather, being a leader is about having a positive vision for the future and doing whatever you can to achieve that vision.

We have way too many “leaders” out there that are simply filling seats.  Our country is literally falling apart at the seams, and all they can think about is protecting their careers.

America desperately needs change, but unfortunately we have very few change agents.  So we continue to steamroll toward our date with destiny, and time is not on our side.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the nation.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

 

 

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Song for Today: Vern Gosdin – Favoite Fool Of All

The philosophy of the author (as well as the publisher) is that ranch management should be approached from the view that the land, the livestock, the people and the money are one—a single integrated whole. But once that is understood and constantly kept in mind, a close examination of each of these elements is permissible.  Furthermore, due to the linear limitations of the written word, each of these management areas has to be treated separately. In keeping with that, Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. The book is a comprehensive source of information on all aspects of managing the working ranch. Not only would it make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it because it is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices alone is worth the price of the book. Read More.  

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualFrom the Editor: I first attended Alan Savory and Stan Parson’s “Rancher School” in Albuquerque, NM in the early 1980s. Since that time, and throughout my academic career, I have advocated, taught and practiced the principles of the “Savory Grazing Method (or SGM)” as it was called in those days. Only a short time after I completed the school, Alan and Stan decided to dissolve their partnership and go their separate ways. Alan founded Holistic Management International and Stan the Ranching for Profit School. SGM (now Holistic Management) is a “method” and “methods” cannot be patented. As a result, the names the principles are presented under have proliferated. Although the fundamental ecological principles have not changed since those early days, we now have managed grazing, planned grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, and perhaps a half-dozen others. (In fact, for some small degree of distinction, we choose to call what we do “Managing the Ranch…Read More 

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewMurray 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…Read More 

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsSometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. The author admits that to be the “story of his life” and openly shares much of it in this book. Although the book is largely an historically based auto-biography, it is part fact and part fiction. In cases where identities needed to be prBlog Postsotected, the “facts” necessary to that end are changed but without altering the accuracy of the description of the event or its historical significance. It is a personal story. It is a cowboy-warrior’s story told in a cowboy-warrior’s language. It is the story of one man’s journey from bondage to freedom and from slavery to liberty. It is the gritty story of this man’s life-long education in the school of hard knocks as his journey took him from a sharecropper’s shack, through the rodeo arena and the boxing ring, across the football field and the drilling rig floor, into the Marines and two wars and ultimately culminating in the university… Read More\ 

Combat Shooter's Handbook“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” – Jeff Cooper. Call for a pizza, a cop, and an ambulance and see which one arrives first. In Warren v. District of Columbia the court ruled, and the Supreme Court upheld, that “(T)he desire for condemnation cannot satisfy the need for a special relationship out of which a duty to specify persons arises.” Because the complaint did not allege a relationship “beyond that found in general police responses to crimes,” the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim. The bottom line is that your local police are not legally obligated to protect you, the average citizen. In addition to the Warren case, there are hundreds of court rulings which state that cops are not legally responsible for protecting individual citizens. For example, see Zelig v. County of Los Angeles, The government can’t protect you as you saw on September 11, 2001 as well as during the Washington, DC… Read More

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteAll unclassified Army and Marine Cops manuals and  correspondence courses are products of the US Federal Government. They are NOT subject to copyright and can be freely copied and redistributed. The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) develops correspondence courses for Marines with all kinds of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) on all manner of subjects. This is one of those courses. The print is relatively small because that is the way it was in the original and this is an exact reproduction. Also, as a tribute to the individual (and a touch of reality), you will notice that the editorial pencil marks and underlined passages that were put there by the Marine that took this course. They were intentionally left in the reproduction. This version of the course was authorized in September of 1984. With the exception the development of Infrared technology, it contains information and techniques that have changed very little since the Vietnam war. These battle proven tactics are as valid today as they were… Read More

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Most of us Attended John Dewey’s Socialist Public Schools

LISTEN UP ALL YOU YOUNG PARENTS WITH SCHOOL AGE KIDS! Unless you follow Al’s advise and get our next generation out of that child prison camp, you will end up with a president by the name of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. — jtl, 419

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Now you can begin to see what public schools have really been all about since the beginning–teaching your kids how to become good little socialists without either you or them being aware of it. I guess you could say that public schools are “stealth socialism.” As such, they are no place for Christians to educate their kids. Their kids, if they can find any other possible way to teach them, do not belong in public schools and if, for some reason, they are forced to attend, their parents need to get them out asap. And don’t think for a New York minute that an hour of Sunday School on the Lord’s Day is going to be enough to combat what goes on in public schools for 30 hours of prime time every week. To do such is to be prone to delusion.

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5 Ways to Teach Liberty to Young Children

Explaining that government generally uses violence to pursue its goals would be unsuitable for young children. It would encourage fear and mistrust. However, children can learn to distinguish between cooperation and coercion. Both involve people interacting. Cooperation is voluntary. Coercion involves threats or actual harm.
 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)   
Kids should always be taught the truth. And personally, I think the sooner the better they be taught the truth about government. Government IS force. Government IS violence. Government could not possibly exist without violence or force (which is the threat of violence). — jtl, 419

 

  The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits If you believe that liberty is important for the future, you probably wonder how today’s kids are learning about it. You might quiz young children in your life to determine what they know. You could scan their social studies texts to see how liberty is described. Ultimately, you will probably decide you should instruct them about liberty yourself. But how?

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewElementary and middle school-aged children are not developmentally ready to debate the border wall, the minimum wage, or the war on drugs. Much of the discussion about liberty that engages adults would confuse or even distress young children. When it concerns liberty, what is appropriate to teach young children? How can it be explained? Can learning about liberty be engaging for five- to twelve-year-olds? As a parent and teacher, these are the questions I pondered. I created the website Kids Learn Liberty to answer them.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  If you have ever tried to teach a young child, you know that you must build on the child’s current knowledge one small step at a time. Care must be taken to avoid using words the learner does not comprehend. Since liberty is an abstract concept, children’s grasp of it is strengthened with narratives and hands-on projects. Keeping all that in mind, here is a sample of topics from Kids Learn Liberty.

Combat Shooter's Handbook  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteExplaining that government generally uses violence to pursue its goals would be unsuitable for young children. It would encourage fear and mistrust. However, children can learn to distinguish between cooperation and coercion. Both involve people interacting. Cooperation is voluntary. Coercion involves threats or actual harm.

After learning about, and hearing examples of, cooperation and coercion, children can listen to the story The Queen of the Frogs by Davide Cali, which explores the issue of rulers vs. ruled, and The Arabolies of Liberty Street, by Sam Swope, which pits the forces of sameness against the joys of individuality. Both will set the stage for thought and discussion about cooperation and coercion.

To make cooperation and coercion more personal, children can write examples of human interactions on index cards and sort them into their proper categories. As world events and family and personal experiences present more examples, these can be added to the deck. When they are ready, children can learn—or better still, figure out for themselves—that most government activities are coercive.

The dangers and difficulties of their journeys show the importance of freedom to them.

Immigration is an appropriate and interesting topic for five- to twelve-year-olds. Most immigrants move from less free to more free locations, which demonstrates liberty’s widespread appeal. Kids first need to know what immigration means and that troubles like war, oppression, and poverty are the reasons people relocate. The dangers and difficulties of their journeys show the importance of freedom to them.

Many outstanding children’s books describe immigrant experiences. Some are factual, such as L is for Liberty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. A chapter book suitable for middle schoolers, Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse, weaves a compelling narrative about a Russian immigrant girl.

The immigrant experience can be made personal for young children by sharing with them the stories, photos, and heirlooms of their own immigrant ancestors. Children can also visit Meet Young Immigrants on the Scholastic website to hear the words of present-day immigrant children.

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Kids love heroes. Introduce young children to real people who championed liberty. Founders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson come to mind. Others can be even more powerful.

The beautifully illustrated book Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome will astonish kids as they follow the twisting path Douglass trod to learn how to read. The Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler conveys the horrors of slavery and the risks people took to escape it. Tubman’s words describing how she felt to be free are breathtaking. Consider also Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, a living young person who stood up for her freedom to learn.

Something as commonplace as a grocery store produce department abounds with interesting examples of exchange.

Though the mathematics of economic freedom would lull young children to sleep (not a bad thing if you are an exhausted parent), adults can help generate kids’ interest in the economic activity happening around them. Farmers are plowing in their fields. Construction workers are putting up new buildings. Consider taking the children in your life on a tour of a local factory. The tag inside a new pair of sneakers will tell where they were produced. Why not help their new owner find that place on a world map? Trains and delivery vehicles are loaded with products heading to customers. What are they carrying? Where might they be going? Something as commonplace as a grocery store produce department abounds with interesting examples of exchange. Tomatoes from local farms, apples from Washington state, and grapes from Chile are all products of trade.

A surprising number of children’s books have economic freedom as a theme. Some are explicit, such as the classic story “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read. It cleverly describes how, without central direction, many specialists from all over the world work together to produce an everyday object. One Hen by Kate Smith Milway explains how entrepreneurship helped an African community become more prosperous.

A powerful way to demonstrate the importance of liberty is to contrast free and unfree countries. Unfortunately, most nonfiction books for young children about nations such as North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela fail to explain the oppression and privation suffered by their citizens. Stories about developing nations focus on the ways that children all over the world are alike. Though this is good for nurturing understanding, getting children from wealthy countries to make the connection between liberty and lifestyle will probably require explanation.

The story The Water Princess by Susan Verde describes a young African girl’s daily walks to obtain water for drinking and washing. Children with indoor plumbing will benefit from hearing that dependable tap water is a benefit of living in a free and prosperous community. Narratives are what make the realities of lack of freedom come to life. For example, truthful stories about life in North Korea (N is for North Korea by Trevor Eissler) and Afghanistan (Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter) describe the lives of oppressed children.

Hearing explanations, reading powerful narratives, and making personal connections will help young children comprehend and appreciate liberty. Then they will be better prepared for the onslaught of historic and political perspectives they will encounter in high school and beyond. The best way to preserve liberty for posterity is to make sure that those going into the future understand its importance.

For more concepts, dozens of literature suggestions, plus links and family activities for teaching liberty to children, go to the website kidslearnliberty.com.


Nancy Littlefield is a retired elementary school teacher.

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Government Spending Doesn’t Create Economic Growth

And government can NOT “create jobs.” Here is why. At any given moment, there are only a certain (fixed) amount of resources–steel, lumber, machine time, man hours, etc. So, when government decides to do one of its “make work” projects, all it does is draw those resources out of private sector projects. Consequently, no jobs have been created but large amounts of wealth redistribution have taken place.

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DuBois column – More Senate skullduggery, Trump’s role in this, straight lines, and the Bundy case again

The Solicitor General who approved the appeal is Noel Francisco, who was placed in that position by Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter who the President is, this demonstrates once again that government attorneys will protect government attorneys, and the Constitution and the public be damned.

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Senate chicanery

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsLast month I wrote of the skullduggery applied by   both political parties in trying to pass a 680-page federal lands package in the waning moments of the last Congress. Up stepped our hero, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) who just wanted to add two words to the legislation. Alaska and Wyoming are by statute exempt from the Antiquities Act that has been so abused by recent Presidents. Senator Lee wanted to add “and Utah” to that statute. The leadership said no to his amendment, and Senator Lee said no when they tried to pass the bill by unanimous consent. There was talk they would include the federal lands package in the budget resolution, but as we all know, the last Congress adjourned without passing a budget.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThat meant the bill would have to be reintroduced in the new Congress, and I began thinking of ways to delay or amend the bill in Committee. The bill was reintroduced as S. 47. I then went to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s website to see what the schedule for hearings or markup might be for the bill. In the introductory statement by Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) was this jewel, “The lands package was placed directly on the Senate calendar yesterday through the Rule 14 process for expedited consideration. Murkowski and Cantwell, along with committee members Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., reached agreement with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., late last year to consider the package early in the new Congress.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteThat’s right sports fans. The bill will completely bypass the Committee (where Senator Lee is a subcommittee chairman) and is directly placed on the Senate Calendar for the leadership to call it up for a vote at any time. I can only surmise the fight over the budget is the only reasons it hasn’t been called up already.

Remember S. 47 would create 12 new Wilderness areas in New Mexico, 10 of which are in Dona Ana County and one of the largest designations comes within 5 miles of our border with Mexico. Keeping that in mind, look what happened a week or so ago: Four humanitarian volunteers were convicted by Judge Bernardo Velasco of placing food and water in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness area in Arizona.  Now with all the Arizona lands bordering Mexico, why would these humanitarians pick this particular place to provide food and water? Because that’s the corridor the illegal immigrants are using to enter the United States. Why? Because 803,418 acres of this 860,000 acre wildlife refuge have been designated as Wilderness. No motorized vehicles or mechanical equipment is allowed in Wilderness Areas. Which means? The Border Patrol cannot by law patrol these areas except on foot or horseback. Naturally, that is where the human and drug traffickers have the best chance at a successful entry. The Cartels in Mexico understand this. The humanitarians in the U.S understand this. However, NM’s two US Senators apparently don’t.

S. 47 is on the fast track, so the key question now is what is President Trump’s position on legislating these virtual sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, where federal, state and local law enforcement are prevented from fulfilling their duties?  If the President is willing to shut down the entire government over the crisis we face on the border and his strong belief in national security, would he then turn around and sign legislation that hamstrings the Border Patrol and other law enforcement entities from protecting the health and safety of our citizens?

I understand there is bipartisan support for this 680-page bill. However, President Trump should advise Congress that 9 of those Wilderness areas in Dona Ana County should be stricken from the legislation or he will veto. Let the proposed Wilderness Area in the Organ Mountains stand. There is a lot of local support for that part of the legislation and those areas pose little if any impact on border security issues. Nevertheless, he should insist the other nine areas be removed  or he will not sign the legislation. Signing the legislation as is would be totally inconsistent with his current efforts to shore up border security and protect our sovereignty and safety.

Brian Steed, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the BLM, had previously testified on the southern NM portions of this bill that “we believe it is not the appropriate time to permanently encumber Federal borderlands with restrictive designations.”

We agree and genuinely hope that President Trump does also.

Straight Lines 

Dr. Jerry Schickedanz with the Linebery Policy Center at NMSU has written an interesting paper titled A Common-sense Criterion in the Evaluation Of Wilderness. Here are some quotes from that paper:

“Straight lines are contrary to nature—they are the product of humans. There are few examples of straight lines occurring in nature. Nature has a pattern, but it generally does not revolve around straight lines. Straight lines are generally from the handiwork of humans. Examples of human-made straight lines occurring in the landscape include fences, towers, corrals, pipelines, dams, dirt tanks, transmission lines, vegetation changes due to ripping the ground for pipelines, and roads.”

 

“Humans like straight lines; however, in the natural setting that is the basis for wilderness, they should not be allowed. The straight line should become a primary reason for disallowing wilderness recommendations or including these areas to be classified as lands with wilderness characteristics.”

 

“The straight line detracts from the area’s naturalness and demonstrates that the presence of humans is not substantially unnoticeable.”

Now mull that over. It makes ultimate sense and should be adopted by all federal land management agencies.

The Bundy case

Thought it was over? The Nevada judge threw the case out because of “flagrant misconduct” by the prosecutor. However, the assistant U.S. attorney for Nevada has just announced their effort to appeal the decision has been approved by the Solicitor General and would be filed by February 6th.  The Bundy’s attorney has accused the feds of “circling the wagons” and says, “It’s all about protecting their own”

The Solicitor General who approved the appeal is Noel Francisco, who was placed in that position by Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter who the President is, this demonstrates once again that government attorneys will protect government attorneys, and the Constitution and the public be damned.

Until next time, be a nuisance to the devil and don’t forget to check that cinch.

Frank DuBois was the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003, is the author of a blog: The Westerner (www.thewesterner.blogspot.com) and is the founder of The DuBois Rodeo Scholarship and The DuBois Western Heritage Foundation

This column first appeared in the February editions of the NM Stockman and the Livestock Market Digest 

 

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