Feds retreat from Nevada ranch… makes one wonder (UPDATED)

I’ve never been a conspiritard. Y’all know this.  Most of the time I ridicule them mercilessly. But even a broken clock is right twice a day, so there may be something to the theory that the Feds nearly instantaneous retreat from the Bundy Ranch, where they have been congregating in what appeared to be an attempt to start a bit of a range war over grazing rights.

For those of you who don’t know…

[Cliven] Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

See, if you refuse the government’s “services,” because they… you know… suck, they are apparently entitled to steal your property. Or so they thought.

Bundy thought differently and was ready to defend his property, if the need arose. For a while there, things got tense, and those of us watching really thought the need would arise.

And then, all of a sudden, the feds decided to pull out.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

I’d say that’s a pretty smart move. I doubt anyone wanted a land war in Nevada. But some believe there might be more to the pullout than what meets the eye.

Now, there’s no way I’m linking to the Infowars psychos or driving any kind of traffic their way… ever. But that said, their claim is that the Bureau of Land Management’s Director, who was conveniently Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-ickhead.) former senior adviser, purged documents from the BLM’s site indicating that the reason BLM wants Bundy’s cattle off the land is to make room for solar panel power stations. The documents that were deleted by the Director, apparently entitled, “Cattle Trespass Impacts” claim that the presence of Bundy’s cattle impacts the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

Now, I have no way of knowing if any of this is truly real. I do know this, however, that almost immediately after the alleged “news” broke, BLM announced its retreat from the area.

Fortuitous timing, no?

I’ll leave it at that.

UPDATE: I knew there was a reason why I refuse to link to Infotards. Breitbart has some interesting information that actually refutes the conspiritard theory du jour, but admits there are definitely questions.

Despite the obvious partisan gain to be had if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory (a failed 2010 Nevada gubernatorial candidate) had somehow been involved in a “land grab” affecting the Bundy family ranch operation—the facts just do not pan out as such. Indeed, Rory Reid did in fact have a hand in plans to reclassify federal lands for renewable energy developments. Just northeast of Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, plans were drawn by Reid allies to potentially develop 5,717 acres of land for such use. While it would be fair to claim that such activity was in Bundy’s relative neighborhood, the federal lands once leased by the family were more than 20 miles away, east of Overton, Nevada. Contrasting maps offered by InfoWars and those entered into federal court record prove such a theory to be a stretch.

Additionally, this feud began more than 20 years ago, and only RECENTLY did Harry Reid’s senior advisor purged the documents from BLM’s records? Not sure I believe that either. But again… why the purge? Why was it needed in the first place?

As I said earlier, I take everything with a grain of salt, because Alex Jones and the drooling fuckwads at Infotards do nothing but screech “CONSPIRACY!” at every turn. But there are definitely questions to be answered here – especially those about the federal government’s authority to simply push out families from the ranching business by restricting more and more land because of some random squirrel or reptile it claims to want to protect. Do the rat’s rights trump the humans’? I don’t think so.

On the other hand, “I believe this is a sovereign state of Nevada,” Bundy recently told a radio reporter. “…I abide by all of Nevada state laws. But, I don’t recognize the United States Government as even existing.”

Really, dude? You might want to read this nation’s founding documents. That little document called the Constitution, even. I somehow get the feeling this guy quickly admits that the US government exists when it suits his purposes.

In other words, he strikes me as a douchebag, so…

Lots of interesting things going on here. Wonder what will happen.

17 responses

    1. Interesting read, Frank. Thanks for the linky. We’ve always known Reid is a questionable, unethical, corrupt baboon. I just wonder if this had anything to do with the latest news. It’s certainly… convenient. LOL Like I said, I refuse to link to Infotards, but even crazy shitbags can be right every once in a while.

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    2. What got my attention was the age of the story and it being from Reuters – makes one wonder.

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  1. I think they also underestimated the grassroots support from fed-up (pun intended) freedom-loving armed Americans for the Bundy family’s cause. I don’t think they thought there would be this level of push-back and this is way bigger than grazing rights. Discretion being the better part of valor, they opted not to go there… yet. They were not prepared for the scope of this incident, not with people using words like “Ruby Ridge, Branch Davidian” and “Tiananmen Square” in the same breath to describe this standoff.

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    1. It’s an unfortunate fact re: the demoncrats but when firearms are put to good use, a school shooting (or some other thing designed to get do-gooders demanding more gun laws) almost inevitably follows in short order.

      The elected whores of DC are reminded again by incidents such as this they aren’t nearly far enough along in their gun-control efforts to take control as they’d like to.

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  2. In spite of polls, the majority of the people in the U.S. – descendants of the founders, or who sought the liberty offered – don’t like what’s happening. They’re mad, determined and demanding a change.

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  3. Nicki, here’s another story about the BLM, which could be considered overreach.

    http://misguidedchildren.com/domestic-affairs/2014/04/red-river-rumble-blm-wants-to-seize-90000-acres-of-texas-ranchers-land/18596

    Ignoring the comments for the moment, you know as well as I do that the Fed.Gov never gets smaller, only larger. What legitimate purpose would the BLM have in applying the river border change that would accomplish nothing except to inconvienence the people living there?

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  4. Still, I’m wondering how not paying BLM land-use fees for nearly 20 years constitutes admirable behavior.

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    1. I guess it all depends on the way you look at it. I’m not in this guy’s head, but if your “land manager” is not doing his job, why can’t you fire him? I’m guessing this is his rationale.

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  5. Nikki – Breitbart has a good and comprehensive article about this situation. There is way more to it that is being reported and than what we see on the surface of the story. Having read it, I think both parties are wrong. The government is overreaching and Mr. Bundy is a scofflaw and I’m not sure I’d want him for a neighbor.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/12/The-Saga-of-Bundy-Ranch

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    1. Karen, thanks for this. Interesting stuff. I’m going to add a blurb about it.

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  6. Just my two cents on it:

    After reading about his for 3 plus days I am of the opinion that Mr Bundy and his family are wrong and have placed others lives in danger. He could have avoided much of this IF he had rounded up his cows and moved them either back to his property or previous grazing grounds. Nicki’s link spells it out pretty clearly.

    As far as I can tell the land does belong to the Federal Government. We may not like it but that appears to be the case. The land was ceded to the Federal Government in 1848 when the Mexicans and the USA signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. If you are a Texan or live in Arizona and don’t know what that is you might want to look into it.

    As far as the alleged pederast being involved with his son and the Chinese in a deal for part of the Bundy ranch, that is pretty much total bunk. The land in question the alleged Pederast Harry Reid is involved with is nigh 20 miles away. Once again Infowars and Alex Jones are almost 100% wrong.

    This is not a hill worth dying on, literally or figuratively. Tell Bundy to round up his wayward cattle and move them back to traditional grazing areas. I believe the government would then be willing to discuss arrangements for continued access to public lands.

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  7. Item one: Still waiting for Reid to make an explanation re: his boy’s dealings with the ChiComs – damn, those crickets are loud!

    Item two: A white supremist shoots up a Jewish Center, almost on cue, after the feds realize their BLM bastards may have gotten their heads handed to them in Nevada. More calls for gun control on the way.

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  8. Sounds like both sides share blame. If your cattle are eating someone else’s grass then you pay a grazing fee, whether it’s your neighbor or BLM; you can “fire” them, but then you need to take your cattle elsewhere. However, this is a civil dispute and should have been settled in court; the 5th Amendment requires “due process of law” prior to property seizure. Seems like BLM went straight for their SWAT team. With that “hammer”, I guess Mr. Bundy looked like a nail.

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    1. Well, not exactly. The courts repeatedly ruled against Bundy, but apparently he doesn’t recognize the US government even exists, so WTF!

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