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Bureau of Land Management
Hiding Behind Toothless Tortoise

Canadian Free Press, by Judi McLeod

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Posted By:tisHimself, 4/12/2014 7:20:56 AM

A June 1990 study, called The Desert Tortoise in Relation to Cattle Grazing by Vernon Bostick formerly posted to the University of Arizona website (and still found through Google) should prove once and for all the incredible stupidity of the bumbling bureaucrats with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). he BLM’s self-proclaimed ‘Save the Tortoise’ balderdash is killing off both the tortoise and cows: “While livestock, jack rabbits, and grasshoppers were busy grubbing the range to stave off starvation, the tranquil tortoise whiled away the time snoozing in its burrow. Then how did they survive? Easy enough—they used a different food source.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jinx, 4/12/2014 7:28:04 AM     (No. 9807830)

I just read on Drudge that Harry Reid and his son Rory Reid are backing this take-over so the Chinese can build a solar plant in the desert. The tortoise story is just a cover.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/12/2014 7:32:48 AM     (No. 9807836)

Harry Reid and his son are dirty, yes. They should be ridden out on a rail. Yes, the BLM´s tortoise protection might not be necessary or fiscally prudent. But, neither of those probabilities change the fact that Mr. Bundy is a scofflaw and has been so for more than 20 years.

There are many and better cases to use in fighting an overbearing federal government and a corrupt Senate leader.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mws50, 4/12/2014 7:50:56 AM     (No. 9807857)

#2, having a scofflaw fight an overbearing government and a corrupt US Senator is interesting. Which crook will win in the publicity war? And if the scofflaw is successful, what does that say about the corrupt US Senator.

I´m interested in how this will end and what will be done about it after January 2, 2017.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 4/12/2014 8:01:35 AM     (No. 9807865)

#2, I predict in the coming days, we are all going to be scofflaws in one way or another.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/12/2014 8:04:07 AM     (No. 9807867)

#3, the feds own too much land. That is a given. In addition, all that land isn´t always properly shepherded and maintained. BLM grazing allotments are a valuable asset and ranchers compete for them. But a grazing lease, no matter how long it has been held, means there is a lessee and a lessor. The lessor has a mighty hammer. He can change the rules and there is little a lessee can do about it. Mr. Bundy´s lease, I understand, was $1.78 per month per head. That is a sweet deal and the Bundy family benefitted for a very long time. But, he should have kept up his payments and abided by the landlord´s rules, even when they were changed. I certainly hope this isn´t going to lead to a bloody tragedy.

PS - no one despises the BLM more than I, but in this case, Mr. Bundy has no argument. He has lost every time in court and when there is an outstanding court order to remove the cattle, he has to remove the cattle.

I´m not quite sure what you hope can be changed after the 2016 election. The best option is for the feds to begin disposing of excess land and or/turning over title and control to the states in which it exists.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: uno, 4/12/2014 8:04:17 AM     (No. 9807868)

#2 - That "scofflaw" has stated that he is willing to pay grazing fees but only to Clark County, not BLM.

“Years ago, I used to have 52 neighboring ranchers,” he said. “I’m the last man standing. How come? Because BLM regulated these people off the land and out of business.”

That "scofflaw" also seems to have a lot of local support from people a lot closer to the situation who can see what is going on.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mikkins2, 4/12/2014 8:24:44 AM     (No. 9807888)

The issue began in 1993 when the federal government decided it wanted the land and did so by dubious claims of the protection of a desert tortoise. The state of Nevada and its people are the true owner of the land. Bundy had an agreement with the state for the grazing rights. Of course he is going to fight, his lively hood depends on it.

One can post all sorts of articles to besmirch Mr. Bundy. He is taking a stand against government over-reach trespassing in the lives of Americans for dubious reasons and that is exactly why people support him and his cause.

But, as I said on a previous post note well who stands with Bundy and who is standing with the federal government. Its very telling.

Got Tea?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 4/12/2014 8:31:43 AM     (No. 9807898)

Most of the government land should be sold to private owners and whole lot of Federal workers fired.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rakasha, 4/12/2014 8:42:24 AM     (No. 9807913)

I would like to know when and how public land became Government land. I suspect it is similar to how the public´s money became the Government´s money.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mws50, 4/12/2014 8:45:56 AM     (No. 9807920)

#5, yes. Plus: Kill most of the solar and wind subsidies and see if they can compete on their own. Reid wants that land for a solar array.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: franq, 4/12/2014 8:46:27 AM     (No. 9807922)

Where´s "Shake-n-Bake" Reno? She´ll resolve this.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 4/12/2014 10:03:05 AM     (No. 9808026)

To amplify on #9´s point, when public land becomes Government land, government officials will then make tons of money off of it, namely Harry Reid and his son! They are more interested in raking in lot´s of Chicom gold instead of being responsible public custodians.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: comstock, 4/12/2014 12:24:56 PM     (No. 9808201)

In Nevada, where I live, it all boils down to water. Reid gets the EPA to declare some critter "endangered." Where I live it´s the Sage Grouse, down in Clark County it´s the Desert Tortoise. The BLM moves in and drives the ranchers (some of whom have been on the land for 100 years or more) out of business, then buys up the water rights so they can ship the water to Reid´s Kasino Kronies in Las Vegas.

Why do you think a former Reid aide, Neil Kornze was confirmed as the head of the BLM a couple of weeks ago. Connect the dots.

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