Why The Other Ranchers Support Cliven Bundy – statement from Kena Lytle Gloeckner, Nevada rancher

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy

There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years.

The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not.

What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher’s grazing permit it says the following:

“You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due.” The “mandatory” terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc.

The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to.

Every rancher must sign this “contract” agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment.

In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years.

As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%.

In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada.

Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM.

Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us.

He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow – – not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land.

Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand.

Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are “suspended,” but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of “suspended” AUMs that will probably never be returned. And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy single-handedly took a stand against.

Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.

Republished from original. Kena Lytle Gloeckner On FaceBook

 

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Fox News Special Report: “Enemies Of The State” (Video)

Fox News recently aired a special which spotlighted everyday Americans who somehow found themselves in the sights of their own government. Reporter John Roberts talked to Wayne Hage, a rancher battling the Bureau of Land Management over his cattle farm.

For more on this story, there’s no better source than Hage himself, as this review illustrates: “This book cannot be praised too highly. Wayne Hage, gone to glory today, understood property rights as do few others. The book is the main course for those seeking the answers to all the questions about split estate, adjudicated rights, water rights, and so much more. It is a book that should become worn with use, for it is an indispensable reference and resource. It’s not only a keeper, it’s also the perfect gift for others that need to know more about property rights and fighting successfully for them. “


Storm over Rangelands: Private Rights in Federal Lands
By Wayne Hage

Federal Judge Rules for Property Rights, Smacks Down Abusive Feds  (New American, June 2013). Although Hage won his case against the federal government, there would be no satisfaction for him. He passed away in 2006.

In an historic 104-page ruling, Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada has struck a major blow for property rights and, at the same time, has smacked down federal agencies that have been riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners. The long-awaited ruling, which had been expected before the end of last year, was finally issued at the end of May. The court case, U.S. v. Hage, has been keenly watched by legal analysts and constitutional scholars — but has been completely ignored by the major media.

As we reported last November (“Judge Blasts Federal Conspiracy; Ranch Family Vindicated — Again!”), in June 2012, Judge Jones had issued a scorching preliminary bench ruling that charged federal officials of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with an ongoing series of illegal actions against Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage (shown on left) that the judge described as “abhorrent” and a literal, criminal conspiracy.

Judge Jones said he found that “the government and the agents of the government in that locale, sometime in the ’70s and ’80s, entered into a conspiracy, a literal, intentional conspiracy, to deprive the Hages of not only their permit grazing rights, for whatever reason, but also to deprive them of their vested property rights under the takings clause, and I find that that’s a sufficient basis to hold that there is irreparable harm if I don’t … restrain the government from continuing in that conduct.”

In fact, Judge Jones accused the federal bureaucrats of racketeering under the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations) statute, and accused them as well of extortion, mail fraud, and fraud, in an effort “to kill the business of Mr. Hage.”

The Hage case is being echoed today by the BLM’s armed assault upon Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy:

 

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America’s New Progressive Depression, by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

America the beautiful… once a symbol of strength in military might, economics and morality, has now become an elitist dumping ground. Simply a source to serve those that rule – a gluttonous buffet of resources to be used until there is no more. A fiefdom ruled by psychotics, where Constitutional freedoms are an annoyance.

Virtually every figure the government gives you is a lie. Manipulated to keep you calm. But the reality of what is going on is something all of us are living. The question is, will we survive it?

For my husband, it is the computer industry. A profession my husband and I chose many years ago. It pays well and is stable. Or it used to be. Now, you change jobs every few years. We’ve had to move thousands of miles to find work. When you do find work, you tread ever so carefully to be politically correct, because one small infraction will cost you your job. We live in constant fear of our jobs being outsourced to India, where labor is far cheaper. The ironic part is that we have never seen a product come back that actually works. By the time the employer realizes that, they have let everyone go and they have to start over. What’s even worse is they never seem to learn. You get what you pay for and you reap what you sow.

The truth is many, many have given up. They’ve given up on ever owning their own home, their own business, their freedom… They are just trying to make enough to feed and clothe their families. People are existing day to day, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

Rush Limbaugh was right last week – America’s collapse will look like the Great Depression. And it is happening right in front of us and all around. As the government goes deeper into the debt hole, they will start seizing your investments, your retirement, your savings. They will have to. It won’t save them, but will put off the inevitable collapse for just a bit. I’m surprised we haven’t had an across the board haircut on our accounts already, a la Greece. If things don’t radically change and soon, most people won’t even have the government to turn to. There is nothing left, but ourselves in the end.

Right now, it’s as if the greatest number of long term unemployed that America has ever seen, have simply vanished. They’ve given up and the government has stopped counting them as even existing. But they are there – hungry and desperate. Disillusioned of the American Dream. With skyrocketing food and energy prices, seeing even longer lines at food banks and shelters will be the norm. People will start dying from this. In fact, I’m sure they already are. Welcome to Obama’s transformed America.

We are now living under a de facto dictatorship, with a lawless President who simply bypasses Congress and ignores the Constitution. Decreeing what will be and what justice will be meted out. The Obamas live and rule as royalty, with no empathy and no caring as to the consequences of their actions. They believe America has it coming and that once it collapses, it can be reformed into a Communist utopian hell, where Marxists rule and the rest subsist. If you want to find out how democracy ends and what happens, read de Tocqueville. We are there.

After 9-11, employment began to fall. Most of us thought it was the shock of the terrorist attacks to the economy. But in truth, it was Progressive policies incremented a bit at a time by the Left and the Right. Many of us were fooled into believing that global trade was the way to go. That the markets would right themselves. But what we didn’t get was that the world is not inherently capitalistic and the markets are certainly not free. Those such as Warren Buffet (who is moving his American Fruit of the Loom factory in Kentucky to Honduras), who see a way to cut costs and go offshore, leap at the chance. He cares about his bottom line and not those that work for him. That’s his choice – it’s his company. But we have now offshored so much of our manufacturing that the US has become a dependent country on others. And that is very, very dangerous… especially when you combine it with the suicidal level of debt that we have racked up and are merrily still doing so. Our trade deficit is out of control as well, making us poorer by the minute. The insanity must stop. The incessant printing of money and spending in a never ending downward spiral of denial, depravity and greed has to end. It may already be too late, but we need to stop this and rebuild.

Someone needs to explain to the Harvard and Yale grads out there, that we know you are trying to please your stock holders by cutting the bottom line. But if you destroy your consumer base, by destroying the middle class, eventually, there will be no one for you to do business with. You are committing corporate suicide and taking the damn country with you. Short sighted doesn’t begin to cover it. You can see it in our deteriorating cities, in our lowering of our lifestyles, in the hunger all around us.

America became strong through visionary inventors and the small business entrepreneurial spirit. Both have been squashed by big government, regulations and taxes. If we are to ever become great again, we must turn back to those basic concepts. In reality, Americans should never have bought into the ‘employment’ trap to begin with. As our Founding Fathers did, you can work for yourself, or at least you could in the past. Obama is trying to ‘fix’ that and not to our benefit.

Some believe we have at least stabilized on our downward trend. I disagree. While the free fall may have slowed a bit, it never stabilized. There is just so much propaganda and lies out there, you can’t believe anything anymore. You have to believe what you see for yourself. Take a look at the raft of retail closings that are occurring:

  • Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy, USA Today reported, and could close many of its 2,100 stores.
  • Sbarro which operates pizza and Italian restaurants in malls, is planning to close 155 locations in the United States and Canada. That means nearly 20 percent of Sbarro’s will close. The chain operates around 800 outlets.
  • Ruby Tuesday announced plans to close 30 restaurants in January after its sales fell by 7.8 percent. The chain currently operates around 775 steakhouses across the US.
  • An unknown number of Red Lobster stores will be sold. The chain is in such bad shape that the parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., had to issue a press release stating that the chain would not close. Instead Darden is planning to spin Red Lobster off into another company and sell some of its stores.
  • Ralph’s, a subsidiary of Kroger, has announced plans to close 15 supermarkets in Southern California within 60 days.
  • Safeway closed 72 Dominick’s grocery stores in the Chicago area last year.
  • Office supply company Staples has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015, which is about 15 percent of its chain. Staples already closed 40 stores last year. Industry analysts expect Staples’ main competitor, Office Depot, which bought OfficeMax last year, to announce its own round of store closings soon.
  • Radio Shack has announced plans to close 20 percent of its stores this year, which is as many as 1,100 stores. The company, which operates around 4,000 stores, reported that its sales fell by 19 percent last year.
  • Albertsons closed 26 stores in January and February according to Supermarket News. Analysts expect many more Albertsons could soon be shuttered because Albertsons owner hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management just bought Safeway Inc. Some Safeway stores could soon shut down as well.
  • Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is planning to close 220 stores by the end of 2015. The company is also planning to shut down an entire chain it owns, Gilly Hicks, which has 20 stores, 24/7 Wall Street reported.
  • Barnes & Nobles is planning to shut down one third of its stores in the next year: about 218 stores. The chain has already closed its iconic flagship store in New York City.
  • J.C. Penney is closing about 33 stores and laying off about 2,000 employees.
  • The Record newspaper in New Jersey reported that Toys R Us has plans to close 100 stores.
  • The Sweetbay Supermarket chain will close all 17 of the stores it operates in the Tampa Bay area, The Herald Tribune newspaper reported. Many of the stores might open as Winn-Dixie Stores. Sweetbay closed 33 stores in Florida last year.
  • The entire Loehmann’s chain of discount clothing stores in the New York City area shut down. Loehmann’s once operated 39 stores, The New York Times reported, and was considered an institution by generations of New Yorkers.
  • Industry analyst John Kernan told CNN that he expects Sears Holdings, which owns both Sears and Kmart, to close another 500 stores this year. Sears has already shut down its flagship store in Chicago.

This past year I have seen a first… I saw a McDonald’s fail. Now grocery stores? It’s not because people don’t eat, it’s because government regulation is pushing prices so high, people are buying less and stores can’t make a profit. It’s elementary dear Watson.

America is changing as it did with the Industrial Revolution, only the change is much more pronounced this time and much more of a jarring shock to workers. How it is changing and what direction is yet to be seen. Some say it is an uber jump by technology. But if it is a collapse, it will be a fall into a new Dark Ages. One direction will call for the learning of new technology skills… the other will call for survival skills. Either way, elitist Progressives will still shrug and tell the masses who have no jobs to eat cake instead of productively solving the problem at hand.

We are in serious economic trouble as a nation and our enemies know it. One black swan event could finish us off. Russia and China are already making moves to remove the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, thanks to the drunk bureaucrats at the helm of America’s budget and finances. If they succeed and all indications are that they will, America is down for the count. America’s new Progressive Depression will envelop all of us. Our only recourse is taking control of our country back and installing new, conservative leadership — whatever it takes.

This article was originally published here, and is republished here with permission from the author.

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Great Conservative Political Ads

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and I’ve been enjoying some of the early campaign ads so much that I decided to share them. This page will be updated throughout the mid-term campaign – assuming candidates can maintain their sense of humor.

Boehner Challenger J.D. Winteregg Accuses Speaker of ‘Electile Dysfunction’

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Alabama Conressional Candidate: Will Brooke

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Let’s make this the most viral video of 2014 – Share it 6 ways to Sunday!

Conservatism Is Calling: Share this with everyone you know, Obama is exposed on every lie, with facts and comparisons. Show the world what his liberal voter base is doing to America. If there’s one video you share in your life, make it this one. HELP expose their lies so voters can vote responsibly in 2014. ~ Airman Brian Kolfage

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