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BUNDY RANCH: The Harry Reid Connection

April 16, 2014

I wrote the following email to Greta Van Susterin

I’d watched her dismiss the potential connection between Harry Reid and the Gold Butte property with my mouth agape. She and Breitbart both dismissed the connection because the Gold Butte property was miles away from the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone site (a project that involved the Reids). The answer to their objection was simple… they missed the meaning of the term “offsite”. Here’s my letter:

 

RE: REID CONNECTION TO BUNDY – The missing BLM website page

Greta – You missed the connection because you ignored a common zoning term… “Offsite mitigation”.

Breitbart missed it too. I spent more than one term as a zoning commissioner, and I am shocked nobody’s catching this… it’s like seeing several credible sources dismiss a case because we all know 2+2=22. This one is just too easy.

Note the word OFFSITE
When you discussed the Bundy Ranch case last night you quickly dismissed as rumor the Reid connection implied on a page that disappeared from the BLM website. The page included the following bullet points (bold/color/italics added for clarity):

Examples of Restoration Funding and Viability Impacted

  • A $400,000 matching grant to restore Southwest Willow Flycatcher habitat along the Virgin River from the Walton Family
    Foundation was withdrawn until the trespass cattle have been removed.
  • A $160,000 Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act project to restore Southwestern Willow Flycatcher has been delayed until trespass cattle are removed.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle.
  • The Nevada State Department of Wildlife has built extensive fences to protect state and federal lands protected as the Overton Wildlife Refuge from the trespass cattle.


Both you and Breitbart dismissed this because Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone is miles away?

Of COURSE it is miles away. You can’t do OFFSITE mitigation ON-SITE. It is by definition at a different location.

What is OFFSITE MITIGATION?
If you are trying to get a project approved, and the project violates some regulation, one might seek a variance on grounds they will make up for whatever zoning regulatory sin they’re committing ON-site by dedicating land OFF-site where they make up for it.

So YES, there IS a connection
So thinking the Gold Butte property cannot be connected in to the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone project is incorrect. It is known that Reid’s son still represents the company in question, and this objection about the Bundy cattle conflicting with DLSEZ’s offsite mitigation is of record. It was found in the google cache… a snapshot of BLM’s site that showed what WAS on the page. If it wasn’t pertinent, why did some BLM tech go to the trouble of changing their robot.txt on the BLM site and manage to get that cache removed hours after the connection broke on social media.

Attached is a screenshot of the page that was in the BLM site’s Google cache
I had made comment on Facebook referencing the cache and provided a link. My comments are still available on my FB page. Hours later my link led to a 404 error. That means BLM worked to get the cache cleared. Fortunately some people DID take a screenshot before it disappeared. I am embarrassed to note I didn’t have the foresight to do a screengrab, but here is a link to the site of someone that did. I can attest to the screenshot being an accurate picture of what I saw on Google’s cache before BLM made it disappear: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/04/15/here-is-the-notorious-missing-blm-page-connecting-to-harry-reid-not/

Please see the attachment, which includes reference material at the top to its location on the Google cache and the reference to the BLM page on which it resided.

The page would not have vanished so quickly if it didn’t have meaning.

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RJ FINAL NOTE:

I now have a copy of that page (I try not to make the same mistake twice. I’ll comment later on the events at the ranch itself. My objection to the whole thing doesn’t necessarily mean I support Bundy not paying grazing fees if they’re owed. My point can be made in the following observation:

In real estate… not paying your rent has legal consequences. But guess what has even WORSE legal consequences? That’d be the consequences a landlord faces if he makes heavy handed efforts against the renter that owes him money.

1st amendment areaThe feds were way the hell out of line sending an army of about 200 men in battle gear with ARs, choppers, snipers, and cattle rustlers. A judgment or a lien? Yes. Acting like you’re invading Grenada? No.

And what the hell was that bullshit “first amendment area”… 25×25 yards 3 miles away in the desert? Note to Federal government. You want to know where our first amendment zone is? It looks precisely like a map of the USA. Get used to it. I don’t care what law says otherwise… you cannot pass a law that violates the bill of rights, you morons.

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Vote SKINNER – Senate Dist 10 Tuesday March 4

March 3, 2014

TUESDAY MARCH 4th IS THE VOTE

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This is the primary, but in a NORMAL year the winner of the GOP primary will probably win the race. There are FIVE running in the GOP primary, and as I stated in my endorsement, I believe Mark SKINNER is the best qualified of the lot. He isn’t the one with all the big name endorsements, he’s the one with actual experience and a track record of excellence running a TRUE grassroots campaign.

Typically less than 1 in 10 registered voters will show up for the primary. That means your vote not only counts, the value is multiplied by TEN. You could literally sway an election if your entire circle of friends gets active and starts inviting people, and getting them to invite people to vote.

Here’s a map to the polls: https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/VoterLookup/

With 5 running in the primary, this vote will be split MANY directions and I doubt any one candidate will get over 50%, so there will probably be a runoff. But here’s the trick… if you don’t at least make the runoff, GAME OVER.

google_plus_mark_skinnerMark’s the kind of person we can seldom talk into getting involved in a role like this. We have a good opportunity to get someone in this role, previously held by a liberal Democrat, and get Tarrant County some REAL representation in Austin.

I can’t tell you SKINNER will win if you vote for him, but simply put, if you and your friends don’t, he probably won’t. Races don’t automatically go to the best qualified, they go to the person that gets people to show up. If you get people to show up to vote for SKINNER… maybe we can have a happy coincidence where the best person DOES win.

Take the time to make it out to vote. This is a good cause.

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Stop internet gambling! [Umm... why?]

February 24, 2014

There’s a quote, I dont recall the source
Where a man that works hard and plays hard is talking to his physician and is sternly told he must slow down. His listens to the speech, and his response to the lecture is basically…

Hey, I don’t pay you to tell me to quit burning the candle at both ends. I pay you to supply wicks and wax to the best of your abilities.

supernannyAnd while I understand the value of consulting trained counsel, he has a point about the relationship. Unless we call you “Mom”, those who actually work for us don’t get to *tell* us what to do.

That includes the government
They are supposed to be public servants, not rulers. There’s enabling legislation that allows them to pass laws within a strict set of parameters for the health, safety and welfare of citizens… But it is important to remember they do NOT have universal privilege to just TELL us what to do on any subject on which they choose to legislate.

It doesn’t matter how pure they claim their intentions are, which I’ll add is usually a load of manure to begin with… They are not our mom, our nanny, our owners or masters.

Case in point: Gambling
Who the heck is the government, particularly one that runs and or allows to be run a lottery, to tell us we cannot play online poker or gather at a casino and play cards for money?

The fact that governments run their own gambling scams like the Texas Lotto (which itself has been the source of much internal criminal activity) suggests they aren’t so much doing it for OUR good as claimed, but because they dislike competition.

They can claim it is for our good
But a decent poker player has a helluvalot better chance of breaking even or making money on a $100 poker stake than he does dropping the same on some powerball tickets. Do the math. And even if their motives ARE pure, that still isn’t their business. How can they allow a guy to do leverage bear spreads on the NYSE that could cost him his house in one fell swoop and tell me I can’t play in a cash game with $20 at stake?

Phil Ivey - Proof poker is NOT a "game of chance"

Phil Ivey – Proof poker is NOT a “game of chance”

As for Poker being “a game of chance”…

      • -a- so is the lottery
      • -b- that’s STILL not their business, and
      • -c- poker simply isn’t.

Take any yahoo that calls poker a game of chance, and sit him at a table across from Phil Ivey. I’ll tell you who wins the game before the first card is dealt.

Bottom line, it isn’t their money. It isn’t their job to tell us we CAN use it for this entertainment purpose but not THAT. If I was going to bet (which I do) I’d say the real reason is poker is hard to tax and the government hates any game they don’t get a piece of.

The whole thing looks pretty suspect to me, and I didn’t sign up to be raised by the all-important jerks that frequent our legislatures.

By the way:
Here’s a link to a site trying to rein in gambling. You know, cause it’ll mean Trouble (oh friends you got trouble! Right here in River City! That’s trouble with a T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool….). http://stopinternetgambling.com/

Tell me these people aren’t playing the nanny card.

Sorry ladies… Newsflash. I don’t care. Get a life. This one’s mine.

My 2 cents. Your mileage may vary.

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The West Texas Traffic Stop

February 23, 2014

A few of us have been discussing possible police misconduct
In a few cases… using the word “possible” gives too much credit, like saying “alleged murderer” when talking about someone caught red-handed shooting up his cohorts on a military base while screaming “Allahu akhbar!”.

But I’ll pass on a quick story that came to mind, not because it is a sample of misconduct on a scale remotely approaching that of the videos we’ve been discussing, but because a joke I relayed reminded me of it. But for that to make sense, guess now I have to tell the joke first.

policeThe Traffic Stop Joke
Two guys get pulled over for speeding. Driver gets out when ordered to do so. Things go bad, and next thing you know, the driver gets whacked with a nightstick. Then the cop calmly walks around to the passenger side, and via the open window whacks the passenger, who until now has not said a word, just as hard.

The passenger says “HEY! What the hell was that for!?”

Cop replies… “Just making your wish come true, son, cause if I hadn’t… soon as your buddy got in the car you’dve said ‘Boy I wish he’d have tried that stuff on ME!‘ “

My West Texas Traffic Stop (NOTE: Not quite as colorful)
I was driving my sister’s ’64 VW home from Texas Tech for Christmas.  [I have more than one horror story that begins "I was driving my sister's '64 VW"... and I will point out eventually I quit doing that. In her defense, she coulda told me to walk. ] It was a cold west Texas night. It wasn’t “chilly”, it was “You could serve coffee on a stick” sorta cold.

This particular VW didn’t have a working heater, which is kind of amazing considering a VW heater at the time was just a vent that sent you air that’d run over the engine first. Pretty simple. But this one wasn’t functional.

In addition, this on had a hole in the passenger floorboard, so the faster you drove, the faster the cold came into the car. Combined with the lack of a heater, this was roughly the equivalent of driving a Frigidaire with wheels on a 5 hour trip.

But this trip would be more than 5 hours, because my buddies were similarly too broke to have a decent ride home, and I had two of them so hard up they rode with me in that mobile ice chest.

smokey-and-the-banditWe’d already dropped one in Bronte or Breckingridge or some such outta the way burg, and it was me and Bic Sherman in the middle of nowhere headed east toward civilization when the lights of the police car came on and alerted us of an unscheduled stop we were about to make.

I pulled to the side and the cop parked in front of me. I watched in stupification as a guy in a smokey-the-bear hat stepped out of the car and, this is true… removed his aviator sunglasses. At about midnight. [This was not gonna be good.] Looked like a scene outta Smokey and the Bandit, though while I was prettier than Burt Reynolds, Bic looked nothing like Sally Fields, and we weren’t driving a hot Camaro.

Like any college freshman who could, I had a growth of fur on my face simply because I could. I had what would now be considered long hair, though by 1976 standards it wasn’t that long. I wasn’t a hippie, but I wasn’t wearing a high and tight (which for the record… the guy I was about to talk to was wearing).

dew drop innHe was a caricature of a self-serious no-nonsense Georgia Patrol guy. Or maybe an overweight German storm-trooper. I felt like the guy in Charlie Daniels Band’s song “Uneasy Rider” when he walked into the Dew Drop Inn. And my hair wasn’t even long enough to tuck under my cowboy hat anyway.

The cop said he’d clocked me at {insert really high speed here}.  I don’t recall the speed he quoted, I just recall explaining that it’d be hard to get this beater ’64 VW up to that speed with the aid of a downhill stretch and a tail-wind… and I had neither. Then I held out the keys and offered to let him try.

He made it very clear he wasn’t happy with my response. He commenced to discuss my attitude in a fashion that spoke volumes about what’d happen if I continued to anger him. I was in the middle of nowhere talking to an armed man who gave me every possible impression he didn’t like me, people my age, hippies, smartass college boys, and a lotta other stuff. I don’t remember all the words, but I distinctly remember the tune. It was intimidating.

So in the interest of self preservation, I said “Yes sir” and “No sir” a whole bunch until he figured out he was NOT going to get anything resembling an excuse to do more than give me a ticket for a speed I could not possibly have been going. He gave up and wrote the ticket, and let me slink quietly back to the Frigidairmobile.

Bic immediately began to do exactly what the passenger in the joke at the top of the post was accused of. You know… “Boy if he’d talked to ME like that I’d have…”. I’m sitting there thinking “Great… if we get pulled over by ANOTHER sunglasses-wearing-small-town-Nazi before we get home… YOU get to handle it”.

Fortunately for us both, we didn’t have to test that theory. I paid the ticket by mail, and life went on. Wasn’t a great moment for social justice, but I was happy to get outta that county with nothing more than a dumb ticket.

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LAPD Declares Open Season on Citizens?

February 19, 2014

LAPD Idiots – The recap
In previous posts I mentioned wanton acts of stupidity as the LAPD opened fire on two white women in a bright blue Toyota truck because they were afraid of 1 black guy in a gray Nissan truck.

They fired over 100 rounds at a target that presented no threat other than driving down the road in a residential neighborhood while children lay sleeping in their beds.

The LAPD officers’ response was basically to re-enact the death scene from Bonnie and Clyde, except for the fact they apparently couldn’t hit their own foot if it was tied to a tree.

See:
LAPD: Californian for “Trigger-happy idiots”,  and
Stevie Wonder Teaching LAPD Target ID & Marksmanship

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To recap… here’s what they were watching for :

  • 1 man (black)
  • charcoal gray truck
  • Brand: Nissan

And HERE is what they fired at, without provocation, without a warning:

  • 2 women (white)
  • bright cobalt blue truck
  • Brand: Toyota

LAPD

Without warning, without being fired on, 8 reputedly highly trained police officers fired over 100 shots in a residential neighborhood, and only WOUNDED the target which they’d made zero attempt to ID (aside from them driving a truck).

They violated the basic rules of hunting, they didn’t ID what they were firing at before touching the trigger. They employed deadly force without being threatened in any way whatsoever… rules of engagement that’d lead to a court martial in our current war zone. They did this to US citizens on our own soil.

Note that the holes are in the BACK of the blue truck
So it had already passed them, they should have known it had TWO occupants, not ONE, they were women, and they hadn’t opened fire on anyone. What a bunch of frightened little girls the LAPD hires.

Remember this next time someone says only police should have guns. You know, for our own safety.

They were let off with a slap on the wrist
8 L.A. officers won’t be punished for firing 103 times on two unarmed women

  • They don’t lose their badge.
  • They don’t lose their guns.
  • They don’t have to personally pay the millions in award to the women they treated like a paper target when all they did was try to deliver newspapers.

After a thorough investigation the LAPD’s  answer is along the lines of Hey chill out, we ALL make mistakes. One wonders if they would be similarly forgiving if 8 citizens accidentally fired over 100 rounds at two police officers.

So not only are the officers abject idiots… they reflect the LAPD hierarchy.

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Texas Senate Race – Some don’t take the easy road…

February 12, 2014
SD10 GOP Candidates L-R: Tony Pompa, Mark Skinner, Jon Schweitzer

L-R: Tony Pompa, Mark Skinner, Jon Schweitzer

Nice that three of the FIVE running for Texas Senate District 10 GOP nomination made the effort to attend the ONLY debate. I’ve been in political debates. It isn’t easy to put yourself on the line, but for the record, I doubt being a state Senator is a job we want to award someone that prefers the easy route.

Those that only attend echo chambers where they are loved (and won’t face hard questions) are telegraphing what kind of legislator they’d be.

Kudos to Skinner, Pompa and Schweitzer for not taking the easy route.

Skinner with UTA student post debate

Skinner with UTA student post debate

As for Burton and Shelton, neither of whom attended… hope you had a comfortable chair. Burton was seen at a Tea Party monthly meeting. Most of their leadership has already endorsed her and she wasn’t the main speaker. Yeah, that’s more important than debate. Debates are hard.

I’ve already stated my preference for Skinner… but I appreciate the fact that there are a couple in the race with him who, like Skinner, aren’t avoiding hard questions.

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Why Won’t Konni Burton Debate Mark Skinner?

February 6, 2014
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Konni Burton:  Project “Reflected Glory”

KONNI CAN’T MAKE THE ONLY DEBATE?
As mentioned in the prior post, the ONLY debate for the Senate District 10 race happens Monday, and Konni Burton is begging off due to a “prior engagement”.

Politically it’s probably best for HER to avoid the debate. Once  off the topic of abortion, she’s pretty lost. I’ve heard her speak at forums, and even with nobody firing back she isn’t that strong.

That said, she’s running largely on Ted Cruz reflected glory… and I never saw Ted Cruz  run from a fight.

Skinner: Campaigning on his own merit.

Skinner: Campaigning on his own merit.

Before we make someone a Senator…
VOTERS deserve to know they have the requisite abilities. She’s already missing the typical personal accomplishment we’d expect of someone running for Senate… no extensive business experience, no prior legislative office… so it IS in voters best interest for her to attend this debate Monday, even if it might not be in hers.

Peyton Manning: Wishes he’d skipped game and we just assumed he’d have won if he was there.

If instead she goes the path of political expedience, does this not tell us something? What engagement is more important than the ONLY debate?

Debating is something actual senators have GOT to do… 
If she can’t hack a debate against Skinner and others in her own party, how would she do against the opposing party in the Texas Senate?

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OH WAIT! This just in!
I’ve been quietly assured that if she had time to be there, Konni would win.

And somewhere, Peyton Manning is saying… “Dang! Why didn’t I think of that?”

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