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Great, Great piece by Timothy Egan over at the NYT :

‘Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years’.

‘He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority’.

‘Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up’.

‘What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital’.

‘Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police’?

‘Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans’?

  • ‘No, of course not’.

‘So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years’?

  • ‘Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat’.

‘Easterners, especially clueless ones in politics and the press, have always had a soft spot for a defiant white dude in a Stetson’.


‘Lou Ann Gebhards Caldwell, KS’

“My family and my husband’s have ranched in Kansas for nearly a century and we can’t understand the support he’s getting. … Cliven Bundy is cheating us and all ranchers by reducing his costs by one million dollars”.

‘This phony event has brought out the worst of the gun-waving far right, and the national politicians who are barely one degree of separation from them’.

‘Hundreds of heavily armed, camouflaged supporters of the scofflaw turned out Saturday in Nevada, training their rifles on public employees who were trying to do their job’.

‘The outsiders looked like snipers ready to shoot the police’.

‘If you changed that picture to Black Panthers surrounding a lawful eviction in the inner city, do you think right-wing media would be there cheering the outlaws’?

‘One of the rancher’s supporters, Richard Mack, a Tea Party leader who is in the National Rifle Association’s Hall of Fame, said he planned to use women as human shields in a violent showdown with law enforcement’.

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up front,” Mack said in a radio interview. “If they were going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot.”

  • ‘That’s who Fox and friends are playing with these days — militia extremists who would sacrifice their wives to make some larger point about a runaway federal government’.

‘And what’s more, the Fox host Sean Hannity has all but encouraged a violent confrontation’.

‘But instead, people like Ron Paul have only fanned the flames, warning of a Waco-style assault’.

‘Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul, further showed themselves to be stunningly ignorant of the public lands legacy created by forward-thinking Republicans a century ago’.

  • They had virtual ownership of that land because they had been using it,” Ron Paul said on Fox, referring to the Bundy clan. “You need the government out of it, and I think that’s the important point.”

‘No, the renegade rancher has no more right to 96,000 acres of Nevada public range than a hot dog vendor has to perpetual space on the Mall’.

‘Both places belong to the American people’.

‘Bundy runs his cattle on our land — that is, turf owned by every citizen’.

‘The agency that oversees the range, the Bureau of Land Management, allows 18,000 grazing permits on 157 million acres. Many of those permit holders get a sweet deal, subsidized in a way they could never find on private land’.

‘Ranching is hard work. Drought and market swings make it a tough go in many years’.

  • That’s all the more reason to praise the 18,000 or so ranchers who pay their grazing fees on time and don’t go whining to Fox or summoning a herd of armed thugs when they renege on their contract’.

‘You can understand why the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association wants no part of Bundy’.

‘These kinds of showdowns are rare because most ranchers play by the rules, and quietly go about their business’.

‘They are heroes, in one sense, preserving a way of life that has an honorable place in American history’.

The good ones would never wave a gun in the face of a public servant, and likely never draw a camera from Fox’.
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Debunking Republican Lies – ‘TYT Bundy Ranch Conspiracy Debunked’

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Debunking The Republican Lies – ‘Rand Paul: Harry Reid Needs to ‘Calm the Rhetoric’ on Bundy Ranch’




It’s all Harry Reids’ fault……

A FOX (cough) so called news and teabagger World – ‘Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government’


To start, here’s two important stands that Cliven Bundy has made –

#1 – in 1995 Cliven Bundy said – “They’ve taken their authority and abused it,” Bundy said. “I’m not being regulated to death anymore.”

But In 2009 – Bundy said ‘he doesn’t recognize the authority of the federal government’.

And #2 – In 1996, ‘Bundy states that his rights derive from the fact his Mormon ancestors were using the land far before the federal government claimed authority over it’.

  • In 1995, Bundy recognized the Federal Government’s authority and said they had “abused it”.
  • But now in 2009, he’s decided he doesn’t recognize the Federal Government.

Between 1995 and 2009, Cliven Bundy decided he was above the law.

So since Bundy doesn’t recognize the Federal Government, when he sells his cattle, what does he take as payment?

It can’t be US currency as he doesn’t recognize their authority.

And secondly, since Cliven Bundy says his rights ‘derive from the fact his Mormon ancestors were using the land far before the federal government claimed authority over it’….I’m wondering when he’s going to turn over ‘his’ land to the Native Americans……who just happened to be ‘using the land’ long before Cliven Bundy’s family came along.

April 6, 2014: ‘The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association distances itself from protests over Bundy’s cattle. “Nevada Cattlemen’s Association does not feel it is in our best interest to interfere in the process of adjudication in this matter.”

April 10, 2014: ‘One protester, a former Arizona sheriff named Richard Mack, told Fox News about the militia’s plans if violence broke out in Bunkerville. “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front”.

April 14, 2014: ‘Some of Bundy’s neighbors aren’t impressed by his actions. “I feel that the rule of law supersedes armed militias coming in from all over the country to stand with a law-breaking rancher, which is what he is,” one person told a local TV station’.


1989: ‘The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the desert tortoise as an endangered species. A year later, its designation was changed to “threatened.”

March 1993 : ‘Many people were not impressed by the new conservation plan’.

‘Bundy has repeatedly been fined for grazing his cattle on the protected land, fines he has not paid since 1993. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees about 800 grazing areas in Nevada, responded by revoking his permit. Bundy has not applied for a new one’.

April 1995: ‘The fight between the Bureau of Land Management and the ranchers who want to use the federal land without fees or oversight is growing more tense’.

‘Thursday evening, a small bomb went off in the U.S. Forest Service office in Carson City, Nev’.

‘Though no one has taken responsibility — and no one was injured — it has sent chills through government agencies involved in Western land management’.

‘The situation is becoming so tense that federal workers now travel mostly in pairs and are in constant radio contact with district offices’.

‘The battle is being called Sagebrush II, a sequel to a 1970s movement that sought a state takeover of federal public lands’.

March 18, 1996: ‘The federal government, which owns 87 percent of the land in Nevada, is still worried about potential violence if they try to remove illegally grazing cattle from protected land’.

‘Two more pipebombs had exploded in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices in the past two years’.

Bundy is also continuing to graze on federal lands. “I’m still saying the state of Nevada owns that land, and the federal government has been an encroacher. I’m not moving my cattle. We have … rights.”

  • ‘Bundy states that his rights derive from the fact his Mormon ancestors were using the land far before the federal government claimed authority over it’.

1998: ‘A federal judge issues a permanent injunction against Bundy, ordering him to remove his cattle from the federal lands. He lost an appeal to the San Francisco 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’.

March 2002: ‘Cliff Gardner is sentenced to a month in a Reno halfway house, along with a $5,000 fine and a year of probation. He has been under house arrest for the three previous months for not taking his cattle off of federal land’.

‘When his sentence — which affirmed the U.S. Forest Service’s authority over the disputed land — was announced, more than 50 states’ rights protesters were in the courtroom with him’.

  • ‘Three were dressed in white wigs as American Revolutionary War patriots’
  • ‘And another wearing a wig and red coat said he was England’s King George’.

“Has the West been won, or has the fight just begun?” read a banner at a rally outside the courthouse where 15 protesters on horseback carried signs while children waved the Nevada state flag’.

“This court has tried to intimidate the citizens of Nevada by attempting to make an example of Cliff Gardner,” said Cliven Bundy, a Clark County rancher’.

July 2009 : ‘But Bundy still runs his cows through here, even though since 1993 he has been ordered to desist because he has no permit’.

‘Bundy says that his family has grazed here since the nineteenth century and that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the federal government. He has threatened resistance if anyone enforces the court order to remove his cattle from the wilderness’.

April 2012: ‘The BLM plans to round up Bundy’s cattle. After several threats, these plans are abandoned’.

May 2012: ‘BLM files a complaint in a federal Las Vegas court seeking an injunction against Bundy’.

August 2013: ‘A court order says Bundy has 45 days to remove his cattle from federal land’.

October 2013: ‘A federal district judge court tells Bundy not to “physically interfere with any seizure or impoundment operation.”

March 15, 2014: ‘After nearly 20 years, the Bureau of Land Management sends Bundy a letter informing him that they plan to impound his “trespass cattle,” which have been roaming on 90 miles of federal land. BLM averages four livestock impoundments a year, usually involving a few dozen animals’.

March 27, 2014: ‘The BLM has closed off 322,000 acres of public land, and is preparing to collect Bundy’s cattle. Bundy files a notice with the county sheriff department, titled “Range War Emergency Notice and Demand for Protection.” Bundy also says he has a virtual army of supporters from all over the country ready to protect him’.

April 1, 2014: ‘Bundy’s 14 children and 52 grandchildren are all bunkered down at his house waiting for the BLM to arrive. Bundy is giving constant interviews and making constant calls to local and state officials’.

April 2, 2014: ‘Around 30 protesters line up outside the Livestock auction house to protest the sale of Bundy’s cattle. If Bundy doesn’t pay the fees he’s accumulated, his cows could be sold to another buyer’.

‘A group of local conservationists sent a letter to local officials demanding that they support BLM’s actions’.

‘One of those people was Bundy’s cousin, Terri Robertson’.

‘They’ve only met a few times, and only at meetings about the federal lands. “He’s just in a world of his own. I don’t think he’s working on all four cylinders,” Robertson said’.

‘Bundy retorts that his city slicker cousin doesn’t know what she is talking about. “My cattle are the kind of cattle people look for at Whole Foods.”

April 5, 2014: ‘After decades of trepidation, federal officials and cowboys start rounding up what they think are Cliven Bundy’s hundreds of cows’.

‘The operation was going to cost $1 million, and reportedly last until May. BLM contends that Bundy owes $1 million in fees, and will also have to pay the round-up expenses’.

‘Bundy — who retorts that he only owes $300,000 in fees — says the city folk are only hurting themselves by taking his cows’.

‘He told a reporter from the Las Vegas Review Journal that there would be 500,000 fewer hamburgers per year after his cows were towed away; “But nobody is thinking about that. Why would they”?

April 9, 2014: ‘Two of Bundy’s family members are injured in a confrontation with federal officials. One of them was Bundy’s son, tasered after he kicked a police dog’.

April 10, 2014: ‘A protest camp has formed. There is a sign at the entrance that reads, “MILITA SIGHN IN.”
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But It’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘GOP to Obama: We’re Not Moving On’


“The president says that Republicans have not accepted Obamacare as settled law. He is right. Republicans cannot and will not accept this law,” said House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

  • ‘What do you do with the eight million Americans who now have insurance on the exchanges’,
  • ‘And with the 24 million Americans who are projected to be on the exchanges by 2017 (the next time there’s the possibility of a GOP president)’?
  • ‘What about the millions more who have insurance via expanded Medicaid or via their parents’ insurance’?
  • ‘And how do you advocate repeal and replace when you don’t have a detailed legislative alternative (that’s scored by the Congressional Budget Office)’?

‘Come 2015 and 2016, Republican presidential candidates could very well find themselves in an unsustainable position — having to campaign on a repeal message in the primaries (because that’s what GOP voters want), but then having to face a general electorate that’s more hostile to the idea (because repeal doesn’t poll well outside the GOP)’.
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Debunking Republican Lies – Turn Kentucky Blue – ‘McConnell Prompts Look Back At His Handling Of ’92 Groping Scandal’

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‘Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) comments earlier this week have caused the revisiting of his role as ethics chair into a mid-1990s investigation of then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) over allegations of sexual harassment and assault that eventually lead to the senator from Oregon’s resignation’.

“I think I demonstrated 19 years ago, in the toughest possible position, how this ought to be handled,” McConnell said, highlighted by the Lexington Herald-Leader’.

“I was chairman of the Ethics Committee charged with the responsibility of dealing with a member of my own party as chairman [of] the most important committee in the Senate,” McConnell said in a video circulated by his campaign’.

“After investigating the case and bringing together all of the evidence I moved to expel him from the Senate. And the Senate on the verge of expelling him, he decided to resign.”

‘But, as Molly Redden of Mother Jones noted, reports from that time show that McConnell actually tried to stop the investigation into Packwood once he became chair after the Republicans re-took the Senate in 1994’.

  • ‘Most of the investigation into Packwood’s behavior by the ethics committee took place under the chairmanship of then Sen. Richard Bryan (D-NV)’.

‘Once McConnell became chairman, Mother Jones noted from news reports at the time, the momentum of the investigation changed’.

  • The ethics committee didn’t meet its deadline to vote on public hearings of the investigation and McConnell refused to answer questions on the progress of the investigation’.
  • ‘McConnell also pushed to make sure the investigation of Packwood was not public, despite the demands by Democrats’.

‘ At one point, McConnell also suggested on to Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) that he would even conduct other investigations :

“I want you to tell her (Boxer) if she does that, we will offer amendments for hearings on Daschle and Chappaquidick. It will work both ways,” the Associated Press, as noted by Mother Jones, reported at the time. “I want you to tell her that right away.”

‘Boxer was eventually able to push the Senate to vote on holding public hearings on Packwood’.


  • ‘McConnell urged Republicans to filibuster the vote (which they did), but the filibuster failed’.

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