Reader comments, BLM-Bundy Ranch article
The BLM-Bundy Ranch confrontation has prompted several readers to email thoughtful and well-informed comments. Woodpile Report rarely prints letters but these are too informative for Remus to read and file away. They're presented here with the express permission of the writers.
Regarding this week's blog . Boy, the things I could tell you about rangeland management in the western US, what it is like to deal with federal and state land management agencies and environmental groups when decisions are made using federal land. As for the appointment of Harry Reid's assistant to be the head of the BLM at age 35, with no degree or field experience in natural resource management, OMG what a disaster.
By the way, I Googled that guy and checked out his credentials on Linkedin. A degree in political science how does that qualify him to administer a land management/natural resource agency? But it gets better, additional education at the London School of Economics and Political Science? What does that have to do with grazing management? It doesn't.
I had 33 years and 9 months of field experience working on rangeland. All but 5 years was in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. I constantly bumped into BLM and US Forest Service employees because ranches had mixed ownership of federal, state and privately owned lands (as shown in one of your maps.) This situation in Nevada has gone on for so long, it has involved so many people employed in federal agencies, the Bundy family, and environmentalists that it won't be unraveled.
They need to start over, it's a mess. Starting over is nearly impossible because nobody would agree on the starting point for starting over.
Reader AZ Al
I very much appreciated your circumspect piece on Federal lands and the redoubt . As 4th generation and nearly lifelong resident of Arizona (my pioneer forefathers' settlement here predates “statehood”) this has always been a quarrelsome subject for me. I think our state is over half government owned, which gives one the heebies when one sees federal encroachment in action. We pride ourselves a relatively free people and have a very unique gun culture, but all of our access to game and plinking quarries, not to mention grazing and timber harvests, is all subject to the pen strokes of nameless and distant bureaucrats. When DC sneezes we risk suffering the cold.
I saw some of the troubles cattlemen deal with first hand recently while doing range surveys with a local rancher. Along with volunteers and students was a menagerie of federal agencies, all having their say on how he operates his multi-generation family homestead, with many contrary objectives represented. The federal wildlife guy, for instance, wanted to encourage grazing habitat and the elimination of infest-ive and thirsty Juniper stands for purposes of antelope repopulation while the federal forest manager wanted just the opposite. And to a T as they're conducting their own set of surveys and doling out written objectives, fees, orders, and permits to this gentleman steward of the land and feeder of the populace each and every one of them thought themselves immensely helpful and worthy of our taxes.
As to your point, the national parks and forests and open ranges might give one a sense of space and freedom now, but at any moment all of this may be heavily restricted by armed men in pricey equipment. Just recently, for example, the forest service has been relatively covertly shutting down long-time forest access roads with no fanfare, no barriers, and no signage. One must regularly go in to the ranger stations and order himself an updated map to know which of the roads he can traverse lest he risk fines. Many have been caught unawares upon their return from a day in the woods to a ticketed car and sometimes a confrontational ranger, all for traveling this or that (marked, historical, and improved) road. It's making it incredibly hard to travel about and many areas of substantial acreage are for all intents and purposes inaccessible to all but walkers.
In any case, thank you for highlighting this quandary that anyone wishing to locate/relocate in the relatively free West faces. I myself am not sure about the Bundy case but am glad it has come to the fore and pricked in free patriots everywhere a sense of foreboding dangers where federal lands are concerned. May we hope the feds have awoken sleeping giants all over this great land.
James Rawles, comment at Survival Blog
Ol' Remus, of The Woodpile Report, has some reservations about all the Federal Reservations in The Redoubt . - J.M.
JWR's Comment: Federal control of lands within most of the western States is absurdly high, especially in Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Fully 93% of Federal lands are in the 13 western states, most of which did not achieve statehood until after 1865. This Federal overreach is in part a by-product of the 1860s War Between the States. (After the war, the Federal government grossly expanded its powers, in violation of Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution.) It is high time that the States fully assert their 10th Amendment Rights and take control of the BLM land and perhaps some of the National Forest lands within their borders.
Reference: Article I, Section 8, Clause 17
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;
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Magazine ad for the 1935 Nash LaFayette
Nash, the majority stockholder of poorly selling luxury car LaFayette, closed out production in 1924 to gain additional manufacturing facilities. In 1934 Nash revived the LaFayette name for their lowest price model but discontinued the marque in 1940. Nash itself was gone in 1954. [ Photo, 1935 LaFayette Business Coupe]
Global stability is coming unglued
The world faces an international disorder unmatched since the interwar 1930s, fostered by the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the “self-destructive forces” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, growing instability within the world of Islam, and the serious risk of collapse of the European Union. The world isn’t beset these days by ideological dictatorships on the march or any new waves of totalitarianism. What’s most troubling about all this is that today’s national leaders seem utterly lacking in any serious consciousness of just how dangerous the global situation is, says Robert Merry in this article, The Slow Death of the Old Global Order, at The National Interest.
Ebola may have arrived in Europe
With the likely arrival of Ebola in Pisa, Italy, the European continent is now at severe risk. Reports trickling in from various sources indicate the virus may have also appeared about 50 miles from Pisa in Tuscany, Italy. A story that appeared about the outbreak on national news wires was reportedly removed by the Italian government for “national security reasons.” If Ebola has taken hold in Italy, then we can expect more reported cases all over the continent in coming weeks, with the real possibility that the virus could make its way to U.S. shores, says Mac Slavo in this article, Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”, at SHTFPlan.
Mr. Slavo says - By the time they send out the alert people all over America could already be infected. Hence, I found the need to post this report today, though incomplete and without official confirmation, just so that each of us can keep an eye on it and keep it in the back of our minds as a distinct possibility. You just never know. [Remus thanks Mac Slavo for sticking his neck out. If this turns out to be true he'll get no credit, and if false, he'll get no mercy. So it goes for caring patriots]
And see this from Reuters - An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, a study in a U.S. medical journal said, raising the specter of further regional epidemics.
The Bundys as an endangered species
They don't have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right. And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don't develop apps. They don't ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don't subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren't illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama?, says John Hinderaker in this article, Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy, at Power Line.
BLM redraws state lines
Another possible “land grab” or range war appears to be brewing in Texas. Rancher Tommy Henderson is locked in a property rights fight with the BLM, who are now using a ruling as a precedent to seize even more of his land along a 116-mile stretch of the river which the agency claims never belonged to Texas in the first place, says this article, BLM Claims 90,000 Acres Does Not Belong To Texas, Attempts To Seize Ranch, at Inquisitr.
The Paiute project
While the Chicoms might have enough sense to pull out of this boondoggle, that certainly won't stop old Cleanface. On March 21, 2014, Reid participated in a ground breaking ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. This facility is much closer to the Bundy Ranch. There may not be Chinese Communist money behind it, but if Reid is out there digging in with a shovel, you can bet he is digging for gold, says James Simpson in this article, Beck Debunks Nevada Chicom Solar Plan but Reid Has Another One, at the Examiner.
Corrupt city, corrupt crime statistics
Chicago has a new way of counting murders. Many homicides are now classed as a "death under investigation", the murder is not included in the city’s homicide total. When an autopsy can't specify the exact cause of death, the murder is not included in the city’s homicide total. In this way the number of murders can be made to drop to any number desired. And it is. Chicago’s City Council have mostly accepted the police department’s crime numbers at face value. So have most in the media. You can hardly turn on the news without hearing Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaiming unquestioned: "Murders down 18 percent in 2013!", say Bernstein and Isackson in this essay, The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates, at Chicago Magazine.
Cops on the beat are as good in Chicago as anywhere else. Read this news article about cops saving two little kid's lives—the hard way, and getting a bare mention, 2 firefighters and cop among 7 hurt in West Pullman fire, at the Chicago Sun-Times
Feds go full Secret Police
While they wring their hands and anticipate the declaration of outright war against gun owners, their guns are being slowly stripped from their hands in an incremental fashion. Slight rule changes and isolated confiscations will continue to take place over time until the public has been properly acclimated to them as a fact of life, at which point the public's line in the sand will be moved slightly forward once more, says
in this article, FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate “People talking about Big Government”, at Activist Post.
Attack helicopter confiscation
The Apache helicopter makes for a formidable weapon. 192 of them which currently are in possession of various state governors across America are about to be transferred to active duty military. That number represents every Apache which is currently assigned to National Guard units. They will be taken out of the hands of local elected officials and placed into those of the increasingly less representative and more oppressive federal government, says Rick Wells in this article, Defense Dept Confiscating Apache Helicopters From States, National Guard, at Your Daily Dose of Conservatism.
Boston Bombing and the Keystone Kops
"There should have been protocols in place that night and the analogy is a fire. Firefighters and firetrucks are not going to just show up and start spraying each other," says criminologist Geoff Alpert. That's what happened in the Boston Bombing, cops shot anything that moved, including each other, say Schone, Blankstein and Winter in this investigative report, Too Many Guns: How Shootout With Bombing Suspects Spiraled into Chaos, at NBC News. Some excerpts:
The suspects ended up at the center of a ring of cops on Laurel Street between Dexter and School streets during the 20-minute firefight, and the bullets that were fired at them often hit near the officers on the other side... on Laurel Street, rounds flew into parked cars and police vehicles and chewed up fences and trees... More than a dozen officers suffered minor injuries during the mayhem, but none was believed to have been wounded by the suspects... After a mistaken police radio report that Tsarnaev had stolen a state police SUV, however, multiple rounds were fired at a state police vehicle that was leaving the scene.
Commentary by Bob Owens at Bearing Arms.
Remus says: This is more than a little disquieting. There are times when their notion of "getting home safely" will get themselves and others killed. Official armed panic like this suggest Boston's "professional" police could be annihilated by those amateur militia guys who train in small unit tactics on weekends. Maybe the Boston P.D. can actually use those military vehicles in Big Time emergencies for something other than abusing downscale neighborhoods, let 'em drive around feeling dangerous, let 'em pose for their YouTube fans, but call in some rural Sheriff's department to deal with the bad guys. Keeps the noise level down and everybody gets home safely.
The Charlie Chaplin you didn't know
His films may have been all sweetness and light, but Chaplin's ego had few limits. The girls he liked were dewy 15-year-olds—he'd wait until they were 16 before he married them, when they'd find themselves mistress of a large mansion in Beverly Hills and a body of servants, plus an obligation to the School Board of Los Angeles ‘to continue their education', says
Roger Lewis in this review of Peter Ackroyd’s Charlie Chaplin, monster, at The Spectator.
Plant matter found in meteorite impact glass
Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina suggest that what happened on Earth might well have happened on Mars millions of years ago. Martian impact glass could hold traces of organic compounds, says
Brown University in this article, Impact glass from asteroids and comets stores biodata for millions of years, at Science Daily.
The contagious yawn
We yawn, most reliably of all, when we see others yawning—whether or not we happen to be feeling particularly drowsy or bored or anxious ourselves. It’s a phenomenon known as contagious yawning. We also yawn when we so much as think about yawning. Why are yawns so contagious? Does the fact that we catch them from one another shed light on their underlying function?, says Maria Konnikova in this article, The Surprising Science of Yawning, at The New Yorker.
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Jules Verne lives - The Arts et Métiers—'Arts and Crafts'—station on the Paris subway
was renovated in 1994 to mark the bicentenary of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. Designed by Belgian artist Francois Schuiten this backdrop of copper plates evokes both the Nautilus from Jules Verne and the industrial world. More photos at paris-bise-art.blogspot (French).
Note: Ol' Remus overhears imperfectly. Some folks say the most wonderful things, but they say it and say it and say it like some medieval barrister so Overheard takes a machete to superfluous subordinate clauses, annoying parenthetical asides and similar air bubbles. Triple dots indicate ellipses, but he's not perfectly reliable about using them. Don't assume these to be definitive quotes if your dissertation depends on it.
BLM vs. Bundy Ranch, et al
The BLM backed down. The feds didn't have much choice. The found themselves on the wrong side of public opinion, and exposed as in collusion with a corruptocrat, and outgunned by freedom-loving American patriots willing to stake their blood on the outcome. So the BLM struck its tent, returned the Bundys' confiscated cattle, and withdrew, leaving the rancher free to go about the business his family had pursued there for more than a century. There hasn't been a more thrilling episode in America in at least a century.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it's not over. [Like illegal aliens, Senator? Like federal agents walking guns to Mexican crime cartels, Senator?]
Sen. Reid, via KRNV Reno at mynews4.com
What has been set into motion by the Internet Reformation has decades to go yet... It is the larger and likely unstoppable shift in citizen sentiment regarding basic building blocks of society that shall create real change. This change will not happen so dramatically as recent events, and will evolve out of the dissemination of knowledge about the Way the World Really works.
Staff Report at thedailybell.com
The federal judiciary should not be deciding what land the federal government owns. The government’s option is to take the amount of money he owes them and docket it, that is file the lien on his property. The federal government could have done that, instead they wanted this show of force. They swooped in with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy’s property, they stole his cattle, they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they should have been arrested by state officials. It drew people from all around the country who basically said ‘quit your heavy handed theft of property and act like you’re a normal litigant and not God almighty’.
Ret. Judge Andrew Napolitano at foxnews.com
The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind... the damage—allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management—which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.
William La Jeunesse at foxnews.com
The liberty movement does not care what the Federal government deems “legal” or “illegal.” Our only interest is what is Constitutional and what is moral. The dispute was never about the “legality” of Bundy’s use of the land ... Statists and bureaucrats like Reid continually attempt to argue this issue from the standpoint of Federal legality, obviously because the Federal government has the legislative and bureaucratic power to make any despicable action legal if it wishes. However, the liberty movement has no interest whatsoever in Federal interpretations of legal precedence. We are only concerned with what is right.
Brandon Smith at alt-market.com
Hage Decision - 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...” Judge Jones accused the federal bureaucrats of racketeering under the federal RICO statute, and accused them as well of extortion, mail fraud, and fraud, in an effort “to kill the business of Mr. Hage.”
William Jasper at thenewamerican.com (H/t survivalblog.com)
Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism. There were hundreds — hundreds of people from around the country — that came there. They had sniper rifles on the freeway. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons.
Sen. Harry Reid via Laura Myers at reviewjournal.com
“Domestic terrorism” is a legal term, defined by U.S. Code. It's prosecutable. Assets can be seized, including assets of supporters. Provisions of the Patriot Act could kick in, with all that implies. And felony convictions would certainly result in those found guilty becoming “prohibited persons” under federal law from owning a gun.
David Codrea at examiner.com
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds... "It’s time the states in the West come of age," Bedke said. "We’re every bit as capable of managing the lands in our boundaries as the states east of Colorado."
Kristen Moulton at sltrib.com
The BLM has sort of backed down, but in all this you have to ask a few questions: Why does the BLM have guys with rifles and mechanized infantry? The whole militarization of the federal government is disturbing. These guys don't swear allegiance to the US Constitution, they don't come from a culture of patriotism like most military volunteers do. They aren't barred by US law from being active on American soil. Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans.
Christopher Taylor at wordaroundthe.net
When Cliven and his sons went out to inspect the damage to the range land, they found “a pit – about fifty feet long, thirty feet wide, and ten feet deep. About a third of it was full of something. We know there were [cattle] body parts sticking out of it.” “It was a mass grave,” concluded Cliven, grimly. [ Photos]
William Grigg at freedominourtime.blogspot.com
I have literally gotten e-mails from ranchers across Nevada telling me that the BLM does the same practices when they are herding horses. The foals are getting killed. Horses are getting killed. It’s really horrible and cruel. I don’t know any other term than cruel.
Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore via Kerry Picket at breitbart.com
Masculinity - When men evaluate each other as men, they still look for the same virtues that they’d need to keep the perimeter. Men respond to and admire the qualities that would make men useful and dependable in an emergency. Men have always had a role apart, and they still judge one another according to the demands of that role as a guardian in a gang struggling for survival against encroaching doom. Everything that is specifically about being a man—not merely a person—has to do with that role.
Jack Donovan, The Way of Men, via Brett at artofmanliness.com
Rome is even more eternal than we thought - Excavations inside the Roman Forum have found the remains of a wall dating back to 900 BC suggesting that the Eternal City was settled two centuries earlier than previously believed... "Examination of the recovered ceramic material has enabled us to chronologically date the wall structure to between the 9th century BC and the beginning of the 8th century BC," said Dr Patrizia Fortuni.
Josephine McKenna at telegraph.co.uk
Technicians - Elliott is just a system of approximating fractals ... even if you do all the perfect work in the world on the theory side, it only takes a headline of breaking news to scuttle the trade.
George Ure at peoplenomics.com
Default - The world will soon wake up to the reality that everyone is broke and can collect nothing from the bankrupt, who are owed unlimited amounts by the insolvent, who are attempting to make late payments on a bank holiday in the wrong country, with an unacceptable currency, against defaulted collateral, of which nobody is sure who holds title.
nmewn, comment 4674379 at zerohedge.com
DC economics explained - Every year, more resources must be drawn from the future and enjoyed in the present. Every year, the claims on future earnings increase and every year the debt becomes even more unsupportable. Somehow. Someday. Those claims on the future will be marked down.
Bill Bonner at acting-man.com
Toxic zeitgeist - We're beginning to agree that Republicans and Democrats suck—they've built this machine to grind people into the ground. I hate this stuff. I hate politics. I hate politicians and I feel like I'm wasting my life. Don't we all know what's happening?
Glenn Beck via Paul Bond at hollywoodreporter.com
The Left reveals itself. Again - Krauthammer wrote about a left-wing petition “bearing more than 110,000 signatures delivered to the Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming.” He concluded: “I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation—no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian.”
Dennis Prager at frontpagemag.com
- While you were distracted, this religion has saturated the American fabric and today it is taught in schools as the most common theme in Common Core. It is aggressively promoted in Hollywood and hundreds of movies are produced hypnotizing the unwashed masses with its tenets. Politicians mandate worship, while rogue bureaucracies implement decrees too extreme to survive the three branch legislative process.
Kreyton Kerns at kraytonkerns.org (H/t survivalblog.com)
Chevrolet Cobalt - The automaker never really wanted to build the compact sedan, and it showed.... First, regulations required automakers to hit certain fuel economy averages across all the cars they sold... Another factor: A labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union that forced manufacturers to keep paying autoworkers whether they were on an assembly line or laid off. It made more sense financially to keep factories open and churning out the cheapest vehicles possible.
Chris Isidore at cnn.com
GM is terminal - And now, the fallout. GM is not going to survive it. Because the company has become a joke. The Government Motors thing stuck in a lot of people’s craws – rightly so. But at least the cars were getting pretty good again, right? ... It is not a stretch to state that probably millions of people now believe that GM is capable of almost any form of skullduggery. Such people will never buy a GM car – no matter how rave the reviews... when people associate you – or your brand – with serial and deliberate assholeness, it’s a bridge burned that can’t be rebuilt... GM itself is terminal. There’s no coming back from this one.
Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com
Overshoot - I think the banker bailouts will go down as one of the most significant turning points in American history. Despite widespread disapproval, Congress passed TARP and it was at that moment that many Americans “woke up” to the fact they are nothing more than economic slaves with no voice. That they are serfs. Even more importantly, once oligarchs saw what they could get away with they kept doubling down and doubling down.
Mike Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com
Immigration - In current U.S. elite-speak, our own system of orderly immigration, as defined by laws enacted by the people's representatives in Congress duly assembled, needs “reform” rather than firm, efficient enforcement.
John Derbyshire at vdare.com
Ominous - I have deep forboding for the future before us as the result of those who vote for a living.
DaddyO, comment 4674299 at zerohedge.com
Soviet education theory - Children, like soft wax, are very malleable and they should be moulded into good Communists. We must rescue children from the harmful influence of the family. We must nationalize them. From the earliest days of their little lives, they must find themselves under the beneficient influence of Communist schools. To oblige the mother to give her child to the Soviet state – that is our task.
Orlando Figes, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Income tax - When the Sixteenth Amendment was being debated on the floor of the Senate, one of its opponents rose to ask the body what it could say to reassure the American public that this tax would not rise to seize some unconscionable fraction of their earnings—perhaps as much as ten percent! A pro-income-tax senator rose and replied that the country need never fear such a development: "The people would never allow it!"
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Commonsense religion - I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.
Michael Bloomberg, nytimes.com via Jamie Weinstein at dailycaller.com
DC shock - Back in Mexico after a frantic week in the Yankee capital, these days a cross between asylum for the chronically paranoid, besieged city, and kindergarten run by a totalitarian Mommy. Cops everywhere, metal detectors everywhere else, concrete stop'em-bombs on sidewalks, pop-up metal barriers on streets on Capitol Hill. Bin Laden won, big time.
Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net
Rural America—those continually mocked hillbillies and rednecks and teabaggers and throwbacks and country bumpkins—that have consistently been the target of openly articulated cultural bigotry in the USA for generations now...
What's clear is that the government, media, and academia comprise a cabal of urban supremacists who neither trust nor esteem rural Americans unless they are Injuns or tortoises. Historically, the dominant culture demonizes any group they are preparing for slaughter.
Jim Goad at takimag.com
I believe it is a fact, proven by their rapidly diminishing numbers and economic power, that the world's small farmers and other “provincial” people have about the same status now as enemy civilians in wartime.
Wendell Berry, The Prejudice Against Country People, 2002, via Jim Goad at takimag.com
For more than two decades, Obama and his fellow radical community activists, agitators have been working toward punishing all those people who voted with their feet and fled the cities and left them filled with only poor and minority residents. "Suburbs are for sellouts. For Obama, the suburbs are a defect in the very structure of American life. That is why the president backs his old friends' movement to abolish them."
James R. Holland, review of Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities by Stanley Kurtz, at amazon.com
Global warming - If you look at who established and funds the Climate Research Unit and many other Climate NGOs you will be very surprised to find that the main sponsors are Shell, Exxon, BP, and others. So all you numbskulls who keep blaming skeptical science on big oil best do research on your own first. [ Links to Climate NGOs and their sponsors].
4659640 at zerohedge.com
Bolides are peppering the planet - This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts. It shows that asteroid impacts are NOT rare—but actually 3-10 times more common than we previously thought... the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a 'city-killer' sized asteroid is blind luck.
B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu via Jason Major at phys.org
Ebola in Guinea, West Africa - Ebola is in Conakry, the capital city, with 2 million residents. Equally concerning: it's just a short distance from where we touched down, at an international airport. It has gone "viral," and now the hope is that it doesn't go global.
Sanjay Gupta at cnn.com
Genocide forecast - The fifteen countries most at risk of genocide and politicide onset in the period 2011-2015, from the Atrocity Forecasting Project, at the University of Sydney.
Ukraine, why is it our problem? - Understandably, countries all over the world want America to come fight their wars. But while that may be in their interest, is it any longer in ours?
Pat Buchanan at takimag.com
Ukraine and CIA - The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule...
In my opinion, Washington does not want the Ukraine matters settled in a diplomatic and reasonable way.
Paul Roberts at paulcraigroberts.org
Ukraine air defense - The Russian S-400 can go that bit further in engaging not only aircraft but also cruise missiles, UAVs, and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. Its currently the most advanced system of its kind in the world and can out perform the famous US Patriot equivalent and can intercept & destroy these airborne targets at speeds of up to 4.8 km’s per second. [ Photo]
Ukraine SHTF - There is nothing being reported about what is happening in the Ukraine as far as how the general civilian population is reacting. Specifically, are there bank runs, are there long lines at gas stations as people fill gas tanks and gas cans, are over the counter medical supplies being bought at drug stores, and the biggie!!!! are grocery store shelves stripped bare. Here we have the opportunity for a "during the action report" instead of the typical "after the action report" and nothing is being reported other than what the politicians are doing and what the military is doing.
Reader SM, email
Ukraine: Jewish registration declared bogus - A flyer ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian forces or face deportation has been branded a fake by religious leaders, including the area's rabbi. Pamphlets circulating in Donetsk demanded 'citizens of Jewish nationality' over the age of 16 pay $50 to register and be issued special passports 'marking the confession of faith'. But the flyer, described as 'grotesque' by US Secretary of State John Kerry, has now been classed by the leader of the city's Jewish community as a hoax , aimed at stirring up trouble.
Robinson and Stewart at dailymail.co.uk
Ukraine: synagogues firebombed - At 2 AM, Saturday morning, the Nikolayev synagogue in Ukraine was firebombed multiple times….Nikolayev has a community of 15,000 Jews. And back in February, the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, southeast of Kiev, was firebombed for the first time.Back in September, 2013 this synagogue underwent repair for a number of attacks of antisemitism.
Pamela Geller at pamelageller.com
White students diminish Western Washington University - Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university. In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self.
WWU Pres. Bruce Shepard via campusreform.org
Remus says - Western Washington University is a state-funded, four-year university with a student body of 15,000 located in Bellingham Washington , about 75% white, apparently. Almost never do we see the diversity agenda put so openly or white students insulted so blatantly. WWU President Bruce Shepard couldn't make his bigotry any more plain, but he's a refreshingly honest bigot. Remus doesn't recall any other university president stating outright his university "respects and embraces all identities and experiences" except whites. Perhaps WWU is a trial balloon. But that's not all, here's a report from March 4th:
Standard performance reviews at Western Washington University have become monthly sensitivity trainings in “heterosexual privilege,” and “gender privilege” according to one anonymous staff member. ... “we were told not to share conversations from the meetings outside of them,” the anonymous staff member wrote in an email.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn at campusreform.org
Diversity totalitarian - At least Sandra Korn, in her declaration that we discard academic freedom in favor of “academic justice,” was being honest in drawing the logical conclusion to which campus political correctness naturally leads. Korn argued that instead of providing a platform for a variety of views, a university should restrict academic research to ideas that coincide with “our goals.” She said that if a university claims to oppose views it deems offensive, it should prove that opposition by censoring such views.
Ashley Thorne at nas.org
Sweden outlaws dissent - A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue... “I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the internet is not a lawless country, the sheriff is back in town” Norlen said during a one-sided ‘debate’ on the issue in Swedish parliament.
BareNakedIslam at barenakedislam.com
Universities as 'safe spaces' - Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas... As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.
Mark Steyn at www.spectator.co.uk
1,200 sign anti-Michelle Obama petition - If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend... Some people have said bringing in the first lady politicizes the graduation. Others have suggested that if she wants to mark the Brown anniversary, she could just visit the historic site that commemorates the decision, which is just few blocks from the graduation venue.
Associated Press via dailymail.co.uk
'New Right' needed - The leaders of the conservative establishment are clearly more comfortable with the weakest and most liberal figures on the right than they are with genuine conservatives. And then they abandon their flavor of the month as soon as the leftist sharks start circling... We need a true “New Right.” NRO had an opportunity to start building it. Instead, it has been snuffed out and stifled by cowards, trimmers, and RINOs.
Pamela Geller at americanthinker.com
The price of trust - Batak massacre refers to the massacre of Bulgarians in Batak by Ottoman troops in 1876, at the beginning of the April Uprising. The number of victims varies from 3,000 to 5,000 according to different sources. On 30 April 1876, 8,000 Turkish soldiers, mainly Bashi-bazouk, led by Ahmet Aga Barun surrounded the city. After a first battle, the men from Batak decided to negotiate with Ahmet Aga. He promised them the withdrawal of his troops, under the condition of their disarmament. After the rebels had laid down their weapons, the Bashi-bazouk attacked the defenseless population. The majority of the victims were beheaded.
Inflation - Pundits in the top 5% have the luxury of pontificating on the accuracy of the CPI while those protected by government subsidies and coverage have the luxury of wondering what all the fuss is about. Only those 100% exposed to the real costs experience the full fury of actual inflation.
Charles Smith at oftwominds.com/blog
Deflation - Severe deflation threatens at an existential level bankrupt banks and the bankrupt governments that perpetuate their existence. Deflation is a mortal enemy to the heavily indebted state and its embedded parasites, but it is a friend to the saver and to anyone with a positive net worth. Because it is so dangerous to the debtor, central bankers clearly feel they have no option but to incinerate savers at the altar of perpetuating an unsustainably indebted banking and political elite.
Tim Price at cobdencentre.org (H/t zerohedge.com)
Detroit to get more cash in elaborate shell game - There have been talks about the federal government supporting a move by the state to give Detroit $100 million in federal money for blight remediation. That, in turn, would free up $100 million of the more than $500 million that emergency manager Kevyn Orr planned to spend for blight removal over the next 10 years. Orr could then use that money to reduce pension cuts. [Bailing out those who blighted Detroit in the first place. Photos]
Helms, Henderson and Spangler at freep.com
Global Warming records keep piling up
No global warming for over 17 years
Global sea ice area is near an all-time record high for mid-April
Great Lakes ice cover is the highest on record for mid-April
Antarctic sea ice area is the highest on record for mid-April
Arctic multi-year ice way up over the last three years
Record low tornado activity in the US since the start of 2012
Near record low hurricane activity in the US over the past five years
No major hurricanes in the US for almost nine years – a record
No hurricanes in Florida for almost nine years – a record
Last year was the quietest Atlantic hurricane season in decades
Coldest four months on record in much of the midwest
Steven Goddard at stevengoddard.wordpress.com
Institutional Global Warming fraud - We have created—and institutionalized—incentives for fraud and penalties for honesty and candor. Not just for men of science; for virtually every trade and walk of life. For many men, the touchstone of ethical judgment is no longer "Is it right?" It's "Can I get away with it?" We have destroyed the bedrock of freedom: our ability to trust.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Global anything-it-pleases - Herein is the problem for climate scientists. There is no "normal" temperature for Earth. What is normal is for the temperature, over hundreds of thousands and in some cases millions of years, to vary greatly. The cycle of periods of extreme warmth and cold, and everything in between, is what is normal... Climate-predicting computer models are man-made, and their outcomes are self-serving for the men who designed them, while actual changes to the climate are the result of natural, cyclical forces, far beyond the control of man.
Marc Hopin at americanthinker.com
Extortion - Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.
Joel Gehrke at washingtonexaminer.com]
Cheap thermal imaging - Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found. The team successfully took thermal images of a person through a piece of the new plastic...
The new lenses also have a high optical, or focusing, power – meaning they do not need to be very thick to focus on nearby objects, making them lightweight.
University of Arizona via phys.org
Slavery - The worst slavery is of the most insidious kind. It leaves the slave able to think and act, but not as a free man. It leaves him with cunning, but not courage. He is able to use force, but only to bring other slaves into line. And most hideously, this state of affairs seems moral and natural to him. This is his freedom.
Daniel Greenfield at sultanknish.blogspot.com.au
Feel-good enforcement tech fails - Two convicted sex offenders were wearing GPS-tracking ankle monitors when they allegedly raped and murdered four Southern California women... the six-month-long murder spree likely would have continued had they not been apprehended. Investigators "put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point."
David Kravets at arstechnica.com
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